5 Picks for ACPA 2016 Educational Sessions

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ACPA 2016 is almost here. Bags are being packed, flights have been booked. In less than a week higher ed professionals from around the globe will be arriving in wintry Montreal, Canada. Seeing as ACPA 2016 will be here practically before you can blink, it’s time to start planning how you’ll spend your time. One thing that’s highly recommended is to attend all the sessions or as many as physically possible. There are a lot of different things going on at ACPA 2016, but what we’re really excited for is the educational sessions. All the sessions look wonderful, but as we can’t attend them all, we thought we’d share with you the ones we’re planning on attending. So, without further ado, I present to you OOHLALA’s Top 5 Picks for ACPA 16 Educational Sessions to Attend:

Monday, March 7

There are 8 different educational sessions taking place on Monday, March 7. Although they all look interesting, we know we won’t be able to make them all. Therefore, our top 2 choices are:

  • Implementing Neuroscience Informed Practices to Improve Student Success [8 a.m. - 9 a.m.] and
  • Standing Up, Speaking Out, Making Change: Student Social Movements, Protests, and Activism. [2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.]

Implementing Neuroscience Informed Practices to Improve Student Success will feature Marilee Bresciani Ludvik, a professor of postsecondary educational leadership at San Diego State University. Marilee will be discussing how higher education can use the findings of neuroscience to help students achieve academic success. The session will look at how neuroscientific research can be used to create learning experiences that invite reflection. The session, Standing Up, Speaking Out, Making Change: Student Social Movements, Protests, and Activism, will have panelists  Kinnon MacKinnon, Kimberlee Ward, Christian Noumi, Sheridan Lagunas-Aguirre, and Stephen John Quaye. The panel will explore the topic of student activism. This topic has been the center of media attention for several months and is also a topic of the convention. Attendees can expect to discuss student activist motivations, their sustained commitments and how their actions are effecting change.

Tuesday, March 8

There are 4 educational sessions to choose from on Tuesday, March 8. The two we’re interested in right now are, How College Affects Students (Volume 3) [9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.]

and Higher Ed Live: Contested Issues. [12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.]

How College Affects Students (Volume 3)

, gets its title from the first two volumes of the popular essay compilation How College Affects Students. The third volume will be released in Fall 2016. In the meantime, Matt Mayhew, Nick Bowman, and Tricia Seifert will be presenting what they learned from reviewing the over 2500 articles that went into the third volume. If you’re a fan of the popular webcast Student Affairs Live, the session Higher Ed Live: Contested Issues, is your chance to meet hosts, Heather Shea Gasser, and Tony Doody. The experienced co-hosts will preside over several one-on-one debates between student affairs thought leaders on topics such as, “Does social networking enhance or impede student learning?” and “Should we continue to support Greek life on campus?” Audience members will be asked to give immediate feedback on the debaters using hand-held paddles. For those unable to make it to the session, you will be able to voice your feedback remotely through Twitter.

Wednesday, March 9

The educational sessions for the final day of ACPA 16 are not yet finalized. However, what we know so far is that you’re going to want to participate in ACPA Common Read. The purpose of Common Read at Convention is to develop a dialogue around a popular issue by having attendees all read the same book. The book of choice for ACPA 16 is In Defiance by Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois. Nadeau-Dubois was one of the leaders of the 2012 Quebec student protests. Labelled, “Maple Spring,” these protests involved over 300,000 students. The topic of the issue was the provincial government’s planned tuition hikes. Discussion around this book will take place on Tuesday, March 8 at 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday, March 9 at 9:45 a.m. You can also join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #ACPACommonRead. ***  

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