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Two-Day Pre-Conference Institutes

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March 31–April 1

Interactive Strategies for Instruction and Assessment to Engage Reluctant Learners

Kristina DoubetJessica HockettPresenters: Kristina Doubet and Jessica Hockett

Many teachers want to use differentiation to help all students grow. But the pressures from time constraints, standards, and—in some cases—100+ students can make that goal seem unattainable. What does differentiation really look like in today’s classrooms? Is it even possible to plan instruction with all students' needs in mind?

This institute will tackle these questions through hands-on activities focused on making differentiation practical and applicable in real 6–12 settings. Participants will engage in active strategies for building classroom community, gathering information on student progress, engaging students in challenging content, and fostering motivation, all with the goal of helping them see and understand differentiation in the context of what they do every day. Participants will receive a copy of the presenters book Differentiation in Middle and High School: Strategies to Engage All Learners, which includes a range of subject-area examples, easy-to-digest strategies, and templates for adapting or creating their own work. Although these strategies are designed for adolescent learners, teachers of upper-elementary grades will also find them useful.

As a result of this institute, participants will be able to

  • Provide a rationale for differentiation.
  • Connect differentiation to other aspects of teaching (e.g., assessment, grading, and management).
  • Proactively plan interactive tasks designed to motivate reluctant learners.
  • Proactively plan differentiated tasks that account for patterns in students’ readiness, interest, and learning profile strengths and needs.

Meeting Code: PD16PC002
Materials Fee: $26 for Differentiation in Middle and High School: Strategies to Engage All Learners


Balancing Evaluation, Supervision, and Reflection

Tony Frontier Presenter: Tony Frontier 

How can we build systems of supervision that focus on developing teacher expertise rather than merely measuring quality? How can we empower teachers to be the active users of frameworks for effective practice? This institute will provide a comprehensive roadmap to help schools and districts move beyond judgment as the driving force behind systems of teacher evaluation and empower teachers to be the central agents in the process—agents who are actively engaged as they build their capacity to be reflective practitioners on a pathway toward expertise. The presenter will share dozens of practical tools and protocols that can be used by teachers, coaches, supervisors, principals, and central office staff.

Meeting Code: PD16PC003
Materials Fee: $21 for Five Levers to Improve Learning: How to Prioritize for Powerful Results in Your School


Building Teachers' Capacity for Success

Pete HallAlisa SimeralPresenters: Pete Hall and Alisa Simeral

During this professional learning institute, experienced turnaround principal Pete Hall and experienced instructional coach Alisa Simeral will help participants answer an essential question: how do principals, instructional coaches, teacher leaders, and teachers work together to ensure that each teacher is continually improving her effectiveness. Based on the best-selling ASCD books Building Teachers’ Capacity for Success and Teach, Reflect, Learn, this institute will provide participants with the tools (such as the Continuum of Self-Reflection), the mindset (strength based), and the strategies (individualized coaching and differentiated feedback) to build teachers’ capacity for success.

This professional learning institute will be broadcast to networked locations around the country, enabling educators to exchange best practices and ideas with connected learners. In ASCD’s unique networked format, collaborative learning can occur one on one or in larger groups as learners use devices to communicate with colleagues across multiple school districts during and beyond the institute. The goal of the institute is to help participants develop professional learning communities that can promote sustainable capacity building at their schools.

A laptop or tablet device is required for both days.

Meeting Code: PD16PC004
Materials Fee: $43 for Building Teachers' Capacity for Success: A Collaborative Approach for Coaches and School Leaders and Teach, Reflect, Learn: Building Your Capacity for Success in the Classroom


Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning

Bryan GoodwinGreag CameronPresenters: Bryan Goodwin and Greg Cameron

The role of school leader has never been more challenging, and many leaders are trying to juggle too many balls at once. Effective leaders, though, learn how to increase the "signal-to-noise" ratio of their efforts by focusing themselves and their teams on doing what matters most. This institute offers practical insight from research and real-life experiences that will help you to create a "stop-doing" list, focus on doing a few things well, overcome resistance to change, and develop a school culture where everyone works together to effect change so you don’t have to go it alone.

Meeting Code: PD16PC005
Materials Fee: No Materials Fee


Understanding by Design®: Beginning the Journey

Donnell GregoryEric CarbaughPresenters: Donnell Gregory and Eric Carbaugh  

What is "understanding," and how does it differ from "knowing"? How do we "unpack" standards to identify the important ideas we want students to understand? How will we know that students truly understand and can apply their knowledge in a meaningful way? How might we design our courses and units to emphasize understanding rather than "coverage"?

What instructional practices are best suited to developing student understanding and the ability to transfer learning? How are design standards used to improve the quality of curriculum and assessment designs?

In this two-day institute, participants will explore these questions through a series of thought-provoking exercises and practical and proven design tools and templates. This institute is designed for educators at all levels who are interested in enhancing their design of curriculum, assessment, and instruction with a focus on improving student understanding using the Understanding by Design® framework.

Meeting Code: PD16PC006
Materials Fee: $20 for The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units


The Contemporary Teacher Dashboard

Heidi Hayes JacobsMarie Hubley AlcockPresenters: Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Marie Hubley Alcock    

Contemporary learners need contemporary teachers to prepare them for right now as well as the future. This two-day institute will help participants cultivate their expertise in creating, designing, organizing, and managing 21st century learning environments. The presenters will facilitate an action-packed institute to assist preK–12 educators in modernizing their practice with a focus on new digital media literacy strategies, self-navigation support for personalized learning, global partnerships, curriculum quests on relevant issues, and refreshed assessment tasks.

The Contemporary Teacher Dashboard includes

  • Digital media know-how.
  • Global connections.
  • Personalized learning.
  • Cyber-faculty networks.
  • Contemporary curriculum quests.
  • Modern assessment design.

Each participant will leave with a personal digital portfolio of resources to assist in implementation.

Meeting Code: PD16PC007
Materials Fee: TBD


Developing an Understanding-Based Curriculum by Design

Jay McTigheOpal DawsonPresenters: Jay McTighe and Opal Dawson

Standards are not curricula. Educators must use standards as a basis for designing high-quality curricula and assessments to support effective teaching for effective learning. Join Jay McTighe, cocreator of the Understanding by Design® framework, to explore his latest work in transforming standards into a teachable curriculum that emphasizes understanding and long-term transfer.

During this institute, participants will learn practical strategies for

  • "Unpacking" standards into understandings, essential questions, and authentic tasks.
  • Mapping a coherent curriculum across the grades.
  • Creating and using essential questions to engage meaningful learning.
  • Teaching for understanding using the AMT (acquire, make meaning, transfer) construct.
  • Reviewing and refining curriculum units and maps.
  • Using "backward design" for planning school and district initiatives.

This institute is designed for curriculum leaders, including assistant superintendents, curriculum directors, department and grade-level chairpersons, staff developers, and school-based administrators and lead teachers serving on curriculum committees. Participants are encouraged to attend in school and district teams and will receive the latest books in the Understanding by Design series and a large collection of supportive websites.

Meeting Code: PD16PC008
Materials Fee: $44 for Schooling by Design: Mission, Action, and Achievement and The Understanding by Design Guide to Advanced Concepts in Creating and Reviewing Units


Causes and Cures for Academic and Behavior Problems

Margaret SearleMarilyn SwartzPresenters: Margaret Searle and Marilyn Swartz

When students come to class with reading and writing difficulties compounded by poor motivation, weak organization skills, memory problems, and impulsive behaviors, teachers are often at a loss as to what to do. Strategies that work with most students don’t seem to have the same positive effect on these tougher cases. This institute will explore how executive function delays keep students from making progress and what can be done to change this outcome.

The presenters will provide tools and demonstrations to teach you how to identify causes of both academic and behavior problems. Using your own students as practice cases, you will diagnose root causes, write specific intervention goals, and learn ways to develop a practical three-pronged action plan. This problem-solving plan has helped hundreds of schools transform their intervention team meetings into productive sessions that involve families in positive ways.

Meeting Code: PD16PC009
Materials Fee: $31 for Causes and Cures in The Classroom: Getting to the Root of Academic and Behavior Problems and Teacher Teamwork: How do we make it work?