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Monday, December 9
 

10:00am

Embedding Cycles of Inquiry into School Improvement Processes
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn about how to utilize the Cycles of Inquiry Model for School Processes to transform school improvement processes to be embedded in a culture of instructional inquiry. Presenters will share information about their engagement in a research study and their experiences in this change process. 


Monday December 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Schaumburg B
  • NOTES FOR PARTICIPANTS Please bring an Internet ready device.
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

10:00am

Put a Pep in Your Step with Discussions
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you just tired of the same old discussion techniques? Students
dragging their feet participating? Not getting the results you want? We have some suggestions for you!  This session will be experiential in that you will actually do the strategies as students. Come experience Table Top Twitter Chats, 4 Corners, Tug of War, What's the Question and a few more. Be ready to talk! 

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Schaumburg E
  • NOTES FOR PARTICIPANTS Please bring Internet ready device
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

10:00am

The Magic of Mentor Texts; Using Children's Literature in the Content Areas
Limited Capacity seats available

Picture books have a magic about them. They have a way of drawing in both young and old readers. Bring this magic into your classroom!  This session will provide participants with a list of over 200 mentor texts. I will be sharing ideas of how to pair fiction and nonfiction texts and how to use current and classic children's books to teach the standards. Participants will take away fun, engaging ways to use picture books as mentor texts in their own classrooms.    

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Schaumburg H
  • NOTES FOR PARTICIPANTS Please bring Internet ready device.
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL Elementary School (K-6)

11:15am

Let them Lead: Sharing Leadership as an Avenue to School and Student Success
Limited Capacity seats available

As school leaders, we set the tone for what happens in our classrooms and our buildings.  We know how important it is to help our teachers become the best they can be, but we struggle because our job descriptions are seemingly endless.  With a to-do list far longer than hours in a day, our best intentions often go unfulfilled.  Sadly, our instructional leadership plans get pushed to the side in order to put out the countless fires that come up during our day.  So how do we become the instructional leaders we long to be and still keep the day-to-day-demands of our school in order?  The answer is we can’t do it.  Alone.  In this session we will discuss teacher leadership, what it means, and how to identify and to share leadership in our buildings so teachers feel empowered and appreciated, student instruction improves, and you have time to focus on the things that matter most. 


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

11:15am

Problem Centered Teaching by Tomorrow
Limited Capacity seats available

Problem Centered Instruction is a great way to engage students, integrate content, and inspire learning.  However, true problem centered instruction requires a major shift in both teaching and learning, requiring the one thing teachers don't have: time.  In today's session, we will look at some simple strategies that teachers can put to immediate use within the classroom to help start the shift towards a student-led, problem centered learning environment.  


Monday December 9, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Schaumburg B
  • NOTES FOR PARTICIPANTS Please bring an Internet ready device.
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

11:15am

Thematic Instruction Focusing on Student Thinking
Limited Capacity seats available

The key to student achievement lies in relevant instruction that elicits and empowers student thinking.  This presentation will demonstrate the process of designing thematic units and instruction that focuses on students’ understanding. Current trends in education involve increasing equitable outcomes for all students through relevant instruction that encourages student voice.  This type of relevant instruction can involve thematic teaching, backwards design, and a commitment to student understanding.   The presentation will focus on creating engaging, challenging learning experiences that encourage and invite students to share and develop their thinking.  Participants in the session will apply the research-based practices of backwards design to their instructional units and develop lessons around a big idea or theme.   Backwards design and thematic teaching offers opportunities for students to engage with and make meaningful connections with the content.  Participants will be able to apply principles of backwards design in their own instruction, connect concepts to an overall theme, and incorporate thinking strategies into curriculum planning and instruction.  Through thematic teaching that empowers student thinking, students will achieve true understanding and become lifelong learners.
 


Monday December 9, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Schaumburg G
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL Intermediate (4-6)

12:30pm

Opening Doors to Collegial Collaboration: Taking Teacher Improvement out of Evaluation
Limited Capacity seats available

Teacher improvement doesn’t need to come just from evaluations. Come learn how mentors and instructional coaches build an environment of trust and collaboration with teachers to increase engagement and student achievement. #ClassroomVisits, #Lunch&Learns #VideoReflection #Coteaching 


Monday December 9, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg F
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL High School (9-12)

12:30pm

Personalized Learning at the Elementary Level
Limited Capacity seats available

Creating a personalized learning environment for students can have a strong impact on their academic achievement and behavior.  Allowing students voice and choice in their learning helps students stay motivated and achieve their goals.  This session will include a description of how we transformed our classrooms at the elementary level to meet the needs of a diverse group of learners through personalized learning.  
You will meet two teacher leaders and the principal of Lincoln Elementary School that has been on this journey to personalize learning for each student.


Monday December 9, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg B
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL Elementary School (K-6)

12:30pm

Project Based Learning in Today’s Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Project-based learning (PBL) is a methodology that encourages students to learn and apply knowledge as well as skills while engaging in meaningful experiences.  This dynamic classroom approach allows teachers to incorporate real-world problems and challenges while aligning with district curriculum.  Learn how to enhance your current lessons and/or projects to allow for more student investigation and inquiry.Shift the mindset in your classroom through Project Based Learning.  See student engagement, understanding and ownership increase through PBL. Other benefits of PBL include increased opportunities for cooperative learning skills,  problem solving and communication.
In this session, we will explore and analyze the benefits and challenges of incorporating PBL in today’s classroom. We will look at frameworks and project organization to help get you started as well as various tech tools to help moderate progress and accountability. You will receive examples of project ideas, digital tools to support and manage student engagement, and strategies for managing PBL in the classroom.
 


Monday December 9, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Imagination
  • NOTES FOR PARTICIPANTS Please bring Internet ready device.
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL All Grade Levels

12:30pm

“What’s the Secret to Students Achieving Higher SAT Reading Scores?”
Limited Capacity seats available

After a school improvement meeting back in 2010 that revealed poor reading scores for their students on the ACT, three teachers changed their approach to teaching social studies to address this problem.  They call their curriculum "Top Secret," as they have embedded reading comprehension skills, formative and summative assessments, and proven ACT and SAT reading test strategies into the content of their classes. “Top Secret” has been developed over years of research, collaborative work sessions, and experimentation in their own classrooms. Their curriculum is used by teachers throughout their district, and their summative assessments serve as part of the final exam for their district’s US History course.        
The data speaks for itself. “Top Secret” has resulted in remarkable student growth on the reading portions of the ACT and SAT Tests for their students and school district. Now you have the chance to learn the "Secret" to their success!
 


Monday December 9, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Connection
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL High School (9-12)

1:45pm

Engaging Lesson Plans through Peer Collaboration
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you have a lesson that is not very engaging?  Is there a lesson that you do not like to teach?  Come see how one school district uses Peer Collaboration to create meaningful, engaging lessons while building vertical articulation at the same time. 


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

1:45pm

Innovation Makers Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Remember the pencil holder you made back in elementary school or the bird house you made in middle school? Those moments are special because they are examples of our ability to transform an idea in our minds into a reality. Unfortunately, the teaching methods have been shifting the way we learn leaving behind opportunities for students to explore their creativity such as shop class.
The main purpose of the “Innovation Makers Laboratory” program is to provide the ability for any school to transform an old fashion shop class into an exploration of creativity and life skill laboratory for any student from middle school all the way to adulthood to assist in knowledge and real word elements in creating meaningful learning for students.
The program will provide the list of equipment needed for the Innovation Makers Laboratory as well as the safety training and the first aid training. Most important, it will provide professional development for the teachers involved in this program such as how to incorporate the Innovation Makers Laboratory into all the other curriculums. For example, building a musical instrument exploring sound waves or creating tools used for farmers during medieval time or building a better ketchup dispenser for cooking class.
The Innovation Makers Laboratory is a low-cost option for a great curriculum that will promote exploration, innovation, cross curriculum opportunities, and life skills that will always be part of our memories like that pencil holder or the bird house.
 

Speakers

Monday December 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg G
  • INTENDED GRADE LEVEL High School (9-12)

1:45pm

Writing a Speech Is Like Eating a Big Mac
Limited Capacity seats available

Students can write effective speeches and essays by comparing the parts to a Big Mac 

Speakers

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

3:00pm

#CLASSROOMBOOKADAY
Limited Capacity seats available

This is a hashtag that is taking over the nation!  Classrooms everywhere are making the commitment to #ClassroomBookADay with a goal of getting students to engage in picture books and build a love reading. Come learn the benefits of a shared reading experience with your students and discover purposeful mini lessons to support your students all year long in any classroom.  In this session you will hear book ideas for a variety of themes, strategies, and standards, you will also learn management tips, and most of all how to develop empathy through picture books. 

Speakers

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

3:00pm

Give Me a Break: Integrating Classroom Activity
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you looking for strategies to improve student focus, supplement class instruction, and boost test scores? This session offers instructional tips for incorporating physical activity into the classroom. Learn how to integrate brain breaks and energize your classroom.  

Speakers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

Speakers

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