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This schedule is subject to change. Additional session information will be posted as it becomes available.
Advance tickets are not required to attend sessions at the 2017 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence. Please note that conference sessions are repeated except where noted.
About CTE Sessions | Pre-Conference Institutes: Thursday, June 29
Day One Sessions: June 30 | Day Three Sessions: July 2
See the full conference schedule
Robert J. Marzano, Marzano Research, Denver, CO
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Bob Marzano's book The Art and Science of Teaching. Learn about how this work has transformed over the past 10 years, and hear about the vision for how it will continue to influence education. This unique session, facilitated by Tony Frontier, will feature an informal interview with Robert Marzano and a question-and-answer period for participants.
Tony Frontier, Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI
We often find in others exactly what we look for. As you look at your students, what do you see? How does what you see influence what your students see in themselves? The presenter will begin this keynote session by recounting a surprising social experiment in a Washington, D.C., subway station and take participants around the world on a journey that weaves together teaching, photography, music, and education research. This interactive session will challenge participants to see their classrooms, their students, and their roles as educators from a new perspective.
Price is $89 per person. Register online at www.ascd.org/CTEregister. Please note that seating is limited.
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Scheduling Note: The sessions in this group will be presented at 8:00 a.m. and again at 10:00 a.m. except where noted under the session's title.
Kristina Doubet, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Do your classroom discussions often turn into a conversation between you and three kids? Do you wish you had more tools to build students' thinking and writing skills through content-based classroom conversations? Come to this interactive session to experience strategies for engaging learners in structured and thoughtful exchange. The presenters will model strategies implemented in 4th through 12th grade classrooms across the nation, including ideas for increasing reluctant students' contributions, redirecting students who tend to "take over," keeping students accountable and on task, and leveraging structured discussion strategies as a means to informally assess students' grasp of content and skills.
Marcia B. Imbeau, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR; Alyx Ramsey, Gene George Elementary School, Springdale, AR
If you are a new teacher or work with one, meeting the diverse needs of all your students can seem daunting or even impossible. You may need help understanding where to start and how to chart your own progress. In this session, new and experienced teachers alike will gain several practical tips for building a teaching repertoire that increases their competence and confidence in meeting the varied learning needs of K–12 students. The presenters will highlight and explore several topics related to differentiation through hands-on, small-group tasks that allow teachers to practice creating differentiated lessons and assessments for classroom use.
Sue Brookhart, Brookhart Enterprises LLC, Helena, MT
Teacher feedback helps students focus on what they have learned so that they can determine what next step will improve their understanding and performance. Both positive and negative feedback have powerful effects on learning. This session will help participants examine effective feedback through three lenses. A microscope lens allows us to look closely at the feedback message and its delivery. Does the feedback describe what the student did well, using criteria that you can share with the student and offering a suggested next step? Using a camera lens encourages us to view feedback as a learning opportunity for both students and the teacher. Did the students learn what to do next and did the teacher learn about student thinking? A telescope lens reminds us to take the long view. Did the students have an opportunity to use the feedback and did it result in further learning? Session participants will explore these concepts and take back feedback strategies to apply in their own classrooms.
Sandra D. Fingall and Charlotte Mitchell, Frank McClarin High School, College Park, GA
Technology enriches the formative assessment process, enhances engagement, and leads to increased student achievement. By effectively using online tools like Quizlet, Popplet, Edmodo, Edpuzzle, Nearpod, and Kahoot, teachers can create a personalized, student-centered learning environment where students can monitor and reflect on their own growth, self-assess, and modify their learning targets. Each of these tools encourage collaboration and allow teachers to extract data so that they can appropriately provide feedback and instantaneously modify current instruction. By performing a data dig to understand individual learning needs, the teacher and student can remediate or accelerate classroom learning. Learn how these tech tools provide the foundation for a more rigorous and relevant learning environment.
Ebony L. Payno, Fulton County Schools, Atlanta, GA
Are you looking for an exciting and influential program to enhance your school's learning environment and academic success? Do you feel that your students could use some effective tips and strategies to develop as leaders and support their peers academically, socially, and professionally? If you've answered "yes" to these questions attend this dynamic and refreshing session to learn how to equip your students with the tools to make a positive change at their schools as Success Ambassadors (peer leaders/mentors). This session will offer you invaluable information and strategies that will not only motivate your students, but also give them the resources to make a difference in their peers' lives based on the distinct needs of your school.
Jennie Spiegler, Anti-Defamation League, Brooklyn, NY; Tara Raju, Anti-Defamation League, Rohnert Park, CA
Do you want to feel more confident and prepared to talk about diversity and bias with your elementary students? In this interactive session, you will examine the rationale for and principles of anti-bias education and obtain useful methods, strategies, and curriculum resources for integrating these concepts into everyday classroom activities and discussions. We will explore best practices for creating safe, inclusive classrooms; strengthening students' understanding of themselves and others; addressing bias and identity-based bullying; fostering respect for differences and a bias-free educational environment; and encouraging social justice actions. You will leave this session with new ideas to help your students thrive in our increasingly diverse world.
Andrew Miller, Shanghai American School, Shanghai, China
Although many educators claim to be personalizing learning, they may be missing crucial components such as passion and engagement. What is the next step for project-based learning (PBL), where students take charge of the learning targets and plan and teachers serve as facilitators and coaches? In this session, participants will learn how combining personalization principles and PBL can create an engaging and motivating environment for student learning. Participants will examine the components and continuum of personalized PBL and set goals for next steps based on their reflections. Participants will witness video and anecdotal examples of personalized PBL projects that are aligned to standards and examine sample forms and technology tools to provide project infrastructure. Participants will also learn processes that allow students to choose learning targets, find and curate resources and learning tools, and codesign assessments and learning plans.
John Antonetti, Colleagues on Call, Bryant, AR
Webster's Dictionary defines rigor as "a condition that makes life difficult, challenging, or uncomfortable." What student would want to be a part of that? When ASCD authors John Antonetti and Jim Garver observed and interviewed students in more than 17,000 classrooms across North America, they learned that 82 percent of student tasks in kindergarten through 12th grade occur at the comprehension or procedural level, while only 6 percent of student tasks met the criteria for rigor. Through a series of learning activities, the presenter will help participants discover that rigor is not a single entity; rather, it is a product of three important design domains: cognition, strategy, and engagement. Using a reflective and analytical tool known as the Powerful Task Rubric for Designing Student Work, participants will analyze and plan instructional tasks that include elements of true rigor.
Harvey Silver and Tom Dewing, Silver Strong & Associates, Franklin Lakes, NJ
The first weeks of school represent a crucial window during which we establish the routines and the overall learning culture that will define the entire year. This session will focus on how to lay the foundation for yearlong success during those vital first weeks of school. In this session, you'll learn:
Jackie Gerstein, Boise State University, Santa Fe, NM
Being a maker educator often requires developing a new mindset as well as new sets of skills and roles. During this interactive presentation, participants will learn (1) the characteristics of maker education, (2) a framework and process for implementing maker activities that includes framing or frontloading and reflection components, (3) some easy-to-implement maker activities, and (4) ways that educators can develop their own skills at being effective maker educators. Several hands-on maker education activities will guide and reinforce the elements of a maker mindset.
By the end of this session, participants will learn
Jon Cassie and Tracy Waznegger, TVT Community Day School, Irvine, CA
Twenty-first century teachers need a formidable range of methods to reach learners who lack the internal motivation to do schoolwork. One such method, gamified instruction, uniquely empowers all students to develop their persistence and capacity for self-direction. Gamified instruction rewards risk taking and playfulness and builds social skills and flow. Participants will learn how to gamify instruction for their students (regardless of age, subject, or grade), see quantitative and qualitative data on the method's effectiveness, and play a few games to see how they can be used to create the framework for transformative lessons and improve the student experience.
Joe DiMartino, Center for Secondary School Redesign, West Warwick, RI; Marsha Jones, Springdale School District, Springdale, AR
Session participants will learn how student-led conferences (SLC) have been effectively implemented in an Arkansas school district. Springdale, the second largest school district in Arkansas, has a very diverse student population–60 percent of its 24,000 students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch and 60 percent are minorities. Effectively reaching all of these students required a strong, student-centered approach to learning. SLCs combine student hopes and dreams with an understanding of the formative data that defines their academic progress. Implementing this program has allowed the district to improve student engagement while addressing each child's development. During this session, participants will learn how to help students write personal, academic, and social goals so that they can focus on areas of strength and improvement and share that information with their parents.
Scheduling Note: The sessions in this group will be presented at 12:30 p.m. and again at 3:00 p.m. except where noted under the session's title.
Work with a team of fellow educators to develop solutions to a common problem of practice. Attendees will vote on Sunday morning for the winning team.
ASCD Emerging Leaders
Details about this session will be added as they become available.
Working together with colleagues, you'll harness your ideas in a focused, participant-driven learning experience.
Ceri Dean, CO ASCD, Broomfield, CO; ASCD Emerging Leaders
Join the Ed Camp team as they harness your ideas and thinking practices in a focused, participant-driven learning experience. Bring your team or join your peers. Experienced facilitators will be on hand to direct the conversations and offer insights and observations.
Learn by doing as you create a professional development product, tool, or plan you can use in your school.
Arlevia Davis, Science Edutainment, Dallas, TX
Breathe life into your lectures by adding content-based music, rhythm, and rhyme with rich and relevant vocabulary. Using any of these elements in your daily practices is guaranteed to increase student engagement and retention while maintaining a high level of rigor. In this experiential learning lab, you will learn the benefits of using music, rhythm, and rhyme and how to compose and amplify your own or existing creations. This strategy will have your students begging for more—mine always do!
Kendra Rutledge and Robert Hall, Alexandria Middle Magnet School, Alexandria, LA
This session will help teachers understand how students can take ownership of their learning by tracking their own data and determining when and if they are ready to be assessed. By allowing students the opportunity to choose which stations and activities they want to participate in through teacher tables and small-group learning, students can advance at their own pace without waiting for the class to accelerate. Incorporating this hands-on approach to learning helps students understand how subjects like math relate to their lives through real-world applications. This session incorporates data as well as exciting activities that students can use to navigate their own learning experiences.
One of the most intriguing gamified methods currently available to teachers involves using an escape room to generate student critical thinking, playful engagement, and perseverance. In this session, participants will learn how escape rooms work, how they're designed, and how to begin building one for their own students! Learn how you can foster meaningful learning in any subject with students of all ages and ability levels with an escape room methodology.
Nick Counts, Culver Academies, Culver, IN
Creating math classroom explorations that allow students to productively struggle while still making progress can be challenging. In this experiential learning lab, you will learn how to create and successfully implement math class explorations. Participants will view and critique videos of classrooms to create a vision for an effective learning environment using guided inquiry. Participants will have an opportunity to craft their own lessons and leave with a collection of explorations and materials developed for courses ranging from algebra 1 to calculus.
This session will explore a mindful journey of personalizing learning for students in a 21st century classroom. Participants will encounter a variety of online tools they can use to develop strategies that influence student progress and achievement. These tools—PollyEverywhere, Kahoot, Quizzlet, Edpuzzle, Socrative—can be accessed through the Edmodo learning management system and allow teachers to provide immediate feedback to students and make real time, data-driven decisions that affect instruction. Participants will leave with an understanding of how to use these technological tools to set up a personalized learning environment and improve student collaboration, grouping strategies, differentiation, and critical-thinking skills.
Jeanne Tribuzzi, Curriculum 21, Rye, NY
Students as young as 3rd graders can learn to organize and deploy structures to debate topics using credible evidence to support their claims. This session will take participants through the process of debate rehearsal to helping students write arguments.
Bobb Darnell, Achievement Strategies, Lake Zurich, IL
Increased rigor in new standards has also increased challenges for teachers and average learners. Unleash the power of average learners and see how to motivate them to develop the will, skill, and capacity to achieve high standards. Experience three scenarios that facilitate a deeper understanding of why average students often hesitate to embrace chances to excel. Become aware of five evidence-based strategies to teach, model, and reinforce the academic learning skills needed to accelerate performance. See how to teach executive functioning skills like goal setting, planning, self-assessment, and self-advocacy concurrently with content instruction. Learn about more than 30 formative assessment practices that invite student risk taking and ignite student success.
Justin Baeder, The Principal Center, Heber Springs, AR
We have no shortage of best practices to choose from, but how can we figure out what's actually making a difference for our students? It starts with a clear strategy. In this session, participants will develop an improvement map that articulates a testable, cause-and-effect hypothesis about improving student learning. Rather than attempt a mishmash of strategies that may lack coherence or even conflict with one another, you can use improvement mapping to clarify how your efforts to increase learning—at the classroom, school, or district level—are supposed to work. Then, you'll design a short-cycle experiment using the Hypothesize, Experiment, Analyze, Talk (HEAT) inquiry cycle so you can discover whether your hypothesis is correct, uncover its conditions for success, and make decisions to improve student learning. You'll learn how to distinguish between testable and nontestable hypotheses, how to conduct inquiry cycles, and how to create clearer, more focused plans for instruction, intervention, and organization-level systems that support student success.
Nancy White, Academy School District 20, Colorado Springs, CO
Come learn about strategies to increase your students’ global and cultural understanding through technological tools that allow you to communicate and collaborate with classes around the globe! This session will share ideas and resources and provide time for hands-on exploration of simple tools for communication and collaboration. The presenter will highlight tools that include Skype in the Classroom, ePals, Google Hangouts, and Twitter.
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