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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!

2014 Faculty Institute and Annual Network Meeting – December 1 – 2, 2014

waInterested in Service Learning, Social Justice, or Equity?  Did you attend the University of Puget Sound’s  Race and Pedagogy Conference in September and are interested in continuing conversations regarding diversity, equity, and student engagement with colleagues at Pierce and across the State? Washington Campus Compact is hosting the 2014 Faculty Institute and Annual Network Meeting on December 1 – 2, 2014 at Everett Community College.  These two day meetings will explore the impact that higher education can have on the following six critical issues: education, sustainability, health and safety, diversity and social justice, economic development, and global leadership. Event Details:

  • What: 2014 Faculty Institute and Annual Network
  • Where: Everett Community College – Henry M. Jackson Conference Center
  • When:  December 1 – 2, 2014, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
    • Monday, December 1: Faculty Institute “Integrating Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice into the Curriculum.”
      • WACC Member Affiliate – $75 (includes lunch and parking)
      • Non-WACC member – $225 (includes lunch and parking)
    • Tuesday, December 2: Annual Network Meeting “Effectively Communicating the Value and Impacts of Student Engagement and Leveraging/Generating Resources to Support Student Engagement on Your Campus.”
      • This event is open to Washington Campus Compact member affiliates only$25 (includes lunch and parking)

Interested?  Email Christie Flynn ( to reserve your spot on the Pierce College team.

For more information, check-out the event’s website here.

Reading Apprenticeship Training – New Dates!

Announcing the following dates for face-to-face “Reading Apprenticeship” training for the 2014-2015 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 or 2-day formats.


Saturday, January 17, 2015
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location TBA


Friday, April 17 and Friday, April 24, 2015
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (must attend both days)
Location TBA

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.

Now Hiring: Educational Technology Assistant

PC-CEAL-logo-stacked-2clrPierce College is currently accepting applications for a part-time Educational Technology Assistant for the Center for Engagement and Learning (CEAL).  This position will work alongside the CEAL team to promote the adoption and use of instructional technologies across the college.  The Educational Technology Assistant will have the opportunity to assist faculty and staff with the development of a variety web-based, multimedia content for instructional and training purposes and will help faculty and the Instructional Designer to develop and revise technology-enhanced courses.

A complete position description can be found here.

If interested in the position, please submit a cover letter that addresses how you meet the required and desired qualifications (as outlined in the position announcement) and a detailed resume to

Know someone who might be interested?  Please pass this position announcement to any individuals who might be interested!





Free Professional Development Opportunity on Web Accessibility

wamoePortland Community College, in collaboration with Brightspace/D2L Teaching and Learning Community,  is offering a free online course on web accessibility for online educators.  Web Accessibility MOOC for Online Educators, or #WAMOE, is designed to help e-Learning professionals meet the challenges of compliance with web accessibility requirements as they pertain to electronic learning environments.

This five-week course begins on Monday, October 20, 2014.  There are weekly modules that are designed to help instructors improve web accessibility skills specifically for teaching online.  This course will allow you to:

  1. Build a personal knowledge base in web accessibility for online education
  2. Create accessible photo images, diagrams, and charts
  3. Create accessible audio and video components
  4. Create or evaluate accessible HTML content pages
  5. Create accessible course content in other formats

This course is offered through D2L Open Courses and registration is open from September 29 to November 14, 2014.  Active course facilitation lasts for five weeks, beginning October 20, 2014 and ending November 22, 2014.

A completion certificate from D2L will also be provided. Register today! 

Fully Online Applying the Quality Matters™ Rubric Training

QM_ProgramDid you miss our in-person “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” training on September 19 at the Puyallup campus?  Do not despair because starting October 16, Olympic College and Cascadia Community College will be offering a 100% fully online QM training.  This two-week training will take place from October 16 to November 4 and will allow participants to:

  • Learn to use and apply each of the QM principles and standards to your own course.
  • Participate in a peer-driven review process dedicated to continuous quality improvement in online and hybrid course design.
  • Share in a collaborative learning approach with faculty colleagues from another college.

The training will be facilitated by Certified APPQMR trainers Laurie Adamson (Olympic College) and Brandy Long (Cascadia Community College).  The cost is only $25 dollars and your registration fees will be invoiced directly to Pierce College. As a participant, you are expected to spend 8-10 hours per week for successful completion.

Pre-registration is required!

 Questions? Contact Kathy Bright, or Brandy Statler Long,

Learn about Open Educational Resources this October

a picture of books, whose covers spell "open"

Photo by opensourceway is licensed as CC-BY-SA

SBCTC eLearning is again offering their popular “How to Use Open Educational Resources” training.  This two week fully online course begins on October 9, 2014 and provides participants with information and experience in adopting and integrating open educational resources (OER) into their classrooms.  In addition, participants will have the opportunity to practice locating and sharing open educational resources.

This is a fully facilitated training and successful completion will result in an official certificate.  Participants are expected to spend 10 hours to complete the course.  This training is completely FREE to all WA state community college and technical instructors.

Interested? Head to the training website.

Inquiries about the training content or schedules?  Please email Boyoung Chair at