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Staff Development Blog

SDO Office Hours: Study Abroad Programs (Wed,. 2/6/20)

11 February 2020

Andrea Lee and Drew Gephart stopped by the Staff Development Office Online Office Hours to explain how faculty can build a study abroad program.
For students, these types of experiences can be life changing. Many have not had the chance to travel abroad and away from family, so these types of opportunities give them perspectives beyond classroom and online education. In addition, Andrea mentioned the Dance Department at Laney was reinvigorated by creating this capstone experiences to Ghana and Haiti. Other programs include Critical Thinking in Belize, Cosmetology in London, and Business in Japan.
Faculty who develop these programs and recruit enough students to join have the cost of travel subsidized and are paid for the course(s) they teach. In addition, the Office of International Education provides logistical support for the creation and implementation of each class.
Recruiting students and helping them raise funds for their trip requires a great deal of attention and support. While scholarships are given to some students, many must create a plan to raise money through direct donations, savings, and events.
More Information:

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Laney’s Poor People Campaign, Tuesday, 2/25/2020

7 February 2020

On Tuesday, February 25, 2020, Laney’s Poor People Campaign will host its semesterly event  focused on Basic Needs and Elections. Location: Laney Forum (map).

In the evening, there will be a presidential candidate debate in the Laney Bistro from 6 – 9 pm.

Classes are welcome!

Articles you might want to use in class!

Send more that might build out this site!

On Housing:

  • Moms 4 Housing — It’s important to understand that they strategically picked the house on Magnolia because it had been purchased by Wedgewood, LLC as an investment that they left vacant while thousands are unsheltered in Oakland.
  • “In College and Homeless.” from The New York Times (2/20/20) with a focus on community college students in California.

On the Election

Websites for the remaining Democratic Candidates:

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Community of Practice: Building a Trauma-Informed Institution

7 February 2020

In Fall 2017, faculty at Berkeley City College were awarded grants for a Focused Inquiry Group (from BCC’s Teaching and Learning Center) and a President’s Innovation Award grant to purchase the film, Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.  Since then, all four campuses have watched the film that launched an initiative to create a trauma-informed institution and BCC has launched an annual Summit: Solidarity in Mental Health.



  • Resilience, the Film — Anyone with a Peralta employee email address can stream this 1-hour film that tells the story of medical research into the implications of toxic stress.

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Spring 2020 Staff Development Office Newsletters

27 January 2020

Please see the latest Staff Development Office newsletters for the Spring 2020 year:

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Distance Education Online Workshops (Spring 2020)

22 January 2020

Distance Education coordinators will provide online trainings during the Spring 2020 term:

  1. How to Make Videos with Screencast-Chris Bernard-Wednesday, January 29th, 11am-12pm in Confer Zoom
  2. How to be Inclusive Online-Monica Ambalal-Friday, March 6th, 11am-12pm  in Confer Zoom 
  3. Regular and Effective Contact-Jennifer Fowler, Monday, April 6th, 3pm4pm in Confer Zoom
  4. How to Apply the OEI Course Design Rubric to your Class-Chelsea Cohen, May 7th, 11am-12pm in Confer Zoom

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Staff Development Office Newsletters: Announcements before Spring 2020

8 January 2020

In order to publicize the workshops, presenters, and meetings at Peralta Community College District’s flex day at Merritt College, these bulletins were sent out:

  1. Tuesday, January 7, 2020
  2. Thursday, January 9, 2020 (forthcoming)
  3. Tuesday, January 14, 2020 (forthcoming)

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Spring 2020: Pre-Semester Flex Days

6 January 2020

District Flex Day

Thursday, January 16, 2020, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Merritt College


College Flex Days

Friday, January 17, 2020


Berkeley City College

College of Alameda

Laney College

Merritt College

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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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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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District Education: Online Student Services

14 November 2019

On Thursday, November 11, 2019, the Staff Development Office hosted Inger Stark (Laney, Sociology) to discuss plans for building online student support services. Below are a few of the highlights:

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