• Preparing Students with Life Skills Starting in Kindergarten – Linda Kopec and Ann Stutler (Parkwood Elementary)

This session will focus on the importance of directly teaching students to enable them to become problem solvers. These skills should be introduced in kindergarten and reinforced throughout their school career.These skills are identified by colleges and business associations as being required at that level. By implementing Habits of Mind, students at Parkwood Elementary have increased their achievement based on state tests each year since implementation.

  • Creating Student Center Agency to Close Opportunity Gaps – Jesse Moyer, Abbie Forbus and Terrance Sullivan (KnowledgeWorks)

Participants will have an opportunity to discuss and share ideas related to personalized learning (PL) for all learners. Does personalized learning lead to a more equitable and accessible learning experience for children? What are some learner-centered practices that can be immediately implemented in our learning environments that will help close the opportunity gaps? Participants will walk away from the workshop with a better understanding of how personalized learning serves ALL students and with tangible tools to begin to incorporate PL in their districts and classrooms.

  • Building and Sustaining Leadership Skills: Using Effective Networking to Maximize Working RelationshipsCynthia Simpson and Lori Devine (Association for Women in Science)

Networking is an important component for career success and, when strategically implemented, can be utilized to enhance working relationships. Ineffective networking skills can hamper individuals as they are navigating through their current position while trying to meet their goals and objectives. Networking also impacts individuals as they move up the career ladder and develop additional leadership skills. Based upon extensive research and data from the Association for Women in Science, this session will describe the tools and techniques that participants can deploy to become more effective at networking which, in turn, impacts their working relationships.

  • Creating Success: Using the Thrive Developmental Mosaic to Establish Critical NetworksDana Bible and Stephanie Bluth (Sam Houston State University)

It has been said that β€œit’s not what you know, but who you know.” This colloquial truth can make entering the professional arena difficult, especially for first-generation college degree recipients who may not a professional network established. Thus, creating and sustaining a diverse professional network, that has both mass and depth, is critical for professional success. To help mitigate the barriers often associated with the lack of a professional network, this workshop will demonstrate an integrated and reflective practice of self-development over the career and lifespan using the Thrive Developmental Mosaic framework in the common lexicon of coaches, associates, sponsors, mentors, and connectors.

  • First Generation Idea Lab: For First Gen Students by First Gen Students – Jayda Shuavarnnasri and Sha’Kuana Ona (First Graduate)

First Generation students face unique challenges on their campuses, at their workplaces and in their daily lives. This student-led and student-centered session will allow participants to exchange knowledge and create practical solutions for issues that affect their lives. First Generation students and professionals are welcome.