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Webinar: Dec.  08, 2016 - 10 am PST
"Model Institutional Support Programs for Male Students of Color at Community Colleges"
Clyde Wilson Pickett, Community College of Allegheny County
The webinar titled, "Model Institutional Support Programs for Male Students of Color at Community Colleges"
will take place on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 10:00am Pacific Time.
To access the webinar on Thursday via computer or mobile device, please click on the button above or by following the link:
Join by iPhone one-tap (US Toll):   +16465588656,670217373# or +14086380968,670217373#
Join by Telephone:
Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 670 217 373
More info on Zoom:
Teaching Men of Color in the Community College
CORA Certificate Training Program – Starts at the Beginning of Spring Semester
The Center for Organizational Responsibility and Advancement (CORA) has gained widespread attention for its Teaching Men of Color Certificate Program. This program is a week-long online training program designed to enhance the capacity of faculty, staff and administrators to support learning in Men of Color. Check out the featured pieces that came out in Diverse Issues in Higher Ed, along with pieces in Frost Illustrated and Huffington Post.  
Individuals who will most benefit from this program include part-time and full-time instructional faculty in community colleges and those responsible for academic program administration (e.g., department chairs, deans, faculty leaders). In addition, college staff and administrators who work with students may also benefit from this program.
Daily assignments include participating in 1 hour long online modules, reading 1 book chapter, 2-4 articles per module, participating in a live online session, & online posts.
Faculty are expected to complete an exit survey at the end of the online course
Faculty should plan to participate in an equity meeting during Spring 2017.
• The Equity Committee will pay the $200 registration fee for each selected participant directly to CORA.
Faculty will receive a one-time stipend of $500 or Flex Credit after the successful completion of the 1-week course. The stipend will be distributed by the college after completion of the course. Failure to complete the course in a timely manner will render the stipend or Flex-credit null and void.
Application link will be live soon! Please check emails for this announcement in the next few days.
Once you apply, you will be emailed if your application has been accepted with further information on how to enroll in the course.
If you have any questions please contact: 
Cyndi Bendezu Palomino, Equity Program Manager
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CTE Winter Institute 2017
February 1st, 2nd, and 3rd 2017
Application Deadline – Noon - January 13th, 2017
Santa Monica College's CTE Committee and Center for Teaching Excellence (The Center) have partnered to offer this year's CTE Winter Institute.
The group collaborated to design this institute with a focus on Pathway creation at SMC. During the CTE Winter Institute, faculty will explore issues of how pathways have been developed at SMC, contextualization of course work, departmental needs and considerations for pathway development, and exchange of ideas across disciplines.
Instructional faculty across ALL Career Technical Education disciplines are invited to participate.
Please note that ONLY instructional faculty from CTE disciplines are able to participate in the institute. Faculty can participate in any or all of the three-day workshops, which will take place at the Bundy campus. However, attendance at all three days is highly encouraged.
February 1st :  “Different Points on the Pathway at SMC”
February 2nd:  “Lesson Planning and Pathways”
February 3rd:  “Institutional Support for Pathway Development”
Upon the completion of the institute, participants are expected to contribute to the development of The Center for Teaching Excellence at SMC, by participating in a presentation on what was learned at the institute at the March 16th Institutional Flex Day.
Please CLICK HERE to submit your application now, and select the dates you’d like to attend.
FORMS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY: Friday, January 13th at 12pm.
If you have questions, please email The Center for Teaching Excellence at
Questions about the application status can be directed to Eve Adler at or Edna Chavarry at   
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Reading Apprenticeship
Spring 2017
Application Deadline – Noon - January 13th, 2017
Create an Active Classroom with Reading Apprenticeship
After the success of the online course this past spring, The Center for teaching Excellence is once again offering a special Reading Apprenticeship hybrid course, spanning 6 weeks and available ONLY to SMC Faculty.
The session runs from February 13th through March 24th, 2017.*
Applications must be received no later than Friday, January 13th at 12pm.
Reading Apprenticeship (RA) guides instructors on how to make their content-specific reading strategies visible to their students. It is designed to cover all subject areas, including STEM and CTE. Student benefits include better reading comprehension and test preparedness. Practices enable students to become more engaged and independent readers.
Quick facts from the RA session held last spring:
-          100% of Reading Apprenticeship survey respondents agreed that they would recommend this course to colleagues.
-          94.4% of RA survey respondents agree that the information and presentation of this course were effective in promoting learning.
-          100% of RA survey respondents agreed that this course should be offered again.
What our previous participants have to say:
“I recommend this course to all teachers. It has been life-changing for me.”
“[E]verything I learned will be useful in the classes I teach.”
This was among the most useful professional development training I have completed in my 13+ years as an educator.”
Click HERE to apply now, or go to for more information.
Faculty are encouraged to apply with colleagues from their department. The Center for Teaching Excellence will pay the cost of the course for participating SMC faculty. Faculty will receive a stipend upon completion of the course*.
*Pending Funding
Spring 2017 Event Preview
We are already adding events for Spring… this is just a preview of a few in the works. Check back for details on these, plus new events, in future newsletters and bulletins!
And don’t forget: you can always check out our calendar at
Reading Apprenticeship
On Course Review
Developing a Canvas Rubric
Open Doors at SMC
3/ 7, 3/8, & 3/9
Spring Flex Day
Flex Day Follow-up Workshop
Canvas Workshops
“Gnarly Teaching Topics” Faculty Conversations
Canvas Workshops
Panel & Hands-on Workshop – Videos: How/When/Why
Reader Packet Creation for Fall 2017

Past Events:

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STEM Strategies Panel Flyer 11.17.15 Web.jpgBook Club Fall 2015 - Email size.jpgBrown Bag Flyer 9.24.15-Thumb.jpg
The 2015 Faculty Summer Institute Applications now accepted!Brown Bag - STEM 6.2.15 Thumbnail.jpgBrown Bag Series: The Role of Reading in the Classroom 5/14/2015Book Club Spring 2015 Friday May 8th 2015Dr. Jason Rivera events May 7th and 8th 2015Tech Friday Spring 2015 Friday 5/1/15Culturally Responsive Pedagogy Distinguished Speaker SeriesDr. Kidogo Kennedy workshop 4/24/15Reading Apprenticeship Online Course 2015CTE Winter Institute 2015 February 3, 4 and 5th 2015Brown Bag Series Discussion on FSI 2014 11/25/14Book Club Fall 2014 11/13/14Tech Friday Fall 2014 11/7/14Office Hours Brown Bag Discussion 11/6/14Brown Bag Reading Apprenticeship Discussion 10/28/14On Course Renewal Workshop 10/24/14Flipped Classroom Fall 2014 10/17/14STEM Faculty Student Conversation 10/7/14The art of reflective teaching workshop 10/3/14On Course 1 workshop September/October 2014 geek club fall 2014 9/17/14
5/22/14 - Olympia LePoint
5/9/14 - Math Faculty Conversation - What we need to succeed
5/6/14 Faculty-Student Conversation: What we need to succeed
4/25/14 - Faculty Book Club: Rebecca Cox's "The College Fear Factor"
10/22/13 - Faculty Conversation: Harvey Stromberg