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High School to College: Supporting Student Success: Breakout Sessions

Session 1, 9:30-10:30

Title Description Presenters & Resources
Graduating in to the Social / Digital World As students transition from high school to college or even into adult society we are seeing more and more incidences of students/young adults getting into trouble due to a lack of understanding of digital citizenship. During this session participants will learn about what digital citizenship is, how it relates to teaching students about information literacy and research skills, and participants will work together to come up with engaging ways to incorporate digital citizenship into educational settings. Alicia Gunther, Librarian and Social Media supervisor, Monroe County Library System
Knowledge is Power: What first-generation college students need to know to navigate the college transition First-generation students face issues relating to social class, family relationships, and academic achievement. First-generation students struggled with values related to cultural and social capital that create disconnectedness from their families’ after they matriculate into college. Managing family relationships while addressing the challenges of evolving identities in college and at home are complex. Many first-generation students handle these complexities through professional advisor support and mentorship. In this session, I will discuss the transitional issues faced by first-generation college students and the importance to connect to academic support and resources provided by institutions to support student success. Dr. Anika Simone Johnson, Ed.D., Academic Counselor-Instructor, University of Rochester
Learning Competencies Mash Up: How Collaboration Achieves Successful Outcomes for a Xixed Student Audience 

How can librarians and teaching faculty collaborate for the greatest student success as defined by distinct yet complementary college and career competencies? How can we do this when classrooms are a mix of different learning and experience levels? Join a lively conversation to explore case studies, teaching methods, and competency based lessons that help enable student success in academic- and career-focused research and writing.

Participants will: (1) engage in micro-teaching examples from WSAP courses in order to internalize how collaboratively-developed lesson plans can increase student motivation and success; (2) Practice mapping learning outcomes from multiple disciplines complementary competency frameworks in order to blend differing professions' goals into one mutually beneficial lesson plan; (3) Brainstorm a student challenge that addresses several points of topical interest in order to develop a teaching approach that targets both career and college success; and (4) Leave with ideas to try in their educational setting to blend expertise and resources for student success.

Catherine Towsley, Assistant Professor, Writing Speaking and Argument Program and Kimberly Hoffman, Head of Outreach, Learning, and Research Services River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Learning Competencies Mash Up (Google Slides)

Preparing Students for Their First-year College Experience Using an Individualized Learning Platform Regardless of college sector, incoming freshmen and transfer students often lack confidence and/or competence in skills required to successfully engage in college level learning. The gap between high school and college includes cognitive/skill-based elements (e.g., critical reading, note-taking, time management, and communication skills) and affective elements (e.g., academic integrity and modes of inquiry). Some OER for college transition are available online, but there does not appear to be a comprehensive course or set of modules to level set study skills across a broad population of students. iSucceed is a multi-campus collaborative pilot set of thematic modules, where material is being developed at a regional level, and can later be scaled more broadly. The materials developed serve as a bridge for pre-college and first-year experience (FYE) courses. This approach benefits (1) students by providing uniform language around college skills, (2) instructors of FYE courses within all college sectors by providing content, and (3) high school teachers and administrators by clearly delineating college-level expectations. A regional academic team comprised of faculty, administrators, academic advisors, instructional designers and librarians was assembled to develop modular content. Materials are being developed in the areas of note-taking, time management, critical thinking, written communication, and engaging in the academic community. The content developed is combined with existing OER from Lumen Learning’s College Success course, and is delivered through an adaptive learning platform called Waymaker. iSucceed is a model of how a college or system can supplement existing OER. iSucceed can be used by high school students/graduates in a self-paced format to prepare for college. It also can be used by FYE instructors to supplement in-class or online content. In addition, iSucceed may be useful for upper-division college students who require re-exposure to the content.

Tony DeFranco, Campus Strategist, SUNY OER Services, SUNY System Administration, Lisa StephensAsst. Dean, Digital Edu., UB Engineering, James Jensen, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Environmental Engineering University at Buffalo, and Christine Tinnesz, UB

iSucceed Presentation (Google Slides)

iSucceed College Success course

iSucceed Videos

Building a Culture of Nonfiction Reading in High School Owing to our collection development efforts, librarians encounter an extraordinarily rich and interesting array of non-fiction titles on the market. But are our students aware of them? Unlike popular fiction books marketed to a young adult audience, there are few non-fiction titles expressly written for this age group. And yet, there are so many authoritative authors with something to offer our older teens - engaging and relevant content, provocative ideas and arguments, depth and scholarship. Is there more we can do to encourage our students to explore these materials? Why does it matter and can we predict a measure of success should we reinvent our promotional efforts? Is it possible to build a culture of non-fiction reading in high school? Come explore our joint Mendon and Sutherland high school non-fiction reading proposal, share your thoughts and feedback and determine if this initiative is right for your school too. Brett Daggs, Librarian, Pittsford Mendon HS and Brian Regan, Sutherland High School Librarian
High School to College Connection: Collaborative Projects that Bridge the Research Skills Gap This session will highlight a regional workshop series held at Broome-Tioga BOCES that brought together high school teachers, secondary librarians, and librarians from higher education to collectively identify research skills gaps and collaboratively design lessons/units aimed at addressing these gaps. The facilitator will describe this year-long, multi-session series, including model research projects, lessons learned, and strategies for replication.  Nicole Waskie-Laura, Assistant Director for Instructional Technology and Education Resources. Broome-Tioga BOCES

Session 2, 12:30-1:30

Title Description Presenters & Resources
How Do I Find My Dream Job?  In this interactive session, we will discuss strategies to enhance conversations with students to start exploring early and amplify decisions regarding course selection, majors, and career options. Questions regarding student career readiness and life design will be explored including: What are competencies and skills employers look for when seeking candidates for entry-level jobs and internships? What can career advising look like at the college level and how do students get connected beginning their first year at the University of Rochester? The future of work: how are we preparing resilient students for the changing landscape of what work (and college) may look like? Participate in an interactive life-design activity and explore how we can help students take action, make better decisions, and reframe their thinking on myths regarding career choice and development- so they can better design their own lives (and careers!)

Katie Ferruzza, Senior Career Advisor & First Year Initiatives, University of Rochester

U of R College Competencies (pdf)

The Future of Work + The Future of Us (pdf)

How Colleges Are Preparing Students for Jobs That Don't Exist Yet (pdf)

I'm At My Best worksheet (Word)

Engaging Students, Uniting Communities In 2025, three million job openings will go unfilled due to technical skills gaps, an inability to pass drug tests, and a lack of awareness that these opportunities exist. Public libraries have the power to change these statistics by developing strategic, cross-sector alliances and providing innovative educational opportunities to meet the social, technical, and economic needs of our high school and college students. Learn the innovative methods one public library utilized to connect students to educational and workforce opportunities. From nurturing unique community partnerships and redesigning marketing strategies, to expanding STEAM and technical classes and securing new sources of funding, hear how this library developed their multidisciplinary and personalized approach to meet student needs and interests. Leah Hamilton, Director, Phelps Community Library
The College Writing Readiness Journey   ‚ÄčIn addition to writing competency checklists, conversations about college writing readiness must also focus on student identity and the sociocultural factors that impact learning. The Writing Center is a space that works to mitigate the impact of these factors on college writing readiness.  This session will focus on the challenges first year students experience with college-level writing readiness and how the Writing Center can support them as they journey from high school through college Elisabeth Gonzalez, Assistant Director of Tutoring, The College at Brockport
Student Resilience & Academic Success First Year students typically balance multiple challenges and obstacles during their first-year. We've learned that students have different levels of resilience and know that it takes multiple areas of support for student success. At the Academic Success Center at the College at Brockport, we provide student support through programming and general advisement. Learn about our models of success. Zaula Kennedy, Second Year Experience Coordinator and Pam Setek, Academic Advisor, SUNY Brockport
Mindfulness: Practices in a High School Setting In today’s fast-paced world, faced with a constant barrage of deadlines, messages, emails, tweets, texts, and more, we all need skills to decompress and center ourselves. Often, merely unplugging our devices is not enough. In this session you will learn activities that will empower you and your students to destress  and channel positive energies.  By helping students learn to deal with daily stressors we can give them the coping skills necessary to navigate  this stressful, fast-paced world. Annie Urckfitz, Brockport High School English Teacher and Mindfulness Instructor and Kathy Jaccarino, Brockport High School Librarian