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Monday, May 11 • 1:15pm - 1:45pm
The Mind the Gap Program

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Title:  The Mind the Gap Program:  Faculty Participants Reflect on their Collaborative Projects with K – 12 Teachers
Proposal Description
Though not well-addressed in the student success and persistence literature, there appears to be a significant role for K-12 teachers and post-secondary faculty members to play in easing the transition and supporting student success and persistence from secondary to post-secondary school (Rodriguez, et al. 2017). K-16 partnerships are a critical first step in helping faculty members and teachers develop a deeper understanding of the issues, challenges, and changes in secondary education, while providing a platform for faculty members to describe and clarify the expectations required for students at the post-secondary level (Rodriguez et al., 2017). Essential to this transition is the communication between the instructors of the two sectors. School-university partnerships which are deliberately designed to have mutuality in roles and relationships, are oriented toward working together and have a shared conceptual understanding, are more likely to be sustainable and lead to increased outcomes for students (Walsh & Backe, 2013).
This presentation will provide background and information about the Mind the Gap program at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) with specific emphasis on the experiences of faculty who developed collaborative K-16 projects. Running since 2018, the Mind the Gap program brings together K -12 teachers with TRU faculty members to provide engaging opportunities for secondary school students to extend their learning as they transition to post-secondary school. Their collaborative projects often include bringing elementary and secondary students to TRU to experience post-secondary classes and events. During this presentation, three TRU faculty members will share how their projects came to be, and will reflect on how their collaborative project disrupted and transformed their teaching as well as the learning of their student participants.
Key discussion topics will address bridging the divide between educational institutions and instructors to provide enhanced support and knowledge sharing, with the ultimate goal of enhancing the educational experience of all learners.


Susan Lidster

Thompson Rivers University

Monday May 11, 2020 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Ballroom 2
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