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Pre-Conference Institutes are offered prior to ASCD conferences to enhance learning and offer a more intensive look at a subject. Interactive, online handouts are provided to allow participants to follow along with the presenter. Handouts can be downloaded by registered participants within two weeks of the institute. An e-mail will notify participants when handouts are ready for review.
Additional Pre-Conference Institutes will be added to this page as they become available. The Institutes offered at the 2017 Conference on Teaching Excellence will be held on June 29, 2017.
About CTE Sessions | Day One Sessions: June 30
Day Two Sessions: July 1 | Day Three Sessions: July 2
See the full conference schedule
Additional Pre-Conference Institutes will be added as they become available.
Presenter: Lee Ann Jung, ASCD Student Growth Center, Lexington, KY
One of the greatest challenges teachers face is effectively supporting students who are falling behind grade level. Students fall significantly behind for many reasons, but all require research-based interventions to change their growth trajectory. In this interactive session, participants will learn about and practice a practical approach to writing individualized goals, designing strategies, and measuring progress for students receiving Tier III intervention or special education. Participants will be introduced to StudentGrowthWorks, an online software platform designed to support this process. Participants will work in teams to develop three comprehensive intervention plans for their students.
Materials Fee: N/A
Registration Code: PD17GB002
Presentation Materials | Travel and Hotel
Presenters: Kristin Souers, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA; Tom Demaria, Long Island University, Greenvale, NY; Gretchen Oltman, Creighton University, Omaha, NE; Lori Brown, ASCD, Alexandria, VA
Today’s learners enter the formal schooling environment with significant personal challenges, including barriers to developing strong physical, intellectual, and social-emotional foundations. From living in broken and transient homes and communities to experiencing violent and aggressive peer and social influences, our youngest students often encounter more trauma, grief, loss, poverty, and hardship by the time they reach adolescence than some individuals encounter in a lifetime. Growing the “whole child” amidst intense life challenges and traumatic experiences is no easy task, particularly when these personal stories present themselves in an academic environment where schools face pressure to simultaneously improve report cards and personal resiliency. Developing and supporting the traumatized and victimized student can be especially challenging in learning communities that embrace a “zero tolerance” approach. In this session, we’ll explore the plight of victimized students; consider how schools could optimally address these students’ challenges; and suggest practical strategies and resources to support, nurture, and grow each student voice in your learning environment.
Materials Fee: N/A
Registration Code: PD17GB001
Presenters: Pete Hall, EducationHall, Coeur d'Alene, ID; Alisa Simeral, ASCD Author/Consultant, Reno, NV
Teacher leadership is an oft-touted, underutilized resource. Within the walls of our schoolhouses are talents, skills, and forces that can support and lead all our school-improvement efforts—our teachers! Learn about the three Is of teacher leadership—investing, influencing, and inspiring—from the dynamic ASCD author team Pete Hall and Alisa Simeral (Teach, Reflect, Learn: Building Your Capacity for Success in the Classroom, ASCD, 2015). How can administrators and coaches leverage the leaders in their buildings? How do teachers support their colleagues' growth? How do we build strong teams and partnerships? How do we collectively nurture reflective growth and professional expertise? Hall and Simeral will tackle these questions and more in this interactive, energetic, and informative workshop.
Materials Fee: $22 for Teach, Reflect, Learn: Building Your Capacity for Success in the Classroom
Registration Code: PD17GB003
Presenters: Wil Parker and Julius Davis, Bowie State University, Bowie, MD
Conscious and unconscious beliefs and perspectives that teachers, district administrators, and school leaders hold about impoverished students and families from racially and culturally diverse backgrounds affect how they teach, discipline, and work with these students. In this institute, we'll examine how teaching practices and strategies reflect our beliefs about race, culture, gender, and poverty. We will focus on the assets these students bring to schools and classrooms and encourage teachers to ask themselves what they can do to help improve the academic and discipline issues that impair student learning. Participants will explore messaging about students and families who live in poverty; examine how their beliefs and perspectives affect instruction, student learning, and discipline; and develop strategies and solutions to improve instruction, student success, and discipline outcomes.
Registration Code: PD17GB005
Presenter: Baruti Kafele, Principal Kafele Consulting Inc., Jersey City, NJ
Based on Baruti Kafele's ASCD book of the same name, this empowering, introspective workshop takes teachers on a self-reflective journey designed to challenge them to think deeply about their current practices relative to how they inspire classroom excellence. Kafele's 50 questions and penetrating insights reveal how teachers can
Teachers will discover numerous ideas for strengthening their practice and investing in student success. This workshop is indispensable for teachers who want to give their absolute best in the classroom at all times and under all circumstances. Topics include the attitude of the teacher, student motivation, classroom climate and culture, building relationships, classroom instruction, cultural responsiveness, teacher accountability, planning and organization, professional development, and parental engagement.
Materials Fee: $14.00 for The Teacher 50: Critical Questions for Inspiring Classroom Excellence
Registration Code: PD17GB006
Below is a typical daily ASCD Pre-Conference Institute schedule. For some institutes, the schedule may vary slightly. Registered participants will receive an e-mail closer to the institute date for additional information regarding exact meeting room locations.
Continental Breakfast (provided)
15-minute coffee break
Lunch (on your own)
All other meals are on your own.
Please Note: Registration for the 2017 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence does not include registration for a pre-conference institute. If you are registering more than one person, please fax your registration forms to 1-703-575-5414.
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