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GET READY for 2016-17 with Chancellor Shouan Pan and colleagues across the district. Chancellor Pan will lay out Seattle Colleges' major focuses and goals for the year in his keynote address, Recommit, Renew, and Recharge. Breakout sessions will complement this theme with ways we can all contribute to student success.
As a host of forces reshape the landscape of American higher education, Seattle Colleges is facing unprecedented opportunities and challenges. The continued high-tech growth in the region has brought wealth and economic opportunities to Seattle and the neighboring cities, and it has also had a significant impact on who we serve and howwe deliver instruction and training. In his keynote address, Chancellor Pan will explore the significant elements of the changing environment and share his vision on how we as a proud system of higher learning must recommit to public promise, renew our fundamental mission, and recharge our collective future.
8 a.m.Registration, Coffee & Conversation
9 a.m.Program begins
Lifelong Learning Awards
Constance W. Rice Partner of the Year Award
League for Innovation2016 Innovation of the Year
Lunch: Get to Know Chancellor Pan
DistrictComms@seattlecolleges.edu for more information or special accommodations.
Lunch is sponsored by our three college campus bookstores -
Seattle Central, North Seattle, and South Seattle - operated by
Chancellor Shouan Pan
Join Chancellor Pan for an informal yet candid discussion on fast-changing national and local trends, and how our three colleges can work together to build synergy, improve system efficiency, enhance student outcomes, and ensure Seattle Colleges' long-term distinction and viability.
RSVP for a breakout session or tour here.
Tom Gibbons — South Seattle College
Find out more about accessibility in this hands-on workshop. Accessibility strategies can help make your communication easier to read for everyone, not just for people with disabilities. Accessibility techniques help to create more rigorous and consistent structure, work to insure smooth transitions from one platform to another, and make your content machine-readable for indexing and for use with assistive technology. Applying these techniques doesn't take more time, just a shift in thinking. Accessibility strategies with Office, rudimentary PDFs, and HTML will be discussed; hands-on work with Word and Canvas.
Sharon Spence-Wilcox — Seattle Central College
Feeling overwhelmed? Your students and colleagues can feel your distress, too. Mindfulness can help. Research shows that mindfulness increases memory and decreases stress. It develops your capacity for being in the world by giving you control, agency, and choice. Discover and recover ways of being aware and attentive that can increase your responsiveness to students' needs and support overall wellbeing.
Rick Downs, Faculty — South Seattle College
Elizabeth Schoene, Faculty — South Seattle College
Active learning is instruction that engages students in the process of learning through activities and/or discussion in class, as opposed to passively listening to an expert. It emphasizes higher-order thinking and learning by doing, and often involves group work. The benefits of active learning instruction range from creating a more equitable and inclusive classroom to developing students' communication and reasoning skills, which are necessary for success in their future academic and professional endeavors. In science, engineering, and math classes, it has been shown to increase students' average grade and reduce failure rates compared to traditional lecture classes.
While active learning is usually associated with classroom instruction, it is more a philosophy of learning that applies broadly to any learning activity, from employee trainings and meetings to professional development workshops and seminars.
In this session, you will discover what active learning is and its benefits to students and instructors, and discuss what it looks like in the classroom. You will be equipped with simple strategies that are easy to put into practice and find out about resources and opportunities to learn more in the coming year.
LaVerne Lamoureux, Director, Government Relations - Seattle Colleges
Hear from the person who has her pulse on all matters related to Olympia.
You’ll learn about what to expect in the 2017 legislative session, and what you can do locally in the remaining months of 2016 to prepare.
Dave Blake, Vice President and Chief HR Officer — Seattle Colleges
The role of human resources is evolving at Seattle Colleges and moving toward a solutions-based model focused on service excellence. Attending this session will help you better understand the changes within our HR community as well as the role of all district employees in understanding and applying Title IX.
Anne Phillips, Consultant
Support student success by providing an environment that is welcoming of all … all of our similarities and differences. You’ll learn how to develop a common language and analysis about oppression and liberation, and deepen your commitment to social justice. Get an in-depth grasp of social dynamics at the levels of status, rank, and power. And, review Pamela Hays's ADDRESSING model and the nine areas of social inequality (age, developmental and acquired disabilities, religious minority groups, ethnic minorities, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, indigenous populations, national origin, and gender).
Derek Edwards, Assistant Attorney General — Office of the Attorney General
This presentation provides an overview of copyright law as it applies to higher education. The cost of textbooks and other forms of intellectual property are a substantial financial burden to students. There are a number of ways to provide teaching material to students without incurring the cost of purchasing material from outside vendors. The TEACH Act and the Creative Commons project provide a couple of ways to keep costs down.
New case law regarding what constitutes fair use and how that doctrine can be used when making assignments will also be reviewed. Learn ways to avoid copyright infringement and available defenses to such claims.
Jean Cormier, Independent Agent — Cormier Insurance LLC
Get an overview of the different parts of Medicare (Parts A, B, C, D, and supplements), what they cover, and how they work. Learn about enrollment and eligibility guidelines. Review the ways you can receive your benefits, including the pros, cons, and approximate costs associated with each.
The presenter is not connected with the Federal Medicare Program.
Susan Hanley, Faculty, South Seattle College
Check out South's living laboratory and find inspiration for your own yard. Built by students in the Landscape Horticulture program, the arboretum is used for courses including plant identification, arboriculture, pruning, garden renovation, and landscape management. It is also used as an outdoor classroom for hobby gardeners, professional horticulturists, and other college programs.
Sibyl James, Docent, Seattle Chinese Garden
Experience a microcosm of the universe and a convergence of nature and culture. Chinese gardens are distinctive in their symbolic use of water, stone, plants, and architecture to create a place of beauty, vibrant with flowing qi, the universal energy. These four elements manifest the opposing principles of yin (earth/receptive/dark) and yang (heaven/creative/bright). The tour begins in the Welcome Garden, then explores the Knowing the Spring Courtyard (Zhi Chun Yuan), Waterside Pavilion, Pine and Plum Pavilion (Song Mei Ting), and planting beds connecting them. It will also highlight the remaining areas in various stages of completion.
Christa Colouzis, Environmental Health and Safety Manager, South Seattle College
Vicky Hardy, Lead Faculty of B.A.S. in SBST, Georgetown
Tim Albertson, Sustainability Coordinator at North Seattle College
South Seattle College earned a STARS Bronze rating in 2014 for its sustainability efforts within Academics, Operations, Engagement, and Planning & Administration. This tour will highlight several sustainability features and initiatives at South, while also discussing how AASHE STARS tracks and helps advance sustainability across the district. Learn about current initiatives, including building energy use, sustainability curriculum, equity and inclusion, and waste management. Also, find out how you can become more involved with sustainability at your campus and with AASHE STARS.
STARS is a transparent, self-reporting, and internationally recognized framework and tool for assessing sustainability on college/university campuses.
Grab your lunch and join Chancellor Pan for an informal "Meet 'n Greet." Learn about his early years, discover what drives him, and find out his favorite way to start a meeting.
Provided by Barnes & Noble.
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Green for the 21st Century in Seattle
Innovations in curriculum and operations have earned the 2009 Green Washington Award for the Seattle Colleges
– Central, North and South. All three colleges are active members of the Seattle Climate Partnership and North was an
early signer of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. A district-wide Chancellor’s
Sustainability Initiative provides energy, focus and a forum for emerging training and initiatives.
Sustainability is infused into programs ranging from urban agriculture at Central to environmental science,
real estate and building management across the district. Students have funded a sustainability coordinator.
Campus activities include reducing the carbon footprint and promoting recycling and energy conservation, which earned
a “Recycler of the Year” award for South. Last year, the college culinary operations diverted 31 tons of
materials to a regional composting facility – which returned the compost to “green” the college landscape.
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Helping displaced workers to
‘Start Next Quarter’
During the economic downturn, thousands of displaced workers turned to the Seattle Colleges at the same
time regional employers reported a need for skilled workers to fill jobs in the new economy. To help both potential
workers and employers, the Seattle Colleges developed Start Next Quarter (SNQ), a two-part initiative
designed to improve the success of dislocated workers who enroll in technical education programs. SNQ invites
prospective students to assess their eligibility for workforce funding online and connects them to a comprehensive
two-day college success workshop held at each campus. The workshops are based on a model developed at one of the
district campuses. Students who complete the workshop are more likely to complete their training programs and to
obtain jobs using their new skills. The project was developed in part through a grant from the League for Innovation,
funded by the Walmart Foundation Bright Futures project to serve displaced workers.
A Model for the Region
The Opportunity Center for Employment and Education at North Seattle College is a regional resource and
the first integrated service center of its kind in Washington state. Since the OCE&E opened its doors in spring 2011,
more than 40,000 people have come for one-stop help in finding a new job, career retraining or to sign up for public
assistance benefits. Founding partners were the state Departments of Social and Health Services and Employment
Security, the college, and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. The campus and the new LEED
Gold Certified 45,000-square foot facility are in the heart of Seattle’s north end and close to a major transit hub.
House Speaker Frank Chopp and Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney (sponsor of the legislation and a former Seattle District trustee)
championed the OCE&E in the state legislature. The center aims to provide streamlined services in a positive environment,
helping clients succeed in the next stage of their lives.