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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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