RISE Workshops, Professional Development, and Events, Spring 2022

RISE’s offerings for faculty take high-level, aspirational goals – closing equity gaps and boosting student engagement, for example – and make them approachable. Our events give faculty a chance to learn from colleagues and community, plan collaboratively, and try out tools and approaches they can use right away.

Our workshops and panels feature faculty from across campus. Presenters share approaches that can be used to supercharge teaching and learning in multiple ways.

Many opportunities are also open to staff; read below for specifics.

Quick Links

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Bellevue College faculty and staff meeting with the Executive Director of the Chief Seattle Club as a part of the March 2022 RISE Community Immersion about Housing Insecurity.

RISE Wellness Lunch & Learns

Dates Below, all 12:00pm-1:00pm | Virtual | Faculty & Staff

During this pandemic we as a staff and faculty have had our own set of mental gymnastics to hurdle in order to stay positive, hopeful and on-track. RISE is offering a six month series of Wellness/Leadership one hour “lunch and learns” beginning at the end of January. Attend those that work for you.

The topics and dates are:

  • The Art of Coaching  | January 27, 2022 |  12:00pm–1:00pm
  • Journey to Self-Awareness  | February 14, 2022 |  12:00pm–1:00pm
  • The Power of Effective Team Building  | March 3, 2022 |  12:00pm–1:00pm
  • The Power of Positive Self-Talk  | April 7, 2022 |  12:00pm–1:00pm
  • 30-60-90 Day Plan to a Better You Using DBT | May 26, 2022 |  12:00pm–1:00pm
  • The Art of Influential Leadership  | June 9, 2022 |  12:00pm–1:00pm

Contact the facilitator, Margaret Nichols, for more information.

Click here to learn about the individual Lunch & Learns and to register!

Information Session: Provost’s Award for Innovation & Equity

Monday, April 11, 12:30pm-1:30pm | Virtual | Faculty

The Provost’s Award for Innovation & Equity, a collaboration between the RISE Learning Institute and the Office of Academic Affairs, is offering an Information Session for its 2022-2023 funding year. You have an opportunity to learn more about the Provost’s Award and even propose ideas. This is the final info session of before the late-April proposal deadline. Drop in anytime during the hour!

The Provost’s Award for Innovation & Equity funds teams of faculty up to $25,000 to infuse a high-impact practice into all or most sections of a course (or a sequence of courses) that reaches over 300 BC students per year. These practices include: Community-Engaged Learning, Project-Based Learning, Undergraduate Research, Career Exploration, and Learning Communities. Proposals are due April 29.

Join Zoom!

For questions, contact Sapan Parekh, Associate Director, Service-Learning & Community Engagement, RISE Learning Institute

Seeing the Invisible: A Chat & Chew about Housing Insecurity

Tuesday, April 19, 12:00pm-1:00pm | Virtual | Faculty, Staff, Students, & Community

Before the pandemic, an average of 14% of all community college students nationwide were housing insecure, meaning that they did not have a stable and consistent place to stay night after night. People who are housing insecure might sleep in cars, in shelters, on couches, in tents, or on sidewalks. As of 2018, 1 in every 10 Bellevue College students self-identified as housing insecure.

While housing insecurity can happen to anyone, those facing homelessness are often ignored, hidden, misunderstood, and/or mistreated. They truly are an invisible community.

In late-March, a group of nine BC faculty and staff attended the 2-day RISE Community Immersion about Housing Insecurity. They met with non-profits and government agencies in the community, listened and participated, reflected, and even brought the topics home to family conversations. They challenged their own assumptions and supported each other in group learning.

Join the participants as they reflect on the experience and share their thoughts as to how to foster a more open and safe campus community for housing insecure students and colleagues. This Chat & Chew is sponsored by the Social Justice Center. RISE thanks the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for both this space and for their sponsorship of the Immersion.

For more details and photos about the experience, visit the RISE Facebook page.

Register Here!

For questions, contact Sapan Parekh, Associate Director, Service-Learning & Community Engagement, RISE Learning Institute

Journal Clubs

Friday, April 22, 2:30pm-3:30pm | Virtual | Faculty

Do you want to deepen student engagement with the course material and enrich your curriculum with a look at the current scholarly literature in your field? Journal clubs can help with that. Journal clubs create a community of practice where student groups read scholarly sources and present them to their classmates. Students gain literacy skills like breaking down jargon, and they build confidence by going “behind the curtain” of knowledge creation and by eavesdropping on—and engaging with—conversations between experts. Journal clubs are easy to set up and manage, and librarians can support your students looking for journal articles. 

Facilitated by: Jackie Miller, Undergraduate Research Faculty Lead, RISE; Irene Shaver, Program Manager, RISE; and Lisa Lapointe, Undergraduate Research Librarian, Library Media Center | 1 PD Hour

Repair Café @ the RISE MakerSpace

Tuesday, April 26, 11:30am-4:30pm | B237 | Faculty, Staff, & Students

Bring your items in need of repair to the RISE MakerSpace (B237) and use the tools, resources, and expertise provided to learn how to fix your item and keep it out of the landfill!  The library will be on-site to help you look up manuals, guides, and resources for items like appliances.  Resources available: Sewing, 3D Printing, Electronics, Gluing, and Book Mending. 

The MakerSpace Repair Café is a collaborative event by RISE, the Library, and the Office of Sustainability as part of Earth Week 2022.  A full schedule of events can be found here: https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/sustainability/get-involved/events/earthweek/

No registration needed. Just come to B237!

Defining a Driving Question CANCELED

Tuesday, May 3, 1:30pm-2:00pm | Virtual | Faculty

Defining a driving question is the first step toward designing a project-based learning program. A driving question is integral to project-based learning. It aligns with course outcomes while engaging students in their learning process. During this half-hour meeting, we will go over approaches and rubrics of PBL driving questions and brainstorm possible driving questions for your course.

Facilitator: Miranda Kato, Project-Based Learning Faculty Lead, RISE Learning Institute

Stepping Out & Stepping Into: Ethical Community Engagement for a More Equitable World

Thursday, May 5, 1:30pm-3:30pm | Virtual | Faculty, Staff, Students, & Community

So, you want to make a difference in the world around you? Perhaps you want to encourage your students to do the same? But maybe you feel uncomfortable, unprepared, and uncertain. Join us as we examine how to engage with, learn from, and contribute to the community in an ethical manner. We will examine how bias, anti-racism, privilege, storytelling, and more fit into how you step into new community situations, so you have more confidence to step out and make the world a better, more equitable place.

This interactive workshop has been designed with inputs from the community and from other academic institutions. It is open to anyone associated with Bellevue College, as well as to the broader community. Please consider sharing with students.

This virtual workshop will be offered again in Fall 2022.

Moderated by Sapan Parekh, Associate Director, Service-Learning & Community Engagement, RISE Learning Institute | 2 PD Hours

Project-Based Learning in a Hybrid or Fully Online Environment

Tuesdays, May 17 & 24, 1:30pm-3:00pm | Virtual | Faculty

Project-based learning (PBL) requires students to work in small teams to address open-ended, authentic issues. This requires coordination among students, which is inherently challenging in online and hybrid classes. But challenging is definitely not impossible. Several BC faculty in multiple departments use PBL in online courses, and BC is actually something of a national leader among community colleges in this regard. In this two-part workshop, you’ll have time to revamp an assignment sequence and get feedback from colleagues across campus. You’ll also investigate approaches like:

  • Creating synchronous “moments” vs. wholly asynchronous methods of coordinating teams
  • Providing structure and scaffolding for projects in the online environment
  • Utilizing team-based projects in in-person, online, and high-flex settings
  • Strategies for creating team-based deliverables

Participants must be available for both parts.

Facilitator: Miranda Kato, Project-Based Learning Faculty Lead, RISE Learning Institute | 3 PD Hours | $75 Stipend

Community-Engaged & Civic Education 101 CANCELLED

Friday, May 27, 12:30pm-1:00pm | Virtual | Faculty & Staff

This quick introduction to the Community-Engaged & Civic Education program through RISE will cover processes and resources that help faculty maximize impact, lessen work, and reduce risk. This virtual session is also open to faculty who would like a refresher, especially those who have not connected to the program since it was called “service-learning.” Lastly, this is open to staff who would like to know one of the many ways faculty add experiential and community-engaged learning to their courses.

Moderated by Sapan Parekh, Associate Director, Service-Learning & Community Engagement, RISE Learning Institute

Elections! Misinformation! Us vs. Them! Bringing the Civic into the Classroom CANCELLED

Fridays, May 27 & June 3, 1:30pm-3:00pm | Virtual | Faculty

Later this year, the United States will continue with its more-than-annual civic responsibility of voting for officials and on important initiatives. Whether someone is eligible to vote, anyone residing in the United States will be inundated with advertisements, yard signs, and pundits. Elections promote partisanship and an us versus them mentality. Misinformation can run rampant. And those who can vote might be too turned off to do so.

No matter what you teach, the elections matter. Misinformation and the sense of polarization matter. Join RISE as we explore different ways you can address these issues while teaching your course content. Through these two 90-minute workshops, you will think through how best to integrate these topics into a Fall course, and you will walk away with a plan to foster civic-minded students who can cut through the noise and see the connection of their course to the world around them. The topics tentatively will be:

  • Session 1 – May 27 – Elections and Misinformation
  • Session 2 – June 3 – Polarization and Dialogue

Participants must be available for both parts.

Facilitator: Sapan Parekh, Associate Director, Service-Learning & Community Engagement, RISE Learning Institute | 3 PD Hours | $75 Stipend

Undergraduate Research Faculty Showcase CANCELLED

Date & Time TBD | Virtual | Faculty & Staff

Faculty teams in Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology have worked over both Winter and Spring quarters to integrate undergraduate research into a series of courses. This scaffolded learning will reinforce the powers of iteration, information literacy, question design, and more. Join us as these teams discuss what they’ve learned, how their courses have changed, and the benefits of undergraduate research for both their students and themselves.

Moderated by Jackie Miller and Kathy Hunt, Undergraduate Research Learning Community Facilitators

Last Updated July 25, 2023