The purpose of staff
development is to educate and improve the entire staff. AB1725 is
the law that sets aside a certain amount of funds for community
colleges in California to conduct Professional Development activities. At
present there are no funds available, but should our budget change,
monies would be available to all classified staff, faculty and
administrators (full and part-time). [See
Availability of Funding for more information.]
As per AB1725, the
Flexible (Flex) Calendar allows community colleges to set aside 1-15
days of the state-mandated teaching year (175 days) for Professional
Development purposes. This time is to be used primarily by faculty
for Professional Development activities related to staff, student and
instructional. improvement (Title 5, section 55720).
Professional Development at Cuyamaca
Cuyamaca College has
designated nine days of the instructional year as "flex days," i.e.
five days preceding the Fall semester and four days preceding the
Spring semester, leaving us with an instructional calendar of 166
days. These time periods are also referred to as our "Professional Development Weeks." These two weeks are important components of the
Professional Development Program at Cuyamaca College, and the major vehicle
for faculty participation in Professional Development activities.
Authorized Uses Of Professional Development Funds:
The authorized uses of
Professional Development funds as outlined in AB1725 by the State
Chancellor’s Office are listed below:
current academic and technical knowledge and skills.
training for vocational education and employment preparation
meet changing institutional needs.
innovations in instructional and administrative techniques and
technological proficiency programs.
training which implement affirmative action and upward mobility.
determined by the Board of Governors to be related to educational
and professional development pursuant to criteria established by the
Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, including,
but not necessarily limited to, programs designed to develop