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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    • Want to change the world? Start by being brave enough to care

      07/2018
      Articles and Publications
      Artist and poet Cleo Wade recites a moving poem about being an advocate for love and acceptance in a time when both seem in short supply. Woven between stories of people at the beginning and end of their lives, she shares some truths about growing up (and speaking up) and reflects on the wisdom of a life well-lived, leaving us with a simple yet enduring takeaway: be good to yourself, be good to others, be good to the earth. "The world will say to you, 'Be a better person,'" Wade says. "Do not be afraid to say, 'Yes.'"
    • Want to Close Achievement Gaps? Focus on Part-Time Students

      04/2018
      Articles and Publications
      If community colleges want to shrink stubborn achievement gaps between white and minority students, they should focus more attention on the nearly two-thirds of their students who attend part time, a study released Monday concludes.
    • We Are Not Strangers in this Land: Untold Stories of DREAMERS - Documentary Showing

      03/2015
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Documentary showing.
    • 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 Happens in a Course is a Shared Responsibility

      04/2017
      Articles and Publications
      One thing about student evaluations that troubles me is how they give students the impression that it’s the teacher who makes or breaks the course. A few instruments query students about their own efforts, but I’m not sure those kinds of questions make it clear that what happens in any course is the combined result of teacher and student actions. Early in my teaching career, I heard a wise colleague tell students, “It’s not my class. It’s not your class. It’s our class, and together we will make it a good or not-so-good learning experience.”
    • What Happens to Students Who Take Community College Dual Enrollment Courses in High School?

      10/2017
      Articles and Publications
      Despite the growing prevalence and potential benefits of high school dual enrollment, many colleges and states have not closely monitored which students participate, where they enroll in college after high school, and how many complete a college degree.
    • What I'm Reading: ‘Shared Leadership in Higher Education’

      09/2017
      Articles and Publications
      As a political scientist and academic administrator, I’ve long been interested in shared governance. But a new report on the value of shared leadership in higher education, prepared for the American Council on Education by Adrianna J. Kezar and Elizabeth M. Holcombe, has challenged my thinking. I see now how models of shared governance can focus more on distributing power than on collaborating meaningfully.
    • 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 Research Tells Us about Online Discussion

      03/2017
      Articles and Publications
      Student discussion differentiates online education from the old correspondence courses. But there are still many questions to answer in order to facilitate good discussion online. Hong Zhiu, of the University of Texas at San Antonio, did a meta-analysis of studies…
    • What to Expect at a Community-College Interview

      07/2018
      Articles and Publications
      A complaint I hear frequently from graduate students at research universities is that no one on their campus can advise them on the faculty-hiring process at community colleges.
    • 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 can do about the culture of hate

      07/2018
      Articles and Publications
      We're all against hate, right? We agree it's a problem -- their problem, not our problem, that is. But as Sally Kohn discovered, we all hate -- some of us in subtle ways, others in obvious ones. As she confronts a hard story from her own life, she shares ideas on how we can recognize, challenge and heal from hatred in our institutions and in ourselves.
    • 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.
    • What your smart devices know (and share) about you

      09/2018
      Articles and Publications
      Once your smart devices can talk to you, who else are they talking to? Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu wanted to find out -- so they outfitted Hill's apartment with 18 different internet-connected devices and built a special router to track how often they contacted their servers and see what they were reporting back. The results were surprising -- and more than a little bit creepy. Learn more about what the data from your smart devices reveals about your sleep schedule, TV binges and even your tooth-brushing habits -- and how tech companies could use it to target and profile you. (This talk contains mature language.)
    • 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 a Field's Reputation Precedes It

      07/2018
      Articles and Publications
      Study finds that a given discipline's perceived gender bias plays the biggest role in whether women choose to major in it.
    • 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.
    • Where We Are Now

      07/2018
      Articles and Publications
      A look at the AACC, how are community colleges enacting programs and policies that meet these recommendations?
    • White Reign Deploying Whiteness in America

      08/2016
      Articles and Publications
      Deconstructing Some "Benign" Manifestations of Operationalized White Privilege.
    • 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.
    • Why Demand Originality from Students in Online Discussion Forums?

      09/2018
      Articles and Publications
      As an online instructor, I require my students to engage in weekly discussion forums. In the online college environment, discussion forums are designed to simulate a professor and his or her students engaged in a traditional classroom discussion. Students respond to a question and then reply to the responses of their classmates. The point is to keep the discussion moving, keep students engaged in the topic for the week, and facilitate learning.
    • Why I Dread the Accommodations Talk

      03/2017
      Articles and Publications
      Because what students with mental-health issues actually need may be different from what their form letter says.
    • Why It's worth listening to people you disagree with...

      07/2018
      Articles and Publications
      We get stronger, not weaker, by engaging with ideas and people we disagree with, says Zachary R. Wood. In an important talk about finding common ground, Wood makes the case that we can build empathy and gain understanding by engaging tactfully and thoughtfully with controversial ideas and unfamiliar perspectives. "Tuning out opposing viewpoints doesn't make them go away," Wood says. "To achieve progress in the face of adversity, we need a genuine commitment to gaining a deeper understanding of humanity."
    • Why Part-Time Success Matters

      07/2018
      Articles and Publications
      If community colleges are going to close achievement gaps, they need to better accommodate part-time students, report says.
    • Why Won’t They Ask Us for Help?

      03/2017
      Articles and Publications
      After teaching statistics classes for more than 25 years and seeing so many students struggling to be successful, I became increasingly frustrated by the fact that no matter how much I believed myself to be approachable, available, and willing to help students outside of class, very few took advantage of the opportunity. I began to wonder not only what barriers existed between me and my students but also how to investigate those barriers and seek solutions.
    • Word Choice: What You Call It Matters to Teaching and Learning

      09/2016
      Articles and Publications
      Language influences thought and action. It’s a fundamental idea in linguistics. I remember first encountering it in a class when I was assigned S.I. Hayakawa’s classic Language in Thought and Action. But it’s a principle that’s easy to forget. Here are a few examples that pertain to education, with the question being—how does what we call something affect our teaching and students’ learning?
    • 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.
    • 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!