Message from the President/Superintendent & Keynote Speaker
Greetings to all Faculty and Staff!
Welcome back to a new semester. It’s my pleasure to invite you to join me at the Fall 2015 Professional Development Activity day on Friday, August 14.
This fall's program theme, "Student Support (Re)defined" recognizes the work of our Keynote speaker, Dr. Darla Cooper, of the RP Group, a non-partisan, non-profit professional association for the improvement of California Community Colleges. Student Support (Re)defined is a multi-year study that identifies the six most critical factors contributing to student progress and achievement. Dr. Cooper will present the keynote presentation and two focused workshops where participants will have an opportunity to share what we are doing here, learn about successful strategies at other colleges, and reflect on ways our policies and practices can better support student success.
Each of you, through your daily efforts, are an important part of supporting our students' success. The Professional Development Committee and SRJC presenters have developed a program of over 50 workshops on a range of topics to choose from with the goal to offer content that will inspire and advance each individuals unique professional growth.
I truly appreciate all of the dedication of our faculty, staff, and administrators. We all take great pride in being associated with one of the premier community colleges in the nation. This full day of professional development activities each semester is an important part of supporting the development and collegial collaboration of our college and a vital part in Supporting the Success of our Students and each other. .
I look forward to seeing you on PDA day!
A special Welcome to our Keynote Speaker and Workshop Presenter:
Dr. Darla Cooper
Director of Research and Evaluation for
the Research and Planning Group
Link to Darla Cooper biography
Student Support (Re)defined: What Students Say about the Support They Need to Succeed
The Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges (RP Group) conducted Student Support (Re)defined between 2012 and 2014, asking nearly 900 students from 13 California community colleges what they think supports their educational success, paying special attention to what African Americans and Latinos cited as important to their achievement.
The project’s director, Dr. Darla M. Cooper, will provide an overview of Student Support (Re)defined, highlighting the “six success factors” the RP Group identified through a review of relevant research on student success and support and which served as a framework for the study. She will focus on what African-American and Latino students in particular said helps them succeed.
Session 1 Workshop:
Student Support (Re)defined: How We Can All Support Student Success
At this session, Dr. Darla Cooper will meet with classified staff and administrators to share “10 Ways Everyone Can Support Student Success,” a resource developed from the study that outlines students’ suggestions on how individuals in these roles can support their achievement.
Attendees will be invited to share what they already do to support student success and explore new ways they can affect students. Attendees will leave with ideas on how they can regularly help students achieve the six success factors in their own work.
Session 3 Workshop:
Student Support (Re)defined: How Faculty can SupportStudent Success
At this session, Dr. Darla Cooper will meet with faculty to discuss the key role faculty members play in student success based on the findings from Student Support (Re)defined. Attendees will discuss “10 Ways Faculty Can Support Student Success,” a resource developed from the study that offers students’ suggestions for how instructors can uniquely support their achievement.
Participants will identify what they may already be doing and explore new ways to assist students. Attendees will leave with ideas on how they can regularly help students achieve the six success factors in their own work.
Darla Cooper, Ed.D, Director, RP Group
Dr. Darla M. Cooper, Director of Research and Evaluation for the Research and Planning Group for the California Community Colleges (RP Group) has worked in the California community college system for over 15 years having previously held institutional research director positions at Santa Barbara City College, Oxnard College, and Ohlone College. She has extensive experience serving as an external evaluator for several federal and private foundation grants and leading Student Support (Re)defined, a research project that examined what supports student success.
In addition, she has worked on projects including the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Bridging Research Information and Culture (BRIC), Student Transfer in Professional Pathways Project, and the Accreditation Study. Dr. Cooper also has direct experience assisting students achieve their educational goals in her previous work at the University of Southern California as a director of research and information, student services counselor, and ombudsperson. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and an M.S.Ed. and Ed.D. from the University of Southern California.
About the Research and Planning Group (RP Group)
The RP Group, a non-partisan, non-profit strengthens the abilities of California Community Colleges to gather, analyze and act on information in order to strengthen student success. Grounded in its roots as a professional association for researchers and planners, The RP Group provides research, evaluation, professional development, and technical assistance services that support evidence based decision-making and inquiry.