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POD Event: Student Ready Colleges

Student Ready Colleges

Leveraging Student Supports to Increase Student Success

Please register for this event by February 19, 2018

Conference agenda

9-9:30 – Registration/check-in/Q&A table
9:30 – Room 101 - Welcome —  Dr. Anton Reece
9:40-10:15 – KCTCS Math Pathways — Jason Taylor
10:25-11:15 – Concurrent session #1
11:25-12:15 – Concurrent session #2
12:30-1:15 – Atrium - Lunch and networking
(Lunch provided by McGraw-Hill and prepared by WKCTC Cyber Café catering)
1:30-2:15 – Room 101 - Keynote Address – “Impacts of the Corequisite Model on the Academic Mindset: Pathways to Student Success” by Elizabeth Fitch, Academic Dean, Motlow State Community College
2:15-2:30 – Wrap-up and Closing remarks

10:25-11:15 Concurrent sessions

Session #1 – “Corequisite College Level Math Proves Successful For Developmental Students”

WKCTC has offered co-requisite college algebra courses allowing students who test at the intermediate algebra level to accelerate into a college level course a semester early. A variety of formats have been used including online homework, embedded tutors, active learning activities and supplementary instruction. We will share with you the data that shows the effectiveness of the various methods.

Session #2 – “Propelling Students Forward With a Co-requisite Reading Course”

Presenter – Megan Dotson

Come learn how WKCTC utilizes corequisite reading classes joined with reading intensive general education courses.  Practical ideas and pedagogy will be shared.  Attendees will join in the best practices discussion.    

Session #3 – “Best Practices for Writing Readiness: Using Technology and Differentiated Teaching Strategies to Achieve Student Success in Co-Requisite English Courses”

Presenters - Ashley Sandoval and Sarah Condiff

In this session, instructional recommendations from the McGraw-Hill Co-Requisite Board of Advisors will be shared, along with examples of how to implement these recommendations in co-requisite writing and IRW courses.  Participants will be encouraged to discuss their thoughts on the recommendations, as well as share how the ideas presented align with current (or future) approaches to teaching co-requisite courses. 

11:25-12:15 Concurrent sessions

Session #4 – Texas State Technical College at Waco

Presenters – Shelley Parks, Heather Turner, and Dr. Garry Sigler

Session #5 – “Accelerate You! Success Coaches, Tutoring, TRIO, and Completion Coaches– How Student Supports are Helping Increase Success”

Presenters – Britta Lyman, Laurie Swick, Hubert Harris, Mason Tudor, Gail Bachuss, Justin Hill

Session #6 – Round Tables

College Reading & Learning Association table – Stop by and discover the membership benefits and professional development opportunities this organization can offer you. 

Publisher tables  – Representatives from Pearson and McGraw-Hill will be available.

Keynote Address - “Impacts of the Corequisite Model on the Academic Mindset: Pathways to Student Success”

Elizabeth A. Fitch is the Smyrna Campus Academic Dean at Motlow State Community College’s largest campus, located in Rutherford County, TN. She holds a Master of Science degree in Biology from Middle Tennessee State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts/Music from Kentucky Wesleyan College. Before becoming dean, she worked for 10 years at the college, serving as the Smyrna Campus Science Coordinator, teaching various biology courses, and achieving tenure and the rank of Associate Professor. In her current role, she leads a campus of over 3,000 students and oversees all course scheduling, leads full time faculty of all academic disciplines, and works to develop new academic programs and workforce development initiatives at the Smyrna Campus. Motlow State Community College has been the fastest growing community college in Tennessee for three consecutive years. This growth is mainly due to population growth in Rutherford County, along with state initiatives such as the governor’s Drive to 55, Tennessee Promise, and Tennessee Reconnect.  Prior to her work at Motlow, she taught biology courses and worked for the Center for Cedar Glade Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. She also worked as a Park Ranger at Stones River National Battlefield. In June 2016, she completed the John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute training in the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Competencies for Community College Leaders, in Washington, D.C.