HSI STEM Sirviendo - August 2017 Newsletter

Reflective Practice Groups

By Steffanie Peterson

All CCD faculty (full-time and part-time) are invited to attend a Reflective Practice Group starting fall semester 2017. The meetings for this group will consist of a structured conversation about teaching-related issues, solutions and resources. We will meet every other Friday starting September 1st (time and location TBD).

Here are the fall 2017 dates: September 1, 15, 29, October 13, 27, November 10

Culturally Responsive Teaching

By Lee Waldman

One of the foundational pillars of our HSI STEM Sirviendo Grant centers on the concept of Culturally Responsive Teaching. We are an institution that serves students of many races, from a variety of nations. It is, therefore, our responsibility as educators, to create the best possible environment for those students to succeed. I’ve always been a proponent of the philosophy that “good teaching is good teaching”, no matter the students’ race or cultural background. But, there’s much more to it than that. “Culturally Responsive Teaching is a pedagogy that recognizes the importance of including students' cultural references in all aspects of learning” (Ladson-Billings, 1994).

On the Brown University website, “Teaching Diverse Learners”, there is a list of the characteristics of culturally responsive teaching. We encourage you to follow the links on this page. They are:

  1. Positive perspectives on parents and families
  2. Communication of high expectations
  3. Learning within the context of culture
  4. Student-centered instruction
  5. Culturally mediated instruction
  6. Reshaping the curriculum
  7. Teacher as facilitator

Math Updates & Project Highlights


Photo of Dr. Alicia Turner
Dr. Alicia Turner

By Dr. Alicia Turner

Over the summer, Alicia Turner and Jason Burke facilitated professional development for MAT 093 and MAT 121. The team specifically focused on creating Tactivities for the MAT 093 class. These activities are hands on, active and will reinforce the skills of MAT 121. They wanted to create these for faculty to pick up and use in their MAT 093 class. The Tactivities will be stored at the Confluence Buildling, third floor and faculty are encouraged to check them out as you like.

HSI STEM Sirviendo Student Focus

By Cassie Bueckers

The HSI STEM Sirviendo program is up and running! We currently have 14 active participants who are receiving intensive advising services, and we will continue to recruit more students throughout the year. 

Who We Serve

  • Hispanic/Latino and/or low-income scholars pursuing STEM degrees (not including health science programs)
  • Students planning to transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree

More information and our program application can be found on our webpage at CCD.edu/HSI-STEM.  If you have any questions about our student program, please contact Cassie Bueckers, STEM Navigator, or stop by Science Building, Room 1006-T. Thanks for your support!

Faculty Favorites

Human Bingo, By Jan Hickman

Team Shake App, By Linda Sue Hoops

This video is to introduce you to the Team Shake app. Instead of a hat and scraps of paper, you just enter your students’ names in your iPhone and shake it up.

HSI STEM Sirviendo Team

Brenda, Cassie, Isak, Lee & Melissa | CCD.edu/HSI-STEM