Photo of staff and faculty members in The Grove during a Flex Day event.







Flex Day - October 12, 2022 

We are excited to share a wide range of engaging and illuminating sessions for this upcoming Flex Day. Join us for breakfast and lunch on campus, and consider the option to attend some sessions in-person if you prefer. For more information, contact Ellen Young (

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Breakfast with Colleagues and Opening Session (8:00 am - 9:30 am)

Breakfast with Colleagues

Time: 8am - 8:30am
Location: 6-101/102
Facilitated by: Flex Day Planning Team

Join your colleagues for grab & go breakfast before the opening session.

College Hour: Updates on Six Key Initiatives from the 2022-2027 Educational Master Plan

Time: 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Hybrid: 6-101/102
Meeting ID: 836 8499 9196
Facilitated by: Cabinet

Coming soon!


Morning Sessions (9:45 am - 10:45 am)

Incorporating Transfer Awareness in Your Curriculum

Time: 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Hybrid: 23-205
Meeting ID: 874 401 75734
Facilitated by: Dave Meckler, Gloria Darafshi

Share ideas about creating assignments that increase student awareness of transfer possibilities and how to find out information about transfer.

Community of Practice: Retention Efforts on Campus

Time: 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Hybrid: 23-105
Meeting ID: 861 916 36181
Facilitated by: Ron Andrade

Communities of Practice (CoP) are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do, and through interaction and collaboration, learn how to do what they do better... This Community of Practice discussion will highlight the retention efforts that are taking place and the Communication, Connections and Community building that go into supporting students in the completion of their educational goals.

Making Equity Real: Supporting Students with Experience in Foster Care

Time: 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Meeting ID: Coming soon!
This session will also be live streaming in 23-203 

Facilitated by: Esther Villegas-Sandoval (presenter), Lorraine Barrales-Ramirez, Jilian Gomez, Sarita Santos

This workshop will begin by reviewing trauma, its impact on learning and behavior, and some of the shared vulnerabilities foster youth experience... The session will then discuss particular themes that arise when looking at the experiences of at-risk, minoritized, and/or vulnerable populations, such as the fluidity of fear, coming out (disclosure), and resiliency. Participants will then learn about trauma-informed classroom practices that can be implemented to facilitate learning. The workshop will conclude by discussing joy, connection, and allyship. After attending, participants will be able to identify and implement practical tips for fostering a trauma-informed approach in learning settings. Trauma-informed practices are instrumental in ensuring all learners and participants gain access to educational material and provided resources.


Morning Break (10:45 am - 11 am)


Morning Sessions II (11 am - 12 pm)

Zero-Cost Pathways: Updates from Sacramento and Next Steps

Time: 11am - 12pm
Meeting ID:850 147 68154
This session will also be live-streaming in 23-205
Facilitated by: Sarah Harmon

In 2021, the California State Budget included $115 million for zero-cost pathways at the California Community Colleges. The State Chancellor's Office has now outlined the various funding phases... which includes both guaranteed money for each college and competitive grants for larger program planning. What does that mean for Cañada? Come find out! Ask questions, and see how you can help build zero-textbook-cost pathways that lead to ADTs and Certificates.

Student First Course Schedule--Course modalities

Time: 11am-12pm
Hybrid: 23-203
Meeting ID: 833 752 22244
Facilitated by: Office of Instruction--VPI and Instructional Deans

One of the important elements of creating a student-first course schedule is course modality... In this workshop, we will share with you (a) the analysis of our course modality, (b) how instructional deans worked with faculty to determine various modality to meet student needs, and (c) how we meet students’ needs. Please come to join us and have conversation with us!

Lunch (12 pm - 12:45 pm)

Lunch in the Grove

Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: The Grove (Building 5, main cafeteria area)
Facilitated by: Flex Day Planning Team

Join your colleagues for grab & go lunch with vegetarian option. Outdoor seating is available


Afternoon Sessions I

Faculty Issues, Rights and Contract Negotiations

Time: 1pm-2pm
Hybrid: 23-205 
Meeting ID: 813 945 35311
Facilitated by: Salumeh Eslamieh, Michael Hoffman, & Vera Quijano

The AFT 1493 Cañada Chapter invites Faculty to  connect with their union representatives to share work-related issues, discuss our rights in the workplace and hear updates on current contract negotiations.

Your Input Needed! College Equity Action Planning, 2022-2025

Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Meeting ID:899 606 52527
This session will also be live streaming in 23-105
Facilitated by: Alex Claxton, Karen Engel, Alison Field, and Mary Ho

The college is updating its 3-year CCCCO Student Equity and Achievement (SEA) Program Plan and we need your input and feedback. Learn more about the SEA Program and how it fits with our larger equity and antiracism efforts at Cañada... Collaborate together to help set priorities for the next three years - what’s on our plate, what’s missing? Outcomes: · Learn about progress-to-date on SEAP (Student Equity & Achievement Program) & College Equity Plan, 2022-2025. · Share specific input & feedback for incorporation into our college equity / SEAP plans. · Help build shared vision / priorities for future equity & antiracism work.

Domestic Violence Awareness

Time: 1 pm - 3 pm
Meeting ID: Coming soon!
This session will also be live-streaming in 23-203
Facilitated by: Mariluisa Diaz, CORA

During this global pandemic, we've seen a large uptick in domestic abuse. Covid has brought on many new challenges for survivors of Domestic abuse, such as additional forms of isolation, trauma, distress, substance abuse and negative economic impacts... This presentation can assist in recognizing additional layers of stressors, and skills that can help support survivors with a trauma-informed lens. We also look deeper into tech-enabled abuse, one of the newest and most harmful forms of IPV. We breakdown the various components and share what to look out for in the ever-evolving world of technology. CORA: Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse

California Virtual Campus Webinar: Online Course Design Accessibility

Time: 2 pm - 3 pm
Meeting ID:Registration link
This session will also be live streaming in 23-103
Facilitated by: Jared Stein from Instructure & Dawn Okinaka from CCC Accessibility Center

Click "Read More" to see Session Description Topic 1: Universal Design for Learning & Canvas Presenter: Jared Stein – Vice President, Global Education Strategy/Higher Education, Instructure Description: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can improve teaching and learning in higher education. UDL is a teaching approach that focuses on the needs and abilities of all learners and eliminates unnecessary hurdles in the learning process. Jared will share UDL’s innovative best practices for Canvas and global learning and explore UDL approaches that different users can take–faculty, administrators, and staff. He will also discuss the current status of Canvas accessibility and Instructure’s roadmap for the year ahead. Topic 2: Statewide Accessibility Resource Round-Up Presenter: Dawn Okinaka – Director, California Community Colleges Accessibility Center Description: Join us for a “speed dating” version of discovering the amazing resources and support available from the CCC Accessibility Center for all community colleges in California! The CCC Accessibility Center proactively assesses the CCC system’s web and information technology accessibility needs and offers services, guidance, and technical assistance to help colleges in realizing an accessible technology environment. Diversity and inclusion are core values embraced by the California Community Colleges. Creating online courses that are accessible positively impacts all students, especially individuals with disabilities, offering greater opportunities for engagement and participation in the pursuit of lifelong learning. Topics will include current and new tools, services, and resources. Learn More Here:

Afternoon Sessions II

CSEA Know your Contract

Time: 2:40pm-4:30 pm
Hybrid: District Office Board Room
Meeting ID: Coming Soon!
Facilitated by: Dustin Patenaude, CSEA Labor Relations Representative; Annette M. Perot, CSEA Chapter 33 President

Classified employees are afforded many basic rights by law or through collective bargaining. Learn about your rights on the job and what you can do to protect yourself. The emphasis of CSEA’s Know Your Rights training workshop is to assist members in detecting violations of the law and their collective bargaining agreements.

Afternoon Coffee and Treats at the Library: See What the Library can do for You and Your Students

Time: 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Location: Library
Facilitated by: Diana Tedone-Goldstone, Chris Burns, Carlos Luna, Tessa Noriega, Paul Gaskins

Come to the Library to tour the library space. Learn about services and resources that support student learning including free student printing. Or kick back and explore our growing comics collection and comfortable study spaces. Beverages and treats will be available.

Title IX - What's that got to do with me?

Time: 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Meeting ID:882 127 93478
This session will also be live-streaming in 23-205
Facilitated by: Mwanaisha Sims

EVERYTHING!!!  Come learn what you need to know about Title IX and your reporting obligations.  In this one-hour informative session, you will learn reporting requirements and the Title IX process.