Sunday, September 19, 2021
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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:

SEA funds 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, Leading with Clarity, Determination, and Purpose, calls us to renew our commitment to fostering inclusive institutions that champion anti-racist teaching and learning, increased equity mindedness, and more flexibility. Here are some of the breakout sessions I want to attend [list them here].

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

  • Language So Rich, Why We Stiflin’: Linguistic Justice in the Classroom

  • Building Blocks for Institutionalizing Racial Equity: Insights from California Community College Equity Champions on how to Create Equity-Focused Transformation

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, Leading with Clarity, Determination, and Purpose, calls us to action as our colleges, communities, and country begin to map out “getting back to normal.” This is an opportune time to push forward with our Guided Pathways work to meet the needs of our students today. Here are some of the breakout sessions I want to attend [list them here].

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

  • Best Practices and Benefits of Utilizing Students in your Guided Pathways and Equity Efforts

  • Counseling and Guided Pathways: Remembering that Guided Pathways is about Guiding Students

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, Leading with Clarity, Determination, and Purpose, calls us to action as we work to simplify processes and support for our students by streamlining pathways for job training, degree completion, and transfer. 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:

  • Transitions from Adult Education to Community College: A Collaborative Approach

  • Silo Busting: Collaborative Leadership and Planning for 21st Century Students

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 AB 705, 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:

  • OER and Equity: The ASCCC Open Education Resources Initiative

  • Innovative Tools for Engaging Contemporary Challenges in Collaborative Governance

All of our colleges have received significant amounts of funding for meeting the challenges of the pandemic (HEERF). Paying for professional development for faculty, staff, and administrators to help them implement change as we return to our campuses is an allowable expense. 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 HEERF. The SSSC is designed by California Community College practitioners for practitioners to share best practices and learn from each other. This year’s theme, Leading with Clarity, Determination, and Purpose, calls us to action as our colleges, communities, and country begin to map out “getting back to normal.” There are things we learned during the pandemic that we need to keep as we return to campus and there are things we did before the pandemic that we need to let go of. This conference has a number of breakout sessions about how colleges have changed to meet the needs of students during the pandemic. Here are some of the 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:

  • Creativity, Collaboration, Commitment, Caring, and COVID = Recipe for Equity Success

  • Decolonization and Equity in Remote Learning and Distance Education

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, Leading with Clarity, Determination, and Purpose, calls us to action as our colleges, communities, and country begin the process of recovery from the pandemic. This conference has a number of breakout sessions that can help us achieve the objectives of our grant. Here are some of the 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:

  • The Power of the Student Voice: Transforming Data into Action

  • Basic Needs: Serving the Whole Student

 Ways to reduce your costs:

Colleges receive 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.

Session Moderators receive complimentary registration and get to hear some great presentations. Find more information about being a Session Moderator.