Professional Development Program


CCBC Professional Development


Faculty Resources Supervisory/ Management Resources

Technology Resources

Leadership Diversity Resources Professional Organizations
 Training Resources General/ Comprehensive Resources Staff Resources 


CCBC celebrates learning and is committed to ensuring that our students and employees grow as learners, develop a passion for life-long learning and use what they have learned to benefit the workplace and our community. Some links to facilitate this learning are given below. If you know about additional good links which relate to the categories above, please let us know so that we may add them to this page. Please contact us to pass along these suggestions.


Faculty Resources

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The Awesome Library contains 35,000 reviewed resources, including sample lessons on various topics.

Filamentality is a fill-in-the-blank tool that guides you through picking a topic, searching the Internet, gathering good Internet links, and turning them into online learning activities. Support is built-in along the way through Mentality Tips. In the end, you'll create a web-based activity you can share with others even if you don't know anything about HTML or serving web pages.

Collaborative Learning -- Research shows that the opportunities for learning are greatly increased when students work together in groups toward a common goal. Collaborative learning is finding a place in more college classrooms as the necessity in the 'real' world for people to work and collaborate in groups increases. These articles and links should help you with new ideas for adding collaborative learning activities to your curriculum. is a search site for independent documentary, social issue, and educational videos.It facilitates the search process of professors, educators, and librarians looking for documentary films and videos, by allowing users to simultaneously search through the collections of multiple distributors, and organize results according to grade level, length, filmmaker, and other specific characteristics.Currently, DocuSeek features the collections of the following distributors: Bullfrog Films, Direct Cinema Limited, Fanlight Productions, First Run / Icarus Films, Frameline, New Day Films, and Women Make Movies.

Faculty Development Associates -- The online resources list at this site has something for everyone involved in teaching. Arranged alphabetically by topic are links to 170 assessment and instructional management sites, based in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the U.K.,the list is always being expanded upon and kept up-to-date. Also at the general site are weekly teaching tips that are aligned with the cycle of the academic year.

Getting Results is a free online course created for teaching in the community college and designed for part-time, adjunct, and new or experienced faculty in two- and four-year colleges --particularly those teaching science, mathematics, technology, and engineering. The course was funded by the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Division (ATE) program in the Division of Undergraduate Education and produced by WGBH Educational Foundation in association with the League for Innovation in the Community College. Getting Results draws on research about best practices in adult learning and was piloted at 13 community and technical colleges.

MERLOT is a leading edge, user-centered, searchable collection of peer reviewed and selected higher education, online learning materials,cataloged by registered members and a set of faculty development support services. MERLOT's vision is to be a premiere online community where faculty, staff, and students from around the world share their learning materials and pedagogy.

Teaching Tips Index -- These quick tips, organized topically, provide suggestions for assessment, teaching techniques, icebreakers, preparing a course syllabus, preparing a lesson plan, course design, motivating students and dealing with difficult behaviors, among many more. A ready reference from Honolulu Community College.

Free tips for new and experienced faculty from the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Instructional Development Center.

Power Point in the Classroom. This is a free, self-paced training program on the effective use of Power Point, from beginner to advanced.

Federal Citizen Information Center – free stuff for teachers.

State affiliates and the NEA have partnered with The Gateway to 21st Century Skills in an effort to provide free, comprehensive resources that will make lesson planning easier.

A nice summary of brain based learning from the University of Wisconsin.

A list of brain based learning resources on the web compiled at Bryn Mawr College.

A variety of links to brain-based learning sites, some more relevant than others.

This is a good article from AACU about motivating college students, especially the millennials.

Another tidbit from Honolulu Community College’s website addressing strategies for re-energizing you and your students during "midcourse droop."

On the official website of the Great Teachers Movement, the “Resource File” link has a number of great articles.

A compilation of faculty resources from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Free articles and newletters on generational issues from The Center for Generational Studies in Aurora Colorado.

Supervisory/ Management Resources

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Free Management Library – Billing itself as a complete integrated online library, this resource contains well-organized and helpful resources for supervisors and managers. The Library provides easy-to-access, clutter-free, comprehensive resources regarding the leadership and management of yourself, other individuals, groups and organizations. Over the past 10 years, the Library has grown to be one of the world's largest well-organized collections of these types of resources. There are approximately 650 topics in the Library, spanning 5,000 links. Topics include the most important practices to start, develop, operate, evaluate and resolve problems in for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Each topic has additionally recommended books and related Library topics.

Inside Higher Ed -- News, views and blogs delivered free each day to your in box. You don’t have to register to read the stories or submit comments but registration is required to take advantage of other free services.

The Society for College and University Planning maintains a Crisis & Disaster Management Planning for Higher Education web site with a variety of free resources. In addition, other resource pages exist for topics such as Academic Planning, Managing Space on Campus, Resource and Budget Planning, and Sustainability.

The American Management Association is a leader in professional development by striving to provide opportunities for experiential learning—“learning through doing.” The Association has a range of products and services, including seminars, Webcasts and podcasts, conferences, books and research.

The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy -- The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides national leadership on disability employment policy by developing and influencing the use of evidence-based disability employment policies and practices, building collaborative partnerships, and delivering authoritative and credible data on employment of people with disabilities. The publications of this office are particularly of value to managers with employees with disabilities.

More information about team building from the Human Resources department at UCSF.

Free articles and newletters on generational issues from The Center for Generational Studies in Aurora Colorado.

Technology Resources

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Microsoft's Higher Education is the collaboration center where universities, colleges and Microsoft technologies meet. The site's mission is to blend technology and education for the advancement of learning innovation and research.

Access E-Learning is a tutorial of the Georgia Tech Research on Accessible Distance Education (GRADE) project at Georgia Tech. This tutorial is comprised of 10 modules that offer information, instructional techniques, and practice labs on how to make the most common needs in distance education accessible for individuals with disabilities, and enhance the usability of online materials for all students.

Suggestions for Web Page Authors about various elements which make up an above average home page. Maintained at the Community and Technical College of The University of Toledo. Also links to related sites. This site has not been updated recently but many tips are still appropriate.

The Center for Women and Information Technology: The Center for Women and Information Technology, established at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in July 1998, seeks to address and rectify Internet gender gap and under representation of women in information technology problems and to enhance our understanding of the relationship between gender and IT.

The Institute for Learning Technologies (Columbia University) -- In 1986, the Trustees of Teachers College established the Institute for Learning Technologies with the mission of using digital technologies as means to effect humane reform in education. Through the decade just ended, the Institute for Learning Technologies (ILT) has directed several large projects integrating new media into the practice of elementary and secondary education. These projects are permitting ILT to create a body of emergent experience with the educational potential of digital technologies. We are learning some lessons, which are simultaneously sobering and hopeful.

From Virgil E. Varvel Jr. for the Illinois Online Network, a great article about using icebreakers online.



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The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) is a top-ranked, global provider of executive education that develops better leaders through its exclusive focus on leadership education and research. Founded in 1970 as a nonprofit, CCL helps clients around the world cultivate creative leadership—the capacity to achieve more than imagined by thinking and acting beyond boundaries.

Leading Forward -- This "one-stop shop" provides useful information about the Leading Forward project from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The site has a multitude of resources including publications and research about community college leadership, career services and professional development help.

Diversity Resources

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Diversity Web -- The DiversityWeb project is housed within the Office of Diversity, Equity and Global Initiatives at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Global Initiatives (DEGI) sees diversity and global knowledge as essential elements of any effort to foster civic engagement among today's college students. To support those goals, the office helps colleges and universities to establish diversity as a comprehensive institutional commitment and educational priority.

The NAACP, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is the oldest, largest and strongest Civil Rights Organization in the United States. The principal objective of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of the United States.

The mission of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as set forth in its strategic plan, is to promote equal opportunity in employment through administrative and judicial enforcement of the federal civil rights laws and through education and technical assistance.

The Department of Justice ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Home Page. The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, programs and services provided by state and local governments, goods and services provided by private companies, and in commercial facilities.

The U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau has links to statistics, programs, news and other features plus an extensive list of links to other related sites of interest to women.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators. NAFSA is a leading organization in the field of international education.

The Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) is an independent, non-profit, scientific research organization incorporated in the District of Columbia, established in 1987 to rectify the limited availability of policy relevant research on women's lives and to inform and stimulate debate on issues of critical importance for women. The Institute also works in affiliation with the graduate programs in public policy and women's studies at The George Washington University.

Diversity/Inclusion Resources Center -- The Resource Center is the American Association of Community Colleges' (AACC) focal point for all issues relating to inclusive education in community colleges. Its principle roles include: projecting at every opportunity the importance of effective and sensitive minority education programs in our colleges, collecting information on quality programs and disseminating it to the membership, working with other national associations and organizations to strengthen the voice of such efforts to federal managers and policy makers, and taking on action itself and encouraging new initiatives and program innovation throughout the national network of community colleges.

International Programs and Services -- Resources from the American Association of Community Colleges to assist community colleges in promoting global awareness, responsibility, intercultural understanding, and engagement among students, faculty, staff, and decision makers.

The Cultural Heritage Initiative for Community Outreach: CHICO, the Cultural Heritage Initiative for Community Outreach, is based at the University of Michigan School of Information. The goal of CHICO is to make cultural heritage materials accessible to a broad array of audiences. CHICO seeks to define, implement and evaluate the unique ways in which digital access to cultural heritage materials can extend and enhance outreach.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force -- A Policy Institute provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality. As part of a broader social justice movement, the task force works to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all.

Excelencia in Education -- By the year 2025, nearly one-quarter of the nation’s college-age population will be Latino. But not enough are earning college and university degrees. Accelerating Latino student success now–and for the next 15 years–is vital to our national interest. To ensure the high caliber of tomorrow’s workforce and civic leadership, Excelencia in Education links research, policy, and practice to inform policymakers and institutional leaders and promotes policies and practices that support higher educational achievement for Latino students and all students.

Tribal College Journal --On behalf of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium's member tribal colleges and universities, this site provides information for everyone interested in American Indian higher education. The culture-based publication addresses subjects important to the future of American Indian and Alaska Native communities utilizing both journalistic and scholarly articles.

National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS) provides the tools to successfully integrate women into male-dominated careers -- such as technology and law enforcement -- via training, publications, products, e-strategies, and research projects.

HEATH Resource Center of the American Council on Education is the national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. Support from the U.S. Department of Education enables HEATH to serve as an information exchange about educational support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, and opportunities at American campuses, vocational-technical schools, and other postsecondary training entities. 

Institute for Global Communication: Women's Internet Resources Collection -- This site is a good starting point for many other Internet sites containing issues, interests and information from women.

National Coalition for Equity in Education -- The National Coalition for Equity in Education - a coalition of early childhood through university educators - proactively advocates eradicating inequities in education. The coalition's practices are based on the Perspectives on Equity (link) and an emphasis on the notion that reflection and a personal understanding of inequities in educational settings are key components to effective change. Among other resources on their site, the coalition offers some starting questions for eight areas of discussion that need to be addressed by educators before change can be achieved.

Institute on Race and Poverty: Research, Education, and Advocacy -- The research institute was founded in 1993 to share the latest and most relevant information on issues confronting communities that face the combined challenges of racism and poverty. The goal of the institute is to promote scholarship, commentary, and dialog to increase the understanding and support of those constrained by racism and poverty.

On Campus with Women (OCWW), sponsored by AAC&U's Program on the Status and Education of Women, provides readers with the most up-to-date information on women in higher education. It focuses on women's leadership, the campus climate, curriculum and pedagogy, and new research and data on women.


Professional Organizations

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American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers -- AACRAO is a nonprofit, voluntary, professional association of more than 9,300 higher education administrators who represent more than 2,400 institutions and agencies in the United States and in thirty-nine other countries. The mission of the Association is to provide leadership in policy initiation, interpretation, and implementation in the global educational community. This is accomplished through the identification and promotion of standards and best practices in enrollment management, information technology, instructional management, and student services.

Council for Advancement and Support of Education -- CASE is the international organization serving alumni relations professionals, communicators, and educational fund raisers at colleges, universities, and independent K-12 schools throughout the world.

National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) -- NACUBO is a nonprofit organization representing the interests of chief administrative officers at institutions of higher education. The association promotes sound management and financial administration of colleges and universities through publications, continuing education seminars, information programs, and research and provides information to members concerning government activities affecting higher education.

The National Association for College Admission Counseling is an education association of secondary school counselors, college and university admission officers and counselors and related individuals who work with students as they make the transition from high school to postsecondary education. 

NorthAmerican Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development (NCSPOD) is an international professional organization for those engaged in faculty development, staff development, program and organizational development. As a member institution, CCBC benefits by having access to many resources developed by other institutions across the US and Canada.

National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development -- Created in 1978 with initial grants from the Kellogg Foundation, NISOD is a non-profit consortium of colleges and universities who share a philosophical commitment to support excellence in teaching and learning. Located at the University of Texas at Austin.

Society for Human Resource Management -- SHRM Online features daily news updates, an interactive bulletin board and in-depth information on human resource management.

Training Resources

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Icebreakers, Introductions, and Hellos for Teachers, Trainers and Facilitators was written to add excitement and variety to training. Both new icebreakers and variations on timeless classics are included in this guide. From Business Training Works, Port Tobacco, MD 20677. Each printable page is dedicated to one icebreaker and includes steps, materials needed, time involved, and variations.You are welcome to use and copy these icebreakers as much as you like. You may also distribute them as long as you include the Business Training Works, Inc. copyright. You may not, however, distribute them for money or as part of a package for sale or as “free with purchase” giveaway.

More Icebreakers -- This is a nice collection of icebreakers from Don Clark, intended for an office setting.

Mind Tools not only provides a great list of icebreaker ideas, they also share info about when to use an icebreaker, exactly what it is you're breaking, and how to design the right activity for your group.

More than 150 ready-to-use training games and activities from Thiagi.

A nice collection of games and links to other icebreaker websites.

Honolulu Community College has a large collection of faculty development resources online. Their page on adult learners is also fairly comprehensive.

A website with information about supporting creativity in the workplace.

The American Creativity Association’s website has links to tools you can use to foster creativity in many areas.

Good, quick list of the benefits of creativity from Buffalo State University.

A great deal of detailed information about the use of team building games, including discussion of whether and when games are appropriate along with specific team building suggestions.

General Resources

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The internationally recognized WorldImages database provides access to the California State University IMAGE Project. It has just been selected by the Library of Congress for inclusion in its historic collection of Internet materials. It contains approximately 80,000 images, is global in coverage and includes all areas of visual imagery. The images can be located using many search techniques on the left hand toolbar, from QuickSearch to Advanced and ADA Searches. For convenience the images are organized into over 800 portfolios that appear alphabetically in the Portfolio List. You can use them or explore the database using Browse Collections where the portfolios are hierarchically organized beginning with continents and subject grouping.

The Chronicle of Higher Education -- Although one can subscribe to this weekly periodical, many parts of it are searchable by non-subscribers.

The Dr. Grammar Frequently Asked Questions page contains answers to questions previously asked of Dr. Grammar that may provide help with your grammar questions.

ERIC Clearinghouse provides free access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and, if available, includes links to full text. ERIC is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

Integrated Learning Garden is a feature of The Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction (MCLI) at the Maricopa Community Colleges. As an environment for continuous learning; experimentation; and systemic, professional, and personal change. MCLI represents a comprehensive and collaborative model for educational leadership, learning innovation, and institutional transformation. Learning Communities are its center of focus. 

The Internet Public Library (IPL) was founded by a class at the University of Michigan's School of Information, and Michigan SI students almost exclusively generated its content and managed the Ask a Question reference service. On January 1, 2007, the IPL moved to Drexel University's College of Information Science and Technology. Now, a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science is developing and maintaining the IPL.

Learning Resources Network (LERN) -- LERN is an international association in lifelong learning, providing information and consulting resources to organizations offering lifelong learning programs, including classes, courses, seminars, conferences, and training. They have 4,000 members in 12 countries, including associations, colleges and universities, schools, businesses and community organizations.

The Maryland Association of Community Colleges -- MACC is the united voice and advocate for Maryland’s 16 community colleges and a resource for member institutions. Legislative updates and publications are featured along with links to special topical reports.

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all Massachusetts Institute of Technology course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent activity. It is a free publication of course materials that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT. Free lecture notes, exams, and videos are included and no registration is required. It is not a degree-granting or credit-bearing initiative. You can work through the materials at your own pace, and in whatever manner you desire.

The U.S. Department of Education publishes a wealth of information for teachers, administrators, policymakers, researchers, parents, students, and others with a stake in education.

Calendar Resources: The Bizarre American Holidays website, created by high school students, is fun in many ways. is a nice way to check calendars from the past or future, check the time in various places around the world, and check dates of more standard holidays in various countries, among other interesting features.
The Earth Calendar is another resource for world holidays and celebrations (For the purpose of this web site a "holiday" is any day that recognizes a cultural event, and not necessarily a day when businesses are closed.)

Staff Resources

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The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) is a not-for-profit professional association for office professionals with approximately 28,000 members and affiliates and nearly 600 chapters worldwide. Their mission is to enhance the success of career-minded administrative professionals by providing opportunities for growth through education, community building and leadership development. Since 1952, the IAAP has honored office workers by sponsoring Administrative Professionals Week. Today, it is one of the largest workplace observances outside of employee birthdays and major holidays. Articles and resources are available on their website. is a nice way to check calendars from the past or future, check the time in various places around the world and check dates of various holidays in various countries, among other interesting features.

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