Sunday, March 29, 2015


Pre-con 2: Tutor Training Half-Day

Presenters: Donald Harden, ATP Certification co-chair, and other ATP Board Members

Pre-con 3: Supplemental Instruction (SI): A Model of Successful Academic Support & Retention
Presenter: Kate Gold, Certified Supplemental Instruction (SI) Trainer, International Center of Supplemental Instruction at the University of Missouri- Kansas City.

Developed at the University of Missouri- Kansas City in 1973, Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program that targets historically difficult courses. SI utilizes a non- remedial, collaborative approach to learning that increases student performance and retention by offering peer-led, out-of-class review sessions. Forty years of research has shown that SI enhances student learning, improves grades, & bolsters retention rates. Come learn about this world renowned program in this interactive workshop.

Pre-con 4: Leadership in the 21st Century

Presenter: Jack Truschel, Ed.D., Psy.D., Chair, Council for Learning Assistance and Developmental Associations (CLADEA)

This presentation is interactive and will provide attendees with an operational definition of what leadership means. It will identify the traits and skills of an effective leader. Key leadership theories will be discussed. We will examine the role, duties and responsibilities of an effective Team Leader in the workplace and as a volunteer. The limits of authority in a Team Leader role will be discussed and a plan to develop your own leadership potential within a CLADEA Member organization will be discussed.

PM PRE-CONFERENCES Pre-con 5: Excel Skills for Assessment

Presenters: Michele Doney, Justine Chasmar

Participants will explore the Microsoft Excel software, building skills through hands-on practice using datasets from real learning centers. This three-hour workshop will include beginning, intermediate, and advanced skills including populating a spreadsheet using data collected online through Google Docs, data clean-up and formatting, using Excel with the MS Word mail merge function to produce customized assessment instruments, working with pivot tables, creating graphs, charts, and histograms, and using formulas and functions. In addition, participants will

Description: This workshop will help participants gain the necessary certification hours they may need to gain tutor trainer certification. Workshop topics will include the definition of tutoring and tutor responsibilities, tutoring do's and don'ts, communication skills, active listening, techniques for successfully beginning and ending a tutoring session, probing questions, and referral skills.


learn to perform basic descriptive and inferential statistical analysis using the MS Excel Stats Package add-on. By the end of the workshop, participants will use what they have learned to produce a report using sample data.

Pre-con 6: Diversity in Tutoring: Effective Training Activities and Best Practices

Presenters: Steven Taylor and Mary Roland

This workshop will provide participants with information related to best practices in incorporating diversity related topics into tutor trainings. During the workshop, presenters will highlight useful information on training topics and activities related to multicultural awareness, the challenges faced by students with disabilities in a college setting, adaptive strategies when tutoring international students and cross cultural communication. Participants of this training will have the opportunity to interact with other colleagues, share training activities and best practices that have been successful on their particular campus.

Pre-con 7: Transforming Good Students into Great Learners: A Metacognitive Learning Approach
Presenter: Leonard Geddes, Associate Dean of Co-Curricular Programs, Lenoir-Rhyne University

Research shows that metacognition changes learning environments. Students with greater metacognitive awareness consistently outperform their peers. Educators who infuse metacognitive strategies into their instruction transfer ways of thinking to their students, in addition to delivering content. And learning support systems that employ a metacognitive approach, teach students how to think and learn deeply across academic contexts and tasks. Metacognitively aware students think strategically, read efficiently and write deeply. Let’s create rewarding teaching and learning communities! The Transforming Good Students into Great Learners preconference session will show educators how to create learning environments where critical thinking and deep learning are attainable, measurable and common. More than 30 four- year & two-year, public and private institutions have participated in a Transforming Good Students into Great Learners workshop, and the results are impressive!

Participants will:

  •  Be equipped to incorporate metacognitive strategies into instruction and learning support


  •  Be able to provide direct metacognitive assistance to students experiencing academic


  •  Be able to provide educators and students a framework for thinking and learning deeply
  •  Be able to directly and efficiently improve students' reading comprehension

Video modules, live demonstrations, group exercises and presentation tools will be used to engage participants. Participants will leave with a strategy for leading sessions in a variety of context within their respective institutions.