Student Success Conference
August 13, 2021

Time Presenter Session Title Session Description
Key Note Session
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Jason Haskins &
Dawn Preston
Critical Thinking This workshop will introduce students to basic concepts and practices of Critical Thinking, including some Habits of Mind. Students will learn why and how to think about their own thinking, ask good questions, discern what’s important to their learning, better understand how they learn, and the importance of being flexible thinkers.
Breakout Session
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Joe Magliocca Units and Sigfigs This workshop introduces students to the definitions and uses of metric system units and conversion between these units as well as conversion between metric and English units. Also covered is the concept of significant figures, including the importance of the concept, how to determine the correct number of significant figures from a written measurement, a measurement device, or as the result of arithmetic involving measurements, and how to correctly express the number of significant figures in writing.
Breakout Session
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Conrad Lewin Fundamental Programming Concepts This workshop will introduce students new to the art of programming those fundamental concepts that drive the entire discipline. Topics to be discussed include sequence, selection, repetition, and basic object-oriented design. Participants will be exposed to these concepts within the context of the Python programming language.
Breakout Session
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Maegan Mercer-Bourne Jumpstart Your Writing This workshop introduces students to several strategies for jumpstarting their writing. During the presentation, students will learn about the writing process, from how to interpret an assignment sheet all the way up to the rough draft. Brainstorming, organizing, and some common writing anxieties will also be discussed.
Breakout Session
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Xiaoli Zhang Debugging This workshop introduces a useful tool that assists students with finding errors in their code. During the presentation, students will learn how to use the debugger to set breakpoints, step through the code line-by-line, and watch variables. 
Breakout Session
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Phil Ershadi Introduction to Excel This workshop will introduce basic mathematical operations in Excel, and will help students lay the groundwork for more complicated math that would be impractical with a calculator.  The workshop will also cover some of excel's built-in arithmetic functions that can automate operations on larger lists of numbers.  We will also use excel to create and edit charts.
Breakout Session
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Ashley Tabron Critical Reading Strategies This workshop introduces students to the behaviors and mindsets involved in the critical reading process. During the presentation, students will learn the main components of critical reading as well as a three-step process for critical reading.
Breakout Session
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Joe Magliocca Units and Sigfigs This workshop introduces students to the definitions and uses of metric system units and conversion between these units as well as conversion between metric and English units. Also covered is the concept of significant figures, including the importance of the concept, how to determine the correct number of significant figures from a written measurement, a measurement device, or as the result of arithmetic involving measurements, and how to correctly express the number of significant figures in writing.
Breakout Session
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Conrad Lewin Fundamental Programming Concepts This workshop will introduce students new to the art of programming those fundamental concepts that drive the entire discipline. Topics to be discussed include sequence, selection, repetition, and basic object-oriented design. Participants will be exposed to these concepts within the context of the Python programming language.
Breakout Session
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Maegan Mercer-Bourne Jumpstart Your Writing This workshop introduces students to several strategies for jumpstarting their writing. During the presentation, students will learn about the writing process, from how to interpret an assignment sheet all the way up to the rough draft. Brainstorming, organizing, and some common writing anxieties will also be discussed.
Breakout Session
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Phil Ershadi Introduction to Excel This workshop will introduce basic mathematical operations in Excel and will help students lay the groundwork for more complicated math that would be impractical with a calculator.  The workshop will also cover some of excel's built-in arithmetic functions that can automate operations on larger lists of numbers.  We will also use excel to create and edit charts.
Breakout Session
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Shelly Guo Debugging This workshop introduces a useful tool that assists students with finding errors in their code. During the presentation, students will learn how to use the debugger to set breakpoints, step through the code line-by-line, and watch variables. 
Breakout Session
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Ashley Tabron Critical Reading Strategies This workshop introduces students to the behaviors and mindsets involved in the critical reading process. During the presentation, students will learn the main components of critical reading as well as a three-step process for critical reading.
Key Note Session
4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Emily Marshal Time Management This workshop focuses on valuable time management strategies and tips in an engaging and interactive manner. Participants will be exposed to two different syllabi (Math and English), along with actual Outlook/Teams calendars, in an effort to learn how to schedule and plan time for school assignments, deadlines, work, and other life commitments. Areas such as prioritization, goal-setting, overcoming obstacles, and planning for the unexpected will also be discussed.