Sunday, September 19, 2021
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 composed 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. This approach saves money and provides your team with ideas and connections that can motivate and encourage them as they work to implement changes on your campus. If you and your colleagues are attending SSSC as a team, we offer the following recommendations for making the most of your experience.

 Recommendations

Before the conference:

  • Meet together before the conference starts, either in a formal meeting, or an informal get-together. This may be a chance to meet colleagues from across your college who 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 via text or other team platform (such as Slack or Microsoft Teams) when you hear something you really like. Share ideas while they are fresh and in the moment.

  • Zoom with each other for breakfast to share your insights from the previous days’ sessions or at an “after-hours” session to debrief the days’ learning.

  • Keep track of ideas and people from sessions that you and your colleagues want to follow-up with. You might make notes individually or create a shared Google doc, Jamboard, or Padlet to post your “aha” moments during the conference.

After the conference:

  • Meet after the conference 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.