On Thursday, I walked around the campus stuffing faculty mail boxes with a paper survey (in the hopes of maximizing response) about Professional Development regarding past experiences, local and district-wide, and future desires. The original impetus for this survey was to gather some initial info to give to the Reinvention task force folks coming to visit on Tuesday (@3:30 in room 103–all are welcome and invited!). Since those initial discussions, though, we’ve heard from various and knowledgeable sources that gears are in motion over at 226 W. Jackson to begin planning for another District Wide Faculty Development Week (a.k.a., DWFDWII).
I guess the good news is that they’re starting earlier this time. Whether it is bad news or not that they are planning another entire week of “festivities” is kind of undetermined. Locally, CAST did a survey about faculty experiences and satisfaction, that wasn’t too glowing, but drew a smallish response (around 25% of FT faculty). We have heard that the PD Task Force has requested the feedback that the district collected at the DWFDW last August, but hasn’t, as yet, been provided with it. And that leaves our little survey.
I’m going to go around on Tuesday, around noon, and collect the ones that are in the envelope by then, but I’ll make a final collection on Thursday afternoon at 4pm. So, if you can, please dig that survey out of your mailbox and finish it by noon on Tuesday. It will take you about 30 seconds to complete it. Fill it out and stuff it in the envelope. If you just can’t do it by then, please fill it out as soon as you can, and stuff it in the envelope. Bonus points to you if you can ask around and encourage your colleagues to do theirs as well.
We, speaking for HW Faculty Council, cannot advocate for your desires if we don’t know what they are. Please give us the info we need to make the case for what y’all want. Thanks, in advance.