This annual professional development program brings Valencia colleagues together to explore teaching and learning innovations, challenges, and solutions. Each year's program will feature multiple experiences that will be valuable for faculty who have participated in Destination and those who are new to the experience. Join us this summer to explore teaching and learning innovations, challenges, and solutions with colleagues from diverse fields with varied experiences and interests. All Valencia faculty members, part-time and full-time, are encouraged to apply.

All tracks will award $500 for successful completion.* Like Destination 2017, professional development (PD) hours are not available as an option for the summer portion of the program. If you participate in a track that extends into the fall term, PD hours will be awarded for the fall portion.

Deepen Student Engagement with Active Learning
Would you like to help your students think more deeply about their own learning? Metacognitive reflection can be a powerful tool to advance student learning in your course. During this session, you will see how combining active learning and metacognitive strategies can deepen students’ engagement in the learning process. You will also learn how to incorporate self-reflective strategies to help you think more deeply about your teaching practice.

Writing to Learn/Learning to Write: What is WAC?
What course concept is most difficult for your students to learn? Interested in strategies for your discipline that will develop reading and critical thinking strategies, build confidence, and offer just-in-time feedback? That’s WAC: Using writing as a tool for learning and learning to use writing as a tool. This Destination track is recommended for full-time and part-time faculty interested in exploring these ideas through a problem-based approach to WAC topics, such as

  • critical reading, thinking, and analysis
  • writing to learn about challenging concepts
  • writing for your discipline
  • and assessing for deeper understanding

Participating faculty will have the opportunity to create a lesson that they can implement in their practice and will have the opportunity to contribute to the college-wide initiative of Writing Across the Curriculum at Valencia.

Early Alert, Valencia Style: Creating a culture of Continuous Assessment and Responsive Engagement (CARE)
The CARE track will provide faculty with an opportunity to explore innovative resources and tools that will aid them in supporting struggling students. Faculty will learn from campus resources, current research, and early alert best practices that will help to transform the learning experience for their students.

SEED: Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity
SEED stands for Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity. It is an international project founded 30 years ago by Dr. Peggy McIntosh of Wellesley College. It utilizes a cohort-based model with the intention of creating gender fair, multiculturally equitable, and globally informed educational spaces and workplaces. SEED differs from other diversity programs in that SEED leaders do not lecture.Instead they lead their own colleagues in experiential, interactive exercises and conversation often stimulated by films and readings. These sessions deepen participants’ understanding of themselves, expand their knowledge of the world, and point the way to making Valencia more inclusive.

Sustainability: Thinking Critically about Quality of Life
Valencia defines sustainability as resilient economic, social, and environmental systems that enhance quality of life for all community members present and future. In this track, you will use the high impact practice of sustainability as a way of looking at the world, and evaluating challenges and solutions through the lens of (1) systems thinking, (2) equity, (3) scale, (4) tradeoffs, and (5) collaboration and participation. To prepare students to meet the complex problem solving and critical thinking skills required to thrive in the 21st century (Future of Jobs Report, World Economic Forum, 2015), join us for an exploration of sustainability concepts, challenges, and practices to enhance learning in your classroom.

Creativity in the Classroom and Beyond
“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” (Edward de Bono) Everyone plays a role in the creative process. In this Destination track, discover how to foster creativity in yourself and your students. After defining creativity, we’ll use Mel Rhodes’s 4P model to take a classical view of creativity (creative person, creative process, creative product or outcome, and creative press or environment). Together we will explore different individual preferences for approaching the innovation process; discover and practice a process for deliberate creative problem solving; and design a classroom environment that inspires your students to create their best work.

ROC and Review
The Rubric for Online Competencies (ROC) is a tool to help faculty members design and facilitate the best online courses possible. In this track, you will implement the ROC in collegial peer reviews of online courses. You will also develop your knowledge and skills in the areas of accessibility, multimedia design, and peer review best practices. You will be connected to faculty developer/instructional designers and multimedia designers to help your course meet all ROC criteria and to support you in your quest for making your course the best it can be. Ultimately, your online course will be finely tuned and ready to make students’ learning that much better. Come join us and ROC your course with colleagues!
*Please note this track is by invitation only.


If Destination sounds like an opportunity right for you, the Faculty and Instructional Development team invites you to join us this summer! Follow the link below to submit your application.

Questions or For More Information

If you have any questions, please contact, Stacy Robinson, Faculty & Instructional Development Coordinator at

*Your employment status at the time of application will determine compensation. Full-time non-exempt staff and part-time staff are paid their hourly wage; overtime may be paid, if applicable. Please note that overtime is paid after 40 hours of work, not inclusive of leave or paid time off. If you have any questions about how you would be compensated for participation in the program, please reach out to Amy Bosley at

Summer Dates and Times:

Kick-off Session
Friday, May 11, 2018
12 - 1 p.m. (Lunch)
1 - 5 p.m.
West Campus

Session 2
Friday, May 18, 2018
1 - 4 p.m.
West Campus

Session 3
Friday, May 25, 2018
1 - 4 p.m.
West Campus

Session 4
Friday, June 1, 2018
1 - 4 p.m.
West Campus

Wrap-up Session
Friday, June 8, 2018
1 - 4 p.m.
West Campus

Fall Dates and Times:

(for specific program tracks)

Kick-off Session
Friday, September 7, 2018
2 - 4 p.m.
West Campus

Individual Meetings with
Colleague Mentors throughout
the Fall

Wrap-Up Session
Friday, December 7, 2018
2 - 4 p.m.
West Campus

Highlights from Past Destination Sessions

Destination 2016 Receives Rave Reviews
#Destination16 Social Media Challenge
Circles of Innovation During Destination 2015
Front Door Alignment in Destination 2015
"CARE" as a Key Destination 2015 Initiative


Due to accomodation needs and expansion of the Destination program this year, all sessions will be held at West Campus. Specific buildings and rooms to be announced as we near the event.