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The College STAR Student Support Network Virtual Conference & Workshop

The College STAR Network is gearing up to host its 3rd Annual Student Success Conference! This year, our virtual conference for K12 and Higher Education professionals will be held on Thursday, October 27th, 2022. In addition to our virtual conference, College STAR is also offering a 4-week Virtual Workshop Series for students, parents, and families from October 31st-November 25th, 2022

The mission of this conference and workshop series is to provide tools and resources for students with learning and attention differences and assist participants in identifying best practices when conducting the transition from high school to college.

The College STAR Virtual Conference and Workshop Series: Preparing students who learn differently for college success is designed for students, families, and professionals seeking meaningful resources and information about transition and access to higher education for students with diverse learning profiles. Professionals from across the country are assembling to inform participants about important transition topics. 

Topics of interest include:  

    • Types of college settings 
    • Differences between high school and college 
    • Common college resources and departments 
    • Successful habits and behaviors for college student success

Registration for the 2022 Conference & Workshop Series is Closing Soon!

We are very excited to learn and grow together this year! Please register to reserve your spot at the conference and/or workshop series. Registration closes soon!

2022 Conference Program 

We would like to invite you to review our 2022 conference program. The program features an overview of the College STAR Support Programs and other important conference information. 

Setting up Zoom

The conference will be completely virtual and take place on Zoom. Please see our Zoom Page for instructions on creating a zoom account and installing the zoom software.

2022 Conference at a Glance

The conference will begin at 11:00 am ET on Thursday, October 27th.

2022 Conference Materials are Available for Review 

2022 Conference Schedule 

Conference Kick off and Welcome – 11:00am – 11:15am (ET)
This session welcomes participants, reviews the agenda, and covers the technical aspects of the virtual conference.
Presenters: Adam Denney & Ellen Bunn

Types of Post-Secondary Settings – 11:20am – 12:20 pm (ET)
This session will provide participants with information about different types of post-secondary settings available after high school. Participants will learn about settings specifically where students with disabilities can be successful independently as well as with additional support if needed.
Presenters: Ellen Bunn & Alysha Gray

High School vs. College – 12:30pm – 1:30pm (ET)
This session will highlight key differences between high school and college that are helpful for college-bound students and their families to be aware of. We will also share transition tips related to each contrast, which students can use to start preparing for these changes long before arriving on campus.
Presenter: Danielle Dietz

College Resources & Departments, Disability Services – 1:40pm – 2:40pm (ET)
This presentation will cover important information about the college setting regarding disabilities, self-advocacy, the laws, and reasonable accommodations. Content will include information on common college/university programs, support services and departments that students may need to investigate prior to choosing the institution that’s right for them.
Presenters: Krista Ackert, Maryellen Guardino, & Susan Jenkins

Successful Habits & Behaviors – 2:50pm – 3:50pm (ET)
This presentation will discuss strategies and tactics essential for success in college. Participants will learn about the habits and behaviors that are critical for student success, such as time management, organization, etc.
Presenter: Andrea Campbell

College STAR Network Program Lightning Round – 4:00pm – 5:00pm (ET)
This session will spotlight the various support programs within the College STAR Network. Participants will hear from various program representatives who will be sharing information about their unique programs and supports.
Presenters: College STAR Program Representatives

Previous College STAR Conferences

2021 Virtual Conference

The second annual was held on October 26 & 27, 2021. All materials from the 2021 Virtual Conference have been archived for your convenience.

2020 Virtual Conference

The Inaugural Virtual Conference was held on October 27, 2020. Professionals from across the country assembled to inform participants about topics such as: accessibility services and accommodations, developing a college-level learning and support profile for individual students based on the student’s strengths and anticipated needs, and the identification of ‘right fit’ student support programs based on these needs. The mission of this conference was to provide tools and resources for students with learning and attention differences and assist participants in identifying best practices when conducting the transition from high school to college. All materials from the 2020 Virtual Conference have been archived for your convenience.