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Workshop Descriptions

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

C.A.R.E.fully Creating Safe Spaces for LGBT Students
Using GLSEN’s Safe Space Kit as a framework for action, participants will develop an understanding of the importance of adult allies to LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students and explore the specific ways in which these adults can educate, advocate and support LGBT students and promote safe environments for all students.
Presenter: Robert McGarry, director of education, GLSEN (The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network)

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Collaboration Makes Schools Work: How St. Louis Public Schools Regained Accreditation
Hear the story from union and management leaders who are working in partnership to create environments where risk-taking is valued and teacher voice is respected in the school reform process. This session will provide participants with tools and lessons learned from the challenges of turning around schools in need of improvement. School Improvement Grant schools are making AYP, and the district is regaining accreditation. The AFT serves as a catalyst and facilitator in national, district and school improvement efforts.
Presenters: Crystal Gale, former principal of Columbia Elementary and current principal of Roosevelt High School, St. Louis Public Schools; Kelvin Adams, superintendent, St. Louis Public Schools; Mary Armstrong, president, AFT St. Louis; Yvette Levy, first vice president, AFT St. Louis; Laura Rico, facilitator, AFT

Common Core Implications for Instructional Practice
The session will focus on the impact of the CCSS on expectations for instructional practice. Participants will become familiar with the CCSS Instructional Practice Guides, tools designed for planning for and observing integration of the CCSS into instructional practice.
Presenter: Katya Levitan-Reiner, field impact director, Student Achievement Partners

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Does Whole-Child Reform Work?
The Hartford Community Schools Initiative and Cincinnati Community Learning Centers Institute will share the results of their community schools implementation. During the session, participants will learn about the data systems that these two initiatives have put in place to capture both academic and nonacademic data.
Presenters: Charlene Perez, coordinator, Hartford Community Schools; Annie Bogenschutz, director of training and development, Cincinnati Community Learning Centers Institute; Julie Sellers, president, Cincinnati Federation of Teachers

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Implementing a Teacher Development and Evaluation System
Are you involved in the implementation of a teacher evaluation and development system? If so, this session is for you. Receive information, materials, resources and inspiration from your colleagues who have been hard at work building effective systems.
Presenters: Christine Campbell, president, AFT-West Virginia; Dawn Krusemark, associate director, AFT Educational Issues Department

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The Instructional Demands of the Common Core: Thoughts from Charlotte Danielson
In this workshop, participants will discuss the opportunity presented by the Common Core State Standards to transform the conversation among professionals and establish how to make teacher evaluation a rich system for professional learning.
Presenter: Charlotte Danielson, renowned expert in the area of teacher effectiveness, specializing in the design of teacher evaluation systems

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Integrating Labor Studies into the K-12 Curriculum
This interactive workshop will provide participants with standards-based resources and strategies for integrating labor history and the economic, cultural, social and political contributions of the American labor movement into the K-12 curriculum. It will include a discussion among participants on how to promote labor studies in their schools, locals and states through curricular and policy initiatives.
Presenters: Paul F. Cole, executive director, American Labor Studies Center; Fred Glass, communications director, California Federation of Teachers; Kim Fortney, deputy director, National History Day 

Organizing Mind, Body and Backpack: Supporting Middle School Students on the Autism Spectrum
Many middle school students on the autism spectrum struggle with organization, working toward a set goal, and actively participating in school activities. This workshop will explore these “executive functioning” skills and how relative strengths and challenges in these skill areas can affect school performance. The workshop will also offer strategies to address students’ executive functioning weaknesses. Participants will leave with a new lens through which to view students on the spectrum who struggle in school, as well as strategies that can be incorporated into the school day.
Presenters: Lauren Hough, autism specialist, Square Peg Labs; Aaron Lanou, director of professional development, ASD Nest Support Project, NYU Steinhardt

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Peer Assistance and Review
Are you struggling with juggling the demands of your educator evaluation system? Are you looking for ways to collaborate and develop an equitable system of continuous improvement? Then join representatives from three diverse districts as they share their stories of implementing and supporting a peer assistance and review program.
Presenters: Ann Goethals, consulting teacher, North Suburban (Ill.)Teachers Union; Tina Helms, mathematics teacher, North Suburban Teachers Union; Michael Nocella, science teacher, North Suburban Teachers Union; Kevin Dalton, president, Toledo Federation of Teachers; Janet Bird, school consultation consultant, former PAR consultant, intern board of review member, Toledo Federation of Teachers; Steve Grossman, president, North Suburban Teachers Union; Lisa Goldberg, consultant teacher, North Syracuse School District; Alicia Pizzuto, director of educator effectiveness, training, and library media, North Syracuse School District; Kate Lane, teacher, North Syracuse School District; Romules Durant, superintendent, Toledo Public Schools

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Strengthening Schools: The Power of Partnerships
The Kansas City Federation of Teachers, Local Investment Commission (LINC) and First Book will share how LINC’s version of community schools—Caring Communities—is building bridges between the school and community. This includes initiatives such as Whole School Makeover and a partnership, with First Book, to address summer learning loss, through literacy.
Presenters: Paula York, building representative/librarian, Kansas City Federation of Teachers; Brent Schondelmeyer, director of communications, Local Investment Commission; Shannon Burke-Kranzberg, manager, national engagement, First Book

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Value-Added Assessment in Everyday Language
This session will provide a layperson’s summary of the most recent research on value-added from the Carnegie Knowledge Project, an initiative of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Join the editor of the Carnegie Knowledge Project as she presents the findings of interesting and timely research on such issues as how value-added is affected by different tests, how value-added differs between elementary and secondary teachers, how different models affect value-added, and what sorts of factors distort value-added.
Presenter: Susan Headden, senior associate for public policy engagement, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

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