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1 Focus on Freshmen 2013 Institute Preview

2 What is Focus on Freshmen? Three days of intensive professional development for secondary & post-secondary educators FOCUSED on freshman transition & the 10-year Plan as a foundation for student success A solution-driven conference in its sixth year 11 institutes covering different aspects of the 10-Step Plan for Implementing a Freshman Transition Course & School-wide Initiative from GWUs Freshman Transition Initiative

3 Freshman Transition Initiative Grassroots effort started by Dr. Rebecca Dedmond aimed at increasing student success through classroom-based comprehensive guidance by: Providing policy makers with a vision of potential intervention strategies Provide a curriculum roadmap for teachers Guide administrators in upgrading standards Encourage curriculum developers and textbook or software publishers to create appropriate commercial resources for the classroom Learn more at

4 Institutes for Exciting Options

5 The George Washington University Freshman Transition Initiatives Freshman Transition Leadership Institute Dr. Rebecca Dedmond & Penny Paine provide participants with: The 10-Step Plan for initiating a school-wide effort that starts with a Freshman Transition course Tools and templates for developing a comprehensive plan for your Freshman Transition efforts Data and resources to generate buy-in from all stakeholders A comprehensive manual

6 The George Washington University Freshman Transition Initiatives Freshman Transition Leadership Institute Sessions include: Leadership Quotient: The Role of the Principal Generate Buy-in for the New Course & the 10-year Plan Identify a Curriculum That Will Accomplish Your Course Goals Recruiting and Retaining Your Most Experienced Teachers

7 Principal Bobby Cunningham guides participants in using authentic data from their own school to: Identify the core values within the community, district, and school Establish measurable and attainable evidence to support their freshman efforts Develop at least four goals for the Freshman Transition initiative based on the data Strategize how to make staff assignments and build collaborative teams Freshman Transition for Principals Developing Your Strategic Plan

8 Sessions include: Beginning with the End in Mind Laying the Foundation Choosing the A Team Shaping the Curriculum to Meet Your Goals and Standards Extending the Freshman Initiative to a School- wide Effort

9 Team-building for Your Freshman Transition Initiative Principal Rudy Ramirez explores the Freshman Transition planning process from a team perspective: Recruiting the team and articulating year one, two, and three expectations Determining course structure and researching funding options Identifying a lead teacher and ensuring leadership continuity A whole-school effort that encourages all instructors to use students 10-year plans as a common advisory tool

10 Team-building for Your Freshman Transition Initiative Sessions include: Begin with the End in Mind Developing Your Planning Team Strategies for Institutionalizing Your Freshman Transition Program Instructional Leadership Strategies After 9 th Grade, Then What?

11 Santa Barbara City Colleges Get Focused…Stay Focused! Initiative Dr. Diane Hollems shares a grades 8-14 model that delivers the knowledge & skills for student success. 150-page manual to launch community college & high school partnerships Proven model ensuring every student enters college with an online 10-year plan AND at least 3 units of college credit Resource materials to start a Get Focused…Stay Focused! Initiative

12 Santa Barbara City Colleges Get Focused…Stay Focused! Initiative Sessions include: SBCC Progression of Education Model (PEM): A Comprehensive Approach for Assuring Post- Secondary Success for EVERY Student The Foundation Program of PEM: A Dual Enrollment Freshman Transition (DEFT) Course Keeping the Focus: Students Taking Ownership of Their Future Effort

13 Freshman Transition for College Educators A Cost-Effective Plan for Increasing Timely College Completion Dr. Lauren Wintermeyer delivers a hybrid learning experience to support first-year students. Lead Administrator/Instructor manual for a successful college program Model curriculum materials A comprehensive plan for implementing a first-year experience that will get results, and meet state and accreditation requirements with minimal resource allocation

14 Freshman Transition for College Educators A Cost-Effective Plan for Increasing Timely College Completion Sessions include: The College Freshman Transition Initiative: Implementing a Student Success Course to Promote College Completion Gather Your Resources: An Overview of the Career Choices and Changes Workbook & the Pedagogy that Drives Intrinsic Motivation Utilizing the Online 10-year Plan for Counseling & Academic Coaching: The Campus-wide Initiative

15 My10yearPlan.com® Interactive A Hands-on Workshop Chris Pulos, a veteran teacher at North Valley Charter School, walks participants through My10yearPlan.com® Interactive from the students perspective. Participants need to bring a laptop with wi-fi capability.

16 My10yearPlan.com® Interactive A Hands-on Workshop Sessions include: Overview of My10yearPlan.com® Interactive: What Is It & How Does It Work? Meet the CAST (Critical, Analytical, Strategic Thinkers) Using the Career Interest Surveys & My Skills Inventory to Help Students Create Skills-based Education Plans Tools for Authentic Assessment Strategies for Sharing Student Online 10-year Plans with Counselors, Advisors, & Instructors

17 Best Practices: Freshman Transition in Action Successful Models from Results-Oriented Schools Presented by administrators & classroom instructors whove built successful Freshman Transition programs, participants will explore the 10-Step Plan and: The successes and challenges these practitioners experienced The entire processfrom the issues that sparked their redesign to the options they explored, from their implementation process to how they know theyre making a difference

18 Best Practices: Freshman Transition in Action Successful Models from Results-Oriented Schools Presenters include: John Farinella, Principal, Rahway High School (NJ) Diane Goncalves, Asst. Superintendent, Region One School District (CT) Jeanne Donadio, Principal, Foothill High School (NV) Nick Garcia, 9 th Grade Counselor, KIPP University Prep (TX) Gerardo Cornejo, Principal, Carpinteria High School (CA) Glenda Lee, Lead Teacher, Lumberton High School (NC)

19 Career Choices Institutes Lead Administrator & Lead Teacher How to Implement a Career Choices Course Teaching Insights, Practices, & Solutions (TIPS) Integrating Technology into Your Career Choices Course

20 Lead Administrator & Lead Teacher A Train-the-Trainer Workshop Presented by Georgette Phillips, your Career Choices Instructional Support Advisor, institute participants leave with: Innovative classroom teaching strategies that create involved learners DVDs containing 22 video training modules that provide that core content for conducting PLC workshops for your Career Choices instructional team Strategies for implementing a school-wide initiative

21 How to Implement a Career Choices Course For the Novice Career Choices Instructor These sessions provide a chapter-by-chapter tour of the Career Choices materials. Participants get insights to enhance their classroom delivery and make implementation of Career Choices successful. Understand the pedagogy of Career Choices and why it works Make the most of the budget exercise Customizing your lesson plans and pacing guide The 10-year Plan: The Key to High School AND College Completion

22 Teaching Insights, Practices, & Solutions For the Experienced Career Choices Instructor Aided by Career Choices teachers from across the country, Lynn Anderson will facilitate sessions that include: Tools to Articulate How Career Choices Meets the Common Core Integrating Academics in a Substantive Way Using Technology to Increase Success for All Students Finding the Best Fit: My10yearPlan.com® Interactive or Essentials? Classroom TIPS that Energize Instruction

23 Integrating Technology into Your Career Choices Course Sessions explore: Blended learning and the pedagogy behind the Career Choices online enhancements CareerChoices.com LifestyleMath.com My10yearPlan.com® set-up, management, reporting, grading, and instruction

24 More than just the institutes! General sessions each day Great keynote speakers Breakout sessions spotlighting best practices Evening technology integration sessions Hollywood tour (ticketed event) Awards luncheon


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