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August 1-2, 2019

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Thursday, August 1
 

7:30am

Breakfast/Registration
Thursday August 1, 2019 7:30am - 8:00am
Jane Woodruff Hall Lobby

8:00am

Opening Keynote - Allison Zmuda- Why Teachers are More Important than Ever in Contemporary Classrooms
This keynote focuses on the powerful roles teachers play to engage students in a personalized learning classroom. We explore what the expectations are of the world right now and how focusing on our interrelated roles of lead learner, facilitator, and coach can grow students capacity and future success. Participants will be introduced to the personalized learning sound board as an anchor for breakout sessions and further development.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Zmuda

Allison Zmuda

Education Consultant-curriculum, assessment and instruction, Learning Personalized


Thursday August 1, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Richardson Hall - Ben Johnson III Theatre

9:00am

Workshop 1- Personalizing Learning through a Strengths-based Pedagogy
How do you work with students to design learning that is challenging, doable and worthy of the attempt? This breakout session focuses on how we build relationships with learners through the lens of the four filters: voice, co-creation, social construction and self-discovery. We will study examples from around the U.S. and the world to inspire and design together with participants in the session

Speakers
avatar for Allison Zmuda

Allison Zmuda

Education Consultant-curriculum, assessment and instruction, Learning Personalized


Thursday August 1, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
Richardson Hall - Ben Johnson III Theatre

9:00am

Workshop 1-- Implicit and Unconscious Bias: Bridging the Distance Between Professed Values and Daily Behavior
We see ourselves as open and inclusive people, accepting of differences and treating all people with dignity, kindness, and respect.  We want to create and be part of communities that are inclusive and culturally competent toward all people of all backgrounds.  Yet, there are implicit and unconscious biases that get in the way of our best selves, and intentions aren't enough to guide our behaviors. Learn the science of cognitive biases we all have and what we can do to mitigate them within ourselves and our organizations.


Speakers
avatar for Rosetta Lee

Rosetta Lee

Diversity speaker and trainer, Seattle Girls School
Since 2004, Rosetta Lee has been a diversity speaker and trainer on a variety of topics, including cross cultural communication, identity development, implicit and unconscious bias, gender and sexuality diversity, facilitation skills, and bullying in schools.  Rosetta has presented... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
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9:00am

Workshop 1-Building Resilience at Multiple Levels: An Experiential Introduction to Emory University’s Framework and Curriculum for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning
In this workshop, Dr. Ozawa-de Silva and Ms. Knox will provide an experiential introduction to an innovative program in Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning developed at Emory University. After an overview of the SEE Learning program, with its Personal, Social, and Systems domains, emphasis will be placed on participants gaining firsthand experience in the resilience-building section of SEE Learning, which focuses on easy to learn skills that can help students regulate their nervous system and gain “body literacy.” Participants will learn these skills and how they can be taught and explored in a classroom or whole-school setting. The workshop will show how these skills can serve as a foundation for the cultivation of trauma-informed mindfulness and attention; for self-regulation and the navigation of emotions; and ultimately for addressing systemic issues such as inequity and social change.

Speakers
avatar for Brendan Ozaqwa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Brendan Ozaqwa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning (SEE Learning) Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics, Emory University
Brendan Ozawa-de Silva is Associate Director for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning (SEE Learning) at Emory University’s Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics. Prior to his current position, he served as Associate Professor of Psychology at Life University... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Knox

Jennifer Knox

Educator and Consultant, Woodward Academy
Jennifer Knox has taught visual art at Woodward Academy for 13 years, where she teaches SEE Learning Courses for high school students and coordinates with senior administrators, counselors and faculty to align SEE Learning initiatives academy-wide.  She is a Professional Learning... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
W126

9:00am

Workshop 1-Death to the Boring - How to Engage All Students with Pear Deck and Gim Kit!
In a world of lectures and presentations, the content delivery method has always been the same. A slide goes up, notes get written, a slide changes, and the world keeps spinning. 
With better access to technology, students are looking for better ways to become engaged and connect with the materials. Enter PearDeck and GimKit! PearDeck is an incredible tool for live content delivery. It simultaneously broadcasts your screen onto their devices, in real time, while allowing them to interact with it. It allows for immediate feedback, impromptu questioning and deeper connections with materials. Tired of using Kahoot because it is just the same thing over and over again? GimKit, designed and run by a group of high school students from Seattle, is the next evolution in student review. Strategize, compete, collaborate and learn in a race against the clock that doesn’t feel like a race at all! 



Speakers
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Scott Hebert

Educator, Elk Island Catholic Schools district
Scott is a passionate and dedicated teacher who has taught K-12 Phys Ed as well as Grade 7 & 8 Sciences for the past 10 years. His professional motto is "Would you want to be in your classroom?" and it is reflected in his daily teaching. He also believes in innovation in the classroom... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
W136

9:00am

Workshop 1-Developing Literacy with Visual Texts
The use of visual texts in all disciplines invites inquiry and promotes curiosity. Learners work collaboratively to build understanding while engaging in critical thinking and problem solving skills as they focus on what can be learned from a visual text. Participants will engage with a variety of visual texts using visual thinking strategies that are easily adaptable for all ages and disciplines. Effective use of visuals creates purpose for reading, writing, listening and speaking as learners acquire new content and thinking skills.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Terrill

Laura Terrill

Consultant, ACTFL
Laura Terrill is a national consultant who holds a BA in French from the University of Missouri — St. Louis and a MA in Secondary Administration from Northeast Missouri State University. She taught French at all levels for 21 years before becoming the Coordinator of Foreign Language... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
W135

9:00am

Workshop 1-Embedding STEAM experiences in the Classroom
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics as gateways to  guiding student inquiry and critical thinking. The goal of a STEAM approach is to develop learners who are eager to take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and design creative solutions. This workshop will explore activities that embed engineering and technology into the Math, Science, and Art classrooms. Participants will engage with several hands-on examples of challenges and will explore a number of resources to help them design their own curricular materials.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Helfant

Elizabeth Helfant

Coordinator of Pedagogical Innovation, MICDS
Elizabeth Helfant is the Coordinator of Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation at the Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS), a JK-12 school of 1250 students in Missouri. Following graduation from Davidson College in 1984, Ms Helfant began her career in education teaching... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am

9:00am

Workshop 1-Move Well, Stress Less, and Sleep More!
In this this workshop, you’ll be introduced to movement, breathing and sleeping techniques to help “unstick” you from the daily grind of life. The techniques you will learn can be performed in your home, classroom or office, and just about anywhere else you may find yourself.  These will have a lasting impact on your health and longevity.  Come and learn to Move Well, Stress Less, and Sleep More! 

Speakers
avatar for Sam Mugavero Ph.D.

Sam Mugavero Ph.D.

CEO of Smugs Fitness, Smugs Fitness Lab
A two-sport athlete in college, Sam continued to foster his passion for fitness while working on his doctorate at the University of South Carolina. After completing his degree in 2007, he moved to Atlanta with his wife and spent 5 years teaching science and coaching tennis while spending... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
W134

9:00am

Workshop 1-Real-World Learning (in middle and high school)
Project-based learning has the potential to lead to deeper learning and increased student engagement, but not all projects achieve the same results. Increasing the authenticity of PBL is one strategy for success. This hands-on workshop for middle and high school educators will focus on designing projects that connect with students’ real-world interests while also meeting important learning goals. Participants will explore practical project design strategies, including:
  • Remodeling traditional units to increase authenticity
  • Connecting with content experts during project planning and implementation
  • Reaching audiences beyond the classroom
  • Inviting feedback from critical friends
  • Scaffolding student-centered learning

Speakers
avatar for Suzie Boss

Suzie Boss

Writer and Educational Consultant, Buck Institute for Education
I’m a writer and educational consultant from Portland, Oregon, working to harness the power of teaching, learning, and storytelling to improve lives and transform communities. Recent projects have taken me across the United States and around the globe to support schools that are... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
W132

9:00am

Workshop 1-Wicked Tools for Wicked Problems: Using Improvement Science to Lead Innovation
Transforming schools qualifies as a "wicked problem" - one that cannot be addressed in a traditional, linear fashion - and requires a set of "wicked tools." Using Improvement Science as a road map for change, participants will gain a new set of tools and strategies to lead innovation in schools and districts. Whether you are years into your journey or just beginning to think about the future, Improvement Science supports the "triple aims" of educational improvement: increased effectiveness, greater efficiency, and enhanced engagement. Participants will leave with concrete ideas, strategies, and tools to continue leading innovation.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Beth Holland, EdD

Dr. Beth Holland, EdD

Digital Equity Project Director, Writer, Researcher, Consultant, Consortium for School Networking
Dr. Beth Holland is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Rhode Island as well as the Digital Equity Project Director for the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). Over the past 20 years, she has taught in K-12 classrooms, served as Director of Academic Technology... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
W129

11:35am

Concurrent Sessions 1- The Zombie Invasion: How to Build Engagement & Cross Curricular Connections
Often as educators, we fall into the trap of teaching our content in isolation and powering through it to meet external deadlines. These pressures often cause us to miss critical opportunities to infuse engaging activities, add depth of knowledge to our lessons and create"bigger" real world connections for our students. Our 4th Grade team utilized an overarching Zombie theme to bring in the fun for their students while covering all of the needed learning outcomes. Best of all, no one ever lost a day of instructional time. Let us show you how grade level projects and activities can be constructed without an immense amount of time or cost.

Speakers
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Rebecca Dearolph

Innovation Specialist, Woodward Academy
Susan and Rebecca are the Innovation Specialist for Woodward Academy’s Lower School and adore helping their staff create unique learning experiences for their staff and students. Both have extensive experience presenting and in professional development.
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Susan Fisher

Innovation Specialist, Woodward Academy
Susan and Rebecca are the Innovation Specialist for Woodward Academy’s Lower School and adore helping their staff create unique learning experiences for their staff and students. Both have extensive experience presenting and in professional development.


Thursday August 1, 2019 11:35am - 12:20pm
W124

11:35am

Concurrent Sessions 1-Addressing Student Anxiety in the Classroom
This presentation will seek to deepen educators' understanding of anxiety, including the prevalence, physiology, and presentation of anxiety in the classroom.  We will explore triggering events and identify signs of anxiety in students.  We will largely focus on classroom specific interventions for teachers to utilize when collaborating with students with anxiety.     Here is a link to the presentation draft: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1k1Hblx9HsNySSrIDxugJf75-6VliGVVnKMBVGC4X0Sc/edit?usp=sharing  

Speakers
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Meredith Draper

Educator - Counselor, Woodward Academy
I received my B.S. in Psychology from Fordham University, my M.A. in Psychology from Long Island University and my M.Ed. in Professional School Counseling from the University of West Georgia.  I have been a school counselor at Woodward since 2016 in the Middle School.  I have worked... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 11:35am - 12:20pm
W134

11:35am

Concurrent Sessions 1-Bringing Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning into the Classroom
Participants will learn three lessons from the SEE Learning curriculum. Participants will learn about the resiliency zone graph, Help Now strategies, and resourcing. Participants will see how these lessons have been incorporated into a high school classroom, and there will be opportunities to brainstorm how these lessons could be incorporated into other settings.

Speakers
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Carri Carver

Educator, Woodward Academy
Carri Carver has been a mathematics educator for 15 years. Areas of expertise include social/emotional learning, inclusion and equity, design thinking, and formative assessment


Thursday August 1, 2019 11:35am - 12:20pm
TBA

11:35am

Concurrent Sessions 1-Hit your Mark with Bullet Journaling
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of task tracks, list makers, planners and post-it notes on your desk? Feel like you’re forgetting something? The Bullet Journal may address your needs!    The Bullet Journal philosophy is revolutionizing life for those of us seeking organization. Consolidate all your tasks- personal and professional- into one place. By using a future log, daily and weekly spreads, sections for notes, random lists, and anything else you want to track, I’ll show you how you can streamline your work!     Bring a blank notebook to get started or just come learn.  

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Zanoria

Jenn Zanoria

Educational Technology and Innovation Coordinator, Windward School in Los Angeles, CA
Jenn Zanoria is the Educational Technology and Innovation Coordinator at Windward School (grades 7-12) in Los Angeles, CA. In this position, Jenn works closely with faculty to develop engaging and thoughtful units, lessons, and projects that allow students to show what they know... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 11:35am - 12:20pm
W121

11:35am

Concurrent Sessions 1-Informal Learning: Tapping Into Natural Curiosity
Have you ever seen a baby begin to crawl, or heard a child mutter their first words. Humans are innately curious beings and their natural motivations for learning are instinctive. In this interactive session we will discuss incorporation of a mixed informal learning environment that taps into our innate motivations for learning and creativity. Learning absolutely can be and should be a naturally rewarding experience. During part one of the session, teachers will take part in a demonstration EXPERIENCE that models the informal learning process incorporated into a formal classroom setting.  

Speakers
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Daniel Bermel

Educator, Woodward Academy
Danny Bermel is a PhD Candidate at The University of Georgia. He has presented education sessions at state, national, and international conferences. He has presented, taught and toured in Ireland, Kenya, Kazakhstan, Costa Rica. He has performed at the International Bluegrass Music... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 11:35am - 12:20pm
W132

11:35am

Concurrent Sessions 1-Refuse to be a Victim
Safety experts agree the single most important step toward ensuring your personal safety is making the conscious decision to refuse to be a victim. You stand a better chance of preventing criminal attack if you develop and practice a safety plan before you need it.      The presentation teaches easy to understand methods you can use to increase your awareness and prevent criminal confrontation.  In thirty minutes, you will learn and practice tools you need to develop your own personal safety strategy, including information about:    •        The Psychology of the Criminal Mind  •        Home & Phone Security  •        Automobile & Travel Security   •        Personal & Technological Security  •        Self Defense Devices and Training Options  

Speakers
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John Lane

Director of Campus Safety and Educator, Woodward Academy
John Lane is the Director of Campus Safety at Woodward Academy. He is responsible for the planning, preparation, coordination, and training of staff, faculty, parents and students in emergency response and risk management.


Thursday August 1, 2019 11:35am - 12:20pm
TBA

11:35am

Concurrent Sessions 1-Setting your Students up for Authentic Collaboration
Perhaps the most misused word in education is collaboration. What do we mean when we tell students they will be collaborating? More importantly, what do students do when we tell them they will be collaborating? Even more importantly, how are we modeling the benefits of collaboration to our students? Attend this interactive session to experience the benefits of collaboration (increased student engagement, improved learning, and facilitation of collective goals), explore the importance of collaboration in the higher education setting (reduced student isolation, diversity of learning), and consider ways to set students up for authentic collaboration (trust, norms, and significant work). The purpose of this session is twofold: to build knowledge regarding the importance, benefits, and outcomes of student collaboration; to increase the opportunity for incorporating student collaboration in current courses. The session presenters will facilitate interactive opportunities to build knowledge through experiencing the importance, benefits, and characteristics of authentic collaboration, such as discussion protocols, brainstorming, and providing peer feedback. Participants will engage in a self-assessment regarding their current use of student collaboration and, after considering opportunities for collaboration within current courses, create a goal for future collaborative student learning opportunities. Participants will leave with a heightened awareness of the importance of and the need for collaboration, practical strategies for incorporating student collaboration, and a plan for setting students up for authentic collaboration.

Speakers
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Dr. Karen Marklein

Program Director, Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation
Dr. Karen Marklein is a program director for the Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation. Most of Karen’s professional career has been spent teaching high school English and serving as a secondary instructional coach. Karen has presented for ASCD, ISTE, LEAD, and Learning... Read More →
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Dr. Julia Osteen

Technology Integration Specialist, Ayers Institue for Teacher Learning &Innovation
Julia Osteen is the Technology Integration Specialist for the Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning & Innovation at Lipscomb University. She coaches College of Education faculty on their use of technology for learning and is an Instructor in the College of Education. Julia has worked... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 11:35am - 12:20pm
W126

11:35am

Concurrent Sessions 1-The Importance of Rapport: Developing Positive, Professional, and Productive Relationships with Students
"It's not what you know, but who you know." This networking adage rightly points out what many of us have learned to be true, that it is often not the breadth of our knowledge as much as the breadth of our contact list that ultimately leads to success in landing the career/position we desire.    Yet, I believe this phrase can be reinterpreted to describe the teaching profession. Many of us can identify that one teacher or coach that had the greatest impact on us as students. Often, it was not as much the content knowledge they offered that changed our lives, as it was the fact that they made the effort to develop a positive relationship with their students.     It is my opinion that content knowledge makes a good teacher. Content knowledge combined with developing purposeful relationships with students, makes a great teacher.    In this presentation I will highlight relevant research and offer personal anecdotes supporting the claim that developing positive rapport with students not only improves the classroom/learning environment, but can accelerate academic performance, allow for more productive relationships, and improve the quality of life for the teacher!

Speakers
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Chad Ross

Educator, Woodward Academy
10 years of experience teaching social studies and coaching in middle and high school levels in both the public and private school settings.


Thursday August 1, 2019 11:35am - 12:20pm
W129

11:35am

Concurrent Sessions 1-What is Ethical Leadership in Education?
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are important words that have begun to influence much of the education community. Is it possible, however, to achieve the goals of a DEI education if Ethical Leadership is not demonstrated by faculty? How are we modeling ethical leadership for our students? Are we teaching them to be ethical leaders? Participants will attend a workshop in which they create definitions of ethical leadership as well as action steps for themselves and for their school communities. Best practices will be assessed as well as a discussion to help create buy-in for the whole community.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge

Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge

Teacher/Producer, Woodward Academy/Footnoting History
Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge has her doctorate in history. She is also producer of the popular podcast series: Footnoting History. Elizabeth teaches Modern World and AP US History at Woodward Academy.


Thursday August 1, 2019 11:35am - 12:20pm
TBA

11:35am

Concurrent Sessions 2-Building Champions
The overall theme of my talk is how we as educators and coaches need to focus on being mentors first and foremost before focusing on the scoreboard. However, with the proper focus on building champions first, coaches can create success both on and off the playing field for their student-athletes. This is why my key phrase to coaching my athlete is this "We are not champions because we win, we win because we are Champions".   In addition to explaining how my philosophy has created great success in my coaching experience I will also explain the need for fun and team building exercises to help grow your team and create enthusiasm, which is a key ingredient for success in all walks of life.   The concrete takeaways for my participants would be to help them have a road map to success but to also help the participants set goals for themselves, their team, and their student-athletes.      

Speakers
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Jeff Ragan

Coach and Educator, Woodward Academy
Jeff Ragan has experience in coaching and in teaching.  He wrestled for the top college program in the country (Oklahoma State University) after a successful wrestling career as a Big XII Champion, All-American, Freestyle National Champion, and World Team Placer.  Jeff was the the... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 11:35am - 12:20pm
TBA

11:35am

Lunch/Concurrent Ssssions
Thursday August 1, 2019 11:35am - 1:15pm
Woodruff Dining Hall

12:30pm

Concurrent Session 2- Planning, Pacing, and Posting Homework for Woodward Academy Upper School Teachers
Want to get some preplanning our of the way? Want to have all your homework posted online before the school year starts? Come make your calendar that will not only give you a planner for the entire semester, it will also allow you to post all your homework to PowerSchool Learning in about 5 min. You can also learn how to upload your plans into Google Calendar if you prefer a digital version. Each participant should bring a laptop or computer with a full version of Microsoft Excel. We will allow you time to actually use the excel calendar and enter your specific information. We will walk you through the process of posting homework and setting up homework calendars for your classes, etc.  Come see why teachers are saying that this spreadsheet "has honestly been a lifesaver!"

Speakers
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Sara Elliot

Educator/Coach, Woodward Academy
Sara Elliot is a  Math Teacher in the Upper School at Woodward, alumni of the Academy, and coaches in the Athletic Department.  Sara Elliot is entering her 5th year as a math teacher at Woodward.  She teaches Algebra 2 and Geometry and has been working with Microsoft Excel since... Read More →
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Tim Coats

Educator/Coach, Woodward Academy
Tim Coats is a  Math Teacher in the Upper School at Woodward, alumni of the Academy, and coaches in the Athletic Department. He teaches Geometry and Algebra 2 in addition to coaching Volleyball, Basketball, and Lacrosse.  


Thursday August 1, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
TBA

12:30pm

Concurrent Sessions 1-Connection over Compliance; Creating a Joyful Classroom Experience
Do you believe teaching social-emotional content is as important as teaching academic content? Do you want to connect with your students and families in meaningful ways? Are you interested in creating joyful classroom communities that foster opportunities for student choice? Join us for some discussion and ideas to help you create a joyful classroom experience.      

Speakers
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Samantha Saykaly

Educator, Woodward Academy
Samantha Saykaly has been at Woodward Academy for 11 years.  Beginning in the Transition Department working with students who had learning differences, she has spent the last seven years in second-grade.  She began her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist, in which she holds... Read More →
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Leslie Byars

Educator, Woodward Academy
With a Bachelor's degree from Converse College and a Master's degree from the University of South Carolina, Leslie Byars began her career teaching young children music and drama. She has also served as a middle and high school choral director in Augusta. After moving to Nashville... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
TBA

12:30pm

Concurrent Sessions 2-Add a Content-Area Course to Your Language Trip
Adding a content-area course to your language trip can increase enrollment and enrich student learning. The presenters developed a trip to Germany in which students also earn credit in environmental science. Discussion will include how to create an interdisciplinary course within a language trip that complements both culture and course content.    The trip is led by the language teacher, while the course is taught concurrently by a science teacher. Due to its interdisciplinary nature and the opportunity to earn course credit, the trip attracts more students. Presenters will show participants how to: select a relevant course, choose sites in the target country to optimize immersive learning on site, prepare material for on-the-road instruction, and successfully advertise the trip to students.     Outcomes:  1. Participants can design a trip to the target country that allows students to earn credit in a discipline other than the language.   2. Participants can design a trip itinerary that lends itself to interdisciplinary collaboration with a content-area course.   3. Participants can identify a potential interdisciplinary partner at their institution.   4. Participants can craft a pitch to recruit students for an interdisciplinary trip.  

Speakers
CI

Caitlin Ishibashi

Educator, Woodward Academy
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Ben Shivers

Educator, Woodward Academy
I teach German and sponsor Model UN at Woodward Academy in College Park, Ga. I am a leadership development junkie and public transit nerd. I have a passion for quality speechmaking and would love to help you design your next speaking engagement.


Thursday August 1, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
TBA

12:30pm

Concurrent Sessions 2-Create Dashboards, Toolkits and Apps with Google Sheets
Learn to create an app, toolkit, or dashboard for your classroom or school using nothing but Google Sheets, a little bit of HTML/CSS and your imagination.  Attendees will be introduced to Awesome-Table and Glide as ways to visualize and interact with spreadsheet data in the form of custom built web apps...without a single line of code!

Speakers
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Robert Petitto

Innovation Specialist, Woodward Academy
Robert Petitto, a former High School Spanish teacher from the Chicago suburbs, has had the role of Innovation and Instructional Technology Specialist for Woodward Academy for the past 3 years. In his previous role as Instructional Technology Coordinator, he had presented at numerous... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
TBA

12:30pm

Concurrent Sessions 2-Curriculum as a Path to Equity
We want all students to have an excellent education, but the path to equity can be nebulous and unclear. We will explore the opportunity to use curriculum as one concrete method to promote equity for your students. Please come to this session ready to discuss and brainstorm together!         In this session, teachers will:    - Explore the definition of equity  - Determine how curriculum can serve as a bridge between disciplines, grade levels, classes, and teaching styles  - Explore the balance between teacher autonomy and creating a consistent student learning experience

Speakers
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Kelby Zenor

VP of Professional Development, Faria Education Group
Kelby Zenor is the Vice President of Professional Development for Faria Education Group.  She guides the coordination, development, and facilitation of Professional Development programs both nationally and internationally. She has presented at international conferences — ECIS... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
W139

12:30pm

Concurrent Sessions 2-Leveraging Library Resources
Join the librarians of Woodward Academy as we delve into all of the resources the library has to offer to enrich the curriculum, to support class projects, and to engage learners. We will cover best practices for teaching information literacy skills in today's educational environment. In addition, we will review age appropriate citation guides for different grade levels and our latest scope and sequence for library skills K-12 and how these have been adapted based on the new AASL standards and what that means for teachers and students.  

Speakers
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Ann Haber

Librarian -US, Woodward Academy
I am passionate about the power of librarians and children's literature and the difference they can make in preparing students as lifelong readers, learners, and productive global citizens. Beginning my 16th year as a librarian at Woodward Academy, I now enjoy the enlightening and... Read More →
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Amy Walker

Librarian- PS, Woodward Academy
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Jennifer Inmon

Librarian- LS, Woodward Academy
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Mary Brown

Librarian- North Campus, Woodward Academy


Thursday August 1, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
TBA

12:30pm

Concurrent Sessions 2-Mirror, Window, Sliding Door: Inclusive Teaching in the History Classroom
Inspired by the words of Emily Style and Rudine Sims Bishop, Elizabeth and John will lead teachers through a workshop in which they will examine a lesson plan they have already created and re-imagine it to include topics and primary sources that will serve as mirrors, windows, and sliding doors for their students. Links to free primary sources and other content resources will be given. This workshop is imagined as one in which teachers can work together to revise lesson plans in order to make them more inclusive for all of their students.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge

Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge

Teacher/Producer, Woodward Academy/Footnoting History
Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge has her doctorate in history. She is also producer of the popular podcast series: Footnoting History. Elizabeth teaches Modern World and AP US History at Woodward Academy.
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John Lane

Director of Campus Safety and Educator, Woodward Academy
John Lane is the Director of Campus Safety at Woodward Academy. He is responsible for the planning, preparation, coordination, and training of staff, faculty, parents and students in emergency response and risk management.


Thursday August 1, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
TBA

12:30pm

Concurrent Sessions 2-Seeds to Trees: A Guide to Using Relationships to Foster Collaboration
As a faculty collaborator and Ed Tech Coordinator, my success relies on how wide-spread and deep my relationships go with people on campus. Trust, empowerment, and respect are necessary elements in working with faculty when supporting them through a creative process. How can an inviting culture facilitate wonder, collaboration, inquiry, and community?     In this session, I will share strategies to create a collaborative culture and get your ed tech person working with your teachers!   *Create conditions that allow students to thrive and be creative  *Create a community in which faculty collaborate cross-departmentally   *Build relationships with departments that are long lasting and involve   *Empower faculty to try new approaches and strategies in a low-risk and supportive environment  *Take projects from ideas to fruition: what this process looks like  

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Zanoria

Jenn Zanoria

Educational Technology and Innovation Coordinator, Windward School in Los Angeles, CA
Jenn Zanoria is the Educational Technology and Innovation Coordinator at Windward School (grades 7-12) in Los Angeles, CA. In this position, Jenn works closely with faculty to develop engaging and thoughtful units, lessons, and projects that allow students to show what they know... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
TBA

12:30pm

Concurrent Sessions 2-Social and Emotional Learning through RULER
Participants will learn about the benefits to students when social and emotional skills are explicitly taught in the classrooms. We will explore the RULER tool developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and learn associated techniques to implement this in classrooms. Case studies from Horizons Atlanta classrooms where RULER has been implemented show changes in classroom dynamics such as less bullying and aggressive behavior, better relationships, and enhanced academic performance. Participants will leave with a working knowledge of the RULER components Charter and Mood Meter as well as resource materials for their classrooms.  

Speakers
KJ

Kristin Jackson

Site Director for Horizons Atlanta at Woodward Academy, Woodward Academy
Kristin Jackson is the Site Director for the Horizons Atlanta at Woodward Academy program which serves K-8 students attending local public schools. Through fundraising and programming she strives to accomplish Horizons’ mission to close the opportunity gap for underserved students... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
TBA

12:30pm

Concurrent Sessions 2-Tangible Programming
Today, more than ever, students are being encouraged to learn how to program. We now know that computational thinking is a skill that will benefit students in every aspect of education. Millions of students are now learning how to code, but there is still a lot of work to do to make it truly a new literacy. There has been a wide variety of research to show that tangible programming is one of the best ways to teach young students this valuable skill. By putting toys that students are already used to using in their hands (for example blocks and legos), they are more likely to think freely and learn the skill faster. In this session, we will explore a variety of tools that foster tangible programming. Come learn how these hands on tools can teach even your youngest students how to program!      

Speakers
BW

Beth Wardlaw

Technology Integration Coordinator, Darlington School
Beth has served as technology integration coordinator since 2015. She holds a B.S. in Middle Grades Education from Shorter College and an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from Kennesaw State University. At Darlington, she has received the Brown Faculty Award and was a recipient of... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
TBA

12:30pm

Concurrent Sessions 2-Utilizing Game Show Techniques in Student Assessment Preparation
Description/ Goals/ Takeaways:  Attendees will learn how to use game show techniques including those used in Family Feud, King of the Hill, High Q, and Jeopardy in preparing and preparing for class assessments.  The goal of the session is to reverse the classroom.  In lieu of the teacher and/or department creating the objective assessment, the individual students, as part of their own review, create the content of their own assessment.  The attendee will facilitate the students using their acquired knowledge to create the game questions used in the game show and that will also later be used in their actual assessment.  

Speakers
BK

Brian Keith Jackson

Educator, Woodward Academy
BA University of Iowa.  Major:  Spanish Literature and Culture.  Minor:  African American Studies    JD  University of Iowa    MA Georgia State University.  Education


Thursday August 1, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
TBA

1:20pm

Workshop 1---How Goal Setting with Students Helps Them Own the Learning Experience
What is expected of me? How do I know that I am getting better over time? This session focuses on how to guide students through setting and monitoring goals through a review of concrete tools and examples. Participants will have a chance to generate, share, and ideas for the start of the school year.


Speakers
avatar for Allison Zmuda

Allison Zmuda

Education Consultant-curriculum, assessment and instruction, Learning Personalized


Thursday August 1, 2019 1:20pm - 3:45pm
W124

1:20pm

Workshop 1-Making Writer’s Workshop Work - Ideas, Mini-Lessons, and Strategies to Boost Student Engagement
Participants will explore how to launch the writer’s workshop in effective and engaging ways. We’ll use a collective experience of “I’m a Writer Who” as a way to create community, confidence, early assessment data, and a strategic launch to the workshop framework. Megan will focus on (a) developing mini-lessons (in small group workshops with weak student writing samples) and (b) using writer’s craft to develop stronger student voice. Participants will leave with: a toolkit for launching and teaching within the writer’s workshop framework, strategies for going “off script” and how to do so efficiently, and an understanding of using writing samples to address weaknesses/gaps.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Howard Nellen

Megan Howard Nellen

Consultant, Confluence Educational Consulting
Megan Howard Nellen provides embedded strategic consulting to schools and educational nonprofits through her own firm, Confluence Educational Consulting. Currently, her work centers on leadership development/coaching as well as supporting primary and elementary schools with curriculum... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 1:20pm - 3:45pm

1:20pm

Workshop 2- Safe to Brave: Courageous Conversations
Talking about topics like identity, difference, and oppression can raise anxiety for many people, and yet we must have the conversation in our schools and our lives in order to be more inclusive and culturally competent. What are the fears and common pitfalls that keep us from broaching topics like race, gender, class, etc.? What are ways we might engage more authentically, respectfully, and effectively across difference?  Learn to participate in truly courageous conversations.

Speakers
avatar for Rosetta Lee

Rosetta Lee

Diversity speaker and trainer, Seattle Girls School
Since 2004, Rosetta Lee has been a diversity speaker and trainer on a variety of topics, including cross cultural communication, identity development, implicit and unconscious bias, gender and sexuality diversity, facilitation skills, and bullying in schools.  Rosetta has presented... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 1:20pm - 3:45pm
LJ

1:20pm

Workshop 2--Building Resilience at Multiple Levels: An Experiential Introduction to Emory University’s Framework and Curriculum for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning
In this workshop, Dr. Ozawa-de Silva and Ms. Knox will provide an experiential introduction to an innovative program in Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning developed at Emory University. After an overview of the SEE Learning program, with its Personal, Social, and Systems domains, emphasis will be placed on participants gaining firsthand experience in the resilience-building section of SEE Learning, which focuses on easy to learn skills that can help students regulate their nervous system and gain “body literacy.” Participants will learn these skills and how they can be taught and explored in a classroom or whole-school setting. The workshop will show how these skills can serve as a foundation for the cultivation of trauma-informed mindfulness and attention; for self-regulation and the navigation of emotions; and ultimately for addressing systemic issues such as inequity and social change.

Speakers
avatar for Brendan Ozaqwa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Brendan Ozaqwa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning (SEE Learning) Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics, Emory University
Brendan Ozawa-de Silva is Associate Director for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning (SEE Learning) at Emory University’s Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics. Prior to his current position, he served as Associate Professor of Psychology at Life University... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Knox

Jennifer Knox

Educator and Consultant, Woodward Academy
Jennifer Knox has taught visual art at Woodward Academy for 13 years, where she teaches SEE Learning Courses for high school students and coordinates with senior administrators, counselors and faculty to align SEE Learning initiatives academy-wide.  She is a Professional Learning... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 1:20pm - 3:45pm
W126

1:20pm

Workshop 2--Real World Learning (elementary)
Project-based learning has the potential to lead to deeper learning and increased student engagement, but not all projects achieve the same results. Increasing the authenticity of PBL is one strategy for success. This hands-on workshop for elementary educators will focus on designing projects that connect with students’ real-world interests while also meeting important learning goals. Participants will explore practical project design strategies, including:
  • Remodeling traditional units to increase authenticity
  • Connecting with content experts during project planning and implementation
  • Reaching audiences beyond the classroom
  • Inviting feedback from critical friends
  • Scaffolding student-centered learning

Speakers
avatar for Suzie Boss

Suzie Boss

Writer and Educational Consultant, Buck Institute for Education
I’m a writer and educational consultant from Portland, Oregon, working to harness the power of teaching, learning, and storytelling to improve lives and transform communities. Recent projects have taken me across the United States and around the globe to support schools that are... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 1:20pm - 3:45pm
W132

1:20pm

Workshop 2--Working with Vocabulary in Context
If vocabulary is truly the key to understanding a discipline, how can lessons be designed to create a more intentional focus on vocabulary? Vocabulary is best learned as students become aware of how words are used in context and then engage in activities that allow them to use those words as they process that content. Techniques for presenting and organizing new words will be highlighted and participants will experience strategies and games that allow for contextualized practice of new words. Finally, active and passive strategies for assessment of vocabulary will be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Terrill

Laura Terrill

Consultant, ACTFL
Laura Terrill is a national consultant who holds a BA in French from the University of Missouri — St. Louis and a MA in Secondary Administration from Northeast Missouri State University. She taught French at all levels for 21 years before becoming the Coordinator of Foreign Language... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 1:20pm - 3:45pm
W135

1:20pm

Workshop 2-7 Steps to Creating an IPA
Although most teachers are now familiar with the concept of an Integrated Performance Assessment, many are not confident in their ability to design this type of assessment on their own. In this workshop, participants will be guided through the process of selecting an appropriate authentic resource and creating an interpretive, interpersonal and presentational task. In addition, Lisa will share her tips for implementing and assessing IPAs in an efficient manner.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Shepard

Lisa Shepard

Consultant, Shepard World Language Consulting, LLC
Lisa Shepard is a National Board Certified French teacher who was selected as Ohio’s World Language Teacher of the Year in 2016.  She is the author of the blog, Madame’s Musings, and her work has also been published in the AATF National Bulletin and the University of Oregon’s... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 1:20pm - 3:45pm
W129

1:20pm

Workshop 2-Becoming Healthy Leaders in your Workplace or Community
As you look around your workplace, do you see individuals who have demonstrated the ability to lead others toward better health and wellness? Have you ever wondered what fuels these individuals? How can you become a leader at your workplace and help your coworkers, friends, and students become healthier individuals? Studies have shown that healthier employees are happier employees. Energy and productivity increase and collaborative efforts to improve the organization yield better results when individuals engage in health and fitness activities together. Learn how to become a leader for health and wellness in your organization and learn how to change the culture of a community into one that is health conscious and determined to become better together.

Speakers
avatar for Sam Mugavero Ph.D.

Sam Mugavero Ph.D.

CEO of Smugs Fitness, Smugs Fitness Lab
A two-sport athlete in college, Sam continued to foster his passion for fitness while working on his doctorate at the University of South Carolina. After completing his degree in 2007, he moved to Atlanta with his wife and spent 5 years teaching science and coaching tennis while spending... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 1:20pm - 3:45pm
W134

1:20pm

Workshop 2-Building an Accurate Assessment System
Perhaps one of the most important yet ambiguous tasks a teacher has is to measure learning. Implementing Standards-Based or Competency-based Grading has the potential to improve our practices in the assessment arena. These systems provide students feedback according to earning objectives, or standards. Students gain clarity on what they do and don’t understand. If the assessments are accurate and authentic, student’s develop agency in their learning. This workshop will explore how to implement more accurate assessment practices that include a shift to standards and competencies. It will examine:
·       The difference between competency and standards-based grading,
·       Ways to craft more authentic and accurate assessments,
·       The connection between assessment and level of thinking,
·       Ways to eliminate harmful assessment practices, and
·       The important role of feedback and formative assessment

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Helfant

Elizabeth Helfant

Coordinator of Pedagogical Innovation, MICDS
Elizabeth Helfant is the Coordinator of Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation at the Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS), a JK-12 school of 1250 students in Missouri. Following graduation from Davidson College in 1984, Ms Helfant began her career in education teaching... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 1:20pm - 3:45pm

1:20pm

Workshop 2-Design Thinking
Learn how to help students and colleagues tackle big problems with a process that can handle a variety of situations. Used both in the humanities and in STEM fields, Design Thinking allows individuals to employ creativity and innovation with purpose. This session will familiarize participants with the Design Thinking process, offer examples from a variety of classrooms, and provide materials for attendees to continue their study on their own. We will share tools and resources from a wide variety of design thinking initiatives that can be used to help manage brainstorming, divergent and convergent thinking, and be implemented in a variety of contexts in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Lynn Mittler

Lynn Mittler

JK-12 English Department Chair, MICDS
With over twenty years of experience in the classroom, Lynn has had the opportunity to create and implement numerous pedagogical initiatives. She has presented on a variety of topics from “Coaching in the Classroom” to “Taking Empathy to Action” to “Engaging 21st Century... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 1:20pm - 3:45pm

1:20pm

Workshop 2-Essential Strategies/Tools for Meeting the Needs of Students with Deficits in Attention and Executive Function - 7-12
An increasing number of students come to the classroom with very obvious characteristics of deficits in attention and executive functions.  In this interactive workshop we will explore the brain research, identify hidden characteristics and implications of these deficits for learners, and determine how this information can be integrated into any classroom.  Teachers will learn strategies that can transform lesson planning and student focus, memory, and production.  Students can learn techniques to be more attentive, organized and intentional as they complete assignments.  We will also highlight the importance of metacognition and how it helps students take control of their learning.  Teachers will be provided ideas for teaching metacognition and age-appropriate metacognitive tools to your students.  Multiple tools, strategies, and resources will be shared. 

Speakers
avatar for Connie White

Connie White

Director of Learning Design & Innovation, Woodward Academy
Connie White serves as the Director of Learning Design & Innovation at Woodward Academy. She is a former Upper School Physics, Chemistry & Math teacher who became one of the first Technology & Learning Directors of a 1:1 program in the southeast. She specializes in start-up innovation... Read More →
avatar for Amy Zaring

Amy Zaring

Director for the Transition Learning Support Program, WOODWARD ACADEMY
Amy Zaring is the Director for the Transition Learning Support Program at Woodward Academy. Ms. Zaring has worked for thirty years with students and programs that support students who come into classrooms with diverse and creative learning profiles.  Prior to coming to Woodward... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 1:20pm - 3:45pm

4:00pm

Keynote- Rosetta Lee- Beyond the Why and Into the How: Practical Steps Toward Inclusive Classrooms
Keynote 
Beyond the Why and Into the How: Practical Steps Toward Inclusive Classrooms
We know the startling opportunity gap in education and society.  We've learned about identity, culture, communication, and power and how they privilege some and disenfranchise others.  We are convinced as to why diversity and inclusion are important, but we are unsure or unclear as to how this intention becomes positive impact on student lives.  How do we turn commitment into action, and what are some strategies and best practices to become the educator with whom all children thrive?


Speakers
avatar for Rosetta Lee

Rosetta Lee

Diversity speaker and trainer, Seattle Girls School
Since 2004, Rosetta Lee has been a diversity speaker and trainer on a variety of topics, including cross cultural communication, identity development, implicit and unconscious bias, gender and sexuality diversity, facilitation skills, and bullying in schools.  Rosetta has presented... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Richardson Hall - Ben Johnson III Theatre

4:45pm

Networking Social
Thursday August 1, 2019 4:45pm - 5:30pm
Woodruff Dining Hall

5:30pm

Dinner
Thursday August 1, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Woodruff Dining Hall
 
Friday, August 2
 

7:30am

Breakfast/Coffee
Friday August 2, 2019 7:30am - 8:00am
Jane Woodruff Hall Lobby

8:00am

Opening Keynote - Rick Wormeli-Differentiated Instruction in World of Standards and Accountability
Keynote - 
Differentiated Instruction in  World of Standards and Accountability
Differentiated instruction is a nice idea, but what happens when it comes to grading students or those high-stakes, standardized tests? Do we really believe what is fair isn't always equal, and it's okay to do different things for different students? Being sensitive to students' readiness levels and learning styles while holding them accountable for the same standards can be a challenge. What works? Join us for a provocative and entertaining address that examines differentiating instruction for diverse learners while also meeting the needs of standards and accountability. Affirming and confronting, the presentation busts differentiated instruction myths and gets to our core beliefs as educators.

Speakers
avatar for Rick Wormeli

Rick Wormeli

Educator and Consultant
Rick Wormeli is one of the first Nationally Board Certified teachers in America. He is the author of the award-winning book Meet Me in the Middle as well as the best-selling books Day One and Beyond, Fair Isn't Always Equal: Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom (Second... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Richardson Hall - Ben Johnson III Theatre

9:00am

Workshop 1- Talking to Youth About Heated Topics
Young people bear witness to challenging or traumatic events in current events, media, and our local communities. They are often trying to process thoughts, feelings, and reactions without our explicit help and guidance - thereby increasing their confusion and anxiety. We adults have a natural instinct to protect our children from harsh realities and yet prepare them to navigate this complex world - is it possible to do both? What are ways to talk about identity, difference, and justice in age appropriate ways? How do you reinforce your family's values without instilling disrespect for other perspectives? How do you coach them toward authentic and respectful dialogue across difference? Engage in these questions and more through this interactive session.

Speakers
avatar for Rosetta Lee

Rosetta Lee

Diversity speaker and trainer, Seattle Girls School
Since 2004, Rosetta Lee has been a diversity speaker and trainer on a variety of topics, including cross cultural communication, identity development, implicit and unconscious bias, gender and sexuality diversity, facilitation skills, and bullying in schools.  Rosetta has presented... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
LJ

9:00am

Workshop 1- Tiering Assessments and Assignments (Middle and Upper School Choice)
Some students are ready for the first steps of a topic and others are ready for advanced assignments and assessments in that topic—so how do we tier assignments and assessments to maximize their learning? Join us for a practical and thought-provoking look at what constitutes mastery, and how we can increase and decrease complexity in student assignments and assessments while meeting the needs of standards and their benchmarks, all within one class period. We will include two helpful lesson sequences: the Anchor and the Football, as well as great attention moves, student "orbitals," personal agendas, tips on how to get students to work autonomous to the teacher and much more. This is a "how-to" and "why-we-do-it" workshop for those just getting their feet wet with tiering assignments and assessments or those already swimming in differentiated instruction who want more ideas.


Speakers
avatar for Rick Wormeli

Rick Wormeli

Educator and Consultant
Rick Wormeli is one of the first Nationally Board Certified teachers in America. He is the author of the award-winning book Meet Me in the Middle as well as the best-selling books Day One and Beyond, Fair Isn't Always Equal: Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom (Second... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
Richardson Hall - Ben Johnson III Theatre

9:00am

Workshop 1-Different Approaches to Learning for a Different Generation
For centuries, educational philosophers and psychologists have known two truths about learning: 1. Students bring prior knowledge, skills, and attitudes - often in the form of preconceptions or misconceptions - with them to school, and 2. Great learning experiences are active, social, and meaningful. In this workshop, participants will first unpack the realities of today's students. Whether they are Net-Gen,  iGen, or Generation Z, they possess prior experiences, traits, and characteristics previously unknown to educators. We will also explore what Scott McLeod, Dean Shareski, and Julie Graber refer to as Four Big Shifts: Deeper Learning, Student Agency, Authentic Context, and Technology Infusion to create authentic experiences for new learners.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Beth Holland, EdD

Dr. Beth Holland, EdD

Digital Equity Project Director, Writer, Researcher, Consultant, Consortium for School Networking
Dr. Beth Holland is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Rhode Island as well as the Digital Equity Project Director for the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). Over the past 20 years, she has taught in K-12 classrooms, served as Director of Academic Technology... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
W129

9:00am

Workshop 1-Diving Deeper Into Equity: Combining Compassion, Systems Thinking, and Common Humanity
In this workshop, participants will explore the concepts of equity, diversity, justice and cultural sensitivity from a variety of perspectives to see the relevance of these topics in K-12 education.  We will discuss how they can be raised and approached in the classroom, and the role of personal and group practice in addressing issues like implicit bias, stereotype, power relations, structural and cultural violence, trauma, and inequity in interpersonal relations, classrooms, schools and communities. The facilitators will introduce practices for educators and students, taken from Emory University’s SEE Learning program, that support the establishment of greater equity, justice and compassion in the school community through the cultivation of self-regulation, impartiality, empathy, compassion, and systems thinking. A global, international perspective that attends to and respects local realities will be stressed. Participants will engage in experiential activities and mindful dialogues to examine these topics so that they are equipped to facilitate such experiences with their students. Participants will be asked to actively participate in exploring how such an approach can move us forward in addressing inequity and diversity in a way that enlightens and empowers all.

Speakers
avatar for Brendan Ozaqwa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Brendan Ozaqwa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning (SEE Learning) Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics, Emory University
Brendan Ozawa-de Silva is Associate Director for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning (SEE Learning) at Emory University’s Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics. Prior to his current position, he served as Associate Professor of Psychology at Life University... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Knox

Jennifer Knox

Educator and Consultant, Woodward Academy
Jennifer Knox has taught visual art at Woodward Academy for 13 years, where she teaches SEE Learning Courses for high school students and coordinates with senior administrators, counselors and faculty to align SEE Learning initiatives academy-wide.  She is a Professional Learning... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
W126

9:00am

Workshop 1-Engaging Children in Early STEM Education Through Tangibles and Games
How can computer science and engineering-based curricula effectively be adopted in the early education classroom environment? What type of instructional supports can be utilized to support students’ learning that do not also require a steep learning curve for teachers? This workshop provides hand-on exercises for giving resources to teachers, administrators, and technology specialists to address this. We will introduce participants to a number of resources that educators can incorporate into their early childhood classroom for teaching STEM concepts. This includes tangibles, math games, and coding apps, with curriculum that can be easily adopted for use. Please bring a device.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ayanna M. Howard

Dr. Ayanna M. Howard

Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ayanna Howard, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As an educator, researcher, and innovator, Dr. Howard’s career focus is on intelligent technologies that must adapt to and function... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
W200

9:00am

Workshop 1-Essential Characteristics of a Successful Coach and Managing Parents of Today's Student-Athletes
There are several essential characteristics of any successful coach.  Some of these traits include constantly working on his/her craft, the ability to put out “fires,” establishing clear roles on a team, and being organized and prepared, among others.  Successful coaches also have the ability to manage the invested and involved parents of today’s student-athletes.  This session will create a definition of “success,” examine common characteristics shared by successful coaches, and it will  share experiences in managing parents of today’s student-athletes (the good, the bad, and the ugly).

Speakers
avatar for Tony Watkins

Tony Watkins

Director of Athletics, Northside Youth Organization
Tony Watkins serves as Executive Director at Northside Youth Organization in Atlanta, GA.  Prior to joining NYO, Watkins served as Assistant Athletic Director Head Girls’ Basketball Coach at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School from 2008 – 2016. As Head Girls'​ Basketball Coach... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
W132

9:00am

Workshop 1-Practical Strategies for Reducing Anxiety and Defiant Behavior in the Classroom
With up to one in four children struggling with anxiety in this county, overwhelmed adults are in need of a new approach as well as an effective and easy-to-implement toolkit of strategies that work. Through the use of case studies, humorous stories, and examples of common challenging situations, participants will learn easy to implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, executive functioning, and self-monitoring.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Minahan

Jessica Minahan

Behavior Analyst and Special Educator, author
Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA, is a board certified behavior analyst and special educator and a consultant to school’s nationwide (www.jessicaminahan.com). Jessica has over seventeen years of experience supporting students who exhibit challenging behavior in urban public school systems.  She is a blogger on The Huffington Post, as well as the author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most C... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am

9:00am

Workshop 1-Press Start to Begin- The Gamification of Education
Children, and adults for that matter, have never been more engaged by games than they are now. Can teachers harness the psychology behind game creation and turn his or her class into something all students will beg to be in? In an education system designed where students start with 100% and lose as they go, Gamification flips this concept onto its head focusing on the individual’s progression while increasing both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation exponentially. 
Scott has successfully turned his Grade 8 science course into a live action role playing game. Students compete against the teacher, each other, other teams and other classes in an effort to level up and progress in a narrative rich, cross-curricular world known as Scientia Terra! Sounds intimidating but it is not! You will walk out of this session inspired and driven to make changes to your teaching with all of the tools to begin your own gamification journey!
Will you press start?

Speakers
avatar for Scott Hebert

Scott Hebert

Educator, Elk Island Catholic Schools district
Scott is a passionate and dedicated teacher who has taught K-12 Phys Ed as well as Grade 7 & 8 Sciences for the past 10 years. His professional motto is "Would you want to be in your classroom?" and it is reflected in his daily teaching. He also believes in innovation in the classroom... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
W134

9:00am

Workshop 1-Purposeful Lesson Planning: Making Every Minute Count
Multiple factors impact the quality of a lesson and consideration of what we know about how the brain learns and what causes learning to stick is critical if lessons are to be designed for maximum effectiveness. Participants will consider each part of the learning cycle from gaining attention and providing input to performance with feedback in order to consider what matters most at each stage of the lesson. Strategies for verifying that each learner is meeting the goals will be shared. Instructional strategies for maximizing student engagement will also be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Terrill

Laura Terrill

Consultant, ACTFL
Laura Terrill is a national consultant who holds a BA in French from the University of Missouri — St. Louis and a MA in Secondary Administration from Northeast Missouri State University. She taught French at all levels for 21 years before becoming the Coordinator of Foreign Language... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
W135

9:00am

Workshop 1-Spider Web Discussions Explained and Implemented
Based-on Alexis Wiggins book, The Best Class You Never Taught: How Spider Web Discussions Can Turn Students into Learning Leaders, this session will demonstrate how the spider web discussion strategy gets 4-12th grade students to engage in a student-driven, higher level of discourse. We will begin with participants engaging in a Spider Web discussion themselves, then move through the creation of their own expectations for their students. From pre-discussion routines to discussion to post-discussion evaluation and reflection, this session will arm you will the tools to walk into your class and start this process with your students on the first day. Tools to help monitor student participation like Equity Maps will be used. Further applications will be examined as well as use in both middle and upper school settings.

Speakers
avatar for Lynn Mittler

Lynn Mittler

JK-12 English Department Chair, MICDS
With over twenty years of experience in the classroom, Lynn has had the opportunity to create and implement numerous pedagogical initiatives. She has presented on a variety of topics from “Coaching in the Classroom” to “Taking Empathy to Action” to “Engaging 21st Century... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am

11:30am

Keynote -Dr. Ayanna M. Howard-The Value of Inclusive STEM Education: Robots and their Role in our Future
The Robots are coming! The Robots are coming! The Robots are…. here. In recent months, there has been an upsurge in the attention given to robots and artificial intelligence (AI) and their future role in our society. Robots, with intelligence, are advancing into beneficial, life-saving, machines for assisting us in our everyday lives. The challenge is determining how we, as educators, can best train the next generation of students for a future that is still evolving? How do we make robots accessible for the next generation of diverse students? This talk provides a first look at how robots are changing the texture of our day-to-day experiences. Through lessons learned in building robots that assist children with special needs, this talk will discuss the elements of intelligence, trust, and emotional empathy robots are emulating. It will conclude with how we, as educators, can best prepare our students to embrace this inevitable future.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ayanna M. Howard

Dr. Ayanna M. Howard

Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ayanna Howard, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As an educator, researcher, and innovator, Dr. Howard’s career focus is on intelligent technologies that must adapt to and function... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
Richardson Hall - Ben Johnson III Theatre

11:30am

Lunch
Friday August 2, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
Woodruff Dining Hall

12:15pm

Keynote- Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, PH.D.-SEL 2.0: Advances in Social Emotional and Ethical Learning
In this talk, Dr. Ozawa-de Silva will describe advances in the field of Social and Emotional Learning that have been considered so significant that some of the founders of SEL, including Dr. Daniel Goleman, have called the result “SEL 2.0.” These advances, combined in Emory University’s Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning program, include teaching students about methods for cultivating compassion, ethical discernment, and a concern for equity; helping students develop a personal understanding of nervous system physiology and the effects of trauma; developing an awareness of systems and their impact on individual and social well-being; and creating a deeper approach to attention training and the navigation of emotions. The talk will describe the science and theory behind these specific developments with examples taken from the SEE Learning curriculum and from the feedback of the over 600 educators in the US, India, and Europe who were introduced to the program during its feasibility phase.

Speakers
avatar for Brendan Ozaqwa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Brendan Ozaqwa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning (SEE Learning) Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics, Emory University
Brendan Ozawa-de Silva is Associate Director for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning (SEE Learning) at Emory University’s Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics. Prior to his current position, he served as Associate Professor of Psychology at Life University... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Richardson Hall - Ben Johnson III Theatre

1:15pm

Workshop 2- What I Said and What I Meant: Improving Cross Cultural Communication
Humans communicate on many levels: spoken language, tone, body language, style and personality. The fact that we have complex cultural identities and a host of differing past experiences increases the probability of cross-cultural miscommunications. This workshop presents major cross-cultural communication theories, ways that cultural values, power, privilege and differences affect the way we communicate, tools for questioning assumptions, and ways to improve cross-cultural communications skills.

Speakers
avatar for Rosetta Lee

Rosetta Lee

Diversity speaker and trainer, Seattle Girls School
Since 2004, Rosetta Lee has been a diversity speaker and trainer on a variety of topics, including cross cultural communication, identity development, implicit and unconscious bias, gender and sexuality diversity, facilitation skills, and bullying in schools.  Rosetta has presented... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 1:15pm - 3:45pm
LJ

1:15pm

Workshop 2--Getting to Know Your Students So You Can Actually Differentiate Instruction
 Differentiated Instruction is responsive teaching, but we can't respond to students we do not know. Join us for a practical look at the tools and methods for getting to know your students quickly and throughout the year so you can make informed responses to their learning differences, and enhance the classroom experience for both you and your students.

Speakers
avatar for Rick Wormeli

Rick Wormeli

Educator and Consultant
Rick Wormeli is one of the first Nationally Board Certified teachers in America. He is the author of the award-winning book Meet Me in the Middle as well as the best-selling books Day One and Beyond, Fair Isn't Always Equal: Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom (Second... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 1:15pm - 3:45pm
W124

1:15pm

Workshop 2-Diving Deeper Into Equity: Combining Compassion, Systems Thinking, and Common Humanity
In this workshop, participants will explore the concepts of equity, diversity, justice and cultural sensitivity from a variety of perspectives to see the relevance of these topics in K-12 education.  We will discuss how they can be raised and approached in the classroom, and the role of personal and group practice in addressing issues like implicit bias, stereotype, power relations, structural and cultural violence, trauma, and inequity in interpersonal relations, classrooms, schools and communities. The facilitators will introduce practices for educators and students, taken from Emory University’s SEE Learning program, that support the establishment of greater equity, justice and compassion in the school community through the cultivation of self-regulation, impartiality, empathy, compassion, and systems thinking. A global, international perspective that attends to and respects local realities will be stressed. Participants will engage in experiential activities and mindful dialogues to examine these topics so that they are equipped to facilitate such experiences with their students. Participants will be asked to actively participate in exploring how such an approach can move us forward in addressing inequity and diversity in a way that enlightens and empowers all.

Speakers
avatar for Brendan Ozaqwa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Brendan Ozaqwa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning (SEE Learning) Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics, Emory University
Brendan Ozawa-de Silva is Associate Director for Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning (SEE Learning) at Emory University’s Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics. Prior to his current position, he served as Associate Professor of Psychology at Life University... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Knox

Jennifer Knox

Educator and Consultant, Woodward Academy
Jennifer Knox has taught visual art at Woodward Academy for 13 years, where she teaches SEE Learning Courses for high school students and coordinates with senior administrators, counselors and faculty to align SEE Learning initiatives academy-wide.  She is a Professional Learning... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 1:15pm - 3:45pm
W126

1:15pm

Workshop 2-Engaging Children in Early STEM Education Through Tangibles and Games
How can computer science and engineering-based curricula effectively be adopted in the early education classroom environment? What type of instructional supports can be utilized to support students’ learning that do not also require a steep learning curve for teachers? This workshop provides hand-on exercises for giving resources to teachers, administrators, and technology specialists to address this. We will introduce participants to a number of resources that educators can incorporate into their early childhood classroom for teaching STEM concepts. This includes tangibles, math games, and coding apps, with curriculum that can be easily adopted for use. Please bring a device.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ayanna M. Howard

Dr. Ayanna M. Howard

Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ayanna Howard, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As an educator, researcher, and innovator, Dr. Howard’s career focus is on intelligent technologies that must adapt to and function... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 1:15pm - 3:45pm
W200

1:15pm

Workshop 2-Engaging Students in Learning (6-12)
So much of what happens in the MS and US classrooms is connected to assessment and grades and has a tendency to drive us to point based transactions over a desire to learn. In this session we will explore
  • what effective, research-based assessment practices should we be implementing
  • how to shift assessment conversations to learning from points
  • how to effectively use formative assessment to engage students in self reflection about learning
  • how to develop homework that deepens and supports learning goals rather than providing a point-based transaction that can inflate a grade
  • tools that can help us monitor student learning
A backdrop of the conversation will be the correlation between authentic, challenging learning opportunities and student engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Helfant

Elizabeth Helfant

Coordinator of Pedagogical Innovation, MICDS
Elizabeth Helfant is the Coordinator of Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation at the Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS), a JK-12 school of 1250 students in Missouri. Following graduation from Davidson College in 1984, Ms Helfant began her career in education teaching... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 1:15pm - 3:45pm

1:15pm

Workshop 2-Entrepreneurship as an Instruction Method
The study of entrepreneurship should extend far beyond business classes given the 21st century skills that are at its core. This session will explore ways it can be incorporated into a variety of disciplines, specifically focusing on the use of social enterprise as a way to address social justice issues. Using such things as the Business Model Canvas, systems thinking and design thinking, this session will examine entrepreneurial processes that teachers can incorporate into their classrooms, processes that provide opportunities for students to engage in more authentic problem-finding and solving and that provide alternate ways to assess students’ understanding. This session will help teachers identify ways to build student capacity to think beyond problem assessment to sustainable solution creation.

Speakers
avatar for Lynn Mittler

Lynn Mittler

JK-12 English Department Chair, MICDS
With over twenty years of experience in the classroom, Lynn has had the opportunity to create and implement numerous pedagogical initiatives. She has presented on a variety of topics from “Coaching in the Classroom” to “Taking Empathy to Action” to “Engaging 21st Century... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 1:15pm - 3:45pm

1:15pm

Workshop 2-Essential Characteristics of a Successful Coach and Managing Parents of Today's Student-Athletes
There are several essential characteristics of any successful coach.  Some of these traits include constantly working on his/her craft, the ability to put out “fires,” establishing clear roles on a team, and being organized and prepared, among others.  Successful coaches also have the ability to manage the invested and involved parents of today’s student-athletes.  This session will create a definition of “success,” examine common characteristics shared by successful coaches, and it will  share experiences in managing parents of today’s student-athletes (the good, the bad, and the ugly).

Speakers
avatar for Tony Watkins

Tony Watkins

Director of Athletics, Northside Youth Organization
Tony Watkins serves as Executive Director at Northside Youth Organization in Atlanta, GA.  Prior to joining NYO, Watkins served as Assistant Athletic Director Head Girls’ Basketball Coach at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School from 2008 – 2016. As Head Girls'​ Basketball Coach... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 1:15pm - 3:45pm
W132

1:15pm

Workshop 2-Essential Strategies/Tools for Meeting the Needs of Students with Deficits in Attention and Executive Function - K-6
An increasing number of students come to the classroom with very obvious characteristics of deficits in attention and executive functions.  In this interactive workshop we will explore the brain research, identify hidden characteristics and implications of these deficits for learners, and determine how this information can be integrated into any classroom.  Teachers will learn strategies that can transform lesson planning and student focus, memory, and production.  Students can learn techniques to be more attentive, organized and intentional as they complete assignments.  We will also highlight the importance of metacognition and how it helps students take control of their learning.  Teachers will be provided ideas for teaching metacognition and age-appropriate metacognitive tools to your students.  Multiple tools, strategies, and resources will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Zaring

Amy Zaring

Director for the Transition Learning Support Program, WOODWARD ACADEMY
Amy Zaring is the Director for the Transition Learning Support Program at Woodward Academy. Ms. Zaring has worked for thirty years with students and programs that support students who come into classrooms with diverse and creative learning profiles.  Prior to coming to Woodward... Read More →
avatar for Connie White

Connie White

Director of Learning Design & Innovation, Woodward Academy
Connie White serves as the Director of Learning Design & Innovation at Woodward Academy. She is a former Upper School Physics, Chemistry & Math teacher who became one of the first Technology & Learning Directors of a 1:1 program in the southeast. She specializes in start-up innovation... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 1:15pm - 3:45pm

1:15pm

Workshop 2-Incorporating Authentic Resources Across the Modes
In this session, participants will learn how to use authentic resources to foster interculturality, provide comprehensible input and engage students in all modes of communication. Tips will be given for curating appropriate resources, as well as for designing communicative activities using infographics, songs, cartoons and other resources for students at all levels of proficiency.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Shepard

Lisa Shepard

Consultant, Shepard World Language Consulting, LLC
Lisa Shepard is a National Board Certified French teacher who was selected as Ohio’s World Language Teacher of the Year in 2016.  She is the author of the blog, Madame’s Musings, and her work has also been published in the AATF National Bulletin and the University of Oregon’s... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 1:15pm - 3:45pm
W129

1:15pm

Workshop 2-Practical Strategies for Reducing Anxiety and Defiant Behavior in the Classroom
With up to one in four children struggling with anxiety in this county, overwhelmed adults are in need of a new approach as well as an effective and easy-to-implement toolkit of strategies that work. Through the use of case studies, humorous stories, and examples of common challenging situations, participants will learn easy to implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, executive functioning, and self-monitoring.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Minahan

Jessica Minahan

Behavior Analyst and Special Educator, author
Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA, is a board certified behavior analyst and special educator and a consultant to school’s nationwide (www.jessicaminahan.com). Jessica has over seventeen years of experience supporting students who exhibit challenging behavior in urban public school systems.  She is a blogger on The Huffington Post, as well as the author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most C... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 1:15pm - 3:45pm

1:15pm

Workshop 2-Reading and Writing in the Content Areas
Today’s learners must acquire the skills needed to read challenging discipline specific content. This workshop will provide an overview of the factors that impact a learner’s ability to read and comprehend text.  It will address the often heard comment “I read it. I just don’t remember it.” Several before, during, and after reading strategies that require readers to engage meaningfully with a text will be presented.  Finally, participants will explore the connection between reading and writing giving consideration to models that allow students to process new learning by capturing their thinking as they develop their writing skills.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Terrill

Laura Terrill

Consultant, ACTFL
Laura Terrill is a national consultant who holds a BA in French from the University of Missouri — St. Louis and a MA in Secondary Administration from Northeast Missouri State University. She taught French at all levels for 21 years before becoming the Coordinator of Foreign Language... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 1:15pm - 3:45pm
W135

1:15pm

Workshop 2-The Art and Architecture of Effective Mini-lessons
Within the workshop model, the mini-lesson is only 10 minutes (or less), but its potential is transformative. In this session, participants will explore how to best structure a mini-lesson, common obstacles (and how to avoid them!) that turn these lessons into maxi-lessons, and various tools for developing effective mini-lessons based on current student practice. Megan will model how to teach into students’ intentions — thinking about context, being active meaning-makers for students, and targeting student needs. Participants will gain: a strong understanding of how to format mini-lessons, tools (rubrics, charts, mentor texts, etc) for differentiating during workshop time, and various resources to aid in developing unique mini-lessons.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Howard Nellen

Megan Howard Nellen

Consultant, Confluence Educational Consulting
Megan Howard Nellen provides embedded strategic consulting to schools and educational nonprofits through her own firm, Confluence Educational Consulting. Currently, her work centers on leadership development/coaching as well as supporting primary and elementary schools with curriculum... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 1:15pm - 3:45pm

3:50pm