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The Center
Feb. 1st, 2nd, & 3rd:
CTE Winter Institute – Apply by 1/13/17
Reading Apprenticeship
Apply by 1/13/17
Teaching Men of Color
Certificate Training
Developing a Canvas Rubric
Open Doors at SMC – March 7, 8, & 9
Spring Flex Day –
March 16
James Lang – Flex Day Follow-up Workshop
March 17
“Gnarly Teaching Topics” - Faculty Conversations
Panel & Hands-on Workshop – Videos: How/When/Why
Reader Packet Creation Fall 2017
The Center is adding more events on a monthly basis!
Department Chairs:
Please consider offering Flex Credit to your faculty for participating in Center events.
The Center team will be happy to provide you with participant information.
Want More of What The Center Has to Offer?
Check out our online resources!
Just for Department Chairs:
a request for specific professional development for your department.
Teaching Men of Color in the Community College
CORA Certificate Training Program – Starts at the Beginning of Spring Semester
The Center for Organizational Responsibility and Advancement (CORA) has gained widespread attention for its Teaching Men of Color Certificate Program. This program is a week-long online training program designed to enhance the capacity of faculty, staff and administrators to support learning in Men of Color. Check out the featured pieces that came out in Diverse Issues in Higher Ed, along with pieces in Frost Illustrated and Huffington Post.  
Individuals who will most benefit from this program include part-time and full-time instructional faculty in community colleges and those responsible for academic program administration (e.g., department chairs, deans, faculty leaders). In addition, college staff and administrators who work with students may also benefit from this program.
Daily assignments include participating in 1 hour long online modules, reading 1 book chapter, 2-4 articles per module, participating in a live online session, & online posts.
Faculty are expected to complete an exit survey at the end of the online course
Faculty should plan to participate in an equity meeting during Spring 2017.
• The Equity Committee will pay the $200 registration fee for each selected participant directly to CORA.
Faculty will receive a one-time stipend of $500 or Flex Credit after the successful completion of the 1-week course. The stipend will be distributed by the college after completion of the course. Failure to complete the course in a timely manner will render the stipend or Flex-credit null and void.
Application link will be live soon! Please check emails for this announcement in the next few days.
Once you apply, you will be emailed if your application has been accepted with further information on how to enroll in the course.
If you have any questions please contact: 
Cyndi Bendezu Palomino, Equity Program Manager

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CTE Winter Institute 2017
February 1st, 2nd, and 3rd 2017
Application Deadline – Noon - January 13th, 2017
Santa Monica College's CTE Committee and Center for Teaching Excellence (The Center) have partnered to offer this year's CTE Winter Institute.
The group collaborated to design this institute with a focus on Pathway creation at SMC. During the CTE Winter Institute, faculty will explore issues of how pathways have been developed at SMC, contextualization of course work, departmental needs and considerations for pathway development, and exchange of ideas across disciplines.
Instructional faculty across ALL Career Technical Education disciplines are invited to participate.
Please note that ONLY instructional faculty from CTE disciplines are able to participate in the institute. Faculty can participate in any or all of the three-day workshops, which will take place at the Bundy campus. However, attendance at all three days is highly encouraged.
February 1st :  “Different Points on the Pathway at SMC”
February 2nd:  “Lesson Planning and Pathways”
February 3rd:  “Institutional Support for Pathway Development”
Upon the completion of the institute, participants are expected to contribute to the development of The Center for Teaching Excellence at SMC, by participating in a presentation on what was learned at the institute at the March 16th Institutional Flex Day.
Please CLICK HERE to submit your application now, and select the dates you’d like to attend.
FORMS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY: Friday, January 13th at 12pm.
If you have questions, please email The Center for Teaching Excellence at
Questions about the application status can be directed to Eve Adler at or Edna Chavarry at 
The Center is Closed Temporarily for Remodel – Open Spring 2017
The Center for Teaching Excellence is open year-round Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for faculty and staff to use.
The Center is located in the new Media and IT building (near Reprographics) in room M104.
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Reading Apprenticeship
Spring 2017
Application Deadline – Noon - January 13th, 2017
Create an Active Classroom with Reading Apprenticeship
After the success of the online course this past spring, The Center for teaching Excellence is once again offering a special Reading Apprenticeship hybrid course, spanning 6 weeks and available ONLY to SMC Faculty.
The session runs from February 13th through March 24th, 2017.*
Applications must be received no later than Friday, January 13th at 12pm.
Reading Apprenticeship (RA) guides instructors on how to make their content-specific reading strategies visible to their students. It is designed to cover all subject areas, including STEM and CTE. Student benefits include better reading comprehension and test preparedness. Practices enable students to become more engaged and independent readers.
Quick facts from the RA session held last spring:
-          100% of Reading Apprenticeship survey respondents agreed that they would recommend this course to colleagues.
-          94.4% of RA survey respondents agree that the information and presentation of this course were effective in promoting learning.
-          100% of RA survey respondents agreed that this course should be offered again.
What our previous participants have to say:
“I recommend this course to all teachers. It has been life-changing for me.”
“[E]verything I learned will be useful in the classes I teach.”
This was among the most useful professional development training I have completed in my 13+ years as an educator.”
Click HERE to apply now, or go to for more information.
Faculty are encouraged to apply with colleagues from their department. The Center for Teaching Excellence will pay the cost of the course for participating SMC faculty. Faculty will receive a stipend upon completion of the course*.
*Pending Funding

Spring 2017 Event Preview
We are already adding events for Spring… this is just a preview of a few in the works. Check back for details on these, plus new events, in future newsletters and bulletins!
Reading Apprenticeship
Developing a Canvas Rubric
Open Doors at SMC
3/ 7, 3/8, & 3/9
Spring Flex Day
Flex Day Follow-up Workshop
Canvas Workshops
“Gnarly Teaching Topics” Faculty Conversations
Canvas Workshops
Panel & Hands-on Workshop – Videos: How/When/Why
Reader Packet Creation for Fall 2017
The Center for Teaching Excellence
By the Numbers
2016 -17 So Far…
Fall 2016
Canvas Technology
Workshop Participants 
Participants in All Other Fall 2016
Center for Teaching Excellence
SMC’s Board of Trustees:
Dr. Kathryn Jeffery, Ph.D. – Superintendent/President
Dr.  Louise Jaffe, Chair
Dr.  Andrew  Walzer, Vice Chair
Dr.  Susan  Aminoff
Dr.  Nancy  Greenstein
Dr.  Margaret  Quiñones-Perez
Rob  Rader
Barry  Snell
Laura Zwicker, Student Trustee



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The Center is getting an upgrade!
The Center for Teaching Excellence (M104) is
November 21st through the Winter Session.
Changes and updates on the exact dates will be sent out in future newsletters and bulletins.
We apologize for any inconvenience. Please contact Edna Chavarry if you have questions or concerns.
We look forward to providing professional development opportunities in the near future.
Thank you for your patience!



The 2016 Faculty Summer Institute was a Great Success!


Click HERE to learn more.


Check us out in the SMC In Focus Newsletter!

The Center and the Faculty Summer Institute were featured in an article in the October Issue. Read and see photos from FSI 2015

Fall 2015 Catalog Article on the Center (PDF)  

About the Center for Teaching Excellence

The Center for Teaching Excellence is funded by the Title V - Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Program under the U.S. Department of Education. The title of the Title V-HSI grant which was awarded to SMC is Building Foundations for Academic and Career Success. The aim of this project is to support low-income, Latino, and other traditionally underrepresented students as they pursue their academic and career goals.

At the heart of this grant will be SMC's new Center for Teaching Excellence (The Center), which will offer an annual Faculty Summer Institute, quarterly seminars for all faculty, departmental workshops that target career-specific improvements in math, English, and content specific-courses, and customized individual and small group support.

Faculty Summer Institute 2015

August 3rd through 13th, 2015

The Center for Teaching Excellence thanks each and every one of the 42 participants from the 2015 Faculty Summer Institute. This was our largest group to date, and we couldn't have asked for better teamwork and participation.

See FSI stats and info, and photos of our FSI groups.

Career Technical Education Winter Institute 2015!

February 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2015

The CTE Committee and The Center for Teaching Excellence partnered to offer a professional develo p.m.ent institute available for SMC's CTE faculty.

Thank you to all those that attended! It was a great success.

Faculty Summer Institute 2014!

August 4 through August 14, 2014

We are so grateful to our 36 selected participants who joined us this summer!

We are looking forward to seeing how you apply the techniques you learned, and build on the relationships you formed with your colleagues over the two weeks!

For everyone else: 2015 is now open for applications (Google Doc).

During the Faculty Summer Institute, faculty explored issues of pedagogy and practice, exchanged ideas, studied new approaches and tested innovative strategies for building student skills and understanding. Experts and practitioners in the field of education shared research-based strategies that increase student success.

SMC's FIRST Faculty Summer Institute - 2013

July 29 through August 8, 2013

Faculty connected, collaborated, and created at the Faculty Summer Institute (FSI). This Summer marked our first Faculty Summer Institute: faculty learned about ways to revitalize their teaching, increase student retention and persistence, and keep students engaged.

During the institute, experts and practitioners in the field of education shared research-based strategies that increase student success.

Space was limited to 30 instructional faculty. Participating faculty will receive a stipend for their participation in the Faculty Summer Institute and continuing involvement in The Center. Implementation plans were drafted by each attendee explaining how they will use what they learned over the two weeks, and how they will collaborate with their fellow faculty members and other departments to improve their instructional skills and methods. We thank everyone who attended and were please to have such a motivated, involved group.

Information for the 2014 Faculty Summer Institute will be available in the Spring, but check back often for more reports from this year's institute, presentations from attendees and photos.