BRIC Project Reports for Winter ’22

Click here to learn about the BRICs from Winter Quarter, 2022.

Call for Applications
Faculty Development, Seattle Colleges

The Faculty Development Advisory Committee (FDAC) has created another FLC grant for faculty in 2021-2022 to support faculty’s commitment to anti-racist education, equity and academic excellence РBook Reading/Learning Circle grant. The Book Reading Learning Circles (BRLC) provide an opportunity for informal and productive conversations among district-wide faculty and interested parties related to anti-bias anti-racist (ABAR) practices, or pedagogies and academic excellence. Book readings should reflect on innovative culturally responsive teaching, anti-racist practices or pedagogies, online learning, or any subject matter directed at eliminating achievement gaps for our students. Funding: each faculty member will receive a $500 stipend upon completion of project. In addition, the faculty group facilitator will receive $200 extra. One person per application per academic year. Four Circles will be supported each quarter.

Due Dates: December 3, 2021 for the BRIC to start in winter, 2022; Monday, April 18, 2022 for Spring, 2022 BRICs (extended).

The team should have 3 and no more than 5 faculty members, including the team leader. Non-faculty individuals are encouraged to participate, but they cannot be compensated from the Faculty Development Funds (as noted in the CBA). Cross-campus teams are also highly encouraged to apply. Circles will be held synchronously within academic quarters and require at least 5 meeting sessions. All BRIC grants are processed as a one-time stipend once the activity is completed and do not cover the cost of the books. You may seek campus funds to cover additional stipends or books as needed.

Criteria for Proposals Reviews:

  • Includes a team of at least 3 and no more than 5 faculty members, including the team leader.
  • Addresses all the application questions
  • Clarifies the proposal description and plan
  • Articulates how the literature and discussion will benefit instruction and student learning.
  • Articulates how discussions will engage team members. 

Final Reporting:

Submit a 2-4-page written report summarizing the initiation and topic needs, process of readings/discussions and final outcomes/growth among individuals. If possible, sample recordings of discussions are recommended (not required) as part of the report. The report will be available for others to view on the Faculty Development website.

Here is a list of suggested books from the taskforce for your reference. Feel free to find your own books based on the grant guidelines.

  1. Equity by Design: Delivering on the Power and Promise of UDL, by Mirko Chardin
  2. Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain,  Zaretta Hammond
  3. Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning, Andratesha Fritzgerald
  4. Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Social Marginalization, by Cia Verschelden and Kofi Lomotey
  5.  Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad
  6. The Gardens of Democracy, Eric Lie & Nick Hanauer
  7. Sapiens: A brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari
  8. The Decadent Society: How We became the Victims of Our Own Success, Ross Douthat
  9. The Plague, Albert Camus
  10. Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes by Flower Darby and James M. Lang
  11. Race, Empire and English Language Teaching, Creating Responsible and Ethical Anti-Racist Practice, Suhanthie Motha
  12. The Road to Equity: The Five C’s to Construct an Equitable Classroom, Kayren Gray

Submit your application here as a Google Form. One application per group.
Deadline for Winter Quarter: December 3, 2021.
Deadline for Spring Quarter: April 18, 2022 (extended).

For more information, please contact Carlos Sibaja Garcia (carlos.sibaja@seattlecolleges.edu), or fd@seattlecolleges.edu for more information.