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CBL Professional Development Continuum

CBL provides opportunities for all faculty to discover, expand, and continuously improve their teaching practice. The Professional Development Continuum aims to be a supportive community of practice for faculty at all levels of experience. Faculty who are interested in any of the CBL Professional Development Continuum offerings should complete the following form:
Clicking on the link below will redirect you to our GivePulse site.

Professional Development Continuum Interest Form »


CBL 101: Education and Community in Practice

Do you want to integrate community-based learning (service learning) into your courses? Are you still a little unsure about how to do so? This course assists instructors in understanding the core concepts of community-based learning as a pedagogical technique. It provides a sociological and philosophical context regarding community-based learning. It offers guidance and practice in developing assignments and assessments for community-based learning, framing the community-based learning experience for students, identifying community needs, and connecting with the community partner. After taking this course participants will be able to:

  • Analyze the value of community-based learning as a pedagogical technique
  • Identify the learning objectives in the course curriculum which can be met using community-based learning
  • Brainstorm a discipline-specific assignment which addresses a community need while meeting course objectives with colleagues and mentors.
Current Schedule:

Please note: Our preferred method of offering this 4 hours course, face-to-face and on campus, will be suspended while PCC is in remote operations. In the meantime, CBL will be offering a 1.5 hour virtual version of the course paired with 1 hour of individual consultation with a CBL Faculty Coordinator. Registrants will receive materials in advance.

Fall 2021: Friday, October 22nd 12:30pm-2:00pm

Winter 2022: Date TBD

Spring 2022: Date TBD

Please note: The registration links will take you to GivePulse for PCC. If you don’t already have an existing GivePulse account, the platform will ask you to Login or create an account to register. Use the “Log in via PCC” which will link to your MyPCC account.


Community Engaged Faculty Institute

The Community Engaged Faculty Institute is an opportunity for instructors to convert a course of their own into a community-based learning (cbl) course. All full and part-time faculty (from any discipline) are eligible to apply. Each accepted faculty member receives a stipend for their time and work during the institute.

Please note: Due to remote operations, CEFI will be suspended for the 2021-22 Academic Year.


Participation in the Community Engaged Faculty Institute is by application only. Course(s) of focus must be taught for credit. Prior to the start of the institutes, faculty must complete the following pre-requisites:

  • Complete the CBL 101 course*
    *Must be completed prior to the start of the institute. Other professional development related to community-based learning/service-learning may be substituted for completion of CBL 101 on a case by case basis. Contact the District CBL Coordinator for more information.
  • Participate in the CBL Professional Learning Community
Community Engaged Faculty Institute Cohorts
2019-20 Cohorts


  • Miranda Yip, Economics
  • Joyce Kaplan, Biology
  • Wilson Nitunga, Business


  • Postponed to 2020-2021
2018-19 Cohort
  • Leni Tupper, Paralegal
  • Mary Courtis, Anthropology
  • Max Macias, Library
  • Michelle Huss, Biology
  • Naso Michaels, History
2017-18 Cohort
  • Colin Gilmore, Humanities/Social Sciences
  • Jessica Lee, Arts and English
  • Melissa Tennyson, English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Shannon Gaul, Exercise Science
2016-17 Cohort
  • Ann Su, Women’s Studies
  • Dani Dennenberg, College Guidance
  • Cherise Frehner, English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Megan Faust, Geology
  • Susan Watson, Computer Applications
  • Tuba Kayaarasi-Rodriguez, Geography
2015-16 Cohort
  • Rachelle Katter, Health
  • Andrea Lowgren, History
  • Becca Parker, College Success & Career Guidance (LINKS, Future Connect)
  • Taryn Oakley, Environmental Studies
  • General Johnson, Education (CA Multicultural Center)
2014-15 Cohort
  • Lutgarda Cowan, English
  • Ken Kraska, Psychology
  • Alissa Leavitt, Health
  • Beth Manhat, Chemistry
  • Heidi Sickert, Business
2013-14 Cohort
  • Ben Clemenzi-Allen, English
  • Joye Otto, Writing
  • Maria Holmes, Business Administration
  • Marianne Monson, Writing
  • Virginia Schwartz, DE Reading and Writing
2012-13 Cohort
  • Oksana Kuzminova, Business Administration
  • Hsiao-Yun Shotwell, Chinese
  • Charlie Presti, History
  • Maria Alejandra Bonifaci, Spanish
2011-12 Cohort
  • Carl Yao, Math
  • Christine Weber, Art History
  • Anne Sinke, Humanities
  • Susan Federici, Chemistry
2010-11 Cohort
  • Alison Butler, Developmental Education
  • Alexa Maros, Business
  • Nell Johnson, English Composition
  • Amanda Gerke, Spanish
  • Lara Messersmith-Glavin, Developmental Education & English
  • Andrew Fague, Writing
2009-10 Cohort
  • Jessica Lamb, Writing
  • Linda Jones, Early Childhood Education
  • Hadiyah Miller, Early Childhood Education
  • Dana Gail, Physical Education
  • John Drain, Business Administration
  • Deborah Edwall, PCC Prep
2008-09 Cohort
  • Susan Iversen, Developmental Education
  • Katie Leonard Floyd, Aviation & Math
  • Cat Zimmerman, Instructional Improvement
  • Stephanie Zink, Spanish
  • Ted Picciotto, Chemistry
  • Alexie McNerthney, Biology


CBL provides active support, funding, and recognition to all PCC full time and part time faculty who are engaged practitioners. Various professional development opportunities are available throughout the year. See the CBL Professional Development Calendar for upcoming events and offerings.

CBL Professional Learning Community

An opportunity for faculty seeking to stay engaged and current in CBL/the community engagement field. Join faculty from across the district in exploring current topics related to this high impact practice.
Register to Join the CBL Professional Learning Community »

Join CBL’s 2021-22 Professional Learning Community (PLC)! Last year’s PLC offered collaborative opportunities for participants to learn and unlearn in community. Participants focused on expanding our knowledge sources and unlearning colonial mindsets. We continue to build a deeper understanding of the past, present and future of our work in community engagement, informed by critical race theory as a lens through which to examine our history, systems, philosophy, pedagogy and practice. This year, we turn to actions we can take in our classrooms to support students and community partners:

  • Fall | Crafting your CBL Syllabus Statement: Articulating your commitment to social justice and students as social change agents
  • Winter | Creating a Brave Space and Facilitating Reflection
  • Spring | Achieving Course Outcomes through Community Partnership
Each term faculty will have access to:
  • Workbook & Resources to develop/enhance specific pieces of their course’s community-based learning component
  • Virtual community gatherings that will provide space for feedback, discussion, reflection and connection.
  • Knowledge sources in a variety of formats (readings, podcasts, webinars, etc…)

Incentives for participation:

  • Participants can also apply for the Optional Virtual Office Hours: 1-on-1 Mentoring for Curriculum Development
    • Eligibility: Any PCC Faculty developing a new or revised CBL component for a credit bearing course. $250 stipend upon completion of requirements
Local, Regional, and National Professional Associations and Related Resources

Workshops, Conferences, and other professional development opportunities will be posted to the CBL Professional Development Calendar and shared with the CBL Community of Practice for Faculty.

Receive announcements and discussions concerning community-based learning programming, partnerships, and pedagogy.

Join the CBL Community of Practice for Faculty » Subscribe to PCC CBL group list-serv »

Upcoming Professional Development Offerings