MOVING THE NEEDLE 2020 CONFERENCE THEME

Narrowing the Achievement Gap

How to Retain our At-Risk Students

INVITATION


This year Moving the Needle and Narrowing the Gulf are joining forces and merging into Moving the Needle: Supporting Students by Narrowing the Achievement Gap. Our focus this year is to look locally within the state of Florida and address the barriers that continue to hinder students from maximizing their career and academic potential. We welcome pasts sponsors, presenters and guests to join us as we dive deeper and discuss transportation, housing/evictions, policies and procedures, fees and fines, food insecurities, support services within the institutions of higher learning and community outreach and engagement.


CONFERENCE TRACKS


We have four population groups we are focusing on this year: Accessibilities and Veterans, African American and Latino Students, Age and Gender Equity, and Classroom Supports and Techniques.

In support of these four population groups, we are interested in learning if your institution or organization participates in Community Outreach. More specifically, Community Outreach efforts that demonstrate an increase in career and academic growth. 


PERSISTENCE, RETENTION, AND COMPLETION INITIATIVES THAT SUPPORT STUDENT SUCCESS


With the growing numbers of these social issues, colleges have seen their retention and completion rates plummet, negatively affecting their outcomes, which are often tied to performance funding. Most colleges are not equipped to assist students with the challenges these issues present. To combat these issues, it is critical that colleges partner with community based organizations to leverage their expertise. This year’s Moving the Needle conference will include discussions on how equity with regard to race, gender, age, and disabilities affect a student’s success rate and the ability to obtain economic stability and growth. We will include a panel for the opening and closing of the conference discussing key factors from the community and student perspectives.

Conference Tracks

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Topics include:


○ Improving equity and meeting students

   where they are

○ Holistic assessment of students -

   recognizing need and expressing empathy
○ Proactive ways to share resources with

   students
○ Helping students of color succeed in the

   classroom
○ Tips for reaching out to students in ways

   that respect their needs
○ Incorporating relevant work experience and

   soft skills in the classroom

○ Helping students with disabilities success
   in the classroom

STUDENT SUPPORT

Topics include:


       ○ High-impact practices and programs

          colleges deploy to increase student

          engagement and retention
       ○ Reducing unnecessary barriers to

          enrollment and retention
       ○ Fostering relationships between

          institutions, students, and outside

          agencies to expand wrap-around

          services
       ○ Successful student engagement

          practices in both on-campus and online
       ○ Creating financial aid awareness and

          reducing college debt

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

Topics include:


       ○ Existing partnerships between external

          partners (for profit, not for-profit, and

          faith-based organizations) and colleges

          that are making a difference in the

          lives of students
       ○ Using partnerships to leverage shared

           resources and expand grant

           opportunities
       ○ Advancing the Completion agenda

          through Local College Access           

          Networks (LCANs)
       ○ Successful articulation strategies that

          lead to clearer educational pathways,

          accelerate completion, and improve 

          affordability


*Intended Audience: Front Line Staff, Faculty, Support Services Staff and Community Employees, Community Agencies, Vocational Rehab and Social Workers.


Request for Proposals: Please consider presenting your best practices, efforts to strengthen 504 Compliance and enrich accessibility services, community engagement opportunities and suggested next steps to ensure equity, diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of our student and community success plans for 2020.

Special Thanks To Our Past Conference Sponsors

Conference Location

St. Petersburg College
Seminole Campus

9200 113th St.
Seminole, FL 33772

Hotel Information

Coming soon!

Conference Location

St. Petersburg College
Seminole Campus

9200 113th St.
Seminole, FL 33772

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"I'm excited to say I've never seen anything that in-depth. To actually have, at one time, so many people sit down and focus on the overall idea of how to implement and change the overall scope of student success."


Conference Attendee