Author Archives: Norman Lorenz

Connecting with Success

Professional Development, and Flex

Greetings SCC Community:

Highlights during the week of May 2-8:

Friday:

See the calendar below for dates and times!

Highlighted articles this week:

Three Focusing Activities to Engage Students in the First Five Minutes of ClassIn the previous two articles, I shared ideas to address student accountability and student preparation in the flipped classroom. Based on your feedback and emails, getting students to come to class prepared is an ongoing challenge for many of us! In this article, I’d like to keep the conversation going by zeroing in on the importance of the first five minutes of class.

When Wellness Is a Dirty Word

First came the anthropologist of Arctic poverty who found me on Instagram and confided that she was a Jazzercise fanatic. Then the intellectual historian who eloquently introduced herself as an expert on a similarly Serious Topic but rapidly and with sparkling eyes, before any of our fellow conferees entered the elevator, effused that it was really her Ashtanga yoga practice that sustained her. And the implacable administrator who waited for the meeting room to clear before explaining to me, her gaze softening, the admirable commitment of her Wednesday-night “Zumba ladies,” who traveled from three boroughs to their class in the Bronx.

Introducing, a new statewide Professional Development data base from CCCCO.edu

CCCC Confer

Spring Newsletter, Spring 2016

A new Professional Development site web portal!

Professional Learning Network

CCCCOPD

Your One-Stop Site to Effective Practices, Training, and Other Resources

What Would You Like To Do Today?

Prolearningnetwork

Enjoy the week.

Cordially,

Norman

Staff Resource Center and Professional Development for Student Equity & Success

Working Together, Pursuing Excellence and Inspiring Achievement!

 


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CALENDAR RELATED INFORMATION:

The week of May 02, 2016, 

May 6

ACES Refresher – Campus Safety

Fri., May. 6 @ 9:00am - 10:30am
May 6

The week of May 09, 2016, 

Final Exam Week

The week of May 16, 2016, 

May 19

CRC Equity Institute

Thu., May. 19 @ 9:00am - 3:00pm

May

 


Summer Schedule

June 

Jun 16

 


July

 


August

Professional Development/Flex Week, August, 2016

Aug 17

WordPress Drop-ins – Fall 2016 Flex

Wed., Aug. 17 @ 8:30am - 11:30am
Aug 17

Google Apps – Fall 2016 Flex

Wed., Aug. 17 @ 11:00am - 12:00pm
Aug 17
Aug 17

WordPress Drop-ins – Fall 2016 Flex

Wed., Aug. 17 @ 12:30pm - 4:30pm

Fall 2016 Semester

 


Spring Convocation 2016

CONVOCATION SPRING 2016


Student Equity & Success Professional Development

With the recent publication from the Community College Research Center (CCRC), the Community College Week names the CCRC book “Redesigning America’s Community Colleges” as the comprehensive source of evidence that pathways reforms are crucial for student success.

Finding the Path to Student Success

“Redesigning America’s Community Colleges”

 


The State-wide Conference for Student Equity & Success

Building a bridge to the future of the California Community Colleges- Presented by the RP Group and the Cal-PASS Plus, at the recent State-wide conference for SSSP & Student Equity

Student Equity and the Re-­‐imagination of Student Capacity

 


On Course

Information about helping colleges improve Student Success and Retention

On Course Workshops

 


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.

Training

Sexual Harassment Training

 


Professional Development Data Base Direct Links

Distance Education Resources and Guidelines

How to Evaluate Web Resources for Distance Education

CCCC Confer

Spring Newsletter, Spring 2016

A new Professional Development site web portal is being launched!

Professional Learning Network

CCCCOPD

Your One-Stop Site to Effective Practices, Training, and Other Resources

What Would You Like To Do Today?

Prolearningnetwork

 


IN THE NEWS:

 The Chronicle of Higher Education

When Wellness Is a Dirty Word

First came the anthropologist of Arctic poverty who found me on Instagram and confided that she was a Jazzercise fanatic. Then the intellectual historian who eloquently introduced herself as an expert on a similarly Serious Topic but rapidly and with sparkling eyes, before any of our fellow conferees entered the elevator, effused that it was really her Ashtanga yoga practice that sustained her. And the implacable administrator who waited for the meeting room to clear before explaining to me, her gaze softening, the admirable commitment of her Wednesday-night “Zumba ladies,” who traveled from three boroughs to their class in the Bronx.


Faculty Focus

Three Focusing Activities to Engage Students in the First Five Minutes of Class

In the previous two articles, I shared ideas to address student accountability and student preparation in the flipped classroom. Based on your feedback and emails, getting students to come to class prepared is an ongoing challenge for many of us! In this article, I’d like to keep the conversation going by zeroing in on the importance of the first five minutes of class.

An Exploration of Student Excuses

I once received a call from a student who told me that he could not make the next day’s exam because he was in jail. He was wondering if he could make it up after he got out. I guess he got his one phone call and used it to call his professor.

Test Anxiety: Causes and Remedies

There hasn’t been a lot written recently about test anxiety, but that doesn’t mean it’s no longer an issue for a significant number of students. Those of us who don’t suffer from test anxiety—and I’m betting that’s most faculty—can find it hard to be sympathetic. Life is full of tests, and students need to get over it. Besides, if students have studied and prepared, there’s no reason for them to feel excessively anxious about a test.

 

 


 Community College Journal

Spring Issue, 2016

Innovation at Work

 


Inside Higher Education

CAREER ADVICE

To sell themselves, colleges try to stand out. But often, their marketing efforts look practically identical.


Community College Research Center, Spring/Summer 2016

Performance Funding for Higher Education

The Latest News from the CCRC, Spring/Summer, 2016

 


TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

Newest Release

R. Luke DuBois:

Insightful human portraits made from data

Artist R. Luke DuBois makes unique portraits of presidents, cities, himself and even Britney Spears using data and personality. In this talk, he shares nine projects — from maps of the country built using information taken from millions of dating profiles to a gun that fires a blank every time a shooting is reported in New Orleans. His point: the way we use technology reflects on us and our culture, and we reduce others to data points at our own peril.

Trending Now- 

Abha Dawesar:

Life in the “digital now”

One year ago, Abha Dawesar was living in blacked-out Manhattan post-Sandy, scrounging for power to connect. As a novelist, she was struck by this metaphor: Have our lives now become fixated on the drive to digitally connect, while we miss out on what’s real?


Quote of the Week: Culturally Responsive Teaching

A Personal Case of Culturally Responsive Teaching Praxis

“Modeling in culturally responsive teaching is a moral imperative and a professional necessity.”

Gay, Geneva (2010-05-01). Culturally Responsive Teaching, Second Edition (Multicultural Education) (p. 215). Teachers College Press. Kindle Edition.

 

 

Connecting with Success

Professional Development, and Flex

Greetings SCC Community:

Highlights during the week of April 25-May 1:

See the calendar below for dates and times!

Highlighted articles this week:

What One Student Learned by Teaching His Peers

Peer teaching is popular — and effective. A “learning assistant” in math at Florida International University says it even helped make him a better student.

What We Learn from Each Other

When teachers tell me about some new strategy or approach they’ve implemented, I usually ask how they found out about it and almost always get the same response: “Oh, a colleague told me about it.” I continue to be amazed by the amount of pedagogical knowledge that is shared verbally (and electronically) between colleagues.

Enjoy the week.

Cordially,

Norman

Staff Resource Center and Professional Development for Student Equity & Success

Working Together, Pursuing Excellence and Inspiring Achievement!

 


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CALENDAR RELATED INFORMATION:

 

The week of April 25, 2016, 

The week of May 02, 2016, 

May 6

ACES Refresher – Campus Safety

Fri., May. 6 @ 9:00am - 10:30am
May 6

The week of May 09, 2016, 

Final Exam Week

The week of May 16, 2016, 

May 19

CRC Equity Institute

Thu., May. 19 @ 9:00am - 3:00pm

 


Spring Convocation 2016

CONVOCATION SPRING 2016


Student Equity & Success Professional Development Upcoming

Equity April is a series of workshops that will allow for an overview of what EQUITY means for our college, the overview and parameters of the equity plan, and the process of submitting your Equity Innovation Concept and Action Plan (EICAP).Everyone is invited: SCC Faculty, Staff, StudentsWe are beginning to build our 2016-2017 equity plan. You, or a member of your EICAP team for the equity plan, should attend as many of the following workshops as possible.Link to FAQs: http://www.scc.losrios.edu/facultystaff/sssp-updates/Save the Dates:

  • Friday, April 29th, 8:30am-11:30am
    • Innovation & Integration/Collaboration: this session will include continuing workshopping of EICAPs that will encourage participants to dig deeper on how to institutionalize collaborative equity efforts throughout the college in a meaningful way.

For ADA accomodations please contact Dr. Molly Springer, Dean of Equity and Student Success through email: SpringM@scc.losrios.edu


 

The State-wide Conference for Student Equity & Success

Building a bridge to the future of the California Community Colleges- Presented by the RP Group and the Cal-PASS Plus, at the recent State-wide conference for SSSP & Student Equity

Student Equity and the Re-­‐imagination of Student Capacity

 


 

On Course

Information about helping colleges improve Student Success and Retention

On Course Workshops

 


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.

Training

Sexual Harassment Training

 

 


Professional Development Data Base Direct Links

Distance Education Resources and Guidelines

How to Evaluate Web Resources for Distance Education

 


IN THE NEWS:

 The Chronicle of Higher Education

What One Student Learned by Teaching His Peers

Peer teaching is popular — and effective. A “learning assistant” in math at Florida International University says it even helped make him a better student.


Faculty Focus

Questions That Bring Contemporary Context to Past Personalities

Most students find it difficult to think of famous historical personalities as real people. They also read texts without realizing that there are tangible personalities behind them. I have found one of the most effective ways to give flesh and blood to the past is by designing questions that ask students to bring authors, historical characters, and texts into the classroom. There are a variety of formats that these questions might take. Following are some that I’ve used and other examples that might trigger queries you could adapt for your courses.

Active Learning: Surmounting the Challenges in a Large Class

“Enabling interaction in a large class seems an insurmountable task.” That’s the observation of a group of faculty members in the math and physics department at the University of Queensland. It’s a feeling shared by many faculty committed to active learning who face classes enrolling 200 students or more. How can you get and keep students engaged in these large, often required courses that build knowledge foundations in our disciplines?

What We Learn from Each Other

When teachers tell me about some new strategy or approach they’ve implemented, I usually ask how they found out about it and almost always get the same response: “Oh, a colleague told me about it.” I continue to be amazed by the amount of pedagogical knowledge that is shared verbally (and electronically) between colleagues.


 Community College Journal

Spring Issue, 2016

Innovation at Work

 


Inside Higher Education

CAREER ADVICE

Exploring Your Skills

Students who have pursued an eight-week career exploration have expanded their collaboration and interpersonal skills in unexpected ways, writes Laura N. Schram.


Community College Research Center, Spring 2016

The Latest News from CCRC

 


CCCC Confer

Spring Newsletter, Spring 2016

A new Professional Development site web portal is being launched!

Professional Learning Network

CCCCOPD

Your One-Stop Site to Effective Practices, Trainings and Other Resources

What Would You Like To Do Today?

Prolearningnetwork

 


TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

Newest Release

Shivani Siroya:

A smart loan for people with no credit history (yet)

Trust: How do you earn it? Banks use credit scores to determine if you’re trustworthy, but there are about 2.5 billion people around the world who don’t have one to begin with — and who can’t get a loan to start a business, buy a home or otherwise improve their lives. Hear how TED Fellow Shivani Siroya is unlocking untapped purchasing power in the developing world with InVenture, a start-up that uses mobile data to create a financial identity. “With something as simple as a credit score,” says Siroya, “we’re giving people the power to build their own futures.”

Trending Now- 

Astro Teller:

The unexpected benefit of celebrating failure

“Great dreams aren’t just visions,” says Astro Teller, “They’re visions coupled to strategies for making them real.” The head of X (formerly Google X), Teller takes us inside the “moonshot factory,” as it’s called, where his team seeks to solve the world’s biggest problems through experimental projects like balloon-powered Internet and wind turbines that sail through the air. Find out X’s secret to creating an organization where people feel comfortable working on big, risky projects and exploring audacious ideas.


Quote of the Week: Culturally Responsive Teaching

Cultural Congruity in Teaching and Learning

“Culturally responsive teaching is never completely beyond context; nor is it ever totally replicable.”

Gay, Geneva (2010-05-01). Culturally Responsive Teaching, Second Edition (Multicultural Education) (p. 174). Teachers College Press. Kindle Edition.

 

 

Connecting with Success

Professional Development, and Flex

Greetings SCC Community:

Highlights during the week of April 18-24:

  • Thursday:
    • Retirement workshop for PERS,
    • Financial Aid Changes Workshop
  • Friday:
    • Equity April Workshop: Session on participating in the Equity Plan 2016-17, Cultural Awareness Center
    • Retirement workshop for STRS

See the calendar below for dates and times!

Highlighted articles this week:

The Educational Power of Discomfort

This semester I’m teaching a comparative-literature class that deals with the connections among empathy, literature, and human rights. As in most of my classes, which all circulate around these difficult topics, I constantly prepare my students for their own navigation into the worlds of trauma and critical understanding. The problem this semester, and most semesters, is not the voyage inside historical traumas. The problem goes much deeper — it is my students’ fragility.

The Last Class Session: How to Make It Count

“First and last class sessions are the bookends that hold a course together.” I heard or read that somewhere—apologies to the source I can’t acknowledge. It’s a nice way to think about first and last class sessions. In general, teachers probably do better with the first class. There’s the excitement that comes with a new beginning. A colleague said it this way: “Nothing bad has happened yet.” Most of us work hard to make good first impressions. But by the time the last class rolls around, everyone is tired, everything is due, and the course sputters to an end amid an array of last-minute details. Here are a few ideas that might help us finish the semester with the same energy and focus we mustered for the first class.

Enjoy the week.

Cordially,

Norman

Staff Resource Center and Professional Development for Student Equity & Success

Working Together, Pursuing Excellence and Inspiring Achievement!

 


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CALENDAR RELATED INFORMATION:

The week of April 18, 2016, 

The week of April 25, 2016, 

The week of May 02, 2016, 

May 6

ACES Refresher – Campus Safety

Fri., May. 6 @ 9:00am - 10:30am
May 6

The week of May 09, 2016, 

Final Exam Week

The week of May 16, 2016, 

May 19

CRC Equity Institute

Thu., May. 19 @ 9:00am - 3:00pm


Spring Convocation 2016

CONVOCATION SPRING 2016


Student Equity & Success Professional Development Upcoming

Equity April is a series of workshops that will allow for an overview of what EQUITY means for our college, the overview and parameters of the equity plan, and the process of submitting your Equity Innovation Concept and Action Plan (EICAP).Everyone is invited: SCC Faculty, Staff, StudentsWe are beginning to build our 2016-2017 equity plan. You, or a member of your EICAP team for the equity plan, should attend as many of the following workshops as possible.Link to FAQs: http://www.scc.losrios.edu/facultystaff/sssp-updates/Save the Dates:

  • Friday, April 22nd, 9:00am-12:00pm
    • Successful course, certificate, & degree completion: this session will include workshopping new ideas, reviewing existing plan projects, collaboration with others, and moving the needle with an equity focus on successful course completion & certificate & degree completion.
  • Friday, April 29th, 8:30am-11:30am
    • Innovation & Integration/Collaboration: this session will include continuing workshopping of EICAPs that will encourage participants to dig deeper on how to institutionalize collaborative equity efforts throughout the college in a meaningful way.

For ADA accomodations please contact Dr. Molly Springer, Dean of Equity and Student Success through email: SpringM@scc.losrios.edu


 

The State-wide Conference for Student Equity & Success

Building a bridge to the future of the California Community Colleges- Presented by the RP Group and the Cal-PASS Plus, at the recent State-wide conference for SSSP & Student Equity

Student Equity and the Re-­‐imagination of Student Capacity

 


 

On Course

Information about helping colleges improve Student Success and Retention

On Course Workshops

 


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.

Training

Sexual Harassment Training

 

 


Professional Development Data Base Direct Links

Distance Education Resources and Guidelines

How to Evaluate Web Resources for Distance Education

 


IN THE NEWS:

 The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Educational Power of Discomfort

This semester I’m teaching a comparative-literature class that deals with the connections among empathy, literature, and human rights. As in most of my classes, which all circulate around these difficult topics, I constantly prepare my students for their own navigation into the worlds of trauma and critical understanding. The problem this semester, and most semesters, is not the voyage inside historical traumas. The problem goes much deeper — it is my students’ fragility.


Faculty Focus

Seven Bricks to Lay the Foundation for Productive Difficult Dialogues

There are three basic ways that I hear faculty talk about difficult dialogues—in-class dialogues that were planned but did not go particularly well; in-class hot moments that were not anticipated and that the faculty member did not feel equipped to handle; and difficult dialogues that happen during office hours or outside of class.

In all three instances, faculty are challenged to use skills they may not have learned at any point in their disciplinary training. That lack of skill can actually cause them great angst, and in the most extreme situations, cause them to avoid addressing important issues directly.

Audio Reflection Assignments Help Students Develop Metacognitive Skills

From the bold honors student to the timid learner in the back row, reflection can help students become more aware of themselves as learners. But because we often rely on writing as the primary mode of metacognitive reflection, some students, especially those who struggle with college-level writing, may not experience the full cognitive benefits of reflection. For such students, the stress of writing can compromise their focus on reflection.

The Last Class Session: How to Make It Count

“First and last class sessions are the bookends that hold a course together.” I heard or read that somewhere—apologies to the source I can’t acknowledge. It’s a nice way to think about first and last class sessions. In general, teachers probably do better with the first class. There’s the excitement that comes with a new beginning. A colleague said it this way: “Nothing bad has happened yet.” Most of us work hard to make good first impressions. But by the time the last class rolls around, everyone is tired, everything is due, and the course sputters to an end amid an array of last-minute details. Here are a few ideas that might help us finish the semester with the same energy and focus we mustered for the first class.

 


 Community College Journal

Spring Issue, 2016

Innovation at Work

 


Inside Higher Education

Jumping to Conclusions

Academic studies that have been critical of state performance-based funding policies lack the data to back up their conclusions, writes Martha Snyder, and fail to account for the design and implementation of these policies.


Community College Research Center, Spring 2016

The Latest News from CCRC

 


TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

Newest Release

Astro Teller:

The unexpected benefit of celebrating failure

“Great dreams aren’t just visions,” says Astro Teller, “They’re visions coupled to strategies for making them real.” The head of X (formerly Google X), Teller takes us inside the “moonshot factory,” as it’s called, where his team seeks to solve the world’s biggest problems through experimental projects like balloon-powered Internet and wind turbines that sail through the air. Find out X’s secret to creating an organization where people feel comfortable working on big, risky projects and exploring audacious ideas.

Trending Now- 

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?”


Quote of the Week: Culturally Responsive Teaching

“Theory about the potential of multicultural curriculum content for improving the achievement of ethnically diverse students is rich and extensive, but supportive research is still rather sparse. My guess is many teachers are doing culturally responsive teaching to some degree but these practices are not recorded systematically or reported regularly in educational scholarship. Much more empirical research, observational studies, and documentation of practice are needed to support theoretical claims. In compiling this evidence, emphasis should be on specifying curriculum content effects on different types of achievements, such as grade point averages, test scores, participation in classroom discourse, and students’ self-esteem and feelings of efficacy; how these effects are distributed within and across ethnic groups; and achievement effects derived from the incorporation of multicultural content into the curricula of all subjects and skills taught in school.”

Gay, Geneva (2010-05-01). Culturally Responsive Teaching, Second Edition (Multicultural Education) (pp. 172-173). Teachers College Press. Kindle Edition.

 

 

Connecting with Success

Professional Development, and Flex

Greetings SCC Community:

Highlights during the week of April 11-17:

  • Equity April Workshop: Session on participating in the Equity Plan 2016-17, Cultural Awareness Center
  • Financial Aid Changes
  • College-Set Standards
  • Evaluation 101: Assessment and Evaluation to Attain Student Success, Githens- “Completion”, University of the Pacific
  • New Faculty and Mentor Series

See the calendar below for dates and times!

Highlighted articles this week as a special to the Sacramento News and Review:

The Capital Adult Education Regional Consortium (CAERC)

There’s good news on the horizon for the capital region, with the potential to help lower unemployment, strengthen families, build a better workforce and increase prosperity in the regional economy. What has the power to create such deep ripple effects? The answer may surprise you: adult education. See the link above for the article. For more information, see the website:

http://www.caerc.org/ 

 

Examining a Teaching Life

I haven’t found too many pedagogical articles worth a regular re-read. Christa Walck’s “A Teaching Life” is a notable exception. It’s a soul-searching, personal narrative that confronts the difference between what a teaching life can be and what it is.

Enjoy the week.

Cordially,

Norman

Staff Resource Center and Professional Development for Student Equity & Success

Working Together, Pursuing Excellence and Inspiring Achievement!

 


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CALENDAR RELATED INFORMATION:

 

The week of April 11, 2016, 

The week of April 18, 2016, 

The week of May 02, 2016, 

May 6

ACES Refresher – Campus Safety

Fri., May. 6 @ 9:00am - 10:30am
May 6

The week of May 09, 2016, 


Spring Convocation 2016

CONVOCATION SPRING 2016


Student Equity & Success Professional Development Upcoming

Equity April is a series of workshops that will allow for an overview of what EQUITY means for our college, the overview and parameters of the equity plan, and the process of submitting your Equity Innovation Concept and Action Plan (EICAP).Everyone is invited: SCC Faculty, Staff, StudentsWe are beginning to build our 2016-2017 equity plan. You, or a member of your EICAP team for the equity plan, should attend as many of the following workshops as possible.Link to FAQs: http://www.scc.losrios.edu/facultystaff/sssp-updates/Save the Dates:

  • Wednesday, April 13th, 2:00pm-4:00pm
    • Access & Transfer indicators: this session will include workshopping new ideas, reviewing existing plan projects, collaboration with others, and moving the needle with an Access & Transfer equity focus.
  • Friday, April 22nd, 9:00am-12:00pm
    • Successful course, certificate, & degree completion: this session will include workshopping new ideas, reviewing existing plan projects, collaboration with others, and moving the needle with an equity focus on successful course completion & certificate & degree completion.
  • Friday, April 29th, 8:30am-11:30am
    • Innovation & Integration/Collaboration: this session will include continuing workshopping of EICAPs that will encourage participants to dig deeper on how to institutionalize collaborative equity efforts throughout the college in a meaningful way.

For ADA accomodations please contact Dr. Molly Springer, Dean of Equity and Student Success through email: SpringM@scc.losrios.edu


 

The State-wide Conference for Student Equity & Success

Building a bridge to the future of the California Community Colleges- Presented by the RP Group and the Cal-PASS Plus, at the recent State-wide conference for SSSP & Student Equity

Student Equity and the Re-­‐imagination of Student Capacity

 


 

On Course

Information about helping colleges improve Student Success and Retention

On Course Workshops

 


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.

Training

Sexual Harassment Training

 

 


Professional Development Data Base Direct Links

Distance Education Resources and Guidelines

How to Evaluate Web Resources for Distance Education

 


IN THE NEWS:

 The Chronicle of Higher Education

Organization is a Skill, Not a Trait

That means it can be learned.


Faculty Focus

Six Things You Can Do to Deepen Student Learning

For baseball fans and players, springtime can only mean one thing: spring training. Every year professional baseball players head to Arizona or Florida to hone their craft. These are professionals mind you, but they continue to spend hours each year working on many of the same things Little Leaguers work on during the start of their seasons—throwing, catching, hitting, base running, and so forth.

As they make minor adjustments in these fundamentals of the game, the overall outcome is a major improvement. The same is true for faculty who remain mindful of their fundamentals, and make small, incremental improvements to their teaching.

 


 Community College Journal

Spring Issue, 2016

Innovation at Work

 


Inside Higher Education

Resisting Elite Stereotypes

A call to bridge the divide between academic and public discourse.


Community College Research Center, Spring 2016

The Latest News from CCRC

 


TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

Newest Release

Hugh Evans:

What does it mean to be a citizen of the world?

Hugh Evans started a movement that mobilizes “global citizens,” people who self-identify first and foremost not as members of a state, nation or tribe but as members of the human race. In this uplifting and personal talk, learn more about how this new understanding of our place in the world is galvanizing people to take action in the fights against extreme poverty, climate change, gender inequality and more. “These are ultimately global issues,” Evans says, “and they can ultimately only be solved by global citizens demanding global solutions from their leaders.

Trending Now- 

Reshma Saujani:

Teach girls bravery, not perfection

We’re raising our girls to be perfect, and we’re raising our boys to be brave, says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. Saujani has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program — two skills they need to move society forward. To truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half of our population, she says. “I need each of you to tell every young woman you know to be comfortable with imperfection.”


Quote of the Week: Culturally Responsive Teaching

“Teachers and students can and should be active participants in improving the quality of these instructional materials. Being directly involved in the construction of knowledge about ethnic and cultural diversity is an important way to practice culturally responsive pedagogy.”

Gay, Geneva (2010-05-01). Culturally Responsive Teaching, Second Edition (Multicultural Education) (p. 172). Teachers College Press. Kindle Edition.

 

 

Connecting with Success

Professional Development, and Flex

Greetings SCC Community:

Highlights during the week of April 4-10:

  • Human Ecology Conflict, Cultural Awareness Center
  • Work Safety Training, Captain Valerie Cox, LRC 105
  • Equity April Workshop: Session on participating in the Equity Plan 2016-17, Cultural Awareness Center
  • Verbal De-escalation Workshop Training, Captain Valerie Cox, Business 107

See the calendar below for dates and times!

Highlighted article this week as a special to the Sacramento News and Review:

The Capital Adult Education Regional Consortium (CAERC)

There’s good news on the horizon for the capital region, with the potential to help lower unemployment, strengthen families, build a better workforce and increase prosperity in the regional economy. What has the power to create such deep ripple effects? The answer may surprise you: adult education. See the link above for the article. For more information, see the website:

http://www.caerc.org/ 

Enjoy the week.

Cordially,

Norman

Staff Resource Center and Professional Development for Student Equity & Success

Working Together, Pursuing Excellence and Inspiring Achievement!

 


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CALENDAR RELATED INFORMATION:

The week of April 04, 2016, 

The week of April 11, 2016, 

The week of April 18, 2016, 

The week of May 02, 2016, 

May 6

ACES Refresher – Campus Safety

Fri., May. 6 @ 9:00am - 10:30am
May 6

 


Spring Convocation 2016

CONVOCATION SPRING 2016


Student Equity & Success Professional Development Upcoming

Equity April is a series of workshops that will allow for an overview of what EQUITY means for our college, the overview and parameters of the equity plan, and the process of submitting your Equity Innovation Concept and Action Plan (EICAP).Everyone is invited: SCC Faculty, Staff, StudentsWe are beginning to build our 2016-2017 equity plan. You, or a member of your EICAP team for the equity plan, should attend as many of the following workshops as possible.Link to FAQs: http://www.scc.losrios.edu/facultystaff/sssp-updates/Save the Dates:

  • Thursday, April 7th, 3:00pm-5:30pm
    • BSI & ESL indicator: this session will include workshopping new ideas, reviewing existing plan projects, collaboration with others, and moving the needle with BSI/ESL focus.
  • Wednesday, April 13th, 2:00pm-4:00pm
    • Access & Transfer indicators: this session will include workshopping new ideas, reviewing existing plan projects, collaboration with others, and moving the needle with an Access & Transfer equity focus.
  • Friday, April 22nd, 9:00am-12:00pm
    • Successful course, certificate, & degree completion: this session will include workshopping new ideas, reviewing existing plan projects, collaboration with others, and moving the needle with an equity focus on successful course completion & certificate & degree completion.
  • Friday, April 29th, 8:30am-11:30am
    • Innovation & Integration/Collaboration: this session will include continuing workshopping of EICAPs that will encourage participants to dig deeper on how to institutionalize collaborative equity efforts throughout the college in a meaningful way.

For ADA accomodations please contact Dr. Molly Springer, Dean of Equity and Student Success through email: SpringM@scc.losrios.edu


 

The State-wide Conference for Student Equity & Success

Building a bridge to the future of the California Community Colleges- Presented by the RP Group and the Cal-PASS Plus, at the recent State-wide conference for SSSP & Student Equity

Student Equity and the Re-­‐imagination of Student Capacity

 


 

On Course

Information about helping colleges improve Student Success and Retention

On Course Workshops

 


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.

Training

Sexual Harassment Training

 

 


Professional Development Data Base Direct Links

Distance Education Resources and Guidelines

How to Evaluate Web Resources for Distance Education

 


IN THE NEWS:

 The Chronicle of Higher Education

Small Changes in Teaching: Giving Them a Say

Three ways to improve learning by giving students a measure of control


Faculty Focus

 

Five Ways to Motivate Unprepared Students in the Flipped Classroom

In the previous article “Ready to Flip: Three Ways to Hold Students Accountable for Pre-Class Work,” I mentioned that one of the most frequently asked questions about the flipped classroom model is, “How do you encourage students to actually do the pre-class work and come to class prepared?”

 


 Community College Journal

Spring Issue, 2016

Innovation at Work

 


Inside Higher Education

Affirming the Student Success Underground

As institutions seek to advance their student success agendas, they should consider the insights of longtime — yet often overlooked — veterans in the field.

 


Community College Research Center, Spring 2016

The Latest News from CCRC

 


TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

Newest Release

Darrell Steinberg:

The future of mental health | Darrell Steinberg | TEDxSacramento

 Everyone knows someone with a mental illness. Not many know the injustice those with mental illness face when trying to receive treatment. Darrell Steinberg’s passionate talk sheds light on what some consider the most under attended issue of our time.

Trending Now- 

Adam Grant:

The surprising habits of original thinkers

How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies “originals”: thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure. “The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they’re the ones who try the most,” Grant says. “You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones.”


Quote of the Week: Culturally Responsive Teaching

“Rather than looking for silver bullets and magical answers, classroom teachers and school leaders should realize that achieving equity of educational opportunities, and higher levels of academic achievement for ethnically diverse students, resides in using a variety of curriculum content and designs, instructional materials and resources, teaching techniques, and assessment procedures that are responsive to their cultural heritages and personal experiences” (Gay, 2010).

Gay, Geneva (2010-05-01). Culturally Responsive Teaching, Second Edition (Multicultural Education) (p. 141). Teachers College Press. Kindle Edition.

 

 

Connecting with Success

Professional Development, and Flex

Greetings SCC Community:

Highlights during the week of March 28-April 3:

  • LRCEA meetings
  • Equity Meeting with Dr. Veronica Neal
  • Legislative Bills of Interest for Community College, faculty, and staff

See the calendar below for dates and times!

Enjoy the week.

Cordially,

Norman

Staff Resource Center and Professional Development for Student Equity & Success

Working Together, Pursuing Excellence and Inspiring Achievement!

 


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CALENDAR RELATED INFORMATION:

 

The week of March 28, 2016, 

The week of April 04, 2016, 

The week of April 11, 2016, 

The week of April 18, 2016, 

The week of April 25, 2016, 

 


Spring Convocation 2016

CONVOCATION SPRING 2016


Student Equity & Success Professional Development Upcoming

Equity Institute with Dr. Veronica Neal

Equity Implementation: Equity Advocacy Teams At Sacramento City College

At a time where enrollment has potential! Join us for an afternoon summit to explore how SCC is developing 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 opportunity to implement an SCC path to equity and begin to use tools that encourage campus engagement and courageous conversations for change as it relates to SSSP & student equity.

Based on resources from Dr. Veronica Neal, you are invited to participate in an activity where the following experience will take place:

– An introduction to define the SCC SSSP & Equity Plans and their contributing actions as an institution

– Humility and Equity as it is related across the College Service areas including Administrative, Instructional, & Student Services

– Building Division/Department/Program wide Teams for Student Success as related to the Student Equity Committee

With these definitions in mind, participants will be invited to explore from an educational perspective, how the college can leverage resources to scale up student success as it relates to Access, ESL & Basic Skills, Mathematics, Persistence, and Completion. Further discovery will include instructional components that develop, reinforce, and advance instructional pedagogy, andragogy, and heutagogy. From this level, the development of building equity core teams will assist us to construct learning communities and villages across divisions that can support the work of equity campus wide.

Resources:

General Equity Resources- https://www.deanza.edu/equityoffice/equityplanningresources.html

Equity Core Team Resources- http://www.deanza.edu/equityoffice/equitycoreteams.html

March 30, 12-4 p.m.

Location: LRC 105

Click Here to Register

 


 

The State-wide Conference for Student Equity & Success

Building a bridge to the future of the California Community Colleges- Presented by the RP Group and the Cal-PASS Plus, at the recent State-wide conference for SSSP & Student Equity

Student Equity and the Re-­‐imagination of Student Capacity

 


 

On Course

Information about helping colleges improve Student Success and Retention

On Course Workshops

 


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.

Training

Sexual Harassment Training

 

 


Professional Development Data Base Direct Links

Distance Education Resources and Guidelines

How to Evaluate Web Resources for Distance Education

 


IN THE NEWS:

 The Chronicle of Higher Education

California’s 2-Year Colleges Explore a New Accreditation Model

The community colleges are moving forward with plans to change how they are accredited but not necessarily their accreditor.


Faculty Focus

 

Establishing a Writing Community in the College Classroom

When I hear the words “writing community,” my mind conjures up an elementary school classroom. I picture the warm, fuzzy second grade teacher wearing a warm, fuzzy sweater, handing out stickers and cookies as the students prepare for an authors’ tea. At this special event, parents will make the appropriate cooing sounds as their small children enthusiastically share their writing within the classroom.

You’re Going to Want to Write This Down

On a more-or-less regular basis, I find myself looking for something that I’ve written about in the newsletter or blog, which I only vaguely remember. Inevitably, my search leads me to something else that I’ve completely forgotten… and it is such a good idea or such an interesting finding. How could I have forgotten it? I kick myself, and resolve to work harder to remember this good stuff.

Using Rubrics as a Defense Against Grade Appeals

Faculty dread the grade appeal; anxiety prevails until the whole process is complete. Much has been written about how to avoid such instances, but the potentially subjective assessments of written essays or clinical skills can be especially troublesome. One common cause of grade appeals is grading ambiguity in which the student and faculty member disagree on the interpretation of required content. Another cause is inequity, whereby the student feels others may have gotten more credit for very similar work or content (Hummel 2010). In the health-care field especially, these disagreements over clinical-skills assessments can actually result in student dismissal from the program and may lead to lawsuits.

The Worst Lecture Ever

Instructor: “OK class, this semester we’ll be giving presentations.”
Students: Collective groan
Instructor: “AND…you’ll be providing each other with feedback.”
Students: Deep sighs and suspicious glances around the room, wondering if they can trust their peers.

Does any of this sound familiar? So many professors require presentations and peer feedback in their courses. Indeed, effective oral skills, well-designed presentations, and quality feedback are attributes that employers typically want from graduates. However, these skills are often expected to exist without appropriate support and training.

 


 Community College Journal

Spring Issue, 2016

Innovation at Work

 


Inside Higher Education

8 Ways to Read ‘Leading Change’
as a Higher Ed Book

Seeing academic transformation through a learning / edtech lens.

 


Community College Research Center, Spring 2016

The Latest News from CCRC

 


CCC Technology for Student Success News

February 2016 Issue

 


TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

Newest Release

Angélica Dass:

The beauty of human skin in every color

Angélica Dass’s photography challenges how we think about skin color and ethnic identity. In this personal talk, hear about the inspiration behind her portrait project, Humanæ, and her pursuit to document humanity’s true colors rather than the untrue white, red, black and yellow associated with race.

Trending Now- 

Arthur Brooks:

A conservative’s plea: Let’s work together

Conservatives and liberals both believe that they alone are motivated by love while their opponents are motivated by hate. How can we solve problems with so much polarization? In this talk, social scientist Arthur Brooks shares ideas for what we can each do as individuals to break the gridlock. “We might just be able to take the ghastly holy war of ideology that we’re suffering under and turn it into a competition of ideas,” he says.


Quote of the Week: Promoting Teacher Leadership

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work; you don’t give up.”
-Anne Lamott

 

 

Connecting with Success

Professional Development, and Flex

Greetings SCC Community:

Highlights during the week of March 14-20:

  • Advancing Student Success: From Plan to Action, CCCCO Conference
  • Pakistan’s Sacrifices for the Global War on Terror
  • Open Education Resources Workshop
  • Book Fair, Bus. 107
  • District Diversity Training, CRC 
  • New Faculty & Mentors Series

Spring Break- March 21-27

  • Classified Staff Retreat

See the calendar below for dates and times!

Enjoy the week.

Cordially,

Norman

Staff Resource Center and Professional Development for Student Equity & Success

Working Together, Pursuing Excellence and Inspiring Achievement!

 


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CALENDAR RELATED INFORMATION:

The week of March 14, 2016, 

The week of March 21-27, 2016,

SPRING BREAK, NO SCHOOL

Classified Staff Retreat

The week of March 28, 2016, 

The week of April 04, 2016, 

 


Spring Convocation 2016

CONVOCATION SPRING 2016


Student Equity & Success Professional Development Upcoming

Equity Institute with Dr. Veronica Neal

Equity Implementation: Equity Advocacy Teams At Sacramento City College

At a time where enrollment has potential! Join us for an afternoon summit to explore how SCC is developing 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 opportunity to implement an SCC path to equity and begin to use tools that encourage campus engagement and courageous conversations for change as it relates to SSSP & student equity.

Based on resources from Dr. Veronica Neal, you are invited to participate in an activity where the following experience will take place:

– An introduction to define the SCC SSSP & Equity Plans and their contributing actions as an institution

– Humility and Equity as it is related across the College Service areas including Administrative, Instructional, & Student Services

– Building Division/Department/Program wide Teams for Student Success as related to the Student Equity Committee

With these definitions in mind, participants will be invited to explore from an educational perspective, how the college can leverage resources to scale up student success as it relates to Access, ESL & Basic Skills, Mathematics, Persistence, and Completion. Further discovery will include instructional components that develop, reinforce, and advance instructional pedagogy, andragogy, and heutagogy. From this level, the development of building equity core teams will assist us to construct learning communities and villages across divisions that can support the work of equity campus wide.

Resources:

General Equity Resources- https://www.deanza.edu/equityoffice/equityplanningresources.html

Equity Core Team Resources- http://www.deanza.edu/equityoffice/equitycoreteams.html

March 30, 12-4 p.m.

Location: LRC 105

Click Here to Register

 


 

The State-wide Conference for Student Equity & Success

Building a bridge to the future of the California Community Colleges- Presented by the RP Group and the Cal-PASS Plus, at the recent State-wide conference for SSSP & Student Equity

Student Equity and the Re-­‐imagination of Student Capacity

 


 

On Course

Information about helping colleges improve Student Success and Retention

On Course Workshops

 


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.

Training

Sexual Harassment Training

 

 


Professional Development Data Base Direct Links

Distance Education Resources and Guidelines

How to Evaluate Web Resources for Distance Education

 


IN THE NEWS:

 The Chronicle of Higher Education

remember sitting in a movie theater with my children in December of 2003, watching the final minutes of the third film in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and feeling a deep sense of closure as Gollum and the ring toppled into Mount Doom, and Frodo and Sam were rescued by the eagles. What a glorious finish to an epic film series, based on a book series that I loved as well.


Faculty Focus

Student Engagement Strategies for the Online Learning Environment

During the past year and a half, our faculty development unit has been gathering data from students about how engaged they felt in their online courses. We wanted to use this data to develop a variety of strategies for faculty to use to better engage their students. Research provides evidence for the connection between higher student engagement and persistence and retention in online programs (Boston, et al., 2010; Wyatt, 2011). Encouraging student engagement is especially important in the online environment where attrition rates are higher than in the face-to-face setting (Allen & Seaman, 2015; Boston & Ice, 2011).

Hands-On Assignment Awakens Student Creativity

If you read the syllabus of an Introduction to Sociology course, you’ll notice we have ambitious goals for our students. We not only want our students to understand sociological theories, we want them to use these theories to meaningfully analyze their everyday experiences, interactions, and observations and draw greater meaning from them. How can we encourage this type of engagement in an introductory sociology class? I have realized that the key is by guiding students to think innovatively through a self-directed research project where the students are the drivers of their learning process.

 


 Community College Journal

Winter Issue, 2016

The New Wave of Workforce Training

 


Inside Higher Education

GradHacker

Invisible No More

Supporting students with invisible disabilities.

 


Community College Research Center, Spring 2016

The Latest News from CCRC

 


CCC Technology for Student Success News

February 2016 Issue

 


TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

Newest Release

Casey Gerald:

The gospel of doubt

What do you do when your firmly held beliefs turn out not to be true? When Casey Gerald’s religion failed him, he searched for something new to believe in — in business, in government, in philanthropy — but found only false saviors. In this moving talk, Gerald urges us all to question our beliefs and embrace uncertainty.

Trending Now- 

Reshma Saujani:

Teach girls bravery, not perfection

We’re raising our girls to be perfect, and we’re raising our boys to be brave, says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. Saujani has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program — two skills they need to move society forward. To truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half of our population, she says. “I need each of you to tell every young woman you know to be comfortable with imperfection.”


Quote of the Week: Really Listening to Teachers

“All the information I have about myself is from forged documents.”
-Vladimir Nabokov

 

 

Connecting with Success

Professional Development, and Flex

Greetings SCC Community:

Highlights during the week of March 7-13:

  • Village Welcome
  • ACES- Campus Safety
  • Hands-On Student Equity Charette

See the calendar below for dates and times!

Enjoy the week.

Cordially,

Norman

Staff Resource Center and Professional Development for Student Equity & Success

Working Together, Pursuing Excellence and Inspiring Achievement!

 


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CALENDAR RELATED INFORMATION:

 

The week of March 7, 2016, 

The week of March 14, 2016, 

The week of March 21-27, 2016,

SPRING BREAK, NO SCHOOL

The week of March 28, 2016, 

The week of April 04, 2016, 

 


Spring Convocation 2016

CONVOCATION SPRING 2016


Student Equity & Success Professional Development Upcoming

 

Equity Institute with Dr. Veronica Neal

Equity Implementation: Equity Advocacy Teams At Sacramento City College

At a time where enrollment has potential! Join us for an afternoon summit to explore how SCC is developing 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 opportunity to implement an SCC path to equity and begin to use tools that encourage campus engagement and courageous conversations for change as it relates to SSSP & student equity.

Based on resources from Dr. Veronica Neal, you are invited to participate in an activity where the following experience will take place:

– An introduction to define the SCC SSSP & Equity Plans and their contributing actions as an institution

– Humility and Equity as it is related across the College Service areas including Administrative, Instructional, & Student Services

– Building Division/Department/Program wide Teams for Student Success as related to the Student Equity Committee

With these definitions in mind, participants will be invited to explore from an educational perspective, how the college can leverage resources to scale up student success as it relates to Access, ESL & Basic Skills, Mathematics, Persistence, and Completion. Further discovery will include instructional components that develop, reinforce, and advance instructional pedagogy, andragogy, and heutagogy. From this level, the development of building equity core teams will assist us to construct learning communities and villages across divisions that can support the work of equity campus wide.

Resources:

General Equity Resources- https://www.deanza.edu/equityoffice/equityplanningresources.html

Equity Core Team Resources- http://www.deanza.edu/equityoffice/equitycoreteams.html

March 30, 12-4 p.m.

Location: LRC 105

Click Here to Register

 


 

The State-wide Conference for Student Equity & Success

Building a bridge to the future of the California Community Colleges- Presented by the RP Group and the Cal-PASS Plus, at the recent State-wide conference for SSSP & Student Equity

Student Equity and the Re-­‐imagination of Student Capacity

 


 

On Course

Information about helping colleges improve Student Success and Retention

On Course Workshops

 


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.

Training

Sexual Harassment Training

 

 


Professional Development Data Base Direct Links

Distance Education Resources and Guidelines

How to Evaluate Web Resources for Distance Education

 


IN THE NEWS:

 The Chronicle of Higher Education

RESEARCH

Can Science’s Reproducibility Crisis Be Reproduced?

Two new papers argue that fears about the replicability of scientific research might be overstated. They won’t close the book on the matter, though.

Small Changes in Teaching: The Last Five Minutes of Class

remember sitting in a movie theater with my children in December of 2003, watching the final minutes of the third film in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and feeling a deep sense of closure as Gollum and the ring toppled into Mount Doom, and Frodo and Sam were rescued by the eagles. What a glorious finish to an epic film series, based on a book series that I loved as well.


Faculty Focus

When Students Lead the Discussion

A few years ago, my colleague Brenda Whitney spoke at a workshop about how class discussion can take on many different forms, each with its own style and descriptive moniker. Paraphrasing and borrowing language from her handout, with a few revisions of my own, these discussion styles include…

Clear Criteria: A Good Way to Improve Participation

I continue to be impressed by the need for teachers to clarify common aspects of instruction instead of assuming that students’ understanding of what they entail are the same as ours. Participation is a good example. How often is it defined in the course syllabus? How often is it characterized beyond the basics when it’s discussed at the beginning of the course or at different times throughout the semester? We do probably agree on the essentials—questions, answers, and comments—but much more than that is needed if classroom interaction is to realize its potential as a student engagement strategy. Here’s an example of the degree of clarification I think we should be after…

 


 Community College Journal

Winter Issue, 2016

The New Wave of Workforce Training

 


Inside Higher Education

Students who leave California’s community colleges with just a few credits in career or technical education but no credential still see substantial wage gains or promotions at work, according to new data from the state.

 


Community College Research Center, Spring 2016

The Latest News from CCRC

 


CCC Technology for Student Success News

February 2016 Issue

 


TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

Newest Release

Mary Bassett:

Why your doctor should care about social justice

In Zimbabwe in the 1980s, Mary Bassett witnessed the AIDS epidemic firsthand, and she helped set up a clinic to treat and educate local people about the deadly virus. But looking back, she regrets not sounding the alarm for the real problem: the structural inequities embedded in the world’s political and economic organizations, inequities that make marginalized people more vulnerable. These same structural problems exist in the United States today, and as New York City’s Health Commissioner, Bassett is using every chance she has to rally support for health equity and speak out against racism. “We don’t have to have all the answers to call for change,” she says. “We just need courage.”

Trending Now- 

Judson Brewer:

A simple way to break a bad habit

Can we break bad habits by being more curious about them? Psychiatrist Judson Brewer studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction — from smoking to overeating to all those other things we do even though we know they’re bad for us. Learn more about the mechanism of habit development and discover a simple but profound tactic that might help you beat your next urge to smoke, snack or check a text while driving.


Quote of the Week: The Good Life

 

 

“Some people are always grumbling that roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses.”
-Alphonse Karr

Harvard professor Robert Waldinger led the Harvard Study of Adult Development, which tracked the lives of 724 men for 75 years, asking about their work, their home lives, their health, and how their life stories were going to turn out. In a TedTalk, “What Makes a Good Life?“, he summarized what three lessons they learned about relationships…

 

Connecting with Success

Professional Development, and Flex

Greetings SCC Community:

Highlights this week are:

  • Equity Representative Training
  • Academic Freedom

See the calendar below for dates and times!

Enjoy the week.

Cordially,

Norman

Staff Resource Center and Professional Development for Student Equity & Success

Working Together, Pursuing Excellence and Inspiring Achievement!

 


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CALENDAR RELATED INFORMATION:

The week of February 29, 2016

The week of March 7, 2016, 

The week of March 14, 2016, 

The week of March 21-27, 2016,

SPRING BREAK, NO SCHOOL

 


Spring Convocation 2016

CONVOCATION SPRING 2016


Student Equity & Success Professional Development

Professional Development, Upcoming this spring semester, co-sponsored by:

Senior Leadership Team, Academic Senate, Classified Senate, & Student Leadership & Development

NCII

College Completion Project Series

The “College Completion Project Series, with consultant, Dr. Robert Johnstone from the National Center for Inquiry & Improvement, NCII will provide guidance in working with SCC to design a “Guided 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.

Here is our institutions proposed “SSSNet”, The Core for Student Success and support programs throughout campus that ideally proposes to comprise “The Village”.

SSSNet

Student Equity & Success Support Programs

March 10, 12-4 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!

 


Equity Institute with Dr. Veronica Neal

Equity Implementation: Equity Advocacy Teams At Sacramento City College

At a time where enrollment has potential! Join us for an afternoon summit to explore how SCC is developing 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 opportunity to implement an SCC path to equity and begin to use tools that encourage campus engagement and courageous conversations for change as it relates to SSSP & student equity.

Based on resources from Dr. Veronica Neal, you are invited to participate in an activity where the following experience will take place:

– An introduction to define the SCC SSSP & Equity Plans and their contributing actions as an institution

– Humility and Equity as it is related across the College Service areas including Administrative, Instructional, & Student Services

– Building Division/Department/Program wide Teams for Student Success as related to the Student Equity Committee

With these definitions in mind, participants will be invited to explore from an educational perspective, how the college can leverage resources to scale up student success as it relates to Access, ESL & Basic Skills, Mathematics, Persistence, and Completion. Further discovery will include instructional components that develop, reinforce, and advance instructional pedagogy, andragogy, and heutagogy. From this level, the development of building equity core teams will assist us to construct learning communities and villages across divisions that can support the work of equity campus wide.

Resources:

General Equity Resources- https://www.deanza.edu/equityoffice/equityplanningresources.html

Equity Core Team Resources- http://www.deanza.edu/equityoffice/equitycoreteams.html

March 30, 12-4 p.m.

Location: TBD

Click Here to Register

 


 

The State-wide Conference for Student Equity & Success

Building a bridge to the future of the California Community Colleges- Presented by the RP Group and the Cal-PASS Plus, at the recent State-wide conference for SSSP & Student Equity

Student Equity and the Re-­‐imagination of Student Capacity

 


 

On Course

Information about helping colleges improve Student Success and Retention

On Course Workshops

 


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.

Training

Sexual Harassment Training

 

 


Professional Development Data Base Direct Links

Distance Education Resources and Guidelines

How to Evaluate Web Resources for Distance Education

 


IN THE NEWS:

 The Chronicle of Higher Education

10 Key Shifts in Higher Education

10 Key Shifts in Higher Education


Faculty Focus

 

Between the Lines of Our Pedagogy

Our teaching persona is expressed in how we go about shaping the learning environment. A purposeful integration of our teaching persona helps link students with content in subtle ways. This matters because we’re after an expression of teaching persona that plays a constructive role in creating a learning environment where learners thrive and teachers flourish.

The Art & Science of Quality Course Announcements: How to Avoid the Trap of the Info Dump

It’s the night before a major assignment is due and you sit down to post an announcement in your online course. You want to remind your students of the impending due date, and oh yes, there’s a great webinar offered by the career center coming up on Tuesday. That reminds you, there’s also that article about the history of Wikipedia that you want to share with them too. Come to think of it, now’s as good a time as any to discuss the lack of analysis you noticed in their discussion board posts last week. As you write about their discussions, you also decide to include one last link to a citation website you hope will help them improve in this area.

Wheelchair Ramps and Extra Time for Learning

“A wheelchair ramp is an alternate mode of access for the physically disabled so that they may access the same benefits as others. Similarly, being allowed extra time gives the learning-disabled extra time to process what they know. My reading

 

 


 Community College Journal

Winter Issue, 2016

The New Wave of Workforce Training

 


Inside Higher Education

Let’s Focus More on the First Year

Students enter college hoping it will be a major step up from what they were doing before, writes Roger Martin, but they are often disappointed.

 


Community College Research Center, Spring 2016

The Latest News from CCRC

 


CCC Technology for Student Success News

February 2016 Issue

 


TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

Newest Release

Ivan Coyote:

Why we need gender-neutral bathrooms

There are a few things that we all need: fresh air, water, food, shelter, love … and a safe place to pee. For trans people who don’t fit neatly into the gender binary, public restrooms are a major source of anxiety and the place where they are most likely to be questioned or harassed. In this poetically rhythmic talk, Ivan Coyote grapples with complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity and highlights the need for gender-neutral bathrooms in all public places.

Trending Now- 

Dalia Mogahed:

What do you think when you look at me?

When you look at Muslim scholar Dalia Mogahed, what do you see: a woman of faith? a scholar, a mom, a sister? or an oppressed, brainwashed, potential terrorist? In this personal, powerful talk, Mogahed asks us, in this polarizing time, to fight negative perceptions of her faith in the media — and to choose empathy over prejudice.


Quote of the Week: Fostering Habits of Mind In Today’s Students

A New Approach to Developmental Education!

Habits of mind are at the heart of any college success story. Partnering with BSI, this is a reading series over the semester!

Promoting Transfer of Learning

“For both teachers and students, transfer is a simultaneous act of hindsight and foresight. It’s that ability to mine the past for relevant, analogous experiences while imagining their future, recontextualized applications. Without this expanded vision, learning is seldom meaningful or retained.”

(2015-09-18). Fostering Habits of Mind in Today’s Students: A New Approach to Developmental Education (Kindle Locations 3947-3949). Stylus Publishing. Kindle Edition.

 

Connecting with Success

Professional Development, and Flex

Greetings SCC Community:

Highlights this week are:

  • College Set Standards
  • Changing Lanes, Career Advancement Opportunities
  • Mental Health in Public Colleges
  • Student Success Coaches
  • Diversity Training
  • Equity Representative Training

See the calendar below for dates and times!

Enjoy the week.

Cordially,

Norman

Staff Resource Center and Professional Development for Student Equity & Success

Working Together, Pursuing Excellence and Inspiring Achievement!

 


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CALENDAR RELATED INFORMATION:

The week of February 22, 2016, 

The week of February 29, 2016

The week of March 7, 2016, 

The week of March 14, 2016, 

The week of March 21-27, 2016,

SPRING BREAK, NO SCHOOL

 


Spring Convocation 2016

CONVOCATION SPRING 2016


Student Equity & Success Professional Development

Professional Development, Upcoming this spring semester, co-sponsored by:

Senior Leadership Team, Academic Senate, Classified Senate, & Student Leadership & Development

NCII

College Completion Project Series

The “College Completion Project Series, with consultant, Dr. Robert Johnstone from the National Center for Inquiry & Improvement, NCII will provide guidance in working with SCC to design a “Guided 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.

Here is our institutions proposed “SSSNet”, The Core for Student Success and support programs throughout campus that ideally proposes to comprise “The Village”.

SSSNet

Student Equity & Success Support Programs

March 10, 12-4 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!

 


Equity Institute with Dr. Veronica Neal

Equity Implementation: Equity Advocacy Teams At Sacramento City College

At a time where enrollment has potential! Join us for an afternoon summit to explore how SCC is developing 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 opportunity to implement an SCC path to equity and begin to use tools that encourage campus engagement and courageous conversations for change as it relates to SSSP & student equity.

Based on resources from Dr. Veronica Neal, you are invited to participate in an activity where the following experience will take place:

– An introduction to define the SCC SSSP & Equity Plans and their contributing actions as an institution

– Humility and Equity as it is related across the College Service areas including Administrative, Instructional, & Student Services

– Building Division/Department/Program wide Teams for Student Success as related to the Student Equity Committee

With these definitions in mind, participants will be invited to explore from an educational perspective, how the college can leverage resources to scale up student success as it relates to Access, ESL & Basic Skills, Mathematics, Persistence, and Completion. Further discovery will include instructional components that develop, reinforce, and advance instructional pedagogy, andragogy, and heutagogy. From this level, the development of building equity core teams will assist us to construct learning communities and villages across divisions that can support the work of equity campus wide.

Resources:

General Equity Resources- https://www.deanza.edu/equityoffice/equityplanningresources.html

Equity Core Team Resources- http://www.deanza.edu/equityoffice/equitycoreteams.html

March 30, 12-4 p.m.

Location: TBD

Click Here to Register

 


 

The State-wide Conference for Student Equity & Success

Building a bridge to the future of the California Community Colleges- Presented by the RP Group and the Cal-PASS Plus, at the recent State-wide conference for SSSP & Student Equity

Student Equity and the Re-­‐imagination of Student Capacity

 


 

On Course

Information about helping colleges improve Student Success and Retention

On Course Workshops

 


 

Webinar

TALKING ABOUT RACE, CLASS, AND COLLEGE ACCESS

INSIGHT ON HOW HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERS ARE THINKING ABOUT DIVERSITY

 


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.

Training

Sexual Harassment Training

 

 


Professional Development Data Base Direct Links

Distance Education Resources and Guidelines

How to Evaluate Web Resources for Distance Education

 


IN THE NEWS:

USDA Hispanic-Serving Institutions National Program

The USDA Hispanic-Serving Institutions National Program office is pleased to announce that the application process for the 2016 Class of the E. Kika De La Garza Fellows Program is now open.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program offers faculty and staff from HSIs the opportunity to work collaboratively with USDA to gain insight and understanding of the federal government. This uniquely tailored experience brings together HSI staff and federal executives to address the spectrum of challenges faced in the development of a well prepared Hispanic workforce. Fellows increase their understanding of USDA and other federal agencies, particularly at the national level, and work to identify mutual collaborative interests.  Applicants must be faculty or staff at an Hispanic-Serving Institution or Hispanic-Serving School District to qualify.

Available Fellowships:

Note: All applicants must fully commit to the defined fellowship dates.

Education Fellowship & High School Education Fellowship:

Education Fellowships are for faculty and staff at HSIs. High School Fellowships are for Secondary Education Superintendents, Principals, Agricultural and/or District Level Teachers working for an Hispanic-Serving School District.  Education and High School fellows experience first-hand the education policy making process and build linkages to research and funding opportunities. In addition to meeting with USDA personnel, fellows connect with other federal agencies and organizations such as the Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Education fellows contribute and develop their skills in the following areas:

  • Student outreach and retention;
  • Career opportunities – internships, scholarships, full time employment;
  • Graduate programs;
  • Grants and funding opportunities;
  • Partnerships development; and
  • Government relations.

Science Fellowship:
Science Fellowships are for science faculty at HSIs.  Science fellows collaborate with leading scientists from USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) – one of the world’s premier scientific organizations. Participants learn about state-of-the-art agricultural research that solves problems affecting our nation on a daily basis. Fellows share their expertise with students at their respective institutions – motivating Hispanic students to pursue careers in agriculture, science, research, and technology. Science fellows are selected based on the needs and interests of HSIs and USDA-ARS. Participants attend a one-week mandatory orientation in Washington, D.C., in addition to collaborating with an ARS Research Center within the country.

Application Requirements:

Completed Application Form:  Hand written applications will not be accepted, please complete electronically (please see the attached forms and instructions).

Essay: A statement describing your interest in the USDA and how you envision the fellowship will impact you, your institution’s program, and your work with your institution and its community. Finally, describe how you plan to share information acquired during your fellowship with colleagues, students and other interested individuals.  Please see the application instructions for specific information on the essay requirements for each fellowship.  Instructions are attached to this email.

Resume:  Submit a three-to-four page resume including educational and professional accomplishments.

Letter of Reference:  Please provide a Letter of Reference from someone capable of detailing your work and how this fellowship would stand to benefit you and the institution. This should be submitted directly by your reference. It is your responsibility to notify the designated individual of the need to supply this reference and to ensure that they do so before the application’s deadline.  This individual should be someone who currently supervises you.

Statement of Institutional Support:  A statement provided by your Institution’s President stating their commitment to pay salary and benefits during your participation in this program. This letter should briefly establish that the institution supports your participation in this fellowship and, if applicable, intends to continue those salary and benefits, which would typically be provided during the fellowship period. This should be submitted directly by the individual designated to supply it. It is your responsibility to notify the designated individual of the need to supply this statement and to ensure that they do so before the application’s deadline.

Signed Application Certification Form:  Submitted with your application form, essay, and resume (please see the attached forms and instructions).

Important Dates:

 

Application Deadline (All Materials Must Be Received by This Date):

February 26, 2016

Fellowships are awarded:

April 2016

Travel to Washington, DC:

June 14/15, 2016

Program Begins:

June 16, 2016

Education Fellowship:

June 16 – June 30, 2016

High School Fellowship:

June 16 – June 30, 2016

Science Fellowship:

June 16 – July 7, 2016

For detailed application instructions, specific qualifications, and application forms, please review the attached forms and instructions.

Application links

Applications should be submitted to hsinp@osec.usda.gov.  For questions, you may also contact Dan Wueste, Fellowship Program Manager, at 202.720.6506 or via email: daniel.wueste@osec.usda.gov

 


 The Chronicle of Higher Education

Fulbright Seeks a More Diverse Pool of Scholars and Students

State Department officials, study-abroad experts, and Fulbright alumni agree: The best way to diversify is through mentoring and word of mouth.

 


Faculty Focus

Three Guidelines and Two Workarounds for Tackling Makeup Exam Policies

Are you one of the many instructors who loathe makeup exam requests? Makeup exams often create more work and can put us in the awkward position of judging the truthfulness of our students’ excuses. Although we can’t avoid makeup requests entirely, we can better prepare ourselves and our students by having a transparent and fair makeup exam policy. When designing your policy, always ask yourself: Does the policy allow students to learn what you want them to learn in your course?

 

Helping Students Memorize: Tips from Cognitive Science

I was wrapping up a presentation on memory and learning when a colleague asked, “How do we help students learn in courses where there’s a lot of memorization?” He explained that he taught introductory-level human anatomy, and although the course wasn’t all memorization, it did challenge students’ capacity to retain dozens of new terms and concepts.

 

Weighing the Evidence of New Instructional Policies, Practices, and Behaviors

During a conversation about evidence-based teaching, a faculty member piped up with some enthusiasm and just a bit of pride, “I’m using an evidence-based strategy.” He described a rather unique testing structure and concluded, “There’s a study that found it significantly raised exam scores.” He shared the reference with me afterward and it’s a solid study—not exceptional, but good.

 


 Community College Journal

Winter Issue, 2016

The New Wave of Workforce Training

 


Inside Higher Education

CAREER ADVICE 

Interview Success Through Better Listening

A job interview is a conversation, writes Jake Livengood, and to engage in it effectively, you must be a good listener.

 


Community College Research Center, Spring 2016

The Latest News from CCRC

 


CCC Technology for Student Success News

February 2016 Issue

 


TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

Newest Release

Jocelyne Bloch:

The brain may be able to repair itself — with help

Through treating everything from strokes to car accident traumas, neurosurgeon Jocelyne Bloch knows the brain’s inability to repair itself all too well. But now, she suggests, she and her colleagues may have found the key to neural repair: Doublecortin-positive cells. Similar to stem cells, they are extremely adaptable and, when extracted from a brain, cultured and then re-injected in a lesioned area of the same brain, they can help repair and rebuild it. “With a little help,” Bloch says, “the brain may be able to help itself.”

Trending Now- 

Kelly McGonigal

How to make stress your friend

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.


Quote of the Week: Fostering Habits of Mind In Today’s Students

A New Approach to Developmental Education!

Habits of mind are at the heart of any college success story. Partnering with BSI, this is a reading series over the semester!

Habits of Mind: Self-Efficacy and the Learning Cycle

“Competencies for entering students cannot be reduced to a mere listing of skills. True academic competence depends upon a set of perception and behaviors acquired while preparing for more advanced academic work” (ICAS 12).

(2015-09-18). Fostering Habits of Mind in Today’s Students: A New Approach to Developmental Education (Kindle Locations 3418-3419). Stylus Publishing. Kindle Edition.