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NOTE: We have posted all the presentations from the sessions to make the information available to all the attendees. However, the materials do not necessarily represent AFT's position.

Tuesday, July 12
9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Best Practices for Young Children with Disabilities
Presenter: Patricia Wright, national director, autism services, Easter Seals, Inc.
Tracks: Supporting Special Education Students; Early Childhood Education

Classroom Management for Early Childhood Educators
Presenters: Alva Braxton-Rowe, teacher/early childhood trainer, Washington Teachers’ Union; Frann Robertson, teacher/early childhood trainer, Washington Teachers’ Union; Denise Thiel, teacher/early childhood trainer, Washington Teachers’ Union
Tracks: Ensuring Safe and Orderly Schools, Early Childhood Education

The Critical Role of Academic Vocabulary in Improving Adolescent Literacy
Presenter: Anita Archer, educational consultant
Tracks: High Schools and Adolescent Learners; Pathways to Literacy

A Diagnostic Approach to Teacher Evaluation
Presenters: John Kuryla, president, North Syracuse (N.Y.) Education Association; Jennifer Sullivan, teacher, North Syracuse (N.Y.) School District; Karen Tarasevich, principal, West Warwick (R.I.) High School; Lynn Cristino, teacher, Pawtucket, R.I.
Track: Teacher Development and Evaluation Systems

Do We Have the Data We Need to Inform Instruction? CANCELLED
Presenter: Riva Korashan, AFT national data trainer
Tracks: Using Data Appropriately; Instructional Strategies

How to Create a Bilingual Preschool Classroom
Presenters: Celina M. Benavides, early childhood education coordinator, National Council of La Raza; Rebecca A. Palacios, NBCT, retired teacher, education consultant, Corpus Christi AFT (retiree); Erika Beltrán, senior policy analyst, Education and Children's Policy Project, National Council of La Raza
Tracks: Early Childhood Education; Best Practices for English Language Learners

Instructional Rounds: A Tool for Educators to Examine Teaching and Learning
Presenter: Jennifer Bennett, program specialist, instructional rounds lead facilitator and Title I teacher leader, Cleveland Heights-University Heights (Ohio) School District
Track: Strengthening Teaching Practice

Introducing the Common Core State Standards to Teachers
Presenters: Catalina Fortino, assistant director, UFT Teacher Center, New York City; Mark Baumgartner, director of professional issues, Cleveland Teachers Union; Eric Gordon, chief academic officer, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Track: Common Core State Standards

Knowledge Is Key: Helping K-6 Students Learn from Math, Science and Social Studies Texts
Presenter: Jennifer L. Altieri, Division of Literacy Education, coordinator, The Citadel, Charleston, S.C.
Tracks: Instructional Strategies; Pathways to Literacy

Managing Students with Food Allergies
Presenters: Donna Rehm, school nurse and executive board member, Southwest Suburban Federation of Teachers (Illinois); Christine Szychlinski, APN, CPNP, manager, Bunning Food Allergy Program, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago
Track: Healthy Students, Healthy Schools

Measuring Teaching and Learning Conditions
Presenters: Eric Hirsch, chief officer, External Affairs, New Teacher Center, Durham, N.C.; William Hileman, executive board member at large and staff representative, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers; Errika Jones, coordinator, teaching and learning environment, Pittsburgh Board of Education
Track: Teacher Development and Evaluation Systems

Motivating Reluctant Learners
Presenter: Janet Kujat, AFT national trainer, Minneapolis Federation of Teachers
Track: Instructional Strategies

Networking to Support the Growth and Improvement of Teachers and Leaders
Presenters: Jean Clements, president, Hillsborough (Fla.) Classroom Teachers Association; MaryEllen Elia, superintendent, Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Schools; James M. Short, superintendent, Plattsburgh (N.Y.) City School District; Roderick P. Sherman, president, Plattsburgh (N.Y.) Teachers’ Association
Tracks: Working Together to Improve Schools; Teacher Development and Evaluation Systems

Online Resources for Educators and Parents of English Language Learners
Presenter: Cassandra Lawrence, bilingual elementary teacher, Perth Amboy (N.J.) Public Schools
Track: Best Practices for English Language Learners

Power Tools for Mathematical Problem Solving
Presenter: Audra McPhillips, NBCT, Thinking Math national trainer, preK-12 math specialist/coach, West Warwick (R.I.) Public Schools
Tracks: Investigating Mathematics; Common Core State Standards

Safe Classrooms in a ‘Connected’ Culture
Presenter: Kate Reilly, director, Start Strong Rhode Island
Track: Ensuring Safe and Orderly Schools

Tapping the Promise of Community-Based Organizations
Presenters: Choco Leandro, regional director for education for Texas and the Southwest, National Council of La Raza; César Moreno Pérez, senior associate, Human Rights and Community Relations, AFT
Track: Engaging with the Community

Teacher-Led Schools as an Improvement Strategy
Presenters: Dominique Lee, executive director, BRICK Avon Academy; Christopher Perpich, vice principal-curriculum leader, BRICK Avon Academy; Betsy Drinan, co-lead teacher, Boston Teachers Union School; Jerry Pisani, kindergarten teacher, Boston Teachers Union School
Tracks: Promising Models, Schools to Watch

Teaching Science to Middle-Grade English Language Learners
Presenter: Diane August, senior research scientist, Center for Applied Linguistics
Tracks: Best Practices for English Language Learners; Instructional Strategies

Turning Your School Around: What Does It Take?
Presenters: Catherine Barbour, senior consultant for school turnaround, American Institutes for Research/Learning Point Associates; Dawn Dolby, senior consultant for school turnaround, American Institutes for Research/Learning Point Associates; Sue Walter, union professional development director, Illinois Federation of Teachers; Amy Alsop, union professional development director South, Illinois Federation of Teachers
Track: Working Together to Improve Schools

Using Knowledge About Language Variation to Support Multicultural Literature Instruction
Presenters: Anne H. Charity Hudley, associate professor of English and linguistics, The College of William & Mary; Christine Mallinson, assistant professor, Language, Literacy and Culture Program, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Track: Pathways to Literacy

What Wraparound Services Mean for Teachers
Presenters: Annie Bogenschutz, resource coordinator, Ethel M. Taylor Academy; Julie Warmack, fourth-grade lead teacher, Ethel M. Taylor Academy; Priscilla Copas, third-grade teacher, Ethel M. Taylor Academy
Track: Engaging with the Community