Eric Kunnen\’s GRCC Blog

Learning Academy Retreat – Calvin College, Prince Conference Center
May 18, 2007, 5:35 pm
Filed under: Work Activities

Learning Academy Staff Retreat

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Prince Conference Center at Calvin College

Friday, May 18, 2007

Introduction and Opening Activity

  – Color a piece of paper that describes these qualities about yourself.

  • Independent Thinker
  • Dependable
  • Team Player
  • Communicator
  • Task Oriented
  • Positive Disposition

Where have we been?

  – Action Plans from 06 – 07

  • We are here to provide planned experience for professional development.
  • 2010 Strategic Plan
    • College Action Projects
    • Learners – Programs Services – People – Financial – Community
    • Our focus is People
  • Process Based Management – Plan -> Do -> Assess -> Learn -> Plan…
  • MQA Report & Feedback
    • Category 5 Feedback
    • Quality is never an accident, it is the result of high intention, sincere effort, and skillful execution.
  • The purpose of the learning academy is to provide a holistic approach to employee development: wellness, enrichment, rewards and recognition, and skill acquisition – technical, relationship,a nd skill development. For Faculty, we enhance teaching practice and support the professional development of GRCC faculty.

Small Group Discussions

  • Faculty and LA staff had separate discussions around summarizing how the year went.


  • 3 of Calvin College Teaching Learning Team staff joined us for lunch for some discussions around teaching and technology. (Travis LaFleur, Rob Bobledyk, Dan Christian)
  • Lots of discussion around using the Bb Content System (for administrative and departmental document sharing), Community System (departments, clubs, committees), Help Desk (4 full time, 20 students), and how training, projects, etc. are managed at Calvin.

Small Group Discussion – LA Staff

  • Being authentic, such as the MQA Report and how accurate that is.
  • Being more deliberate about our Action Plans.
  • Use more strategies to plan in advance instead of putting out fires.
  • Managing culture more effectively by leading through example.
  • Work of becoming a learning centered organization.
  • Be more efficient about data collection, feedback, etc. on the Dashboard.
  • Accountability and follow through with being purposeful about connecting work to the strategic plan.

Current Process and Staffing

07-08 Action Plans



2 Comments so far
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Awesome blog Eric! Thanks for your post on the LA Retreat.

Comment by gbrand

Thanks for keeping these notes Eric – they’ll be used for future staff meetings ~

Comment by mike

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