Project Kaleidoscope Upstate Regional Network 2017 Fall Meeting

2018 PKAL Upstate New York Regional Network Meeting

Strategies for Helping Students Succeed: Group Share Among STEM Instructors for Majors and Non-Majors Courses

February 3, 2018
State University of New York College at Oneonta (SUNY Oneonta)
108 Ravine Pkwy, Morris Conference Center
Oneonta, NY 13820


Project Kaleidoscope Upstate New York Regional Network (Upstate-PKAL) is pleased to announce registration for its annual conference, Strategies for helping students succeed: Group Share Among STEM Instructors for Majors and Non-Majors Courses, held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the State University of New York College at Oneonta in Oneonta, New York.

The Conference Committee has compiled an engaging program for a one day workshop aimed at bringing together STEM instructors from regional colleges and universities who teach introductory majors and non-majors courses to discuss:

  • Hard to teach topics in their respective fields and strategies that have and have not worked;
  • Effective strategies for teaching large (>48 students), medium (24-48), and small classes;
  • Tools and techniques in teaching difficult topics for majors and non-majors in each of the STEM fields;
  • Meeting the needs of under-prepared STEM students.

The aim is to address student learning issues within our respective courses through small group discussions.

The objectives of this workshop are to:

  • Develop collaborative and knowledge sharing networks among instructors of STEM courses in majors and non-majors science courses
  • Discuss topics students consider difficult and share techniques used to facilitate student learning of these topics
  • Discuss culturally-responsive teaching practices to increase inclusivity and equity within the classroom
  • To increase communication between STEM faculty at various schools in upstate New York

Dr. John ColeyConference Schedule Overview
The conference begins with registration at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2018, followed by a welcome address at 8:30 a.m. and keynote address by Dr. John Coley from Northeastern University.  Dr. Coley’s work seeks to examine the structure of knowledge, reasoning, and conceptual development.  Research questions addressed include: How do we organize what we know? How do we use what we know to make guesses about what we don’t know? How do people decide what kind of knowledge is relevant in a particular situation? How does growing up in different environments lead to different ways of thinking and reasoning about the world? His address is titled: Intuitive thinking and science education: Biology and beyond.

To learn more about the conference, and specific sessions, please visit the program here.
​Registration Information

Conference Registration
Conference registration is CLOSED.

The conference registration fee is $65 for professionals (faculty and administrators) and includes breakfast, lunch and conference materials. Attendees wishing to present a poster are asked to indicate such in the registration process. 

Registration deadlines
Early Bird Registration: December 31, 2017
General Registration Deadline: January 19, 2018

Space is limited; first come, first served. After January 19, please contact one of the organizing committees to explore the possibility of late registration.

For early bird registration, prior to 1 Jan. 2018, registrants may purchase a copy of the book Teach Students How to Learn. Strategies You Can Incorporate Into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation by Saundra Yancy McGuire With Stephanie McGuire at a discounted rate of $20.00. After this date, the book purchase option is not available. Purchased books will be distributed at the event. 

About the book: For over a decade Saundra McGuire has been acclaimed for her presentations and workshops on metacognition and student learning because the tools and strategies she shares have enabled faculty to facilitate dramatic improvements in student learning and success. This book encapsulates the model and ideas she has developed in the past fifteen years, ideas that are being adopted by an increasing number of faculty with considerable effect.

The methods she proposes do not require restructuring courses or an inordinate amount of time to teach. They can often be accomplished in a single session, transforming students from memorizers and regurgitators to students who begin to think critically and take responsibility for their own learning.

Poster Registration
Poster registration is part of the general registration process. All poster titles are due by 19 Jan. 2018. Posters should be printed no larger than 44” x 36”. While the poster session will be during lunch time, we ask that posters be set in their designated spots prior to this time.


Session Facilitator 
Volunteers are sought to act as discussion facilitators for the small group breakout sessions.  Facilitators act as discussion leader, ensuring all interested parties are able to express their ideas, conversation is focused on the theme of the breakout session, and conversation isn't monopolized. The facilitator will also aid in identifying a group member to present group ideas to the larger workshop audience. Please indicate your availability to serve as a facilitator in the online registration form.

The meeting is not associated with any hotel. For participants needing lodging, there are many nice, yet not expensive hotels in and around Oneonta.  The city is not very large and travel times are fairly quick up to campus.

Questions can be directed to Conference Co-Chairs
Dr. Tsitsi McPherson
SUNY Oneonta

Dr. Jennifer Withington
SUNY Oneonta