Speed Learning Sessions

Friday, November 7, 2014
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Table A
Charter Schools and the Potential for Saving the Middle School

Holly Thornton
Can effective middle level charter schools act as a catalyst to make middle grades education a leader in school reform? Check this session out to learn how.

Table B
Reasons for ELL Reading Engagement

Jennifer Robinson
This session shares results from a nine month study of ELLs. The results will add to the strategies and motivations that teachers can use to encourage ELLs to read in and out of the classroom setting.

Table C
Heroes Real and Imagined

Ronald Towery, Tonja Fillippino
This presentation describes how to develop Common Core related skills in determining the use of vocabulary, evidence, language, and opinion in writing about literary heroes.

Table D
KWL Collective Poetry: Writing Collaborative Poems to Show What We Know

Bowen Lee
They know, they don't know, they wanna know. It all comes together as poetry! Consolidate what they really know in a collaborative work showing the power of collective voices.

Table E
Books Too Good to Miss: What Middle School Students Are Reading Today

Lisa Dryden
Come learn about the books that interest today's adolescent students. Current novels, along with classroom applications, will be shared.

Table F
The Hidden Curriculum

Vanessa Cabrera
Hands-on session that discusses advisory programs, which focus on developing students' social, emotional, and academic skills.

Table H
Using Advisories as a Context for Sustaining Nonviolence, Cooperation, and Community

Tim Holleran
This presentation examines the potential of advisories to teach the skills and attitudes of nonviolence, cooperation, and moral autonomy to sustain a sense of community.

Table I
Assessing the Untestable Skills

Melody J. Elrod
This presentation provides teachers with a tool for (1) collecting data about students' discourse and problem solving skills and (2) providing feedback to inform the development of such skills.

Table J
Building Simultaneous Engagement

Michael Taylor
Simultaneous engagement allows students to be active learners. Critical thinking increases as all members are responsible for answering questions. Students become responsible for each other's learning.

Table K
Connecting Advisory and Advisory Connections

Deb Hobday
Explore how schools can use advisory programs to make strong connections with students and families and to enhance the educational experiences of all students.

Table L
Assessing Mathematical Understanding through Clinical Interviews

James Fetterly
An essential element for unearthing mathematical understanding is the clinical interview. This process could be the genesis of ascertaining a student's understanding of mathematical ideas.

Table M
Service Learning for Middle School Students

Richelle King
This presentation is designed to encourage all middle school professionals to begin a service learning group and to expand this service to the entire school from grade 6-8.

Table N
The Model of Empowered Student Behavior for Alternative Middle Schools

Michael Mann, Megan Smith
In this presentation, we will discuss the Model of Empowered Student Behavior, the only middle school-specific theory of how to structure empowering and effective alternative schools.

Table O
Last at Bat! Using Exit Tickets to Assess Student Learning

Chantea R. Wright
This session will expose participants to the purpose of Exit Tickets and ways to incorporate them into their lessons and identify areas of strength and areas of growth.

Table P
Creating Community: "Schools" Within a School

Charlotte Siemens
W.A. Fraser Middle School incorporates a "house" system throughout its school, which allows students to feel a sense of ownership and belonging.

Table Q
Rock to Wave: Teaching Thinking Different to Middle Schoolers

Fran-Victoria Stephens
Learn how to make integral connections necessary to inspire the impenetrable, yet crucial and highly impressionable middle school students to think about their world differently.

Table R
Graduated Difficulty: Empowering Self-directed Learning

Amy Palermo, Katie Boling, Ashlee Dewald
Graduated Difficulty, a differentiated-focused instructional strategy, empowers students to monitor, advocate, and reflect on their learning.

Table S
FLEX Time, Giving Students What They Need

Erica Rausch, Travis Axeen
Bring your schedules and let's find time to assure students are learning. We will give you ideas on how to build RTI time into your middle school schedule.

Table T
Successful Transitions to Career Academy and International Baccalaureate High Schools

Patrick Akos
Discuss research and best practices around the transition from middle to high school for the unique context of career academy models and the IB continuum.

Table U
Using Newly Released Databases and Georgia's CCRPI for School Improvement

Janet A. Jones, Angela Shoemake
Innovative database for entering and reporting of CCRPI regulated behaviors recorded as teacher/administrative interventions-correlating behaviors with state scores.