The theme of the 2017 Gulf Coast Student Success Conference is Creativity and Student Success. This year’s conference will meet at Brazosport College on Friday, November 17th 2017.

In the introduction to their 2008 book, Creative Approaches to Writing Center Work, Kevin Dvorak and Shanti Bruce organize a collection of essays that help Writing Center professionals explore the ways “creativity and play enhance—and complicate—writing center work…staff education…[and] community outreach and education” (xiii). Best practices and procedures regarding tutoring all subjects abound, but educational theory has told us time and again that play can be educational. Lessons, when enjoyable, are better retained than those presented without passion or energy.

By building work Dvorak and Bruce began almost a decade ago, the 2017 Gulf Coast Student Success Conference will invite interdisciplinary presentations and conversations dealing with Creativity and Student Success. We would like to encourage participants to address the following questions:

  • How do/can you bring creativity and/or play into your work as a writing, math, subject tutor, SI Leader, or Student mentor?
  • How is the work of tutoring, SI Leading, mentoring, creative?
  • What creative techniques have you developed for dealing with challenging students and/or negotiating rigorous concepts?
  • How can academic writing, math, and/or science be creative?
  • How can/are tutoring, mentoring, SI leading be creative roles?
  • What role does creativity play in your tutor, leader, and/or mentor training and professional development?
  • How do you create a space in your Center for creative play (coloring pages, events, games, etc.)?

Presentations may address any issue of interest outside of the theme, but preference will be given to proposals dealing with the use of creativity 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. Individual and/or Panel presentations are acceptable.

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