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Rendezvous 2018 - Guided Pathways: Designing for Equity

Rendezvous Conference 2018

July 23–25, 2018
Three Rivers Convention Center — Kennewick, WA

The Conference

This year’s theme is Guided Pathways: Designing for Equity

Participants can look forward to exciting concurrent sessions, great lunchtime activities, and the opportunity to network.

  • Registration $100 per participant
  • Credit cards only payment option
  • Registration opens March 15, 2018. It closes July 6, 2018
  • No refunds after July 6, 2018
  • First come first served; Strands will be capped at 50
  • All materials in Canvas, directions to activate the account. This account is separate from the account that you already have at your institution.
  • Laptops/tablets needed to access conference materials
  • Download the Whova mobile application to enhance your conference experience.
  • Rendezvous 2018 Program

The Strands

Rendezvous offers six conference strands from which to choose. Some are geared toward staff: navigators/advisors; deans/directors; and others toward teams (which may include directors, faculty and other staff).

Strand participants will meet for about 10.5 hours between Monday afternoon and Wednesday noon. Each participant or team will create materials to use as soon as they return to campus.

The Strand topics are below.

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The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion / Creating an Inclusive and Culturally Responsive Classroom strand is an interactive, informational, and challenging strand will examine and explore issues of diversity, privilege, leadership and multicultural education across America and challenges participants to examine their own biases, behaviors, and belief systems. This strand will include topics related to multicultural education, inclusive pedagogy and white privilege. Participants will leave with the skills and knowledge necessary to begin addressing issues of power, leadership, white supremacy, white privilege and oppression both individually and institutionally. This strand is intended for faculty and administrators.

By the end of this strand participants will be able to reflect on their current practices, plan for curriculum re-designs, and facilitate learn groups to support this work.
Participants will:

  1. Understand Skagit Valley College’s holistic implementation of equity initiatives.
  2. Participate in sample assignments, discussions, and inquiry taken from the SVC’s Inclusive Pedagogy Faculty Learning Community.
  3. Gain a step-by-step guide for implementing faculty learning communities with a focus on inclusion.

Participants in the HS 21+ Courses: Customizing and Integrating for Your Program Needs strand will access the OER HS21+ courses, learn to integrate these courses into their personal Canvas shells, and customize these courses to meet their program needs. Participants will evaluate online and f2f material for content and CCR alignment, participate in lessons, and hear from a panel of instructors who have implemented the material into their classes. This strand is intended for faculty.
By the end of this strand participants will be able to customize and integrate the SBCTC HS21+ courses to fit their program needs.

Participants will:

  1. Analyze HS21+ courses for content and College Career and Readiness Standards
  2. Integrate and customize HS21+ courses to fit specific program needs.


The Moving to Flipped and Blended Class Modelsstrand is designed for faculty who are interested in or just beginning to move their classes towards flipped or blended learning. Sessions will explore using Canvas (with or without other Web 2.0 tools) to flip and blend Basic Education course curricula to support this type of instruction. Participants will explore the benefits of blended/hybrid course content and be introduced to how to begin moving toward this modality. They will identify elements of their courses that could most effectively be transferred to the online platform and consider how to design the online material. We will pursue intentional and meaningful applications of digital tools and practices to make the most of our resources as we shift toward more web-based or web-enhanced curricula. Participants are encouraged to bring lesson plans or information regarding their content themes and units, as time will be provided for adapting existing course materials and developing new activities.

Please note: This session will look in depth at how the tools within Canvas can be leveraged in blended learning, but it is not a Canvas training. Basic knowledge of Canvas or previous experience using an LMS is recommended.

Outcome – By the end of this strand participants will be able to      
convert limited or extensive portions of course materials to make use of Canvas and other web-based tools to deliver a blended curriculum.

Participants will:

  1. Distinguish between flipped, blended, and web-enhanced instructional models.
  2. Identify specific course elements that can be enhanced by online delivery or engagement.
  3. Select Canvas and/or external tools in order to adapt existing (or create new) course materials that integrate and enhance both online and face-to-face instruction.

Navigation and Student Support focuses on supporting students that begin in Basic Education for Adults through critical points along their journey to certificates and degrees that lead to living wage work. This strand will focus on how to provide navigational services within a guided pathways approach, help students navigate to completion; consider our roles as institutional "gatekeepers" and how we can use this power for student benefit with a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) lens; persistence and emerging tools for supporting students in retention; cross-institutional work; and braided funding.

Outcome – By the end of this strand participants will be able to articulate a comprehensive vision for what pathway navigation can look like at their institution, name the major components, and develop key strategies for each component.

Participants will:

  1. Gain a better understanding of the navigator’s role within the guided pathways framework and how navigation contributes to student success
  2. Develop strategies to improve processes and build collaborative relationships to provide successful navigational support to students
  3. Apply a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) lens to the work of navigation

Participants in the Onboarding, Intake, and Orientation: From Inquiry to Enrollment strand will explore effective and innovative onboarding and student retention processes drawn from evidence-based practices. Conference pre-work will include reviewing advance copies of required and optional readings and a task to map your program’s intake and orientation process from the student’s first contact to their first day of class. Participants will review the guided pathways framework and associated strategies for enhancing the intake and orientation process. Program teams will have time to develop an action plan for implementing revised onboarding processes for their programs. This stand is intended for faculty and staff leading the design and implementation of an organization’s intake and orientation processes. We recommend sending teams of two (2) or more for this strand.

The Pathways: IET, Contextualized Instruction, and Dual Creditstrand will provide participants with ideas, models, and tools for the design and delivery of adult education in the context of guided pathways. A guided pathways approach situates adult education within the context of college and career education that leads to certificates and degrees with labor market value and academic learning. Strand participants will plan integrated education and training and contextualized instruction relative to the pathways available at their institutions. Topics covered will include dual credit in college and high school completion; metacognition and motivation; and fostering student self-efficacy. This strand is intended for faculty.

Outcome – By the end of this strand participants will be able to articulate a coherent understanding and strategic approach to adult education from a guided pathways framework with practical next steps.

Participants will:

  1. Map instruction to a guided pathways framework that is relevant to the participant’s institution
  2. Contextualize College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) to pathway program outcomes
  3. Strategize Pathway Development in relation to dual-credit, articulation agreements, and funding including Ability to Benefit


Red Lion Hotel Columbia Center

Please make your hotel reservations directly. Either online through the Red Lion Inn's booking link OR call 800-RED LION (733-5466) and provide them with your check-in Date and the group code (WACT0722) for Red Lion Hotel Columbia Center. The rate is $96/night (per diem). The block is available until July 2, 2018.


The following meals will be provided during our conference:

  • Monday, July 23rd — Lunch and Dinner
  • Tuesday, July 24th  Breakfast and Lunch
  • Wednesday, July 25th  Breakfast and Lunch

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