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When Students Have Ninety-Nine Problems and Your Syllabus Is One: Five Equity-Minded Practices That Remove Barriers for Success

Total Credits: 0.1 CEUs

Dr. Andrea Dardello
1 hour
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Apr 24, 2023


Many community college students face a number of barriers that threaten their ability to meet academic goals, including work, competing obligations with family and friends, and bills that make paying for college difficult. Yet, with hope, they enroll at community colleges with a desire to change the trajectory of their lives, only to be met with policies that exacerbate the pressures they already face. Many times, the syllabus paints the class as one more problem they must overcome, lengthening the path to their success rather than providing a roadmap for its attainment. This webinar helps instructors recognize some of the barriers created by the tone and policies in the syllabus and provides strategies for using the syllabus as a tool to create a clearer path to students’ success.

By the end of this workshop, participants know or will be able to:

  • Identify distinctive needs community college students have.
  • Identify ways in which the syllabus can anticipate and address the needs of community college students.
  • Begin transforming deficit-minded practices and policies to equity-minded practices and policies.

Certificate, Digital Badge, and CEU

All webinar participants can obtain, at no additional cost:

  • A digital badge and certificate that provide a web-enabled, verifiable documentation of your professional learning experience.
  • CEUs, which are awarded by passing the post-webinar learning assessment with a score of 80% or better.


Dr. Andrea Dardello's Profile

Dr. Andrea Dardello Related Seminars and Products

Senior Diversity Officer Associate Professor of English

Frederick Community College

Dr. Andrea D. Dardello is the founder of Strategic Teaching and Reaching, LLC, an educational consulting service that equips community college faculty and administrators to facilitate the success of African American and Hispanic students through restorative and culturally responsive teaching practices.

During her 30-year career as a community college educator, Dr. Dardello has trained over 120 faculty and administrators across the U.S in culturally responsive teaching pedagogy, trained nearly 200 community college faculty across the U.S. in implicit bias and microaggression training, and led faculty in syllabus and assignment audits to create equitable grading practices.

Using data-driven analysis to identify and develop targeted interventions for underserved students, Dr. Dardello led faculty trained in Culturally Responsive Teaching to meet institutional benchmarks of 74 percent success rates for Asian, Latinx, African American, and White students enrolled in face-to-face, hybrid, structured remote, and online courses.

As Acting Senior Diversity Officer at Frederick Community College, Dr. Dardello led cross-functional teams to produce outcomes for the institution’s DEI Strategic Plan.

Dr. Dardello is a certified restorative practice facilitator, a certified professional coach, and a trained communicator and motivational speaker. Dr. Dardello is also a retired community college educator and proud mother of a teenage son.