Category Archives: Adjunct Faculty

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.

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 (

3-Week Intro to Canvas Courses for Faculty Now Available!

canvaslogoNeed an alternative to our Pierce Canvas Essentials course?
The State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) is sponsoring a three week online, asynchronous course designed for instructors who have never used the Canvas learning management system or who are just getting started. By the end of the course, you should have a basic understanding of the main features of Canvas, and be ready to begin using Canvas with your classes – regardless of whether you intend to teach online fully or simply move a portion of your activities and lectures online.
This course is accepted as Canvas training by the Pierce eLearning department and fulfills the requirement for Canvas training for teaching online or hybrid courses.
Expect this course to take 10-15 hours over the three weeks, for those new to online teaching.
The first session available begins Oct 12 and runs through November 2, 2015.
Registration is open to any full or part-time faculty, but seats are limited to the first 25 who register.
Follow the link below to register online:
Questions? Contact Mary Davis or James Johnson in the Pierce College eLearning department for more information.

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

Free Teaching and Learning Conference at Bellevue College on May 30, 2015

Don’t miss a great professional development opportunity hosted by one of our neighbors to the north.

Faculty Commons @ Bellevue College Invites ALL faculty, staff, and students to attend the FREE 1st Annual Teaching & Learning Conference

May 30th, 2015, 9:00am – 3:30pm
Bellevue College, room D104

Click here to Register Now!

Conference includes a dynamic group of guest speakers, workshops, and the opportunity to  discuss teaching and learning. Our workshops and discussion include some of today’s key topics in education:

  • Inclusive teaching
  • Curriculum development
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

FREE breakfast and lunch will be provided!

Follow this link to learn more

Questions?  Please Contact

Sayumi Irey, Ph.D.
Director, Faculty Commons
Tel (425)564-2354


IGNIS Webinar Series – Two Sessions on Accessibility

Don’t Miss These IGNIS Webinars in May 2015

You are invited to join Alissa Sells and Jen Whetham from SBCTC as they host two upcoming IGNIS webinars on accessibility.  All IGNIS webinars are delivered on Collaborate and sessions are recorded and posted on the ATL blog.

Follow this link to join IGNIS Webinars via Collaborate

Live Sessions Coming Up:

May 21, 2015 IGNIS webinar promotional image of Terrill ThompsonThursday, May 21st, 2015 at 2 pm
Making Accessibility Accessible
Terrill Thompson
Technology Accessibility Specialist, University of Washington

  • Join us in celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day.  Terrill will talk about how to make the process of accessibility more accessible to faculty.  Come learn some tips on making your course more accessible and much more!

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 at 2 pm
5 Steps to an Accessible Syllabus
A Faculty Learning Community Presentation by Shoreline Community College

  • As a follow-up to “Making Accessibility Accessible”, please join us for this special hands-on webinar where you’ll learn how to make the various features of a Word document accessible using your course syllabus as an example.  It’s BYOS…bring your own syllabus!  Participants will be given work time during the webinar to start making changes to their documents.  If you missed Shoreline’s Accessibility retreat in February, you won’t want to miss this session!”

If you can’t make it to a webinar, no worries – they are recorded!

Follow this link to view past IGNIS webinars on the ATL blog site

Applying the QM Rubric – Online and F2F Training Still Available

The Center for Engagement and Learning is reminding all online and hybrid instructors of upcoming dates for  “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” (APPQMR) workshops through Pierce College. These workshops are free to all Pierce College faculty and meet the QM training requirements for teaching online or hybrid courses.

Total training time for F2F courses is 7.5 hours; online total training time is approx. 22 hours.

New! 3 Week Online Workshop Option:

This special online session is offered in cooperation with Tacoma Community College. This extended session covers the same APPQMR content found in the two week online workshop while allowing participants more time to complete activities and discussions. 10 spaces in the workshop are available for Pierce faculty who want to complete the APPQMR training. Two certified QM online facilitators will conduct the workshop activities.

May 19 through June 9, 2015
3 week facilitated online workshop.
Space is Limited to 10 Pierce participants! Register by May 13, 2015

Follow the link below to register:

3-Week ONLINE Session Registration Form

 Face -to-Face Training Coming Up:


Monday, June 22 and Tuesday, June 23, 2015
1:00 PM – 4:30PM (each day)
Pierce College Puyallup
Room TBA

Space is limited to 25 in this workshop! 

2-Half Day Workshop Format Registration Form.  Follow this link to register.

 Other Training Options:

Quality Matters offers the APPQMR training online several times a month.

  • Each course is 2 weeks in length, facilitated by a certified QM trainer.
  • Includes discussion forums, quizzes, and exploratory assignments; participants can expect to spend about 10-11 hours per week in the workshop – approx. 20 hours total
  • Satisfies the requirement for Pierce College instructors who teach online or hybrid courses.*

The State Board has a limited number of free seats for each college to offer to faculty. You must sign up through Pierce College to attend these trainings. Please contact the Pierce College eLearning department for more information or to get signed up for one of these 2-week online courses. 

Available 2-week Online Training Dates through July 2015:

Start Date End Date Open Seats
2015-05-05 2015-05-19 19
2015-05-12 2015-05-26 17
2015-05-19 2015-06-02 6
2015-05-19 2015-06-02 13
2015-05-26 2015-06-09 12
2015-05-26 2015-06-09 20
2015-06-02 2015-06-16 11
2015-06-02 2015-06-16 14
2015-06-09 2015-06-23 10
2015-07-07 2015-07-21 19
2015-07-14 2015-07-28 20
2015-07-21 2015-08-04 19
2015-07-21 2015-08-04 20
2015-07-28 2015-08-11 20
2015-07-28 2015-08-11 20


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