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August 1-2, 2019

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Friday, August 2


Workshop 1-Press Start to Begin- The Gamification of Education
Children, and adults for that matter, have never been more engaged by games than they are now. Can teachers harness the psychology behind game creation and turn his or her class into something all students will beg to be in? In an education system designed where students start with 100% and lose as they go, Gamification flips this concept onto its head focusing on the individual’s progression while increasing both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation exponentially. 
Scott has successfully turned his Grade 8 science course into a live action role playing game. Students compete against the teacher, each other, other teams and other classes in an effort to level up and progress in a narrative rich, cross-curricular world known as Scientia Terra! Sounds intimidating but it is not! You will walk out of this session inspired and driven to make changes to your teaching with all of the tools to begin your own gamification journey!
Will you press start?

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Scott Hebert

Educator and Author, EICS Division - St. JPII School
Scott Hebert is an educator of 10 years who has made it his goal to eliminate the stereotype that school is boring. In an effort to do this he has been recognized both provincially (Alberta Excellent in Teaching Award in 2013), nationally (2017 Laurentian University Human Kinetics... Read More →

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


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.

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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 →

Friday August 2, 2019 1:15pm - 3:45pm
The LJ - Jane Woodruff Hall


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.

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Rick Wormeli

Education Consultant, self
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


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.

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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 →

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


Workshop 2-Engaging Students in Learning (6-12)
So much of what happens in the MS and US classrooms is connected to assessment and grades and has a tendency to drive us to point based transactions over a desire to learn. In this session we will explore
  • what effective, research-based assessment practices should we be implementing
  • how to shift assessment conversations to learning from points
  • how to effectively use formative assessment to engage students in self reflection about learning
  • how to develop homework that deepens and supports learning goals rather than providing a point-based transaction that can inflate a grade
  • tools that can help us monitor student learning
A backdrop of the conversation will be the correlation between authentic, challenging learning opportunities and student engagement.

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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 →

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


Workshop 2-Entrepreneurship as an Instruction Method
The study of entrepreneurship should extend far beyond business classes given the 21st century skills that are at its core. This session will explore ways it can be incorporated into a variety of disciplines, specifically focusing on the use of social enterprise as a way to address social justice issues. Using such things as the Business Model Canvas, systems thinking and design thinking, this session will examine entrepreneurial processes that teachers can incorporate into their classrooms, processes that provide opportunities for students to engage in more authentic problem-finding and solving and that provide alternate ways to assess students’ understanding. This session will help teachers identify ways to build student capacity to think beyond problem assessment to sustainable solution creation.

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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 →

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


Workshop 2-Essential Characteristics of a Successful Coach and Managing Parents of Today's Student-Athletes
There are several essential characteristics of any successful coach.  Some of these traits include constantly working on his/her craft, the ability to put out “fires,” establishing clear roles on a team, and being organized and prepared, among others.  Successful coaches also have the ability to manage the invested and involved parents of today’s student-athletes.  This session will create a definition of “success,” examine common characteristics shared by successful coaches, and it will  share experiences in managing parents of today’s student-athletes (the good, the bad, and the ugly).

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Tony Watkins

Director of Athletics, Northside Youth Organization
Tony Watkins serves as Executive Director at Northside Youth Organization in Atlanta, GA.  Prior to joining NYO, Watkins served as Assistant Athletic Director Head Girls’ Basketball Coach at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School from 2008 – 2016. As Head Girls'​ Basketball Coach... Read More →

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


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.

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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 →
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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 →

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


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.

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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 →

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


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.

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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


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.

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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 →

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