Click HERE to register now for the MDEC 2017 Conference, March 23-24, 2017, at Kalamazoo Valley Community College!

To register for the 2017 MDEC Conference, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Stephen D. Brookfield, the John Ireland Endowed Chair at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, please complete the MDEC 2017 Conference Registration Form.

On Friday, March 24, 2017, MDEC is pleased to announce that Dr. Keri Dutkiewicz, Director of Faculty Learning at Davenport University, will be presenting: Your Teaching Superpowers Leveraging Strengths in the Classroom.

The conference will be packed with other fabulous presentations, too. The tentative schedule includes:

Thursday, March 23, KVCC Room 4240

12:30 p.m. Registration

1:00 p.m. Conference begins with a quick overview of conference schedule

1:15 – 4 p.m. Room 4240 “Empowering Student Success in the Affective Domain” with Katie Easley, Director of Student Success Services, Western Michigan University

Photo of Katie Easley

Katie Easley

  • Academic success and retention are often considered to be results of student learning in the cognitive domain.  In this interactive presentation, we will explore how the affective domain of learning also plays a role in college student success.  Come learn how to improve students’ academic experience both in the classroom and in student support programs by appealing to their values, motivations, and attitudes. The peer academic success coaching model will be shared, accompanied by data that proves that purposeful attention to elements of the affective domain can have a lasting impact on student success.

2:30-2:45 p.m. Break

4:00-5:30 p.m. Room 4240 Salty Snacks and Sweet Data: “Corequisites: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” with Alexandros Goudas

  • The corequisite model is purported to be the answer for low remedial success rates. Other than increasing pass rates in gatekeeper English and math, what other positive and negative factors are involved, and why aren’t people talking about them? Join us for an in-depth discussion of the good, the bad, and the ugly of corequisites.

    Alexandros Goudas

5:45 p.m. Room 4370/80 Dinner (Buffet)

6:15 p.m. Posters available for display in the cafeteria pit area

7:00 p.m. Dinner Ends

Friday, March 24

7:30-8:30 a.m. Room 4240 Breakfast and registration

8:15 a.m. KVCC welcome and Introduction to Support Services

8:30-10:00 a.m. “Creating Classrooms to Foster Survival and Success” Stephen Brookfield, PhD.

  • Stephen Brookfield, PhD.

    The definition of what constitutes student success is contested. External accreditation agencies define success in terms of successful and timely graduation, as well as students being able to demonstrate learning outcomes that align with an overall institutional vision.  Students, however, broaden this definition to encompass a range of different factors, in particular the sense of enhanced self-confidence. Stephen Brookfield will explore ways to understand the different conceptions of what constitutes success and failure and he will present ideas drawn from his own research on what students look for in community college teachers. At the end of this presentation you will be able to identify the teacher behaviors that students find helpful in creating productive classrooms, and explain to colleagues the often unacknowledged reasons students drop out of community colleges. Implement the Todaysmeet tool to increase student participation & success.

10:00-10:55 a.m. Session 1 Breakouts Room locations listed with titles

  • Room 4510 “A Conversation with Stephen Brookfield”
  • Room 4520 “Early Integration of Tutorial Support in Beginning Algebra” Colleen Copus, Math Lab Coordinator, and Betsy McKinney,Instructor, Grand Rapids Community College
  • Room 4530 “What Frodo Baggins and Luke Skywalker Can Teach Us About Our Students: Using the ‘Hero’s Journey’ Model in Developmental Classrooms” Heather Sisto, Profesor and Robbie Pieschke, Faculty, Mott Community College
  • Room 4540 “Scholarship in Developmental Education –SHSU’s Fully Online Dev Ed. Program” Patrick Saxon, Associate Professor, Sam Houston State University
  • Room 4550 “Empowering Underprepared Students in Gateway Courses: Integrated Learning Courses”Lisa Nienkark, Professor, Lansing Community College

11:05-12:00 p.m. Session 2 Breakouts

  • Room 4510 “Your Teaching Superpowers, Leveraging Strengths in the

    Dr. Keri Dutkiewicz

    Classroom” (Strengths Finder 1, must have preregistered and taken assessment prior to session) Keri Dutkiewitz, Ph.D., Director, Faculty Learning, Davenport University asks participants: Do you have a clear sense of your strongest talents and strengths?  People who focus on using their strengths are three times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life and are six times as likely to be engaged in their jobs.  How are YOU leveraging your talents, your teaching superpowers, in the classroom?  In this interactive session, participants will learn more about the strengths-based methodology, dig into their individual Strengths, and consider the ways these strengths connect to supporting and engaging students.  Reconnect with your teaching superpowers to power up your enthusiasm and rejuvenate your teaching practice.  Pre-registration and completion of the online StrengthsQuest assessment is required for full participation.  Participants should each bring a print out of their Strengths report with them to the session.

  • Room 4520 “Using Faculty Learning Communities to Train and Support Adjunct Faculty to Improve Instruction” Barbara Bouthillier, Ed.D. Instructor, Grand Rapids Community College
  • Room 4530 “Rapid Review” John Abbott, Cheryl Almeda, Ph.D., and Carl Ross, Jr. English Professors, Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • Room 4540 “Conveying a Message of Success through a Growth Mindset” Charlotte Milnes, M.A. Learning Skills Specialist, WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
  • Room 4550 “Helping Students Thrive through Student Success Services In and Out of the Classroom at Kalamazoo Valley Community College” Laura Cosby, Associate Vice President, Kalamazoo Valley Community College

12:00-1:00 p.m. Room 4240 Lunch

12:15 p.m. Posters available for display in the cafeteria pit area

1:10-2:05 p.m. Session 3 Breakouts

  • Room 4510 Leveraging Strengths continued. (Must attend strengths 1 in order to attend this session)
  • Room 4520 “Reaching students with Embedded Tutors in Math Literacy ” Elizabeth Clifford and Jessica Clifford, Embedded Tutors and Professors, Lansing Community College
  • Room 4530 “Mountains and Cliffs: Piloting and scaling up a Co-requisite Model for DE Writing and Reading”, Ted Miller Ed.D., Chair of Foundation Studies Department, and Clarinda Flannery, Developmental Writing Lead Faculty, Jackson College
  • Room 4540 “Tackling Transitions: Supporting Community College Student Success” Kristy Watkins and Lois McGinley, Student Success Services, Macomb Community College
  • Room 4550 “Rhetorical Thinking through Selfies” Kimberly Tweedale, Graduate Composition Coordinator, Michigan Technological University

2:10-2:30 p.m. Room 4240 Drawing for prizes, including drinks and treats

Click here to see pictures from the 2016 conferenceMDEC201627

Also, for MDEC 2016 presentation materials, please go to the Resources link.