Spring 2020 Student Affairs In-Service


Each Spring, the Office of Student Success offers an in-service opportunity focused on a specific support topic in which student affairs staff and interested faculty may learn more about how to better support students. We are excited to announce this year’s training: Breaking Poverty Barriers to Education Success, led by esteemed poverty researcher Dr. Donna Beegle, who will discuss how to effectively identify, communicate with, and support students in poverty or at risk of poverty. The morning session—Breaking Poverty Barriers to Education Success—will be hosted in conjunction with TBR's Advising Academy. This session is limited to 100 people, so it is important to register early to reserve your spot. The afternoon will consist of continued poverty-informed sessions as well as meetings for Conduct Officers and Title IX Coordinators. 

Event Details

Date & Time: March 9, 2020, 9am-4:30pm. Check-in begins at 8:30am

Location: Franklin Marriott Cool Springs (700 Cool Springs Blvd, Franklin, TN 37067)

REGISTER HERE by February 14, 2020

For questions, please contact:

Emma Huelskoetter, Graduate Assistant - emma.huelskoetter@tbr.edu or 615-366-3997

Morning: Poverty-Informed Training

Breaking Poverty Barriers to Education Success

When: March 9, 2020: 9:00 am-2:00 pm. Check-in begins at 8:30am. 

Presenter: Dr. Donna Beegle, Communication Across Barriers

Only 11% of students who come from poverty backgrounds leave higher education institutions with a degree or certificate. In this training workshop, Dr. Donna M. Beegle shares how she came from generations of poverty and dropped out of school at 15 to get married and start a family. At 25, she found herself with two children, no husband, little education, and few marketable job skills. Within 10 short years, she got her GED and advanced through to a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. Dr. Beegle provides a deeper understanding of poverty along with evidence-based best practices for increasing retention and completion for students who live in the crisis of poverty. Also in this session, Dr. Beegle will discuss ways to improve outcomes for students in poverty. She will demonstrate effective teaching and learning techniques and offer a groundbreaking model proven to assist students to education success. Participants will increase their understanding of four key issues that keep students stuck in poverty and gain the necessary tools for overcoming these barriers. 

Registration fee: $60 registration fee covers 3-hour training, lunch, and keynote for the Breaking Poverty Barriers to Education Success in-service training. Payments will be direct LGIP transfers initiated by TBR; you do not need to send a check. Cancellations must be made by March 1st in order to receive a refund of the registration fee. Your timely cancellation allows for someone else from the waitlist to attend the event. 

Registration for this poverty-informed training opens January 14, 2020 and is limited to 100 people first-come, first-served.

Full Schedule

(Conduct Officers, Title IX Officers, Mental Health Counselors, Behavioral Intervention Teams)

8:30am Event Check-In
9:00am Breaking Poverty Barriers to Education Success – Dr. Donna Beegle
12:00pm Conduct Officers Meeting
12:30pm Lunch
1:00pm Lunch Keynote: Breaking the Iron Cage of Poverty – Dr. Donna Beegle
2:00pm Communicating and Relating More Effectively – Dr. Donna Beegle  

Poverty Interventions in Practice: Reducing Barriers and Addressing Needs – Dr. Emily Short, Volunteer State and Michelle Olson, Chattanooga State 

-OR- Title IX Coordinators Meeting/Training (A call-in option will be available for Title IX Coordinators just wishing to participate in the Title IX meeting/training portion of the day.)

4:30pm Adjourn