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Staff Development Office News: Tu, 11/6/18

6 November 2018

Hi Peralta,
This week, we’re taking a closer look at mental health with two amazing events at Laney and BCC after both COA and Merritt viewed Resilience this term AND an office hour on lowering the costs of textbooks through Open Educational Resources.
This week’s highlights on mental health:
A few other tidbits:
  • Propose a workshop for the pre-term flex days? Make a proposal here:
    • Theme: Working Together. Possible topics: equity, pedagogy and reading, initiatives, inquiries, social justice, resilience, classified professionals, etc.!
  • This week’s SDO Office Hour: Open Educational Resources (Th, 12:15 pm)
Weekly Online Discussions
This Week’s Conversation: Thursday, 12:15 pm

OER/Open Educational Resources: What is it and how can it lower the cost of college for students?
A team across the district has been developing OER resources and will discuss what OER looks like and how you might go about adopting low-cost or no-cost options for your textbooks.
Guest: Andrew Park (Physics, COA) (or phone: (646)876-9923. Meeting ID: 787 346 295.


Want to learn how to Zoom? (Zoom Trainings)

Peralta Events
Other Staff Development Resources
Other 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


Some inspiration (and a call for mindfulness) in this short article on test scores and mindfulness: 

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SDO Office Hours: How to Improve Meetings (Th, 11/1/18)

1 November 2018

Presenter: Scott Hoshida

Interested in a workshop, please contact the presenter!

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Staff Development Online Office Hours: Fall 2018

30 October 2018

In Fall 2018, the Staff Development Office began piloting online office hours each Thursday from 12:15 – 1:15 pm.

Fall 2018 Office Hours (topics, agendas, and notes)

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Staff Development Office News: Tu, 10/30/18

30 October 2018

Hello Peralta,
How do we have difficult discussions about the news or our students’ struggles? This guide from Vanderbilt (Difficult Dialogues) might be a good place to start. Or, maybe our colleagues can inspire us as they organize a Teach-In on Housing (today!), create an on-going discussion on Mental Health in the Hood (W, 11/7), or initiate a conference onSolidarity and Mental Health (F, 11/9). 
Here’s the latest news from the Staff Development Office on Tuesday, 10/30/18.
College Flex Day Highlights (remember to fill out your evaluations!)

  • COA: Presentation on Guided Pathways by Mary Shaughnessy
  • Merritt: Screening on Resilience with a discussion led by Stefani de Vito and Hilary Altman
  • Laney: Screening and Discussion of Talking Black in America and a smorgasbord of after workshops, including Study Skills, Graphic Arts, Culturally Humble Teaching and Service
  • BCC: A continuation of the campus discussion, From Conflict to Collaboration, and a round-robin plenary with a focus on guided pathways.


Merritt College watching Resilience (left). Mary Shaughnessy and Sabeen Sandhu (PDC Chair) at COA’s flex day program (right).
Weekly Online Discussions
This Week’s Conversation: Thursday, 12:15 pm

How can we improve meetings? We spend a great deal of time in meetings discussing ideas, but often they feel pointless. How do we re-think how we spend our time together? (or phone: (646)876-9923. Meeting ID: 787 346 295.

Peralta Events
Other Staff Development Resources
Other 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


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Campus Event: Solidarity In Mental Health, F, 11/9/18, 8:30 – 5:30, BCC

23 October 2018


Note: Registration is closed but we still need volunteers! Please sign up to volunteer here:
#PracticeSolidarity Join us for a daylong interactive community event committed to creating change. We are inviting all (educators, students, interns, policymakers, activists) who are interested in how mental health andsocial justice connect in different spaces. We will hear voices from QPOC – Queer People of Color, the UCRC – Undocumented Resource Center/DACA students, the Ryse Center, our Umoja Learning Community, and varioushealth and wellness providers.  We are calling our community to join us in Waking Up, Standing Up and Lifting Up the needs of our most marginalized. We need your voice!! Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. During lunch enjoy our self-care space, with massage, meditation and aromatherapy. The second half of the day will contain an interactive activity, debrief and actionable intentions.


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Laney Event: Mental Health in the Hood

23 October 2018



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Teach-In: Voting and Housing Insecurity (T, 10/30/18, Laney)

23 October 2018

Please see the attached flyer about the Oct. 30 teach-in about Voting and Housing Insecurity.

A group of faculty, students, staff and community members have been building a Laney chapter of the new Poor People’s Campaign through our Teach-In planning committee. Since spring of 2016, they have held  teach-ins each semester to talk with the community about social and political issues affecting the Oakland community, including Peralta students, faculty and staff.(

They invite you to attend the next Teach-In on 10/30: Pipeline to Housing and Education Security: Building Unity for the Power We Need.

Faculty, please consider bringing your classes or offering extra credit to students to attend.

Data suggests that at least 14% of Peralta students are homeless. The number of those who worry about housing stability each month is far higher.  What’s the role of our government in meeting the basic needs of the people, such as housing?  Does voting make a difference?

We hope you and your students can come out on Tues., Oct. 30 from 9:30 am-1:30 pm. at the Student Center at Laney College.

The Teach-In is co-sponsored by the Poor Peoples Campaign Teach-In Committee, the Women’s Economic Agenda Project, Associated Students of Laney College (ASLC), and the Umoja-UBAKA Student Success Community at Laney.

Featured Speakers:

John Jones III is currently the Director of Community and Political Engagement for the East Oakland Black Cultural Zone, and is also on staff for The Dellums Institute for Social Justice.As a father of three and born and raised in East Oakland, John is also formerly incarcerated, and has spent over 14 years behind bars in the California Youth Authority and state prison. After being paroled in 2012, John went unemployed for eighteen months and was homeless. John became involved in community organizing and advocacy to empower himself and others. John uses his personal story of pain, trauma, faith and transformation to inspire young people as well as fight for policy change.

Sandy Perry has been a lifelong community activist and justice advocate, especially after moving to San Jose in 1990. In 1991, Sandy joined both the Affordable Housing Network and what is now known as CHAM Deliverance Ministry, and has been an active volunteer in both ever since. He currently serves as CHAM’s Outreach Minister and a tenant organizer and president of Affordable Housing Network. Over the years, Sandy has participated in countless marches, demonstrations, sit-ins, speak-outs, teach-ins, building takeovers, and tent cities.

~ See attached flyer and educational materials ~

(some attached; some linked below)

Attached and listed below are educational materials instructors may want to use with their classes to prepare for the teach-in

1) “Here’s how the Poor People’s Campaign aims to finish what MLK started” from LA Times. An article about the new Poor Peoples Campaign. (attached)

2)The Fundamental Principles of the Poor People’s Campaign (attached)

3) “Homeless U: How Students Study and Survive on the Streets”A link to a radio show about homeless students that includes a Laney College student.

4) Oakland and Berkeley Homeless Sweeps May be Unconstitutional”.

5)  “Still Hungry and Homeless in College”, the full report by the Hope Lab (long report-attached- you can assign excerpts)

We hope you find these materials helpful in talking with your students about the significance and possible solutions for housing insecurity and homelessness in Oakland and the surrounding areas today. Your students probably have much personal knowledge they can share on the topics as well.

SEE YOU ON OCT. 30!  9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Laney Student Center, 3rd floor


Some History of the 1967-68 Poor Peoples Campaign 

with Martin Luther King

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College Flex Day Agendas (Th., 10/25/18)

18 October 2018

Agendas for College Flex Days below

Berkeley City College Flex Agenda DRAFT (10/25/18)

College of Alameda Flex Agenda (10/25/18)

Laney Flex Agenda (10/25/18)

Merritt Flex Agenda (10/25/18)

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Staff Development Office Newsletter: T, 10/16/18

16 October 2018

Hello Peralta,

Here’s the latest news from the Staff Development Office on Tuesday, 10/16/18. 
This is the Last Week to Take the Mid-Semester Staff Development Survey
Highlights :

  • College PD Days: Thursday, 10/25! Your PD committees have been working very hard to create great flex days. Please be sure you sign-in!

  • Building Resilience: Our students face numerous issues outside the classroom, and we in response we’ve set up food pantries, housing resources, and events, including teach-ins at Laney and a conference on Solidarity and Mental Health at BCC. (See Peralta Events for more).
  • Online Office Hours: Mental Health and Resilience. Th., 10/18, 12:15 pm (phone/video)
Weekly Staff Development Online Discussions
This Week’s Conversation: Thursday, 12:15 pm

Mental Health and Resilience (10/18): How do we build (or phone: (646)876-9923. Meeting ID: 787 346 295.

Upcoming Conversations:

Running Effective Meetings, Housing and Homelessness, OER (11/8), and MORE!

Past Conversations:  

Reading Apprenticeship, Faculty EvaluationsCanvas and integration webinar (video)Column Advancement, Canvas Questions, Classified Professional Development.
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.
Events, Articles, and Other Resources
Peralta Events
  • Th, 10/25: College Flex Days — See your college professional development committee for more information!

  • Tu, 10/30, 9:30 – 1:30. Teach-In on Housing Insecurity. Laney Student Center.


  • W, 11/7, Laney D200, 6:30 pm: Mental Health in the Hood V: Surviving the Foster Care System/Accepting Adoption
  • F, 11/9, BCC: Conference on Solidarity in Mental Health (registration)
Outside Events and Links
Other Staff Development Resources


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Guidelines: How to Build a CoP?

12 October 2018

While the Staff Development Office explores how to develop CoPs as a primary mode of professional development in PCCD. Tentatively, we’ve developed this template (PCCD CoP Values and Guidelines) to help groups explore how they will work together, the types of questions that guide their work, and the formats that will shape their work.

Step 1: Identify an affinity group, problem that needs to be solved, questions that need to be explored.

Step 2: Bring together a group of people who represent varying perspectives on this issue and bring people together.

Step 3: Develop guidelines, roles, and process.

Step 4: Start working

Step 5: Reflect regularly on the values and goals and make adjustments as necessary.

Here’s a link to a few of them:

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