K-12 Administrators

The 2012 MTSU Play Symposium will focus on the many options that technology provides to promote play and physical activity in the busy lives of children. Anticipated topics include using video games to promote physical activities; how technology has enhanced and inhibited physical activities; the use of applications to encourage, monitor, and sustain physical activity; and how technology has advanced our understanding of the effects of play on brain development.

A Classroom Comprehension Program - Session 1

A Classroom Comprehension Program - Session 2

A Classroom Comprehension Program - Session 3

A Classroom Reading Rate Program - Session 1

A Classroom Reading Rate Program - Session 2

A Classroom Reading Rate Program - Session 3

This session focuses on instructional strategies (e.g., acoustic highlighting) teachers and paraprofessionals can use in the classroom to make it more accessible for students with hearing loss. We look at the educational environment and how to make our classrooms acoustically appropriate for all students. In addition, we will discuss how best to work with the educational team including the interpreter, itinerant teacher, and speech-language pathologist.

One of the primary roles of special education teachers is helping regular educators make accommodations and modifications so that students with special needs can function in the least restrictive environment. Though most special educators seamlessly accommodate, modify, and adapt, it is difficult for many regular teachers to get a handle on what these terms mean and how to implement them. Participants will learn step-by-step how to modify and adapt instructional content for the struggling learner.

Students with ACEs, Adverse Childhood Experiences, are inherently going to display their thorns throughout their school day. Their behavior many times is an outward expression of internal turmoil. This session is designed to help stakeholders identify and eliminate what we view as thorns and instead focus on the rose possessed by students of adverse experiences. We must cultivate our strategies as administrators, teachers, and counselors to minimize the impact of behaviors while supporting students.

This session will provide an overview on The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) and the impact of ACEs overall. Additionally, the presenter will discuss the relationship between ACEs and brain development, cognition, language development and issues related to immigration.

In this administrative discussion on developing a Title III procedure manual, Kim Henegar (Director of Title III and Testing, Warren County Schools) shares the procedures developed for her district.

In a school with high poverty and more than half of its students receiving EL services, a number of gaps are likely to exist in language and vocabulary, culture, college and career planning, socio-economic circumstances, and mindset. The keys to bridging these gaps lie in developing relationships and providing opportunities that allow all stakeholders to grow in their appreciation of individualities and recognition of transferable skills.

Sharon Clark is a STEM teacher with a gift for grasping and inspiring her students with new learning technologies in the STEM field. She was chosen as a PBS Digital Innovator in 2015 and selected as as EdmodoCon 2017 speaker in 2017. She shares her insights into the the changing world of classroom technology.

Rebecca Welch focuses on how to use the WIDA Can Do Descriptors in the classroom and guides the group discussion around strategies that are working, best practices, grading, and ways to keep students motivated toward mastery.

Nona Hall identifies key characteristics of effective programs for English Learners including how the WIDA English Language Development Framework Training empowers all teachers to successfully serve their ELs.

While teachers' primary focus is on a child or youth's success in school, a student's performance is clearly impacted by factors outside of school. Child abuse and neglect are potentially very damaging to a child's ability to succeed in other areas of life. This program will focus on issues that impact children and youth both at home and at school.

The morning keynote focuses on brain activity research while reading takes place.

- Explain the trajectory of career and technical education programs of study.
- Discuss the importance of CTE as an option for all students.
- Introduce each piece of a complete CTE program of study.
- Explain Governor Bill Lee’s GIVE initiative.
- Explain the importance of regional workforce data in career exploration.
- Share plan to ensure all student leave with a path and a plan.

Cortney Crews and Jordan Sims are both distinguished educators within Metro Nashville Public Schools. Cortney is a Literacy Specialist for the Schools of Innovation and teaches at Jere Baxter Middle School and Jordan is an Instructional Specialist in secondary education and teaches at Hunters Lane High School. In this lesson, they give practical classroom advise on inspiring your class early in the school year to be excited about reading and writing and how to incorporate state standards in your lessons.

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