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August 1-2, 2019

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Thursday, August 1
 

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
The LJ - Jane Woodruff Hall

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 Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning (SEE Learning), Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics at 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 Ms. Jennifer Knox

Ms. Jennifer Knox

Educator and Consultant, Woodward Academy
Jennifer Knox is the Woodward Academy’s Director of Character Education and the Ron M. Brill Chair for Ethical Leadership Development, where she oversees the implementation of the SEE Learning Program and supports Academy-wide work with character and leadership development, service... Read More →


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

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
Carlos Science Center Atrium

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
W300.1

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
W143

12:30pm

Concurrent Sessions 2-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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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
The LJ - Jane Woodruff Hall

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
Carlos Science Center Atrium

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
Richardson Hall - Ben Johnson III Theatre

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 Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning (SEE Learning), Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics at 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 Ms. Jennifer Knox

Ms. Jennifer Knox

Educator and Consultant, Woodward Academy
Jennifer Knox is the Woodward Academy’s Director of Character Education and the Ron M. Brill Chair for Ethical Leadership Development, where she oversees the implementation of the SEE Learning Program and supports Academy-wide work with character and leadership development, service... Read More →


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

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
W134

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
W141

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
W143

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
W136

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
W132

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
W121
 
Friday, August 2
 

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
W300.1

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
W143

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 Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning (SEE Learning), Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics at 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 Ms. Jennifer Knox

Ms. Jennifer Knox

Educator and Consultant, Woodward Academy
Jennifer Knox is the Woodward Academy’s Director of Character Education and the Ron M. Brill Chair for Ethical Leadership Development, where she oversees the implementation of the SEE Learning Program and supports Academy-wide work with character and leadership development, service... Read More →


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

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
W200.2 Makerspace

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
The LJ - Jane Woodruff Hall

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
Carlos Science Center Atrium

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
The LJ - Jane Woodruff Hall

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
One of the first Nationally Board Certified teachers in America, Rick brings innovation, energy, validity and high standards to both his presentations and his instructional practice, which include 39 years teaching math, science, English, physical education, health, and history, as... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 1:15pm - 3:45pm
Richardson Hall - Ben Johnson III Theatre

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 Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning (SEE Learning), Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics at 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 Ms. Jennifer Knox

Ms. Jennifer Knox

Educator and Consultant, Woodward Academy
Jennifer Knox is the Woodward Academy’s Director of Character Education and the Ron M. Brill Chair for Ethical Leadership Development, where she oversees the implementation of the SEE Learning Program and supports Academy-wide work with character and leadership development, service... Read More →


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

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
W200.2 Makerspace

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
W300.1

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
W139

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
Carlos Science Center Atrium

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
W200

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
W143