36th Annual Conference

Pre-Conference Sessions

The Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) is proud to offer five pre-conference sessions to assist college access and success professionals on Wednesday, September 13. Taking advantage of being in Washington, D.C., COE offers a full day of STEM education through access to its world-class museums. The goal of the informal learning is for professionals to learn how they can replicate these kinds of activities after they go back to their respective cities.

If you do not arrive early enough for the full day pre-con, consider registering for one of the others (descriptions below) that take place 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. All pre-cons are listed on COE's online registration site. You have already registered but you want to participate? No problem! Complete the Registration Form Document is available for download (.pdf) or click below to register online.

(+$250) Using "Many Lenses" to Support Instruction and Build Informal STEM Learning. Many Lenses is a collaborative project that selects artifacts for interpretation by three Smithsonian museums: the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the National Museum of American History. By viewing each object through a range of perspectives, Many Lenses asks, what story is revealed through which voices? The use of multiple perspectives is critical to an instructional program’s ability to connect to student views and voices. Using this frame, we will demonstrate how to help students see things from a different standpoint, using a STEM lens. This session will provide examples and questions instructional support professionals can use to promote storytelling and make learning happen.

(+$100) Changes in OMB Cost Circular and EDGAR as They Affect Your Program. On December 26, 2014, the new OMB Cost Circular, coined the Super Circular, went into effect, making sweeping changes in the guidance that affects all entities receiving and administering federal grants. All program staff are invited to attend this important session where they can learn about updates to cost principles, administrative requirements, and audit requirements and how the new regulations impact their programs.

(+$100) Engaged Students Graduate: How to Incorporate High-Impact Practices Into Your Programs. What are promising strategies for integrating high-impact educational practices that increase student engagement and enhance academic success? Participants learn how to incorporate active learning practices such as research, internships, service learning/community-based learning, diversity/global learning and common intellectual experiences into TRIO program services. Dr. McNair is the Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success at Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC. She oversees both funded projects and AAC&U's continuing programs on equity, inclusive excellence, high-impact educational practices, and student success. She is the lead author of "Becoming Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success" and co-author of "Assessing Underserved Students’ Engagement in High-Impact Practices."

(+$100) Making The Difference: Grassroots Mobilization, Local Politics, and Change. Whether on cable news or around the dinner table, high-octane debates about social justice issues dominate just about every facet of American life. Quite often, however, individuals feel helpless to address the issues that concern them most in their local communities. Much can be done to bring about change; it’s simply a matter of knowing how to get started.

During this hands-on, interactive pre-conference session, activists and organizers representing a broad range of issues will equip participants with the necessary tools to build and sustain local movements. In sharing their own experiences, the panelists outline specific tactics and strategies that they have used to mount successful advocacy efforts. Participants then work through case studies to allow for real-time discussion and application of these methods for mobilization to effect change.

(+$100) Re-Envisioning a 4-Year Program to Prepare Students for Tech Careers. How can a program be designed to ensure that students who select high- tech fields have the exposure and experiences needed to prepare for a competitive tech career? Is that something an SSS program can do? This pre-con session seeks to answer that question by examining resources available to program professionals on their campus. Presenters in this session include professionals from high-tech firms who provide insider information to include in a student’s action plan. And university professionals will present information about how to connect to institutional departments and experts on campus. Come and learn about the various components that can be incorporated into any SSS program to help prepare a student for a career in technology.