Reimagine Palomar

We are excited to announce a campus-wide book club for the Spring 2017!  We will be reading and discussing the book “Redesigning America’s Community Colleges: A Clearer Path to Student Success”.  We hope the entire college will join in this important conversation on how we can increase student success at Palomar.

A big thank you to Student Success and Equity for purchasing 850 books!  You can pick up a copy of the book at Spring Plenary, at the Instruction Office (AA-104), or the PD Office (NS-129).

We will be having chapters discussion bi-weekly and you can also participate in the conversations by visiting the chapter blog posts on the PD blog.

Please print out the following PDF which includes the schedule of coffee talks, as well as, helpful reading guides for each chapter.



Professional Development for ALL employees!

Hello Everyone!  Did you know there was a bill passed focused on ensuring California Community Colleges were providing Professional Development for all employees, not just faculty?  Although Palomar has always believed in providing learning for all employees it is now time to make this official.  We are currently working on an adjustment to our governance structure to blend the Professional Development Advisory Board and the Staff Development and Training Committee.

Here is a short presentation on the history of this change and a possible plan of action:

Here is the possible governance structure for the new Professional Development Committee:

If you would like to see Ed Code and Title 5 for Professional Development please click here.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns please comment to this post or you can add comments directly to the Google Slide presentation and documents above (just open them in Google Drive).

PD Webinar: What is the CIE?

Live webinar Wednesday September 28th, 5pm

Have you heard of the Comet Information Exchange, or what we refer to as the CIE?  Do you know what it is and why we created it?  In this live webinar, Dean Shayla Sivert and myself (Kelly Falcone) will explain the history of the CIE and give you the opportunity to ask us questions about it or give us some constructive feedback.  We hope to “see” you live on Wednesday at 5:00pm!

If you have questions during the webinar please post comments in Youtube, or on the PD Blog.


Open Source Maker Lab

A big thank you to the North County Professional Development Federation (NCPDF) for setting up a tour of the Open Source Maker Lab in Vista!  If you have not been to this space you have to see it!

The Open Source Maker Labs is a high-tech digital fabrication lab, where members can learn, collaborate, innovate, design, and build almost anything! Makers of all ages and skill levels have access to a wide range of tools, equipment, resources, and workspace. The space also provides an open environment where members can gain inspiration and skills from each other. Come develop skills, learn concepts, and explore ideas!

What a great way to learn by doing!


Assessment Day Mini Conference

On behalf assessment-day-mini-conference-flyer-1of everyone who attended the Assessment Day Mini-Conference I’d like to give a big THANK YOU to Wendy Nelson and the Learning Outcomes Council for having Tom Angelo come to Palomar College!  What an awesome day of learning!

I know there were many people who wanted to attend, but had other conflicting responsibilities.  For those who attended, please share with us your takeaways!

What “aha” moments did you have?

In what ways can you apply what you learned at the conference to your classes?

How has your view of assessment changed?

How do you make assessment meaningful and relevant for your students?

Take some classes for PD hours!

Did you know you can take classes and earn Professional Development hours?

Did you also know you get 15% off  courses through the University of Redlands?

Through a new partnership with the University of Redlands, Palomar College employees and spouses receive a 15% Discount!  Please check out the attached flyer for more information:


If you are interested in earning PD for doing course work please use the following self-designed PD code:

Do Course Work in One’s Field (PD code #117)

PD Hours:     Variable, depending on participation

Description:    Upper division or graduate-level coursework related to the discipline or to post-secondary education is acceptable.  Lower division courses that the faculty member has not taught or taken, but that are in the faculty member’s service area, have been approved.  Use your best professional judgment when estimating the number of hours spent in class and completing assignments.

Reimagining learning spaces at Faculty Plenary!

We are excited to announce that you will have the opportunity to check out some innovative active learning spaces in the NS building during plenary. These spaces are being setup for just 2 days so our faculty can check out the products and provide feedback.

  • BKM/Steelcase will be creating three different spaces in the NS Building which demonstrate an active learning ecosystem where Every Space is a Learning Space.
  • BKM/Steelcase representatives will be in all three spaces to answer questions and demonstrate the technologies on Thursday from 9am – 8:30pm and Friday from 8am – 4pm.
  • The three spaces and the location of each are as follows:
    • An Active Learning Lab (NS-358) – a classroom designed for faculty who want to flip their classroom, engage in project based learning, or focus the majority of class time on group work.
    • Teaching-Learning Pods (NS-147) – outside of classroom “third” space where faculty can meet and work with students and students can congregate to work on group projects, form small study groups or work independently.
    • An Instructional Planning Lab (NS-146)– this space is designed for faculty to practice with the active learning resources that would be available in the Active Learning Labs and Teaching-Learning Pods.  The space allows for faculty to develop lesson plans and strategies for their classes; to congregate to discuss pedagogy and active learning strategies; and to use technologies for online classes.

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Please let us know your thoughts regarding your perfect classroom and whether you liked the steelcase learning spaces!

To submit your feedback go to: