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The CTN Ascender Spring Seminar will be held at the Frank Fickett Center in Austin on March 7-8.




The CTN Ascender Spring Seminar will be held at the Frank Fickett Center in Austin on March 7-8.


The CTN Ascender Spring Seminar will be held at the Frank Fickett Center in Austin on March 7-8. This event will bring together both seasoned practitioners as well as noted scholars and authors to lead interactive sessions that address the needs of existing and new college teams. Cohort 2018-2019 from any CTN participating colleges are required to attend, and members of previous cohorts are also welcome. The agenda includes innovative sessions from experienced program practitioners in language arts, math, Learning Frameworks and advising as well as speakers such as Frank Savina, a program specialist and master teacher from the UT-Dana Center, and Eileen Galvez, a dean of Yale College who will present on “Imposter Syndrome” and its impact on faculty morale and student retention.  Sessions will begin at 11am on Thursday, March 7th, and end at 4 p.m. the following day. Lunch will be provided on the first day, and breakfast and lunch on the second day.

The Spring Reception will be at the same venue on March 7 starting at 5 p.m.  Music at the reception will be provided by Roleros Cosmicos and Oscar Casares will perform a reading. Keynote speaker is Dr. Birgit Siceloff, wife of CTN founder, John Siceloff.

CTN’s Transformative Teaching Track begins on March 8. It is a two-day, experiential and intensive training in classroom strategies, co-curricular design and team building with an emphasis on culturally responsive practice. This training is tailored to meet the needs of faculty who wish to play a leadership role in response to House Bill 2223 and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s 60x30 campaign.

Speakers include THECB Director of Developmental and Adult Education, Suzanne Morales-Vale and Keylan Morgan, Program Specialist, who will discuss H.B. 2223 and the implication on pedagogical practice moving forward; and also Tina Jackson, District Director of Developmental Education at Collin College whose session is titled “Embracing Change: Best Practices for Scalable CoRequisite Implementation.”


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