DAY 1: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
OPENING PLENARY SESSION
Special Greetings: Dr. Amanda Ellis, Associate Commissioner for Next Generation Learners, Kentucky Department of Education
Keynote Speaker: Mr. Greg Darnedier, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Education on the College Access Initiative at the U.S. Department of Education
- The Importance and Use of College Readiness Assessments
Jim Morris, Regional Director, ACT Aspire, Inc.
LUNCHEON PLENARY: COLLEGE AND CAREER ADVISING DISCUSSION PANEL
- Dr. Aaron Thompson, Executive Vice President, Council on Postsecondary Education
- Ms. Sharonda Steele, Director, Upward Bound, Bluegrass Community and Technical College
- Dr. Telly Sellars, President, Kentucky Association for Academic Advising
- Ms. Jennifer Glass, School Counselor, Lloyd Memorial High School
- Mr. Chris Reeves, School Counselor, Beechwood High School, Member, National Association for College Admissions Counselors (NACAC)
- Dr. Brett Zyromski, Director, School Counseling Program at Northern Kentucky University and Co-Founder of the National Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference
- Moderator: Dr. Deborah Walker, President and CEO, Collaborative for Teaching and Learning
EVIDENCE-BASED SCHOOL COUNSELING BOOT CAMP (for GEAR UP Kentucky school teams only)
Facilitator: Dr. Brett Zyromski, Director, School Counseling Program at Northern Kentucky University and Co-Founder of the National Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference
BUILDING P-20 PARTNERSHIPS FOR EFFECTIVE COLLEGE AND CAREER ADVISING (for superintendents, postsecondary institutional representatives, outreach practitioners, and other education professionals)
- Dr. Aaron Thompson, Executive Vice President, Council on Postsecondary Education
- Mr. Greg Darnedier, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Education on the College Access Initiative, U.S. Department of Education
- Ms. Lee Nimocks, Vice President for Policy, Planning and Operations, Council on Postsecondary Education
- The Impact of Data-Driven Comprehensive School Counseling, Dr. Kathy Burkhardt, Superintendent, Erlanger/Elsmere School District
DAY 2: Wednesday, October 28, 2015
CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS I (9 – 10:15 am)
- CLOSING THE GAP: A FIVE-POINT APPROACH TO STUDENT SUCCESS IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Kara Davies, Special Education Facilitator, George Rogers Clark High School, Winchester, KYThe session focuses on bridging the gap in the vulnerable special education population of students with Learning and Behavior Disorders (LBD). This evidence-based, five-point approach implemented by George Rogers Clark High School promotes 21st century skills through interventions to move the marginalized back into the margins, build independence and capability, and ensure students are ready to engage in a college or career track. Participants will learn how to battle learned helplessness and take away specific strategies for motivating the disengaged learner including how to target specific groups for successful literacy interventions, how to enhance classroom learning with the meaningful use of technology, how to ensure social skills instruction to groups of students with significant deficits in this area, and many other practical strategies to move special education students forward.
- PREPARING BOYS OF COLOR FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS
Dr. Roger Cleveland, Associate Professor, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
Dr. Roszalyn Akins, Director, BMW Academy, Lexington, KYFirst Baptist Church Bracktown operates the successful BMW Academy. The program provides intense academic and social support to young African American males in grades K – 12. The BMW Academy offers educational and social activities to increase the number of African American males participating in advance science and math. The young men participating in the BMW Academy are out-performing other African American males in math and reading. The BMW Academy has received numerous awards as well as national recognition. The church collaborates with the United Way, University of Kentucky, Fayette County Public Schools, The Urban League and Chase Bank. This College and Career Readiness program is preparing African American males for life after high school. Come see what all the excitement is about and why parents are clamoring to get their sons in the program.
- KENTUCKY UNBRIDLED CAREERS: WORKING TO ACCOMPLISH THE NORTH STAR GOAL
Dr. John “Jack” Herlihy, President, The Herlihy Group, Inc.
Jack Herlihy, Jr. Kentucky Unbridled Careers Coordinator, The Herlihy Group, Inc.This session outlines the Kentucky Unbridled Careers mentoring initiative, a program that unites education and industry to help students and job seekers achieve their goals and address workforce development needs in their communities. Participants will learn how Kentucky Unbridled Careers can assist public schools in meeting their GEAR UP objectives and iniusing the ILP/Career Cruising platform as an advising tool to connect students with local businesses for career development activities such as internships, job shadowing, co-op, guest speaking, and summer jobs.
- NO MORE PUDDLES: HOW JEFFERSON COUNTY IS AVOIDING SUMMER MELT
Jennifer Brophy, Global Leadership Community Counselor, Senecca High School, Jefferson County Public Schools
Emma Brown, Director of Community Engagement, 55K DegreesIn 2015, a collaborative action network in Louisville organized 3 interventions focused on summer melt reduction. Summer melt is a national phenomenon where students intend to go to college but fail to attend. Within Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), melt rates have risen to 20% in 2013 from 6% in 2008. The 3 interventions included text message nudges, individual summer coaches, and an increased partnership between JCPS and Jefferson Community & Technical College (JCTC). This interactive session will include a discussion of the challenges and successes of each intervention.
- MAKING THE SENIOR YEAR FUN AGAIN: A COLLEGE APPLICATION CAMP
Chris Reeves Counselor, Beechwood High School, Ft. Mitchell, KY
Beechwood High School Student Panelists: Claire Bickers, Grant Birindelli, and Shelby SchultzLearn first-hand how to host a summer college application camp. In addition to discussing the camp’s structure, participants will explore how to help students “own” the college application process. Participants will also learn about the benefits of collaborating with local colleges on essays reviews and receive implementation and data collection resources including a model camp schedule
CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS II (10:30 – 11:45 am)
- BUILDING DUAL CAPACITY FOR SYSTEMIC FAMILY-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS TO IMPROVE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
Cindy Baumert, Director, Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership, Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, Lexington, KYFor schools and districts across Kentucky, family engagement is rapidly shifting from a low-priority recommendation to an integral part of school improvement efforts. Learn how to build capacity among educators and families to partner with one another around student success by understanding the goals and conditions necessary to chart a path toward effective family engagement efforts that are linked to student achievement, school improvement, and readiness for college and career. Participants will learn how to assess family and community engagement using the “Missing Piece of the Proficiency Puzzle”, connect family engagement to school improvement efforts, and think about the quality of family-school partnerships on a continuum.
- GRIT: THE OTHER 21ST CENTURY SKILL
Dr. Dan Connell, Assistant Vice President for Adult Education and College Access, Morehead State University
Crystal Riddle, Counseling Coordinator, Morehead State University Talent Search
Annette Wilder, Counseling Coordinator, Morehead State University Talent SearchDo your students have grit? Join our lecture and discussion on how non-cognitive factors such as resilience, persistence, and grit enhance academic success and postsecondary completion. Participants will learn strategies and curriculum that can develop these traits to increase educational attainment.
- CTE AND CAREER PATHWAYS 101
Leslie Slaughter, Policy Advisor, Office of Career and Technical Education, Kentucky Department of Education
Kiley Whitaker, Data Manager, Office of Career and Technical Education, Kentucky Department of EducationThis interactive session will engage participants in direct instruction, as well as small and large group discussions, around effective implementation practices related to secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE). Participants will clarify common CTE terminology, discuss ways to align program offerings to the needs of the local community and workforce, understand how CTE impacts a school’s CCR accountability, and explore best practices associated with the implementation of career pathways.
- GOING STRAIGHT TO THE SOURCE: WHAT WORKS WITH PREPARING FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENTS
Dr. Brett Morris, Executive Director for Enrollment Management, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
Ms. Shelley Park, Executive Director for Retention and Graduation, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KYWhile financial aid is a well-known barrier for first-generation college students, understanding the social class achievement gap is often overlooked. This moderated discussion features a diverse group of first-generation college students who will share their story of overcoming the odds to college success. Come hear about their struggles and triumphs as they transitioned from high school to college. This session offers an opportunity to ask the student panel specific questions related to how, as professionals, we can remove barriers students and their families face.
- COLLEGE SIGNING DAY: A STRATEGY OF SUCCESS FOR FIRST GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENTS
Jennifer Glass, School Counselor, Lloyd Memorial High School, Erlanger/Elsmere Independent SchoolsCollege Signing Day is a program developed to assist families of first-generation college bound students throughout their college exploration experience. It guides seniors through each step of this process by clearly defining the objectives along with deadlines to ensure a smooth transition into post-secondary institutions. Students are recognized for meeting each of these deadlines by participation in the district wide celebration of College Signing Day. Participants will receive a framework to develop and successfully implement their own version of College Signing Day to meet the unique needs of their student population.
- Prichard Committee Student Voices Team Presentation
- VIDEO: GEAR UP Kentucky Student Voices
- Keynote speaker: Mr. Ranjit Sidhu, President and CEO, National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP)
CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS III (1:30 – 2:15 pm)
- STRUGGLING TO SUCCESSFUL
Lori Mangan, MSW, CSW, Northern Kentucky UniversitySchool environment is vital to student success and made up of particular challenges in urban high schools. This interactive presentation is based off of a mixed-methods research study that included interviews with school personnel and survey results from high school students. The session will explore the challenges specific to urban high schools, discuss evidence-based interventions and methods that add to a more positive school environment for continuously improvement in urban high schools, and provide a tool for school social workers to measure environment in their own urban high schools.
- WRITING RUBRICS TO ADVANCE STUDENT FEEDBACK
Steve Gamble, English Language Arts Teacher, Trimble County Middle School, Bedford, KY
Ashley Perkins, Educational Programs Specialist, Collaborative for Teaching and Learning, Louisville, KYLed by a middle school English Language Arts teacher and former high school ELA teacher, this session will demonstrate the use of the writing rubric to facilitate student to self, student to student, and teacher to student feedback. Participants will practice providing standards-based, rubric-based feedback on a writing assignment. The presentation will conclude with connections made to classroom, department, or school writing programs and plans.Participants will see examples of standards-based writing rubrics and make connections to the GEAR UP Kentucky School Benchmarking Report, Writing Program Review and Professional Growth and Effectiveness System.
- CTE WORK-BASED LEARNING AND KENTUCKY’S TRACK (TECH READY APPRENTICES FOR CAREERS IN KENTUCKY) INITIATIVE
Mary Taylor, Business and Industry Specialist, Office of Career and Technical Education, Kentucky Department of Education, Frankfort, KYThis session will provide an opportunity for direct instruction, large group discussions, and a Q&A session regarding the various types of work-based learning and Kentucky’s TRACK Participants will identify the various types of work-based learning opportunities that exist for secondary CTE students, understand the objectives of Kentucky’s new TRACK pre-apprenticeship initiative, and discuss the resources that exist to assist schools with effective work-based learning program implementation.
- INCREASING STUDENT ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITY
Gia Kaul, Director, K-12 Services, College BoardAs we work to ensure that all students graduate from high school college and career ready, it is critical that our schools, districts, communities and states continue to innovate to address the barriers our students and families face, especially those from traditionally underserved populations. This session will provide concrete strategies to focus on their students’ college and career readiness outcomes including how to build and maintain an AP Program that engages traditionally underserved populations.Educators and outreach professionals will learn how to access the College Board + Khan Academy site to access free academic support for all students and get information about new scholarship and fee waiver opportunities for underrepresented populations.
- PAYING FOR COLLEGE 101
Candice Johnson, Louisville Metro East Outreach Counselor, Kentucky Higher Education Assistance AuthorityHelp high school students get the detailed information they need to apply for student financial aid. Learn about the financial aid process and discover when and how students need to apply for funds. Participants will walk through a detailed case study of how a college financial aid package is put together and will learn the methods used to award aid. Other topics will include researching state and federal financial aid programs, breaking down a school’s cost of attendance, understanding the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), learning the formula that determines financial need, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), comparing costs and financial aid awards at types of institutions, and more. You’ll hear about options for filling the gap if traditional financial aid does not meet your students’ need along with common application mistakes, financial aid blunders and more.
- VIDEO: Better Make Room PSA