Laney College

Professional Development

Professional Development

This website is just for posting any Professional Development Opportunities or Events that have happened.  They should be in chronological order, starting with the most recent date and working back in time.


  • (Fall 2016) Laney College Math Retreat:  The purpose of this retreat was to look at 2 things: The future of our Math Sequence and the Grant work.  This was a paid meeting and we actually ended up talking a lot about the SLAM path that we are to create this semester as part of our grant work.  We talked about how we will be working to make the basic skills courses 0-unit enhanced courses, combining the algebra courses (grant work), “co-requisite” courses to offer just in time remediation to students we identify (how?  not sure!) and how we are going to proceed with the grant work.  We also identified faculty who are interested in working on the grant.


  • (Fall 2016) SFSU Presentation: On the Friday of flex days, 2 faculty from San Francisco State University (Judy Kysh and Diane Resek) presented materials from a new Algebra Sequence they designed at SFSU. Click here to download the slides from this workshop.  Their courses are student centered, activity based, without rote memorization/practice and mostly without lecture.  The Santa Ana model is similar in the way they teach their courses and also has activity based classwork.  SFSU has agreed to share their materials with us so that we can possibly use similiar (or same activities) in the new accelerated algebra sequence that we are creating now.



  • (Spring 2016) Santa Ana Presentation: During flex days, 2 faculty from Santa Ana College (Lynn Marecek and Janet Lechuga.  Click here to download slides from this workshop. The redesigned their Algebra sequence to be accelerated, combining Elementary and Intermediate Algebra, and they created 2 Algebra courses: SLAM (Statistics and Liberal Arts Mathematics) and BSTEM (Business, Science, Technology and Engineering Math).  The SLAM path is designed for students who are moving on to Statistics or Math for Liberal Arts, while the STEM path is designed for students who are moving towards the Calculus sequence.  Both paths do include intermediate algebra (therefore not compromising their transfer articulation agreements for their Statistics course), but the content is different (in terms of depth and coverage) and the way in which material is delivered to students is also different.  These are 6 unit courses and each class meeting is split up into a very short lecture, a review of the most missed homework problems, group work with in class activities and individual iPad time to work on homework.  There is a tutor in the classroom and students present their work to the classroom (instead of the instructor doing and showing everything in a lecture style format).  Students must also watch videos at home and complete homework.  Instructors can see what students do and identify most frequently missed problems to prepare for class the next day.

Update: We used this model as part of the grant we wrote in Spring 2016 as the basis of the work we will do with the grant we received and are working on Fall 2016.



  • (Spring 2015) At our department meeting at the start of the semester, we discussed the use of Multiple Measures to help place students better into their math classes (as opposed to using only the assessment exam, as we currently do).  If you were not there and did not get the opportunity to see the presentation by Dr. Hetts on Wednesday of Flex Days, here are the slides from his talk: John Hetts’ slides.  They are actually a month older than the ones he presented (they are all I have!), so slightly different than the ones he used for flex days.


  • (Fall 2014) I recently went to a 3 day conference (but only attended the last 2 days) at MSRI about “Critical Issues in Mathematics Education: Developmental Mathematics: For Whom?  Towards What End?”  It was really huge.  I feel overwhelmed with information and excited for what may come.  You can see an overview of the conference at this website.  I want to write a summary, but I know it will be quite long, so I am going to make a webpage for it and link to it here.  Keep posted!



Interested in posting a summary about a conference you recently attended or an upcoming one?  Let us know!  You can email Kathy at