Spring Forward! April 21, 2022

Join us on campus if you can, we'd love to see you in-person. The folks who attend in person will be treated to a delicious on-site breakfast and an unlimited supply of caffeinated beverages (coffee). At noon,  lunch will be provided along with interactive games and awesome prizes to build up collegial community and Skyline spirit. 

Please take a few minutes to sign up for your professional development activity. Highlights from the program includes:

  • Intergroup Dialogue and Gender Bias
  • Hy-Flex Classroom Simulation
  • Education Master Planning Workshop
  • Re-Thinking Assessments: Shifting the spotlight and letting your students shine?

We continue to be intentional on the professional development offerings, in supporting efforts on campus to advance student success, equity and social justice.

For more information, contact Bianca Rowden-Quince or Ricardo Flores

Don't forget to engage with us on Twitter #SkyFlex for chances to win raffle prizes!  

Skyline College Flex Day

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All SMCCCD full-time faculty members have a total of 6 days (30 hours) of Flex obligations to complete, while day/evening part-time obligations vary based on semester assignments. Failure to fulfill this obligation may result in a reduction of pay.  

The District Academic Senate issued a memo on revised Flex Day obligations for 2021-22 with the Flex Day reporting form 21-22 .  Faculty should file this form with their dean. Contact CTTL with any questions about flex reporting.  Please see the Collective Bargaining Agreement for further details.

If you are a faculty member unable to participate in any of the planned on-campus Flex Day activities and would like to know about alternatives available to you, discuss your situation and options with your Division Dean. 

SMCCCD provides a flexible calendar for staff development in accordance with California Code of Regulations, Title 5,
Division 6, § 55724*. There are six (6) Flex Days in the 2021-2022 academic calendar:

● Monday and Tuesday, August 16 and 17, 2021, and Wednesday, October 13, 2021
● Thursday and Friday, January 13 and 14, 2022, and Thursday, April 21, 2022

Per Title 5, all Flex Day obligations are on “flexible time.” All faculty members are encouraged to attend Opening Day
activities on Monday, August 16, 2021 and other special activities at each college on Tuesday, August 17, 2021. As of 2018,
SMCCCD requires mandatory attendance at two Flex Days for full-time faculty, while the other four Flex Days remain on
flexible time. The mandatory Flex Days for full-time faculty are August 17, 2021 and January 14, 2022.

How to Register

Register via the Vision Resource Center (VRC) to get credit on your transcript.

  1. In a new tab or browser window, log into the SMCCCD Portal with your SMCCCD credentials and click the Vision Resource Center tile. (Do not skip Step 1)

  2. On the Schedule page, review the list of workshops and select ONE workshop for each Block.

  3. Click the "Request" button next to each workshop you plan to attend.
  4. When you click on the "Request" button, you will be directed to the VRC page with a calendar of events for the day showing the Flex Day workshops (you may have to sign into the SMCCD portal if you skipped Step 1- use the same login as your email).

  5. Select each workshop your wish to attend, including meals. Choose the red "Request" button for each workshop.

  6. After you register for each workshop, you should receive a confirmation email from the Vision Resource Center with an Outlook invitation for that time. If you don't see the confirmation in your inbox, check your Junk folder. You can also look at your VRC Transcript to verify which workshops you have added.
  7. If you change your mind and want to select a different workshop, that's totally fine. Just go to your Transcript in the VRC and, next to the workshop you no longer wish to attend, just select "Withdraw."
  8. You can find all the Zoom links here on the Schedule page on the day of the event or before.
  9. Need an ADA accommodation? Email skylinecttl@smccd.edu in advance with any details.
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Office Information

Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning  - CTTL
Building 5, Room 5-118
Email: skylinecttl@smccd.edu
Phone: 650-738-7080

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Spring Forward! April 21, 2022

Skyline College continues to place great value in developing the skills and talents of its faculty and staff. In coordination with the Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning (CTTL), the District & Skyline College Spring Flex Day activities aim to equip you in Springing Forward by providing you with knowledge, skills, and tools to foster success in the online, hybrid, and F2F classroom, while also sharing with you best practices for teaching and helping students accomplish their educational goals.

RegisterEvaluate

Follow us on Twitter @CTTL_Skyline  and share pics and reflections during the event with #SkyFlex.  Raffle prizes will be chosen amongst the tweeters!

Registration and Welcome! | 8:15 - 8:55 am

Registration, Raffle & Breakfast with Colleagues

Faciliatators: CTTL

Building 6: Fireside Dining | 8:15 am - 8:55 am

Join us on campus if you can, we'd love to see you in-person. The folks who attend in person will be treated to a delicious on-site breakfast and an unlimited supply of caffeinated beverages (coffee). Raffle prizes abound! Please REGISTER so we have plenty of food for you!

All Day Session I - Concurrent | 9:00-4:00 pm

AHA’s Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Course

BenZara Minkin & Vince Garcia

Portable 3C & 3-201 | 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Capped at 25 participants. The AHA’s Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED course trains participants to provide first aid, CPR, and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) in a safe, timely, and effective manner. Reflects science and education from the American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC). The AHA’s Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Course is designed for anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion card for their job, regulatory (e.g., OSHA), or other requirements, or anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting. Participants who complete this course will receive their CPR certification card.

Morning Session I - Concurrent | 9:00- 10:30 am

Framing Our Teaching in Terms of Assets, not Deficits

David Hasson & Ray Lapuz

Canada College 23-205 and Online | 9:00 - 10:00 am

By the end of the session, participants will be able to: Identify framing in terms of assets vs framing through deficits. Switch out deficit framing for framing in terms of assets. Explore the implications of framing for syllabi, assignments, and assessments.

Education Master Planning Workshop

SPARC Tri-Chairs & PRIE Staff

Building 6 Room #206 | 9:00- 10:30 am

Do you want to have a voice in shaping the College’s institutional priorities, which not only provide direction to all other College activities and plans, but also inform resource allocation? SPARC representatives will offer an overview of the strategic planning process currently underway. Workshop participants will be weighing in on a set of draft goals for the 2023-2028 Education Master Plan (EMP), and will be brainstorming strategies for each goal. The new EMP will provide the framework for initiatives and work plans that will be considered through Comprehensive Program Review (CPR) and Annual Resource Requests (ARRs) over the next five years.

What do Grades Measure? Dipping Your Toes into Equitable Grading Strategies

Andrea Fuentes

Building 6 Room #203 & Online (Hyflex option) | 9:00 -10:30 am

What do grades really measure, anyway? Do traditional grading practices foster inequity? Have you heard the chatter about grading for equity, ungrading, or alternative grading practices? Come to explore some options you can try on a smaller scale, such as the single point rubric, mastery grading, or emphasizing feedback. Bring your laptop and ideas to share with your colleagues.

Intergroup Dialogue and Gender Bias: What Were We Told About Who We Are?

Terry Cunniff & Martin Marquez

Online | 9:00 - 10:30 am

Learn about and experience Intergroup Dialogue, a form of communication that encourages understanding across differences to build affective self-other relationships through personal storytelling and sharing, empathic listening, and interpersonal inquiry. In this workshop, participants will explore gender bias and socialization in an experiential exercise, engage in open and constructive dialogue in a facilitated setting, and consider collaborative actions for social change and social justice.

Learn how to Support Students with the Early Alert System

Joseph Jaballa, Sha'Kuana Ona, Clair Yeo-Sugaski, Erinn Struss

Online | 60 minutes

Wondering what the Early Alert System is all about and how it can help students? Join this workshop to learn more about how it works, how it integrates with both Canvas & Salesforce, and most importantly how you can use early alert to support our students. During this workshop, participants will dive in and work with the Early Alert system to create alerts, claim alerts, and become familiar with the early alert process.

Coffee and Tea Break | 10:30 - 10:45 am

Morning Session II: Concurrent | 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Re-Thinking Assessments: Shifting the spotlight and letting your students shine?

Julieth Diaz-Benitez, Jennifer Howze-Owens, Andrea Fuentes, Bianca Rowden-Quince

Online | 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Expand your assessment repertoire and flip the script! Let your students shine and demonstrate learning through student-centered assessments. Join our instructional designers and colleagues across the district for an interactive, hands-on session. You will come away with concrete strategies and ideas to further your thinking about assessment. To maximize the benefit of our time together, bring an assessment to work on from one of your courses!

Empowering Male Students of Color

Carlos Morales

Building 6 Room #204 | 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

This workshop will provide an overview of where male students of color lay within the SMCCD District, dive into an activity that will help stakeholders develop skill base when building rapport with MSOC, and close out with a student panel where faculty can hear male students of color's experience navigating community college during distance learning. The California Community College Chancellor’s Office equity report identified Male students of color (MSOC) as a disproportionately impacted subgroup with adverse degree completion rates. According to the Chancellor’s Office, “disproportionate impact is a condition where some students’ access to key resources and supports, and ultimately, their academic success may be hampered by inequitable practices, policies and approaches to student support.”

Explore the Upgraded SLO Assessment Platform

Karen Wong, Coordinator of Institutional Effectiveness

Building 6 Room 203 | 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Do you coordinate course level assessment for your program? Then this workshop is for YOU! Improve (formerly Tracdat) was upgraded. Among its many benefits: faster navigation within the platform, side-by-side viewing of information needed to complete question fields, and eventually Canvas integration for importing and filtering of results when needed, including for ISLO assessment. Long term, this new platform will be a one-stop shop where you can engage in both SLO assessment and program review. Please note that this workshop is for SLO coordinators with Improve user accounts. If you need an account, consult with your dean and current SLO coordinator(s) for approval.

We Need You - Becoming a Club Advisor

Alvin Gubatina & Ryan Samn

Online | 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Do you have a deep interest or passion? Poetry? Board games? Science? Have you thought about how to use that to connect with students outside of the classroom? Consider coming to this workshop to learn about being a club advisor at Skyline; requirements, commitments, and enrichment. Stay to build community with student life staff and other potential advisors on how to better support club life on campus and our student leaders. We have been waiting for you.

World of Dance: U-Jam Fitness

Dr. Liza Erpelo

The Quad in front of Building 6 | 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Intended Audience: Faculty, Staff, Administrators, and anyone who likes to groove Combining the energy and grittiness of urban dance with fitness, U-Jam is a cardio dance experience that feels more like a 90's House Party than a workout. U-Jam brings funky, adrenaline-based beats from around the world with easy-to-follow choreography, so everyone, everywhere can get their Jam on.

Lunch with Colleagues - Please Register | 12:15 pm - 12:55 pm

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Community Time

Join us in the quad for a scavenger hunt, photo booth, bouncy balls, and games.  At noon,  lunch will be provided along with interactive games and awesome prizes to build up collegial community and Skyline spirit. See you there!

Register for Lunch

Afternoon Session I - Concurrent | 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Open House for ZTC Degree & Certificate Pathways Development

SMCCCD Textbook Affordability Work Group (Ame Maloney, Sarah Harmon, Bianca Rowden-Quince, & Diana Tedone)

Online | 1:00 - 2:30 pm

This workshop will introduce participants to the California Community Colleges Zero Textbook Cost degree & certificate pathways vision. We'll look at what it takes to build a ZTC pathway, including who and what needs to be involved in the process. Finally, we'll examine local faculty and student data to inform next steps, identify potential pathways, and discuss how we can set faculty, departments, programs, and students up for success. This workshop is for new and seasoned/experienced ZTC & OER faculty and supporting team members.

Get to Know Your Faculty Contract with AFT 1493

AFT Executive Board

Online | 1:00 - 2:30 pm

AFT presents this workshop to inform our faculty members of the new contract that went into agreement in May, 2021. There are some brand-new features that we won--the workload point system for full-time faculty, written pay parity goals for part-time faculty, a fair investigation process and more. Come to this workshop to learn more about what is in the new contract and how it impacts you and your colleagues.

Education Master Planning Workshop (Duplicate Session)

SPARC Tri-Chairs & PRIE Staff

Online | 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Do you want to have a voice in shaping the College’s institutional priorities, which not only provide direction to all other College activities and plans, but also inform resource allocation? SPARC representatives will offer an overview of the strategic planning process currently underway. Workshop participants will be weighing in on a set of draft goals for the 2023-2028 Education Master Plan (EMP), and will be brainstorming strategies for each goal. The new EMP will provide the framework for initiatives and work plans that will be considered through Comprehensive Program Review (CPR) and Annual Resource Requests (ARRs) over the next five years.

Beginning Archery - SORRY CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

Mike Fitzgerald

Meet in front of Building 6 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM

sorry cancelled due to rain... We have 10 targets on campus so we can allow 20 participants in this session. So relieve some stress, meet fellow staff and faculty and improve your hand eye coordination at the same time.

Hy-Flex Classroom Simulation

Ricardo Flores and Chris Collins

Building 7 Room 106 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Guess what's new! Skyline College has a HyFlex classroom with some new bells and whistles. What's HyFlex? Hybrid Flexible, or HyFlex is an instructional approach that gives students the option of attending in-person or online. In today's climate, institutions must prioritize flexible, accessible learning constructs to retain student enrollment and HyFlex may be a way to do that. In this session participants will have the opportunity to role play as students in a HyFlex classroom to see firsthand the experiences of students in the HyFlex modality. To participate actively in this session, you will need to BYOD (bring your own device). The device can be a laptop, smartphone, I-pad, etc. The device will need to have the capability to connect to Zoom during the simulation. At the end of the simulation, participants will discuss their thoughts about the experience and the possibilities and challenges of the HyFlex modality. In this session participants will have the opportunity to role play as students in a HyFlex classroom to see firsthand the experiences of students in the HyFlex modality. To participate actively in this session, you will need to BYOD (bring your own device). The device can be a laptop, smartphone, I-pad, etc. The device will need to have the capability to connect to Zoom during the simulation. At the end of the simulation, participants will discuss their thoughts about the experience and the possibilities and challenges of the HyFlex modality.

Revitalizing Your Teaching with Collaboration

Nick Kapp and Jing Folsom

Building 6 Room #203 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Participants in this workshop are invited to explore cross-discipline collaboration opportunities. In this discussion and brain-storming style session, we will take time to get to know one another, share our curriculum, and explore where our lessons overlap, parallel, and hold possibilities for collaborative planning that supports student success. All college faculty are invited to think outside the box and engage in robust discussion designed to break down discipline silos and manifest collaborative teaching and learning experiences for students.

Afternoon - Snack Break | 2:30- 2:45pm

Register for Snack

Afternoon Session II - Concurrent, SMCCD Districtwide | 2:45- 4:15pm

Assess Your Stress: Tips for Stress Management

Karen Laos EAP (Employee Assistance Program)

Online | 2:45 - 4:15 pm

Stress is detrimental to productivity and personal health. This session highlights the sources of stress and teaches practical solutions for maintaining composure in stressful situations. Learn effective stress reducers that have short and long term benefits.

Explore Our New Multi-Modal Teaching & Learning Spaces

Daman Grewal, Yoseph Demissie, and Theresa Martin

Online and CSM 36-319 | 2:45 - 4:15 pm

Join us for a high-level demonstration and discussion about our updated teaching and learning spaces throughout the district.

SMCCD Climate Action Engagement Plan

Jessica Ho & Alexis Whitaker

Online | 2:45 - 4:15 pm

San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) is developing the District’s first comprehensive climate action plan. As a key sustainability stakeholder on campus, you’re invited to participate in a “Climate Action Plan Design” meeting. The meeting will be hosted by the Office of Sustainability and Brailsford & Dunlavey (B&D), the consulting firm supporting climate action plan development. This meeting is scheduled for one-hour, but the Office of Sustainability and B&D will be available for an additional 30-minutes, post-meeting, to wrap up discussion and questions.

My Retirement Decision

CalSTRS

Online | 3:00 - 4:00 pm

In this hour-and-a-half interactive workshop, you’ll learn how we calculate your CalSTRS monthly retirement benefit, the options you can choose if you want to provide a lifetime monthly benefit to your survivors, and how each option would affect your monthly benefit. The options you can choose if you want to provide a lifetime monthly benefit to your survivors—and how each option would affect your monthly benefit. Your choices for receiving the funds in your Defined Benefit Supplement account, if you have one. Ways to submit your Service Retirement Application. What you need to know if you return to work in the California public school system in retirement. For a more personalized understanding of the information covered, bring your most recent Retirement Progress Report, which you can print from your myCalSTRS account.

Making Equity Real: Supporting Students with Experience in Foster Care

External Presenter, Sarita Santos, Lorraine Barrales-Ramirez

Online | 2:45 - 4:15 PM

Learn about important information and resources that are critical to supporting our foster youth students. Students with experience in the foster care system often have unique needs, and as a result, the state has developed several programs and resources targeting this vulnerable student population. While these efforts are valuable, equally valuable is ensuring that staff and faculty are educated on how to work effectively with foster youth students and refer them to the available supports. This training will provide tips for bringing a trauma-informed lens to interactions with students who have experience in foster care, providing effective support regardless of your role on the campus, and an update on all the newest policies in place to help these students be successful.

Build Your Own PD: Spring Forward and Prep for Next Semester

Independent/Asynchronous

online | On your own time this afternoon

Thinking about springing into your next semester? Interested in jazzing up or upgrading your online or blended courses for Summer or Fall? Here is a curated playlist from the CTTL Faculty Repository of resources and tools you can use! Explore one or more of these resources, then feel free to book a consultation with an instructional designer to brainstorm or help implement them in your courses. See below for details.

 

Spring Forward Resources for Build Your Own PD

Explore one or more of these resources related to teaching and course design, then feel free to book a consult with an instructional designer to brainstorm or help implement them in your courses!  Set up some time with Bianca or Andrea.
 
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Propose a Workshop for Flex Day

Have an idea or some experience to share? To support diverse programming that meets the needs of our campus community, the CTTL is requesting proposals for Flex Day sessions.

Flex Day proposals for August 2022 are due on June 2.

Guidelines for Presenters

Prospective Presenters - The CTTL has adapted the Awareness, Knowledge, and Skills (AKS) framework by Connerley and Pedersen (2005) to develop our own framework of constructing and facilitating workshops/training. 

The adaptation of AKS is as a way to identify if the workshop is building awareness (creating the foundational information about your topic such as definitions, historical timelines/context); relating knowledge (interpreting the research, policies, or other resources related to the topic); as well as implementing skills (applying best practices/strategies). Workshops should either focus on one or all of the adapted AKS framework to build upon the work currently being done within our college and across the district. Using this framework will also further inform the participants of the purpose and outcomes of the workshop. 

Need support with developing a workshop proposal? Have questions or need additional information? Contact Bianca Rowden-Quince or Ricardo Flores.

 Previous Flex Days

Access materials from earlier flex days in the CTTL Faculty Repository, Professional Development section.

Primary Contact

Skyline CTTL
Skyline CTTL (Departmental Account)
Academic Support and Learning Technologies-Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL)
skylinecttl@smccd.edu
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Faculty Information

Ricardo Flores
Ricardo Flores (Instructional Technologist)
Academic Support and Learning Technologies-Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL)
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Andrea Fuentes
Andrea Fuentes (Instructional Designer)
Academic Support and Learning Technologies-Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL)
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Bianca Rowden-Quince
Bianca Rowden-Quince (Instructional Designer)
Academic Support and Learning Technologies-Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL)
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