Education Briefs for Dec. 20

SWWC staff present at conferences

Several SWWC Service Cooperative staff recently presented at two conferences — the Minnesota Rural Education Association (MREA) Annual Conference and the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) Annual Conference.

The MREA Annual Conference was Nov. 12-14 in Brainerd with over 400 people in attendance. SWWC staff presented three different sessions — focusing on Future Ready Students.

Tom Hoff and Mary Mortier’s session, Career Expos Engage and Inform Students about Careers, focused on how the Southwest Minnesota Career Expos help students connect with employers in the region and uncover career opportunities

Hoff and Gail Polejewski’s session, “Building Rural CTE Programs Requires Cooperation,” focused on how the region built a collaborative CTE (Career and Technical Education) model by pooling students from area high schools to support the types of CTE courses they could not offer on their own. They shared the process used to encourage schools to share resources and offer classes in ways that helped overcome scheduling, financial, and distance barriers.

Lisa Gregoire was part of a team presentation with three other grant recipient organizations. This session, Come Along for a SLEDS Ride: Data from K-12 to College & Career, covered the Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLED) available data as well as potential ways to use the data in school improvement efforts.

The AESA Annual Conference was Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in San Antonio, Texas. The conference theme was “From Hope to Change: Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice.” Over 870 people from across the United States attended this conference. SWWC staff presented two different sessions.

In Hoff, Gregoire and Polejewski’s session, “Collaborative CTE Programs for Small Rural Schools,” information about the collaborative CTE model in the region was shared (similar to the presentation done at the MREA Annual Conference).

Elizabeth Sullivan was another SWWC presenter at this conference. During her session, “Designing Dashboard to Drive Your Data Decisions,” she demonstrated how dashboards can be used to show key metrics in finance and human resources, and drill down complex information using filters and slicers — all to help use data in the decision-making process.