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August 1-2, 2019

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Friday, August 2

9:00am EDT

Workshop 1- Tiering Assessments and Assignments (Middle and Upper School Choice)
Some students are ready for the first steps of a topic and others are ready for advanced assignments and assessments in that topic—so how do we tier assignments and assessments to maximize their learning? Join us for a practical and thought-provoking look at what constitutes mastery, and how we can increase and decrease complexity in student assignments and assessments while meeting the needs of standards and their benchmarks, all within one class period. We will include two helpful lesson sequences: the Anchor and the Football, as well as great attention moves, student "orbitals," personal agendas, tips on how to get students to work autonomous to the teacher and much more. This is a "how-to" and "why-we-do-it" workshop for those just getting their feet wet with tiering assignments and assessments or those already swimming in differentiated instruction who want more ideas.

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Rick Wormeli

Education Consultant, author/speaker
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... Read More →

Friday August 2, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am EDT
Richardson Hall - Ben Johnson III Theatre
  Presenter, workshop 1 day 2

9:00am EDT

Workshop 1-Different Approaches to Learning for a Different Generation
For centuries, educational philosophers and psychologists have known two truths about learning: 1. Students bring prior knowledge, skills, and attitudes - often in the form of preconceptions or misconceptions - with them to school, and 2. Great learning experiences are active, social, and meaningful. In this workshop, participants will first unpack the realities of today's students. Whether they are Net-Gen,  iGen, or Generation Z, they possess prior experiences, traits, and characteristics previously unknown to educators. We will also explore what Scott McLeod, Dean Shareski, and Julie Graber refer to as Four Big Shifts: Deeper Learning, Student Agency, Authentic Context, and Technology Infusion to create authentic experiences for new learners.

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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 →

Friday August 2, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am EDT
  Presenter, workshop 1 day 2

9:00am EDT

Workshop 1-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 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 →

Friday August 2, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am EDT
  Presenter, workshop 1 day 2

9:00am EDT

Workshop 1-Purposeful Lesson Planning: Making Every Minute Count
Multiple factors impact the quality of a lesson and consideration of what we know about how the brain learns and what causes learning to stick is critical if lessons are to be designed for maximum effectiveness. Participants will consider each part of the learning cycle from gaining attention and providing input to performance with feedback in order to consider what matters most at each stage of the lesson. Strategies for verifying that each learner is meeting the goals will be shared. Instructional strategies for maximizing student engagement will also be shared.

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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 →

Friday August 2, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am EDT
Carlos Science Center Atrium
  Presenter, workshop 1 day 2

9:00am EDT

Workshop 1-Spider Web Discussions Explained and Implemented
Based-on Alexis Wiggins book, The Best Class You Never Taught: How Spider Web Discussions Can Turn Students into Learning Leaders, this session will demonstrate how the spider web discussion strategy gets 4-12th grade students to engage in a student-driven, higher level of discourse. We will begin with participants engaging in a Spider Web discussion themselves, then move through the creation of their own expectations for their students. From pre-discussion routines to discussion to post-discussion evaluation and reflection, this session will arm you will the tools to walk into your class and start this process with your students on the first day. Tools to help monitor student participation like Equity Maps will be used. Further applications will be examined as well as use in both middle and upper school settings.

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Lynn Mittler

JK-12 English/Language Arts Department Chair, MICDS
With over twenty years of experience in the classroom, Lynn Mittler 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... Read More →

Friday August 2, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am EDT
  Presenter, workshop 1 day 2
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