Author Archives: Norman Lorenz

March 2-8, 2015 – Spring- Professional Development Activities

SCC NEWS THIS WEEK:

This month’s focus:

  • DROPPING STUDENTS WHO HAVE EXCESSIVE ABSENCES

  • PERSONAL ENRICHMENT

  • DIVERSITY IN THE CLASSROOM

  • MINDSET, BOOK REVIEW ROUNDTABLE

  • IBA

  • HIRING COMMITTEE TRAINING

  • REGULAR AND SUBSTANTIVE CONTACT IN D2L

  • CLASSIFIED RETREAT OF THE MONTH, WEEK OF MARCH 30

See Calendar below…

 


 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

The week of March 02

Mar 6

D2L GRADEBOOK

Fri., Mar. 6 @ 9:30am - 10:30am
Mar 6

Diversity for Hiring Training

Fri., Mar. 6 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm

The week of March 09

Mar 12

Mindset, by Carol Dweck, Book Review Round Table

Thu., Mar. 12 @ 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mar 13

Course Planning with Reading Apprenticeship

Fri., Mar. 13 @ 8:00am - 12:00pm
Mar 13

Mindset, by Carol Dweck, Book Review Round Table

Fri., Mar. 13 @ 11:00am - 12:00pm

The week of March 16

Mar 20

REGULAR & SUBSTANTIVE CONTACT IN D2L

Fri., Mar. 20 @ 9:30am - 10:30am

The week of March 23

The week of March 30

Mar 30

Spring Recess

Mar. 30 - Apr. 5 @ 8:00am - 5:00pm
Apr 1

23rd Annual Classified Staff Retreat

Wed., Apr. 1 @ 8:00am - 4:30pm


Distance Education, Web-Based, and Handouts from Spring 2015 Flex Week Workshops (24/7)

3C Media Solutions

A Student Engagement Model: A Flipped Classroom Model Using Montessori Pedagogical Instructional Strategies in a Five Step Process of Course Delivery for Implications On Student Success

Avoid Email Overload

Apply the Online Education Initiative (OEI) developed Course Design Rubric to Your Online Courses

How to Make Videos and Caption Them

Tools Beyond the Classroom: How You Can Help Students Succeed in Your Class When Crisis Hits (Flex Thursday)

Using Google Analytics to Improve your SCC Website (Tech Wednesday)

Using Los Rios Wi-Fi

 


Sacramento City College Student Success

Teaching, Learning, and Service Charette Guides:

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Spring 2014 Charette)

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Summer 2014 Charette)

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Fall 2014 Division Charette)

 

Institutional & Program Plans including Professional Development for Student Success

The Student Equity Plan, 2014-15

The Student Success & Support Plan, 2014-15

Staff Development Program Plan, 2015-16

 


Student Support around Teaching and Learning

Instructional Considerations

Concurrent with steps related to employment and communication with the college, while preparing and managing instruction, this checklist can assist with the steps associated with teaching and learning.

The Early Alert Referral System & Counseling Crisis Intervention Services

Early Assistance

SARS Alert Reporting

SARS is a student referral system for educators across campus. The most effective resource referral is within the first three weeks of the semester. The referral provides students needing assistance beyond the scope of the classroom with appropriate resources that can contribute to student engagement, retention, persistence, academic progress, and completion. The results can lead to student success! Please communicate with the student and refer her/him if you feel she/he could benefit from these resources.

Disability Services and Programs for Students

DSPS provides a variety of academic support services to students with disabilities. Our goal is to provide students the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations.

Counseling Crisis Intervention Services

As faculty and staff members, you may encounter various crises that require urgent attention. You are in a prime position to come into contact with a student who would benefit from prompt counseling assistance for personal or mental health problems.

Distressed behaviors are often emotional but not necessarily disruptive. If you have a student experiencing any of the following, informing the student about available assistance through the Counseling Center may be helpful.

Emergency Services

District ER on Campus

 


IN THE NEWS:

New York Times

The Treasury’s schedule of financing this week includes Monday’s auction of new three- and six-month bills and an auction of four-week bills on Tuesday.

At the close of the New York cash market on Friday, the rate on the outstanding three-month bill was 0.02 percent. The rate on the six-month issue was 0.08 percent, and the rate on the four-week issue was 0.03 percent.

The following tax-exempt fixed-income issues are scheduled for pricing this week:

California, $1.9 billion of general obligation bonds. Bank of America.

Citrus Community College District, Calif., $60 million of general obligation bonds. Piper Jaffray.

companies in central New Jersey hiring people to repair copper phone lines. So in January 2013 he trained at a local community college as a heating and air-conditioning specialist. After graduating in December 2013,


Chronicle for Higher Education

 


Faculty Focus

By: in Effective Teaching Strategies

The flipped learning model of instruction has begun to make the transition from an educational buzzword to a normative practice among many university instructors, and with good reason. Flipped learning provides many benefits for both faculty and students. However, instructors who use flipped learning soon find out that a significant amount of work is sometimes necessary to win students over to this way of conducting class. Even when the benefits of flipped learning are made clear to students, some of them will still resist. And to be fair, many instructors fail to listen to what students are really saying.

 

By: in Teaching and Learning

I was looking at one of my old teaching and learning books, Kenneth Eble’s 1988 book The Craft of Teaching. Some parts are now a bit dated, but many are not. It was one of those books that greatly influenced how a lot of us thought about teaching and learning back then.

But I found something in the book that was even older. Eble includes a discussion of and several quotes from an 1879 book (actually the ninth edition) by Josiah Fitch titled The Art of Questioning. Eble writes that it’s a small book and was originally aimed at British Sunday school teachers. Here’s the quote that caught my attention.

 

By: in Instructional Design

Many faculty now have students work in teams to complete course-long projects that are designed to accomplish multiple course objectives and that count for a significant part of the course grade. These groups do not always function well, which concerns faculty. If experiences in groups do not develop good teamwork skills, then maybe it’s better not to use groups and have students do assignments individually. Frequently that’s what they prefer anyway.

 

By: in Teaching Professor Blog

Many of us have encountered cohort groups in our teaching, and by that I mean those groups of students that proceed together through a program, typically a professional one. They take all or most of their courses together, often in lock step. Cohort teaching happens to some degree in most courses. Students in a major at smaller institutions often end up taking many of their courses together. Sometimes there are cohort groups within a class, say a group of commuter students who went to the same high school, or students who live on campus in the same residence hall, or a group of adults taking a work-related course.

By: in Online Education

When Sheri Litt became dean of arts and sciences at Florida State College’s Open Campus, one of her priorities was to address the issue of online learner satisfaction and success. “We started looking at the data,” Litt says. “We looked at students’ comments on surveys to find out what they were disappointed with in their online courses. And a lot of comments [said, in essence,] ‘I felt my instructor didn’t care’ or ‘I felt my instructor would just log in once every six weeks’ or ‘It would take an entire semester for the instructor to grade an assignment, and [he or she] didn’t really give me any feedback so I could develop my skills.’” Based on this qualitative approach, Litt and her colleagues developed a set of best practices that have improved student motivation, satisfaction, and success.

 


Inside Higher Education

CUNY’s accelerated degree program for community college students doubles graduation rates and is cost-effective, a study finds. And the model may be exported to three Ohio colleges.


TED TALKS:

Newly Released

Jon Gosier:

The problem with “trickle-down techonomics”

Hooray for technology! It makes everything better for everyone!! Right? Well, no. When a new technology, like ebooks or health trackers, is only available to some people, it has unintended consequences for all of us. Jon Gosier, a TED Fellow and tech investor, calls out the idea of “trickle-down techonomics,” and shares powerful examples of how new tech can make things actually worse if it’s not equally distributed. As he says, “the real innovation is in finding ways to include everyone.”

Trending Now

Ken Robinson:

How schools kill creativity

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

 Growth Mindset…

March 2-8, 2015

With his growth mindset, he asked “How can I teach them?” not “Can I teach them?” and “How will they learn best?” not “Can they learn?”

Dweck, Carol (2006-02-28). Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (p. 64). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

 

On behalf of the Staff Resource Center, make your week a productive one!

Cordially,

Norman

Staff Resource Center

Feb 23-March 1, 2015 – Spring- Professional Development Activities

SCC NEWS THIS WEEK:

This week’s focus:

  • THE “BLUE BOOK” A GUIDE TO PARTICIPATORY DECISION-MAKING AT SAC CITY COLLEGE

  • TECHNOLOGY BOOK FAIR HIGHER EDUCATION ARTICLES & RESOURCES

  • DIVERSITY IN THE CLASSROOM: A REACHING AND LEARNING INSTITUTE (EIGHT-PART SERIES)

  • NEW FACULTY SPRING SERIES (PART 2 OF 4 – PREZI)

See Calendar below…

 


 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

The week of February 23

The week of March 02

Mar 6

D2L GRADEBOOK

Fri., Mar. 6 @ 9:30am - 10:30am
Mar 6

Diversity for Hiring Training

Fri., Mar. 6 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm

The week of March 09

Mar 12

Mindset, by Carol Dweck, Book Review Round Table

Thu., Mar. 12 @ 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mar 13

Course Planning with Reading Apprenticeship

Fri., Mar. 13 @ 8:00am - 12:00pm
Mar 13

Mindset, by Carol Dweck, Book Review Round Table

Fri., Mar. 13 @ 11:00am - 12:00pm

The week of March 16

Mar 20

REGULAR & SUBSTANTIVE CONTACT IN D2L

Fri., Mar. 20 @ 9:30am - 10:30am

 


Distance Education, Web-Based, and Handouts from Spring 2015 Flex Week Workshops (24/7)

3C Media Solutions

A Student Engagement Model: A Flipped Classroom Model Using Montessori Pedagogical Instructional Strategies in a Five Step Process of Course Delivery for Implications On Student Success

Avoid Email Overload

Apply the Online Education Initiative (OEI) developed Course Design Rubric to Your Online Courses

How to Make Videos and Caption Them

Tools Beyond the Classroom: How You Can Help Students Succeed in Your Class When Crisis Hits (Flex Thursday)

Using Google Analytics to Improve your SCC Website (Tech Wednesday)

Using Los Rios Wi-Fi

 


Sacramento City College Student Success

Teaching, Learning, and Service Charette Guides:

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Spring 2014 Charette)

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Summer 2014 Charette)

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Fall 2014 Division Charette)

 

Institutional & Program Plans including Professional Development for Student Success

The Student Equity Plan, 2014-15

The Student Success & Support Plan, 2014-15

Staff Development Program Plan, 2015-16

 


Student Support around Teaching and Learning

Instructional Considerations

Concurrent with steps related to employment and communication with the college, while preparing and managing instruction, this checklist can assist with the steps associated with teaching and learning.

The Early Alert Referral System & Counseling Crisis Intervention Services

Early Assistance

SARS Alert Reporting

SARS is a student referral system for educators across campus. The most effective resource referral is within the first three weeks of the semester. The referral provides students needing assistance beyond the scope of the classroom with appropriate resources that can contribute to student engagement, retention, persistence, academic progress, and completion. The results can lead to student success! Please communicate with the student and refer her/him if you feel she/he could benefit from these resources.

Disability Services and Programs for Students

DSPS provides a variety of academic support services to students with disabilities. Our goal is to provide students the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations.

Counseling Crisis Intervention Services

As faculty and staff members, you may encounter various crises that require urgent attention. You are in a prime position to come into contact with a student who would benefit from prompt counseling assistance for personal or mental health problems.

Distressed behaviors are often emotional but not necessarily disruptive. If you have a student experiencing any of the following, informing the student about available assistance through the Counseling Center may be helpful.

Emergency Services

District ER on Campus

 


IN THE NEWS:

New York Times

In Service Sector, No Rest for the Working

 


Chronicle for Higher Education

Fulbright Program Seeks to Get More Community Colleges Involved in Exchanges

While usually seen as an opportunity for researchers at universities, Fulbright is helping two-year institutions become more international.

Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Scholars and Students

Who’s Tying Money to College Performance, and How? A Report Breaks It Down

The report, funded by the Gates Foundation, assesses policies in 35 states and spotlights the strategies that seem to work best.

Foreign-Language Enrollments Drop After Years of Increases

Overall enrollments fell 6.7 percent from the fall of 2009 to the fall of 2013, the latest survey by the Modern Language Association finds.

 


Faculty Focus

Learner-Centered Pedagogy and the Fear of Losing Control

By: in Teaching and Learning

In the spring of 1991, I returned to teaching after more than five years as a Benedictine monk. The monastery had been founded in China in the 1920s, and when exiled after the Chinese Revolution, the community had relocated to the Mojave Desert in California. During my novitiate, I had taken up a private study of modern Chinese history, even though my research and academic formation at Cambridge University had been in early modern English puritan studies. When my community sent me to study theology at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, I also studied the history of missiology and continued to read about the modern emergence of Christianity in China. So when the history department of a small liberal arts college in Santa Barbara asked me to teach a non-Western course after I left monastic life, I suggested Modern Chinese History.

Why Students Should Be Taking Notes

By: in Teaching and Learning

Students can be pretty demanding about wanting the teacher’s PowerPoints, lecture notes, and other written forms of the content presented in class. And a lot of teachers are supplying those, in part trying to be responsive to students but also because many students now lack note-taking skills. If they can’t take good notes, why not help them succeed by supplying them with notes?

Office Hours Redux

By: in Teaching Professor Blog

In the final post of 2014, I shared some comments about blog “conversations,” wondering what else we might do to take our exchanges to the next level. The comments made in response to a post are typically shared across a period of time. If you’re one of the first to comment, do you return later to read what other folks had to say? I’m doubtful that many us of have that sort of time.

Office Hours Alternative Resonates with Students

By: in Teaching and Learning

Faculty regularly face the problem of getting the students most in need of help to come to the office for help. Not only do a small number of students take advantage of office hours, typically those who show up are not those who most need to be there. In previous issues we have reported on research that offers some reasons why this happens. When students start getting feedback that they are doing poorly, some begin to doubt their abilities. They conclude that they just don’t have what it takes and so getting help isn’t going to make any difference. Other times, it’s the stress of having to face the professor with their failure. Some students are so lost, they don’t even know what to ask, and their confidence is so shaken, they have trouble processing helpful information when it’s delivered.

 


Inside Higher Education

New America Foundation argues that regulations governing federal financial aid are keeping community college students from earning degrees faster.


Community College Research Center (CCRC)

The Latest News from CCRC

FEBRUARY 2, 2015 | ISSUE NO. 145

 


TED TALKS:

Newly Released

We’ll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don’t have to. He makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.

Trending Now

Nadine Burke Harris:

How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

 Coherence & Student Success into Career Paths

January Feb 23-March 1, 2015

“While colleges and universities have been attacked on the provision of skills, they have been criticized even more harshly for not providing students with a vision of how their studies might affect society at large. In Crisis on Campus: A Bold Plan for Reforming Our Colleges and Universities (2010), Mark Taylor argues that “the curriculum [has] become increasingly fragmented, and the educational process loses its coherence as well as relevance for the broader society”.

Barbezat, Daniel P.; Bush, Mirabai (2013-10-30). Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning (pp. 7-8). Wiley. Kindle Edition.

With this in mind, we must strive as a college to maintain an awareness of our role with students to assist in connecting our content with the broader society that graduates will launch into their career path.

 

On behalf of the Staff Resource Center, make your week a productive one!

Cordially,

Norman

Staff Resource Center

Feb 16-22, 2015 – Spring- Professional Development Activities

SCC NEWS THIS WEEK:

This week, with a focus on Friday and Monday holidays, a reflection upon U.S. President’s invites us to take pause about our history, the current trends, and optimism for change in the future. Given student success at the college is a forefront issue, a number of representatives district-wide will be participating in conferences addressing what students face in relationship to teaching and learning, college completion, and integration into career paths.

Areas of emphasis this week:

  • A continuous look at Accreditation
  • Student Services: Referrals to SARS Alert for support
  • Higher Education conferences
  • Hiring workshops- Tuesday, February 17th, 5:30-6:45 p.m.Sacramento City College, room LRC-105 or Monday, February 23rd, 5:30-6:45 p.m. Cosumnes River College, LRC-125
  • Wednesday, The Unprepared Student Webinar in the Little Theater, PAC 106, see the calendar!
  • Higher Education Articles & Resources

Conferences of interest next week:

Hispanic Serving Institutes, HSI

Achieving the Dream Conference

Upon completion of these conferences, panel discussions will be offered for those individuals interested in a debrief as to how the information will become part of our college! Stay tuned!


 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

The week of February 16

The week of February 23

The week of March 02

Mar 6

D2L GRADEBOOK

Fri., Mar. 6 @ 9:30am - 10:30am
Mar 6

Diversity for Hiring Training

Fri., Mar. 6 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm

The week of March 09

Mar 12

Mindset, by Carol Dweck, Book Review Round Table

Thu., Mar. 12 @ 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mar 13

Course Planning with Reading Apprenticeship

Fri., Mar. 13 @ 8:00am - 12:00pm
Mar 13

Mindset, by Carol Dweck, Book Review Round Table

Fri., Mar. 13 @ 11:00am - 12:00pm


 

Distance Education, Web-Based, and Handouts from Spring 2015 Flex Week Workshops (24/7)

3C Media Solutions

A Student Engagement Model: A Flipped Classroom Model Using Montessori Pedagogical Instructional Strategies in a Five Step Process of Course Delivery for Implications On Student Success

Avoid Email Overload

Apply the Online Education Initiative (OEI) developed Course Design Rubric to Your Online Courses

How to Make Videos and Caption Them

Tools Beyond the Classroom: How You Can Help Students Succeed in Your Class When Crisis Hits (Flex Thursday)

Using Google Analytics to Improve your SCC Website (Tech Wednesday)

Using Los Rios Wi-Fi


CONVOCATION, Spring 2015 Highlights

Here are the highlights of Convocation, including the President’s message, the Chancellor’s Keynote, and the Accreditation Self-Evaluation Open Forum Presentation and Review Draft links…

SCC Convocation Web Page

President Jeffery’s Spring 2015 Convocation Address Presentation

  • A Look Back at Sacramento City College and preparation for the 100 year anniversary
  • Accomplishments over the last year, 2014
  • A look ahead at Accreditation

The Chancellor’s Keynote…

  • The Spring Convocation Presentation
  • Tom Hanks’ opinion piece in the New York Times—a California community college “made me what I am today”
  • A fact sheet regarding President Obama’s “America’s College Promise Proposal” to make community college more accessible and affordable

Convocation – Spring 2015 – Accreditation Presentation

Here are the links to the 2015 Accreditation REVIEW DRAFTS. If you have any questions or feedback, please click the link and e-mail us!

Standard I, II, III, & IV

The “Blue Book” A Guide to Participatory Decision-making At Sacramento City College

In connection to accreditation, the PRIE office is responsible to provide workshops and professional development for the college and participatory decision-making and shared governance. Enclosed in the “Blue Book” are resources for college personnel in the communication structures to decision-making and shared governance. The Staff Resource Center will be supporting the PRIE office throughout the semester to provide training and information concerning the guide. See the calendar of events for scheduled times throughout the semester.

 


Sacramento City College Student Success

Teaching, Learning, and Service Charette Guides:

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Spring 2014 Charette)

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Summer 2014 Charette)

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Fall 2014 Division Charette)

 

Institutional Plans for Student Success

The Student Equity Plan, 2014-15

The Student Success & Support Plan, 2014-15

 


Student Support around Teaching and Learning

Instructional Considerations

Concurrent with steps related to employment and communication with the college, while preparing and managing instruction, this checklist can assist with the steps associated with teaching and learning.

The Early Alert Referral System & Counseling Crisis Intervention Services

Early Assistance

SARS Alert Reporting

SARS is a student referral system for educators across campus. The most effective resource referral is within the first three weeks of the semester. The referral provides students needing assistance beyond the scope of the classroom with appropriate resources that can contribute to student engagement, retention, persistence, academic progress, and completion. The results can lead to student success! Please communicate with the student and refer her/him if you feel she/he could benefit from these resources.

Disability Services and Programs for Students

DSPS provides a variety of academic support services to students with disabilities. Our goal is to provide students the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations.

Counseling Crisis Intervention Services

As faculty and staff members, you may encounter various crises that require urgent attention. You are in a prime position to come into contact with a student who would benefit from prompt counseling assistance for personal or mental health problems.

Distressed behaviors are often emotional but not necessarily disruptive. If you have a student experiencing any of the following, informing the student about available assistance through the Counseling Center may be helpful.

Emergency Services

District ER on Campus

 


District Information & Professional Development

Dear Los Rios Colleagues:

Los Rios Inducted Into Sacramento Business Hall of Fame

In February, the Los Rios Community College District was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce. I hope you will find an opportunity to celebrate this wonderful acknowledgement of the great work you do on behalf of our students!

Brian King,

Chancellor

Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame

 

Announcing… the new HR Training web page!

The Employee Training and Staff Development web pages are now consolidated into just this one Employee Training web page. With everything in one place, it’s easier to find and access the most updated training documents and information.

Some of the links are not active yet, but they will be activated as soon as the content is developed and uploaded.

How to find it without the link:

  1. Go to losrios.edu
  2. Employees
  3. All other links require secure login – click here to enter
  4. Human Resources
  5. Employee Training

If you have suggestions about things to add or things to have available under multiple classifications, please let Valerie Carrigan know at the district office at 916.568.3106 or at carrigv@losrios.edu.

 

Los Rios Community College District’s
Interest-Based Approach (IBA)
3-day Training

Los Rios Colleagues:

You are invited to apply to participate in IBA!

March 11, 12, and 13, 2015

Marriott Hotel: 11211 Point East Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

Please read the attached newsletter and application form for details.

IBA Spring 2015 Newsletter

IBA Spring 2015 Application

(The deadline to apply is February 20, 2015!)

 


IN THE NEWS:

The Chronicle for Higher Education

Obama Says Students Should ‘Get the Best Skills Possible,’ Quickly and Cheaply

In a town-hall address at Indiana’s Ivy Tech Community College, the president said his proposal for free community college could help achieve that goal.

The MOOC Hype Fades, in 3 Charts

First came the hype, then the backlash, and now a gradual fade into quasi-irrelevance. New survey data provide some insight into the three-year arc of free online courses.

3 Things Academic Leaders Believe About Online Education

Online education is now thought to be crucial even at small colleges, according to survey results.

How Reviews on ‘Rate My Professors’ Describe Men and Women Differently

A new tool created by a Northeastern University professor mines millions of evaluations to reveal biases about male and female instructors.

 


Faculty Focus

How to Get Your Students to Come to Class Prepared

By: in Instructional Design

Imagine a world where students came to class prepared. Class time would be so much more productive and enjoyable for teachers and students alike. We would have informed class discussions and focus on students applying, analyzing, and evaluating the material under our expert guidance.

Don’t Assume Difficult Question Automatically Lead to Higher-Order Thinking

By: in Teaching and Learning

They’re the kind of questions that promote thinking and result in sophisticated intellectual development. They’re the kind of questions teachers aspire to ask students, but, according to research, these types of questions aren’t the typical ones found on most course exams. Part of the disconnect between these aspirations and the actualities results from the difficulty of writing questions that test higher-order thinking skills.

Evaluating Discussion Forums for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

By: in Online Education

The discussion forum is an essential part of online courses. It’s where students interact, reflect, exchange ideas, and expand their knowledge base. The quality of the discussion forum depends on the ability to develop a sense of community, the clarity of the discussion questions, and the use of a grading rubric that includes standards of performance.

Our Ongoing Quest to Improve Student Learning: High Standards and Realistic Expectations

By: in Teaching Professor Blog

“Teaching is such a challenge! Just when one thinks improvements are happening, the goal post of perfection moves further away. A bit like getting better headlights on one’s car: now you can see as far as the next corner, but the final destination remains out of sight!” Thanks to Nigel Armstrong, whom I met during a professional development day at Niagara University, for this insight.

Promoting Digital Citizenship and Academic Integrity in Technology Classrooms

By: in Teaching with Technology

New technology continues to emerge and influence the classroom learning environment. Students now have immediate and unlimited access to digital content, resources, and databases. To capitalize on the wealth of available Internet resources, many educators are joining the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative, which encourages students to use their own personal electronic devices (smartphones, tablets) during class time to augment and support learning. For example, students search for definitions and websites that enhance the course topic being discussed. Or students (as a class or in small groups) use online resources to solve a posted scenario.

 


Inside Higher Education

Not a Small World After All

MLA report shows 6.7 percent drop in language enrollments after decades of growth.

 


TED TALKS:

Newly Released

Ricardo Semler:

How to run a company with (almost) no rules

What if your job didn’t control your life? Brazilian CEO Ricardo Semler practices a radical form of corporate democracy, rethinking everything from board meetings to how workers report their vacation days (they don’t have to). It’s a vision that rewards the wisdom of workers, promotes work-life balance — and leads to some deep insight on what work, and life, is really all about. Bonus question: What if schools were like this too?

Trending Now

Yann Dall’Aglio:

Love — you’re doing it wrong

In this delightful talk, philosopher Yann Dall’Aglio explores the universal search for tenderness and connection in a world that’s ever more focused on the individual. As it turns out, it’s easier than you think. A wise and witty reflection on the state of love in the modern age. (Filmed at TEDxParis.)


QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

In partnership with the Basic Skills Initiative, BSI, SRC & BSI will co-sponsor a book review round table discussion, Thursday and Friday, March 12/13. The book, “Mindset”, by Dr. Carol Dweck looks at “The New Psychology of Success”

January Feb 16-22, 2015

“Whether human qualities are things that can be cultivated or things that are carved in stone is an old issue. What these beliefs mean for you is a new one: What are the consequences of thinking that your intelligence or personality is something you can develop, as opposed to something that is a fixed, deep-seated trait?”

Dweck, Carol (2006). Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (p. 62). Random House Publishing Group.

Look for an upcoming book review round table! To purchase the book, either hard or soft cover, and/or kindle edition, go to: Mindset, The New Psychology of Success.

On behalf of the Staff Resource Center, make your week a productive one!

Cordially,

Norman

Staff Resource Center

Feb 9-15, 2015 – Spring- Professional Development Activities

SCC NEWS THIS WEEK:

This week, with a focus on Friday and Monday holidays, a reflection upon U.S. President’s invites us to take pause about our history, the current trends, and optimism for change in the future. Given student success at the college is a forefront issue, a number of representatives will be participating in conferences addressing what students face around teaching and learning.

Areas of emphasis this month:

  • A continuous look at Accreditation
  • Student Services: Referrals to SARS Alert for support
  • Higher Education conferences
  • Hiring workshops- Tuesday, February 17th, 5:30-6:45 p.m.Sacramento City College, room LRC-105 or Monday, February 23rd, 5:30-6:45 p.m. Cosumnes River College, LRC-125
  • Higher Education Articles & Resources

Conferences of interest next week:

Hispanic Serving Institutes, HSI

Achieving the Dream Conference

Upon completion of these conferences, panel discussions will be offered for those individuals interested in a debrief as to how the information will become part of our college! Stay tuned!

 


 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

The week of February 09

The week of February 16

The week of February 23

Distance Education, Web-Based, and Handouts from Spring 2015 Flex Week Workshops (24/7)

3C Media Solutions 

A Student Engagement Model: A Flipped Classroom Model Using Montessori Pedagogical Instructional Strategies in a Five Step Process of Course Delivery for Implications On Student Success

Avoid Email Overload

Apply the Online Education Initiative (OEI) developed Course Design Rubric to Your Online Courses

How to Make Videos and Caption Them

Tools Beyond the Classroom: How You Can Help Students Succeed in Your Class When Crisis Hits (Flex Thursday)

Using Google Analytics to Improve your SCC Website (Tech Wednesday) 

Using Los Rios Wi-Fi


CONVOCATION, Spring 2015 Highlights

Here are the highlights of Convocation, including the President’s message, the Chancellor’s Keynote, and the Accreditation Self-Evaluation Open Forum Presentation and Review Draft links…

SCC Convocation Web Page

President Jeffery’s Spring 2015 Convocation Address Presentation

  • A Look Back at Sacramento City College and preparation for the 100 year anniversary
  • Accomplishments over the last year, 2014
  • A look ahead at Accreditation

The Chancellor’s Keynote…

  • The Spring Convocation Presentation
  • Tom Hanks’ opinion piece in the New York Times—a California community college “made me what I am today”
  • A fact sheet regarding President Obama’s “America’s College Promise Proposal” to make community college more accessible and affordable

Convocation – Spring 2015 – Accreditation Presentation

Here are the links to the 2015 Accreditation REVIEW DRAFTS. If you have any questions or feedback, please click the link and e-mail us!

Standard I, II, III, & IV

The “Blue Book” A Guide to Participatory Decision-making At Sacramento City College

In connection to accreditation, the PRIE office is responsible to provide workshops and professional development for the college and participatory decision-making and shared governance. Enclosed in the “Blue Book” are resources for college personnel in the communication structures to decision-making and shared governance. The Staff Resource Center will be supporting the PRIE office throughout the semester to provide training and information concerning the guide. See the calendar of events for scheduled times throughout the semester.

 


Sacramento City College Student Success

Teaching, Learning, and Service Charette Guides:

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Spring 2014 Charette)

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Summer 2014 Charette)

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Fall 2014 Division Charette)

 

Institutional Plans for Student Success

The Student Equity Plan, 2014-15

The Student Success & Support Plan, 2014-15

 


Student Support around Teaching and Learning

Instructional Considerations

Concurrent with steps related to employment and communication with the college, while preparing and managing instruction, this checklist can assist with the steps associated with teaching and learning.

The Early Alert Referral System & Counseling Crisis Intervention Services

Early Assistance

SARS Alert Reporting

SARS is a student referral system for educators across campus. The most effective resource referral is within the first three weeks of the semester. The referral provides students needing assistance beyond the scope of the classroom with appropriate resources that can contribute to student engagement, retention, persistence, academic progress, and completion. The results can lead to student success! Please communicate with the student and refer her/him if you feel she/he could benefit from these resources.

Disability Services and Programs for Students

DSPS provides a variety of academic support services to students with disabilities. Our goal is to provide students the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations.

 Counseling Crisis Intervention Services

As faculty and staff members, you may encounter various crises that require urgent attention.  You are in a prime position to come into contact with a student who would benefit from prompt counseling assistance for personal or mental health problems.

Distressed behaviors are often emotional but not necessarily disruptive.  If you have a student experiencing any of the following, informing the student about available assistance through the Counseling Center may be helpful.

Emergency Services

District ER on Campus

 


District Information & Professional Development

Dear Los Rios Colleagues:

Los Rios Inducted Into Sacramento Business Hall of Fame

This past Friday night, the Los Rios Community College District was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce. I hope you will find an opportunity to celebrate this wonderful acknowledgement of the great work you do on behalf of our students!

Brian King,

Chancellor

Announcing… the new HR Training web page! 

 The Employee Training and Staff Development web pages are now consolidated into just this one Employee Training web page. With everything in one place, it’s easier to find and access the most updated training documents and information.

Some of the links are not active yet, but they will be activated as soon as the content is developed and uploaded.

How to find it without the link:

  1. Go to losrios.edu
  2. Employees
  3. All other links require secure login – click here to enter
  4. Human Resources
  5. Employee Training

If you have suggestions about things to add or things to have available under multiple classifications, please let Valerie Carrigan know at the district office at 916.568.3106 or at carrigv@losrios.edu

 

Los Rios Community College District’s
Interest-Based Approach (IBA)
3-day Training

Los Rios Colleagues:

You are invited to apply to participate in IBA!

March 11, 12, and 13, 2015

Marriott Hotel: 11211 Point East Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

Please read the attached newsletter and application form for details.

IBA Spring 2015 Newsletter

IBA Spring 2015 Application

(The deadline to apply is February 20, 2015!)

 


IN THE NEWS:

The Chronicle for Higher Education

 The Credit Hour Is Here to Stay, at Least for Now

 


Faculty Focus

Online Student Retention Requires a Collaborative Approach 

A Grade Forecasting Strategy for Students

Strategies to Help Transform Your Online Courses

Group Work: What Do Students Want from Their Teammates? 

Giving and Receiving Instructional Advice

 


Inside Higher Education

 Rate My Word Choice

 


TED TALKS:

Newly Released

Jaap de Roode:

How butterflies self-medicate

Just like us, the monarch butterfly sometimes gets sick thanks to a nasty parasite. But biologist Jaap de Roode noticed something interesting about the butterflies he was studying — infected female butterflies would choose to lay their eggs on a specific kind of plant that helped their offspring avoid getting sick. How do they know to choose this plant? Think of it as “the other butterfly effect” — which could teach us to find new medicines for the treatment of human disease.

Trending Now

Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

In partnership with the Basic Skills Initiative, BSI, SRC & BSI will co-sponsor a book review round table discussion, Thursday and Friday, March 12/13. The book, “Mindset”, by Dr. Carol Dweck looks at “The New Psychology of Success”

January Feb 9-15, 2015

Professor Dweck:

“When Heidi [the teaching assistant] told me my exam results today I didn’t know whether to cry or just sit down. Heidi will tell you, I looked like I won the lottery (and I feel that way, too)! I can’t believe I did SO WELL. I expected to “scrape” by. The encouragement you have given me will serve me well in life.… I feel that I’ve earned a noble grade, but I didn’t earn it alone. Prof. Dweck, you not only teach [your] theory, you SHOW it. Thank you for the lesson. It is a valuable one, perhaps the most valuable I’ve learned at Columbia. And yeah, I’ll be doing THAT [using these strategies] before EVERY exam! Thank you very, very much (and you TOO Heidi)!”

No longer helpless,

June

Dweck, Carol (2006). Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (p. 62). Random House Publishing Group.

The Staff Resource Center is proud to support this partnership with BSI! Together, we focus on instructional leadership in ways that are innovative and unique.

Look for an upcoming book review round table! To purchase the book, either hard or soft cover, and/or kindle edition, go to: Mindset, The New Psychology of Success.

On behalf of the Staff Resource Center, have a terrific week!

Cordially,

Norman

Staff Resource Center

Feb 2-8, 2015 – Spring- Professional Development Activities

SCC NEWS THIS WEEK:

Thanks to over 10% of our campus population for contributing feedback to the recent Professional Development/Flex & Convocation survey. In the spirit of continuous improvement, the Staff Resource Center will forge paths with constituencies across campus to be an ongoing influence for professional development. These relationships offer the potential for effective teaching and learning in promoting overall student success and ultimate community college completion and graduation.

Last chance if you still want to participate in the college-wide survey:

Spring 2015 Flex and Convocation Satisfaction Survey

Areas of emphasis this month focus on:

Teaching and learning

  • A continuous look at Accreditation
  • Student Services: Referrals to SARS Alert for support
  • Dropping and Student and connection to Financial Aid
  • Higher Education Articles & Resources

 


 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

The week of February 02

The week of February 09

The week of February 16

The week of February 23

Distance Education, Web-Based, and Handouts from Spring 2015 Flex Week Workshops (24/7)

3C Media Solutions 

A Student Engagement Model: A Flipped Classroom Model Using Montessori Pedagogical Instructional Strategies in a Five Step Process of Course Delivery for Implications On Student Success

Avoid Email Overload

Apply the Online Education Initiative (OEI) developed Course Design Rubric to Your Online Courses

How to Make Videos and Caption Them

Tools Beyond the Classroom: How You Can Help Students Succeed in Your Class When Crisis Hits (Flex Thursday)

Using Google Analytics to Improve your SCC Website (Tech Wednesday) 

Using Los Rios Wi-Fi


CONVOCATION, Spring 2015 Highlights

Here are the highlights of Convocation, including the President’s message, the Chancellor’s Keynote, and the Accreditation Self-Evaluation Open Forum Presentation and Review Draft links…

SCC Convocation Web Page

President Jeffery’s Spring 2015 Convocation Address Presentation

  • A Look Back at Sacramento City College and preparation for the 100 year anniversary
  • Accomplishments over the last year, 2014
  • A look ahead at Accreditation

The Chancellor’s Keynote…

  • The Spring Convocation Presentation
  • Tom Hanks’ opinion piece in the New York Times—a California community college “made me what I am today”
  • A fact sheet regarding President Obama’s “America’s College Promise Proposal” to make community college more accessible and affordable

Convocation – Spring 2015 – Accreditation Presentation

Here are the links to the 2015 Accreditation REVIEW DRAFTS. If you have any questions or feedback, please click the link and e-mail us!

Standard I, II, III, & IV

The “Blue Book” A Guide to Participatory Decision-making At Sacramento City College

In connection to accreditation, the PRIE office is responsible to provide workshops and professional development for the college and participatory decision-making and shared governance. Enclosed in the “Blue Book” are resources for college personnel in the communication structures to decision-making and shared governance. The Staff Resource Center will be supporting the PRIE office throughout the semester to provide training and information concerning the guide. See the calendar of events for scheduled times throughout the semester.

 


Sacramento City College Student Success

Teaching, Learning, and Service Charette Guides:

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Spring 2014 Charette)

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Summer 2014 Charette)

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Fall 2014 Division Charette)

 

Institutional Plans for Student Success

The Student Equity Plan, 2014-15

The Student Success & Support Plan, 2014-15

 


Student Support around Teaching and Learning

Instructional Considerations

Concurrent with steps related to employment and communication with the college, while preparing and managing instruction, this checklist can assist with the steps associated with teaching and learning.

The Early Alert Referral System & Counseling Crisis Intervention Services

Early Assistance

SARS Alert Reporting

SARS is a student referral system for educators across campus. The most effective resource referral is within the first three weeks of the semester. The referral provides students needing assistance beyond the scope of the classroom with appropriate resources that can contribute to student engagement, retention, persistence, academic progress, and completion. The results can lead to student success! Please communicate with the student and refer her/him if you feel she/he could benefit from these resources.

Disability Services and Programs for Students

DSPS provides a variety of academic support services to students with disabilities. Our goal is to provide students the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations.

 Counseling Crisis Intervention Services

As faculty and staff members, you may encounter various crises that require urgent attention.  You are in a prime position to come into contact with a student who would benefit from prompt counseling assistance for personal or mental health problems.

Distressed behaviors are often emotional but not necessarily disruptive.  If you have a student experiencing any of the following, informing the student about available assistance through the Counseling Center may be helpful.

Emergency Services

District ER on Campus

 


District Information & Professional Development

Dear Los Rios Colleagues:

Los Rios Inducted Into Sacramento Business Hall of Fame

This past Friday night, the Los Rios Community College District was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce. I hope you will find an opportunity to celebrate this wonderful acknowledgement of the great work you do on behalf of our students!

Brian King,

Chancellor

Announcing… the new HR Training web page! 

 The Employee Training and Staff Development web pages are now consolidated into just this one Employee Training web page. With everything in one place, it’s easier to find and access the most updated training documents and information.

Some of the links are not active yet, but they will be activated as soon as the content is developed and uploaded.

How to find it without the link:

  1. Go to losrios.edu
  2. Employees
  3. All other links require secure login – click here to enter
  4. Human Resources
  5. Employee Training

If you have suggestions about things to add or things to have available under multiple classifications, please let Valerie Carrigan know at the district office at 916.568.3106 or at carrigv@losrios.edu

 

Los Rios Community College District’s
Interest-Based Approach (IBA)
3-day Training

Los Rios Colleagues:

You are invited to apply to participate in IBA!

March 11, 12, and 13, 2015

Marriott Hotel: 11211 Point East Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

Please read the attached newsletter and application form for details.

IBA Spring 2015 Newsletter

IBA Spring 2015 Application

(First deadline to apply is February 6, 2015!)

 


IN THE NEWS:

The New York Times

 In Budget, Obama’s Unfettered Case for Spreading the Wealth

 


The Chronicle for Higher Education

Obama Presses for Free Community College and Tax Reform

The Day the Purpose of College Changed

 


Faculty Focus

Ten Tips for More Efficient and Effective Grading

How to Help Students Improve Their Note-Taking Skills

Finding a Place for Creative Assignments in Your Course

First Exam of the Semester: A Wake-up Call for Students

Appreciative Inquiry: A Way to Guide Positive Change in Your Department

 


Inside Higher Education

Judge Weighs In on CCSF

 


 Sacramento Bee

Grit and Gratitude Join Reading, Writing and Arithmetic on Report Cards; Students Scored on Attitudes Along with Academics

A bit of a back story to this article’s consideration and importance in higher education. Given the institution’s attention to the Student Success Score card, the article could offer some insight and shed light to how our college classrooms could adapt, accommodate, and possibly assimilate to teaching and learning in a way that overall achievement in teaching and learning could be accomplished.

 


TED TALKS:

Newly Released

Zeynep Tufekci:

How the Internet has made social change easy to organize, hard to win

Today the speed at which we spread information is so fast that a single email can launch a worldwide awareness campaign, as with the Occupy movement. Yet as techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci seeks to show, the ease of social media can actually hurt social change in the long run. From Gezi to the Arab Spring to Ukraine to Hong Kong, she shows how today’s movements can miss out on the benefits of doing things the hard (and slow) way.

Trending Now

Brené Brown:

The power of vulnerability

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

“At the heart of contemplation is the same quality that is at the heart of all great scholarship: profound attentiveness to the phenomena that one is trying to understand.”

Barbezat, Daniel P.; Bush, Mirabai (2013-10-30).

January Feb 2-8, 2015

The Staff Resource Center is proud to unveil a book study this semester called, “Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning”, by Barbezat, Daniel P.; Bush, Mirabai (2013-10-30). by Wiley Publishing.

“This book is a hugely inspiring and practical resource for educators, giving them a whole other dimension of experience from which to bring to life the beauty of their subject and engage their students in discovering that beauty for themselves. Contemplative practices, integrated into the curriculum of higher education in the ways the authors describe and advocate so skillfully and compellingly, have the capacity to transform our relationship to learning itself, in all its mystery, intimacy, difficulty, and wonder.”— Jon Kabat Zinn, author, Full Catastrophe Living and Mindfulness for Beginners

“Contemplative Practices in Higher Education is truly a breakthrough book, showing how profound attentiveness, intellectual rigor, and self -knowledge can be seamlessly woven together. It offers us a transformed view of a student, a teacher, the academy, and the world.”—

Look for an upcoming book review round table! To purchase the book, either hard or soft cover, and/or kindle edition, go to: Contemplative Practices in Higher Education

 

On behalf of the Staff Resource Center, with the census date present, classroom and campus normalization is in process for facilitating effective teaching and learning leadership empowering student success!

Cordially,

Norman

Staff Resource Center

January 26-Feb 1, 2015 – Spring- Professional Development Activities

SCC NEWS THIS WEEK:

Thanks to everyone who participated in Sacramento City College’s Spring 2015 Flex & Convocation Week Professional Development Series! A huge THANK YOU to all of our presenters, attendees, and facilitator’s. We would love to get your feedback regarding the professional development, flex, and Convocation events.

Therefore, if you haven’t already participated in offering your feedback, in the spirit of continuous improvement, please follow the link below to submit your opinions. The survey participation due date is Friday, January 30.

SPRING 2015 FLEX AND CONVOCATION SATISFACTION SURVEY

For faculty that are required to report your professional development through flex obligation, here is the link to the form. Save it to your documents folder, then complete, print, sign, scan (or physical turn in) and e-mail a copy into your dean’s office by April 15, 2015.

Flex Obligation Form Spring 2015

 


 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

The week of January 26

The week of February 02

The week of February 09

The week of February 16

Distance Education, Web-Based, and Handouts from Spring 2015 Flex Week Workshops (Anytime)

3C Media Solutions 

A Student Engagement Model: A Flipped Classroom Model Using Montessori Pedogogical Instructional Strategies in a Five Step Process of Course Delivery for Implications On Student Success

Avoid Email Overload

Apply the Online Education Initiative (OEI) developed Course Design Rubric to Your Online Courses

How to Make Videos and Caption Them

Tools Beyond the Classroom: How You Can Help Students Succeed in Your Class When Crisis Hits (Flex Thursday)

Using Google Analytics to Improve your SCC Website (Tech Wednesday) 

Using Los Rios Wi-Fi


CONVOCATION, Spring 2015 Highlights

Here are the highlights of Convocation, including the President’s message, the Chancellor’s Keynote, and the Accreditation Self-Evaluation Open Forum Presentation and Review Draft links…

SCC Convocation Web Page

President Jeffery’s Spring 2015 Convocation Address Presentation

  • A Look Back at Sacramento City College and preparation for the 100 year anniversary
  • Accomplishments over the last year, 2014
  • A look ahead at Accreditation

The Chancellor’s Keynote…

  • The Spring Convocation Presentation
  • Tom Hanks’ opinion piece in the New York Times—a California community college “made me what I am today”
  • A fact sheet regarding President Obama’s “America’s College Promise Proposal” to make community college more accessible and affordable

Convocation – Spring 2015 – Accreditation Presentation

Here are the links to the 2015 Accreditation REVIEW DRAFTS. If you have any questions or feedback, please click the link and e-mail us!

Standard I, II, III, & IV

 


Sacramento City College Student Success

Teaching, Learning, and Service Charette Guides:

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Spring 2014 Charette)

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Summer 2014 Charette)

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Fall 2014 Division Charette)

 

Institutional Plans for Student Success

The Student Equity Plan, 2014-15

The Student Success & Support Plan, 2014-15

 


Student Support

The Early Alert Referral System & Counseling Crisis Intervention Services

Early Assistance

SARS Alert Reporting

SARS is a student referral system for educators across campus. The referral provides students needing assistance beyond the scope of the classroom with appropriate resources that can contribute to student engagement, retention, persistence, academic progress, and completion. The results can lead to student success! Please communicate with the student and refer her/him if you feel she/he could benefit from these resources.

 Counseling Crisis Intervention Services

As faculty and staff members, you may encounter various crises that require urgent attention.  You are in a prime position to come into contact with a student who would benefit from prompt counseling assistance for personal or mental health problems.

Distressed behaviors are often emotional but not necessarily disruptive.  If you have a student experiencing any of the following, informing the student about available assistance through the Counseling Center may be helpful.

Emergency Services

District ER on Campus

 


IN THE NEWS:

The New York Times

A Quiet Revolution in Helping Lift the Burden of Student Debt

The Value of Community Colleges

From The Upshot: Community College and the Economy

Tom Hanks on His Two Years at Chabot College

 


The Chronicle for Higher Education

What the President’s Tax Proposal Would Mean for Higher Education

 


Faculty Focus

Strategies for Preventing Student Resistance

It’s Not Too Early to Begin Preparing Students for Cumulative Finals 

Supporting International Students Online

Why Students Don’t Attend Office Hours

 


Inside Higher Education

Two Years of Free Community College

 


College Planning & Management

College Planning & Management December 2014 Issue

 


Community College Journal

Community College Journal Winter Issue, 2014-15

 


 Announcing… the new HR Training web page! 

 The Employee Training and Staff Development web pages are now consolidated into just this one Employee Training web page. With everything in one place, it’s easier to find and access the most updated training documents and information.

Some of the links are not active yet, but they will be activated as soon as the content is developed and uploaded.

How to find it without the link:

  1. Go to losrios.edu
  2. Employees
  3. All other links require secure login – click here to enter
  4. Human Resources
  5. Employee Training

If you have suggestions about things to add or things to have available under multiple classifications, please let Valerie Carrigan know at the district office at 916.568.3106 or at carrigv@losrios.edu

 


TED TALKS:

Newly Released

Morgana Bailey:

The danger of hiding who you are

Morgana Bailey has been hiding her true self for 16 years. In a brave talk, she utters four words that might not seem like a big deal to some, but to her have been paralyzing. Why speak up? Because she’s realized that her silence has personal, professional and societal consequences. In front of an audience of her co-workers, she reflects on what it means to fear the judgment of others, and how it makes us judge ourselves.

Trending Now

Carol Dweck:

The power of believing that you can improve

Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

Good Teachers Make Good Leaders

January 26-Feb 1, 2015

Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.
-Richard Feynman

On behalf of the Staff Resource Center, our advice, plan accordingly, and give yourself an inspiring week!

Cordially,

Norman

Staff Resource Center

January 19-25, 2015 – Spring- Professional Development Activities

SCC NEWS:

This week:

For those of you that missed the convocation program, look for material next week related to the event. Highlights were:

 

- The President’s Address…

– Come Walk With Me will return this semester

– Reflections of the chalkboard in the quad “Before I die I want to… (See below for the TED talk trending this week…

– Pugh Report on Millennial’s…

 

The Chancellor’s Keynote…

State of the District…

See the calendar below for more information…

 


 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

The week of January 19

The week of January 26

The week of February 02

 


CONVOCATION, Spring 2015, Friday, January 16, 2015 Highlights

If you missed Convocation, including the President’s message and the Chancellor’s keynote, along with the Accreditation Self-Study Open Forum, look for these highlights next week”

SCC Convocation Web Page

 


Sacramento City College Student Success

Teaching, Learning, and Service Charette Guides:

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Spring 2014 Charette)

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Summer 2014 Charette)

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Fall 2014 Division Charette)

 


The Early Alert Referral System & Counseling Crisis Intervention Services

Early Assistance

SARS Alert Reporting

SARS is a student referral system for educators across campus. The referral provides students needing assistance beyond the scope of the classroom with appropriate resources that can contribute to student engagement, retention, persistence, academic progress, and completion. The results can lead to student success! Please communicate with the student and refer her/him if you feel she/he could benefit from these resources.

 Counseling Crisis Intervention Services

As faculty and staff members, you may encounter various crises that require urgent attention.  You are in a prime position to come into contact with a student who would benefit from prompt counseling assistance for personal or mental health problems.

Distressed behaviors are often emotional but not necessarily disruptive.  If you have a student experiencing any of the following, informing the student about available assistance through the Counseling Center may be helpful.

 


IN THE NEWS:

The Chronicle for Higher Education

What the President’s Tax Proposal Would Mean for Higher Education

City College of San Francisco Wins a Reprieve in Its Accreditation Battle

Community Colleges Buck the Trend of Shrinking Humanities

College Students Think They’re Ready for the Work Force. Employers Aren’t So Sure.

 


 

Faculty Focus

Keeping Students on Board with Concept Maps

Six Tips for Preparing Your Online Course

Five Tips for Dealing with Combative Students in the Online Environment

Effective Ways to Structure Discussion

 


 

Inside Higher Education

Judge Weighs In on CCSF

Federal Promise Unveiled

 


 

College Planning & Management

College Planning & Management December 2014 Issue

 


 

Community College Journal

Community College Journal Winter Issue, 2014-15

 


 

TED TALKS:

Newly Released

Matthieu Ricard:

How to let altruism be your guide

What is altruism? Put simply, it’s the wish that other people may be happy. And, says Matthieu Ricard, a happiness researcher and a Buddhist monk, altruism is also a great lens for making decisions, both for the short and long term, in work and in life.

Trending Now

Candy Chang:

Before I die I want to…

In her New Orleans neighborhood, artist and TED Fellow Candy Chang turned an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard asking a fill-in-the-blank question: “Before I die I want to ___.” Her neighbors’ answers — surprising, poignant, funny — became an unexpected mirror for the community. (What’s your answer?)


QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

Martin Luther King Jr. on Leadership

January 19-25, 2015

Innovative capitalists have tried to rewrite nature, but to no avail.
-Astrid Alauda

On behalf of the Staff Resource Center, here’s to a brilliant beginning to the spring semester.

Cordially,

Norman

Staff Resource Center

January 12-18, 2015 – Spring- Professional Development Activities

SCC NEWS:

This week:

Spring 2015 Flex & Convocation Week, Professional Development Series

See the calendar below for more information:

 


 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

The week of January 12

For more information, see

Spring 2015 Flex & Convocation Week, Professional Development Series

The week of January 19

 


 SPRING 2015 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & FLEX:

Spring 2015 Flex & Convocation Week, Professional Development Series

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14, 2015 – TECHNOLOGY & CURRENT INTEREST WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2015 – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

 


CONVOCATION, Spring 2015, Friday, January 16, 2015

SCC Convocation Web Page

SCC Spring 2015 Convocation Calendar Page

 


Sacramento City College Student Success

Teaching, Learning, and Service Charette Guides:

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Spring 2014 Charette)

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Summer 2014 Charette)

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Fall 2014 Division Charette)

 


The Early Alert Referral System & Counseling Crisis Intervention Services

Early Assistance

SARS Alert Reporting

SARS is a student referral system for educators across campus. The referral provides students needing assistance beyond the scope of the classroom with appropriate resources that can contribute to student engagement, retention, persistence, academic progress, and completion. The results can lead to student success! Please communicate with the student and refer her/him if you feel she/he could benefit from these resources.

 Counseling Crisis Intervention Services

As faculty and staff members, you may encounter various crises that require urgent attention.  You are in a prime position to come into contact with a student who would benefit from prompt counseling assistance for personal or mental health problems.

Distressed behaviors are often emotional but not necessarily disruptive.  If you have a student experiencing any of the following, informing the student about available assistance through the Counseling Center may be helpful.


IN THE NEWS:

A Note from The Chancellor, Brian King

Overview of the Governor’s 2015-16 Budget Proposal and Implications for Community Colleges and Los Rios

 


 

The Chronicle for Higher Education

 Obama Proposes Free Community College for Millions of Students

Free-College Plan Evokes Spirit of Historic Higher Ed Acts

Who Has a Stake in Obama’s Free Community-College Plan?

 The Players Who Influenced Obama’s Free-College Plan

 What Students Pay at Community Colleges Now—and How Obama’s Proposal Might Change That

 


 

Faculty Focus

Effective Ways to Structure Discussion

 Plagiarism: An Interesting Disconnect between Students’ Thoughts and Actions

Using Fundamental Concepts and Essential Questions to Promote Critical Thinking

 


 

Inside Higher Education

Adjunct Insecurity

Experimenting with Competency

 


 

College Planning & Management December 2014 Issue

 


 

Community College Journal Winter Issue, 2014-15

 


 

TED TALKS:

Newly Released

Navi Radjou:

Creative problem-solving in the face of extreme limits 

Navi Radjou has spent years studying “jugaad,” also known as frugal innovation. Pioneered by entrepreneurs in emerging markets who figured out how to get spectacular value from limited resources, the practice has now caught on globally. Peppering his talk with a wealth of examples of human ingenuity at work, Radjou also shares three principles for how we can all do more with less.

Trending Now

Thomas Hellum:

The world’s most boring television … and why it’s hilariously addictive

You’ve heard about slow food. Now here’s slow … TV? In this very funny talk, Norwegian television producer Thomas Hellum shares how he and his team began to broadcast long, boring events, often live — and found a rapt audience. Shows include a 7-hour train journey, an 18-hour fishing expedition and a 5.5-day ferry voyage along the coast of Norway. The results are both beautiful and fascinating. Really.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

Visions, Values, & New Goals in the New Year

January 12-18, 2015

“Good schools, like good societies and good families, celebrate and cherish diversity.”
-Deborah Meier

On behalf of the Staff Resource Center, we look forward to your participation and contributions this spring semester. In the meantime, wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Cordially,

Elaine Ader, Brody Choy, Diana Daniels, Tamanna Khatun, Norman Lorenz, & Tyler Wyckoff

Staff Resource Center

December 15-21, 2014 – Fall – Professional Development Activities

SCC NEWS:

This week:

Final Exams

End of Semester

Winter Recess

Spring 2015 Flex & Convocation Week, Professional Development Series

See the calendar below for more information:

 


 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

The week of December 15

The week of January 12

For more information, see

Spring 2015 Flex & Convocation Week, Professional Development Series

The week of January 19

 


 SPRING 2015 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & FLEX:

Spring 2015 Flex & Convocation Week, Professional Development Series

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14, 2015 – TECHNOLOGY & CURRENT INTEREST WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2015 – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

 


CONVOCATION, Spring 2015, Friday, January 16, 2015

SCC Convocation Web Page

SCC Spring 2015 Convocation Calendar Page

 


Sacramento City College Student Success

Teaching, Learning, and Service Charette Guides:

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Spring 2014 Charette)

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Summer 2014 Charette)

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Fall 2014 Division Charette)

 


The Early Alert Referral System

Early Assistance

SARS Alert Reporting

SARS is a student referral system for educators across campus. The referral provides students needing assistance beyond the scope of the classroom with appropriate resources that can contribute to student engagement, retention, persistence, academic progress, and completion. The results can lead to student success! Please communicate with the student and refer her/him if you feel she/he could benefit from these resources.

 


IN THE NEWS:

The Chronicle for Higher Education

 The Talk—and Pledges—at the White House Summit on College Opportunity

 More Than 100 Colleges Made Pledges at the First White House Summit. Here’s How 6 Fared.

 At the White House Summit, 3 Things That Worked—and 2 That Didn’t

 


Faculty Focus

Our Weekly Conversation about Teaching and Learning

How to Communicate the Value of Your Faculty Development Center

Developing Students’ Self-Assessment Skills

 


Inside Higher Education

Room to Experiment

Black and Not Feeling Welcome

Teaching International Students

 


Community College Research Center

The December Issue

Community College Research Center: The December Issue

 


 

TED TALKS:

Newly Released

Vernā Myers:

How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them

Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we’ve seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.

Trending Now

Philip Zimbardo:

The psychology of time

Psychologist Philip Zimbardo says happiness and success are rooted in a trait most of us disregard: the way we orient toward the past, present and future. He suggests we calibrate our outlook on time as a first step to improving our lives.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

Visions, Values, & New Goals in the New Year

December 15-21, 2014

“With the changing economy, no one has lifetime employment. But community colleges provide lifetime employability.”

Barack Obama

Read more at: Brainy Quote

On behalf of the Staff Resource Center, we wish everyone a Happy Holidays!

Cordially,

Elaine Ader, Brody Choy, Diana Daniels, Tamanna Khatun, Norman Lorenz, & Tyler Wyckoff

Staff Resource Center

December 8-14, 2014 – Fall – Professional Development Activities

SCC NEWS:

This week:

BROWN BAG WITH BRIAN (RESCHEDULED)

D2L Drop Ins

Launching of Spring 2015 Flex, Professional Development & Convocation schedules, see links below…

Finals week of December 12-18:

LAST DAY FOR DIVISIONS TO ENTER DIVISIONAL PRIORITIES ONLINE

Final Exams

End of Semester

Winter Recess

See the calendar below for more information:

 


 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

The week of December 8

The week of December 15

The week of January 12

For more information, see the Spring 2015 Flex & Professional Development Booklet schedule below for Technology Wednesday & Thursday PD/Flex workshops, including Convocation Friday.

The week of January 19

 

 


 SPRING 2015 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & FLEX:

Spring 2015 Professional Development/Flex Booklet (This link will go live later this week!)

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14, 2015 – TECHNOLOGY & CURRENT INTEREST WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2015 – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

 


CONVOCATION, Spring 2015, Friday, January 16, 2015

Continental Breakfast, City Cafe, 7:00am – 7:45 am

Celebration of Excellence, Performing Arts Center Theater, 8:00am – 8:45am

Convocation Program, Performing Arts Center Theater, 9:00am – 10:30am

Accreditation Forum, Performing Arts Center & City Cafe, 10:30am – 1:00pm (Tentative)

 


Sacramento City College Student Success

Teaching, Learning, and Service Charette Guides:

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Spring 2014 Charette)

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Summer 2014 Charette)

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Fall 2014 Division Charette)

 


The Early Alert Referral System

Early Assistance

SARS Alert Reporting

SARS is a student referral system for educators across campus. The referral provides students needing assistance beyond the scope of the classroom with appropriate resources that can contribute to student engagement, retention, persistence, and completion. The results can lead to student success! Please communicate with the student and refer her/him if you feel she/he could benefit from these resources.

 


IN THE NEWS:

The Chronicle for Higher Education

Students’ Long Paths to Completion Carry Major Financial Consequences

Can Digital ‘Badges’ and ‘Nanodegrees’ Protect Job Seekers From a First-Round Knockout?

Fostering Entrepreneurial Spirit in a City of Immigrants

New Rules Would Judge Teacher-Prep Programs on Job Placements and Student Learning

 


Faculty Focus

Cruel Student Comments: Seven Ways to Soothe the Sting

How to Deal with Incivility in the Online Classroom

Why We Believe in Our Students, a Timely Reminder

 


Inside Higher Education

Allegations and Bullet Fly in Texas

 


Community College Research Center

The December Issue

Community College Research Center: The December Issue

 


 

TED TALKS:

Newly Released

Rainer Strack:
It sounds counter intuitive, but by 2030, many of the world’s largest economies will have more jobs than adult citizens to do those jobs. In this data-filled — and quite charming — talk, human resources expert Rainer Strack suggests that countries ought to look across borders for mobile and willing job seekers. But to do that, they need to start by changing the culture in their businesses.

Trending Now

Susan Colantuono:
You’re doing everything right at work, taking all the right advice, but you’re just not moving up. Why? Susan Colantuono shares a simple, surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before quite so plainly. This talk, while aimed at an audience of women, has universal takeaways — for men and women, new grads and midcareer workers.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

Reflections & Wishes…

December 8-14, 2014

 If you think you can do a thing, or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.
-Henry Ford

Completing the last two weeks of the semester will be over before we know it. Being mindful during this crunch time of each other and our purpose will insure civility and respect. Reflecting upon these ideals as values for one another can make dreams and wishes come true!
Happy Holidays!

Cordially,

Norman Lorenz,

Faculty Coordinator, Staff Resource Center