Sunday, July 23, 2017
The RP Group
Making the Most of Your Team’s SSSC Experience

The Strengthening Student Success Conference highlights practice at all levels of the community college from individual interactions to institutional change.

The strands and sessions address issues that cross the internal boundaries of the college. So it is natural that more colleges send cross-functional teams comprised of faculty, counselors, administrators, researchers and others from across the campus. Professional learning is powerful when it is shared.

Coming collaboratively allows a team to organize and attend more sessions. If you and your colleagues are coming to SSSC as a team, we offer the following recommendations for making the most of your experience.

Recommendations

Before the conference:

  • Meet together before you come, either in a formal meeting, or an informal get together. This may be a chance to meet colleagues from across your college that you didn’t know before.
  • Look over the conference schedule to identify possible sessions of interest, particularly topics that are currently a focus of work at your college.
  • Organize who will cover different sessions, given that there are always several potentially interesting sessions in the same time slot.

During the conference:

  • Touch base with your colleagues as you pass in the halls. Share ideas while they are fresh and in the moment.
  • Get together for a meal; meet over breakfast or debrief together over dinner.
  • Keep track of ideas and people from sessions that you and your colleagues want to follow-up with. You might make notes individually or have a common document where everyone can contribute. 

After the conference:

  • Meet together back at your college to discuss how to apply the ideas you have gathered.
  • Decide how to share ideas with a broader college audience. 
  • Plan how you will contact people or programs that you want to learn more about.