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Workshop and Mini-Plenary Sessions

Below is a listing of all workshop and mini-plenary sessions being offered. For more information, including descriptions, presenters and materials, please select a time block below.

July 22, 2:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Workshops

  • C.A.R.E.fully Creating Safe Spaces for LGBT Students
  • Collaboration Makes Schools Work: How St. Louis Public Schools Regained Accreditation
  • Common Core Implications for Instructional Practice
  • Does Whole-Child Reform Work?
  • Implementing a Teacher Development and Evaluation System
  • The Instructional Demands of the Common Core, Thoughts from Charlotte Danielson
  • Integrating Labor Studies into the K-12 Curriculum
  • Organizing Mind, Body and Backpack: Supporting Middle School Students on the Autism Spectrum
  • Peer Assistance and Review
  • Strengthening Schools: The Power of Partnerships
  • Value-Added Assessment in Everyday Language

July 22, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Mini-Plenaries

  • Assessing the Common Core Test: Updates on the PARCC and SBAC Consortia
  • Beyond Books: Award-Winning Authors on Bringing Stories Alive in Your Classroom
  • Career Ladders and Alternative Compensation: Leveraging Professional Capacity to Improve Schools
  • Challenges and Opportunities: Creating Common Core Lessons
  • The Changing Politics of Education Privatization and the Dispossessed Lives Left Behind
  • Creating a Safe, Secure School and Workplace
  • Help English Language Learners Succeed! Professional Development and Parent Outreach Resources for PK-12 Educators on Colorín Colorado
  • Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American Schools System and a Strategy for America's Schools
  • The Power of Teacher Leadership
  • Reconnecting McDowell: Connecting the Dots

July 23, 8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Workshops

  • Common Core Mathematics: From Numbers Less Than Twenty to A Riddle on the Track!
  • Common Core Mathematics: With Strong Middle School Foundations, High Schoolers Literally Soar!
  • Culturally Responsive Practices for Creating Protective Schools and Classrooms
  • Do We Have the Data We Need to Inform Instruction?
  • Engaging the Community and Building Support for a School Improvement Agenda
  • Engaging Literacy Strategies for English Language Learners
  • Mentoring in Early Childhood Education: Using Peer Partnerships for Professional Development
  • Show Your Work: Using Social Media for Professional Learning and Advocacy
  • Strengthening Schools: The Power of Partnerships
  • Tools for Teachers from Brain Researchers

July 23, 12:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Workshops

  • Big and Bold Ideas on the Future of the Labor Movement: A Listening Session
  • Combating the ABCs of Dropout with Early Warning Systems
  • Formative Techniques: What Good Assessment Looks Like
  • How Much Does Testing Cost In Your District?
  • The Impact of Professional Development
  • Integrating Common Core State Standards and Teacher Development and Evaluation
  • Next Generation Science Standards: Linking Literacy and Math
  • Research by Rutgers Demonstrates: Collaborative Partnerships Improve Student Achievement
  • Share My Lesson: A Tool for Teachers to Collaborate Across the World
  • Supportive Whole School Reform Policies
  • Teaching about Global Human Rights Challenges: Mandela, Malala and GAP Inc.

July 23, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Mini-Plenaries

  • Historians Discuss the 1963 March on Washington
  • A New Era for Teacher Evaluation: Bringing All Teachers to the Table
  • Preschool in the United States: Trends in Funding and Accessibility
  • The Pressure to Write: A Common Core Experience
  • Professional Development for the Inclusion Class
  • Safe Communities--Conversations With Members
  • The School Discipline Gap
  • Stop Bullying, Speak Up
  • Supporting Grieving Students
  • Teacher-Driven Expanded Learning Time

July 24, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Workshops

  • Challenges and Solutions to Successful Implementation of Student Learning Objectives
  • The Common Core ELA & Literacy and English Language Learners
  • Creating Appropriate Common Core Standards for Preschool Classrooms
  • Creating Common Core Lessons in Subjects Other than English and Math
  • Fierce Conversations: Maintaining Teamwork in Times of Fear and Demands
  • How to De-Escalate Student Behavior: Institute for Understanding Student Behavior
  • International Comparisons: Truths, Myths and Practical Lessons
  • Teacher Development and Evaluation and the Common Core State Standards Online Resources
  • Teacher/Union-Led School Improvement
  • Universal Design for Learning: Meeting the Needs of All Learners
  • Using Observations and Student Surveys to Inform Teacher Feedback and Professional Learning