July 27, 2017

Keynote: Creating Cultures of Thinking

8:30 a.m.  -  9:20 a.m.

Effective teaching requires more than good planning and instructional design. It also requires attention to the social and cultural dimensions of the classroom in which plans and designs are carried out. This is particularly important as we think about the future of learning. For new content, new technologies, and new methods to take hold, they …

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Gateway to STEM: Improving Spatial Skills – Part 1

9:30 a.m.  -  12:00 p.m.

The ability to visualize in three dimensions is a cognitive skill that has been shown to be important for success in engineering and other technological fields. For engineering, the ability to mentally rotate 3-D objects is especially important. Unfortunately, of all the cognitive skills, 3-D rotation abilities exhibit robust gender differences, favoring males. The assessment …

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Seven Strategies of Assessment for Learning: An Overview

9:30 a.m.  -  12:00 p.m.

Research reviews over the last decade have heightened awareness of the power of formative assessment to increase student achievement, but not all that is labeled “formative assessment” is equally effective. In this session, we will review the Seven Strategies of Assessment for Learning by organizing research-based recommendations about formative classroom assessment practices into an instructional …

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Using Thinking Routines to Make Thinking Visible

9:30 a.m  -  12:00 p.m.

The use of thinking routines and the idea of making students’ learning and thinking visible originated at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and has captured the interest of schools and teachers worldwide. With such popularity, we sometimes get superficial use of the routines. For example, teachers may use thinking routines as simple activities. …

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Offering Effective Feedback and Preparing Students to Self-Assess

1:00 p.m.  -  3:30 p.m.

Research on the impact of formative assessment practices shows that the provision of feedback is one of the keys to improved achievement, yet many studies also reveal negative effects of feedback on learning. In this session, we’ll examine the characteristics of feedback that maximize the chance that students will act on, and gain, from it. …

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Building Literacy in the Presentational and Interpersonal Modes

1:00 p.m.  -  3:30 p.m.

The relationship and importance of the connection of writing to reading and speaking will be addressed by highlighting the use of an authentic text in the interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational modes. Then, participants will engage in and discuss evidence-based practices for teaching writing using strategies that involve inquiry, elaboration, summarizing, revision, and editing. Interpersonal strategies …

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Discourse in the Culture of Thinking Classroom

1:00 p.m.  -  3:30 p.m.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: How do conversation, language, and discussion in a Culture of Thinking classroom differ from that of a traditional classroom? How do we understand effective discourse patterns, versus ineffective ones, so that we as teachers can better foster powerful learning communities? This mini course will focus on current research conducted by the Cultures of …

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Keynote: Planning for Learning

3:45 p.m.  -  4:30 p.m.

Learning is an unpredictable process and instructional correctives are part of the normal flow of attaining mastery in any field. If we are still teaching as though “plan, instruct, and assess” will cause learning, or if our pacing guides are designed on the basis of that belief, we will miss the heart of teaching and …

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Gateway to STEM: Improving Spatial Skills – Part 2

1:00 p.m.  -  3:30 p.m.

The ability to visualize in three dimensions is a cognitive skill that has been shown to be important for success in engineering and other technological fields. For engineering, the ability to mentally rotate 3-D objects is especially important. Unfortunately, of all the cognitive skills, 3-D rotation abilities exhibit robust gender differences, favoring males. The assessment …

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July 28, 2017

Keynote: Leading Innovation in Schools

8:30 a.m.  -  9:20 a.m.

Design thinking programs provide leaders with a provocative, experiential, and practical approach to leading innovation in schools. Our focus is on building innova-tors (vs. innova-tions), so our primary work will be to develop the capacity to bring about the new model of schools.  This keynote aims to expose participants to the principles of human-centered design …

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Design Thinking Bootcamp

9:30 a.m.  -  12:00 p.m.

In this hands-on, interactive training, participants will learn the basics of design thinking with  teams, including how to “take it home” to apply design thinking to schools and classrooms.  We will go use our model (Do It, Apply It, Take it Home) to guide our work in the bootcamp. We’ll begin with a team or …

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Gateway to STEM: Improving Spatial Skills – Part 1 (repeat)

9:30 a.m.  -  12:00 p.m.

The ability to visualize in three dimensions is a cognitive skill that has been shown to be important for success in engineering and other technological fields. For engineering, the ability to mentally rotate 3-D objects is especially important. Unfortunately, of all the cognitive skills, 3-D rotation abilities exhibit robust gender differences, favoring males. The assessment …

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Reading in the Content Areas: Session 1

9:30 a.m.  -  12:00 p.m.

Today’s learners must acquire the skills needed to read challenging discipline-specific content. This workshop will provide an overview of the factors that impact a learner’s ability to read and comprehend text. It will address the often heard comment “I read it. I just don’t remember it.” Several reading strategies that require readers to engage meaningfully …

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Planning Instructional Interventions

9:30 a.m.  -  12:00 p.m.

Making mistakes is part of the normal flow of attaining mastery in any field. In this session, we will examine three types of errors students typically make and discuss teaching strategies that address each type of error. We also will explore the concept of instructional traction: the characteristics our diagnostic assessments need to have if …

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Developing Change Agents: Integrating Economic and Social Issues in Mathematics Classrooms

9:30 a.m.  -  12:00 p.m.

There are many significant and relevant economic and social issues that can be discussed in mathematics classrooms. No matter the experiences, race, or class of your students, there are opportunities for them to be change agents. In this session, middle and high school mathematics teachers will learn about the processes, benefits, and challenges of integrating …

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Planning an Assessment for Formative or Summative Use

1:00 p.m.  -  3:30 p.m.

This session is designed to deepen understanding of how to plan a high-quality classroom assessment. We will walk through four decision points at the planning stage that will lead to accuracy of results. (Based on the book “Classroom Assessment for Student Learning: Doing It Right–Using It Well.”)

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Gateway to STEM: Improving Spatial Skills – Part 2 (repeat)

01:00 p.m.  -  3:30 p.m.

The ability to visualize in three dimensions is a cognitive skill that has been shown to be important for success in engineering and other technological fields. For engineering, the ability to mentally rotate 3-D objects is especially important. Unfortunately, of all the cognitive skills, 3-D rotation abilities exhibit robust gender differences, favoring males. The assessment …

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Design Thinking Bootcamp (repeat)

01:00 p.m.  -  04:00 p.m.

In this hands-on, interactive training, participants will learn the basics of design thinking with  teams, including how to “take it home” to apply design thinking to schools and classrooms.  We will go use our model (Do It, Apply It, Take it Home) to guide our work in the bootcamp. We’ll begin with a team or …

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Reading in the Content Areas: Session 2

1:00 p.m.  -  3:30 p.m.

This workshop will consider the key premises that are in play when a learner processes a text. Participants will begin by considering strategies for activating prior knowledge. The importance of allowing readers to interact with a text prior to working collaboratively with others will be highlighted. Finally, participants will explore the connection between reading and …

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July 27, 2017

Registration & Continental Breakfast

7:45 a.m.  -  8:30 a.m.
Jane Woodruff Hall Atruim

July 28, 2017

Registration & Continental Breakfast

7:45 a.m.  -  8:30 a.m.m
Jane Woodruff Hall Atruim

July 27, 2017

Social Event

4:30 p.m.  -  6:00 p.m.

Prior to the start of our southern-style dinner, enjoy drinks and live music from the Hardy Boyd Band outside of the Woodward Academy Upper School. Attendees will receive two free alcoholic drink tickets as part of their registration.

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Dinner

6:00 p.m  -  07:30 p.m.

A trip to Atlanta wouldn’t be complete without a southern-style dinner! After Thursday’s social, attendees will enjoy a fried chicken dinner with plenty of fixings, as well as a delicious peach cobbler dessert.

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Day 1 Morning Sessions

8:00 a.m.  -  noon

For our daily concurrent sessions, we are seeking dynamic one-hour presentations intended to incorporate experiences that foster long-term success and achievement while intentionally developing creative, critical thinkers to meet the needs of today’s world. If you are interested, please submit your session proposal today. When drafting your proposal, be sure to clearly indicate the intended outcomes for your session …

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Day 1 Afternoon Sessions

12:00  -  4 p.m.

For our daily concurrent sessions, we are seeking dynamic one-hour presentations intended to incorporate experiences that foster long-term success and achievement while intentionally developing creative, critical thinkers to meet the needs of today’s world. If you are interested, please submit your session proposal today. When drafting your proposal, be sure to clearly indicate the intended outcomes for your session …

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July 28, 2017

Day 2 Morning Sessions

8:00 a.m.  -  noon

For our daily concurrent sessions, we are seeking dynamic one-hour presentations intended to incorporate experiences that foster long-term success and achievement while intentionally developing creative, critical thinkers to meet the needs of today’s world. If you are interested, please submit your session proposal today. When drafting your proposal, be sure to clearly indicate the intended outcomes for your session as …

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Day 2 Afternoon Sessions

12:00  -  4:00 p.m.

For our daily concurrent sessions, we are seeking dynamic one-hour presentations intended to incorporate experiences that foster long-term success and achievement while intentionally developing creative, critical thinkers to meet the needs of today’s world. If you are interested, please submit your session proposal today. When drafting your proposal, be sure to clearly indicate the intended outcomes for your session …

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July 27, 2017

Move Well, Stress Less, and Sleep More!

9:30  -  12:00 p.m.

In this this workshop, you’ll be introduced to movement, breathing and sleeping techniques to help “unstick” you from the daily grind of life. The techniques you will learn can be performed in your home, classroom or office, and just about anywhere else you may find yourself and will have a lasting impact on your health …

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Becoming a Healthy Leader in your Workplace Community

1:00  -  3:30 p.m.

As you look around your workplace, do you see individuals who have demonstrated the ability to lead others toward better health and wellness? Have you ever wondered what fuels these individuals? How can you become a leader at your workplace and help your coworkers, friends, and students become healthier individuals? Studies have shown that healthier …

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July 28, 2017

Using Assessment Results to Improve Student Learning

9:30  -  12:00 p.m.

Our schools collect a great deal of information about student learning and experiences, and much of it goes unused when it comes to making decisions about the design of courses and curriculum. Participants in this highly interactive workshop will have the opportunity to: reflect on how you currently use assessment results about student learning and …

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Essential Characteristics of a Successful Coach and Managing Parents of Today’s Student-Athletes

9:30  -  12:00 p.m.

There are several essential characteristics of any successful coach. Some of these traits include constantly working on his/her craft, the ability to put out “fires,” establishing clear roles on a team, being organized and prepared, among others. Successful coaches also have the ability to manage the invested and involved parents of today’s student-athletes. This class …

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Essential Characteristics of a Successful Coach and Managing Parents of Today’s Student-Athletes

1:00  -  3:30 p.m.

There are several essential characteristics of any successful coach. Some of these traits include constantly working on his/her craft, the ability to put out “fires,” establishing clear roles on a team, being organized and prepared, among others. Successful coaches also have the ability to manage the invested and involved parents of today’s student-athletes. This class …

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July 27, 2017

Design and Systems Thinking Strategies for PBL

1:15  -  3:45 p.m.

Design Thinking, as well as systems thinking, continue to gain momentum in educational contexts. This session will focus on strategies for implementing elements of Design Thinking and systems thinking in Project-based learning. While most examples will have a focus on Humanities, the strategies, techniques and resources provided could be applied in a variety of contexts. …

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July 28, 2017

Media Literacy and Argument

9:00  -  11:30 a.m.

As our students are surrounded by constant digital communication, it is vital that we continue to prepare them to consume and produce this content with a critical eye. From infographics to blogs to visual presentations, each product requires a clear claim, reason and warrant. This session will address the areas where we can help our …

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Sensory Processing: Normal Development and Disorder – Impact in the Classroom

9:00  -  11:30 a.m.

Have you ever wondered what Occupational Therapists (OT) do and why? What is Sensory Processing, and what does it mean for you, your students, and your classroom? This workshop will answer those questions and more! Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to explain what an Occupation Therapist is and what they do. …

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Sensory Processing: Normal Development and Disorder – Impact in the Classroom

1:15  -  3:45 p.m.

Have you ever wondered what Occupational Therapists (OT) do and why? What is Sensory Processing, and what does it mean for you, your students, and your classroom? This workshop will answer those questions and more! Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to explain what an Occupation Therapist is and what they do. …

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July 27, 2017

The Integrated Stem Classroom

9:00  -  11:30 a.m.

STEM by its very acronym implies an integration of subject matter. This workshop will explore how to better integrate the subjects and situate them in a real-world, problem solving context. By integrating science content with engineering practices tools, technologies and methods for incorporating innovation, invention and project-based learning in the classroom, STEM provides a pathway …

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July 28, 2017

Computational Thinking in the STEM Classroom

1:15  -  3:45 p.m.

The essence of computational thinking (CT) is thinking about data and ideas, and using and combining these resources to solve problems. Teachers can encourage students to “think computationally” by moving STEM projects beyond “using” tools and information toward “creating” tools and information. SImulations and modeling help students create information. CT asks students to identify a …

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July 27, 2017

Seven Strategies of Assessment for Learning: An Overview

09:30  -  12:00 p.m.

Research reviews over the last decade have heightened awareness of the power of formative assessment to increase student achievement, but not all that is labeled “formative assessment” is equally effective. In this session, we will review the Seven Strategies of Assessment for Learning by organizing research-based recommendations about formative classroom assessment practices into an instructional …

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Offering Effective Feedback and Preparing Students to Self-Assess

1:00  -  3:30 p.m.

Research on the impact of formative assessment practices shows that the provision of feedback is one of the keys to improved achievement, yet many studies also reveal negative effects of feedback on learning. In this session, we’ll examine the characteristics of feedback that maximize the chance that students will act on, and gain, from it. …

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July 28, 2017

Planning an Assessment for Formative or Summative Use

1:00  -  3:30 p.m.

This session is designed to deepen understanding of how to plan a high-quality classroom assessment. We will walk through four decision points at the planning stage that will lead to accuracy of results. (Based on the book “Classroom Assessment for Student Learning: Doing It Right–Using It Well.”)

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July 27, 2017

Building Literacy in the Interpretive Mode

09:30  -  12:00 p.m.

The interpretive mode is key to the development of world language proficiency. Consider the advantages of authentic text and identify ways to find useful texts for all levels of instruction. Work with strategies that require learners to engage meaningfully with both literary and informational texts. Consider how texts are used to promote acquisition of new …

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