• Tuesday, November 15, 2016

    8:30 AM-9:40 AM- General Session (Ballroom)

    8:30 AM- 9:40 AM- Welcome & Opening Session

    Dr. Daniel King, Superintendent of Schools, PSJA ISD

    Dr. Shirley Reed, President, South Texas College

    Moderator: Alma Garcia,             Educate Texas

     

    9:50 AM -10:50 AM- Breakout Sessions

    Superintendent & College President VIP Forum

    Dr. Daniel King, Superintendent of Schools, PSJA ISD

    Dr. Shirley Reed, President, South Texas College

    Room- Board Room 1

     

    Building an Early College High School Student Data Management System (Establishing & Scaling)

    Adrian Garcia, Chief Technology Officer, PSJA ISD

    Haissam Mayasi, Director of Data Services, PSJA ISD

    Linda Carrillo, Administrator for Counseling & College Readiness, PSJA ISD    

    Tony Matamoros, Director Dual2Degree High Schools & Services, South Texas College

    Room- 101A

    PSJA ISD developed a data system for collecting student data aligned with the TEA ECHS Blueprint in Benchmarks 1, 4, and 5. The intent of the data tracking system is to create an efficient and effective tool for collecting and managing student data to facilitate planning and decision-making to ensure successful student outcomes in early college high schools.

      

    A Closer Look: Transitioning within the ECHS Model (Establishing & Scaling)

    Alejandro Elias, PSJA Early College High School Principal, PSJA ISD

    Rowdy Robert Vela, PSJA Early College High School Director, PSJA ISD

    Room- 101B

    South Texas is a fast growing region with high numbers of economically disadvantaged and minority students. The Early College expansion at PSJA Early College High School aides in student achievement and success. With a strong foundation in place, South Texas and PSJA ISD is an ideal place to scale up from a school within a school to a school wide early college model. Learn about best practices and strategies to ensure all students are College Ready, College Connected, and College Complete.

      

    Empowering Students to Achieve Higher Education Through Parental Engagement (Empowering Parents)

    Olivia Benford, Parental Engagement Director, PSJA ISD

    Juan Carlos Aguirre, Adult Education Dean, South Texas College

    Room- 101C

    Presenters will demonstrate how engaging parents in their child's education through volunteering, adult literacy, or career skills training actually leads to students striving for higher educational goals.

      

    Undocumented Youth: Bridging the Gap to Higher Education (Back on Track)

    Tania Chavez, Special Projects Coordinator, La Union del Pueblo Entero

    Maria I. Ibarra, Education and GIS Project Specialist, La Union del Pueblo Entero

    Room- 102A

    Empowering educators to become a beacon of hope for DREAMers. Helping undocumented students achieve College Access is not difficult— it’s just different. Life after college is possible even if a student is undocumented, some DREAMERs can finally achieve the American Dream with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Learn more about resources to help undocumented students and the opportunities available for DACAmented students.

     

    Dual Language and the College Connection (Academic Rigor)

    Olivia Martinez, English Language Dev/Biliteracy Director, PSJA ISD

    Rosalva Silva, ELL Compliance Coordinator, PSJA ISD

    Room- 103A

    Participants will learn about the systemic process that PSJA Dual Language Program has in place to help students achieve higher cognitive levels and therefore pursue a college education. We will share the basic components of the program, design and model to ensure that we graduate biliterate students.

      

    Countdown to Zero: A Dropout Recovery Program (Back on Track)

    Laura A. Campos, Director for Pupil Accounting, PSJA ISD

    Laura Farias, School Community Liaison, PSJA ISD

    Room- 103B

    This session will provide information and guidance in implementing a successful dropout prevention and intervention program. The information will also be relevant to the PSJA success on the "Countdown to Zero" in connection with the special purpose campuses, continuous collaboration, and monitoring.

      

    Closing the Equilty Gap in College Access and Test Prep (Higher Ed. Partnerships)

    Mauri Artz, Founder, Public Tutoring Initiative

    Daniel Luna, Co-founder, Education Project Management Consulting

    Room- 103C

    Affluent students have utilized private tutors to improve test scores on standardized tests for years, services that first generation students from low socio-economic backgrounds typically don’t have. With that access, underserved students and their families could save valuable time and money, by avoiding costly remedial courses, qualifying for scholarship opportunities and achieving acceptance into top tier schools. Mauri Artz will share her experience and expertise in finding ways to close the equity gap.

     

    11:00 AM- 12:00 PM- Breakout Sessions

    From Taming a Wild Tongue to Building a Bilingual University (Academic Rigor)

    Dr. Francisco Guajardo, Executive Director B3 Institute, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

    Room- Board Room 1

    This session looks at higher education in the Rio Grande Valley as a changing landscape, particularly in light of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley emerging as a bilingual university. This development impacts how students prepare to get into college and how they succeed in college.

      

    Transforming Communities Through Dual Enrollment (Higher Ed. Partnerships)

    Dr. Anahid Petrosian, Vice President for Academic Affairs, South Texas College                            

    Nicolas Gonzalez, Administrator for High School Programs & Services, South Texas College

    Dr. Narciso Garcia, Deputy Superintendent, PSJA

    Room- 101A

    South Texas College leads the state in providing dual enrollment opportunities to over 15,000 high school students. Participants will learn about the dual credit program initiatives that include innovative CTE and STEM academies. Information about dual credit rules and different funding mechanisms will be discussed. Come learn about how the partnership between STC & PSJA has transformed the community.

      

    JumpStart: A Road to College Readiness (Higher Ed. Partnerships)

    Colin Charlton, Associate Professor & Chair of Writing & Language Studies, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley    

    Jonikka Charlton, Vice President of Student Academic Success, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

    Dr. K. Christopher Smith, Associate Professor of Department of Chemistry, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley      

    Dr. Virgil Pierce, Associate Professor & Interim Associate Dean, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley                       Dr. Shirley Mills, Interim Director of College Readiness Initiatives, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

    Room- 101B

    JumpStart offers new freshmen an exceptional academic and social experience designed to aim them towards meeting Texas's College Readiness standards while enhancing their ability to access and leverage the vast resources and opportunities available within the university. JumpStart builds a comprehensive academic network of support with recognized faculty, supportive peer mentors, engaged academic advisors, and knowledgeable tutors to create a unique learning experience.

      

    How El Paso Conquers the 61st Credit Hour Challenge (Establishing & Scaling)

    Kristine Velasquez, Program Advisor, University of Texas El Paso

    Dr. Donna Ekal, Associate Provost, University of Texas El Paso

    Room- 101C

    The focus will be to discuss the strong partnership in the El Paso region between the school districts, early college high schools, El Paso Community College, and The University of Texas at El Paso in promoting early college high school student success. The goal will be to discuss how the partnership has resulted in the opportunity for students to attend the university after successfully completing their associate’s degree prior to graduating high school.

      

    Jovenes en accion, Youth Leadership (Academic Rigor)

    Virginia Santana, Education Coordinator, ARISE

    Aurelio Montemayor, Senior Education Specialist, IDRA

    Room-103A

    ARISE has been nurturing youth leadership almost since its inception in 1987. The secondary school students take on projects that are of concern to them and their families. The projects highlighted are on environmental justice and college access. This session will describe the activities and guide participants to help develop similar projects in their communities. Participants will receive materials that describe the work and planning forms to help replicate them in other communities and schools.

     

    Powering Persistence: Social, Emotional Tools to Raise Achievement (Higher Ed. Partnerships)

    Bryan Taylor, President, EduGuide

    Room- 103B

    Why do some students persist in pursuing higher achievement where others don't? And what can we do about it? We'll examine how emerging brain research on students' social-emotional, noncognitive and engagement skills provide new answers. We'll discuss examples of how Rio Grande Valley leaders are applying the research. We'll come away with strategies and a free hands-on activity from the nonprofit EduGuide.

     

    Creating a Supportive Environment for Undocumented Students and Parents (Back on Track)

    Tania Chavez, Special Projects Coordinator, La Union del Pueblo Entero

    Maria I. Ibarra, Education and GIS Project Specialist, La Union del Pueblo Entero

    Room- 103C

    Best practices for educators in becoming allies to the immigrant movement. Learn about the social and economic aspects of immigration and how they affect a student’s path to achieve higher education.

      

    Leveraging Student Leadership to Create a College Going Culture (Establishing & Scaling)

    Ranulfo Marquez, Southwest Early College High School Principal, PSJA ISD

    Gina R. Saenz, Southwest Early College High School Director, PSJA ISD

    Room- 103D

    Southwest Early College High School is a school-wide model that services over 1,800 students who are primarily at-risk, economically disadvantaged, English Language Learners and first generation college-goers. In support of Benchmark 1, SWECHS builds a college-going culture by leveraging student leadership to promote and support the early college program. In this session, students will share their experiences on how they collaborated with school administrators, counselors and peers to ensure that all students at Southwest ECHS were connected to and aware of the benefits of an early college program.

      

    12:00 PM- 1:10 PM LUNCH

    1:10 PM- 2:10 PM- Breakout Sessions

    A Multifaceted One Stop Approach to Facilitating the College Process (Policy & College Success)

    Monica Alvarado, PSJA North Early College High School Financial Aid Officer, PSJA ISD

    Rickey Banda, PSJA Early College High School Financial Aid Officer, PSJA ISD

    Room-Board Room 1

    Students today need to be college ready, connected, and complete; therefore, it is imperative that strategies be implemented within individual campuses in an effort to prepare students for the transition into post-secondary education. This session will discuss the critical functions of a Go Center, the importance of key personnel, and the necessary resources and in-house services needed to facilitate the college process.

     

    College Preparation in Long and Short-Course Formats (Higher Ed. partnerships)

    Dr. Virgil Pierce, Associate Professor & Interim Associate Dean, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

    Colin Charlton, Associate Professor & Chair of Writing & Language Studies, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley                        

    Jonikka Charlton, Vice President of Student Academic Success, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley          

    Dr. Shirley Mills, Interim Director of College Readiness Initiatives, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

    Room- 101A

    This session will be of interest to high school mathematics teachers and institutes of higher education who are concerned with the issue of college readiness for all students. Dr. Pierce and associates will discuss the House Bill 5 math course, TSI Math Prep, and a variety of ideas to meet the needs of students who are not college ready in math.

             

    Parents Paving the Road Map to Success (Empowering Parents)

    Norma A. Garza, Parental Engagement Coordinator, PSJA ISD

    Room- 101B

    Join us for an interactive session that will allow you to walk away with ideas and tools to jumpstart a Parental Engagement Program in your district.

     

    Building the Capacity of Strong Instructional Leaders in Every Classroom (Academic Rigor)

    Maria S. Varela, Instructional Leadership Coach, PSJA ISD

    Mario Gonzalez, Instructional Leadership Coach, PSJA ISD                    

    Luis Garcia, Instructional Leadership Coach, PSJA ISD

    Room- 101C

    The Department of Instructional Coaching’s mission is to develop outstanding instructional leaders in every classroom to ensure high academic achievement for all students. We provide a supportive, learner-centered relationship with a focus on accelerating the development of the beginning teacher’s skills while supporting the campus and district vision and goals. Participants will gain understanding about the PSJA’s Summer New Teacher Institute and the ongoing, job embedded individualized coaching on various topics such as classroom management, lesson planning, formative assessment, and engaging students throughout a lesson.

      

    The Voice of Biliteracy (Academic Rigor)

    Moderator: Eduardo Guzman, High School English Language Development Coach, PSJA ISD

    Room- 102A

    PSJA ISD is a national leader in the implementation of a Dual Language Enrichment Program. We invite you to come listen to what our students have to say about being part of a dual language enrichment program and how it has impacted their education.

      

    Effective School Leadership Teams: Building Capacity (Establishing & Scaling)

    Thandiwe Peebles, Leadership Coach, Jobs for Future

    Kathleen Lacey, Leadership Coach, Jobs for Future

    Room- 103A

    The session will explore the role of the Principal's leadership responsibilities in the development of an administrative leadership team that drives high academic success with all students.

      

    Classroom Transformation Through Business and Civic Engagement (Academic Rigor)

    Dr. Norma L. Salaiz, Executive Director, RGV LEAD (Linking Economic and Academic Development)

    Melissa Morales, Business and Community Engagement Coordinator, PSJA ISD

    Room- 103B

    Obtain insight into PSJA ISD's Academy Model and support system provided by RGV LEAD that prepares students for college, career and life success by engaging business and community entites. Discover how to transform the high school experience through real-world, hands on opportunities to better prepare students for the workforce and beyond.

     

    Master Scheduling 101: Working Through the Scheduling Puzzle (Higher Ed. Partnerships)

    Alejandra Cantu, Dual Enrollment Planning & Scheduling Manager, South Texas College

    Elisa Trevino, PSJA Early College High School Assistant Principal, PSJA ISD

    Room- 103C

    Without the schedule, nothing happens. Your master schedule guides your dual credit program.

      

    2:20 PM- 3:20 PM- Breakout Sessions

    Back On Track Through High School to College and Beyond (Back on Track)

    Darcia Cuellar, College Career Technology Academy Principal, PSJA ISD

    Javier Saenz, College Career Technology Academy Assistant Principal, PSJA ISD

    Room- Board Room 1

    This session will explore the questions: What is the back on track model, How does CCTA personalize students experiences to restore their trust in relationships and the educational system, and How do we ensure that young people who have struggled in school and dropped out can reengage with education and make successful transitions to postsecondary or career?

      

    Process for Credentialing Faculty & Professional Development (Establishing & Scaling)

    Dr. Anahid Petrosian, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, South Texas College

    Rebeca Garza, Human Resources Administrator, PSJA ISD                                              

    Lee H. Grimes, Associate Dean of Professional and Organizational Development, South Texas College

    Room- 101A

    This session will provide participants an overview of South Texas College extensive professional development for faculty including dual enrollment faculty. As an ECHS district, PSJA ISD is searching for master level teachers that are eligible to become adjunct faculty. In addition, learn about the review process that STC and PSJA ISD use for hiring master level teachers.

      

    Building College Ready Students in Early College Classrooms (Academic Rigor)

    Angela Salinas, Department of Instructional Coaching and New Teacher Support Coordinator, PSJA ISD

    Rowdy Robert Vela, PSJA Early College High School Director, PSJA ISD

    Room- 101B

    Focusing on instructional coherence across our district, PSJA's Early College Design Schools strive to create active learning opportunities every day for all students across contents and grade levels to prepare them for college success.

     

    Why Wait? Implementing Middle School College and Career Readiness (Academic Rigor)

    Melodee Brinster, Early College Instructional Coach, Denver Public Schools

    Tara Schneider, Early College Instructional Coach, Denver Public Schools

    Room- 101C

    This session features a strategic, comprehensive approach to college and career readiness in middle school. Explore the components of a student-focused definition of middle school college and career readiness and the accompanying student behaviors. Dive into a case study from Denver Public Schools and Jobs for the Future Middle School College and Career Readiness Curriculum pilot. Leave with tools to help implement your own middle school college and career readiness plan.

      

    GTF Scholars: ECHS and Beyond (Higher Ed. Partnerships)

    Moderator: Leslie Gurrola, Strategy Manager, Greater Texas Foundation

    Barbara Goldberg, GTF Scholars Evaluator, Barbara Goldberg & Associates, LLC          

    Dr. Sylvia Leal, Associate Vice President for Student Educational Outreach, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley        

    Michael Aldape, Program Coordinator-Early College, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley        

    Room- 102A

    By succeeding in rigorous high school and community college courses, ECHS students gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to succeed at a university. How can stakeholders invested in the success of ECHS students ensure a smooth transition for graduates? Drawing from experiences with GTF Scholars, a scholarship program for graduates of Texas ECHSs, participants will explore challenges and successes of this transition, including findings from the first four years of an evaluation of the program.

            

    Curriculum Alignment to Achieve Bi-literate College Ready Students (Academic Rigor)

    Nalleli Cortez, Secondary Spanish Content Coach, PSJA ISD

    Sandra Salinas, Elementary Spanish Content Coach, PSJA ISD    

    Ofelia Venegas, Elementary Spanish Content Coach, PSJA ISD

    Room- 103A

    The session will focus on how PSJA has aligned the Spanish and English curriculums to better meet the needs of our ELL students and smooth the transition through grade levels. By having our students develop biliteracy, it opens up opportunities for them to pursue a college level education.

     

    College Bound and Determined-Principled for Systemic Change (Establishing & Scaling)

    Hector Bojorquez, Student Access and Success Department Director, IDRA

    Room- 103B

    IDRA released a new report, College Bound and Determined, showing how the Pharr San Juan Alamo school district in South Texas transformed itself from low achievement and low expectations to planning for all students to graduate from high school and college. In PSJA, transformation went beyond changing sobering graduation rates or even getting graduates into college. This school district changes how we think about college readiness.

     

    Counseling the Masses: A Comprehensive Approach to Guidance & Counseling (Establishing & Scaling)

    Belinda Garcia, North Early College High School Head Counselor, PSJA ISD

    Denise Alonzo, North Early College High School Counselor, PSJA ISD

    Room- 103C

    This session will discuss how an Early College campus with over 2000 students provides guidance and counseling through an advisory period. We will share lessons, ideas, and implementation methods for high school students that include high school/college requirement, social/media peer pressure, plus a variety of other social and guidance lessons.

     

    It is Never Too Late to Start College (Empowering Parents)

    Moderator: Olga Cardoza, ESL/GED Instructor, South Texas College

    Room- 103D

    The PSJA Parental Engagement Program's objective is to achieve student success by engaging parents as partners in their child's education. With this in mind, parents are invited to continue their education at the parental education centers situated in various neighborhoods of the school district. We invite you to come listen to what the parents have to say how the parental engagement program has impacted their family and community.

     

    3:30 PM- 4:30 PM- Breakout Sessions

    Get Your Students on the Path to College & Career Ready (Academic Rigor)

    Rebecca A. Luna, Yzaguirre Middle School Principal, PSJA ISD

    Jose Lopez, Yzaguirre Middle School Instructional Coach/Teacher, PSJA ISD

    Room- Board Room 1

    "College For Every Student" is a global leader at helping underserved students get to and through college and be ready to enter the workforce. In this session, the presenter will share success and best practices for preparing students for college and the 21st century workforce. Participants will also learn new and innovative ways that will position students for success.

     

    Co-Planning/Leading: A School District & Community Organizations (Empowering Parents)

    Virginia Santana, Education Coordinator, ARISE            

    Aurelio Montemayor, Senior Education Specialist, IDRA

    Rosalva Silva, ELL Compliance Coordinator, PSJA ISD

    Room- 101A

    A central office administrator and a community organization leaders share their experiences of a school district and community organizations co-planning and co-leading for the betterment of the schools and the community. This unique relationship has important implications for how schools and community organizations can collaborate for greater impact.

      

    Re-imagining Student Capacity for Career and College Readiness (Higher Ed. Partnerships)

    Dr. James Linch, President and CEO, Educational Results Partnership

    Anthony Dalton, Vice President of Data Science, Educational Results Partnership

    Room 101B

    Join us as we discuss strategies that can accelerate students through the high-impact momentum points from PreK-Job. By learning best practices and replicating them in your school, you can simultaneously reduce institutional barriers while improving your students' preparation for the next grade, the next school, through college and into living wage employment.

      

    People.Partnership.Performance: The Measure of Unity (Establishing & Scaling)

    Sofia Pena, Director of Early College High School, South Texas College

    Cristina Carrillo, College Transitional Specialist, PSJA ISD

    Adriana Garcia, North Early College High School Director, PSJA ISD

    Elia Corona, Memorial Early College High School Assistant Principal, PSJA ISD

    Room- 101C

    Together with passion, PSJS ISD & South Texas College have established trust and transparency by creating a national model focused on partnerships that attracted educators from across the state and nation. During this session you will learn about how PSJA ISD & STC have collaborated to set logistics through innovation, dedication, and technology through a current signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

      

    Building a Better Bridge: Test Prep ISD/IHE Regional Collaboration (Higher Ed. Partnerships)

    Moderator: Dr. Luzelma Canales, Executive Director, RGV Focus/Educate Texas                              

    Colin Charlton, Associate Professor and Chair of Writing & Language Studies, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley                            

    Dr. Virgil Pierce, Associate Professor & Interim Associate Dean, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley                                         Carolyn Myers, Lead Teacher Dual Credit/Early College High School, Brownsville ISD

    Merrill Hammons, Administrator for Advanced Academics/Early College High School, Brownsville ISD

    Room- 102A

    Join RGV Focus, UTRGV and Brownsville ISD in discussing an innovative approach for facilitating college readiness for high school students. In this session, our panel of leaders will discuss the collaborative approach to planning, designing, and implementing a TSI Prep (college readiness) intervention for all high school students. The panel will share details about the intervention including goals and lessons learned in the process.

     

    Challenging ELLs to Develop Language Proficiencies Through State Mandated ELPS (Academic Rigor)

    Susana Escobedo, Elementary English Language Development Coach, PSJA ISD

    Sherry Vargas, Middle School English Language Development Coach, PSJA ISD  

    Eduardo Guzman, High School English Language Development Coach, PSJA ISD

    Room- 103A

    Come learn how the ELD Coaches at PSJA ISD service their ELD population to ensure that all students become proficient in the English language. We will provide you with an understanding of how to implement the State mandated ELPS through instructional strategies. You will be empowered with knowledge to bettter serve your ELL population.

     

    A High School Counselor's Evolving Role as College Advisor (Establishing & Scaling)  

    Haydee Bonilla-Lazo, PSJA Early College High School Academic Counselor/College Advisor, PSJA ISD

    Norma Rocha, PSJA Early College High School Academic Counselor/College Advisor, PSJA ISD

    Room- 103C

    Come join us for an interactive session to learn how high school counselors prepare students for a college bound future while in high school. The session will help participants understand what tools/processes are used daily by high school counselors in their dual role as college advisors to advise individual students who are working on completing a certificate or 60 college hours/associate's degree.

     

    Unraveling Student Success from an Alternative Campus to College (Back on Track)

    Darcia Cuellar, College Career Technology Academy Principal, PSJA ISD

    Moderator: Martha Romero, College Career Technology Academy Instructional Coach/Biology Teacher, PSJA ISD

    Room- 103D

    Restoring and Redirecting: student experiences for an alternative campus. You will hear from students who are achieving student success at an alternative campus and how the restoration process began.

      

    McAllen Border Buttermilk

     

    Wednesday, November 16, 2016

    8:30 AM-9:30 AM- General Session (Ballroom)

    Early College State & National Policy

    Moderator: Chris Coxon, Managing Director, Educate Texas

    Charolette Cahill, Associate Director, Jobs for the Future

    Carl Einhaus, Colorado Department of Higher Education

    Kim Poast, Executive Director, Office of College & Career Readiness, Denver Public Schools

    Melissa Henderson, Deputy Director, Educate Texas

     

    9:45 AM- 10:45 AM- Breakout Sessions

    Building Futures through Meaningful Industry Education Pathways (Academic Rigor)

    Jessica Salinas, College Readiness, PSJA ISD

    Griselda Quintanilla, Career & Technical Education Director, PSJA ISD

    Room- Board Room 1

    The Career & Technical Education (CTE) program of PSJA ISD prides itself in providing comprehensive instruction that aligns postsecondary education with curriculum pathways in various career concentrations. This session explores how courses are purposefully arranged in a coherent sequence designed to promote employability skills, as well as, allowing for a seamless transition into post-secondary studies. Dedication to rigor, relevance, leadership and higher education is how PSJA is constructing a strong workforce and stronger community.

     

    College Transition: An Innovative Model Designed for Student Success (Higher Ed. Partnerships)

    Alonso Garcia, College Transitional Specialist, PSJA ISD

    Carlos Garcia, College Transitional Specialist, PSJA ISD

    Room- 101A

    Too few students are graduating from high school ready for the rigors of college. College Transition Specialists play a critical role in the pipeline to postsecondary education. Discover valuable tips and tools, discuss best practices with colleagues, and learn how social media plays an integral part in connecting with students to ensure they are in a college seat.

      

    Dual Credit Students: Best Practices for Student Support Service Professionals (Higher Ed. Partnerships)

    Tony Matamoros, Director of Dual2Degree High Schools & Services, South Texas College

    Maria Imelda Flores, College Readiness Strategist, PSJA ISD

    Room- 101B

    This session will highlight best practices relating to enrollment and support services for dual credit students. In particular, this session will focus on successful advisement, registration, and orientation initiatives that will improve student success and create a seamless transition from high school to college.

     

    Lessons Learned from Early College Implementation Across the Country (Establishing & Scaling)

    Julie Edmunds, Director of High School Reform, SERVE Center at University of North Carolina at Greensboro

    Room- 101C

    This session will summarize lessons learned from early college implementation efforts in five states. There will be an overview of how the early college effort is structured in different settings, including as small schools of choice and as efforts to redesign comprehensive high schools. Participants will hear about the results from rigorous studies of the impact of these efforts and will explore the different factors that affect implementation.

     

    In Their Own Words…An Alternative Special Purpose Campus Experience

    Rosa M. Rakay, Sonia Sotomayor Early College High School Principal, PSJA ISD

    Room- 102A

    We invite you to come and listen to at risk students from Sonia M. Sotomayor ECHS and Elvis J. Ballew ECHS. They will provide first hand experiences that have impacted their academic & social emotional needs.

      

    Advising DREAMers: Resource Guide for College Access (Policy & College Success)

    Maria Esther Rodrigues, Associate, RGV Focus

    Room- 103C

    According to the College Board, approximately 65,000 undocumented students (DREAMers) graduate from U.S.

    high schools every year. These youth face many challenges when applying to college, including how to finance higher education. Confusion also persists among college access professionals on how to counsel undocumented students through the college application and financial aid processes.

      

    Using Predictive Models and Big Data To Analyze Student Outcomes (Establishing & Scaling)

    Dr. John Blangero, Professor, Director of Genomics Computing Center & Neurosciences,                    

    South Texas Diabetes & Obesity Institute & University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine

    Dr. David Glahn, Professor of Psychiatry & Psychology, Co-Director, Neurocognition, Neurocomputation & Neurogenetics, Yale University School of Medicine

    Room- 103D

    Session will demonstrate how Predictive Analytics can be used in determining effective approaches to improve targeted student outcomes such as test scores, graduation rates, and college enrollment. Session encompasses an overview of data requirements, statistical modeling methodology, and results of longitudinal analysis. Session will be lead by two scientists who lead the effort.

     

    11:00 AM- 12:00 PM- Breakout Sessions

    College Advising Training Program (Higher Ed. Partnerships)

    Nancy Garcia, Director of Comprehensive Advising & Mentoring Services, South Texas College

    Gloria Gutierrez, Memorial Early College High School Counselor, PSJA ISD

    Room- Board Room 1

    This session will review the College Advising Training Program being offered to high school counselors. The training was designed using the National Academic Advising Association’s (NACADA) core values of academic advising and focuses on providing holistic support and a solid foundation of the South Texas College enrollment process and promotes student success, achievement and completion including technology enhanced advisement tools available to help students enroll, persist and complete their education at South Texas College.

     

    Tangled: Unraveling the Knots in the TSI (Higher Ed. Partnerships)

    Tina Atkins, Center of Excellence in College & Career Readiness Administrator, Region One Education Service Center

    Melissa Lopez, Education Specialist, Region One Education Service Center

    Room- 101A

    Region One ESC will share the development and implementation of a TSI Institute to unravel the mystery of this assessment. Information will be provided on establishing foundational understanding of the Texas Success Initiative, identifying appropriate resources to address needs, and targeting continued support. Participants will receive an overview of the TSI diagnostic and blueprint, and will have an opportunity to dialogue TSI best practices. A framework for the Region One TSI Institute will be shared.

     Key Components of Scaling ECHS and Positioning for Sustainability (Establishing & Scaling)

    Catherine Pena, Deputy Director, Educate Texas

    Kristine Kuhne, Director of Insights and Analytics, Educate Texas

    Room- 101B

    The i3 Early College Expansion Partnership is designed to increase the number of students who graduate from high school prepared for enrollment and success in post-secondary education. The session will focus on how Educate Texas has facilitated implementation and we will share the key lessons learned at this point in the grant. Attendees will have an opportunity to walk in our shoes through data exploration and discussion.

     

    Rethinking College Ready: Implications for 12th Grade Mathematics Transition Course

    (Higher Ed. Partnerships)

    Dr. Carolyn Landel, Managing Director, The Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin

    Kathi Cook, Manager Online Course Programs, The Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin

    Room- 101C

    Come learn about the modernization of mathematics in higher education and how the move to multiple mathematics pathways affects the 12th grade transition. States are seeing an opportunity in twelfth grade to finish preparing students for college mathematics through “transition courses,” like Texas College Prep Mathematics Course ushered in by House Bill 5 in 2013. The session will offer recommended content for the course and strategies for engaging twelfth graders who have struggled in math.

     

     More Voice, More Choice- ECHS Student Experiences (Establishing & Scaling)

    Moderator: Rowdy Robert Vela, PSJA Early College High School Director, PSJA ISD

    Room- 102A

    Listen to Early College High School students share their experiences on navigating through the many facets of an Early College experience.

     

    Quality Education for Early College At Risk Students (Back on Track)

    Rosa M. Rakay, Sonia Sotomayor Early College High School Principal, PSJA ISD

    Stella Sanchez, Elvis Ballew Early College High School Principal, PSJA ISD

    Room- 103B

    Come and learn how two alternative special purpose campuses are serving 100% at risk students and ensuring a quality education. You will walk away with key strategies that will increase graduation rates by extending learning time and using research based strategies.

      

    Business Partnerships Transforming Education Through Problem Based Learning (Academic Rigor)

    Eloy Garza, Marketing Instructor, PSJA ISD/South Texas College

    Yolanda Garcia, Career & Technology Education Pathway Coordinator, PSJA ISD

    Room- 103C

    Elevating CTE courses to integrate theory, practical knowledge and skills for real world application. Learn how to develop a program that gives students the opportunity to work with local businesses and develop a meaningful learning experience in the process.

     

    How do IHEs Engage in Dual Credit and ECHS? (Higher Ed. Partnerships)

    Susan Henderson, Deputy Director, Educate Texas

    Room- 103D

    Join us for an engaging panel of IHEs and ISDs engaged in dual credit and early college high school partnerships. The group of experts will discuss the big and small ways they support these efforts on a daily basis. Participants will have an opportunity to generate 'Questions from the Field' to probe deeper into the existing structures and

    supports provided by the IHE representatives on the panel.

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