Faculty Learning Communities
The Culturally Inclusive & Responsive Curricula for Learning Equity (CIRCLE) Collaborative brings together faculty learning communities (FLCs) from Cal Lutheran and Moorpark College to participate in a yearlong professional development program that provides the tools to redesign courses to be more culturally relevant, responsive, and sustaining.
Faculty participate in CIRCLE, a 20 person working group, to (re)design culturally responsive pedagogical techniques and introductory/gateway courses with high DFWI rates for historically marginalized students, which can impact retention rates of students.
A review committee from respective campuses select faculty to participate in the FLC workshops, beginning with a 3-day facilitated workshop in May. Participants 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.
Upon completion of the program, faculty “alumni” can be nominated by their colleagues to serve as FLC Chairs. FLC Chairs will lead additional groups of faculty from the same disciplines in forming smaller course redesign circles focused on 100- and 200-level courses, particularly in English or Math.
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