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Dear Evergreen Colleagues,
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about reflection. There is something about this time of year - the changing leaves and shorter days - that leads me to take stock and assess.  Am I spending my time on what matters? It’s a perennial question.  And appropriate as we pass week 6 and look towards final projects, evaluations, and the other markers of fall quarter’s learning journey. I invite you to join me and reflect on the work you’ve done so far this quarter.  Are you spending enough time on what matters to you?

On November 15th, we are launching a series of teaching-focused seminars.  The topics in this series are the bedrock elements of teaching at Evergreen. The first of the series will be led by Cali Ellis and Nancy Koppelman on the topic of narrative evaluations.  Please consider joining these short sessions, which are sure to be engaging.

In the vein of centering what matters, November is Native American Heritage month.  The Longhouse is celebrating 25+ years with a retrospective anniversary exhibition and a special open house in the gallery. This is also a perfect opportunity to highlight the Native Cases project.  This collection of case studies are interdisciplinary, cover a wide range of academic disciplines, and are freely available to use as teaching tools. Many Evergreen faculty have contributed to developing these materials at an annual Native Cases Institute.
Read on for many more events, opportunities, and reminders - including a spotlight on the Learning and Teaching Commons Scholars.
In Community, 
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In this issue...

Visit the Learning and Teaching Commons Calendar for events, important dates, and more.


  • Evergreen's annual celebration of alumni, Return to Evergreen, will be held on Saturday, November 6 at 1 pm. [event details]
  • The Art Lecture Series will host Nancy Hwang on Wednesday, November 17 at 11:30 am. [event details
  • The Learning Community Association will host an Autobiographical Writing to Facilitate Moral Reflection workshop on Wednesday, November 10 at 1:30 pm. [event details
  • The Longhouse will hold its 25th Plus 1 Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, November 13 at 1 pm. [event details
Students in the fall 2021 program Integrated Natural Sciences survey plots in the Evergreen forest on Tues., Sept. 28, 2021.
Fall 2021 students from Integrated Natural Sciences survey plots in the Evergreen forest 

Campus Spotlight: Commons Faculty Scholars

Since the fellowship began in 2018, the faculty scholars have promoted a generative culture of interdisciplinary teaching and learning that is student-centered, equity-minded, inquiry-oriented, and committed to access and excellence. 
Joli Sandoz served as faculty scholar from 2018-2020, during which time she supported the implementation of the Learning and Teaching Commons as it shifted from idea to reality and collaborated with Evergreen archives to curate a teaching materials collection. During his tenure in the 2020-2021 academic year, Eric Stein worked in collaboration with faculty, staff, and students to develop an inclusive syllabus template that brings best practices in inclusive syllabus design into a practical tool designed with Evergreen’s unique curriculum in mind.
Do you have a passion for teaching and learning? Are you interested in promoting inclusive and culturally-informed teaching practices at Evergreen?

Apply for the Commons Faculty Scholar fellowship

Application deadline: January 15, 2021

The Learning and Teaching Commons is seeking applications from faculty for the next two academic years. This nine-month, half-time release position is open to all full-time faculty. Fellowships are available for 2022-2023 and 2023-2024.
The Faculty Scholar is a half-time fellowship that provides the opportunity to contribute to teaching and learning at Evergreen and beyond.  In addition to participating in Learning and Teaching Commons programming, the successful applicant will use the fellowship to develop a project that advances inclusive student learning through equity-producing and culturally-relevant teaching practices.
 If you are interested in serving, please review the position description, eligibility, and application requirements.
Send us campus spotlight ideas for future newsletters.


2021-2022 Commons Seminar Series

Taking inspiration from this year’s common read, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Shaping Worlds by adrienne marie brown, the 2021-2022 Commons Seminar series explores the strategies that faculty are developing and discovering to adapt their teaching practice to emerging contexts. These seminars have been integrated into the New Faculty Academy and support Evergreen’s newest faculty in their first year.  

Evaluation Fundamentals: Who, When, How…and Why?

Facilitated by Cali Ellis and Nancy Koppelman

Many students are attracted to Evergreen because of the college's practice of assessment by means of narrative evaluations. This talk/discussion will focus on some of the nuts-and-bolts—the who, when, and how—of the evaluations that faculty are required to write (student, colleague, and self). Then attention will turn to this question: Why, instead of generating letter grades, GPAs, and simple data sets, does Evergreen administer a time-consuming, cumbersome, college-wide culture of narrative evaluation? Before we meet, Cali and Nancy will provide sample evaluations and invite participants to submit questions ahead of time to be addressed in the session. Topics may include implicit bias, pronouns, and best practices.

Date: Monday, November 15
Time: 3:30 - 4:10 pm PT
Location: Zoom (requires registration)

For registration details, and upcoming seminar titles and dates, visit the Commons Seminar page on our website.

Join the Washington Center’s Virtual Mini-workshop Series

The Washington Center Collaborative hosts mini virtual workshops led by the dynamic and talented Washington Center Resource Faculty.

Learning to Think Like a Community Organizer in Order to Advocate for Student Success: Collaboration is Key

Emily Lardner, Highline College
Rachel Singer, Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education
Date: November 18, 2021 
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM PST 

Where do we go from here, sacred ground or battleground?

Jen Leptien, Iowa State University
Larry Roper, Oregon State University
Sonja WiedenhauptThe Evergreen State College
Date: December 9, 2021 
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM PST 

Register for these free virtual events here.


Resources and Reminders from the Deans 

The academic deans send periodic reminders titled Resources and Reminders. These emails are available on the Learning and Teaching Commons website.  Read the Week 4 edition for information about academic standing policies, planning for power outages, book orders, and more. 

Universal Design for Learning Canvas Module

This resource was developed for faculty interested in getting their feet wet with Universal Design. This module provides a brief overview of Universal Design for Learning, as well as helpful guidelines, tools, and resources. Check out the module here

Online Learning Consortium

Don't forget to explore the resources available to you through the Online Learning Consortium! Evergreen holds an institutional membership to the Online Learning Consortium. As a member institution, faculty have access to free webinars, and other online teaching and learning resources. Members also receive special discounts on workshops, teaching certificate programs, conferences, and events. 

To access your member benefits, create your free user account here. Be sure to use your Evergreen email to create your account. 

Request a Teaching Consultation 

Do you have a teaching dilemma, issue or question? Is there an activity you are struggling to translate to remote teaching? Do you need some help designing asynchronous activities?
The Learning and Teaching Commons offers individual and small group remote teaching consultations. Consultations provide an opportunity to get direct feedback on your teaching puzzles. Click here for details.


Looking to Connect with Students with Food, Hygiene Products, Clothing, and Other Resources?

Evergreen has a Basic Needs and Advocacy Center in the College Activities building. This center provides both quick services and long-term services. To find out more, visit this blog post

Have You Been Wondering About TRiO Student Success and Disability Support?

For questions around TRiO Success and Disability Support, services offered, and how to connect your students to these services, review this recent email

Other Student Resources:

Faculty, please share the Fall 2021 Student Services document with your programs and courses. 
These individuals and offices are eager to support students. Keep this list handy when advising students or reach out to schedule a visit to your program or course. 
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