K-12 Administrators

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.

Long-term English language learners (LTELs) have been served for six years without making adequate progress. Accountability requires all students to succeed, but how? The presenters will share best practices, attitudes, and strategies to meet the needs of our long-term language learners, as well as how to prevent ELs from becoming LTELs.

Student Discipline Institute 2017: Best Practices Panel

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.

Students with limited or interrupted formal education are in every school. These are students who have missed two or more years of their education. In this Dr. Paraiso tackles specific strategies, remediation, post-traumatic stress in students, and building social skills as well as academic language.

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.

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.

Financial Literacy for Your Classroom

TEAM Evaluations: What We've Learned So Far

The following are discussed on connecting research to practice.

1.) Research to Practice Relationship
2.) Informed Educators
3.) Evidenced Informed Instructional Framework
4.) Informed Educational Environments
5.) What Now?

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.

Cicely Woodard is an 8th grade Math teacher from West End Middle School as well as 2018 Tennessee Teacher of the Year. This lesson focuses on the practices and methods that she has learned that keep students focused and excited in the classroom.

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.

Navigating the school environment can be challenging for any parent, but particularly for parents from a different cultural background. In this session, you will gain the tools and strategies to make your classroom welcoming for all parents regardless of language or culture.

Topics will include: social customs, culture shock, translation approaches, partnering with your educational assistant, and providing an orientation for parents.

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.

Technology and Web 2.0 tools allow teachers to accommodate and reach those students with learning differences. We do a great disservice to our students with different learning styles when we withhold readily available tools from our instructional technology tool kit. These Web 2.0 tools will provide the opportunity to differentiate instruction in a number of ways to accommodate all types of learners. The presenter will showcase over thirty Web 2.0 websites to enhance differentiated instruction teaching practices.

The concepts of visible learning are multi-faceted and can be critical components in the instruction of ELs. Scaffolding, modeling, and the use of strategic routines will be explored.

Joann Lucero Runion and Katie Barcy bring updates from the Tennessee Department of Education. Joseph Whinery gives a brief review and demonstration of some tools available for all ESL teachers in Tennessee to accompany student ILP’s.

A panel of experts from the Tennessee Department of Children's Services and the Tennessee Chapter of Children's Advocacy Centers will discuss child sexual abuse issues that every K-12 Educator needs to hear.

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