Professional Development

Professional Development

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SCC hosts a number of opportunities for employees (both faculty and staff) to develop their skills in new and different approaches to teaching, the application of technology, and the intricacies of supporting community college learners. Below is a list of our current offerings.  In addition, you can click Past Events in the left menu to see recordings of prior sessions, or click Request Session to be added to the wait list for an upcoming session, or request a customized session for your area.
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January 27, 2020, 3:00 pm - January 27, 2020, 4:00 pm
Presenter: April McNiff and Jodie Waldroup
Location: Bradford 306, The Center for Teaching Excellence

During the Spring 2020 semester, we will read “Generation Z Goes to College” by Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace. We have learned a lot about the millennial generation, but what about the upcoming one who are already in our classes? This book gives a nice overview of Generation Z students, and answers questions about how they learn best, what are their communication preferences, and what motivates them at the end of the day. This book was a study completed with over 1,100 Generation Z college students between the months of August and October of 2014. This group will meet once a month during the spring Semester. Dates are as follows: January 27, February 17, March 23, April 27, and May 11.
Learning Objectives:
  • To gain a better understanding of who Generation Z is
  • To discuss with colleagues about what we are already experiencing and witnessing with the upcoming generation in the classroom and daily interactions
  • To explore ways we as individuals and as an institution can be more prepared for the upcoming generation of college students
February 11, 2020, 1:00 pm - February 11, 2020, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Tom Jones - College Success Coach/Advisor
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence

We all have the chance to create a positive reality wherever we go. Through vision, gratitude and grit we can all be a person that changes the atmosphere of the room we're in.
Learning Objectives:
  • Learners will identify and discuss the values that they hold uniquely unto themselves.
  • Learners will also discover how thankfulness expands our perspective and our capacity to give.
  • Learners will conclude that grit is what separates goal achievers from the rest.
February 19, 2020, 9:00 am - February 19, 2020, 10:00 am
Presenter: Susan Cain, Communications Instructor and Tyler Goode, Director of Public Relations
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence

We aim to share tips, offer data, and help create ideas for crafting cohesive, to-the-point, well-intentioned, good looking email and social media posts for on or off campus use. We will use PPT to illustrate do's and don'ts and give learners the opportunity to practice using the new information.
Learning Objectives:
  • Learners will become familiar with state email legalities
  • Learners will gain awareness of Best Practices for email readability and style
  • Learners will gain awareness of social media posting dos and don'ts (from an SCC standpoint)
  • Learners will have an opportunity to work with emails and postings to practice the information given
February 20, 2020, 2:00 pm - February 20, 2020, 3:00 pm
Presenter: Carolyn Porter - Business Department Chair; Business Administration - Program Coordinator/Instructor; Business Administration - Electronic Commerce Concentration, Program Coordinator/Instructor
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence

How can we assess student learning when the internet is full of resources to help students cheat and plagiarize? In this workshop, we will explore issues related to academic dishonesty in the digital age. We will look at the tools and forums your students may be using to be dishonest and work toward strategies to better evaluate student achievement.
Learning Objectives: Upon completing this workshop, participants should be able to:
  • Describe tools and methods students may use to be dishonest.
  • Design course activities which promote academic integrity.
February 26, 2020, 1:00 pm - February 26, 2020, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Lori Clancy - Human Services Technology/Substance Abuse Treatment Program Coordinator
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence


Many times students do not function well or succeed to their potential not because of their academic issues but due to poor boundaries in their relationships. This TOPS is centered on understanding the impact of diffuse or rigid boundaries in our students lives. As we understand that relationships may impede their success we can help them have tools to understand their boundaries and how to improve their level of functioning within a firm set of boundaries.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify Healthy vs. Unhealthy Boundaries.
  • Explore and understand why we say yes and no.
  • Be able to explain what healthy boundaries are and teach boundary settings to others.
  • Establish plans to improve boundaries.
March 18, 2020, 2:00 pm - March 18, 2020, 3:00 pm
Presenter: Matt Cass - Physics Instructor, David Jons - Spanish Instructor, and Mike Park - English Instructor
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence

We will present the concept of equity, review success data of students, and suggest methods of improvement in order to build equity. Please register early, so that we can pull specific data to your instructional area.
Learning Objectives: Faculty will be able to:
  • Understand the difference between equality and equity
  • Analyze their own student success data for areas of possible improvement
  • Identify and explore strategies and practices to decrease equity gaps
April 2, 2020, 1:00 pm - April 2, 2020, 2:00 pm
Presenter: SCC’s Appreciative Advising Team (Tori Ellison, Jennie Ashlock, Dominique Benson and Jodie Waldroup)
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence

As a follow-up to our Spring 2018 Appreciative Advising Workshop, SCC’s Appreciative Advising Team (Tori Ellison, Jennie Ashlock, Dominique Benson and Jodie Waldroup) would like to present a more in-depth examination of the 6 phases through two 60-minute interactive sessions. One during Fall 2019 to delve into Disarm, Discover and Dream, followed by a second in Spring 2020 to discuss Design, Deliver and Don’t Settle.
Learning Objectives: Participants will gain a greater understanding of the Appreciative Advising framework in addition to techniques,strategies and best practices for implementing the 6 phases during advising sessions, as well as in the classroom.