K-12 Administrators

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.

Dr. Stephen Krashen’s research shows that without 100% comprehensible input, students cannot acquire another language. Because most ELL teachers do not share the native language of the students they are teaching, they need training on how to use a tool that can help them keep things comprehensible. TPR, or Total Physical Response, is based on brain research and published test results.

What do you do with a high school student that does not know the alphabet? Struggling learners in grades 6-12 have the same literacy needs as younger students, but they require different strategies. This session will focus on appropriate materials and methods for building literacy in middle and high school students.

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.

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.

Kristina Danko challenges teachers to become aware influencers in their schools and take their students' personal, social, and structural motivations into account when teaching lessons - that education doesn't happen in a bubble environment.

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.

Organized Chaos

Overview & Research-based Practices to Support Comprehension

Overview & Research-based Practices to Support Fluency

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.

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.

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.

Professional development in the 21st century is changing to accommodate busy schedules and to promote connections across the miles. Dr. Tennyson builds on past experiences with professional learning networks and online book studies to encourage educators to explore new opportunities for professional growth.

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.

Brenda Mulanda uses dash facts to summarize a piece of text both verbally and in writing . This strategy is used to improve reading comprehension and writing for intermediate EL students in Grades 2 through 8 but can be useful for older English Learners.

In this dynamic session for lower elementary teachers, Rebecca Cogdal and Shannon Holland walk through the process of developing a balanced literacy lesson incorporating science/social studies standards and ELA standards while giving effective visible feedback.

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!

Kevin Stacy focuses on student engagement and how ESL educators can use scaffolding to help students analyze text in a deeper way.

Sources of Reading Comprehension Difficulties in Adolescents:What Do We Know and What Can We Do About It?

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