On Friday, April 10, 2009, Mission College hosted an all-day retreat for faculty, staff and administrators at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Santa Clara. There were 34 people in attendance – 20 full-time faculty, 3 associate faculty, 3 classified staff, 5 administrators and 3 students.
Nancy Cook from Sierra College as well as Mission College’s Dianne McKay facilitated the event, provided an energetic overview of BSI and engaged the group in several activities designed to help shape the action plan for 2009-2010. The discussions that ensued as a result of the activities were thoughtful, honest and stimulating and centered around our shared value of student success.
Dianne McKay (Reading Instructor) is very active in the Basic Skills Initative at the California Community Colleges and here at Mission College. She has over 30 years experience teaching Reading to students in various educational settings.
In part one of our interview series, Dianne discusses her involvment in the Basic Skills Initiative and why it is so important to the success of students at Mission College.
Mission College is committed to providing our students with the foundation they need to succeed in higher education. Our programs and services foster the reading, writing, communication, math and study skills required in the 21st Century.
Basic skills are those foundation skills in reading, writing, mathematics, learning skills, study skills, and English as a Second Language which are necessary for students to succeed in college-level work.
Teaching basic skills requires us to work together across departments, disciplines and services. Mission College is committed to providing students with the cognitive and meta-cognitive skills to achieve competency in the basic skills.
The Mission College Basic Skills Blogs is a virtual space where faculty and staff can explore and discuss current trends, events, and research in developmental education.