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Professional Development Fall 2021

Fall 2021 Program


Solano Community College is integrated with the Vision Resource Center! See the instructions on how to access professional development resources, connect with communities, and more! 

Thursday, August 12th


Chemistry Department Meeting

Title: Chemistry Department Meeting

When: 8:00 AM – 9:50 AM

Presenters: Vahid Eskandari and Chemistry Faculty

Description: Discussions regarding Free Textbooks, SLO’s, Lab Manuals, Lead Instructors.

Academic Senate Meeting

Title: Academic Senate Meeting

When: 9:00 AM – 11:50 PM

The Professional Development System

Title: The Professional Development System

When: 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

Presenter: Michelle Smith

Description: Take a guided tour of our brand new Professional Development System and learn how to register for events, submit optional requests, and much more!

Active Learning & Achievement Gaps

Title: Active Learning & Achievement Gaps

When: 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

Presenters: Commodore St. Germain & Others

Description: Active learning narrows achievement gaps for underrepresented students in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and math.

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Smart Classroom Demo

Title: Smart Classroom Demo

When: 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

Presenters: Jose Leal and Robert Nuñez

Description: Interested in learning the fundamentals of how to use Smart Classroom technology while working on-campus? Well, this session is for you. The purpose of this training will teach new and returning users how to operate the New Audio/Video Control System. The new system is much easier to use and provides users with improved features that help transform the students' learning experience. For example, we will cover the basics with how to:

  • Operate and navigate with the touch screen Atlona tablet
  • Power the projector
  • Display your desktop or switch from sharing screen-to-screen
  • Turn on the Blu-Ray DVD player
  • Connect your laptop or tablet device to the HDMI port
  • BYOD - Connect external devices and wirelessly stream to the projector

Please note, this will be a recorded session for future training purposes, and we will leave time to answer questions at the end.

Secrets to Improve Student Success

Title: Secrets to Improve Student Success

When: 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Presenters: Isabel Anderson, Ann Hefner-Gravink, Melissa Reeve & Brad Paschal

Description: Strategies to improve student success need not be a mystery, even online. Join us as we discuss surveys as ideal tools for easy and frequent check-ins with students. These survey strategies work for both in-person and online learning environments!

MySolano Overview

Title: MySolano Overview

When: 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Presenter: Tina Abbate

Description: Learn how to use MySolano to access rosters.

Reimagine Campus Safety and Security at SCC

Title: Reimagine Campus Safety and Security at SCC

When: 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM

Presenters: Brian Travis, Joe Uchisbha, Bryant Williams, and Amber Wade

Description: As our country slowly recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic many businesses and schools will begin the process of reopening again. During this time, Solano Community College will begin an evaluation process to reimagine how the college’s campus safety and security department can effectively deliver just, equitable, compassionate and integrity-driven services. We currently contract with the Solano County Sheriff’s Office but the contract will end this June 30. However, the college and Sheriff’s Office have worked out a month- to-month contract until the college figures out what we would like to do for campus safety and security.

We are seeking input, comments and suggestions regarding this process. Your participation, opinions and feedback will be important to this reimagining campus safety & security process.

Zoom Training

Title: Zoom Training

When: 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM

Presenter: Robert Nuñez

Description: The purpose of this workshop will teach users the fundamentals of using Zoom. We will cover several main topics, like how to:

  • Share a portion of your screen
  • Add a self-timer during presentations
  • Customize features to make zoom work for you
  • Check for new system updates and install the latest versions from your Zoom App
  • Tips for combating Zoom fatigue

We will also show you how to help yourself - where to find tutorials and information, and who to ask questions when you get stuck. By the end of the session, we hope this information helps expand user's knowledge around Zoom that one can integrate these key concepts into the classroom or during virtual office meetings and training.

Looking Back, Moving Forward

Title: Looking Back, Moving Forward

When: 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Presenters: Michelle Smith & Heather Watson-Perez

Description: Remote teaching is hard! But it is not without opportunity. In this session, we use the "DAKI" framework to guide a group activity on what we plan to Drop, Add, Keep, and Improve upon in our courses moving forward.

Integrating Canvas Studio into Your Shell

Title: Integrating Canvas Studio into Your Shell

When: 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Presenter: John D. Perez

Description: An overview of Canvas Studio application. This product is available to assist faculty and students with video capture and captioning. This presentation will demonstrate some of the functions available for faculty to integrate into their Canvas shell.

Academic Senate Meeting with Adminstrators

Title: Academic Senate Meeting with Administrators

When: 1:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Presenters: LaNae Jaimez, Academic Senate President and Josh Scott, Academic Senate Vice President

The Professional Development System

Title: The Professional Development System

When: 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Presenter: Michelle Smith

Description: Take a guided tour of our brand new Professional Development System and learn how to register for events, submit optional requests, and much more!

Ask a Tech

Title: Ask a Tech

When: 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM

Presenters: Kimo Calilan & Others

Description: Join a panel of members of the district IT team to ask whatever questions you have. Tips, how-to’s, using district technology, and overall technology info will be shared. Feel free to email your questions in advance to so we can better prepare answers for your needs.

COVID Workgroup

Title: COVID Workgroup

When: 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Presenters: Alison Aubert, Scott Parish & Christie Speck

Description: A presentation from the COVID Campus Workgroup sharing lessons from this past year including what worked, challenges met, and how we can all move forward safely together.

The Evolution of the Minority Coalition

Title: The Evolution of the Minority Coalition – Past, Present, and Future

When: 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM

Presenters: Dr. Karen McCord, PhD, Psychology and Former Instructor, Dr. Ella Tolliver, PhD, Education and Former Instructor & Earl Taylor, Author and Former student

Description: A Meeting of the Minds and More

Updates on OER and Lowering Textbook Costs

Title: Updates on OER and Lowering Textbook Costs

When: 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Presenter: Atticus Frey

Description: We will be discussing updated resources for faculty to explore, potentially lowering learning resources costs for their students.

How to build individualized quizzes in Canvas

Title: How to build individualized quizzes in Canvas

When: 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Presenter: Erica Beam

Description: Would you like to build quizzes that use different numbers for each student? Attend this intermediate to advanced session and learn how to use the formula option in Canvas quizzes to build robust quiz questions that will support the use of OER and academic integrity.

CCCAA Compliance Workshop Zoom

Title: CCCAAComplianceWorkshop Zoom

When: 3:00-4:50 PM

Presenter: Alison Aubert

Description: Annual CCCAA compliance exam (open book) which is mandatory for all Full time, part time, volunteer athletics staff well as all other departments which interact with Athletics. The exam must be successfully completed prior to the mandatory CCCAA Compliance workshop on Thursday August 12 3-5pm.

At this workshop all coaches, staff members will sign CCCAA Form R2 confirming attendance at workshop and completion of exam. Prior to the Compliance workshop, all coaches and staff will also receive both the 21-22 Solano Athletics Department Policy Manual as well as the Student Athlete manual. Below is also a link to the 21-22 CCCAA Constitution.

Below is the link to the exam

Below link with all instructions especially all new staff members

Below link to 21-22 CCCAA constitution incorporating all new legislation

Humanizing your courses in Canvas: tips and tricks

Title: Humanizing your courses in Canvas: tips and tricks

When: 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM

Presenter: Erica Beam

Description: This session will cover many ways to increase your presence in Canvas, created a more humanized experience for students and you. Some topics include using the live transcript for Zoom sessions, booking appointments in Canvas, using the new annotation assignment in Canvas, using anonymous feedback in real time, and more!

Convocation for Adjunct Faculty

Title: Convocation for Adjunct Faculty

When: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Hosted by: S/P Esposito-Noy, VP Cooper, AND VP Williams

Description: Join the S/P and VPs for updates on academic affairs, the budget, student services, and more. Michelle Smith provides a brief overview of the new Professional Development system. This is also your chance to share and get all your questions answered!


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Friday, August 13th


Presenters: Janene Whitesell, Master of Convocation

                     Celia Esposito-Noy, Superintendent-President

                     Vice President of Student Services, Shannon Cooper

                     Vice President of Finance and Administration

                     Vice President of Academic Affairs, David Williams

                     Academic Senate President, LaNae Jaimez

Keynote Speaker

Keynote by Scott Keoni Shigeoka

Scott Keoni Shigeoka (they/them/he/his) is a storyteller, artist and entrepreneur. Their work focuses on bridging social and Scott Shigeokapolitical divides, and has been featured in The New York Times and Variety magazine.

They previously worked at IDEO, The Washington Post, and co-founded two social enterprises in the U.S. and Europe. Their career has been eclectic: they started an environmental music festival in Iceland, directed a sold out immersive theater show in San Francisco, and have collaborated with David Byrne from the rock band Talking Heads.

They have been awarded fellowships with Fulbright, MTV Networks, and at the Sundance Institute. They also serve as a visiting instructor for design, storytelling and social entrepreneurship courses—most recently at UC Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania.

Meeting of the Minds

Title: Meeting of the Minds

When: 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Presenter: David Williams

Description: VP David Williams hosts trivia for virtual fun and real laughs. Join us!

Update on the Accreditation Midterm Report

Title: Update on the Accreditation Midterm Report

When: 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Presenters: Accreditation Steering Committee

Description: Join the Accreditation Steering Committee to review the draft of the midterm report including evidence to meet the eight (8) recommendations from the ACCJC.

 eLumen: Basic Training

Title: eLumen: Basic Training to Completing SLO Assessments

When: 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Presenter: Andrew Wesley

Description: This will be a training session on how to complete SLO assessments (that are due) in eLumen. In order to facilitate training, please prepare records/results from courses taught in previous semester readily available.

 Curriculum Primer

Title: Curriculum Primer

When: 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Presenter: Sarah Barsness

Description: All faculty have both the opportunity - and the responsibility - to propose new or revised courses or programs. But the curriculum approval process can be confusing, and even intimidating. Spend an hour learning about the basics of curriculum, including all the whats, hows, and even the whys, of the curriculum process! There will be ample opportunity and time for questions. 

School and Department Meetings

When: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Applied Technology and Business
  • Counceling
  • Health Sciences
  • Liberal Arts
  • Librarians
  • Mathematics and Science
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences


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Tuesday, October 12th


Student Services Counseling Retreat

Title: Student Services Counseling Retreat

When: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Presenters: Nicholas Cittadino, Kimberly Coulter, Amy Dauffenbach & Rebecca LaCount

Description: Student services retreat that will focus on best practices:

  • ways to quickly refer students and send information

  • videos needed

  • data needed

  • working out issues of service delivery with other areas of student services

Gentle Chair Yoga & Mindfulness

Title: Gentle Chair Yoga & Mindfulness

When: 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

Presenter: Dorene Adams MSN, RN, E-RYT 500

Description: Are you interested in learning about ways to help tame your anxiety?Join Dorene Adams, an advanced trained yoga instructor, in a guided meditation and a seated yoga practice.  You will need a stable chair (no wheels) and comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely.  You will learn how regulation of your breath and mindset can positively impact your health and happiness.You can alter how you feel, you already have the tools.  Join Dorene to learn how to use them.

Equitable Hiring Principles and Practices – Part 1

Title: Equitable Hiring Principles and Practices – Part 1

When: 9:00 AM – 10:20 AM

Presenters: Michelle Velasquez Bean, ASCCC Treasurer and Karla Kirk, ASCCC North Representative

Description: As we transform our campuses and work toward becoming antiracist institutions, it is vital to engage in reflection and review of our practices and policies. Let’s normalize courageous conversations about equity-minded hiring practices that support the diversification of our faculty and staff. This presentation will provide equity-minded frameworks and effective practices to meeting the call to action for diversity, equity, and inclusion in hiring.

What Students Need: A discussion on race, privilege, and learning  

Title: What Students Need: A discussion on race, privilege, and learning

When: 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Presenters: Dr. Siri Brown and Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud

Description: This interactive session will address four areas of student need: (1) Belonging, (2) Validation, (3) Support Network, and (4) Cultural affirmation and the ways in which race, privilege and power shape the students' experience and impact student outcomes.

Liquid Syllabus Made Easy!  

Title: Liquid Syllabus Made Easy!

When: 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Presenter: Erica Beam

Description: Were you interested in creating a liquid syllabus but overwhelmed by Google Sites or HTML? Solano Community College has purchased an institution license for Liquid Syllabus, an easy-to-use liquid syllabus builder meant specifically for this purpose. There are templates and "parts" pre-built. You can also copy and duplicate your syllabi to use for similar courses and from semester to semester.

Connecting With Students  

Title: Connecting With Students: Understanding the Effects of the Global Pandemic in the Classroom

When: 10:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Presenter: Ann Leber, LMFT

Description: This workshop will focus on trauma-informed practices for the classroom and on campus. It will address the effects of early trauma on learning and behavior. We will explore the Global Pandemic as an additional trauma on students and the educational community. This workshop will provide a better understanding of what trauma is and how it manifests in student behavior and will provide strategies and tools for creating a positive learning environment.

SESC Retreat

Title: Retreat Yourself

When: 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM

Presenters: Heather Watson-Perez & Lisa Neeley, SESC Co-Chairs

Description: Come spend time with the SESC as we welcome some new shout outs, including Regina Stanback Stroud and the students of the Solano ASSC. Additionally, we will play some fun community building games.  We hope you will join us!

Student Conduct: Nuts & Bolts

Title: Student Conduct: Nuts & Bolts

When: 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Presenter: Shannon Cooper, Vice President of Student Services

Description: This workshop will describe the student discipline process. Practice scenarios will be included.

Academic Success & Tutoring Center (ASTC)  

Title: Academic Success & Tutoring Center (ASTC) We're baaaaaaaaaack!

When: 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Presenter: Lauren Taylor-Hill

Description: As of 30 August 2021, the ASTC is open in room 130 for (masked)face-to-(masked)face support two days per week.  Please attend our event to learn what form the ASTC is taking this semester, as well as discuss our hopes for future semesters.  You will leave this meeting with the knowledge of several concrete easy-peasy lemon-squeezy ways in which YOU (yes, YOU!) can support the ASTC and our students.   

Professional Development System Open House  

Title: Professional Development System Open House
When: 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Presenter: Michelle Smith
Description: Check out our new Professional Development system, take a look around, ask questions, and get answers!

Curriculum Committee Meeting    

Title: Curriculum Committee Meeting

When: 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM

Presenter: Lisa Abbott

Description: Meeting to discuss activities of the semester and to schedule agendas for upcoming meetings.

Do we love our students enough?  

Title: Do we love our students enough to change for their success?

When: 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM

Hosted by the Minority Coalition

Description: John Henry Danley Jr., Ed.D., is an accomplished Senior Executive, thought leader, and author. With 25 years of experience in executive roles, Dr. Danley attributes his success to enabling and empowering others to drive change through leadership, courage, belief, and influence. With his extensive experience and training, he can quickly assess the health of any organization and determine appropriate continuous improvement strategies. His expertise encompasses change management, organizational transformation, building high performance teams, executive coaching and driving organic growth. Dr. Danley’s presentation will help empower others to achieve their significance by creating an inclusive environment. 

Equitable Hiring Principles and Practices – Part 2 

Title: Equitable Hiring Principles and Practices – Part 2 

Job Descriptions Workshop

When: 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM

Facilitators: Melissa Reeve & Michael Wyly

Creating a Transfer Culture  

Title: Creating a Transfer Culture

When: 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM

Presenter: Emily Burt

Description: Join the Transfer Center Coordinator for a presentation on the Transfer Center and our services, the state of transfer at Solano, why transfer is an equity issue, and how we can work together as a campus community to help our students successfully transfer.

Constructing Your Liquid Syllabus

Title: Constructing Your Liquid Syllabus

When: 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Presenter: Dr. Danielle Mirliss

Description: A liquid syllabus is an essential component to humanizing the online learning experience. This workshop will provide participants with a hands-on opportunity to construct a liquid syllabus. We will begin with an overview of the various platforms available to create one including Google Sites, Canvas, and Using their platform of choice, participants will build a liquid syllabus while receiving technical guidance from the presenter and feedback from colleagues.

P.A.C.E. Work Sessions

Title: P.A.C.E. Work Sessions: Advancing the Guided Pathways Framework

When: 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Presenters: Melissa Reeve, Kelvin Cheah, Nazia Mostafa, Debra Berrett, & Adam Izqueda, Laura Maghoney

Description: We invite department faculty to join us for an overview of P.A.C.E, the progress so far in implementing this framework, and the goals for the current academic year. Participants will then have time to work with the PACE Coordinators and Counselors to make progress on the work in their own respective areas: mapping course sequences, brainstorming ideas for department web page improvements and online community-building or mini-career-faire-type events, etc., to advance the P.A.C.E. work in each program.

Part-Time Faculty Reimbursement Process  

Title: Part-Time Faculty Reimbursement Process

When: 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Presenters: Andrew Wesley & Michelle Smith

Description: Part-time faculty are not required to complete any Flex hours; however, Solano College encourages participation in campus professional development activities and compensates part-time faculty for their participation (Faculty Contract Article 23.2.5). Learn how to earn Flex credit and receive compensation for those hours.

SLO Assessments  

Title: SLO Assessments

When: 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM

Presenter: Andrew Wesley

Description: This will be a training session on how to complete SLO assessments (that are due) in eLumen. In order to facilitate training, please prepare records/results from courses taught in previous semester readily available.

Professional Development System Open House

Title: Professional Development System Open House

When: 5:00 PM - 5:50 PM

Presenter: Michelle Smith

Description: Check out our new Professional Development system, take a look around, ask questions, and get answers!

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