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Staff Development Office Newsletter: Tues., 4/9/19

9 April 2019

Welcome back from Spring break!
This Thursday, I’ll host an online conversation with Maria Guzman from COA who will talk about their amazing FabLab. We’ll get a virtual tour of the space, see what projects students are working on, and discuss the maker-ethos that engages students in critical and creative thinking. Here’s a video on how FabLabs in Denmark: FabLab@Schooldk
Office hour Zoom Chat information:
Thursday, 4/11/19, 12:15 pm
Phone: 669 900 6833. 960049670#
Other Staff Development News:
  • Our Professional Development Committees have been busy! Three of the 4 colleges have already distributed nearly all of their funds this year by hosting a range of flex events, sending faculty and staff to classes, conferences, and workshops. I hope to gather this information for a report at the end of this fiscal year.
  • Interested in Joining? If you have workshop ideas, themes, or a general interest in getting more involved in professional development activities, please contact me or your college PD Chairs. We’re already starting work for next year!
  • Themes: This year’s theme was simply “Working Together.” Next year, we’ll build on that theme to deepen our work. If you have suggestions that can be voted on in the upcoming faculty, classified, and administrative surveys, please let me know!
  • Upcoming Surveys: Last year, the Staff Development Office completed this general survey (S18 SDO Survey and Summary) and this year, I will soon send out separate surveys for faculty, classified professionals, and administrators to plan for next year.
Reporting Staff Development Hours (FT Faculty)

Status tracker: 15 full-time faculty reporting thus far on Fall 2018.

A few amazing things our full-time faculty did to fulfill their staff development obligation in the fall: On Course 3-day training, Umoja Conference, Playwright Residencies, IEPI Training, Geology Training at Black Diamond Mines, and more! Please send in what you completed in the fall, so we get a sense of how to best collect our professional learning.
This beta reporting tool is for Full-Time/Contract Faculty ONLY. Please complete this beta-survey as the Staff Development Office builds appropriate tracking and reporting tools to celebrate and support our work:
Events, Initiatives, and Everything Else


Peralta Events:

  • Organizing 101 Workshop: From the Masses to the Masses! Sponsored by the Social Justice Cohort and Define American Club. Trainer: Alexa Zapanta. Laney, T-450, Wed. Apr. 10, 3 – 4:30 p.m. Faculty contact: Alicia Caballero-Christenson

  • Poor People’s Hearing – Part of the https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.orgstudents and community members will testify about the challenges they face around housing, health, and education, including the challenges of being a part-time faculty member. Laney Forum, Wed., 4/17, 12 – 4 p.m. Faculty contact: Kimberly King.

Initiatives: Guided Pathways, AB705, and everything else!

  • Student Funding FormulaOutcomes-Based Funding in Three States. While on the whole, the findings appear positive for full-time students while part-time students show negative or no measurable improvement in the areas of degree completion, credit accumulation, and transfer.
  • Reading Apprenticeship Conference: “Literacy at the Heart of Institutional Change.” Fri., May 3 – Sat., May 4: RSVP Link.
  • Data Coaching for Guided Pathways — The terminology might be a bit off, but the framework of collaboration around fraught act of “deep data diving” makes a lot of sense.
  • Breaking Down Partnerships in Education — This K-12, community college, and university conference is focused on developing whole sector partnerships for improvement. F., April 19, San Diego.
Other Articles and Resources
Appreciation Cards During the January District Flex, I handed out these cards at the beginning of the day (images of the Oakland Port cranes and single oak trees) for people to appreciate others who have held them up or who they’ve leaned upon. I sent them out via inter-district mail and asked the recipients to post them visibly somewhere in their office and to send a card to someone else. See if you can find them! If you have someone you’d like to appreciate, send them an email with a note and this image, or stop by the Teaching and Learning Center at the District Offices for a card!