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Staff Development Office Newsletter: Tuesday, 9/10/19

10 September 2019

Hello Peralta,
This Thursday (9/12/19)  from 12:15 – 1:15 pm, I’ll be discussing two early-term issues that can be quite vexing: Faculty Evaluations and Column Advancement. Please check out the link below to sign-in via Zoom and see all the other professional learning events available!

Coutts argues that tending to language when discussing identity, initiative, mindfulness, praise & feedback, listening, thinking, and community can change class culture and improve student learning. Simple questions, like “What makes you think that?” or using “we” rather than “you” can make a difference!

Save the Date:
Solidarity in Mental Health 
(last year’s video and notice)
10/16, Berkeley City College
Contact: BCC’s Wellness Center, Janine Greer
College and District Offices Flex Days
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
This year, in addition to flex days at each of the 4 colleges, 
the District Offices will be organizing professional development activities for district staff. 
Please be on the look out for more information on all 5 events!
presented by the Community College League of CA with Laney College
Currently Seeking Presentation Proposals 
F, 12/6/19
“More than ever before, our colleges are seeking innovative solutions 
and best practices to address basic needs insecurity among our students.”

Other Events, Conferences, and Workshops

Guided Pathways Webinar
Speakers: Deans from Napa Valley and Evergreen Colleges

646 876 9923 (US Toll) Meeting ID: 418 023 535

W., 9/11/19, 4 – 5 p.m.

Multiple Measures Assessment Project
Early Implementers Report, W, 9/11/19, 12 – 1 pm
Statewide Report on Access, Enrollment, and Success: F, 9/27/19, 12 – 1 pm
And more!
Reclaiming Our Narrative:
 Conscious Collaboration and Innovation through Leadership
(Note: Peralta students and employees are free)
Th, 10/17/19 – F, 10/18/19
Chabot College
10/9/19 – 10/11/19, Burlingame, $605–$755


11/13 – 11/15, $10,000 for a team of 10
Staff Development Office Hours
Thursdays, 12:15 pm
This Week: Column Advancement and Faculty Evaluations


Phone 646-876-9923 Meeting ID: 210 466 2570
  • Flex Day Schedule for Fall 2019 – Spring 2020 Academic Year ([http://Fall 2019 – Spring 2020 Academic Year]PDF):
    • Tuesday, October 22, 2019 — College Flex
    • Spring 2020
    • Thursday, January 16, 2020 — District Flex
    • Friday, January 17, 2010 — College Flex
    • Thursday, March 19, 2020 — College Flex
  • Column Advancement

    • If you’ve been approved to use a lower-division course for salary advancement (up to 20 units), please submit official transcripts with your Course Request to the Human Resources Generalist assigned to your college. Or, if you’re submitting graduate-level coursework, please submit official transcripts directly to HR.
What I’ve been reading…
  • In this article, “Study Shows Students in ‘Active Learning’ Classrooms Learn More Than They Think”, the researcher explains,  “‘Deep learning is hard work. The effort involved in active learning can be misinterpreted as a sign of poor learning,” he said. “On the other hand, a superstar lecturer can explain things in such a way as to make students feel like they are learning more than they actually are.'”

  • This bit of research on the adolescent brain seems particularly important as we reach into our high schools through dual enrollment and as the definition of “adolescence” expands into the early twenties.
  • Another RSA video on the “The Tyranny of Merit” that might be useful when discussing our equity work. (3 min)

If you’re reading anything that you want to share, please send a link!


Scott Hoshida

Staff Development Officer

(preferred pronouns: he/him)

Peralta Community College District


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