On May 24, facilitators from the RP Group came to Los Angeles to work with faculty, staff, and administrators from across the region on how to gather and use data effectively for program evaluation.  Their power point presentations and handouts can be accessed here

Use these links to view the materials presented by Dr. Eun-Woo Chang of the National Science Foundation at LA City College on February 26, 2010:

To get started, review the power point presentation which provides an overview of the NSF programs and projects available to community colleges.

Another helpful power point presentation provides the basic information needed to develop a strong NSF proposal.

Dr. Chang led the group through a reveiw and editing activity to strengthen proposals before submission to the NSF.  First are some selected areas of proposals that need some editing.

Here are some guidelines on how to organize a team to develop, review, and submit a strong proposal to the NSF.

Finally, here is the power point presented by Dr. Tom Carey on the ongoing collaborations in developmental mathematics throughout California.  Math faculty from additional community colleges are welcome to join this project.   Other disciplines are welcome to adopt/adapt this model as they desire.

Use these links to access the resources shared at the LA Regional Teaching and Learning Workshop in Burbank on October 29, 2009:

Using Facebook to Connect with Students Using Facebook Groups to Connect with Students

Andrew Walzer ( shared information about creating a Face Book group for each class.  He also discussed the benefits of using such a site for creating community and for developing critical thinking skills in students as they reflect and comment on each others’ ideas posted on the group site.

Harry Lord ( shared a variety of online tools that can be easily adapted for classroom use. 

Technology in the Classroom   This power point presentation contains a wide range of resources that are free and easy to use to enhance teaching and learning.

Myriam Meckelburg-Levy ( described how she uses the website that comes with her course textbook to engage her students in the course content.  Nowadays, many publishers offer these support sites, but often faculty are wary of using the sites with their classes for a variety of reasons.  Myriam demonstrates her way of using the support site with her students.  She also takes us to her electronic portfolio to demonstrate how faculty can house their accomplishments for evaluation purposes.

 Daryl Kinney ( demonstrated an online polling site ( that can be used to monitor student comprehension and/or preferences using cell phones rather than purchasing clickers.  Cheap, easy, and fun–what more could you ask for?

Use these links to access the presentations made at the SoCal Regional Workshop at Mission College May 7-8, 2009.

Southern California Regional Networks  This presentation updates BSI activities for 2009.  Representatives from the 30 colleges in the inaugural Networks will participate in a Leadership Institute in June, but all community colleges in California are invited to join one (or more) of the regional networks that have been established throughout the state.  There will be additional Leadership Institutes in 2010 and 2011 so that eventually all community colleges in California will have the opportunity to participate in this training.

For information about the presentation at LA Mission College in May 8, contact: Daryl Kinney, LA Regional Coordinator ( or Lisa Brewster, San Diego/Imperial Valley Network coordinator (

To visit any of the CCCBSI Networks, go to and click on the CCCBSI Inaugural Network tab to check out the various sites.

Cross Curricular Programs

  •  LA Trade Tech Cross Curricular CTE Program  The Utilities and Construction Program at LA Trade Tech College is a 12-week intensive college and workforce readiness training program that addresses basic skills in math and Englilsh, applied construction skills, industry overview and career opportunities, employment readiness, teamwork, leadership, and financial literacy in the context of preparing for careers in the construction trades or utility sectors.

              Contact:  Allison Tom-Miura

  • Project Success Learning Communities   Grossmont College:  Project Success offers approximately 25 developmental reading and writing links each semester as well as 15 links of transfer level courses linking English with other general education courses such as history, anthropology, and math.

             Contact:  Sue Jensen  (

First Year Experience Programs

  • Running Start–A Summer Bridge Program at SBCC  Running Start began at Santa Barbara City College in 1999 and is geared toward recent high school graduates who have exhibited academic potential but do not believe that higher education is an option for them.  The progrm serves 65 local high school seniors and includes enrollment in a college success course, one other college level course, academic and peer advising, tutoring services, wekly field trips, a weekly stipend, and the cost of books.  Persistence rate for the program is 92%. 

              Contact: Marsha Wright

             Contact Brock Klein  (  or Lynn Wright (

  • The First Year Experience Program at El Camino College is designed to help students with academic counseling, instruction, and transfer guidance.  NB:  The power point program describing t he FYE Program at El Camino is quite large and we are experiencing technical difficulties getting it to upload.  Come back later to view the PPT.

             Contact:  Matt Cheung (

Tutoring Programs

  • Success Centers at Chaffey College  In 1999 Chaffey College embarked upon a major initiative called the “Basic Skills Transformation” which incorporated a number of wide-ranging, integrated, and structural changes to revolutionize the  educational delivery delivery system of the college.  The Transformation Project, in general, and the establishment of the Success Centers ,in particular, have been some of the most successful enterprises in the college’s long history.

            Contact:  Laura Hope ( or Cindy Walker (

  • Partnership for Student Success at SBCC  As a result of a faculty-driven program at Santa Barbara City College called the Partnership for Student Success, the campus Writing Center was restructured.  One innovation, aimed at building student responsibility and engagement in the tutoring process, involves the use of Directed Learning Activities to shape the tutorial sessions. The forms and procedures are not time-consuming but profoundly affect the quality of the tutoring in the Writing Center.

             Contact:  Jerry Pike

  • Writing Center at LA Valley College  The Writing Center at LAVC offers students individualized help with any kind of writing and reading assignment in a comfortable setting.  To assist in this, we provide one-to-one tutoring, writing workshops, instructive handouts, group study guides, Internet access, and tutorial software.  We also offer three laboratory courses:  English 67, a wirtiing lab; English 68, a reading lab; and English 69, a writing and revising on the computer lab. (

             Contact: Scott Weigand (