Learn more about this year's Concurrent Sessions!

Concurrent Sessions are organized into five strands--refer to the key below when checking out the sessions! 

Looking for the full schedule? Read or download the Program at a Glance.  

Sunday, June 24th, 8:30am-4:00pm

     Pre-Conference Workshop: Preparing an Accreditation Self-Study Report (Complimentary with Full or One-Day registration purchase)
Presented by Frances Andrews, CFCS; Carol Anderson, CFCS; Lynda Martin; Lizabeth Self-Mullens; Amy Yates; Melinda Anderson; and Mary Olle
The Self-Study Report is the single most important document a Unit presents to the Council for Accreditation in order to determine a Unit's readiness for a Site Visit. This hands-on workshop provides tips for preparing a report, handouts and examples from Units that have experienced the process, sample program assessment ideas, and student learning plans and outcomes. A "fair" finds Units that have successfully gone through the process sharing their experience and providing insight and wisdom. An overview of a site visit highlights what occurs after a site visit is approved.

Monday, June 25th, 1:15pm-2:15pm

      Tips on How to Apply for AAFCS Awards, Scholarly Funding, and Recognition
Presented by Jane Steiner, CFCS-Retired; and Margaret Viebrock, CFCS
At this session, find out about the 2017 AAFCS award recipients and availability of 2018 AAFCS awards, as well as gain effective tools, tips, and resources to apply for AAFCS awards and recognition. See sample copies of award-winning entries for AAFCS awards and have an opportunity to ask questions about the awards and being an awards juror.

     Best Papers in the 2017 Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal
Presented by Sharon DeVaney, CFCS
Winners of the 8 Best Paper Awards in the Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal in 2017 will present brief summaries of their research.

     Leadership: A Blending of Strengths
Presented by Menia Chester, CFCS, CNWE; Gregg McCullough, CFCS; Mia Russell; Billie Collier; Sue Byrd, CFCS; Elizabeth Coots; and Bev Card, CFCS
StrengthsFinder is a professional and leadership development tool that is widely used in business, organizations, academia and other settings, and has been a prominent feature of the AAFCS Leadership Academy. This session focuses on finding your strengths via the StrengthsFinder assessment and, through examples and narratives, provides guidance and useful practices for building careers and relationships based on those strengths. Leadership Academy alumni, mentors, and planners share stories, successes, and reasons for finding, applying, and blending strengths.

     Tech Tools for Teaching in the Modern Day FCS Classroom
Presented by Melissa Abner and Krystle Gremaud with research by Erica Spurgeon
This session will give an overview of several different apps and web tools including Nearpod, EdPuzzle,Google apps, and Wix that can enhance student engagement and learning in the classroom.Through an interactive presentation (BYOD), participants will experience how different technology can be used to enhance lessons when used for formative assessment, collaboration and hands on learning opportunities for assignments and projects. Examples of how the presenters have used technology will be shared along with ideas about how to incorporate it into different FCS content areas.

     Kansans Can: A Family and Consumer Sciences Model for Addressing Social, Emotional, and Life Success Skills as Part of the New Kansas Vision
Presented by Gayla Randel, CFCS with research by Sally Yahnke
Kansans Can is a new model for post-NCLB public schools.  In the new model, the underlying success of each student is based on social and emotional development.  This session will share how a 20+ year study shows the ongoing needs of families and how Family and Consumer Sciences/FCCLA offers best practices for life success.  Kansas committee work, social emotional standards, and actual messaging documents will illustrate the current FCS involvement in this new vision.

     Engaging Ways to Help Students Develop Essential Life Skills for Making Healthy Choices
Presented by Denise Bodart
Family and consumer sciences provides students with the tools to make healthy decisions in their relationships that will result in their living well and loving well, and helps them understand that decisions they make result in consequences – good and bad. Relationships are part of who we are.  We pursue the fulfillment and security that comes from healthy relationships, and they define us and our view of others. During this session, learn about activities and ready-to-use lesson ideas for teaching effective communication and interpersonal skills.

     Your Voice Can Change the World: Alliance for Family & Consumer Sciences Overview
Presented by Members of the Alliance for FCS

Monday, June 25th, 2:30pm-3:30pm

     Explore Certification with AAFCS
Presented by Deborah Handy, CFCS and members of the Council for Certification
Certification demonstrates commitment to excellence, ongoing professional development, and focus on one's profession. AAFCS provides certifications with which family and consumer sciences professionals demonstrate each of those goals. Pre-PAC assessments allow high school students to demonstrate knowledge and validate program strength. Engage in conversation regarding the value of AAFCS certification for professionals and the use of Pre-PAC assessments for pre-professionals.

     Foundations of Healthy Social and Emotional Competence in the First Three Years of Life
Presented by Martha Herndon with research by Cathy Waggoner
If you are a caregiver, especially if you're caring for at-risk children, come to this session for research-based strategies that support healthy social and emotional development during the first three years of life. Apply knowledge from adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and brain architecture to daily life with infants and toddlers. Support development of social and emotional competences during the earliest years to construct a strong foundation for healthy relationships.

     Tips from the Experts for Conducting and Reviewing Qualitative Research
Presented by Young-A Lee; Alice Spangler, CFCS; Lucy Delgadillo; and Sharon A. DeVaney, CFCS
Three Associate Editors of the Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal will answer questions on conducting and reviewing qualitative research. The Editor of FCSRJ will moderate the panel.

     Can the Culture Sustain the Professional Affiliate: A Texas Study
Presented by Nancy Shepherd, CFCS and  Joyce Armstrong, CFCS; with research by Catherine Dutton
In a study to examine how to sustain the Texas Affiliate and look at the needs of members, the culture of predominantly female (98%) retired members expressed concern for a lack of involved younger professionals, while academies were very loyal. Members valued collaboration, networking, and professional development, and they were concerned over relevance, aging out, and how to sustain members. Is Texas (and other Affiliates) building a culture to sustain the future? Hear study results and implications.

     Modern Approaches to Nutrition Education for Today’s Children and Teens
Presented by Mimi Wu and Desiré Stapley
From hands-on cooking instruction to digital nutrition education resources, this session will share evidence-based tools and resources designed to engage kids in learning about agriculture and nutrition.  Explore the powerful connection between nutrition education and school and child care meals. Learn about research, best practices, and instructional techniques for use in school settings and programs outside of school hours.

     Best Practices for Implementing FCS National Standards 3.0
Presented by Peggy Wild, CFCS; Alyson McIntyre-Reiger, CFCS; Ashley Nelson; Linsey Shockley; and Lori Myers, CFCS
Family and consumer sciences national and state leaders present best practices for implementing FCS National Standards 3.0. Speakers will be focusing on three conference themes: Helping Build Healthy Relationships, Activating Engagement and Leadership, and Tackling Social and Emotional Wellness. Hear how the new National Standards 3.0 have informed developments in  FCCLA, Pre-PAC, and state and local FCS programs.

     Myths and Realities about Trauma
Presented by Donna Parrish
In this session, discuss events or situations (i.e., trauma) that can affect the way a person learns, plans, and interacts with others, with specific reference to implications for how human services agencies provide service to their customers and/or clients. Learn about best practices and how these practices create a paradigm shift in organizational culture and practice to support the population they serve.

     Optimizing Your Emotional Health: Discover the Power of the Food and Mood Connection
Presented by Lisa Brooks
Are you looking for ways to enhance your well-being through food and nutrition?  Examine the latest research on the food and mood connection and optimize emotional health by discovering foods that can help reduce stress, increase energy levels, and promote happiness.

Monday, June 25th, 3:45pm-4:45pm

     Support and Highlight Your Programs: Apply for Teacher of the Year
Presented by Derrick Fogg; Megan Whitworth Palmer, CFCS; Melody Weatherford, CNWE; and Rene' Ketchum
A panel of Affiliate and former AAFCS Teachers of the Year will present their experiences with the application process and why being a Teacher of the Year is a valuable credential and a stepping stone to more active leadership in the Association. Receive guidance on how to maneuver through the application and learn about the benefits of affiliate award applications aligning with the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences award application.

     Why Am I Afraid to Tell You What I Think?
Presented by Leona M. Johnson and Susan Turgeson, CFCS
With a review of interpersonal neurobiology related to mirror neurons and skills for developing mindsight, this program will use the steps in the self-awareness wheel as the basis for teaching others how to speak for oneself in a positive, non-threatening way, with applications to developing mindful awareness, communicating, setting boundaries, resolving conflicts, and solving problems. These skills are critical for youth and adults to develop healthy relationships in personal, family, societal, and work settings.

     USDA NIFA—Funding and Research Opportunities
Presented by Ahlishia Shipley

As Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) continues to experience workforce shortages, it is important there is a solid awareness of the funding opportunities available through USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) that can benefit the field. As the USDA funding agency responsible for creating educational opportunities in food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences, there are several grant programs at NIFA which support training and workforce development applicable to FCS education. This presentation will cover these opportunities.

     Public Policy Community Workshop One: Relational Ethic at the Heart of Public Policy in FCS
Presented by Jody Roubanis, CFCS
Public policy will guide the future, but what is the authentic guide for public policy in FCS?  What is the premise of the unique  perspective that sets FCS content application apart from other professions that claim the same technical expertise? This workshop, led by the Public Policy Community, uses the FCS Body of Knowledge as the ethical lens to guide and differentiate the profession and the public policy to be instigated by the profession. Learn about examples of “Citizen Journalism” that can be used to influence others to see the value of the FCS perspective.

     Creating a Family and Consumer Sciences Globally-Competent Classroom
Presented by Cindy L. Miller, CFCS, CPFFE
At this session, learn how to implement various education activities and resources designed to help FCS educators integrate global competence into their curriculum. The resources include sample projects ready to be used in FCS classrooms, global career planning resources, workforce readiness rubrics, crosswalks of global education and FCS standards, and more. In addition, receive access to an online LiveBinder of globally-competent resources, as well as FCS classroom lessons developed and posted by participants in this session.

     Creating Work-Life Balance as a Young Professional
Presented by Carmen Pedersen, CFCS; Amanda Holland, CFCS; and Katherine Sobel
It is commonly said that laughter is the best medicine. Come to this session to improve your health through laughter and discussion with other young professionals who are striving for work-life balance. This session will include game-time, discussion of strategies for improving work-life balance, and conversation about reasons young professionals are prone to a life with poorer balance.

     “Learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all, have fun.” –Julia Child
Presented by Sara Lohrmann, CFCS; Christina Erickson; Courtney Croak; Jamie Rieman; and Michelle Backes
The way we interact with others has a powerful impact on their social and emotional development. How often do we inadvertently communicate a fixed mindset to others that could restrict their growth? Let's learn about ways to encourage growth mindset in our classrooms and beyond! In this interactive session you will engage in a learning about Carol Dweck's Growth Mindset through breakout boxes, Twitter discussions, and Quizizz. We will compare and contrast traditional feedback with growth language and develop a tool to apply to our daily life and careers when communicating with others.

Tuesday, June 26th, 10:00am-12:00pm

i3: Inspiration--Innovation--Impact 
Learn more about this round table session! 

Tuesday, June 26th, 11:00am-12:00pm

     Become an Accreditation Site Visitor
Presented by Carol L. Anderson, CFCS; Ethel Jones; and Mary M. Warnock
Prepare to take the next step and equip yourself to serve as an accreditation site visitor. This workshop is for individuals interested in becoming involved as a site visitor. Analyze the roles, responsibilities, and process of this important activity. Examine the resources like the Handbook that have been designed to assist in a successful experience. What is the role of a Team Leader?  What types of questions help to verify the information found in the Self-Study Report?

     Community of Colleges, Universities, and Research Oral Research Presentations
  • The Effect of Relationship Education on Adolescent Life Goals, Ani Yazedjian, Dan Lannin, and Leandra Parris, Illinois State University
  • T-Shirt as my Billboard,  Leigh Southward, University ofArkansas; Carrie Cox, Western Kentucky University; and Laurie M. Apple, University of Arkansas
  • Which One of These Is Not Like the Other? Differentiating Among Women That Use Physical Aggression in Romantic Relationships, Lisa Moyer, Winthrop University

     All the World’s a Stage
Presented by Janine Duncan, CFCS; Bev Card, CFCS; and Roxie Godfrey
Make an entrance onto the International Stage.  Learn about opportunities at the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) World Congress 2020, including presenting, volunteering, and connecting with professionals from around the world.

     The Communities We Serve: Re-engaging in Healthy School-Community Relationships
Presented by Katherine Sobel; Amanda Holland, CFCS; and Carmen Pedersen, CFCS
An integral piece of K-12 education is preparing students to engage in their communities, but the school–community disconnect is widening and students are struggling to make connections between their academic and personal lives. FCS courses are developed around critical and perennial concerns of communities, putting FCS teachers in unique positions to help students engage in the world in which they live. Come to this session to learn creative ways to re-engage in healthy school-community relationships to help your students start connecting the dots.

     Advocating for Family and Consumer Sciences: An Open Forum With the National Coalition for Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Presented by Gayla Randel, CFCS; Peggy Wild, CFCS; Theresa Golis; and Paula Tripp, CFCS
From early childhood to Carl D. Perkins reauthorization, learn how four organizations are collaborating to advocate for family and consumer sciences education. Find out about the work of the National Coalition as related to their action plan, with special focus on current advocacy work. In addition, take part in an open forum to share current needs of the field.

Tuesday, June 26th, 2:00pm-3:00pm

     Collegiate Assembly Program & Business Meeting - Computerized Accreditation-Learning Together
Presented by Donna Bell; Debra K. Goodwin; Lynda Martin; and Lori Myers, CFCS
The Jura computerized accreditation system was introduced in August 2017, and there has been a learning curve for using it. Gather tips for effectively using the system, learn from the experience of an institution submitting a Self-Study Report, and discover ways a Council for Accreditation panel member engaged with the system when reviewing a Self-Study Report. Bring your questions and find answers that will make the system a resource that enhances the Unit's functionality.

     Family Disconnected: Survival Techniques for Core Family Values in the Digital Age
Presented by Catherine Kendall and Cheryl M. Robinson, CFCS
The pace of technological advances and our perpetually plugged-in lifestyles are straining the human brain’s hardwired need for social connection. The effects of disconnect are seen in many areas of American society, but foundational change is seen in families. Explore the negative consequences of technology, how these consequences contribute to the disintegration of core family values, and learn strategies for revitalization of the family as a fundamental institution of society.

     Family and Child Participation in a Multi-Component Weight Management & Healthy Lifestyles Program
Presented by Holly S. Kihm
Childhood obesity is reaching an all-time high, with 17% of U.S. children and adolescents considered obese based on BMI percentile. The purpose of the study was to observe whether children who participate in Project I-PAL can become more active and obtain a healthier lifestyle by engaging in different health assessments, nutrition education, exercise activities, and personal health coaching.  Project description, outcomes, and applications will be presented in a dynamic lecture format.

     Activating FCS Partnerships in Building and Rebuilding FCS/Home Economics Programs in Developing Countries
Presented by Juanita M. Mendenhall, CFCS; Mary M. Warnock; and Nancy Granovsky, CFCS
The Disaster Assistance Partnerships (DAP) promotes collaboration between FCS organizations and individuals worldwide that together have launched significant projects in Sierre Leone and Honduras, and with colleagues in the Caribbean after devastating hurricanes.  Progress made together this year will be shared through brief presentations that will set the stage for participant discussion and input about the projects. Help guide the work of DAP with your input. Volunteers and resources for projects will be identified.

     Bring Back Home Economics? It Never Went Anywhere! Current Status of Secondary FCS Programs
Presented by Carol R. Werhan
From the Washington Post to Facebook, media and the public are asking for home economics programs to be "put back into schools!"  This session will provide the latest data on the status of secondary family and consumer sciences programs.  Numbers of students in FCS programs and FCS teachers in the U.S., teacher shortage data, gender percentages, and states where FCS coursework is required will be reported in this session.  This data is essential in addressing stakeholder's questions regarding the field of FCS education.

     EQ ≥ IQ: The Great Success Indicator
Presented by Cathy Mong
EQ (Emotional Quotient) is increasingly acknowledged as equally important if not more important than IQ when measuring success.  By analyzing Daniel Goleman's research of the five components of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills,  you will become more cognizant of their own emotional intelligence as well as learning methods to develop EQ.  Participate in and receive classroom activities and resources designed to develop EQ.

     Parenting Education Is a Priority: What Have We Learned From the ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study/Science
Presented by Rene Howitt
Our childhood experiences, both good and bad, shape how we view ourselves, others, and the world. Knowledge gained from the renowned Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study moved conversation regarding adults and children from “What is wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” The ACE study looked at 10 types of childhood trauma finding an actual correlation as predictors to adult outcomes. Some of the social results relate to crime, addiction, poverty, homelessness and even domestic violence. Evidence is overwhelming, and details the influence of childhood trauma on mental and physical health issues.

Tuesday, June 26th, 3:15pm-4:15pm

     Assembly of Higher Education Program & Business Meeting -- Student Recruitment, Retention, and Graduation
Presented by Melinda Anderson; Deborah Belcher; Rinn M. Cloud; Holly Kihm; Bronwyn Fees; and Barbara L. Stewart, CFCS
Student recruitment, retention, and graduation are ongoing issues and many programs are testing creative options. Discuss questions including: What are the challenges or barriers to recruitment and retention? What strategies are proving to be successful in programs addressing these challenges and/or barriers? What evidence supports success and what role is recruitment playing? What roles have students assumed in both retention and recruitment? In what ways are faculty, staff, and students engaged?

     Social and Emotional Personal Finance-Understanding Your Relationship to Money
Presented by Barbara M. O’Neill, CFCS, CPFFE
This workshop will help participants gain insights into social and emotional factors underlying their personal finance behaviors and those of clients/students. Topics covered include values, money personalities, money “baggage" (harmful beliefs about money), and investment risk tolerance. The session will include personal finance self-assessment activities including value clarification exercises and investment risk tolerance quizzes. Participants will receive a packet of handouts to replicate learning activities in their practice setting.

     Understanding and Measuring Youth Financial Capability and Financial Well-Being
Presented by Meina Banh
Where and when during childhood and adolescence do people acquire the foundations of financial capability? How can financial education practitioners and researchers evaluate program successes? Learn more about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s research to identify critical attributes and abilities acquired during the years spanning preschool through young adulthood that support the development of financial capability. Discuss recommended metrics that you can use to evaluate program success and how to utilize these metrics to track students’ progress.

     Public Policy Community Workshop Two: Framework for Action Planning
Presented by Gayla Randel, CFCS, and Peggy Wild, CFCS
Public policy will guide the future of family and consumer sciences, but what is the authentic guide for public policy in FCS?  This Public Policy Community session will focus on developing a framework for action that is consistent with Relational Ethics and differentiates our initiatives. How can we impact and make a difference with legislators and federal/state policy makers? Let's investigate action planning to further our body of knowledge.

     Re-framing Curriculum Using the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Approach
Presented by Melissa Abner
In this presentation, learn about Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) concepts that were used at the university level to teach sustainability issues related to textile and apparel products. Discover best practices for teaching sustainability concepts and how to implement ESD strategies into your curriculum. Find out about results of a study conducted in a textile and apparel course that used ESD concepts and gather ideas for incorporating sustainability topics into FCS curriculum using innovative and student-centered teaching strategies.

     Mindfulness Mapping: Cultivating Calm Creativity in the Classroom
Presented by Susan M. Turgeson, CFCS and Kelly Schoonaert
What is "Intrinsic Thinking" and how can teachers harness it in themselves and in students to create people who are present and engaged in what they are doing, rather than afraid, apprehensive, or bored?   Mindfulness is a valuable and transferable skill set.  Learn techniques for you and your students to go beyond what is merely apparent, manage internal dialogue to create space, find clarity, and approach issues with a fresh curiosity, allowing you to solve problems and create intrinsic connections in new ways.

     What We Eat Affects Brain and Mental Health
Presented by Dorothy F. West, CNWE
While much research is found about the effects of nutrition on physical health, newer research focuses on the effects of dietary patterns on moderating the risks of psychotic disorders and brain health. This session will focus on the relationship between food eating patterns and the effects on healthy brain development and mental health across the lifespan. Discuss nutritional needs for a healthy mind and learn about classroom strategies to help learners relate what they eat with how they feel, how they behave, and potential long-term health consequences.

     Best Practices for Recruiting and Retaining FCS Teachers? Suggestions From the Field
Presented by Paula J. Tripp, CFCS and Terri Hollarn, CFCS
Content analysis gleaned from a 3-year study of Oklahoma's FCS teachers yielded rich qualitative data regarding recruitment and retention, suggestions for new teachers, and implementation of career clusters.  Join our group to hear their voices and develop your own recruitment and retention plans.

Tuesday, June 26th, 4:30pm-5:30pm

     Finding Common Ground in Higher Education (CUR and AHE)
Presented by Melinda Anderson; Bronwyn Fees; Amy Harden; Leigh Southward, CFCS; and Barbara Stewart, CFCS
The Assembly of Higher Education and Community of College, Universities and Research have common interests and therefore, seek greater collaboration around issues of interest. This time for discussion follows a program focused on student recruitment, retention, and graduation. What issues need to be the focus of collaboration? How can the listserve be used for greater interaction? What action strategies will be of value to the two groups?

     Shaping Up: Understanding Personality Types While Fostering Emotional Intelligence and Social Interactions
Presented by Lisa C. LeBleu and Teresa Y. Collard
In this interactive session, examine personality types in relation to interpersonal communication, relationships, emotional intelligence, and leadership. Specifically, Susan Delinger's "Psychogeometrics" personality types will be explored so that you may determine significant interpersonal characteristics of your personality and ways to work effectively with other personality types.  Personality will also be examined in relation to emotional intelligence and leadership.

     Food Insecurity Among 18-24-Year-Olds: Much More Than End-of-Term Ramen Noodles
Presented by Derrick A. Robinson with research by Patti Wooten Swanson
FCS meets food insecurity: Increase your understanding of food insecurity in the US; learn about the latest research related to food insecurity among 18-24 year olds, including how and where they get their food, food shopping trends, and consumption practices; recognize the food resource management practices most relevant to this population; and identify teaching tools and resources to help them reduce hunger and increase food security. Nutrition educators and family resource practitioners in a variety of settings will gain useful new insights.

     Preparing Students to Face the FACS: A Research Study Turned Speaker Series
Presented by Nina Roofe, Rebekah Luong, and Monica Lieblong, CFCS
This campus-based research study and series of promotional tools is designed to give FCS departments what they need to get their programs noticed with confidence! Gain ideas that you can use to promote your FCS course offerings to those outside of your department, especially courses that address the need for life/soft skills among college graduates.

     Empowering Students to Reach a Stronger Future
Presented by Deborah T. Tippett, CFCS
How can we enhance the lives of college students by focusing on strengths to build a better future? This program will describe an initiative, StrongPoints®, which is a four-part coaching model that recognizes the power of planning in students’ lives in the areas of academics, experiential learning, financial literacy, and careers. In this workshop, learn about strategies that faculty can use to infuse strengths in their family and consumer sciences curriculum to improve the lives of their students.

     I’ve Said “Yes to Teaching FCS,” Now What?
Presented by Roxie V. Godfrey and Haley N. Marcus
Mentors can make a difference! Ten tips for first-year FCS teachers to know in building confidence, developing healthy relationships, and establishing healthy habits. Did you know that stress leaves an imprint on your brain and prepares you to handle similar stress the next time you encounter it?  Find out why!

Wednesday, June 27th, 8:45am-10:45am 

     Assessment 201: The Family & Consumer Sciences Body of Knowledge and Assessment: A Vital Connection
Presented by Frances Andrews, CFCS; Sue Byrd, CFCS; Debbie Johnson, CFCS; Lizabeth Self-Mullens; and Amy Yates
Assessment 201 focuses on the unique concepts of the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Body of Knowledge that integrate the study of individuals, families, and communities through human ecosystem theory and life course development. This workshop will present a broad, yet in-depth overview of the FCS Body of Knowledge. Participants will focus on development, selection, and use of appropriate and accurate assessment strategies that illustrate students' application, analysis, and evaluation of the core concepts, integrative elements, and cross-cutting themes of the FCS BOK.

Wednesday, June 27th, 9:45am-10:45am

     Surviving Your First Year Teaching Part III: Building Healthy Relationships in Your Classroom
Presented by Amanda Holland, CFCS; Carmen Pedersen, CFCS; and Katherine Sobel
In this session, new teachers will learn how to build healthy relationships with their students, students' parents, colleagues, administrators, and other stakeholders. We will brainstorm ideas for working with a variety of individuals and discuss appropriate relationships within multiple contexts. Bring your thinking caps, and be ready to share your ideas.

     Utilizing Secondary Data for Empirical Research: Does Gender Matter in Family Relations
Presented by  Hyunsook Kang with research by Mary S. Olle and  Gina Fe Causin
At this session, find out about the results of a study utilizing data collected from Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) to examine the effects of gender on family relations. In the study, family relations included the number of close family members, frequency of family relying on, frequency of family opening up, and frequency of family criticism and demand. Obtain information resulting from this research as well as sources for accessing and analyzing secondary data sets.

     Building Affiliate Capacity: Membership Recruitment and Retention
Presented by Mia B. Russell; Candice Mott, CFCS; Jacqueline Holland, CFCS-HDFS; and Bev Card, CFCS
At this session, learn about recent research that was designed to develop a membership recruitment and retention strategy. Data from this study will help affiliate leadership better understand factors that influence member perceptions of benefits, barriers, and challenges as well as member decisions to join and/or renew. Findings will help advance the FCS field and may help increase member retention and engagement.

     Harnessing the Integration of Educational Apps and Technology to Enhance Social and Emotional Learning
Presented by Natalie Hancock and Dawna Baugh
New research has emerged that supports the use of apps and the positive impact upon the development of social and emotional learning. In this session, explore the power of social and emotional learning apps for the classroom. Analyze the benefits and challenges of incorporating educational technology in the classroom and have the opportunity to experience the use of these applications first hand.

     Learning to Use Humor to Cope with Stress: The 7 Humor Habits Program
Presented by Paul McGhee

This workshop focuses on Dr. McGhee’s research-based Humor Training Program (whose success has been documented by research in 5 countries).  This program (the 7 Humor Habits Program) first builds the basic foundation skills of a good sense of humor and then shows how to extend those skills/habits to managing the daily stress that goes with one’s personal life and (sometimes) working with children and teens.

     Fostering a Whole Community Approach to Emotional and Mental Well-Being
Presented by Diana Ketterman
The intended outcomes this session are to strengthen the well-being of students; help students become responsible citizens and leaders in family, community, and work settings; teach the importance of balancing personal, home, family, and work lives; and, demonstrate how to use critical and creative thinking skills to address problems in diverse family, community, and work environments.  The method discussed supports the fostering of a whole-community approach to address emotional and mental well-being, which is the foundation on which the outcomes can be achieved.