Focus on Freshmen - Los Angeles
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Spotlight on Best Practices

Session Descriptions

Want to present at Focus on Freshmen 2018? In late Fall we will start accepting applications for from administrators, classroom instructors, and independent educational consultants who would like to present in this institute. To submit a presentation proposal please email Brook Owen,, for more information. Presentation Proposals are due January 29th.

Conference Attendees

What is the Career Choices Series? A Brief Overview
Academic Innovations Team member

Possibilities and Lifestyle Math: Supplemental Materials for the Career Choices Series
Academic Innovations Team member

The High School/College Connection: Creating College Success for All Students
Danielle Aguilar & Jorge Ramos Summit Charter Collegiate Academy (CA)

Student Voices: Which Lessons had the Greatest Impact
Belen, Sierra High School
Maleena, Sierra High School
Devin Ontai, Sierra High School graduate; entering CSU Fullerton
Kyndra Kiser, Sierra High School graduate; entering UC Merced

Becoming a Certified Get Focused...Stay Focused!® Specialist through Eastern Oregon University’s Graduate Program in the College of Education
Mindy Bingham, Author, Career Choices Series
Dr. Jennifer Ramos, Cosumnes Oaks High School (CA)

Inform! Motivate! Inspire! Hosting a Campus Visit with Dain Blanton
Dain Blanton, Olympic Gold Medalist

Fostering Parent Buy-in for the Follow-up Modules & Using the 10-Year Plan with Parents
Amy Bryant, Carpinteria Senior High School (CA)

Linking Industry to the Classroom: How to Connect Community Relevant Industry to the Dual Enrollment Process
Jennifer Crerar & Diego Ochoa, Esparto High School (CA)

Lost Now Found: The Sequel
Ann Croft & Colleen Bibeault, Woonsocket High School, Woonsocket (RI)

CAREing Conversations: Strategies to Support Your “Every Instructor an Advisor” Efforts
Dr. Rebecca Dedmond, Founder, Freshman Transition Initiative

Developing a Freshman Transition Curriculum and Program: PLCs and their Role in Freshman Transition Courses
Stephen DiPatri & Tanya Corbett, Bridgeton High School (NJ)

Freshman Transition—Collaboration in Motion: Building Hope and Opportunity in Your School Community
John Farinella, Rahway High School (NJ)

Creative Ways to Give Meaningful Grades: Making the 10-year Plan a Tool Students Use
David Farris, Lead Teacher, Desert Hot Springs High School (CA)

It’s Not You, It’s Freshmen: Tricks for Working with the Developing Brain
Rachelle Fast, Teacher, Sierra High School (CA)

Implementing the Follow-up Modules: A Panel Discussion
Moderated By: Erin Hansen, Consultant, Get Focused...Stay Focused!® Initiative, Santa Barbara (CA)

An Overview of the Get Focused...Stay Focused!® Follow-up Modules for 10th, 11th, and 12th Grades
Erin Hansen, Consultant, Get Focused...Stay Focused!® Initiative, Santa Barbara (CA)
Amy Bryant, Teacher, Carpinteria Senior High School (CA)

First Impressions Make Lasting Impressions: Building Character and Confidence as a Freshman
Maria Hennessy, Teacher, Rahway High School (NJ)

Re-envisioning the First-year Seminar: A Semester of Classroom Advising to Promote College Completion and Career Readiness
Dr. Stephen Lambert & Dr. Jennifer Gangi, Hillsborough Community College (FL)

Buy-in and Persistence: How We Are Building a Get Focused...Stay Focused!® Program in Adult Education
Geno Malkiewicz & Michelle Triplett, Elk Grove Adult and Community Education (CA)

Best Practices: Using the Career Choices Curriculum to Engage Students Before the Bell and as They Exit
Kristen McReynold, Bay City High School (TX)

Dual Credit Panel Discussion: Strategies for Navigating Two Educational Systems
Moderated By: Karen Miles, College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita (CA)

Start-up Strategies: An Overview of the Middle School Bridge Program
Karen Miles, Co-Author, Building a Bridge to Your Future

Changing a Generation
Rudy Ramirez, Retired Principal, Indio High School (CA)

Mastering the Master Schedule
Rudy Ramirez, Retired Principal, Indio High School (CA)

Building Positive Teacher-Student Relationships: Helping Students Transition to High School by Increasing their Connectedness
Dr. Jennifer Ramos, Cosumnes Oaks High School (CA)

Making Success Personal: How Small Personal Touches Can Create Big Success
Nina Rathbun & Jamie Beaudry, Woonsocket High School (RI)

Career Researching: How Do I Get My Students Comfortable with Picking a Career?
Kari Rosson, Cabrillo High School (CA)

Day One Strategies: Tips for Your Career Choices Classroom
Kari Rosson, Cabrillo High School (CA)

First Year Implementation Tips & Tricks: Getting Your Team Organized and Ready to Go from Day One!
Marlaina Schroeder & Tessa Hernandez, River City High School (CA)

Closing the Achievement Gap for Boys and Men of Color through Focused Career Planning: You can get there from here!
Cal Talley, Saginaw Valley State University (MI)

Whole-School Get Focused...Stay Focused!® Implementation: Starting the GFSF Program with the Entire High School Population
Dave Urquhart & Sheri Gempler, Big Oak Flat/Groveland USD (CA)

Get Focused...Stay Focused!® and Google: Using Career Choices in a Technical Age
Lyndsy Weikel, Shafter High School (CA)

SMART Goals for Success: Academic Rigor and Grit Starts Here
Linda Weissbrod, Rahway High School (NJ)

Strategies for Championing a First-year Experience/Student Success Course at the College Level
Dr. Lauren Wintermeyer, Co-Founder, Get Focused…Stay Focused! ® Initiative