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Sabbatical Awardees: Spring 2019

30 April 2019

On April 9, 2019, the Board of Trustees approved the following sabbaticals that had been reviewed and selected by each college’s Professional Development committee:

Sabbatical Awarded to College Discipline Proposal Scope of Work
Alicia Caballero-Christenson Laney Mexican/Latin American Studies and Ethnic Studies Ancestral Sacred Traditions Create a course on curanderismo, a series of workshops on healing for Laney, and build a study abroad network to study these traditions.
Jackie Graves Laney English Why We Wake Up: A Memoir Complete revision and seek publication of her memoir that shares the near death of her sister, the untangling of family trauma, and their journey of healing.
Scott Hoshida BCC English Research to Propose Changes to PD in Peralta Interview PD practitioners and experts in the field, develop an annotated bibliography of research, and draft and present a proposal for changes to professional development in Peralta
Cora Leighton BCC Communication Harnessing the Power of Mediated Communication to Increase Success in Online Communication Courses Publish a Canvas Database of best practices for online communication courses; revise course outlines to reflect recent pedagogical practices in online communication courses; prepare and schedule a Flex Day Workshop on best practices in online courses that involve or could employ communication activities (in other words any course); outline the needed infrastructure, technology and staffing required to create a Communication Workshop for the future.
Mary Shaughnessy COA Counseling — EOPS Develop Proficiency in Spanish Achieve Spanish proficiency in order to serve COA’s Latinx students and families who are undocumented.
Stefanie Ulrey COA English Create Non-Credit Transition Classes for ESOL and Bilingual Students Research transition programs for ESOL and bilingual students, develop non-credit courses for COAs students, and launch three courses upon her return.

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Staff Development Office Newsletter: Tues., 4/30/19

30 April 2019

A few quick notes for this week:
  • Sabbatical Awardees: On Thursday, May 2nd, 12:15 – 1:15, a few sabbatical awardees will share the projects and activities selected by their colleges Professional Development Committees. (Zoom info: Phone:1 646 876 9923, Meeting ID: 960 049 670)
  • Faculty Professional Development Survey: This survey will planning for next year’s professional development activities, so please be sure to fill out this form! (note: classified and administrative surveys coming soon!)
  • “Making Higher Education Just” The second lecture on this page (with transcripts) by Dr. Estela Mara Bensimon explains the role of “Equity-Minded Competencies” in achieving racial equity in higher education.
  • Planning for next year! If you’re at all interested in presenting during the opening flex days at the district or colleges, please contact either your college professional development committees or me directly. We’ve already begun mapping out the year!

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SDO Newsletter: Tuesday, April 23, 2019

25 April 2019

Hello Peralta,
As we wind down the term (with a flurry of meetings, finals, and more meetings), you might want to check out COA’s FabLab like I did during the SDO Office Hour on Maker Spaces with Maria Guzman, and this Thursday we’ll take a closer look at social justice centers, curriculum, and activities!
An Online Conversation on Social Justice in Peralta
with Alicia Caballero-Christenson from Laney College’s Social Justice Center
Thursday, April 25, 12:15 – 1:15 pm
 Ph: 1 646 876 9923; Meeting ID: 960 049 670
Faculty PD Survey To plan for the Fall 2019 – Spring 2020 term, faculty please take this Staff Development Survey: Staff Development Faculty Survey

Administrator and Classified Surveys will be sent out during the next month!

Events, Initiatives, and Everything Else

  • Student Funding Formula webinars can be found on the State Chancellor’s Office
  • Reading Apprenticeship Conference: “Literacy at the Heart of Institutional Change.” Fri., May 3 – Sat., May 4: RSVP Link
Reporting Staff Development Hours (FT Faculty)
Status tracker: 17 full-time faculty reporting thus far on Fall 2018.
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:
Podcasts I’ve been listening to:
Dope Labs: Two Ph.D.s in biology and engineering (TiTi and Zakiya) tackle pop culture topics, like “Cuffing Season” and “Wakanda Forever”, and always bring in an expert to help break down the issue. They’re looking for more experts to help the show, too: Experts Needed
Have a great warm week! Time to get those sandals out of the closet!

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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!