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Sessions are listed in order by date and session start time.
The achievement gap at your Title I school tells you that the time for change is now, not someday. This interactive, research-based session will give you the tools to nurture consistently engaged, high-achieving students regardless of income level. Participants will learn to integrate new strategies with existing curricula and discover what works in the real world.
Educators must stop being fearful of what they don't know and be willing to listen to, learn from, and lead with our students. The presenter will address the importance of student voice and the implications it has on their aspirations and academic motivation. He will also address the power of teacher and principal voice and how it affects teacher retention, classroom creativity, and school management and structure.
Strong home–school partnerships improve student learning and development; however, many states, districts, and schools still lack an intentional focus on developing these partnerships. In this session, the presenter will discuss the Dual Capacity Framework for Family–School Partnerships, a research-based framework that identifies the goals and conditions necessary to develop and sustain effective partnership initiatives and identifies strategies that support student learning and school improvement.
Presented by Scholastic, Inc.
We all hear a great deal about what needs to change and why. The Education Changemakers (EC) team focuses on the how to make change. In this session, the presenter will share practical concepts from his 2016 book Edupreneur; participants will walk away from this session with a smile, a set of powerful innovation tools, and real ideas to take back to their unique education contexts.
Experience a rousing comedic presentation by Wavelength, the award-winning improv comedy ensemble from Chicago. A cast of seven actors and a musician will provide a humorous overture to Empower17's Learning Symphony. Using all four 21st century skills, Wavelength will model the collaborative processes of improvisation and demonstrate how to use improv techniques to create engaging instruction and a safe, rich, and nurturing environment for learning.
Traditional education can be characterized as "one to many": one outcome, curriculum, pathway, school, teacher, and assessment for many students. This model worked well in the past, but massive technological and social changes mean that the model must change. In this keynote luncheon, Yong Zhao will argue for a mindset shift in education: from "one to many" to "many to one" in order to meet students' needs.
Note: This luncheon is not included in registration for ASCD Empower17. You must register separately for this event. Seating is limited.
The price is $89.00 per person. Payment for this luncheon is due at the time of registration. ASCD cannot offer refunds for the luncheon unless the session is canceled by ASCD.
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Literacy learning occurs across a number of phases, from surface to deep to transfer. Teachers can influence students' literacy learning by aligning appropriate instructional interventions with the level of learning students need. In this session, we will focus on the right approach, at the right time, for the right type of learning, exploring and connecting the different levels of learning.
From the classroom to the boardroom, creating a culture of compassion is essential to the success of every student, teacher, and administrator. Join the presenter, a National Teacher of the Year finalist, for cutting-edge research; real, practical, and effective teaching strategies; and a bold, honest look at how focusing on the whole child, social and emotional learning, and proactive bullying prevention leads to organizations that thrive.
Presented by Chicken Soup for the Soul®.
Attend this session, led by the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, to discover how service learning is an empowering experience that connects students with their communities. Many students have been on the receiving end of charity or aid; these opportunities show them that they have the power to help others, leading to increased self-worth and self-sufficiency that can help drive them to succeed.
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What does it take to disrupt poverty's adverse influence on student learning? More than an individual educator's diligent and often heroic efforts, we need broader and deeper collective action. Based on the presenters' award winning ASCD book, this session will provide participants with the practical strategies necessary to understand poverty’s impact and confront and eliminate practices that work against student and school success.
What do you wish you could change about yourself? Most people think that they should find and fix their weaknesses. Unfortunately, this just leads to frustration and failure. Your weaknesses are actually the best clue to your strengths and your best strategy for success. This session will encourage you to become more of who you are, not to turn you into someone else.
One of the greatest challenges in applying neuroscience to the practical world of education comes from the fact that every brain is wired differently and learns in ways unique to that wiring. This session will explore the extraordinary neuroanatomical individuality of the human brain and describe how fluid and crystallized intelligences fit into this individuality. Participants will learn how this information might someday inform classroom practice.
Retired astronaut Garrett Reisman will discuss his experiences in space aboard the Space Shuttle and International Space Station and give a preview of the future of human spaceflight based on his time at SpaceX. Drawing on these sometimes humorous, always inspirational experiences, Astronaut Reisman will discuss the importance of bold, audacious goal setting and the powerful combination of inspiration and determination.
This engaging, research-based session reveals new principles of change from the point of view that matters most: those whom you are trying to change. This keynote luncheon will show you both what to do and how to do it. Bring your work tools and expect this to be the perfect session to help you tie together the rest of your conference experience.
Ensuring that students learn is a major role that teachers play, and using proven methods can help create an effective learning experience. The FIT Teaching® approach uses a framework that includes planning, culture building, intentional instruction, and formative assessments to increase student learning. Participants will see examples of each aspect of the model and learn specific actions to guide students' understanding.
In a world forever changed by globalization, nations worldwide are recognizing the need for a radical redesign of their education systems, shifting from rote learning to education that develops key global competencies. This session will explore these issues by drawing on Asia Society's and other education institutions' approaches in the United States and worldwide to transform education.
Become a more thoughtful and strategic teacher-leader with ASCD authors Harvey Silver, renowned presenter and thought leader, and Daniel Moirao, California state administrator. In this intensive session, you will learn the five critical capacities (i.e., the "CRAFT") that all thoughtful teacher-leaders rely on to create positive change in their schools. The presenters will show how successful teacher-leaders establish a strong focus on instructional practices and serve as instructional leaders for their colleagues. Finally, you will learn how to use Strategic Teacher PLC Guides (designed in partnership with ASCD and 75 schools) to establish the culture and conditions for collaborative professional learning in your school.
Redefining student success according to 21st-century standards requires assessing how students apply the concepts they are learning and how they can transfer understanding to new situations. In this session, the presenter will discuss performance assessment as a way to measure student success when tests are not appropriate or do not give the whole picture. Take away ways to use performance assessment to infuse higher order thinking into your instruction and assessment.
Even as standardized tests continue to drive uniformity in education, there is a growing call for more student-centered approaches to teaching and learning. This session will examine various student-centered approaches, provide helpful guidance for determining which model(s) might be useful in particular contexts, describe necessary supports, and suggest possible paths when transitioning to more student-focused pedagogies.
In this empowering session, the presenter will take school leaders on an in depth, self-reflective journey that will force participants to view with a critical eye who they are as the leaders of their schools, including the intentionality behind all aspects of their practice. This session is certain to take participants to higher levels of school leadership effectiveness.
As a leader, how do you get people to see the need for change and embrace it? Come learn how you as a leader can use the seven most powerful elements of your school story to inspire and empower those you lead, help them embrace the vision, and mobilize them to make that vision a reality.
Schools, districts, and even entire state or national education systems that hope to have a bright tomorrow must recognize the importance of maximizing their children's educational opportunities today. This interactive session will feature findings from recent international studies about the defining qualities of world-class education systems and address implications for improving our schools.
At only 14, Zuriel Oduwole has already shaped world discourse. Named one of "33 Women Who Changed the World" in 2015 by ELLE magazine, Oduwole is the world's youngest filmmaker, campaigning via film since the age of 10 support girls' education in Africa and to prevent youth marriage there; at the age of 12, her film was screened on three continents.
This session will provide a step-by-step approach to successfully implementing any change that you would like to occur in your educational setting. The presenter will share where to start the change process, ways to make sure it has widespread support, and how to diminish resistors' influence. Whether you are turning your organization around or just making a good setting better, you will leave with specific strategies you can implement immediately.
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