Destination

This annual professional development program brings Valencia colleagues together to explore teaching and learning innovations, challenges, and solutions. Each year's program will feature multiple experiences that will be valuable for faculty who have participated in Destination and those who are new to the experience. Join us this summer to explore teaching and learning innovations, challenges, and solutions with colleagues from diverse fields with varied experiences and interests. All Valencia faculty members, part-time and full-time, are encouraged to apply. 

All tracks will award $500 for successful completion. Like Destination 2019, professional development (PD) hours are not available for the summer portion of the program.

 


Becoming an Equity-minded Practitioner

This track will guide participants through an intentional process of critical reflection and self-inquiry towards becoming equity-minded practitioners. Participants will explore practical strategies and develop one or more products to advance equitable student outcomes.

Track Outcomes:

  1. Recognize patterns of inequity in your practice.
  2. Analyze your practice through a race-conscious lens using concrete tools and examples.
  3. Utilize student voice to evaluate equity in the learning environment.
  4. Engage in ongoing self-inquiry in a community of colleagues.
  5. Create an equity-minded product of practice.

 

SEED I: Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity

SEED stands for Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity. It is an international project founded 30 years ago by Dr. Peggy McIntosh of Wellesley College. It utilizes a cohort-based model with the intention of creating gender fair, multiculturally equitable, and globally informed educational spaces and workplaces. SEED differs from other diversity programs in that SEED leaders do not lecture. Instead they lead their own colleagues in experiential, interactive exercises and conversation often stimulated by films and readings.  These sessions deepen participants’ understanding of themselves, expand their knowledge of the world, and point the way to making Valencia more inclusive. 

Track Outcomes:

  1. Understand how one’s personal and community history affects one’s self-esteem and sense of safety.
  2. Explore experiences and learn how to converse from a diverse perspective.
  3. Listen and respond to personal experiences from a cultural perspective.
  4. Notice the impact and intent of our communication.
  5. Appreciate and respond compassionately and openly about diversity issues.
  6. Examine how personal stories can affect our perceptions and attitudes.
  7. Create a sense of community through dialogue and stories.
  8. Work with conflict and hurt when diversity issues are involved.
  9. Employ techniques on how to listen and respond to intercultural communications.

 

SEED II: Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity

SEED II employs similar experiential facilitation methods as used in SEED I to further deepen participants' understanding of themselves, expand their knowledge of the world, and point the way to making schools more inclusive. Together we will understand how one’s personal and community history affects one’s self-esteem and sense of safety. Explore experiences and learn how to converse from a diverse perspective. Listen and respond to personal experiences from a cultural perspective. Notice the impact and intent of our communication. Appreciate and respond compassionately and openly about diversity issues. Examine how personal stories can affect our perceptions and attitudes. Create a sense of community through dialogue and stories. Work with conflict and hurt when diversity issues are involved. Employ techniques on how to listen and respond to intercultural communications.

NOTE: This track is open to participants who have successfully completed SEED I (year-long cohort or previous Destination)

Track Outcomes:

  1. Understand how one’s personal and community history affects one’s self-esteem and sense of safety.
  2. Explore experiences and learn how to converse from a diverse perspective.
  3. Listen and respond to personal experiences from a cultural perspective.
  4. Notice the impact and intent of our communication.
  5. Appreciate and respond compassionately and openly about diversity issues.
  6. Examine how personal stories can affect our perceptions and attitudes.
  7. Create a sense of community through dialogue and stories.
  8. Work with conflict and hurt when diversity issues are involved.
  9. Employ techniques on how to listen and respond to intercultural communications.

 

Cultivating Inclusive and Equitable Active Learning Environments: Improving Student Outcomes in Mathematics

This track will guide participants through an intentional process of critical reflection and self-inquiry towards becoming equity-minded practitioners. Participants will explore practical strategies and develop one or more products to advance equitable student outcomes.

Track Outcomes:

  1. Define the purpose and benefits of using inclusive and equitable active learning in mathematics.
  2. Describe the elements of inclusive and equitable active learning environments in mathematics.
  3. Design product(s) that contribute to an inclusive and equitable active learning environment.


Questions or For More Information

If you have any questions, please contact, Stacy Robinson, Faculty & Instructional Development Coordinator at srobinson89@valenciacollege.edu

*Your employment status at the time of application will determine compensation. Full-time non-exempt staff and part-time staff are paid their hourly wage; overtime may be paid, if applicable. Please note that overtime is paid after 40 hours of work, not inclusive of leave or paid time off. If you have any questions about how you would be compensated for participation in the program, please contact Organizational Development and Human Resources at HR4U@valenciacollege.edu, or call HR4U helpline at 407-299-5000, extension HR4U (4748).  


Destination 2021 Coming Soon

Destination 2020 has been canceled


Summer Dates and Times:

Kick-off Session
TBD
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. (Lunch)
Time: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
West Campus

Session 2
  TBD
Time: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
West Campus

Session 3
  TBD
Time: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
West Campus

Session 4
  TBD
Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
West Campus

Wrap-up Session
TBD
Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
West Campus


Highlights from Past Destination Sessions

Destination 2018 Reflections
Destination 2017 Wrap-up
A Professor's personal reflection of Destination 2017 

Locations

Due to accommodation needs and expansion of the Destination program this year, all sessions will be held at West Campus. Specific buildings and rooms to be announced as we near the event.