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Accessibility: Good for Everyone

Jonathan Blundell

David Wood

Information on accessibility for online courses and web content to help us meet compliance with ADA. Learn about accessibility guidelines. Learn about available accessibility tools and resources, including how to get started on accessibility compliance.

A Seat at the Table

Georgia Alvarez

Impact employee success by advancing inclusion, sustainability, equity and diversity. Join PSSEC for a Seat at the Table — an interactive team building experience, where you get to be part of the solution and your voice is heard. Participants will work together in teams to create solutions that target advancing inclusion, sustainability, equity and diversity within the DCCCD Network. The PSS Executive Council will help lead this interactive and thought-provoking experience.

Becoming F-1 Friendly: Understanding Our International Student Population

John Blaylock

The goal of this presentation is to educate faculty and advisors on the unique requirements our international students face in the pursuit of their educational goals in order to provide more equitable services. Participants will be guided through the F-1 application process, be informed of the federal requirements for enrollment and be presented with the unique difficulties, risks and other issues our F-1 students face as non-immigrants. Case studies will be used to encourage discussion, followed by a Q&A session. Attendees will leave the presentation with a better understanding of our international student population and ideas for incorporating this knowledge into their teaching and advising.

Beyond the Meme: Making Equity Practical

Sha-Shonda Porter

Many of us have become familiar with the various memes that represent the concept of equity. Yet, many are questioning how to move beyond the memes. In this interactive session, we will explore the concept of equity and discuss ways to implement equity in our daily practices. This session will use the "Think Tank" format. Think Tanks are facilitated discussions that allow participants to engage in small- and large-group discourse and hands-on activities to better understand the concept, themselves and others. Participants will learn some of the varying definitions of equity, Pros and cons of the various images representing equity and strategies for implementing equity in their daily practices.

Embracing the Future While Acknowledging Our Past: Historically Black Colleges and Universities — The Importance and Validity of Minorities in Higher Education

Garry Johnson

The purpose of this presentation is to introduce a historical narrative on what Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are, and how they play an integral role in education and by acknowledging and addressing cultural challenges, historical stigmatism and staffing barriers. By acknowledging these challenges, breakout sessions and group activities which promotes inclusivity and diversity within Dallas County Community College District will be the objective in providing clear and practical steps for a multiethnic and diversified workplace.

Engaging Students and Employees: Campus as a Living Learning Lab (Experiential Learning)

Maria Boccalandro

In a community college, creating a positive learning experience for students is everybody's business: Do you want to improve student learning? Do you want all employees to participate in the learning process? Do you want students to remember the learning experience at your college with joy and gratitude? How do we break the silos that exist between department of academics, student services, operations and administration in order to enhance the students experience? If some of these questions interest you, attend this session! 

We will deliver a brief presentation of best practices using the campus as a living learning lab (experiential learning) to include sustainability into the curricula at Cedar Valley College. We will have participatory activities using Open Space Technology, including an open discussion of the problems that exist on our campuses that can be solved by a graded student project, sharing best practices of experiential learning,) sharing resources that exist to engage students, faculty, employees and the community in project-based learning and we will make recommendations to better engage students, staff and community in learning outcomes.

Inclusive Access for Course Materials

Adam Boynton

Coming soon, Inclusive Access at DCCCD will provide every credit student with the course materials they need for all classes by the first day of classes. This tremendous endeavor is made possible by the great partnership between Follett, DCCCD and each of the colleges. During this session, you will learn how the program works, what is involved from each of the constituencies and how it will impact the student experience. After the session, each of you should have a complete understanding of the program and your role in making it successful.

Learn the Benefits of Embracing Your Infinite Value

Taiwan Holmes

Participants will be equipped to understand the personal, professional and social benefits that are possible when they are trained to embrace their infinite value. Participants will learn how it is possible to create a campus life for both faculty/staff and students that is free of hatred, violence, racism and bullying. They will also learn how it is possible to create a classroom environment where every student who can spell their first name is qualified to earn an “A” in every class! 

This presentation will involve an interactive discussion with the participants that will reinforce learning objectives. The largest takeaway for participants will be their certainty, both educationally and socially, that they must be formally trained to truly embrace their own infinite value.

Reducing Equity Barriers to Student Participation in Service Learning and Civic Engagement

Chris Schlarb

This workshop will engage participants in conceptualizing service learning and civic engagement in their co-curricular events or classes by identifying equity barriers and strategies to reduce barriers. What is the benefit of Service Learning (SL) and Civic Engagement (CE)? What are the equity barriers our students are facing? How can we strategize to alleviate those barriers and advocate for students? These questions and more will be answered as a part of this engaging session.

Removing Barriers to Economic Opportunity for DCCCD Employees and Students

Ben Magill

In this session, participants can expect to learn and share information about the socio-economic challenges facing DCCCD students, employees and neighbors. Participants will be asked to listen to a short presentation on research conducted by the Labor Market Intelligence Center and then share their experiences. Feedback from participants will be used to further the research of the Labor Market Intelligence and inform strategies for permanently removing the socio-economic barriers discussed.

Wanted: Faculty to Participate in the New, Cocurricular Sustainability Scholar Program

Georgeann Moss

Participants will get a preview of the new, cocurricular Sustainability Scholar program that provides students with the knowledge they need to live more sustainably. You will learn about the benefits to students who participate in this new program and how you can certify one or more of your courses to be eligible for the program. We'll quickly preview the online seminar and share the quick, easy certification steps so you can determine if you want to participate in the roll-out of this program to students in Spring 2020. We'll also take questions from the audience and solicit feedback on how to improve the online seminar. At the end of the session, audience members will know how to apply for the program and what they need to do to have their courses certified.

You Can Make a Difference! Trauma-Informed Care Throughout the Campus

David Thompson

Our presentation will provide information on how to recognize and respond to the symptoms of trauma present in the students we teach and serve on campus. Our goals are to help participants gain awareness of the prevalence of trauma in the general public, students and specific at-risk populations. We will also discuss the risks of re-traumatization and the responsibility we all share in providing an environment which exemplifies the core values of Trauma-Informed Practice. We will also take time to acknowledge the possibility of compassion fatigue in our faculty, staff and administrators and ways to utilize self-care strategies to remain responsive to student needs. 

Using case studies and discussion-based interaction, we will encourage participants to make this theoretical model real and relevant to their position and college setting. Our presentation group, made up of licensed mental health professionals, will also be prepared to respond to the needs of participants who may be personally affected by the content of our presentation (nothing graphic will be included, but we will identify common traumatic events).

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Bring the Library (and Librarians) to eCampus

Amy Ferguson

Are you frustrated with students’ inability to select appropriate sources? Learn how incorporating library resources, including librarians and research tutorials, into eCampus helps students develop critical thinking skills. Even instructors who teach online or do not have time to bring students to the library can use these resources to provide students the opportunity to develop research and source-evaluation skills. After a group discussion of the skills students need and a demonstration of research tutorials, participants will be able to access online instructional materials and to embed library learning resources into eCampus.

Creating a Successful Mentorship Program: A Student’s Perspective

Jason Treadway

In this session, students will share their stories about how the STEM Ambassador program has impacted their personal growth and helped them build success skills they will use throughout their career. Students will share best practices and lessons learned during creating a successful mentorship program.   Participants will gain insight into creating and maintaining a successful student-mentorship program. They will learn how out-of-the-classroom experiences benefit a student’s personal growth and receive a checklist of best practices and examples of lessons learned from creating a successful mentoring program.

Empathy: The Key to Collaboration and Enhancing the Student Experience

Luis Merino

This engaging, interactive session will begin with a discussion of a districtwide project that involved collaboration between all seven colleges and district operations. After a brief discussion, attendees will participate in a hands-on workshop that will allow them to view a glimpse of a student’s experience in thinking about attending college. Participants will learn how to use empathy to strengthen collaboration between different groups, as well as the role empathy plays in understanding the student experience and using that knowledge to enhance the DCCCD student experience. Participants will leave the session with a deeper understanding of the student experience and insight into what factors influence different types of students to choose the colleges of DCCCD.

Guided Pathways to Success: “Connecting the Dots” — How Do I Connect?

Doris Rousey

Let’s positively impact each student’s experience and change the landscape! Come be a part of the conversation and learn how you can connect! Many factors impact student success, from academic preparation and career selection to financial need, social, psychological and personal factors. How do we meet the needs of the whole student? Guided Pathways to Success (GPS) is a districtwide movement that focuses on student success. GPS began with semester-by-semester academic maps and career paths, advising and navigation strategies, but it has evolved into much more. 

This year has provided many opportunities to reflect on how we meet our students’ needs beyond the classroom. This session will include an update on GPS, an understanding of who our students are and important interactive discussions around how we can best support them through connection, progress, completion and transition.

Project-Based Learning Is More Than A Poster

Sharon Kay Snowton

Participants will learn how to guide second-language learners working in small groups to have success in the following outcomes: learning to work in groups and gain more vocabulary, and connecting the learning to real-life relevancy. Participants will work in small groups to solve real-life problems using Project Based Learning to help their second-language learner students. Activities include participants being given three scenarios to choose which would impact our society today. Audience members who work with second language learners will take away another method to help their students succeed in their education.

Student Success: What Do Students Think and What Predicts Success?

Students Participating in the Social Issues Psychology Lab

Patricia Lyons

Students and faculty from the MVC Social Issues Psychology Lab will present findings from their ongoing research on factors that promote or, possibly, hinder student success. Audience members will learn about students' perspectives, as well as psychological factors that contribute to or stand in the way of success. A guided discussion will follow the presentation.

Students Say the Darndest Things (A Student Panel)

Marielle McGregor

Permission to speak freely? Granted! Join us for a special student panel that engages you (the audience member) and the student panelists on stage. This session is collaborative! Email your questions surrounding student success in advance or catch the “question ball” for a chance to ask your question live. Also, there will also be fun moments of panelist-to-audience questions, so stay caffeinated and chime in when our panelists “poll the audience.”

We’ll begin by posing question one to our student panel: What does success mean to you? This student panel will give you insights into what’s working well at your college and what might be done to make the student experience better. After all, student/customer insight is one of the most valuable resources to enhancing business performance. Student input helps you ensure that the product is actually meeting their expectations, solving their problems and fulfilling their needs.

Superheroes Among Us!

Timothy McDuffie

Heroes are a huge part of human growth and development and play a vital role in how we develop some of our life ideas, as well as character. There are various ways in which heroes make a difference in other people’s lives, and sometimes it is a thankless job. Understanding the role that advisors, career specialists and administrative staff play in student success, as well as how we each fit into the puzzle and on the team, is very important for what we do toward student success! 

The learning objective of this session will involve identifying your individual super powers and learning how to use them toward student success. Participants will be able to: identify their individual superpower, understand the qualities of a superhero, recognize and celebrate personal heroes in our lives and identify ways to utilize our super powers for student success. Instructional strategies we will cover include, guided conversation, self-awareness, practice, cooperative learning and engagement.

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Best Practices for Teaching Online — An Innovative Faculty Professional Development Program

Steve Sosa

Is your institution struggling to prepare faculty to teach successfully online? Best Practices for Teaching Online is a faculty professional development program developed in partnership with NISOD and in collaboration with NISOD member institutions. Come learn about this exciting new program, details about the partnership, institutions involved in the development process and how your faculty can benefit from the newly created, openly accessible course! Attendees will be provided a faculty checklist to utilize in their own courses and access to the course itself.

CTE (Career/Technical) Curriculum Session

Joyce Williams

This interactive session is designed specifically to engage faculty, liaison deans, division deans, curriculum liaisons, Vice Presidents and staff in dialogue related to their role in the curriculum process and DCCCD network. During this session, participants will receive an introduction and gain knowledge of the CTE curriculum process; will receive updates related to the CTE curriculum and pertinent information related to GIPWE, SACSCOC, THECB, WECM (revision process, additions and deletions); and the overall information flow for requirements of governing agencies.

I Have My Syllabus, Now What? Prompting Students to Read and Engage with Their Syllabus

Felicity Grandjean

Kay Hampshire

Janice Christophel

Learning is not all fun and games, or is it? With the necessities of the syllabus, which tends to be formal, rigid and sterile, find out how game-based learning principles may be incorporated to make the once tedious task of reviewing a course syllabus more engaging for students. Wouldn’t you want your students to be prepared to start your course? To be aware of your expectations and their responsibilities? And to be motivated to begin learning? Your syllabus is the key. Participants will be exposed to syllabus resources, game-based learning and eCampus (Blackboard) features. Participants will take away easily implementable strategies and DCCCD resources to accomplish this.

Liberal Arts/Academic Curriculum Session

Meredithe Greer

This interactive session is designed to engage liberal arts/academic (general education) faculty, liaison deans, division deans, curriculum liaisons, vice presidents and staff in dialogue related to their role in the curriculum process and DCCCD network. During this session, participants will receive an introduction and updates related to the Liberal Arts/Academic curriculum to gain knowledge of the Liberal Arts/Academic curriculum process; acquire pertinent information related to DCCCD, SACSCOC, THECB, TCCNS, ACGM (revision process, course additions and deletions), transfer degrees, field of study, core curriculum; and the overall information flow for requirements of governing agencies.

Liberal Arts Discipline Committee Meeting Session

A designated breakout session set aside for those directly involved with the Liberal Arts faculty curriculum committees to meet and discuss items relevant to their committee.

SAGE Scholars Program: Overview of Faculty Development, Support and Governance

Shani Suber

SAGE Scholars (Sustainability and Global Education) is a graduation recognition program for all majors at North Lake College. Requirements include 12 credit hours of coursework with SAGE assignments in broad topic areas of economy, environment, society and global citizenship, 20 hours of service learning and any associate degree. Participants of this session will learn about this faculty-led program, the governance committee of faculty and staff, and how departments across the college support the program with a virtual library, eCampus community, advising, student life, testing center, sustainability office, facilities, IT and more. This session will also include a group break-out activity to explore new topics and ideas for assignments, service activities and pathways for students across DCCCD and the region. Learn more at northlakecollege.edu/SAGE.

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Made in Texas: Notable Individuals, Groups, Fads, Innovation and Movements in Lone Star State History

Paul Benson

Participants will have the opportunity to learn many special and often amazing facts about the state in which they work and live. They will hear about important movements and institutions that were born in Texas and the scientific, cultural and technological contributions of individuals who lived in Texas. The program will open with a Texas “Quick Quiz” to gauge the audience's knowledge about individuals and movements in Texas, which will be followed by an interactive discussion of such things as major Texas religious movements, Texas food and drink contributions to American culture, famous Texas military heroes, Texas music innovators and trend-setters and Texas innovations in industry and commerce. The takeaways for all attendees will be a richer appreciation of what Texas has contributed to America and world culture.

Will Our Institution Succeed? Project Intake and Portfolio Management — A Better Chance of Success

Joanna Wang

Participants should expect to learn ten new trends defining the state of higher education, as well as answers to the question, what is Project Intake and Portfolio Management? We will also discuss how Project Portfolio Management helps DCCCD execute growth strategies and initiatives and services that are offered by the Process Improvement and Projects Division. Participants will engage in a hands-on project by building something tall and beautiful. Project Intake provides you the ability to submit ideas and project requests without suffering from work overload. Project Portfolio Management develops a prioritized list of intake requests to use limited resources — both capital and human.

The Use of Six Sigma STEMulation in Higher Education

LaTasha Taylor

More opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) exist now than ever for community college students interested in pursuing STEM careers. However, the disconnect between the number of students enrolling in these opportunities and those going on to complete the STEM degree requirements prior to graduation is alarming to say the least, especially among minority students. The lack of students pursuing and successfully completing STEM coursework at the community college level directly impacts the number of students who go on to pursue STEM degrees at four-year universities. 

With experiences in industry prior to returning to academia, I leveraged my experiences with Six Sigma as a method for evaluating the effectiveness of these tools in a classroom setting regarding lesson plan development, data collection/analysis and classroom instruction. This “Six Sigma STEMulation” intervention required a bilateral approach where teacher readiness was also evaluated as both a potential influencer and a key indicator in a student’s ability to successfully complete the required coursework once the decision to pursue STEM has been made. Lack of resources, adequate training and tools for overcoming systemic STEM deficiencies among students were determined to be the leading factors impeding instructor success. The objective of this intervention will not only be to help strengthen the STEM development pipeline but to also inch towards closing the education equality gap as a whole.

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Best of the Mountain View Book Club

Richard Wilson

Haven't had the time to catch up on the latest business best-sellers? That's okay, we read them for you. Four of the best book presentations from the past year will be packed into lively 15-minute synopses. This is your opportunity to learn about emerging trends in business and the latest concepts in leadership and management. Gain awareness of changing consumer expectations and examine strategies for anticipating and satisfying consumer demands. Increase personal and professional effectiveness through new insights and attitudes. In just one hour, you can acquire the essence of four of the hottest business books from the business best-seller lists. Put the information to work immediately in your classroom, office suite or personal life. A handout with additional information will be available for each of the books after the presentation.

Breaking Down Silos and Building Strategic Relationships

Jannette Flores
Michelle Stewart

This presentation shares the positive effects derived when an unexpected working relationship was established between two individuals from different areas within DCCCD, and the bridging of goals was formed. Participants will discover the value of identifying areas of goal alignment with those inside and outside of their respective campuses. Presenters will share their experiences, and then engage audience members in meaningful, reflective discussion about potential collaboration. By the end of this session, participants will: Identify sources of support within and outside of the institution and develop a list of those who will be involved in their strategic partnering plan.

Eight Secrets of Career Success

Rick Walker

Author Richard St. John spent ten years researching success and doing face-to-face interviews with Bill Gates, Martha Stewart, Richard Branson, the Google founders and more than 1,000 other extraordinarily successful people. He analyzed every word they said, built one of the world’s largest, most organized databases on success and finally discovered “The Eight Traits Successful People Have in Common.” Rick Walker interviewed Richard St. John and reveals these “Eight Secrets of Career Success,” which are the foundations for success in anything, whether it's business, education, science, sports, healthcare, arts or life.

Participants will gain a broad understanding of the eight secrets for career success and develop a better competency on how to build a foundation for success. Activities for this workshop include case studies, round table discussions and a workbook. This seminar creates a powerful, motivating and interactive peer-to-peer experience, that can also tap into identifying their limiting beliefs. It can move participants from the challenge of motivation and career anxiety to creating a vision of career success.

Who Cares (No Really, Do You?)

Mackenzie Tatum

Educators, how do you prepare students to make positive change in the world? How do you help them take notice of inequities where they see them and then take steps to address them? This session will give you the tools, resources, ideas and support you need to inspire your students to think and act. It’s about service learning, a program that pairs your students with service agencies to address real problems that need solving in your community — economic, environmental, human rights. In short, it’s problem solving done by those least likely to be asked to solve them, but to whom those solutions matter most. 

Whether you’re young or young at heart, we’re confident this session will inspire you to make a difference in the world. You’ll return to your campus with everything you need to make positive changes within DCCCD and your surrounding community. Join us in action. Create. Demonstrate. Lead. Serve. Do something. If you dream of a just world like we do, together we can make it happen! Come join us while we explore the history, examples and finer details of service learning, and learn how faculty and staff are implementing it in their own communities. How do you prepare students with the skills they need to make positive change in the world? This session will answer this question by showing you how you can engage your students in complex, meaningful projects by bringing service learning into your classroom (and into their lives)! We will also provide an opportunity for you to get to know some of DCCCD partner agencies and what they have to offer!

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Injury Prevention and Corrective Movement

Eric McKinney

Get up and get moving with this hands-on demonstration of exercises that provide results for a better range of motion with and without equipment.

Intimate Partner Violence in the Digital Age

The presenter will discuss ways technology is misused to stalk, abuse or harass survivors; how participants can help victims assess the abuse that's happening; and offer suggestions on how to document or investigate technology-facilitated abuse. Case studies will be presented along with protective measures that can be utilized. Participants will be encouraged to engage in the lecture through a variety of means. Campus Security authorities will identify the safety risks of various technologies and protective measures they can incorporate and share with students, faculty and staff. 

Appropriate campus personnel such as Title IX Investigators, Campus Police and Behavioral Intervention Threat Assessment Team (BITAT) members will obtain the skills necessary to document and investigate cases of technology-facilitated abuse. Key takeaways include: community and legal resources available for victims, strategies that participants can utilize for prevention, as well as instructional strategies participants can use to educate students and educational materials participants can use at their colleges.

Meditation: It’s Not What You Think!

Scarlett May

Experience the health-giving and stress-relieving benefits meditation practice from a certified meditation instructor. Learn useful techniques to quiet the mind, and get tips on how to establish your own practice.

Rekindling the Flames of Your Passion: Tips for Preventing/Reversing Workplace Burnout

Karen Cuttill

In this workshop, we will identify signs of burnout and learn steps you can take to rekindle the motivation and passion you held when you first started your employment. We will learn about work- life balance, take a survey to see if you may be experiencing early signs of workplace fatigue and identify action steps to avoid burn out. Finally, we will learn a process that will help you to rekindle those flames of passion and renew your energy for your work. We will have fun while we learn!

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Bright, Shiny and Brainy! Discovering the Newest Gems of the DCCCD Database Collection

John Flores

Digging for gems! Explore new collections of content and tools covering several disciplines of study to help promote and help achieve academic success. From prestigious eBook collections to interactive virtual anatomy, test preparation guides to world statistics and even foreign languages, the District Reference Team is proud to showcase the highlights of five of our most recent database acquisitions. New, powerful, comprehensive and necessary, these five new database offerings just may be the ticket you need to inspire students to delve deeper into research, supplement study for their assignments and even provide out-of-the-box experiments for your class. Come Explore! All librarians, instructors, staff and others are invited to this showcase to get the latest on the greatest gems of the DCCCD Database Collection!

Cybersecurity and you

Rik Jones
Damien Smith

Participants will learn how they can help protect themselves and the DCCCD against phishing and other common types of Cyber Security Attacks. Meet the cybersecurity and forensics services team as they share insight into how they work to protect employees and their personal information daily.

The New Geology of Professional Development

Lorri Hill

Explore the layers of engagement, accountability and self-directed professional development with myDCCCDsuccess Learning. Discover how to easily reach your annual 19 hours (and more) with the new employee-centered Learning Management System. Employees will learn how to find and easily sign-up for professional development in learning, as well as manage their transcript and seamlessly report external training. Employees will feel more confident using and reporting their professional development. They will receive a user guide that will help them when they go back to their desk to try out the new system.

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