North Lake College PDD

Spring 2019 Professional Development Day

*Updated as of 2/27/2019 at 1:09pm*
Equity in the Classroom: Stress, Anxiety, and the Role Counseling and Disability Services Can Play moved from A347 to C244

Thursday, February 28th – 9am-4pm

Program Overview
10:00am – 11:30am – Keynote Address
Location: Jack E. Singley Performance Hall

Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab
Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab

Paying the Price – College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream

One of the most sustained and vigorous public debates today is about the value—and, crucially, the price—of college. But an unspoken, outdated assumption underlies all sides of this debate: if a young person works hard enough, they’ll be able to get a college degree and be on the path to a good life. That’s simply not true anymore, says Sara Goldrick-Rab, and with Paying the Price, she shows in damning detail exactly why.

Through Dr. Goldrick-Rab’s work and talks she wants to share research and communicate a transformational vision for higher education in America that stresses affordability and access for all, especially lower- to middle-income students and first generation college students; and to give the audience a better understanding of the complexity and the urgency of the situation, and to inspire them with a sense of a need for action.

Registration will be open at 8:30am outside the doors of the Performance Hall at Jack E. Singley Academy.

Travel Options

Please consider the following travel arrangements as parking will be limited. There will be 3 main transportation options to travel to Singley from North Lake College:

  • Walking the Trail – Guides will lead folks from the NLC campus to Singley through the trail by the lake. The first group will gather in the NLC cafeteria at 8:00am and will leave on the trail at 8:15am. The second group will meet in the NLC cafeteria at 8:30am and will leave at 8:45am.
  • Carpool – There will be limited parking available on the Singley campus. If you plan to drive to Singley, please consider meeting on the NLC campus first to carpool.
  • NLC Buses and Vans – Drivers will caravan to Singley twice before the event and twice after the event. The vans will depart from the circle in between Building G and the Library at 8:00am and again at 8:30am. They will depart from Singley back to NLC at 11:30am and 12:00pm. Reserve a spot by filling out the survey below.

Please tell us how you plan to travel to Singley by completing this short survey (below). This information will provide you with transportation information and it will help us address additional transportation needs.

Professional Development Day – Transportation Survey

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12:00pm – 1:30pm – Lunch
Location: Cafeteria and Lower Level Gallery


Breakout Sessions

We have a great lineup of breakout sessions this year. Click on the RSVP link below to reserve your spot in a session. Seating will be limited to the room capacity for the session.

Professional Development Day Breakout Sessions RSVP

1:45pm – 2:45pm – Breakout Sessions #1

21st Century Policing: Building Communities of Trust
Facilitator: Lt. Byron Stewart
Location: G401
From our very own DCCCD Lt. Byron Stewart, this session will explore the six pillars of 21st century policing and how to build communities of trust.

Best Classroom Practices to Promote Engagement and Inclusion 
Facilitator: Tracie Hernandez and Sonia Bush
Location: G402
This session will incorporate active engagement and activities. The purpose of this session is to share strategies that will engage students and improve success rates and retention.

Social Class and the Opioid Epidemic  
Facilitator: Rachelle Powell
Location: G406
Unlike the crack epidemic in 1980’s, which is often discussed through a racial lens, this session will examine the current opioid crisis from a socio-economic perspective. We will review general information about opioids, discuss current trends and statistics, and identify the effects of this national crisis on the North Lake Community.
**Bring your electronic device for an activity.**

GPS: Connecting the Dots  
Facilitator: Tiffany Kirksey and Anabel Juarez
Location: A206
Numerous factors impact academic performance – from textbook access and learning styles to social, psychological, economic, and personal factors. Which begs the question: how do we meet the needs of the whole student? Guided Pathways to Success (GPS) is a districtwide initiative focused on student success. It began with academic maps and career paths. But it has evolved into much, much more! The 2nd year of GPS provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our students and how we meet their needs. Come be part of the conversation. The session will include updates on GPS, new findings about who are students are, and important interactive discussions around how we can best offer our students the supports they need.

Lingering Effects of Intentional Government Segregation  
Facilitator: Theda Redwine
Location: G405
This session will address how public controls were used to intentionally segregate communities, as well as the lingering affect on perceptions of race and education. This is an interactive session with participants encouraged to share examples, in small groups, based upon the presentation.

Facilitator: April Braden
Location: A214
This session will help faculty and staff better understand the LGBTQQIAAP+ community (and what all those letters stand for). A lot of us have questions or just want to be better informed about this growing community and our students that belong to that community. Maybe you just want to know the difference between bisexual and pansexual. Maybe you don’t know what those two terms mean. Maybe you are a member of the LGBTQ community and want to join this discussion. For whatever reason, this session will help us all move towards awareness. The session will give a brief history of LGBTQ+ visibility and activism, some unique issues students who belong to this community may have, and how we can better serve them. This will be a safe space (don’t worry, we will talk about what exactly that is) to explore and discuss these issues and move towards equitable education.

Social {In}Justice…from Lynching to Mass Incarceration
Facilitator: Beth Nikopoulos and Dr. Malcolm Frierson
Location: C244

From slavery to the 13th Amendment, to lynching and mass incarceration, this session discusses whether we as Americans and as a country have ever really truly addressed the issue of slavery. Presenters will provide historical context related to lynching and mass incarceration, share stories of real people who have been defended by the Equal Justice Initiative, and discuss how or if this history still impacts us today. Information about the Equal Justice Initiative and how they defend minorities, the poor, children tried as adults, and women convicted of low-level crimes will be presented and why they created the Legacy Museum and Monument for Peace and Justice.


3:00pm – 4:00pmBreakout Sessions #2

Equity and Social Justice Panel 2.0
Facilitator: Becky Escoto
Location: A206
Continuing the discussion from our Equity and Social Justice Panel from the Fall 2018 Blue Green Day, our panelists are back to discuss equity and social justice issues. Audience participation is encouraged to join in the discussion.

How Intimate Partner Violence is Affecting our Campus and Community  
Facilitator: Phi Theta Kappa Officers – Richard Bridgeman, Naela Patel, Luis Fuentes, Chalieta Audreylia
Location: A345
We will explore statistics from our community regarding intimate partner violence and how it’s affecting our community and college students. We will share various brochures and presentation materials to engage our participants and explain topics specific to IPV along with resources we have here on our campus.

Creating a Culture of Care and Compassion on Campus  
Facilitator: Toni Robinson
Location: G401
Guided Pathways of Success (GPS) has given educators a framework to enhance the students’ experience. Providing a culture of care is an inclusive and community based framework to further guide faculty and staff in delivering services and learning pedagogy with compassion. GPS is a shift in HOW we design services for students. Culture of care is the “ENERGY”  and the compassion in which we provide these same services to our students. In this session, you will learn just how essential “Sense of Belonging” (Strayhorn, 2010), culture of care and an abundance of educational resources can be effective inside and outside the classroom for student success.

Economic Mobility  
Facilitator: Brandon Morton
Location: G404
Mobility is a hot topic of discussion in our region, and many organizations are considering the relationships between economic mobility, transportation, housing and health. This session will provide an in-depth overview of global and local trends in our region to enhance economic mobility. Economic mobility is defined as the ability of an individual or a family to improve their income and social status in a lifetime or between generations. The Dallas region has been ranked last among the largest cities in the US when it comes to equity and opportunity. Attendees will participate in a group activity to help assess current college and community practices and make recommendations for enhancing mobility awareness for the Blazer community through a mentoring and leadership network of educational and social services.

Equity in the Classroom: Stress, Anxiety, and the Role Counseling and Disability Services Can Play
Facilitator: Rachael Tiede, Rosemary Meredith, Martha Franek-Montanez
Location: C244
We’re seeing more students with stress and anxiety in our classrooms. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that stress negatively affected 30% of college student’s academic performance. Even more alarming, 41.6% said anxiety was their top concern in college. We have resources to help our students reduce their stress and anxiety. How many of us know what the resources are or how to identify and help students who need them?  This session will simulate the stress and anxiety our students feel in our classrooms and then provide tips, techniques and suggestions to help our students get the services they need to promote equity in our classrooms. With equity in our classrooms, students will experience lower anxiety and stress while reaching higher success and completion rates.

Designing for Equity: Implications for Design Thinking  
Facilitator: Arturo Ozuna
Location: G402
In this session, we will look at oppression and its effects on our work as educators and problem solvers. We will introduce a design framework that builds on the design thinking model to promote equity at an individual and systemic level and ask you to design solutions to an issue through the lens of equity-focused design thinking.

Addressing Unconscious Bias to Create an Inclusive Campus Community (Webinar)
Facilitator: AACC
Location: K216
This webinar was designed to provide an introduction to the topic of unconscious bias to community college administrators and educators. Unconscious bias is defined as the automatic, implicit and instantaneous association of stereotypes or attitudes towards a particular group of people. Dr. Luke Wood, Co-Director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) discussed the influence of unconscious bias on student success while providing pathways to better understand unconscious bias in higher education.

Participants will also reflect on how they can better leverage or manage their top themes to incorporate equity-based strategies into their work and processes.


Registration Information

To receive professional development credit for Spring 2019 PDD, sign up via eConnect:
eConnect course & section number – XPDL 1000 73013