Session Information

The sessions listed below will be offered at GRITC this year. Once you register for the conference you will build an individualized schedule by selecting the sessions you want to attend each day. Register early because many sessions will fill up fast.

13 Reasons Why to NOT be Afraid of Suicide Prevention
Suicide. A word that instantly catches any counselor's attention. But just because a suicidal person may not ask for help, this doesn't mean that help isn't wanted. People who take their lives don't necessarily want to die--they just want to stop hurting. However, the first step in suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and knowing how to respond if these warning signs are spotted. With current discussion resulting from the show 13 Reasons Why, the law, ethics, and policy related to suicide prevention will be reviewed.
 
3-Dimensional Assessment Tasks that Work!
In this session, educators will have an opportunity to explore the balanced assessment system needed to support K-12 science education in Alabama’s schools. Participants will develop a shared understanding of the challenges associated with assessing the 3-dimensional expectations of the 2015 College- & Career-Ready Science Standards. We will share tools for designing 3D classroom science assessments. Finally, participants will work cooperatively to examine and identify appropriate grade level classroom assessments.
 
A Closer Look at School Violence and How to Partner with Law Enforcement
The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office will host an in-depth look at school violence happenings within schools and the way law enforcement respond to them. In addition, we will offer a panel discussion on law enforcement and school partnership collaborations such as that of the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office School Resource/ Community Outreach Unit & Baldwin County Public Schools.
 
A Desire to Learn SPIRE
In this session, teachers will learn how to administer SPIRE Placement Tests and Screeners, organize SPIRE materials, and teach a SPIRE lesson. This will be a hands-on learning experience.
 
A Literacy Classroom - Keeping It Balanced
What does a Balanced Literacy classroom look like? While investigating the balanced classroom, participants will come to understand the components of balanced literacy and learn how each contributes to a child’s literacy development. In addition, participants will decide the role collaboration and text talk play in the instructional model. Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to: *Describe the components of a balanced literacy model. *Explain the connections between balanced literacy and the gradual release model. *Evaluate the importance of collaboration in a balanced literacy classroom. *Identify areas for collaboration and text talk.
 
Admins Can Have Fun with Google Classroom Too!
Administrators, come take a look on ways you can use Google Classroom. We will take a look from creating your own Professional Learning Network in your school, to flipping your staff meetings. We will discuss what works, challenges, and how to take it one step at a time with Google Classroom.
 
Alive in the Classroom
Lesson design examples for all content areas in grades 3 - 6 to encourage active learning for students.
 
An Introduction to Microsoft Sway
A fresh, new presentation alternative to PowerPoint, Microsoft's digital storytelling application "Sway" is available to teachers and students through Office 365 in the BCBE portal. The purpose of Sway is to create multimedia presentations quickly, easily and clearly in a storyline style interface.
 
Are You Afraid of the Dark...Web
Come learn how to keep your usernames and passwords from criminals and off of the dark web.
 
Aspiring Leaders
This presentation is for educators who are interested in moving into a leadership position. In the first part of the presentation, Dr. McCurdy will explain what to expect if a teacher makes the decision to move from classroom to assistant principal and then to principal. In the second part of the presentation, Dr. Bryant will inform participants about earning their administrative certification as well as continuing education in Auburn University's Educational Leadership program. Participants will leave understanding the roles of assistant principal and principal, and they will be given information to assist them in their decision of how to obtain their certifications and extend their learning objectives.
 
Attendance 101
This session will provide teachers and administrators with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to implement state law and local attendance policies and procedures. Emphasis will be placed on systematic protocols to ensure compliance at all levels, from local schools to main office staff. In addition, attention will be paid to legal situations that arise (custody, subpoenas, court orders, etc).
 
Become a Data Dynamo with Google Forms and Sheets
If you spend a lot of time sorting and organizing data in Google Sheets AFTER you have closed your Google Form, then this is the session for you! Learn some techniques while setting up your Google Forms and Sheets that will do all the sorting, management and organization for you. Come and learn how Google Forms and Sheets can work together to make data analysis much easier and quicker, saving you hours of time!
 
Behavior 101
Strategies for supporting students with behavior issues in the general education setting, tips on discipline, and your role in the Manifestation Determination Review.
 
Best Practices for School Counselors
School counselors throughout Baldwin County strive to provide schools with current practices that enhance the academic, career, and personal/social development of students. However, as student populations change from year to year, so do their needs. It is for this very reason why a data-driven, student-focused school counseling program must meet the ever changing needs of its students.But in order to meet this challenge, there is not need for a school counselor to
 
Best Practices in Administering Beef Quality Assurance Certification
Ronna will share her best practices in getting all her students the Adult Beef Quality Assurance Certification. This certification is valuable for students graduation requirements and it is to easy to incorporate into the curriculum.
 
Beyond the Basics for Google Drive
**Intermediate Level** This session will review special features and collaborative tools that are accessible in Google Drive. Basic knowledge of Google Drive will be needed before attending this session.
 
Blogging
When I started to blog, I thought it was to share my ideas with others. It turns out that the growth was really for me. We’ll talk about why to blog, how to get the word out about it, and what to write about. You’ll leave with resources and next steps for getting started or relaunching.
 
Bringing the Real World into the Secondary Classroom
Student apathy is something we all struggle with in the secondary classroom. However, I've found that the more authentic we make our classrooms, the more engaged our students become! In this session, I'll share successful real-world projects and ideas I have used for problem based learning/ design challenges learned through eMINTS .
 
Bringing Wakanda to our Classrooms (Interactive Formative Assessment)
I will be using Nearpod, a free web resource, to show how formative assessment can be student generated and interactive. With this format, I will demonstrate how we can turn walls into windows. Create interactive lessons in minutesSave prep time by easily importing existing lessons (pdfs, jpegs, ppts) and adding interactive features such as Virtual Field Trips, 3D Objects, Quizzes, Polls, Open Ended Questions + more! Easily download & customize ready-to-teach lessons. Looking for differentiation? You can customize any lesson to fit your students’ needs. This class will be science specific but will offer a few ideas and samples for other content areas.
 
Build Classroom Community with Google Classroom
This session is an introduction to Google Classroom. Basic features and user strategies will be discussed and playground time will be given to explore the tool independently.
 
Build Your Very Own Classroom Breakout! Let’s do that together right now!
Are you wanting to engage students in an online lesson that utilizes free internet and Google-provided resources? Let’s work together and spend 50 minutes designing your very own Breakout-style activity. Use this with your students in the upcoming school year!
 
Building a Curriculum Guide for Secondary Chorus Collaborative Session
Secondary chorus teachers will meet to collaboratively review state and national standards. They will revise the current curriculum guide to better align with the updated standards.
 
Building Positive Relationships with Parents
Strong home-school communication and relationships can make a great impact on your school year. In this session you'll learn valuable advice about creating a positive relationship with parents and guardians.
 
Caption This! A Fun, Deep-Thinking Google Slides Activity
If you are like me, you are constantly searching for a new, fresh activity to help connect your students with your content. Time is always a factor though, so I look for things I can immediately implement without spending a lot of my time preparing, and I want it to be a relatively quick activity for my students too. If that sounds like you, then Matt Miller (of Ditch That Textbook and Ditch That Homework) and I have you covered! We created four activities using Google Slides that are similar, involve different levels of thinking, and will keep your students engaged. I will show you the magic we developed, share our templates, and help you create your own! WHY the Caption This Set of activities WORKS: The four activities involve four different levels of thinking. We continue to build to higher levels of critical thinking. "Draw conclusions" and "develop a logical argument" are examples of the third level of Webb's Depth of Knowledge (strategic thinking). Bonus templates included!
 
Career Preparedness Moodle and Pacing Guide Updates
Career Preparedness teachers will review the online textbook, update the pacing guide with a common timeline, review the moodle course and a reminder of how to use the Kuder Assessment with fidelity in the classroom will be covered.
 
Career Preparedness Resources for New Teacher
This session is devoted to new teachers only that will teach the Career Preparedness A or B and or the full credit Career Preparedness course. How to access the Moodle course, set up an account in Kuder Planning System, online textbook content will be covered in this session.
 
Central Records Gateway - Electronic Cumulative Folders
Cumulative folders are now in the cloud. Come learn about Central Records Gateway and new methods for storing permanent student information. This class is targeted to registrars, counselors, and administrators.
 
Chromebooks for K-1 Classrooms
This session will discuss how to use the Google Chromebook in the K-1 classrooms in Baldwin County. Strategies on implementation and recommendations for management will also be discussed.
 
ClassDojo Mojo
Class Dojo is a great, free, easy-to-use tool that can be used school-wide or with an individual class. This internet-based tool can be used for character trait instruction, classroom behavior management, communication with parents and students as well as showcase an individual student's classwork or project. All in all, ClassDojo makes a teacher, parent, administrator and student's life much easier! We would love to guide you through the fantastic world of Classdojo!
 
Classroom Management in the Elementary Classroom
In this presentation, teachers can expect to sharpen their classroom management techniques by learning to build a cohesive classroom community, creating accountability for behavior and learning, while gaining and sustaining support from important stakeholders.
 
Coding & Robotics for K-2
Coding for K-2 focuses on ways to incorporate coding and robotics into the K-2 classroom. We will explore a variety of robots and coding tools.
 
Collaborative Work Session for Theatre Teachers
Theatre teachers will work to develop a local theatre competition. Teachers will share best practices, resources, and strategies.
 
Communication is Key!
Communicating with parents is the key to a successful partnership. Learn how to communicate more efficiently and effectively through ClassDojo, Remind, Signup Genius and more!
 
Community Building Lessons Learned from the Moana Movie
In this session, participants will use the Moana movie to make connections between events in the movie and community building lessons. Participants will also participate in community building activities.
 
Compass Learning Basics
Teachers will learn the basic steps to navigate through Compass Learning. Attendees will gain knowledge in the following actions: - Class Set-Up - Compass Learning Paths from Performance Series Benchmark - Class Progress View - Basic Report Set-Up
 
Compass Learning: Assignments
Attendees will learn how to build custom assignments in Compass Learning. In addition, single standard assignments will be introduced and shown as an additional resource teachers may use. Attendees will learn how to assign these single standard assignments based on the identified student needs from the Performance Series Suggested Learning Objective Report and Class Standard Student Detail Report.
 
Compass Reports: How to Set-Up and Use for Instruction
Attendees will gain an understanding of the reporting system for Compass Learning and how to use the reports to drive instruction. Teachers will learn the following: Report Description and Set-Up, Instructional Use, and Progress Monitoring Use.
 
Compass: Explore the Curriculum
There is more to Compass Learning than just the Compass Learning paths. Teachers will gain knowledge in using Compass Learning as an instructional resource. The presenter will discuss the various uses of Compass Learning including the following: Curriculum Index, Scope and Sequence, State Correlation, Whole Group and Small Group Use and Identity Code for student to enter and where to find the scores.
 
Computer Science Discoveries
Code.org has created the curriculum for Computer Science Discoveries (CSD) and offers it free of charge! CSD is a course to prepare students for the AP high school course Computer Science Principles. Whether students are interested in the arts, engineering, culture, design, or technology, CSD gives students a way to bring their ideas and interests to life! It is a year long course. The course invites students to express their thoughts and opinions while collaborating with friends to build projects. Students will gain knowledge on the computer science underlying the technology we use everyday and then get the skills to bring their own visions to life! Come check out this course to learn how to access and navigate the curriculum for CSD.
 
Connecting with Students at a Secondary Level through Advisor/Advisee
How do you build relationships? How do you relate with students? How do you make a connection that could be the difference between passing and failing? In this session, we will discuss ways relationships can be built as well as connections made through advisor/advisee meetings with students.
 
Cottage Food Law
Overview of the Food Law for FACS teachers.
 
Crack the Code
Want to engage your community in meaningful ways to help them better understand how to monitor their children on the every-changing social media, text, and internet trends? The Spanish Fort Feeder Pattern has created engaging community meetings that help our parents learn more about what their children are doing on their digital devices. Presenters will share their initiative that started 2 years ago and has brought their community together and given community members valuable tools to help them keep up with the growing teen trends regarding social media, texting/sexting and the internet. Please join us at one of our 4 sessions offered during this conference. We promise you will walk away with something to take back to your community that will make a difference.
 
Cranky Student Makeover: Graphic Organizer + Sketchnotes=This Doesn't Suck
Ever had one of those days where multiple students, if not most of the class, struggled with the content? Maybe you were showing a movie that had important information, but the students weren't getting it because they were not engaged?  If the truth be told, we've all probably had a class, a day, or a period where the students struggled with being engaged in the lesson or content while we struggled with the students. If this is sounding a bit familiar, then boy have I found a little nugget of "This doesn't suck" for you! Using a familiar tool in a new way then combining it with brain science offers your students a new way to learn and find engagement! In this session, you will not only learn to create your own Sketchnotes Graphic Organizers, but you will also have access to my templates as well. This organizer method that I created combines the research proven graphic organizer with the popular Sketchnotes, is backed by brain science, and according to students, doesn't suck.
 
Creating a Reading-Rich Environment in the Secondary Classroom
The session will feature a variety of strategies that provide student engagement while focusing on student comprehension of content material. These strategies should move the learner toward academic literacy by providing multiple opportunities for them to engage in dialogue, read and write in a variety of situations, investigate relevant and meaningful concepts, and justify their thought processes. Participants will leave the session with a wealth of strategies that can be used to promote reading comprehension, text decoding, and fluency in the secondary classroom.
 
Creating Scantron Achievement Series Class Tests and Using the Data
Scantron's Achievement Series is a powerful, secure, web-based assessment platform that you can use to develop and administer tests, capture results, and produce standards-based reports. The Scantron Education Specialist will teach educators the ins and outs of the Achievement Series platform. Attendees will learn how to create Achievement Series assessments and how the test data can assist in driving instruction.
 
Cruising with Chrome Apps and Extensions
Crank up the car, boat, train or plane and make your classroom cruise with some phenomenal Chrome apps and extensions. Teachers and students will benefit from the multitude of Chrome apps and extensions available to all educators. These apps and extensions enable students to be successful in the process of reading, writing and research. Many of these apps and extensions also allow teachers to share information more efficiently. By using Chrome extensions students can make the process of finding, organizing, and citing information a million times easier. Teachers can use these extensions for teaching to all learning modalities. Google Drive Apps are available through your Google Drive account. These apps add additional functionality to your Google Drive and allow teachers to create assignments for students other than the traditional research paper.
 
Cultivating a Growth Mindset in the Classroom
While some teachers are unfamiliar with the concept of “Growth Mindset”, other teachers are excited by the idea, but do not have the resources or understanding to use it effectively in their classrooms. This PD will show teachers the difference between fixed versus growth mindsets and how they relate to student achievement. Teachers will leave with some practical ideas for how they might develop a growth mindset among their students and incorporate it into their classroom instruction by teaching students how to learn and take risks and really think through their learning process.
 
Desmos: Way More Than a Graphing Calculator
This session is for participants who want to know more about the free online graphing calculator, Desmos. Maybe you have heard other teachers talking about it or just used it as a graphing calculator, but it is way more than that. Come learn more about how to incorporate Desmos into your classroom increasing engagement and understanding of mathematics. Participants could include math teachers from 6th Grade through 12th Grade.

Participants need to bring a laptop to the session.
 

Desmos: Way More Than a Graphing Calculator Part Two
This session is for participants who have used Desmos in their classroom and want to know more about it or how to use it more effectively. We will look at different type of activities, successfully implementing activities in your classroom, creating your own activities, editing activities, and Desmos Art Projects. Participants could include math teachers from 6th Grade through 12th Grade.

Participants need to bring a laptop to the session.
 

Differentiating Literacy Center Work
Engaging in independent work during literacy center time is a valuable opportunity for learners to practice newly acquired skills and strategies. Since literacy center work should be on students' independent levels, it is important that teachers differentiate practice activities so that students benefit from this part of Balanced Literacy. Differentiation of literacy centers does not have to be an impossible task for teachers. Thinking about how to extend differentiated Guided Reading group work into independent center time is the key to streamlining your preparation work and ensuring that students are engaged in authentic and "just right" independent practice that moves students forward. This session will focus on why differentiation of literacy center work is a critical part of Balanced Literacy and how to tackle the job without losing your mind.
 
Differentiating Technology Tools for Today’s Learners
We now have Chromebooks in the classroom, but educators have questions. How do you address the various levels of student abilities when students are researching the Internet for a class assignment? What tools are you using to accommodate for ESL learners in your classroom? What assessment tools can be used to allow for additional support materials to be incorporated (read-aloud)? These questions and more are addressed in this session that will focus on real technology tools that address differentiating curriculum materials and providing invaluable assistive tools specifically for students' needs in today’s classroom. Join us, as we explore today’s emerging and existing tools that can help challenge all students on their specific level of learning.
 
Digital Badging in the Classroom
**Intermediate level** Learn how to motivate and reward students with digital badging. Create your own badges in Google Drawings and learn strategies for awarding badges to students using gamification and other methods. A basic knowledge of Google tools will be needed before attending this course.
 
Digital StoryTelling Tools in the Classroom (Grades 3-12)
Storytelling has alway been an intricate part of our history, but the methods in which we communicate have changed as civilizations have evolved. Today’s students are connected like no other generation before. Technology provides us with opportunities for students to take linear facts and objects and produce multimedia products that can demonstrate student mastery of a skill or concept in today’s classroom. Join us, as we explore today’s emerging and existing tools that can help our students create these Project-based Learning products. Focus Tools: Google Chromebook Environment (LMS: Moodle or Classroom)
 
Early Literacy Skills: A Closer Look at Phonics Instruction
In this session, participants will learn of the different types of Phonics Instruction, Phonics place in Phonological Awareness, how the progression of Phonics fits into an instructional sequence, and how Phonics can be implemented in whole group, small group, and independent practice.
 
Empowering Students with Data: A Common Sense Approach to Increase Student Motivation and Performance
When students themselves identify, analyze, and use data from their learning, they become active agents in their own growth. They set personal goals informed by data they understand, and they own those goals. In this session, participants will learn how to empower students with data---making data known and visible as well as providing opportunities for students to analyze their own data and set achievable goals. This practice ignites the capacity of students to take responsibility for their own learning, ultimately aiding in student motivation, engagement, and performance.
 
Engage Your Students in a Wild Goose Chase!
Gamified learning experiences have been shown to increase student engagement and motivation. In this session, rather than be taken on a wild goose chase, you will learn how to gamify your classroom using GooseChase, a technology tool that makes it easy to create and manage educational scavenger hunts. Participants will need a laptop or tablet along with an iPhone or Android phone as they will experience and create educational GooseChase scavenger hunts!
 
Engaging Your Students
I will be sharing tons of ideas on how to keep your class interesting for the students by engaging them in different activities. They look forward to the class where they play an active role.
 
English Learners (ELs) at School: Information for Administrators
This session will provide school and district leaders with information regarding identification and placement services for ELs, how to provide a welcoming school environment, classroom and assessment accommodations for ELs, specific EL instructional strategies to look for when conducting teacher observations, the role of the ESL Resource Teacher and other topics.
 
Epic!
Need more classroom library books to engage your students in reading? Do you like free resources? Then join me in learning and exploring what Epic! has to offer. Epic! partners with leading publishers, including HarperCollins and National Geographic, to bring age-appropriate, award-winning fiction and non-fiction books to Epic!'s vast library of children's books. New books are added every week! Epic! also offers thousands of Read-to-Me books with Follow-Along Word Highlighting for pre-readers, emergent readers, and auditory learners, as well as audio-only audio books. In addition to books, Epic!'s library includes educational videos from Smithsonian, Blue Wonders, Animal Wonders, Encyclopedia Britannica, and many other educational media publishers.
 
Escape! This Room Using only Google Tools
Can you find your way out? Visit our “GSuite tool escape room” if you dare! Solve clues that highlight how each G Suite tool can be used with challenging, classroom activities! Use the google tips learned to “breakout” of this room.
 
ESL Program Staff: Getting Ready for the New School Year
This session is designed for ESL teachers and instructional aides working in the district's ESL Program. Tery Medina, ESL Consultant, will offer information in the use of instructional strategies to support the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills of EL students.
 
Feedback and Data in Google Forms
Learn how to use Google Forms to collect data and provide feedback to students. This session will discuss the Quiz feature in Google Forms and how it can be used for assessment.
 
Finding Planner Peace
Have you ever wished you or your students could be more organized? Are you envious of those people who seem to be super organized? Well, in this workshop we will demonstrate effective ways students can use a planner in class and how you could use one yourself.
 
Flip and Blend That Classroom!
Interestied in incorporating technology that is engaging and creating formative lessons!? There are a variety of FREE tools to help you flip or blend your classroom, giving you more one on one time with your struggling students. These will include increasing reading and writing skills. It's actually flipping easy!
 
Flip Out Over FLIPGRID!
Flipgrid is a video platform with a social media feel! It is designed to amplify student voice and empower students as learners. Use Flipgrid to get your students engaged by documenting, explaining, reflecting, and responding to learning through video. Want to Flip your Classroom? Yeah, Flipgrid can help you do that too! Participants will learn how to ignite and spark conversations that will amplify student voice! Come Flip Out Over Flipgrid!
 
Formative Assessment: It's a Process!
In this session, educators will have an opportunity to explore the balanced assessment system needed to support K-12 science education in Alabama’s schools. Participants will develop a shared understanding of formative and summative assessment as they examine the purposes and processes involved with each. We will discuss the kinds of professional learning resources that are available to support the development of the 3-Dimensional assessment necessary for effective implementation of the 2015 Alabama College- & Career-Ready Standards, Science.
 
Free Google Tools to teach Digital Literacy and Computer Science
The new Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) Standards have been approved and it's every teacher's responsibility to integrate DLCS in the classroom. Don't be intimidated, Google is there for you! Come learn from a Google-certified trainer about several free tools that make integrating Digital Literacy and Computer Science seamless in your classroom. We will cover tools that support grades 2-8.
 
Gamification for Your Classroom
What gets students excited about learning? What keeps students engaged in the classroom? Gamification! In this workshop, you will gather ideas on how to gamify your classroom starting with small steps and continuing to up your game. You will walk away with a plan for gamifying to intensify student engagement.
 
Gamify Your Science Classroom
Do your students like to play games on their computers? What if they were learning while playing? This class will show you several different game platforms and sites that will enhance your students' knowledge in life science, physical science, earth and space, and biology. You never know, you might leave as a Legend!
 
Geogebra: Add Another Tool to Your Technology Toolbelt
Participants will learn the basics of Geogebra, a free online graphing, geometry, and statistics calculator. Participants will learn how to get their students to do Geometry Constructions, Transformations, class demonstrations of geometry concepts, and statistics calculations and graphical displays. Participants could include math teachers from 6th Grade through 12th Grade.

Participants need to bring a laptop to the session.
 

Get Up in Front of Your Peers and Present with Confidence
Are you often asked to present to others in your building? Want to pick up some strategies that will help you “show off” that latest technology or educational knowledge? Attend this session to learn about tips and tricks for training others in your district. Take back resources and ideas that will make your next staff development day or after school training a rewarding experience for you and your audience!
 
Getting Active with Interactive Notebooks
Tired of traditional note taking? Looking to organize the unorganized student? Join us to see how two Secondary ELA teachers incorporated interactive notebooks in their classroom.
 
Getting Connected Online
Twitter is not going to change your life, but the educators you meet there will. Join this conversation to learn how you can connect to other passionate educators across the world, learn from the great things they are doing in the classroom, and share the amazing things happening in your classroom. Getting connected will help you push back on the isolation that creeps in on us as educators, and it will give you a constant source of new ideas for your classroom.
 
Getting Started with Social Studies Techbook
Welcome to the Social Studies Techbook™, a standards-aligned, curricular resource that uses an inquiry-based approach to enhance literacy and critical thinking skills in the Social Studies classroom. In this session, participants will explore multimodal resources found in the Techbook™, including engaging videos, digitally enhanced text, interactive investigations, and challenging primary source documents. Participants will experience immersive, collaborative, and inquiry-based experiences that will increase their familiarity with the Techbook™ and will leave with a lesson plan they can take back to their classrooms.
 
Getting the Job... done right!
This session is for any classroom teacher with administrative certification who has aspirations of obtaining an administrative position in Baldwin County. This session will inlclude tips for applying for administrative openings and recommendations about what aspiring administrators can do NOW to help them secure administrative positions in the future.
 
Giant Word and Math Winder Games
These giant 9ft x 9ft games are played on the floor and offer a unique challenge to players' critical thinking, decision making, literacy and math skills, The games are a fun way for teachers and students to engage with learning in the classroom and library.
 
Going Global with Google Classroom and Google Drive
Take your classroom on a trip around the world with Google Classroom and Google Drive as we develop some awesome activities that redefine how students learn. Join us as we use Google Classroom to create the kind of tasks that redesign traditional ways of learning. Participants will be exploring student activities that encourage autonomy and responsibility and begin developing some ideas for activities that encourage critical thinking skills, communication, collaboration and creativity. Google Classroom makes sharing with students easy and using the Google Drive effectively makes teaching a breeze. Take a boat, take a train, take a car or just walk. But whatever you do, don’t miss this opportunity to change the way you teach and the way students learn with Google Classroom and Google Drive.
 
GoMath: Best Practices & Strategies for Teaching Fractions
Math Solutions' experts will present engaging, proven strategies for teaching students within the Fractions domain using GoMath and supplemental resources. Come learn from the experts!
 
GoMath: Strategies & Best Practices for Numbers & Operations
Math Solutions' experts will present engaging, proven strategies for teaching students within the Number & Operations domain using GoMath and supplemental resources. Come learn from the experts!
 
Google Science Journal in the classroom
Science Journal is the free digital science notebook brought to you by Google. You can keep your notes, photos, and observations all in one convenient place. Use the sensors in your phone to measure and graph phenomena such as light, sound, and motion, or connect to external sensors via bluetooth to conduct experiments on the world around you. Science Journal is available for free on Android, iPhone, iPad, and compatible Chromebook devices.
 
Gradebook - Make Gradebook Average Again
Come learn about how the gradebok averages grades. We will also cover entering comments and running reports.
 
Gradebook - Part Deux
Come learn about entering activities and grades in the iNow gradebook.
 
Gradebook for Dummies
Come learn about the basic gradebook setup in iNow.
 
Grow Your Brain with Growth Mindset
Why teach growth mindset? Students who believe they can do better, do better! Students who think intelligence is fixed, quickly get frustrated and give up. Join us for a session on practical ways to implement growth mindset and create a culture of resilience in your classroom.
 
Guided Reading Early Lesson Planning
Lesson Planning Early Readers: Levels D-I
 
Guided Reading Emergent Lesson Planning
Lesson Examples/Options for Emergent Readers: Levels A-C
 
Guided Reading in the Secondary Classroom
Learn how to incorporate strategies and materials from the Guided Reading program into your classroom. Learn how to share data and create goals with students to increase scores on standardized tests as well as increasing reading levels. Build self-esteem and capacity in lower-performing students.
 
Guided Reading Lesson Planning
In this session, teachers will learn how to meet the various instructional needs of all students in their classroom. Once teachers have screened their students using the NSGRA Kit, teachers will use the data from each component to plan lessons based on their level of intruction. Teachers will incorporate strategies to increase students reading ability.
 
Guided Reading Lesson Planning Fluent Reader
Lesson Planning for the Fluent Reader: Level N and Higher
 
Guided Reading Look-fors; Administrators
In this session, an overview of the aspects of Guided Reading will be provided from the lens of an administrator, including how Guided Reading is structured, the way in which it should be planned, and how it fits into Balanced Literacy.
 
Guided Reading NSGRA Kits
New Guided Reading Teachers will be introduced to the assessment kits. NEXT STEP GUIDED READING ASSESSMENT Research shows that small-group instruction must be based on student need and groups must be flexible. This session focuses on analyzing data gathered from the assessments and using the data to inform instruction for whole group, small group, and independent readers. Learning Objectives Participants will be able to: · Administer the four parts of NSGRA · Use the whole group assessment components to decide on whole-group, small-group, and independent instructional goals. · Choose an appropriate text and instructional focus for a Guided Reading lesson based on Reading Conference data.
 
Guided Reading Overview
In this session, participants will get information on the purpose of Guided Reading and its role in Balanced Literacy. Participants will get a chance to see Guided Reading in action through video clips, sample lesson plans, and an opportunity to ask questions about understanding and implementation.
 
Guided Reading Transitional Lesson Planning
Lesson Planning for Transitional Readers: Levels J-P
 
Guided Reading: Small Groups and Time Management
This session will focus on showing teachers how to form their small groups based on Guided Reading Assessment data, as well as Scantron data. It will also give teachers ideas, as well as an opportunity to collaborate about different ways to create schedules, and ultimately logical ways for Guided Reading to function and be successful in their own classrooms.
 
Guided Writing
In this session, participants will engage in Guided Writing activities, instructional sequence of Guided Writing, and how Guided Writing fits into Balanced Literacy. Ideas will be provided for students learning to write in the early grades, middle grades, and upper grades.
 
Informative/Explanatory Writing - Planning for Success
(Recommended for Grades 3-6) Participants will explore the purpose of Informative/Explanatory Writing and practice high impact prewriting strategies. The session will focus on how to encourage students to generate high quality ideas for Informative/Explanatory writing and organize those ideas in a meaningful plan of action.
 
iNow for Administrators - The Hunt for State Reporting
Come learn iNow tips and tricks targeted specifically for administrators.
 
Integrating Library Standards
This session will introduce the new American Association of School Librarians (AASL) standards and discuss how to integrate these standards into collaborative lessons.
 
Integrating Studies Weekly into your Literacy Block
In this session, we will talk about several researched based strategies and tools to integrate Studies Weekly into your literacy block.
 
Intro to S.P.I.R.E.
S.P.I.R.E. has been proven to be a highly effective program for teaching struggling readers to read. S.P.I.R.E. targets struggling readers who have decoding difficulty accompanied by other inabilities with reading concepts and print. Learn the basics of this highly effective program through a hands on demonstration.
 
Introduction to Google Drive
This session is an introduction to Google Drive and the Google productivity tools: Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms. Emphasis will be on accessibility and strategies for collaboration.
 
K-2 NSGRA Kit
In this session, teachers will learn how to administer, access, and guide their students based on the results from the Next Steps Guided Reading Assessment Kit.
 
Kahoot vs Quizizz Showdown
Find out the best way to challenge your students while having fun with student competition all the while collecting meaningful data to help drive your instruction.
 
Keep Calm, 7th Grade Math Rocks!
The 7th Grade math teachers in our county are top notch and have so much to offer. Please bring your favorite activity or project to share with the group. We can use this time to collaborate, strategize, and present ideas that have been successful in our classroom. Using the updated pacing guide, we can put our heads together and make plans for a successful school year.
 
Kronos Tips and Tricks
This session is for any new teacher to Baldwin County to learn how to use Kronos, our district's timekeeping and absence management tool. Teachers have access to Kronos via the web, with an easy to use platform that can simplify the processes of clocking in, requesting leave, and approving time cards. It is also open to not-so-new teachers who just need helpful tips or who may have limited experience using the web application.
 
Let’s Speed Geek!
Attend this fast-paced and exciting “Geeking” session! View useful online technology tools and hear about how they are used to enhance communication, collaboration, and cognitive thinking. The workshop’s activities are delivered in a “speed-geeking” format. You'll visit Doug Caldwell, Carla Chaffin, William Jones, Katherine Nettles, and Chelsea Baldwin at five different stations where participants rotate through each station in timed intervals.
 
Librarian's Toolbox
Hang out with other librarians to talk about current tools that we use on a daily basis to manage our libraries. Presenters will share experience of attending the Exhibit Hall at ALA in New Orleans.
 
Literacy Station Management in Your Guided Reading Classroom
This session will cover ideas on implementing independent work stations while you are teaching your small groups. Find out how to enable your students to solve their own problems, be accountable for their work and find satisfaction in a job well done each day. Great classroom management during your reading block is vital for student progress.
 
Make any classroom a Makerspace
Makerspaces are everywhere, from television to your public library. Make your classroom into a makerspace without a lot of equipment or cost. All you need is the right attitude and the willingness to promote innovative thinking in your students. Come try it out for yourself in this fun, hands-on workshop.
 
MakerSpace in School
What is a MakerSpace? Join this session learn why MakerSpaces are at the cutting edge of STEAM education and promote problem solving and design thinking in the classroom. There will also be a demo of a variety of MakerSpace tools to try!
 
Making Human Body Real in the Middle School Classroom
Activities to help put some STEAM in your Body Systems Projects.
 
Making the Most of your Special Education Reading Interventions
Introducing teachers to intervention tools that are getting positive results with readers who are severely below grade level and with students showing dyslexic tendencies.
 
Microsoft Outlook - You've Got Mail.....and Much More
Become a power user of Microsoft Outlook. Master email, calendar, and tasks on any platform.
 
Microsoft Teams - All Right Stop.....Collaborate and Listen
Come learn about Microsoft Teams and how it can help you and your teams better communicate and get more done.
 
Middle and High School Classroom Management Tips and Tricks
Managing a classroom can be a daily challenge. This session will give you strategies that you can immediately apply to make your life easier in the classroom.
 
Middle School FACS Teachers Curriculum Pacing Guide
Teachers in this session will review the course of standards and time line to teach the standards, a pacing guide will be developed with resources added to enhance the FACS curriculum with FCCLA and other resources.
 
Mindfulness in the Classroom
We will introduce and define mindfulness. We will show how mindfulness techniques can be used in the classroom to teach coping strategies to students for reducing stress, and increasing concentration and focus. We will give examples as to how Mindfulness can be tied to the The Leader in Me and 7 Habits. We will give ideas for resources available for teaching Mindfulness in the classroom.
 
Moving Around In a Math Class
Ways to get students involved and moving around the classroom. Focus will be on math, but other subject areas can definitely benefit from these activities. Middle and High School Teachers.
 
Narrative Writing - Planning for Success
(Recommended for Grades 3-6) Participants will explore the purpose of Narrative Writing and practice high impact prewriting strategies. The session will focus on how to encourage students to generate high quality ideas for Narrative writing and organize those ideas in a meaningful plan of action.
 
National Board Certification? Now Is The Time!
If you are considering embarking on the journey toward National Board Certification, this informative presentation will answer questions regarding the NEW process. I look forward to sharing my experience and a detailed overview of National Board Certification.
 
Navigating the Water: Exploring the Challenges, Examining Resources, and Observing the Best Practices for Providing Homebound Services
Homebound services refer to temporary instruction outside of the school-based educational environment. Homebound services are meant as a short-term instruction and do not in any way supplant attendance in a regular school for an extended period of time. The goal is to always return the student to the school setting as soon as possible. However, navigating the needs of students who may need homebound services can sometimes be tricky. Questions such as the following often times plaque schools when trying to decide what is in the best interest of a student: For what length of time should these homebound services be provided? Am I obligated to provide these services because either a doctor or psychiatrist says that this is what I need to do? Can the length of time for the homebound services be extended from what the team originally decided? Who will teach the students requiring homebound services, and where will these students be educated? This in-depth session will provide you with the answers to these questions and many more.
 
NSGRA Data and RtI- Putting It All Together
In this session, participants will have the opportunity to see how data can help them make good decisions about instruction and RtI for your students.
 
NSGRA-How to Administer the Kit in Grades 3-6
In this session, teachers will learn how to administer, access, and guide their students based on the results from the Next Steps Guided Reading Assessment Kit.
 
Obsessed with Flippity and Epic
Learning to navigate and implement the programs Flippity and Epic
 
On Task or Engaged?-Examining Student Engagement
Are your students on task or engaged? What is the difference? Learn about using the values, interests and needs of students to move them from simply being on task to being fully engaged. This session will explore strategies and online technology tools that promote high levels of student engagement.
 
OneDrive - Files in the Cloud
Come learn about storing your files in OneDrive so they are available from anywhere and easily sharable to others.
 
Opinion/Argumentative Writing - Planning for Success
(Recommended for Grades 3-6) Participants will explore the purpose of Opinion/Argumentative Writing and practice high impact prewriting strategies. The session will focus on how to encourage students to generate high quality ideas for Opinion/Argumentative writing and organize those ideas in a meaningful plan of action.
 
Overview of the Key Components for an Effective Dropout Prevention Program
Discussion of the Crossroads, General Education Alternative, and IMPACT. We will also discuss the Chemical Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP). The presentation will help Administrators and Counselors understand how these programs help students.
 
Padlet: The Art of Collaboration
Padlet is an easy way to create and collaborate. It works like a collaborative digital bulletin board where students and teachers can add images, videos, documents, and text. This is a comprehensive training. Teachers will learn how to implement Padlet to enhance learning objectives.
 
Pairs, Partners, & Puzzles: The Secret to Secondary Strategies
Students participating in group work is an essential element in ensuring student success. When students are able to share their thoughts, listen to one another, participate in authentic discussion, and collectively create, they are much more actively engaged in the learning process. However, there are various ways that a teacher can arrange students for collaboration, and the effective teacher may choose to implement different strategies for different outcomes. This session will focus on grouping strategies that are fun, practical, and easy to incorporate into existing instructional practice. Participants will also be presented with specific grouping ideas for all four core content areas.
 
Phenomena-Driven Instruction
What's all this talk about phenomena? In this session, we will learn about the characteristics of phenomena-driven instruction, explore the components and steps to creating a phenomena-driven unit of instruction, and explore resources to assist you in your own planning.
 
Practical Tech Tools for Secondary ELA Teachers?
Take a walk through helpful classroom resources/tools, such as Google Docs, Socrative, NoRedInk...
 
Preparing Students for ACT Success
Tips on preparing students for success on ACT will be shared.
 
Preparing Theatre Students to Audition
In this session, best practices for preparing theatre students for college and professional auditions will be shared.
 
Professionalism
Professionalism for Education Employees
 
Project Based Learning in the Elementary Setting
Project Based Learning is a great way to engage students in authentic learning opportunities that help them see the broader context of the content in which they are learning- making it far more likely for them to retain and synthesize the information. Come see how I use this instructional strategy in a primary elementary classroom.
 
Promethean Escape Room
Come experience the excitement of an escape room, Promethean style! This 3D puzzle adventure is for anyone who is an existing Promethean customer or those who may be interested in creating a truly immersive classroom experience with Promethean.
 
Q&A for all things “Guided Reading”
In this session, participants will have an opportunity to submit questions ahead of time and then also ask questions during the session regarding their understanding and implementation of Guided Reading in their classroom/school/feeder pattern, etc. To submit questions prior to the session, please follow the posted link: https://tinyurl.com/GRITCguidedreading **Presenters of this Session will be all three Itinerant Reading Specialists (Janice Simon, Brenda Nicholas and Allyson Maxwell)
 
Read , Write, Think Like a Historian
Begin to integrate literacy strategies into your social studies lessons. In this course, participants learn how to apply high-yield reading strategies in an engaging and meaningful way to help students learn social studies content while acquiring new literacy skills.
 
Reading in the Digital Age
With technology being at the forefront of education, it is imperative to equip ourselves with the tools needed to overcome this transition. Reading digitally versus reading printed material are two different tasks. It is important to face the realities of these differences and adapt to what society expects from our students. This session will dive into different ebook (digital book) resources and provide helpful strategies that teachers, librarians, even administrators can learn how to overcome integrating technology into instruction.
 
Revising Writing - Empowering Students through Writing Conferences
(Recommended for Grades 3-6) Participants will learn how to motivate students to do the difficult work of revision. Students often persist in recreating the same flaws in one paper after another. Using the research-based instructional practice of conferring with individual students, teachers are able to differentiate instruction with ease and provide individualized feedback to students. The teacher and student work together to select goals for improvement and track progress over time. Using formative assessment feedback, students begin to revise with success and take pride in reaching "just right" improvement goals.
 
Running Record Rewind
Teachers will gain insights on how to help guide future instruction. Also, how to make informed decisions concerning instructional needs, grouping, reading levels, and appropriate level of materials. Also, when to administer Running Records.
 
Scantron Analytics Deeper Dive
Participants will have an opportunity to explore educational data and discover new connections and relationships between attendance, assessments, grades, and other data sources that often remain hidden in standard reports. The session is designed for Principals, Assistant Principals, Curriculum Leaders, and Instructional Coaches only.

**** Registration for this session is by invitation only. Please sign up for the time assigned to your school. Contact Melissa Robertson mrobertson@bcbe.org for info. ****
 

Scantron Analytics Refresher for Veteran Teachers
This session offers a refresher on navigating Scantron Analytics and using filters to drill down to find specific data elements. The session is designed for veteran teachers who need a refresher on the Scantron Analytics program.
 
Scavenger Hunts with Google Tools
**Intermediate level** Learn how to use the cloud-based Google tools to create digital scavenger hunts for students to incorporate digital skills with classroom content. Basic knowledge of Google tools will be needed before attending this session.
 
Scholars' Bowl Training Session
Training readers for scholars' bowl matches. Also a Question and Answer session for the upcoming 2018-2019 season.
 
School Counselor Roundup: What Works For You as a School Counselor?
The purpose of a counseling program in a school setting is to promote and enhance the learning process. Often times, school counselors face the challenge of preparing students to meet the expectations of higher academic standards and to become productive and contributing members of society. Consequently, the implementation and management of an effective school counseling program takes diligent planning, comprehensive design and implementation, and solution focused precision in order to develop and sustain a positive learning environment for students. Often times, however, the question most asked by both veterans and new school counselors is this: "How can I create an exciting and successful comprehensive counseling and guidance program that is aligned with the State Plan, as well as the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model?" During this session, participants will have an opportunity for group interaction in order to share ideas and resources that have worked in their school counseling programs.
 
Schools Where Everyone Belongs: Practical Strategies for Reducing Bullying
Bullying is a pervasive school problem that can have serious consequences for students. Fortunately, however, it is a problem that schools can do something about. What is required to reduce bullying in schools is a change in the school climate and in the norms for behavior. This requires a comprehensive, school-wide effort involving the entire school community. Through the incorporation of a bevy of bullying prevention programs--which include a film screening, anti-bullying assembly, celebration of Choose Kindness Week, an online reporting system, as well as character education announcements, anti-bullying posters, and the completion of an anti-bullying survey--Fairhope Middle School counselors have taken a proactive stand against bullying in order to promote a safe, respectful, and nurturing school community. Learn how these two school counselors have successfully implemented each of these programs, which not only teaches students how their words and actions can impact others, but how they can also make everyone feel respected and included in their school.
 
Secondary Guided Reading - Differentiation in the Secondary Setting
As a differentiated reading strategy, Guided Reading can be used to create strategic readers in secondary classrooms or intervention settings. Guided Reading helps students learn reading and comprehension strategies to apply to all reading situations and process increasingly levels of complex text. This session builds common language, understanding, and expectations - a key to a successful implementation. Learning Outcomes Participants will be able to: · Identify characteristics of Guided Reading and its role in balanced literacy. · Explain the purpose of Guided Reading and why it should be used. · Describe the before-, during-, and after- sections of a Guided Reading lesson.
 
Secondary Guided Reading Introductory Resources
Teachers will review the first 30 days manual (with glossary) and introduction to classroom video resources. These resources will become a toolkit for teachers in the secondary Guided Reading classroom.
 
Secondary Guided Reading -RUNNING RECORDS: ASSESS, ANALYZE, AND GROUP
Scholastic will help new Guided Reading teachers learn how to run records to support students in Guided Reading. This information helps a teacher identify a student’s strengths and needs, which helps inform instruction and supports flexible grouping.Learning ObjectivesParticipants will be able to:· Explain the purpose of running records.· Identify materials needed to administer a running record.· Administer a running record.· Analyze miscues, retell, and comprehension.· Form groups based on a running record.· Identify instructional focus and choose a text to support lesson planning
 
Seeing The Big Picture: Using Scrolls and Textmapping to Create Strategic Readers
Essential Question: How can educators use paper scrolls to teach the strategic reading strategies that students need in order to engage and comprehend longer, more challenging texts? • What is a scroll and what are the benefits of using scrolls in the classroom? • What is textmapping? How does textmapping differ from traditional graphic organizers? How can textmapping be used to enhance student engagement and reading comprehension? • Implementation in the classroom (Focusing on textmapping as a pre-reading strategy) 1. For Picture Story Books 2. For Current Event/News Articles 3. For Information Trade Books
 
Shift Happens! 7 Habits Turbo Booster
Designed for new teachers, or those who want a concise refresher, Shift Happens is a humorous approach to Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which is the foundational source for Lead/Leader in Me. This session provides an overview of the 7 Habits, turbo boosts and paradigm shifts included.
 
Sifting Through Technology Tools
In this session, I will share various resources and helpful tips I’ve been able to put together over the last few years. Much of these can be utilized for any lesson. My focus will be more on sifting through all the technology tools, lessons, and resources available to teachers and making sense of it all without getting overwhelmed.
 
So You Want To Get Published?!?
You've got stories. Whether slice of life, curricular, or your crack at the Great American Novel, the path to publication is wide open in today's rapidly changing publishing markets. Let an award-winning author help you get started on your journey to achieving your dream.
 
Social Media- Do's and Don'ts
How to avoid getting in trouble using social media
 
Spark Creativity and Innovation With G-Suite Apps, Extensions and Add-Ons
Unwrap the magic of the G-Suite tools as you learn in this interactive session. Knowing how to utilize G-Suite tools is a powerful tool for engaging students in classroom instruction. This session will be designed to share as many resources as possible with the participants to review and practice afterwards. Participants will leave with many innovative resources and tools to spark creativity and innovation in their classroom.
 
Strategies for Secondary ELA Teachers
This session will showcase a variety of instructional strategies that assist with content-area learning. The instructional strategies provided are designed for use by all secondary ELA teachers. With the use of content-specific information, it is through the skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and presenting that students acquire and retain content knowledge and content-specific abilities.
 
Strategies for Secondary Social Studies Teachers
This session will showcase a variety of instructional strategies that assist with content-area learning. The instructional strategies provided are designed for use by all secondary social studies teachers. With the use of content-specific information, it is through the skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and presenting that students acquire and retain content knowledge and content-specific abilities.
 
Strategies for the Secondary Science Teacher
This session will showcase a variety of instructional strategies that assist with content-area learning. The instructional strategies provided are designed for use by all secondary science teachers. With the use of content-specific information, it is through the skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and presenting that students acquire and retain content knowledge and content-specific abilities.
 
Studies Weekly: Online Components
In this session, we will walk through the Studies Weekly website and show all of the different features and functions of the website.
 
Substitute Finder!
This session is for any teachers (or administrators) who want to learn about the new Frontline Automated Sub Finder system. This is an exciting new software system designed to automate the process of finding substitutes for teachers and employees.
 
Successful Literacy Centers – Using the Daily Five to Build Independence
Participants will learn how to incorporate The Daily 5 (Boushey & Moser, 2006), a framework for implementing five authentic literacy activities, into students’ independent literacy center time. These five activities include: Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Work on Words, and Work on Writing. Through a gradual release approach, students learn to independently work on real reading and writing tasks. The professional learning will focus on organizing for success, establishing routines and procedures, and gradually releasing responsibility to students.
 
Surviving the Essay: Fresh Techniques for Revision and Evaluation
In this session we will practice both time-saving evaluation/feedback techniques and how to manage the revision process in a way that is valuable for students.
 
Taking the Mystery Out of Mystery Science
Mystery Science is an engaging online open and go K-5 NGSS aligned science curriculum. Come explore the mysteries and take a deeper look at ways to enhance your science lessons.
 
Teaching with Graphic Novels
Graphic novels can help make literature or content area studies more accessible for English Language Learners. Students with limited English become engaged with content through pictures and reduced language.
 
Technical Theatre Design
This session will cover best practices in how to design costumes and sets for theatre teachers.
 
Technology Infusion: Using G-Suite for Collaboration
Join us for this interactive session on how to incorporate G-Suite tools into everyday instruction. Participants should bring their own device (BYOD) to be active participants in this session and to hear practical ideas and key strategies for creating learning environments and instruction that engage, energize and empower learners.
 
Technology Strategies In the Social Studies Classroom
This training session will provide teachers with web based activities and tools that they can apply to their social studies lessons.
 
The ASCA National Model: An Alabama State Department of Education Initiative
School counseling programs are collaborative efforts benefitting students, parents, teachers, administrators, and the overall community. School counseling programs should be an integral part of students' daily educational environment, and school counselors should be partners in student achievement. Often times, the question is posed, "What do school counselors do? However, the more important question is, "How are students different as a result of what school counselors do?" To help answer this question, the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) created the ASCA National Model, which is a framework for a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program. By following the components of the ASCA National Model, a school counselor will be able to develop an effective school counseling program, which will ultimately improve students' achievement.
 
The Great Escape: Breakout!
Learn how to bring escape room-style learning to the STEM classroom. Using an interdisciplinary approach to learning, participants will race against the clock to solve a STEM problem before time runs out! If you love strategy games, this workshop is for you! This class will be science specific but will offer a few ideas and samples for other content areas.
 
Tips and Technicalities with MOS 2016 Certifications
This session will include Best Practices to maximize student credentials, using the Microsoft Imagine Academy for MOS 2016 Certifications. G’Metrix updates will be discussed as well.
 
TO NB Or Not To NB - the ins and outs of National Board Candidacy
This session will familiarize teachers with the National Board process.
 
Transcripts - GPAs in a Wad?
Come learn tips and tricks for troubleshooting transcript issues. Proper procedures for manually entering classes and state requirements will also be covered. This class is targeted to counselors, registrars, and administrators.
 
Transforming Student Devices into Collaboration Tools Using SMART Software!
Utilizing the latest SMART software, you are able to transform student devices into true collaboration tools. We will explore all the options for utilizing the software to it's greatest extent.
 
Understanding the Law: An Overview of Section 504 and Persisting and Emerging Issues for Public Schools
Students with disabilities have the same right to a K-12 public education as students without disabilities. However, in order to receive and benefit from that education, students with disabilities may need special accommodations to help ensure that they have equal access to the same education as those students without disabilities. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires that every public school in the United States identify, evaluate, and provide appropriate services to disabled individuals. This two-hour session will first provide an in-depth overview of Section 504, an analysis of its purpose, and a stroll through the schools' non-discrimination and free appropriate public education (FAPE) duties under the law. The importance of following the process, as well as the role of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will be discussed. Continuous updates and changes, however, in regards to Section 504 and the Americans With Disabilities Act means that new compliance dynamics continue to emerge. During the second hour of this presentation, school board attorney Sarah Young will share how best to address the ever emerging needs of students in the Baldwin County Public School System who are receiving Section 504 services.
 
Updates on ServSafe Certifications
Teachers will review the content and updates on ServSafe Certifications.
 
Using Art & Literature In The Social Studies Classroom
This session will provide teachers with ideas for how they can implement art and literature activities in their social studies lessons.
 
Using Google Docs Forms to Track Student Behavior
Learn how to simplify your behavior tracking, easily get teacher input, and painlessly convert the information into graphs. Bring student data and you will be able to create something you can use.
 
Using Scantron Analytics for Writing IEPs
Connecting SPED case-managers with a one-stop tool for accessing student records; including attendance, grades, Achievement Series, and Performance Series data. Access to caseload will be helpful.
 
Using Scantron Performance Series Data to Drive Instruction
Participants will explore data that can assist in the development of instructional decisions for classes and individual students. The focus will be on the use of the Suggested Learning Objectives Report, Class Profile, and the Class Standard Student Detail report. Participants will be able to do the following: o Identify small groups of students who are well behind, or well above, other students in the class and provide additional or alternative targeted instruction for these students. o Identify significant changes in the number of students attaining certain skills and consider remediation in these areas.
 
Using SMART to Enhance Literacy Instruction
This session will look how ways to use SMART boards, panels and software to enhance literacy instruction.
 
Using Videos in the Classroom - EdPuzzle
Are they really watching the videos you assign? Come learn how to use EdPuzzle. No matter the grade level, subject, or ability level, EdPuzzle has something for you. Embed questions that will formatively assess your students as they watch the video.
 
Virtual Alabama School Safety Systems
This session will detail step-by-step how to update and complete the local school safety plan within Virtual Alabama powered by nSide. We will delve into mapping, emergency safety drills, universal procedures, Incident Command System (ICS), standard protocols, etc.
 
You Be The Chemist/Essential Elements
Essential Elements is based on the 5E learning cycle approach to teaching, which is based in the theory of constructivism. Each part of the cycle describes a phase of learning: engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate. The workshop is entirely hands-on, experiential, inquiry-based, collaborative, and FUN! During the workshop participants learn best practices for bringing more engaging science activities to their learners. Participants will receive a number of resources so they can implement hands-on learning, including a periodic table poster and a flash drive pre-loaded with 50+ low-cost, easy-to-do science activities that make chemistry relevant and exciting!
 
You Don't Know the Power of the "Spark" Side!
It is your destiny to join me in this session, and together we can discover the power of Adobe Spark as a tool for teaching and learning. Adobe Spark is essentially three tools in one: Post, Page, and Video. With this powerful tool, ideas can effortlessly be transformed into stunning, visual stories using a Chromebook, iPad or computer! Therefore, this is the session you are looking for in order to spark student creativity through the production of digital images, websites, and videos. Restore the spark of engagement to your classroom with this powerful new force in educational technology!
 
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