ACCET Virtual Conference Together Towards Tomorrow 13-14 August 2020 with over 15 sessions View Sessions

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WHERE

Online via Zoom

WHEN

August 13 – 14, 2020


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Conference Schedule

CATALOG

All Sessions are Eastern Daylight Time

  • Day 1

    August 13, 2020

  • We are living in a constant state of change – change that has inspired innovation, creativity. This year, we kick-off an exciting two days with insight from leaders in the ACCET network who have adapted and evolved to keep moving forward. Our opening session will introduce exciting new topics and invite attendees to participate in subsequent, in-depth break-out sessions throughout the conference.

     

    Panelists:

    Opening: Judy Hendrickson, Sandy Lockwood, Paul Dunlop

    CBE: Dr. Tim Mott, Dr. Brad Boute, Page Tompkins, EdD

    Lab Simulation: Yadexy Sierra, LeeAnn Rohmann

    BA: Peter Mikhail, Claire Park

    IEP Innovations: Megan Kobzej, Haviva Parnes

    Facilitator:

    John Shaheen

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  • Whether you have applied for Interactive Distance Learning, are coming up for reaccreditation, or anywhere in between, chances are you have discussed the possibility of a virtual visit. But what exactly is a virtual visit and how does it work? ACCET staff will share insights from pilot virtual visits, expectations, and ideas for you to prepare for a virtual accreditation visit.

     

    Panelists:

    John Shaheen, Scott Faulstick and Res Helfer

    Facilitator:

    Dr. Mary Clare DiGiacomo

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  • Every student deserves a chance to succeed in school and land that training-related job! During this session we will dive into the role student services plays in setting up IDL students for success in the classroom and beyond.

     

    Panelists:

    June Vernon, Sandy Vann

    Facilitators:

    Miia Rasinen, Cristina Rodarte

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  • Institutions moved to online instruction seemingly overnight! Now that you are more settled into online learning, let’s talk about regular and substantive interaction between students, instructors and content and why it is critical to successful online learning.

     

    Panelists:

    Sue Wilbert, Kat Johnson, Dr. Donnell Bayot, Christina Stefanik

    Facilitator:

    John Shaheen

    Sponsor:

    FA DAVIS

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  • The future of online education is here, and more institutions are offering IDL than ever. During this session, our panel of experts will share best practices and considerations that make online learning readily available for diverse audiences, students with special needs, and the instructors who teach them.

     

    Panelists:

    Dr. Geeta Brown, Kenneth J. Ingram, Michael Gartner, Dr. Leah Matthews

    Facilitator:

    Dr. Mary Clare DiGiacomo

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  • Whether you’re thinking of reopening in the Fall or beyond, your institution has undoubtedly changed, as has the academic, operational and marketing landscape. During this session, our panel will discuss best practices for contingency planning from managing a remote workforce to maintaining student retention and more in a time of transition.

     

    Panelists:

    Michelle Fernandes, Michael Reynolds, Erwin Richter

    Facilitator:

    Courtney J. Smith

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  • In these times of uncertainty and change, what support can students and institutions expect from the federal government as they pursue their dreams of a better future? In this session, a panel of distinguished experts will provide federal updates on: (1) temporary flexibilities and the return to the “new normal,” (2) the changing landscape for Title IV institutions and Intensive English Programs (IEPs), (3) gap funding, and (4) emergency funding (Paycheck Protection Program and Higher Education Relief Fund), and several other critical topics impacting our sectors.

     

    Panelists:

    Sally Samuels, Sean Steinmarc, Steve Gunderson, Cheryl Delk-Le Good, Tom Netting, Dr. Sharon H. Bob

    Facilitator:

    Judy Hendrickson

    Sponsor:

    FAME

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  • Following an exciting first day, join the ACCET staff, commission representatives and Commissioners for a virtual up close and personal and do some meeting and greeting of your own with other conference attendees.

     

    Panelists:

    ACCET Staff, Commission Representatives and Commissioners

    Facilitators:

    Cristina Rodarte


  • Day 2

    August 14, 2020

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    Panelist:

    Paul Dunlop

    Panelist and Facilitator:

    Judy Hendrickson

  • It is one thing to have students roll over in bed for class. It is another to have students eagerly attend and actively participate in dynamic, engaging and exciting online classes. Whether you teach in a Medical Assisting or an Intensive English Program, active and student-centric online classrooms are a must and this session will cover strategies to make yours shine!

     

    Panelists:

    David Maguire, Sean McCray, Megan Kobzej

    Facilitator:

    Cristina Rodarte

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  • We get it, your team is remote now and maybe morale has shifted. In the new environment, you may have also discovered hidden talents! In this session, we will explore strategies for keeping faculty engagement high, preventing burnout, and providing meaningful opportunities for professional development, collaboration and knowledge sharing in an online environment.

     

    Panelist:

    Michelle Fernandes

    Facilitator:

    Courtney J. Smith

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  • In the last few months several institutions have found innovative solutions for lab classes and student externships. Some are temporary while others may be here to stay. Come find out what you can do to make your virtual lab classes and externship capstone projects substantive and valuable for students.

     

    Panelists:

    Yadexy Sierra, Dr. Ragheb Milad, Pamela Trandahl, Brad Beatty

    Facilitators:

    Cristina Rodarte

    Miia Rasinen

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  • Online education affords students, staff and faculty a great deal of flexibility, including the ability to take exams from home. IDL students will inevitably need to take a high-stakes exam, so how do you ensure they are taking the exam? During this session our presenters will discuss SAP, high-stakes exams and maintaining academic integrity in an IDL environment.

     

    Panelists:

    Alen Babayan, Jillian Wiseman

    Al Whitley, MBA, AIA (in memoriam)

    Facilitator:

    Scott Faulstick

    Sponsor:

    NCCT

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  • How can we ensure online communication translates to real-world progress? Incorporating objectives focused on online interaction and mediation inform students’ progress, while enhancing strategies used to negotiate meaning in complex situations. This session will explore mediation and online communication, including targeted sample lessons designed to support progress from a distance.

     

    Panelist:

    Sara Davila

    Facilitator:

    Res Helfer

    Sponsor:

    Pearson

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  • After two energizing days of collaboration and knowledge-sharing, we come together as a group to reflect on the lessons learned throughout the conference, over the years and during these most extraordinary times. We’ll hear lessons learned from a diverse group of ACCET member schools and undoubtedly use what we have learned to move forward, together, towards tomorrow.

     

    Panelists:

    Panel: Yadexy Sierra, Crystl Zimmer, Nayibe Marino Fondeur, Haviva Parnes

    Closing remarks: Judy Hendrickson, Paul Dunlop, Sandy Lockwood

    Facilitator:

    John Shaheen

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CONTRIBUTING SPONSORS

OUR PANELISTS

Alen Babayan
Associate Campus Director - Advanced Training Institute
Donnell G. Bayot, PhD, CHE, CPCE, CFEB
Director of Academic Affairs; Commissioner – ACCET Commission
Brad Beatty
Director Business Development - SIMTICS
Sharon H. Bob, Ph.D.
Higher Education Specialist - Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville
Dr. Brad Boute
Dean of Students and Compliance - Southwest Institute of Healing Arts; Commissioner – ACCET Commission
Dr. Geeta Brown
President/CEO - InterCoast Colleges
Sara Davila
Global Scale of English Implementation Lead - Pearson
Cheryl Delk-Le Good
Executive Director - EnglishUSA
Paul Dunlop
Dean of Summer Session - Lake Forest Academy; Chair – ACCET Commission
Michelle Fernandes
Executive Director/ CEO - Approach International Student Center
Nayibe Marino Fondeur
American Advanced Technicians Institute - Chief Operating Officer
Michael Gartner, Esq
Partner - Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP
Steve Gunderson
President & CEO - Career Education Colleges & Universities
Kenneth J. Ingram, Esq
Partner - Whiteford, Taylor and Preston, General Counsel – ACCET
Kat Johnson
Director of Compliance - Asher College
Megan Kobzej
Dean - New America College; Commissioner – ACCET Commission
David Maguire
Director of International Marketing & Recruitment/ Instructor - Global Language Institute
Dr. Leah Matthews
Executive Director - DEAC
Sean McCray
Associate Director of Academic Affairs - The International School of Hospitality
Peter Mikhail
President/CEO - Mikhail Education Corporation; Commissioner – ACCET Commission
Dr. Ragheb Milad
Director of Education - Legacy Education
Timothy E. Mott, Ph.D.
Commissioner – ACCET Commission
Tom Netting
Co-Executive Director - Career Schools Private Education Network (CSPEN)
Claire Park
Vice President, Compliance - California Institute of Arts & Technology
Haviva Parnes
Compliance and Academic Director, North America - EC English Language Centers; Commissioner – ACCET Commission
Michael Reynolds
Campus Director - First Institute, Inc.
Erwin Richter
General Manager - Lingua Language Center
LeeAnn Rohmann
Chief Executive Officer - High Desert Medical College / Central Coast College
Sally Samuels
Director of Compliance - FAME
Yadexy Sierra
Chief Operations Officer - Mech-Tech College; Vice Chair – ACCET Commission
Christina Stefanik
Director of Curriculum - The Language Company
Sean Steinmarc
CEO - TFC Tuition Financing
Page Tompkins, EdD
Executive Director - Upper Valley Educators Institute
Pamela Trandahl
Vice President of Compliance - Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts
Sandy Vann
MyComputerCareer - Executive Director of Career Services
June Vernon
Director of Student Services - High Desert Medical College
Al Whitley, In Memoriam
CEO & Founder - Virtual Design & Construction Institute
Sue Wilbert
Curriculum Development Manager - Asher College
Jillian Wiseman
Vice President, Strategic Development - Examity, Inc.
Crystl Zimmer
Student Information Manager - The Protocol School of Washington