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Register for this Online Workshop on Adopting Open Textbooks

opentextbooksAre you new to the world of Open Education Resources (OER)?

Ready to learn more about the adoption process including open licensing, institutional readiness, and more?

BCcampus is offering a four-week online workshop for anyone interested in open textbooks.  It runs January 12 – February 6, 2015

For more info and to register, click here.

Description: The workshop is asynchronous: you can participate any time. There is one synchronous session each week featuring a special guest. These will be recorded so you can access them later:

  • Week 1 (January 12-16): What is Open? What is an Open Textbook?
  • Week 2 (January 19-23): Creative Commons Licenses
  • Week 3 (January 26-30): Institutional Readiness
  • Week 4 (February 2-6): Find, Evaluate and Modify Open Textbooks

Reading Apprenticeship Training – New Dates!

Announcing the following dates for face-to-face “Reading Apprenticeship” training for the 2014-2015 academic year!  These workshops are free to all Pierce College faculty and staff.  Total training time is 6 hours and the trainings are offered in 1-day or 2-day formats.


Saturday, January 17, 2015
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location TBA


Friday, April 17 and Friday, April 24, 2015
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (must attend both days)
Location TBA

Space is limited!  Register at

Why Reading Apprenticeship (RA)?

  • RA is a conceptual framework to help post-secondary students develop their academic literacy skills across all disciplines.
  • RA routines are meant to provide students with strategies to make meaning of the texts used in your classroom (“texts” can include anything written, visual, or auditory, such as textbooks, essays, poetry, charts, diagrams, music, and more).
  • Research has shown that learners in RA classrooms improve both their content knowledge and their reading comprehension skills (see for more details on these studies).
  • This training will provide you with hands-on routines that you can use in your classroom to develop your students into expert readers in your discipline.

Are there other training options available?

Yes! If you can’t attend a face-to-face training, you may be able to take an online or face-to-face course through WestEd; see here for details: We will also keep you informed of other training opportunities at Pierce.

Can I include RA as part of my SIP?

We think that’s a great idea! Speak with your dean for more information.

I’ve attended RA sessions at in-service days, Targeted Skills Training, etc. Is this training appropriate for me?

Yes! This training will be useful whether you’re a newbie or if you have some knowledge of RA routines.

Trainings will be limited to 35 participants, so we recommend that you sign up as soon as possible!

Questions?  Contact Zoe Fisher at for more information.

IGNIS Webinar Series: Highlighting 2013-2014 Faculty Learning Communities


Join your colleagues across the state for the upcoming IGNIS Webinar Series to highlight the work of the 2013-2014 Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs).  This six-week long series will start next Thursday, May 8, 2014 and will end on Thursday, June 12, 2014.  Each weekly session will begin at 2:00 p.m. on the specific date and will contain two to three ten minute presentations with opportunities for Q&A and follow-up discussions.  If you are unfamiliar with the 2013-2014 FLCs, please refer here to find out more about their work.  Pierce College’s work on interdisciplinary collaborations between professional and technical programs will be featured in the webinar series!

No pre-registration is required.  To participate, simply log in to the IGNIS webinar room.  If you are unfamiliar with the process, please refer here for a helpful step-by-step to the process.

Schedule of IGNIS Webinar Series

Thursday, May 8 at 2PM: Inclusion, Universal Design, Reading Apprenticeship

  • North Seattle Community College: Beyond Inclusion – Addressing Systemic Bias on Our Campuses by Developing Strategies to Build Cultural Competency Skills
  • Spokane Falls Community College: Universal Design
  • Highline Community College: Reading Apprenticeship Across Disciplines and Programs

Thursday, May 15 at 2PM: K-12/CTC Partnerships, LGBPTQIA, QM: Transition from     F2F to Hybrid

  • Tacoma Community College: Reimagining Relationships Between High School and College Instructors
  • Highline Community College: LGBT+– LGBPTQIA Socially Responsible Faculty
  • Olympic College: Transitioning a Face-to-Face Course to a Hybrid Course Using the Quality Matters™ Rubric Standards and Best Practices for Blended Learning

Thursday, May 22 at 2PM: Transition from College to Workforce, Mindfulness, QM: Engaging and Accessible

  • Highline Community College: Improving Transition to College and Workforce with Technology
  • Olympic College: Engaging and Accessible: Achieving Quality Matters Standards in Online Teaching
  • Olympic College: Using Mindfulness Practices to Enhance Teaching and Learning

Thursday, May 29 at 2PM: Learning Communities, Service Learning

  • Clark College: Incorporating the Learning Community Model into Clark College: A faculty learning community on student learning communities
  • Columbia Basin College: Enhancing Student Learning and Development: Exploring Service Learning
  • Clark College: Adopting Open Resources for Improved Student Learning

Thursday, June 5 at 2PM: OER, Courage to Teach, Social Sciences Online

  • South Puget Sound Community College: Exploring Platforms for Collaborative Creation of Open Textbooks
  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology: The Courage to Teach
  • Bellevue College: Social Science Learning Online Group (SSLOG)

Thursday, June 12 at 2 PM: Cooperative Learning, Interdisciplinary Collaborations

  • Lower Columbia College: Integrating Cooperative Learning Activities into the Classroom Across the Disciplines
  • Pierce College: Interdisciplinary Collaborations between Professional/Technical Programs

“Engagement Matters” – A New Brown Bag Series

The Center for Engagement and Learning is launching a new “brown bag” lunch series for the remainder of Spring Quarter focused on Student Engagement.  This series is open to ALL Pierce College employees – everyone has a role in student engagement and success, and we need everyone’s perspective.

We’ll meet every week during the noon hour at either Puyallup or Fort Steilacoom for lunch conversation around various topics.  No specific knowledge is needed – everyone is welcome.  Feel free to bring your lunch, dessert will be provided!  Join us for the whole time, or just stop in for a bit.


Fresh Perspectives: TED Talks to Energize and Engage

TED Talks are captivating, short videos by today’s experts and thought leaders, who have “ideas worth spreading.”  We’ll sample several TED talks that have relevance to our work and mission as a college and discuss the ideas worth spreading at Pierce College.

  • Monday April 28, 12-1 PM in Olympic Building 205
  • Monday May 5, 12-1 PM in Admin Building 166

Front Door Engagement: Experiences of Our New Students

Every year thousands of new students walk through our doors. What role do all employees have in contributing to the “front door” experience of new students? How can we maintain a welcoming environment to engage and include new students?  We’ll examine national and local data, and share our experiences, to collaboratively brainstorm ideas.

  • Monday May 12, 12-1 PM in Olympic Building 205
  • Monday May 19, 12-1 PM in Admin Building 166

“Aspirations to Achievement: Men of Color and Community Colleges”

A discussion about male students of color at Pierce College.  Guided by a newly released national report and accompanying video, we’ll explore the data and perspectives behind student achievement amongst men of color. Come share strategies for engaging and supporting men of color at Pierce College.

  • Monday June 2, 12-1 PM in Olympic Building 205
  • Monday June 9, 12-1 PM in Admin Building 166

Upcoming Center for Courage and Renewal Retreat: July 17 – 19, 2014

The Center for Courage and Renewal is offering a unique opportunity for local professional development with a program titled “On the Threshold: Transitioning with Integrity & Grace.”   This three day/two night retreat will be held Thursday, July 17 at 4:00 p.m. through Saturday, July 19  at 1:00 p.m. at the beautiful St. Andrew’s House Retreat & Conference Center in Union, WA.threshold-door

This retreat will allow for a deep reflection on transitions, both personal and professional.  Participants will explore what it means to stand on the threshold of change and embrace this as an integral aspect of self-transformation.  Skilled facilitators, including Pierce’s own Karen Harding (Professor Emeritus), will help to create a focused “circle of trust” amongst participants.  This quiet, disciplined space will allow for a deeper exploration of participants’ inner voice and will utilize both group and solitary settings to focus on intersecting commonality amongst individuals.

The program is open to all interested individuals, but space is limited to only 25 participants.  The early bird registration deadline is May 10, 2014 with space availability up until July 10, 2014.

FeesEarly-bird rates are available if you register by May 10, 2014.  After that, rates will increase by $100.  Rates include all programming fees and materials, plus room and board.

  • Double occupancy: $550
  • Single occupancy: $650 (limited number of rooms)
  • Commuter (meals only): $450            

For more information about this retreat, including how to register, please check out the Center for Courage and Renewal website or this flyer.

New Certificate in Adult Education for Community College Instructors

Renton Technical College is offering a new Certificate in Adult Education.  This affordable 8-week online program is a two-part series of online courses; each part is 4 weeks long.

This series focuses on teaching necessities such as syllabus writing, finding and choosing materials, class planning, and outcomes and assessments. It also covers classroom management, communication, and engagement with diverse adult learners. Participants will have a valuable opportunity to network with other faculty across the system as they build their skills.

Exploration I: The Teaching Mindset June 2nd- June 30th, 2014

  1. Construct a Pathway to Success
  2. Teach Smarter, Not Harder: Planning and Assessing Learning

Exploration II: Your Classroom July 8 – Aug. 5th, 2014

3. Find your Footing: Teaching Practices and Classroom Management
4. Connect with Intent: Cultural Diversity and Student Engagement

Courses cost $280.00 for each 2-course Exploration, or $560.00 total.  Full-time and part-time faculty may be able to access professional development funding, which can be applied to the cost of these courses.  For more information about this program including how to register, check out this site.

Learn How to Use Open Educational Resources this April

6708521645_55ebcdf737_oLater this month, SBCTC will offer another section of it’s popular course “How to Use Open Educational Resources (OER).”

This 2 week online course is free to Washington State Community & Technical College instructors, and offers an opportunity to learn from and connect with your colleagues across the state.

We’ve posted about this course before, and several Pierce instructors have participated in previous sections.

Click here to register!

  • Dates:  April 14, 2014  –  April 25, 2014
  • Instructor:  Boyoung Chae, eLearning & Open Education Program Administrator at SBCTC
  • Course Description:  The purpose of this course is to provide information and experience in using open educational resources (OER) in your teaching practice. We will discuss the concept of OER and open licenses. We will also provide plenty of practice in locating and sharing open educational resources. This is a 2-week online, asynchronous course and participants are expected to spend 10 hours to complete the course.

Want to learn more about Open Educational Resources?  Check out the slide deck from Emma Clausen and Rachel Goon’s recent “What Works Wednesday” presentation on OER.

LAST CALL: Register for Spring Adjunct Faculty Day

fortune cookie slip that reads "to succeed you must share"Spring Adjunct Faculty Day is right around the corner – Saturday, April 12, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Pierce College Puyallup.  The theme of this event is “Prepare to Share!” – it will feature many opportunities to talk with colleagues and share teaching and learning ideas.

Registration for Spring Adjunct Faculty Day closes on Monday, April 7 at noon.  If you plan to join us, please register before then.

Here’s the essential information:

  • What:  Spring Adjunct Faculty Day: “Prepare to Share!”
  • When: Saturday, April 12 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Where:  Pierce College Puyallup, In C102/C104 in College Center Building (1st Level).  Campus Map & Building Map
  • Who:  Any part-time instructor 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.

Take a peek at the draft program: Spring Adjunct Faculty Day Program

This event will feature a “Marketplace of Ideas,” a forum for you to exchange teaching and learning ideas with others.  Please come prepared to share one thing with a colleague – it could be a lesson-planning tip, a favorite classroom activity, an idea for an assignment, or a teaching challenge that you’d like feedback on.

The Suicidal Student: Webinar Recording Available

What would you do if you thought a student was having suicidal thoughts?

Several Pierce College employees recently participated in a webinar about suicidal students, and a recording of the webinar is now available for any employee to view.  The webinar is titled “The Suicidal Student: Critical Do’s & Don’ts For Faculty” but the information presented is useful for any employee who works with students.

Click here to access the webinar recording, the powerpoint, and the handout:

Here’s a description of the webinar, from the Innovative Educators website.

Join Dr. Brian Van Brunt as he draws from his 15 years of teaching experience along with his 18 years as a professional counselor to help faculty interact and communicate with suicidal students. He will offer direct and practical advice, share stories based on his own teaching experience, and walk both new and experienced faculty through the potential minefield of addressing suicidal ideations in the classroom.

This recording is available for 1 year, until March 2015.

At Pierce College, we have Counseling Services available for students in crisis.  Click here to learn more.  Deborah Bransford at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom and Liz Scott at Pierce College Puyallup are both Licensed Mental Health Counselors – they can help you if you have concerns about your students.

Teaching Equity Conference – April 26 at Highline Community College

Please join fellow Washington educators for the fifth annual Teaching Equity Conference at Highline Community College on Saturday April 26.

The purpose of the Teaching Equity Conference is to provide innovative strategies to narrow the opportunity gap by offering insights into what it takes to support the recruitment and retention of teachers of color. Teacher demographics are directly related to percentages of student success in today’s and tomorrow’s diverse classrooms! This conference focuses on the support of strong and effective practices that improve outcomes for all students, especially those of color.

The 2013 National Teacher of the Year, Jeff Charbonneau, will kick off the conference lineup with his keynote talk. A Speaker Panel composed of Fellows from the Martinez Foundation will follow the keynote talk. After lunch, four three-hour training sessions are offered (see our website).

  • What: Teaching Equity Conference – Equity Strategies to Close the Opportunity Gap
  • When: Saturday April 26, 2014 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Where: Highline Community College in Des Moines, WA
  • To Register: For additional information, session descriptions, registration, and directions see
  • Cost: $35 Online Registration / $40 At the Door. Includes breakfast and lunch!

Teaching Equity Conference

Webinar: Twitter for Professional Development and Classroom Use

UPDATE: Here’s a link to the recording of this webinar. Enjoy!

The IGNIS Webinar Series continues this week.  Join colleagues across the state on Thursday March 20 at 2 PM in the webinar room for “Twitter 101: Twitter for Professional Development and Classroom Use.”

This week’s webinar features three engaging speakers:

  • Stephanie Delaney, Dean of the Center for Extended Learning at Seattle Central Community College
  • JJ Johnson, from Pierce College Military Program (Go JJ!)
  • Walter Husdick, English faculty from Cascadia Community College

Click here to join the: Webinar Meeting Room.

New to Bb Collaborate (aka Elluminate)? This step-by-step guide will help you.

Spring Reading Apprenticeship Training

7658272558_1d83fa7b32_nThis Spring Quarter, Highline Community College is offering a Reading Apprenticeship (RA) Institute.

Reading Apprenticeship® is a research-based and research-proven instructional framework for improving the academic literacy of middle school, high school, and college students.  It focuses on metacognitive routines and habits to strengthen students’ reading comprehension.

This institute will provide instructors with strategies for promoting these metacognitive routines in their classroom.  This program is FREE to instructors in the Washington State Community & Technical College System.

The program includes a series of 3 meetings:

  • Friday April 18, 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Friday May 2, 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Friday May 16, 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Click here to register for the RA Institute.  Participants must register by March 31 to be included in the Institute.

Pierce College is incorporating RA as an Achieving the Dream strategy. If you’d like to learn more about RA activities at Pierce College, contact the Reading Apprenticeship Team: Irene Brewer, Jeffrey Pisetzner, Sandi Stevens, and Zoe Fisher.