K-12 Administrators

New York Times bestselling author and former teacher Blue Balliett addresses critical thinking with the common core through her series of juvenile novels aimed at promoting critical thought and a love of learning in young people.

"Language Arts and Mathematics", the closing remarks lecture by Dr. Zalman Usiskin for the 2013 Critical Thinking with the Common Core Conference.

Dr. Jennifer Bay-Williams, professor of mathematics education from the University of Louisville, offers insight into the new state common core standards and how they affect mathematic curriculum.

Research based strategies for implementing the State Common Core Standards in the fifth grade classroom with educators Felicia Vaughn and James Parsons

Critical Thinking with the Common Core strategies for grade 4

Conference opening Keynote Address by Dr. Zalman Usiskin.

Strategies and best practices for English Learners apply to students of various needs. This presentation has three areas of focus: 1) Newcomers and those with the lowest levels of English proficiency; 2) Instruction and assessment in the content areas; and 3) Cross-cultural understanding and diversity. Participants will learn how the combination of a district’s scope and sequence with ESL resources such as the individual learning plan provides both teacher and learner with a set of tools for rigorous instruction and learning.

The session outlines practices to identify characteristics of dyslexia using various sources of student information. This is followed by a practical discussion of instructional methods appropriate for students with characteristics of dyslexia. The session ends by reviewing common accommodations provided to aid students with dyslexia to demonstrate their potential in the classroom.

A group discussion of different progress monitoring tools and methods for English language proficiency.

In Part 1 of the ELL District Collaborative: SPED Procedures for ELL Students we learn how to identify a potential ELL student that is a SPED student as well, the support and resources that WIDA offers, and other FAQs regarding the subject. All this with a small group discussion following the presentation.

A whole group discussion on the topic with an emphasis on the following two questions:
1. Skills that students need to exit ELL and ways to document how they are progressing
2. Kinds of tests for students to determine if a student has special needs or if there is an English language barrier

Dr. Ryan B. Jackson and his wife Leticia Skae-Jackson are founders of "Fit Leaders" a national; group of edcuators and industry leaders dedicated to professional success through health living. In this video that give motivational tips, information about joining their movement and piratical advise on being the best you can be.

Formative assessment is an important step in the teaching and learning process. The background and content knowledge students and teachers share influences how students understand the materials, lessons, and learning opportunities you provide. Unless you check for understanding, it is difficult to know what students are getting out of the lesson. Participants will come to understand that the faulty notion, “I taught it, therefore they got it” can hinder student achievement.

Explore the Creative Process in relation to STEM education and provide hands on training in arts integration.

Inclusion is more than physical presence in the classroom and is nothing more than good teaching for all students. Students learn when they actively participate in the academic lessons and interact with others. This presentation will provide specific strategies to create a meaningful and inclusive learning environment. The core business of educating students with disabilities in general education classrooms is for teachers to become designers of learning for meaningful student engagement.

How to use data in an effort to improve your school and classroom.

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.

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.

Dr. Joanne Coggins and Dr. Laura Clark Briggs dive into the differences between students who have second language issues and those who have second language issues PLUS learning difficulties/disabilities. They take a look at an overview of reading development and language acquisition for typical EL elementary students. This session takes a focus on English language learners who may have a reading disability and how to provide effective instruction and supports for these students.

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.

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