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August 25, 2014 – Fall – Professional Development Activities

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

Convocation Highlights from Chancellor King and President Jeffery:

Chancellor King’s Address on the “Road Ahead”

President Jeffery’s Convocation Address – Fall 2014

 

Book Recommendations:

“Think Like a Freak”

“Turning Adversity into Opportunity” by Kouzes & Posner

Book reviews will be offered later in the semester!

 

Organization Highlights:

Civitas Learning

“HSI”- Hispanic Serving Institutions

“AANAPISI”- Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions

 

Los Rios Employee Satisfaction Survey Results

Los Rios Employee Satisfaction Survey

 

Los Rios’ participation in the White House Summit For Community Colleges

Improving College Opportunity

 

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 Early Alert Referral System

SARS Alert Reporting

(This is a referral system for students needing assistance beyond the scope of the classroom. There will be a workshop on this system September 9th)


IN THE NEWS:

The Chronicle for Higher Education

Community-College Association Issues Guide to Transform the Sector

A Shooting in a St. Louis Suburb Reverberates on Campuses Near and Far

Faculty Focus

 A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats: Raising, Communicating, and Enforcing Expectations in Online Courses

Inside Higher Education

Reengineering Retention

LinkedIn

Teach the Key Ingredients for Leadership Success

How To Diversity Your Life

New York Times

How to Get Kids to Class: To Keep Poor Students in School, Provide Social Services (Please note: SCC provides a yellow booklet called “Community Resources”. They are located throughout the campus. For more information concerning the contents, contact the CalWorks office or Ramona Cobian at CobianR@scc.losrios.edu)

Los Rios Student Success Update

A Los Rios Student Success Spring News Update, Keeping you informed: A new Los Rios Student Success newsletter

 

The RP Group

Student Support (Re)defined, Spring 2014

 


 TED TALKS:

Why Lunch Ladies are Heroes

Talks for foodies

 


 QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

Hard Joys and Energy Zones

August 25, 2014

The art of communication is the language of leadership.
-James Humes

Sometimes a student’s difficulties will be expressed in a physical release of tension.  There are those student’s who may also express a verbal defense. These expressions may be observed as ‘energy zones.’  Recognizing these energy zone opens the door to creative problem solving by redirecting the energy. Strategic communication tools can be implemented that lead to critical thinking and decision making by helping to turn negative feelings into positive ones.

If you allow your mind to wander through the energy zones, many creative, even fun, solutions begin to emerge. Instead of getting into a battle of words perhaps a solution could be to relate the information to the content of the course. Then we can calmly find a solution to this problem. The student who has so much energy may not rest in a desk for an entire class period. Therefore, she/he might respond to an alternative delivery type such as the “flipped model” as one example. Offering student’s time at a task to get their emotional energy under control can be more positive and meaningful than pursing only the content alone.  It also offers the facilitator of learning, insight about the ‘energy zone’ and ideas for sharing the control of the learning environment when you are not present. These are true leadership values that promote greater skills of effective communication across the learning spectrum.

 

Cordially,

Norman Lorenz, Ed.D.,

Faculty Coordinator, Staff Resource Center

August 18, 2014 – Fall Flex Week – Professional Development Activities

FLEX Week Information:

A 360° Approach to Student Success

The Impact of Policy, Soft Skills, & Contact in the Community College Environment

Fall 2014 Flex Week is here!  Please visit the following pages for all information regarding Flex and Convocation: 2014 Fall Flex Website - Here you will find Schedules for Tech Wednesday, Flex Thursday, and Convocation Friday (click the links under “Program Schedules”).  You will also find a printable Flex booklet, the updated Flex Attendance Record/Obligation Form, and other details about 2014 Fall Flex Week.

*Important: If you plan to attend the Introduction to WordPress Content Management System workshop you must PREREGISTER online.

2014 Fall Convocation Website – Convocation starts at 9:00am sharp in the PAC.

  • Please leave your division meetings by 8:45am and be seated in the PAC no later than 9:00am.
  • The location of the department charette, scheduled for 10:45am – 12:00pm after Convocation, will be included in a handout given during Convocation.
  • Reminder: There will be a continental breakfast offered on Friday in the City Café from 7:00am to 7:45am.

Also, we are happy to announce the return of our Staff Resource Center Faculty Coordinator, Norman Lorenz.  Welcome Back! Thank you and have a great week!

 


 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

For use during the Division Charette

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

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


IN THE NEWS:

The Chronicle for Higher Education

Almanac of Higher Education 2014

 

Faculty Focus

Using “Mulligans” to Enhance Student Participation and Reduce Test Anxiety

How Teaching Online Made Me a Better Face-to-Face Instructor

Motivating Students: Should Effort Count?

Four Key Questions about Grading

Putting Students in the Driver’s Seat: Technology Projects to Decrease

 Reality Check: Helping to Manage Student Expectations

 

Community College Journal

The Mounting Problem of Student Debt

 

College Planning & Management

Reshaping Campus Libraries

 

Inside Higher Education

“Hard Times” and Higher Education

Productivity or Sexism?

 

Edutopia

Critical Thinking:5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

 

Los Rios Student Success Update

A Los Rios Student Success Spring News Update, Keeping you informed: A new Los Rios Student Success newsletter

 

The RP Group

Student Support (Re)defined, Spring 2014

 


 TED TALKS:

The Danger of Silence

Surprisingly Viral TED Talks

Color ind or color brave?


 QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

Effective Communication

August 18, 2014

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher (in our case, a role model at all levels).
-Temple Grandin

“As adults, we often forget, when we are speaking with students at any level, they think more concretely and process information at a different pace than we do.   When we adapt our communication and/or instruction to the level of understanding, we are helping them to think more globally.”  This observation comes from David Elkind who offers tips to go along with this observation, such as…

  • Be specific.  Instructions should be short and clear…
  • Because students process information differently than we do, it’s a good idea to offer instruction or directions one at a time.
  • Accentuate the positive.  A student has the opportunity to experience much more success and much less frustration, if we express what we expect of them “to do” versus what “not to do”.
  • Phrase your instructions so as to inform the student what you expect, opposed to asking him or her to make the decision, unless that is your intention.

In preparation for the fall 2014 semester, the New Student Success Act Brochure and AB 2558 Professional Development, invites us to have an inclusive conversation and Collegial dialogue among our campus professionals.  Have a great semester, we’ll be here to serve you.

Cordially,

Norman Lorenz, Ed.D.,

Faculty Coordinator, Staff Resource Center

MAY 19, 2014- WEEKLY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

FLEX:

“INNOVATE”

 


 

STAFF RESOURCE NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEY RESULTS:

Spring 2014 SCC “MY VOICE COUNTS (My Professional Development Needs & Wants)” Survey Results

 


 

FALL 2014 FLEX & CONVOCATION:

Fall Flex/Professional Development & Convocation Schedule

 


 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

The SCC Charette Teaching & Learning Guide, Spring 2014

 


IN THE NEWS:

The New York Times

Who Gets to Graduate?

 

The Chronicle for Higher Education

Technology Provides Foreign-Language Immersion at a Distance

 

Faculty Focus

Education and Consumerism: Using Students’ Assumptions to Challenge Their Thinking

Using Badges in the Classroom to Motivate Learning

Teaching Introductory Courses: What Is the Public Face of Your Field?

Is Rereading the Material a Good Study Strategy?

 

Inside Higher Education

Must Deans Be Silent?

Writing Environments

 

Los Rios Student Success Update

A Los Rios Student Success Spring News Update, Keeping you informed: A new Los Rios Student Success newsletter

 

The RP Group

Student Support (Re)defined, Spring 2014

 


 TED TALKS:

 Kevin Briggs: The bridge between suicide and life

Graduation…now what? (10 talks)

Color ind or color brave?


 QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

A Teachable Moment?

May 19, 2014

Don’t praise your furnace when the house is cold.
-Russian proverb

As we draw this week to a close, the spring 2014 semester invites us to look back upon a few moments with some reflections about teachable moments for ourselves and our students.

Whether it is through our teaching, learning, or service to students, they invite us to learn from them as they learn from us. The moment engages our mind set to reflect upon Student Success as it creates new opportunities for us in the coming future. This is to continue an effort to see the continuous improvement model as a way to think in an innovative way with regard to access, engagement, retention, persistence, and completion.

In preparation for the fall 2014 semester, the New Student Success Act Brochure and AB 2558 Professional Development, invites us to have an inclusive conversation and collegial dialogue among our campus professionals.  There is no instruction to offer.  What I can offer, in this moment, is my reverence, my glad astonishment at our good fortune, my upward gaze, and wordless watching. I am excited about our future.

Cordially,

Norman Lorenz, Ed.D.,

Coordinator, Staff Resource Center

MAY 12, 2014- WEEKLY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 UPCOMING FLEX:

“INNOVATE”

 


 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

The SCC Charette Teaching & Learning Guide, Spring 2014

 


IN THE NEWS:

The Sacramento Bee

Fewer drop out of high school in Sacramento area

 

The Washington Post

The new War on Poverty: Tackling two generations at once

 

The Chronicle for Higher Education

The Gallup-Purdue Index Report

A Caring Professor May Be Key in How a Graduate Thrives

 

Faculty Focus

What We Can Learn from a Bad Day of Teaching

Time-Saving Tips for Managing Your Email Inbox

The Last Class: A Critical Course Component

Teaching Encounter Provides an Up-Close Look at Learning Something New

What Types of Support Do Adjuncts Need?

 

Inside Higher Education

State Regulation of Study Abroad?

Sustaining Open Access

 

Los Rios Student Success Update

A Los Rios Student Success Spring News Update, Keeping you informed: A new Los Rios Student Success newsletter

 

The RP Group

Student Support (Re)defined, Spring 2014

 


 TED TALKS:

Randall Munroe: Comics that ask “what if?”

Color Blind or Color Brave?

The Remix (7 talks)

Color blind or color brave?


 QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

Educators across the Counter Top of Service & Job Satisfaction

May 12, 2014

Fall seven times, stand up eight.
-Japanese proverb

Tapping broadly into educators’ intrinsic motivation…

“An integral part of the leadership role is guiding educators’ to build opportunities for enrichment and personal achievement.  Here are some questions you can ask educators to help them become reflective practitioners and take ownership of their job satisfaction and professional growth:

  • What is the most fulfilling part of your job?
  • What talents, skills, special competencies, and unique contributions do you bring to the the learner?
  • Do you have an opportunity every day to do what you do best?
  • What keeps you from being as effective as you would like to be in your position?
  • If you had the power to change anything about your job, what would you change?”

MAY 5, 2014- WEEKLY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

FLEX THIS WEEK:

 


 UPCOMING FLEX:

 


 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

The SCC Charette Teaching & Learning Guide, Spring 2014

The Great Teachers Seminar

 


IN THE NEWS:

The Chronicle for Higher Education

President Emerita Shares Videos on Teaching First-Generation Students

Community-College Association Issues Guide to Transform the Sector

Faculty Focus

Tips for Handling Student Excuses

Developing a Framework for a Customized Faculty Development Evaluation Plan

Teaching Effectiveness: The Definitions of Teachers and Students

What’s the Story on Learning Styles?

Integrating Technology into the Online Classroom, Part II

 

Inside Higher Education

Better Late Than Never?

 

Los Rios Student Success Update

A Los Rios Student Success Spring News Update, Keeping you informed: A new Los Rios Student Success newsletter

 

The RP Group

Student Support (Re)defined, Spring 2014

 


 TED TALKS:

David Epstein: Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?

Redefining success (10 talks)


 QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

Mistakes Leaders Make
May 5, 2014

I have woven a parachute out of everything broken.
-William Stafford

In “4 Mistakes Leaders Keep Making” in Harvard Business Review, Robert Schaffer identifies these behaviors that block organizational change:

Failing to set proper expectations.  Leaders announce shifts in goals or direction without spelling out specifics, saying who’s accountable, or setting clear deadlines.

Excusing subordinates from the pursuit of overall goals.  Managers allow employees to focus narrowly on their units, and so responsibility for companywide performance gets “delegated” upward.

Colluding with staff experts and consultants.  Executives permit experts to deliver solutions without assuming responsibility for their outcomes.

Waiting while associates prepare, prepare, prepare.  Endless preparation gives the illusion of progress but ultimately gets in the way.

APRIL 28, 2014- WEEKLY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

FLEX THIS WEEK:

 


 

UPCOMING FLEX:

 


 

Professional Development Needs Assessment & Wants Survey (We Want Your Feedback!) Due by Friday, May 2nd 

MY VOICE COUNTS (My Professional Development Needs & Wants)

 


 

CAMPUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EVENTS:

April 30, 2014 – Faculty Retirement Celebration

May 1, 2014– Brown Bag with Brian

 


 

IN THE NEWS:

Mashable.com

14-Year-Old Proves U.S. Can Save $370 Million by Changing Fonts

 

The Chronicle for Higher Education

Obama and Biden Promote $550-Million in New Job-Training Funds

State and Local Money for Higher Education Increased Slightly in 2013

New Survey Documents Pay of Hourly Workers on Campuses

 

Faculty Focus

Integrating Technology into the Online Classroom, Part I

Letting the Students Lead Class Discussions

Discussion Board Audit—A Metacognitive, Wrap-up Assignment

Class Discussion Challenge: Getting Students to Listen and Respond to Each Other’s Comments

 

Inside Higher Education

Putting Community Colleges to Work

Lessons Learned

 

Community College Journal

Community College Journal, April/May 2014 Issue

 

Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

Accreditation Updates, ACCJC News, Spring 2014

 

Los Rios Student Success Update

A Los Rios Student Success Spring News Update, Keeping you informed: A new Los Rios Student Success newsletter

 


 TED TALKS:

Success, failure and the drive to keep creating

Earth, appreciated

 


 QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

Being Trustworthy
April 28, 2014

Take time to laugh … it’s the music of the soul.
-Anonymous

“Trust is the foundation of positive relationships and learning.  When we trust one other, expressing feelings demonstrates what matters to them.”  Here are some strategies for growing trust and connecting with students and colleagues:

  • Listen and respond so that the other person knows you care about her/him.
  • Make personal connections when possible. This allows the other individual to feel a part of the broader community.
  • Keep the promises you make so we can depend on one another.
  • Make expectations known so that the other individual feels safe and secure.
  • Acknowledge and accept other’s emotions so they can learn that it is safe to share their feelings.
  • In all, these factors become pathways to student success.

APRIL 21, 2014- WEEKLY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

FLEX THIS WEEK:

April 22-24, 2014- 8th Annual SCC EarthWeek

April 22, 2014- Moving Pakistan Towards Sustainability: Challenges, Successes, and Visions

 April 22, 2014- Come Walk With Me

Thursday, April 24- 7th Annual SCC Health Fair

 April 24, 2014- Google Apps Sites

Thursday, April 24, 2014- The Origins of the North-South Korean Conflict and the Demilitarized Zone

Thursday, April 24, 2014- Come Walk With Me

 

 


 

UPCOMING FLEX:

April 29, 2014– Discipline and Safety

April 29, 2014– Come Walk With Me

Tuesday, April 29- Veterans in Your Classroom: Successful Strategies and Interventions

May 1, 2014– Come Walk with Me

Tuesday, May 8, 2014- Planning for Next Semester, A Syllabus Review

 


 

CAMPUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EVENTS:

April 30, 2014 – Faculty Retirement Celebration

May 1, 2014– Brown Bag with Brian

 


IN THE NEWS:

The Sacramento Bee

Completion rates dip at Sacramento-area community colleges

 

The Chronicle for Higher Education

Push to Reform Remedial Education Raises Difficult Questions for Colleges

Some Colleges Try to Catch Students Up Before They’re Behind

Biden Announces Drive to Award Credit for Apprenticeships

 

Faculty Focus

The Sound of Silence: The Value of Quiet Contemplation in the Classroom

Advice for Teachers: Dare to Be Strict

What’s an Empowered Student?

Moving a Face-to-Face Course Online without Losing Student Engagement

From Rusty to Robust: Overcoming the Challenges to Effective Faculty Development

Do Cumulative Exams Motivate Students?

 

Inside Higher Education

The Slow Climb

Rating My Professor – For Real

 


 

TED TALKS:

Louie Schwartzberg: Hidden wonders of the natural world

South America! (10 talks)

 


 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.
-Abigail Adams

Good listening skills are at the core of building trusting relations that inspire peak performance,” Here are a few examples:

*  Think about responses as the other person is talking.

*  Impatience with people who don’t get right to the point.

*  Finishing sentences for people.

*  Carrying on a conversation with someone while involved in another task.

*  Discomfort when people express anger, hurt, disappointment, or hopelessness, therefore, one attempts to say things that will make the feeling go away.

 

APRIL 14, 2014- WEEKLY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES- SPRING BREAK

FLEX THIS WEEK:

CLASSIFIED STAFF RETREAT:

April 16, 2014 – Classified Retreat


 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

Are You a Good Listener?

Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.
-Abigail Adams

“Good listening skills are at the core of building trusting relations that inspire peak performance.” Here are a few examples:

*  I usually think about my response when the other person is talking.

*  I am impatient with people who don’t get right to the point.

*  I often finish sentences for people.

*  I carry on a conversation with someone while I am doing another task.

*  I feel uncomfortable when people express anger, hurt, disappointment, or hopelessness, so I try to say things that will make the feeling go away.

 

APRIL 7, 2014- WEEKLY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

FLEX THIS WEEK:

April 8, 2014 – Come Walk With Me (Health & Wellness)

April 9, 2014 – Math Month Festivities

April 10, 2014 – Google Apps Education

April 10, 2014 – SSSP Update: Implementation of Systems for the First Time in College Students

April 10, 2014 – Come Walk With Me (Health & Wellness)

April 10, 2014 – Study Abroad Information Session

 


UPCOMING FLEX:

April 15, 2014 – Come Walk With Me (Health & Wellness)

April 16, 2014 – CLA Session 3: Diversity and Generational Dynamics in the Workplace

April 17, 2014 – Come Walk With Me (Health & Wellness)

 


FALL 2014 FLEX AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS:

We request that presentations for Fall, 2014 Flex and/or professional development proposals be returned to the Staff Resource Center not later than Friday, April 11, 2014. For questions, please contact Norman Lorenz (x 2165 or lorenzn@scc.losrios.edu), Tyler Wykcoff, (x 2176 or wyckoft@scc.losrios.edu), or Elaine Ader (x 2062 or adera@scc.losrios.edu).

Fall 2014 Flex Proposal

 


CLASSIFIED STAFF RETREAT:

April 16, 2014 – Classified Retreat

 


 

IN THE NEWS:

The Chronicle for Higher Education

Community Colleges Can Foster Student Success by Supporting Their Adjuncts

Community-College Association Issues Guide to Transform the Sector

 

Faculty Focus

Helping Students Overcome Their Fear of Writing

A New Way to Assess Student Learning

Taking a Look at the Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory

 

Inside Higher Education

The STEM Enrollment Boom

 


TED TALKS:

The discovery that could rewrite physics

Could future devices read images from our brains?

 


 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

Moving Beyond Trial and Error

We can’t all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.
-Will Rogers

…”Children experiment for two reasons: out of curiosity (to see how something works) and to solve problems they encounter (to get something to work that is not working).  Experimentation lets them observe cause-and-effect relationships.  Their efforts are still largely trial and error early in preschool and into and through elementary and secondary education, but with adult scaffolding, they can become more systematic….(Epstein, 2014)

“…To gradually replace trial and error with systematic experimentation… into college, a consideration may become apparent to speak with college students about what they are doing and the results of their actions?  Carry out content based experiments with easily observed results perhaps in small groups or discussion boards as examples.  Suggest that students try new ways of using unfamiliar or new information, with feedback on how changing an action may change an outcome.  Offer challenges that suggest step-by-step investigation (for example, finding ways to increase contextual efforts to analyze and evaluate outcomes that could become applied across the content and/or into the work place).”…(SRC, 2014)

Have a terrific week! Next up, Spring Break! See you April 21st, when the SCC Flex and Staff Development “Weekly Update” will resume.

Cordially,

Norman

March 31, 2014- WEEKLY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

FLEX THIS WEEK:

March 31, 2014 – Faculty & Staff Tour of New SCC Website

April 1, 2014 – Come Walk With Me (Health & Wellness)

April 1, 2014 – Food Security and Hunger Solutions in Myanmar: Challenges, Successes, and Visions

April 3, 2014 – Book Share Round Table – “Back To School…”

April 3, 2014 – Come Walk With Me (Health & Wellness)

April 4, 2014 – CLA Session 2: Public Speaking and Networking

 


UPCOMING FLEX:

April 9, 2014 – Math Month Festivities 

SSSP Update: Implementation of Systems for the First Time in College Students

 


IN THE NEWS:

LinkedIn

A Self-Aware Leader is Not a Self-Obsessed Leader

American Educator

One Piece of the Whole, Teacher Evaluation as a part of a Comprehensive System for Teaching and Learning

eCampus News

New Trend: Students Enrolling With no intension of Graduating

The Chronicle for Higher Education

Nature Publishing Group Requires Faculty Authors To Waive Oral Rights

Faculty Focus

Can You Flip an Online Class?

The Online Discussion Board: Opening the Gateway to New Learning

Reading Circles Get Students to Do the Reading

What’s Your Learning Philosophy?

Five Pedagogical Practices to Improve Your Online Course

Community College Journal

Get Your Slice of the Pie: With Declines in Funding, Colleges Compete With Other Worthy Causes for Public Funds

Fight the Good Fight

Embracing Advancement: Fundraising

College Planning & Management

This Is an Emergency 

 


TED TALKS:

Hugh Herr: The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance

Craftsmanship

Twitter’s Trust and Safety Team

To create for the ages, let’s combine art and engineering

My Daughter Malala

A Message from Malala

 


QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

Get Smarter
March 31, 2014

When people care for you they can straighten out your soul.
-Langston Hughes

The author of Smarter Than You Think, Clive Thompson offered these tips for making the most of your mental hardware in Psychology Today (March 2014):

Turn Off Your Computer:  “If you’re a person who works with words all day, its good to do something completely nonverbal in your spare time…. Knowing when to shift between public and private thinking – when to blast an idea online, when to let it slow-bake – is a crucial skill.”

Chew it Over: “Passion drives memory. It is incumbent upon people who want to be creative to really wrestle with the material they are thinking about.  So you have to have those disconnected moments when you think without being distracted.”

Think in Groups:  “Our intelligence has never been entirely just in our heads.  A huge amount of our thinking takes place in… the ‘extended mind’ – all sorts of resources outside us that help scaffold our thinking.  We rely on other people as cognitive amplifiers.”