Open for Business! Register Now for the 2018 ATL Conference

Registration is now OPEN for the 2018 Assessment, Teaching, and Learning Conference!

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Centering Student Learning:
Connecting Completions, Equity, and Guided Pathways

May 2 – 4, 2018
Vancouver Hilton Hotel
301 W 6th Street, Vancouver, Washington 98660


Smarter Balanced Placement Agreement for Math: An Interactive Webinar

You are invited to join Bill Moore and Anton Jackson, Director for Student Assessment at the Office for Superintendent of Public Instruction, for a virtual meeting!

When: February 27th from 3 to 4:30
To Join:

  • Provide an overview of the recommended changes in the system-wide Smarter Balanced placement agreement for math,
  • Clarify the specific implications of the proposal,
  • Answer any questions people have about the language.

Anton Jackson will provide a technical perspective on the specifics of the high school assessment.

If you’re interested in these issues please join!

Sharing is Caring: This invitation is meant to be spread as widely as you’d like with colleagues who would like to provide some feedback!

To Prepare for the Meeting: Here’s a reminder about what’s involved and some updated information for you to review prior to the webinar session:

  1. The 2017 Legislature passed a law making significant changes to the K-12 assessment requirement, including shifting the timing of the high school assessment from the 11th grade to the 10th grade (that shift had been in place for 2 years with the English assessment but NOT for math). This shift means we need to revisit our placement agreements, so a work group met in December to recommend changes in the language in order to maintain the agreement.
  2. We’ve been seeking feedback on the recommendations before taking them to our system leadership for final approval; here’s a link to the document with the proposed changes for math. (In addition to the recommendations the document includes a bit more background to the new law as well as a link to a  Google form for providing feedback)
  3. To allow more time for feedback and system discussion we have pushed the decision schedule from the winter meetings to the spring; the plan is to take the final proposed changes in the agreement language to the Instruction Commission during their spring quarter (May 17-18) meeting.
  4. To provide more detailed background information about the assessment itself (what the levels mean; definitions of scale scores and threshold achievement descriptors, etc.), see this page on the Smarter Balanced web site.
  5. OSPI has produced new information and guidance about the changes in the math assessment since we drafted the recommendations and posted our initial requests for feedback. The materials are at the “Grade 10…” links on this web page and are very useful in understanding specifically how the math assessment is changing as it moves from the 11th grade to the 10th


Affordable Cost for Course Materials: 10,000 Washington Community & Technical College Students Have Spoken

Two exciting webinars that tell a story about system’s OER work!

What do college students believe is a reasonable cost for class materials? How does the cost of the materials affect them? What recommendations do they have for improving textbook affordability?  SBCTC and WACTCSA have partnered to conduct a survey to (1) gauge students’ threshold of what is considered low cost for course materials, (2) explore the influence of course materials costs on student enrollment decisions, and (3) identify student recommendations  to improve the affordability of course materials.


Date/time: February 21, 2018 at 11am Pacific Time

Register Here for webinar login information.

OER Adoption: Stories from State Leaders Webinar Series

Please join ISKME for a new webinar series with state leaders, focused on sharing best practices, lessons learned, and recommendations for successful Open Educational Resource (OER) adoption. The webinar series will kick off during Open Education Week. This five part series showcases state leaders who will be sharing their stories of how they got started with OER, how they determined goals and priorities, and their successes and challenges along the way. Our system’s story will be shared on the 24th of April.

Host: OER Commons

Date/time: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 2:00pm Pacific Time

Register Here for webinar login information.

Questions?  Contact Boyoung Chae, Ph.D.
Policy Associate, eLearning & Open Education
Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
OpenWa|Open Attribution Builder
OpenEd Support and Services

Scholarships for DREAMer Students in Washington State!

You may have read about Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos’ recent $33M contribution to TheDream.US scholarship program for undocumented students.

TheDream.US is now offering a $14,500 two year scholarship ($7,250 per year) for Washington State Community College Graduates. Students can use the scholarship at the University of Washington – Seattle Campus or Eastern Washington University.

We need your help in getting the word out about the scholarship which closes March 1st.

Attached is an overview and here is a link to TheDream.US Scholarship:

If you have any questions, please reach out to Candy Marshall, President of TheDream.US at 206-972-7898 or

Candy Marshall
C: 206-972-7898
TheDream.US |
A NationalCollege Access and Success Program for DREAMers
Building the American Dream one graduate at a time

New Cohort of Colleges Selected to Join Guided Pathways Initiative to Improve College Completion

Guided Pathways is an approach that simplifies the number of course selection choices a student must make and directs entering students into an intentional, comprehensive program of study within one or two terms.  The process from college entrance to program selection to degree completion is streamlined, providing students with a clearer, more efficient path to completion.

Five additional colleges were selected to receive implementation grants from College Spark totaling $2.5 million over five years:

  • Clover Park Technical College
  • Lower Columbia College
  • Renton Technical College
  • Spokane Falls Community College
  • Tacoma Community College

These colleges join College Spark’s initial commitment to Guided Pathways at Everett Community College, Peninsula College, Pierce College, South Puget Sound Community College, and South Seattle College.

For more information, read the press release, this Longview Daily News article featuring Lower Columbia College, or this Seattle Times article featuring Renton Technical College.

Submit apps for ELC AWARD by Feb 14!!

Connie Broughton Leadership & Innovation in eLearning Award - 2018

­­­­­Please Consider Applying

for the

Connie Broughton
Leadership & Innovation in eLearning Award

Are you a leader or innovator in eLearning?

Are you doing new or interesting things that affect learners in online, hybrid/blended, or web-enhanced courses? Are your friends and colleagues wowed and amazed at your innovation? If so, you, YES YOU, are an eLearning leader or innovator.

Do you know of someone who is doing great things and probably wouldn’t apply for themselves? If so, please nominate them!

The winner will be announced at the 2018 Washington Canvas Conference (WACC).

Applications are Due by February 14, 2018

Please visit the URL below for details and a link to the application form:

Rainy day learning to the rescue!

compass logo for Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

It’s just what you need to brighten those dreary rainy days, so grab your computer and a hot beverage and dive into an awesome professional learning opportunity with the Office of eLearning & Open Education at the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges.

Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities:

  • Accessibility 101: The Basics of Inclusive Design

    • April 16th … registration opens on February 12th
  • OER: 101 How to Use Open Educational Resources 
    • March 5th  … registration opens on February 8th
  • Canvas 101: Introduction to Canvas
    • March 5th … registration opens on February 8th
    • April 2nd … registration opens on February 12th
    • May 7th … registration opens on February 12th
  • Quality Matters: Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR)
    • February 8th…  registration is open – only 7 seats left and it starts tomorrow, so sign-up today!
    • April 5th … registration is open
  • Quality Matters: Improving your Online Course (IYOC)
    • March 1st … registration is open
    • May 11th  … registration is open

Important Links:

Our classes are in high demand and fill quickly, so don’t delay!!!

How to Create a Positive Future

Are you feeling overwhelmed and exhausted by change?

As internet technology transforms every aspect of contemporary life . . . is it possible to creatively use these disruptions to serve greater numbers of our students?

This is indeed a mindset shift worthy of our collective attention, yes?  To re-see problems as opportunities . . .

If making breakthroughs in the company of your colleagues from the 34 CTCs sounds like just what you’ve been needing (especially as your computer reboots yet again) . . .

Winter CTCLDA Conference
March 2, 2018
Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland

Michael Horn, author of Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Education Will Change the Way the World Learns, will offer insights stimulate and inform your day-to-day work!

Formerly known as the professional development group known as “The Association,” the CTCLDA offers high quality learning and networking opportunities for CTC employees who wish to develop their capacity for leadership.

Don’t miss this very special event!

Questions?  Contact Kati Hays at

What Does “Affordable” Mean to Our Students?

As you may know, in late 2017 WACTCSA and SBCTC conducted a survey on the affordability of course materials with our state community & technical college students.

Led by the Student Association, with assistance from many system councils and commissions, this was a true system-wide collaboration. We are happy to report that we collected over 10,000 responses from our students.

We have finished the initial analysis of data and are ready to share a summary of preliminary findings:

Want to know more?  We are offering a webinar on Feb 21. To register, visit CCCOER Spring Webinar Series. A full report will be released in March 2018.

Thank you again for your incredible support and partnership. We did it!

Questions?  Please contact Boyoung Chae at

Scholarship Fund in Jim Crabbe’s Name

On Sunday, January 28th, 2018, our deputy director of the Education Division at SBCTC, Jim Crabbe, passed away from a heart attack.

Jan Yoshiwara, our executive director, writes:

“This is sudden and a shock for his family and for all of us. Jim was a long time, well respected colleague and friend here at the State Board as well as the college system and will be missed by many. Jim made his mark in the system. He was instrumental in putting workforce education on the map for us and positioning our colleges as the state’s primary workforce education provider.”

Jim’s family has set up a scholarship fund in his name and would prefer donations to this scholarship in his memory instead of flowers.

Donate online:
Designate: Scholarship
In the “Notes” section, please specify “Jim Crabbe Memorial Scholarship.”

Donate via Mail
The Jim Crabbe Memorial Scholarship Fund
c/o SPSCC Foundation, Building 25
2011 Mottman Road SW
Olympia, WA 98512

South Puget Sound Community College’s Foundation has graciously offered to manage the funds. Students at all community and technical colleges will be eligible to apply. While the criteria will be worked out with Jim’s family, one possibility is to add a scholarship to the All Washington Academic Team awards in Jim’s name for a student pursuing a workforce education degree.