FLEX Week Fall 2021 (Aug 16–20)

Moving Forward Together

All sessions will be held virtually. Zoom links are available at ProLearning.

Flex activities are open to all faculty and staff. Please register for all Flex sessions at ProLearning, your personalized professional learning site. Simply log into MyCOM and choose ProLearning from the list of applications. From the Workshop Calendar, you can view and register (REQUEST) workshops, and find Zoom links. After each session, please complete the short evaluation.

Employee Excellence (EE), Equity (EQ), Institutional Effectiveness (IE), Online Instruction (OI)
Student Success (SS), Teaching and Learning (TL), Technology Training (TT)

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Time Program Descriptions Presenter/Facilitator
9 am – 11 am


Welcome Back!

Join your friends and colleagues as we prepare for the new year and hear important updates and information about the College.

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David Wain Coon

Keynote Presentation
Building Belonging in a Time of Othering

john a. powell is Director of the Othering and Belonging Institute and Professor of Law, African American, and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He was previously the Executive Director at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University, and prior to that, the founder and director of the Institute for Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota. john formerly served as the National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). He is a co-founder of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council and serves on the boards of several national and international organizations. john led the development of an “opportunity-based” model that connects affordable housing to education, health, health care, and employment and is well-known for his work developing the frameworks of “targeted universalism” and “othering and belonging” to effect equity-based interventions. john has taught at numerous law schools including Harvard and Columbia University. His latest book is Racing to Justice: Transforming our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society.

john a. powell
Director, Othering and Belonging Institute Professor of Law, African American, and Ethnic Studies University of California at Berkeley

11 am - noon
Post-Convocation Breakout Sessions
Keynote Presentation Reflection and Action: Connecting the Pieces and Moving Forward Together

Faculty from psychological services and the Umoja Equity Institute will guide this discussion as we reflect on John A Powell’s keynote presentation and strategize about how we can build connections and foster belonging at COM and beyond.

Aneissa Rosas-Sanchez

Danila Musante

Yashica Crawford

Patricia France

12:15 pm – 1:45
UPM Meeting

Faculty are encouraged to attend this meeting to hear the latest on the UPM activities.

Patrick Kelly

2 pm — 4 pm
Department Meetings 

Join your department meeting for updates and planning.



Thursday, August 19, 2021

Time Program Descriptions Presenter/Facilitator
9 am — 10:30 am
Organizational Culture: Using Trauma Transformative Principles to Understand and Improve the Campus Community

In this encore presentation, Larry Woodland, from Side by Side (formerly known as Sunny Hills Services), will provide an overview of trauma transformative principles and describe how to use these principles to improve organizational culture. There will be concrete examples of what individuals can do to create the work culture each person needs for success.

Session Outcomes
  • Identify key transformative principles
  • Identify problem issues in organizational culture
  • Apply these principles for success in the classroom, the office, and beyond

Larry Woodland
Side by Side

9 am – 10:30 am
Academic Integrity:  Responding to and Preventing Academic Dishonesty in the Classroom

As we moved to a remote setting, we saw more reported instances of academic integrity violations, which prompted us to re-examine how the College responds to academic dishonesty. This session will discuss what constitutes an academic integrity violation, what the College's response is, and what you can do proactively to create a culture of academic integrity in your classroom.

Session Outcomes
  • Identify different forms of academic dishonesty
  • Develop assignments and assessments that discourage academic dishonesty
  • Model ways of informing students of the College’s academic integrity policy
  • Demonstrate how to address academic dishonesty with their students.

Matthew Kent

11 am – 12:30 pm
Understanding White Supremacy: What Does it Have to Do with Me?

White supremacy is often discussed as a "thing of the past" or a “taboo topic.”  With the pandemic came the stark understanding of how deeply rooted systemic racism, classism, and oppression is for marginalized communities, which stems from practices and policies steeped in White supremacy.  Join us in a conversation about how institutions of higher education are rooted in White supremacy and how we can individually and collectively work to counter and dismantle racist systems to create equitable access and support for students who historically and currently experience the most impact.

This session will build on some of the topics introduced by Dr. Ali Michael in Tuesday’s session, Antiracism and Community Building: Moving Forward Together.

Session Outcomes
  • Learn about the historical and current context of White supremacy in the U.S. higher education system
  • Reflect on current practices in their teaching and/or position at the college
  • Take away tips and tools to actively dismantle oppressive practices in their teaching and/or professional positions

Teresa Perales

Sadika Sulaiman Hara

Patty France

1 pm – 2 pm
What’s Working with Assessment

How do we make SLO assessment more meaningful?  How can SLO assessment better inform our equity-minded practices?   Come join us to learn about what's working with SLO assessment across the College, what's next, and contribute your ideas and questions.  We will highlight examples from English, Math, Fine Art, Business, and CTE about how SLO assessment, along with other student success data, can be used to explore thorny questions about student learning, measure impacts of curriculum change, and help us identify lessons learned during the pandemic.  Interested in assessing SLOs directly through Canvas?  We'll be demonstrating that too!

Session Outcomes
  • Identify and describe new practices and assessment tools for course-level assessment.
  • Apply equity-minded assessment strategies to own department or discipline

Cara Kreit

Nancy Willet

Farhad Zabihi

Logan Wood

B. Lee Federle

1 pm – 2 pm
Personalizing Democracy: How Your Curriculum Can Help Students Value Democracy

How can democracy impact students' lives in the long run? We will discuss ways to include democracy-related themes in your curriculum no matter what you teach. We will explore ways to make democracy relevant for your students across all disciplines. Join us as we join forces with the League of Women Voters - Marin in a non-partisan effort to address authoritarian trends in our nation's politics.

Session Outcomes
  • Explain ways that Marin's League of Women Voters might support your curriculum 
  • Connect themes such as democracy, voting, and anti-authoritarianism to your courses' themes

Dave Patterson

Ann Wakeley
Lynn Dooley
League of Women Voters

2 pm – 3 pm
Readings, Documents, PDFs, and You

Struggling with the amount of file formats, documents, attachments, and assignment types in your online or hybrid course? This session will demonstrate how to effectively use universal design methods to increase engagement and make file management less of a headache. It will focus heavily on accessibility, leveraging existing OER resources, and getting the most out of your PDFs.

Session Outcomes
  • Examine alternatives to inaccessible document formats using universal design principles and tools
  • Discuss how multi-modal open educational resources can increase engagement and provide multiple opportunities to demonstrate mastery of the material

Elle Dimopolous

2 pm – 3 pm
Get Grounded as We Gear Up for Fall

Join Psychological Services in centering yourself as we begin the year.  We will engage in guided mindful self-compassion practice together to help us relax and ground ourselves.

Session Outcomes
  • Learn about the value of relaxation practice for self-care and professional effectiveness
  • Learn tools to engage in independent relaxation practice
  • Practice mindful self-compassion techniques

Danila Musante

3 pm – 4 pm
Canvas Updates and New Releases

Stay current with upcoming changes to Canvas. In this session, we will introduce and demonstrate Canvas new releases and updates pertaining to: 

  • Discussions
  • Assignments
  • Speedgrader
  • Canvas Support and Tech Help navigation
  • And more!

To learn more about these features and future updates, visit the Canvas Release Notes.

Session Outcomes
  • Apply new Canvas features to their course Assignments, Discussions, and Speedgrader
  • Identify and navigate Canvas Support options, guides, and menus
  • Import content pages from Canvas Commons to their courses

Stacy Lince

Friday, August 20, 2021

Time Program Descriptions Presenter/Facilitator
9 am – 10:30 am
Using Culturally Responsive and Inclusive Pedagogy to Transform the Classroom

In this workshop, Manny Kang and Ron Palmer from the CTE Department will demonstrate ways to maintain and enhance an equitable environment in the classroom, engage with students, and strengthen communication and collaboration with students and colleagues to create greater student success in college and in professional life. This workshop will include a presentation and hands-on activities.

Session Outcomes
  • Understand how the dominant culture and climate of the traditional classroom forces students to detach from learning and omits their identities
  • Acknowledge culture and identify differences between instructors and students, while understanding the impact this has on the classroom
  • Gain a foundational understanding of inclusive pedagogy and explore empowering teaching practices for multiple of identities 
  • Explore ways to structurally transform the classroom and understand how creativity and innovation play a critical role in transforming the learning environment for students and instructors

Manjit Kang

Ron Palmer

9 am – 10:30 am
Leveraging Our Partnerships: Meeting Students’ Basic Needs

Participants will learn about the various experiences students have faced over the past year, learn about ways the College and community partners in Marin County have provided services and resources to meet day-to-day needs, and what support will look like as we return in fall 2021.

Session Outcomes
  • Learn about the current basic needs landscape.
  • Learn about community partners and their services.
  • Leave with information about how to support students’ basic needs for fall 2021

Sadika Sulaiman Hara

11 am – noon


Showing Up for Community: Equity in Marin County

During spring convocation, members of Trap the Vote from Marin City shared insights about their efforts toward equity and how COM can form authentic relationships in support of unified efforts. Community leaders highlighted the problems and struggle with racial equity in Marin schools and the county. As a follow-up discussion, we will be joined by Paul Austin, Founder of Play Marin, who will provide the perspective of the successes, opportunities, and challenges in implementing equity-minded youth programs in Marin County.

Session Outcomes
  • Identify opportunities for engagement of COM community members in equity programs in Marin County
    Describe examples of equity strategies that can be used in learning environments

Paul Austin

Umoja Equity Institute

11 am – noon
Developing and Administering a Successful Survey with PRIE

The Office of Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE) is now offering assistance in developing and administering surveys of students, faculty, and staff. In this session, we will offer helpful tips on planning ahead and working with PRIE to ensure a successful survey project and ensure you get the data you need.

Session Outcomes
  • Understand the timeline and processes involved to request, plan, develop and administer a survey through PRIE

Holley Shafer

Noon – 1 pm
Curriculum Committee Training

This is required training for Curriculum Committee members.

Session Outcomes
  • Receive required training to serve on the Curriculum Committee

Cari Torres-Benavides

Gina Cullen

Grace Yuan

noon – 1 pm
Microscopy Accessibility Project: Content Creation

This meeting is open to any faculty or staff that are interested in content creation for the Microscopy Accessibility Project, which aims to create an OER digital microscopy library for use during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The agenda will include coordination of library content creation, training in technological tools for library creation, and planning for the semester ahead.

Session Outcomes
  • Access equipment to acquire microscope images and videos
  • Consistently annotate content for accessibility
  • Upload content to hosting website
  • Coordinate content acquisition with colleagues

Emily Fox

1 pm – 2 pm
Community in Practice: Engaging in Antiracism at COM & Beyond

College of Marin's IDEA Committee launched the Antiracism Community in Practice (CIP) series in Summer 2020. This CIP cultivates community affinity spaces for COM faculty and staff to support, engage, and heal with each other around anti-racist reflection, dialogue, and practice.

Session Outcomes
  • Learn about the mission and practices of COM's monthly affinity spaces
  • Connect and support one another around antiracism
  • Learn how to engage with the Community in Practice monthly series in the fall

Teresa Perales

1 pm - 2 pm
eLumen Basics for Course Outlines

Curriculum Committee members will be available to help faculty complete and submit course outlines, and SLOAC members will be available to help update SLOs using eLumen.

Session Outcomes
  • Learn new and updated eLumen features in the curriculum management system

Cari Torres-Benavides

Gina Cullen

Grace Yuan