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September 20, 2013

Professional Development
Workshop Schedule and Information

Session A: School Desegregation and Social Justice: Past, Present and Future, a follow up session with keynote presenter Dr. Felicia Friendly Thomas (Room 3301)
In 1965, Dr. Friendly Thomas was one of six African American children who desegregated an
all-white, junior-senior high school in rural South Carolina after the United States government ordered many Southern states to comply with Brown vs. the Board of Education or forfeit federal funding. Amidst protests and threats, Felicia Friendly began the school year as an optimistic twelve-year child but quickly learned what happened when African Americans attempted to defy the status quo.  Her talk will highlight some of the challenges, successes and lessons she learned along her desegregation journey, as well as their implications for social justice in today’s society. 

Pic of Keynote Speaker Felicia Friendly

Dr. Felicia Friendly Thomas received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 1974; and her M.A. in 1977 and Ph.D. in 1978 in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California. She is a Professor of Psychology at California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, where she has been a faculty member since 1982 and is the senior ranking faculty within the department.  She has also taught at UCLA, the University of Houston – Clear Lake City campus, California State University - Dominquez Hills and Alvin Community College in Texas.


Session B: Promoting Equity & Basic Skills Instruction, with Joan Cordova of Orange Coast College (Room 5502)
Equity:  What is it?  Why should we care?  What can we do?  This session will take a four step problem solving approach to equity; defining the problem, determining a course of action, implementing and reviewing the outcome.  This workshop will provide guidance for how to implement an equity action plan as well as review and assess the effectiveness of the plan during the academic quarter.




Pic of Speaker Joan Cordova

Joan Córdova is an adjunct Mathematics instructor at Orange Coast College. She provides statewide professional development for community college math instructors and has developed a wide range of training activities as a Basic Skills Project Director.


Session C: It's not WHAT you Know...
Social Inequality and the Role of Foothill College
with John Fox, Foothill Sociology Instructor
(Room 3308)

Social science research has shown that social networks can contribute to individuals’ economic success, yet whites benefit more from social networks than racial minorities. While this is due to the structure of American society rather than individual biases, this systemic bias remains hidden from many individuals. In this workshop we will expose the systemic biases and explore: the unique role of community colleges in expanding minority students’ social networks, concrete steps individuals can take in linking minority students with opportunities, and the extent to which social networks influence our own hiring practices.



Picture of speaker John Fox

John Fox is starting his fourth year at Foothill College as a full-time sociology instructor. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2010 and has taught at De Anza College, Solano Community College, Diablo Valley College, CSU-East Bay, Palo Alto University, Holyoke Community College in Massachusetts, and UMass-Amherst. His research and teaching interests include: race and ethnicity, gender, drug and alcohol use, crime, social movements, marriage and family, death and dying, and medical sociology.

Session D: The Growth Mindset Teaching Style with Bryan Dickerson of Heroic Imagination (Room 3525)
Research has demonstrated that student's "mindsets"- their self-beliefs and approaches to academics - can influence their success.  When students believe that they have the inherent capacity to grow and improve over time, learning becomes fun and challenges feel rewarding - students  will tend to try harder, become better at the tasks in front of them, and ultimately succeed in school.  However, research has shown that many students do not believe that they actually have the potential to increase their abilities.  When students feel that aspects of themselves, such as their intelligence or social skills, are relatively fixed, they tend to behave in a way that inhibits their further development.  Numerous studies have demonstrated that targeted learning experience can create a lasting shift in students and teachers toward a "growth mindset."  Fostering a growth mindset leads students to try harder, enjoy learning more, and ultimately achieve a higher level of success.  This workshop will teach you the basics of the empirical research of "mindsets" as well as how you can adopt a growth mindset teaching style, which can be used in any classroom to help students succeeded.


Pic of Guest Speaker B. Dickerson

Bryan Dickerson is a psychological researcher specializing in the design of educational and social interventions which teach individuals the skills and awareness needed to create lasting positive change in their own lives and communities. His areas of interest include: Psychological solutions to social problems, academic achievement and equality, bullying and violence prevention, mindset, and adaptive attributions to challenge and setback. Bryan has been working with Dr. Zimbardo as the associate director of research and education at the Heroic Imagination Project since 2010.

Session E: What's in Your Toolbox? (it should be more than a Hammer!): Dealng with Difficult Students with Patricia Hyland, Dean of Student Affairs & Activities (Room 3307)
If you think of verbal strategies as tools, you can see why having a variety of them is important. In this workshop we'll talk about strategies you can use to deal with difficult situations and people. Come prepared to role-play, share and have some fun.





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