Leader U: Professional Learning Conference

This session focuses on instructional strategies (e.g., acoustic highlighting) teachers and paraprofessionals can use in the classroom to make it more accessible for students with hearing loss. We look at the educational environment and how to make our classrooms acoustically appropriate for all students. In addition, we will discuss how best to work with the educational team including the interpreter, itinerant teacher, and speech-language pathologist.

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.

In a school with high poverty and more than half of its students receiving EL services, a number of gaps are likely to exist in language and vocabulary, culture, college and career planning, socio-economic circumstances, and mindset. The keys to bridging these gaps lie in developing relationships and providing opportunities that allow all stakeholders to grow in their appreciation of individualities and recognition of transferable skills.

Sharon Clark is a STEM teacher with a gift for grasping and inspiring her students with new learning technologies in the STEM field. She was chosen as a PBS Digital Innovator in 2015 and selected as as EdmodoCon 2017 speaker in 2017. She shares her insights into the the changing world of classroom technology.

- Explain the trajectory of career and technical education programs of study.
- Discuss the importance of CTE as an option for all students.
- Introduce each piece of a complete CTE program of study.
- Explain Governor Bill Lee’s GIVE initiative.
- Explain the importance of regional workforce data in career exploration.
- Share plan to ensure all student leave with a path and a plan.

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.

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.

Explore the Creative Process in relation to STEM education and provide hands on training in arts integration.

How to use data in an effort to improve your school and classroom.

This session will focus on the Capstone research that Ms. Skae did for her Vanderbilt Masters program, where she developed a competitive model within her 7th grade classrooms, that focused on belonging to a team and working for collaborative success within the classroom setting. This model improved classroom behaviors and student engagement.

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.

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.

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

Organized Chaos

- Experience how physical movement and engagement foster a sense of contentment in students which positively contribute to the development of the whole child and consequently the child’s academics.
- Have access to cost-free tools that foster academic engagement for any subject by using real-life items that students encounter daily.
- See examples of how to do this for your grade level, or know where to reference tools to do this for your grade level.
- See some astounding data that supports the efficacy of the demonstrated methods.

Personalize learning through flexible content and tools, targeted instruction, student reflection and ownership, and data driven decisions.

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

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

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