August 18, 2014 – Fall Flex Week – Professional Development Activities

FLEX Week Information:

A 360° Approach to Student Success

The Impact of Policy, Soft Skills, & Contact in the Community College Environment

Fall 2014 Flex Week is here!  Please visit the following pages for all information regarding Flex and Convocation: 2014 Fall Flex Website – Here you will find Schedules for Tech Wednesday, Flex Thursday, and Convocation Friday (click the links under “Program Schedules”).  You will also find a printable Flex booklet, the updated Flex Attendance Record/Obligation Form, and other details about 2014 Fall Flex Week.

*Important: If you plan to attend the Introduction to WordPress Content Management System workshop you must PREREGISTER online.

2014 Fall Convocation Website – Convocation starts at 9:00am sharp in the PAC.

  • Please leave your division meetings by 8:45am and be seated in the PAC no later than 9:00am.
  • The location of the department charrette, scheduled for 10:45am – 12:00pm after Convocation, will be included in a handout given during Convocation.
  • Reminder: There will be a continental breakfast offered on Friday in the City Café from 7:00am to 7:45am.

Also, we are happy to announce the return of our Staff Resource Center Faculty Coordinator, Norman Lorenz.  Welcome Back! Thank you and have a great week!



For use during the Division Charette

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Spring 2014 Charette)

The SCC Teaching, Learning, and Service Guide (Summer 2014 Charette)


The Chronicle for Higher Education

Almanac of Higher Education 2014


Faculty Focus

Using “Mulligans” to Enhance Student Participation and Reduce Test Anxiety

How Teaching Online Made Me a Better Face-to-Face Instructor

Motivating Students: Should Effort Count?

Four Key Questions about Grading

Putting Students in the Driver’s Seat: Technology Projects to Decrease

 Reality Check: Helping to Manage Student Expectations


Community College Journal

The Mounting Problem of Student Debt


College Planning & Management

Reshaping Campus Libraries


Inside Higher Education

“Hard Times” and Higher Education

Productivity or Sexism?



Critical Thinking:5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners


Los Rios Student Success Update

A Los Rios Student Success Spring News Update, Keeping you informed: A new Los Rios Student Success newsletter


The RP Group

Student Support (Re)defined, Spring 2014



The Danger of Silence

Surprisingly Viral TED Talks

Color ind or color brave?


Effective Communication

August 18, 2014

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher (in our case, a role model at all levels).
-Temple Grandin

“As adults, we often forget, when we are speaking with students at any level, they think more concretely and process information at a different pace than we do.   When we adapt our communication and/or instruction to the level of understanding, we are helping them to think more globally.”  This observation comes from David Elkind who offers tips to go along with this observation, such as…

  • Be specific.  Instructions should be short and clear…
  • Because students process information differently than we do, it’s a good idea to offer instruction or directions one at a time.
  • Accentuate the positive.  A student has the opportunity to experience much more success and much less frustration, if we express what we expect of them “to do” versus what “not to do”.
  • Phrase your instructions so as to inform the student what you expect, opposed to asking him or her to make the decision, unless that is your intention.

In preparation for the fall 2014 semester, the New Student Success Act Brochure and AB 2558 Professional Development, invites us to have an inclusive conversation and Collegial dialogue among our campus professionals.  Have a great semester, we’ll be here to serve you.


Norman Lorenz, Ed.D.,

Faculty Coordinator, Staff Resource Center