Speed Learning Sessions

Thursday, November 7
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

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Transition across Middle Grades

Kathleen B. Wheeler
Discussion of transition into and out of middle grades. Will present excerpts from data collection related to surveys for in and out of middle grades. Surveys will be distributed.

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Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP)

Traci Guidry
Duke TIP works with students and educators to help identify, challenge, motivate, and enrich academically gifted students so they reach their highest potential.

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Science/Math Interactive Notebooks: Think/Record/Organize Like a Pro

Linda P. Melcher, Susan Wood
Join us as we travel through the process of putting together an interactive notebook. Make-it and Take-it. Everything furnished!

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Balancing Choice and Control: The Key to a Well-managed Classroom

D. Michelle Williams, Jerry Williams
This session will review popular classroom management models and make a case for the balance of choice and control based on their own observations in Oregon, Kansas, and Texas.

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Movement Matters

Mary Janousek
Movement Matters will provide physically engaging and genuinely fun active learning strategies to help teachers increase student engagement and literacy.

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Technology Strategies for Middle School English Language Learners (ELLs)

Stacie Pettit, Jennifer Armstrong
Technology resources will be tied specifically to a research-based strategy in English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) content area instruction.

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Leveled Literacy: It Is Possible!

Barb Superka, Jeanne Bonds, Holly Wagner
It's possible to have three different reading levels exploring the same concept in your classroom. Learn how a social studies lesson was designed so that ALL students can succeed!

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Differentiating Instruction in the Middle School Mathematics Classroom

DeAnna Owens, Annette Cornelius
This presentation would allow the attendees to be exposed to ways to differentiate instruction in the classroom and enhance their instruction and assessments in the middle school STEM classroom.

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Literature Circles: Practical Application Made Easy

Ruchelle L. Owens
Scared to try lit circles? Come sit through all the steps of how to facilitate LCs and leave with every resource needed to implement them tomorrow.

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Are Dogs Still Hungry for Homework?

Erik Lowry
In many cases today, teachers have struggled with how to handle homework. This session will look at current homework practices, the research, and how they affect ALL students.

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Accountable Talk: Strategies for Facilitating Discourse Between Diverse Learners

Geena Constantin
Using Accountable Talk as the foundation for structured, academic classroom dialogue, this session highlights how to adapt the tenets of this program to suit diverse middle level learners.

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Technology in Co-teaching Classrooms

Sanghee Choi
The purposes of this study were to explore teachers' usage of technology in co-teaching, their confidence level in using technology, and how students use technology in the classroom.

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Setting the Ground Rules on Day One

Tracey Parks
Looking for an approach to classroom management that could be expanded into a team, grade level, or building model? Join me to see how easy it is to implement.

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Literacy Gone Wild: Creative Ways to Teach Vocabulary and Critical Common Core Skills

Jacqueline Hanlon
Explore hands-on strategies to engage students in vocabulary and analysis instruction. Leave with a toolbox of ways to make CCSS skills fun! This is Literacy Gone Wild!

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Help Wanted: Guiding Parents through the Middle School Years

Wendy Amato
Gain techniques and strategies for understanding and supporting parents with early communication, parent conferences, progress reports, and academic recommendations.

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Boom Boom Fractions: Engaging and Remediating Struggling Students

Vianne Reay, Melanie Kingham
This hands-on session will give you tools to remediate students who struggle with fractions. Fractional thinking will be developed by creating and playing music.

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Instructional Strategies for ELLs

Cassie Lyles
This session offers a discussion of the authentic use of research-based strategies that improved the performance of ELLs and other struggling students in my seventh grade classroom.

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Students: An Untapped Resource Rediscovered in Middle School

Pedro "Peter" Martinez
Explore ways to harness the power of peer-to-peer learning within the middle school setting and encourage students to be creative and effective leaders to create change school-wide.

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A Global Objective – Measuring English Proficiency for Middle School Students

Jonathan Murray
ETS will help you find the right English language assessment for progress and placement and also understand how to use score report information effectively.

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Applying Neuro-Psycho-Social Development Research to Improve Achievement and Decision-making

Greg Richards
Dr. Greg Richards shares challenges and opportunities from adolescent brain development that can enlighten school leaders and help grow character and school climate.