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.

10 Things I'll Bet You Didn't Know Your Mac Could Do - Part 1
In these session participants will learn at least 10 hardware/software functions of the Mac that most users don't know.
 
Achievement Series and Performance Series: A Review and Explanation of Items in Dropbox
Participants will be introduced to the many resources found in the Trainer Toolkit found on Dropbox. These resources can provide users a wealth of knowledge for both Performance Series and Achievement Series.
 
Achievement Series Test Creation Part 2 - Beginning Level
This session is a continuation of Achievement Series Test Creation. Participants will continue in the learning of how to create, publish, and schedule assessments in Achievement Series.
 
Achievement Series Tests (Beginning Level) - Part 1
There are two parts to the creation of Achievement Series assessments for classroom teachers. Participants will learn how to create, publish and schedule assessments. Participants will also learn how to share assessments with co-teachers in a school.
 
Active Classroom is your Social Studies Solution
New to Baldwin County? New to Active Classroom? This session will provide the overview you need to utilize your Social Studies Resources. Whether you want to use primary sources, simulations, videos, or most any other media-we have what you need including readings on a variety of Lexile Levels.
 
Add-ons, Extensions and Apps: Customize, Expand and Power up Your G-Suite
While the Google G-Suite is almost ubiquitous in K-12 education, many educators use the platform in its "out of the box" state, with everything working in its default state. With three different varieties of plug-in architecture, Google makes it possible to take your G-Suite account to the next level and make it work for you more intuitively, powerfully, and just how you want it. Those who are new to the platform will discover the difference between these three varieties of plug-ins and understand how to begin to work with them in their G-Suite. Veteran users will be introduced to some high level customizations that will let them leverage even more power from their G-Suite accounts.
 
Advanced Use of the Mac in the Classroom
In this session you will learn about using the built-in Apps on the Mac to enhance teaching, regardless of your subject area.
 
Alabama Arts Course of Study
This PD will examine the new Alabama Course of Study for Fine Arts.
 
Alabama Fine Arts Course of Study
This session will be an introduction to the latest version of the Alabama Fine Arts Course of Study. The session will include an in depth discussion on the correlation of the Alabama COS to the National Core Art Standards as well as the application of the COS components to daily lesson planning and teaching routines.
 
All about that Code! Coding in the Elementary Classroom
Are you looking to introduce computer programming, or “Coding” into the elementary classroom? Join the AMSTI team as they introduce you to a variety of coding tools and curriculum options that can easily be integrated into the math and science classroom. Bring your Internet accessible device or tablet for a hands-on experience that you can take straight back to the classroom!
 
Apple Teacher Certification
In this session you will learn about the Apple Teacher program. Apple Teacher is a free professional learning program designed to support and celebrate educators using Apple products for teaching and learning. As an Educator you can build skills on iPad and Mac that directly apply to activities with your students, earn recognition for the new things you learn, and be rewarded for the great work you do every day.
 
Apps, Add-Ons, Extensions and Digital Resources…
Just because there is an APP for that does it mean it is good learning too? Explore a variety of learning tools and consider criteria and ratings to help you find the right tools for your classroom.
 
Attitude in the Classroom: A thousand little cuts
Positivity in the classroom starts from the top. This session will look at the student/teacher connection and its affect on achievement in the classroom.
 
Badges in Google Sheets
A badge is a micro certificate to visibly recognize a student’s accomplishment of something. As the students earn more badges they see their accomplishments grow. If you are thinking about adding badges to your class, this session will provide you with a ready to use template to get started and show you how to design your own badges in Google Drawing.
 
Baldwin County FACS Teachers Collaborate
This session is for Family and Consumer Science teachers to share ideas. Discussions will include, planning for credentials, lesson plan updates and BEST Practice sharing.
 
Beginner - Performance Series Data for Administrators/APs/Instructional Coaches
Administrators and instructional coaches who are relatively new to Performance Series will gain an understanding of the data that is generated from the administration of the Performance Series benchmarks. Participants will see examples of the reports and how it can be used to drive instructional decisions for a school.
 
Body Moving, Body Body Moving (Engaging Students in a Secondary Math Classroom)
Teachers will be introduced to numerous strategies to engage students in learning math and avoid the traditional lecture-only math classroom. Teachers will leave with ideas and activities that will have the students moving, participating, and engaging in math.
 
BreakoutEDU
Escape from your traditional classroom! Learn how to turn your classroom into a Breakout room. You will experience a breakout lesson and be given resources on how to begin creating your own.
 
Building a Culture of Learning: Student Ownership of Learning and Team Building
Discover techniques to create student ownership of learning, and positive team building ideas to develop a culture of learning in your classroom.
 
Building Curiosity in the Elementary Classroom
Ms. Smith and I are going to collaborate and present on a myriad of interactive tools and technology to introduce lessons that are eye catching and entertaining for students, in order to gain their attention and get them more engaged and curious about their learning. We will use not only websites, but tools such as BreakOut, grouping sticks, Que Ball, Quizizz, (basically use our newly developed eMINTS skills and tools!)
 
By the Power of G-Suite
Come learn how to sharpen your skills on using G-Suite for Education in your classroom. We will organize our Gmail, collaborate with Google Docs, create tests and quizzes with Forms, and look at new features with Team Drive and Google Classroom. Teachers will also get an understanding on Chrome Apps and Extensions to use with G-Suite.
 
Child Sexual Abuse: The Silent Epidemic
Every 6 minutes, a child is sexually assaulted in the United States. Only 1 in 10 sexually abused children tell someone. In 90% of child sexual abuse cases, the child knows and trusts the person who sexually abuses them, i.e., friend, neighbor, clergy, teacher, family member, coach, babysitter, etc. One in three girls and one in seven boys are sexually abused before the age of 18. These alarming statistics not only highlight the need for us to shatter the silence and stigma around child sexual abuse, but they also emphasize the importance of us educating children and empowering them to recognize and to report abuse. Come learn about the services offered by the Baldwin County Child Advocacy Center, and also learn how we--as educators--can help to prevent child sexual abuse.
 
ClassFlow.com Tips and Tricks
ClassFlow.com is AWESOME and I want to share it with others! In this session, we will look at the top 5 tips and tricks of ClassFlow.com. How do I fully utilize the Marketplace? Can I customize the content for learning activities? These are just a couple of the tips and tricks that we will cover. In addition, we will host a Q&A from participants regarding all things ClassFlow, and we will share how we are using ClassFlow.com in our classrooms to transform our student’s learning experience. This session is all about YOU.
 
Classroom Management Techniques: Surviving the First Years
This session will include hands on activities, discussion, and modeling of classroom management techniques that will positively impact student learning and behavior at the secondary level (7-12). It is designed for the inexperienced teachers and or teachers seeking to further diversify their classroom management methods.
 
ClassWallet Introduction
This session will provide training and answer questions regarding the new CIS financial management teacher platform ClassWallet
 
Coding in the Elementary Classroom
This interactive session will introduce you to coding and the Hour of Code event. You will investigate a variety of resources to introduce coding to your elementary students and work through at least one coding activity during the session.
 
Collaboration in the Digital Age
Collaboration can enhance learning. Discuss the benefits and purposes of collaboration and explore tools and resources that you can use with your students.
 
Communication with Technology
Digital Communication tools should not replace face-to-face communications, but can improve learning and form open productive relationships between parents, teachers and students. Exploring the stakeholders and the purpose behind the communication will identify tools to streamline communication.
 
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 and assign to students who need intervention.
 
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 - 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 - Identity Code for student to enter and where to find score
 
Cooperative Groups in the Middle School Science Class
This session will cover cooperative groups, how they should look, and how they can be best used in the science classroom. It will also include strategies and best practices to help guide cooperative groups, strategies for grouping students, and how to deal with problems that arise. The session will also include student testimonials about how they learned through cooperative groups and how they helped them to become better students. This session will be geared more towards new middle school teachers, but veteran middle and high school teachers are welcome to attend as well.
 
Counselors, Career Coaches and Career Preparedness Teachers Team Up
This session will focus on a teamwork approach to deliver career development and activities.
 
Course of Study Conundrum
Are your current lessons meeting the new science ALCOS? Particularly, do they include the cross-cutting concepts (CCCs) and science and engineering principles (SEPs)? This session will provide you with a rubric to help you evaluate your lessons and determine whether to keep, modify, or trash them.
 
Crafting Questions That Drive Projects
Projects motivate students through authentic use of technology while facilitating active learning, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity. Examine these concepts through a showcase of inspiring projects that each begin with a driving question. However, writing effective driving questions that are irresistible to students and don't sound like test questions is challenging. Explore strategies for refining driving questions that lead to student-focused inquiry.
 
Creating a Chrome Nation
Got Chromebooks? Use the Chrome browser? Then this is the session for you. Join us as we explore hundreds of tips and tricks for maximizing the use of a Chromebook or any other digital device. Participants will explore hundreds of apps with the potential to transform learning and maximize engagement for students. Educators will discover some exciting new strategies for using Chromebooks as well as some of the easiest ways to manage this new one-to-one environment.
 
Creating a Cohesive Literacy Block by Merging Instruction from the Basal with Guided Reading Groups
This session will show participants how to incorporate reading instruction from the basal and Guided Reading groups for effective Tier 1 instruction. Participants will learn how to use the basal, and various other resources, along with Guided Reading small groups, to teach phonological awareness through phonemic awareness and phonics, differentiated spelling instruction, explicit vocabulary instruction, fluency and text comprehension.
 
Creating a Community of Learners
Learn why a community of learners is essential to classroom success. Engage in community building activities and get ideas so you can start using them on the first day of class.
 
Creative Career Prep
Discover creative and engaging strategies to reach Career Prep A students. Participants will receive access to proven strategies and lessons to engage students in learning about themselves and their future. Even if you do not teach Career Prep, you will still walk away with some great teaching ideas!
 
Desmos: Dynamic Resource for the Secondary Math Classroom
Participants will learn how to navigate the Desmos website. Participants will also leave with Desmos enhanced activities that can be used in the secondary classroom.
 
Did I Mention, I love Chrome Extensions!
Explore various Chrome extensions that can support educators' instructional endeavors, meet diverse student needs, while maximizing planning and instructional time. Extensions will address each of the 4Cs (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking & Creativity). You will leave the session loving extensions to use daily in your classroom!
 
Discovery Education Spotlight on Strategies
During this session participants will dive deep into Discovery Education's S.O.S (Spotlight on Strategies). The instructional strategies are researched based instructional strategies presented by teachers for teachers. Strategies presented incorporate digital media in meaningful, effective and practical ways.
 
Discovery Education Streaming: Gets Better Every Year
This session is designed for those new to Streaming, or those who have used it for years. Discovery Education Streaming Plus is a multimedia offering that simultaneously excites and engages students. In this session, explore the latest in how Discovery Education Streaming Plus provides teachers with concrete tools and practical resources to teach their students to think critically about the content they use, see, and experience in their daily lives and to ask questions about the world around them.
 
Discovery Education’s Virtual Reality PlayGround (1/2 Day)
Understand how Virtual Reality resources in the Discovery Education services can engage and enrich students’ understanding across all content areas. Join us in the Virtual Reality Playground and see how VR fits into digital instruction, project based learning, student product creation, and see how students can create their own virtual reality experiences.
 
Ditch That Homework
Homework causes severe stress and family fighting with little to no academic benefits. Using technology allows us to use our class time in different ways to reduce or eliminate the need for homework. Improve relationships with students and parents by ditching that homework.
 
Do It Yourself Study Aids: Winning Websites & Apps
There are much better ways to study than gazing at a stack of flash cards. Let’s see how technology can turn studying into a game! Tony Vincent has collected some of the best websites to help students learn and retain information. Websites like ClassTools.net and PurposeGames.com let students customize what they want to study and turn it into a series of activities and games. After playing some sample games from various websites, you’ll see why when students make their own study aids, it aids their studying!
 
Dyslexia Awareness, Screening & Intervention for High School Dyslexia Coordinators
This "train the trainer" session is for high school dyslexia coordinators. Participants will explore characteristics of dyslexia, the Baldwin County screening process for high schools, and classroom strategies, accommodations, and interventions to meet the needs of students experiencing dyslexic tendencies. This session will only be offered once on 7/26/17 and will be three hours in length (8:30-11:30)
 
Dyslexia Awareness, Screening & Intervention for Middle School Dyslexia Coordinators
This "train the trainer" session is for middle school dyslexia coordinators. Participants will explore characteristics of dyslexia, the Baldwin County screening process for secondary schools, and classroom strategies, accommodations, and interventions to meet the needs of students experiencing dyslexic tendencies. This session will only be offered once on 7/26/17 and will be three hours in length (12:00-3:00)
 
Educating Students with Profound Disabilities: Shifting Perspectives
Participants will be presented with real-life examples of individuals with profound disabilities, their educational needs, and post-school outcomes and success stories. The purpose is to allow participants to gain perspective into the remarkable impact that is made by teachers and to illustrate how classroom experiences affect future opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. This session is for both special ed and general education teachers.
 
ELA Curriculum Guides and Resources Grade 10 (Advanced and Regular)
ELA Curriculum Guides and Resources will take a closer look at the fall implementation of the new curriculum guides. Teachers will review both the advanced and regular curriculum to understand the differences and similarities between the two and how their use will strengthen the common curriculum across classes and across grade levels. Time will be provided to explore resources and share practices for teaching and learning at each level.
 
ELA Curriculum Guides and Resources Grade 11 (Advanced and Regular)
ELA Curriculum Guides and Resources will take a closer look at the fall implementation of the curriculum guides. Teachers will review both the advanced and regular curriculum to understand the differences and similarities between the two and how their use will strengthen the common curriculum across classes and across grade levels. Time will be provided to explore resources and share practices for teaching and learning at each level.
 
ELA Curriculum Guides and Resources Grade 8 (Advanced and Regular)
ELA Curriculum Guides and Resources will take a closer look at the fall implementation of the curriculum guides. Teachers will review both the advanced and regular curriculum to understand the differences and similarities between the two and how their use will strengthen the common curriculum across classes and across grade levels. Time will be provided to explore resources and share practices for teaching and learning at each level.
 
ELA Curriculum Guides and Resources Grade 9 (Advanced and Regular)
Seriously??? It's Summer! Why are we NOT at the BEACH??? Join us for a fun two-hour workshop as we "dive" the depths of our new 2017 English curriculum guide for Grade 9. We will spend two hours exploring the new ELA curriculum and "sifting" through the tested and proven best resources for Advanced English 9 (LTF) and Regular English 9. REQUIRED for the workshop: flip-flops or sandals, favorite visor or sun hat, and your Macbook.
 
eMints Presentation
eMints Presentation
 
Empowering Students with Digital Presentation Skills
The ELA speaking and listening standards and writing standards no longer make technology integration optional. Let's empower students with speaking skills, visual aid strategies, and digital tools to make them all successful presenters. Help them move beyond notecards, posters, and death by Power Point. This session will show you how to do it.
 
Engaging Your Secondary Science Classroom
Engaging secondary science class with innovative instructional strategies and formative assessment techniques. All science nerds are welcome!
 
Establishing a Daily Data Routine in the Classroom
Teachers can explore the benefits of incorporating data analysis in their classrooms from Kindergarten through 5th grade. This session will layout ideas on how to create a data-rich culture across grade levels in your schools. You'll leave with ideas that you can use in your own classroom next year!
 
Everyone Can Code - Real Programming on the iPad
In this session the basics of Swift Playgrounds will be covered. Swift is a real-life programming language that is used to make apps for iOS, Mac, Windows, and more. No prior coding/programming skills are required to attend this session.
 
Explore the World with Social Studies Techbook
Integrate exciting content from a variety of media with critical thinking, reading, and writing skills to fuel a dynamic Social Studies classroom. In this session, participants will explore a wide variety of resources that give students challenging and meaningful learning experiences in Social Studies, including engaging videos, digitally enhanced text, interactive investigations, brilliant images, and challenging primary source documents. A Discovery Education Specialist will help participants learn the organization of Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook™ and will provide directions for teachers to organize, assign, and use the resources in Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook™ for instruction.
 
Exploring Literature Through a Mathematical Lens
Using literature as a catalyst for mathematical reasoning can be an engaging way to promote students to see the real-world application of mathematics. We will consider three levels of mathematics integration teachers can implement during classroom read-alouds. Also, we will apply reading comprehension skills and strategies to increase students' success with mathematical story problems.
 
Facts About Dyslexia and Strategies for the Everyday Classroom
This presentation will help teachers, administrators, and parents understand more about dyslexia and strategies to help the dyslexic learner become successful in the classroom.
 
Fast and Fabulous Formative Assessment in the Secondary Math Classroom
Teachers will be introduced to 4-5 online informal formative assessment tools to use in their math classroom. They will leave with log in information and knowledge of efficient ways to quickly determine if students are grasping desired concepts.
 
Food for Thought: Delicious Ways to Make Math Concrete
Let’s do real mathematics with real food. Explore the vocabulary, the doing, the learning, and the understanding of mathematics. Divide fractions using Hershey bars. Use candy corn as inequalities. Use crackers to find area and perimeter. Discover pi with cereal, and use candy to graph points. Although we will be using lots of simple food items, the food is not the focus. It’s just a fun way to teach the mathematics in a more engaging way. Many of these activities can be taught without food if that is an issue in your classroom or school. Come learn some math activities and snack along the way.
 
Formative Assessment in the Secondary Science Classroom
Did they get it? Do you need to revisit a concept? Come learn about a free program that will provide you formative data on your students.
 
From Boyz 2 (Gentle)Men
Implementing a professional training program for young gentlemen in today's schools.
 
Funds of Knowledge- using community and cultural assets to connect community and classrooms
Making connections between the classroom and the community is a critical component of lesson planning. This presentation will explore community funds of knowledge (Moll, 20014) and how teaches can connect daily lessons with students' lived experiences. edTPA relevant
 
Gamefication
Games are great motivators. Teachers may use game-based learning, by having students play games, but Gamification uses game elements such as challenges, feedback, levels, creativity, and rewards to motivate students to learn, and master classroom concepts. Learn how to develop Gamefication in your classroom.
 
Genius Hour
What are your students passionate about? Innovative corporations, like Google, use the Genius Hour concept to spark employee creativity. Genius Hour provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time to unleash student imagination and improve questioning, problem-solving and information literacy skills. Experience a practical step-by-step process supported with a variety of technology tools that will make the Genius Hour a success in your classroom.
 
Get Creative with Google Drawings
Teachers and students can do amazing things with Google Slides and Google Drawings! The blank canvases they provide are great for being creative and for collaboration. You’ll get to see design tools and techniques in action, and Tony will share lots of helpful tips. That’s in addition to seeing an array of fantastic ways of putting Slides and Drawings to good use. Inventive ideas include publishing alphabet books, editing images, constructing timelines, creating infographics, publishing newsletters, and making narrated presentations.
 
Get the most out of Office 365
Come discover the power of Office 365
 
Getting Started with ClassFlow
Who is ready to transform your classroom in three easy steps? Of course you are ready! ClassFlow.com is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Step 1, create your free ClassFlow account at www.ClassFlow.com. Step 2, shop for thousands of resources in the ClassFlow Marketplace. Step 3, download and deliver your ClassFlow lessons to your students. In this session, we will explore how you can utilize the Marketplace available at ClassFlow.com to access thousands of teacher-created materials for use in your classroom. We will also experience the multiple ways to deliver those lessons to our students. Whether your need is for a front-of-the-classroom presentation or for a lesson to share with your students on their individual digital devices, ClassFlow.com has got you covered.
 
Getting Students Engaged
In this session, I will share multiple ways I use to get my students' interest up and engaged in their learning.
 
Google Extensions...Worth a Mention!
It’s amazing how many great tools are available right within the Chrome browser – for free! There are tons of accessibility tools, and everything from keyboarding practice to screen-casting, all available right within your browser. In this session, teachers will learn some Google Chrome extensions that will increase productivity for both teachers and students. Come learn about some great Google Chrome extensions that are worth a mention!
 
Google Forms for Data and Feedback
This session will focus on the various ways Google Forms can be used in the classroom. There will be a demonstration on how a Form is made and participants will have the opportunity to create their own. Discussion on the uses of Forms will center around data collection and providing feedback to students.
 
Google Hacks
Learn these incredible Google Hacks for a variety of Google tools! Increase your professional productivity using hacks including; valuable Google Searching techniques, inventive Calendar uses, essential Drive Add-ons, beneficial tips for using Gmail, browsing with Chrome tips, and many more.
 
Google Sites for Teachers and Students
This session will provide a tour of Google Sites. There will be discussion of how/why Sites can be used in the classroom. Participants will have the opportunity to start creating their own Google Site.
 
Graphic Design Made Easy with Canva
Do you want to create awesome designs from scratch in as little as a few minutes? Canva makes the graphic design process a breeze for teachers and students! With Canva, educators can easily create engaging graphics for use inside the classroom or to enhance their web presence, and students can creatively show what they know. In this session, learn how to use this free online tool to design effective graphics for lessons, presentations, web sites, social media, and more. Participants will also explore how to combine Canva with tools such as Google Docs, Google Slides, Thinglink, and Bitmoji to inspire critical and creative thinking in students through visual literacy and graphic design.
 
Hour of Code with Minecraft: Train the Teacher
In this workshop, explore a Minecraft world through code. Learn basic coding concepts through the use of block code to take Steve or Alex on an adventure through a Minecraft world. You’ll use kid-friendly programming to learn how creativity and problem solving come together to inspire critical thinking skills.
 
How to Build a Classroom Test for Health Science and Family Consumer Science Teachers Part 1
In this session, CTE Teachers will learn how to use the program specific Item Banks to create industry certification classroom tests. These tests can be used throughout the year to gauge student progress in credentialing areas. This session is Part 1 of 2 sessions.
 
How to Build a Classroom Test for Health Science and Family Consumer Science Teachers Part 2
In this session, CTE Teachers will learn how to use the program specific Item Banks to create industry certification classroom tests. These tests can be used throughout the year to gauge student progress in credentialing areas. This session is Part 2 of 2 sessions.
 
How to Create a Digital Breakout
Learn how to engage your students with your own curriculum by creating a digital breakout.
 
HyperDocs for Active Classrooms
Engage your students with the 5’C (communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creation) as we learn to create HyperDocs using the Google Drive to give students engaging inquiry based learning activities. Participants will learn to create and evaluate their own HyperDocs. HyperDocs is the perfect match for all schools who wish to change they way students interact with technology. Is your school a one-to-one school? Maybe your school is a BYOD school. What if your school has limited access to technology? It doesn’t matter! HyperDocs encourages students to collaborate and create and share authentic products while helping them develop critical thinking skills.
 
I'm not a security guard- I'm a security MONITOR
Do you ever feel like the guy on the commercial - just there to report a problem and not fix it? ACT Aspire testing gives teachers information, but what next? How can this information help fix the problems we see in our students? In this session we will dig deeper into ACT Aspire - connecting it to science standards - looking at why this test is so challenging - and discovering ways to fix what we monitor. Understanding how the test is created will help us prepare by increasing rigor in our assessments all year long. Fifth and seventh grade Science will be the focus, but all grade levels are welcome! Connections can even be made to ACT for high school students.
 
Improving Justification and Explanation Responses on the Math ACT Aspire Assessment - High School
Participants will be exposed to a general overview of the math portion of the Aspire test as well as strategies to improve test scores. This session will have a focus on the justification and explanation portion of the Aspire and examine official exemplar questions. Participants will examine the progression of Justification and Explanation of the test and learn how to cater instruction to help students get to the next level.
 
Improving Justification and Explanation Responses on the Math ACT Aspire Assessment - Middle School
Participants will be exposed to a general overview of the math portion of the Aspire test as well as strategies to improve test scores. This session will have a focus on the justification and explanation portion of the Aspire and examine official exemplar questions. Participants will examine the progression of Justification and Explanation of the test and learn how to cater instruction to help students get to the next level.
 
Increase Student Engagement with Digital Breakouts
If you do not know what a breakout is, you do not want to miss this session!
 
InformationNow for Admins
Tips and tricks for administrators using InformationNow.
 
Integrating Art into History!
We will be presenting ways in which teachers can incorporate art and art history into their social studies classroom. We will be showing examples of art projects that we have used in our classrooms to teach different lessons.
 
Integrating Literature into History!
We will present pieces of literature that we have used in our classroom to teach different lessons and how these works are a part of our history.
 
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.
 
Interactive Notebooks for a Secondary Math Classroom
Teachers will be introduced to the idea of an interactive notebook. Teachers will discuss the advantages of an interactive notebook and how it engages student learning. Teachers will leave tips, strategies, and resources to begin using an interactive notebook in a math classroom.
 
Introducing myBCBE
Come meet our new identity management and single sign-on system called myBCBE
 
Items in Achievement Series - Advanced Level
Participants will learn the various item types in Achievement Series. There will be a focus on creating and editing items and using extended response questions.
 
Kindergarten Math Interventions: Quick and Easy, Please!
Attendees will gain practical strategies for reaching kinders of all learning levels throughout the standards. Use activities that are quick and easy, but require little prep. From number sense to 1 to 1 correspondence to counting, stock up on ideas for targeting the specific areas where your students struggle.
 
Leading Sustainable Change
Are your school goals and mission achievable? Are they sustainable? In this session you will think about the sustainable change you want to see happen in your school and how you can set the wheels in motion.
 
Let's Dabble in DIBELS
In this session, teachers will embark on a hands-on training of DIBELS, and how to administer each assessment. Teachers will learn how to utilize test results that will benefit them in their classroom instruction as well as small group instruction. Teachers will have an opportunity to practice how to properly administer each component of the assessment based on his or her grade-level.
 
Let's Get Social-able! (Using Social Media to find teacher resources for a Secondary Math Classroom)
Teachers will be introduced to the different types of social media that can be used to find teacher resources such as Pinterest, Blogs, and Twitter. Teachers will leave with several social media outlets that can be used throughout the school year to find new ideas and resources for the math classroom.
 
Leveraging Game Design Elements in the Classroom
Take advantage of the hype of Pokemon Go, Fantasy Sports, and Breakout Escape games. Use the same principals to gamify your class or units. When used effectively, games are a powerful instructional tool. Games naturally engage the student. Come see how to leverage this engagement in productive, creative ways.
 
Literacy Centers in the Guided Reading Classroom
The following session is a guide to creating differentiated, independent literacy centers for students during the reading block. Participants will learn four core centers, based on the work of Jan Richardson, that will ensure students are reading, writing, speaking, and listening in the five essential elements of reading.
 
Location Controller
Participants must have location controller role for his/her school in order to participate in this session. Education specialist will provide basic tips for the location controller to adequately manage Scantron Performance Series and Achievement Series on his/her campus.
 
Making iPad Magic Happen in Your Classroom
Learn how to use iPads in your classroom and throughout the entire day without your kid "playing" with them. Attendees will be able to take back ready-to-use integration ideas for capturing their students' attention like never before.
 
Making Learning Relevant: Offering Community-based Learning Experiences
This session will review multiple intelligence theory, offer authentic student-centered learning strategies, and present tested examples of community-based projects that reinforce the learning of course content across the curriculum.
 
Making Student Thinking and Learning Visible
As we begin working in more digitally rich environments, students have the opportunity to create, and in some cases are creating, phenomenal artifacts of learning. But where are these artifacts going? Where should they go? Who's seeing them and are they being used to add to the global knowledge base when appropriate? In this digitally rich age, schools everywhere are beginning to see the value of having student work housed in one location to help students to reflect and grow as learners. In this session, we will discuss the importance of student-created digital portfolios. From why they are important - to how we can use the power of Google tools to help students showcase and OWN their learning. Digital student portfolios should be the goal of every educator and school in 2016, 2017, and beyond. In this session, participants will leave with strategies for digitizing, uploading and publishing student work in portfolios - with a focus on the best apps that make this possible for all teachers. Participants will also learn the importance of including reflection as part of the portfolio process and leave with strategies for doing this effectively. The added focus on reflection in this session will include, looking at methodologies that help fuel effective reflection in students who have, in most cases, not done this before. The big ideas of this session will include the following: Portfolios help redefine what assessment should look like and how we encourage students to own their learning and reflect on the process. Digital Portfolios help build a strong digital citizenship foundation. Digital Portfolios allow students to reflect on their learning and take their learning with them (expand on this work or show it as part of a resume) Digital Portfolios are student centered and give students a voice, and pride in their work - motivation through work not a grade.
 
Making the Most of Videos in the Classroom
Have you ever assigned a video for students to watch? How do you know they watched it? Come learn how to had questions to already created videos.
 
Making Thinking Visible Through Design Thinking and Doing
A Design session that will make you think more deeply about how we design our learning experiences. Learn how the process of Design and “rapid prototyping” can be applied to any learning environment. The power of Pedagogy in the process.
 
Math + Art Blending Math and Art for the Elementary Classroom
Put a little STEAM in your STEM. Incorporate art into your mathematics by doing activities that use both. You will see and understand the connection of math and art on a deeper level. Color in Pascal’s Triangle to create Fractal Art. Create a pi bracelet. Create flower fractions and multiplying Spring flowers. Build 3-D Geometric solids. This workshop includes additional fun and fast-paced activities. Come explore the artistic side of math.
 
Microsoft in the Classroom
During this seminar, participants will: 1. Experience rich learning activities that demonstrate how technology can enhance teaching and learning 2. Learn where to get free resources that spark imagination and inspire learning 3. Find out how to access free professional development for educators 4. Get an in-depth look at key classroom resource OneNote
 
Mindfulness Tools for Educators and Students
What exactly is Mindfulness and how can it help me personally and professionally? We'll cover all the basic concepts and practical tools to help you understand what mindfulness is and how you can implement it in to your daily life and classroom. We'll discuss the many benefits as well as the supporting science & research.
 
Monstrous Community Building
This session will discuss ways we can build a learning community in our classrooms and schools. Topics, such as teamwork, communication, and collaboration, will be discussed. During the session, you will participate in hands-on community building activities that you can bring back to your classroom or school.
 
More than a Classroom
Let us visit some of the awesome ways we can use Google Classroom. From organizing your Classroom for students, to preparing Lesson Plans, we will discuss the many ways on using Google Classroom, inside and outside the classroom.
 
Motivating and Engaging Students in Science using Discovery Education Science Techbook
Understand how the resources in the Discovery Education Science Techbook motivates and engages students in Science. In this session, you will learn how students access their science content through the Student Center and the Student Concept view. In the Student Center, students are able to obtain their assignments and view assessment results. The Concept View presents resources to students in a way that allow them to explore and investigate information. They are able to access the Interactive Glossary, which provides students with multiple ways for understanding the meaning of science terms. This session also provides an overview of creating creating boards using BoardBuilder and assigning homework to students with varying or no computer access outside of school.
 
Motivating and Engaging Students in Social Studies using Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook (1 Hour Sessions)
Motivating and Engaging Students in Social Studies using Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook (1 Hour Sessions) Understand how the resources in the Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook motivates and engages students in Social Studies. In this session, you will learn how students access their social studies content through the Student Center and the Student Concept view. In the Student Center, students are able to obtain their assignments and view assessment results. The Concept View presents resources to students in a way that allow them to explore and investigate information. They are able to access the Interactive Glossary, which provides students with multiple ways for understanding the meaning of science terms. This session also provides an overview of creating boards using BoardBuilder and assigning homework to students with varying or no computer access outside of school.
 
Mystery Skype
Bring the world into your classroom through Mystery Skype! Learn how you can engage your students in geography, culture, and questioning strategies all while communicating with other students around the globe! Mystery Skype is fun for all ages!
 
NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program
The NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program website provides K-12 educators with virtual tools to manage classroom participation in National Novel Writing Month activities, a free online writing workbook, Common Core-aligned curricula guides, and support from many famous authors. It's easy to use with Google Docs and Google Classroom!
 
Next Steps in Guided Reading Assessments
Teachers attending this session will learn more about the Next Steps in Guided Reading Assessment Kit. Information will included a detailed description of how to administer the 4 part assessment, using the data to form groups, and writing plans to meet the needs of all students.
 
Online Formative Assessment Tools
Engage your students and gain valuable formative assessment data to drive instruction using these webtools: Socrative and Quizizz. This is a workshop type presentation where you will learn how to use both of these webtools to create assessments, and gather data from your students. Please bring a laptop, or ipad with you to this session.
 
Our Connected Life: Digital Citizenship Resources
Are you connected? On average our students spend 7 hours of their day in front of a screen (or two). Join me as we look at the themes of Digital Citizenship focusing on literacy, safety, and responsibility. We will explore social media apps and best practices when using or discussing these with students. We will look at sites and apps to assist you and your family with privacy and safety. Growing good digital citizens is everyone's responsibility-- be in the know!
 
Overview of Creating Tests with Achievement Series
The session will give a broad overview of the process of test creation but participants will not make a test. Participants will learn how students take created assessments and a look at the reports generated from Achievement Series assessments.
 
Overview of Master Scheduling
General overview of developing a school's master schedule. Discussion will include topics such as best practices, common obstacles, things to consider, etc. This session is for aspiring leaders and/or current school administrators.
 
Ozobots- Amazing Little Robots
Ozobots are tiny, extremely cost effective robots that can be used in any classroom. Imagine being able to use CIS funds to buy robots for your classroom! Students can have fun learning numerous common core science standards. The only problem is they won't want to quit,! Come give them a try and see how any age can make them go. Please bring a laptop to access the Ozobot website. If you want to learn more or see lesson plans that are available, please take a look at www.ozobot.com.
 
Ozobots in the Elementary Classroom
Teachers will learn how to use Ozobot, a line following robot, by drawing lines on paper and by programming the robot with a computer or ipad.
 
Padlet in the Classroom
In this session participants will learn to use the web tool Padlet to enhance instruction. Padlet is a free and easy web tool for teachers and students that can be used for most any task in the classroom. So get to know your audience, use as a formative assessment tool, collaborate on research, use for student sharing and much more!
 
Password Power!
With a new password policy being implemented this year, come learn tips and tricks for choosing, and remembering, good passwords.
 
Performance Series Data for Administrators/APs/Instructional Coaches
This session is for those administrators who have a solid foundation of the use of Scantron in the school. Participants will look at the data that can be generated by both Performance Series and Achievement Series and how the data can help drive instructional decisions.
 
Performance Series Data for Administrators/APs/Instructional Coaches: Advanced
This session is for those administrators who have a solid foundation of the use of Scantron in the school. Participants will look at the data that can be generated by both Performance Series and Achievement Series and how the data can help drive instructional decisions.
 
Performance Series Data for Beginners
Participants who are relatively new to the use of Performance Series in the school and/or classroom will be provided the basic understanding of the ins and outs of the assessment program. Participants will be shown how the data derived from Performance Series can be helpful in the classroom.
 
Performance Series Data for Teachers
This session is for teachers who have a solid foundation of the use of Scantron in the school. Participants will look at the data that can be generated by both Performance Series and Achievement Series and how the data can help drive instructional decisions in the classroom.
 
Performance Series for Beginners
Participants who are relatively new to the use of Performance Series in the school and/or classroom will be provided the basic understanding of the ins and outs of the assessment program. Participants will be shown how the data derived from Performance Series can be helpful in the classroom.
 
Personal Finance Fun: Active Learning Strategies for Your Classroom
Teaching personal finance doesn’t have to be boring. This session will highlight free resources that are hands-on and easy to implement. Whether its infographics, flash cards, bingo cards, or online interactives this session will be packed with new ideas for your classroom.
 
Producing Powerful (and Pretty) Infopics
An infopic pairs a picture with text and is designed to communicate a message. Infopics can help us process, remember, and convey information in an appealing way. Some are simple while others are enhanced with awesome photography effects. An infopic's message might be a summary, quote, definition, notes, data, weblink, or other informational tidbits. The information might come from a conference, workshop, activity, lesson, video, book, a conversation, etc. See loads of examples and learn about apps, websites, and techniques that teachers and students can use for making their own infopics.
 
Professionalism
Every employee has a professional responsibility to be knowledgeable of state and local laws and policies. You are responsible for knowing policies. This session will cover multiple areas of professionalism for new teachers.
 
Program Planning for Career and Technical Education Teachers
This session will focus on CTE program planning to enhance your career and technical program.
 
Quizzing It!
Quick and easy online tool to check for understanding on ANY subject while gathering data at the same time!
 
Reading Blocks: Fitting it All in with Technology
This session will help teacher's drop their teacher's guide and start managing their reading lessons while integrating technology. I'll show how to combine songs, videos, center rotations, and reading skills into an amazing learning experience.
 
Ready, Set, Go with English 7!
This session will take a closer look at Baldwin County's English 7 pacing and curriculum guides as well as provide educators with available classroom management and digital resources. Middle School English teachers will leave the session with an arsenal of English sources!!!
 
RULE the World with ROBOTS!
Come and try building something! Learn the why, when and how much to teaching STEM through VEX Robotics and coding.
 
S.P.I.R.E's Ten-Step Lesson: Review and Practice
This session will review S.P.I.R.E. 's Ten-Step Lesson focusing on the systematic, explicit instruction that leads to lesson fidelity. Teachers will write a lesson, practice the steps and have plenty of time for questions and answers.
 
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act: 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. Come learn how best to address the ever emerging needs of these students being served in the Baldwin County Public School System.
 
Seesaw in the Secondary Classroom
Learn how to use seesaw.com in your middle to high school classroom. Seesaw makes it easy to develop digital student portfolios, post and share assignments, facilitate student feedback, involve parents and much more. Students can show what they know through text, audio, video, drawings, and pictures. No more taking papers home to grade! You can log in with 1 click to access your students work and grade from anywhere just on your lap top!
 
Serving Up Your Digital Content On A Blendspace Plate
This 2-hr session focuses on the best practices to combine various types of digital content (instructional and curriculum resources) into effective learning modules for all levels of learning with the primary goal being to differientaite instruction in our digital world. The popular web-based application, Blendspace, will be the focus tool used to accomplish this task. All products created in Blendspace can be used in various learning environment including Google Classroom, Edmodo, Backboard, etc.
 
SETS-All about SETS
This session will introduce basic SETS information such as running a query, caseload information, etc. Also, there will be time for Q/A. **This session is for new special education teachers in Baldwin County ONLY.
 
Setting Up the Classroom for Success!!
This is a session focusing on both the middle and high school multi-disabled classroom. The session will cover para schedules, vocational/transitional activities, AAA lesson plans, student schedules, and much more
 
Setting up your MD room for success!!
This session will support both elementary and intermediate multi-disabled teachers. The session will cover: para schedules, lesson plans, room arrangement, and much more.
 
Share Your Stories with Sway
Stories are the most powerful way to get ideas across. So, why not tell ours with Sway? This session will teach you how you can use Microsoft Sway to create engaging lessons, eBooks, newsletters, and more!
 
Sharing Great Ideas that Help ALL our Students SHINE: An LMS Symposium Open to ALL!
From teaching nursery rhymes to helping students develop essential questions used in research for traditional papers and multi-media projects, while simultaneously instilling the joy of reading and a real love of learning in hearts and minds, K—12 Library Media Specialists impact the learning of every student in every school. We are passionate about sharing what we have discovered that really works “where the rubber meets the road” in driving student achievement through collaboration with classroom teachers and school community stakeholders, through LMS sponsored events (such as “Battle of the Books”) as well as the use of online resources applicable school wide (such as “Big Universe”). Come join us to see what your school librarian can do for you!
 
SMART software gives your BYOD or 1:1 super powers!
Using SMART Software students can connect any device for collaborative learning over a wifi connection. From interactive games to collaborative lessons, students are engaged throughout learning with any device. You will learn how simple it is to take your learning objectives and make them technology ready with SMART's suite of learning tools. Bring your own device to this interactive learning session.
 
Social Media
Social Media
 
SOS! Spotlight on Strategies with Discovery Education
Spotlight on Strategies (SOS) is a series of creative, research-based instructional strategies, presented by teachers for teachers. These strategies incorporate digital media in meaningful, effective, and practical ways. This session is intended to help educators learn digital integration strategies using Discovery Education’s Spotlight on Strategies (SOS) series. Participants will learn about the Spotlight on Strategies series by experiencing a sampling of strategies.
 
Stop, Collaborate and Listen: Public Librarians and the Resources They Provide
We are here to help you! Public libraries offer a wide variety of online resources to help you and your students not only read books more easily (free downloadable eBooks) but also learn a foreign language (Mango Languages and Rosetta Stone), take practice tests for the ACT (Learning Express Library), and assist with research projects (Alabama Virtual Library) just to name a few. School librarians, teachers, and administrators would benefit from this interactive session about how to navigate your public library’s resources.
 
Strategies for Teaching Soft Skills
Industry leaders are struggling to fill positions because many job candidates lack the soft skills needed to be successful. This presentation is designed to help teach those skills to secondary students. Using active learning strategies, we will examine communication, teamwork, professionalism, problem solving and critical thinking, and attitude. Participants will receive a copy of the presentation and materials they can use in the classroom.
 
Studies Weekly-Online Components
In this session we will walkthrough the Studies Weekly website and show all of the different features and functions of the website.
 
Talents Unlimited Initial Training
The Talents Unlimited Model emphasizes the use of critical and creative thinking skills to enhance all content areas. Talents Unlimited is designed to be used in any instructional setting - elementary classroom, secondary content classes, and special education/gifted/ESL resource classes. This model involves five Talent areas - Productive Thinking, Communication, Decision Making, Planning, and Forecasting. These five Talent areas are essential components in career ready/world of work skills. Using the Talents Unlimited approach in your instructional program helps your students build valuable higher order thinking skills. This training is conducted in two-hour sessions during all four days of the conference. A total of 8 hours is required in order to receive certification as a Talents Unlimited teacher.
 
Teaching Math with Google Apps
Teaching math in the 21st century has changed. Yes, you can use Google Apps to teach math. Technology, specifically Google Apps, along with the Common Core changes how students learn math. This session focuses on techniques for using Google Apps in the math classroom.
 
Teaching with a Modern Touch
Are you ready to take your Promethean classroom to the next level? This session will be an introduction to the latest software release by Promethean, ClassFlow Desktop. ClassFlow Desktop allows users to open, create, and present lessons, gives access to additional resources and activities, enables users to access different computer files and programs for use in lessons, and to share all of this with students. Whether online or offline, ClassFlow Desktop provides multiple options for teachers to connect with their students. Come join us for a sneak peek at the future of the Modern Classroom. Prerequisites: Create a free ClassFlow account at www.classflow.com. Once registered and logged into ClassFlow.com, download and install ClassFlow Desktop software.
 
Technology Tools for Foreign Language Teachers
We will share new ways to use technology in your Foreign Language classroom. Some resources are: quilt, seesaw, edpuzzle and more. You will have time to explore and create on your own. We will also share resources and be available for help and questions.
 
Ten Things I'll Bet You Didn't Know You Could Do On An iPad
Attend this session to learn ten (or more) things you can do on an iPad that most casual users don't know.
 
The First 25 Days in Your Guided Reading Classroom
Teachers will learn how to set up routines in the elementary classroom that support the implementation of Guided Reading, including classroom management, appropriate centers, forming groups, and classroom management.
 
The Highly Effective School Library Program
Participants will learn how effective school libraries are dynamic learning environments that bridge the gap between access and opportunity for all K–12 learners. Under the leadership of the school librarian, the school library provides students access to resources and technology, connecting classroom learning to real-world events. By providing access to an array of well-managed resources, school libraries enable academic knowledge to be linked to deeper, personalized learning. The expanded learning environment of the school library ensures the unique interests and needs of individual students are met. In this way, effective school library programs prepare students for college, career, and community.
 
The Librarian as the Instructional Partner
Participants will learn how the library media specialist should with teachers and others to identify links across student information needs, curricular content, learning outcomes, and a wide variety of print, nonprint, and electronic information resources. Topics will include: Developing policies, practices, and curricula that guide students in developing the full range of information and communication abilities, working closely with individual teachers in the critical areas of designing authentic learning tasks and assessments and integrating the information and communication abilities required to meet content standards, and providing training to other educators.
 
The United States of Numb: Current Adolescent Drug Trends 2017
In this informative and interactive session, participants will discuss the usual suspects (alcohol and marijuana), the new kids on the block (the synthetics, new forms of Ecstasy, and new uses for over the counter drugs), as well as the epidemic of heroin and prescription drug use crippling our youth. Information on new next level marijuana products arriving from legalized states will also be on the agenda.
 
Tips for Using Google Classroom
Do not just post your work online, innovate and interact better with students! This session covers some tips and best practices for using Google Classroom such as reusing a Google Form instead of copying it, creating collaborative documents, and more. Bring your Google Classroom questions!
 
U.S. Sports Academy Presents Sports Related Concussions
Teachers will be equipped with the tools necessary to recognize when a student may have suffered a concussion. Concussions can happen anywhere, not just on the football field. This will be an interactive session as three different concussion tests that will be demonstrated and teachers will test each other so they can see how the tests work. Presenters from the U.S Sports Academy will include Dr. Stephen Butler, Dean of Academic Affairs; Dr. Vincent Ramsey, Chair of Sports Exercise Science; Dr. Brandon Spradley, Chair of Sports Management; and Dr. Bret Simmermacher, Chair of Sports Coaching.
 
Upgrade Your Worksheet
Putting worksheets online can be worse than doing worksheets on paper. Going digital provides opportunities to make learning better. Spreadsheets are a valuable life skill; have students use and design worksheets to increase engagement, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. Learn techniques to create spreadsheets that are self grading. Write formulas that allow students to make choices and decisions so you're not collecting 30 of the same thing.
 
Using Interactive Notebooks in the Secondary Science Classroom
Do you want your students to be more organized? Do you want your students to learn organizational skills? Do you want your students to keep up with their work? Then, this session is for you! You will be given guidelines, and suggestions for setting up and implementing interactive notebooks in your science classroom. There are so many options and opinions out there about how to use them. I will narrow them down for you and show you what works best for me.
 
Using iPads to Promote Meaningful Mathematical Discussions
Teachers will learn how to utilize iPads and presentation apps to facilitate discourse that develops and deepens students' understanding of mathematical ideas and representations. By using the 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions, teachers can ensure a student-centered environment that promotes mathematical rigor. We will explore how iPads make this an efficient process and allow for students to analyze and critique the reasoning of others.
 
Using NearPod in the Classroom
Students of all ages love NearPod! In this session, we will go over the ways that NearPod can be used in the classroom to increase student engagement, provide formative assessments, and collect summative assessment results. We will look at the benefits of NearPod, participate in a sample lesson, and each teacher will create a lesson that can be used in his or her classroom.
 
Using Performance Series as a Local Indicator
Administrators and Assistant Administrators will learn how to effectively use Performance Series to complete the required Local Indicator for the ALSDE A-F Report Card.
 
Using Powtoon as a Presentation Alternative
Powtoon is a Chrome app that lets you create awesome presentations and animated videos. This is an easy to use app that has many uses for both teachers and students. Come join us as we explore the many uses of this often over looked resource.
 
Using Scantron Assessments to Drive Individualized Instruction
Participants will delve into the reports that can assist them in making instructional decisions for individual students. The focus will be on the use of the Suggested Learning Objectives Report and the Class Standard Student Detail report.
 
Using Scantron Test Data to Drive Individualized Instruction
Participants will learn how Scantron test data can drive instruction in the class for whole, small group and individual students.
 
Using SMART Notebook to enhance early literacy instruction
We will explore a passage in Charlotte's Web to demonstrate native tools available in SMART Notebook that help enhance early literacy instruction.
 
Using the Alabama Career Planning System with 6 – 12th graders in every classroom
Sponsored by the Alabama State Department of Education, the Alabama Career Planning System (ACPS) powered by Kuder Navigator is an online education and career planning system that supports students in grades six through twelve. From research-based assessments to portfolio development, and education planning and workforce preparation, this system integrates with solutions that connect users with college and employers and how all educators can incorporate career planning curricula into the classroom. This platform makes career development a fun, engaging, and relevant process for Alabama students.
 
Using the AVL to Differentiate Instruction
This session will provide an overview of the supports included in the Alabama Virtual Library to help teachers differentiate text and meet the information needs of students to facilitate the research process. (Research is mentioned over 40 times in the standards.)
 
Using the Class Standard Student Detail Report along with Excel Advanced Functions to Tailor Reports for Your Classroom, Grade and School
Participants will be taught how to use the Class Standard Student Detail Report to drive instruction in the classroom, grade level and school. The Education Specialist will show participants how to use the Excel Advanced Functions with this report in order to drill down to what a teacher needs to make instructional decisions.
 
Using the Data to Drive Instruction for Health Science and Family Consumer Science Teachers
This session will provide CTE teachers with guidance in using the student data from the Food Safety and Nursing Assistant testing available. Teachers will learn how to best use the data for instruction with their students.
 
Using Your Stemscopes Kit
Learning how to efficiently use the Stemscopes kits in the elementary classroom.
 
Utilizing Projects in the Secondary Math Classroom
Participants will be presented with projects that can be used in a high school math classroom. Participants will leave with materials needed to accomplish each project and examples of the finished product.
 
Utilizing what you have: How to get your teachers to use their SMART "stuff!"
This session is for administrators who want to encourage their teachers to utilize what they currently have available. We will cover several ideas for creative and engaging PD sessions that aren't dependent upon having the "latest and greatest" gizmo. These ideas are garnered from years of PD support in school districts across the United States and are not exclusive to SMART only.
 
Visual Storytelling and Photographic Expression
This workshop is designed to take you through the visual literacy and creativity process. We will look at a myriad of ways we can tell stories through imagery, animations, and video. Our focus will be on the pedagogy behind the creativity mixed with building a solid understanding of media and publication. Note: this is a hands-on workshop so you are encouraged to bring along your devices (iPhone, Tablet, including digital camera) in order to fully enjoy the experience
 
Waterford Early Learning: New Dashboards **Target Audience is PreK teachers currently implementing Waterford in their classrooms.
PreK Teachers: Explore Waterford's "New Dashboards" designed to give you quick and clear insights into student progress and how this Waterford data can be used in meaningful ways.
 
Waterford's Classroom Advantage
**Target Audience is PreK teachers currently implementing Waterford Early Learning in their classrooms. Classroom Advantage is a tool within the Waterford Curriculum which allows teachers to strategically build playlists for interactive whiteboards. Participants will see the versatility of Classroom Advantage as we build customized playlists linked to Waterford data reports and their own thematic lesson plans. Develop fun multi-modal lessons while putting your technology to work using interactive whiteboards.
 
What Does a Guided Reading Lesson Look Like for the Early Reader (Levels D-I)?
This session will enable the presenter to work with participants to exemplify what a Guided Reading Lesson will look like for the Early Reader (Levels D-I). The presenter will model how to help students learn to use reading strategies as they read a text or book that is unfamiliar to them. Participants will learn how to incorporate the before, during and after model of a Guided Reading lesson to help students use these strategies independently on their way to becoming fluent, skilled readers.
 
What Does a Guided Reading Lesson Look Like for the Emergent Reader (Levels A-C)?
This session will enable the presenter to work with participants to exemplify what a Guided Reading Lesson will look like for the Emergent Reader (Levels A-C). The presenter will model how to help students learn to use reading strategies as they read a text or book that is unfamiliar to them. Participants will learn how to incorporate the before, during and after model of a Guided Reading lesson to help students use these strategies independently on their way to becoming fluent, skilled readers.
 
What Does a Guided Reading Lesson Look Like for the Fluent Reader (Levels N and Higher)?
This session will enable the presenter to work with participants to exemplify what a Guided Reading Lesson will look like for the Fluent Reader (Levels N and Higher). The presenter will model how to help students learn to use reading strategies as they read a text or book that is unfamiliar to them. Participants will learn how to incorporate the before, during and after model of a Guided Reading lesson to help students use these strategies independently on their way to becoming fluent, skilled readers.
 
What Does a Guided Reading Lesson Look Like for the Transitional Reader (Levels J-P)?
This session will enable the presenter to work with participants to exemplify what a Guided Reading Lesson will look like for the Transitional Reader (Levels J-P). The presenter will model how to help students learn to use reading strategies as they read a text or book that is unfamiliar to them. Participants will learn how to incorporate the before, during and after model of a Guided Reading lesson to help students use these strategies independently on their way to becoming fluent, skilled readers.
 
Why Weeks Bay?
Visit this session to learn why a field trip to Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is a must for you and your students. Weeks Bay has something to offer all teachers across the curriculum.
 
Wild about RAVE
The RAVE is a continuous improvement document that gives a school counseling program an opportunity to demonstrate effective communication and a commitment to implementing an outcome-based, data-driven program. Modeled after the Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Model for Alabama Public Schools (State Plan), the Recognition of Accountability Verification & Excellence Award (RAVE) has been developed by an advisory group of Alabama school counselors, counselor educators, system/district supervisors and the Alabama Department of Education. This presentation will set you up with ways to collect data and a timeline of events to complete the document within one school year.
 
Working Smarter not Harder with Social Studies
How would you like to meed one of your Alabama State Course of Study Standards and 7 of your College and Career Readiness Standards all in one lesson? Or, maybe you would like to offer your students a CSI approach to a historical event. No matter how you want or need to teach social studies we have some engaging lessons for you.
 
Write About It!
Write About is a free website created by teachers and for teachers. It’s a community where students engage in high-interest writing for an authentic audience, and teachers help students grow through the entire writing process.” This is a great tool for any age or grade!
 
Writing Defendable IEP Goals and Services
This session will take the teacher through a student's eligibility report along with other progress monitoring data to write IEP goals and services. This will be an interactive and fun session.
 
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