Purple image of the state of texas with a star in the gulf coast region. Text reads: Gulf Coast Student Success Conference 2017 Creativity and Student Success

Session I                                                              10:30-11:30

  • The Battle Against Writing Thievery:                                                                                
    Games and Activities to Educate Students about Plagiarism
    Tabatha Rhodes ~ Brazosport College 

This session will be an interactive presentation looking at using games to reinforce academic honesty and teach proper citation habits. Attendees will be exposed to a variety of resources including online and apps. During the session, we will preview and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of using these learning aids in the classroom. The goal of these resources is to help you approach plagiarism and academic honesty in a creative, fun, and play-based way in an effort to educate instead of only punishing these poor decisions after the offense.   

  • Improving Student Success: Making the Case for ALP                                                
    Susan Gabriel, Ph.D.  ~ Community College of Baltimore County

The Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) from the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), the leader in developmental co-requisite models, has been adopted by more than 270 schools nationwide.  Attendees will (1) learn about ALP and its positive effect on student success and (2) work collaboratively to discuss strategies and challenges for starting and scaling ALP at their schools. This session will benefit those considering ALP, as well as those working to scale existing ALP initiatives.
Materials: Making the Case for ALP (Power Point), Key Pedagogic Features of ALP, Addressing Non-Cognitive Issues, Media Literacy Lesson Plan, Unit on Racial Wealth Gap


What is the role of a tutor? We will discuss the many parts of a tutor by comparing them with different artistic roles, especially focusing on ballet and professional creative writing. By using these metaphors, we hope to guide others to find an understanding of how and why they tutor.


  • Challenges of Consulting and Accommodating Clients with Disabilities                                
    Ivy Kaminsky, and Kelly Keefe  ~ University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) 
    Madeline Jones ~ College of the Mainland

Thanks to mainstreaming in the public-school system, students with physical and cognitive disabilities are now entering the college community in growing numbers. This panel investigates the challenges of adapting conventional writing center pedagogy, which its non-directive strategies, to the needs of students with learning differences.

Session II                                                             11:45-12:45

In this workshop, participants will learn the theoretical framework for using play to teach math skills and participate in several games.  No prior math knowledge required.


  • Rest in Spaghetti; Never Forgetti                                                                                                
    Priyank Pillai ~ Brazosport College 

Presented as a juxtaposed story, “Ordeal by Cheque,” published in Vogue in the 1980s, offers tutors and students an opportunity to creatively think about how materials guide our narratives or other writing. This hands-on workshop will allow you to move through an activity and discuss the ways creative activities can be used to enhance tutor training and student learning.


  • Connecting to College: Assisting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Gaving Steiger, Christie Stiehl, Becca Guler, Leslie Thomas, and Cade Singletary  ~
    University of Houston—Clear Lake (UHCL)

This presentation describes UHCL’s Connecting to College program, which is designed to assist students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Staff with expertise in ASD, academic coaching, and disability will illustrate how they collaborate to assist these students manage the transition to college by developing both social and executive functioning skills.

Session III                                                           1:45-2:45

  • Get Your Wheels Spinning: A Look at Game-Based Learning                                                
    Teressa Espinoza, Marissa Nava, Brian Flores, and Patrick Meylor  ~ Brazosport College 

The student mentors have done several activities in the past that revolve around promoting game based learning, such as the dream board workshop, a Mardi Gras celebration, and even an escape room. This hands-on workshop will show you one of these activities and provide opportunity to discuss the ways attendees can implement game-based learning on their home campuses.

This presentation will provide an overview of academic coaching at TWU and a conversation of how we infuse creativity into our coaching practice. We will separate into small groups for a “think-pair-share” session to explore best practices and strategies for bringing creativity into our work.

  • Creating/Creative Spaces for Social Justice and Student Outreach:
    A Case Study of the University of Houston-Clear Lake Writing Center
    Martin Gonalez, Adrian Russell, and Travis Webster  ~ University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL)

Focused on creative approaches to undocumented student support, veterans affairs, and equity-oriented research, this panel situates the University of Houston-Clear Lake Writing Center as a case study for social justice-focused writing center practice.  

  • A Game Plan: Think, Plan, Write                                                                                                
    Diamond Dickson and Kassandra Luna~ Sam Houston State University

In this presentation, we marry a game plan technique into a cognitive map style for the purposes of increasing creativity of a student and generating multiple ideas at once without feeling constructed. We will discuss how to use myriad surfaces—such as glass windows, whiteboards, and dry erase tables—to ensure the success of students’ writing.

Session IV                                                           3:00-4:00                             

  • It’s a KaHOOT!                                                
    Kaylla Luera, Kayla Smith, Angel Trevino, and Milton DeLeon ~ Brazosport College 

Framed with research regarding games-based learning, our presentation will offer attendees a chance to learn about and experience the fun of learning with Kahoot!, a review game that can be adapted for tutoring. Blending Math and Writing Tutoring, we will discuss the benefits of play-based tutoring practice, especially those seen by students studying for TSI, GED, and TEAS.


  • Come Chillax With Us: Outreach Events as Creative Play in the Center
    Mercedes Torrez, Lemira Esparza, Ariana Alvarez, Eduardo Reyes, Daniel Nagle-Pinkham  ~ Texas A&M-San Antonio

This presentation focuses on outreach events as opportunities for creative play within the Tutoring Center, including, but not limited to, de-stress activities, hands-on crafts, and interactive goal setting. Presenters will give an overview of creative play during events as well as suggestions for implementing creative play in the center.


  • Supporting Advanced Literacy Skills in Multilingual Speakers                                                
    Rebecca Guler and Conor Bracken ~ University of Houston- Clear Lake

This session will briefly introduce the structure of The Multilingual Speakers series of reading and writing workshops at UHCL, walk participants through mini-workshops, and conclude with analysis of techniques from the workshop that can be applied in work with multilingual speakers at your campus.


  • Play in the Writing Center: A Look at Community of Inquiry Models
    Corissa Barrow and Bram Sebio-Brundage ~ Sam Houston State University

This presentation discusses an engagement project that addresses the challenges of integrating play in a writing center’s techniques and space by incorporating John Dewey’s Educational theory and the participatory model of Community of Inquiry. We discuss strategies writing centers can use to manage rigorous concepts and work toward integrating play through the method of Community of Inquiry.