Category Archives: Equity

SBCTC Webinars, Courses and More!

The State Board of Community and Technical Colleges offers a variety of professional opportunities for faculty and staff across the state of Washington. Many of their events are virtual and can be viewed live or via recordings after the event. Below are a few of the upcoming offerings:

IGNIS Webinars –

Tips for Making Online Learning Opportunities Accessible to All Students
Thursday, May 18
2PM-3PM

Engaging Students Online with Web Conferencing
Thursday, May 25, 2017
2PM-3PM

Beyond Textbooks with OER
Thursday, June 8, 2017
2PM-3PM

For more information or a link to join the webinar, visit the ATL Blog – IGNIS 2017 page


Webinar Series on Accessibility for Faculty and Staff

CATO (the Committee for Accessible Technology Oversight) is proud to introduce the Spring Lunchtime Accessibility Webinar Series!  Follow the title links below to register for upcoming events. Webinars are hosted by Jess Thompson, Program Administrator at SBCTC

Principles of Accessible Design
Tuesday, April 25
Noon – 1pm
Link to Webinar Recording on YouTube

PPT Slide Deck for Download: Principles of Accessible Design

MS Word Accessibility
Wednesday, May 3
Noon – 1pm
Webinar Recording not available yet

Accessibility & 3rd Party Materials
Tuesday, May 16
Noon – 1pm

Web Accessibility: Tools and Tips for Testing
Wednesday, May 24
Noon – 1pm


Facilitated 4-Week Accessibility 101 Training

To learn more about this course visit this webpage on the SBCTC site:

Dates for upcoming sessions are not listed on the site yet, but you can save these dates below and be

    • July 10 – Aug 6 (registration will open late May)
    • Aug 7 – Sept 3 (registration will open late June)

 

Save The Date: SBCTC to Offer 2-Day Fall Institute on Transparent Teaching

From Gate Keeper to Gateway

Revising Your Course to Create Equitable Learning Environments
September 6 and 7, 2017
South Seattle Georgetown

What:

During this two day fall institute, you’ll work collaboratively with other faculty members to reflect on your stance as an educator, and to re-design the instructional materials of your course—namely the syllabus and two assignments— to ensure they are transparent to your students.  Research shows that low-stakes changes to the artifacts of your classroom can be high impact in terms of ensuring learning and increasing student success outcomes (such as completions).

  • Along the way, you will get hands-on experience with research-based  best practices that are demonstrably equity-producing
  • Reflect on your stance as an educator using the Diversity and Opportunity Gap Framework
  • Ensure your classroom artifacts are accessible using the principles of Universal Design for Learners (UDL)
  • Collaboratively revise two out-of-class assignments using the transparent assignment template with the help of a “disciplinary stranger”
  • Develop a plan to teach the two assignments using transparent methods

 Why:

  • A large percentage of the students who enroll in our courses are impacted by opportunity gaps.
  • The term “opportunity gaps” refers to the consequences of both individual and institutional practices that result in students experiencing uneven and inequitable opportunities to learn. These opportunity gaps tend to fall along the lines of race and ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.
  • Opportunity gaps can be addressed through rigorous use of equity frameworks that help educators identify and critique common misconceptions, including the use of a “color blind” perspective, or adhering to the “myth of meritocracy” in thinking about student achievement.

 For Who:

To create a shared language around high-impact practices, as well as to help students avoid having to “re-invent the university” in every class, faculty are encouraged to attend in campus teams (disciplinary or interdisciplinary) of 3 to 5.

Cost: 

Individual participants– $150 each

Team– $125 each

How To Register:

Registration information will be available on the SBCTC website the last week of April.  Space is limited to 40, so register well before the deadline of May 1st, 2017.

Got Questions?

Contact Jennifer Whetham or Emily Lardner of the Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education

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