Annual Conference for Middle Level Education

Philadelphia, PA • November 6–8, 2017

Brad Currie

Brad Currie has been in the field of middle level education for more than 17 years as a coach, teacher, and administrator. He currently serves as a Director of Planning, Research, and Evaluation for the Chester School District in Chester, New Jersey. Brad is the 2017 NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year and part of the ASCD Emerging Leaders Class of 2014. He is the co-founder and co-moderator of a weekly Twitter discussion for educators called #satchat. Brad has authored four books including 140 Twitter Tips for Educators and Hacking Google for Education. He presents nationally on educational technology and social media in the school setting. Connect with Brad by following him on Twitter @bradmcurrie or visiting his website at www.evolvingeducators.com.

Sessions

Evolve as an Educator (concurrent session)
In the fast paced world of educational technology, educators cannot be complacent. Student success depends on breaking the status quo. Classroom, school, and district leaders must embrace change and E.V.O.L.V.E. But what does that mean? Attendees will come away with a working knowledge of the E V O L V E construct.

ENGAGE in professional growth opportunities that enhance your impact as an educator and promotes the success of all students. VALIDATE your new knowledge and skills by demonstrating cutting edge tools and methods that empower learning, teaching, and leadership in the physical and virtual worlds. ORIENT yourself to best practices that are innovative and push the limits of learning, teaching, and leading. LAUNCH into new learning opportunities that promote professional risk-taking and educational autonomy. VALUE relationships, networking, and new opportunities to learn, teach, and lead. Embody the characteristics of an evolved educator as you learn, educate, lead, and advocate for others to evolve.

Participants will leave this session with:

  • ENGAGING in professional growth opportunities that enhance your impact as an educator and promotes the success of all students
  • VALIDATING your new knowledge and skills by demonstrating cutting edge tools and methods that empower learning, teaching, and leadership in the physical and virtual worlds
  • ORIENTING yourself to best practices that are innovative and push the limits of learning, teaching, and leading
  • LAUNCHING into new learning opportunities that promote professional risk-taking and educational autonomy
  • VALUING relationships, networking, and new opportunities to learn, teach, and lead
  • Embodying the characteristics of an evolved educator as you learn, educate, lead, and advocate for others to evolve

Hacking Google for Educators (speed learning session)
Hacking Google for Educators will provide participants with a number of Google "hacks" that will transform their classroom, school, or district. Many districts are thinking about or have now turned to G Suite for Education to enhance workflow and collaboration for students and teachers. This interactive session will expose participants to the many "tricks of the trade" as it relates to integrating Google tools like Docs, Classroom, Forms, Tour Builder and Slides.

Participants will leave this session with:

  • Enhancing assessment methods with Google Forms
  • The ability to turn a paper environment to a paperless environment with Google Classroom
  • Opportunities for real-time feedback and communication with Google Docs
  • Promoting global literacy and community with Tour Builder
  • Engaging audiences and bring attention to your thoughts with Google Slides

Twitter Tips for Educators (spark & tell session)
Twitter Tips for Educators will walk participants through the power of Twitter in the educational world. Twitter can be a great way for teachers, principals, and superintendents to expand their personal learning network. Growing as an educator and staying on top of best practices.

Participants will leave this session with:

  • Learning how to use Twitter to grow professionally within your own unique environment
  • Learning how Twitter can help tell your classroom, school, district, or organization's story
  • Learning how Twitter can move your learning environment from good to great
  • Learning how Twitter can move conversations forward through the use of hashtags