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Save the Date: ATL Community 2014 Best Practices Exchange

Save the date of October 28, 2014 for the ATL Community 2014 Best Practices Exchange.  The theme will be Moving From Best Practices to Best Processes: Utilizing Collaborative Leadership to Achieve Scale. 

Dr. Rob Johnstone, founder and President of the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement (NCII), will led the Keynote address that will examine how practitioners within community colleges can consider large-scale redesign to support student success.  Concurrent sessions will focus on successfully implemented large scale strategies that resulted in significant student improvement in the following areas:

  • Pre-college Transitions
  • Retention and Progression
  • Completion

Colleges are encouraged to attend the event as a team.  A formal invitation with specific details will follow shortly.

In the meantime, check out these websites: or

Adjunct Faculty Fall Welcome Reception – September 15, 2015


Join the Center for Engagement and Learning and your fellow Pierce colleagues for an evening of teaching and learning on September 15, 2014 at the Adjunct Faculty Fall Welcome Reception.  This event will be held on the Pierce College Puyallup campus from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a catered dinner provided.  All adjunct faculty members will receive a stipend for participation in the three hour training.  A special session titled “Transitioning from Part-Time Faculty to Full-Time Faculty” will  be presented from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm by the Instructional Deans.

Here are the details:

  • Event:   Adjunct Faculty Fall Welcome Reception
  • Location:   Pierce College Puyallup, Arts & Allied Health Building – AAH 110
  • Time:   5:00 pm – 8:00 pm with a special session offered from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Catered dinner of pizza, salads, and desserts will be provided.
  • Stipend:  $50 stipend provided for participation.

Register here!  Registration will close on September 5, so don’t wait!




2014 WA State Faculty & Staff of Color Conference

CaptureRegistration is now open for the 2014 Washington State Faculty & Staff of Color Conference which will be held in Vancouver, WA from November 5 – 7, 2014.  This conference will offer a wealth of resources, support, and networking opportunities for faculty, administrators, staff, and all other employees of institutions of higher education in Washington.  Conference participants will have the opportunity to discuss issues and share strategies in an effort to define the vital ties between diversity and higher education.

A variety of engaging workshops will be offered as well as three dynamic keynote speakers, Dr. Luz Maria Gordillo, Louie Gong, and Dr. Johnny Lake.

Register by October 1, 2014 to receive the early bird rate of $225.  To register, click here.  For more information, please visit the conference website here.

  • What:  2014 Washington State Faculty and Staff of Color Conference
  • When:  Wednesday, November 5, 2014 to Friday, November 7, 2014
  • Where:  Vancouver Hilton and Convention Center, Vancouver, WA
  • How to Register:  Click here. Register by October 1, 2014 to receive early bird rates.

Registration open: LEARN Leadership Conference, September 29, 2014

logoRegistration is now open for “LEARN: Leading by Example to Achieve Results Now” Conference which will be held at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA on September 29, 2014.  This affordable and local training opportunity is hosted by the Interagency Committee of State Employed Women (ICSEW) and supports the Governor’s initiative to increase leadership skills, effectiveness, and accountability in the workforce.  Sessions will focus on professional development, health and wellness, financial security, technology, and cultural competency.

LEARN Leadership Conference is open to all members of the public.   Register by August 15, 2014 to receive the early bird rate of only $75.  After August 15, registration rates increase to $100.  Registration costs include a lunch.  This is a great opportunity to build upon your skill set in several areas in only one day!

Last year’s conference was very received by attendees with many calling the training “motivational,” “amazing,” and “an investment well worth the time from work.”

Register for the conference at the ICSEW website.


Register now for the 2014 Race and Pedagogy National Conference – September 25 – 27, 2014


The 3rd Quadrennial Race and Pedagogy National Conference is September 25 – 27, 2014 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.  Join 2,000 local, regional, national, and international participants to engage in issues of race and its impact on education.

The theme for the 2014 Race and Pedagogy National Conference is “What NOW is the Work of Education and Justice?: Mapping a New Critical Conscience.”  The Conference will offer special spotlight sessions, more than 50 concurrent panels, roundtables, poster sessions, artistic installations, music, and theatre productions that addresses the following:

  • Freedom and Civil Rights Struggles
  • Institutional Readiness
  • Transformation and Revolutionary Pedagogies
  • Teacher Development and Preparation
  • Teaching and Learning about Biology and Race
  • Arts as Public Pedagogy
  • Education and Criminal Justice

The Conference will showcase four high profile keynote speakers:

  • Angela Davis: civil rights activist, prison abolitionist, and professor
  • Winona LaDuke: indigenous and environmental rights advocate and former Green  Party vice presidential candidate
  • Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.: Harvard professor and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research
  • Dr. Eduardo Bonilla Silva: sociologist and Duke University Professor

Full registration fee includes Friday & Saturday continental breakfasts and boxed lunches, one ticket to each of the 4 keynote addresses, and conference materials.

One-day pass includes continental breakfast, boxed lunch, and conference materials. Keynote address tickets are not included.

If you register before August 16, 2014, the early bird full registration rate is reduced to $300.

Complete your registration here.

For additional information contact:




SLOAN Institute Workshops: Registration re-opened


Registration for SLOAN Institute Workshops will re-open on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM.  Availability is on a first come, first served basis.  SBCTC still has 100 training coupons that can be used towards courses up through December 2014.  SBCTC coupons expire on June 26, 2014, so register before then.  Don’t miss out on this free professional development opportunity!

Instructions on how to register for a SLOAN Institute Workshop and how to use SBCTC training coupons can be found in this prior blog post.

Additional fine print:  if you sign-up for a course you may not get registered for the following reasons:

  • Requested workshop is full.
  • Registrants did not provide accurate account information.  Only sign-ups with accurate account information will be processed.
  • Registrants did not sign-up a week or more before the workshop start date and there was not enough time to process the registrations.
  • All seats have already been used and the sign-up form has been permanently closed.

Campus Safety and Active Shooter Preparedness

The recent unfortunate tragedy at Seattle Pacific University serves as a stark reminder of the importance of safety on our college campuses.  When these instances of extreme violence occur, too often, we do not have answers to explain away the uncertainties surrounding these type of tragedies.  We do know however, that a sense of safety is a key indicator for student engagement, which in turn is linked to a student’s academic success.  In light of this, vigilance and awareness is crucial to promote safety on our college campuses.  Though there is no strategy that can guarantee the complete avoidance of these most extreme forms of violence, we as a campus community can ensure that we are aware of a common approach to handle these events and promote safety.

The following video links were provided by Chris MacKersie, Pierce College’s Director of Safety and Security, on the best manner in which to respond to an active shooter situation:

  • Shots Fired: A 20 minute video that provides critical guidance to increase survival chances in an active shooter situation.  You are required to put in a username (campus) and a password (safety) to access the video.  You can access the video here.
  • Run. Hide. Fight. Surviving an Active Shooter Event:  A 5 minute video that provides the basic concepts and application of the run, hide, or fight strategy that is being used for active shooter training nationwide.  You can access the video here.

Additionally, FEMA has a free online course that provides comprehensive training on how to respond to an active shooter situation.  You can access the FEMA IS-907 Active Shooter – What Can You Do course here.

Pierce College also has a number of tools available in the event of an emergency.  They include the following:

The Pierce College Emergency Notification System (PCENS): This is the primary tools used in the event of an emergency to communicate with both students and employees. By default only your college employee and student email addresses have been automatically loaded into the system. If you would like to receive emergency notifications through additional means, please log in and update your profile with your current personal contact information such as your personal email, text, mobile phone, and home phone.

Online Incident Reporting Form: Information that should be reported is anything that is witnessed, observed, or participated in that is cause for significant concern.

Examples include:

  •  All suspicious behaviors or actions as well as any criminal acts.
  • Knowledge of information or incidents that could cause harm to persons or property.
  • Knowledge of information or acts that could threaten College internal intelligence, information, reputation, as well as  violations of student code of conduct.
  • Report those exhibiting signs of high risk behaviors such as anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Expressions by others of feelings of depression, reduction of self-worth, and/or uselessness including suicidal symptoms.

Please keep in mind that this system does not replace emergency notification systems such as campus safety and 911. If you believe there is an imminent threat to persons or property contact 911 and then Campus Safety.  If you have any questions, please contact Campus Safety at (253) 964-6751 (Fort Steilacoom campus) and (253) 840-8481 (Puyallup campus).

IGNIS Webinar Series Week #5: OER, Courage to Teach, & Social Sciences Online

Don’t miss Week #5 of the IGNIS Webinar Series this Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.  Presenters from South Puget Sound Community College, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, and Bellevue College will share their experiences.  Topics include creating “open” textbooks, how one’s personal developments and health impacts teaching and learning, and exploring Canvas from a disciplinary perspective.  No preregistration is required, simply login here to participate.

  • Rick McKinnon (South Puget Sound Community College): “Exploring Platforms for Collaborative Creation of Open Textbooks.”
    The first goal of this FLC will be to make an in-depth exploration of a number of collaborative tools that may perform this function. We’ll determine whether Content Management Systems (CMSs) such as Drupal, Ning, Huddle, and Wikispaces are appropriate for the creation of an open textbook.  After a suitable platform is chosen, the next goal will be to develop best practices around the development of CoPs, and to provide training to faculty who wish to develop and participate in CoPs focused on creation of a textbook in their area of expertise. The final goal of this FLC will be to document our experience for development of such CoPs so that other colleges may replicate it.
  • Sally Heilstedt (Lake Washington Institute of Technology): “The Courage to Teach.”
    Together, a community of faculty and staff who teach will create a safe place to discuss their experiences as teachers, learn from Parker Palmer’s insights about the inner life of teachers and from one another, and discover how personal development and health impacts teaching and learning.
  • Katharine Hunt (Bellevue College): “Social Science Learning Online Group (SSLOG).”
    Full-time and adjunct social science faculty will explore specific tools and functionalities in Canvas from a disciplinary perspective.  They will focus on revising materials in their online courses to be more accessible for learners with a wide variety of learning challenges, finding a balance between maximizing student learning experience and the instructor workload, and “closing the gap” between successful and unsuccessful students.


SLOAN Training Reminder – Last day to register is June 26, 2014


250 SBCTC training coupons are available for SLOAN Institute Workshops which are offering courses up through December 2014.  Training coupons expire June 26, 2014, so don’t wait to register!  Available courses vary in topics related to online education, including Introduction to Curation Tools to Strategies for Successful Group Work Online.


Please sign-up at least one week prior to the start of your workshop date.  You will need to provide your NAME, EMAIL, and SLOAN CONSORTIUM ID.  If you do not have a SLOAN Consortium account, you will need to create one prior to completing the SBCTC sign-up form.  You can create a SLOAN Consortium account here.

  • Select a workshop here Please note that SBCTC training coupons cannot be used for the Foundations Course, any courses in the Mastery Series or the Advanced Certificate program
  • Fill out the SBCTC Sign-up Form here.
  • Watch for the confirmation email from SLOAN. 
  • Watch for the enrollment key email from SLOAN.


  • Make sure to watch the short orientation video here
  • Create a SLOAN Institute Moodle account here.  Please note that your SLOAN Institute Moodle account is different than the SLOAN Consortium account used for registration.
  • Log in here.  Click on your workshop Course Category, followed by clicking on your workshop title.
  • Enter your enrollment key.  Keys are emailed the day before or the morning of the workshop.  Please note that your key must be entered in order to gain workshop access.
  • Next time you log in, find your workshop under the My Courses menu.


  • Read about Workshop Models & Policies here.
  • Find Moodle tutorials here.
  • Read about Technical Requirements here.
  • Send a Help Request to SLOAN at
  • Questions about the SBCTC sign-up form should be directed to or
  • Questions about your campus policies regarding SLOAN sign-ups should be directed to your eLearning office.




IGNIS Webinar Series Week #4: Learning Communities & Service Learning

Week #4 of the IGNIS Webinar Series is on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.  Presenters from Clark College and Columbia Basin College will share their experiences with learning communities and service learning.  No preregistration is required, simply login here to participate.

  • Ray Korpi (Clark College) “Incorporating the Learning Community Model into Clark College: A faculty learning community on student learning communities:”  Faculty and student affairs staff will work on implementing their action plan created July of 2013 at the Washington Center National Summer Institute on Learning Communities with the intention to create a sustainable system in which learning communities can thrive at Clark.  Inspired by the Washington Center’s vision of New Era Learning Communities, this group intends to create more faculty knowledge and awareness of current learning community pedagogy, to provide a faculty access point for potential policy decisions concerning LC’s, and provide professional development opportunities for faculty specific to planning and instructing LC’s.
  • Lorraine Leedy (Clark College) “Adopting Open Resources for Improved Student Learning:”  Comprised of faculty from across the disciplines, including CTE, Academic Transfer, and Basic Education, this FLC will engage five instructors in adopting Open Educational Resources (OER) and restructuring their curricula to incorporate OER into one of their courses.
  • Brett Riley (Columbia Basin College) “Enhancing Student Learning and Development: Exploring Service Learning:” This FLC will examine multiple examples of discipline relevant service learning assignments/activities, offer a service learning colloquium for staff and faculty and create the following: a CBC service learning resources webpage, development of a faculty/staff guide to service learning capturing key FLC findings and discussions, a faculty/staff survey of service learning knowledge of, and willingness to include activities as part of learning/development), and a student survey of service learning (willingness and interest in participating).