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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.



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.

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


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 (

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.

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

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 @ 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