2018 Southern California PKAL Regional Network Annual Meeting

One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Using Varied Instructional Approaches to Help All STEM Students Succeed

March 10, 2018
University of California Los Angeles
Hershey Hall
612 Charles E Young Dr East
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7246

Important Deadlines
Workshop Proposals Due: January 10th, 2018 (CLOSED)
Poster Abstracts Due: February 26th, 2018
Registration opens: February 8th, 2018
Registration closes: March 6th, 2018

University of California Los Angeles is proud to host the 2018 Southern California PKAL Regional Network Annual Meeting.

Students come into our STEM classrooms with different identities, life experiences, and levels of academic preparation. As our college classrooms become more diverse, it is crucial that we understand and address the impacts of identity and preparation on students’ college experience and success. Over the course of this one-day meeting, we will explore a variety of education research, evidence-based practices, and pedagogical innovations related to addressing the increasing diversity of our growing student body.

We are pleased to welcome our keynote speaker Dr. Veronica X. Yan, who earned her Ph.D. at UCLA and is now Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Bridging social, cognitive, and educational psychology fields, Dr. Yan's research explores how we can empower people to become motivated and effectively self-regulated learners. Dr. Yan is presently focused on examining the mechanisms underlying 'desirably difficult' strategies and the motivational mindsets that encourage learners to not just study harder, but to study smarter. She conducts training workshops across the country for instructors, and serves as the Chair of the Learning Advisory Board to ScreenTime Solutions. 

Two concurrent workshop sessions throughout the day will equip participants with new skills and actionable ideas for addressing student diversity and success at their home institution. Descriptions of each of the morning and afternoon workshops can be found here. You will be asked to select one workshop from each session when you register. Space is limited to 40 participants in each workshop.

A poster session and dedicated time for networking will help participants disseminate their work, build connections, and forge new collaborations with colleagues from different institutions and institutional types in the Southern California area. Poster abstracts may be submitted until February 26th, 2018. 

Please send questions to either debpires@ucla.edu or lizroth@ucla.edu with subject line “SoCal PKAL 2018 annual meeting.”