K-12 Administrators

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 10:15am to 11:45am CDT

This session will focus on the Capstone research that Ms. Skae did for her Vanderbilt Masters program, where she developed a competitive model within her 7th grade classrooms, that focused on belonging to a team and working for collaborative success within the classroom setting. This model improved classroom behaviors and student engagement.

Thursday, November 6, 2008 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm CST

Tiered instruction is a "user friendly" approach to addressing different readiness levels, interests and student profiles. By keeping the focus of the activity the same, but providing routes of access at varying degrees of difficulty, each student: (1) comes away with pivotal skills and understanding, and (2) is appropriately challenged. This worksop identifies the key steps of tiered instruction.

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 12:45pm to 2:15pm CDT

Managing change is a fundamental part of school transformation. This session provides practitioners with authentic strategies that will help school leaders transform their learning environment into an "oasis of hope" for teens who need extra academic support. You will be enlightened as you listen to amazing stories that will inspire you to know your "Why", keep your fire and press forward to help children maximize their potential. Key themes: Civic Engagement, Climate/Culture, Community Partnerships, Social Emotional Learning, Post Secondary Access.

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am CDT

As we all work to make education meaningful and relevant to all learners, we must not forget the "Underdog." Tedx Talk speaker, Dr. Ryan Jackson, shares his experiences as a teacher, assistant principal, and now lead principal as he reveals strategies for guiding the Underdog.

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm CDT

With the shift toward the new Tennessee State Standards, the current focus for educators is to ensure that their students are college and career ready when they graduate from high school. Progress towards this shift in Literacy includes regular practice with complex texts and academic vocabulary. How do we make these standards accessible to students with limited English language? This session will explain the misconceptions about English language learners and offer concrete examples of how you can accommodate ELLs so that they can become successful readers in your classroom.

Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 9:00am to 12:30pm CDT

Nancy Hennessy, M.Ed., LDT-C, nationally recognized reading consultant and past president of the International Dyslexia Association will present an in-depth discussion on how the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) fit with the research base on reading and writing development, challenges for those who work with struggling readers, and alignment of research and standards with the development of teacher knowledge.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm CST

In this exciting new series, Tennessee teachers will show how they are implementing the research-based instructional strategies that are most likely to improve student achievement across all content areas and grade levels. In this session, the strategies of non-linguistic representation and similarities and differences will be featured.

Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 8:30am to 10:15am CST

MTSU Play Symposium II, Session one.
This session presents the rationale and strategies to ensure children’s quality outdoor play and physical activity. The outdoors provide unique learning opportunities not possible in traditional indoor settings. In order to maximize children’s learning, session content describes inexpensive design features for the outdoor classroom.

Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 10:30am to 11:30pm CST

Play Symposium II, Session two.
This session presents the rationale and strategies to ensure children’s quality outdoor play and physical activity. The outdoors provide unique learning opportunities not possible in traditional indoor settings. In order to maximize children’s learning, session content describes inexpensive design features for the outdoor classroom.

Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 8:45am to 10:45am CDT

This session describes the important contributions of play and physical activity with respect to diverse populations, including: special needs, SES, and gender. A panel of experts provides content with respect to play, physical activity and balanced playgrounds.

Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm CST

This workshop will focus on what it means to look, interact, and work like a professional. Participants will discuss situations that might be encountered in the classroom through a scenario format. Participants will also learn about legal implications of certain aspects of the teaching profession and the choices they make.

Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm CDT

A panel of experts from the DCS Division of Juvenile Justice will discuss the Restorative Justice (RJ) process. “RJ” is a new yet ancient way of addressing conflict and discipline in our schools and communities. It brings people together to confront harm and make things right. This overview will highlight its success with youth in school settings. Learn how you can be a part of this evidence-based initiative!

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm CST

Participants will learn proven strategies for matching instructional approaches to the readiness, interests and talents of all students. These approaches include problem-based learning, providing "scaffolds" for lesson content, and analyzing the procedures used in learning and the products of learning. Participants will watch short video clips of Tennessee teachers who are successfully practicing these differentiated instructional strategies in their classrooms after attending a TNDOE-sponsored differentiated instruction camp at MTSU.

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 10:15am to 11:30am CST

Student Discipline Institute 2017: Best Practices Panel

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 8:15am to 8:30am CST

Dr. Vicki Kirk elaborates on utilizing challenges, fairness and consequences in the classroom; and how it plays into classroom behavior management and effective teaching practices.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm CDT

In this exciting new series, Tennessee teachers will show how they are implementing the research-based instructional strategies that are most likely to improve student achievement across all content areas and grade levels. In this session, the strategies of summarizing and note taking will be featured.

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 12:45pm to 2:15pm CDT

The focus on this session will be two-fold. First, participants will be able to understand how characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may impact learning and behavior, particularly in educational settings. With this information as a guide, participants will be introduced to evidence-based practices that can be utilized in a variety of educational settings across the lifespan that focus specifically on supporting these characteristics.

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm CST

A panel of experts from the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, the Tennessee Department of Education and the faith-based Community in Tennessee will discuss innovative strategies to develop healthy relationships among the educational system, child welfare system, and the faith-based community to assist children and families that may or may not be involved with TNDCS. This is a dialogue that every K-12 Educator needs to hear.

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm CST

Protective factors are positive qualities that strengthen families. By using Protective Factor Language, teachers can reach families who are at risk without making them feel singled out or judged. The goal is to familiarize educators with the Strengthening Families approach and the Five Protective Factors. Research shows that when these five Protective Factors are present, child abuse and child neglect are less likely to occur.

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 12:45pm to 2:15pm CDT

Grit and growth mindset are all the rage right now, but does the research back the hype? This session will cover the research being conducted on strategies to promote growth mindset and perseverance for struggling readers. It will also cover tips for increasing motivation, self-regulation, and engagement to improve literacy outcomes.

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