4th Appalachian Higher Education Network Conference 2017

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The Resort at Glade Springs

255 Resort Drive

Daniels, WV 25832

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Ensuring student success is a responsibility shared by four key stakeholder groups: family, institutions, communities, and students/self. As Dr. Aaron Thompson, Acting President, Kentucky State University, reminds us, “When all four are aligned in support of educational success, we see positive outcomes.” The AHE Network’s 4th Annual Conference will focus on why these stakeholder groups must collaborate, how to work in collaboration with other organizations and agencies (not just schools, colleges or universities), and what it takes (skills, knowledge, attributes) to work collaboratively.

Participants will discuss the issue(s) of working together in plenary and/or small group sessions with “critics and advocates as well as doers and thinkers.” Dr. Brad Mitchell, author of the Battelle for Kids’ report, “Generating Opportunity and Prosperity: The Promise of Rural Education Collaboratives,” will kick off and anchor the conference by sharing the latest information and insights on working together in rural America. Martin J. Blank, director of the Coalition for Community schools will highlight "How to Collaborate Effectively."

Participants will hear from students taking different postsecondary education paths about the kind and quality of support they needed and, more importantly, received. Participants will develop and refine the skills of working together as well as individual attributes necessary for success (fund raising, dealing with change, understanding and using data, etc.). Small group sessions will also give participants an introduction to partnership programs that rural schools and communities might want to adopt.

Back by popular demand, Roger May will close the conference talk about his work, "Looking at Appalachia" to change the image "outsiders" have of Appalachia -- that is, the stereotypical notion of Appalachia - perhaps reinforced by photos from the War on Poverty.



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Who should attend?

  • Secondary school teachers, principals, and counselors

  • Community college student services and enrollment staff

  • 4-year college student services and enrollment staff and counselors/advisors

  • State education officials – higher education system; K-12 system

  • Workforce development organization’s staff and Board members

  • Economic developers

  • Community activists – particularly those in rural areas

  • Elected officials from the local, state and national levels concerned with education attainment

  • Staff from foundations focused on increasing postsecondary education attainment, reducing poverty, etc.

Where can I find the conference agenda?

Go to ahecenters.org for the most current conference agenda.

What are the hotel accommodations?

The Resort at Glade Springs

255 Resort Drive

Daniels, West Virginia 25832

Call 877-814-7316 and ask for AHE Conference rate/block.

Conference rate is $89. Taxes and fees may apply.

Directions: http://www.gladesprings.com/west-virginia-directions.php

What about refunds?

Request for cancellation must be received in writing by May 31, 2017 for a full refund and sent to ahenetwork@bluefieldstate.edu.


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