Special Sessions are open to all conference participants and feature topics specifically developed for the NISOD audience. Special Session presenters are engaging and inspirational national experts who lead discussions about real-world successes, challenges, and other critical issues. Their purpose is to lead conference participants in an in-depth exploration of contemporary topics of particular relevance to community and technical college educators.
A Mind at Work: Capitalizing on the Relationship Between Mindset and Student Success
Many students who walk through the doors of community colleges have already been told they are not college material. Through intentional and deliberate actions, colleges can begin to move students from nonproductive mindsets to productive mindsets and change the way they feel about past failure. This can lead to more engaged students and, ultimately, more successful students.
Linda Garcia, Assistant Director, The University of Texas at Austin
Instilling Faculty With an Entrepreneurial Mindset
Colleges rely on the resourcefulness and persistence of their people to have the greatest impact on those they serve. Both of these essential skills are just two of the many values that can be learned from some of our society’s most underappreciated individuals, the “unlikely entrepreneurs.” The mindset developed in the entrepreneurial process of solving problems for others has been proven to create multifaceted, positive impacts on individuals, schools, organizations, and communities. Identify and understand how an entrepreneurial mindset is a solution to developing the skills colleges demand of their faculty and better faculty engagement.
Gary Schoeniger, Founder and CEO, Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative
Redesigning Adult Education in the Age of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
Historically adult education has struggled to retain high school equivalency students and move them into postsecondary enrollment and a credential with real market value. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides educators a platform to completely reinvent the suite of services. This session highlights innovative strategies to significantly improve program performance, student completion, and postsecondary enrollment and credential attainment by adult students.
Gayle Flowers, Ed.D., Vice Chancellor for Economic & Workforce Development, Bossier Parish Community College; Shelli Ulrich, Director of College Transition Programs, Bossier Parish Community College
Trapped!! Escaping the Comfort of Complacency: Make Every Moment Count
Prepare to laugh out loud as we look at real-life situations that cause you to reexamine your passion, commitment, and attitude toward teaching and inspire you to take your teaching and leading to a higher level. This is an entertaining, but challenging session, so get ready to be encouraged, energized, and recommitted to the opportunities before you every day.
Kevin Tutt, Partner, Tutt & Daggs, Creative Performance Improvement