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The 2019 Big Think Event Course Catalog
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Session TimeSession TitleSession DescriptionPresenter(s)LocationPrimary FocusSession AudienceOrganization
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August 7th 8:30 AM - 9:30 AMKeynote - Kate FaganAuthor of What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen, Mental Health Advocate, and Host on ESPNKate FaganPACMental Health and WellnessAll ParticipantsBrought to you by the Big Think Partnership
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August 7th 9:45 AM - 10:40 AMAMPLIFY Your Students’ InquiryAfter participating in a book study on Amplify: Digital Teaching & Learning in the K-6 Classroom and attending workshops conducted by its highly regarded author, Kristin Zeimke, we are excited to share what we have learned! This session will focus on sharing MANY tools that spark inquiry.
So if you’re tired of endlessly ‘googling’ to find tools for your students, join us for an exploration of high quality resources.
Sarah Feeney, Kindergarten, Amy Garrison, First Grade, Heather Miller, KindergartenB156Teaching & LearningGrades PreK-5Grandview Heights City Schools
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August 7th 9:45 AM - 10:40 AMApple ClassroomHave you heard about Apple Classroom? Are you interested in a way to examine devices in your classroom and gather live student data in order to have pointed conversations about proper use of technology? If so, stop in and see a live demo of Apple Classroom. Bring your iPad if you'd like to participate!Jim Smalley, Technology CoachA115Blended LearningPreK-12Hilliard City Schools
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August 7th 9:45 AM - 10:40 AMElementary School News TeamsDo you have a student produced news program? Thinking about starting one?
Come find out how students in two buildings produce original videos and broadcast news for their school communities.
Eric Lane, Technology CoachA114Design ThinkingTeachers, Instructional Leaders, Grades PreK-5, Certified AdministratorsHilliard City Schools
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August 7th 9:45 AM - 10:40 AMThe Conversation Continues - Q and A with Kate FaganThis session will be an informal question and answer format featuring keynote speaker, Kate Fagan.Kate FaganExp. TheaterMental Health and WellnessAll ParticipantsBrought to you by the Big Think Partnership
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August 7th 9:45 AM - 10:40 AMThink Like a Geek (Classified Specific)Participants will gain the knowledge and skills to "think like a geek," to identify, collect, analyze, and use data to help employees work better and smarter. No math? No problem. This hands-on session specific to classified roles in schools will examine data techniques in real-world, everyday language and in a safe, interesting, and judgment-free learning environment. Tom Reed, Executive Director and Megan Johanson, Data Insights ManagerA134OperationsClassified AdministratorsEducational Service Center of Central Ohio
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August 7th 9:45 AM - 10:40 AMWords Matter!We are responsible for not only our own intentions but also for other people’s perceptions of us. While we cannot completely control other people’s reactions and interpretations of our words, we can be aware of how the language we use affects and is interpreted by others. We must learn to choose our words wisely before opening our mouths or before writing the next e-mail or report on an incident.

This session will help you understand how to phrase your responses to various situations with parents, the media, and incident reports. Words are beautiful tools, but when used improperly, they can create a new challenge for school personnel. Let’s take the time to use our words well.
Sandy Nekoloff, Executive Director of Communications & Amber Hufford, Director of Student ServicesMedia CenterLeadership Principles & DevelopmentAll Participants, Teachers, Certified Administrators, Classified Administrators, All Administrators, Emerging LeadersSouth-Western City Schools
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August 7th 9:45 AM - 10:40 AM Add to your Productivity Toolbox - Create Variety and Voice & Choice in AssessmentsHow can students show their learning? There are so many options for voice and choice! This session will take a look at many of those options for productivity tools. Encourage creativity and critical thinking in student presentations and think outside the box for ways that your students can show what they know! Time to explore apps of your choice will be built in. Participants will spend time exploring these apps/websites: FlipGrid, Clips, Post Its Plus, Padlet, ThingLink, Inspiration Maps, ChatterPix/PhotoSpeakJennifer Feeney & Meribeth Gillies, Technology Integration CoachesC106Teaching & LearningTeachers, Instructional Leaders, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Certified AdministratorsHilliard City Schools
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August 7th 9:45 AM - 11:40 AMSystems Approach for Creating a Comprehensive Student Supports PlanDoes your MTSS/counseling team identify students for assistance regardless of their starting point? Does your system include interventions for acceleration and aspiration for underachieving students, or is that population largely independent with the potential to fall through the cracks? Are your services overlapping the same group of students, leaving others without any additional guidance?

Utilizing available data and a systems approach, resources can be aligned and coordinated to bolster the college and career readiness of all students. This session will explore how SWCSD empowered school counselors, in collaboration with administrators, to take a leadership role in the systems design and data-driven delivery of student supports. You will leave with a better understanding of how to engage stakeholders and create a comprehensive counseling plan that ensures all students are progress-monitored and supported for college and career readiness. (This model can be adapted to support other building or district goals.)
Deb Carver, Coordinator i3 & Marcy RaymondA132Change Creation & ManagementTeachers, Intervention Specialists, Instructional Leaders, PreK-12, Certified Administrators, Emerging LeadersSouth-Western City Schools
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August 7th 9:45 AM - 11:40 AMUsing Art to Expand the Gifted MindThis 2 hour session is divided into 2 parts; come to either or both!

You don't have to be an artist to use art to expand your gifted students' minds. Come learn about simple, classroom-friendly art techniques that help gifted students (and everyone else!) expand their horizons, challenge them, and make connections. We will discuss a wide range of approaches and ideas, including physical art-making, critical reflection on art, both their own and of others, and how to embed art history as a primary source in an engaging and meaningful manner.

These are activities that create critical space in the regular ed classroom to broaden and deepen thinking and challenge gifted students with novel approaches that allow them to show growth in a in an individualized manner. No art experience necessary! Participants will engage in hands-on creative activities and leave this session with their own teacher sample and something to put into practice this week.
Katherine KelseyC103Gifted NeedsTeachers, Intervention Specialists, Instructional Leaders, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Certified Administrators, Emerging LeadersGrandview Heights City Schools
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August 7th 9:45 AM - 11:40 AMWorking With Students and Families in PovertyThis session is designed to continue developing awareness of and strategies for working with students and families living in poverty. Blending research behind how living in poverty impacts the development of the brain with a personal perspective on being an economically disadvantaged student before that student grouping "officially" existed, will hopefully help create opportunities for conversations and a better understanding of this now "official" and ever-growing student subgroup. Ed Kennedy, Coordinator of EL ServicesC285CultureAll ParticipantsSouth-Western City Schools
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August 7th 10:45 AM - 11:40 AM Add to your Productivity Toolbox - Create Variety and Voice & Choice in AssessmentsHow can students show their learning? There are so many options for voice and choice! This session will take a look at many of those options for productivity tools. Encourage creativity and critical thinking in student presentations and think outside the box for ways that your students can show what they know! Time to explore apps of your choice will be built in. Participants will spend time exploring these apps/websites: FlipGrid, Clips, Post Its Plus, Padlet, ThingLink, Inspiration Maps, ChatterPix/PhotoSpeakJennifer Feeney & Meribeth Gillies, Technology Integration CoachesC106Teaching & LearningTeachers, Instructional Leaders, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Certified AdministratorsHilliard City Schools
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August 7th 10:45 AM - 11:40 AMEducators and Smart Self-CareMeeting the mental health needs of students in the classroom setting is an ever-growing and increasingly daunting responsibility of the educators who teach and connect with them. These seemingly overwhelming challenges can lead to burn-out, empathy distress and even compassion fatigue. Join us as we learn about how smart self-care for educators promotes resiliency, positive mental health care, and maintenance for both ourselves and our students.Amber Nickels, Grandview Heights District Mental Health SpecialistMedia CenterMental Health and WellnessAll ParticipantsGrandview Heights City Schools
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August 7th 10:45 AM - 11:40 AMEveryone Can CreateYou will have the time to dig into Apples new curriculum that brings creative expression to every subject. You will take a student's perspective, and develop and communicate ideas through video, photography, music, and drawing.Jim Smalley, Technology CoachA115PersonalizationGrades PreK-5Hilliard City Schools
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August 7th 10:45 AM - 11:40 AMFlippin' for FlipgridFlipGrid is a video discussion platform that will allow your students to post videos of themselves explaining concepts, solving problems, reading passages (foreign languages), and more. Come and experience Flipgrid as a student and get started as a teacher.Drew Barton, Educational Technology CoachB155Blended LearningGrades 6-8, Grades 9-12Hilliard City Schools
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August 7th 10:45 AM - 11:40 AMNationwide Children's Hospital Presents a Panel Discussing Mental HealthHear from local experts about the proactive steps and treatment options available to the children we serve. This is an opportunity to ask a panel of professionals about mental health. This is the gift of real talk, real answers in real time.Nationwide Children's Hospital (Moderated by Dr. Jamie Lusher)Exp. TheaterMental Health and WellnessAll ParticipantsNationwide Children's Hospital
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August 7th 10:45 AM - 11:40 AMStudent Success PlanningStatistically, over 80% of students in the US change their majors at least once and on average college students change their major 3 times during their college experience. Couple that statistic with information from the US Department of Labor that indicates that the job tenure for workers between the ages of 25 to 34 is 2.8 years.

Now more than ever, students need to see a connection between what they are learning in the classroom and their future careers. Ohio Law requires local boards of education to adopt a policy on career advising beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. We could just adopt what ODE provides as a model career advising policy, but does that necessarily mean that our work will produce stability in the student’s experience? Will students be better prepared to select a course of study or a job when they graduate as a result of the experiences that they gained in high school? Student success plans may be a way for us to assure that students are assisted in the formulation of decisions that produce success. In this session, we will look at evidence based practices and systems decisions necessary to produce student success plans.
Marcy Raymond & Deb Carver, i3 CoordinatorA116PersonalizationTeachers, Intervention Specialists, Instructional Leaders, PreK-12, Preservice Teachers, Certified AdministratorsSouth-Western City Schools
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August 7th 10:45 AM - 11:40 AMThink Like a Geek (Classified Specific)Participants will gain the knowledge and skills to "think like a geek," to identify, collect, analyze, and use data to help employees work better and smarter. No math? No problem. This hands-on session specific to classified roles in schools will examine data techniques in real-world, everyday language and in a safe, interesting, and judgment-free learning environment. Tom Reed, Executive Director and Megan Johanson, Data Insights ManagerA134OperationsClassified AdministratorsEducational Service Center of Central Ohio
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August 7th 10:45 AM - 11:40 AMThinking Big About Literacy and AccessibilityCome learn about iPad tools that can empower all learners during literacy. Get a hands on experience that you can use tomorrow in the classroom. Please bring an updated iPad with you for this session.Deb Frazier, Technology TeacherA114PersonalizationPreK-12Hilliard City Schools
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August 7th 12:45 PM - 1:40 PMInto the Magic Shop- Integrating SEL into the High School Classroom with Literature Incorporating SEL into the classroom using mindfulness, cooperative engagement, and literature. Erica Gourley, HS English Department ChairA115Growth MindsetTeachers, Instructional Leaders, Grades 9-12, Preservice Teachers, & All AdministratorsGroveport Madison High School
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August 7th 12:45 PM - 1:40 PMNationwide Children's Hospital Presents a Panel Discussing Mental HealthHear from local experts about the proactive steps and treatment options available to the children we serve. This is an opportunity to ask a panel of professionals about mental health. This is the gift of real talk, real answers in real time.Nationwide Children's Hospital (Moderated by Dr. Jamie Lusher)Exp. TheaterMental Health and WellnessAll ParticipantsNationwide Children's Hospital
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August 7th 12:45 PM - 1:40 PMQuality Work: Helping Students Understand What it MeansWhat is quality work? It's a question we want students to answer. This session will explore ways that we can get students to understand what quality work is through developing rubrics and using professional exemplars. You'll leave with strategies for helping students develop their own sense of what quality work is for any project. David Rickert A116PersonalizationGrades 6-8, Grades 9-12Hilliard City Schools
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August 7th 12:45 PM - 1:40 PMSex Trafficking: Don't Assume Your Students Are SafeAn in-depth exploration of the real dangers sex trafficking poses to our students and communities. The presentation will discuss warning signs; modern methods traffickers use, such as social media; and protocol for mandatory reporters. Learn the resources available to keep your school compliant with the Ohio Revised Code.Melanie Kenworthy Deis, Executive Director/ Co-Founder and Maggie Fox- Archer, Director of Community Relations/ Co-FounderMedia CenterMental Health and WellnessAll ParticipantsStand Together Against Trafficking
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August 7th 12:45 PM - 1:40 PMThe Ohio Learning Hub: A One-Stop-FREE-Shop for All Ohio EducatorsThe Ohio Learning Hub showcases Ohio teachers, effective teaching practices, and resources for self-guided PD. Find out how your district can use these FREE modules to build a professional learning plan customized to your district’s needs.

This collaborative project showcases Ohio educators along the continuum of implementation, modeling their practice and experiences with research-based teaching strategies. Each module includes videos of practices from Ohio schools, resources for professional learning, walk-through look fors, choice boards, and rubrics for assessing evidence of learning. The Ohio Learning Hub was created in collaboration with WOSU Classroom, the ESC of Central Ohio, and Delaware, Fairbanks, Grandview Heights, Hilliard, Olentangy, and Westerville school districts.
Amy Palermo, Chief of Content & Lori Dray, Director of Technology and Digital LearningB154Educational PartnershipsTeachers, Intervention Specialists, Instructional Leaders, PreK-12, Preservice Teachers, Certified AdministratorsWOSU Public Media
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August 7th 12:45 PM - 1:40 PMWe Lose a Child: One School Community’s Approach to Promoting Student Experiences through Collaboration.Learning Targets
- Identify action steps to building a family-school-community partnership in a rural school district.
- Identify strategies to implement evidence-based practice and programs in school mental health.
- An overview of Suicide Prevention Education and Awareness efforts.
JoLynn Wheatley, District Social WorkerC285Mental Health and WellnessAll ParticipantsJonathan Alder Local Schools
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August 7th 12:45 PM - 2:40 PM3 Easy But Powerful Visible Thinking RoutinesNo matter your education role, this session will model 3 easy-to-use routines to cultivate thinking skills and dispositions while deepening content learning at any level.Jessica FieldsB173CultureAll ParticipantsGrandview Heights Schools
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August 7th 12:45 PM - 2:40 PMA Simple 5 Step Approach to High PerformanceHave you ever heard the phrase "high performance" and wondered, "what does this actually mean"? What areas of your life could you improve with a step by step outline to identify and measure personal or professional progress? In this coaching session, we will engage with a simple and effective 5 step process through interactive exercises and entertaining stories from the Founder of Peak Human Performance and professional sports performance coach Alex White who's client roster boasts some of the most elite professional athletes, business professionals. Alex White - Owner of the Peak Human Performance Training FacilityA132WellnessAll ParticipantsPeak Human Performance Training Facility
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August 7th 12:45 PM - 2:40 PMLGBTQ&AAs educators, we need to welcome all students. The support of at least ONE staff member makes LGBTQ students feel more comfortable in school and reduces the suicide rate in marginalized students. Specific statistics available at www.glsen.org. This session will be adapted to meet the needs to those who attend. Please come for information about how to be more supportive, share stories, or simply come to listen in this safe space for all educators. Gail Griffith, English, Theatre, Capstone High School, Pam Antos, College Credit Plus: Lane Vanderhule, English: Carol Berg, 2nd gradeA133Cultural Competence (Equity & Diversity)All ParticipantsHilliard City Schools
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August 7th 12:45 PM - 2:40 PMThe Teaching Brain: Self In Relation To Teaching & The Impact On Student BehaviorTeaching is a highly stressful profession, yet there are no longitudinal studies on the lives of teachers. We know so much about the brain of learners, and have spent years analyzing brain scans to better understand inattention and multitasking. There is a huge gap in this research because it forgets about the teacher's brain. What does this look like? Participants will walk away from this session with a better understanding of the importance of teacher social-emotional skills and well-being, and the impact this has on school climate, relationships, and behavior. Participants will also walk away with an understanding of emotional intelligence as an academic skill, as well as the social thinking methodology and The Five Awarenesses of Teacher SEL. Jennifer Korn, Director of Student ServicesB156Mental Health and WellnessAll ParticipantsJonathan Alder Local School District
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August 7th 12:45 PM - 2:40 PMWeathering the Storm: How to Safely Respond to Student DysregulationIn this session we will learn how to identify a student’s presenting emotional dysregulation and respond effectively to the resulting challenging behaviors that disrupt the learning process in the school environment. We will focus on how the educator can de-escalate the situation as well as respond to the student 's presenting social emotional and behavioral needs to ensure safety and minimize disruption to both the learning environment and the student-teacher relationship.Amber Nickles & Stacy SauerA136Mental Health and WellnessAll ParticipantsGrandview Heights City Schools
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August 7th 1:45 PM - 2:40 PMBe the Change! Books As Mirrors, Books As WindowsExplore, dig deeper and support your students to "be the change" in their world through picture books and young adult books. "Book as mirrors" allow us to see ourselves and our lives reflected in the stories we read, these stories can help us feel less alone in this world; empowered during adversity. "Books as windows", allow us to see into the lives of people whose lives are different than our own through the stories we read. These stories can help us to better understand other people in our learning community and our world. Those stories can help us to develop empathy, and lead us to support students to be catalysts to make our world a better place. (Based on Professor Rudine Sims Bishop)Susan Cook; Innovation Media SpecialistB174Teaching & LearningTeachers, Grades PreK-5, Grades 6-8Hilliard City Schools
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August 7th 1:45 PM - 2:40 PMBecoming a Mindful School: Strategies for Building-wide Implementation of Yoga and MindfulnessYoga and mindfulness offer simple, practical and accessible tools that students and staff can use to manage their stress, calm their bodies and focus their minds resulting in more effective and joyful students and teachers. Join us to learn how these practices can be introduced in a school setting to create systemic and sustainable shifts in school culture. Participants will examine a case study of how Central Crossing High School is partnering with local non-profit Youth Yoga Project to implement mindfulness school-wide. Presenters will share current initiatives being implemented in their high school as well as mindfulness practices that can be immediately utilized in the school setting. Participants will leave with tools and strategies to replicate this model in their school community.Lori Mesi, Lauren Greenspan, Julia Handelman, Christa Russell, & Rachel RendleMedia CenterWellnessAll Participants, Teachers, Intervention Specialists, Instructional Leaders, PreK-12, Certified Administrators, All Administrators, Emerging LeadersSouth-Western City Schools & Youth Yoga Project
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August 7th 1:45 PM - 2:40 PMDeveloping a Narrative Mind Set for Change in your Self and Community Have you felt like you had a story to share but did not know how? Drawing from over 25 years as a National Story/Storytelling Consultant and Dweck's concept of Growth Mindset, participants will see how to formulate and actualize the self and/or community narrative. The process of narrative driven directions will be shared, modeled, and developed so that participants can engage differently in their choices. Participants will see the steps to be empowered by narrative decision thinking and actions. Kevin D. Cordi, Ph.D Assistant Professor of Education, Ohio University and National Story/Storytelling ConsultantA114Growth MindsetAll ParticipantsOhio University
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August 7th 1:45 PM - 2:40 PMMastering VideoParticipants will have an opportunity to learn, explore, and build with various video production tools available through Google Chrome and how to simply deliver them to your students for deep and engaging learning. Whether you are flipping instruction, incorporating a blended learning model, or giving voice and choice for your learners, incorporating video can empower you and your students. Tools included in this presentation are WeVideo, Screencastify, Flipgrid, Google Slides, Edpuzzle, and YouTube. Attendees will have the chance to create and have takeaways for their own classroom.

Video production does not need to be an arduous, time consuming task and through this presentation participants will be unshackled to create a multimedia classroom for all learners. Participants will need a computing device (Chromebook/Laptop preferred) and come with some ideas on how they would like to use video production in their classroom.
David Hampson, District Technology LiaisonB155Blended LearningAll ParticipantsSouth-Western City Schools
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August 7th 1:45 PM - 2:40 PMMental Health and High School: The Student PerspectiveMental health among high schoolers is a hot topic recently. As teachers, we struggle to provide accommodations and support for students experiencing such challenges, while still maintaining the integrity of our curriculum. This session features actual, real current highschoolers who will share their experiences with mental health issues and what has helped them (as well as what has NOT helped them) be successful at school through their difficulties. Session will be facilitated by Eric Pickering, Ph.D., Psychologist, and Katherine Kelsey, high school classroom teacher.High School Students with Katherine Kelsey & Dr. Eric Pickering, Ph.DC285Mental Health and WellnessIntervention Specialists, Instructional Leaders, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Preservice Teachers, Certified Administrators, Emerging LeadersGrandview Heights City Schools
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August 7th 1:45 PM - 2:40 PMNurturing a Belonging Mindset Within Your SchoolLove, belonging and connection are the universal sources of true well-being. As leaders, how can we nurture a sense of belonging for all students and staff, and why is it critical to a school's success? What are some simple and specific practices? Come join us in learning how to foster a belonging mindset in the learning community you serve.Sharon Esswein, Consultant and Elaine Lawless, ConsultantExp. TheaterCultureAll ParticipantsHilliard City Schools
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August 7th 1:45 PM - 2:40 PMThink Like a Geek (Classified Specific)Participants will gain the knowledge and skills to "think like a geek," to identify, collect, analyze, and use data to help employees work better and smarter. No math? No problem. This hands-on session specific to classified roles in schools will examine data techniques in real-world, everyday language and in a safe, interesting, and judgment-free learning environment. Tom Reed, Executive Director and Megan Johanson, Data Insights ManagerA134OperationsClassified AdministratorsEducational Service Center of Central Ohio
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August 7th 1:45 PM - 2:40 PMThink Like a GeographerShare and expose participants to a variety of geography and STEM strategies, programs and opportunities, such as GEOCHALLENGE and GEOBEE, to engage students in grades 5-8 in critical thinking, problem solving and problem based learning.Rob Ballinger Teacher Grandview Heights and Michele Ballinger, Gifted and Talented Specialist, Columbus City SchoolsA131Teaching & LearningGrades 6-8National Geographic Education
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WE HOPE YOU HAD AN AMAZING DAY AND WE WILL SEE YOU TOMORROW MORNING!
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August 8th 8:30 AM - 9:30 AMKeynote - Inky JohnsonExpert on Turning Adversity into Victory and Author of Inky: an Amazing Story of Faith and PerseveranceInky JohnsonPACMindsetAll ParticipantsBrought to you by the Big Think Partnership
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August 8th 9:45 AM - 10:40 AMEncountering EmpathyDid you know that research shows that empathy is a positive predictor of test scores, reduces aggression in students, and increases classroom engagement? And that the best way a student can learn empathy, is by seeing it modeled through their teachers? In "Encountering Empathy" we will walk through four steps: Acknowledgement, Commitment, Action and Results as we become tool giving teachers so they can become empathy encountering students. Autumn HarrisMedia CenterGrowth MindsetAll ParticipantsSouth-Western City Schools
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August 8th 9:45 AM - 10:40 AMGenial.ly: Discover NextGen Presentations and Interactive InfographicsMeet Genial.ly! Participants will be exposed and have time to use this user friendly option for presentations, interactive content, formative assessment, and videos. Great for teachers and students! iPad friendly!Karen Downard & Maria Stead, Technology CoachesPA134Blended LearningGrades 6-8, Grades 9-12Hilliard City Schools
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August 8th 9:45 AM - 10:40 AMMonitor IEP and/or Other Data Collection with GoogleDeveloping a Google form to collect useful data to monitor student IEPs, track behavior, and monitor student performance on a variety of IEP and/or OTHER student related goals. Join us and simplify this process!Betsy BargarC106PersonalizationTeachers, Intervention Specialists, PreK-12, Preservice Teachers, Certified AdministratorsHilliard City Schools
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August 8th 9:45 AM - 10:40 AMPasswords In District, At Home, In a Box, In a TreeGiven the ubiquity of passwords and required online personal data, best practices managing this information is a must. Come for ideas on how to strengthen your practices and management, and meet Password Pablo, the three legged donkey.David Banyots, Educational Technology CoachB173Growth MindsetAll ParticipantsHilliard City Schools
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August 8th 9:45 PM - 10:40 PMClassroom Communities Putting Out Their Own " Fires"Do you find yourself constantly putting out "fires" in your classroom? Students will not gain problems solving or self-regulation skills if we are constantly rescuing and providing them with the solutions. Come to our session to learn about how we are implementing restorative justice circles to expand student empathy for peaceful, classroom community problem solving. You will leave with the skills to use in your classroom the next day.Jeffrey Williams, School Counselor and Amanda Davell, Instructional CoachA132Mental Health and WellnessAll ParticipantsHilliard City Schools
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August 8th 9:45 AM - 10:40 AMProject Based Learning and Project Based Teaching - What's The Difference, Why Does It Matter?Are you a Project Based Teacher? Most teachers implementing PBL are usually familiar with the components of high quality projects. But where there's often opportunity for growth is in the PBL teaching practices.
This session will focus on the top seven most important areas. We'll provide tips, tricks, and time for self-reflection. Encouraged to attend are both new and more experienced PBL teachers as well as instructional coaches.
Lindsey Blackburn, PBL Ohio FacilitatorA133Teaching & LearningTeachers, Intervention Specialists, PreK-12, Certified Administrators, Emerging LeadersESC of Central Ohio
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August 8th 9:45 AM - 10:40 AMThe Conversation Continues with Inky JohnsonThis breakout will be an informal session featuring keynote speaker, Inky Johnson.Inky JohnsonExp. TheaterGrowth MindsetAll ParticipantsBrought to you by the Big Think Partnership
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August 8th 9:45 AM - 11:40 AMArgument Talk ProtocolIf you can "talk" it, you can write it! In this session, participants will actively participate in a briskly-paced talk protocol designed to scaffold essay writing into engaging, manageable partner work. With just a few tweaks to common debate structures, more complex work can be achieved. There will also be time to consider social argument, literary argument, and content area argument.Margaret Towery, K-12 Curriculum CoordinatorA135Teaching & LearningTeachers, Instructional Leaders, PreK-12, Certified AdministratorsSouth-Western City Schools
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August 8th 9:45 AM - 11:40 AMCreating a Safe Learning and Working EnvironmentLeft of Bang- Identifying pre-event indicators before an action takes place with enough time to be proactive. Discussion based session on school violence and how educators can be part of the prevention of violent acts.Gary SigristC285Prevention & SafetyAll ParticipantsSouth-Western City Schools
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August 8th 9:45 AM - 11:40 AMGetting Started With KidBlog "Write" From The StartWant to get your classroom blogging "write" from the start? Join us and let's learn how to connect your blog with other classrooms, the power of comments, and how to fit blogging into your day! Deb Frazier Educational Technology CoachB175Blended LearningPreK-12Hilliard City Schools
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August 8th 9:45 AM - 11:40 AMSchool Gardens on the K-12 Landscape from Location to CurriculumAre you tired of seeing Takis and Cheetos crushed on your floor? Do you wish your students were eating FOOD and and not “manufactured food products”?
Do you have 0 square feet and no budget or 1 acre and an unlimited budget for materials and creating a garden with students?
Are you a Master Gardener or maybe you have never had success growing ANYTHING?
Do you want to learn about how SCHOOL GARDENS can positively impact your students mastery of learning standards, emotional and physical health and well-being?
We are here to help and will solve all of your problems and provide you with resources and materials you can use to start the school year gardening with students! We are School Gardens of Ohio, a group of teachers in a variety of grade levels and disciplines who want to share how EASY it is to incorporate gardening into your curriculum to ensure success and growth for all students! The second hour of the presentation will be dedicated to hands-on gardening activities for you and your students!
Carmen Mendoza, Carah Casler, Jim Reding, Trevor Horn, Cynthia Waters, & Bill DawsonS141Mental Health and WellnessAll ParticipantsGrandview Heights City Schools
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August 8th 10:45 AM - 11:40 AMAdobe Spark Suite, Sweet!The Adobe Spark Suite (Spark Page, Spark Video, Spark Post) is an amazing and free resource that can be used by students and teachers alike to create websites, videos and graphics that can be easily shared through social media, building an audience and buy-in for your students. Come learn some ways that you can incorporate these tools.Charles D'Andrea & Betsy Bargar, Tech CoachesA131PersonalizationTeachers, PreK-12, Certified AdministratorsHilliard City Schools
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August 8th 10:45 AM - 11:40 AMClips Across the Curriculum Are you looking for an app that provides students with the opportunity to use tools that allow app smashing, while giving a creative edge to your curriculum? Come learn how Clips can transform your classroom! Tiffany Smiley, Educational Technology CoachB174Teaching & LearningTeachers, Instructional Leaders, Grades PreK-5, Preservice TeachersHilliard City Schools
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August 8th 10:45 AM - 11:40 AMClosed Captions - Say It Don't Spray ItLooking to add closed captions to your video content? It can be overwhelming, so come to this session and be underwhelmed! We will look at different methods to generate your captions and get them attached to YouTube, Vimeo, GSuite, or Canvas hosted videos. David Banyots, Educational Technology CoachB173PersonalizationAll ParticipantsHilliard City Schools
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August 8th 10:45 AM - 11:40 AMCollaboration, Communication, & Clarity: The 3 C's of LeadershipThe importance of leadership is undeniable, both in research and in practice. An extant body of research identifies the coherence and collaboration between district and building leadership as a marked area that is critical for effective schools. Please join Angela Ullum (Principal) and Jamie Lusher (CAO) for strategies to be applied to continuous improvement, prescriptive goal setting, quality profile metrics and leadership strategies to build coherence and efficacy!Jamie Lusher, CAO & Angela Ullum, PrincipalExp. TheaterLeadership Principles & DevelopmentAll Participants, All Administrators, Emerging LeadersGrandview Heights City Schools
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August 8th 10:45 AM - 11:40 AMFormative Assessment ToolsLooking for some options to quickly assess student learning but don’t want to reinvent the wheel? This session will demonstrate several tools including the question and answer feature of Google Slides, Peardeck, and Mentimeter. Karen Downard, Technology CoachPA134Blended LearningGrades PreK-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12Hilliard City Schools
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August 8th 10:45 AM - 11:40 AMGirl, Wash Your Chalkboard!If you have ever read Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis you are aware of how inspirational her message is to all women. Taking a spin off of her title and her message, join us as we share with you some common lies we tell ourselves as teachers so we can face the classroom with self-confidence, discipline and determination to be the best version of ourselves! Kate Miller - Principal - Brown Elementary and Kylie Ringhiser - Admin Intern - Brown ElementaryMedia CenterGrowth MindsetAll ParticipantsHilliard City Schools
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August 8th 10:45 AM - 11:40 AMPardon My Interruption!How popping into a classroom provided stretch and growth for students and teachers!Emily Meister & Laura LombardiA114Growth MindsetInstructional Leaders, PreK-12, Certified AdministratorsGrandview Heights City Schools
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August 8th 10:45 AM - 11:40 AMProject Based Learning and Project Based Teaching - What's The Difference, Why Does It Matter?Are you a Project Based Teacher? Most teachers implementing PBL are usually familiar with the components of high quality projects. But where there's often opportunity for growth is in the PBL teaching practices.
This session will focus on the top seven most important areas. We'll provide tips, tricks, and time for self-reflection. Encouraged to attend are both new and more experienced PBL teachers as well as instructional coaches.
Lindsey Blackburn, PBL Ohio FaciliatorA133Teaching & LearningTeachers, Intervention Specialists, Instructional Leaders, PreK-12, Certified Administrators, Emerging LeadersESC of Central Ohio
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August 8th 12:45 PM - 1:40 PMA Belonging Mindset: Nurturing a Sense of Belonging in the Classroom"Not all students come to class wanting to learn, but they all come wanting to belong. When they feel they belong, they are much more likely to learn." (D. Steele) How can we nurture a sense of belonging for all students and why is it critical to student success? What are some simple and specific practices? Come join us in learning how to foster a belonging mindset in your classroom.Sharon Esswein, Consultant and Elaine Lawless, ConsultantAux CommonsCultureGrades PreK-5, Grades 6-8Hilliard City Schools
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August 8th 12:45 PM - 1:40 PMCoaching Up LeadersWhat's the single, most important focus every leader should possess? To coach their leaders up! Invest time in reflecting on how you were coached up as a leader, as you gather strategies from other leader principles to build your plan to coach others up! Neil Gupta, Director of Secondary EducationExp. TheaterLeadershipAll ParticipantsWorthington City Schools
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August 8th 12:45 PM - 1:40 PMDifferentiating with Google FormsLearn how to use Google Forms to differentiate your lessons. If you've never used Google Forms, come see how easy it is to take each student on an individual journey.Beth LybbertA136Blended LearningTeachers, Intervention Specialists, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Certified Administrators, Emerging LeadersHilliard City Schools
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August 8th 12:45 PM - 1:40 PMListen up! Using Podcasts in the ClassroomPodcastS are very popular, and yet a lot of us know very little about them! We are here to discuss with you ways you can use them in your classroom. We will be sharing some popular podcasts that can be used K-12 as well as some others that are content and/or grade level specific.Kathleen Carlson - Fifth grade teacher HCSD, Kaytlin Bortolani- Fifth grade teacher HCSDB154Teaching & LearningTeachers, PreK-12Hilliard City Schools
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August 8th 12:45 PM - 1:40 PMMental ToughnessThere is a connection between mental toughness and overall well-being. Mental toughness helps us overcome challenges, find success and live our best lives. Amy Morin, author of the book, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do, says "There will always be obstacles and challenges that stand in your way. Building mental strength will help you develop resilience to those potential hazards so you can continue on your journey to success." In this session, we will explore the habits that help us manage our emotions, thoughts and behavior and build our mental toughness. You will also learn about habits that may be holding you back.Laurie Hawley, School CounselorMedia CenterWellnessAll ParticipantsHilliard City Schools
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August 8th 12:45 PM - 1:40 PMRe-Discovering Your WHY!In the hustle and bustle of teaching, the reason WHY we first started teaching can often times get lost. The constant pressures of demonstrating student growth, deadlines, test scores, and student wellbeing as a whole person can many times get lost. Re-Discovering your why is the passion and drive behind WHAT we do and HOW we do it. Join us in re-discovering your WHY. Chelsea Kehl, Intervention Specialist/Co-Department Lead and Luke Armstrong, Transition CoordinatorA131Growth MindsetAll ParticipantsSouth-Western City Schools
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August 8th 12:45 PM - 1:40 PMStudent Thinking RoutinesWe will discuss the techniques, why we have implemented them, and the results. We will also discuss the new student thinking routines and techniques we will implement this year.Caleb Evans & Marc AlterA133Teaching & LearningTeachers, PreK-12, Preservice TeachersGrandview Heights City Schools
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August 8th 12:45 PM - 1:40 PMTwitter 101Come and learn about how Twitter can help you be a better teacher and leader. Participants will learn the basics of Twitter and will have an opportunity to ask questions. Participants will learn the aspects of a tweet, how to log-in, create a tweet and more!Melissa Eddington, EL educatorB175PersonalizationAll ParticipantsDublin City Schools
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August 8th 1:45 PM - 2:40 PMA Bicycle Built for Two: Co-Teaching in the ClassroomParticipants will learn about the different types of co-teaching, the qualities of a good co-teaching "marriage" and will have a list of good resources available to learn more.Melissa Eddington, EL Educator and Jennifer Wolf, Reading Support EducatorB175Teaching & LearningTeachers, Intervention Specialists, Instructional Leaders, Grades PreK-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, PreK-12, Preservice Teachers, Certified AdministratorsDublin City Schools
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August 8th 1:45 PM - 2:40 PMBook ShareHS Librarians & English Teachers share their favorite and most engaging titles. Bring your favorite book or list to share during this casual book discussion. We will share our Goodreads accounts and how we utilize it in the classroom.Erin Engle, Joe Hecker, & Kevin McCarthyA115Teaching & LearningGrades 6-8, Grades 9-12Grandview Heights City Schools
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August 8th 1:45 PM - 2:40 PMBuilding a Culture of WellnessAre you interested in improving the well being of your students? Find out what Grandview is doing to build a culture of wellness in their schools. Join a panel of our district staff from various departments to share their work.

Topics covered will be… nutrition, food choices, gardening, cooking, partnering with local and national organizations, finding connections and cross-curricular integrations, and how to take learning outside the classroom.
Alix Scott, Spanish Teacher; Carmen Mendoza, Spanish Teacher; Becky Lee, Health Teacher; Kathleen Cress, Health Teacher; Kristi Jump, Media Specialist; Kyle Mahan - Food Service Director, & Rachel SmithS141WellnessAll ParticipantsGrandview Heights City Schools
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August 8th 1:45 PM - 2:40 PMEquipping Your Classroom with FREE Blended Learning ActivitiesEVERFI's no-cost online resources for K-12 teachers help educators to prepare students for the real world challenges they need for life with supplemental activities in social-emotional learning, health and wellness, personal finance, bullying prevention, and career exploration. The digital, offline content, and professional development are available to your schools and districts at no cost thanks to the support of our sponsor partners. Attendees will participate in a workshop on blended learning strategies for critical skills in the classroom. Attendees will have the opportunity to bring their own device to receive immediate access to their no-cost EVERFI teacher account and be able to start planning on how to use them in the classroom. Michelle Fugate - Ohio Schools Manager and Cindy Weaver - Director B156Blended LearningAll ParticipantsEVERFI
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August 8th 1:45 PM - 2:40 PMIncreasing the Volume of Writing to Increase Writing Growth in Our StudentsCome hear about intentional teaching decisions made in intermediate literacy classrooms to promote an increase of volume and engagement in writing. These intentional decisions have resulted in an impact on the growth, transfer of skills and motivation of our writers.Terri Crawford & Andrea Woerlein, LIteracy CoachesA132Teaching & LearningIntervention Specialists, Grades PreK-5, Grades 6-8, Certified Administrators, Emerging LeadersSouth-Western City Schools
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August 8th 1:45 PM - 2:40 PMMaking Math IrresistibleMathematician Paul Lockhart describes math as a “rich and fascinating adventure of the imagination.” Unfortunately, school math has been sterilized into a sequence of vocabulary, procedures, and facts to be memorized and then reproduced on standardized tests. I will share keys to bring magic and energy to math class. I will use engaging, collaborative math problems to help demonstrate core principles of making math irresistible:
1 - Math is intrinsically irresistible (even though school math often is not)
2 - Video game psychology shows us the way to engagement and perseverance
3 - Curiosity enhances learning
4 - Math is learned by doing, not watching
Raj Shah - Founder Math Plus AcademyC285Teaching & LearningGrades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Preservice TeachersMath Plus Academy
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August 8th 1:45 PM - 2:40 PMMIND-ED is KIND-ED***CANCELED***Sabrina Walters, Sharon Collaros, & Susan KeisterGymnasiumWellnessAll ParticipantsMIND-ED
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August 8th 1:45 PM - 2:40 PMWe Are Endowed To Succeed. Be Grateful!In our goal oriented, outcome-based society, success is highly coveted. Many people equate success with happiness and joy. Then why is it that success can leave us feeling empty? During this session, participants will be asked to explore the balance in their lives and the attributes with which they are endowed. May all your future successes fill you up!Dr. Bill WiseAux CommonsLeadershipAll ParticipantsSouth-Western City Schools
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August 8th 1:45 PM - 2:40 PMWomen of Wonder (Student-Led Session)Students from Grandview Heights HS will be presenting about women empowerment in society; how teachers can support; student experiences and perspectives; ideas for teachers and schools.Lauren Leach with additional Grandview Heights StudentsExp. TheaterCultural Competence (Equity & Diversity)All Participants, Teachers, Certified Administrators, Classified Administrators, All Administrators, Emerging LeadersGrandview Height City Schools
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