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Wednesday, July 10
 

1:45pm MDT

Improving Your ELA Classroom Assessments (Hour 1 of 2)

This two-hour session will provide English Language Arts teachers (elementary and secondary) an opportunity to learn the process used by the USBE for writing assessment items for the RISE and Utah Aspire Plus Summative Assessments. Educators will be trained in how to write passage based questions that assess the ELA Utah State Core Standards, and be given time/guidance to formulate items for use in their own classroom. Educators will be provided passages but are encouraged to bring current text being used in their classroom.  Please bring an electronic device.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Lopez

Megan Lopez

Fremont Public Schools, Utah
Megan has been an educator in Utah for 15 years in secondary ELA classrooms.
avatar for Liz Williams

Liz Williams

Elementary ELA Assessment Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Liz has been an educator in Utah and Virginia elementary classrooms for 15 years.


Wednesday July 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Room 187, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

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

Playground: Discovery Engineering
Come join us in the conference playground and experience hands-on activities using STEM-inspired technology, among other things. The Playground is not a typical session you attend, but rather a time for you to investigate, explore, and play firsthand with different "toys".  Visit with the technology trainers from Utah’s Regional Service Centers, UEN, UofU, and the STEM Action Center.  Come and go as you'd like, or spend an hour (or two) in the Playground!

Playground Session Description: The University of Utah has created a STEM outreach tool called Discover Engineering.  Stop by the playground to interact with this display and talk with the College of Engineering about bringing this hands-on exhibit to your high school.
 
Discover Engineering is a traveling display that introduces high school math and science students to 10 different fields of engineering.  It is made up of six back-to-back kiosks including photos, videos, and interactive elements where students enjoy hands-on exposure to each type of engineering.  (www.coe.utah.edu)

Speakers
avatar for Craig Clifford

Craig Clifford

Engineering Outreach and Recruiting, and Rural School Liaison, University of Utah College of Engineering
Craig focuses on outreach and recruiting endeavors by engaging with students on the high school level. Through the interactive, traveling exhibit called Discover Engineering, students are exposed to eleven fields of engineering. Lunch with an Engineer takes engineering alumni back... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 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

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

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

3:00pm MDT

#CSforALL Rural Students: Coding is Elementary

Computer science teacher challenges include isolation, lack of adequate CS background, and limited professional development resources (Yadav, 2016). Implementing equitable district-wide CSforALL brings even more considerable challenges and requires an approach which supports teachers and districts through ongoing PD, district instructional coaches, a focus on content and pedagogy, and collaboration between teachers and with district leadership. Sustainability is an additional challenge requiring a long-term district-wide solution.

Juab School District, with funding from the Utah STEM Action Center, has partnered with the nonprofit organization BootUp Professional Development to support the Juab Elementary Coding Initiative. We have rolled out a computing curriculum for 100% of our 5th - 6th graders and will add all 4th graders to the program this fall. Krystle Bassett, Innovation Specialist at Juab School District will share tangible implementation tips while highlighting and detailing challenges and successes.

Speakers
avatar for Krystle Bassett

Krystle Bassett

Director of Innovation and Instructional Support, Juab School District
Krystle is a passionate promoter of personalized learning, edtech integration, and revitalizing educator professional learning. Bassett has helped teachers innovate, create, and incorporate research-based best practices in their classrooms for fifteen years.



Wednesday July 10, 2019 3:00pm - 3:20pm MDT
Theater, Geary Events Center 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501, USA

3:00pm MDT

Improving Your ELA Classroom Assessments (Hour 2 of 2)

This two-hour session will provide English Language Arts teachers (elementary and secondary) an opportunity to learn the process used by the USBE for writing assessment items for the RISE and Utah Aspire Plus Summative Assessments. Educators will be trained in how to write passage based questions that assess the ELA Utah State Core Standards, and be given time/guidance to formulate items for use in their own classroom. Educators will be provided passages but are encouraged to bring current text being used in their classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Lopez

Megan Lopez

Fremont Public Schools, Utah
Megan has been an educator in Utah for 15 years in secondary ELA classrooms.
avatar for Liz Williams

Liz Williams

Elementary ELA Assessment Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Liz has been an educator in Utah and Virginia elementary classrooms for 15 years.


Wednesday July 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 187, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 452 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

Playground: Discovery Engineering
Come join us in the conference playground and experience hands-on activities using STEM-inspired technology, among other things. The Playground is not a typical session you attend, but rather a time for you to investigate, explore, and play firsthand with different "toys".  Visit with the technology trainers from Utah’s Regional Service Centers, UEN, UofU, and the STEM Action Center.  Come and go as you'd like, or spend an hour (or two) in the Playground!

Playground Session Description: The University of Utah has created a STEM outreach tool called Discover Engineering.  Stop by the playground to interact with this display and talk with the College of Engineering about bringing this hands-on exhibit to your high school.
 
Discover Engineering is a traveling display that introduces high school math and science students to 10 different fields of engineering.  It is made up of six back-to-back kiosks including photos, videos, and interactive elements where students enjoy hands-on exposure to each type of engineering.  (www.coe.utah.edu)

Speakers
avatar for Craig Clifford

Craig Clifford

Engineering Outreach and Recruiting, and Rural School Liaison, University of Utah College of Engineering
Craig focuses on outreach and recruiting endeavors by engaging with students on the high school level. Through the interactive, traveling exhibit called Discover Engineering, students are exposed to eleven fields of engineering. Lunch with an Engineer takes engineering alumni back... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Multi Purpose A, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 452 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

"Do I Look Like an Idiot?": Effective Implementation & Assurances

Are you a teacher leader, an instructional coach, or an educational leader?  This is the presentation for YOU.  Join us for a presentation and discussion for ALL educators, as we identify implementation pitfalls, prioritize effective practices, and assure a system of effective implementation and learning.

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 →


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
Room 122, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:45am 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 →


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
Theater, Geary Events Center 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501, USA

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

Free For Me! - Open Education Resources

Sharing session highlighting the latest and greatest in open-licensed curriculum

Speakers
avatar for Alan Griffin

Alan Griffin

Curriculum Content Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
I have organized the OER Collective for the past 3 years


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
Room 126, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 443 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:45am MDT

Mathematics for All Students (Hour 1 of 2)

Re-invigorate your math instruction by learning about evidence-based practices in elementary mathematics. Leave with concrete strategies you can use to enhance your planning, instruction, and assessment to create an equitable learning environment that enables all of your students to succeed in mathematics.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Ference

Shannon Ference

Elementary Mathematics Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Shannon Ference serves as the Elementary Mathematics Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education where she supports Utah schools in the implementation of state math standards to ensure equitable and quality mathematics education for all Utah students. She has served in various... Read More →



Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
Room 225, Central Instructional 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

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

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
avatar for Tom Rathke

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

Mathematics for All Students (Hour 2 of 2)

Re-invigorate your math instruction by learning about evidence-based practices in elementary mathematics. Leave with concrete strategies you can use to enhance your planning, instruction, and assessment to create an equitable learning environment that enables all of your students to succeed in mathematics.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Ference

Shannon Ference

Elementary Mathematics Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Shannon Ference serves as the Elementary Mathematics Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education where she supports Utah schools in the implementation of state math standards to ensure equitable and quality mathematics education for all Utah students. She has served in various... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Room 225, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

1:45pm MDT

Teaching Treasures - Finding Curriculum Gems to Enrich Learning

A journey through the publishing world wilderness to find high quality courseware, both print and digital. The newly recreated Recommended Instructional Materials System database will be explored as well as Open Education Resources being gathered at OER Commons. Attendees will be sure to find valued resources for instruction, both priced and free.

Speakers
avatar for Alan Griffin

Alan Griffin

Curriculum Content Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
I have organized the OER Collective for the past 3 years


Thursday July 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Room 239, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

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
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 →


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

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.
avatar for Megan Hales

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
avatar for Allison Mateus

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

Oh Sheets! (Hour 1 of 2)

Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets can be useful. Bring your own device and learn the basics, compare Excel vs Google Sheets, and leave with resources to continue learning about spreadsheets.

Speakers
avatar for Theresa Wilson

Theresa Wilson

Technology Integration Specialist, Southeast Education Service Center
Technology Integration & Data Mentoring Specialist for the Southeast Education Service Center since 2002. SESC serves Carbon, Emery, Grand, and San Juan School Districts.


Thursday July 11, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 223, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

Electricity and Magnetism: Hands-on 3D Activities and Resource Kits (Hour 1 of 2)

Experience several activities developed by Clark Planetarium for the 5th grade Electricity and Magnetism Science Curriculum (Standards 3 and 4). These hands-on activities allow students to experience static electric, current electric, and magnetic phenomena and are aligned with the three dimensions of science understanding. Resource kits valued at $200 each are available to distribute to up to 10 teachers that attend this session. (If more teachers attend than the number of available kits, priority will be given to individual schools, districts, or a random drawing.)

Speakers
avatar for Robert Bigelow

Robert Bigelow

Education Program Specialist, Clark Planetarium
Robert Bigelow has been providing science education programs to Utah students and teachers for over twenty-five years with the Hansen/Clark Planetarium. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and is a NASA Solar System Ambassador.


Thursday July 11, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Multi Purpose A, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

FOSStering the 3 Dimensions: Getting You from Here to There

Come see how to get from the outgoing science standards to the new SEEd Standards. Participants tackle an engineering design challenge in incremental steps. They first design a cart that can roll "from here to there" and identify the Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) being utilized. They then continue with an investigation involving gravity and explore how start position on a ramp affects the distance the cart travels. Before the participants go on to the next part, they determine which Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) are being addressed. The final challenge incorporates the participants' knowledge of magnetism into their cart design to meet new challenges. This investigation develops understanding of engineering design concepts and provides opportunities for students to engage in engineering practices. The Cross Cutting Concepts are determined to show how the parts are interrelated.

Speakers
avatar for Maggie Ostler

Maggie Ostler

Regional Sales Manager, Delta Education- School Specialty
Full Option Science System® (FOSS®) is Delta Education's flagship K–8 curriculum program. It was developed under a National Science Foundation grant at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley. FOSS is now the most widely used elementary school hands-on... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 124, 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
avatar for Utah Virtual Academy

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

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

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
LM

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 →
avatar for Rebecca Peterson

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
avatar for Christy Walker

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

Oh Sheets! (Hour 2 of 2)

Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets can be useful. Bring your own device and learn the basics, compare Excel vs Google Sheets, and leave with resources to continue learning about spreadsheets.

Speakers
avatar for Theresa Wilson

Theresa Wilson

Technology Integration Specialist, Southeast Education Service Center
Technology Integration & Data Mentoring Specialist for the Southeast Education Service Center since 2002. SESC serves Carbon, Emery, Grand, and San Juan School Districts.


Thursday July 11, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm MDT
Room 223, Central Instructional Building, 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
JF

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

Electricity and Magnetism: Hands-on 3D Activities and Resource Kits (Hour 2 of 2)

Experience several activities developed by Clark Planetarium for the 5th grade Electricity and Magnetism Science Curriculum (Standards 3 and 4). These hands-on activities allow students to experience static electric, current electric, and magnetic phenomena and are aligned with the three dimensions of science understanding. Resource kits valued at $200 each are available to distribute to up to 10 teachers that attend this session. (If more teachers attend than the number of available kits, priority will be given to individual schools, districts, or a random drawing.)

Speakers
avatar for Robert Bigelow

Robert Bigelow

Education Program Specialist, Clark Planetarium
Robert Bigelow has been providing science education programs to Utah students and teachers for over twenty-five years with the Hansen/Clark Planetarium. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and is a NASA Solar System Ambassador.


Thursday July 11, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm MDT
Multi Purpose A, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

4:15pm MDT

Gong! Gong! The 3 Dimensions are Calling!

Participants use a spoon-gong system to review their understanding of how to produce sound and to develop a simple model of how sound travels. Then, they apply their knowledge of how sounds travel to make a device to send whisper messages over a distance. They modify two spoon-gong systems to make a device to send a message from one end of a string to the other. They improve on the device to make a better string telephone.

Speakers
avatar for Maggie Ostler

Maggie Ostler

Regional Sales Manager, Delta Education- School Specialty
Full Option Science System® (FOSS®) is Delta Education's flagship K–8 curriculum program. It was developed under a National Science Foundation grant at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley. FOSS is now the most widely used elementary school hands-on... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm MDT
Room 245, Reeves Building, USU Eastern
 
Friday, July 12
 

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 →
avatar for Rick Gaisford

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

Schoolyard Scientists: Exploring Life Sciences using iNaturalist (Hour 1 of 2)

iNaturalist is an app developed by the California Academy of Sciences to connect people with exploring nature in their local environment while documenting ecological data and creating awareness of biodiversity worldwide. If you are interested in learning about this great tool to supplement Life Science programming join us as we explore iNaturalist’s potential for increasing science literacy for your students. This session will include a thorough introduction to iNaturalist and a hands-on demo of its functionality as it applies to getting students involved in scientific practices of making observations, questioning through inquiry, analyzing data, and contributing to the broader Community Science movement.

We will begin this workshop by going over utilizing iNaturalist as a tool for students and teachers. We will then have a hands-on training using iNaturalist on a device (phone/tablets) before we dive into exploring the many functions of the iNaturalist webpage. Then we will demo how to create your own projects, places, and guides within the website for general classroom use. At the end we will share educator resources (curriculum and activities) developed in conjunction with City Nature Challenge.

This workshop will showcase using the iNaturalist website and app which can be found for free on android and apple devices. If you have a device and would like to download the app see the links above. Tablets will be provided with the app pre-loaded for those who do not have a device.

Website: https://inaturalist.org

Android users: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.inaturalist.android&hl=en_US

Apple users: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inaturalist/id421397028?mt=8

Teacher Resources: http://citynaturechallenge.org/education-toolkit/

Speakers
avatar for Paul Whisman

Paul Whisman

Education Program Specialist, Natural History Museum of Utah
Paul Whisman currently works as an education program specialist with the Natural History Museum of Utah. He has experience with education outreach throughout Utah, including multiple formal/informal school settings, and has served as a park guide across the west at numerous state... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Alumni Room 128, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:30am MDT

Using Robotics to Meet the New Science Standards (Hour 1 of 2)

A close read of the new (draft) Science standards reveals that students should be learning engineering principles and creating their own models for each of the major concepts. This can be overwhelming, especially when many of the topics we've taught in the past are switching to different grade levels! On top of this are additional encouragements to incorporate more computer science into our teaching. The only solution is to use an integrated, project-based approach. In this session, we will engage participants in creating and programming robotic models of science concepts. We will also share interdisciplinary projects that we have developed and piloted with elementary students and teachers in the STEM endorsement program.

Speakers
avatar for Suzy Cox

Suzy Cox

Professor, UVU
Suzy Cox has presented at numerous school and district PD days and local, regional, and national conferences. Last year, she presented with two teachers and two K-12 students at the Scratch Conference at MIT on using Hummingbirds for project-based learning. She is an Associate Professor... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Room 239, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:30am MDT

I Broke Out! Now What!?

This session is for those that have participated in a Breakout EDU activity before and have questions like:
  • How do I buy a kit? 
  • Can I just make one? 
  • How do I find games? 
  • How do I manage the locks? 
  • Can students make games?
Join us as we dive deeper into Breakout EDU to see what resources are available!
Click here for presentation.

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 →


Friday July 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Multi Purpose A, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 452 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

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

Interactive Lessons on Digital Citizenship

Information literacy includes the ability to identify, find, evaluate, and use information effectively. From effective search strategies to evaluation techniques, students learn how to evaluate the quality, credibility, and validity of websites, and give proper credit. Living in a “copy/paste” culture, students need to reflect on their responsibilities and rights as creators in the online spaces where they consume, create, and share information. From addressing plagiarism to piracy, students can learn about copyright and fair use.
Come see how you can engage students using interactive lessons using Peardeck
Click here for presentation

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 →


Friday July 12, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm MDT
Multi Purpose A, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

11:45am MDT

Schoolyard Scientists: Exploring Life Sciences using iNaturalist (Hour 2 of 2)

iNaturalist is an app developed by the California Academy of Sciences to connect people with exploring nature in their local environment while documenting ecological data and creating awareness of biodiversity worldwide. If you are interested in learning about this great tool to supplement Life Science programming join us as we explore iNaturalist’s potential for increasing science literacy for your students. This session will include a thorough introduction to iNaturalist and a hands-on demo of its functionality as it applies to getting students involved in scientific practices of making observations, questioning through inquiry, analyzing data, and contributing to the broader Community Science movement.

We will begin this workshop by going over utilizing iNaturalist as a tool for students and teachers. We will then have a hands-on training using iNaturalist on a device (phone/tablets) before we dive into exploring the many functions of the iNaturalist webpage. Then we will demo how to create your own projects, places, and guides within the website for general classroom use. At the end we will share educator resources (curriculum and activities) developed in conjunction with City Nature Challenge.

This workshop will showcase using the iNaturalist website and app which can be found for free on android and apple devices. If you have a device and would like to download the app see the links above. Tablets will be provided with the app pre-loaded for those who do not have a device.

Website: https://inaturalist.org

Android users: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.inaturalist.android&hl=en_US

Apple users: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inaturalist/id421397028?mt=8

Teacher Resources: http://citynaturechallenge.org/education-toolkit/

Speakers
avatar for Paul Whisman

Paul Whisman

Education Program Specialist, Natural History Museum of Utah
Paul Whisman currently works as an education program specialist with the Natural History Museum of Utah. He has experience with education outreach throughout Utah, including multiple formal/informal school settings, and has served as a park guide across the west at numerous state... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm MDT
Alumni Room 128, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

11:45am MDT

Using Robotics to Meet the New Science Standards (Hour 2 of 2)

A close read of the new (draft) Science standards reveals that students should be learning engineering principles and creating their own models for each of the major concepts. This can be overwhelming, especially when many of the topics we've taught in the past are switching to different grade levels! On top of this are additional encouragements to incorporate more computer science into our teaching. The only solution is to use an integrated, project-based approach. In this session, we will engage participants in creating and programming robotic models of science concepts. We will also share interdisciplinary projects that we have developed and piloted with elementary students and teachers in the STEM endorsement program.

Speakers
avatar for Suzy Cox

Suzy Cox

Professor, UVU
Suzy Cox has presented at numerous school and district PD days and local, regional, and national conferences. Last year, she presented with two teachers and two K-12 students at the Scratch Conference at MIT on using Hummingbirds for project-based learning. She is an Associate Professor... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm MDT
Room 239, Reeves Building, 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
 


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