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August 1-2, 2019

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Thursday, August 1

1:20pm EDT

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.

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Allison Zmuda

Education Consultant-curriculum, assessment and instruction, Learning Personalized

Thursday August 1, 2019 1:20pm - 3:45pm EDT
The LJ - Jane Woodruff Hall
  Presenter, Workshop 2 day 1

1:20pm EDT

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.

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Roestta lee

Outreach Specialist, Seattle Girls School
Rosetta Lee serves Seattle Girls’ School in dual roles. SGS is an innovative school for Junior High School girls, aiming to empower women leaders and change agents and dedicating its energies to a diverse community of students and faculty, an anti-bias mission, and an integrated... Read More →

Thursday August 1, 2019 1:20pm - 3:45pm EDT
Richardson Hall - Ben Johnson III Theatre
  Presenter, Workshop 2 day 1

1:20pm EDT

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.

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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 Ed & Ethical Leadership, 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 EDT
  Presenter, Workshop 2 day 1

1:20pm EDT

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

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Suzie Boss

Buck Institute for Education Writer and Educational Consultant, PBLWorks National Faculty emeritis
Suzie Boss is a writer and educational consultant who focuses on the power of teaching and learning to improve lives and transform communities. A resident of Portland, Oregon, she is the author of several popular books for educators, including Reinventing Project-Based Learning and... Read More →

Thursday August 1, 2019 1:20pm - 3:45pm EDT
  Presenter, Workshop 2 day 1

1:20pm EDT

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.

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Laura Terrill

Content Development, PEARLL - National Foreign Language Center at UMD, College Park, MD
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 EDT
  Presenter, Workshop 2 day 1

1:20pm EDT

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.

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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 EDT
  Presenter, Workshop 2 day 1

1:20pm EDT

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.

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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 1:20pm - 3:45pm EDT
  Presenter, Workshop 2 day 1

1:20pm EDT

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

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Elizabeth Helfant

coord of curricular and pedagogical innnovation, 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 EDT
  Presenter, Workshop 2 day 1

1:20pm EDT

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.

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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 EDT
  Presenter, Workshop 2 day 1

1:20pm EDT

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. 

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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 →
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Amy Zaring

Director, 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 EDT
  Presenter, Workshop 2 day 1