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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
  • Dates: August 24-27, 8:30am- 4:30pm
  • Location: CLIMB Center
  • Cost: Free or $725. Faculty and Staff may use their summer tuition waiver to cover the cost of the training.
  • Includes: 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.
  • Register: 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.

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.

Previous trainings and conference recordings

  • Teaching Chemistry Online, Kathy Carrigan, PCC
  • To Care and Comply: Approaching Accessibility in Online Courses, Karen Sorensen and Sue Quast, PCC
  • Making Online Documents Accessible, Karen Sorensen, PCC
  • Making Online Math Courses Accessible, Chris Hughes and Scot Leavitt, PCC