Flex Day October 11, 2023

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Manifesting Campus Care

Our theme for October 11, 2023 is Manifesting Campus Care. There will be a presentation on campus safety followed by breakout sessions around five different tracks.

  1. Equity and Access
  2. Excellence in Teaching
  3. Faculty Innovation
  4. Online Learning
  5. Health, Safety and Wellness


 Join us on campus! We'd love to see you in-person. The folks who attend in person will be treated to delicious breakfast burritos, unlimited supply of caffeinated beverages, and at noon a yummy lunch! Click the "Agenda" tab to browse and select the sessions that interest you. 

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The Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning (CTTL) aims to equip you in being prepared for the future of education in all its modalities and with all the tools. The sessions are designed to provide tools, build knowledge, and develop skills to ensure students are centered. The CTTL supports efforts on campus to advance student success, equity and social justice. For more information, contact John Ulloa.

All SMCCCD full-time faculty members have a total of 6 days (30 hours) of Flex obligations to complete, while day/evening part-time obligations vary based on semester assignments. Failure to fulfill this obligation may result in a reduction of pay.  

The District Academic Senate issued a memo on Flex Day obligations for 2023-24 with the Flex Day Reporting Form 23-24.  Faculty should file this form with their dean. Contact CTTL with any questions about flex reporting.  Please see the Collective Bargaining Agreement for further details.

If you are a faculty member unable to participate in any of the planned on-campus Flex Day activities and would like to know about alternatives available to you, discuss your situation and options with your Division Dean. 

SMCCCD provides a flexible calendar for staff development in accordance with California Code of Regulations, Title 5,
Division 6, § 55724*. There are six (6) Flex Days in the 2023-2024 academic calendar:

● Monday and Tuesday, August 14 and 15, 2023, and Wednesday, October 11, 2023.
● Thursday and Friday, January 11 and 12, 2024, and Thursday, April 18, 2024.

Per Title 5, all Flex Day obligations are on “flexible time.” All faculty members are encouraged to attend Opening Day
activities on Monday, August 14, 2023 and other special activities at Skyline College on Tuesday, August 15, 2023. As of 2018,
SMCCCD requires mandatory attendance at two Flex Days for full-time faculty, while the other four Flex Days remain on
flexible time. The mandatory Flex Days for full-time faculty are August 15, 2023 and January 12, 2024.

You can click the Register buttons on the Agenda and Schedule tab for each session, or to bulk register:

1. Go to the SMCCCD Employee Portal and login with your SSO credentials:

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2. After you enter your SMCCD credential you will see this page; click the Vision Resource Center tile:

VRC tile

3. Once there, click the Events Calendar Button link to go to the desired date.  Be careful to select Skyline Events, CSM also uses the VRC to register for their events.

4.Click the name of each session you choose and Register by clicking the “Request” button.

Request Button

You have now registered for the session. You will receive an email confirmation from skylinecttl@smccd.edu and a calendar invite.


ⓘ VRC Registration

If you are denied access, it means one of two things:

  1. You are not signed in with your employee Single Sign-On. Please sign in with SMCCCD OneLogin and try again.
  2. Your primary job needs to be updated to enable acess to the VRC. Please request this update, so we can promptly resolve the issue for you. NOTE: This can take up to 48 hours to resolve. After you submit the request to update your primary job, if this is not resolved by Opening Day, simply go ahead and attend the sessions you are interested in and make sure to write your name in the sign-in sheet. We can credit you retroactively in the VRC once your primary job is updated.

If you experience any issues or need an ADA accommodation, please contact Ricardo Flores (floresr@smccd.edu)

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Office Information

Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning  - CTTL
Building 5, Room 5-118
Email: skylinecttl@smccd.edu
Phone: 650-738-7080

For professional learning/development inquiries contact:
John Ulloa, Professional Development Coordinator


flex day tracks

Check Out the Flex Day Tracks

Browse the agenda below. You will notice sessions are color coded according to one of the 5 tracks: Excellence in Teaching, Online Learning, Faculty Innovation, Health, Safety and Wellness, and Equity and Access. Register for your chosen sessions by clicking the Red Register button, which will take you into the Vision Resource Center (VRC). Please reach out to Ricardo Flores with any issues around registration.

Breakfast Burritos with Campus Community | 8:30 - 9:00 AM


Burrito Breakfast

Enjoy a delicious 🌯 burrito with your campus colleagues in the Farrallon Room in Building 12.  There will be yummy vegetarian and vegan options available along with hot beverages ☕️. Please register for burrito planning purposes!

Register for Breakfast

Opening Session: Manifesting Campus Care | 9:00 - 10:20 AM

Manifesting Campus Care

Health, Safety and Wellness Track: President Newin Orante and Bryan Tupper

Building 12 Farallon Room and Online | 9:00 - 10:20 AM

Dr. Newin Orante will discuss SMCCD Safety Education, Communication, Expectations, and Protocols, and talk about next steps in manifesting campus care.


Ten Minute Break | 10:20 - 10:30 AM

Morning Breakouts - Concurrent | 10:30 - 12:00 PM

Equity-Based Grading: Re-thinking the 0-100 Scale


Online | 10:30-12:00

This interactive, hands-on workshop will present the rationale for reconsidering the use of a 0-100 scale in grading, one of the key recommendations in the book Grading for Equity. We will also explore several alternative frameworks faculty might use, such as contract grading, grading on a 50-100 scale, and grading on a 0-4 scale. All SMCCD faculty welcome.


FACULTY INNOVATION: Qimmah Tamu, Rick Hough, Marisa Thigpen, Aria Frangos, Lucia Lachmayr, Andrea Fuentes, Mays Danfoura

Building 12-120 and Online | 10:30 - 11:30 AM

This workshop is an opportunity to learn more about what Skyline students, staff and faculty have been doing to promote sustainability on our campus. Join us for a discussion on sustainability practices and to learn more about you and your students can make every day Earth Day.

Supporting Students with the UC PIQ (Personal Insight Question)

EQUITY AND ACCESS: Suzanne Poma and Janice Sapigao

Building 12 -134 | 10:30 - 12:00 PM

Have you ever helped a student with your transfer applications? During this workshop, gain tools and experience to better support our students through the UC Personal Insight Question writing process. Learn what the Personal Insight Questions are and are not, how they do and do not impact UC Transfer Admissions and the nuts and bolts of the writing process. We will reflect on what this process means to our students in the context of the Skyline student experience and provide resources available to support students.

Recognizing Complex Racial Trauma in the African African Community


Online | 10:30 - 12:00 PM

This workshop's goal is to demonstrate how various forms of "complex racial trauma and violence" have impacted the minds, bodies, and spirits of African Americans in every capacity of their existence in the United States; and how layered unresolved complex trauma continues to impact the psyche and wellness of the African American community. However, while providing this information, the end goal is to provide tools and strategies to aid in the healing racial violence and trauma.

New Faculty Academy (Invitation Only)

EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING: Bianca Rowden-Quince and Ame Maloney

Building 8-306 | 10:30 - 12:00 PM

For new tenure track faculty, session 3 in the New Faculty Academy series. This is by invitation only.

Making Space for the “Canon” of Undocumented Literature


Library (Building 5) | 10:30 - 12:00 PM

In his recent article “The Odyssey” (The Nation Magazine, Nov. 14/21, 2022), the writer Jesus A. Rodriguez reviews author Javier Zamora’s latest novel Solito: a Memoir, introducing readers to the “canon of undocumented literature.” With Solito, Rodriquez says, “Zamora has opened up an even wider space for undocumented writers to tell their truths outside of the myth that one is granted humanity only in proportion to one’s gratitude to America.” In this session we’ll look at this new body of literature by and about undocumented Americans, many of which include characters who are undocumented students, and ask: How are we using these books with students in our teaching and other ways? What might be the benefit(s) of bringing them into your classes, programs and clubs you advise? How can the Library support you in this work? The session will conclude with time for participants to browse titles (both new and old) in the Library’s growing collection and suggest additional resources to broaden our experience of teaching and learning through the literature of our immigrants and undocumented communities.

Marketing and Communicating your Programs at Skyline College

ALL TRACKS: Cherie Colin, Hinda Chalew, Aria Frangos

Online | 10:30 - 12:00 PM

Join the office of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations (MCPR) session to learn more about marketing and engagement strategies for your programs at Skyline College! Topics will include event planning & marketing, using the updated MCPR Request Form, information on how to collaborate with us to promote your projects and offerings, and more. The MCPR team collaborates with all of our college’s departments to plan, develop and execute campus events, develop marketing strategies, produce web and print publications, and communicate our resources, events, and accomplishments to faculty, staff, students and our community.


Lunch | 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Lunch with Campus Colleagues in Building 12

Meet new ASLT Dean Dr. Torria Davis!  Join us in Building 12 for yummy wellness bowls and conversation with your coworkers.  There will be tabling and raffle prizes too!  Please register so we have plenty of food.

Register for Lunch
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Afternoon Breakout | 1:00 - 4:30 PM



6-202 and 6-204 | 1:00 - 4:30 PM

The Adult First Aid/CPR/AED course incorporates the latest science and teaches students to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies such as burns, cuts, scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck, back injuries, heat and cold emergencies and how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies for victims about 12 years and older. Successful students will receive a certificate for Adult First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years. Course is open to all district employees and is capped at 25 participants. Course will take place in 6-202 and 6-204 from 1P-4:30P. Please note the session is FULL at this time.

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions I | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Increasing Student Engagement With Low-To-No-Prep Activities


Building 12-120 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Many educators would love to actively engage students with course material, but don’t have the extra bandwidth to create or prepare activities. This presentation will offer a variety of low-to-no-prep activities that students have reported helped them engage with content and develop a sense of community in the classroom.

Navigating & Leveraging Perkins and Strong Workforce Funding Opportunities

FACULTY INNOVATION: Jazmine Jaciw and Walter Manuofetoa

Building 12-116 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Join us for an engaging workshop tailored to assist Career Technical Education (CTE) faculty and staff at Skyline College in unlocking the full potential of Carl Perkins and Strong Workforce funding opportunities. Explore the purpose, eligibility, and alignment of these grants to CTE initiatives. This session is designed to empower you with the knowledge and strategies needed to access, manage, and maximize these critical resources for the benefit of your CTE programs. Don't miss this chance to make a lasting impact on your students and the community.

Intro to Bachata Dancing


Building 12 Farallon Room | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Bachata is taking over! Here's your chance to learn the basics of this Latin partner dance which is consuming clubs and dance floors all over the world. We're bringing in a special guest instructor this year: bachata specialist in social dancing, Rudy Namikis of Red Bear Dance, so you won't want to miss this opportunity. Duration is 2 hours, but feel free to drop in or out if you have other Flex Day activities you wish to attend. Please wear comfortable clothes. No special dance shoes required, though shoes with minimal traction, like old sneakers are best.

Five Ways to Bring Engagement to Your Online, Multimodal, or Hybrid Class Community

ONLINE LEARNING: Nancy Kaplan-Biegel

Building 12-134 and Online | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Are you struggling to get your students in the online setting to engage with each other? Try out these five ways to get your asynchronous students to feel more like a community. We'll leave some time to get some bonus tips from the group as a whole before we end the session.

Using Data, Data Visualization, and Visuals to Globalize Your Curriculum


Online | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Our students are facing more and more data daily and possibly as they enter the workforce. We should incorporate more data, data visualization, and visuals in our classroom today. In the workshop, I will provide free online resources that we can use to incorporate into our classes to globalize and keep our students current. Please note that this workshop requires Zoom registration by clicking the register button below.

New Faculty Academy

Bianca Rowden-Quince and Ame Maloney

Building 8-306 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Part 2 of the day's New Faculty Academy, by invitation only. New tenure track faculty.

Afternoon Sessions II | Concurrent | 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Self-Care and the Social Determinants of Mental Health


Online | 2:00 - 3:00 PM

It goes without saying that we live in stressful times. This talk will encourage participants to examine the ways in which we can recognize the social determinants of health that impact our mental well-being. In addition, it will offer self-care practices that can support the mental health of our students and ourselves, despite what's going on in the world. Part lecture, part experiential workshop, participants will be invited to expand the boundaries of self-care in today's world.

Domestic Study Away Programs - A New Initiative

FACULTY INNOVATION: Alice Yang and Bradley Feuling

Online | 2:00 - 3:00 PM

This workshop provides information about Skyline College’s new initiative to launch Domestic Study Away Programs, which will increase the number of global, intercultural and experiential learning opportunities for students off campus. The Global Learning Programs and Services (GLPS) Division has invited Bradley A. Feuling, Chairman and CEO of The AmeriCenter, a host partner and program provider, to provide an overview and further details on: 1. How to create a Domestic Study Away Program closer to home 2. How to include geographic and cultural immersion trips within the U.S. territories (e.g., Puerto Rico, the Caribbean - U.S. Virgin Islands) into existing courses 3. How to expand innovative experiential learning opportunities for students, through unique Domestic Study Away Programs This new initiative is vital to Skyline College’s mission to educate a global community of learners. Study Away Programs can be developed in a shortened amount of time, and can be created at a lower cost for community college students who cannot study abroad due to academic requirements or financial restraints. These educational trips will be more affordable and still offer extensive opportunities for high-impact learning and transformative personal, professional, and academic growth.

Implementing Student Accommodations in Canvas


Online | 2:00 - 3:00 PM

This is the launch for the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning's 10-day Accessibility Challenge! In this session we explore the top three accommodations students need in an fully online asynchronous class and discover the strategies for seamlessly integrating supports into the distance education modalities for learning.

Become Your Union Steward! Learn More about Becoming a Union Steward


Building 12-120 and Online | 2:00 - 3:00 PM

AFT is inviting you to this workshop so you can be part of this movement to create a more participatory, transparent, and democratic union. Come learn about AFT's new steward network and how to become a steward yourself! Our union wants to create this system of member engagement and participation, so you can make sure your department's perspective is represented at the negotiations, advocacy and other things that the union does. And we need YOU to make that happen. We start with the review of the current contract status as a context for this discussion. All faculty are welcome to attend!

SLO Coordinator: Tips and Tools for the Platform


Online | 2:00 - 3:00

Do you coordinate course level assessment for your program? Then this workshop is for YOU! The Improvement Platform, a.k.a. the Platform, was upgraded. Join us to (a) review how to navigate within the Platform- including short cuts, (b) learn how to send “assignments” within the Platform to faculty to enter their assessment results and analysis, (c) pick up some tips on updating mapping to PSLOs and the recently revised ISLOs as a means to assess the latter, and (d) explore the dashboard that can enable you to access Canvas outcomes results. This workshop will poise you to get your program back on track with SLO assessment. Please note that this workshop is for SLO coordinators with Improvement Platform user accounts. If you need an account, consult with your dean and current SLO coordinator(s) for approval.



Dance Studio 3-201 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Join us for a dance fitness party that's exercise in disguise! We'll use Latin and World rhythms and low-intensity and high-intensity moves to give you a total workout, combining all elements of fitness --- cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility. Wear comfy shoes, put on clothes you can dance in, bring a towel, and don't forget your water. Take a break from your computer, get ready to sweat, and see you on the dance floor!






Lyndsey Ayotte and Newin Orante

Propose a Workshop for Flex Day

Have an idea or some experience to share? To support diverse programming that meets the needs of our campus community, the CTTL is requesting proposals for Flex Day sessions.

Now accepting Flex Day proposals for October 11, 2023.  

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Guidelines for Presenters

Prospective Presenters - The CTTL has adapted the Awareness, Knowledge, and Skills (AKS) framework by Connerley and Pedersen (2005) to develop our own framework of constructing and facilitating workshops/training. 

The adaptation of AKS is as a way to identify if the workshop is building awareness (creating the foundational information about your topic such as definitions, historical timelines/context); relating knowledge (interpreting the research, policies, or other resources related to the topic); as well as implementing skills (applying best practices/strategies). Workshops should either focus on one or all of the adapted AKS framework to build upon the work currently being done within our college and across the district. Using this framework will also further inform the participants of the purpose and outcomes of the workshop. 

Need support with developing a workshop proposal? Have questions or need additional information? Contact John Ulloa.

 Previous Flex Days

Access materials from earlier flex days in the CTTL Faculty Repository, Professional Development section.

Tennis during a Flex Day session

Flex Day Archives

CTTL maintains copies of slide decks, handouts, and some video recordings from previous flex days.  You can browse the CTTL Faculty Repository for this information.  If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Fuentes in the CTTL.

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