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Schedule

Please see the tentative Agenda below for each day's activities. Click here for a list of helpful FAQs.
Please note: All times are Eastern Time (ET). 


 

Thursday, May 6, 2021

 

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. ET















 

Opening Plenary Session: We Gon’ Be Alright, But That Ain’t Alright: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom
Dr. Love's talk will discuss the struggles and the possibilities of committing ourselves to an abolitionist goal of educational freedom, as opposed to reform, and moving beyond what she calls the educational survival complex.

Abolitionist Teaching is built on the creativity, imagination, boldness, ingenuity, and rebellious spirit and methods of abolitionists to demand and fight for an educational system where all students are thriving, not simply surviving.

Speakers:

  • Karen A. Stout, President & CEO, Achieving the Dream
  • Francesca Carpenter; Director, Equity Initiatives, Achieving the Dream
  • Jonathan Iuzzini; Director of Teaching & Learning, Achieving the Dream
  • Bettina L. Love, Athletic Association Endowed Professor, University of Georgia; award-winning author of We Want to Do More than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom
This session will not be recorded.

1:15 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. ET

Break

1:25 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. ET

CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

 

Student Insights on Abolitionist Teaching
Every Learner Everywhere (ELE) student fellows discuss critical issues and personal reflections about Bettina Love’s abolitionist teaching and pursuit of educational freedom. Salient themes they’ve chosen to highlight include: the teacher education gap, spirit murdering, and cultural DNA. With the extensive interest each panelist has for education and equity, they help us comprehend the importance of Love's teachings for improving the education system while encouraging participants to reflect upon their own educational practices and take intentional, intensive action for greater equity at their colleges.

Speakers:

  • Vickiana Supriana, ELE student fellow, Valencia College
  • Eeman Uddin, ELE student fellow, Georgia State University
  • Barbara Gooch, ELE student fellow, Volunteer State Community College
  • Sarah Kinnison; Program Development Consultant, Achieving the Dream
  • Ruanda Garth-McCullough; Director, Program Development, Achieving the Dream
  • Susan Adams, Associate Director, Teaching & Learning, Achieving the Dream


Building Equity via Classroom Change: Pedagogies, Practices, and Your Campus
To build equity and excellence, we must transform the learning environment. Two decades of research have created a clear roadmap for change. Evidence-based pedagogies – including active learning, culturally responsive pedagogy, and High-Impact Practices – can help faculty and institutions make a measurable difference for students. This hands-on session shares data and resources, offers case studies, and engages participants in developing plans for change on their own campuses.

Speakers:

  • Bret Eynon, Teaching & Learning Coach, Achieving the Dream
  • Jonathan Iuzzini, Director of Teaching & Learning, Achieving the Dream
  • Melanie Ribaric, High Impact Practices Specialist, Chattanooga State Community College
  • Clomeisha Tumlin, Business Faculty, Chattanooga State Community College
  • Jessa Valentine, Managing Director, DVP-Praxis

 

Walking the Talk: Defining and Operationalizing Equity Collegewide
Cross-functional college teams will discuss the process they engaged in to develop a shared equity definition, statement, and pillars that guide their mission-driven work. Participants will hear from faculty and academic affairs leaders about the process, challenges, and lessons learned from their experiences of defining and operationalizing equity collegewide.

Speakers:

  • Francesca Carpenter, Director, Equity Initiatives, Achieving the Dream
  • Paula Talley, Teaching & Learning Coach, Achieving the Dream
  • Rudy Jean-Bart, Interim Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Broward College

Connecticut State Community College Defining Equity Working Group:

  • Tanya Millner, President/CEO, Manchester Community College
  • Kimberly James, Interim Executive Director, Office of Equity and Inclusion and Director of Student Access, Success, and Engagement, Tunxis Community College
  • Josiah Ricardo, Sociology Faculty and Social Service Program Coordinator, Capital Community College
  • Amanda MacTaggart, Associate Director, Student Success Center, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities
  • Lesley Mara, Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives, Sponsored Research and Outreach, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities
  • Licella Arboleda, Regional Advising Director, Capital East Region, Connecticut State Community College System


Flexible, Equitable, and Free: ATD’s OER Resources
The groundbreaking OER Degree Initiative, which ATD led from 2016-2020, generated a wealth of open and free resources available for faculty to use, not only to reduce the cost of textbooks for their students but also create more equitable classrooms by incorporating culturally relevant teaching practices into their instruction.

During this session, ATD staff and partners will give participants a preview of these resources and share how they can be used together to build a foundation of free, open, and equitable teaching and learning. These resources include research briefs based on the academic and economic outcomes of the OER Degree Initiative, the ATD OER Course Library which hosts nearly 200 OER courses created by grantee colleges for the OER Degree Initiative, and the Faculty Guide for Adapting Open Educational Resources for Culturally Responsive Teaching, a new ATD resource that will guide college faculty and instructional designers in remixing and revising culturally relevant teaching practices into OER courses.

Speakers:

  • Richard Sebastian, Director, Open & Digital Learning, Achieving the Dream
  • Rebecca Griffiths, Principal Education Researcher, Center for Education Research & Innovation, SRI Education


Advancing Equity & Justice in Teaching & Learning: Gaining Momentum Through First-Generation Equity & Inclusion Practitioner Program Design
Participants are invited to join an in-depth discussion of the momentum building work of an innovative Equity & Inclusion Practitioner Program designed to advance equity in teaching and learning. On an almost 5-year Achieving the Dream (ATD) journey towards developing an equity-minded, community college culture in pursuit of social, racial, and economic Justice, Southwest Tennessee Community College is actively in pursuit of teaching and learning excellence. Participants will learn how this team intentionally leveraged Inclusive Design for Equity in Academic Success (IDEAS) to support development of the first-generation of Equity & Inclusion practitioners through a cross-collaborative Community of Practice involving Academic Affairs and Student Affairs professionals, through data-informed decision making, culturally responsive practices, and authentic relationships of accountability. Participants will also learn how selection, training, and continuous improvement for Equity & Inclusion Practitioners evolves and promotes equity in gateway courses with an infusion of high-impact practices, thus advancing equity and justice in teaching and learning.

Speakers:

  • Jacqueline S. Taylor, Teaching & Learning Coach, Achieving the Dream; and former Associate Vice President of Retention & Student Success & IDEAS Project Director, Southwest Tennessee Community College
  • Alma Rutledge, IDEAS Project Activities Director, Retention & Student Success, Equity & Inclusion Team Member, Southwest Tennessee Community College
  • Matthew Lexow, Assistant Dean of High Impact Practices & Innovation (HIPI), IDEAS Equity & Inclusion Practitioner, Southwest Tennessee Community College

2:40 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. ET

Break

2:50 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. ET

INNOVATIVE COLLABORATION PRESENTATIONS

The Road to Student Success and Equity is Paved with Instructional Excellence
Broward College recognizes the proven path to student success and equity requires great teaching. In fact, the college’s strategic goal for student success outlines key objectives aligned with enhancing and sustaining teaching excellence, and ensuring vibrant, welcoming, and functional campuses. In 2017, Broward began working with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) to comprehensively prepare faculty to teach with evidence-based practices. Research released in 2020 found that Broward students were more likely to complete and pass their courses, with Black and Pell-eligible students achieving outcomes comparable with their peers, when taught by faculty who had completed an ACUE course and earned their Certificate in Effective College Instruction. The leaders from Broward will walk through the equity outcomes research, share the steps they took to engage faculty in the impactful work, and provide a look into their future path toward student success and equity.

Speakers:

  • Michelle Levine, District Director, Faculty Development, Broward College
  • Julia Philyaw, Associate Vice President, Center for Teaching Excellence & Learning, Broward College
  • Lisa Burgess, Professor of Biological Sciences, Broward College
 

Be a Catalyst for Change: Minority Male Success Initiative
Learn more about the importance of the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) Minority Male Success Initiative (MMSI) and gain key insights into the research and how initial findings can be leveraged at college campuses across the nation to be a catalyst for change.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Deborah Grimes, Senior Vice President, Instruction and Student Services/SACSCOC College Liaison
  • Heather Taynor, VP, Student Success, Aviso Retention
  • Bryan Bell, Chief Data Scientist, Aviso Retention
  • Dr. John "JJ" Evans, Associate Director, Student Life, North Carolina Community College System
  • Jamal McMillion, Minority Male Success Coach, Lenoir Community College

3:20 p.m. – 4:35 p.m. ET

CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
















































































 

Equity-Minded Leadership
Building a culture of equity and inclusion requires that equity-minded leaders at all levels of the institution take ownership for advancing the work. When all stakeholders share a collective responsibility to move the institution’s equity agenda forward, both students and employees benefit. Leaders who share an equity-minded vision actively support racially and ethnically minoritized students on their path to success and empower employees to remove barriers in policies, practices and systems that promote inequity on their campuses.

Speakers:

  • Francesca Carpenter, Director, Equity Initiatives, Achieving the Dream
  • Shawnda Floyd, Provost, Dallas College
  • Monica Parrish Trent; Vice President, Network Engagement, Achieving the Dream


Cultivating Faculty Engagement in Holistic Student Supports
Effective equity-focused colleges are defined by partnerships. In recent years, ATD network colleges have developed an array of holistic student support innovations. Partnerships with faculty, linking Student and Academic Affairs, can maximize the benefit for students, particularly students with the greatest need. This session spotlights characteristics of the most powerful student support structures and engages you in considering ways to strengthen the support work taking place at your institution.

Speakers:

  • Bret Eynon, Teaching & Learning Coach, Achieving the Dream
  • Laurie Fladd, Director, Holistic Student Supports, Achieving the Dream

 

Reimagining Your Syllabi with Equity at the Center
This workshop will feature faculty who have reconfigured their course syllabus to support and validate students from marginalized groups. Participants will explore ways that they adapted their syllabi to use language and tone that makes students feel valued, demystifies academia, and validates students’ ability to be successful.

Speakers:

  • Ruanda Garth-McCullough, Director, Program Development, Achieving the Dream
  • Teresa deSousa Cull, Mathematics Faculty, Gateway Community College
  • Kendra Guffey, Mathematics Faculty, Davidson-Davie Community College
  • Elizabeth Norell, Political Science Faculty, Chattanooga State Community College


Informing Teaching Practices Through the Examination of Course Level Student Data
Faculty from ATD Leader Colleges will share their stories of collecting data on student perspectives and course outcomes for continuous improvement. Their experiences demonstrate the value of examining disaggregated student outcome data to understand the impact of changes in course design and implementation practices on the student experience. We will share impact data analyzed by Digital Promise, faculty insights, and student perspectives on the positive effects of implementing an active and adaptive approach to teaching and learning.

Speakers:

  • Julie Neisler, Quantitative Researcher in Learning Sciences, Digital Promise
  • Michele Hampton, Professor, Cuyahoga Community College
  • Blerta Ereditario, Math Faculty, Lorain County Community College
  • Jessica Rowlands Williams, Director, Every Learner Everywhere
  • Susan Adams, Associate Director, Teaching & Learning, Achieving the Dream


Using Open Educational Resources (OER) to Create Culturally Relevant Learning Experiences
Classroom instruction typically excludes the lived experiences and cultures of students outside of the white middle-class norm. To provide equitable educational experiences for African American, Latinx, Native American, Asian American, first generation, and other systemically marginalized learners, faculty need to intentionally design and teach courses that acknowledge and embrace student diversity by employing culturally relevant teaching practices. Culturally relevant teaching practices position the learner's cultural identity at the core of the learning process and use the learner's cultural knowledge, experiences, and frames of reference to help them succeed in the course.

Faculty who adopt OER into their courses are free to incorporate these practices into their course content because, unlike traditional course materials, OER can be modified and mixed in a multitude of ways to better reflect students’ experiences and cultural identities while supporting culturally relevant pedagogy and overall course objectives.

Speakers:

  • Sarah Kinnison, Program Development Consultant, Achieving the Dream
  • Richard Sebastian, Director, Open & Digital Learning, Achieving the Dream
  • Dr. Mary Robinson,Faculty, English and Reading Department
    Montgomery College
  • Dr. Amy Carattini, Faculty, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, Montgomery College

4:35 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. ET

Individual/Team Planning Time
Please set up a virtual meeting space (e.g., Zoom, Teams) on your college platform and circulate that link to others from your college in advance.  The conference "Attendees" tab allows you to filter by “Organization” to see participants from your college.

ATD will provide a planning template you can use during those team times to capture what people have learned in the sessions they attended and to begin to formulate a plan.  If you are attending the Institute as an individual, you will also find this planning template of use and we encourage you to take time at the end of each day to reflect on what you have learned and begin planning forward.

   
   

Friday, May 7, 2021

 

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. ET

SPOTLIGHT SESSIONS






























 

Decentering Whiteness
Racial identity matters when unpacking the implications of teaching and serving racially minoritized students in predominately white spaces. Participants will interrogate the consequences of dominant ideologies and the social construction of race as it relates to becoming an equity-minded and race-conscious practitioner.

Speakers:

  • James Gray, Faculty, Mathematics, Community College of Aurora
  • Ray Keith, Associate Dean of Instructional Intervention & Support, Community College of Aurora


The Critical Role of Professional Learning in Advancing Equity
Building equity requires the vision and commitment of our campus leaders. But faculty and staff engagement is the critical ingredient in moving from vision to commitment and meaningful, lasting change. High-impact professional development – what is now increasingly termed professional learning – supports faculty and staff in rethinking their practice and effectively advancing change at scale. This panel spotlights research, campus perspectives and new opportunities to engage your college with ATD’s collaborative change initiatives.

Speakers:

  • Gail Fernandez, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Westchester Community College
  • Jonathan Iuzzini, Director of Teaching & Learning, Achieving the Dream
  • José Moreno, Associate Professor of Latino Education & Policy Studies, California State University, Long Beach
  • Jacqueline S. Taylor, Teaching & Learning Coach, Achieving the Dream

1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET

Break

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. ET

CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS





































































 

Culturally Responsive Curriculum Analysis: A Scorecard
An investment in building culturally responsive teaching environments requires structural changes to the curriculum. This session will introduce the adapted Culturally Responsive Curriculum Scorecard as a tool for faculty to take a deep look into the content of the curriculum to critically analyze whose knowledge the texts' privilege, and how different groups are being represented if they are being represented at all.

The scorecard examines several dimensions of the curriculum, including 1) Representation, 2) Social Justice and 3) Instructor’s Materials.

Speakers:

  • Susan Adams, Associate Director of Teaching & Learning, Achieving the Dream
  • Amber Barnett, Associate Director of Holistic Student Supports, Achieving the Dream


Building Blocks for Change: Applying Principles of Good Practice to the Design of Equity-Focused Professional Learning on Your Campus
What does equity-focused High-Impact Professional Learning look like? How can I use professional development on my campus to engage educators and advance equity and excellence? This session outlines good practice principles and describes how colleges are using this framework to support all faculty and staff and make meaningful change at scale. Engaging participants in campus-focused self-assessment and planning, it offers actionable strategies and a path forward for broad change across the ATD network.

Speakers:

  • Julie Alexander, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Miami Dade College
  • Bret Eynon, Teaching & Learning Coach, Achieving the Dream
  • Jonathan Iuzzini, Director of Teaching & Learning, Achieving the Dream
  • Sada Hye-Jaman, Business & Technology Faculty, LaGuardia Community College
  • Margaret Shippey, Director, Faculty Development & Classroom Engagement, Miami Dade College
  • Jacqueline S. Taylor, Teaching & Learning Coach, Achieving the Dream

 

Culturally Affirming and Sustaining Teaching & Learning Practices
In this session, educators present effective culturally sustaining pedagogical strategies from four different types of institutions including Tribal Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions. Presenters will discuss their approaches to culturally sustaining pedagogy that seeks to strengthen and elevate the linguistic and cultural practices from their students’ cultures within the curriculum.

Speakers:

  • Francesca Carpenter, Director of Equity Initiatives, Achieving the Dream
  • Ruanda Garth-McCullough, Director, Program Development, Achieving the Dream
  • Benjamin Guerrero, Faculty and Director, Kaiao Student Success Center, University of Hawaii Maui College
  • Paul Kailiponi, Native Hawaiian Assessment Specialist, University of Hawaii Maui College
  • Lydia CdeBaca-Cruz, Adjunct Faculty and College Associate, Ascender Program, Austin Community College

 

Engaging Faculty to Deconstruct the Semester Format to Dismantle Barriers to Access and Success
Deconstructing the semester structure involves changing the way classes are offered to students to give them increased flexibility and more continuous on-ramps to help support and accelerate students towards a credential of value. Seven or eight-week terms provide students with opportunities to enroll in fewer classes at a time, complete more credits over the course of a year and to recover credits faster in times of crisis. Faculty engagement is a critical component to making shortened academic terms a reality. This session will highlight a new tool for colleges to use in engaging faculty in planning and implementing shortened terms. Participants will also hear from colleges on their strategies in engaging faculty in this transformative change.

Speaker:

  • Laurie Fladd, Director of Holistic Student Supports, Achieving the Dream

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. ET




 

 







 

Closing Plenary Session: Employing Culturally Affirming and Equity-Minded Teaching and Learning Practices to Advance Institutional Equity
Community College faculty play an essential role in institutional efforts to close equity gaps and achieve student success, yet many campuses struggle to engage a broad constituency of faculty in these efforts, leaving many to wonder, “What is my role and responsibility in advancing equity efforts in my classes and beyond?” Thus, in this address, Dr. Wood will: (a) discuss the role all faculty must embrace to advance and achieve institutional equity and (b) propose culturally affirming teaching and learning strategies that must be employed by all classroom faculty to address inequity and disproportionate impact. The insights of this presentation will be derived from experiences working with community colleges across the United States in a range of equity-related efforts and initiatives.

Speaker:

  • Dr. J. Luke Wood, Vice President of Student Affairs & Campus Diversity, Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Education, Co-Director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab, at San Diego State University

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET

Individual/Team Planning Time
Please set up a virtual meeting space (e.g., Zoom, Teams) on your college platform and circulate that link to others from your college in advance.  The conference "Attendees" tab allows you to filter by “Organization” to see participants from your college.

ATD will provide a planning template you can use during those team times to capture what people have learned in the sessions they attended and to begin to formulate a plan.  If you are attending the Institute as an individual, you will also find this planning template of use and we encourage you to take time at the end of each day to reflect on what you have learned and begin planning forward.