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Description
Session A
9:15-10:30
Session B
10:45-12:00
Session C
1:30-2:45
 History and Social Studies   

SESSION FULL 

 
C220 - All About India

Facilitators: Amy Royal,  Lori Verity

Calling all teachers of grades K-2! This session will provide teachers with information about our LEF funded India trip this past April and its connections to the second grade India Social Studies Unit and curriculum. We will share photographs, videos and artifacts from different parts of India. We will also share the updated India teaching powerpoint for the unit and how our trip enhances the learning for all second grade students.

 


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A200 - Ghana in Games and Song

Facilitator: Debbie Side

In this session we will be exploring some of the culture of the Ewe people in the Volta region of Ghana. Learn ways to bring the culture alive for your students in the classroom from someone who spent three weeks in Ghana this summer. We will be learning games, songs, simple phrases like thank you and hello as well as stories about the culture and the people.


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SESSION FULL 

 
B181 - Hereditary History

Facilitator: Scott Maitland

Calling all history nerds and the curious alike! In Hereditary History, we will explore three cases of genetics having a profound impact on world history. This is an open lecture designed to be relaxed, fun, and oddly interesting. Come discover how genetics led to downfall and lasting legacy!


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B223, C223 - Naturalizing Historical Thinking: History Education in the 21st Century Era of the Social Studies

Facilitator: Patrick Flynn

The 20th century debate over how the past should be conducted in the social studies persists in the early 21st century. However, with the emergence of the Common Core and recent findings in educational research, the field of history education is slowly becoming more and more recognized as the essential location for students to not only build a greater historical understanding of the past and sense of civic duty, but to develop the essential critical thinking skills demanded of any high functioning democracy. Additionally, by explicitly learning how to 'think historically,' history class can become a place for developing skills applicable to any field that requiring individuals to think in more analytical terms, while also sharpening one's historical understanding of the past and sense of citizenship. This presentation / seminar will review the recent educational research on the developments of historical thinking instruction in the social studies, provide an overview of the 'Historical Thinking' curriculum and approach, and end with a discussion on the areas of strengths and weakness of explicit instruction of historical thinking in the social studies.

 
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Humanities      

A133, B133 - Doing the String Thing with No Tears and No Fears

Facilitators: Janet Haas, Chris LeDoux Brainard

This hands-on-session will introduce you to the joys and perils of playing a stringed instrument! Taught by Lexington's elementary string specialists, this class will go from the introductory first lesson to being able to play a simple tune. No prior experience is necessary, just a willingness to feel young again, learn something new and perhaps find a new hobby and/or passion.


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A214, B214 - Figure Drawing for the Classroom

Facilitator: Sam Aman

Figure drawing is a pillar of the drawing/drafting world. However, figure drawing is also an opportunity for classroom management and allows off-the-beaten path participation and focus. Join me as I show you how to capture the human figure using different techniques and how to apply it to a day's lesson for an art class or non-art class.

Wear comfortable clothing for standing and modeling! 

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SESSION FULL 

 
A232, B232 - Hamilton: An American Musical – The Story, the Score, and History Reimagined

Facilitator:  Leonard Swanton

“Yes, it really is that good.” These were the opening words of Ben Brantley’s NY Times review of “Hamilton: An American Musical” when it premiered on Broadway in August of 2015. Considered by many to be a masterpiece of modern musical theatre, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” is also a treasure trove of teaching and learning opportunities. In this session, participants will be guided through an exploration of the story (based on the biography Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow), the score, and the many “Easter eggs” that Miranda has skillfully woven into both the lyrics and the music. We will also examine the multiple entry points the musical provides for our teaching and for student learning, as history, literature, composition, drama, and music meld together in response to the musical’s key question, “Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?”

 
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B131, C131 - Instrumental Music Lesson

Facilitator: Megan Riccio

Have you ever wanted to try playing a band instrument? Come try a first day lesson modeled after our 5th grade instrumental program. Instruments will be provided and no musical experience is required! Just try it out and have some fun!

 
 
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SESSION    C    FULL 

 
B212, C212 - Overcome Your Fear of Drawing In Public!

Facilitators: Cara Bean, Alethea Roy

Do you enjoy drawing on the white board? Join this workshop that will motivate educators to doodle and sketch out their ideas in picture form with no shame.  Art teachers Alethea Roy and Cara Bean will guide the group in experiencing playful warm up drawing exercises.  Participants will also be guided in brainstorming ways to make drawing a form of note taking for your specific subject areas.  No art experience necessary.  Just bring a willingness to attempt simple cartooning and your sense of humor. 


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C179 - Using SMART Notebook in the Music Classroom

Facilitator: Angela Carpenter

One of Lexington’s Music Achievement Standards includes engaging students in composing music (in various ways). This hands-on workshop session will be dedicated to learning about, exploring, and using SMART Notebook as a teaching/composition tool in the elementary music classroom. During this session, participants will create SMART Notebook takeaways that can be immediately used with students their music classroom.

Since this is a hands-on workshop, it is imperative that participants have SMART Notebook and the "Gallery Essentials" installed on their computer.  Please reach out to your building tech support if you need this software PRIOR to November 8, so that you can participate fully!


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 Ins and Outs of LPS      

SESSION FULL 

A166 - Creating and Maintaining your IPDP

Facilitator: Jean Button

Do you have an IPDP? If you hold a professional teaching license, you need to have an Individual Professional Development Plan. Come join us as we simplify the creation of an IPDP and walk away with a plan to manage your professional development points.

 
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ALibrary, BLibrary - Listening and Learning about Homework in Lexington

Facilitators: Sandra A. Trach, Dr. Mary Czajkowski

Join us for an open, engaging and collegial conversation on homework. Learn what homework looks like across the district from our LPS colleagues, and share your own perspective on homework. Let's explore this timely topic through listening and learning about our different experiences. Our goal is to share experiences and viewpoints to broaden our understanding of this complex topic together.

 
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CLibrary - Revamping the Student Registration Process

Facilitators: Sandra Trach, Cheryl Kelleher

This session will take a look at our current student registration forms and facilitate a group discussion on how to improve them. We want to learn how the student registration procedures can be improved in your opinion and experience, as well as any additional student data you feel would be beneficial to gather upfront in the process (such as ELL, Special Education, Nursing and/or other school forms). We'll also take a look at recent updates to the Student Registration Checklist, and the vision for a new Central Registration system, projected to start in January, 2017.

 

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C182 - Transportation 101

Facilitators: Elaine Celi, Adrian Leone

Everything you always wanted to know about transportation but were afraid to ask. We will be demonstrating Infofinder LE and helping school staff to know where to find up to date bus information on their students.

 
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A215 - Q&A with the Finance Office
 
Facilitator: Martha Sybert
 
This session is being offered to provide a forum for everything you wanted to know about accounting and finance.  Bring your questions!
 
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Literacy      

A229 - Fountas and Pinnell Word Study K-1

Facilitators: Annie Duffey, Glenda Little, Susan Rosie

After attending a Fountas and Pinnell course at Lesley University, we would like to share what we have learned! We are hoping to have discussions about how other K-1 teachers use the F &P materials in their classrooms, and how we can best serve the needs of our students. We will discuss implementing word study into our busy day, ways to differentiate, and resources to use.


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SESSION FULL 

 
C166 - Global Perspectives & Diversity in Children's Literature (Condensed from Primary Source)

Facilitators: Kathleen Glenn, Lauren Wehrli

"Children often first encounter the broader world and other peoples, cultures, and ideas through the books they read and the stories they hear. Providing diverse literary experiences for children can help them better engage with the world, and better see their own lives reflected." - Primary Source This workshop will examine some of the critical issues in multicultural and global children's literature, and provide teacher resources intended to help us advance global education in our classrooms.


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C222 - Let's Write!: Adding to Your Teacher Toolkit K-5

Facilitators: Maggie Aikenhead, Kate Jones

Come join us to develop a piece of writing (narrative, opinion, or information) across several grade levels of the writing progression. We'll briefly study how a piece of writing develops across the K-5 continuum before embarking on our own writing, with writing partners at our sides! Your teacher-written pieces will help prepare you for mini-lessons and provide you with demonstration texts for conferring and small group instruction.

Please bring your laptop or Writing Pathways book, and your own writing folder or writing notebook with you.

 
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A226 - Reading Workshop Tips and Tricks

Facilitators: Lisa Maffei, Kelly Torpey, Amy Shew, Kristen Shanahan

Are you looking for more time to become familiar with the Lucy Calkins Reading Workshop Units of Study? Searching for quick tips and simple strategies for planning lessons? If this sounds like you, then you will want to take this class! The four of us are fresh out of a visit to Teachers College Community School where we observed Reading Workshop in two first grade classrooms AND attended the Teachers College Reunion conference, so we have lots of ideas to share. This is geared towards K-2 teachers. Please bring your copies of Lucy Calkins Reading Workshop Units of Study.


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A234, B234 - Reclaiming Read-Aloud!

Facilitators: Kelly Cracchiolo, Ruth Litchfield

Reading aloud is the best way we have to immerse children in the glories of reading, showing them both how and why one reads. -Lucy Calkins

In an era of ever-increasing demands, many experienced educators have decried the loss of read-aloud time. This session is designed to help classroom teachers reclaim what is considered the heart of reading instruction. Together, we will explore the important principles of intentional read-aloud and interactive read-aloud, as well as explore options for scheduling read-aloud as a non-negotiable part of the school day. Participants will also spend time planning read-alouds that they will take back to use in their classrooms.


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A222 - The Art of the Interview

Facilitators: Zachary Del Nero, Joshua Olivier-Mason

This workshop provides tools and strategies to maximize the potential of the interview as a student assignment. Studying and practicing the Art of the Interview—preparing, conducting, and editing—equips students with 21st century skills and can bring them closer to their families and communities. Our workshop will include a fully scaffolded unit, with lessons, models, and student testimonials. Though our experience is in the secondary humanities classroom, this unit can be adapted to almost any age or subject.


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A231 - Development of Vocabulary Workshop

Facilitator: Maryellen Leelman, Kara Kunkler-Peck, Lauren Archibald

This workshop will support teachers’ ability to create a vocabulary-rich classroom that uses best practices to implement explicit vocabulary instruction as well as teaching word-learning strategies for learning unknown words across the content areas. In this workshop four principal components will be addressed – establishing a dedicated vocabulary block; fostering word consciousness; intentional teaching of selected academic and domain-specific words; and developing students’ use of independent word learning strategies. We will include vignettes, classroom activities, sample lessons and resources on how to implement these components in the class and monitor student progress.


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A224 - Writing Fiction

Facilitator: Avon Lewis 

Are you interested in writing fiction, and looking for some feedback?  Would you like to learn powerful workshop techniques to help your students give and receive more meaningful feedback?  I will share a technique for workshopping writing that I learned at Teachers as Scholars course.  I ask that you write a short (approximately 250 word) piece of fiction BEFORE the class, based on prompts provided http://docs.google.com/document/d/1K1PfUwOM1aIlBTy2Y-UIJH8d7ycaCZYUqEXUR0EFn2g/edit?usp=sharing.  Don't be scared!  Engage actively in the learning process as we use our short writing pieces to practice workshopping techniques with one another.

 
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 A246 - Writing Recommendations for Impact
 
 Facilitator: Alicia Linsey
 
Together we will take a look at how college admissions officers read recommendation letters.  We will discuss what is important to include in a teacher letter of recommendation, how to ensure it is effective and how to expedite the writing process.  
 
Please bring a laptop with you: writing time will be allotted.
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 Practices and Pedagogy      

ROOM CHANGE

 
B182 - "Why do we keep doing this?" Habits in the Humanities Classroom

Facilitator: Carrie Conlon

Why don’t Dutch cyclists get doored as often as American cyclists? Why do some of us stay up so late, yet claim to know we need more sleep? Why are those Starbucks baristas so darned cheerful? Whether you live by routines or find comfort in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous line, “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,” this interactive session will have us examining the habits we wish to cultivate and/or drop in the classroom and beyond. Drawing upon the work of philosopher William James as well as recent bestsellers by Charles Duhigg and Gretchen Rubin, we will consider habits and rituals that might open up our classrooms to more expansive learning, and try to identify those automatic behaviors (ours and our students’) that tend to shut things down. Finally, we’ll ponder the limits of habit-formation as a tool for learning and growth.

 
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C810 - Beyond Percentages: an Alternative Approach to Scoring Rubrics and Grades

Facilitator: Kevin Kelly

What could scoring and grading look like if we move away from accuracy thresholds of 90% for an A, 80% for a B, etc.? How could assessment results reflect broader learning goals and proficiencies? Learn about an alternative to percentages: a holistic 0-to-5 scoring rubric and grading system that's been implemented in a majority of LHS math classes. Ideas will be presented in a way that they're potentially transferable across subjects and grade levels, so the target audience is 6-12 teachers and administrators (except Math 9-12).

 
 
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B229 - Brain Based Learning PK-5

Facilitator: Allison Gullingsrud

Before you can make memories or learn, you must hold students' attention. Come learn about brain based strategies that are easy to implement in your classroom! We will explore ways to help make instruction more engaging, increase student ownership of their behavior, and keep students moving in your classroom. This class is best suited for K-5 teachers.


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C246 - Could We Be Homework Free?
 
Facilitators: Mary Barry-Ng, Anna Monaco 
 
This workshop will focus on an article review and discussion of the possibilities of homework-free days/weeks as well as the challenges posed in this cultural shift.
 
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B169 - Creating Productive Struggle in Your Classroom

Facilitators: Lindsay Mosca, Francesca Pfrommer 

Come to get past "productive struggle" being just a buzz word. We will discuss how productive struggle helps students learn, how to create it in the classroom, and how to support it as a teacher. The conversation will be enriched by having the whole range of grade levels and subjects, PK-12 at this workshop.


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C169 - Discourse on Classroom Discourse

Facilitator: Francesca Pfrommer

The dynamic relationship between teacher and students can foster or inhibit strong classroom discourse. In this workshop we will discuss different aspects of classroom culture and brainstorm ways to encourage and support student discourse. This is designed to be interactive and collaborative.


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C231 - Do you want your students to WANT to learn?

Facilitators: Cathy Brooks, Sarah Franford, Amelia Aguilera 

Do you want your students to WANT to learn? Come learn about the way the World Language Department at the middle school is using thematic units, unit openers, music, videos and Integrated Performance Assessments to encourage higher level thinking and increase intrinsic motivation to use the target language (or master the skills that you are teaching)!

 
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B231 - Feedback: When is it Effective?

Facilitators: Lonamae Shand, Elizabeth Sharp

Is it always about the grade? Shouldn't it be more about learning? Teachers will engage in a session on how to give effective feedback to successful, struggling, and reluctant students to improve achievement.

 
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C410 - Flipping the Classroom

Facilitators: Kelly Kilts, Ryan Grams

Have you dabbled with flipping your classroom? So have we! Let's talk about that. We'll start by sharing our own experiences with flipping our classrooms. Then we will open the floor to general discussion of what others have tried, what has gone well, what still has room for improvement, and what new things people are interested in trying.


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B180 - Hot Topics and Engaging Discourse

Facilitator:  Jen Turner

Participants will read and discuss articles of their choosing on the topics of: Growth Mindset, Homework, Student Resiliency, Feedback, and Technology in the Classroom.  Each participant will leave the session having engaged in relevant discourse with their colleagues.  In addition, they will receive a wealth of literature on these topics and will have the opportunity to network with their colleagues to continue the conversations following the session.

 
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A167 - Incorporating Movement & Dance Activities into Curriculum

Facilitator: Ryan Casey

Participants will discuss and learn how to get students out of their seats with unique movement and dance lessons that connect directly to curriculum for all ages and subjects. We will look at the K-12 standards from the National Dance Education Organization; read articles about the successful integration of movement activities in the classroom; and participate in demo lessons. Examples of activities for varying ages/grade levels will be given, and participants will have the chance to develop sample lessons for their respective classes.

No previous dance experience required. The purpose of the session is not to foist formal dance training upon students, but rather to explore ways in which to engage kinesthetic, movement-based learners.


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B239 - Incorporating the LHS Goals and Assets into Everyday Interactions with Students

Facilitator: Kelly Cavanaugh, Nicole Canniff

Are you an LHS teacher looking to brainstorm strategies to incorporate the Goals and Assets we have developed into your classroom routines and interactions with students? This informal session will include a presentation of simple ways you can do so and give you time to brainstorm even more applications with your peers. At the end of the session, we will each have concrete ways we can increase our student's communication skills and resiliency each and every day.


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A613, B613 - Integrated Performance Assessments - Quién, Was, Nar, Quand, Quanto, & Cur

Facilitator: Beckie Rankin

World Language teachers who would like a little more in-depth knowledge of Integrated Performance Assessments (IPA) and how to integrate them into the thematic-based units will have a chance to brush up on the basics of proficiency-based assessments and spend time working. We'll have a review of IPA, time to share what Integrated Performance Assessments we have already created, and time to complete Integrated Performance Assessments individually or in groups. For teachers who have already finished writing IPA, we will have a break-out group of how to build upon this in a thematic unit.

Participants should bring a laptop.

 
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A242, B242 - Life on Your Own

Facilitator: Laura Lasa

Educators from all levels and disciplines come together to talk about the life skills (e.g., resiliency, how to handle money, learning to live with a roommate) students need after high school graduation. What is the elementary to high school progression? What are we doing well? Are theses areas we do not embed?


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C224 - Making Standards-Based Grading Work at LHS

Facilitator: Chris Doucette

We will discuss advantages and trade-offs of Standards Based Grading (SBG) and what strategies have worked for me. We will cover student communication, parent communication, communication with colleagues, (I block) and making SBG work within the Aspen grading system. We will also model SBG for if the session objectives are met.


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C242 - Project-Based Assessments: Strategy Sharing

Facilitator: Laura Lasa

Educators will come together to: - share strategies they are using for student-based projects and assessments; - share interdisciplinary projects they would like to do but are not sure how to begin; and - discuss the collaboration skills students need (all levels) to be successful post secondary education.


 
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B230 - Sketch for Success

Facilitator: Roseann Thebado

Learn how and why visual note-taking, known as "sketchnotes," can be a helpful tool in the classroom. Relying heavily on synthesis, drawing out notes while reading or studying can help engage learners in different ways than traditional note-taking methods. In this session, we will touch upon how and why sketchnotes help students process and remember information, learn easy drawing techniques to add to our own toolkit, and discuss practical applications for sketchnotes in the classroom. No prior art experience needed!


 
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B224 - Standards-Based Grading Roundtable

Facilitator: Avon Lewis

Are you a person who uses Standards Based Grading at the secondary level? If so, let's get together and talk! This roundtable is for people who are SGBers who would like to get together with other SBGers to discuss best practices, celebrate successes, and work together on challenges.


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B222 - Teaching Students to Ask Better Questions: The Question Formulation Technique

Facilitators: Joshua Curhan, Amy Royal

The Question Formulation Technique (QFT) provides the opportunity for people to ask better questions and participate more effectively in key decisions. This technique has been used successfully to promote student engagement in kindergarten through twelfth grade, across all content areas (including with specialists). In this session, you will learn about the format of the QFT and ways that you can incorporate it into your teaching, as well as how you can use the QFT with families. Resources and information from the Boston 2016 Right Question Institute also will be shared.


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A225 - Welcoming New Families at the Elementary Level

Facilitators: Michaela Arthur, Deirdre Schadler, Yuiko Shimazu, Heather O'Rourke

Looking for new ways to welcome new families to your elementary school? Members of Bridge School's New Student Orientation Committee would love to present their plan for implementing a successful new student orientation program. From registration to outreach and logistics, we can walk you through our process, and some of the things we learned and answer any of the questions you may have.


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 Race, Culture, and Gender Studies   

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A610, B610 - #BlackLivesMatter:  More than a Hashtag and Implications for the School Setting

Facilitators: Barbara Hamilton, Cheryl Crowder, and a Student Panel

Have you ever wondered why the Black Lives Matter social movement has inspired a surge of student action on school campuses across our nation and here in Lexington?  Many people have strong opinions about BLM and others know little about the movement. Yet students of color and their allies hope to draw attention to the racial climate in the nation.  If you fit in either of these catagories then this is the workshop for you.   This workshop will debunk myths and provide you the opportunity to hear directly from students as to why they are involved in the BLM movement and how current racial issues impact their lives as students of color.


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 BIDLC, CIDLC - A Day in the Life of Asian Students: How Bi-Culturalism Shapes Their World

Facilitators: Cynthia Tang, June Im, Yuiko Shimazu, Shwuling Jane 

Have you ever wondered how to more effectively reach out to your Asian and Asian-American students and families? Bi-culturalism is a growing reality of a greater percentage of our student population. Gain an awareness of the educational and social contexts of your Asian and Asian-American students, and the experiences they bring. Learn how to consider cultural context to better integrate these populations of students into your classroom, and to support them and their families.  

These sessions will be held in the Independent Digital Learning Center, formerly known as the Science Lecture Hall. 
 
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B140 - Performing Change: Using Choreography to Explore Issues of Race and Privilege

Facilitator: Mary Gretchen Segars

This workshop will use choreography to facilitate personal reflection and group discussion about privilege. The workshop references Peggy McIntosh's work, "Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack," and Omi and Winnant's "The Wages of Whiteness." You do not need to have experience in movement or dance to fully participate in the process! You just need to have a willingness to take a risk and explore current issues using your creativity.


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C610 - Talking about Race with K-2 Children

Facilitators: Mary Antón, Bianca Perdiz, Haley Schlect, Beth Glick

In this workshop we will discuss our current work at Bowman creating and implementing a Dismantling Racism curriculum and have discussions about ways to enter into conversation with young children about race, racism, power and oppression.


   
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AIDLC - What We've Learned: Supporting Transgender Students

Facilitator:  Matthew Willis

A panel of K-12 teachers and school counselors will discuss their experiences working with transgender and gender-expansive students, and their classmates. Participants will learn about resources and explore ways that will contribute to school environments where students feel supported and ready to learn each day.

This session will be held in the Independent Digital Learning Center, formerly known as the Science Lecture Hall. 
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Social/Emotional/Behavioral/Character Education   

B200 - "BullyProof" Your Classroom

Facilitator: Heather O'Rourke

Do you lose instruction time addressing bullying complaints? If so, participate in this K-5 workshop to learn strategies for building a cohesive classroom free from bullying. Participants will learn how to spot bullying in their classroom, when best to intervene in conflicts and bullying, how to empower students to resolve conflicts peacefully, and how to use neutral students to mediate classroom conflicts. Participants will learn cooperative brain breaks that will encourage students to work together to build a bully-free classroom.


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A244, B244 - #MakeHappyHappen @ LHS

Facilitator: John Murray

This offering is a brainstorming session for faculty and staff to talk about ways that we can continue to #MakeHappyHappen @ LHS. We will identify what efforts have been working well along with ways that we can use I Block to incorporate some positivity and happiness into the culture of LHS.


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C239 - Brains and Behavior: How to Use One to Influence the Other

Facilitators:  Elliott Gimble, Julie Fenn, Reggie Hobbs

Back by popular demand! Have you ever wondered how the adolescent brains in your classroom are primed for learning but also for risky behaviors?  As faculty and staff, we have the power to improve student knowledge and skills and to influence student social and emotional well-being. Come learn and discuss the basic biology behind pre-teen and teenage brain development and inform your practice with ways that your school community can address the cultural messages around substance use, especially marijuana.  All grade levels welcome; will include an invited panel of students and time for Q and A.


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C240 - Deepen Social/Emotional Learning Through an Exploration of the 7 Habits of Happy Kids

Facilitator: Kelly Hurley, Kristine Wiltz

The 7 Habits of Happy Kids based on the work of Sean Covey introduces children to the concept of living according to principles such as responsibility, respect, and balance. At Hastings, this work has grown organically across the grades as special educators and classroom teachers have partnered in leading lessons that promote mindfulness, empathy, and resilience in children and adults! The common language is powerful in terms of promoting community and student leadership.


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A230 - Empowering Students in Schools

Facilitator: Laura Sheppard-Brick

From kindergarten through college, empowering students to create positive change can improve their academic performance, emotional health, and future success. In this structured group discussion, we will review some of the relevant literature, share strategies we use with our own students, and brainstorm new ways to put students in charge of their own school lives. This session is appropriate for all educators.


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A240, B240 -  Get in the Zone: Strategies for Self Regulation

Facilitators: Susan Grubbs, Karen Grabowski, Beth Estrella, Kristine Wiltz, Emily Coker, Susan Campbell

This hands-on session targeted at the elementary level introduces teachers to strategies for self-regulation adapted from the Zones of Regulation. Participants will leave the session with lesson plans and visuals they have created to meet the unique needs of their students. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops.


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C232 - How to Engage Students Through A Growth Mindset

Facilitators: Laurie Barnhart,  Erin Affronti, Elizabeth Thompson

Why aren’t WE always in a growth mindset? Why does mindset matter? How do we impart a growth mindset upon our students? Come discover the answers to these questions and learn about helpful resources we experienced at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Conference in Atlanta, GA. These small, simple changes can create a huge impact not only for your teaching practice but also for your students. 


  
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A149 - Interactive Modeling and Positive Teacher Language

Facilitator: Gail Lunetta

Learn the powerful proactive strategy of Interactive Modeling to equip students for success for the routines and procedures they need to know. Link the understanding of the characteristics of positive Teacher Language and the two types of proactive language to Interactive Modeling. You will leave with a modeling plan in hand to assist you in the work you do. This session is aimed at IAs, SSPs, and teachers who have not had any Responsive Classroom training.


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C149 - Role Play

Facilitator: Gail Lunetta

Learn this powerful proactive strategy that helps students develop a repertoire of positive responses to bring the classroom rules to life. This strategy can be used for dilemmas that can come up frequently in the classroom. Discussion will touch on keys for success with role play as well as the opportunity to begin some planning around this strategy. This session is aimed at teachers who have not taken Responsive Classroom 2, and is also applicable to IAs and SSPs.


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B149 - Structures that Support Learning

Facilitator: Gail Lunetta

Focus will be on four Structures that support learning: Quiet Time, Closing Circles, Energizers and Interactive Learning Structures. Participants will come away with knowledge of the important points and examples of each to use in their roles/settings. This session is geared towards IAs, SSPs, and teachers who want to refresh their practices.


 
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C227 - Teaching Young Children to Self-Regulate

Facilitators: Elizabeth Billings-Fouhy, Kerry Wang, Margaret Seymourian, Mandy Wilds, Karen Aggouras, Cara Stringer-Proulx

It's never to early to start teaching self-regulation skills! Come learn more about the early childhood curriculum that provides direct instruction regarding the development of executive function skills in young children. We will be demonstrating and discussing curricular components that include Buddy Reading, Graphics Practice, Making Collections and Play Planning. Come join the fun!


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C230 - Trauma and Learning in the Classroom

Facilitator: Jo Hannah Katz

More than 25% of American youth experience a traumatic event by the time they are 16 years old. Increasingly, the research is showing evidence of the impact of trauma on learning. Trauma can affect learning, behavior and relationships in school. This in turn can affect academic performance, especially concentration and attention, and the development of relationships. This presentation will introduce the the effects of trauma on the brain, the impact of trauma on learning, and offer some strategies for working with students and becoming a more trauma-sensitive teacher.



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Special Education   

B167 - Autism in the Classroom

Facilitators: Amy Tsiros-Domow, Laurie Foster, Kelly Hurley, Emily Sheridan

Feeling challenged in your classroom? We will explore the nature of autism through video media, discussion and hands-on activities. Participants will learn about the major deficit areas often associated with autism and come away with strategies to use within their classrooms.


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C229 - Autism Spectrum Disorder and Beyond: Improving Motor Skills, Function and Participation in Community Activities

Facilitators: Julie Goff, Carissa Parrish

In this workshop, you will learn about the motor challenges children with Autism Spectrum Disorder experience as well as the research behind how to improve motor skills in this population. Community resources for children with a variety of diagnoses will be discussed. An overview of the benefits of therapeutic horse back riding and how to help our students access this in the community will be one focus of this session.


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B226, C226 - Dyslexia Demystified

Facilitators: Kristen Grant, Amanda Lemieux

Dyslexia Demystified: Workshop will discuss the facts and current research associated Dyslexia. Topics include an overview of the Alphabetic principle, manifestations of the disability, diagnostic profile, practical classroom strategies, and suggested resources for further study. The course is best suited for individuals with limited exposure to the effects of dyslexia on a student's education.


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C167 - Your Role in Section 504

Facilitator:  Valerie Viscosi

This session will provide a basic overview of Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act with an emphasis on your role and responsibilities as an educator in participating in the eligibility process, and ensuring the implementation of Section 504 plans.  Bring your questions and concerns for our discussion portion of the session.

 
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 STEM   

A227 - A Visual Tool for Solving Word Problems

Facilitators: Rebecca DeSantis, Megan Arseneau, Jean Kelly

Some of the world’s top mathematicians engage almost entirely with visual mathematics. Come learn about a visual problem-solving tool that helps students solve all types of word problems. By the end of our session, you will have a tool to take back to your classroom and begin implementing right away!


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B179 - Establishing Engaging Problem-Solving Practices in the Early Childhood Classroom

Facilitators:  Linda Menkis, Alicia D'Abreu, Bianca Perdiz

Learn how we developed a structure in Math Workshop for EVERY child to engage in rich problem solving. Learn what expectations to set, what problems to use and how to manage time to allow every child to develop the mathematical practices of perseverance, attending to precision, representing math problems and explaining their thinking.

 
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C233 - Everyone Can Be a Math Person

Facilitators: Diane Corbett, Erin Shanley

This workshop will use an activity called “Which One Doesn’t Belong” in order to help promote students’ mathematical discourse. These thought-provoking puzzles are fun for both teachers and students and will promote flexibility in thinking, mathematical vocabulary, and will help students to break the mold of finding the “right” answer. Teachers will also have the opportunity to create their own "Which One Doesn't Belong" puzzle to incorporate in their classroom.


 
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B225 - Fun, Engaging Math for Everyone: Exploring Low Floor High Ceiling Tasks

Facilitators: Molly Rawding, Kristen Gobiel, Meredith Belletti, Chris Wai

Come have fun with some rich math tasks that are engaging for all students! We'll explore Low Floor, High Ceiling tasks and the benefit of engaging, fun tasks with multiple entry points where the math can be taken to different places! Together, we'll do and reflect upon math that combines: curiosity, connection-making, challenge, creativity, and collaboration!

 
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C244 - Launch The Learning K-5 Mathematics

Facilitators: Sarah Majors, Megan Arseneau

Hmmm… What is this new “Launch the Learning” thing in Atlas? Get your students to experience life as a mathematician, observing and wondering about their world through a rich low floor, high ceiling task. “I care about math's power to puzzle a person and then help that person unpuzzle herself.” --Dan Meyer In this workshop, you will learn the purpose of the new Launch the Learning tasks, experience one, and leave with a plan to use in your classroom.


 
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A169 - Math Talks and Routines in Middle School Mathematics

Facilitators: Nataliya Paquette, Sonja Kuokkanen, Melissa Eastwood, Donna Sorila 

Number talks help students build mental math and computation strategies. Number talks engage students in “mental math” through grappling with interesting mathematics problems. Educators can use number talks regularly as introductions to the day’s mathematical practice, as “warm ups” for other lessons, or as stand-alone extended engagements with mathematical concepts.


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B820, C820 - Statistics of Sampling

Facilitator: Walter Richardson

Instructor will lead participants through a few activities to demonstrate the inherent level of bias in various sampling methods. The class will discuss various other types of bias including the recognition of bias in common sampling strategies. Discussions and activities will include analysis of a variety of polling and information collection methods currently in use. Participants will be encouraged to investigate claims about the current nature of the populous arrived at by various media outlets.


 
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B220 - Tarala Becomes a Bee, an Authentic Story of Science and Engineering Integration K-5

Facilitators: Karen McCarthy, Lori Verity

Participants will learn how to connect classroom experiences with the real world through authentic science and technology integration. We will use our recent LEF sponsored EarthWatch Expedition to India as a model of how we can bring the experiences and skills of scientists and engineers to life for K-5 students. Participants will engage in the science practices and get a sneak peak into the newly adopted MA Framework for Science and Technology/ Engineering. We will explore ways to get students involved in citizen science with rich opportunities to apply learning to the world around them.


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A179 - The Power of Yet - Productive Struggle in Math Using the Tinker Chart

Facilitators: Linda Menkis, Amy Burk

I don't have it - YET! This workshop focuses on developing a tool to use to promote productive struggle in math problem solving. Together participants will engage in solving a math problem and recording their process in the form of a 'Tinker Chart'. This tool can be used in classrooms to support students in knowing what to do when they get stuck and learn the Power of Yet!


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A220 - Uncovering Student Ideas in Science Through Formative Assessment Probes and Rich Science Talk, K-5

Facilitators: Karen McCarthy, Rachael Quebec, Kirsten Sweet  

Student misunderstandings can present a challenge in the science classroom, especially when the thinking is not made visible. Using a sample Science Probe by Page Keeley, we will share one strategy to engage students in science inquiry and quickly assess student thinking. Participants will experience a live Science Talk to emphasize the importance of open ended questions that lead to rich, student-to-student discourse and the need for further evidence gathering. Engage in the science practices and get a sneak peak into the newly adopted MA Framework for Science and Technology/Engineering.


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Strategies for English Language Learners
   

C221 - Academic Conversations in Practice

Facilitators: Catherine Murphy,  Kari Owen, Kristen Gobiel, Kristen Shanahan, Carolyn Hine, Paola Dorfman, John Chamberlain, Katie Gerlich, Laura Davidian

Have you heard about academic conversations but want to learn more? Come see what supports LPS teachers have created and learn about their experiences so far. You will leave the workshop with at least one resource that you can use with your students in class the next day.

 
 
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A221 - ELL Peer Leadership Project

Facilitators: Chris Wai, Lisah Rhodes, Catherine Murphy, Carolyn Hine 

Fiske Elementary would like to share its roll out of its ELL Peer Leadership Project. This project paired Fiske staff mentors with newcomer ELLs in order to lower their effective filter and create a sense of community while enhancing their academic vocabulary in English. In the spirit of collaboration and sharing ideas across schools, we invite you to see how Fiske started this project and how it's evolved. We welcome anyone who would like to participate and share your thoughts to build upon the project we have already laid the groundwork for with the generous help of the LEF.


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B166 - SEI Strategies for PK-5 Newcomers

Facilitators: Marilyn Friedman, Annie Roche, Lauren Wehrli, Deirdre Schadler

This workshop will provide SEI strategies to assist PK-5 classroom teachers with students who are limited English proficient. Topics we will explore include retelling strategies, iPad Apps, revised writing units with illustrated checklists and sentence frames, as well as prompts to provide support for students during their classroom writing, and oral sequencing.


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B221 - SEI Think Tank: Life after RETELL 2016

Facilitator: Catherine Murphy, Kristen Shanahan

Do you have ELL in your class and need help with strategies to support them? Do you have ideas on what teachers need for support to ensure equity in education for our ELLs? In this discussion group, we will use the QFT format to narrow down our needs as a district for professional development in the area of Sheltered English Immersion strategies. All K-12 administrators and teachers encouraged to attend, RETELL course is not a prerequisite. You will walk away with a strategy to teach inquiry based learning with your students, and you will assist the district in planning effective PD in the future.


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Technology Integration   

 

C173 - Be Classy! (Google Classroom That Is!)

Facilitators: Thomas Martellone, Lisah Rhodes

Come learn about Google Classroom, a tool included in our suite of tools, and see how you could use it in your classroom! This tool can be used for assignments, quizzes, discussion, etc.



 
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C176 - Building a Student Showcase with a Creative Commons License

Facilitator: Eileen McMahon

The creative commons copyright (cc) license is a digital copyright license used to publish original materials like photographs, drawings, and written papers. It can be used to create a digital showcase of student work spanning multiple school years. This workshop will introduce you to the creative commons license, and show how you and your students can use it to crate a digital porfolio, use or remix others' work with permissions, and more. As more and more of our students' products end up online, the creative commons license is a way to help our students establish ownership and sharing expectations for their work.

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A178, B178 - Fabulous Online Resources at your Fingertips! K-12

Facilitators: Jennifer Kuhn, Laura Kopinski, Lynnette Allen, Brenda Rich

Come explore some of LPS's newer online tools to help in your teaching. TeachingBooks.net: an on-line collection of resources to support books you use in your curriculum. Includes author interviews, video clips, lesson plans and much more....., Safari Montage: a video library with capabilities to save playlists and crop videos for your use. And Flipster: online magazines for you and your students, that can be used at school or from home. We'll introduce you to these fabulous resources and give you time to explore. Bring your laptop if you can and some ideas for units or projects you would like to investigate.


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A184, B184 - Google Forms as an Instructional Tool

Facilitator: Stephanie Hoban

Google Forms is an essential part of the Google Apps for Education toolkit. With it, teachers can create pre- and post -assessments, exit tickets and even quizzes that automatically grade student work. Teachers can drop in videos and ask guiding questions to ensure student understanding. And finally, even mundane tasks, such as collecting book numbers or lunch counts become easier with Google Forms. This course will be a beginners course designed for those who are mostly unfamiliar with Google Forms.


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A235, B235 - Google Maps-imize your Oral History Project

Facilitators:  Julie Kuo, Matt Gardner

This hands-on session will show participants how to use Google Form, Google Sheets and Google Maps to create a digital visual representation of your students' oral history projects. The high school U.S. history PLC started doing this last year. Learn how to do it and how it can help your students analyze oral history data.  While we will be focusing on oral history, the session can be helpful for teachers of geography and other social studies disciplines in grades 6-12. 

Please make sure to bring your laptop (preferred over iPads).


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B173 - How to Run a Blog

Facilitators: Christopher Bruff, Melinda Loof, Lisah Rhodes

We will demonstrate how to use a blog as a collaborative tool that extends and expands student learning. By using social media blogging, you can inform parents and students of learning in the classroom. Blogging provides an opportunity for students to use diverse skills. During the session there will be examples of student blogging, teacher collaboration and an opportunity for teachers to interact with blogging. We will also give examples of connecting blogging with the curriculum.


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C235 - Introduction to GIS: Geospatial Analysis for Everyone

Facilitator: Sarah Cammer

Learn how to use geographic information system (GIS) technology to engage students in spatial analysis for your next interdisciplinary project based learning (PBL) activity or classroom activity! Researchers use GIS to make maps, analyze data, and decide on best solutions. GIS in the classroom allows us to study climate change impacts, plot and understand weather data, explore history and human geography, design cities, map contaminants or invasive species, plan ecological growth models and numerous other activities. This session will introduce you to the capabilities of ESRI's ArcGIS online platform (free to K12 educators) and provide 15-minute GIS inquiries that can be conducted in the classroom, allowing educators to immediately map and analyze geospatial data with students. (This is a hands on session. Participants should be familiar with their device prior to attending the workshop. ArcGIS online works with any device that has internet access. I prefer using it with a laptop.)



 
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C178 - Learning with LibGuides: Simplify your Search for Resources

Facilitator: Harriet Wallen, Sarah Anderson

Learn about our new favorite online tool. See how with your input, your librarian can create online research guides specific to your classroom needs that bring library resources of all kinds to you and your students 24/7. Guides can be created for a single project, an entire unit, or ongoing needs. Come to this workshop for a hands-on trial of guides that are currently in use throughout the district.


 
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A703, B703 - Lego Robotics for Newbies
Facilitators: Jennifer Burgin, Erik Murray, Lorraine Grosslight

This offering is for adults who are unfamiliar with robotics and would like to try out what many students are using. You'll get hands-on with a Lego EV3 set, which is being used in some of our elementary and middle school classrooms. One session isn't enough time to learn, build, and program anything very complicated, so we'll have some robots and programs that you can modify.

 

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C184 - Let's Get Tech Kickoff!

Facilitators:  John Murray and Stephanie Hoban

Demand for access to technology is at an all-time high at LHS. This session is intended to be a kickoff to a larger school and community conversation about ensuring equitable access to technology at LHS in the next few years . 1:1 iPad program? 1:1 Chromebook program? Cart model? Bring Your Own Device? We'll discuss the pros and cons of each of these options. Clark and Diamond teachers are welcome to come and share their experience thus far.

 
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A182 - Making Google Forms work for you!

Facilitator: Joan Strodel

Come learn innovative ways to collect student data using Google Forms. Participants will learn ways to create and individualize google forms for data collection, formative assessments, creating rubrics, inserting images/movies for strategy review, and using Google Add-ons. Some familiarity with Google Forms is helpful but not necessary.

 
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C234 - Online Learning for Credit Recovery at LHS!

Facilitaror: Kate Hermon

Come join us to learn a bit about Edgenuity, an online learning platform we are using at LHS to support students in need of recovering credits. We will use the time to familiarize the group with Edgenuity, to review how Edgenuity is currently being used at the high school, and to brainstorm other ways in which we may want to use it at the secondary level. Built into this dialogue will be time to discuss the the pros and cons of online learning as we are thinking about its place here in Lexington Public Schools.
 
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C247 - Story Telling Utilizing Prezi with Voiceover

Facilitator: Tammy Darling

Join us for a hands-on session to create a Prezi Presentation
with voice over. Participants will be invited to create a lesson to share with students in class or as a flipped lesson. Participants will also learn how to develop your student's professional presentation and collaborative skills through co-creation of concise and timely Prezi presentations. Prezi presentations are completely adaptable to all content areas and grade levels!
 
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A173 - You're a Blogger: Yes, You Are!

Facilitator: Thomas Martellone

Have you thought about blogging? Been stuck, or not sure what to write? Not sure where to post your writing? If you can jot down a note on a Post It, you can blog! Come to this spark session and find out how to get started, learn about templates, content, and how you can share your thoughts with the world!

This session is intended to showcase, inspire, and inform. I will offer follow up sessions at my school after LLT for educators wanting to develop blogs.

 
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Using Technology   
C180 - Aspen: Power Skills!

Facilitator: Bayard Klimasmith

It's time to take your Aspen skills to the next level! This workshop will help you improve your ability to use Aspen, our student information system. Participants will learn how to create queries, snapshops, and quick reports, including how to export to Excel. We will also cover how to design new filters and field sets. And participants will also learn how to email parents and teachers directly from Aspen. Prior to the workshop, the facilitator will send participants a survey to make sure you are learning what you want to learn.

Bring a laptop; this is a hands-on workshop.

 
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B177 - Building a Website with Weebly

Facilitators: Angela Carpenter, Jessica Billings White

As the district approaches the end of the "Teacher Web Era," it may be time to start thinking about a website overhaul. Designed for the absolute novice, this course will help you navigate Weebly, a free and user-friendly domain that offers everything an educator could want in an effective website. After a brief demonstration of the process and a showcase of Weebly's many features, this hands-on session will will allow participants the opportunity to begin building a site of their own with the support of the facilitators.

 

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C181 - Classkick

Facilitators: Anne Witti, Erin Moll, Kelly Manor, Mary Flaherty    

We will be discussing how we incorporate the app Classkick into our classroom routine. We are using classkick for our weekly homework assignments. Classkick gives real time feedback to the students. We will demonstrate how to use the app; how to get class codes; upload assignments; correct students' work and allow students to help each other.

Participants will need to bring a laptop.

 
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C403 - Collecting Data Using Datalink Software

Facilitators: Jeanette Urquhart, Katelyn Riley 

The datalink software is a valuable data collection tool. In this workshop we will demonstrate how the datalink software allows teachers to collect data that can be analyzed to inform our instruction, areas of weakness and strengths for both teaching and learning. It also can provide students with standards proficiency to improve understanding and encourage directed growth.

Participants should make sure to have Datalink and Learning Objectives Editor on their laptops.
 
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C183 - Evernote Note Taking Workshop

Facilitators: Vanessa Wilson, Jillian Zani

Taking notes just got easier with Evernote! Access your notes from any computer, and always have them on hand. No longer will you have to dig through piles and piles of notes for each kid. Have all your notes in one place for conference time, IEPs, Data Team meetings, etc. Each student has their own folder, with subfolders attached (math, ELA, Prosocial, etc.)

Bring a laptop, class list, and notes you want to enter.

 
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B215 - Excel Formulas, Formatting, Tips & Tricks
 
Facilitator: Martha Sybert
 
This session is being offered to learn Excel formulas and functions to help improve efficiency.  topics will include helpful Excel formulas, Excel formatting, and miscellaneous tips and tricks.
 
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C175 - Google Calendar for Organizing School or Home

Facilitator: Rina Farber-Mazor

In this session, we will focus on Google Calendar as a tool to organize your life - at school or at home! Aimed at beginner and intermediate users, we will learn to work first with individual calendars: create events, make recurring schedules, color-code specific kinds of events, invite people to meetings, etc. We will also learn about sharing events or whole calendars, making different calendars for different parts of our lives, plus using calendar-sharing to schedule with our friends, families, and colleagues.

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A175 - Google Drive How-Tos and Tricks 101: Beginners Welcome

Facilitator: Jaime Smith

Google Docs...Google Drive….Google what?? Do you consider yourself a Google drive beginner, skeptic, or newbie or wish you knew more? Join us and learn the basics to get you started and feel more comfortable working in this platform! In this hands-on session, participants will get a step-by-step tutorial on how to access your Google account and create different projects in Google Drive (a basic worksheet, a slideshow, a survey, etc.) with commonly used terms and time to explore on your own projects. Those who would like to join us for this session should come prepared with: your working LPS username and password (*please note that I am not an employee of the LPS tech department and will not be able to help you access or reset your password or wireless network), a project or idea you’ve been considering doing in Google Drive, and your LPS laptop.
 
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A180 - Gradebook in Aspen

Facilitators: Sarah Robson, Michael Reault

Whether you are a new or an experienced Aspen user, this class has information for all teachers using gradebook. Aspen has recently upgraded the software to a new look. We’d like to show you some tips and tricks for assignments and grade input. This will be a hands-on session for Middle School and High School classroom teachers
 
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A155, B155 - Intro to Photoshop

Facilitators:  Mary Pappas, Brittney Carbone

Intro to Photoshop will teach both classroom teachers and administrators how to utilize the most essential functions of Adobe Photoshop to create a finished, multi-layered piece. Participants will learn to search the internet for appropriately sized imagery, save the images, import the images into Photoshop and then edit the images with various Photoshop tools. Participants will also be instructed how to use adjustment layers and add text to their pieces. By the end of the class session, participants will create a collaged piece that demonstrates a clear focus and contains a cohesive theme.
 
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B183 - iPad Presentation Tools

Facilitator: Howard Wolke

If you or your students want to create presentations on iPads, there are a lot of options out there. This is going to be an app showcase to highlight some of the great ways to create presentations of all varieties on the iPad. We are going to be fast, furious, and focused as we go through the different apps so hang on tight! If participants have access to an iPad, please bring it to the session.

 
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A183 - iPad Tips and Tricks

Facilitator: Howard Wolke

Are you brand new to an iPad? Have you had one for a few years but you really only use it to binge-watch on Netflix (it's ok if you do...)? Are you unclear as to the difference between a pinch, a flick, and a swipe? This session on iPad Tips and Tricks will show you a few little things about the iPad that are useful to know and some easy ways to use them in class.  If participants have access to an iPad, please bring it to the session.
 
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C177 - Padlet - an Easy, Innovative Online Tool

Facilitator: Dani Turner

Looking for a new and simple way to use technology? Come learn how to make a Padlet page! On Padlet, you can collect resources to share with your colleagues, students or even parents. Best part is, they are free and extremely easy to create and share. This hands-on session will allow participants to see different examples of Padlet pages, and create their own page in a collaborative environment. Partcipants will leave with a hardcopy step-by-step guide to creating a Padlet page for future reference.

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A181 - Paperless Classroom: Using Notability, Google Classroom, and Google Drive with iPads

Facilitators: Paul Owens, Elizabeth Denham, Josh Frost

This will be a beginner level workshop to show those new to using 1:1 iPads in their classes how to integrate use of the Notability, Google Classroom, and Google Drive apps in order to create a paperless classroom. We will show you how to distribute assignments to your students, have them edit those documents, and how to collect their work, grade it, and return it all without ever using a single piece of paper.

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A186, B186 - SMART Notebook - Next Steps and Quick Games

Facilitator: Ann Kim Tenhor

In this session, we will look deeper at SMART Notebook, including the new games available in Activity Builder. We will also look closer at the tools in the Gallery and SMART Exchange and ways to integrate your ELMO. We will finish with colleagues sharing ways that they are using or hope to use their SMART Board in the classroom.

 
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A223 - What's New in Clicker 7

Facilitator: Rachel Kuberry

This session is designed for teachers who are familiar with Clicker 6 and want to learn about the new features in Clicker 7. Some of these features include integrated graphic organizers, voice notes, improved word prediction, and new options for word banks. In order to fully participate in this session, you should have the full or trial version of Clicker 7 installed on your laptop computer.

 
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Wellness   
SESSION FULL 
 
AGYM, CGYM - Badminton Basics

Facilitators: Mandy Ciarletta, Frank Pagliuca, Vic Cuzzupe, Steve Solly, Jason Rajotte

Want to learn or improve your badminton skills and have some fun at the same time? The LHS Physical Education staff is presenting a Badminton Basics workshop which will cover the fundamental skills and rules of the sport in a fun activity-based setting. Participants will have the opportunity to experience how the PE faculty regularly uses the "real-time" formative assessment model to give individualized feedback to students.

Important: For the workshop, plan on wearing sweats and sneakers and be prepared to have some fun!
 
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BFitness Center - CPR for Family and Friends

Facilitators: Eamonn Sheehan, Jane Bergin

CPR for Family and Friends - a skills based non-certification CPR/AED course for those who wish to acquire the basic first-responder skills in a cardiac arrest event.

 
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CFitness Center - CPR Recertification for School Nurses

Facilitators: Jill Gasperini, Claire O'Connell, Barbara Schuster

The course will use the American Heart Association's Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers training module for CPR Recertification. Participants must provide evidence of a passing score on the AHA eLearning written exam. Other skills to be reviewed include Narcan administration and Diastat administration. Due to instructor ratio requirements, only school nurses may register for this course.
 
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A233 - Creating Balance for Ourselves and Our Students: Exploring Strategies Across the Lifespan

Facilitators: Beth Glick, Caroline Uzenski, Efe Igho-Osagie

This workshop will offer a two tiered approach. The first tier will focus on supporting staff in thinking about strategies they can use to create balance in their professional lives. The second tier will talk about signs of anxiety that can be seen in students and ways to support students who may exhibit signs of anxiety in the classroom.

 
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A239 - Managing Concussions in a School Setting

Facilitator: Susan Kaftan

It is estimated that more than 2 million children and teens in the United States suffer a concussion every year. In Lexington more than 130 students were diagnosed with a concussion last year. Having a concussion can affect a student's ability to learn. This presentation will focus on understanding what concussion is, how it's treated, and its impact on learning. The LPS concussion protocol, which was recently implemented to address this issue, will be discussed.


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A339, B339, C339 - Mindfulness for Educators - How to Take Care of Ourselves So We Can Take Care of Others

Facilitator:  Mel Buttaro

Come enjoy a session where we learn how to better take care of ourselves (and each other), so we are present, in the moment, and feel optimistic to face whatever comes our way. This session will feature mindfulness work including meditation, gentle stretching yoga, and essential oils. This workshop is a repeat of previous Lexington Learns and Better Beginnings sessions, so previous participants (or anticipated Better Beginnings students) should select a different course offering. This class will be taught "on the floor," so please dress comfortably.

This workshop is a repeat of last year's session, so previous participants should select a different offering.


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C225 - Mindfulness in the Classroom

Facilitator: Amy Timmins

This workshop delves into the benefits of practicing mindfulness. In this workshop, the presenter will also share ideas, resources, and best practices for incorporating mindfulness in your life and classroom setting.



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B175 - Mindfulness Practice and Basics

Facilitator:  Lysa Pirone

Learn the fundamentals of mindfulness, some basic theory and easy techniques for you and your students to practice.

 
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A140 - Yoga Tune-Up: Tune up and Roll Out

Facilitator: Pat Donaher

Give yourself a massage! Yoga Tune-Up is a movement and therapy system that helps everyone live better in their bodies. In this workshop we'll use specially designed therapy balls to ease pain, improve mobility and manage stress. Balls will be provided.


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