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Wednesday, August 15
 

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

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

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

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

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
 
Thursday, August 16
 

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
TT

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
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 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
avatar for Keith Kostka

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
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 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
RA

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

Speakers

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
avatar for TeachingBooks

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

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

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

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.

Speakers

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.

Speakers

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.

Speakers

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.

Speakers

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

Speakers

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.

Speakers

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.

Speakers

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

12:45pm

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! 

Speakers


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.

Speakers

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.


Speakers

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.

Speakers

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

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
avatar for Kelsey Horne

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
avatar for Tyler Beard

Tyler Beard

Instructional Coach
avatar for Anne Berryhill

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

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 2:00pm - 3:30pm
E200 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

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 2:00pm - 3:30pm
E109 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

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 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Language Lab/E111 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

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 →


Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
G112 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

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 2:00pm - 3:30pm
A114 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

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 2:00pm - 3:30pm
G210 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

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 2:00pm - 3:30pm
G209 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

Integrate Coding into Core Curriculum
Middle School Teachers will be guided on how to integrate coding into their core curriculum.

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
F107 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

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 2:00pm - 3:30pm
G205 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

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 2:00pm - 3:30pm
E212 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd, Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

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 2:00pm - 3:30pm
G206 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

myON Middle: 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
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 2:00pm - 3:30pm
F205D Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

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 2:00pm - 3:30pm
F109 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

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

Speakers

Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
G213 Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104

2:00pm

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 2:00pm - 3:30pm
G208D Weddington High School: 4901 Weddington Rd Matthews, NC 28104