Sunday, September 18, 2016

Deadline Extended for Essay Contest

Want to incentivize your students? CATESOL can help. Organizers of the upcoming CATESOL 2016 State Conference have just extended the deadline for the Community College Level Student Essay Contest to October 7th. Your students can choose one of the two writing prompts and enter their essays by email attachment in the format of PDF. Discover what the announcement says here.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

We Will Never Forget

15 years on, a new video has surfaced that captures the horror of that fateful day.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Latest DRC Resources

Everyone wants his or her students to learn for success. Yet even with the best intentions, one can be so easily tempted by a desire to hold all students up to a rigorous academic standard that a student's request for accommodation gets an automatic rejection. Or one can be eager to name disabilities for students who seem to be struggling. Now, with the launch of the new DRC website at, you can learn more of the various resources, policies, and procedures to be compliant.

Don't say "no" to anyone asking for accommodation. Instead, refer them to the DRC. If someone has a learning disability, they can click on the "Learning Disability Testing" tab on the DRC website to essentially self-report, using the "LD Assessment Self Referral Form." If anyone brings in a dog or a miniature horse as a service animal, district employees are only allowed to ask two specified questions. The DRC website provides other do's and don'ts regarding service animals.

When asked what language to use for a disability statement on our syllabi, DRC's LD Specialist Leigh Ann Van Dyke offers this: "If you have a documented disability or condition which you believe may impact your learning, please contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at 760-744-1150 EXT. 2376. Palomar College abides by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibit federal and state agencies or programs from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities."

Sunday, August 28, 2016

It's Just Around the Corner

The deadline to register for the early-bird rate to attend CATESOL 2016, that is. Effective Sept. 1st, the registration rate will go up by $25. Details:

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Fall 2016 Term Starts with WOW

Palomar's first-ever Week of Welcome (WOW) is happening on the main campus this week, Monday through Thursday. Students are encouraged to visit the “Passport” Station in the Student Union Quad to pick up a passport. Anyone that attends a workshop or one of the booths at the Resource/Student Club Fair will be able to get their passport stamped (collect stickers) and redeem them for refreshments/food every day of the event. Students can also use their passport to redeem backpacks and other supplies (scantrons, stapler kits, pens, green books, etc.). For a detailed event schedule, visit

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Find a Required Textbook

It is not too hard to find the information about a required textbook. Students can access their A-Z
booklist list on their smartphone or tablet by visiting and entering their Palomar student ID number.

Anyone can also access more detailed textbook info by following these simple steps:
  • Visit
  • Click on "Books"
  • "Select YourTem" (e.g. Fall 2016)
  • Enter a five-digit course ID in the search box on the right side of the screen and click on "Search"
Palomar Bookstore has also announced a new program where they will price-match against Amazon, Chegg, Barns & Noble, etc. See details here: