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faculty, staff and student learning communities

Universal Design for Learning FLC at Pierce – First meeting Oct. 16

In July Pierce College was awarded a state sponsored grant for creating a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) around the topic of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for the 2015-2016 academic year. Many faculty expressed interest in taking part in an FLC of this type and we are now in the process of forming and meeting as a group for Fall quarter.
The first gathering of the FLC is planned for Friday, October 16 from 12:30PM – 2:30PM at Fort Steilacoom campus. We will meet in Cascade 523.
The main purpose of this first meeting will be to talk about:
  • how we can work together within the guidelines of the FLC grant
  • resources available through CEAL and the college for FLC members
  • how faculty can participate as individuals and as a group,
  • any thoughts, ideas, or questions you may have about UDL and the FLC in general.
The purpose of the FLC is to provide a community of inquiry for anyone interested in exploring how to implement UDL strategies into their teaching. The FLC can provide resources, information, collaboration and support for a variety of projects and activities and is a faculty-driven entity. How the FLC will function and what we will do as individuals and as a group is, in part, decided by the members of the FLC. We need your ideas and participation to make it a great experience.
UDL expert, Candyce Rennegarbe, will be on hand at our first meeting to introduce the guiding principles and framework of UDL and give some practical advice about using UDL in our teaching practices.
Curious? Committed? Please consider joining us on October 16 in Cascade 523 for this first meeting. (Healthy & delicious snacks will be provided! ).
Additional dates and times for FLC gatherings for Fall Quarter are also planned:
Friday October 23, 2015;   12:30 – 2:30  Location: TBD
Rescheduled to Nov 6 : 12:30 –  2:30 Location: FS Lava Java Lab and Online
Friday November 20, 2015;  12:30 – 2:30  Location TBD
Questions? Please email Renee Phoenix at

Faculty Learning Community on Collaborative Professional Technical Education

This week the State Board for Community & Technical Colleges awarded Pierce College District $5000 in grant funding to build a faculty learning community (FLC) around “Interdisciplinary Collaborations between Professional & Technical Programs.”  The grant application was forwarded by professional/technical educators: Terry Mirande, Kathy Bassett, Becky Piper, and Maidie Rosengarden.

A faculty learning community is a group of people who are committed to learning together and improving teaching and learning.  FLCs facilitate sharing and peer-learning, by encouraging individuals to contribute their knowledge, skills and networks to the community.  This particular FLC will draw in members from various local 2-year and 4-year higher education institutions.

SBCTC’s grant funding will allow the faculty learning community to explore the topic in depth, leading to enhancements in program curriculum and teaching practice.  The FLC group plans to kick-off with a retreat, followed by regular collegial gatherings throughout the 2013-2014 academic year to reflect on practice and share key learning.

Want to join the FLC?  All faculty and staff interested in collaborations between professional and technical programs can join this FLC.  Please contact Emily Wood ( to get connected!

Want to learn more about FLCs in Washington State?  Check out this page on the SBCTC website: