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STRAND: Context for College Readiness

Session A: Research and Practice: Extra-Curricular and Curricular Influences on College Access (AM Only) Target Audience: All College Access Professionals, University Faculty, School & Teacher Leaders, Counselors

Expert Panel Discussion: Research, trends and important questions

Panelists: Dr. William Tierney, Professor, University of Southern California – Pullias Center for Higher Education; Dr. Aaron Thompson, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Council on Postsecondary Education; Dr. Mark Wasicsko, Dean, College of Education and Human Services, Northern Kentucky University

Moderator: Dr. Deborah Walker, President and CEO, Collaborative for Teaching and Learning

Description: This expert panel session explores the role postsecondary education plays in working with K-12 education to ensure students graduate college ready. The session will include latest research on college access programs with tips for what high schools can do, plus specific actions school leaders and college access professionals can and should take to support student success in college.

Take Away: Specific experiences school leaders consider to support student success in college.

Session B: 38 Schools That Know How: Reflections from Successful Schools (David Conley’s work on behalf of the Gates’ Foundation) Target Audience: All College Access Professionals, University Faculty, School & Teacher Leaders, Counselors

Study Group: Facilitated study, reflection and planning around key issues of college and career readiness using case studies on effective schools

Facilitator: Ms. Catherine Rubin, Educational Program Specialist, Collaborative for Teaching and Learning

Description: Using David Conley's research (38 Schools That Know How) this study group session will allow time for school teams to examine qualities of highly effective tools, discuss implications for school leader/ principal actions and priorities, and reflect on and plan for school-specific next steps.

Take Away: Application of effectiveness framework to student learning

STRAND: Collaboration

Session C: Challenges for K-12 School, College, and Community Partnerships Target Audience: All College Access Professionals, University Faculty, School Leaders, Counselors

EXPERT PANEL DISCUSSION: Research, trends and important questions

Panelists: Dr. Blake Haselton, Dean, College of Education and Human Development, University of Louisville; Dr. Keith Look, Principal Academy at Shawnee Academy, Jefferson County Public Schools Signature School

Moderator: Dr. Ralph Fitzpatrick, Vice President, University of Louisville

Description: This expert panel discussion brings together university and school leaders to discuss the challenges that face universities and schools as they work together on school improvement and college access. Examples of successes achieved by these partnerships and lessons learned will be shared and discussed, with time allowance for questions and input from audience.

Take Away: Recognition of own organizational capacity for partnerships and collaboration

Session D: Partnerships that Work- A Case Study on College Readiness Target Audience: All College Access Professionals, University Faculty, School Leaders, Counselors

EXPERT PANEL DISCUSSION: Research, trends and important questions

Panelists:

Moderator: Ms. Becky Crump, Jefferson County Public Schools

Description: An expert panel session meant to illustrate how district and college outreach staff can work together to create college access opportunities for students. The session will include time for participants to share and discuss strengths and barriers to current collaborative efforts and delineate specific actions school leaders must take to support college going and collaboration.

Take Away: Specific characteristics of partnerships at the day-to-day level

Session E: All Systems Aligned for College Readiness Target Audience: All College Access Professionals, University Faculty, School Leaders, Counselors

EXPERT PANEL DISCUSSION: Research, trends and important questions

Panelists: Dr. Jack Herlihy, Professor, Eastern Kentucky University; Ms. Dreama Gentry, J.D., Director of Externally Sponsored Programs, Berea College; Dr. Dan Connell, Assistant Vice President Adult Education and College Access, Morehead State University

Moderator: Ms. Gayle Hilleke, Executive Director, Kentucky Campus Compact

Description: This expert panel discussion will explore various college access initiatives, their similarities and differences, and discuss how school leaders can coordinate and leverage federal, state and local grants to improve student readiness for college, including GEAR UP, TRIO, i3 (Investing in Innovation) and Promise Neighborhoods. Participants will have opportunity to discuss how colleges/universities can collaborate on effective use of college access initiatives and ask questions specific to their own unique circumstances.

Take Away: Insights for universities and schools in practical ways to coordinate various college access/readiness initiatives for the benefit of students

STRAND: Classroom and Counseling

Session I: GEAR UP 2 LEARN: A Curriculum for College Readiness Target Audience: All College Access Professionals, School & Teacher Leaders, Counselors

CLASSROOM PERSPECTIVE: Innovative approaches to increase college-going from the classroom level

Presenter: Ms. Carol Blunt White, President, CBW Associates

Description: This classroom perspective session introduces the new "GEAR UP 2 Learn" curriculum which targets both students and their families with the intent of increasing the numbers of students taking rigorous courses and being prepared for college. Content emphasizes a range of college knowledge and skills including time management, financial literacy, self-monitoring and study skills. Participants in this session will explore both content and materials, discuss how students might gain access to the curriculum, and determine necessary supports for effective implementation.

Take-Away: Ideas for implementing the new GEAR UP 2 Learn curriculum

Session K: Rethinking the Role of the School Counselor: "Poised to Lead" Article & Other Sources Target Audience: All College Access Professionals, University Faculty, School Leaders, Counselors

STUDY GROUP: Facilitated study, reflection and planning around key issues of college and career readiness

Facilitators: Dr. Brett Zyromski, Clinical Director and School Counseling Program Director, Northern Kentucky University; Ms. Denise Finley, Educational Program Specialist, Collaborative for Teaching and Learning

Description: This study-group session is structured to explore the shifting responsibilities of school counselors. Time will be provided for guided reading and discussion regarding the counselor's role in the college readiness equation and implications for school leader/principal actions and priorities to support such change.

Take Away: New vision of counselors as instructional leaders and implications for school administrative team

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