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Friday, February 28
 

8:15am

Technique Mixte Acrylic Style
Limited Capacity seats available

Ever wonder how to teach the painting styles of Masters like Van Eyk and Da Vinci using acrylics? Learn hands on about IAEA featured artist Javier Chavira and a simplified version of a 16th century Flemish painting technique using acrylics. 

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Farnesi

Elizabeth Farnesi

7/8 Art teacher, Wilkins Junior High
Elizabeth Farnesi earned her undergraduate degree in Art Education atNorthern Illinois University then went on to get a Master’s degree in drawing andpainting from Governors State University.Farnesi has been an art teacher at Wilkins Jr. High since 2005. She is part of the Illinois... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
D163

8:15am

Masterying Personalized Learning : Get up and Grid!
Limited Capacity full

 Mastery Learning is a must in this day and age - but how do you make it manageable and effective? Let’s talk about best practice methods that have been shared and utilized to increase student achievement and ownership through self-paced mastery grids across the country. By providing tools that create a self-paced, personalized and student-centered classroom environment, every student can be met where they are at and thrive in the classroom! Get ready to reach ALL students in the classroom. Get up and Grid!

Speakers
avatar for Rae Hughart

Rae Hughart

Director of Training & Development, Teach Better Team
Rae Hughart is a Middle Level Math Educator in Illinois, creator of the Teach Further Model, Co-Author of "Teach Better" and the Director of Training & Development for the Teach Better Team.In 2017, Rae was honored with the Illinois State University Outstanding Young Alumni Award... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
K263
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary, Middle School, High School
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Please bring computer / tech device.

8:15am

Effective Classroom Management
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will give teachers strategies they can use in their classroom to improve students' behavior. It will also give teachers an opportunity to reflect on their current strategies and develop effective classroom management plans that will improve their learning environments. 

Speakers
avatar for Yolanda Grandberry-Pugh

Yolanda Grandberry-Pugh

English Teacher, Rock Island/Milan School District #41
Yolanda received her bachelor's in English Education from Illinois State University. She went on to earn her master's degree from the University of Memphis and her Educational Specialist degree from Capella University. She is currently completing her doctoral degree at Western Illinois... Read More →



Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
JJ207

8:15am

Google Hard
Limited Capacity filling up

Google has taken over nearly everything in the world of education and has helped to push the use of technology to the top of the list of "effective teaching strategies" used by nearly every teacher.  Come to this workshop to learn more about how to make Google not only your Co-Teacher in the classroom, but also your best friend.  (focus: Google Apps, extensions, add-ons, and Google Teacher Certification)

Speakers
avatar for Micah Riordan

Micah Riordan

STEM Teacher, McHenry Middle School


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
K260
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Middle School, High School
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Please bring a laptop.

8:15am

"Too Many Letter Sounds…Too Many Phonics Rules…Too Many Sight Words…." How to Use Brain Science as a Roadmap to Fast-Track Phonics for Reading!
Limited Capacity seats available

Did you know that the brain has a backdoor for accelerated learning that’s easily hacked into? Using brain science as a road map, discover how to target reading and writing instruction to “backdoor” social and emotional learning systems that transform hard phonics skills into child’s play! Take advantage of learning loopholes rooted in brain plasticity, and take away “brain-changing” knowledge and powerful teaching tools that will leave you armed and ready for Monday morning! 

Speakers
avatar for Katie Garner

Katie Garner

Author, Speaker, Literacy Consultant, Learning & the Brain Research Consortium/ Secret Stories
Katie Garner, M.Ed. (author of best-selling book, Secret Stories® Cracking the Reading Code with the Brain in Mind) is an internationally known keynote speaker, author and literacy consultant with twenty-five years of experience working in classrooms across the country, and a passion... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
CC154

8:15am

Creating a Culture to Inspire Teens’ Gumption to Grip and Grapple with a Book
Limited Capacity full

Too often teens lose that loving feeling for reading, so if we can change teens’ attitudes about reading, can we change how we teach?   Tired of spoon-feeding fake-readers, this high school  teacher will share his attempts to build a community of lifelong readers, focusing on access to relevant books they actually want to read cover to cover, volume and momentum, and culture that impacts reader identity.  Participants will reflect on their own evolution as readers.

Speakers

Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
KK273

8:15am

Informational Texts Across the Curriculum: Thinking, Talking, and Learning Together
Limited Capacity seats available


Join veteran teacher, Brian Tucker as he shares his classroom-tested strategies for engaging learners with informational texts throughout your instructional day. Then, peek into his classroom to see how he use texts to teach standards-focused inquiry experiences that serve two purposes – to teach content and to help students grow as readers.

Speakers
avatar for Brian  Tucker

Brian Tucker

Grade 5, Wild Rose Elementary


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
Mobile 2

8:15am

Inquiry Through Read Alouds
Limited Capacity filling up

How do elementary teachers bring inquiry into the classroom with everything else?  In this session, we will discover ways to incorporate inquiry and research through read aloud lessons.  Come join the fun and see what resources are out there to support you!

Speakers

Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
KK265
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary

8:15am

Literacy Workshop: Inspiring Your Learners Through Integrated Reading and Writing Experiences
Limited Capacity filling up

Are you looking for ways to make the most of every minute in your instructional day? If so, then this session is for you. Karen will share how to help you make the connections between reading and writing for your students. As they practice the habits, behaviors, and strategies of literacy learners, their successes within workshop will grow. Leave this session with a collection of mentor texts and lessons to make the most of your instruction!


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
Mobile 1

8:15am

Student-Led Questioning
Limited Capacity seats available

As educators we want our students to assume responsibility for their own learning, and we want them to have meaningful conversations about texts all on their own, but achieving this with 5-10 year olds is a challenge. Come join me to make and take an actual resource you can use in your K-5 classroom to produce student-led comprehension conversations of depth. Potential fringe benefit: scoring a distinguished mark on 3c of the Danielson framework.

Speakers


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
H209

8:15am

Using the Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract Approach in Your Elementary Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

How can you get your students to show and explain what is really going on in a mathematical algorithm? How can you be using manipulatives during instruction? You will find the answers to these questions in this presentation on the research based Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) Approach. This hands on and interactive session will leave you with new ideas to use in your elementary classroom to better support your students’ mathematical understandings.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Priola

Rachel Priola

Math Instructional Coach, CCUSD 301
avatar for Erica  Snyder

Erica Snyder

Instructional Coach, CCUSD 301



Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
J245

8:15am

Using Music and Song to Teach -- Anything!
Limited Capacity seats available

Students are more receptive to learning when they are motivated, and music and song strengthen motivation to learn.  With current technology everyone can find and use musical resources.  Join me on a world tour of dazzling music-enriched activities that enhance learning in every discipline and for all varieties of students.  We'll perform some quick demo activities, and by attending you'll also get a (private) link to many more.  

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Lems

Kristin Lems

Full Professor, National Louis University
My main interest is literacy in a new language with focus on linguistic aspects. This year, presenting about listening comprehension - and its myriad aspects in this digital age. I am also engaged in presenting about music as a support to learning a new language and literacy, and... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
HH234

8:15am

Building a Positive School Culture One Step at a Time
Limited Capacity seats available

Attendees will learn some tips on how to create a positive school culture that can be done by any staff member.  Practical tips on building relationships with students, staff, and parents that are simple to accomplish from day one.  

Speakers
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James Robinette

Principal, LaGrange SD 102
I am currently a principal of a dual language school in LaGrange School District 102. We are in the 3rd year of implementation. I was the principal of Barbour Two-Way Language Immersion in Rockford for three years which was a K-8 90:10 model. People can ask me about dual language... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
H216

8:15am

Careers and the class of 2032
Limited Capacity seats available

The world of work is changing at an exponentially fast pace. Automation is impacting every career we know, as we are preparing students today for jobs that don't even exist yet. So, what are we doing to make sure our students are ready for these changes? Together, let's explore the world of work and what lies ahead for the class of 2021-as well as the class of 2032 and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Leah Brock

Leah Brock

Counselor Leader, Innovative Curriculum Resources
Hi Everyone! I am Professional School Counselor currently working with a grant project partnership with ISBE and Illinois State University. I concentrate on finding tools and professional development topics that will support educators and counselors in variety of ways! Looking forward... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
A107

8:15am

Keeping Students Accountable with a Classroom Economy
Limited Capacity seats available

A classroom economy system is a great way to have your students take ownership within the classroom and be held accountable for their choices. This session will cover setting up a classroom economy, including jobs, rewards, consequences, and capitalizing on teachable moments. The classroom economy supports many curricular goals and is an excellent way to learn valuable life skills such as organization, the value of saving, and delayed gratification.

Speakers

Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
J242

8:15am

Setting Up a Tier 2 & Tier 3 System for your school
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will revolve around setting up tier 2 and 3 behavior supports within the MTSS process. This system will go through the general framework of Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 intervention supports with a focus on Tiers 2 and 3. A system for entering and exiting students from interventions will be the focus along with setting up the type of interventions you'd like to see at your school, how to make up a MTSS team and how to get your staff on board! This session is perfect for PBIS coaches, your Tier 2 team and administration who support the student services department at your school. 

Speakers
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Amy Taucher

Round Lake Area Schools District 116
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Cameron Campbell

School Counselor, Round Lake Area Schools District 116


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
H210

8:15am

Stress-Reduced, Efficient and Effective Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect
Limited Capacity seats available

This interactive session supports you through the process of identifying and reporting child abuse-and explains what happens after you report and why. Discussions will clarify:
• Physical and behavioral signs that may be indicators of abuse or neglect
• What a child may say as a disclosure
• What to do and say “in the moment” when a child discloses
• Questions you’re allowed to ask
• Information you need to make a report
• Understanding the criteria used to accept and act upon your report
• What happens after a report is made


Speakers
avatar for Samantha Hoover

Samantha Hoover

Family Services Manager, Mutual Ground
Samantha Hoover is a licensed clinical professional counselor and the manager of the Family Services Department at Mutual Ground. She works directly with families who have experienced domestic or sexual violence, supervises counselors and child advocates, and trains other professionals... Read More →



Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
J244
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL All

8:15am

Two Birds, One Stone! Standards & Play
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for an interactive, hands-on session that will debunk the myth that Early Childhood classrooms have to be EITHER play-based OR more academic in focus. Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade teachers are invited to come and engage in conversations on how to better align our early childhood environments and meet rigorous standards through PLAY.

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Ehrat

Sandra Ehrat

KIDS Professional Learning Consultant, KIDS


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
J243

8:15am

Understanding and Managing Your Emotional Triggers in the Workplace
Limited Capacity seats available

Do your emotions ever get the best of you?  A strong foundation in content knowledge is not sufficient if we lack the skills to manage our emotions in the heat of the challenges we face.  Emotional intelligence (EI) refers to the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions and the emotions of others. This session will provide insight into your trigger events and offer practical suggestions on how to better manage your behavior.




Speakers
avatar for Patty O'Neil

Patty O'Neil

Consultant, Kane County ROE - Consultants
I retired recently having served for 35 years in public education in Illinois. The last nine years of my career was spent in the Geneva Community Unit School District, first as the Director of Curriculum and then as the Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching. Supervision... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
H202

8:15am

A breath of Yoga: teaching Yoga and Meditation to your students
Limited Capacity filling up

What can bring your students physical health, increased brain power, stress and anxiety reduction, sustainable happiness, mental focus and a calmer attitude? Yoga, breath work, and meditation. Learn how to teach your students to breath and build their intrinsic motivation to practice yoga, breath work and meditation. This trio is available for all students in all bodies and all levels of functioning. You and your students will be amazed with the power of your own breath. 

Speakers
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Kristin Hill

Sycamore High School
avatar for Shelly Tranchita

Shelly Tranchita

Sycamore High School


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
Mack Olson

8:15am

Cross Curricular PE: Incorporating ELA and Math into your PE Class
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you looking for activities to incorporate some language arts and math activities into your PE program?  We have some exciting activities for you to try.  It's not too hard to incorporate some simple strategies into your already amazing PE program!

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Zerby

Kelly Zerby

PE Teacher and District Coordinator, Jefferson Elementary School-Illinois
Kelly Zerby teaches physical education at Jefferson Elementary School. With 20 years of K-5 physical education experience, she is currently the Vice President of Children for IAHPERD (Illinois), and her District’s PE Coordinator. Kelly has obtained a Masters in Administration and... Read More →
avatar for Cindie Cortinas-Vogt

Cindie Cortinas-Vogt

PE Teacher & Illinois Fab 4 Palos Sports Presenter, Washington Elementary U-46
I’m in my 21st year of teaching. I have taught students from K-Higher Ed and have loved each of my positions for different reasons BUT my passion lies with the elementary kiddos. I’m a big Cubs fan I’m a remarried widow I have 2 children of my own and 1 stepchild. My topics... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
Contest Gym
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary

8:15am

Fitness Assessments are More Than Data Submitted to the State.
Limited Capacity seats available

Recent legislative efforts in Illinois recommends that schools deliver a health-related fitness approach in PE. While physical fitness tests are an important assessment component in PE, little is done with the data obtained from those assessments. There is a wealth of information that can be obtained from those fitness testing. Learn how to manage fitness data and the health-related applications of physical fitness assessments.

Speakers
avatar for Dale Brown

Dale Brown

Illinois State University


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
Mack Olson
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Early Childhood, Middle School, High School

8:15am

Blended Learning in a Mastery-Based Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Mastery-based learning provides an “On-Demand” education that matches the world they live in. Students in a mastery-based learning model receive clear learning targets, learn at their own pace, and get one-on-one attention whenever they need it. Students demonstrate mastery of the curriculum through a series of formative assessments before they qualify to complete a summative assessment. Built in RtI methods enable the teacher and student to work through a seamless remediation process when necessary.

Speakers
avatar for Gerry Marchand

Gerry Marchand

Science Teacher & #ILFabCon Co-Founder, Huntley High School
Gerry is a science teacher at Huntley High School, adjunct professor at Elgin Community College, and co-founder of The Illinois Flipped & Blended Learning Network (@ilfabn). He has been teaching in the NW suburbs of Chicago since 2006. Gerry completed his B.S. at Northern Illinois... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
J249

8:15am

ACES: Being Trauma Responsive is Key
Limited Capacity filling up

ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) are the definition of childhood trauma.    How do we work with students who may have or are continuing to live in a system of trauma?   What can we do to best support these, and all, students.   Through the presentation we will define and explore ACEs and how the trauma our students may be experiencing can impede their ability to learn and make appropriate judgements.  We will discuss together how schools can become more trauma responsive to the needs of the students daily.   We will explore how connection is key to success with all students, regardless where they come from or what they experience.    We will also reflect on how we can take care of ourselves and limit how much of their trauma we absorb, and learn how to support without taking on the students’ needs as our own.

Speakers

Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
KK267
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL All

8:15am

Cool Calm Collected: Real life strategies for managing crisis in the classroom
Limited Capacity full

Kelsey Wild and Amy Finn are Trauma Informed coaches. We both work in a Day Treatment program for students with Emotional Disabilities. We strive to talk about the science behind trauma and its effects on the brain. Our session will give you practical (and witty) advice to use in your classrooms to promote self awareness, resilience and confidence in your students that have significant behavioral needs. Our sessions are engaging and collaborative as we want to help with the issues you are facing in your classrooms. 

Speakers
avatar for Amy Finn

Amy Finn

Northwest Academy Facilitator, NWSE COOP
As an educator for students with Emotional Behaviors for the past 25 years, I have spent my professional career helping students use a "clean slate" approach to their behaviors so they can be successful in the classroom setting. I provide concrete examples for educators to use before,during... Read More →
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Kelsey Wild

School Social Worker, Northwest Special Education Cooperative
As a school social worker and mental health advocate/practitioner, my approach is rooted in an ecological developmental perspective - with specific interests in the impact of stress, intergenerational trauma, and self-care practices on student outcomes. I believe in the power of positive... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
H217
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL All

8:15am

Guided Meditation to Prevent Educator Burnout
Limited Capacity filling up

Educator burnout is rampant. To combat this very real problem, this workshop offers tangible self-care tools catered to the specific mental, emotional and spiritual needs of educators. The session would take participants through a guided meditation as well as offer tips and tools to be used at home, at school, or in the community. No prior meditation experience is required! The session is appropriate for meditation novices to seasoned pros and everyone in between.

Speakers
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Tina Andersen

Professional Educator, Kaneland #302
Tina, a K-5 music teacher at Kaneland McDole Elementary school, has been passionate about spiritual growth and wellbeing for as long as she can remember. Tina holds an MA in Theology from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (Rochester NY), and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
H204

8:15am

Overcoming Perfectionism
Limited Capacity seats available

We all have seen it: The students who hold themselves to such high standards that they end up shutting down. Unhealthy perfectionism is linked to anxiety, depression, low grades, and overall low self esteem. In this research-based session, I will provide a perfectionism assessment that students can take to evaluate the core issue, and then I provide resources and tips to help both teachers and parents help their student overcome the issue.

Speakers
avatar for Tasha Allred

Tasha Allred

Teacher, CTE
I am a business and programming teacher at Burlington Central High school. I've taught for 10 years in both a public and an online setting. Previous to being at Central, I taught an array of courses and was the director of student services at an exclusively online school. I have a... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
J230

8:15am

Understanding the Brain and Emotions to Improve Math Instruction
Limited Capacity seats available


Who's got time to teach the SELs? We'll show you how to integrate content and social-emotional learning standards! In our workshop, we'll begin by discussing how the brain learns. With this foundation in place, we'll explore where math, reading, critical thinking, and emotions all come together in your classroom- especially in math! Understand the importance of creating a dialogue around emotions, which will allow teachers and students to process, understand, and reflect upon emotions and connect on an emotional level. We'll work to develop practical and adaptable strategies for integrating Social/Emotional Learning Standards into all mathematics instruction and to understand how to apply these strategies effectively in the classrooms.


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
H220
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary

8:15am

What's Under the Umbrella? A Neuropsychological Approach to ADHD
Limited Capacity full

Did you know, ADHD is much more than inattention and hyperactivity?   ADHD is an “umbrella” term that encompasses many different behavioral, cognitive, and emotional symptoms. While exploring “What’s Under The Umbrella” participants will learn about the conceptualization of ADHD from a neuropsychology perspective and how this can be applied to identification and intervention planning for children within the school setting.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Skierkiewicz, EdD, NCSP

Amanda Skierkiewicz, EdD, NCSP

Neuropsychologist, Landstrom Center
Amanda Skierkiewicz, Ed.D., NCSP, is a clinical neuropsychologist and school psychologist working with pediatric clients with learning difficulties, executive dysfunction and social emotional challenges in both private practice and for school districts. Dr. Amanda earned her Doctoral... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
H218

8:15am

Doing History: Practical Approaches to Teaching and Writing in History and Civics
Limited Capacity seats available

Jason M. Artman is an Instructional Coach for the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition and wrote and facilitates civics workshops for OnlineImpact. The activities he designed for his history classrooms are applicable and practical to other classes. Participants will leave with blank line masters of many reading and writing activities for use in any social studies classroom at the middle- or high-school level. 

Speakers
avatar for Jason Artman

Jason Artman

Department Chair, Mendota Twp. High School Dist. 280
I have been a classroom teacher for 20 years, the last 18 at Mendota Township High School. Since 2016, I have additionally worked with the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition as an Illinois Civics Mentor and Instructional Coach, and with the support of the Robert F. McCormick Foundation... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
HH233
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Middle School, High School
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE You are going to leave with plenty of activities that you could use in your class the next day.

8:15am

Improving Social Deficits Through Theatre
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop provides best practice lessons and activities for students to address the pragmatic, social, and communication skills, through fine arts. This becomes the vehicle for improving upon communication and interpersonal interaction skills to be more successful. The students develop better communication and generalization skills for college and career readiness.

Speakers
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Gina Seaton

Special Education Teacher, Rolling Meadows High School


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
J250
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL High School, Related Services
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Be prepared to participate in our theater games.

8:15am

Understanding Selective Mutism
Limited Capacity seats available

Selective Mutism is an often misunderstood anxiety disorder where children can speak at home and in places they are comfortable, yet are often unable to speak in school and other settings outside the home. You will learn strategies to support children with SM in the classroom and gain resources for them and their families.,

Speakers
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Kathy Slattery

Project Director, StarNet Region II/The Center


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
KK270
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL All

8:15am

Connecting Technology to Student Learning in the Art Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Popular opinion states that adding digital technologies make for better lessons, but is that true? How can digital technologies be used to support student learning? Come learn an easy way to critically review lesson plans to test where tech should and should not be used in the classroom. Personal examples and free resources included to help you begin reviewing and creating the most creative, and effective lessons!

Speakers

Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
K262
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Laptops and sample lesson plans encouraged.

8:15am

Expanding Your Ed Tech Toolkit
Limited Capacity seats available

Like many teachers, we all get stuck in a rut using the same tech tools over and over again. This session will provide a quick overview of different websites, tools, and apps to utilize in classrooms for upper elementary and beyond. A portion of the session will be dedicated to practicing with the tools shown, asking questions, and sharing your own ideas. We want this session to be as collaborative as possible. Bring your computer and be ready to participate! 

Speakers
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Natalie Rinaldi

Geneva Middle School North


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
KK274
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Middle School, High School
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Please bring laptop, chargers, be prepared to share your own favorite tech tools

8:15am

Hey, Google! How’d You Do That?
Limited Capacity full

This fast paced session will cover many tips & tricks that will make your life easier! We’ll be showing tricks for Google sharing, formatting, graphics,, extensions, apps, and add-ons and a few keyboard shortcuts. Make sure you bring your laptop so you can use on the information on Monday morning!   We will focus on teacher productivity but many of the tricks can be used by students too. This session will  make your Google experience more productive.

Speakers
avatar for Gail Stover

Gail Stover

Instructional Coach K-5, CCUSD 301
Gail Stover is in her 18th year as an educator in Central District #301 with the last five years as an Instructional Coach Coaching position, Gail has taught Kindergarten, Second and Fifth Grade. Prior to moving into education, Gail worked in the business world for 20+ years. Gail... Read More →
avatar for Leah Herold

Leah Herold

Instructional Coach, leah.herold@central301.net
Leah Herold is in her fourth year of being an Instructional Coach in Central District #301. Prior to this position, she taught 4th grade for nine years. She enjoys supporting teachers and students in their journey of incorporating technology and other strategies to support student... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 10:00am
KK272
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL All

8:15am

Continuing to Connect - Blended Learning Roundtable Discussion
Limited Capacity filling up

We had a very beneficial roundtable discussion in the fall.....lets keep the dialogue going!  Come network with your colleagues from neighboring districts and discuss how you are implementing blended learning in your school/district and support one-another on this journey. 

Speakers
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TBD

We had a very beneficial roundtable discussion in the fall.....lets keep the dialogue going!  Come network with your colleagues from neighboring districts and discuss how you are implementing blended learning in your school/district and support one-another on this journey. 


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 12:00pm
KK275
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL All

8:15am

Emergency Sub Plans
Limited Capacity filling up

Have you ever gotten sick overnight and thought... "Ugh I have to write sub-plans!" This session is for you. You will pre-create lessons that revolve around a theme that can be used on the fly. This session will provide you with an entire day's worth of lessons and let you focus on getting better. 

Speakers
avatar for Brooke Helmlinger

Brooke Helmlinger

Kindergarten Teacher/ Elem Tech Coordinator, Geneva District 304


remote docx

Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 3:00pm
A101
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Please bring a laptop.

8:15am

Revamping Literacy in the Elementary Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

Attention all Elementary School teachers! Are you looking for ways to REVAMP your Literacy block? Join us for this all day session. Explore Topics such as creative writing through mini books, mentor texts, and creative conventions; re-aligning guided reading instruction to our beliefs on reading instruction; growing student self-autonomy and SEL skills through goal setting, GRIT, The Learning Pit, and mentor texts; and using the newest research based instruction with professional development books. 

Speakers
avatar for Sarah  Paulson

Sarah Paulson

Elementary Teacher of 8 years, currently teaching third grade in Geneva, IL.Masters of Education in Literacy from Judson University Masters of Instructional Coaching from North Central College



Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 3:00pm
A103
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary

8:15am

Are Your Students World Ready...And Are You Ready To Help?
Limited Capacity seats available

With the newly enacted World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages here in Illinois comes a great challenge for World Language teachers. How do we put these standards into practice? How do we assess student progress? These standards mean Illinois teachers have a new framework on which to base their curricula. While many of us are familiar with the communications part of the standards, the standards include a wider variety of learning with the other four C’s. We will explore all aspects of the standards including a wide variety of supporting documents, examine the curricular impact of the W-RS on the classroom, explore some model curricula, and include collaboration time to work on your own curricula.


Speakers
avatar for Talia Block

Talia Block

Spanish teacher, Northbrook/Glenview District 30
I am a 3rd-5th grade Spanish teacher on the northern suburbs. I have a passion for curriculum that reflects the interests of the students while pushing them to see different perspectives. Language is a gift we give to the students to help them expand their understanding of the world... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 3:00pm
A105
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary, Middle School, High School
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Have access to current curriculum.

8:15am

Introduction of Hydroponics for your classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

Hydroponics can be a fun and engaging way to energize your STEM and Science instruction.  This day-long session is open to any teacher interested in learning more about hydroponics and incorporating it into your instruction.  Participants will receive an overview of some of the important aspects of hydroponics and will have an opportunity to construct their very own hydroponics system that they can take back to their classrooms.  

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Friday February 28, 2020 8:15am - 3:00pm
H205
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Middle School, High School

10:15am

Open Studio in Middle School
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to run an open studio at the Middle School level. Guide students through artistic behavior like creating a body of work within a concentration, preparing work for presentation and art shows, and learning from visiting artists.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Farnesi

Elizabeth Farnesi

7/8 Art teacher, Wilkins Junior High
Elizabeth Farnesi earned her undergraduate degree in Art Education atNorthern Illinois University then went on to get a Master’s degree in drawing andpainting from Governors State University.Farnesi has been an art teacher at Wilkins Jr. High since 2005. She is part of the Illinois... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
D163
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Middle School

10:15am

Ready, Set, Go - Game Based Strategies for the Art Room
Limited Capacity seats available

This session focuses on developing skills students need to think and act like artists presented in a game format.  These games help students develop feedback skills, listening, identifying resources, and working outside of your comfort zones. These strategies can be modified to fit your classroom

Speakers
avatar for Kerry Parrish

Kerry Parrish

HS Art and Design Teacher/Tech Coach, Crystal Lake Central High School
I am a High School Art and Design Instructor from NW IL. I teach beginning Digital Arts Courses, Photography and AP 2D Studio and I am an Instructional Technology Coach. I use Google for almost everything and try to teach my students to be more efficient by using Google and Goog... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
H203

10:15am

Getting your feet wet with Standards-Based Grading
Limited Capacity seats available

It’s time to talk shop and get our feet wet! Take the first step and explore Standards-Based Grading. In this session, you will learn the who, what, when, where, and why for SBG; including how the system may look in the classroom and easy tools to support educators explanation of SBG to students! Stop focusing on task completion and begin your journey to the deep end filled with deeper learning! 

Speakers
avatar for Rae Hughart

Rae Hughart

Director of Training & Development, Teach Better Team
Rae Hughart is a Middle Level Math Educator in Illinois, creator of the Teach Further Model, Co-Author of "Teach Better" and the Director of Training & Development for the Teach Better Team.In 2017, Rae was honored with the Illinois State University Outstanding Young Alumni Award... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
K262
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary, Middle School, High School

10:15am

Grading Conferences
Limited Capacity seats available

Modeled after job performance reviews, grading conferences are a great way to help your students talk about their learning & progress. Learn from two teachers who have implemented this structure in their classrooms. Resources, ideas, and set up will be shared!

Speakers
avatar for Katelynn Giordano

Katelynn Giordano

6th Grade ELA, Kaneland Harter Middle School
Katelynn Giordano is a 6th grade ELA teacher at Harter Middle School and the Digital Content Editor for the Teach Better Team. Her beliefs about education are simple: Amplify student voice. Cultivate analytical problem solving. Promote equitable, systemic changes. Be better every... Read More →
avatar for Kate Atkins

Kate Atkins

6th Grade ELA, Kaneland Harter Middle School
Kate Atkins is in her 12th year of teaching 6th grade ELA. She is working toward her PBL certification and recently moved back to Illinois from Florida where she taught at a Summit School. Kate is a forward-thinking teacher who is open to new ideas and willing to try anything that... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
H201
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary, Middle School, High School
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Come with an open mind!

10:15am

Using a Data Matrix to Increase Achievement for All Leaners
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation addresses the process of collating individual student data into a matrix in order to analyze student reading and mathematics performance to determine appropriate interventions and enrichment activities and measure their impact.  The presenters will cover the development of the matrix, data meeting agenda (grade level review of the matrix), subsidization of evidence-based interventions and methodologies and the process for using the data matrix to  determine Academic Return on Investment (A-RoI). 

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Lori Leppert

PPS Director, Forest Ridge School District #142
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Heather Rose

Forest Ridge School District #142


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
H200
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School

10:15am

Effective Classroom Management
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will give teachers strategies they can use in their classroom to improve students' behavior. It will also give teachers an opportunity to reflect on their current strategies and develop effective classroom management plans that will improve their learning environments. 

Speakers
avatar for Yolanda Grandberry-Pugh

Yolanda Grandberry-Pugh

English Teacher, Rock Island/Milan School District #41
Yolanda received her bachelor's in English Education from Illinois State University. She went on to earn her master's degree from the University of Memphis and her Educational Specialist degree from Capella University. She is currently completing her doctoral degree at Western Illinois... Read More →



Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
JJ207
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Middle School, High School
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Be prepared to share and analyze your current classroom management strategies.

10:15am

"Too Many Letter Sounds…Too Many Phonics Rules…Too Many Sight Words…." How to Use Brain Science as a Roadmap to Fast-Track Phonics for Reading!
Limited Capacity seats available

Did you know that the brain has a backdoor for accelerated learning that’s easily hacked into? Using brain science as a road map, discover how to target reading and writing instruction to “backdoor” social and emotional learning systems that transform hard phonics skills into child’s play! Take advantage of learning loopholes rooted in brain plasticity, and take away “brain-changing” knowledge and powerful teaching tools that will leave you armed and ready for Monday morning! 

Speakers
avatar for Katie Garner

Katie Garner

Author, Speaker, Literacy Consultant, Learning & the Brain Research Consortium/ Secret Stories
Katie Garner, M.Ed. (author of best-selling book, Secret Stories® Cracking the Reading Code with the Brain in Mind) is an internationally known keynote speaker, author and literacy consultant with twenty-five years of experience working in classrooms across the country, and a passion... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
CC154
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Early Childhood, Elementary, Specialists

10:15am

Amplify Meaning: The Art of the Picture Book
Limited Capacity filling up

Making meaning is what reading is all about! Learn how to foster students' comprehension strategies while utilizing the many visual modalities that are contained in picture books. You'll leave with a collection of picture book mentor texts and demonstration lessons to use in your classroom tomorrow!

Speakers
avatar for Brian  Tucker

Brian Tucker

Grade 5, Wild Rose Elementary


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
KK266
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary, Middle School

10:15am

Be the Change: Inspiring Our Learners to Broaden Their Worlds One Book at a Time
Limited Capacity full

How can teachers inspire their students to better understand themselves, their world, and then inspire them to be more empathetic to others? Believe it or not…the answer is right there on the bookshelves of classrooms, in libraries, or in the piles of books that are waiting for us to read them? Leave with a collection of mentor texts and learning experiences to inspire your students and “be the change” that will make our world a better place. 


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
Mobile 1

10:15am

Mainstream Classroom Teachers: Supporting ELL Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you need some advice on supporting your ELLs in your regular ed classroom?  This session will provide a quick background on how ELLs acquire new language, review the best strategies to support them (and many other students), and explore how technology can be used. 

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Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
KK265
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary, Middle School, High School
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Please bring your laptop and either an app for a QR reader or access to a Google account in order to access materials presented.

10:15am

Differentiation Adds Up in the Math Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Dive into an overview of differentiation tips. Add differentiation strategies to your math toolbox to increase student engagement and address different readiness levels. See how to sprinkle in some differentiation by creating small changes to existing lessons that can maximize learning for students. Examples will be shown from different grade levels and different math domains to show flexibility of differentiation using progression of skills and level of complexity. 

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Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
J248

10:15am

Student-Led Questioning
Limited Capacity filling up

As educators we want our students to assume responsibility for their own learning, and we want them to have meaningful conversations about texts all on their own, but achieving this with 5-10 year olds is a challenge. Come join me to make and take an actual resource you can use in your K-5 classroom to produce student-led comprehension conversations of depth. Potential fringe benefit: scoring a distinguished mark on 3c of the Danielson framework.

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Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
H209
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary

10:15am

Using the Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract Approach in Your Elementary Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

How can you get your students to show and explain what is really going on in a mathematical algorithm? How can you be using manipulatives during instruction? You will find the answers to these questions in this presentation on the research based Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) Approach. This hands on and interactive session will leave you with new ideas to use in your elementary classroom to better support your students’ mathematical understandings.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Priola

Rachel Priola

Math Instructional Coach, CCUSD 301
avatar for Erica  Snyder

Erica Snyder

Instructional Coach, CCUSD 301



Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
J245
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary

10:15am

ACTIVE MUSIC for ACTIVE LEARNERS: Brain Food, Body Fuel!
Limited Capacity seats available

Sing! Stamp! Clap! March! Is your classroom bursting with action verbs?  Participation in active music promotes tip-top brain and body growth and provides opportunities for children of all abilities to work on social, emotional and physical skills.  Singing and dancing also allows children to acquire early literacy skills fluidly - and they just think it’s fun!  Easy-to-implement classroom management techniques make movement safe and accessible.  Teachers of all musical abilities welcome.  Come prepared to move!

Speakers
avatar for Carole Stephens

Carole Stephens

Early Childhood Music Specialist, Macaroni Soup! (self)
30 years as an Early Childhood Music Specialist10 recordings - From \\\"Sticky Bubble Gum\\\" to \\\"Macaroni Soup!\\\", all used by teachers & parents and loved by children!Talk to me about how to use Active Music for Active Learners every day!



Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
KK273
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Early Childhood
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE You may bring a personal recording device to remember material presented.

10:15am

Let's Shake it Together! An Introduction to Angklung (Bamboo Rattles)
Limited Capacity seats available

I plan to introduce to the participants a bamboo instrument, Angklung, and a unique collaborative performance practice it is associated in Southeast Asia in general and Indonesia specifically, where this instrument is originated. I will focus on the cultural and musical values of this instrument. In addition to organizing a 15-minute mini performance featuring Indonesian children’s songs in this session, I will invite the participants to make music together on the angklung. 

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Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
KK267
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary, Middle School

10:15am

Using Music and Song to Teach -- Anything!
Limited Capacity seats available

Students are more receptive to learning when they are motivated, and music and song strengthen motivation to learn.  With current technology everyone can find and use musical resources.  Join me on a world tour of dazzling music-enriched activities that enhance learning in every discipline and for all varieties of students.  We'll perform some quick demo activities, and by attending you'll also get a (private) link to many more.  

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Lems

Kristin Lems

Full Professor, National Louis University
My main interest is literacy in a new language with focus on linguistic aspects. This year, presenting about listening comprehension - and its myriad aspects in this digital age. I am also engaged in presenting about music as a support to learning a new language and literacy, and... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
HH234
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Expect to participate!

10:15am

Building a Positive School Culture One Step at a Time
Limited Capacity seats available

Attendees will learn some tips on how to create a positive school culture that can be done by any staff member.  Practical tips on building relationships with students, staff, and parents that are simple to accomplish from day one.  

Speakers
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James Robinette

Principal, LaGrange SD 102
I am currently a principal of a dual language school in LaGrange School District 102. We are in the 3rd year of implementation. I was the principal of Barbour Two-Way Language Immersion in Rockford for three years which was a K-8 90:10 model. People can ask me about dual language... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
H216
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, Specialists

10:15am

Careers and the class of 2032
Limited Capacity filling up

The world of work is changing at an exponentially fast pace. Automation is impacting every career we know, as we are preparing students today for jobs that don't even exist yet. So, what are we doing to make sure our students are ready for these changes? Together, let's explore the world of work and what lies ahead for the class of 2021-as well as the class of 2032 and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Leah Brock

Leah Brock

Counselor Leader, Innovative Curriculum Resources
Hi Everyone! I am Professional School Counselor currently working with a grant project partnership with ISBE and Illinois State University. I concentrate on finding tools and professional development topics that will support educators and counselors in variety of ways! Looking forward... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
A107
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary, Middle School, High School
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE BYOD, some interaction so any device will work!

10:15am

Core Board Use in the Classroom: Bridging Our Communication Opportunities
Limited Capacity seats available

Core boards are a tool that can be used with many children to enhance their communication needs.    It is a visual tool, which is simple to replicate, which provides a voice for children to go beyond requesting to be able to comment and question. Originally thought of as a tool for students who may have no language it has been used as a bridge for students with limited language, English Language Learners, children who have socio emotional needs and choose not to use their voice, as well as children who are just beginning to understand that they can express their wants and needs to others.   We will share this experience with you through a PowerPoint presentation and videos to explore how the Core Boards have been utilized in the Early Learning Center in Schaumburg.  


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
K260
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL All

10:15am

Homeless Students - What are you doing to serve them?
Limited Capacity seats available

During this interactive session you will learn what is needed to identify and serve Families in Transition and Unaccompanied Youth.  These students deserve our time and energy.  Come prepared to share and NOT just sit in your seat!!

Speakers
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Deb Foust

Lee Ogle Whiteside Regional Office of Education


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
CC152

10:15am

How to Stop being a Teacher and Start being a Facilitator
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn what it means to stop being a teacher and start being a facilitator for your students.  Take the skills that you use everyday and give them to the students to take control of their learning and push your content and curriculum to the next level 

Speakers
avatar for Micah Riordan

Micah Riordan

STEM Teacher, McHenry Middle School
AC

Andrea Comes

STEAM Teacher, McHenry Middle School


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
Mobile 3
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Middle School
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Please bring a laptop, must have Google account

10:15am

Keeping Students Accountable with a Classroom Economy
Limited Capacity seats available

A classroom economy system is a great way to have your students take ownership within the classroom and be held accountable for their choices. This session will cover setting up a classroom economy, including jobs, rewards, consequences, and capitalizing on teachable moments. The classroom economy supports many curricular goals and is an excellent way to learn valuable life skills such as organization, the value of saving, and delayed gratification.

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Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
J242
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Please bring laptop and power cord.

10:15am

Teach Them to Self-Monitor: Use Student Created Rubrics!
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you looking for a way to engage your students? Teach them to self-monitor by reflecting on the skills they are learning.  Empower them by using Student Created Rubrics! Take a walk through the process. Then confidently guide your class in creating a simple rubric that can drive your instruction.  Incorporating Student Created Rubrics will change the way you teach!

Speakers
avatar for Deanna Bauers

Deanna Bauers

1st Grade, Salt Creek SD48



Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
KK272
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Early Childhood, Elementary
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Although I will have some student samples available, attendees may wish to bring their own students' writing samples and/or math problem solving samples. Laptops are welcome!

10:15am

Understanding and Managing Your Emotional Triggers in the Workplace
Limited Capacity filling up

Do your emotions ever get the best of you?  A strong foundation in content knowledge is not sufficient if we lack the skills to manage our emotions in the heat of the challenges we face.  Emotional intelligence (EI) refers to the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions and the emotions of others. This session will provide insight into your trigger events and offer practical suggestions on how to better manage your behavior.




Speakers
avatar for Patty O'Neil

Patty O'Neil

Consultant, Kane County ROE - Consultants
I retired recently having served for 35 years in public education in Illinois. The last nine years of my career was spent in the Geneva Community Unit School District, first as the Director of Curriculum and then as the Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching. Supervision... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
H202
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL All

10:15am

Developing diversity sensitivity skills within physical education
Limited Capacity seats available

Need diversity ideas for your PE curriculum?  This session will present physical educators with the tools needed to enhance inclusion in PE.  There will be hands on activities and lecture on how to develop diversity skills as a department, as a teacher, and in the classroom.

Speakers
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Maria Pessman

Wellness Department Chair, Illinois State University
Hello! I teach Personal Fitness, Advanced Strength, and Activities classes and am the Wellness Department Chair University High School. This is my 13th year at U-High and 16th year of teaching total. I have a master's degree in Exercise Physiology, going through National Board Renew... Read More →
SP

Steve Paxson

Illinois State University Lab Schools



Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
Library
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL High School

10:15am

Get 'Em in & Get 'Em Moving
Limited Capacity seats available

Come PARTICIPATE and learn several quick activities & tips to get students moving as soon as possible!  We'll share activities that utilize common equipment with little setup and simple directions.  Sharing instant activities, fitness activities and warm-up ideas you can use right away!

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Zerby

Kelly Zerby

PE Teacher and District Coordinator, Jefferson Elementary School-Illinois
Kelly Zerby teaches physical education at Jefferson Elementary School. With 20 years of K-5 physical education experience, she is currently the Vice President of Children for IAHPERD (Illinois), and her District’s PE Coordinator. Kelly has obtained a Masters in Administration and... Read More →
avatar for Mike Graham

Mike Graham

PE Teacher, 2019 Illinois Elem PE TOY - Williamsburg Elementary
A passionate presenter and teacher, Mike Graham has taught Physical Education since 1996 and currently works at Williamsburg Elementary School in Geneva, Illinois. He was named the 2019 Illinois AHPERD Elementary PE TOY. He serves as the IAHPERD Social Media chair and is on both the... Read More →



Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
Contest Gym
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary

10:15am

Blended Learning in a Mastery-Based Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Mastery-based learning provides an “On-Demand” education that matches the world they live in. Students in a mastery-based learning model receive clear learning targets, learn at their own pace, and get one-on-one attention whenever they need it. Students demonstrate mastery of the curriculum through a series of formative assessments before they qualify to complete a summative assessment. Built in RtI methods enable the teacher and student to work through a seamless remediation process when necessary.

Speakers
avatar for Gerry Marchand

Gerry Marchand

Science Teacher & #ILFabCon Co-Founder, Huntley High School
Gerry is a science teacher at Huntley High School, adjunct professor at Elgin Community College, and co-founder of The Illinois Flipped & Blended Learning Network (@ilfabn). He has been teaching in the NW suburbs of Chicago since 2006. Gerry completed his B.S. at Northern Illinois... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
J249
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Middle School, High School
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Please bring a laptop and a unit of material for reference to build a mastery-based system (optional)

10:15am

ABC's of Disruptive Behaviors
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
avatar for David Brannstrom

David Brannstrom

Instructional Coach, Burlington Central #301


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
KK271
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary, Middle School, High School
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Laptop would be helpful and bring an example of a disruptive student behavior.

10:15am

Cool Calm Collected: Real life strategies for managing crisis in the classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Kelsey Wild and Amy Finn are Trauma Informed coaches. We both work in a Day Treatment program for students with Emotional Disabilities. We strive to talk about the science behind trauma and its effects on the brain. Our session will give you practical (and witty) advice to use in your classrooms to promote self awareness, resilience and confidence in your students that have significant behavioral needs. Our sessions are engaging and collaborative as we want to help with the issues you are facing in your classrooms. 

Speakers
avatar for Amy Finn

Amy Finn

Northwest Academy Facilitator, NWSE COOP
As an educator for students with Emotional Behaviors for the past 25 years, I have spent my professional career helping students use a "clean slate" approach to their behaviors so they can be successful in the classroom setting. I provide concrete examples for educators to use before,during... Read More →
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Kelsey Wild

School Social Worker, Northwest Special Education Cooperative
As a school social worker and mental health advocate/practitioner, my approach is rooted in an ecological developmental perspective - with specific interests in the impact of stress, intergenerational trauma, and self-care practices on student outcomes. I believe in the power of positive... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
H217

10:15am

Guided Meditation to Prevent Educator Burnout
Limited Capacity filling up

Educator burnout is rampant. To combat this very real problem, this workshop offers tangible self-care tools catered to the specific mental, emotional and spiritual needs of educators. The session would take participants through a guided meditation as well as offer tips and tools to be used at home, at school, or in the community. No prior meditation experience is required! The session is appropriate for meditation novices to seasoned pros and everyone in between.

Speakers
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Tina Andersen

Professional Educator, Kaneland #302
Tina, a K-5 music teacher at Kaneland McDole Elementary school, has been passionate about spiritual growth and wellbeing for as long as she can remember. Tina holds an MA in Theology from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (Rochester NY), and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
H204
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL All
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Attendees will be guided through a meditation, and thus may wish to bring a yoga mat or towel to the session. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring an open/curious mind.

10:15am

Learner Qualities: Empowering Students to Develop Their Capacity to Learn
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, the panel will share our school’s journey in teaching students seven learner qualities that build learning capacity.  Our school’s goal is to have students in the pit, a place where they struggle with and question new concepts. We ask our students to use learner qualities to find their way out of the pit. This panel discussion will focus on which learner qualities we teach and why, how we teach and integrate learner qualities, and how it has changed the culture of our school community.

Speakers
avatar for Kristi Sutter

Kristi Sutter

Instructional Facilitator, Thomas Metcalf Laboratory School
Middle School Makerspace teacher and Instructional Facilitator at Thomas Metcalf Laboratory School on the campus of Illinois State University.



Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
KK270
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary, Middle School

10:15am

Overcoming Perfectionism
Limited Capacity filling up

We all have seen it: The students who hold themselves to such high standards that they end up shutting down. Unhealthy perfectionism is linked to anxiety, depression, low grades, and overall low self esteem. In this research-based session, I will provide a perfectionism assessment that students can take to evaluate the core issue, and then I provide resources and tips to help both teachers and parents help their student overcome the issue.

Speakers
avatar for Tasha Allred

Tasha Allred

Teacher, CTE
I am a business and programming teacher at Burlington Central High school. I've taught for 10 years in both a public and an online setting. Previous to being at Central, I taught an array of courses and was the director of student services at an exclusively online school. I have a... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
J230
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary, Middle School, High School, Related Services, Specialists
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Please bring a pen and laptop

10:15am

Understanding the Brain and Emotions to Improve Math Instruction
Limited Capacity seats available


Who's got time to teach the SELs? We'll show you how to integrate content and social-emotional learning standards! In our workshop, we'll begin by discussing how the brain learns. With this foundation in place, we'll explore where math, reading, critical thinking, and emotions all come together in your classroom- especially in math! Understand the importance of creating a dialogue around emotions, which will allow teachers and students to process, understand, and reflect upon emotions and connect on an emotional level. We'll work to develop practical and adaptable strategies for integrating Social/Emotional Learning Standards into all mathematics instruction and to understand how to apply these strategies effectively in the classrooms.


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
H220
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary

10:15am

What's Under the Umbrella? A Neuropsychological Approach to ADHD
Limited Capacity seats available

Did you know, ADHD is much more than inattention and hyperactivity?   ADHD is an “umbrella” term that encompasses many different behavioral, cognitive, and emotional symptoms. While exploring “What’s Under The Umbrella” participants will learn about the conceptualization of ADHD from a neuropsychology perspective and how this can be applied to identification and intervention planning for children within the school setting.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Skierkiewicz, EdD, NCSP

Amanda Skierkiewicz, EdD, NCSP

Neuropsychologist, Landstrom Center
Amanda Skierkiewicz, Ed.D., NCSP, is a clinical neuropsychologist and school psychologist working with pediatric clients with learning difficulties, executive dysfunction and social emotional challenges in both private practice and for school districts. Dr. Amanda earned her Doctoral... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
H218
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL All

10:15am

Using Problem-Based Learning to Extend Learning Beyond Classroom Walls
Limited Capacity seats available

Over the past few years, geography students at Prairie Central HS have mapped 15 local cemeteries including the graves of nearly 20,000 people.  Besides outlining this project, the session will discuss the evolution of a teaching philosophy from project-based learning to problem-based learning. Using problem-based learning a teacher can create self-directed students who are engaged in learning and push the boundaries of what a "classroom" can be.  

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Quain

Andrew Quain

Social Studies Teacher, Prairie Central CUSD #8



Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
EE193
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Middle School, High School

10:15am

How Do Parents Experience IEP Meetings? Research-Based Strategies to Enhance Collaboration and Communication with Parents
Limited Capacity filling up

Meaningful parental engagement in the IEP process is legally mandated, yet a plethora of research related to parents feeling powerless and disenfranchised during the IEP process exists.  This seminar will address research related to the parents' perspectives of IEP meetings and practical research-based strategies to enhancing communication and authentic collaboration with parents. 


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
KK276
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL All
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Please bring a phone to complete a brief survey at onset of the presentation

10:15am

Improving Social Deficits Through Theatre
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop provides best practice lessons and activities for students to address the pragmatic, social, and communication skills, through fine arts. This becomes the vehicle for improving upon communication and interpersonal interaction skills to be more successful. The students develop better communication and generalization skills for college and career readiness.

Speakers
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Gina Seaton

Special Education Teacher, Rolling Meadows High School


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
J250
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL High School, Related Services
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Be prepared to participate in our theater games.

10:15am

Expanding Your Ed Tech Toolkit
Limited Capacity filling up

Like many teachers, we all get stuck in a rut using the same tech tools over and over again. This session will provide a quick overview of different websites, tools, and apps to utilize in classrooms for upper elementary and beyond. A portion of the session will be dedicated to practicing with the tools shown, asking questions, and sharing your own ideas. We want this session to be as collaborative as possible. Bring your computer and be ready to participate! 

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Natalie Rinaldi

Geneva Middle School North


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
KK274
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Middle School, High School
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Please bring laptop, chargers, be prepared to share your own favorite tech tools

10:15am

Focus on Photos W/Google Photos
Limited Capacity filling up

Is your phone clogged with hundreds of photos, taking up precious storage space? Would you like to backup all of your photos for free, forever? Make 360 degree images of an activity in your classroom? What about sharing photos of classroom activities with your building admins? Creating albums, collages, or picture animations? You can do all of this and more with Google Photos! If time allows we will look at VR options from Google as well!

Speakers
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Michael Doyle

Instructional Coach, Central Community Unit School District 301
An educator since 1998, Michael taught 8th grade science and social studies for 16 years before moving into the position of Instructional Technologist in Central School District 301. Michael has assisted in the planning and implementation of an aggressive 1 to 1, K-12, single year... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
EE184

10:15am

Virtual Learning Experiences to Enhance Professional Outcomes
Limited Capacity seats available

The innovative and customized, virtual reality simulations will recreate the most demanding challenges in our educational profession.  Participants will engage with an avatar within a virtual learning environment. This technology and professional development practice can be applied to classrooms, co-teaching, restorative practices, trauma sensitive approaches and many other applications.  The use of virtual reality practice provides immediate coaching and feedback to our staff and students improving their skills.

Speakers
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Brenda Martin

Special Ed. Division Head, Township District 214 High Schools, Rolling Meadows
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Adam Clayton

Township High School District #214



Friday February 28, 2020 10:15am - 12:00pm
KK269
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL All

1:15pm

Flipping Your Art Classroom Using Google Sites
Limited Capacity seats available

Put students in charge of learning by using Google Sites to flip your lessons. Learn to take your lessons and create an engaging site with art history, tutorials, videos, handouts, and anything else you may want to add!

Speakers
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Elizabeth Farnesi

7/8 Art teacher, Wilkins Junior High
Elizabeth Farnesi earned her undergraduate degree in Art Education atNorthern Illinois University then went on to get a Master’s degree in drawing andpainting from Governors State University.Farnesi has been an art teacher at Wilkins Jr. High since 2005. She is part of the Illinois... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
J244
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Middle School, High School
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Please bring a laptop.

1:15pm

Ready, Set, Go - Game Based Strategies for the Art Room
Limited Capacity seats available

This session focuses on developing skills students need to think and act like artists presented in a game format.  These games help students develop feedback skills, listening, identifying resources, and working outside of your comfort zones. These strategies can be modified to fit your classroom

Speakers
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Kerry Parrish

HS Art and Design Teacher/Tech Coach, Crystal Lake Central High School
I am a High School Art and Design Instructor from NW IL. I teach beginning Digital Arts Courses, Photography and AP 2D Studio and I am an Instructional Technology Coach. I use Google for almost everything and try to teach my students to be more efficient by using Google and Goog... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
K260
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Middle School, High School
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Please bring a laptop.

1:15pm

Grading Conferences
Limited Capacity seats available

Modeled after job performance reviews, grading conferences are a great way to help your students talk about their learning & progress. Learn from two teachers who have implemented this structure in their classrooms. Resources, ideas, and set up will be shared!

Speakers
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Katelynn Giordano

6th Grade ELA, Kaneland Harter Middle School
Katelynn Giordano is a 6th grade ELA teacher at Harter Middle School and the Digital Content Editor for the Teach Better Team. Her beliefs about education are simple: Amplify student voice. Cultivate analytical problem solving. Promote equitable, systemic changes. Be better every... Read More →
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Kate Atkins

6th Grade ELA, Kaneland Harter Middle School
Kate Atkins is in her 12th year of teaching 6th grade ELA. She is working toward her PBL certification and recently moved back to Illinois from Florida where she taught at a Summit School. Kate is a forward-thinking teacher who is open to new ideas and willing to try anything that... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
H201
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary, Middle School, High School
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Come with an open mind!

1:15pm

Using a Data Matrix to Increase Achievement for All Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation addresses the process of collating individual student data into a matrix in order to analyze student reading and mathematics performance to determine appropriate interventions and enrichment activities and measure their impact.  The presenters will cover the development of the matrix, data meeting agenda (grade level review of the matrix), subsidization of evidence-based interventions and methodologies and the process for using the data matrix to  determine Academic Return on Investment (A-RoI). 

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Lori Leppert

PPS Director, Forest Ridge School District #142
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Heather Rose

Forest Ridge School District #142


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
H200
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School

1:15pm

Effective Classroom Management
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will give teachers strategies they can use in their classroom to improve students' behavior. It will also give teachers an opportunity to reflect on their current strategies and develop effective classroom management plans that will improve their learning environments. 

Speakers
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Yolanda Grandberry-Pugh

English Teacher, Rock Island/Milan School District #41
Yolanda received her bachelor's in English Education from Illinois State University. She went on to earn her master's degree from the University of Memphis and her Educational Specialist degree from Capella University. She is currently completing her doctoral degree at Western Illinois... Read More →



Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
JJ207
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Middle School, High School
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Be prepared to share and analyze your current classroom management strategies.

1:15pm

Heavy Hitter Strategies for Content Area Classrooms
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you ever want to spend less time planning and be more effective with planning for student outcomes?  If you answered yes, then this session is for you.  We will review the most effective practices based on mountains of research and ensure that students are more engaged tomorrow!

Speakers

Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
J242
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Middle School, High School
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Please bring a laptop.

1:15pm

"Too Many Letter Sounds…Too Many Phonics Rules…Too Many Sight Words…." How to Use Brain Science as a Roadmap to Fast-Track Phonics for Reading!
Limited Capacity seats available

Did you know that the brain has a backdoor for accelerated learning that’s easily hacked into? Using brain science as a road map, discover how to target reading and writing instruction to “backdoor” social and emotional learning systems that transform hard phonics skills into child’s play! Take advantage of learning loopholes rooted in brain plasticity, and take away “brain-changing” knowledge and powerful teaching tools that will leave you armed and ready for Monday morning! 

Speakers
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Katie Garner

Author, Speaker, Literacy Consultant, Learning & the Brain Research Consortium/ Secret Stories
Katie Garner, M.Ed. (author of best-selling book, Secret Stories® Cracking the Reading Code with the Brain in Mind) is an internationally known keynote speaker, author and literacy consultant with twenty-five years of experience working in classrooms across the country, and a passion... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
CC154
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Early Childhood, Elementary, Specialists

1:15pm

Creating a Culture to Inspire Teens’ Gumption to Grip and Grapple with a Book
Limited Capacity full

Too often teens lose that loving feeling for reading, so if we can change teens’ attitudes about reading, can we change how we teach?   Tired of spoon-feeding fake-readers, this high school  teacher will share his attempts to build a community of lifelong readers, focusing on access to relevant books they actually want to read cover to cover, volume and momentum, and culture that impacts reader identity.  Participants will reflect on their own evolution as readers.

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Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
KK273
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Middle School, High School

1:15pm

Informational Texts Across the Curriculum: Thinking, Talking, and Learning Together
Limited Capacity seats available


Join veteran teacher, Brian Tucker as he shares his classroom-tested strategies for engaging learners with informational texts throughout your instructional day. Then, peek into his classroom to see how he use texts to teach standards-focused inquiry experiences that serve two purposes – to teach content and to help students grow as readers.

Speakers
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Brian Tucker

Grade 5, Wild Rose Elementary


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
Mobile 2
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary, Middle School

1:15pm

Literacy Workshop: Inspiring Your Learners Through Integrated Reading and Writing Experiences
Limited Capacity filling up

Are you looking for ways to make the most of every minute in your instructional day? If so, then this session is for you. Karen will share how to help you make the connections between reading and writing for your students. As they practice the habits, behaviors, and strategies of literacy learners, their successes within workshop will grow. Leave this session with a collection of mentor texts and lessons to make the most of your instruction!


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
Mobile 1
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary, Middle School

1:15pm

Writing with the "Write" Ingredients
Limited Capacity filling up

Add the "write" ingredients to instruction to create a classroom of writers. Come explore different strategies to engage writers. Learn about different prescriptions for different writers. Give students the keys to help unlock voice, word choice, and elaboration in their writing. Let's tryout some quick writing tips to grow writers. Take writing strategies and ideas back to your classroom and provide students with some new tools to be independent, passionate writers. 

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Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
J249
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Please bring a laptop.

1:15pm

Student-Led Questioning
Limited Capacity seats available

As educators we want our students to assume responsibility for their own learning, and we want them to have meaningful conversations about texts all on their own, but achieving this with 5-10 year olds is a challenge. Come join me to make and take an actual resource you can use in your K-5 classroom to produce student-led comprehension conversations of depth. Potential fringe benefit: scoring a distinguished mark on 3c of the Danielson framework.

Speakers

Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
H209
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary

1:15pm

Using Music and Song to Teach -- Anything!
Limited Capacity seats available

Students are more receptive to learning when they are motivated, and music and song strengthen motivation to learn.  With current technology everyone can find and use musical resources.  Join me on a world tour of dazzling music-enriched activities that enhance learning in every discipline and for all varieties of students.  We'll perform some quick demo activities, and by attending you'll also get a (private) link to many more.  

Speakers
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Kristin Lems

Full Professor, National Louis University
My main interest is literacy in a new language with focus on linguistic aspects. This year, presenting about listening comprehension - and its myriad aspects in this digital age. I am also engaged in presenting about music as a support to learning a new language and literacy, and... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
HH234
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Expect to participate!

1:15pm

Building a Positive School Culture One Step at a Time
Limited Capacity seats available

Attendees will learn some tips on how to create a positive school culture that can be done by any staff member.  Practical tips on building relationships with students, staff, and parents that are simple to accomplish from day one.  

Speakers
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James Robinette

Principal, LaGrange SD 102
I am currently a principal of a dual language school in LaGrange School District 102. We are in the 3rd year of implementation. I was the principal of Barbour Two-Way Language Immersion in Rockford for three years which was a K-8 90:10 model. People can ask me about dual language... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
H216
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, Specialists

1:15pm

Careers and the class of 2032
Limited Capacity seats available

The world of work is changing at an exponentially fast pace. Automation is impacting every career we know, as we are preparing students today for jobs that don't even exist yet. So, what are we doing to make sure our students are ready for these changes? Together, let's explore the world of work and what lies ahead for the class of 2021-as well as the class of 2032 and beyond.

Speakers
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Leah Brock

Counselor Leader, Innovative Curriculum Resources
Hi Everyone! I am Professional School Counselor currently working with a grant project partnership with ISBE and Illinois State University. I concentrate on finding tools and professional development topics that will support educators and counselors in variety of ways! Looking forward... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
A107
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary, Middle School, High School
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE BYOD, some interaction so any device will work!

1:15pm

It's more than just Behavior/Early Childhood Needs Men
Limited Capacity seats available

It's more than behavior--a look at how behavior manifests itself in students, why it pushes our buttons, the societal issues influencing our students, and most importantly strategies to help combat problematic behavior in your classroom.

Times are changing. Children are growing up without positive male role models in their lives. This dynamic, engaging session will examine the consequences of fatherlessness on our students as well as provide strategies to combat this societal issue in our schools and early childhood centers.



 

Speakers
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Andrew Fruth

Full Day (PEG) EC Teacher, RPS 205 Early Childhood Department
Early Childhood Education Behavior Management in EC Settings Importance of Positive Male Role Models on children


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
EE193
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Early Childhood

1:15pm

Setting Up a Tier 2 & Tier 3 System for your school
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will revolve around setting up tier 2 and 3 behavior supports within the MTSS process. This system will go through the general framwork of Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 intervention supports with a focus on Tiers 2 and 3. A system for entering and exiting students from interventions will be the focus along with setting up the type of interventions you'd like to see at your school, how to make up a MTSS team and how to get your staff on board! This session is perfect for PBIS coaches, your Tier 2 team and administration who support the student services department at your school. 

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Amy Taucher

Round Lake Area Schools District 116
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Cameron Campbell

School Counselor, Round Lake Area Schools District 116


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
H210
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Middle School
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Bring laptop, google account, discipline data by grade level (if possible), list of current interventions (if any) already being used at your school.

1:15pm

Understanding and Managing Your Emotional Triggers in the Workplace
Limited Capacity full

Do your emotions ever get the best of you?  A strong foundation in content knowledge is not sufficient if we lack the skills to manage our emotions in the heat of the challenges we face.  Emotional intelligence (EI) refers to the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions and the emotions of others. This session will provide insight into your trigger events and offer practical suggestions on how to better manage your behavior.




Speakers
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Patty O'Neil

Consultant, Kane County ROE - Consultants
I retired recently having served for 35 years in public education in Illinois. The last nine years of my career was spent in the Geneva Community Unit School District, first as the Director of Curriculum and then as the Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching. Supervision... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
H202
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL All

1:15pm

A breath of Yoga: teaching Yoga and Meditation to your students
Limited Capacity full

What can bring your students physical health, increased brain power, stress and anxiety reduction, sustainable happiness, mental focus and a calmer attitude? Yoga, breath work, and meditation. Learn how to teach your students to breath and build their intrinsic motivation to practice yoga, breath work and meditation. This trio is available for all students in all bodies and all levels of functioning. You and your students will be amazed with the power of your own breath. 

Speakers
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Kristin Hill

Sycamore High School
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Shelly Tranchita

Sycamore High School


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
Mack Olson
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Middle School, High School, Related Services, Specialists

1:15pm

Purposeful Play - Activities Aligned to Standards
Limited Capacity seats available

Looking for new games?  Come PARTICIPATE and learn several activities that I use in my program to reinforce a variety of skills and concepts that keep students engaged in meaningful movement and work on specific Standards/Grade Level Outcomes.  

Speakers
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Mike Graham

PE Teacher, 2019 Illinois Elem PE TOY - Williamsburg Elementary
A passionate presenter and teacher, Mike Graham has taught Physical Education since 1996 and currently works at Williamsburg Elementary School in Geneva, Illinois. He was named the 2019 Illinois AHPERD Elementary PE TOY. He serves as the IAHPERD Social Media chair and is on both the... Read More →



Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
Contest Gym
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Come prepared to be active and participate in the activities!

1:15pm

Cool Calm Collected: Real life strategies for managing crisis in the classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

Kelsey Wild and Amy Finn are Trauma Informed coaches. We both work in a Day Treatment program for students with Emotional Disabilities. We strive to talk about the science behind trauma and its effects on the brain. Our session will give you practical (and witty) advice to use in your classrooms to promote self awareness, resilience and confidence in your students that have significant behavioral needs. Our sessions are engaging and collaborative as we want to help with the issues you are facing in your classrooms. 

Speakers
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Amy Finn

Northwest Academy Facilitator, NWSE COOP
As an educator for students with Emotional Behaviors for the past 25 years, I have spent my professional career helping students use a "clean slate" approach to their behaviors so they can be successful in the classroom setting. I provide concrete examples for educators to use before,during... Read More →
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Kelsey Wild

School Social Worker, Northwest Special Education Cooperative
As a school social worker and mental health advocate/practitioner, my approach is rooted in an ecological developmental perspective - with specific interests in the impact of stress, intergenerational trauma, and self-care practices on student outcomes. I believe in the power of positive... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
H217
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL All

1:15pm

Exploring Identity as a Means for Culturally Responsive Teaching
Limited Capacity seats available

This interactive session will include activities that teachers can bring back and use with their students and/or staff. We will explore our own identities and reflect on our own implicit bias. During this session, participants will learn about affinity bias and discuss how affinity bias can impact our schools. We discuss the power of “true communication” and “deep listening”. Participants will take away ideas on how to implement global awareness and culturally responsive teaching in a primary classroom. Finally, we will discuss how culturally responsive teaching can actually impact brain function and the students’ ability to learn new information. 

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer LaRocque

Jennifer LaRocque

Kindergarten Teacher/Adjunct Professor, LaGrange School District #102
I am a kindergarten teacher at Barnsdale Road School in LaGrange Park, Illinois. I have a cluster of English language learners in my classroom. I am also an adjunct professor at National Louis University teaching teachers who are earning their English language learner and bilingual... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
EE191
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Early Childhood, Elementary
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Bring laptop or iPad to respond to questions using Pear Deck

1:15pm

Guided Meditation to Prevent Educator Burnout
Limited Capacity full

Educator burnout is rampant. To combat this very real problem, this workshop offers tangible self-care tools catered to the specific mental, emotional and spiritual needs of educators. The session would take participants through a guided meditation as well as offer tips and tools to be used at home, at school, or in the community. No prior meditation experience is required! The session is appropriate for meditation novices to seasoned pros and everyone in between.

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Tina Andersen

Professional Educator, Kaneland #302
Tina, a K-5 music teacher at Kaneland McDole Elementary school, has been passionate about spiritual growth and wellbeing for as long as she can remember. Tina holds an MA in Theology from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (Rochester NY), and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
H204
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL All
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Attendees will be guided through a meditation, and thus may wish to bring a yoga mat or towel to the session. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring an open/curious mind.

1:15pm

Overcoming Perfectionism
Limited Capacity filling up

We all have seen it: The students who hold themselves to such high standards that they end up shutting down. Unhealthy perfectionism is linked to anxiety, depression, low grades, and overall low self esteem. In this research-based session, I will provide a perfectionism assessment that students can take to evaluate the core issue, and then I provide resources and tips to help both teachers and parents help their student overcome the issue.

Speakers
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Tasha Allred

Teacher, CTE
I am a business and programming teacher at Burlington Central High school. I've taught for 10 years in both a public and an online setting. Previous to being at Central, I taught an array of courses and was the director of student services at an exclusively online school. I have a... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
J230
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary, Middle School, High School, Related Services, Specialists
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Please bring a pen and laptop

1:15pm

Understanding the Brain and Emotions to Improve Math Instruction
Limited Capacity seats available


Who's got time to teach the SELs? We'll show you how to integrate content and social-emotional learning standards! In our workshop, we'll begin by discussing how the brain learns. With this foundation in place, we'll explore where math, reading, critical thinking, and emotions all come together in your classroom- especially in math! Understand the importance of creating a dialogue around emotions, which will allow teachers and students to process, understand, and reflect upon emotions and connect on an emotional level. We'll work to develop practical and adaptable strategies for integrating Social/Emotional Learning Standards into all mathematics instruction and to understand how to apply these strategies effectively in the classrooms.


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
H220
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary

1:15pm

Using the Read Aloud to Build Agency and Social Empowerment
Limited Capacity seats available

Using agency and social empowerment, the read aloud holds the possibility of building emotional intelligence and responding to ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences).  Learn current research, current book titles, and practical suggestions for creating engagement and student responsiveness in your classroom community.  

Speakers
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Julie Johnson

Second Grade Teacher, BPS 101
I\'m a bibliomaniac passionate about hooking my students on books. I love spending time in the outdoors, painting, and doing aerial yoga in my backyard.


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
Mobile 6
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Please bring a laptop.

1:15pm

What's Under the Umbrella? A Neuropsychological Approach to ADHD
Limited Capacity filling up

Did you know, ADHD is much more than inattention and hyperactivity?   ADHD is an “umbrella” term that encompasses many different behavioral, cognitive, and emotional symptoms. While exploring “What’s Under The Umbrella” participants will learn about the conceptualization of ADHD from a neuropsychology perspective and how this can be applied to identification and intervention planning for children within the school setting.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Skierkiewicz, EdD, NCSP

Amanda Skierkiewicz, EdD, NCSP

Neuropsychologist, Landstrom Center
Amanda Skierkiewicz, Ed.D., NCSP, is a clinical neuropsychologist and school psychologist working with pediatric clients with learning difficulties, executive dysfunction and social emotional challenges in both private practice and for school districts. Dr. Amanda earned her Doctoral... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
H218
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL All

1:15pm

Doing History: Practical Approaches to Teaching and Writing in History and Civics
Limited Capacity seats available

Jason M. Artman is an Instructional Coach for the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition and wrote and facilitates civics workshops for OnlineImpact. The activities he designed for his history classrooms are applicable and practical to other classes. Participants will leave with blank line masters of many reading and writing activities for use in any social studies classroom at the middle- or high-school level. 

Speakers
avatar for Jason Artman

Jason Artman

Department Chair, Mendota Twp. High School Dist. 280
I have been a classroom teacher for 20 years, the last 18 at Mendota Township High School. Since 2016, I have additionally worked with the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition as an Illinois Civics Mentor and Instructional Coach, and with the support of the Robert F. McCormick Foundation... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
HH233
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Middle School, High School
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE You are going to leave with plenty of activities that you could use in your class the next day.

1:15pm

Using Problem-Based Learning to Extend Learning Beyond Classroom Walls
Limited Capacity seats available

Over the past few years, geography students at Prairie Central HS have mapped 15 local cemeteries including the graves of nearly 20,000 people.  Besides outlining this project, the session will discuss the evolution of a teaching philosophy from project-based learning to problem-based learning. Using problem-based learning a teacher can create self-directed students who are engaged in learning and push the boundaries of what a "classroom" can be.  

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Quain

Andrew Quain

Social Studies Teacher, Prairie Central CUSD #8



Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
H203

1:15pm

How Do Parents Experience IEP Meetings? Research-Based Strategies to Enhance Collaboration and Communication with Parents
Limited Capacity filling up

Meaningful parental engagement in the IEP process is legally mandated, yet a plethora of research related to parents feeling powerless and disenfranchised during the IEP process exists.  This seminar will address research related to the parents' perspectives of IEP meetings and practical research-based strategies to enhancing communication and authentic collaboration with parents. 


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
KK276
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL All
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Please bring a phone to complete a brief survey at onset of the presentation

1:15pm

Design with Google Slides
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn how to shift your thinking using Google Slides to create interactive activities, templates, notebooks and more. Changing how you use Slides can change the way your students learn. This hands-on session will start by breaking down the necessary steps in planning and will use the Backwards Design model. The Master Slide feature will be a focus in the design process as well. Small changes in design can have a big impact on learning.

Speakers
avatar for Gail Stover

Gail Stover

Instructional Coach K-5, CCUSD 301
Gail Stover is in her 18th year as an educator in Central District #301 with the last five years as an Instructional Coach Coaching position, Gail has taught Kindergarten, Second and Fifth Grade. Prior to moving into education, Gail worked in the business world for 20+ years. Gail... Read More →
avatar for Leah Herold

Leah Herold

Instructional Coach, leah.herold@central301.net
Leah Herold is in her fourth year of being an Instructional Coach in Central District #301. Prior to this position, she taught 4th grade for nine years. She enjoys supporting teachers and students in their journey of incorporating technology and other strategies to support student... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
J250
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL All

1:15pm

Focus on Photos W/Google Photos
Limited Capacity seats available

Is your phone clogged with hundreds of photos, taking up precious storage space? Would you like to backup all of your photos for free, forever? Make 360 degree images of an activity in your classroom? What about sharing photos of classroom activities with your building admins? Creating albums, collages, or picture animations? You can do all of this and more with Google Photos! If time allows we will look at VR options from Google as well!

Speakers
avatar for Michael Doyle

Michael Doyle

Instructional Coach, Central Community Unit School District 301
An educator since 1998, Michael taught 8th grade science and social studies for 16 years before moving into the position of Instructional Technologist in Central School District 301. Michael has assisted in the planning and implementation of an aggressive 1 to 1, K-12, single year... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
EE184
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary, Middle School, High School
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEE Bring your phone or an iPad (laptop can be helpful as well) and pre-install two Google apps to your phone/iPad (Google Photos & Google StreetView).

1:15pm

Oh, How I hate thee, IT: End the Battle and Build Collaboration with Teachers
Limited Capacity seats available

This fun-yet-serious session focuses on how school IT professionals can develop better rapport and relationships that lead to EdTech implementation success. Expert teacher and professional development [maven] Rae Hughart will share an “inside baseball” view of technology implementations gone wild and how to successfully avoid the common traps that make teachers mutter under their breath. Boost your A-game with powerful techniques and facilitations, such as “Focusing on The Implementation Game,” “The Manageable Mayhem,” and “The Elephant named Safety!" Interest yet? Space is limited and time is running out! Don’t miss this can’t-miss session because it’s time to end the battle and build collaboration with your busy classroom teachers!

Speakers
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Rae Hughart

Director of Training & Development, Teach Better Team
Rae Hughart is a Middle Level Math Educator in Illinois, creator of the Teach Further Model, Co-Author of "Teach Better" and the Director of Training & Development for the Teach Better Team.In 2017, Rae was honored with the Illinois State University Outstanding Young Alumni Award... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
J248
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL Elementary, Middle School, High School

1:15pm

Virtual Learning Experiences to Enhance Professional Outcomes
Limited Capacity seats available

The innovative and customized, virtual reality simulations will recreate the most demanding challenges in our educational profession.  Participants will engage with an avatar within a virtual learning environment. This technology and professional development practice can be applied to classrooms, co-teaching, restorative practices, trauma sensitive approaches and many other applications.  The use of virtual reality practice provides immediate coaching and feedback to our staff and students improving their skills.

Speakers
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Brenda Martin

Special Ed. Division Head, Township District 214 High Schools, Rolling Meadows
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Adam Clayton

Township High School District #214


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 3:00pm
KK269
  • TARGET GRADE LEVEL All