K-12 Guidance and School Counselors

Students with ACEs, Adverse Childhood Experiences, are inherently going to display their thorns throughout their school day. Their behavior many times is an outward expression of internal turmoil. This session is designed to help stakeholders identify and eliminate what we view as thorns and instead focus on the rose possessed by students of adverse experiences. We must cultivate our strategies as administrators, teachers, and counselors to minimize the impact of behaviors while supporting students.

Rebecca Welch focuses on how to use the WIDA Can Do Descriptors in the classroom and guides the group discussion around strategies that are working, best practices, grading, and ways to keep students motivated toward mastery.

Conference opening Keynote Address by Dr. Zalman Usiskin.

Professional career opportunities for women in applied engineering disciplines such as engineering technology and construction management are soaring. Businesses see the strengths that women bring to professional/technical teams in designing and building everything from automobiles to hospitals. Women can use their teamwork and technical skills to build successful careers in many areas of the economy such as healthcare, food production/packaging, manufacturing, and construction.

Dr. Tim Odegard (MTSU Chair of Excellence in Dyslexic Studies and MTSU Professor) begins the 2016 MTSU Dyslexia Conference with a basic question - “What is Dyslexia?”.

He addresses myths about Dyslexia and cognitive processes of reading.

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.

Jason Seay shows High School Guidance Counselors the available avenues High School graduates (and those nearing graduation) can take to receive Financial Aid for college.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Dr. Holt's presentation on RTI

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.

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.

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.

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.


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