Connecting with Success
Professional Development, and Flex
Dear SCC community:
Highlights this week
Accreditation is here this week with the AACJC. Please see the link below for more information:
Later this week…
New Faculty Personnel Review Workshop
See the calendar below for the day and time. Meanwhile, make this a productive week!
Staff Resource Center and Student Equity & Success
Working Together, Pursuing Excellence and Inspiring Achievement!
The week of October 5
The week of October 12
The week of October 19
The week of October 26
The week of November 2
Student Equity & Success Professional Development
Equity Institute with Dr. Veronica Neal
Friday, October 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Student Center
At a time where enrollment has potential! Join us for a day-long summit to explore how SCC can develop an ethos of equity – an equity mindset- across its instructions programs and services. By learning how we can infuse equity throughout the SCC campus culture, we can more readily identify and dismantle obstacles which have negatively affected specific student groups, in particular those identified in SCC’s Student Equity Plan. This workshop will facilitate faculty and staff to explore the notion of cultural humility as a path to equity and prepare them with tools to encourage campus engagement and courageous conversations.
College Completion Project Series
The “College Completion Project Series, Part 2 of 4”, with consultant, Dr. Robert Johnstone from the National Center for Inquiry & Improvement, NCII will provide guidance in working with SCC to design a “Clear Pathway” for college completion. The following dates are confirmed for continued support to our college as we look at ways to bring about innovative strategies in partnering Student Services with Instruction as they relate to student equity and successful college completion at our institution.
November 3, 11:30-3:30 p.m., register here
December 8, 11:30-3:30 p.m., register here
February 22, 11:30-3:30 p.m., register here
Your involvement and participation will become an important influence as to how we increase our rates across access, engagement, retention, course progress, persistence, and college completion. We look forward to your involvement and engagement! Look for the dates to show up in our Faculty/Staff calendar!
District Professional Development
Office of Human Resources- With this link you will find other required training by the district that expires from time to time.
Los Rios Community College District’s Interest-Based Approach (IBA) 3-day Training*
November 4, 5, and 6, 2015; Marriott Hotel: 11211 Point East Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
For more detail or to apply to attend the training, use this link:
Professional Development Data Base Direct Links
How to Evaluate Web Resources for Distance Education
Accreditation Updates for Sacramento City College
Links to Accreditation
IN THE NEWS:
During the recession, as students flooded Sacramento-area community colleges in a bid to learn new trades and pursue new careers, many were thwarted by state spending cuts, deep wait lists and crowded classrooms. Now that state funding is flowing anew, however, enrollment has fallen.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Assessment tools let educators zero in on traits they can help students improve, like classroom behaviors and study skills, conference speakers say.
Budget woes and completion goals are on the agenda. So are secret shoppers and new ideas for engaging students. After all, someone has to program and fly all those drones.
Who are you when you teach? When asked this question, most of us immediately respond by describing our teaching approaches. We might say “I’m more of a facilitator now.” Or we might respond with something like “I am a learner-centered teacher” or “I’m more of a lab teacher than lecturer.” But consider this question in another way: What “teaching presence” or persona underlies what you do as a teacher?
By: Samuel Buemi
Discussion boards. Google documents. YouTube videos. TED Talks. Khan Academy. These are just a few of the many resources some of us have used in our ever-growing arsenal of techie tools. We want to stay on the cutting edge. The Sloan Consortium (now Online Learning Consortium) predicts this trend toward an increased usage of technology will continue into the foreseeable future. So we continue to hone our skills, taking advantage of an ever-increasing array of technological options. We attend conferences, exchange ideas with colleagues, read up on the latest innovations—all in the interest of keeping our teaching on the technology edge. But I sometimes worry that we may have gone over the edge.
There is growing interest in the pedagogical literature in something called feedforward. It is, as the name implies, the opposite of feedback, which provides input after the fact. Feedforward offers input focused on the future. It lets students know what they should be doing or could be doing differently next time. If it’s a similar assignment, the “do differently” is specific advice on changes that will improve the next assignment. If it’s a different assignment, the “do differently” identifies what’s not the same about the next assignment and what needs to be done in a different way.
Community College Research Center
When someone asks you where you’re from … do you sometimes not know how to answer? Writer Taiye Selasi speaks on behalf of “multi-local” people, who feel at home in the town where they grew up, the city they live now and maybe another place or two. “How can I come from a country?” she asks. “How can a human being come from a concept?”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
Quote of the Week: The 4 Disciplines of Execution
In determining your wildly important goal, don’t ask “What’s most important?” Instead, begin by asking “If every other area of our operation remained at its current level of performance, what is the one area where change would have the greatest impact?”
McChesney, Chris; Covey, Sean; Huling, Jim (2012-04-24). The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals (p. 32). Free Press. Kindle Edition.
Have a terrific week!
Staff Resource Center and Student Equity & Success Staff Development