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Room 187, Reeves Building, USU Eastern [clear filter]
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

Secondary ELA and WIDA Assessment Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Megan Lopez, M.Ed. is currently a Secondary ELA Assessment Specialist and WIDA Assessment Specialist with the Utah State Board of Education. In her five years at the USBE, Megan has supported educators and administrators across the state support student outcomes. In addition, she... Read More →
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

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

Secondary ELA and WIDA Assessment Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Megan Lopez, M.Ed. is currently a Secondary ELA Assessment Specialist and WIDA Assessment Specialist with the Utah State Board of Education. In her five years at the USBE, Megan has supported educators and administrators across the state support student outcomes. In addition, she... Read More →
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
 
Thursday, July 11
 

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

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

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, Hillcrest Junior High School
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

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, Hillcrest Junior High School
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

Phenomenon-based Learning Using Museum Objects (Hour 1 of 2)

Natural History Museum of Utah educators will introduce participants to Research Quest - a free suite of online investigations - to demonstrate how middle school teachers can engage their students in some of the most intriguing mysteries of our time, robust debate about current research, and developing explanations and arguments to explain their ideas - all while using 3D technology to access many of the museum's rich fossil resources. Participants will learn how to use Research Quest to support collaborative student work to gather empirical data by making quantitative and qualitative observations of real fossils with modeling and guidance from one of the museum's award winning scientists. We'll also explore strategies for making student thinking visible as students move from using intuitive to increasingly complex critical thinking skills. These strategies provide important supports to guide students as they weigh the quality and strength of their evidence and use that evidence to develop their explanations and construct arguments. Participants will receive supporting materials designed for the classroom teacher and their students - including learning assessment tools for both.

Speakers
avatar for Merinda Davis

Merinda Davis

Digital Learning and Curriculum Specialist, Natural History Museum of Utah
Along with being a Digital Learning and Curriculum Specialist at the Natural History Museum of Utah Merinda is a classroom teacher, a devoted life-long learner, and an innovator. While she has proudly worn the hat of teacher for more than a decade, she has also won numerous fellowships... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Room 187, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

11:45am MDT

Phenomenon-based Learning Using Museum Objects (Hour 2 of 2)

Natural History Museum of Utah educators will introduce participants to Research Quest - a free suite of online investigations - to demonstrate how middle school teachers can engage their students in some of the most intriguing mysteries of our time, robust debate about current research, and developing explanations and arguments to explain their ideas - all while using 3D technology to access many of the museum's rich fossil resources. Participants will learn how to use Research Quest to support collaborative student work to gather empirical data by making quantitative and qualitative observations of real fossils with modeling and guidance from one of the museum's award winning scientists. We'll also explore strategies for making student thinking visible as students move from using intuitive to increasingly complex critical thinking skills. These strategies provide important supports to guide students as they weigh the quality and strength of their evidence and use that evidence to develop their explanations and construct arguments. Participants will receive supporting materials designed for the classroom teacher and their students - including learning assessment tools for both.

Speakers
avatar for Merinda Davis

Merinda Davis

Digital Learning and Curriculum Specialist, Natural History Museum of Utah
Along with being a Digital Learning and Curriculum Specialist at the Natural History Museum of Utah Merinda is a classroom teacher, a devoted life-long learner, and an innovator. While she has proudly worn the hat of teacher for more than a decade, she has also won numerous fellowships... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm MDT
Room 187, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501
 


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