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Staff Development Office Newsletter: Tuesday, 11/19/19

19 November 2019

Hello Peralta,

After the fall district flex was moved from Laney to COA this fall, it provided an opening to rotate the location. Not only does it bring people to the 4 campuses, but it makes it easier for staff and faculty from those campuses to attend. On Thursday, January 16th, 2020, Merritt has graciously offered to host the day! 
Workshops and meeting are still being developed, and if you would like to share research or practices that you think would benefit your colleagues, please propose a workshop by emailing
We’re still looking for people to present on the following topics: grant writing, reports back from equity trainings (Skyline and/or 3CSN), former sabbatical awardee reports, and anything else!


Teaching Tips: Test Stress and Anxiety

We all probably know students who face test anxiety, especially as we head into finals. College often provides all kinds of stress. On the one hand there’s healthy stress that helps me meet deadlines, but in many cases (and what I’ve witnessed with many of my students), such anxiety can be debilitating.
In addition, there’s been research into stereotype threat that may exacerbate already stressful and anxiety provoking situations. Rather than leave it up to the students to grapple with these issues alone, instructors can provide tips for students, like arriving early for tests or other stress-reducing techniques. And instructors can address stereotype threat by promoting growth mindsets and reducing possible triggers in the classroom. Read below for more!
A few resources:

Let me know if you have more resources or will try some of these out!


Staff Development Office Hours: Faculty Diversity Internship Program

Guest: Alejandro Wolbert Pérez, Faculty Diversity Internship Program, Coordinator, Ethnic Studies, BCC
Come learn about the program’s structure, participant activities, and ways to support the program!

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 12:15 – 1:15 pm

Phone +1 646 876 9923

    Meeting ID: 210 466 2570

F2019 Staff Development Office Hours


Peralta Events


from the Office of Risk Management

Harassment Awareness and Diversity Training

W, 11/20/19

9 – 11 am OR 2:30 – 4:30 pm

District Office Boardroom

Forklift Training

T, 12/17

District Office

General Services Conference Room #1

(note: changed from 11/19)


Online Teaching Workshops 

Have Fun with Video, F, 12/1, 12 – 1

Spice Up Your Online Discussions, Th, 12/5

Presenter: Chelsea Cohen

Laney Distance Education Coordinator



F, 12/6/19
presented by the Community College League of CA with Laney College

“More than ever before, our colleges are seeking innovative solutions

and best practices to address basic needs insecurity among our students.”


Interested in Equity?

Here’s a Matrix of Equity Trainings from around the state.

 Please forward other opportunities AND ideas for what Peralta can create!


Outside Events, Conferences, and Workshops

Peer Online Course Review (POCR) Interactive Webinars

by CVC – Online Education Initiative

    +1 646 876 9923 (US Toll)
    Meeting ID: 700 995 889

Th, 11/21, Incentives and Recognition for Local POCRs

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.


National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education

Topics Include:

(1/29/20) When the ### Hits the Fan: Reactionary Programming Toolkit

And more!


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

  • 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 …

  • This webinar on classified professional develop helps clarify from where the funding came and how it’s to be implemented.
  • Sociologists warn not to over-rely on student evaluations, and this report looking at non-economic outcomes for college graduates names three key things they were exposed to: good teaching, academic challenges, and diversity interactions. The caveat for the third finding was that it was not uniform across aggregated groups.
  • This Harvard resource discusses Toxic Stress and what we can do about it.
  • This article from the LA Times documents stories of DACD immigrants.

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


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