Dear Sacramento City College Colleagues:
This week, September 26-October 2nd!
The end of September is upon us and fall is in the air. Continuing our role to sustain student success through relationship based engagement and learning will forge and strengthen retention and course completion.
On behalf of the Staff Resource Center and in support of Student Equity & Success for Professional Development, our offices continue to strive to keep you updated on happenings across campus.
Norman Lorenz & Mark Dennis
Staff Resource Center and Student Equity & Success Office
Working Together, Pursuing Excellence and Inspiring Achievement!
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CALENDAR RELATED INFORMATION:
Sacramento City College turns 100 Years, Moving Forward
The week of September 26th
The week of October 03rd
While much of our 100th anniversary celebration will be held during the SCC Open House on Saturday, October 15, it is important to note that many other events will be happening across the campus as well throughout the year.
One of the first will be a special Open House and Career Fair that the Child Development Center is hosting. It will be held on Friday, October 7, from 10 a.m. to noon in the courtyard outside the Art Court Theater.
Please save the date and come by to help celebrate this longtime program on our campus.
The week of October 10th
The week of October 17th
The week of October 24th
The week of October 31st
Convocation at Sacramento City College and Chancellor King’s Address, Fall 2016
Professional Development, District wide
DISTRICT-WIDE DIVERSITY WORKSHOP: THE NEUROSCIENCE OF DECISION-MAKING, EEO LAWS, EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS OF DIVERSITY, AND BEST PRACTICES
OCTOBER 7 @ 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM; Harris Center at Folsom Lake College
District-wide Diversity Workshop: The Neuroscience of Decision-making, EEO Laws, Educational Benefits of Diversity, and Best Practices
The District Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Advisory Committee cordially invites you to participate in an important Los Rios Community College District diversity training event: The Neuroscience of Decision Making, EEO Laws, Educational Benefits of Diversity, and Best Practices, featuring Kimberly Papillon:
Kimberly Papillon is a nationally recognized expert on medical, legal, and judicial decision-making. She has served as regular faculty at the National Judicial College since 2005. She has delivered over 300 lectures nationally and internationally on the implications of neuroscience, psychology, and implicit association in the analysis of decision-making in the fields of medicine, business, education, and the justice system. She has lectured to medical students and faculty, as well as physicians nationwide, and in Australia on the neuroscience of decision-making in differential diagnosis and treatment. She has been appointed to the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence’s “think tank” for physician education. Detailed information on Kimberly Papillon can be found at: https://thebettermind.com/.
Our District is committed to enhancing and embracing the diversity of our workforce, students, and community. Just one of many reasons for attracting and retaining a diverse workforce, as the attached flyer states, is that “institutions with a diverse faculty closed student achievement gaps by 20 to 50 percent.”
We currently provide a two-hour training for all LRCCD employees who serve on hiring committees called “Hiring the Best While Developing Diversity in the Workforce,” and this event also satisfies that requirement, so be sure to sign in. All faculty, staff and managers are encouraged to attend. This event qualifies for faculty flex credit or college service time. Staff members: please ensure to check in with your supervisors for pre-approval.
Kimberly Papillon, Esq.
Dr. Jackie Reza
Nitasha K. Sawhney, Esq.
It is believed that in academic years 2014-17, California Community Colleges will experience an increase in full-time faculty hiring not seen for nearly two decades, with an estimated 1,100 new full-time faculty members this academic year alone. Yet, in the past ten years, only 20 to 30 percent of full-time faculty hires were from underrepresented groups.
The educational benefits of having a diverse faculty are evident, as studies show that institutions with a diverse faculty closed student achievement gaps by 20 to 50 percent.
Education Code Section 87100 states the need for a “workforce that is continually responsive to the needs of a diverse student population [which] may be achieved by ensuring that all persons receive an equal opportunity to compete for employment and promotion within the community college districts and by eliminating barriers to equal employment opportunity.” Title 5 Section 53003 requires that hiring committees be trained on the educational benefits of workforce diversity, the elimination of bias in hiring decisions, and best practices in serving on a selection or screening committee.
This training counts as “Hiring the Best While Developing Diversity in the Workforce” training, required for serving on a Los Rios Community College District hiring committee.
Lunch will not be provided, but the Folsom Lake College cafeteria, as well as many local restaurants, will be available.
For More Information:
- Date: October 7
- Location & Time: Harris Center, Folsom Lake College, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
- Contact: Valerie Carrigan
- Phone: 1-916-568-3106
- Email: email@example.com
The Los Rios Community College District has a new five-year strategic plan that focuses on increasing student access and success through enhanced teaching and learning opportunities, and on expanding the District’s role in workforce development. The Los Rios Board, on a unanimous 6-0 vote on May 12, approved a 2016 Strategic Plan that had been in the works for nine months. You can read and download the Plan here, or view and print a two-page Summary.
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Student Equity & Success Professional Development
FALL 2016 Semester
Upcoming October and November
October 12 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
November 17 @ 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Implicit Bias & Racism Conversation
These interactive, participant guided groups are an applied follow up to the fall as well as the October 7 recently held event with Kimberly Papillon presentations on implicit bias. Faculty and staff are provided with these opportunities to continue the dialogue and connect the overall concept of implicit bias in decision making with the ongoing issues creating barriers for our students. The power of process lies in the unique opportunity to listen to multiple perspectives in a caring and supportive environment. These next events are a catalyst for an ongoing campus wide discussion of racism and implicit bias in merging conversations.
Stay tuned for location! We look forward to your participation and engagement.
You can check out this book with our SCC library and/or the Los Rios libraries:
Student Equity themes for Retention, Intervention, & Support Services
Research shows that when disproportionately impacted college attending groups experience student equity & success, higher potential along these indicators exist when these resources are available to all students:
SARS Alert (a referral service to student intervention at multiple levels)
Retention Strategies (ideas that you and students can be aware of to stimulate ongoing participation throughout the semester for course academic progress and completion)
Student Support Services across campus (Resources on and off campus)
Community Resources for Students (Resources on and off campus)
Professional Development Program Outcomes
Seek to discover the focus of these five overarching Indicators as they relate to Student Equity & Success concerning our general roles:
• 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 primarily as the students access the classroom:
• Course Progress
Once these aspects are addressed, the assessment process includes ways to intervene and create Socratic dialogue around:
- Conversations About Race
• Classroom Observations and Strategies
• Data on Student Achievement
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 by 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
IN THE NEWS:
This year’s presidential campaign has polarized the American public on the subject of immigration, with talk of sealing borders and building walls. But the higher-education community has long been more interested in building bridges, going to great effort and expense to attract international students. On campuses across the country, their world-class talent is a boon to academic classes, and their out-of-state tuition dollars support scientific research.
Attention Sacramento City College Library Users!
Your SCC Library has current issues of The Chronicle of Higher Education on the shelves. Find the journal in the Periodicals section on the second floor of the Library. Librarians will also email* selected articles to you at your request. Contact a Librarian – chat, email, or phone.
*via Library access to the digital edition
Throughout this summer article series, we’ve addressed some of the most frequently asked questions about the flipped classroom in higher education. We’ve shared ideas for student motivation, student engagement, time management, student resistance, and large classes. Since this is the final article in the series, I reviewed my notes and the findings from the Faculty Focus reader survey on flipped classroom trends (2015), and there’s one more topic we need to address: creativity.
I’m a strong believer in the benefits of students studying together, even though students don’t always understand or even experience the benefits. Oftentimes the potential gains of group study sessions are compromised by student behaviors. Students will saunter into study sessions, mostly not on time, sit around, check their phones, and socialize. When they finally start reviewing their notes, the text, or the homework problems, it’s all pretty superficial. There are very few questions, explanations, or confessions of confusion. The most intense conversation takes place over what they’ve heard from others about the exam and their hopes that it will be easy.
If your curiosity peaks your interest, please read the article below and consider providing a professional development and/or leadership workshop about this unique style of learning. You might practice something like this in your own class! If so, please let us know in the SRC! We will work with you to get a pd workshop going on this!
Game On: How 4 Professors Launched CUNY Games Network
When four professors from the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) started collaborating on game-based learning (GBL) in developmental math and writing instruction in the mid-2000s, they had no idea what they were setting in motion.
Our kids are our future, and it’s crucial they believe it themselves. That’s why Nadia Lopez opened an academic oasis in Brownsville, Brooklyn, one of the most underserved and violent neighborhoods in New York — because she believes in every child’s brilliance and capabilities. In this short, energizing talk, the founding principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy (and a star of Humans of New York) shares how she helps her scholars envision a brighter future for themselves and their families.
J.D. Vance grew up in a small, poor city in the Rust Belt of southern Ohio, where he had a front-row seat to many of the social ills plaguing America: a heroin epidemic, failing schools, families torn apart by divorce and sometimes violence. In a searching talk that will echo throughout the country’s working-class towns, the author details what the loss of the American Dream feels like and raises an important question that everyone from community leaders to policy makers needs to ask: How can we help kids from America’s forgotten places break free from hopelessness and live better lives?
Quote of the Week: Student Success
“The guided pathways approach to redesign starts with students’ end goals in mind, and then rethinks and redesigns programs and support services to enable students to achieve these goals.”
Bailey, Thomas R.. Redesigning America’s Community Colleges (Kindle Locations 449-450). Harvard University Press. Kindle Edition.
You can check out this book with our SCC library and/or the Los Rios libraries: