Workshops and Events

Welcome to the hub for all RISE Learning Institute workshops and events. Whether you’re a student, faculty member, or community partner, explore this page to find opportunities that enrich learning and foster community engagement.


PD Day

In 2017, 2018, and 2019, the RISE Learning Institute sent teams of faculty from across campus to the Institute for Project-Based Learning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. These BC faculty who have attended thoroughly enjoyed the Institute, which helped them add more projects to their courses and make their existing projects more impactful. The following year, instead of bringing BC faculty to the Institute, we brought the Institute to BC. A combination of BC faculty and WPI faculty presented a wide range of workshops related to PBL at Faculty PD Day on October 20, 2020, and you can watch the workshops here.


Project-Based Learning Workshops

Spring 2022 professional development is now available. If you’d like to receive our schedule of faculty programs as soon it’s released, just let us know here. In the meanwhile, you can see our past array of faculty programs from Fall 2020 | Winter 2021 | Spring 2021 | Fall 2021 | Winter 2022


Professional Development Workshops

Review the Fall 2021Winter 2022Spring 2022, and Fall 2022 pages to see what faculty workshops RISE previously offered. 

Civic Action in the Classroom Faculty Learning Community (FLC): Faculty participants attend four meetings over a single quarter to gain knowledge and learn skills to build a civic action into their courses. They support each other in developing the civic component, creating critical reflections, and fostering deliberative dialogue, all to help students walk away with a greater sense of civic responsibility.

Climate Justice in Action FLC: Similar to the Civic Action FLC, this 4-session learning community provides opportunities for faculty to integrate climate justice and civic action into their courses. To learn more, contact Sonya Doucette.

RISE Community Engagement Fellows: The CE Fellows program is a wholly unique experience that offers a community of learning for a mix of Bellevue College faculty and community partners. Over two quarters – Winter and Spring – within a stress-free and guilt-free environment, participants build authentic relationships, learn a variety of skills and concepts for their own work, and support each other in group problem solving. All cohort members are a part of a larger community with deep, long-lasting, and mutually-beneficial relationships that bridge the college and its broader world.

Community partners represent the areas of arts, city government, community wellness, education, housing insecurity, immigration, juvenile incarceration, legal aid, public media, sustainable farming, tribes, and youth mentoring.

Service-Learning FLC: Over three quarters, faculty participants received in-depth guidance into how to incorporate service into a course. These Service-Learning Fellows learned about theory before diving into redesigning their courses.

Reflection Micro-Workshops: Six half-hour lessons on different attributes of reflective practices to help students think more critically about topics covered in class. This is not specifically for those interested in community-engaged learning; reflection is a useful practice no matter the field! Faculty can attend one or all. The micro-workshop topics are:

  • Bringing out Depth through Reflection
  • Creating Connections using the 8Cs
  • Unleashing the Power of Reflective Journals
  • Reflecting Beyond Writing
  • Planning Your Quarter Using Reflection Mapping
  • Assessing Reflection

Stepping Out & Stepping Into: This workshop, developed with support from community partners and other academic institutions, deep dives into what ethical community engagement looks like. This 2-hour workshop is open to faculty, students, staff, board members, and the community, and covers topics such as bias, anti-racism, storytelling, and more. This is for anyone who wants to know how they promote equity in how they engage with the community – whether through their work or their personal interests. This workshop is offered Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters.

Community-Engaged Teaching at a Time of COVID (currently not offered): This workshop provides practical ideas for how to continue with community and civic engagement when students cannot go into the community due to the pandemic. The workshop has some work time built in so participants can apply the concepts right away.


Student Research Presentations

We coordinate BC’s participation in the University of Washington’s Undergraduate Research Symposium, the largest celebration of undergraduate research on the West Coast.


Making Learning Visible

Every quarter, RISE organizes a public showcase of student learning. This interdisciplinary celebration of student work is a time for students to present their work to an authentic audience of other faculty, students and administrators. It elevates final projects and gives students real world experience presenting their work. In Spring 2023, we have officially transitioned back to a in-person Making Learning Visible. If you’re interested in learning more and/or having your students participate, please contact Community-Engaged & Civic Education (CECE).


Annual Job and Networking Career Fair

The Career Center’s annual Spring Career Fair will bring more than 50 employers to the Bellevue College campus, who are looking to hire BC Students of all majors.

Organized by the Center for Career Connections, this fair provides an opportunity for students to network with potential employers.

Free Registration for students, Alumni, and community members


Faculty Learning Communities on High Impact Practices

It is a diverse community of like-minded instructors interested in learning about a specific topic. FLCs can last from one month to four years, usually have between 8 to 12 participants, and provide an opportunity for professional development through a deep dive into a particular subject.

After completing their courses, celebrating their successes, and evaluating the overall process, participants earn a stipend from the RISE Learning Institute

Last Updated December 28, 2023