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Multi Purpose B Room 124, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern [clear filter]
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

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
 
Thursday, July 11
 

10:45am MDT

Google Jamboard - A Free and Collaborative Interactive Whiteboard for Any Device

Google Jamboard is a new tool in G Suite for Education that you may not be familiar with, but if you've ever wished you could have more than a couple of students working at your Interactive Whiteboard (a.k.a SMARTBoard) at the same time, Jamboard is for you! Draw and sketch ideas, add text with movable "sticky" notes, add any photos and images, even Drive documents - and your students can interact and add their ideas in real time, from just about any device you (or your students) have in your classroom. If you run out of space, you can add as many more frames as needed. And just like any other Google Doc, all edits are saved and can be shared with a few clicks.

This will be a hands-on, interactive session, so it will help if you install the Jamboard app on your iPhone/iPad or Android device!

Find the resources for this and all of my URSA 2019 sessions here

Speakers
avatar for Clint Stephens

Clint Stephens

Educational Technology Specialist, Southwest Educational Development Center
During his twelve years teaching secondary Science, Regional Technology Integration Specialist Clint Stephens was awarded the Utah Middle School Science Teacher of the Year award in addition to several technology innovation grants & awards. Currently, Clint is a Level 1 & 2 Certified... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
Multi Purpose B Room 124, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

1:45pm MDT

Google Demo Slam

The Ultimate Demo Slam: Utah Google Certified Trainer Edition is an action-packed hour of pure G Suite excitement! The Google Certified Trainers in Utah will vie to become the Demo Slam master by presenting one Slam* each. Participants will watch, learn, discuss, and ultimately judge which Demo Slam will be deemed ultimate Google champion for 2019! *A Slam is a two-minute demonstration of the capacities of our favorite tools. All Slams will focus on using the G Suite tools to positively impact productivity, instruction, and student learning.

Find the resources for this and all of my URSA 2019 sessions here

Confirmed Trainers for 2019 are:
Jared Covili
Du Bui
Ian Davey
Jeanie Elder
Ashlie Cashin
Quin Henderson
Maybe more!

Speakers
avatar for Clint Stephens

Clint Stephens

Educational Technology Specialist, Southwest Educational Development Center
During his twelve years teaching secondary Science, Regional Technology Integration Specialist Clint Stephens was awarded the Utah Middle School Science Teacher of the Year award in addition to several technology innovation grants & awards. Currently, Clint is a Level 1 & 2 Certified... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Multi Purpose B Room 124, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 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

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
 
Friday, July 12
 

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

Specialist for Digital Teaching and Learning, Utah State Board of Education
Melanie Durfee, Phd, works for the Utah State Board of Education as the achievement Specialist for Digital Teaching and Learning. She works with other education specialists and third-party evaluators to collect evidence to manages program evaluations. She has 20+ years’ service... Read More →
avatar for Rick Gaisford

Rick Gaisford

Board Member, UCET
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

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
 


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