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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    • 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.
    • 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 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.
    • Teaching Practices Inventory Provides Tool to Help You Examine Your Teaching
      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Here’s a great resource: the Teaching Practices Inventory. It’s an inventory that lists and scores the extent to which research-based teaching practices are being used. It’s been developed for use in math and science courses, but researchers Carl Wieman and Sarah Gilbert suggest it can be used in engineering and social sciences courses, although they have not tested it there. I suspect it has an even wider application. Most of the items on the inventory are or could be practiced in most disciplines and programs.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 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 Blessings and Benefits of Using Guest Lecturers
      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Learners of all ages and experience levels are hungry for variety, and seeing a new face in front of the room can liven up the class; but there are also deeper pedagogical reasons for using guest lecturers. Here are a few to consider.
    • 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 Changing California Community Colleges: Open Access-Relevant or Obsolete?
      03/2014
      Flex/PD - Online
      PLEASE COMPLETE (LINKED) ONLINE WORKSHOP EVALUATION FORM. Efforts should be made with regard to those who are historically and currently underrepresented in both their graduation rates from secondary institutions and in their attendance at California higher educational institutions.
    • 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 Credit Hour Is Here to Stay, at Least for Now
      02/2015
      Articles and Publications
      The Carnegie Unit has been around for more than a century, and unless someone can come up with a better way of tracking college credit, it won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. It presents challenges, but it has value because it sets minimum instructional standards.
    • 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 Day the Purpose of College Changed
      02/2015
      Articles and Publications
      On February 28, 1967, Gov. Ronald Reagan spoke of "certain intellectual luxuries that perhaps we could do without." Here's why liberal education has never recovered.
    • 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 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 CCRC - FEBRUARY 2, 2015 - ISSUE NO. 145
      02/2015
      Articles and Publications
      The Latest News from CCRC.
    • The Latest News from the CCRC, October 2014
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Latest news from the Community College Research Center
    • 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 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 MOOC Hype Fades, in 3 Charts
      02/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Few people would now be willing to argue that massive open online courses are the future of higher education. The percentage of institutions offering a MOOC seems to be leveling off, at around 14 percent, while suspicions persist that MOOCs will not generate money or reduce costs for universities—and are not, in fact, sustainable.
    • The New FAce of College
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      “Just 20 percent of college-goers fit the stereotype of being young, single, full-time students who finish a degree in four years. College students today are more likely to be older, part-time, working, and low-income than they were three decades ago. Many are the first in their families to go to college."
    • 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 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 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 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 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 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 RP Group September 2014 Perspectives
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      This edition features updates on the three California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office initiatives, a new report on skillsbuilders, an interview on strategic planning with a community college president and a new study on learning outcomes after college.
    • The Shrinking Academic Workforce
      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      As enrollments dip, so too do the number of college and university employees -- but disproportionately at for-profit institutions.
    • 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 Talk—and Pledges—at the White House Summit on College Opportunity
      12/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The gathering produced more than 600 pledges that focus on enrolling and graduating more low-income students. Now comes the hard part: making good on those commitments.
    • The Value of Community Colleges
      01/2015
      Articles and Publications
      The California community college system has enabled the community colleges to serve as an open door to a better life for generations of poor and working-class students at a bargain price compared with all other sectors of higher education.
    • There Are More Important Things Than Saving for College
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      There is no shame in having more children than average. Or of working hard to support them without having money to fund individual college savings accounts. No shame in paying for piano lessons or Boy Scout camp, knowing it will go a lot further developing your children’s gifts now than it will toward the ever-increasing cost of a college education later. No shame in telling them: “You are your ticket to college. Work hard.”
    • Thinking Horizontally and Vertically About Blended Learning
      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Blended learning has gone from being an interesting new hybrid of traditional and online courses to being an expected part of American education. When the Sloan Consortium last studied blended learning in 2007, it found “a lot of room for growth” in the market for blended courses. It found “consumer preference for online and blended delivery far exceeds reported experience,” indicating that demand was ahead of supply at that point.
    • 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.
    • 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)
    • 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.
    • Tom Hanks on His Two Years at Chabot College
      01/2015
      Articles and Publications
      I Owe It All to Community College: Tom Hanks on His Two Years at Chabot College.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Tuition and Fees, 1998-99 Through 2014-15
      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The College Board has released its annual report on college prices. Browse the charges at more than 3,100 colleges and universities, with historical data to 1998.
    • 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.