Moving Forward Together: Flex Day and Community Celebration April 18

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Two Events 

This year we are celebrating Moving Forward Together.

Regular Flex Day programming will run 8:30 - 2:30 including breakfast and lunch. See the Flex Day agenda for details and registration! There are online and multimodal options if you cannot attend in person.

Then, the whole familly is invited to the Community Celebration starting at 3:30 in the Quad. There will be delicious food trucks, music, performances, and games. Partners and children are very welcome as we make space to connect and move forward together.

RSVP to the Community Celebration.

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 CTTL supports efforts on campus to advance student success, equity and social justice.

Schedule at a Glance

Welcome, 8:15 - 9:20am | Registration, Breakfast,Opening Remarks

Morning Half Day Option, 9:30am - 12pm | An Immersive Experience in Learning Differences, New Faculty Academy, or Walking Tour of Campus Identifying AED, Courtesy Phone, Evacuation and Exit Locations

Morning Block I, 9:30 - 10:40am | Making Connections Between Courses and a Comprehensive Learning Experience, Dual Enrollment 101, Dancing with a Veil

Morning Block II, 10:40am - 12pm | A Personal Adventure of Using ChatGPT in the Classroom, New and Creative Ways to Leverage Perkins and Strong Workforce Program Funding, Zumba Fitness, Rizz Unveiled: Insights from the Annual Online Student Experience Survey

Lunch & Office Supply Swap in the Fireside Dining Room, 12 - 12:50pm

Afternoon Sessions I, 1 - 2:30pm | So You Think You Can (Line) Dance, Local GE Pattern Changes - Title V Updates, Layers of Identity: Encouraging AAPI Faculty + Staff to Tell Their Stories, Cool Kids Course Design: Introducing Cidi Design Labs

Afternoon Half Day, 12:30pm - 4:30pm | Heartsaver First Aid and CPR Training

Afternoon Sessions II, 2:30-4:00 pm | Part Time Pay Flex Session with AFT

Community Celebration with Family and Friends, 3:30pm - 5:30pm

View Schedule Details or Download an accessible PDF

All SMCCCD full-time faculty members have a total of 6 days (30 hours) of Flex obligations to complete, while day/evening  obligations vary based on semester assignments. Failure by full-time faculty 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.  Full-time regular faculty should file this form with their dean. Part-time faculty wishing to be compensated for attending flex day(s) should fill out both the Flex Day Reporting Form and the Adjunct-OL Faculty Timesheet and submit them to their division assistant.  Contact CTTL with any questions about flex reporting.  Please see the Collective Bargaining Agreement for further details, Article 7.11.1 for full-time faculty and Article 7.11.2 for part-time faculty.

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 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 (

Download Instructions.

Office Information

Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning  - CTTL
Building 5, Room 5-118
Phone: 650-738-7080

For professional learning/development inquiries contact:

Join us for food, fun, and music for the whole family.

Drop by anytime between 3:30 and 5:30 PM on Thursday, April 18.

Enjoy live music, face painting, and food trucks!

Bring your friends and family.

Please RSVP here.

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flex day tracks

Moving Forward Together: Flex Day and A Community Celebration

Flex Day: 8:30am - 2:30pm
Community Celebration: 3:30 - 5:30pm
This flex day is different; it will be followed by a Community Celebration from 3:30-5:30pm. Bring your families and partners to enjoy an afternoon with your colleagues. Enjoy food trucks, face painting, games, and live entertainment!

  • Click Register buttons for the sessions you choose; remember this takes you to the VRC (log in required).
  • Note that some sessions are online only (camera icon). Click the Join button to enter the Zoom room.
  • Please register for breakfast and lunch if attending in person!
  • View the Schedule at a Glance

Breakfast and Community Building | 8:15 - 9:00 AM

Breakfast and Community

Please join us in Fireside Dining for a light breakfast and caffeinated beverages!  Early check in starts at 8:15; breakfast will be served at 8:30.

After breakfast, you can either pick a half day morning session  (such as an Immersive Experience in Learning Differences) or 2 short morning sessions (such as Dual Enrollment 101 and Zumba).

Please register so we have enough food.

Register for Breakfast
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Welcome and Opening Remarks | 9:10 - 9:20 AM

Moving Forward Together: Opening Remarks

Dr. Newin Orante (Community Building)

Fireside Dining (Bldg 6) and Online | 9:10 - 9:20 AM

Dr. Orante will welcome the community and officially kick off our Flex Day. If joining on Zoom, please click the red Join button for the webinar option.


Morning Options:  Half Day or Short Sessions

For the morning blocks, either choose 

  • Half Day Session (spans both morning blocks), or
  • 2 Short Sessions: one from Block 1 and one from Block 2.

Morning Sessions (Half Day or Short Session Options) | 9:30-12:00pm

Making Connections Between Courses and a Comprehensive Learning Experience

Karen Wong and Michael Cross (Excellence in Teaching)

Online | 9:30-10:40 AM

With many students taking your course to fulfill a general education requirement, how can you communicate its significance beyond being an inspiring, knowledgeable instructor? One means is through conveying how your course contributes to their overall growth as a Skyline college graduate, specifically in Community Engagement, Critical and Creative Thinking, Effective Communication, Information Literacy, and/ or Lifelong Wellness. Making connections between your course and the recently revised Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs) also empowers students with the language to articulate which abilities they’ve developed in your course. Bring your syllabus with the course outcomes and major assignments to participate in the activity. You also may want to briefly review the ISLOs prior to the workshop at

Dual Enrollment 101

Alex Fuentes, Vinicio Lopez, and more (Equity and Access)

Building 6 Room 203 | 9:30 - 10:40 AM

What is Dual Enrollment!? Come join us and learn about Skyline College’s Dual Enrollment program, our partnership with faculty and staff, neighboring high school districts, and the overall program structure. In this workshop, we will discuss our goals, mission, and vision to showcase the alignment with Skyline’s equity priorities. Come meet our new team and learn about our successes, challenges, and opportunities for collaboration in service of our K-12 students within our community.

Dancing with a Veil

Leigh Anne Shaw, Amber Steele (Health and Wellness, Community Building)

Dance Studio Building 3 | 9:30 - 10:40 AM

Dancing with a veil is a hallmark of raqs sharqi, what many in the West know as belly dance. However, this tradition is not only applicable to other dance styles but is also a fantastic workout for the arms and shoulders. Veil work is a means of expressing creativity, artistry, and emotion while sharpening spatial awareness, increasing coordination, and strengthening balance. In this workshop, we will use a silk rectangular veil with classic arm movements layered over simple steps. This workshop is open to all genders, body shapes, and levels of experience. Please wear clothing that enables large, expansive movement. Veils will be provided; please sign up so that we can assure you will have a veil to use.

A Personal Adventure of Using ChatGPT in the Classroom

Arthur Takayama (Technology and Innovation)

Building 6 Room 203 | 10:50 - 12:00 PM

Introduction to the use of ChatGPT in the classroom from a personal journey of exploration and experimentation. Demonstrations of initial interactions with ChatGPT to actual class assignments and other applications. Back by popular demand from the AI mini-conference. Bring your laptops to explore using ChatGPT in the classroom with Professor Arthur Takayama. Limited to 25 participants; please register!

New and Creative Ways to Leverage Perkins and Strong Workforce Program Funding

Jasmine Jaciw and Walter Manuofetoa (Equity and Access)

Building 6 Room 206 | 10:50 - 12:00 PM

Join us for an engaging workshop focused on exploring innovative approaches to leverage Perkins and Strong Workforce funding at Skyline College. This collaborative session aims to spark creative ideas and strategies to maximize the impact of these funding resources. Let's come together to unlock the full potential of Perkins and Strong Workforce funding for the benefit of Skyline College and our students. Your input is crucial in shaping a more dynamic and impactful educational experience. Register today!

Zumba Fitness (Health, Safety and Wellness)

Liza Erpelo

Dance Studio Building 3 | 10:50 - 12:00 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!

Rizz Unveiled: Insights From the Annual Online Student Experience Survey

Chris Collins (Online Education)

Online | 10:50 - 12:00 PM

The rise of online education has undeniably transformed the way we acquire knowledge and pursue academic endeavors. With its convenience, flexibility, and accessibility, virtual classrooms have become increasingly popular among students of all ages. However, the transition from traditional in-person learning to online education has not been without its challenges. As students navigate this digital landscape, they encounter a multitude of experiences that shape their perception of online classes. The annual Online Student Experience Survey provides insight that can help demystify what is going well and opportunities to make the student experience better.

An Immersive Experience in Learning Differences

Whitney Liu, Jessica Truglio, and Melissa Matthews (Equity and Access)

Library Upstairs (Building 5) | 9:30 - 11:30 AM

This workshop offers participants a fun and challenging opportunity to experience what it feels like to have a learning disability. As participants move through six simulation stations, they work through various hands-on activities involved with reading, writing, and listening skills. Past participants have been surprised at just how impactful these simulations are and say they are transformed by the experience. This experiential portion is followed by a brief presentation by the EAC and time for Q&A. The primary goal of this PIF-funded workshop is to foster deeper awareness of and empathy for college students with learning differences (or disabilities). This workshop is for faculty, classified professionals, and administrators!

Walking Tour of Campus Identifying AED, Courtesy Phone, Evacuation and Exit Locations

Joe Morello (Health, Safety and Wellness)

Meet in Quad (outside Building 6) | 9:30 - 11:30 AM

The goal / objective of the walking tour is to build situational awareness and knowledge about the resources available across all buildings on the campus. In an emergency situation, you will want to know where the resources are located as opposed to searching for the resource. We also want to build confidence in specific building occupants that they know where the resources are located in their primary workspace and across the campus. Wear comfortable shoes and bring hat/sunscreen if desired.



Lunch and Office Supplies Swap

CTTL and District Sustainability Team (Community Building)

Building 6, Fireside Dining | 12:00 - 12:45 PM

Join your colleagues for lunch, raffles, and more. Bring any unwanted office supplies from your department or home, to swap or share with your colleagues! Reduce waste and share resources. Please register for lunch if you plan to join in person.

Afternoon Sessions | 1:00 - 2:30 or 12:30-4:30

So You Think You Can (Line) Dance

Qimmah Tamu (Health, Safety and Wellness Track)

Building 6, Fireside Dining | 1:00 - 2:15 PM

You’re at friend’s party or a campus event when the song changes and most of the attendees run to the middle of the room to get ready to dance. If you’re standing there wondering what this dance is or you just forgot the steps, this workshop is for you! Join us for a breakdown of how to do some popular line dances. Whether it’s your first time or your 100th time, drop in for a super fun time! You’ll be ready to run in next time you hear the beat! No partner or special shoes required.

Local GE Pattern Updates in Response to Title V Updates

Jessica Hurless, Arielle Smith (Excellence in Teaching)

Online | 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Please join us for a flex day session focused on the changes to Title 5 regulations and the implications on local GE patterns and courses across the district, specifically as related to our Self Development GE area. The options are to eliminate the Self-Development area entirely; add the area as its own GE area; or to create a Self-Development graduation requirement. We invite faculty, staff, and administrators with disciplines in the “Self-Development” area (Lifelong Learning, Lifelong Understanding, Self-Development, Career Development, and Kinesiology) as well as Library faculty to discuss any implications for Information Competency/Literacy and anyone interested to come give their feedback on which option would be best, as agreement on this decision, across the district, is important for meeting student needs. The feedback from this session will be directly shared with the District Curriculum Committee and enable them to make a formal recommendation.

Layers of Identity: Encouraging AAPI Faculty + Staff to Tell Their Stories

Ryan Samn (Equity and Access)

Building 6 Room 206 | 1:00 - 2:30

In this lecture/workshop, I will be sharing a little about my own personal journey into research to rediscover my Chinese Cambodian heritage. My workshop encourages fellow AAPI staff, faculty & even administration to share their family stories. Participants will become informed about which methodologies of research helped me as a 2nd generation Asian American to dive deep into my family’s lineage by way of genealogical, cultural & spiritual understanding. In celebrating AANHPI heritage, we can better embrace others if we first learn to embrace ourselves. In addition, as scholars, if we are able to understand the layers of our own ethnic identities, we may then have capacity to better serve our own communities & collaborate with others to find success. This knowledge is applicable to all ethnicities under the AAPI umbrella, and works especially give a voice to underrepresented and minority Southeast Asian groups within institutions of higher education.

Cool Kids Course Design: Introducing Cidi Design Labs

Andrea Fuentes and Bianca Rowden-Quince (Technology and Innovation)

Building 6 Room 203 | 1:00 - 2:30

DEMO and play in your Sandbox with Cidi DesignLabs! This new software purchased by the CTTL will make your Canvas course beautiful and easy to navigate! Come on down with your laptop!

Heartsaver First Aid and CPR Training

Joe Morello/Safety Training Seminars

6-202 and 6-204 | 12:30 - 4:30

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. Participants must register (not in VRC) and space is limited to 20 participants.


Adjunct Faculty: All About Getting Paid

Tamara Perkins and Jessica Silver-Sharp (AFT)

Online | 2:30 - 4:00 PM

In this virtual session for adjunct faculty members, representatives from AFT 1493 will review all aspects of adjunct pay – from understanding your pay stub to breaking down step and column pay, to opportunities for engaging in professional development or getting more involved in other paid work. Do you have questions about claiming unemployment or District health insurance reimbursements? This session will also include tips for self-advocacy, getting support from your union, and allow substantial time for Q&A. So bring your questions! After you register, you will receive a confirmation email. This registration is through AFT not through the Vision Resource Center.


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  Fall 2024.   April Flex proposals closed on February 28.

We are looking for tracks around Excellence in Teaching, Community Building, Technology and Innovation (including Online Teaching), Health/Safety/Wellness, and Equity/Access.

Propose a workshop

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 Chris Collins.

 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.

PD and Flex Day Repository