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:




SLOAN Institute Workshops: Registration re-opened


Registration for SLOAN Institute Workshops will re-open on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM.  Availability is on a first come, first served basis.  SBCTC still has 100 training coupons that can be used towards courses up through December 2014.  SBCTC coupons expire on June 26, 2014, so register before then.  Don’t miss out on this free professional development opportunity!

Instructions on how to register for a SLOAN Institute Workshop and how to use SBCTC training coupons can be found in this prior blog post.

Additional fine print:  if you sign-up for a course you may not get registered for the following reasons:

  • Requested workshop is full.
  • Registrants did not provide accurate account information.  Only sign-ups with accurate account information will be processed.
  • Registrants did not sign-up a week or more before the workshop start date and there was not enough time to process the registrations.
  • All seats have already been used and the sign-up form has been permanently closed.

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).

IGNIS Webinar Series Week #5: OER, Courage to Teach, & Social Sciences Online

Don’t miss Week #5 of the IGNIS Webinar Series this Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.  Presenters from South Puget Sound Community College, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, and Bellevue College will share their experiences.  Topics include creating “open” textbooks, how one’s personal developments and health impacts teaching and learning, and exploring Canvas from a disciplinary perspective.  No preregistration is required, simply login here to participate.

  • Rick McKinnon (South Puget Sound Community College): “Exploring Platforms for Collaborative Creation of Open Textbooks.”
    The first goal of this FLC will be to make an in-depth exploration of a number of collaborative tools that may perform this function. We’ll determine whether Content Management Systems (CMSs) such as Drupal, Ning, Huddle, and Wikispaces are appropriate for the creation of an open textbook.  After a suitable platform is chosen, the next goal will be to develop best practices around the development of CoPs, and to provide training to faculty who wish to develop and participate in CoPs focused on creation of a textbook in their area of expertise. The final goal of this FLC will be to document our experience for development of such CoPs so that other colleges may replicate it.
  • Sally Heilstedt (Lake Washington Institute of Technology): “The Courage to Teach.”
    Together, a community of faculty and staff who teach will create a safe place to discuss their experiences as teachers, learn from Parker Palmer’s insights about the inner life of teachers and from one another, and discover how personal development and health impacts teaching and learning.
  • Katharine Hunt (Bellevue College): “Social Science Learning Online Group (SSLOG).”
    Full-time and adjunct social science faculty will explore specific tools and functionalities in Canvas from a disciplinary perspective.  They will focus on revising materials in their online courses to be more accessible for learners with a wide variety of learning challenges, finding a balance between maximizing student learning experience and the instructor workload, and “closing the gap” between successful and unsuccessful students.


Summer Just Got a Little More Visually Interesting!


Have you ever watched a great tutorial on YouTube or in Canvas and wondered “How did they do that?”  Have you always wanted to create your own short “explainer” videos for classes? Maybe you web-enhance your courses with Canvas and you’ve always wanted to add your own video content. Maybe you are preparing a hybrid or fully online course to teach in the future and you know you need to create better instructor presence in your classes.

Educational and informational videos seem to be everywhere these days – and now you can learn how to make your own!

This summer, CEAL is offering a fully online course – starting July 17 through August 1, 2014 – called Screencasting 101. This course – designed and taught by Pierce Instructional Designer, Renee Phoenix – is a fast paced, online course, primarily for faculty who are looking to add the skill of screencasting to their teaching strategy toolkit.  Registration for the course is now open , but seats are limited to 25 participants.  So read on for more information about the course and how you can sign up.

What is Screencasting?

Knowing how to screencast can open up many new opportunities for you to explain concepts and engage your students. And it can be effective in any teaching environment.  But, what exactly is a screencast?

Typically, a screencast is a video that includes a recording of your computer screen. And it’s usually accompanied by audio or additional video of the presenter. A screencast can be used for many things including software demonstrations, training tutorials, capturing lectures and presentations or anything else you want to talk about and share in your courses.  According to research, use of video and audio is one of the most effective strategies instructors can use to create a strong presence in their classes and foster student engagement in online or face-to-face courses.

Is This Course for You?

Do you need to have experience working in, or teaching with Canvas? The answer is yes, you need to be comfortable with the Canvas classroom environment. You don’t have to be a hybrid or fully online instructor, but you do need to have sufficient skills and knowledge of the Canvas LMS to be able to participate as a student in the Screencasting 101 course online, in a Canvas classroom.  This course is for what we would call “advanced beginners” who are comfortable navigating the Canvas interface and creating course items in the Canvas LMS.If you have taken Canvas Essentials, Transitioning to Teaching Online, or have been regularly designing and working with Canvas in your classes for the past year, this course is appropriate for you. 

Do you need special equipment besides a computer and an Internet connection? The answer is yes, but CEAL will provide audio and video equipment to course participants to use while taking the class.  Reliable access to a computer and an Internet connection is up to you.

For more information, you can follow this link to download a course syllabus:


Ready to register? Click the link below to go to our online registration form. Remember, seats are limited, and registration for this course will close on July 14, 2014.

Register for Screencasting 101

SLOAN Training Reminder – Last day to register is June 26, 2014


250 SBCTC training coupons are available for SLOAN Institute Workshops which are offering courses up through December 2014.  Training coupons expire June 26, 2014, so don’t wait to register!  Available courses vary in topics related to online education, including Introduction to Curation Tools to Strategies for Successful Group Work Online.


Please sign-up at least one week prior to the start of your workshop date.  You will need to provide your NAME, EMAIL, and SLOAN CONSORTIUM ID.  If you do not have a SLOAN Consortium account, you will need to create one prior to completing the SBCTC sign-up form.  You can create a SLOAN Consortium account here.

  • Select a workshop here Please note that SBCTC training coupons cannot be used for the Foundations Course, any courses in the Mastery Series or the Advanced Certificate program
  • Fill out the SBCTC Sign-up Form here.
  • Watch for the confirmation email from SLOAN. 
  • Watch for the enrollment key email from SLOAN.


  • Make sure to watch the short orientation video here
  • Create a SLOAN Institute Moodle account here.  Please note that your SLOAN Institute Moodle account is different than the SLOAN Consortium account used for registration.
  • Log in here.  Click on your workshop Course Category, followed by clicking on your workshop title.
  • Enter your enrollment key.  Keys are emailed the day before or the morning of the workshop.  Please note that your key must be entered in order to gain workshop access.
  • Next time you log in, find your workshop under the My Courses menu.


  • Read about Workshop Models & Policies here.
  • Find Moodle tutorials here.
  • Read about Technical Requirements here.
  • Send a Help Request to SLOAN at
  • Questions about the SBCTC sign-up form should be directed to or
  • Questions about your campus policies regarding SLOAN sign-ups should be directed to your eLearning office.




It’s Another What Works Wed – Let’s Talk about Grades & Grading Strategies

gradesYep, it’s time to start thinking about grades for the end of the quarter, so maybe you need a snack break and some good conversation about the whole grading thing. And what about the talk of changes to Pierce grades that you may or may not have heard about at the most recent In-service day ( I went to that session and it was pretty intense – in a good way -with lots of ideas and opinions coming out).

We have a room set aside in Olympic 202 for you to gather, escape the world for an hour, and have some snacks and good conversation with your fellow faculty members.

Join us for W3 on May 28! Here are the details…see you there.

Talk About Grades and Grading Strategies

Date: Wed May 28, 2014
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Where: Fort Steilacoom –Olympic 202

IGNIS Webinar Series Week #4: Learning Communities & Service Learning

Week #4 of the IGNIS Webinar Series is on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.  Presenters from Clark College and Columbia Basin College will share their experiences with learning communities and service learning.  No preregistration is required, simply login here to participate.

  • Ray Korpi (Clark College) “Incorporating the Learning Community Model into Clark College: A faculty learning community on student learning communities:”  Faculty and student affairs staff will work on implementing their action plan created July of 2013 at the Washington Center National Summer Institute on Learning Communities with the intention to create a sustainable system in which learning communities can thrive at Clark.  Inspired by the Washington Center’s vision of New Era Learning Communities, this group intends to create more faculty knowledge and awareness of current learning community pedagogy, to provide a faculty access point for potential policy decisions concerning LC’s, and provide professional development opportunities for faculty specific to planning and instructing LC’s.
  • Lorraine Leedy (Clark College) “Adopting Open Resources for Improved Student Learning:”  Comprised of faculty from across the disciplines, including CTE, Academic Transfer, and Basic Education, this FLC will engage five instructors in adopting Open Educational Resources (OER) and restructuring their curricula to incorporate OER into one of their courses.
  • Brett Riley (Columbia Basin College) “Enhancing Student Learning and Development: Exploring Service Learning:” This FLC will examine multiple examples of discipline relevant service learning assignments/activities, offer a service learning colloquium for staff and faculty and create the following: a CBC service learning resources webpage, development of a faculty/staff guide to service learning capturing key FLC findings and discussions, a faculty/staff survey of service learning knowledge of, and willingness to include activities as part of learning/development), and a student survey of service learning (willingness and interest in participating).  

IGNIS Webinar Series Week #3: Transitions, Mindfulness, and Quality Matters

Don’t miss Week #3 of the IGNIS Webinar series.  Topics will include transition from college to the workforce, mindfulness, and Quality Matters.  Presenters will share their experiences in a 10 minute presentation with time for Q&As and follow-up discussions at the end of each session.

No preregistration required.  To participate, simply log in to the IGNIS webinar room.

Presenters and Projects:

1.  Marc Lentini and Maurea Maya, Highline Community College: “Improving Transition to College and Workforce with Technology.”
Technology skills are a critical barrier to success in credit classes and the workforce for ABE and ESL students. The goal of this FLC is to improve transitions to credit classes and the workforce through integrating the technology skills into pre-college classes.  The FLC will develop a set of class activities, linked to outcomes, which will integrate technology and basic English and Math skills into their instruction.  Participants will continue professional development to develop a broader and deeper understanding of how to use technology in teaching.

2.  Laurie Adamson, Olympic College: “Using Mindfulness Practices to Enhance Teaching and Learning.”
Mindfulness practices help to develop present moment awareness and are effective in reducing stress and increasing focus and concentration. Members of this FLC will examine and experience ways to bring mindfulness practices into the classroom and work environment with a goal of reducing the stress that may be an obstacle to effective teaching and learning.

3.  Jessica Thommpson, Olympic College: “Engaging and Accessible: Achieving Quality Matters (QM) Standards in Online Teaching.”
This group will examine ways to optimize student engagement and assure accessibility for all online students. We will explore various technologies and engage in some creative problem-solving in order to develop course material that is mindful of accessibility issues, yet still engaging and interactive.


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