K-12 Classroom teachers

This session is designed to address inaccurate college expectations and provide practical advice that high school counselors can use to best prepare their students. Topics to be addressed include how college differs from the high school experience, setting college goals, and strategies for picking the right career and major.

Each year approximately 3,000,000 freshman enroll in colleges across the U.S., and fewer than 50% will graduate within six years of starting. This program is designed to educate students about higher education and provide practical advice to help students become successful in college. Topics to be covered include how to pick the right major, how to schedule your college courses and how to best study for college exams.

Address poverty issues through conversations with yourself, parents, students, and stakeholders.

The use of flags or “colors” to represent a common bond within a group of people developed more than one thousand years ago. During battles, flags symbolize a fighting spirit and are physically and psychologically important. This program will focus on the significance and symbolism of flags during the Civil War.

Prepare your students for the upcoming election by taking a look at previous presidential elections in the U.S. Primary sources and other resources from the Library of Congress website will be discussed, along with ideas for using these resources in your classroom.

Kira Duke shows teachers how to make history more interactive by viewing past images through a historical lens. Utilizing photos and worksheets developed by the Library of Congress teachers build critical thinking skills in their students that carry beyond the History classroom.

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.

Project IMPACT
(Implementing Mathematical Practices and Content into Teaching)

Dr. Angela Barlow (Director of MTSU's Mathematics and Science Education Ph.D. Program) uses farm animals to teach Kindergarteners how different animal groups determine different a set number of animal legs.

Afterwards, Dr. Alyson Lischka moderates a discussion between 60 K-12 teachers and Dr. Barlow on the Kindergarten lesson.

-Understand the meaning of counterculture, as well as the historical origins, context, and significance of the 1960s counterculture.
-Identify the express motivations of some of its major figures.
-Brainstorm ways to introduce these controversial concepts to high school students (AP, dual enrollment, IB).

Lecture of the role that women had during the Progressive Era and Nineteenth Amendment.

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.

An overview of the National Writing Project’s College-Ready Writers Program is given. Then an approach to teaching students how to write a detail research report using five parts is discussed. The five parts: Part One - Introduce the Issue, Part Two - Research & Methods, Part Three - Your Findings, Part Four - Analysis, Part Five - Conclusion & Recommendations.

Making a case in an opinion editorial as a mini-unit is discussed. A planning document becomes the focus of the discussion on how to guide students through their op-ed's. Casey then goes through some of his students work to look in more detail at how the op-ed mini-unit was executed within his classroom.

Exploration of the National Writing Project's College-Ready Writers Program website, along with a discussion about the resources provided by them and how to utilize it.

Dyslexia Within RTI: Reading Fluency

Personal accounts from a panel of youth who have experienced the public child welfare system, focusing on personal educational experiences and how teachers can support this unique population in being successful.

The presenters will demonstrate engaging elementary students in applying critical thinking and reasoning, and inquiry-based techniques in learning about children who survived the Holocaust. Attributes such as courage, perseverance, loyalty, kindness and love will be embedded in the stories discussed.

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!

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