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AHE Network Conference

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The AHE Network hosts an annual conference to provide high-level professional development for individuals focused on increasing postsecondary education access and success in rural places. The two-day conference is held in late June and brings together individuals working in or on behalf of the broad array of institutions and agencies responsible for post-high school access and success. Plenary and workshop sessions introduce participants to “doers and thinkers,” as well as “critics and advocates.” Special workshops showcase the best or promising practices promoting post-high school education and training success in rural America.

To learn more about the AHE Network conference, please email us at ahen@iel.org.

Resources from Past Conferences

AHE Conference 2018 Resources

Plenary Sessions

ED TALK: Postsecondary Education, Training & Workforce Development: How Policy Affects Access and Success
Johan E. Uvin, President, Institute for Educational Leadership
PowerPoint Presentation

Ready or Not: The Students behind the Statistics
Rachel Belin, Moderator, Founder and Director, Student Voice Team; Meredith Crockett, Student, Lipscomb University; Sahar Mohammadzadeh, Student Director, Postsecondary Initiatives, 2018 Graduate, Dunbar H.S., and Freshman, Harvard College Student; Will Powers, Junior, Somerset High School
PowerPoint Presentation

The RELs:  Putting Research into Action
Deborah Jonas, Director, REL Appalachia; La’Tara Osborne-Lampkin, PH.D., Associate in Research, REL Southeast, Elisabeth "Lyzz" Davis, Senior Researcher, REL Midwest; Jan Anderson, Senior Research Associate, REL Mid-Atlantic. Kerry Friedman (Moderator), Project Manager, REL Appalachia
PowerPoint Presentation

Using Technology to Personalize Students' Learning of Global Competencies
Dr. Christopher Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University
PowerPoint Presentation

Workshop Sessions

Accelerated Learning Opportunities for Adult Students
Dr. Sarita Rhonemus, Director, RBA, Bluefield State College and WVACHE; Tammy Meredith-Castle, Assistant Director, EOC, Morehead State University
Presentation in PDF

Answering the Call for Greater Prosperity in Rural America
Michael Chamberlain, Special Assistant for Rural Outreach, U.S. Department of Education
Presentation in PDF

CODE - An Innovative Workforce Solution
Dr. Lydotta Taylor, Founder and President, EdVentures Group
PowerPoint Presentation

College and Community Collaborations: An Integrated 1st Year Experience
Dr. Andrew Pearl, Director, Academic Engagement; Nathan Price, Assistant Professor of Political Science; Lisa Terrene, Academic Success Coach; Miguel Vila, Student, University of North Georgia; and Sherry Morris, Director, Fannin County Family Connection
Presentation in PDF

A Conversation: The Military as a Postsecondary Education Option
Joseph M. Royer, Career Counselor - Clearfield County, Workforce Solutions for North Central PA
For additional information, please contact jroyer@ncwdb.org.

Creating a Culture of Evidence Based Practices
Jennifer Wilson Kearse, Executive Director, and Dr. Shawn Bergman, Board Chair, The Vela Institute
Presentation in PDF

Dual Enrollment in Appalachian Ohio
Dr. Brenda Haas, Associate Vice-Chancellor P-16 Initiative; and Dr. Larisa Harper,  Director, College Credit Plus, Ohio Department of Higher Education
Presentation in PDF

FAFSA: Opening Doors to Postsecondary Education and Better Futures
Presenters: Maisha Challenger, Awareness & Outreach Specialist, Office of Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education
For more information, contact maisha.challenger@ed.gov.

The Fundamentals of Fund Raising:  Using Your Assets to Attract Investments
Dr. Pollyanne Frantz , Sponsored Research Officer, University of the South – Sewanee
Presentation in PDF

INCubatoredu. The Engaging Program that Prepares Students for the Workplace
Dr. Jill Olson, Dual Enrollment Coordinator & DECA Adviser, Union County High School
Presentation in PDF

It's Not How You Start, it’s How You Finish: Integrated Systems and Supports for Developmental Education
La’Tara Osborne-Lampkin, Ph.D., REL Southeast, (AL/GA/MS/NC/SC)
Presentation in PDF

Navigating Dreamland – The Opioid Crisis in Appalachia
Cyndy Hykes, History Teacher, and Judy Ellsesser, English Teacher, South Webster High School, Bloom Vernon School District
Presentation in PDF

Opening Doors to Families through Future Centers
Presenters: Dr. Pamela Ellis, "The Education Doctor®," Compass College Advisory Center
Presentation in PDF

Preparing Rural Students for Success in College and Career
Dr. Deborah Jonas, Director, Kori Hamilton Biagas, Communication Specialist, and Kerry Friedman, Project Manager, REL Appalachia - (WV, KY, VA, TN)
Presentation in PDF

Ready or Not: How Listening to the Students behind the Statistics Challenges the Concept of College Readiness
Rachel Belin, Moderator, Founder, and Director, Student Voice Team; Meredith Crockett, Student, Lipscomb University; Sahar Mohammadzadeh, 2018 Graduate, Dunbar H.S./Student Director, Postsecondary Initiatives; Student, Harvard College; and Will Powers, Junior, Somerset High School
Presentation in PDF

Strategies Proven to Promote  Students' Postsecondary Education Success
Alyssa Ratledge, Research Analyst, and Andrea Vasquez Research Assistant, Postsecondary Education, MDRC
Presentation in PDF

Supporting Transition-Age Youth in High School and Beyond
Curtis Richards, Director, Center for Workforce Development, Institute for Educational Leadership
Personal Competencies for College & Career Success: What Colleges Can Do - by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth

THIS IS US: True 'Partnership' – It's Not Always Easy, but it’s Worth It!
Al Moore, Dean, Career Technical Education and Workforce Solutions, Bevill State Community College
Presentation in PDF

Workforce Development Boards: Connecting the Business and Education Sectors (PA)
Susie Snelick, Executive Director, and Pam Streich, Director of Strategic Planning and Project Management, Workforce Solutions for North Central Pennsylvania
Presentation in PDF

Workforce-Ready Mathematics - ACTing to Achieve
Dr. Terry Lashley, Executive Director, SouthEast Educational, Inc., and Ashley Walther,  Consultant, TnACHE
Presentation in PDF

AHE Conference 2017 Resources

AHE Conference 2016 Resources

Family Engagement Workshops

Bridging the High School-College Divide
Brenda Haas, Dean, University College, Shawnee State University (OH).
PowerPoint Presentation

Country Roads Take Me...? College Pathways Among Rural Students and the Role of Family
Dr. Sarah Beasley, Director of Retention, Concord University (WV)
PowerPoint Presentation

Creating Partnerships in Appalachian Alabama
Stacy Page, Counselor and Ronnie Miller, Principal, Hamilton High School, Marion County Board of Education (AL)
PowerPoint Presentation

Engaging Out-of-School Young Adults
Susie Snelick, Director, and Pam Streich, Director of Planning, North Central Workforce Investment Board (PA)
Presentation in PDF

Great Expectations: Foster Youth Transitioning to College
Jennifer Roark, Great Expectations Program Coordinator, Southwest Community College (VA)
PowerPoint Presentation

Making College Home One Course at a Time
Jennifer Wilson-Kearse, Executive Director, College Access Partnerships, Appalachian State University (NC)
PowerPoint Presentation

Putting Families First
Rochelle Garrett, Family Partnership Director, Partners for Education, Berea College (KY)
PowerPoint Presentation

Signing Days: Not Just for Sports Anymore!
Lucia Folk, Vice President, Public Affairs, Country Music Television (TN)
Presentation in PDF

Community Engagement Workshops

A Broader BOLDER Approach to Education
Reuben Jacobson, Deputy Director, Coalition for Community Schools, Institute for Educational Leadership (DC); Elaine Weiss, National Coordinator, Broader Bolder Approach to Education, Economic Policy Institute (DC)
PowerPoint Presentation

Building Bridges: Connecting Communities to Schools
Meredith C. Fleming, Economic Development Assistant, Panola Partnership, Inc.; La’Keldra Pride, Career and Technical Director, North Panola School District (MS)
PowerPoint Presentation

CMT Empowering Education: A Community College Initiative
Lucia Folk, Vice President, Public Affairs, Country Music Television (TN)
www.cmtempoweringeducation.com

The Education Council: A Model for Rural Success
Kimberly Rees, Executive Director, Potter County Education Council (PA)
PowerPoint Presentation

Student/Self Workshops

AsU GUIDE: Entrepreneurial Mindsets for Western NC Youth
Bradley Tunstill, GEAR UP Coordinator, Appalachian State University
PowerPoint Presentation

Building Inclusive, Youth-Led Spaces in Appalachia
Kendall Bilbrey, Coordinator, The Stay Together Appalachian Youth Project
www.thestayproject.com

Getting to Know Your Trio Programs in Appalachia
Sharee St.Louis Smith and Holly Johnson Evans, College Access Counselors, Commonwealth Educational Opportunity Center, Morehead State University (KY)
PowerPoint Presentation List of Appalachian TRIO Programs (Excel) | Tables of Appalachian TRIO Funding Levels (Excel)

STEM4KIDZ
Whitney Jenkins, Creator, What Kidz Can Do and 2016 H.S. Graduate; and Brenda Haas, Dean, University College, Shawnee State University
Presentation in PDF

Tips and Tools for the 2017-18 FAFSA
Maisha Challenger, Awareness & Outreach Specialist, Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education
Presentation in PDF

Plenary Presentations

Advancing Education and Economic Mobility in Appalachia
Dr. Elizabeth Grant, Senior Vice President, Jobs for the Future
PowerPoint Presentation

Changing the Narrative about Appalachia - About Self
Roger May, Director, Looking at Appalachia Project
Looking at Appalachia

Engaging All Stakeholders
Reuben Jacobson, Deputy Director, Coalition for Community Schools, Institute for Educational Leadership
PowerPoint Presentation

Equipping and Empowering Appalachian Students for Postsecondary Education Success
Dr. Aaron Thompson, Interim President, Kentucky State University (on leave from his position as Executive VP and Chief Academic Officer, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.
Aaron Thompson Excerpted Testimony (PDF)

Family Engagement Revisited
Elaine Weiss, National Coordinator, Broader, Bolder Approach to Education, Economic Policy Institute
Center for American Progress' Talk Poverty Blog Entry on Appalachian Schools

How Rural Communities Can Support Student Success
Dennis Bega, Director of Regional Operations, U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Deptartment of Education Homeroom Blog - How to Serve Rural Schools: Listen (PDF)