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Staff Development Office Newsletter – Tu, 11/27/18

28 November 2018

Hello Peralta,

Welcome back from our short break as we slide into the final weeks of the term.

In the spirit of giving and service:
For those interested in helping fire victims, two campaigns are raising relief funds for the staff/faculty and students of Butte College. Among the many ways Peralta supports our communities, PFT is collecting warm winter clothes and is organizing people to serve meals at St. Vincent De Paul(Sign-Up HERE); the Office of International Education is collecting toys to distribute to foster agencies (due this Friday).


In the Staff Development world, we’re gearing up for Flex Days to kick off the spring term. Please mark your calendars:

Thursday, January 17th — District Flex
Friday, January 18th, — College Flex
One of our feature presentations will be on OER, or Open Educational Resources. Here’s a video of students’ opinions from Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn. The tagline: THE MONEY MATTERS. 
Other District Flex Topics:
  • Classified Leadership and Governance: A facilitated discussion
  • Community Events: How can we leverage events to support students (i.e., Solidarity in Mental Health, Housing Insecurity and Voting, Mental Health in the Hood)?
  • Reading Apprenticeship: What happens when students (don’t) read for class?
  • A discussion of Reinventing Community Collegethe book that informs Guided Pathways policies.
  • How do we assess equity? Creating an Equity Rubric for teaching and learning.
  • Dual Enrollment:
  • Starfish: A report from the first term
  • Focused Inquiry Groups: How you can apply for funding for collaborative, inquiry-based professional development.
  • Fulbright Scholars Program and the Office of International Education.
  • Facilitated discipline meetings.
Join the Staff Development Office Advisory Committee by emailing staffdevelopmentofficer@peralta.edu. Our next meeting is Wednesday, December 5th, 10 am (online).

Office Hours: Thursday, November 30th, 12:15 pm — A discussion on how to improve flex days!
Articles, Events, and Links

Canvas Discussions
Enroll with this link (Enroll in Staff Development Canvas) and then join any of these discussions:

A quick primer on Communities of Practice

And, just in case you’ve been reading about censure, here’s the Wikipedia entry:Censure in the US.

Feedback on the Staff Development Office website or newsletters, please send them to staffdevelopmentofficer@peralta.edu.


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