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Get Focused Stay Focused Presents

Empowering Career Pathways in a Virtual World

October 26-29, 2020 3:00pm - 5:30pm

Monday, October 26th

Featured Keynote Speaker (3:00pm - 3:30pm)

Dr. Jane Conoley, President
California State University, Long Beach

Featured Keynote Speaker Dr. Jane Conoley, PresidentIn her keynote, President Conoley will address the importance of providing college, career, and life planning across all four years of college. She will highlight how California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), is meeting the goals of “The Long Beach College Promise,” a collaborative effort among the Long Beach Unified School District, CSULB, Long Beach City College, the Long Beach Mayor’s office, and the Port of Long Beach to help inspire students to focus on their future goals.

Dr. Conoley will discuss a variety of high impact educational practices that allow students to clarify their values and professional dreams. She will share data indicating that Promise Students are arriving to CSULB more prepared academically and are persisting and graduating at historic levels.


Get Focused Stay Focused Overview (3:45pm - 4:20pm)

Dr. Lauren Wintermeyer Ramirez will present an overview of the Get Focused Stay Focused programs for both high school and college. She will discuss this comprehensive guidance course designed to increase high school and college completion AND propel successful entry into the workforce. It can be a challenge for the Community College to develop a seamless transition model to effectively onboard students knowing that some have had four years of GFSF in high school, while others enter the college having no prior career development experience. Attend this session to strategize how you can develop an FYE model that is flexible in meeting students where they are and ensuring that they are supported throughout their transition into post-secondary education.

Concurrent Sessions (4:30pm - 5:30pm)


Dual Enrollment/Articulation - Bridging the K14 gap with dual enrollment and GFSF: This session focuses on the development of early college credit courses using the Get Focused Stay Focused Program.


Best Practices for Regional GFSF Implementation & Sustainability: This session will highlight customized Get Focused Stay Focused professional development models from the Northern, Central Valley and San Diego/Imperial regions of CA to meet the specialized needs of their regional educators.


Statewide Updates from the CDE: This session will discuss the College Career Indicator, resources for online learning from the CDE, budget updates on Strong Workforce Program, CTE Incentive Grant and the Perkins State Plan.

Tuesday, October 27th

Featured Presentation (3:00pm - 3:30pm)

Mindy Bingham
Best-selling author of the Career Choices series

Featured Presenter Mindy Bingham, Best-selling author of the Career Choices series

High Tech (Academic Innovations) + High Touch (Get Focused Stay Focused!)- A public-private partnership for student successHigh Tech and High Touch: To Facilitate Lifelong Change Today, You Can’t Have One Without the Other

Join us for this unique opportunity to hear Career Choices series best-selling author Mindy Bingham explain how the high touch of this classroom-based, comprehensive guidance course—used by over 2 million students—is supported by a variety of high tech enhancements that meld the best of these two necessary components together. Also, learn why this combination is the formula for student success—for this class or any other class today.

Concurrent Sessions (3:35pm - 4:25pm)


How to Integrate Technology Skill-Building into Your Career Choices and Changes Course Using a Variety of Google and Microsoft Platforms


A Tour of the New Career Choices and Changes Online Student Edition


How to Use Zoom Enhancements to Promote Engagement in the Career Choices Series Classroom: Energizing Activities for Remote Learning

Concurrent Sessions (4:30pm - 5:30pm)


Tips for Using Canvas in Your Career Choices Series Course


Professional Development at Your Fingertips: An Overview of the Online Self-Directed Study Options for Your Get Focused…Stay Focused!® Program


Tips for Using Google Classroom in Your Career Choices Series Course

Wednesday, October 28th

Featured Presentation (3:00pm - 3:30pm)

Dr. Karen Miles
Author and Career Development Consultant

Featured Presenter Dr. Karen Miles, Author and Career Development Consultant

The Employability Mindset: Helping ALL students Make Choices that Support Lifelong Self-Sufficiency—Both Financial and Emotional

Starting as early as middle school, it is important to help students envision a productive and healthy future and develop a plan to make it a reality. Learn from author and career guidance expert, Dr. Karen Miles, about a variety of strategies including the high demand/higher wage function on® which supports the goals of Career Pathways.

Concurrent Sessions (3:35pm - 4:25pm)


The Online Skills-Based Education Plan: Ensuring Students Graduate with the Skills Necessary to Compete in Today’s Workforce


Tips from the Trenches: Strategies for Implementing Your GFSF Follow-Up Modules


Customizing the Online GFSF Follow-Up Modules for Industry Sectors

Concurrent Sessions (4:30pm - 5:30pm)


Start-Up Strategies for the GFSF Follow-Up Modules: An Overview of the Online Self-Directed Study Options


The 10-Year Planning Process for Adult Education Programs: A Lifelong Skill


Blending Career Exploration and Social and Emotional Development: An Overview of the Get Focused…Stay Focused!® Middle School Bridge Program

Thursday, October 29th

Featured Presentation (3:00pm - 3:30pm)

Dr. Rebecca Dedmond
Founder of the Freshman Transition Initiative of The George Washington University

Featured Presenter Dr. Rebecca Dedmond, Founder of the Freshman Transition Initiative

Academic Coaching Strategies Using the High Tech of® with the High Touch of CAREing Conversations

Dr. Rebecca Dedmond, founder of the Freshman Transition Initiative at The George Washington University and creator of the CAREing Conversations model, shares strategies for helping every educator on your campus develop the skills necessary to advise or coach students to the realization of their plans and goals.

Concurrent Sessions (3:35pm - 4:25pm)


The Counselor’s Dilemma—Making Every Minute Count: Strategies for Using Student Data from® for Counseling, Academic Coaching and Advisory Sessions

SESSION SEVENTEEN:® Reports: How to Use the Reporting Systems to Support Student Assessment, Grading, and Student Success


Strategies for Creating a School-Wide Online Professional Development Plan for Your Get Focused…Stay Focused!® Program

Concurrent Sessions (4:30pm - 5:30pm)


Every Instructor an Advisor: Academic Coaching - What is It and How Does It Work?


How to Integrate Online College- and Career-Ready Tools with Your GFSF Course Curriculums


An Eduprenuerial Opportunity for Educators as a Certified Career Choices and Changes Coach: How to Start Your Own Part-Time Consultancy Supporting Individuals Working Through the Online Career Choices and Changes Process