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Brandi Cade

3 Practices to Start Building a Thinking Classroom
presented by
Brandi Cade

We all want our students to think, but how do we move them from relying on teacher input for every task to problem solving and thinking through tasks on their own? Join me on the journey to "Building Thinking Classrooms" as we take a close look at the first three practices from Peter Liljedahl’s book that will help us lay the foundation and get our students thinking.

Boosting Learning in a Literacy Classroom
presented by
Malissa Ocean and Marilyn Ware

Boring Literacy Block! Come explore how to jazz up your literacy classroom with brain-based strategies. Learn how to create literacy lessons that can improve your students' performance and academic success. Walk away with brain-based strategies that can be integrated throughout your entire literacy block.

Craig King

Creating a Learning Environment based on Equal Access and Equity
presented by
Craig King

Equal access and equity are crucial components of having a learning environment that supports and encourages all students. This keynote will provide educators a snapshot into “The Kingdom” and highlights the dispositions and mindsets students develop having been in environments that embrace equal access and equity.

Diamond in the Rough
presented by
Jeremy Anderson

Diamonds are the most valuable mineral found on earth. They are formed deep underground in an environment of extreme heat and pressure. In life there are challenges, but we can endure and overcome them. This presentation focuses on how the educator can explore within and reveal concealed abilities. They will identify and prepare to implement their enhanced expertise in the school and classroom. With the proper level of encouragement and affirmation, they will have the catalyst needed to begin the process. This session will also focus on establishing the proper environment needed to cultivate both student rapport and academic success. Jeremy will also discuss his story and will also tie in strategies on how to relate and touch the hearts of at-risk students.

Carol Ann Tomlinson

Dreaming Big Enough Dreams for the Needs of Our Students
presented by
Carol Ann Tomlinson

The #1 job of schools is to guide young people in developing the intellectual, affective, and social competence and confidence necessary to lead productive and satisfying lives both now and in the future that awaits them. Sadly, there are many indicators that we have failed many students in ways that place the goal out of their reach. We live in a particularly perilous time right now, but perilous times are also moments of great opportunity for change. This keynote will present a challenge to re-think several key aspects of how we think about teaching, learning, and leading that could quite literally make a world of difference in outcomes for students. Making the shift would require big dreams and wise planning on the part of educators. The reward would be many more pathways to possibility for the kids we teach.

Family Involvement 101: It’s all about Partnerships!
presented by
Katie Swart

Mike Crabtree

Foundations Come First: Building Strong Relationships with Kids & Families in Poverty
presented by
Mike Crabtree

If building relationships is key to significant learning, that goes double for kids & families in poverty, where relationships are valued about all else. This session will provided strategies to lay that solid foundation to build social and academic success.

Jennifer Gonzalez

Four Laws of Learning (And How to Obey Them in Your Lessons)
presented by
Jennifer Gonzalez

What really makes a difference in teaching? There are many factors that have a powerful impact, but when it comes to that 45-to 90-minute block of time we set aside for instruction, what activities actually move the needle on learning? This session explores four rock-solid truths backed by research on how people learn. These laws apply to every subject area and grade level, and if you follow them when planning lessons, you’ll be a lot more likely to make some real learning happen for students.

Principal Kafele

Just One Educator Can Completely Alter the Trajectory of a Child
presented by
Baruti Kafele

In this empowering address, Principal Kafele will state emphatically to educators at all levels that each of them possess the power toward completely altering the trajectory of a child. He will encourage them to reflect upon their initial “why” for entering the world of education and remind them of the significance their “why” holds throughout the course of each and every day while ultimately taking children to heights previously unimagined.

Dr. John Hodge

Leading Schools through Turbulent Times: Keys to Success
presented by
John Hodge

The United States and the world have endured unprecedented challenges in the past 18 months. Today, we are recovering from the impact of economic and social hurdles that may seem overwhelming. It’s during times like the present that leadership is most important. Guided by peer-reviewed research in resilience, and the lessons learned by school leaders after Hurricane Katrina, this presentation will provide participants with 5 research-supported principles designed to guide schools through the many obstacles ahead. Excellence is possible—even when times are tough.

Leading the Way: Challenging Students of Poverty to Be Their Best Selves
presented by
Ericka Bennett-Bell and Sharon Williams

During this session, attendees will learn how to garner student leadership skills, develop a growth mindset, and promote life skills with students of poverty within a high-trust school culture.

Teresa Turner

Leveraging Choice and Magnet Opportunities to Support Diversity and Inclusion
presented by
Teresa Turner

This session draws upon research findings regarding the components found in magnet schools that are both diverse and educationally effective.  Attendees will learn evidence-based policy recommendations aimed at helping schools design, implement, and sustain effective magnet schools that can foster integrated learning and positive student outcomes.

Maximizing Moments: Strategies for Enrich Programs During Non-School Hours
presented by
Sharon Williams and Ericka Bennett-Bell

During this session, attendees will learn how to provide enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The information provided will be adaptable to all afterschool or before school programs, including 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

Navigating the IEP and Determining Appropriate Services
presented by
Cindi Allen Nixon

This session will focus on the key components of an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) and detail how to determine the least restrictive environment for a student with a disability. Participants will gain knowledge in how to choose appropriate accommodations to assist in making students successful in a general education classroom.

Horacio Sanchez

Poverty’s Impact on the Brain
presented by
Horacio Sanchez

Poverty is the single most significant event impacting public education today. Every year school districts dedicate resources, draft policies, and create new services to meet the academic and behavioral challenges associated with students coming from poverty. However, much of the attempts of public education to address the need of students in poverty are occurring without vital information on how poverty is transforming the brains of students today. Attempting to address the issues of poverty with only partial information is like completing a puzzle with key pieces missing. The brain transformations resulting from poverty speak to the heart of the academic and behavioral issues schools seek to overcome. The neuroscience of poverty provides not only a clear picture as to the whys academic and behavioral problems are occurring but also how to design a more precise response to best address the issues.

Pooja Agarwal

Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning
presented by
Pooja Agarwal

This workshop is an indispensable experience for educators who want to take their instruction to the next level. Drawing on a fifteen-year scientist-teacher collaboration, more than 100 years of research, and illustrative examples from K–12 and higher education, Dr. Pooja K. Agarwal, cognitive scientist and author of the book Powerful Teaching, presents step-by-step guidance on how to transform teaching with four essential strategies: Retrieval practice, spacing, interleaving, and feedback-driven metacognition. Equipped with scientific knowledge and evidence-based tools, turn your teaching into powerful teachingand unleash student learning in your classroom.

Reading Before Reading: The Stages of Emergent Reading
presented by
Lori Poole

This presentation will focus on the progression of emergent reading, with an emphasis on using storybooks to build oral language. We will connect the understanding of Sulzby's Stages of Emergent Reading with instructional moves as the teacher "nudges" the reader along the progression.

Kristen Douglas and Rikki McCormick

Self-Regulation in a Virtual Setting
presented by
Rikki McCormick & Kristen Douglas

After March 2020, districts across the state embarked upon the virtual education system journey. Instruction and student support (telehealth, tele-counseling, remote food preparation…) were delivered virtually. In the world of social-emotional learning, calming spaces to help promote self-regulation in a brick-and-mortar setting were just gaining traction as a SEL practice when, again, virtual became the only option. Virtual calming spaces found their place, although still evolving, as the option to promote self-regulation.

Somebody Call the Plumber: Addressing the Teacher Pipeline Problem
presented by
Amanda Snipe

From preparation to retention, the teacher pipeline is struggling to stay intact, negatively impacting all students—non-miniority and minority students. Participants will be presented with current teacher retention research findings and will brainstorm how to address teacher retention for all teachers, minority teachers, and non-minority teachers.

Tips & Tricks for Engaging the Reluctant Learner
presented by
Chrystal Wood

Attendees will learn how to make lasting connections with each learner and build positive relationships in a non-threatening environment, while also improving classroom management.

Hope Halfacre and Whitney Umbarger

Turning Up the Volume of Reading
presented by
Hope Halfacre and Whitney Umbarger

Innovative ways to increase reading volume for students by providing access to quality books to grow their at-home libraries. We will be sharing how increasing reading volume impacts reading achievement and increases student engagement.

Ways to Build Relationship and Connection with Older Students
presented by
Brittany Shell

Helping teachers make greater connections with students in the classroom as building relationship with children of poverty is vital for student success. In this session, I will provide resources and strategies for helping to build that relationship.

Zeis

What Our Students Really Need
presented by
Jodi Zeis

Learn how to truly offer your students equitable and meaningful learning tools and experiences and learn why sometimes the newest and most expensive tools are not the right choice in preparing students for college and career.