Behind the Scenes Look at the 2018 ATL Conference Theme

A few days ago, I woke up to an e-mail from a faculty member in the system that made me breathe a deep sigh of relief.

In the e-mail, this dedicated and passionate chemistry professor posed a question about the upcoming 2018 ATL Conference:

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

She wrote


“This theme is right on target!  Wow!  It’s like you crawled inside my head and plucked out professional development needs and community information sharing desires!”

Lest you think this post is purely self-congratulatory, I’d like to let you in on a little secret.  The night before, I had woken up around 2AM thinking panicked thoughts about the Call for Proposals I posted to this blog and to the ATLC listserv.

Thoughts like . . . Am I completely out of touch with your lived reality as a faculty member?  Have I mindlessly drank drunk the Kool-Aid?  Did I just create the most boring conference theme in history?     

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Teaching and Learning National Institute:

NITL PictureYou are invited to send a cross-functional team to the

1st Annual Teaching and Learning National Institute
Using Evidence for Improvement
July 31-August 4, 2016
The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington

This Institute is sponsored by Achieving the Dream, Inc., the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education, and Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC)

At the Institute, your team will

  • develop a plan for fostering a data-informed change initiative aimed at improving the quality of students’ experiences in courses and educational activities across the curriculum.
  • construct a two-year action plan for implementation—informed by current research on student learning and learning-centered campus practices, grounded in the specific context and experiences of your campus.

Teams might

  • tackle concerns about attainment and achievement gaps
  • explore strategies to raise the quality of student writing
  • work to build students’ quantitative reasoning skills across disciplines

NTL Picture 2Participants will be supported in using assessment results and research to design action plans to address specific issues, while also developing the skills and know-how to support a broader campus culture of learning-centered, evidence-based improvement.

Cross-Functional Team Make-Up: The recommended team will consist of at least 3 faculty members (ideally representing different disciplines), an academic administrator, and at least one other person from your campus who is central to your planning, such as the director for the Center for Teaching and Learning (or the equivalent), an institutional researcher, an assessment leader, a student affairs professional, a librarian, or an educational technology specialist.

Cost: The cost for the 2016 TLNI is $1350 per team member.

Contact: Please contact Emily Lardner of the Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education for more information.

Register Now! Beyond HB 1079

Beyond HB 1079 is a conference dedicated to advancing and providing educational opportunities for undocumented students in Washington State– regardless of their immigration status.

The 4th Annual Beyond HB 1079 Conference is open to undocumented high school and undocumented college students, family members, educators, community members, and advocates.

Saturday October 10th, 2015
7:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Everett Community College

Register Now!

FREE for high school students, college students, and family, parents, and guardians.
$20 for educators and community members.

This is a conference from undocumented youth to undocumented youth.

Through a series of workshops, panels, and interactive discussions we hope to provide awareness and resources, foster student empowerment, build a strong community, and take action.

We know that as a community we work better when we are one.

But most importantly we believe in you, and the power within you.

Questions?  Contact Maria Peña

Register Now for the Washington State Learning Community Coordinator’s Meeting!

Register Now!
Deadline: Friday, October 7, 2014

Washington State Learning Community Coordinators’ Meeting
Friday, October 16, 2015
8:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Cornish College of the Arts
Seattle, WA

This meeting is an opportunity for learning community program coordinators and those involved in integrative learning initiatives such as I-BEST to exchange ideas, share questions and effective practices, and hear about new research. Our goal is to continue to build and strengthen the Washington state network of learning community programs.


Due to limited space, we ask that each institution send no more than 2 representatives to this meeting. Please work with your LC coordinator and colleagues to determine who will attend before registering for this event.

To register, please email:

Questions: Brenda Orzino, Program Coordinator, Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education
The Evergreen State College
Phone: 360.867.6602
Fax: 360.867.6662

Shifting the Education Paradigm: Biology Instruction for the 21st Century

ISBThe Institute for Systems Biology just published an article in their newsletter, Molecular Me.  cropped-sbctc-image.jpg

Shifting the Education Paradigm” shares pictures of Washington State CTC faculty learning from ISB scientists, as well as a snapshot timeline outlining collaborations between ISB and SBCTC.

Read all about it!


The 2014 Kingsborough Autumn Institute on Learning Communities

kingboroughKingsborough Community College offers a two day series of active, collaborative, workshops on the “nuts and bolts” of designing and building learning communities and LC programs.  The autumn workshops will be held on Thursday and Friday, September 18 and 19, on our campus in Brooklyn, NY.

The workshops are appropriate for individuals new to learning communities as well as those who seek to reflect on and strengthen their practices.  We have been joined in the past by teams from across the nation, from two year and four year colleges. I’ve attached more detailed information to this email.

If you would like to send a team from your school we welcome you.

If you know of colleagues elsewhere who might be interested, please feel free to share the attached, or to direct them to Ms. Stephanie Akunvabey, Associate Director of Academic Affairs (; 718.368.6634).

NWeLearn 2014– Mike Caulfield to Keynote

NW eLearn2014 NW eLearning Conference

October 23-24, 2014, Boise ID
Where teaching, learning & tech converge!

Early bird registration ends August 29

Join us in Boise, ID for the 9th annual Northwest eLearning Conference. This year’s conference is hosted by Idaho State University and will be at the Red Lion in downtown Boise.

The NWeLearning conference features two full days of sessions on eLearning including lightning round presentations, roundtable discussions, and an insightful keynote address. This year’s jam packed schedule also includes a special track focusing on the K-12 environment for the first time.

NWeLearn 2014 Keynote Announced

Mike CaulfieldMike Caulfield, Director of Blended/Networked Learning at Washington State University Vancouver, is our keynote speaker. His provocative address, Taking Education Out of “Airplane Mode” will look at how technology can be used to connect students to each other and to the larger world. Mike has worked in educational technology since 1997 developing many types of e-learning projects including Flash-based educational games, a simulation-based online curriculum for Columbia University, and various projects for Fortune 500 companies.
For more info about the keynote and Mike, check out the keynote web page.
The NWeLearning Conference is a unique, cost-effective opportunity for faculty, administrators and instructional designers to come together to discuss best practices, collaborations, and ideas in integrating technology in learning.

Mark the date and register for NWeLearn 2014 today!

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Race and PedagogyJoin

2,000 educators, activists, students, parents, and community advocates


with colleagues from the local region, nationally and internationally around issues of access, equity and excellence for all of our students.

3rd Quadrennial

Race and Pedagogy National Conference

September 25-27, 2014

Register Now

Many participation options and rates are available!

No one, particularly students or unemployed and other low income individuals, will be turned away for lack of funds.

Concurrent Sessions Cover Three Subthemes

  • Freedom and Civil Rights Struggles
  • Institutional Readiness
  • Transformation and Revolutionary Pedagogies

Spotlight Sessions Spread Across 4 Strands

  • Teacher Development and Preparation
  • Teaching & Learning about Biology and Race
  • Arts as Public Pedagogy
  • Education and Criminal Justice

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Conyact Information

Race & Pedagogy Initiative
University of Puget Sound
1500 N. Warner St. #1023
Tacoma, WA 98416-1023

253.879.2907 (fax)

Solar Cell and Grant Writing Workshop at Green River Community College

Attend a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Solar Cell and Grant Writing Workshop!

Green River Community College
June 17-June 20

• Make solar cells with blackberry juice
• Learn about organic photovoltaic cells that are fabricated and characterized at Green River
• Take home materials to make your own

This workshop includes a grant writing component led by a former NSF program officer, John Dwyer.

John Dwyer

A Professor of Chemistry at St. Catherine University in Minnesota, John has received many NSF grants and will lead workshop participants through the process of writing a proposal to improve STEM education at their institutions.

Some funding is available that might defray the cost of travel.

Questions? Contact Chitra Solomonson at