Session Information

Inspiration for Building a Culture of Literacy Learning for Students and Families
Presented By Lacey Carey & Joanna Kaiser
This session will give you ideas to become partners with parents to build a love of literacy and learning in your students. The focus will be on providing parents with resources and strategies to enforce and practice reading skills at home. We will present tips and tricks to effectively engage parents to support their children and build lifelong readers.
What can participants expect to take away from this session? Educators will understand more about how and what to communicate to parents about their child’s reading skills and progress and how integral early reading is to student success. We will provide a list of resources to help the teachers pinpoint what would best support students and give them ideas about how to provide that to families. We also have resources that can be given directly to parents like suggested questions to ask students about what they are reading, leveled book lists and other ideas for parents to share a love of reading with their children.

ACE and the Body: Creating Safe Spaces for Teachers in our Schools
Presented by Rana Koran
ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) do not just affect our students; they also impact our fellow colleagues. Many teachers, counselors, staff, social workers, and others work in our schools because of our own challenging experiences as children. But how often are we, as a collective, judgmental of the “other” teacher on campus: they are crazy, they just don’t know how to manage their kids, they just aren’t good at _______ (fill in the blank). How instead can we change the narrative to create safe spaces for our teachers.
What can participants expect to take away from this session?
The ACE Quiz: Adverse Childhood Experience Quiz – Understanding What is an Adverse Childhood Experience.
New Information: Connections between Physical Illness and Mental/Emotional Trauma – What kind of Trauma (ACE) can create a Physical Illness? What Illnesses? How do they present in the body? Research based (Book Reference: The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk)
Creating a Collaborative Perspective on How to Create Safe Spaces for Teachers: Jamboard Sessions: Prioritize Priorities & Zone Focus, Based on Micro-Resilience by Bonnie St. John & Allen P. Haines, with ACE inventory & Teacher Case Studies:
How to go from Frustration to Collaboration/Cooperation in Challenging Situations.
Creating Accountability for Adults: Changing the Conversation to Boundaries instead of Blame.
Padlet Activity (Book Reference: Micro-Resilience by Bonnie St. John & Allen P. Haines, & Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown)

Making Real-World Connections in K-12 Classrooms: Project-Based Learning (PBL)
Presented by Ursela Garvin
Project-Based Learning is the future of education. Ensuring that all learning is connected to real world concepts and jobs of the future should be goal of education. This session will provide sample project-based lessons, instructional tools and a review of best of instructional practices for implementing project-based learning into any K-12 classroom.
What can participants expect to take away from this session?
Define Project-Based Learning
Identify the Importance of Social Norming in Your Classroom
Show knowledge of the PBL Design Models
Understand the importance of knowing your content/academic standards and how power objectives can be beneficial to your planning as a teacher
How to access sample PBL activities from the PBL Works website
How to create teacher made rubrics
How to utilize sentence starters to encourage student talk and collaboration
Using student reflection documents to make improvements on future PBL activities.

Engaging students in science sense-making using discourse strategies
Presented by David Crowther, PhD and Rita MacDonald
The continued growth of the multilingual learner K–12 population presents challenges for Teachers of all subjects, but especially teachers with the responsibility to teach science. The 2018 (NASEM) English Learners in STEM Subjects emphasizes the cost of the persistent multilingual learner opportunity gap in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This session will introduce early year teachers to the WIDA Language Practices and Discourse Moves that allow for equitable instruction and increased sense-making for all students, but especially Multilingual learners. Teachers will learn to engage their students in rich discourse strategies that increase student engagement, participation, and ownership of their learning.
What can participants expect to take away from this session?
Participants will get copies of the new WIDA Language Practice cards that allow for seamless and simultaneous integration of content and language for all students. Participants will gain full access to the STEM4ELLS web site for resources in developing student to student and teacher to student discourse strategies.

How To Refine Your Teaching Practice With Reflection
Presented by Dr. Jeffrey A. Hinton
Reflective practice is an integral component of effective teaching because teaching is a process that we can improve with deliberation and scrutiny. Without reflection, teachers could be potentially trapped in a cycle of unexamined judgments, assumptions, and misinterpretations about their teaching. In this session, participants will learn about the three components of reflection: identifying a problem, awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses, and constructing professional knowledge through formal and informal teaching networks. In addition, participants will receive suggestions and strategies that will help them become more effective professional educators.
What can participants expect to take away from this session?
1. Practical ways in which to engage in reflection
2. How to become a member of a professional network.

Instructional Reflection as Personalized Professional Learning
Presented by Ernie Rambo, NBCT, PhD
The process of lesson reflection – critically examining one’s lesson and its impact on learning – results in educators increasing understanding of their practice and developing new knowledge in how to improve their practice. Teachers engaging in reflection find the process useful in steering the instructional decisions that they make – yet time to reflect often gets overlooked in the daily rush of teachers’ workdays. Experience using the Architecture of Accomplished Teaching tool to reflect on a past lesson and learn how doing so supports decision-making of strategies and approaches for future lessons.
What can participants expect to take away from this session?
•Lesson Reflection, thinking about a recent time when student learning goals were met, recalling what worked well in that lesson impacted planning for future lessons.
• Attendees will download a personal copy of the Architecture of Accomplished Teaching – a tool created by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards that connects the National Board’s Five Core Propositions with each educator’s professional practice.
• Use a fillable version of the Architecture to connect their past lesson with the Architecture, including consideration of how the 5 Core Propositions applied to their planning.
• Develop a plan for implementing reflection in their lesson planning each day that they teach. Discuss how the Architecture can be utilized to facilitate both personal and collegial reflection on a regular basis.

Say “I do” to Engagement, Innovative Ways to Support Students and Foster Family Relationships
Presented by Kathleen Hauser
How do you know when your students are engaged? What approaches are most effective when developing school-home connections? This fast-paced, interactive session will explore opportunities to strengthen relationships with students and their families. We’ll share techniques to combat obstacles and increase parent involvement. Expect to discover new and constructive ways to improve student participation, all while maintaining effective time management both in, and out, of the classroom.
What can participants expect to take away from this session?
This workshop style session will promote reflection and refinement in regards to engagement. Individuals will share their current engagement practices, celebrate the successes, and identify areas on which to improve. A plethora of research-based, communication applications will be presented to allow participants to determine strategies that align with their individual needs. Early career educators will leave the session with a variety of easy-to-implement techniques to enhance student/family connections and be inspired to build collaborative partnerships.

Parents as Partners
Presented by Dr. Carrie A. Buck
Learn strategies for winning parents over to support their child and you in the classroom. If you see parents as partners and work to win them over in August, your school year goes with ease and children thrive. Communication strategies are unlocked in this workshop format that rejuvenates ideas for communicating and partnering with parents.
What can participants expect to take away from this session?
5 Key Ideas for Partnering with Parents.

From Classroom to Community: Building and Maintaining Relationships
Presented by Ben Nguyen
One of the greatest parts of being a teacher being able to directly impact the lives of students, families, and the local community. This session is designed to share strategies, digital resources, and experiences about building connections with the local and Statewide communities from the experience of a former science, now Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher.
What can participants expect to take away from this session?
Participants can expect to learn about different approaches to connecting with community members, including parents, local nonprofits, educational institutions, and local businesses. From requesting grant funds, volunteer help, to participating in local events and academic competitions, a variety of resources will be shared with attendees with concrete examples of how to communicate with different parities and how to maintain enduring connections.

Communicating and Building Relationships with Elementary Students, Families, and Staff, with an Emphasis on Young Boys
Presented by Nicole Witkowski
This session is inspired by the text “Talk to Me” by Kim Bearden, cofounder of the Ron Clark Academy, and tips from Troy Kemp, the Executive Director of the National Center for the Development of Boys. Information learned and applied from both experts will be shared in efforts to help early career educators hone communication and relationship building skills to effectively reach students, families, and staff members, especially during difficult situations.
What can participants expect to take away from this session?
Participants will gather tools to communicate with students, families, and staff in meaningful ways that will build lasting relationships in the process. Furthermore, participants will also have quick tips and tricks to help young boys fulfill academic and social expectations.

Students taking the Lead: The Potential of Student Led Conferences
Presented by Deanne Moyle-Hicks
Have you wondered what it takes to implement Student Lead Conferences? In this session we will explore the structures and systems that set students up for success. Having implemented Student Lead Conferences with grades 1 – 4 over the past thirteen years I have a few techniques. We will draw on these experiences to create a practice where students take the lead in supporting their progress and school experience. Included are ideas for your first steps, how to support students in manage time, guiding students in choosing work to share, and preparing them to engage in conversations about their work.
What can participants expect to take away from this session?
At the end of this session participants will leave with an actionable plan to implement Student Lead Conferences.

Increase Equity in Math: Multiple Access Points
Presented by Jen Loescher
Educators know the power and necessity of increased equity in our classrooms; but how could that look and sound in a math class? We will explore four different strategies that create more opportunities to be right in math. Imagine how many more students would be excited to learn math if there was more than one right answer because it was based upon their reasoning and justification. Join us to learn how to create and use tasks with multiple access points (encouraging students to engage deeply with math content) that you will be able to use with your students next week!
What can participants expect to take away from this session?
Teachers will be able to immediately use the low-prep strategies with multiple access points in a math class – increasing equity and engagement with math content.

Together Forever with SEL and SMP!
Presented by Jen Loescher
Join us to learn how social-emotional learning (SEL) is already embedded within the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP). We will build background knowledge around the five core competencies of SEL and find textual evidence in the SMPs. This will provide the foundation to begin brainstorming concrete ideas for how math lessons could look and sound like when implementing the five core competencies.
What can participants expect to take away from this session?
Participants will build background knowledge about the five core competencies of social-emotional learning as defined by CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning). Participants will learn the textual evidence that is already present within the Standards for Mathematical Practices that is aligned with the five core competencies of SEL. They will begin to see how this information can help inform lesson planning and lesson delivery of our math classes.

Building Number Sense 5 Minutes at a Time
Presented by Christin O’Keefe
In this session you are sure to walk away with quick 5-10 minute number sense building routines for all grade levels. These resources and tasks engage learners of all abilities, encourage student-centered discourse, and most importantly build positive mathematical identities. All activities and resources shared in this session are currently free for educators and are easily implementable into instruction the next day in the classroom.
What can participants expect to take away from this session?
All resources shared are free for educators and are easily implementable the next day in the classroom.

10 Instructional Moves and Resources to Promote SEL, PBIS and Academic Outcomes
Presented by Aaron Grossman
In this fast-paced and interactive session, participants will learn the why, how and the “with what” around ten instructional moves to elevate student outcomes. Each move is evidenced based and comes with free resources to ensure implementation success. The moves range from individualized, the 2 x 10 strategy, to whole class, the 4 Corners technique. The moves address PBIS, e.g., 2 x 10; SEL, i.e., 60 Second Relate Breaks; and Academics, Jessica Minahan’s 5 Minute Plan. Practitioners, from novice to seasoned, will walk away with a set of techniques to revitalize and refresh classroom practice.
What can participants expect to take away from this session?
The objectives include
1. Introduce techniques to increase engagement and belongingness
2. Understand the how and why of using specific moves
3. Review free and vetted resources to assist with SEL, PBIS and Academics

Cultivating Communication: Fostering Meaningful Student, Family, and Colleague Connections
Presented by Brittany Holmes-Sutton
How do you authentically connect with students, families, and colleagues? Communication matters. Discover how to meaningfully connect and engage with diverse audiences using a six-step method for effective, interpersonal communication. Join Communication Studies and Couple & Family Therapy graduate student, Brittany Holmes-Sutton, as she shares communication strategies for *building a positive classroom and school environment, *fostering and facilitating student learning and family engagement, and * cultivating meaningful, healthy relationships.
What can participants expect to take away from this session?
Participants can expect to learn how to use communication as a successful means to connect with and meaningfully engage students, families, colleagues, and the community. Using six steps to effective communication, participants can instantly reflect upon and self-assess their current communication skills; and using the six steps to effective communication adapt their communication strategies for the diverse individuals with whom they engage. Doing so will allow the participants to immediately make more significant connections with the aforementioned individuals and group members.