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April 1

Highly Engaging Instructional Practices That Promote Greater Student Achievement

Vera BlakePresenter: Vera Blake

Today's classrooms and schools promote higher student achievement for all students by utilizing the results from credible research. Current education expectations require students to meet higher standards and teachers to develop greater expertise in creating relevant and engaging classrooms. This interactive institute will facilitate learning, promote sharing, and model successful strategies that work to foster mastery of essential knowledge and skills. The presenter will share principles, strategies, and research-based approaches from Robert Marzano's The Art and Science of Teaching that foster climates of success for all learners. Participants are encouraged to bring their smart phones, tablets, laptops, or other digital devices with them to this institute.

Participants will learn to

  • Design lessons that meet the learning needs of a wide range of students and help students effectively interact with new knowledge.
  • Frame the learning opportunities that help students achieve maximum retention and engagement.
  • Model and practice strategies that appeal to a diverse range of learners to help them practice and deepen their understanding of new knowledge.

Meeting Code: PD16PC010
Materials Fee: $21 for The Art and Science of Teaching


Student Voice: The Key to Sustainable School Improvement

Michael CorsoKristine FoxPresenters: Michael Corso and Kristine Fox

Russell Quaglia, founder of the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations, has dedicated his work to promoting and developing student voice. This institute will focus on Quaglia’s research as well as other current trends related to student voice and its effects on academic motivation and overall school improvement. Participants will learn about the importance of partnering with students to create a meaningful learning environment. In addition, participants will learn about a variety of tools to collect student voice data as well as ideas for fostering student voice in their classrooms, schools, and districts.

The institute will also explore the ways in which developing student voice supports state and national policies and mandates. For example, many teacher evaluation systems now include student feedback and engagement as a measure of teacher effectiveness. The presenters will discuss the types of data student feedback can provide and what these new evaluation systems mean for classroom teachers and building administrators.

During this institute, participants will

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of student voice and perception data.
  • Consider what it means to have students as partners.
  • Analyze student voice data.
  • Create a student voice implementation plan.
  • Acquire skills related to conducting and analyzing student focus group data.
  • Learn strategies and ideas for fostering student voice.

Meeting Code: PD16PC011
Materials Fee: No Materials Fee


Leadership Matters: A Strengths-Based Approach to Building Principals' Capacity

Ann Cunningham-MorrisPhyllis PajardoDeborah Childs-BowenPresenters: Ann Cunningham-Morris, Phyllis Pajardo, and Deborah Childs-Bowen

The research is clear: Principals make a difference in teacher and student success. So, what focus areas should be included in individual and district-level leadership development plans and programs? What leadership development practices should be in place to ensure that principals and aspiring principals reach their full leadership potential so that students benefit? How can we ensure that principal leadership development becomes the catalyst for overall school and district improvement measures? How do we approach principal growth and professional learning using strengths-based strategies and practices?

In this institute, participants will explore the answers to these questions using the ASCD Principal Leadership Development Framework, the ASCD Principal Continuum of Self-Reflection, and other ASCD leadership development tools. Participants will leave this institute armed with an increased repertoire of leadership development practices and next-step action plans aligned with their roles as principals, aspiring principals, or district leaders.

Meeting Code: PD16PC012
Materials Fee: $25 for The Principal Influence: A Framework for Building Leadership Capacity


Challenges and Solutions: Assessing Creativity, Innovation, and Learning in the Modern Classroom

Myron DueckPresenter: Myron Dueck

Today's educators must assess learning through the promise of creativity and digital innovation while navigating the challenges of student poverty, stress, and anxiety. Join presenter Myron Dueck, educator and author of Grading Smarter Not Harder (ASCD, 2014), for this one-day institute focused on grading and assessment reforms that are both practical and effective in the modern classroom. This institute will be packed with stories, videos, and practical examples of how to better assess learning and creative projects while building stronger relationships.

Meeting Code: PD16PC013
Materials Fee: $22 for Grading Smarter Not Harder: Assessment Strategies the Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn


Supporting and Retaining New Teachers

Bryan HarrisPresenter: Bryan Harris

K–12 schools are suffering from an epidemic of teacher attrition: Nearly half of all new teachers leave the profession within their first five years, and thousands of teaching positions go unfilled or are staffed by less-than-qualified candidates. How would we react if up to half of all students dropped out at the same rate? The costs of new teacher attrition are high: It is expensive to recruit, hire, and train new teachers; high turnover rates affect school culture and reform; and student achievement is lower in organizations with high rates of new teacher attrition. What can school leaders and policymakers do about this persistent problem? In this interactive and informative institute, participants will

Examine four research-based supports that are critical to the success of new teachers.

Work collaboratively to analyze the supports currently in place in their organizations.

Plan for the implementation of specific strategies and supports for new teachers.

Meeting Code: PD16PC014
Materials Fee: $10 for Retaining New Teachers: How do I support and develop novice teachers?


Everyone Engineers: Engineering in the Elementary School Classroom


Christine CunninghamPresenter: Christine Cunningham

This institute will offer participants the chance to engage in hands-on, minds-on activities that bring engineering to the elementary school classroom. By exploring parachute design and aerospace engineering, participants will engage in engineering activities as learners and then analyze the activities as educators. Through this process, participants will come to a group understanding of the benefits of incorporating engineering into elementary school classrooms, how engineering supports science content learning, and the engineering habits of mind that are important to foster in children.

The Principal 50: Critical Leadership Questions for Inspiring Schoolwide Excellence

Baruti KafelePresenter: Baruti Kafele

Why do I lead? With this deceptively simple question, Baruti Kafele begins a powerful examination of what it takes to make a school community achieve great success in the classroom and beyond. In this institute, he will guide principals and aspiring principals through several self-reflection questions designed to yield a deeper understanding of the meaning behind the work they do. These questions will cover topics such as how best to inspire and motivate students, teachers, and other school staff to approach their work with vigor and purpose.

Meeting Code: PD16PC016
Materials Fee: $18 for The Principal 50: Critical Leadership Questions for Inspiring Schoolwide Excellence 


When Close Reading Becomes Too Difficult: Designing Scaffolds and Contingencies

Diane LappMaria GrantKelly Johnson

Presenters: Diane Lapp, Maria Grant, and Kelly Johnson

Teaching all students to closely read complex texts is a popular topic for many teachers. At the completion of a close reading session, teachers often ask themselves what to do next because some students just didn’t reach a high level of comprehension. The short answer to this question is that the next instructional steps must be scaffolded in ways that support individual students’ growing independence when reading increasingly complex texts. But how exactly does this look in real classrooms? This institute will provide participants with examples of and a plan for next-step (contingency) instruction.

Meeting Code: PD16PC017
Materials Fee: $46 for A Close Look at Close Reading: Teaching Students to Analyze Complex Texts, Grades 6–12 and A Close Look at Close Reading: Teaching Students to Analyze Complex Texts, Grades K–5


Short on Time: Making Time to Learn and Lead Collaboratively

William SterrettPresenter: William Sterrett

William Sterrett, an award-winning former principal and the author of the ASCD books Igniting Teacher Leadership, Short on Time, and Insights into Action, will offer his expertise to help participants

  • Build a collaborative school culture—by learning strategies to support and affirm a positive culture and climate focused on learning and collaboration.
  • Maximize faculty meetings—by energizing their staffs and fostering teacher-led discussions.
  • Foster innovative learning inside and outside the school—by listening to testimonials from leaders in the field who have transformed their schools and grounds.
  • Cultivate professional growth—by working with professional learning partners to grow as leaders and contribute to the field.
  • Maximizing time management in a proactive, collaborative manner.
  • Supporting teacher leadership—energize your staff to lead and innovate.

The institute will feature strategies from both of Sterrett’s ASCD books along with recent research from the field, testimonials, and breakout time for participants to share together.

Meeting Code: PD16PC018
Materials Fee: $17 for Insights into Action: Successful School Leaders Share What Works


The Power of Personal Learning

Eric SheningerPresenter: Eric Sheninger

Personal learning networks (PLNs) have been around for centuries and can be defined as relationships that individuals leverage for learning. During this institute, attendees will learn how 21st century educators can use the Internet and Web 2.0 tools (microblogging services, social networking websites, social bookmarking tools, RSS feed readers, tablet apps, and digital discussion forums) to create their own PLNs and customize their “always-on” learning networks to better prepare for and understand the Common Core State Standards, college and career readiness, technology integration, student engagement, and effective leadership strategies.

Meeting Code: PD16PC019
Materials Fee: $26 for Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times


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