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 2018, professional development (PD) hours are not available.

Inclusive Teaching and Equity-minded Practice

This track will combine individual and small-group reflection with larger workshops from content experts such as Bryan Dewsbury and Saundra Maguire. Dr. Dewsbury is known for his approach to building and sustaining inclusive classrooms as well as teaching for meaning and purpose. Dr. McGuire is known for her book Teach Students How to Learn and her equity-minded approach partnering with learning support services. The track will guide you through an intentional, reflective process with topics such as equity and diversity, inclusive active learning, and culturally responsive pedagogy in a community of practitioners. During this session you will articulate the connections between inclusivity, effective teaching, and student learning. Recognize inequities as problems of practice and commit to address them. Explicate equity and equality, their influence on your practice, and their impact on student learning. Engage in ongoing self-inquiry (such as mindset, experiences, identity, implicit bias, and stereotype threat) in a community of colleagues. Consider faculty-student interactions to address students’ unique needs, deepen students’ sense of belonging, and increase students’ practice of metacognition. Examine pedagogical strategies that advance inclusive teaching.

Track Outcomes:

  1. Articulate the connections between inclusivity, effective teaching, and student learning. 
  2. Recognize inequities as problems of practice and commit to address them. 
  3. Explicate equity and equality, their influence on your practice, and their impact on student learning. 
  4. Engage in ongoing self-inquiry (such as mindset, experiences, identity, implicit bias, and stereotype threat) in a community of colleagues. 
  5. Consider faculty-student interactions to address students’ unique needs, deepen students’ sense of belonging, and increase students’ practice of metacognition. 
  6. Examine pedagogical strategies that advance inclusive teaching.

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.

Writing Retreat: Joining the High Impact Conversation

Many Valencia Faculty currently engage in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning by asking questions about student learning and using systematic inquiry to answer them. This track will support faculty who have completed action research projects, High Impact Practice plans, and LifeMap inquiry projects in sharing their work with colleagues beyond Valencia by preparing these completed projects for publication in a scholarly journal. The track will include sustained writing time for drafting, revision, and reflection; peer review with colleagues; and writing, librarian, and data coach support. Participating faculty will identifying appropriate journals, create a writing and submission plan, and revise to meet scholarly publication standards. You will identify the scholarly conversation most appropriate for their action research project. Develop their project to contribute to broader scholarship. Create reflective writing practices that support drafting, revision, and submission to scholarly publications.

Track Outcomes:

  1. Identify the scholarly conversation most appropriate for their action research project.
  2. Develop their project to contribute to broader scholarship.
  3. Create reflective writing practices that support drafting, revision, and submission to scholarly publications.

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 2019 Application has closed


Summer Dates and Times:

Kick-off Session
Friday, May 10, 2019
12 - 1 p.m. (Lunch)
1 - 5 p.m.
West Campus

Session 2
Friday, May 17, 2019
1 - 5 p.m.
West Campus

Session 3
Friday, May 24, 2019
1 - 5 p.m.
West Campus

Session 4
Friday, May 31, 2019
1 - 4 p.m.
West Campus

Wrap-up Session
Friday, June 7, 2019
1 - 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 accomodation 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.