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2017 P-16 Statewide Professional Development Conference

Thursday, June 29, 2017
DoubleTree Hotel
6505 IH-35 North
Austin, Texas 78752

Conference Theme

"Are You Ready? College Ready Students and Student Ready Colleges"

Are you interested in learning more about college access and success across Texas? Then be sure to join us on June 29, 2017, in Austin, for the annual P-16 Statewide Professional Development Conference hosted by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Division of College Readiness and Success. This event is intended to bridge secondary and postsecondary education and support the THECB's goals of the 60x30TX strategic plan. High school counselors, admissions advisors from two-year and four-year institutions, and other educators interested in learning more about college access and success across Texas are invited to attend.

This event is eligible for CPE credit through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

The conference will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel, 6505 IH-35 North, Austin, Texas 78752. Further details about hotel reservations and agenda are forthcoming. If you have questions about the conference or need additional assistance, please contact Diana Foose at diana.foose@thecb.state.tx.us or (512) 427-6318.

Conference Agenda

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.Opening Keynote & General Session
10:15 - 11:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
11:15 - 12:00 p.m.Concurrent Sessions
12:15 - 1:30 p.m.Lunch and Plenary Keynote
1:45 - 2:30 p.m.Concurrent Sessions
2:45 - 3:30 p.m.Closing Session

Opening Keynote

Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart
President, Amarillo College

The "No Excuses" philosophy of Amarillo College, the college's Advocacy and Resource Center, and the interconnectedness of programs, services, and policies that support students through to completion epitomize the kind of campus culture that makes a student-ready college. Dr. Lowery-Hart will share this vision and how it is realized on campus through intentional policy and practice.

Plenary Keynote
Dr. Ben Castleman
Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy, University of Virginia

Dr. Castelman's research focuses on policies to improve college access and success for low-income students. He will share what has been discovered from this work, addressing innovative strategies to deliver high-quality information about the college-going process to low-income students and their families and to ease the process of students and families getting professional support when they need assistance.

Closing Session
Office of External Relations, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

60x30TX and Updates from the 85th Texas Legislative Session

Concurrent Session Descriptions

TEA's College and Career Readiness Micro-Credentialing Pilot Program
Kelly Ocasio
Director of Pathways, Texas Education Agency
Nathan Gandomi
Senior Project Manager, Resources for Learning, LLC

TEA has partnered with BloomBoard to pilot a personalized, competency-based professional development platform supported by micro-credentials. One of the six learning programs, College & Career Readiness (CCR) counseling, includes information about high school endorsements and post-secondary preparation aligned to high-demand job opportunities and degree programs. Participants will learn about TEA's CCR Micro-credentialing pilot program, preview a CCR module, and provide feedback about expanding the program.

What You Don't Know Can Limit You!
Lori Knight
Education Outreach Specialist, Texas Workforce Commission

Despite the fact that there are hundreds of viable jobs in Texas, students ask about the same 15-25 jobs. They need to know there is more career opportunity out there than they have imagined, and there are multiple pathways for them to get there. Take a look at how Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) education resources can help students better understand workforce realities and how they can connect their interests to a variety of career opportunities.

Leading the way to College & Career Readiness through the Development of a Comprehensive Counseling Program
Jamie Farber
Director of Guidance and Counseling, Northwest Independent School District

Jennifer Martinez, Marcela Southerland, Natalie Eddleman, Shannon Nobles, and Leah Berry
Counseling Department, Byron Nelson High School
Byron Nelson High School Counseling Team has received the TSCA Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas (CREST) award the last two years. Come hear our journey as we work to create a comprehensive counseling program targeted at all students being College AND Career Ready. Hear our stories of challenges, successes, and next steps. Some topics include, College Blitz Day, Naviance, Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Credit, Post-Secondary Education, and more. The goal of the presentation is for those who attend to gain insight into our comprehensive counseling program, collaborate ideas for their own program, and to be energized with possibilities for the next school year. The session will also explore a school's program aligning to CREST and will address the benefits of evaluating your program with data driven goals.

Student Recruitment and Support: Engaging Foster Youth and Adults in Integrated Career Pathways
Maria Garin Jones
Program Manager, Aim Higher

In this session, learn about how colleges and adult education programs might best recruit and support former foster youth and adults in integrated career pathway program such as Accelerate TX. What intake protocols are available? What resources are available to support this population? How can college advisors in Texas identify the best workforce training programs, financial resources, and supportive services to engage former foster youth and adults?

Improving Outcomes for Students in Foster Care
Jamie Bernstein
Staff Attorney, Children's Commission

Children and youth who experience foster care often face unique educational challenges including frequent school moves, missed credits and school days for visitation and other appointments, and exposure to trauma. Through collaboration and partnerships across education, child welfare, and court systems, school can be a source of stability and a place to develop positive peer and adult relationships for students in care.
To improve educational outcomes for students in foster care, collaboration across systems is critical. The session will include a foster care 101, an overview of federal and state school stability laws, foster care and education data, and lessons learned from statewide efforts to support this student population. Participants will also identify key partners and develop strategies to coordinate at the local level.

Touchdown - Helping Secondary Students Make a "Soft" Landing on the College or Career Runway
Betty White
Past-President, Texas School Counseling Association

Success in post-secondary life is not just about intellectual ability and academic skills-the soft skills of self- regulation, anger management, communication, and perseverance also play an important role. Without these skills, our students cannot succeed in their college or career futures, no matter how well they are prepared academically. This workshop will provide creative ways to teach and reinforce these skills to insure that there are no crash landings for your students. Participants will:

1. Understand the components of self-regulation and the research that supports the necessity of teaching self-regulation
2. Learn techniques for helping secondary students learn effective anger management, communication skills, goal setting, and pro-social skills.
3. Investigate a variety of tools available to assist in helping secondary students gain self-regulatory skills; and
4. Receive electronic access to free materials and forms developed by the workshop preventer to assist teens in analyzing their learning preferences and developing self-regulation skills.

Advocating for Emergency Aid In Texas
Monique Lee
Program Coordinator, Emergency Aid Network - Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Nearly 3 million students leave college annually because of small, emergency expenses they can't meet. Through 60x30TX, Texas is primed for understanding the benefits and impact emergency aid programs have on persistence and completion. The newly formed Emergency Aid Network, supported by the Gates Foundation, will be identifying strategies and best practices that help promote policies and processes for effective emergency aid and financial literacy programs in Texas.

Education Across Barriers
Jordan Herrera
Director of Social Services, Amarillo College

In 2012, Amarillo College created its No Excuses Poverty Initiative. This initiative has designed a systemic approach to overcoming poverty barriers for our students. Our data shows, AC's connected group of programs are supporting students, boosting course completion, and increasing student retention rates. While academic supports are important, poverty has become the greatest barrier to student success facing higher education. Through poverty training and connecting on-campus and off-campus community partnerships, higher education can do more than mitigate poverty, we can intentionally and systemically eradicate it. In this session attendees will learn how to combat poverty, promote diversity and strengthen communities. Participants will learn how to identify barriers to student success. Participants will gain the tools to develop their own systemic approach to engaging their own institution to address the barriers identified. Participants will develop their own process to initiate systemic approaches to engaging their own local partners and community resources to address the barriers identified.

60x30TX.com and Accountability System Overview
Jenna Cullinane Hege
Deputy Assistant Commissioner,  Strategic Planning - Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
This session will provide an overview of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s 60x30TX strategic plan and Accountability System. The overarching goal of the 60x30TX plan is that by 2030, at least 60 percent of Texans ages 25-34 will have a certificate or degree. The goals and measures of the plan will be explained, as well as the purpose of Accountability data and how it is used by THECB. The presentation will include demonstrations on how to navigate the 60x30TX website and online Accountability System.

How College Readiness Affects Students’ Pathways in Higher Education
Kathy Zarate
Program Specialist, College Readiness and Success - Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Melissa Humphries
Program Director, Research and Evaluation - Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Attendees will learn how college readiness is defined for K-12 accountability purposes and in higher education. THECB staff will discuss statewide college readiness trends and how a student’s college readiness status affects their pathway in higher education. The session will explore:

  1. What is college readiness?
  2. What are statewide trends for college readiness?
  3. What happens when a student graduates from high school not college ready?

PACE Yourself: Academic Advising Best Practices for First-Year Success
Michael E. Nava
Associate Dean, Student Services, University College - Texas State University

The PACE Advising Center is committed to the success of first-year students at Texas State University. In this session, participants will gain an understanding about how PACE Advising supports this population using a generalist advising model, cross campus partnerships, and programmatic interventions. Additionally, presenters will describe the development of the advising center and how these processes came to be.

Particpants will understand:

  1. Texas State’s definition of a first-year student and how first year students are served by PACE Advising;
  2. How PACE Advising uses a generalist advising model to support student success;
  3. How college liaison teams support both students and colleagues; and
  4. How internal teams support the mission of the center.

***Additional concurrent sessions are under review and will be added to the conference agenda. ***

Conference Lodging Policy

  • Lodging at the conference for the night of June 28, 2017 will be provided on a first come, first served basis by THECB.
  • Any additional hotel expenses beyond cost of one night room rate (i.e. additional nights lodging, incidentals) are the responsibility of the attendee.
  • Lodging is reserved for participants who are located 45 miles or more from the conference hotel, based on their main office or work location.
  • Lodging must be requested by June 1, 2017.
  • Lodging is not guaranteed.
  • Please note that the DoubleTree by Hilton Austin Hotel requires guests to leave a valid credit card on file at the front desk to charge incidentals to the guestroom.
  • Accelerate Texas grantees and affiliates do not qualify for no cost lodging at Doubletree and must make arrangements directly with the overflow hotel to obtain the state rate. Call Linda at 512.427.6525 if you have questions.
  • You will receive a notice from Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board staff to confirm lodging arrangements and next steps.

Registration Fees 

Regular Registration (Valid through May 31)$150
Late Registration (June 1 - June 29)$175
Presenters (selected and notified by THECB)$0

 Acceptable Forms of Payment

For online registration, THECB can only accept payment via credit card or electronic check; purchase orders are not accepted. Payment with a non-electronic check is permitted, but you will need to use the manual registration form.

Please note that full payment must be received no later than May 25, 2017. We cannot guarantee conference or hotel room registration if payment is not received by this date. Contact Diana Foose at diana.foose@thecb.state.tx.us if you have questions or need assistance.

Online Conference Registration Form

(Online Registration - for payment with credit card or electronic check only)

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