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Staff Development Office Newsletter: Tu, 12/3/19

3 December 2019

Hello Peralta, 

Welcome back from the holiday break! 
To kickoff the Spring 2020 term, the District Flex will be on Thursday, 1/16/2020, at Merritt College. Please mark your calendars and RSVP, an agenda will be out soon!

RSVP for S2020 District Flex 

Thursday, January 16, 2020, Merritt College

Maybe it’s just me, but the end of the fall term always feels like the push towards finals after Thanksgiving (or “Takesgiving”) can be especially difficult as students study, prepare for transfer, and register for classes. 
Students with a history of toxic stress can be affected more deeply. On page 17-19, of Trauma-Informed Practices in Post Secondary Education: A Guide a few recommendations in these final weeks seem useful:
  • Check-in with students: help them name the stress and develop healthy strategies for lowering their anxiety.
  • Help Identify Support Structures: encourage students to seek support from each other, tutors, and even yourself!
  • Maintain High Expectations: “Maintaining consistent expectations, limits, and routines sends the message that the student is worthy of continued unconditional positive regard and attention.”



Office Hours 

Noncredit Courses: Positive Daily Attendance and other issues.

Guest: Beth Maher, Laney, ESOL, and Noncredit Coordinator
Please come to learn how to develop noncredit courses and certificates, h examples, and how to take Positive Daily Attendance

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 12:15 – 1:15 pm

 Join by video or phone: 

Peralta Events

Forklift Training

  • T, 12/17/19. District Office: General Services Conference Room #1.

Online Teaching Workshops

Presenter: Chelsea Cohen, Laney Distance Education Coordinator

  • F, 12/6/19. Presented by the Community College League of CA with Laney College

Other Events

Peer Online Course Review (POCR) Interactive Webinars by CVC – Online Education Initiative.

Zoom: OR (646) 876 9923. Meeting ID: 700 995 889

  • 12/12, Instructional Design and Accessibility Support
  • 1/16/20, The Future of Quality: Managing POCR as a Strategic Change Initiative
  • 2/13/20, Many Tools, One Mission: How POCR Supports Guided Pathways, Vision for Success, & Equity

Interested in Accessibility Trainings?

The CCC Accessibility Center offers office hours, campus-based training, workshops, and self-paced courses.

  • F, 1/10/2020, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Merced College. Registration: $10 + service fee.

NCORE Webinar Series (National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education) 
  • 1/29/20. When the ### Hits the Fan: Reactionary Programming Toolkit.

3CSN Equity 101 Online Training

  • M, 2/3/20 – Su, 3/22/20. Online. Registration Deadline: 1/29/20, $175.

Annual Adjunct Rhetoric Conference

  • Sa, 2/29/20. University of San Francisco.

On Course National Conference

  • 5/7/20 – 5/9/20. Palm Springs, CA.

Online Teaching Conference

  • 6/17/20- 6/19/20. Pasadena, CA.

Staff Development Resources

Past Staff Development Office Newsletters

Faculty Column Advancement: 

  • @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 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 …

  • In “Why Are Campuses So Tense?”, Claude Steel compares the current volatility on college campuses to his own experiences. 
  • MDRC has a number studies on math pathways, programs designed to “nudge,” and changing developmental education practices.
  • This article on nudging in higher-ed claims that its use hasn’t yielded the promised results, and an article on learning communities forwards the long-standing idea that these intensive experiences best serve “at-risk” students.
  • Others innovators, like Wayfinding, a tiny 2-year college of 15 students (in Portland, of course), is experimenting with a model that leverages students’ interests with some interesting design principles, and the author of Alternative Universities claims that the modern university suffers from a “poverty of imagination.”
  • I first heard the hook for Old Town Road from my 6 year old who heard it on the playground, but this podcast does a nice walk through the history of the song and the debates whether a hip-hop song can be country, too.

(Note: If you hit a firewall for any of these articles, ask your local library if they have a subscription. It’s worth it!).

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