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Communities of Practice

In the spirit of the SBCTC vision of “leading with racial equity” and a strategy to mitigate effects of COVID-19, SBCTC began to offer a variety of technology-mediated communities of practice opportunities that forwarded social connection, skill-building, information aggregation, problem-solving, and the sharing of resources. 

In communities of practice, organizations collaborate using distributed leadership, reciprocal learning and shared practices and resources to provide curricular and learner support. As SBCTC communities of practice evolve and mature, partnerships and results scale to meet the needs of the system. 

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Purpose: The purpose of this community of practice is to provide a forum for faculty developers to share ideas, best practices, and resources. It is also a place to connect with other faculty developers, build relationships, and identify opportunities for collaboration.

People: The members of this community of practice will be faculty developers from the 34 community and technical colleges in Washington State. They will be at all levels of experience, from those who are just starting out to those who are seasoned veterans and may hold a range of titles, such as faculty leads, teaching and learning directors, deans or vice presidents.

Practice: The focus of this community of practice will be on the practice of faculty development. This includes topics such as:

  • Teaching and learning theory
  • Instructional design
  • Assessment
  • Faculty mentoring
  • Professional development

Activities: The activities of this community of practice will include:

  • Monthly online meetings
  • Virtual discussion forums
  • Sharing of resources
  • Collaboration on projects

Benefits: The benefits of participating in this community of practice include:

  • Networking with other faculty developers
  • Access to resources and best practices 
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Increased knowledge and skills

To join this community of practice, send an email to


Sign up for our Community of Practice!

The Undergraduate Research & Equity Community of Practice (CoP) is a faculty-driven learning collective designed to support educators as they utilize research as a high-impact teaching and learning strategy for supporting equitable outcomes and increasing student engagement.

Composed of full-time and adjunct faculty across all disciplines, this CoP meets monthly to explore challenges and share successes. One-hour meetings will occur monthly and be co-facilitated by attendees. 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 sharing existing research projects and curricula, scaffolding research projects, equity-based practices in undergraduate research, successfully engaging students, and more. Topics will be determined by the interest of the attendees. 

In addition, the CoP utilize a “many hands make light work” model to build and share tools that faculty across the 34 community and technical colleges can use to authentically serve the students at our institutions. 

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Applications are now being accepted for our Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on Creating a Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE). Please note: Our first meeting (Sept. 30) is designed to be a kick-off/advertising/Q&A session to drum up interest. Please join us to learn more!


The Faculty Learning Community (FLC) aims to bring together a small cohort (10 faculty) of undergraduate faculty from across the state who are interested in bringing undergraduate research into their classroom through developing a course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE).

Professional development offerings, occurring every month over the course of a year, will scaffold strategies for faculty to build their own course-based undergraduate research experience into a course. This is a paid professional development experience that requires a year long commitment and each participant is expected to create a CURE and implement it the following academic year. 

Objectives of the FLC include:

  • Examine the benefits and challenges of integrating CUREs into courses in community colleges
  • Explore the features and structures of CUREs
  • Develop or select a CURE that they can implement within an existing course
  • Identify a set of student learning outcomes that they will meet through the implementation of this CURE
  • Use a backward design approach to develop assignments, activities, and course materials that scaffold the learning outcomes of the CURE
  • Build connections and collaborations with other faculty engaged in this work

Community of Practice Facilitators: 

  • Shannon Newman, Green River College
  • Jacqueline Gapinski, Bellevue College
  • Suki Smaglik, Yakima Valley College
  • Roberto Anitori, Clark College
  • Kimberly McClure, Lake Washington Institute of Technology

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