LCs Present at National Conference, Staff wins award!

Lucille Lu receiving award

This year's National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA) Conference was held on September 28-30, 2016 in Tampa, Florida, where two of our Learning Centers staff presented on behalf of the Academic Coaching program.

Lucille Lu, Developmental Specialist, and Nora Devlin, Lead Academic Coach both did an excellent job representing the Rutgers Learning Centers and both received outstanding positive feedback for their presentation sessions from audience members. Although they may have been in sunny Florida, majority of their trip was spent attending others' sessions and preparing for and facilitating their own conference sessions!

Lucille Lu's presentation, titled "Evaluating Academic Coaching: Assess Your Workshop," received the Julia Visor Award for her conference proposal. Her presentation demonstrated models of assessment beyond the self-reported student satisfaction surveys and into measuring student outcomes after attending workshops, even after a month has passed. Participants were interactive during the session and brainstormed plans of their own for workshop assessments back at their own schools.

Nora Devlin's presentation, titled "Applications of Coaching Theory in Learning Centers,"  focused on taking the coaching theories and framework from her experience as a Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation to working with students and fellow staff members in Learning Center settings. This interactive presentation allowed Learning Center professionals across the country to interact with one another and come up with strategies for solving common issues in the workplace.

Lucille and Nora both had the opportunity to attend other presentations throughout the duration of the conference and share their notes and materials with fellow staff members back here at Rutgers. They attended sessions learning about cognitive based practices, how to making learning stick, assessment planning, retaining struggling students, pooling resources, reorganization, and many other important topics that can better help them in their work back at Rutgers!