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Just announced…Author and brain-based literacy expert Dr. Mary Howard is coming to the Innovative Teaching Strategies Conference in Las Vegas!

Dr. Mary Howard says “what really matters is that children read and write every day.”

Watch Dr. Mary Howard describe how literacy is inseparably intertwined throughout the instructional day.

Dr. Howard is the author of Good to Great Teaching and will present a keynote session at the Innovative Teaching Strategies Conference in Las Vegas.  REGISTER NOW!

Click here for a preliminary listing of sessions.  

Webinar: 25 Tech Tools to Enhance Student Engagement 4/6/17 @ 11:30 & 2:00

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With so much technology available how does a teacher know what will work in the classroom?  For those educators just getting their feet wet with technology integration to those currently using technology in the classroom, presenter Eric Clark will explore exciting ways to use tech tools to increase student engagement and bring life into the classroom.

One-to-one computing, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), Smart Boards and other improvements have revolutionized the technology environment in many North American classrooms, yet many educators have lagged behind in incorporating technology into their instruction.  Many classrooms are not much different than they were 20 years ago.  PowerPoint slides have replaced transparencies and papers are now submitted on computers, but the potential is limitless!

In this 90-minute webinar, Eric Clark will draw upon his experience as a media/communications teacher, media entrepreneur, administrator and master trainer to help teachers sort through tools that can be useful in the classrooms – while harnessing the power of technology.

WEBINAR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Poll Everywhere
  • Google Apps
  • Virtual Reality
  • TedTalk
  • Livebinders
  • WeVideo
  • iMovie
  • GarageBand
  • Photospeak
  • Lulu
  • Educreations
  • The Tech Tools List

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
In this webinar, you will learn to:

  • Discern the value of reverse mentoring in a technology-supported classroom.
  • Discover innovative ways to store and manage lessons, files, and multi-media.
  • Integrate video editors to create lessons centered on problem-based learning.
  • Learn how to use online video to support lessons rather than sustain them.
  • Identify different tools to help students become authors, producers, and creators of multi-media projects.
  • Apply new technology tools and/or strategies to enrich technology integration within the classroom.

TO REGISTER:

  • Click here to register for the 11:30 am Eastern Time WEBINAR.
  • Click here to register for the 11:30 am Eastern Time SITE LICENSE
  • Click here to register for the 2:00 pm Eastern Time WEBINAR.
  • Click here to register for the 2:00 pm Eastern Time SITE LICENSE.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

  • Classroom Teachers
  • Principals & Other School Administrators
  • Special Education Personnel
  • Academic Deans
  • Curriculum Directors
  • Technology Champions
  • Technology Committee Members

INCLUDED MATERIALS:

The $49 registration fee includes a PDF copy of the PowerPoint presentation that will accompany the live presentation. This will be emailed to each registrant the afternoon prior to the webinar.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:

Eric Clark, M. Ed., has more than thirteen years’ experience in education and currently serves as Lead Administrator at a progressive private school in Kansas.  While serving as middle school principal and assistant high school principal prior to his current role, Clark also functioned as the District’s Technology Integration Specialist, helping teachers weave technology into their lessons to boost engagement and accountability.  Clark began his education career teaching English Language Arts, Broadcast Journalism, Print Journalism, Media Communications, and Yearbook, for over a decade.

Craig Boykin: Change is Possible!

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Not every PhD candidate started his or her academic career successfully.  Craig Boykin took a “different route.”

Watch Craig Boykin describe his path to success.

Acclaimed speaker and author of several books, Craig will present a keynote session entitled Make Education Count at the At-Risk & Struggling Students Conference in Atlanta.

The At-Risk & Struggling Students Conference focuses on evidence-based programs and strategies that educators can use to prevent dropouts and to help students experience success in school. More than 1.2 million students in the United States and Canada drop out of high school each year (with the percentages skewed toward males, low-income and minority students). Millions more are considered at-risk because they exhibit ongoing disciplinary problems, impulsive behavior, truancy issues and have become frustrated or disengaged. The long-term cost of failing to engage these students is tremendous, since they are much less likely to transition successfully into adulthood and to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Join us in Atlanta to gain valuable insights and to explore practical ways to help this critical portion of your school’s population. REGISTER NOW!

Click here for a preliminary listing of sessions.

PRE-CONFERENCE OPPORTUNITIES – 6/21/17 – Register for a conference bundle!

Morning Sessions: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Brian Mendler, M.Ed. – Motivating & Managing Hard-to-Reach, Uninterested & Disruptive Students
  • Rick Fernandez, Ed.D. – Hiring and Staffing for Success with Turnaround Schools
  • Rick Shaw – Active Shooter: Lessons Learned from Sandy Hook & Other Violent Incidents
  • Craig McCullough – Autism & Trauma Connections and Interactions – What Educators Need to Understand

Afternoon Sessions: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Larry Thompson, M.Ed. – Closing the Exits off the Road to Responsibility: Supportive, Non-Exclusionary Discipline
  • Mike Paget, M.Ed. – Positive Behavioral Supports with Students Who Are Wired Differently
  • Brad Chapin, MS, LCP, LMLP – Self- Regulation Training: Framework for Success
  • Mike Shaw – Youth Risk-Taking Behavior: Shifting the Mindset

Rendall: Dyslexic Brains Are Different, Not Broken

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David Rendall says we may be too focused on “fixing weaknesses” in students. Instead, he says students might benefit more from the following philosophy: 

  • There is nothing wrong with you.  Weaknesses are important clues to your strengths.
  • You find success when you find the right fit.  You need to match your unique characteristics to situations that reward those qualities.
  • Your weaknesses make you different.  They make you a freak and it’s good to be a freak. (Freak: a person who is unique because of a natural positive obsession.)

Watch David Rendall explain why our efforts to eliminate weaknesses are often unsuccessful.

Rendall will deliver a keynote session entitled The Freak Factor: Discovering Uniqueness by Flaunting Weakness at the Wired Differently Conference in Atlanta.  His plenary session is entitled Funny for a Change: Using Humor to Create Serious Transformation.

Now in its 5th year, the Wired Differently Conference is an information-packed event that showcases a wide array of best practices for reaching and teaching students with emotional and behavioral challenges — especially in inclusive settings.  REGISTER NOW!

CLICK TO VIEW PRELIMINARY LISTING OF ATLANTA SESSIONS.

PRE-CONFERENCE OPPORTUNITIES – 6/21/17 – Register for a conference bundle!

Morning Sessions: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Brian Mendler, M.Ed. – Motivating & Managing Hard-to-Reach, Uninterested & Disruptive Students
  • Rick Fernandez, Ed.D. – Hiring and Staffing for Success with Turnaround Schools
  • Rick Shaw – Active Shooter: Lessons Learned from Sandy Hook & Other Violent Incidents
  • Craig McCullough – Autism & Trauma Connections and Interactions – What Educators Need to Understand

Afternoon Sessions: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Larry Thompson, M.Ed. – Closing the Exits off the Road to Responsibility: Supportive, Non-Exclusionary Discipline
  • Mike Paget, M.Ed. – Positive Behavioral Supports with Students Who Are Wired Differently
  • Brad Chapin, MS, LCP, LMLP – Self- Regulation Training: Framework for Success
  • Mike Shaw – Youth Risk-Taking Behavior: Shifting the Mindset

Noguera: Agency vs. Grit in Education

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Dr. Pedro Noguera questions some of the assumptions underlying the current emphasis on helping students develop “grit.”

Watch Dr. Pedro Noguera discuss how fostering agency vs. grit in education might be more beneficial for students.

Sociologist, author and UCLA Distinguished Professor of Education Dr. Pedro Noguera will present a plenary session entitled Creating Conditions for Academic Excellence: What it Takes to Leave No Child Behind.

The At-Risk & Struggling Students Conference focuses on evidence-based programs and strategies that educators can use to prevent dropouts and to help students experience success in school. More than 1.2 million students in the United States and Canada drop out of high school each year (with the percentages skewed toward males, low-income and minority students). Millions more are considered at-risk because they exhibit ongoing disciplinary problems, impulsive behavior, truancy issues and have become frustrated or disengaged. The long-term cost of failing to engage these students is tremendous, since they are much less likely to transition successfully into adulthood and to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Join us in Atlanta to gain valuable insights and to explore practical ways to help this critical portion of your school’s population. REGISTER NOW!

Click here for a preliminary listing of sessions.

PRE-CONFERENCE OPPORTUNITIES – 6/21/17 – Register for a conference bundle!

Morning Sessions: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Brian Mendler, M.Ed. – Motivating & Managing Hard-to-Reach, Uninterested & Disruptive Students
  • Rick Fernandez, Ed.D. – Hiring and Staffing for Success with Turnaround Schools
  • Rick Shaw – Active Shooter: Lessons Learned from Sandy Hook & Other Violent Incidents
  • Craig McCullough – Autism & Trauma Connections and Interactions – What Educators Need to Understand

Afternoon Sessions: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Larry Thompson, M.Ed. – Closing the Exits off the Road to Responsibility: Supportive, Non-Exclusionary Discipline
  • Mike Paget, M.Ed. – Positive Behavioral Supports with Students Who Are Wired Differently
  • Brad Chapin, MS, LCP, LMLP – Self- Regulation Training: Framework for Success
  • Mike Shaw – Youth Risk-Taking Behavior: Shifting the Mindset

Hot or Hotter? Choose Sessions from 4 Conferences in Atlanta or Vegas

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Join Us in Georgia – 4 Conferences/1 Location!

Dr. Pedro Noguera – Creating Conditions for Academic Excellence: What it Takes to Leave No Child Behind
To improve the educational system, School Discipline Keynote Speaker Dr. Pedro Noguera says asking the right questions is the key to moving forward.

Baruti Kafele – Closing the Attitude Gap
At-Risk Students Conference Speaker Baruti Kafele has proven himself a champion of lagging schools.  To be successful with African Americans, Latinos and other urban students (particularly males), Principal Kafele believes educators must place their unwavering focus on closing the “Attitude Gap” rather than the “Achievement Gap.”

Brian Mendler – Motivating Hard-to-Reach, Uninterested and Disruptive Students
At-Risk Students Conference Speaker Brian Mendler knows it’s possible to “get through school and not be great at it – but still be successful in life.”

David Rendall – Freaks, Deviance & Strength Wired Differently Keynoter David Rendal puts a positive spin on the paradox of students who are wired differently.

REGISTER NOW!  |  JUNE 21-24, 2017  | ATLANTA

 

Join Us in Vegas – 4 Conferences/One Location!

Dr. Michael Gurian – Gender & Aggression Nurturance
Innovative Schools Summit Plenary Speaker Dr. Michael Gurian says educators intuitively know that boys and girls learn differently, but often receive too little training about addressing gender differences in the classroom.

Randy Sprick: CHAMPS
School Discipline Conference Keynote Speaker and Safe and Civil Schools Creator Dr. Randy Sprick believes that safety and civility can be established across all school settings – enabling staff to lay a foundation that engages students and enhances learning.

Molly Barker – Empowering Girls through Running
Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference Speaker Molly Barker nurtures the physical and emotional health of girls 
– through running.

Larry Thompson – Closing Exits off Road to Responsibility

School Climate & Culture Keynote Speaker Larry Thompson says students’ exits off the road to responsibility must be closed if you want to gain control of your school or classroom.

 

Kim Strobel: Incorporating Genius Hour

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Kim Strobel says “the future belongs to creators, empathizers, pattern recognizers, meaning makers, artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, innovators and big picture thinkers – and Genius Hour is where it can all begin.”

Watch Kim Strobel describe the Genius Hour movement.

Kim Strobel is a former elementary teacher and curriculum director.  She will present a featured session entitled Incorporating Genius Hour: Passion, Play, Purpose & Creativity in Las Vegas.  REGISTER NOW!

Click here for a preliminary listing of sessions.