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Assessment, Teaching and Learning (ATL)

Faculty play a lead role in the success of our students. 

Faculty members comprise 53 percent of employees in Washington state's 34 community and technical colleges (2014-15). The office of Assessment, Teaching, and Learning (ATL) offers a wide range of events designed to foster faculty success as they create significant learning experiences for students.

The statewide Assessment, Teaching and Learning Community (ATLC) includes educators, administrators, and institutional researchers — representing both two-year and four-year institutions in Washington — who provide campus leadership to strengthen teaching and learning through assessment and faculty development.

2021 ATL state-wide conference

NOTE: The 2021 Assessment, Teaching and Learning state-wide conference has been cancelled again this year due to the ongoing pandemic. Instead of doing a virtual conference, we have opted to do a series of six focused workshops for faculty starting near the end of April and continuing through May. You can see more details about the workshops--and how to register--on the calendar page for our Student Success Center; if you have questions about the sessions contact Jen Whetham ( 


Bill Moore
Director, K-12 Partnerships

Jennifer Whetham
Policy Associate, Faculty Development

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The 2020 Fall Faculty Institute was a two-day immersion into the foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for faculty who wish to lead with racial equity in the spirit of the SBCTC vision statement during COVID-19.

The STEM Communities of Practice (CoPs) are faculty-driven learning collectives designed to support educators as they create significant and equitable learning environments for students during COVID-19 that lead with racial equity in the spirit of the SBCTC Vision. 

Composed of full-time and adjunct faculty across the major STEM disciplines, each CoP meets regularly to explore challenges and share successes. These meetings are not trainings or webinars; rather, they are collaborative spaces where practitioners learn from and with each other. Conversations cover a range of topics, including equitable assessment practices, developing quality labs that are fully online, successfully engaging students, and more. 

In addition, the CoPs utilize a “many hands make light work” model to build and share tools that faculty across the 34 CTCs can use to authentically serve the students at our institutions: faculty work together to create tangible resources to share.

Thanks to generous funding from College Spark Washington, the Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecology (AWAE) will engage 28 faculty members from 7 English departments in the Washington State CTC system in building the artifacts of an antiracist writing assessment ecology to assess the ENGL&101 outcomes developed and approved as part of (de)Composing ENGL&101. Over the course of the grant, the 28 faculty participants will work in “Communities of Inquiry” (CoIs). These groups of 4 will be composed of BIPOC and white-identified faculty from 4 different institutions who will work collaboratively to develop the artifacts of an Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecology (AWAE). The purpose of building these artifacts is to support English departments and practitioners across the Washington State CTC system to “increase the percentage of students who earn their first college-level credits in English within one year of college enrollment” by closing equity gaps for historically underserved students of color (HU-SOC). This project aligns with Guided Pathways in Washington State as this work will address one of the Essential Practices of a Guided Pathways redesign, College-Level English Within One Year of Enrollment, and do so in the spirit of the SBCTC vision to lead with racial equity.



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