Innovative Tools for Teaching and Assessing Critical Thinking Skills in Higher Education
Presented by Lisa Brooks
This engaging session will provide attendees with innovative strategies to teach and assess critical thinking skills among undergraduate students. Higher education has long recognized the importance of developing critical thinking skills among undergraduate students; however, research suggests that undergraduate students are falling short of expectations. Recent employer surveys suggest that a candidate's demonstrated capacity to think critically was a key factor in employment decisions. Educators will benefit from examining real-world case studies that are designed to develop critical thinking skills. These case-studies can be adapted to any classroom. In addition, this session will include examples of rubrics used to assess critical thinking skills.
Using Assessments to Assist Teacher Candidates' Growth and Understanding of the edTPA
Presented by Diane Klemme
Teacher preparation is essential to continue the profession and maintain programs in the secondary schools. This session introduces one institution's approach to assist undergraduate students to be successful in completing the edTPA. Specifically, the session will discuss the development and implementation of embedded signature assessment (ESA) and preparing students for the required edTPA in student teaching. The presenter will share examples of ESAs and discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with using them.
Planned and Innovative Teaching to Meet Scholarship Requirements for Tenure/Promotion
Presented by Abel Waithaka and Priscilla Gitimu
In teaching universities, faculty are rarely allocated time to conduct research and scholarship. However, scholarship is an area that most institutions use to evaluate faculty for tenure and promotion. This session will share how one faculty member integrated research projects into undergraduate courses. Through the projects, students identified the importance of research and then actually conducted the research studies. Students also share the research results and implications through publications. The presenter, along with the students, has been able to publish numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. This approach address both teaching and scholarship requirements for tenure and promotion.
Keep Calm and Teach On[line]
Presented by Peggy Rolling and Holly Kihm
There is an increasing demand for online instruction in higher education. Instructors may see online instruction as a natural evolution in their teaching, be reluctant to venture online, or feel pressured to teach online. A common thread among instructors is simply not knowing where to begin. Quality online instruction can best be verified by going back to pedagogy basics: Start with a syllabus, align objectives, engage students, and most importantly be present. Experienced online educators agree that an instructor’s human presence online matters most in successful online courses. The purpose of this session is to inspire online instructors to keep calm and teach on[line] by utilizing basic, traditional teaching strategies. Examples from two award winning online courses at Southeastern Louisiana University will be presented.
Vision Boarding in the FCS Classroom
Presented by Samii Kennedy Benson, Anthalynn Howard, Lynette Weems, and Aravian Louis
The concept of vision boards has been trending in popular culture. Hosting or attending a vision board party is now a common occurrence for children, teens, and adults. A vision board, or a visual representation of one’s dreams and aspirations, is a helpful tool for anyone wishing to accomplish a goal in life. As such, vision boards are also great tools to use in the classroom to help students set goals for the year (or beyond) and encourage them to focus on accomplishing said goals within a certain time frame. This session will present strategies for incorporating vision boards into the FCS curriculum for both secondary and post-secondary students.
Getting Social: Using Instagram as a Research, Teaching, and Educational Tool
Presented by Brittany Johnson
Today's teens, also known as iGens, spend more than 9 hours per day on social media, and adults spend almost 4 hours per day. The use of social media within the field of FCS has the ability to inspire, innovate, and impact the society in a positive way. This session will address the use of social media for research, teaching, and education. Specific uses with Instagram will be shared as educational tools to connect with the iGen students, increase critical thinking, and provide practical applications for learning. In addition, the presenter will discuss how Instagram was used as the primary platform for an intervention research study.
Flipping a Switch: Tips to be Happy and Financially Secure in Later Life
Presented by Barbara O’Neill, CFCS, CPFFE
Financial planning in retirement often requires a 180 degree turn from the way that people managed their time and money previously. “Flipping the switch” is a good analogy since many changes happen suddenly (e.g., on and off). Examples of these later life transitions include full-time work to full- or part-time leisure, saving money to spending money, changes in investment asset allocation, receiving a paycheck to creating a paycheck, and developing a meaningful answer to the “What do you do?” question. Whether people adhere to the FIRE (financial independence, retire early) movement philosophy and plan to exit the labor force during early middle age or they leave a full-time career, as most people do in their late 50s or 60s, there are dozens of financial and life transitions that occur. The key focus of this session will be “what’s next” and provide insights, advice, and stories to provide educational materials related to FIRE, later life planning, and healthy aging.
Yoga for a Better You
Presented by Gregg McCullough
Public libraries support individuals, families, and communities in myriad ways, including meaningful activities that support healthy living and relationships. This session explains the results and impact of a yoga program hosted by the Laurel Public Library and funded through support from an FCSfit mini grant. Attend this session to learn more about the health benefits of yoga and how this innovative program addressed health conditions in one community.
Curriculum Vitae--Professionally Promoting Yourself
Presented by Amanda Matdies
In the session, the presenter will identify the components of a curriculum vitae and will share tips and resources for developing and using the vitae for professional promotion. A basic resume may not be adequate for the FCS professional who wants to achieve a world class position. Examples of a curriculum vitae will be shared as a way to mentor fellow colleagues and help them write a vitae to promote and highlight their own FCS accomplishments.
STEAM - Implementing Food Science Principles in Middle Schools
Presented by Deborah Gangnon
Join this session to learn about lessons that have been proven to actively engage students at the middle school level and give them the opportunity to explore a variety of aspects of the food science industry. A variety of labs and activities allow them to focus on the science found in the production of foods. Topics included are food safety, sensory analysis, food production, photography, writing and career options in food science giving students hands on applications of STEAM in the classroom. Leave with resources and lesson ideas that can immediately be put into action in your classroom.
Modern Parenting Initiative: A Community Coalition for Families
Presented by Debra Andres and Shandi Andres
Participants will learn about the efforts of a 7-agency coalition that bands together to enlighten, educate, and support families and provide parenting education programs. They also tie to community wellness initiatives to provide support and expertise. Participants will be encouraged to think about how they can build and/or be a part of a network that has a passion for helping families. Participants will be able to assess the possibility to develop a similar initiative in their own location and identify ways to meet the needs of families with a team effort. This Modern Parenting Initiative has demonstrated a positive personal impact on over 75 families and has inspired other agencies across the state to engage in this type of work.
Getting Youth Excited about STEM through Textiles
Presented by Sue Byrd, CFCS
It is often difficult to get youth interested in STEM and realizing they can be successful in STEM careers. As family and consumer sciences educators, we teach STEM subjects but often do not STEMIFY our lessons. Hands-on activities will be presented that teach about textiles (fabrics) and incorporate STEM concepts. Participants will be introduced to new fabrics to create greater interest in the study of textiles by youth. Tips on how to add STEM concepts to your FCS lessons will be included so that students realize STEM can be fun and something in which they can excel.
Guided Readings to Clarify Professional Goals in Fashion Merchandising and Design
Presented by Elizabeth Hopfer
Educators at all levels engage with students who may have extremely high goals, but a limited understanding of the steps needed to achieve them. At the beginning of an undergraduate professional development course, fashion students write a paper to identify popular careers and their goals (blogger, stylist, influencer, entrepreneur). During the semester, students read three books focused on personal reflection, career exploration, and goal setting. At the end of the semester, students re-write their career paper and indicate a variety of changes resulting from the course readings. With the assignment and readings, students learned about careers not previously considered, while others articulated more defined paths toward success.
Empowering Women through Entrepreneurship
Presented by Caroline Kobia, Margaret Khaitsa, and Naomi Lumutenga
Entrepreneurship is widely recognized as a critical factor in economic development. By all available indices, economic development in Sub Saharan African (SSA) countries lag far behind growth rates in other geographical regions. Women are most likely the primary producers in these regions. Higher Education Resource Services, East Africa (HERS-EA) empowers women and girls to participate in economic and socio-political decision making processes affecting their own and their families’ lives. In various phases, HERS-EA worked with grassroots women and girls in rural Uganda to develop different diversified products that help the women create micro-enterprises such as making reusable sanitary pads, other textile products and raise poultry. The purpose of this presentation is to share findings from a research study and the project’s impact on women and girls in Uganda. Additionally, next steps will be discussed.
Reflections on Say Yes to FCS Campaign in Middle Georgia
Presented by Linda Johnson, Deion Mapp, and MeaLenea Homer
This session will highlight activities and work in middle Georgia to promote the “Say Yes to FCS” educator recruitment initiative. Preliminary work with secondary and post-secondary schools and FCS professionals focused on marketing techniques, branding messages, social media and other tools. Activities and resources for FCS Day “Dine in for Healthy Families” were also incorporated. The session will share best practices, strategies, and reflections from the campaign.
Connecting Professionals + Communities Through State Affiliate Conferences
Presented by Rebekah Luong and Monica Lieblong
Are you planning an affiliate conference for the first time or wanting to refresh what the affiliate is already doing? Organizing and hosting events can be overwhelming and intimidating! This session will provide opportunities to help affiliates grow and increase membership/participation in all age ranges and practice settings. By utilizing social media, apps, and other tools, this affiliate has created an engaging way to publicize, promote, and plan affiliate conferences. Presenters will share strategies that can inspire others to break the traditional conference theme and create new networking opportunities and experiences for conference attendees in their own community.