Category Archives: Conferences

NWeLearn Conference in Olympia – Oct. 22-23

There is still time to register for the 10th annual  NWeLearn Conference in Olympia, WA October 22 & 23, 2015. An updated schedule grid (shared Google doc) is now available (also linked from the NWeLearn Program page), or check out the schedule-at-a glance and the session descriptions available from the Sessions page.

Our own Laurie Schuster and Rachel Goon from Pierce College Library are presenting a roundtable discussion on Friday, Oct. 22 on Providing Streaming Video for Online Students with Challenges and Solutions. While having this dynamic duo presenting already makes this a great conference, NWeLearn has set the bar even higher with two amazing keynotes:

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Jesse Stommel –Learning is Not a
Mechanism: Assessment, Student Agency, and Digital Spaces



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and Audrey Watters – The Algorithmic Future of Education. 

Join us for 2 days of outstanding presentations, networking and professional development. Just down the road in Olympia, no less!

Registration information and form are available on the NWeLearn website. Just follow this link:


PAVE the Way 2015: Advancing Equity, Access, Readiness and Support

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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

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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.

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


QM Regional Conference In Seattle – April 9-10, 2015


Join your colleagues for the 

QM Works in the Great Pacific Northwest Regional Conference
Location: Doubletree Seattle Airport in Seattle, WA
Date: Thursday,  April 9 – Friday April 10, 2015

Why attend? Presentations and workshops planned will include:

  • Strategies and applications for meeting QM Standards 
  • Getting institutional buy-in for QM adoption 
  • Research, examples and takeaways from institutions and faculty using QM 
  • Findings related to the impact of QM at the institutional level

Ready to lead the charge to ensure quality matters in education?

Follow this link for more event information and to sign up for the conference. 

Got Questions? Contact:

James Johnson
Interim eLearning Director

Pierce College District
(253) 964-6377 //JBLM (253) 964-6567

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: