Friday, October 23: Breakout Session 2: 11:15 am – 12:30 pm
Harnessing Neuroscience and Memory Research as a Foundation for Creating a Culturally Responsive Classroom
Academic disciplines at California community colleges are structured according to Eurocentric ways of organizing and legitimizing specific types of knowledge and ways of knowing. This workshop will examine Culturally Responsive Pedagogy as an act of resistance to education's colonial foundations and provide a neuroscientific understanding of how Eurocentric ways of knowing are reinforced. Key to the success of this approach is the collaboration between faculty and students to co-produce knowledge to ensure courses are culturally responsive and emphasize cultural wealth, are relevant to students' experiences and goals, are academically rigorous, and cultivate belonging and community among students and faculty. Participants will leave the workshop with tools to harness neuroscience to facilitate the learning of students from diverse cultural experiences.
Presenters: Elizabeth Imhof and Joshua Ramirez, Santa Barbara City College
A Qualitative Evaluation of AB 705
The RP Group, in partnership with the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, interviewed 14 colleges throughout the state identified as either scheduling an average of 80% or more of their English and math courses at transfer level or scheduling an average of 65% or less of their English and math courses at transfer level in fall 2019. The purpose of these interviews was to better understand the factors that influence varying levels of and approaches to implementation. A stratified random sample of all California community colleges within each of the seven Vision for Success regions was used to select the colleges resulting in over 70 interviews with faculty, staff, administrators and Institutional Research and Planning professionals.
Presenters: Mallory Newell, De Anza College; Terra Morris, and Michelle White, The RP Group
We Need to Make Changes in Our Classrooms Now: Cuyamaca College's Equity-Minded Teaching and Learning Institute
Closing equity gaps requires investing in all faculty so they can make changes to their instruction. Cuyamaca's Equity-Minded Teaching and Learning Institute inspires faculty to make such changes through honest reflection on their equity data, instructional practices, and curriculum. By providing practical, social justice-based teaching and learning approaches, this institute cultivates communities of practice among faculty who are committed to improving instruction through critical self-reflection. Through this institute, faculty use their equity data to reimagine their teaching practices and create a supportive and caring classroom climate that is culturally responsive and builds on students' cultural wealth. During this session, participants will learn how Cuyamaca developed, piloted, and scaled this institute across disciplines through partnerships with Title V and Extended Opportunities Programs and Services (EOPS).
Presenters: Katie Cabral, John Escobedo, Moriah Gonzalez-Meeks, and Jesus Miranda, Cuyamaca College
College-Focused Rehousing and Beyond: How Cerritos College has Created Housing and a Basic Needs Office for Homeless Students
Cerritos College has partnered with a nonprofit housing provider for homeless youth, Jovenes Inc., to implement innovative solutions addressing student homelessness. This presentation will describe the various strategies that Cerritos and Jovenes have deployed in order to identify students and connect them to housing support. Cerritos College will share how the school has invested in real estate within close proximity to the school to provide dedicated housing and holistic support to homeless students. This innovative approach allows Cerritos College to create housing solutions for students while partnering with a community nonprofit organization with housing expertise to manage the day-to-day operations and services. Further, Cerritos College will share how its new Basic Needs Office, "Falcon's Nest," is better serving these students.
Presenters: Amber Hroch and Dilcie Perez, Cerritos College; Eric Hubbard and Jamal Wilson, Jovenes
***** This session will also be presented on October 9 at 9:50 AM *****
Using Affective, Non-Cognitive Strategies to Ensure Learning
Student Support (Re)defined offers six success factors that students say they need to succeed in college, and if we want our students to experience these factors, then affective, non-cognitive practices and strategies are the most effective way to incorporate them into our classes, whether online or face-to-face. In this session, we will examine some of the research that supports the use of affective learning activities and the evidence of their effectiveness with all students, and especially with our underserved students. We will highlight some of the affective practices and strategies that help students feel more directed, focused, connected, engaged, nurtured, and valued and provide opportunities for participants to experience them firsthand as we model how they work in practice. Participants will be able to adopt or adapt these practices and strategies for their own classes.
Presenters: Diego Navarro, Cabrillo College (Retired)/WGU Labs; Pam Guenther, Santa Barbara City College; and Kathy Molloy, Santa Barbara City College (Retired)/The RP Group
How Visible or Invisible are Leaders of Color at your College?
Educators of color in higher education face different challenges than their white colleagues when they move into leadership positions. However, their presence on campuses also brings different approaches to supporting the success of students of color. As colleges are having the hard conversations about equity at all levels of the institution, how can the voices of these leaders be amplified, their experiences understood, and their strengths recognized? Join us in a conversation with leaders of color as they talk about their pathways to leadership, the obstacles they have encountered, the strategies they have employed, and the successes they have achieved. In small groups, participants will discuss specific actions they can take to further equitable outcomes for students and the campus community.
Presenters: Diva Ward, Cañada College; Michael Takeda and Tabitha Villalba, Fresno City College; Reagen Dozier, Porterville College; Vandana Gavaskar, Santa Barbara City College; and Ireri Valenzuela, The RP Group