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Monday, December 9
 

10:00am

*FEATURED SPEAKER* - Garth Larson - PLC 2.0: Protocols for Impact
Limited Capacity seats available

Schools across North America have invested time, effort and resources into creating collaboration time. And while the research on educators collaborating to examine and improve their practice is clear, the practice of educators working together and the impact this has on changing the learning experience for students is less conclusive.  PLC 2.0 moves districts and schools beyond research to PRACTICE and OBSERVABLE IMPACT--the type of impact that we can observe in our classrooms. This session will take participants through all aspects of the PLC 2.0 Observable Impact Model and have them leaving confident in strengthening their PLC approach. Learning Outcomes: As a result of attending this session, participants will: understand all elements of the PLC 2.0 Observable Impact Model. examine their current realities within their PLC models. engage in co-creating a collective vision of learning and reflect on our evidence-based reality within that vision.

Speakers
avatar for Garth Larson

Garth Larson

Professional Learning Consultant, FIRST Educational Resources, LLC
Garth Larson, Ed.D is the part-time Director of Educator Effectiveness for the Winneconne Community School District in Northeast Wisconsin and also serves as President of FIRST Educational Resources based out of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Garth previously sat on the Board of Directors for... Read More →


Monday December 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Utopia B
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

10:00am

*FEATURED SPEAKER* - Kathi Rhodus - Moving Towards Reading on Grade Level By Third Grade
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is targeted for educators who are not sure that the instruction, materials and the time spent on the foundational skills in their classroom is moving students to read on grade level by 3rd grade .

Speakers
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Kathi Rhodus

ELA/Social Science Content Specialist, Illinois State Board of Education


Monday December 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Utopia C
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL Primary (K-3)

10:00am

*FEATURED SPEAKER* - Monica Genta - 180 Days of Awesome- Celebrating Every Day of Education
Limited Capacity seats available

180 Days of School = 180 Days of Awesome! Awesome is all around us. Every day you walk into your school something amazing is bound to happen. Some days that awesome is easy to see, it comes in the form of laughter, academic progress, achieving goals, and building relationships with kids. Some days that awesome is nearly impossible to see amongst all the meetings, curriculum changes, displeased parents, and behavior concerns. Here is the cool part, whether you are having a level 10 day or level 0 day, focusing on the awesome has the power to turn each day of education into an exciting adventure in learning. Come along with me on this 180 day quest as we learn to focus on those little awesome moments that have the power to change everything. Because sometimes it's the little things that make the biggest difference.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Genta

Monica Genta

Teacher. Author. Speaker. TEDx Presenter.
A passionate teacher and international keynote speaker who loves transforming education from average to AWESOME! Can’t wait to laugh and learn with you!


Monday December 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Utopia A
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

11:15am

*FEATURED SPEAKER* - Garth Larson - PLC 2.0: Protocols for Impact
Limited Capacity seats available

Schools across North America have invested time, effort and resources into creating collaboration time. And while the research on educators collaborating to examine and improve their practice is clear, the practice of educators working together and the impact this has on changing the learning experience for students is less conclusive.  PLC 2.0 moves districts and schools beyond research to PRACTICE and OBSERVABLE IMPACT--the type of impact that we can observe in our classrooms. This session will take participants through all aspects of the PLC 2.0 Observable Impact Model and have them leaving confident in strengthening their PLC approach. Learning Outcomes: As a result of attending this session, participants will: understand all elements of the PLC 2.0 Observable Impact Model. examine their current realities within their PLC models. engage in co-creating a collective vision of learning and reflect on our evidence-based reality within that vision.

Speakers
avatar for Garth Larson

Garth Larson

Professional Learning Consultant, FIRST Educational Resources, LLC
Garth Larson, Ed.D is the part-time Director of Educator Effectiveness for the Winneconne Community School District in Northeast Wisconsin and also serves as President of FIRST Educational Resources based out of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Garth previously sat on the Board of Directors for... Read More →


Monday December 9, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Utopia B
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

11:15am

*FEATURED SPEAKER* - Kathi Rhodus - Disciplinary Literacy in Social Studies
Limited Capacity seats available

Sometimes teachers (and students)are not aware of the reading and writing demands required of Social Studies' texts. This session will walk teachers through a number of disciplinary practices with accompanying strategies to use in the classroom.  

Speakers
KR

Kathi Rhodus

ELA/Social Science Content Specialist, Illinois State Board of Education


Monday December 9, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Utopia C
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL Middle School (6-8)

11:15am

*FEATURED SPEAKER* - Monica Genta - Game Changers- Ideas that Engage and Motivate All Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Every student who walks into your classroom deserves to LOVE that experience. In order to do that we have to reflect on the everyday practices we have in place and transform them from average to awesome. A bell ringer is average, but a learning attack is awesome! Collecting homework is average, but Olympic sprinting to gather them is awesome! Small tweaks to the great things we are already doing makes a big difference. Come learn how to be a game changer for kids and for education!  

Speakers
avatar for Monica Genta

Monica Genta

Teacher. Author. Speaker. TEDx Presenter.
A passionate teacher and international keynote speaker who loves transforming education from average to AWESOME! Can’t wait to laugh and learn with you!


Monday December 9, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Utopia A
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

1:45pm

*FEATURED SPEAKER* - Garth Larson - Using Assessment as Evidence Gathering When Grading for Impact
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will walk participants through essential elements of assessment design in a standards-based or target-based reporting system. Educators often struggle to view assessments as a method of evidence gathering against standards or learning targets and often look for practical examples to work from. This interactive session will provide examples of how to take learning targets and create assessments that allow for participants to use the evidence from the assessment to reach conclusions on student proficiency. Educators attending this session will have the opportunity to work with other participants and will walk out with sample assessment questions that will help guide their work when they return back to their districts.

Speakers
avatar for Garth Larson

Garth Larson

Professional Learning Consultant, FIRST Educational Resources, LLC
Garth Larson, Ed.D is the part-time Director of Educator Effectiveness for the Winneconne Community School District in Northeast Wisconsin and also serves as President of FIRST Educational Resources based out of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Garth previously sat on the Board of Directors for... Read More →


Monday December 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Utopia B
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

1:45pm

*FEATURED SPEAKER* - Kathi Rhodus - Literacy Tasks: Weaving It All Together
Limited Capacity seats available

Tasks should be a part of each and every classroom. Why?  To weave the standards together and provide the opportunity for students to fully engage with texts. This session will provide each teacher with a grade-specific tool to guide teachers to design tasks.  

Speakers
KR

Kathi Rhodus

ELA/Social Science Content Specialist, Illinois State Board of Education


Monday December 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Utopia C
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

1:45pm

*FEATURED SPEAKER* - Monica Genta - The Rooted Classroom- Building Ridiculously Strong Relationships with Staff & Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Strong relationships with students are the backbone to all learning! Sometimes it feels like students are building walls around growing in this relationship. But where there is a wall, teachers can learn to build a bridge. Come explore how creating an atmosphere that is open, exciting, and fun for students allows them to discover their unique interests, skills, and strengths as individuals. Let’s build a level of trustworthiness among students and learn how to turn a class into a family. This session is filled with activities and lessons that help build deeply rooted relationships within any school setting.  

Speakers
avatar for Monica Genta

Monica Genta

Teacher. Author. Speaker. TEDx Presenter.
A passionate teacher and international keynote speaker who loves transforming education from average to AWESOME! Can’t wait to laugh and learn with you!


Monday December 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Utopia A
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

3:00pm

*FEATURED SPEAKER* - Garth Larson - Using Dialogue to Increase Engagement, Promote Equity and Ensure Deep Learning for ALL Students
Limited Capacity seats available

What exactly is dialogue  and are we truly engaging in this highly supported high impact classroom strategy? Most educators believe Dialogue is just getting our students to talk in partners or collaborative groups. However, dialogue for engagement, equity, and deep learning is a detailed and purposeful approach to learning. Dialogue can be  one of the best vehicles for helping students learn how to think for themselves, make moral decisions and understand varying points of view. In this engaging and motivational session, participants will explore various strategies to enhance dialogue and ensure deeper and lasting learning for ALL students.  As a result of attending this session, participants will: understand how to facilitate dialogue for deep learning at the classroom, building or district level. examine and practice strategies and tools to support immediate implementation of promoting dialogue for deep learning plan at least one Dialogue for Deep Learning Strategy through their own context.  

Speakers
avatar for Garth Larson

Garth Larson

Professional Learning Consultant, FIRST Educational Resources, LLC
Garth Larson, Ed.D is the part-time Director of Educator Effectiveness for the Winneconne Community School District in Northeast Wisconsin and also serves as President of FIRST Educational Resources based out of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Garth previously sat on the Board of Directors for... Read More →


Monday December 9, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Utopia B
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

3:00pm

*FEATURED SPEAKER* - Kathi Rhodus - Building Reading Stamina and Perseverance
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will provide participants with tips and tools to build student's reading stamina in the classroom.  The Capture Basket, Annotation Bookmarks (for each grade level), Sentence Stems and Activity Guides will be shared.

Speakers
KR

Kathi Rhodus

ELA/Social Science Content Specialist, Illinois State Board of Education


Monday December 9, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Utopia C
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

3:00pm

*FEATURED SPEAKER* - Monica Genta - Transforming Education From Average to Awesome with The Dollar Tree!
Limited Capacity seats available

All teachers love the Dollar Tree! And what is not to love about inexpensive, awesome, instructional tools! But I think The Dollar Tree is filled with hidden gems that can transform classrooms from average to awesome. Come check out how toys can be taken to a new level and turned into learning tools. Find out how canned fish can be turned into a fun, fresh way to motivate and engage students. This session will be full of exciting remixes that are bound to bring your classroom to a new level!  

Speakers
avatar for Monica Genta

Monica Genta

Teacher. Author. Speaker. TEDx Presenter.
A passionate teacher and international keynote speaker who loves transforming education from average to AWESOME! Can’t wait to laugh and learn with you!


Monday December 9, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Utopia A
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels
 
Tuesday, December 10
 

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

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
TE

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.

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Tuesday December 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia B
  • 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

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.

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

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
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 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