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About Pre-Conference Institutes | One-Day Institutes | Two-Day Institutes | Three-Day Institutes
Our one-day Pre-Conference Institutes will be held on Thursday, March 22, and on Friday, March 23, 2018, in Boston, Massachusetts. They will run 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Discounted combination registration rates are available for two one-day Pre-Conference Institutes and also with Empower18.
These are the one-day Pre-Conference Institutes that will take place on Thursday, March 22.
Presenter: Tony Frontier, Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI
New standards and state tests have raised important questions about the validity of assessments to accurately measure student achievement. What happens when we ask these important questions of our own classroom assessments? How can we ensure that the hundreds of classroom-based assignments and assessments that students take throughout the school year empower learners, give students and teachers reliable information about progress toward standards, and support even more effective teaching each and every day?
This practical institute will include dozens of examples and resources that can be used to leverage assessments to inform teachers and empower learners.
Materials Fee: $22.00 for Five Levers to Improve Learning: Prioritizing for Powerful Results in Your School
Registration Code: PD18PC017
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Presenter: Jonathan Bergmann, Flipped Learning Global Initiative, Lake Forest, IL
Have you started a BYOD program, but your teachers are wondering what to do with them? Have the devices been used only for taking notes, doing Internet research, or engaging in nontransformative tasks?
Come learn how to transform your BYOD or 1-to-1 environment. Too often, we have given devices to teachers and students but not given them a reason to truly transform their classes. We have started with technology first and then tried to add pedagogy.
In this institute, the presenter will demonstrate how to leverage student devices to create riveting classroom experiences. It will be hands-on and minds-on, so bring your devices. Practical strategies and easy solutions will be presented.
Materials Fee: $9.00 for Flipping the Learning (Quick Reference Guide)
Registration Code: PD18PC018
This Pre-Conference Institute has been canceled.
Presenters: James Stronge, Stronge & Associates Educational Consulting LLC, Williamsburg, VA; Leslie Grant, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA; Xianxuan Xu, Stronge & Associates Educational Consulting LLC, Williamsburg, VA
What is the key to unlocking the door to success for challenged students? Time and again, the teacher has proven to be the most influential school-related factor in student achievement and school success. And research shows that a teacher's effectiveness especially matters for challenged students. In this institute, the presenters will share lessons learned from highly effective teachers in the United States and China who teach in schools with student populations characterized as highly mobile, homeless, rural, high-minority, culturally diverse, or high-poverty. Specifically, the institute will present a triad framework the presenters have developed from their research on effective teachers of students who face challenges: Academic Focus, Affective Support, and Community Resource Engagement. The institute will feature practical skills and strategies learned from national award–winning teachers to help their at-risk students succeed. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to assess capacity in each of the three triad areas and apply the skills that can be implemented at the school leadership and classroom levels.
Materials Fee: $21.00 for West Meets East: Best Practices from Expert Teachers in the U.S. and China
Registration Code: PD18PC019
Presenters: Margarita Calderón, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; Shawn Slakk, Margarita Calderón and Associates, Washington, DC
Due to the sizable influx of newcomers—refugees, unaccompanied immigrants, homeless immigrants, and students with interrupted formal education—schools across the country need structured special programs and focused professional development for all teachers and administrators.
This session will model, discuss, and ask participants to practice how to introduce academic language and language components focused on the needs of newcomers from the moment they arrive. It includes assessing and meeting the needs of immigrants and newcomers of all ESL/ELD levels, starting with phonics, pronunciation, selecting words for everyday communication with teachers and peers, and moving into academic language by selecting words from students' texts. With the provided mentor text, participants will practice some of the strategies and concepts discussed. This session will also focus on student reading and summarization with peers; discourse protocols; making close reading friendly for immigrants and newcomers; and connections to writing for consolidating content knowledge, vocabulary, discourse, and reading comprehension.
Materials Fee: N/A
Registration Code: PD18PC020
Presenter: Suzy Pepper Rollins, Fast Lane Learning, LLC, Athens, GA
Participants in this fast-paced, hands-on institute will leave with easily implementable techniques that can transform students from passive sitters to active thinkers. This student-centered, highly visible approach will focus on research-based strategies for every component of the lesson structure.
Participants will leave with a new perspective of what the active classroom can look like, complete with strategies for every grade and content. This institute will also recharge your passion with new practices to get students intellectually moving! The institute is intended for all content and grade levels, and participants will leave the session with
Materials Fee: $19.00 for Teaching in the Fast Lane: How to Create Active Learning Experiences
Registration Code: PD18PC021
Presenters: Sandi Novak, SNovak Educational Services, Lakeville, MN; Bonnie Houck, Houck Educational Services, Victoria, MN
Literacy leaders know the importance of understanding literacy learning and effective instructional practices for supporting teachers and students. Education leaders need a system for collecting and analyzing timely information about literacy instructional practices and students' engagement as readers.
During this one-day institute, literacy leaders will engage in interactive, small-group activities as they learn about and practice using observational tools to develop a deeper understanding of effective reading instruction. Using video examples, participants will identify elements of high-quality reading instructional practices. Observation instruments, resources, and conversation will develop a leader's capacity to identify elements that inform a developing culture of literacy within a school or district. Participants will use simulated data to determine areas of instructional strength and growth or extension. From the data, participants will develop a professional learning plan to provide teachers with the support necessary to grow and to ensure that every child is continuously learning and growing as a reader.
Collecting Literacy Classroom Visit data over time is a valuable investment that can
Participants will gain
Materials Fee: $23.00 for Literacy Unleashed: Fostering Excellent Reading Instruction Through Classroom Visits
Registration Code: PD18PC022
Presenter: Barbara Coloroso, Kids Are Worth It!, Inc, Littleton, CO
Our kids are not all right. Some are frightened; others are emboldened; some keep their birth certificates handy; and others yell, "Go back home." As our young people are immersed in a highly charged, toxic political climate, parents, educators, and students need to have a serious conversation about bullying and its intended and unintended consequences. Whether they target others, are targeted, or play the role of the not-so-innocent bystanders, young people are deeply affected by offline and online meanness and cruelty.
In this one-day institute, the presenter will help educators develop the three Ps—policies, procedures, and programs—for their own school communities to deal effectively with bullying and create a more deeply caring community.
Participants will explore
Registration Code: PD18PC023
School visits provide Empower18 participants with a pre-conference experience to visit exemplary schools across the greater Boston region. Participants can choose an elementary school, a middle school, or a high school. Each visit provides a personalized tour and a unique look into the innovative programs and dynamic facilities of each site.
Registration for each school site visit is $125.00 per person and is separate from Empower18 conference registration.
These are the one-day Pre-Conference Institutes that will take place on Friday, March 23.
Presenters: Jill Harrison Berg, Teachers21, Jamaica Plain, MA; John D'Auria, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
The challenge facing today's schools cannot be met by yesterday's leadership structures. Educating all students to be prepared for the challenges and changes of the 21st century requires schools to have greater leadership capacity than any individual principal can provide. It also requires that school leadership decisions are informed by the grounded expertise and experience of classroom teachers. Schools that look to teacher leadership as a promising strategy for expanding leadership capacity and achieving greater student success often find that it seems to work better in theory than in practice…until principals and teacher leaders master key routines that can support successful coperformance of leadership.
This one-day institute for school leaders of all stripes—principals and assistant principals, coaches and department heads, formal teacher leaders and informal ones—will provide frameworks, examples, and tools for leaders to explore together and develop leadership coperformance routines that can ensure their leadership efforts are in sync and moving the school forward.
Registration Code: PD18PC024
Presenters: Debbie Zacarian, Zacarian & Associates, Amherst, MA; Lourdes Alvarez-Ortiz, Education Consultant, Springfield, MA; Judie Haynes, Everything ESL, Wycoff, New Jersey
Half of total student population in the United States have experienced or are experiencing one or more types of serious childhood trauma (National Survey of Children's Health). This startling statistic should raise our alarm about what we can do to support students and families. Although much has been written for counselors and therapists about using a therapeutic approach with these students, little if any has been available about teaching this epic population of learners. Further, when we learn that our students have experienced significant adversity, we often perceive them as having deficits that need remedying.
Instead of looking at what is "broken" in the lives of these students, the presenters (authors of Teaching to Strengths: Supporting Students Living with Trauma, Violence, and Chronic Stress) will emphasize scientifically based teaching and leadership practices that focus on seeing, acknowledging, and capitalizing on the many assets these students and their families bring with them.
Attend this interactive institute to explore the following:
Participants will collaboratively investigate key elements and characteristics of a strengths-based practice; explore how they apply to classrooms, schools, families, and communities; and develop a plan of teaching to strengths with students living with adversity.
Materials Fee: $22.00 for Teaching to Strengths: Supporting Students Living with Trauma, Violence, and Chronic Stress
Registration Code: PD18PC025
Presenter: Lyle Kirtman, Future Management Systems, Beverly, MA
This institute is based on a new ASCD book on the integration of Michael Fullan's work on coherence with Lyle Kirtman's research-based leadership competencies. Both Fullan and Kirtman's work are necessary to create coherent districts and schools. An added bonus of this new publication will be Kirtman's approach to decrease the stress and the reactive nature of schools to develop sustainable proactive learning organizations. Kirtman will give participants an opportunity to assess their district/school on this expanded coherence framework.
Registration Code: PD18PC026
Presenter: Robyn R. Jackson, Mindsteps Inc, Washington, D.C.
Do you struggle with what to say to teachers after an observation that will make the biggest difference in their practice? Do you worry that teachers will ignore or resist your feedback? Are you looking for ways to make your feedback more powerful, practical, meaningful, and actionable? Then you need microslicing. In this highly interactive session, learn how to use microslicing to get into more classrooms and give feedback teachers will welcome and act on. You'll discover how to identify the "root cause" of a teacher's instructional practice in as little as five minutes and how to structure your feedback in a way that makes it virtually impossible for teachers to resist. Then, we'll watch videos of actual classrooms and practice targeting the root cause and shaping high-impact feedback that helps teachers immediately improve. Finally, you'll learn the specific steps to implement microslicing in your own school, including how to structure your schedule so that you get into more classrooms, how to follow up with teachers to ensure that they act on your feedback, and how to monitor teacher performance so that you can track their improvement.
Materials Fee: $21.00 for Never Underestimate Your Teachers: Instructional Leadership for Excellence in Every Classroom
Registration Code: PD18PC027
Presenters: Eric Sheninger, International Center for Leadership in Education, Cypress, TX; Tom Murray, Future Ready Schools, Washington, D.C.
With the vast education inequities that have existed for centuries, all that is known about how students learn, and the predictions regarding the world that our students will face tomorrow, using a traditional one-size-fits-all approach to teaching and learning is education malpractice. In this institute built on the foundation of leadership and school culture, the presenters will share their redesigned learning experience that fundamentally shifts the teaching and learning paradigm to one that is personal and grounded in evidence, leverages technology, transforms the spaces in which learning occurs, helps educators grow professionally, promotes collaboration with the community, and ultimately ensures the sustainability of the system as a whole. Based on the presenters' new ASCD book Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow's Schools Today, this institute will dissect these eight keys, which each serve as a puzzle piece for redesigning the learning experience. Learn how to unlock tomorrow's schools so that today's modern learners leave ready to create new industries, find new cures, and solve world problems.
Materials Fee: $25.00 for Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow's Schools, Today
Registration Code: PD18PC028
Presenters: Eleanor Drago-Severson, Columbia University, New York, NY; Jessica Blum-DeStefano, Bank Street College of Education, New York, NY
Drawing from the facilitators' new book Leading Change Together (ASCD, 2018), and more than 25 years of research and teaching about adult development, this interactive institute will invite participants from across all levels of the school and education system (e.g., teachers, assistant principal, principals, coaches, district leaders, professional learning specialists) to learn about, explore, and experience the promise of a developmental approach to leadership and capacity building. Though educators often intuitively understand that children and youth need diverse supports and challenges to grow and thrive, the importance of differentiating professional development, supervision, feedback, collaborating, mentoring, teaching, coaching, and leading for adults is often overlooked. Given the mounting imperatives of teaching and leading today—including pressing issues of social justice, accountability, collaboration, and more—this institute will explore how caring for adults' diverse meaning making (about themselves, others, their work, leadership, learning, and the world) is one very promising way to help build the internal capacity needed in order to lead real change in classrooms, schools, and districts, and to positively influence student learning and achievement.
Specifically, the session will introduce you to a comprehensive, developmental model for building capacity and leading change in schools and systems that will help you
Through mini-lectures, reflective writing, dialogue, case analyses, collaborative application exercises, and action planning, the presenters will guide you through key elements of their new model—including adult developmental theory, organizational culture, collaborative practices for capacity building, developmental feedback, and sustainability. You will have multiple opportunities to apply big ideas and promising strategies to current and future practice.
Materials Fee: $24.00 for Leading Change Together: Developing Educator Capacity Within Schools and Systems
Registration Code: PD18PC029
Presenters: Joe DiMartino and the Center for Secondary School Redesign (CSSR), Warwick, RI
ASCD, in partnership with the Center for Secondary School Redesign (CSSR), has created a Spotlight on Innovative, Student-Centered Schools. This institute will bring together 18 extraordinary, innovative, and successful schools to share their redesign programs and strategies. The spotlight provides administrators, school leadership teams, practitioners, and students an opportunity to deeply engage with transformational school leaders and discuss crucial, relevant issues regarding the move to competency-based, student-centered schooling at all K–12 levels.
The schools that are participating have utilized unique strategies in order to embrace the philosophy of student-centered schools. In line with both ASCD's Whole Child approach and the CSSR philosophy of student-centered schooling, they exemplify the value of providing opportunities for students to develop voice and choice in their learning experience.
We all know that transformation doesn't happen overnight. Learning from others who have challenged the status quo will inspire you to undertake new projects that positively influence students. By the end of the institute, you will be able to answer the following questions
These are only a few of questions you will be able to answer by the conclusion of the Spotlight on Innovation.
Participants will be able to engage in depth with three of the presenting schools at the elementary, middle, or high school level and learn why they undertook the journey, what strategies they used to transform their schools, and how to plan to implement a similar initiative in their own setting. Each will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of presentations and from a range of schools from small to large in urban, suburban, and rural settings.
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Registration Code: PD18PC030
Move from ideas to actions that will prepare students to succeed in a diverse, interconnected world. Join us for panel discussions, inspiring talks, and interactive workshops led by teachers, administrators, and thought leaders. You'll leave with an action plan for a more globally oriented school or organization. This event is cohosted with the Global Education Conference Network as part of their Global Leadership Week.
Registration for this event is $199.00 per person and is separate from Empower18 conference registration.
Spend the morning touring the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. Dedicated to the life, leadership and legacy of our 35th president, the library conveys his enthusiasm for public service. After lunch, you'll visit the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.
Registration for this event is $99.00 per person and is separate from Empower18 conference registration.
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