2014 Teachers for Tomorrow
Assessment and Evaluation
Syllabi Solutions for Teachers to Motivate, Inspire, and Educate Children - Kids WANT to go to school. Teachers WANT to teach. A syllabus with high expectations and mandatory field trips maximizes the opportunities for students to discover their own creative voices while gaining confidence and an understanding of the world around them.
PRESENTER: Melinda Wilson
Life After Annotation: Using "Close Reading" for Formative Assessment - To meet the demand for increased rigor and tackle the text complexity requisite for achieving the Common Core State Standards, many schools and districts have implemented Dr. Doug Fisher’s Close Reading methodology. Now that teachers and students alike have gotten accustomed to the idea of multiple readings and annotating their texts, where do we go from this point? This session will provide teachers with strategies for utilizing a Close Reading as a tool for meaningful formative assessment. Furthermore, the strategies presented in this session will support teachers in enabling students to engage each other in authentic discussions and in integrating formative assessment into instruction. Implications for students with special needs and English Language Learners will be addressed as well.
PRESENTER: Dr. Talyia Eve Riemer
Instruction and Assessment Strategies with Technology - Are you new to having technology in your classroom? Do you have technology already in place but want to learn more on how to extend your students' knowledge with your devices? In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to learn more about using learning management systems (lms), apps to differentiate the learning in your class and to assess your students appropriately, as well as instructional models that goes well with technology. This is for you if you and your students have access to the Internet, computers, laptops, smartphones, or tablets in your classroom!
PRESENTER: Aprilanne Lynch
Innovation and Creativity
A Legion of David’s: Battling the Odds for America’s Schools - Over the past three years, 70 educators were interviewed from across the country about what it takes to remain resilient in today’s teaching world. Using video and audio clips of these conversations, many voices were juxtaposed to offer a multi-faceted narrative of this complicated and contentious moment in American education. Some are in the early years of their careers and relatively unknown; some, like Bill Ayers, Deborah Meier, Grace Lee Boggs, Gloria Ladson-Billings, Sonia Nieto and Roland Barth, are well-known and in their later years. Each offers unique insight into what it takes to keep going. Come listen to some of the voices.
PRESENTER: Mark Larson
Breaking the Ice: An Hour of Warm-Ups and Games - This session is designed to be an interactive and very active workshop in which we will demonstrate and experience as many ways to learn names and warm up a group as we can fit in one hour. Activities are planned for high school students but can be easily adapted for other levels.
PRESENTER: John Paulett
Classroom Management for Music Educators - How do we create an environment of respect and rapport where all students feel safe, valued and are comfortable taking intellectual risks? In this workshop we will discuss practical, real world strategies that you can use from day one. Although viewed through the lens of a music educator, these challenges are by no mean exclusive to music and all arts educators will find helpful ideas and techniques in this session.
PRESENTER: Anand Raj Sukumaran
Engagement to Learning, It’s That Simple - This workshop is designed to understand the importance of providing an engaging environment for all learners. The session will include interactive activities that highlight easy to use engagement strategies and collaboration throughout the entire learning period. “It's That Simple” will allow you to be engaged and provide you with useful tools for your future!
PRESENTER: Andrea Prola
The Puzzle of Autism and Where You Fit - Autism Spectrum Disorder is on the rise in our country. As teachers, we know now that no matter what subject or grade we teach, we will likely have a child with autism and related challenges in the classroom! This workshop will give you a thorough overview of this learning difference and give tips and tricks for special educators and general educators alike!
PRESENTER: Allie Griffin
“Finding Hidden Golf Balls” – Grant Writing - Believe it! You can write a grant and walk away with 2 completed grants! It is easy with a little teamwork and lots of "encouragement"! Tips for grant writing will be covered as well as resources and the do's & don'ts of grant writing. It is a great "feather-in-your cap" to write a grant. Come, you are smarter than you think!
PRESENTER: Lillian H. Degand
Integrating Classroom Management and Financial Literacy! - Classroom management is often the key to having a successful year. As teachers our role is to prepare students for high school, college, and beyond, but often times the behaviors that happen in class can affect and even at times inhibit this. In this session, we will share with you a classroom management system that is not only effective yet student driven. In addition, it integrates a skill where over half of young adults know little about-finance such as paying bills. Learn about integrating an economy and government with a classroom management system. It has not only proven successful for us, but it has taught needed financial literacy skills to students.
PRESENTER: Steve Salski
It All Comes Down to Mindset: Drills Are For Making Holes - As technology becomes deeply integrated into students’ school experiences, teachers are pushed to develop ever-evolving competencies with new devices and innovations. Though the buzz might be about exciting new digital tools, the learning process and learning outcomes are what teachers still have to prioritize. As the saying goes: “No one who ever bought a drill wanted a drill. They wanted a hole.” Teachers need to embrace a growth mindset about the role of technology in their instruction so that they can empower students to create, collaborate, and analyze with 21st century skills. This workshop will lean on the work of Carol Dweck, ISTE’s Standards for Teachers and Students, and the SAMR model of technology integration.
PRESENTERS: Jessica Greenberg and Jamie Winchell
Lesson Study at the Middle - Imagine being able to sit down and plan an amazing lesson with a group of teachers from all subject areas. Nice, isn’t it? Now imagine being able to improve that lesson instantly. Lesson study offers teachers the opportunity to perfect lessons with feedback from the best educational professionals: other teachers!
PRESENTER: Raymond Porten
Peer Court: Restorative Justice - The purpose of Peer Court is to provide a positive outlet in which students can resolve school related conflicts with the assistance of their peers and avoid a possible suspension. Together, students negotiate an equally acceptable resolution to their conflict through the creation of an agreement that seeks to transform the negative behavior into a positive goal. Through this program, the referred student will hopefully develop self-esteem, confidence, and skills necessary for a positive and productive adult life. Peer Court gives students an active role in the building of a school climate. It allows for Restorative Justice to promote student growth. Restorative Justice focuses on repairing harm done to individuals or the community from conflict or misconduct. By engaging those directly affected, restorative justice builds community, fosters accountability and provides a voice to those who have been harmed. Studies indicate that restorative justice offers higher rates of resolution, a better sense of closure for those engaged in or affected by the conflict, and a lower rate of defendants to become repeat offenders.
PRESENTER: Raymond Porten
Promoting Creativity and Innovation in the Classroom - Participants will be introduced to or deepen their knowledge of innovative tools that are sure to promote positive behavior and foster learning within the intermediate classroom. Websites such as Classdojo, Edmodo, and Weebly (which are all free to use) are among the list of innovative tools that will be explored. This session is also a “make and take session.”
PRESENTER: Queala Wells
Reflective Listening: Discovering the Meaning Behind Our Students’ Words - In a discussion about local community problems, a student raises her hand and says: "I think everyone with AIDS should wear a patch so we know they have it." Sounds terrible, right? But take a moment to reflect on how that kid may be feeling. It's possible that she is trying to get a rise out of you or her peers, but she also may be afraid for herself and those she loves. In this workshop, we will practice discovering the emotions behind our students' words.
PRESENTER: Aaron Podolner, Namita Shah, LaJoi Royston, and Juan Tinoco
The Proper Perception - Because of the terrible choices made as a teenager and being forced to live with vicious, vulgar and despicable men and exposed to the harsh, degrading, and savagery of prison life this workshops is designed to deter young people from making devastating decisions that might land them in prison. Through a method that enhances visual stimulation, scenes using props will be created so that the audience gets a visual description of actual cell size, food trays, segregation life, and rules of compliance that must be obeyed that take away all freedoms. The goal is to picture life in prison as miserable and dismal, allowing participants to reassess the bad decisions that may be made in life. This presentation shows the results of what may happen if someone has the urge to go against the established laws of society regardless of class, culture, level of education, executive position, religious affiliation or invested authority.
PRESENTER: Omar Yamini
Use Your Imagination to Make Math Real - Draw students into math with applications and projects and allow students to use their creativity that will encourage and deepen their understanding of mathematics. Many examples will be given along with resources for these projects.
PRESENTER: Nancy Powell
What Are Peace Circles? - Circles are a way of bringing people together to understand one another, strengthen bonds, and solve community problems, support and connect to one another. They help create positive climates and help to resolve problem behaviors as well. It is old technology to address new age issues.
PRESENTER: Stephen A. Jackson and John Williams
What If? Practice Dealing with Unexpected Events In Our Classrooms - Teachers are taught how to write lesson plans and differentiate for different types of learners. But what should they do if a fight breaks out during a lesson or the class decides to ask about your love life or personal history with drugs and alcohol? How would you handle a request to be the faculty sponsor for a Gay-Straight Alliance or the death of a classmate? All these scenarios and more will be discussed in this interactive workshop.
PRESENTER: Aaron Podolner, Namita Shah, LaJoi Royston, and Juan Tinoco
Zoo Genetics: Incorporating Authentic Data Into the Classroom - In partnership with wildlife geneticist Jean Dubach, PhD, Zoo Genetics: Key Aspects of Conservation Biology, was created. It is a curriculum combining modern genetics, in situ field research, and wildlife conservation. Its activities are based on actual research projects from Chicago’s Wildlife Genetics Lab. The activities do not require a major time commitment, expensive equipment, or the ability to study real populations in the field. In this session, you will learn how to introduce students to wildlife conservation research through various forms of media and inspire some students to volunteer in a conservation genetics lab and go on to careers in STEM fields.
PRESENTER: Jason Crean
Constructing Pictorial Timelines - A pictorial timeline is an effective way to visually depict a life sequence of a significant individual, using artistic expression. A chronological timeline will be created of a master artist using research, design and production with only construction paper and glue. This exciting activity occurs in small groups, individually and finally in a large group setting. You will see how interactive participation will increase engagement; learning and how an hour can seem like 5 minutes!
PRESENTER: Mary Benton
From Survival to Vision: Creating and Sustaining a Successful Music Program - Limited budgets, recruitment, retention, advocacy, diverse populations and paperwork! How do we juggle all these challenges while creating a rigorous, sustainable and aspirational music program? In this session, we will examine how to develop a long-term vision for your music program that will make it a cornerstone of your school and community for years to come.
PRESENTER: Anand Raj Sukumaran
Don’t Lose STEAM – Fostering Student Creativity and Engagement with the Arts - The arts create a much-needed balance between right brain and left-brain thinking in STEM education. The inclusion of music in STEM-focused lessons can provide multiple opportunities for student engagement and creativity. In this workshop, we will focus on exploring the impact of the arts on STEM education, discussing how teachers can include music and other art forms in STEM-focused lesson plans, and providing information on and access to the multitude of available STEAM resources. Participants will experience hands-on opportunities to explore many of the STEAM tools used in classrooms. Come prepared to create, play, and learn!
PRESENTER: William Marsland
STEAM Can Be Highly Engaging - Participants will be treated to an insight of creative approaches to the implementation of a STEAM curriculum that captivates students by integrating their interests, hobbies and preferences. Gain and share invaluable ideas to make your classroom even more exciting and dynamic for students by attending this interactive session. Engaged learning is strong learning!
PRESENTER: Donnell White
The GlobalEd 2 Project - GlobalEd 2 is collaboration between U of I Chicago and the University of Connecticut. Middle school social studies classrooms in Connecticut and Chicago participate in an online simulation to discuss a socio-scientific issue. Currently the issue is the global water shortage. Each classroom represents a nation, and within each classroom/nation, there are smaller committees focusing on environment, economy, human rights, and health issues. The nations and committees research their situation, then engage in online discussions (message boards and live "chats") with the goal of reaching international agreement on some solutions to the water crisis. Come learn more about how the project increases students' science literacy and interest in science through real-world scenario and a technology rich environment.
PRESENTER: Kimberly Lawless
ISAC-The Financial Aid Process - This interactive session is designed for high school students and their parents, to communicate the outlines of the financial aid process and give a summary of state and federal aid programs. It introduces people to ways to pay for college, trusted sources for information, and the 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
PRESENTER: Annette Phillips
Where Content Intersections Can Bring Relevance to Learning and Career Exploration - Creating meaningful learning in the classroom today is a requirement for the workers of tomorrow. This session will focus on the intersections of content in the STEM areas and open conversation around how students form their knowledge in various content areas. By developing skills in a project-based environment solving problems relevant to STEM careers, students learn how to be creative and have an attitude of persistence and perseverance. Using today’s technology, students have tools at their fingertips to start creating solutions for tomorrow. Participants will: discuss STEM’s meaning in education and its impact on college and career choices; perform a short problem solving activity integrating all areas of STEM; and tour the OPRF Technology Education facilities.
PRESENTER: Ryan VenHorst
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