2020 ADEA Allied Dental Program Directors’ Conference (ADEA ADPDC)

"Success Through Wellness"

June 6–9, 2020
Hilton Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN

Preliminary Meeting Agenda

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11:00 – 11:30 a.m.Conference Connections Check-in
(for pre-registered new attendees only)

Participants will check in at this table prior to orientation.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Conference Connections Orientation
Noon – 5:00 p.m.Registration
Noon – 3:00 p.m.Concurrent Opportunities to Explore Various Resources

Prior to the official start of the program, visit tables to pick up information and talk with personnel about learning opportunities. Be sure to stop by all the tables to enhance your learning experience. 

ADEA Welcome Committee

New and returning directors are invited to stop by the welcome area to meet planning committee members, the ADEA Council of Allied Dental Program Directors Administrative Board members and ADEA staff who will help orient them to the meeting and share useful ADEA resources. 

ADEA Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Service (ADEA DHCAS®) Demonstration

See a demonstration of the ADEA DHCAS search engine and admissions management software, WebAdMIT. ADEA DHCAS, the centralized application service for all levels of dental hygiene programs, provides critical data collection, dedicated customer service and a robust reporting system for dental hygiene program admissions.

Corporate Sponsor Meet and Greet With Small Plates Lunch
(registered attendees only)

Please Note: Small food items will be available throughout the entire meet and greet to allow you to simultaneously snack and visit with corporate sponsors. 

Participants will have the opportunity to speak with members of the ADEA Corporate Council to discuss specific program needs and obtain educational materials.

1:00 – 2:45 p.m.Corporate Raffle Drawings (must be present to win)

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.Poster Presentations

3:00 p.m.Photos Taken With Raffle Winners and the Corporate Donors

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.Council Updates for the Day

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.Opening Session: Opening Session: “The Oz Principle”—Getting Results Through Individual and Organizational Accountability  

Scott Hobart, B.S.
The Procter & Gamble Company

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how people and organizations can overcome victim attitudes and behaviors and step “above the line” to attain superior performance.
  • Discuss the fundamental causes of poor leadership.
  • Articulate how to move beyond explaining why you didn’t or can’t do better to what you can do to make your future brighter.
  • Demonstrate how to improve performance through accountability.

CE Credits: 1.0

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.Networking Event
Sponsored by Hu-Friedy Manufacturing Co., LLC  
(For attendees and one registered adult guest per attendee only)
7:30 a.m. – noonRegistration
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.Networking Breakfast (for attendees only)
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.Welcome and Introductions

Wanda Cloet, RDH, Ph.D. 
Chair, ADEA Council of Allied Dental Program Directors 

Karen West, D.M.D., M.P.H.
ADEA President and CEO

Ryan Quock, D.D.S.
Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors

9:00 a.m. – noonPlenary Session: PechaKucha

Ann Bruhn, M.S. 
Topic: Faculty Calibration

Elaine Kramer, Ed.S. 
Topic: Active Teaching for Gen Z

Marion Manski, M.S.
Topic: Objective Structured Clinical Examinations  

Tulsi Patel, M.H.A.
Topic: Health for Health Care Workers

Tanya Villalpando Mitchell, M.S.
Topic: Peer Consultant for Writing

Donna Warren Morris, M.Ed. 
Topic: Soft Skills Admissions Interview

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify issues affecting successful administration of allied dental programs.
  • Discuss management strategies for commonly occurring issues in allied dental program administration.

CE Credits: 3.0

Noon – 1:00 p.m.Networking Lunch (for attendees only)  

1:00 – 3:15 p.m.Concurrent Sessions

Participants will select two sessions to attend from the three scheduled, rotating to their second choice at 2:15 p.m.

SESSION 1: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Ergonomics for Longevity of Dental Personnel

Monica Hospenthal, M.Ed.
Pierce College, Lakewood, WA

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify potential key moments in the curriculum when the impact on the allied dental student increases their issues with repetitive stress motions and fixed positioning.
  • Identify potential interdisciplinary opportunities for the educational benefit of students.
  • Discuss potential barriers to a sustainable multidisciplinary approach for wellness of allied dental students.
CE Credits: 1.0                                                                                                      

SESSION 2: Proven Effective Technology Tips and Tricks for Allied Dental Educators 

Jeffrey R. Smith, D.M.D.
Florida State College, Jacksonville, FL

Learning Objectives:  

  • Discuss a variety of technology initiatives that have been successfully employed in allied dental education.
  • Recognize how to evaluate which classroom technology best suits their educational goals.
  • Leave with resources to continue their exploration of educational technology.

CE Credits: 1.0

SESSION 3: Strategies for Active Learning Success

Brenda Armstrong, RDH, M.D.H.
Dixie State University, St. George, UT

Kimberly Jensen, RDH, M.S.
Dixie State University, St. George, UT

Learning Objectives:   

  • Identify common mistakes educators make when implementing active learning.
  • Analyze ways educators can improve student engagement and acceptance of active learning.
  • Practice active learning strategies while resolving student engagement issues.

CE Credits: 1.0

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Break

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Please choose the session below that’s most appropriate for you.

Current Issues Affecting Dental Assisting

Amanda Willette
University College of Bangor, Bangor, ME

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe various current issues affecting dental assisting education.
  • Discuss methods for implementing program changes based on current issues.
CE Credits: 1.0                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Current Issues Affecting Dental Laboratory Technology 


Learning Objectives:  

  • Describe various current issues affecting dental laboratory education.
  • Discuss methods for implementing program changes based on current issues.

CE Credits: 1.0 

Current Issues Affecting Bachelor of Science Degree Completion Programs and Graduate Dental Hygiene Program

Joyce Sumi, RDH, M.S.D.H.
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Learning Objectives:   

  • Describe various current issues affecting Bachelor of Science degree education completion.
  • Describe various current issues affecting graduate dental hygiene programs.
  • Discuss methods for implementing program changes based on current issues.

CE Credits: 1.0

 Current Issues Affecting Dental Hygiene: Electronic Portfolio Panel Presentation

Carrie Hanson, RDH, Ed.D.
Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS

Phyllis Spragge, RDH, M.A.
Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA

Tanya Villalpando Mitchell, RDH, M.S.D.H.
University of Missouri-Kansas City

Learning Objectives:   

  • Compare and contrast different portfolio software platforms.
  • Identify benefits of electronic portfolio use.
  • Discuss how electronic portfolios could be used in dental hygiene curricula.

CE Credits: 1.0

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.DHCAS Reception With Guest Speaker:  
(For pre-registered attendees)                                    
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.Networking Reception
Sponsored by A-dec
(For attendees and one registered adult guest per attendee)                                    
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.Networking Breakfast (for attendees only)

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.Council Updates for the Day

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Growing Your Own: Developing Sustainable Leadership and Followership Within Your Organization  

Kelly Tanner, RDH, Ph.D.
Divine Leadership, LLC

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how followership influences organizations.
  • Explain the ways followers influence leaders.
  • Empower followership to build influence within teams and the organization. 
  • Develop strategies that encourage courageous followership within the organization

CE Credits: 1.0

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.Break

10:45 a.m. – NoonThe Art of Listening: A Dental Professional’s Principles for Success  >

Kelly Tanner, RDH, Ph.D.
Divine Leadership, LLC

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how the principles of emotional intelligence drive communication and decision making.
  • Apply principles of negotiation in instances of conflict management, negotiation and leadership.
  • Discuss the psychology of communication and how to build trust and influence.  
  • Demonstrate how to use emotional intelligence to lead more effectively. 

CE Credits: 1.25

Noon – 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch (for attendees only) 

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.Managing Your Emotions and Actions Under Stress  

Jennifer Lachman, M.S.
Lachman Consulting

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the linkage between emotional agility, effective stress management and leadership effectiveness.
  • Execute a response effectively as a leader when faced with high-stress, high-emotion situations.
  • Identify and practice the techniques that will best support you to shift out of a reactive state and respond effectively as a leader.  

CE Credits: 1.0

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.Office Yoga 

Jennifer Lachman, M.S.
Lachman Consulting

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the benefits that movement, meditation and breathing bring to leadership effectiveness and fulfillment.
  • Demonstrate the practice of a sequence of yoga poses and stretches, quiet meditation and breath work that can easily be performed back at the office.
  • Discuss practical tips for incorporating simple movement and meditation practices in your work and teams. 

CE Credits: 1.0

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.Break

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) Policy Update
Please Note: CODA strongly recommends all program directors attend.

4:15 – 5:15 p.m.CODA Hearing on Proposed Changes to the Dental Hygiene Standards.

5:15 – 5:30 p.m.Closing Remarks

5:30 p.m.End of Official Program

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.CODA Site Visitor Training (by invitation only)

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.ADEA CADPD Administrative Board and Program Directors’Conference Planning Committee Meeting (Closed meeting) 
 Breakfast on Your Own
9:00 a.m. – noon

CODA Sessions
This session will be divided into two sessions.

Michelle Smith, RDH, M.S.D.H.
Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)

  • SESSION 1: Preparing for an Allied Accreditation Site Visit
  • SESSION 2: Q&A Forum  


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The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for up to 11.25 continuing education credits.

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All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.