Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Sessions I:

General Interest Sessions

Session 1.1 - College-Positive Champions
By taking a “college-positive” approach with youth, individuals can serve as more than just educators, coaches, and neighbors; they can serve as champions for youth in the discovery of college opportunities. Join the conversation and access toolkits and partnership models being used within mentoring organizations and higher education to create college-going communities one caring adult at a time.

Michelle Snitgen, Michigan Campus Compact; Amber Troupe, Michigan Campus Compact

Session 1.2 - College is For Every Student: School-College Partnership in Rural and Urban Contexts
The presentation provides findings from a first-year study of College For Every Student (CFES), a program that works currently with 140 schools in 22 states. Using a framework guided by the theory of academic capital formation (ACF), the presenters will describe the CFES school-college partnership model and differences in implementation in various contexts.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn about exemplary practices and share experiences with college going reform.

Victoria Milazzo-Bigelow, University of Michigan; Christopher Nellum, University of Michigan; Brian Burt, University of Michigan; Edward St. John, University of Michigan

Session 1.3 - The Wayne State University Math Corps - Supporting Detroit's Kids Through Caring, Culture and Education
The presenter will provide an overview and description of the WSU Math Corps - a university outreach program that has been working for nearly twenty years to provide Detroit public school children with the educational and lifetime opportunities that all children deserve. The presentation will focus on the program's philosophy, practices and results, with ample time for discussion with audience participants.

Steve Kahn, Wayne State University

Session 1.4 - Science and Engineering Festival Ignite the Global Passion for STEM
Michigan Tech’s Mind Trekkers team of undergraduate and graduate students brings innovative hands-on activities to K-12 participants around the nation, inspiring students and their families to discover the science behind the mystery of STEM in a music filled high energy atmosphere. Be prepared to take part in the excitement and learn how to produce your own Science and Engineering Festival.

Steve Patchin, Michigan Technological University; Cody Kangas, Michigan Technological University; Jamie Lindquist, Michigan Technological University

Session 1.5 - Impact of In-School Tutorial Assistance on Academic Achievement/Social Responsiveness in an Urban High School
The presenters will share information about a successful in-school tutoring program in which college students serve as daily in-class tutors and college-going role models for students in the Ninth Grade Academy at Pontiac High School.  Teachers and tutors will be joined by some of the students whose performance dramatically improved as a result of the tutoring program.  Presenters will also discuss the theoretical foundations of the program.

Alison Harmon, Pontiac School District; Jennifer Dooley, Pontiac High School; Dennis Kendall, Pontiac High School; Kimberly Stokes, Pontiac High School

Session 1.6 - Pre-College to College – Building a Seamless Transition
The K-16 academic landscape is replete with pre-college initiatives that seek to address high school student readiness to successfully transition to and persist through college. The Office of Educational Opportunity Initiatives (EOI) at the U-M Flint has developed a successful approach using a multiple program model from middle school through the baccalaureate degree. The session will discuss the programs and present data as evidence of the impact of this approach.

Tendaji Ganges, University of Michigan Flint; Tawana Parks, University of Michigan Flint; Tonya Bailey, University of Michigan Flint

Session 1.7 -  College Is My Future: Examine a Student-Driven Approach to Youth Outreach in a College Setting
Since 2006, Washtenaw Community College has been host to over 800 Ypsilanti Middle School 8th graders attending the College Is My Future Program. The program’s goals include:  • Motivating students to complete high school.  • Inspiring students to pursue higher education.  • Reducing fear and anxiety associated with a college campus.  Learn how college-aged student leaders have developed curriculum, run programming, and provided middle school students with a college experience.

Peter Leshkevich, Washtenaw Community College; Linda King, Washtenaw Community College

Session 1.8 -  Youth Dialogues: Fostering Student Intercultural Maturity & Community Capacity for Intergroup Relations and Social Change
Participants will be engaged in methodology, research and strategies utilized in an innovative program between the University of Michigan and community stakeholders in Metropolitan Detroit.  The presenters will be sharing curriculum and pedagogy from their successful Summer Youth Dialogue Program and related activities involving student leadership & teacher professional development.

Barry Checkoway, University of Michigan; Roger Fisher, University of Michigan

Session 1.9 - The Michigan College Advising Corps : Unique Practices in Promoting a College Going Culture

MCAC recruits and trains a diverse group of University of Michigan college graduates to work as full time advisers in underserved high schools throughout the state of Michigan for two years following graduation. College Advisers will discuss their role in addressing the disproportionate number of low-income, first-generation students that attain post secondary education by enabling innovative and unique strategies that catalyze and create a college going culture.

Christopher Rutherford, University of Michigan; Amber Williams, Benton Harbor High School; Jessica Cornwell, Battle Creek Central High School; Eric Scimeca, Jackson High School; Joilyn Stephenson, Pontiac High School; Marisol Blanco, Ottawa Hills High School; Ryan McBride, Saginaw High School

Session 1.10 -  Common Core State Standards Implementation -- Building a College Going Culture by Preparing College-Ready Students
The presenter(s) will share Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation resources that highlight the K-12 progression to College and Career Readiness and support building a college-going culture in Michigan.

Susan Codere Kelly, Michigan Department of Education

Session 1.11 -  Tracking, Exploring & Discovering - Adventures in the Michigan College Access Portal (MichiganCAP)
This session will provide detailed overview of the features and functions of the Michigan College Access Portal (MichiganCAP). Topics discussed will include the definition of user roles, unique features of the portal, and how the portal assists students, parents, counselors, and college access professionals as students prepare for the transition from high school to postsecondary education.

Peggy LaFleur, Michigan Department of Education

Session 1.12 - Maximizing Opportunities for Post-secondary Education Success for Youth Aging out of Foster Care
The presenters will share national and state level data to describe the plight of foster care youth in the context of higher education.   Various replicable, youth guided models for engaging foster care youth in policy and program reform have been developed by the State Department of Human Services, Universities and child advocacy organizations  to increase college access and retention rates of the population.

Angelique Day, Wayne State University; Michele Corey, Michigan’s Children; Kristen Donnay, Michigan Department of Human Services - Oakland County; Ronicka Hamilton, Western Michigan University; Champagne Cook, Western Michigan University

Session 1.13  Innovations in Outreach to Native American Youth:  University of Michigan’s Camp KinoMaage
Camp KinoMaage is a new program that offers Native youth an opportunity to be involved in activities that provide exposure to higher education, in a way that values and affirm Native traditions.  Presenters will discuss effective educational outreach to Native American youth by detailing the design and curriculum of Camp KinoMaage, a week long program for high school students from the Sault Tribe at University of Michigan’s Biological Station (UMBS). 

Helki Jackson, University of Michigan; Meg Noori, University of Michigan

Paper Session - Practices

Session 1.14

Incorporating Free Tax Preparation into College Goal Sunday and FAFSA Completion Workshops
The presenter will discuss the impact of offering free tax preparation services as part of College Goal Sunday events across the country.  The presenter will discuss the results of the H&R Block FAFSA experiment as well as a pilot program implemented in Buffalo, NY.  Challenges, implementation strategies, and outcomes will be discussed as well as future strategies and states' potential usage of College Access Challenge Grants to fund the program.

Beth Mabry, University of Buffalo

Success in Early Middle College Programs: Building a College Ready Culture
With 19 early middle colleges in Michigan in fall 2011, early middle colleges are the fastest growing programmatic innovations in education. The presenter will discuss the universal principles and practices of early middle colleges as they vary across the state of Michigan, with a particular focus on the Shared Educational Entity model and college readiness curriculum implemented at the Early College Alliance at Eastern Michigan University.

David Dugger, Early College Alliance at Eastern Michigan University

In it Together: A New Mentoring Model Aimed at Raising College-Going Rates Among At-Risk Students
While most at-risk high school students will tell you that they plan to attend college, fewer than half will actually matriculate. Thus the problem is not low ambition, but helping students align their already-high ambition through the provision of targeted resources and support. The College Ambition Program (CAP) uses a collective mentoring approach, along with other best practices, to impart college knowledge and skills to students from traditionally underrepresented groups.

Kri Burkander, Michigan State University


Concurrent Sessions II:

General Interest Sessions

Session 2.1 - Strategies for Recruiting College Access Volunteers A to Z
Building a college going culture requires cross-community involvement and collaboration.  Involving more community members as volunteers helps build broad-based support, while maintaining an efficient infrastructure.  Yet recruiting volunteers is not as easy as posting flyers or having a Facebook page. This workshop will lead you through the creation of a volunteer recruitment strategy that has both breadth and depth - from A to Z.

Ryan Fewins-Bliss, Fewins-Bliss Consulting

Session 2.2 -Planting SEEDs (Success Equals Exposure & Development)
Mentoring relationships provide the foundation for developing middle and high school students to postsecondary education. Presenters will share experiences from the Kagle Leadership Initiatives program with its goal of creating a college going community through the ideas of working with students in a holistic manner. This interactive session will share various programming elements to aid in creating successful mentoring relationships and how it coincides with the college selection process.

Cristina Reed, Kettering University; Dena Johnson, Kettering University; Essence Wilson, Kettering University

Session 2.3 - Rising Scholars Program:  Ann Arbor Public Schools Addressing the Achievement Gap
The Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS), in partnership with the University of Michigan’s Center for Educational Outreach developed the Rising Scholars Program to reach out to underserved, but high achieving students to decrease the documented achievement gap. During the session, representatives from AAPS schools will detail the programmatic elements of the program, including the challenges to coordinating such a program and maximizing the benefits of a university partnership.

Michael Turner, University of Michigan; Joyce Hunter, Ann Arbor Public Schools; Allen Porter, Skyline High School; Madeline Micou, Pioneer High School; Brandon Jackson, Huron High School

Session 2.4 - University School Partnerships that Promote a College Going Culture
The Michigan College Advising Corps (MCAC) is an example of a successful university/school partnership created to, among other things, promote a college going culture in schools.  During this session, representatives from MCAC partner high schools will discuss the formation of successful university/school partnerships, how they can best work together toward the goal of student academic success and provide advice for school officials who wish to partner with universities.

Christopher Rutherford, University of Michigan; Barbara Baird-Pauli, Jackson High School; Marc Colitti, Battle Creek Central High School; Rodney Lewis, Ottawa Hills High School

Session 2.5 - Science for Tomorrow
Presenters from the UM Natural History Museum will discuss their outreach program for middle school students that collaborates with libraries, schools and community groups to expose students to a variety of specific STEM careers and to give them practical tools to prepare for college and the future. This session will include hands-on activities used in the workshops and discussion of methodologies. Participants will receive curricula and materials from past programs.

Amanda Paige, University of Michigan

Session 2.6 - College Readiness-- the Missing Link in College Going Cultures
The presenters will provide a series of ideas and best practices schools should embrace to make sure the enthusiasm generated by college-going cultures lead to college acceptance, matriculation, and completion.

Patrick O’Connor, Oakland Community College; John Boshoven, Ann Arbor Community High School

Session 2.7 - Transfer/Articulation…from Community College to University
Many students begin their post-secondary education at a community college with the intention of transferring eventually to a 4-year institution. Participants will learn more about the advantages of earning the MACRAO stamp and/or following an articulation or transfer agreement. We will also demonstrate the Michigan Transfer Network, a tool created by the MACRAO group to optimize credit transfer statewide.  

Emily Clement, Delta College; Christopher Marx, Davenport University

Session 2.8 - Using College Application Essay Training To Prepare Students For College
Attendees will experience a fun, fast-paced demonstration of how St Clair’s “Ask an Expert” mega-event helps students who ask, “What do I write for my college application essay?” This successful mega-event combines parents, teachers and educators, who offer super-sized student support for the super-sized anxiety of completing a college application and writing about yourself. Take away a toolkit to implement your own event and innovative, proven essay teaching tools.

Debbie Merion, Essay Coaching; Cathy Busdicker, St. Clair County KnowHow2Go

Session 2.9 -  Recruiting High School Students into Dentistry and Dental Hygiene Programs - An Educational Outreach Program
Collaboration between the Ypsilanti school district and the U-M dental school resulted in an elective class for high school students. The purpose was to interest students in attending college and choosing health careers. The program consists of 16 Saturday morning sessions at the high school and at the dental school. Mentoring by dental and dental hygiene students complements the classroom and clinic based instruction. The students increased their interest in attending college.

Marita Inglehart, University of Michigan; Kenneth May, University of Michigan; Marilyn Woolfolk, University of Michigan; Anne Gwozdek, University of Michigan

Session 2.10 - Strengthening King Chavez Parks Initiative Programs Through Aligning Existing Goals
The King-Chavez-Parks (KCP) Initiative programs employ a range of different strategies to support and enhance the Michigan P-20 education continuum, and are designed to improve educational access, retention, and graduation for Michigan student citizens.  Programs include the GEARUP/College Day Program, the Future Faculty Fellowship Program, and the Competitive Grant programs.  This presentation will explore the alignment of existing KCP program goals and share opportunities to leverage resources and further strengthen programs. 

Ingrid Clover, King Chavez Parks Program – The State of Michigan; Patrick Melia, King Chavez Parks Program – The State of Michigan; Tracey Taylor, King Chavez Parks Program – The State of Michigan; Shelley Wooley—Lake Superior State University; Quian Allen - University of Michigan

Session 2.11 - A Powerful Promise: Increasing Educational Attainment and Promoting Economic Development Through Universal Place-Based Scholarship Initiatives
This workshop will focus on Michigan's emergence as the center of an important new approach to raising educational attainment levels in communities struggling with high levels of poverty and unemployment. The announcement of the Kalamazoo Promise in 2005 put the idea of the universal, place-based scholarship on the map. Today 10 other Michigan communities are creating Promise initiatives of their own through the pioneering Promise Zones legislation.

Chuck Wilbur, Public Policy Associates; Janice Brown, Kalamazoo Promise; Dionne Bowens, Benton Harbor Promise

Session 2.12 - Reflections on the Youth Research Collaborative (YRC): A Youth Participatory Action Research Initiative
The Youth Research Collaborative, developed by U-M’s Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context,  is a youth participatory action research program for African American secondary school students. The program invites students to engage in a critical analysis of their lived experiences and use research skills to design, implement and evaluate proposed solutions to pressing, actionable concerns. The presentation focuses on implications of this work for academic preparation and development of secondary students. 

Rob Jagers, University of Michigan

Paper Session - STEM PAPERS

Session 2.13

Stemming the Tide: A Continuum of Hands-On Outreach Events to Excite Pre-College Students towards STEM
This presentation will detail the outreach programs implemented by the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, at Grand Valley State University, to attract students into STEM. Emphasis will be placed on the synergy among corporate sponsors, K-12 schools, our Math and Science Center, and the College that supports 14 outreach programs for K-12 students. Survey data from an ongoing assessment process will document the effectiveness of our outreach continuum.

Paul Plotkowski, Grand Valley State University; Charlie Standridge, Grand Valley State University; Janice Pawloski, Grand Valley State University; Karen Meyers, Grand Valley State University

Washtenaw Community College's Pre-College STEM Initiative: Helping Newly Graduated High School Students Become College Ready
The presenters will share the planning, execution and outcome of a one-week intensive program geared at recent high school graduates from area schools. This program involved math and reading review, as well as science and technology modules. Students were also introduced to college and life survival skills.  At the end of the week most of the students showed an increase in math and writing skills.

Nagash Clarke, Washtenaw Community College; Aveia Morris, Washtenaw Community College

Middle School Camp: Bridging the College/Middle School Gap: Encouraging Middle School Students through Science Camp
Collaborations between the IDEA Institute at the University of Michigan and southeast Michigan school districts have created opportunities for middle school students to attend science camp on campus for two-weeks each summer. Representatives of the IDEA Institute and the collaborating school districts, will describe the summer camp program, from recruitment to implementation and evaluation highlighting how the camp began and has changed.

Brigette Bucholz, University of Michigan; Allison Yee, University of Michigan;
Paula Sizemore, Ypsilanti Public Schools; Kristina Harmon, South Redford Public Schools


Concurrent Sessions III:

General Interest Sessions

Session: 3.1 - Getting More from College Access and Success Mentoring: New Research and Models
EduGuide Founder Bryan Taylor will share lessons he’s learned from his national research and creating a new collaborative, online mentoring platform that groups can use to track their results at Participants will walk away with strategies and materials they can plug in to boost their results in college access and success mentoring. The session will include key insights from a survey of conference participants. Take the survey at for a chance to win an iPad or 1-of-10 gift cards.

Bryan Taylor, EduGuide

Session 3.2 - The Reciprocal Benefits of Using Undergraduate and Graduate Students in Pre-College Programming
This workshop will discuss and express the reciprocal benefits and importance of college students' involvement in pre-college preparatory programs. The first component will discuss and illustrate how to effectively use undergraduate students as in-house experts. The second component will show the benefits of using a MSW intern to develop and implement an adventure-based leadership program for high school students.

Vanita Sanders, University of Michigan; Douglas Manigault III, University of Michigan; Allison Roman, University of Michigan

Session 3.3 - The Two Sides of the Divide: Building College Awareness through University-Community Partnerships
The presenters will share their experiences with the promotion of college awareness through university-community partnerships. Using the perspectives and experiences of the presenters, the attendees will be encouraged to share and reflect on best practices that can be used to further strengthen relationships of this caliber.

Kelli Hatfield, Eastern Michigan University; Nicole Carter, Eastern Michigan University

Session 3.4 - A Unified Front for University Pre-College Programs
Michigan State University’s pre-college program directors are working together at an unprecedented level to share resources, promote the University, and assess themselves. Their goal is to demonstrably provide greater value to the University and the youth they serve.

Zachary Constan, Michigan State University; Judy Ratkos, Michigan State University; Leonard Savala, Michigan State University

Session 3.5 - The IDEA Institute :  Innovations in Promoting Math and Science Education
The University of Michigan’s Instructional Development and Educational Assessment (IDEA) Institute brings faculty and students together to improve and advance undergraduate and precollege teaching and learning; prepare future faculty; and develop new pathways for identifying and recruiting pre-college teachers.  During this presentation, IDEA programs that are designed to expose students from under-resourced areas to math and science will be detailed, from recruitment to implementation and evaluation highlighting how the programs began and have changed.

Mary Starr, University of Michigan; Stephen Glotzhober, University of Michigan

Session 3.6 - The Young People’s Project – Creating Community Leaders through Mathematics Literacy Education
Presenters will facilitate a mathematics workshop followed by a discussion of the state of education, and the roles that organizations like the Young People’s Project can play in promoting academic achievement and college readiness. The workshop will also include a discussion on the historical significance of college-student community organizing both as an integral part of the civil rights movement and as a foundation for developing mathematical literacy and educational attainment. 

Alexandra Tracy, Young People’s Project; Morghan Williams, Young People’s Project

Session 3.7 - The Early College of Macomb:  Early Entrance, Early Exit and Early Success
The presenters will describe the various stages undertaken in the development of the Early College of Macomb (ECM), a consortium program with students from all 21 Macomb County school districts.  Emphasizing current research encouraging the development of college readiness skills in high school students, the presenters  will share design components and current and future goals of the ECM, as well as empirical and statistical data collected from its inaugural year.

Judith Pritchett, Macomb Intermediate School District; Susan Meyer, Macomb Intermediate School District

Session 3.8 - 21 Things for Students:  Using No-Cost Strategies & Resources to Enhance College Readiness
This session will showcase the 21 Things for Students,, a virtual classroom for students in grades 6-12 from the REMC Association of Michigan. Included in the 21 Things are no-cost resources from the Michigan eLibrary, that enhance and promote college readiness. The presenters will discuss how the 21 Things for Students project-based activities can increase student proficiency and readiness to move forward to college in the 21st century.

Deb Biggs Thomas, Library of Michigan/Michigan Department of Education; Melissa White, Ingham Intermediate School District

Session 3.9 - Bridging the Divide: Strategic Transition Interventions for At-Risk University Freshmen
Freshmen who come to college underprepared for academic and financial demands drop out at higher rates than those who are prepared, and they are also less likely to seek help in a timely manner. EMU's Promote Academic Survival and Success (PASS) program narrows these achievement gaps through aggressive, strategic academic support intervention and helps to increase the likelihood of at-risk students persisting towards graduation.

Mark Jackson, Eastern Michigan University; Mary Zdrojkowski, Eastern Michigan University

Session 3.10 - Y Achiever’s: Nationally Preparing Underserved Youth for Careers, through Mentorship, Service, Career Exploration and College Tours
Presenters will outline how YMCAs throughout the US create college going cultures in low-income, predominantly minority communities through the operation of YMCA Achiever’s programs. There are 10,000+ youth in YMCA Achiever’s program nationally. It began as Black Achiever’s in 1971 at the Harlem YMCA in New York. Presenters will give an overview of the national program and details about Detroit's program. Participants will learn to develop effective partners, and engage youth/parents.

Latitia McCree, YMCA of Metropolitian Detroit; Terri Mial, YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit

Session 3.11 - Michigan Superintendents’ Panel:  Leading the Charge to Build A College Going Culture
During this session, a panel of superintendents from across the state of Michigan will discuss trends, opportunities and challenges facing school systems as they seek to promote and build a college going culture.

Nick Collins, University of Michigan; Carlton Jenkins, Saginaw Public Schools; Dedrick Martin, Ypsilanti Public Schools; Eric Redwine, University Preparatory Academy

Session 3.12 - Local College Access Network (LCAN) 101
MCAN's primary strategy is to support the development of high-quality, cross-sector college access collaboratives, better known as Local College Access Networks (LCANs).  This session is designed for participants whose community has not yet established an LCAN but are interested in learning more.  MCAN will identify key steps in starting the process in your community and highlight best practices from established LCANs across the state. Participants will walk through MCAN's Planning Grant RFP and learn how MCAN can support your community/education leaders through technical assistance and connections to partner initiatives.

Lisa King, Michigan College Access Network

Session 3.13 - The Delta Project- College Prep Program for Individuals with Disabilities
The presenters will share content on a replicable college prep program for individuals with disabilities within Saginaw County.  The program is designed to support students throughout high school and for their first two years at our local community college, Delta College. The presenters will share curriculum that is provided to our students on topics such as: Career Assessments, Self-Advocacy, Financial Aid, Admissions, College Tours, Financial Aid, and many more.

Denny Wickham, Saginaw Intermediate School District; Janet Timbs, Saginaw Intermediate School District; Mike Cooper, Delta College; Marcie Carter, Delta College.