Links 6- Southern California

LINKS 6 took place in the beautiful Performing Arts Center on Irvine Valley College

With 70 people in attendance, we began our day looking at Powerful Learning Environments- defining what authentic learning is.


  Thank you

Lilit Haroyan (LA Mission),
Mark Manasse (Miramar),
and Lauren Halsted   (Cuyamaca)

for sharing your practices! We loved having BSILI er's share their amazing experiences.





The Second SOCAL Links VI took place at College of the Canyons.








With 30 people in attendance and a shortened agenda, we moved through building powerful classrooms.

What is a Powerful Classroom






Next we began an in depth insight in Dweck's Mindset article using three classroom practices typically used in Reading Apprenticeship, Habits of Mind and the California Acceleration Project.

After lunch, three outstanding presentations were given, detailing the Communities of Practice and the impact they have had on their classes and in their colleges.

Maria Perser (Pierce College) spoke of Reading Apprenticeship and how it has reshaped the curriculum in her Psychology classes.Watching Maria is was not only evident that she was passionate about how RA has helped her classes but also how RA has transformed her and her students.

Meta Codnitive Journal Sample


Kim Manner (Pierce College) shared how incorporating Habits of Mind and OnCourse techniques into her class are helping her students enrolled in her English classes grow their lifelong learning capabilities.  Her "I'm not a touchy-feely approach" has truly empowered students and helped her in her classes tremendously.

Journal Assignment


Summer Serpas (Irvine Valley College) gave her awe inspiring transformation of her English classes- moving from "there is no way acceleration can be good for our students" to "i CANNOT believe 6 months ago I was doing and expecting this". She shared how much more prepared her students are after completing the accelerated class she and her department developed.

Old Writing Assignment vs New ACCELERATED Assignment



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