Dear Evergreen Colleagues,
Spring is Sprung! It's pretty cheesy but I LOVE spring. The longer days, daffodils, leaving the door open all day, drying clothes in the sun.  I love it all!  
This spring I am feeling the need to pay attention and embrace the hope that comes with spring. As many of our friends, family, colleagues, and students get access to the vaccination - we get the opportunity to see more of each other in person. That is a precious gift.
Recently, you received in your inbox an exciting note from Ariel Birks about the newly released student guide for writing academic statements.  What you might not know is that the guide was written by students for students.  I encourage you to peruse the document and consider how you might help students use this valuable guide.  The guide is chock-full of ideas & resources, many of which can be used for the in-program development and documentation of academic statements during fall quarter that faculty do.
And moving from spring to summer ...
We are just thrilled (and a little relieved) to announce the Evergreen Summer Institutes!  As you peruse the 2021 Summer Institute Program, I am sure you'll find something that sparks interest. I am deeply grateful for the time and thought many faculty and staff have contributed to this suite of institutes.
In closing, I hope you'll all take some opportunity to enjoy this lovely spring weather!

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  • Don’t forget to explore the new Faculty and Staff Path Advising Guide. This guide is a resource for faculty and staff to use to come to understand how Paths work at Evergreen and also how to help advise students in the Olympia undergraduate curriculum.
  • As the presidential search proceeds, the Evergreen community is encouraged to submit candidate questions or topics by completing this web form.
  • Please attend the upcoming José Gómez Farmworker Justice Day on April 21st. More details about the event can be found here
  • Registration is now open for Evergreen’s 2021 Summer Institutes. More information can be found in this recent email.
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Inclusive Teaching Tip

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Targeted Supports – A small effort can have a big impact

Targeted Supports, also coined by researchers as psychosocial interventions, are actions or activities that address the underlying social-psychological processes that can interrupt or hinder learning. There are a variety of these types of interventions that have been the subject of many recent research studies. 
In this Inclusive Teaching Tip, I’ll unpack them very generally. Apologies to those talented researchers! In Learning that Matters, we grouped these interventions into four broad categories that help clarify the impact they can have for learners.
  • Learners ascribe value to their learning
  • Learners become confident in their capacity for growth
  • Learners are secure members of a learning community
  • Learners connect with their values
In the interest of keeping our newsletter brief, this Inclusive Teaching Tip has been truncated.  Please visit the Learning and Teaching Commons blog for access to the full-length article.


Commons Conversation Series: Spring 2021

Commons Conversations provide space and time for Evergreen faculty and staff to discuss issues of teaching and learning, share resources, and build community.

Planning for Hybrid Teaching

Facilitated by Eric Stein, Learning and Teaching Commons Faculty Scholar
What are some ways to approach hybrid teaching in fall 2021? What contingency plans do we need in case things change over the summer? In this session faculty are invited to share ideas and strategies they are using to think through specific puzzles around planning for a return to face-to-face hybrid instruction. What do we need, and what do our students need, as we head back to campus?
DATE: Wednesday, May 5
TIME: 1:00 pm PDT
LOCATION: Register for Zoom link
Register Here!

Washington Center Collaborative Series: Spring 2021

During the academic year, the Washington Center Collaborative host monthly conversations that provide a space for you to engage with fellow higher education scholars, practitioners and administrators on topics relevant to our collective work supporting student success. Join the Washington Center Collaborative Slack to continue the conversation, share resources, and connect with colleagues.

Post-COVID: What will we take forward?

Facilitated by Julia Metzker, Director of the Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education Evergreen State College
This last year has been like none other. Many of us have changed the way we teach and work drastically. We are moving into a season of anniversaries, which include loss and change. For the final conversation of the year, Julia Metzker will guide you through a structured reflection process designed to articulate the learning and growth we’ve experienced over the past year. And to make commitments to carry forward new approaches and practices.
DATE: Friday, April 23
TIME: 11:00 am PDT
LOCATION: Register for Zoom link
Register Here!


Curriculum Planning Retreat

hosted by the Washington Center & the Washington Learning Communities Consortium
April 22, April 29 & May 6 | 3:30-5 PM PDT

Our virtual curriculum planning retreat is designed to support faculty building integrative learning experiences for students. The three sessions in this series are facilitated by experienced learning community professionals.  Whether you are new to integrative learning or have many years of experience with linked/paired courses, student cohorts, first-year experience programs, living-learning communities, or coordinated studies programs - this series will hold value for you! Learn more on the Washington Center website.
  • Why Learning Communities Matter & How Washington State Led the Charge 
    April 22, 3:30 - 5 pm PDT
  • Designing Integrative Assignments: Leading Students to Transformative Learning
    April 29, 3:30 - 5 pm PDT
  • Team Teaching: Planning for Meaningful Integration in the Classroom and Online
    May 6, 3:30 - 5 pm PDT 
Registration Fee: $25 for all three sessions 
Registration closes April 19
Register 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. 

EdPuzzle is Now Available Through July 2021

EDpuzzle is a teaching tool used to place interactive content into pre-existing videos from a variety of sources, such as TED or YouTube, or into videos you have made. More information can be found here.   

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.


These individuals and offices are eager to support students remotely. Keep this list handy when advising students or reach out to schedule a visit to your program or course.

Academic and Career Workshops

Faculty, please let your students know they can join sessions led by Academic and Career Advisors, faculty, and Writing Center staff this spring to learn about resumes, the Academic Statement, interviewing skills, and more. Visit this page for more information.

Academic Statement Writing Guide

The first edition of A Guide to Writing Your Academic Statement is now available in print and electronic versions.  This guide will help students understand how to do the research, brainstorming, drafting, revision, and proofreading needed to create a finished draft of their academic statement.

Basic Needs Center- 1st Floor of the CAB

Students now have access to a space every Monday and Friday from 3pm-6pm to procure basic items. Students may schedule an appointment to pick up items such as PPE, library books, clothes, and hygiene items. Please let your students know about this resource.   

Emergency Fund (Gift Aid)

Emergency Fund gift aid is available to students with unexpected financial needs that would cause the student to not complete the term or continue their education. This generally cannot be used to pay a charge owed to Evergreen and is limited to $500 per academic year. Please complete the Emergency Fund Application (PDF) and submit to the Financial Aid Office.

Evergreen Organic Farm

Tell your student that the Evergreen Organic Farm is working on accepting basic food and EBT payments for local, fresh produce on campus! Enrolled students received discounts thanks to support from the Services & Fee Allocation Board (S&A).

Hungry Greener Program

If you know of Evergreen students that are concerned about where they will get their next meal, this program will provide limited funds to eligible students that can be used confidentially in The Greenery using a current student ID card. Because the block meals will appear on ID cards, others will not know that the blocks have been donated. Complete a simple application for more information.

Other Resources:


Path Convener Meeting | 3-5pm 
New Faculty Book Club | 3:30-5pm
Virtual Presidential Finalist Sessions
José Gómez Farmworker Justice Day | 11:30am-1pm 
Academic Statement Workshop | 1-2:30pm
Special Forum on the Contract (UFE members) | 1:30-3pm
Faculty Meeting | 3-5pm
Virtual Presidential Finalist Sessions
Unlearning Gender Community Conversation | 12-1pm
WLCC Curriculum Planning Retreat | 3:30-5pm 
Reimagining Community Safety- Seminar on Public Safety | 11:30am-1pm
Reimagining Community Safety- Danielle Sered & Sean Goode | 11:30am-1pm
Path Group | 1-3pm
Title IX Training for Faculty | 1-5pm
Special Forum on the Contract (All faculty) | 1:30-3pm
Agenda Committee | 3-5pm 
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