The Faculty Inquiry Network: Examining Basic Skills Instruction in California Community Colleges

ISKME is conducting a study of the Faculty Inquiry Network (FIN). Funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Walter S. Johnson Foundation, and the San Francisco Foundation, FIN was launched in January 2009 as a professional development program and community of practice led by the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District. The purpose of FIN is to build a network of 18 colleges across the state to improve basic skills education through teacher professional development, inquiry, and knowledge sharing. FIN seeks to help faculty explore how students learn basic skills, their challenges to learning, and strategies to address those challenges — as well as supporting the sharing and documentation of inquiry outcomes through media-based projects, such as videos and websites.



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