I conduct a variety presentations and workshops to meet your success needs, and I have extensive experience working with students, faculty, staff, and leadership teams.  Contact me with your professional development and student success needs, and I will create the right program for you.

Sample Presentation/Workshop Topics for Students

  • Muting Negative Voices, Defining Your Own Reality, and Determining Your Own Destiny
  • Mapping out Your Academic and Career Pathway
  • The Power of Story:  Finding Power in Your Voice to Heal and Empower Others
  • Identifying and Tracking Success Goals

Sample Presentation/Workshop Topics for Faculty and Staff

  • Muting Negative Voices and Owning Your Success
  • Infusing the Power of Story in Your Work with Students
  • Defining Student Success and Identifying Individual and/or Team Contributions to Student Success
  • Planning, Developing, Implementing, and Assessing Student Success Initiatives

Workshops for Small and Large Teams

  • Setting Goals, Accountability Measures, and Completion Points
  • Creating Annual Performance Goals and Completion Processes
  • Team Building Strategies
  • Leadership Development:  Building Stronger Teams Focused on Success

Larger Projects through Consulting Services

  • Strategic Planning
  • Strategic Enrollment Management
  • Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Program and Grant Evaluation
  • Accreditation

List of Conference Presentations

Barsony, I., and Peña, J. (2013, October).  Jump-Starting College:  P.E.R.T. Boot Camps for High School Grads.  Paper presented at the Miami-Dade Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Bilingual Association of Florida Joint Fall Symposium, Miami, FL.

Brown, A., Peña, J., and Porro, A.  (2014, February).  Developmental Boot Camps at Miami Dade College.  Paper presented at the College Board Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Brown, A., Coronel, A., and Peña, J. (2013, November).  Developmental Boot Camps at Miami Dade College.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Florida Developmental Education Association, Miami, FL.

Brown, A., Clovis, M., Coronel, A., Garman, S., and Peña, J. (2013, November).  Different Students, Different Solutions.  Paper presented at the Annual Florida Developmental Education Association Meeting, Miami, FL.

Dwyer, E., Grigorescu, C., & Peña, J.  (2006, March).  The academic vocabulary list and its application to content.  Paper presented at the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Tampa, FL.

Garcia, K., Perez, K., & Peña, J.  (2010, December).  Choosing an assessment management system that is right for you.  Paper presented at the annual Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Louisville, KY.

Garcia, K., Perez, K., & Peña, J.  (2010, December).  Using SharePoint for assessment documentation.  Roundtable presented at the annual Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Louisville, KY.

Marin, M., Dinehart, L., Wasserberg, M., Peña, J., & Palenzuela, S. M.  (2009, August).  TOPEL pre-test scores:  Demographic differences in Latino and Caribbean children.  Paper presented at the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

Marin, M., Peña, J., Wasserberg, M., and Dinehart, L.  (2009, April).  The relationship among mothers' background, exposure to oral language, and the language and literacy development of pre-kindergarten children.  Symposium presented at the Eighth Annual College of Education Research Conference, Miami, FL.

Mayer, S., Maalouf, K., Alonso, D., Grimes, V., Hernandez, A., Peña, J., and Ramos, A.  (2016, March).  The Innovation Challenge:  Student Persistence, Progression, and Completion.   Paper presented at the Miami Dade College Conference Day, Miami, FL.

Peña, J. (2014, May).  Engagement and Transition of Hispanic Generation 1.5 ESL Students.  Paper presented at the Sunshine State Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Conference, Saint Petersburg, FL.

Peña, J.(2014, March).  Developing and Assessing Student Success Programs.  Full day workshop facilitated at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Developmental Education, Dallas, TX.

Peña, J. (2013, May).  Pulling it all together:  Boosting student achievement through collaboration.  Paper presented at the 35th Annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, Austin, TX.

Peña, J. (2012, February).  Hispanic generation 1.5 students’ engagement, belongingness, and success.  Paper presented at the National Association of Developmental Education, Orlando, FL.

Peña, J. (2009, February).  A Generation 1.5 student stuck at the gates.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Developmental Education, Charlotte, NC.

Peña, J.  (2008, May).  Caught in the middle:  Hispanic generation 1.5 writers in college classrooms.  Paper presented at the Sunshine State TESOL Conference, Daytona, FL.

Peña, J.  (2008, April).  Moving to the front of the classroom:  English graduate students as composition instructors.  Paper presented at the Seventh Annual College of Education Research Conference, Florida International University, Miami, FL.

Peña, J.  (2008, February).  Language variations in the academic writing classroom.  Paper presented at the National Association of Developmental Education, Boston, MA.

Peña, J.  (2008, February).  Post-ESL student success in higher education through membership in communities of practice.  Paper presented at the National Association of Bilingual Education, Tampa, FL.

Peña, J.  (2007, November).  Incorporating multiple literacies and intelligences in our print-based composition pedagogies.  Paper accepted for the National Council of Teachers of English Convention, New York.

Peña, J.  (2007, November).  The explicit construction of a teacher identity through reflexivity.  Paper presented at the National Council of Teachers of English Convention, New York.

Peña, J.  (2007, November).  Exploratory qualitative study of ERF teachers.  In L. Dinehart (Chair), Reflective practices:  Learning from research.  Symposium conducted at the Miami Children's Museum, Miami, FL.

Peña, J.  (2007, October).  From ESL to graduation:  Student success through membership in communities of practice.  Paper presented at the Learning Assistance Association of New England Annual Conference, Mass Bay Community College, MA.

Peña, J.  (2007, October).  Post-ESL student success in higher education settings through meaningful interactions and relationships.  In O. Paneque and T. Lucas (Chairs) Enrichment through language diversity.  Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Bilingual Association of Florida and Miami-Dade TESOL, Miami, FL.

Peña, J.  (2005, March).  Service-learning for ESL students.  Paper presented at the Teaching Academic Survival Skills Conference, West Palm Beach, FL.

Peña, J.  (2005, March).  Building successful learning communities and partnerships.  Paper presented at the annual Teaching Academic Survival Skills Conference, West Palm Beach, FL.

Peña, J.  (2005, March).  “Why ain’t they getting’ it rite?”  Helping students get it right.  Paper presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, FL.

Peña, J.  (2005).  Collaborative writing:  From haiku to essay.  Workshop presented at the Celebrating Literacy and the Arts in Lawrence (through the Andover/Lawrence Bread Loaf Teacher Network), Lawrence, MA.

Peña, J.  (2004, March).  Within these walls:  Building community in the classroom.  Paper presented at the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Antonio, TX.

Peña, J.  (2003, November).  Service-learning for ESL students:  A journey in career exploration.  Paper presented at the annual Learning Assistance Association of New England conference, Rivier College, NH.

Peña, J.  (2001).  Getting students through the text and to the paper:  Reading strategies for the writing tutor.  Paper presented at the annual conference for the New England Peer Tutoring Association, Dudley, MA.

Peña, J.  (2000, April).  Tennyson’s religious doubt in “In Memoriam.”  Paper presented at the Imagining the Future Through Research conference for the CUNY (City University of New York) Graduate Center, New York.

Peña, J. and Heredia, D.  (2013, September).  Developmental Reading and Writing Boot Camps.  Paper presented at Pearson National Course Redesign Conference, Phoenix, AZ.

Peña, J., and Perez, K.  (2010, December).  Assessment for continuous improvement:  Using assessment results across disciplines at a large four-year institution.  Roundtable presented at the annual Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Louisville, KY.

Peña, J, and Perez, K.  (2010, February).  Cultivating a culture of assessment through a communities of practice model.  Paper presented at the annual Texas A&M Assessment Conference, College Station, TX.

Peña, J., and Perez, K.  (2010, December).  Cultivating a culture of assessment through a communities of practice model.  Paper presented at the annual Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Louisville, KY.

Peña, J., Perez, K., Butchey, D., Lucas, T., Odai, M., and Doherty-Restrepo, J.  (2009, April).  Institutional student learning assessment in the 21st century:  Definition, interpretation, application, and perception at Florida International University.  Symposium presented at the Eighth Annual College of Education Research Conference, Miami, FL.

Peña, J., and Porro, A.  (2014, March).  First Semester Learning Communities for Developmental Students.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Developmental Education, Dallas, TX.

Peña, J., and Porro, A.  (2012, March).  Building success:  Cohorts for developmental reading and writing students.  Paper presented at the Teaching Academic Survival Skills conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Peña, J., and Silva, H.  (2018, April).  C-TECH Pathways:  High School and College Digital Design Collaboration for Workforce Preparation and College Success.  Paper to be presented at the Teaching Academic Survival and Success conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Perez, K., & Peña, J.  (2010, February).  Implementing a systematic assessment process.  Paper presented at the annual Texas A&M Assessment Conference, College Station, TX.

Perez, K., & Peña, J.  (2010, December).  Implementing a systematic assessment process at a four-year institution.  Roundtable presented at the annual Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Louisville, KY.

Rodriguez, E., Peña, J.  (2018, April).  Introduction to College through the Peer Institute for Educational Excellence.  Paper to be presented at the Teaching Academic Survival and Success conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

 

List of Conference Posters 

Dinehart, L., Wasserberg, M., Peña, J., Marin, M., & Palenzuela, S.  (2009, April).  Hours spent daily in an Early Reading First classroom predicts pre-k students’ English expressive language ability.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, San Diego, CA.

Dinehart, L., Peña, J., & Chae, C.  (2008, November).  The Effect of an early language and literacy intervention on the literacy skills of preschool students.  Poster presented at National Association for the Education of Young Children, Dallas, TX.

Peña, J.  (2006, April).  Marginalized language minority students and the dominant Discourse.  Poster presented at the Fifth Annual College of Education Research Conference, Miami, FL.

Peña, J.  (2006, April).  The language of literature:  Aiming for an inclusive curriculum.  Poster presented at the Fifth Annual College of Education Research Conference, Miami, FL.

Peña, J.  (2005, April).  Service-learning for ESL students to improve language acquisition.  Poster presented at the Annual Professional Day Conference for Northern Essex Community College, Georgetown, MA.

Peña, J., Britt, Y., & Lora, A.  (2008, November).  A mirror in the classroom:  Teacher identity construction through reflective professional development processes and subsequent changes in teacher beliefs.  Poster presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Dallas, TX.