Concurrent Breakout Session Two
10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Building Pathways (Full Session – 60 minutes)
It Takes A Village
Location: Room 103 AB
Bringing community into schools is one of the most efficient and effective strategies to improve educational outcomes for students. In this workshop participants learn outreach strategies for preparing students, families, and community members for post-secondary educational opportunities, as well as strategies to increase student recruitment, retention, and academic achievement for first generation and underrepresented students.
Build Your Future: Choices, Connections, Careers
Location: Willy Room
Learn how to implement this new National 4-H curriculum focusing on career exploration and workforce preparation in your club, school, or community group. The Build Your Future curriculum helps teens investigate career interests, identify goals, develop employability skills, and explore post-secondary education options and sources of funding. Nine engaging chapters provide a fun structure to help teens learn about their choices, make important connections and plan a successful, meaningful career. At the completion of the training, attendees come away with interactive activities that can be easily implemented in any setting.
Supporting Pathways Every Step of the Way
Location: Room 106
This session explores pathways of successfully preparing students for post-secondary educational opportunities through an overview of the basic steps of recruitment, integration, and evaluation. Participants in this session can anticipate hands-on learning, thought provoking discussions, and small group exercises. This session is ideal for new and returning pre-college professionals.
Building Pathways (Half Sessions – 30 minutes)
Navigating the Pre-Med and Health Sciences Pathway
Location: Heritage Room
Wayne State University's Pre-Med and Health Science Center provides prerequisite advising, academic support, and professional development strategies for all Wayne State University students pursuing admission to competitive health care programs. Recently, the WSU Pre-Med and Health Science Center has expanded its services to high schools and high school students interested in the same career path. This presentation is intended to give others a look at the outreach efforts used by the center to connect with future Warriors.
Exploring: Preparing Youth Through Career Exploration
Location: Heritage Room
Students don't have to plan for years of debt in a career field that is saturated or plan to give up their dreams. This presentation shows participants how the youth development organization, Exploring, prepares youth to make confident decisions about their future careers. Working with schools, colleges, and local businesses to create experiences that mold student lives and prepare them for their future decisions, this nation-wide program connects students with their local communities to widen their career horizons and to meet the needs of employers.
Ensuring Success (Full Sessions – 60 minutes)
Accessing Success for Students from Foster Care
Location: Room 105 AB
With only 4% of young adults from foster care receiving an associate's degree and only 3% receiving a bachelor's degree by age 26, it is critical that students from foster care receive support as they navigate the education pipeline. Fostering Success Michigan works in partnership with state agencies, community organizations, and 15+ post-secondary institutions in Michigan to increase college access and success for students from foster care. This presentation focuses on successful student-centered strategies to increase college access for students from foster care.
Ensuring Success (Half Sessions – 30 minutes)
Wayne State GO-GIRL: Sustainability Through Service Learning
Location: Room 62
The Wayne State University GO-GIRL Winter program has been sustained and growing since 2002. The program is designed to increase adolescent girls' interest in STEM. This session highlights the challenges the program has faced and how they have achieved sustainability for over a decade. The key to the program's success is closely tied with designing the program as an undergraduate class aimed at fulfilling service learning and pre-student teaching requirements. Utilizing mentors and growing a close-knit "GO-GIRL" community has been essential in building bridges between students, their families, and access to higher education.
The Importance of Accuracy in Science Presentations
Location: Michigamme Room
One of the most important tools for the science educator is a good demonstration. With the right demonstration, one can catch the attention of an entire audience and keep the focus on education, while making it an enjoyable experience. However, for this to work, there must be accuracy both in the choice of the demonstration and in the description of the demonstration itself. This presentation will focus on how to choose an appropriate demonstration, common-yet-incorrect explanations for some common demonstrations, and the problems that can result from inaccurate demonstrations or explanations.
Enhancing Scientific Literacy Through Mentoring and Research to Increase Success
Location: Michigamme Room
This session highlights the STEM Summer Mentoring Program partnership between the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Canton High School STEM Academy. The program provides eleventh grade STEM Academy students the opportunity to work on campus facilitating research projects collaboratively with CECS faculty for 10 weeks during the summer. Through this session, participants gain an understanding of how this STEM partnership model could be replicated at their institutions.
Providing Access (Full Sessions – 60 minutes)
Edgewood Village Scholar Program: Creating a College-Going Culture in the Village
Location: Riverside Room
The Edgewood Village Scholar Program is a college preparatory program for students in grades 5 to 12 who live in Edgewood Village, a multi-family nonprofit housing corporation in East Lansing, Michigan. In 2016, the program watched its first Scholar class graduate from high school and head to college. This presentation shows how the program has formed to help students from low-income backgrounds receive resources to prepare themselves for college and beyond.
Providing Access (Half Sessions – 30 minutes)
Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
Location: Room 62
The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) program is sponsored by the Academy of Applied Sciences and the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force. Since its inception in 1958, the primary aims of JSHS are to promote research and experimentation at the secondary school level and to recognize students for original research achievements. The College of Education at Wayne State University hosts the regional program for Southeastern Michigan. High school student researchers are invited to attend a two-day symposium on WSU's campus, where talented students, their teachers, and research professionals are able to network. This presentation is designed to inform conference participants about the opportunity to participate in Michigan's regional JSHS.