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What is a KAM Intensive (KI) retreat?

Four-day KAM Intensive (KI) retreats have been designed to help students in programs with a KAM/mixed-model specialization complete their Knowledge Area Modules (KAMs). There are two KAM retreat options available: KAM Learning Agreement Intensive and KAM Writing Intensive.  Participants will meet in a designated location to focus on writing KAM Learning Agreements or on writing and revising their KAMs with faculty members and other students who are at similar stages in the KAM writing process.

Faculty members who have extensive experience with KAM Learning Agreements and KAM mentoring will be on hand to lead the experience. An experienced staff member from Walden’s Writing Center will also be available to help students advance their research and writing skills. Students should also make arrangements with their KAM assessor and/or faculty mentor in advance so they are able to communicate with him/her regularly throughout the retreat time.

What are the KI retreat options?

KAM Learning Agreement Intensive
The purpose of this KI retreat is to provide opportunities for students to (a) draft a KAM Learning Agreement based on the requirements of the KAM rubric in a structured yet supportive environment, (b) meet individually with faculty members to discuss KAM Learning Agreement progress and receive feedback, (c) access and utilize Walden Library and Writing Center resources to learn advanced library search techniques and develop effective writing skills that are directly applicable to their respective KAM topics, and (d) develop support networks that can be accessed on-site and after the KI experience as needed or desired.

KAM Writing Intensive
This KI retreat is for students who have an approved KAM Learning Agreement. Students will (a) focus on KAM writing based on the requirements of the KAM rubric in a structured yet supportive environment, (b) meet individually with faculty members to discuss KAM progress and receive feedback, (c) access and utilize Walden Library and Writing Center resources to learn advanced library search techniques and develop effective writing skills that are directly applicable to their respective KAM topics, and (d) develop support networks that can be accessed on-site and after the KI experience as needed or desired.

Who can benefit from a KI retreat?

To be eligible to attend a KI retreat, students must meet the requirements below:

Prerequisites for KAM Learning Agreement Intensive

  • Completion of the program Foundation course(s)
  • Completion of the first residency
  • Draft of ideas for a Learning Agreement for the KAM the student intends to work on during the KAM I Intensive

Bring to the KI the following:

  • Draft outline of the Application Project with a rationale for the application regarding social change (approved by mentor)
  • Resources being considered for the KAM if available (theory or research studies)
  • APA 6th edition text

Required Advanced Reading

  • A Guide to the Knowledge Area Modules: Making the KAMs Work for You, Iris M. Yob, Ed.D., 2010 edition
  • “Assembling Your LA and KAM: The Nuts and Bolts of Formatting,” PowerPoint presentation
  • Step-by-Step Guide to Writing KAMs

Prerequisites for KAM Writing Intensive

  • Completion of the program Foundation course(s)
  • Completion of the first residency
  • Completed and approved Learning Agreement (including all appropriate parts and components, written and organized in the appropriate manner ) for the KAM the student intends to work on during the KAM Writing Intensive

Bring to the KI the following:

  • A draft of Breadth section (5 – 10 pages) if available
  • Two article annotations from the Depth section annotated bibliography
  • Outline of the Application Project, beyond what is in the Demonstration paragraph of the Learning Agreement
  • APA 6th edition text

Required Advanced Reading

  • A Guide to the Knowledge Area Modules: Making the KAMs Work for You, Iris M. Yob, Ed.D., 2010 edition
  • “Assembling Your LA and KAM: The Nuts and Bolts of Formatting,” PowerPoint presentation
  • Sufficient work of at least one of the seminal theorists for the student to be conversant in that theorist’s ideas, concepts, and theories
  • If available, bring the relevant book(s) (hard copy or ebooks) and/or other resources
  • Bring hard copy or electronic version of the articles to be used in the Depth section
  • Where and when are KI retreats held?

    Regardless of where students live, they are required to stay at the hotel where the KI is being held, as part of the value of the retreat is allowing students to get away from the demands of daily life to focus on research and writing.

    DATE

    CITY

    LOCATION

    Mar 18-22

    Dallas, TX

    Hyatt Place Dallas North by Galleria

    What is the KI daily schedule?

    Retreats begin at 4 p.m. the first day, when students will register, receive an overview of the retreat, and check in to their rooms. Each morning, some time will be devoted to information sharing related to the KAM requirements consistent with the Walden University KAM rubric. During the remainder of the day, students spend time writing and meeting with faculty members to obtain personalized assistance with their KAM writing. At the end of the day, students meet with faculty members to discuss progress made, barriers and facilitators to effective and efficient writing, and goals for the next day. Many students take full advantage of their time away from home, work, and family by continuing to write during the evening.
    Students will have an opportunity to network with other students who are at the same stage of the KAM writing process and develop peer writing support groups that often continue to motivate and support at the conclusion of the experience.

    Why should students attend a KI retreat?

    Drafting a KAM Learning Agreement and/or writing a KAM can be a challenging experience compounded by the obligations of everyday life. The KI retreat is designed to be a break from those obligations. Further, many students in programs with KAM/mixed-model specializations report a need for additional resources, support, and guidance. Students stay at the retreat hotel and may spend every day and evening drafting, receiving on-site faculty feedback, revising, and editing. Students who have attended similar writing-intensive retreats have made notable progress in their writing and have appreciated the opportunities, provided through the retreat experience, for one-on-one guidance and support.

    The goal is for KAM Learning Agreement Intensive students to leave the KI retreat with a completed Learning Agreement they submit to their faculty mentors for approval. The goal for KAM II Writing Intensive students is to write, revise, and refine a selected KAM. Whether students are just beginning a KAM Learning Agreement or are pulling together a KAM, the faculty members present at the KI offer guidance to help students organize and present their ideas using correct American Psychological Association (APA) style and conventions of good scholarly writing.

    How can students register for a KI retreat?

    Students may to register through the myWalden university portal. Students should register for the experience that matches their stage in the KAM writing process.

    How much does the KI retreat cost?

    For 2013-14, the retreat fee is $2,125.  After May 3, 2014, the retreat fee is $2,195.  This cost includes the following:

    • Daily individual sessions with research faculty
    • Daily individual sessions with Writing Center faculty
    • Private hotel room with high-speed Internet access
    • Daily breakfast
    • Daily lunch
    • Daily healthy snacks and beverages
    • Access to well-lit, communal, and quiet space to write

    KI fees and travel expenses are not included in your program tuition. Please consider the following when planning your budget:

    Travel and Accommodations

    Lodging and daily breakfast and lunch are included in the KI fee. Travel costs are the student’s responsibility.

    Financial Aid
    Students may consult with a financial aid advisor to determine whether they may qualify for financial aid.

    Payment Policy
    KI retreat fees are billed and collected in accordance with the university’s billing cycle.

    Billing
    Once students are registered for a KI retreat, the university will bill them the amount of the KI fee. This fee will appear on the regular tuition bill. Depending on the billing cycle of the Office of the Bursar, the fee may appear before, during, or after a KI retreat. KI fees are generally due at the same time in the same term as course fees.

    Cancellation and Refunds
    KI fees are billed and collected in accordance with the university’s billing cycle.
    In the registration confirmation e-mail, students will be notified of the cancellation deadline, which is typically 10 days prior to a KI retreat. After registering, students may cancel their KI registration for a full refund without penalty provided the cancellation request is made at least 30 calendar days prior to the start of the KI. Cancellation between 30 and 11 days before the start date will result in the student receiving a refund minus a 5% cancellation fee. If a student cancels within 10 days of the start date, no refund will be issued. Students may cancel their KI registration via the myWalden university portal.

    If students must cancel their registration after the cancellation deadline, they must submit a KAM Intensive Retreat Petition form to request a possible refund of KI registration fees. Submitting a petition does not mean that registration will be cancelled. Students will be asked to provide documentation supporting their need to cancel their registration after the deadline. Students must provide documentation showing why the late cancellation was unavoidable and unforeseeable. Petitions and supporting documentation must be submitted to the student’s academic advisor no later than 14 days after the KI retreat ends. There are no exceptions to this policy.
     
    If students do not cancel before the cancellation date and do not have approval through the petition process, students will be billed and responsible for the KI fee, regardless of whether they attend.

    View instructions for how to cancel your registration.