Teachers as Change Agents Conference
June 17 & 18, 2013
Tan-Tar-A Resort, Lake of the Ozarks
|Early registration on or before May 24, 2013:|
||Pre-conference (includes breakfast on Monday)
||Conference only (includes lunch on Mon & Tue., breakfast Tue.)
||Both (includes breakfast & lunch both days)
|Later registration after May 24, 2013:
Pre-conference fee (includes breakfast on Monday)
Conference only fee (includes lunch on Mon & Tues, breakfast Tue)
Both (includes breakfast & lunch both days)
Cancellations will result in a $50 processing fee.
Schedule at a glance
7:30 - 12:30
7:30 - 8:30
8:30 - 11:45
|Noon - 1:30
||Lunch & Opening Session
1:45 - 3:15
3:30 - 5:00
8:30 - 10:00
10:15 - 11:45
12:00 - 12:45
12:45 - 1:30
||Finalize Action Plan & Closing Session
Participants may reserve their rooms now at Tan-Tar-A Resort, 1-800-826-8272; www.tan-tar-a.com
Lodging cost: $110 prior to May 20, 2013 (rate effective two days before and after the conference)
June 17; 8:30-11:45; Pre-Conference
Activity ≠ Engagement: School should be about Changing Brains
Carolyn Nixon (K-12 teachers & administrators)
DON’T GO TO SCHOOL WITHOUT YOUR BRAIN, especially if you are the teacher!
Developing lessons that cause student to think and interact with content to bring about structural changes in the brain itself is quite the challenge. Too many times, lessons are designed (and classrooms are filled) with “fluff” activities void of any direct relationship to cognitive engagement. The rigor of Common Core Academic Standards (C.A.S) will require a different approach.
Problem solving, higher-order thinking, and “close reading” are the pivotal topics for this preconference session. Participants will experience first-hand what it feels like to be the student: to read, to think, to question, and to solve problems. They will engage in classroom simulations reflecting the rigor and demands of C.A.S. Session outcomes include:
- a better understanding of “close reading” of a text
- an understanding of a question formulation technique which is used to develop students’ divergent, convergent, and metacognitive thinking abilities.
QUESTIONS TO PONDER BEFORE THE SESSION:
- Who then, can (perhaps) become president?
- What is the LOGIC behind that? Exactly how DID he do that?
Monday, June 17; 1:45-3:15 and 3:30-5:00 Breakout Sessions
each session is presented & then repeated the next session
Extraordinary Effort from Ordinary Students
Jamin Swift (5-12)
During this session, participants will discover the power of student goal-setting, progress tracking, and student self-assessment while utilizing standards-referenced reporting. Participants will witness how these strategies and direct feedback can inspire ordinary students to extraordinary achievements.
Participants in this session will discover the power of student goal-setting and self-assessment using standards-referenced reporting and develop techniques to inspire ordinary high school students to meet rigorous and challenging standards in which they often struggle to relate. Utilizing these strategies in assessment and grading can provide young learners the freedom and voice to achieve extraordinary outcomes in all subjects.
Assignments, Feedback & Grading: And the Connections to Motivating today's Student
Kevin Daniel (K-12)
Participants in this workshop will learn about three powerful teacher practices (having quality assignments, providing effective feedback and having grading practices that promote learning) that if done well can motivate today’s learner and increase student learning. Daniel Pink's work from DRIVE about what really motivates us will be closely linked to the conversation about student motivation.
- Participants will learn the characteristics of a quality assignment that creates student engagement and motivation.
- Participants will identify 5 - 10 attributes of providing students with effective feedback that stimulates brain growth and student learning.
- Participants will identify 5 -7 effective grading practices vs. 3 -5 ineffective ones that motivate or de-motivate today's learner.
- Participants will gain understanding (and apply to their world) of Daniel Pink's work on what really motivates us.
"My Classroom Has Computers, Now What?" Quick & Easy Tech Tools for Teachers & Students
Kezia Bohanon (K-8)
This session focuses on using classroom technology efficiently to enhance learning and engage all students. If you are new to technology, or looking for ways to effectively integrate it into your daily teaching, this is the class for you. We will look at resources like Edmodo, Weebly, Prezi, Tagxedo, and much more.
Participants will leave with a list of easy online tools they can begin implementing in their classrooms immediately.
Participants will have discussion time to collaborate and development plans of use in their classrooms.
Interactive Read Alouds as a Common Core Tool
Craig Carson (K-12)
When trying to scaffold student's understanding, build background knowledge, and frontload content, the read aloud can be a teacher's best friend PK - 12. Join Craig as he uses multiple read alouds to demonstrate scaffolding, frontloading strategies, and the interactive read aloud.
- Experience some read aloud techniques to build background knowledge.
- Leave with a list of "the standards" in the world of read alouds for teaching author's craft, genre study, and literary nonfiction.
- Learn the theory behind the practice of scaffolding understanding for students.
Somersaulting Your Classroom (Not Quite Flipping Your Classroom)
Eric Langhorst (K-12)
Flipping your classroom (providing video presentations for homework and then doing activities in class) is a hot topic in education but not every teacher wants to commit 100%. I will describe how I have been "somersaulting" my classroom - providing some extra video and web support to my classroom.
- Participants will learn about techniques to provide extra content support to students.
- Participants will learn about tools and skills to record screencasts and videos in the classroom.
- Participants will learn about tools and skills to enable them to post and share content with students online.
Tuesday, June 18; 8:30-10:00 and 10:15-11:45 Breakout Sessions
each session is presented & then repeated the next session
Engagement in the 21st Century Classroom
Alex Hirbe (5-12)
Learn the latest and greatest tools for engaging students in your classroom. Whether you teach a core subject or an elective; these tools will engage any student and make them eager to attend your class every day. This session explores the use of varying websites and activities that you can use with your students in alignment with CCS to make your students think smarter. It does not matter if you are a 1:1 school or just a teacher with a smart phone, you will learn new and fun ways to engage students. Participants:
...will better utilize the Internet as a tool in the classroom
...will learn new engagement activities and tools
...will learn to create an online presence for students
...will evaluate the use of online classrooms in their school
Designing and Evaluating Writing Assignments (with confidence!) for Non-Writing Teachers
Ashley Anderson (K-12)
This course is aimed at assisting non-writing teachers in designing and evaluating writing assignments. It will cover strategies for teaching the writing process, constructed response, paragraph response, essay response, and developing writers according to Bloom's. Lesson designs will evolve around the CCSS and rubrics will follow CCSS as well as MAP. Participants will:
- Understand the writing process so that students will be able to produce an effective piece of writing
- Design effective writing assignments to enhance curriculum
- Be able to evaluate writing assignments with confidence
Not Your Ordinary Travel Plan
Sheryl Book & Linda Schnakenberg (5-12)
Looking for a passport to reading success? Choose from inspiring pre-reading, engaging during-reading and thought-provoking post reading strategies to escape the usual mundane reading assignments. Make reading in your classroom an exhilarating experience for all your testy tourists who are trying to cancel your reading itinerary. If you are a middle or high school teacher wanting more usefulness in your instructional suitcase, book a reservation with Sheryl and Linda for literacy trip of a life-time.
Participants will leave with active, hands-on, practical literacy strategies for all content areas.
Class, Take out Your Device: Using Mobile Devices for Formative Assessment
James Sigler (K-12)
Do your students know how to use their cell phones, ipods, tablets, and laptops better than you? Do they know to use them as a tool for learning, or just a toy for entertainment? Learn how students can BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) for whole-class or individual assessment.
-Participants will be able to create and view multiple choice and open-text feedback from electronic whole class formative assessments.
-Participants will be able to gather individual student responses from electronic formative assessments.
-Participants will be able to create self-grading multiple-choice electronic formative assessments and view data gathered from them.
Tier III and Beyond
Carolyn Nixon (K-12 Teachers, administrators)
Common Core Standards emphasize the importance of student being able to comprehend and use academic vocabulary proficiently. Participants will learn:
- the distinctions between Level I, Level II, and Level III vocabulary
- specific research-based considerations for selecting Level III vocabulary for classroom study
- a variety of research-based strategies for engaging students in vocabulary study.
Research base includes the works of Robert Marzano, Debra Pickering, Janet Allen, Doug Fisher, and Nancy Frey. A list of print and digital resources will be available for attendees.