Wednesday, August 17, 2022
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 Funding Your Conference Attendance

Paying for professional learning opportunities can sometimes be challenging. Here are some suggestions of potential funding sources as well as ways to reduce costs for you to consider as you make your plans to attend this year's Strengthening Student Success Conference.

 Potential funding sources for your conference attendance:

Student Equity and Achievement funds (SEA) on your campus may have professional learning as part of their Student Equity plan. If you aren’t already, become friends with whoever oversees these funds and make your case for funding for the conference. Every conference session is required to show how their work aligns with the equity work of the state.

Justification: “I would like to attend the Strengthening Student Success Conference (SSSC) and am asking for funding from SEA. The SSSC is designed by California Community College practitioners for practitioners to share best practices and learn from each other. All breakout sessions at the conference link their work with the equity work of the state in support of the Chancellor’s Office Vision for Success and our own college’s Equity plan. This year's theme, Fostering Healing and Hope, calls us to achieve actionable change (rather than just talking about change) as we implement meaningful steps that will lead to inclusive institutions that champion anti-racist teaching and learning, increased equity mindedness, and more flexibility. Here are some of the breakout sessions I would like to attend [list them here].

Sessions that you can highlight to help make your case for using funding to attend the conference:

  • Dual Enrollment: An Equity Strategy for Disproportionately Impacted Students

  • Open for Antiracism: Using Open Education to Support Antiracism in the Classroom

Guided Pathways funds may be able to support your conference attendance. This is a great place to get ideas from practitioners in the field on how Guided Pathways efforts are going on other campuses. If you aren’t already, become friends with whoever oversees these funds and make your case for funding for the conference.

Justification: “I would like to attend the Strengthening Student Success Conference (SSSC) and I am asking for funding from Guided Pathways. The SSSC is designed by California Community College practitioners for practitioners to share best practices and learn from each other. This year's theme, Fostering Healing and Hope, calls us to achieve actionable change (rather than just talking about change), which I think is critically important as we continue to implement Guided Pathways on our campus.

Here are some of the breakout sessions I would like to attend [list them here].

Sessions that you can highlight to help make your case for using funding to attend the conference:

  • Student-Centered Program Review: Revisioning through the lens of Guided Pathways

  • Holistic Student Supports as a Foundation for Guided Pathways and Student Equity

  • Advancing Equity in Guided Pathways through Project Teams

CA Adult Education Program (CAEP) funding can be used to support attendance at this conference. There are several breakout sessions on partnerships with local adult education programs. If you aren’t already, become friends with whoever oversees these funds and make your case for funding for the conference.

Justification: “I would like to attend the Strengthening Student Success Conference (SSSC) and I am asking for funding from CAEP. The SSSC is designed by California Community College practitioners for practitioners to share best practices and learn from each other. This year's theme, Fostering Healing and Hope, calls to achieve actionable change (rather than just talking about change) as we focus on helping our adult education students transition from our adult schools to college. Here are some of the breakout sessions I would like to attend [list them here].

Sessions that you can highlight to help make your case for using funding to attend the conference:

  • From Transactional to Relational: Building Trust and Community to Facilitate Equity-Minded Inquiry in the Classroom

  • Realizing the Promise of Direct Assessment, Competency-Based Education as an Equity-Driven, Equity-Focused Delivery Model for the California Community College System

If this is an option at your college, Academic Senate Travel & Conference funds can be used to attend the conference. Some colleges have a limit on how much they can pay, but you might be able to leverage other funding to help cover the costs of your attendance.

Justification: “I would like to attend the Strengthening Student Success Conference (SSSC) and I am asking for funding from Academic Senate Travel and Conference. The SSSC is designed by California Community College practitioners for practitioners to share best practices and learn from each other. There are breakout sessions dedicated to Guided Pathways, Professional Learning and Leadership Development, Student Learning, and many others. Any one of these sessions would apply to my work on campus. Here are some sessions I am interested in attending [list them here].

Sessions that you can highlight to help make your case for using funding to attend the conference:

  • Racial Justice Through Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning in STEM

  • Every Flower Has a STEM: How Puente is making math relevant and accessible to Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) students

  • Is Transfer Broken? Myths and Truths about Transfer in Light of AB928

If your college has a Title V grant there may be funds for professional development as a part of the grant. If you aren’t already, become friends with whoever oversees these funds and make your case for funding for the conference. Make sure you know what the objectives of your grant are so you can show how attending the conference will help your campus achieve the purpose of the grant.

Justification: “I would like to attend the Strengthening Student Success Conference (SSSC) and I am asking for funding from Title V. The SSSC is designed by California Community College practitioners for practitioners to share best practices and learn from each other. This year's theme, Fostering Healing and Hope, calls us to bring about actionable change (rather than just talking about change), which is what our Title V grant helps us achieve. The conference has a number of breakout sessions that can help us realize the objectives of our grant. Here are some of the sessions I would like to attend [list them here].

Some sessions that you can highlight to help make your case for using funding to attend the conference:

  • Pasadena City College's Title V Abriendo Caminos Grant: Opening Pathways to Institutionalize Equity

  • A Holistic Vibe: Creating a Culture of Care by Addressing Perceived and Personal Stigmas, Increasing Belongingness, and Enhancing Resiliency

  • Open for Antiracism: Using Open Education to Support Antiracism in the Classroom

If your college has received funding to address basic needs on your campus, you may be able to request funding to assist with attending the conference. You can talk with your college’s Dean of Counseling or your Student Equity Coordinator/Director to see if there is funding to support professional development opportunities.

Justification: “I would like to attend the Strengthening Student Success Conference (SSSC) and I am asking for funding from Basic Needs. The SSSC is designed by California Community College practitioners for practitioners to share best practices and learn from each other. The theme for this year's conference, Fostering Healing and Hope, really embodies what we are doing to meet the basic needs of our students. Our college has really stepped up in the last few years to support our students in many ways and if there is funding available, I would like to attend and participate in some of the sessions such as [list here].

Sessions that you can highlight to help make your case for using funding to attend the conference:

  • Building A Nourished Campus: Fostering Resilience and Healing Through On-Campus Food Security Programs

  • Helping Students in Distress

 Ways to reduce your costs:

Colleges received a 10% discount on registration for groups of 10 or more. That’s one free registration for nine paid registrations. And with a team you can attend almost all of the breakout sessions and share what you’ve learned. Learn more about making the most of your team’s SSSC experience.

Room Hosts receive complimentary registration and get to hear some great presentations. Room Host opportunities will be posted in early August.