Project CHESS

Collaborative for Hispanics in Higher Education & Student Success

Faculty Learning Communities

CHESS FLC Cohort 1-May 2019

The CIRCLE Collaborative will bring together faculty learning communities (FLCs) with faculty from both Moorpark College and Cal Lutheran to participate in a year-long professional development program that will provide them with the tools to redesign their courses to be more culturally-responsive and culturally-relevant.

Faculty will join “circles,” 10-person cohorts, to learn about culturally responsive pedagogical techniques and be charged with redesigning introductory and gateway courses with higher DFWI rates and may be contributing to the higher attrition of historically underrepresented students.

College Deans from respective campuses will select faculty to participate in the FLC workshops, beginning with a 3-day facilitated workshop in May 2019. Participants will reconvene in January of the following year to discuss progress, share ideas, and participate in working groups. A completed course redesign is expected by the following May.

Faculty “alumni” of the FLCs will also lead additional groups of faculty from the same disciplines in forming course redesign circles focused on 100- and 200-level courses, particularly in English and Math.

How to Participate

Our first cohort of faculty participants for the 2019-2020 CIRCLE Collaborative has been selected. The application for the 2020-2021 cohort will open winter/spring 2020. Please contact the CHESS Project Director, Adrienne Arguijo-Morgan, at (805) 493-3090 or email for more information.