Lexington Learns Together Registration

  • NEW This Year: Look for the Human Resources Information Fair in the hallway outside of the auditorium during lunch!
    You will be able to chat with vendors and browse information related to LPS employee benefits from 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm. 
  • Cultural Proficiency
    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    A Day in the Life of Asian Students: How Bi-Culturalism Shapes Their World

    Room number: BLibrary

    Facilitator(s): Yuiko Shimazu, June Im  

    Better connect with 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.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Beginning Cultural Perspectives Work in Our Schools

    Room number: C627

    Facilitator(s): Kim Rogerson, Katie Hart, Kerrie Donnelly, Stephanie Kelly 

    Are you interested in beginning the challenging, but important work to build understanding of cultural perspectives? Come join us to hear about how a number of colleagues at Harrington are working together to begin the work with our school. We will share plans developed over the summer (including meeting outlines, discussion points, articles, activities, videos, and other resources) and look to hear more ideas from others as well.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Building Understanding & Awareness of Differences

    Room number: B627

    Facilitator(s): Kim Rogerson, Sarah Horowicz, Erin Sweet, Jennifer Litchfield 

    Are you seeing a need to develop students' understanding and awareness of differences (visible, invisible, learning, cultural, or physical)? We did, and developed a website and curriculum to help Build Understanding & Awareness of Differences! Bring your laptops so that in addition to hearing more you will have the opportunity to explore the lessons targeting grades K-2 (with even more kindergarten specific lessons) and 3-5. Plenty of time will be offered for exploration and discussion.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Cross-Cultural Communication and Connection

    Room number: A181

    Facilitator(s): Claudia Vanegas, Jeremie Bateman  

    Gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and benefits of cross-cultural communication with immersive, experiential activities. Together we'll draw parallels to our practice and have time to collaborate. We are hoping our group activities will lead all participants and facilitators to have an open discussion about our experiences with students and to learn from this process how to better connect with staff and students with cultural backgrounds different from our own.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Cultural Competency in the Classroom: Don’t Believe Everything You Think!

    Room number: ALibrary

    Facilitator(s): Yuiko Shimazu, Jo Hannah Katz, Deirdre Schadler, Debbie Side, Jon Cunha 

    Have you ever felt that your students didn’t “get it”? Don’t believe everything you think….it may be a matter of cultural competency. Learn about the impact of cultural differences on how students learn. In working with students, learn how to better understand the role of culture and how it plays out in your classroom. We will explore how our beliefs impact the way we think about and work with students.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Let's Talk - Between the World and Me
    Session Full
    Room number: B624

    Facilitator(s): Cheryl Crowder, Katie O'Hare Gibson  

    This session will engage teachers in a discussion of Ta-Nehisi Coates' #1 NY Times Best Seller Between the World and Me. This book has been described as “Powerful and passionate...profoundly moving...a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today.” —Michiko Kakutani, NY Times. We will talk about what implications his framework for understanding racial history and current events has for us as educators.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    LexTalk about Culture!
    Session Full
    Room number: C240

    Facilitator(s): Catherine Murphy, Lonamae Shand  

    Sit back and enjoy a fascinating TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Following the film we will discuss our own understanding of culturally responsive teaching and how that impacts the students we teach. The popcorn is on us!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    LGBTQA+/GSA Student Panel
    Session Full
    Room number: CLibrary

    Facilitator(s): Alethea Roy Rachel Jayson  

    LHS students will discuss their experiences as LGBTQA+ students and allies.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    The Time is NOW: Getting Started in Equity Work

    Room number: C612

    Facilitator(s): Mary Antón, Beth Glick, Efe Igho-osagie 

    In this workshop, we will use the RIDES (Reimagining Integration for Diverse and Equitable Schools) rubric for looking at the overlapping areas of equity work in schools. Individually we will map out where our PLC, department, grade level or school is currently in the work and in small groups we will consider our possible next steps to get started or continue our journey. Resources will be provided to help you along the way. "The longest journey starts with a single step" Lao-tzu
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    Differentiated Instruction
    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    ALMOST Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Out-of-District Placement

    Room number: A235, B235

    Facilitator(s): Barbara Fortier, Julie Jeffery, Amy Golding 

    This session will provide an overview of the range of intensive therapeutic educational placements outside of the LPS district, the student profiles that may require or have required out-of-district placement, and the pros and cons of outside placement. Bring your questions, opinions, and experiences - we will have a lively discussion!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Background Knowledge of ELLs: Where are the gaps?

    Room number: C231

    Facilitator(s): Robyn Grant  

    In this workshop, we will examine 3 lessons for which we might not consider what background knowledge would necessary for an ELL to participate. Take baseball. What might it mean to be "in the bottom of the ninth"? Participants will be asked to identify possible areas of confusion for ELLs, and we will examine tools for building background knowledge.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Creative Solutions for Struggling Learners

    Room number: A229

    Facilitator(s): Jennifer Altreuter, Special Education Teachers, School Psychologists 

    Are you wondering how to meet your students’ needs? This session is intended for high school teachers to share and generate ideas to support our high school SPED population or struggling learners within an inclusive environment. Bring lessons plans that you have modified to meet the needs of SPED or struggling learners, or bring a lesson plan that you would like help modifying. SPED teachers, school psychologists and learning center staff will be on hand to provide guidance and support.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Effective and Efficient Tiered Supports

    Room number: A618

    Facilitator(s): Jennifer Beaulac, Katie O'Hare Gibson  

    Come learn about creating a building curriculum accommodation plan to effectively support student needs across settings. You will hear about the process that one school used to create their BCAP. You will also have the opportunity to use this tool to develop individualized student action plans/ICAPs along with learning about assessment tools to measure the effectiveness of these tiered intervention plans.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Is it ELL or LD? The Million Dollar Question
    Session Full
    Room number: B240

    Facilitator(s): Carolyn Hine, Catherine Murphy, Deidre Dascoli, Jean Jayne 

    Discerning the difference between a learning disability and a language acquisition issue is complex. There are no easy diagnostics or assessments to give teachers a definitive answer. Two ELL teachers and two SLPs from Fiske Elementary School worked together this summer to tackle this this million dollar question and begin creating a tool to help teachers. Please join us to continue this conversation and give your feedback on the work in progress. The chocolate is on us!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Student Skills 101: How to Incorporate Executive Functioning Skills into Your Classroom

    Room number: A230, B230

    Facilitator(s): Bryan Rotundo, Kerry Richmond, Rachel Bird, Jillian Clark 

    With the recent increase of referrals of students to tier 3 interventions or special education, we felt it necessary to find a way to provide students with the tools needed to succeed in middle school proactively by integrating student skills into the general education classroom. In addition, we want to foster parent involvement in the executive functioning and study skills process. Come take a look at what we are piloting with a 6th grade team at Clarke.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    What is the ILP? Information Session about Students on the Autism Spectrum

    Room number: C186

    Facilitator(s): Katie Dobbins, Ashley Wojtowicz, Kellie Hurlock, Erin Cutting 

    Learn about students who are on the Autism Spectrum and how to best include them into your classroom and the LHS community. This session will involve information about Autism, the Intensive Learning Program (ILP) at the high school, how it can feel to be a student with Autism, how to best include these students in your classroom, and the utilization of instructional aides and the collaborative teaching model. This is a discussion based session; bring your questions!
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    Health and Wellness
    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    5 Minute Mindfulness
    Session Full
    Room number: C220

    Facilitator(s): Dea Haupt  

    Want to bring some relaxation and/or mindfulness techniques to your classroom? Worried about how much time it will take? Learn several quckies to take back to your classroom and leave unbelievably relaxed.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    After Lunch Restorative Yoga
    Session Full
    Room number: C339

    Facilitator(s): Mel Buttaro  

    Restorative Yoga consists of breath work and stretching, primarily in seated or reclining positions, fully supported by blankets, bolsters and other props. The focus of this practice is relaxation, reflection, and rest, leaving participants ready to face the rest of their post-LLT responsibilities and activities.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    ALICE for Administrators

    Room number: C810

    Facilitator(s): Jaffrie Perrotti, Kristina Hankins  

    Ready or not, ALICE is coming to Lexington Public Schools. This workshop, targeted for secondary school administrators, will begin the process of planning ALICE training for faculty, students, and community members. Participants will collaborate with Lexington Police Department Detective / School Resource Officer Kristina Hankins to share previous experiences with ALICE, as well as thoughts and ideas about how best to implement the training.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Badminton Basics
    Session Full
    Room number: AGym, CGym

    Facilitator(s): Amanda Ciarletta  

    Want to learn new skills or improve your badminton skills? The LHS Physical Education staff is presenting a Badminton Basics workshop which will cover the fundamental skills and game rules in a fun activity based setting. Participants will have the opportunity to experience how the PE faculty regularly use the "real-time" formative assessment model to give individualized feedback to students. Plan on wearing sweats and sneakers for the workshop and be prepared to have some fun!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    CPR for Friends and Family
    Session Full
    Room number: BFitness Center

    Facilitator(s): Eamonn Sheehan  

    This course will cover all of the essential skills required to perform first-responder intervention when a cardiac event occurs. Participants will learn the essential hands-on components of Adult,Child and Infant CPR,Choking and AED protocols.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    FREE TUNE UP- Mind Body Mechanics for Dummies
    Session Full
    Room number: C140

    Facilitator(s): Anne Carey  

    Kinesiology meets Mindfulness meets You. Try this new PE course developed with LHS students. We'll try simple range of motion measurements, yoga asanas, and partner work. Bring your rusty parts, dress comfortably, and take time for a tune up.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Get Up to Flow Down
    Session Full
    Room number: AStage, BStage

    Facilitator(s): Samantha Myott  

    This all levels, vinyasa flow yoga class promotes connecting the breath with mindful movements. We will energize the body then cool down with a 10-15 minute meditation. BYOM: Bring Your Own Mat!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Holistic Healing
    Session Full
    Room number: A149, B149

    Facilitator(s): Sandra DiMartino  

    Have you always wondered about holistic healing? This workshop will explore some of the different modalities that fall under the umbrella of holistic healing. We will discuss ways in which they may help with your healing and stress reduction. Bring your questions and an open mind!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Mindfulness & Creativity
    Session Full
    Room number: A209, B209

    Facilitator(s): Erin Patterson, Samantha Lowe  

    This is a hands-on session combining mindfulness, meditation and art. We will practice some light stretching, breathing and focusing activities, so please wear comfortable clothing. We will also use clay as a sensory tool, and you may create a sculpture that can be saved. Join us, and open your mind to new techniques for relaxing and focusing in any classroom!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Mindfulness Basics and Practice
    Session Full
    Room number: B247

    Facilitator(s): Lysa Levi Pirone  

    You will learn a general overview of what mindfulness is, why it can be beneficial, and some basic practice you can do on your own or with your students. This will be a very similar to previous LLT, best for those unfamiliar or with limited understanding of mindfulness.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Mindfulness for Educators
    Session Full
    Room number: B339

    Facilitator(s): Mel Buttaro  

    This interactive session will introduce participants to various components of mindfulness - if we can better take care of ourselves, we can better take care of our students. In addition to a discussion on mindfulness, participants will enjoy a short, gentle yoga practice; a meditation; and an introduction to aromatherapy. This class will be taught "on the floor," so please dress comfortably.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Preventative Taping Techniques for the Active Individual
    Session Full
    Room number: AAthletic Training

    Facilitator(s): Eamonn Sheehan  

    This course will introduce participants to taping techniques used by the LPS Athletic Training staff which are focused on injury prevention and post-injury recovery. Participants will have an opportunity to learn and practice the following: Ankle Taping, Wrist and Finger Taping, Arch Taping, Thumb Taping, and Kenesio Taping - the benefits, uses and differences compared to traditional taping.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Satyananda Yoga Nidra
    Session Full
    Room number: A339

    Facilitator(s): Iris Goldfarb  

    Satyananda Yoga Nidra is a powerful technique in which you learn to relax consciously. The benefits include a more complete rest than sleep, improved mental functioning, improved physical health and clear negative thought patterns. Ideally the practice is done lying on the floor. Sometimes the body temperature can lower, a cover up may be needed. We will do some basic yoga postures with a brief discussion before the Yoga Nidra practice. BYO yoga mat, if desired.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    School Nurses Skills Update

    Room number: CFitness Center

    Facilitator(s): Jill Gasperini  

    The workshop will review skills needed by School Nurses for CPR, Naloxone, Diastat, Glucagon and other emergency situations.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Stress, Self Care, and Strategies for Success as an Educator
    Session Full
    Room number: A220

    Facilitator(s): Beth Glick  

    In this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to learn about how to think about the areas where they feel stressed. They will then hear about self care and strategies for adding more balance to their busy lives as educators. This workshop will be part presentation and part discussion. The focus will be on learning about and sharing best practice for taking care of ourselves while we teach and care for our students.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    The Yoga of 12-Step Recovery for Teens (Y12SR)

    Room number: B610

    Facilitator(s): Julie Fenn, Heather Arrigo  

    Last year the LHS World Language and PE and Wellness departments partnered on a PTO funded initiative providing students dealing with their own addictive behavior or those affected by the addictive behaviors of others a safe place to practice yoga and learn effective strategies for healthy recovery, maintenance and prevention. This workshop will share the philosophy and provide an opportunity to try out the Y12SR yoga practices. BYO mat.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Yoga Tune-Up- Roll out to Live Better
    Session Full
    Room number: A200

    Facilitator(s): Pat Donaher  

    Yoga Tune-Up combines yoga with corrective exercise and massage techniques to help everyone live better in their bodies. In this class we will teach simple massage techniques, using easy props and simple movements, to release tension, ease pain and improve performance. No experience is necessary, and all props are provided.
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    History and Social Studies
    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    I Dream of "Genie"...Genealogy That Is!
    Session Full
    Room number: C177

    Facilitator(s): Thomas Martellone  

    Interested in learning about your family history? Get some beginning tips about researching your roots, using Ancestry.com, see what Ancestry.com DNA looks like, and learn about some online resources. This is an introductory class for people that are interested in genealogy but maybe don't know where to start.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Make It Real: The Power of Primary Sources

    Room number: A232

    Facilitator(s): Alex Kuschel, Maureen Bennett  

    Looking for ways to engage students in social studies? In this workshop you will explore primary sources and learn how to easily incorporate them, getting students to engage, inquire, analyze, and reflect. You will see classroom examples, collaborate with peers to create a lesson ready to try, and leave with examples of primary sources for your grade level. Harness the power of primary sources to encourage deep thinking and promote empathy for people of different times and places.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Narrative for Change

    Room number: A224, B224

    Facilitator(s): Lauren Lamoly  

    Now more than ever, educators need to be involved in our local and state politics. No matter where you live, you can make a difference in your local communities and at a state level by telling your story and garnering support for what matters to you. In this workshop, we'll discuss why educators make strong change-makers, and we'll begin to tell your story of change by focusing on Marshall Ganz's narrative strategy of self, us, and now.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    South Africa's History & Biology: Seeing the Curriculum Come to Life

    Room number: B232, C232

    Facilitator(s): Danielle Paddol, Carolyn Sheild  

    Come join Carolyn Sheild and Danielle Paddol, two middle school teachers, as we revisit our recent trip to South Africa through the lenses of our Science and Social Studies backgrounds. By presenting our pictures and our stories, we hope to open a dialogue about how travel and real world experience can enhance the curriculum we teach. Danielle Paddol's trip was supported by a grant from the Lexington Education Foundation.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    The Impressionists and the Modern Landscape
    Session Full
    Room number: A404, B404

    Facilitator(s): Pia Illarramendi, Brittney Carbone  

    Learn about the French Impressionist painting style and contributions to modern art. Discuss how this group of artists responded to the transformation of Paris in the 1860s and '70s and what "modernity" meant to them. Experience their "plein air" painting style through a hands-on activity with color pastels.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    The Secret History of Scarsdale- researching and writing local civil rights history

    Room number: C167

    Facilitator(s): Thomas Quirk Jr.  

    We will review civil rights stories that occurred in and around Scarsdale, New York during the mid-20th century. I will share primary and secondary sources (legal case files, personal letters, historic newspaper articles and ancestry.com) to demonstrate how I have been able to research and write articles for my website The Secret History of Scarsdale. Civil Rights topics covered include anti-Semitism, racist deed covenants, public school integration, and anti-communist censorship.
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    Humanities
    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    "It Don't Mean A Thing"-The Swingkids: Dance for Social Change

    Room number: B140

    Facilitator(s): Anne Carey  

    The Swingkids of Hamburg, Germany were one of the largest non-violent protests against the Nazis during WWII. Their story of art as a means of social change has all but been forgotten. Learn Swing Dance and the story of these unintentional heroes who started as ordinary kids trying to make sense of a world in turmoil.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    An Approach to Music Literacy in the Choral Classroom

    Room number: C133

    Facilitator(s): Jason Iannuzzi  

    This session is designed to offer district music educators and "music curious" colleagues a window into the tools and techniques used with Lexington HS choruses to address music literacy skills. What elements come together to make a music student "literate"? How can we find time to teach literacy in our music classes and rehearsals? What might a K-12 vision for music literacy in Lexington Public Schools look like?
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Cartooning in the Classroom
    Session Full
    Room number: A212, B212

    Facilitator(s): Cara Bean  

    The goal of this workshop is to encourage educators to become creative with cartooning as a teaching skill. Drawing is an effective way to connect with students from all levels and backgrounds and can make learning accessible and fun. Workshop participants will learn accessible sketching techniques that stimulate free thinking and spark inspiration. Participants will be exposed to the work of educators/artists who use drawing and cartooning as part of their teaching practice.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Choral Sharing

    Room number: B133

    Facilitator(s): Debbie Side  

    Interested in singing through some choral repertoire? Come try this choral sharing session. Bring a song we can sing through, or sightread through some new songs with the group. Some repertoire is provided but you can share something we don't know and we'll give it a go!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Dyed-in-the-Wool Fun
    Session Full
    Room number: B313, C313

    Facilitator(s): Andrew Baker Iris Goldfarb, Dave Walsh 

    Do you have an old, ugly, baggy t-shirt with a stain on it that you got from a team building exercise you did for your old work several years ago? An LEA t-shirt? Do you want to learn how to tie-dye it and make funky fresh patterns? Come to this session. You supply the shirt; we will supply the rest. Time permitting, we will learn about the history of dyes and fabrics, far older and more storied than the American hippies of the 1960's & 70's.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Dynamic Drama!

    Room number: B200

    Facilitator(s): Kate Bromley  

    We will have fun exploring communication through the use of physical, group drama work. Let's build our social awareness by expanding our non-verbal communication skills. No performance experience necessary! Wear comfortable clothes and be ready to move!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Energize your students with Animation
    Session Full
    Room number: B215, C215

    Facilitator(s): Rachel Durocher  

    This workshop will show you how to use basic tools in Adobe Animate to present curricular topics, or have students create their own animations. Animation is a brilliant and innovative way to encourage children to communicate stories, ideas and concepts. Animation can also be a useful tool to engage students in a media heavy world with your own dynamic presentations.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Improv Live!

    Room number: C200

    Facilitator(s): Jillian Singer-Wong, Sandy DiMartino  

    Have you ever wanted to try improvisational theater but haven't taken the leap? Now's your chance! We will play warm up games, create short scenes, and try some spontaneous performance games. We hope you'll leave this session with an idea of what your students do when they take an improv class, with some new found confidence in performing, and maybe even some games and activities to try in your own classroom.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    I've Got Rhythm: Beginner Tap Dance
    Session Full
    Room number: A140

    Facilitator(s): Ryan Casey  

    Whether you grew up watching movie musicals or took dance classes as a kid, now is your turn to learn how to tap dance. Learn some fundamentals of tap technique, develop a basic sense of musicality, discover how tap's history relates to American history, discuss the role of dance in the academic classroom, and experience the joy of percussive movement. NO tap shoes or experience required!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Knitting and Crocheting for Focus and Relaxation
    Session Full
    Room number: B214

    Facilitator(s): Laura Sheppard-Brick, Lindsay Mosca  

    Fiber arts such as knitting and crocheting offer a fun and productive way to focus, relax, problem solve, and express creativity. Beginners, come and learn how to knit or crochet. Experienced knitters and crocheters, come practice teaching adults before you teach your students. Or simply bring your current project to experience the relaxation that fiber crafts can provide.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Photoshop for Newbies to Make Handouts/Posters for Class
    Session Full
    Room number: A155, B155

    Facilitator(s): Sam Aman  

    Many of us rely on programs such as Google Docs or Microsoft Word to create handouts and posters for class. This can prove difficult as those word processing programs don't always provide the ease to make our visions come to life. This course offers the ability to not only learn Photoshop basics, but to contextually apply those skills to create tutorial handouts, class posters, and/or project handouts for your given subject and class. Expand your pedagogy by learning photoshop basics.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Salsa Dancing!
    Session Full
    Room number: CStage

    Facilitator(s): Brian Kay  

    Shift your weight left-right-left, then right-left-right - you just learned the basic step of salsa dancing! Salsa dancing exposes you to a vital and infectious music style, which combines European, African, Caribbean, American, and Muslim influences. You will learn a few simple steps and turns, and we will also touch on the history of salsa music. Enjoy some movement, great music, and entry-level dance instruction in a supportive, non-intimidating environment.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    The String Thing for Dummies
    Session Full
    Room number: A133

    Facilitator(s): Janet Haas, Chris Brainard, Jessica Billings-White 

    Learning to play a stringed instrument is fun and accessible. Join the elementary string team for quick trip through the first 6 weeks of string lessons. The class will end with a rousing performance of "Boil 'Em Cabbage". Shed your inhibitions and enjoy the intricacies of playing a stringed instrument.
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    Language Arts
    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Arguing With Teenagers?!: A Look at Middle School Argumentation

    Room number: C166

    Facilitator(s): Dane Despres, Remy Coombs, Jane Hogan Valerie Franks, Jane Hundley 

    Ever wonder what middle school students should know how to do in their writing by the time they leave? Have you heard about the middle school argumentative writing expectations and terminology shared by ELA, science, and social studies teachers but want to learn more? At this session, you'll take part in a number of activities designed to 1) provide you with ideas and tips for how to engage teens in argumentative thinking, and 2) familiarize you our interdisciplinary argumentative writing work.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Enhancing your Interactive Read Alouds

    Room number: A613

    Facilitator(s): Alaina Peterson, Kelly Cracchiolo  

    Are you looking to enhance your interactive read alouds? In this session, we will explore this critically important part of balanced literacy by taking a closer look at how to add purposeful, assessment driven prompts and facilitate grand conversations that engage your students and take your read aloud to the next level. Bring a new or old favorite book and walk away with a read-aloud planned and ready to go!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Flash: Engaging Students as Writers

    Room number: A177

    Facilitator(s): Alexandra Lonardo  

    Come learn about the wonderful world of flash fiction! We will go over the defining qualities of the genre, look at examples, and then dive in to writing ourselves! In addition to dabbling in our own fiction, participants will experience writing exercises to take right back to the classroom. This workshop will also discuss authentic possibilities for students to publish their work to broader audiences beyond teachers and peers and is appropriate for teachers and novice writers at all levels.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    For the Love of Reading

    Room number: B246, C246

    Facilitator(s): Dani Turner  

    Reading is good for your mind, body and soul yet we don't always make the time for it. We will look at the research on reading for pleasure and discuss the implications for our students in this age of technology and extracurricular activities. You will have time to read for pleasure and debrief with colleagues about your experience. Together, we will brainstorm ways to increase reading for pleasure for your students. Bring your own "Just Right Book" and embrace your love of reading!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Give a Slam! (Writing Slam Poetry)

    Room number: C224

    Facilitator(s): John Chamberlain  

    Did you know we now have a Slam Poetry club at LHS? Slams promote justice and equality, speaking your voice, telling your truth. Slams can be about issues that students connect with, such as animal rights, the environment, being a good neighbor or citizen, questioning social and political movements and events. We will explore slam online and on paper, and then, in small groups, using a simple technique and a shared Doc, assemble and perform our own short slam.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    I was Framed! The Big, Bad (?) and other Fractured Fairy Tales

    Room number: C234

    Facilitator(s): Cara Johnson, Michele Carter  

    Come join us as we take a closer look into the wonderful world of Fractured Fairy Tales! What is a Fractured Fairy Tale? Why it's simply a spin or twist on a traditional tale. You may have heard of the 3 Little Pigs and the Big, Bad Wolf? Well, what if the wolf was really a kind-hearted fellow and it was the pigs that were bad? We will brainstorm fractured tales and show how you can teach these tales to your students, no matter the age!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Kick Back, Dig In, and Read!

    Room number: A169, B169

    Facilitator(s): Maggie Aikenhead, Sean Curran, Len Swanton, Neil Taylor, Chris Bruff, and Julie Selhub 

    Bring the children's novel you've been dying to read or just show up and grab one of our favorites. Bring your reader's notebook with you, too. We'll have loads of time to read; then we'll check out some cool ways to respond to texts and end by writing/sketching entries in our notebooks. You'll leave with another novel in your repertoire of texts and new ways to liven up responses to reading while encouraging deeper thinking! This session is geared for teachers in grades 4-6.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Making Phonics Fit: Practical Plans & Strategies - Grade 2

    Room number: C225

    Facilitator(s): Paula Donahue, Jessica Caverly  

    *This workshop will focus on Grade 2 implementation.* This workshop will provide practical plans & strategies for implementing phonics into your daily schedule. We will review the new Atlas Scope & Sequence, discuss possible weekly plans to assure consistent application of skills and also discuss suggestions for differentiating strategies.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Making Phonics Fit: Practical Plans & Strategies - Grade 1

    Room number: A225

    Facilitator(s): Amy Muzyka, Kirsten Sweet  

    *This workshop will focus on Grade 1 implementation.* This workshop will provide practical plans & strategies for implementing phonics into your daily schedule. We will review the new Atlas Scope & Sequence, discuss possible weekly plans to assure consistent application of skills and also discuss suggestions for differentiating strategies.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Making Phonics Fit: Practical Plans & Strategies - Kindergarten

    Room number: B225

    Facilitator(s): Sharon Cantone, Zeba McGibbon  

    *Kindergarten level implementation.* This workshop will provide practical plans & strategies for implementing phonics into your daily schedule. We will review the Atlas Scope & Sequence, discuss possible weekly plans to assure consistent application of skills and also discuss suggestions for differentiating strategies.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Navigating the "Fake News" Frenzy

    Room number: A239, B239

    Facilitator(s): Jillian Sutherland  

    "That's fake news!" is an accusation we now hear on a daily basis in our newspapers, on our radios, and even in the hallways of our schools. This workshop will focus on strategies that you can teach your students to help them identify false news stories and evaluate nonfiction articles for bias. There will also be an opportunity for participants to share their own strategies for helping students navigate the news in our ever changing world.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Strategies for Writing & Thinking

    Room number: A231, B231

    Facilitator(s): Brendan Moran  

    This session will introduce teachers to strategies for responding to texts that have been developed at the Bard Institute for Writing & Thinking. These strategies help readers develop their own authentic responses to what they read. They can be used helpfully when asking students to read poems, short sections of stories or essays, or primary source documents. During the workshop we will practice these strategies ourselves, reading, and writing and talking about, several poems.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Using Rubrics to Help Students Self-Assess and Set Goals

    Room number: A223

    Facilitator(s): Kathryn Jones, Katherine Pyskaty  

    Teach your students to take charge of their learning! Come explore how we can teach our writers to self-assess and set goals for themselves using rubrics, checklists, leveled writing samples and more! This session will dive into the Writing and Reading Pathways books.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Where Do I Start? Small Groups and Conferring in the Reading Workshop

    Room number: B613

    Facilitator(s): Kelly Cracchiolo, Alaina Peterson, Amy Muzyka 

    With all that classroom teachers have to do (it's endless, really), do you ever find yourself wondering where to find really good ideas/tips for conferring and small group work during a Reading Unit of Study? Join us for this working session where you will uncover the big work of the unit and create an If/Then menu of options for conferring and small group work within that unit. This session is for K-5 teachers using the Reading Units of Study.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Writing for Impact - Teacher Letters of Recommendation

    Room number: C226

    Facilitator(s): Alicia Linsey  

    Informed by survey research and feedback from admission representatives learn the Organized Narrative method of recommendation writing. By writing for impact you highlight students' strengths and shorten writing time. Learn about the research that led to this new style of writing and tips for improving your LOR while reviewing and discussing sample letters.
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    Practices and Pedagogy
    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Attendance! A Discussion for K-12 Administrators and Support Personnel

    Room number: B810

    Facilitator(s): Kate Hermon, Scott Kmack  

    Join us to problem-solve around Attendance Tracking and Prevention! For this workshop, we will provide a space to share practices district-wide. One focus will be students exhibiting school avoidant patterns and/or those with medical concerns impacting attendance. A high school committee has been working together on this important topic; we will share our work, then use the majority of the workshop to collaborate on these tough cases. Counseling, nursing, administrators, please join us!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Back to School Night Remix

    Room number: A627

    Facilitator(s): Katherine Hart, Sarah Horowicz, Jessica Mullen, Erica Smith 

    Looking for an efficient alternative to jazz up your Back to School night? Tired of answering the same questions about what your students do all day? We want to share our successes from mixing up our Back to School Night Event to make it a more hands on experience for families.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Brains and Behavior: How to Use One to Influence the Other

    Room number: CScience Lecture Hall

    Facilitator(s): Elliott Gimble, Julie Fenn  

    Have you ever wondered how the adolescent brains in your classroom are primed for learning but also for risky behaviors? We have the power to improve student knowledge and skills and to influence student social and emotional well-being. Come learn 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. We will include an invited panel of students and Q&A time.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Design Thinking

    Room number: C233

    Facilitator(s): Nithya Subramanian  

    Design thinking is a creative problem-solving process that calls for thoughtful solutions to real-world situations. Design thinking provides a motivating and engaging learning experience for students; individual learning styles can be validated through a project based learning experience. By the end of the process, students have learned the process of creating something for someone else; they have learned about perseverance, imagination, and empathy.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Escape (Class)Room
    Session Full
    Room number: A227, B227

    Facilitator(s): Erik Murray  

    Learn how to create engaging escape room puzzles for your space. Puzzles can be as short as 10 minutes or go on for a semester. Learn how to make your own or modify a pre-made puzzle to fit your needs.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Exploring Educational Ethics

    Room number: A242

    Facilitator(s): Laura Sheppard-Brick  

    Educators often encounter decisions that seem to have no good answers. Using a case study as a starting point, we will engage in a structured discussion of issues in our practice that bring our priorities into conflict. The conversation will be geared toward clarifying our own priorities in educational practice so as to provide a better foundation for making the best decisions in difficult situations.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Formative Assessment Smackdown

    Room number: A179, B179

    Facilitator(s): Jenn Judkins  

    Formative assessments allow for 100% participation, establish a “mistake-friendly” culture, and allow for just-in-time learning and adjustments to instruction. Join in to test-drive a range of free, kid-friendly formative assessment tools for all ages. Add new and engaging quiz games to your digital toolbox and return to your classroom with fun, easy to implement options to change how you assess your students’ learning.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    I Block, You Block, We Block Time Out for Fun!

    Room number: C182

    Facilitator(s): Lauren Venuti, Annmarie Meuse  

    Have you ever wanted to have fun during I block, but are not sure what type of activity to offer? Do you need some help and guidance to plan an enrichment block? We're here for you! We'll share the types of activities we have facilitated and help you navigate the process for planning your own. Bring your lesson planner and a computer.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Just Do It! Make Your PBL Dreams a Reality!

    Room number: B166

    Facilitator(s): Jane Hundley, Dane Despres  

    Do you have knowledge of Project Based Learning but just haven't had the time to develop that unit? Then this hands-on session is for you! Participants will create a draft plan for a PBL unit using a ***gold standard*** feedback protocol that can also be applied to our work with students! Participants should come with a unit from their curriculum that they are interested in developing.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    LPS Full Day Kindergarten Turns 10

    Room number: C247

    Facilitator(s): Jennifer Sheerin, Becky Linton, Elizabeth Billings-Fouhy 

    As the district examines stressors in education (Beyond Measure) and inquiry based, project based learning, let's come together and celebrate what's working well in kindergarten and consider together where the next decade will take us. In this session we'll also review and discuss some articles addressing best research based practices for our youngest learners. Kindergarten teachers are particularly encouraged to register and join this conversation.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    No Homework?' Not Quite

    Room number: A321

    Facilitator(s): Jeffrey LaBroad, Maureen Kavanaugh  

    Last year Estabrook School launched a pilot shifting from written homework to a focus on at-home reading. Estabrook collected feedback from parents and students about the shift. During this session, we will share the background and rationale that led to this shift, how the school implemented and communicated the initiative, and what parents had to say. Findings from surveys and focus groups will also be shared. Come find out what we learned so far, and what's ahead for year two.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Parenting in the Age of Video Games

    Room number: C239

    Facilitator(s): Matthew Willis, Jonathan Cunha  

    Parents of K-12 students often have questions about how to support children as they navigate the complicated world of video games. The presenters collaborated to create an easy-to-use presentation and simple resource guide that you can share with parents in your school. Join us to learn how you can help bridge the digital citizenship connection between home and school.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    POGIL Pedagogy: An Introduction to Student-Centered Classroom Activities

    Room number: A221

    Facilitator(s): Reggie Hobbs, Laura Ferrari, Elliott Gimble 

    In this workshop participants will learn the pedagogical theory and practice of using POGILs (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) in the classroom. Students use collaborative teams to work through, interact with, and understand key concepts in the curriculum. POGIL uses the learning cycle, teamwork, and other practices from learning science. POGIL is best known in STEM disciplines, but it is used in many other disciplines and contexts.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    POGILs: Unwrapped and Rewrapped to Meet Your Needs

    Room number: B221, C221

    Facilitator(s): Katelyn Riley, Jeanette Urquhart  

    For those already familiar with POGILs (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) or following up from the beginning with POGILs session offered at LLT, this hands-on session will demonstrate some of the ways in which we have adapted POGILs for all learners. We will brainstorm possible reasons to adapt a POGIL and strategies you may want to implement. The majority of time will be dedicated to working individually or as a PLC in adapting POGILs to meet your own needs.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Secondary SBG "PLC"

    Room number: B410

    Facilitator(s): Avon Lewis  

    Are you a secondary teacher who is using standards based grading? Are you thinking about it? Would you like to network with other teachers who are also exploring SBG? Do you have some SBG success stories you? Have you hit a SBG impasse and need some help solving a problem? Come join the SBG "PLC"!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Standard/Skills Based Grading - Can we get beyond the grade?

    Room number: A186

    Facilitator(s): Ed Dube, Liz Sharp  

    A number of educators are implementing, trying to implement, or at least thinking about implementing standards or skills based grading. The purpose of this offering would be to have an open discussion about grading, and the best way to implement a standards/skills based model. Let's move the needle on the discussion, and help each other move forward in our own efforts towards standards or skills based grading.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Strategies to Support Your LGBTQA+ Students in the Classroom

    Room number: B184

    Facilitator(s): Alethea Roy  

    Would you like to make your classroom an LGBTQA+ safe space? Could your curriculum more be more inclusive? Do you have resources and strategies you would like to share with your peers? Join us in a session dedicated to investigating ways we can be more responsive to the needs of our LGBTQA+ students.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Student Engagement and Motivation Kits
    Session Full
    Room number: B223

    Facilitator(s): Jackie Carlozzi  

    Do you wonder what you can do to increase student engagement and motivation? In this session, you'll learn easy-to-use tips and tricks for keeping your students engaged and motivated, regardless of the task. By the end of the session, you will have at least 1 make and take to bring back to your classroom and begin implementing right away, as well as a pre-made starter toolkit!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Team Building Challenge! A Lesson in Collaboration, Innovation and Creativity

    Room number: B229, C229

    Facilitator(s): Lauren Couillard  

    Interested in participating in a hands-on, team building challenge? Small groups will engage in friendly competition showcasing their collaboration skills. Later, information will be presented on the nature of successful teamwork and innovation. We will discuss ways this activity may shape our collaboration with colleagues or ways these concepts could be applied in the classroom. Staff are encouraged to sign up with fellow teachers whom they collaborate with regularly.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    The Evolution of Co-Teaching at Estabrook Elementary: #webetterthanme

    Room number: B618

    Facilitator(s): Jennifer Beaulac, Thomas Grasso, Amy Burk, Rachel Quebec, Heather Kramer 

    Participants will learn about the co-teaching pilot at Estabrook Elementary School. Hear about the 6 different models of co-teaching and how they have been implemented in grades 1 and 3-5 in writing and math. Learn about the origin of the pilot and how it is evolving. Have the opportunity to speak with a panel of general educators, special educators, instructional coaches and administrators involved in the pilot.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    The Next Lexington High School Schedule
    Session Full
    Room number: A810

    Facilitator(s): Kevin Kelly, John Murray  

    LHS faculty, come join in an open discussion of the high school schedule that will inform the work on developing a potential new schedule for LHS for 2019-2020. What are the strengths and weaknesses of our current schedule? What are your hopes and wishes for a new schedule? What could be the impact on teaching and learning?
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    The QFT: Help Students Ask Deeper Questions!

    Room number: C169

    Facilitator(s): Joshua Curhan, Amy Royal  

    Are you looking for ways to increase student engagement? Do you want to help students deepen their thinking and questioning? The Question Formulation Technique (QFT) makes it possible for everyone to ask better questions and participate more effectively in key decisions. You will learn ways to use the QFT with your students (K-12), as well as ways you can use the QFT with parents and families. Resources from the Boston 2016 Right Question Institute will be shared with participants.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Tying It All Together: PBL, Inquiry, Technology, and Design

    Room number: C149

    Facilitator(s): Harriet Wallen, Melinda Webster Loof  

    Join us for a dip into Project Based Learning, Guided Inquiry, and technology tools to enhance both teacher and student learning experiences. You will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of online tools and see some examples of hands-on projects and research experiences. By the end of this session you will have new insights into Project Based Learning and design.
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    Social/Emotional/Behavior/Character Education
    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    "You can't make me do it!!!" How General Educators Can Support 0ppositional Students
    Session Full
    Room number: A183

    Facilitator(s): Amanda Begley, Michael Memmolo, Heejean Parry Cruwys 

    Non-compliance is the bane of every teacher's existence. We will discuss evidence-based strategies to help you manage this difficult behavior, while keeping your sanity. Come with specific examples and questions; we will help problem solve!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    A Social Thinking Rubric

    Room number: C178

    Facilitator(s): Jaimie Tingle  

    Come learn how I have started to use rubrics to track social progress and write IEP goals. Engage in meaningful discussion with colleagues around tracking progress within the Social Thinking framework. Spend time creating a rubric/data collection system that will work for you!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Beyond Happy, Sad, and Mad: Teaching Social Emotional Skills in the Classroom

    Room number: B183

    Facilitator(s): Heather O'Rourke  

    Are you looking to bring more social emotional instruction to your K-5 classroom? If so, participate in this fun hands-on workshop where we will begin by engaging in some exciting team-building activities that your kids will love to play with you! We will also explore resources and curricula that are easy to implement such as Operation Respect, Howard B. Wigglebottom, Second Step, Open Circle, 7 Habits, Superflex, MindYeti, and Professor Garfield.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    CPS 101: Intro to Collaborative Problem Solving

    Room number: C184

    Facilitator(s): Cecelia Vosland, Kate Desjardins, Roseann Thebado 

    We will share what we learned about Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) at the ThinkKids Tier One training; we were inspired by the many ways this evidence based approach can be applied in the school setting to support struggling students. CPS provides a new way of understanding and helping kids who struggle with behavioral challenges. If you’ve tried approaches that focus on using reward and punishment programs and they haven’t worked, try this!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    How can we help? Creating a Trauma Sensitive Classroom.

    Room number: C613

    Facilitator(s): Liz Sharp, Danielle Levy, Cathy Boege 

    Have you taken one of the “Impact of Trauma on Learning” courses or attended Diamond’s PD session, and want more time to discuss specific strategies for your classroom or school? Did you know that many of our students have experienced trauma, and that it can affect their ability to learn? If so, join us. We will spend time defining trauma, looking at the impact of trauma, and discussing some of our specific concerns, targeted strategies, and ideas we can bring back to our class or school.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Kindness Rocks
    Session Full
    Room number: C315

    Facilitator(s): Christine McMahon, Erin Shanley, Meredith Belletti 

    "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." -Aesop Join us in painting rocks with inspirational words and happy designs. We'll teach you about The Kindness Rocks Project and provide the materials. You bring the creativity!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Pro Social Standards: Supporting them at school and home - 3-5

    Room number: B222

    Facilitator(s): Beth Gavrin, Erika Hoffman, Kari Owen 

    Have you ever wondered what the LPS pro social standards might look like in your classroom or at home for parents? Come to this workshop to learn about ways to support your students and families to be successful in these standards. This will be a working session. All ideas are welcomed. Please bring at least one tool such as a book, game, chart, etc. that has helped you in your classroom. We can't wait to work together to promote social well being among our Lexington families.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Pro Social Standards: Supporting them at school and home - K-2

    Room number: A222

    Facilitator(s): Jean Button, Kathleen Dinsmore, Kelly Torpey 

    Have you ever wondered what the LPS pro social standards might look like in your classroom or at home for parents? Come to this workshop to learn about ways to support your students and families to be successful in these standards. This will be a working session. All ideas are welcomed. Please bring at least one tool such as a book, game, chart, etc. that has helped you in your classroom. We can't wait to work together to promote social well being among our Lexington families.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Using Play to Teach Self-Control

    Room number: C244

    Facilitator(s): Kerry Wang, Karen Aggouras  

    Come explore the concepts and materials that make up the Tools of the Mind Preschool Curriculum. Learn more about tying the development of self regulation to academic success all through purposeful play. Come with your four year old heart ready to sing and dance!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Where There's a Skill There's a Way: Rethinking Challenging Kids Using the Collaborative Problem Solving Approach
    Session Full
    Room number: A166

    Facilitator(s): Joan Strodel  

    In this session you will learn ways to rethink approaches to students with challenging behaviors using the Collaborative Problem Solving approach (Greene, Ablon). Learn strategies for assessing, planning, and providing interventions to build lagging skills needed for students to shift from challenging behaviors to more adaptive behaviors. There will be opportunities for hands-on learning and time to discuss challenging behaviors of students.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    You've Tried Everything, Now What?

    Room number: A246

    Facilitator(s): Mandy Wilds, Cara Stringer-Proulx Jackie Poole 

    Managing young children through the many daily transitions of the busy school day can be challenging. Everyone has their own "tool boxes" of strategies and techniques that help us support children's growth and transition successfully through out the day. Come share your developmentally appropriate "tool box" and we can all learn a new variety of songs, visuals, attention focusing tasks and behavior management techniques to add to our own bag of tricks. Come prepared to show and share.
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    STEM
    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    "Let Nature Be Your Teacher" - An Introduction to the What and How of Lexington's Big Backyard Program

    Room number: C319

    Facilitator(s): Karen McCarthy  

    Lexington's Big Backyard Program is celebrating over 20 years of environmental education in our elementary schools. Come experience an interactive orientation to the basic principles of the program and the philosophy and activities that students experience. Learn strategies for working with young children in the outdoors and observe some of the exciting plants and animals that you may encounter in your own big backyard. Teachers new to the program as well as veterans are encouraged to attend.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    “Hot or Not?”: Using Infrared Cameras to Teach Concepts Related to Heat

    Room number: A315

    Facilitator(s): Jodi Sandler, Stephanie Kozak  

    This session is for anyone who is interested in seeing the world through an infrared camera. What's infrared? Heat! It will be especially useful for science teachers who are interested in learning if they are "hot or not" and how to use a new technology to learn about heat transfer. This session will be interactive; you will get to try out the camera, increase content knowledge, and come away with some new “hot” topics for your class.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    4th Grade - Getting To Know Your Lego EV3 Robot

    Room number: C703

    Facilitator(s): Mark Taggart  

    Are you a 4th grade classroom teacher teaching Robotics for the first time this year? A little nervous or overwhelmed? Come to this open-format, unstructured Robotics Lab time. Play around with the robots, try some of the lessons, and have the personal support of teachers who have presented the lessons before and Lex High Robotics club students who helped design the curriculum. Open to 4th grade teachers only.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Assistive Tech Maker Space

    Room number: C403

    Facilitator(s): Rachel Kuberry  

    This session is an assistive technology maker space! Materials will be available for participants to make a variety of projects. Project suggestions/directions will be available, but participants can also make anything they want! This is a great way to learn more about low-tech assistive technology tools. You will be working hands on with a variety of materials including PVC, foam core board, and clay.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Bring Hour of Code to your Classroom!

    Room number: A180

    Facilitator(s): Lisah S Rhodes, Betsy Peterson  

    Join a global movement reaching over 100 million students. Hour of Code is a one hour intro to computer science where kids can choose from a variety of self-paced activities with no prior experience needed! During this hands-on session, teachers will try out a variety of engaging activities from code.org that work on any device as well as "unplugged' options that work with no computer at all! Learn how computational thinking can be incorporated into a wide range of classes to challenge students.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Engaging in STEM Using Real World Problems & Project Based Learning

    Room number: B319

    Facilitator(s): Valerie Franks, Chris Carter Andrew Wong, Jim Werner 

    Problem based learning has traditionally been a part of science, engineering and math instruction. When students are given real world challenges and problems to solve, instruction naturally provides opportunities for student engagement. Come see how students at all grade levels can approach solving real world problems using science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This session will provide examples of successful real world STEM projects and time for exploring the materials.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Engaging Questions with Revealing Answers in Science

    Room number: A234, B234

    Facilitator(s): Jennifer Burgin (Session 1), Kenneth Dautrich (Session 2) Annabel Moorman (Session 1), Sarah Brady Doonan (Session 2)  

    We will be exploring Page Keeley's probes for formative assessment in the K-12 science classroom. Each of these assessments uses a deceptively simple yet engaging question to give you insight into your students’ thinking on a topic. We will try out several probes and some different techniques for using them in the classroom. Attendees will leave with access to the probes (in Earth & Space, Life, and Physical Science) and to the full descriptions of classroom techniques for implementation.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Gettin' Fletchy With It - Using 3-Act Tasks as an Entry Point to Learning

    Room number: A240

    Facilitator(s): Francine Hannan, Amy Burk, Laurie Barnhart 

    In this workshop, we'll explore the power of Graham Fletcher's math progressions. We will examine the developmental progression of models, strategies, and concepts in the areas of addition and subtraction. Participants will learn how to use the 3-act task to pre-assess students and identify where student understanding is along these progressions, increase engagement during Math Congress, and keep student thinking moving in the right direction. Participants should bring their laptops.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Is Carrying a "9" Heavier Than Carrying a "1"? Saying What We Mean and Meaning What We Say

    Room number: C618

    Facilitator(s): Cara Goldberg  

    Does “reducing” a fraction really make it smaller? Do we really ever intend to give back what we “borrow”? In this session, we will examine vocabulary and expressions that do not precisely represent the mathematics to which they refer and consider more precise language that can be used to express and justify our thinking.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Launch Into the New Launch the Learning Tasks

    Room number: A247

    Facilitator(s): Linda Menkis, Sarah Majors, Megan Arseneau, Jackie Carlozzi, Sharon FitzGerald 

    Launch the Learning Tasks are exciting activities to set up students for new learning. Come preview all the new tasks that were added to your grade level Roadmaps over the summer, do the math your students will be asked to do and discuss with grade level colleagues and math specialists how to best support student learning through low floor/high ceiling tasks.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Math Camp!

    Room number: B819, C819

    Facilitator(s): Michaela Tracy, Andre Verner  

    This workshop will be an opportunity for math teachers (or anyone else) to work on some interesting math problems for an hour. We will attempt to choose questions that our colleagues haven't seen before (no guarantees) at a range of difficulty levels. If getting lost in a math problem for an hour is your cup of tea, then this is the workshop for you!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    More than Just Numbers: Exploring Numberless Word Problems

    Room number: C227

    Facilitator(s): Molly Rawding, Becky DeSantis  

    Numberless Word Problems encourage the natural curiosity in children. Learn how to support students to make sense of word problems by focusing on the context, not the numbers. You will leave the session with resources to implement this structure immediately in your classroom as a problem solving routine.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Nanotechnology 101

    Room number: B303

    Facilitator(s): Valya Sountsova  

    This workshop will provide you with an opportunity to explore a tiny world with endless potential. Have you ever admired stained glass windows? Do you know how fast human fingernails grow? What do the edelweiss and a virus sensor have in common? Join us to explore the mysterious field of nanotechnology during an interactive presentation with hands-on elements.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Physics of Music

    Room number: A410

    Facilitator(s): Avon Lewis  

    Why does a trumpet sound different than a violin? This workshop explores the physical phenomenon of sound. We will begin by building a basic wave model for sound, and then we will use the model to explore why different instruments sound different from each other. Participants will be exposed to a variety of activities and simulations. Please bring a laptop or device.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Science Probes for You and Me

    Room number: C223

    Facilitator(s): Lori Verity, Kirsten Sweet, Rachael Quebec 

    Want to know what your students' ideas are about a science concept before you launch into a lesson or unit? These short, formative assessment science probes reveal students' preconceptions of fundamental science concepts. Plus, they're fun! Learn how to bring author Page Keeley's ("Uncovering Student Ideas") probes to life through a variety of engaging techniques. Attendants will leave with knowledge of probes and where to find them, and classroom techniques for implementation.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Shedding Some Light on Rainbows

    Room number: B414

    Facilitator(s): Ryan Grams  

    Ever wondered how rainbows are formed? What about how your glasses, a telescope, or camera can focus an image? Just want to set fire to something using a giant mirror? Come join in as we explore what makes light...well, LIGHT!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Technology for Positive Change

    Room number: A226

    Facilitator(s): Howard Wolke  

    With everything that has been happening in the world recently, it would be nice to use all of our technology to foster positive social change. This will be a discussion-based session, where participants are encouraged to come with an open mind to discuss new ideas. There are no right answers, only the desire to improve things.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    The Joy and Magic of Doing Mathematics

    Room number: A244, B244

    Facilitator(s): Tatyana Finkelstein  

    We will play and come up with questions. We will compare our experience doing math with that of kids. We will discuss what prevents kids (and some grown ups too!) from falling in love with mathematics.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Think Like a Scientist: Science Practices in the Classroom

    Room number: C321

    Facilitator(s): Kari Owen, Laurel Harris  

    Would you like to learn more about the science practices? In this session you will get an overview of the 8 practices through an interactive science investigation. You will have time to think about and discuss how and where you can incorporate these practices into your existing science lessons.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Upping your Video 'Game' - Strategic use of online videos in classroom instruction

    Room number: B180

    Facilitator(s): Betsy Peterson  

    ​The internet offers access to a wide variety of educational videos and digital artifacts. Join us to discuss classroom practices that leverage the power of short video clips. Explore clips from dozens of online educational video sites, learn how to clean-up clutter surrounding online videos, practice trimming videos to create custom segments, try out tools for inserting 'thought breaks' (pauses with questions) and try your hand at creating your own screencast.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Why and How to do Numbers Talks in Grades 3-5

    Room number: A233

    Facilitator(s): Jean Kelly, Cristina Roof  

    In grades 3-5, students often have difficulty making sense of fractions, decimals and place value. We will explore a variety of number talks that use visuals, open ended questions, and student led discussion to deepen understanding of these concepts. Participants will explore how to use powerful routines and effectively model student thinking within a number talk. Teachers will leave with the tools and resources to implement effective number talks in their classrooms.
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    Using Technology
    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Aspen: Power Skills!

    Room number: B233

    Facilitator(s): 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, snapshots, and quick reports. We will also cover how to design new filters and field sets, and email parents and teachers directly from Aspen.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Building a Website with Weebly

    Room number: B178

    Facilitator(s): Angela Carpenter, Jessica Billings-White  

    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. A laptop is required for this course.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Clicker 7 Make & Take!

    Room number: A182

    Facilitator(s): Rachel Kuberry  

    This session will include a brief tutorial on how to use Clicker 7, but will then provide work time for participants to make a project. Participants can work independently or in small groups to make a Clicker activity to take back to use in their classrooms. This is an excellent session for special education teachers, therapists, and ILP/DLP assistants.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Getting Organized with Google
    Session Full
    Room number: A176, B176

    Facilitator(s): Peter Mitchell  

    Feeling like you can never find the document you need in Google Drive? Do you need some time to get organized? This workshop will offer participants some guidance and time to sort through their Google Drive folders. Participants will have time to set up folders, get organized, and clean up old files. Google Drive is all about collaboration, so come ready to help each other!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Google Forms & Sheets for Data Collection
    Session Full
    Room number: B182

    Facilitator(s): Dave Wininger  

    Need to collect information from students, staff, or the public? Tired of opening 90 different word documents or collating emails with varied subject lines? Want to sort and process your data more efficiently? In this session you will learn how to create Google Forms for data collection and how to sort and manipulate the data in Google Sheets.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Google Keep for Productivity
    Session Full
    Room number: C183

    Facilitator(s): Lindsay Ong, Tiffany Zides  

    Do you have a stack of faded Post-its on your laptop? Do you want to be able to take a picture of your whiteboard and have the notes typed? Make all these things digital using Google Keep! Learn about this enhanced digital Post-it tool and practice making lists, adding labels, setting reminders that integrate with Calendar, sharing with colleagues, and adding images that are OCR compatible (types text for you). Spend some time practicing the Keep app and extension, and brainstorm classroom uses.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Google on the iPad

    Room number: B226

    Facilitator(s): Howard Wolke  

    Even though they are competing, multinational corporations, most of the Google Apps that we use here at LPS work on the iPads! This session will help participants become familiar with using the Google Suite of Apps on the iPad. Participants should bring an iPad.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Gradebooks, Categories, and Grade Scales, Oh My!

    Room number: C179

    Facilitator(s): Sarah Robson  

    Term one has just ended. Assignments were graded and report cards compiled. Do you have more in-depth questions on how to manage your assignments in Aspen? In this workshop you will learn or review the basics of how Aspen's gradebook is set up. You will learn about the tools in Aspen that are available to you. At the end of the class there will be time to collaborate with your peers and/or apply some of the new knowledge you've gained in Gradebook.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Lesson Building Tools: Nearpod and Betterlesson.com

    Room number: A184

    Facilitator(s): Johanna Rodrigues  

    If you are looking for a few new ideas as well as some work time-this session is for you. This session will start with a sample lesson using Nearpod, an interactive presentation app (or web based platform) that includes formative assessment tools. Next, we will review the resources at betterlesson.com (it’s like a free Teachers Pay Teachers!). Use your new resources and leave the session with something new to try in your classroom tomorrow.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Moving Away From ActivInspire -- How's It Going?
    This Course is Cancelled
    Room number: C175

    Facilitator(s): Maureen Haviland  

    Are you one of us who needs to migrate our curriculum away from ActivInspire? How is it going? What helpful strategies have you found? There will be time for sharing successes and challenges in this process, and hands-on time to work on re-creating your materials outside of ActivInspire. This workshop is intended as a follow up for Rina Farber-Mazor's summer workshop.

    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Naviance Tutorial, Tips, and Tricks for Teachers!

    Room number: A178

    Facilitator(s): Karen Hurley, Rina Farber-Mazor  

    Do you need to send college recs and have never used the Naviance system? Do you get frustrated with Naviance or never know how to tell your letter has sent or not? Want tips on communicating with students around deadlines/managing the rec-writing process? Karen Hurley (the LHS Registrar) and Rina Farber-Mazor (teacher, tech specialist and long-time rec writer) will show you a live tutorial, give ways to avoid common problems, and tips and tricks to make this whole process easier!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Padlet and SlidesCarnival

    Room number: B175

    Facilitator(s): Ann Kim Tenhor  

    Learn how to use Padlet.com to create a space for students to throw up ideas anonymously and organize them into groups. You can keep a backchannel of discussion thoughts for the future or take a quick exit ticket. In addition, SlidesCarnival will jazz up your presentations to keep everyone engaged!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    SeeSaw Digital Learning for Your Classroom!

    Room number: C180

    Facilitator(s): Lisah S Rhodes, Donna Guzman, Julie Selhub 

    Come learn about this exciting free classroom tool! SeeSaw is a digital portfolio that collects students’ digital and physical work in one place. Everything is organized, making assessment and conferences easier! It's space that each student can own. Built-in tools make it easy for students to capture their learning, reflect, and develop new skills. It's also a parent communication tool that seamlessly shares what’s going on in your classroom and builds a strong school-home community.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    SMART Notebook - Quick and Easy Games

    Room number: A175

    Facilitator(s): Ann Kim Tenhor  

    Have SMART Notebook but haven't had time to play? You can create games in minutes with the new SMART labs. Activities include sorting, putting things in order, making pairs and more! We'll explore these games and ways to use them in your instruction.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Solving EdPuzzle

    Room number: B181, C181

    Facilitator(s): Jillian Johnson  

    Learn how to use the website EdPuzzle to create awesome videos with embedded questions for your students! This can be a handy tool for all grade levels and subjects. We'll go over what it is, how to use it, and practice. Please bring a laptop with you!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    To Tweet or Not to Tweet? Twitter for Educators

    Room number: C176

    Facilitator(s): Heather Gordon, Rachel Garcia  

    Are you struggling to keep up with communication with your students' families? Have you heard about Twitter but have no idea how it can be a useful tool? Then join our session! You can instantly share what is going on in your classroom or learning space. During this session, you will learn all about Twitter, create your own account, and discover how Twitter can enhance your communication style. Please bring your laptop or ipad, and we will show you how easy this communication platform is!
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    You're a Site...Google Sites!
    Session Full
    Room number: B177

    Facilitator(s): Thomas Martellone  

    Explore the new Google Sites and see how easy it is to create a web page. Users can create a web page in under 10 minutes using this super easy and improved tool made by Google! These pages can be used for web pages, informational pages, blog pages, student portfolio pages, and many other uses! Attendees should bring a laptop. This class will be best suited for those users that have some experience with G-Suite tools.
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    World Language
    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    ACTFL, TSD, AP - What rubric is best?!

    Room number: C624

    Facilitator(s): Christine Sullivan, Heidemarie Floerke  

    In this workshop, participants will work together to create a common rubric for one communicative mode: presentational communication. Copies of popular rubrics will be provided. After exploring each one and sharing previous grading experiences, the group will select and agree upon categories and descriptors for a final rubric. The goal is to have a practical rubric written in student-friendly language that the World Language department can share.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Building Your Core - Proficiency in the World Language Classroom

    Room number: A612, B612

    Facilitator(s): Beckie Rankin  

    Starting with a brief overview of the 6 core practices and Curtain's unit factors, we will discuss 90% target language use and grammar as a concept with time to work them into your curriculum. This supports communicative unit design and the proficiency movement.
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    Description:   Session A  
    9:15-10:30
      Session B  
    10:45-12:00
      Session C 
    1:30-2:45
    Creating a World Language Unit with Social Justice in Mind

    Room number: A624

    Facilitator(s): Heather Kimura, Heather Arrigo  

    In our workshop, we will share our key takeaways from the book Words and Actions: Teaching Language through the Lens of Social Justice. We will share some suggestions on how to write an original unit that integrates topics of social justice, as well as share our summer curriculum work in French and Italian on a unit on the migrant crisis in Europe and children’s rights. Participants will develop ideas for their courses, collaborate with colleagues and get feedback with thematic unit design.
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