Friday, March 8

FRCC Boulder County Campus

Longmont, CO

2019 Western Regional LA Workshop

Saturday, March 9

CU Boulder

Boulder, CO

Join us in beautiful Colorado! We're excited to host this two-day workshop on March 8-9 in partnership between Front Range Community College (Boulder County Campus) and University of Colorado Boulder.

Who should attend? You! Plus some of your colleagues. Whether you're new to the Learning Assistant (LA) model or have years of experience working with LAs in your classroom, you'll learn something to help you implement next steps.

LEARN, CONNECT, DO.....for the success of all our students!

Workshop Organizers: Christy Gomez (FRCC-BCC) and Laurie Langdon (CU Boulder)

LAgents: Laurel Hartley (CU Denver), Bud Talbot (CU Denver), Anthony Escuadro (Harold Washington College, City Colleges of Chicago), Susan Hendrickson (CU Boulder)

Additional workshop facilitators and faculty panelists:

FRCC-BCC: Ken Monks, Mary Siems

FRCC - LC: Eric Salahub, Kerri Mitchell

CU Boulder: Jennifer Avena, Betsy McIntosh, Athena Sparks, Daniel Bolton

Registration is open through Monday, March 4, or until the workshop fills up. We recommend that institutions send teams that include faculty who use (or might use) LAs in their courses, program directors, pedagogy course instructors, administrators, and others who want to learn more about the LA model or how to improve their existing LA program.

Here is the link:

The workshop agenda is available here.

The two-day workshop is designed so you engage with others from your own "institutional team" as well as connect with participants from other institutions. Contact Christy or Laurie if you have questions about the schedule.

  • Sessions are designed to engage participants.
  • You'll have time to think and reflect as well as share your ideas with others.
  • We schedule specific blocks of time for you to be able to plan next steps so that you can take what you are learning and have something ready to implement when you leave the workshop.


10:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Welcome & workshop overview

LA Program Overview, including data and outcomes

Partnering for the Success of All Our Students

Institutional Team introductions

Essential Elements of the LA Model

Pedagogy Course Models

Weekly Prep Session Models

LA Panel

Group reservation for dinner @ Oskar Blues (not included in registration fee)


8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Day 1 Summary and Day 2 Preview

Ways to Use LAs

Active Learning

Researching student (and other) outcomes

Discipline-based curriculum discussions

Pedagogy course <--> Weekly prep session connections

Starting an LA Program; Sustaining & Scaling

LA Program & Similar Peer Instruction Models

Planning Your Next Steps

Lodging in Longmont

We have secured group rates for Springhill Suites by Marriott in Longmont. This hotel is within walking distance of the FRCC campus and Oskar Blues.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Longmont

1470 Dry Creek Drive | Longmont, Colorado 80503

Direct: (303) 845-1367 | Fax: (303) 682-2897

(All-suite rooms, includes breakfast)

$109 for a king rooms and $109 for double rooms.

Click HERE to directly access the group rate reservation page.

Map Links:

Longmont: FRCC, hotels, Oskar Blues

Boulder: CU Boulder UMC (Union Memorial Center)


We recommend renting a car for transportation to/from the airport and between the campuses. If you are interested in carpooling, please contact Christy Gomez or Laurie Langdon.

The Learning Assistant Alliance is supported by University of Colorado Boulder and NSF grant #s DUE-1525338, 1524893, 1525354, & 1524829.

The FRCC-BCC / CU Boulder LA Partnership is supported by NSF grant #s DUE-1557347 and 1557351.