Sunday, February 25, 2018
The RP Group

SSSC17 Post-Conference Workshops

An Inclusive Front Door: Strategies for Ensuring Smooth Transitions and Early Success in Community College for All Californians

Join an interactive workshop to learn about strategies that colleges across the state are using to improve the transitions and success of students from alternative high schools and other alternative settings. California’s approximately 500 public alternative high schools serve more than 15 percent of high school students but account for more than 50 percent of high school drop-outs.

Evaluation of the most successful alternative high schools finds that programs maintaining strong partnerships with local community colleges and offering sector-based preparation are more successful in ensuring students complete high school and start postsecondary education.

Attendees in this session will have the opportunity to learn from high school and community college practitioners about existing models, exchange ideas, and discuss how to best structure supports for alternative education students.

We encourage individuals who are interested in learning more about high school-community college partnerships that build or expand enrollment in pathways, college bridge programs, and/or career technical education programs to attend. Participants will leave with tools you can employ directly on your own campuses.

Member $135/Non-Member $160

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Michael Coyne, Baden High School; Skyler Barton, Berkeley City College; Deidre Hill-Valdivia, Brekwitz Continuation High School; Luis Chavez and Elisha Smith Arrillaga, Career Ladders Project; Alice Rice, Charter High School; and Lorraine DeMello, and Alina Varona, Skyline College

Equity Focus Groups: What Students Are Saying and How You Can Engage Them

“Sometimes I feel invisible on campus. There’s no one who looks like me.”

“I couldn’t buy the textbooks and ended up having to drop the class.”

“It’s so hard to get in to see an advisor. When I do, it’s a different person each time, so it feels like I’m starting over.”

What do our students say about their experiences at our colleges? What obstacles do they encounter? What supports them? To understand the student perspective, the RP Group has worked with a number of colleges to conduct focus groups with student populations identified as disproportionately impacted.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage with staff from these colleges to learn what motivated them, what they hoped to accomplish, and how they have used the results to improve their college’s equity efforts. This workshop will provide participants with (1) information on how to plan, conduct, analyze, share, and respond to the findings from student equity focus groups; and (2) an opportunity to explore and plan for conducting focus groups on their own campuses.

Member $135/Non-Member $160

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Leticia Maldonado​, MS, Cabrillo College; Michelle Fowles, Los Angeles Valley College; Dr. Darla Cooper, Kristen Fong, PhD, Alyssa Nguyen, MA, and Ireri Valenzuela, The RP Group

California Guided Pathways: Achieving Equity in College Completion

“Guided Pathways” is a growing movement in California and nationally that seeks dramatic increases in community college completion. Adoption of a Guided Pathways framework will require fundamentally altering students’ college experience. Required systems changes may include: restructuring the colleges’ outreach and intake processes; redesigning the overall structure of the degrees and certificates offered; accelerating student entry into college as they acquire the English and math skills needed to succeed; helping students select a broad field of interest; clarifying program course sequencing; and integrating proactive student supports.

As community colleges begin this redesign process and show results in increasing certificate and degree attainment and transfer — including closing of the “achievement gap” by demographic group — the opportunity is ripe to learn how colleges have created the infrastructure, culture, and processes that support institutional transformation. This session will include:

  • Synthesis of the research on barriers to student completion and presentation of promising models of college redesign, including Guided Pathways

  • Experiences from administrator and faculty leaders from across the state involved in redesign work, including successes, challenges, and lessons learned

  • Small group discussions and team activities on how to best utilize existing opportunities and structures at each college to leverage redesign

  • Tools that support Guided Pathways inquiry and design that prove useful in helping colleges deepen their understanding through student voices and institutional data.

Member $135/Non-Member $160

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Theresa Tena, California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office; Linda Collins, Career Ladders Project; and Dr. Darla Cooper, The RP Group

Learning as Leadership: How to Build Organizational Capacity and Coherence from the Ground Up

How are colleges creating leadership that focuses on what students need to reach their goals? For the past decade, the California Community Colleges’ Success Network’s (3CSN) BSILI Leadership for Curricular and Institutional Transformation community of practice and the RP Group’s Leading from the Middle (LFM) Academy have collectively provided ongoing training and technical assistance to support centerpiece student completion efforts across nearly two-thirds of CCCs.

Join us for an interactive session in which we will (1) detail the research base for both 3CSN and LFM’s approach to community and capacity building and (2) share key strategies for creating a cadre of community college professionals to seed, scale, and sustain high-impact student success practices.

Participants will practice developing a theory of change, creating network maps that build engagement and ownership for implementation across the institution, designing a data inquiry and evaluation plan, and planning the professional learning necessary to overcome resistance and cultivate a culture of innovation.

Member $135/Non-Member $160

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Jessica Cristo, Deborah Harrington, Crystal Kiekel, 3CSN; and Dr. Robert Gabriner, Co-director, Leading from the Middle, The RP Group

Equity as an Organizational Framework: A Student-Centered Approach For Success 

The California Community Colleges’ Success Network (3CSN) Equity Project Community of Practice (CoP) identifies and promotes effective equity-minded practices that produce equitable outcomes for students in the classroom, in the delivery of services, and within the institution. This workshop will share our Equity Project CoP’s efforts to identify practices and effective partnerships that foster campus-wide integration of equity-minded principles and practices designed to improve student success strategies and promote institutional transformation.

After a brief introduction to Equity and Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning (CRTL), this interactive session will (1) examine institutional policies and practices through an equity lens; (2) guide practitioners in creating a student-centered Equity Framework with strategies and tools for embedding equity-mindedness and CRTL into course design, instruction, programs, and services; and (3) discuss professional learning opportunities that will inform Student Equity Plans and integration of equity into other college-wide initiatives.

Join us to share ideas, contribute to promising practices, and build community with equity-minded practitioners.

Member $135/Non-Member $160

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Diana Bonilla, Paula Brown, and Arnita Porter, 3CSN

Showcase of Growth Mindset and Habits of Mind Practices and Programs

The California Community Colleges’ Success Network (3CSN) Habits of Mind Community of Practice highlights the psychosocial aspects of successful college completion, focusing on relevant beliefs, attitudes, and dispositions.

Hundreds of curious educators throughout California have attended workshops and trainings to learn more about adopting Growth Mindset and Habits of Mind practices in their programs, classrooms, and services. 3CSN is offering this session to honor the important and impressive work undertaken throughout the state.

After a brief introduction to Growth Mindset and Habits of Mind, the session will move to showcasing a variety of practices and programs designed to cultivate the beliefs, attitudes, and dispositions for academic success. Join us to gather new ideas, ask questions, contribute to a growing knowledge base, and network with like-minded educators.

Member $135/Non-Member $160

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Miguel Powers, Fullerton College; Scott Sandler, Paula Gunder, Kim Manner, 3CSN; Mary-Jo Apigo, West LA College

IEPI Workshop: The Art and Heart of Data Disaggregation: Exploring Students’ Complex Identities

Disaggregating data is a powerful step towards equitable outcomes, revealing differential effects among student populations. However, students have complex lives; their identities do not fit neatly into one box or another. Students would not describe themselves solely by one demographic characteristic; ethnicity, gender, age, and program of study are all part of who they are.

Deeper exploration of student data through multivariate analysis can provide a way to understand patterns of need and program effect among sub-populations, such as men of color, older returning veterans, or Latina women in STEM pathways. This workshop will cover data sources, data tools, methods of analysis, and story development.

If you come to this workshop with your campus data you can learn to create data-driven stories that reflect the complexity of our student populations and that address the need to monitor students' progress along their academic pathways. Cross-functional teams including practitioners and researchers are encouraged.


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Craig Hayward, PhD, Bakersfield College/the RP Group; Katherine MacKinnon and Emelia Michels-Ratliff, Butte College; Sarah Klotz, Center for Urban Education at University Southern California