2022 Institute for a College-Going Culture
COVID-19 has taken a toll on all of us - particularly students and school staff, who have faced multiple challenges, including: navigating and implementing multiple modes of instruction (often frequently and rapidly); lack of resources; academic deficiencies and learning loss; decreased school attendance; lack of motivation and focus; socialization and mental health issues; and burnout and overwhelm.
The goal of the 2022 GEAR UP Kentucky Institute for a College-Going Culture: The Comeback from COVID is to provide motivation, tools, and strategies for educators to better engage the
students they serve and to better engage themselves in self-care.
NOTE: 4.5 hours of EILA credit will be provided to Institute participants.
Every setback leads to a greater comeback ...
This will be the recurring theme of the thought-provoking and inspiring content being provided by the highly engaging CoolSpeak team, who will be leading both adult and student sessions and serving as plenary speakers at the Institute.
Institute Agenda for Educators
All sessions listed below are taking place in Grand Ballroom Salons.
|8:30-9:30 a.m.||Registration + Continental Breakfast|
|9:30-10:30 a.m.||Welcome + Setting the Stage
- Kim Drummond Welch, Executive Director, GEAR UP Kentucky
- Dr. Aaron Thompson, President, Council on Postsecondary Education
- Carlos Ojeda, Jr., Founder, CoolSpeak
|10:30-11:30 a.m.||Mission Impossible: Student Programming During a Pandemic
Presenter: Carlos Ojeda, Jr. | Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to plan programming that students will want to attend and that inspires them to overcome all obstacles – even a global pandemic. In this session, we will explore how to plan, prepare, market and execute face-to-face programming (with virtual contingencies) that can bring your students together and provide unforgettable and transformative experiences. In this fun, interactive workshop, participants will discover techniques and activities that they can use to promote resilience and educational success. This description will self-destruct in 5 ... 4 ...
|11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.||Lunch + Plenary Speaker Zach Gowen
This former WWE Superstar lost his leg to cancer at age 8 and his dad at a young age. On the heels of a successful career with the WWE, Gowen nearly lost his life to drugs. Gowen will share his personal story, relaying the importance of resilience and grit and conveying that persistence beats resistance every time.
|1:00-1:55 p.m.||WOW: Empowering Students to Do Amazing Things In Your Schools
Presenter: Chris Collins | This session is designed to equip educators with tools to empower their students to do amazing things in their schools. Amazing is not a random superlative; in this session, it is defined as W.O.W. Goals. W.O.W. Goals are “Way Outta this Word Goals,” or big goals that make big impacts. Educators will leave this session with a framework to help their students ask the right questions to get answers that will create positive change in their lives and for the school(s) and commuity. These simple tools will help you unlock your students’ potential so that they can self-discover ways to elevate their game.
Connecting the Dots
Closing Keynote Speaker Chris Collins: We Are Stormbreakers + Snacks