Putting Research Into Practice

What is Putting Research Into Practice?

Tabletop presentations of current research, award-winning teaching methods, career mentoring, and entrepreneurial ideas and experience done at quick-speed rates allow participants to attend multiple sessions and obtain materials/information about many topics of interest at the end of the event.  You will present for 20-30 minutes at a round table while others present at the same time. Share your research and knowledge with other attendees in a low-pressure environment, conducive to discussion!

Thank you for joining us in Bellevue! We hope to see you in Dallas next year!

Putting Research Into Practice will be held on Friday, June 24th, from 3:30pm-5:30pm.

Schedule subject to change.

Round 1: 3:35pm-4:00pm
Round 2: 4:05pm-4:30pm
Round 3: 4:35pm-5:00pm
Round 4: 5:05pm-5:30pm

Round 1: 3:35pm-4:00pm

How to Incorporate Research Into the Family and Consumer Sciences Curriculum
Presented by Lombuso S. Khoza with research by Bridgett Clinton-Scott

The session will address how the department introduced undergraduate research and maintained the process as a sustainable learning activity within one of the department's concentrations. The session will include how the process was undertaken, how students were involved, what they learned and how they used their skill set in practice for their learning benefit. The outcomes of this activity will be shared, in particular, student feedback which is key in refining the process for the next group of students who participate in this relevant and critical experience.

Career Smart Spotlight Program -Helping Students Prepare for Workforce
Presented by Joice Jeffries

The Career Smart Spotlight, a 4-H and Youth Development career readiness/workforce development initiative is held each January at Prairie View A&M University. Students get a chance to interact informally with prospective employers, apply for a job or internship, dine with employer, and participate in limited interviews. The day and a half program had 90 students attend in 2015. More than 180 students attended in 2016. Students are hired for internships or full-time jobs.

Training Social Workers to Provide Financial Information to Hard-to-Reach Low-Income Families
Presented by Patti C. Wooten Swanson

This presentation describes the implementation, outcomes, and impacts of a project that trained 150 frontline social service caseworkers to use a Your Money, Your Goals: A Financial Empowerment Toolkit (YMYG) with their low-income clients/families who often need and could benefit from just-in-time, unbiased financial information and tools to improve their money management skills. Social service case workers are uniquely positioned to provide timely, relevant financial information to their low-income clientele because they have established relationships and ongoing contact with the families they assist with issues such as obtaining benefits, finding employment, and accessing affordable housing. The training utilized the YMYG Toolkit created by the Consumer Protection Bureau (CFPB) that teaches caseworkers when and how to introduce financial empowerment concepts such as goal-setting, saving for emergencies, managing debts, understanding credit, and choosing safe and affordable financial products. CFPB now offers YMYG versions tailored for three additional audiences and the populations they serve: community volunteers, legal aid, and workers. All are available in English and Spanish, and can be downloaded at no cost to the users.

The Perceptions of Teachers and Principals on School-Based Gardening Programs
Research by Bridgit Corbett and Linda D. Johnson, presented by Linda D. Johnson

School-based gardening programs are recognized as an approach to prevent childhood obesity through encouraging healthy eating behavior. Limited research has been conducted on the perceptions of teachers and principals on school-based gardening and the effectiveness of school-based gardening as a preventive approach to childhood obesity. A review of literature within the last ten years will be conducted to determine the use of social media in collecting information from various schools across the United States. Qualitative research will be examined to determine the most used form of social media, research questions explored, methodology and results relating to childhood obesity. Additionally, information on how principals and teachers used community resources to help promote school-based gardening as a means of preventing childhood obesity.

Lessons Learned: A Family Supper Club to Promote Concepts From "Eat Together, Eat Better" Curriculum
Presented by Diane Smith

This session will highlight lessons learned from implementation of the "Family Supper Club," which promoted family meals and provided guidance and practice for families in establishing routine mealtimes to support family health and resiliency. There are many benefits of family meals, and the WSU Family Supper Club was created as an extension of the "Eat Together Eat Better" program to introduce strategies that promote family meals and provide guidance and practice for families in establishing routine mealtime patterns to support improved nutrition intake, health and family resiliency. The Family Supper Club was established with community programs, faith-based groups and in college settings. A six-lesson series presented WSU Eat Together Eat Better curriculum followed by sessions which allowed parents and their children to take the lead in each of the lesson topics Cook, Conversation, and Celebration. Families were supported in each lesson by nutrition educators who modeled best practices. Learning activities engaged children in age-appropriate mealtime tasks such as mixing, chopping and stirring. Participants reported that they learned about healthy eating through recipe preparation. Cooking with their children and conversation were valued activities. An increase was reported in eating meals together from 85% prior to the classes to 100% following the six-week series. A campus Supper Club at WSU Vancouver contributed to student retention rates by using "family" meals to help students feel connected to the campus community and to a variety of students across diverse majors. Lessons learned from the implementation of this project can inform nutrition educators in program development and delivery which support families in eating together and contribute to the consumption of healthy meals.

Family and Consumer Sciences: Enhancing Tradition through Home Visiting
Presented by Rhea M. Bentley, with research by Jennifer Hayes and Barbara Collins

Family and Consumer Sciences have a long and rich tradition of providing life-long learning opportunities to families and individuals in communities throughout Georgia. The University of GA Extension Columbus has broadened its focus to provide home visiting services to expectant parents, children 0-5, and their families through Great Start Georgia. The University of Georgia Extension Columbus is proud to provide home visiting services through Healthy Families Georgia and Parents as Teachers. Each model has its unique approach to connecting families with resources and ensuring that children have a Great Start in life and school. In addition to home visiting, the First Steps program serves as the central intake system to screen targeted women throughout the community and refer those who choose to participate in home visiting to the appropriate program. The screener distributes information related to health, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, maternal and child health, education, Medicaid, food stamps, and child care providers, in addition to other incentives and a community resource guide to mothers who choose not to participate in home visiting or do not meet the criteria. Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) supports pregnant women and families and helps at-risk parents of children from birth to kindergarten entry tap the resources and hone the skills they need to raise children who are physically, socially and emotionally healthy and ready to learn. This workshop will inform participants about how home visiting is making a difference in the lives of children and families in Columbus, GA.

See for Your Shelves: 50 New Picture Books for FCS!
Presented by Rea Gubler

The presentation is designed to increase awareness and integration of children's literature in FCS curriculum and classrooms. A variety of new picture book titles that apply to Family and Consumer Sciences content will be shared and discussed. Handouts and links to online resources for building collections will be distributed.

Product Serviceability: Connecting the Importance of Textile Science and Apparel Construction
Presented by Kathleen Heiden

Is the most expensive product always the best for customer serviceability? Not according to garment comparison projects conducted by undergraduate fashion merchandising students. Learn how textile properties, garment design, and construction specifications affect product serviceability as well as how the project provides students with the opportunity to connect textile science and apparel construction concept learned in class to "real world" scenarios.

Teaching Grant Writing to Undergraduate Students in Family and Consumer Sciences
Presented by Chloe D. Merrill and Pam Payne

Many undergraduate students in Family and Consumer Science will pursue graduate studies and knowledge of the grant writing process is a useful foundation. Those who will work in human service settings often find a need to successfully write grants. Grant writing is empowering and allows one to fund teaching, research, and community programs. The ability to successfully write a grant is a craft that can be developed with experience and mentoring. Grants have many sources such as foundations, corporations or government agencies, but most require similar information. The purpose of this proposal is to provide an overview of grant-writing pedagogies utilized in seminar courses at both lower and upper division levels. It is important to insure that all of the essential parts of the grant are included (i.e., title page, abstract, table of contents, list of objectives, timetable, budget, and evaluation plan). Grants need to be straightforward and simple, and avoid jargon, long sentences, and long words. The proposal should be unique and have an advantage over other proposals. Be flexible, adjusting programs to fit the expectations and guidelines. This increases chances of being renewed and considered for grants. Collect the necessary artifacts, conduct quality evaluations, and demonstrate that one has been a good steward of the resources entrusted. The exercise for students to identify and write an actual grant proposal fosters skills and abilities important for student success. It prepares students for the demands of any opportunity that requires grant writing skills.

Home Management Residence Principles: New Applications for Human Sex Trafficking Survivors in Transitional Housing Situations
Presented by Nancilynne Schindler

Transitional housing is important for human sex trafficking survivors if they are to truly to be able to leave the lifestyle. A San Diego based organization that provides services to HST survivors needed a model for operating an acquired transitional housing unit in a purposeful way.  Learn how a Family and Consumer Sciences professional with home management residence knowledge and experience developed a curriculum to meet the needs of the survivors who would be living in this unit. The situation was a perfect application of home management theory and principles, as well as general FCS knowledge, to enable residents to emerge with skills they may have missed or lost due to entrance and exposure to the HST life. Discuss the curriculum that emerged, especially with respect to underlying assumptions, relevancy and comprehensiveness of content selected, and implementation challenges.  Catch a vision for how timeless FCS concepts can be applied in new and unique settings within our communities today.

Integrating Technology Into Family and Consumer Sciences Classrooms
Presented by Sally J. Yahnke, Whitney Berg, Kate Gronquist, and Anne Pitts

This session will focus on an initiative to prepare pre-service family and consumer sciences teachers to integrate technology using iPads into the secondary classroom. The university has implemented a one-to one technology program and preservice students are issued an iPad when they are admitted to the professional program. The discussion will focus on how the initiative works, a discussion of apps that have been utilized in the secondary classroom, and how the integration of technology has impacted student learning and how preservice teachers teach.

Know, Understand, and Apply Authentic Assessment
Presented by Bettye Smith

Participants will become acquainted with the characteristics of authentic assessment. They will also be familiarized with the advantages of using authentic assessment in the family and consumer sciences classroom. Participants will experience an actual case study and also be given some suggested/recommended strategies for implementing authentic assessment in their teaching.

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Round 2: 4:05pm-4:30pm

Sustaining Financial Wellness
Presented by Joyce A. Cavanagh

Financial wellness has been defined as striking a balance between "living responsibly today and planning wisely for the future". This session will provide tools and strategies for achieving and sustaining financial wellness for the short term and long term. We will also examine the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Financial Well-Being Scale as a tool for financial educators.

Rethink Your Drink: Improving Waistlines, Wallets, and Environments
Presented by Elaine P. Bowen

Rethink Your Drink will open your eyes about sugary drinks and teach easy implementation ideas and resources for FACS professionals. Learn how drink choices affect our families, our health, our economy, and environments. Gain new resources to fit any audience or program topic in school, community, and organizational settings.

Use of Social Media in Addressing Hunger and Homelessness Faced by American College Students
Presented by Linda D. Johnson

There is increased attention to homelessness due to economic and foreclosure crisis as well as a heightened awareness of and interest in homeless issues among young adults who attend college. Many organizations associated with feeding the hungry are reporting an increase in the use of food banks, food stamps, campus food pantries, and other community resources. Qualitative and quantitative studies are being conducted to find out how things have changed since 2010. The U.S. Department of Education reports that homelessness is on the rise since 2012. Feeding America's 2014 Hunger in America report estimates that roughly 10% of its 46.5 million adult clients are currently students, including two million people who are attending school full-time. Nearly one third of those surveyed (30.5%) report that they have had to choose between paying for food and covering educational expenses at some point in the last year. Students have not stood by silently but have formed and joined organizations to develop solutions to these problems. Many have joined organizations that actively engage the social media. For example, the College and University Food Bank Alliance (CUFBA) consisting of 286 active member institutions are using social media such as Twitter and other forms of social media to address hunger and homelessness faced by American college students. This session will identify how social media is used and the ways it is used to provide evidence based student intervention and solutions.

The Texas GROW! EAT! GO! Study: Increasing Vegetable Preference Through Gardening and Nutrition Activities with Low-Income Elementary School Children
Presented by Judith Louise Warren

School-based interventions using gardening as a key component are a promising approach to addressing healthy eating and a student's weight status. Recent studies of garden-based approaches in schools show successful engagement of students and parents, including minority students and students living in limited-resource households. The "Texas GROW! EAT! GO!" intervention study was funded for a 5-year period starting in 2011. The study design consisted of a factorial group RCT in which 28 schools from geographically separate areas of Texas were randomly assigned to one of four treatment groups. One treatment, evaluated alone and in combination with another treatment, included vegetable gardening, vegetable tastings and recipe demonstrations. Data from 1,369 3rd-grade students and 1,206 parents were analyzed with significant child overweight and obesity and child and parent behavioral outcomes found, related to treatment condition. Learn about the impact that this study had on the participants!

Using Innovative Simulation Technology to Teach Geriatric Sensitivity
Presented by Janelle Krause

As the Baby Boomer population ages, the number of health occupations for geriatric care will skyrocket. In this roundtable session, you'll be introduced to a brand-new simulation experience designed to help health occupations workers develop empathy and sensitivity for the elderly. Participants will learn how the lessons and experiences provided by the RealCare Geriatric Simulator sensitivity suit give users a greater understanding of the effects and challenges of aging by enabling them to personally experiencing age-related physical changes.

An Effective Learning Tool: Personalizing Our FCS Body of Knowledge
Presented by Peggy Rolling and Holly Kihm

A pilot test was conducted in two FCS 300-400 level classes in which enrolled students were asked to complete a survey to determine the most effective learning tool for FCS majors to remember, understand and apply the FCS Body of Knowledge throughout their undergraduate studies and across their lifespan. Students were asked to analyze, evaluate and offer suggestions for personalizing the BoK to our university program. The current AAFCS Body of Knowledge Model was used as one example and a second Model was created to include our University's school colors as a starting point. All terms in the Body of Knowledge were defined. One copy gave a detailed definition for terms and the other copy gave brief "layperson" definitions. Student preferences for Example A versus Example B were identified. Students were encouraged to offer suggestions, recommendations and revisions to improve and personalize the Model. Rationale or explanations for revisions were requested. Students were also asked to evaluate two giveaways and to offer suggestions for additional giveaway items which would appeal to entering freshmen. Student responses were in-depth, meaningful and creative. Students offered meaningful support and rationale for their responses. Overall, student interest and enthusiasm was tremendous. What started as a lesson plan to create a sense of ownership and personalize the program's body of knowledge turned out to be a very successful learning tool. In addition, the pilot study test results have produced several new ideas for marketing and recruitment.

Revitalizing Economic Growth: Assessing Performance of Micro, Small and Medium Fashion Enterprises in Mississippi, USA
Presented by Michael Newman, with research by Caroline Kobia and Charles Freeman

More than ever the business environment today has become increasingly competitive; in order to keep up with the increasing expectations of customers, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) must evolve by initiating upgrading processes, by which they can incrementally improve the quality of their products, increase their human capital, adopt new technologies and enhance their specialization and inter-firm linkages. The stagnation of MSME and the productivity gap is not only a problem for the individual enterprise, but also impacts on the industrial competitiveness and social inclusion of the economy. Upgrading is defined as enterprise growth triggered by firm-level innovation. This presentation describes the process that faculty at Mississippi State University are undertaking to develop modules to help Micro, Small and Medium Fashion Enterprises in Mississippi. This project aligns with the university mission statement focusing on community engagement and outreach.

How to Develop Your Own Educational Resource Center
Presented by Chloe D. Merrill and Carol VandenAkker

The Boyd K. and Donna S. Packer Center for Family and Community Education (Packer Center) is located within the Jerry and Vickie Moyes College of Education and provides on-going opportunities for research, social analysis and educational reflection for faculty, staff, students and community members from a variety of disciplines. The Packer Center facilitates a variety of programs providing services to the community at large through a variety of programs. Some of these programs include: WSU Charter Academy, Storytelling Festival, and Teachers Assistant Pathway to Teaching (TAPT). The Packer Center provides services for programs that develop and implement educational methodologies that are recognized locally, nationally, and internationally. It also offers ongoing, high quality professional development programs for educators and professionals. The Packer Center works to foster and encourage collaborative community-based programs. It implements collaborative community-based, multidisciplinary education and training for students, faculty, and staff. This session will help others develop similar centers as educational resources.

The Power of the AAFCS Leadership Academy: Why You Should Apply!
Presented by Lisa Brooks

Join one of the 2015 AAFCS Leadership Academy participants to learn the benefits of participating in the AAFCS Leadership Academy. Specifically, attendees will be able to examine the leadership training, mentor program, and the service/research project. Participants will be encouraged to apply to the 2017 AAFCS Leadership Academy.

A Preliminary Analysis of an Interactive Teaching Platform
Presented by Leigh Southward

Teachers regularly deal with the fact that they do not always have students' undivided attention, and have long been advised to put course content into 15-20 minute blocks of time in order to keep students engaged in class, and hold their attention. Interactive Teaching Platforms (ITP), also called Audience Response Systems, are fairly new to the education market, and are promoted indicating their use helps keep students engaged and holds their attention. An ITP was used in an Introductory FACS course at the University of Arkansas, and results indicated increased attendance and participation.

The Face of Secondary FCS Education in Kansas and the Nation
Presented by Gayla L. Randel

Three years of survey data is showing trends in FCS Education in Kansas and a survey by the National Association of State Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences (NASAFACS) offers a window into how the field looks at the state and national levels. One can say FCS education is needed today more than ever with connections to current issues such as obesity prevention, healthy relationships, and social/emotional wellness, as well as being foundational to the technical skills of the career clusters, Human Services and STEM fields in particular. Actual examples of partnerships established in Kansas and NASAFACS will be shared to illustrate moving from data collection to taking action.

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Round 3: 4:35pm-5:00pm

SDSU Financial Education Day: How to Plan and Successfully Execute a Personal Financial Event on a College Campus
Presented by Soo Hyun Cho and Lorna Saboe-Wounded Head

South Dakota State University held the first Financial Education Day on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, a one-day event focused on comprehensive personal financial topics for students, faculty, and staff. This program was planned in conjunction with the campus-wide health initiative, SDSU Health. Our session will explain the three components of the day: Financial Information Booths, half-hour mini education sessions, and one-on-one financial counseling sessions. We will provide insight on networking with local financial advisors and industries who were invited to be a part of the event. A rationale for focusing on the topics of budgeting, saving, insurance, investing, home-buying, credit and debt management, and student loan issues will be offered. Then advice on working with a committee of undergraduate students to collaborate in planning and marketing the program with a budget of $600 will be given. This event has become a semester-based program, hosted by Consumer Affairs Club and the College of Education and Human Sciences. Future improvements can be made on the budgeting, and marketing toward faculty and staff.

Examining the Perceived Importance of Soft Skills for Curriculum Development in Retailing & Tourism Management
Presented by Vanessa P. Jackson with research by Minyoung Lee and Scarlett Wesley

As the work world continues to change, employers seek workers who have soft skills that support their knowledge base (hard skills). While technical skills are a current part of educational curricula, soft skills need to be emphasized at the university level so that students gain expertise that prepare them to be successful in this changing workplace. The purpose of this study was to examine the perceived importance of soft skills for curriculum development in retailing and tourism management. A cross-sectional survey of students, faculty and industry leaders was conducted using Crawford, Lang, Fink, Dalton and Fielitz (2011) instrument. All participants were asked to rank the order of importance of the soft skills and their characteristics. At our roundtable, find out what we uncovered about soft skills through this research study!

The Family Dinner Project: Turning the "Why" into "How" to Improve Family Mealtime
Presented by Cindil Redick

Family dinners have been proven to improve nutrition and build the foundation for healthier habits into adulthood. But, the benefits go beyond nutrition; research has shown that sharing a fun family meal leads to improved social emotional behavior in children, including higher self-esteem; resilience; lower rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy and depression; and better body image. Children who have regular family meals also get better grades, have stronger vocabularies, and higher reading scores. Despite all of the positive benefits, family dinners in the United States are on the decline. Families of all income levels report that tension, cooking challenges, technological distractions, and finances are among the top reasons for cutting back on family dinners. In this session, The Family Dinner Project will provide an overview of the positive benefits of family dinner, and will discuss our evidence-based model for helping families have more--and better quality--dinners and provide materials and strategies to help educators incorporate elements of this model into their classroom to improve students' health and academic performance and help families improve the quantity and quality of their meals.

Meals on the Move: Teaching Meals on Wheels Participants Healthy Eating Tips
Presented by Angela Douge and Katrisha Lester

We will show the Smart Goals, Needs Assessment, Logic Model, Assure Model, recipes, and nutrition education needed to reach two different Meals on Wheels communities. This is part of a community nutrition class and attendees will learn how we use outreach as part of the learning experience.

Preparing Students for 21st Century Behavior-Based Interviewing: Before, During and After
Presented by Valerie Jarvis McMillan

Are your students prepared to successfully engage in a behavioral interview to obtain a professional FCS position? Interviewing for a FCS position in the 21st century has changed from the "above-the-surface" evidence to "below-the-surface" evidence of competencies. This paradigm shift, called behavioral interviewing, is detailed, specific probing and listening characteristics of one's discipline-specific competencies. In this roundtable, a discussion on how to prepare students for a successful behavioral interview process (before, during and after) will be facilitated. Tools used in a senior-level child development and family studies internship course will be shared, including the integration of technology-enhanced techniques and professional partners for interviewing practice, assessment, and reflection.

Incorporating Child Life Into Your FCS Program
Presented by Holly Kihm

This session will focus on the how Child Life may be incorporated into an existing FCS program. Content areas that cross both FCS and Child Life will be discussed, as will the steps students need to take to become eligible for the Child Life certification exam.

The Scrappy Quilt Project: Community Outreach Improving the Well-Being of Children in Need
Presented by Paige Loft

Come see how unwanted scraps of fabric were turned into a meaningful first sewing project for university students and the community they serve. While practicing beginning sewing skills, students engage in community service. The resulting quilts are gifted to economically disadvantaged preschoolers, benefiting both the children and the many students who made them! This project can be adapted by many other learning communities or service organizations.

Empowering Diverse Voices in an Age of Student Advocacy
Presented by Raedene Copeland

This session will explore the growing trend of student activism on campuses nationally in regards to racial reconciliation, and campus climate shifts in regards to disenfranchised student groups.

How Do Exemplary AAFCS Members Lead and Collaborate?
Presented by Diana Saiki and Jay Kandiah

Since females have been actively involved in business and governmental positions and there is limited research related to women in academia, particularly in AAFCS, it will be interesting to investigate successful collaborative and leadership styles among female AAFCS members. Previous investigations on leadership within Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) have been historical. These have focused predominately on influential successful leaders, such as Helen W. Atwater (Nickols, 2013). These researchers have provided some insights about their leadership styles (e.g., Vincenti & Bardon, 2009). However, to date no research has quantitatively examined degree of collaboration and leadership styles among AAFCS members. The objectives of this research were to examine degree of collaboration and leadership style (autocratic and/or participatory) related to; i) levels of leadership position (state, local, national/international), ii) types of profession within FCS (e.g., high school education, extension), and iii) years of leadership among female AAFCS members. Two hundred participants completed a survey to assess collaboration and leadership style. Results demonstrated members with 5-25 years of leadership and those engaged in national/international positions exhibited collaborative and participatory leadership styles. Outcomes of this research can be utilized to assist future AAFCS members to become effective collaborators and leaders.

Blended Instruction: A Look to the Future for Family & Consumer Sciences
Presented by Vivian G. Baglien

"Technology is here to stay and AAFCS needs to be onboard." This presentation will share the blended instruction format and how it might best be used in teaching Family and Consumer Sciences curriculum in all areas . Attendees will not only learn from the presentation, but also share best practices.

Applying Motivational Interviewing to Cooperative Extension Work
Presented by Heidi Radunovich and Taylor Spangler

Given the increasing pressures for Cooperative Extension programs to demonstrate behavior change, and given the fact that education alone does not lead to behavior change, it is important to explore avenues to increase the likelihood of behavior change within Cooperative Extension programming. Motivational Interviewing is a promising method of increasing behavior change within Cooperative Extension programs. The techniques associated with Motivational Interviewing entail increasing the internal motivation that a participant may have to change by having them develop their own logic and determination to engage in the desired behavior. A large body of evidence has grown to support the use of Motivational Interviewing in treating alcohol and drug addiction, but it has also been successful in facilitating change related to other issues, such as weight loss, diabetes management, smoking cessation, and other health-related issues. Furthermore, the techniques associated with Motivational Interviewing have been learned and used by people who are not mental health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, peer mentors, and volunteers. This session aims to provide information on Motivational Interviewing, and will provide an example of an existing Cooperative Extension program was able to integrate this approach. There will be discussion regarding ways that other programs might be able to adapt Motivational Interviewing techniques for their program areas.

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Round 4: 5:05pm-5:30pm

Are Students Interested in Real Environmental Issues?
Presented by Donna Bell

Required in our Consumer Economics course, this project aims to help students recognize and address current consumer environmental issues facing individuals and families. Students are encouraged to think beyond themselves and their own needs by researching a community/environment improvement activity. After conducting research and selecting an issue, students are expected to present their interest and what they plan to do to contribute to the researched issue. Come learn more about the impact this project has had and see project examples from our students!

Exploring College Students' Saving Habits at a Historically Black Institution
Presented by Vivian Fluellen and Terralon Chaney

The Fort Valley State University participated in the America Saves program that expanded over four months. The main goal of Fort Valley America Saves Week was to increase visibility and motivate communities to make positive behavioral changes related to money issues. The objectives were to: 1) motivate college students and young adults to save money and reduce debt 2) enroll students and young adults into the America Savers Program especially those with low to moderate income.

$avvy $avers...Get Your Grant Writing On
Presented by Catherine Lader

Handout 1; Handout 2; Handout 3; Handout 4; Handout 5

More and more schools and teachers are being catalysts for change by pursuing grants to finance innovative K-12 learning. Conducting a needs assessment will enable you to prioritize your requests. Session participants will step into the role of grant evaluator as they review sample grants. Samples include ideas for incorporating STEM into FCS classes, establishing a leadership seminar for high school CTE leaders, and utilizing cutting edge technology to further develop 21st Century Skills. Strategies to enable FCCLA members and FCS students to participate in grant writing to support their projects will be included.

Addressing Campus Food Insecurity: Building Campus & Community Collaborations
Presented by Nancy Shepherd

Students who are hungry have been shown to struggle with focusing, learning, or even attending school (Rehydration Project, 2014). Over 100 food pantries on college campuses across the nation currently serve as a supplement for food for students. A team of researchers looked at the food insecurity of students at a regional university in Deep East Texas, identified as the 8th poorest county in the country. The community food pantries in East Texas are unable to serve the student population because students have "access" to meal plans. Yet, other campus food pantries have been linked with their local/regional food banks and food pantries. Students led an effort and began a campus food pantry to serve students. A result of this effort includes a number of ongoing collaborations among students, faculty and the community. This presentation will include hunger statistics, results of the study, and benefits of student organizations working with community partners to improve the lives of individuals and families.

Health and Well-Being of a Changing Society: Working with the International Federation of Home Economics and the UN Sustainable Development Goals Project
Presented by Sandra Lynn Poirier and Akofa Hukporti

The right to good health and well-being is entrenched in the Declarations of Human Rights; however, millions of people are living in conditions which deny them opportunity to exercise these fundamental rights. The International Federation of Home Economics (IFHE) has consultative services with the United Nations and the Council of Europe. This presentation will focus on the IFHE organization and the 2016 global project to focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's).

Parenting: What is Family and Consumer Sciences Doing in Parenting Research and Education?
Presented by Carole J. Makela and Kimberly Allison

The Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, AAFCS's official publication, incudes scholarly and practice articles to be true to the mission of "focus on how knowledge can be applied by practitioners". With the current demand and implications of parenting education illustrated by these headlines, "When a Grandmother Becomes a Guardian;" "Parents' and Children's Eating Behaviors;" "Handling Bullying Issues;" "Setting Limits or Discipline;" "Young Adult Returns To Parents' Home;" one may question if there is access to parenting education and if the demand is being met for the full spectrum of parenting roles and needs. The presenters will share their findings as what parenting topics the Journal has included in the most recent five years, how and to whom, while also identifying what parenting topics may be less often addressed. The summary should give FCS an agenda for parenting education needs and collaborations in the future.

Teaching through Action Research: Determining Student Quiz Performance on Timed vs. Untimed Quizzes in an FCS Blended Format Course
Presented by Peggy Rolling and Holly Kihm

Motivating students enrolled in online and blended courses to read material and prepare early for assessments is a challenge for all instructors. For many educators, experience is thought to be the highest level of instruction. Therefore, the instructor of this FCS blended format course decided to use action research as a teaching method to determine student quiz performance on timed vs untimed quizzes. The course was an FCS blended format course taught as 50% online and 50% in-class and the topic was Family Life Methodology, so utilizing action research as a teaching method seemed like an appropriate tool for student learning. At this session, you'll learn about how the quizzes were administered and the results of the study!

The Evolution to Family and Consumer Sciences: The Road to a Gender-Inclusive Classroom
Presented by Nicholas Zimmerman

With a long history, Family and Consumer Sciences began in 1994, following Home Economics. After its founding, Home Economics classrooms were made up of almost all women. As the field began to write out its history, men began to see the field as valuable and something worth pursuing in doctoral level studies. With men in the field and the evolution of the discipline, the field faced struggles with the feminist movements prior to the 1970s and 80s. The discipline remained and as more and more men saw a value to the field, they were there to help drive a change in the field. In 1994 the field took on the new name of Family and Consumer Sciences and enrollment of men in FCS classes has soared since then.

The Time is Now to Re-Brand Your FCS Program
Presented by Raedene Copeland

This session addresses the need for faculty within the FCS departments to focus on the branding or re-branding of their program in this age of backlash against traditional education.

Using Newsletters to Enhance Critical Thinking and Professional Development in an FCS Class
Presented by Alexander Reid and Farin Bakhtiari

The newsletter provides a relatively inexpensive and fast way to educate and/or to inform people about a wide array of topics. Newsletters are used in many disciplines, such as child development, family studies, mental health, public health, education, nutrition, marketing, nursing, finance, and business. Childcare centers and schools are increasingly using newsletters to educate parents how to assist their kids in school, to inform parents about upcoming events, and to enhance parent-teacher relations (Power, 1991). Community educators (e.g., public health, family life education) are increasingly using newsletters as an economical and effective method to educate their target audiences. Educational newsletters have been found to be well-received by school administrators, teachers (Tyrrell & Eyles, 1999), parents (Bogenschneider & Stone, 1997), and divorcing mothers (Hughes & Clark, 1994). Given the wide use of newsletters in many disciplines, being able to create a usable newsletter appears to be a very marketable skill in the non-profit and for-profit arenas. Many students, however, are trained only in writing empirical papers when they have no plans on pursuing careers in research. Therefore, the purpose of this roundtable is to illustrate how newsletters can be used to help students develop their skills in research, comprehension, synthesis, writing, and creativity. In addition, an explanation will be given to how a newsletter assignment in family consumer science classes can increase the professional development of students and provide a service to family consumer science specialists focusing on nutrition, financial literacy, and parent education.

Building Engagement: Engaging Students in Service Learning
Presented by Lisa LeBleu, Teresa Collard, with research by Lori Littleton

In higher education today, it is the generally accepted view that service learning is an essential component of the overall college experience. Service learning offers students an opportunity to explore issues discussed in their classes in their naturally occurring environments. It is an important way to connect theory to practice in order address challenging social problems. In addition, service learning is a tool for helping students, through the affective domain, to develop an awareness of the need to give back to the community as a part of being a professional. This research into practice session will explore the relationship between classroom learning and service learning as it improves students' understanding of course content and builds their civic awareness. The information provided will include examples of types of service learning opportunities and narratives of students who have engaged in the process of service learning.

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