2017 Schedule Details

Schedule Basic Schedule

 

Registration, Badge Pickup: 7:30 -8:10am

Welcome: 8:10-8:20 (Boardroom)

Keynote: 8:20-9:20 Region 4 Digital Learning Specialists

 

Session 1

9:30-10:25

Panelists

Conference Room A

MODEL! MODEL! MODEL!

 

Modeling technology usage is key if administrators want teachers to play an active role in technology integration.

“The most effective way school administrators can promote technology use is to themselves be knowledgeable and effective users of technology,” says Betty Kistler, computer technology coordinator at Tuckahoe School in Southampton, New York.

 

Dr. Sanee Bell

Cassie Herndon

Dr. Kari Murphy

Dr. Tiffany Regan

Conference Room B

Authentic Learning: Not Easy, But It Can Be Done

 

Both, the traditional classroom and online learning fail to address the issue that neither approach to instructional delivery maximizes learning. Join in the conversation about providing students with opportunities to achieve critical and analytical thinking skills which are authentic tasks and continuous embedded assessment and feedback.

Tina Niemann

Adrienne Smith

 

Conference Room C

Re-D(esign) Your PD

 

Professional development is much more than “drive-by” or “one-size-fits-all” training. Effective PD is job embedded, connected with other topics, planned over time, and comprehensive. It fosters reflective practice and includes time for to teachers to make changes to their instruction.

Michelle Barber

Michelle Leggett

Thurman Nassoiy

 

Conference Room D

2020 Vision: 21-Century Learning Models

Twenty-first-century learning should not be controversial. It is simply an effort to define modern learning, using modern tools. The intent of this panel is to foster a discussion centered on the skills and knowledge students need to succeed in work, life, and citizenship, as well as the support systems necessary for 21st-century learning outcomes.

“If ten years from now, we are still debating 21st-century learning, it would be a clear sign that a permanent myopia has clouded what should be 2020 vision.” -Milton Chen

John Amenson

David Becker

Andres Chavez

 

 

Conference Room E

Photo Booth

 

 

Session 2

10:30-11:25

Panelists

Conference Room A

Engineering Learning

 

Using frameworks, systems, and tools to design authentic learning experiences is the essence of good instructional design.

Nicole Bell

Thurman Nassoiy

Debbie Sitler

Conference Room B

Manage Digital Learning

Technology and digital content enable alternative approaches to environments for learning that are better suited to today’s students. Come and discuss the challenges that districts face, such as, how to handle the variety of digital “assets” at all levels in your district from textbooks/online resources to personnel.

Mark Evans

Jackie Nowlin

Laura Reeves

 

Conference Room C

Pasadena ISD’s Path Towards Personalized Learning

Learn how Pasadena ISD is successfully implementing personalized learning models in grades 5-12. Classrooms are being transformed into personalized learning environments where students have ownership over their learning. Explore the possibilities of bringing personalized learning to your school.

Sandy Dickerson

Christy Foster

Amber Kronenberger

JohnT Powell

Vickie Vallet-McWilliams

Conference Room D

Create Constructive Cultures and Impact the World

This panel will discuss constructive vs. hyper-competitive cultures and the impact they have on environments. A constructive culture is one within which people are encouraged to collaborate and connect with others, as well as approach their work, in ways that are conducive to them meeting their higher-order human needs. Rather than a dog-eat-dog, hyper-competitive, environment, a constructive culture is more characterized by an emphasis on the good of the collective.

Robert Sims

April Whitehead

Conference Room E

Photo Booth

 

 

LUNCH / NETWORKING: 11:30-12:25 (Board Room)

** Catered lunch provided by Lakeshore Learning

 

 

 

Session 3

12:30-1:25

Panelists

Conference Room A  

Walking the Talk!

When your actions have the potential to affect everyone around you, don’t dabble in mediocrity. Reflecting excellence is critical to exercising effective leadership. A leader of any type addresses crucial gaps, then develops and models a plan that translates intention into reality.

Richard Armand

Jorge Cavazos

Kevin Lewis

Conference Room B

Enhance. Transform. Connect.

The goal of educational technology is to use the technology to effectively change or enhance instruction, so that you are doing something greater or more efficiently by using it. Technology coaches help bridge the gap from where we are to where we need to be.

The coach acts as a conduit of best practices, working with teachers across the district, and sharing what’s worked, what can be adapted, and how to integrate.

Katie Alaniz

Michelle Barber

Andres Chavez

Dr. Dawn Wilson

Conference Room C

Make it “Snappy”

PD in your PJ’s is great, but how much social media interaction is appropriate for professional growth? How can you leverage this interaction to increase your influence and reach?

Nicole Bell

Elizabeth Merritt

Shaun Pitre

Conference Room D

Game ON!

 

We will discuss three distinct barriers to adoption of games for teaching and learning that inhibit building an effective integration model for games in the classroom

Shaina Glass

Monica Trevathan

Darlene Schlitzberger

Jana Willis

Conference Room E

Photo Booth

 

 

Session 4

1:30-2:25

Panelists

Conference Room A  

Wiggle While You Work

Our classroom environments should be conducive to open collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. This simply cannot be done when students are sitting in rows of desks all day. This panel will explore the benefits of creating flexible spaces for active and engaged learning and teaching.

Nancy Everts

Mary Knight

Conference Room B

Single Sign-On for Online Textbook/Resources

 

Utilizing solutions to provide single sign-on.

Emilio Garcia

Adam O’Banion

Greg Bartay

Scott Fulton

Conference Room C

Teacher Proficiencies and Growth

With the onset of T-TESS and the movement towards growth mindset, the need arises to create a standard of teacher proficiency and a rubric with which to measure.

Laura Reeves

Nicole Sebok

George Williams

Conference Room D

Curriculum and Technology: A Balancing Act

As students, teachers, and administrators integrate 21st century learning techniques, it is more important than ever that we bridge the policy divide. Balancing the interconnections between content and practice, i.e. TPACK for departments, will ensure that students are future ready.

David Becker

Robert Sims

Conference Room E

Photo Booth

 

Wrap Up & Door Prizes: 2:30-3:00 (Board Room)

 

 

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