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Conference Day 2017 Breakout Sessions

There will be 26 unique presentations at Conference Day. They are all listed below in alphabetical order.

To see when each presentation will be offered (and in which room), view the Breakout Sessions Schedule

Ballroom Dancing in a Minefield: Creating a Resilient and Agile Organization

Mary Brumbach
District Office
Chief Strategy Officer

General Electric’s CEO Jeff Immelt talks about selling thrust, not just jet engines. Ericsson lost $2.4 billion and was shut out of the hand-held mobile phone manufacturing business by failing to understand the impact of a fire in a Nevada fabricating plant. California's interest in solar energy is being undercut by reliance on toxic and rare chemicals in making photovoltaic panels. Hundreds of social service agencies are adopting collective impact approaches to solve complex social needs understanding there are no simple answers. Ours is a turbulent, complex, data-rich and dynamic world and community colleges are in the center of it. Today's success can become a liability overnight. Creating a resilient organization that can simultaneously deliver excellent performance while adapting to the roiling change surrounding it is key to sustainability.

This session will consider the essential elements of resilience tied to the community college mission and explore adaptive/performance oriented organizational characteristics. Participants will leave with critical questions — but probably not answers — to guide the transformation of colleges from robust but fragile to a forward looking, self-correcting entity that responds immediately, thoroughly and constructively to challenges and unforeseen change.

Campus Community Policing 2.0: Addressing the Challenges of Early College High Schools on the College Campus

Anthony Williams
Cedar Valley College
Director of Police

This program is designed to demonstrate how integrating law enforcement and campus administrative resources can provide a better quality of life for early college high school students. The session focuses on strategies that administrators, staff and faculty can use when working with their respective campus police departments.

This session will:
  • Demonstrate how law enforcement officers can effectively serve early college high school students by using community policing
  • Help administrators learn the limitations and responsibilities of law enforcement officers when dealing with early college high school students
  • Teach strategies to staff and faculty that will improve the overall campus experience for early college high school students

Cognitive Science & Modeling: Transform Your Classroom into a Learning Lab

Amanda Preston
Eastfield College
Professor of English

While higher education professionals trade in the products of mind, few are up-to-date on current research in adult learning, memory, language development, and other relevant cognitive models. Most instructors are specialists in their field, but few are trained in the medium in which they work: the brain. Even so, technique and time make skillful craftsmen in the art of instruction. Imagine how much more could be done with access to current cognitive science methodology and learning models. This interactive workshop re-purposes experimental design from psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive science research to show how the classroom can be turned into a functional lab: a place where thought experiment drives experiential discovery. Participants will get a few strategies for how to plug the science of learning directly into their lesson plans. (Disciplinary focus: English/Developmental English)

Attendees will:
  • Discover the basics of how different types of learning (memory) alters neural-cognitive architecture
  • Learn-by-doing: practice implementable lesson plans that reproduce cognitive psychology research methods that foster experiential learning
  • Understand how brain science research and methodology can enhance curriculum design (especially in English/writing) to impact student learning and classroom behavior

Concur Travel and Expense: Additional Features and Options

Maria Garza
District Service Center
Senior Director

This session will provide DCCCD travelers with information and access to resources needed to better understand and utilize Concur's advanced features and options to successfully navigate the new travel system. It will show attendees how to use:

  • Mobile app features
  • TripLink feature: importing reservations booked outside of Concur
  • Risk messaging feature
  • E-receipts
  • Reporting features
  • Final QA

Creating a Culture of Compliance

LaShawn Grant Institutional Equity and Compliance (DO); Bill Dial, PhD, Human Resources (RLC); Rosemary Meredith, Disability Services (NLC)

This presentation will discuss how under the “network model” we move toward creating a culture of compliance that is inclusive of students, faculty and staff and we will have a broad overview of compliance laws and regulations impacting higher education, including:

  • Title IX
  • House Bill 699
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • Section 213 & 215

This session will also cover:

  • An introduction of the Office of Institutional Equity
  • How to support institutional culture and behavior that is consistent with the “network model”
  • More about compliance laws impacting higher education

DCCCD Guided Pathways to Success

Anna Mays
District Office
Associate Vice Chancellor
Educational Policy

The presentation will begin with a video featuring Dr. Rob Johnstone, which will provide an overview of the research on guided pathways and best practice within community colleges. Members of the DCCCD Guided Pathways Team will then provide an update on the planning and implementation of guided pathways, including the selection of meta majors; alignment of programs of study with meta majors and university transfer requirements; development of program maps and course sequences; redesign of academic advising to include career planning and pathways advising; and identification of milestones.

At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the rationale for and purpose of guided pathways based on research and best practice
  • Identify the critical elements of guided pathways that are being planned by the DCCCD Guided Pathways Team in collaboration with college representatives
  • Discuss implications of guided pathways for their role or position within the college or district location

DCCCD Military — Value of Student Veterans

Presenters:  Jon Tarell (BHC), Ann McCowin, Marissa Pina (CVC),Shelly Mencacci (EFC), Jaimie Gregory (ECC), Aneesa Roundtree, Ismael Aleman (MVC), Billy Yost, Dr. Horce Ragler (NLC), Kim Archer (RLC), Philip Hoy DO College Credit Heroes, Dr. Shirley Higgs VA Executive Administrator

Why and how to support student veterans (services and classroom). This panel session will provide staff, administrators and faculty an overview of VA students most asked questions and importance of supporting veterans in and out the classroom. There will be an overview of the New Upcoming DCCCD Military 2017-2018 that follows Texas Completion by Design initiative of connection, entry, progress, completion and jobs. It also ties in DCCCD strategic proprieties and the elements of 60x30TX.

Designing High-Impact Assignments

Deva Arumugam
El Centro College
Professor of English and Writing

Learn how to turn in-class assignments into high-impact presentations for a campus-wide event. Promoting research through the creation of video documentaries adds a real-life element to any assignment. Challenge students to integrate the use of technology for problem-based learning. Create high-impact assignments for deeper engagement.

Attendees will:

  • Learn step-by-step how to transform everyday classroom research assignments into problem-based learning assignments
  • Learn methods to help students apply their skills in technology to create video documentaries
  • View samples of students' work

De-stressing in the Work Place

Karen Cuttill
Richland College
Professional Counselor 

This presentation will speak to well-being and work/life balance. We will cover five areas that help lead to increasing fun and enjoyment in your life. We will also learn three steps to increasing positivity in your work environment and in your personal life. We will take a stress test to see how “stressed” we really are.
Attendees will:

  • Identify the five areas that impact your ability to feel joy and happiness at work or home
  • Learn how stressed you are
  • Learn action steps that, when practiced, improve mood and outlook — even in the workplace

Doing More for Less: Open Courseware, Improved Student Outcomes, Significantly Lower Cost to Students

Joni Felt

Follett has partnered with Lumen Learning to bring Open Educational Resources to the DCCCD. This session will provide an overview of how Open Educational Resources positively impact student success and will drive down the cost of course materials for students throughout the Dallas County Community College District. Joni Felt of Lumen will lead this presentation on the use of Open Educational Resources and how Follett/Lumen can support faculty and staff within the District. This 60 minute breakout session will provide an opportunity for you to ask questions about Lumen or Open Educational Resources. After the presentation, you can visit with Ms. Felt at the Follett sponsor booth for further discussion.

Engage Your Students With Sustainability

Carrie Schweitzer (BHC); Dr. Maria Boccalandro (CVC); Georgeann Moss (DO); Dr. Terry Wickman and Dr. Brenda Floyd, (EFC); Maggie Lopez (ECC); Lori De La Cruz (MVC); Brandon Morton (NLC);  Jerry Owens (RLC) 
DCCCD Sustainability Team

Looking for new ideas and resources to help you weave sustainability into your courses? The DCCCD Sustainability Team is here to help! Join them for this hands on workshop. You’ll leave the workshop with tons of new ideas and resources to help you design interdisciplinary assignments for your students, regardless of what you teach!

You’ll learn:
  • What sustainability resources DCCCD offers
  • What external resources are available to help faculty integrate sustainability into their courses
  • What process you can use to design interdisciplinary assignments

First Timers Swing-Out Class

Tim Ellington
Eastfield College
Police Captain

Learn the basic steps of swing-out dance.

How myPortal Will Improve Your Work Life

Eddie Middlebrook
District Office
Senior Digital Editor
Public and Governmental Affairs

Do you want to make meetings as smooth as icing on a glazed donut? Learn how myPortal can make collaboration a breeze. Keep up with your team calendar, projects and tasks with a team site. I will also share tips to help you become a myPortal expert.

Attendees will learn about:
  • The purpose(s) of myPortal
  • Using a team site for departments, committees, etc.
  • How myPortal ties in with other Office 365 tools

Listening to the Marketplace: New Demands for New Jobs and New Skills

Ben Magill
District Office
Executive Director
Labor Market Intelligence Center

Mick Normington from the Texas Workforce Commission will present labor market information that will help faculty and administrators to understand industry demands for workforce and show them how to access additional information that is readily available through the Texas Workforce Commission and DCCCD's Labor Market Intelligence Center.

Attendees will learn about:

  • Labor market demands
  • New LMI resources available at your fingertips
  • Collaborating with TWC and DCCCD's LMIC

mINiTERN: Providing a Taste of Work Experience Early in One's College Path

Michael Bailey
Brookhaven College
Professor of Mathematics

No one doubts the value of internships or work experience for college students. But most companies seek juniors and seniors as interns, making work experience programs a challenge for two-year colleges. In partnership with Sharyland Utilities, DCCCD created a successful and simple model that can be implemented anywhere.

After this session, attendees will:
  • Understand the simple concepts of mINiTERN program
  • Understand the successes and failures
  • Be able to assess the ability/resources needed to pilot similar program at your campus

Our Place in the Cosmos

Patrick Moore
Richland College
Professor of Government

This presentation begins at home and gradually expands through contextualized images of the planets to the galaxy and beyond to literally the edge of the universe before returning home. The crux of the presentation is the Earth as the "Pale Blue Dot" in an image taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft as it was departing the solar system.
This session will:

  • Provide an example of an interdisciplinary exploration using natural science, social science and literature
  • Help attendees learn to appreciate the significance of each individual, regardless of their background
  • Provide an opportunity for guided reflection on the value of the work we do as educators

Pathways for Career Advancement

Sharon Blackman
District Office
Strategic Learning Consultant

Have you given thought your career in the next five years? Does your plan include the possibility of earning an advanced degree? Hear from current DCCCD employees who have executed their plan and are either beginning, currently enrolled in or have completed their advanced degree program. Learn more about what to consider as you choose a program from among the various formats that are available today.
Attendees will:

  • Learn about advanced educational programs for those interested in master’s and doctoral programs
  • Identify considerations for choosing a graduate program
  • Expand their awareness of various types of graduate programs

Shaken, Not Stirred: A Multi-Generational Workplace

Rebekah Benavides
Brookhaven College
Program Coordinator
Student Life

The workplace has been shaken up with multiple generations working together. Explore the "generational gaps" in the workplace and engage in active learning to enhance communication and build effective teams. This presentation will focus on stirring together generations to overcome misconceptions in the workplace with activities that center on communication, collaboration and creating a team.

Attendees will learn:

  • Communication: learning to speak each other's language
  • Collaboration: individual contributions to achieve a common goal
  • Creating a team: gaining tools and resources to create a co-generational team

State of the Public Safety and Security Department

Lauretta Hill
District Office
Public Safety & Security

Commissioner Hill will present and discuss an overview of department survey results, discuss strategic plans and field questions from the workforce.

This session will cover:

  • How to articulate performance management expectations
  • Successful adaptation to change
  • Agreement on customer service philosophy

Strategies to Improve Your Instructor Effectiveness and Online Courses

Michelle Stewart
LeCroy Center
Instructional Designer

This session will cover three strategies to increase instructor effectiveness in teaching online courses.

  • An overview of best practices for ADA accessibility in the classroom and online, including state and federal laws, methods and technologies for accessibility compliance will be discussed.
  • Quality Matters peer review process and quality course design will be covered. As a subscriber to QM or Maryland Quality Matters, Dallas Colleges Online has access to professional development training for online course design and reviews, as well as blended courses in a team-based review process. Attendees will learn more about course design and QM.
  • Learn about professional development opportunities available at DCCCD for faculty to continue expanding their learning and how continuous learning benefits faculty, students and the district.

The Classic Lecture or Say It With Stories

Paul Benson
Mountain View College
Professor of English

Every good lecture should be hidden inside of stories! A lecture is hardly ever a failure with students if the key points are buried in anecdotes. Listeners will always remember the stories in a lecture much longer than they will remember the bare facts. In this presentation Dr. Paul Benson will give his version of a classic lecture with the use of strategist stories to highlight essential elements of his message. The classic lecture embedded in this presentation is entitled THE WHOOPEE WAR which is a micro-history about the 80+ year “war” between Dallas and Fort Worth which started in 1936!
Attendees will learn about:

  • Better lectures
  • Greater student engagement
  • Insights into the history of Dallas and Fort Worth

Want That Promotion? Toastmasters Can Help!

Donna Starks
District Office
Senior Administrative Assistant
Workforce and Economic Development

Co-Presenters: Ora Foster and Diana Clark

There is a reason “communication” is an entire category in our Job Profile Review forms. The ability to communicate well is one of the most important skills supervisors consider in employee advancement (and recruiters look for in job candidates). Businesses want people who express themselves clearly and confidently, and are persuasive and comfortable communicating with a wide range of people – from top executives to entry-level interns.

Most employers don’t offer this type of training. Toastmasters does. It’s a tool you can use to help you formulate, express and sell your ideas (and yourself)! Learning takes place in a community environment where you’ll develop soft skills by watching and doing. Come try it out at Conference Day! We’ll give you a sample size Toastmasters experience.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Earn Staff Enrichment Units (SEUs)
  • Overcome fear of speaking in front of people
  • Develop key leadership skills and achieve advancement in employment

What's Happening in the Foundation?

Pyeper Wilkins
District Office Foundation
Chief Advancement Officer 

The Foundation has been busy reinventing itself over the past couple of years! What is new? We frequently hear the question “What’s Happening in the Foundation?” Come learn about what we do and some of our plans moving forward to support students and the community! 

Attendees will:

  • Learn what the Foundation does overall
  • Understand all the ways in which the Foundation works with the colleges
  • See some of the new tools the Foundation is using to better serve students and be accountable to donors

Who Blew Up My Website

Jonathan Blundell
District Office
Manager, Rich Media
Public and Governmental Affairs

In February 2017, the district launched a brand new web platform that completely changed how we think about our district and college website. Learn about the project, the process and ways you can help improve websites across the district.

Employees will learn about:
  • The history of the website project
  • The biggest changes to the site
  • How you can help improve the websites across the district

Why Bother With Academic Transfer?

Mark Curtis-Thames
El Centro College
Professor of Philosophy and Religion

A significant percentage of our students intends to transfer to colleges and universities to complete their four-year degrees. Many of these students plan to major in one of the liberal arts rather than a job-specific degree plan. Additionally, deregulation of state tuition has directed large numbers of students to complete their general or core courses with us at much less cost before transferring. These students deserve the instruction that they come to us for and should not be overlooked.

This presentation is designed to:
  • show how academic transfer programs in general and the liberal arts in particular fit into the mission of the colleges of DCCCD
  • encourage liberal arts faculty to confidently craft course offerings for students pursuing a liberal arts degree
  • support student success by encouraging instructional deans to support these faculty efforts

This session will:

  • Help attendees become aware of the number of liberal arts oriented students in the district
  • Review the placement or omission of the needs of liberal arts students in college mission statements, values and priorities
  • Explain the point of liberal arts education in general
  • Explain the role liberals arts education does and might play in DCCCD colleges

You Are More Successful Than Ever Imagined

Stephen Levine, M.A.
Richland College
Senior Academic Advisor 

Many among us, from suspension students to honors students and throughout our staff, seriously underestimate how much of a positive impact we have upon those around us. So many of us look to traditional methods of rating our success: be it through money, job promotions, raw statistics, etc. All of these are most certainly valid. However, when someone smiles warmly at us with gratitude or gives a hardy thank you, or when we accomplish something wonderful outside traditional measures, these accomplishments frequently go unnoticed. In addition, many of us, blindly look for criticism yet brush off compliments.

This audience participatory seminar helps participants to draw forth insights on their myriad of life accomplishments, whether recognized/rewarded or not.
Attendees will learn to:

  • Increase understanding of self-worth, morale and feelings of life fulfillment and success
  • Utilize skills and/or insights gained in the seminar to enhance holistic advising and customer service skills in our workplaces
  • Acknowledge your unique contributions to your job and the world in general, whether these have been paid or unpaid, recognized or unrecognized accomplishments