SCC NEWS THIS WEEK:
The Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society are once again hosting EarthWeek at Sacramento City College. We invite you to have a table at this event to promote any environmental research you and your students have done, any environmental organizations you belong to, or any environmental activity you would like to share with students, faculty, staff, and guests.
EarthWeek is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, April 21 & 22 from 10:00-3:00 in the SCC Quad. Please send a brief email to Paul Frank, SCC Honors Program (FrankP@scc.losrios.edu) if you are interested in having a table at EarthWeek during one or both of the days. Also, please contact Paul Frank if you would simply like to volunteer to help coordinate the EarthWeek activities.
In an effort to highlight professional development and student success here at Sacramento City College, you are cordially invited to participate with exhibitors to present new textbooks and the emphasis on technology! This is an opportunity to share interests with other colleagues; classified staff, faculty, and management regarding new and innovative ways we can enrich teaching and learning for student success.
On Thursday, April 23, 2015, from 12:30-5:30 p.m., and Friday, April 24, 8:30-12, we will open the LRC 105 to vendors to offer demonstrations, support, and influence regarding the curriculum offerings as well as how to demonstrate further enhancements of student success based on the use of technology.
21st Annual CSUS Multicultural Education Conference
Identity of Experience:
Intersections in Multicultural Education
Saturday, April 25, 2015
8 am – 2 pm
Invited Keynote Speaker Dr. Warren J. Blumenfeld
College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Broadening Multicultural Education:
LGBT Inclusion in the Classroom and Beyond
The College of Education is proud to announce the
21st Multicultural Education Conference to discuss
multiculturalism in K-12 schools, higher education,
and community organizations. The keynote address
will be followed by breakout sessions covering a
broad range of topics.
Free parking and admission.
Presentation proposals welcome by January 30, 2015.
Click here to register your attendance
FALL 2015 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, FLEX WEEK, & SEMESTER DETAILS
If you have not turned in a Professional Development/Flex Proposal, please click the link below, save, complete, and send via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For the next two years 2015-17, the SRC’s new theme is:
“CONNECTING WITH SUCCESS”
This theme will undoubtedly create many opportunities to reach across constituencies in an effort to connect success with teaching and learning, and assist student’s with the completion of their college goals. Once you click on the link below, you will see the list of categories, be the change you want to see! Whether it be through the vision of carrying out work from the new Student Equity Academy, integrating learning across divisions, and/or individualizing curriculum and instruction, colleagues across the institution have an opportunity to pay it forward in how we train and learn from one another.
The Professional Development/Flex Fall 2015 Booklet will be released, May 11, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact the SRC office at 916-558-2176, or 2165.
Working Together, Pursuing Excellence and Inspiring Achievement!
Much, much, more! See the calendar below for more details!
The week of April 20
The week of April 27
The week of May 04
The week of May 11
The week of May 18- Final Exam Week
District Professional Development
Office of Human Resources- With this link you will find required training by the district that expires from time to time.
New to the Professional Development Data Base
Professional Development for Equity & Student Success
Student Support around Teaching and Learning
Concurrent with steps related to employment and communication with the college, while preparing and managing instruction, this checklist can assist with the steps associated with teaching and learning.
The Early Alert Referral System & Counseling Crisis Intervention Services
SARS is a student referral system for educators across campus. The most effective resource referral is within the first three weeks of the semester. The referral provides students needing assistance beyond the scope of the classroom with appropriate resources that can contribute to student engagement, retention, persistence, academic progress, and completion. The results can lead to student success! Please communicate with the student and refer her/him if you feel she/he could benefit from these resources.
DSPS provides a variety of academic support services to students with disabilities. Our goal is to provide students the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations.
As faculty and staff members, you may encounter various crises that require urgent attention. You are in a prime position to come into contact with a student who would benefit from prompt counseling assistance for personal or mental health problems.
Distressed behaviors are often emotional but not necessarily disruptive. If you have a student experiencing any of the following, informing the student about available assistance through the Counseling Center may be helpful.
Innovative Educators for Student success- A new section of Professional Development with webinars on Student Success and free resources
For more information, go to Innovative Educators
Accreditation Updates for Sacramento City College
Here are the links to the 2015 Accreditation REVIEW DRAFTS. If you have any questions or feedback, please click the link and e-mail us!
Accreditation open forums are being held this week to discuss the college’s Self Evaluation Report and the next steps in the accreditation process. Please join us.
IN THE NEWS:
Chronicle for Higher Education
- A Simpler Path, Authors Say, Is Key to Community-College Completion
A new book argues for a structured curriculum that gives students fewer choices and better guidance from registration through graduation.
- Faculty Salaries Are Up Slightly but Still Recovering From the Recession’s Effects
The “silver lining,” says the AAUP’s annual report, is that for the second year in a row, pay rose faster than the rate of inflation.
- State Spending on Higher Education Shows ‘Sizable’ Increase
Even with that sign of recovery, last year’s levels remain below those from before the recession.
- Salaries of Hourly Workers in Higher Education Rise by 2%Electrician supervisors and police chiefs had the highest median salaries among 145 hourly, or nonexempt, job categories, according to a survey by the College and University…
- Five Steps to Improving Online Group Work Assignments
Online Group Projects – Yikes! You can hear the moans and groans of students echoing through your computer monitors as you start the first week of your online course. The reasons for requiring a group project vary from one discipline to another, but there are educational and career motives for requiring group projects. Students will have an opportunity to develop team skills, improve communication skills, and leverage their own personal interests and experiences to contribute to a group project.
An increasing number of individuals are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), particularly the higher functioning form of autism previously known as Asperger’s disorder. Many of these individuals choose to attend college and it is no longer unusual to encounter them in your classes. Although they can be excellent students, those with ASD may come across as odd or eccentric with idiosyncratic behaviors and interests. This can make their presence in the classroom somewhat vexing for instructors who do not understand the challenges and strengths of these students.
We know a lot about teaching and learning, but our knowledge is scattered across three separate domains.
The first knowledge domain is centered on the world of educational research that’s been advancing what we know about teaching and learning for more than a hundred years. There’s hardly an educational issue that hasn’t been studied in education or its associated subfields, like educational psychology, adult learning, and higher education. On this large empirical foundation we could rest a more evidence-based instructional practice.
Community College Journal
College Planning & Management
Inside Higher Education
- NCAA NovicesWhen universities that are sports powerhouses appoint presidents with little experience in intercollegiate athletics, new leaders face a steep learning curve.
Many studies suggest that women scientists aspiring to careers in academe face roadblocks, including bias — implicit or overt — in hiring.Annual report on the disciplines acknowledges cuts and challenges, but also sees signs of hope and growth.Large study of California community college students finds that they are more likely to succeed in in-person courses.
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Special Journal on Excellence in College Teaching issue:
Small-Group Learning in Higher Education: Cooperative, Collaborative, Problem-Based, and Team-Based Learning
Guest Editors Neil Davidson, Claire Major, and Larry MichaelsenThis state-of-the-art issue contains 15 evidence-based research articles by international experts in these 4 types of group learning, including Neil Davidson; Claire Major; Larry Michaelsen; Barbara Millis; Spencer Kagan; David Johnson, Roger Johnson, and Karl Smith, and many more.
To download the issue free of charge, go to www.miamioh.edu/ject/ and click “Free Sample Issue—Small-Group Learning.”
Collective compassion has meant an overall decrease in global poverty since the 1980s, says civil rights lawyer Gary Haugen. Yet for all the world’s aid money, there’s a pervasive hidden problem keeping poverty alive. Haugen reveals the dark underlying cause we must recognize and act on now.
“Public shaming as a blood sport has to stop,” says Monica Lewinsky. In 1998, she says, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become constant — and can turn deadly. In a brave talk, she takes a hard look at our online culture of humiliation, and asks for a different way.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
High Standards and a Nurturing Atmosphere
“Great teachers set high standards for all their students, not just the ones who are already achieving.
Dweck, Carol (2006-02-28). Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (p. 196). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
April 20-26, 2015
“…Opening yourself up to growth makes you more yourself, not less. The growth-oriented scientists, artists, athletes, and CEOs… were far from humanoids going through the motions. They were people in the full flower of their individuality and potency.”
Dweck, Carol (2006-02-28). Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (p. 226). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
On behalf of the Staff Resource Center, offer yourself a great week!
Staff Resource Center