K-12 Classroom teachers

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.

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.

Dyslexia Within RTI: Letter Knowledge & Phonics

The Library of Congress website contains a multitude of primary source images and documents that educators of all levels can use to teach math, technology and engineering. This program will demonstrate how to use these sources in the classroom, through specific images, lesson ideas and web links.

Linguistic Funds of Knowledge: Building on Bilingual Students' Home Language Resources

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.

The six principles laid out by TESOL for exemplary teaching of English Learners gives teachers a framework to align their classroom practices. Using this framework, the presenter will share strategies and information to increase teachers’ and administrators’ capacity to improve instruction for older EL’s. In addition, the presenter will share ways teachers can leverage student voice in reading and writing activities.

Billy, Terry Sue and a group of Tennessee teachers will show you how to use an activity such as an outdoor Star Party to improve student achievement with standards-based lessons. Many students do not live in a location where they can participate in such an activity, but by using video footage of a live star party and the lessons demonstrated by Billy and Terry Sue, space-related standards could be taught in a new way.

At Nissan we think of going green as a change in behavior. It has to become personal to each individual. We are a large company in the middle of Smyrna, TN and we want our community to see that we are doing our part to sustain the environment. We have a team of 238 employees that educate across all the plants to have the mindset of Reduce-Reuse-Recycle.

Are you looking for innovative ways to incorporate math and literacy activities into your classroom? This program will demonstrate practical, cross-curricular, lessons based on the common core standards that you can use in your classroom. The strategies will help your students in grades 3-5 read, write, listen and speak to learn mathematics.

The first of a two-part series that focuses on Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking (Literacy) to learn mathematics will give strategies for the development and retention of mathematical vocabulary. Moreover, strategies to enhance mathematical reading will be given.

The second of a two-part series that focuses on Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking (Literacy) to learn mathematics will show how children's literature can be used to teach mathematics. This session will show various ways children's literature can be used as well as provide examples of problems and books for your classroom.

Are you looking for innovative ways to incorporate math and literacy activities into your classroom? This program will demonstrate practical, cross-curricular, standards-based lessons that you can use in your classroom. The strategies will help your students read, write, listen and speak to learn mathematics.

Michael McCall lectures on how the media and gender politics influenced Country Music through recent years.

This video supports the application of the Integrated, Expanded, and Complementary Strands in WIDA.

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.

Siema Bailey Swartzel discusses how music can make a difference in student lives with several different styles and approaches that can be utilized.

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