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First in the World Grant

First in the World Conference

Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 to Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019

    Location
  • Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center

Implementation and Dissemination of a College-Wide RCT: Assessing the Impact of Metacognition on Educational Outcomes

FITW Conference Purpose
To disseminate findings from a field-based, experimental study implemented at Spelman College. The focus of the study was to assess the impact of metacognitive instruction on students’ academic performance.

Specific Objectives

  • To analyze the metacognitive strategies used in the instructional program.
  • To examine research methods used in the project.
  • To review the project administration and management model.
  • To share research results.

All attendees must REGISTER. Registration for the conference includes admission to all conference sessions, breakfast, lunch and refreshments.

We encourage all faculty to register to attend the Conference which is sponsored by the First in the World Program, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Dr. David Daniel, a member of the FITW National Advisory Board, was named one of the most influential researchers in the field of education for 2014. Dr. Daniel focuses on translating findings in neuroscience, cognitive science and other fields to classroom practice.

Dr. Stephen Chew, professor and chair of the Psychology Department at Samford University, is an award-winning professor nationally known for a series of YouTube videos that focus on how to get the most out of studying, which includes metacognition.

Members of the Spelman FITW Leadership Team, Drs. Francesina Jackson, Jimmeka Guillory Wright, Angelino Viceisza and Jarod Apperson, will facilitate sessions focusing on teaching metacognition, researching metacognition and administering a campus-wide RCT.

Space is limited, so please register early. Early registration will increase your chance of admission. The First in the World Team will send confirmations.

If interested in presenting a poster session, please submit a 300-word abstract. Be sure to explain your poster's connection to metacognition, RCT, or African Diaspora. Use the American Psychological Association’s instructions. Deadline for the submission of the poster abstract is October 18, 2019.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

FRIDAY, NOV. 1 (PRE-CONFERENCE ACTIVITY)

2 p.m. | Walking Tour of Three Atlanta University Center (AUC) Campuses
Interested participants will meet the tour guide in the front of Sisters Chapel on the Spelman Campus. The tour highlights the AUC’s connections to the African Diaspora and demonstrates use of metacognitive strategies. The study was housed in the African Diaspora course, which is required of all first-year students.

SATURDAY, NOV. 2

8 - 8:30 a.m. | Continental breakfast

8:30 - 9:15 a.m. | Welcome
President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.

Project Background

Dr. Francesina R. Jackson: "Metacognitive Awareness and Academic Performance Among Female African-American Undergraduate Students"

Dr. Jarod Apperson: "An Overview of Quantitative Findings from an Experiment in Metacognition Faculty Training"

9:15 - 9:45 a.m. | Keynote Presentation
Dr. David Daniel: "When Insignificant is and Significant isn’t"

9:50 - 10:20 a.m. | Panel Discussion
"Spelman Voices on Metacognition:  A Strategy to Improve Student Learning"
Facilitated by Dr. Curtis Martin.
Dr. Myra Burnett

10:25 - 11:10 a.m. | Three Concurrent Sessions


Strand: Teaching Metacognitive Strategies
"Thinking about Thinking:  Metacognitive Instructional Design"
In this session, attendees will learn about the faculty training process, including the specific metacognitive strategies that outline the primary project intervention.
Facilitator: Dr. Jimmeka Guillory Wright
Moderator: Dr. Ruby Thompson
    
Strand:  Researching Metacognition
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Implementing a College-Wide Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT)"
This session will explore the RCT design, outcome measurement, and reporting results in a way that satisfies What Works Clearinghouse standards.
Facilitators:  Drs. Angelino Viceisza and Jarod Apperson
Moderator:  Dr. Michael Price

Strand: Administering a College-Wide RCT
"Fire and Fury: Administering a Field-based Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) on a College Campus"
This session explores the promises, pitfalls and lessons learned from administering an RCT on a college campus.
Facilitators:  Drs. Francesina R. Jackson and Pushpa Parekh
Moderator: Dr. Curtis Martin

11:20 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Lightning Round

12 - 12:40 p.m. | LUNCH

12:45 - 1:15 p.m. | Keynote Presentation
Dr. Stephen Chew: "Translating Metacognition into Instruction"

1:20 - 2 p.m. | Three Concurrent Sessions

Strand: Teaching Metacognitive Strategies
"Thinking about Thinking:  Metacognitive Instructional Design"
In this session, attendees will learn about the faculty training process, including the specific metacognitive strategies that outline the primary project intervention.
Facilitator: Dr. Jimmeka Guillory Wright
Moderator: Dr. Ruby Thompson
    
Strand:  Researching Metacognition
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Implementing a College-Wide Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT)"
This session will explore the RCT design, outcome measurement, and reporting results in a way that satisfies What Works Clearinghouse standards.
Facilitators:  Drs. Angelino Viceisza and Jarod Apperson
Moderator:  Dr. Michael Price

Strand: Administering a College-Wide RCT
"Fire and Fury: Administering a Field-based Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) on a College Campus"
This session explores the promises, pitfalls and lessons learned from administering an RCT on a college campus.
Facilitators:  Drs. Francesina R. Jackson and Pushpa Parekh
Moderator: Dr. Curtis Martin

2:05 - 2:45 p.m.
"An Overview of Qualitative Findings from an Experiment in Metacognition Faculty Training"
External Evaluators Report, Dr. Shanesha Brooks Tatum
Reading Logs Report, Dr. Danielle Dickens

2:50 - 3:30 p.m. | Lightning Round

3:35 - 4:10 p.m. | Panel Discussion
"Lessons Learned from Peer Recitation Facilitators"

4:15 - 4:35 p.m. | Concluding Remarks and Complete Evaluations

4:35 - 5:15 p.m. | Reception and Poster Session


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About FITW

Spelman College was one of 17 U.S. colleges and universities nationally to receive a First in the World (FITW) Grant in 2015. This U.S. Department of Education grant is designed to promote innovation in post-secondary education with an emphasis on examining student learning strategies that are both high-impact and cost-effective.     

This project is an outgrowth of the College’s tradition of providing a quality liberal arts education and its strategic goal of achieving a 100 percent retention rate. As Spelman has traditionally used innovative instructional strategies, this project expands that tradition by examining innovative strategies that may positively impact student learning. Project planners will analyze the effectiveness of specific instructional strategies to be implemented in Spelman’s signature course, African Diaspora and the World (ADW). The course, required of all first-year students, offers several advantages for this program:  

  • It is a year-long (two-semester) course
  • It requires complex reading materials and detailed writing assignments
  • It requires that students think critically
  • Faculty use a common syllabus
The project will be conducted in two phases. The first phase focuses on integrating specific strategies in the African Diaspora and the World curriculum. The second phase focuses on peer tutors’ use of strategies in an ADW tutoring session. It is expected that the project will impact over 2,200 students during the four years of implementation. 

The First in the World Grant is funded through the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).