Plan Your Professional Development for 15-16!

ATLC listserv
If you are not already subscribed to the Assessment, Teaching, and Learning Community (ATLC) listserv, sign up here!  This listserv is the primary method the office of Assessment, Teaching, and Learning (ATL) disseminates information about events of interest to faculty and staff in our Washington State CTC system, including our Fall and Winter retreats, the new 15-16 Systems Biology Workshop Series, state-wide conversations about issues of importance such as “Standing in the Gap” and “English 101 as ‘Next Space,’” and our Bridge to College English (BCTE) Course Refinement and Development Meetings.

SBCTC Professional Learning Calendar
This google calendar is regularly updated with all of the professional learning opportunities offered by our agency, including the annual Best Practices event, eLearning’s popular Open Educational Resources (OER) training and Introduction to Canvas for Faculty, and other trainings such as Bootcamps for Professional Technical Instructors.

ATL Blog
If you follow Jen Whetham’s Blog, you can find out how to join a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on hybrid instruction and read meditations on hot topics like Standardized Testing by Bill Moore.  Jen also posts opportunities that fund faculty travel and participation in national projects—like this invitation to participate in an assignment charrette in New Orleans.  Sometimes Jen will even ask for help when she is preparing for an event!

Spring ATL Conference
Save the Dates: May 4-6, 2016
Our annual spring conference brings together educators to broaden their understanding of teaching, relate effective learning practices, and exchange insights, methods, and strategies that promote and support student learning.  This year the keynote is the leading authority on communities of practice, social learning theorists and consultants Etienne and Bev Wegner-Trayner.

FLC Grants
Read about the FY 15-16 FLC grant recipients here!  A faculty learning community (FLC) is a group of educators (faculty, administrators, professional staff) who collaboratively design and then implement a structured, intensive, year-long professional learning experience for its members. Together, the community builds a curriculum of study that engages complex problems and focuses around the members’ individual and collective teaching and learning.  To support system-wide professional learning related to instruction and innovation, the Assessment, Teaching, and Learning (ATL) and eLearning and Open Education departments of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) invites faculty, staff, and administrators to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to fund Faculty Learning Communities.  Applications for FY 16-17 will be available in March 2016.

As usual, Jen welcomes your questions, comments, and suggestions!  Contact her at jwhetham@sbctc.edu

2015 Best Practices Exchange: From Emerging Practice to Excellent Performance: Our Journey to Culture Change

Invitation
You are invited to send a team (up to six people) to the sixth annual statewide Best Practices Exchange.

  • Who: Faculty, staff, and administrators from Student Services, Institutional Research, and Instruction (including Basic Education for Adults and Workforce Education).  As you build your team, think about how to represent multiple areas on your campus.
  • What: We invite colleges to attend this event as a team to learn about and customize strategies that advance student achievement and success.
  • When: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 27, 2015.  Lunch will be provided.
  • Where: McGavick Center (Building 23), Clover Park Technical College
  • How: The Institutional Research Department will register up to six team members from your college.

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Karen Stout President and CEO of the Achieving the Dream, will present on learnings and successes from this decade of reform and speak to the next big things that colleges must address to keep the momentum of the movement moving forward.

Plenary Sessions

  • Student Success Principles In Action: Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges Show the Way
  • Working Families Success Network (WFSN): Building Capacity in High Need Programs

Concurrent Sessions

  • Equity:  Strategies that close the achievement gap for historically under-represented students.
  • Student Achievement Initiative:  Practices that have led to significant gains in the student achievement milestone areas of basic skills and pre-college transition to college, retention and progression, and completions.
  • Workforce:  Responding to the workforce needs of the local community.
  • AtD:  Culmination of Achieving the Dream experiences.

Contacts

  • Questions about the event: Joe Holliday (360-704-4334)
  • Questions about registration: Brooke Allinder (360-704-4315)

Best Practices 2013 Presentation Materials Available

The presentation materials from the 2013 Best Practices Exchange  are now available on the SBCTC website.

If you click on the link, you will find

  • a copy of the agenda
  • brief descriptions about each presentation
  • the slide decks from each presenter

You can also access Davis Jenkin’s keynote presentation: “Starting with the End in Mind: Building Guided Pathways to Student Success.”

In addition, you can find the presentation and summary materials from the previous years’ events.

2013 Best Practices Exchange

ImageInvitation: Colleges in the SBCTC system are invited to send a team of four to six faculty and administrators to the fourth annual statewide Best Practices Exchange to discuss strategies that lead to student success to and through student achievement momentum points.  The event is scheduled for October 29, 2013 at Clover Park Technical College.  The event will begin at 9:00 am and end at 3:30 pm – box lunches will be provided.

The Agenda: Based upon research from the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University and at the request of the presidents, we have modified the event to include a smaller number of presentations: each will highlight strategies with demonstrated evidence of moving students to and through student achievement momentum points.  Davis Jenkins, senior research associate with the CCRC, will be the keynote speaker.

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