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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    • Wallflowers in the Online Classroom
      11/2015
      Articles and Publications
      What does it mean to be a wallflower? Such a person might be thought of as shy and might sit apart from others at a party or social gathering, choosing to listen and observe rather than participate. And in the online classroom, a wallflower might be the person who reads course information and discussion boards regularly, but never posts. So how do instructors know if this online wallflower is really engaged in the course?
    • Want More Innovation? Get More Diversity
      11/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Academic departments that are more diverse may produce more unorthodox ideas and do more original work, new research shows.
    • We Are Not Strangers in this Land: Untold Stories of DREAMERS - Documentary Showing
      03/2015
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Documentary showing.
    • Weighing the Evidence of New Instructional Policies, Practices, and Behaviors
      02/2016
      Articles and Publications
      During a conversation about evidence-based teaching, a faculty member piped up with some enthusiasm and just a bit of pride, “I’m using an evidence-based strategy.” He described a rather unique testing structure and concluded, “There’s a study that found it significantly raised exam scores.” He shared the reference with me afterward and it’s a solid study—not exceptional, but good.
    • Welcome Home: Veterans on Campus Training
      01/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Monday, Feb. 3, 2014: 1 PM - 5 PM. The Welcome Home training is a program for faculty and staff about the specific readjustment and mental health needs of student veterans.
    • West Sac Campus Orientation - Fall 2014 Flex
      05/2014
      Flex/PD - Fall
      August 21, 2014. Presented by Janet Lake & Gurpreet Bhatia. Orientation will include important information about the new semester and a refresher on using the smart equipment in the classroom.
    • West Sacramento Center Faculty Orientation - Fall 2015 Flex
      05/2015
      Flex/PD - Fall
      August 20, 2015. Presented by Art Pimentel and Gurpreet Bhatia. Orientation will include important information about the new semester and a refresher on using the smart equipment in the classrooms.
    • West Sacramento Center Orientation - Fall 2016 Flex
      05/2016
      Flex/PD - Fall
      Presented by Art Pimentel.You will find teaching at an off-campus site often presents unique challenges for students as well as staff. For a smooth transition into off-campus instruction, we invite all instructors, especially first time off-campus instructors, to visit the Center before the semester begins, so that we may meet with you to address questions. Orientation will include important information about the new semester and a refresher on using the smart equipment in the classrooms.
    • West Sacramento Faculty Orientation (Flex Thursday)
      12/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      January 15, 2015. For a smooth transition into off-campus instruction, we invite all instructors, especially first time off-campus instructors, to visit the Center before the semester begins, so that we may meet with you to address any questions you may have.
    • West Sacramento Faculty Orientation - Spring 2016 Flex
      01/2016
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Presented by Art Pimentel & Gurpreet Bhatia. You will find teaching at an off-campus site often presents unique challenges for students as well as staff. For a smooth transition into off-campus instruction, we invite all instructors, especially first time off-campus instructors, to visit the Center before the semester begins, so that we may meet with you to address questions. Orientation will include important information about the new semester and a refresher on using the smart equipment in the classrooms.
    • What is the Puente Project?
      01/2016
      Flex/PD - Spring
      We will describe the history of the Puente Project, mission and model. There are over 500 Puente students on campus! Puente faculty will describe the three components of the program, student outcomes and share ideas about culturally inclusive instruction. Our program components are: Mentoring, English Writing, and Counseling. The Puente Project began as a pilot program at SCC in 1983. English and Counseling faculty work collaboratively and, together with volunteer community Mentors, form a Familia atmosphere for our students. In the last three years, we have had a 100% course completion rate in English writing and we would love to share our ideas with the SCC community.
    • What One Student Learned by Teaching His Peers
      05/2016
      Articles and Publications
      Peer teaching is popular — and effective. A "learning assistant" in math at Florida International University says it even helped make him a better student.
    • What to Expect This November: Demographic Change and California’s Shifting Political Landscape
      10/2014
      Flex/PD - Fall
      October 29, 2014. 3:00pm - 4:00pm. The Sociology Club has invited UC Davis’ Mindy Romero to SCC to talk about the changing demographics of California and how this shift will affect the political landscape. The timing of the presentation serves as a reminder for students to be politically engaged and active in the upcoming election. Please share this event information with students and encourage them to attend. Faculty and staff are also welcome.
    • What We Learn from Each Other
      05/2016
      Articles and Publications
      When teachers tell me about some new strategy or approach they’ve implemented, I usually ask how they found out about it and almost always get the same response: “Oh, a colleague told me about it.” I continue to be amazed by the amount of pedagogical knowledge that is shared verbally (and electronically) between colleagues.
    • Wheelchair Ramps and Extra Time for Learning
      03/2016
      Articles and Publications
      “A wheelchair ramp is an alternate mode of access for the physically disabled so that they may access the same benefits as others. Similarly, being allowed extra time gives the learning-disabled extra time to process what they know. My reading…
    • When More Is Less
      01/2016
      Articles and Publications
      New study suggests that when it comes to writing assignments and instruction, quality -- not quantity -- matters most.
    • When Students Lead the Discussion
      03/2016
      Articles and Publications
      A few years ago, my colleague Brenda Whitney spoke at a workshop about how class discussion can take on many different forms, each with its own style and descriptive moniker. Paraphrasing and borrowing language from her handout, with a few revisions of my own, these discussion styles include…
    • When the Only Seat Is in Front of a Screen
      09/2015
      Articles and Publications
      U of Central Florida is using lecture-capture technology to enroll more students than can fit in its classrooms. But is a live stream a sufficient replacement for a face-to-face lecture?
    • When Wellness Is a Dirty Word
      05/2016
      Articles and Publications
      First came the anthropologist of Arctic poverty who found me on Instagram and confided that she was a Jazzercise fanatic. Then the intellectual historian who eloquently introduced herself as an expert on a similarly Serious Topic but rapidly and with sparkling eyes, before any of our fellow conferees entered the elevator, effused that it was really her Ashtanga yoga practice that sustained her. And the implacable administrator who waited for the meeting room to clear before explaining to me, her gaze softening, the admirable commitment of her Wednesday-night "Zumba ladies," who traveled from three boroughs to their class in the Bronx.
    • Who Are SCC's Student Veterans and Military Personnel
      05/2016
      Flex/PD - Fall
      Presented by Anh H. Nguyen, Ph.D. & SCC Student Veterans/Military Personnel.As a new faculty member, I noticed that our college need to become more aware of our students who have served in the military and the military personnel who are still serving. These students are one of the most academic successful group on campus. Yet, unlike their actual life experience, many people see them through the lens of Hollywood movies and television shows. One of the biggest challenge they face in coming to campus are the misunderstanding and lack of awareness from faculty, staff, and students.I believe that awareness is the first step towards understanding. Through understanding, I hope that SCC faculty, administrative staff, and management will provide better service and a more positive academic experience to this population of students.
    • Who Melted My Cheese?
      01/2016
      Articles and Publications
      Too many people on campus still think that academic life will eventually return to "normal," if we just sit patiently.
    • Why EQUIP Really Matters
      02/2016
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Why new U.S. experiment with alternative higher ed models really matters (essay) in the 20th century. Pima Community College, LaGuardia Community College …
    • Why Policies Fail to Promote Better Learning Decisions
      09/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Policies are necessary. They serve as a warning to students: this is what will happen if you are absent, miss an exam, turn work in late, text or surf the Web during class, and the like. Most institutions recommend teachers spell out consequences in their syllabi. Some schools employ institution-wide policies for certain behaviors like academic dishonesty. If policies are supposed to prevent these unproductive behaviors, why do students still engage in them? Are there reasons why policies don’t work?
    • WordPress Consultation (Tech Wednesday)
      12/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      January 14, 2015. Want to do something a little different with your website, need a refresher on WordPress or want to just learn how to use it? Schedule a 30-minutes one-to-one consultation with Jen Schwedler, SCC webmaster.
    • WordPress Drop-ins - Fall 2015 Flex
      05/2015
      Flex/PD - Fall
      August 19, 2015. Presented by Don Button, Presented by Don Button. If you already have an SCC WordPress account and if you would like to drop in and get some quick one-on-one help, this is a perfect workshop for you. If you have documents that you need help uploading, please bring the digital files on a flash drive or cloud storage.
    • WordPress Drop-ins - Fall 2016 Flex
      05/2016
      Flex/PD - Fall
      Presented by Dawn Pedersen. Stop by if you already have an SCC WordPress account and get some quick one-on-one help. If you have documents that you need help uploading, please bring the digital files on a flash drive or cloud storage.8:30am-11:30am and 12:30pm-4:30pm
    • WordPress Drop-ins - Spring 2016 Flex
      01/2016
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Presented by Dawn Pedersen. Stop by if you already have an SCC WordPress account and get some quick one-on-one help. If you have documents that you need help uploading, please bring the digital files on a flash drive or cloud storage.
    • WordPress Workshop Series
      01/2016
      Flex/PD - Fall
      These hour-long workshops can be taken alone or as part of a series, in which each workshop introduces a web concept.
    • Workplace Safety
      01/2016
      Flex/PD - Spring
      The goal of the LRPD Workplace Safety (AKA Workplace Security Awareness) presentation is to provide participants with an awareness of the threats to personal safety as well as facilities and institutional safety that may happen in the workplace. The presentation addresses access controls, information controls, criminal acts and workplace violence provides tools and planning ideas to prevent, prepare and react to threats if they occur.
    • Would Academe Make a Good Reality Show?
      05/2016
      Articles and Publications
      Tell us about a time (or many times) when your job in academe felt particularly ripe for reality-TV treatment.
    • Writing Effective SLOs: Tips Gleaned from Our First Six-year Reporting Cycle
      01/2016
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Presented by Gayle Pitman and members of the SLO Assessment Committee. Now that we’re close to completing our first six-year SLO reporting cycle, we’ve learned a lot about the importance of well-crafted SLOs – and what happens when they aren’t. Come learn how to write SLOs that reflect what you want students to learn in your courses, and that are concise, measurable, and mappable. We will also address how SLOs are incorporated into other college processes, and why writing strong SLOs is so important. This will be a hands-on session, so get ready to write and revise sample SLOs!