Thursday, September 29, 2011

A video to share

Dr. Patricia Kuhl and Dr. Andrew Melzoff on Brain Power: Why Early Learning Matters. View video here

Latest Research on Early Learning

Early Ed Watch (NAT)

Science Magazine explores latest research on early learning
Clare McCann

The Aug. 19 issue of Science magazine featured a special section on early childhood learning, “Investing Early in Education.” The collection of articles offered policy updates, field studies and new research.

Friday, September 23, 2011

SkillUp Washington November Forum

Save the date - November 3rd
Community forum 
Register here 

For more information, call 206-388-1670

Monday, September 19, 2011

Two Professional Development Events

Here are two upcoming professional development events that may be of interest to you. 

- First is the 4th Annual Northwest Conference on Teaching for Social Justice, being held on October 1st at Chief Sealth High School. It is a great regional conference that consists mainly of K-12 teachers sharing classroom practices that focus on justice and the politics of equity in teaching. Several editors of Rethinking Schools will be in attendance and giving workshops.  The keynote is Karen Lewis, head of the Chicago teachers union (who last year won a progressive slate of union leadership). 
Get more information and register here .

- Second is Michael Apple coming to give a talk at UW Bothell on the evening of October 17th. As you likely know, Apple has been one of the leading critical scholars in education for 40 years now. This should be a nice opportunity to engage in some discussion about the current politics of education.
For more information or to register email Sue Morgan. 

College Readiness Retreat

October 13-14, 2011
Fall College Readiness Retreat
Eatonville, WA


Email your registration (click on the link, scroll down, it’s on the right-hand side)

by September 30 to:

The College Readiness Retreats are designed for pre-college (ABE/Dev Ed/I-BEST) faculty and their teaching partners,
and will include opportunities to:
·         share strategies and challenges
·         improve instruction and assessment
·         learn about system-wide initiatives and resources
·         develop a network of college readiness colleagues

We encourage participation from all colleges,
and we recommend that participants attend with a partner or team.

The registration fee for this two-day workshop is $75 per person.   The remainder of the cost is subsidized by SBCTC.  The registration fee covers meeting materials, one night’s lodging, and four meals (lunch and dinner on Thursday and breakfast and lunch on Friday).  Due to limited space, participants will be housed in double occupancy units.

Registration forms should be emailed to by September 30
Checks should be made payable to SBCTC & mailed to SBCTC, PO Box 42495, Olympia WA 98504.

Co-sponsored by:

Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges

The Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Register Today -16th Annual WA-Faculty and Staff of Color Conference

16th Annual Washington State Faculty and Staff of Color Conference
The 16th Annual WA-Faculty and Staff of Color Conference will be held in Vancouver, WA at the Vancouver Conference Center, October 26 - 28.
Conference highlights include:
 * Dynamic keynotes from:
-   Caprice D. Hollins, Psy.D.
-   Frances Contreras, Ph.D.
-   Justin Guillory, Ph.D.
* Variety of engaging workshops
* Networking with Faculty and Staff from across the State
Please visit the FSOCC website for a detailed overview of the 2011 conference agenda and to register today!

2011 WA-FSOCC Fees & Deadlines
$225.00 - Early Bird Registration      October   1, 2011
$250.00 - Registration                        October 15, 2011
$275.00 - Late Registration               October 25, 2011
$300.00 - On-site Registration          October 26, 2011
The conference hotel is the Vancouver Hilton. Conference rates will be available until October 11, 2011 or block has filled. To reserve your room visit :
We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver!
WA Faculty and Staff of Color Conference Planning Committee

Thursday, September 8, 2011

ATL Community Registration open: NWeLearn 2011, Vancover WA Oct 13 & 14, 2011 - Sign up now!

Looking for a low-cost professional development opportunity somewhere close by?
Sign up now for the 6th annual Northwest eLearning Conference  in Vancouver, WA on Oct. 13 & 14, 2011!.

Here’s some basic info:

Keynote: Assessing Learning Gains Using Online Tools, presented by Dr. Susan Zvacek, Director of Instructional Development and Support at the University of Kansas.  Dr. Zvacek will also be giving a workshop entitled Teaching Partially Clothed: For Those Not Ready for ‘Naked.’

Who can benefit: Faculty, eLearning professionals & technologists, librarians, administrators, anyone interested in or using technology in education, and particularly those involved in distance, hybrid or enhanced face-to-face classes.

Location: Clark College’s Corporate Learning Center, with lodging at Phoenix Inn (Special room rate guaranteed through Sept 15 (see flyer), so reserve early).

Cost: Only $75 for both days, $50 for one, or free for the online-only option.  Register Now!

What to Expect: Two full days of sessions (see a partial list of proposed sessions) presented by colleagues like you as well as our vendors, plus terrific meals, a Thursday evening reception, time for networking, and door prizes. You'll also have opportunity to see the beautiful area around Vancouver and Portland, Oregon.

Participation: Submit a proposal for a breakout (45 or 90 minutes) or for a three-hour pre-conference session at  . The final deadline for consideration is 5 p.m. PT/ 6 p.m. MT Friday, Sept. 9.

Organizers: The Northwest eLearning Community, a consortium of eLearning professionals from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Learn more at


Mark your calendars: NWeLearn 2011 - Oct. 13 & 14, Vancouver, WA -