8th Annual Partners in Learning Conference

Building Success Through Care Hands

Friday, March 8, 2013
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Conference Rooms A & B

Presenters and attendees will receive PGA/PAA credit (full-time faculty and classified professionals) and stipends (part-time faculty)

Registration Deadline: Monday, March 4!
Those who pre-register will receive a $5 voucher to help pay for lunch at the cafeteria.
Please register through Survey Monkey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NWP52PC


About the Questionshops

Faculty, classified professionals, and administrators will have the opportunity to share ideas during highly interactive sessions. In each session, “presenters” will pose a question in 15 minutes or less, and then trained student facilitators will engage participants in a discussion to more deeply explore the question.

Individual Proposal for Faculty Flex Day

The FA Contract allows faculty to use Flex days to do an activity other than our regular work. You can use a flex day for the Partners In Learning Conference. Click here to download the form. The form must be turned in to your dean or supervisor 5 days prior to the conference (by March 1st).

Conference Program

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Opening: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.; Hinson Campus Center

 8:00 a.m.  Registration and Coffee in Conference Rooms A and B

 8:45 a.m.  Conference Opening, Welcome and Agenda

 9:00 a.m.  Keynote speaker: Diego Navarro, founder of the Academy for College Excellence

Keynote Speaker Diego Navarro

Diego's commitment to social change grew, in part, from his work as a community organizer for the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker humanitarian aid organization, while still in college. He went on to accrue over twenty years of experience in research and management positions in the computer industry with Hewlett Packard Labs, Apple Computer, and NCR Corporation, and two successful high-tech start-up companies.

Diego began his higher education at his local community college in Southern California, Pasadena City College. While earning his A.A. degree, he supported himself as a Computer Support Specialist at Bank of America. He holds a B.S. in Information Systems from Antioch University, and an MBA from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business.

Diego began teaching at Cabrillo College when he founded ACE [Academy for College Excellence] in 2002.

Session One: 9:40 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Question: How do we build mutual respect between students and between student and teacher so as to create a caring environment supportive of learning?
Presenter: Catie Cadge-Moore and Marc Coronado
Location: Multicultural Center 12 [MCC-12]

Question: How can we connect, show respect, and inspire our Asian Pacific Islander students through civic community engagement work?
Presenters: Tom Izu and Tom Nguyen
Location: California History Center

Question: Each of us approaches our work differently. How can we help ourselves--as classified staff, faculty, and administrators--build a sense of community that helps us serve our students more effectively?
Presenters: Anita Kandula and Gregory Anderson
Location: Fireside Room, Campus Center

Question: Where on campus have you experienced a caring environment or attitude? Why do you think these places were considered caring? What are we doing?
Presenter: Lita Kurth and Cecilia Deck
Location: Room L-43

Question: In the era of social media, how can instructors effectively communicate and engage students without becoming another “app” that students can turn on and off at will?
Presenters:  Sarah Lisha and Amy Leonard
Location: Room L-48

Workshop: Interactive Workshop with Keynote Speaker Diego Navarro [limited to 20 participants]
Location: Media and Learning Center 113 [MLC-113]

Question: How do we call out institutional oppression while still maintaining a caring, inclusive community? 
Presenters: Veronica Neal and Julie Lewis
Location: Multicultural Center 13 [MCC-13]

Question: Care Comes Cheap: How do I know if I'm really doing what I claim to care about? Presenter: Toño Ramirez
Location: Media and Learning Center 260 [MLC-260]

Question: How can we infuse our courses with explicit instruction regarding issues of diversity while still connecting such lessons to the basic course content?
Presenter: Jeff Schinske
Location: Media and Learning Center 110 [MLC-110]

Session Two: 11:10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Question: How can visual art be used as a platform for community dialogue and a tool for healing? 
Presenters: Diana Argabrite and Juliana Kang-Robinson
Location: Euphrat Gallery, Visual and Performing Arts Center

Question: Does all work and no play make De Anza College a dull place?
Presenter: Jason Bram
Location:  Media and Learning Center 110 [MLC-110]

Question: How can Mindfulness Meditation help our students reduce stress, increase concentration, and develop their capacities for effective communication and self-reflection?
Presenter: Lori Clinchard
Location: Media and Learning Center 260 [MLC-260]

Question: Research shows that one of the top reasons students drop out of school is because of a lack of connection. How can we build a classroom, "Where everyone knows your name"?
Presenter: Russell Hong
Location: Room L-43

Question: How do we extend the community of caring beyond the classroom with student driven, sustainable, and engaging technology?
Presenter: Shagun Kaur
Location: Room L-48

Question: How can our commitment to equity more deeply inform our support of scholar-athletes at De Anza? 
Presenters: Veronica Neal and Rachel Pacheco
Location: Multicultural Center 13 [MCC-13]

Question: How can we provide compassionate, informed support to undocumented students in order to increase access to resources and opportunities that will lead to academic success?
Presenter:  Paula Silva
Location: California History Center

Lunch: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Hinson Campus Center

The committee encourages the conference participants to come together during the lunch break to share with their colleagues. Please join us in Conference Rooms A & B in the Campus Center. Due to the budget crisis, we are not able to pay fully for food for this conference. Those who preregister by March 4 will receive a $5 voucher to help pay for lunch at the cafeteria. Coffee will be served in the morning.

Session Three: 1:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Question: How do we ensure that all De Anza students receive a basic education about the importance of environmental sustainability, able life choices, and how to be effective citizens in creating an environmentally sound future?
Presenter: Nicky Gonzalez Yuen, Angus Teter, Kristin Jensen Sullivan
Location: Multicultural Center 12 [MCC-12]

Question: Stretching your mind too often? Go home with a set of easy to do movements that will decrease or eliminate neck pain, back pain, carpal tunnel symptoms. (Come dressed in relaxed fit clothing that you would be willing to lay on the floor in.)
Presenter: Coleen Lee-Wheat
Location: PE 15

Question: How can we continue to visually reflect our commitment to equity across the campus in terms of how we use space?
Presenter: Veronica Neal and Madina Jahed
Location: Multicultural Center 13 [MCC-13]

Question: How can we help ESL students lower their "affective filters" and become effective communicators in the classroom, on campus, and in our communities?
Presenter:  Kanako Valencia-Suda, Tai Tran, Chris Zhang, and Howard Mok
Location: Room L-48

Question: Errors and Expectations: How can we balance process, product and support in one-on-one sessions with students?
Presenter: Diana Alves de Lima and Victoria Kahler
Location: California History Center

Closing: 3:10 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Hinson Campus Center

Harvesting, Reflecting and Raffle in Conference Rooms A & B in the Campus Center.

Planning Committee

The Institute of Community & Civic Engagement, Academic Senate, Academic Services Division, Staff & Organizational Development, and Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education.

A sense of community … signifies the presence of an agenda of common caring and grace. This agenda of common caring embraces a love for soul, for standard, and for system. There is a caring for the individuals in the community, for those whose welfare is held in trust. There is a caring for a standard of excellence and integrity. And there is a caring for the policy and physical systems in which men and women relate in both work and play. Central to the essence of community is the other face of love, which is forgiveness.

E. Grady Bogue

The simple truth about community is that it gathers around such personal virtues shared and multiplied. That truth becomes more pointed when we turn it around: community cannot, and will not, gather around smallness of mind, tightness of heart, banality of spirit, frenzy masquerading as efficiency, myopic views of reality, faddish techno-babble, obsession with the bottom line, or the fear that is masked by arrogance in too many intellectuals' lives.

Parker J. Palmer
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