General Sessions PK-12

Review the sessions and find one that best meets your needs

If the session is open to teachers in both Primary and Secondary grades it will be listed in each sub-section.

Universal Design for Learning and its Practical Application in Teachers' Classrooms

Laurie McDaniels

Target Audience: Anyone

Are you wondering how to meet the needs of all learners in your classroom? Discover the principles of Universal Design for Learning. Universal Design for Learning is based on 3 different networks for learning in the brain. These networks function differently in each person. You will learn more about these 3 networks and examples of specific strategies to use to support all types of learners in your classroom.

Student Tracked Mastery Learning in ELA

Amanda Swartzlander

Target Audience: ELA Teachers

Teachers will see how to structure a student tracked mastery learning unit. We will discuss: how to break apart standards, so students can understand their learning targets, the use of data to differentiate instruction, creation individual learning plans, and student tracked mastery learning. Teachers will have the opportunity to examine an upcoming unit and work to incorporate mastery learning into that learning opportunity.

Close Reading That Works

William Ringer

Target Audience: Anyone

Participants will experience mapping out literacy goals, practice close reading skills with sample texts, and design their own close reading activity that fits their own curriculum and subject area.

Stealing Words from Question Stems and Other Writing Supports

Libba Quinn and Vince Floriani

Target Audience: Anyone

This session will focus on teaching students to answer questions by "stealing" words from the question. This is a prerequisite skill directly related to "writing with evidence." Teachers will learn how to teach this basic skill that is often overlooked and will learn simple ways to quickly improve their students' ability to answer questions and to use evidence from the text. For elementary students, there is a direct link between this and showing knowledge on mClass assessments.

Using Descriptive Guided Assessments (Probes) to “Uncover Student Ideas in Science”

David Kotchmar

Target Audience: Science teachers K-12

This session will introduce two book series published by National Science Teachers Association that provide brief guided written assessments (called "probes") to give students as well as strategies and examples for students to interact in formative assessments. The benefit of these probes is that in addition to providing the “correct answer”, the information provided to teachers is to help understand a student’s thought process and critique incorrect reasoning. The books also provide information on the subject and common misconceptions of students. Finally, there are many probes investigating meanings of academic vocabulary. In the session, about thirty minutes will be spent introducing the resources and then the remainder of the time is built to give teachers an opportunity to find one or two specific resources to try in their classroom. Great for all teachers K-12. Please bring your standards or be ready to look at them electronically.