Educational Tracks

We hope you enjoyed yourself in Bellevue! Check back soon to download or view presentations from this year's educational sessions.

This year, all sessions will fall into one of seven tracks. Find titles and descriptions of all educational sessions below!

All 1 hour educational sessions are worth 1 CFCS PDU. CPFFE PDUs will be posted soon.

Looking for information about non-track sessions? Click the links below!

Putting Research Into Practice
Undergraduate Poster Presentations
CUR Poster Presentations
CUR Oral Research Presentations
ESAE Curriculum Showcase Presentations
Meal Functions

Educational Tracks--click the titles for more information!

Sessions listed without a track number are Sessions of Special Interest.

Thursday, June 23rd

Friday, June 24th

Saturday, June 25th

Thursday, June 23rd


Opening General Session

Learn from speaker Jim Painter!


Track 1: Apps for a Healthy, Motivated You

Presented by Amanda Holland and Carmen Pedersen with research by Elizabeth Espino

Are you looking for apps to keep you healthy and motivated in your everyday life? If so, this session is for you! Learn about apps that can help improve your nutrition, fitness, and wellness. The focus will be on apps that can be used with iPhones and iPads.

Track 2: The AAFCS "Dining In" on Family & Consumer Sciences Day Intiative:  Exploring the Power of Family Meals

Presented by Dr. Lisa Brooks

Discover the power of family meals as a strategy for improving the well-being of children and youth! This engaging session examines the latest research on family meals.  In addition, attendees will be inspired to promote health and wellness of children and youth by supporting the AAFCS "Dining In" on Family & Consumer Sciences Day initiative.

Track 3: Creating and Maintaining Family Traditions

Facilitator Guide; Evaluation; Followup; Handout; Course

Presented by Sally R. Mineer and Brooke Jenkins-Howard; with research by Amy F. Hosier, CFCS, Retired

Strong families are unified through deep emotional connections with each other, a sense of belonging in the family system, and healthy relationships between members. Family rituals and traditions are instrumental in establishing strong family foundations. In addition to creating good feelings and positive emotions, traditions promote family bonding and provide a sense of belonging, stability, understanding, and love that strengthens family cohesiveness. Many meaningful traditions even become rituals when repeated for their symbolic value.

Track 5: Taking FCS to the Streets: Resources to Improve the Well-Being of Military Families

Presented by Marilyn Swierk, CFCS; Barbara O'Neill, CFCS, CPFFE; Ida Marie Snorteland, CFCS; and Mary Behrendt

The TIS/FERM Communities will share the many ways we can bring family and consumer sciences information, expertise and skills to assist our military families.  Background information will be provided on the  impact  the economy has on the well being of these families.  Come and learn the many ways FCS can easily assist!  Various programs and resources will be shared such as Fisher House, Coups for Troops, Military Families Leaning Network on Personal Finance, 4-H Camps for Military Families and more.  What will you do in your affiliate and/or professional practice setting to help?

Track 6: Taking Care of YOU! Strategic Goal-Setting for Self-Care and Well-Being of Busy FCS Professionals

Presented by Kathleen O'Rourke and Linda Simpson, CFCS, CPFFE

"I'm so...busy, overwhelmed, behind, tired!" How often do we hear these expressions? Have you wondered how to balance caring for yourself along with professional demands?  FCS professionals are committed to caring individuals, families, and communities. We must also embrace a commitment to care for ourselves! This hands-on, practical session will focus on smarter goal-setting strategies and prioritizing our "to do lists" for optimal personal well-being and a healthy personal-professional life balance. Join us in taking a step forward in self-care and well-being for YOU!

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Track 1: Digital Leadership: Using the Internet and Social Media to Improve the Lives, Well-Being and Circumstances of Others

Presented by Cynthia L. Miller, CPFFE

This session will show participants how FCS students can use the internet and social media to improve the lives, well-being and circumstances of others.  Examples will be provided of students doing that right now. We will also discuss ways our FCS students can use the Internet and social media to express their passion about a cause or a topic taught in our courses, as well as the importance of establishing a positive digital footprint that makes them stand out as inspirational positive leaders who actively speak out about issues, innovate and connect with others.

Track 2: The "Me" Not "We" Generation: Encouraging Empathic Behavior in Parents, Children, and Teens

Presented by Sharleen Kato, CFCS-HDFS

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and blogs. Are children becoming more "we" or more "me" through the plethora of opportunities to connect? Can empathic behavior be taught? If so, when and how? Are parents and teachers encouraging empathic behavior or personal achievement? Does it matter? In this session, participants will explore research on how empathic behavior benefits the child, discuss the critical components of empathic behavior, and deliberate over ways to encourage caring and empathic behavior in children.

Track 3: How to Talk to Your Doctor for Older Adults:  Effective Patient-Doctor Communication Skills

Presented by Lisa McCoy and Virginia Brown

Older adults have chronic illnesses and use more health care services than other age groups. One primary way people access health information is through communicating with their doctor. A new health communication program, How to Talk to Your Doctor, was developed to assist people in overcoming common issues preventing effective patient-doctor communication. The Theory of Planned Behavior served as the framework for the program. Participants will learn the results of the pilot study and participate in a shortened version of this program and learn how they can use it with their clients.

Track 5: Rural Single Mothers and Extension Educators: Building Relationships

Presented by Shea Austin and Leslie Speller-Henderson

This session will focus on the needs of rural single mothers and how extension educators can build relationships with this under-served adult population.  Rural single mothers struggle with higher than average poverty and food insecurity rates, rural isolation, and social mobility. Extension programming opportunities with this audience abound and include content areas such as parenting, community nutrition education, consumer financial education, and health/wellness.

Track 6: Best Practices in Stress Management for Healthy Living

Presented by Diana Saiki and Jay Kandiah

Individuals and families are constantly juggling multiple professional and personal commitments that may contribute to stress. Repeated stressors can impair mental and physical health thereby affecting healthy living. FCS professionals' expertise is critical in providing strategies to alleviate stress. Through research presentation, group discussions, and case studies the audience will learn best practices in stress management which will contribute to quality of life and healthy living.

Learning from Legends in our Field

FCSRJ Panel on Seeking Funding, Collaborating on Research, and Preparing an Article--The presentations will be published in the September 2016 issue of the FCSRJ!

Presented by Mari Borr, Young-A Lee, and Sharon DeVaney, CFCS, with research by Lucy Delgadillo

Young-A Lee and Mari Borr, Associate Editors for the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, will discuss the following topics:  seeking funding, working with collaborators, and converting a thesis into an article. Sharon DeVaney, Editor of FCSRJ, will moderate the panel. Everyone is welcome.

Recruiting High School Students/Getting Others to Say Yes to FCS

Presented by Jan M. Long

Workshop participants will learn where to find potential college students who will benefit from majoring in Family and Consumer Sciences.  What type of media has been successful in recruitment?   What activities encouraged students to choose FCS? Attention will be given to addressing the bigger problem of educating the general public about what FCS does for them individually, their families and communities. Lastly, we will focus on what can each of us do individually to ensure the growth and survival of FCS?

The MN Story: Building a Case for FCS, Creating a Persuasive Message and Then Batting the Programming Out of the Stadium!

Presented by Deborah J. Larson and Alyson McIntyre-Reiger, CFCS

How is your state "Filling the Pipeline for Family and Consumer Sciences"? Advocacy & collaboration to enhance the visibility and impact of Family and Consumer Sciences is one of our strategic priorities set forth by our Leadership Council.  Hear the MN story and steps taken to sustain and flourish our Family and Consumer Sciences programs.  Be prepared to share actions at round table discussions and help formulate a plan of action that other professionals can make applicable for their states.

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Track 1: #Twitter101

Presented by Amanpreet Kaur, CFCS

In this highly-interactive session, Family and Consumer Sciences professionals will be able to learn about Twitter and use to it to promote the profession. Attendees will learn about Twitter vocabulary such as handle, tweet, and hashtag and practice writing and sharing Family and Consumer Sciences-related tweets.

Track 2: Strategies to Enhance Health and Wellness in Minority Communities

Presented by Valerie L. Giddings and Angela Radford Lewis, CFCS

Minority communities have been most affected by overall concerns with dangerous levels of obesity, hypertension, and diabetes prevalent among children and young adults.  If not addressed effectively, these health issues will negatively impact their ability to obtain affordable health care as well as to live productive lives.  This session will explore research and outreach programs minority-serving institutions have implemented to address overall health and wellness in minority communities and the impact of these programs on the communities they serve.

Track 3: Implementing Sustainable Meal Planning Through Meal Mentoring at an East Texas Food Bank

Presented by Anitra L. Greusel, Mary S. Olle, and Gina Fe G. Causin

This session will present a collaborative project between an undergraduate student majoring in  Food and Nutrition and Hospitality Administration professors, focused on sustainable meal planning via meal mentoring as an experiential learning activity at a local food bank in East Texas.  Participants will obtain information in order to replicate the project in their local community.

Track 5: Meeting Life Literacy and Financial Literacy Needs of Children and Youth in Family and Consumer Sciences Classrooms

Presented by Sally J. Yahnke

The focus of this session is research collected for almost 30 years examining what should be taught in family and consumer sciences education. Community meetings gathered data and from males and females in their teens up to 80 year old individuals. Information gained from the research examines how what is being taught in FCSEd is relevant to today's individuals, families and communities. The information gained from this process helps in identifying and implementing strategies for improving the well-being of children and youth, focusing on financial literacy and life literacy.

Track 6: Integration of Faith:  Adjusting the FCS Body of Knowledge Lens to Focus on Well-Being

Presented by Dr. Jody L. Roubanis, CFCS

Healthy faith development is an important foundation for psycho-social health and resiliency.  With its central focus on human needs and view of families as ecosystems, the FCS body of knowledge (FCS-BOK) is an ideal framework to bring together like-minded groups to enhance well-being.  Two departments at  Point Loma Nazarene University used this framework as a bases for their merger, and reformulated it to include stronger faith integration and sociological perspective taking.  Share your insights on this revision to the FCS-BOK, to reformulate your own conceptions.

FCS: Knowledge You Can't Live Without

Presented by Kelley L. Smith and Mary Jo Kohl, with research by Lois Stoll

Advocacy for FCS has never been more important to sustain secondary education programs. Ohio, like many other states, faces a shortage of FCS teachers, declining secondary programs, and a lack of identity and consistent message about Family and Consumer Sciences. Learn how a partnership between our two professional organizations, OAFCS and OATFACS, resulted in research based marketing strategies, fresh materials, and resources for all Ohio teachers. We will share our survey results and marketing materials. Leave with our plan and ideas to replicate in your state.

Surviving Your First Year of Teaching

Presented by Amanda Holland and Carmen Pedersen, with research by Elizabeth Espino

This session is specifically designed to help current students and first-year teachers develop strategies for surviving their first year in the classroom. Emphasis will be placed on delivery of curriculum, stress management, and overall health and well-being.

Teacher Shortage Data Clarity--An Update

Presented by Carol R. Werhan and Duane Whitbeck

Each year the US Department of Education publishes information based on state reported teacher shortage areas.  When comparing research conducted by the field on the shortage of family and consumer sciences teachers and the federally published national data, there is incongruence.  This incongruence has a direct impact on the teacher preparation pipeline and federal collegiate scholarship funding.  An update to The Summit data delivered in Jacksonville, data results from Family and Consumer Sciences Professionals from specific states will be shared plus plans for next steps action.

NASAFACS Revisions for Standards in Family & Consumer Sciences Education

Join us to learn about the National Standards 3.0 Project. This session will involve an overview of the past, present, and future of the National Standards and their impact on the field of Family and Consumer Sciences. Bring your electronic device to participate in the revision process.

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Friday, June 24th


Family Economics and Resource Management (FERM) Community of Practice 2016 FERM Education Award Presentation and Business Meeting

Join colleagues in the Family Economics and Resource Management (FERM) Community of Practice as we recognize the 2016 FERM Education Award winner, Dr. Linda Simpson, from Eastern Illinois University, who will give an overview of her program, the Literacy in Financial Education (LIFE) Center, that provides financial education and counseling to EIU students. We'll also honor our 2016 Distinguished Service Award winner, Dr. Barbara O'Neill, Extension Specialist at Rutgers Cooperative Extension, and conduct a a brief business meeting.


Track 1: Navigating Nutrition-Related Technology to Promote Health and Wellness

Presented by Samantha L. Hutson

Technology is an ever-increasing presence in all of our lives. The average person might consider technology to be a hindrance to health and wellness, but there are many potentially health-promoting benefits of technology. The plethora of options available to the consumer when choosing the best website or mobile application can be overwhelming. This session is designed to help both professionals and consumers navigate the most current and useful health-related technology.

Track 2: iGrow Readers: Utilizing an Early Childhood Curriculum to Connect Administrators and University Researchers in Enhancing Healthy Behaviors in Youth and their Families

Presented by Dan Stluka and Suzanne Stluka

Some of the most challenging aspects of being an administrator are putting quality curriculum in the hands of teaching staff, training them how to appropriately utilize it, and the overall start up costs of implementing it in the classroom. Discover how iGrow Readers helped to foster a mutually beneficial relationship between early childhood administrators and university researchers in gathering quality data for research, and providing developmentally appropriate learning activities focusing on nutrition and physical activity while meeting the Early Learning Guidelines.

Track 3: Keep on the Sunny Side: Using Music/Creative Activities to Enhance Social Connections and Mental Acuity in Aging Populations in Assisted Living Facilities

Presented by Lisa LeBleu and Teresa Collard

This session will explore the importance of social and emotional connections of music/creative activities to the overall well-being of aging populations in assisted living facilities.  Research information on brain development and the particular challenges of the aging brain will be discussed. Connecting prior learning to current experiences for the aging will be addressed in through the context of music/creative activities.

Track 4: Design of Healthier Interior Spaces: Impact on Wellness and Well-Being

Presented by Stephanie Clemons

Using a simple framework, this conference presentation will define and clarify the overlapping aspects of health, wellness, and well-being that should be considered when designing interior spaces. It will review some of the new health, wellness and well-being design-related movements a family and consumer science teacher may want to use in lesson plans and assignments to raise students' awareness of the importance of design in interiors. Strategies will be shared regarding the design of commercial and residential spaces. Good design transforms lives.

Track 5: Improving Health and Increasing Wealth: Research Findings and Program Resources

Presented by Barbara M. O'Neill, CFCS, CPFFE

Improving the health and well-being of the nation requires an interdisciplinary approach that addresses all aspects of people's lives (e.g., health, finances, relationships) in a holistic manner. FCS professionals, by virtue of interdisciplinary professional training, are well-suited to do this but, unfortunately, often work in narrow disciplinary "silos." This session will help participants gain a deeper understanding of research linking health and personal finance with an emphasis on findings to inform FCS outreach efforts and a description of available program resources.

Track 6: Creating Collaborative Relationships Among Universities, Cooperating Teachers and Student Teachers: Best Practices for Supportive and Healthy Relationships

Presented by Roxie V. Godfrey, Barbara Allison, Angelina Bencomo, and Kaitlynn Hausenfluke

How do Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) educators evolve toward a connected learning and positive teaching environment during student teaching? What roles are critical to success? How do they interact in the most effective ways? Learn best practices for stress management for the student teacher, cooperating teacher, and university supervisor and coordinator.  Hear from innovative FCS educators, sharing their personal experiences and identifying new technology in building collaborative partnerships for the future of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Tackling Program Assessment: Determining What You Are Doing, What You Need to be Doing, and How to Do It Better

Presented by Julie M. Rutledge and Amy M. Yates, with research by Pei Liu

Program assessment, whether done in preparation for accreditation or program evaluation, can be a daunting task. Often, programs find that they have an inherited, reactionary system that is data-rich and easy-access, but analysis-poor. Effective assessment is quite the opposite – a proactive system that emphasizes alignment, efficient, purposeful and precise data collection, and effective use of results. Presenters will discuss tackling a reactionary system and how to make targeted changes to a proactive system.

Applying for AAFCS Awards, Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships

Presented by Roma Jean Bradburn and Elizabeth Jane Steiner, CFCS

This session will promote the AAFCS Awards, Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships Program to AAFCS members, encourage self-application and/or nomination for member recognition, provide insights for successful completion of forms for applications and nominations and encourage volunteer service as a juror.

Success Stories on The Affiliate Level: Leadership Academy Alumni Making a Difference Presentation 2

Presented by Sue G. Byrd, CFCS; Lisa Brooks; Meilana Charles; Sung-Jin Lee; Amanpreet Kaur, CFCS; Kathleen Mellenberg; Martha Ravola; Cassy Temaat; and Misty Vinson Hughes

Affiliates are often challenged to put into action ideas that are developed that increase the visibility and importance of the profession, member involvement, and other aspects of their mission.  This session will showcase successful affiliate projects carried out by the 2015 Leadership Academy Participants, including challenges and results.

How AAFCS Professionals Advocate for FCS Throughout the Country!

Presented by Ida Marie Snorteland, CFCS, Retired; Katherine Shoubash; Deborah Larson; and Donna H. Hoskins

A moderator and 3 panelists will share their stories and give advice on how others can also advocate for the profession.  Advocating for  Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) programs at the middle,  secondary and post-secondary levels can be a time-consuming endeavor that may or may not result in a positive outcome.  At this session, you will hear from FCS professionals who have taken on the challenge to advocate for their programs, which were in jeopardy of being closed.   You will leave the session with advice that you can implement in your own programs, locally and at the state level.

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Community of College and University Research Oral Presentations, Part I

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Track 1: Using Technology to Disrupt and Transform Teaching Practices

Handout 1; Handout 2

Presented by Dr. Mary Kaye Rhude-Faust, CFCS

Participants will consider how reflective practitioners can use technology to transform the practice of teaching. Technology-driven instruction requires teachers to disrupt their teaching practices to facilitate transformational learning experiences for students. This learner-centric session will include a combination of blended learning techniques, nutrition-related case vignettes, and interactive questions/answers.

Track 2: Children's Picky Eating and the Role of Family Environments
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Presented by Maureen Lyons

This interactive discussion of causes of picky eating provides an understanding of the negative food issues impacting life-long health and wellness. Learn strategies to improve acceptance of and willingness to try new foods through environmental support and experiential activities including parent involvement.  Understand the role responsibilities for adults and children during meals and snacks to reduce power struggles and pickiness while incorporating collaboration between home and childcare/school.

Track 3: Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Elder Fraud on the Healthy Aging of Boomers and Beyond

Presented by Angela Radford Lewis, CFCS

As many as five million elderly people are victims of fraudulent exploitation each year.  By 2030, the elderly population is expected to nearly double to 71.5 million.  Many of these aging boomers have money and in their later lives will be vulnerable and obvious targets for elder fraud.  This session will explore issues related to elder fraud and its impact on healthy aging; provide information for educating Boomers about elder fraud; and, examine how Family and Consumer Sciences professionals can address this issue through education, services, outreach, advocacy, and partnership.

CANCELLED: Track 4: Intersections of Interior Design, Well-Being, and the Home Environment

Presented by Angelita Scott

The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand how the physical home environment affects psychological well-being for stay-at-home mothers. This inquiry explored what well-being means in the home and what physical characteristics and features in the home environment increased or decreased well-being. Findings from interviews and photo elicitation revealed that quantity of space, access to nature, personalization, and privacy/retreat were important for well-being in the mothers' homes; while clutter and lack of cleanliness detracted from their well-being.

Track 5: Can Simplifying Financial Behavior Lead to Financial Satisfaction?

Presented by Lorna Saboe-Wounded Head, CFCS, CPFFE

In our fast-paced society, with family members engaging in multiple activities that require management of time, energy and financial resources, the idea of simplifying can be overwhelming. This educational session will report results of a survey focused on voluntary simplicity behavior and financial satisfaction. Discussion will center on how to implement resource management strategies so individuals and families can simplify financial management behaviors.

Track 6: Friend, Enemy, or Frenemy:  Developing Healthy Relationships in Adolescence

Presented by Teresa Collard and Lisa LeBleu

This interactive session will explore the development of healthy relationships in adolescence.  The concepts of friends, enemies, and frenemies will be addressed in the context of relationship development. The importance of perception in self-esteem will be discussed along with the perception changing process. Strategies for managing adolescent friendships without compromising self-esteem and integrity will be identified.

Accreditation: Evidence-Based Perception of Value - Let's Update!

Presented by Ethel G. Jones, CFCS; Laura Stephenson; and Janette R. Wheat

Join in reviewing results of the recent research project on the perceived value of AAFCS Accreditation. Then, be part of  identifying and exploring options for updating the perception of value throughout the Family & Consumer Sciences community. Together we can advance academic quality, demonstrate accountability, and encourage planning and implementation for needed improvement.

FCSfit: Be a Part of Something Bigger

Presented by Sophy Mott

FCSfit is a multi-year AAFCS initiatve focused on physical, emotional, and financial health. Find out more at this informative, engaging session.

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Track 2: Strategies for Integrating Physical Activity into Nutrition Education Programs at the State and Local Level

Presented by David Ginsburg, Michele Byrnes, and Peter Cribb

In recent years, federal legislation has significantly expanded the scope of SNAP-Ed to include a greater focus on obesity prevention and to encourage comprehensive multilevel interventions that address healthy eating and physical activity. Learn how the University of California CalFresh Nutrition Education Program is integrating physical activity into existing nutrition education initiatives and creating change at the policy, system, and environmental levels to support the well-being of youth.

Track 3: Environmental and Nutritional Improvements to Reduce Falls Risk Among the Elderly with Parkinson's Disease

Presented by Valencia B. Keen and Laura K. Burleson

Individuals diagnosed with Parkinson's disease experience challenges of activities of daily living and are at increased risk for falls in their homes. Research shows poor access to nutrient dense food and environmental hazards are major factors affecting the individual’s potential for falls. A multi-method research design facilitated the identification of nutrient deficiencies and potentially unsafe environmental features that were changed as the disease progressed. Findings supported the Three-Pillars of WHO's Falls Prevention Model.

Track 4: Strategies for Promoting Health and Well-Being in Interior Environments Utilizing Universal Design and Aging In Place

Presented by Julie A. Temple and Jessica Etheredge, with research by Dana Moody

This program will define the design concepts of Universal Design and Aging In Place and describe how they can be used as strategies for promoting health and well-being in interior environments. Demographic trends, the development of the specialized field of Certified Aging In Place Specialist, and growth in the senior housing industry will be addressed.  A survey of accessibility and safety features of the home interior will be presented and participants will engage in an activity evaluating the compliance of various spaces with the principles of Universal Design and Aging In Place.

Track 5: 25 Financial Health Metrics

Presented by Barbara O'Neill, CFCS, CPFFE

Many people are motivated to improve their personal finances with frames of reference and comparisons to expert recommendations or the financial management practices of others. This workshop will describe 25 ways to self-assess financial health. The content is based on a refereed journal article that will be distributed to participants. It is an "umbrella" personal finance presentation that covers a variety of personal finance topics that are associated with financial health. The session ties directly into the conference theme of improving the well-being of a changing society.

CANCELLED: Track 6: How Mindful Practices Can Impact You and Your Students

Presented by Diane K. Klemme, CFCS

This session will define mindfulness and identify ways for you to develop mindfulness.  The presentation will also include current research on mindfulness and ways you could incorporate mindful practices in your classroom.  Participants will participate in mindful practice activities.

Teaching 21st Century Careers with Technology

Presented by Ashley Nelson

Incorporating versatile and creative technology, learn how FACS professionals can utilize their expertise to manage change.  21st century job skills come to life through an interactive format for today's students. We can no longer teach the same old careers in the same way, just as the job market is changing our teaching must change as well. Following this presentation, attendees will have knowledge of technology useful for FACS professionals in embracing the possibilities for assisting individuals and communities in successful adaptation to societal changes.

Learning from Legends in Our Field

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Community of College and University Research Oral Presentations, Part II

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Track 1: Using Technology to Support Family Meal Time Initiatives

Presented by Meilana A. Charles, CFCS-HDFS and Danielle Hairston-Greene

The purpose of this presentation is to review the creation and implementation of a shared meal initiative using technology. The session will provide an overview of the long-term impact of shared family meals and the initiative's effort to encourage eating as a family unit using technology.

Track 2: Improving Youth Outcomes: FCS Collaboration in Afterschool Programming

Presented by Susan Turgeson, CFCS and Marsha Larson, CFCS

The face of youth programs has changed. Today's programs help youth to develop and/or improve skills needed in the 21st century workplace, including literacy support of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) learning. The partnership of family and consumer sciences in afterschool programming contributes to the sustainability of children's education, parents' employment, staff and center credentials, as well as FCS program viability. This session will examine promising practices that leverage the time beyond school to reinforce student learning.

Track 3: Individualizing the Right Diet for 50 and Beyond:  An Examination of Recent Research Relating to Diet Recommendations and How to Apply Them to Individual Health Needs

Presented by Janet D. Ward

Research on food, diets, additives and cooking methods and their impact on health will be summarized.  Current recommendations from food science, nutrition, medicine, and physiology will be examined on how needs change with aging.  What foods should I avoid; add or increase in my diet; and are important for health issues and or genetic background issues of the individual?   Summary guidelines will be distributed and participants will examine a smorgasbord of tips to create recommendations for 4 health issues most common in the U.S. aging population.

Track 4: New Technology in Home Appliances:  Helping Individuals and Families Improve Health and Well-Being

Presented by Grace Angotti, CFCS-Retired; and Joanne Bankston; with research by Jean A. Memken

Many FCS professionals work with household equipment in their specialized roles, and yet there are few reliable sources of information about today's home appliances.  This session will give participants the latest information about household equipment, and will show how current technology in household equipment can help improve the health and well-being of individuals and families.

Track 5: Leveraging a Developmental Model for Teaching Youth Financial Capability

Presented by Sunaena Lehil and Leslie Jones

Youth in the United States today must learn to navigate an increasingly complex financial marketplace, where mistakes made early in life can have long-lasting adverse impact on their financial well-being in adulthood. It is more important than ever to help all youth develop the building blocks for a lifetime of financial capability. But what can educators, community leaders, and parents do to help put youth on the path to achieving financial capability?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)'s research into the developmental model of youth financial capability describes how young people build not only the knowledge but also the attitudes, habits, skills, and cognitive capacities that they will need to successfully navigate financial markets. This developmental model recognizes that building financial capability is a process that occurs over time and that the set of characteristics and attributes that children and youth acquire build on one another as they grow and encounter new experiences. This developmental understanding of youth financial capability highlights factors that are significant for future financial well-being as well as how and when they develop throughout childhood. The research identifies three interlocking components that comprise youth financial capability: executive function, financial habits and norms, and financial knowledge and decision-making skills. These components are not acquired separately; rather, each supports and catalyzes the development of the others.

In this session, you will learn more about teaching techniques and learning strategies you can use to help youth build financial capability. We will spotlight CFPB's youth antecedents research and teaching pedagogy, a new framework designed to help teachers select learning and teaching strategies that build youth financial capability

Track 6: The Influence of Stress on Child and Adolescent Obesity: Prevention and Intervention Strategies for Educators, Caregivers, and Parents

Presented by Holly S. Kihm

Though the rates of youth obesity have leveled off in the past several years, they remain unacceptably high, placing our children and adolescents at greater risk for physical and psychosocial problems. The purpose of this presentation is to share recent trends regarding child and adolescent obesity, with an emphasis on the role of stress as a risk factor for obesity. Discussion will focus on stress prevention and intervention strategies for children and adolescents.

Collegiate Assembly - Refocusing the Perceptions of AAFCS Accreditation

Presented by Ethel G. Jones, CFCS, with input from Janice Haynes

This business meeting and session focuses on findings from the research project "Perceived Value of AAFCS Accreditation." Attendees have the opportunity to help shape ideas for articulating the value of AAFCS accreditation and creating strategies for interacting with existing and potential stakeholders.

Public Policy Collaboration for Family and Consumer Sciences Education in a Changing Society

Presented by RaAnn C. Miller; Peggy Wild, CFCS; Paula Tripp, CFCS; and Theresa Golis

The National Coalition for Family and Consumer Sciences Education provides a unified voice on issues related to Family and Consumer Sciences Education.  A goal of this group is to provide leadership for the development of state and federal policy concerning Family and Consumer Sciences Education.  This session will highlight how the three professional organizations and the national student organization in Family and Consumer Sciences collaborate toward public policy related to the field.   Come learn current issues, how each group addresses public policy and what you can do locally.

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Inclusion and Technology Together in the Classroom - It Works!

Presented by Kathleen M. Mellenberg, CFCS

Teaching Nutrition and Wellness in the classroom took a turn this year to include technology and the inclusion of the Intellectually Disabled students.  It is working; all involved are marveling at the success.  Last year, I started a class with 10 general education students in N&W.  Most sessions were spent with lectures and projects so the students would learn content.  On the odd day, we would invite the ID students to join us in a lab so they could learn life skills.  This year, by adding technology --a "flipped" classroom--we are able to have more labs and more inclusion time with the ID students.

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Putting Research Into Practice


Track 3: Financial Planning for the Second Half of Your Life

Presented by Barbara M. O'Neill

The first half of our life is all about working hard, saving, and investing.  And countless magazines, TV shows, educational seminars, and financial planners advise us along the way. We build our nest egg. But in the second half of our life—starting in our 50s —we must turn our nest egg into retirement income. It is time to recalibrate.  Vital decisions—some irrevocable—must be made at various ages from 50 to 70½.  Yet consumers….and educators…..tend to overlook this critical juncture and the impact of the decisions made.

Track 5: Understanding Latino Families' Strengths: Lessons to Transform a Tough World Through FCS Practice

Presented by Wanda Figueroa Fuentes

This qualitative study focused on learning the stories and factors that have supported families in overcoming difficult situations. Eighteen Latina mothers whose children attended a Head Start Program described their child-rearing practices, values, home climate, and families' strategies to adapt. Mothers' resilient characteristics such as temperament, cognitive abilities, and social skills made a difference between succumbing or developing a sense of empowerment and hope. Implications for professional practice are addressed.

Lessons in Leadership:  The Power of Three on December Third

Presented by Menia Chester, CFCS; Elizabeth Creed; and Joyce Beery Miles

Taking direction from the 2015 AAFCS Leadership Academy Strengths-based leadership activity, a mentor and two 2013 Leadership Academy members planned Dine In activities on December 3 in their communities.  Leadership lessons arrived in many forms as the three met each month by phone conference for updates, encouragement and celebration. Their results will astound you as well as encourage you to lead with your strengths.

Assembly of Higher Education - AAFCS Strategic Directions & Implications for Higher Education

Presented by Lynda Martin, Janette R. Wheat, Mary S. Olle, and Jan Bowers, CFCS

This business meeting/program focuses on the AAFCS Strategic Directions and the implications for higher education. What do the Strategic Directions outline and what does this mean for advancing academic quality and demonstrating accountability in higher education for the next few years?

Connecting with School Counselors for the Well-Being of Your Local FCS Program

Presented by Karen L. Alexander, CFCS and Cynthia L. Miller, CPFFE

Have you ever wished your school counselor knew more about your FCS Program? Support of school counselors are critical for the success of your local FCS Program, and informed counselors can recruit students for you and educate parents of the benefits of FCS courses. This session will share strategies to inform and engage school counselors. The presenters have been providing professional development for school counselors for the last five years and insights from their training experiences will be highlighted.

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Saturday, June 25th


Calling All Collaborators for the Honduras Initiative:  Developing the Initiative Together

Presented by Juanita M. Mendenhall, CFCS; Nancy Granovsky, CFCS; Carol L. Anderson, CFCS; Deborah Tippett, CFCS; and Genevieve Schroeder, CFCS

The Honduras Initiative, launched in 2015 after a request from  IFHE, has resulted in a collaborative effort bringing home economics groups in the Region of the Americas together to assist in evaluating, planning, developing, delivering and  assessing this Initiative to create home economics programs in Western Honduras for youth, allowing them to stay in Honduras, improve their well-being and health, and strengthen their country. All AAFCS members are welcome to attend. Actions update and future planning of the Honduras Initiative will be the focus.  This collaboration is unique.

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"Hooking Up" to Help Others and Make a Real Difference

Presented by M. Lynn Alkire and Billie L. Perrin

Do you know someone who has faced a difficult journey in fighting cancer?   Individuals and families need support when challenged with mental, physical and emotional changes. This fundraising event includes a runway fashion show with student-designed bras modeled by cancer survivors.  Proceeds go to uninsured and under-insured cancer patients that improve their quality of life.  FCS educators can develop their own student-led fashion show and apparel projects to benefit others.  Audience participation is strongly encouraged.

Assessment 102: Best Practices for Assessment of Student Learning in Higher Education

Accreditation Criteria Linked to the Assessment Model
Assessment 102 Worksheet
Matrix 2.1a: Core Concepts
Matrix 2.1b: Integrative Elements
Matrix 2.1c: Cross-Cutting Themes
Distribution of Body of Knowledge Components Throughout a Core Curriculum
Image: AAFCS Accredited Quality Academic Programs
Unit Curriculum Assessment Plan for the FCS Program
Bloom's Taxonomy Reference

Presented by Frances Andrews, CFCS; Sue Byrd; and Debora C. Johnson, CFCS

Assessment 102 focuses on the linkages between/among the program mission statement, program goals, program assessment, and student learning in higher education. Participants will identify examples of "good" assessment, prepare strong student learning outcome statements, and select appropriate tools/strategies for assessing student learning in Higher Education.

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Professional Credentials Matter

Presented by Denise Fisher, CFCS, CPFFE and members of the Council for Certification

Distinguish  yourself from others and demonstrate mastery of FCS content by achieving professional credentials from AAFCS!  Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the AAFCS credentials (CFCS, CFCS-HDFS, CFCS-HNFS, CPFFE, CNWE) that can maximize your professional credibility and recognition!


Pacesetter Luncheon

Join AAFCS at this luncheon, included with your Full or Saturday-Only registration, and honor our Distinguished Service Award Winners!

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