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August 1-2, 2019

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Thursday, August 1

11:35am EDT

Concurrent Sessions 1-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.      

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Jeff Ragan

Dept head, teacher, coach, 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 EDT

11:35am EDT

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.  


Caitlin Ishibashi

Teacher, Woodward Academy
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Ben Shivers

German Teacher, Woodward Academy Upper School
I teach German and sponsor Model UN at Woodward Academy in College Park, Ga. I love riding my bike for transportation and I'm a public transit nerd. 

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

12:30pm EDT

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!"


Sara Elliot

US Math Teacher, 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 →

Tim Coats

Teacher, 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 EDT

12:30pm EDT

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 a Google Sheet, 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!

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Robert Petitto

Innovation and Technology 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 EDT

12:30pm EDT

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.  


Ann Haber

Head Librarian, 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 →

Amy Walker

Media Specialist, Woodward Academy
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Jennifer Inmon

Library Media Specialist, Woodward Academy Lower School

Mary Brown

Librarian, Woodward Academy North

Thursday August 1, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm EDT
Carlos Science Center Atrium

12:30pm EDT

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.

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Elizabeth Burbridge

Since 2016, Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge, PhD has taught modern world, United States history, and Diversity Studies at Woodward Academy, an independent school in College Park, GA, where she is also club advisor for WA Eagle Exchange, the school’s podcast club, and Intersectional... Read More →

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

12:30pm EDT

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  

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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 12:30pm - 1:15pm EDT

12:30pm EDT

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.  


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 EDT

12:30pm EDT

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!      


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 EDT

12:30pm EDT

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.  


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 EDT
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