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SDO Office Hours: Study Abroad Programs (Wed,. 2/6/20)

11 February 2020

Andrea Lee and Drew Gephart stopped by the Staff Development Office Online Office Hours to explain how faculty can build a study abroad program.
For students, these types of experiences can be life changing. Many have not had the chance to travel abroad and away from family, so these types of opportunities give them perspectives beyond classroom and online education. In addition, Andrea mentioned the Dance Department at Laney was reinvigorated by creating this capstone experiences to Ghana and Haiti. Other programs include Critical Thinking in Belize, Cosmetology in London, and Business in Japan.
Faculty who develop these programs and recruit enough students to join have the cost of travel subsidized and are paid for the course(s) they teach. In addition, the Office of International Education provides logistical support for the creation and implementation of each class.
Recruiting students and helping them raise funds for their trip requires a great deal of attention and support. While scholarships are given to some students, many must create a plan to raise money through direct donations, savings, and events.
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Distance Education Online Workshops (Spring 2020)

22 January 2020

Distance Education coordinators will provide online trainings during the Spring 2020 term:

  1. How to Make Videos with Screencast-Chris Bernard-Wednesday, January 29th, 11am-12pm in Confer Zoom
  2. How to be Inclusive Online-Monica Ambalal-Friday, March 6th, 11am-12pm  in Confer Zoom 
  3. Regular and Effective Contact-Jennifer Fowler, Monday, April 6th, 3pm4pm in Confer Zoom
  4. How to Apply the OEI Course Design Rubric to your Class-Chelsea Cohen, May 7th, 11am-12pm in Confer Zoom

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District Education: Online Student Services

14 November 2019

On Thursday, November 11, 2019, the Staff Development Office hosted Inger Stark (Laney, Sociology) to discuss plans for building online student support services. Below are a few of the highlights:

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Staff Development Office Hours — Fall 2019

3 October 2019

This fall, the Staff Development Office will host weekly office hours on various topics with guest speakers from around the district.

During Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, we experimented with a number of different topics with varying levels of attendance, and we’d like to continue this format to encourage more people in the district to share their experiences working on a variety of issues, including diversity in hiring, guided pathways, pedagogy, and a number of other issues!

If you’d like to propose a topic, please contact with your suggestions and to set up a time!

Here’s the current schedule of topics:

Fall 2019 SDO Office Hours

Notes from past office hours:

Before Fall Term The First Day and Week of Class
Th., 8/29/19 Brainstorming Topics for Office Hours
Th., 9/12/19 Faculty Logistics: Column Advancement and Evaluations
Th., 9/19/19 Leading Effective Meetings
Th., 9/26/19 Contract Grading with Kelly Pernell (video)
Th., 10/10/10 Laney’s Lavender Project with Amy Bohorquez (video & slides)
Th., 10/17/19 Equity: What Is It? What Does It Look Like?
Th., 10/31/19 Open Educational Resources (video & slides)
Th, 11/14/19 Distance Education: Online Student Services

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SDO Office Hour: Maker Spaces and Mentalities (Th, 4/11/19)

18 April 2019

The Bay Area has had a number of Maker Faires that merge DIY initiative and ingenuity with artistic play and creativity. In Peralta, we have two Maker Spaces, one at COA ( and another at Laney (  To get a better sense of what these labs offer our campuses, Maria Guzman gave us a tour through Zoom to give us a quick tour of the COA FabLab: Video Tour of COA FabLab (1)  and . Video Tour of COA FabLab (2).

What I saw was amazing! Students and staff had fabricated tables, created add-ons to bicycle bags, and worked on large-scale art projects, but more importantly the space embodied an ethos of engagement and inclusivity that was clear in the energy that each of the speakers shared.

I left our discussion wondering how we might a Maker ethos (questioning, engaging, creating) into more of the work that we do. Or, in other words: how do we have a little more fun solving problems with energy, collaboration, and ingenuity.





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Staff Development Office Hour: Guided Pathways Debrief (Th., 3/14/19)

14 March 2019

On Thursday, March 14, 2019, during a discussion of the Guided Pathways initiatives at our four colleges, we asked a number of excellent questions and gathered resources that might help others understand the initiative, the research, and ways to move forward with the work. Thanks to Catherine Nichols and Stefani deVito for many of the materials!

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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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