The Delta College Planetarium, site of the 2017 fall conference.

MDEC’s Fall 2017 conference, Fostering Self-Regulated Learning with Research-Based Best Practices, is scheduled to be held October 12-13, 2017, at the Delta College Planetarium in Bay City, Michigan
Please CLICK HERE for the conference registration form. Attendees will have until Oct. 1st to register for the reduced rate.

Hotel Information


The DoubleTree Hotel

1 Wenonah Park Pl, Bay City, MI 48708 (989) 891-6000

For those interested in obtaining hotel reservations, please visit the DoubleTree by Hilton or call (989) 891-6000. When calling the hotel, please mention MDEC to receive the special, discounted rate of $99.00 + 11% tax, for a total of $109.89 per night. However, this rate is only good for rooms booked before Sept. 28!



MDEC is pleased to announce that the upcoming conference will feature keynote speaker, Daniel T. Willingham, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Virginia, and best-selling author of Why Don’t Students Like School? If you have not yet had a chance to read Dr. Willingham’s research, please take a moment to peruse it here. You can also find Dr. Willingham on social media here, or you can view some of his YouTube videos such as Learning Styles Don’t Existhere. Dr. Willingham was appointed by President Obama to serve as a Member of the National Board for Education Sciences, and he is the author of several well-known books on education.

 Conference Schedule

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Vendor tables will be in the main lobby. See below for list of vendors.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
On-Site Registration and Check-In
(Click here to REGISTER NOW)
Main Lobby


The Delta College Planetarium, site of the 2016 conference.

1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
“Simple Techniques to Prepare Any Student for a STEM Career”
Aurelian Balan, Associate Professor of Physics, Delta College, Michigan

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Free non-alcoholic drinks and snacks
Main Lobby

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
“Sweet Treats and Dry Data: We Know What Works, so Now Let’s Do It”

Alexandros M. Goudas, Associate Professor of English and Developmental Education Coordinator, Delta College, Michigan
Space Explorer’s Hall

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Space Explorer’s Hall

7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Movie in Planetarium Theater: Black Holes – Revisited
Planetarium Theater (We will have some free tickets available for attendees who come to the conference on Thursday!)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Vendor tables will be in the main lobby.

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
On-Site Registration and Check-In
Main Lobby

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Space Explorer’s Hall

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.

Dr. Daniel T. Willingham, MDEC Fall 2017 Conference Keynote Speaker

Planetarium Theater

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Address: “Fostering Self-Regulated Learning with Research-Based Best Practices”
Dr. Daniel T. Willingham, Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, and member of the National Board for Educational Sciences
Planetarium Theater

10:10 – 11:00 a.m.
Breakout Session I

11:10 – 12:00 p.m.
Breakout Session II

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch, Elections, and Awards
Space Explorer’s Hall

1:30 – 2:20 p.m.
Breakout Session III

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Raffle, Prizes, Coffee, and Desserts
Space Explorer’s Hall

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
MDEC Leadership Meeting
Space Explorer’s Hall