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August 1-2, 2019

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Thursday, August 1

9:00am EDT

Workshop 1-Death to the Boring - How to Engage All Students with Pear Deck and Gim Kit!
In a world of lectures and presentations, the content delivery method has always been the same. A slide goes up, notes get written, a slide changes, and the world keeps spinning. 
With better access to technology, students are looking for better ways to become engaged and connect with the materials. Enter PearDeck and GimKit! PearDeck is an incredible tool for live content delivery. It simultaneously broadcasts your screen onto their devices, in real time, while allowing them to interact with it. It allows for immediate feedback, impromptu questioning and deeper connections with materials. Tired of using Kahoot because it is just the same thing over and over again? GimKit, designed and run by a group of high school students from Seattle, is the next evolution in student review. Strategize, compete, collaborate and learn in a race against the clock that doesn’t feel like a race at all! 

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Scott Hebert

Educator and Author, EICS Division - St. JPII School
I am a passionate and dedicated teacher who has taught K-12 Phys Ed as well as Grade 7 & 8 Sciences for the past 10 years. My professional motto is "Would you want to be in your classroom?" and it is reflected in my daily teaching. I am deeply passionate about engagement, student... Read More →

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

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/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 →

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