November 2021

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Encourage your students to enter in our
Fall Villages "Gratitude Giveaway"

How many college students do you know who could use a brand new computer?! 

Win a Microsoft Surface Pro 7! Play #VillageConnect today!

Because November is a month for giving thanks, the Villages are sponsoring a Gratitude Giveaway where one lucky student in each Village will win a Microsoft Surface Pro 7 tablet! Please encourage students to play #VillageConnect, an online scavenger hunt on your Village Canvas page. Maybe a creative extra credit activity for your classes?

~Guided Pathway's Progress Report~
Guided Pathways is composed of multiple teams, and they have been making big moves for our community. Here is an update on all we've accomplished and plans we have for the winter and spring quarters.
Student Focus teams, both SWAG (Student Working Advisory Group) and MVP (Missing Valuable Prospectives), are currently in the process of implementing their initiatives to make sure student voices are heard and they feel empowered in their educational journey.
SWAG has received over 60 applications to serve as on the student advisory committee as a paid intern. They will be reviewing the applications in the coming weeks, interviewing the top candidates, and making their selection before the end of the Fall quarter.


If you are interested in what other projects SWAG is working on or want to get involved, please email:
MVP has launched the "new college student (frosh)" survey that went out to students not affiliated with a learning cohort. They hope to hear about their orientation experience and follow-up with focus group sessions next week. In addition, they sent out our CTE student focus group interest forms and to date, have facilitated one focus group session and have several more scheduled in the coming weeks. They are so excited to hear from our students and use their narratives to guide our GP work.

If you are interested in what other projects MVP is working on or want to get involved, please email:
Learn More About SWAG
Our SRRR (Student Ready Rapid Response) team focuses on helping create ways the campus can be more student-ready, especially mid-, and post-pandemic, by thinking deeply and inductively about qualitative and quantitative data. 
  • SRRR's first successful initiative we completed was for pre and mid pandemic. We let over 3,000 students know of the opportunity to replace a D/F grade during the COVID Quarters (Fall, Summer Spring, Winter of 2020 & Spring, Winter, Summer of 2021) to a pass/no pass option. 
  • SRRR's second initiative is for transitioning back to campus. In phase one we identified areas around campus for students to work in between their onsite/zoom classes. Our next phase includes identifying indoor spaces with electricity for students to power up and join zoom classes. 
Future initiatives are focused on strengthening the ongoing work with our Foster Youth program and formally incarcerated students.

Do you have any questions or thoughts you'd like to share with this team? Email them:
Our Intersegmental team is focused on building key relationships with our educational community partners. While some partnerships exist, there are many that need to be formed and supported. This team's goal is creating bridges for a more prepared student transition into De Anza College.
The District has a strong partnership with our Adult Education consortium and have been working on ways to create easier pathways for students entering De Anza College. 

Current efforts have been made to:

  • Assist Adult Schools in modifying their curriculum to prepare students for transition to college classes. 
  • Work with College and Adult school staff and faculty to create orientations specifically for adult school students.
  • Conduct meetings to discuss Adult School student needs and to have faculty experts at the college help create a narrative about the successful student in college. 

There has been a concentrated focus on searching for articulation pathways across different levels of ESL programs. Currently there is a workshop in development to establish a supportive community of ESL educators through discussions about curriculum and instructional approaches, as well as through sharing of teaching strategies and resources. 

Our math and English/ESL faculty recently hosted their first High School Partnership Workshop. A diverse group of teachers from across six districts were welcomed into the space for this 4-hour mini-retreat.

Focus was placed on:
  • AB 705.
  • Shared experiences of teaching during the pandemic.
  • Studenthood.
  • De Anza resources.
The main takeaway from this event was collaboration. There were plenty of "ah-ha!" moments and creative juices flowing so much so that there are already plans in the works to have a series of these workshops offered throughout the academic year. Feedback was provided to the team from the participants so each upcoming workshop can improve and be tailored to the true needs our future partners. 
If you're interested in learning more about these projects, please reach out to:

As we approach the last few weeks of the fall quarter, we'd like to take this moment to thank all off our fellow colleagues. This work is so important and many of you have joined us in it. We will only succeed with campus-wide support.
We wish you a restful break and welcome your continued support.

Spread the word: Guided Pathways is here to stay!

Contributions: Hyon Chu Yi-Baker, Adriana Garcia, Mary Pape, Walter Gonzalez, Anu Khanna, and Brian Malone.

Editor: Jayme Brown

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