Reading Apprenticeship Conference at RTC – March 11 and 12

Reading ApprenticeshipRenton Technical College will host the second annual regional Reading Apprenticeship conference, Metacognition and Mindfulness: Academic Literacies for the 21st Century  on March 11 and 12, 2016.  This is a great opportunity to learn how your fellow community college faculty and staff are using RA across their campuses!

Interested in presenting?  Interested presenters are invited to submit a proposal for the March 12 concurrent sessions.  For more information or to submit a proposal, go HERE.

In the meantime, mark your calendars for March 11-12, 2016!  Many Pierce faculty attended this conference last year and found it to be a great experience.

Why Attend?

Reading Apprenticeship at WestEd is a research-based framework that helps community college faculty members support students to become motivated, strategic, and critical readers, thinkers, and writers.

Colleges implementing Reading Apprenticeship find that it can produce a dramatic, positive transformation of students’ engagement and achievement not only in literacy, but also in learning across all academic disciplines.

Goals for Conference Attendees:

  • Deepen your learning about how to engage students and colleagues in collaborative inquiry about their varied reading processes, fostering discipline-specific “metacognitive conversation” in classrooms and professional learning communities.
  • Deepen their understanding of Reading Apprenticeship as an instructional framework and improve their skills for implementing the framework in classrooms and in professional development with colleagues.
  • Learn how faculty across the disciplines make the complex, invisible processes they use as readers visible to students, helping them develop reading expertise in specific disciplines
  • Learn to help other faculty make changes in their classroom practice, building on students’ strengths as readers and learners, and providing students greater access to text for learning in the content areas. This will result in increased student engagement and efficacy in reading.
  • Network with your peers using Reading Apprenticeship.
  • Practice some of the routines that move students into metacognitive conversations.
  • Learn how to incorporate Reading Apprenticeship routines into lessons with disciplinary texts.



The science of learning. It’s where the teaching starts!

So what exactly is the science of learning? What has it taught us about how students learn? And how can you use this information to make your own curriculum more evidence-based? Let’s explore the results of research on teaching and learning and dig into a range of practical strategies that can make your own teaching more evidence-based and, as a result, improve your students’ ability to learn when they study.

Join in on a webinar on Tuesday, December 1, from 11-11:40 at FS in CAS 371 (Boardroom). We can debrief and have a conversation about learning and teaching after the webinar. Read more about the webinar here.

You will be able to access On-Demand until December 31. the CEAL will send out the needed access code.

Evidence-Based Teaching in Higher Education: Strategies to Improve Student Learning

What the research says about what works and what doesn’t in today’s college classroom

Maryellen Weimer, Ph.D. Victor Benassi

Maryellen Weimer, Ph.D. and Victor Benassi, Ph.D.

2016 Washington State CanvasCon – Dates Picked and Call for Proposals

WA Comic ConDates have been announced for the 2016 CanvasCon Washington State event!  The conference will be held on Thursday, March 24 through Friday, March 25, 2016 at Tacoma Community College.  The theme for this year’s conference is focused on accessibility and universal design.

If you are interested in presenting a session on accessibility and/or universal design, proposals are now being accepted.  Proposals will be accepted until December 24, 2015 with selected presenters being notified by  mid January.  To submit a session proposal, complete the form here.

Here is a useful site that gives information about CanvasCon

Need some ideas on accessibility or universal design?  Check out these websites:

Accessibility – Start here, and here,

Universal Design for Learning – Start here, and

Or consider joining Pierce College’s Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on Universal Design for Learning.  Learn more about Pierce’s FLC and upcoming meeting dates in this blog post.

For more information on the 2016 CanvasCon, check out the conference website here.

Advising Module Training

Your FCA colleagues are eager to work with you!

The the first four advising modules will be ready to go soon. Monica Nucciarone, Vicki Howell-Williams, and Bret Burkholder will offer 90 minute training sessions that will focus on the new advising/mentoring modules.

This 90 minute session will revisit the pieces of information we covered during the most recent in-service training. An overview of our current advising system, including the Start to Finish program, will be provided.  In addition, we will once again review the use of Advising Dashboard and how it can be an effective tool for advising students.

PUYALLUP- Tuesday, October 27th from 2:00-3:30 pm – C-276

FS- Wednesday, October 28th  from 2:00-3:30 pm – Sunrise Bldg. Room 121

CEAL “On Air” in November and December

cat_webinarLive webinars – they can rock or they can not rock so much..

You get the headphones on, settle into your favorite chair and…you might learn something new OR you might fall asleep.

So when CEAL says we’re going “on air” in November to try something new in our world of professional development, we’d like to think it will rock, totally. Plan to join us in person at the Fort Steilacoom Lava Java or by Blackboard Collaborate for some short but  sweet webinars on a variety of topics – tech, teaching  and otherwise – on these selected dates in November & December:

Tuesdays – Fresh Tech Webinar: 2:30-3:30 PM (FS Lava Java and online in Collaborate)

  • November 3 – The Cool Tools Report; Tips and Tricks with Canvas Gradebook and Calendar work together; Canvas Q&A (time permitting)
  • November 17 – The Cool Tools Report; Taming Canvas Quizzes and Quizbanks; Canvas Q&A (time permitting)
  • December 1 – The Cool Tools Report;  Fancy Canvas Navigation; Canvas Q&A (time permitting)

Thursdays – Design Matters Webinar: 2pm – 3pm (FS Lava Java and online in Collaborate)

  • November 5 – UDL – Universal Design for Learning
  • November 19 – Designing accessible images
  • December 3 – Designing accessible documents

Thursdays – Social Animal Webinar:  3pm – 4pm  (FS Lava Java and online in Collaborate)

  • November 5 – Create a Personal Social Learning Network; Curation and sharing tools
  • November 19 – Twitter and Blogging
  • December 3 – LinkedIn and Facebook Pages and Groups

How Can You Find the Webinar?

The session room is now open! To practice early or join us in a session,  following this link:

Join the CEAL On Air Webinar Here

Need lessons on how to use Collaborate? Feel free to stop by the Lava Java or contact Kyle Peirson at for a quick tutorial on how to set up your computer and headset/microphone to join a Collaborate session.

SIP Open Labs – Dates in October

SIP Open Labs are drop-in workshops led by instructional deans that provide a flexible opportunity to:

  • Receive assistance entering and submitting your SIP via Course Manager.
  • Review SIP expectations, the SIP approval process, and annual SIP timelines.

Here are the dates, times, and locations to choose from:

  • Monday, 10/19 – Puyallup in ADM 133C, 3:00  PM – 4:30PM

  • Friday, 10/23 – Fort Steilacoom in SNR 120, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

  • Thursday, 10/29 – Fort Steilacoom in SNR 120, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

  • Friday, 10/30 – Puyallup in ADM 133C, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

You will access the system via the course manager, so please have your EID and PIN readily available to use.

FREE Training – Connect with Your Smartphone



Smartphones aren’t always so smart.  Do you want to learn the ins and outs of making your phone work best for you and your personal needs?  How do you extend your phone’s battery life?  What are some of the must-have apps?

On Friday, October 23,  Mike Stocke, Chief Information Officer at Pierce College will be presenting “Connect with Your Smartphone.”  This FREE one-hour session will provide participants with a checklist of ways to become friends with your phone.  BYOP – bring your own phone and get all the apps!  No registration required.

WHAT:  Connect with Your Smartphone

WHEN:  Friday, October 23 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

WHERE:  Fort Steilacoom – OLY 325

COST:   FREE and open to all – no registration required!

Questions?  Contact CEAL at


Washington Campus Compact- Making the world a better place!


This is an interesting organization that does some very important work. Here is their mission:

Washington Campus Compact is a coalition of higher education institutions committed to advancing the public purpose of colleges and universities, educating students for civic and social responsibility, and working in partnerships to cultivate vital and sustainable communities across the state.

They will be offering a Faculty Institute on November 5, 2015. There will be three tracks available:

Economic Development, Sustainability, Diversity & Social Justice

Check out this link for information.

WCC 2015 Faculty Institute

Reading Apprenticeship at Pierce – 2015-2016 Training Dates Announced

Announcing the following dates for face-to-face “Reading Apprenticeship” training for the 2015-2016 academic year!  These workshops are free to all Pierce College faculty and staff.  Total training time is 6 hours and the trainings are offered in 1-day formats.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Fort Steilacoom – RAI 241


Saturday, January 16, 2016
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Puyallup – CTR 250


Saturday, April 16, 2016
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Fort Steilacoom – TBD


Space is limited!  Register at

Why Reading Apprenticeship (RA)?

  • RA is a conceptual framework to help post-secondary students develop their academic literacy skills across all disciplines.
  • RA routines are meant to provide students with strategies to make meaning of the texts used in your classroom (“texts” can include anything written, visual, or auditory, such as textbooks, essays, poetry, charts, diagrams, music, and more).
  • Research has shown that learners in RA classrooms improve both their content knowledge and their reading comprehension skills (see for more details on these studies).
  • This training will provide you with hands-on routines that you can use in your classroom to develop your students into expert readers in your discipline.

Are there other training options available?

Yes! If you can’t attend a face-to-face training, you may be able to take an online or face-to-face course through WestEd; see here for details: We will also keep you informed of other training opportunities at Pierce.

Can I include RA as part of my SIP?

We think that’s a great idea!  Speak with your Dean for more information.

I’ve attended RA sessions at in-service days, Targeted Skills Training, etc. Is this training appropriate for me?

Yes! This training will be useful whether you’re a newbie or if you have some knowledge of RA routines.

Trainings will be limited to 35 participants, so we recommend that you sign up as soon as possible!

Questions?  Contact Zoe Fisher at for more information.

College 110 Instructor Training – New Dates!

Would you like to join the College Success experience at Pierce College?  College 110 is one of Pierce College’s many ways of committing to our students’ success.  The course emphasizes college success strategies, self-assessment, goal setting, career exploration, effective study habits, campus resources, and efficient use of online tools for learning, educational planning, and enrollment.

To learn even more about College 110, click here to watch a video.

If you are interested in or considering teaching College 110 and have not yet participated in a training session, here is your opportunity to get started!


Saturday, October 24, 2015

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Puyallup CTR 250

*** Open to Full-Time Faculty Only ***



Saturday, February 6, 2016

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Fort Steilacoom TBD

Faculty who attend this professional development opportunity will explore the curriculum for College 110, examine effective pedagogical approaches used in the course, and have an opportunity to network with current College 110 instructors. Successful completion of the training enters you into the pool of eligible College 110 instructors.*

*Being in the COLLG 110 instructor pool does not guarantee you will be assigned to teach a section; section assignments are made by the coordinators of the Reading and College Success Department in consultation with the Dean of Transitional Education.

Participation in this training is SIP-able; talk to your Dean for more details.

Click here to register online!  There is a cap of 30 participants.

If you have questions about this training, please contact Amber Baillon (

Web-enhancing or teaching online or hybrid? TTOL course starts Oct. 5

wordle2-cit09If you are venturing into the world of online teaching – whether it’s web-enhancing a face-to-face course or preparing to teach hybrid or fully online – you know the online environment has challenges that you need to be prepared for. Use of technology, teacher and student presence, communication, virtual group work, course and content design and delivery – all require specific planning and thought before you start putting together a course.

To be ready, consider taking Transitioning to Teaching Online (TTOL), a fully online training course facilitated by the Center for Engagement and Learning every quarter. In TTOL you’ll complete weekly readings, explore resources, complete activities & assignments and discuss topics and practices with other Pierce College faculty who are new to online teaching.  TTOL covers a variety of instructional strategies and practices in online teaching and utilizes current research and open education resources (OER) in the content and materials found in each week’s module.

There is no fee to sign up, however you must fully participate and complete all course activities and discussions to earn the certificate of completion. This course is five weeks and participants should plan for 5-7 hours of online activities per week (depending on your teaching background and experience in online learning).

To learn more about CEAL services for faculty or to sign up for TTOL, follow this link:



NWeLearn Conference in Olympia – Oct. 22-23

There is still time to register for the 10th annual  NWeLearn Conference in Olympia, WA October 22 & 23, 2015. An updated schedule grid (shared Google doc) is now available (also linked from the NWeLearn Program page), or check out the schedule-at-a glance and the session descriptions available from the Sessions page.

Our own Laurie Schuster and Rachel Goon from Pierce College Library are presenting a roundtable discussion on Friday, Oct. 22 on Providing Streaming Video for Online Students with Challenges and Solutions. While having this dynamic duo presenting already makes this a great conference, NWeLearn has set the bar even higher with two amazing keynotes:


Jesse Stommel –Learning is Not a
Mechanism: Assessment, Student Agency, and Digital Spaces




awattersand Audrey Watters – The Algorithmic Future of Education. 

Join us for 2 days of outstanding presentations, networking and professional development. Just down the road in Olympia, no less!

Registration information and form are available on the NWeLearn website. Just follow this link: