Welcome to Spring Quarter! The season of spring is one that points to renewal and for me is a source of hope.  As the daffodils spring up and cherry blossoms bloom, I am reminded that each of us carries the capacity for resilient or critical hope - just as we have capacity for grief, joy, and the entire myriad of human emotions. Critical hope is the kind of hope that drives us to collectively imagine a more just future.  It is the kind of hope that gives us courage to do the hard work of building that future.
I am delighted to announce two Faculty Scholars who will be joining the Learning and Teaching Commons. These faculty will devote half of their time in the Commons to advancing projects they’ve designed - projects which, to me, advance our collective capacity for resilient hope.  

Cali Ellis, Commons Faculty Scholar, 2022-2023

What does excellent and inclusive online education look like at Evergreen? 
Cali's project meets a critical institutional need to develop robust materials to support and train faculty that teach online. Her combined experience as an Evergreen faculty and with online teaching practices will lead to materials tailored to supporting Evergreen's unique approach to teaching, learning, and evaluation - a need that can't be met through available certification programs on the market. Cali sees this project as an important opportunity for Evergreen to offer students consistent experiences across online and hybrid learning that center student success and equity. Cali's research into evidence-based practices for online pedagogy, integration of these practices into all of her classes in the MPA program, and service on the online policy task force during fall and winter quarters position her well to engage in this work. 

Anthony Zaragoza, Commons Faculty Scholar, 2023-2024

What is Evergreen’s collective story?
Anthony's project applies a methodology for inventorying individual knowledge to develop a collective story that he has crafted through teaching and study over the last several years. By asking Evergreen faculty, staff, and students questions such as "What is your most important knowledge about teaching and learning?” or “What should teachers know about students and their lives?” or “What should new Evergreen educators know about learning and teaching at Evergreen?”, this project will not only document their experience but also develop materials that can orient new members of the community to what it means to be a Greener. A phrase from Anthony's proposal sums it up best: people power through popular education. This project has potential to tap into the best elements of communities of practice: connecting people around a shared context and facilitating generative dialogue to learn from one another.

About the fellowship

The Commons Faculty Scholar fellowship is a nine-month half-time appointment available to all regular faculty members on a continuing contract. Faculty Scholars support the Learning and Teaching Commons mission to promote a generative culture of interdisciplinary teaching and learning that is student-centered, equity-minded, and committed to access and excellence. This nine-month, half-time position provides a faculty member with the opportunity to work on a project of their design, while also providing direct support to Learning and Teaching Commons programming.

Julia Metzker
Director, Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education

The Learning and Teaching Commons newsletter is delivered to your inbox on the first Friday of the month during the quarter. Click here to read past newsletters.
Evergreen mascot Speedy the Geoduck greets students on the first day of spring quarter.

Campus Spotlight: Evergreen Equity Symposium

Registration now open for the 2022 Evergreen Equity Symposium

This year's symposium draws its inspiration from the ongoing struggle for Black liberation and Evergreen’s location on the Salish Sea. Our waters embrace the currents of change, while reminding us of the interconnectivity of our ecosystems, our Indigenous and local communities. Just as water carries a seed downstream along a rough and tumble journey to new shores, it provides nourishment for the seed to take root, blossom, and realize its transformative and lifegiving potential. This is how we envision equity work at Evergreen. [Register today!]

Registration for Evergreen's summer institutes will open on May 1, 2022

Thanks to all of you who submitted amazing proposals for 2022 Summer Institutes!  

This summer’s program offers opportunities to build community, improve our practice, and engage in meaningful conversations about student success. The Commons will again be sponsoring a conference-style institute, Designing Learning Experiences that Matter, that merges intentional and universal design approaches to program and course planning with a variety of optional workshops. The institute will be offered twice this summer, June 13-17 and Aug 15-17.  
Registration for summer institutes will be open from May 1-June 8.  Look for an announcement with additional details from the Learning and Teaching Commons to arrive in your email inbox in early April.  


2021-2022 Commons Seminar Series

Taking inspiration from this year’s common read, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Shaping Worlds by adrienne maree 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 short seminars have been integrated into the New Faculty Academy and support Evergreen’s newest faculty in their first year. 

Spring Quarter Topics

Emergent Strategies for Inclusive Teaching

Facilitated by Robin Bond and Julia Heineccius
: Monday, April 4
Time: 3:15 - 4 pm PST
Location: Zoom (register for link)

Emergent Strategies for Students with Disabilities

Facilitated by Jess Tourtellotte-Palumbo, Kat Harmon and Emily Pieper 
Date: Monday, May 2
Time: 3:15 - 4 pm PST
Location: Zoom (register for link)

From Plan to Syllabus

Facilitated by Kathleen Eamon, Eric Stein and Anthony Zaragoza
Date: Monday, May 16
Time: 3:15 - 4 pm PST
Location: Zoom (register for link)

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.

Applying an Equity Lens to Assessment: Practical Frameworks and Institution and Program-Level Examples

Facilitated by Jillian Kinzie (Center for Postsecondary Research), Aaron Moehlig (Highline College), and Shawna Freeman (Highline College)

Conducting assessment in ways that recognizes and centers our increasingly diverse student populations, improves equity in learning, and that helps close achievement gaps is critically important in higher education today. What does assessment look like when we attend to issues of equity? This collaborative workshop introduces equity-centered assessment and then highlights the efforts at Highline College to assess college-wide outcomes and implement program reviews and improvement with an equity lens.

Date: Friday, April 15, 2022 
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM PST 
Location: Zoom (register for link)

Faculty Resources

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. 

Zoom Cloud Recordings Moving to Panopto

Starting March 25, all new Zoom Cloud recordings will automatically be moved to the trash after they have been successfully imported into Panopto. Review the recent communication about Panopto for more details.  

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.

Student Resources

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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