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Webinars through the TLC

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015—11:00 am -12:30 pm at Sylvania Campus, TLC Lounge; "The Power, Possibilities and Perils of Video in Teaching and Learning"

Presenter: Angela Mathis, Video Producer/Digital Media Instructor, Prince George’s Community College

In today’s video-obsessed culture, educators need to know how they can harness video, as an effective educational tool inside and outside of the classroom. As a professional video producer and digital media instructor, Angela Mathis, will share innovative ways to use video to enhance teaching, engage students, reinforce learning and promote student success in higher education. Mathis will highlight research supporting video in education and provides interesting examples of how video can help faculty flip their classrooms and enrich their online courses.

Participants will learn the different styles of faculty and student produced videos, receive advice on the best types of instructional videos to create, find out what types to avoid and discover resources to help you get started. This media-rich webinar is sure to inspire you to brainstorm and develop ideas for using videos to help your students succeed.

Speak Up at School

Speak Up at School: Learn how to respond to biased remarks, and help students speak up as well. You will learn to name different types of biased language you hear at school, identify words that have become colloquial yet are still harmful, understand intent versus impact and gain valuable skills for creating a positive school climate.

Wednesday, September 30, 2:30 pm at SE TLC; Let’s Talk! Facilitating Difficult Conversations With Students

Let’s Talk! Facilitating Difficult Conversations With Students: Teaching Tolerance’s forthcoming resource, Let’s Talk!, will prepare you to facilitate conversations about race, racism and other forms of oppression. Build your capacity to broach uncomfortable topics with your students, and walk away with use-tomorrow strategies.

Wednesday, October 6, 2:30 pm at SE TLC; Responding to Hate and Bias at School

Responding to Hate and Bias at School: Just as schools have plans in place to respond to a fire or a natural disaster, we must also be prepared to respond to incidents of hate and bias. During this webinar, you will reflect on your school's climate, identify your school’s existing policies and procedures for responding to incidents of hate and bias, and learn ready-to-use tools to draft an action plan.

Wednesday, October 13, 2:30 pm at SE TLC;  Code of Conduct 

Code of Conduct: "How does my conduct affect the school-to-prison pipeline?" This webinar invites teachers, counselors, building and district leaders, and school resource officers to consider this question. Regardless of your role at school, you'll learn to apply responsive discipline practices to common student misbehaviors. Join Teaching Tolerance as we critically examine of our own “codes of conduct."

Tuesday Oct. 13, 2015, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm; location TBD; "It's Not Just Another Acronym: BYOD—Transforming the Campus"

Presenter: Steve diFilipo, Chief Information Officer, Milwaukee School of Engineering University

The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) acronym has introduced an element of F.U.D. (fear. uncertainty. doubt.) across university campuses—the on-campus conversation continues regarding policy, security and platforms. However, the concept for distance learning should be a given. Online students will ‘bring their own device,’ although there are some considerations to ensure the UX (user experience) is transparent. Steve diFilipo will take a brief trip down BYOD memory lane, note the current trends in BYOx and examine in detail the technical and pedagogical aspects of providing a robust and positive learning experience. Steve's career in technology and education has spanned more than 30 years. He co-authored the Educause ECAR research "The Consumerization of Technology and the Bring-Your-Own-Everything (BYOE) Era of Higher Education." He is also is the principal at JRS, LLC, an agency that provided technical currency to organizations and businesses adopting digital, mobile, social strategies. He has also held executive positions at Rowan College, Quantum Think, Campbell Soup and Deborah Heart & Lung Center.

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at location TBD; "Capturing the Spirit: Virtual Writing Center with Reference Support"

Presenter: Janice Lathrop, Head of Reference, and Dr. Jessica Rabin, Professor of English and Director of Writing Tutoring, Anne Arundel Community College

The AACC Virtual Writing Center with Reference Support uses desktop and voice conferencing to provide synchronous writing tutoring and research assistance, promoting retention and success for academically vulnerable student populations. Offering flexible, seven-day-a-week scheduling, the Virtual Writing Center maintains the student-driven pedagogy of traditional writing center tutoring and library instruction. After two years of pilots and planned growth, the service is now open to all enrolled students: all subjects, all delivery modes. Winner of the 2014 Innovations Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College, learn how we captured the spirit of traditional writing tutoring and research support in the online environment, what we discovered in the process, and how you can adapt this cutting-edge service to your institution's needs!

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015—11:00 am - 12:30 pm, location to be determined; "Complying with Copyright and Ownership Issues in Distance Education"

Presenter: Dr. Fritz Dolak, Copyright and Intellectual Property Office Manager and U.S. Copyright Office's Copyright Agent, Ball State University

Fritz Dolak will provide a comprehensive overview of what educators need to know in order to comply with copyright laws and respect intellectual property in a distance education environment. He will provide the basics for applying a fair use test to determine whether an educator can legally use copyrighted materials in his or her online course.

Congress passed the TEACH Act in 2002 to amend the U.S. Copyright Act to allow educators at accredited higher education or recognized K-12 institutions to transmit portions of legally-acquired audiovisual works over distance learning networks, without having to first obtain permission from the work's copyright owner. The CONFU Multimedia Guidelines were crafted to give educators specific portion limitations so they can comfortably comply with fair use limitations and not fear retribution. Fritz will also review the list he created for the Indiana Partnership for Statewide Education, "Do's and Don'ts for Transmitting Copyrighted Materials." As usual, as a small thank you ITC would give you $200 for the time you have taken to prepare for, and share with our members.

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, location to be determined; "Mobile Technologies can Make Learning Engaging and FUN!"

Presenter: Jeannine Burgess, Instructional Technology, Palm Beach State College

Studies show that instructors can create more interactive lessons with mobile technologies. Mobile tools can help instructors be more organized, encourage students to be more self-directed, and enhance an instructor’s ability to implement quality, engaging, digital content into online classes. Jeannine Burgess will share concrete strategies for implementing m-Learning activities. She will provide links to mobile apps and share examples of interactive activities, with their success rates in various disciplines. For example, she will demonstrate how students can use mobile technologies to present a topic, capture a moment, or share an idea. Attend this session to learn how to effectively integrate technology to help students learn, and implement engaging activities to make learning FUN!

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, 12:00 am - 12:30 pm, location TBD;  "How You, Too, Can Observe and Evaluate Online Teaching"

Presenter: Thomas J. Tobin, Ph.D., MSLS, PMP, Coordinator of Learning Technologies, Center for Teaching and Learning, Northeastern Illinois University

One of the hidden challenges about online courses is that they tend to be observed and evaluated far less frequently than their face-to-face course counterparts. This is party due to the fact that many administrators today never taught online courses themselves when they were teaching. Participants in this Webinar will learn six "secrets" to performing meaningful observations and evaluations of online teaching, including how to use data analytics, avoid biases, and produce useful results even if observers have never taught online themselves. Faculty members, online support staff, and administrators are the primary audiences for this Webinar.

Free One-day Courses (CE credits) from the Center for Careers in Education

The Center for Careers in Education offers courses on a variety of topics to help instructors increase their effectiveness in the classroom. The courses present and model research-based ideas and strategies and allow time for participants to share practices and applications with colleagues. They are free of charge to all PCC instructors. View more details and register for courses.

Recent trainings and workshops

Facilitator Training for Professional Learning Community Groups

August 24-27, 8:30am- 4:30pm
CLIMB Center
Free or $725. Faculty and Staff may use their summer C"http://www.pcc.edu/hr/benefits/tuition-waiver.html">tuition waiver to cover the cost of the training.
Lunch each day and a notebook with protocols, readings and many other tools for use when facilitating a professional learning community (PLC) and an opportunity be a member of a community of PLC facilitators at PCC. 2.8 CEUs will be distributed at the end of the workshop.
CRN 35334 via MyPCC, or by calling registration at 971-722-8888, Option 2.

Whether you call them Professional Learning Communities, Critical Friends Groups, or Collaborative Groups, the goal of the work is the same: to provide a forum for authentic professional development that focuses on developing collegial relationships and encouraging reflective practice in order to increase student achievement. By examining student and adult work through collaborative reflection, educators work to hold themselves accountable for continuous improvement toward helping every student learn.

Effective Professional Learning Communities operate in safe, effective, and productive manners that require intentional effort and a different set of skills, tools and processes than many teachers are accustomed to using in their classrooms. In the complex system that schools are, teachers need not only the opportunity to collaborate, but also training in the skills and tools, to move conversations forward to improve teaching and learning. Now more than ever, teachers need a safe place to seek answers to questions and professional challenges, to attend to real issues and dilemmas in their classrooms.

As a result of learning these new skills, tools, and processes for working together, educators will:

  • Understand the significance of engaging in active listening and meaningful dialogue about professional work and personal learning to improve student learning;
  • Develop, actively use, and hold each other accountable to a set of shared norms and values;
  • Engage in the establishment of a safe risk-taking environment in order to give and receive constructive, challenging feedback on professional practice;
  • Use protocols and processes to engage in reflective dialogue and collaborative work; and inquire into, analyze and reflect upon student learning;
  • Understand, accept and own responsibility for addressing issues of inequity as we work to increase student achievement.

For additional Information, please visit Kim Feicke’s bio and website and National School Reform Faculty.

The work we will be doing is based upon the Critical Friends Model for Professional Learning Communities.

2015 Spring Faculty Institutes

Enhancing Student Success: Identity and Culture in Teaching and Learning
  • Sylvania: Tuesday, April 21st, 4:00-8:00 in the CC Tree Rooms
  • Cascade: Saturday, April 25th, 8:00-12:00 in Cascade Hall
  • Rock Creek: Monday, April 27th, 4:00-8:00 in the Event Center (Bldg 9/122)
  • Southeast: Friday, May 15th, 10:00-2:00 *(Separate Program and Registration)

This year, for the first time, both Part-time and Full-time Faculty are invited to participate in the 2015 Spring Faculty Institutes at one of the locations listed above.

Unlike In-Service, the Spring Faculty Institute focuses on a facilitated dialogue with colleagues rather than listening to someone speak about a certain topic. We hope you will join the conversation about how our identities and classroom practices impact student success and how we can be more culturally competent educators.


Part-time Faculty have priority registration and will receive a $50 stipend. Full-time Faculty are invited to register after April 10. Each campus will hold separate events. You may choose to attend any Institute.

Please register online by Friday, April 17 by 5pm to assist us in planning.


If you have any questions, contact the TLC Coordinator at your primary campus.

Introduction to Reading Apprenticeship Workshop

With Faculty: Bill Bogart, Pam Kessinger, Danica Fierman, and Theresa Love

  • Friday, April 24th, 2015 – Sylvania TLC from 9am-12pm
  • Friday, May 15th, 2015 – Rock Creek Campus TLC from 9am-12pm

Please RSVP for either workshop to bbogart@pcc.edu. If you’re interested, but can’t attend either date, please let us know and we’ll be sure you know about future workshops.

As faculty, we often lament that our students "can’t read," or aren’t reading their assignments. Many of us assign reading with the presumption that students will not be able to "get through it" on their own, and have devised various methods for helping students "get" the content without having actually comprehended it.  Sometimes we even give up on having students read much at all.

Well, we are curious. What would happen if we got a group of faculty together – from any level and any subject area – and explored reading instruction relevant to any course? Would we change our own and students’ expectations about reading?

Would we impact their reading comprehension? Fluency? Their disciplinary knowledge? Their retention and success?

If you are curious too, please come to a free three-hour Introduction to Reading Apprenticeship (RA) Workshop. Join us on either of the following dates:

  • Friday, April 24th, 2015 - Sylvania TLC
  • Friday, May 15th, 2015 - Rock Creek Campus TLC

Please RSVP for either workshop to bbogart@pcc.edu. Feel free to pass on this invitation to other instructors and staff in any discipline. We look forward to exploring these questions with you.

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