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http://shorturl.at/bELM1<-- Link to folder of handouts
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Welcome to the 2022 Innovative Teaching and Learning Conference
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Wednesday, August 24, 2022
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KEYNOTE: 8:30-10:00
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Rick WormeliWhat could we do if we were brave together?FDR declared, "Courage is not the absence of fear, but the judgment that something else is more important than that fear." In education, what do we judge as more important than our fear of rejection, being embarrassed, making mistakes, or the confusion that may come? When we are brave together, we find the freedom, language, and spirit to confront complacency and ineffective practice, and, even better, to do something about them. Join us for a candid address that affirms and provokes educators with compelling questions about contemporary practices and specific action steps to consider if having enough courage were not a factor. We’ll explore the current education world, travel a bit into the future, affirm current effective practices, provide specific actions to start today, and help push our profession closer to the kind of educators we always wanted to be. Leave timidity at the door and join us for an extraordinary presentation.Gym
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Session 1 10:15-11:30
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Facilitator Name(s)Title of SessionSession Description:RoomTarget audience
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Rick WormeliHomework in the Modern WorldPractice of what has been learned outside of the school day, i.e. homework, stirs strong emotions among faculty, students, and parents around the world, but we wonder in today’s age: What’s effective? What’s ethical and doable, and what gets in the way of student success? Join us for a candid and myth-busting look at effective homework principles and practices in the modern school. We’ll explore when and when not to assign homework, the latest thinking on homework’s impact, types of homework assignments that are particularly effective, how to make practice assignments more creative and compelling to students, how to respond to assessment and grading issues regarding homework, cognitive science principles applied to how we think about homework, and much more. Tonight's assignment? Put this session on your conference agenda!GymSecondary -Grading Strand
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Liz WallsGetting Started with SAM Labs In this session, we will explore how to get started with your SAM Labs kit. We will walk through setting up your account, adding students and classes, navigating the content hub, and creating your own lessons in lesson builder. We also explore best practices when implementing SAM Labs in your classroom. At the end of the session there will be time to ask questions and plan with other educators. Please bring your own devices! (Bringing your laptop AND iPad would be ideal)D105All
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Jenny White and Jennifer Hauth in collaboration with HarmonyIntroduction to Harmony 3.0 and Everyday Practices - Harmony Goals, Meet Up and Buddy UpBased on the latest research in SEL, Harmony helps teachers build harmonious relationships and create inclusive environments where all students feel valued, heard and can develop a sense of agency within their educational experience. In an effort to support the evolving needs of today’s learners, educators, and families - Harmony SEL Third Edition’s curriculum will focus on enhancing cultural competence, equity, and student voices. This focus aligns with the latest updates by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) regarding systemic SEL and SEL in the service of equity and excellence.D106Elementary
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Kathleen Glogau; Ron Crawford NGSS integration across levels Ever wonder how to integrate phenomenons at each level of science? This is for anyone wanting to see multiple levels of NGSS phenomena can be taught across the ages. We will even add different technologies we use, rubrics and resources to go home with! We will share how to differentiate in the classroom for the same assignment. D107Secondary
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Jen Goodman; Sara Young A Trauma Informed Approach To Helping Challenging Children In The Classroom We will dig into Heather Forbes book, "Help for Billy", to better understand the complex needs of our students that have been impacted by trauma. Based on the concept of the neuroscience of emotions and behavior, we'll provide detailed, comprehensive, and logical strategies for teachers. D108Elementary
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Cate Hill; LIza HuetWhat's Different About Teaching Reading to English LearnersLearning to read is challenging for all learners but English learners face additional hurdles as they learn to read in a language they don't already know. This workshop will help teachers understand the additional challenges faced by our multilingual learners as well as ways they can support their needs.D109All
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Kathy Sheil (Woodman)Create Critical Thinkers Using Primary DocumentsFinding and using resources to add to your social science lessons doesn't have to be hard or boring. I will show you some great already made lessons and resources to teach your students how to look at things with a more critical lens. Students will get a kick out of seeing letters and photos from people who lived during all eras of history. D113Upper Elementary
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Instructional Coaches and Foundational Skills Strategic Team Foundational Skills Required TrainingThis training will fulfill the required curriculum training for Foundational Skills for all Elementary teachers K-5. (10:15-3:30)E WingK-5
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Session 2 12:45-2:00
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Facilitator Name(s)Title of SessionSession Description:RoomTarget audience
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Rick WormeliFeedbackMore than grading, descriptive feedback gains a powerful new role in a world in which students are getting back to the classroom, learning from home, or doing a hybrid version of both. We also know that assessment without actionable course from it, i.e. feedback and revising one’s learning in light of it, is a waste of everyone’s time; learning is lost. Join us for a provocative session in which we explore practical, descriptive feedback principles and techniques that teachers can use in every subject. Integral to the feedback experience, too, is helping students self-monitor their learning progress and build agency, owning their learning. The practices we discuss can be passed along to parents, too, so they understand better how to assist their children in their school work without over-assisting. Truly, constructive, self-monitoring feedback practices fundamentally change the way we think about learning, design lessons, interact with students, and coach one another. Don’t miss it! GymAll - Grading Strand
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Kinsey M, Liz Vargas, Lin HongStrategies for Culturally-Responsive Family EngagementConnect with leaders from our district's family engagement team, to get ideas and resources for proactive and culturally-responsive family partnership for your classroom and school. Gain innovative tips on topics like volunteers, family-teacher conferences, learning-embedded activities, family leadership and voice, and more. Bring your ideas, too--let's co-design a true community learning experience!D105All
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Jenny White and Jennifer Hauth in collaboration with HarmonyIntroduction to Harmony 3.0 and Everyday Practices - Harmony Goals, Meet Up and Buddy UpBased on the latest research in SEL, Harmony helps teachers build harmonious relationships and create inclusive environments where all students feel valued, heard and can develop a sense of agency within their educational experience. In an effort to support the evolving needs of today’s learners, educators, and families - Harmony SEL Third Edition’s curriculum will focus on enhancing cultural competence, equity, and student voices. This focus aligns with the latest updates by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) regarding systemic SEL and SEL in the service of equity and excellence.D106Elementary
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Jon YunkerDiscovery Education as a Daily Learning PlatformThis product-based professional learning will allow teachers to uncover connections and extensions in Discovery Education Daily Learning Platform while solidifying the use of its tools and resources to engage students. Resources, Quiz, and SOS Strategies will be used to engage participants to support exploration. Anytime, anywhere teaching and learning connections are made throughout the session in order to transfer content and strategies to practice. D107All
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Erin TaylorCreating Classrooms of Care: De-Escalation Tips and ToolsIn this session, participants will learn about escalation cycles and the brain's role in escalations as well as empower themselves to intervene early for more successful outcomes. Participants will learn and practice a variety of tools that are useful in de-escalating students in the moment. A common vocabulary will be built to empower more clear and streamlined communication.D108All
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Cameron GlogauUsing Technology to Enhance LearningTeachers will become active participants to learn how to incorporate technology into lessons to boost engagement to the moon! They will engage with these powerful apps from the student perspective, then work with grade level teams to come up with creative ways to integrate this tool into their curriculum. Some of the tools to be shared include: Class Dojo (more than just classroom management) Blooket, Chatter Pix, Book Creator, Nearpod, Padlet, Prodigy and more!D109Elementary
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Session 3 2:15-3:15
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Facilitator Name(s)Title of SessionSession Description:RoomTarget audience
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Rick WormeliCultivating Executive FunctioningAny list of executive function issues can easily be mistaken for a list of the common characteristics of adolescent/young adolescent learners and those just out of sync with effective time management, perseverance, and constructive response to stress. Our brains develop from the back of the brain forward, leaving the prefrontal cortex and its executive function capacities behind the forehead to the vagaries of development. Key among those capacities are: time management, self discipline/regulation, moral and abstract reasoning, impulsivity control, organizational skills and responding appropriately to social situations. Join us for a closer look at executive function in students, including multiple, specific strategies to cultivate its maturation. "Oh, that's why they do that," and, "You mean, we can actually help them develop these capacities?" are just two of the comments teachers make once they study executive function in the brain. Make a difference in your students and teaching today by getting up to speed on executive function!GymAll - Grading Strand
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Katie Lyons, Erin Hoffman, Niska MortonEquitable Grading Strategies for Student AccountabilityThis session will explore teaching mindset and strategies for helping students take accountability for their own learning with an equitable grading lens. If you have wondered how you might implement teaching/grading methods that are equitable but will still hold students accountable for practice and learning, we will present ideas that may be useful in your own practice. Grading topics will include: in-class practice as a priority over homework, the use of retakes, and how to approach behavior in the gradebook.D105Secondary - Grading Strand
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Jackson BlackburnSkyTime LessonModern everyday association with time involves watches, clocks, and calendars instead of the astronomical motions that were the original bases for time keeping. Through a series of simple body movements, students gain insight into the relationship between time and astronomical motions of Earth (rotation about its axis, and orbit around the Sun), and also about how these motions influence what we see in the sky at various times of the day and year. D106All
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Kinsey and DEI/Multilingual Dept team membersDiversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Language and Grammar InstructionDo you teach grammar, language conventions, world language, and/or teach in another language? How are you acknowledging gender identity and nonbinary language? Where might racism or cultural appropriation be showing up in our language instruction? What are the district's expectations for navigating these topics while upholding learning standards and language mastery? Come join colleagues for a collaborative conversation--let's look at guidance together and partner to design authentic and innovative language instruction. D107All
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Erin TaylorCreating Classrooms of Care: Using an Influence-First ApproachIn this session, participants will learn about Michael Grinder's Power to Influence continuum and apply this lens to planning student management. Participants will experience the impact of the power approach and understand how to reserve this approach for harder to manage moments and days to preserve teacher energy. D108All
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Meghan Kincaid; Kenan Macomber; Marci AdamsThe Silver Bullet? 2 Strategies for Meeting the Needs of All Your MathematiciansHalf your class can’t get started on a multi-step math problem and the other half finished in minutes. How do you find problems with high rigor and access for ALL students?

We are a cohort of teachers working together to address equity and engagement in our mathematics classrooms, and we're excited to share how we are implementing two strategies that are engaging ALL our students in productive struggle with complex math problems! Take away ready-to-use slides & lesson examples from our K, 4th & 5th classrooms, tips for providing worked examples as scaffolds; resources for mathematically- rich problems; time & support to plan your own lessons.
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NEW 504 CoordinatorsNEW 504 Coordinators ONLYThese staff members have been communicated to attend by Funderburg/MarksD113NEW 504 Coordinators
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Jaime Speed K-5 Computer Science--YES, YOU CAN! (And Why You Should!)
Welcome! This session is centered around hands-on learning and fun FOR YOU! You will leave with your classroom set up and ready to go, and a better understanding of how to use Computer Science in your K-5 Classroom . I know all of the reasons you think this session isn't a good fit for you. Not enough time? I can show you why Computer Science is a perfect way to build community--and support Core Content. Not a coder? I can explain why that is unnecessary. Just give this session a try! You will have a ton of fun, I promise!
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Amy YillikDealing with Difficult PeopleDifficulties with others consistently rates as one of the highest stressors in our lives. Come learn researched-based strategies for navigating and dealing with difficult people in your professional or personal lives.E100All
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Thursday, August 25, 2022
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KEYNOTE: 8:30-10:00
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Bettina LoveWe Gonʼ Be Alright, But That Ainʼt Alright: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational FreedomDr. Loveʼs talk will discuss the struggles and the possibilities of committing ourselves to an abolitionist goal of educational freedom, as opposed to reform, and moving beyond what she calls the educational survival complex. Abolitionist Teaching is built on the creativity, imagination, boldness, ingenuity, and rebellious spirit and methods of abolitionists to demand and fight for an educational system where all students are thriving, not simply surviving.Gym
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Session 4 10:15-11:30
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Dr. Bettina LoveLeadership workshop (for administrators and leadership teams)Moderated Q-and-A workshop to challenge and deepen administrators’ personal stances as leaders for equity.GymAll
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Jenny White and Jennifer Hauth in collaboration with HarmonyDiving Deepter into Harmony Lessons for students and integrated practices.This session is for teachers that have already used Harmony and want to gain more practical skills for year 2. Or, if you attended session 1 and want to learn more about the SEL lessons.D105Elementary
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Kathleen Glogau; Laura GemignaniEngagement and Differentiation: everyone all the timeWe will use this time to talk about engagement. How to get everyone showing their thinking all the time. I do, we do, ya'll do. We will demonstrate techniques to help in the classroom daily to get students engaged and showing learning. We will model differentiation, organization and literacy in the classroom. D107Secondary
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Amber McGillTrauma-Informed, Restorative & Equity-Centered EducationUnderstand how to create safe and engaging learning in schools through a Culture of Care lens. Participants will learn and begin to apply the framework to assess the predictability, flexibility, empowerment and connection building of their practice.

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Cate Hill; LIza HuetWhat's Different About Teaching Reading to English Learners - Part II: Teaching the Text Backwards Building off of the Wednesday session, "What's Different About Teaching Reading to English Learners," participants will learn an effective strategy for approaching the teaching of text when working with emergent bilinguals.D109Elementary
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Linda AdamsUpping Your Math Teaching with Manipulatives Secondary math teachers often aren't comfortable using manipulatives in class to support the conceptual learning of their older students because it feels too elementary. Many teachers have never had the opportunity to "play" themselves and see how touching, moving and building can help our visual and kinesthetic learners with their conceptual understanding. Come "play" with some tools that you can use this year in your math classrooms. D116All
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VirtualIntroduction to Dreambox Math This session is an introduction to Dreambox Math Platform (scan QR code in room for access)
Elementary
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Michele Clements/Jenny BrownBook ClubsCornice/200Secondary LA teachers by preregistration only
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Session 5 12:45-2:00
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Matt FoxDesign Justice - Student Voice, SEL, and YPAR In this session participants will learn about the power of student led equity work and how it not only improves the school, but how it impacts student SEL and Positive Youth Benchmarks. Learn about this unique class that blends CTE, SEL, and wellness components in a way that you can implement at your school. What is YPAR and how does this curriculum along with design thinking guide the work students do? Learn about all these things as well as get a chance to ask the student panel questions.D105Secondary
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Bekki Tucker/Heather WolfordMaking Canvas work for youCanvas can feel overwhelming and like more work, however Canvas can be an amazing tool that works for you and can save you planning time in the long run. This session will help you create course templates to house curriculum, videos, quizzes, assessments, rubrics tied to standards and more to make Canvas work for you and save time when importing materials or sharing across departments. Navigating ways to make materials accessible for all students. D106Secondary
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Amy YillikNot Another Self-Care Training! Creating a Wellness Culture in a Profession Primed for BurnoutEducators work in environments where demand almost always exceeds capacity, yet the answer is usually “DO MORE SELF CARE!!!” CARE Coaches say “Enough Already!” Come learn about creating a systemic wellness culture that combats burnout and bolsters individual and group protective factors. All participants will have access to Culture of Care's implementation guides, toolkits and wellness resources.D107All
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Amber McGillIntroduction to Restorative PracticesAn introduction to the continuum of Restorative Practices and how it aligns with MTSS, including using Affective Language, Circles and Restorative Conferencing. Session will be in a circle format and offer practical tools to begin implementation in daily routines.D108All
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Cate Hill & Liza HuetWhat's Different About Teaching Reading to English Learners - Part II: Teaching The Text BackwardsBuilding off of the Wednesday session, "What's Different About Teaching Reading to English Learners," participants will learn an effective strategy for approaching the teaching of text when working with emergent bilinguals.D109Secondary
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Colleen Behrens; Linda AdamsEngaging with Data for Math and Science TeachersMath and Science teachers will collaborate and explore how to get students to dig deeper into data, allowing them to make meaning of the data they consume every day. Math and Science teachers will examine common vocabulary while connecting the NGSS and Math data literacy standards.D116Secondary
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Michele Clements/Jenny BrownBook ClubsCornice/200Secondary LA teachers by preregistration only
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Session 6 2:15-3:15
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Leigh Anne Medina, Erin Hoffman, Peter BoroskiExperiencing Data ScienceAnalyzing, interpreting and displaying or telling the story of the data is more important in our students daily lives than ever. Explore the data science process, look at sample student projects and some easy ways to incorporate data science on a daily basis. This course is appropriate for all levels of math AND any teacher interested in helping their students take the volumes of information they are given today and think critically about it and apply it to their lives.D105Secondary
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Mark KoopmanLeading with DignityEveryone has dignity! How do we shift the conversation form earning respect to recognizing everyone’s innate value as a human? How do we take those teachable moments to reenforce that everyone has dignity and give the opportunity to build respect? This session will focus on data related to our LGBTQIA2S students. However these simple high leverage moves can be used everywhere we are! You should leave this session with some simple steps to interrupt negative interactions in our schools and validate everyone’s dignity.D106All
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Jane Aleksey; Dirk MatthiasOER: Free Teaching Tools for TeachersIf you’ve ever struggled to provide ELLs with instruction that engages them, and others, in the critical material of your content area this class is for you. Three of the District’s team of Language Specialists share best practices that you can use in your class this fall for engaging and building relationships with your emerging bilingual students. Additionally you’ll have a chance to explore invaluable, and free, teacher resources available via the Open Educational Resource Project. The team will also share their experiences during the past school year as members of a statewide team of educators invited to write model lessons for ELL students for the Project.D107All
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Mike LaTorreMusic Teacher RoundtableThere have been a litany of significant changes to music teaching in BLSD this year. Come share your best practices around curriculum, recruitment and retention, program management, literature management, and adjusting cultural norms around youth commitment and support in music.D108All
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Cate Hill; LIza HuetWhat's Different About Teaching Reading to English Learners - Part III: Teaching the Text Backwards WorkshopParticipants will either bring text that they will be teaching in their own classrooms or choose from an assortment of samples to practice developing a series of lessons to teach the text backwards.D109All
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Michele Clements/Jenny BrownBook ClubsCornice/200Secondary LA teachers by preregistration only
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