May 2020 Virtual Workshop Series, videos and materials

The Teach Los Angeles Regional Collaborative (Teach LARC) partners collaborated to organized a virtual conference in May 2020. 

You can access the recorded sessions and materials from the Virtual Workshop Series on the statewide CCC-TPP website page:

$50,000 Leaders and Activists Grant (due 18 June 2020)

The Roddenberry Foundation is offering grants of $50,000 to individuals, community leaders and nonprofit leaders to drive social justice projects, organizations, and initiatives toward greater impact, or to create new initiatives related to civil rights & women’s rights.

Round One Deadline: June 18, 2020
Complete registration and submit your application by 5:00p Pacific.

Click Here to See Application Details

Click Here to Begin Grant Application

Responding to anti-Black racism in our academic communities — The Contemplative Mammoth

I shared this email with my department, the School of Biology and Ecology, on June 1, 2020. I’m sharing it here for two reasons: 1) I was inspired by an email written by Dr. Julie Libarkin at MSU, which she shared on her blog. I hope others feel empowered to reach out to their research […]

via Responding to anti-Black racism in our academic communities — The Contemplative Mammoth

Opinion: “Let’s fix college first, before rushing to reopen campuses”, by Shaan Hathiramani via Fast Company

Link to full article here:

Nine ways we can start fixing America’s broken higher education system together:

  1. Reset curriculums to improve employment opportunities. In New America’s survey, 91% of students list improving employment opportunities as a top reason for attending college. It’s time we listen to them. This means tuition resets, job-ready curriculum, shorter degrees, and partnerships to connect job seekers with growing industries—particularly ones that accommodate remote working opportunities.
  2. Bite the bullet and dramatically overhaul costs. Tools such as financial exigency can help address bloat and set a higher bar for costly administrators and disengaged staff, which may be as high as 67% of tenured faculty.
  3. Liberate instructors to design new courses across platforms and collaborate on best practices. This is the single biggest opportunity to learn how to scale personalized online learning across colleges and universities.
  4. Unlock endowments to put cash directly into the pockets of students, families, and campus workers. A temporary regulatory reprieve allowing direct transfers will ensure that colleges aren’t just admitting those who can pay full tuition.
  5. Invest in holistic anti-poverty student support. Connecting students with social services they otherwise would have had on-campus will increase student retention and revenue, especially as one in four undergraduate students has children.
  6. Provide reskilling resources to essential on-campus workers. Many subcontracted campus workers, kitchens, janitors, IT staff, and other hourly employees cannot work from home.
  7. Make the internet a public utility. Only two-thirds of rural homes have high-speed internet, and many low-income families don’t own tablets, laptops, or desktop computers. We must immediately end the digital divide for online learning to work for college students and the rising high school students behind them.
  8. Embrace the internet’s power of community building. We have seen virtual concerts, virtual commencements, and even virtual campuses. Incentivize students to build a new way of learning together.
  9. Partner with hotels to create safe learning environments and local meetups. We can still work toward in-person interaction among students in the same cities and states.

“Surviving the Pandemic: Seven Ways to Create a Culture of Belonging” -Michele Powers (via Law Practice Today)

Some things to think about, from my friend Michele. 💕

Link to article:

“The Top 10 Worst Jobs For Mental Health Right Now”, by Travis Hornsby


Let’s look out for each other people.

Wear your face masks.

Don’t touch your face!!


Professional Learning: 25 Ways to Encourage

A Teacher's Ponderings

b4dafed1034d3abf9fb0b5c731c87851Our words can be very powerful in encouraging students; however, they can also be counterproductive.  Sometimes we say things to students that provide send messages that we don’t mean to send.  Check out this list of 25 Ways to Encourage because these can clarify our messages to students.


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Free, Virtual Workshop Series (for Teachers, Faculty and Aspiring Educators) – May 2020

Organized by the TEACH Los Angeles Regional Collaborative (, this is a virtual workshop series offered over the month of May in alignment with National Teacher Appreciation Month.

These series of workshops are presented independently by each college and/or university that hosts them.

Registration is required for each LIVE workshop you want to attend.  (Only registered participants will receive a link to the Virtual Workshop(s).)

Pre-recorded workshops can be watched now.

A flip book of the program can be viewed here:

Rand Corporation – a tool for managing COVID-19 responses

A Tool for Managing COVID-19 Responses

RAND has created a new tool to help state and local officials estimate the effects of social distancing and other public health interventions used to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. As leaders consider lifting some of these measures, the tool — developed with philanthropic support — can help them weigh both the public health and economic consequences of different approaches. Access the tool »

Interesting post, from an interesting site: “The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them”, by Erin Bromage

“The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them”, by Erin Bromage

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