There will be 26 unique presentations at Conference Day. They are all listed below in alphabetical order.
To see when each presentation will be offered (and in which room), view the
Breakout Sessions Schedule.
General Electric’s CEO Jeff Immelt talks about selling thrust, not just jet engines. Ericsson lost $2.4 billion and was shut out of the hand-held mobile phone manufacturing business by failing to understand the impact of a fire in a Nevada fabricating plant. California's interest in solar energy is being undercut by reliance on toxic and rare chemicals in making photovoltaic panels. Hundreds of social service agencies are adopting collective impact approaches to solve complex social needs understanding there are no simple answers. Ours is a turbulent, complex, data-rich and dynamic world and community colleges are in the center of it. Today's success can become a liability overnight. Creating a resilient organization that can simultaneously deliver excellent performance while adapting to the roiling change surrounding it is key to sustainability.
This session will consider the essential elements of resilience tied to the community college mission and explore adaptive/performance oriented organizational characteristics. Participants will leave with critical questions — but probably not answers — to guide the transformation of colleges from robust but fragile to a forward looking, self-correcting entity that responds immediately, thoroughly and constructively to challenges and unforeseen change.
Anthony Williams Cedar Valley College
Director of Police
This program is designed to demonstrate how integrating law enforcement and campus administrative resources can provide a better quality of life for early college high school students. The session focuses on strategies that administrators, staff and faculty can use when working with their respective campus police departments.
Amanda Preston Eastfield College
Professor of English
While higher education professionals trade in the products of mind, few are up-to-date on current research in adult learning, memory, language development, and other relevant cognitive models. Most instructors are specialists in their field, but few are trained in the medium in which they work: the brain. Even so, technique and time make skillful craftsmen in the art of instruction. Imagine how much more could be done with access to current cognitive science methodology and learning models. This interactive workshop re-purposes experimental design from psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive science research to show how the classroom can be turned into a functional lab: a place where thought experiment drives experiential discovery. Participants will get a few strategies for how to plug the science of learning directly into their lesson plans. (Disciplinary focus: English/Developmental English)
Maria Garza District Service Center
This session will provide DCCCD travelers with information and access to resources needed to better understand and utilize Concur's advanced features and options to successfully navigate the new travel system. It will show attendees how to use:
LaShawn Grant Institutional Equity and Compliance (DO);
Bill Dial, PhD, Human Resources (RLC);
Rosemary Meredith, Disability Services (NLC)
This presentation will discuss how under the “network model” we move toward creating a culture of compliance that is inclusive of students, faculty and staff and we will have a broad overview of compliance laws and regulations impacting higher education, including:
This session will also cover:
Anna Mays District Office
Associate Vice Chancellor
The presentation will begin with a video featuring Dr. Rob Johnstone, which will provide an overview of the research on guided pathways and best practice within community colleges. Members of the DCCCD Guided Pathways Team will then provide an update on the planning and implementation of guided pathways, including the selection of meta majors; alignment of programs of study with meta majors and university transfer requirements; development of program maps and course sequences; redesign of academic advising to include career planning and pathways advising; and identification of milestones.
At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to:
Jon Tarell (BHC), Ann McCowin, Marissa Pina (CVC),Shelly Mencacci (EFC), Jaimie Gregory (ECC), Aneesa Roundtree, Ismael Aleman (MVC), Billy Yost, Dr. Horce Ragler (NLC), Kim Archer (RLC), Philip Hoy DO College Credit Heroes, Dr. Shirley Higgs VA Executive Administrator
Why and how to support student veterans (services and classroom). This panel session will provide staff, administrators and faculty an overview of VA students most asked questions and importance of supporting veterans in and out the classroom. There will be an overview of the New Upcoming DCCCD Military 2017-2018 that follows Texas Completion by Design initiative of connection, entry, progress, completion and jobs. It also ties in DCCCD strategic proprieties and the elements of 60x30TX.
Deva Arumugam El Centro College
Professor of English and Writing
Learn how to turn in-class assignments into high-impact presentations for a campus-wide event. Promoting research through the creation of video documentaries adds a real-life element to any assignment. Challenge students to integrate the use of technology for problem-based learning. Create high-impact assignments for deeper engagement.
Karen Cuttill Richland College
This presentation will speak to well-being and work/life balance. We will cover five areas that help lead to increasing fun and enjoyment in your life. We will also learn three steps to increasing positivity in your work environment and in your personal life. We will take a stress test to see how “stressed” we really are. Attendees will:
Joni Felt Lumen
Follett has partnered with Lumen Learning to bring Open Educational Resources to the DCCCD. This session will provide an overview of how Open Educational Resources positively impact student success and will drive down the cost of course materials for students throughout the Dallas County Community College District. Joni Felt of Lumen will lead this presentation on the use of Open Educational Resources and how Follett/Lumen can support faculty and staff within the District. This 60 minute breakout session will provide an opportunity for you to ask questions about Lumen or Open Educational Resources. After the presentation, you can visit with Ms. Felt at the Follett sponsor booth for further discussion.
Carrie Schweitzer (BHC);
Dr. Maria Boccalandro (CVC);
Georgeann Moss (DO); Dr. Terry Wickman and Dr. Brenda Floyd, (EFC);
Maggie Lopez (ECC); Lori De La Cruz (MVC); Brandon Morton (NLC); Jerry Owens (RLC) DCCCD Sustainability Team
Looking for new ideas and resources to help you weave sustainability into your courses? The DCCCD Sustainability Team is here to help! Join them for this hands on workshop. You’ll leave the workshop with tons of new ideas and resources to help you design interdisciplinary assignments for your students, regardless of what you teach!
Tim Ellington Eastfield College
Learn the basic steps of swing-out dance.
Eddie Middlebrook District Office
Senior Digital Editor
Public and Governmental Affairs
Do you want to make meetings as smooth as icing on a glazed donut? Learn how myPortal can make collaboration a breeze. Keep up with your team calendar, projects and tasks with a team site. I will also share tips to help you become a myPortal expert.
Ben Magill District Office
Labor Market Intelligence Center
Mick Normington from the Texas Workforce Commission will present labor market information that will help faculty and administrators to understand industry demands for workforce and show them how to access additional information that is readily available through the Texas Workforce Commission and DCCCD's Labor Market Intelligence Center.
Attendees will learn about:
Michael Bailey Brookhaven College Professor of Mathematics
No one doubts the value of internships or work experience for college students. But most companies seek juniors and seniors as interns, making work experience programs a challenge for two-year colleges. In partnership with Sharyland Utilities, DCCCD created a successful and simple model that can be implemented anywhere.
Patrick Moore Richland College
Professor of Government
This presentation begins at home and gradually expands through contextualized images of the planets to the galaxy and beyond to literally the edge of the universe before returning home. The crux of the presentation is the Earth as the "Pale Blue Dot" in an image taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft as it was departing the solar system. This session will:
Sharon Blackman District Office
Strategic Learning Consultant
Have you given thought your career in the next five years? Does your plan include the possibility of earning an advanced degree? Hear from current DCCCD employees who have executed their plan and are either beginning, currently enrolled in or have completed their advanced degree program. Learn more about what to consider as you choose a program from among the various formats that are available today.
Rebekah Benavides Brookhaven College
The workplace has been shaken up with multiple generations working together. Explore the "generational gaps" in the workplace and engage in active learning to enhance communication and build effective teams. This presentation will focus on stirring together generations to overcome misconceptions in the workplace with activities that center on communication, collaboration and creating a team.
Attendees will learn:
Lauretta Hill District Office
Public Safety & Security
Commissioner Hill will present and discuss an overview of department survey results, discuss strategic plans and field questions from the workforce.
This session will cover:
Michelle Stewart LeCroy Center
This session will cover three strategies to increase instructor effectiveness in teaching online courses.
Paul Benson Mountain View College
Professor of English
Every good lecture should be hidden inside of stories! A lecture is hardly ever a failure with students if the key points are buried in anecdotes. Listeners will always remember the stories in a lecture much longer than they will remember the bare facts. In this presentation Dr. Paul Benson will give his version of a classic lecture with the use of strategist stories to highlight essential elements of his message. The classic lecture embedded in this presentation is entitled THE WHOOPEE WAR which is a micro-history about the 80+ year “war” between Dallas and Fort Worth which started in 1936!
Attendees will learn about:
Donna Starks District Office
Senior Administrative Assistant
Workforce and Economic Development
Co-Presenters: Ora Foster and Diana Clark
Attendees will learn how to:
Pyeper Wilkins District Office Foundation
Chief Advancement Officer
The Foundation has been busy reinventing itself over the past couple of years! What is new? We frequently hear the question “What’s Happening in the Foundation?” Come learn about what we do and some of our plans moving forward to support students and the community!
Jonathan Blundell District Office
Manager, Rich Media
Public and Governmental Affairs
In February 2017, the district launched a brand new web platform that completely changed how we think about our district and college website. Learn about the project, the process and ways you can help improve websites across the district.
Mark Curtis-Thames El Centro College
Professor of Philosophy and Religion
A significant percentage of our students intends to transfer to colleges and universities to complete their four-year degrees. Many of these students plan to major in one of the liberal arts rather than a job-specific degree plan. Additionally, deregulation of state tuition has directed large numbers of students to complete their general or core courses with us at much less cost before transferring. These students deserve the instruction that they come to us for and should not be overlooked.
This session will:
Stephen Levine, M.A. Richland College
Senior Academic Advisor
Many among us, from suspension students to honors students and throughout our staff, seriously underestimate how much of a positive impact we have upon those around us. So many of us look to traditional methods of rating our success: be it through money, job promotions, raw statistics, etc. All of these are most certainly valid. However, when someone smiles warmly at us with gratitude or gives a hardy thank you, or when we accomplish something wonderful outside traditional measures, these accomplishments frequently go unnoticed. In addition, many of us, blindly look for criticism yet brush off compliments.
This audience participatory seminar helps participants to draw forth insights on their myriad of life accomplishments, whether recognized/rewarded or not.
Attendees will learn to: