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Thursday, February 23
 

8:00am

Registration and Continental Breakfast
Thursday February 23, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Library Library

9:00am

Opening Assembly
Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
Performance Hall

9:30am

Authentic Experiences in Math
Limited Capacity full
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Speakers
avatar for Charlotte Wiseman

Charlotte Wiseman

Math Teacher - Dept. Chair, The Oakridge School
MS Math Teacher - The Oakridge School (Arlington, TX) | Quiltmaker


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
MS 201 MS 201

9:30am

Collaborative Note Taking
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Instead of students writing notes in a spiral or writing on handouts that go in a binder, students get one of six jobs, transcription, data, images, Essential Question links, questions and backchannel.  Those are then compiled on one document and students curate their own notes to help them understand.  Here is a video of the methodology in action.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Engstrom

Mark Engstrom

Head of MS/US, Allen Academy
I am interested in all aspects of doing education differently than we have in the past. Experimentation, iteration and evaluation is the name of the game in our profession right now in my opinion. How to best use technology to change the way we experience/facilitate learning is probably the single topic that I'm the most interested in. Looking forward to meeting everyone at LLI Southwest!



Thursday February 23, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
MS208 MS208

9:30am

Decision Points
Limited Capacity seats available

The Decision Points fishbowl will provide educators some insight on how student based learning is integrated into the classroom. The students are responsible for researching, mastering content and ultimately presenting information in a way that will hopefully sway the opinions of their peers as to why their view of historical events were correct. After the information is presented, students vote on whether or not the participants in history made correct or incorrect decisions. I hope you’ll join us in our presentation and be able to integrate some student based learning into your classrooms! 


Speakers
MM

Michael Millians

7th Grade History, The Oakridge School
7th Grade History - The Oakridge School (Arlington, TX)


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
LS 101

9:30am

Design Thinking In Action
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Students will work in partners to conduct empathy interviews surrounding an authentic problem facing their classroom. Through this process they will define their partners needs, ideate solutions, prototype their partners favorite solution and then share them with the class. Through this process students are forced to think about the needs of their partner while thinking critically about a problem facing their personal lives or community. This process removes the teacher from the lead role in the classroom and puts the learning and decision making into the hands of the students.  

Speakers
LM

Lauren Marold

Lower School Computer Science and Engineering, Greenhill School


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
LS 104 Idea Lab

9:30am

Integrated Media
Limited Capacity seats available

The Oakridge Integrated Media Fishbowl Session will give a peek into the ideal day in the life of Integrated Media Students. Guests will watch as a student-led tutorial covers the teaching aspect with first year students while other small groups collaborate on real-world projects. Students would model their day to day experiences, including client meetings, work orders, self-driven learning opportunities, and client-driven projects.

During the reflection portion, we will discuss managing multiple groups under one classroom umbrella, and how we have given the responsibility to the students, with great success. I will also discuss the work flow and organizational techniques that have enabled us to accomplish our goals. Ultimately, we set out to give our students public speaking opportunities, career-based insights and expectations, and a classroom experience that will model their post education path. I would like to invite interested educators to witness how we are doing just that.


Speakers
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Melissa Triebwasser

The Oakridge School


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
Integrated Media Studio

9:30am

Maintaining the Target Language
Limited Capacity seats available

Using the information provided to me by the corresponding teacher, I would like to create a lesson that focuses on the students' consistent use of the target language. Although I don't foresee having the students use their own devices during the lesson, I can certainly incorporate use of PowerPoint, video, podcasts, websites, etc. in my presentation, depending on the topic/grade level that I teach.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Hernandez

Lisa Hernandez

Lead Spanish teacher/World Languages Chair, Cistercian Preparatory School
I am a Spanish teacher with over 10 years' experience in private education. I enjoy teaching all aspects of culture and encouraging my students to be proficient in all areas of communication.


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
US 203

9:30am

Permission to Argue: Using Debate to Engage Students in Critical Analysis
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Middle School teachers learn a debate format that includes all students in a class to engage students in close reading, analysis of text, and analysis of historical events.  Middle school students love to argue; debate in the English or history classroom capitalizes on this developmental affinity in a way that takes students deeper into the literature and history they are reading. Come experience debate in a classroom setting with a selection of excerpts: The Pearl by John Steinbeck, “The Conquistadors of Extremadura”, “Conquistador” by Archibald Macleish, and Cortes, the Life of the Conqueror by Francisco Lopez de Gamora.

The workshop teaches participants classroom strategies that guide students to:
-  Summarize key ideas, themes, and literary tools used in a piece of literature
-  Effectively annotate text for a specific purpose
-  Use the words of text to support a claim with proper context
-  Analyze the effectiveness of an argument

Goals:
•  Introduce the process and format of debate that works well in a classroom setting
•  Debate the resolution:  The conquistadors were heroes.
•  Model specific strategies to allow students to engage in effective debate
•  Model specific strategies for student and teacher evaluation of debate in an English/history classroom

Agenda:
1. Introductions
2. Explain debate format/procedures/expectations and divide class 
        into affirmative, negative, and judges
3. Brief overview of texts to be used during the debate
4. Debate
5.     Judges Decision
6. Debrief

Speakers
TH

Tina Harper

Middle School Humanities Coordinator, Trinity Valley School


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
MS 205

9:30am

Reading for Truth in the Age of Information
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In this fishbowl participants will gain experience in letting inquiry drive conversation an investigation of the differences among facts, information, opinion, and ideas. We will examine how to value and privilege student curiosity while helping to gird their paths to answers against misinformation.


Moderators
avatar for Diana Laufenberg

Diana Laufenberg

Inquiry Schools, Executive Director and Lead Teacher
For the past two decades Diana has been a secondary social studies teacher in Wisconsin, Kansas, Arizona and Pennsylvania. She most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on modern learning. Her practice has deep roots in experiential education, taking students from the classroom to the real world and back again. Prior to her work in Philadelphia, she was an active... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Zac Chase

Zac Chase

Instructional Technology Coordinator, St. Vrain Valley School District
A learner and teacher first, Zac Chase writes regularly at autodizactic.com. He works as an Instructional Technology Coordinator in the St. Vrain Valley School District in Colorado as well as with schools, districts, and education organizations around the world. A graduate of Illinois State University, NOVA Southeastern University, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, he is committed to creating deep, authentic and engaging learning for... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
US 205

9:30am

Tech No Logic: Introducing Robotics to Kids
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Come, See Cubelets!

Cubelets are robot blocks that easily connect to form robots that inspire kids to become better thinkers.

You don’t need to know how to code or wire to construct robots with Cubelets. Snap the robot blocks together and the magnetic faces do the rest. Every unique arrangement is a new robot with novel behaviors emerging from the construction. Invention made easy.

Speakers
KB

Kim Bullard

Middle School STEAM Teacher, Lausanne Collegiate School


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
LS 103

9:30am

The Ghostly Case of the Haunted Amusement Park
Limited Capacity seats available

The stage will be set for drama as students enter and become part of the cast in The Ghostly Case of the Haunted Amusement Park. The cast will consist of eight possible suspects that were present the night the "crime" was committed. Investigators will ask main questions to each suspect as the remainder of the audience listens carefully.  Everyone will then become a super sleuth to solve the crime. Four detective agencies will be formed as the students collaborate in teams using critical thinking skills.  Finally, the case will be solved and the culprit will be arrested on the spot!

Speakers
KJ

Kathy Johnson

3rd grade teacher, All Saints Episcopal School - Tyler, Texas


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
LS 108

11:00am

Chihuly "Steampunk"
Limited Capacity seats available

The creation of visual art is most commonly experienced an independent endeavor.
The main idea of this session is to present a format in which art students may experience collaborative art-making. 
The art of Dale Chihuly and his team will be the inspiration and focus of the hands on experience.

Speakers
LW

Linda Wheat

Art Teacher, All Saints Episcopal School - Tyler, Texas


Thursday February 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
FA201 FA201

11:00am

Collaborative Deep Reading
Limited Capacity filling up

How do you keep all students engaged when performing a deep reading in class? Too often when reading authors like Shakespeare aloud in class students will find reason to disengage, especially when he or she are not one of the active readers. Observe how using Google Docs can serve as a collaborative back channel for all students to get engaged and read more deeply for each other.


Speakers
avatar for Jared Colley

Jared Colley

Chair, English Department, The Oakridge School
English Department Chair - The Oakridge School (Arlington, TX)


Thursday February 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
US 205

11:00am

Dissecting Text
Limited Capacity seats available

I facilitate the students' discovery of shared ideas among a vast collection of Cinderella tales represenative of countless ethnicities, while using the Scientific Method.  The students negotiate the shifts that happen in their collective and individual revelations as they scribe their discoveries.  They keep testing their hypotheses, and the teacher hangs back questioning and nudging.

Speakers
AW

Ashley Wilson

All Saints Episcopal School - Tyler, Texas


Thursday February 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
US 210

11:00am

Exploring the Distance Between Two Points Formula
Limited Capacity seats available

Often students simply memorize formulas and have no idea to its real world application.  The intent of this activity is for the students to discover where the distance formula was derived and why it works.  At the end of the activity, the “memorizers” will have memorized but those students who want to understand will be given the opportunity.  Hopefully, some of the memorizers will also understand.

Speakers
VS

Vicki Stebbins

Teacher, Heritage Hall Schools


Thursday February 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
MS 205

11:00am

Let's Get Digital
Limited Capacity seats available

Students will engage in a brief presentation on digital branding. Following, they will break out into discussion groups, armed with questions sourced by teachers. From student answers, students will lead discussions and guide technology implementation instruction.

Following student modeling, teachers will engage in a brief presentation on strategies for facilitating a similar student discussion. Then, teachers will replicate their own discussion with peers.

In conclusion, teachers will work with peers to draft a digital citizenship and/or technology implementation plan that engages all voices in the community. 

Speakers
avatar for Christy Fennewald

Christy Fennewald

Technology Integration Coordinator, St. Stephen's Episcopal School
Christy is a former high school English and creative writing teacher, a former technology coordinator for a K-12 school district and GAFE administrator, and a current technology integration coordinator (and HS English teacher!), coordinator of all things maker, and a high school English teacher at St. Stephen’s School. She is a Certified Google Education Trainer and Google Certified Innovator, Common Sense Media Ambassador, flipped certified... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Integrated Media Studio

11:00am

Lower School Critical Thinking in Action
Limited Capacity full
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Students in 4th grade engage in group activities that build critical thinking skills, communication, and creativity. Faced with a challenge each group use a range of different tools and materials to create, build and test their ideas. 


Speakers
avatar for Shannon Schley

Shannon Schley

ECC/LS Makerspace Coordinator, The Oakridge School


Thursday February 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
LS 104 Idea Lab

11:00am

Making Math Worksheets/Reviews Fun!
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will model two simple methods that you can use to take your tried-and-true review sheet or handout and put the learning back into the students' hands.   You will know who knows and who doesn't, and your students will be able to work at their own pace and make their own learning choices.    while freeing you up to work with the struggling learners in your class.  [And no, this is not another Jeopardy game!]

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Hudson

Stephen Hudson

Form 7 Math Instructor, Saint Mary's Hall


Thursday February 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
MS 201 MS 201

11:00am

Marshmallow Challenge and STEM Reflection
Limited Capacity seats available

Design challenges offer engaging ways to help students develop collaboration and problem solving skills as they learn about the design thinking process. Students will participate in the "Marshmallow Challenge" in groups during this lesson, and reflect on their experience using recorded images and audio which are shared back with the group.

Resource link: http://wfryer.me/feb23


Speakers
avatar for Wes Fryer

Wes Fryer

Director of Technology, Casady School
Dr. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) is a teacher, author, speaker, and the Director of Technology for Casady School in Oklahoma City. He is the co-host of the weekly "EdTech Situation Room" webshow and podcast (@edtechSR) and co-leads an afterschool STEAM club for elementary students with Megan Thompson (@seeingnewshapes). In 2013-2015 he taught STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to 4th and 5th grade students at Independence Elementary... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
MS Fab Lab

11:00am

QtA and science
Limited Capacity seats available

QtA will provide teachers an active reading strategy that students can immediately incorporate and use for the analysis and deeper reading required from textbooks.  It will also provide for student voices in class room discussion and the knowledge for teachers that the text has actually been read with meaning by the students.

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Marshall

Bruce Marshall

Learning Specialist, Saint Mary's Hall


Thursday February 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
MS208 MS208

11:00am

Rapunzel, The Great Escape
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Students will love this STEM activity using the classic fairy tale of Rapunzel.  The lesson will begin by the story being read aloud so that the students have a basis for the activity. After reading the story the students will be given their tasks of creating an escape for Rapunzel. The students will receive different tools to construct their tower escape with. Some of the tools include: yarn, paper towel rolls, tape, scissors, pom-pom balls, paper, plastic cups, and craft sticks. Pairs of students will first brainstorm ideas of what a safe escape route for Rapunzel might look like. Students will draw their ideas/plans before beginning to construct.  After the pair has agreed on the plan they will then begin constructing an escape. Once the escape is completed the students will test the escape and determine if Rapunzel was able to exit successfully and is unharmed. Once the escape has been tested the students will take time to evaluate and reflect their design. They will answer questions such as: “Did our escape route work?”  “What could we do to modify our escape?”  “If the escape didn’t work what might Rapunzel try next time?”  After the students complete the reflection questions they will draw and write a step by step guide illustrating how they constructed their escape. Students are sure to enjoy this time of collaboration!

Speakers
MR

Melody Rucker

Third Grade Teacher, All Saints Episcopal School, Tyler, TX


Thursday February 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
LS 108

11:00am

Silent Discussion: Strategies for Encouraging Student Voices, All of Them
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In most classes, students are rewarded for their daily participation. Many students feel as if their daily participation does not reflect their mastery of the material; some students are reluctant to speak up, due to shyness or uncertainty. A silent discussion gives all students time to reflect before they comment, gives all students an entrance into the course material, provides a means by which the discussion is preserved and may be shared, and most importantly, a silent discussion resolves with a writing takeaway, formed by the collaborative input of several students. In this silent discussion demonstration, Greenhill School English instructor Joel Garza will show you how to prepare, manage, and curate the students' engagement with a text and with each other.


Speakers
avatar for Joel Garza

Joel Garza

Upper School English instructor, Greenhill School
Enjoying my ninth year at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas and my 22nd year (?/!) reading and talking about books for a living. I am interested in literature in translation, collaborative teaching and learning, technology in education, and finding an authentic audience for my students' work. | http://deepvellum.org/ board member | Twitter @joelrgarza | Soundcloud ID joelrgarza | LitGenius ID joelrgarza


Thursday February 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
US 203

11:00am

Teaching Middle Schoolers Vocabulary Doesn’t Have To Be Boring
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will highlight a variety of innovative and engaging activities that stimulate critical thinking and collaborative problem solving. This fishbowl will show how even beginning language students can use foreign language in an authentic way to learn about target language culture at the same time.


Speakers
avatar for Katherine Arce

Katherine Arce

MS and US Spanish teacher, The Oakridge School
Spanish Teacher - The Oakridge School (Arlington, TX)


Thursday February 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
LS 101

11:00am

Walk Forward, Turn Right, and Try Again- The Hidden Benefits of Teaching Programming in the Elementary Classroom
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In this fishbowl session attendees will learn about the hidden benefits of habits of mind while teaching programming. They will also learn how other subject area teachers can incorporate programming related vocabulary and concepts into many lessons. Computational thinking concepts contain a vocabulary that is transferrable to every discipline we teach in school. That terminology should be integrated into lesson plans beginning with emerging readers so as to allow for better student understanding of the concept and universal application of the principles. Examples include programming in PE, programming incorporating math vocabulary and listening and reading closely.  Many proponents of computational thinking (a phrase first used by Seymour Papert in 1996) claim this is a new way to learn. What if, instead, it is the same way we have always learned, but conceptually aligned across disciplines and framed in an engaging way that challenges students to flex their higher order thinking muscles?  No matter what our students decide to do in life, it will involve some aspect of technology, something that is probably not around yet. What a better way to teach flexibility and trouble shooting than through programming.

Speakers
avatar for Martha Bowden

Martha Bowden

Technology Integration Specialist, The Episcopal School of Dallas
I love to explore technology tools with students in PreK through fourth grades and serve as a tech coach for teachers. Collaborating with classroom teachers to develop technologically integrated lesson plans, then watching them unfold as students create and collaborate is inspiring. Blended learning has unlocked new possibilities for our students. Respecting and nurturing student passion has transformed the process of learning for us all.
avatar for Allison Hogan

Allison Hogan

PK Teacher,, The Hockaday School
Allison Hogan is a PK teacher at The Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas She holds a bachelor’s in communications from the University of North Florida and a graduate degree in education from Southern Methodist University, where she specialized in reading and English as a Second Language. She has been recognized as both an Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development Emerging Leader and a National Association of Independent Schools... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
LS 103

12:30pm

Lunch
Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Student Activities Center

1:30pm

Become a SAMR-Eyed Warrior in Your Classroom
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When integrated at the most organic levels, technology enables the instructor and students to approach learning in a manner that redefines the classroom instructional methodology. For this to happen, technology must be more than a simple substitute for conventional tools. Instead, its seamless integration makes its use appear almost secondary to the actual learning targets while enabling the students to accomplish learning in a manner previously not possible. In "Become a SAMR-eyed Warrior in Your Classroom", students will engage in a web conference in which they are partnered with students from another campus to accomplish inquiry-based learning assignments together. There will likely be cross-cultural dimensions that will add depth of understanding to the assignment as students establish a level of familiarity that helps them appreciate the strengths that both groups bring to the dialogue. While collaboration is itself not a new concept in the classroom, accomplishing that across geographical and cultural boundaries is part of what technology facilitates when integrated at this level. The session will include elements of gamification, brief direct instruction, and peer-to-peer inquiry-based learning, and will culminate in a co-authored writing piece possibly published on the students' respective blog or Web sites as a lesson extension. 

Speakers
avatar for Harrison McCoy

Harrison McCoy

Business Education Instructor, Arlington Collegiate High School


Thursday February 23, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
US 205

1:30pm

Encouraging Speaking at all Language Levels
Limited Capacity seats available

Come join a group of students as they work on improving their confidence in listening and speaking.  We will highlight different tools that make the transition between these two competencies more manageable.  Beginning with student centered, group listening, we will show how each student remains engaged as they then produce individual speaking samples that allow for further discussion.  


Speakers
MT

Marissa Tate

Upper School French and Chemistry, The Oakridge School


Thursday February 23, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
US 203

1:30pm

Excelling in Writing Through Culinary Experiences
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The classroom lesson will be a cooking experience in which the students will observe and take part in an activity that includes the story, Stone Soup, as part of a unit on fairy tale literature.  In this activity, students will research the nutritional benefits, as well as the culture and history, behind vegetable soup.  As part of a writing lesson, the use of an expository pillar, rich vocabulary, concrete details, and commentary will culminate into an essay on a food they have researched and prepared in a real life experience.

Speakers
KJ

Kathy Jo Rogers

4th grade teacher, The Oakridge School


Thursday February 23, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LS106 LS106

1:30pm

Genius Hour
This will be our second year for a Genius Hour in third grade.  Students may work in groups or alone to research, report, and find ways to help solve a problem or answer a question.  Students are encouraged to use what they learn to make a positive difference in the world.  These real learning projects have helped our students become mindful global citizens.

Speakers
JA

Judi Andersen

Third grade team, The Oakridge School
LC

Lauren Carfa

Third grade team, The Oakridge School
JG

Jon Godfrey

Third grade team, The Oakridge School


Thursday February 23, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LS 104 Idea Lab

1:30pm

Maps to Math: Using Outdoor Skills to Increase Academic Performance
Limited Capacity seats available

During this session, students will be working on the ideas associated with fractions, ratios, and length. The means of education will be several topographic maps. The purpose of this session will be to explore the concepts of experiential education, and to demonstrate one way in which alternative experiential education might be utilized. 

Speakers
CM

Chris McEachron

Assistant Director of Experiential Education, Trinity Valley School


Thursday February 23, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LS 108

1:30pm

Mascot Madness
Limited Capacity seats available

Mascot Madness is actually a week long genetics project. In this session, students will be grouped and assigned specific parts of the overall project. Some factors will be predetermined because of restricted time. The end result is the crossing of mascots to produce offspring with different genotypes. This is a fun project that gets all students involved and teaches the basics of genetics. The different phases of the project gives each student an opportunity to "shine".....there's something for everybody. Daily grades are given for visible effort and teamwork. Each phase has a point value with the drawing of the offspring being the finale. After the models are completed, administration is invited to judge the Mascot Show where the most creative models receive fun awards. This project grows each year with new "tweeks" added to the challenge. A powerpoint describing each phase will be available to all.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Lanford

Karen Lanford

MS Life Science/Leadership, All Saints Episcopal School, Tyler, Texas
I am forever a Baylor Bear and have enjoyed teaching and coaching for 28 years! When not at school or in the gym, I enjoy all outdoor activities with family and friends. I have a husband, David, two fabulous sons with two loving wives. God has blessed us with a beautiful grandson, Samuel, and I LOVE being Nana. | Teaching Life Science to 7th graders allows much freedom to try new things because science and 12/13 year old's are ever... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LS 103

1:30pm

Pedagogy of Computer Coding Instruction for 3-6th Grades
Limited Capacity seats available

As our awareness of the importance of computer coding skills grows, many educators believe that coding should be taught as a foundational discipline for young learners.  At the same time, American schools have struggled to incorporate computer coding education into their curricula, especially in pre-secondary grades. One barrier to the widespread implementation of coding instruction has been a lack of accessible teaching tools that are pedagogically sound and effective for a diverse population.
In this session, we’ll get to observe a master teacher who brings a multiple-intelligences approach to the pedagogy of coding. Inside the fishbowl, students will have their first encounter with Python, the most popular computer language in the world today. They will learn to interact with the language while writing (and hacking!) several short pieces of code. Outside the fishbowl, observers will develop the contours of a unique pedagogical framework that incorporates hands-on exploration, physical movement and even some ad-libbed drama into coding instruction. Come ready to have your assumptions about computer programming turned sideways…then upside down.

Speakers
avatar for Allen Selis

Allen Selis

Director, Tech EdVentures
Dr. Allen Selis is the founder of Tech EdVentures, which provides children with early access to the core skills that will help them to thrive in an information driven economy. The company provides robotics, engineering and computer programming education to elementary and middle school aged children in a dynamic, hands-on learning framework. | | Tech EdVentures offers a high quality of program, uses advanced instructional technology and... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
MS Fab Lab

1:30pm

Students as Historians: Currency as a Primary Source
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Students will gain an introduction to World War II in Europe by analyzing primary source banknotes called “short snorters” to learn about the geographic expanse of World War II and appreciate the personal experiences of those it affected.  They will map the locations represented by each of the currencies to understand the geographic scope of the war.  Students will be coached through the process of thinking like a historian to analyze the visual details on the bills in order to develop a hypothesis about the origin and function of the artifact.  Students will examine other primary source materials such as WWII era advertisements and cartoons to corroborate their findings.  At the conclusion of the lesson, students will compose a short summary of their discoveries to document their findings for the historical record.

At the end of the session, teachers will examine, discuss and develop ways that other primary source objects can be brought into the classroom for interpretation.  We will discuss ways to scaffold the experience so that students are developing critical thinking skills alongside learning historical content.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Carroll

Kathy Carroll

World History Teacher, Social Studies Vertical Team Leader, St. John's Episcopal School



Thursday February 23, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
MS208 MS208

1:30pm

The Great Diamond Heist
Limited Capacity seats available

Students will love using their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to find the diamonds stolen in “The Great Diamond Heist!” The lesson begins with a brief video presentation of their challenge. It will include the history of the “Big Hole Diamond Mine” in Kimberley, South Africa and an imaginative story about the diamond heist. Students must complete ten different mathematical problems on area and perimeter. With each  solved, they will give their answer to a Special Agent. If the answers are correct, the Special Agent will reveal one clue to where the missing diamonds are located. Students will gather the ten geographical clues, that with collaboration, map skills and an atlas, will lead them to the missing diamonds. While this lesson takes two 45 minute class periods to complete, the main ideas of the lesson will be presented within the 45 minutes provided in this session. The students will enjoy this time of peer collaboration  and the curiosity invoked with solving a mystery.

Speakers
avatar for Cindy Pointer

Cindy Pointer

STEM Coordinator/ Math Enrichment Teacher, All Saints Episcopal School - Tyler, Texas


Thursday February 23, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
MS 201 MS 201

1:30pm

The Mystery Box: Making the Mundane Interesting
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It’s no secret that students are not fond of worksheets. As teacher’s we know that practicing the skills from new content is a necessary step in retaining the information from that new lesson. So how do we get them the practice they need, without the eye rolls and halfhearted effort that can often follow a worksheet being passed out? We wholeheartedly reject the notion that practicing those new skills has to be either mundane or boring. Too many math classrooms have become associated with dozing off and disinterest. Our focus is to make math fun for our students through an active learning environment, although this principle can be applied to any discipline.

Using a simple box with locks we will demonstrate how even solving equations can turn into a memorable classroom activity that students will request again. What you can expect from this session is students collaborating, helping each other through mistakes, attacking difficult problems without you pulling teeth and feverishly working through those same problems that they were disinterested in on the worksheet. When it’s a mystery box day you don’t have to coax students into being focused, engaging or staying on task. In fact, you will often have to ask them tone down their excitement as not to interfere with the class next door.

Speakers
BW

Brandon Walker

8th Grade Math Teacher, Presbyterian School


Thursday February 23, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LS 101

1:30pm

Touchdown with NASA Engineering Design!
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In alignment with the Framework for Science Education, more and more states are adopting science standards which incorporate engineering design concepts either as a stand-alone set of standards or as extensions of existing standards within the sciences. Engineering Design is a powerful, problem solving process which, while not new, has not been taught outside of engineering classes until very recently. This session will focus on the basics of engineering design and the myriad resources available from NASA education to help teachers become comfortable. Group discussion will include, but not be limited to resources available, modifications for the classroom, assessment and extension of engineering concepts.
The session, by virtue of its presentation as a facilitated webinar, will also demonstrate a powerful method of bringing subject matter experts into the classroom through videoconferencing.

Speakers
avatar for John Weis

John Weis

Education Specialist, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
I have been an education specialist with NASA for the last 12 years. My job is to act as a resource for formal and informal educators, connecting them with appropriate NASA resources and training opportunities. In addition to face to face trainings, my contract also offers a variety of free, online webinars.


Thursday February 23, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Integrated Media Studio

1:30pm

Unit Circle - Ferris Wheel Approach
Limited Capacity seats available

The Unit Circle and the trigonometry that follows are important concepts covered in Precalculus. Using this Ferris Wheel approach project, students work through a series of mini activities at their pace to discover the many characteristics that make up the Unit Circle.Through these activities, students construct a file folder that contains essential trigonometry information: converting from degrees to radians, using right angle trigonometry to discover the coordinates, etc. In addition, the activities cover graphing the trig functions, their reciprocal graphs, and their respective inverses (including different characteristics of each).

The project itself takes multiple days, so this fishbowl experience will focus on what time allows.

Speakers
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Sarah White

Mathematics Teacher, Mathematics Department Chair, All Saints Episcopal School - Tyler, Texas


Thursday February 23, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
US 210

3:00pm

Cross Language Collaboration
Limited Capacity seats available

Language teachers are always eager to share ideas and brainstorm within their target language.  Join an upper school classroom to see language teachers working together.  We will tackle a common language lesson from both French and Spanish teaching perspectives.  Our goal is to include you as we walk from a more traditional grammar lesson to an innovative hands on review in both languages.


Speakers
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Catherine Danner

Upper School Spanish Teacher, The Oakridge School
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Marissa Tate

Upper School French and Chemistry, The Oakridge School


Thursday February 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
US 203

3:00pm

Exploring the Archetypes
Limited Capacity seats available

The Sovereign, the Warrior, the Trickster, and the Lover are four archetypes derived from Jungian psychology. Understanding these archetypes can give students deeper insights into the characters encountered in literary works as well as themselves and others. I learned these techniques from the education department at Shakespeare's Globe, where they are used by actors in various productions to prepare for their roles on stage. They transfer wonderfully into the classroom and can be used with the work of virtually any author, not just Shakespeare.

Speakers
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Donald Carlson

Upper School English teacher, Trinity Valley School


Thursday February 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
US 205

3:00pm

Forensic Science- Whodunnit?
Limited Capacity seats available

Students collaborate using deductive reasoning and knowledge acquired in the course to solve a mock crime. Experience a forensic science class forming investigative groups to compare blood, hair, fiber, fingerprint and DNA samples to discover which suspect is guilty in this lesson inspired by the board game Clue.  


Speakers
JG

Jean Grant

Upper School Science, The Oakridge School


Thursday February 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
US 103 US 103

3:00pm

Google It!
Limited Capacity filling up

Vocabulary is an integral part of many classrooms. It helps teachers to expand and provide appropriate academic language to our students. Tech teaching innovator Oskar Cymerman created the concept of Google It! as a way to make this aspect of teaching fit our 21st century students. Google It! is a great way to teach students how to collaborate and utilize Google as an academic tool to expand vocabulary in any class! My spin on this activity combines a kinesthetic and an artistic approach to creating examples of vocabulary terms that can be placed in a digital notebook.

http://www.focus2achieve.com/blog/2016/9/13/google-it-collaborative-classroom-activity

Speakers
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Chaka Cummings

Middle School History Teacher, Greenhill School
Most of my educational adventures start with the question, "Wouldn't it be cool if...?" Often, that question ends with really cool projects for my students that allow them to demonstrate their newly acquired skills. From leading a 1 to 1 iPad initiative to using remote controlled drones to create campus maps, I try to find that sweet spot between authentic assessment, adolescent brain engagement, and meaningful technology integration.



Thursday February 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
LS 101

3:00pm

Have Land? Will Learn!
Limited Capacity seats available

Students use scientific inquiry in an outdoor classroom where they take inventory of the natural state of a plot of land using meaningful outdoor learning in their educational experience.  


Speakers
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Karen Lanford

MS Life Science/Leadership, All Saints Episcopal School, Tyler, Texas
I am forever a Baylor Bear and have enjoyed teaching and coaching for 28 years! When not at school or in the gym, I enjoy all outdoor activities with family and friends. I have a husband, David, two fabulous sons with two loving wives. God has blessed us with a beautiful grandson, Samuel, and I LOVE being Nana. | Teaching Life Science to 7th graders allows much freedom to try new things because science and 12/13 year old's are ever... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
LS 103

3:00pm

Innovations for Multiple Intelligences in Social Studies (Auditory/Visual)
Limited Capacity seats available

As has been detailed by sociologist James Loewen (author of Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong) "Borr-r-ring" is the adjective" students most often use to describe History classes. History, however, has the potential to be the greatest story ever told, we just have to transform the way we tell that story. Our classes are composed of a variety of learners, therefore, our lessons need to reflect each of the different learning modalities present within those classes. This session will specifically explore methods for better connecting with our auditory and visual learners. In this lesson students will make artwork “come to life” using web-based software (including Soundation, Freesound, and Thinglink). Students will use audio-recording technology to “mix” a “soundtrack” to artwork from any era. Whether it is the art of the Renaissance or the Depression-era photographs of Jacob Riis, students will research the art and time period to create an interactive “touchable” image and an appropriate auditory backdrop for each artwork. This project allows students to better place themselves within the work of art itself as well as the time period it represents or the time in which it was created.  

Speakers
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Matthew Giorgio

Middle School History Teacher, Greenhill School


Thursday February 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
MS208 MS208

3:00pm

Interdisciplinary Challenges Through BreakoutEDU
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

BreakoutEDU brings the escape room to the classroom.  Students must work together to solve challenging problems and find clues that will unlock a series of locks on a box.  The cross-curricular clues provide content area focus to either introduce topics or review concepts learned in the classroom.  This activity has students moving, communicating, collaborating, problem solving, and having fun at the same time!

Session participants will observe a group of students maneuver through the BreakoutEDU process.  Afterwards, a debrief and reflection session will help participants understand and expand the process and apply these concepts in their classrooms.

Speakers
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Amy Brownlee

Fifth Grade Integrated Mathematics Teacher, Lausanne Collegiate School


Thursday February 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
MS 201 MS 201

3:00pm

Making Space for Writing in the Makerspace
Limited Capacity filling up

Makerspace projects are valuable learning opportunities because they promote critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration while challenging students to tackle authentic tasks. These rich experiences provide room for significant written reflection as students think about the creative process, their troubleshooting strategies, and the dynamics of their group’s collaboration.


Speakers
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Megan Elizondo

MS Maker Specialist, The Oakridge School
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Claire Reddig

MS English Teacher and Writing Specialist, The Oakridge School


Thursday February 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
MS Fab Lab

3:00pm

Socratic Seminar/Harkness Model
Limited Capacity seats available

The lesson will include text based docs, and interactive digital map, discussion, and reflective writing. Seminar requires students to delve into a topic, while the instructor facilitates or directs. Students draw their own conclusions about topics. The goal is not for the students to be right, but for them to think intuitively, read critically, and develop opinions and conclusions analytically. 

Speakers
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Kathleen Coussens

Teacher, Houston Christian High School
TM

Travis Maddry

Teacher, Houston Christian High School
CM

Christine Metoyer

Director C&I, Houston Christian High School


Thursday February 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
US 210

3:00pm

US Maker/Grants
Limited Capacity filling up

We will explore the design thinking process from start to finish. Students will demonstrate their processes during the different stages of their projects. This will include the grant proposal (writing), the grant presentation (think Shark Tank investors), working on the project (mid-project), updated presentations (update to Investors to show progress), and finish with a couple of completely finished projects. Students who present finished products will then discuss what they plan to do next, as they prepare to make the next iteration of their project.


Speakers
avatar for Matt Knauf

Matt Knauf

US Makerspace Coordinator/Teacher, The Oakridge School
US Maker Coordinator - The Oakridge School (Arlington, TX)


Thursday February 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Integrated Media Studio

4:30pm

Keynote Preview
Thursday February 23, 2017 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Performance Hall

5:00pm

Food Truck Party
Come enjoy an evening in the school quad. We will have a band as well as four food trucks provided as part of your registration. We look forward to spending time networking and continuing conversations started during the day of learning.

Thursday February 23, 2017 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Quad Quad
 
Friday, February 24
 

8:00am

Breakfast
Friday February 24, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Student Activities Center

9:00am

Keynote
LLI Southwest Keynote Speakers

Diana Laufenberg
For the past two decades Diana has been a secondary social studies teacher in Wisconsin, Kansas, Arizona and Pennsylvania. She most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on modern learning. Her practice has deep roots in experiential education, taking students from the classroom to the real world and back again. Prior to her work in Philadelphia, she was an active member of the teaching community in Flagstaff, AZ where she was named Technology Teacher of the Year for Arizona and a member of the Governor’s Master Teacher Corps. Diana was featured on TED.com for her “How to Learn? From Mistakes” and recognized for earning National Board Certification. Her publications include a featured piece on the New York Times Learning blog, co-authoring a chapter in an educational leadership book, and an article in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. In 2013, Diana Laufenberg partnered with Chris Lehmann to start Inquiry Schools, a new non-profit working to create and support learning environments that are inquiry driven, project based and utilizing modern technology. She currently serves as the Executive Director and Lead Teacher for Inquiry Schools.

SEE DIANA’S TEDx TALK ON “HOW TO LEARN? FROM MISTAKES”

Zac Chase

Zac Chase loves learning and teaching. A classroom teacher of middle and high school students for nearly a decade, Zac’s pedagogy and practice are deeply rooted in building schools that are project-based and inquiry-driven. He has worked with schools and teachers nationally and internationally and is the co-author of Building School 2.0: Creating the Schools We Need.  Zac is the preK-12 English Languages Arts Coordinator for St. Vrain Valley Schools, based in Longmont, CO. He returned to the district after completing a two year fellowship at the U.S. Department of Education where he worked in the Office of Educational Technology as the lead author on the 2016 National Education Technology Plan. Zac has worked with teachers, schools, and school systems across the U.S. as well as Canada, Malaysia, South Africa, Kenya, and Pakistan to consider how to shift their educational practice to better leverage the active use of technology to support teaching and learning. He is @MrChase on twitter and blogs regularly at autodizactic.com.

SEE ZAC’S TEDx TALK ON “SEE EVERY STUDENT”

Speakers
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Zac Chase

Instructional Technology Coordinator, St. Vrain Valley School District
A learner and teacher first, Zac Chase writes regularly at autodizactic.com. He works as an Instructional Technology Coordinator in the St. Vrain Valley School District in Colorado as well as with schools, districts, and education organizations around the world. A graduate of Illinois State University, NOVA Southeastern University, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, he is committed to creating deep, authentic and engaging learning for... Read More →
avatar for Diana Laufenberg

Diana Laufenberg

Inquiry Schools, Executive Director and Lead Teacher
For the past two decades Diana has been a secondary social studies teacher in Wisconsin, Kansas, Arizona and Pennsylvania. She most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on modern learning. Her practice has deep roots in experiential education, taking students from the classroom to the real world and back again. Prior to her work in Philadelphia, she was an active... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Performance Hall

10:30am

Behind the Scenes of Making a Makerspace (What You Don't See But Need to Know)
Getting a vision such as a Makerspace from concept to product takes several working parts.  It also depends on how much support, finances and general interest from your study population there is to create one. 
And it can be done on a small budget!
The objective of this session is to take the audience on a guided experience and identify what questions, challenges and obstacles arose as SPACE was being created.  

Speakers
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Daniel deLeon

Director of S.P.A.C.E., Sandia Preparatory School


Friday February 24, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
US201 US201

10:30am

Creating an Elementary Makerspace: A Journey of Collaboration & Creativity
At Saginaw Elementary, there is a twist to the traditional makerspace concept. Our idea is simple – EVERY student, EVERY week. This presentation will take participants through our six-month makerspace design process, discussing in detail the initial planning, research & design, and launch phases.   Initial Phase –  • Establishing the “why” • Makerspace Design Team • Securing funding • Reorganizing master schedule • Identifying personnel • Identifying physical space  Research & Design Phase –  • Understanding learners • Selecting themes • Researching materials • Room design  Launch Phase –  • Building excitement • Makerspace Open House • Identifying maker expectations • Establishing routines

Speakers
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Amber Beene

Principal, Saginaw Elementary
RB

Rachel Bradley

Assistant Principal, Saginaw Elementary


Friday February 24, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
US 105

10:30am

Early Childhood Students Grow through Authentic Design Challenges
Why design thinking? With design thinking, students develop as deep thinkers and doers. At an early age when their thinking is still pliable and their brains are maturing they begin to hone the thinking strategies that they will apply to learning throughout their lives.  Students also start to formulate an understanding of empathy.  The importance of getting our students to step out of their own reality and begin to see the world through others’ eyes is imperative for strong emotional intelligence.  As a root of human-centered design, empathy instruction in the early grades allows them to begin to understand implicit needs and cause and effect, not to mention develop leadership characteristics.  Finally, students learn to “embrace failure.”  This message is everywhere, but the idea of productive failure in a learning experience is sometimes a difficult concept to get across.  We allow them repeated opportunities to try something, make their ideas public, and then modify them based on feedback. In this way, we are growing students for whom the message is “Don’t talk -  do, - observe, reflect and try again.”
Participants in this session will engage in a rapid design challenge to experience first hand the energy that is behind the GSES Outdoor Learning Space Design Project.  Utilizing the design thinking tools such as empathy, ideation, and prototyping, participants will explore the process our early childhood students explored earlier this year to address a real world problem demanding an authentic solution.  We will review our educational outcomes for the project.  Before leaving the session, participants will  explore next steps for their own design activity.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Cole

Laura Cole

Educational Innovator, SPARQ Innovation Space, Good Shepherd Episcopal School
Talk to me about PK-8 makerspaces and about using design thinking skills in education. I am an innovation teacher Pk-8 and a Masters student at SMU in Design and Innovation. I enjoy finding out how to get students energized about learning!
avatar for Liz Fleskes

Liz Fleskes

Director of Early Childhood, Good Shepherd Episcopal School


Friday February 24, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
US 210

10:30am

Flexible Classroom Design

Classroom design has become an important topic of interest at The Oakridge School as well as within current conversations about innovation and learning. Oftentimes the design of a classroom determines or defines the culture of learning that takes place in that given space, and if we want inquiry-driven, curious learners who can take ownership of their education, we have to think about the impact that space, design, and furniture have on the students, teachers, and the relational dynamics that form between them. Come join a panel conversation with Jonathan Matta from KI Furniture, Jared Colley, English Chair at The Oakridge School, and Oakridge students to discuss the benefits of using mobile furniture for purposes of making learning more agile, constructive, and student-centered. 


Speakers
avatar for Jared Colley

Jared Colley

Chair, English Department, The Oakridge School
English Department Chair - The Oakridge School (Arlington, TX)


Friday February 24, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
US 205

10:30am

Game-Based Learning in the REALM
The REALM is a new and innovative Burleson ISD, School of Choice, operating within Kerr Middle School. The REALM is an acronym for Rigorous Educational Arcade Learning Model. The REALM provides personalized learning through a gaming platform. The curriculum is organized as stages and levels that the students must advanced through in order to "level up". Like an arcade, students play "games" or lessons in order to earn points. Students problem solve and take ownership of their learning. REALM students are taught how to set their own schedules in order to work through quests and episodes. Teachers within The REALM act as facilitators, coaches, and guides

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Essex

Cheryl Essex

Dean of the REALM, Kerr Middle School
The REALM, which stands for Rigorous-Arcade-Learning -Model, is a developing school of choice located within Kerr Middle School in Burleson, Texas. I have the honor of serving as Dean, as well as the lead designer, for this incredible endeavor. The school offers a gaming-based, personalized learning environment, incorporating quests, workshops, and episodes through a learning management system and teacher facilitators. By incorporating... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
US 207 US 207

10:30am

Grappling with Real-World Problems in the Elementary Classroom
Allison and Martha worked together at The Episcopal School of Dallas for six years. During those six years, these two ladies sought to bring real experiences and real audiences to their students.  They found using non-profits and non-governmental organizations was the key.  Instead of thinking what they could do to help the organization these ladies flipped that mindset and found working alongside the students and the organizations' goals was the winning combination.  The results were truly amazing.  We used the talents and passion of the students to help organizations grow. Organizations will include both international organizations like Sharks for Kids, local non-profits, The Rise School, Texas Master Gardeners and Wee Volunteers. 

Speakers
avatar for Martha Bowden

Martha Bowden

Technology Integration Specialist, The Episcopal School of Dallas
I love to explore technology tools with students in PreK through fourth grades and serve as a tech coach for teachers. Collaborating with classroom teachers to develop technologically integrated lesson plans, then watching them unfold as students create and collaborate is inspiring. Blended learning has unlocked new possibilities for our students. Respecting and nurturing student passion has transformed the process of learning for us all.
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Allison Hogan

PK Teacher,, The Hockaday School
Allison Hogan is a PK teacher at The Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas She holds a bachelor’s in communications from the University of North Florida and a graduate degree in education from Southern Methodist University, where she specialized in reading and English as a Second Language. She has been recognized as both an Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development Emerging Leader and a National Association of Independent Schools... Read More →



Friday February 24, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
US109 US109

10:30am

Makerspaces - Building a Culture of Respectful Behavior
Makerspaces are constructionist in nature and are very different from traditional classrooms. In this session, we will address considerations when introducing the makerspace to young students, tool safety and handling, and movement in the makerspace.

Speakers
BM

Brad Manker

LS Innovation Specialist, Lausanne Collegiate School


Friday February 24, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Think Tank Think Tank

10:30am

Making Partner Work Successful for the Independent Learner
We assume that our learners come in with the necessary skills to be successful group learners and will automatically be able to apply these skills. However, this is normally not the case. These skills must be modeled and taught. This session will explore different ways to model group projects so that all learners will be successful.

Speakers
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Adina Rich

Chief Education Officer, Rich Educational Consulting
Position at Company ABC.


Friday February 24, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
US110 US110

10:30am

Mechanical Paper
During Mechanical Paper, attendees will gain first-hand knowledge of cams, cranks, and gears by making simple paper-crafted machines. Participants will leave the session with their newly constructed models and be able to take their knowledge back to the classroom to engage their students in art and science. Theories of science will come to life for students by utilizing simple materials like paper, scissors, and glue to create a unique model. Because no special tools or skills are required to make paper machines, this art and science activity is especially attractive for teachers on limited budgets. Additionally, basic paper crafting techniques will be covered such as cutting, folding, scoring, and assembling. Although this session is designed as an introduction to paper mechanics, a closing discussion will highlight additional possibilities to scaffold this project into more advanced options.

Email Jen Titus with Modular Robotics if you are interested in purchasing Cubelets for your school/classroom....be sure to mention the session!
 jen.titus@modrobotics.com 

Speakers
JA

Jonathan Auger

Upper School Art & Design Teacher, Lausanne Collegiate School
KB

Kim Bullard

Middle School STEAM Teacher, Lausanne Collegiate School



Friday February 24, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
US206 US206

10:30am

Modern Research Skills...or Become a Google Power Searcher
Clay Shirky said "It's not information overload.  It's filter failure".  Nothing could be further from the truth in 2016.  This session will show you how to curate online resources more efficiently (e.g., do you use "filetype:" to filter for what you want?  There is a world of great pdfs, ppts and jpegs out there to help you craft amazing learning experiences for your students and this session will help you find them.

Speakers
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Mark Engstrom

Head of MS/US, Allen Academy
I am interested in all aspects of doing education differently than we have in the past. Experimentation, iteration and evaluation is the name of the game in our profession right now in my opinion. How to best use technology to change the way we experience/facilitate learning is probably the single topic that I'm the most interested in. Looking forward to meeting everyone at LLI Southwest!



Friday February 24, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
U101 U101

10:30am

Office 365 Hidden Gems
Office 365 Hidden Gems. Practical use in the classrooms. Featuring Sway, Yammer, Video, Forms.

Office 365 is the latest generation of MS Office Suite and it is cloud based.

While most of us are familiar Word, Excel and PowerPoint on the desktop, and many of us have used or heard about online versions of these products, not many have experienced or heard about the new online tools that Microsoft incorporated into Office 365 lineup.

We discover these tools during the session.

Sway – is a new online presentation software. It has short learning curve and it’s easy to use. It takes care of most of the design of your presentation while you can spend your time working on the content.

We will show co-authoring collaborative features of Sway and allow session attendees to work together on a sample Sway presentation. We will provide with examples of how Sway is being used in Cary Academy classrooms.

Video

Think of Office 365 Video as your school’s YouTube. Office 365 Video provides an easy and straightforward way for faculty and students to create video channels, upload and tag videos for all kinds of school and learning projects. Uploaded video clips are immediately available for the entire school community to watch. Alternatively, secure permissions can be setup to make videos available to only selected groups of people.

Forms

Forms are latest addition to Office365 for Education and allow educators to create online surveys and forms in an easy and intuitive manner. Office Forms are similar to Google Forms but with native integration with other Office tools like OneNote.

We will be showing real classroom projects and examples from our teachers.



Speakers
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Dmitry Manakhov

Information Services Director, Senior Information Services Consultant, Cary Academy
Dmitry has been Information Services Director at Cary Academy for the last 10 years and been employed by Cary Academy for 6 years prior to that. | Dmitry oversees school technology and it's one to one computer program. | He's worked in technology and education field for 24 years and held Cisco, RedHad, Microsoft, Citrix, Lenovo certifications. | Dmitry holds an MS in Electrical Engineering. He lives in Apex, NC. He is married, and he is a... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Rokuskie

Kevin Rokuskie

Senior Information Services Consultant, Cary Academy
Senior Information Services Consultant - Cary Academy (Cary, NC) | | Kevin Rokuskie has been a Senior Information Services Consultant at Cary Academy for the last 19 years. His primary job is to support the sixth – eighth grade students, faculty and staff located in the middle school with their technology needs. He is also the assistant wrestling coach and scuba club advisor. Kevin has worked in the technology field for the last 22 years... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Integrated Media Studio

10:30am

Panel: Hiring Practices for 21st Century Schools
Panelists include:

-Stuart McCathie - Headmaster, Lausanne Collegiate School
-Daniel Gallagher - Superintendent, Little Elm ISD
-Diana Laufenberg - Executive Director, Inquiry Schools
-Jon Kellam - Headmaster, The Oakridge School

Join some of the top education minds on what innovative schools are looking for in 21st century educators. From the ability to connect with students individually with social and emotional awareness to the ability to see curriculum as a design process, faculty will not want to miss this opportunity to see what administrators are looking for most.

Moderators
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Seth Burgess

Director, Lausanne Learning Institute
I love talking about innovative education and how to spread effective practices to teachers around the world. Certainly not an expert, but passionate about connecting people together to find new ways of improving technology use in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Gallagher

Daniel Gallagher

Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services, Little Elm ISD
avatar for Jon Kellam

Jon Kellam

Head of School, The Oakridge School
Headmaster - The Oakridge School (Arlington, TX)
avatar for Diana Laufenberg

Diana Laufenberg

Inquiry Schools, Executive Director and Lead Teacher
For the past two decades Diana has been a secondary social studies teacher in Wisconsin, Kansas, Arizona and Pennsylvania. She most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on modern learning. Her practice has deep roots in experiential education, taking students from the classroom to the real world and back again. Prior to her work in Philadelphia, she was an active... Read More →
avatar for Stuart McCathie

Stuart McCathie

Headmaster, Lausanne Collegiate School
| | Stuart McCathie: | Mr. McCathie has been an independent school administrator and headmaster for 23 years. Prior to leading Lausanne Collegiate School he was at the Oakwood School in North Carolina. During his tenure there he led the school through a successful 1:1 implementation, positioning the school to become Apple's second Lighthouse School in the United States. He worked previously at Cape Fear Academy ( NC), Bermuda High School... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
US Tech Center US Tech Center

10:30am

Real World Wednesdays
Real World Wednesdays are a hit at Azle High School!  Our students are learning about topics that they express concerns over not knowing how to do but know that they should.  Some of these topics include how to fill out a job application, how to fill out a tax form, how to fill out a check and manage a checkbook, how to be a good babysitter, how to cook for yourself, and how to reduce and handle stress. The student driven list continues to grow.  We will take a look at the simplicity of how to get this program started, and the benefits of doing so.

Speakers
avatar for Nikki Stroud

Nikki Stroud

District Library Coordinator, Azle High School
I am the librarian at Azle High School library coordinator for our secondary schools. My passion is preparing students for their future in any way I can, including creating a passion for reading and helping students become information and real world literate!


Friday February 24, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
US104 US104

10:30am

What's in a Plan?
We’ve seen a transition in our students’ thought processes and comprehension skills by adding blueprints in our daily activities.  During our session, we hope to share how to use blueprints throughout all Early Childhood classrooms.  We will also work with teachers to create a lesson to take right back to their classroom as well as methods for adapting the planning (blueprint) process into individual classroom centers/curriculum needs. 

Speakers
CM

Carrie Miller

Junior Kindergarten Teachers, Lausanne Collegiate School
JK Teacher - Lausanne Collegiate School (Memphis, TN)
AD

Amy D Morisson

Junior Kindergarten Teachers, Lausanne Collegiate School
JK Teacher - Lausanne Collegiate School (Memphis, TN)
avatar for Lindy Roberson

Lindy Roberson

Junior Kindergarten Teachers, Lausanne Collegiate School
Here is our Prezi link: | http://prezi.com/qts5cxq-j7yj/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy



Friday February 24, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
US 203

10:30am

World Language Cinema Starring…Your Students!
This technique allows students and teachers to use familiar technology (phones, tablets, etc.) to demonstrate language acquisition.  The first step in the process is to introduce new vocabulary through TPRS-style question and answer sessions.  The second step is to guide the students through creating a story using the vocabulary.  The third step is to collaboratively turn the story into a movie script, using both narration and dialog.  The fourth step is to block and plan the making of the movie.  Then, the movie is recorded by the teacher or student.  Finally, the movie debuts to a rapt audience and is posted to the class YouTube account for parental viewing pleasure.
This interactive approach allows all students to participate from extroverted actors, to introverted recorders, to deep thinking writers.  Because they have the opportunity to play with target vocabulary and sentence structures, students acquire the language almost effortlessly and demonstrate greater recall.

Speakers
TC

Tom Clark

German teacher, Riverfield Country Day School
GP

Gretchen Phillips

Spanish teacher, Riverfield Country Day School
KS

Kristin Stallings

Spanish teacher, Riverfield Country Day School


Friday February 24, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
US209 US209

11:30am

Lunch
Friday February 24, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Student Activities Center

1:00pm

"It Mattered That I Came"
There are seven guiding principles of Responsive Classroom Curriculum. These principles include: social and emotional growth is as important as academic growth, how children learn is as important as what they learn, social interaction is imperative for cognitive growth, knowing the child, individually, culturally and developmentally, is as important as knowing the content.

Morning Meetings are an invaluable investment that builds relationships with each child and develops a rich community for all learners.  From day one, a sense of belonging and a growth mindset begin. This sets the foundation and culture of the classroom. Through many opportunities in sharing and group activities these skills of attention, listening, expression, problem solving, collaboration and cooperative are developed. These skills, coupled with explicit social and emotional instruction, provide children a solid understanding for every lesson, every transition time, every lining-up, every upset and conflict, all day and all year long. A child demonstrating, risk taking, empathy, excellent listening skills, asking high level questions with the assertiveness to pose it, and observes a situation from multiple perspectives will be a strong learner. These skills are paramount to academic success. Through explicit modeling, experience, practice, and extension through social interactions, children continually build character and are more likely to becoming successful learners. This nurturing and inspiring culture encourages curious, confident, joyful learners.

Speakers
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Sarah Razeng

Lower School Teacher, All Saints Episcopal School - Tyler, Texas


Friday February 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
US209 US209

1:00pm

Authentic Learning Activities in Middle School Math

In this session, I will share real-world application activities that incorporate writing and cover the following topics:  using receipts to study percents and currency exchange, budgeting and spreadsheets, consumer math and restaurants, coordinate graphs and maps, measurements with sewing projects, measurements with snack recipes, set theory and population data, transformations and quilting along with many others. The audience will actively participate in some of these activities to experience them as a learner.  I will also share my experiences with alternative assessment options like the IF/AT scratch-off cards and QR coded screencasts. Join us to learn how this can be accomplished using a semi-flipped partly self-paced class model of teaching.


Speakers
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Charlotte Wiseman

Math Teacher - Dept. Chair, The Oakridge School
MS Math Teacher - The Oakridge School (Arlington, TX) | Quiltmaker


Friday February 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
US 105

1:00pm

Authentic Learning and Creating a Collaborative Culture
Are you striving to create student-centered, innovative, relevant learning experiences for students of all ages? What if you could do all that AND help students synthesize information while making connections between class experiences and the real-world?

Come learn how to modify and redefine current lessons into more authentic learning experiences for your students.

We will discuss how 2 teachers took a basic 7th grade novel lesson plan unit and turned it into a multi-grade collaboration and also connected life experiences outside the classroom.

Speakers
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Amy Alsip

7th and 8th grade teacher, The Oakridge School
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Ashley Read

4th grade teacher and Learn 21 specialist, The Oakridge School
4th Grade History - The Oakridge School (Arlington, TX) | Learn21 Specialist Grades 4-8 (Technology Integration)


Friday February 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
US109 US109

1:00pm

Behavior Management in a Personalized Learning Environment
The REALM is a new school of choice in Burleson, Texas, in which I am honored to serve as Dean.  In this personalized learning environment, we have incorporated a 4 house system of government that includes various roles such as president, tribunal council, and more.  Along with the government, we have developed unique management tools for a school that allows students to experience freedom of movement and ownership of learning.  


Speakers
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Cheryl Essex

Dean of the REALM, Kerr Middle School
The REALM, which stands for Rigorous-Arcade-Learning -Model, is a developing school of choice located within Kerr Middle School in Burleson, Texas. I have the honor of serving as Dean, as well as the lead designer, for this incredible endeavor. The school offers a gaming-based, personalized learning environment, incorporating quests, workshops, and episodes through a learning management system and teacher facilitators. By incorporating... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
US 207 US 207

1:00pm

Blended Learning: Trends and Practical Curation of Online Resources
In this session we will discuss the current trends in curating online resources as well as practical uses at The Oakridge School. We will investigate different methods and best practices in blended learning.

Speakers
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Jason Kern

CIO and Director of Modern Learning, The Oakridge School


Friday February 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Think Tank Think Tank

1:00pm

Discovery Term: Journeys in Authentic Learning
Discovery Term is a two-week opportunity for students in grades 9-11 to design their own journeys into areas of interest outside of the regular curriculum.   Freshman and junior students generate ideas for topics to investigate and partner with faculty members to design and develop immersive group learning experiences around those topics, while sophomores explore a new culture through a homestay abroad.   The goal of Discovery Term is to engage students in meaning-making inquiry, interaction, invention and reflection in a real-world context of their choosing.   In this session, participants will learn how we involve students in the design and implementation of Discovery Term courses, see examples of the innovative courses that have been created, and come away with a model for pursuing a similar program of authentic engagement at their own schools.

Speakers
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Martina Greene

Dean of Faculty, Cary Academy


Friday February 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
US104 US104

1:00pm

Driving Pedagogy with Classroom Design: The Active Learning Space
Three years ago, Tampa Prep completely renovated their lower school classrooms into Active Learning Environments or ALEs. Mr. Lewis hand-picked the technology for the ALE based on his dreams of building a highly collaborative, technology-rich classroom to better foster student-centered learning and 21st century skills. That year, Mr. Lewis oversaw the installation of ALEs in all 10 of the lower school’s classrooms. After two school years of successful use of the ALEs in the lower school, Tampa Prep replicated the ALE model in all of the upper school’s classrooms – making Tampa Prep a complete active learning school. 
All classrooms are now equipped with two interactive projectors on opposite walls, dry-erase wall coverings, Steelcase mobile desks for students and Ergotron mobile desks for teachers, a voice-amplification system, glass walls, and LED lighting. Each student is also required to bring an iPad to school. When used together, every student has a “front row” seat and can collaborate with peers almost instantly. Teachers are no longer tethered to the front of the classroom lecturing and can instead roam the room with their device while helping students in small groups or one-on-one.
Although the ALEs are almost identical at the lower and upper schools, teachers utilize the technology in different ways to best meet students’ academic goals and needs. Mr. Lewis will discuss how teachers have harnessed the ALE to use techniques such as flipped instruction in math and foreign language classes, a discussion-based learning model called the Harkness Method, and more.

Speakers
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Chad Lewis

Technology Director, Tampa Preparatory School
Chad Lewis has been CIO at Tampa Preparatory School for the past six years, and is responsible for all facets of technology at the independent college preparatory school, serving grades 6 through 12. | From network infrastructure and data management, to educational technology software and training, Lewis draws upon 15 years of experience in technology management to promote the school’s mission of “think, create, be yourself, aspire to... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
US 205

1:00pm

How to Build a Maker Lesson
Maker-based education inspires deeper learning through hands-on creative experiences. Students learn to think with their hands to achieve cognitive and affective learning objectives. Maker-based experiences invite curiosity, inspire wonder, encourage play, and honor uniqueness. Maker-based lessons also promote productive failure in learning. They are are opportunities to explore ideas and to develop unique perspectives. High-tech and low-tech tools are used to accomplish valuable learning goals. Those goals can come from any and all curriculum areas.


The GSES team will share a 3rd grade maker-based lesson designed by teachers to engage their students in writing excellent sentences. Teachers will share the experience of designing this unit with the Maker Unit Design Tools, and will define positive outcomes and unforeseen errors in their first prototype of the lesson.


The GSES team will also facilitate the same maker-based learning experience for participants. SMU faculty members will share definitions and pedagogical approaches for maker-based learning and will facilitate the beginning of a design process using several of these tools.

Speakers
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Laura Cole

Educational Innovator, SPARQ Innovation Space, Good Shepherd Episcopal School
Talk to me about PK-8 makerspaces and about using design thinking skills in education. I am an innovation teacher Pk-8 and a Masters student at SMU in Design and Innovation. I enjoy finding out how to get students energized about learning!
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Katie Krummeck

Director, Deason Innovation Gym, SMU
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Rob Rouse

STEM Education Program Chair, Southern Methodist University


Friday February 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
US 210

1:00pm

Magnify Your Mind: The Power of Observation
The main focus of this workshop is to demonstrate the power of close observation.  It is through close observation that students can begin to describe, compare and analyze what they see. The workshop leaders will also demonstrate how to use questioning strategies to guide students to deeper thinking.  This thinking can then be used to create analogies, write stories and poetry, and make mathematical connections. 

Speakers
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Jennifer Lee

Lower School Science Teacher, Saint Mary's Hall
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Bitsy Mayberry

Lower School Science Teacher, Saint Mary's Hall


Friday February 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
US107 US107

1:00pm

MakerSpace 101
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This will be an open session with two division heads and a makerspace guide who have ideas to share.  We are all relatively new to the movement, but we are excited about what we have learned and how we can help others build their unique space.  We are hoping attendees come with ideas, as well.  This session will be most valuable for Early Childhood or Lower School professionals.  Come with questions or ideas,or some of both, audience collaboration is expected! 

Speakers
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Betty Garton

Early Childhood Director, The Oakridge School
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Sarah Schecter

Lower School Head, The Oakridge School
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Shannon Schley

ECC/LS Makerspace Coordinator, The Oakridge School



Friday February 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
US201 US201

1:00pm

Office 365 - Essential Tools for School Collaboration
Session Description

Office 365 is a powerful tool for schools to take advantage of.  However, where do you start as a school to take advantage of these tools and what are the essential tools that you can show your faculty, students and administration?  Cary Academy has been using Office 365 for over three years and we are constantly learning all the new things Office 365 offers.  In this session we will show you the blueprint we used to train and transition faculty, staff and students on Office 365, from OneDrive, to SharePoint sites, to groups and of course OneNote and Class Notebook.

OneDrive  

Where can we store and share files for the school community, from students, staff and faculty?    Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage is a great tool for this.  How many of us have had that student come to us with the hard drive that just crashed?  The big question, was any of the student data backed up?  With Microsoft OneDrive that data will be stored in the cloud and the backup is done for them.  We will show you the synch process and how your community will rely on this as the main source for the storage of their files.  What about a project students are collaborating on and they want to share a file?  OneDrive allows them to share the file with each other and their teacher, through the cloud and not email attachments or a shared network folder.  One of the best features, you do not need the server storage on site or maintenance that goes with backing up student data.   Microsoft takes care of this for you at their data centers.    

Office Groups 

Office groups, a space in the cloud to organize teams. Anyone in the school can create an Office group. Each group has its own e-mail address, calendar, document storage and dedicated OneNote notebook. Imagine a school club having the power to collaborate at this level or a school committee sharing information through files and OneNote notebook.  What about the person that misses a meeting?  They can catch up by looking at the group notes or files that were worked on and seeing what they missed.  Groups is a powerful way for committees and club advisors to keep up to date information in one area for people to follow. 

Class Notebook/Staff Notebook 

How can you get your students and faculty to collaborate on a daily basis or not have textbooks?  Learn the powerful tool of OneNote and Class Notebook.  Faculty can create online textbooks with OneNote and then use Class Notebook to share this material with students.  They can check homework and reviews and use the collaboration space to work on problems or material for the whole class to see.  

SharePoint Sites 

SharePoint sites are powerful tool to take advantage of with Office 365.  Imagine a department sharing files, calendars and OneNote notebooks.  This is all possible with SharePoint Sites in Office 365.  Our leadership team, business office, admission and various other departments take advantage of tool and the various options offered within sites.  What about students and faculty?  Our Yearbook teacher has a site that she uses to share photos and page layouts with the yearbook students throughout the year, so they are constantly collaborating.   

These are only some of the tools Office 365 uses, but learning these essential tools will help your school see the advantage of Office 365 and the collaboration that it can bring for your school community.   


Speakers
avatar for Dmitry Manakhov

Dmitry Manakhov

Information Services Director, Senior Information Services Consultant, Cary Academy
Dmitry has been Information Services Director at Cary Academy for the last 10 years and been employed by Cary Academy for 6 years prior to that. | Dmitry oversees school technology and it's one to one computer program. | He's worked in technology and education field for 24 years and held Cisco, RedHad, Microsoft, Citrix, Lenovo certifications. | Dmitry holds an MS in Electrical Engineering. He lives in Apex, NC. He is married, and he is a... Read More →
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Kevin Rokuskie

Senior Information Services Consultant, Cary Academy
Senior Information Services Consultant - Cary Academy (Cary, NC) | | Kevin Rokuskie has been a Senior Information Services Consultant at Cary Academy for the last 19 years. His primary job is to support the sixth – eighth grade students, faculty and staff located in the middle school with their technology needs. He is also the assistant wrestling coach and scuba club advisor. Kevin has worked in the technology field for the last 22 years... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Integrated Media Studio

1:00pm

Our Story: The History of Who We Are
As part of the history curriculum at St. John's Episcopal School in Dallas, seventh grade students produce a 5-minute oral history documentary film as an art and film integration.  Over the course of a year, students learn about oral histories as primary sources, complete a pre-interview questionnaire and conduct preliminary research in order to create thoughtful interview questions. Students are coached on how to set up and film the actual interview.  Students conduct further research on their topic and develop a story board, image bank and documentary narrative.  Students learn how to edit their film to produce a polished product that will serve as a family memento for generations. This project has not only changed the lives of our students but has been a gift to their families and to our school. Students complete the journey to no longer see the world around them in one perspective but rather as individuals who are shaped by the experiences around them.  As the personal stories of individual perspectives are interwoven into the collective history of the community, students learn from each other about the common and uncommon experiences that have shaped themselves and their peers.

Speakers
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Kathy Carroll

World History Teacher, Social Studies Vertical Team Leader, St. John's Episcopal School
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Tom Parr IV

Integrated Drama Specialist, St. John's Episcopal School


Friday February 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
US206 US206

1:00pm

Panel: Scaling Innovation in Schools
Panelists include:

-Kyndra Johnson - Director of STEM Education and Curriculum Support - Lancaster ISD
-Zac Chase - Lead author of 2016 National Education Technology Plan (DOE) - St. Vrain Valley Schools
-Dr. Miller Beaird - Principal and Innovator, Kerr Middle School & The REALM
-Kwaku Aning - Director of Innovation, Lausanne Collegiate School

Moderators
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Seth Burgess

Director, Lausanne Learning Institute
I love talking about innovative education and how to spread effective practices to teachers around the world. Certainly not an expert, but passionate about connecting people together to find new ways of improving technology use in the classroom.

Speakers
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Kwaku Aning

Director of Learning Innovation, Lausanne Collegiate School
Hey there! My name is Kwaku and I have worked in various roles of education (Music Teacher, Tech Consultant, Director of Innovation) for the past 17 years. I love to help teachers and students find tools for their creative aspirations and I look forward to connecting with fellow educators at this conference.
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Zac Chase

Instructional Technology Coordinator, St. Vrain Valley School District
A learner and teacher first, Zac Chase writes regularly at autodizactic.com. He works as an Instructional Technology Coordinator in the St. Vrain Valley School District in Colorado as well as with schools, districts, and education organizations around the world. A graduate of Illinois State University, NOVA Southeastern University, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, he is committed to creating deep, authentic and engaging learning for... Read More →
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Mike Cobb

Head of School, All Saints Episcopal School - Tyler, Texas
A visionary, charismatic, results-oriented, school leader with a passion for helping students experience cognitive, social, and emotional growth while fostering a school environment that celebrates innovation and the joy of learning. Demonstrated success as a classroom teacher, administrator, campus-wide program developer, international speaker, and admissions/enrollment leader. | | Mike has served schools as a teacher, coach, division head... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
US Tech Center US Tech Center

1:00pm

Project Based Learning for 4, 5, & 6 yr. olds
The Buck Institute for Education has create a list of essential elements that should be included in a project based learning unit. We will show you what these elements look like in a PBL. We might expand on student voice and choice while we look at a Spanish PBL written for 6 year olds. You will have the chance to use your iPad to read QR codes that provide sustained inquiry for the PBL, “Are Spiders Good or Bad?” What could be more authentic than creating a study guide on the birds in your neighborhood? It’s easy to weave reflection throughout a PBL for young children. We’ll take the time to give you specific ways to do that. By the time we’ve reviewed all the essential elements, you will be able to see how the 21st century skills, such as critical thinking and communication, easily become intertwined in the PBL.
When working with young children, centers become an integral part of the day. We have a trunk full of centers that promote cross-curricular studies while tying in to the PBL unit. We’ll give you plenty of time to look through the centers and take a few pictures of the center activities. Along with your photos, you will leave the session with the planning guides (on the BIE forms) for two PBLs for young children. Our hope is that you will take these ideas and the knowledge of the essential elements of PBL back to your school and into your classroom.

Speakers
MB

Monica Breeding

PreK Teacher, St. John's Episcopal School
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Debbie Carona

Technology Integration, St. John's Episcopal School
For the past 10 years, Debbie Carona has been a Technology Integration Specialist at St. John’s Episcopal School in Dallas, Texas. During her time at St. John’s, she began her training in project based learning. After completing her initial training with the Buck Institute for Education, she went to the PBL World Conference to pursue additional training. She has presented at a number of professional conferences, including EdTechTeacher and... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
US 203

1:00pm

Reimagining the Middle School Math Classroom
We are all familiar with the traditional classroom approach in which students receive whole group instruction and all learn the material at the exact same pace.  This method of instruction fails to fully meet the needs of all students.  In the reimagined classroom, students receive personalized pathways tailored to their individual level.  They are then allowed to move through strategically designed activities at their own pace.  A classroom structured with this style of teaching consists of many different components.  In this session, we will introduce the essential components of a personalized classroom and offer practical and simple methods of implementation. 

Speakers
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Mariza Gaviao

5th Grade Math Teacher, Parish Episcopal School
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Billy Stanton

7th/8th Grade Math Teacher, Parish Episcopal School


Friday February 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
US202 US202

1:00pm

Syllabus or Learning Journey?
We will discuss the theory of what it means to give students a syllabus vs. giving them a Learning Journey path.  Then we'll look at different platforms to build out a visual/digital path with options for students (Venngage and Piktochart, etc.).  Finally we'll discuss how this will impact learning in your classroom- it changes everything from lexicon to how you report out on learning.

Speakers
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Mark Engstrom

Head of MS/US, Allen Academy
I am interested in all aspects of doing education differently than we have in the past. Experimentation, iteration and evaluation is the name of the game in our profession right now in my opinion. How to best use technology to change the way we experience/facilitate learning is probably the single topic that I'm the most interested in. Looking forward to meeting everyone at LLI Southwest!



Friday February 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
U101 U101

1:00pm

The LiiNK Project: How to improve academics through play and SEL
The LiiNK (Let’s inspire innovation ‘N Kids) Project is an innovative research project that improves the culture of the school through implementing four 15 minute unstructured, outdoor play breaks into every school day plus four 15 minute character development lessons weekly without changing the amount of time the children go to school.  Academics, SEL, health indicators, and attentional focus have significantly improved in all of our intervention schools. There are 14 public schools implementing LiiNK in varying stages of the project. Little Elm ISD is one of the school districts involved in this project with great success in their first year of implementation. The Assistant Superintendent for Little Elm will join the Director of LiiNK for a teaching and debriefing session to introduce different concepts with the audience that are essential for academic success.  The research has shown in a very short period of time that younger children need a different type of day than what the traditional school provides. Children today are showing to be less physically, socially and emotionally healthy than ever before.  This may be the first generation to die before their parents because of these unhealthy practices in schools. This teaching session's goal is to identify ways other interested schools can shift their thinking and approach to learning. We will answer common school district questions through the eyes of Little Elm ISD and the LiiNK Director about the strengths and challenges of such a program. It will also focus on how to smoothly implement this innovative program into interested schools.

Speakers
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Daniel Gallagher

Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services, Little Elm ISD
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Dr. Debbie Rhea

LiiNK Director, Texas Christian University


Friday February 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
US110 US110

2:15pm

A Personalized Learning, Game-based School
Innovative and Disruptive:These are two words that can be frightening to teachers when associated with a learning environment. However, in The REALM, a self-paced gaming school, these words are appropriate and celebrated. The REALM is a new middle school of choice that offers a different way of learning. The REALM allows students to self-pace through a learning management system under a gaming format, in which points are acquired as opposed to grading. The REALM also has a four house government, in which students take ownership of their behavior and responsibilities.


Friday February 24, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
US 207 US 207

2:15pm

Creating a Classroom with a Project Approach Mindset
During our session, we will take a walk through the life of a project in our classrooms: beginning with how students pick a topic, explore, research the topic, and apply their gained knowledge. It seems hard to imagine how a JK class can find ways for a Camera project to be applicable for their young education, yet we are able to incorporate math, science, literacy, problem solving, and social studies into our lessons.
As Junior Kindergarten teachers we have embraced The Project Approach in our classrooms. We are continually inspired by and create projects based on real-life topics around our classroom.  We’ve seen how The Project Approach has inspired our students to be inquirers, scientists and students who think deeply about the world around them.  While we understand that teachers can’t necessarily go back to their classroom and adopt a new curriculum, we do believe that the Project Approach mindset can be adapted into any environment.

Speakers
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Carrie Miller

Junior Kindergarten Teachers, Lausanne Collegiate School
JK Teacher - Lausanne Collegiate School (Memphis, TN)
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Amy D Morisson

Junior Kindergarten Teachers, Lausanne Collegiate School
JK Teacher - Lausanne Collegiate School (Memphis, TN)
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Lindy Roberson

Junior Kindergarten Teachers, Lausanne Collegiate School
Here is our Prezi link: | http://prezi.com/qts5cxq-j7yj/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy



Friday February 24, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
US 203

2:15pm

Finding a Strategic Direction: Plan for Change
Whether the Board is planning to set the school's strategic direction, or the academic team is looking for ways to provide the best and most updated programs for their students, the place to start is with the school’s identity, mission and vision. Using a case study, this workshop will take participants through the steps necessary to fully articulate the school’s identity and, using that identity as a foundation, to analyze the school’s ability to fulfill its mission. Armed with this data, the next step will be to determine the actions that need to be taken to assure the sustainability of the school and its programs.

Speakers
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Michael Christopher

Assistant Headmaster for Development, Lausanne Collegiate School
Mr. Christopher has been an independent school development officer for 24 years | after spending 15 years helping to lead a music conservatory in the | Midwest.  Currently Assistant Headmaster – School Advancement for Lausanne | Collegiate School (TN), he has worked previously at the Saint Louis | Conservatory of Music (MO), Holland Hall School (OK) and Greensboro Day School | (NC).  Additionally, Mr. Christopher has been... Read More →
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Stuart McCathie

Headmaster, Lausanne Collegiate School
| | Stuart McCathie: | Mr. McCathie has been an independent school administrator and headmaster for 23 years. Prior to leading Lausanne Collegiate School he was at the Oakwood School in North Carolina. During his tenure there he led the school through a successful 1:1 implementation, positioning the school to become Apple's second Lighthouse School in the United States. He worked previously at Cape Fear Academy ( NC), Bermuda High School... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
US104 US104

2:15pm

How to Effectively Design a Virtual Reality Program in your School
Virtual Reality is the process of physically interacting with three dimensional computer simulations. VR is also the new hot education tool/concept, but how do you channel this interest into meaningful lessons that lead to student generated products and outcomes? In this session, educators will participate in a round-table discussion that will cover the following:
 
Current VR educational tools
Defining student-centered use of these tools
Discussion around how these tools can be effectively used in student-centered projects

Padlet

Speakers
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Kwaku Aning

Director of Learning Innovation, Lausanne Collegiate School
Hey there! My name is Kwaku and I have worked in various roles of education (Music Teacher, Tech Consultant, Director of Innovation) for the past 17 years. I love to help teachers and students find tools for their creative aspirations and I look forward to connecting with fellow educators at this conference.


Friday February 24, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Integrated Media Studio

2:15pm

Interpretive Play in Literary Worlds
Typically, literature teachers have students read a story, interpret its meaning, and then share and discuss their ideas. In a recent high school elective I took a different approach.  The students interpreted a short story or novella through creative writing.  They responded to sections of a work by creating a character who engaged with the characters and plot by entering the world of the story.  The creative writing tasks were arranged as a series of missions for which the students could earn points.  After each creative entry the teacher responded to the student, commenting on the "moves" the student made within the literary world.  What surprised me was the level of critical engagement with the meanings of the story.  By not writing expository prose or engaging in analytical discourse, some students felt freer to contemplate and respond to the work on an emotional level and to even make perceptive observations about the mode of narration or the complex relationship between the author and his or her work.  In the elective I interacted with the role play of the students by responding in writing to their short fictional forays into the story world by creating my own character called the Game Master.  In this session I would like to invite the participants to engage in this exercise through a creative response to Ursula K. LeGuin’s short story “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” and to discuss the benefits and potential drawbacks of such an approach to literary engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Nied

Gary Nied

English Chairman, Teacher, Cistercian Preparatory School


Friday February 24, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
US206 US206

2:15pm

It's Not About the App
Teachers have participated in many meetings about technology initiatives, the SAMR model, and App-Smashing. Most are eager to incorporate technology in the classroom, but the process can seem overwhelming. There are over 700,000 apps available. How can anyone choose the apps which will meaningfully enhance student learning?

Focusing on teaching and learning, rather than  just “the App”, this workshop will explore ways to select the right tools to enhance the classroom experience. Teachers will be helped to create an individual technology use plan that recognizes teacher tech experience, classroom resources, student needs and pedagogical goals. 

Participants should bring their favorite tech tool and be ready to share successes and to actively problem solve during the session.   While the iPad will be used for demonstration, guidelines discussed will be applicable across tech platforms.

Speakers
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Janet Fox

Academic Dean, Presbyterian School
Wrangling iPads! (We have over 250 deployed in our school of 525) | | Creative learning experiences. | | Good Professional Development. | | Supporting the Houston SPCA by fostering rescued animals. | | Hiking. Running. Singing.


Friday February 24, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
US202 US202

2:15pm

Language Immersion in Early Childhood

An interactive take on teaching a second language during this unique developmental window when language acquisition is ideal. Based on the AIM Language Learning Program, we will explore the use of games, rhymes, songs and gestures to create a vibrant, student centered second language class experience. This exclusively verbal class has students functioning in the target language 90% or more of class time. 


Speakers
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Jim Andersen

Upper School and Foreign Language Department Chair, The Oakridge School
Associate Head of Upper School and Foreign Language Department Chair - The Oakridge School (Arlington, TX)


Friday February 24, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
U101 U101

2:15pm

Learner Centered Inquiry Projects
Learner driven inquiry projects that do not fit into the confines of one specific discipline provide a deep and rich learning experience for students. These learning experiences can often feel like a nightmare to plan as teachers. During this workshop, we will take you through our process including: developing teacher, administrative, and parental support; the student planning process; assessment; and presentation. We encourage you to bring an idea that you may be working on. Or, we will have some for you to practice on. With our collective experience, we will work to address all of your concerns and needs so you can move forward confidently. Our goal is that you leave inspired to implement this at your school and leave with the tools to do so.

Speakers
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Sky Jenkins

6th grade Teacher, Bosque School
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Tara O'Brien

Head of Middle School, Bosque School


Friday February 24, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
US209 US209

2:15pm

Makerspace and Design Thinking in the Primary Classroom
Many educators are excited about starting a makerspace in their classroom and some have even found the time to implement one! The major question then becomes what to teach, especially with the youngest learners. Over the past two years our first grade team has experimented with several approaches to integrating a makerspace into our weekly routine. We’ve failed many times, but have also been successful in several ways. We’ve collaborated with several professionals in the makerspace and design thinking sphere, taken what we’ve gleaned from them and applied it directly to our classroom.

Using Tools and Materials as a kick off unit at the beginning of the year, we help students understand the physical properties of materials, their uses and the tools “makers” use with them. The students build a library in which they keep notes about the tools and materials they use during the exploration session. They also start a Design Journal, where they brainstorm responses to the challenges posed to them by their teachers during the following session. This process requires conversation, cooperation and creativity. At the end of the unit, the children respond in authentic ways by completing a Project Based Learning Challenge of their own design.  

Other units we’ve produced include Building Empathy with Story Characters, Coding and Tinkering. This session will walk participants through our simple approach and offer suggestions to those who many need guidance in getting started.

Speakers
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Maggie Fulton

First Grade Teacher, The Lamplighter School
Maker, STEM/STEM enthusiast, and lifelong book worm
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Jessica Varela

First Grade Teacher, The Lamplighter School
Teacher by day, Maker by night!


Friday February 24, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
US107 US107

2:15pm

One Problem Six Ways

The 2012 Advanced Placement Calculus BC Examination Free Response Question 4 tied together four approaches to solving a particular calculus problem.  Approaches involving a tangent-line, a Riemann sum, an Euler’s method, and a second degree Taylor polynomial solve the particular problem giving similar answers and are presented.  Another problem will solve in the another type of problem in the same manner.  Finally, participants will be asked to relate approaches to solve various other types of problems, not necessarily calculus.  The hope is to bring together diverse topics and show their relationships to arriving at solutions to such a problem.  


Speakers
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John Cocharo

The Oakridge School


Friday February 24, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Think Tank Think Tank

2:15pm

Our IDEA Journey
We know more today about how students learn than we have at any other time in the history of formal education. While many traditional foundations remain effective, many new methods to learning are emerging. As “stewards of our students’ intellectual curiosity,” we commit ourselves to exploring engaging opportunities for our students to embrace their “passion for discovery.”  The IDEA program at St. Mark’s is a collection of student experiences throughout Middle School that provide students with an opportunity to engage in learning with a bias to action and begin to develop skills they will need to be successful and satisfied learners for years to come. We launched this program this fall and it is the result of 3 years of program evolution. It is based on the concepts of knowledge creation and design thinking.  In this session, we offer a glimpse into how we developed this program and provide guidance to help others get started in developing their own version at their school.   There are three perspectives from which we will guide the session: administration, teacher, and marketing/communications.

Speakers
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Jason Carroll

Science Teacher/Genius Hour Coordinator, St. Mark's Episcopal School (Houston)
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Jean Marie Howard

Communication Coordinator, St. Mark's Episcopal School (Houston)
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Dr. Troy Roddy

Head of Middle School, St. Mark's Episcopal School (Houston)



Friday February 24, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
US109 US109

2:15pm

Panel: Design Thinking in Content Areas
Panelists include:

-Kim Bullard - STEAM Coordinator, Lausanne Collegiate School
-Louis Morgan - Instructional Technologist, Burleson ISD
-Elizabeth Podany - Curriculum & Innovation Director, Village Tech Schools
-Lauren Marold - Lower School Computer Science and Engineering, Greenhill School 

Moderators
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Seth Burgess

Director, Lausanne Learning Institute
I love talking about innovative education and how to spread effective practices to teachers around the world. Certainly not an expert, but passionate about connecting people together to find new ways of improving technology use in the classroom.

Speakers
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Kim Bullard

Middle School STEAM Teacher, Lausanne Collegiate School
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Lauren Marold

Lower School Computer Science and Engineering, Greenhill School
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Louise Morgan

Integration Technologist, STEAM Middle School - Burleson ISD
Tech Integrator at STEAM Middle School in Burleson, TX.
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Elizabeth Podany

Village Tech Schools, Village Tech


Friday February 24, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
US Tech Center US Tech Center

2:15pm

Reimagine Geometry
We were presented with the opportunity to completely redesign our geometry program at our independent school. Honors and regular students are combined in each classroom, strengthening the education for students of all ability levels and backgrounds. Students are able to approach honors level material on a ‘challenge by choice’ basis, enabling many who would not have been originally enrolled in an advanced course to earn credit for Honors Geometry throughout the course of the year. Our goal is to achieve a more equitable program by providing advanced material to all levels of students.
Technology integration is key to this program. Using intelligent software that allows for more personalization gives us as teachers more time to focus on the students requiring additional assistance or greater challenges. Our flexible classroom design encourages students to use a variety of different learning styles to master the material. As students fulfill objectives, they have the choice to change their learning environment based on the requirements of their next objective. 
In this session, we will discuss the redesign process we went through with our curriculum and the project we led our students through to renovate our classroom. We will also address the honors integration and the personalization of the course.

Speakers
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Julie Kidder

Department Coordinator of Upper School Mathematics, Parish Episcopal School
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Caroline Robb

Upper School Mathematics Teacher, Parish Episcopal School


Friday February 24, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
US 105

2:15pm

Social and Emotional Growth - Letting off STEAM...
Many students are not successful advocates for themselves. They experience challenges with expressing feelings and needs and communicating effectively with adults and peers. This session aims to shed light on how these learners think and how to engage them in the learning process.

Speakers
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Adina Rich

Chief Education Officer, Rich Educational Consulting
Position at Company ABC.


Friday February 24, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
US110 US110

2:15pm

The Making of a Maker Space
Maker Education inspires deeper learning through hands-on creative experiences. Students learn to think with their hands to produce more meaningful outcomes. Maker spaces are delineated spaces that invite curiosity, inspire wonder, encourage play, and honor uniqueness. Also, these spaces promote productive failure in learning. They are are places to explore authentic problems and to develop unique solutions. High tech and low tech tools are used to accomplish learning goals.


At GSES, we have grown our SPARQ Innovation Space from one new idea to a flourishing core program at our PK-8 school. In this workshop, participants will complete a rapid design cycle to explore and define a unique makerspace that fits the needs of their school.
GSES staff will share stories of successes and failures in their own SPARQ Innovation Space over the last three years. Participants will be led through a step by step design thinking process to identify their needs and desires for such a place in their schools. Each participant will leave with a specific goal in hand for makerspace implementation suitable for their school. They literally will walk out the door with a hand built prototype of their plan!

Speakers
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Laura Cole

Educational Innovator, SPARQ Innovation Space, Good Shepherd Episcopal School
Talk to me about PK-8 makerspaces and about using design thinking skills in education. I am an innovation teacher Pk-8 and a Masters student at SMU in Design and Innovation. I enjoy finding out how to get students energized about learning!
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Mary Torres

Education Technologist, Good Shepherd Episcopal School


Friday February 24, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
US 210

2:15pm

Using Picture Books in Middle School to Promote Critical Thinking and Writing

Many students struggle to identify key information from literature and then use this information to make inferences that reflect deeper thinking. Using picture books with older students creates a non-threatening environment that increases student’s self-confidence and success as they practice identifying significant details and then use these details to make inferences.


Speakers
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Hannah Davis

Teacher, The Oakridge School
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Claire Reddig

MS English Teacher and Writing Specialist, The Oakridge School



Friday February 24, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
US201 US201

3:30pm

Closing Event
Friday February 24, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Performance Hall