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:


3-Week Intro to Canvas Courses for Faculty Now Available!

canvaslogoNeed an alternative to our Pierce Canvas Essentials course?
The State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) is sponsoring a three week online, asynchronous course designed for instructors who have never used the Canvas learning management system or who are just getting started. By the end of the course, you should have a basic understanding of the main features of Canvas, and be ready to begin using Canvas with your classes – regardless of whether you intend to teach online fully or simply move a portion of your activities and lectures online.
This course is accepted as Canvas training by the Pierce eLearning department and fulfills the requirement for Canvas training for teaching online or hybrid courses.
Expect this course to take 10-15 hours over the three weeks, for those new to online teaching.
The first session available begins Oct 12 and runs through November 2, 2015.
Registration is open to any full or part-time faculty, but seats are limited to the first 25 who register.
Follow the link below to register online:
Questions? Contact Mary Davis or James Johnson in the Pierce College eLearning department for more information.

I need Tech Support – STAT!

STAT Pierce college logoStudents need technical support and there isn’t always the time or resources to help, until now! The STAT team at Pierce Community College is a great collaboration of minds and talent that you can offer to students in need of assistance. STAT was initiated successfully at the beginning of Fall Quarter 2015. It ran for two weeks at the FS and PUY campuses and was a wonderful help to students. The program will be available during midterms and again during finals.

STAT stands for Student Technology Assistance Team. The idea of STAT was developed by Edmonds Community College — they saw the students’ need and found a way to fill it. At Pierce, the aim is to bring together students that have questions about using technology as well as students of technology courses needing to apply those skills to create a win-win situation. For now, we are narrowing the help we give to the most frequently asked questions about Wi-Fi, Canvas, Email and basic operations to provide a unique and valued service to students. Later on, we may decide to expand on those services.

Typically, students will either wander into the computer labs themselves to ask questions or they have been directed there by other departments, such as the library or an instructor. Most of the time, the Lab Assistants can help them gain access to Wi-Fi, Canvas or Email, but what happens when students start bringing their various devices like laptops, phones, tablets and phablets — OH MY!? Students often want personal and quick assistance with all the devices that they are using to achieve their academic goals and we would like to help them; if STAT cannot assist them quickly, they can ask IT for assistance or direct the student to a resource that can.

Huy phones    laura shows bekah    students helping on the computer

What STAT is NOT. STAT is not a tutoring service that provides focused coursework assistance. STAT is not IT staff who support instructional and staff computers and services. STAT is not librarians who support successful teaching and learning. STAT is not part of Advising who help students determine what classes to take and when.


  1. To provide students with help to access their email and Pierce’s Wi-Fi, Learning Management System (Canvas) assistance, and basic PC support. To provide demonstrations of basic features and advanced capabilities to help prepare them for classes and show them how these can provide time-saving and collaboration opportunities.
  2. To provide advice through drop-in assistance, online support, phone support, workshops, and tutorials. To increase awareness of the digital community by educating students on safe ways to develop and share, and to find out how/where to find quality information online.
  3. To demonstrate that student volunteers and interns can design and carry out a help desk and technology resource that supports a growing technology need for higher education students.

Watch the video below to learn more about other student tech support offered at Pierce College. STAT will be available during midterms and finals.

Universal Design for Learning FLC at Pierce – First meeting Oct. 16

In July Pierce College was awarded a state sponsored grant for creating a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) around the topic of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for the 2015-2016 academic year. Many faculty expressed interest in taking part in an FLC of this type and we are now in the process of forming and meeting as a group for Fall quarter.
The first gathering of the FLC is planned for Friday, October 16 from 12:30PM – 2:30PM at Fort Steilacoom campus. We will meet in Cascade 523.
The main purpose of this first meeting will be to talk about:
  • how we can work together within the guidelines of the FLC grant
  • resources available through CEAL and the college for FLC members
  • how faculty can participate as individuals and as a group,
  • any thoughts, ideas, or questions you may have about UDL and the FLC in general.
The purpose of the FLC is to provide a community of inquiry for anyone interested in exploring how to implement UDL strategies into their teaching. The FLC can provide resources, information, collaboration and support for a variety of projects and activities and is a faculty-driven entity. How the FLC will function and what we will do as individuals and as a group is, in part, decided by the members of the FLC. We need your ideas and participation to make it a great experience.
UDL expert, Candyce Rennegarbe, will be on hand at our first meeting to introduce the guiding principles and framework of UDL and give some practical advice about using UDL in our teaching practices.
Curious? Committed? Please consider joining us on October 16 in Cascade 523 for this first meeting. (Healthy & delicious snacks will be provided! ).
Additional dates and times for FLC gatherings for Fall Quarter are also planned:
Friday October 23, 2015;   12:30 – 2:30  Location: TBD
Friday November 20, 2015;  12:30 – 2:30  Location TBD
Questions? Please email Renee Phoenix at

PAVE the Way 2015: Advancing Equity, Access, Readiness and Support

Register by September 25 and SAVE!pave the way


Join colleagues on October 5 and 6, 2015 at the Tacoma Convention and Trade Center for PAVE the Way 2015 conference.  This two-day event will feature interactive group sessions and more than 40 breakouts focused on skill development, best practices, policy discussions, cross-sector alignment, community partnerships and much more.  Breakout session discussions will include:

  • Cross-sector alignment and collective impact
  • Diversity
  • Access and student readiness
  • Outreach and support
  • Policy
  • Serving non-traditional and at-risk students
  • Parent and family engagement
  • Culturally responsive teaching and learning
  • Using data and technology

Registration is $95, which includes lunch for both days.  There is no discount for partial attendance.  Register by this Friday, September 25 to receive this reduced rate.  Registrations received on or after September 26, 2015 will be increase to $125.

View the conference website for the most up-to-date information.

Registration & Payment
Peter Schmidt , Edmonds Community College Center for Learning, 425-640-1463

Keynote Announced for WA Campus Compact 2015 Faculty Institute

WA campus compact

Michael BenitezMichael Benitez has been announced as the keynote speaker for the 2015 Faculty Institute and Annual Networking Meeting which will be held on November 5 – 6, 2015 at Central Washington University.  Mr. Benitez is a leading national social justice educator, and activist-scholar with extensive experience in education and diversity issues.  His keynote presentation, titled “A Social Justice Understanding to Academe’s role in serving the public good: Who learns, who benefits, and why it matters to sustainable community cultivation and student learning” will examine existing frameworks and methodologies for a deeper understanding to cultivate sustainable and equitable practice in higher education.

In addition to Mr. Benitez, the 2015 Faculty Institute will feature a panel of faculty and students.  This two-day training will allow participants to choose from three available tracks of Diversity and Social Justice, Sustainability, and Economic Development-Social Entrepreneurship.  Opportunities to network with other faculty and administrators from across the State and a focus on student volunteerism as engagement strategies will also be featured.

Registration for the 2015 Faculty Institute is open to all interested faculty, staff, and students.  The cost of registration is $125 (member institution) faculty/staff and $75 for student. Overnight accommodations will be available at Central Washington University for a nominal fee.

To register or gain additional information on this opportunity check out the website here.

Free Teaching and Learning Conference at Bellevue College on May 30, 2015

Don’t miss a great professional development opportunity hosted by one of our neighbors to the north.

Faculty Commons @ Bellevue College Invites ALL faculty, staff, and students to attend the FREE 1st Annual Teaching & Learning Conference

May 30th, 2015, 9:00am – 3:30pm
Bellevue College, room D104

Click here to Register Now!

Conference includes a dynamic group of guest speakers, workshops, and the opportunity to  discuss teaching and learning. Our workshops and discussion include some of today’s key topics in education:

  • Inclusive teaching
  • Curriculum development
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

FREE breakfast and lunch will be provided!

Follow this link to learn more

Questions?  Please Contact

Sayumi Irey, Ph.D.
Director, Faculty Commons
Tel (425)564-2354


IGNIS Webinar Series – Two Sessions on Accessibility

Don’t Miss These IGNIS Webinars in May 2015

You are invited to join Alissa Sells and Jen Whetham from SBCTC as they host two upcoming IGNIS webinars on accessibility.  All IGNIS webinars are delivered on Collaborate and sessions are recorded and posted on the ATL blog.

Follow this link to join IGNIS Webinars via Collaborate

Live Sessions Coming Up:

May 21, 2015 IGNIS webinar promotional image of Terrill ThompsonThursday, May 21st, 2015 at 2 pm
Making Accessibility Accessible
Terrill Thompson
Technology Accessibility Specialist, University of Washington

  • Join us in celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day.  Terrill will talk about how to make the process of accessibility more accessible to faculty.  Come learn some tips on making your course more accessible and much more!

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 at 2 pm
5 Steps to an Accessible Syllabus
A Faculty Learning Community Presentation by Shoreline Community College

  • As a follow-up to “Making Accessibility Accessible”, please join us for this special hands-on webinar where you’ll learn how to make the various features of a Word document accessible using your course syllabus as an example.  It’s BYOS…bring your own syllabus!  Participants will be given work time during the webinar to start making changes to their documents.  If you missed Shoreline’s Accessibility retreat in February, you won’t want to miss this session!”

If you can’t make it to a webinar, no worries – they are recorded!

Follow this link to view past IGNIS webinars on the ATL blog site

CEAL Takes Up the GAAD Challenge!

Do you know what day it is?

May 21 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of the day to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital accessibility and users with different disabilities. You can read more about GAAD on their website:

Don’t think digital accessibility is important to you? Do you use a computer for work? Do your students or staff use a computer or digital device to stay connected to the college, the office, your classes?  Yeah, we thought so.

In the spirit of engagement and learning, CEAL is challenging you, dear readers, to level up your awareness of digital accessibility today by taking 30 minutes out of your day and learn more about digital accessibility (or the lack of) first hand. How can you do that?  Here are a few ideas ( you can probably think of many more).

  • Try going “mouse-less” for 30 minutes. Go ahead and put your mouse out of reach and only use your keyboard alone (tab/shift tab, arrow keys, enter and spacebar) to navigate and interact with your favorite websites and applications.
  • Watch a favorite YouTube or TED video with the audio turned off and captioning on (if there is captioning…).
  • Watch this 13 min. YouTube video to learn how a user who is visually impaired uses a screenreader to navigate a website.


  • Take a field trip to stop in and say hello to the Access and Disabilities Services staff on your campus. Pick up some information from them about the work they do and the resources available for students.

For more information visit the GAAD site and learn more about this event and other issues and resources related to digital accessibility.

And don’t forget to take our challenge! 

Just enter your comments below – tell us how you met the challenge and share any additional resources, links or information you found here on our blog.