Category Archives: Student Engagement

Data, Engagement & UDL – Main Topics of Faculty In-Service on Feb 21

CEAL is reminding everyone that Adjunct Faculty Day,  planned for Saturday, Feb 21 at Fort Steilacoom campus,  is fast approaching with a full day of professional development planned for faculty at Pierce College.

Registration for this event is open to all Pierce faculty, however only part-time/adjunct faculty are eligible for a stipend.

Follow this link to register

Session Information

Morning activities begin at 9:00 am with presentations and discussions centered around student engagement and student data at Pierce College. Pierce College Director of IR, Erik Gimness, Research Associate, Carly Haddon,  and Director of Educational Outcomes and Effectiveness, Allison Sieving will be on hand in morning sessions to facilitate discussions and activities that will specifically be looking at Student Engagement data and Course Completion data. They will also be demonstrating use of our new Tableau dashboards, tools designed to help faculty filter student data and identify opportunities for growth/improvement. Other topics include discussions around constructs of engagement, the relationship of engagement as a concept to our work as practitioners, and opportunities for inquiry and research.

Candyce Rennegarbe

Candyce Rennegarbe will present on UDL framework & strategies for student engagement and success.

In the afternoon, CEAL is excited to have Candyce Rennegarbe who will lead discussion and activities on the topic of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Universal Design for Learning is a proven framework that can be utilized across all programs and courses – even across institutions.  UDL is good teaching and happens both in the upfront design of courses and in the engaging opportunities of active learning classes.

Candyce will introduce the brain based UDL framework and provide examples, resources, and take-away strategies on UDL that have been successfully applied at a post secondary level to:  increase teaching effectiveness, improve student outcomes, and meet the needs of diverse learners.  Her goal is to make this an interactive afternoon where good teaching ideas are shared.

More About Candyce and Universal Design

For the past six years Candyce coordinated a campus wide UDL Project at Tacoma Community College where she worked with over 100 faculty members from all disciplines, as well as the Board of Trustees and Student Services. She recently retired from her TCC teaching position as a full time faculty member in the Transitional Studies Program teaching reading and English and Adult Basic Education.  Throughout her 18 years at TCC, she facilitated trainings in Washington state and nationally on UDL, learning disabilities, testing, brain based learning, and establishing a system for at risk learners to become more successful.

Check out these links to related UDL videos highlighting work Candyce was involved  in at TCC.

Title:  Christie Fierro    UDL and Communication Class

http://youtu.be/9TFMXvgL_aI

This five-minute video illustrates Ms. Fierro applying UDL strategies with her TCC Communication’s Class

Title:  Universal Design for Learning – TCC

This five-minute video features students from TCC’s UDL Project in Year 2 talking about their success with UDL

 

 

 

 

Campus Safety and Active Shooter Preparedness

The recent unfortunate tragedy at Seattle Pacific University serves as a stark reminder of the importance of safety on our college campuses.  When these instances of extreme violence occur, too often, we do not have answers to explain away the uncertainties surrounding these type of tragedies.  We do know however, that a sense of safety is a key indicator for student engagement, which in turn is linked to a student’s academic success.  In light of this, vigilance and awareness is crucial to promote safety on our college campuses.  Though there is no strategy that can guarantee the complete avoidance of these most extreme forms of violence, we as a campus community can ensure that we are aware of a common approach to handle these events and promote safety.

The following video links were provided by Chris MacKersie, Pierce College’s Director of Safety and Security, on the best manner in which to respond to an active shooter situation:

  • Shots Fired: A 20 minute video that provides critical guidance to increase survival chances in an active shooter situation.  You are required to put in a username (campus) and a password (safety) to access the video.  You can access the video here.
  • Run. Hide. Fight. Surviving an Active Shooter Event:  A 5 minute video that provides the basic concepts and application of the run, hide, or fight strategy that is being used for active shooter training nationwide.  You can access the video here.

Additionally, FEMA has a free online course that provides comprehensive training on how to respond to an active shooter situation.  You can access the FEMA IS-907 Active Shooter – What Can You Do course here.

Pierce College also has a number of tools available in the event of an emergency.  They include the following:

The Pierce College Emergency Notification System (PCENS): This is the primary tools used in the event of an emergency to communicate with both students and employees. By default only your college employee and student email addresses have been automatically loaded into the system. If you would like to receive emergency notifications through additional means, please log in and update your profile with your current personal contact information such as your personal email, text, mobile phone, and home phone.

Online Incident Reporting Form: Information that should be reported is anything that is witnessed, observed, or participated in that is cause for significant concern.

Examples include:

  •  All suspicious behaviors or actions as well as any criminal acts.
  • Knowledge of information or incidents that could cause harm to persons or property.
  • Knowledge of information or acts that could threaten College internal intelligence, information, reputation, as well as  violations of student code of conduct.
  • Report those exhibiting signs of high risk behaviors such as anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Expressions by others of feelings of depression, reduction of self-worth, and/or uselessness including suicidal symptoms.

Please keep in mind that this system does not replace emergency notification systems such as campus safety and 911. If you believe there is an imminent threat to persons or property contact 911 and then Campus Safety.  If you have any questions, please contact Campus Safety at (253) 964-6751 (Fort Steilacoom campus) and (253) 840-8481 (Puyallup campus).

Be the Connect for Your Student Veterans

veteran student watching film

“Veterans Day 2013″ by COD Newsroom licensed as CC-BY

Want to learn more about supporting veteran students in your classroom?

On Monday, March 17 Timm Lovitt, Director of Veterans Programs at Green River Community College, will facilitate a conversation and share the results of his best practices research which was funded by the Veterans Training Support Center. Find attached a copy of a workshop flyer that includes an agenda.

Here is an agenda to give you an idea of the topics for the day.

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:  http://www.wsac.wa.gov/ed-for-allThis 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.”

TONIGHT! Common Book Panel: African American Males & Student Success

Common Intellectual Experiences, such a Pierce College’s “Common Book Program” have been identified as a high-impact practice for engaged learning.  The Common Book Program addresses broad themes from this year’s book, The Other Wes Moore, through a variety of curricular and co-curricular experiences for students and other Pierce College community members.  Check out tonight’s event!

Common Book Panel: African American Males & Student Success 

Wednesday February 12th, 5:30-7:00 PM at Pierce College Puyallup AAH Theatre

The Pierce 2014 Common Book, The Other Wes Moore, asks its readers

wes moore

to examine the individual and systemic factors impacting the life paths of our nation’s young people.

This panel takes on this charge looking specifically at the disparities in education and incarceration experienced by African American males. Distinguished Professor of Communications, Chair of the African American Studies Program, and Co-Chair of the Race and Pedagogy Initiative at the University of Puget Sound, Dr. Dexter Gordon, will facilitate an historical overview of race and education followed by a panel discussion highlighting ideas for solution and action.

This event is free and open to all – please encourage students, faculty, and community members to attend.  This panel should appeal to a wide range of students and faculty regardless of discipline.  If you are interested in reading the common book and especially if you’re thinking in using it in a future course, please let me know: we still have a few copies to give to instructors.