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Center for Teaching & Learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) works to meet the professional development needs of the ARC community.

The CTL supports professional development that helps the college fulfill its mission, values, and commitment to social justice and equity and to achieve its strategic goals. ARC community members develop and facilitate professional development opportunities. In addition, CTL partners with members of the greater community to offer professional learning experiences at ARC.

Academies, Institutes, and Series

ARC Practitioner Training Series in Applied Allyship: American Indian Tribal Citizens

ARC Practitioner Training Series in Applied Allyship

American Indian Tribal Citizens


There are many elements that go into being an applied ally. This development series starts participants on a practical learning path involving history, context, perspectives, data, and Native voices. The intent is to develop long-term allyship at ARC. This series is aimed at full-time faculty, classified professionals, and administrators.

The goal is to positively inform how participants can reach new levels of personal insight about their own identities while developing approaches that lead to reciprocal and authentic relationships of applied allyship to American Indian tribal citizens on the ARC campus.

This event meets state PD guideline B; ARC strategic goals 1, 3; ISLO 1. This professional development activity is limited to employees of the Los Rios Community College District at American River College.


Prof. Jesus Valle, ARC Native American Resource Center and invited guests.

 Training Series Learning Outcomes

  • Articulate a foundational knowledge of factors (historical and present-day) that influence the success of tribal citizens at ARC.
  • Identify sources of information that authentically represent tribal realities.
  • Reflect on the ways in which the participants’ own social and historical identity influences the relationship with tribal citizens.
  • Identify systemic barriers to success at ARC for citizens of tribal nations.
  • Describe existing indigenous-based models and frameworks for academic success as well as best practices developed by Native people.
  • Create and implement a personal action plan for supporting Native students.
  • Reflect on the process of self-development in this training.
  • Evaluate the personal action plan for efficacy and outcomes.



The format consists of five two-hour learning and dialog sessions in a series.

Dates (all Fridays):

❏     Oct. 2 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm “Who I Am and Why It Matters”

❏     Oct. 9 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm “American Indians in the Data”

❏     Oct. 16 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm “Systemic Barriers and American Indian Worldview”

❏     Oct. 23 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm “Indigenous Methods and Models for Equity”

❏     Oct. 30 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm “Tribal Community Connections and Relationship Building from a Social Justice Lens”


There will be one two-hour flex meeting and one two-hour concluding meeting/celebration at the end of the term.

❏     Jan. 14 9:00 am to 11:00 am “Presentation of the Personal Action Plans for Applied Allyship”

❏     May 7 9:00 am - 11:00 am “Outcomes, Reflections, and Celebration”

Participation and Completion

Participants will receive a digital badge signifying completion of the series they can add to their email signature and Canvas pages.

As a gesture of appreciation and community, participants will also earn Door Dash points for their attendance at each of the first four meetings; participants can then choose to remotely have lunch together at the final meeting of the Fall semester.

Faculty participants can apply for 14 hours, or .467 semester units, toward district salary advancement. The application must be submitted before the first meeting of the series. Complete the application with the District Office. Complete sections A through C in section II of the Salary Advancement Form and get the appropriate signatures. In addition, attach the series description and meeting schedule. After you complete the series, you will need to submit your certificate of completion to the District Office. Here is the link to the Salary Advancement Form

If faculty participants do not earn salary advancement hours for completing the series, they can earn up to 10 hours of Flex for Fall 2020 and 4 hours of Flex for Spring 2021 for participation in the series.

Series Registration Form

Diversity and Equity in the Classroom: A Reaching and Learning Institute

Facilitators: Pamela Chao, Jennifer Laflam, and Guests
Application Deadline: Monday, August 24 at 11:59 pm

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American River College's Diversity and Equity in the Classroom: A Reaching and Learning Institute is a series created to address the professional development needs of ARC faculty. Because our commitment to social justice and equity has been affirmed in our mission and vision statement, this Institute is re-focused to offer an opportunity to deepen all faculty's understanding and practices of equitable education and racial equity.

The Institute will include the equivalent of eight, 3.5-hour synchronous Zoom sessions plus approximately two hours of homework for each session. In addition to Zoom, there will be an online component using Canvas. We will be using films, texts, panels, exercises, discussion and other techniques to deepen our understanding of Equity Minded education.

We will meet for eight Friday mornings, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm during fall semester 2020.
1. Friday, September 4th
2. Friday, September 11th
3. Friday, October 2nd
4. Friday, October 16th
5. Friday, October 23rd
6. Friday, October 30th
7. Friday, November 13th
8. Friday, November 20th

The application deadline will be Monday, August 24. Enrollment will be limited to 20 and participants will be notified of registration status on August 26. All ARC full-time and adjunct faculty are welcome to apply. New Faculty Academy participants completing their NFA obligations are given priority registration. If space is available, late applications will be accepted.

Submit this application form to apply.

Participants can apply for one unit of district salary advancement. This must be completed BEFORE the Reaching and Learning Institute meets for the first time and it will be completed with the District Office.

Here is the the Salary Advancement Form. 

Or participants may earn flex credit for this activity.

See this linked document for:
• Institute learning objectives,
• topics of each session, and
• sample readings and references.
If you have any questions, please contact Pam Chao at or (916) 484-8469.

New Faculty Academy

The ARC New Faculty Academy (NFA) is a two-semester cohort experience designed to support full-time faculty in their first year as tenure-track faculty at American River College. The goal of this academy is excellence in teaching and working with students through an equity framework. This academy is designed in alignment with the ARC Vision, Mission, and Commitment to Social Justice and Equity, as well as our college strategic plan.

New Faculty Academy Goals
The NFA is designed to develop a community of practitioners who support student success in the following ways:

  • center equity-minded practices, teaching, and student service delivery.
  • contribute to an ongoing dialogue about andragogy, heutagogy, and pedagogy that is evidence-based and learner-centered.
  • employ culturally responsive teaching/student services practices and develop culturally relevant curriculum/practices.
  • engage students with equitable practices that access learners’ prior knowledge.
  • direct students to appropriate academic support and student services to help them succeed.
  • collaborate with peers across disciplines to support disproportionately impacted students and improve outcomes and success rates.
  • develop collaboration among counselors, librarians, and instructional faculty to promote support for students.
  • contribute to the achievement of the college’s strategic goals to improve student outcomes.

NFA is offered in a hybrid modality and meets every other Friday in both fall and spring semesters and online. This program requires 2-3 hours of outside reading/preparation weekly.

ARC Online Teaching Institute

The ARC Online Teaching Institute (OTI) helps to prepare instructors for teaching online through exploration and hands-on demonstrations of effective practices in online instruction; it is offered in both online and hybrid modalities. Through nine sessions, participants explore the characteristics of successful online instructors, the concept of digital competencies and how that may affect how our students learn, principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and accessibility, ways to identify and create exemplary online courses, and much more.

Upon completion of this institute, participants will have created instructional modules that are the basis for the development of an online course, met the criteria for exemplary course design as outlined in the Online Education Initiative Online Course Design Rubric, and demonstrated proficiency in online teaching and learning as outlined in the @ONE Standards for Quality Online Teaching.

The ARC OTI webpage includes the current and future schedules, information from OTI graduates, and links for registration.

For questions and more information, please contact Alice Dieli  (916) 484-8996, or Pamela Bimbi (916) 484-8103. 

ARC Accessible Course Creation Academy

The ARC Accessible Course Creation Academy (ACCA) guides participants on creating accessible ADA/Section 508 compliant course content in their own courses. This completely online course contains six learning modules and provides a thorough explanation of accessibility within online, hybrid or web-enhanced courses using Canvas. All faculty and instructional staff are welcome to participate. The ARC Accessible Course Creation Academy web page contains more details and requirements for this course and includes a current schedule for each semester.

FastTrack OEI Rubric Academy

Join your Los Rios colleagues in the FastTrack OEI Rubric Academy. In FastTrack you are provided with personalized support and resources designed to help you align your online courses to the OEI Course Design Rubric. You set the pace; move as slowly or quickly as you like through the process. Receive a stipend for your efforts.

Select a course that you have taught online and that is part of an ADT (Associates Degree for Transfer), General Education Transfer Pattern (CSU or IGETC), or CTE (Career Technical Education) program. Then confirm with your dean that your course will be offered online within the next two semesters.

For more information, visit

FastTrack OEI Rubric Academy 

Online Professional Development

Vision Resource Center

The Vision Resource Center is an online learning and collaboration platform for all professionals in the California Community Colleges. The content provided will support every individual and college as we work together toward the Vision for Success goals.

Vision Resource Center

YouTube 'College Hour' playlist

More recent College Hour presentations have been recorded to YouTube and are collected together within the 'College Hour' playlist.  To receive flex credit for viewing a College Hour event on YouTube, faculty must enter the necessary information as a custom activity in the online Flex Tracking System (please explain what was learned from the video, and how this is beneficial to students).

American River College YouTube Playlist page

Los Rios Employee Training page

This link is configured to be accessible only from on-campus computers.

There are a variety of Keenan SafeColleges online trainings, and other trainings, available to you. To receive flex credit for participating in this online activity, faculty may click on the Keenan activity listed in the online Flex Tracking System. The activity is listed at the beginning of each semester and credit will be given regardless of when the faculty actually participated during that same semester. Other online trainings may be added as custom events in the online flex system

 Los Rios HR Employees page

Try this new online Professional Development opportunity at your own pace.

Research shows that 44% of students report experiencing periods of severe distress and that students who utilize support services when needed cope with stress better. A "gatekeeper" is someone who has significant contact with students, and therefore is ideally situated to notice warning signs of psychological distress. Through online practice conversations with student avatars, Kognito teaches ARC faculty, staff, and administrators techniques for identifying and approaching distressed students in order to take appropriate action, such as making a referral to campus and community resources. Try this new online Professional Development opportunity that you can complete at your own pace, from home, your desk, or sitting in your favorite coffee shop with your laptop. One hour flex credit for each module completed.  To receive flex credit for participating in this online activity, faculty may click on it in the online Flex Tracking System.  The activity is listed at the beginning of each semester and credit will be given regardless of when the faculty actually participated during that same semester. 

Kognito CCC Student Mental Health Program

Getting Results

This multimedia resource for community college faculty will challenge your previous thinking about teaching and learning and give you the basic tools for effective classroom practice. The key theme of the course is to encourage you to focus on what the students will do and take responsibility for their success.  Teachers know their content and they know how to explain. These are valuable skills. But teachers have to become experts at tapping into their students' knowledge base and how they learn.  To receive flex credit for participating in this online activity, faculty may click on it in the online Flex Tracking System.  The activity is listed at the beginning of each semester and credit will be given regardless of when the faculty actually participated during that same semester. 

Getting Results

Unscheduled or Off-Campus Activities

College Hour on DVD

Over the years, many Thursday College Hour events (and some Tuesday lunchtime events as well) have been recorded to DVD. These DVDs are available for students to view in the LRC. Additionally, both the CTL and the Natomas Center have received copies which all staff are welcome to check out and take home to view. To receive flex credit for viewing a College Hour DVD, faculty must submit the necessary information as a custom activity in the Online Flex Tracking System (please explain what was learned from the DVD, and how this is beneficial to students). Important note: please include the date the DVD was viewed, and not the date it was recorded, to ensure flex credit is applied to the correct semester.

Conferences, Seminars, Workshops, etc.

If activities are related to your assignment, occur when you are not scheduled to work, and meet at least one state pd guideline and also at least one ARC college objective and also at least one ARC ISLO, they may be claimed as professional development. These events may be at other Los Rios Colleges, or elsewhere. See 'Explanation of Flex Obligation' in the current Flex/PD online document for further information. To receive flex credit for participating in these activities, faculty would enter the necessary information as a custom activity in the online Flex Hours Tracking System.


Interim Dean of Equity and Inclusion: 
Nick Daily
CTL Director: 
Jennifer Laflam
Staff Resource Center Assistant: 
Christina Wagner
Phone: (916) 484-8558


Spring and Fall Hours
Monday - Friday:
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
We are closed in the Summer


Office Location: Library, 3rd Floor, room 308

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Fall 2020 Document