2017 Schools to Watch Conference Presentations

13th Annual Schools to Watch® Conference Presentations

We welcome presentations from all designated Schools to Watch sites, National Forum members,
partnership organizations and commercial exhibitors (though no sales promotions or actual purchases may
be made during a workshop session). This conference will have designated strands and ask our presenters to choose one of the following strands.
____ Academic Excellence ____ Developmental Responsiveness ____ Social Equity
____ Organizational Structures ____ Exhibitor Workshop
____ Partnership Workshop

Friday, June 23, 2017
Presentations:

(AE) Session 101: Acceleration for ALL Learners

  • School to Watch: Old High Middle School
  • Location: Salon A
  • Date & Time: Friday 8:15 am - 9:15 am
  • Presenters: Jason Brunner, Jeff Wasem and Liz Blinn
  • Description: Join us to learn about tools, procedures, and systems, supporting fluid RtI programs in the world of PLCs.

 

(OS) Session 102: Using Systems to Create Culture, Encourage Engagement, and Pursue Academic Excellence

  • School to Watch: Centennial Middle School
  • Location: Salon B
  • Date & Time: Friday 8:15 am - 9:15 am
  • Presenters: Joe Simo, Thom Godfrey, Täna Arnold and Meghan Waschbusch
  • Description: At Centennial, we believe that every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets. We wanted different results, so we changed our systems. The systems we have implemented led to better school culture, increased student engagement and inspired a pursuit of academic excellence within our School of Innovation.

 

(SE) Session 103: "Taking it to the Streets"

  • School to Watch: 7 Mindsets
  • Location: Salon C
  • Date & Time: Friday 8:15 am - 9:15 am
  • Presenters: Lisa Walls and Christine Post
  • Description: In this session, engage with the principal of West Fargo's Liberty Middle School to learn how this social emotional learning approach has helped transform their school culture, decrease behavior issues, and quantifiably improve academic performance. Through mindset education, student and educator success is positively impacted as students and staff overcome limiting beliefs, raise their expectations, and develop greater connectedness to strengthen school climate and student resilience.

 

(DR) Session 104: Restorative Practices

  • School to Watch: Burlingame Intermediate School
  • Location: Salon D
  • Date & Time: Friday 8:15 am - 9:15 am
  • Presenters: Pam Scott, Tracey Berliner, Diego Zarate, Amelia Ramos and Bronia Whipp
  • Description: Learn how to effectively address student misbehavior through restorative practices. These practices help students more effectively communicate their needs and repair the harm they have caused to others. Through the consistent use of these strategies, our school has seen a decrease in repeat offenders and an increase in supportive, positive relationships.

 

(DR) Session 105: The Timberview Family: Learning, Growing, Leading TOGETHER

  • School to Watch: Timberview Middle School - Keller ISD
  • Location: Salon E
  • Date & Time: Friday 8:15 am - 9:15 am
  • Presenters: Sydney Bramer, Tracy Vineyard, Julie Parton, Grant Simpson, Brett Stamm, Scott Timms, Erica Parnell and Patty Gatzemeyer
  • Description: Join the Timberview Family as we share our story about ways we overcame obstacles, engaged families, focused on relationships, and built community trust on our journey to becoming a Texas School to Watch.

 

(AE) Session 106: PBL with Community Service

  • School to Watch: Learning to Give
  • Location: Salon F
  • Date & Time: Friday 8:15 am - 9:15 am
  • Presenters: Betsy Peterson, Ryan Steuer and Desiree Swaim
  • Description: Combining philanthropic goals with project-based learning adds life to a project. PBL infused with philanthropy will reach content goals AND the social/emotional needs of learners while making an impact on the community. Learning to Give’s philanthropic resources can help your team develop projects that change lives!

 

(DR) Session 107: “No Barriers” Program Intervention Specialist

  • School to Watch: Clague Middle School
  • Location: Salon G
  • Date & Time: Friday 8:15 am - 9:15 am
  • Presenters: Ché A. Carter, Jennifer Daddow, Brian Dickerson, Meredith Pedersen and Martina Vit
  • Description: “No Barriers” provides students with extended learning opportunities during the school day. Students have additional time to work on core academics and explore concepts at a deeper level. Students are placed into an advisory class and learn the skills necessary to be successful in middle school and beyond.

 

(DR) Session 108: Can You Hear Me Now? (Increasing Student Voice)

  • School to Watch: Garrard Middle School
  • Location: Salon H
  • Date & Time: Friday 8:15 am - 9:15 am
  • Presenters: Andrew Pickerill, Kia Lamb, Shannah Garner, Rachel Russell, Audrey Nichols, Jon Martin and Zach Simpson
  • Description: Learn how Garrard Middle School intentionally provides opportunities for student voice through leadership, develops their interests beyond the classroom, and engages them in serving the community.

 

(SE) Session 109: We're All in This Together

  • School to Watch: Palmetto Middle School
  • Location: Salon J
  • Date & Time: Friday 8:15 am - 9:15 am
  • Presenters: Carol Brooks, Susan McAbee and Betty Edwards
  • Description: Palmetto Middle School implements a school-based program that brings together students with and without intellectual disabilities to create a socially inclusive school through Unified Sports, inclusive youth leadership and whole school engagement. Attend this session to learn about Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools and how our students have been positively impacted.

 

(AE) Session 110: Game Development and Creating Music: Authentic Design Team Collaboration

  • School to Watch: William Annin Middle School
  • Location: Salon K
  • Date & Time: Friday 8:15 am - 9:15 am
  • Presenters: Steven Isaacs and Mark Fabio
  • Description:Game Development and Creating Music are two courses offered in the William Annin elective program. Hear about the collaboration between these two classes as students collaborate to create design teams where Mark Fabio's students create original musical scores for the games designed by students in Steve Isaacs’ class.

(AE) Session 112: No Bear Left Behind

  • School to Watch: Bailey Bridge Middle School
  • Location: Salon 1
  • Date & Time: Friday 8:15 am - 9:15 am
  • Presenters: Kume Goranson, Rebecca Harmon, Kristy VanderRoest and Lisa Hogsett
  • Description: Join us to learn how our school developed a plan to address the gaps between all students’ and special education students’ achievement on the Reading SOL. The practices that resulted in 13% growth for SPED scores in just one year will be shared in an interactive and honest way.

 

(OS) Session 113: The Power of Reflective Practices

  • School to Watch: Ellerbe Middle School
  • Location: Salon 2
  • Date & Time: Friday 8:15 am - 9:15 am
  • Presenters: Melvin L. Ingram, Jr., April Smitley, Allen Adeimy and Nikki Covington
  • Description: Reflection on what we do, why we do it and how this new knowledge can be used to help us to improve are essential to our “Schools to Watch (STW)” journey.   Ellerbe Middle School would like to share how reflective practices have influenced growth in our learning community.

 

(??) Session 114: Be PROactive Not Reactive!

  • School to Watch: Pennington Traditional School
  • Location: Salon 3
  • Date & Time: Friday 8:15 am - 9:15 am
  • Presenters: Umer Faizi, Ann Bullock-MacGowan, Ignatius Idio and Joyce Stockton
  • Description: Discover how to create a schoolwide consistent model for positive behavior. Come and learn how to use the universal behavioral matrix, explicit behavior instruction, and to support sutdents with behavioral needs.

 

(AE) Session 115: Rise to the Challenge: Academic Excellence through Connections

  • School to Watch: Suzanne Middle School
  • Location: Salon 4
  • Date & Time: Friday 8:15 am - 9:15 am
  • Presenters: Les Ojeda, Amy Smith, Marla Rickard, Helen Papadopoulos and Greg Stokes
  • Description: In a world where character is coming under attack and academic pressures are pulling kids down, schools are looking for ways to meet the needs of every student. Suzanne Middle School has established unique opportunities to cultivate academic growth while developing one's character. Come discover ways to build accountability, increase academic performance, support character and help students to use technology effectively and appropriately in our ever-changing world.

 

(OS) Session 116: A Pathway to Excellence through Structure, Design, and Communication

  • School to Watch: SPC. Rafael Hernando, III Middle School
  • Location: Salon 5
  • Date & Time: Friday 8:15 am - 9:15 am
  • Presenters: Venessa Betancourt and Mireya Reyes
  • Description: Organizational structures are key to maximize bell-to-bell instruction, disaggregate data, collaborate within professional learning communities, and address social emotional learning through systemic small learning communities. At Hernando, creative scheduling and systemic approaches for targeted assistance have resulted in academic success and college readiness.

 

(AE) Session 117: Number Talks

  • School to Watch: Downtown College Prep (Alum Rock Middle School)
  • Location: Salon 6
  • Date & Time: Friday 8:15 am - 9:15 am
  • Presenter: Kenda Pot
  • Description: In this session, participants will learn how to promote and foster rich discourse in math classrooms involving fluency, number sense, as well as effectively communicate their understanding in verbal and written forms. Each participant will receive handouts and strategies to help implement number talks immediately in the classroom.

 

(DR) Session 201: Middle North R.O.A.R.S.

  • School to Watch: Cabot Middle School North
  • Location: Salon A
  • Date & Time: Friday 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • Presenters: Dawn Peeples, Teri Duncan, Adam Koehler, Frankie Glover and Erica Riddle
  • Description: Middle school students R.O.A.R. during this unique adolescent stage of life. Our school brand, R.O.A.R.S., stands for responsibility, outstanding citizenship, academics, resilience, and service. To be developmentally responsive, an environment that supports the whole child must be fostered. Developing a brand such as this will be addressed during this presentation.

 

(AE) Session 202: Engaging Students through Innovation: iLAB

  • School to Watch: Rocky Heights Middle School
  • Location: Salon B
  • Date & Time: Friday 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • Presenters: Dodi Poulos, Heather Cox, Cullen Hilsendager, Cam Randolph and Matt Wilson
  • Description: A student-driven approach to academic excellence through a design thinking model. Learn how to motivate students to take ownership of their own learning.

 

(SE) Session 203: Accepting the Challenge to Grow All Students

  • School to Watch: Goshen Middle School
  • Location: Salon C
  • Date & Time: Friday 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • Presenters: Mark Edwards, Wendy Flynn, Gina Taylor, Lisa Edwards, Angela Clark and Brittany Wenker
  • Description: Creating a compelling school culture with a foundation of innovation, positive staff-student relationships, and growing the whole child in an academically and economically diverse setting. Goshen Middle School discusses a variety of different methods for meeting the needs of all students and encouraging a growth mindset.

 

(OS) Session 204: Incorporating 21st Century Practices Into Your Instructional Program

  • School to Watch: Chaparral Middle School
  • Location: Salon D
  • Date & Time: Friday 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • Presenters: Ron Thibodeaux, Jen Alcazar and Julie Avenetti
  • Description: Today's student learns differently than those of past generations. At Chaparral, we have instituted organizational structures that promote instructional practices that are mindful of student engagement data, while simultaneously utilizing a one-to-one learning environment that is highly interactive, rigorous, and relevant.

 

(OS) Session 205: The Road To Student Success is Always Under Construction: Organizational Structures to Build Upon

  • School to Watch: Acton Middle School
  • Location: Salon E
  • Date & Time: Friday 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • Presenters: Jimmy Dawson, Mindy Badgett, Kristie Berryman, JeriAnn Dewberry, Scott Carpenter, Julie Morris and Rosa Magallanes
  • Description: Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is a process. Working together is essential. Our belief statement is the blueprint that frames our strong foundation. Come hear about our DIY (do it yourself) tools used to forge a school that creates a culture that shapes and drives students success.

 

(FP) Session 206:Capitol Hill Update: The First Six Months of the 115th Congress

  • National Forum Partners: Washington Partners
  • Location: Salon F
  • Date & Time: Friday 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • Presenters: Ellen Fern, Managing Director, Washington Partners, LLC and Kuna Tavalin, Policy Director, Washington Partners, LLC
  • Description: The 115th Congress was sworn in on January 3rd, and President Trump on January 20th. Since that time the pace has been fast and furious with many regulations and guidance from the Obama Administration revoked and President Trump’s first official budget proposal presented to Congress. While States begin to plan for the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that places more decision-making authority back to the state and local levels, the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed FY 2018 drastically cuts federal spending by almost 14 percent. This session will provide an overview of what the House and Senate education committees have been working on related to education policy and how the new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s priorities have been received thus far by Congress.

 

(OS) Session 207: PBIS Practices in a Culturally Proficient Context

  • School to Watch: East Middle School
  • Location: Salon G
  • Date & Time: Friday 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • Presenter: Scott Burek
  • Description: Utilizing PBIS to set expectations for all students through visuals, practice, reflection and reinforcement. Tier 1 reward systems and examples will be given for you to use in your own building/classroom. Strategies to change negative behaviors, enhance engagement, and create the best climate possible will be discussed.

 

(AE) Session 208: Writing in All Contents: A School Wide Program

  • School to Watch: Union County Middle School
  • Location: Salon H
  • Date & Time: Friday 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • Presenters: Jeremy Roach, Erika Odom, Tammy Mosby, Kelli Ralston and Stephanie Plumlee
  • Description: In order to address academic excellence in all areas, writing was identified as a school wide growth goal. Teachers and administrators share their experience in implementing, teaching, and goal setting for a school-wide writing program. The goal of this session is to provide a practical hands-on approach with lessons learned, resources that were developed, and examples of how to teach writing to a variety of ability levels in multiple content settings.

 

(DR) Session 209: Keeping Kids Connected through Fun Academy

  • School to Watch: Chapin Middle School
  • Location: Salon J
  • Date & Time: Friday 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • Presenters: Anna Miller, Ron McGinty, Renee Bosco and Felicia Kopelman
  • Description: Chapin Middle extends learning beyond the traditional curriculum by incorporating Fun Academy. Whether it’s Zumba, Fantasy Football, Italian, or Cheeses of the World, students broaden their experiences by selecting a Fun Academy of their choice.

 

(AE) Session 210: Harrison Township: A Future Ready Community Producing Global Citizens

  • School to Watch: Pleasant Valley School
  • Location: Salon K
  • Date & Time: Friday 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • Presenters: Andrew P. Davis, Chad Flexon, Anna Lisa Rodano, Lisa Heenan, Jennifer Hackett-Slimm, Valerie Cline and Missy Peretti
  • Description: Empower professionals to implement Student Ed Camp and Design Studio for the purpose of providing a future ready school space to inspire collaboration, communication, creation and critical thinking. Highlight the importance of 21st Century Learning opportunities to support students as they have more choice and voice in their learning.

 

(STW) Session 211: Principal to Principal

  • School to Watch: National Forum
  • Location: Salon Rosslyn
  • Date & Time: Friday 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • Presenter: Bruce Vosburgh
  • Description: A facilitated time for principals to share practices, gather ideas, and ask questions. Participants will be engaged in a discussion focused on the issues and concerns that they identify.

 

(SE) Session 212: Building a Positive School Culture through Social Equity: Past, Present, and Future!

  • School to Watch: Swift Creek Middle School
  • Location: Salon 1
  • Date & Time: Friday 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • Presenters: Calvin Frye, Darleen Stigall and Jennifer Mitchener
  • Description: There is no silver bullet for social equity; it takes a holistic approach that encompasses continual reflection and modifications. We include the methodologies of past, present, and future to build a positive school culture. Furthermore, we employ an, “all hands on deck,” approach to promote social equity - AHOY SAILORS!

 

(DR) Session 213: Rocket Ready: Developmentally responsive practices to support student growth

  • School to Watch: Rockingham Middle School
  • Location: Salon 2
  • Date & Time: Friday 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • Presenters: Wendy Kelly Jordan, Jennifer Brach, Talia Swiney and Nikki Covington
  • Description: This session will focus on how the unique culture at Rockingham Middle School contributes to students learning at high levels, students engaging in trusting and supportive relationships with adults at the school and students learning about themselves as individuals in the school and community setting.

 

(AE) Session 214: Learn How MVUSD Reached 83% Reclassification Rate in Three Years!

  • School to Watch: Moreno Valley Unified School District
  • Location: Salon 3
  • Date & Time: Friday 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • Presenters: Lilia F. Villa, Martinrex Kedziora and Theresa Hancock
  • Description: The English Learner Families For College (FFC) i3 Grant academic program addressed an urgent problem...Long Term English Learners' limited access to A-G curriculum essentially blocked their college and career prospects. Lean how highly effective English 3D teacher training profoundly impacted EL trajectory leading to an astounding 83% reclassification rate.

 

(AE) Session 215: Be FLEXible! Meeting the Needs of All Learners

  • School to Watch: Rancho-Starbuck Intermediate School
  • Location: Salon 4
  • Date & Time: Friday 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • Presenters: Linda Takacs, Christine Berg, Lori Miller, Whitney Takacs, Tamara Irving and Barbara Aguilar
  • Description: Join us to hear how you can implement intervention AND enrichment during the school day to support the struggling learner and offer enrichment to those meeting standards. In this session, you will be given the tools to start your own Flex program. Try it, it works!

 

(OS) Session 216: Creative Scheduling for Whole Child Support

  • School to Watch: Richard L. Scoggins Middle School
  • Location: Salon 5
  • Date & Time: Friday 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • Presenters: Barbara Warner, Christie Combest, Jody Clark and Kimberly Lam
  • Description: In order to meet the academic and developmental needs of our students, Scoggins Middle School has made use of creative bell scheduling to build in Target Time for academic intervention and enrichment, and C3 Team Time (Care, Connection, Community) in gender-specific groups to provide guidance, team-building, and Whole Child support.

 

(AE) Session 217: Topographic Treasures

  • School to Watch: Lone Oak Middle School
  • Location: Salon 6
  • Date & Time: Friday 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • Presenter: Gina Stevens
  • Description: This presentation focuses on instructional methods that incorporate opportunities for all learning modalities. Bringing current issues that are happening outside of the classroom to the forefront of the lesson, while making current Essential Knowledge and Skills one facet of the product.

 

(DR) Session 301: CREATING A TURNING POINT THROUGH FAST FOCUS, ICU, CLUBNECTIONS, VIP, DATA DAY, & MORE!

  • School to Watch: Greenbrier Middle School
  • Location: Salon A
  • Date & Time: Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Presenters: Kelli Martin, Lindsay Griffin, Amy Evans and Rachel Atkinson
  • Description: A plethora of practical yet powerful initiatives that take place before, during, & after school at GMS will be shared! Our culture is to promptly & collaboratively respond to & support our middle level students who have academic, behavioral, social, & personal at-risk behaviors, plus create an environment ideal to all preadolescent learners! We'll show you how!

 

(SE) Session 302: Challenging All Students with Rigorous Core Curriculum, Intervention and Innovative Programming

  • School to Watch: Longs Peak Middle School
  • Location: Salon B
  • Date & Time: Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Presenters: Ann Reed, Ann Reed, Colin Rickman, Kelly Addington, Josh VanAuken and Megan Fruvellhoff
  • Description: LPMS is recognized for outstanding growth, high-quality learning, social emotional support, and innovative experiences. Social equity is implemented through heterogeneous core classes, flexible intervention, and high participation in after school activities. The STW Social Equity Criteria emphasize adaptive curriculum and quality learning. Staff builds strong relationships and emphasizes post-secondary readiness.

 

(OS) Session 303: "Earn Your Stripes: Learning to Lead the Zebra Way"

  • School to Watch: Rochester Middle School
  • Location: Salon C
  • Date & Time: Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Presenters: Oscar Haughs, Cassie Murphy, Lauri Atkinson, Chad Thomas, Tammy Paul, Kyle Bernotus and Nathan Kreamer
  • Description: "School is a community of engagement in which learning, experimentation, and the opportunity for reflection are the norm." Rochester Middle School has a dynamic "Leadership Team" that meets weekly to ensure RMS runs efficiently and effectively. In addition, the master schedule facilitates built-in vertical and horizontal collaboration groups allowing consistent time for data analysis, student information discussions, cross-curricular planning and much more.

 

(DR) Session 304:

Leave No Cub Behind: Clifton's Signature Practice of Cub Academy (Response to Intervention and Enrichment)

  • School to Watch: Clifton Middle School
  • Location: Salon D
  • Date & Time: Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Presenters: Jennifer Jackson, Courtney Glass, Marilyn Smith, Christine Simonoff, Gina Ayala, Nikole Burgess and Paul Flores
  • Description: Come hear how a newly designated School to Watch implemented a teacher-driven program to target the individual needs of all students. This presentation will provide the planning, implementation, and monitoring process along with the astounding results!

 

(DR) Session 305: Building FUN-damental Relationships

  • School to Watch: Dixie Melillo Middle School
  • Location: Salon E
  • Date & Time: Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Presenters: Chris Bui, Diane Wheeler, Adriana Saavedra, Jacqueline Carmona and Jenny Vann
  • Description: Building relationships within our school is FUN-damental in establishing positive learning environments. During school we provide opportunities outside the classroom setting for students and staff to interact and build relationships. Come see how building connections is a priority for our school family through service project fundraisers, clubs, and character education!

 

(OS) Session 306: Establishing School-Business Partnerships

  • School to Watch: Horace Mann
  • Location: Salon F
  • Date & Time: Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Presenters: James Yale, TBD
  • Description: Schools often have unmet needs which limit their ability to deliver on their mission and goals. This session will explore a step-by-step approach to establish school-business partnerships that create a win-win situation for all parties involved.

 

(SE) Session 307: Creating a Unique Middle School Identity

  • School to Watch: Oscoda Middle School
  • Location: Salon G
  • Date & Time: Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Presenters: Amy Alda and Linda Skodack
  • Description: “Every second counts” in middle school! How do you create a unique middle school identity? Throughout the session we will share how we changed our culture through advisory, after-school programs, and PBIS to move from a “junior high” to a School to Watch.

 

(SE) Session 308: Every Child, Every Chance, Every day

  • School to Watch: Mayfield Middle School
  • Location: Salon H
  • Date & Time: Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Presenters: Kim Reed, Kelly Stinson and Santana Baker
  • Description: Mayfield Middle celebrates global diversity by offering coaching and modeling of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Leaders, distinct expectations promoting academics and personal excellence through PBIS, as well as academic remediation and enrichment in Cards After Hours. We commit to our vision of Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day.

 

(AE) Session 309: Creating a Rotating Bell Schedule

  • School to Watch: Crayton Middle School Richland School District One
  • Location: Salon J
  • Date & Time: Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Presenters: Susan Childs, Cheryl Taylor and Angela Burns
  • Description: With the creation of a rotating bell schedule our school has protected the learning environment by reducing the number of late arrivals and early dismissals within the same class; improved the learning by allowing teachers and students to see each other at a variety of times throughout the school hours; and eliminated parental requests for specialized student scheduling. Come see how easy it is to create a rotating bell schedule at your school!

 

(DR) Session 310: Developmental Responsiveness: Critical Component When Improving Our School

  • School to Watch: Ada Cosgrove Middle School
  • Location: Salon K
  • Date & Time: Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Presenters: Ned Dale, Katie Jo Passero, Katie Burgstrom, Laura Kazmierski, Jackquelyn Woodard and Kristine Cameron
  • Description: When thinking about improving our middle school, we focused on the needs and development of our students from all aspects. Our system change and approach required collaboration from the administration and every department to improve our school! This workshop will address every indicator and push you to think about how your school is developmentally responsive.

 

(STW) Session 311: Becoming a STW Leader

  • School to Watch: National Forum
  • Location: Salon Rosslyn
  • Date & Time: Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Presenter: Cathy Toman
  • Description: How can you become more actively involved in the Schools to Watch program? How was a STW principal able to take over the leadership of her state’s STW program while also serving as a school principal? Finding the time and being able to leave my school was a challenge, but by using a shared leadership model I was able to manage both responsibilities effectively. In this session I will share my story and how I made this work. It is true: where there is a will there is a way.

 

(OS) Session 312: 21st Century Skills Through Multi-Media Production/Maker-Space

  • School to Watch: Robious Middle School
  • Location: Salon 1
  • Date & Time: Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Presenters: Derek Wasnock, Catherine Burkett, Allison Couillard and Sandra Guyer
  • Description: A Multi-media Production/Makerspace has enormous potential to foster curiosity and creativity in a place where success is measured through the design process! Students research and define problems, use their imagination to provide potential solutions, build actual prototypes or designs, test and evaluate, and then learn through trial and error how to revise and redesign. The interplay between hands on experience and access to new technologies enables students to actively learn and think.

 

(AE) Session 313: Adventures of Necessary Change

  • School to Watch: Newton-Conover STEM Middle School
  • Location: Salon 2
  • Date & Time: Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Presenters: Rosanna Whisnant, Jessica Schouweiler, Ashley Pack, Summer Sheridan, Kelly Cannon, Marylynn Miles, Sherrie Jones and Michelle Kowalewski
  • Description: Learn how in two years, a school with -17% growth shifted to meeting growth. Our journey includes practices changes in curriculum, PBIS, and STEM.

 

(AE) Session 314: Accelerated Academic Language Development for All Learners

  • School to Watch: The Academic Vocabulary Toolkit & Academic Language Development
  • Location: Salon 3
  • Date & Time: Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Presenters: Theresa Hancock, Erica Melendrez, Suzy Lambert, Sonia Perez and Debbie Fitzgerald
  • Description: Learn how a major USDOE development grant has been invested in accelerating English language arts outcomes for all students, particularly English learners and high-need learners. Discover how the Academic Vocabulary Toolkit and key instructional routines are dramatically accelerating academic language achievement, and putting several hundred students on the path to college and career success.

 

(DR) Session 315: SMART: An Advisory Program That Works!

  • School to Watch: Huron Middle School
  • Location: Salon 4
  • Date & Time: Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Presenters: Javier Gonzalez, Jicela Jimenez, Pete Alvarado, Jessica Gutierrez, Roberto Pimentel, Francisco Hernandez and Raymond Ramirez
  • Description: A successful advisory program can yield measurable results, including improved grades and test scores, fewer behavior-related referrals, and better attendance. Advisories create a more personalized learning environment where all students are well known by at least one adult through small group meetings. In this session, we will share our journey in implementing a successful SMART advisory program. You will learn about the SMART planning process, structure, design and activities.

 

(AE) Session 316: Unlock the Madness

  • School to Watch: Richfield Public School Academy
  • Location: Salon 5
  • Date & Time: Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Presenters: Amy Boyles, Diana Pochmara, Ryan Lisek, Lorie Goodale, Tiffany Burghdorf, Lisa Wilkes and Dan Davis
  • Description: Changing the Culture of School! Taking risks and implementing new initiatives will not only improve student and teacher success but cultivate a whole school mind shift. In this session you will be given strategies for teacher growth, engagement strategies in the classroom, standards based grading with growth mindset, different scheduling options, implementation of ‘mini courses,’ differentiated lesson plan designs, and how to involve parents more often in school activities. We guarantee a session that will “Unlock the Madness!”

 

(OS) Session 317: Blue Ridge Technology Center

  • School to Watch: Blue Ridge Middle School
  • Location: Salon 6
  • Date & Time: Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Presenters: Nancy Griffith-Cochran, Brion Bell and Matt Bolen
  • Description: The Blue Ridge Technology Center embeds high quality professional development into the hours of the school day. Utilizing the content learning team co-planning time, teachers work to plan lessons, assessments, and project based experiences in which students can own their learning. The BRTC fosters responsible and relevant technology integration into daily classroom instruction.

 

(AE) Session 401: Teaching with Engagement in Mind

  • School to Watch: Derry Area Middle School
  • Location: Salon A
  • Date & Time: Friday 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
  • Presenters: Lisa Dubich, Sarah Dunn, Debbie Gray and Michael Moximchalk
  • Description: How do you effectively engage students in learning, especially students living in poverty? In this hands-on session, you will practice proven strategies that motivate students in classrooms that are relevant, engaging, and affirming. Based on the work of Erik Jensen, these engagement strategies will improve learning for all students. Learn how one middle school transformed teaching and learning, reduced discipline, and created high levels of student engagement.

 

(DR) Session 402: Culture is the Key

  • School to Watch: Jenkins Middle School
  • Location: Salon B
  • Date & Time: Friday 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
  • Presenters: Darren Joiner, Marley Wheeler, Chris Cruz and Talitha Couture
  • Description: Behind any successful organization is a value system that everyone is committed to living out each day. We believe that before learning can take place, we must create the conditions for it to happen. This session will focus on proven ways to build and sustain a culture that is fun, passionate, and productive.

 

(AE) Session 403: Igniting Student and Teacher Passion by using Alternate Curricula

  • School to Watch: Triton Central Middle School
  • Location: Salon C
  • Date & Time: Friday 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
  • Presenters: Bobby Thompson, Sara Marshall, Isaac Hilgert, Cary Hargis, Amber Maurice and Sarah Papin-Thomas
  • Description: A different approach to the school day that offers big results! This one change has ignited a passion for learning in our students and has helped teachers find their love for teaching again! It has also dramatically increased our students' and teachers' attendance and engagement!

 

(SE) Session 404: Scorpion Academy - Safe Have for Students

  • School to Watch: Desert Springs Middle School
  • Location: Salon D
  • Date & Time: Friday 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
  • Presenters: Kiela Snider and Jessica Miller
  • Description: We have built a safe haven for the most at risk students. Learn about systems in place at DSMS to ensure all students are getting the education they deserve. We will cover special programs, policies, scheduling and training. Learn about the process from beginning to end for all aspects and how they are interwoven to complete the picture.

 

(OS) Session 405: Demographics Won't Dictate Our Destiny! A Systems Approach to Building a School Culture of Success

  • School to Watch: Harwood Junior High School
  • Location: Salon E
  • Date & Time: Friday 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
  • Presenters: Toby Givens, Stacy Force, Shannon Hathaway, Cynthia Morgan and Misty Donaho
  • Description: This session will focus on how to increase student success through the use of a continuous improvement approach. Topics will include: building community partnerships, campus mentor programs, building teacher morale, increasing student attendance and academic achievement.

 

(AE) Session 406: Fishing with Content Literacy: How to Catch the Attention of Any Middle School Student

  • School to Watch: Shelbyville Middle School
  • Location: Salon F
  • Date & Time: Friday 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
  • Presenters: Ryan Mikus, Wes Hall, Rachel Hutchinson, Jan Meyer, Shanae Dees, Michael Johnson, Marijo Snow and Joe Anspaugh
  • Description: Shelbyville Middle School teachers will not only share content literacy standards, but field-tested strategies that work in multiple disciplines. Literacy is NOT just an English language arts "thing". Come learn how one school's focus on content area literacy can make a difference in supporting student growth.

 

(DR) Session 407: Building Community through Advisory

  • School to Watch: Marshall Greene Middle School
  • Location: Salon G
  • Date & Time: Friday 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
  • Presenters: Katie Phillips, Lindsay O'Connell, Scott Preston, Jenni Mudge, Jenni Snider and Travis Boquette
  • Description: MGMS is a 5th-8th grade middle school. Our advisory program is designed to allow for a sense of family in each advisory while also building a sense of community throughout the school. The presentation will share our plan and how we rolled out activities to improve student-teacher relationships.

 

(DR) Session 408: Employability Skills

  • School to Watch: Rowan County Middle School
  • Location: Salon H
  • Date & Time: Friday 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
  • Presenters: James Padula, Allison Slone, James Hood, Marybeth Armstrong and Lynette Gillespie
  • Description: Are your students prepared for the work force? Rowan County Middle School and community partners developed a rubric to assess student attainment of employability/soft skills. Educating, assessing and rewarding the attainment of skills which prepare our students to enter the work force, are key points to this program.

 

(SE) Session 409: A Recipe for Success: Career Cafe' 101

  • School to Watch: College Park Middle School
  • Location: Salon J
  • Date & Time: Friday 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
  • Presenters: Jennifer Sowers, Daniel Strickland, Judy Stevenson, Elisabeth Edwards, Peggy Weatherford, Cameron Bongiorno, Ashley Edwards, Joan Totten, Rebecca Owens and Gina Maxie
  • Description: Please join College Park Middle for a spotlight on our "Lunch and Learn" program, where guest speakers provide insight into various career opportunities. You will learn how we engage our community in supporting all students’ learning and growth, while also preparing our students for career readiness. We will share information and resources for implementing this career initiative in your schools.

 

(AE) Session 410: Local College Connections

  • School to Watch: Memorial Junior High School
  • Location: Salon K
  • Date & Time: Friday 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
  • Presenters: Bret Strauss, Taylor Connolly and Nakeshai Smith
  • Description: In partnership with local colleges, MJHS promotes academic excellence. By developing partnership agreements with colleges our students receive weekly support in ELA skills and attend a one week summer Junior High School boot camp. College day programs for our 9th graders, and 7th and 8th grade college-themed teams, promote high standards for our students.

 

(AE) Session 411: Walkthrough Evaluations benefiting Teachers and Adminstrators

  • School to Watch: Harmony Middle School
  • Location: Salon 1
  • Date & Time: Friday 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
  • Presenters: Kristen Hepner and Jeff Jacobson
  • Description: To encourage academic excellence, it is important for administrators and teachers to be on the same page about classroom instruction. At Harmony Middle School, we use a consistent walkthrough observation program to promote critical thinking and rigor. Hear how both teachers and administrators benefit from our walkthrough model.

 

(OS) Session 412: A Journey to School-Wide Differentiation

  • School to Watch: Rogers-Herr Year-Round Middle School
  • Location: Salon 2
  • Date & Time: Friday 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
  • Presenters: Jennifer Hall, Kecia Rogers, Lance Scott and Jennifer Aguilar
  • Description: Our middle school has embarked on a journey to implement differentiation school-wide. What was the impetus? How do we foster a community of differentiation? How do we offer in-house professional development opportunties to support this endeavor? What steps have we taken and what are our next steps? Come and find ideas that you can take back to your building.

 

(AE) Session 413: Supporting Effective Educator Development- Focused Instructional Model in Mathematics

  • National Forum Partner: The Institute for Excellence in Education
  • Location: Salon 3
  • Date & Time: Friday 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
  • Presenters: Stephanie Hayward, Nick Cannis, Katie Rupe and Maria Santiago
  • Description: Join SEED state coaches as they share their experiences with teachers and students around The Focused Instructional Model. Recurrent exposure to grade-level content, regular progress monitoring, and embedded student goal setting has changed the way teachers and, most importantly, students, feel about math while maintaining a focus on academic excellence!

 

(AE) Session 414: RTI: Real Time Improvement in Middle School

  • School to Watch: Mare Island Technology Academy
  • Location: Salon 4
  • Date & Time: Friday 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
  • Presenters: Alex Insaurralde and Lynne Vaughn
  • Description: We will present data about how we reduced F rates, increased honor roll rates, and increased our collective API score by 150 points using the RTI system that we developed for our school. The system incorporates extra time at the end of class periods, end of day, and after school. We’ll focus on how these components were developed, how the system is managed, and how we track results.

 

(AE) Session 415: One School, No Borders: Implementing Global Student Access

  • School to Watch: Haskell STEM Academy
  • Location: Salon 5
  • Date & Time: Friday 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
  • Presenters: Camille Lewis, Jose Torices and Eric Gutierrez
  • Description: In this session we will share how Haskell STEM Academy is implementing global student access through our STEM curriculum, AVID and Honors by Demonstration programs, putting underrepresented students on the path to success in Advanced Placement courses, college readiness, and STEM careers.

 

(DR) Session 501: Promoting a Successful Outdoor Education Program

  • School to Watch: Schuylkill Valley Middle School
  • Location: Salon A
  • Date & Time: Friday 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Presenters: Dana Heins, Codie Bender and Jonathan Jenkins
  • Description: Learn how SVMS students participate in an outdoor education immersion program that culminates in a 3 day experience. Students identify how to promote experiential learning of real world skills through outdoor education and promote the application of these newly acquired skills in and out of the classroom environment.

 

(OS) Session 502: Implementing New Programs to Stay a STW

  • School to Watch: Hudson Bend Middle School
  • Location: Salon B
  • Date & Time: Friday 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Presenter: Mark Robinson
  • Description: HBMS was named a Texas School to Watch in 2014. We’ve continued to grow our program and explore new initiatives to engage our school community.   Hear about some of our new processes including flipped open house, faculty badges, student voice initiative, and Day of Service, on our way to re-designating.

 

(SE) Session 503: Recognizing and Reward Your Staff and Students Year Round

  • School to Watch: Tri-West Middle School
  • Location: Salon C
  • Date & Time: Friday 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Presenters: Ryan Nickoli, Travis Smith, Sara Workman, Gina Whitaker, Brian Powers and Lana Koontz
  • Description: Whoa! It's true! We've recognized 100% of our students and staff for 10 straight years. See multiple examples of what we do with our staff and students at all grade levels to recognize them during the school year. Also, see how we do an academic pep rally from start to finish that truly gets the students and staff excited about comiing to school each day.

 

(DR) Session 504: A Developmental Approach to College and Career Readiness through Advisory

  • School to Watch: Downtown College Prep Alum Rock Middle School
  • Location: Salon D
  • Date & Time: Friday 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Presenters: Edgar Chavez and Sarah LeDuff
  • Description: Downtown College Prep continuously explores developmentally responsive models to address college and career readiness for students from low-income and first-generation backgrounds. The workshop will focus on understanding practical research on developmental approaches to college and career readiness and activities to build a more engaged middle school advisory program.

 

(AE) Session 505: Benefits of Co-Teaching and Building the Co-Teaching Relationship

  • School to Watch: Armando Chapa MIddle School
  • Location: Salon E
  • Date & Time: Friday 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Presenters: Kelly Goodman, Lisa I. Walls, Leah Cochran, Adam Poynor and Stephanie Ballard
  • Description: Do you have questions about co-teaching or how it might benefit your students? Chapa Middle School is in their 3rd year of the co-teach model and has had great success. We will share the benefits of the co-teach model, the research behind it, the different co-teach approaches, and why we believe our students are making academic gains. We will also discuss the importance of the relationship between the general education teacher and special education teacher and other systems our teachers have in place.

 

(SE) Session 506: Beyond the Norsemen Code

  • School to Watch: Northside Middle School
  • Location: Salon F
  • Date & Time: Friday 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Presenters: Paul Lineburg, Holly Wakeland, Carina Hughes, Karen Perry-Carroll and Amdanda Waldron
  • Description: Any efficient program must grow and adapt in order to function successfully. No one could have predicted how a positive behavior system changed the culture of Northside Middle School. Join our staff as we share how the Norsemen Code affected students and staff in ways we never imagined.

 

(SE) Session 507: Cultivating a Culture of Inclusion

  • School to Watch: Baldwin Street Middle School
  • Location: Salon G
  • Date & Time: Friday 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Presenters: Joel Olson, Heidi Newenhouse, Heather Stauffer and Allyson Harder
  • Description: Baldwin Street Middle School implements several peer-to-peer opportunities designed to help students with and without disabilities build meaningful relationships. These opportunities include Unified Basketball, Extended Teen Leadership, and other LINKS activities that foster inclusion both in school and within the community.

 

(AE) Session 508: Teaching with Place and Objects

  • School to Watch: Olmstead School
  • Location: Salon H
  • Date & Time: Friday 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Presenter: Kathleen Bailey
  • Description: Learn how to use objects to create depth and critical thinking in your content. An online museum collection will be used. Working in small groups, you will create your own presentation using the museum collection and present your findings. (You will need to bring a laptop to create the presentation.)

 

(OS) Session 509: Creative Leadership for Student-Centered Learning

  • School to Watch: League Academy of Communication Arts
  • Location: Salon J
  • Date & Time: Friday 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Presenter: Mary Leslie Anderson
  • Description: The presentation will cover ways to engage a faculty in student-centered learning strategies thorugh administrative leadership. It will be rooted in the STW criteria.

 

(AE) Session 510: Digging Deep and Making Sense Out of Data

  • School to Watch: Blythewood Middle School
  • Location: Salon K
  • Date & Time: Friday 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Presenters: Karis Mazyck and Greta Carter
  • Description: What's behind those numbers?! Participants will walk away from this session with strategies on how to help teachers and students make sense out of data. Participants will receive strategies on how to assist students in setting academic goals based on their data and teachers will learn how to take their data and use it to drive their instructional practices.

 

(DR) Session 511: Power C's: Collaboration, Communication, Community, and Connections

  • School to Watch: Stone Hill Middle School
  • Location: Salon 1
  • Date & Time: Friday 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Presenters: Robert Rimmel, Shena Brown, Karyn O'Neill, Jaclyn Royster, Edward Chi and Kathryn Clark
  • Description: This presentation will focus on changing the culture of your school through the use of the four C's. Collaboration, Communication, Community, and Connections are essential to create a high performing middle school that is sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence.

 

(AE) Session 512: New Leadership, Same School: How to Maintain Your STW Status through an Administrative Transition

  • School to Watch: Chowan Middle School
  • Location: Salon 2
  • Date & Time: Friday 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Presenters: John Lassiter, Debbie Bunch and Janie Joseph
  • Description: Chowan Middle School was designated as a STW in 2010 and redesigned in 2013. How did new leadership maintain the programs that made CMS a "School to Watch" while overcoming budget cuts, declining enrollment, and a reduction in staff.

 

(OS) Session 513: Data-Driven Lesson Management Systems

  • School to Watch: McFarland Middle School
  • Location: Salon 5
  • Date & Time: Friday 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Presenters: Manuel Cantu and Monica MArroquin
  • Description: Vertical articulation requires making decisions on assessment data that supports lesson design, student monitoring and increasing rigor with purpose. We have developed a lesson management system that allows us to articulate content and rigor.

Saturday, June 24
Presentations:

(OS) Session 601: All-You-Can Implement Buffet

  • School to Watch: Palmetto Middle School
  • Location: Salon 1
  • Date & Time: Saturday 8:30 am - 9:30 am
  • Presenters: Carol Brooks and Susan McAbee
  • Description: Palmetto Middle School will showcase a BUFFET of programs to implement without any cost to your school! These are all programs that you can begin tomorrow! We will touch on all of the STW criteria! A buffet you do not want to miss!

 

(DR) Session 602: Guiding Principles to Nurture Resilient Learners in Your Classroom

  • School to Watch: Black River Middle School
  • Location: Salon 2
  • Date & Time: Saturday 8:30 am - 9:30 am
  • Presenters: Robert Mullen, Joseph Pizzo and Kenneth Piascik
  • Description: Nurturing resilient learners is a collaborative session dealing with educating the whole child. Let's explore research-based strategies to reach all students, ways to improve instruction, and methods to foster a growth mindset. This presentation will change your thinking about your students, and possibly even your role as an educator.

 

(OS) Session 603: Continuing Excellence on Purpose

  • School to Watch: Landmark Middle School
  • Location: Salon 3
  • Date & Time: Saturday 8:30 am - 9:30 am
  • Presenters: Kamilah O'Connor, Timothy Gallegos, Amanda Fernandes and Chrystal Thomas
  • Description: Learn about programs and strategies used at a successful re-designated School to Watch. Hear how additions to our framework have re-energized our campus making our school a landmark for cutting edge academic and social practices. Discover how to bring successful programs to your site to build a positive school culture and increase student achievement.

 

(AE) Session 604: Middle School in the 21st Century: School-Wide Strategies for Literacy, Technology, and Career Opportunities

  • School to Watch: Washington Academic Middle School
  • Location: Salon 4
  • Date & Time: Saturday 8:30 am - 9:30 am
  • Presenters: Sokunveary (Soki) Siv, Melissa Aaron and Leo Castillo
  • Description: Washington Academic M.S. is a PLC Model School. We will share our school-wide strategies for Reading, Writing, and Academic Discourse across all content areas, College and Career Pathways, and Technology Integration in a school of 75% Hispanic and 100% free-and-reduced lunch. Presentation will provide several resources as examples for implementation.

 

(AE) Session 605: Advisory and Power Hour

  • School to Watch: Armando Chapa Middle School
  • Location: Salon 5
  • Date & Time: Saturday 8:30 am - 9:30 am
  • Presenters: Lisa I. Walls, Leah Cochran, Kelly Goodman, Adam Poynor and Stephanie Ballard
  • Description: How do you get advisory and a tier 2 intervention embedded during the school day? How do you make sure all teachers are providing intervention or enrichment in their content as well as provide enrichment for the fine arts? After 11 years, we think we have the right schedule and the right systems in place. Come learn how we have implemented advisory and power hour to help reach all our students.

 

(AE) Session 606: An Innovative Approach to Academic Excellence

  • School to Watch: Carmel Middle School
  • Location: Salon 6
  • Date & Time: Saturday 8:30 am - 9:30 am
  • Presenters: Alycia Nikolaus, Peggy Fadero, Bethany Gullion and LeDuan Pratt
  • Description: Carmel Middle School has consistently improved academic practice through an innovative implementation of literacy in all content areas, strategic decision making for staffing, academic and character enrichment (ACE), personalized learning, 1:1 technology, and data-driven professional learning communities.

 

(OS) Session 607: Crystal Clear: Our PBIS and Standards-Based Grading and Assessment Journey.

  • School to Watch: Gainesville Middle School for the Arts & Sciences
  • Location: Salon 7
  • Date & Time: Saturday 8:30 am - 9:30 am
  • Presenters: Catherine Porter-Lucas, Carol April, Todd Yoho and Cesar Maisonet
  • Description: This presentation highlights the work of GVMS staff to provide a positive learning environment for all students. The emphasis is on PBIS and student recognition systems as well as a standards-based focus on student learning and mastery of the learning targets. These two areas of focus help students have clear expectations for both their learning and their behaviors and creates an environment of success and excellence.

 

(AE) Session 701: How to Build a School Family

  • School to Watch: League Academy of Communications Arts
  • Location: Salon 1
  • Date & Time: Saturday 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • Presenters: Karen Hallier Perkins, Rene Barrow and Sarah DeRadke
  • Description: Two years ago, we were six strangers, now we’re a family! Follow our journey as we came together to form a team to reach and teach all of our students. We will give tips for incorporating team building activities for both teacher and students, how to effectively co-teach a special education inclusion class, and how to make the students feel like they are a part of the family!

 

(DR) Session 702: The "Hunt" for Great Leadership

  • School to Watch: Carl H. Kumpf Middle School
  • Location: Salon 2
  • Date & Time: Saturday 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • Presenters: Amanda Davidson and Nicole Drasin
  • Description: What makes a great leader? In this interactive workshop, we will "explore" the many qualities that create effective leadership at any level. Bring your sneakers as we help you "navigate" the "hunt" for these characteristics. Opportunities to grow teacher, administrator, and student leadership within your school will be discussed. Get inspired to lead your school to the next level!

 

(AE) Session 703: The Power of Academic Conversations

  • School to Watch: La Paz Intermediate School
  • Location: Salon 3
  • Date & Time: Saturday 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • Presenters: Jean Walker, Jan Ernsbarger and Michelle Eichinger
  • Description: Infusing academic conversation in all units school-wide has been crucial to our students' success with the common core literacy standards. In this session we will share with you supporting research, successful instructional strategies, and the processes we used to reach all students in all subjects in all classrooms.

 

(AE) Session 704: Integrated and Designated STEAM for ALL Students: The KEY to Deeper Learning

  • School to Watch: Vista Verde Middle School
  • Location: Salon 4
  • Date & Time: Saturday 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • Presenters: Esperanza Arce, Mich(AE)l McCormick, Mark LeNoir, Jenny Pramschufer, Juan Jimenez, Heather Ubrun, Marchel Bragg, Matthew Stewart, Taryn Blasnek and Julio Gonzalez
  • Description: This presentation will provide schools/districts with a blueprint to incorporate integrated and designated STEAM across the curriculum. This unique and innovative "VVMS" approach includes seven (7) KEY essentials that provide schools/districts with a STEAM recipe to positively impact student success. Participants will also acquire innovative, interactive, and cross-curricular strategies that have a strong focus on integrated technology and the EbDP.

 

(DR) Session 705: Teach Giving to Advance Learning Excellence

  • School to Watch: Learning to Give
  • Location: Salon 5
  • Date & Time: Saturday 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • Presenters: Betsy Peterson and Desiree Swaim
  • Description: Develop responsible citizens through a real-world interdisciplinary approach. Infuse any subject with volunteering and advocacy to build positive climate and engaged learning. Join for stories and resources that teach diversity, problem solving, and confidence in students' ability to contribute meaningfully. One teacher describes her school's steps toward a “service varsity letter.”

 

(AE) Session 706: Is a Photograph Worth a Thousand Words?

  • School to Watch: Olmstead Middle School
  • Location: Salon 6
  • Date & Time: Saturday 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • Presenter: Justin Adams
  • Description: Using Depression Era photographs from the Library of Congress archives, learn to incorporate history and literature through poetry that uses concrete details and character development to express an idea captured in time, with a focus on student choice and authentic publishing.

 

(DR) Session 707: Team Time

  • School to Watch: Whitehall Middle School
  • Location: Salon 7
  • Date & Time: Saturday 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • Presenters: Aaron Boyd, Lori Gripton, Derek Taranko, Katie VanDam and Craig Christensen
  • Description: Team time is the opportunity to meet daily with your grade level teachers. We believe that it is imperative to the success of middle-aged students to have constant conversation about their progress. Why is team time so important? How do we incorporate it into our schedule? How does it help us meet the needs of students? This presentation will provide you with that information.

 

(AE) Session SPEED: Secondary Principal's Learning Walks

  • School to Watch: Armando Chapa Middle School
  • Location: Salon Skyview
  • Date & Time: Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Presenter: Lisa I. Walls
  • Description: Hays CISD is a growing district in Central Texas. Secondary Principals are participating in learning walks across all their campuses. They look for each campuses “focus areas” then debrief on what they saw in classrooms. This is their second year in the process and will create a new focus for their second year of learning walks.

 

(DR) Session SPEED: Learning Begins with a Smile

  • School to Watch: Downtown College Prep Alum Rock Middle School
  • Location: Salon Skyview
  • Date & Time: Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Presenters: Brandon Jones, Phil Kang and Lety Villa
  • Description: According to YouthTruth survey data, 94% of our students feel happy, proud, and safe to be at our school. It took 3 years to go from a struggling school to Schools to Watch. In this presentation, participants will learn how to transform the culture within their classrooms and for administrators to shift the culture of entire schools.

 

(AE) Session SPEED: Literacy Strategies that Work

  • School to Watch: Harmony Middle School
  • Location: Salon Skyview
  • Date & Time: Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Presenter: Kristen Hepner
  • Description: Are you looking to strengthen your literacy program? This session will cover practices that we have found effective in improving the reading and writing skills of students at Harmony Middle School. From making assignments more authentic, to increasing student engagement, we will cover practical strategies for strengthening literacy instruction.