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Title of Workshop Workshop Description Presenters Room
Bridging the Barriers: Innovative Strategies for Creating Meaningful Family Engagement with ELL Communities and Beyond Parent engagement is difficult for all communities, but poses unique challenges for families of ELL students. This presentation will focus on strategies implemented and proven to increase ELL family engagement dramatically, some events even seeing 100% of families attending. Traditional barriers to ELL family involvement, as well as the research regarding best practices for increasing parent involvement as stake-holders will be examined. You won’t believe the outcome when existing programs are altered and replaced by strategic, community partnerships. As a more welcoming and inclusive culture takes root, ELL families show up in full force to support their children’s learning. You’ll be inspired by the unique program implemented in collaboration with Barnes & Noble, giving all Kindergarten and 1st grade ELL families their own NOOK eReader loaded with Read-to-Me eBooks in both English and Spanish. Nicolle Anthony and Michael Catelli 308
Music in the Classroom How can you use music to enhance your classroom? This session provides you with sample lessons and ideas to incorporate music into your classroom through song analysis, composition and hands on activities students will love to participate in. Let’s make your class the next School House Rock!!! Brian Belsky 205
Concrete strategies to use books as pathways to cultural responsiveness in classrooms In the session, Juli-Anne will unpack the research of Dr. Rudine Sims-Bishop’s landmark essay (1990) on what multicultural education is and how books and texts can be used to allow students to view, see and experience the diversity of difference in cultures, languages, times and places. Teachers will learn strategies that will help them teach students to use books as mirrors, windows and sliding glass doors. Dr. Bishop’s work cemented the current spaces of banned books and disrupt texts platforms and and laid the ground work for the work of Dr. Gloria Larson-Billings whose essay speaks to the need for culturally relevant pedagogy in literacy instruction inside today’s classrooms. Juli-Anne Benjamin 315
Play...it’s Not a Dirty Word A session, from a Capstone teacher, in a Makerspace, who is still trying to figure things out, and get kids to believe that it is ok to play. Take a ride with me as I share my middle school class’ journey to blend Design Thinking into our makerspace, and our Capstone presentations. All of the bumps and bruises will be shared, along with the activities and tools that have proven to be awesome. The second part of the session will be hands-on. Participants will be dared to play in a pop-up makerspace. Paul Bogush 302
WIN Power Do your students get the W.I.N. (What I Need ) every day? Dr. Jenkins and her team will share their school's journey to successfully implementing a systematic approach to insuring that every student gets their daily W.I.N. Using an "all hands on deck" approach they have taken RTI to the next level. Participants will learn how to create a tiered system of support, while also providing opportunities for enrichment/enhancement without removing students from the essential grade level curriculum.  Tammy Bowling-Jenkins 406
Student-Led Learning We all know that student-centered activities are what should be the driving force behind our classrooms. Did you know that learner-centered activities are not "one-size-fits-all"? So often we *think* we are accomplishing student-centered learning in our lesson planning, but there are distinct criteria that make the difference between true student-led activities and just an activity that is not much more than busywork. In this workshop, we will be recognizing the difference between the two and will be adding easy ideas to your teacher toolbox to use in your classrooms right away. Jennifer Breisacher 206
Community Building Through Movement

Community building has the power to transform how students or school communities work together. Humans are genetically wired to move and interact with each other. In this interactive session, educators will learn about the importance of building and sustaining a community with the students or adults they serve. Learn how to infuse movement into your daily practice to create a school community where all learners will connect with each other.

Val Brown and Justin Schleider Gym
Inclusive Education This session will focus on creating inclusive schools through facilitating social skill development and video research. We will also focus on a variety of different teaching strategies that can be used in an inclusion classroom. Brent Elder and Casey Woodfield 105
The Power of Social Media in Education This session will be a discussion of how effective social media can be in education and the benefits of expanding one's professional learning network. Michael Curran 407
How Formative Assessment and Social Constructivism builds a community of learners Discover how NJCTL formative assessment strategies can be used to encourage social constructive dialogue among students and increase student learning. Examples from K-12 science and mathematics will be provided and demonstrated. Rosemary Knab and Audra Crist 104

Picturing My Way Through the Anger:  The Healing Power of the Still Image

An inner city dream set against the inner city challenges. Using the desire to overcome anger through the camera lenses, a keyboard that can set a trajectory for high-level academic success. The session will highlight the holes made in connecting with difficult students and how to make the “connection” in the everyday. Lastly, learning how to use the connection to inspire, encourage and support the artistic ability through difficult circumstances in order to promote more traditional educational success simultaneously. 

John Paxton 410
Leading with Trust and Empathy In this session, we will look at leadership practices that foster growth in the classroom and build a positive school climate. We will look at some of the ideas from Dr. Richard DuFour's book In Praise of American Educators and How They Can Become Even Better for discussion points and as a learning tool.   Luis F. Ramirez 400
Complete Comprehension Join Jennifer Serravallo for an exclusive preview of her forthcoming curricular resource, Complete Coprehension.Jen will show you how it combines the skills progressions from her Understanding Texts & Readers with the power of The Reading Strategies Book. The result will help you know your readers more deeply, plan differentiated and goal-directed instruction, and match student needs to just-right strategies. You'll hear all about Complete Comprehension from Jen as well as have a change to ask her your questions. Jen Serravallo Library

 

Title of Workshop Workshop Description Presenters Room
How to Address Test Anxiety and its Effects on our Gifted and Talented Students Have you ever had the experience of taking great care to study for a test and only come up blank for a certain question or questions? The most confounding part of this scenario is that as soon as you turn in the test and leave the testing environment, the answers inexplicably come flooding back! In this session, you will learn about “why” our gifted and talented students often struggle with this phenomenon, identify “what” is happening on a neurological level, and “how” you can teach real strategies designed to alleviate your students’ anxiety in the future. During this session you can also expect to see strategies, resources, and edtech tools, such as Socrative.com & ClassDojo.com, that are useful in building student engagement, reliable assessment procedures, and a larger sense of community in the classroom. Garwood Bacon 203
What? Why? How? Clarity Statements - Shedding light for students about their learning and progress

Students often have their thoughts spinning in a million directions and their attention is torn between what they have to do and what they want to do.  Many times, they find it hard to focus let alone understand why they need to learn fractions, comma rules, and the periodic table.  Our content standards have given us a starting point to show students what they are learning and expected to master each year, but that is not enough sometimes.  This workshop will help you understand the importance of creating clarity of learning so your students see the the bigger picture.  It all DOES matter, and we work so hard to design engaging lessons, but let's talk about communicating the relevance and evidence so they can say, "Oh, that's why!" This workshop will provide ideas, strategies, examples, and inspiration that you can start using in your classrooms tomorrow!

Melissa Barnett 311
Family and Community Engagement The information in the workshops will help promote equity and excellence of all students by diving into ways we can engage parents. Involving the community and engaging parents in the education of their children is critical for the successful implementation of any intervention associated with closing the achievement gap. Through courageous conversations and thought provoking questions, this workshop will dive deep into the heart of what is “family engagement” and how to build “authentic partnerships. Kelly Boyer and Neel Desai 408
Concrete strategies to use books as pathways to cultural responsiveness in classrooms In the session, Juli-Anne will unpack the research of Dr. Rudine Sims-Bishop’s landmark essay (1990) on what multicultural education is and how books and texts can be used to allow students to view, see and experience the diversity of difference in cultures, languages, times and places. Teachers will learn strategies that will help them teach students to use books as mirrors, windows and sliding glass doors. Dr. Bishop’s work cemented the current spaces of banned books and disrupt texts platforms and and laid the ground work for the work of Dr. Gloria Larson-Billings whose essay speaks to the need for culturally relevant pedagogy in literacy instruction inside today’s classrooms. Juli-Anne Benjamin 315
Body Talk--Interpreting Student Non-Verbal Communication Do you know what your body is telling your students? Do you know what students are telling you with their bodies? Body Talk is about connecting with kids. Body Talk is about realizing that it’s not the big things teachers do that make them great, but it’s doing all the little things right. Body Talk is a session that will instantly change who you are, and what you do every day. Paul Bogush 302
WIN Power Do your students get the W.I.N. (What I Need ) every day? Dr. Jenkins and her team will share their school's journey to successfully implementing a systematic approach to insuring that every student gets their daily W.I.N. Using an "all hands on deck" approach they have taken RTI to the next level. Participants will learn how to create a tiered system of support, while also providing opportunities for enrichment/enhancement without removing students from the essential grade level curriculum.  Tammy Bowling-Jenkins 406
Using Design Thinking to Create More Inclusive Communities While our public school population is growing more demographically diverse, our teaching population has not. Honest self-reflection about our own biases is an important place to start when rethinking how to make our communities open to every. Attendees will learn the basics of the design thinking and begin to think about innovative and inclusive solutions. Val Brown 401
The Power of Social Media in Education This session will be a discussion of how effective social media can be in education and the benefits of expanding one's professional learning network. Michael Curran 407
How to transform your classroom using Social Emotional Learning Strategies In this session you will hear the story of two classrooms that were transformed when the teachers implemented social emotional learning strategies.  Teachers and student ambassadors will share their first hand experience on how these strategies have made for the most amazing learning environment that includes all children and adults in a true community of learning. You will not want to miss hearing these children from Memphis, TN and Tabernacle, NJ talk about the impact on them as learners. Melissa Collins, Michael Dunlea, Stacie Delaney and TES students 313
How Formative Assessment and Social Constructivism builds a community of learners
Discover how NJCTL formative assessment strategies can be used to encourage social constructive dialogue among students and increase student learning. Examples from K-12 science and mathematics will be provided and demonstrated.
Rosemary Knab and Audra Crist 104

And They Spoke: A Father and Daughter’s Journey through the System Addressing Sexual Assault

A father and daughter team who founded a nonprofit organization after the sexual assault of the daughter. The goal of the organization is to engage individuals in conversations about consent, uplift survivors of sexual violence, release and encourage communal support for female and male victims, infuse curriculum and legislative changes into the school system K-12 with a heightened focus on 5th -12th grades.

John and Emma Paxton 410
Complete Comprehension Join Jennifer Serravallo for an exclusive preview of her forthcoming curricular resource, Complete Coprehension.Jen will show you how it combines the skills progressions from her Understanding Texts & Readers with the power of The Reading Strategies Book. The result will help you know your readers more deeply, plan differentiated and goal-directed instruction, and match student needs to just-right strategies. You'll hear all about Complete Comprehension from Jen as well as have a change to ask her your questions. Jen Serravallo Library
Engaging Students with Breakouts Would you like to transform your classroom into an immersive game-based learning environment all while incorporating the 4Cs. Have you heard of Breakout EDU and Escape Room challenges? These activities teach critical thinking, teamwork, problem-solving and can be used in all content areas and grade levels. Participants will learn about Breakout EDU and escape rooms.  Tips will be shared for exploring and modifying existing Breakout games. Tobey Realley 103

 

Title of Workshop Workshop Description Presenters Room
Transformative Origami Most real world problem solving is geometric. Children engage their hearts, hands, and minds in geometric thinking through origami. Learn how this ancient art can transform your math lessons. Kate Cutts 311
Empatico Empatico is a free, easy to use, online learning tool that enables students to practice communication and leadership skills needed in a diverse country and interdependent world. There are lessons and a virtual interaction platform all in one site. Teachers will share stories from their classrooms about how they were able to bring together students from very different backgrounds only to discover that we have more in common than what sets us apart.  Stacey Delaney, Michael Dunlea, April Janicki, Brianna McCarthy, Melissa Collins 106
Guided Math Centers for Middle School This workshop is designed to help teachers successfully plan and implement guided math centers. We will explore the structure of math centers and how to differentiate them to meet your students' needs. Math centers allow time for teachers to conduct small-group lessons, as well as for students to practice independently. Time will be allotted to create your own math center for a topic of your choice. Come learn how to review skills while engaging students, minimizing preparation time and differentiating instruction. Jade Gordon 409
Seesaw This session will focus on different ways that Seesaw can be utilized in an elementary school classroom. Danielle Hare, Julie Haynes, Ashley Kimble, Jen Valleau 107
Teaching Mindfulness in the Classroom Mindfulness has been a roaring practice for classrooms all across the United States. It is important to find a way for students to find a way to relieve stress in a healthy way. Practicing mindfulness can help students learn to live in the present moment and using whole body listening throughout the school day. This presentation offers the research on how mindfulness benefit students in school along with different activities available to use in your classroom. Liz Lawton 401
Making the Most of Math Centers We use math centers to engage all students and to better reach all the learners in our class. Math centers allow us more one-to-one time with our students to support specific needs in each student. In this workshop, I will give a brief overview of math centers. Then, I will share some tips and tricks that I have learned through trial and error that will help make your math centers run more smoothly, be more efficient, and be less work for you. Marc Miller 205
Ethics of Care Leading with the Ethic of Care session will focus on the dynamics of developing a school community that uses empathy and design thinking to forge a positive connection with the stakeholders at an elementary school. I will share stories where my teaching staff use the Design Thinking Approach with students to solve real problems that affect their lives. My presentation will also share skills that have been proven to work, and video and pictures to help tell our story on how Tabernacle Elementary School uses the paradigm, The Ethic of Care to foster a positive culture. Gerald Paterson 407
The Gifted Child in the Classroom Background and Characteristics of the gifted child in the classroom.  The importance of choice to reach all students. Leigh Ann Peter 207
Life Skills Made Easy Life skills is one of the most important things that could be taught to any student, but it bears the most importance to those students with an IEP. You may want to implement a life skills program into your everyday routine in your classroom, but may not know where to start. This session will teach you how to turn anything into a life skills opportunity, and how to build your very own program from the ground up. Sam Traina 308
Positive Behavior Supports in the Classroom This presentation will focus on positive response training to offer opportunities within the classroom to develop positive behavior choices to mold them into more receptive learners. Jamie Worrell and Meg Valente 208

 

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