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Sunday, June 3
 

12:30pm

Pre-Conference Registration
Pre-Conference attendees can check in beginning at 12:30 PM.

Sunday June 3, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Brauer Hall

1:00pm

Computational Thinking and Coding in the Classroom
Teaching 21st century skills is a cornerstone of today's education.  These skills often include items such as: critical and creative thinking; media and technology literacy; and working in a collaborative and flexible environment. How does coding and computer science fit in?  Is it really necessary that everyone learn to code?

In this hands on workshop we will tackle this thorny question and explore a number of approaches taken at MICDS to include coding and computer science in the middle/high school curriculum.  We'll discuss what has worked and what has not.

A number of computing environments will be available for testing and exploration by attendees during the workshop.  No coding experience is needed.

Pre-Conference
avatar for Janet Purdy

Janet Purdy

Math and Computer Science Teacher, MICDS
Janet Purdy has taught Computer Science and Mathematics at MICDS for the past 10 years. She mentors small teams of students in independent study courses pursuing advanced coding principles, as well as mentoring teams in extra curricular hack-a-thon events. She has presented on how... Read More →



Sunday June 3, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
252

1:00pm

Teaching Empathy and Engineering Using Children's Literature
Participants will become familiar with Tufts University’s Novel Engineering, an integrated approach to teaching engineering and literacy. We will practice using children’s literature as the basis for designing, building and improving a solution to a character’s problem. Using simple and open-ended materials, Novel Engineering is a creative and fun way to easily meet STEAM curriculum goals.

Pre-Conference
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Christy Moore

Science Teacher, MICDS
Christy Moore has been in education for over 25 years. She has taught science from JK through 8th grade. Christy has spent the last seven years at MICDS and is presently the JK-4th grade science teacher. On the side she is a manuscript reviewer for Science and Children, is part of... Read More →



Sunday June 3, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
214

1:00pm

WHY we MAKE? Exploring the Rationale Behind the “Makermorphesis”

Maker spaces have been growing like kudzoo in our schools over the past half decade. What kind of cultural impact are these spaces having on our learning communities? More importantly, are these spaces having a positive impact on the type of global innovator, leader, and beacon for change we are trying to cultivate in our schools? In this session an experienced Maker/Teacher/Innovator with almost two decades of independent school technology experience will share findings on the cultural change shaping these spaces across the country, as well as dig into hot topics discussed over the past three years in conferences around the country. In this two-part session, participants will not only hear about the cultural impact of Makerspaces but also will get hands-on with different types of Maker Tools to gain a deeper understanding of how these tools/spaces can enhance learning.

During this session participants will be hands-on with several different types of emerging MakerSpace technology including Microbits, air-compressed rockets, design in virtual reality, and programming drones using Tynker and Scratch. Be ready to MAKE in this session.

Pre-Conference
avatar for Leigh Northrup

Leigh Northrup

Dean of Innovation and Technology, Cannon School
Leigh Northrup is the Dean of Innovation and Technology at Cannon School, where he has been teaching and leading the maker movement for the last 17 years. A graduate of Pfeiffer University, he received his Masters of Education from The University of Maryland (Go Terps). Leigh has... Read More →


Sunday June 3, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Maker Space

1:00pm

Implementing Assessment Practices that Support Student Learning
Assessment is a complicated task that is situated at the center of the learning process in schools. Research tells us much about what best practices should be but the practical application/implementation in the classroom leads to many questions. This session will explore ways to make assessment more accurate and more supportive of student learning by applying the research to the everyday classroom. We will consider the role of well defined standards and proficiency levels as a means to approach standards-based feedback or grading, the role of formative assessment in the assessment process, and ways to create more authentic projects that demonstrate learning in the context of 21st century skills. The role of technology in various aspects of assessment will also be considered.




Pre-Conference
avatar for Elizabeth Helfant

Elizabeth Helfant

Director of Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation, MICDS
Elizabeth Helfant is the Director of Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation at the Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS), a JK-12 school of 1250 students in Missouri. Following graduation from Davidson College in 1984, Ms Helfant began her career in education teaching... Read More →



Sunday June 3, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
216

1:00pm

Linguist Treats to Techno Beats
“Experiencia es la madre de las ciencias.” As language teachers, we know that there are numerous technological tools at our fingertips. However, we often find ourselves using the same tools to repeat activities, without taking the time to consider new ways to incorporate them into instruction and assessment and letting our students experience them in different ways. In this session, participants will actively investigate, discuss and present their findings on various technological tools that can be implemented in the classroom. They will consider ways that technology can be applied to discovery and assessment, while at the same time promoting language standards established by ACTFL.

Shared Google folder: https://tinyurl.com/y7kqhnlh

Pre-Conference
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Christopher Barker

World Languages Teacher, MICDS
Christopher Barker is currently a Spanish teacher in the Upper School at MICDS. He began his teaching career at a Spanish immersion school in St. Louis city, where he taught music, PE and general content for three years to a wide range of students. At the immersion school he had the... Read More →


Sunday June 3, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
212

1:00pm

The Educator's Brain
How can we apply the exciting discoveries and perspectives of the Mind, Brain and Education Sciences to being a teacher? Often this research is applied to what we need to know about students and how their brains work in order to teach them more effectively.   In this session, we will flip the tables and look at the teacher's brain:  How can the research of the Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience and the field of Education help us look at ourselves as practitioners with our own cognitive and emotional strengths and challenges?  How can we use those insights to become more effective in the classroom and in the school community?   The recent focus in research on the brain and its connections to the social and natural environments will be our jumping off point to consider the need and means for self-regulation, self-awareness and self-determination, and for increasing our positive impact on those around us.  

Pre-Conference
avatar for Chris Rappleye

Chris Rappleye

English Teacher, MICDS
Chris Rappleye has taught English at MICDS since January of 1989, primarily in the Upper School, and has coached cross country and track and field for almost as long. He has consulted and presented for the ACT as well as for the College Board's Advanced Placement program in English... Read More →


Sunday June 3, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
254

1:00pm

Google Apps for Education
Through a variety of hands-on activities, this workshop will introduce participants to multiple features of Google Classroom and the suite of Google Apps for Education.  Participants will learn how to use Classroom to distribute individual copies of templates and rubrics as well as streamline the delivery of resources for students.  We will use Docs and Drawings to edit, cite, and manipulate images and information using Add-ons.  The workshop will also provide guidance on how to create media-rich self-grading quizzes and how to use Forms to collect a variety of information.  Participants should bring a laptop computer.

Pre-Conference
avatar for David Doherty

David Doherty

English Teacher, MICDS
David Doherty has been an educator for 25 years, teaching and administrating in public and private schools in England, Japan, and the United States. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in musicology from the University of Oxford, a Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education from the... Read More →


Sunday June 3, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
210

1:00pm

A Cultural Responsive Approach to Engagement: Building a Community of Learning
Often we considered the work of culturally responsiveness in the classroom as another layer of work that educators need to figure out on top of instruction, content, assessment, feedback, and student engagement. The goal of the workshop is to re-frame the work targeted to students of diverse backgrounds and experiences as methodology for overall student engagement that should be embedded in our lessons and class routines. Together, we will explore the ways in which culturally responsive teaching actually implements some of the best practices for providing a safe and engaging classroom environment that benefits every single student. To do this work, we will reinforce an understanding for the parts of the brain involved in learning and how emotional responses affect how students engage with new information.By exploring strategies for community building and personal rapport between educator and student, we will design robust cognitive routines and lessons that will foster a culture of learning. The activities we will do in our workshop will serve as models to adapt to your own design and purposes that work your students.

Pre-Conference
avatar for Brigitte Leschhorn

Brigitte Leschhorn

English Teacher, MICDS
Brigitte Leschhorn is an upper school English teacher at MICDS. She has worked in education for ten years as an English and Spanish teacher, a college composition instructor, and an educational technology consultant. Her work in the classroom focuses on student engagement across social... Read More →



Sunday June 3, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
104

4:00pm

Social Hour: Wine and Cheese Tasting and Tour
Please join us for wine and cheese and a campus tour at the conclusion of the Pre-Conference workshops.

Sunday June 3, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Brauer Hall
 
Monday, June 4
 

7:15am

Registration and Continental Breakfast
Please join us for registration and a complimentary breakfast in Brauer Hall.

Monday June 4, 2018 7:15am - 8:00am
Brauer Hall

8:00am

Keynote: The Rigorous Whimsy Mindset

All of us are unique, with varying talents and challenges - but one thing that is universal is that we are essentially creative beings. Some would argue that it is what makes us “human”, and others stress that agile, creative thinking is “the” skill of the future - particularly in light of an unpredictable world and increased automation. How can we foster creative confidence  and habits of mind in our schools - not just for students, but for the community as a whole? Creativity is often confused with “art”, but it is much broader...it is often defined as something “novel”, but it’s more about making connections. This keynote explores the why and the how of creativity in learning, addressing how creativity works as well as offering some practical strategies for implementing creative and critical thinking in any discipline or division, and as a framework for an organization’s culture. Creativity is truly content agnostic.

Amy shares insights from her book with Dan Ryder: Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom, which stems from the belief that “if they build it they will get it”.  Critical Creativity is students using creative expression to demonstrate deeper thinking and the nuances of understanding content. When students make connections, transform knowledge, and articulate the reason behind their creative choices, learning becomes more sticky, meaningful, and authentic.

Every student has a special story to share and can be empowered to do so in a myriad of mediums.

Session resources are here.


Featured Speaker
avatar for Amy Burvall

Amy Burvall

Author and Consultant, Education Consultant and Author
Amy Burvall is a professional recombinant, frequent flâneuse, and itinerant artist. After 25 years in the classroom she is currently consulting, creating, and curating in the fields of creativity, visual thinking, and digital literacies. She was an early YouTuber with her History... Read More →

Monday June 4, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Brauer Auditorium

9:15am

WHY we MAKE?
Makerspaces have been popping up in independent schools around the country for the past five  years. What is the driving force behind this push for creative spaces in our schools? In this session we will focus on one school's journey from a “technology” program to a makerspace and dig into several important topics surrounds these spaces. Topics will include matching your Maker Mission to your school’s mission, creating a safe environment for students, and working to make these spaces inclusive for ALL your students. 

Presenter
avatar for Leigh Northrup

Leigh Northrup

Dean of Innovation and Technology, Cannon School
Leigh Northrup is the Dean of Innovation and Technology at Cannon School, where he has been teaching and leading the maker movement for the last 17 years. A graduate of Pfeiffer University, he received his Masters of Education from The University of Maryland (Go Terps). Leigh has... Read More →


Monday June 4, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
208

9:15am

The Reading Workshop Model Revolution: Creating Life Long Readers
In an effort to meet the needs of all of our elementary aged students and encourage a lifelong love of reading, language arts educators are increasingly being challenged to take on the role of facilitator, rather than director, of student learning. This presentation documents the implementation and iterative journey of the Reading Workshop Model and demonstrates how risk-taking and paradigm shifts in teaching can positively impact reading fluency, comprehension, and student motivation for young readers.

Presenter
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Sara McCullough

2nd Grade Teacher, Fort Worth Country Day School
Employment | 2006-present, Second Grade Teacher at FWCD | | Education | *Master of Education with Gifted and Talented endorsement, Texas Wesleyan University, 2014 | *Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (K-8) with a minor in Special Education, Texas Tech University, 2001... Read More →


Monday June 4, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
210

9:15am

Protocols for Effective Student Feedback with Google Drive
Timely, meaningful feedback on student work helps drive student achievement. The protocols you use with students to control the workflow matter. Are you leveraging Google Drive and its add ons to the full extent? Come learn some useful tools and best practices for effective feedback on written work. View the presentation at http://bit.ly/stlfeedback

Presenter
avatar for Shannon Steimel

Shannon Steimel

Library Media Specialist, Lift for Life Academy
Shannon Steimel is Library Media Specialist at Lift for Life Academy. She believes librarians play a key role in ed tech leadership and serves as the Academy’s Technology Committee Chair and Future Ready Project Manager. She was a 2017 Midwest Education Technology Conference Spotlight... Read More →


Monday June 4, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
214

9:15am

Teach Living Poets: Modeling and Promoting Civil Discourse

The world our students are entering demands both appreciation for nuances/diverse perspectives and courage to enter critical conversations. Using Clint Smith’s collection “Counting Descent,” this session will offer strategies for engaging in topics of race and class to build students’ critical thought and expression. Presenters will share a unit and assessments that aim to push students to seek, not avoid, complex voices and issues.


Presenter
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Steven Henn

English Teacher, The Principia
Steve has been directing Principia's senior project program for seven years and has consistently been engaged in the discussion of what promotes the development of young people as independent thinkers. He is currently an EDD candidate at Vanderbilt University's Peabody School of... Read More →
avatar for Katie MacDonald

Katie MacDonald

English Teacher, The Principia
I am just over a decade into my career as an English teacher; have taught in both public and private high schools and am inspired by the potential English classes have to develop students’ voices and confidence.



Monday June 4, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
252

9:15am

Professional Growth and Development: A Journey to Support and Improve Teachers Without "Evaluation"

This presentation will explore the successes, challenges, and ongoing work of developing a new approach toward teacher professional growth. Rather than settling with the inadequate practices of infrequent observations, congenial conversations, generic procedures, and the anxieties of being evaluated, we will explore a process to build professional growth at your school, one that will provide new approaches to mentoring, collaboration, guidance, feedback, and customized professional support to enhance teacher learning.


Presenter
avatar for Bobby Mirzaie

Bobby Mirzaie

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Ensworth School
Bobby Mirzaie is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at The Ensworth School in Nashville, TN.


Monday June 4, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
212

9:15am

From Snorkelers to Scuba Divers – The Role of Feedback in Fostering Deep Thinking Students

Is this going to be on the test?  Why do we have to know this? Is this for a grade?  Can you tell me what I need to do to get this right?  These questions haunt each and every teacher that is on the receiving end of such inquiry.  When teachers use intentional and purposeful approaches to teaching that foster and nurture engagement, questions like these evaporate from our schools and classrooms while our students deep dive into STEM learning.  This workshop shows you how!  Participants will experience targeted and specific strategies for finding the right level of rigor, striking the ideal balance between surface and deep learning, and identifying the perfect level of challenge for each student.  Participants will take part in an out-of-your-seat experience that models these principles for deep thinking and understanding. 

By the end of this workshop, participants will:

(1) compare and contrast surface-level thinkers (snorkelers) with deep-level thinkers (scuba divers).

(2) understand the relationship between surface and deep level learning.

(3) explain the role of opportunities to respond and feedback on teaching and learning in the STEM classroom.

Featured Speaker
avatar for Dr. John Almarode

Dr. John Almarode

Associate Professor, James Madison University
Dr. John Almarode is the Sarah Miller Luck Endowed Professor of Education, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Early, Elementary, and Reading Education.  John is also the Co-Director of James Madison University’s Center for STEM Education and Outreach and co-editor of... Read More →

Monday June 4, 2018 9:15am - 12:00pm
262

9:15am

Velocity-Based Training
Velocity Based Training- a 30,000 foot overview.  This talk is intended to give just the basics on velocity based training- how to use it, when to use it, and what to do with it. 

Presenter
avatar for Dr. Bryan Mann

Dr. Bryan Mann

Assistant Teaching Professor, University of Missouri
Bryan Mann started his career at the University of Missouri Department of Physical Therapy in 2012. Before this, he served as a strength & conditioning coach at the University of Missouri since 2004, and before that at Arizona State University, University of Tulsa, and Missouri State... Read More →


Monday June 4, 2018 9:15am - 12:00pm
254

9:15am

Formative Assessment and Standards-Based Grading
Take measure of your assessment practices. Are they helping students understand and attain learning goals? Are they helping you refine your instruction, give feedback, and report on student progress? Learn research-based practices for using quality formative assessments aligned with solid grading practices, and enjoy the confidence that comes from knowing your instructional decisions are based on sound assessment data.
  1. Understand the types and uses of formative assessment.
  2. Examine current grading practices and how they relate to student learning.
  3. Connect formative assessment practices with grading practices that accurately reflect student achievement.

Featured Speaker
avatar for Jan K. Hoegh

Jan K. Hoegh

Consultant, Marzano Research Laboratory
Jan K. Hoegh has been a classroom teacher, building-level leader, professional development specialist, assistant high school principal, and curriculum coordinator. Jan, who has 28 years of experience in education, also served as assistant director of statewide assessment for the... Read More →

Monday June 4, 2018 9:15am - 12:00pm
202

9:15am

Making Differentiated Instruction Real
A glimpse into any classroom in the US will reveal a trend that all teachers already know—students differ from one another in myriad ways. Students come to school with different background experiences, speak different languages at home, have a range of interests and motivation to learn, and students’ readiness to learn also ranges widely. In this session we will actively explore key questions about differentiation to make differentiation a real part of classroom practice: What does differentiation really mean? How can teachers lay a foundation for differentiation? What does planning for and implementing differentiation look like?

Featured Speaker
avatar for Catherine Brighton

Catherine Brighton

Associate Dean, UVA Curry School of Education
Catherine Brighton, Ph.D. is Associate Dean for Academic Programs & Student Services and Associate Professor of Curriculum & Instruction in the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, where she also serves as the co-director of the University of Virginia Institutes on Academic... Read More →

Monday June 4, 2018 9:15am - 12:00pm
250

9:15am

Teaching Argument in the Real World
Every day, our students are inundated by information – as well as opinions and misinformation – on their devices. These digital texts influence what they buy, who they vote for, and what they believe about themselves and their world. Crafting and analyzing arguments in a digital world could be our greatest possibility to improve dialogue across cultures and continents… or it could contribute to bitter divides. In this workshop, we will draw from real world texts and samples of student work to share a wealth of insights and practical strategies in teaching students the logic of argument. Whether arguments are streaming in through a Twitter feed, a Facebook wall, viral videos, internet memes, or links to other blogs or websites, we will explore how to engage with and create digital arguments.

Featured Speaker
avatar for Dr. Troy Hicks

Dr. Troy Hicks

Professor of English and Education, Central Michigan University
Dr. Troy Hicks is a professor of English and education at Central Michigan University and focuses his work on the teaching of writing, the intersections of literacy and technology, and, more broadly, teacher education and professional development. A former middle school teacher, he... Read More →

Monday June 4, 2018 9:15am - 12:00pm
104

9:15am

Measuring Gaps in Cultural Relevant Teaching: Strategies for Diverse Schools

Participants will learn that we don’t need to look like our students to be successful with our students, but we must with purpose and process engage in learning who our students really are, including; their customs, traditions and respect of their language. In this session participants will learn how educators are using a Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) framework to “calibrate” their schools definition of CRT while at the same time using data to drive their decisions and discussions of what teachers “value” about culture and diversity, and learning more about the “frequency” by which those values are enacted in classrooms. Participants will learn strategies that schools are using to build real and relevant relationships with diverse students. Additionally, participants will learn about the various data tools and protocols educators are using to measure and discuss the culturally responsive teaching “gaps” that exist in their schools.


Featured Speaker
avatar for Dr. Ignacio Lopez

Dr. Ignacio Lopez

President, Harold Washington College
Ignacio Lopez, Ed.D is President of Harold Washington College one of the seven City Colleges of Chicago. Prior to his presidency at Harold Washington Dr. Lopez served as the Deputy Provost of Academic and Student Affairs at National Louis University. He was a former faculty member... Read More →

Monday June 4, 2018 9:15am - 12:00pm
108

9:15am

Collaborative Leadership Part 1
In this two-part workshop, you will get the strategies you need to fuel collaborative leadership in your school or school district.  Spend the day with former principal, Education Week Blogger, and author Peter DeWitt to unpack six important factors framed through research while painting a powerful leadership scheme: meet stakeholders where they are, motivate stakeholders to strive for improvement, and model how to do it!  This blueprint will inspire you to transform your leadership practice, identify areas for change, build and empower your team, and include all stakeholders in the conversation!

Featured Speaker
avatar for Dr. Peter DeWitt

Dr. Peter DeWitt

Author and Consultant, Corwin Press
Peter DeWitt (Ed.D) is a former K-5 teacher (11 years) and principal (8 years). He runs workshops and provides keynotes nationally and internationally focusing on collaborative leadership, fostering inclusive school climates, and connected learning. Within North America, his... Read More →

Monday June 4, 2018 9:15am - 12:00pm
258

10:30am

Phenomenal Phenomena- Using Phenomena to Engage Students and Drive Science Instruction
NGSS and the new Missouri Learning Standards ask students to stop "learning about" science and start "figuring out" real-world phenomena. In this session, we will give an overview of what scientific phenomena are, and why they are an integral part of three dimensional learning. We will share resources with participants, including examples of phenomena and how to integrate them into lessons. Discussion will be encouraged as we "figure out" how to identify and incorporate phenomena together!

Presenter
avatar for Jeanne Norris

Jeanne Norris

K-8 Curriculum Coordinator, Institute for School Partnership- Washington University
Jeanne Norris is a K-8 Curriculum Coordinator at the Institute for School Partnership at Washington University. She writes, edits, and facilitates professional development on mySci K-8 science curriculum. Before joining the ISP, she taught high school science for six years in the... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Turnage

Melanie Turnage

K-8 Curriculum Coordinator, Institute for School Partnership- Washington University
Melanie Turnage is a K-8 Curriculum Coordinator at the Institute for School Partnership at Washington University. She writes, edits, and presents professional development on mySci K-8 science curriculum. Before joining the ISP, she was an elementary teacher for fourteen years in the... Read More →


Monday June 4, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
208

10:30am

Art Education - the Original Makers Space?
With the sift of education now focusing on students actively seeking out solutions through problem solving activities we are seeing more and more articles focusing on Makers spaces, flipping the classroom and student driven projects in all subjects. As educators we want our kids to wonder, be engaged and take control over their curiosity. In addition, the studies show the more learning styles we can engage the more hands on learning the more students retain information.

Wham! This is Contemporary Art Education done right. Every teacher in every subject can pull the core values of Art Education into their courses to help make those real world connections between their students and their subjects. Students will be intrigued, involved, hands on and motivated. We do this by applying the foundations for Art Education: History, Aesthetics, Criticism, Production, while directly associating with the students' lives.

This session is geared to the classroom teacher who wants to help engage their students' inner curiosity and creativity. Art Education standards offers a solid foundation that can be used in any classroom in any subject to help engage students in thinking outside the box and hit many of the 21st century learning goals.

Intrigued? Join me as we see how applying the Contemporary Art Education teaching principles to your classroom can help change your students' way of thinking and engaging in your classroom.

Presenter
avatar for Cindy Thorton

Cindy Thorton

Department Chair of Fine and Preforming Arts, Franklin Road Academy
Cindy Thornton lives in Nashville with her husband and two sons. Cindy has always had a passion for creating art, and later discovered her passion for teaching in art education. She has taught for seventeen years in both public and private school atmospheres. For the past twelve years... Read More →


Monday June 4, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
210

10:30am

Passion-Based Literacies and Social Media
By utilizing social media tools with your teens, you can elevate the buzz around reading and build a student-led culture of literacy at your school. Capitalize on their interest in social media to have them create book memes for Instagram or #BookSnaps modeled after Snapchat. Do literacy-style ThrowBack Thursdays or have fun with #BookFaceFridays. Get them tweeting and blogging about their favorite books and publishing their own stories with Wattpad or Createspace. Attendees will leave with practical ideas to get their students involved in creating and promoting literacy via social media. You can find my presentation at http://bit.ly/stlpassion

Presenter
avatar for Shannon Steimel

Shannon Steimel

Library Media Specialist, Lift for Life Academy
Shannon Steimel is Library Media Specialist at Lift for Life Academy. She believes librarians play a key role in ed tech leadership and serves as the Academy’s Technology Committee Chair and Future Ready Project Manager. She was a 2017 Midwest Education Technology Conference Spotlight... Read More →


Monday June 4, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
214

10:30am

"Reel" Identities: Examining Diversity and Inclusivity Through the Lens of Documentary Filmmaking
This session will take you behind the scenes of a high school documentary filmmaking course with two key goals: building cultural competency and developing students’ communication skills via the documentary film format. First, we will explore the ways in which students were provided “windows” into diverse people, backgrounds, and identities across the globe through an assortment of award-winning documentary films. Then, we will examine how students developed “mirrors” for reflection about their own identities and designed personal narratives through self-created documentary films.

Presenter
avatar for Bobby Mirzaie

Bobby Mirzaie

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Ensworth School
Bobby Mirzaie is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at The Ensworth School in Nashville, TN.


Monday June 4, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
252

10:30am

Helping Students Be Their Best S.E.L.F.

Research across multiple fields strongly supports our understanding that Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Executive Function (EF) skills are critical for academic and personal success. This session provides a brief summary of the research and focuses on how schools and parents can collaborate to help all kids be their best S.E.L.F.


Presenter
avatar for Dr. Daisy Pellant

Dr. Daisy Pellant

Director - Peter Clark Center for Mind, Brain, and Education, Breck School
Dr. Daisy Pellant is the Director of the Peter Clark Center for Mind, Brain, and Education at Breck School. Her role is to help students understand learning and themselves as learners, engage families in effectively supporting their children as learners, and inspire faculty to develop... Read More →



Monday June 4, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
212

11:30am

Lunch
Lunch will be served in the Upper School Dining Hall from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM.

Monday June 4, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Dining Hall

12:30pm

STEM Salad Part 1
STEM SALAD a session on mixing a little curriculum, a little maker, a little food and whole lot of C’s. (critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity).

Amplify STEM by joining Visitation Academy middle school teachers in a hands on session where you will collaborate, research, design, pitch, 3D draw, prototype, self-assess, cook, build, and self-evaluate, shark tank and TED Talk. This will be the complete package. You will be guided through this cross curricular project completing the same activities used with our students (condensed version). This is a nuts and bolts session with inclusion of successes and failures. Be prepared for a possible failure. Are you wondering how to form groups, how to integrate curriculum, how to create cross curricular activities, how to evaluate STEM projects, and how to use the makerspace and even include food science? Join us to learn with PBL that includes Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Language Arts, Math and Technology.


Presenter
avatar for Susan Andrews

Susan Andrews

Technology Coordinator, Visitation Academy
Susan Andrews, the Technology Coordinator at Visitation Academy, grades 6 -12, for the past nine years, provides professional development to faculty and staff while supporting students in a technology rich one-to-one integrated program of 14 years. Sue frequently presents on educational... Read More →


Monday June 4, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
208

12:30pm

Utilizing Real-World Math Applications
It's obvious that students need basic math skill to be successful in school, but often that's not enough reason for our students to want to progress in math. Providing students with real world math applications will answer the question, 'When will I ever use this?'

Presenter
avatar for Kelly Skubic

Kelly Skubic

4th & 5th Math & Science Teacher, Visitation Academy
Kelly Skubic is a fourth and fifth grade math and science specialist at Visitation Academy. She has a passion for enhancing students' learning experiences with project based learning and real world math activities.


Monday June 4, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
214

12:30pm

OneNote Class Notebook Wonders

Microsoft OneNote can revolutionize the way you lesson plan and run your classroom... and Office365 is free for education! Come explore this free app that is available on any device. We will specifically dive into Class Notebooks, which help you streamline how you distribute handouts, engage in interactive digital content, collect homework, grade assignments, and have your students collaborate digitally. Administrators can apply what we do with Class Notebook to Staff Notebooks to model this versatile software and way of working for their staff.


Monday June 4, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
210

12:30pm

Humans of... Anytown, USA
Inspired by the work of Brandon Stanton’s “Humans of New York” blog, which features street portraits and interviews collected on the streets of New York City, the Humans of FWCD project was created to help students gain an understanding of diversity within the school community.

This collaborative project which integrated English Language Arts, Visual Arts, Media Studies, & Social Studies was completed during the first few weeks of school. The goal of the project was multifaceted. By the end of the project students were able to:

  • Learn what it means to be a member of a culturally diverse community.
  • Better be able to find the commonalities within a diverse group of people.
  • Become better listeners so that they may understand the importance of individual experiences and stories.
  • Grow their sense of inherent kindness, and instill empathy and compassion for all members of our community.

This session will lead participants through the project as they get to experience the power of storytelling first hand while bringing back concrete examples and step by step procedures to recreate this project with their own school community.

Presenter
avatar for Mark Martin

Mark Martin

4th Grade Teacher, Fort Worth Country Day School
Mark Martin is an educator with 26 years of experience in both public and private school settings. He understands that being an educator is all about inspiring others and tireless dedication and fortitude to ensure that each learner is successful. Teaching is a gift, an art, that... Read More →
avatar for Alicia Schordine

Alicia Schordine

4th Grade Teacher, Fort Worth Country Day School
Alicia Schordine is a dedicated educator with over 7 years teaching in an independent school setting. Specializing in curriculum development, arts integration, and project-based learning, Alicia strongly believes that a school should be a community in which all students are encouraged... Read More →


Monday June 4, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
252

12:30pm

The Case for Change
The world continues to change at a rapid rate. Have schools kept up with the rate of change? What needs to stay the same in schools? What ought to change? We are passionate about ensuring schools are preparing students for the world they already inhabit and the world they will inhabit. We will share Principia’s continuing journey into making school more relevant, engaging and authentic for the students. The presentation will examine how the forces of globalization are impacting on schools and highlight several key areas that Principia, a 120-year-old college prep school, and other schools around the world have embraced to transform schools to be more student-centered so that each child can unleash their unlimited potential. You will be taken through the challenges of change, how classrooms can evolve, what professional development looks like and how to build a culture of innovation. This insightful presentation will be for leaders and teachers who believe that the way we do schooling needs to radically shift. You will leave with insights into what can be done to inspire change and engage a school community on a journey of continuous improvement to ensure we can begin to shift the way our children experience school.

Presenter
avatar for Travis Brantingham

Travis Brantingham

Head of School, The Principia
Taking the reins in 2013, Travis Brantingham has committed himself to establishing and maintaining the highest standards of teaching and learning; developing student leadership, character, and community; and ensuring that Principia School students benefit from a relevant, hands-on... Read More →
avatar for Peter Dry

Peter Dry

Dean of Innovation and Academics, The Principia
Peter has a Masters in Educational Management, certificates from Harvard Graduate School of Education (WIDE), a certificate in International School Leadership and teaching and leadership experience in six countries. He is a certified Gallup Strengths coach. Peter provides practical... Read More →


Monday June 4, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
212

1:00pm

Getting Them to Eat Peas When All They Want is Ice Cream
This breakout session unpacks what works best in engaging students in relevant and rigorous learning.  Blending the science of how we learn with classroom practice, participants will develop a tool kit for grabbing and maintaining student engagement at all three levels (behavioral, emotional, and cognitive) while at the same time increasing learning outcomes.  Practicing what we preach, participants will take part in an out-of-your-seat experience that models the promising principles from science of learning for deep thinking and understanding: simple to complex, concrete to abstract, and the idea that memory is the residue of thought. 

 By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

(1) identify the essential components of an effective and engaging learning experience in STEM. 

(2) support instructional decisions with research from the science of learning.

(3) summarize the role of formative assessment and feedback in teaching and learning.

Featured Speaker
avatar for Dr. John Almarode

Dr. John Almarode

Associate Professor, James Madison University
Dr. John Almarode is the Sarah Miller Luck Endowed Professor of Education, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Early, Elementary, and Reading Education.  John is also the Co-Director of James Madison University’s Center for STEM Education and Outreach and co-editor of... Read More →

Monday June 4, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
262

1:00pm

Academic Stress and Athletics
The Effects of Academic Stress on Illness and Injuries in Sport.  Stress is systemic, and this systemic stress led to a rash of otherwise unexplainable injuries.  In this talk we will go into how to locate stress, how it impacts the body, and what we can do about it.

Presenter
avatar for Dr. Bryan Mann

Dr. Bryan Mann

Assistant Teaching Professor, University of Missouri
Bryan Mann started his career at the University of Missouri Department of Physical Therapy in 2012. Before this, he served as a strength & conditioning coach at the University of Missouri since 2004, and before that at Arizona State University, University of Tulsa, and Missouri State... Read More →


Monday June 4, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
254

1:00pm

Assessment and Measurement in a Personalized Competency-Based System
You’ve taken the plunge into the deep end of competency-based learning. Now how will you measure student proficiency? This workshop introduces the concept of and practical strategies for taking a measurement perspective to support a system in which teachers test less but assess more. For example, to avoid problems associated with over-testing and relying too heavily on a single assessment, teachers can use a variety of assessment types and look at multiple assessments administered over time on the same topic to determine student scores.

This interactive workshop introduces strategies and guidance for creating an efficient and precise system that measures individual students’ status and growth on specific topics. Participants will learn about common assessment issues in competency-based systems, how the use of proficiency scales helps to avoid these issues, and strategies for assessing learning, recording scores, and arriving at summative scores.

Featured Speaker
avatar for Jan K. Hoegh

Jan K. Hoegh

Consultant, Marzano Research Laboratory
Jan K. Hoegh has been a classroom teacher, building-level leader, professional development specialist, assistant high school principal, and curriculum coordinator. Jan, who has 28 years of experience in education, also served as assistant director of statewide assessment for the... Read More →

Monday June 4, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
202

1:00pm

The Best Class You Never Taught: How Spider Web Discussion Can Turn Students into Learning Leaders
Based on Alexis's best-seling book The Best Class You Never Taught (ASCD), this interactive, half-day workshop introduces participants to Spider Web Discussion, a gamechanger for educators. The best classes have a life of their own, powered by student-led conversations that explore texts, ideas, and essential questions. In these classes, the teacher's role shifts from star player to observer and coach as the students

  • Think critically,
  • Work collaboratively,
  • Participate fully,
  • Behave ethically,
  • Ask and answer high-level questions,
  • Support their ideas with evidence, and
  • Evaluate and assess their own work.

Spider Web Discussion is a simple technique that puts this kind of class within every teacher's reach. It's proven to work across all subject areas and with all ages, and you only need a little know-how, a rubric, and paper and pencil to get started. More refined than Socratic seminar or Harkness, Spider Web Discussion offers a unique assessment strategy that empowers students to become stronger communicators, more empathetic teammates, better problem solvers, and more independent learners—college and career ready skills that serve them well in the classroom and beyond.

In this workshop, Alexis Wiggins provides a step-by-step approach for the implementation of Spider Web Discussion, covering everything from introducing the technique, to creating rubrics for discussion self-assessment, to the nuts and bolts of charting the conversations, to using the data collected for formative assessment. She also shares troubleshooting tips, ideas for assessment and group grading, and key research from experts. You will get to try the method yourself, experiencing the power of balanced collaborative inquiry from the student perspective. 

Join Alexis and a group of energized participants for a workshop you won't forget!

Presenter
avatar for Alexis Wiggins

Alexis Wiggins

English Department Chair, The John Cooper School
Alexis Wiggins is the founder and director of CEEL - the Cohort of Educators for Essential Learning (www.ceelcenter.org). She has worked as a high-school teacher and instructional coach in the U.S., Spain, the Middle East and Asia, and has consulted with schools all over the world, helping them utilize Spider Web Discussion, Understanding by Design (UbD), and the IB’s Approaches to teaching and... Read More →


Monday June 4, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
216

1:00pm

Using Critical and Creative Thinking Skills as a Path to Differentiation
All students can engage in critical analysis, creative interpretation, synthesis, and evaluation, but they must first be taught how to think in these ways and at these higher-levels. This interactive session presents instructional strategies specifically designed to develop and tap critical and creative thinking skills. Session participants will actively experience these strategies as learners and then brainstorm ideas for how to use these strategies in their own classrooms.

Featured Speaker
avatar for Catherine Brighton

Catherine Brighton

Associate Dean, UVA Curry School of Education
Catherine Brighton, Ph.D. is Associate Dean for Academic Programs & Student Services and Associate Professor of Curriculum & Instruction in the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, where she also serves as the co-director of the University of Virginia Institutes on Academic... Read More →

Monday June 4, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
250

1:00pm

From Texting to Teaching: Grammar Instruction in a Digital Age
Grammar instruction continues to be more important than ever when we look at the digital landscape our students belong to today. Experts Constance Weaver and Jeff Anderson offer us wonderful ways to infuse grammar into our everyday writing lessons. However, as educators, we need to address how students write in digital spaces. We need to teach them to differentiate between the writing they do in their digital spaces and their non-digital spaces. In this interactive session teachers and educators will learn effective strategies using Google Slides along with social media, that can help students to differentiate between formal and informal writing while learning new grammar skills.

Featured Speaker
avatar for Dr. Troy Hicks

Dr. Troy Hicks

Professor of English and Education, Central Michigan University
Dr. Troy Hicks is a professor of English and education at Central Michigan University and focuses his work on the teaching of writing, the intersections of literacy and technology, and, more broadly, teacher education and professional development. A former middle school teacher, he... Read More →

Monday June 4, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
104

1:00pm

Keeping it Real and Relevant: Building Authentic Relationships in Diverse Classrooms

Can the assumptions we make of our students halt their learning and success? When our relationships with students are not authentic we see an increase in classroom disruption and a decrease in student learning. Teacher-student relationships should be real and relevant, not based on a series of assumptions. In this presentation participants will learn strategies they can use in their classrooms to build real and relevant relationships with their students. Participants will learn a non-punishment behavior intervention strategy that leverages our relationships with students. Participants will walk away with strategies they can use immediately in their diverse classrooms; they will also walk away with ideas for leading these types of strategy discussions at their school.


Featured Speaker
avatar for Dr. Ignacio Lopez

Dr. Ignacio Lopez

President, Harold Washington College
Ignacio Lopez, Ed.D is President of Harold Washington College one of the seven City Colleges of Chicago. Prior to his presidency at Harold Washington Dr. Lopez served as the Deputy Provost of Academic and Student Affairs at National Louis University. He was a former faculty member... Read More →

Monday June 4, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
108

1:00pm

Collaborative Leadership Part 2
In this two-part workshop, you will get the strategies you need to fuel collaborative leadership in your school or school district.  Spend the day with former principal, Education Week Blogger, and author Peter DeWitt to unpack six important factors framed through research while painting a powerful leadership scheme: meet stakeholders where they are, motivate stakeholders to strive for improvement, and model how to do it!  This blueprint will inspire you to transform your leadership practice, identify areas for change, build and empower your team, and include all stakeholders in the conversation!

Featured Speaker
avatar for Dr. Peter DeWitt

Dr. Peter DeWitt

Author and Consultant, Corwin Press
Peter DeWitt (Ed.D) is a former K-5 teacher (11 years) and principal (8 years). He runs workshops and provides keynotes nationally and internationally focusing on collaborative leadership, fostering inclusive school climates, and connected learning. Within North America, his... Read More →

Monday June 4, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
258

1:45pm

Increasing Engagement Through Thematic Investigation
Looking for real world examples of math topics can be difficult to find, and can be difficult for students to relate to. I will discuss some strategies I implement to generate interest and collaboration with different topics.

Presenter
avatar for Greg Huntoon

Greg Huntoon

Math, MICDS
Born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI. Went to Boston University, earning my Bachelor's in Mathematics and Master's in Sports Broadcast Journalism. I recently taught in Michigan before moving to St. Louis last summer. I teach Upper School math and coach boys and girls soccer.


Monday June 4, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
214

1:45pm

STEM Salad Part 2
STEM SALAD a session on mixing a little curriculum, a little maker, a little food and whole lot of C’s. (critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity).

Amplify STEM by joining Visitation Academy middle school teachers in a hands on session where you will collaborate, research, design, pitch, 3D draw, prototype, self-assess, cook, build, and self-evaluate, shark tank and TED Talk. This will be the complete package. You will be guided through this cross curricular project completing the same activities used with our students (condensed version). This is a nuts and bolts session with inclusion of successes and failures. Be prepared for a possible failure. Are you wondering how to form groups, how to integrate curriculum, how to create cross curricular activities, how to evaluate STEM projects, and how to use the makerspace and even include food science? Join us to learn with PBL that includes Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Language Arts, Math and Technology.



Presenter
avatar for Susan Andrews

Susan Andrews

Technology Coordinator, Visitation Academy
Susan Andrews, the Technology Coordinator at Visitation Academy, grades 6 -12, for the past nine years, provides professional development to faculty and staff while supporting students in a technology rich one-to-one integrated program of 14 years. Sue frequently presents on educational... Read More →


Monday June 4, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
208

1:45pm

Gamifying Education - You Don’t Have to be an App Developer!
Gamification can be a powerful tool to introduce complex subject in short order, motivate students and faculty to stay on track or even try new things. Gamification doesn’t have to be a complicated platform that you design yourself with an online multi-player interface. It can be as simple as a bulletin board with names and progress. Come in and explore how you can gamify your educational experience - then sit back and watch the results tally up!

Presenter
avatar for Sarah Leedberg

Sarah Leedberg

IDEA Center Coordinator, The Principia
Sarah Leedberg works at The Principia School in St. Louis as the IDEA Center Coordinator - A cooperative learning environment that houses the library. Her role is to help students and faculty find ways to transfer content into understanding and broaden the 21st Century Mindset.


Monday June 4, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
210

1:45pm

Empowering Learners Through Self-Regulation
Students with trauma, sensory challenges, or learning difficulties often struggle with self-regulation, or the ability to manage emotions and behavior in everyday situations. These children can benefit greatly from learning supportive cognitive, physical, emotional and behavioral strategies to enhance their ability to learn and interact in the classroom. This presentation will give insight into the neuroscience of the body’s regulatory systems, as well as provide variety of practical insights, resources, and learning activities that are useful for all students.

Presenter
avatar for Michelle Benedict

Michelle Benedict

3rd Grade Teacher, Armstrong Elementary
Michelle Benedict is a mother, educator, presenter, and practitioner of mindfulness. She earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Lindenwood University and is currently a 3rd Grade Teacher in an Hazelwood School District in St. Louis, Missouri. She has served many roles, from... Read More →


Monday June 4, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
252

1:45pm

Developing Leadership Capacity in Our People: Don’t Ignore It!
School leadership is devolving and hierarchies are flattening as schools are tasking middle management to take on greater levels of responsibilities. However, leadership professional development is seldom sufficient or well-focused enough to give the middle managers the skills and dispositions to support schools through ongoing cultural and pedagogical shifts. Furthermore, current best practice and research shows that schools with more devolved leadership and a flatter hierarchy improves student learning. If this is the case, why don’t schools spend more time developing the leadership capacity, particularly transformational leadership skills, of their managers?

In this fast-paced and lively presentation, Peter will present some insights into the theory of leadership development, what works and what doesn’t work. He will then make the case for how schools could intentionally develop leadership by helping people better understand their leadership strengths and how to implement these strengths in the daily management of teams. Peter will provide some frameworks for how schools can successfully do this.

Peter is currently completing his doctoral studies in the development of leadership capacity in mid-level managers.

Presenter
avatar for Peter Dry

Peter Dry

Dean of Innovation and Academics, The Principia
Peter has a Masters in Educational Management, certificates from Harvard Graduate School of Education (WIDE), a certificate in International School Leadership and teaching and leadership experience in six countries. He is a certified Gallup Strengths coach. Peter provides practical... Read More →


Monday June 4, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
212

3:00pm

See the Future of SCHOOL!
Planning or renovating spaces at your school? Tour the most innovative addition to the MICDS campus. McDonnell Hall and Brauer Hall will not only educate generations of MICDS students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) but also serves as a model for other schools and classroom for the community. This building serves as a teaching tool with visible working systems, allowing students to track the energy the building consumes as well as the energy it produces. This 50-minute walking tour will include indoor and outdoor features, classrooms (and technology), teacher prep and office areas as well as the Robotics and Research Labs as well as highlights of the curriculum used in each space. Take the nickel tour that will pay you back!

Construction Video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-XUR0eMNriPLTdwYk5UR3I1RDA/view?pli=1

Virtual Tour: http://micds-stem.squarespace.com/#about

Presenter
avatar for Robert Shaw

Robert Shaw

Science Department Chair, MICDS
Bob Shaw is a veteran science educator whose passion is to engage children in science and outdoor education. Shaw serves as Chair of the Pre-K through grade 12 Science Department and Director of Sustainability at Mary Institute Country Day School (MICDS). | | At MICDS, Shaw has... Read More →


Monday June 4, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
208

3:00pm

Classroom Transformation
We spend so much time on researching resources, materials, and curriculum. We spend a lot of energy on professional development, needs of students, putting out fires and trying our best to prevent them. But, do we look at our environment? Do we look at our classrooms? Do we look at our space to make sure we are using our space to best meet the needs of our students so that they can best meet learning standards?

presentation

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Presenter
avatar for Tracey Robinson

Tracey Robinson

Teacher, PEGS North
Tracey Robinson is a PEGS teacher in the Pattonville School District. She is in her 27th year of teaching. Her experiences in education include Instructional technology specialist, 4th grade teacher, 5th grade teacher, looping, PEGS teacher (Program for the Exceptionally Gifted Student... Read More →


Monday June 4, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
214

3:00pm

Engagement and Assessment with 1:1 Technology
Integrating the iPad, laptop or Chromebook into the 1:1 classroom can be a rewarding and beneficial experience for all of the students as well as the teacher. Teachers can use this technology to deliver curriculum in a way that reaches students where and how they learn. As the content expert and facilitator, the classroom teacher can deliver highly relevant and personalized learning with the technology. The technology provides the potential to foster productive inquiry, sharing relevant ideas and collaborating with the teacher and each other. Help students become organized and manage their own learning while you experience ways to deliver faster and more effective assessments and feedback to your students. I will share engaging ideas, apps and techniques for pedagogy and methodology that support standards from any curriculum and, best of all, can be fun! Bring your device and take your 1:1 classroom to the next level in learning.

Presenter
avatar for Diane Kasparie

Diane Kasparie

Dean of Academics and Curriculum, Quincy Notre Dame High School
Currently the Dean of Academics and Curriculum at Quincy Notre Dame High School, I have been in education for 38 years, which includes teaching experience in preschool through college classrooms. I have presented in local, regional, state and national conferences on 1:1 integration... Read More →



Monday June 4, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
210

3:00pm

Buddy Circles: A Model of Peer Support for Partnership and Change:

Buddy Circles allow students to recognize themselves as leaders, to feel empowered in purpose, and to establish a sense of belonging.

Buddy Circles are a formalized approach to self-advocacy and peer mentorship, and an avenue for collaborative strategizing for problem-solving. Born out of a naturally occurring conversation between peers who were able to express themselves without judgment, we were moved to keep the dialogue going in a meaningful, proactive way, and find opportunities for all students to participate.

Presenter
avatar for Haley Biehl

Haley Biehl

Assistant Principal, The Soulard School
Haley has an special education background that includes social-emotional learning and positive behavior supports. In the last six years, her experienced merged with The Soulard School's philosophy of diversity, inclusion and acceptance to create Buddy Circles.
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Sarah Christman

Executive Director, The Soulard School
When I began my career in education I started with the youngest age, preschool. I knew then, and now, how vital and meaningful this foundation was and felt it would be a place to make a positive impact. Little did I know when I found my way to this community almost 15 years ago... Read More →



Monday June 4, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
252

3:00pm

Schools in Transition: Ten Steps Necessary for Positive Results

Change is hard! This hands-on Session on “Leading Transitions” will focus on the necessary steps to take before moving forward on any change initiative including filling Administrative positions. Leading begins with self assessment and desired outcomes. Next, you will learn how to apply the ten step practicals necessary in assessing the organizational needs. Finally, you will have the chance to assess a school’s organization when you will use these ten steps, many of which are assumed but rarely addressed, by inculcating them into well planned, change processes.


Presenter
avatar for Dr. Charles Clark

Dr. Charles Clark

School Change and Goverance Consultant, Heads Up Educational Consulting
Charlie’s forty-seven years of independent school experiences are best described by the nineteenth century existential philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.” As a consummate learner, Charlie’s strategic... Read More →



Monday June 4, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
212

4:00pm

Social Hour
Please join us for a social hour in Brauer Hall that includes complimentary beverages, appetizers, and live music, featuring the Sadie Hawkins Day string band.


Monday June 4, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Brauer Hall
 
Tuesday, June 5
 

7:15am

Registration and Continental Breakfast
Please join us for registration and a complimentary breakfast in Brauer Hall.

Tuesday June 5, 2018 7:15am - 8:00am
Brauer Hall

8:00am

Keynote: Bold Moves for Schools: How We Create Remarkable Learning Environments
How can educators transform old schools into remarkable learning environments? Packed with fresh ideas and action strategies for teachers, leaders, and policy makers, this keynote proposes a new approach to pedagogy as the basis for the bold moves teachers and leaders need to make to engage all learners and prepare them for now and into the future.

Featured Speaker
avatar for Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs

President and Founder, Curriculum Designers, Inc.
Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, creator of Curriculum21, is also the founder and president of Curriculum Designers, Inc. Heidi has served as an education consultant to thousands of schools nationally and internationally. She works with schools and districts K-12 on issues and practices... Read More →

Tuesday June 5, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Brauer Auditorium

9:15am

"It's the Task..."
How do we ensure that when students engage in inquiry and project-based learning that they are actually getting better at important disciplinary practices? How do we embed what parents, students, and teachers care about most in our common assessments? At Fox C-6 we have committed to developing curriculum and assessment around common complex tasks. We focus our improvement processes exclusively on the quality of the work students produce.

Can curriculum embody the values of choice, independence, and inquiry and still have common assessment that produce evidence of student growth? Building a curriculum around units that culminate in complex tasks, allow us to focus all our efforts on the quality of the work that students produce.

Often priorities from best-practice instruction, assessment, and PLC work seem to be in tension with one another. We strive to ensure that our curriculum, assessment, and PLC improvement process all emphasize the same values. We also have to ensure a guaranteed and viable curriculum that produces evidence of student growth.

In this session participants will experience engaging complex tasks from across grade-levels and subject areas. They will provide success and growth feedback for students at all levels, and practice aligning tasks with core content.

Presenter
avatar for Declan FitzPatrick

Declan FitzPatrick

Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Fox C-6
Declan FitzPatrick serves as the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Fox C-6 School District, in Arnold Missouri. Declan has been working with teachers to develop high quality performance tasks and scoring guides since 2005.
avatar for Dr. Amy Zielinski

Dr. Amy Zielinski

Director of Professional Development, Fox C-6
Dr. Amy Zielinski is the Director of Professional Development and Fox C-6 School District. She works to make life easier for teachers every day by integrating curriculum, teacher collaboration, and professional development.



Tuesday June 5, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
212

9:15am

Grade Cleanse
Grade Cleanse ... “I Want to Switch, But Don’t Know How!" Grading experts tell us our grades are often meaningless because they don’t accurately reflect student learning. Teachers often say, “I want to switch but I don’t know how!” Grade Cleanse offers six “baby steps” that allow teachers to move at their own pace to improve the health of their grading practices without getting overwhelmed.

Presenter
avatar for Daniel Hill

Daniel Hill

Chief Manager, Power of ICU
Danny Hill is the author of three successful books, Power of ICU (2009), Brick House (2012), and Grade Cleanse (2018). He is also a nationally respected authority on student apathy and school culture. He has taught science, economics, history, health,and coached football and basketball... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
214

9:15am

Human Centered Design in the Classroom
We are reimagining current educational practice by implementing human centered design in our teaching and learning environment. Simply put, human centered design is, “the belief that all problems, even the seemingly intractable ones like poverty, gender, equality, and clean water, are solvable.” (IDEO.ORG, p. 9). We believe that having students engage in standards through the lens of human centered design will empower them and equip them with the tools necessary to not only be successful in the global world in which we live, but to make it a better place for others. We have designed a system in which students are allowed intentional opportunities to take care of their own social/emotional need and we value curiosity and imagination as an integral part of our personalized learning program. Students are offered experiential opportunities to engage in and explore those wonderings. Our students are problem finders and problem solvers. Our students are empathic explorers, thinkers and doers. Our students are changing the world.

Presenter
avatar for Kira Brennan

Kira Brennan

Teacher, Parkway Northeast Middle School
Kira Brennan is a 7th grade teacher at Parkway Northeast Middle School.
avatar for Jenna Lucas

Jenna Lucas

Teacher (7th ELA/World History), Parkway Northeast Middle School



Tuesday June 5, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
210

9:15am

Concept Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom
In this workshop the following questions will be addressed:

  • How is knowledge structured and how can we utilize that structure to develop the intellect?
  • How can we move to a three-dimensional curriculum and instruction model that allows us to compact the overloaded curriculum, and teach both factual and conceptual knowledge with greater depth and rigour?
  • What is a conceptual lens and how can we use it to develop higher levels of thinking and increased motivation for learning?
  • How can we design instruction to achieve synergistic thinking between the factual and conceptual levels of knowledge and understanding?
  • How do we scaffold thinking to deeper levels?
  • How do we develop different kinds of guiding questions to path student thinking from the factual to the conceptual level of understanding?
  • What is the difference between an Activity and a Performance of Deep Understanding?
  • What does concept-based instruction “look like” in the classroom?​

Featured Speaker
avatar for Jennifer Chang-Wathall

Jennifer Chang-Wathall

Educational Consultant and Author, University of Hong Kong
Jennifer Chang-Wathall is an independent educational consultant, author and honorary faculty adviser and part time instructor for the University of Hong Kong. | | With over 25 years experience in the education field, Jennifer has worked in several international schools including... Read More →

Tuesday June 5, 2018 9:15am - 12:00pm
216

9:15am

Tasty Math Bytes
How can chocolate chips estimate the value of pi?  How could exponential growth led to a movie’s demise?  How can ideas of Calculus be introduced with M&Ms? When posed with these questions, students often ask to learn the answers.  Placing mathematical ideas in bitesized applications can engage students and invigorate the classroom.  Come learn these and other math activities.

Presenter
avatar for Dr. Timothy Chartier

Dr. Timothy Chartier

Associate Professor, Davidson College
Dr. Tim Chartier is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Davidson College. Working with Davidson College students, he supplies analytics for sports teams at the college. Tim has also consulted for ESPN's Sport Science program, the NBA, and NASCAR teams... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 9:15am - 12:00pm
250

9:15am

Bold Moves for Schools: In-depth Workshop
What will it take to create truly contemporary learning environments that meet the demands of 21st-century society, engage learners, and produce graduates who are prepared to succeed in the world? What skills and capacities do teachers and leaders need to create and sustain such schools? What actions are necessary?

In this follow-up to her opening keynote, Heidi Hayes Jacobs will share a compelling vision that answers these questions—and action steps to make the vision a reality. Looking through the lenses of three pedagogies—antiquated, classical, and contemporary—she will address  curriculum, instruction, assessment, and the program structures of space—both physical and virtual—time, and grouping of learners and professionals.  In a new job description for teachers, Jacobs will highlight and expound on the following roles:

  • self-navigating professional learner,
  • social contractor,
  • media critic and media maker,
  • innovative designer,
  • globally connected citizen, and
  • advocate for learners and learning.

Featured Speaker
avatar for Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs

President and Founder, Curriculum Designers, Inc.
Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, creator of Curriculum21, is also the founder and president of Curriculum Designers, Inc. Heidi has served as an education consultant to thousands of schools nationally and internationally. She works with schools and districts K-12 on issues and practices... Read More →

Tuesday June 5, 2018 9:15am - 12:00pm
202

9:15am

Hamilton? Ham-it-fun!

The musical Hamilton has taken Broadway by storm. American History has come to life and energized millions.  A new take on old events can bring breath and life into any content, allowing us to "write [our] way out" of material previously viewed as "boring." How do teachers tap into this in the classroom?  What about in fields other than history?  Bring theatrical devices into your classroom while still teaching the content that you must.  How?  Use Creative Drama as a Medium for Learning.   As a process-oriented approach, creative drama uses improvisation games to improve risk-taking, break down fears of public speaking, and open doors to experiencing content in all fields.  Learn to "ham it up!" Utilize fun theatrical techniques within simple frameworks/devices, and emphasize content-specific material that you want your students to internalize. Learn different structures that can be used for timeframes you need -- 30 second breaks, 5 minute games, 15 minute activities, one class, a week- or unit-long project.


Presenter
avatar for Tanya Chartier

Tanya Chartier

Educational Therapist, The Davidson Center
Tanya Chartier has been an educator for two decades.  Currently an Educational Therapist at The Davidson Center, Tanya has taught in public and private settings including as a middle school reading specialist, theatre teacher, multi-age elementary teacher, and teacher educator at... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 9:15am - 12:00pm
112

9:15am

Performance-Based Assessment in the Classroom: Principles and Practices
In this session, we’ll explore the potential of performance-based assessments to engage students in “authentic” applications of knowledge and skills, measure important learning goals, and support effective instruction. We’ll examine the 3 Ps of performance assessment – performance tasks, projects, and portfolios. We’ll review an assessment framework, a guide for planning more thoughtful student assessments. Finally, we’ll consider implementation suggestions and preview a variety of print and Internet resources to support the expanded use of performance-based assessments. Participants in this workshop will:

  • describe the “big picture” of how performance assessment fits into a standards-based system;
  • use a planning framework for selecting assessment methods for your classroom, school or district;
  • apply a variety of practical tools and templates for designing more authentic tasks for classroom, school or district levels;
  • review the use of criterion-based scoring tools (rubrics, performance lists) for evaluating, and enhancing, the quality of student products and performances;
  • identify print and Internet resources to support the expanded use of performance-based assessments

Featured Speaker
avatar for Jay McTighe

Jay McTighe

Author and Education Consultant, Jay McTighe & Associates
Jay McTighe brings a wealth of experience developed during a rich and varied career in education.  He served as director of the Maryland Assessment Consortium, a state collaboration of school districts working together to develop and share formative performance assessments... Read More →

Tuesday June 5, 2018 9:15am - 12:00pm
104

9:15am

Image is Everything: Exploring Critical Thinking with Visual Literacies
From cave walls to Facebook walls we have always embraced visual communication. Dual coding theory of cognition reiterates the importance of visual imagery in respect to our thinking processes that in fact we need visual language in addition to verbal or textbased coding of stimuli. With the changing media landscape, our streams, memes, and zines have exploded with imagery, ushering in a need for visual literacy skills. We are quickly moving from images as decoration and augmentation to images as sole content and communication tool. We have some false beliefs about visual language that it is equated with “art”, requiring “talent” from “creative types” and therefore it is unfortunately often not overtly taught and practiced in schools. Technology has affected knowledge in such a way as to diminish the value of “raw” information and increase the value of sensemaking, as well as chip away at attention spans, sparking a need for distillation of complex ideas. Images can essentialize the cumbersome in beautiful ways. They have a “stickiness” for the viewer and challenge the critical thinking of the creator.

This hands-on session will explore the “Whys” of visual literacy and offer participants an
opportunity to tinker and play with:

  • iconography and metaphorical thinking
  • pictograms, “Shortology”, emoji, meme stories, and gifs
  • graphic design, graphic facilitation, infographics and sketchnotes
  • photography, cinemagrams (moving photos)
  • iconbased annotations and marginalia
  • using images to leverage CVs, social media, and presentations

We’ll experiment with ways to use visual language for personal knowledge management,
amplification of knowledge and creative work, critical thinking, social interaction (conversation), and other forms of creative and intellectual expression.

Session resources are here.

Featured Speaker
avatar for Amy Burvall

Amy Burvall

Author and Consultant, Education Consultant and Author
Amy Burvall is a professional recombinant, frequent flâneuse, and itinerant artist. After 25 years in the classroom she is currently consulting, creating, and curating in the fields of creativity, visual thinking, and digital literacies. She was an early YouTuber with her History... Read More →

Tuesday June 5, 2018 9:15am - 12:00pm
258

9:15am

If Elephants Could Talk: Racial Literacy
Dr. Stevenson’s workshop will be based on his recently published book, Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences that Make a Difference. This work focuses on addressing racial conflicts and racial stress in educational contexts. He provides classroom teachers, educational leaders, school psychologists, and parents with strategies for developing culturally relevant, strength-based responses and interventions that promote healthier school climates.

Featured Speaker
avatar for Dr. Howard Stevenson

Dr. Howard Stevenson

Professor and Author, University of Pennsylvania GSE
Dr. Howard Stevenson is the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, and former Chair of the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is a nationally recognized... Read More →

Tuesday June 5, 2018 9:15am - 12:00pm
108

9:15am

Leadership for Becoming a High Reliability School: Part 1
The Marzano High Reliability Schools (HRS) framework serves as a strategic planning framework to help schools focus on specific, research-based conditions for continuous school improvement. The HRS overview workshop introduces participants to the five levels of the framework and the hierarchy in which they are organized.

Participants will also learn the HRS process for strategic planning and explore example practices from other schools using the HRS framework. The one-day overview will engage participants in reflecting on their own schools through the lens of high reliability and how HRS is a data-driven leadership process.

During the one-day overview, participants will learn the concept of leading and lagging indicators of practice and the use of quick data as a monitoring tool. Attendees will explore key components of each of the five levels of the High Reliability Schools model and look at sample practices within different levels.

The five specific levels include:

Level 1: Safe and Collaborative Culture
Explore specific strategies for shared decision making and developing collaborative processes that clarify the work of teacher teams and help schools operate as a cohesive network of teams clearly focused on curriculum, instruction, assessment, and achievement for all students.

Level 2: Effective Teaching in Every Classroom
Learn the concept of establishing a district- or schoolwide model of instructional practice and how it can be used to create a culture of pedagogical growth for all teachers.

Level 3: Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum
Understand the concept and processes for establishing a guaranteed and viable curriculum, which includes establishing a district- or schoolwide comprehensive vocabulary program.

Level 4: Standards-Referenced Reporting
Understand critical aspects and strategies for implementing a standards-referenced grading and reporting system in your district or school.

Level 5: Competency-Based Education
Learn specific aspects of competency-based education and review strategic initiatives schools should consider for implementing competency-based education.

Note: Part 1 of this full-day workshop will address levels 1-3.  Part 2 will focus on levels 4-5.  You may either either or both parts.

Featured Speaker
avatar for Dr. Tammy Heflebower

Dr. Tammy Heflebower

Vice President, Marzano Research Laboratory
Tammy Heflebower, EdD, is a highly sought-after school leader and consultant with vast experience in urban, rural, and suburban districts throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. Dr. Heflebower has served as a classroom teacher, building leader, district leader, regional... Read More →

Tuesday June 5, 2018 9:15am - 12:00pm
262

9:15am

Legacy Leadership: Are You Future Ready?
Future Ready leaders lead from their passions, believe in collaboration, and understand innovative uses of technology with respect to curriculum and pedagogy. Join Sheryl as she shares highlights of her learning from her 30 day road trip and year-long work on the United States Department of Education’s Future Ready Leaders project. Find out what exemplary, Future Ready superintendents around the country are doing to ensure they leave a legacy for others to follow.

Featured Speaker
avatar for Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

CEO, Powerful Learning Practice
During a 25-year education career, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach has been a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor and digital learning consultant. Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning... Read More →

Tuesday June 5, 2018 9:15am - 12:00pm
254

10:30am

Teaching STEM in a Technology Rich Classroom
The most important component of a successful STEM classroom is to begin with a rich task; one that students will be engaged in and that has a problem for them to solve. An inquiry-driven lesson that sparks student curiosity is one that will provide the best learning opportunity. At Educate.Today we believe that students and teachers working in a successful learning environment need curriculum-based content that can be individualized and flexible.

Created by educators, Educate.Today is committed to developing the highest quality learning resources available for students around STEM and STEAM. Technology is driving the work force and it is essential that all students be proficient in STEM (and STEAM since we just mentioned it?) fields, with early education providing the building blocks of understanding.

Content focused and standards-based, our videos and related curriculum resources authentically link students and the curriculum they study to individuals and organizations who are applying the STEM curriculum in the real world.

Educate.Today offers video resources targeted for use in whole class, small group, or individualized and differentiated learning settings along with activities and lesson plans related to those videos, as well as providing a platform for sharing member created content.

Presenter
avatar for Tim Gore

Tim Gore

Director of Educational Initiatives, HEC-TV
As HEC-TV’s Director of Educational Initiatives, Tim Gore is producer, host, and curriculum coordinator for HEC-TV’s Telly and Mid-America Emmy Award winning programs, videos, and curricular projects that are part of our Educate.Today website.Prior to his work with HEC-TV, Tim... Read More →
avatar for Ed Grooms

Ed Grooms

Team Member, Educate.Today
Ed Grooms holds a Bachelor of Art Degree in Speech and Theatre from South East Missouri State University and a Master’s Degree in Theatre from the University of Missouri Columbia.Ed has been in education for over 50 years. He served as a classroom teacher for thirty years and during... Read More →
avatar for Kristy Houle

Kristy Houle

Curriculum Coordinator - Educational Outreach, HEC-TV
Kristy Houle is the Educational Opportunities Coordinator for HEC-TV and a director for the Educate Today department of the corporation. She is responsible for assisting in website development, planning quality programming, developing professional development and building partnerships... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
208

10:30am

Assess What You Value; Get What You Assess

Assessment is a communication tool. What and how you assess says as much about the assessment writer and what he/she values as student results say about the learning. While American assessment has focused nearly exclusively on psychometric validity and reliability, this session will challenge attendees to focus instead on assessment that centers on meaningful, valuable outcomes that prepare students for life beyond school.


Presenter
avatar for Kevin Beckner

Kevin Beckner

Assistant Superintendent--Teaching and Learning, Parkway Schools
Kevin Beckner is Parkway's Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning, and Accountability. His previous roles include Coordinator of Student Assessment, middle school Assistant Principal, and high school Social Studies teacher. He has presented at numerous conferences on... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
210

10:30am

Levels of Understanding: Learning That Fits All

How do teachers create a learning framework that supports creating activities or assessments to meet the needs of all learners? In order to reach diverse learners, we need diverse teaching strategies. Student voice and choice should lie at the foundation of every classroom. When voice and choice are honored, the one-size-fits-all learning model transforms into multiple pathways for student growth. Join this session if you are ready to embrace a learning framework that provides multiple pathways for ALL learners.


Presenter
avatar for Charity Stephens

Charity Stephens

Teacher, Liberty Public Schools
Charity Stephens is a current classroom teacher of 20 years. She holds a Master’s in Differentiated Instruction and is a Texas A&M Doctoral Candidate for an Ed.D in Curriculum & Instruction. During her 7th year of teaching, she had one of the highest student fail rates in her building... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
212

10:30am

Top of the Mind
Top of the Mind ... “Keep the Mission Top of the Mind,” comes from John Miller’s book.

In every OUTSTANDING organization (your school), every stakeholder must have the main purpose on the Top of Their Mind everyday. Danny will share how he applied this mantra in his school and the positive impact it had.

Presenter
avatar for Daniel Hill

Daniel Hill

Chief Manager, Power of ICU
Danny Hill is the author of three successful books, Power of ICU (2009), Brick House (2012), and Grade Cleanse (2018). He is also a nationally respected authority on student apathy and school culture. He has taught science, economics, history, health,and coached football and basketball... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
214

10:30am

The Importance of Place: An Intro to Geographic Information Systems and ArcGIS in Social Studies

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are all around us, from Google Maps to the navigation systems in your car or mobile device. In the social studies classroom, GIS tools open the door for deeper understanding and analysis. This session will offer a brief introduction to GIS tools, focusing in particular on ArcGIS. Participants will learn about how 9th graders programmed their own Story Maps to visually represent their research on Transatlantic Trade, see how ArcGIS offers tools to make data-enriched maps, and how to use short, interactive GeoInquiries with your students. Come explore the landscape of GIS technology and begin to imagine how you can use it with your students to help them make sense of the world.

For the full slides from the presentation, please visit https://goo.gl/wxDVzz


Presenter
avatar for Tanya Roth

Tanya Roth

History Teacher, MICDS
Tanya Roth has spent the past two years learning how to integrate geographic information systems (GIS) into her history classes and is excited to introduce these resources to others. Tanya teaches a wide variety of history classes at MICDS, an independent college preparatory school... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
252

11:30am

Lunch
Lunch will be served in the Upper School Dining Hall from 11:30 - 1:00.

Tuesday June 5, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Dining Hall

12:30pm

Freshmen Problems? Us Too!

St. Clair High School reduced Fs for Freshmen from 66 Total for first semester to 9 Fs TOTAL for first semester! We had a student apathy problem. Now we have system of Support, and a proven way to help support our students. AND IT WORKS. Come hear about the Power of ICU!

Presentation Resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1NVsU_JGh9fR4BT3IPKr8-udTs5I0joFRUzeih2fArD8


Presenter
avatar for Paul Codespoti

Paul Codespoti

ICU Instructor, St. Clair High School
avatar for Jennifer Davis

Jennifer Davis

Principal, St. Clair High School
I taught 7th grade students English/Language Arts for 12 years. Assistant Principal 4th-6th grade building 2 years, Curriculum Director 2 years, Elementary Principal 4th-6th grade 4 years, and High School Principal 2 years.


Tuesday June 5, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
214

12:30pm

PBL in the Elementary Classroom
Interested in trying PBL, but can't imagine it with younger grades? In this session, you will realize that PBL is possible for all ages and all grades! Come listen to how it is done in 2nd grade with 7-8 year olds, examples of projects, and the impact it's had on our kids!

Presenter
avatar for Kristen Kaiser

Kristen Kaiser

Lower School, MICDS


Tuesday June 5, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
208

12:30pm

The Superpower of Metacognition

Neuroscience is everywhere and yet we don't always know how to harness the tidal wave of information for application in the classroom. This practical session will focus on specific ways we teach students to learn about learning and think about thinking.


Presenter
avatar for Sarah Flotten

Sarah Flotten

Coordinator - Peter Clark Center for Mind, Brain, and Education, Breck School
Sarah Flotten is the Coordinator for the Peter Clark Center for Mind, Brain, and Education at Breck School. In addition to her leadership of the PCC, she has taught at Breck since 1990. She currently teaches 8th-grade Modern Global Issues. Sarah is a Breck Master Teacher, an honor... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Daisy Pellant

Dr. Daisy Pellant

Director - Peter Clark Center for Mind, Brain, and Education, Breck School
Dr. Daisy Pellant is the Director of the Peter Clark Center for Mind, Brain, and Education at Breck School. Her role is to help students understand learning and themselves as learners, engage families in effectively supporting their children as learners, and inspire faculty to develop... Read More →



Tuesday June 5, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
210

12:30pm

Engaging Elementary Students in Conversations about Race and Privilege

Explore how one fifth grade classroom engaged elementary-aged students in conversations about privilege to foster anti-racist understanding. This workshop will have hands on exercises and concrete tools to support upper elementary/middle school-aged students’ understanding of privilege. Learn ways to begin a conversation about whiteness and white privilege using the BBC’s documentary The Delmar Divide, along with experiential activities, role play scenarios, and other approaches. In this workshop, we will explore how to engage students and teach them how to respond to situations and be an “upstander,” standing up against microaggressions and interrupting racism.


Presenter
avatar for Stephanie Teachout Allen

Stephanie Teachout Allen

Director of Diversity and Inclusion, New City School
Stephanie Teachout Allen is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion and a fifth grade teacher at New City School in St. Louis. She has a BA from Indiana University and a Masters from Teachers College, Columbia University. Stephanie has presented at the White Privilege Conference... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
252

12:30pm

LEADing Leadership with a Collaborative Approach

Continuing to carry out the greatness of a building is challenging for school leaders. We want our audience to learn about our struggles & celebrations of our path in regards to the continued education excellence Ridgewood Middle has seen throughout the past decade. Our team of educators collaborate & work together with limited resources & time in order to make the "dream work" here at Ridgewood. Our population of students is challenging at times - 40% free or reduced lunch population, however working as a strong group of leaders (which included everyone, staff, students, & parents) we continue to see growth, while thinking outside the box to see greatness happen for our students' success. You will leave this session with ideas to collaborate with key staff stakeholders, how to involve everyone as a team, and what to do when things aren't working out!

Our session will address middle school issues grades 6-8, however high school could easily have many take aways as well to implement into their schools.

Link to our presentation: https://bit.ly/2LYgBkW


Presenter
avatar for Jaime Cavato

Jaime Cavato

Principal, Ridgewood Middle School
Jaime Cavato is the Principal at Ridgewood Middle School in the Fox C-6 School District. She has been in education for 23 years, her current leadership role is Principal of Ridgewood Middle School, National School of Character, Top 10 MAP Scores in the STL area 2016, for the past... Read More →
avatar for Courtney Meagher

Courtney Meagher

Assistant Principal, Ridgewood Middle School
Courtney Meagher is currently the new Assistant Principal at Ridgewood Middle School in the Fox C-6 School District in Arnold, MO. For the last 7 years, before this new opportunity, I taught 6th grade at Meramec Elementary School. I taught World History and English/Language Arts... Read More →



Tuesday June 5, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
212

1:00pm

Get in the Game with Sports Analytics
Sports analytics is a growing field. Exploring the numbers of sports can help a team or be fun as a fan.  How do you get in the game with numbers? What types of questions can be examined? Let’s discuss outlooks that help with successful analytics and a variety of questions that can be analyzed.  From March Madness to helping national media with their analytics questions, Dr. Tim Chartier of Davidson College has directed his students in digging into sports using math and computer science.  His projects have varied from helping the NBA, NFL, NASCAR, and ESPN to aiding his own college teams. Learn how to play a sport — as a sports analyst!

Presenter
avatar for Dr. Timothy Chartier

Dr. Timothy Chartier

Associate Professor, Davidson College
Dr. Tim Chartier is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Davidson College. Working with Davidson College students, he supplies analytics for sports teams at the college. Tim has also consulted for ESPN's Sport Science program, the NBA, and NASCAR teams... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
250

1:00pm

​Concept-Based Mathematics: Teaching for Deep Understanding K-12
Traditional curriculum focuses on rules and procedures with little attention paid to the conceptual relationships of mathematics and mathematics is a language of conceptual relationships. Traditional curriculum often assumes the deep understanding of concepts, and fails to teach for transferability, or to consider context.

With the exponential growth of information and knowledge students need to move to a higher level of abstraction. We need to develop students' ability to critically think and reason, in order to solve complex problems and create new ideas.

This workshop will cover the concept based curriculum design model specifically for mathematics and address the following questions:

  • Why is it important for students to learn conceptually?
  • What are the facts, processes and concepts in mathematics?
  • How do I craft generalizations in mathematics?
  • How do I craft quality guiding questions?
  • How do I plan units of work for concept-based mathematics curriculum?
  • How do I captivate and engage students? Practical strategies for creating rich learning experiences in the classroom
  • How do I integrate technology to foster conceptual understanding?

Featured Speaker
avatar for Jennifer Chang-Wathall

Jennifer Chang-Wathall

Educational Consultant and Author, University of Hong Kong
Jennifer Chang-Wathall is an independent educational consultant, author and honorary faculty adviser and part time instructor for the University of Hong Kong. | | With over 25 years experience in the education field, Jennifer has worked in several international schools including... Read More →

Tuesday June 5, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
216

1:00pm

Creating Environments that Support Passion- The Role of Emerging Technologies in the Core Curriculum
In this workshop, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach focuses on real-world examples of learning environments that extend the walls of the traditional classroom, offering new possibilities and igniting a passion for learning. Evidence based on exemplary practices in education suggests that new models of teaching and learning have the power to improve educational outcomes dramatically. Come learn how to have it all — including both creativity and rigor — when delivering your core content curriculum.

Featured Speaker
avatar for Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

CEO, Powerful Learning Practice
During a 25-year education career, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach has been a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor and digital learning consultant. Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning... Read More →

Tuesday June 5, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
254

1:00pm

Framework for 21st Century Learning
A growing number of voices within and outside the educational establishment are calling for an enhanced emphasis on “21st century skills.” This call for a focus on 21st century learning raises important and practical questions for educators:
 
  • How might we effectively infuse these skills into an already over-crowded curriculum?
  • What assessment practices are needed to assess 21st century skills in conjunction with academic standards?
  • What kind of teaching is needed to promote 21st century learning?
  • Which current educational practices and school structures are likely to support the attainment of 21st century learning outcomes, and which may inhibit it?

This session will present a practical framework for considering these questions and building a system to support 21st Century Learning.

Featured Speaker
avatar for Jay McTighe

Jay McTighe

Author and Education Consultant, Jay McTighe & Associates
Jay McTighe brings a wealth of experience developed during a rich and varied career in education.  He served as director of the Maryland Assessment Consortium, a state collaboration of school districts working together to develop and share formative performance assessments... Read More →

Tuesday June 5, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
104

1:00pm

Thinking About Reading? Reading Strategies at Work

Reading strategies are thinking strategies and are used across all curricular areas.  How do we teach thinking to any student?  By making it fun!  Adopting an attitude of play, we begin with pre-reading strategies and move through the reading process (before, during, after) to teach students meta-cognition.  If they can adopt the ability to think about their own thinking they can realize the need to adjust their reading speed, ask more questions, look up an unfamiliar word, or keep an on-going list of symbolism that they recognize is recurring in a text. 


Presenter
avatar for Tanya Chartier

Tanya Chartier

Educational Therapist, The Davidson Center
Tanya Chartier has been an educator for two decades.  Currently an Educational Therapist at The Davidson Center, Tanya has taught in public and private settings including as a middle school reading specialist, theatre teacher, multi-age elementary teacher, and teacher educator at... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
112

1:00pm

Active Literacy Across the Curriculum: Connecting Print, Digital, Media, and Global Literacies
Cultivating innovative and thoughtful learners requires the development of the three new 21st century literacies: digital, media, and global. Dr. Jacobs will dive into exciting design options to integrate active literacy into curriculum planning, assessment design and teaching approaches for primary, secondary, and tertiary learners. She will engage us in examining these questions: How can we engage our students developmentally into employing digital learning? How do we help our students critique and create quality media? How can we cultivate globally connected learners by opening the portals to our classroom? A critical focus will be on methods for replacing dated content with contemporary issues, problems, and topics at ALL levels of instruction.

Featured Speaker
avatar for Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs

President and Founder, Curriculum Designers, Inc.
Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, creator of Curriculum21, is also the founder and president of Curriculum Designers, Inc. Heidi has served as an education consultant to thousands of schools nationally and internationally. She works with schools and districts K-12 on issues and practices... Read More →

Tuesday June 5, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
202

1:00pm

RemixED: The Power of Remix, Mashup, and Recontextualization in the Classroom
Mozilla Web Literacy creator Doug Belshaw says that the “heart” of “digital literacies” is the Remix. Kirby Ferguson eloquently encouraged us in his TED talk to “Embrace the Remix”, because, as his enlightening documentary series reminds us, “everything is a remix”. Newspaper blackout artist and awardwinning author Austin Kleon’s advice to budding creatives is to “Steal Like an Artist”, because “you are a mashup of what you let into your life”. Our students are engrossed in remix culture they are the appropriation and recontextualization generation. Remix calls for knowledge and understanding, critical, higherorder, and design thinking, a variety of tech skills, and, frequently, collaboration and navigation in the greater media landscape. Most importantly a remix task offers students a chance to truly transform a work and create something unique something that will contribute to their digital presence and legacy.

This session is part pedagogical/philosophical and part participatory. Attendees will leave with a “goodiebag” of resources and ideas as well as have the opportunity to develop, practice, and share several types of remix projects.

All participants should bring their own device and ideally have created a G+ profile as well as
YouTube channel. It would also be extremely helpful to have a camera on one’s phone or the
ability to take and upload images easily.

Session resources are here.

Featured Speaker
avatar for Amy Burvall

Amy Burvall

Author and Consultant, Education Consultant and Author
Amy Burvall is a professional recombinant, frequent flâneuse, and itinerant artist. After 25 years in the classroom she is currently consulting, creating, and curating in the fields of creativity, visual thinking, and digital literacies. She was an early YouTuber with her History... Read More →

Tuesday June 5, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
258

1:00pm

Having Healthy Racial Conversations: Reducing Fear through Racial Literacy
Recent racial conflicts, confrontations, and protests have affected how America considers its legacy of violence and equality. Lost in these socially mediated events, is what happens emotionally to youth and families, to authority figures who also have children and families, and to social activists trying to hold America accountable to its highest ideals. This workshop will teach participants how to navigate the stress of having face-to-face racial conversations and experiences in order to move beyond racial fight, flight or fright reactions. Participants will be taught to recognize and resolve their racial stress reactions in order to make better decisions regarding racial interactions with others.

Featured Speaker
avatar for Dr. Howard Stevenson

Dr. Howard Stevenson

Professor and Author, University of Pennsylvania GSE
Dr. Howard Stevenson is the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, and former Chair of the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is a nationally recognized... Read More →

Tuesday June 5, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
108

1:00pm

Leadership for Becoming a High Reliability School Part 2
The Marzano High Reliability Schools (HRS) framework serves as a strategic planning framework to help schools focus on specific, research-based conditions for continuous school improvement. The HRS overview workshop introduces participants to the five levels of the framework and the hierarchy in which they are organized.

Participants will also learn the HRS process for strategic planning and explore example practices from other schools using the HRS framework. The one-day overview will engage participants in reflecting on their own schools through the lens of high reliability and how HRS is a data-driven leadership process.

During the one-day overview, participants will learn the concept of leading and lagging indicators of practice and the use of quick data as a monitoring tool. Attendees will explore key components of each of the five levels of the High Reliability Schools model and look at sample practices within different levels.

The five specific levels include:

Level 1: Safe and Collaborative Culture
Explore specific strategies for shared decision making and developing collaborative processes that clarify the work of teacher teams and help schools operate as a cohesive network of teams clearly focused on curriculum, instruction, assessment, and achievement for all students.

Level 2: Effective Teaching in Every Classroom
Learn the concept of establishing a district- or schoolwide model of instructional practice and how it can be used to create a culture of pedagogical growth for all teachers.

Level 3: Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum
Understand the concept and processes for establishing a guaranteed and viable curriculum, which includes establishing a district- or schoolwide comprehensive vocabulary program.

Level 4: Standards-Referenced Reporting
Understand critical aspects and strategies for implementing a standards-referenced grading and reporting system in your district or school.

Level 5: Competency-Based Education
Learn specific aspects of competency-based education and review strategic initiatives schools should consider for implementing competency-based education.

Note: Part 1 of this full-day workshop will address levels 1-3.  Part 2 will focus on levels 4-5.  You may either either or both parts.

Featured Speaker
avatar for Dr. Tammy Heflebower

Dr. Tammy Heflebower

Vice President, Marzano Research Laboratory
Tammy Heflebower, EdD, is a highly sought-after school leader and consultant with vast experience in urban, rural, and suburban districts throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. Dr. Heflebower has served as a classroom teacher, building leader, district leader, regional... Read More →

Tuesday June 5, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
262

1:45pm

Daily War Strategies on Student Apathy-Power of ICU
Hear from a school that has defeated student apathy. Jackson Junior High School (8-9th grade) has completed every assignment over the past 4 years resulting in eliminating retention rates, increasing state scores and A and B grades went up to a whopping 80% of all semester grades. In this session, you will receive a multitude of daily strategies that administrators and teachers can utilize in their school to begin winning the war on apathy.

Presenter
avatar for Roseann Bruns

Roseann Bruns

Math Teacher, Jackson R-II School District
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Cory Crosnoe

Building Principal, Jackson R-II School District
Cory has been the Principal of R.O. Hawkins Junior High School in Jackson, Missouri for the past 15 years. Prior to this appointment he served in education as a math teacher, guidance counselor, Junior High Assistant Principal, High School Assistant Principal, coach... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
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1:45pm

Personalizing Report Cards with Standards Based Grading
In this session participants will learn how one school went from a traditional report card system to a personalized, standards-based report card. Participants will learn the process, rewards, pitfalls, and challenges ahead.

Presenter
avatar for Jeff Horwitz

Jeff Horwitz

Early Childhood Director, Chesterfield Day School
Jeff Horwitz is theJeff Horwitz is the Early Childhood Director at City Academy. | Jeff is a 21st Century educator whose passion is student-centered instruction using technology as a tool to promote deep thinking. He is an advocate for Project Based Learning and letting student passions... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
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1:45pm

The Battle of the PBL's
Participants will walk away with materials and multiple ideas for implementing Performance Based Learning Tasks; planning for short and long-term Project Based Learning; knowing steps that can be used to build the right culture for creating and fostering an environment that promotes risk-taking and critical thinking.

Within the workshop, I will provide multiple opportunities for participants to interact and practice short, low-risk Performance Based tasks, share ideas for Project Based Learning goals, and experience first-hand what it looks like to run a class that is willing to take risks while thinking critically about the process.

Presenter
avatar for Alicia Sorensen

Alicia Sorensen

English Teacher, The Principia
I am currently an upper school English teacher at The Principia. Before coming to Principia, I worked in the public school system in Indiana for five years. During my time as a public school teacher, I worked with students living in poverty, students who were far below reading level... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
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1:45pm

Using Culturally Responsive Protocols in the Elementary Classroom

This will be an interactive session modeling various culturally responsive teaching protocols that can be used in the Elementary classroom. With a focus on literature we will enjoy a variety of activities that can be used to reach culturally diverse learners.


Presenter
avatar for Sara Levine

Sara Levine

Lower School, MICDS
Sara Levine just finished her seventh year as a third grade homeroom teacher. She has taught second through sixth graders prior to teaching at MICDS. Her instruction focuses on culturally responsive and cooperative learning protocols and works closely with her grade level team to... Read More →
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Aubrey Schmoll

Lower School, MICDS
Aubrey Schmoll is currently a third grade homeroom teacher at MICDS. After working in Early Childhood education for tens year she began teaching Elementary aged students. She has a passion for teaching English and pursued a TESOL certification after working with a large population... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
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1:45pm

Data for Dummies: Reading and Acting on Data for Classroom and School Improvement

When the word "data" is mentioned in a school, hallways are suddenly empty, dining halls are abandoned, and meeting areas become as silent as libraries. It seems that there is a trepidation around the collecting and interpreting of data. This session aims at making numbers a lot more friendly and data a lot more manageable to the novice interpreter. In this session we will explore what data says and doesn't say, and how to best engage with data when it is presented to us. We are swimming in information throughout our school days. It is a huge opportunity to begin interacting with that information in ways that will help us help our students better.


Presenter
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Steven Henn

English Teacher, The Principia
Steve has been directing Principia's senior project program for seven years and has consistently been engaged in the discussion of what promotes the development of young people as independent thinkers. He is currently an EDD candidate at Vanderbilt University's Peabody School of... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
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3:00pm

Incorporating Content, Assessment and Dispelling Misconceptions about Project Based Learning

In this session participants will learn how to incorporate various types of content and assessments into their PBL units. The session will also include real world examples that are currently being used in the classroom while dispelling common misconceptions about project based learning.


Presenter
avatar for Jeff Horwitz

Jeff Horwitz

Early Childhood Director, Chesterfield Day School
Jeff Horwitz is theJeff Horwitz is the Early Childhood Director at City Academy. | Jeff is a 21st Century educator whose passion is student-centered instruction using technology as a tool to promote deep thinking. He is an advocate for Project Based Learning and letting student passions... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
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3:00pm

Panel Discussion with Practitioners to Defeat Student Apathy

In this session, there will be a panel of practitioners (Building Principal, Math teacher, ELA teacher and retired administrator-Author of Power of ICU) that will discuss many topics including the elimination of missing assignments, better teaching practices in the classroom, and creating a team culture within the school. The session will allow time for Q&A from the audience.


Presenter
avatar for Roseann Bruns

Roseann Bruns

Math Teacher, Jackson R-II School District
avatar for Cory Crosnoe

Cory Crosnoe

Building Principal, Jackson R-II School District
Cory has been the Principal of R.O. Hawkins Junior High School in Jackson, Missouri for the past 15 years. Prior to this appointment he served in education as a math teacher, guidance counselor, Junior High Assistant Principal, High School Assistant Principal, coach... Read More →
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Daniel Hill

Chief Manager, Power of ICU
Danny Hill is the author of three successful books, Power of ICU (2009), Brick House (2012), and Grade Cleanse (2018). He is also a nationally respected authority on student apathy and school culture. He has taught science, economics, history, health,and coached football and basketball... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
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3:00pm

So Many Ideas, So Little Time!

There are so many wonderful ideas, strategies, and programs that are available to teachers. How do we fit everything into our already tight schedules? In this session, we will share ideas and resources that work in our classrooms as well as suggestions for how to blend everything together to create a cohesive, effective program. Participants are encouraged to bring at least one strategy or resource used in their classroom. A comprehensive list will be compiled and shared with all participants.


Presenter
avatar for Donna Waters

Donna Waters

Lower School, MICDS
I have a Masters degree in elementary education. I have been a classroom teacher for 26 years. I spent the first 13 years of my career teaching 5th grade in the Parkway School District. I have been teaching 4th grade at MICDS for the past 13 years. I feel very fortunate to have had... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
210

3:00pm

The Student-Centered Classroom

My session will show how I have incorporated technology to facilitate differentiated instruction in a student-centered science classroom. I will discuss how I use pre-testing, multiple learning modalities, student choice, and varied assessments to reach a diverse range of learners. By moving away from the traditional lecture format, my students are able to learn the material in a format that works best for each of them, including watching videos, reading text, attending a mini-lecture, or working with hands-on activities. In this format, I am not directly instructing the whole class but meeting with students individually or in small groups to provide more nuanced feedback. Students are able to take the assessment at any point in the process and can retake it up to three times to encourage mastery of the material and a growth mindset. In addition, those who master the material quickly can pursue independent extension projects. Every student in the classroom is unique and our instruction should match this diversity rather than attempt to conform it to one model.


Presenter
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Heather Lavezzi

Science Teacher, Whitfield School
In 2009, I received my undergraduate degree in biology from Missouri University of Science and Technology. I then received my PhD in pharmacological and physiologycal sciences from Saint Louis University in 2014. I conduced research on the anatomy and related behaviors of a newly-identified... Read More →


Tuesday June 5, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
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