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 Leap: Moving from In-Person to Online Courses
      04/2015
      Articles and Publications
      The landscape: You have taught a class in-person for five years and due to a variety of reasons you have the option to teach it online … next semester. You need to quickly transition your in-person curriculum into a creative and successful online course. Here are five steps to get you there.
    • 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, Learning, and Service Resource Guide (Fall 2014 Charette)
      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The Teaching, Learning, and Service Resource Guide was drafted to reflect the Fall 2014 Student Success Charette activity discussions.
    • Teaching, Learning, and Service Resource Guide (Spring 2014 Charette)
      05/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The Teaching, Learning, and Service Resource Guide was drafted to reflect the spring 2014 Student Success Charette activity discussions. **The top link is the online (clickable) version of the Resource Guide and the bottom link is the printable version of the Resource Guide (No Clickable Links).**
    • Teaching, Learning, and Service Resource Guide (Summer2014 Charette)
      08/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The Teaching, Learning, and Service Resource Guide was drafted to reflect the Summer 2014 Student Success Charette activity discussions.
    • 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.
    • 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 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 Coaching Transformation
      06/2015
      Articles and Publications
      The reality of higher education is that learning rarely happens in rows of seats in front of which stands a charismatic professor in tweed. The academic landscape has changed in dramatic ways, particularly as we use new platforms and technologies to interact with students. Innovative approaches to teaching and learning, such as competency-based education, increasingly rely on coaching models, a method of learning that challenges our popular conception of what it means to be a professor.
    • 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 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 Latest News from the CCRC, November 2015
      11/2015
      Articles and Publications
      New publications, recent events, etc.
    • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 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.
    • Today Is ‘National Adjunct Walkout Day.’ Will It Make a Difference?
      03/2015
      Articles and Publications
      SchmidtAn academic-labor historian considers whether the day’s actions will strengthen adjuncts’ hopes for improving their working conditions.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Transferring to UConn Costs Community-College Students Dearly
      05/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Students who last year transferred from Connecticut’s community colleges to the University of Connecticut lost millions of dollars in credits that did not accompany them, a study has found.
    • 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.
    • Treasury Auctions Set for the Week of March 2
      03/2015
      Articles and Publications
      The Treasury’s schedule of financing this week includes Monday’s auction of new three- and six-month bills and an auction of four-week bills on Tuesday. At the close of the New York cash market on Friday, the rate on the outstanding three-month bill was 0.02 percent.
    • 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.