Session II | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Room Presenter(s) Title Focus Area Target Audience
2A Keri Bartholomew, Center for the Collaborative Classroom Teaching Our Youngest Readers, K-2 English/Language Arts/Literature Kindergarten - 2nd grade, Administration, Specialists/Electives, Learning Resource Specialists
This professional learning experience focuses on research-based strategies for developing the foundational skills that young children need to become proficient and independent readers. Participants will explore instructional activities for intentional small-group work that supports explicit and systematic phonics and phonological awareness instruction, word study, and meaningful independent practice.
3 Heidi Tringali, Tringali Occupational Therapy Services Learning Readiness: Classroom Strategies to Ensure Your Students Are Ready to Learn Learning Readiness PK-3rd Grade
A child is ready to learn when they are cognitively organized, physically calm, and socially connected. In this session, we will learn how to recognize signs of learning readiness or lack thereof, how to differentiate learning readiness from other issues, ways to achieve it, and how to discuss learning readiness with parents.
2C Antonia Anderson, Fayetteville Academy and Pamela Ross, Freedom Christian Academy  Read Alouds, Reading Responses, and STEAM English/Language Arts/Literature 2nd - 5th grade
Participants will be shown resources to use for read-alouds and examples of reading responses that can be used in the 2-5 classroom. Planning and collaboration will take place after a read-aloud, where participants will plan a reading response and a coordinating STEAM activity based on a piece of literature. Participants will leave with a plan to engage students in their classrooms using a reading response and/or STEAM activity.
2B Julie Vogel, Renaissance Learning Focus: Why That Matters Now More Than Ever Literacy All

When working to accelerate learning, serious consideration must be given to the most essential ideas of the grade level and to the most critical prerequisite skills from previous grades. Focus Skills are the essential reading and math skills at each grade level, based on each state’s standards of learning. They are also important prerequisites for future learning—the skills that students must master to progress. While all Focus Skills are essential, some of them are demonstrably more difficult for students to learn than others. These are the Trip Steps. Knowing which reading and math skills are most difficult for students to learn at grade level is valuable information to have as you’re planning instruction. Trip Steps also support the important work of learning recovery, by helping educators to identify essential yet challenging skills from prior grades that students may have missed out on due to the disruptions.

4 Dr. Callie Edwards and Dr. Patricia Hilliard, North Carolina State University Cultural Competence: Diving into Theory and Practice Social Emotional Learning, DEI, & Student Wellness All
Developing an inclusive learning environment that engages each and every student begins with a firm understanding of cultural competence. In an effort to better serve students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, we designed this session to inform educators of the importance and application of cultural competence through critical self-reflection and solution-oriented discussion.
5 Jaime Hartley, GRACE Christian School PASTO method: Sparking Creativity in Literature Literature and Performing Arts Kindergarten - 5th grade, Specialists/Electives
During this interactive demonstration, educators will develop and apply the Theatre PASTO Method to Literature curriculum. After reviewing PASTO and its components, participants divide into groups where they experiment and recreate elements with specific ideas from a story. Participants leave with new methods to help elementary students identify the pillars of storytelling as well as help their students identify keywords and ideas that can be implemented in the assessment process.
6 Kate Hughey and Kari Wimbish, Charlotte Latin School How Parenting Kids with Challenges Has Made Us Better Teachers Parent-Teacher Communication All
Do you have students who come with lots of letters after their names (ADHD, SPD, SLD, CAPD, EFD? So do we, and we also parent these children! Trying to help our sons, teachers understand our sons has helped us grow as teachers in empathy, understanding, and flexibility. Come hear about and learn how our experiences as parents of children with challenges have helped us be better, more supportive partners to our students and their families.
7A Amy Porter, Noble Academy Balancing Structure and Autonomy in the Art Room Visual Arts Specialists/Electives
This session will introduce the structure of a student-led art room, where a balance between creative autonomy and teacher instruction is achieved. In this type of classroom, the philosophy is based on the concept that the child is the artist and that the classroom is their studio. Here, the students focus on the behaviors and studio habits of an artist as they employ the skills and techniques demonstrated by the teacher. You will have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on activity, where you will have the opportunity to be an artist!
1D Amy Tiemann, Spark Productions & Maryjane (MJ) Hayes  5 ways that Kidpower safety skills bring balance to your classroom General Elementary Classroom  All
 Kidpower skills prevent and solve safety problems such as bullying behavior. Additionally, educators have found that there are other ways that these skills help their classrooms run more smoothly and peacefully. This interactive session will unlock a toolbox of Kidpower skills that can improve relationships and create a positive social climate in your classroom. No prior knowledge is needed! Please join Kidpower NC Center Director Maryjane Hayes, and Kidpower International Senior Program Leader Dr. Amy Tiemann, to learn and practice together!
1C Lindsey Willich, Noble Academy Differentiation in the Lower School Classroom General Elementary Classroom 2nd - 5th grade
How does the mind of a kinesthetic learner grow if reading class is taught through worksheets? How does a visual learner engage if the science lesson is lecture-based? Throughout this workshop, educators will discover how to be inclusive of the diverse learners in each classroom. From differentiating assessments to designing a lesson that flows from one learning style to another is the focus area for this session.
9 Katherine Bonasera , Center for the Collaborative Classroom & Angela Gala, Youth Meditation Bringing Peace and Connection to the Instructional Day General Elementary Classroom All
During this session, teachers will learn practical strategies for building connection and community in the classroom through the daily morning circle routine combined with mindfulness meditation practices. Teachers will learn how these practices impact and influence the rest of the instructional day by providing adults & children the skills they need to engage deeply in learning experiences.
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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