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9th Annual
Partners in Learning Conference

Hosted by the Biological, Health and Environmental Sciences and Creative Arts Divisions

Crafting Resilience
In Our Students and Community
The Art and Science of Teaching and Learning

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Artwork by Erin Breann 2013, Arts 4B - Intermediate Drawing Class, De Anza

College Art Department

Friday, March 7, 2014
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: Tuesday, March 4!
Lunch will be provided for those who pre-register.

Please register through Survey Monkey at:

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 3rd).

Conference Program

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Opening: 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.; Hinson Campus Center

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

 8:30 a.m.  Conference Opening, Welcome and Agenda

 8:45 a.m.  Keynote speaker: JuanCarlos Arauz

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Dr. JuanCarlos Arauz is one of the most sought-after educational
experts as he inspires and captivates his audiences. He has
mastered the art of addressing the intricate topics of

21st-century education, immigration, and Black/Brown male youth
development. He translates these issues so that they are
relevant to participants by providing a glimpse of his own lived
experience as an immigrant of color and learned experience
through earning a doctorate in International & Multicultural Education. His creative and unique approach provides audiences with some insights into challenges some of our students may be encountering and he provides innovative tools for students and classroom teachers.
He has been featured in a documentary that focuses on contemporary civil rights activists and has traveled around the country as an inspirational "Spoken Word" storyteller. His fresh and compelling vision brings collaboration between the private and public sectors, providing solutions to humanize the educational process for every student and educator. He believes we cannot have educational excellence without equity. (

Session One: 10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Cultural Resiliency & the REAL Test
JuanCarlos Arauz

A deepening of the conversation started during the Keynote Address. Strengths our students have acquired through diverse life experiences, often from difficult environments can be utilized on college campuses and in the classroom. Administration Conference Room 109

Cultivating Resilience with Art and Mindfulness
Diana Argabrite; Juliana Kang-Robinson

We'll explore the restorative powers of hands-on art and mindfulness exercises and create original artists' books. This is in connection with the Deep Reading exhibition at the Euphrat Museum of Art. Euphrat Museum of Art

Promoting Student Resilience: Evidence-based Practices for Any Course
Mark Healy

Participants will learn about the most current, highest-quality research on resilience, and how to apply it in a variety of ways in just about any classroom environment. The interactive portion will focus on tangible methods of altering one's pedagogy in order to encourage resilience in student life.  MCC-12

Teaching and Learning in Unworkable Spaces
Jennifer Myhre; Lori Clinchard

This workshop will offer practical strategies for coping with unworkable spaces, such as lecture halls. How do you create a sense of belonging and community in spaces that limit student-centered pedagogies?  L-26

Relational Resilience: Honest Dialogue and Reconnecting After a Rupture in Relationship Occurs
Edmundo Norte

This interactive session looks at how developing our capacity for “Relational Resilience” in ourselves and with each other can help us build a DAC culture that is more authentic, compassionate and effective, creating a more sustainable, healthy experience for all.  Multi-Cultural Center Conference Room

"I'm Not a Science Person." Addressing Subtle Biases Against Becoming a
Science-Literate Student and Citizen

Jeff Schinske

Students' description of science as a "hard subject" is often shorthand for more subtle feelings that people like them do not succeed in science. However, science itself depends on a society where individuals of all backgrounds become scientifically informed and active. This workshop will invite participants to share strategies for crafting lessons that increase engagement with science by emphasizing the roles of diverse individuals in the sciences.  Room L-45

Resilience: Real Life Experiential Learning for Retention, Relationship-Building, and a Repository of Skills
Kristin Sullivan; Bill Roeder

How do you extend student success in and outside of the classroom? Our students learn extraordinarily well from their peers, the classroom/field setting and through our special partners in the community; these combine with our educational curriculum to provide real-life learning experiences and opportunities for personal student growth, careers and community engagement.  Room L-46

Lunch: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Hinson Campus Center

We invite conference attendees to come together to share ideas during lunch. Please join us in Conference Rooms A & B in the Campus Center. Lunch will be served to those who have pre-registered.
Session Two: 1:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Promote Deep Learning with Engaging Techniques
Diana Alves de Lima; Veronica Acevedo Avila; Jackie Reza; Stacey Cook

Valuing students leads to higher retention. Learn exercises that promote community, self-awareness, enthusiasm and motivation. Join De Anza colleagues, participants in the summer 2013 Faculty Experiential Learning Institute (FELI), who will share how they used these interactive activities. Room MCC-12

Pathways for Student Success: the Example of Statway
Mo Geraghty; Doli Bambhania

One of the greatest challenges we face at community colleges is increasing the success for students taking required basic skills and GE courses. We will discuss Statway, an innovative program developed by the Carnegie Foundation recently piloted at De Anza, which combines the basic skills material (Algebra) with the college level transfer material (Statistics), bringing in important pedagogical features such as relevant context, productive struggle and persistence, and acceleration. Room L-43

Bystander Intervention
Natasha Joplin

Patterned after the YWCA of Silicon Valley Rape Crisis Center model. the Bystander Intervention workshop includes safe bystander principals and provides techniques to de-escalate potentially violent situations on campus, assisting in campus safety. California History Center 

Finding Strength in Every Student
Victoria Kahler

How can we help students discover and understand their own learning strengths? How can we engage students to identify their learning processes? How can we become more observant of the clues into the ways each student learns? Room L-46

Trailblazers and Their Guides: A Conversation Between First-Generation College Students and Their Faculty and Staff Advocates
Jackson Yan; Angel Roque

The presentation will give voice to students who are the first in their family to pursue higher education. Faculty members will learn how to better assist this unique population.  Room MCC-13

Closing: 3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Hinson Campus Center

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

Planning Committee

Cynthia Kaufman, Conference Coordinator
Karen Chow
Alicia Cortez
Mayra Cruz
Mary Kay Englen
Veena Jain
Simon Kang'a kang'
Shagun Kaur
Virginia Marquez
Anita Muthyala-Kandula
Jackie Reza
Donna Stasio
Susan Tavernetti

The Institute of Community & Civic Engagement, Academic Senate, Office of Instruction, and the Office of Staff & Organizational Development

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