It Takes A College to Build a Student – College of the Sequoias

In an effort to reach as many of the colleges spread across the Central Valley, on April 5th we held another CVRN Regional Event, It Takes a College to Build a Student – CVRN South, hosted by the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA.  Like the group at San Joaquin Delta, the Central Valley represented itself again with a showing of nearly 30 faculty, staff, and administration from Merced, Madera, Visalia, Porterville, Bakersfield, and more!  They also discussed Habits of Mind successful students exhibit and how to teach, evoke, and encourage those habits in their students and on their campuses.

One of the groups focused on the important habit of empathy.  They led off their presentation with a brief story:


To accentuate their point on the importance of empathy, they also showed the following video, a possible addition to any class or campus lesson to build this Habit of Mind:


Another group took a page from Cerritos College’s successful iFALCON program, developing ideas for a campus-wide  drive to push Habits of Mind.  Using the mascot for each of their campuses, the Bakersfield Renegades became SUPERGADE, the Fresno City Rams became RAMTASTIC, and the Porterville Pirates became ePIRATE, each an acronym for important Habits of Mind:


After watching their presentation, I couldn’t help but wonder: How could we do this on my campus? How could we do this on each campus in the Central Valley?

Unable to attend the event that day?  Or want to refresh your memory of the day and the discussion?  Don’t worry!

At the end of the post you’ll find a copy of the day’s PowerPoint presentation for your use.  Feel free to share it with your colleagues, and remember to try out these strategies in your classroom and on your campus.  Connect with like-minded faculty and develop a lesson.  Spread the word to other departments and start a movement on your campus.  It only takes a few willing and brave people to get the ball rolling:

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Keep coming back to our Central Valley website for more updates, events, and information!  And, please, share your good work with us, Donna Cooper ( and Erik Armstrong (, and we’ll share your work with the region and the state.  Until next time, take care!

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