Writing Basics: Are You Playing with a Full Deck? (Grades 6-12)
This session is about how to break down the teaching of deductive writing and allowing the writer to be the decision maker. No more five paragraph essays; as the writers they decide the length. Learn how to teach students how to make the decisions in order to make the right writing moves to communicate and respond to the prompt.
Presented by: Dawn Horwath
March Madness: A Mathematical Competition (Grades 3-8)
The NCAA Basketball Tournament, commonly known as “March Madness,” offers a wonderful opportunity to practice or review computational skills in a competitive setting. In this activity, which can run concurrently with the actual sporting event, each student represents a college and “competes” with another student in his or her bracket. The court of play is math problems dictated by the turn of a playing card. Strategies and luck come into play, but the overall emphasis is on mathematical accuracy. Participants at this session will engage in this exciting event.
Presented by: Michael Stern
Getting to the Core of the Arts (Grades 3-12)
In this session we will learn about the new national core arts standards and how they can be effectively paired with UDL strategies to assist in effective arts-integration and core arts instructional implementation and practices.
Presented by: Robert Bassett
Understanding Universal Design For Learning (Grades K-5)
Why UDL? Universal Design for Learning is a framework based on brain research that helps us understand how to make teaching relevant for our students and guides us in creating flexible learning environments. Come to my workshop as I will share some UDL practices I use in my classroom every day and leave with a UDL lesson ready to try on your own!
Presented by: Nancy Lara
Taking A Closer Look at Fiction Text Elements (Grades K-2)
How do you introduce Text Elements to your students? This presentation will give participants 5-6 weeks worth of material to introduce the elements of text fiction to primary students. Sample charts, book titles and lesson plans will be shared that are intended to engage and motivate students to understand the foundation of fiction.
Presented by: Nancy Lara
What is a union contract? What is collective bargaining? How do these impact new educators? And how do new educators impact them?
Presented by: John Green
Secrets of the Fulfilled Teacher (Grades All)
What do happy and satisfied teachers do to thrive in the profession? This interactive session addresses the socio-emotional challenges facing new teachers and what thriving teachers do to renew themselves in order to continue to give their best. Research findings in the field along with practical advice from long-time veteran teachers will be shared. Teachers will have the opportunity to create an action plan for themselves.
Presented by: Leslie Young
Smarter Balanced Roadmap (Grades 3-8)
This workshop, taught by State Network Educators and Digital Library authors, is designed to take you on journey through the Smarter Balanced Assessment System (CAASPP) and all the components that it has to offer. The goal of this session is to allow participants the opportunity to experience all of the tools, lessons and assessments that are freely available to California educators. As you take this journey with us you will see how the Common Core State Standards and the California Framework directly connect to the Smarter Balanced Assessment System (CAASPP), the Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs) and the Digital Library. We will also explore how each component supports format familiarity while providing teachers with valuable formative assessment data to help with differentiated instruction and resulting in a low stress, highly successful summative assessment experience for educators and students alike.
Presented by: Tonja Parkin & Cassandra Gartung