Professional Development Activities & Resources Database

The Staff Resource Center offers professional development through a variety of resources.  For your convenience, this database provides a compilation of these resources in multiple types.

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    • A 360 Degree Approach to Student Services, Part 2: Implementation of Student Success & Support and Student Equity in the College Environment - Fall 2015 Flex
      05/2015
      Flex/PD - Fall
      August 20, 2015. Presented by the Student Success Academy. The focus is to promote the culture of a horizontal, interdisciplinary campus community. This discussion will be, in many ways, a continuation of the student success charette conversations, as part of an ongoing professional development program with an interdivisional focus on student success.
    • A Band* of Flippers: Flipped Classrooms - Fall 2015 Flex
      05/2015
      Flex/PD - Fall
      August 20, 2015. Presented by Dianne Bennett, Paul DeGennaro, Donald Button, and Norm Lorenz. We invite you to join us for a round table discussion about how biology, chemistry, graphic communication, and early & elementary teacher education preparation courses are incorporating the flipped format into our courses.
    • A Community College Contemplates a Future Without State Money
      03/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Arizona's governor has proposed a budget slashing all funding for three of the state's two-year colleges. Here's how one chancellor is grappling with getting "zeroed out."
    • A Comprehensive Learning Community: Denver College
      03/2014
      Flex/PD - Online
      PLEASE COMPLETE (LINKED) ONLINE WORKSHOP EVALUATION FORM. Attend this workshop and learn about the steps one urban community college took to address student success. The Community College of Denver became an institution that closed the performance gap by age, ethnicity, and gender. In addition, persistence and graduation rates increased to over 80%.
    • A Conversation with Judges from the Russian Federation Republic of Tatarstan
      04/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      May 1, 2014. 12-1pm. PAC 105. Join us for a conversation with five guest judges from the Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation, who will address issues affecting their work in the Russian Federation judicial system and differences they have noticed between their system and the US judicial system.
    • A Discussion with Helen Mudora, Executive Director, Association of Media Women of Kenya
      09/2014
      Flex/PD - Fall
      Join us for a discussion with Helen Mudora, Executive Director, Association of Media Women of Kenya (AMWIK). Helen Mudora earned her MA in Women and Gender Studies in 2008 from San Francisco State University as a Ford Foundation Fellow. She has served as Executive Director of NGOs working on behalf of the disabled in Kenya, and now is Executive Director of AMWIK.
    • A Few Concerns about the Rush to Flip
      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      I have some concerns about flipping courses. Maybe I’m just hung up on the name—flipping is what we do with pancakes. It’s a quick, fluid motion and looks easy to those of us waiting at the breakfast table. I’m not sure those connotations are good when associated with courses and that leads to what centers my concerns.
    • A Flag and Race at Bryn Mawr
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      When two students at elite women's college embraced symbolism of the Jim Crow South, they set off debate at an institution that is proud of being majority minority, but where some feel isolated and ignored.
    • A Grade Forecasting Strategy for Students
      02/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Optimism is generally a good thing, but it can sometimes interfere with learning. Some students are overly optimistic about their learning progress and anticipated course grades, with weaker students being more likely to overestimate how well they are doing in the course. This can hinder their academic success. There’s no reason to adjust their behavior (say, by studying more) if they believe they are already doing well.
    • A Guide to Reporting Program Student Learning Outcomes (ProLOs) - Fall 2014 Flex
      05/2014
      Flex/PD - Fall
      August 21, 2014. Presented by SLOAC Committee Members. This workshop will feature the latest updates on reporting program student learning outcomes (ProLOs). It is intended for faculty, managers, and classified staff.
    • A Learning Community: Umoja-SBA
      03/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Feb. 18, 2014. Umoja-SBA (pronounced 'say-bah') is a community of leaders committed to enhancing achievement and supporting personal growth and development of students with a focus on African Diaspora culture.
    • A New Metric
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Gates-funded project looks at how colleges could reduce number of sections, while theoretically being guided by faculty views on teaching. Will this approach change the discussion?
    • A Note from the Chancellor - Business Hall of Fame
      02/2015
      Articles and Publications
      At the 120th Annual Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce Dinner & Business Awards, our Los Rios Community College District was inducted into the Chamber’s prestigious Business Hall of Fame.
    • A Quiet Revolution in Helping Lift the Burden of Student Debt
      01/2015
      Articles and Publications
      A couple of little-noticed legislative tweaks to a small, obscure loan repayment program — revisions made under two very different presidents — appear to have created the conditions for far-reaching changes in how a college education is bought and paid for. The result may make it much easier for students to get out from under their debts.
    • A Review of OER Research
      02/2015
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Please join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) for this free, open webinar, A Review of OER REsearch.
    • A Simpler Path, Authors Say, Is Key to Community-College Completion
      06/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Community colleges need to fundamentally overhaul the way they offer courses by giving students fewer choices, a more structured curriculum, and better guidance from registration through graduation, according to the authors of a book being released this week.
    • A Student Engagement Model: A Flipped Classroom Model Using Montessori Pedagogical Instructional Strategies in a Five Step Process of Course Delivery for Implications On Student Success (Flex Thursday)
      12/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      January 15, 2015. Imagine students in charge of their own Learning? This workshop provides a look at instructional styles and practices using a 5 step process that illustrates a flipped classroom model. The presenter will use the Montessori pedagogical principles for higher education and share implications about the community college student success rate of student retention, participation and completion based on the use of D2L in a face to face/web-enhanced classroom environment design.
    • A Study of Returning Women Students: Insights for Classroom Practice and Student Support PART I: Supporting Student Success in the Inter-generational Classroom
      03/2014
      Flex/PD - Online
      PLEASE COMPLETE (LINKED) ONLINE WORKSHOP EVALUATION FORM. This workshop is PART I of a three part series that will present findings from a recent qualitative case study of seven women who have gone back to school. PART I will focus on understanding the experiences of older women students in an inter-generational classroom.
    • A Study of Returning Women Students: Insights for Classroom Practice and Student Support PARTS II & III: College Writing as the Epicenter of Student Success & Reflections on Justice: Cornerstone Moments for Student Success
      03/2014
      Flex/PD - Online
      PLEASE COMPLETE (LINKED) ONLINE WORKSHOP EVALUATION FORM. This workshop is PART II of a three part series that will present findings from a recent qualitative case study of seven women who have gone back to school.
    • A Values Clarification Workshop. What Do I Value? Peace, Wealth, Leisure…..?
      06/2015
      Flex/PD - Summer
      July 22, 2015. Presented by Chris Torres and Sharlene Tran. Presented by Chris Torres and Sharlene Tran. Come to this fun and interactive workshop if you are interested in learning more about you own values and the influence they have in your everyday decisions.
    • A Walk through LGBT History: Historical Walking Tour of Lavender Heights - Fall 2015 Flex
      05/2015
      Flex/PD - Fall
      August 20, 2015. Presented by Gayle Pitman. Come join us for a fascinating glimpse into Sacramento LGBT history! Local historian William Burg will lead a historical walking tour through the Lavender Heights section of midtown Sacramento.
    • AB 86 Legislation Update (CAERC: Capital Adult Ed Regional Consortium) (Flex Thursday)
      12/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      January 15, 2015. AB86 will re-fund adult education in California. CAERC has put together committees in order to give a faculty voice to “how” this funding is allocated. This workshop will review the process we went through, the recommendations we have made at the CAERC Summits I and II, and what the implications of AB 86 are.
    • Abrupt Closing of Corinthian Campuses Leaves 16,000 Students Scrambling
      05/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Students at 28 campuses owned by Corinthian Colleges Inc. encountered locked doors and posters bearing messages from angry students on Monday, signs of the abrupt end of the for-profit higher-education company that had been under intense scrutiny by the U.S. Department of Education.
    • Absence Report Wrokshop
      03/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Feb. 12, 2014. Presented by LRCCD Employee Benefits.
    • Absence Reporting (Under New AB 1522 Legislation)
      07/2015
      Flex/PD - Fall
      August 20, 2015. District Office will be on campus to go over Classified Temps, Student Help, Substitutes, Classified and Certificated Staff absence reporting.
    • Academic Integrity: Defining Originality across Campus
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The faculty members in the chemistry department are confused. Last semester, the campus teaching center held a series of workshops to get faculty more familiar with the anti-plagiarism tool that the university adopted and linked into everyone’s online course environment. The teaching center showed everyone who attended the training sessions 51 ways that they could help to catch cheaters, based on research conducted by two researchers at the University of Texas’ Telecampus (McNabb and Anderson, 2009). But the 51 strategies are not why the chemistry faculty are confused.
    • Accessibility in D2L (Summer 2015)
      04/2015
      Flex/PD - Summer
      Hands-on workshop. Learn best practices for building accessible files (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, web content in D2L, and PDFs). Bring your word and PDF documents and you will leave with at least two accessible documents.
    • Accessibility in D2L - Fall 2015 Flex
      05/2015
      Flex/PD - Fall
      August 20, 2015. Presented by Daniel Gilbert-Valencia. Hands-on workshop. Learn best practices for building accessible files (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, web content in D2L, and PDFs). Bring your word and PDF documents and you will leave with at least two accessible documents.
    • Accreditation Visit: OMG! What if They Ask Me a Question?? - Summer 2015
      06/2015
      Flex/PD - Summer
      The accreditation team is coming in October. What does that mean? What is accreditation? What is an accreditation visit? Who will be on the team? How will the visit affect my work? What are they looking for? What might they ask us? Learn about accreditation as a process and the role you may play this fall. Join us to learn more about accreditation in general and the upcoming visit in particular.
    • Accreditor Still Has Final Say Over Fate of City College of San Francisco
      03/2015
      Articles and Publications
      On paper a California judge ruled against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. But he said it could still revoke the college’s accreditation.
    • Achieving Academic Honesty
      03/2014
      Flex/PD - Online
      PLEASE COMPLETE (LINKED) ONLINE WORKSHOP EVALUATION FORM. How do we define and promote academic honesty for our students? What resources does the college have to support you in promoting academic honesty and what are the processes when cheating occurs? Please join us in what should be a lively discussion of the issues and practices around promoting academic honesty.
    • Adjunct Insecurity
      01/2015
      Articles and Publications
      How a small group of temporary employees got the U. of Memphis to walk back a plan to kick them off Social Security.
    • Adjuncts Blame Workplace Disrespect for Job Dissatisfaction
      05/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Although nearly three-fourths of part-time college instructors said in a survey that they would rather be working full time, their chief source of job dissatisfaction was not their underemployment but a perceived lack of respect from their full-time colleagues and administrators, according to a new study.
    • Adjuncts, Retirements and Sexual Harassment: A Survey of HR Directors
      09/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Campus HR leaders believe their institutions fairly compensate part-time instructors, but doubt whether they provide adequate job protections. They worry too few professors are retiring, and are divided on restricting social media statements by faculty and staff.
    • Admissions Leaders Gather to Weigh 'Prestige, Financial Aid, and Love'
      09/2014
      Articles and Publications
      At a national conference last week, admissions officials offered nuanced appraisals of the profession that keeps higher education's lights on.
    • Advantage Women
      06/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Many studies suggest that women scientists aspiring to careers in academe face roadblocks, including bias -- implicit or overt -- in hiring. But a new study is throwing a curveball into the literature, suggesting that women candidates are favored 2 to 1 over men for tenure-track positions in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. Could it be that STEM gender diversity and bias awareness efforts are working, or even creating a preference for female candidates -- or is something more nuanced going on? Experts say it’s probably both.
    • Aggressive Pragmatism
      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Bill Haslam wasn’t sold on the idea of two years of tuition-free community college when he first heard it.
    • Alcohol's Hold on Campus: A River of Booze
      12/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Inside one college town's uneasy embrace of drinking.
    • Allegations and Bullet Fly in Texas
      12/2014
      Articles and Publications
      A bullet goes through the front door of a Texas community college board member's home. Is it because he is critical of the administration and his fellow board members?
    • Alternative Assessment Methods for the Online Classroom
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Tests and quizzes are often the primary means of assessing online learner performance; however, as Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt, online instructors and coauthors of numerous online learning books, including Lessons from the Virtual Classroom: The Realities of Online Teaching (2013), point out, there are more effective and less problematic alternatives.
    • An Exercise to Reduce Public Speaking Anxiety and Create Community in the Classroom
      05/2015
      Articles and Publications
      n public speaking classes or classes where there are oral presentations, students often enter these environments with a bit of anxiety and trepidation about speaking in front of others. Providing in-class activities as early as possible in the semester, that allow students to share things about themselves in an informal and positive environment, can not only help contribute to their public speaking comfort level, it can also lead to community-building throughout the course.
    • Apply the Online Education Initiative (OEI) developed Course Design Rubric to Your Online Courses (Flex Thursday)
      01/2015
      Flex/PD - Spring
      January 15, 2015. In this workshop you will implement the Online Education Initiative (OEI) developed Course Design Rubric to your online courses. Or, if you have not yet taught online, but are interested, come and learn some best practices! Developed by the ODI's Professional Development Work Group, the rubric promotes high quality learning and conforms to important online course and program regulations such as the California Code of Regulations and Section 508 of the United States Rehabilitation Act. Your facilitator has been through a two-day training on implementation of the rubric and is currently serving as a reviewer for courses seeking approval by the OEI. The rubric consists of 14 standards within four major components: course design, interaction and collaboration, assessment, and learner support.
    • Appreciative Inquiry: A Way to Guide Positive Change in Your Department
      02/2015
      Articles and Publications
      When faced with a problem or challenge within your unit, your first inclination might be to immediately look for solutions. Makes sense, right? But when the problem or challenge comes from an individual or the way individuals interact—which is often the case—those who feel they are being viewed as problems to be solved might not appreciate being labeled as such. A better approach is a practice known as appreciative inquiry, which builds on strengths and what is working well to bring about positive change.
    • Ariz. Judge Backs Community College’s Tuition Break for Immigrant Students
      05/2015
      Articles and Publications
      An Arizona judge ruled on Tuesday that students brought to the United States illegally by their parents were eligible to pay cheaper in-state tuition in the Maricopa County Community College District, the Associated Press reported.
    • Arizona Tried To Keep KRS-One Out Of Classrooms, So He Went There Himself
      02/2015
      Articles and Publications
      At Cholla, while KRS-One gave a lecture on the origins of Hip Hop and how it connected to his life and his success, it was more about philosophy of self worth. KRS-One encouraged the students to know themselves and "chisel out who you are." The 50-year-old also told the students to build each other up along with everyone else they know. "When you feel great, you see others as great and you add value. Lift them up and show other cultures how great your culture is," he said.
    • Articulating Learning Outcomes for Faculty Development Workshops
      09/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Whether teaching online, on-ground, or via a blended environment, the importance of defining the intended outcomes, before instruction takes place, cannot be overstated because SLOs identify fundamental and measurable student skills, help outline needed curricular content, and define appropriate assessment.
    • As Default Rates Drop, So Does Confidence in How the Education Dept. Counts Them
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      An eleventh-hour shift in how the rates were calculated appears to have undermined what little credibility they had with college officials and policy wonks.
    • As Ebola Fears Touch Campuses, Officials Respond With an ‘Excess of Caution’
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Colleges want to keep their students and employees safe. They also want to avoid causing unnecessary alarm.
    • Aspiring Adults Adrift
      09/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Many undergraduates, the authors wrote, are "drifting through college without a clear sense of purpose," with more than a third of students not demonstrating any significant improvement in learning over four years in college.
    • Associate Degree for Transfer - Do they really work? - Fall 2014 Flex
      05/2014
      Flex/PD - Fall
      August 21, 2014. Presented by Shannon Gilley & Richard Yang. Learn about the newest transfer programs on campus. Understand more of the Transfer Process.
    • Associates Degrees, The Next Big Thing?
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Associate’s degrees may be the next big thing. Already, they are the nation’s second most commonly granted degree after the bachelor’s—and the number of associate’s degrees granted is increasing faster than the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded.
    • At 2 Community Colleges, Enthusiasm for the Free-Tuition Idea
      04/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Some students already have much of the cost of attendance defrayed by grants, but they’re still pleased at the prospect of broader government support.
    • At the White House Summit, 3 Things That Worked—and 2 That Didn’t
      12/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Thursday’s event was more productive than the first such summit, several higher-education leaders who attended said, but they still saw room for improvement.
    • Attainment, Completion, and the Trouble in Measuring Them Both
      05/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Here’s a seemingly simple question: How have the educational-attainment rates of various groups of Americans changed over the years?
    • Audit Faults Reviews of Competency-Based Programs’ Eligibility for Student Aid
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The Education Department should obtain more information from programs and their accreditors before approving their applications, the agency’s inspector general says.
    • Avoid Email Overload (Flex Thursday)
      12/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      January 15, 2015. Are you overwhelmed by your email? Are there hundreds of messages in your in box? Learn a few strategies that you can use to manage your email.
    • Avoid Email Overload - Fall 2015 Flex
      05/2015
      Flex/PD - Fall
      August 20, 2015. Presented by Pam Posz. Are you overwhelmed by your email? Are there hundreds of messages in your in box? Learn a few strategies that you can use to manage your email!