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August 1-2, 2019

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Thursday, August 1

11:35am EDT

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.


Rebecca Dearolph

Innovation Specialist, Woodward Academy
Rebecca is the Innovation Specialist for Woodward Academy’s Primary School and adores helping their staff create unique learning experiences for their staff and students. 

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 EDT

11:35am EDT

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  

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Meredith Draper

School 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 EDT
The LJ - Jane Woodruff Hall

11:35am EDT

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.

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Carri Carver

math teacher, Woodward Academy
Carri Carver has been teaching high school mathematics for 16 years and has been one of Woodward’s leaders of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work for over a decade. As a member of Woodward’s Upper School Core Inclusion Team, Carri plans and implements the Upper School’s... Read More →

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

11:35am EDT

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.  

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Jenn Zanoria

Associate Director of Educational Technology and Innovation, Windward School
Jenn Zanoria is the Associate Director Educational Technology and Innovation  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... Read More →

Thursday August 1, 2019 11:35am - 12:20pm EDT
Carlos Science Center Atrium

11:35am EDT

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.  


Daniel Bermel

Teacher, 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 EDT

11:35am EDT

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  


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 EDT

11:35am EDT

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.


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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Julia Osteen

Technology Integration Specialist, Lipscomb University
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 EDT

11:35am EDT

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!


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 EDT

12:30pm EDT

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.      


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 EDT
The LJ - Jane Woodruff Hall
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