Session I | 10:15 - 11:15 am

Room Presenter(s) Title Focus Area Target Audience
2A Kathy Sullivan, Hill Learning Center Explicit Instruction for All Students Neurodiversity 3rd - 5th grade 
This session focuses on quality, research-based Tier 1 instructional practices that have proven effective in reaching all learners in the classroom, including those with learning and attention challenges. Included are explicit instructional techniques that enhance the impact of current lessons and increase student success
2B Heidi Tringali, Tringali Occupational Therapy Services 3 Basic Skills Every Child Needs for Classroom Success...And How to Teach Them. Learning Readiness PK-2nd Grade
For optimum classroom performance, children need to be able to hold a thought, be a first-time listener, and wait un-entertained. In this session, we will learn why more children are struggling with these skills, how to introduce and teach them in the classroom setting, and how to introduce and discuss these skills with parents.
2C Casey Beauchamp, The Raleigh School Cool-Down: The Art of Relaxing, Calming & Focusing Physical Education & Health Specialists/Electives
Participants will explore what it means to implement a meaningful and developmentally appropriate cool-down. From a contemplative perspective, a balanced cool-down includes three parts: relaxing the body, calming the emotional energy, and focusing the mind. A cool-down is a time to transition from active energetic play to a calm focused state of being. During this presentation, participants will practice and discuss three cool-down activities: Relaxation Tag, Balloon Breathing, and Mindful Listening.
3 Julie Vogel, Renaissance Learning Navigating the Science of Reading Literacy All

Reading is the most complex skill we teach to children (Whitman and Goldberg, 2008). But research shows the human brain is designed to read—and that certain instructional strategies and supports are far more effective than others in promoting success for readers.

  • Discover strategies to support foundational literacy growth equitably
  • Explore an empirically validated progression for early literacy acquisition
  • Examine the most challenging early literacy skills that can impact future learning
  • Discover best practices for guiding readers to grade-level proficiency
  • Learn strategies to guide ongoing growth as students progress through every grade level
4 Toni Pyle-DeFiglia, Noble Academy Differentiated Elementary Math Instruction Math Kindergarten - 5th grade
What can teachers do to engage all the students all of the time? All students are capable of learning if educators set them up for success. Students who struggle require explicit instruction to build foundational concepts. Teachers who use a multisensory approach to teaching math create successful learners because they are engaging all of the senses. Educators will explore kinesthetic, auditory, visual, and reading/writing to enhance a school's established math curriculum.
5 Teresa Wilson, Soil3 Digging into Gardening to Explore Curriculum Connections Cross-curricular Kindergarten - 5th grade
In this session, we will explore ways gardening can complement the classroom curriculum. From creative writing to observation skills, to measurements, and expanding food knowledge, gardening can extend your classroom. Join us to add some tools to your toolbox! This experiential workshop has something for everyone.
6 Alice Oakley, Education Resource Group Using Student Work to Uncover Student Thinking Formative Assessment Kindergarten - 3rd grade
Teachers who look at student work for evidence of student thinking MORE than correctness get information and insights that help them give feedback to students and adjust instruction. The quality of the assignment determines the evidence of thinking students are able to produce. Participants will interpret student work, suggest feedback for the student, and envision how the teacher could modify the assignment to get different evidence.
7A Katey Balikian & Molly French, Charlotte Christian School Capstone Project: Ig-Knighting Inquiry Cross-curricular, Instructional Technology, Library Skills (research) 4th - 5th grade, Administration, Specialists/Electives
At Charlotte Christian School, the 5th-grade students engage in a year-long passion project called "Ig-Knight." This personal inquiry is prompted by teachers but driven by the students. In this session, we will cover the basic overview of the project, including how to guide students in research and writing practices, and ways to prompt them to take ownership of their learning. We will share specific student examples, resources, and other learnings from the process.
7B Gayle Hinton, Homecourt Publishers PBLs, STEM Challenges, Escape Rooms & "DOK 3-4"  STEM/MakerSpace  2nd - 5th grade, Administration, Specialists/Electives Educators, Learning Resource Specialists
 This session will explore how Depth of Knowledge 3-4 strategies (transferring knowledge, making abstract connections, and using content in real-world scenarios) can support DOK 1-2 instruction (facts and key concepts). We will focus on strategies such as PBLs, Critical/Creative Thinking Exercises, STEM Challenges, and more. Books will be provided with ready-to-use exercises for the classroom.
1C Ashley Lumpkin, Noble Academy Changing Your Lens: DEI as a Classroom Resource Social Emotional Learning, DEI, & Student Wellness 3rd - 5th grade
When students are faced with identity-threat, they go into fight or flight mode which makes learning impossible. But with so many equity issues to consider, educators often rely on their own good intentions as the only lens through which to view incorporating identity-safe practices into their classrooms. In this session, participants will explore misconceptions about inclusive pedagogy, identify their own blindspots, and gain tools for authentically delivering content with diverse learners in mind.
1D Wes Brown, Erin Cole, Steven Mercado, Crystal Garris, Ravenscroft Balancing Accountability & Warmth Social Emotional Learning, DEI, & Student Wellness All
Educators are charged with creating a warm and nurturing learning environment for students while also holding students accountable for their behaviors and actions. Educators and leaders at Ravenscroft School recognize the importance of building and sustaining meaningful relationships with students in order to meet learning objectives and prepare students for the complex and interdependent world. By integrating specific mindsets, skillsets, and toolsets, Ravenscroft teachers are equipped to guide student behavior to meet the needs of the whole child using the Lead From Here framework.
9 Adrienne Thomas, Fayetteville Academy Building a GROWTH MINDSET TOOLBOX Social Emotional Learning, DEI, & Student Wellness All
Building a GROWTH MINDSET TOOLBOX for your classroom community is vital to positive engagement, social-emotional connection, peer relationships, and overall student growth. Participants will learn how to implement a growth mindset in their classroom and leave with hands-on, easy-to-implement, effective strategies and materials to start right away!
10 Erin Baldechhi and Sara Corckran, Happy YOUniversity Finding Balance with Happy YOU Faculty Wellness All
Join Happy YOUniversity for an interactive, science-based session. We will explore how your thoughts affect your day, your life, and your sense of balance. We will uncover ways to minimize the impact thoughts have on you, take part in an assessment designed to help you improve your life balance, and leave with tools to find that balance. An hour spent with Happy YOU is an hour spent on YOU.


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