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11th Annual
Partners in Learning Conference

Hosted by the Biological, Health and Environmental Sciences and
Physical Education and Athletics Divisions

Stressed • Stretched • Balanced

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Friday, March 11, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Conference Rooms A & B

Presenters and attendees will receive PGA/PAA credit (full-time faculty and
classified professionals) and stipends (part-time faculty).

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, March 8!
Lunch will be provided for those who pre-register.

Please register through Survey Monkey at:
Individual Proposal for Faculty Flex Day
The FA Contract allows faculty to use flex days to do an activity other than our regular work. You can use a flex day for the Partners In Learning Conference. Click here to download the form The form must be turned in to your dean or supervisor 5 days prior to the conference (by March 4th).

Conference Program

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Opening: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.; Hinson Campus Center

 8:00 a.m.  Registration and Continental Breakfast in Campus Center, Conference Rooms A & B

 8:30 a.m.  Conference Opening, Welcome and Agenda

 9:00 a.m. Community Activity

Session One: 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
How 'One More Thing' Can Lead to 'Far Fewer Things': Assessment as a Mechanism for Managing Workload
Toño Ramirez, Mary Pape, and Veronica Acevedo Avila
De Anza's SLO Coordinators will lead a discussion about how effective outcomes assessment work can serve to increase th efficiency of faculty workload. Examples of innovative, authentic assessment will show how this work can make teaching easier, more effective, and more invigorating for faculty. Room MCC-12
Managing Workload in Online Classes
David Garrido
Teaching an online class doesn't mean that youre available 24/7 to students. Hear tips to help students succeed in your online class while keeping the teacher workload reasonable. Then participate in a small-group discussion with other faculty to generate more tips to share with the group. Room MLC-260

"The Three E's" of Trauma (Event(s), Experience, Effect) in the Lives of Our Students
Mayra Cruz, Brandy Wright and Dawna O'Malley
Trauma in the lives of foster youth students and other vulnerable student populations can be described through "the Three E's" of Trauma: Event(s), Experience, and Effect. Researchers report that traumatic stress occurs when an extreme experience compromises the stress-response systems. Your understanding of trauma is the key.
California History Center

Eating isn't Cheating: A Non-Diet Approach for Your Health
Gigi Acker
If you've tried sacrificing your favorite food, relying on rules (which you are bound to defy) or choosing pre-portioned foods, there is another way to eat. This non-diet workshop is for those who want to stop the diet cycle and learn how to eat healthy without deprivation. Room Admin 102

Growth Mindset: Expanding your Limits through Helpful and Healthful Learning Strategies
Amy Lombardi, Veronica Acevedo Avila, Anne Argyriou, Jila Maleksalehi, Triya Seshadri, Kristin Skager
Presenters will introduce the growth mindset concept and how it can improve learning. Participants in this interactive workshop will learn about how the brain works, and explore strategies that learners can use for optimal success. Room MCC-13

EQ Conversation Café: Talents for Change
Sabrina Stewart
Take a free Talent Profile*, an assessment about your unique capabilities for change. Learn about your strengths and how to support yourself AND others. Discuss the ways we are similar and different, and how to use your strengths to create or influence positive change. Contact Sabrina Stewart ( for assessment information. Brain Talent Profile results are confidential and will be disbursed during the breakout session. Room L-48

Lunch, Keynote, Dialog and Resource Fair:
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Hinson Campus Center, Conference Rooms A and B

We invite conference attendees to come together for lunch, a fabulous health resource fair, dialog with our colleagues, and a keynote on stress reduction from our own Dr, Jeffrey Forman. Learn about great things available for our students and ways to take care of ourselves at our Resource Fair. Please join us in Conference Rooms A & B in the Campus Center. Lunch will be served to those who have pre-registered.

Luncheon Keynote

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Stressed, Stretched, Balanced
Stress Reduction for the Community College Employee

by Dr. Jeffrey Forman

Dr. Jeff Forman is a nationally recognized expert on massage Therapy and physical stress. His most recent book is “Managing Physical Stress with Therapeutic Massage” Cengage Learning (2007). Jeff is also a retired De Anza faculty member.

Session Two: 1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Walk in the Shoes of a Student with a Learning Disability
Marilyn Booye, Kim Fukuyama and Nancy Hernandez
Through interactive learning disability simulations experience different types of learning challenges faced by students with Learning Disabilities and/or attention issues. This is not to be a missed opportunity for faculty and staff to enable better support of students with disabilities. Room MCC-12
Turn Down the Stress Meter or Designing and Implementing Your Personal Stress Reduction Program
Jeffrey Forman
After a brief discussion about stress theory and stress related illnesses participants will complete a stress assessment to help them understand how stress is impacting their lives and health. Designing a personal stress reduction program will be the next topic of discussion. They will then practice techniques that they an incorporate into their personal stress reduction program. Room PE 12U
Creative Writing: Balance and Community
Lita Kurth
Creative writing (and all the arts) offers access to the unconscious and the emotional, a balance to the intellectual side. Lita Kurth and a panel of creative writing students will discuss how creative writing and creative writing community function in their lives. Participants will do a creative writing exercise, and share (if they wish). 
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Pilates for Dancers, for Everyone!
Vernon Gallegos
Pilates for Dancers focuses on engaging the mind with the body to create exercises that involve the whole body. Every exercise is performed with attention to the breath, proper form and efficient movement patterns. Pilates for Dancers strengthens the core, improves balance, increases coordination and "decreases stress." The exercises are relatively safe, low impact and appropriate for anyone from 10 to 100. Room PE 11U
Sound Body, Sound Mind: A Two-Part Workshop about Physical Wellness and Discussion around a Healthier Sense of Community
Jason Bram, Dana Nakase and Jim Nguyen
Exercise and community are important to our health and happiness. How can we build-in exercise at work into our regular routines? And how can we build in opportunities to develop deeper and more sustaining relationships with our colleagues? California History Center
Building Community, Increasing Student Engagement, and Balancing Workload through
Writing Familias
Chesa Caparas and Brian Malone
Our presentation will introduce the practice of Writing Familias, showing how they help students become part of a Writing Community. Workshop participants will then go through the Writing Familia process to see how they might incorporate it into their classrooms and balance their workload as a result. Room MCC-13
Closing Session: 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Hinson Campus Center, Conference Rooms A and B
Join us for a brief Reflection, Book Drawing and Conference Wrap Up!


Partners in Learning



Mary Kay Englen

Phone: 408.864.8322


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