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Wednesday, August 15
 

7:30am

2018 Kickoff Registration/Sign-in
Sign-in or register at WHS, unless otherwise noted

Wednesday August 15, 2018 7:30am - 8:10am
Auditorium Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:15am

2018 Kickoff Opening Session
Opening Remarks--EmpowerED in the WHS Auditorium unless otherwise noted.



Speakers
avatar for Dr. Laurel Healy

Dr. Laurel Healy

Secondary & Professional Development Director, Union County Public Schools


Wednesday August 15, 2018 8:15am - 10:00am
Auditorium Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:15am

504 Coordinators Training for New Hires
504 Coordinators Training for New Hires will begin at 10:00 AM. Opening and Keynote sessions will be streamed live from 8:15-10:00 AM in F203. Required for all newly hired 504 Coordinators.


Wednesday August 15, 2018 8:15am - 12:00pm
WMS 619 Weddington Middle School 5903 Deal Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:15am

Culture of Care (Invited MS/HS Teams Only) Day 1
The Culture of Care training prepares educators to deliver breathing, mindful movement, and relaxation exercises in the classroom, and to train colleagues to do the same. With a little practice, the exercises are simple for educators to learn and share. Participants in the training will learn and be able to communicate how this approach promotes social-emotional learning (SEL) in the classroom. Opening and Keynote sessions will be streamed live from 8:15-10:00 AM in the WMS Media Center; CoC PD will begin at 10:00 AM.  Applicable teams were designated by principals. 


Wednesday August 15, 2018 8:15am - 3:30pm
WMS's Media Center Weddington Middle School 5903 Deal Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:15am

Guided Language Acquisition Development/GLAD, Day 1 (Participants were pre-registered/invite only.)
Day 1: ‘Glimpse of GLAD’ training is being offered by NC DPI English-Learners division. Participants are introduced to the theoretical and research base of the model. They will engage in dialogue around current pedagogy and learn strategies that promote academic discourse and literacy success for all students. This is a hands-on workshop in which learners will leave with laminated classroom materials. Participants were pre-registered by their principals.


Wednesday August 15, 2018 8:15am - 3:30pm
Weddington ES's Media Center 3927 Twelve Mile Creek Rd. Matthews, NC 28104

8:15am

Developing Independent Musicians, Part I
Helping students become musically literate is central to the school music curriculum. This workshop will focus on implementing a sound before symbol approach to teaching music literacy resulting in independent musicians rather than savvy symbol decoders. The TAKADIMI rhythm-pedagogy system, a beat-oriented system whose originators see it as evolving from Gordon’s syllables, will be incorporated. The rhythm syllables can easily be applied in the elementary music classroom, instrumental and choral rehearsal and collegiate aural skills courses. Opening and Keynote sessions will be streamed live from 8:15-10:00 AM in the WMS Media Center; DIM PD will begin at 10:00 AM in WMS's Band Room.  

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 8:15am - 3:30pm
WMS's Media Center, then WMS's Band Room Weddington Middle School 5903 Deal Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:00am

2018 Kickoff Keynote: Digital Citizenship
Common Sense in the WHS Auditorium (unless otherwise noted).

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Huth

Barbara Huth

Common Sense Education, Common Sense Education
Barbara Huth is the Education Program Manager for Common Sense Education in the D.C. Metro area. She partners with school districts in DC, Maryland, Virginia and beyond to help educators and parents build the foundational digital citizenship skills for kids to utilize technology safely... Read More →



Wednesday August 15, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Auditorium Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:00am

Lunch B--8/15/18
Lunch B corresponds with Session 1B (12:00-1:00) on 8/15/18. Bring your lunch or food trucks are available at your own expense.


Wednesday August 15, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
TBA Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:15am

Kiln 101
General information about how to use a kiln, firing, glazes, etc.


Wednesday August 15, 2018 11:15am - 12:05pm
G102 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:15am

Digital Citizenship for Elementary
Elementary students have access to digital tools both in the classroom and at home. It is imperative that students recognize the consequences of their online actions. Teachers will be instructed on how they can effectively implement safe computer procedures with their students. The following topics will be discussed to prepare teachers on how they can strengthen their students’ digital citizenship skills:

* Internet Safety - delve into relationships that students make while online and how to deal with uncomfortable situations.
* Privacy & Security - identify ways to create strong username and passwords
* Self-Image and Online Identity - the image that students want to present of themselves online and how it can affect their online behavior
* Cyberbullying - a guidance counselor will articulate how students should identify and respond to online bullying. This will include how students can learn to become up-standers in this situation and not just a bystander.
* Digital Footprint - emphasize the importance of how students' actions while online become a part of their online profile.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Shulman

Heather Shulman

Media Coordinator, Fairview Elementary School
I would like the CEU's to apply to digital literacy.


Wednesday August 15, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
E107 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:15am

Emerging Tobacco Products
Tobacco products and issues around youth and tobacco. "The use of vaping products or electronic cigarettes has taken off among our youth. The most popular product that is easy to hide and is now 47% of the e-cig market is JUUL."


Wednesday August 15, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
G110 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:15am

myON News Elementary
Orientation to myON News and discussion of the role of media in society. This hands-on session will introduce participants to myON News and best practices for integrating myON and myON News. Topics include: myON News Overview, features exploration discussion of the importance of news in a 21st Century Classroom as well as the role of media in society. This session is tailored to elementary teachers and students. 2-3 representatives in that grade level/content area should attend from each school.

Speakers
KH

Kim Hall

Ed Consultant, Renaissance


Wednesday August 15, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
E207D Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:15am

Navigating SchoolNet: Exploring the Basics to be Successful
New to SchoolNet or unsure how to navigate? Come join us to explore how to navigate and find key data needed to be successful in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Thompson

Lisa Thompson

Instructional Coach, Union County Public Schools
Lisa Thompson received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Wingate University and Masters of Arts in Education in Instructional Technology from East Carolina University.  She is an Instructional Technology Facilitator with Union County Public School and has attained... Read More →


Wednesday August 15, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
G209 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:15am

PowerTeacher Pro
Take a sneak peek at the new gradebook and resources available to become a PowerTeacher Pro! Participants will have an overview of the gradebook, the PTP resources website, and possibly get started on your new gradebook setup (if time allows)! If you cannot make this session, no worries, the trainer at your school will help!

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
G208D Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:15am

Social-Emotional Learning
A representative should attend from each school.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
F105c Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:15am

Bringing Literacy to Life
Participants will gain information on how to use hands-on activities to enhance student engagement through interdisciplinary literacy. In this session you will have the chance to explore a variety of learning opportunities related to curriculum-based texts. Topics that will be discussed include: constructing a roller coaster to enhance forces and motion in science, creating a structure to enhance the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk, and understanding fractions using the text “The Lion’s Share.”

Speakers
MJ

Mindy Jenkins

4h grade teacher
KT

Kelly Taylor

3rd Grade Teacher


Wednesday August 15, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
E109 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:15am

HS ELA New Standards
Required for all teachers in that grade/content area.

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Beard

Tyler Beard

Instructional Coach
TF

Terri Fleck

Instructional Coach, Union County Public Schools



Wednesday August 15, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
F200 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:15am

New Middle School ELA Standards
Middle School ELA teachers will explore the new state standards and resources provided by the NCDPI ELA Team. Required for all teachers in that grade/content area.

Speakers
avatar for Ronda Baker

Ronda Baker

Instructional Content Facilitator, Union County Public Schools
avatar for Anne Berryhill

Anne Berryhill

8th grade language arts


Wednesday August 15, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
F209 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:15am

Phonics Does Matter: UCPS K-2 Word Study Plan and Lessons
This session will provide an overview of the phonics/word study instructional plan in grades K-2. The UCPS word study guides include the planning of daily 15 minute lessons. We will discuss how the principles taught in word study cannot be taught only in isolation but also need to be transferred, practiced and reinforced in Interactive Writing and Shared Reading. All three components are included in the guides to ensure that students transfer these phonics principles to reading and writing in continuous text. Participants will also view video clips of sample lessons. Required for all NEW teachers in that grade/content area.


Wednesday August 15, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
E103 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:15am

Easy Algebra with Hands On Equations
Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
F102 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:15am

Exploring New Math Standards Through Fractions and Decimals in 5th Grade
Explore instructional practices to conceptually teach the work of fractions and decimals in 5th grade classrooms. Required for all teachers in that grade/content area.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
E210 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:15am

Exploring New Math Standards Through Multiplication and Division in 3rd and 4th Grade
Explore instructional practices to conceptually teach multiplication and division in 3rd and 4th grade classrooms. Required for all teachers in that grade/content area.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
E208 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:15am

Jo Boaler's Week of Inspirational Math
Let's look at ways to encourage students to have a growth mindset in mathematics, while encouraging them to see math in a visual, creative way. We will work through Jo Boaler's week of inspirational math activities and discuss how to best incorporate them into your curriculum this year.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
F108

11:15am

K-2 Number Talks and Shared Math
Learn strategies and practices to implement number talks as part of your shared math time alongside problem solving and spiraled content.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Jarzombek

Kim Jarzombek

first grade teacher


Wednesday August 15, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
E104 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:15am

New Middle School Math Standards
Middle School Math teachers will explore the new state standards and resources. Required for all teachers in that grade/content area.

Speakers
DM

Debbie Mayer

Instructional Coach, Union County Public Schools
avatar for Shelley Schwenk

Shelley Schwenk

Math Coach



Wednesday August 15, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
F100 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:15am

Student-Centerfying Your Math Class
Becoming more "student-centered" has become the new big buzz word in education. But research clearly shows that students learn mathematics at higher levels when they are the ones doing the thinking, the talking, the persevering, and the connecting - or simply put, when they are the center of their learning. In this session, we will look at some practical strategies to help make your students the center your classroom and thus the center of their learning.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
F109 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:15am

6th Grade Science Curriculum Update
Writing Team will share information on resources and updated pacing for course. Required for all teachers in that grade/content area.


Wednesday August 15, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
G111 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:15am

Creative Ways to Collect and Use Data in the Science Classroom
Participants will explore and construct a number of creative assessments that can be used in the science classroom. These assessments will help the teacher to know more than just if the student knows a concept or not; it will show the teacher what that child’s level of understanding of the concept is. Participants will also explore what type of data is useful and how to analyze and track it to best reach and grow all students in the 5th grade science classroom.

Speakers
AH

Adam Haas

Rocky River Elementary (Union County)


Wednesday August 15, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
E209 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:15am

Curriculum Update for HS Biology
Teachers will share information on updates to the resources, pacing and common assessments for this specific course. Required for all teachers in that grade/content area.

Speakers
CC

Chris Conway

Instructional Coach


Wednesday August 15, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
G112 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:15am

Integrating EdPuzzle into Science curriculum as a way to progress into flipped learning
Integrating EdPuzzle into Science curriculum as a way to progress into flipped learning.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
G107 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:15am

2nd Grade New Social Studies Units
Introducing… our NEW units of study for Social Studies! Come participate in a lesson and explore the new units for 2nd Grade! A representative in that grade level/content area should attend from each school.


Wednesday August 15, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
E203 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:15am

11:15am

Inquiry and Writing in the EmpowerED Social Studies Classroom
Participants will engage in various empowered activities in the social studies classroom. Presenters will demonstrate a digital gallery walk and the creation of an argument tower that will help foster inquiry and writing in the social studies classroom. Participants will be able to practice and engage in the resources and the process of both activities.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
G203 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:15am

Releasing Responsibility in an AP History Class
This session will focus on activities that can be done in AP courses that release responsibility to the students while still keeping the focus on developing AP skills. I will go through some of the activities I have done with my AP classes sharing rubrics and project descriptions. I'd like for at least part of the session to be focused on brainstorming and sharing ideas in addition to the activities that I present.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
G204 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:15am

Teaching Middle School Social Studies in 90 Days
We all struggle with "covering" the required content in the allotted time frame. During this session we will look at strategies and resources to help alleviate this issue for social studies teachers. We will also discuss various updates to middle school social studies in UCPS.

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Ponscheck

Ashley Ponscheck

Instructional Coach & Middle School Social Studies Specialist



Wednesday August 15, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
G201 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:00pm

Problem-based Productions: Incorporating Video Production Technology and Problem-based Learning
The session will include:
-the rationale for the use of videography to empower student-centered learning.
-a brief overview of PBL and the framework for this learning model.
-ways to incorporate curriculum standards and prior learning.
-technical direction and information regarding filming, video editing, layering, adding sound, color keying (green screen), storyboard creation and copyright protocol.
-review of some available software and web-based products.
-time for participants to explore various resources available to UCPS students on their Chromebooks and iPads.
-samples created by elementary students.
-time for reflecting and networking with other participants.

Speakers
BA

Blair Austin

Media Coordinator


Wednesday August 15, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
E205 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:00pm

Beginning Canvas for Beginners from a Beginner
Learn entry-level Canvas tips and ideas from a beginning teacher’s perspective.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
F106 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:00pm

Common Sense: 5 Steps for Integrating Social Media to Enhance Your Instruction
What steps should educators take when integrating social media in their classroom as an instructional learning tool? Social media can provide so many opportunities for student learning but with potential pitfalls and an ever-changing technology landscape, educators could use some guidance to get things started. In this session, you will learn 5 practical steps for implementing social media effectively, safely and purposefully in the classroom. You will leave with digital citizenship resources to set the stage for social media use and practical ideas for integrating social media tools into your school's instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Huth

Barbara Huth

Common Sense Education, Common Sense Education
Barbara Huth is the Education Program Manager for Common Sense Education in the D.C. Metro area. She partners with school districts in DC, Maryland, Virginia and beyond to help educators and parents build the foundational digital citizenship skills for kids to utilize technology safely... Read More →


Wednesday August 15, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
D107 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:00pm

Curating Resource Collections is Your Destiny (Elementary)
Destiny is much more than a library online catalog. Come and see how to do one search and find books, e-books, vetted websites and database resources to build digital bins of resources on any topic and share them with colleagues or even the world.

Speakers
avatar for Marci Gerrish

Marci Gerrish

School Library Media Coordinator, Union County Public Schools
avatar for Lisa Moniz

Lisa Moniz

District Library Media Services Coordinator, Union County Public Schools



Wednesday August 15, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
E100 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:00pm

Developing Strong Oracy Skills
This session will highlight the importance of developing strong oracy skills to build and support the students' background knowledge before beginning a unit of study. It will discuss the power that background knowledge has in building literacy. It will give practical ideas of how to accomplish this goal as well as there will be opportunity to collaborate with peers to further understanding of this topic.


Wednesday August 15, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
E108 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:00pm

EmpowerED Canvas Work Session
This session will build off of the Empowered Canvas learning session from Wednesday. Attendees are invited to apply the instructional design strategies they learned about to their own canvas courses. Canvas experts will be available to help instructors as they prepare their courses for the upcoming school year. Attending the Empowered Canvas presentation is not required. Anyone wanting to work on their Canvas course is welcome to attend.

Speakers
avatar for Joey Barker

Joey Barker

Instructional Coach, Union County Public Schools
Joey Barker is an Instructional Coach(IC) who works for Union County Public Schools, and is assigned to CATA, South Providence and Wolfe.Joey Barker attended North Carolina State University where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Business and Marketing Education and a  Masters... Read More →
avatar for Garrett Williams

Garrett Williams

Instructional Technology Facilitator, Union County Public Schools
Garrett Williams received his BS in Secondary Education, History from Appalachian State University. Additionally, he earned a minor in English from the United Kingdom's Keele University and a Masters in Curriculum and Supervision with an Administrative Add-on from the University of... Read More →


Wednesday August 15, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
G213 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:00pm

EVERFI - Empowering Critical Skill Development with Digital Resources
Though the Clever app on NCEdCloud, EVERFI provides digital social & emotional learning, financial literacy, health & wellness and career exploration resources for Elementary, Middle and High School, at no-cost to educators. In this session, participants will explore resources and standard alignment, discuss strategies for purposeful implementation and be trained on single-sign-on access via NCEdCloud.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
D109 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:00pm

Flexible Seating: Give your students a choice
We will describe how to make flexible seating a lifestyle in your class to ensure that your students acheive their best learning.
The following sub topics will be discussed:
1. Commitment to learning- if your students are comfortable and have choice they achieve greater things. They become in charge if their learning
2. Less is More- Less stimulation and distraction for students
3. Student centered- The class is more centered around my students and what they need.
4. Comparing Data- With flexible seating/ without flexible seating


Wednesday August 15, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
E102 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:00pm

Level Up! Supporting student growth through Guided Instruction
We’ve all heard our students talk about how they want to level up in their favorite video game, but how do we get them to be just as passionate about leveling up in their academics? We believe one way is to offer solid support through guided instruction. In this session, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the core values of guided instruction, ways to encourage academic growth and deeper thinking through this important practice, and why it is important in every K-12 classroom. As a bonus, we will unpack the instructional moves in this workshop that encourage EmpowerED teaching and learning. For those who attended the Summer Instructional Leadership Institute, this session was formerly titled “Transforming Learning through Guided Instruction

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Fore

Jennifer Fore

Assistant Principal, Union County Public Schools
As a former classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, and instructional coach, my passion is supporting teachers in growing students' success in and love of learning.
SS

Stacey Seik

Instructional Coach, Union County Public Schools


Wednesday August 15, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
E202 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:00pm

myON News Middle
Orientation to myON News and discussion of the role of media in society. This hands-on session will introduce participants to myON News and best practices for integrating myON and myON News. Topics include: myon News Overview, features exploration discussion of the importance of news in a 21st Century Classroom as well as the role of media in society. This session is tailored to middle school teachers and students. A representative from all grade levels in each content area should attend from each school.

Speakers
KA

Karen Adamec

Educational Consultant, Renaissance
I have been working in the field of education for almost two decades and have experience as an elementary classroom teacher and a reading specialist with experience spanning K-12. Currently I am working as a literacy coach in a diverse, urban elementary school in Providence, Rhode... Read More →



Wednesday August 15, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
F205D Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:00pm

TeachingBooks.net: Getting Started - Elementary
TeachingBooks.net – a suite of instructional resources that enrich the fiction and nonfiction books read by children and young adults. Included are: book guides & lesson plans, build-your-own custom reading lists, diverse books, literature-based vocabulary lists, Meet-the-Author videos and book readings, and resources for award-winning books.

Speakers
avatar for TeachingBooks

TeachingBooks

Director of Implementation & Educational Support, Kym Davick
Director of Implementation & Educational Support



Wednesday August 15, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
HS Media Center near windows Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:00pm

Viewsonic Interactive Panel PD
The training will consist of tools and features in ViewBoard 2.1 including: Importing Content from Web, Folders, and YouTube, Background Removal Tool, Recording Lessons, Transitions and Hyperlinking


Wednesday August 15, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
G104 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:00pm

US Cultural Norms & Classroom Management
Cultural norms influence classroom education. Identify US cultural norms. Identify your own cultural norms. What is expected to succeed with classroom management in UCPS and the US?

Speakers
avatar for Donna Podgorny

Donna Podgorny

Dual Language Immersion Instructional Coach
I have the honor of working with teachers, principals and students that value being multilingual. What fun it is to watch teachers shine and students language abilities grow!


Wednesday August 15, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
F202 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:00pm

Writers are Readers
Struggling to get kids writing? Wondering how to encourage young writers to better demonstrate their thinking on paper? Does the phrase “written response to text” give you nightmares? We will explore structure and organization, tools and strategies, rubrics and differentiated support for helping students become confident, prolific writers who know how to demonstrate their thinking in writing. Written comprehension only works if students have the words to use and the tools to comprehend text. Examine methods for developing strong reading comprehension skills in your students and discover how those methods can be utilized to develop strong writers as well.

Speakers
KF

Kristen Flores

Kindergarten teacher
FM

Felicia Moore

Teacher, UCPS


Wednesday August 15, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
E106e Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:00pm

Exploring New Math Standards Through Addition and Subtraction in 1st and 2nd Grade
Explore instructional practices to conceptually teach addition and subtraction in 1st and 2nd grade classrooms. Required for all teachers in that grade/content area.

Speakers
NB

Natalie Brucia

Instructional Coach
AS

Amanda Sant

Instructional Coach


Wednesday August 15, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
E204 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:00pm

Exploring New Math Standards Through Subitizing in Kindergarten
Explore instructional practices to conceptually teach perceptual subitizing and conceptual subitizing in kindergarten classrooms. Required for all teachers in that grade & content area.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
E101 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:00pm

Spiraling the Curriculum

Wednesday August 15, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
F101 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:00pm

Zombies

Wednesday August 15, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
F103 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:00pm

Unpacking the Drama Teacher Academy Resource
Unpacking the Drama Teacher Academy Resource: PD, aligned lessons, PLCs, and resources

Speakers


Wednesday August 15, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
A109 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:00pm

Digital Practice in the Scientific Classroom
How to help educators develop digital scientific practices in the science classroom. Digital media tools and resources are increasingly integral to engaging in scientific practices. These tools and supports are needed for learners to engage in practices, such as analyzing and interpreting data, modeling, and other relevant skills in science.

Speakers
avatar for Sebastian Byers

Sebastian Byers

Teacher, UCV


Wednesday August 15, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
G106 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:00pm

Gamification in the classroom: Introducing Student Choice Into Education
Bring a student centered focus to your classroom through gamification. See how it has been integrated into a HS Biology course.

Speakers


Wednesday August 15, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
G114 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:00pm

ABC-Clio Social Studies Databases
Are your students researching historical topics or current issues and events? Then the ABC-Clio Social Studies databases are the perfect place for them to look! Educators even have a special login to access additional resources. Come and find out more.

Speakers
RS

Regina Snelson

School Library Media Coordinator, UCPS



Wednesday August 15, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
G210 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:00pm

STEM Visioning Session
​​​​In this session school leadership will be immersed in activities to clarify why their students need a STEM learning environment (jobs) the attributes of innovators and how to support them. Participants will leave with a better understanding of what a STEM learning environment feels like and how to begin their journey to move forward with STEM.

Speakers
DC

Dr. Cindy Moss

Discovery Education


Wednesday August 15, 2018 12:00pm - 3:00pm
WMS 616 Weddington Middle School 5903 Deal Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:00pm

Naviance for HS Counselors: Learn about College Application Tools and eDocs
During this 3-hour session, high school counselors will receive training on the Naviance suite of College Application tools, including eDocs. All high school counselors should plan to attend.


Wednesday August 15, 2018 12:00pm - 3:30pm
WMS 614 Weddington Middle School 5903 Deal Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:10pm

Social-Emotional Learning via Art Therapy
Social-Emotional Learning via Art Therapy


Wednesday August 15, 2018 12:10pm - 1:00pm
G102 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:15pm

Lunch A--8/15/18
Lunch A is corresponds with Session 1A (11:15-12:15) on 8/15/18. Bring your lunch or food trucks are available at your own expense.


Wednesday August 15, 2018 12:15pm - 1:00pm
TBA Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Problem-based Productions: Incorporating Video Production Technology and Problem-based Learning
The session will include:
-the rationale for the use of videography to empower student-centered learning.
-a brief overview of PBL and the framework for this learning model.
-ways to incorporate curriculum standards and prior learning.
-technical direction and information regarding filming, video editing, layering, adding sound, color keying (green screen), storyboard creation and copyright protocol.
-review of some available software and web-based products.
-time for participants to explore various resources available to UCPS students on their Chromebooks and iPads.
-samples created by elementary students.
-time for reflecting and networking with other participants.

Speakers
BA

Blair Austin

Media Coordinator


Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
E205 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Close Reading in the Disciplines
Teachers will explore resources that were developed or found specifically to support close reading in the disciplines.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
F201 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Common Sense: Creating a Culture of Digital Citizenship
In this session, you will learn practical steps to create a positive school culture that supports safe and responsible technology use among students and staff. First, learn how to teach students digital citizenship skills, covering eight key topics. You’ll hear ideas on how you can use Common Sense Education's free digital citizenship curriculum. Second, learn how to engage parents around managing their children’s technology use and helping kids make smart choices, including how to host a successful parent night, sharing helpful tips and advice, parent communication ideas, and more. Finally, hear practical next steps to build the capacity of your staff to integrate digital citizenship instruction and community-based activities into your school’s teaching and learning framework by participating in our Recognition Program.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Huth

Barbara Huth

Common Sense Education, Common Sense Education
Barbara Huth is the Education Program Manager for Common Sense Education in the D.C. Metro area. She partners with school districts in DC, Maryland, Virginia and beyond to help educators and parents build the foundational digital citizenship skills for kids to utilize technology safely... Read More →


Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
D107 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Digital Citizenship for Elementary
Elementary students have access to digital tools both in the classroom and at home. It is imperative that students recognize the consequences of their online actions. Teachers will be instructed on how they can effectively implement safe computer procedures with their students. The following topics will be discussed to prepare teachers on how they can strengthen their students’ digital citizenship skills:

* Internet Safety - delve into relationships that students make while online and how to deal with uncomfortable situations.
* Privacy & Security - identify ways to create strong username and passwords
* Self-Image and Online Identity - the image that students want to present of themselves online and how it can affect their online behavior
* Cyberbullying - a guidance counselor will articulate how students should identify and respond to online bullying. This will include how students can learn to become up-standers in this situation and not just a bystander.
* Digital Footprint - emphasize the importance of how students' actions while online become a part of their online profile.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Shulman

Heather Shulman

Media Coordinator, Fairview Elementary School
I would like the CEU's to apply to digital literacy.


Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
E107 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Emerging Tobacco Products
Tobacco products and issues around youth and tobacco. "The use of vaping products or electronic cigarettes has taken off among our youth. The most popular product that is easy to hide and is now 47% of the e-cig market is JUUL."


Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
G110 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

EmpowerED Canvas: Using Your Digital course to Connect, Collaborate, and Create
This session will highlight instructional design strategies that are utilized by UCVirtual and Canvas. Attendees will learn how Canvas can help instructors facilitate a more personalized, engaging learning experience for their students. This session will also discuss how blended learning can help support a positive classroom culture that encourages stakeholders to take risks, innovate and collaborate with their peers. Attendees are invited to attend the EmpowerED Canvas Workshop so that they can apply the information shared in this presentation to their own canvas courses.


Speakers
avatar for Joey Barker

Joey Barker

Instructional Coach, Union County Public Schools
Joey Barker is an Instructional Coach(IC) who works for Union County Public Schools, and is assigned to CATA, South Providence and Wolfe.Joey Barker attended North Carolina State University where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Business and Marketing Education and a  Masters... Read More →
avatar for Garrett Williams

Garrett Williams

Instructional Technology Facilitator, Union County Public Schools
Garrett Williams received his BS in Secondary Education, History from Appalachian State University. Additionally, he earned a minor in English from the United Kingdom's Keele University and a Masters in Curriculum and Supervision with an Administrative Add-on from the University of... Read More →


Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
G206 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

EVERFI - Empowering Critical Skill Development with Digital Resources
Though the Clever app on NCEdCloud, EVERFI provides digital social & emotional learning, financial literacy, health & wellness and career exploration resources for Elementary, Middle and High School, at no-cost to educators. In this session, participants will explore resources and standard alignment, discuss strategies for purposeful implementation and be trained on single-sign-on access via NCEdCloud.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
D109 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Flexible Seating: Give your students a choice
We will describe how to make flexible seating a lifestyle in your class to ensure that your students acheive their best learning.
The following sub topics will be discussed:
1. Commitment to learning- if your students are comfortable and have choice they achieve greater things. They become in charge if their learning
2. Less is More- Less stimulation and distraction for students
3. Student centered- The class is more centered around my students and what they need.
4. Comparing Data- With flexible seating/ without flexible seating


Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
E102 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

PowerTeacher Pro
Take a sneak peek at the new gradebook and resources available to become a PowerTeacher Pro! Participants will have an overview of the gradebook, the PTP resources website, and possibly get started on your new gradebook setup (if time allows)! If you cannot make this session, no worries, the trainer at your school will help!

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
G208D Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

TeachingBooks.net: Getting Started - Secondary
TeachingBooks.net – a suite of instructional resources that enrich the fiction and nonfiction books read by children and young adults. Included are: book guides & lesson plans, build-your-own custom reading lists, diverse books, literature-based vocabulary lists, Meet-the-Author videos and book readings, and resources for award-winning books.

Speakers
avatar for TeachingBooks

TeachingBooks

Director of Implementation & Educational Support, Kym Davick
Director of Implementation & Educational Support



Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
HS Media Center near windows Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

What's New in SchoolNet 20.0
SchoolNet has upgraded to 20.0 over the summer. Navigation has changed. We will explore these changes and other issues needing to be addressed.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Thompson

Lisa Thompson

Instructional Coach, Union County Public Schools
Lisa Thompson received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Wingate University and Masters of Arts in Education in Instructional Technology from East Carolina University.  She is an Instructional Technology Facilitator with Union County Public School and has attained... Read More →


Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
G209 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Viewsonic Interactive Panel PD
The training will consist of tools and features in ViewBoard 2.1 including: Importing Content from Web, Folders, and YouTube, Background Removal Tool, Recording Lessons, Transitions and Hyperlinking


Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
G104 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Stop, COLLABORATE, and Listen! Achieving Biliteracy through Collaboration
The road to achieving biliteracy in a dual language/immersion classroom takes a lot of work and most importantly, takes a lot of collaboration. This session will highlight the importance of the DL/I and English Language Arts teachers sharing the same vision and working together as a unified front to achieve biliteracy in a DL/I classroom.

Speakers
LA

Luis Agudelo

Teacher, Weddington Elementary School


Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
F202 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Bringing Literacy to Life
Participants will gain information on how to use hands-on activities to enhance student engagement through interdisciplinary literacy. In this session you will have the chance to explore a variety of learning opportunities related to curriculum-based texts. Topics that will be discussed include: constructing a roller coaster to enhance forces and motion in science, creating a structure to enhance the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk, and understanding fractions using the text “The Lion’s Share.”

Speakers
MJ

Mindy Jenkins

4h grade teacher
KT

Kelly Taylor

3rd Grade Teacher


Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
E109 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

HS ELA Curriculum Resources
A representative in that grade level/content area should attend from each school.

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Beard

Tyler Beard

Instructional Coach
TF

Terri Fleck

Instructional Coach, Union County Public Schools


Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
F200 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Middle School ELA Master Course Resources
Looking for a new lesson, unit, or resources for your middle school ELA classroom? Come learn more about the course written by teachers, for teachers, for middle school teachers to use as a resource! For veterans and BTs alike – we would love you to see what we’ve created and share your input to make it an even better resource! A representative in that grade level/content area should attend from each school.

Speakers
avatar for Brittany Gendron

Brittany Gendron

Literacy and General Curriculum Leader Teacher, Union County Public Schools



Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
F209 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

We can't stand on Reading Workshop alone.
Using shared reading and read aloud to support ELA standards and content


Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
E108 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Easy Algebra with Hands On Equations
Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
F102 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Exploring New Math Standards Through Addition and Subtraction in 1st and 2nd Grade
Explore instructional practices to conceptually teach addition and subtraction in 1st and 2nd grade classrooms. Required for all teachers in that grade/content area.

Speakers
NB

Natalie Brucia

Instructional Coach
AS

Amanda Sant

Instructional Coach


Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
E204 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Exploring New Math Standards Through Fractions and Decimals in 5th Grade
Explore instructional practices to conceptually teach the work of fractions and decimals in 5th grade classrooms. Required for all teachers in that grade/content area.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
E210 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Exploring New Math Standards Through Multiplication and Division in 3rd and 4th Grade
Explore instructional practices to conceptually teach multiplication and division in 3rd and 4th grade classrooms. Required for all teachers in that grade/content area.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
E208 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Exploring New Math Standards Through Subitizing in Kindergarten
Explore instructional practices to conceptually teach perceptual subitizing and conceptual subitizing in kindergarten classrooms. Required for all teachers in that grade & content area.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
E101 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Jo Boaler's Week of Inspirational Math
Speakers
DM

Debbie Mayer

Instructional Coach, Union County Public Schools
avatar for Shelley Schwenk

Shelley Schwenk

Math Coach


Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
F100 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Math 3: Overview of Pacing Guide Changes & New Resources
Participants will take a look at changes made over the summer to the UCPS Pacing Guide and will have an opportunity to get more familiar with instructional resources that were added. Required for all teachers in that grade/content area.


Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
F109 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

No More "Keep, Change, Flip": Exploring Models for Division of Fractions
This session focuses on strategies to help students model and understand fraction division as it progresses from 5th to 7th grade in the revised NC math standards. Strategies such as using the common denominator, naming fraction remainders, and deriving the standard algorithm will be modeled and discussed.


Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
E104 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Not Your Average Warm Up: Going Beyond Content Review
Do your students struggle with analytical and critical thinking skills? Come experience several different warm ups specifically designed to provoke thought and discussion for our young mathematicians at any level.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
F108

1:15pm

Spiraling the Curriculum

Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
F101 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Zombies

Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
F103 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

7th Grade Science Curriculum Update
Writing Team will share information on resources and updated pacing for course. Required for all teachers in that grade/content area.


Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
G111 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Creative Ways to Collect and Use Data in the Science Classroom
Participants will explore and construct a number of creative assessments that can be used in the science classroom. These assessments will help the teacher to know more than just if the student knows a concept or not; it will show the teacher what that child’s level of understanding of the concept is. Participants will also explore what type of data is useful and how to analyze and track it to best reach and grow all students in the 5th grade science classroom.

Speakers
AH

Adam Haas

Rocky River Elementary (Union County)


Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
E209 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Curriculum Update for Earth and Environmental Science
Teachers will share information on updates to the resources, pacing and common assessments for this specific course. Required for all teachers in that grade/content area.


Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
G112 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Gamification in the classroom: Introducing Student Choice Into Education
Bring a student centered focus to your classroom through gamification. See how it has been integrated into a HS Biology course.

Speakers


Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
G114 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

How to use Interactive Science Notebooks to Support Interactive Word Walls
Making student learning visible is a key element to an inquiry based science lesson. Come learn how Interactive Science Notebooks and Interactive Word Walls help students and teachers stay organized and support retention of complex content.

Speakers
SW

Stacey Wilson

Instructional Coach, Union County Public Schools


Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
E103 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Integrating Canvas into the classroom, with an emphasis on class discussions
Teachers will discover how the discussion feature in Canvas can become an informative and collaborative tool in the classroom.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
G105 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Integrating EdPuzzle into Science curriculum as a way to progress into flipped learning
Integrating EdPuzzle into Science curriculum as a way to progress into flipped learning.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
G107 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

1st Grade New Social Studies Units
Introducing… our NEW units of study for Social Studies! Come participate in a lesson and explore the new units for 1st Grade! A representative in that grade level/content area should attend from each school.


Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
E202 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

ABC-Clio Social Studies Databases
Are your students researching historical topics or current issues and events? Then the ABC-Clio Social Studies databases are the perfect place for them to look! Educators even have a special login to access additional resources. Come and find out more.

Speakers
RS

Regina Snelson

School Library Media Coordinator, UCPS



Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
G210 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Escape Rooms in the Social Studies Classroom
This session will highlight the need to imbed culture within the World Language Classroom in the target language rather than viewing culture as something to be taught as a separate entity in English. This session will give the audience an overview and explanation of the 2017 NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements and how these statements can help guide instruction in the classroom. There will be time to collaborate and create.



Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
G205 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

1:15pm

Inquiry and Writing in the EmpowerED Social Studies Classroom
Participants will engage in various empowered activities in the social studies classroom. Presenters will demonstrate a digital gallery walk and the creation of an argument tower that will help foster inquiry and writing in the social studies classroom. Participants will be able to practice and engage in the resources and the process of both activities.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
G203 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Kindergarten New Social Studies Units
Introducing… our NEW units of study for Social Studies! Come participate in a lesson and explore the new units for Kindergarten! A representative in that grade level/content area should attend from each school.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Evans

Jeremy Evans

Instructional Coach, Teaching and Learning


Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
E203 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Teaching High School Social Studies in 90 Days
We all struggle with "covering" the required content in the allotted time frame. During this session we will look at strategies and resources to help alleviate this issue for social studies teachers. We will also discuss various updates to high school social studies in UCPS.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
G201 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Beginner's 504 Coordinators Training
Beginner's 504 Coordinators Training--required for those newly assigned to the 504 Coordinator role.


Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
WMS 619 Weddington Middle School 5903 Deal Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

NC Check-ins for Administrators
Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
G109c Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Stigma
The brain, like all other organs, is vulnerable to disease. People with mental illness, intellectual/developmental disabilities ore substance use issues often exhibit behaviors which others may not understand. Instead of receiving compassion and acceptance, people with disabilities may experience hostility, discrimination and stigma. The people experiencing the issues often label and stigmatize themselves. They may put up barriers which can prevent proper attention and treatment. This presentation explores issues of stigma and ways to overcome it.


Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
F203 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Transportation Updates
An applicable representative should attend from each school.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
D101 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

Arts Integration with Purpose
How to plan your curriculum to fit your school's needs. We’ll discuss best practices and share ideas to promote student success in all areas through the arts.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
G102 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

myON Elementary: Getting Started
Orientation to myON's personalized literacy environment. This hands-on session will introduce participants to myON. Participants will get an overview of the student and faculty perspective to get their school up and running. Topics include; myON overview, touring the key features, exploring content and embedding scaffolds, discussion of best practices for implementing myON in your classroom, access included PD and resources and identify types of data and reports offered by myON. This session will support elementary teachers and topics. Required for all NEW teachers in that grade/content area.

Speakers
KH

Kim Hall

Ed Consultant, Renaissance


Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 3:30pm
E207D Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

1:15pm

myON Middle: Getting Started
Orientation to myON's personalized literacy environment. This hands-on session will introduce participants to myON. Participants will get an overview of the student and faculty perspective to get their school up and running. Topics include; myON overview, touring the key features, exploring content and embedding scaffolds, discussion of best practices for implementing myON in your classroom, access included PD and resources and identify types of data and reports offered by myON. This session will support middle school teachers and topics. 2-3 representatives in that grade level/content area should attend from each school.

Speakers
KA

Karen Adamec

Educational Consultant, Renaissance
I have been working in the field of education for almost two decades and have experience as an elementary classroom teacher and a reading specialist with experience spanning K-12. Currently I am working as a literacy coach in a diverse, urban elementary school in Providence, Rhode... Read More →


Wednesday August 15, 2018 1:15pm - 3:30pm
F205D Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

Close Reading in the Disciplines
Teachers will explore resources that were developed or found specifically to support close reading in the disciplines.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
F201 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

Curating Resource Collections is Your Destiny (Elementary)
Destiny is much more than a library online catalog. Come and see how to do one search and find books, e-books, vetted websites and database resources to build digital bins of resources on any topic and share them with colleagues or even the world.

Speakers
avatar for Marci Gerrish

Marci Gerrish

School Library Media Coordinator, Union County Public Schools
avatar for Lisa Moniz

Lisa Moniz

District Library Media Services Coordinator, Union County Public Schools



Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
E100 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

Developing Strong Oracy Skills
This session will highlight the importance of developing strong oracy skills to build and support the students' background knowledge before beginning a unit of study. It will discuss the power that background knowledge has in building literacy. It will give practical ideas of how to accomplish this goal as well as there will be opportunity to collaborate with peers to further understanding of this topic.


Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
E108 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

EmpowerED Canvas: Using Your Digital course to Connect, Collaborate, and Create
This session will highlight instructional design strategies that are utilized by UCVirtual and Canvas. Attendees will learn how Canvas can help instructors facilitate a more personalized, engaging learning experience for their students. This session will also discuss how blended learning can help support a positive classroom culture that encourages stakeholders to take risks, innovate and collaborate with their peers. Attendees are invited to attend the EmpowerED Canvas Workshop so that they can apply the information shared in this presentation to their own canvas courses.


Speakers
avatar for Joey Barker

Joey Barker

Instructional Coach, Union County Public Schools
Joey Barker is an Instructional Coach(IC) who works for Union County Public Schools, and is assigned to CATA, South Providence and Wolfe.Joey Barker attended North Carolina State University where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Business and Marketing Education and a  Masters... Read More →
avatar for Garrett Williams

Garrett Williams

Instructional Technology Facilitator, Union County Public Schools
Garrett Williams received his BS in Secondary Education, History from Appalachian State University. Additionally, he earned a minor in English from the United Kingdom's Keele University and a Masters in Curriculum and Supervision with an Administrative Add-on from the University of... Read More →


Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
G206 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

EVERFI - Empowering Critical Skill Development with Digital Resources
Though the Clever app on NCEdCloud, EVERFI provides digital social & emotional learning, financial literacy, health & wellness and career exploration resources for Elementary, Middle and High School, at no-cost to educators. In this session, participants will explore resources and standard alignment, discuss strategies for purposeful implementation and be trained on single-sign-on access via NCEdCloud.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
D109 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

Keeping Grammar & Conventions Authentic! Just say NO to DOL!
How to embed the new NC Continuum for Grammar & Conventions into reading & writing in authentic ways


Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
E109 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

Navigating SchoolNet: Exploring the Basics to be Successful
New to SchoolNet or unsure how to navigate? Come join us to explore how to navigate and find key data needed to be successful in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Thompson

Lisa Thompson

Instructional Coach, Union County Public Schools
Lisa Thompson received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Wingate University and Masters of Arts in Education in Instructional Technology from East Carolina University.  She is an Instructional Technology Facilitator with Union County Public School and has attained... Read More →


Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
G209 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

PowerTeacher Pro
Take a sneak peek at the new gradebook and resources available to become a PowerTeacher Pro! Participants will have an overview of the gradebook, the PTP resources website, and possibly get started on your new gradebook setup (if time allows)! If you cannot make this session, no worries, the trainer at your school will help!

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
G208D Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

Social-Emotional Learning
A representative should attend from each school.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
F105c Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

TeachingBooks.net: Sharing and Collaboration- Supporting Literacy Work (Tips and Tricks)
Spread the word and lead the way with resources that directly enrich the literacy work in your school. Perpetuate leadership and support school-wide collaboration with colleagues, students, families, and administrators.

Speakers
avatar for TeachingBooks

TeachingBooks

Director of Implementation & Educational Support, Kym Davick
Director of Implementation & Educational Support



Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
HS Media Center near windows Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

The POWER of the Co-taught Classroom
Presenters’ goal is to create a positive mindset about co-teaching through the connection between the best practices of this type specially designed instruction and the tenants of an EmpowerED classroom.  The teachers will be provided with summary overviews of these best practices and video footage from a co-taught English II classroom at Cuthbertson High School where collaboration and creation are highlighted.  Teachers will share their perspectives on planning and implementation of effective strategies that meet the needs of their students.  The participants will collaborate in learning teams in order to evaluate scenarios that will help them guide their buildings in implementing model co-taught classrooms within an EmpowerED framework.


Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
F106 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

Viewsonic Interactive Panel PD
The training will consist of tools and features in ViewBoard 2.1 including: Importing Content from Web, Folders, and YouTube, Background Removal Tool, Recording Lessons, Transitions and Hyperlinking


Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
G104 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

What Every DLI Teacher and Administrator Needs to Know about the Guiding Principles of Dual Language Education
Examine the seven strands of the Guiding Principles of Dual Language Education from Center of Applied Linguistics in order to reflect on and improve their DLI program.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Podgorny

Donna Podgorny

Dual Language Immersion Instructional Coach
I have the honor of working with teachers, principals and students that value being multilingual. What fun it is to watch teachers shine and students language abilities grow!


Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
F202 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

HS ELA New Standards
Required for all teachers in that grade/content area.

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Beard

Tyler Beard

Instructional Coach
TF

Terri Fleck

Instructional Coach, Union County Public Schools



Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
F200 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

New Middle School ELA Standards
Middle School ELA teachers will explore the new state standards and resources provided by the NCDPI ELA Team. Required for all teachers in that grade/content area.

Speakers
avatar for Ronda Baker

Ronda Baker

Instructional Content Facilitator, Union County Public Schools
avatar for Anne Berryhill

Anne Berryhill

8th grade language arts


Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
F209 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

Writers are Readers
Struggling to get kids writing? Wondering how to encourage young writers to better demonstrate their thinking on paper? Does the phrase “written response to text” give you nightmares? We will explore structure and organization, tools and strategies, rubrics and differentiated support for helping students become confident, prolific writers who know how to demonstrate their thinking in writing. Written comprehension only works if students have the words to use and the tools to comprehend text. Examine methods for developing strong reading comprehension skills in your students and discover how those methods can be utilized to develop strong writers as well.

Speakers
KF

Kristen Flores

Kindergarten teacher
FM

Felicia Moore

Teacher, UCPS


Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
E106e Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

Desmos Scavenger Hunt
Want to learn more about the Desmos graphing calculator and all that it can do? Come to this session for hands-on learning for any level: beginner, intermediate, or advanced.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
F108

2:30pm

Exploring New Math Standards Through Addition and Subtraction in 1st and 2nd Grade
Explore instructional practices to conceptually teach addition and subtraction in 1st and 2nd grade classrooms. Required for all teachers in that grade/content area.

Speakers
NB

Natalie Brucia

Instructional Coach
AS

Amanda Sant

Instructional Coach


Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
E204 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

Exploring New Math Standards Through Fractions and Decimals in 5th Grade
Explore instructional practices to conceptually teach the work of fractions and decimals in 5th grade classrooms. Required for all teachers in that grade/content area.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
E210 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

Exploring New Math Standards Through Multiplication and Division in 3rd and 4th Grade
Explore instructional practices to conceptually teach multiplication and division in 3rd and 4th grade classrooms. Required for all teachers in that grade/content area.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
E208 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

Exploring New Math Standards Through Subitizing in Kindergarten
Explore instructional practices to conceptually teach perceptual subitizing and conceptual subitizing in kindergarten classrooms. Required for all teachers in that grade & content area.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
E101 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

Math 1: Overview of New Resources
Participants will be introduced to some new Math 1 instructional resources that were added over the summer and will have an opportunity to give feedback on those and potential future resources. Required for all teachers in that grade/content area.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
F109 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

New Middle School Math Standards
Middle School Math teachers will explore the new state standards and resources. Required for all teachers in that grade/content area.

Speakers
DM

Debbie Mayer

Instructional Coach, Union County Public Schools
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Shelley Schwenk

Math Coach


Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
F100 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

No More "Keep, Change, Flip": Exploring Models for Division of Fractions
This session focuses on strategies to help students model and understand fraction division as it progresses from 5th to 7th grade in the revised NC math standards. Strategies such as using the common denominator, naming fraction remainders, and deriving the standard algorithm will be modeled and discussed.


Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
E104 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

8th Grade Science Curriculum Update
Writing Team will share information on resources and updated pacing for course. Required for all teachers in that grade/content area.

Speakers
JM

Jordan Marmara

8th Grade Science Teacher, UCPS



Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
G111 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

Curriculum Update for Physical Science
Teachers will share information on updates to the resources, pacing and common assessments for this specific course. Required for all teachers in that grade/content area.

Speakers
CC

Chris Conway

Instructional Coach


Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
G112 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

Digital Practice in the Scientific Classroom
How to help educators develop digital scientific practices in the science classroom. Digital media tools and resources are increasingly integral to engaging in scientific practices. These tools and supports are needed for learners to engage in practices, such as analyzing and interpreting data, modeling, and other relevant skills in science.

Speakers
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Sebastian Byers

Teacher, UCV



Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
G106 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

Gamification in the classroom: Introducing Student Choice Into Education
Bring a student centered focus to your classroom through gamification. See how it has been integrated into a HS Biology course.

Speakers


Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
G114 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

How to use Interactive Science Notebooks to Support Interactive Word Walls
Making student learning visible is a key element to an inquiry based science lesson. Come learn how Interactive Science Notebooks and Interactive Word Walls help students and teachers stay organized and support retention of complex content.

Speakers
SW

Stacey Wilson

Instructional Coach, Union County Public Schools


Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
E103 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

Integrating Canvas into the classroom, with an emphasis on class discussions
Teachers will discover how the discussion feature in Canvas can become an informative and collaborative tool in the classroom.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
G105 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

Integrating EdPuzzle into Science curriculum as a way to progress into flipped learning
Integrating EdPuzzle into Science curriculum as a way to progress into flipped learning.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
G107 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

3-5 Social Studies
Come and preview the new unit format for 3-5 Social Studies! Get a sneak peek at Social Studies resources and learn best practices to follow in your Social Studies classroom. We will take time to explore primary resources and discuss how to make Social Studies purposeful and engaging in your classroom this year! A representative in that grade level/content area should attend from each school.

Speakers
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Jeremy Evans

Instructional Coach, Teaching and Learning


Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
E202 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

2:30pm

Inquiry and Writing in the EmpowerED Social Studies Classroom
Participants will engage in various empowered activities in the social studies classroom. Presenters will demonstrate a digital gallery walk and the creation of an argument tower that will help foster inquiry and writing in the social studies classroom. Participants will be able to practice and engage in the resources and the process of both activities.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
G203 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

Pop Culture & Graphic Novels in the Classroom

Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
G205 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

Sketchnoting- The Art of Note taking
We will introduce teachers to the concept of sketchnoting, help them brainstorm how it can be used in their classrooms, and provide them the opportunity to practice this skill.


Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
G201 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

Using Simulations in the Civics Classroom
The goal of the session would be to present teachers with information about the games in ICIVICS and other simulations, as well as the six-week projects I generally do on political parties, budgets and building a city. I would also cover the H&R Block Personal finance simulation. It would be blended as some things can be done individually, such as ICIVICS. Other items would be more lecture/discussion to show teachers the resources I use and that can be adapted to their classes.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
G204 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

NC Check-ins for Administrators
Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
G109c Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

Trauma
Trauma and other adverse life events significantly impact mental health and well-being. This training will help increase your understanding of trauma and the resources for those experiencing trauma related difficulties.


Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
F203 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:30pm

Transportation Updates
An applicable representative should attend from each school.

Speakers

Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
D101 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104
 
Thursday, August 16
 

8:00am

Experiential Fair (Available Resources from Community Agencies & Organizations)
UCPS in partnership with Union County System of Care Community Collaboration will give participants the unique opportunities to learn about available community resources that may serve the emotional, well-being, and social service needs of students in UCPS. Participants will be given student scenarios to solve with their team that will require active listening, team building, problem-solving and thinking outside of the box.


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:00am - 11:30am
Department of Health & Human Services 2330 Concord Ave. Monroe, NC 28110

8:15am

Culture of Care (Invited MS/HS Teams Only) Day 2
Continuation from Day 1. The Culture of Care training prepares educators to deliver breathing, mindful movement, and relaxation exercises in the classroom, and to train colleagues to do the same. With a little practice, the exercises are simple for educators to learn and share. Participants in the training will learn and be able to communicate how this approach promotes social-emotional learning (SEL) in the classroom. Opening and Keynote sessions will be streamed live from 8:15-10:00 AM in the WMS Media Center; CoC PD will begin at 10:00 AM.  Applicable teams were designated by principals. 


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:15am - 3:30pm
WMS's Media Center Weddington Middle School 5903 Deal Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Behavior Intervention (Check-In, Check-Out)
Learn about a behavior intervention called check-in, check-out that works at all grade levels.

Speakers
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Tara Todd

MTSS Coordinator


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
E204 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Connect, Collaborate & Create with Canvas
Come learn how Canvas can help support the EmpowerED model by transforming learners into leaders through meaningful connections, collaboration and creation. We will explore Canvas tools that help facilitate project-based learning, including groups, discussions, collaborations, Eportfolios, rubrics, and peer reviews.

Speakers
avatar for Christy Barham

Christy Barham

Strategic Customer Success Manager, Canvas, Canvas
I started my education career as a high school Spanish teacher and eventually served as a Director of Digital Learning, Professional Development & Media. Last year I decided to start a new journey and came to Canvas to support our North Carolina schools and teachers. I'd love to talk... Read More →



Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
E109 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Differentiation for Dummies: Thanks, Schoolnet!
Purpose: to address the need for differentiation through the use of Schoolnet resources
 Format: Guided Google Slides with active participation~ participants will be develop differentiated resources for various classroom scenarios~ must have a device and access to Schoolnet 

Speakers
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Stacy Lovdahl

Educator on Loan/ITF, Catawba County Schools/NCDPI
Stacy Lovdahl is passionate about collaborating with educators to integrate technology into classroom instruction to create engaging, personalized educational experiences for students that are organically motivating. She sees technology as a tool for creating relationships that couldn't... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
F106 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Dreambox: How to Use Dreambox to Drive Instruction
Join us as we discuss the unique adaptive engine that is DreamBox Learning.  We will focus on how DreamBox impacts your students, how the tools you have access to can help you drive instruction, and some tips on getting the most out of the product and allowing it to save you time in the classroom. 

Speakers
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Keith Kostka

DreamBox Learning


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
E100 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

EmpowerED Canvas Work Session
This session will build off of the Empowered Canvas learning session from Wednesday. Attendees are invited to apply the instructional design strategies they learned about to their own canvas courses. Canvas experts will be available to help instructors as they prepare their courses for the upcoming school year. Attending the Empowered Canvas presentation is not required. Anyone wanting to work on their Canvas course is welcome to attend.

Speakers
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Joey Barker

Instructional Coach, Union County Public Schools
Joey Barker is an Instructional Coach(IC) who works for Union County Public Schools, and is assigned to CATA, South Providence and Wolfe.Joey Barker attended North Carolina State University where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Business and Marketing Education and a  Masters... Read More →
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Garrett Williams

Instructional Technology Facilitator, Union County Public Schools
Garrett Williams received his BS in Secondary Education, History from Appalachian State University. Additionally, he earned a minor in English from the United Kingdom's Keele University and a Masters in Curriculum and Supervision with an Administrative Add-on from the University of... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
G114 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

EVERFI - Empowering Critical Skill Development with Digital Resources
Though the Clever app on NCEdCloud, EVERFI provides digital social & emotional learning, financial literacy, health & wellness and career exploration resources for Elementary, Middle and High School, at no-cost to educators. In this session, participants will explore resources and standard alignment, discuss strategies for purposeful implementation and be trained on single-sign-on access via NCEdCloud.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
D109 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Gamification: Formatting a Dynamic and Fun Classroom
If you're interested in creating friendly competition in your classroom, then this session is for you! Come learn how to play my Smartgames, format new games, and share some of your own tips. This session is applicable to all content areas. While many of the games are math related, most of the resources in this session are immediately transferable to any classroom. Several of the games I have created have no connection to math specifically and can be used with any review sheet or worksheet. All resources and materials will be shared electronically and handouts will be provided. Bring your "A" game!

Speakers


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
F108

8:30am

i-Ready for Teachers
Come learn about the new teacher experience, new user-face, and new student growth model for 2018-2019! 2-3 representatives in that grade level/content area should attend from each school.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
G210 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

i-Ready Implementation for School Leadership and School Contacts
Learn about effective implementation and how you can monitor for a successful year. You will also learn about the new teacher experience, new user-face, and new student growth model for 2018-2019. Applicable representatives should attend from each school.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
G209 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

iPads: Create with Clips: A Fun New App for Making Videos
Get an in-depth look at Clips, a new app that makes it quick and fun for anyone to create expressive videos on iPhone and iPad. Learn power tips and tricks for getting the most out of Clips and discover the infinite possibilities for storytelling, assessment, presentations, and more. *Please bring your iPad for this session*

Speakers
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Robb Adams

Education, Apple, Inc.


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
E210 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

IXL Foundations I: Getting Started
IXL Foundations I is your induction into IXL's innovative community of educators. Highly recommended for every school, this professional learning experience goes beyond the basics and empowers teachers to use IXL effectively in their individual classrooms. In addition, this session invites you to:
• Explore the IXL curriculum and how it can support any lesson or standard you’re teaching in the classroom.
• Discover how to drive progress faster with the Continuous Diagnostic’s up-to-the-minute analysis of every student.
• Learn how IXL’s personalized guidance supports every student at just the right level.


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
G205 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Making Your Life Easier with Canvas
Need to create a paperless classroom? Come learn how to create various types of assignments in Canvas. Learn how to use Speedgrader to grade your assignments and make returning grades and comments to students a breeze.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
G206 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

myON Elementary: Curriculum Alignment
What are best practices for creating projects that align with curriculum? In this session participants will learn how using projects in myON can be used across content area instruction. Participants will develop a myON project that includes assigned texts, close reading tasks, graphic organizers, and writing activities. Topics include: tips for specific content searches, review of projects and tasks in myON, search and modify tasks from the cloud, how and when to utilize Lexile assessment task, assign tasks to students and monitor progress, and discuss best practices for using projects to meet the needs of the diverse learners. Note: the goal of this session will be to create a new project using a current unit of study. It is recommended that participants bring resources such as pacing guide, scope and sequence or unit of study. This session will support elementary teachers and topics. 2-3 representatives in that grade level/content area should attend from each school.

Speakers
KH

Kim Hall

Ed Consultant, Renaissance


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
E106c Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

myON Middle: Getting Started
Orientation to myON's personalized literacy environment. This hands-on session will introduce participants to myON. Participants will get an overview of the student and faculty perspective to get their school up and running. Topics include; myON overview, touring the key features, exploring content and embedding scaffolds, discussion of best practices for implementing myON in your classroom, access included PD and resources and identify types of data and reports offered by myON. This session will support middle school teachers and topics. 2-3 representatives in that grade level/content area should attend from each school.

Speakers
KA

Karen Adamec

Educational Consultant, Renaissance
I have been working in the field of education for almost two decades and have experience as an elementary classroom teacher and a reading specialist with experience spanning K-12. Currently I am working as a literacy coach in a diverse, urban elementary school in Providence, Rhode... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
F205D Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Small group instruction in the secondary classroom
Participants are asked to bring their device(s) to this session

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Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
G213 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

SMART Math Tools
This session will dive deep into how to use the math tools in SMART Learning Suite and SMART Notebook. 

Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
A114 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

TeachingBooks.net: Build Capacity - Train the Trainer
Equip educators with tools and strategies to facilitate staff trainings using the digital resources and tools at TeachingBooks.net. Participants will leave with staff development options to help support literacy outcomes.

Speakers
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TeachingBooks

Director of Implementation & Educational Support, Kym Davick
Director of Implementation & Educational Support



Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
A101B Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Top 5 Things to Know about Discovery Education
Discovery Education has developed a variety of powerful and engaging resources designed to support you and your educators in the quest to address the top needs in empowering today’s learners. From resources to fuel a cultural shift with STEM to a wide variety of literacy supports to engaging ideas for addressing the needs of diverse/ELL learners, you’ll leave this session with the top 5 things to know about your Discovery Education Streaming, as well as tools to support you in sharing this message in your schools. 2-3 representatives from each school should attend.


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
G208D Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Using Naviance as a High School Teacher
What is Naviance and how will I use it as a high school teacher? This session will train teachers on the benefits of Naviance, and how to use the Teacher Desk feature of Naviance to complete Teacher Recommendation forms for students applying to college.


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
D107 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Success Strategies for Engaged & Empowered Students
This presentation will offer ideas and specific strategies to help engage students to find their motivation and to engage in creative exploration and professional development activities.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
G104 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Better Rubrics, Better Coaching, Better Outcomes
Rubrics were restructured this year to establish clearer expectations for students through specific outcomes in writing. We based our rubrics on those used in Camey's doctorate classes at Gardner Webb and on our own professional observations. These outcomes helped us construct coaching support for specific writing skills in teacher led small groups and in collaborative peer review. Teachers will have the option to import the outcomes we've designed into their canvas courses and will have time to collaborate with one another on restructuring their own rubrics to follow our format.

Speakers
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Casey Zvanut

English Teacher, Union County Public Schools
Casey Zvanut graduated from Mississippi State University with a B.A. in English Education. She has worked in Union County Public Schools for 19 years as an English teacher and as an Instructional Technology Facilitator. In 2016, Casey returned to the classroom to apply all she had... Read More →



Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
F201 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Differentiation for Advanced Learners
What do we do with students who already know what we are teaching? Effective educators provide quality instruction that not only aligns to the standard course of study, but focuses on high level thinking skills, differentiated practices, authentic assessment, increasing levels of rigor, and is student-centered. Come find out how to do all this at this session. Strategies and planning materials will be shared with participants of all content areas to use in all classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Sullivan

Danielle Sullivan

AIG Coordinator, Union County Public Schools


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
F209 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Filling the Reading Void: Developing depth, stamina, and passion in adolescent readers
In Book love: Developing depth, stamina, and passion in adolescent readers (2013), Penny Kittle explores the various reason adolescent students do not read and shows the effects of decreased reading quantities. Kittle (2013) argues, through providing appropriate texts, along with structured class time, teachers can create a culture that leads to more complex reading. She provides strategies to increase the quantity, capacity, and complexity over time, to create a balance of independent reading, text study, and novel study, to help students deepen their thinking through writing about reading, and to build a school culture focused on the love of reading (2013). Book Love (2013) advocates for independent reading; the ultimate goal is to clearly establish a culture where students long to read all types of literature, thus use literature as an avenue of growth and reflection. We will share how the Book Love Initiative works in my classroom, along with data supporting its effectiveness.

Speakers
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Camey Whitt

Teacher
Doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction at Gardner-Webb University


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
F202 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Flipgrid, BookTalks & Assessment
Teachers will learn how both teachers and students can use Flipgrid to create BookTalks which show their thinking and learning about books.

Speakers
CO

Christine Oakley

teacher, UCPS
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Elizabeth Salema

Teacher-Secondary, UCPS
I am what some would call a "hybrid" educator. My degree is in secondary education with a focus on history. I have been a social studies educator longer than a language arts educator but love both and currently teach both. I love to share ideas and collaborate to better serve my... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
G204 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Strategies from "Notice and Note": Using Signposts for Fiction & Non-Fiction
Using Kylene Beers & Bob Propst's approach to close reading, participants in this session will learn the basics of Notice and Note for both fiction and non-fiction. We will discuss applications of the approach across different curricula as well as different student-ability groups.


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
F203 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

School Communicators
2018-19 Kickoff Meeting for School Communicators and department website editors. Required for all School Communicators and Website Editors.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
HS Media Center, near entrance of MC Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Aligning Ourselves for Success -- Exploring development of concepts and instruction 6 -12
This session is highly recommended for all middle school and high school math teachers. We will look at various mathematical concepts and see how they are introduced and developed through middle and high school courses. If you are a 6-12 math teacher, please try to attend one of these sessions!


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
F101 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Engaging Mathematicians through the 3E model
This session will facilitate learning for teachers to grow their understandings of inquiry based instruction and the 3E model. Teachers will have opportunities to discuss methods for purposeful task selection, questioning strategies to facilitate discussion, and explore meaningful extension activities.


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
E102 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Advancing Scientific Inquiry with Gizmos
Use of Gizmos simulations provides a progression of inquiry that helps to develop students’ scientific inquiry skills. Start the school year with a new perspective on using inquiry methods of instruction, which encourage students to ask questions, make observations, and construct reasonable explanations.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
G109c Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

An Inquiry Based Science Lesson
What does an inquiry based science lesson look like? Come experience this through the eyes of your students to better understand why this structure is so important. Then use what you have learned to implement it into your classroom!

Speakers
SW

Stacey Wilson

Instructional Coach, Union County Public Schools


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
E101 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Gizme More Gizmos! Gizmos Classroom Applications
In this session we will review Explore Learning's Gizmo activities. The basics will be covered, but we will also dive deeper and explore how to customize lessons to help meet the needs of your learners, and how to align these lessons with GRR and EmpowerED frameworks. Bring questions or advice for beginners as we work together to enhance our usage of this awesome tool for teachers and students!

Speakers
JM

Jordan Marmara

8th Grade Science Teacher, UCPS



Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
G110 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Google Drive Textbooks and Interactive Digital Notebooks
Join us as we explore the setup and use of Google Drive textbooks and how to create digital versions of interactive science notebooks.


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
G107 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Interactive Science Notebooking
Great ideas for engaging uses of interactive science notebooks! Join us to see what we've done with our students.


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
G111 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Refresher for Success with Gizmos
Learn new ways to integrate Gizmos into your Union Co Science curriculum and classrooms, to customize the lesson materials, and to discover effective uses of Gizmos in whole group and small group instruction. A review of major and new website features and Gizmos will be infused throughout the workshop.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
G109c Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

APEX Learning for HS Credit Recovery
Required for all applicable HS Lab Facilitators and/or School Counselors.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
D101 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Trauma Informed Care
Learn how trauma and other adverse life events significantly impact mental health and well-being. Increase your understanding of trauma and learn about resources for those experiencing trauma-related difficulties.


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
G102 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Using Administrator Guides to Support Instruction with the World Language Essential Standards
Explore the Administrator Guides created by the DPI NC World Languages Collaborative Team to the UCPS WL Modern Languages teachers, Heritage teachers, DLI teachers and Administrators with DLI/WL/Heritage programs.


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
E208 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Easy IEP (New EC Teachers and new SNAs)
Easy IEP--Required for new EC Teachers and new SNAs and available for experienced personnel wanting a refresher.


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 11:00am
WMS 621 Weddington Middle School 5903 Deal Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

504 Coordinators Kick-Off--All Coordinators
504 Coordinator Kick-off--required for all 504 Coordinators.


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 11:00am
HS Media Center near windows Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Title I Pre-K
Required for all Title I Pre-K Teachers.  Pre-K teachers and assistants will receive information and materials needed to begin the Title I Pre-K school year. 

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 11:15am
TBA Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Seeds of Inquiry: Using Short Texts to Enhance Student Understanding of Social Studies
Stories are cognitively privileged, more likely to be remembered, and invite students into the content of primary sources. Stories generate a natural curiosity for reading and can be leveraged as a framework for inquiry. This workshop offers participants short texts and instructional strategies for supporting students' development of disciplinary literacies that generate pathways to inquiry in the social studies.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 11:45am
WMS 130 Weddington Middle School: 5903 Deal Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Istation (Invite only for Spanish DL/I Kindergarten Teachers)
This session is invite only for kindergarten Dual Language Immersion teachers and co-teachers in the DLI program. During the first 3-hour session, we will go over the basics, including the assessment, instruction, reports overview and resources overview, navigating through the Istation website and App. We will use the second 3-hour session, after lunch, to dig deeper into reports for grouping students and discuss small-group Teacher Directed Lessons, as well as looking for and saving lessons that will be useful for the upcoming first six weeks of class.


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 3:00pm
WMS 619 Weddington Middle School 5903 Deal Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Chemical Safety--HS Teachers
Chemical Safety for HS Science Teachers--2-3 representatives in that grade level/content area from each school should attend.


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 3:00pm
WMS 614 Weddington Middle School 5903 Deal Rd Matthews, NC 28104

8:30am

Guided Language Acquisition Development/GLAD, Day 2 (Participants were pre-registered/invite only.)
Continued, Day 2: ‘Glimpse of GLAD’ training is being offered by NC DPI English-Learners division. Participants are introduced to the theoretical and research base of the model. They will engage in dialogue around current pedagogy and learn strategies that promote academic discourse and literacy success for all students. This is a hands-on workshop in which learners will leave with laminated classroom materials. Participants were pre-registered by their principals.


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:30am - 3:30pm
Weddington ES's Media Center 3927 Twelve Mile Creek Rd. Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Beware of "Free" tools! What to Know and Look for with Free Websites for Students
Why should a teacher check the terms of service/privacy policies of free websites? Come see what to look for and learn best practices/ tips and tricks to keep students (and teachers) safe.

Speakers
avatar for Casey Rimmer

Casey Rimmer

Director of Innovation and EdTech, Union County Public Schools


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
F106 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Connect to the World with Culturegrams--ES
Do your students need information on countries of the world, Canadian provinces or the 50 states? Culturegrams is a resource that delves deeply into the unique qualities of the people and places of the world. Come and learn more! 

Speakers


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
F105c Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Curiosity Did NOT Kill the Cat!

In this session, teachers will learn different ways to incorporate engaging activities within their current curriculum such as creative warm-ups, logic puzzles, technology tools, PBLs, activating/summarizing strategies - all while increasing curiosity and promoting inquiry among their students. Teachers will experience strategies first hand, watch videos of implementation in real classrooms, and walk away with handouts of a variety of ideas to implement in their classroom for the new school year.

Speakers
AH

Ashley Hayes

AIG Teacher, Union County Public Schools
AJ

Ann Jacob

AIG Teacher, New Town Elementary, UCPS


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
E102 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Digital Breakout EDU
A digital breakout is a spin-off of the popular Escape Room trend. In the case of Digital Breakout EDU, students must solve puzzles and clues based on various subject areas to open digital locks. The breakouts are very motivating and give students opportunities to think critically and use their creativity. Students learn how to communicate and collaborate with their team to determine the answers. In addition, they learn that finding the answer is not always the goal, often it is demonstrating grit and perseverance! We will share the 10 reasons for trying Digital Breakouts and provide teachers will resources to begin on day one!


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
E103 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Dreambox: How to Use Dreambox to Drive Instruction
Join us as we discuss the unique adaptive engine that is DreamBox Learning.  We will focus on how DreamBox impacts your students, how the tools you have access to can help you drive instruction, and some tips on getting the most out of the product and allowing it to save you time in the classroom. 

Speakers
avatar for Keith Kostka

Keith Kostka

DreamBox Learning


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
E100 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

EmpowerED Canvas Work Session
This session will build off of the Empowered Canvas learning session from Wednesday. Attendees are invited to apply the instructional design strategies they learned about to their own canvas courses. Canvas experts will be available to help instructors as they prepare their courses for the upcoming school year. Attending the Empowered Canvas presentation is not required. Anyone wanting to work on their Canvas course is welcome to attend.

Speakers
avatar for Joey Barker

Joey Barker

Instructional Coach, Union County Public Schools
Joey Barker is an Instructional Coach(IC) who works for Union County Public Schools, and is assigned to CATA, South Providence and Wolfe.Joey Barker attended North Carolina State University where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Business and Marketing Education and a  Masters... Read More →
avatar for Garrett Williams

Garrett Williams

Instructional Technology Facilitator, Union County Public Schools
Garrett Williams received his BS in Secondary Education, History from Appalachian State University. Additionally, he earned a minor in English from the United Kingdom's Keele University and a Masters in Curriculum and Supervision with an Administrative Add-on from the University of... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
G114 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

EVERFI - Empowering Critical Skill Development with Digital Resources
Though the Clever app on NCEdCloud, EVERFI provides digital social & emotional learning, financial literacy, health & wellness and career exploration resources for Elementary, Middle and High School, at no-cost to educators. In this session, participants will explore resources and standard alignment, discuss strategies for purposeful implementation and be trained on single-sign-on access via NCEdCloud.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
D109 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Graphic Organizers and Google Drawings
Graphic Organizers and Google Drawings: A Match Made in the Cloud.

Speakers
avatar for Stacy Lovdahl

Stacy Lovdahl

Educator on Loan/ITF, Catawba County Schools/NCDPI
Stacy Lovdahl is passionate about collaborating with educators to integrate technology into classroom instruction to create engaging, personalized educational experiences for students that are organically motivating. She sees technology as a tool for creating relationships that couldn't... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
G102 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

How to Make Technology Work for You
We will show how to use 2 different technology tools (Edpuzzle & Quizlet Live) to increase student engagement and provide students with opportunities to show what they have learned as well as for them to create products for the classroom.

Speakers
KM

Kristin Marchese

5th grade teacher, Union Elementary


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
E205 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

iPads: Create with Clips: A Fun New App for Making Videos
Get an in-depth look at Clips, a new app that makes it quick and fun for anyone to create expressive videos on iPhone and iPad. Learn power tips and tricks for getting the most out of Clips and discover the infinite possibilities for storytelling, assessment, presentations, and more. *Please bring your iPad for this session*

Speakers
RA

Robb Adams

Education, Apple, Inc.


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
E210 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

IXL Foundations II: Successful Implementation
IXL Foundations II is a must for those looking to uncover meaningful insights that allow teachers to make the best instructional decisions every day. This professional learning experience highlights ways that IXL can help teachers respond to individual needs more quickly and use limited class time more effectively. In addition, this session invites you to:
• Dive deeper into the IXL curriculum and its embedded opportunities for remediation and enrichment.
• Explore strategies for using insights from IXL Analytics to differentiate instruction and correct misconceptions before they become trouble spots.
• See how to use IXL’s robust data offerings to optimize instruction and personalize learning for your students.


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
G205 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

LEAP Into the New School Year With UCPL
Learn about what you can do with your LEAP card, student accounts that are rolling out this fall, and the new STEAM Lab offerings we're offering.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
G201 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Level Up! Supporting student growth through Guided Instruction
We’ve all heard our students talk about how they want to level up in their favorite video game, but how do we get them to be just as passionate about leveling up in their academics? We believe one way is to offer solid support through guided instruction. In this session, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the core values of guided instruction, ways to encourage academic growth and deeper thinking through this important practice, and why it is important in every K-12 classroom. As a bonus, we will unpack the instructional moves in this workshop that encourage EmpowerED teaching and learning. For those who attended the Summer Instructional Leadership Institute, this session was formerly titled “Transforming Learning through Guided Instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Fore

Jennifer Fore

Assistant Principal, Union County Public Schools
As a former classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, and instructional coach, my passion is supporting teachers in growing students' success in and love of learning.
SS

Stacey Seik

Instructional Coach, Union County Public Schools


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
E104 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

TeachingBooks.net: Getting Started - K-12
TeachingBooks.net – a suite of instructional resources that enrich the fiction and nonfiction books read by children and young adults. Included are: book guides & lesson plans, build-your-own custom reading lists, diverse books, literature-based vocabulary lists, Meet-the-Author videos and book readings, and resources for award-winning books.

Speakers
avatar for TeachingBooks

TeachingBooks

Director of Implementation & Educational Support, Kym Davick
Director of Implementation & Educational Support



Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
A101B Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Naviance for MS Administrators
Middle school administrators will learn about the power of Naviance and brainstorm innovative ways to use it to drive student achievement and high-school readiness.


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
D107 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Ditching the Textbook
This session will focus on how to make learning a foreign language more meaningful by ditching the textbook and incorporating interactive games.

Speakers
BS

Brooke Souther

French Teacher


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
F100 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Poetry Out Loud
What the POL National Recitation Contest is, how to run the contest at the classroom and school levels, how to use the contest to teach many different standards, and how to tailor it to fit your classroom needs.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
G203 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Quick Debates: Getting Kids Talking
Quick debates (3-person debates) to help kids build their debating skills. They are in 90-second rounds and rotate three times through, then debate as a class, and then construct an argument.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
F200 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Student Data Collecting, Reflecting & Goal Setting in MS ELA
Teachers will explore ways students can collect personal and academic data to set goals that define success in the English Language Arts classroom.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
F206 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

TED Talks in MS ELA
Teachers will experience how to use the concept of TED Talks for project-based learning experiences in the classroom.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
F207 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Understanding Text Bands
How often do we label a child with a reading level? Why not expose them to books within their text band? Through this session, teachers will get an understanding of what a text band is, how to collect data as they teach into text bands (acknowledging "sticky" levels too), how to use a continuum to teach into bands in small groups and lastly what a library looks like when it is set up by text band rather than reading level.


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
E101 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Vulnerable Populations
In this session we will identify contemporary "vulnerable populations" and discuss best practices for educating these students. Teachers will be given strategies for addressing difficult topics with students. There will be a focus on poetry, spoken word, art and podcasting as methods of empowering our students to use their voices, tell their stories, and ultimately create a more humane world.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
F208 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Getting Donations Made Easy
Participants will need to bring a computer to this session. Participants will learn about the organization Donorschoose.org and all the opportunities that it provides teachers for acquiring materials for their classroom through donations from the community. Participants will also hear of successful examples from successful projects that received funding from Union County that will inspire you to create your own projects. Participants will then be given an opportunity to register and start posting their own projects to the website.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
E106e Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

3 - 5 Number Talks and Shared Math
Learn strategies and practices to implement number talks as part of your shared math time alongside problem solving and spiraled content.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
E202 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Building a Mathematical Community, K-2
Create an environment to foster natural curiosity of children through math! This includes mathematicians with a mindset to problem solve, respect a variety of thinking and methods of others, and believe in their own abilities. Building a math community is essential to growing students who believe they can do math. Required for all teachers in that grade/content area.


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
E207D Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

K-2 Number Talks and Shared Math
Learn strategies and practices to implement number talks as part of your shared math time alongside problem solving and spiraled content.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Jarzombek

Kim Jarzombek

first grade teacher


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
E108 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Mastering the Curriculum
Tiered mastery builds a solid foundation that focuses on the most heavily tested standards found within the grade level curriculum. The analysis of mastery data allows teachers to build focused strategy groups, remediate, and reassess. This design meets the student where they are, scaffolds their learning, and supports individual growth.


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
F103 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Using Models to Teach Adding and Subtracting Integers (New Standard)
Speakers
DM

Debbie Mayer

Instructional Coach, Union County Public Schools
avatar for Shelley Schwenk

Shelley Schwenk

Math Coach


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
F102 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Automatic Data Collection in Science Classes using Vernier Probeware & Chromebooks
Come see the valuable data and experiences students can receive using Vernier probes that work perfectly with a student Chromebook.

Speakers
JP

John Price

Teacher, UCPS


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
G112 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

How to incorporate games, music and more for an integrated student-centered learning
Who says science is boring? Integrate student learning with music games and more to make your classroom an engaged and positive environment.

Speakers
DK

Dr. Kim Vague

Teacher, Union County Public Schools


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
G106 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

2nd Grade New Social Studies Units
Introducing… our NEW units of study for Social Studies! Come participate in a lesson and explore the new units for 2nd Grade! A representative in that grade level/content area should attend from each school.


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
E209 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Behavior Intervention (Check-In, Check-Out)
Learn about a behavior intervention called check-in, check-out that works at all grade levels.

Speakers
TT

Tara Todd

MTSS Coordinator


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
E204 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Connect to the World with Culturegrams--MS/HS
Do your students need information on countries of the world, Canadian provinces or the 50 states? Culturegrams is a resource that delves deeply into the unique qualities of the people and places of the world. Come and learn more! 

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
E200 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Connect, Collaborate & Create with Canvas
Come learn how Canvas can help support the EmpowerED model by transforming learners into leaders through meaningful connections, collaboration and creation. We will explore Canvas tools that help facilitate project-based learning, including groups, discussions, collaborations, Eportfolios, rubrics, and peer reviews.

Speakers
avatar for Christy Barham

Christy Barham

Strategic Customer Success Manager, Canvas, Canvas
I started my education career as a high school Spanish teacher and eventually served as a Director of Digital Learning, Professional Development & Media. Last year I decided to start a new journey and came to Canvas to support our North Carolina schools and teachers. I'd love to talk... Read More →



Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
E109 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Curating Resource Collections is Your Destiny (Secondary)
Destiny is much more than a library online catalog. Come and see how to do one search and find books, e-books, vetted websites and database resources to build digital bins of resources on any topic and share them with colleagues or even the world.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Moniz

Lisa Moniz

District Library Media Services Coordinator, Union County Public Schools



Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Language Lab/E111 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Gamification: Formatting a Dynamic and Fun Classroom
If you're interested in creating friendly competition in your classroom, then this session is for you! Come learn how to play my Smartgames, format new games, and share some of your own tips. This session is applicable to all content areas. While many of the games are math related, most of the resources in this session are immediately transferable to any classroom. Several of the games I have created have no connection to math specifically and can be used with any review sheet or worksheet. All resources and materials will be shared electronically and handouts will be provided. Bring your "A" game!

Speakers


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
F108

10:15am

GOT GAME? SMART SOFTWARE MAKES BYOD KID PLAY!
Using SMART Software, students can connect any device for collaborative learning over a Wi-Fi connection. From interactive games to collaborative lessons, students are engaged throughout learning with any device. You will learn how simple it is to take learning objectives and make them technology ready with SMART’s Suite of learning tools. This session will show participants how SMART Software gaming tools can engage students during instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Stevermer

Justin Stevermer

Sales Consultant, SMART Tech


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
A114 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

i-Ready for Teachers
Come learn about the new teacher experience, new user-face, and new student growth model for 2018-2019! 2-3 representatives in that grade level/content area should attend from each school.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
G210 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

i-Ready Implementation for School Leadership and School Contacts
Learn about effective implementation and how you can monitor for a successful year. You will also learn about the new teacher experience, new user-face, and new student growth model for 2018-2019. Applicable representatives should attend from each school.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
G209 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Let's Give Them Something to Talk About
Discourse driven classrooms become a reality when students are enabled to think critically, collaborate to solve problems, and critique the reasoning of others. This session will focus on strategies for facilitating and enhancing mathematical discussions that will develop deeper conceptual understanding. Discourse best practices outlined in former NCTM Board of Director Dr. Gladis Kersaint’s whitepapers will be analyzed. Participants will vet student work, making decisions about how they would select and sequence the students’ solutions for best learning outcomes. Attendees will receive tools and techniques they can immediately use to boost and manage conversations.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
E212 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd, Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

myON Elementary: Curriculum Alignment
What are best practices for creating projects that align with curriculum? In this session participants will learn how using projects in myON can be used across content area instruction. Participants will develop a myON project that includes assigned texts, close reading tasks, graphic organizers, and writing activities. Topics include: tips for specific content searches, review of projects and tasks in myON, search and modify tasks from the cloud, how and when to utilize Lexile assessment task, assign tasks to students and monitor progress, and discuss best practices for using projects to meet the needs of the diverse learners. Note: the goal of this session will be to create a new project using a current unit of study. It is recommended that participants bring resources such as pacing guide, scope and sequence or unit of study. This session will support elementary teachers and topics. 2-3 representatives in that grade level/content area should attend from each school.

Speakers
KH

Kim Hall

Ed Consultant, Renaissance


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
E106c Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

myON Middle: Getting Started
Orientation to myON's personalized literacy environment. This hands-on session will introduce participants to myON. Participants will get an overview of the student and faculty perspective to get their school up and running. Topics include; myON overview, touring the key features, exploring content and embedding scaffolds, discussion of best practices for implementing myON in your classroom, access included PD and resources and identify types of data and reports offered by myON. This session will support middle school teachers and topics. 2-3 representatives in that grade level/content area should attend from each school.

Speakers
KA

Karen Adamec

Educational Consultant, Renaissance
I have been working in the field of education for almost two decades and have experience as an elementary classroom teacher and a reading specialist with experience spanning K-12. Currently I am working as a literacy coach in a diverse, urban elementary school in Providence, Rhode... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
F205D Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Practical Ways to Support English Learners
Teachers will explore a variety of practical activities and strategies to promote language development and academic learning for English Learners across content areas. This interactive session will provide teachers with essential strategies they can implement in their classes to support English Learners as they work to meet linguistic and academic challenges in school.


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
F109 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Teach Coding with Tynker
Middle School Coding Teacher will be provided professional development in utilizing Tynker to teach coding to middle school students.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
F107 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Top 5 Things to Know about Discovery Education
Discovery Education has developed a variety of powerful and engaging resources designed to support you and your educators in the quest to address the top needs in empowering today’s learners. From resources to fuel a cultural shift with STEM to a wide variety of literacy supports to engaging ideas for addressing the needs of diverse/ELL learners, you’ll leave this session with the top 5 things to know about your Discovery Education Streaming, as well as tools to support you in sharing this message in your schools. 2-3 representatives from each school should attend.


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
G208D Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Success Strategies for Engaged & Empowered Students
This presentation will offer ideas and specific strategies to help engage students to find their motivation and to engage in creative exploration and professional development activities.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
G104 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Better Rubrics, Better Coaching, Better Outcomes
Rubrics were restructured this year to establish clearer expectations for students through specific outcomes in writing. We based our rubrics on those used in Camey's doctorate classes at Gardner Webb and on our own professional observations. These outcomes helped us construct coaching support for specific writing skills in teacher led small groups and in collaborative peer review. Teachers will have the option to import the outcomes we've designed into their canvas courses and will have time to collaborate with one another on restructuring their own rubrics to follow our format.

Speakers
avatar for Casey Zvanut

Casey Zvanut

English Teacher, Union County Public Schools
Casey Zvanut graduated from Mississippi State University with a B.A. in English Education. She has worked in Union County Public Schools for 19 years as an English teacher and as an Instructional Technology Facilitator. In 2016, Casey returned to the classroom to apply all she had... Read More →



Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
F201 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Differentiation for Advanced Learners
What do we do with students who already know what we are teaching? Effective educators provide quality instruction that not only aligns to the standard course of study, but focuses on high level thinking skills, differentiated practices, authentic assessment, increasing levels of rigor, and is student-centered. Come find out how to do all this at this session. Strategies and planning materials will be shared with participants of all content areas to use in all classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Sullivan

Danielle Sullivan

AIG Coordinator, Union County Public Schools


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
F209 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Not Too Old to Learn Decoding and Phonics: UCPS 3rd Grade Word Study (REQUIRED for 3RD)
This session will provide an overview of the phonics/word study instructional plan in 3rd grade. The UCPS word study guides include the planning of daily 15 minute word study focused lessons. We will discuss how the principles taught in word study cannot be taught only in isolation but also need to be transferred, practiced and reinforced in real application. Participants will also view video clips of sample lessons. Required for all 3rd grade Teachers.


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
E107 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Strategies from "Notice and Note": Using Signposts for Fiction & Non-Fiction
Using Kylene Beers & Bob Propst's approach to close reading, participants in this session will learn the basics of Notice and Note for both fiction and non-fiction. We will discuss applications of the approach across different curricula as well as different student-ability groups.


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
F203 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Aligning Ourselves for Success -- Exploring development of concepts and instruction 6 -12
This session is highly recommended for all middle school and high school math teachers. We will look at various mathematical concepts and see how they are introduced and developed through middle and high school courses. If you are a 6-12 math teacher, please try to attend one of these sessions!


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
F101 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Getting Started with ExploreLearning Gizmos
New to Gizmos? This session provides introductory instruction and hands-on practice with Gizmos. Learn the major features and functions of the ExploreLearning Gizmos website. Walk away with everything you need to start the school year using Gizmos simulations and best teaching practices to support your Science instruction.


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
G109c Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Google Drive Textbooks and Interactive Digital Notebooks
Join us as we explore the setup and use of Google Drive textbooks and how to create digital versions of interactive science notebooks.


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
G107 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Interactive Science Notebooking
Great ideas for engaging uses of interactive science notebooks! Join us to see what we've done with our students.


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
G111 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

Using Gizmos to Create Thematic Science Units
Experience how Gizmos can be used to create and support thematic units of study in your Science classroom. Design your unit for deeper understanding using phenomena in the world around your students. Example Topics: Upcoming Lunar Eclipse, Climate Change, etc.

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Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
G109c Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

10:15am

APEX Learning for HS Credit Recovery
Required for all applicable HS Lab Facilitators and/or School Counselors.

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Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
D101 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:15am

Lunch--8/16/18
Depends on participant's session choice on 8/16/18. Bring your lunch or food trucks are available at your own expense.


Thursday August 16, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
TBA Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

11:45am

Lunch--8/16/18
Depends on participant's session choice on 8/16/18. Bring your lunch or food trucks are available at your own expense.

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Thursday August 16, 2018 11:45am - 12:30pm
TBA Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:15pm

Connect, Collaborate & Create with Canvas
Come learn how Canvas can help support the EmpowerED model by transforming learners into leaders through meaningful connections, collaboration and creation. We will explore Canvas tools that help facilitate project-based learning, including groups, discussions, collaborations, Eportfolios, rubrics, and peer reviews.

Speakers
avatar for Christy Barham

Christy Barham

Strategic Customer Success Manager, Canvas, Canvas
I started my education career as a high school Spanish teacher and eventually served as a Director of Digital Learning, Professional Development & Media. Last year I decided to start a new journey and came to Canvas to support our North Carolina schools and teachers. I'd love to talk... Read More →



Thursday August 16, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
E109 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:15pm

EmpowerED Canvas Work Session
This session will build off of the Empowered Canvas learning session from Wednesday. Attendees are invited to apply the instructional design strategies they learned about to their own canvas courses. Canvas experts will be available to help instructors as they prepare their courses for the upcoming school year. Attending the Empowered Canvas presentation is not required. Anyone wanting to work on their Canvas course is welcome to attend.

Speakers
avatar for Joey Barker

Joey Barker

Instructional Coach, Union County Public Schools
Joey Barker is an Instructional Coach(IC) who works for Union County Public Schools, and is assigned to CATA, South Providence and Wolfe.Joey Barker attended North Carolina State University where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Business and Marketing Education and a  Masters... Read More →
avatar for Garrett Williams

Garrett Williams

Instructional Technology Facilitator, Union County Public Schools
Garrett Williams received his BS in Secondary Education, History from Appalachian State University. Additionally, he earned a minor in English from the United Kingdom's Keele University and a Masters in Curriculum and Supervision with an Administrative Add-on from the University of... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
G204 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:15pm

GOT GAME? SMART SOFTWARE MAKES BYOD KID PLAY!
Using SMART Software, students can connect any device for collaborative learning over a Wi-Fi connection. From interactive games to collaborative lessons, students are engaged throughout learning with any device. You will learn how simple it is to take learning objectives and make them technology ready with SMART’s Suite of learning tools. This session will show participants how SMART Software gaming tools can engage students during instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Stevermer

Justin Stevermer

Sales Consultant, SMART Tech


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
A114 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:15pm

i-Ready for Teachers
Come learn about the new teacher experience, new user-face, and new student growth model for 2018-2019! 2-3 representatives in that grade level/content area should attend from each school.

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Thursday August 16, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
G210 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:15pm

i-Ready Implementation for School Leadership and School Contacts
Learn about effective implementation and how you can monitor for a successful year. You will also learn about the new teacher experience, new user-face, and new student growth model for 2018-2019. Applicable representatives should attend from each school.

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Thursday August 16, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
G209 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:15pm

Let's Give Them Something to Talk About
Discourse driven classrooms become a reality when students are enabled to think critically, collaborate to solve problems, and critique the reasoning of others. This session will focus on strategies for facilitating and enhancing mathematical discussions that will develop deeper conceptual understanding. Discourse best practices outlined in former NCTM Board of Director Dr. Gladis Kersaint’s whitepapers will be analyzed. Participants will vet student work, making decisions about how they would select and sequence the students’ solutions for best learning outcomes. Attendees will receive tools and techniques they can immediately use to boost and manage conversations.

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Thursday August 16, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
E212 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd, Matthews, NC 28104

12:15pm

Making Your Life Easier with Canvas
Need to create a paperless classroom? Come learn how to create various types of assignments in Canvas. Learn how to use Speedgrader to grade your assignments and make returning grades and comments to students a breeze.

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Thursday August 16, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
G206 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:15pm

myON Elementary: Special Populations
How does myON support special populations? In this session, participants will learn how to provide
opportunities for high-success reading for various types of learners. Topics include:
• Explore scaffolds and supports to help diverse learners
• Practice finding books to address specific needs
• Understand how to apply Lexile® measures with special populations
• Identify appropriate modifications for assessments


Speakers
KH

Kim Hall

Ed Consultant, Renaissance


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
E106c Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:15pm

myON Middle: Curriculum Alignment
What are best practices for creating projects that align with curriculum? In this session participants will learn how using projects in myON can be used across content area instruction. Participants will develop a myON project that includes assigned texts, close reading tasks, graphic organizers, and writing activities. Topics include: tips for specific content searches, review of projects and tasks in myON, search and modify tasks from the cloud, how and when to utilize Lexile assessment task, assign tasks to students and monitor progress, and discuss best practices for using projects to meet the needs of the diverse learners. Note: the goal of this session will be to create a new project using a current unit of study. It is recommended that participants bring resources such as pacing guide, scope and sequence or unit of study. This session will support middle teachers and topics. 2-3 representatives in that grade level/content area should attend from each school.

Speakers
KA

Karen Adamec

Educational Consultant, Renaissance
I have been working in the field of education for almost two decades and have experience as an elementary classroom teacher and a reading specialist with experience spanning K-12. Currently I am working as a literacy coach in a diverse, urban elementary school in Providence, Rhode... Read More →



Thursday August 16, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
F205D Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:15pm

Small group instruction in the secondary classroom
Participants are asked to bring their device(s) to this session

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Thursday August 16, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
G213 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:15pm

Teach Coding with Tynker
Middle School Coding Teacher will be provided professional development in utilizing Tynker to teach coding to middle school students.

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Thursday August 16, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
F107 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:15pm

Teaching and Learning Academic Vocabulary
Teachers will explore the importance of vocabulary teaching in content areas, use Marzano's Six Steps of Vocabulary Instruction to plan a content area vocabulary weekly unit, review vocabulary-building games and activities, design vocabulary assessment for students and plan and create an academic word wall.

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Thursday August 16, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
F109 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:15pm

Top 5 Things to Know about Discovery Education
Discovery Education has developed a variety of powerful and engaging resources designed to support you and your educators in the quest to address the top needs in empowering today’s learners. From resources to fuel a cultural shift with STEM to a wide variety of literacy supports to engaging ideas for addressing the needs of diverse/ELL learners, you’ll leave this session with the top 5 things to know about your Discovery Education Streaming, as well as tools to support you in sharing this message in your schools. 2-3 representatives from each school should attend.


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
G208D Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:15pm

New Extended Content Curriculum Guides Training
A walkthrough of the new Extended Content Standards and curriculum guides to support your teaching. Required for all EC teachers that teach Extended Content Standards.


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
F101 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:15pm

Better Rubrics, Better Coaching, Better Outcomes
Rubrics were restructured this year to establish clearer expectations for students through specific outcomes in writing. We based our rubrics on those used in Camey's doctorate classes at Gardner Webb and on our own professional observations. These outcomes helped us construct coaching support for specific writing skills in teacher led small groups and in collaborative peer review. Teachers will have the option to import the outcomes we've designed into their canvas courses and will have time to collaborate with one another on restructuring their own rubrics to follow our format.

Speakers
avatar for Casey Zvanut

Casey Zvanut

English Teacher, Union County Public Schools
Casey Zvanut graduated from Mississippi State University with a B.A. in English Education. She has worked in Union County Public Schools for 19 years as an English teacher and as an Instructional Technology Facilitator. In 2016, Casey returned to the classroom to apply all she had... Read More →



Thursday August 16, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
F201 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:15pm

Can you Survive the Island? Game-Based Instruction with Lord of the Flies.
Can you survive the island?  Game-based instruction is an instructional strategy aimed at engaging and motivating students to learn.  This session will focus on whole-class novel study of Lord of the Flies and provide examples of two different types of game-based instruction aligned to the standard course of study, role-playing simulation and electronic breakout challenge.  Planning guides and additional resources will be shared for use in all content areas to develop these strategies for classroom use.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Sullivan

Danielle Sullivan

AIG Coordinator, Union County Public Schools


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
F209 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:15pm

Filling the Reading Void: Developing depth, stamina, and passion in adolescent readers
In Book love: Developing depth, stamina, and passion in adolescent readers (2013), Penny Kittle explores the various reason adolescent students do not read and shows the effects of decreased reading quantities. Kittle (2013) argues, through providing appropriate texts, along with structured class time, teachers can create a culture that leads to more complex reading. She provides strategies to increase the quantity, capacity, and complexity over time, to create a balance of independent reading, text study, and novel study, to help students deepen their thinking through writing about reading, and to build a school culture focused on the love of reading (2013). Book Love (2013) advocates for independent reading; the ultimate goal is to clearly establish a culture where students long to read all types of literature, thus use literature as an avenue of growth and reflection. We will share how the Book Love Initiative works in my classroom, along with data supporting its effectiveness.

Speakers
avatar for Camey Whitt

Camey Whitt

Teacher
Doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction at Gardner-Webb University


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
F202 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:15pm

Not Too Old to Learn Decoding and Phonics: UCPS 3rd Grade Word Study (REQUIRED for 3RD)
This session will provide an overview of the phonics/word study instructional plan in 3rd grade. The UCPS word study guides include the planning of daily 15 minute word study focused lessons. We will discuss how the principles taught in word study cannot be taught only in isolation but also need to be transferred, practiced and reinforced in real application. Participants will also view video clips of sample lessons. Required for all 3rd grade Teachers.


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
E107 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:15pm

School Communicators
2018-19 Kickoff Meeting for School Communicators and department website editors. Required for all School Communicators and Website Editors.

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Thursday August 16, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
HS Media Center, near entrance of MC Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:15pm

Advancing Scientific Inquiry with Gizmos
Use of Gizmos simulations provides a progression of inquiry that helps to develop students’ scientific inquiry skills. Start the school year with a new perspective on using inquiry methods of instruction, which encourage students to ask questions, make observations, and construct reasonable explanations.

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Thursday August 16, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
G109c Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:15pm

Gizme More Gizmos! Gizmos Classroom Applications
In this session we will review Explore Learning's Gizmo activities. The basics will be covered, but we will also dive deeper and explore how to customize lessons to help meet the needs of your learners, and how to align these lessons with GRR and EmpowerED frameworks. Bring questions or advice for beginners as we work together to enhance our usage of this awesome tool for teachers and students!

Speakers
JM

Jordan Marmara

8th Grade Science Teacher, UCPS



Thursday August 16, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
G110 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:15pm

Refresher for Success with Gizmos
Learn new ways to integrate Gizmos into your Union Co Science curriculum and classrooms, to customize the lesson materials, and to discover effective uses of Gizmos in whole group and small group instruction. A review of major and new website features and Gizmos will be infused throughout the workshop.

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Thursday August 16, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
G109c Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:15pm

APEX Learning for HS Credit Recovery
Required for all applicable HS Lab Facilitators and/or School Counselors.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
D101 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:15pm

Psychosis Simulation
Psychosis Simulation involves an interactive learning simulation of hearing voices. Participants will learn the symptoms and signs of psychosis, as well as the risk factors, incidence and treatment options. Participants will need to bring their own smartphone and ear buds. Please visit the following links in advance of the session: Simulation 1 - http://view.vzaar.com/10524157/player Simulation 2 – http://view.vzaar.com/10524390/player.


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
G102 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:15pm

Easy IEP (New EC Teachers and new SNAs)
Easy IEP--Required for new EC Teachers and new SNAs and available for experienced personnel wanting a refresher.


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:15pm - 2:45pm
WMS 621 Weddington Middle School 5903 Deal Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:15pm

Beginning Inquiry: Engaging Learners' Curiosity through Texts
What adolescent students find interesting leads them to wonder. Students relish a good story, particularly in the social studies. Stories that evoke interest facilitate the natural development of questions. Teachers can leverage learner's curiosity as an invitation into texts and use short texts to initiate inquiry. This workshop provides examples of short texts and methods that facilitate inquiry in social studies. Participants will receive a collection of short texts and instructional methods for scaffolding inquiry.

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Thursday August 16, 2018 12:15pm - 3:30pm
WMS 130 Weddington Middle School: 5903 Deal Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:30pm

Experiential Fair (Available Resources from Community Agencies & Organizations)
UCPS in partnership with Union County System of Care Community Collaboration will give participants the unique opportunities to learn about available community resources that may serve the emotional, well-being, and social service needs of students in UCPS. Participants will be given student scenarios to solve with their team that will require active listening, team building, problem-solving and thinking outside of the box.


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:30pm - 4:00pm
Department of Health & Human Services 2330 Concord Ave. Monroe, NC 28110

12:45pm

Connect to the World with Culturegrams--ES
Do your students need information on countries of the world, Canadian provinces or the 50 states? Culturegrams is a resource that delves deeply into the unique qualities of the people and places of the world. Come and learn more! 

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Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
F105c Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

Differentiation for Dummies: Thanks, Schoolnet!
Purpose: to address the need for differentiation through the use of Schoolnet resources
 Format: Guided Google Slides with active participation~ participants will be develop differentiated resources for various classroom scenarios~ must have a device and access to Schoolnet 

Speakers
avatar for Stacy Lovdahl

Stacy Lovdahl

Educator on Loan/ITF, Catawba County Schools/NCDPI
Stacy Lovdahl is passionate about collaborating with educators to integrate technology into classroom instruction to create engaging, personalized educational experiences for students that are organically motivating. She sees technology as a tool for creating relationships that couldn't... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
F106 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

Diving Into Data and Technology
The goal of this session is to provide teachers with the knowledge of how to use the simple assessment tool, Plickers, to dive deeper into data-driven instruction. Teachers in 3-5 will learn how to gather and analyze data in an easy and effective way to determine next steps for students in the classroom

Speakers
avatar for Katelyn Hoffman

Katelyn Hoffman

Instructional Coach, Union County Public Schools
avatar for Kelsey Horne

Kelsey Horne

3rd Grade Teacher, UCPS


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
E202 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

Dreambox: How to Use Dreambox to Drive Instruction
Join us as we discuss the unique adaptive engine that is DreamBox Learning.  We will focus on how DreamBox impacts your students, how the tools you have access to can help you drive instruction, and some tips on getting the most out of the product and allowing it to save you time in the classroom. 

Speakers
avatar for Keith Kostka

Keith Kostka

DreamBox Learning


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
E100 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

Enhance Instruction With Interactive Word Walls
Participants in this session will discover creative and interactive ways to help students visualize vocabulary and see connections between words, concepts, and topics.

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Beard

Tyler Beard

Instructional Coach
avatar for Anne Berryhill

Anne Berryhill

8th grade language arts



Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
G211 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

EVERFI - Empowering Critical Skill Development with Digital Resources
Though the Clever app on NCEdCloud, EVERFI provides digital social & emotional learning, financial literacy, health & wellness and career exploration resources for Elementary, Middle and High School, at no-cost to educators. In this session, participants will explore resources and standard alignment, discuss strategies for purposeful implementation and be trained on single-sign-on access via NCEdCloud.

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Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
D109 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

Flexible Seating in the 21st Century Classroom
The idea of flexible seating is to create a more comfortable and personable environment that helps students be their best learning selves. Flexible seating gives students a sense of ownership and enables them to become invested in their own education. Being comfortable allows students to stay engaged in a task resulting in more positive behaviors. Come and learn more about how to implement and manage flexible seating in the 21st century classroom on a budget.


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
E203 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

Fuel Your Passion for Learning with Apple Teacher
Build new skills. Inspire your students. Unlock the power of iPad, Mac, and Apple apps in your classrooms with Apple Teacher, a free professional learning program. Explore the Apple Teacher Starter Guides and the Apple Teacher Learning Center where you can earn badges and track your learning journey. Please bring your iPad if possible*

Speakers
RA

Robb Adams

Education, Apple, Inc.


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
E210 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

How Can I Maximize My Impact on Students This Year?
In this session I will define and illustrate what impactful teaching is: instruction that leads to positive, measurable, lasting and immediate change in students. I will provide illustrations of what this looks like in the classroom. I will offer self-reflecting questions that help guide instructional decisions. This session will outline and describe the conditions of learning necessary for impactful teaching to occur:
1. Learner must know where they are in relation to the learning target. (Where am I?)
2. Student buy in (Why should I change?)
3. The steps to reach the goal. (How do I get there?)

Finally, I will share specific, tested techniques that teachers can immediately implement in their classrooms that support impactful instruction. This will include artifacts from Rock Rest classrooms- rubrics, data collection forms, feedback templates, student checklists, learning trajectory graphs and anchor charts.


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Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
E103 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

IXL Foundations II: Successful Implementation
IXL Foundations II is a must for those looking to uncover meaningful insights that allow teachers to make the best instructional decisions every day. This professional learning experience highlights ways that IXL can help teachers respond to individual needs more quickly and use limited class time more effectively. In addition, this session invites you to:
• Dive deeper into the IXL curriculum and its embedded opportunities for remediation and enrichment.
• Explore strategies for using insights from IXL Analytics to differentiate instruction and correct misconceptions before they become trouble spots.
• See how to use IXL’s robust data offerings to optimize instruction and personalize learning for your students.


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
G205 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

LEAP Into the New School Year With UCPL
Learn about what you can do with your LEAP card, student accounts that are rolling out this fall, and the new STEAM Lab offerings we're offering.

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Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
G201 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

Ron Clark Engagement Practices
How to engage learners to meet rigorous expectations through chants, drumming, music, tracking, goal setting, consistency, accountability, and peer relationships.


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
E204 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

Shark Tank
Teachers will learn how to create a PBL project by integrating SS, R, and W standards. We will be showing an example of a project that we implemented in our classrooms called Shark Tank.
This is an opportunity for students to enhance their curiosity, creativity, and passion for developing an innovation or invention. First, students conduct research about a city located in the United States (or global city), which aligns with informational reading and writing. Then, students use their research to inspire and guide them to create their own innovation or invention that would successfully thrive in their selected city. Students will persuade a panel of "Shark Tank" judges to "invest" in their product. Included in their final presentation, students are required to write a persuasive speech and create a model. This is where their creativity comes to play! This is a great opportunity for all students to shine in front of their classmates.

We will be giving teachers different resources that we used; such as parent letters, leveled reading resources, suggested layout and format, invitations, rubrics, possible lessons, google slides and student packet.


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
E208 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

TeachingBooks.net: Getting Started - K-12
TeachingBooks.net – a suite of instructional resources that enrich the fiction and nonfiction books read by children and young adults. Included are: book guides & lesson plans, build-your-own custom reading lists, diverse books, literature-based vocabulary lists, Meet-the-Author videos and book readings, and resources for award-winning books.

Speakers
avatar for TeachingBooks

TeachingBooks

Director of Implementation & Educational Support, Kym Davick
Director of Implementation & Educational Support



Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
A101B Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

Naviance for HS Administrators
High school administrators will learn about the power of Naviance and brainstorm innovative ways to use it to drive College, Career, and Life Readiness.


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
D107 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

Real World Learning with EmpowerED in “Introduction to Construction Trades” class.
Students use Canvas to participate in flipped instruction with video lessons and quick checks for understanding (quizzes). Students then use hands-on application of the lessons by understanding how to read blueprints, connecting math skills to determine proportions, and designing blueprints for their own 'personal space’.

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Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
G104 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

More than Meets the Eye - Using Images to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking
Incorporating visual literacy across the day using pictures, charts and graphs throughout the content areas RI.7, RL.7)

Speakers
SS

Stacey Seik

Instructional Coach, Union County Public Schools


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
G107 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

Poetry Out Loud
What the POL National Recitation Contest is, how to run the contest at the classroom and school levels, how to use the contest to teach many different standards, and how to tailor it to fit your classroom needs.

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Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
E102 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

Quick Debates: Getting Kids Talking
Quick debates (3-person debates) to help kids build their debating skills. They are in 90-second rounds and rotate three times through, then debate as a class, and then construct an argument.

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Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
F200 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

Student Data Collecting, Reflecting & Goal Setting in MS ELA
Teachers will explore ways students can collect personal and academic data to set goals that define success in the English Language Arts classroom.

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Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
F206 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

TED Talks in MS ELA
Teachers will experience how to use the concept of TED Talks for project-based learning experiences in the classroom.

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Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
F207 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

Understanding Text Bands
How often do we label a child with a reading level? Why not expose them to books within their text band? Through this session, teachers will get an understanding of what a text band is, how to collect data as they teach into text bands (acknowledging "sticky" levels too), how to use a continuum to teach into bands in small groups and lastly what a library looks like when it is set up by text band rather than reading level.


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
E101 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

Vulnerable Populations
In this session we will identify contemporary "vulnerable populations" and discuss best practices for educating these students. Teachers will be given strategies for addressing difficult topics with students. There will be a focus on poetry, spoken word, art and podcasting as methods of empowering our students to use their voices, tell their stories, and ultimately create a more humane world.

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Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
F208 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

Writers are Readers
Struggling to get kids writing? Wondering how to encourage young writers to better demonstrate their thinking on paper? Does the phrase “written response to text” give you nightmares? We will explore structure and organization, tools and strategies, rubrics and differentiated support for helping students become confident, prolific writers who know how to demonstrate their thinking in writing. Written comprehension only works if students have the words to use and the tools to comprehend text. Examine methods for developing strong reading comprehension skills in your students and discover how those methods can be utilized to develop strong writers as well.

Speakers
KF

Kristen Flores

Kindergarten teacher
FM

Felicia Moore

Teacher, UCPS


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
E108 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

Getting Donations Made Easy
Participants will need to bring a computer to this session. Participants will learn about the organization Donorschoose.org and all the opportunities that it provides teachers for acquiring materials for their classroom through donations from the community. Participants will also hear of successful examples from successful projects that received funding from Union County that will inspire you to create your own projects. Participants will then be given an opportunity to register and start posting their own projects to the website.

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Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
E106e Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

Building a Mathematical Community, 3-5
Create an environment to foster natural curiosity of children through math! This includes mathematicians with a mindset to problem solve, respect a variety of thinking and methods of others, and believe in their own abilities. Building a math community is essential to growing students who believe they can do math. Required for all teachers in that grade/content area.


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
E207D Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

Desmos: Not Just a Fancy Calculator
Desmos is no longer just a fancy online graphing calculator but also a platform for dynamic interactive learning. In this session, Math teachers will share interactive classroom activities that can be done using Desmos. Participants will experience activities from student perspective as well as seeing the teacher's perspective.


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
F108

12:45pm

From Ratios to Percents -- Building a Conceptual Understanding for Percents
We will explore a percent progression and the role of ratio reasoning using percent bar models and ratio boxes. Participants will work with tasks to introduce percents, work with benchmark percents, and solve problems including percent increase and decrease.


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
F100 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

Jo Boaler's Week of Inspirational Math
Let's look at ways to encourage students to have a growth mindset in mathematics, while encouraging them to see math in a visual, creative way. We will work through Jo Boaler's week of inspirational math activities and discuss how to best incorporate them into your curriculum this year.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
F102 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

Mastering the Curriculum
Tiered mastery builds a solid foundation that focuses on the most heavily tested standards found within the grade level curriculum. The analysis of mastery data allows teachers to build focused strategy groups, remediate, and reassess. This design meets the student where they are, scaffolds their learning, and supports individual growth.


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
F103 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

Student-Centerfying Your Math Class
Becoming more "student-centered" has become the new big buzz word in education. But research clearly shows that students learn mathematics at higher levels when they are the ones doing the thinking, the talking, the persevering, and the connecting - or simply put, when they are the center of their learning. In this session, we will look at some practical strategies to help make your students the center your classroom and thus the center of their learning.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
F203 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

Automatic Data Collection in Science Classes using Vernier Probeware & Chromebooks
Come see the valuable data and experiences students can receive using Vernier probes that work perfectly with a student Chromebook.

Speakers
JP

John Price

Teacher, UCPS


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
G112 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

How to incorporate games, music and more for an integrated student-centered learning
Who says science is boring? Integrate student learning with music games and more to make your classroom an engaged and positive environment.

Speakers
DK

Dr. Kim Vague

Teacher, Union County Public Schools


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
G106 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

Science Across the Curriculum
In this session teachers will be taking a deeper look into ways they can integrate science into the ELA standards in the K-2 classroom. Participants will be given the opportunity to participate in learning activities to support integration of the curriculum in the classroom. This session will provide teachers with a variety of resources to take back and use in their classroom to support the integration of science in the ELA curriculum.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
E104 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

1st Grade New Social Studies Units
Introducing… our NEW units of study for Social Studies! Come participate in a lesson and explore the new units for 1st Grade! A representative in that grade level/content area should attend from each school.


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
E209 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

Kindergarten New Social Studies Units
Introducing… our NEW units of study for Social Studies! Come participate in a lesson and explore the new units for Kindergarten! A representative in that grade level/content area should attend from each school.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Evans

Jeremy Evans

Instructional Coach, Teaching and Learning


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
E205 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

12:45pm

Understanding Intercultural Communication in the World Language Classroom
This session will highlight the need to imbed culture within the World Language Classroom in the target language rather than viewing culture as something to be taught as a separate entity in English. This session will give the audience an overview and explanation of the 2017 NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements and how these statements can help guide instruction in the classroom. There will be time to collaborate and create.


Thursday August 16, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
G111 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

Curiosity Did NOT Kill the Cat!

In this session, teachers will learn different ways to incorporate engaging activities within their current curriculum such as creative warm-ups, logic puzzles, technology tools, PBLs, activating/summarizing strategies - all while increasing curiosity and promoting inquiry among their students. Teachers will experience strategies first hand, watch videos of implementation in real classrooms, and walk away with handouts of a variety of ideas to implement in their classroom for the new school year.

Speakers
AH

Ashley Hayes

AIG Teacher, Union County Public Schools
AJ

Ann Jacob

AIG Teacher, New Town Elementary, UCPS


Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
E102 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

Diving Into Data and Technology
The goal of this session is to provide teachers with the knowledge of how to use the simple assessment tool, Plickers, to dive deeper into data-driven instruction. Teachers in 3-5 will learn how to gather and analyze data in an easy and effective way to determine next steps for students in the classroom

Speakers
avatar for Katelyn Hoffman

Katelyn Hoffman

Instructional Coach, Union County Public Schools
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Kelsey Horne

3rd Grade Teacher, UCPS


Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
E202 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

Dreambox: How to Use Dreambox to Drive Instruction
Join us as we discuss the unique adaptive engine that is DreamBox Learning.  We will focus on how DreamBox impacts your students, how the tools you have access to can help you drive instruction, and some tips on getting the most out fo the product and allowing it to save you time in the classroom. 

Speakers
avatar for Keith Kostka

Keith Kostka

DreamBox Learning


Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
E100 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

Enhance Instruction With Interactive Word Walls
Participants in this session will discover creative and interactive ways to help students visualize vocabulary and see connections between words, concepts, and topics.

Speakers
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Tyler Beard

Instructional Coach
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Anne Berryhill

8th grade language arts



Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
G211 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

EVERFI - Empowering Critical Skill Development with Digital Resources
Though the Clever app on NCEdCloud, EVERFI provides digital social & emotional learning, financial literacy, health & wellness and career exploration resources for Elementary, Middle and High School, at no-cost to educators. In this session, participants will explore resources and standard alignment, discuss strategies for purposeful implementation and be trained on single-sign-on access via NCEdCloud.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
D109 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

Flexible Seating in the 21st Century Classroom
The idea of flexible seating is to create a more comfortable and personable environment that helps students be their best learning selves. Flexible seating gives students a sense of ownership and enables them to become invested in their own education. Being comfortable allows students to stay engaged in a task resulting in more positive behaviors. Come and learn more about how to implement and manage flexible seating in the 21st century classroom on a budget.


Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
E203 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

Guide Student Learning with the Classroom App on iPad
The Classroom app turns your iPad into a powerful teaching assistant. In this session, you will experience Classroom features as a student, then as a teacher. Learn how to set up classes on the fly, launch apps on student devices, view student screens, share documents with the class, and more. *Please bring your iPad if possible*

Speakers
RA

Robb Adams

Education, Apple, Inc.


Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
E210 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

How Can I Maximize My Impact on Students This Year?
In this session I will define and illustrate what impactful teaching is: instruction that leads to positive, measurable, lasting and immediate change in students. I will provide illustrations of what this looks like in the classroom. I will offer self-reflecting questions that help guide instructional decisions. This session will outline and describe the conditions of learning necessary for impactful teaching to occur:
1. Learner must know where they are in relation to the learning target. (Where am I?)
2. Student buy in (Why should I change?)
3. The steps to reach the goal. (How do I get there?)

Finally, I will share specific, tested techniques that teachers can immediately implement in their classrooms that support impactful instruction. This will include artifacts from Rock Rest classrooms- rubrics, data collection forms, feedback templates, student checklists, learning trajectory graphs and anchor charts.


Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
E103 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

How to Make Technology Work for You
We will show how to use 2 different technology tools (Edpuzzle & Quizlet Live) to increase student engagement and provide students with opportunities to show what they have learned as well as for them to create products for the classroom.

Speakers
KM

Kristin Marchese

5th grade teacher, Union Elementary


Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
E205 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

LEAP Into the New School Year With UCPL
Learn about what you can do with your LEAP card, student accounts that are rolling out this fall, and the new STEAM Lab offerings we're offering.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
G201 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

myON News Elementary
Orientation to myON News and discussion of the role of media in society. This hands-on session will introduce participants to myON News and best practices for integrating myON and myON News. Topics include: myON News Overview, features exploration discussion of the importance of news in a 21st Century Classroom as well as the role of media in society. This session is tailored to elementary teachers and students. 2-3 representatives in that grade level/content area should attend from each school.

Speakers
KH

Kim Hall

Ed Consultant, Renaissance


Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
E106c Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

Ron Clark Engagement Practices
How to engage learners to meet rigorous expectations through chants, drumming, music, tracking, goal setting, consistency, accountability, and peer relationships.


Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
E204 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

Shark Tank
Teachers will learn how to create a PBL project by integrating SS, R, and W standards. We will be showing an example of a project that we implemented in our classrooms called Shark Tank.
This is an opportunity for students to enhance their curiosity, creativity, and passion for developing an innovation or invention. First, students conduct research about a city located in the United States (or global city), which aligns with informational reading and writing. Then, students use their research to inspire and guide them to create their own innovation or invention that would successfully thrive in their selected city. Students will persuade a panel of "Shark Tank" judges to "invest" in their product. Included in their final presentation, students are required to write a persuasive speech and create a model. This is where their creativity comes to play! This is a great opportunity for all students to shine in front of their classmates.

We will be giving teachers different resources that we used; such as parent letters, leveled reading resources, suggested layout and format, invitations, rubrics, possible lessons, google slides and student packet.


Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
E208 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

TeachingBooks.net: Getting Started - K-12
TeachingBooks.net – a suite of instructional resources that enrich the fiction and nonfiction books read by children and young adults. Included are: book guides & lesson plans, build-your-own custom reading lists, diverse books, literature-based vocabulary lists, Meet-the-Author videos and book readings, and resources for award-winning books.

Speakers
avatar for TeachingBooks

TeachingBooks

Director of Implementation & Educational Support, Kym Davick
Director of Implementation & Educational Support



Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
A101B Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

Real World Learning with EmpowerED in “Introduction to Construction Trades” class.
Students use Canvas to participate in flipped instruction with video lessons and quick checks for understanding (quizzes). Students then use hands-on application of the lessons by understanding how to read blueprints, connecting math skills to determine proportions, and designing blueprints for their own 'personal space’.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
G104 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

What is Dual Language Immersion?
Learn the basics of dual language education: outcomes, benefits, data and why it works.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
F201 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

More than Meets the Eye - Using Images to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking
Incorporating visual literacy across the day using pictures, charts and graphs throughout the content areas RI.7, RL.7)

Speakers
SS

Stacey Seik

Instructional Coach, Union County Public Schools


Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
G107 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

Poetry Out Loud
What the POL National Recitation Contest is, how to run the contest at the classroom and school levels, how to use the contest to teach many different standards, and how to tailor it to fit your classroom needs.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
F103 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

Quick Debates: Getting Kids Talking
Quick debates (3-person debates) to help kids build their debating skills. They are in 90-second rounds and rotate three times through, then debate as a class, and then construct an argument.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
F200 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

Vulnerable Populations
In this session we will identify contemporary "vulnerable populations" and discuss best practices for educating these students. Teachers will be given strategies for addressing difficult topics with students. There will be a focus on poetry, spoken word, art and podcasting as methods of empowering our students to use their voices, tell their stories, and ultimately create a more humane world.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
F208 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

Building a Mathematical Community, 3-5
Create an environment to foster natural curiosity of children through math! This includes mathematicians with a mindset to problem solve, respect a variety of thinking and methods of others, and believe in their own abilities. Building a math community is essential to growing students who believe they can do math. Required for all teachers in that grade/content area.


Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
E207D Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

Building a Mathematical Community, K-2
Create an environment to foster natural curiosity of children through math! This includes mathematicians with a mindset to problem solve, respect a variety of thinking and methods of others, and believe in their own abilities. Building a math community is essential to growing students who believe they can do math. Required for all teachers in that grade/content area.


Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
E108 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

Desmos: Not Just a Fancy Calculator
Desmos is no longer just a fancy online graphing calculator but also a platform for dynamic interactive learning. In this session, Math teachers will share interactive classroom activities that can be done using Desmos. Participants will experience activities from student perspective as well as seeing the teacher's perspective.


Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
F108

2:00pm

From Ratios to Percents -- Building a Conceptual Understanding for Percents
We will explore a percent progression and the role of ratio reasoning using percent bar models and ratio boxes. Participants will work with tasks to introduce percents, work with benchmark percents, and solve problems including percent increase and decrease.


Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
F100 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

Jo Boaler's Week of Inspirational Math
Let's look at ways to encourage students to have a growth mindset in mathematics, while encouraging them to see math in a visual, creative way. We will work through Jo Boaler's week of inspirational math activities and discuss how to best incorporate them into your curriculum this year.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
F102 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

Student-Centerfying Your Math Class
Becoming more "student-centered" has become the new big buzz word in education. But research clearly shows that students learn mathematics at higher levels when they are the ones doing the thinking, the talking, the persevering, and the connecting - or simply put, when they are the center of their learning. In this session, we will look at some practical strategies to help make your students the center your classroom and thus the center of their learning.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
F101 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

How to incorporate games, music and more for an integrated student centered learning
Who says science is boring? Integrate student learning with music games and more to make your classroom an engaged and positive environment.

Speakers
DK

Dr. Kim Vague

Teacher, Union County Public Schools


Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
G106 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

Science Across the Curriculum
In this session teachers will be taking a deeper look into ways they can integrate science into the ELA standards in the K-2 classroom. Participants will be given the opportunity to participate in learning activities to support integration of the curriculum in the classroom. This session will provide teachers with a variety of resources to take back and use in their classroom to support the integration of science in the ELA curriculum.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
E104 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

3-5 Social Studies
Come and preview the new unit format for 3-5 Social Studies! Get a sneak peek at Social Studies resources and learn best practices to follow in your Social Studies classroom. We will take time to explore primary resources and discuss how to make Social Studies purposeful and engaging in your classroom this year! A representative in that grade level/content area should attend from each school.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Evans

Jeremy Evans

Instructional Coach, Teaching and Learning


Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
E209 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm