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2017 Workshop Sessions

Workshop Sessions 

Tuesday, September 12 | Wednesday, September 13


Monday, September 11 

Effective Practices Workshop Session

Time  Click on title for full description and presenter(s)

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Creating a Communications Strategy Boost to FAFSA Completion

Developing Effective College Access Professionals to Support Students To & Through College

Preparation + Passion = Success. College Changes Everything...When?

Social Emotional Learning Skills: What are They and How Can we Use Them to Help Students Succeed?

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

A Student Centered Way of Working

Building Partnerships to Create Effective Scholarships

College Access Initiative: United for Change

How To Get Your Students To Have Genuine Buy-In For Their Futures

Is Your Program Evaluation’s Validity at Stake? Apply the Lessons Learned from AVID District Program Evaluations

Lessons Learned: Teachers College Online Pilot

Removing Financial Barriers to Graduation Through Effective, Innovative Support

State Policy Change: Two Case Studies to Help you Navigate Your Capitol's Waters

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

Can't Stop Racism Without Talking About Race

Collective Impact in Practice: Supporting Transfer Students in the 21st Century

Engaging Students for Lifetime Success

Funders at the Table: Supporting Field-wide Career Readiness

Implementing an RCT in a School Setting: The Benefits and Challenges of Making it Work

Our Community's Children: Rallying Around Postsecondary Success for ALL Students

Putting Analytics-Driven Advising to the Test

State Tuition and Fee Policies: A National Look

7-14-28 Sessions

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Topic: Research, Data and Evaluation

Boston Coaching for Completion: Lessons from Its Implementation

Data-driven to Where?: Intuition-Based College and Career Coaching

Higher Education Institutions' Motivation to Partner with College Access Organizations

Measuring Fidelity in 3D (Design, Delivery and Data): A Framework for Success

NSC Post- Secondary Enrollment Reports: Determining a Margin of Error

Roadmap to Data Success: From Data Points to Data-Driven

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Topic: Student Success in Postsecondary Education

Campus Food Insecurity Toolkit

College Access for High School Credit

CollegeWorks

I Still Feel the Weight on My Shoulders: First-Generation College Students at Davidson College

Student Risk Indicators: A Guide to Predicting Persistence

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

Topic: Program Management and Leadership


College-Going Calendar: Unifying the College Access Voice Through Campaign Coordination

Onboarding Enhanced: Embedding Organizational Values and Social Justice Into Your Staff Training

Tapping Talented College Students to Impact ACT Success

Weathering the Organizational Storm





10:45 am-12:00 pm Effective Practices Sessions

Creating a Communications Strategy Boost to FAFSA Completion

Significant changes to the FAFSA this year presented a great opportunity to increase college attendance but only if students knew how and when to complete the FAFSA. This panel will present strategies used by a state aid agency, a traditional CBO, and a CBO specializing in social and digital technology to raise FAFSA awareness and motivate completion. It will include help attendees develop a multi-phase strategy for addressing different points in the financial aid cycle as well as best practices when faced with emergencies like the failure of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool this past spring.

Presenters: Marie Groark, Get Schooled Foundation, Shannon Grimsley, Get2College, Patti Colston, California Student Aid Commission

Preparation + Passion = Success. College Changes Everything...When?

Designed to engage and provide services FULL time ALL the time. ACCESS provides a variety of services starting in grades 9-12 from 1-on-1 visits, class room presentations, promoting financial aid literacy, college/scholarship application workshops which create a “college going culture.” Specifically developing students beginning in 9th grade and 10th grade to achieve a greater impact in the junior and senior years. Attendees will gain a unique perspective on how to grasp the attention of a student, regardless of year, and transform the student into a better prepared college bound student.

Presenters: Ashley Woodous, ACCESS College Foundation, Joshua Mann, ACCESS College Foundation

Social Emotional Learning Skills: What are They and How Can we Use Them to Help Students Succeed?

In this interactive workshop, college success professionals will learn more about social emotional learning: what it is, how it can help students, and how to start using it in their programs. Social emotional learning involves the skills necessary to increase awareness of and manage emotions, establish positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. In a school setting, this translates into students who learn: to be more aware of how emotions are guiding their decisions, not to overreact to stressful situations, how to ask for help, and be more effective in challenging situations.

Presenters: Erik Osugi, Project GRAD Los Angeles, Max Garcia, Project GRAD Los Angeles

Developing Effective College Access Professionals to Support Students To & Through College

Ensuring students make it to and through college starts with developing college access professionals to be effective in their work and impactful with students. To be successful, college access professionals need high-impact practices, which come from ongoing professional development and building and cultivating a mentoring culture for professionals. We will discuss best practices to build college access programs and to maximize the staff you have to meet your objectives through professional development and strong mentor relationships.

Presenters: Leticia Treviño, Denver Scholarship Foundation, Gabe Guindon, Denver Scholarship Foundation

10:45 am-12:00 pm 7-14-28 Session | Topic: Research, Data and Evaluation

Presentation 1: Data-Driven to Where?: Intuition-Based College and Career

In this 6 minute 30 second talk, I will cover the importance of intuition and how it can thrive in a data-driven world.

Presenter: Tony Leonard, First Graduate

Presentation 2: Higher Education Institutions' Motivation to Partner with College Access Organizations

This is an overview of recent mixed-methods research exploring partnerships between higher education institutions & college access nonprofits. How common are these relationships & how do institutions understand them & use them to achieve particular goals, including & in addition to improving college access for diverse students? What motivates institutions to engage in & sustain relationships?

Presenter: Cat McManus, University of Pennsylvania Grad School of Education

Presentation 3: Measuring Fidelity in 3D (Design, Delivery and Data): A Framework for Success

Empirical evidence shows FIDELITY MATTERS, but implementing curriculum and programs with fidelity across multiple schools/sites can be a challenge. An underlying cause is lack of ability to articulate what fidelity is and how to measure it. Many programs also struggle with how to balance innovation, autonomy, and fidelity. This session demonstrates a dynamic approach to solving this very problem.

Presenter: Stacie Furia, BUILD

Presentation 4: NSC Post- Secondary Enrollment Reports: Determining a Margin of Error

This session will report findings from a study conducted by College Access Partnerships at Appalachian State University. The goal of the study was to determine a margin of error through an independent verification on the accuracy of a sample of student-level enrollment records from the National Student Clearinghouse.

Presenter: Todd Nolt, Appalachian State Unviersity

Presentation 5: Roadmap to Data Success: From Data Points to Data Driven

Is your data moving your organization forward? Your staff likely spend time collecting data, but the data might only be data points in spreadsheets. How can systems and processes help you analyze and improve student outcomes? We’ll walk you through a roadmap, highlighting several college access and success case studies, of how you can put your data to work with less effort and more insights.

Presenter: Kristi Phillips, Exponent Partners

Presentation 6: Boston Coaching for Completion: Lessons from its Implementation

This session will highlight Success Boston’s implementation of transition coaching after a three-fold scale-up through a federal investment from the Social Innovation Fund across 9 nonprofits to collectively support 1,000 students (up from 300) at 35 local colleges each year. Attendees will learn how we are codifying coaching and using initial lessons to inform and improve ongoing practices.

Presenter: Antoniya Owens, The Boston Foundation

2:30 pm-3:30 pm Effective Practices Sessions

Building Partnerships to Create Effective Scholarships

Learn from scholarship providers and college access organizations in California about using partnerships and collaboratives to create strategic needs-based scholarships, paired with student services, for greater impact and more effective and meaningful use of donor dollars. This session will include information on forming partnerships, refining internal scholarship administration procedures, and effective messaging to the two target audiences: donors and students.

Presenters: Alyse Braaten, Kern Community Foundation, Kelly King, California Community Foundation, Josh Warburg, Community Foundation for Monterey County

College Access Initiative: United for Change

Spearheaded by United Way of Tulare County, individuals from educational institutions, community-based organizations, and local government have worked to tackle Tulare County’s low college-enrollment and readiness rates. Through focus groups, goals to increase FAFSA and A-G completion by providing local counselor professional development are changing the college-going culture.

Presenters: Alison Recendez, United Way of Tulare County, Amy Pimentel, College of Sequoias

How To Get Your Students To Have Genuine Buy-In For Their Futures

How do you get students to genuinely engage in conversations about their futures and buy in to the notion that they can take actionable steps now that will impact their future success? This interactive session will show participants how to use their important influence as adults to empower students to invest in their futures by using Career & College Clubs' proven peer-to-peer learning and student-driven strategies to engage students in their future planning. Figuring out ways to use students’ natural tendency to follow one another in ways that are constructive and appealing is the end goal.

Presenters: Carina Soto, Career & College Clubs, National Council for Community and Education Partnerships, Joseph Booth, Career & College Clubs, National Council for Community and Education Partnerships

Is Your Program Evaluation’s Validity at Stake? Apply the Lessons Learned from AVID District Program Evaluations

Decisions made when designing and conducting program evaluations can compromise the integrity of research findings. Program dosage and intent, and other often overlooked components in evaluations of program effectiveness will be discussed. Real-world examples and recommendations will be shared in the context of evaluations conducted on AVID, a college readiness system implemented in K-16. Audience members will collaborate in groups to create a list of recommendations to consider when designing their own evaluations.

Presenters: Melissa Rose, AVID, Dennis Johnston, AVID

Lessons Learned: Teachers College Online Pilot

Developed in partnership with Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Teachers College (TC) launched its pilot online College Advisement Program (CAP) in spring 2017. TC CAP is offered asynchronously through TC’s Learning Management System. The program is designed to support school counselors and other professionals working in student support networks by providing quality training to help them become better equipped to provide college advising and support to high school students. This session will highlight lessons learned from the partnership and pilot program.

Presenters: Cecilia Marshall, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Riddhi Sandil, Teachers College, Columbia University

Removing Financial Barriers to Graduation through Effective, Innovative Support

Today’s college students face unprecedented costs. After classes and books, many struggle to afford their housing and even food. They juggle classwork, jobs, stress and exhaustion. To overcome these affordability challenges, students need support that goes way beyond FAFSA renewal. Learn the innovative approaches and best practices that organizations on the front lines are employing to successfully increase students’ persistence—from Match Beyond’s student coaching model and uAspire’s text-messaged advising, to The Boston Foundation’s citywide college completion initiative, “Success Boston.”

Presenters: Claire Dennison, uAspire, Eric Esteves, The Boston Foundation, Danny Rivera, Match Beyond

State Policy Change: Two Case Studies to Help Navigate Your Capitol's Waters

Effecting state policy change can seem like a daunting and intimidating task. Conversely, it is one of the most important things we can do as college access/success champions to ensure students are not left behind following budget and policy discussions at the state level. This session will start with an inventory quiz for all participants, followed by two case studies of policy change happening in Connecticut. The session will tie strategies from these studies back to the inventory quiz to ensure participants are able to leave with tools that were missing before joining the session.

Presenters: Chris Soto, CT General Assembly & Higher Edge

A Student-Centered Way of Working

Have you wondered how to integrate student and parent input to develop statewide resources for under-served populations? Learn about how we developed a student and parent feedback loop to help inform and direct college access resources through a state-wide College Knowledge Communication Suite for districts and schools to increase awareness of college opportunities and pathways for high school-aged students. Materials include monthly one-pagers, e-mails, social media and text messages for 9th-12th graders on the topics most frequently requested by students.

Presenters: Kirsten Avery, Community Center for Education Results, Dale Tamayose, Washington College Access Network, Fredolyn Millendez, Puget Sound Educational Service District

2:30 pm-3:30 pm 7-14-28 Session | Topic: Student Success in Postsecondary Education

Presentation 1: Campus Food Insecurity Toolkit

Food insecurity is a major factor in college students’ persistence and retention. This workshop presents a toolkit compiled to help higher education faculty and students fight hunger on their campuses in Alabama. The toolkit includes best practices and recommendations for campus food insecurity initiatives. The workshop will outline the purpose of the toolkit, its components, and its distribution.

Presenters: April Davis, Alabama Possible

Presentation 2: College Access for High School Credit

Despite the national push to increase college application and enrollment rates, school districts across the country remain unable to restructure and align curriculum to provide institutional college-going support. This session teaches how programs can partner directly with schools to successfully incorporate college access curriculum into the high school classroom and campus activities.

Presenter: Charlie Herrmann, College Forward

Presentation 3: CollegeWorks

Collegeworks is college work-study program designed to decrease summer-melt, increase persistence for at-risk students and help students build a workforce-ready suite of skills. College partners and local workforce agencies leverage braided funding from federal and local workforce programs to start and scale this innovative program.

Presenters: Therese Ivancovich, Denver Education Attainment Network

Presentation 4: I Still Feel the Weight on my Shoulders: First-Generation College Students at Davidson College

This session will highlight the key findings of qualitative research done at Davidson College to investigate the significance of identity, family, and non-peer mentors in creating a sense of belonging for first-generation college students at a small private liberal-arts college. Attendees will walk away with understanding of some of the key considerations for building effective programming.

Presenters: Courtney Rufh, Davidson College

Student Risk Indicators: A Guide to Predicting Persistence

Improving the college graduation rate of under-served college students is no easy task. What if you were able to predict persistence from the beginning of their college careers? This session will aim to provide practitioners/attendees with the tools to utilize a unique strategy for predicting college persistence. Presenters will also share best practices for under-resourced programs to have a stronger impact on overall college persistence rates.

Presenters: Maya Tyler, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School- Baltimore

3:45 pm-4:45 pm Effective Practices Sessions

Collective Impact in Practice: Supporting Transfer Students in the 21st Century

A US Department of Education grant initiated fall 2014 provides support for the implementation and study of a unique advisement model between a CBO and 4 regional colleges. Seven advisors work across 5 institutions bringing “politely intrusive” advisement to low-income, first-generation students. Advisor impact on completion and transfer rate is being measured through a QED (quasi-experimental design) evaluation study. Faculty and transfer advisors across New York State network at grant-led, major-specific Transfer Connections Workshops to discuss transfer challenges and create student advising guides.

Presenters: Tiffany C. Rush, On Point for College, Inc., Karen Valentino, SUNY Oswego, Susan Johnston, Mohawk Valley Community College

Funders at the Table: Supporting Field-wide Career Readiness

As the finish line moves from college access to college completion and career success, schools and organizations need new ways to support students throughout college and into careers. Some are developing new models beyond college access; others are striking innovative partnerships to fill the gaps. As the field works to build capacity for college success and career readiness, funders must participate. In this panel session, funders will share perspectives on challenges and opportunities, promising interventions in which they are invested, and how we can work together to evolve the field.

Presenters: Jessica Pliska, The Opportunity Network

Our Community's Children: Rallying Around Postsecondary Success for ALL

Our Community’s Children of the City of Grand Rapids advocates for college, work, and life for the youth of Grand Rapids, MI. Learn about the To College, Through College Initiative and how it utilizes three major components in sustaining a collective impact model that helps Grand Rapids students to and through college: a community compact, sustainable funding model with partners, and a place-based response known as the T2C Studio: Grand Rapids Center for College Success. Explore accountability measures within our community-wide collaboration that rallies around post-secondary success for ALL.

Presenters: Lynn Heemstra, Our Community's Children, Shannon Harris, Our Community's Children, Shayla Willis, Our Community's Children

Engaging Students for Lifetime Success

Come and learn how Salesforce.org has successfully implemented the 1:1:1 approach to philanthropy (deploying funds, resources, and employee time) in partnership with school districts in Oakland and San Francisco. Salesforce.org has served tens of thousands of students through thoughtful and impactful interactions between businesses and students. This both directly supports students’ education and reinforces their path towards success beyond graduation. Our efforts have sparked an interest in STEM careers and helped students see the corporate and tech worlds as spaces where they belong.

Presenters: Nikki Lasley, Salesforce.org, Mary Finn, San Francisco Unified School District

Implementing an RCT in a School Setting: The Benefits and Challenges of Making it Work

Measuring impact with a randomized control trial (RCT) helps you improve and prove your program model, but it’s a major investment of staff time and focus. Hear from multiple sides—program, evaluation, and funder—on how to design and implement a study to avoid pitfalls. uAspire, a nonprofit, WestEd, a research agency, and GreenLight Fund, a venture philanthropy firm, share how they overcame challenges of a multi-year RCT in a school district, like securing the consent of 1,000 families and avoiding contamination of a control group. Learn what we would do again—and what we would do differently.

Presenters: Monica Hayden, uAspire, Marycruz Diaz, WestEd, Casey Johnson, GreenLight Fund Bay Area

Can't Stop Racism Without Talking About Race

Want to talk about race? But your leadership and/or coworkers aren’t there yet? Come learn about Education Opens Doors’ (EOD) story about pushing past the discomfort and getting real about race. In 2014, the National Facing Race conference was hosted in Dallas, challenging EOD to take a hard look at whether we were explicitly dismantling or reinforcing racism in our work. In this session, you will learn about the strengths, challenges, and opportunities in our approach to addressing racial equity and discuss what strategies you can use in your own organization.

Presenters: Amy Tran, Education Opens Doors, Jayda Batchelder, Education Opens Doors

Putting Analytics-Driven Advising to the Test

Research suggests that students’ lack of “college know-how” – the ability to navigate campus complexity, choose a major, or register for the right courses at the right time—is a major barrier to success. Yet, only 34% of institutions require students to meet regularly with advisors, and fewer are equipped with data to inform advising. Come learn how 11 public universities, known as the University Innovation Alliance, are deploying and studying analytics-based advising to diagnose when students are off track, intervene early, and increase success for low-income and first-generation students.

Presenters: Bridget Burns, University Innovation Alliance, Tim Renick, Georgia State University

State Tuition and Fee Policies: A National Look

SHEEO surveyed its members in 2017 about how tuition policy is formalized and implemented and its relation to college affordability. Tuition is a major component of the cost to attend college for students and their families and increases in tuition rates have contributed to the recent concern around the cost of postsecondary education. Given this recent interest, it is crucial to understand how tuition and fees are set in each state. We will discuss initial findings and invite audience participation regarding how tuition affects affordability in their environment.

Presenters: John Armstrong, SHEEO, Andy Carlson, SHEEO

3:45 pm-4:45 pm 7-14-28 Session | Topic: Program Management and Leadership

Presentation 1: College-Going Calendar: Unifying the College Access Voice Through Campaign Coordination

A student’s senior year can be filled with anxiety around the college application process, completing the FAFSA, making their big decision on where to enroll after high school, and ultimately arriving on campus. Through national messaging campaigns like #IApplied, #FormYourFuture and #CollegeSigningDay, we are reaching students where they are and helping normalize the process. Join representatives from the American College Application Campaign, NCAN’s Form Your Future campaign, Reach Higher and ACT to hear how we’re aligning our communication efforts to celebrate our seniors year-round.

Presenter: Lisa King, American College Application Campaign

Presentation 2: Onboarding Enhanced: Embedding Organizational Values and Social Justice Into Your Staff Training

Still tinkering with your staff training curriculum? Looking for ways to better align your onboarding practices with the mission of your organization? Over the last seven years, 10,000 Degrees has developed a robust training program for all new staff that is deeply rooted in the values of social justice that we'd love to share with you.

Presenter: Scott BonDurant, 10,000 Degrees

Presentation 3: Tapping Talented College Students to Impact ACT Success

College Admissions Made Possible has developed a Teaching Fellows program that trains smart, creative, and energetic college students to deliver ACT instruction at underserved schools. The presentation will outline key steps for recruiting, training, and managing this rich resource. It will close with a glance at the broader impact for school culture and the Teaching Fellows themselves.

Presenter: Alexandria Croom, College Admissions Made Possible

Presentation 4: Weathering the Organizational Storm

Presenter: Michele Scott Taylor, College Now Greater Cleveland