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Spring Adjunct Faculty Day – “Equity and Diversity: Moving Beyond the Data”

Join the Center for Engagement and Learning and your fellow Pierce colleagues for a day of teaching and learning at the Spring Adjunct Faculty Day – “Equity and Diversity: Moving Beyond the Data.”

This event will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Pierce College Puyallup.

Download a Spring 2015 Adjunct Faculty Day Agenda (pdf format)

Session offerings will include:

  • The Effects of Poverty and Class on the Student Experience
  • Open Education
  • Creative Approaches to the Syllabus
  • Digital Inequality and How it Impacts the Classroom
  • Diversity in Assignments
  • Inquiry Method of Teaching
  • Participation Building
  • Responsive Teaching

Coffee and a catered lunch will be provided.  All adjunct faculty members will be compensated $100 for participation in the entire day of training and for successful completion of a reflection form regarding the event.  This required reflection form will be made available to you electronically following the training.

Follow this link to register for Spring 2015 Adjunct Faculty Day .  Registration will close on April 13, 2015 to allow us for an accurate count of catering and workshop materials.

Questions?  Contact CEAL at ceal@pierce.ctc.edu.

FREE Web Accessibility MOOC for Online Educators

wamoeMany eLearning educators are eager to learn how to make their courses more available to students who struggle with web accessibility issues. This free MOOC, sponsored by the Instructional Technology Council, Portland Community College, and D2L, provides a FREE professional development opportunity to help eLearning professionals meet the challenges of improving accessibility in online learning.

Specifically, the following goals are to be achieved by course participants:

1. Build a personal knowledge base in web accessibility for online education

2. Create accessible photo images, diagrams, and charts for online courses

3. Create accessible audio and video components for online courses

4. Create accessible HTML content pages for online courses

5. Create accessible course content in other formats

Successful participants will have the option of receiving an electronic not-for-credit completion certificate from D2L at the end of the course.

Registration is open from March 6 until April 16, 2015.  The course is limited to 500 registrations. For more information and to register, go here.

Renton Technical College – Certificate in Adult Education

RTC CertficateThis affordable 8-week online program allows New and “Still-Feel-New” faculty to get the basics they need in their first years of teaching. This two-part series focuses on teaching necessities such as syllabus writing, finding and choosing materials, class planning, and outcomes and assessments. It also covers classroom management, communication, and engagement with diverse adult learners.  Participants will have a valuable opportunity to network with other faculty across the system as they build their skills.

 Exploration I: The Teaching Mindset from June 1 – 28, 2015

  • Construct a Pathway to Success
  • Teach Smarter, Not Harder: Planning and Assessing Learning

Exploration II: Your Classroom from July 6 – August 2, 2015

  • Find your Footing: Teaching Practices and Classroom Management
  • Connect with Intent: Cultural Diversity and Student Engagement

Courses cost $280 for each Exploration or $560 for the complete Certificate.  Each Exploration is 4-weeks long and student time commitment is approximately 3 hours a week per course (6 hours weekly).  For more information about this program and how to register, go here. 

 

Free workshop February 19 – 20: Making Online Course Content Accessible

Do you want to make your online course content accessible?

Do you feel overwhelmed about where to even begin?

Shoreline Community College’s Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on Accessibility is offering a FREE hands-on workshop “Making Online Course Content Accessible” on February 19 and 20, 2015 at Dumas Bay, Federal Way, WA.  This workshop will assist participants on how to:

  • Make your syllabus and other documents accessible
  • Caption your video and audio content

Reserve your free spot now!  Free overnight accommodations are also available on a very limited basis.

Contact Amy Rovner @ arovner@shoreline.edu or (206) 547-6937 to reserve your spot!

  • What:  Making Online Course Content Accessible” facilitated by Shoreline Community College FLC on Accessibility
  • When:  Thursday, February 19 and/or Friday, February 20, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Daily)
  • Where:  Dumas Bay, Federal Way, WA

 

Register for Winter 2015 Adjunct Faculty Day

teach learnJoin the Center for Engagement and Learning and your fellow Pierce colleagues for a day of teaching and learning at the Winter Adjunct Faculty Day.  This event will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom.  Coffee and a catered lunch will be provided.  All adjunct faculty members will be compensated $100 for participation in the entire day of training and for successful completion of a reflection form regarding the event.  This required reflection form will be made available to you electronically following the training.

Register for Winter 2015 Adjunct Faculty Day here.  Registration will close on February 13, 2015 to allow us for an accurate count of catering and workshop materials.

Questions?  Contact CEAL at ceal@pierce.ctc.edu.

Register for COLLG 110 Training – Saturday, January 31

PC-CEAL-logo-stacked-2clrWould you like to join the College Success experience? There will be a one-day training and orientation session on Saturday, January 31, 9 am-4 pm at Pierce College Fort SteilacoomCoffee, a light breakfast, and lunch will be provided.

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 COLLG 110 instructors.  If you are interested in or considering teaching COLLG 110 and have not yet participated in a training session, here is your opportunity to get started.  Successful completion of the training enters you into the pool of 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.

Click here to register online!  There is a cap of 25 participants.

If you have questions about this training, please contact Amber Baillon (abaillon@pierce.ctc.edu).

 

Register now – ATL Winter College Readiness Retreat

atlRegister now for the ATL Winter College Readiness Retreat on February 12 – 13, 2015 at the Rainbow Lodge in North Bend, WA.  The focus will be “Exploring the Full Spectrum of Student Voice in Washington State – Expression, Consultation, Participation, Activism, and Leadership.”  Educators and students with an interest in joining the state-wide community of practice around the concept/principle of Voice are encouraged to attend.  This will be a great opportunity to share and interact with other colleagues and students from across Washington State.

ATL Winter College Readiness Retreat

“Exploring the Full Spectrum of Student Voice in Washington State”

When:  February 12-13, 2015

Where:  Rainbow Lodge, North Bend, WA

Cost:  Registration fee is $90 for educators and $65 for students.

What:  A two-day retreat focused around the concept/principle of Voice.  At its core, Voice is the practice of active listening.  When students are invited and supported as stakeholders in their education, it leads to sustained engagement in academics and enhanced achievement.  For more information on Voice, check out this video:

Watch Washington State CTC students and faculty “Practicing Voice”

Contact:

Questions regarding the event: Jennifer Whetham, 360-704-4354

Questions regarding registration: Jackie Eppler-Clark, 360-704-4351

Check out the Assessment, Teaching, and Learning website here.

 

Save the date: 1st annual WA State Higher Education Technology Conference

 

building bridgesMarch 12 and 13, 2015 will be the 1st annual “Building Bridges” Washington State Higher Education Technology Conference in Spokane, WA.  This conference will bring together educators and technologists across Washington state in an effort to increase communication, build relationships, and provide an environment to gain a deeper understanding of technology and student success.

This conference will target all technology users in both public and private higher education institutions in Washington State and individuals working in the following groups are highly encouraged to attend:

  • Information Technology staff
  • eLearning staff
  • Library staff
  • Institutional Research staff
  • Faculty campus leadership and decision makers

Early Bird registration rate is $90 (through January 31, 2015).  Regular registration rate is $100 (after January 31, 2015).

Don’t wait!  Register here.  For more information, check out the Building Bridges Conference Website here.

Curriculum for the Bioregion – Working Conference on Saturday, February 7

curriculum for bioregionCurriculum for the Bioregion will hold a working conference titled “Fostering an Ethic of Place,” on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the University of Puget Sound.  This conference will build on ten years’ worth of sustainability studies to assist small campus-teams and individuals to identify and develop projects that will promote student engagement and community and civic responsibility in our bioregion.  The conference will explore:

  • Engagement and community-based learning and research
  • Approaches to student learning assessment and development based on sustainability studies

David Greenwood, Canada Research Professor of Environmental and Sustainability Education at Lakehead University and Diane Douglas, Executive Director of Seattle CityClub, will serve as speakers.

Campuses are invited to bring one or two teams (up to 8 people per campus) who want to create a new project or deepen an existing one; individuals are also welcome to attend. The registration fee is $60 per person (including refreshments and lunch).  Registration deadline is January 23, 2014.

Conference Particulars:

  • What:  Curriculum for the Bioregion – “Fostering an Ethic of Place”
  • When:  Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Where:  University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
  • Cost:  $60 per person (includes lunch and refreshments)

For more information, contact Christie Flynn (cflynn@pierce.ctc.edu) or Tom Broxson (tbroxson@pierce.ctc.edu)

Registration materials can be found here.

Regional Reading Apprenticeship Conference – Renton Technical College on March 14, 2015

reading apprenticeshipRenton Technical College is hosting Metacognition and Mindfulness: Academic Literacies for the 21st Century on March 14, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  This first ever regional Reading Apprenticeship conference will bring together leadership from WestEd and the Reading Apprenticeship Leadership Community of Practice to learn how local community college faculty are using Reading Apprenticeship across their campuses.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • 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.

Register by December 10, 2014 to receive the early bird rate of only $75.  After December 10, 2014, registration fees will increase to $90.  Register here.  Breakfast, lunch, and snack included with registration.

Are you already using Reading Apprenticeship in your classroom and would like to share your experiences?  Presentation proposals for the Metacognition and Mindfulness: Academic Literacies for the 21st Century conference are being accepted until December 10, 2014.  Submit your presentation proposal here.

What is Reading Apprenticeship?

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.  Community 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.

For more information on  Metacognition and Mindfulness: Academic Literacies for the 21st Century and Reading Apprenticeship, go here.