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Monday, November 4, 2019: 11:00am-Noon

The Key to College Admissions

Capitol Ballroom A

Jim "J." Kelly, Manager of Instruction, Mastery Prep

Help students transform into must-have college recruits and enable them to attract the best college for their passion and skills. Gain valuable tips and engagement strategies from The College Playbook, including a five-point strategy that simplifies the college admissions process and suggested activities and discussion topics you can use to drive each strategy home.

Former wards of the state: Factors of enrollment and persistence in undergraduate education

Capitol Ballroom B-C

Victoria McWilliams, Talent Search Coordinator; University of Texas at Arlington

More than twenty thousand children in the foster care system exit because they are formally emancipated each year.  These children are wholly ill-prepared to take on the full responsibilities of adult life and often end up homeless, incarcerated, or suffer other ill consequences as a direct result of being in foster care.  There are over 150,000 young people between the ages of 18-25 who are eligible to attend a college with 70-79% of these young people expressing the desire to go to college.  For these potential college students, factors of attending and completing college are compounded by their instability in housing, fluid primary, and secondary education and lack of knowledge in the college-going experience.  This research looks at those students who have exited the foster care system; their decision to go to college and their continued choice to stay enrolled in a four-year public institution using a qualitative research design.

Financial Coaching Fosters Financial Empowerment

Capitol Ballroom F

Cami Sheaffer, NACCC Financial Health Counselor, MoneyCoach Manager; University of Oklahoma and MidFirst Bank

Think about your favorite coach. Think about the characteristics that made them effective. Financial coaches help students set goals, create a game plan, and then support the student to success. This session distinguishes the relevance of financial coaching; provides financial coaching techniques and tips for implementation during one-to-one sessions; and demonstrates how building professional relationships with students fosters their willingness to increase financial literacy. MidFirst Bank and the University of Oklahoma partnered to create the MidFirst Bank MoneyCoach Program to assist students with financial planning and education.   Learning outcomes for this session: 1. Discover the difference between financial counseling and coaching 2. Learn financial coaching techniques and tips for one-to-one student meetings 3. Learn how to help students complete a plan to pay for college and support them as they carry out their plan 4. Explore how your program can average 85 student attendees at your financial education workshops.

Autism Spectrum Disorder as Explained by Sheldon Cooper

Capitol Ballroom G-H

Ronda McLelland, Director of TRIO Student Support Services; University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville

This session discusses some of the behaviors that students on the autism spectrum exhibit.   The presenter will offer suggestions on dealing with these behaviors and ways to make students on the autism spectrum more comfortable in a college setting. Open to all college based programs.

Going the Distance with Blumen Online (BOT)

Capitol View Terrace North

Gunjan Seth, VP Operations, Compansol

Spend an hour with a Blumen professional and learn how to manage your TRIO data from start to finish.  Learn how easy it is to check APR fields for errors, and how to check PE Points. The Blumen professional will demonstrate how easy it is to utilize queries to get the data you need and not the data you do not need.  Need to send the participants a text?  Lets learn how!  Going the distance with your TRIO grant is easy when you have Blumen

Increasing Student Persistence: Supports for College Students with Disabilities

Capitol View Terrace South

Kim Warren, LCSW, Associate Director-On Campus Trio Programs/Project Director Regular SSS

Marian Scott, Project Director- SSS Teacher Prep/SSS Disability

Students with Disabilities (SWD) are often overlooked and misunderstood.  Presenters will discuss barriers and supports for SWD at the post-secondary level as well as discuss SWD differences AND similarities to other college students.  Presenters will also describe SWD landscape at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, including the consistent increase in SWD at the post-secondary level as well as the prevalence of learning and psychological disabilities.  Open to all college based programs.

Unique Perspectives: Veterans in TRIO

Creekside

Alan Parsons, Kristi Wilson, and Tommie Campbell; Arkansas Tech University

What does it mean to be a veteran in higher education? How can TRIO help? This session will look at the perspective and unique characteristics of veterans going to college. Presenters will share their experiences and discuss how TRIO programs can support veterans to become and remain academically successful.

Monday, November 4, 2019: 1:30pm-2:20pm

Maximizing ACT & SAT Scores – What the Test Makers Don't Want You to Know - A Simple & Effective Solution to Raising Skills and Scores

Capitol Ballroom A

Jim Giovannini, Owner, Academic Tutoring

Yuval Trachtenberg, Vice President, Academic Tutoring

Although test makers want you and your students to be intimidated by their exams, the reality is that you can boost your students’ confidence and raise their scores significantly by using a very simple and effective test preparation approach that we call "BSP".  With nearly thirty years of ACT and SAT Preparation experience, Academic Tutoring’s ACT and SAT SUCCESS test preparation program will show you how not to overwhelm your students, but rather how to use "BSP" to build their confidence.  Our method balances the appropriate review of skills with proven test-taking strategies to raise scores quickly, easily, and affordably.  Our direct, easy to use materials, and effective methods will ensure your staff and students have a program that is truly tailored around your implementation model. From staff professional development to our award-winning student Boot Camps, we work together with you to help ensure your students achieve their best score on these exams. Also, our materials and services include data reports, textbooks, and online courses that create instantaneous success.  Attend this session to learn exactly what "BSP" means and how to use it.  You will also take back to your students proven strategies that will immediately impact their ACT and/or SAT scores!  Let’s have a conversation about your program and your students; we’d love to help!

Psychological Effects of Music on the Average At-Risk Youth

Capitol Ballroom B-C

Ava Johnson, Certified Music Producer

“The Psychological Effects of Music” teaching directors how music that their students listening 24 hours a day affects their behavior, attention span, money spending habits, drinking habits, etc.  She teaches on how to wake the students up and to use music to their advantage instead of their disadvantage.  Students learn how alcohol companies target them utilizing mainstream media. Once they understand how tv images affects their brain, they why it's CRUCIAL that they think critically while watching tv and how images can affect their money, students now have the knowledge to make better choices. “We have the ANSWER on how to get through to the average at-risk student. This is a favorite workshop of students for 4 years at the Preventing Crime in the Black Community Conference. We give directors clarity on how to get through to the average at risk student giving them the tools with how to tend to the emotional/mental health of the student.  Directors will also learn fun enrichment activities they can use . This session is highly interactive.

empower-Using Data and Technology to Improve Outcomes

Capitol Ballroom F

Patricia Mahomond, Director, Strategic Initiatives;  Council for Opportunity in Education

empower- Complete the APR and more!   Complete the APR and more!  Attention Talent Search and Upward Bound professionals-How would you like to access and use your data in quickly and more meaningfully?  empower is a secure, cloud-based suite of tools using best-in-class technology to help access and analyze data.  With this cloud-based data solution developed by the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), you can integrate student data from multiple stakeholders—schools, community partners, colleges, and TRIO program leaders, collaborate across school and community partners to plan for student success, and track interactions with students as individuals and groups.   empower is competitively priced with other APR software and completely web-based.  There is no need to purchase disks or download desktop- based software, just  log in from anywhere on any internet-connected device.

Veterans Upward Bound Round Table

Capitol Ballroom G-H

Mary Meeks, Director Veterans Upward Bound; East Central University

Round Table discussion of best practices for recruiting, providing services, and conducting follow up with participants, and coordinating efforts with other programs and organizations. Program regulations and the annual performance report will also be addressed.

Audit Readiness

Capitol View Terrace North

Kimberly Caruso, Technology & Performance Coordinator

The prospect of an audit or site visit can be intimidating to most people; however, it does not need to be. You can achieve a smooth, efficient audit or site visit that provides major value to your Program by adhering to one principle: preparation.  Having an outsider review your documented procedures can highlight weaknesses or failure points you need to consider. As you can imagine, having your work processes questioned is not a comfortable situation. It can take some time to mentally prepare to receive constructive criticism and feedback, and to reframe your perspective of your processes in order to continuously improve them.  In this presentation we will review the steps necessary to prepare for a successful visit.

Department of Education (TS and Gear UP)

Capitol View Terrace South

Meet representatives from the US Department of Education TRIO programs and get the latest updates.

Department of Education (UB and UBMS)

Creekside

Meet representatives from the US Department of Education TRIO programs and get the latest updates.

Monday, November 4, 2019: 2:30pm-3:20pm

Department of Education One-on-Ones

Capitol Ballroom A

The representatives from the US Department of Education will also be available for 15 minute one-on-one meetings.

Don't Pollute! Kreate a Kahoot!

Capitol Ballroom B-C

Diane Walker, TRIO Director; Northeastern State University

Audra Conner, TRIO Director; American Indian Resource Center, Inc

Tired of the "same old-same old"? Feeling the need to inject some new life into your sessions? Are you ready to engage your students and parents on a higher level? Join us to learn how to create and use this free technology tool to generate excitement, ignite conversation and spark a little friendly competition into your workshops and presentations. It's like hosting your very own TRIO Game Show!

Hip-Hop Education

Capitol Ballroom F

RJ Woods, Coordinator, McNair Scholars Program; University of Central Oklahoma

Anti-deficit pedagogy is an innovative and practical concept that aids in closing the content and cultural gap minority students face in education through the use of hip-hop education. Minority students often bear an undue burden in regards to accessing standard content under current pedagogical approaches. They are faced with unrealistic expectations of simultaneously learning content, the context of the content, and the skills and tools needed to access and unpack the content. Those expectations are in addition to minority students being discouraged and disconnected from a system of education that seemingly devalues them by either ignoring contributions made by individuals that they share commonalities with or that offers minimal acknowledgement of events with any significant relevance. Anti-deficit pedagogy addresses many of the critical issues responsible for the expanding cultural gap between students and educators who are content knowledgeable, but lack cultural proficiency.

Creating a team of TRIO black belts: Achievers, finishers, and leaders

Capitol Ballroom G-H

Nguyen Griggs, Consultant

While “TEAM” may stand for Together Everyone Achieves More, suppose we could also retain and nurture our members too? Given the theme of “Start 2 Finish,” this session will focus on creating a culture of success within your TRIO teams that allows for progress checks, adjustments and definitive goals. We will start with a basic approach and finish by building a success plan that each attendee can create for their specific campus. Session outcomes include:

  • Assessing your team’s abilities and aspirations
  • Creating a team focused measurement tool for progress and growth
  • Focusing on the 5 primary elements of successful teams and leaders
  • Developing strategies for better parental involvement
  • Utilizing interpersonal jujitsu when dealing with difficult people
  • Learning to let go and release yourself from the setbacks

The most important goal of this session is to help attendees understand how to successfully grow as leaders and develop future leaders.

Call me, tweet me if you wanna reach me: Technology and Student Communication

Capitol View Terrace North

Benjamin Trahan and Coty Lovelady, Alumni Advisors; KIPP New Orleans Schools

Our presentation is designed to identify effective methods for communicating with college students. We will examine the method of contact, impact of contact, and specific strategies. The presentation will provide insight to script development for those interested in developing their own texts scripts. We will take a data dive into which methods are most effective for contacting college-age students. Examples of our topics include: individual text vs. mass text; Facebook vs. Instagram, call vs. email, text vs. image.   Our presentation aims to answer the following questions:  1. The Who – Who needs to be contacted?  2. The What - What is the most effective and ineffective methods of communicating with college students? 3. The Where – Where are students most responsive? (platform, method)  4. The When - When are the most effective times to communicate? 5. The Why – Why are we communicating with students and why are they responding or not responding? 6. The How – How do we prioritize the effective methods of communication?

Test Anxiety is Real

Capitol View Terrace South

Cheryl Baird, Cambridge

Come to this session to learn how to permanently eliminate test anxiety. Attendees will learn how to demystify standardized testing and gain confidence to consistently perform to their true potential. Attendees will practice actual test problems and learn methods to enjoy math, science, reading and English problems by finishing early and recognizing problem-types in advance. You will leave this session feeling proud for mastering simplified methods to ace regularly tested problems.

Target Audience: Professionals serving pre-college students, Upward Bound, Talent Search, Educational Opportunity Center, Upward Bound Math and Science, Veteran's Upward Bound, Professionals serving college students, Student Support Services, McNair Scholars Program.

StudentAccess: The Leader in TRIO Software!

Creekside

Tony Golobic, Senior Vice President

Join our session to learn about how StudentAccess can help you manage your participant data. Utilities like the Multiple Student Tool, Dynamic Report Generator, and Data Set Editor help you efficiently manage data and create custom reports, and the Text Message and Email Generators assist you with keeping in contact with your participants. We follow the Department of Education reporting requirements for all grant types to ensure that our Annual Performance Report Generator is up-to-date.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019: 2:00pm-2:50pm

Department of Education One-on-Ones

Capitol Ballroom A

The representatives from the US Department of Education will also be available for 15 minute one-on-one meetings.

Test Anxiety Must Never Suppress a Student’s Intrinsic Belief in their Ability to Succeed

Capitol Ballroom B-C

Michelle Hayes, Consultant, Retired Principal

Come Celebrate!  This TRIO classroom, research-based presentation will help attendees master methods for their student to ace regularly tested problems, review and master math, science, reading and English skills, and learn the concept of test wiseness. We will applaud ourselves for developing confidence for our students to eliminate test anxiety and for them to enjoy the testing process as they anticipate answers in advance!  This information can be passed on to students so no one allows an exam to interfere with a student’s ability to succeed.  Come to this session to learn how to permanently eliminate test anxiety.  Attendees will learn how to:  1) Demystify the standardized testing process,  2) Gain confidence to consistently perform at a level consistent with your true potential and ability,  3) Understand what represents the correct answer on any exam,  4) Learn how to master the “big three” opportunities to increase test scores.

Leadership Jujitsu: Winning without fighting

Capitol Ballroom F

Nguyen Griggs, Consultant

Instead of meeting force with force, “Jujitsu” focuses on redirecting energy, flowing with situations and creating harmony while embracing compassion. Imagine using those concepts in your work and home life. Participants will be treated to a fun, engaging and very interactive session filled with stories, research and real world examples where strength and flexibility are essential to success but flow and redirection create opportunities for growth. Additional elements will include exercises in communication, leadership styles and team building. The takeaways for this session include:  • Improving connections with others  • Effective conflict management techniques  • A basic lesson in Jujitsu that demonstrates how to "let go" of your hang ups • How to use the right questions to reveal answers and create stronger commitment from your team  The overall outcomes for this session include improved leadership, better communications and enhanced team development.

The Power of TRUST in Teams

Capitol Ballroom G-H

Cheryl Lindle, Academic Counselor for TRIO SSS, Tulsa Community College

An experiential session on the power of Trust in Teams.  We will explore Patrick Lencioni's work on how to build healthy teams.  The necessity of trust in relationships is not rocket science, however, building trust can be a challenge if there is an unwillingness to reveal vulnerabilities.  Teams must have trust, so they can have productive conflict, AND if teams have no conflict, then they are most likely saying 'yes' when they mean, 'no'!  The session will be engaging, experiential, and relevant.  We will also look at the work of Brene' Brown, and Laura Lipsky, addressing: Vulnerability, Trauma Stewardship, and Self Care.

Curriculum, not Cramming, is the Key to High-Skills, High-Wage and High-Demand Jobs

Capitol View Terrace North

Carol Ford, Retired High School English Department Chair

Students cram before exams, but obtaining high-demand careers requires curriculum that addresses: 1) educating parents to overcome the parent gap, 2) permanently overcoming test anxiety,                                                            3) motivation for daily MS and HS practice of a college and career culture,                                                                                                       4) how to obtain scholarships and navigate the admissions process,  5) fulfilling college and career opportunities,  6) early identification of verbal and math skill gaps,  7) formative assessment for mastery of college and career readiness,  8) timed problem-types on standardized exams, and 9) test-wiseness and test-taking strategies aligned with daily activities.  Attendees will learn to align MS and HS assignments and appropriate assessments to college and career readiness standards, admissions requirements, test mechanics and motivation for daily practice of college culture.

Level Up Your Team Through Effective Communication

Capitol View Terrace South

Rockell Bartoli, Speaker & Author

What does your personality type mean for your style of communication? This interactive workshop will help participants to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their specific personality types, along with those of their colleagues. Participants will learn how to improve upon their weaknesses in order to become better communicators who can help create a culture that supports and encourages positive working relationships. Discover what your personality says about you.

Maximizing ACT & SAT Scores – What the Test Makers Don't Want You to Know - A Simple & Effective Solution to Raising Skills and Scores

Creekside

Jim Giovannini, Owner, Academic Tutoring

Yuval Trachtenberg, Vice President, Academic Tutoring

Although test makers want you and your students to be intimidated by their exams, the reality is that you can boost your students’ confidence and raise their scores significantly by using a very simple and effective test preparation approach that we call "BSP".  With nearly thirty years of ACT and SAT Preparation experience, Academic Tutoring’s ACT and SAT SUCCESS test preparation program will show you how not to overwhelm your students, but rather how to use "BSP" to build their confidence.  Our method balances the appropriate review of skills with proven test-taking strategies to raise scores quickly, easily, and affordably.  Our direct, easy to use materials, and effective methods will ensure your staff and students have a program that is truly tailored around your implementation model. From staff professional development to our award-winning student Boot Camps, we work together with you to help ensure your students achieve their best score on these exams. Also, our materials and services include data reports, textbooks, and online courses that create instantaneous success.  Attend this session to learn exactly what "BSP" means and how to use it.  You will also take back to your students proven strategies that will immediately impact their ACT and/or SAT scores!  Let’s have a conversation about your program and your students; we’d love to help!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019: 3:00pm-3:50pm

Department of Education One-on-Ones

Capitol Ballroom A

The representatives from the US Department of Education will also be available for 15 minute one-on-one meetings.

The Myth of the Bad Test Taker

Capitol Ballroom B-C

 

Jim "J." Kelly, Manager of Instruction, Mastery Prep

"She bombed the ACT because she is a bad test taker."

If you've ever said this or heard it said, this workshop is for you. Students are not " bad test takers," they just haven’t yet learned good test-taking habits. Come join MasteryPrep for an informative session led by our own ACT and SAT specialist. This workshop promises practical tips you can share with your students and colleagues to erase the myth and help students build confidence and become better test-takers.

Put Your Head Into It: Brain Science Strategies for Student Engagement

Capitol Ballroom F

Whitney Srsen and Aimee Gutowski, DreamCatcher Curriculum Co-Founders & Co-Owners

When it comes to college prep for students, you gotta put your head into it! Integrating brain science into your curriculum/workshops can have a dynamic impact on engagement, deeper learning, and overall success. This interactive session covers brain-centered, innovative strategies for mindful student instruction utilizing techniques discovered through neurological research. Engaging the brain can provide a lasting impression to better ensure a successful transition to college. Discover best practices for incorporating neuroscience into college prep/success curriculum, assessments, and engagement activities. Attendees will walk away with samples of brain-friendly curriculum materials and activities ready to present to students!

Counseling & Advising Veterans on an Education Program Plan

Capitol Ballroom G-H

Chevonne Neal, Director; Southeastern Louisiana University

The National Association for Veterans Upward Bound Programs has 64 programs that operate differently.  This session will present the best practices for the Veterans Upward Bound program at Southeastern Louisiana University.  It addresses factors to consider when meeting with a Veteran, reviewing their needs assessment and providing counseling & advising to develop their education program plan and program completion.

OnTrack to Post-Secondary Education

Capitol View Terrace North

Michael Hackman, Managing Director; Olga Nava, San Jacinto College

OnTrack to Post-Secondary Education is a (free) college and career readiness eLearning curriculum designed to help 9th-12th grade students successfully navigate high school, understand the process and requirements to obtain some type of post-secondary education and how to access and receive financial aid. OnTrack is delivered through grade specific short videos, covering topics such as: Developing Strong Study Skills, ACT/SAT Prep, Resolving Conflict, FAFSA completion and Paying for College. Workshop participants will be given a demonstration of the OnTrack system from a student, mentor and staff perspective and hear from the San Jacinto College Upward Bound Program Coordinator about how her students are successfully using the OnTrack system. Session attendees will also learn about OnTrack's outcome measures, receive recommendations around effective system implementation and hear about the annual OnTrack college scholarship competition process open to 12th grade Students. Over 70 TRIO programs are currently Going the Distance using OnTrack. (ontrackpse.com)

Dramatically Raising SAT, GRE, and ACT Scores- Much More Than Cramming for a Test

Capitol View Terrace South

Cheryl Baird, Cambridge

Concurrent IV, Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm, White Oak

Students can always choose to cram the weekend before exams, but true TRIO student achievement involves: 1) motivation for weekly practice of a college and career culture, 2) knowledge of how to success-fully obtain scholarships by navigating the admissions process, 3) identification of verbal and math skill gaps, 4) mastery of college and graduate school core skills, 5) identification of a lucrative and fulfilling ca-reer opportunity, and 6) successful application of test-wiseness and test-taking strategies.


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