Books and Literature


Birthing Internal Images: Employing the Cajita Project as a Contemplative Activity in a College Classroom
by Vijay Kanagala, Laura I. Rendón

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Ascending Toward New Heights: Building Navigational Capital for Latinx Community College Students
by Erin Doran, Paul Hengesteg

The Ascender program was created in 2012 by Catch the Next Inc., to address the challenges of increasing community college retention and transfer rates, especially among Latinx students in developmental education. This study looks at the experiences of participants in this program and how it provided validating experiences and fostered their navigational capital on campus and through the transfer process. Results show that a rich first-year experience and additional engagement with the Ascender program helps students learn how to better navigate the complex systems of financial aid and transfer processes while also building their confidence as successful college students.

Doran, Erin E. and Hengesteg, Paul, "Ascending Toward New Heights: Building Navigational Capital for Latinx Community College Students" (2020). Education Publications. 176.   
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Teaching Latinx Students With Cariño: Using Validation Theory and Culturally Inclusive Pedagogy in Catch the Next’s Ascender Program
by Rafael Castillo

CTN has grown successfully as a state-wide initiative building a strong, data-driven program that allows students to grow intellectually, to read competently, and to expand their self-worth. The Ascender model enriches students to become civic participants and assume roles for the benefit of all people, regardless of color. Teaching through validation theory increases their self-worth and allows students to influence others and assert their identity skills in classroom environments. It is worth noting that CTN continues to forge ahead in a state with shifting budgets, earning accolades and supporting excellence as one of its foundational colleges, Palo Alto College, earned the Rising Star Award from the Aspen Foundation. Catch the Next’s Ascender Programs continue to gain philanthropic support from the Greater Texas Foundation, the Meadows Foundation, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

NEW DIRECTIONS FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGES, no. 190, Summer 2020 © 2020 Wiley Periodicals LLC Published online in Wiley Online Library ( • DOI: 10.1002/cc.20386

Teaching Latinx Students With Cariño

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Validating Students in an Online Teaching Environment

Below is a collection of literature to help us understand the importance of validating all students' experiences especially those of first generation college students. COVID has disparately impacted these students and has uncovered the reality that they're facing.

Validating Culturally Diverse Students: Toward a New Model of Learning and Student DevelopmentASPIRATIONS TO ACHIEVEMENT Men of Color and Community CollegesThe COVID-igital DivideFirst-Generation Students’ Experiences During the COVID-19 PandemicConnecting Communities During COVID-19Redesigning College Admission: COVID-19, Access And EquityCreando una cultura universitaria: How an Ed Tech non-profit engages families of elementary aged future first-generation Latin@ college students




Teaching and Learning at a Distance: Foundations of Distance Education , 6th Ed, 2015, by Simonson, Smaldino, and Zvacek.


Pedagogical Trends


The hyperlinked article titles below will re-direct you to pages or downloadable documents wtih the most recent trends in pedagogy.

11 Top Trends in Higher Education A perspective on the higher education landscape

2020 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report™ Anticipating the future of Teaching and Learning