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Staff Development Office Newsletter: T, 10/29/19

29 October 2019


Hello Peralta, 

Last Tuesday, college Professional Development Committees and the District Offices held activities for all employees, including a Puente workshop at BCC on students’ multiple identities, faculty-led presentations on guided pathways and study-abroad programs at COA, curriculum and travel-form workshops at Merritt, and movement-based activities at Laney, including a drone demonstration and Zumba! If you have photos, please send them along to share.

First ​BCC Flex Day in the Atrium.
2) Merritt Curriculum Workshop.

Want to Propose a Workshop?

Even though we’re still a few months away, please consider proposing workshops and topics for upcoming flex days at your college and the district. We’re always looking for presenters and ideas, continued work from communities of practice, and ways to improve our well-being and morale! Please email


Teaching Tips: 

On Friday, October 18th, Trish Nelson (English, COA) led the workshop, “Transforming Learning Modules You Like into Models You Love” that included an excellent (and rapid) protocol to reflect on teaching with a partner teacher. This Reading Apprenticeship workshop used an easy template to design a course or unit that would meet learning goals in these areas: content, literacy, metacognition, social/personal, cognitive, knowledge-building, assessment. Here’s the framework, which can be applied to courses across the disciplines.


Staff Development Office Hours

Thursday, October 31st, HALLOWEEN, 12:15 – 1:15 pm 
Open Educational Resources:  
How can I use OER materials to make learning more affordable (and equitable)?
Did you know that in Spring 2019, OER adoptions were projected to save our students over $500k? Learn more about how to research, review, and select OER materials.
Phone +1 646 876 9923
 Meeting ID: 210 466 2570

Two Weeks Ago: Laney’s Lavender Project website and Webinar video link.


Peralta Events

Online Teaching Workshops

Presenter: Chelsea Cohen, Laney’s Distance Education Coordinator
Have Fun with Video, 12/6, 12 – 1. Workshop Descriptions. Online:

Basic Needs Summit Laney College

presented by the Community College League of CA with Laney College. Friday, 12/6/19.
“More than ever before, our colleges are seeking innovative solutions and best practices to address basic needs insecurity among our students.”


Outside Events, Conferences, and Workshops

NCORE Webinar Series

National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education. Topics Include: (10/30/19) Keeping the Dream Alive: A College-Wide Approach to Embracing DREAMers (11/20/19) Race, Immigration, and Fake News, and more.

“Finding Our Way to Equity: Facilitating Embodied Action for Social Justice”

F, 11/1 – Sa, 11/2. Registration. NorCal Equity Institute 2.0

Managing Stress Workshop

Tu, 11/5, 10 am – 12 noon. District Boardroom, Office of Human Resources

CCCTechConnect:Free Online Services for Meeting, Teaching, and Learning

F, 11/15, 12 noon. Online Registration.


Staff Development Office Hours

Thursdays, 12:15 pm Fall 2019 Schedule and Past Sessions

This Week: Open Educational Resources

In a presentation last spring, Peralta’s OER Community of Practice shared the impact of OER adoption in Fall 2018: 84 sections, 2665 students, $358,676 saved. They projected that with increased adoptions, students would save over $500k. If you’re interested in learning how to research and adopt high-quality materials and resources for your classes, please join us! You’ll also learn how to apply for a stipend to research texts that you might adopt. Presenter: Andrew Park (Physics, COA).



Staff Development Resources:

  • Past Staff Development Office Newsletters
  • Faculty Column Advancement News: 
    • @ONE graduate-level continuing education courses APPROVED. Now, if faculty take @ONE courses, pay to receive official transcripts, they can turn in these completed courses transcripts to the appropriate HR staff member to have those credits apply to column advancement without prior approval. 
  • Faculty Evaluations
  • Flex Day Schedule for Fall 2019 – Spring 2020 Academic Year 
    • Spring 2020
      • Thursday, January 16, 2020 — District Flex
      • Friday, January 17, 2010 — College Flex
      • Thursday, March 19, 2020 — College Flex


What I’ve been reading, seeing, and hearing …

  • AB705 Reports: For those following the state-wide implementation of AB705, which asks CCCs to remove remedial math and English sequences to address equity and improve students’ rate of transfer, this article summarizes findings from these reports, two by PPIC (Report 1 and Report 2) and one from the RP Group
  • While I’m wary of the use of the term “High-Impact”, a few workshops listed in the High-Impact Practices in the States conference guide piqued my interest, including “Improving Retention for First-Year Students,” “Cultivating Student Scholars Through Identity Development,” and “Cafeteria Style Grading.”
  • Here’s a photo from an interactive performance during the 2nd Annual Solidarity in Mental Health Summit, Incarceration and Community sponsored by BCC’s Wellness Center:

Suggestions for topics, articles, and anything else are always welcome!

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