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Each of the conference strands below will include an average of four breakout sessions; attendees may choose to stay with one strand or move across strands to attend sessions that best meet their interests and goals.

Dual Enrollment and Early College Access
A guide to building and expanding successful programs

Session 1: Dual Enrollment in California: Challenges and Bright Spots
Preliminary finding from interviews with 39 of the 114 community colleges in California has revealed a number of common challenges to dual enrollment implementation. Case studies from urban and rural colleges around the state provide promising approaches to addressing these challenges. This session will also provide a legislative update.

Session 2: Dual Enrollment: Navigating the Waters of Two Educational Systems
Beginning a DE program must start with building the critical relationships between the secondary school and community college. Other groups must be included, such as bargaining units and academic senates. With the right approach, healthy and sustained relationships can be built which lead to benefits for the respective schools and students.

Session 3: Dual Enrollment: Program Logistics and Open Enrollment
Santa Barbara City College has built a robust DE program since 1998. Learn the ins and outs of developing and sustaining a successful DE program that withstands changes in policy, leadership, and evolving initiatives.

Session 4: Dual Enrollment for the Get Focused Course and Stay Focused Modules
Learn about how SBCC and Cuesta College grant DE credit for the GFSF 9th grade course and how Cuesta is now awarding dual enrollment credit for the GFSF Follow-up Modules for 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.

Implementing a freshman transition/first-year experience course in your high school or college

Session 1: Get Focused: Launching a Freshman Transition Course for All High School Freshmen
Learn the ins and outs of training your best faculty to teach the 9th grade course as well as details about the course itself which guides students to answer the questions: Who Am I? What Do I Want? and How Do I Get It?

Session 2: Get Focused: Implementing a First-Year Experience/Student Success Course at the College Level
Hear how the GFSF college curriculum is being used as a first-year experience course that covers career exploration, decision-making and student success. Students finish the course with a well-researched 10-year career & life plan and a skills-based Education Plan.

Session 3: Get Focused: First-Year College Experience—A How-to for Guided Pathways Programs
Learn how Hillsborough Community College selected the GFSF curriculum from among many and is currently implementing the course with 550 freshmen; also learn how the course provides students an onramp to selecting their Guided Pathway.

Session 4: Get Focused: Professional Development Options to get your entire team trained to implement GFSF
This session will detail workshops, webinars, conferences, online training and training for counselors in how to use the students' 10-year Plans. Learn about the plethora of training opportunities for K-12 and college faculty, counselors and administrators.

Strategies for implementing the follow-up modules in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grade

Session 1: Stay Focused: Strategies for Implementing the GFSF Follow-up Modules for 10th, 11th, and 12th grades
Learn how to effectively integrate these 16-lesson Follow-up Modules in an existing class. This session will be an overview of each of the three modules.

Session 2: Stay Focused: GFSF Follow-up Module 1: In-depth curriculum training
Participants will explore the 10th grade follow-up module and be given pacing guides and other resources. The 10th grade Module has students research high-wage, high-demand careers as well as update their 10-year Plan.

Session 3: Stay Focused: GFSF Follow-up Module 2: In-depth curriculum training
Participants will explore the 11th grade follow-up module and be given pacing guides and other resources. The 11th grade Module helps students research STEM careers as well as learn about how to select an appropriate college major and update their 10-year Plan.

Session 4: Stay Focused: GFSF Follow-up Module 3: In-depth curriculum training
Participants will explore the 12th grade follow-up module and be given pacing guides and other resources. The 12th grade Module guides students to learn about college support systems, financial aid, college applications, mock interviewing and update their 10-year Plans as well as build a Skills-based Education Plan.

Get Focused...Stay Focused!® as the Onramp to Guided Pathways

Session 1: The Key to Collaboration: Establishing K16 Relationships
This session's presenters will describe how they have developed key relationships in educational systems as well as reached out to the community and parents to inculcate GFSF as a relevant and inclusive program.

Session 2: Nurturing, Sustaining, and Expanding the Collaboration

Learn how Long Beach is building GFSF as a student pipeline beginning with the Long Beach Unified School District on to Long Beach City College and then to CSU Long Beach.

Session 3: GFSF: Industry and Community Involvement in Guided Pathways
This session will detail how the Ventura County Community College District & Career Pathways Trust Grant have built relationships between GFSF high schools (and now middle schools) to community college. Learn how work-based learning is a key element in a student's pathway and also learn how one northern CA community is embracing GFSF through business and civic relationships.

Session 4: Monitoring the Collaboration through Data-informed Decision-making
Learn how data will be used in building the CA Guided Pathways effort and hear about strategies for information, data-sharing and successful use of data.®
Student support perspectives for instructors and counselors

Session 1: Utilizing the 10-year Plan across the high school campus for academic coaching
This session will detail successful use of the student's 10-year Plan, begun in 9th grade and updated through the GFSF Follow-up Modules in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades, by teachers, counselors, administrators and even parents.

Session 2: The high school counselor's use of My10yearPlan

Learn how several high schools have trained counselors and inculcated the 10-year Plan in counseling and advising sessions and have made it the "go-to" advising tool.

Session 3: Supporting student transitions from K-12 to postsecondary through intersegmental alignment and intentional counseling

Three community college counselors will describe the importance of students entering college well-informed and with a plan for success.

Session 4: Using the 10-year planning process to develop Guided Pathways

In this interactive session, participants will hear how panelists use the 10-year planning process with students to achieve a well-informed pathway decision. In addition, panelists will describe how this can be integrated into the overall college Guided Pathway effort.

Middle School Bridge Curriculum
Preparing students to Get Focused in high school and life

Session 1: Career Development in Middle Schools/High Schools
Participants will learn how the "Building a Bridge to Your Future" curriculum helps students to get excited to engage in career planning in high school and how the GFSF curriculum will move them from a direction to a destination. The session will also explore the importance of non-cognitive factors, career self-efficacy, and relevant research.

Session 2: Overview of the "Building a Bridge to Your Future" Curriculum

This session will provide an overview of the scope and sequence of the "Building a Bridge to Your Future" curriculum. Participants will be provided with pacing guides, instructional resources, best practice tips for implementation, and an overview of the instructor's guide.

Ramp Up Your Get Focused...Stay Focused!® Program
Best practices for experienced instructors

Session 1: Launching your GFSF initiative with a thematic approach
Hear from GFSF schools that have found creative and impactful ways to launch their initiative with a school-wide theme that builds enthusiasm, community, and vision.

Session 2: Whole School Buy-in: Changing the School Culture through family and community involvement
This session will explore the powerful impact of a GFSF community effort. Learn how involving families and local industry can enhance your GFSF efforts.

Session 3: Leading the Vision: The Role of the Lead Teacher

Learn how successful GFSF Lead Teachers implement the program and guide their colleagues and school community to a shared GFSF vision through on-going professional development.

Session 4: Meet the Pro's: A Conversation with Mentor Teachers
This session will be a round table discussion where participants will have the opportunity to move to each table and learn from the best and most experienced GFSF high school teachers and administrators.

Guided Pathways
Learning from and planning with the experts

Session 1: Crosswalk showing how GFSF meets the Guided Pathways Pillars
During this session, we will explore how to build on our past efforts and evolve our thinking about how students are recruited to, enter, and progress through our colleges so they complete their goals at markedly higher rates. We will begin by exploring a story of one colleges journey to increase outcomes, and will set the table for an exploration of guided pathways by focusing on the issues of economic mobility and equity, and intersegmental alignment. This session will integrate Dr. Johnstone's work on the AACC Pathways Initiative, A2I2, the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Completion by Design, Beyond Financial Aid, JFF's Student Success Centers, and numerous other national, state and college-level projects.

Session 2: From Braiding to Building: Concrete Ideas for Integrating Initiatives Under the Guided Pathways Framework
Guided pathways provide a means for linking diverse improvement efforts across your campus, and for bridging silos between CTE, general education, instruction, and student services. But what does that really look like? This session will share specific examples of how you can leverage funding and work already underway through CCPT, SSSP, Equity, Basic Skills, and Strong Workforce to advance guided pathways.

Session 3: (Re)designing Intake: Mapping Out Ideal Elements for Guided Pathways Implementation
In order to clarify pathways and get students onto these pathways, colleges and their high school partners have the opportunity to jointly rethink matriculation and educational planning. This session will offer a facilitated structure for defining an idealized process, examine how current efforts can reflect these goals, and identify resources that can help support redesign.

Session 4: Fostering Data Conversations that Support Guided Pathways Planning
Guided pathways present the opportunity to improve many aspect of college practice, culture, and structures, but how do you decide where to start? This session will walk you through several free data dashboards that provide data on students' outcomes in high school, transition to college, and college success. Then, you will learn ways to use these data points to support local planning and prioritization, including hearing examples of how other colleges have used data to focus their efforts.

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Partners or collaborators
Foundation for California Community Colleges
George Washington University’s Freshman Transition Initiative
California Community College Chancellor's Task Force on Student Success
Academic Innovations LLC
UCSB Graduate School of Education California Dropout Research Project
UC Educational Evaluation Center, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

Eastern Oregon University’s College of Education
California SB1070 Coordinators from select regions
Santa Barbara Foundation
Santa Barbara City College Dual Enrollment Department
Carpinteria and Santa Barbara Unified School Districts
Santa Barbara County Office of Education’s Partners in Education