Keansburg School District

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2015 CONFERENCE FOR EDUCATING THE WHOLE CHILD

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Conference Schedule

8:00 am - 8:30 am Breakfast and Registration
8:30 am - 9:45 am Conference Kick Off and Opening
Keynote Presentation:
Sean Slade, Director of Whole Child Programs ASCD
9:45 am - 11:00 am Breakout Session I
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Breakout Session II
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Breakout Session III


***Note - Time of Sessions Do not include time in-between sessions, or the keynote speaker going over time.

Breakout Session #1 - 9:45 am - 11:30 am

Session:

101 - Click Here to Register

Title:

Fostering Pro-Social Behaviors

Presenter:

Jacqueline Janik (Preschool Teacher), Gabrielle Grieco and Brooke Kelly (Teachers at Joseph R. Bolger Middle School)

Session Goal:

To provide teachers with a continuum for how to foster pro-social behaviors from pre-k through 8th grade

Session Description

In this session, attendees will be provided a continuum for fostering pro-social behaviors, specifically at the preK through grade 8 stages. A host of strategies for building strong behaviors of socialization will be presented.

Whole Child Tenet (s)

Healthy, Supported , Safe

Session:

102 - Click Here to Register

Title:

Close Reading Strategies Preparing for the PARCC ELA

Presenter:

Danielle Acconzo, ELA Teacher Joseph R. Bolger Middle School

Session Goal:

To provide teachers with specific close reading strategies to increase rigor in the classroom that align with PARCC.

Session Description

Test prep weeks leading up to the test are obsolete and take away time from the true curriculum. This workshop offers close reading strategies to use throughout the school year in the classroom that align with CCSS and enhance student readiness for the PARCC. This workshop will tackle challenging texts, student stamina, debate, argumentative, compare and contrast, and vocabulary strategies.

Whole Child Tenet (s)

Supported, Challenged

Session:

103 - Click Here to Register

Title:

Teaching Social Skills in the Classroom

Presenter:

Lauren Johnson and Jonna Viggiano, Teachers at Caruso Elementary School

Session Goal:

To share different methods of teaching social skills given an array of various situations that could occur during throughout the day

Session Description

This session will share ways which teachers can help students with special needs function successfully with regards to social skills given the different situations that might surface during the day; Practical strategies will be shared and discussed.

Whole Child Tenet (s)

Supported

Session:

104 - Click Here to Register

Title:

Integrating STEM into the Classroom

Presenter:

Jessica Phan, STEM Teacher, Joseph R. Bolger Middle School

Session Goal:

To introduce and provide a framework for replicating and integrating STEM into your classroom

Session Description

Attendees of this session will learn:

A definition of STEM and the engineering design loop

Highlight STEM in the news/data

Differentiate principles of science and engineering/technology

How to ask probing questions to lead to higher order thinking

Plan and discuss how to integrate STEM in a classroom

Whole Child Tenet (s)

Engaged, Supported, and Challenged

Session:

105 - Click Here to Register

Title:

Using Formative Assessment to Tier Instruction

Presenter:

Michelle Derpich, Principal, Keansburg High School

Session Goal:

As a result of this session, participants will be able to:

Define tiering and associated terminology

Identify important aspects and concepts of tiering

Consider options for tiering assignments

Session Description

This interactive session provides a description and practical ways to implement formative assessments to tier your assignments within your classroom.

Whole Child Tenet (s)

Engagement

Session:

106 - Click Here to Register

Title:

Positive Behavior Supports in Schools: “Titan Up! Philosophy”

Presenter:

Jennifer Chapman (ELA Teacher) and Colleen Damian (Guidance Counselor), Joseph R. Bolger Middle School

Session Goal:

To present a successful framework for building positive behavior supports that might work in any school, any classroom

Session Description

The goal of this session is to teach staff members outside of the Bolger Middle School community about P.B.S.I.S, and the improvements which have occurred because of this program. Practical examples and strategies will demonstrate the P.B.S.I.S. philosophy and how it can be enacted on a smaller scale within individual classrooms for an improved classroom climate.

Whole Child Tenet (s)

Engaged, Supported

Session:

107 - Click Here to Register

Title:

Nurturing a Growth Mindset

Presenter:

Amy Goerl, Educational Consultant, High Scope Board of Directors

Session Goal:

This session will define and explore fixed and growth mindsets

Session Description

Articulate how nurturing a growth mindset promotes critical thinking and effective problem solving in students

Understand why a belief that all children can with effort, persistence and motivation succeed impacts student learning

List strategies that they can incorporate in their teaching practices to develop a growth mindset in their students

Whole Child Tenet (s)

Safe, Engaged, Supported

Session:

108 - Click Here to Register

Title:

Twitter: An introduction for establishing the best PLN ever

Presenter:

Chris Tienken, Associate Professor, Seton Hall University; Consultant, Go Teach Consultants, LLC.

Session Goal:

Using Twitter to Build A Professional Development Network (PLN) to Support Effective Teaching and Leading

Session Description

The use of Twitter has contributed to the shifting of organizations, culture and climate, and even changed nations. This hands-on workshop will demonstrate and teach teachers and leaders to build their capacity through the use of Twitter. Attendees will develop an understanding of some of the ways to use Twitter, including chats, following Tweet channels, and communicating with others, including students, teachers, and parents.


Whole Child Tenet (s)

Healthy, Safe, Supported, Engaged, Challenged

Session:

109 - Click Here to Register

Title:

Strategies for Student Engagement

Presenter:

Lew Stonaker, Staff Development Specialist, Go Teach Consultants, LLC & Personalized Professional Development, LLC

Session Goal:

This session will present operational elements for effective student engagement for teachers in grades K-12

Session Description

Without a doubt, student engagement matters in the 21st century classroom. Specifically, teachers are charged with meeting the needs of a diverse set of learners regardless of the content, process or product. This session will engage teachers will a framework and support structure for student engagement.


Whole Child Tenet (s)

Engagement

Session:

110 - Click Here to Register

Title:

Compare and Contrast: A New Lens for this Old Skill

Presenter:

Jessica Mankowski and Brooke Kelly, Teachers at Joseph R. Bolger Middle School

Session Goal:

Teachers will leave being able to use the 4 phases of the Compare and Contrast skill highlighted throughout the Common Core Standards to engage and challenge students

Session Description

If you were to compare the Common Core standards to the PARCC task what similarities do you find....Compare and Contrast! To show teachers an interesting way to view one of the most important skills utilized in the PARCC and the Common Core Standards

Whole Child Tenet (s)

Challenged, Engaged

Session:

111 - Click Here to Register

Title:

Understanding the multitude of ways disaster and trauma events affect a child and their family

Presenter:

Rachel Alvarez, Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention

Session Goal:

To provide an understanding the multitude of ways disaster and trauma events affect a child and their family.

Session Description

This session will underscore the immediate and long term social and emotional struggles in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Hands on psycho-educational practical interventions will be explored.

Whole Child Tenet (s)

Healthy, Safe, Supported

Breakout Session #2 - 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Session:

201 - Click Here to Register

Title:

When all else fails: Using Close Reading to Teach Students How to Read Complex Text (Part I)

***This session runs from 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Presenter:

Helen S. Comba, Supervisor of Humanities and Literacy, The School District of the Chathams

Session Goal:

In this workshop, teachers will learn about close reading strategies for reading complex text including contingency strategies that can be used to scaffold instruction (“when all else fails”)

Session Description

The Common Core requires that students have regular practice with complex text. In addition, students taking the PARCC assessment will be required to draw evidence from texts and use this evidence in writing. As a result, close reading has become the model used by teachers across grade levels to support students with complex text. In this workshop, teachers will learn about close reading strategies for reading complex text including contingency strategies that can be used to scaffold instruction (“when all else fails”).

Whole Child Tenet (s)

Supported; Engaged; Challenged

Session:

202 - Click Here to Register

Title:

Making Sense of Problems and the Standards for Mathematics Practices (Part I)

***This session runs from 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Presenter:

Kathleen O’Connor, Supervisor of Mathematics, The School District of the Chathams

Session Goal:

In this session, teachers will practice a strategy that will develop sense making, and perseverance in problem-solving.

Session Description

The Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practices characterize how proficient path students behave. These practices emphasize that solving math problems requires habits of mind and routines that are developed over time. On the PARCC Assessment, students will be presented with word problems and will be asked to construct written arguments/justifications, critique reasoning or precision in mathematical statements and model/apply in real-world contexts or scenarios. The first Standard for Math Practice requires students to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. During this session, teachers will practice a strategy that will develop sense making, and perseverance in problem-solving.

Whole Child Tenet (s)

Supported; Engaged; Challenged

Session:

203 - Click Here to Register

Title:

PBL 101 - A 21st Century Skills Platform for Problem and Project Based Learning

Presenter:

Chris Tienken, Associate Professor, Seton Hall University; Consultant, Go Teach Consultants, LLC.

Session Goal:

This session will serve as a beginning and intermediate session for teachers who would like to boost their use of 21st Century Skills in their lessons

Session Description

Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge (BIE, 2014). This session will help teachers understand and construct lessons which utilize PBLs for student success.

Whole Child Tenet (s)

Supported, Challenged, Engaged

Session:

204 - Click Here to Register

Title:

Effective Questioning Strategies that Work!

Presenter:

Lew Stonaker, Staff Development Specialist, Go Teach Consultants, LLC & Personalized Professional Development, LLC

Session Goal:

This focus of this session will be to provide a tangible strategy and process for using effective questioning within lessons.

Session Description

One of the most important pieces of any lesson is student interaction through the question and answer process. This workshop will focus on techniques for effective questioning, specifically hitting the Why and How to be effective when questioning students.

Whole Child Tenet (s)

Engagement

Session:

205 - Click Here to Register

Title:

Twitter: The great tool for professional growth and beyond!

Presenter:

Dr. Tom Tramaglini, Chief Academic Officer, Keansburg Schools

Session Goal:

Using Twitter to Build A Professional Development Network (PLN) to Support Effective Teaching and Leading

Session Description

The use of Twitter has contributed to the shifting of organizations, culture and climate, and even changed nations. This hands-on workshop will demonstrate and teach teachers and leaders to build their capacity through the use of Twitter. Attendees will develop an understanding of some of the ways to use Twitter, including chats, following Tweet channels, and communicating with others, including students, teachers, and parents.


Whole Child Tenet (s)

Healthy, Safe, Supported, Engaged, Challenged

Session:

206 - Click Here to Register

Title:

Growing Students of All Ages and Abilities: 25 Key Ingredients in a Nourishing Learning Environment

Presenter:

Darlene Westhelle, Preschool Teacher

Session Goal:

ASCD has made the case for educating the Whole Child. We know that the learning environment must be healthy, safe, engaging, supportive and challenging in order for students to grow successfully. But, what attitudes, beliefs, interactions, policies, expectations and teacher behaviors in the classroom build the infrastructure of such a learning environment? This session explores this framework and provides a host of what we can do to make school successful for our students.

Session Description

Participants in this session will:

Recognize the delicate balance between the emotional, social, physical and cognitive domains and the interconnectedness of each one to the others.

Examine and discuss how personal attitudes and beliefs influence the classroom culture and student motivation.

Awaken intuitive awareness to certain “ingredients” that naturally create the nourishing “soup” from which students partake daily— an environment that encourages a hunger for learning, as well as fosters and sustains the persistence and resilience that will set them on the path to success in life.

Speak and teach the words of positivity to students that they need to know and to use in their daily activities and interactions.

Use this awakened awareness to “spice up” the soup (the learning environment) specific to their content areas/grade levels.

Whole Child Tenet (s)

Healthy, Supported, Engaged, Safe, Challenged

Session:

207 - Click Here to Register

Title:

Loose Parts: Inspiring Play In Young Children: A book by Lisa Daly and Miriam Beloglovsky

Presenter(s):

Carrie Adamo, Colleen Dubrow, Amanda Milhomens, Preschool Teachers

Session Goal:

This session will explore lessons from the framework presented in the book by Lisa Daly and Miriam Beloglovsky: Loose Parts: Inspiring Play In Young Children

Session Description

To introduce and understand the value of “loose parts” as they promote active learning, critical and divergent thinking and support the developmental and curricular domains, as well as, supporting a wide range of play.

To awaken creativity as we provide challenges, pleasures and learning opportunities for our students.

To enhance our ability to develop exciting play opportunities for students within the parameters of our lesson plans.

To stimulate imagination and increase joy in finding “loose parts” for use in play-based learning.

Whole Child Tenet (s)

Supported, Challenged, Engaged

Session:

208 - Click Here to Register


Title:

Higher Order Thinking/Questioning Strategies


Presenter:

Brian Janik, Social Studies Teacher, Joseph R. Bolger Middle School


Session Goal:

To present teachers with different strategies for questioning; To foster a classroom that exhibits higher order question/thinking.


Session Description

Session will present differences between types of questions, characteristics of essential questions, including examples for primary and secondary classes, Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) versus Bloom’s Taxonomy, Levels of Depth of Knowledge, and how to conduct an Audit of Rigor within classrooms


Whole Child Tenet (s)

Challenging, Engagement, Supporting Students

Session:

209 - Click Here to Register

Title:

Yoga for All Ages (Introduction)

Presenter:

Christina DeSoucey and Heather Wilson, Special Education Teachers, Port Monmouth Road Elementary School

Session Goal:

This session will provide an overview of how Yoga can influence positive effects in a classroom.

***If you have attended this session in the past, please do not register for this session.

Session Description

This session will:

Explain and discuss the benefits of incorporating Yoga into your classroom environment.

Discuss various studies supporting the positive effects of utilizing Yoga in your class.

Show videos of students incorporating Yoga techniques into the classroom.

Integrate meditations and attention building breath to increase concentration.

Integrate group activities that can be implemented into classrooms.

Whole Child Tenet (s)

Healthy, Safe and Engaged

Session:

210 - Click Here to Register

Title:

Using QR codes in the classroom and how to make QR codes

Presenter:

Jacqueline Janik (Preschool Teacher)

Session Goal:

To show teachers different ways to incorporate QR codes into their daily routine and how to create their own QR codes

Session Description

Within this session, teachers will utilize dynamic skills associated with QR codes, including how to use this tool appropriately within the classroom. Specific instructional uses and strategies will be discussed.

Whole Child Tenet (s)

Challenged, Engaged

Session:

211 - Click Here to Register

Title:

Cooperative Learning

Presenter:

TBA, Go Teach Consultants, LLC

Session Goal:

This session will familiarize teachers with a framework for cooperative learning in the 21st Century Classroom.

Session Description

In the 21st Century Classroom, teaching and learning requires a dynamic design for interaction towards learning goals that meet the needs of a diverse student population. In this session, teachers will learn strategies for integrating cooperative learning in their classrooms.

Whole Child Tenet (s)

Engaged, Supported, Challenged

Breakout Session #3 - 2:00 pm -3:00 pm

Session:

301 - Click Here to Register

Title:

When all else fails: Using Close Reading to Teach Students How to Read Complex Text (Part II)

***This session runs from 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Presenter:

Helen S. Comba, Supervisor of Humanities and Literacy, The School District of the Chathams

Session Goal:

This workshop, teachers will learn about close reading strategies for reading complex text including contingency strategies that can be used to scaffold instruction (“when all else fails”)

Session Description

The Common Core requires that students have regular practice with complex text. In addition, students taking the PARCC assessment will be required to draw evidence from texts and use this evidence in writing. As a result, close reading has become the model used by teachers across grade levels to support students with complex text. In this workshop, teachers will learn about close reading strategies for reading complex text including contingency strategies that can be used to scaffold instruction (“when all else fails”).

Whole Child Tenet (s)

Supported; Engaged; Challenged

Session:

302 - Click Here to Register

Title:

Making Sense of Problems and the Standards for Mathematics Practices (Part II)

***This session runs from 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Presenter:

Kathleen O’Connor, Supervisor of Mathematics, The School District of the Chathams

Session Goal:

In this session, teachers will practice a strategy that will develop sense making, and perseverance in problem-solving.

Session Description

The Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practices characterize how proficient path students behave. These practices emphasize that solving math problems requires habits of mind and routines that are developed over time. On the PARCC Assessment, students will be presented with word problems and will be asked to construct written arguments/justifications, critique reasoning or precision in mathematical statements and model/apply in real-world contexts or scenarios. The first Standard for Math Practice requires students to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. During this session, teachers will practice a strategy that will develop sense making, and perseverance in problem-solving.

Whole Child Tenet (s)

Supported; Engaged; Challenged

Session:

303 - Click Here to Register

Title:

The Best PBL Resources (21st Century Skills)

Presenter:

Chris Tienken, Associate Professor, Seton Hall University; Consultant, Go Teach Consultants, LLC.

Session Goal:

This workshop will provide a host of different resources for student engagement through the use of PBLs in the 21st Century Classroom.

Session Description

This session will share and inform teachers of different Problem and Project Based Resources to Un-Standardize Curriculum and Increase Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship.

Whole Child Tenet (s)

Supported, Challenged, Engaged

Session:

304 - Click Here to Register

Title:

Strategies for Student Engagement

Presenter:

Lew Stonaker, Staff Development Specialist, Go Teach Consultants, LLC & Personalized Professional Development, LLC

Session Goal:

This session will present operational elements for effective student engagement for teachers in grades K-12

Session Description

Without a doubt, student engagement matters in the 21st century classroom. Specifically, teachers are charged with meeting the needs of a diverse set of learners regardless of the content, process or product. This session will engage teachers will a framework and support structure for student engagement.


Whole Child Tenet (s)

Engagement

Session:

305 - Click Here to Register


Title:

Data, Planning & Feedback: Creating Targeted Student Learning Goals for Flexible Groups


Presenter:

Michelle Halperin-Krain and Donna Glomb, Supervisors of Curriculum and Instruction


Session Goal:

This session will familiarize teachers with tangible ways to look at student work and drive teacher instruction from data collected


Session Description

Teachers will analyze authentic student work (writing samples) and data (running records, TC assessments, anecdotal notes) in the areas of writing and reading to plan next instructional steps.


Whole Child Tenet (s)

Challenged, Supported

Session:

306 - Click Here to Register

Title:

Running on High Grade vs. Low Grade Fuel: How Nutrition Affects Mood, Health, Learning and Behavior

Presenter:

Darlene Westhelle, Mary Beth Walsh, and Susanne Gulino, Preschool Teachers

Session Goal:

This session will engage attendees in a critical discussion of now nutrition affects mood, health, learning and behavior

Session Description

Participants in this session will:

Learn why a full stomach alone does not ensure peak physical and mental performance and could actually contribute to learning deficits and negative behaviors, as well as over-consumptive malnutrition.

Learn how one alternative high school’s nutrition experiment resulted in a significant boost to both positive behavior and academic performance in students.

Understand why more fruits and vegetables matter.

Understand how and why refined sugar compromises health and what the term “empty calories” really means in terms of mental alertness, behavior and functions in the body.

Rethink the advice “in moderation” with regard to certain additives, preservatives, artificial colors/flavors and GMO foods.

Learn to evaluate package labels to determine the health benefits of foods.

Learn basic nutrition principles to apply in daily food choices.

Explore and use nutrition resources for the classroom that aid both students and staff in making healthier, personal choices.

Whole Child Tenet (s)

Healthy, Supported

Session:

307 - Click Here to Register

Title:

Google Classroom

Presenter:

Erin Maciorowski, District Innovation Officer, Apple Academy Trainer; Brian Janik, Teacher, Joseph R. Bolger Middle School

Session Goal:

To familiarize attendees with the Google Classroom Platform

Session Description

Google Classroom is a 21st Century Tool available to anyone with Google Apps for Education, a free suite of productivity tools including Gmail, Drive and Docs. Google Classroom is designed to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly, including time-saving features like the ability to automatically make a copy of a Google Document for each student. It also creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student to help keep everyone organized.

Whole Child Tenet (s)

Engagement, Supported

Session:

308 - Click Here to Register

Title:

Developmentally Appropriate Technology and STEM in the early years (Pre-K-2)

Presenter:

Gina Feeney and Bridget Fahnholz, Preschool Teachers

Session Goal:

Present an array of research-based strategies for using technology in classrooms (early elementary)

Session Description

To provide research on technology for young children and how to use technology in a developmentally appropriate way including STEM principles. Activities will be provided for use in classroom.

Whole Child Tenet (s)

Supported, Engaged, Healthy, Challenged

Session:

309 - Click Here to Register

Title:

Using iPads and iPods as a listening center

Presenter:

Jacqueline Janik (Preschool Teacher)

Session Goal:

To show teachers how to use iPads and iPods as a listening center in their classrooms and how to create playlists.

Session Description

This interactive session will demonstrate and instruct teachers to utilize technology as a listening center in a 21st century platform. Technical as well as instructional elements are presented in this session.

Whole Child Tenet (s)

Engaged, Supported

Session:

310 - Click Here to Register

Title:

Handwriting Without Tears

Presenter:

Melissa Tatro and Laura Koenig (Preschool Teachers)

Session Goal:

Participants will receive tangible ways to implement writing instruction for students that embraces the following dynamics (and take aways)

Research shows that handwriting is a foundational skill that can influence student’s reading, writing, language use, and critical thinking (Saperstein Associates 2012).

When children practice printing by hand, their neural activity is far more enhanced and “adult-like” (Bounds 2010).

Research states that learning how to write by hand is a necessary motor exercise (Saperstein Associates 2012; James and Gauthier 2006; James 2012; Berninger 2012).

Children consistently do better writing with a pen. They write more and they write faster (Berninger 2009).

Session Description

Research implies that handwriting is critical to the production of creative and well-written text (Graham and Harris 2005). Handwriting affects both fluency and the quality of the composition. This session focuses on the efficacy and implementation of a framework for handwriting without tears (program). While the program is implemented in Keansburg at the early childhood level, the lessons are expansive of preschool.

Whole Child Tenet (s)

Supported, Engaged, Challenged

Session:

311 - Click Here to Register

Title:

Cooperative Learning

Presenter:

TBA, Go Teach Consultants, LLC

Session Goal:

This session will familiarize teachers with a framework for cooperative learning in the 21st Century Classroom.

Session Description

In the 21st Century Classroom, teaching and learning requires a dynamic design for interaction towards learning goals that meet the needs of a diverse student population. In this session, teachers will learn strategies for integrating cooperative learning in their classrooms.

Whole Child Tenet (s)

Engaged, Supported, Challenged

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