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Focus on freshmen 2013

Focus on Freshmen 2013

Institute Preview


What is focus on freshmen

What is Focus on Freshmen?

  • Three days of intensive professional development for secondary & post-secondary educators

  • FOCUSED on freshman transition & the 10-year Plan as a foundation for student success

  • A solution-driven conferencein its sixth year

  • 11 institutes covering different aspects of the 10-Step Plan for Implementing a Freshman Transition Course & School-wide Initiative from GWU’s Freshman Transition Initiative


Freshman transition initiative

Freshman Transition Initiative

Grassroots effort started by Dr. Rebecca Dedmondaimed at increasing student success through classroom-based comprehensive guidance by:

  • Providing policy makers with a vision of potential intervention strategies

  • Provide a curriculum roadmap for teachers

  • Guide administrators in upgrading standards

  • Encourage curriculum developers and textbook or software publishers to create appropriate commercial resources for the classroom

    Learn more at www.freshmantransition.org


Institutes for 2013

Institutes for 2013

11 Exciting Options


Focus on freshmen 2013

The George Washington University Freshman Transition Initiative’sFreshman Transition Leadership Institute

Dr. Rebecca Dedmond& Penny Paine provide participants with:

  • The 10-Step Plan for initiating a school-wide effort that starts with a Freshman Transition course

  • Tools and templates for developing a comprehensive plan for your Freshman Transition efforts

  • Data and resources to generate buy-in from all stakeholders

  • A comprehensive manual

    www.focusonfreshmen.com/fti


Focus on freshmen 2013

The George Washington University Freshman Transition Initiative’sFreshman Transition Leadership Institute

Sessions include:

  • Leadership Quotient: The Role of the Principal

  • Generate Buy-in for the New Course & the 10-year Plan

  • Identify a Curriculum That Will Accomplish Your Course Goals

  • Recruiting and Retaining Your Most Experienced Teachers

    www.focusonfreshmen.com/fti


Focus on freshmen 2013

Freshman Transition for PrincipalsDeveloping Your Strategic Plan

Principal Bobby Cunningham guides participants in using authentic data from their own school to:

  • Identify the core values within the community, district, and school

  • Establish measurable and attainable evidence to support their freshman efforts

  • Develop at least four goals for the Freshman Transition initiative based on the data

  • Strategize how to make staff assignments and build collaborative teams

    www.focusonfreshmen.com/turnaround


Freshman transition for principals developing your strategic plan

Freshman Transition for PrincipalsDeveloping Your Strategic Plan

Sessions include:

  • Beginning with the End in Mind

  • Laying the Foundation

  • Choosing the “A” Team

  • Shaping the Curriculum to Meet Your Goals and Standards

  • Extending the Freshman Initiative to a School-wide Effort

    www.focusonfreshmen.com/turnaround


Team building for your freshman transition initiative

Team-building for Your Freshman Transition Initiative

Principal Rudy Ramirez explores the Freshman Transition planning process from a team perspective:

  • Recruiting the team and articulating year one, two, and three expectations

  • Determining course structure and researching funding options

  • Identifying a lead teacher and ensuring leadership continuity

  • A whole-school effort that encourages all instructors to use students’ 10-year plans as a common advisory tool

    www.focusonfreshmen.com/team


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Team-building for Your Freshman Transition Initiative

Sessions include:

  • Begin with the End in Mind

  • Developing Your Planning Team

  • Strategies for Institutionalizing Your Freshman Transition Program

  • Instructional Leadership Strategies

  • After 9th Grade, Then What?

    www.focusonfreshmen.com/team


Santa barbara city college s get focused stay focused initiative

Santa Barbara City College’sGet Focused…Stay Focused!™ Initiative

Dr. Diane Hollems shares a grades 8-14 model that delivers the knowledge & skills for student success.

  • 150-page manual to launch community college & high school partnerships

  • Proven model ensuring every student enters college with an online 10-year plan AND at least 3 units of college credit

  • Resource materials to start a Get Focused…Stay Focused!™ Initiative

    www.focusonfreshmen.com/continuing.html


Santa barbara city college s get focused stay focused initiative1

Santa Barbara City College’sGet Focused…Stay Focused!™ Initiative

Sessions include:

  • SBCC Progression of Education Model (PEM): A Comprehensive Approach for Assuring Post-Secondary Success for EVERY Student

  • The Foundation Program of PEM: A Dual Enrollment Freshman Transition (DEFT) Course

  • Keeping the Focus: Students Taking Ownership of Their Future Effort

    www.focusonfreshmen.com/continuing.html


Focus on freshmen 2013

Freshman Transition for College EducatorsA Cost-Effective Plan for Increasing Timely College Completion

Dr. Lauren Wintermeyer delivers a hybrid learning experience to support first-year students.

  • Lead Administrator/Instructor manual for a successful college program

  • Model curriculum materials

  • A comprehensive plan for implementing a first-year experience that will get results, and meet state and accreditation requirements with minimal resource allocation

    www.focusonfreshmen.com/ftce


Focus on freshmen 2013

Freshman Transition for College EducatorsA Cost-Effective Plan for Increasing Timely College Completion

Sessions include:

  • The College Freshman Transition Initiative: Implementing a Student Success Course to Promote College Completion

  • Gather Your Resources: An Overview of the Career Choices and Changes Workbook & the Pedagogy that Drives Intrinsic Motivation

  • Utilizing the Online 10-year Plan for Counseling & Academic Coaching: The Campus-wide Initiative

    www.focusonfreshmen.com/ftce


My10yearplan com interactive a hands on workshop

My10yearPlan.com® InteractiveA Hands-on Workshop

Chris Pulos, a veteran teacher at North Valley Charter School, walks participants through My10yearPlan.com® Interactive from the student’s perspective.

  • Participants need to bring a laptop with wi-fi capability.

    www.focusonfreshmen.com/my10


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My10yearPlan.com® InteractiveA Hands-on Workshop

Sessions include:

  • Overview of My10yearPlan.com® Interactive: What Is It & How Does It Work?

  • Meet the CAST (Critical, Analytical, Strategic Thinkers)

  • Using the Career Interest Surveys & My Skills Inventory to Help Students Create Skills-based Education Plans

  • Tools for Authentic Assessment

  • Strategies for Sharing Student Online 10-year Plans with Counselors, Advisors, & Instructors

    www.focusonfreshmen.com/my10


Best practices freshman transition in action successful models from results oriented schools

Best Practices: Freshman Transition in ActionSuccessful Models from Results-Oriented Schools

Presented by administrators & classroom instructors who’ve built successful Freshman Transition programs, participants will explore the 10-Step Plan and:

  • The successes and challenges these practitioners experienced

  • The entire process—from the issues that sparked their redesign to the options they explored, from their implementation process to how they know they’re making a difference

    www.focusonfreshmen.com/bp


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Best Practices: Freshman Transition in ActionSuccessful Models from Results-Oriented Schools

Presenters include:

  • John Farinella, Principal, Rahway High School (NJ)

  • Diane Goncalves, Asst. Superintendent, Region One School District (CT)

  • Jeanne Donadio, Principal, Foothill High School (NV)

  • Nick Garcia, 9th Grade Counselor, KIPP University Prep (TX)

  • Gerardo Cornejo, Principal, Carpinteria High School (CA)

  • Glenda Lee, Lead Teacher, Lumberton High School (NC)

    www.focusonfreshmen.com/bp


Career choices institutes

Career Choices Institutes

Lead Administrator & Lead Teacher

How to Implement a Career Choices Course

Teaching Insights, Practices, & Solutions (TIPS)

Integrating Technology into Your Career Choices Course


Lead administrator lead teacher a train the trainer workshop

Lead Administrator & Lead TeacherA Train-the-Trainer Workshop

Presented by Georgette Phillips, your Career Choices Instructional Support Advisor, institute participants leave with:

  • Innovative classroom teaching strategies that create involved learners

  • DVDs containing 22 video training modules that provide that core content for conducting PLC workshops for your Career Choices instructional team

  • Strategies for implementing a school-wide initiative

    www.focusonfreshmen.com/lti


How to implement a career choices course for the novice career choices instructor

How to Implement a Career Choices CourseFor the Novice Career Choices Instructor

These sessions provide a chapter-by-chapter tour of the Career Choices materials. Participants get insights to enhance their classroom delivery and make implementation of Career Choices successful.

  • Understand the pedagogy of Career Choices and why it works

  • Make the most of the budget exercise

  • Customizing your lesson plans and pacing guide

  • The 10-year Plan: The Key to High School AND College Completion

    www.focusonfreshmen.com/implementation


Teaching insights practices solutions for the experienced career choices instructor

Teaching Insights, Practices, & SolutionsFor the Experienced Career Choices Instructor

Aided by Career Choices teachers from across the country, Lynn Anderson will facilitate sessions that include:

  • Tools to Articulate How Career Choices Meets the Common Core

  • Integrating Academics in a Substantive Way

  • Using Technology to Increase Success for All Students

  • Finding the Best Fit: My10yearPlan.com® Interactive or Essentials?

  • Classroom TIPS that Energize Instruction

    www.focusonfreshmen.com/tips


Integrating technology into your career choices course

Integrating Technology into Your Career Choices Course

Sessions explore:

  • Blended learning and the pedagogy behind the Career Choices online enhancements

  • CareerChoices.com

  • LifestyleMath.com

  • My10yearPlan.com® set-up, management, reporting, grading, and instruction

    www.focusonfreshmen.com/tech


More than just the institutes

More than just the institutes!

General sessions each day

Great keynote speakers

Breakout sessions spotlighting best practices

Evening technology integration sessions

Hollywood tour (ticketed event)

Awards luncheon


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