Category Archives: Conferences

Save the Date: ATL Community 2014 Best Practices Exchange

Save the date of October 28, 2014 for the ATL Community 2014 Best Practices Exchange.  The theme will be Moving From Best Practices to Best Processes: Utilizing Collaborative Leadership to Achieve Scale. 

Dr. Rob Johnstone, founder and President of the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement (NCII), will led the Keynote address that will examine how practitioners within community colleges can consider large-scale redesign to support student success.  Concurrent sessions will focus on successfully implemented large scale strategies that resulted in significant student improvement in the following areas:

  • Pre-college Transitions
  • Retention and Progression
  • Completion

Colleges are encouraged to attend the event as a team.  A formal invitation with specific details will follow shortly.

In the meantime, check out these websites: or

2014 WA State Faculty & Staff of Color Conference

CaptureRegistration is now open for the 2014 Washington State Faculty & Staff of Color Conference which will be held in Vancouver, WA from November 5 – 7, 2014.  This conference will offer a wealth of resources, support, and networking opportunities for faculty, administrators, staff, and all other employees of institutions of higher education in Washington.  Conference participants will have the opportunity to discuss issues and share strategies in an effort to define the vital ties between diversity and higher education.

A variety of engaging workshops will be offered as well as three dynamic keynote speakers, Dr. Luz Maria Gordillo, Louie Gong, and Dr. Johnny Lake.

Register by October 1, 2014 to receive the early bird rate of $225.  To register, click here.  For more information, please visit the conference website here.

  • What:  2014 Washington State Faculty and Staff of Color Conference
  • When:  Wednesday, November 5, 2014 to Friday, November 7, 2014
  • Where:  Vancouver Hilton and Convention Center, Vancouver, WA
  • How to Register:  Click here. Register by October 1, 2014 to receive early bird rates.

Register now for the 2014 Race and Pedagogy National Conference – September 25 – 27, 2014


The 3rd Quadrennial Race and Pedagogy National Conference is September 25 – 27, 2014 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.  Join 2,000 local, regional, national, and international participants to engage in issues of race and its impact on education.

The theme for the 2014 Race and Pedagogy National Conference is “What NOW is the Work of Education and Justice?: Mapping a New Critical Conscience.”  The Conference will offer special spotlight sessions, more than 50 concurrent panels, roundtables, poster sessions, artistic installations, music, and theatre productions that addresses the following:

  • Freedom and Civil Rights Struggles
  • Institutional Readiness
  • Transformation and Revolutionary Pedagogies
  • Teacher Development and Preparation
  • Teaching and Learning about Biology and Race
  • Arts as Public Pedagogy
  • Education and Criminal Justice

The Conference will showcase four high profile keynote speakers:

  • Angela Davis: civil rights activist, prison abolitionist, and professor
  • Winona LaDuke: indigenous and environmental rights advocate and former Green  Party vice presidential candidate
  • Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.: Harvard professor and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research
  • Dr. Eduardo Bonilla Silva: sociologist and Duke University Professor

Full registration fee includes Friday & Saturday continental breakfasts and boxed lunches, one ticket to each of the 4 keynote addresses, and conference materials.

One-day pass includes continental breakfast, boxed lunch, and conference materials. Keynote address tickets are not included.

If you register before August 16, 2014, the early bird full registration rate is reduced to $300.

Complete your registration here.

For additional information contact:




Register for Spring Adjunct Faculty Day, April 12

photo from Winter 2014 Adjunct Faculty Day

Keynote Session at Winter Adjunct Faculty Day

Join us Saturday, April 12 for Spring Adjunct Faculty Day at Pierce College Puyallup.  This mini-conference is an opportunity to connect with your colleagues and discuss focused teaching and learning topics.

The theme of the day is “Prepare to Share” so we’ve built in plenty of opportunities to share effective teaching and learning strategies.  The day will include lightning talks, round table sessions, and concurrent sessions.

Special topics will include: Open Education Resources (OER), Elements of Strong Syllabi, Designing Effective Library Research Assignments, and Incorporating Digital Media Projects in Your Class.

  • What:  Spring Adjunct Faculty Day: “Prepare to Share!”
  • When: Saturday, April 12 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Where:  Pierce College Puyallup, In the Multipurpose Room in College Center Building (1st Level).  Campus Map & Building Map
  • Who:  Any part-time faculty at Pierce College.
  • To Register:  Click here for the registration form.  Registration includes coffee in the morning, and a catered lunch.  Please register by Monday April 7.

Pierce College adjunct faculty who participate for the entire day are eligible to receive a $75 stipend.  If you attended the Winter Adjunct Faculty Day, you are welcome and encouraged to attend this one – there will be different topics.  If you weren’t able to attend Winter Adjunct Faculty Day, we’d love to see you on April 12!

Register for the Washington Canvas Connect Conference in Tacoma, WA

Canvas by InstructureWe’ve previously posted about the Washington Canvas Connect Conference, which will be held at nearby Tacoma Community College on March 27 & 28, put on by the Washington Canvas Users Group.

You can browse the session topics here:

If you are planning on attending, please register for the conference on or before March 21. Click here to register.

The $50 registration fee includes 2 days of sessions around Canvas, our new Learning Management System, as well continental breakfast and lunch for both days.

Happy Friday!

Educational Attainment for All Diversity Conference in Yakima, WA

Attend the first annual Educational Attainment for All Diversity Conference, organized by the Washington Student Achievement Council.

  • What:  Educational Attainment for All Diversity Conference
  • When:  Wednesday, April 16.  8-5 PM
  • Where:  Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, WA
  • How to Register: conference is FREE!  Act fast, seats are limited. 

Click here to view the draft agenda.  Here’s a description from the conference website:

The conference will provide P-12 and postsecondary educators, counselors, outreach and support personnel, and leaders opportunities to engage with each other in understanding the latest demographic data and trends, sharing effective practices, and developing an ongoing P-20 network dedicated to improving educational opportunities for historically underserved groups.

Equity is a major component of Achieving the Dream.  According to their website, participating schools “commit to eliminating achievement gaps among student groups, including students of color and low income students while improving outcomes for all students…especially those who have traditionally faced the most significant barriers to achievement.”

Attend the Assessment, Teaching and Learning Conference This Spring

Registration is now open for SBCTC’s annual Assessment, Teaching & Learning (ATL) Conference, to be held April 30-May 2 in Vancouver, WA.

This longstanding regional conference has a tradition of, “bringing together educators to broaden their understanding of teaching, relate effective practices, and exchange insights, methods and strategies that promote and support student learning.”

For more info and to register, visit the conference webpage.

The ATL Conference offers a powerful learning experience for both new and seasoned instructors, and addresses a broad range of current topics related to teaching, learning, and assessment.  To see the types of sessions typically offered, please visit the ATL Conference Archives.

Washington Canvas Conference – March 27-28, 2014


Don’t miss the second annual Washington Canvas Users Group (WACUG) Conference scheduled for March 27-28 (Thurs. and Friday) at Tacoma Community College. You can access a schedule of presentations  and download a registration form by following the link below to visit the WACUG blog:

The 2014 event is packed full of presentations and demonstrations of innovative and useful ideas for using the Canvas LMS. In addition, keynote speaker Cable Green – Director of Global Learning at Creative Commons – will address the conference about open resources and his work with Creative Commons.

Don’t wait to register for this event – Registration closes on March 21, 2014. Registration fee for the full 2-day conference is $50 or you can attend a single day for $25.

it is a great way to connect with colleagues across the state and talk shop about teaching online with Canvas! There are conference topics appropriate for all levels of experience with online teaching and learning. Please feel 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.

See you in March at Canvas Connects!




Present at Washington Canvas Connect 2014

Canvas by InstructureAre you doing something cool in Canvas LMS?  Found a neat way to use the LMS in your teaching and learning?  Want to share it with other educators across the state?  Submit a proposal to present at “Washington Canvas Connect 2014,” the 2nd annual conference of the Washington Canvas Users Group (WACUG).  This conference will be held nearby at Tacoma Community College, March 27-28, 2014.

Proposals are due Friday, February 7!  Click here to learn more and submit:

From the website:  Conference sessions can consist of individual, panel or group presentations, discussions, or demonstrations. Our attendees are most interested in seeing how Canvas is being used so that they can use it more effectively.

Join us for Winter Adjunct Faculty Day!

Winter Adjunct Faculty Day is a FREE event on Saturday, February 22nd from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom.  This one-day conference is an opportunity for you to connect with your colleagues around teaching and learning.  The conference theme is “Making Connections: Teaching with Confidence and Compassion.”

The day will feature a plenary session by Dr. Paul Gerhardt, Business and Business Management professor at Pierce College.  After that, participants can choose from a variety of concurrent sessions on topics related to teaching and learning.  A sampling of session topics includes: effective group work, teaching in Canvas, integrating media technology into the classroom, and strategies for engaging international students.  The day also includes a catered box lunch and roundtable discussions.  Here’s a conference schedule at a glance: Winter Adjunct Faculty Day [PDF].

Space is limited!  Click here to register.

Pierce College adjunct faculty who participate for the entire day are eligible to receive a $75 stipend.