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 Equity & Success, 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 Caring Professor May Be Key in How a Graduate Thrives
      05/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The Gallup-Purdue Index seeks to measure graduates’ well-being and the college experiences that shape them. Its first report suggests that human factors matter most.
    • A Collective’s #StudentBlackOut Seeks to Ramp Up the Pressure on Colleges
      01/2016
      Articles and Publications
      A group of activists known as the Black Liberation Collective helps student protesters connect with one another. One of its national organizers speaks out about a day of action planned for campuses on Thursday.
    • 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 Conversation with Riad Bahhur about the SCC International Studies Program
      09/2015
      Flex/PD - Fall
      October 21, 2015. Presented by Riad Bahhur. Did you know that the SCC International Studies Program (ISP) is unique in the Los Rios Community College District? Join ISP Coordinator Riad Bahhur for a brief history and overview of the International Studies Program, its relationship to the other programs in the college, and engage in a conversation about ISP's programs and ideas for future directions.
    • 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 Geek's Guide to Academic Committee Work: Mastering the dark art of curricular kung fu.
      11/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Mastering the dark art of curricular kung fu.
    • 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 Twist on End-of-Semester Evaluations
      11/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Those who write about teaching persona (the slice of our identities that constitutes the “public teaching self”) encourage us to start by reflecting on the messages we want to send to students. A dialogue with ourselves is a useful beginning, but for the last days of a semester another option might be more intriguing and revealing
    • A New Way to Assess Student Learning
      04/2014
      Articles and Publications
      I’m “reflecting” a lot these days. My tenure review is a few months away, and it’s time for me to prove (in one fell swoop) that my students are learning. The complexity of this testimonial overwhelms me because in the context of the classroom experience, there are multiple sources of data and no clear-cut formula for truth.
    • 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 Self-Aware Leader is Not a Self-Obsessed Leader
      03/2014
      Articles and Publications
      “Understanding and knowing yourself is a significant aspect of leadership. But I would argue that you’re not able to know yourself with any totality. I also don’t think it’s a valuable feature of a good leader to be obsessive about self, about motivation, and so on.
    • 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 288 - Dual Enrollment
      01/2016
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Presented by Ginni May, President, Los Rios Academic Senate, Richard Yang, Interim Dean, Counseling, and Gabriel Meehan, Associate Vice President, Instruction. AB 288 allows dual enrollment between high schools and community college for students to obtain college credit while in high school. LRCCD has begun a work group and feedback from each campus is being collected. This will be an informal discussion of the background of AB 288 with ideas and feedback from all constituent groups.
    • 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.
    • 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 Freedom
      01/2016
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Presented by Annette Barfield.
    • 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
      08/2015
      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.
    • ACES New - Campus safety
      01/2016
      Flex/PD - Spring
      The goal of the A.C.E.S. (Action Coordinators for Emergency Survival) program is to create an organized process for building evacuation in the event of an emergency.
    • ACES Refresher - Campus Safety
      01/2016
      Flex/PD - Spring
      The goal of the A.C.E.S. (Action Coordinators for Emergency Survival) program is to create an organized process for building evacuation in the event of an emergency.
    • Active Learning: Surmounting the Challenges in a Large Class
      05/2016
      Articles and Publications
      “Enabling interaction in a large class seems an insurmountable task.” That’s the observation of a group of faculty members in the math and physics department at the University of Queensland. It’s a feeling shared by many faculty committed to active learning who face classes enrolling 200 students or more. How can you get and keep students engaged in these large, often required courses that build knowledge foundations in our disciplines?
    • Active Shooter I Training
      01/2016
      Flex/PD - Spring
      This goal of the LRPD Active Shooter Response training program is to provide participants with specific preparation and tools they can use if they should be faced with an active shooter in any environment as well as an understanding of what to expect from law enforcement during a critical incident response and an overview of previous active shooter events.
    • Adding Game Elements to Your Online Course
      11/2015
      Articles and Publications
      There’s a growing body of evidence that indicates the educational benefits of game-based learning. Although some courses are likely to be more conducive to a game-based approach, it’s helpful to consider how game elements might enhance the learning experience.
    • 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.
    • Advanced D2L - Spring 2016 Flex
      01/2016
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Presented by Sheley Little. This workshop will show faculty how to map a Course Syllabus and Outline to D2L using Content, News items, Discussion Boards and Quizzes. The workshop will also review using Dropbox and the Classlist.
    • 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.
    • Advice for Teachers: Dare to Be Strict
      04/2014
      Articles and Publications
      In “Good Teaching as Vulnerable Teaching” (The Teaching Professor, December 2012), Rob Dornsife of Creighton University invites us to embrace the uncertainties teachers encounter. The article prompted me to invite colleagues also to embrace being strict when the conditions warrant it.
    • Affirming the Student Success Underground
      05/2016
      Articles and Publications
      As institutions seek to advance their student success agendas, they should consider the insights of longtime -- yet often overlooked -- veterans in the field.
    • Affordable Textbook Alternatives
      05/2016
      Flex/PD - Fall
      Presented by Antonio López.How can you save students money by adopting OER (open educational resources) or by using other strategies such as permitting older editions? This workshop aims to help you find an alternative to high textbook costs for your students.
    • Ah-ha Moments—When Cooperative Learning in the Classroom Works
      11/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Goals for my First-Year Seminar students include proficiency with a host of study skills as well as course content based on what we call “learning about learning.” To support new college students in understanding what, exactly, learning is, my colleagues and I introduce a number of themes and authors to our students over the course of the first semester.
    • All Roads Lead to Transfer
      01/2016
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Presented by Shannon Gilley. Students have so many options today on transferring to a university/college. Find out what those options are, how students can gain information about those options, and where students can begin their research. This workshop will review ADTs, UC TAGs, UCLA TAP, HTCC, HBCU Guarantees, WUE, AICCUs and more.
    • An Animated Explanation Of Why Sitting Too Much Harms Our Bodies
      08/2015
      Articles and Publications
      While sitting can be viewed as a way to relax or recuperate, there is surprisingly more at stake.
    • An Executive Summary
      03/2016
      Articles and Publications
      Welcome to our second annual Trends Report. The past year has seen plenty of upheaval in higher education — student protests over racial inequality, controversies over free speech and so-called trigger warnings, rising complaints over the handling of campus sexual-assault cases, scandals involving academic research, questions about the value of a degree, and more. Look at some of the words that describe this year’s trends: "beware," "productivity," "reactive," "scrutiny," and "survive." If there’s a pattern here (or a meta-trend?), it’s that higher education continues to be on the defensive, under growing pressure to respond to critics on and off campus. To stay ahead of their critics, college leaders need to stay ahead of the curve. We hope The Trends Report can help.
    • 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.
    • An Exploration of Student Excuses
      05/2016
      Articles and Publications
      I once received a call from a student who told me that he could not make the next day’s exam because he was in jail. He was wondering if he could make it up after he got out. I guess he got his one phone call and used it to call his professor.
    • An Objective Approach to Grading
      11/2015
      Articles and Publications
      I knew exactly why I was assigning the grades, but I obviously needed to find a more effective way of communicating these reasons to my students.
    • An Unevolved View of Gender Evolution
      11/2015
      Articles and Publications
      The latest gloss on the evolutionary biology and psychology of gender woefully distorts the research.
    • App Delivers a Daily Teaching Tip from the Teaching Professor
      01/2016
      Articles and Publications
      You know that trusted colleague who always has a smart way of solving some of the stickiest teaching problems? The one who’s a rich repository of pedagogically effective techniques, new ideas, strategies that work, and pragmatic things you can do in the college classroom?
    • 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.
    • Are We Clear? Tips for Crafting Better Explanations
      11/2015
      Articles and Publications
      How many explanations do you think you offer during a full week of teaching? Explanations are one of teaching’s most central activities and yet something we rarely think about, in general, or how we do them, specifically. Maybe we can remedy that by considering some features of clear explanations.
    • 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.
    • Ask Me: What LGBTQ Students Want Their Professors to Know
      09/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Transgender and gender-nonbinary students share what keeps them from feeling safe and thriving on campus.
    • 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.
    • At One College, Professors Support Students Protesting Racial Inequality
      01/2016
      Articles and Publications
      Sympathetic faculty members at Brandeis University are teaching from a syllabus devised by protesters and holding classes at the site of a sit-in.
    • Audio Reflection Assignments Help Students Develop Metacognitive Skills
      05/2016
      Articles and Publications
      From the bold honors student to the timid learner in the back row, reflection can help students become more aware of themselves as learners. But because we often rely on writing as the primary mode of metacognitive reflection, some students, especially those who struggle with college-level writing, may not experience the full cognitive benefits of reflection. For such students, the stress of writing can compromise their focus on reflection.
    • 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
      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!
    • Axial Assessment: The 21st Century Answer to Assessment
      01/2016
      Articles and Publications
      The current state of student assessment in the classroom is mediocre, vague, and reprehensibly flawed. In much of higher education, we educators stake a moral high ground on positivistic academics. Case in point: assessment. We claim that our assessments within the classroom are objective, not subjective. After all, you wouldn’t stand in front of class and say that your grading is subjective and that students should just deal with it, right? Can we honestly examine a written paper or virtually any other assessment in our courses and claim that we grade completely void of bias? Let’s put this idea to the test. Take one of your assessments previously completed by a student. Grade the assignment using your rubric. Afterwards, have another educator among the same discipline grade the assignment using your exact rubric. Does your colleague’s grade and yours match? How far off are the two grades? If your assessment is truly objective, the grades should be exact. Not close but exact. Anything else reduces the reliability of your assessment.