Category Archives: Conferences

Wondering What an UnConference Looks Like? Join Us March 31

Planning to attend the Adjunct Faculty In-service on March 31?

Get ready for a new learning experience in an unconventional workshop method. We’ll be creating our own agenda live, when the day begins, using the “unconference” method of professional learning and engagement.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, an unconference is defined as:

A loosely structured conference emphasizing the informal exchange of information and ideas between participants, rather than following a conventionally structured program of events.

The unconference format can help do many things that a structured agenda may not handle so well:

  • Build community and relationships.
  • Helps solve problems.
  • Unleashes innovation and creativity.
  • Deepens learning and application of the new learning.
  • Provides highly interactive and relevant content.

Consider the following 4 Rules of UnConference, by Diane Gage Lofgren:

  • Rule one, whoever shows up are the right people.
  • Rule two, whatever happens is the only thing that could have.
  • Rule three, whenever it starts is the right time.
  • The fourth and final rule is, it’s over when it’s over.

The beautiful thing about these rules is they give participants the freedom needed to come up with creative and engaging ideas and solutions. At the end of the unconference we will convene once again as a large group and report out key takeaways from each breakout session, giving all participants the ability to learn, not only from the sessions attended but also from other sessions. All participants will walk away with new tools and ideas to take back and implement into their work immediately.

What do you have questions about, as it relates to your role as an adjunct faculty member? What great ideas do you want to share and expand on? What do you want to explore with your colleagues? Please send your session ideas to CEAL@pierce.ctc.edu   Bring your ideas for sessions on March 31. We’ll create the agenda that morning, based on what is important to you.

Need the full agenda for the day?

8:30-8:50

Breakfast is served in the Performance Lounge on the Fort Steilacoom campus. Welcome from Chancellor Michele Johnson and Greg Brazell, Director of Center for Engagement and Learning.

8:50-10:30

Unconference session breakouts and community learning.

10:30-10:40 Break

10:40-11:40

Guided Pathways: What are they and what is the vital role you play? How do they contribute to student learning and success? Join a discussion with three of our Vice-Presidents: Deb Gilchrist, Jo Ann Baria, and Matt Campbell.

11:40-1:30 

Lunch will be “bring your own”. We will have a working lunch session about the new Adjunct Faculty leveling system in the new negotiated agreement where you can learn the how and why of it all. Join a discussion with PCFT Union representatives, and Vice Presidents Deb Gilchrist, Jo Ann Baria, and Matt Campbell.

ATL Conference 2017 in Spokane on May 3-5

Walking Together: Shared Pathways Towards Student and Faculty Learning

The Assessment, Teaching and Learning (ATL) conference brings educators together to broaden their understanding of teaching, relate effective practices, and exchange insights, methods and strategies to promote and support student learning.

2017 Pre-conference workshops, plenary sessions, and featured concurrent sessions will explore:

  • The fourth design principle of a guided pathways approach — ensuring student learning.
  • Faculty agency in designing, developing, and implementing a guided pathways approach.
  • Assessment of learning outcomes as equity and social justice work.

Date and Location

May 3 – 5, 2017
Spokane Convention Center
318 South Division Street, Spokane, WA 99201

Visit the SBCTC Assessment, Teaching and Learning website for more information about the conference, lodging and registration for this event. 

Winter Adjunct Faculty Day March 31 – Registration is Open!

Pierce College adjunct faculty are invited to attend the Winter Adjunct Faculty In-Service coming up this month!

Date: Friday, March 31

Time: 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Location: Fort Steilacoom campus / Performance Lounge

In-Service Format:

The majority of the day will be an “unconference” which means that there will be no predetermined agenda, but rather it will be created by YOU, the attendees, at the beginning of the day. More information about the “unconference” style of meeting will be provided as we get closer to the event.

In addition, there will be time set aside for a information session regarding the new adjunct leveling process  that is part of the new faculty contract. Pierce Vice-President and PCFT Union representation will be present to answer your questions.

Breakfast will be provided in the morning.  Please bring your own lunch and stay for a working lunch information session ending at 1:30PM. A $50 stipend is provided for faculty who attend and participate for the full day.

To Register for this event follow the link below:

https://piercecollege.wufoo.com/forms/winter-adjunct-faculty-inservice/

Deadline to Register is Monday, March 27.

We look forward to seeing you there!  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

Thinking About Fall? Think NWeLearn Conference 2016

Eugene, OR. city view2016 marks the eleventh annual Northwest eLearn Conference in beautiful Eugene, Oregon, on October 20-21.

If you are looking for an affordable, regional conference option for your professional development this year, check out NWeLearn Conference! NWeLearn is a unique conference that provides an opportunity for higher ed and K-12 faculty,  administrators, instructional designers,
and technologists to come together to discuss best practices, collaborations and ideas in integrating technology in learning.

Two exceptional keynotes are lined up: Shannon Riggs of Oregon State University and Patrick Lowenthal of Boise State University. Details about the conference sessions and program can be found at nwelearn.org – the Northwest eLearning Community website

Conference Rates:*
$190 Per-Person Registration
$160 early-bird price, for registrations processed by Monday, September 19.

$110 Per Person ONE DAY Rate
$90 1-day early-bird price, for registrations processed by Monday, September 19.

This year’s Northwest eLearn Conference will be held at the Eugene Hilton. To reserve a room at the reduced conference rate of $119/night (through 10/5, or until the block sells out, whichever is first) and find out more about transportation options, visit the conference Travel & Hotel page.

REMINDER: Registration is Open for Washington’s Annual Canvas Conference (WACC)

Don’t forget to register for Washington’s Annual Canvas Conference (WACCwhich will take place on March 24-25, 2016 at Tacoma Community College.  This collaborative 2-day conference will focus on enriching higher education Canvas users. 

**While the conference is primarily focused on faculty, administrators and staff are welcome as well!  Tickets include WACC presentations, a continental breakfast, and a buffet lunch both days. 

Sessions will focus on Accessibility, Pathways to Success, Open Educational Resources, and Universal Design and representatives from Canvas, Panopto, and other vendors will be there.

For more information on the program schedule and how to register, visit http://wa-cc.com.

Be sure to watch this short video on how to complete the registration process.

Call for Proposals -ATL Conference in Vancouver WA – May 4-6, 2016

atlconferenceThe  26th Annual Assessment, Teaching, and Learning (ATL) Conference will be held May 4-6, 2016, in Vancouver, Washington.  Beverly and Etienne Wegner-Trayner, social learning theorists and consultants, will deliver the opening plenary on communities of practice.

We encourage all of you brilliant and innovative faculty to consider submitting a presentation proposal for one of the six strands:

  • The Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
  • Institutional Assessment Informing Practice
  • eLearning and Instructional Technologies
  • College Readiness/Transitional Studies
  • Fostering 21st Century Leadership in Education
  • Voice

But, here’s the catch….proposals are due by 5PM on Friday, January 29, 2016

Download more information about the conference proposal guidelines and a proposal form here:

ATLC Proposal Form-2016

ATLC Proposal Criteria -2016

Registration for the ATLC conference will open in February,  SBCTC just launched its brand-new website, and in addition to their new ATL page, we have a new look and feel to our ATL Conference web page. Check it out and get the ATL Conference on your calendar!

NW Conference on Teaching Psychology – Registration Now Open

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Registration is now open for the TIP Northwest 2016 conference!  The theme of this year’s conference is “Applying the Science of Learning to Teaching Introductory Psychology.”  The conference will take place on Friday, April 22, 2016 at Highline Community College.  The cost of the conference is $50 and includes meals and a wine and cheese social.

For more information and the link to register, check out the conference website: https://tipnorthwest.highline.edu/

Agenda

8:00am Registration & Breakfast
8:45am Welcome
9:00am Susan Nolan, Seton Hall University
10:00am Round Table Discussion – Response to Dr. Nolan
10:30am Break
10:45am Voices – Applying the Science of Learning in General Psychology
11:45am Round Table Discussion – Response to Speakers
12:15pm Lunch
1:15pm Voices – Applying the Science of Learning in General Psychology
2:15pm Round Table Discussions – Response to Speakers
2:45pm Round Table Discussions on Various Teaching Topics
3:30pm Break
3:45pm Regan Gurung, University of Wisconsin
4:45pm Closing Remarks
5:00pm Wine and Cheese Social

Have questions, comments, or concerns?  Feel free to contact Garth Neufeld:

Garth Neufeld, MA, LMFT
Psychology Department, Highline College
Organizer, Northwest Conference on Teaching Introductory Psychology
Email Address: tipnw@highline.edu
Phone: 206-592-4606

Registration Now Open – Regional RA Conference at RTC

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Registration has now opened for the 2nd Annual Reading Apprenticeship Conference – Metacognition and Mindfulness: Academic Literacies for the 21st Century.  The conference will take place at Renton Technical College on Friday, March 11 through Saturday, March 12, 2016.

Early bird registration rate is only $95 and includes a Friday night dinner (and entertainment), as well as Saturday breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks.

REGISTER HERE!

For more information on the conference, check out the conference website and this CEAL blog post.

Questions:  Please email Michele Lesmeister at mlesmeister@RTC.edu

Training for Racial Equity

Diversity and Equity in Hiring and Professional Development Conference

 Saturday, January 30, 2016

7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Bellevue College

 Keynote – Carmen Gonzalez, Professor of Law

 Invitation: You are invited to send a team (up to 10 people) from your college or come on your own

Who: Diversity-equity stakeholders from higher education (faculty, staff, and administrators)

What:  Attendees will learn about best practices in recruitment, hiring, retention, and professional development; develop and customize strategies that will create a working environment where all people are valued, particularly people of color; and identify problem areas and barriers to achieving workforce equality.

Registration Fee: $50.00 (includes continental breakfast and lunch)

 Workshops & Roundtables

  • Diversify Faculty Hiring
  • Interview Skills
  • Needs Assessment and the Job Description
  • Recruitment and Social Media
  • Retention Strategies I & II
    • Professional Development
    • Mentoring
  • Hiring Committees: Multicultural Competency Interview Rubric and Cognitive Bias
  • Resume and CV Development

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About the Keynote

  • Carmen G. Gonzalez is a Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law, who writes in the areas of international environmental law, environmental justice, trade and the environment, and food security. She is one of the co-editors of the critically-acclaimed book, Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia.

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To register and for more information, contact Sachi Horback shorback@pierce.ctc.edu          964-6531

 

Join CEAL for the 2016 STAR Symposium – FREE

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You are invited to join CEAL for a day of teaching and learning with your Pierce colleagues.  The 2016 STAR Symposium is a virtual one-day conference that focuses on pedagogical approaches for delivery via face-to-face, blended, flipped and online classrooms.

CEAL has registered for the conference and will be hosting the event on Friday, February 19, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM at the Fort Steilacoom campus in CAS 389.  We will be able to debrief and share best practices, ideas, and resources with each other.  CEAL will provide light refreshments.

If you would like to attend this conference at the Fort Steilacoom campus, registration is required – this will allow us to plan accordingly.  REGISTER HERE 

If you  would like more information about this virtual conference, please visit their website: STAR Symposium

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    http://canvascon.org/

Need some ideas on accessibility or universal design?  Check out these websites:

Accessibility – Start here, http://webaim.org/intro/#intro and here, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_accessibility

Universal Design for Learning – Start here, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_design and http://www.cast.org/our-work/about-udl.html#.Vipq236rS70

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.