Connecting with Success
Dear Sacramento City College Colleagues:
On behalf of The Staff Resource Center for Professional Development, as we draw the Spring 2016 semester to a close, we are pleased to release the fall 2016 Professional Development and Flex Program Guide. The College begins the fall semester with the initiative, “Connecting with Success”. As the college focuses around ongoing Professional Development, much of it as “Flex”, Student Equity and Student Success programs are also strengthening their existence across campus. The Staff Resource Center’s partnership with SSSP & Student Equity balances what’s being provided with a concentration on teaching, learning, and service across our college service areas.
Professional Development Program Outcomes
Seek to discover the focus of these five overarching Indicators as they relate to Student Equity & Success:
• Basic Skills
• Course Completion
• Degree/Certificate Attainment
Recognizing the disproportionate gaps that exist, strive to determine a method to assess what may be causing gaps and a process for evaluating how to address and redirect the programs to close the gap. These focus across Five Indicators:
• Course Progress
Once these aspects are addressed, the assessment process should also include ways to intervene based on:
- Conversations About Race
• Classroom Observations and Strategies
• Data on Student Achievement
Finally, the five major themes help to organize our ongoing professional development. They intend to bring attention to working with faculty in classroom as well as service areas regarding intervention and student support, in improving retention, persistence, and completion rates involving:
- Clarity– pathways, processes, communication
• Connectivity – with students and between divisions, programs and services
• Community – caring, tracking progress, intervention, mutual support, collaboration, sharing resources, personal enrichment
• Culture – cultural awareness and sensitivity in instruction, service delivery and our interactions
• Completion – continuous improvement and achievement of successful student outcomes
All workshops are linked to the Faculty/Staff calendar, and offer registration for every workshop.
This will assist our presenters in knowing beforehand who their participants are. Handouts will be available through the Professional Development database. Convocation’s program on Friday will focus on “Connecting with Success, The 100 Year Anniversary”. Within the program you will find the highlights for Friday, August 19th with the timing of “Convocation” from 9:00-11:30 a.m. As always we look forward to your feedback. Our traditional survey on flex and convocation satisfaction will be sent out at the beginning of the fall 2016 semester. Again, on behalf of the Staff Resource Center, thank you to the many colleagues who have prepared 36 general education workshops and across the semester. We look forward to your participation and feedback.
On behalf of the Staff Resource Center and Student Equity & Success for Professional Development, we look forward to a very productive summer and fall season.
Diana, Elaine, Nazmul, Norman, Sophia, Tamanna, & Tyler
Staff Resource Center and Student Equity & Success
Working Together, Pursuing Excellence and Inspiring Achievement!
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CALENDAR RELATED INFORMATION:
Final Exam Week
The week of May 16, 2016,
Professional Development/Flex Week, August, 2016
Fall 2016 Semester
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.
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.
Professional Development Data Base Direct Links
How to Evaluate Web Resources for Distance Education
A new Professional Development site web portal is being launched!
Your One-Stop Site to Effective Practices, Training, and Other Resources
What Would You Like To Do Today?
IN THE NEWS:
Community College Journal
Community College Research Center, Spring/Summer 2016
Final Quote of the Semester: Culturally Responsive Teaching
A Personal Case of Culturally Responsive Teaching Praxis
“The greatest of all obstacles to culturally responsive teaching is mainstream ethnocentrism and hegemony. They effectively block the acquisition and application of new, culturally relevant pedagogical knowledge, skills, and will in teaching African, Latino, Native, and Asian American students. Some educators fail to realize that the assumptions, expectations, protocols, and practices considered normative in conventional education are not universal and immutable. They are based on the standards of the cultural system of one ethnic group— European Americans— that have been imposed on all others. This cultural system is a human creation and, as such, is fallible and mutable…
Furthermore, research evidence (although not as inclusive and extensive as it needs to be) consistently demonstrates that when teaching and learning are filtered through the cultural frameworks of students of color, their achievement improves dramatically.”
Gay, Geneva (2010-05-01). Culturally Responsive Teaching, Second Edition (Multicultural Education) (p. 244). Teachers College Press. Kindle Edition.