Educational Sessions

Learn more about this year's Educational Sessions!

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Friday, June 26th, 8:30am-4:00pm

Pre-Conference Workshop: Preparing an Accreditation Self-Study Report (Complimentary with Full or One-Day registration purchase; must sign up with registration)
Presented by Frances Andrews, CFCS; Ani Yazedjian; Lizabeth Self Mullens, CFCS; and Carol L. Anderson, 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. The updated standards and related forms and matrices will be high priority. This hands-on workshop provides TIPS for preparing a report, handouts with examples from Unit's having experienced the process, sample program assessment ideas, and student learning plans are included in the experience. A "fair" finds Units that have successfully completed the process sharing their insight and wisdom as they navigated the experience. An overview of a site visit highlights what occurs after a site visit is approved. A must attend workshop for Units anticipating AAFCS accreditation.

Friday, June 26th, 1:30pm-3:30pm

Pre-Conference Workshop: Make and Take Workshop: Design and Technology with Die-Cutting (Complimentary with Full or One-Day registration purchase; must sign up with registration; limited to 40 participants)
Presented by Christina DeSimone, Ann Schuchart, and Ashley Macejka
Die-cutting machines are revolutionizing project-based learning and offering exciting ways to integrate 21st Century STEAM skills into the FCS classroom. In this "make and take" pre-conference workshop, participants will develop new skills and strategies for integrating technology and design principles into their existing programs with popular die-cutting machines. Participants should bring a Windows or Mac laptop to this Make-and-Take session. Registration will be limited to 40 participants.

Saturday, June 27th, 11:30am-12:30pm

Recipe Workshop: Build Safety Instructions Into Favorite Recipes, Sponsored by the Partnership for Food Safety Education

We will show you how to use the Safe Recipe Style Guide to build basic food safety prompts into your recipes.  The inclusion of safe handling instructions in recipes is shown in published research to result in significant improvement in consumer compliance with hand washing and use of food thermometers. Join us to learn more about the power of safe recipes for good health.  Bring one or two of your favorite recipes to the workshop and go home with a revised - and safe - recipe!

Saturday, June 27th, 1:45pm-2:45pm

      Using Active Learning to Escape Student Boredom
Presented by Krystle Gremaud, Melissa Abner, and Erica Spurgeon
Escape rooms are all the rage these days. Creating breakout activities modeled after the escape room concept can be a fun and active learning strategy to use in your classroom. In this session, learn how to build breakout activities using online tools that are FREE! Presenters will show you examples of breakout activities used in their classes and will help you get started building your own digital breakout activity!

      Smart Strategies for Financially Savvy Youth
Presented by Leslie Jones
Achieving financial well-being as an adult is about more than how much money you make or whether you're able to do your taxes, balance your checkbook, or pay your bills. It's about having control over your money and being able to make choices that allow you to enjoy life. In this session, review financial literacy activities that you can incorporate in your classroom and find ideas to share with your colleagues. The CFPB offers a variety of teaching resources online that make it easy to incorporate financial literacy into activities to teach middle or high school students the skills they need to understand personal finance and assess how well they have attained the building blocks of youth financial capability—no matter what subject you teach.

      Taking Action to RECRUIT FCS Educators
Part of the National Partnership - FCS Education. More information coming soon! 

      Empowering Youth to Make Effective Change
Presented by Misty Harmon
The opioid crisis has ravaged many parts of the U.S., and Ohio has led the nation in opioid overdoses and is one of the top states for opioid-related deaths. Mental health issues continue to impact communities' and individuals' ability to succeed. Many people use substances to self-medicate for underlying mental health issues. As drugs continue to devastate communities and families and people struggle with mental health issues, there are many opportunities for youth to make meaningful change. The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio recognized the opportunity to give youth a voice in helping to improve their communities and counties related to substance use or mental health. Through a partnership with Perry Behavioral Health Choices, Perry County Ohio State University Extension applied for and received a youth-led prevention grant through the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio to establish a youth-led prevention coalition. In this session, we'll discuss the training applicants went through, the plans developed, and how they are being implemented.

      Igniting Interest in Tomorrow's Innovators: Bringing Technology and Electronics Into the Textiles Classroom

Presented by Andrea Schmutz
Gain insight into the advantages of incorporating STEM activities into your Family and Consumer Sciences curriculum through the use of electronic textiles. Participants will examine the role of e-textiles as an innovative opportunity to break down traditional barriers and ignite interest in FCS skills among today's digitally-oriented teenagers. Using conductive thread, LED lights, and coin cell batteries, create an e-textiles project that can be replicated in the classroom or after-school program.

      Enhancing the Discipline-Based Reading Outcomes for Family and Consumer Sciences Undergraduates

Presented by Jacqueline Holland, CFCS-HDFS and Cassandra Dickerson
Project EDBRO, Enhancing the Discipline-Based Reading Outcomes for Family and Consumer Sciences undergraduates, was a pilot study that addressed the need to support content based reading skills acquisition for college students. Learn more about the program and the study's results at this session.

      Measuring the Success of Work-Based Learning Experiences in Family and Consumer Sciences
Presented by Cindy Miller, CFCS, CPFFE
How can FCS programs measure and document employability skills and other career-ready knowledge students obtain from work-based learning experiences? Measuring student learning while participating in work-based learning experiences gives FCS students an opportunity to reflect on their work-based learning experiences and connect the knowledge and skills they've learned in the FCS program to their future career goals. Participants will learn how they can use the data to improve the quality of work-based learning experiences for all FCS students. Numerous online resources will also be utilized during the session.

       Converging Academic & Social Communities: Applying a Human Sciences Lens to Peer Mentoring for Student Success
Presented by Brittany Fish, CFCS
Retention and graduation rates are at the forefront of institutional agendas across the nation in order to improve the lives of families and meet the needs of a demanding economic market. Certain educational initiatives in Texas, such as the 60x30 plan, are pushing institutions to evaluate student retention in order to identify needs and implement programming to address persistence. One programming method to assist students in persisting while enrolled in college is the use of peer mentors. As peer mentoring has evolved to a modern stage from the emergence of new perspectives on learning, the focus has shifted from an individual to social process. By utilizing a human sciences perspective, education agencies can implement an intervention model that provides academic coaching, mentorship and service to students as an attempt to address concerns of belonging and academic performance within their systems. In this session, participants will develop an understanding of how to structure a successful peer mentor program for their own agencies; how to recruit, select, and train peer mentors; how to strategically advertise and recruit mentees; and how to develop stakeholder buy-in for sustaining a program that addresses the holistic, humanistic experience of the mentees.

      AAFCS Certification: A Powerful Tool
Presented by Gregg McCullough, CFCS and Lois Lewis, CFCS, CPFFE
AAFCS Certification credentials are a rich tool for FCS professionals to include in their portfolios. Find out more about credentials through personal testimonials and details on the program.

     FCS Engagement=Excitement, Energy & Empowerment
Presented by Marilyn Swierk, CFCS-Retired
An award-winning national and international author, speaker and consultant will illustrate quick tips on exciting ways to become engaged in FCS. Tools and strategies to strengthen and market both the profession and the professional will be shared. Attendee sharing will be encouraged. The end result will energize and empower you and our profession!

Saturday, June 27th, 3:00pm-4:00pm

      Baking Ingredient Myths and Sciences
Presented by Sharon Davis and Courtney Gaine
The mythic media buzz around baking sweeteners, flours and fats is huge. Consumers spend hard-earned resources unnecessarily, based on food fears, new label terms and misconceptions. These ingredient myths and misconceptions fuel unnecessarily expensive purchases or dieting trends for both finances and health. Currently, a top reason people bake is to control the ingredients they use and to produce a product that is "clean label." They strive for highly personalized options. Baked goods that are vegan, vegetarian, whole grain, ancient grain, gluten-free, non-GMO, organic and many more options. FCS educators have long assisted consumers in sorting out food and nutrition myths with reliable research and sources. Field to oven, this session will walk through top trends and myths about grain flours, sugar and other sweeteners, and fats used in baking. Social media has complicated consumer education, but also provides platforms for us to use too. Non-profit Home Baking Association, its staff, members and partners have current research and resources to share with FCS educators to assist with baking ingredient definitions, terms and substitutions based on agricultural, nutritional and food science research.

      Helping Low and Moderate Income Families with Their Finances: A Toolkit for FCS Educators
Presented by Barbara M. O'Neill, CFCS, CPFFE
This workshop will help participants understand the mindset and financial challenges of low and moderate income (LMI) learners to be better able to assist them. You'll learn about differences and commonalities between upper income and LMI clients. From there, the presenters will share information about an asset-building continuum; connections between health, personal finances, and stress; common characteristics of LMI clients; ten tips for working with LMI clients; and available financial education resources.

      Taking Action to PREPARE FCS Educators
Part of the National Partnership for FCS Education—more information coming soon. 

      Charting a Course to Navigate a Brand New World—Working with Generation Z!

Presented by Karen Alexander, CFCS; Twyla Hough; Corree Perez, CFCS; Dylan Hinkle; Shawnte Clawson; and Jamie Molina
Gen Z—the generation that follows Millennials—is different than any other generation before them. They are our current students, entry-level professionals, and organization members. Parented by Gen Y, Xers, and sometimes Boomers, this is a unique group of individuals. A map to navigate the current generation will be presented by individuals examining and working with this generation. Attendees will engage in interactive discussions with colleagues to chart a course to address the needs of Gen Z.

      Addressing the Housing Shortage: Do Innovative Approaches Address Individual and Family Needs?

 Presented by Diane Klemme, CFCS
An overview of the United States and global housing shortage, innovative approaches to address needs, and how approaches address the human, economic and environmental systems as it relates to sustainable development and individual/family well-being.

      Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal Best Papers in 2019

Authors of the Best Papers published in FCSRJ during 2019 will present summaries of their research. Also, the Emerging Scholar Award and the Outstanding Paper Award will speak. 

Beyond Talk: Active Classroom Strategies to Address Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Global Issues

Presented by Sharleen Kato, CFCS-HDFS and Raedene Copeland
As the world changes around them, teachers look for ways to adapt to and engage with their students. In this process, teachers strive to develop cultural competence—self-awareness about one's cultural identity and attitudes or views about human differences. In this workshop, participants will gain practical skills in creating classroom environments that are free of stereotyping, prejudice, favoritism, or racism. Case studies, discussion questions, digital resources, and other practical classroom methodologies will be shared.

      Support and Highlight Your Program: Apply for Teacher of the Year
Presented by Dawn Boyden, CNWE; Heather Jones, CFCS; Robin Brenner, CFCS; and Bethany Scherpf, CNWE
A panel of Affiliate and former AAFCS Teachers of Year will present their experiences with the application process and why being a Teacher of the Year is a valuable credential and is a stepping stone to more active leadership in the association. Guidance will be provided on how to maneuver through the application and promote the value for affiliate leaders to shape their own application to align with the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences award application.

      Building Upon the Leadership Outcomes & Successes of the AAFCS Leadership Academies, 2013-2019
Presented by Barbara Stewart; Elizabeth Coots; Janet Holden,  CFCS, and Nina Roofe, CNWE
Session participants can weigh the value of engaging with the AAFCS Leadership Academy (LA) to develop leadership capabilities as preparation for leadership roles within AAFCS or FCS professional practice settings. Research outcomes of the 2013-2019 AAFCS Leadership Academies will demonstrate increases in leadership roles. An interactive Q&A format will describe the Leadership Academy, while testimonials of former LA participants will guide session participants to prepare to join the 2021 Leadership Academy as members or mentors.

Saturday, June 27th, 4:15pm-5:15pm

      Building the Foundation for Early Childhood Education
Presented by Marie Economos and Heather Riester
At this session, learn how to build the foundations of learning with Developmentally Appropriate Practice in your early childhood classroom. Learn core considerations, guiding principles, effective teaching, strategies and learning environments that support developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood education.

      The Value of MoneySKILL® in Your Classroom

Presented by Rhonda Ashburn, CFCS; Barbara O'Neill, CFCS, CPFFE; and Olivia DiBiase
The AFSA Education Foundation developed MoneySKILL® in 2002 as one of the first online personal finance curriculums. MoneySKILL® is designed to educate youth about money management fundamentals and provide them with the skills and knowledge necessary to make sound financial decisions. In this presentation, we will demonstrate how to incorporate the free MoneySKILL® curriculum into your classroom and share recent impact evaluation results.

      Advocacy Tools, Tips and Techniques to Gain Support for FCS Education Programs

Presented by Peggy Wild, CFCS; Sandy Spavone; Mari Borr; and Heather Jones, CFCS
Come to this session to learn more about the advocacy tool kit that has been developed collaboratively by advocacy leaders. Learn about the best practices and bright ideas included and explore ways to put the advocacy framework into practice.

      Let's Build Wealth One House at a Time

Presented by Cassandra Dickerson, Lisa Evans, Yolanda Hobbs, and Susan Kee
Baltimore has 30,000 vacant homes and lots, according to the Housing Authority of Baltimore City. These vacancies are concentrated in neighborhoods with low incomes and high proportions of households of color. The homeownership gap, central to the origin and current pervasiveness of the city's racial inequity, remains substantial, with 42% of Blacks owning their home compared with 60% for Whites. Panelists will equip participants with knowledge of home ownership opportunities through the purchase of vacant properties. Success stories within Baltimore City will be shared as a model for other cities. Participants will recognize ways to create safer, more stable neighborhoods through revitalization, thereby improving the quality of life for families.

      Food Science Trends and Innovations: From Farm to Fork
Presented by Janet Ward and Jodi Riedel
In this session, 21st century trends in eating patterns including gluten-free diets, organic products, changes in regulations over innovations in food production, and new methods of food delivery will be identified. This session will examine how these trends are impacting consumers; the advantages and concerns regarding biotechnology, GMOs, and nanotechnology; and innovations that are changing the future of farming. Identifying concerns regarding a safe, sustainable, and adequate food supply from Farm to Fork are designed to help educators prepare tomorrows consumers for the challenges ahead.

      Helping Professors Grow as they Teach and Advise Graduate Students
Presented by Sharon DeVaney, CFCS; Young-A Lee; Mari Borr; Sophia Anong; Alice Spangler, CFCS-Retired; and Melissa Wilmarth
A panel of Associate Editors for the Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal will present ideas for teaching and advising graduate students.

      More Than Just an Elective…Developing Curriculum that Meets Student, Community, and Societal Needs
Presented by Patricia Bellahrossi and Cara McMillin
Tired of being seen as an elective that students like to take to "fill" their schedule? Frustrated by having to argue with school administrators to justify why FCS is relevant and meets the needs of students? Discouraged by colleagues, community, and society thinking that FCS hasn't evolved beyond baking cookies and sewing aprons? This workshop will share tips and tricks for developing curriculum that meets the needs of all students, the community, and society. Resources for data, integrating "real world" problem-solving, rubric development, and identification of resources will be discussed. Learn strategies for presenting your program in a way that helps people understand how your curriculum is designed to help students improve their lives now and prepare them for the challenges of tomorrow.

      Student Unit 101: An Overview of the Student Unit and Opportunities
Presented by Joshua Eddinger-Lucero, CFCS; Landon Calderwood; Toni Wiese; Sadie Hooker; and Jake Connor
Have you ever wondered what the Student Unit is? What we do? The opportunities that are available as a member of the Student Unit? The wait is over! Join the 2019-2020 Student Unit Leadership Team as they provide an overview of the Student Unit and explain the benefits and opportunities that await. Learn more about the Student Unit and start your journey to #FCSsuccess!

      Integrating Leadership Soft Skills Into Your FCS Program
Presented by Denise Bodart
Young people in today's FCS programs will be the next generation of leaders in workplaces, communities and families. Genuine leadership opportunities support transition into adulthood, foster key workforce skills, instill character, and promote personal well-being. Learn how to help young people develop leadership skills and character by providing real-life scenarios for practice. Come away with activities, lessons and ideas for integrating leadership soft skills into your program.

Sunday, June 28th, 8:00am-9:00am

      Engaging Students Visually With Unforgettable Demonstrations
Presented by Mary Rapoport, CFCS
When it comes to culinary demonstrations, this one is tops, since each of the six recipes demonstrated comes with a costume change and online recipes to follow. Students become engaged as the presenter moves from one recipe to another, donning appropriate and clever outfits that make menu items memorable, while teaching preparation and presentation skills. The session is packed with fun ideas that'll put a fire under the most jaded students, and enliven the classroom for everyone. Presented by the Virginia Egg Council's Mary Rapoport, CFCS, who does TV presentations on a weekly basis all over Virginia.

      When Helpful Becomes Harmful: The Implications for FCS of Opioids, Vaping and Other "New" Addictions, Part 1
Presented by Marilyn Swierk, CFCS-Retired; Ida Marie Snorteland, CFCS-Retired; Shawnee Hendershot; and Lorna Wounded Head, CFCS, CPFFE
Year two of the "Families in Crisis: the Role of FCS in Promoting Wellness" series will focus on the role FCS can play in addressing the curent crises of opioids, vaping, and other "new" addictions, which are growing at tan alarming rate and affecting individuals of all ages, along with their families and communities. Background information, research, low- or no-cost resources, and professional development ideas will be provided to enhance our expertise and skills both professionally and personally to assist in helping to address this frightening and sometimes life-threatening situation. Part one of a two-part presentation.

      Taking Action to SUPPORT FCS Educators
This session is part of the National Partnership for FCS. More information coming soon!   

      Advocacy: Change the World by Leading the Way
Presented by Duane Whitbeck
Advocacy is critical at the grassroots level. Through a step-by-step process, everyone can make a difference! The subject of each individual's advocacy effort can be highly personal, and there are things to be done to promote the profession at every level. Developing advocacy skills can help in develping leadership skills and change your corner of the world. Participants will be able to follow the steps outlined to develop their own advocacy effort while we also work on the larger effort as a profession, and build off of the successes of others.

      Work and Work-Based Learning Programs are a Gift—Remove the Gift Wrap 
Presented by Louise Tallent, CFCS
This session will offer participants information about how a Work-Based Learning Program can grow and develop over a three-year period and double its enrollment. Family and Consumer Science professionals will learn about the dos and don'ts of adding a Work-Based Learning program on a high school course selection guide. We will share practical suggestions on how to assist students in creating their lifelong career pathway tool of a portfolio, how to earn State Governor-sponsored Work Ethic Certificates, and how to develop accountability and employability skills. Also provided will be information about what Work-Based Learning Programs can do for the school community at large, and the positive impact such programming has on students.

      Twenty Financial Planning Tips for Lifelong Professionals
Presented by Donna Graham and Barbara O'Neill, CFCS, CPFFE
At no other time in life do people have more complex financial decisions to make than their 60s through 90s. This workshop will discuss common later-life financial decisions and provide financial planning tips for AAFCS' longtime members. Topics to be covered include required minimum distributions, estate planning, long-term care, investments, income tax planning, retirement "paychecks," untitled property transfer, tax-advantaged gifting, and philanthropy. Resource materials will also be shared.

      Why and How New Generations Bake and Apply Baking Food Safety in Homes, Communities, and Careers
Presented by Sharon Davis, Chris Clark, and Charlene Patton
Non-profit Home Baking Association's (HBA) 2019 national Mintel consumer baking research provides FCS educators insight into how young consumers learn to bake, why they are baking and how practices compare with HBA's 2010 study. Connections with food and culinary standards and CTE pathways for baking sciences, technologies, engineering, art and math (STEAM) application and resources will be provided for in- or out-of-school classrooms, community, family and culinary content. Intersecting with the Mintel study, HBA will review the impact of flour recalls and connect FCS educators with member and partner science, best practices and most current resources for baking food safety education to support classrooms, labs and culinary safe food handling. HBA speakers will provide 2019 Mintel research, North American Millers, HBA and Partnership for Food Safety Education baking food safety best practices, teaching strategies and resources for extension, FCS and CTE.

      We Did It! Our Legislation Supporting FCS was Passed in New Mexico!
Presented by Linda K. Hansen, Leesa Trapp, and Janie Blais
In New Mexico, many Family and Consumer Sciences programs have been dropped due to lack of funding. In this session, we will describe the steps we took to get Senate Joint Memorial 3 passed in both Houses to require the NM Public Education Department to research methods to bring back Family and Consumer Sciences to the Middle School level. We will describe the process we went through and the verbiage we used to gain support! We will also share information about our follow-up meetings and what we are accomplishing through our meetings with the PED and with Industry.

      Diversity Matters
Presented by Jacqueline Holland, CFCS-HDFS
The session will explore trends and best practices for diversity and inclusion within professional practice and organizational settings. Diversity and inclusion supports two core values of AAFCS, which are to "embrace diversity and value all people" and "see new ideas and initiatives and embrace change."

      Collegiate Assembly Business Meeting and Program: Bringing All the Assessment Data Together
Presented by Brenda Martin and Donna W. Bell
Advance the mission, priorities, and goals of the Unit by collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and integrating data. The university, college, department, and programs are collecting data to inform decisions. How can data from all of these different sources be blended to create an overall picture that truly contributes to moving the Unit forward?

Sunday, June 28th, 9:15am-10:15am

      That's a Good Question
Presented by  Susan Turgeson, CFCS
When someone says, "that's a good question", what they are really saying is "your inquiry will require a more complex response and I need to carefully consider how I respond". As educators, we need to help students become more aware of their own thinking processes in order to deepen learning. Developing your own questioning skills will increase student engagement and improve discussions. Why does this topic seem important to you? How could this topic relate to other aspects of your life? There are always more questions than answers!

      When Helpful Becomes Harmful: The Implications for FCS of Opioids, Vaping and Other "New" Addictions, Part 2
Presented by Marilyn Swierk, CFCS-Retired; Ida Marie Snorteland, CFCS-Retired; Shawnee Hendershot; and Lorna Wounded Head, CFCS, CPFFE 
Year two of the "Families in Crisis: the Role of FCS in Promoting Wellness" series will focus on the role FCS can play in addressing the curent crises of opioids, vaping, and other "new" addictions, which are growing at tan alarming rate and affecting individuals of all ages, along with their families and communities. Background information, research, low- or no-cost resources, and professional development ideas will be provided to enhance our expertise and skills both professionally and personally to assist in helping to address this frightening and sometimes life-threatening situation. Part two of a two-part presentation.

      Struggling Student Teachers: Interventions for Support & Success
Presented by Sheree Moser
This study was conducted by following a struggling student teacher within a Family and Consumer Sciences education program, as work to complete the Carnegie Program for the Educational Doctorate. Information about the issues faced by college students who are struggling, as well as this particular case, will be shared along with similarities to students in other programs and interventions that are helping them succeed in teacher education programs.

      For the Greater Good: A Collaborative Effort to Improve Community Health

Healthy for Life® 20 By 20 Initiative Sub-grantees
The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences was proud to be the implementation partner for the Healthy for Life® 20 By 20 community nutrition program, an initiative led by Aramark and the American Heart Association. At this session, hear an overview from sub-grantees on how each of their projects provided food discovery experiences and nutrition education to underserved community members.

Healthy for Life® 20 By 20 Initiative Sub-grantees:

  • Live Well Geary County (Kansas); Project Leader: Debra Andres
  • Oklahoma Association of Family and Consumer Sciences; Project Leader, Ruth Ann Ball
  • East Carolina University (North Carolina); Project Leader: Bernice Dodor
  • Fort Valley State University Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (Georgia); Project Leader, Francine H. Hollis
  • University of Central Arkansas; Project Leader: Nina Roofe, CNWE

      Breaking Out of Financial Ruin!
Presented by Ann Schuchart, Mia Russell, and Crystal Terhune
"Escape Rooms" and "Breakouts" are popular experiences—and they add to ideas for "gamifying" classrooms and engaging students in learning! Based on BreakoutEdu boxes, "BREAKING OUT of Financial Ruin!" offers lessons that boost learners' capacity for financial wellness. We'll introduce BreakoutEdu boxes, share tips for making affordable kits, and highlight resources to build foundations of financial literacy. You'll even experience a "Breakout," and see how it applies to your work!

      Oh the Places We Will Go! What's Trending in 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 to stimulate economic and community development.

      Early Independence and the Transition to College Among Homeless and Foster Youth
Presented by Diann Moorman, Kim Skobba, and David Meyers
Only a small portion of young adults who have been homeless or in foster care succeed in earning a college degree. For these youth, the transition into adulthood often occurs during late childhood due to the need for self-sufficiency and adult-level responsibilities. The purpose of our research is to explore how experiences in late childhood shape experiences and skills used in college. Our study suggests that early responsibilities and the development of self-reliance skills can serve as both an asset and a hindrance for students who have been homeless or in foster care in high school.

      Affiliate Bylaws: How Your Vision Can Lead to Success!
Presented by Nicholas Zimmerman, CFCS and Bev Card, CFCS
Come and join a young and a seasoned Family and Consumer Science professional as you learn how their visions connected to lead the Virginia Affiliate to bylaw success. Bring your affiliate bylaws, listen and learn. You will leave energized and prepared to lead your affiliate in streamlining its bylaws. Your vision will lead to success! 

      Assembly of Higher Education and Community of Colleges, Universities, and Research Business Meeting and Program: Successful Career in Higher Education: Productivity Metrics
Presented by Barbara L. Stewart, CFCS; Bronwyn Fees; Brenda A. Martin; and Amy J. Harden
Increased accountability in higher education has spurred an era of metrics for measuring success in one's career. A panel discussion explores use and maximization for professional success of metrics for research, journal preparation, teaching, and outreach.

Sunday, June 28th, 9:15am-11:30am 

FCS Matters! New Public Awareness Campaign
Presented by Nancy Bock and special guests 
More information coming soon! 

Sunday, June 28th, 10:30am-11:30am

      Practicing FCS Teachers' Advice for New FCS Teachers
Presented by Deborah Handy, CFCS
New teachers face a number of challenges, and there are a number of college teacher preparation and teacher induction concerns that should be addressed to support beginning teachers' success. Advice from 20 practicing FCS teachers was gathered using Skype-based interviews during the spring of 2019. In this session, we will present a review of the observations, and advice from practicing teachers. Topics include FCCLA involvement and advising, job interview recommendations, and program participation and collaboration.

      Fraud and the Elderly: So You Won the Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes!!

Presented by Lisa LeBleu and Teresa Collard
In this day and age with society's constant reliance on technology, our aging and elderly population are often the target of scams and fraud. Given the fact that many of them are not technologically experienced, they respond to scammers and others with nefarious intent by compromising their own financial and personal information in response to situations that seem serious and realistic. This session will explore the ways in which our senior citizens are being exploited and ways to educate them to be on guard against fraud and becoming victims of fraud. The presenters will discuss the need for caregivers, senior centers, community organizations to provide outreach and education to seniors in order decrease elder abuse through fraud.

      Meeting the Challenges: Addiction Recovery Through Financial Empowerment Coaching
Presented by Margaret Jenkins, Caezilia Loibl, and Misty  Harmon
Relapse rates following opioid treatment are high, ranging from 32 to 70 percent at 6 months and up to 88 percent at 36 months. Employment and financial capability are considered important to recovery as they improve living standards, legitimate income, and means to live within one's resources. However, recovering young adults face barriers to employment, including lack of qualifications and experience, low self-esteem, health problems, criminal records, and difficulty managing money. The purpose of the Financial Empowerment Coaching Program is to develop a collaborative partnership between Ohio State University Extension and local partners with common missions to address opioid recovery challenges.

      Nourish to Flourish: Stress and Our Mental and Physical
Presented by Shawnee Hendershot and Sheila Cook
We live in a stressful world and we need to nourish our health in order to mentally and physically flourish. Learn how different types and forms of stress impact our physical and mental health. We will discuss what we can do to mediate these effects in our own and others' lives, and learn some of the signs/symptoms of toxic stress. Ideas will be provided about how to nourish one's health in order to combat the negative consequences of stress.

      Community of Colleges, Universities, and Research Oral Research Presentations
More information coming soon! 

Sunday, June 28th, 1:15pm-2:45pm 

      Assessment 203: Now What??? Closing the Loop!
Presented by Frances Andrews, CFCS; Amy Yates; Sue Byrd, CFCS; Debbie Johnson, CFCS; and Lizabeth Self Mullens, CFCS

Assessment 203 is a hands-on workshop designed to help educators clarify what it means to CLOSE the LOOP and use assessment results to show clearly improved student learning. All educators are welcome! General assessment information will be discussed with special emphasis on higher education assessment. Questions such as "We met the goal, now what do we do?" "We did not meet the benchmark, what now?" will be addressed. Strategies faculty might use to strengthen curriculum weaknesses while at the same time not diminishing strengths will be discussed. This will include writing and measuring effective student learning outcomes. Examples of all types of outcomes will be presented and appropriate responses to close the loop will be developed. Bring your laptop!

Sunday, June 28th, 1:30pm-3:15pm 

The Ignite 2020! roundtables, the Apparel, Textiles & Design Juried Showcase, the Community of Elementary, Secondary, and Adult Education Curriculum Showcase and Silent Auction, and the Twice is Nice Accessories Swap will take place during this time period. You can apply to present  at this link!

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