Workshop Archive

Art in the Classroom 101 [FULL DAY]

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In this workshop, participants will learn how to create successful art projects that enhance student learning in the classroom. Have you ever heard a student say “I can’t draw?” or “I’m bad at art”? What separates an age-appropriate art project from what is not? Incorporate inquiry-based teaching using art in your classroom to enrich what you teach and challenge your students’ learning. In the first half of the workshop, we will discuss children’s artistic development to plan grade-friendly art projects, brainstorm how to present projects for students with various learning styles, and learn about basic art materials and how to lay them out to entice students’ creative appetite. In the second part of the workshop, each participant will be able to explore classroom-friendly art materials, with an opportunity to workshop potential connections to curriculum in your existing classroom.

Big Talks with Small People: Using Picture Books to Navigate Tricky Topics [FULL DAY]

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During this full day workshop, participants will reflect on tricky topics that may come up in their classroom community. Topics include gender and sexuality, identity, race, death, and current events. Through the exploration of picture books, teachers will learn how to facilitate conversation and create space for their students to express, process, and learn from each other.

Culturally Relevant Teaching: Windows and Mirrors for our Students [FULL DAY]

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This is a full-day workshop where we will get a chance to share practices that support the construction of a conscious educational practice and use that lens to help us create conscious citizens in our classroom. By creating a classroom culture that builds empathy and teaches respect, family culture, multiculturalism and individuality are celebrated and we are all able to be conscious citizens. In the morning, we will share practices, have an opportunity to examine our own biases and address how in reflecting on ourselves we can raise our understanding of what students experience as well as explore how we can "de-bias" learning for students. In the afternoon, through curricular explorations, we will discuss how we can foster the creation of a safe classroom space that encourages the exploration and expression of each student’s unique identity.

Developing Strong Number Sense with Students in the Elementary Math Classroom Through the Practice of Number Strings [FULL DAY]

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Strong mathematics students are creative problem solvers, critical analyzers of data, and great communicators of their thinking, both orally and in writing. They also are computationally fluent and possess strong number sense. What does this mean to have a strong sense of number? How do elementary students develop this strong number sense over the course of their time in school, beginning in kindergarten and continuing into middle school? What is the role that number strings serve in a classroom focused on developing computational fluency and number sense? Participants will watch classroom video and look at student work, as a way of bringing the students into the workshop session. If you are a teacher, math coach, administrator, or parent interested in learning more about this key element of the mathematics classroom, please join us for a day of investigation and discussion.

Movement and Mindfulness in the Classroom [FULL DAY]

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This workshop will focus on the positive influence of brain and movement breaks and mindfulness practices in the classroom. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of how brain breaks, movement and mindfulness practices can boost students’ on-task behavior and social emotional regulation. We will have a chance to engage in many movement breaks and mindfulness practices and how to integrate them into your classroom routines. Participants will leave with tangible resources to apply in their classes. All levels are welcome!

Sharing Your Classroom Successfully [FULL DAY]

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In this workshop, teachers will learn about the essentials of sharing a classroom and co-teaching in its many incarnations. This includes the relationship between two lead teachers, a lead and an associate or assistant teacher, a cooperating teacher and a student teacher, a general education teacher and a special education teacher, a classroom teacher and a subject specialist, etc. We will focus on effective professional relationships, what it means to share a classroom, and how to maximize the partnership potential for the benefit of the students. Please join us for this innovative and self-reflective workshop.

The Associate Program and Mentorship: Guiding Associate Teachers Towards A Career In Education [Full Day]

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How can we best support young teachers preparing for a career in education? How can we best grow the next generation of teachers? In this workshop we will delve into supportive practices for mentoring associate/assistant teachers in our school communities. We will share about the Associate Teaching Program at The School, and discuss common challenges and specific strategies for supportive mentorship. Participants will leave with resources for supporting new or associate teachers in their contexts, including plans for associate professional development, graphic organizers for planning and problem solving, and talk moves for mentor led conferencing with associate teachers.

They \ˈt͟hā\ (singular pronoun): Integrating Gender and Sexuality Education Throughout the Curriculum [Full Day]

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How do children K-8 learn to value and have pride in their own identities as well as respecting those of others? It begins in the home and the classroom and emanates into the world. In this workshop, we intend to share integrated unit plans, stand alone activities, and ideas for educators to create a culture of acceptance and learning as they explore subjects related to gender and sexuality. We will look at ways in which GSS topics may be integrated into literacy, math, science and technology, social studies, and social emotional learning. Through an intersectional and multifaceted workshop in regards to multiple areas of inequity, participants will leave with knowledge, resources and ideas of their own to use as they support, protect, inspire and motivate their students and the broader school community.

Identity Explorations: An integrated Approach to the Development of Self [AM HALF DAY]

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This workshop will focus on creating middle school curriculum in which the students' identities are front and center. The workshop will explore how students learn about themselves and how that self exploration can lead to a better understanding of others and the world around them.

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Integrating Google Apps for Instruction Collaboration and Assessment [AM HALF DAY]

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Google Applications are powerful tools for teachers, administrators, and learning support staff. From planning and curriculum development to instruction and assessment, these web tools enable students and school staff to work collaboratively and efficiently. In this workshop, we will present a variety of applications for Google Apps for purposeful and meaningful integration in schools. Participants will develop a plan to implement Google Apps for their particular instructional and assessment needs.

This workshop is open to anybody, but will be particularly geared towards those with little prior knowledge of the applications of Google Drive, or of creating a Google Site. Participants will need a Gmail account and a laptop.

SMART Interactive Tools and Apps in World Languages and Beyond [Full Day]

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During this workshop, I will demonstrate sample lessons from a world language classroom that integrates interactive instruction using SMART Notebook, iPad apps, and Google Forms. These tools can be adapted for many subjects and learning environments and accommodate a wide range of ages. In addition, attendees will have time to develop their own materials to use in their classrooms.

Critical Social (Justice) Studies [MULTI DAY, 6/19-20]

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How can we, as educators, empower youth to uncover complexities related to individual and collective identities, histories, and social issues? In this workshop, we will examine the evolution of a social studies curriculum rooted in a social justice, critical pedagogy-centered approach. We will identify strategies that support students in building deep understandings of and connections between the past, present, and future. Our time together will include exploration of current pedagogies, interactive group work, self and curricular reflection, sharing of best practices and resources, and workshopping. Educators will come away with frameworks and tools to create engaging, empowering social studies curricula aimed at encouraging students to develop a critical eye and passion for social justice both in and beyond the classroom.

Understanding By Design (UbD) : A Practitioner's Guide [MULTI-DAY, 6/19-20]

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Are you charged with designing or updating curriculum? Are you searching for strategies to provide robust, engaging lessons where students are sparked and connected to the learning goals? Are your tools for assessment meeting your needs? Understanding by Design (UbD) provides a framework for constructing curriculum, assessment and instruction that is about intentionally deepening student understanding and the transfer of learning through authentic performance. Introducing established best practices into “backward” designed lesson planning provides opportunities for developing clear evidence of learning. Join us on Day 1, where we will deconstruct this planning process and structure with you. On Day 2, let’s apply UbD to your own intended unit of study. Dedicated teachers, like yourself, deserve the support to create lessons that include activity-oriented teaching with clear priorities, mindful of desired results. Although it is not required, our experience tells us it is most effective when grade level teams are all in attendance.

Who am I? Who are you? Exploring Identity in the Early Years [FULL DAY, 6/20]

Description:

How do young children learn to value and have pride in their own identities while respecting and appreciating the diverse identities of their peers? In this workshop, we will share an integrated, year-long study of identity, which includes literacy, social studies and math units that allow children to deepen their understanding of their own identity including their gender identity, racial identity, physical characteristics, and culture, as well as deepen their understanding of the identities of others. Participants will leave with resources including read alouds, integrated unit plans, and stand alone activities to foster deep learning with their students about identity.

Big Talks with Small People: Using Picture Books to Navigate Tricky Topics [FULL DAY, 6/19]

Description:

During this full day workshop, participants will reflect on tricky topics that may come up in their classroom community. Topics include gender and sexuality, identity, race, death, and current events. Through the exploration of picture books, teachers will learn how to facilitate conversation and create space for their students to express, process, and learn from each other.

Understanding By Design (UbD) : A Practitioner's Guide [MULTI-DAY, 6/19-20]

Instructor:
Description:

Are you charged with designing or updating curriculum? Are you searching for strategies to provide robust, engaging lessons where students are sparked and connected to the learning goals? Are your tools for assessment meeting your needs? Understanding by Design (UbD) provides a framework for constructing curriculum, assessment and instruction that is about intentionally deepening student understanding and the transfer of learning through authentic performance. Introducing established best practices into “backward” designed lesson planning provides opportunities for developing clear evidence of learning. Join us on Day 1, where we will deconstruct this planning process and structure with you. On Day 2, let’s apply UbD to your own intended unit of study. Dedicated teachers, like yourself, deserve the support to create lessons that include activity-oriented teaching with clear priorities, mindful of desired results. Although it is not required, our experience tells us it is most effective when grade level teams are all in attendance.

I Love This Class! Creating and Sustaining a Classroom Culture that Supports Kindness, Respect and Personal and Academic Growth [FULL DAY, 6/19]

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In this workshop, learn the keys to unlocking each student’s full potential by creating a group culture that nurtures yet pushes each student to do and be their personal best. What separates an “easy class” from a “challenging class”? What if you could be empowered to support, challenge and enjoy any group of students? In the first half of the workshop, discover how small tweaks to your language, classroom structures, routines, and everyday interactions with students can completely transform your students’ level of engagement with their learning and responsiveness to each other. We will also explore the recent research that has linked the teaching of “soft skills" to a host of positive outcomes for children, including increased focus, empathy, and academic success. In the second part of the workshop, learn how children with the greatest behavioral challenges can become your greatest community building asset. Each participant will leave with practical and immediately applicable tools to create and sustain a dynamic classroom community students and teachers look forward to being a part of each day!

Empowering Students to Engage in Social Action through a Social Action Program [FULL DAY, 6/19]

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For the last 8 years, the completion of an independently planned and executed Social Action Project has been a graduation requirement for the 8th graders at The School at Columbia (a K-8 school). Please join us as we explore the history of how this project came about, the structures we have in place to support our student activists, and brainstorm ways to grow and improve the program. Teachers will take away a description of our work as well as access to a shared google presentation including numerous links to social justice resources.

Critical Social (Justice) Studies [MULTI DAY, 6/19-20]

Instructor:
Description:

How can we, as educators, empower youth to uncover complexities related to individual and collective identities, histories, and social issues? In this workshop, we will examine the evolution of a social studies curriculum rooted in a social justice, critical pedagogy-centered approach. We will identify strategies that support students in building deep understandings of and connections between the past, present, and future. Our time together will include exploration of current pedagogies, interactive group work, self and curricular reflection, sharing of best practices and resources, and workshopping. Educators will come away with frameworks and tools to create engaging, empowering social studies curricula aimed at encouraging students to develop a critical eye and passion for social justice both in and beyond the classroom.

Sharing Your Classroom Successfully [FULL DAY, 6/18]

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Description:

In this workshop, teachers will learn about the essentials of sharing a classroom and co-teaching in its many incarnations. This includes the relationship between two lead teachers, a lead and an associate or assistant teacher, a cooperating teacher and a student teacher, a general education teacher and a special education teacher, a classroom teacher and a subject specialist, etc. We will focus on effective professional relationships, what it means to share a classroom, and how to maximize the partnership potential for the benefit of the students. Please join us for this innovative and self-reflective workshop.

An Essential Toolbox for Upper Elementary Math Teachers: Innovating Your Practice in the Grade 3-5 Math Classroom [FULL DAY, 6/18]

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Course time change: RUNNING FROM 12PM-5PM!

What are the essential elements of the upper elementary math workshop, grades 3-5? Why is rich context key to the problem solving work we do with our students? How can number work be integrated into the workshop routine? What role do games play in the math classroom? All of these topics will be discussed during our session together. Participants will have the chance to engage in doing some math and reflecting on that experience, from the learner's perspective. We will discuss the importance of contextual problems and the best ways to develop these contexts. We will look at math homework across the elementary grades, collaborating to design a number of meaningful assignments. Participants will leave with strong talking points about the role that meaningful math homework can play in the math learning of our students. Portions of the day will also focus on technology in the math classroom and communicating with families. What role does technology play in the school life and home life of our math students? How can we best communicate with our students' families about our inquiry-based math classrooms that place a strong emphasis on number sense? This will be a day full of discussion, inquiry, and problem-solving. We welcome teachers who are in the early years of developing their math teaching practice, as well as those who are experienced but want to reinvigorate their practice and learn from thoughtful colleagues. Come spend a day engaging in the rich work of mathematicians, so we can inspire our students to do the same.

Curriculum Design for World Languages [FULL DAY, 6/18]

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In “Curriculum design for World Languages” we will take you through the steps of backward planning. By first determining what you envision your students will be able to do at the end of a unit of study, we will analyze and discern all the curricular elements necessary to achieve these learning goals. We will explore how to interweave a holistic set of skills that include organization, language acquisition, understanding of cultural content, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, technology and more. We will provide strategies for the implementation of purposeful classroom management, progress assessments, differentiation and pacing. The second part of the workshop will consist on sharing resources and putting into practice what you learned by creating a meaningful unit of study. This workshop is geared towards World Language educators. Any new or experienced teacher looking to revamp a unit of study or create intricate curriculum will find this workshop useful.

Building an LGBTQ+ Alliance In Your School Community [Full Day, 6/18]

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Research shows that the existence of a club designed to support all youth on the gender identity and sexuality spectrums make schools and students safer. In this workshop, we will share our experiences with creating and facilitating a middle school student-led Gender Sexuality Spectrum (GSS) club that has positively transformed our school culture. We will consider school missions, climates, and populations, explore year-long community programming, and develop detailed plans of action to build a powerful, affirming GSS space.

Fostering Conscious Classrooms [Full Day, 6/17]

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In this full-day workshop participants will have the opportunity to share practices that support the construction of a conscious educational practice, and use that lens to help create conscious citizens in their classroom. By creating a classroom culture that builds empathy and teaches respect, we are all able to celebrate multiculturalism and individuality, and to be conscious citizens. In the morning, we will share practices, have an opportunity to examine our own biases and address how in reflecting on ourselves we can raise our understanding of what students experience as well as explore how we can "de-bias" learning for students. In the afternoon, through curricular explorations, we will discuss how we can foster the creation of a safe classroom space that encourages the exploration and expression of each student’s unique identity.

SMART Interactive Tools and Apps in World Languages and Beyond [FULL DAY, 6/17]

Description:

This workshop will demonstrate sample lessons from a world language classroom that integrate interactive instruction using SMART Notebook, iPad apps, and Google Forms. These tools can be adapted for many subjects and learning environments and accommodate a wide range of ages. In addition, attendees will have time to develop their own materials to use in their classrooms.

Becoming a Lead Teacher in an Elementary Classroom [Full Day, 6/17]

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This workshop is for Assistant/Associate Teachers who are planning on becoming lead teachers and need support on the job search process. This workshop will provide strategies and suggestions for how to thrive as an assistant teacher. These strategies can be used in any school. There will be a focused discussion on elementary schools, the education of young children and self-reflection. This workshop will consist of two parts: The first part of the workshop will examine various approaches to acclimating to new schools. The second part of the workshop will provide suggestions for how to prepare for the job search. Participants will leave with ideas, materials and a unique perspective for dealing with the demands of lead teaching.

Brain Breaks and Mindfulness For Your Classroom [FULL DAY, 6/17]

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This workshop will focus on the positive influence of brain/movement breaks and mindfulness practices in the classroom. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of how brain breaks and mindfulness practices boost student learning and students’ social emotional regulation. We will have a chance to engage in many movement breaks and mindfulness practices. Participants will leave with tangible resources to apply in their classes. All levels are welcome!

Developing Strong Number Sense with Students in the Elementary Math Classroom Through the Practice of Number Strings [FULL DAY, 6/17]

Description:

Strong mathematics students are creative problem solvers, critical analyzers of data, and great communicators of their thinking, both orally and in writing. They also are computationally fluent and possess strong number sense. What does this mean to have a strong sense of number? How do elementary students develop this strong number sense over the course of their time in school, beginning in kindergarten and continuing into middle school? What is the role that number strings and game playing serve in a classroom focused on developing computational fluency and number sense? Participants will watch classroom videos and look at student work, as a way of bringing the students into the workshop session. If you are a teacher, math coach, administrator, or parent interested in learning more about this key element of the mathematics classroom, please join us for a day of investigation and discussion.

The World in Our Classroom: Community Building, Identity, and Self Expression through Creative Story Telling and World Language [FULL DAY, 6/17]

Description:

This workshop is designed to share with and inspire other educators to explore possibilities, discuss and reflect upon teaching practices, create activities, identify challenges, and develop planning and classroom management techniques, all to build the classroom community, to support children in expressing self-identity, and to enhance learning. We will participate in discussions and engage in activities based in dance, poetry, art, theatre, global language, technology, and Social and Emotional Learning.

Fostering Conscious Classrooms [Full Day]

Description:

In this full-day workshop participants will have the opportunity to share practices that support the construction of a conscious educational practice, and use that lens to help create conscious citizens in their classroom. By creating a classroom culture that builds empathy and teaches respect, we are all able to celebrate multiculturalism and individuality, and to be conscious citizens. In the morning, we will share practices, have an opportunity to examine our own biases and address how in reflecting on ourselves we can raise our understanding of what students experience as well as explore how we can "de-bias" learning for students. In the afternoon, through curricular explorations, we will discuss how we can foster the creation of a safe classroom space that encourages the exploration and expression of each student’s unique identity.

SMART Interactive Tools and Apps in World Languages and Beyond [Full Day]

Description:

This workshop will demonstrate sample lessons from a world language classroom that integrate interactive instruction using SMART Notebook, iPad apps, and Google Forms. These tools can be adapted for many subjects and learning environments and accommodate a wide range of ages. In addition, attendees will have time to develop their own materials to use in their classrooms.

Brain Breaks and Mindfulness For Your Classroom [Full Day]

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This workshop will focus on the positive influence of brain/movement breaks and mindfulness practices in the classroom. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of how brain breaks and mindfulness practices boost student learning and students’ social emotional regulation. We will have a chance to engage in many movement breaks and mindfulness practices. Participants will leave with tangible resources to apply in their classes. All levels are welcome!

Research 101: How to prepare for your lesson plans and help students develop critical research skills [Full Day]

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This workshop aims to help teachers better organize their research projects. To improve students' ability in developing independent research skills, teachers will create practical project guidelines. Using readily available free and subscription-based quality databases from Columbia University, The New York Public Library (NYPL) and The School at Columbia’s (TSC), teachers will learn to access credible resources for their lesson planning as well as the latest standards for citations in NoodleTools that will assist students to easily integrate citations into their projects.

Art in the Classroom 101 [Full Day]

Description:

In this workshop, participants will learn how to create successful art projects that enhance student learning in the classroom. Have you heard students say “I can’t draw?” or “I’m bad at art”? What separates an age-appropriate art project from what is not? Incorporate inquiry-based teaching using art in your classroom to enrich what you teach and challenge your students’ understanding. In the first half of the workshop, we will discuss children’s artistic development to plan grade-friendly art projects, brainstorm how to present projects for students with various learning styles, and learn about basic art materials and how to lay them out to entice students’ creative appetite. In the second part of the workshop, each participant will be able to explore classroom-friendly art materials, with an opportunity to share and reflect on new practices we can bring into the classroom.

Developing Strong Number Sense with Students in the Elementary Math Classroom Through the Practice of Number Strings [Full Day]

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Description:

Strong mathematics students are creative problem solvers, critical analyzers of data, and great communicators of their thinking, both orally and in writing. They also are computationally fluent and possess strong number sense. What does this mean to have a strong sense of number? How do elementary students develop this strong number sense over the course of their time in school, beginning in kindergarten and continuing into middle school? What is the role that number strings serve in a classroom focused on developing computational fluency and number sense? Participants will watch classroom videos and look at student work, as a way of bringing the students into the workshop session. If you are a teacher, math coach, administrator, or parent interested in learning more about this key element of the mathematics classroom, please join us for a day of investigation and discussion.

Who am I? Who are you? Exploring Identity in the Early Years [Full Day]

Description:

How do young children learn to value and have pride in their own identities while respecting and appreciating the diverse identities of their peers? In this workshop, we will share an integrated, year-long study of identity, which includes literacy, social studies and math units that allow children to deepen their understanding of their own identity including their gender identity, racial identity, physical characteristics, and culture, as well as deepen their understanding of the identities of others. Participants will leave with resources including read alouds, integrated unit plans, and stand-alone activities to foster deep learning with their students about identity.

The World in Our Classroom: Community Building, Identity, and Self Expression through Creative Storytelling and World Language [Full Day]

Description:

This workshop is designed to inspire educators to explore possibilities, discuss and reflect upon teaching practices, create activities, identify challenges, and develop planning and classroom management techniques, all to build the classroom community, support children in expressing self-identity, and enhance learning. We will participate in discussions and engage in activities based in dance, poetry, art, drama, world languages, technology, and social and emotional learning.

Empowering Students to Engage in Social Action through a Social Action Program [Full Day]

Description:

For the last 8 years, the completion of an independently planned and executed Social Action Project has been a graduation requirement for the 8th graders at The School at Columbia (a K-8 school). Please join us as we explore the history of how this project came about, the structures we have in place to support our student activists, and brainstorm ways to grow and improve the program. Teachers will take away a description of our work as well as access to a shared Google site which we will build together creating a list of social justice resources.

Math and Technology: Intersecting to Measure Understanding [Half Day AM]

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Our students have been exposed to computer and smart device technology throughout their lives. Why not capitalize on the tools that students find great comfort and joy using? Students can demonstrate and sharpen their understanding of mathematical topics using devices and specific software applications. This workshop will help guide participants in learning how students can design tools necessary for learning mathematical skills.

Integrating Google Apps and Sites for Instruction, Collaboration, and Assessment [Full Day]

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Google Applications and Sites are powerful tools for teachers, administrators, and learning support staff. From planning and curriculum development to instruction and assessment, these webtools enable students and school staff to work collaboratively and efficiently. In this workshop, we will present a variety of applications for Google Apps and Sites for purposeful and meaningful integration in schools. Participants will develop a plan to implement Google Apps and set up a Google Site for their particular instructional and assessment needs.

This workshop is open to anybody, but will be particularly geared towards those with little prior knowledge of the applications of Google Drive, or of creating a Google Site. Participants will need a Gmail account and a laptop.

Curriculum Design for World Languages [Full Day]

Description:

In “Curriculum design for World Languages” we will take you through the steps of backward planning. By first determining what you envision your students will be able to do at the end of a unit of study, we will analyze and discern all the curricular elements necessary to achieve these learning goals. We will explore how to interweave a holistic set of skills that include organization, language acquisition, understanding of cultural content, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, technology and more. We will provide strategies for the implementation of purposeful classroom management, progress assessments, differentiation and pacing. The second part of the workshop will consist on sharing resources and putting into practice what you learned by creating a meaningful unit of study. This workshop is geared towards World Language educators. Any new or experienced teacher looking to revamp a unit of study or create intricate curriculum will find this workshop useful.

Exploring Generative and Procedural Art With Scratch [Half Day PM]

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Pick up your Scratch pen blocks and make art with us! Tinker with computational concepts like procedures, repetition, and randomness to make original pieces. We'll be digging into the history of generative art and making our own, drawing inspiration from Sol LeWitt, John Cage, Ellsworth Kelly, and others. We’ll also share strategies for integrating creative computing into art classrooms.

Brain Breaks and Mindfulness For Your Classroom [Half Day AM]

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This workshop will focus on the positive influence of brain/movement breaks and mindfulness practices in the classroom. Attendees will have the chance to walk away with a deeper understanding of how brain breaks and mindfulness practices boost student learning and students social emotional regulation. We will have a chance to engage in many movement breaks and mindfulness practices. Participants will walk away with tangible resources to apply in their classes. All levels are welcome!

Triple Threats: Advisors, Advisees and Parents [Half Day PM]

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Advisory programs are thriving in schools at a time when our students need socio-emotional support in addition to academic guidance. This workshop will answer questions about the structure of advisory programs in our Middle School. We’ll cover parent engagement, how to construct an Advisory curriculum, socio-emotional development, and will demonstrate how students engage in our Advisory program at every level.

X-Projects: leveling the playing field [Half Day AM]

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How do you get your students as interested in your teaching unit as they are in Fortnight, their fantasy league and YouTube Videos? I will share how I designed, implemented, and differentiated Project Based Learning in my social studies curriculum through "X-projects" to engage my students. Participants will examine completed student projects, receive project templates and resources and have the opportunity to begin crafting their own. Incorporating "X-projects" will not only engage all students but also enhance your curriculum with all of the information and research your students will share. All through, art, music, gaming and sports.

I Love This Class! Creating and Sustaining a Classroom Culture that Supports Kindness, Respect and Personal and Academic Growth [Full Day]

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In this workshop, learn the keys to unlocking each student’s full potential by creating a group culture that nurtures yet pushes each student to do and be their personal best. What separates an “easy class” from a “challenging class”? What if you could be empowered to support, challenge and enjoy any group of students? In the first half of the workshop, discover how small tweaks to your language, classroom structures, routines, and everyday interactions with students can completely transform your students’ level of engagement with their learning and responsiveness to each other. We will also explore the recent research that has linked the teaching of “soft skills" to a host of positive outcomes for children, including increased focus, empathy, and academic success. In the second part of the workshop, learn how children with the greatest behavioral challenges can become your greatest community building asset. Each participant will leave with practical and immediately applicable tools to create and sustain a dynamic classroom community students and teachers look forward to being a part of each day!

Interactive Tools and Apps in World Languages and Beyond [Full Day]

Description:

This workshop demonstrates sample lessons from a world language classroom that integrate interactive instruction using SMART Notebook, iPad apps, and Google Forms. All tools can be adapted for many subjects and learning environments and accommodate a wide range of ages. In addition, attendees will have time to develop their own materials to use in their classrooms with hands on assistance from the instructor.

Developing Strong Number Sense with Students in the Elementary Math Classroom Through the Practice of Number Strings [Full Day]

Instructor:
Description:

Strong mathematics students are creative problem solvers, critical analyzers of data, and great communicators of their thinking, both orally and in writing. They also are computationally fluent and possess strong number sense. What does this mean to have a strong sense of number? How do elementary students develop this strong number sense over the course of their time in school, beginning in kindergarten and continuing into middle school? What is the role that number strings serve in a classroom focused on developing computational fluency and number sense? Participants will watch classroom video and look at student work, as a way of bringing the students into the workshop session. If you are a teacher, math coach, administrator, or parent interested in learning more about this key element of the mathematics classroom, please join us for a day of investigation and discussion.

Who am I? Who are you? Exploring the Identity in the Early Years [6/21, AM Half Day]

Description:

How do young children learn to value and have pride in their own identities while respecting and appreciating the diverse identities of their peers? In this workshop, we will share an integrated, year-long study of identity, which includes literacy, social studies and math units that allow children to deepen their understanding of their own identity including their gender identity, racial identity, physical characteristics, and culture, as well as deepen their understanding of the identities of others. Participants will leave with resources including read alouds, integrated unit plans, and stand alone activities to foster deep learning with their students about identity.

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