March 17, 2018
Teachers and students can work together to lead a powerful change in education and in our communities. By motivating students to use their reactions to our academic material, we can inspire our classes to use their creativity and skills to make an impact on their community, thereby having an impact on the students as well. Intrinsic reward and reflection prove far more influential than points or grades. By challenging students to implement their ideas and acting as facilitators and mentors, we can support their emotional growth, their search for a purpose and their need for real-life collaborative experiences. By respecting our students’ abilities and offering them the chance to take an active role in their class and their world, we can foster a true respect for learning because they will experience firsthand the tangible effects of their research, writing, talents and effort.
Marisa Thompson, Educator, Carlsbad High School, Carlsbad Unified Teachers Association
Teachers will be introduced to a tool for students to use during constructive conversations that will encourage students to engage in collaboration. The Formative Assessment tool also records students’ thoughts for teacher evaluation of student work. Learn to facilitate constructive conversations and evaluate student work to identify re-teaching opportunities and to form opinions about student understanding of constructive conversation. Learn how this tool can help teachers from all grade levels and courses design effective lessons for engaging students’ conversation skills at more rigorous levels.
Kari Florez, Educator, Chipman Junion High, Bakersfield Elem TA
Rafael Gonzalez, Educator, Wasco Union High, Wasco Union HS TA
Stress is on the rise in our schools and it is negatively impacting health and job performance. I show educators how they can become more stress-hardy, how they can minimize individual and institutional stressors and what specific proven techniques they can use to deal with what stress remains. I present 31 small changes that we can make in six categories that compounded over time can have a huge positive impact on educators’ physical, mental and emotional health.
Dan Wold, Superintendent, Eureka County, NV
Incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) into teaching the NGSS Physical Science Standards dealing with Structure and Function of Matter – aka Chemistry. You will get readymade, hands-on, project-based learning modules which include making and using animations and other technology, projects with the application of DCI content to real-life problem solving, supplemental science reading and addressing the Reading Scientific and Technical (RST) literature standards. Many of these utilize Google Classroom, making them green and paper-free!
Julie Smith, Science Department Chairperson/Teacher, Lennox Middle School, Lennox TA
March 18, 2018
This session is geared towards any educator that wants to sharpen his/her classroom management skills. In this session we’ll cover topics such as how to earn respect quickly in your classroom, how to successfully pitch a behavior contract, how to support kinesthetic engagement styles and ways to connect with even the most defiant students. You will leave with practical knowledge, strategies and reproducibles that you can transfer directly to your classroom.
Serena Pariser, Teacher, Gompers Preparatory Academy