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Wednesday, August 16
 

8:30am

Understanding OUR Implicit Bias: Who Me? Yes, YOU.
Our society has encouraged colorblind ideology without taking into consideration the impact it has on people of color. While the intentions may be good this approach to race, racism and race relations doesn’t change the fact that in the 21st century race still matters significantly. Statements like “We are all human” and “I don’t notice race” are actually more likely to cause the very harm these well-intentioned statements said by well-meaning people are trying to avoid. In her keynote, Dr. Hollins will share research on implicit bias and propose alternative ways of thinking.

Speakers
DC

Dr. Caprice Hollins

Cultures Connecting


Wednesday August 16, 2017 8:30am - 9:45am
Theater

10:00am

Formative Assessments You Can Implement Tomorrow--Elementary Focus
Learn what an effective formative assessment system can look like in your classroom. Find the answers to all your questions: How often should I give formative assessments? When should I grade them? What tools can I use to make it more efficient? How do I know when to move on or reteach? How can I embed assessment into my existing classroom instruction? Walk away with examples and tools that can be applied immediately.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Allison

Amy Allison

Assessment Technology Specialist, Issaquah School District
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Suzanne Womble

Assessment Specialist, Lake Washington School District



Wednesday August 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
1301

10:00am

Get to Know Your Incoming Students with Homeroom
Begin planning your school year based on your students' strengths and weaknesses. Learn how to navigate Homeroom to see valuable assessment data on individual students as well as by classes and sub-groups. Homeroom is an online tool provided by your district. It is an effective method in setting student goals and tracking growth. NOTE: Please make sure you know how to sign into your district’s HomeRoom portal. The instructor will not be able to help participants with logging into the site. If you need help, please contact the appropriate person in your district who can help you BEFORE the session. Thanks!

Speakers
avatar for Teresa Mjelde

Teresa Mjelde

Assessment Coordinator, Tahoma School District



Wednesday August 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
1201

10:00am

The Seven Conceptual Shifts of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)—What Do They Mean?
There are seven conceptual shifts that occur from the previous way we looked at teaching science and the way the NGSS structures the teaching of science. This session will outline these seven conceptual shifts and give some hands-on ways of understanding what these shifts mean to us as teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Suze Bodwell

Suze Bodwell

K-5 Elementary Science Specialist, Snoqualmie Valley School District


Wednesday August 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
1205

10:00am

Number Talks Using Sentence Frames
How do I get students to really analyze different strategies their peers use when solving math problems? Number talks paired with academic sentence stems broadens student discourse thus deepening the learning for all students.

Speakers
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Rebecca Hickman

Elementary School Teacher, Riverview School District
avatar for Heather Nelson

Heather Nelson

Instructional Coach, Riverview School District


Wednesday August 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
3101

10:00am

Cultural Competence: Mitigating Our Implicit Bias
This workshop builds on the keynote. Through interactive activities, lecture, and video participants will take a deeper look at stereotypes, impact on student learning and strategies to mitigate them.

Speakers
DC

Dr. Caprice Hollins

Cultures Connecting


Wednesday August 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
Theater

10:00am

Accommodations and Modifications to Meet the Needs of Special Education / 504 Students in General Education Classrooms
This session will identify the differences between accommodations and modifications as well as a brief background on why they are necessary. We will explore types of accommodations/modifications typically seen on IEPs and 504 Plans, and look at examples of how to modify curriculum and class activities to support students in special education. If time permits, we will look at some online resources, and practice making modifications to content.

Speakers
avatar for Suzanne Oney

Suzanne Oney

Special Education Teacher, Fall City Elementary School
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Heather Yen

Program Specialist - Special Education, Snoqualmie School District



Wednesday August 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
1302

10:00am

Collaborative Discussion Strategies in a Secondary Classroom
In this session we will take a look at how to implement various collaborative discussion strategies including Socratic Seminar, Philosophical Chairs, and Concentric Circles. We will also discuss COSTA'S levels of questioning and how to use the levels of questions in conjunction with collaborative discussion methods. This session is geared towards those new or still learning the process of how to set up the discussion groups, and ways to use them to fit the needs of their classroom.

Speakers
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Janice Wintermyer

8th Grade Teacher - Language Arts, Snoqualmie School District



Wednesday August 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
1204

10:00am

Grade-Level Cluster Grouping in the Elementary Math Classroom
This session is designed to give you an overview of the Total School Cluster Model, including the benefits of cluster grouping for academic achievement for students of all ability levels and the increased ability and ease of teachers to meet the diverse needs of students. We will share our experiences with our micro-model as 3rd grade math teachers, discuss how flexible homogeneous clusters support students’ social and emotional needs, and address potential parental concerns.

Speakers
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Brianna Grant

3rd Grade Teacher, Riverview School District
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Elizabeth Reamer-Carlisle

3rd Grade Teacher, Riverview School District


Wednesday August 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
1305

10:00am

How the Brain Learns
Why, when I work so hard, do students forget what I've taught? In this session you will learn how to leverage the way the brain works to increase student engagement and retention. You will leave with tools you can implement in your classroom beginning day one!

Speakers
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Shawn Bryant Lawrence

Content Specialist ELA/SS 6-12, Snoqualmie School District
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Ruth Moen

Executive Director of Secondary Education and Instructional Support, Snoqualmie School District


Wednesday August 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
1304

10:00am

Self-Differentiated Homework in the Secondary Classroom
Homework has been a major topic in recent professional development sessions. One of the biggest struggles is keeping homework meaningful while taking into account students' overall workload. This session will focus on setting up a homework system that allows students to choose their own homework problems, based on their reflections of the lesson and understanding of practice problems. While potentially applicable to other classes, this session will focus on implementing this system in math classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Hecox

Amy Hecox

Math Teacher, Snoqualmie School District
I have a Bachelors in English and a Masters in Education (Math focus) and currently teach Algebra and Geometry at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie. This is my third year at Mt Si, and my 11th year in the field of education.


Wednesday August 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
1308

10:00am

The Engaged Classroom: Strategies for Active Learning and Student Engagement
Experience strategies to help get and keep your students engaged. We will look at how to use technology, the concept of blended learning, active learning strategies, resources for new strategies, as well as planning tools to help you put strategies into practice. Come ready to participate. You will need something to write on/with or your laptop.

Speakers
avatar for Kristen VanHoomissen

Kristen VanHoomissen

Teacher, Tahoma School District
This is my third year presenting at the PLC. I am excited to be back again this summer. I am looking forward to learning and sharing my practice with other educators!


Wednesday August 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
1307

10:00am

Becoming a Person of Influence to Lead in Your School or Classroom
No matter your position in the field of education, this course can help you develop your leadership through expanding your influence with others. Based on John C. Maxwell and Jim Dorman’s book Becoming a Person of Influence. This course offers insights in expanding your influence and leadership potential through understanding, connecting with, and empowering others. John Bomar is an internationally Certified Teacher, Speaker, and Coach with the John Maxwell Team.

Speakers
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John M. Bomar

Principal, Riverview Learning Center, Riverview School District


Wednesday August 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
3102

10:00am

Got GRIT? The Crossroad of Passion & Perseverance
How Gritty are you? How Gritty are your students? Explore the science of Grit and why it is a better predictor for future success than talent alone, IQ, or test scores. Find out how to cultivate Grit in the classroom with a connection to Social Emotional Learning (SEL).

Speakers
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Ryan Hill

Principal, Snoqualmie School District


Wednesday August 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
3104

10:00am

Managing Negative Behaviors Before They Occur: A Preventative Approach
Learn how to 1) set up the classroom for behavioral success, 2) reinforce desired positive behaviors, 3) manage negative behavior, and 4) understand what is needed for long-term behavior modification.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Hood

Kate Hood

Behavior Intervention Specialist, Tahoma School District
avatar for Kyle Hood

Kyle Hood

Dean of Students, Tahoma School District
I enjoy working with students who display non-typical behavior within the educational setting and the adults who work with these students. My experience has been primarily at the secondary level 6-12. | | Experience: | Alternative Jr. High 6-8 | Social Emotional Behavio... Read More →


Wednesday August 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
3103

10:00am

Code.org Session 1: Why Should I Teach Coding?
Ever wonder why elementary teachers should teach coding? Have you been thinking of how to integrate computer science into your classroom? If so, please join Code.org Facilitator and ISD Instructional Technology Specialist Valerie Buck for a session that addresses these questions and previews the Code.org free curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Valerie Buck

Valerie Buck

Instructional Technology Specialist/Code.org Facilitator, Issaquah School District
I am an Instructional Technology Specialist for the Issaquah School District. I am passionate about integrating technology into lessons and having kids create products. I appreciate immediate feedback that tech tools provide for me as the teacher and for students to get intervent... Read More →


Wednesday August 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
1208

10:00am

Homeroom Basic User Session
Attendees will learn basic navigation of Homeroom. They will navigate to a Student Profile to see all data available for a student. They will review the main aspects of the Assessment widget and understand how to use it to analyze data. Attendees will learn how to create student groups based on filters such as assessment data, attendance, services etc. They will also learn how to check student progress toward graduation requirements with the CAA/CIA widget.

Speakers
avatar for Meghan Perez-Navarro

Meghan Perez-Navarro

SDS Trainer, Vendor - School Data Solutions/Homeroom
All School Data Solutions Products - Homeroom, Evaluations, Classroom, Supplemental Applications, Training, Data Loading and More...



Wednesday August 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
3106

10:00am

Integrating Technology into a Health or Physical Education Class
This session will focus on ways to integrate technology into a Health and Physical Education setting. Topics to be covered are using Plickers to start or end a lesson, getting creative with QR codes, and using Kahoot as an assessment tool and a fitness tool.

Speakers
avatar for Kris Coleman

Kris Coleman

Instructional Technology Specialist/Health and Fitness Support Specialist, Issaquah School District



Wednesday August 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
3107

10:00am

Educators Using Twitter
Educators are using Twitter to grow their professional learning network, sharing resources, and building the global educational community. I am one of the PSESD Washington Teacher Leaders for Twitter this year, and I want to share how this program and the use of Twitter has made me a better more informed teacher. Twitter can be a way to create a strong professional social media platform for yourself to help promote what you are doing in your classroom every day.

Speakers
avatar for Autumn Ottenad

Autumn Ottenad

Teacher/Issaquah Middle School 8th Grade ELA, Issaquah School District



Wednesday August 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
3105

11:15am

Lunch
Wednesday August 16, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
TBA

12:30pm

Formative Assessments You Can Implement Tomorrow--Secondary Focus
Learn what an effective formative assessment system can look like in your classroom. Find the answers to all your questions: How often should I give formative assessments? When should I grade them? What tools can I use to make it more efficient? How do I know when to move on or reteach? How can I embed assessment into my existing classroom instruction? Walk away with examples and tools that can be applied immediately.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Allison

Amy Allison

Assessment Technology Specialist, Issaquah School District
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Suzanne Womble

Assessment Specialist, Lake Washington School District



Wednesday August 16, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1301

12:30pm

Developing Student Writing in the Elementary Grades
You've graded 100 student papers and it is clear students need help with organization and elaboration. Now what? How do you get students to develop their writing? This session brings teachers together to show how to use writing rubrics; student goal setting; and conferencing to propel student writing growth.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Nelson

Heather Nelson

Instructional Coach, Riverview School District
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Sara Taylor

Elementary School Teacher, Riverview School District



Wednesday August 16, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1204

12:30pm

Teaching with the Seven Conceptual Shifts of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)—How Do They Affect Units of Study?
Many of us are trying to get a good grasp on how teaching the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) affects a unit of study in the classroom. During this session, we’ll walk through a science unit looking through the lens of the seven conceptual shifts of the NGSS.

Speakers
avatar for Suze Bodwell

Suze Bodwell

K-5 Elementary Science Specialist, Snoqualmie Valley School District


Wednesday August 16, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1205

12:30pm

STEM Integration in Kindergarten
This session is designed specifically for Kindergarten teachers learn about integrating STEM activities with literacy and intentional play. Watch a classroom lesson, plus get lessons plans and ideas for immediate implementation! Feel free to bring ideas and questions for us to discuss.

Speakers
avatar for Liza Rickey

Liza Rickey

STEM Curriculum Specialist, Issaquah School District
Liza created and implemented a 4th/5th grade Science and Technology Magnet Program with a focus on environmental education. She is currently a Washington State Teacher Leader for CORElaborateWA, Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery Board Member, and part of the Teaching Channel... Read More →



Wednesday August 16, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1308

12:30pm

Cultural Competence: Understanding Racial Privilege
The more you understand privilege, the better you will be at recognizing tension that exists across cultures. Racism is among the most charged issues facing us today and all members of society are affected by it. Yet most forums that address race focus on the racially "different”, leaving White perspectives, experiences and identity normalized and unexplored. Through lecture, discussion and experiential exercises we will take a laser like focus unpacking racial privilege, exploring what it means to be White within a society that is racially stratified. We will discuss common ways that privilege manifests itself on an institutional level and how it influences relationships within and across cultures.

Speakers
DC

Dr. Caprice Hollins

Cultures Connecting


Wednesday August 16, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Theater

12:30pm

Critical Practices for Anti-Bias Education
Explore the Anti-Bias Framework that Teaching Tolerance has developed for grades K-12 and gain practical strategies for connecting academic learning, socio-emotional learning, culturally responsive pedagogy, and anti-bias values within your classroom. Strategies are focused around four areas: Instruction, Classroom Culture, Family and Community Engagement, and Teacher Leadership.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Armstrong

Erin Armstrong

Instructional Technology Specialist, Issaquah School District
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Anisa Zareh-Mohazzab

Middle School Science Teacher, Issaquah School District


Wednesday August 16, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
3101

12:30pm

Foldables: Bring Your Students' Notebooks to Life!
Explore the use of foldables and interactive notebooks. We are going to use, create, discuss, and share our experiences using these strategies. There will be time for Q&A and to look at examples of different types of notebooks.

Speakers
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Celeste Blay

Teacher, Tahoma School District
I have been teaching for 12 years and am constantly on the lookout for ways to make math more interactive! I love to get students out of their seats, creating foldables and thinking hard.
avatar for Kristen VanHoomissen

Kristen VanHoomissen

Teacher, Tahoma School District
This is my third year presenting at the PLC. I am excited to be back again this summer. I am looking forward to learning and sharing my practice with other educators!


Wednesday August 16, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1307

12:30pm

Math Differentiation in the K-5 Classroom!
Do you pull the same 5 kids to the same back table every day because they still aren't "getting it"? Have you ever felt like you are holding your high kids hostage because you can't move on until the rest of the group "gets it"? Addressing the needs of all math learners is hard work! Join us as we analyze a variety of differentiation techniques and strategies that just might change your life (or at least your math life).

Speakers
avatar for Renae Hanson

Renae Hanson

Elementary Math Specialist, Tahoma School District



Wednesday August 16, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1302

12:30pm

Steering Your Way Through the Difficulties of Student-Centered Learning
When students are not used to a student centered environment they experience many different emotions, it can be a trial for everyone involved (students, teachers, parents, and administrators). Many times teachers will give up before carefully helping the students through each cycle. This is a course to help teachers through the triumphs and difficulties of creating a student centered classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Tiffany Adams

Tiffany Adams

Science Teacher, Riverview School District



Wednesday August 16, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1305

12:30pm

Slam Poetry as a Tool for Close Reading and Student Voice
Students spend a great deal of time practicing structured writing, but little instructional time finding their own voice. Performance, or “slam,” poetry offers an alternative. Short and easily "digestible," poems provide opportunities for close, active reading and templates upon which students can create their own art. In preparing slam poetry, students consider the impact of a single word, a pause, a mark of punctuation and how those choices will let their true voices be heard.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Mancoff

Daniel Mancoff

Language Arts Teacher/Department Head, Snoqualmie School District
I have been teaching high school English/Language Arts for 18 years, 16 in the Chicago suburbs and the last two in Snoqualmie. During that time, I've taught all secondary grades and levels, 9-12, regular, honors, and AP. I've also sponsored digital publications and worked as a... Read More →



Wednesday August 16, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1304

12:30pm

Beginning a Powerful Tier 1 Implementation for PBIS: A Deeper Approach
Would you like to set up Tier 1 systems that create a powerful school community? Are you ready to make PBIS more meaningful and sustainable? Are you looking for ways to increase staff buy-in?Join us for a peek inside our successful 4-year PBIS journey at Rock Creek Elementary School. We will share effective and researched based ways to structure your building team, look at how SWIS data can influence meaningful interventions, and give you the tools to draw your staff into the magic of the work.

Speakers
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Tina McDaniel

5th Grade Teacher, Tahoma School District
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John Schuster

Fifth Grade Teacher, Tahoma School District


Wednesday August 16, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
3105

12:30pm

Using Positive Reinforcement and Praise to Increase Learning
Positive reinforcement and praise are research based interventions that lead to more learning and less discipline in the classroom. The class will include information on both the research around these practices as well as practical ways to use reinforcement and praise in your classroom.

Speakers
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Melinda Gray

Behavior Specialist, Tahoma School District
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Betsy Lowe

Behavior Specialist, Tahoma School District


Wednesday August 16, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
3102

12:30pm

Code.org Session 2: New Elementary Courses
Brand new courses A-F are now available from Code.org! Come and learn how to implement their newly released courses with Code.org Facilitator and ISD Instructional Technology Specialist Valerie Buck. Spend time going through the course for your grade level, work with the materials and collaborate with teachers on best implementation practices. Develop relationships for continued collaboration and support. This course is applicable for anyone who has already attended a Code.org workshop or who is currently using Code.org in their classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Valerie Buck

Valerie Buck

Instructional Technology Specialist/Code.org Facilitator, Issaquah School District
I am an Instructional Technology Specialist for the Issaquah School District. I am passionate about integrating technology into lessons and having kids create products. I appreciate immediate feedback that tech tools provide for me as the teacher and for students to get intervent... Read More →


Wednesday August 16, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1208

12:30pm

Empower Students and Engage Families with Seesaw
At this session you will learn how Seesaw empowers students to independently document their learning and provides an audience for their work—their peers, parents, or the world. We will explore how Seesaw gives families an immediate and personalized window into their child’s school day, helping to answer: "What did you do at school today?" Also, you will discover how Seesaw saves you time on organization and parent communication, makes formative assessment easy, and provides a safe place to teach 21st Century skills.

Speakers
avatar for Jenni Freeburg

Jenni Freeburg

Instructional Technology Leader K-12, Riverview School District


Wednesday August 16, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
3103

12:30pm

Going Digital: Hints, Tips, and Tricks for the Transition to a (mostly) Paperless Secondary Classroom
Technology has the power to dramatically change the process of teaching and learning; at the same time, adopting new classroom tech does come with a number of challenges. In this session, I'll share my experiences attempting to create a (mostly) paperless classroom. At the end of the day, the particular tools you use don’t matter—what does, though, are the strategies and structures you put into place to make your paperless classroom run as smoothly as your paper-based one.

My examples will be drawn from my use of Google Classroom, Goobric, Doctopus and other tech ed tools, but the learning goals of this class will focus on helping you avoid some potential pitfalls by adopting successful practices (and learning from my experience), and not how to use these particular tools.

Speakers
MB

Matt Brashears

English Teacher, Tahoma School District


Wednesday August 16, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
3104

12:30pm

Homeroom Risk Indicators and Charts: Identify At-Risk Students and Monitor Their Progress
Attendees will navigate the Risk Indicator widget in order to identify trends and at-risk students. They will understand the Risk Indicator widget and what factors constitute at risk, as defined by the district. Attendees will create student groups to monitor student progress and use data extracts to create charts showing growth on district or state assessments.

Speakers
avatar for Meghan Perez-Navarro

Meghan Perez-Navarro

SDS Trainer, Vendor - School Data Solutions/Homeroom
All School Data Solutions Products - Homeroom, Evaluations, Classroom, Supplemental Applications, Training, Data Loading and More...



Wednesday August 16, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
3106

12:30pm

Beyond the Screen: Project-Based Learning in the 1:1 Device Classroom
Going 1:1 doesn't have to mean typing and staring at a screen all day. From using a satellite to photograph Mars to building siege weapons, in this session we'll discuss how 1:1 devices can free you to pursue exciting project-based activities.

Speakers
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Scott Coats

Teacher (8th grade science), Riverview School District
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Erik McFarland

Middle School Science and Technology, Riverview School District



Wednesday August 16, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1201

2:00pm

Are We Grading Smarter Yet? Grading Policies and Student Achievement
After last year's humbling and amazing turn-out for my session on grading, I want to revisit some of the ideas and topics and hear especially from those who have changed their grading policies over the past few years. For those unfamiliar with Dweck, Guskey, or Vatterott, I'll give a brief review, but I promise not to talk as much as I did last year!

Speakers
avatar for Matt Stewart

Matt Stewart

Middle School Language Arts Teacher, Riverview School District
I'll be teaching a class on assessment and grading, but I'm also interested in literacy and discourse in all classes. I have also been Tolt's yearbook advisor for eleven years.



Wednesday August 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
3107

2:00pm

Strategies for Improving the Assessment Feedback Loop
Quick! Fun! Easy! Learn strategies for finding out where your students are at and how to communicate using feedback effectively. Lots of students examples and opportunities to participate.

Speakers
avatar for Tracie Kelly

Tracie Kelly

Professional Learning Leader, Riverview School District
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Wendy Ward

Professional Learning Leader, Riverview School District



Wednesday August 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
1308

2:00pm

Using Line Designs to Teach Math, Art, & Writing
Line designs are geometric patterns formed by straight line segments that produce the illusion of a curve. In this class you will draw your own line designs to discover how you can use these constructions to develop math concepts and skills in geometry and measurement. You can design math performance tasks for your students. You will able to offer your students practice using math tools and incorporate art elements and writing experience. Nurture your students’ growth mindset, learning styles and Future Ready Skills. Reach both reluctant and advanced learners with the differentiated tasks you can offer. Support your curriculum and engage your students with the appeal and creativity of line designs this year!

Speakers
avatar for Liz White

Liz White

Project Lead the Way Launch Teacher, former Hi-Cap Teacher, Tahoma School District
I've enjoyed working with intermediate and adult Tahoma learners since 1982. Let's talk about your passion projects like greening your school, differentiation, especially for the quirky kids in your classrooms, and let's talk technology! Always looking to learn more!



Wednesday August 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
3102

2:00pm

AVID Strategies in Social Studies (and Beyond)
We’ve intentionally tested and developed a repertoire of AVID strategies (best practices) that have engaged students and kept them engaged. The instruction of social studies has moved beyond merely teaching content by building skill based assessments into our curriculum. We value teaching the soft skills all life-long-learners have and see the difference in our social studies students, so we are going to share our tool kit with you. We're offering materials & strategies applicable to other subject areas as well!

Speakers
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Emily Rourke

AVID Elective Teacher & 8th Grade Social Studies Instructor, Snoqualmie School District


Wednesday August 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
1204

2:00pm

Helping Students Learn from Their Mistakes
Student mistakes have long provided teachers with insight into student knowledge and understanding. Learn how to give that power to your students. Teach students to identify, classify, and correct their errors. This session covers practical ways to use error analysis in class with students so they can take control of their learning and work toward decreasing their mistakes. Time will also be spent on using the data in team meetings to inform team-level instructional decision-making.

Speakers
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Holli Dexheimer

Secondary Math Specialist, Snoqualmie School District
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Carolyn Phelps

Math Teacher & Middle Level Math Specialist, Snoqualmie School District
I am passionate about learning how to teach math more effectively.



Wednesday August 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
1301

2:00pm

Incorporating Math Centers K-5
Through the integration of small group instruction, students receive targeted instruction at their level. Math centers gives students opportunities to take risks and share their thinking with others while practicing skills and exploring problem solving in an engaging way. This session will cover different possibilities for incorporating math centers in your math block and provide types of resources that could be used within your centers.

Speakers
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Salina Fassler

Instructional Coach K-5, Snoqualmie School District
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Carma Young

Second Grade Teacher, Snoqualmie School District


Wednesday August 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
1304

2:00pm

Increasing Student Talk in the Classroom
You will learn and experience a variety of student talk strategies that you can bring back to your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Patty Stillmaker

Patty Stillmaker

6th Grade Social Studies Teachers, Tahoma School District
Hi, | I just finished my tenth year of teaching at Cedar River Middle School where I have taught 6th Grade Social Studies and Math. | | I am excited to share some strategies to help you to engage your students.


Wednesday August 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
1305

2:00pm

Let's Talk! Increasing Discourse in STEM and Science
This session is designed to shift your thinking and practices around student discourse in science. Come and learn ways to increase student talk to deepen understanding and increase engagement. Walk away with tools to use immediately in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Liza Rickey

Liza Rickey

STEM Curriculum Specialist, Issaquah School District
Liza created and implemented a 4th/5th grade Science and Technology Magnet Program with a focus on environmental education. She is currently a Washington State Teacher Leader for CORElaborateWA, Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery Board Member, and part of the Teaching Channel... Read More →



Wednesday August 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
3103

2:00pm

How to Have Difficult Conversations and What to Do to Make Them Easier
Whether you are a principal, a teacher, or in a relationship, we all have a time when our expectations and someone else's behavior don't match. We will examine some strategies that prevent the mismatch in the first place, as well how to approach a conversation that has the potential to go sideways.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Torrens

Amy Torrens

Asst. Director Teaching & Learning, Tahoma School District
My job is to make sure all Tahoma School District students are Future Ready. This means they will have the Academic Knowledge, Future Ready Skills, and College and Career plan that will allow them to be successful for their next step beyond high school. I do this by providing lea... Read More →


Wednesday August 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
1307

2:00pm

Restorative Justice: Making Amends and Restoring Relationships
Restorative discipline is a whole school relational approach to building school climate and addressing student behavior that fosters belonging over exclusion,social engagement over control, and meaningful accountability over punishment. Focus is on replacing fear, uncertainty, and punishment with belonging,connectedness and the willingness to change. Join us to learn about the practices of restorative justice and receiving some meaningful resources to support your school or classroom.

Speakers
TM

Tina McDaniel

5th Grade Teacher, Tahoma School District
avatar for John Schuster

John Schuster

Fifth Grade Teacher, Tahoma School District


Wednesday August 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
3105

2:00pm

Homeroom Charts and Chart Dashboards
Attendees will be introduced to Homeroom Dashboards created by their district. They will visit the Charts application and learn basic navigation of Charts, including selecting specific ones as favorites. Attendees will receive information on popular charts used by districts.

Speakers
avatar for Meghan Perez-Navarro

Meghan Perez-Navarro

SDS Trainer, Vendor - School Data Solutions/Homeroom
All School Data Solutions Products - Homeroom, Evaluations, Classroom, Supplemental Applications, Training, Data Loading and More...



Wednesday August 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
3106

2:00pm

6-12 Math Tech Tool: Desmos
Come check out this free ed tech tool to support student learning in math! Experience a Desmos activity from the student perspective, learn how to use the teacher dashboard to facilitate conversation and monitor student learning, explore a list of course-specific "awesome activities" to use with your students, and discuss next steps for using the resources available at teacher.desmos.com . It would be helpful to bring your own device.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Armstrong

Erin Armstrong

Instructional Technology Specialist, Issaquah School District
KC

Kathryn Coffin

Secondary Math Specialist, Issaquah School District


Wednesday August 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
3101

2:00pm

Code.org Session 3: Computer Science Unplugged
No computer, no problem! Learn how to implement Computer Science fundamentals through engaging unplugged lessons, an essential piece of using the Code.org curriculum. Spend time experiencing the unplugged lessons in a Teacher Learner Observer (TLO) model with Code.org Facilitator and ISD Instructional Technology Specialist Valerie Buck. No computer necessary, but teachers may find it helpful as a way to plan and implement the un-plugged lessons.

Speakers
avatar for Valerie Buck

Valerie Buck

Instructional Technology Specialist/Code.org Facilitator, Issaquah School District
I am an Instructional Technology Specialist for the Issaquah School District. I am passionate about integrating technology into lessons and having kids create products. I appreciate immediate feedback that tech tools provide for me as the teacher and for students to get intervent... Read More →


Wednesday August 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
1208

2:00pm

Escape Rooms and Puzzlehunts For Learning
Escape rooms and puzzlehunts are a popular activity in the Seattle area. Weaving content into puzzles is a great way to engage students, build problem solving skills, and encourage growth mindset. Come experience an educational puzzlehunt! Afterward, we will discuss the intended goals, design considerations, and the logistics of making a puzzle quest for your students.

Speakers
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Scott Coats

Teacher (8th grade science), Riverview School District
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Erik McFarland

Middle School Science and Technology, Riverview School District



Wednesday August 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
1201

2:00pm

Fighting Fake News: How Tech Can Help Students Tell Fact From Fiction
During this session participants will learn about tech tools that can help students sift through the mountain of information and news, learn to tell what is true and what is fake. Along with tools that help, the session will offer practical strategies that teachers can use with their students to help empower them to become fact-checkers and critical consumers of information.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Moore

Joshua Moore

Instructional Technology Specialist, Issaquah School District



Wednesday August 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
1205

2:00pm

Teach Coding Without a Computer Science Degree Using Creative Coding Through Games and Apps
Microsoft has developed an entire curriculum for teaching coding to students in grades 7 to 10 that does not require a background in computer science. Teach high level coding principles with easy-to-use web tutorials that are completely interactive. Using the lure of computer game design, teachers without any prior expertise can help their students prepare for their future using any device, and have a lot of fun while they learn. Best of all, the curriculum is free!

Speakers
avatar for Mark Klune

Mark Klune

Microsoft Innovative Educator, Riverview School District
In addition to being a technology instructor and Professional Learning Leader for my school district, I am affiliated with a Microsoft partner organization, i2e (Insight to Execution) that delivers professional development to educators. My credentials include certification as a... Read More →


Wednesday August 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
3104
 
Thursday, August 17
 

8:30am

Powerful Lessons: Getting ALL Students in the Fast Lane of Learning
What makes one student eagerly jump right in with us to learn something new while another just sits there? In large measure, it’s the way in which our lessons have been crafted. Our opening session will delve into the relationships between student engagement, work ethic and the tasks learners face in front of them. A focus will be on planning for rich, student-centered, active learning experiences in which ALL students actively engage with content and demonstrate their ongoing progress. Next-day implementable strategies will be highlighted. This overview will lay the ground-work for the break-out sessions that Suzy will facilitate.


Thursday August 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:45am
Theater

10:00am

Strategies for Improving the Assessment Feedback Loop
Quick! Fun! Easy! Learn strategies for finding out where your students are at and how to communicate using feedback effectively. Lots of students examples and opportunities to participate.

Speakers
avatar for Tracie Kelly

Tracie Kelly

Professional Learning Leader, Riverview School District
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Wendy Ward

Professional Learning Leader, Riverview School District



Thursday August 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
1201

10:00am

Modeling Strategies that Increase Student Learning & Provide Formative Assessment
In this session, teachers will learn how to leverage Modeling Strategies to help their students’ understandings of complex concepts, while providing teachers with a variety of Formative Assessment tools. Potential modeling strategies, their use as formative assessments tools, and lesson design ideas will be provided, derived mainly from my background in teaching science and The Next Generation Science Standards.

Speakers
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Jonathan Neil

AP Biology and Chemistry Teacher, Tahoma School District


Thursday August 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
1204

10:00am

Turning Young Readers into Scientists: Using the Common Core to Support the Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices
Which reading standards are necessary to develop scientists in our classroom? Which Next Generation Science Standards overlap with Common Core Reading Standards? How can we use reading comprehension strategies to increase student's understanding of science? Participants will engage in discussion around these questions and apply their learning with a piece of non-fiction science text.

Speakers
avatar for Shelly Huylar

Shelly Huylar

Elementary Literacy Specialist/Coordinator, Tahoma School District
I have been passionately involved in education for the past 23 years. I have taught grades 1-2 and for the last two years have been the district literacy specialist in Tahoma for grades K-5. Education continues to be new and exciting as we are continually working to support stude... Read More →
avatar for Bill Weis

Bill Weis

K-12 Science Coach, Tahoma School District


Thursday August 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
1307

10:00am

Strategies to Make Your Social Studies Curriculum Accessible to ELL Students
This class will give you a few simple strategies to help make social studies curriculum accessible to your ELL students! Using your own course textbooks and materials, you will create a toolkit you can use to connect with your ELL students and help them build understanding in course content and key concepts.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Henderson

Linda Henderson

Secondary Social Studies Specialist, Issaquah School District


Thursday August 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
1308

10:00am

What Our Culturally Diverse Parents Really Want You To Know
Positive family engagement is significant to the success of our students. With the growing diversity of the families within our region we must learn new ways to effectively communicate. In this class you will hear from cultural brokers –parents from some of our diverse communities, including Latino, Chinese, Indian and Korean. They will share tips on talking to parents about student expectations, homework, behavior, and more.

Speakers
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Lorna Gilmour

Equity and Family Partnership Specialist, Issaquah School District
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Rosann Rankin

Equity and Family Partnership Specialist, Issaquah School District
I grew up in Asia and moved to the US at age 18. I have lived in the Rainier Valley in Seattle for the past 24 years and have loved living in a diverse, immigrant community. My neighbors, mentors and friends have walked with me in my journey of cultural awareness and have helpe... Read More →


Thursday August 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
3101

10:00am

Diving into Depth of Knowledge in a Language Arts Classroom
What does depth of knowledge look like in a 6-12 ELA classroom? Walk away with examples from each depth of knowledge level relevant to both middle and high school courses. Learn strategies to create your own activities that relate to the different levels. Leave with a plan on how to implement depth of knowledge effectively in your own classroom. Bring your first unit to begin implementation.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Allison

Amy Allison

Assessment Technology Specialist, Issaquah School District
avatar for Kristin Edlund

Kristin Edlund

Secondary Language Arts/Social Studies Curriculum Specialist, Issaquah School District



Thursday August 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
1304

10:00am

Math Differentiation in the K-5 Classroom!
Do you pull the same 5 kids to the same back table every day because they still aren't "getting it"? Have you ever felt like you are holding your high kids hostage because you can't move on until the rest of the group "gets it"? Addressing the needs of all math learners is hard work! Join us as we analyze a variety of differentiation techniques and strategies that just might change your life (or at least your math life).

Speakers
avatar for Renae Hanson

Renae Hanson

Elementary Math Specialist, Tahoma School District



Thursday August 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
1208

10:00am

Reading Conferences Made Easy: Supporting Growth and Independence
Do you struggle with finding ways to conduct meaningful reading conferences with your students in grades 2-5? Do you feel like you never have time to confer with your students? In this session, you'll learn practical strategies to make conferring doable and enjoyable – both for you and your students. Bonus: reading lists, videos, and conferring logs included!

Speakers
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Ruth Cerna

Elementary Literacy Specialist, Issaquah School District


Thursday August 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
1205

10:00am

Success Starters: Strategies for Opening Minutes
The opening minutes may just be the most important ones in a learning episode. Learning can be risky business for students; after all, when we try something new, failure is always a possibility. Built for next-day implementation, this session will model a variety of options for opening learning, so that all students immediately get authentically engaged and interested in new content. In addition, we will broach a different method for articulating learning goals via standards walls. Fast paced and hands-on, come ready to have some fun with your colleagues.


Thursday August 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
Theater

10:00am

Watch Them Grow: Conferring Strategies that Work!
Are you looking for ways to capitalize on the learning of each individual writer in your classroom? Do you find yourself giving the same feedback to every student during writer’s workshop? In this session participants will learn conferring strategies based on the work of Lucy Calkins, Ron Berger and Carol Dweck. These easy to implement practices will result in growth for all writers.

Speakers
avatar for Shelly Gaston

Shelly Gaston

Instructional Coach, Tahoma School District
MU

Maret Unruh

Instructional Coach, Tahoma School District


Thursday August 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
1302

10:00am

Supporting Highly Capable Learners in the Regular Classroom
Participants will explore ways to help students who are highly capable in a regular classroom. A discussion about what differentiation truly is along with ways to implement those strategies in the classroom will be shared. Participants will walk away with ideas and sources to assist in their planning a differentiated classroom.

Speakers
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Desi Cuddihy

Elementary Teacher-5th grade, Snoqualmie School District


Thursday August 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
1305

10:00am

Week of Inspirational Math – K-12 Tasks to Cultivate Growth Mindset
Jo Boaler and her Youcubed team at Stanford University have developed a week of engaging, accessible math tasks for K-12 students. Come try out the tasks and learn how you can use them in your classroom. These tasks will lead to conversations about the brain research related to learning math as well as the value of having a growth mindset, and they are a great way to establish collaboration and community norms for the learning environment.

Speakers
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Lexi Grow

Middle School Math Teacher, Issaquah School District
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Holly Miner

Middle School Math Teacher, Issaquah School District


Thursday August 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
3105

10:00am

The Engaged Classroom: Strategies for Active Learning and Student Engagement
Experience strategies to help get and keep your students engaged. We will look at how to use technology, the concept of blended learning, active learning strategies, resources for new strategies, as well as planning tools to help you put strategies into practice. Come ready to participate. You will need something to write on/with or your laptop.

Speakers
avatar for Kristen VanHoomissen

Kristen VanHoomissen

Teacher, Tahoma School District
This is my third year presenting at the PLC. I am excited to be back again this summer. I am looking forward to learning and sharing my practice with other educators!


Thursday August 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
1301

10:00am

Got GRIT? The Crossroad of Passion & Perseverance
How Gritty are you? How Gritty are your students? Explore the science of Grit and why it is a better predictor for future success than talent alone, IQ, or test scores. Find out how to cultivate Grit in the classroom with a connection to Social Emotional Learning (SEL).

Speakers
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Ryan Hill

Principal, Snoqualmie School District


Thursday August 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
3103

10:00am

Using Positive Reinforcement and Praise to Increase Learning
Positive reinforcement and praise are research based interventions that lead to more learning and less discipline in the classroom. The class will include information on both the research around these practices as well as practical ways to use reinforcement and praise in your classroom.

Speakers
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Melinda Gray

Behavior Specialist, Tahoma School District
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Betsy Lowe

Behavior Specialist, Tahoma School District


Thursday August 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
3102

10:00am

Minecraft in Education: The Game Becomes a Powerful Learning Tool for Middle School and Elementary Classes
Microsoft has developed an entire curriculum for elementary and middle school learners using what is perhaps the most engaging activity for students: Minecraft. Learn how to bring the excitement of Minecraft for Education into your classrooms to engage students in a collaborative and rigorous set of activities. Existing lessons cover concepts in math (fractions, area, perimeter), as well as science and social studies. Virtual Worlds have been built and are waiting to be explored!

Speakers
avatar for Mark Klune

Mark Klune

Microsoft Innovative Educator, Riverview School District
In addition to being a technology instructor and Professional Learning Leader for my school district, I am affiliated with a Microsoft partner organization, i2e (Insight to Execution) that delivers professional development to educators. My credentials include certification as a... Read More →


Thursday August 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
3104

11:15am

Lunch
Thursday August 17, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
TBA

12:30pm

Assessment as a Resource for Informing Instruction
Learn how the Interim Assessment resources available in the Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program (WCAP) portal can be used as formative assessment tools to improve teaching and learning. Discover how to navigate these resources and identify those that meet specific needs based on item specifications and the available Interim Assessment Blocks (IAB’s). Participants should have access to WCAP in order to explore the portal.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gayle Smith

Dr. Gayle Smith

Assessment Program Specialist, Snoqualmie School District


Thursday August 17, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
3107

12:30pm

ELL Critical Data Process: Disability or Language Acquisition?
Come learn about the required pre-referral process that Issaquah School District uses to determine whether an ELL student simply needs more time and intervention to develop proficiency in the English language, or if it would be appropriate to evaluate them for a possible learning disability. This process was developed by School Psychologist Steve Gill, and leads a team of staff through a structured process using guiding documents to analyze crucial data.

Speakers
JK

Jill Klune

ELL Specialist, Issaquah School District
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Mikael Olson

School Psychologist Lead, Issaquah School District



Thursday August 17, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1208

12:30pm

Reframing Your Science Units to NGSS
Ready to start looking at your science units in a new way? Come to this session to see how your units can be more aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. We will look at examples, unit frameworks, and start exploring with revamping a unit. Feel free to bring a teacher guide of a unit you want to dig into!

Speakers
avatar for Liza Rickey

Liza Rickey

STEM Curriculum Specialist, Issaquah School District
Liza created and implemented a 4th/5th grade Science and Technology Magnet Program with a focus on environmental education. She is currently a Washington State Teacher Leader for CORElaborateWA, Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery Board Member, and part of the Teaching Channel... Read More →



Thursday August 17, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1307

12:30pm

Where Does My Poop Go? PBL in the Middle School Physical Science Classroom
Wastewater management is a real issue in western Washington, especially evident this year in Seattle. In this session, you will learn how to build a wastewater Problem Based Learning context for the Matter and Interactions standards in NGSS. You will see how it has been successfully applied with the STC curriculum and guided in how to build the same context for any curriculum. Help your students learn and make an actual difference in their communities now!

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Burgard

Jeff Burgard

Physical Science Teacher, Issaquah School District
I have taught at Physical Science at Pine lake Middle School for 8 years. I have consulted with schools all over the country on using data and student empowerment to build more effective classroom learning systems. I am the school representative for our district's grading projec... Read More →


Thursday August 17, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1308

12:30pm

Perspectives for a Diverse America: Embedding Anti-Bias Social Justice Content in CCSS ELA/Literacy
Learn about Teaching Tolerance’s free online literacy-based curriculum that embeds anti-bias social justice content with the Common Core State Standards. Explore the Anti-Bias Framework that Teaching Tolerance has developed for grades K-12 and build a literacy-based, anti-bias learning plan in three steps: select an essential question, select a central text, and select tasks and strategies. All resources available at http://perspectives.tolerance.org/.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Armstrong

Erin Armstrong

Instructional Technology Specialist, Issaquah School District
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Erin Kwok

Middle School Language Arts Teacher, Issaquah School District


Thursday August 17, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
3101

12:30pm

Culturally Responsive Approach to Student Behavior and Discipline: Reflecting on the Impact of Implicit Bias in Education
Teachers make hundreds of split-second decisions about student behavior all day long. Let’s learn more about how our brain works in making decisions, and the role that implicit bias plays. Leave with some strategies to create a more inclusive class/school environment. Come join the conversation with the corporate world – companies such as Microsoft and Google have offered implicit bias training for years.

Speakers
avatar for Rosann Rankin

Rosann Rankin

Equity and Family Partnership Specialist, Issaquah School District
I grew up in Asia and moved to the US at age 18. I have lived in the Rainier Valley in Seattle for the past 24 years and have loved living in a diverse, immigrant community. My neighbors, mentors and friends have walked with me in my journey of cultural awareness and have helpe... Read More →
avatar for Anisa Zareh-Mohazzab

Anisa Zareh-Mohazzab

Middle School Science Teacher, Issaquah School District


Thursday August 17, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
3102

12:30pm

Accommodations and Modifications to Meet the Needs of Special Education / 504 Students in General Education Classrooms
This session will identify the differences between accommodations and modifications as well as a brief background on why they are necessary. We will explore types of accommodations/modifications typically seen on IEPs and 504 Plans, and look at examples of how to modify curriculum and class activities to support students in special education. If time permits, we will look at some online resources, and practice making modifications to content.

Speakers
avatar for Suzanne Oney

Suzanne Oney

Special Education Teacher, Fall City Elementary School
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Heather Yen

Program Specialist - Special Education, Snoqualmie School District



Thursday August 17, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1302

12:30pm

Differentiation for Secondary Teachers (ELA/Social Studies)
We all know that students learn at different speeds with different levels of support, but what are you supposed to do with 150+ students and a pacing guide? We will share some successful strategies we have used in our secondary classrooms. These are low stress/high impact ways to meet a variety of students' needs.

Speakers
avatar for Bridget Vannice

Bridget Vannice

Secondary Instructional Coach, Tahoma School District


Thursday August 17, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1205

12:30pm

Differentiation in Action
Got Formative Assessment? Not sure what to do next? This class will share strategies and tips for manageable implementation of differentiation in the classroom. Learn about tried and true, real world instructional approaches that you will be able to use as is, or modify to fit your and your student’s needs. Examples will include choice boards, tri-fold brochures, student reflection, and much more!

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Conklin

Kristin Conklin

Instructional Coach, Tahoma School District



Thursday August 17, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1204

12:30pm

Helping Students Learn from Their Mistakes
Student mistakes have long provided teachers with insight into student knowledge and understanding. Learn how to give that power to your students. Teach students to identify, classify, and correct their errors. This session covers practical ways to use error analysis in class with students so they can take control of their learning and work toward decreasing their mistakes. Time will also be spent on using the data in team meetings to inform team-level instructional decision-making.

Speakers
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Holli Dexheimer

Secondary Math Specialist, Snoqualmie School District
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Carolyn Phelps

Math Teacher & Middle Level Math Specialist, Snoqualmie School District
I am passionate about learning how to teach math more effectively.


Thursday August 17, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1301

12:30pm

Oh, Boy! Getting Boys (and Other Reluctant Writers) Writing with Success Across the Curriculum
Why do boys - and reluctant writers in general - often underperform and struggle with writing in the classroom? You'll learn, practice, and walk away with a variety of strategies to help reluctant writers write, and to lift the level of writing for all your students, regardless of the content area you're teaching!

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Edlund

Kristin Edlund

Secondary Language Arts/Social Studies Curriculum Specialist, Issaquah School District



Thursday August 17, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1304

12:30pm

Switch It Up: Make the Everyday Engaging
Learn about eight qualities that boost authentic student engagement and how these qualities can be integrated into the learning activities you plan for your students. This session is based on the work of John Antonetti and James Garver in their book 17,000 Classroom Visits Can't Be Wrong.

Speakers
avatar for Tracie Kelly

Tracie Kelly

Professional Learning Leader, Riverview School District
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Wendy Ward

Professional Learning Leader, Riverview School District



Thursday August 17, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1201

12:30pm

The Student Work Period: Strategies for Student-Centered, Active Thinking
The student work period is a time in which learners process new information, practice new skills, and receive feedback on their progress towards their learning targets. This session will provide student work strategies for this segment of the lesson. By using these strategies, learners will develop more autonomy while providing visible evidence of their understandings. These strategies will merge active techniques within a structure. Multiple contents will be modeled so that participants leave with strategies ready to implement the next day. Get ready to do some energized work!


Thursday August 17, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Theater

12:30pm

Using Constructive Lessons in an Active Flipped Classroom to Help Students make Connections and Improve Retention in a Math Class
In this session, I will share the advantages an active flipped class provides. Specifically, the additional class time that allows for constructive style learning and real-world application. These lessons promote engagement, improved perseverance and self-efficacy, strong math connections and long-term retention. I will share my constructive lessons, technology and real-world application used in class. These math practices can be applied to any style of class once, multiple times during specific lessons or full time.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Bailey

Kim Bailey

Middle School Math Teacher, Issaquah School District



Thursday August 17, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1305

12:30pm

Managing Negative Behaviors Before They Occur: A Preventative Approach
Learn how to 1) set up the classroom for behavioral success, 2) reinforce desired positive behaviors, 3) manage negative behavior, and 4) understand what is needed for long-term behavior modification.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Hood

Kate Hood

Behavior Intervention Specialist, Tahoma School District
avatar for Kyle Hood

Kyle Hood

Dean of Students, Tahoma School District
I enjoy working with students who display non-typical behavior within the educational setting and the adults who work with these students. My experience has been primarily at the secondary level 6-12. | | Experience: | Alternative Jr. High 6-8 | Social Emotional Behavio... Read More →


Thursday August 17, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
3103

12:30pm

Google CS First: Coding for All Ages
CS First is a free program that increases student access and exposure to computer science (CS) education through after-school, in-school, and summer programs. The program uses a self directed format with video instruction to allow teachers with little or no tech experience to facilitate a coding experience. Choices of student activities include designing programs for social media, fashion design, music production, and games.

Speakers
avatar for Walt Szklarski

Walt Szklarski

Instructional Tech Coordinator, Tahoma School District


Thursday August 17, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
3104

12:30pm

Fighting Fake News: How Tech Can Help Students Tell Fact From Fiction
During this session participants will learn about tech tools that can help students sift through the mountain of information and news, learn to tell what is true and what is fake. Along with tools that help, the session will offer practical strategies that teachers can use with their students to help empower them to become fact-checkers and critical consumers of information.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Moore

Joshua Moore

Instructional Technology Specialist, Issaquah School District



Thursday August 17, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
3105

2:00pm

Data Resources in the Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program (WCAP) Portal
Explore data resources in the WCAP portal. Access and interpret Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) claims and targets reported in the Online Reporting System (ORS) as well as accessing and interpreting information in the AIRWays Reporting system. In AIRWays teachers can compare performance on assessments of a whole class or an individual student’s performance on assessments compared to the whole class. Item Response Information will also be considered.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gayle Smith

Dr. Gayle Smith

Assessment Program Specialist, Snoqualmie School District


Thursday August 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
3107

2:00pm

Efficiency and Effectiveness of WaKIDS Implementation and Data Collection
With the recent implementation of WaKIDS, kindergarten teachers are now faced with the challenge of conducting an observational assessment within the first months of school, while teaching and managing their full day students. We will outline ways for you to collect data on multiple dimensions and objectives through rich instructional tasks as well as how to effectively chunk out the data collection to complete the expectations on time. This will allow you to use the data to drive your classroom instruction.

Speakers
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Amy Jones

Elementary Instructional Coach, Snoqualmie School District


Thursday August 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
1204

2:00pm

Closure: Sticking the Landing in Your Classroom
Did you know that closure doesn't have to be at the end of the period? Did you also know you can vary the types of closure activities to keep your students engaged and focused until the bell rings? During this session you will leave with a better understanding of when closure can happen, formative assessment strategies that also work as closure activities and how to have students own their learning through reflection.

Speakers
avatar for Bridget Vannice

Bridget Vannice

Secondary Instructional Coach, Tahoma School District


Thursday August 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
1205

2:00pm

Grading for Achievement
Explore how to separate achievement from student behaviors while reporting on both. Create grading practices that allow multiple opportunities for assessment.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Arnot

Brian Arnot

Math Teacher/Department Head, Issaquah School District
I have been using standards based grading in my classroom for six years now. We have found ways to adjust the rubrics since our district still uses a traditional gradebook program.


Thursday August 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
1208

2:00pm

Solving the Mystery: Mathematical Practices
Do the Standards for Mathematical Practice seem like an unsolved mystery? In this session we'll investigate each of the 8 practices, and then use clues to demonstrate them as we engage in rich mathematical tasks. Finally, we'll examine samples of student work to identify evidence of the practices.

Speakers
avatar for Sue Myette

Sue Myette

Elementary Math Curriculum Specialist, Issaquah School District


Thursday August 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
1201

2:00pm

Practical Strategies for Supporting your Struggling Readers in a K-5 Classroom!
Have you seen that deer in headlights look and wondered what can I do to help this reader be successful? This session will provide differentiation strategies around close reading, immersion with easy texts, small group work, and online resources to support your work.

Speakers
avatar for Shelly Huylar

Shelly Huylar

Elementary Literacy Specialist/Coordinator, Tahoma School District
I have been passionately involved in education for the past 23 years. I have taught grades 1-2 and for the last two years have been the district literacy specialist in Tahoma for grades K-5. Education continues to be new and exciting as we are continually working to support stude... Read More →
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Deanna Sund

Reading Specialist, Tahoma School District


Thursday August 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
1307

2:00pm

Build Inquiry Skills Through Imagery
An image can tell a thousand words, if you know which questions to ask. In this session, you will learn how to pair images and questioning to increase your students' inquiry skills to elaborate on new information, help identify critical information, and examine similarities and differences. These skills will help students effectively interact with new knowledge.

Speakers
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Jody Elsasser

K-5 Literacy Specialist, Snoqualmie School District
avatar for Dawn Harper

Dawn Harper

Elementary Social Studies and Technology Specialist, Issaquah School District



Thursday August 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
1305

2:00pm

Burn the Glossaries! Integrating Vocabulary Every Day in Meaningful Ways
Learners need multiple exposures to vocabulary in varying ways to master new academic terms. What works and what doesn’t? This session will examine the critical nature of vocabulary development for every student. Participants will leave armed with a plan that includes a plethora of research-based vocabulary techniques that will support students in this critical area. Come ready to sort, play, and learn!


Thursday August 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Theater

2:00pm

Creating Rich Mathematical Tasks for the Secondary Classroom
We know that a critical part of the mathematical learning experience is the tasks and questions provided by the teacher. Rich, meaningful tasks can mean the difference between engaged students and uninspired ones. But what if our curriculum seems to fall short? Come to our session to remember the exciting nature of mathematics while learning simple tricks to creating engaging mathematical tasks for the 6 – 12 classroom.

Speakers
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Kathryn Coffin

Secondary Math Specialist, Issaquah School District


Thursday August 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
1304

2:00pm

Self-Differentiated Homework in the Secondary Classroom
Homework has been a major topic in recent professional development sessions. One of the biggest struggles is keeping homework meaningful while taking into account students' overall workload. This session will focus on setting up a homework system that allows students to choose their own homework problems, based on their reflections of the lesson and understanding of practice problems. While potentially applicable to other classes, this session will focus on implementing this system in math classrooms.

Speakers
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Amy Hecox

Math Teacher, Snoqualmie School District
I have a Bachelors in English and a Masters in Education (Math focus) and currently teach Algebra and Geometry at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie. This is my third year at Mt Si, and my 11th year in the field of education.


Thursday August 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
1302

2:00pm

Emotional Wellness: Practical Strategies For Supporting Young Students
Explore ways to guide elementary students in developing mindfulness of the body’s signals of emotions and an understanding of how the brain is involved in feelings. Learn practical strategies to teach students how to calm the physiological response and cognitive approaches to managing strong emotions. Reflect on the concepts of choice and control to empower children in their emotions management. Consider resources for parents and guardians to support their child’s emotional wellness.

Speakers
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Rebecca Bowen

School Counselor, Enumclaw School District
Rebecca Bowen, M.Ed. has worked for over 25 years in public schools as a special education teacher, school psychologist, and school counselor. She is deeply committed to developing emotional wellness in children and is enthusiastic about equipping educators and parents to support... Read More →



Thursday August 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
3103

2:00pm

Teaching Social Communication Skills to Increase Positive Behaviors in Your Students
Learn what social communication is, how it affects student behavior, and why it is important to teach these skills. The session will go over some strategies and materials you can use with your students. Some of the topics covered will be self-regulation, identifying expected and unexpected behaviors and how to teach to these areas, what is the hidden curriculum and more.

Speakers
DC

Debbie Craig

Behavior Intervention Specialist, Tahoma School District
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Heather Gehrke

Behavior Intervention Specialist, Tahoma School District


Thursday August 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
1308

2:00pm

Connecting and Collaborating With Skype in the Classroom
Learn how to bring the world to your classroom and your classroom to the world using Skype. You will engage in a live interactive Mystery Skype, learn about the Global Read Aloud, and explore the wide variety of virtual field trips offered by museums, aquariums, zoos, national parks and more!

Speakers
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Connie Schutte

Elementary/Middle School Teacher, Riverview School District



Thursday August 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
3104

2:00pm

PD @ Their Fingertips: Creating an Online Learning Space for Adult PLCs
Are you looking for a way to take collaboration with your peers to the next level? Do you oversee a program, group of teachers, or lead a PLC and want to be able to guide and teach in a venue that encourages discussion and teamwork? In this class we will be looking at ways to use blogs, google apps or other avenues as our vehicle to guide and collaborate with other educators. We will explore ways to share expertise, learn from others and share resources easily and in a manageable way.

Speakers
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Karen Roberts

Reading Specialist, Tahoma School District
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Natalie Stumpges

Reading Specialist, Tahoma School District
I am an avid reader. I am constantly seeking out new methods to support reading instruction and differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students. I have a passion for collaborating with teachers and families to support student growth.



Thursday August 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
3105