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August 1-2, 2019

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Thursday, August 1


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

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Allison Zmuda

Education Consultant-curriculum, assessment and instruction, Learning Personalized

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


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.

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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


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.

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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 →
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Jennifer Knox

Director of Character Education and the Ron M. Brill Chair for Ethical Leadership Development, 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


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.

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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


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.

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Elizabeth Helfant

Coordinator curricular/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


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! 

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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


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.

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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


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.

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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