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Wednesday, June 10th 2020

Session 1 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CST) | 4Possible Modules | Dr. Hope Luster | Dr. Ingrid Haynes Bashelia Ward | Kristina Cerling


Effective Strategies to Promote and Encourage Family Partnerships with Schools During the Pandemic

Presenter: Dr. Hope Luster

Description: This virtual session will address the importance of partnerships between home and school. The participants will explore strategies that can help families establish to address their health and wellness during an infectious disease outbreak. The participants will be provided with exercises and activities families can utilize for health and wellness. Finally, techniques will be described for families to use to address trauma within a household.

Learning Objectives:

    1. Understand Home Environment vs. Learning Environment

    2. Promote the Dual- Capacity Framework

    3. Learn the importance of Partnerships to Supporting Families during a crisis.

    4. Learn how to engage families during the Pandemic effectively

Crack the Code on Building

Academic Vocabulary

Dr. Ingrid Haynes

ingridhaynesphd@gmail.com

Description: One of the major shifts reflected in today’s standards has been the integration of more complex vocabulary. These more challenging words used within directions, questions, and prompts require that classroom instruction focus on more than just the content and concepts of each subject. Teachers must also decode the sophisticated discourse that appears in the after-reading tasks.

  • Teach students to understand the expectations of the task.

  • Identify functional words to be taught among the grade levels.

  • Identify ways to incorporate this more sophisticated teacher talk into daily classroom routines.

This workshop will expand participants’ understanding of vocabulary development and the instructional techniques that are effective in helping students in grades six through eight expand their meaning vocabularies.

Participants will learn how to assess students’ vocabulary knowledge and select words from a text that are most useful for instruction, including those with high frequency Greek and Latin word parts. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to explore online resources for vocabulary development and assess their own current vocabulary teaching strategies. Packed with practical tips and resources, this session will appeal to educators who are interested in learning new ways to extend their students’ knowledge of words.

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Looking Ahead: Planning for Education in a Post-Covid-19 World

Presenter: Bashelia Ward

(Is also available during Session 1 on Tuesday)

Description: School district administrators face challenges of an unprecedented scale in the post-Covid-19 world. From uncertain learning environments to certain academic regression, Educators and Administrators alike must forge a response that not only supports students and staff, but also facilitates a healing pedagogy. Join fellow Educators and Administrators in this session which focuses on the unique challenges of the abrupt change and its long-term ramifications, led by Reading Plus's Bashelia Ward.

Bio: Bashelia Ward is a Regional Sales Manager with Reading Plus. She has been in Education Sales and EdTech Sales for 20 years working across Texas and brings a liveliness and passion for education that goes back to her early days in the classroom.

Reading Plus is an adaptive literacy solution for grades 3-12 that improves comprehension, vocabulary, motivation, and reading efficiency. Reading Plus supports educators by providing differentiated literacy instruction for diverse learners, including EL, special ed, and RTI/MTSS Tiers 1, 2, and 3, as well as advanced readers. Based on years of research and more than a decade of proven classroom success, Reading Plus produces 2½ years of growth in just 60 hours of personalized instruction.

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  • Coach, Mentor, Sponsor: Who is in your Tribe?

Presenter: Kristina Cerling

kcerling@hbu.edu Houston Baptist University Associate Dean College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Description: Are you doing a great job of caring for others and forgetting to care for yourself? Oftentimes, educators create networks of support for students but forget to build their own network for support. Learn about mentors, coaches, sponsors, and how these key people can support you in your personal and professional growth.

Presentation Document Available Here

Presentation PowerPoint Available Here




Session 2 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CST) | 2 Possible Sessions | Candice Hardin, Ed.S - CANCELED | Roberta Scott, PhD | Dr. Delilah Gonzales


  • Creating a Culture of Competent Campus Culture

CANCELED

Presenter: Candice Hardin, Ed.S

Description: This is a skill building training to create a culturally responsive campus. This training provides participants a foundation for understanding cultural competency through an inclusive and responsive lens. Participants will discuss individual skill development and internal and external strategies to begin the work.

Integrating SEL skills in Restorative Discipline Practices and Culturally Responsive Classrooms

Presenter: Roberta Scott, PhD

Description: Utilizing System of Supports to promote IMPLEMENTATION AND GROWTH OF CULTURALLY-RESPONSIVE AND EMOTIONALLY SAFE learning environments. Participant will explore tools to address inequities in school discipline, implicit biases, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Trauma informed Practices to promote positive behavior and healthy relationship base practices to increase student academic achievement.

Developing Language and Literacy Development through Hands-On Phonological Awareness Instruction

Presenter: Dr. Delilah Gonzales

During this training, successful participants will:

  1. Learning Environments, Planning Framework, Curriculum, and Standards

  2. Supporting Language Skill Development

  3. Supporting Early Literacy Development




Lunch | Sessions Will Resume at 1:00 PM (CST)





Session 3 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (CST) | 4 Possible Modules | Dr. Ingrid Haynes | Janie Snyder | Danielle Corbie-Archey | Dr. Brandon Thurston & Shameka Johnson


Culturally Responsive Literacy Instruction - What Does it Look Like in the Classroom?

Presenter: Dr. Ingrid Haynes

Description:What cultural normsand assumptions are embedded in theliterature we use in our classrooms? How do we select text that represent our students’ diversity and support them to engage in critical conversations about culture?Culturally responsive instruction makes connections with students’backgrounds, interests, and experiences to teach the standards-based curriculum. Learning becomes more meaningful and relevant as teachers draw upon students’ background and cultural experiences.This session will examine how teachers implement culturally responsive literacy instruction in their content areas.

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  • Teaching and Reaching Students from Trauma

Presenter: Janie Snyder

janieshep@live.com

Description: This presentation will define various types of trauma, discuss effects of trauma on the brain and in student achievement, and provide practical strategies to support these students.

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  • Universal Design for Learning: Developing Inclusive Learning Environments for Early Childhood

Presenter: Danielle Corbie-Archey

Description: Students entering school for the first time have unique skills and talents, as well as, a distinctive set of challenges. How can teachers support young learners’ who have varying interests and abilities? The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) workshop presents the principles of UDL in a practical context that makes the application quite straightforward. Participants will engage in reflective activities that reinforce the UDL framework and incorporate equitable teaching methodologies and practices, with developmentally appropriate learning experiences. Lesson planning activities will incorporate UDL strategies and allow participants to explores practical application of UDL within a pre-kinder and kindergarten routine.

Presentation Document Available Here

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  • Teaching "These Kids": Instructional Strategies for Engagement and Achievement

Presenters:

Dr. Brandon Thurston

brandon.thurston@midlandisd.net

Shameka Johnson

shameka.johnson@midlandisd.net

Description: Combining movement, reading, writing, collaboration, and discussion, this session will empower educators to be more impactful in their literacy instruction with at-risk populations





Tuesday, June 9th 2020

Session 1 | 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM (CST) | 4 Possible Modules | Russell McDaniel & Misty Warrick | Bashelia Ward | Summer Pannell, PhD | Dr. Roger Cleveland


  • Building the Master Schedule that Transforms School Culture

Presenter: Russell McDaniel & Misty Warrick

Description: How to Building a Master schedule that will transform the school culture. The campus master schedules drives the campus culture. How are you meeting the needs of ALL students and staff. We will share our master schedule that includes support for RtI, PLC, daily interventions as well as PBIS rewards.

Presentation Documents Available Here

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Looking Ahead: Planning for Education in a Post-Covid-19 World

(Is also available during Session 1 on Wednesday)

Presenter: Bashelia Ward

Description: School district administrators face challenges of an unprecedented scale in the post-Covid-19 world. From uncertain learning environments to certain academic regression, Educators and Administrators alike must forge a response that not only supports students and staff, but also facilitates a healing pedagogy. Join fellow Educators and Administrators in this session which focuses on the unique challenges of the abrupt change and its long-term ramifications, led by Reading Plus's Bashelia Ward.

Bio: Bashelia Ward is a Regional Sales Manager with Reading Plus. She has been in Education Sales and EdTech Sales for 20 years working across Texas and brings a liveliness and passion for education that goes back to her early days in the classroom.

Reading Plus is an adaptive literacy solution for grades 3-12 that improves comprehension, vocabulary, motivation, and reading efficiency. Reading Plus supports educators by providing differentiated literacy instruction for diverse learners, including EL, special ed, and RTI/MTSS Tiers 1, 2, and 3, as well as advanced readers. Based on years of research and more than a decade of proven classroom success, Reading Plus produces 2½ years of growth in just 60 hours of personalized instruction.

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  • Restorative Discipline Practices as a Relational Approach to Building School Climate and Addressing Student Behavior

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Presenter: Summer Pannell, PhD

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www.RestorativeDisciplineInstitute.com

Description: Restorative justice, defined as “a process to involve, to the extent possible, those who have a stake in a specific offense and to collectively identify and address harms, needs, and obligations in order to heal and put things as right as possible,” dates back more than 1,100 years as an effective technique to foster caring relationships within a community of people. There is a growing body of research to support a caring and restorative structure that fosters belonging over exclusion, social engagement over control, and meaningful accountability over punishment as an effective way to turn around some of the toughest schools in our nation. This session will provide insight into the moral commitment schools have to their students, how restorative discipline practices can assist in building a campus climate and culture that supports this commitment, and how to facilitate the circle process to cultivate positive relationships amongst the school community.

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  • Developing Culturally Responsive Educators

Presenter: Dr. Roger Cleveland

Director, C.R.E.E.D Center(Center for Research on the Eradication of Educational Disparities)

Kentucky State University

Description: Embracing the strengths and addressing the diverse learning needs of our increasingly multicultural, multilingual student population requires major transformation of our current school practices. The culturally responsive education practices outlined here can help establish a learning environment that promotes success for all students.

This session will provide culturally responsive instructional strategies that can be embedded into lesson plans and class room activities.




Keynote | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CST) | Melissa Williams


Building Confident Young Writers

Unleash your students’ creative power and confidence through story writing!

Keynote Speaker: Melissa Williams Murphy

Bio: Melissa Williams Murphy started the iWRITE Literacy Organization ten years ago to create a fun and positive association to reading and writing while providing students with the opportunity to become a professionally published young authors. Attendees will learn the psychology behind the organization’s framework which gives students their first taste of success and a sense of accomplishment through writing. Melissa shares keys components of character development and relatable techniques used within her own programs, curricula, children’s books and her most recent character, “i” The Guy. All attendees will take away skills and resources to use back in the classroom.

More Information Available Here

Session Overview:

  1. Introduction

    • The psychological concept of STORY as a presenter (teacher) and understanding your audience in order to make each lesson relatable to all students

    • Visual Awareness technique used to get audience in the right frame of mind

  2. Story Concept: Reference by Christopher Vogler, author of The Writer’s Journey

    • Using the basic concepts of Beginning, Middle & End as an example when introducing how the program framework on the development of the iWRITE Literacy Organization

  3. Identifying the Problem and focusing on the Solution (in relation to the classroom)

    • Present data collected from partner schools

    • How do we make it work with the GOAL – creative confident students who are excited to learn

  4. Psychology of teaching children, using story as an example

    • What is the first thing a writer must do when starting a story?

  5. Techniques used at iWRITE

    • “i” The Guy

    • iWRITE Short Stories by Kids for Kids Publishing Contest

    • Things to come at iWRITE

Presentation Document Available Here

iWRITE Handouts Here


If you missed the session, you can view the recorded version here.

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Lunch | Sessions Will Resume at 1:00PM (CST)





Session 3 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (CST) | 4 Possible Modules | Dr. Delilah Gonzales | Roberta Scott, PhD | Dr. Hope Luster | Stacy Brundage, Ed.D


  • Teaching Social Emotional Learning through Language and Literacy Development During and After the Pandemic

Presenter: Dr. Delilah Gonzales

Description: This presentation will address how social emotional learning through the lens of language and literacy development will assist learners making the transition during and after the pandemic. It will conceptualizes thinking through the use of SEL strategies which promoting language and literacy development. This engaging presentation will demonstration effective ways to selection quality literature, which can be used to conceptualize SEL thinking. Learning Objectives:
  1. Learning Environments, Planning Framework, Curriculum, and Standards
  2. Supporting Content Skill Development
  3. Observation and Assessment
Presentation Documents Available Here .
  • Integrating SEL skills in Restorative Discipline Practices and Culturally Responsive Classrooms

Presenter: Roberta Scott, PhD

Description: Utilizing System of Supports to promote IMPLEMENTATION AND GROWTH OF CULTURALLY-RESPONSIVE AND EMOTIONALLY SAFE learning environments. Participant will explore tools to address inequities in school discipline, implicit biases, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Trauma informed Practices to promote positive behavior and healthy relationship base practices to increase student academic achievement. Presentation Available Here .

Linking Classroom Management and Instructional Strategies to Meet the Needs of All Learners

Presenter: Dr. Hope Luster

Description: This virtual session is for any teacher who wants to improve their classroom management skills. A new teacher or a teacher who's struggling to control their classroom will gain the knowledge they need to succeed, and a veteran teacher who has the basics down will pick up additional tools and ideas to take their classroom to the next level. Learning Objectives: During this training, successful participants will:
  1. Interactively learn strategies for managing students’ problematic and disruptive behaviors.
  2. Interactively learn strategies relating to classroom organization and time management.
  3. Learn how to implement positive reinforcements as disciplinary measures.
  4. Learn how to set limits for effective behavior management.
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  • Marrying Children's Literature, Comprehension and Inclusion

Presenter: Stacy Brundage, Ed.D

Description: This presentation will equip participants with the necessary tools to effectively marry children's literature and comprehension skills. The participants will be actively involved through reading children's literature, partner collaboration, exploring visuals and multi-media as well as develop activities to promote comprehension. *Request: Bring your favorite children's book to this session please*




8:50 AM - 9:00 AM (CST) | Coffee Conversation & Welcoming from Dr. Ingrid


Hello Participants,

Join me in coffee and conversation about literacy, social emotional learning and equity for all.

Presentation Available Here




Session 4 | 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM (CST) | 4 Possible Modules | Dr. Ellene T. Polidore and Dr. Shannon Solis of Math Consultants | Candice Hardin, Ed.S - CANCELED | Dr. Delilah Gonzales & Dr. Ingrid Haynes | Janie Snyder | Kellie Clay


  • Math Literacy Strategies for Student Success in K-5

Presenter: Dr. Ellene T. Polidore and Dr. Shannon Solis of Math Consultants

Description: An interactive workshop for those looking for literacy and math strategies for K-5. The strategies will help you enhance the skills students need for them to be successful in Junior and Senior High. It is from a perspective of social and emotional learning involving literacy in math for all students (SPED, ELL, GT).

Bios:

Dr. Ellene Polidore - Dr. Polidore, affectionately called “Dr. P.”, is an educator and consultant with over 20 years experience. She has taught mathematics for grades 4-8 and introductory education college courses. Ellene developed a model for resilience in teaching through her dissertation research, and is an advocate for teacher training and preventing burnout. Ellene also has expertise in the areas of STEM curriculum development, literacy in mathematics, overcoming social and emotional issues with mathematics, using manipulatives in mathematics, strategies for RTI and the artful use of technology in the classroom. Ellene is a member of the National Teachers of Mathematics and trained in the use of Professional Learning Communities as well as using data to increase achievement in the classroom. She assists other teachers on ways to use their data to inform their teaching and increase growth and achievement in her students. Ellene is a graduate of Texas A&M University and Sam Houston State University. Ellene is a consultant and co-founder of Prime Squared Consultants and has been married 30 years with two children. Ellene enjoys traveling, reading and community service. Personalized trainings for your math teams or districts are only a phone or email away. Set up your next training soon!

Dr. Shannon Solis - Currently, Dr. Solis teaches as a distinguished math faculty at San Jacinto College and adjunct faculty at Texas Southern University. Dr. Solis is a graduate of Texas A&M University – Commerce with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and continued her studies at Texas A&M where she obtained a Master of Science degree in Higher Education Administration. She also holds a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Southern University and her research involved mathematics curricular assessment and development in co-requisite classes at two-year colleges. Dr. Solis has taken 30 plus graduate mathematics hours at Texas Tech University, Walden University, Prairie View A&M University, and Harvard University. Her interests and hobbies include swimming, community service and playing tennis. Dr. Solis has taught for 20 years at the K-12 and higher education levels. She is a native of Austin, Texas and attended a magnet high school for math and science students. Dr. Solis has a passion for mathematics and helping students reach their highest potential. Dr. Solis is a consultant of education and looks forward to a great institute.

Presentation Documents Available Here

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  • Equity & Excellence: Let’s Discuss the Elephant in The Room
CANCELED

Presenter: Candice Hardin, Ed.S

Description: This workshop will give participants a deeper insight into themselves and the benefits of understanding equity and inclusion and how these concepts contribute to student achievement. Through self-assessments, illustrations, and hands-on activities, participants will develop competencies and receive tools to develop equitable policies, practices and procedures. The presenter will also provide strategies to assist participants on how to engage colleagues from different backgrounds and experiences.

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​Building a Positive School Culture During and After the Pandemic (Target Audience: Administrators)

Presenters: Dr. Ingrid Haynes & Dr. Delilah Gonzales

Description: It is hard to believe that schools, and most businesses, are closed right now due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There is uncertainty, speculation and concern in our society. We are certainly in unfamiliar territory. Social distancing is a new term and reality for most people. Schools are creating at-home learning opportunities. This session will provide information on how to build a champion culture and address anxiety, skill based learning through the lenses of SEL and community of practice support to engage all stakeholders. Further, participants will be able to design and implement strategic systems that will build positive school culture during and after the pandemic.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will gain a novice understanding of the connection between rigor, engagement, and differentiation. Attendees will contrast what rigor is and what it is not.
  2. Participants will be able to design and implement strategic systems that will build positive school culture during and after the pandemic.
  3. Participants will gain understanding on how to address anxiety among the community of practice (i.e., school leaders, teachers, students and parents) and provide skill based learning through the lenses of SEL.

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  • Trauma Informed Instruction, Know Your Why

Presenter: Janie Snyder

janieshep@live.com

Description: This presentation will provide an opportunity for educators to reflect on their stories, define their "Why" and gather inspiration to pursue excellence in everything, every day.

Presentation Documents Available Here

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  • Give Em' H.E.L.L.: Addressing the SEL Needs of Campus Staff through Heart, Engagement, Leadership, and Laughter

Presenter: Kellie Clay

Kellie.clay@fortbendisd.com

Description: Before teachers can implement SEL, they must experience itthemselves. Come learn how you can implement SEL strategies with your staff that will positively in your school climate.