Establishing Academic Velocity: A Classroom-Based Intrinsic/Affective Model of Student Engagement
This presentation will focus on an innovative curricular approach to student engagement and support with basic skills students that is both scalable and sustainable. The approach is based on an Intrinsic Student Engagement Model that does not require additional support outside the classroom than what is already available to all students of the college. The Academy for College Excellence (ACE) model uses a teach-the-teacher, multi-level professional development approach for faculty, staff, and administrators so the college can scale the program using its own resources once ACE-trained.
Navarro will share examples of how colleges adapt the ACE model to meet their students’ needs, and the unique facets of ACE’s professional development approach which helps colleges meet the needs of developmental education students from the inside out. In addition, Navarro will share evidence of ACE’s success with each of the models highlighted above, citing longitudinal, multi-college studies on ACE’s intrinsic student engagement model.
Keynote Speaker: DIEGO JAMES NAVARRO
Full-Time Faculty, Cabrillo College
Executive Director, Academy for College Excellence
Diego's commitment to social change grew, in part, from his work as a community organizer for the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker humanitarian aid organization, while still in college. He went on to accrue over twenty years of experience in research and management positions in the computer industry with Hewlett Packard Labs, Apple Computer, and NCR Corporation, and two successful high-tech start-up companies.
Diego grew up in Pomona and graduated from Pomona High School unable to read or write at a college-level. He began his higher education at Pasadena City College (PCC). While attending to PCC, he supported himself as a Computer Support Specialist at Bank of America. He holds a B.A. in Information Systems from Antioch University and a graduate degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business.
Diego began teaching at Cabrillo College when he founded the Academy for College Excellence in 2002 after performing a year and a half of research studying the needs of underprepared students, and piloting various curriculum and pedagogy.