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Spring 2020 Staff Development Office Survey

11 May 2020

Every spring, the Staff Development Office conducts a survey to better understand the professional development interests and needs of the Peralta community. Here’s the results from the Spring 2020 survey:

Spring 2020 Staff Development Office Survey Results

A few highlights:

(with 108 reports…)

  • Unsurprisingly, the highest area of interest is in online/hybrid teaching and learning.
  • With 108 people responding thus far, 73% wanted to learn via online modules (independent and self directed) and 68% at flex days.
  • In the area of workplace professional development, the highest interest was in office technology (Office365, Zoom, etc.) with 70% wanting this content delivered on flex day and 65% through independent modules.


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Spring 2020 Staff Development Office Newsletters

16 April 2020

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Monday, May 18, 2020

Monday, May 11, 2020

Monday, May 4, 2020

Monday, April 27, 2020

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Monday, April 20, 2020

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Monday, April 13, 2020

Thursday, April 8, 2020

Monday, April 6, 2020

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Spring Break (COVID-19 Reschedule)

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Tuesday, January 20, 2020

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SDO Newsletter, March 11 Emergency Letter

11 March 2020

Hello Peralta!
In order to answer questions about Canvas, Zoom, or other questions , please join me today:

Wednesday, March 11, 2 – 4 pm via Zoom:

Phone: 1 646 876 9923 (Meeting ID: 210 466 2570)

As we enter these challenging and uncertain times, I wanted to acknowledge that:
  • People across the district are working together to figure out solutions! Don’t be afraid to ask for help 🙂!
  • How we communicate with each other is super important, especially when we think about how and what we communicate with students! (W.A.I.T is a helpful mnemonic: Why Am I Talking? or emailing…)


Here are Emergency Remote Teaching Resources from our amazing Distance Education Team:

  • Here’s a webinar for getting online quick (Fri, March 13th, 9 am)
  • I found this article on “Flattening the Curve”  that helped me understand the need for reducing opportunities for the virus to spread rapidly.

While it is NOT mandatory to move onto Canvas (there are other low-tech options), if you’d like support to move online, here are some resources:
  • I need help! I have questions! Please fill out this survey (Faculty Help Survey). We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
  • I want to help. Please fill out this survey (Faculty Volunteer Support Survey)
  • Each college is coordinating its own set of training and support systems. Please be on the look out for those locally.
Take care and don’t forget to wash your hands!

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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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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
  3. Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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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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