i3: Inspiration--Innovation--Impact

What is 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!

i3 presentations will be presented for 25 minutes at a round table, while others present at the same time. Share your research and knowledge with other attendees in a low-pressure environment, conducive to discussion!

The Submission System has closed. Proposal notifications were sent out April 11th-please contact us at annualconf@aafcs.org with questions.

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Round 1: 10:05am-10:30am

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 Holly Kihm with contributions from Peggy Rolling

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, Aravian Louis, and Kendall Hall

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. 


CANCELLED: 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. 

Reflections on Say Yes to FCS Campaign in Middle Georgia

Presented by 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. 

Round 2: 10:35am-11:00am

Foundations of Human Ecology: An Innovative Class for Today's FCS College Student

Presented by Kari Morgan

This 8-week innovative course at Kansas State University allows students in the college to increase their knowledge of FCS and how the unique perspective of the field can be used to transform personal and professional practice.  The class is framed as an opportunity for students to tell the story of who they are.  Topics include:  mission (as a college, and as a discipline); history as a discipline (with a special focus on Kansas State unique history); experiences that can enhance their story (study abroad, undergraduate research); and work values and strengths. The students’ final stories are captured in a personal mission statement that serves as the final class project.


Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers' Role in Social Capital Accumulation

Presented by Sandra Duke and Jodi Gonzalez

Social capital correlates with improvement in academic achievement and the college-going propensity of minority youth. FCS provides an integrated context within multidisciplinary academic settings and incorporates technical skills with critical thinking through learner-centered, problem-based pedagogy. Four factors of social capital and their implications for teachers will be discussed. Additionally, several strategies will be presented that FCS teachers can employ to be proactive in helping all students accumulate social capital which will position students for post-secondary success and ensure the viability of secondary FCS programs.


Creative and Adaptable Experiential Learning:  Research Experiences in FCS

Presented by Carole Makela

FCS programs have been adding research courses and experiences consistent with the call for integration of high-impact educational practices (HIPs) in undergraduate curriculum.  Often, fear and boredom are perceptions when students hear the word “research.”  The presenter will share experiential learning activities that optimize and integrate research methodologies, FCS related content, data analysis, and dissemination of findings.  The collaborative assignments, projects, and intensive writing can be readily adapted for various audiences and can generate curiosity and interest among undergraduate students. 


#antiworksheet- Creative Ways to use technology in the FCS classroom

Presented by Elizabeth Austin

With so many schools going one to one and offering blended and cyber classes, educators are expected to use technology; however, many school districts offer professional development in general technology that FCS teachers do not know how to use or cannot apply to the FCS classroom. This session will not only share the technology, but also give ideas for lessons and topics (that address the standards) to make it user friendly for teachers to implement.  Various electronic resources useful in different areas of FCS will be shared.  Come learn something new and share your knowledge with others to create a shared bank of resources!


Experiential Learning: Using Interior Design to Build Connections and Foster Social Responsibility

Presented by Denise Bertoncino and Holly Page-Sagehorn

This session will share interior design projects that focus on service learning to build lasting connections with the community and foster social responsibility. The presentation will provide information on a variety of projects and their scope of work, including the different stages of the projects.  Special emphasis will be given to illustrating how these collaborations foster critical thinking and the synthesis of information, encourage teamwork between students and professionals within communities, and provide viable solutions for target groups. Each project deals with a different population group or topic and requires evidence-based research to develop an effective outcome.  From the projects, students gain a greater awareness of community issues and application of problem solving skills for future projects.

Social Media Technology & the Fashion Design Classroom

Presented by Amber Roth

Social media is utilized extensively for advertising and promotion in order to engage and build lasting relationships with consumers. Only recently have designers and product developers started using social media for creative design (e.g., crowdsourcing). This presentation explores how students can use social media not only for retailing functions but also at the beginning of the product development process with design and inspiration. Project assignments and examples of student work will be shared during the session.   Student evaluation and feedback will be provided. 

Tax Planning, Philanthropy, and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Presented by Barbara O’Neill, CFCS, CPFFE

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), passed in December 2017, is the most expansive change in U.S. tax law since the 1980s.  There are many implications for AAFCS members as taxpayers, employees, and donors to charitable organizations. This session will begin by discussing key features of U.S. tax law and the TCJA. It will then describe action steps that people can take to arrange their finances in response to the TCJA. The session will conclude with a discussion of tax-advantaged strategies for charitable gifting.

Body Appreciation Activities and the Importance of Self-compassion

Presented by Priscilla Gitimu and Abel Waithaka

Body appreciation has been defined as accepting, holding favorable opinions towards self, and respecting the body, while also rejecting media-promoted appearance ideals as the only form of human beauty. Self-compassion and its relationship to body appreciation shows promise as a point of intervention in assisting researchers and practitioners in understanding body image positivity among college women.   This session will provide a variety of activities that can be used in the classroom to teach about positive body image and share findings from a research study on self-compassion. 


When the Scales Tip: Effectively Managing Commitments to Reduce Burnout Risk

Presented by Hannah Upole

Professionals are built to succeed and lead.  As we grow more attached to our digital technologies, both in the workplace and at home, this adds just another layer to the tasks that a working professional must balance. However, just as professionals are determined to succeed, they also risk the reality of burnout.  To have a balanced life, FCS professional need to intentionally schedule time for themselves.  This interactive session will begin with an assessment of work-life balance and then offer an illustration of a balanced/unbalanced life.  Practical tips and techniques to improve time management skills will be shared. 


Ocean-To-Table Seafood Train the Trainer Program

Presented by Jacquelyn Ogden

Local food movements are encouraging consumers to learn more about the health, safety and sustainability of the food they eat.  This is especially true for Georgia seafood.  In response, the University of Georgia (UGA) Extension agent in Chatham County, UGA Marine Extension and GA Sea Grant collaborated and developed a train-the-trainer “Ocean to Table” seafood program designed to increase knowledge of Georgia seafood and the global seafood industry.  The “Ocean to Table” project was funded through the UGA Cooperative Extension Integrated, Impactful Extension Project Ideas Grant.  This collaboration expanded seafood education programs and public outreach to other parts of the state and to in-service training for FCS teachers.  Attend this session to learn more about this state and nationally recognized program. 


Check & Connect:  Engaging At-Risk Youth in Mentoring, After School Programs, and Parent/Community Partnerships

Presented by Joanne Bankston and Nancy Calix

Check & Connect is a part of the Children, Youth, and Families At-Risk (CYFAR) program supported by USDA-NIFA.  Three universities are involved in this multi-state project to address educational disparities for children and youth at-risk focusing on middle school age children.  The evidence-based intervention  ensures that young people have the resources and skills, educational, familial, and community support needed to be academically engaged and successful.  Youth are enrolled in a program that exposes them to small group mentoring; afterschool educational monitoring and creative activities; and engagement of parents, siblings, and community. 


Connecting Concepts to Career: Using Simulations in Fashion Merchandising Courses

Presented by Kathleen Heiden

Do students connect what they learn in class to the skills they will need when they begin a career in the fashion merchandising industry?  Case simulations are great tools that provide fictional opportunities with many real-world counterparts.  The simulations allow students to connect course concepts to career opportunities. Attend the session to learn how case simulations that incorporate Adobe design software can be used for product development, visual merchandising and store design, and wholesaling and entrepreneurship.


Creating an Interactive Early Childhood Care and Services Pathway Program of Study

Presented by Denise Bodart

This session will share online sources, best practices, resources and ideas for creating a more interactive and hands-on Program of Study in Early Childhood Education.  Presenters will discuss the need for ECE Pathway Programs and how to begin building out needed courses using a variety of related standards.    Participants will receive lesson ideas/activities that they can use in their courses to make programs more hands-on and teach transferable career skills which students can use in related occupations.


Inspiring Say Yes to FCS State Action Team Leadership

Presented by Karen Bergh and Deborah  Handy

State Action Teams are forming to recruit FCS Educators and support FCS programs. State teams provide an effective means for reaching the educator recruitment goals. This interactive roundtable provides a valuable opportunity to learn how to organize, focus, and carry out the efforts of state action teams.  Network with others to gather innovative strategies and resources and share successful practices for establishing partnerships and recruiting future educators.  The session will share ideas for measuring the success of state efforts.  Attendees will leave this session with a list of potential partners, goals and assessment ideas, and confidence to move recruitment activities forward!


What Works:  What Affiliate Leaders Want to Know

Presented by Duane Whitbeck

The AAFCS Diversity Committee sought input from affiliate leaders regarding effective strategies for programming, involving and reaching members.  This session will share results of the survey and also provide an opportunity for input from attendees.  The final outcome will help affiliate leaders build their affiliate programming and reach out to current and prospective members.  Specific strategies for reaching members in rural areas and engaging college students and new professionals will be shared. 

Round 3: 11:05am-11:30am

Finding Home in FCS for Innovative Multidisciplinary University-Wide Global Engagement Minor

Presented by Sharleen Kato

An innovative new multidisciplinary Global Engagement Minor (GEM) will be housed in and administered by the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Department at Seattle Pacific University beginning next year. The establishment of a GEM is a strategic move to globalize the university-wide curriculum across all majors and schools while integrating study abroad or other international experiences. The goal is to prepare students for success in a global economy, but more importantly, for lives of compassionate service that reflect the vision and commitment to global and cultural engagement, reconciliation, and human flourishing.  This session outlines how and why FCS took the lead in promoting globalization of university-wide curriculum and how such leadership can sustain and nourish programs in the future.



Nutrition Education and Physical Activity Intervention Strategies
Presented by LaPorchia Davis, Lurline Whittaker, Duvon Winborne, and Diana Sekayi

A significant portion of the US population is categorized as obese. This study investigates techniques to educate parents/children that positively impact Body Mass Index (BMI), and includes nutrition workshops that inform and empower parents to make better food and eating choices for the improvement of children’s health, while honoring cultural preferences.

CANCELLED: Connecting Pre-Service FCS Teachers to In-Service FCS Teachers

Presented by Carol Erwin and Toni Wiese

Providing experiences for pre-service teachers to connect with in-service teachers gives them a chance to network with future colleagues, as well as become more prepared for the realities of the job as 6-12 FCS teachers.  Strategies used at Wayne State College in Nebraska will be shared.  The session will conclude with brainstorming ideas and opportunities involving FCCLA, Department of Education updates, and regional meetings. 


Publishing Research: Understanding Metrics and Journal Importance

Presented by Amy Harden and Alice Spangler

During this session, an overview of metrics used to gauge prestige and impact of professional journals will be discussed.  This discussion will include the metrics for consideration when selecting a journal and submitting a manuscript.  An extensive list of journals representing the broad scope of FCS content will be shared.  Specific metrics include impact factor, 5-year impact factor, H-index, and SJR quartiles.  In addition, information about individual author metrics will be introduced.    Participants will have an opportunity to share their experiences with journal metrics and provide tips for use and interpretation.


CANVAS in the FCS Classroom

Presented by Erin McGrath 

CANVAS, a learning management system, allows students and teachers to communicate freely in real time.  Assessments, group discussions, projects, and videos can all be uploaded to the site for easy access.  Many other tools and functionality are available for educators to increase student engagement.  CANVAS has already surfaced through K-12 education and will continue to grow as more technology is integrated into our classrooms and curriculum.  The presenter will provide an overview of the system and share examples of how CANVAS can be utilized in the FCS classroom. 


Making Experiential Learning a True Learning Experience

Presented by Kristie Storms

This session will explore the PERT model or approach to experiential learning.  This model involves pre-reflection, participation in the experience, reflection on the experience, and then discussion of how the experience can be applied in or transferred to their lives.  The session will include examples of how the model has been used in FCS secondary and post-secondary programs.  The presenter will share outcomes from her classroom, including community partnerships and memorable student experiences.  Additionally, attendees will receive resources for implementation of experiential learning projects into their own classes. 


Family and Consumer Sciences Activities for our Planet's Future

Presented by Carole Makela

By mid-century, the world will be home to nearly 10 billion people.  This number is nearly 2 billion more than today’s population.  All of these people will be trying to satisfy their needs for food, shelter, employment, energy, and health.  In 'thinking globally and acting locally', this session will present hands-on activities examining resource use in different countries.  The activities focus on the roles individuals and families play to conserve resources, consume less, and be conscientious global citizens.  Lesson plans will be shared by the presenter. 


Playing the Medicare Game

Presented by Ida Marie Snorteland, CFCS-Retired

For many, Medicare can be difficult to understand.  Family and Consumer Sciences can have a major impact on individuals turning 65, as they need to enroll in Medicare or if they have been on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for 24 months.  FCS professionals can help individuals understand all aspects of Medicare.  This session will provide an explanation of what Medicare is and define the coverages of Part A, B, C,  and D.  Enrollment steps, timeline, and costs will be explained.  The presenter will describe coverage options and Medicare rights. 


Mental Health Concerns Among College Students

Presented by Sherry Bachus

Mental disorders are prevalent among college students and these disorders appear to be increasing in number and severity.  Currently, there is a major concern to understand and to address behavioral, emotional and mental health problems among students.  Researchers have explored stressors which may lead to psychological problems and have found that colleges are still ill-equipped to deal with the mental healthcare needs of college students.  The session will review the research and identify the role that colleges can play in creating best practices to effectively address mental health issues among college students. 


The Art of Negotiation: Building a Professional Toolkit for Women

Presented by Lisa LeBleu and Teresa Collard

Negotiation has typically been viewed as a masculine skill.  However, women need to develop and hone their negotiation skills in order to ensure that they have equitable standing in financial and professional endeavors.  This interactive session will address the most important negotiation skills:  establishing connection, listening, use of verbal and nonverbal skills, and knowledge of situation. Developing confidence and preparing women to be strong and successful in negotiations is the primary focus of this session.

Examining the Hottest New Global Food Trend:  Culinary Tourism

Presented by Lisa Brooks

This engaging session will explore one of the hottest new food trends in the hospitality and tourism industry, culinary tourism.  Attendees will learn how the hospitality and tourism industry defines culinary tourism and examine some of the most popular culinary tourism destinations in the world.  The impact and popularity of culinary tourism will be explored.  Attendees will examine practical applications of culinary tourism by examining effective ways to attract culinary tourists.  Additional resources on culinary tourism will be provided. 


Clayton Fresh: Growing Real Awareness with Clayton Youth

Presented by Rebecca Hardeman

The nutrition habits formed, decisions made, and knowledge gained during childhood can have a significant impact on future health.  The Clayton Fresh mobile market and youth programs work to address poor diets, inactivity, knowledge of foods and where they come from, and also access to fruits and vegetables.  The direct objectives of Clayton Fresh programs are to disseminate research-based information about the importance of a balanced diet, challenging youth to try new foods, and exposing the urban youth population to Georgia’s rich agricultural existence.  The program’s focus areas are the Pizza Farm, the school-based curriculum, the summer programming, and the special events/workshops. 


Photogrammetry for Clothing Application:  Challenging Fabric Surfaces

Presented by Jinhee Nam, Victoria Shamel, and Diana Saiki

Photogrammetry takes multiple 2D still images from different views, tracks their overlapping areas, and reconstructs 3D digital images.  It has been used widely for mapping of geographic features, buildings, architecture, and museum artifacts.  3D body scanning has been used to be an important tool for the fashion industry and research fields. This session will describe how photogrammetry, a vision-based 3D restructuring technology, can be used in the apparel and textiles field.  The use of photogrammetry has many potential possibilities as an alternative cost-effective method for the apparel and textiles industry to use in sizing, fit, and 3D modeling.  Results from a pilot study will be shared. 


Employer-Supported Career Prep Workshops for Students

Presented by Barbara Stewart, Marcella Norwood, and Shirley Ezell

Student placement and career success are major objectives of FCS programs. This session shares a two-part sequence of employer-supported career preparation workshops. Session participants are encouraged to consider how this sequence can be applied in their setting. The first part of the sequence includes workshops, such as Dress for Success, Resume Writing, Interviewing Techniques, and Executive Table Talks. The second part of the sequence, two weeks later, includes a keynote speaker/panel and fast-paced actual interviews for internships, part-time jobs, and career positions.  Employers are involved throughout the workshops.


Universities Partner to Deliver FCS ED Certification Courses

Presented by Jan Bowers and Jane Walker

As part of the National Partnership to Recruit, Prepare, and Support FCS Educators, universities are collaborating to offer online courses for FCS educator certification.  During this session, institutions can learn how they can contribute courses for the online bank.  Potential students can learn how to access courses from the online bank to meet their licensure needs.  This collaborative effort is a national example of a way to share online courses, faculty and students with other institutions.  This session will answer questions and help recruit institutional partners and students.


Fundraising Tips and Strategies for Affiliates

Presented by Jessica Macelle Parks

This session will highlight a fundraising campaign used in the Georgia affiliate to generate student scholarships.  Specifically, the goal was to generate $500 scholarships for 5 students for the next 5 years.  Strategies and tips learned from the affiliate’s successful efforts will be shared. 

Round 4: 11:35am-12:00pm

Alumni Inspiration and Innovation:  Success Stories from the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA)

Presented by Nicole Graves, Karen Alexander, Barbara Allison, Karen Bergh, Mari Borr, Debra DeBates, Bree Devlin, and Sheree Moser

GPIDEA is a consortium of universities offering fully online, flexible and affordable Masters Degrees for a virtual community of individuals from diverse backgrounds.  Join the GPIDEA Family & Consumer Sciences Education faculty to learn how they are collaborating with alumni to promote the FCS profession.  Success stories of GPIDEA alumni working to advance the profession will be shared.  Find out how the digital learners and program graduates are utilizing technology to help recruit the next generation of FCS professionals.


Using a Unified System for FCS Program Assessment

Presented by Barbara Stewart, Susan Miertschin, and Carole Goodson

In this session, a coordinated system for program assessment will be outlined that enables a continuous program improvement and accountability loop. The roles of collaborators and stakeholders, steps in the process, outcomes, and actions will be explained. The results of the assessment process across fifteen years of application will be shared. Session participants will apply the assessment system to their individual circumstances to inform improvement of program quality.


Getting Published and Providing Input: Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences

Presented by Scott Hall

Publishing quality articles in a national journal helps authors magnify their impact.  The presentation will help authors know how to effectively communicate the importance and applicability of their scholarship. The editor of the Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences will inform potential authors about common issues that lessen their chance of publication in the JFCS.  The session will give attendees an opportunity to talk about the journal and offer suggestions for future improvements.  Attendees can share project and research ideas for potential publication and dissemination. 


Nearpod:  Using Technology to Engage and Monitor Learning

Presented by Jane Opiri and Otundo Joseph

Technology has become part of everyday life, and teachers can use this technology to engage learners during classroom instruction.   Nearpod is a free app that educators can use on tablets to manage content on students’ mobile devices.  Nearpod can help teachers move learners from simple recall of facts to creativity, collaboration, creative thinking and problem solving.  Nearpod can also be used to assess student progress and comprehension of the lesson immediately and vary instruction to address the situation immediately.  This session will demonstrate the use of Nearpod in the FCS classroom.


Breakaway From The Binary: Gender Inclusion in the Classroom

Presented by Shannon Sheldon

Navigating the new cultural landscape can be challenging, especially with regards to gender non-conforming (non-binary) students. Learn to recognize how traditional language and norms exclude students and how to modify procedures, lessons and language to include ALL students, regardless of gender identity.


Strategically Using Technology for Active Learning Engagement

Presented by Virginia Rolling

This session is geared towards promoting student cell phone and laptop usage in the classroom to create a dynamic active learning environment that maximizes student engagement. This strategy intentionally uses technology tools that students use everyday to make a greater impact on their learning experience. Based upon positive student feedback, this strategy promotes student engagement as well as an enthusiasm for learning.


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.


Mental Health Issues Impacting the Lives of Children and Families

Presented by Ruth Ann Ball, Shawnee Hendershott, Chandra DeRamus, Marna Farris, and Martha Herndon

The FRHD Community shares information and encourages conversation related to mental health issues facing families and children in our society. Resources, research and strategies for inclusion in high school and college classes will be shared as well as information about requirements needed to obtain an infant mental health endorsement.


LEAN IN: Building Strong Interpersonal Relationships

Presented by Lisa LeBleu and Teresa Collard

With the rise of technology, including social media and gaming, the world is experiencing a shift from face-to-face communication as the primary mode of communication to electronic means.  With this shift comes a degeneration of common interpersonal skills. Given this degeneration, this interactive session will address and involve the audience in demonstrating key skills for building and sustaining interpersonal relationships.  LEAN IN teaches key skills to build and sustain healthy interpersonal relationships.


Managing a Culinary Classroom while Developing Student Leaders

Presented by Dawn Boyden

In this session, participants learn how to teach students to manage all of the processes of foods labs and empower students to run the classroom efficiently and effectively.  The presenter will share experiences in the culinary classroom that provides students with leadership opportunities and work-based learning skills through catering events.


Extending the Classroom:  Strategies and Benefits for Community Service

Presented by Lori Littleton

This session will address community service as an extension of classroom activities in family and consumer sciences at the college level.  Specifically, the session will address potential areas for community service, the role of community service in building communication skills for pre-professionals, and students' perceived growth and learning experiences from community service. 


Collaboration of 3D Technology and Fashion Innovations

Presented by LaPorchia Davis, Lombuso Khoza, Joel Tomlinson, and Najma Jamaludeen

Learn about a project where students designed and produced a sustainable 3D accessory prototype.  Faculty collaborated to advance students’ design skills in mass manufacturing in the fashion industry. Results were compiled from end-of-course surveys.  This research was focused on (a) having students rethink and develop their own sustainable accessory line (b) providing students with real-world fashion accessory applications and (c) increasing students’ understanding of computer-aided methods of design through 3D modeling, shapes and figures.


Teaching Latina Adults to Become Entrepreneurs

Presented by Surine Greenway and Jackie Amende

Attendees will learn how an online entrepreneurship program was adapted to implement bilingual face-to-face workshops for adult Latina participants. Marketing methods, workshop structure, program materials, and evaluation data will be shared during the session. Presenters will also provide information on crucial elements of the successful structuring of the program, which includes community partnerships and hosting events at culturally-relevant and trusted sites.  This session highlights these innovative strategies and community partnerships.  


The FACS of LIFE Game: a Say YES to FCS Recruitment Strategy

Presented by Laura Van Waardhuizen

With the educator shortage, many FCS programs are challenged to recruit students into the field.  Normally, recruitment is done by explaining an FCS program and detailing the curriculum or coursework.  However, with Generation Y students, a more intimate and engaging marketing tool is needed.  This session will share a game developed by FCS Education students.  In the beginning of the game, students choose to become an FCS teacher or start as an industry professional and then enter the teaching profession.  During the session, attendees will be able to beta test the FCS Trivia board game for use as a recruitment tool with high school students and inspire them to "Say YES to FCS".

Social Media and Advocacy: Getting Results

Presented by  Sharon Hoelscher Day

Advocacy depends on getting the right message to the right people. Social media is one of the least expensive and more successful advocacy strategies/platform.   Attend this session to learn how to tell your story with images, concise wording, memes, hashtags, online tools through social media platforms. Collaborating with other colleagues and partners with a coordinated message can make a bigger splash and greater impact.  Several hashtags, memes, and images related to advocacy will be shared.