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Wednesday, July 10
 

1:45pm MDT

3 Skills to Manage Difficult Conversations with Parents

As an educator, your rewarding job comes along with a host of challenges you can't control including overcrowded classrooms, limited funding, mounting regulations, etc. However, research shows that one of the most demanding and pervasive challenges educators face in their work to teach, lead, and protect children is interacting with upset and frustrated parents. Often, these emotional parents present with very narrow perspectives, little information, and extreme biases. Reaching an understanding and solution can feel daunting to a teacher, administrator, or other educator unfairly positioned between a protective parent and his or her child.


Join J. Lynn Jones, a senior trainer with VitalSmarts, whose 40-year education background includes 29 years of school and district level administrative experience. J. Lynn will share three skills educators can use when they find themselves in crucial conversations with students. You'll learn:
  • How to reach dialogue with parents—even when the stakes are high, opinions differ, and emotions run strong.
  • How to calmly and respectfully address concerns, disagreements, and even mistakes.
  • How to move the conversation away from confrontation and towards solutions.

Speakers
avatar for J. Lynn Jones

J. Lynn Jones

Senior Trainer, VitalSmarts
J. Lynn Jones is a veteran of education. During his 40-year career he has been a teacher, principal, and district office administrator. He is also a well-known speaker, consultant, and trainer. He has shared his skills and insights with thousands of educators across the country... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Multi Purpose B Room 124, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

1:45pm MDT

Using Positive Behavior Supports to Exponentially Extend Students’ Motivations

Positive behavior supports are typically presented as a collection of methods to simply manage, or sustain student behaviors at basic levels, and in support of civil cultures in classroom settings. However, with the inclining demands of today’s world, human performance must incline at the same rate to match them. If human performance must be higher, then societies’ methods, including school-based practices, must help learners to wring more from their academic performance. The common approach of managing and sustaining behavior is appropriate, but falls far short of using positive behavior support principles and techniques to draw from students their full interests and capabilities. In this session, participants will explore behavioral principles and techniques to help students’ unleash the 30% of interest, effort and ingenuity they hold back, or never spend on their own learning.

Speakers
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Dr. David Forbush

Project Director, Utah Professional Development Network
David Forbush has worked in the field of disabilities for over 20 years in a variety of capacities, including: Life Skills Educator, Assessment Specialist, School Psychologist, Director of Title-1 programs, Director of Special Education, Grant Project Director, Senior Research Scientist... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Theater, Geary Events Center 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501, USA

1:45pm MDT

Using (In)formative Assessment to Promote Student Learning

This session will focus on the formative assessment process, including feedback loops and questioning strategies and how they can be used with  (in)formative assessment tools to increase student learning, participation, and motivation. 

Speakers
avatar for Kim Rathke - Utah State Board of Education

Kim Rathke - Utah State Board of Education

Formative Assessment & Test Administration Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Kim Rathke is the Formative Assessment and Test Administration Specialist at USBE. She has a master’s degree in gifted education and is Nationally-Board Certified in ELA/Early Adolescence. She is the program manager for Utah Compose, UTIPS, and RISE. In addition to her work in assessment... Read More →



Wednesday July 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Multi Purpose C Room 123, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

1:45pm MDT

Just Google It!


Everything you need to know you can find on Google right? It’s the go to for students for many reasons. How can we help them to understand that not everything you read on the internet is true? Or is yours for the taking? Join us for a discussion on Google vs Databases, Fake News, Authentic Sources and how these skills can help students to build transliteracy skills. See the presentation here.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Haught

Chris Haught

Media Mentor, SEDC
Chris Haught is the Technology/Media Mentor at Southwest Educational Service Center (SEDC), a regional Service Center that serves six district and seven charter ELA’s.Chris works closely with the region’s librarians providing support and training on Utah’s Online Library, the... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Room 245, Reeves Building, USU Eastern

1:45pm MDT

Empowering 21st Century Learning: The Teaching, Tools, and Transformations

Let's allow sparks to fly with self-directed, empowering learning, and change our kids' uninspired one-word answer to the question, "What did you learn at school today?" Let's unleash authentic learning experiences that include the essential 21st-Century skills critical to our children's future success. Let's lift them up and be more aware and attentive to the wellbeing of our students. Teachers indeed have superpowers, but how will you use yours? Will you grant access to technology that unlocks infinite resources or banish it in favor of "control"? Will you champion student autonomy or belittle it in favor of your own voice? Join us to find answers to these questions and more, and come away a little more empowered yourself as you experience this approach to education, and take away practical ideas to implement in your classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Cory Henwood

Cory Henwood

Innovation Coordinator, Iron County School District
Cory is the Innovation Coordinator for the Iron County School District and the Founder of Launch High School. His mission is to transform learning to become more empowering, personal, and relevant to students' future success. Connect with him on Twitter @coryhenwood 


Wednesday July 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Room 224, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

1:45pm MDT

Cyber Security / Digital Citizenship

This presentation is about Cyber Security awareness and how to secure yourself in this digital world. The presentation is a board overview but directed at K12 and everyday use of the internet.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Harpster

Scott Harpster

System Engineer, Southwest Educational Development Center
System Engineer at SEDC and have been with SEDC for 10 years. Recently obtained my Masters in Cyber Security.


Wednesday July 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Room 126, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 443 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

1:45pm MDT

Using Engagement and Enjoyment to Increase Equity in College Prep

Relevance should be an essential and achievable goal for the schools, educators and content providers who are involved in educating 21st century learners. All content―test prep included―must be culturally relevant, accessible through preferred digital platforms, fun and engaging, and reinforce the core competencies needed for success in college and career.

In this session, educators will learn about Shmoop’s digital content platform and library of materials that truly “speak student” and will gain proven strategies to deploy digital content to achieve positive outcomes including increased engagement, motivation, equity, creativity, and enjoyment of education―plus outstanding results in school and on the ACT! 

Utah’s students use Shmoop to prepare for the ACT and have achieved some of the nation’s highest scores on the test for the past several years. Did you know Shmoop also has a full library of digital content in all subjects, including literature, science, math and social studies, as well as business, life skills, career prep, preparation for every AP test, and much more. All content is presented with a consistent goal in mind: to be relevant and engaging to today’s learners.

At the end of this session, participants will reflect on the following question: How can I use digital content, along with my instructional practices, to strengthen motivation and engagement for my students? You will consider techniques for presenting content in a way that students truly want to engage with, so they are driven to learn and achieve. 





Speakers
avatar for Shmoop-We Speak Student

Shmoop-We Speak Student

Booth 51, Shmoop University, Inc.
Stephanie Weiss is a proud 3-time UCET presenter and serves as the Customer Success Manager for Utah. As a former teacher, Stephanie uses her background to showcase how Shmoop can apply most effectively, and realistically into the classroom environment. She is happy to set up a more... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Room 239, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

1:45pm MDT

Disciplinary Literacy

Are you a secondary content-area teacher? Do you struggle with ways to teach student how to read, write, and think like an expert in your field? It is imperative that students learn how to apprentice like the professionals in your field in order to successfully grasp the needed concepts. This session will introduce concepts around disciplinary literacy and focus on instructional strategies and skills for different disciplinary subjects such as English, math, science, and social studies, among others.

Speakers
avatar for Garret Rose

Garret Rose

Secondary ELA specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Garret Rose is the secondary English/Language Arts Specialist for the Utah State Board of Education. He taught for five years in the Uintah School District as a Reading, English, and AP literature teacher before a brief tenure as an administrator. Currently, he is working on his PhD... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Room 127, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

1:45pm MDT

Magnificent Math for Elementary

Double Double Division, Casting out Nines, Staying Alive, and Donut Multiplication, are of the fun and different techniques that I use in math instruction. These strategies and others will be shared to help you in your daily math lessons.

Speakers
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Paul Childs

5th grade teacher, Gunnison Elementary
Casting Out 9s, Double Double Division, and Staying Alive are some of the fun and different techniques that will be presented.


Wednesday July 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Room 225, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

Utah Model Principal Mentoring Framework

The Utah State Board of Education accepted sixteen recommendations from a School Leadership Task Force regarding principal preparation, coaching, mentoring, professional development, and licensing. USBE staff have been working to operationalize those recommendations in the past 6 months. In this session we will present a draft of the Utah Model Principal Mentoring Framework currently being reviewed and considered by the Board.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Young

Lisa Young

Effective Teaching Specialist, USBE
BioLisa Young is the Educational Leadership Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education. She has worked as a teacher, instructional coach, and principal. Her primary responsibility at USBE is to help develop and implement a cohesive system of supports and professional learning... Read More →
avatar for David Smith

David Smith

Educational Leadership Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
David A Smith is currently serving at the Educational Leadership Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education. In his 42 year education career he has been an elementary teacher, a junior high teacher, an elementary school principal, and has served in four capacities at the USBE... Read More →



Wednesday July 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 122, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

Challenging the Myths of ADHD to Support Students

Challenging the Myths of ADHD to Support Students

Speakers
avatar for Shawn Green

Shawn Green

Special Education Teacher/person with ADHD, Carbon High School, Carbon District
I am a mom first, 10 children, 23 grandchildren and one great grandchild. I am a person who has struggled with ADHD my entire life and have watched some of my children also deal with the disorder. I teach special education and have searched and researched for ways to help students... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 224, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

Elementary Literacy

This presentation will cover DYAD reading along with DIBELS and how to improve your overall literacy scores at an elementary level. Things that will be covered are how to start and implement DYAD reading into your classroom as well as using DIBELS scores to implement interventions within your own class.

Speakers
avatar for Tia Lund

Tia Lund

Teacher, Pahvant Elementary
Tia Lund is an elementary teacher who has taught kindergarten, first and third grades. She will now be teaching fifth grade for the upcoming school year.


Wednesday July 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 127, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

Teacher Clarity

With an 0.75 effect size, Teacher Clarity has one of the most powerful impacts on student learning. But that is only part of the reason it is vital to your classroom. The reason Teacher Clarity is so essential is that it is the catalyst for success with many other powerful strategies that top Hattie’s list.

Teacher Clarity is a foundation piece for Teacher Estimates of Student Achievement (1.62), Collective Teacher Efficacy (1.57), Self Reported Grades (1.33), Response to Intervention (1.29), Self Efficacy (0.92), Teacher Credibility (0.90), Micro-Teaching (0.88), Evaluation & Reflection (0.75), Elaboration and Organization (0.75), Feedback (0.70), and many more.

This session will break down Teacher Clarity into is fundamental principles and allow each participant to incorporate those principles into their classroom this fall.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Young

Jason Young

District Curriculum & Assessment Director, Duchesne County School District
Jason Young and the district administration of Duchesne County School District have led their schools in a series of professional development opportunities around the topic of Teacher Clarity. Their successful implementation will be shared with all participants. Jason Young has... Read More →



Wednesday July 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Multi Purpose B Room 124, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

Adobe Spark + Utah's Online Library = Great Student Projects

Come learn how to use the great Adobe Spark tools along with Utah's Online Library to get your students creating exciting student projects. The Adobe Spark suite makes it simple and easy to create narrated slideshows, beautiful webpages, and web graphics and memes. Utah's Online Library has several research databases and other educational resources that will provide your students with the information they need for their projects.  Slides and resources for this session available here: https://sites.google.com/pd.uen.org/adobespark/home


Speakers
avatar for Rob Bentley

Rob Bentley

Adobe Product Manager, UEN
For the past 14 years Rob Bentley has been a technology integration instructor and course designer for the Utah Education Network. Rob has a Bachelors degree in Spanish education with an English minor, and a Masters degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology. Rob is... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 186, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

Considering Careers? Consider UtahFutures.org

UtahFutures is Utah's one-stop-shop for college and career planning. The resources saw major improvements and additions over the past couple years. This session will update educators about important changes to this website. Attendees should bring a tablet or laptop if possible.

Speakers
avatar for Max Gonzales

Max Gonzales

Project Manager, UEN
College Advising, CTE training,


Wednesday July 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 239, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

Painless Password Management

In this session I will start you down the road to login and password nirvana by introducing you to a few tools that will help you create, track and remember your passwords for you! These tools will create complex passwords and save them so that you will only need to remember ONE more password for the rest of your life. Bring your logins and passwords that have been jotted down on the note pads in your desk and sticky notes from under your keyboard so that we can get them secure!

Speakers
avatar for McKay Thompson

McKay Thompson

System Specialist, Southwest Educational Development Center
McKay Thompson, the System’s Specialist, provides professional technical help and support to district and charter school technology directors and other support staff. McKay provides expert support for Windows, Mac, Linux, firewalls,


Wednesday July 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 126, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 443 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

Integrating Music in Elementary Classrooms

This workshop will provide K-6 teachers with ideas on how they can integrate music into their core curriculum. 

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Green

Heidi Green

Teacher - Lindon Elementary School, Alpine School District
Heidi is a jack-of-all-trades with a background in several different art forms. She is currently a BTSALP Visual Art Specialist in Alpine School District, but she's also an experienced elementary classroom teacher. In addition, she works as a Professional Development Partner for Music... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 120, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 443 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501, USA

3:00pm MDT

Word Study and the Importance of Teaching the Code

There's no more important work to be engaged in than the work of building literate learners!  We will be discussing encoding through Word Study and evidence-based Spelling instruction as key elements to teaching ALL students to be literate -- reading and writing proficiently.  Make sense of spelling instruction as it supports reading instruction!

Speakers
avatar for Piper Riddle

Piper Riddle

Building Administrator, Wasatch County School District
A learner first, leader second -- that's how Piper Riddle would describe her approach to leadership. Piper is in her 8th year as an elementary school principal and her 22nd year in education. She has also served as a classroom teacher, an instructional coach, a curriculum specialist... Read More →



Wednesday July 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 124, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

Why Should I Use Writing in Math?

Math literacy requires writing. Have you used Utah Compose with your students in your math lessons? Come learn how using this formative tool will increase math understanding and improve student learning

Speakers
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Whitney Barlow

Math Assessment Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Whitney taught math in Jordan School District for several years. She is passionate about why teachers need to have students include writing in math.



Wednesday July 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Multi Purpose C Room 123, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501
 
Thursday, July 11
 

10:45am MDT

Classroom Management

Being a teacher trying to deliver core instruction can be difficult when we have students who act out behaviorally in class. We will discuss evidence-based behavior practices as outlined in the LRBI (Least Restrictive Behavior Interventions) from the Utah State Board of Education (USBE). These practices are simple and inexpensive to implement and have positive outcomes for students and teachers. Classrooms are transformed into positive environments, suspensions and truancies are reduced and school culture improves.

Access the session slide deck here

Speakers
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Christine Manning

Education and Behavior Specialist, Christine Manning, USBE
Christine completed her bachelor’s degree from Weber State, a master’s degree in Special Education and her BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst). She has a passion for helping teachers, parents, and caregivers deal effectively with the challenging behaviors of the people they... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
Room 224, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:45am MDT

Blended Rotation Strategies that Work

This session will focus on strategies using the blended learning rotation model in your classroom. Whether you are already using the rotation model, or are ready to get started, there will be tips and tricks for you. We will cover the different types of rotations: individual, flip, lab, and station and how to make them work in your class.

Speakers
avatar for Jared Fawson

Jared Fawson

Sr. Technical Trainer / Product Manager, UEN
Jared teaches, guides, consults, and helps educators of any level effectively use technology in the classroom. Creating meaningful and engaging professional learning experiences that can be applied directly into the classroom are Jared's focus as he develops courses and presentations... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
Room 127, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:45am MDT

Getting Started with Game-Based Learning and Gamification

Get on the fast track to using game-based learning and gamification in your classroom. You'll come away with educational games and practical resources you can use in your classroom right away. We'll look at Deck Toys, OOdlu, Factile, Blended Play, ClassCraft, and more!

Speakers
avatar for Rob Bentley

Rob Bentley

Adobe Product Manager, UEN
For the past 14 years Rob Bentley has been a technology integration instructor and course designer for the Utah Education Network. Rob has a Bachelors degree in Spanish education with an English minor, and a Masters degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology. Rob is... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
Multi Purpose C Room 123, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:45am MDT

Intelligence (AI): Where are we now?

Open discussion format, showcasing 5-6 examples of the recent/rapid progress in AI, with ideas/thoughts about how they might effect your classroom/school.

Here is the basic (Slide Deck) that we will be using to spark the discussion topics, and is taken mostly from Brett King's book Agumented, and UEN's CTO Leadership retreat 2018.

Please, come join the conversation.  We would love to hear your opinions on the future of Education.

Speakers
avatar for Cody Spedlove

Cody Spedlove

Ed Tech Director, Alpine School District
I think people should be sharing the BEST Pedagogical Practice you have seen during COVID 2020-21 school year.  Things you think Teachers/Schools SHOULD KEEP Doing it AFTER the pandemic.


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
Multi Purpose A, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:45am MDT

Don't Panic: Mythbusting Student Data Privacy Requirements in Your Classroom

Utah law requires districts and schools to follow reasonable steps to protect the privacy and security of student education records. Due to overreacting or simple misinformation, some of the policies that have been adopted by schools have placed an unnecessary amount of burden on teachers, even though the law does not specifically require those policies. In this session, we will go over exactly what the law says schools can and cannot do (spoiler alert: be reasonable, not overbearing) so that we can find the balance between keeping students safe online and providing them with an innovative, high-quality education.

Speakers
avatar for David Sallay

David Sallay

Student Data Privacy Auditor, USBE
David is a Certified Information Privacy Professional-US Sector (CIPP/US), Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM), and Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT). He has worked for three years as the Student Data Privacy Auditor at the Utah State Board of Education and... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
Room 186, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:45am MDT

Master MasteryConnect

Come and learn the basics about MasteryConnect.   We will log in,  make a sample map,  turn this map into a tracker.  We will add fake students so that we can make a few tests and take them.   Together we will look at the data and see how it can guide our teaching.    Please bring a laptop or an iPad.  I will be bring both.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Hunter

Christine Hunter

Teacher - Enoch Elementary, Iron County School District
I teach 5th-grade at a rural school in Enoch, Utah. I enjoy using technology in the classroom. I will have a poster on Wednesday from 10 to 12. My topic is Data and how to use MasteryConnect. However, you can also ask me about Canvas, Utips, HyperDocs, and using videos within... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
Room 223, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:45am MDT

Build and Sustain Snow College Concurrent Enrollment for Rural Schools

You will learn how to implement Snow College's IVC Program to provide your students with Concurrent Enrollment opportunities for any size high school. You will learn how to sustain your current IVC program. This presentation will also include an overview of Snow College IVC Program benefits including a brief history of concurrent enrollment at Rural Schools.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Daniels

Mike Daniels

Snow College Academic Advisor, Snow College
Snow College is the main provider of Concurrent Enrollment over IVC to Rural Schools across the state of Utah.
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Petra Brittner

Snow College
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Christi Orme

Snow College


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
Room 239, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:45am MDT

Potential Energy: 3D Learning with Kindergartners

Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum will be showcasing their outreach program, Potential Energy, which uses three-dimensional teaching methods to introduce physics concepts to kindergarten students. The Potential Energy program (PEP) is a free, 45-minute per class program offered to schools across the state. It covers Utah Core Science Standard 3 Objective 1 for the kindergarten curriculum but was designed to be easily transferred to the new SEEd standards. Students participate in hands-on experimentation as well as see demonstrations that show concepts such as gravity, forces, and laws of motion. With guidance from an outreach educator, students discover and describe these physics basics without being overwhelmed by complex vocabulary or abstract ideas. Presenters will walk through the program while explaining how the youngest learners come to understand topics that have traditionally been viewed as too complex for the kindergarten classroom and how common misconceptions can be addressed in the earliest grade levels.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Cotter

Laura Cotter

Senior Manager of Outreach Education, Discovery Gateway Children's Museum
Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum (DGCM) provides opportunities for children and families to learn while at play, in a hands-on exhibit environment of over 60,000 square feet that serves as a platform for education and creativity. Early-childhood, science, and arts educators provide... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
Room 125, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:45am MDT

Surrendering Control . . . An Experiment in Creating Passionate Readers

Everyone loves a drill sergeant, especially middle school students . . . said no teacher ever. Students typically come to middle school as competent readers only to leave thinking that reading is a form of cruel and unusual punishment. Does giving students a choice in what they read make a difference in their performance? How can middle schools foster a passion for reading? How can teachers create life-long readers while mastering essential skills? This data-driven presentation shares one middle school's approach to "killing the classroom novel" to engage students at their current reading level and to help readers take accountability for their growth. The attendees will leave with an understanding of how to balance the idea of student choice and mastery of essential skills to create life long readers.

Reading Videos: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1bFVrYGctct8B9Vj8HVp6pJ409I55CDa6
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1vtPdGwLPfXRalvEjrSW07oaE1anErI1G

Link to GoogleSlides presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ZecN5j8kRE6dP9yZ6ctL_2cnloeUgjd6MqQPt-Hlmsw/edit?usp=sharing

Link to Padlet: https://padlet.com/gagonj/aixtuck381qo

Speakers
avatar for Renee Banasky

Renee Banasky

ELA Teacher, Mont Harmon Middle School
Renee has taught four years, all at Mont Harmon Middle School, but has been a passionate reader for 40 years. She was shocked to enter the teaching field to find that there were students in middle school who could not read. It is her purpose to not only teach students to read, but... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Gagon

Jenny Gagon

Principal, Cleveland Elementary
Jenny Gagon has 19 years of teaching, mentoring, and leadership experience in both elementary and middle schools. Jenny worked at Mont Harmon Middle School from 2014-2019, where she taught 6th-grade language arts, was the lead teacher in the ELA department and served as an instructional... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
Room 187, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

1:45pm MDT

VENDOR- Waterford

Waterford is releasing the Waterford Reading Academy designed for kids grades K-6. Will take kids from learning to read all the way to reading to learn. Integrates books, software, assessment, and reporting all on one platform with a parent engagement app.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson

Waterford


Thursday July 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Theater, Geary Events Center 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501, USA

1:45pm MDT

Rolling code with Sphero robots.

This workshop will focus on introducing teachers to coding with the Sphero robot. The Sphero is a robotic ball gaming device that is controlled with the Sphero EDU app on a smartphone or tablet. We will examine of three modes of coding including the draw mode, block coding, and javascript coding, plus STEM lessons and activities for K-12 students.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Wilson

Nathan Wilson

Technology Integration Specialist, Southeast Education Service Center
I am a Technology Integration Specialist for the Southeast Education Service Center serving Carbon, Emery, Grand, and San Juan school districts. I received a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design and a Masters degree in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences from Utah State... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Room 186, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

1:45pm MDT

What is your strategy for keeping yourself relevant in Education?

Come join us for a conversation about current trends, augmented living, everyday automation technology partnerships in education. (Also, enter to win one of our great door prizes!)
1. What is better done by Humans? By machines? (Human-Machine Strategy)
2. What can’t we function without? Mobile/wearable technology… (Augmentation Strategy)
3. How can/does technology give you an edge? What can/does technology do for you? (Automation Strategy)

Speakers
avatar for Cody Spedlove

Cody Spedlove

Ed Tech Director, Alpine School District
I think people should be sharing the BEST Pedagogical Practice you have seen during COVID 2020-21 school year.  Things you think Teachers/Schools SHOULD KEEP Doing it AFTER the pandemic.
avatar for David Long

David Long

Director, Logan City School District
avatar for Jim Stewart

Jim Stewart

CTO, UETN
James L. Stewart has 40 years of experience working in the technology profession. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the state-wide Utah Education and TeleHealth Network (UETN) organization and has been working directly the past 21 years supporting technology for... Read More →
avatar for Cory Stokes

Cory Stokes

Project Manager, UETN
Cory Stokes has worked in educational technology for the last 28 years. He has worked as a technology coordinator in a district, a technology director at a regional service center and is now managing statewide digital teaching and learning initiatives and projects in Utah. He works... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Multi Purpose A, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

1:45pm MDT

Flip your Faculty Meeting

This session will focus on the benefits of flipped faculty meetings and how administrators can flip their faculty meetings. We will discuss software and tools you can use to start flipping your faculty meetings

Speakers
avatar for Jared Fawson

Jared Fawson

Sr. Technical Trainer / Product Manager, UEN
Jared teaches, guides, consults, and helps educators of any level effectively use technology in the classroom. Creating meaningful and engaging professional learning experiences that can be applied directly into the classroom are Jared's focus as he develops courses and presentations... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Room 122, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

1:45pm MDT

Hyperdocs

A HyperDoc is a digital document using as a Google Doc/Google slides. Where the components of the learning cycle have been pulled together into one central location. Within a single document, students are provided with hyperlinks to all of the resources they need to complete that learning cycle at their pace of learning. More student direct learning less teacher lecture learning.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Hunter

Christine Hunter

Teacher - Enoch Elementary, Iron County School District
I teach 5th-grade at a rural school in Enoch, Utah. I enjoy using technology in the classroom. I will have a poster on Wednesday from 10 to 12. My topic is Data and how to use MasteryConnect. However, you can also ask me about Canvas, Utips, HyperDocs, and using videos within... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Room 223, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

1:45pm MDT

Telling Their Story: Using Instructional Tech to Teach Writing Across Disciplines

Writing is an essential life skill that crosses every disciplinary area. Come learn how a CTE teacher discovered that using Utah Compose helped his students find relevance between their life experience and what they learn in school.

Speakers
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Tom Rathke

Teacher - Stansbury High School, Tooele School District
Tom Rathke has been teaching business, financial literacy, computer, and broadcasting classes for seventeen years. He currently teaches business concurrent enrollment classes for SLCC. He previously taught instructional technology for USU.



Thursday July 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Room 126, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 443 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

1:45pm MDT

Engineering Principles – CTE Course Inspiring Future Engineers

Introducing a course that opens students’ eyes to well-paying careers in the field of engineering that can lead them back to their communities for meaningful work. The Engineering Principles course is project and experience based designed to introduce students to the various fields of engineering. It was created by the University of Utah College of Engineering, in partnership with Granite School District.

The curriculum is free for Utah educators and only requires low-cost, easily accessible equipment and materials.  Students gain an understanding of what engineers do and how their courses in high school are important preparation for entering the field of engineering.

In this presentation, you will hear from one of the creators of the course, as well as a teacher who is successfully implementing the course in a rural school environment.  Come see how an understanding of the field of engineering can benefit your students.




Speakers
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Kristen Bushnell

Instructor, Whitehorse High School
As far out as you can get while still being in the state of Utah, Whitehorse High School sits at the edge of the Four Corners and serves students within the Navajo Nation.  There, Kristen teaches a wide range of disciplines specializing in engineering, architecture and interior design... Read More →
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Stacy Firth

High School Engineering Program Coordinator, University of Utah College of Engineering
In cooperation with the University of Utah, Dr. Stacy Firth and Milton Watts developed curriculum for two new courses: Engineering Principles and Engineering Capstone. Please feel free to email me: stacy.firth@utah.edu


Thursday July 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Room 120, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 443 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501, USA

1:45pm MDT

Motivating Reluctant Readers

What do you do with the kids who simply won't read? Why are they so reluctant? What steps can I take to facilitate a stronger desire to read? If you have ever asked any of these questions, this workshop will help! During this session, insights will be shared about what are some causes of reluctant readers and what you can do to help them become committed ones. These insights will include steps you can take tomorrow, as well as planning in the future to prevent stumbling blocks that create reluctant readers.

Speakers
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Garret Rose

Secondary ELA specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Garret Rose is the secondary English/Language Arts Specialist for the Utah State Board of Education. He taught for five years in the Uintah School District as a Reading, English, and AP literature teacher before a brief tenure as an administrator. Currently, he is working on his PhD... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Room 187, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

Why We Need Youth Leaders NOW

I am on a mission to empower our students with important leadership skills. Why? Our children do not feel safe. We live in a world of untethered social media, where bullying runs wild, unrealistic images create unhealthy comparisons, and school shootings have come to be expected, no matter how big or small the school. With suicide rates on the rise and anxiety disorders and depression being diagnosed in unprecedented numbers, our kids are in crisis. I'm arming them with the tools to help them cope with these issues. I call them the Three C's of Leadership: Commitment, Courage, and Compassion. I'm teaching them to stand up, reach out, and lead - to be the one who can make a difference in somebody else's life.

Speakers
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Cindy Stagg

Founder, Stagg Youth Leadership
I'm a mom, wife, educator, author, and speaker. In my twenty plus years as an educator, I've seen changes... My oldest daughter was born just three weeks after the Columbine shooting in 1999. Since that time, I have watched as my own children and students have grown up in a public... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 122, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

Diversity vs. Disability

How can you tell if your EL student has a disability or is simply adjusting to a new culture and language? This session will explore the areas of language proficiency, achievement, behavior and adaptation to determine whether or not a student is progressing appropriately. Attendees will leave with information about "red flags" that might indicate the need for further information as well as a list of best practices for supporting EL students in the general education classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Jorgenson

Emily Jorgenson

TEACHER, Wasatch County School District
Emily Jorgenson has been teaching struggling readers for over 20 years. She has Bachelor of Science in Mild/Moderate Special Education and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction. She is certified in the Wilson Language Program and an Acadience mentor. She has been trained... Read More →
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Kristin Hellmann

TEACHER, Wasatch County School District
I have taught various special education classes in various districts for a total of 22 years, spending the last 12 here at Wasatch as a resource teacher.
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Megan Hales

TEACHER, Wasatch County School District
Megan Hales has been an educator for 21 years. She was a classroom teacher for 15 years and has been an instructional coach for 6 years. Megan has a degree in elementary education from Utah State University and a master's degree in from Southern Utah University. She has a math endorsement... Read More →



Thursday July 11, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 127, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

DreamBox Learning

DreamBox Learning is the only K–8 digital math program powered by students, built by and for educators, and independently proven to positively impact student achievement. By tracking each student interaction and evaluating the strategies used to solve problems, DreamBox continuously and automatically adapts to each student in real time, allowing all learners, whether at grade level, struggling, or advanced, to progress at a pace that best benefits them through the lessons they are ready for. By dynamically adapting and differentiating to support all students at their right level, DreamBox is a powerful partner in every classroom, school, and district.

Sponsors
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Allison Mateus

Booth 43, DreamBox Learning
DreamBox supports K-8 math success through adaptive, personalized lessons in a game-like environment while helping inform instruction by providing teachers with valuable up-to-date data on student needs and progress.


Thursday July 11, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Multi Purpose B Room 124, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

Tips for Selling On TPT: Making Money on the Side

Have you ever wondered how to sell your own creations on Teachers Pay Teachers, other educational websites, or even in your own virtual store? This workshop will help you get started creating and selling your own resources right away.

If you are looking for a way to gain additional income as a teacher while making a difference for a larger, worldwide audience of teachers and students, then learning how to make products, market, and sell in the virtual world, might be just the workshop for you. Come learn how to be a teacherprener!

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Crane

Kathy Crane

Reading Specialist, Pinnacle Canyon Academy
Kathy has been teaching young children for nearly three decades. She currently she works as  a Reading Specialist and owns the digital business Kindergarten Kiosk.Kathy holds a B.A. in Early Childhood Education, and a M.Ed. in Reading Instruction. Kathy is the co-author of eleven... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 120, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 443 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501, USA

3:00pm MDT

Understand Your Retirement Benefits

Do you understand your URS retirement benefits? This presentation will discuss steps in how you can elevate your understanding and enhance your financial security in retirement.

Speakers
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Utah Retirement Systems

Association & Stakeholder Liaison, Utah Retirement Systems
Kory is a native of Utah, where he enjoys spending time with his family and serving his community. He graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and earned two Master’s degrees - one in Central and Eastern European Studies from LaSalle... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Multi Purpose C Room 123, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

WTF-What's the Function?

Behavior is communication, it happens for a reason and it has a function (WHY the behavior is happening and WHAT is the child receiving from it). We will use real-life scenarios and collaborate as a group to learn how to identify the function of problem behaviors. We will discuss how to match appropriate evidence-based interventions to the function to increase desired behaviors.

Access the session slide deck here

Speakers
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Christine Manning

Education and Behavior Specialist, Christine Manning, USBE
Christine completed her bachelor’s degree from Weber State, a master’s degree in Special Education and her BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst). She has a passion for helping teachers, parents, and caregivers deal effectively with the challenging behaviors of the people they... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 225, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

Learn engaging STEAM activities using the Ozobot Evo.

Ozobot is a little toy robot that blends the physical and digital worlds while teaching kids programming. This workshop will demonstrate how students train Ozobot robots to move by drawing pre-programed color codes or sending block-codes via Chromebook or iPad. Participants will also explore Ozobot STEAM lessons and activities aligned for K-8 students.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Wilson

Nathan Wilson

Technology Integration Specialist, Southeast Education Service Center
I am a Technology Integration Specialist for the Southeast Education Service Center serving Carbon, Emery, Grand, and San Juan school districts. I received a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design and a Masters degree in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences from Utah State... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 186, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

Protecting Students in the Digital Age

Today's classroom is gathering more data about our students and ourselves than ever before through the use of online apps and websites. This session will focus on how teachers and administrators can protect students from digital harm by showing them how to safeguard their privacy. We will discuss how technology has changed the landscape of student data and how that may affect their privacy and security. We will also focus on Federal laws and what teachers need to know to stay out of the headlines.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Cox

Greg Cox

Education Specialist, UBSE
We have been presenting on this topic for the last 2 years around the state as well as nationally. We have presented at ISTE, UCET, and other regional and national conferences. We have been presenting at conferences for the last 10 years on other educational technology topics as... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 239, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

Giving Your Students the Best of Both Worlds

Join us to learn about Utah Virtual Academy's role as primary online course provider for the Utah Statewide Online Education Program. Students grades 7-12 attending a local district school, approved charter school, private school, and homeschool can now take up to 8 tuition-free online credits from the K12 curriculum as part of their regular class schedule. Course options include Core, Electives, Honors, and AP courses. Our new Destinations Career Academy CTE Program includes pathways in Health Sciences and Information Technology. UTVA Open Enrollment for the 2019-20 School Year is available beginning on February 1, 2019.

Speakers
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Utah Virtual Academy

K12 / Utah Virtual Academy Local Development Manager, Utah Virtual Academy
Paul Glanton is currently the K12 Local Development Manager for Utah and New Mexico. His background includes over twenty five years of experience in student educational services, selective college admissions, and program management with Brown University, Philadelphia Job Corps, Management... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 224, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

What Do You Do When They Already Know It?

This high-energy presentation provides teachers and school leaders with a variety of simple-yet-innovative teaching strategies that will enhance the learning within any classroom. Topics to be addressed include differentiated methods for increasing content-specific vocabulary, how to build rapport with students and parents through writing, and engaging ways for students to summarize their learning. Each strategy presented will be modeled, and participants will leave with a clear understanding of what the strategy is as well as how to implement it. Additionally, many of the techniques shared will center on the role that movement plays in learning, the value that comes from self-assessment, and the increasing importance that personalized learning plays in today's classrooms. Regardless of the technique, each of the methods described can be easily adapted to fit within any curriculum, regardless of grade or subject matter.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Roberts

Mike Roberts

Instructional Coach and Teacher, Hillcrest Junior High
Mike Roberts has been a middle school educator for the past twenty-two years. In that time, he has received numerous awards for his outstanding teaching, including being named the 2014 Utah English Teacher of the Year and NCTE's Outstanding Middle-Level Educator in 2009. He currently... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 187, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

4:15pm MDT

Implementing Restorative Practices in a Rural Setting

Implementing Restorative Discipline Practices in a rural setting can present a multitude of barriers and difficulties for school personnel. However, there are scalable solutions and best practices that can be enacted to overcome these barriers. Come join us as we identify these barriers and discuss solutions that are great for students and viable for administrators and staff.

Speakers
avatar for Education Lifeskills

Education Lifeskills

President, Education Lifeskills
We equip administrators and staff with evidence-based programs that help students overcome self-defeating thoughts and behaviors. Talk to us about our restorative practices training for staff. We invite you to learn more about our 45 year track record in using cognitive-behavioral... Read More →
avatar for Richard Long

Richard Long

Partnership Manager, Education Lifeskills
Richard Long has worked in the helping professions for the past 18 years working in leadership positions in wilderness therapy, community behavioral health, therapeutic boarding schools, and public high schools. Richard is passionate about helping youth and young adults succeed, overcome... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm MDT
Multi Purpose B Room 124, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

4:15pm MDT

Principals, Educators and the School LAND Trust Program

What are the responsibilities of principals and educators with the School Community Council and the School LAND Trust program? How can we work with our council toward measurable academic improvement? Includes any changes made by the Utah Legislature in the 2019 General Session.

Speakers
avatar for Natalie Gordon

Natalie Gordon

School Trust Specialist, Utah State Board of Education - School Children's Trust section
Natalie works with a team of professionals to implement the School LAND Trust program in over 1,000 schools statewide. This includes regular training of local school boards, principals and other School Community Council members, preparing the annual distribution and overseeing the... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm MDT
Room 122, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

4:15pm MDT

The National Assessment of Educational Progress in Utah

How NAEP data helps inform the public, educational leaders, and politics

Speakers
avatar for Angela Battaglia

Angela Battaglia

NAEP State Coordinator for Utah, USBE
I have had 11 years of experience as the Utah NAEP State coordinator, 7 years teaching mathematics and science at the secondary level, 7 years teaching teachers at the University of Utah, and 3 years teaching math at a business college. I have presented annually to teachers and professors... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm MDT
Room 125, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

4:15pm MDT

Utah Aspire Plus: Assessing Students' College Readiness

The Utah Aspire Plus is a first-of-its-kind custom assessment measuring student knowledge, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in reading, English, math and science. The assessment consists of both ACT Aspire and Utah teacher-written questions and is administered to 9th and 10th grade students. The Utah Aspire Plus provides parents, students, and educators with information about student academic proficiency, academic growth, and college and career readiness. This presentation will review the purpose of the assessment, the content areas and Utah Core Standards assessed, and information on how ‘college readiness’ is measured and reported on Utah Aspire Plus reports. We will also discuss ways educators can analyze and interpret data from Utah Aspire Plus and how the ACT assessment standards align with the Utah Core Standards. Suggestions on how classroom teachers can use Utah Aspire Plus assessment results to inform instructional practices will be shared.

Speakers
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Lisa McLachlan

Alternative Preparation and Licensing Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Lisa McLachlan is a Utah native and has worked for 15 years in Utah public schools as a teacher, administrator, instructional coach, professional development coordinator, and researcher. Currently, she works in the licensing department of the Utah State Board of Education, assisting... Read More →
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Rebecca Peterson

Education Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Rebecca Peterson is the Postsecondary Readiness Assessment Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education where she is engaged in the important work of furthering equitable opportunities for all students to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for success in life after high... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm MDT
Room 186, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

4:15pm MDT

Threat Assessment Strategies

In this session we will be discussing best practices for identifying and assessing threats to school safety. This includes threats of harm to self or others, intervening appropriately and mitigating harm. Prevention is the key! This session will discuss evidence-based programs in which there is a formalized process to determine the level of threat, an action plan is created, and disciplinary actions can be restorative.

Speakers
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Christy Walker

Educational Coordinator, Utah State Board of Education
Christy is a counselor at the core. After spending 10 years as a junior high school counselor, her journey continued into an administrative degree and a position as the Davis School District Prevention Coordinator for four years. Currently she is serving as the Utah State Board of... Read More →



Thursday July 11, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm MDT
Room 224, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

4:15pm MDT

Making your Mac Work For You

(coming soon)

Speakers
CL

Casey Liljenquist

District Office, Box Elder School District
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Robert Gordon

Director of Technology, Box Elder School District
For the past 27 years Robert Gordon has been working with students, teachers, and technology. From the classroom he became a specialist for the districts in the Northeastern part of the state of Utah, working for NUES. Next he became the Educational Technology Team Lead at Canyons... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm MDT
Multi Purpose C Room 123, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

4:15pm MDT

Adding Rigor Through Multi-Text Connections

The focus for this presentation will be on integration of knowledge and ideas (ELA standards 7-9) through analyzing multiple texts.

Speakers
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Joseph Foster

ELA 11 teacher, Richfield High School
I am an ELA teacher at Richfield High School. I enjoy learning languages, traveling the world, and eating bizarre food.


Thursday July 11, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm MDT
Room 127, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

4:15pm MDT

13.1 Ways Teaching is Like Running a Half Marathon

Whenever I tell people that I run half marathons or I mention to them that I'm a middle school teacher, their answers are usually the same -

Ugh. Why would you want to do that?

And that response is the premise of 13.1 Ways That Teaching Middle School is Like Running a Half Marathon. This high-energy session is about all the challenges that we teachers face on a daily basis. Like our classes, some of the topics addressed are very serious (the importance of planning, not wasting time, persevering through difficult times), while others are a bit more light-hearted (learning to eat in 15 minutes, wanting to change careers mid-lesson, ultimate bladder control). Regardless of if you're a runner or not, these are all topics that teachers will understand all-to-well.

After providing an overview of each challenge, three ""next-day"" strategies will be provided to help teachers become better at their craft. That means you'll leave with close to 40 strategies that will easily fit into any content area or grade level!

Don't miss out!


Speakers
avatar for Mike Roberts

Mike Roberts

Instructional Coach and Teacher, Hillcrest Junior High
Mike Roberts has been a middle school educator for the past twenty-two years. In that time, he has received numerous awards for his outstanding teaching, including being named the 2014 Utah English Teacher of the Year and NCTE's Outstanding Middle-Level Educator in 2009. He currently... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm MDT
Room 187, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501
 
Friday, July 12
 

10:30am MDT

Antecedent Interventions-Preventing Problem Behavior

We will discuss strategies to prevent and de-escalate problem behaviors by exploring evidence-based antecedent strategies. Ecological conditions and antecedent events set the stage for problem behavior so we want to identify and alter those triggers. We will also discuss teaching replacement behaviors that get the same result as the previous problem behavior.

Access the session slide deck here.

Speakers
CM

Christine Manning

Education and Behavior Specialist, Christine Manning, USBE
Christine completed her bachelor’s degree from Weber State, a master’s degree in Special Education and her BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst). She has a passion for helping teachers, parents, and caregivers deal effectively with the challenging behaviors of the people they... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Room 122, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:30am MDT

Formative Assessment Using Technology

Teachers and students can be provided with ongoing, real-time feedback utilizing many technology tools that are currently available in schools. The immediate results that can be accessed through technology tools assist educators as they strive to improve instructional strategies and student learning in their classroom. Attendees in this session will learn how teachers can utilize technology to easily assess student understanding before they move on to the next topic or lesson.

Speakers
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J2 Training with Janet & Joan

Consultants, J2 Training


Friday July 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Theater, Geary Events Center 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501, USA

10:30am MDT

Equity for All Accelerated Students

Come join us as we break down the new expectations for Gifted and Talented Programs, IB Programs and AP programs. We'll share some best-practices LEAs from across the state have adopted which have demonstrated positive results and also provide a blueprint for you to pursue these changes in your community.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Auck

Nathan Auck

STEM Coordinator and Early College Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Nathan Auck has engaged stakeholders at all levels of our country’s educational ecosystem, working towards better experiences and outcomes for every student. In 2015, he was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, in 2017, he served a yearlong... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Room 186, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:30am MDT

Professional Development

This one-hour interactive presentation will consist of an overview with related data of the professional development opportunities available both on-site and via distance, through The University of Utah Reading Clinic (UURC). Our research-based Tier I models consist of Tier I Text (building fluency and comprehension for immediate and transfer level text), Writing About Text, Advanced Word Study and Morphology. Our Research-based Tier II models are Early Steps, Next Steps and Higher Steps--which consist of assisted reading on instructional level text, phonics, fluency, comprehension and vocabulary. This presentation will also provide an overview of Tier III professional development opportunities for educators interested in learning how to effectively work with dyslexic students who need a more intensive intervention. Educators interested in the USBE Reading Interventionist Endorsement will enjoy the overview of our Tier III professional development opportunities, as well as our distance services for the Tier II Small Group option. The UURC also offers distance tutoring for students in rural areas. The last fifteen minutes of the presentation will be dedicated to Q&A.

Speakers
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Trina Robbins

Intervention specialist/UURC Clinic Coordinator, University of Utah Reading Clinic
Trina Robbins comes to the University of Utah Reading Clinic from Jordan School District after having worked in their Title 1 program for 11 years. She has earned certification in several reading intervention models, including Early StepsSM, Next StepsSM, Next StepsSM Triads, Higher... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Room 224, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:30am MDT

Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning can give students the opportunity to be full partners in their learning and allow them to focus that learning on specific ideas and subjects. In this session Neal Peacock will show how he has taken American History and changed it into a project based learning class. Could this be a strategy that in whole or part could be useful in your classroom? Come and see.

Speakers
avatar for Neal Peacock

Neal Peacock

Teacher, Emery High School
Neal Peacock has been a teacher for 36 years in social studies, debate, and theatre. He is a certified cooperative learning trainer and is now branching out into Project Based Learning. He lives and teaches in Castle Dale where he also served as the mayor for 12 years.


Friday July 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Room 125, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:30am MDT

Tech in the Classroom: What’s Working?
This presentation will provide best practices and lessons learned from Utah schools as well as recent national research regarding education and technology. The best practices to be presented are a result of stakeholder feedback from schools who have adopted literacy and math software programs throughout Utah in the past few years. The best practices fall under two phases:  what elements should be in place before implementation and what supports need to be in place during implementation, including teacher practices. The national research presented reviews recent results from studies conducted in classrooms and schools throughout the country. They focus on teacher and school practices that have high effects on student learning in a technology-infused classroom as well as practices that do not contribute to student gains.  Specifically, the presentation examines personalized learning with technology, online learning, and the effects of teacher engagement when students are using technology.

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Durfee

Melanie Durfee

Education Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Melanie Durfee, PhD works as an achievement specialist for the Digital Teaching and Learning (DTL) team at the Utah State Board of Education. She works with LEAs to creative relevant DTL plans that encompass the LEA’s vision, strategic plan, and researched-based, high-level educational... Read More →
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Rick Gaisford

Technology Specialist, USBE
Rick Gaisford has 35 years in education and has been involved with educational technology for over 30 years at the classroom, school, district and state levels. He was an elementary school teacher, school technology specialist, district technology specialist and trainer. For the past... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Multi Purpose B Room 124, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:30am MDT

Utah Library Media Curriculum Standards

If students are not learning the concepts and skills of the Utah Library Media
Curriculum Standards, what are they missing? What does the research say about how this lack of knowledge affects their school performance, preparation for higher education, and, ultimately, their ability to for future success?

Speakers
avatar for Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson

District Library Specialist, UELMA
I have been teaching in public education for 25 years. Ten of these years were spent as a middle school Certified Teacher Librarian. I am currently in my 4th year as the District Library Specialist for Canyons School District. I am a member of UELMA, ULMS, ALA, AASL and ULA. I am... Read More →
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Diana Hanke

Teacher Librarian, Roosevelt Junior High School
Diana Hanke grew up in Liberty, Idaho, a very small, very rural area located on the Northwest side of the Bear Lake Valley. She grew up hiking in the mountains, swimming in Bear Lake, riding horses, dancing, singing, and of course, reading. She grew up on Prince Edward Island with... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Multi Purpose C Room 123, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:30am MDT

What Every Teacher Needs to Know about the Science of Reading (Hour 1 of 2)

There is a science to teaching reading. When teachers understand this science and utilize strategies the support the science of reading, they will be more effective and their students more successful. This session will outline how the brain learns to read and what it means for those that teach reading. Additionally, strategies and resources will be shared that support how the human brain best learns to read and will include examples of explicit instruction, routines, and more. Participants will leave equipped to make small changes in their teaching which will lead to huge gains in student outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Jorgenson

Emily Jorgenson

TEACHER, Wasatch County School District
Emily Jorgenson has been teaching struggling readers for over 20 years. She has Bachelor of Science in Mild/Moderate Special Education and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction. She is certified in the Wilson Language Program and an Acadience mentor. She has been trained... Read More →



Friday July 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Room 225, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:30am MDT

URSA Board Meeting

URSA Board Meeting

Speakers
avatar for Johnna Boyack

Johnna Boyack

Office Manager, SESC
Board recording secretary


Friday July 12, 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm MDT
Board Room, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

11:45am MDT

Utah's Portrait of a Graduate: Personalized Learning and Next Steps

What is our goal for K-12 education in Utah? Is it really credits and time in a seat, or do we have a larger vision for outcomes for students? This presentation will highlight Utah State Board of Education Portrait of a Graduate to look at how the state is re-visioning outcomes for our students. The presentation will not only share the state vision, but highlight resources for leaders to create their own Portrait of a Graduate for their community. Full presentation slides: http://bit.ly/URSAPOG

Come and see the future of personalized learning! More information available at: https://www.schools.utah.gov/curr/competencybased

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Young

Sarah Young

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Utah State Board of Education
Sarah Young is the Director of Strategic Initiatives with the Utah State Board of Education working to bring next generation learning to Utah’s public schools. Her work has included the state’s Digital Teaching and Learning initiative and development of Utah’s Portrait of a... Read More →



Friday July 12, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm MDT
Room 122, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

11:45am MDT

Watch your makerspace fly with a Hummingbird!

The Hummingbird Duo may be the first electronics kit that is fun and educational for a fourth grader, a high school student, or an adult maker. In this workshop participants will get hands-on experience creating a simple robot using the Hummingbird robotics kit. The Hummingbird is is an Arduino-based computer board that operates as a tethered input/output control panel. Students write programs which control motors, servos, LEDs, and sensors. The robots are simple construction using craft materials or anything you have laying around.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Wilson

Nathan Wilson

Technology Integration Specialist, Southeast Education Service Center
I am a Technology Integration Specialist for the Southeast Education Service Center serving Carbon, Emery, Grand, and San Juan school districts. I received a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design and a Masters degree in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences from Utah State... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm MDT
Multi Purpose B Room 124, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

11:45am MDT

Hidden Meaning Boxes

This session will include lecture and workshop on 3D boxes. Bring your students an opportunity to really look at their community and to the things that are happening around them in their world. Through 3-Dimensional cubes that express a hidden meaning. Plus in the workshop you will be creating you own hidden meaning box.

Speakers
avatar for Holly Siebach Syphrett

Holly Siebach Syphrett

Art Teacher, Richfield High School
I have taught art at Richfield High School for 11 years. Being the only Visual arts teacher at RHS I have had the opportunity to teach Foundations, Painting, Drawing, 3D Design, Art History and ceramics. I love art and most of all I love the joy students get when they realize they... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm MDT
Multi Purpose C Room 123, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

11:45am MDT

What Every Teacher Needs to Know about the Science of Reading (Hour 2 of 2)

Reading is not hard-wired in the human brain, yet with recent advances in neuroscience, we understand, better than ever, the science of how humans learn to read. When educators understand this science, they can become more effective reading teachers. This session will briefly review how humans process and store information when learning to read and how this translates to best practices in the classroom. In addition, participants will leave with a collection of effective strategies for teaching phonics, "sight" words, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Jorgenson

Emily Jorgenson

TEACHER, Wasatch County School District
Emily Jorgenson has been teaching struggling readers for over 20 years. She has Bachelor of Science in Mild/Moderate Special Education and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction. She is certified in the Wilson Language Program and an Acadience mentor. She has been trained... Read More →



Friday July 12, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm MDT
Room 225, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

11:45am MDT

Creature Features

Join the Ogden Nature Center as we demonstrate our free state-wide program for 1st grade classrooms. We will demonstrate this 1-hour program focuses on making observations, using the scientific method, investigating differences and similarities between groups and classifying animals. Using live animals, pelts, mounts and other animal bio-facts, Ogden Nature Center staff will go over similarities and differences between mammals, reptiles and birds as students are introduced to how scientists classify living things. Find out when we will be visiting your district and how to get on the schedule.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Lambson

Sarah Lambson

Outreach Coordinator, Ogden Nature Center
With a degree and Fisheries and Wildlife/Biology under her belt, Sarah joined the ranks of Ogden Nature Center (ONC) in 2018. With a passion for the outdoors and environmental education, ONC provided Sarah with her dream job. Now she works hard to bring interactive STEM education... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm MDT
Room 186, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

11:45am MDT

Patterns of Interactions

Expert teachers approach their lesson planning in similar ways. Unfortunately, even expert teachers find it hard to explain how they get the most out of students year after year. Research shows that most teachers have received training on planning and instruction that is vastly different from the real world of the classroom and very much disconnected from what expert teachers do. This presentation will show how teachers can use Patterns of Interactions to get the most out of students AND not have to live at the school.

Speakers
avatar for Lance Hatch

Lance Hatch

Superintendent, Carbon School District
Taught 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades. Elementary school principal for 10 years. District administrator for 3 years. Superintendent for 4 years. All experience in rural Utah. PhD in Teacher Education and Leadership. Husband and father of 4 with one new grandchild.



Friday July 12, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm MDT
Room 120, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 443 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501, USA

11:45am MDT

Adventures in Reading

We would like to present what we have learned as we implemented a whole new approach to reading in fifth grade. Based on research presented by Dr. Lance Hatch and information from the Conferring with Readers book, we decided to completely restructure our reading instruction, allowing for much more actual reading time at the students' independent reading levels. This has also provided us with time to confer with individual readers on a regular basis, informally assessing student fluency, comprehension, skills, and strategies. We have been able to discuss and monitor progress, growth, and goals with each student. We have seen incredible gains in their proficiency, motivation, and love for reading! We would be delighted to share this experience and what we have learned through this new adventure.

Speakers
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Kristina Anderson

5th Grade Teacher, Sally Mauro Elementary, Carbon School District
Kristina Anderson has been a teacher for 11 years and Camille Carmack has taught for 12 years. They have been teaching together at Sally Mauro Elementary for 4 years with 3 of those in fifth grade. They work closely together on planning, instruction, PLCs, behavior management, and... Read More →



Friday July 12, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm MDT
Room 224, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501
 


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