Mindfulness and Student Success

2019 Call For Papers
November 15th, 2019 * Brazosport College

The 2019 Gulf Coast Student Success Conference will invite interdisciplinary presentations and conversations dealing with issues of Mindfulness and Student Success.

“Mindfulness is the ability to be sharply aware of experiences as they occur in real time. When people are mindful, they maintain awareness of immediate, real-time experience as opposed to being carried away by fantasies, mental projections, judgements, or memories.” Jared Featherstone, Rudy Barret, and Maya Chandler, The Mindful Tutor

The 2019 GCSSC seeks to explore the role of mindfulness in our practice as tutors, mentors, SI Leaders, and the people who direct and coordinate these folks. We would like to provide a space for presenters and attendees to consider the way mindfulness currently functions in their centers and where potential exists for mindfulness to enter our practices.

We would like to encourage participants to address the following questions:

The Math Center works with students who have difficulties related to math content and anxiety. As a Math Tutor: How can practicing mindfulness help you when working with struggling or anxious students? How do you encourage students to be mindful when working through challenging assignments?

Supplemental Instruction provides students support for science classes. Support comes from designated SI Leaders who join students in class and create activities to help students gain mastery over class concepts. How do SI sessions allow students to practice mindfulness by being in the moment, having fun, and creating connections with their peers and leaders? What techniques do you use to promote mindfulness and relieve anxiety for students and SI Leaders? How do/can SI Leaders promote mindfulness in order to foster the focused awareness all people can use throughout our lives?

The Student Mentors’ primary role is to help students navigate the college experience.  Share with us how practicing mindfulness helps create environments that encourage a sense of belongingness and inclusion. How do you encourage mindfulness strategies in high intense testing environments?

The Writing Center helps students at all levels with reading, writing, and speech/communication assignments. As Writing Center consultants/tutors and administrators: What aspects of tutoring are considered mindful? How and where can mindful practices be integrated in your center? What are the results of using mindful practices in your Center? With students? In tutor education? How can tutors use mindfulness practices when problem occur in the Center? What risks can arise from using mindful practices in your Center? How can tutors mitigate these risks? What areas can be strengthened in regard to the supports we offer? Why do these areas exist? How can mindfulness be used to improve them?

Presentations may address any issue of interest outside of the theme, but preference will be given to proposals dealing with the use of mindfulness and contemplative practice to enhance student success. Break-out sessions will be populated with 55 minute presentations in one of these presentation strands:

  • Math Tutoring

  • Writing Tutoring

  • Supplemental Instruction

  • Student Mentors

  • Other Subject Matter Tutors

  • Coordinating & Directing Tutoring Centers/SI Programs

  • Training tutors, leaders, and/or mentors

In keeping with our mission, the GCSSC provides a forum for tutors, SI leaders, and student mentors to share their practices, research, difficulties, and successes. While the GCSSC welcomes faculty, directors, coordinators, and administrators to attend, we prefer that they act as Chairs, Moderators, and/or Co-presenters with their tutors and student support staff.

Deadline for proposal submission is Friday, October 11th at 11:59pm. For more information, contact Dr. April Sikorski at april.sikorski@brazosport.edu.

Individual and/or Panel presentations are acceptable.

Submit an individual proposal here Submit a group proposal here