***Note: - The below FLEX guidelines from L.A. City College
are the same for Mission College - with the exception of the FLEX
Period which is different for our College. Special Thanks to the
Staff Development Chair, Roberta Holt, and her Committee for putting
together these very nice set of guidelines.
Our FLEX program is a program of professional development for faculty. Credit may be earned only at times that faculty do not have assigned classes or other scheduled responsibilities (i.e., office hours, final exams). Want to learn more? Click on the links below for more detailed information.
What are FLEX days?
What does our collecive bargining contract say about FLEX?
Required FLEX hours
Approved FLEX activities
What are my options for individual or group activities?
Presenting a FLEX activity
What happens if I don't complete my FLEX obligation?
How do I report my total FLEX hours?
What can I do if an individual activity is not approved by the FLEX committee
Who should I call if I have any questions?
|FLEX PERIOD FOR 2001-2002: January 9, 2001 to January 8,2002||- Return to top -|
|WHAT ARE FLEX DAYS?||- Return to top -|
1. Improvement of instruction
2. Professional enrichment
3. Personal enrichment
4. Multicultural awareness
5. Computer proficiency
6. Institutional growth/development
Credit cannot be given for activities that are considered part of the faculty members' regular and expected teaching responsibilities.
|WHAT DOES OUR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING CONTRACT SAY ABOUT FLEX?||- Return to top -|
|REQUIRED FLEX HOURS||- Return to top -|
Full-time certified teaching faculty members are obligated to complete a total of 24 hours of FLEX activities during the 2001-2002 school year. If they have an hourly assignment in the Spring 2001 semester, they must complete additional hours equal to the number of teaching hours of their hourly assignment. If the teaching assignment is on a Saturday only, there is no flex obligation. The obligation is based solely on the number of hours the instructor is assigned to teach during the Spring 2001 semester. If an instructor does not teach during the Spring 2001 semester, no flex obligation is required.
Part-time, hourly, or senior instructor faculty members are obligated to engage in FLEX activities equal to the number of teaching hours per week in the Spring 2001 semester only.
Reassigned or reduced time faculty are obligated to participate in FLEX activities hours only for the number of teaching hours on a pro-rata basis.
Example 1: A full-time instructor with 20%
reassigned time and an 80% teaching load is obligated to fulfill
19 FLEX hours (80% of 24 hours).
Example 2: A full-time instructor with a 50% teaching load and a 3-hour hourly class in the Spring semester is obligated to "flex" for 12+ 3 = 15 hrs. (50% of 24 + 3).
Example 3: A department chair with a 60% teaching load and 40% reassigned time and no hourly classes is obligated to fulfill 14 flex hours (60% of 24).
Counselors may have the same FLEX obligation as full-time teaching faculty with the same guidelines applying. However, counselors are encouraged to be available during the intersession week in January (January 4-7 during the 2001-2002 school year) to meet with students during the registration process. Those counselors who choose to work during hat week will not have any other FLEX obligation.
NOTE: There can be no banking of FLEX hours
|APPROVED FLEX ACTIVITIES||- Return to top -|
All individual projects must be preapproved by the Staff and Organizational Development Committee at least four weeks before activity date. See HOW DO I REPORT MY TOTAL FLEX HOURS below.
UNLIMITED HOURS OF FLEX CREDIT
CONFERENCE/WORKSHOP. Hours may be earned by attending
a conference or workshop that updates or upgrades content and
methodologies for the purpose of improving teaching effectiveness.
COnference presenter will be eligible for two hours of additional
credit. Conferences and workshops attended during teaching or
office hours will not count for FLEX credit, except for conferences
exceeding average workday schedule are eligible for 3 hours FLEX
INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS. These are tasks which will enhance the instructional program which would not otherwise be accomplished. These are activities beyond normal professional responsibilities or regular contractual obligations. Projects will require: (A) Submittal of a formal proposal for prior approval and evidence of an end product (i.e., supporting documents, report, etc.). Maximum number of hours: 12 hours per project.
CLASSES TAKEN. Credit may be awarded for classes taken which relate directly to courses taught or to faculty service area at Mission College. Strengthening teaching methodologies classes are also included. Maximum number of hours: 12 hours per class.
ON CAMPUS AND FLEX WORKSHOPS. FLEX hours may be earned for attendance at FLEX workshops at any college campus. Workshop presenters on our campus may earn FLEX hours at the rate of three hours of credit for each hour of presentation.
SPECIAL ON-CAMPUS OR DISTRICT PROGRAMS. FLEX hours may be earned for attending special programs, retreats, and training sessions sponsored by the college or District. Hours will be established per activity.
MATRICULATION. FLEX credit may be earned for advising and counseling students during organized matriculation activities uner auspices of the Counseling Department.
LIMITED HOURS OF FLEX CREDIT
NETWORKING. Hours may be earned for campus, intercampus, regional, or state meetings of the discipline for purposes beyond the normal operation of the discipline. Maximum number of hours: 8 hours.
PROFESSIONAL ENRICHMENT. FLEX credit may be earned for attending live performances, exhibits, museums, demonstrations, and films when directly related to the discipline. Maximum number of hours: 8 hours
1. Cultural Enrichment - cultural activities that have an educational value but are not related to your discipline; e.g., live performances, exhibits, museums, films, demonstrations. On-campus performances such as concerts or plays would be eligible for FLEX credit in this category.
2. Personal Wellness - Workshops or programs that assist individuals to be physically and mentally better able to perform their jobs; e.g. humor in the workplace, stress reduction, self-defense, nutrition, smoking cessation, weight reduction.
3. Educational Travel - credit may be earned at a rate of 6 hours per week of educational travel. Sabbatical travel may NOT be counted for FLEX credit.
Maximum number of hours: 8 hours for any combination of 1, 2, or 3.
COMMITTEE PARTICIPATION BEYOND TWO COMMITTEES. Up to 4 hours per committee for FLEX credit may be received for participation in college or district-wide committees after the first two committees. Only committees that meet on at least a monthly basis each semester or special committees (such as accredation) are eligible. Maximum number of hours: 8 hours
|WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS FOR INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP ACTIVITIES?||- Return to top -|
Improvement of Instruction
- Attend workshops on teaching methods or techniques (e.g. classroom assessment techniques, collaborative learning, Great Teachers' Seminars)
- Improve skills or knowledge in faculty member's specific discipline
- Attend district discipline meetings
- Develop individual instructional projects
- Develop departmental projects
- Plan/attend departmental/discipline retreats
- Attend applicable conferences or retreats
- Develop new program and course cirriculum
- Develop learning resources
- Counsel or advise students during organized matriculation activities under auspices of Counseling Department
- Orientation/education (e.g., new faculty; role of the academic senate; training student, faculty and staff to serve the community, changing role of technology in education
- Faculty and staff meetings to improve learning resource support services to students
- Learn grantsmanship
- Attend applicable conferences or retreats
- Do professional research
- Complete coursework in your discipline or related fields
- Visit other colleges and universities to get ideas for classes or for better articulation of classes
- Participate in college committee work
- Participate in cultural evets that are directly related to your teaching discipline
- Participate in workshops/programs that assist individuals to be physically and mentally better able to perform their jobs
- Complete educational travel for which college credit is given
- Participate in non-credit educational travel
- Attend cultural events off campus
- Attend cultural events on campus; e.g., plays or concerts
- Student, faculty and staff diversity (e.g., workshops, seminars, conferences or retreats on sexual harassment, affirmative action, cultural diversity, multiculturalism, etc.)
Computer Proficiency including multimedia development and distance learning
- Develop new programs
- Conduct institutional research
- Attend applicable conferences, retreats (credit given for actual participation time)
- Visit business or commercial sites
- Visit and share information with our area high schools
- Participate in college committee work
|PRESENTING A FLEX ACTIVITY||- Return to top -|
- For those doing FLEX workshop presentations on any LACCD campus during 1999-2000 FLEX year, 3 hours of FLEX credit will be given for each hour or presentation time. Departmental workshop presenters are not eligible for triple flex credit.
- If there are two presenters, each recieves Flex credit in the same ratio, 3:1.
- If there are 3 or more presenters, the ratio is reduced to 2 hours of flex credit for each hour of presentation.
A workshop may be offered as many times as it generates sufficient interest. If you are interested, you may contact the Flex Coordinator at other LACCD colleges to offer your presentation. Successful workshops may be offered in a following semester on this campus. Repeat activities and workshops, however, generate 2 hours of flex credit for each hour of presentation time, regardless of the number of presenters.
Other than preparing and leading the activity or workshop, presenters are responsible for the collection and filing of the attendance rosters and distributing the green professional development activity forms to the participants. Attendance rosters are to be placed in the Flex Coordinators box in the faculty mailroom as soon as possible after the completion of the event.
Up to four hours per committees of Flex credit may be received for participation in college or districtwide committees after the first two committees. The following committees are eligible for Flex credit:
|Academic Senate||Staff Development||Accreditation||Budget|
|District Academic Senate||Professional Development||Curriculum||Resource Planning|
|Shared Governance||Work Environment||Educational Planning||Institutional Planning|
|WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON'T COMPLETE MY FLEX OBLIGATION?||- Return to top -|
|HOW DO I REPORT MY TOTAL FLEX HOURS?||- Return to top -|
FOR INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS
(requiring pre-approval, see form below)
1. All individual discipline-related projects or other projects must be pre-approved by the Professional Development Committee at least four weeks before activity date by filling out the Individual Project Proposal. Return to the Professional Development Coordinator. Upon its approval, the form will be returned to you.
2. When the activity concludes, return the form together with the green scantron sheet and any necessary documentation/end project to the Coordinator.
FOR ALL OTHER ACTIVITIES
1. Fill out Flex Claim Form. In "comments" section, fully describe activity and attach any supporting documation, programs, schedules, etc. to support your request. Submit this form upon completion of activity. BE SURE THAT YOU DON'T EXCEED THE HOURS OF CREDIT FOR THOSE ACTIVITIES THAT HAVE LIMITED HOURS OF CREDIT.
|WHAT CAN I DO IF AN INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITY IS NOT APPROVED BY THE FLEX COMMITTEE?||- Return to top -|
|WHO SHOULD I CALL IF I HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?||- Return to top -|
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