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Tuesday, December 10
 

8:00am

*KEYNOTE SPEAKER*-Greg Wolcott - The Courage to Connect: Unleashing the Power of Relationships in Today’s Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

Brené Brown defines connection as the “energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” Connection in the classroom is king!  When connected, students feel the emotional safety needed to take chances, move out of their comfort zones, and live in the moment, not worrying they will fall prey to judgment and critique. Courageous teachers realize these attributes are needed for student success and intentionally make relationship building their top priority.

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
SCHAUMBURG WEST-EAST
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

9:30am

*FEATURED SCHOOL/DISTRICT*-Bulldog Strong: Improving Student Achievement Through Student Ownership of Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

This session focuses on how PLCs work to make our school truly student-centered. By giving students the authority, capacity, and responsibility to own their learning, our school empowers student and builds motivation to increase student achievement.  Our team will share tools and approaches to foster collaboration and student ownership. 


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Euphoria
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL Elementary School (K-6)

9:30am

*FEATURED SPEAKER* - Greg Urbaniak - Bold School: Old School Wisdom + New School Technologies
Limited Capacity seats available

Technology is awesome.  Teachers are better.  Blending new technologies into instruction is a non-negotiable if we are to help our students gain the skills they'll need to thrive in careers.  And so too is educators' old school wisdom in planning intentional blended learning that works.  Hence, BOLD SCHOOL.  Bold School thinkers embrace Blended pedagogies and Old school wisdom.  After all , the goal of blended learning isn't technology--it's student achievement.  Based on Weston Kieschnick's book, this will demystify blended learning and provide you with a methodology to help you meld purposeful technology use with your old school wisdom to enhance instruction and learning via the Bold School Framework for Strategic Blended Learning.  Vocabulary instruction will be used as an example of how the Bold School Framework can be used.

Speakers
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Tom Evans

Instructional Coach
avatar for Maggie Germann

Maggie Germann

Instructional Coach & Teacher, Grant Community High School District 124
avatar for Greg Urbaniak

Greg Urbaniak

Director of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment, Grant Community High School District 124, Fox Lake


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Utopia C

9:30am

*FEATURED SPEAKER* - Jenni Donohoo - The Power of Teams: Collective Teacher Efficacy
Limited Capacity seats available

Collective teacher efficacy is the number one factor that influences student achievement according to John Hattie's Visible Learning research. This introductory session provides the foundation for understanding collective efficacy, its impact on student achievement, and the consequences associated with collective teacher efficacy.

Speakers
avatar for Jenni Donohoo

Jenni Donohoo

FIRST Educational Resources
How to develop collective efficacy.


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Utopia A
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

9:30am

*FEATURED SPEAKER* - Jennie Winters - Becoming a Standards-Based System
Limited Capacity seats available

Becoming a standards-based system involves more than changing report cards.  The transition involves developing a standards-based assessment and standards-based data collection. Participants will explore tools and strategies for managing the change process.

Speakers


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Utopia B
  • NOTES FOR PARTICIPANTS Please bring an internet ready device.
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

9:30am

Let’s Play with Creativity Tools
Limited Capacity seats available

“Creativity is an exciting and unpredictable collision of environments, attitudes, and skills that produces unique and useful innovations.” - KH Kim
How can we become more creative? There are many creativity techniques available to us, but sometimes we don’t know how to use them, don’t believe they are useful in the subject we teach, or are skeptical about them.

“(P)lay is a biological process. ...It shapes the brain and makes animals smarter and more adaptable...play lies at the core of creativity and innovation.” - Stuart Brown MD
In this session we will “play” with some creativity techniques and tools so you feel more prepared to implement them for yourself, gain confidence using them, and teach students how to employ them.

Techniques with which we will play include (but are not limited to): synectics, improvisation, creative processes, SCAMPER, analogical thinking, and brainstorming (inc. reverse and backward).
We can adapt, and use these techniques for any subject, topic, or age group participants bring to the session.

Brown, S., MD, & Vaughan, C. (2009). Play: How it shapes the brain, opens the imagination and invigorates the soul. New York, NY: Penguin Group.

Kyung Hee Kim (2011): The Creativity Crisis: The Decrease in Creative Thinking Scores on theTorrance Tests of Creative Thinking, Creativity Research Journal, 23:4, 285-295
 

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg H
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

9:30am

Professional Growth through Professional Learning Networks
Limited Capacity seats available

Just as we expect our students to learn from peers and use multiple sources to acquire new knowledge we, as educators, need to model these traits ourselves. In this session, you will learn about the power of a professional learning network from two connected educators. Learn how we continue to grow, enhance our practice, and build relationships by learning from others around the world. An emphasis will be placed on using Twitter to connect but other platforms will be presented as well. 


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Innovation
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

9:30am

Putting on Your Oxygen Mask First
Limited Capacity seats available

The focus on the social emotional well being of students often overshadows the social emotional needs of teachers. We as teachers must remember to put our mask on first or we won't be able to help our students. This session will bring ideas and strategies to avoid teacher burnout. Both teachers and administrators will gain ideas for events and techniques that can be used in schools to help teachers take care of themselves so they can better care for the social emotional needs of students.  

Speakers
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Jen Otto

Teacher/Curriculum Director


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg A
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

9:30am

Teaching with a Full Deck: Card Sorts
Limited Capacity seats available

Simply put, card sorts make students TALK. They provide opportunities to classify, rank and sequence while setting a natural context for argumentation. Join me for math and science card sorts that will make your students reason and think critically. 

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg E
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL Elementary School (K-6)

9:30am

We Be Jammin' with Jamboard
Limited Capacity seats available

What do you get when you combine the power of an interactive whiteboard with the best features of G Suite? Jamboard! Come learn experience Jamboard  and start using it tomorrow! No Jamboard kiosk? No worries! All you really need is an iPad, Chromebook, or other device! Come jam with us! 


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Imagination
  • NOTES FOR PARTICIPANTS Please bring an Internet ready device.
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

9:30am

Where am I going? How is it Going? What Are My Next Steps? – A Focus on Using Rubrics and Success Criteria to Drive Student Practice and Feedback
Limited Capacity seats available

In classrooms where students 1) clearly understand their goals and expectations, 2) know what success looks and sounds like, and 3) have ample time to practice, make mistakes and receive focused feedback aligned to the success criteria, achievement is profoundly accelerated.   This session will focus on creating student-friendly rubrics that enable and guide students in becoming independent learners through practice and feedback. Best practices for rubric creation will be incorporated as attendees create their own student-friendly rubric around a given standard and expected subskills.  

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg C
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

9:30am

Spanish for Non-Spanish Speakers
Limited Capacity seats available

This breakout session is for Non-Spanish speakers who have Spanish speakers in their classroom, school, or district. This interactive presentation will provide some simulations that will allow the participant to feel like an English learners while providing some tips on how to recreate these and other activities for other educators. The presentation will also provide strategies through best practice instruction such as literacy Squared, GLAD, and TPR  how to use English to understand some Spanish. The goal is that participants leave with information, strategies, and a basic understanding of the Spanish language. Each participant will leave with some hard copy activities as well as access to many digital resources.
 


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Knowledge
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

9:30am

Inquiring About Authentic Inquiry in Science
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore the role of inquiry in NGSS and strategies for making scientific inquiry more authentic.  Compare authentic inquiry with "hands-on" learning and discover how to adapt existing activities to better support the spirit of NGSS. 

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Prosperity
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

9:30am

#CivicsInTheMiddle: The IL 6-8 Civics Mandate
Limited Capacity seats available

The new civics course mandate requires classrooms use simulations of democratic processes, current & societal issues and service learning to close the civic opportunity gap.  Engage with FREE resources that you can use to enhance your classroom. 

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Wood

Matthew Wood

Civics Instructional Specialist


Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Epiphany
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL Middle School (6-8)

10:45am

*FEATURED SCHOOL/DISTRICT*-Advisory, Enrichment & Intervention to Meet Students’ Needs
Limited Capacity seats available

High School District 230 added an Advisory, Enrichment and Intervention Period to the school day to address social and emotional needs. See how the School Board, Administration and Teachers collaborated to support students. 


Tuesday December 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Euphoria
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL High School (9-12)

10:45am

*FEATURED SPEAKER* - Greg Urbaniak -Bold School: Interactive Video and Self-Assessment
Limited Capacity seats available

Two instructional strategies that can be often overlooked are interactive video and self-assessment.    In the interactive video strategy you will learn the two methodologies of "Show & Tell" and "Tell & Show."  The second instructional strategy is self-assessment.  Learn how the self-assessment strategy has a beginning, a middle and an end. Based on Weston Kieschnick’s book Bold School, make sure to come and BE BOLD!!! 

Speakers
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Tom Evans

Instructional Coach
avatar for Maggie Germann

Maggie Germann

Instructional Coach & Teacher, Grant Community High School District 124
avatar for Greg Urbaniak

Greg Urbaniak

Director of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment, Grant Community High School District 124, Fox Lake


Tuesday December 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia C

10:45am

*FEATURED SPEAKER* - Jenni Donohoo - Fostering Mindframes: Leadership Practices that Work
Limited Capacity seats available

Entrenched beliefs are often a barrier to quality implementation in schools. In addition to collective efficacy, other mindframes can serve to either impede or support school improvement initiatives. In this session, we will consider Hattie’s Ten Mindframes (how educators think) that inspire powerful impact in schools. We will explore leadership practices that teams can employ to help develop different ways of thinking.  

Speakers
avatar for Jenni Donohoo

Jenni Donohoo

FIRST Educational Resources
How to develop collective efficacy.


Tuesday December 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia A
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

10:45am

*FEATURED SPEAKER* - Jennie Winters - The Problem Solving Progression
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants in this session will explore the 8 problem solving structures and how to support students to tackle multi-step, real-world problems.

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia B
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

10:45am

*KEYNOTE SPEAKER*-Greg Wolcott -Every Student Has a STORY: Do you Know it?
Limited Capacity seats available

The foundation for success in every great classroom is built upon strong relationships; relationships with the teacher, relationships with and between students, and relationships within one’s self.  Understanding each child’s background, prior knowledge, and what motivates them to excel is the best pre-assessment any teacher can have toward developing these connections. Do you know enough about each student to teach them well? Do your students know each other well enough to feel safe, comfortable and confident taking chances within the classroom? Do your students know enough about themselves to develop the self-efficacy needed to succeed in school and life?  

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Nirvana A
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

10:45am

Google Productivity Tips & Tricks
Limited Capacity seats available

Is your Drive a mess? Do you need some organizational how-tos? Come learn some Google tips and tricks to improve your workflow. Google Drive, Google Docs, Gmail and other Google tools will be addressed.
 

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Innovation
  • NOTES FOR PARTICIPANTS Please bring Internet ready device.
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

10:45am

Lazy?...or a Perfectionist?
Limited Capacity seats available

“Lazy’, ‘defiant’, ‘uncooperative’, or ‘not working up to potential’. These are familiar ways of  describing students, and ourselves when we are stymied by a perceived lack of engagement. What if the real reason for that behavior wasn’t one of those at all? What if the student was actually a perfectionist?

In this session we will:
Investigate the relationship of paralysis, procrastination, purposeful practice, shame, and underachievement in the life of a perfectionist;
Examine the reasons why perfectionism can have the above negative associations from the outside observer, and actually have a totally different cause inside the perfectionist;
Explore ways perfectionists can to move from negative/maladaptive perfectionism to positive/adaptive perfectionism.

This presentation will incorporate the work of Silverman, Schuler, Adelson, Wilson, Burns, Mendaglio, and Van Gemert, as well as many years of personal work with perfectionists.

Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of perfectionism, its manifestations, strategies for working with perfectionists, and resources for future reference and study. 

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg H
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

10:45am

PUSH Them into THE PIT! (The Learning Pit)
Limited Capacity seats available

James Nottingham's Learning Pit is a great analogy to use to help students become both collaborative and independent learners at the same time. Experience a lesson using the tenets of The Learning Pit to help students struggle though conceptual understanding using dialogue, questioning and debate. This analogy can be used in any class at any level and provides students with the tools to drive their own learning.  

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg C
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

10:45am

The Biggest Impact Starts With YOU
Limited Capacity seats available

We plant the seed for student achievement to grow by finding engaging lessons and rigorous activities, planning for learning styles, and fostering grit.  So why isn’t the tree growing?  What does research say about the roots of student achievement?   Let’s not forget about the teachers…!  Are teachers leaving professional development sessions getting exactly what they need to reflect and grow as educators?  Transformative Instructional Coaching has the power to do just that.  This session will focus on the power of Instructional Coaching through the lenses of teacher clarity and establishing a culture for learning.  When teachers have these foundations, only then will the seeds begin to grow.  Becoming empowered, knowledgeable teachers will lead to greater student growth and achievement.  It starts with YOU. 


Tuesday December 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg B
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

10:45am

The Real SBG: A Hybrid Model That Works
Limited Capacity seats available

A truly Standards Based Grading classroom or grade book can be overwhelming and tedious, but it shouldn’t be! This session will demonstrate a practical approach to Standards Based Grading practices using grading categories, a traditional point-based system, and standards-based student-driven assessment. Take the busy work out of grading, and give the power to the students using a standards portfolio. See how allowing students to choose which assignments the teacher should grade empowers students to assess their own work critically. Oh, and did I mention, it creates LESS grading for you! Finally, you will see what a grade book looks like for this hybrid approach, and how to use the grade book to drive instruction.  


Tuesday December 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Epiphany
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL High School (9-12)

10:45am

Math Workshop Model: Integrating Best Practices
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to structure your math classroom (at any grade level), using the workshop model! This model combines a mini-lesson with collaborative activities, guided math groups, and opportunities to personalize learning to best meet student needs. 

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg G
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

10:45am

After-School Enrichment and Homework Help
Limited Capacity seats available

Utilizing the Healthy Communities Grant, Bartonville Grade School offers students in grades 4-8 enrichment activities and homework help 5 days per week.  Masterpiece Monday - Art/theatre; Tech Tuesday - STEM; Real-life Wednesday - Consumer Science; CSI Thursday - Community Service; Chess - Fridays.  Everyday - Homework Help.  This session explains the details on how we accomplished this in our PreK-8 district.   

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Prosperity
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

10:45am

Engaging Reading Strategies for Differentiation
Limited Capacity seats available

This one hour session will provide teachers with an array of instructional strategies and tools to differentiate reading and facilitate an engaging classroom environment. The strategies will also include various technology components for literacy instruction.  


Tuesday December 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg E
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL Intermediate (4-6)

10:45am

Raising Student Achievement Through Enhanced Vocabulary Instruction
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, teachers will be actively involved in playing vocabulary games and doing vocabulary activities that they can use in the classroom to enhance vocabulary instruction.  The research behind engaging vocabulary instruction and how the "old-fashioned" instruction of looking up the vocabulary list definitions can be eliminated with a few vocabulary games and activities that will have students retaining vocabulary beyond the weekly test.  The "This, Not That" Book Series, "No More Look Up the List Vocabulary Instruction" by Cobb and Blachowicz will be referenced.  This is a fun, engaging session with "Use on Monday" activities! 

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Knowledge
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL Elementary School (K-6)

10:45am

Techie Mentor Texts
Limited Capacity seats available

What are some must haves in today’s classrooms to help students understand digital citizenship, engage in STEM, encourage making, and build skills for 21st century skills?  This is the workshop you have been waiting for! Come learn some great new picture books that you can incorporate into your current curriculum that engages students in discussions and lessons that will help build the skills they need to be lifelong learners in a world of limitless opportunities.   

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Imagination
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

10:45am

Manage Your Time or Time Will Manage You
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever wondered why some people can get so much done in 24 hours and you are absolutely drowning? If so, this session is for you. Come learn practical strategies rooted in neuroscience to help you become more efficient and effective. 

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg A
  • NOTES FOR PARTICIPANTS Please bring Internet ready device.
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

10:45am

Data Driven Decisions to Promote Prosocial Behavior
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will discuss the changes in behavior management that began in the 2018-2019 academic school year. This led to a reduction in office disciplinary referrals and an increase in parent participation. 


Tuesday December 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg D
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL Intermediate (4-6)

12:00pm

*FEATURE SCHOOL/DISTRICT*-Transforming All The Way: Competency K-12
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn about Belvidere's decade-long journey to transform all grade levels to a competency system where students learn to chase skills instead of points. Find out how years of curriculum work set the stage for a new reporting system that promotes personalized and student-directed learning.  


Tuesday December 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Euphoria
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

12:00pm

*FEATURED SPEAKER* - Greg Urbaniak - Bold School: Questioning/Socrative Method & Concept Mapping
Limited Capacity seats available

"Bueller?...Bueller?...Bueller?"  Remember that.  Don't let your class become that iconic movie scene.  Through the use of Bold School strategies for questioning and Socrative method, you can transform your classroom into an engaging place.  Also learn how to move from teacher-centric instruction to student-centric instruction with the use of Bold School strategies for concept mapping.  Based on Weston Kieschnick's book Bold School, BE BOLD and attend this session.

Speakers
avatar for Maggie Germann

Maggie Germann

Instructional Coach & Teacher, Grant Community High School District 124
TE

Tom Evans

Instructional Coach
avatar for Greg Urbaniak

Greg Urbaniak

Director of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment, Grant Community High School District 124, Fox Lake


Tuesday December 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Utopia C

12:00pm

Custom Classes w/Google Slides
Limited Capacity seats available

Dump the textbook and make your class a rich, flexible, and adaptable one-stop source for students, parents, and specialists. Unlock the power of slides to curate text, graphics,  apps, simulations, video, paper resources, etc into YOUR organized class.  


Tuesday December 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Imagination
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

12:00pm

ENGAGE with INQUIRY: A HOW TO GUIDE
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you ready to have a truly student-led classroom?  Inquiry allows students to take ownership of their learning and engage in new ways that are essential for learners in today's world.  Inquiry is also a main  component of both the NGSS and new social science standards.  However, these subject areas are often overlooked in the classroom. In this session, you will get a step-by-step guide for planning an inquiry-based unit that will engage your students and make the most of your time by using an interdisciplinary approach.  The ideas presented in this session can be implemented in your classroom the very next day.  

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg B
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL Elementary School (K-6)

12:00pm

Grading Practices That Promote Accountability
Limited Capacity seats available

Leaning how to use rubrics, example work, and grading logs in a way that cause students to look inward when they receive a low score.  


Tuesday December 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg D
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

12:00pm

How Do I Make My Curriculum Map Come Alive In My Classroom?
Limited Capacity seats available

To most teachers, curriculum maps are the dusty documents that a district forces teachers to engage with on SIP days, only to be shelved until the next one.  So how do we make our curriculum maps purposeful and at the center of instructional planning? How can we move them from transactional work to transformational guidance? Attend and find out! The research of John Hattie among others will be used to provide practical methods for implementing curriculum in an way that is both engaging and rigorous.  

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg C
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

12:00pm

Keeping Students Engaged
Limited Capacity seats available

Keeping students engaged is tough these days!!  With all the technology and instant media available it can be tough to keep our students engaged in their learning.  Come get helpful tips you can take back and use the next day.  I will also help you problem solve if you need help with engagement. I will have tips for k-5th grade. 

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg H
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL Primary (K-3)

12:00pm

Kindergarten Learning Standards
Limited Capacity seats available

We've all heard the common phrase in education -- "standard-aligned."  But what do our standards REALLY say?  In this session we will examine the learning standards and debunk any myths as to the expectations of students by the end of Kindergarten.  
 

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Prosperity
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL Primary (K-3)

12:00pm

Shifting Technology Past the Digital Worksheet
Limited Capacity seats available

Technology has the power to create real change in our students’ learning; now it is our job as leaders to know the best practices for making that change happen. This session will examine the most commonly used technology evaluation models, and how they shift classroom technology forward. 

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Innovation
  • NOTES FOR PARTICIPANTS Please bring Internet ready device.
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

12:00pm

TGIF Math Games for 3rd-6th Grades
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn a variety of 3rd-6th math games that use  cards and dice. Math content will include, place value, rounding, order of operations, beginning algebra, etc. Student work samples and a handout with rules and game board will be shared. 

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Knowledge
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL Intermediate (4-6)

12:00pm

3 Out-of-School Factors That Impact Academic Performance
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will discuss the impact of 3 out-of-school factors that have an impact on students' academic performance. These three factors are the students' surrounding community, home structure, and peers. The research discussed does focus on African American students.  


Tuesday December 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Connection
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

12:00pm

STEAMing to Success: Using STEAM to Improve Districtwide Culture & Climate
Limited Capacity seats available

Since its inception in 2017, Bellwood School District 88 has hosted its annual STEAM Expo in April. The expositions connected our schools to the community, our students to professionals, and generated an interest and excitement for science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. Using Illinois Learning Standards, students engaged in a variety of  in-depth “real-world” investigations. Come learn how we were able to get over 2500+ students, families, and  community members involved in this exciting event!  


Tuesday December 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg G
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

12:00pm

Using a Workshop Approach to Meet Student Needs
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants in this session will walk away with a variety of practical resources to use to engage students at their level of need. We will discuss how different ways we have structured our classes and the philosophies behind them. 


Tuesday December 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Epiphany
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL Middle School (6-8)

1:15pm

*FEATURE SCHOOLS/DISTRICT*-Building Collective Teacher Efficacy
Limited Capacity seats available

Through this session, participants will learn how to build a continuous school improvement model designed to foster collective teacher efficacy. Specific elements of the program to be discussed include establishing collaborative inquiry groups, creating an instructional coaching model aligned to the overall school improvement plan, and re-imagining professional learning experiences. 

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Euphoria
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL High School (9-12)

1:15pm

*FEATURED SPEAKER* - Greg Urbaniak - Direct Instruction, Worked Examples and Spaced & Mass Practice
Limited Capacity seats available

We all know that we need to use direct instruction and one of the constants with direct instruction is working through examples with students and having them practice on their own.  In this Bold School session we will be focusing on these three stalwarts.  Learn about the value of these instructional strategies and how to take them from "old school" to "bold school."  Based on Weston Kieschnick's book Bold School, come and be BOLD!

Speakers
avatar for Maggie Germann

Maggie Germann

Instructional Coach & Teacher, Grant Community High School District 124
TE

Tom Evans

Instructional Coach
avatar for Greg Urbaniak

Greg Urbaniak

Director of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment, Grant Community High School District 124, Fox Lake


Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Utopia C

1:15pm

*FEATURED SPEAKER* - Jenni Donohoo - PLCs: Strengthening Community and Collaboration
Limited Capacity seats available

Since ‘Collective Teacher Efficacy’ topped John Hattie’s Visible Learning list of factors that matter the most in raising student achievement school leaders (both formal and informal) are asking themselves: How can we foster a sense of collective efficacy in schools? In this session, we’ll identify research-based, efficacy enhancing practices for strengthening professional learning communities and collaboration in schools.  

Speakers
avatar for Jenni Donohoo

Jenni Donohoo

FIRST Educational Resources
How to develop collective efficacy.


Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Utopia A
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

1:15pm

*FEATURED SPEAKER* - Jennie Winters - Formative Assessment for Student Growth
Limited Capacity seats available

PERA requires that teacher evaluation systems include student growth data  using classroom assessments.  This session explores how and why classroom assessment data is the most impactful data for supporting professional growth and school improvement.

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Utopia B
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

1:15pm

*KEYNOTE SPEAKER*-Greg Wolcott - Academic Press: The Key to Student Success
Limited Capacity seats available

Dweck, Walton and Cohen (2014), state, “effective teachers and schools understand that it is through challenge that students learn and achieve over time.” They go on to say, “whereas effective teachers and schools challenge their students with high performance standards, less effective ones cater to the presumed limitations of their students by setting low standards (p.22).” Courageous teachers uphold the challenge throughout the lesson, never giving into the pull of their heartstrings when seeing students struggle.  They understand that struggle is needed to grow. They understand that academic press is the key to student success.  

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Nirvana A
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

1:15pm

Becoming a Globally Connected Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

In a globally connected classroom students experience face-to-face communication with students around the world without ever leaving the classroom. Join the discussion on how to find find these connections and create experiences your students will never forget.  

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Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Schaumburg B
  • NOTES FOR PARTICIPANTS Please bring Internet ready device.
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

1:15pm

Clearing a Path: Tools and Scholarships for Illinois students
Limited Capacity seats available

The College Board is proud to provide students tools to own their futures. This session will explore the free tools available to students and educators, including Official SAT Practice through Khan Academy, and a provide a detailed overview of new College Board Opportunity Scholarships. 


Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Connection
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL High School (9-12)

1:15pm

Listening and Speaking in a Digital Age
Limited Capacity seats available

Listening and speaking are crucial for success in today’s society. Sadly, they are often the most neglected components of the curriculum. This session will provide some ideas, strategies, and techniques that you can use tomorrow in your classroom. 


Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Schaumburg E
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

1:15pm

Raise Student Achievement by Lesson Planning for Engagement
Limited Capacity seats available


Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Schaumburg A
  • NOTES FOR PARTICIPANTS Please bring Internet ready device.
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

1:15pm

Redfining the Paperless Classroom with Microsoft OneNote and Teams
Limited Capacity seats available

Creating a paperless classroom can be so much more than merely distributing work digitally. With OneNote and OneNote Class Notebook you can redefine what it means to create a digital classroom. You can embed engaging live content such as Forms, YouTube, GeoGebra, Sway, and more. Using digital ink your students will be able to take hand written notes, highlight text, draw, and work on math problems. OneNote’s Learning Tools make the classroom accessible to all students with its immersive reader. Finally, Teams creates a digital hub for all your student’s work where they can manage their assignments, participate in online discussions, and stay organized.   

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Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Imagination
  • NOTES FOR PARTICIPANTS Please bring Internet ready device.
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

1:15pm

Student Engagement: Putting the Pieces Together
Limited Capacity seats available

Engagement is the key to student success! In this session, participants will be given the pieces necessary for total student engagement, including teacher clarity, engagement structures, and feedback. This is one puzzle you'll want to complete!  

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Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Schaumburg C
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL Elementary School (K-6)

1:15pm

Understanding Generation Z
Limited Capacity seats available

We spend several hours a day with our students each school year, but how well do we really know them? When was the last time you looked at educational research as related to technology and your students? This session introduces educators to various research and survey sources that will help them understand how today’s students learn and what their views are regarding technology in education. 

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Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Innovation
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

1:15pm

Lights! Cameras! Fractions!
Limited Capacity seats available

The understanding of fractions is so critical in 3rd-5th grades as it is the first time students really think about fractions as being numbers.  Looking for new ways for your students to become more comfortable with the symbolic interpretation of fractions?  Join this session for a deep dive into this important concept. 

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Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Schaumburg G
  • NOTES FOR PARTICIPANTS Please bring Internet ready device.
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL Elementary School (K-6)

1:15pm

Math Overload
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of math content that needs to be covered.  I have developed a system to help reach all students and help all students obtain the skills they need to.  Come learn how to cover the standards with fun and innovative ways.  

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Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Schaumburg H
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL Primary (K-3)

1:15pm

TGIF Math Games for 6th-8th Grades
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn a variety of 6th-8th math games that use cards and dice. Math content will include, beginning algebra, order of operations, decimals and fractions, etc. Student work samples and a handout with rules and game board will be shared. 

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Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Knowledge
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL Middle School (6-8)

1:15pm

Developing A School-Wide MTSS System
Limited Capacity seats available

Course will walk participants through setting up a system around tier 2 & 3 interventions by using school wide data and decision rules 


Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Schaumburg D
  • NOTES FOR PARTICIPANTS Please bring Internet ready device.
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL Middle School (6-8)

1:15pm

The Right to Read by the End of Third Grade
Our superintendent led us with the charge: All students have the right to read by the end of third grade. This workshop will describe the journey one district has started to implement, support, and sustain a district-wide K-3 reading initiative. The presenters will share their experiences in delivering research-based literacy programs in K-3 and provide the nuts and bolts for meeting the needs of diverse student populations in a variety of settings, including both whole and small group instruction and throughout the various tiers of instruction.

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Epiphany

2:30pm

*FEATURED SPEAKER* - Greg Urbaniak - Bold School: Peer Tutoring, Reciprocal Teaching, and Problem-Solving Teaching
Limited Capacity seats available

How do you make your students do the heavy lifting with teaching?  While we don't want to spoon feed our student answers because E. M. Forster once said, "Spoon-feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon," we also need to make sure if we student-centric teaching, we do it with fidelity. These three instructional strategies that will be covered in this Bold School session do just that:  peer tutoring, reciprocal teaching and problem-solving teaching.  These can be used in any discipline and with the addition of technology it makes moving from old school practices with these instructional strategies to bold school practices even easier for the teacher. Based on Weston Kieschnick's book Bold School, join us and learn how to be bold!

Speakers
avatar for Maggie Germann

Maggie Germann

Instructional Coach & Teacher, Grant Community High School District 124
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Tom Evans

Instructional Coach
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Greg Urbaniak

Director of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment, Grant Community High School District 124, Fox Lake


Tuesday December 10, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Utopia C

2:30pm

*FEATURED SPEAKER* - Jenni Donohoo - Learning by Observing
Limited Capacity seats available

People often say that seeing is believing and it turns out that they are right! Collective efficacy beliefs are formed based on information obtained from vicarious experiences. Vicarious experiences happen when teams (or individual teachers) gain knowledge or information about a strategy, skill, or approach to improving student learning by seeing it performed by others. When teachers get better, students get better and teachers get better by observing others. In this session, we will explore how to improve the quality of observational learning and examine ways to tap into sources of collective efficacy in support of deeper implementation of evidence-based practices. Key features of vicarious experiences will be shared and participants will consider practical applications for tapping into vicarious experiences as a source of collective efficacy.  

Speakers
avatar for Jenni Donohoo

Jenni Donohoo

FIRST Educational Resources
How to develop collective efficacy.


Tuesday December 10, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Utopia A
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

2:30pm

*FEATURED SPEAKER* - Jennie Winters - Designing Assessment and Instruction with SOLO Taxonomy
Limited Capacity seats available

SOLO Taxonomy is a research-based cognitive structure used to guide students to progress from surface level thinking to deep learning. If you are looking to design rigorous assessment and instruction, SOLO Taxonomy is for you! Learn how to use SOLO to critique and improve your classroom assessments.  

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Tuesday December 10, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Utopia B
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

2:30pm

*KEYNOTE SPEAKER*-Greg Wolcott-Tools for Tomorrow: Strategies for Implementing Social Emotional Learning in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers today understand the importance of social emotional learning.  But with limited budgets, most educators don’t have hundreds and thousands of dollars to spend on products and programs to increase student social, emotional and academic development. Educators without access to the district credit card want research proven, teacher tested, kid-approved strategies they can implement easily, effectively and cheaply.

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Nirvana A
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

2:30pm

Gifted Education at the High School: A Successful 35 year Experiment Teaching Gifted Students at the High School
Limited Capacity seats available

How does gifted class last 35 years at the high school level?  With a classroom representing all grades (9-12), that creates a learning environment where students not only experience a multi-faceted perspective of literature and western civilization but also develop the necessary skills to be lifelong learners and future leaders. Take home concrete examples for successfully instituting a multi-grade, honors level, four-year literature, and humanities curriculum. 


Tuesday December 10, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Connection
  • NOTES FOR PARTICIPANTS Please bring Internet ready device.
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL High School (9-12)

2:30pm

Low-Prep, High-Yield Activities for Any Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Looking to change up your instruction but don’t have the time to plan something new? This session can help! Participants will walk away with several engaging, classroom-ready strategies that promote collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. 

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Tuesday December 10, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg E
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

2:30pm

Media Literacy 101 for Educators
Limited Capacity seats available

Being media literate is a skill that all students need to know. This session will explore basic media literacy concepts and examples of each concept. It will include websites, lesson plans and ways to incorporate these into all classrooms. While media literacy is applicable to all educators the content featured is geared toward 5th grade and higher (but all are welcome).
 

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Innovation
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

2:30pm

School Wide Morning Meeting to Build a Sense of Community Within Your School
Limited Capacity seats available

Looking for a way to to increase the sense of community within your school? How about starting your day with a school wide morning meeting? Come learn strategies to increase SEL school wide in a few minutes each morning.  


Tuesday December 10, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg A
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL Primary (K-3)

2:30pm

Technology, Has it Changed Your Classroom Yet?
Limited Capacity seats available

Technology has transformed life as we know it, come learn how integrating technology can change your K-4 classroom for the better.  We will be demonstrating how we use basic programs such as Seesaw, Nearpod, Flipgrid, Clips, and Quizizz to enhance our curriculum. We will also cover popular extensions and add-ons to make your experience with technology even easier! Technology helps give a voice to all students, and we are excited to share our 3rd-grade students' experiences with you. 


Tuesday December 10, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg C
  • NOTES FOR PARTICIPANTS Please bring Internet ready device.
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL Primary (K-3)

2:30pm

The Reading CAFE
Limited Capacity seats available

Guided reading does not just consist of one leveled book. Come to learn about The Cafe Strategies by the two sisters, Gail Boushey & Joan Moser to spice up your guided reading groups. Through this engaging session you will learn how to embed guided reading into a balanced literacy model, and make your groups truly flexible.  Each strategy presented supports the standards and helps you provide better conversations with your students.  Students will quickly take onus of their learning.  You will see student growth skyrocket!   

Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Imagination
  • NOTES FOR PARTICIPANTS Please bring Internet ready device.
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL Elementary School (K-6)

2:30pm

Gotta love Science!!
Limited Capacity seats available

With NGSS, teachers are needing to give students more responsibility with learning science content.  Open ended, hands on activities are the ideal way. But it can be intimidating to know how or when to allow this type of learning to happen.  I will help you learn how to let go of lectures and hold on to fun engaging activities for your students. 

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Tuesday December 10, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg H
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL Primary (K-3)