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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    • Tai Chi for Health, Stress Management, and Dealing with People
      01/2016
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Presented by Ken Kiehn. Tai Chi is related to one of the five branches of Chinese medicine. It is excellent for health and stress reduction if practiced regularly, and it is a powerful martial art if pursued with determination. In addition, Tai Chi teaches how to yield and overcome–how to deal with an extreme stress situation (someone is trying to harm you physically) with calm and without strain. This is an excellent approach for dealing with stressful situations in the workplace, in the classroom, or if you just have teenagers.
    • Taking the Lead: Building Sustainable Professional Learning
      09/2014
      Flex/PD - Fall
      This interactive workshop is designed to support Staff Development Coordinators and leaders as they initiate and sustain professional learning at their colleges. The workshop will provide ideas for crafting cohesive, meaningful, and ongoing professional learning to support student success.
    • Taking the Tech Out of Technology
      10/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Discussion boards. Google documents. YouTube videos. TED Talks. Khan Academy. These are just a few of the many resources some of us have used in our ever-growing arsenal of techie tools. We want to stay on the cutting edge. The Sloan Consortium (now Online Learning Consortium) predicts this trend toward an increased usage of technology will continue into the foreseeable future. So we continue to hone our skills, taking advantage of an ever-increasing array of technological options. We attend conferences, exchange ideas with colleagues, read up on the latest innovations—all in the interest of keeping our teaching on the technology edge. But I sometimes worry that we may have gone over the edge.
    • Teachers 4 Equity (T4E)
      01/2016
      Flex/PD - Fall
      The objective of this project is to promote follow up from our initial meeting at the vizcaya last spring. It is the intention to further dialogue around creating an equity focused teaching and learning community. This project will provide an incubator for instructional faculty to engage in work fostering student equity in the classroom.
    • Teaching and Engaging African American Male College Students
      01/2016
      Flex/PD - Fall
      Presented by Àdísà Àjàmú, this workshop explores the relationship between culture and classroom and/or “the countertop of service” that you relate to a student in context, by facilitating better learning outcomes. The workshop will explore four domains of the classroom, teacher-student dynamic: Intent, Content, Process and Outcomes.
    • Teaching and Learning, and Student Success (Flex Thursday)
      12/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      January 15, 2015. This is an opportunity primarily for new faculty and those in adjunct positions to learn about the newly created Adjunct Website ( Adjunct Faculty ). This workshop will meet in the computer lab to explore resources available to students and help instructors become more aware of how to link students to the many resources that can increase student success. Such items as the professional development activities & resources data base will be demonstrated along with student services based supports to increased student success.
    • Teaching and Learning, and Student Success - Fall 2015 Flex
      05/2015
      Flex/PD - Fall
      August 20, 2015. Presented by Norman Lorenz and Tyler Wyckoff. This is an opportunity primarily for those in adjunct positions to learn about the newly created Adjunct Website ( Adjunct Faculty ). Such items as the professional development activities & resources data base will be demonstrated along with student services based supports to increased student success.
    • Teaching College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
      06/2015
      Articles and Publications
      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.
    • Teaching International Students
      12/2014
      Articles and Publications
      As international student enrollments have skyrocketed, U.S. universities are just starting to sort out the implications for the classroom. Do professors need to adjust grading expectations for written assignments?
    • Teaching Introductory Courses: What Is the Public Face of Your Field?
      05/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Required introductory courses—that’s how most students meet our disciplines or, as John Zipp says (he’s writing specifically about sociology), they are the “public face” of the field.
    • Teaching Math to People Who Think They Hate It
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Despite my negative feelings about math, I am a huge fan of Steven Strogatz, author, columnist, and Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University.
    • Technology Book Fair - Spring 2015
      02/2015
      Flex/PD - Spring
      On Thursday, February 26, 2015, from 1-6 p.m. (set up 12-1 p.m.) and Friday, February 27, 8-12(you can store materials overnight in the locked room and have from 12-1 for clean-up), we will open the room 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.
    • Ten Tips for More Efficient and Effective Grading
      02/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Many instructors dread grading, not just because grading takes up a sizable amount of time and can prove itself a tedious task, but also because instructors struggle with grading effectively and efficiently. However, effective grading does not have to take inordinate amounts of time, nor does one need to sacrifice quality for speed. The following tips can help instructors grade more effectively while enhancing student learning.
    • Test Anxiety: Causes and Remedies
      05/2016
      Articles and Publications
      There hasn’t been a lot written recently about test anxiety, but that doesn’t mean it’s no longer an issue for a significant number of students. Those of us who don’t suffer from test anxiety—and I’m betting that’s most faculty—can find it hard to be sympathetic. Life is full of tests, and students need to get over it. Besides, if students have studied and prepared, there’s no reason for them to feel excessively anxious about a test.
    • Texting in Class: Extent, Attitudes, Other Interesting Information
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      People text almost everywhere nowadays, and so it shouldn't surprise us that students are doing it in class. In this study of almost 300 marketing majors at two different universities, 98 percent reported that they texted during class. They reported receiving just about as many texts as they sent. Perhaps most troubling in these findings were students’ attitudes about texting.
    • The ABCs of Finding Books, Articles, and DVDs in the Library
      03/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      March 13, 2014. Librarians will guide you through the process of discovering library books, database articles, and DVDs in your interest areas. You'll learn how to create lists of library materials for yourself and for your students, and you'll take away an understanding of a student-centered research process.
    • The Art & Science of Quality Course Announcements: How to Avoid the Trap of the Info Dump
      03/2016
      Articles and Publications
      It’s the night before a major assignment is due and you sit down to post an announcement in your online course. You want to remind your students of the impending due date, and oh yes, there’s a great webinar offered by the career center coming up on Tuesday. That reminds you, there’s also that article about the history of Wikipedia that you want to share with them too. Come to think of it, now’s as good a time as any to discuss the lack of analysis you noticed in their discussion board posts last week. As you write about their discussions, you also decide to include one last link to a citation website you hope will help them improve in this area.
    • The Balance: Classroom and Personal Strategies to Maximize Teaching Success (Flex Thursday)
      12/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      January 15, 2015. The workshop will focus on three different areas: 1. The exchange of ideas for online elements of courses (i.e.: test designs, audio lectures or modules recorded with Camtasia or Jing) as well as the use of media in the classroom (clickers, videos, different apps) 2. An open discussion about general teaching strategies (i.e.: flipped classrooms) and approaches to make the classroom experience more effective and valuable 3. Ways to keep yourself motivated and your energy positive throughout the semester (i.e.: healthy snacks, physical activity, sleep and mental balance)
    • The Blue Book, A Guide to Participatory Decision-Making at SCC
      02/2015
      Flex/PD - Spring
      The PRIE office is responsible to provide workshops and professional development for the college. Enclosed in the “Blue Book“ are resources for college personnel in the communication structures to decision-making. The Staff Resource Center will be supporting the PRIE office throughout the semester to provide training and information concerning the guide. See the calendar of events for scheduled times throughout the semester.
    • The Coddling of the American Mind
      11/2015
      Articles and Publications
      In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.
    • The Community-College Cover Letter
      11/2015
      Articles and Publications
      We want to know not only that you understand our teaching mission but that you are eager to be part of it.
    • The Davis Center Student, Faculty, and Staff Community (Flex Thursday)
      12/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      January 15, 2015. Who are our students in Davis? Who are our colleagues on the faculty and staff? How can we work more effectively as a campus learning community? We will share some numbers we have about the students, and we’ll ask you to tell us what other numbers or information might be helpful to you. This is a chance to talk about what works in your classrooms, what might work better. How can we reinforce the learning that is happening across the curriculum in the Center (and at other sites)?
    • The Demographic Shift in the Community College and Student Success *CANCELED* (Flex Thursday)
      12/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEN CANCELED. January 15, 2015. A presentation & discussion of the changing demographic shift in community colleges and the need to integrate student success initiative and research based strategies for student success.
    • The Educational Power of Discomfort
      05/2016
      Articles and Publications
      This semester I’m teaching a comparative-literature class that deals with the connections among empathy, literature, and human rights. As in most of my classes, which all circulate around these difficult topics, I constantly prepare my students for their own navigation into the worlds of trauma and critical understanding. The problem this semester, and most semesters, is not the voyage inside historical traumas. The problem goes much deeper — it is my students’ fragility.
    • The Eight-Minute Lecture Keeps Students Engaged
      08/2015
      Articles and Publications
      In the 1970s, my mother, a fifth-grade teacher, would lament, “The TV remote has ruined my classroom! I can almost feel the kids trying to point a clicker at me to change the channel!” Little did she know that college students today don’t need to wish for a remote control to switch from their professor to entertainment—an endless assortment of distractions are all on their smart phones.
    • The Future Is Now
      01/2016
      Articles and Publications
      Next-generation models of education that tackle higher ed’s biggest challenges head-on – not tomorrow, but today.
    • The Interesting World of Garbage & Managing It: Some Observations from Brazil
      03/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Feb. 25, 2014. Mr. Diógenes Aires de Melo, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow will be joining students & Prof Craig Davis’ International Studies Program Seminar on global environmental issues, with an emphasis on garbage.
    • The Last Class Session: How to Make It Count
      05/2016
      Articles and Publications
      “First and last class sessions are the bookends that hold a course together.” I heard or read that somewhere—apologies to the source I can’t acknowledge. It’s a nice way to think about first and last class sessions. In general, teachers probably do better with the first class. There’s the excitement that comes with a new beginning. A colleague said it this way: “Nothing bad has happened yet.” Most of us work hard to make good first impressions. But by the time the last class rolls around, everyone is tired, everything is due, and the course sputters to an end amid an array of last-minute details. Here are a few ideas that might help us finish the semester with the same energy and focus we mustered for the first class.
    • The Last Class: A Critical Course Component
      05/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Unfortunately, the last day of class is usually saved for final exam review, finishing up projects or dealing with logistical details like date, time, and location of the final or where to pick up graded term papers. The course ends with a whimper instead of a bang.
    • The Latest News from the CCRC, November 2015
      11/2015
      Articles and Publications
      New publications, recent events, etc.
    • The Latest News from the CCRC, Spring/Summer, 2016
      05/2016
      Articles and Publications
      The Latest News from the CCRC, Spring/Summer, 2016
    • The Lived Experience of Autism in the College Setting (Flex Thursday)
      12/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      January 15, 2015. A panel of students on the autism spectrum will discuss their challenges in college and what has contributed to their successes.
    • The Looming Gamification of Higher Ed
      11/2015
      Articles and Publications
      What do we stand to lose by transforming learning into a quest for points?
    • The Los Rios Colleges Educational Technology Conference 2014
      04/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Thursday and Friday, May 22/23, 2014. Winn Center, Cosumnes River College. Registration is $50 for both days, $30 for one day, and FREE for presenters. With the support of the Sustainability Committee we hope to make this a zero-waste event.
    • The Many Faces of Success at SCC - Fall 2016 Flex
      05/2016
      Flex/PD - Fall
      Presented by Gwyneth Tracy and a panel of students.Students with disabilities, whether diagnosed or not, have additional challenges that can impede success. Success is more than a GPA for these students. Some of our students define success to be graduate school, others find a part time job to be exactly what they need and want. A panel of students and former students will describe what it means to be a successful student. Come and meet your students and hear why they consider themselves to be a success. You may consider “success” to have a different definition once you have heard the stories. What you hear may even change your ideas on what happens in the classroom.
    • The Many Meanings of Free
      06/2015
      Articles and Publications
      When the Community College of Philadelphia announced it was launching a tuition-free program for incoming students, the emphasis was on low-income, Pell Grant-eligible families. When Harper College in suburban Chicago made its tuition-free announcement a week earlier, it didn't have an income limit but focused on academic requirements, community service and attendance. And unlike some programs that require participating students to be near the top of their classes, Harper's included many more conditions.
    • The Mounting Problem of Student Debt
      08/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Preventing student loan default takes a solid game plan.
    • The Neuroscience of Decision Making - Fall 2016 Flex
      05/2016
      Flex/PD - Fall
      You’re invited to attend, participate, and learn about how this research applies on the college campus, in the classroom, in our conversations, and in higher education. Most important, how might we leverage this work to increase momentum in our roles to assist students to succeed in college and transition into their career paths? As we know, student success is at the core of our responsibility. Kimberly Papillon’s effort to share this design may provide students of the future with a growth mindset to learn about decision-making opportunities.
    • The New College Scorecard
      09/2015
      Articles and Publications
      The Obama administration releases its revamped consumer tool — in lieu of a college ratings system — featuring data on post-college earnings and how well students are repaying their loans.
    • The New Political Correctness: Why Some Fear It's Ruining American Education
      08/2015
      Articles and Publications
      The authors of a recent article in The Atlantic argue that political correctness on college campuses is not only harming education — it's also harming students themselves. We look at the debate and how it's affecting the way we learn and teach.
    • The new War on Poverty: Tackling two generations at once
      05/2014
      Articles and Publications
      A “Two Generation” approach that calls for high quality child care centers that not only require parent involvement, like many Head Start programs, but also offer community college training programs to become certified nursing assistants, for example, or to earn credentials for other stable professions to boost family income.
    • The Online Discussion Board: Opening the Gateway to New Learning
      03/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Faculty should use their imagination to connect current events to course-related material. Questions should be not answered from lists from the textbook or the regurgitation of content from the current unit’s assessment.
    • The Opportunity Gap and the Impact on African Americans
      02/2016
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Dr. Joy DeGruy will discuss how historical trauma and educational discrimination impact African American Students, reinforcing inequity and an opportunity gap in the education system. Strategies on closing the opportunity gap for African American students will be shared. Book signing to follow.
    • The Origins of the North-South Korean Conflict and the Demilitarized Zone
      04/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Thursday, April 24, 2014. Noon-1pm. PAC 124. Presented by Mr. Gyuserb Kim, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, 2013-14, Deputy Director, Budget Division, Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, South Korea. Mr. Kim will be focusing on the history of the North-South Korean Conflict and the Demilitarized Zone.
    • The Players Who Influenced Obama’s Free-College Plan
      01/2015
      Articles and Publications
      The White House’s proposal bears familiar fingerprints. Here’s a tour of the research and programs that helped inform it.
    • The Power of Podcasting Redux
      11/2015
      Articles and Publications
      It’s no secret that technology continues to transform the way educators teach and the way students learn. Increasingly, students want to be able to learn on their own terms–that is, they want to be able to study whenever, wherever, and however they choose, and they expect institutions and faculty to be accommodating. We’ve likely all had students who for one misguided reason or another believed that their professors—particularly those teaching online—were available around the clock to answer questions, provide feedback, and generally just be there if needed. As unrealistic as this belief is, wouldn’t it be nice if instructors could approximate being available 24/7? Well, you can—sort of—through the power of podcasting.
    • The Power of Teachers’ Questions Lies in Their Ability to Generate Students’ Questions
      03/2015
      Articles and Publications
      I was looking at one of my old teaching and learning books, Kenneth Eble’s 1988 book The Craft of Teaching. Some parts are now a bit dated, but many are not. It was one of those books that greatly influenced how a lot of us thought about teaching and learning back then.
    • The Problem We All Live With
      01/2016
      Articles and Publications
      Right now, all sorts of people are trying to rethink and reinvent education, to get poor minority kids performing as well as white kids. But there’s one thing nobody tries anymore, despite lots of evidence that it works: desegregation. Nikole Hannah-Jones looks at a district that, not long ago, accidentally launched a desegregation program. First of a two-part series.
    • The Quest for Student Success at Community Colleges
      03/2015
      Articles and Publications
      The Quest for Student Success at Community Colleges is Inside Higher Ed's latest compilation of articles. As with other such print-on-demand booklets, the compilation groups together pieces that explore different strategies used by faculty members and institutions -- and efforts to track their success.
    • The Real-time Collaborative Space as an Interactive and Easy-to-use Tool for Language Instruction and Beyond
      01/2016
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Presented by Tess Testeza. Smart Classrooms enable language teachers to expand the range of teaching tools and platforms. During the last five years, the presenter has successfully used in her language teaching with Defense Language Institute and MIIS the real-time collaborative spaces which were based on such platforms as Microsoft Office Live Sharing Sessions or Google Documents. The real-time collaboration highly motivates students to participate in the classroom activities, increases the number of student-student and student-teacher interactions per class and provides more room for student creativity. It also makes everyone’s work highly visible and adds an element of competition during the group activities. Besides, the Collaborative Spaces provide a 24/7 access to the lesson content/activities/homework and allow for and encourage independent study for those students who had to miss a class.
    • The Relationship between Participation and Discussion
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      How do we use them so that they more effectively promote engagement and learning?
    • The Rhythms of the Semester: Implications for Practice, Persona
      01/2016
      Articles and Publications
      We recognize that in the march of the semester we begin on a different note than we end on. The early weeks hold promise and high hopes, both often curtailed when the first assignments are graded. The final weeks find us somewhere between being reluctant or relieved to see a class move on. There is an inexplicable but evident interaction between our teaching persona and the persona a class develops throughout a semester. Some structural factors influence both: among them—the type and level of a course, the discipline, the time of day, and whether the students are a cohort or a unique collection of individuals.
    • The Role of Faculty in Leadership Positions - Fall 2015 Flex
      05/2015
      Flex/PD - Fall
      August 20, 2015. Presented by the SCC Academic Senate and LRCFT. The most important guidelines for faculty in leadership positions as described by State Wide Academic Senate "Professional and Academic Matters" and our LRCFT Contract.
    • The Silent Professor
      11/2015
      Articles and Publications
      As college faculty, we put tremendous pressure on ourselves to talk. We want to cover the course content and thoroughly explain our assignments. We want to sound smart, share what we know, and communicate convincingly about the work of our disciplines. Our students assume we are experts, and we don’t want to disappoint them. All this amounts to teacher-centered pressure that confuses talking and teaching.
    • The Social Side of Student Retention - Inigral Insights
      09/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Student retention is a leading issue in post-secondary education today. With nearly half of students failing to graduate, administrators, educators and vendors are taking a closer look at the complex student success equation. Research across academic disciplines highlights the role of social integration as a big piece of the retention puzzle, especially during the critical first year. However, traditional integration programs like learning communities and freshman seminars have met with limited success.
    • The Story of Staple Food in China
      10/2014
      Flex/PD - Fall
      Chinese Staple Food presenter is Sa Wu (Sally) of the Confucius Institute at UC Davis, which was formed in 2012 as a partnership between UC Davis and Jiangnan University (one of China’s top research universities). The mission of the Institute is to draw upon the food and beverage science and technology strengths of both partner institutes to promote an understanding of Chinese food and beverage culture through research and outreach programs at UC Davis. The Institute offers most of its events, workshops, lectures and demonstrations at no cost to participants.
    • The Trouble with Consistency in Instructional Practices and Policies
      03/2014
      Articles and Publications
      It seems to me that if we still have to hammer students about deadlines, use points to get them participating, and offer detailed descriptions of civil discourse, students have not learned some very important lessons in other courses.
    • The Truth About the School System in a Two Minute Video
      11/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Prior to the late 1800’s, education was a private practice which took place in private institutions or through home schooling. That all changed in 1902 when John D. Rockefeller created the general education board in conjunction with Frederick T. Gates, Rockefeller’s business and personal adviser and good friend. The general education board was responsible for funding the American public school system, and provided over one hundred million dollars in 1902; they continued their support in a lesser capacity beyond that date. The board was responsible for the creation of the American public school system and has been used as a model globally for more than a century.
    • The Worst Lecture Ever
      05/2016
      Articles and Publications
      Instructor: “OK class, this semester we’ll be giving presentations.” Students: Collective groan Instructor: “AND…you’ll be providing each other with feedback.” Students: Deep sighs and suspicious glances around the room, wondering if they can trust their peers.Does any of this sound familiar? So many professors require presentations and peer feedback in their courses. Indeed, effective oral skills, well-designed presentations, and quality feedback are attributes that employers typically want from graduates. However, these skills are often expected to exist without appropriate support and training.
    • Thinking about Teaching and Learning
      11/2015
      Articles and Publications
      I heard someone say today that he’s been teaching for 50 years and never really thought about his teaching. “I just go in there and teach—I don’t think about it.” And here I am having spent something like 45 years thinking a lot about my own teaching and that of everyone else. From my perspective, it’s hard to imagine teaching without thinking about it.
    • This Is An Emergency
      03/2014
      Articles and Publications
      In an emergency, flawless communication saves lives.
    • Three Critical Conversations Started and Sustained by Flipped Learning
      03/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Flipped learning provides many benefits for both faculty and students. However, instructors who use flipped learning soon find out that a significant amount of work is sometimes necessary to win students over to this way of conducting class. Even when the benefits of flipped learning are made clear to students, some of them will still resist. And to be fair, many instructors fail to listen to what students are really saying.
    • Three Focusing Activities to Engage Students in the First Five Minutes of Class
      05/2016
      Articles and Publications
      In the previous two articles, I shared ideas to address student accountability and student preparation in the flipped classroom. Based on your feedback and emails, getting students to come to class prepared is an ongoing challenge for many of us! In this article, I’d like to keep the conversation going by zeroing in on the importance of the first five minutes of class.
    • Three Guidelines and Two Workarounds for Tackling Makeup Exam Policies
      02/2016
      Articles and Publications
      Are you one of the many instructors who loathe makeup exam requests? Makeup exams often create more work and can put us in the awkward position of judging the truthfulness of our students’ excuses. Although we can’t avoid makeup requests entirely, we can better prepare ourselves and our students by having a transparent and fair makeup exam policy. When designing your policy, always ask yourself: Does the policy allow students to learn what you want them to learn in your course
    • Three Strategies for Creating Meaningful Learning Experiences
      03/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Do you ever wonder whether your students care about your course material? Do you question whether your students appreciate how the information you address in class is relevant to them? Do you feel like there is often a mismatch between your intentions for your class and what your students actually want to learn?
    • Three Ways to Breathe New Life into Your Online Courses
      03/2014
      Articles and Publications
      This article will discuss the unique needs of the online student and suggest three strategies to meet these needs through effective, innovative online instruction.
    • Three Ways to Efficiently and Effectively Support Online Learners
      11/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Trying to support students in an online course can create an unsustainable burden on the instructor.
    • Threshold Concepts: Portals to New Ways of Thinking
      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      “A threshold concept is discipline-specific, focuses on understanding of the subject and … has the ability to transform learners’ views of the content.” (Zepke, p. 98) It’s not the same as a core concept, although that’s a useful place to first put the idea. “A core concept is a conceptual ‘building block’ that progresses understanding of the subject; it has to be understood, but it does not necessarily lead to a qualitative different view of the subject matter.” (Meyer and Land, p. 4)
    • Time-Saving Tips for Managing Your Email Inbox
      05/2014
      Articles and Publications
      How much time do you waste scrolling through your inbox looking for that certain email that contains essential information you need right away? If you follow Keith Krieger’s advice, the answer is none. Krieger, technical training program director at Johnson County Community College, advocates managing email messages to minimize the number of messages in the inbox.
    • Tips for Handling Student Excuses
      05/2014
      Articles and Publications
      As a result of the many excuses students come up with when they miss an assignment, teachers must have with a policy for handling these situations, which invariably involves a decision on trust.
    • Tips for Writing Good Multiple-Choice Questions
      03/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Good test questions are clean windows. They don’t obscure the view of what the students does and doesn’t know.
    • To Solve the Skills Gap in Hiring, Create Expectations in the Classroom
      02/2016
      Articles and Publications
      On the first day of classes I, like most teachers, introduce my students to the syllabus and class expectations. I have draconian-seeming rules that students often don’t believe and even many colleagues question.
    • Too Many Scholarships, Not Enough Native Students Applying
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      In the modern age of computers, scholarships are everywhere, it seems. FastWeb, the most popular scholarship site, has over 1.5 million entries in its database. Other websites such as Scholarships.com have similar numbers. But it’s hard to give them away, let me tell you. I have been doing it for 42 years, and we never have enough applicants.
    • Tools Beyond the Classroom: How You Can Help Students Succeed in Your Class When Crisis Hits (Flex Thursday)
      01/2015
      Flex/PD - Spring
      January 15, 2015. This workshop will share information on services and resources that will help you as a teacher or staff member identify and provide assistance to students in crisis. It will also address our own personal needs as “helpers,” and discuss strategies that we can use to help--in a safe, appropriate and healthy way.
    • Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Scholars and Students
      02/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Institutions Producing the Most Fulbright Scholars, by Type, 2014-15
    • Tour of the Sacramento Hacker Lab located at 1715 I Street, Sacramento, Ca 95811 - Fall 2015 Flex
      05/2015
      Flex/PD - Fall
      August 19, 2015. Presented by Linda Reynolds, and Gina Lujan & Eric Ullrich (Hacker Lab Co-founders). Come take a tour of the Sacramento Hacker Lab located on I Street. It is a community for hackers, makers, entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses. Whether your position supports students or you deliver content, come observe how this lab offers students to reach a new level of theory to practice into career paths.
    • Town Hall Meeting: Responding to the On-Campus Shooting
      01/2016
      Flex/PD - Fall
      You are invited to a special Town Hall Meeting, tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 10, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Student Center. Please come and learn the latest information about the on-campus shooting incident, the college’s response, and the ongoing investigation. You will have a chance to share as well. The forum will be led by President Kathryn Jeffery and Chancellor Brian King. Other staff and selected guests will also take part.
    • Training That Delivers
      09/2015
      Articles and Publications
      In a political climate where every single issue or policy seems to have a dividing line between Democrats and Republicans, the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program has been able to exist above the fray.
    • Transforming the First Year Experience in Community College
      10/2014
      Flex/PD - Fall
      Presented by Tanya Anderson, SCC Outreach Specialist. Sacramento City College is extremely fortunate to have the first-year experience activities that we do. We have activities from before students begin until they are fully immersed into their first semester. This engaging workshop will include what the first year looks like for our students.
    • Translating Research into Practice
      01/2016
      Articles and Publications
      During the past 20 years, college and university faculty have begun to utilize several areas of the learning sciences (including cognitive psychology) to inform pedagogy. Much of this work has happened in ways that have helped our profession more effectively teach and our students to more effectively learn. However, we still have much work to do if we are to claim that we have a well-developed set of tools that can be applied across disciplines.
    • Trigger Warning Skepticism
      01/2016
      Articles and Publications
      Survey of literature and arts professors finds 60 percent see the practice as harmful to academic freedom -- although many favor general descriptions on a syllabus, even as they avoid labeling particular works.
    • Tutoring Students with Visual Impairments
      03/2015
      Flex/PD - Online
      This workshop we offered at SCC on March 6, 2015 and was presented by Rose Screechfield. Please see linked video and web pages for this workshop.
    • Two Years of Free Community College
      01/2015
      Articles and Publications
      President Obama is going big with his higher education announcement in Tennessee on Friday. He wants to make the first two years of community college as free as high school.