Professional Development Activities & Resources Database

The Staff Resource Center offers professional development through a variety of resources.  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 imagination seriously

      07/2018
      Articles and Publications
      Janet Echelman found her true voice as an artist when her paints went missing -- which forced her to look to an unorthodox new art material. Now she makes billowing, flowing, building-sized sculpture with a surprisingly geeky edge. A transporting 10 minutes of pure creativity.
    • 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.
    • 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 Evaluating Professionalism

      07/2018
      Articles and Publications
      The evidence is growing. Employers prefer to hire employees/graduates who consistently demonstrate professionalism and emotional intelligence skills in the workplace. Cognitive and technical skills are essential as well, but these are largely expected now.
    • 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 During a Personal Crisis

      07/2018
      Articles and Publications
      I reread Nancy Chick’s “Teaching in Times of Crisis” with depressing regularity. It’s about what to do when the horrors of the world—the mass shootings, the hurricanes, the hate marches—walk our students to class. I recommend reading the full article, which discusses practical and specific techniques in detail, but Chick also boils down her research to “acknowledge the crisis.” After neo-Nazis plastered our campus with racist recruitment posters this semester, my students echoed this take-away. As one student put it, “tell us you’re there for us, that you’re a listening ear.”
    • Teaching, Learning, and Service Resource Guide (Fall 2014 Charrette)

      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The Teaching, Learning, and Service Resource Guide was drafted to reflect the Fall 2014 Student Success Charrette activity discussions.
    • Teaching, Learning, and Service Resource Guide (Spring 2014 Charrette)

      05/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The Teaching, Learning, and Service Resource Guide was drafted to reflect the spring 2014 Student Success Charrette activity discussions.
    • Teaching, Learning, and Service Resource Guide (Summer2014 Charrette)

      08/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The Teaching, Learning, and Service Resource Guide was drafted to reflect the Summer 2014 Student Success Charrette 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 Awakening: Women and Power in the Academy

      07/2018
      Articles and Publications
      "When it comes to silencing women," writes Mary Beard, "Western culture has had thousands of years of practice." Academe is no exception. A recent conference at Stanford University featured 30 speakers — all of them men, all of them white. The incident sparked ridicule and outrage, as well as a sense that higher education is facing a reckoning. Over the past few months, amid mounting revelations of sexual harassment, The Chronicle Review asked presidents and adjuncts, scientists and humanists, senior scholars and junior professors to take on the theme of women and power in academe. Here are their responses.
    • 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 boost students need to overcome obstacles

      09/2017
      Articles and Publications
      How can disadvantaged students succeed in school? For sociologist Anindya Kundu, grit and stick-to-itiveness aren't enough; students also need to develop their agency, or their capacity to overcome obstacles and navigate the system. He shares hopeful stories of students who have defied expectations in the face of personal, social and institutional challenges.
    • The brain-changing benefits of exercise

      03/2018
      Articles and Publications
       What's the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today? Exercise! says neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. Get inspired to go to the gym as Suzuki discusses the science of how working out boosts your mood and memory -- and protects your brain against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.
    • The Community College Journal, Fall 2017

      09/2017
      Articles and Publications
      The Universe of Networked devices is growing exponentially -- and this trend has big implications for community colleges.
    • 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 Distracted Classroom

      03/2017
      Articles and Publications
      One day near the end of the spring semester last year, I was standing at the front of the room in my British literature survey course, as students completed a writing exercise. One of the best students in the class, "Kate," finished early and sat back to await our discussion.
    • The Economic Underpinnings of Guided Pathways at Sacramento City College

      02/2019
      Flex/PD - Spring
      An exploration of student data, equity, and guided pathways.
    • 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 Futile Search for Role Models

      07/2018
      Articles and Publications
      For the past 30 years, I’ve asked students in my classes on gender, sexuality, and masculinities about their personal role models. Who are the people who best exemplify those traits we identify as more than merely admirable, people who are not only the best at what they do but also embody those traits we want to emulate?
    • 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 Hardest Students to Teach

      07/2018
      Articles and Publications
      Some students are more challenging to teach than others. They require pedagogical skills of a different and higher order. Sometimes it’s easier to sigh and just turn away. And that’s legitimate in the sense that students (indeed, people of all sorts) have to figure things out for themselves. But many of us were such “works in progress” when we were in college, and a teacher (or several of them) ended up being instrumental in moving us in more productive directions. It’s for that reason I’d like us to consider some of these challenging students, each one a unique individual, but many displaying the same counterproductive attitudes and actions. Descriptions of these students come much more easily than solutions to what’s holding them back. Said more directly, my goal here is to start this conversation and ask for your wisdom, insights, and experiences with students who are tough to teach.
    • The hidden opportunities of the informal economy

      12/2017
      Articles and Publications
      Niti Bhan studies business strategy for Africa’s informal markets: the small shops and stands, skilled craftspeople and laborers who are the invisible engine that keeps the continent’s economy running. It’s tempting to think of these workers as tax-dodgers, even criminals — but Bhan makes the case that this booming segment of the economy is legitimate and worthy of investment. If we do, she says, we might create thousands more jobs. “These are the fertile seeds of businesses and enterprises,” Bhan says. “Can we start by recognizing these skills and occupations?”
    • 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 Key to Security

      07/2018
      Articles and Publications
      As U.S. citizens wrestle with yet another mass shooting, security is on everyone’s mind. Of course, the topic never really left the forefront for university administrators and facility managers. Charged with protecting population sizes and demographics that rival small cities, they know the importance of their task.
    • 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 Latest News from CCRC (September 2018)

      09/2018
      Articles and Publications
      The Latest News from CCRC.
    • 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 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 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 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 Perils of Trashing the Value of College

      07/2018
      Articles and Publications
      In 1829, as the North Carolina legislature debated an expansion of public schooling, a concerned citizen dispatched a letter to The Raleigh Register. "Gentlemen, I hope you do not conceive it at all necessary that everybody should be able to read, write, and cipher," he wrote. Such luxuries might be defensible for future lawyers and doctors, "but if a man is to be a plain farmer, or a mechanic, they are of no manner of use, but a detriment."
    • 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 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 role of human emotions in science and research

      07/2018
      Articles and Publications
      Do human emotions have a role to play in science and research? Material researcher Ilona Stengel suggests that instead of opposing each other, emotions and logic complement and reinforce each other. She shares a case study on how properly using emotions (like the empowering feeling of being dedicated to something meaningful) can boost teamwork and personal development -- and catalyze scientific breakthroughs and innovation.
    • 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 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.
    • There Is No Case for the Humanities

      07/2018
      Articles and Publications
      And deep down we know our justifications for it are hollowThis essay originally appeared in American Affairs.The humanities are not just dying — they are almost dead. In Scotland, the ancient Chairs in Humanity (which is to say, Latin) have almost disappeared in the past few decades: abolished, left vacant, or merged into chairs of classics. The University of Oxford has revised its famed Literae Humaniores course, “Greats,” into something resembling a technical classics degree. Both of those were throwbacks to an era in which Latin played the central, organizing role in the humanities. The loss of these vestigial elements reveals a long and slow realignment, in which the humanities have become a loosely defined collection of technical disciplines.
    • Thoughts on humanity, fame and love

      07/2018
      Articles and Publications
      "I sell dreams, and I peddle love to millions of people," says Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood's biggest star. In this charming, funny talk, Khan traces the arc of his life, showcases a few of his famous dance moves and shares hard-earned wisdom from a life spent in the spotlight.
    • Three Active Learning Strategies You Can Do in 10 Minutes or Less

      07/2018
      Articles and Publications
      A 2015 survey of Faculty Focus readers found that the number one barrier preventing faculty from implementing the flipped classroom model and other active learning experiences into their courses is TIME. Faculty reported they don’t have time to plan extra learner-centered activities, due to increasing responsibilities, and they don’t have time to implement the activities in class because there’s too much content to cover.If you feel this way, you’re not alone. But, you can still create engaging learning experiences for students. And you can do it in 10 minutes (or less).
    • Three Ways to Engage Students In and Outside the Classroom

      03/2017
      Articles and Publications
      When students become directly engaged in the learning process, they take ownership of their education. The following learning activities have helped me to engage students in and outside the classroom. The strategies also help keep my teaching relevant, fresh, and creative.
    • 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.
    • 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.