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Title of Workshop Workshop Description Presenter Room
Bridging the Barriers: Innovative Strategies for Creating Meaningful Family Engagement with ELL Communities 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  
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  
What? Why? How? Clarity Statements - Shedding light for students about their learning and progress This session will focus on the importance of clarity statements and how they can be used to better understand student learning. Melissa Barnett  
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  
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  
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  
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  
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  
Student-Led Learning   Jennifer Breisacher  
Time Building Community is Not Wasted Time Community building has the power to transform how students or school communities work together. In this interactive session, educators will learn about the importance of building and sustaining a community with the students or adults they serve. Attendees will participate in a few community builders and consider their own approaches for implementation. Val Brown  
    Melissa Collins  
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  
Family & 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. Neel Desai  
Inclusive Education This session will focus on a variety of different teaching strategies that can be used in an inclusion classroom. Brent Elder  
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  
Learning Through Movement If School is CommUNITY it reasons that unity must start in our classrooms. During this session, we will actively participate in a variety of activities that will encourage our students to positively interact with each other while moving. The activities will include brain boosts, learning through movement, and formative assessments with movement. Your students are genetically wired to move and interact with each other. Learn how to infuse movement into your daily teaching to create a class where students will connect with each other. Justin Schleider  
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  
Art Infused with Technology and Social-Emotional Learning   Donna Staten  
More Than Check-boxes: Practical Ways to Move K-12 Classrooms and Schools from Racial Diversity to Inclusion How can schools better navigate the gap between diversity and inclusion? What are some common practices currently in place that make school environments exclusive, racist, oppressive, and biased? How do you create an environment where we move past the superficial work of diversity to the uncomfortable and more difficult work of anti-racism and inclusion? What are ways we can better do the work in our schools to create not only welcoming environments for both educators and students of color, but ultimately provide sufficient agency, care, and support that allows these individuals ample opportunity to succeed and thrive? Join this session where we will discuss and share tangible steps and ideas that should occur in educational spaces to make them more sincerely welcoming, anti-racist, and inclusive to both students and educators of color. Shana White  
Title of Workshop Workshop Description Presenters Room
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  
Guided Math Centers 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  
Seesaw This session will focus on different ways that Seesaw can be utilized in an elementary school classroom. Julie Haynes  
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  
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  
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  
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  

 

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