Educational Sessions

Thank you for joining us in Dallas! If you were not able to attend all the sessions you'd planned--or you just want more info--click on the links in titles below to download materials from our presenters! If you don't see the one you want, check back in a few days--they are still being gathered.

Missing the one you're looking for? Try looking on the Community Events page for poster presentations, or the i3: Inspiration--Innovation--Impact page for roundtable presentations!

This year, all sessions will fall into one of several theme-related tracks.

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

"i3: Inspiration--Innovation--Impact" (previously "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 are color-coded to indicate which track they fall within.

Sunday, June 25th

Monday, June 26th

Tuesday, June 27th

Wednesday, June 28th

Sunday, June 25th


Pre-Conference Workshop: Preparing an Accreditation Self-Study Report, PDUs TBD
Presented by Frances Andrews, CFCS; Laura Stephenson; Carol L. Anderson, CFCS; Lizabeth Self-Mullens; Lynda Martin; Mary S. Olle; and Lori Myers, CFCS
The Self-Study Report is the single most important document a Unit presents to the Council for Accreditation for determining the Unit's readiness for a Site Visit. This hands-on workshop provides TIPS for preparing a report, handouts with examples from Units having experienced the process, sample program assessment ideas, and student learning plans. A "fair" finds Units that have successfully gone through the process sharing their experience and providing wisdom. An overview of a site visit highlights what occurs after a site visit is approved. A must-attend for Units anticipating AAFCS accreditation.

This workshop is included in all full and one-day registrations--please select that you will be attending when you register. You must register to attend.


Filling the Educator Pipeline: Say Yes to FCS Session 1
Facilitated by Karen Bergh and Janine Duncan
Session 1 allows time for a national update on 2016-2017 campaign.  Participants will work in groups to address topics which will move the campaign forward.  A companion session 2 will allow time to work on the topics.

Monday, June 26th


Opening General Session
Keynote speaker, Dr. Sarah Newcomb
"Rethinking Financial Health"
The American Psychological Association reports that financial worries are the #1 source of stress in America, regardless of the economic climate. Stress leads to health problems, relationship strain, and an overall drain on quality of life. Clearly, financial well-being is critical to overall well-being, but how do we promote financial health in our own lives and the lives of our clients, employees, friends, and family? In her address, Dr. Newcomb will outline the results of Morningstar research into financial health, and show how two simple, mental factors can promote both economic and emotional well-being.

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The National Coalition for Family and Consumer Sciences Education Open Forum
Presented by Peggy Wild, CFCS; Gayla Randel, CFCS; Paula Tripp, CFCS; Theresa Golis; Sally Combs; Sandy Spavone; and Jason Skidmore
From financial literacy and healthy relationships to employability skills and career preparation, FCS Education is needed now more than ever. Learn the function of the National Coalition for Family and Consumer Sciences Education, as well as our strategic plan  to move us forward in today’s political arena.  A portion of our time will be an open forum to learn your issues of concern and vision for FCS Education in the United States. All are invited to attend.

 Trends and Impacts: Educating Students for a Sustainable World
Presented by Carole Makela, CFCS
What are the trends, impacts and issues related to population growth, natural resource use, environmental health and human well-being?  Explore these in an engaging hands-on session of role-playing simulations and games to help students understand the challenges facing the global family and ways each of us can strive for a more sustainable world in our households and communities.  You  will receive a CD of lessons easily adaptable to the classroom.

 Be Smart With Your Online Cart: A Digital Lesson in Personal Finance
Presented by Margaret Van Ginkel and Joanne Seymour Kuster, CPFFE
Today's middle schoolers and cell phones go together like chocolate and peanut butter. But it's hard for educators to find constructive ways to use cell phones in the classroom. Our "Be Smart With Your Online Cart" lesson offers a chance to do just that, and teach about online security at the same time. As younger teens and pre-teens shop more online, they open themselves to fraud and unscrupulous retailers. Educators can use this fun classroom activity to help keep these young consumers from making mistakes or risking an identity breach. The students will enjoy the lesson. Their parents will thank you!

Thinking Outside the Box: Using Home Management Residence Curriculum Within Transitional Housing Programs to Build  Capacity for
Financial Resource Management  
Presented by Nancilynne Schindler
Transitional housing programs provide shelter while individuals work toward regaining self-sufficiency. Assistance with the development of daily living skills is often offered, though only in a limited manner. The adoption of a Home Management Residence curriculum within transitional housing programs could be a more comprehensive solution. Communication tools and integrated financial management practices would be experienced. Come learn how one NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) proposed to do just that with Human Sex Trafficking survivors.

Benefits of Developing Gardens and Edible Landscapes in Your Community
Presented by Debra Garrard-Foster and Shelley E. Mitchell
During this session, learn about the fiscal and health benefits of community gardening and edible landscapes.  Gather practical gardening strategies to implement community gardening and edible landscapes in your own community, and have an opportunity to ask questions  about evaluating the public value of gardening projects.

8 Key Retirement Decisions
Handout 1; Handout 2; Handout 3; Handout 4; Handout 5; Handout 6; Handout 7; Handout 8; Checklist
Presented by Susan Sharkey
How much of a regular retirement paycheck can you expect to pay yourself? The answer to this question depends on decisions made about your work, your benefits, your home, and more. If you are age 50-60 years old and preparing for retirement or an individual who guides others in retirement preparation, this session is for you. Find out how to launch a retirement action plan by considering eight decision areas for a holistic and customizable approach to retirement decision-making.

Financial and Emotional Bank Accounts:  Learning to Manage Your Money and Your Relationships
Presented by Lisa C. LeBleu and Teresa Y. Collard
In this interactive session focused on adolescents, educators will learn how to  address the basics of managing money and relationships.  You’ll receive information and classroom activities that will demonstrate the ways in which financial bank accounts and emotional bank accounts are similar in building a solid foundation for practical life skills. Particular focus will include clarifying expectations and managing personal integrity in the practice of maintaining strong financial and emotional foundations.

 Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal (FCSRJ) Presentation of Best Paper Awards
Presented by Sharon A. DeVaney, CFCS
The Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal editor will honor those receiving  the Outstanding Research Paper for 2016, the Emerging Scholar for 2016, and the Best Paper Awards. Hear brief summaries of the papers from the award winners.

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National Standards for FCS Education 3.0: Session 1 -- Unveiling the New National Standards
Presented by Alyson L. McIntyre-Reiger, CFCS, and Peggy Wild, CFCS
Join us for this orientation to Family and Consumer Sciences National Standards 3.0. Learn about the process used to develop the national standards. Review the national standards history and learn about strategies to obtain widespread participation of all stakeholders. Receive an overview of how the national standards are used to impact and align national, state and local family and consumer sciences programs.

Engaging Youth Audiences in Experiential Financial Fitness Activities
Presented by Paula J. Tripp, CFCS and Stephanie Hall
In this session, examples of strategies for providing real-world learning opportunities for youth audiences that are relevant to their coursework will be featured.  The activities could be used with financial fitness content and other FCS coursework as well as with FCCLA and 4-H members.

Using the Critical Science Approach to Create an Engaging and Interactive Online Financial Literacy/Education Course
Handout 1; Handout 2; Handout 3; Handout 4
Presented by Cynthia L. Miller, CFCS, CPFFE
Using the critical science approach, learn how to develop online financial lessons that use hands-on activities and project-based learning to motivate students to take action. Put your knowledge to the test by taking a traditional online lesson  and making it more engaging and interactive using critical science instructional strategies. Gain access to other critical science online financial literacy/education lessons and resources.

Brighter Bites: Increasing Access to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables and Nutrition Education for Low-Income Children and Families
Presented by Emily Kelley and Joey Walker
Most U.S. children do not eat the recommended daily servings of fruits  and  vegetables (F&V), placing them at risk for obesity and chronic diseases later in life. Brighter Bites is a school-based food co-op program designed to increase access to fresh F&V and nutrition education for low-income children and their families. Learn how this comprehensive approach is moving the needle on healthy eating while also yielding financial benefits related to decreased food costs and improved long-term health.

 Financial Fitness: 20 Steps to Get into Shape
Presented by Barbara M. O’Neill, CFCS, CPFFE
Many people today are seeking a financial “cookbook”; i.e., simple, effective, and realistic strategies to improve their personal finances. In this workshop, begin by assessing your financial fitness using a 20-question survey instrument, the Financial Fitness Quiz. Following a debriefing of the quiz, discuss the 20 financial fitness improvement strategies based on the quiz questions and research findings derived from quiz data analyses.

 Financial Considerations of Later-Life Romantic Relationships
Presented by Nicole A. Graves, CFCS-HDFS
Many older adults are seeking meaningful relationships well into their later years. Due to the fact that older individuals have accumulated more wealth, they may be at increased risk of financial exploitation by a partner. Financial concerns influence individuals’ re-partnering choices and options.  In this session. learn about the current literature on later-life re-partnering and the financial implications of romantic relationships in later life. Receive tips and suggestions for how to discuss these sensitive matters with family members.

From Submission to Acceptance: Publishing in a Research Journal
Presented by Sharon DeVaney, CFCS; Alice Spangler; Jiyun Kang;Young-A Lee; and Lucy  Delgadillo
Do you have questions about publishing in a research journal? Join the editor and three associate editors of the Family & Consumer Science Research Journal for a question and answer session. You might ask questions about finding the right journal for publishing your article, reviewer selection, submission guidelines, timelines, etc.

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 National Standards for FCS Education 3.0: Session 2 --  A Closer Look at Standards Related to Financial Fitness, Fashion, Interior Design, and Related Careers
Presented by  Alyson McIntyre-Reiger, CFCS and Peggy Wild, CFCS
In this session, review the new National Standards 3.0 and the Areas of Study that focus on the financial fitness theme. Hear from FCS educators around the country whose programs align to Areas of Study such as Consumer and Family Resources, Consumer Services, and Career, Community and Family Connections. Explore ways to integrate financial fitness themes into middle level and high school FCS programs.

 Family Financial Fitness Education:  An Evaluation of an Interdisciplinary Intervention and Application for Educators
Presented by Travis Parry
In this session, learn about research related to improving married couples' financial fitness. Five married couples participated in a mixed-methods case study to evaluate a family financial intervention that included education for individual, relational, and external finances as a holistic solution for couples. Find out about the qualitative and quantitative data to help debunk myths and best practices of educating married couples to improve their financial fitness. All couples reported improvement in individual, relational, and external finances.

Incorporating Financial Fitness into an Online FCS Course
Presented by Shelby Brock and Paula J. Tripp, CFCS
Students today are inundated with financial issues that are confusing and overwhelming.  Nevertheless, by educating students about budgeting, debt, and student loans, we can enable them to have a brighter financial future.  Learn about a variety of best-practice strategies that have effectively engaged students in undergraduate online consumer education and other FCS content courses.

Saving Green By Going Green: Strategies for Affordable and Healthy Homes
Presented by Catherine Kendall, Jessica Etheredge, and Dana Moody
Around the globe, there is an ever-growing awareness of green design and sustainability. While these two terms are often used interchangeably, they are in fact quite different. Explore the differences between green and sustainable design, the key aspects of each, and where simple changes can be made within the home to solve health and economic concerns of families.

The Financial Impact of Food Insecurity on the College Campus
Presented by Danielle Yvette Hairston Green
In this session, learn about the growing trend of student food insecurity across our nation's colleges and universities, and its effect on our students' ability to persist in higher education.  The financial impact to the institution will also be addressed.

CANCELLED: Coalition Building to Raise Community Awareness on Predatory Lending Practices
Presented by Meilana A. Charles, CFCS-HDFS
Hear an overview of payday and auto title loans and find out how a coalition of social service agencies and local community leaders merged to address predatory lending practices in a central Texas city. The coalition’s goals were to educate and inform community members on these predatory practices and work on realistic alternative options for families in financial turmoil.

Parent Perception of University Student Financial Competence and Other Life Skills
Presented by Heidi Radunovich and Jorge Ruiz-Menjivar
There is extensive documentation of college student financial mismanagement causing long-term financial problems. Parental perception of financial competence is critical because parents can play a key role in providing financial education before college. In this session, learn about a survey of parent perception of student life skill competence. Data related to perceived student financial and other life skill competence will be presented. Discuss strategies for increasing financial competence prior to college attendance by engaging parents.

Community of Colleges, Universities, and Research (CUR) Oral Research Presentations, Part 1
The Community of Colleges, Universities, and Research offers the opportunity for oral research presentations to highlight current research. All research presentations have been peer-reviewed. Learn more about the presentations here.

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Tuesday, June 27th


Collegiate Assembly Business Meeting & Program  - Lessons Learned from the JFCS Focus on the AAFCS Body of Knowledge
Presented by Debra K. Goodwin, Lizabeth Self-Mullens, and Ethel G. Jones
Eight Universities. One FCS Body of Knowledge. “Eight Unique Integration Approaches” was the feature of the Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences (JFCS) (2016, Issue 3) and within this feature there are lessons that can be shared and discussed. What are the take-away messages that can enhance programs? In what ways are new faculty members exposed to the Body of Knowledge so they apply it to their coursework?


National Standards 3.0 Session 3: A Closer Look at Standards Related to Individuals, Families, and Related Careers
Presented by Peggy Wild, CFCS and Alyson McIntyre-Reiger, CFCS
In this session, review the new National Standards 3.0 and the Areas of Study that focus on Individuals and families. Hear from FCS educators around the country whose programs align to Areas of Study such as Child Development, Education, Family and Community Service, and Interpersonal Relations. Explore ways to integrate financial fitness themes into programs in these Areas of Study.

It's All About the "E": Engagement Strategies for the Personal Finance Classroom
Presented by Sharon Baillie, CFCS, and Susan Bistransin, CFCS
Members of “Take Charge Today”'s National Master Educator Team are "in the house" and ready to share engaging ways to teach personal finance topics. Written "By Educators, for Educators," our free curriculum contains active learning tools and ways for teachers to engage learners that help financial literacy topics stick! Join us as we model several strategies embedded in our more than 100+ lessons for middle and high school students. You'll walk away having been engaged as a learner yourself and be ready to implement “Take Charge Today” lessons in your classroom at the start of next school year!

The Complexities of Identity Theft From an FCS Perspective
Presented by Axton E. Betz-Hamilton, CPFFE
In this interactive session, learn how identity theft can impact financial security across the lifespan, consequences of identity theft for health and wellness, as well as how identity theft can affect personal relationships.  Additionally, find out how identity theft can impact family resource management and how identity theft can be prevented by the employment of various digital tools. You'll leave with a comprehensive understanding of identity theft and its connection to family and consumer sciences. 

Decision-Making: The Heart of Family Resource Management
Presented by Jody L. Roubanis, CFCS
The Family & Consumer Sciences Body of Knowledge (FCS-BOK) provides powerful insights into the decision-making process that is at the heart of managing financial, human and environmental resources.  Building on historical perspectives (Paolucci, 1977; Deacon & Firebaugh, 1981), principles for ethical decision-making in family resource management are generated premised on an FCS ethic of care. Through the lens of the FCS-BOK, use these principles to resolve ethical issues of limited financial resources, underdeveloped human capital, and global interdependence.

Fiscal Responsibility of Food: A Community Approach to Eliminate Waste and Stop Hunger
Presented by Julie Raeder Schumacher and Jackie Lanier
Over 6.4 million households experience food insecurity, yet the United States wastes 30-40% of the food it produces each year. In this session, discuss finding a solution to hunger through local reduction of food waste. Learn about steps to developing a community action plan a case-study example of one community’s farmer’s market gleaning project. You will have opportunities to share your community successes and form collective strategies to overcome challenges related to reducing food waste as a local solution to hunger.

What’s New in Personal Finance?
Presented by Barbara M. O’Neill, CFCS, CPFFE
Personal finance subject matter content is constantly evolving with new research findings, government agency reports, financial events and trends, and government legislation and policy changes. It is very important for FCS professionals to have current knowledge to best serve their clients and students. In this session,  receive a 2017 personal finance content update on a wide variety of topics (e.g., credit, banking, investing), including new/revised resources for financial education.

Developing Youth Financial Capability
Presented by Leslie Jones
Adults who have high levels of financial well-being feel in control of their day-to-day and month-to-month finances. How do children become adults with high levels of financial well-being? In this session, learn more about classroom tools and resources you can use to help youth build financial capability. We will spotlight CFPB's Building Blocks research and teaching pedagogy, a new framework designed to help teachers select learning and teaching strategies that build youth financial capability.

Assembly of Higher Education Business Meeting & Program -- Communicate FCS's Value
Presented by Lynda Martin; Melinda Anderson; Jan Bowers, CFCS; and Cynthia M. Smith
Branding is today's buzzword, so what is the brand for FCS in higher education? What message is being sent internally as well as externally? In what ways do we articulate the value of the program as we contribute to the university-wide mission and goals? What are effective strategies for high tech and high touch in today's climate? In what ways can aggregated student achievement data be shared?


National Standards 3.0 Session 4: A Closer Look at Standards Related to Nutrition, Foods, Food Science, and Related Careers
Presented by Alyson L. McIntyre-Reiger, CFCS and Peggy Wild, CFCS
In this session, review the new National Standards 3.0 and the Areas of Study that focus on nutrition, foods, and related careers. Hear from FCS educators around the country whose programs align to Areas of Study such as Nutrition, Food Science, Hospitality, and Facilities Management. Explore ways to integrate financial fitness themes into programs in these Areas of Study. 

Consumer/Family Management Pathway at the Center of Career & Technical Education: A Proposition for FCS Educators and Stakeholders
Presented by Janine M. Duncan, CFCS
Explore economic trends affecting individuals, families, and communities, and the relationship of them to the Common Career Technical Core and the Consumer/Family Management Pathway, as a starting point for dialogue about centering Family & Consumer Sciences in Career & Technical Education.

Small Appliance Update:  Innovations in Home Technology That Help Households Better Manage Their Resources
Presented by Jean Ann Memken, Joan R. McFadden, and Diane Mason
Small appliances have long been time- and money-savers for households. Get  up to date on the latest trends in small appliances.  Learn how investing in small appliances may or may not be a wise use of resources.  Find out what to consider when selecting small appliances, explore how versatile home appliances can be in managing time and other resources, and participate in some student learning activities that will help students and/or adult learners recognize the value of investing in a small appliance.

Public Policy and Personal Finance: Why Should You Care?
Presented by Nancy L. Granovsky, CFCS; Lorna Saboe-Wounded Head, CFCS, CPFFE; and Joyce Cavanagh, CPFFE on behalf of the Community of Public Policy
From the original 1962 Consumer Bill of Rights to the recent financial crisis, personal finance has been a controversial part of federal and state public policies. Coalitions for and against special consumer financial policies have been active in recent years. A panel of experts will examine three new laws/proposed policies impacting your personal finance and professional practice: fiduciary responsibilities for financial planners, payday loans and requirements for personal finance education.

 Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise!  Examining the Power of the Local Food Movement
Presented by Lisa Brooks
In this engaging session, examine why the local food movement continues to rise in popularity. Specifically, hear findings from a literature review of the local food movement including: definitions; current estimates of the market size and scope; descriptions of the characteristics of today's local food consumers; and an examination of the economic, environmental, and health impacts of the local food movement. Discover whether participants in the local food movement are healthier, wealthier, and wiser.

Generational Differences: Spending Habits, Impacts, and Strategies for Educating Future Generations
Presented by Ethel G. Jones, CFCS
Each generation has its distinct challenges. That's especially true when it comes to money. In this session, gather  information on spending habits across generations.  For a consumer from any generation to eventually choose to shop and spend money and at any company, it boils down to past experiences about how they feel about the economy; their money-spending lifestyle; and how they place value on items they’re shopping for. Therefore, utilizing the best strategies possible to address the needs of our future generations in the area of spending is imperative.

We Can Live With That! Strategies for Building Consensus
Presented by Susan Turgeson, CFCS, and Leona M. Johnson
Consensus-building is an interpersonal skill that can benefit every individual, whether working in small or large groups. Different strategies can be used to build consensus, depending on the situation and the size of the group. In this session, focus on developing consensus-building skills through participation in strategies used for goal-setting, decision-making, and problem-solving in finance-related areas. These interpersonal skills can be applied to many settings, thus benefitting multiple areas of life responsibilities.

How to Apply for AAFCS Awards, Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships
Presented by Jane Steiner, CFCS; Margaret Viebrock, CFCS; and Sharon Baillie, CFCS
The Awards and Recognition Committee (ARC) will present information related to the criteria, availability, and application forms for AAFCS awards. Receive tips for applying for and filling out the applications from ARC committee members.

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Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers: Strengthening Students' Financial Knowledge Through Teacher Recruitment and Retention Best Practices
Presented by Paula J. Tripp, CFCS, and Teresa Hollarn, CFCS
Although our study of family and consumer sciences teachers revealed that they saw significant student impacts in the financial fitness content area, the shortage of teachers has diminished the numbers of students that receive quality instruction. Join the conversations regarding innovative techniques for balancing the supply and demand of FCS teachers!

 Intergenerational Lessons in Finance
Presented by Janet Holden, CFCS
Learn how to implement an innovative personal finance unit in any high school classroom or community setting by pairing high school students with a member of an older generation. Students in the "Money Matter$" groups learned valuable life lessons about saving, spending, and investing during this working partnership.

 Personal and Family Finances:  Strategies for Interactive Teaching Online
Presented by Jody L. Roubanis, CFCS, and Angela Wetmore
By using strategies that intentionally direct student interactions, the online learning environment can be interactive and engaging for students and their teachers. Interactive learning is a primary modality for the majority of adolescents and young adults for constructing personal knowledge. During this session,  investigate strategies to promote interactive learning that are successful in the personal and family finance curriculum.

 First Nation, Last Remembered—Family Resource Management on a Lakota Reservation
Presented by Susan Turgeson, CFCS, and Alana Blechl
All different types of families call the United States of America home.  Some are fortunate and enjoy abundant resources; others are forced to live upon land they will never own with limited resources. Housing, food, education, and recreation are all impacted by the financial limitations. University students spent a week immersed in the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe culture to experience first-hand the challenges of living in such conditions.  By living and working side-by-side with the community, students observed the effects of poverty and what is being done to improve the situation.

 Online Grocery Shopping: Pros, Cons, and the Bottom Line
Presented by Windi D. Turner
Given our fast-paced lives today, simple tasks once part of a family’s routine are now a matter of time and convenience. One such task is grocery shopping, and many grocery stores are now offering online shopping and delivery service. Before you start filling up your virtual grocery cart, be sure you know the pros and cons of online grocery shopping. You may be surprised with the side-by-side comparisons. This session will help you decide if this growing trend is the right choice for you and how to leverage safe online grocery shopping.

Get “FCSfit”: Emergency Financial Fitness in a Nutshell!
Presented by Marilyn R. Swierk, CFCS; Mary Behrendt; Ida Marie Snorteland; and Patti Wooten-Swanson
Are you FCSfit in case of an emergency? In these uncertain and frightening times, it’s crucial both personally and professionally that your awareness is raised about the many general and financial preparedness resources available, many at NO cost, and the important role that FCS can play in assisting families!  In this session, receive useful tools and share your emergency tips that can be used to help students and the public.

 Money Relationships Across the Lifespan
Presented by Joyce Cavanagh, CPFFE
Take a look at the key steps  towards managing money throughout one's life--from young adulthood to later life--which are influenced by relationships with parents (as children and adults), children, partners, and employers.  A short Community of Family Relations and Human Development business meeting will follow the presentation.

Centennial Scholar Research: Financial Coaching to Support Refugee Family Resettlement
Presented by Catherine Solheim
Refugees families face major challenges as they resettle in a new country. This session will focus on Karen refugee families' early experience of learning about the U.S. financial system and how to manage money.  I will highlight key research findings from interviews and financial coaching sessions with Karen refugee families (displaced from Burma to Thailand to the U.S.). I will offer principles and practices that will be helpful for financial coaches and educators when working with refugees in community settings.  This research was supported by the AAFCS Centennial Scholars Grant.

Surviving Your First Year of Teaching Part 2: Managing Your Classroom Budget
Presented by Amanda Holland; Carmen Pedersen, CFCS; Veronica Suarez; Kristie Storms; and Nadia Berleth
As a follow-up to last year’s popular session, “Surviving Your First Year of Teaching,”  you will learn how to better manage your classroom budget. Topics include using Perkins funding, collecting money, managing receipts, managing labs, and working within district policies.

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The Consequences of a Fiscally Irresponsible Generation: Teaching Inquiry-Driven Lessons
Presented by Nancy Shepherd, CFCS, and Jennifer Newquist
Inquiry-driven lessons connect students to current public policy dilemmas. Lessons engage students in critical dilemmas and include resources students need to deepen understanding of complex issues such as fiscal responsibility. Students were surveyed to determine if they were taught about fiscal responsibility, while secondary teachers who attended a teacher training about fiscal responsibility completed pre-/post-tests to look at how they would use the lessons to teach concepts related to budget, debt, and deficit in the classroom. Learn about our findings and receive resources.

Determining the Best Digital Resources for Your Students, Clients, and Customers
Presented by Teresa Hollarn, CFCS, and Holly Hanan
Searching through the plethora of websites, apps, curricula, and resources related to financial fitness can be time-consuming and confusing. Join us in this bring-your-own device session where you will divide into like groups and, using screen prompts, work collaboratively to find the digital tools that will best suit your students, clients, and/or customers!

Simplifying Your Finances
Presented by Lorna Saboe-Wounded Head, CFCS, CPFFE
When working on your budget, do the number of expenses overwhelm you? Is it difficult to determine which expenses could be reduced to simply the process? This educational session is a continuation of the session “Can Simplifying Financial Behavior Lead to Financial Satisfaction?” presented at the 2016 conference. Receive concrete practices that can be used to simplify your financial management practices.

Recognizing Barriers and Motivators to Home Food Preparation
Presented by Janelle M. Walter, CFCS, and Rosemary Ricci
In light of the need to help families and individuals plan and implement decisions for meal procurement, a systematic review of the research literature was conducted. Search criteria included barriers to food preparation and home food preparation, and nine articles fit these criteria. Based on findings from these articles, learn about barriers that prevent individuals from engaging in home food preparation;  motivations to engage in home food preparation; and the economical and nutritional benefits to home-prepared meals.

Future Trends Regarding Estate Planning--Preparing The Next Generations
Presented by Susan S. Shockey, CFCS; CPFFE
Baby Boomers will pass $30 trillion on to the next generation. This financial legacy carries with it the expectation that assets will be used in a manner that reflects the givers' values. Individuals are increasingly responsible for their own wealth preservation. Studies have shown that most individuals lack adequate knowledge and skills to make appropriate saving and investment decisions. Understanding future trends and their impacts, including digital estate planning and taxes, are of importance to family members who are the givers and to the future heirs, who are the receivers. 

Financial Family Processes in Cultivating an Intentional Family Identity
Presented by Karen K. Melton and Nicole McAninch
Sports family, Religious family, Outdoor family--there are a variety of family identities. Come and learn how intentional families cultivate a special family identity through their consumer practices and design an intentional family plan. Presenters will share preliminary study results describing the common financial processes employed by intentional families. Specific attention will be given to how intentional families apply these processes in cultivating a family identity in relation to nutrition, apparel, child/family development, and home interiors.

Experience Is the Best Teacher: Learning From Each Other
Presented by Nicholas Zimmerman
Students—come learn from each other and invited panelists, who will share their professional development insights. The choices you make now can shape your career for years to come.

Community of Colleges, Universities, and Research Oral Research Presentations, Part 2
The Community of Colleges, Universities, and Research offers the opportunity for oral research presentations to highlight current research.  All research presentations have been peer-reviewed. Learn more here.

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Filling the Educator Pipeline: Say Yes to FCS Session 2
Facilitated by Karen Bergh and Janine Duncan
A small group working session to outline an action plan to address assigned topics identified in Session 1.  Participants will present their work in companion session 3.

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Together We’re Stronger: Supporting Teachers Through Collaboration
Amina Carter and Variny Yim
This workshop provides teachers a detailed understanding on the unique way in which Jump$tart Coalition serves in the Financial Literacy Space; offering many content-rich resources from our valued partners and supporters that will empower teachers and students to take charge of their financial well-being.

The Techie Teacher: Using 21st Century Tools in the Family & Consumer Sciences Classroom
Presented by Ashley E. Nelson
Using an iPad and a mobile presentation, walk through 21st century technology use in the FCS classroom and tips and tricks for smooth classroom operation. You will see a wide variety of apps and websites that are directly related to FCS curriculum with examples of how each can be used to cover all areas of the Family and Consumer Science Body of Knowledge, as well as applications for FCCLA.

Making Your Residence Support Your Health and Hobbies as You Age
Presented by Jean A. Memken and Joan McFadden
Learn about recommendations for planing and achieving optimal residential satisfaction with manageable investments of time, money, and energy on an ongoing basis. Adequate maintenance of both a structural and a cosmetic nature enhance satisfactions, whether the required tasks will be completed by self, family, or paid personnel. Understand the importance of prioritizing tasks and having a current and long-range plan to assure optimum health and satisfaction within available resources.

The New "Solutions Economy" and How it Works Globally to Solve Problems
Presented by Sandra L. Poirier, CFCS
Rising obesity. Food insecurity.  A lack of quality education and safe water for the poor in the developing world. Whose job is it to solve these problems? For decades, the answer to that question has been simple: government. Today, we have a different world where a new economy has emerged. This new “solution economy” represents not just an economic opportunity, but a new strategy for solving many entrenched societal problems. In the session, learn about the history and development of a "solution economy" and various strategies for solving global issues.

Financial Well-Being of At-Risk Families Receiving Child Care Scholarships
Presented by Martha Herndon and Cathy Waggoner
How do child care scholarships influence the financial well-being of at-risk families?  All families with young children face challenges balancing work and child care. At-risk families generally cannot pay for child care, which creates hardships when seeking and holding employment. Costs of care for infants and toddlers are similar to the costs of college tuition. Learn about the self-reported financial status over four years of parents with children ages 6 weeks to five years who received scholarships to pay for child care.  Discuss ways to support at-risk families.

Creating the Look Without Blowing the Budget
Presented by Kathleen Heiden
Found the latest fashion ensemble that you want on Pinterest or in a fashion magazine, but the cost is more than you want to invest? Come learn how you can create the look you want and still stay within your clothing budget using high/low dressing.

Putting the “FUN” in Funding 
Presented by Veronica Suarez, Amanda Holland, Kristie Storms, Carmen Pedersen, and Nadia Berleth
In this session, learn about resources that will help fund your classroom and CTSOs, such as crowd-funding. You will leave with tips and tricks to get the most out of your budget.

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Wednesday, June 28th


Filling the Educator Pipeline: Say Yes to FCS Session 3
Facilitated by Karen Bergh and Janine Duncan
Working groups will present their outlined action plan on their assigned topic.  Participants will refine and finalize each action plan through large group discussion for the 2017-2018 campaign.

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Losing Your Spouse Without Losing Your Mind in the Paperwork
Presented by Jaylie I. L. Beckenhauer, CFCS
Losing a spouse is emotionally, mentally, and physically devastating. But it doesn’t have to throw you into a financial nightmare of hunting for legal and financial papers, account numbers, sources to notify, etc. There are many things that you can prepare ahead of time for the “unexpected inevitable.” In this session, receive guidance on what to do to make the transition smoother for the spouse left behind.

The Financial Lifespan-Lifespace
Presented by Jeffrey D. Melick, CPFFE
We assume many different roles during our lives (student, worker, parent, spouse, retiree, and so on). Each role involves its own unique financial decision-making, and staying on top of our financial lives can seem overwhelming at times. In this session, view life stages and roles through a financial lens and gather practical tips and tricks to address financial concerns at each stage of life. No matter at what life stage you are, you will find this session to be informative and useful in your financial planning.

Could I Live in a House the Size of a Hotel Room?
Presented by Diane Klemme, CFCS
The average hotel room is 325 square feet; could you downsize from an average 2600 square foot American home to a tiny house—typically between 100 to 400 square feet?   Explore the benefits of the tiny house movement, including financial, environmental, and time; plus the challenges of building and zoning regulations, financing a tiny home, and the social pressures of traditional home ownership. Take a look at innovative designs in tiny house interiors and exteriors.

Creating FCS/Home Economics Programs Through Partnerships in Developing Countries: Collaborating With the Honduras Initiative and in Sierre Leone to Improve Life Outcomes
Presented by Juanita M. Mendenhall, CFCS; Mary M. Warnock, CFCS; and Nancy Granovsky, CFCS
Building partnerships to develop FCS and home economics programs in developing countries provides career and life skills education that will change lives and bring hope to youth and communities. The Honduras Initiative is moving forward, allowing youth to stay in Honduras and thrive rather than flee the country. The Madina, Sierra Leone project is assisting with a first-ever school and a training program for women.  All participants are welcome to participate in these Initiatives.  Come see an informative slide presentation, hear updates, help plan, and take action!  Think Locally, Act Globally!

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i3: Inspiration--Innovation—Impact
Similar to previous conferences' "Putting Research into Practice," i3 is a fast-paced session designed to share high impact ideas, outreach efforts, innovative programs and strategies, and/or creative collaborations focused on education, research, mentoring, and entrepreneurship.  Get ready to be inspired by your family and consumer sciences colleagues! Learn more here.

Assessment 103: Closing the Loop: From Student Learning Outcomes to Improvement in Student Learning in Higher Education
Presented by  Frances Andrews, CFCS; Sue Byrd, CFCS; and Debora Johnson, CFCS
Assessment 103 begins with student learning outcomes and follows the entire assessment process from selecting methods of assessment, gathering the data, interpreting the data, and determining what should be done to close the assessment loop and show improvement in student learning in higher education. Participants are encouraged to bring student learning outcomes and assignments from their programs so hands on activities can be practical and useful!

FCS Leaders and Their Influence: Past, Present and Future
Presented by Joan R. McFadden; Ruth Ann Ball; Sharon Nickols; Sharon DeVaney, CFCS; Arminta Jacobson; and Virginia Vincenti, CFCS
A panel of FCS history experts will share ways to utilize Leaders in FCS (published by Kappa Omicron Nu in 2016) to promote FCS through its history, emphasizing its evolution and future. Some of the strategies include: a) using biographies to inspire, recruit, and/or motivate students to pursue careers in FCS; b) assigning analysis of a biography as an enticement; c) encouraging archiving professional records to enable archival research to answer future questions d) planning and undertaking research to assess the motivation and influence of selected professionals and the various careers from a common degree.


Support Ratios: Threatened by Aging Population? 
Presented by Carole J. Makela, CFCS
With aging populations in the U.S. and advanced nations, concern has been expressed as to whether the labor force is sufficient to provide support for those on the ends of the age span--children and those aging out of the labor force. Indicators used are “support or dependency ratios,” which inform policy, determine payments, and assess solvency of public and private funds. Learn about trends and projections of these ratios to enhance awareness and understanding of the past, present, and future realities relevant to individual, family, and public strategies for financial well-being.

 Planning Final Arrangements: Are You Good to Go?
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Presented by Lynda M. Spence
Finding answers that suit your preferences for a final goodbye does not occur overnight. The process can and should connect life to death, which takes time. Preparing in advance will help to reduce the personal and social discomfort associated with death and dying. In this session, explore traditional and innovative approaches to final arrangements planning.

Gaining the Competitive Edge:  Building a Professional Wardrobe on a Limited Budget
Presented by Renee F. Ryburn and Rebekah R. Lindsey
Especially if you’re a new professional, come to this session to learn how to set yourself apart from other applicants for career positions! Discover how to gain the competitive edge by using the modular wardrobe system to select professional coordinating clothing pieces.  Based on the latest research, learn strategies for maintaining and building your professional wardrobe while on a limited budget..  

When Family and Consumer Sciences Professionals Connect, They Change the World: XXIV International Federation for Home Economics World Congress 2020 Atlanta, Georgia
Presented by Roxie V. Godfrey; Bev Card, CFCS; and Janine Duncan, CFCS
The International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) World Congress experience is inspirational, educational, and memorable.   World Congresses are held every four years. IFHE-US has the opportunity to host the XXIV IFHE World Congress in Atlanta, Georgia in 2020. IFHE, the only worldwide organization concerned with home economics and consumer studies, provides opportunities for global networking, promotes recognition of home economics, and offers opportunities for practice and research. Come and find out how you can be part of the IFHE World Congress in 2020. Keep Georgia on Your Mind!

Public Policy and the Future of Family and Consumer Sciences
Presented by Ida Marie Snorteland, CFCS, Retired; Gayla L. Randel, CFCS; and Jan Marie Long
How can AAFCS and its affiliates work together to promote the impacts of FCS professionals to decision-makers?  Public policies are critical issues central to our profession, cross subject matter and professional boundaries, and impact AAFCS.   Learn how to facilitate members working together on common policy goals in an integrative way with decision makers. Make YOUR voice heard.

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