Creating a Success Culture: Transforming Our Schools, One Question at a Time

Creating a Success Culture: Transforming Our Schools, One Question at a Time
Anyone who would like to learn more about creating a success culture in a school
June 18 at the Lynnwood Convention Center, 8:30-3:30
Because it is part of a three-year project funded by College Spark Washington, there is no charge
Registration is required if one plans to attend the full day session:
Cal Crow at the Center for Efficacy and Resiliency

Description: When the project funded by this College Spark grant began, most students viewed the school as a place to make up credits and get a diploma. Now it is viewed as a place to plan and create a successful future. Students who had low aspirations (“I’ll just get a job somewhere”) are now asking about the SAT and inquiring about college.
The school changed its mission statement to one sentence, which drives both student and adult behavior: Scriber Lake High School will ensure that all students become successful by helping them identify, develop and maximize their strengths, skills and talents.
A student designed a “creative” mission statement poster which was enlarged and laminated, and appears in classrooms and hallways throughout the school.  This culminating event will focus on the project, called “Your Future Now,” that was designed to change the culture of Scriber Lake High School.
Workshops and speakers, and conversations with adults and students who have helped transform a school. Each attendee will receive a professionally bound book describing one school’s road to creating a success future.

Faculty Learning Community (FLC) Grants are now OPEN!

SBCTC Assessment, Teaching, and Learning (ATL) and eLearning and Open Education announce that the Faculty Learning Community (FLC) Grants are now OPEN!

Check out our newly revised grant guidance, and our newly minted Collaborate recording of the webinar we hosted yesterday on the 2015-16 application process!

There is also a Power Point presentation, if you’d like to view the slide deck individually.

Our fiscal guru MIchele Rockwell walks you through access to our online grants management system (OGMS) and the intricacies of creating a budget– listen for her Dr. Suess joke!

Alissa Sells, my eLearning twin, and I, discuss the criteria for our research-based, formative application process, as well as elaborate on our new mantra: learn, create, release (openly), and share.

Questions about ATL applications: Jennifer Whetham,

Questions about eLearning and Open Education applications: Alissa Sells,

Questions about OGMS: Shannon Bell,

Questions about budget: Michele Rockwell,

QM System Meeting Slides & Notes

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The intro slides with guided discussion questions and the companion meeting notes (Google doc) from the regional QM conference WA System meeting are now posted on the conference website.

QM System Meeting Slides & Notes

You are invited to review the slides and then contribute to the conversation by adding your responses to the guided questions into the notes document.

You’re invited…


Will you be attending the “QM Works in the Pacific Northwest” regional conference next week?

If so, please join us for the Washington State system meeting. The meeting will be held on Friday April 10th from 11:00 – 11:50 AM and is one of the regularly scheduled conference sessions. Please come prepared to discuss the past, present and future direction of Quality Matters in our system.

SBCTC Awarded 2015 Open Research Award for Open Education Excellence

Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has been awarded the 2015 Open Research Award for Open Education Excellence, presented by the Open Education Consortium.

The report, authored by Boyoung Chae, Policy Associate, eLearning and Open Education, and Mark Jenkins, Director of eLearning and Open Education, is titled: “Qualitative Investigation of Faculty Open Educational Resource Usage in the Washington Community and Technical College System: Models for Support and Implementation.

To see the official announcement, please visit the Open Education Consortium website.

SBCTC is extremely grateful to the 50 faculty members who participated in the interviews, as well as to the 770 faculty members who responded to the earlier survey—the results of which led directly to the current study.

We are proud to be part of a system of institutions and educators committed to increasing access to high quality education for everyone!

Web Accessibility MOOC for Online Educators



Web Accessibility MOOC for Online Educators

  • Offered by Portland Community College & Desire2Learn OPEN COURSES
  • Starts March 30th and runs for 5 weeks



  • Goal 1: Build the personal knowledge base in web accessibility for each participant
  • Goal 2: Create Accessible Photo Images, Diagrams, and Charts for Online Courses
  • Goal 3: Create Accessible Audio and Video for Online Courses
  • Goal 4: Create Accessible HTML Content for Online Courses
  • Goal 5: Create Accessible Course Content in Other Formats

This is an excellent course! If you are at all interested in improving the accessibility of your course materials, please consider participating in this MOOC.  For those that may be unfamiliar, a MOOC is a Massively Open Online Course.  You may choose your level of participation by accessing the course just for the resources or by completing different levels of coursework to earn a completion certificate.  And, it’s FREE!

Share the Canvas Love! Present on March 27th at Mini Canvas-Con

South Puget Sound Community College
is looking for

for a one-day Canvas conference

Friday, March 27th, 2015

9:00AM – 3:00 PM (with a nice break for lunch)

Working Workshop Categories

  • Basic Canvas
  • Student engagement with Canvas
  • Best practices using Canvas
  • Canvas + (extra goodies you can add to Canvas)

To share the Canvas love, please complete this Google form

Questions?  Contact Kathy Brooks & Rick McKinnon