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Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

Session 1 | 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM


"Teach Social-Emotional Skills through Literacy Workshop"

Presenter: Dr. Delilah Gonzales, NLPDC

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Description: It is pretty clear that just as SEL skills are becoming even more important, many children seem to be lacking a solid foundation in literacy skills. To compound this challenge, teachers are already overwhelmed with all that that is required of them to teach. Many schools are attempting to address the need to teach SEL skills by adopting programs and curricula that emphasize the teaching of SEL skills as an add-on—specific stand-alone lessons and activities to be delivered in addition to academic work. For teachers who are already swamped with too much to teach in not enough time, these boxed curricula can feel burdensome and overwhelming, especially when the required lessons don’t even align with the actual skills needed with a particular group of students. This session who show how to teach social, emotional and academic skills together. Every component of reading and writing workshop involves SEL skills that need to be taught. Teachers will understand how to connect these skills and make them a part of the daily academic routine.

Location: Baccarat

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“Crack the Code on Building Academic Vocabulary in the Bilingual Classroom"

Presenter: Dr. Ingrid Haynes- NLPDC

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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.

This session will expand participants’ understanding of vocabulary development and the instructional techniques that are effective in helping students 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.

Location: Marina Plaza

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"Unpacking the Cornerstones of High-Performing Schools: Strategies for Continuous Improvement to Support Learning"

Presenter: Dr. Summer Pannell, University of Houston

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Description: What do high-flying schools do that make a difference? Participants in this session will explore the common threads of high-performing schools that foster a growth mindset among students and educators

Location: Steuben

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"Shake, Rattle and Roll into Action: Building Strong Partnerships between Families and Schools"

Presenter: Dr. Hope Luster

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Description: Research shows family engagement is directly related to higher achievement, increased student attendance and improved student behavior. More than 70 studies have explored relationships between parent involvement and increased student achievement, and this research suggests that family engagement is good. Parent University is a tool used to allow parents the opportunity to become more involved in workshops and events. Parent University is designed to build the learning capacity of families.

Location: The Pier Room

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"Tiered Fluency Instruction: Supporting Diverse Learners in the Elementary Classroom"

Presenter: Dr. Chase Young, Sam Houston University

Description: This session demonstrates reading fluency instruction in the context of the Response to Intervention (RtI) model. During the session, attendees learn research-based methods to support diverse learners. Tier I consists of whole group fluency activities that serve all students. Tier II interventions are delivered in small group, and target students who demonstrate some difficulty with reading fluency. Tier III interventions are dedicated to students who struggle the most and require more intense, one-on-one reading interventions. It's way more fun than it sounds (I promise).

Location: Waterford




Breakfast & Registration | 8:00 AM - 8:50 AM


Continental Breakfast and Registration




Conference Opening | 9:00 AM - 10:00AM


Welcome

Opening Keynote




Session 2 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


"Best Practices: Integrating Math and Literacy"

Presenters: Dr. Shannon Solis San Jacinto College and Ellene Polidore - Spring ISD

Description: Administrators, teachers and parents need more involvement with our math students due to students who are failing or just not mastery math skills at an astounding rate. This session will focus on the importance of math and writing in a mathematics class for middle school students. The presenters will introduce strategies for learning mathematics by improving the conceptual knowledge of students through math activities, Kagan Strategies and some math games. Additionally, the presenters will share 2-4 activities teachers/educators can use in their present classrooms in any subject matter with a little redesigning based on the topic. The goal is to give students literacy tasks and instruction that best supports math not distract from it. “21st Century literacy demands that students need to be proficient readers in a variety of types of texts. Students need frequent opportunities to read and write and quality instruction as part of their learning experience.

Location: Baccarat

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"The Power of Permanent Positivity"

Presenter: Bryan Cooper, bryanchristophercooper@gmail.com

Description: As educators, have you ever noticed what happens to our energy levels throughout the course of the year? After summer vacations teacher arrive with all sorts of energy and plans for their wonderful students. Teachers remember why they became educators and say things like “I love my kids”. However, by November many teachers are already feeling burned out, and they say things like “kids these days are just different.” It is our job to uplift our students and assist them with reaching their full potential. Unfortunately, many factors, including student behavior and fatigue, can cause campus culture and climate to suffer. This session will help combat these issues and assist in creating a positive campus culture and climate, improve work relations among faculty and staff, and encourage positive interactions between faculty and students.

Location: Marina Plaza

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“Syntax for Struggling WritersDescription: Syntax is a key to comprehension"

Presenter: Natalia Heckman, nheckman@newcaneyisd.org

Desciption: This session infuses traditional approach to syntax with brain-friendly strategies while giving a careful consideration to the latest research in language acquisition. Teachers play along with the presenters, building a toolbox of classroom activities. Multiple exposure to correctly structured sentences and automation of the syntax skill through multi-sensory experiences are the foundation of this syntax instruction. Teachers guide students from analysis to independent production of a sentence through hands-on activities. At the heart of the approach is Donald Killgallon's Sentence Composing. With its elegant skill sets of chunking, unscrambling and combining, Sentence Composing requires very little preparation from a teacher. Suggested techniques target secondary ESL, Special Education, and any other students struggling with writing and comprehension at a sentence level. Participants will become familiar with the sentence composing technique and learn several syntax games and activities to enrich instruction.

Location: Steuben

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“Beyond the Classroom: Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Student Performance"

Presenter: Janie Snyder, jsnyder@clevelandisd.org

Description: Gain an understanding of how various types of trauma and chronic stressors impact brain development, social emotional skills, and student performance. Increase strategies that support students and educators and lead to success."

Location: The Pier Room

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"The Intersection of Response to Intervention and Differentiated Instruction"

Presenter: Danielle Corbie-Archey

Description: There are many factors to consider when teaching students with emerging literacy skills. This fun interactive workshop will help new and experienced educators successfully match instructional strategies, interventions, modifications, and accommodations with essential literacy concepts and various learner styles. Educators will leave with a deeper understanding of how response to intervention and differentiation intersect in the classroom and their effective implementation. Participants will benefit from scenario style presentations which allows them to respond to real life teaching moments and determine the most appropriate methodology to use.

Location: Waterford




Lunch | 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM


Please return to the Marina Plaza for lunch.

Dr. Deirdre Williams, Executive Director

School Reform Initiative




Session 3 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


"Composition for Struggling Writers"

Presenter: Natalia Heckman, nheckman@newcaneyisd.org

Description: Writing an essay could be an intimidating task. This presentation outlines simple steps that will make essay writing less threatening and provides tools for secondary ESL and ELA teachers to scaffold instruction and to boost students’ writing performance on the EOC. Participants examine the required elements of the essays and learn to incorporate these elements into students’ writing. Teachers are coached to give precise feedback to the students using student-friendly rubric. As a culminating activity, we will dissect two essays and analyze specific attributes that helped intermediate EL students earn the perfect score. Suggested techniques target ESL, Special Education, and any other students struggling with writing. Participants will receive the following materials:

  • Sample Persuasive or Expository Writing Unit with 8 lessons
  • Sample Graphic organizers, sentence stems, and paragraph frames
  • Sample Color-coding and revision activities

Location: Baccarat

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Closing the Gap: Creating Equity in the Classroom

Presenter: Kevin Traylor

Description: Applying the equity literacy framework, we will discuss the primary barriers both in and out of school that impact that learning of students experiencing poverty. In doing so we will explore why a deficit-based approach—one focused on fixing students experiencing poverty rather than the conditions that marginalize students experiencing poverty—has no chance of success in strengthening student success. Based on these conversations we will consider research-based strategies for creating more equitable schools for students and families experiencing poverty.

Location: Marina Plaza

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"Intervention, RTI, MTSS….. You can do it but it takes a team!"

Presenters: Elizabeth Bostic, elizabeth.bostic@desotoisd.org
Brittany Torres- Counselor (K-5)

DeSoto ISD

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The presentation will focus on providing educators with some insight into how to get the intervention process up and running at your school with or without district support. We will discuss and talk through a flow chart of determining campus needs, preparing for conversations with leadership and how to move through the process based on what your leadership allows. We will provide the attendees with an overview of Senate Bill 1153 and discuss the basics required by the state compared to the full rollout of MTSS while providing a general rollout plan for getting school state complaint with 1153 and a more detailed rollout for a full MTSS plan. We will discuss and share the different roles that we use on our campus for intervention and note a few of our pitfalls, how we fixed them and how you can avoid them.

Location: Steuben

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"Accessing Materials for Guided Reading"

Presenter: Barbara Terry


Waldorf Publishing was launched in 2014. Our main focus, 4 years and growing fast, was ensuring worldwide distribution for our 400+ Authors. In 2018 we wanted to start giving back so we launched Waldorf Book Fairs and with our program, we give 50% cash back to the hosting school!

We have now launched… www.ShaggyPup.com

Location: The Pier Room

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"Content + Reading = Literacy: Reading and Literacy Tools and Tips for 6-12"

Presenter: Dr. Bennett

Description: Literacy strategies can be connected to all content areas partly because subject specific texts include structures that contribute to comprehension. Complex text structures and length of a text are factors that can impact the ability of students with learning disabilities. These diverse learners require instructional strategy supports to increase their knowledge of content information and would benefit from purposeful integration through informational text. Leave this session with meaningful articles and strategies that can be easily implemented into all content areas.

Location: Waterford




Networking | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM


Join us for pleasant time of networking.





Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

Session 1 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


"From Punish & Discipline to Repair & Restore"

Presenter: Dr. Hope Luster

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Description: In this session, participants will be able to take learn tools to assist teachers during the first days and weeks of school. This will help better prepare teachers to not only be effective as a practitioner but also understand the importance of building positive relationships with the family and student. Useful classroom management strategies are essential to ensure that teachers can be an effective practitioner in the classroom. Tools are needed to assist teachers so that solid instruction and student engagement can take place. This workshop will help participants assist teachers with understanding the importance of building positive relationships with not only the family but the student thus providing a supportive environment for all.

Location: Baccarat

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"STEP(Starting To Experience Progress)"

Presenter: Gladys Bullock

Description: Fear, rejection, anger, loneliness, jealously can lead you to places where you may not want to go? STEP by STEP learn how to start moving forward so that your best self will give someone else their self. This class uses thought-provoking empowerment posters to inspire critical thinking and self-reflection that lead students to self-discovery with the ultimate goals to identify negative emotions and then progress to positive behavior change.

Location: Marina Plaza

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"Teaching strategies for validating or disproving claims in everyday life"

Presenter: Lindsey Shoemaker, Goose Creek CISD

Description: This session is designed to help teachers teach their students how to debate/argue their point of view in a non-confrontational way based on fact than opinion and how to search for those facts. We will break into groups to discuss various debate topics and how students should: research the claim, present the claim, and tone of voice are of importance. We will also look into what research is valid and when it is not. Implementing a method like this in your classroom will make students more mature, think about their claim, and how to present information in an informative way. Please come join us in this discussion format.

Location: Steuben

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"Instructional Accommodations and the Link to Designated Supports"

Presenters: Robin Jenkins, ryjenkin@ga.aliefisd.net and Alecia Youngblood

Description: Instruction and Assessments should allow students to demonstrate their knowledge of the content without the format of the instruction/assessment, or the type of response needed to answer the questions being barriers. Following this session teachers and administrators will successfully implement accessibility features and accommodations in instruction while preparing students for utilizing them in local and state assessments.

Location: The Pier Room

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"The Importance of Gender Relevant Read-Aloud Books for Brown Girls and Everybody Else Too"

Presenter: Kristi Morale theinnocentbrowngirlproject@gmail.comThe Innocent Brown Girl Project, LLC

Description: The purpose of this session is to engage educators in conversation and collaboration to support girls of color while still supporting all students in the learning environment. In this interactive workshop educators will learn to use gender responsive read-aloud text in their classrooms to create engaging and effective activities for every student. During this session educators will participate in read aloud lessons created specifically for this demographic, followed by working collaboratively to craft gender responsive read aloud lessons.

Location: Waterford




Session 2 | 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM


"The Impact of Reading Teachers’ Perceptions on the Academic Performance of African American Males"

Presenter: Nina Roberts, Texas Southern Univeresity

Description: The presentation will discuss a correlation between teachers’ perceptions of students’ learning capability and the continuously growing academic achievement gap between African Americans and Caucasian students. Overall, negative teacher perceptions about students’ reading abilities and the lack of cultural awareness about student behavior can lead to students receiving an inadequate education and behavior consequences that remove students from the instructional setting. Participants will gain a more in-depth understanding of factors that may affect student academic performance, behavior, and self-efficacy contributing to the academic success of African American males and discuss techniques to counteract the ever-growing academic achievement gap.

Location: Baccarat

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Boundary Crossings with Cultural Responsive Teaching: Creating Culture and Language Experiences in the Classroom for ALL Students

Presenter: Dr. Ingrid, NLPDC

Embracing the strengths and addressing the diverse learning needs of our increasingly multicultural and multilingual student population requires major transformation of our current school practices. The culturally responsive teaching practices introduced today can help establish a learning environment that promotes success for all students. This session will address creating a culture and language experiences in all classrooms and for all students.

Location: Marina Plaza

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Tiered Fluency Instruction: Supporting Diverse Learners in the Elementary Classroom

Presenter: Dr. Chase Young, Sam Houston University

Description: This session demonstrates reading fluency instruction in the context of the Response to Intervention (RtI) model. During the session, attendees learn research-based methods to support diverse learners. Tier I consists of whole group fluency activities that serve all students. Tier II interventions are delivered in small group, and target students who demonstrate some difficulty with reading fluency. Tier III interventions are dedicated to students who struggle the most and require more intense, one-on-one reading interventions. It's way more fun than it sounds (I promise).

Location: Steuben

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Building Bridges to Student Achievement

Presenter: Dr. Reginald Todd

This interactive session helps educators learn how to effectively acknowledge their biases; and implement anti-bias activities in their instruction and practices. Participants will explore practical strategies for accomplishing inclusion and cultural pluralism at their school site. Learning conditions that honor all identities and reflect diversity, equity, and justice will be discussed.

Location: The Pier Room

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Understanding Social and Emotional Intelligence: Implications for Student Achievement

Presenter: Dr. Candy H. Ratliff, LPC-S, LSOTP, NCC, CART

Are your students underperforming? Do your students appear to be distracted? Do you want to increase their test scores? Research show that one’s level of understanding of social and emotional intelligence will inform decision making, predict life outcomes, and influence the ability to build healthy relationships. This session will provide strategies to incorporate social and emotional competencies in the classroom. The overarching goal is to improve self and other-awareness in facilitating student academic achievement.

Location: Waterford




Lunch | 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM





Session 3 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


"Sentence Structures for reading and writing Proficiency"

Presenter: Sonia E. Trevino, New Caney ISD

Description: Want to help your struggling readers and writers improve their skill levels? If yes, this is the class for you! Structured for both English and Spanish language arts, the class will show you how to break down sentence structures, only to have you put them all back together again. These strategies will help your learners to understand more complex text and create more meaningful compositions. Location: Waterford

“Letting Go: Increasing Confidence in Classrooms in Social Media-Driven World

Presenter: Phillips Levitate and Radiate, LLC

Description: Experience the secret of Letting Go. Learn how to get students to "Let Go" of what others think and increase confidence while in your classroom. In this experiential workshop, you will learn the Letting Go technique and explore how social media and constant contact with others decreases your own self-assurance. Through hearing how others experience the technique, you will know how to better integrate what you learned into a lesson plan. Sample lesson plans will be provided based on student attention spans and learning models. Language Learning Objectives will also be discussed, and how they relate to the Letting Go technique. Leave with a new tool to gain student attention and increase confidence and a complete lesson plan to begin using it. Location: Baccarat

"Classroom Management that works: Give me an HOUR…. I’ll give you the POWER!"

Presenter: Melissa Archer

Sheldon ISD

Description: Imagine a classroom where students respond to your request the first time, and noncompliant students learn to self-correct disruptive behavior. Wouldn’t it be great to stop spending so much time on correcting low-level behaviors and more time doing what you love….teaching? There is a solution! It involves clear communication and expectations. The techniques provided will increase the time you spend on academics while at the same time empowering your students to take responsibility for their actions and achieve success. Learn the secret to creating a smooth operating classroom where the teacher teaches and the students learn. Imagine a classroom where students respond to your request the first time, and noncompliant students learn to self-correct disruptive behavior. Wouldn’t it be great to stop spending so much time on correcting low-level behaviors and more time doing what you love….teaching? There is a solution! It involves clear communication and expectations. The techniques provided will increase the time you spend on academics while at the same time empowering your students to take responsibility for their actions and achieve success. Learn the secret to creating a smooth operating classroom where the teacher teaches and the students learn. Location: Steuben

"Words can talk: Innovative use of technology in shared-book"

Presenter: Francisco Usero Gonzalez

University of Houston

Description: Shared-book reading with technology provides a rich context for building children’s language and literacy around fun game-like activities. With Augmented Reality technology, the importance of surprise, through the virtual information, is a game of discovery, of exploration, of learning to learn.

Location: The Pier

"Teacher Talent Management: Improving Schools Through Teacher Dispositions"

Presenters: Dr. Summer Pannell and Dr. Jason Slone

Description: Ever wonder why some teachers seem to be successful regardless of the circumstances surrounding them? What makes some teachers thrive in certain environments where others fail miserably? This session will explore the role of dispositions in teacher effectiveness and professional learning.




Session 4 | 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM


"Literacy at Home: Helping Parents Encourage Literacy at Home"

Presenter: Pamela Medrano

Description: Parents are an important part of each student's team! Teachers can use their experience and expertise to educate and encourage each parent, as they partner together for the best outcome. Parents want the best for their child, but often don't have the time or resources to know what to do at home to support literacy. Let's look beyond the classroom walls and help build a strong team for each student from the very beginning.

Location: Waterford

"Journalists were once struggling students"

Presenter: James Longoria, New Caney ISDPorter High School

Description: Successful journalists were not always great writers in high school and many of them struggled just like our students. Come learn and experiment with some techniques for the classroom that journalists use on a daily basis. Students will quickly find out that writing isn't as difficult as it may seem and some may even grow to enjoy writing. This is an open forum type session where a grand discussion will take place. So, come with ideas that you might want to share with the group

Location: Baccarat

"The Real T.L.C.s of Literacy"

Presenter: Sean BuchananGeary Public Schools

Description: This session is designed to give solutions to educators, as they try to guide students, and, in some cases parents, who may be apathetic in their outlook toward education, struggle with discipline issues, or lack motivation.

Location: Steuben

"Teaching strategies for validating or disproving claims in everyday life"

Presenter: Lindsey Shoemaker and Jerry Shafer

Goose Creek CISD

Description: This session is designed to help teachers teach their students how to debate/argue their point of view in a non-confrontational way based on fact than opinion and how to search for those facts. We will break into groups to discuss various debate topics and how students should: research the claim, present the claim, and tone of voice are of importance. We will also look into what research is valid and when it is not. Implementing a method like this in your classroom will make students more mature, think about their claim, and how to present information in an informative way. Please come join us in this discussion format.

Location: The Pier

Integrating Literature with hands-on math manipulatives is like chewing fruit flavored gum, "it's two times the fun!"

Presenters: Dr. Gonzales

Description: Classroom activities that incorporate literature and math manipulatives will be demonstrated. Handouts provided!

"Content + Reading = Literacy: Reading and Literacy Tools and Tips for 6-12"

Presenter: Dr. Bennett

Description: Literacy strategies can be connected to all content areas partly because subject specific texts include structures that contribute to comprehension. Complex text structures and length of a text are factors that can impact the ability of students with learning disabilities. These diverse learners require instructional strategy supports to increase their knowledge of content information and would benefit from purposeful integration through informational text. Leave this session with meaningful articles and strategies that can be easily implemented into all content areas.

Location: Marinal Plaza





Monday, June 8th, 2020

Monday, June 8, 2020


Early Registration 6pm- 8pm