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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


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

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 (


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”


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 ( or Tom Broxson (

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.

Registration Open – Engaging in Promising Practices Conference

EPPThe Asian American Native American and Pacific Islander Program (AANAPISI) is hosting the Engaging Promising Practices Conference (EPP) on February 6 – 7, 2014 at South Seattle College in Seattle, WA.  This professional development opportunity is FREE and open to all higher education practitioners that work directly with students through both academic and student support services.

The program will feature a half-day conference on Friday, February 6 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM to share practices and methods on institutionalizing Minority-Serving Institution grants.  National guest speakers, such as Rowena Tomaneng (Vice President of Instruction from De Anza College) and Pearson Owens (Management/Program Analyst from the Department of Education) will be featured.

On Saturday, February 7 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, keynote speaker Akil Vohra (Senior Advisor from the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) will be featured.  The full-day of workshops will include presentations and panels focused on student success.  The workshops will feature practitioner-based themes of:

  • Culturally responsive teaching/learning
  • Curriculum and pedagogy, student engagement and development
  • Assessment/measurements of promising practices
  • Cross-campus collaborations

Registration closes on January 30, 2015.  You can register here.

Workshop proposals are still being accepted.  If you would like to submit a proposal, please do so before Friday, December 5, 2014.  Workshop proposals can be submitted here.

For additional information, check out the conference website:

Common Book – Show, Tell, & Share

immortal-lifeOn November 17 and November 18, Beth Stevens will share how she is using The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in her ENG 101 course.  Faculty will have the opportunity to engage in open discussions about Pierce College’s common book program.  Time will be set aside for faculty to share their experiences with the common book in their classes and ask any questions.

No registration is required.  A light lunch and goodies will be provided!

This opportunity will be offered at both the Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup campuses:

Monday, November 17, 2014

Fort Steilacoom – OLY 323

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Puyallup – AAH 240

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

 For more information, please contact Beth Stevens at

2015 Washington Canvas Users Group Conference – Submit Your Proposal Now!

Presentation proposals for the 2015 Washington Canvas Users Group Conference are being accepted now.  You are invited to submit your presentation proposal here.  Deadline for submissions is December 12, 2014.

This 3rd annual conference will take place on March 23 and 34, 2015 at Lower Columbia College in Longview, WA.  Registration has not yet opened for the conference, but if you are interested in attending, you are highly encouraged to submit a presentation proposal.  The following tracks will be offered at the conference:

  • Instructional
  • Technical
  • Collaborative (includes Student Services)

This conference is  great opportunity to connect with colleagues across the state and talk shop about teaching online with Canvas!  There will be conference topics that will be appropriate for all levels of experience with online teaching and learning.   All are welcome – whether you are a long time online instructor or simply interested in learning more about web enhancing, hybrid or blended course design or teaching fully online courses!

For more information check out the Washington Canvas Users Group’s blog.  Keep your eyes out for another blog post from CEAL once registration opens!