Bring STEAM to Your Middle Level Classroom!
Presenter: Debbie Silver and Cathi Cox
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Join Debbie Silver and Cathi Cox-Boniol as they help us make STEAM come to life in our classrooms with components, strategies, and much more!
After 30 years as a teacher, staff development instructor, and university professor, Debbie Silver doesn't just know her way around the classroom—she is familiar with the challenges educators face at every level from kindergarten to college. A former Louisiana State Teacher of the Year, Silver has given presentations around the world (including 49 states, Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia), helping audiences interact with students on a more meaningful level. Debbie is author of the best-selling books, Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers: Finding the Rhythm for Differentiated Learning
, and Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed
. Her newest release, Deliberate Optimism: Reclaiming the Joy in Education
, offers research-based strategies, practical examples, and thought-provoking scenarios to help recharge educators and schools. With a healthy dose of humor to make it fun, Deliberate Optimism demonstrates the actual difference a change in attitude can make. Debbie Silver's mission is to remind educators of how important they are in the lives of children, highlighting both learning theory and tools for communication. She makes important points while sharing poignant stories and lots of laughs. She firmly believes that teachers need to have fun and stay in touch with their passion to make their biggest impact in the classroom. When she's not working as an educational speaker and writer, Debbie enjoys spending time in Texas with her husband and five sons and their families who live in five different states.
Cathi Cox-Boniol is the ACHIEVE coordinator for Lincoln Parish Schools in Ruston, Louisiana
After a career secondary education science she became the site coordinator for Louisiana Tech University's Project LIFE and program coordinator the university's Center for Applied Teaching and Learning to Yield Scientific Thinking. She forges community-based partnerships as coordinator for Lincoln ACHIEVE, she initiated the region's premiere STEM program in partnership with Louisiana Tech, and she serves on the Advisory Board for the nationally recognized UTeachTech program. Cathi founded New Tech @ Ruston, an award-winning 21st Century learning environment based on innovation, project-based learning, and integrated technology. The co-author of three teaching engineering guides, Cathi currently serves as the Louisiana Director for ITEEA's Engineering by Design
Consortium. A pioneer in the area of online learning, she has facilitated classes at the local, state, and national level for more than two decades.