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.

2015 IGNIS Webinar Schedule!


Join Us in Collaborate

Thursday, February 5th, 2015, 2 pm
My Decade of Mistakes: Four Things I Did Wrong as an OL Teacher
Alyson Indrunas
eLearning Director, Everett
Click here for Recording and Materials

Thursday, February 19th, 2015, 2 pm
Position Stands
Janet Hinson, MS, CHES
Faculty, South Seattle

Thursday, March 19th, 2015, 2 pm
Universal Design for Learners
Al Souma
Counselor, Seattle Central

Thursday, April 16th, 2015, 2 pm
Reading Strategies for the Digital Age
Bellingham Technical College Faculty Learning Community

Thursday, May 7th, 2015, 2 pm
Quality Matters’ Principle of Alignment
Brenda Boyd
Director of Professional Development and Consulting at Quality Matters Program

Thursday, May 21st, 2015, 2 pm
Making Accessibility Accessible
Terrill Thompson
Technology Accessibility Specialist, University of Washington

[New Research Release]

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

is excited to release a new report on how faculty members use open educational resources:

Qualitative Investigation of Faculty Open Educational Resource Usage in the Washington Community and Technical College System: Models for Support and Implementation

Based on interviews with 60 faculty in Washington’s community and technical college system, and built upon a previous state-wide survey with 770 faculty, this study is meant to be shared widely.  Download the full report at http://goo.gl/dERBtX.

Please contact the authors of this paper, Boyoung Chae (bchae@sbctc.edu) and Mark Jenkins (mjenkins@sbctc.edu), with any questions.

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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!


Seattle Times Article About SBCTC Year 12 Math Course

Photo by Eric Jacobs for The Seattle Times

Photo by Eric Jacobs for The Seattle Times

The Education Lab Blog, a “yearlong project to spark meaningful conversation about education solutions in the Pacific Northwest,” just published an article about an exciting project we are working on here at SBCTC.

Read “New Course Can Help Vault Students into College-Level Math” to find out more about the college readiness math course we are creating to help foster meaningful alignment between high school and community college curriculum.

The goals of developing and making this “Year 12” course available statewide are to

  • Provide more high school students with a clear opportunity to avoid remediation and placement testing when they enter college
  • Improve curricular alignment between K-12 and entry-level college courses
  • Increase the understanding of key elements of Common Core State Standards for high school teachers and college faculty
  • Develop and/or sustain local college/school district partnerships with a particular emphasis on faculty/teacher collaboration

We are also working on a senior year college readiness English course.

Questions?  Please contact Bill Moore at bmoore@sbctc.edu

SBCTC Website Redesign: Give Input Online Before July 3rd!


Invites YOU to help us create a user-friendly website!

Take part in a Card Sort study and help us organize the site in an intuitive, user-friendly way.

Quick and Dirty
• Allow about 10 to 15 minutes.
• Sort website topics into groups that make sense to you.
• Add items by dragging and dropping them into groups
• Assign titles to your groups.

There are no right or wrong answers!

When you’re done sorting all of the topic cards, be sure to click “Finished” at the upper right to submit.

Get Started! Choose the Card Sort (below) which most closely resembles your relationship to the community and technical colleges:

Internal audiences: SBCTC and CTC Staff and Faculty, Committee Members (e.g. Trustees, Board, Advisory Committees)

External audiences: School or Social Service Counselor, Parent, Student, Government or Agency, Employer

Want More Information? Card Sort study detailed instructions

Please share this announcement widely! College lists, LISTSERVs, partner agencies, commissions, students, community partners, employers, friends, family, social media . . .

Questions? Contact Sherry Nelson slnelson@sbctc.edu or call her at 360-704-4308

Transforming the Classroom through the Standards for Mathematical Practice: Blackboard Collaborate Recording, Slide Deck, Handouts, and More Resources

Assessment, Teaching, and Learning SBCTC LogoThank you to Carren Walker of Collaborative for Ambitious Mathematics for her fabulous webinar yesterday!

Transforming the Classroom through the Standards for Mathematical Practice” presents online resources to support teachers who seek  to change both content and pedagogy in their courses, with a focus on active learning, formative assessment, and specific examples of tasks and approaches.

Carren Walker

Click here to view the Blackboard Collaborate recording

Click here for Carren’s handouts from the presentation

Click here to view the slide deck from the presentation

Click here for a SHORT Survey of Your Participant/Viewing Experience

During the webinar, participants asked for a list of reading resources for more information.  Below are Carren’s recommendations:

  1. Sherin, M. Louis, D. & Mendez, E.P. (2000). Students’ Building on One Another’s Mathematical Ideas. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 6, 186-190.
  2. Lotan, R. (2003). Group-worthy tasks. Educational Leadership, 60(6), 72-75.
  3. Kazemi, E. (1998). Discourse that promotes conceptual understanding. Teaching children mathematics, 410-414.
  4. Herbel-Eisenmann, B.A., & Breyfogle, M.L. (2005). Questioning our Patterns of Understanding. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 10(9), 484-489.

Two long pieces:

  1. Staples, M. (2007). Promoting whole-class collaborative inquiry in a secondary mathematics classroom. Cognition & Instruction, 25(2), 161-217.
  2. Gresalfi, M. (2009). Taking up opportunities to learn: Constructing dispositions in mathematics classrooms. The Journal of the Learning Sciences, 18, 327-369.


Featherstone, H., Crespo, S., Jilk, L.M., Oslund, J. A., Parks, A. N., & Wood, M. B. (2011). Smarter together! Collaboration and equity in the elementary math classroom. Renton, VA: NCTM.

FLC GraphicJoin members

of the

SBCTC-Funded 2013-14 FLCs

as they share what they have learned through their work!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

2pm to 3pm

in the IGNIS Webinar Room

Reimagining Relationships Between High School and College Instructors

Tacoma Community College

LGBT+– LGBPTQIA Socially Responsible Faculty

Highline Community College

Transitioning a Face-to-Face Course to a Hybrid Course Using the Quality Matters™ Rubric Standards and Best Practices for Blended Learning

Olympic College

Reading Apprenticeship Across Disciplines and Programs

Highline Community College

SBCTC Webinar: Transforming the Classroom through the Standards for Mathematical Practice

Assessment, Teaching, and Learning SBCTC LogoChange is happening in Pre-College Mathematics!

  • Pressure is mounting to get students into certification and degree bearing tracks
  • The GED now demands more conceptual math understanding as well as more algebraic content

How Can Faculty Address These Shifts?

Transforming the Classroom through the Standards for Mathematical Practice

Monday, May 19th, 3:30 to 5:00 PM

Carren WalkerAfter a brief overview of institutional responses, Carren Walker of Collaborative for Ambitious Mathematics will present online resources to support teachers who seek  to change both content and pedagogy in their courses, with a focus on

  • active learning and formative assessment
  • specific examples of tasks and approaches

Click here to login to the IGNIS Webinar Room

Carren Walker is currently enrolled in a doctoral program for Math and Science education housed in the Center for Research of Math and Science Education and offered through University of California-San Diego and San Diego State University.  During her tenure as Mathematics faculty in the Washington State CTC system, she was part of the Rethinking Precollege Math Project (RPM), where she worked on identifying curriculum and pedagogy to support inverting an Algebra I course.

In addition, Carren worked with a team of mathematics faculty across the state to identify strategies to positively impact student beliefs and dispositions about their ability to learn math.  She also worked with a team of ABE and Developmental math faculty to modify the curriculum to accelerate progress to certificates and degrees—as well as attend to the demands of the new GED.

No registration required.  This webinar will be recorded and posted to the ATL Blog!