Faculty Professional Development Day

 October 19, 2021

Takeaways from a Year of Remote Learning

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8:30-9:45 a.m. | Opening Remarks and Keynote

Welcome & Introduction: Michael Pulido (History) and Sandi Xhumari (Math)

Keynote: Dave Kung, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the University of Texas at Austin

“Moving from Teaching Our Subjects to Teaching Our Students: Lessons from the Pandemic”

The pandemic upended nearly every aspect of our lives as college faculty. Our focus shifted from concentrating on the subjects we teach to helping the human beings in our classrooms. From the importance of interaction to the use of technology, to the giving of grace, this session will reflect on the lessons learned – and what those lessons mean for college teaching moving forward.

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10:00-11:15 a.m. | Session 1

Presenter: Steven Martel

This interactive workshop presents self-reported information from the Counseling Center in regards to our students’ current emotional state. It also provides an overview of distress including possible causes and how it may show up in our students. The workshop concludes with tools you can use when responding to student distress as well as how we can care for ourselves.


Presenters: Archana Alwar, Deborah Leblang, and Betsy Zahrt Geib

In this workshop, faculty have an opportunity to reflect on where they started at the end of Winter 2020 and where they are now, their own growth in teaching online and remotely, and to think about moving from fast to slow course design. By the end of the workshop, each faculty member will have identified 1-2 digital PD goals they can accomplish over the next 6 months.


Presenters: Jen Anderson, Ahmad Ghashmari, Minnat Hamada, and George Rowe 

While we may be transitioning back to face-to-face learning soon, we can still learn and use engaging tech tools with our students. Join us as we showcase four tech tools that can increase student engagement, retention of learning, and community in your classroom – NearpodEdPuzzleFlipgrid, and Poll Everywhere. We will begin by providing an overview of each tool and then allow time for you to join breakout sessions to learn more about the tool(s) in which you are most interested.


Presenters: Megan Kaptik (Manager of Student Conduct), Melissa Martinez (Early Alert Coordinator), and Donna Miguel (English Instructor) 

When do you submit an Early Alert? When do you submit a CARE Report? Both tools are designed to promote a culture of care for both students and faculty and prove how working together ensures a practical and manageable workload for all involved. Attend this workshop to learn more about Early Alert and CARE Reports and put your new knowledge to use with real-life scenarios! We will spend time exploring best practices for managing student behaviors and expectations in the classroom. Join us!



11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. | Session 2


Dan Beert (INDES), Sandra Wilson (INDES), Chris Oliver (Art), Renee Nejo (INDES)

This interdisciplinary presentation features Art, Digital Media Arts, and Interior Design instructors, how they’ve met the challenges of fostering creative cultures in an online and hybrid setting, and the technological opportunities and obstacles involved. Lessons learned can extend to any discipline using project-based learning, using specialized technologies or facilities. Discussion will offer a chance for others to share similar stories and broaden our learning across disciplines.


Presenters: Christina Sciabarra and Betsy Zahrt Geib

In this workshop, we will review the collaborative creation of the First-Year Seminar course and the use of innovative tools in Canvas including the “blueprint” model and the Cidilabs. We will also share the mentoring approach used in the course and its impact.  Participants will come away from this workshop with greater knowledge of the course, its impact on first-quarter students, and the ways in which we can all provide better mentorship to our students.


Presenters: BIPOC Education Group

Please join faculty from the BIPOC Education Group for a discussion of how the last year+ has encouraged reflection on the idea of “success”. We will share our own stories, as well as how we have adapted our classes to encourage students and ourselves to “succeed”. Panelists will model the discussion, then will facilitate conversations in smaller groups. Success in this group is about connecting, sharing stories, and taking away a new idea or two. 


Presenters: Carli Yip, Nicole Longpre, Michelle Schewe, and Elena Maans-Lorincz  

The past 18 plus months have been a challenge for you and your students, but support is out there!  This Faculty Commons sponsored presentation will go over the ways student can connect with the Writing Lab faculty and the BC Librarians to get the assistance they need.  This workshop will also cover ways to modify your assignments based on student feedback gathered from the Writing Lab and Librarians.  


Presenters: Spencer Bagley and Megan Kaptik

Did any of your students cheat before in your classes? Did you feel betrayed and angry? Were you worried that if you reported it to the college, the student(s) might face very extreme consequences? Do you have any worries about that happening again? What should you do when faced with any academic integrity issues? If any of these questions resonate with you, consider joining this panel session where Dr. Spencer Bagley, a mathematics professor at Westminster College, and our own Megan Kaptik, Bellevue College Manager of Student Conduct, will share their own experiences and answers to the above questions, as well as take on any related questions from the audience.

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12:45-1:30 p.m. | Lunch


1:30-3:30 p.m. | BCAHE Union Meeting

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Faculty Professional Development Day Committee:

Chair: Michael Pulido, History

Tessa Cornish, Biology

Michael Culpepper, Interior Design

Michael Korolenko, Communication Studies

Deborah, Leblang, Art

Z Li, Computer Science

Jim Sisko, Music

Patrick Torres, Math

Tim Trammel, Math

Sandi Xhumari, Math

Liangmin Zhou, Math