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Registration is OPEN.

Professional Development hours available. Each session is worth 1.5 PD units. 


Schedule with Descriptions:
Teach Students How to Learn: Metacognition is the Key!   8:30 a.m.—10 a.m.
21st Century students come to college with widely varying academic skills, approaches to learning, and motivation levels. Faculty often lament that students are focused on achieving high grades, but are not willing to invest much time or effort in learning. This session will focus on the importance of helping students acquire simple, but effective, learning strategies based on cognitive science principles. We will engage in interactive reflection activities that will allow attendees to experience strategies that can significantly improve student success by transforming students’ attitudes about the meaning of learning. 
Increasing Student Motivation: Strategies that Work   10:30 a.m.—Noon
Motivating today’s students to actively engage in learning activities proves challenging for most faculty. Very often Gen Z students do not respond as did students in the past to extrinsic motivators such as bonus quizzes and extra credit assignments. However, as James Raffini presents in 150 Ways to Increase Intrinsic Motivation in the Classroom, when the psychoacademic needs of students are met in creative ways, student motivation soars. This presentation will engage faculty in a discussion of addressing student needs for autonomy, competence, relatedness, self-esteem, and enjoyment in order to significantly increase student motivation.
Lunch Break   Noon—1:30 p.m.
On your own!
Using Appreciative Advising to Help Students Excel   1:30 p.m.—3 p.m.
Students often come to college with high aspirations, but with inadequate preparation to excel.  This interactive session will present a discussion of appreciative advising, an advising technique developed by Jennifer Bloom. This approach has the potential to facilitate more effective academic advising of today’s students. Effectively integrating learning strategies into advising sessions will also be discussed.


About the presenter:

Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire

Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire is the Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University. She has delivered keynote addresses or presented workshops on effective learning strategies at over 500 institutions in 48 states and fourteen countries.  Prior to joining LSU, she spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she received the coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award.  Her best-selling books, Teach Students How to Learn and Teach Yourself How to Learn, are widely praised by faculty and students.  The Parents’ Guide to Studying and Learning was released in January 2022.
McGuire’s most recent accolades include being named a 2022 Louisiana Legend by Louisiana Public Broadcasting, being listed in the 2020 edition of Marquis Who’s Who in America, receiving the 2019 Commitment to Excellence in Academic Support Award from the Commission for Academic Support in Higher Education, and induction in 2017 into the LSU College of Science Hall of Distinction.  She is an elected Fellow of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations.  She received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in a White House Oval Office Ceremony.
Dr. McGuire received her B.S. degree, magna cum laude, from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, her Master’s degree from Cornell University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she received the Chancellors Citation for Exceptional Professional Promise. 


Other Details:

Dr. Saundra McGuire will be presenting remotely from Louisiana. You can attend remotely from your home or office or attend in person in Canton or Macomb.

If attending in person the locations include:
Spoon River College, Canton Conference Center, 23235 N. Co. Hwy. 22, Canton, IL
Spoon River College, Macomb Outreach Center, 2500 E. Jackson St., Macomb, IL

Consider attending in person to network with other professionals like you! Spoon River College faculty would love to meet local teachers. You are encouraged to stop by SRC resource tables during breaks to talk with our faculty and see what SRC has to offer. Drawings for prizes will be held for those in attendance, with chances to win t-shirts, merchandise, and a tuition-free 3-credit-hour SRC course to the student of your choice.

For those attending virtually a link to the virtual meeting will emailed to you on Monday, August 8th.

For questions call Spoon River College Community Outreach at 309-833-6031.

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