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Staff Development Office Hours — Fall 2019

3 October 2019

This fall, the Staff Development Office will host weekly office hours on various topics with guest speakers from around the district.

During Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, we experimented with a number of different topics with varying levels of attendance, and we’d like to continue this format to encourage more people in the district to share their experiences working on a variety of issues, including diversity in hiring, guided pathways, pedagogy, and a number of other issues!

If you’d like to propose a topic, please contact staffdevelopmentofficer@peralta.edu with your suggestions and to set up a time!

Here’s the current schedule of topics:

Fall 2019 SDO Office Hours

Notes from past office hours:

Before Fall Term The First Day and Week of Class
Th., 8/29/19 Brainstorming Topics for Office Hours
Th., 9/12/19 Faculty Logistics: Column Advancement and Evaluations
Th., 9/19/19 Leading Effective Meetings
Th., 9/26/19 Contract Grading with Kelly Pernell (video)
Th., 10/10/10 Laney’s Lavender Project with Amy Bohorquez (video & slides)
Th., 10/17/19 Equity: What Is It? What Does It Look Like?
Th., 10/31/19 Open Educational Resources (video & slides)
Th, 11/14/19 Distance Education: Online Student Services

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Staff Development Office Newsletter: Tu, 10/1/19

1 October 2019

Hello Peralta,
Welcome to October! Please be sure to mark your calendars that the mid-semester College Flex is Tuesday, October 22nd. Each of the professional development committees are finalizing schedules and should make them available soon, so if you’d like to ask for space and time, please contact them ASAP!
 
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Teaching Tip: 
In this short (10 min) video, Michael Wesch’s first tip for improved online teaching is to declutter the interface by shortening the menu to two items: Home and Grades. According to Wesch, it converts to a mobile device more readily and clarifies exactly where students should go. He also does great work justifying each of his syllabus decisions, including why he chose one text and another book that he almost chose. I was surprised that he actually reads the assigned text to out loud to student, so they can hear his own excitement AND his comments in the audio that he provides. He cuts amazing videos with production quality far beyond my abilities, but definitely worth checking out.

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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!
 
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PERALTA EVENTS
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Online Teaching Workshops
Presenter: Chelsea Cohen
Laney’s Distance Education Coordinator
What is Regular/Effective Contact?, 10/11, 12 – 1
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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
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Transforming Learning Modules you Like into Modules You Love 

A Reading Apprenticeship Workshop

F, Oct. 18, 2019, 11:00-1:30 (lunch included)
College of Alameda, Room L234
RSVP for Workshop HERE

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Manya: A Living History of Marie Curie
Sa., 10/19/19, 2:30 pm, Laney
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College and District Office Flex Days
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Please be on the look out for more information on all 5 events!
 
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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.”
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Other Events, Conferences, and Workshops

​No endorsements of these
Online workshops by 3CSN: Registration & Workshop Descriptions
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National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education
Topics Include:
Keeping the Dream Alive: A College-Wide Approach to Embracing DREAMers
Race, Immigration, and Fake News
and more!
Guided Pathways Bay Area Region Discussion
“Misconceptions of Guided Pathways”
W, 10/2, 4 – 5 pm
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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
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“Finding Our Way to Equity: Facilitating Embodied Action for Social Justice”
NorCal Equity Institute 2.0
F, 11/1 – Sa, 11/2
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Staff Development Office Hours
Thursdays, 12:15 pm
 
This Week: No Session
(Please feel free to submit a request or recommendation!)

Zoom:
https://cccconfer.zoom.us/my/shoshida

Phone +1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 210 466 2570
Recording of Office Hour on Contract Grading (w/unedited audio transcript)
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  • 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
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What I’ve been reading and watching…
  • This site (http://toodamnyoung.com/) is a community and resource for young adults navigating grief that was shared by Esther Suarez. Many students face grief from the loss of a loved one, and we are often unprepared to help them cope with this life-changing event.

  • This article, “What One Professor Learning From an Informal Teaching Experiment,” explains how a professor tested two different delivery methods for the same course content. Read more to figure out what he discovered.
If you’re reading anything that you want to share, please send a link!
Scott

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Staff Development Office Newsletter: Tu., 9/24/19

24 September 2019

Hello Peralta,
I was lucky to go to UC Santa Cruz when instead of letter grades, I opted to receive narrative evaluations. Over twenty years later, I can read a professor’s single-spaced comments on essays I wrote, discussions sections that were too much too early, and the results of tests that I’ve long forgotten. This week, we’ll explore Contract Grading with Kelly Pernell (BCC, math) who’s experimenting with a new approach to how we assign value to student work and effort.
 
Staff Development Office Hour: Contract Grading: What Is It? Why Try It?
Th, 9/26/19, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
 
 
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Teaching Tip: 
Here’s a diagram for developing civic inquiries that uses a “social justice approach to student learning.”

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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!
 
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PERALTA EVENTS
W, 9/25, 9-1, Laney College
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Online Teaching Workshops
Presenter: Chelsea Cohen
Laney’s Distance Education Coordinator
What is Regular/Effective Contact?, 10/11, 12 – 1
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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
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College and District Office Flex Days
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Please be on the look out for more information on all 5 events!
 
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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.”
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Other Events, Conferences, and Workshops

Online workshops by 3CSN: Registration & Workshop Descriptions
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Multiple Measures Assessment Project
Statewide Report on Access, Enrollment, and Success: F, 9/27/19, 12 – 1 pm
And more!
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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
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11/13 – 11/15, $10,000 for a team of 10
 
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Faculty Association of California Community College Events:
Topics include, the state budget, policy, academic freedom, etc.
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Staff Development Office Hours
Thursdays, 12:15 pm
 
This Week: Contract Grading: What Is It? How Might It Transform Student Learning?
Bring your questions and suggestions!

Zoom:
https://cccconfer.zoom.us/my/shoshida

Phone +1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 210 466 2570
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  • 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
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What I’ve been reading and watching…

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

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Staff Development Office Newsletter: T, 9/19/19

19 September 2019

Hello Peralta,
This Thursday (9/19/19)  from 12:15 – 1:15 pm, I’ll lead a workshop: Leading Effective Meetings. The workshop will loosely be based these slides from UCSF (“How to Run an Effective Meeting”) and a training from Community at Work. Please find the zoom link below!

Teaching Tip: Help Students Explore Their Future!
Road Trip Nation gives students a chance to explore life after college by meeting people in different careers. This link asks 3 questions and quickly gives links to real people whose careers match those descriptions (https://roadtripnation.com/roadmap). In addition to the videos, each page has summaries of the person’s life milestones, educational and career paths (including the day-to-day work), and the challenges they have overcome. Here’s the link to an Assistant District Attorney and advocate for criminal justice reform: https://roadtripnation.com/leader/adam-foss.

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PERALTA EVENTS
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Online Teaching Workshops
Presenter: Chelsea Cohen
Laney’s Distance Education Coordinator
How to Teach Online, 9/19, 12 – 1
What is Regular/Effective Contact?, 10/11, 12 – 1
And more!
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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 Office Flex Days
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Please be on the look out for more information on all 5 events!
 
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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.”
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Other Events, Conferences, and Workshops

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Multiple Measures Assessment Project
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
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11/13 – 11/15, $10,000 for a team of 10
 
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Staff Development Office Hours
Thursdays, 12:15 pm
 
This Week: Leading Effective Meetings
Bring your questions and suggestions!

Zoom:
https://cccconfer.zoom.us/my/shoshida

Phone +1 646 876 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
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What I’ve been reading and watching…
  • In Yuba City, training for the Next Generation Science Standards are being led by teachers and not outside consultants. Here’s a video about how they’ve made it happen with support from Stanford’s Instructional Leadership Corps and even made it through a strike in 2016. https://youtu.be/HEgV4OvyCU8?t=164

  • In the article “Measuring Actual Learning…” article, the authors explain that college students feel like they learn more in classes using traditional lecture versus active learning. The data shows the opposite. One recommendation from the article is to explain early in a course why active engagement increases learning compared to listening to a brilliant lecture.
  • I’m attending trainings at the East Bay Meditation Center, and these “Agreements for Multicultural Interactions” seem like great ground rules for establishing trust and inclusivity.
  • “Was Email a Mistake?”  “There’s nothing intrinsically bad about e-mail as a tool. In situations where asynchronous communication is clearly preferable—broadcasting an announcement, say, or delivering a document—e-mails are superior to messengered printouts. The difficulties start when we try to undertake collaborative projects—planning events, developing strategies—asynchronously.”

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

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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!


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PERALTA EVENTS
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
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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!
 
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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.”
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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.

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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
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10/9/19 – 10/11/19, Burlingame, $605–$755

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

Zoomhttps://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/2104662570

Phone 646-876-9923 Meeting ID: 210 466 2570
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  • 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.
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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

Scott Hoshida

Staff Development Officer

(preferred pronouns: he/him)

staffdevelopmentofficer@peralta.edu

Peralta Community College District

https://web.peralta.edu/staff-development/

510-466-7313

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Staff Development Office Newsletter: Tuesday, 8/29/2019

29 August 2019

Hello Peralta,
This Staff Development Office Newsletter is back this Fall! Please take a look at some of the offerings, including a brainstorming session on office hour topics this Thursday, column advancement requests, and suggestions for an improved evaluation experience for instructional faculty.
For those mourning the sudden loss of librarian and colleague ,Phillippa Caldeira, the Benefits Office is working to provide bereavement support with Laney College.
Events, Trainings, and Conferences:

a full calendar of FREE events at UC Berkeley, including:

9/12, Ibrahim X. Kendi
9/19, California’s First Surgeon General
who appeared in Resilience, the film.
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Webinar: “Help Families Build Family Preparedness Plans”
Th, 9/5/19, 12 – 1 p.m.
Merritt, Newton/Seale Student Lounge (R10)

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English/ESL, F, 9/6/19
Math, Sa, 9/7/19
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9/16/19-11/23/19, $175
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11/13 – 11/15, $10,000 for a team of 10
 
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10/9/19 – 10/11/19, Burlingame, $605–$755
 
 

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Staff Development Office Hours
Thursdays, 12:15 pm
This Week: Brainstorming Office Hour Topics

Zoomhttps://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/2104662570

Phone 646-876-9923 Meeting ID: 210 466 2570

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  • 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.
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What I’m Reading and Watching:
  • Kevin Birmingham, the first part-time faculty to win the Truman Capote Award, writes a scathing critique of the systemic exploitation of part-time faculty. “The Great Shame of Our Profession”
  • UC Berkeley and Upward Mobility “The culture of intellectual Darwinism undermines the goal of equity in an era when so many students arrive without the cultural or financial resources once taken for granted…. California needs a master plan for equity, a goal that would take a combination of vision, political will and acumen.
  • “… How Bridging Creates Conditions to Solve Problems” . “..a deeper move is to move from interests to values and values to being.”
  • “The Anti-College Is on the Rise” “Programs like Wayfinding Academy — although they do help students translate their vocation into a job — represent a revolt against treating the student as a future wage-earner. “

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Fall 2019 District Flex Days

13 August 2019

Hello Peralta,
We’ll be kicking off the new academic year at the College of Alameda (Building F). Please be sure to let your colleagues know to make their way through the tunnel!
Please make changes to your RSVP if necessary. Thanks!​
Lunch will be served in the discipline and area meetings.

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