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Staff Development Offices Newsletter, Tu, 11/5/19

5 November 2019

Hello Peralta,

This week, Merritt is kicking off Native American Heritage Month on Wed., 11/6, 9:30 am, and PD Committees are debriefing mid-term flex activities (so please fill out the surveys!). Alex Madonik shared photos from COA’s Flex Day, and the Staff Development Advisory Group will be meet on W, 11/13/19, 2:15 – 3:30 pm via Zoom (reply for an invite). I’m currently looking more closely at the Chancellor’s Vision Resource Center, a state-wide platform for online learning for CCC employees, including content from, discussion boards for state initiatives, and a framework for building additional content. Let me know what you think!


Propose a Workshop for Flex (Professional Development) Days: Th, 1/16/20 & F, 1/17/20

Please consider proposing a workshop either for the district or college flex days to share what you’ve learned at a conference or training, insights from an inquiry or community of practice, or to facilitate a conversation around an important issue. Please email

Here’s an incomplete list of Communities of Practice in Peralta, an excellent Guide for Organizing CoPs, and a CoP Rubric that I’m drafting.


Teaching Tip: Safe Spaces v. Brave Spaces

At a recent Equity Training by 3CSN, the facilitators started with a discussion that compared safe spaces v. brave spaces. They included a policy document from NASPA subtitled, “Historical Context and Recommendations…,” Aware-LA’s “Communication Guidelines for a Brave Space,” and a chapter “From Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces” from Arao and Clemens’ book, The Art of Effective Facilitation. I’m sure there are differences in opinion about whether our discussion spaces, online or in person, in classrooms or via FAS emails, ought to be safe or brave, and these articles might provide a useful context for exploring how we communicate and interact.


Staff Development Office Hours: Professional Development Planning for Spring 2020

In preparation for the discussion, check out any of the articles above as we discuss possible activities for Spring 2020.

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 12:15 – 1:15 pm

Phone +1 646 876 9923

    Meeting ID: 210 466 2570

Last Week: Open Educational Resources (video link with unedited transcript).

F2019 Staff Development Office Hours


Peralta Events


Online Teaching Workshops 

What Is Peralta’s Equity Rubric?, F, 11/15, 12 – 1

Have Fun with Video, F, 12/1, 12 – 1

Spice Up Your Online Discussions, Th, 12/5

Presenter: Chelsea Cohen

Laney Distance Education Coordinator



Basic Needs Summit Laney College, 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


NCORE Webinar Series

National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education

Topics Include:

(11/20/19) Race, Immigration, and Fake News

And more!


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

F, 11/15, 12 noon

Online Registration


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 …

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


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