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Valencia's Big Ideas

An important part of the sustained efforts toward improving student learning at Valencia has been the development of several key ideas that serve as fulcrums for change, signifiers for emerging organizational culture, and rallying points for action. The process of moving from promising innovation to large-scale pilot, to sustained solution, that is, the process of institutionalizing the work, depends heavily on a community of practice shaped by powerful common ideas. While these ideas aren't unique to Valencia, they are authentically ours in the sense that they are organic to our work, having rooted themselves in the discourse of campus conversations, planning, development, and day to day activity.

In this section, Dr. Shugart discusses the Big Ideas that have made and continue to make a difference in the efforts to make dramatic and sustained progress in student learning. He emphasizes that these ideas have emerged from deep discourse, important stories, long reflection, iterative and inclusive planning, and, most importantly, deep collaboration within our organization. The ideas themselves may have some value, but their power to engage, change, sustain, redirect, unify, and encourage our work is rooted in the authenticity of their origins in our ongoing conversation.

 

CULTIVATING BIG IDEAS
SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCES

Big Ideas: Theory and Approach

Big Ideas: Theory and Approach

 

 

Valencia's Culture

Valencia's Culture

 

 

Culture Changes From the Inside Out

Culture Changes From the Inside Out

 

 

Cultivating a Culture of Evidence

Cultivating A Culture of Evidence

 

 

 

 

VALENCIA'S BIG IDEAS
SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCES

Anyone Can Learn Anything Under the Right Conditions

Big Idea 1: Anyone Can Learn Anything
Under the Right Conditions

 

 

Start Right

Big Idea 2: Start Right

 

Connection and Direction

Big Idea 3: Connection and Direction

 

The College Is How the Students Experience Us

Big Idea 4: The College Is How the Students Experience Us

 

The Purpose of Assessment is to Improve Learning

Big Idea 5: The Purpose of Assessment is to Improve Learning

 

Collaboration Matters

Big Idea 6: Collaboration

 

Collaboration as an Architectural Metaphor

Collaboration as an Architectural Metaphor

 

 

Our Next Big Idea

Our Next Big Idea