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Friday, February 15
 

8:30am

Automated Grading of Worksheets in ItsLearning with Data Analysis
Learn how to transform paper worksheets into a self graded assignment in itslearning.  Then use the resulting data from that assignment to differentiate and guide instruction. Be able to create itslearning tests with confidence.  Be able to analyze the results to differentiate instruction.

Speakers
CZ

Christopher Zachow

Clear Springs HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am
CF 5512

8:30am

Book Tastings, Book Talks and Reader's Theater
A review of Book Tastings, Book Talks, and Reader's Theater designed to give teachers ideas to utilize students' self-selected reading in ways that can encourage reflection, connection, and assessment.

Participants will review and understand the procedures of book tastings, book talks, and readers' theater. Participants will actively participate in each process and will receive resources to facilitate using these strategies in their own classrooms.

Speakers
SM

Sandra Murphy

Clear Springs HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am
SME 1214

8:30am

Career/Education opportunities for your students in the PetroChem Industry
Industry representatives will present the opportunities available for CCISD students in the PetroChem industry and dispel the myths associated with the skills needed for careers in this field.  Participants will come out with an understanding of the opportunities available to our students for careers in the petrochemical industry and contact information to be able to present to their students to meet TEK requirements for career connections (e.g., Chemistry 3(E) describe the connection between chemistry and future careers).

Speakers
avatar for Gina Rico

Gina Rico

Clear Lake HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am
CF 5320

8:30am

Genius Hour in Secondary
Genius Hour is an inquiry based research project where students are encouraged to study what ever they are interested in or passionate about.  Students identify their interests and passions and then go through a student created inquiry plan that culminates with a presentation of learning.  This session will cover our theory behind why we chose to implement Genius Hour, how it has evolved since we introduced it to our students three years ago, and the benefits it could have in any core classroom at any grade level. Participants will be given an overview of the process that we have used to implement Genius Hour.  Participants will also be given resources and/or tools that we created, gleaned, and utilized over the course of our journey in order for participants to implement Genius Hour in their own classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Keely Gaertner

Keely Gaertner

Clear Falls HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am
CF 4527

8:30am

Leading With Your Eyes Wide Open
We Lead How We Perceive. How we see those we teach or work with will have an impact on how effectively we lead them.  In this activity-driven session, we'll take a look at how perceptions are formed, how value is assigned,  and how being aware of these things can help us make better connections with those we lead. Participants will walk away with more awareness of how perceptions are formed and how to to make genuine connections with those we lead. 

Speakers
avatar for Donna Stone

Donna Stone

Clear Brook HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am
CF 5525

8:30am

Mobius Strips and Paper Folding - Explore Higher Level Reasoning
Promote higher level reasoning in your math students through a variety of paper folding activities that include the Mobius Strip.  Twist and cut your way to an engaged classroom.    Participants will be able to conduct an engaging discovery math lesson focused on higher level thinking and reasoning utilizing the concept of a Mobius Strip.

Speakers
KG

Kathleen Gandin

Clear Springs HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am
CF 5607

8:30am

Naviance beginning with the end in mind
Explanation of why we use Naviance for high school students and the tools available to incorporate classroom instruction.   understand the use of Naviance for career and college planning and how to use the tools such as goal setting, resume building, road trip nation video clips over careers and supermatch for college search options

Speakers
avatar for Natalie Nylen

Natalie Nylen

Clear Springs HS, CCISD
LS

Linda Smith

Clear Brook HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am
CF 5324

8:30am

Personal Wellness for Educators
We will present information on personal wellness, including coloring/drawing, yoga, stretching, breathing, setting the tone in your classroom with sound and light, and tips for adding a little time to your day that can be used for wellness. Participants will learn wellness tips and skills as well as information on how to find that missing few minutes a day for yourself.

Speakers
KW

Kerry Whitfill

Clear Brook HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am
CF 5526

8:30am

Socratic Seminar
We will introduce and lead participants through a Socratic seminar (a student-centered discussion utilizing close reading and student-generated questions) and show how it can be used with a variety of texts.  In Socratic seminars, students explore deeper levels of thinking through a thoughtful dialogue. Participants will be able to incorporate Socratic seminars into their classes using a variety of texts.

Speakers
BH

Brittany Hobratschk

Clear Falls HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am
CF 5414

8:30am

Socratic Seminar: Scaffolding for Student Led Learning (1 hour GT credit)
Want to embrace student driven learning but don’t know where to start?  Implement a Socratic seminar in your own classroom.  Attendees will be guided through the process, start to finish.  Suggestions for different subject areas will be provided and attendees will actively participate in a Socratic seminar.

Attendees will leave the session prepared to conduct/plan a Socratic seminar with their own students including sources for articles and topic ideas.

Speakers
AM

Alison McKinney

Parr Elementary, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am
SME 1229

8:30am

StarLab digital the new secondary science star dome
Come and see the new secondary science StarLab. We have a new and improved dome and a new digital projector with pre-loaded programs for science. Teachers will experience the new star dome to see the ease of access for all students. Teachers will gain an understanding of the new digital programs offered by our new StarLab and how these programs may enhance their teaching. Teachers will learn about future checkout procedures and timelines for availability of the StarLab for the 2019-20 school year.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Edwards

Julie Edwards

8th Grade Science, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am
BSI Teaching Theater

8:30am

Student Talk > Teacher Talk
Do you ever pose a question to your students and get blank stares in return? Are students reluctant to engage with your content and each other? Come and discover fun ways to get students moving, laughing, connecting with their peers and most importantly talking about and engaging with your content. These strategies come from secondary World Language and Cultures classrooms and examples will be applied to all content areas.  "Participants will... ...consider the purpose and benefits of incorporating movement and student talk into daily lessons.  ...identify strategies to incorporate purposeful movement and student talk into daily lessons in order increase engagement and student achievement.  ...leave with a tool box of easy to implement ideas to immediately begin using in class. "

Speakers
avatar for Gloria Tran

Gloria Tran

Spanish Teacher- Clear Brook High School, CCISD
avatar for Stephanie Williams

Stephanie Williams

Assistant Principal, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am
CF 5516

8:30am

Teach Like a PIRATE: an Overview
This workshop focuses on the Dave Burgess's NY Times bestseller, "Teach Like a PIRATE".  Burgess says, "Like pirating, teaching is an adventure full of challenges and excitement.  The way you approach your adventure can mean the difference between being shipwrecked on Burnout Island or finding buried treasure."  Tap into your passion as a teacher with ideas on developing creative presentations and establishing rapport with your students and learn how to transform your class into a life-changing experience for your students. Participants will learn strategies on drawing students into their lessons.  This includes inspiration, practical techniques and innovative ideas that can transform their thinking on being an educator.

Speakers
SH

Susannah Holmes

League City Intermediate, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am
CF 4528

8:30am

Teaching the Inclusive Classroom
Learn how to increase the effectiveness of your lessons and give your students a greater role in their instruction and learning. Participants will learn how to chunk units, give short and effective notes/lessons, assess students in alternate ways other than the standard test and give control of learning to your students and be a facilitator. Make instruction and assessment go hand in hand.

Speakers
avatar for Lea Nicholson

Lea Nicholson

SPED teacher, CCISD
KP

Katherine Pozuc

Clear Springs HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am
CF 5511

8:30am

Use Delta Math for Instant Feedback
Delta math is a free online program in which you can customize your own assignments. Once an assignment is created you are able to share it with your team. The students get immediate feedback with step by step instructions on how to solve each problem. This is an awesome tool to use in a math classroom, and the students love it! Participants will create an account, and start building assignments that are aligned to their TEKS for their classroom. They will also learn how to share assignments with other teachers. 

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Weldon

Stephanie Weldon

Clear Creek HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am
CF 4615

8:30am

Using Lead4Ward to Improve Instruction
Lead4ward offers a multitude of resources for educators. This session will explore how to navigate the resources and how to use them in order to plan, deliver and evaluate instruction and assessment.
-Learn how to navigate the lead4ward app and website.
-Explore the instructional strategies playlist and how to implement the strategies in any content area.
- Learn how to utilize data collection resources to drive instruction and promote student ownership of learning. 

Speakers
ES

Erin Schmidt

Creekside Intermediate, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am
CF 4519

8:30am

Cross Curricular Sheltered Instruction: Practical Examples and Applications
Sheltered instruction teachers use linguistic accommodations to make content comprehensible and help their English learners develop academic language each and every day. In this session, we will model specific sheltered instruction strategies in different content areas.  The model lessons will be delivered in foreign languages and participants will experience the English learners’ perspective.  The participants will get the opportunity to debrief, brainstorm, and create model lessons that incorporate powerful sheltered strategies for their content area.

Speakers
AB

Adrian Bidulescu

EL Instructional Coach, Clear Lake HS
MW

Maria Woodall

Clear Creek HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 10:20am
CF 4431

8:30am

Developing Strength, Speed and Agility for the Intermediate Athlete
This session is designed to help coaches train intermediate athletes in the areas of strength, speed, agility and nutrition.  We will discuss and demonstrate activities used during the athletic period.  Participants will learn program design and organization, testing of athletes in various drills/exercises, and program evaluation.
We will have opportunities for attendees to participate in activities.  Please dress accordingly

Speakers
CG

Cindy Gravely

Seabrook Intermediate, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 10:20am
BSI Competition Gym / Weight Room

8:30am

Growth Mindsets
Implementing a growth mindset. Are you interested in exploring what a growth mindset can look like in the high school classroom? How do we help our students believe they can be successful?  In this session, I will share some practical and effective growth mindset strategies I have incorporated into my instruction.  You will have some time to prepare an activity to take back to your students.

Speakers
JT

Jacqueline Thompson

Clear Brook HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 10:20am
CF 5627

8:30am

I can align and differentiate units
In this session we will look at the I can statements for our content and how to make utilize those on a day to day basis.  We will look into aligning units by how we teach, what activities we do, and how we assess based on those I can statements.  We will then stretch ourselves into looking at how we can differentiate our activities based on how students pre-test for each I can statement. "Participants will understand how to I can align a unit. Participants will pick a unit to I can align. Participants will understand how to differentiate a unit based on how their students score on an I can aligned pretest."

Speakers
avatar for Tara Gustafson

Tara Gustafson

Clear Falls HS, CCISD
I have been teaching IPC for three years and spent one year teaching English to At Risk middle school students in HISD. I aspire to have all of my students completely in control of their own learning and know where their strengths and weaknesses lie. All the strategies I use in... Read More →



Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 10:20am
CF 4624

8:30am

Investigating Neutral Buoyancy: Hands-On, Authentic Learning for Math and Science Students
When preparing for space missions, NASA astronauts visit the Neutral Buoyancy Pool to simulate the feeling of working aboard the International Space Station.  In this activity, participants will have to think like NASA engineers to use Neutral Buoyancy to make predictions and test hypotheses.  Participants will investigate the forces acting on a buoyant object to determine from a scatter plot the best fit line using technology.  In the activity, participants will explore the relationship between volume and mass as they predict the exact mass needed to sink an object to the water’s surface, simulating neutral buoyancy.  Participants will utilize concepts from Geometry and Algebra as well as technology for finding the best fit line (linear regression) to help them in the problem solving process.   "Participants will experience an instructional best practice lesson that unites Math and Science concepts.  Participants will experience an authentic, real-world activity working with linear regression and technology that supports student learning.  Participants will use a free, web-based technology application (Desmos) that can greatly impact teaching and learning in the areas of Math and Science. "

Speakers
SK

Stacey Karpowicz-Boring

Clear Springs HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 10:20am
CF 5622

8:30am

Learning Pathways: Your First Steps in the Journey
Thinking about using Learning Pathways in your course?  This session will provide launching points and questions to ensure that you maximize the effectiveness of your objectives from the first time the students press play.  

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Chase

Kelly Chase

Learning Technology Coach, Clear Creek ISD


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 10:20am
BSI 2342

8:30am

Relationship Building Instructional Strategies for the High School Teacher
Ever wonder how to authentically build relationships and develop character at the high school level? What are some ways to truly “know” your students? Come to this session where participants will experience relationship building instructional strategies through the lens of the student. Relationship building instructional strategies include: door greetings, temperature checks, supported student conversations, and confidence trackers. Participants will engage in three levels of these strategies and a reflective conversation about it felt to be a student in a classroom structured in this way. Participants will need devices. "-The participants will experience relationship building instructional strategies for different skill levels of implementation. -The participants will review a repository of resources for implementing these instructional strategies in their own classrooms. -The participants will leave having made a plan for implementing one or more of these strategies with their students. "

Speakers
MD

Megan Dulude

Clear Springs HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 10:20am
CF 5312

8:30am

Behavior 101 for Secondary
Learn structures and strategies to eliminate and alleviate classroom disruptions and unwanted behavior.  Avoid power struggles and gain an understanding of how to teach appropriate student responses.  This training is for the new and more experienced teacher.  Many will leave saying "I don't know why I ever stopped doing _____" or "we havent' gotten training like this in years".  When a 40 year veteran teacher comes up and says "I learned something new today and I thought I knew it all when it comes to classroom management", that's when you know there is good material.

Speakers
avatar for Tony Davila

Tony Davila

Director, Clear Creek ISD


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 11:20am
CF Auditorium

8:30am

Where Do I Begin? Providing Feedback to English Language Learners on their Writing
Teachers of English language learners frequently struggle with giving appropriate and helpful feedback on students' writing. This hands-on session introduces a protocol designed to help teachers provide feedback that is both appropriate to that students' language level and also helps the student improve their writing over time, emphasizing progress over perfection. Teachers will leave this session with a starting point for giving feedback, tools that can help during the process, and resources that detail the writing features of language learners at different levels. 

Speakers
avatar for William Chiang

William Chiang

Clear Springs HS, CCISD
AE

Amy Eck

EL Instructional Coach, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 8:30am - 11:20am
BSI 2306

9:35am

Automated Grading of Worksheets in ItsLearning with Data Analysis
Learn how to transform paper worksheets into a self graded assignment in itslearning.  Then use the resulting data from that assignment to differentiate and guide instruction. Be able to create itslearning tests with confidence.  Be able to analyze the results to differentiate instruction.

Speakers
CZ

Christopher Zachow

Clear Springs HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 9:35am - 10:25am
CF 5512

9:35am

Beyond the Hamburger: Using Concept maps to Plan and Organize your Writing
This session will examine how graphic organizers are not a one-size-fits-all strategy for writers. Many writers struggle to identify the relationships between and among their ideas. Using a concept map with linking words and phrases will help writers of all levels analyze the connections between their topics and subtopics in preparation for persuasive writing. Participants will have the opportunity to create at least two concept maps on topics of their choice and then use them as tools to compose rough drafts of writing that can be used as mentor texts in their classrooms.


Participants will consider how a concept map leads to authentic organization
Participants will create concept maps about topics of personal importance
Participants will synthesize ideas from my concept map(s) to compose persuasive text(s)

Speakers
avatar for Melinda Kramm

Melinda Kramm

Creekside Intermediate, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 9:35am - 10:25am
SME 1228

9:35am

Book Tastings, Book Talks and Reader's Theater
A review of Book Tastings, Book Talks, and Reader's Theater designed to give teachers ideas to utilize students' self-selected reading in ways that can encourage reflection, connection, and assessment.

Participants will review and understand the procedures of book tastings, book talks, and readers' theater. Participants will actively participate in each process and will receive resources to facilitate using these strategies in their own classrooms.

Speakers
SM

Sandra Murphy

Clear Springs HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 9:35am - 10:25am
SME 1214

9:35am

Career/Education opportunities for your students in the PetroChem Industry
Industry representatives will present the opportunities available for CCISD students in the PetroChem industry and dispel the myths associated with the skills needed for careers in this field.  Participants will come out with an understanding of the opportunities available to our students for careers in the petrochemical industry and contact information to be able to present to their students to meet TEK requirements for career connections (e.g., Chemistry 3(E) describe the connection between chemistry and future careers).

Speakers
avatar for Gina Rico

Gina Rico

Clear Lake HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 9:35am - 10:25am
CF 5320

9:35am

Escape the Death Star Mathematically
Can you figure out the math to help your Jedi escape the Death Star?  Want to try out some STEM integrated lessons with computer science and math in your classroom?  Experience math and use a Sphero robot to engage and motivate students to learn and apply the important concept of multi-step equations.  Participants will get to experience a galactic adventure with a Star Wars themed math maze. Participants will receive copies of all activities to use in their classroom.  Activities can be easily built upon to increase coding and computer science in your STEM classroom with the Sphero robot.  Come prepared to learn, have fun, and escape from the Galactic Empire’s most revered space station.  Download the Sphero Edu app to your phone for a more thorough experience.  Limited devices will be available for use.

-Learn basic controls of the Spheros
-See how to incorporate Spheros into math content
-Receive editable activities to use with and without Spheros
-Learn basic coding to extend Computer Science into the math classroom

Speakers

Friday February 15, 2019 9:35am - 10:25am
SME 1229

9:35am

Genius Hour in Secondary
Genius Hour is an inquiry based research project where students are encouraged to study what ever they are interested in or passionate about.  Students identify their interests and passions and then go through a student created inquiry plan that culminates with a presentation of learning.  This session will cover our theory behind why we chose to implement Genius Hour, how it has evolved since we introduced it to our students three years ago, and the benefits it could have in any core classroom at any grade level. Participants will be given an overview of the process that we have used to implement Genius Hour.  Participants will also be given resources and/or tools that we created, gleaned, and utilized over the course of our journey in order for participants to implement Genius Hour in their own classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Keely Gaertner

Keely Gaertner

Clear Falls HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 9:35am - 10:25am
CF 4527

9:35am

Leading With Your Eyes Wide Open
We Lead How We Perceive. How we see those we teach or work with will have an impact on how effectively we lead them.  In this activity-driven session, we'll take a look at how perceptions are formed, how value is assigned,  and how being aware of these things can help us make better connections with those we lead. Participants will walk away with more awareness of how perceptions are formed and how to to make genuine connections with those we lead. 

Speakers
avatar for Donna Stone

Donna Stone

Clear Brook HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 9:35am - 10:25am
CF 5525

9:35am

Mastery Through Math Mistakes
In this session, we will discuss the importance and effect on student learning when mistake-making is encouraged and valued in the math classroom.  We will explore various strategies and activities that provide opportunities for students to analyze and learn from their math mistakes and engage in dialogue about their math thinking. 

Speakers
MS

Mandy Schrader

Clear Brook HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 9:35am - 10:25am
BSI 2339

9:35am

Mobius Strips and Paper Folding - Explore Higher Level Reasoning
Promote higher level reasoning in your math students through a variety of paper folding activities that include the Mobius Strip.  Twist and cut your way to an engaged classroom.    Participants will be able to conduct an engaging discovery math lesson focused on higher level thinking and reasoning utilizing the concept of a Mobius Strip.  

Speakers
KG

Kathleen Gandin

Clear Springs HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 9:35am - 10:25am
CF 5607

9:35am

Naviance beginning with the end in mind
Explanation of why we use Naviance for high school students and the tools available to incorporate classroom instruction.   understand the use of Naviance for career and college planning and how to use the tools such as goal setting, resume building, road trip nation video clips over careers and supermatch for college search options

Speakers
avatar for Natalie Nylen

Natalie Nylen

Clear Springs HS, CCISD
LS

Linda Smith

Clear Brook HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 9:35am - 10:25am
CF 5324

9:35am

Personal Wellness for Educators
We will present information on personal wellness, including coloring/drawing, yoga, stretching, breathing, setting the tone in your classroom with sound and light, and tips for adding a little time to your day that can be used for wellness. Participants will learn wellness tips and skills as well as information on how to find that missing few minutes a day for yourself.

Speakers
KW

Kerry Whitfill

Clear Brook HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 9:35am - 10:25am
CF 5526

9:35am

Socratic Seminar
We will introduce and lead participants through a Socratic seminar (a student-centered discussion utilizing close reading and student-generated questions) and show how it can be used with a variety of texts.  In Socratic seminars, students explore deeper levels of thinking through a thoughtful dialogue. Participants will be able to incorporate Socratic seminars into their classes using a variety of texts.

Speakers
BH

Brittany Hobratschk

Clear Falls HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 9:35am - 10:25am
CF 5414

9:35am

StarLab digital the new secondary science star dome
Come and see the new secondary science StarLab. We have a new and improved dome and a new digital projector with pre-loaded programs for science. Teachers will experience the new star dome to see the ease of access for all students. Teachers will gain an understanding of the new digital programs offered by our new StarLab and how these programs may enhance their teaching. Teachers will learn about future checkout procedures and timelines for availability of the StarLab for the 2019-20 school year.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Edwards

Julie Edwards

8th Grade Science, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 9:35am - 10:25am
BSI Teaching Theater

9:35am

Student Talk > Teacher Talk
Do you ever pose a question to your students and get blank stares in return? Are students reluctant to engage with your content and each other? Come and discover fun ways to get students moving, laughing, connecting with their peers and most importantly talking about and engaging with your content. These strategies come from secondary World Language and Cultures classrooms and examples will be applied to all content areas.  "Participants will... ...consider the purpose and benefits of incorporating movement and student talk into daily lessons.  ...identify strategies to incorporate purposeful movement and student talk into daily lessons in order increase engagement and student achievement.  ...leave with a tool box of easy to implement ideas to immediately begin using in class. "

Speakers
avatar for Gloria Tran

Gloria Tran

Spanish Teacher- Clear Brook High School, CCISD
avatar for Stephanie Williams

Stephanie Williams

Assistant Principal, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 9:35am - 10:25am
CF 5516

9:35am

Teach Like a PIRATE: an Overview
This workshop focuses on the Dave Burgess's NY Times bestseller, "Teach Like a PIRATE".  Burgess says, "Like pirating, teaching is an adventure full of challenges and excitement.  The way you approach your adventure can mean the difference between being shipwrecked on Burnout Island or finding buried treasure."  Tap into your passion as a teacher with ideas on developing creative presentations and establishing rapport with your students and learn how to transform your class into a life-changing experience for your students. Participants will learn strategies on drawing students into their lessons.  This includes inspiration, practical techniques and innovative ideas that can transform their thinking on being an educator.

Speakers
SH

Susannah Holmes

League City Intermediate, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 9:35am - 10:25am
CF 4528

9:35am

Teaching the Inclusive Classroom
Learn how to increase the effectiveness of your lessons and give your students a greater role in their instruction and learning. Participants will learn how to chunk units, give short and effective notes/lessons, assess students in alternate ways other than the standard test and give control of learning to your students and be a facilitator. Make instruction and assessment go hand in hand.

Speakers
avatar for Lea Nicholson

Lea Nicholson

SPED teacher, CCISD
KP

Katherine Pozuc

Clear Springs HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 9:35am - 10:25am
CF 5511

9:35am

Tips and Tricks for an Effective ItsLearning Presence
Bring your charged device to explore some useful features on ItsLearning and learn some organizational strategies to help utilize ItsLearning in a way that is intuitive for students and meaningful to instruction.  We’ll discuss how to use ItsLearning assignment tools such as audio feedback, peer grading, anonymous submission, the discussion tool, and group submission to inform feedback and instruction.  

Speakers
avatar for Amy Kiszka

Amy Kiszka

Westbrook, CCISD
I am the social studies department head at Westbrook Intermediate, where I teach 8th grade WAVE social studies and language arts. I have taught in CCISD for 21 years.
avatar for Genna Rooke

Genna Rooke

Westbrook, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 9:35am - 10:25am
BSI 2312

9:35am

Use Delta Math for Instant Feedback
Delta math is a free online program in which you can customize your own assignments. Once an assignment is created you are able to share it with your team. The students get immediate feedback with step by step instructions on how to solve each problem. This is an awesome tool to use in a math classroom, and the students love it! Participants will create an account, and start building assignments that are aligned to their TEKS for their classroom. They will also learn how to share assignments with other teachers. 

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Weldon

Stephanie Weldon

Clear Creek HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 9:35am - 10:25am
CF 4615

9:35am

Using ItsLearning E-Portfolios to Highlight Student Work and Help Students Own Their Learning
Learn how to use the various functions of ItsLEarning Eportfolios to help your students showcase great work and highlight areas where they need to grow. In this session you will learn the difference between a showcase portfolio, working portfolio and an assessment portfolio. You will be able to help students add items to their portfolios, and help them showcase items to share with their families in student-led conferences. You will also be able to see examples of student work highlighted in a portfolio and get directions for students to start using their Eportfolios.

Speakers
avatar for Doris Herrmann

Doris Herrmann

Instructional Coach, Clear Creek ISD
Doris is am Instructional Technology Coach in a Galveston County School District.
CT

Chris Taylor

Brookside IS


Friday February 15, 2019 9:35am - 10:25am
CF 5322

9:35am

Using Lead4Ward to Improve Instruction
Lead4ward offers a multitude of resources for educators. This session will explore how to navigate the resources and how to use them in order to plan, deliver and evaluate instruction and assessment. "-Learn how to navigate the lead4ward app and website. -Explore the instructional strategies playlist and how to implement the strategies in any content area. - Learn how to utilize data collection resources to drive instruction and promote student ownership of learning. "

Speakers
ES

Erin Schmidt

Creekside Intermediate, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 9:35am - 10:25am
CF 4519

9:35am

Utilizing Vocal Performance to Re-envision the Multi-Genre Research Project
The Multi-Genre Research Project is a challenging project for any intermediate or secondary student.  What makes the challenge worth it is the opportunity for students to engage multiple genres of literature and media to present a cohesive message.  This session aims to take up the challenge (and fun) up another level by introducing teachers to the competitive speech event Program of Oral Interpretation and discuss how its use in the classroom can take the Multi-Genre Research Project to another level - while at the same time addressing vastly under-served ELA TEKS regarding public speaking and presentation. "Learn about the competitive speech event Program of Oral Interpretation offered for competition throughout most of the school year, along with the rules and norms governing it. Be equipped with the skills and tools needed to introduce this concept to their students. Leave with an understanding of the pedagogical value of having students engage with multiple genres of literature in an oral presentation format."

Speakers
TC

Tomas Cosenza

Clear Falls HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 9:35am - 10:25am
CF 4611

10:45am

**Chemistry and Algebra I and II teachers ONLY** "Calculating the Chemistry" Between Science and Math
This session is for secondary science and math teachers. Cross-curriculum planning can be a challenge, especially in different subject areas. Once you identify the mathematical concepts needed for your science classroom and observe and learn how they are taught in the math classroom, you have the potential to increase student engagement and comprehension by incorporating these same techniques and skills in your lessons. This session models how to collaborate between a science (Chemistry) and math course and provides you the opportunity to examine your TEKS and identify who you should work with on your campus or maybe even during this session! "Participants will view a model of cross-curricular collaboration. Participants will examine TEKS to identify cross-curricular concepts. Participants will identify who to work with on their campus/during the session."

Speakers
AK

Ashley Kennedy-Lee

Clear Lake HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 10:45am - 11:35am
CF 5607

10:45am

Automated Grading of Worksheets in ItsLearning with Data Analysis
Learn how to transform paper worksheets into a self graded assignment in itslearning.  Then use the resulting data from that assignment to differentiate and guide instruction. Be able to create itslearning tests with confidence.  Be able to analyze the results to differentiate instruction.

Speakers
CZ

Christopher Zachow

Clear Springs HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 10:45am - 11:35am
CF 5512

10:45am

Beyond the Hamburger: Using Concept maps to Plan and Organize your Writing
This session will examine how graphic organizers are not a one-size-fits-all strategy for writers. Many writers struggle to identify the relationships between and among their ideas. Using a concept map with linking words and phrases will help writers of all levels analyze the connections between their topics and subtopics in preparation for persuasive writing. Participants will have the opportunity to create at least two concept maps on topics of their choice and then use them as tools to compose rough drafts of writing that can be used as mentor texts in their classrooms.


Participants will consider how a concept map leads to authentic organization
Participants will create concept maps about topics of personal importance
Participants will synthesize ideas from my concept map(s) to compose persuasive text(s)

Speakers
avatar for Melinda Kramm

Melinda Kramm

Creekside Intermediate, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 10:45am - 11:35am
SME 1228

10:45am

Book Tastings, Book Talks and Reader's Theater
A review of Book Tastings, Book Talks, and Reader's Theater designed to give teachers ideas to utilize students' self-selected reading in ways that can encourage reflection, connection, and assessment.

Participants will review and understand the procedures of book tastings, book talks, and readers' theater. Participants will actively participate in each process and will receive resources to facilitate using these strategies in their own classrooms.

Speakers
SM

Sandra Murphy

Clear Springs HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 10:45am - 11:35am
SME 1214

10:45am

Career/Education opportunities for your students in the PetroChem Industry
Industry representatives will present the opportunities available for CCISD students in the PetroChem industry and dispel the myths associated with the skills needed for careers in this field.  Participants will come out with an understanding of the opportunities available to our students for careers in the petrochemical industry and contact information to be able to present to their students to meet TEK requirements for career connections (e.g., Chemistry 3(E) describe the connection between chemistry and future careers).

Speakers
avatar for Gina Rico

Gina Rico

Clear Lake HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 10:45am - 11:35am
CF 5320

10:45am

Dramatic Reading of Fiction and Nonfiction Texts: Deepening Comprehension and Analysis
This session will explore the potential of dramatic reading of fiction and nonfiction texts to draw the students’ attention to how writers manipulate language to achieve a desired effect on their audience. Participants will examine video clips of students working in small groups to create dramatic reading scripts from the last chapter of Machiavelli’s The Prince. Participants will also engage in a dramatic reading of an excerpt from Dear Martin by Nic Stone. 

Speakers
avatar for Natalia Bondar

Natalia Bondar

Clear Lake HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 10:45am - 11:35am
CF 4526

10:45am

Leading With Your Eyes Wide Open
We Lead How We Perceive. How we see those we teach or work with will have an impact on how effectively we lead them.  In this activity-driven session, we'll take a look at how perceptions are formed, how value is assigned,  and how being aware of these things can help us make better connections with those we lead. Participants will walk away with more awareness of how perceptions are formed and how to to make genuine connections with those we lead. 

Speakers
avatar for Donna Stone

Donna Stone

Clear Brook HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 10:45am - 11:35am
CF 5525

10:45am

Naviance beginning with the end in mind
Explanation of why we use Naviance for high school students and the tools available to incorporate classroom instruction.   understand the use of Naviance for career and college planning and how to use the tools such as goal setting, resume building, road trip nation video clips over careers and supermatch for college search options

Speakers
avatar for Natalie Nylen

Natalie Nylen

Clear Springs HS, CCISD
LS

Linda Smith

Clear Brook HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 10:45am - 11:35am
CF 5324

10:45am

Online Formative Assessment in STEM
Teachers will analyze their current formative assessment practices and be shown ways to incorporate electronic formative assessment tools in order to provide more accurate and timely feedback to students.

Speakers
avatar for Nicholas Schreiber

Nicholas Schreiber

Clear Springs HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 10:45am - 11:35am
CF 4524

10:45am

Personal Wellness for Educators
We will present information on personal wellness, including coloring/drawing, yoga, stretching, breathing, setting the tone in your classroom with sound and light, and tips for adding a little time to your day that can be used for wellness. Participants will learn wellness tips and skills as well as information on how to find that missing few minutes a day for yourself.

Speakers
KW

Kerry Whitfill

Clear Brook HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 10:45am - 11:35am
CF 5526

10:45am

StarLab digital the new secondary science star dome
Come and see the new secondary science StarLab. We have a new and improved dome and a new digital projector with pre-loaded programs for science. Teachers will experience the new star dome to see the ease of access for all students. Teachers will gain an understanding of the new digital programs offered by our new StarLab and how these programs may enhance their teaching. Teachers will learn about future checkout procedures and timelines for availability of the StarLab for the 2019-20 school year.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Edwards

Julie Edwards

8th Grade Science, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 10:45am - 11:35am
BSI Teaching Theater

10:45am

Student Centered Learning through Growth Mindset
Through the use of growth mindset and various grouping activities/assessments, learn how to empower students to take charge of their own learning. We will discuss how to apply these methods in your own classroom. Participants come away with ideas of how create an environment where students become the center of their own learning through collaboration, various types of grouping, activity adaptations to meet the needs of each student group. 

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Nesrsta

Patricia Nesrsta

Clear Falls HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 10:45am - 11:35am
CF 4528

10:45am

Student Talk > Teacher Talk
Do you ever pose a question to your students and get blank stares in return? Are students reluctant to engage with your content and each other? Come and discover fun ways to get students moving, laughing, connecting with their peers and most importantly talking about and engaging with your content. These strategies come from secondary World Language and Cultures classrooms and examples will be applied to all content areas.  "Participants will... ...consider the purpose and benefits of incorporating movement and student talk into daily lessons.  ...identify strategies to incorporate purposeful movement and student talk into daily lessons in order increase engagement and student achievement.  ...leave with a tool box of easy to implement ideas to immediately begin using in class. "

Speakers
avatar for Gloria Tran

Gloria Tran

Spanish Teacher- Clear Brook High School, CCISD
avatar for Stephanie Williams

Stephanie Williams

Assistant Principal, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 10:45am - 11:35am
CF 5516

10:45am

Teaching the Inclusive Classroom
Learn how to increase the effectiveness of your lessons and give your students a greater role in their instruction and learning. Participants will learn how to chunk units, give short and effective notes/lessons, assess students in alternate ways other than the standard test and give control of learning to your students and be a facilitator. Make instruction and assessment go hand in hand.

Speakers
avatar for Lea Nicholson

Lea Nicholson

SPED teacher, CCISD
KP

Katherine Pozuc

Clear Springs HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 10:45am - 11:35am
CF 5511

10:45am

Use Delta Math for Instant Feedback
Delta math is a free online program in which you can customize your own assignments. Once an assignment is created you are able to share it with your team. The students get immediate feedback with step by step instructions on how to solve each problem. This is an awesome tool to use in a math classroom, and the students love it! Participants will create an account, and start building assignments that are aligned to their TEKS for their classroom. They will also learn how to share assignments with other teachers. 

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Weldon

Stephanie Weldon

Clear Creek HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 10:45am - 11:35am
CF 4615

10:45am

Using Desmos for Linear Approximation and Other Applications
Did you know that Desmos can do many other things besides simply graphing functions? Desmos can also deal with implicitly defined functions, perform algebraic manipulation, and animate functions. In this session we show some of the interesting ways we use Desmos in our Algebra 2, Precalculus, Math Models, and Calculus classes. In addition to ideas on how to use Desmos in their secondary math classrooms, participants will also be shown how to find and search the many previously made Desmos lessons.

Attendees earn 1 hour of GT update.

Speakers
NJ

Neil Jeffrey

Clear Lake HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 10:45am - 11:35am

10:45am

Using ItsLearning E-Portfolios to Highlight Student Work and Help Students Own Their Learning
Learn how to use the various functions of ItsLEarning Eportfolios to help your students showcase great work and highlight areas where they need to grow. In this session you will learn the difference between a showcase portfolio, working portfolio and an assessment portfolio. You will be able to help students add items to their portfolios, and help them showcase items to share with their families in student-led conferences. You will also be able to see examples of student work highlighted in a portfolio and get directions for students to start using their Eportfolios.

Speakers
avatar for Doris Herrmann

Doris Herrmann

Instructional Coach, Clear Creek ISD
Doris is am Instructional Technology Coach in a Galveston County School District.
CT

Chris Taylor

Brookside IS


Friday February 15, 2019 10:45am - 11:35am
CF 5322

10:45am

Utilizing Vocal Performance to Re-envision the Multi-Genre Research Project
The Multi-Genre Research Project is a challenging project for any intermediate or secondary student.  What makes the challenge worth it is the opportunity for students to engage multiple genres of literature and media to present a cohesive message.  This session aims to take up the challenge (and fun) up another level by introducing teachers to the competitive speech event Program of Oral Interpretation and discuss how its use in the classroom can take the Multi-Genre Research Project to another level - while at the same time addressing vastly under-served ELA TEKS regarding public speaking and presentation. "Learn about the competitive speech event Program of Oral Interpretation offered for competition throughout most of the school year, along with the rules and norms governing it. Be equipped with the skills and tools needed to introduce this concept to their students. Leave with an understanding of the pedagogical value of having students engage with multiple genres of literature in an oral presentation format."

Speakers
TC

Tomas Cosenza

Clear Falls HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 10:45am - 11:35am
CF 4611

10:45am

Cross Curricular Sheltered Instruction: Practical Examples and Applications
Sheltered instruction teachers use linguistic accommodations to make content comprehensible and help their English learners develop academic language each and every day. In this session, we will model specific sheltered instruction strategies in different content areas.  The model lessons will be delivered in foreign languages and participants will experience the English learners’ perspective.  The participants will get the opportunity to debrief, brainstorm, and create model lessons that incorporate powerful sheltered strategies for their content area.

Speakers
MW

Maria Woodall

Clear Creek HS, CCISD
AB

Adrian Bidulescu

EL Instructional Coach, Clear Lake HS


Friday February 15, 2019 10:45am - 12:35pm
CF 4431

10:45am

Developing Strength, Speed and Agility for the Intermediate Athlete
This session is designed to help coaches train intermediate athletes in the areas of strength, speed, agility and nutrition.  We will discuss and demonstrate activities used during the athletic period.  Participants will learn program design and organization, testing of athletes in various drills/exercises, and program evaluation.
We will have opportunties for attendees to participate in activities or demostrations.  Please dress accordingly for participation.

Speakers
CG

Cindy Gravely

Seabrook Intermediate, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 10:45am - 12:35pm
BSI Competition Gym / Weight Room

10:45am

Growth Mindsets
Implementing a growth mindset. Are you interested in exploring what a growth mindset can look like in the high school classroom? How do we help our students believe they can be successful?  In this session, I will share some practical and effective growth mindset strategies I have incorporated into my instruction.  You will have some time to prepare an activity to take back to your students.

Speakers
JT

Jacqueline Thompson

Clear Brook HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 10:45am - 12:35pm
CF 5627

10:45am

Making Math Quadratically Ozo-some!
Come experience an engaging STEM intersection of CS and Mathematics using Ozobots. Be prepared to take a risk and delve into a powerful learning experience while learning how the Ozobot can assist in teaching the importance of order of operations and accuracy through the real-world example of coding. We dare you to work on our project with the Ozobot and Quadratic Functions! Our students loved these lessons and we hope you will too! Join us and experience how to make your mathematics class STEM-ified and Ozo-some!  Even if you do not have Ozobots on campus, we can make this work for you!

See how to use the Ozobot within their math content as well as for extended learning experiences connected to real life applications such as directions, accuracy, etc.
Leave with a fully usable and editable STEM project for Algebra 1 and above level classes.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Richardson

Lisa Richardson

Clear Brook HS, CCISD
LA

Leticia Allred

Clear Brook HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 10:45am - 12:35pm
SME 1229

10:45am

Technology Tools for the Mathematics Classroom
In this session, I will introduce some online tools (Desmos & Geogebra) that can be used in a mathematics classroom as quick concept acquisition or as classroom activities. I will also present how to create an online activity or concept acquisition tool yourself and give you time to create one before you leave.

Speakers
AF

Addison Folsom

Clear Falls HS, CCISD



Friday February 15, 2019 10:45am - 12:35pm
CF 4430

10:45am

Who's Doing most of the work? How to get Students to Self-Assess and Reflect on Their Own Learning
Providing students with opportunities to take ownership in their own learning and development in the classroom fosters self-motivation, empowers them to make responsible decisions, and cultivates a sense of honesty and trust. When students participate in their learning, they are more successful in their mastery.  "Participants will: •Learn to create a student self-assessment rubric that is individualized for their classroom and content. •Have the opportunity to view examples of how this & similar practices can be implemented in any core or elective classroom •Learn how to implement a system for students to monitor their own growth that builds a sense of ownership and responsibility •Discover a new way to support TRUE student-driven with teacher-facilitated instruction •Explore how this practice extends to supporting core values of trustworthiness and respect between students and teacher, as well as students and their peers."

Speakers
KA

Katrina Arsola

Clear Springs HS, CCISD
MD

Megan Dulude

Clear Springs HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 10:45am - 12:35pm
CF 5328

11:55am

"Calculating the Chemistry" Between Science and Math
This session is for secondary science and math teachers. Cross-curriculum planning can be a challenge, especially in different subject areas. Once you identify the mathematical concepts needed for your science classroom and observe and learn how they are taught in the math classroom, you have the potential to increase student engagement and comprehension by incorporating these same techniques and skills in your lessons. This session models how to collaborate between a science (Chemistry) and math course and provides you the opportunity to examine your TEKS and identify who you should work with on your campus or maybe even during this session! "Participants will view a model of cross-curricular collaboration. Participants will examine TEKS to identify cross-curricular concepts. Participants will identify who to work with on their campus/during the session."

Speakers
AK

Ashley Kennedy-Lee

Clear Lake HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 11:55am - 12:45pm
CF 5607

11:55am

Career/Education opportunities for your students in the PetroChem Industry
Industry representatives will present the opportunities available for CCISD students in the PetroChem industry and dispel the myths associated with the skills needed for careers in this field.  Participants will come out with an understanding of the opportunities available to our students for careers in the petrochemical industry and contact information to be able to present to their students to meet TEK requirements for career connections (e.g., Chemistry 3(E) describe the connection between chemistry and future careers).

Speakers
avatar for Gina Rico

Gina Rico

Clear Lake HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 11:55am - 12:45pm
CF 5320

11:55am

Editing and Revising Original Compositions Using Microsoft Word's "Track Changes" Feature
"Teaching Point: editing and revising are crucial steps within the writing process. Microsoft Word’s “Track Changes” feature supports meaningful and authentic revising and editing of students’ original compositions. The presentation will focus on:
1. teaching students to use “Track Changes” in their independent editing/revising;
2. teaching students to use “Track Changes” in combination with the “Peer Editing” feature in itslearning; and
3. using “Track Changes” to provide teacher feedback. Empirical Data: in the 2nd Quarter, the English III teaching team at Clear Brook High School assigned an original composition which students uploaded to itslearning as a first draft; students were subsequently taught to use the “Track Changes” feature in Word and were assigned peer editing tasks in itslearning. Students eventually turned in a second draft which reflected peer feedback, teacher feedback, and meaningful and authentic self-editing/revising.

Anticipated Structure of Presentation:
1. relate our experience using “Track Changes” by explaining the assignments we gave and by showing a few student samples (redacted and/or used with permission of students);
2. demonstrate how to use the “Track Changes” feature (via projector);
3. hand out a hard copy of a sample and instructions (for participants to keep); and
4. conduct a practice session – participants will use their laptops to compose an original paragraph; next, participants will experiment using the ""Track Changes"" feature, taking on 3 different roles: (i)) student, (ii) peer, (iii) teacher. "

Speakers
KW

Kelly Winslow

Clear Brook HS, CCISD
I have been teaching at Clear Brook High School for 15 years and taught at Alvin High School before making the move to CCISD. I am the English III Team Lead; currently, my classes include AP Language and Composition and English III.


Friday February 15, 2019 11:55am - 12:45pm
CF 4524

11:55am

Mastery of Learning Outcome Progression Through the Learning Pathway
This session will focus on using Itslearning’s Learning Pathways to enhance teaching and learning while providing personalized instruction based on student’s mastering set standards.  Using Pathways focused on learning outcome progressions provides students and teachers meaningful and focused feedback, including the ability to utilize small group instruction, embedded remediation, and extension.   Participants will participate in a sample lesson using the Learning Pathway focused on learning outcome progression, discuss how to set-up a learning outcome focused pathway, and reflect on how learning pathways could be used within the classroom. 

Speakers
avatar for Chad Vance

Chad Vance

Instructional Coach, Clear Creek ISD
Instructional Coach supporting all content area teachers with a specialization in Instructional Technology, Science, and Math.
KA

Kimberly Anderson

Clear Creek HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 11:55am - 12:45pm
CF 5325

11:55am

Mastery Through Math Mistakes
In this session, we will discuss the importance and effect on student learning when mistake-making is encouraged and valued in the math classroom.  We will explore various strategies and activities that provide opportunities for students to analyze and learn from their math mistakes and engage in dialogue about their math thinking. 

Speakers
MS

Mandy Schrader

Clear Brook HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 11:55am - 12:45pm
BSI 2339

11:55am

Our framework for success in post secondary reading and writing
Our session will provide teachers with an introduction to literacy in multiple disciplines and we will share the ideas we have for how this could be implemented in a Readers/Writer's Workshop classroom.  Participants will be encouraged to brainstorm ideas based off of the goal that teacher's provide an opportunity for students to interact with languages in varied disciplines beyond the English curriculum. How can we teach meta-cognitive skills to help them navigate and extrapolate the content’s formatting, jargon, and style characterized by the discipline? How does a Scientist think and communicate? What about Historians or Mathematicians?  Consider the tools that students will need in order to write across multiple disciplines after they have graduated high school and implement strategies in their classes in order to better prepare their students for different styles of writing. They will also have new angles from which to approach choice reading and use it to help their students develop questions and knowledge about disciplines other than ELA.

Speakers
avatar for Meggie Bailey

Meggie Bailey

Clear Springs HS, CCISD
avatar for Jenna Zucha

Jenna Zucha

Clear Springs HS


Friday February 15, 2019 11:55am - 12:45pm
CF 4525

11:55am

Secondary Depth and Complexity Showcase
Designed for teachers that have taken an introduction session to depth and complexity, the Depth and Complexity Showcase will give participants an opportunity to share their success with others and collaborate on ways  to infuse depth and complexity into every day instruction.   Collaborate and learn from others, many ways to infuse depth and complexity into everyday instruction.

This session will count towards GT update hours.

Speakers
avatar for Glenda Holder

Glenda Holder

Director, Clear Creek ISD
Glenda Holder is a transformational, visionary servant who guides, inspires and develops the skills and talents of the teachers, students and parents she serves. Struggling with learning math in elementary school, it was her fourth grade teacher who helped her overcome her struggles... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2019 11:55am - 12:45pm
BSI Library

11:55am

Student Centered Learning through Growth Mindset
Through the use of growth mindset and various grouping activities/assessments, learn how to empower students to take charge of their own learning. We will discuss how to apply these methods in your own classroom. Participants come away with ideas of how create an environment where students become the center of their own learning through collaboration, various types of grouping, activity adaptations to meet the needs of each student group. 

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Nesrsta

Patricia Nesrsta

Clear Falls HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 11:55am - 12:45pm
CF 4528

11:55am

Tips and Tricks for an Effective ItsLearning Presence
Bring your charged device to explore some useful features on ItsLearning and learn some organizational strategies to help utilize ItsLearning in a way that is intuitive for students and meaningful to instruction.  We’ll discuss how to use ItsLearning assignment tools such as audio feedback, peer grading, anonymous submission, the discussion tool, and group submission to inform feedback and instruction.  

Speakers
avatar for Amy Kiszka

Amy Kiszka

Westbrook, CCISD
I am the social studies department head at Westbrook Intermediate, where I teach 8th grade WAVE social studies and language arts. I have taught in CCISD for 21 years.
avatar for Genna Rooke

Genna Rooke

Westbrook, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 11:55am - 12:45pm
BSI 2312

11:55am

Using ItsLearning E-Portfolios to Highlight Student Work and Help Students Own Their Learning
Learn how to use the various functions of ItsLEarning Eportfolios to help your students showcase great work and highlight areas where they need to grow. In this session you will learn the difference between a showcase portfolio, working portfolio and an assessment portfolio. You will be able to help students add items to their portfolios, and help them showcase items to share with their families in student-led conferences. You will also be able to see examples of student work highlighted in a portfolio and get directions for students to start using their Eportfolios.

Speakers
avatar for Doris Herrmann

Doris Herrmann

Instructional Coach, Clear Creek ISD
Doris is am Instructional Technology Coach in a Galveston County School District.
CT

Chris Taylor

Brookside IS


Friday February 15, 2019 11:55am - 12:45pm
CF 5322

1:05pm

Beyond the Hamburger: Using Concept maps to Plan and Organize your Writing
This session will examine how graphic organizers are not a one-size-fits-all strategy for writers. Many writers struggle to identify the relationships between and among their ideas. Using a concept map with linking words and phrases will help writers of all levels analyze the connections between their topics and subtopics in preparation for persuasive writing. Participants will have the opportunity to create at least two concept maps on topics of their choice and then use them as tools to compose rough drafts of writing that can be used as mentor texts in their classrooms.


Participants will consider how a concept map leads to authentic organization
Participants will create concept maps about topics of personal importance
Participants will synthesize ideas from my concept map(s) to compose persuasive text(s)

Speakers
avatar for Melinda Kramm

Melinda Kramm

Creekside Intermediate, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 1:05pm - 1:55pm
SME 1228

1:05pm

Citizenship - Core Values and Social Studies
Secondary social studies lesson ideas incorporating civic responsibilities with our efforts to demonstrate citizenship as one of our core values in school.  Be provided with ideas to teach social studies curriculum as it pertains to civic responsibility coupled with our core value of Citizenship in CCISD. 

Speakers
MT

Matt Taras

Creekside Intermediate, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 1:05pm - 1:55pm
CF 4626

1:05pm

Creating Cultural Awareness in the ELA Classroom
This goal of this workshop will be to create discussions around the concept of culture awareness and its implementation in the ELA classroom.  Topics discussed will be defining culture, connecting to resources, and sharing best practices. "Participants will have a better understanding of culture awareness in the ELA classroom. Participants will have a better understanding of the role that culture plays in their own classrooms. Participants will acquire ideas and resources to implement in their classroom. "

Speakers
NM

Norma Medina

Teacher, CCISD
BT

Brian Trachte

Clear Creek Intermediate, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 1:05pm - 1:55pm
CF 5513

1:05pm

Editing and Revising Original Compositions Using Microsoft Word's "Track Changes" Feature
"Teaching Point: editing and revising are crucial steps within the writing process. Microsoft Word’s “Track Changes” feature supports meaningful and authentic revising and editing of students’ original compositions. The presentation will focus on:
1. teaching students to use “Track Changes” in their independent editing/revising;
2. teaching students to use “Track Changes” in combination with the “Peer Editing” feature in itslearning; and
3. using “Track Changes” to provide teacher feedback. Empirical Data: in the 2nd Quarter, the English III teaching team at Clear Brook High School assigned an original composition which students uploaded to itslearning as a first draft; students were subsequently taught to use the “Track Changes” feature in Word and were assigned peer editing tasks in itslearning. Students eventually turned in a second draft which reflected peer feedback, teacher feedback, and meaningful and authentic self-editing/revising.

Anticipated Structure of Presentation:
1. relate our experience using “Track Changes” by explaining the assignments we gave and by showing a few student samples (redacted and/or used with permission of students);
2. demonstrate how to use the “Track Changes” feature (via projector);
3. hand out a hard copy of a sample and instructions (for participants to keep); and
4. conduct a practice session – participants will use their laptops to compose an original paragraph; next, participants will experiment using the ""Track Changes"" feature, taking on 3 different roles: (i)) student, (ii) peer, (iii) teacher. "

Speakers
KW

Kelly Winslow

Clear Brook HS, CCISD
I have been teaching at Clear Brook High School for 15 years and taught at Alvin High School before making the move to CCISD. I am the English III Team Lead; currently, my classes include AP Language and Composition and English III.


Friday February 15, 2019 1:05pm - 1:55pm
CF 4524

1:05pm

Make the World your PL
Join me for simple ways to bring the world into your classroom starting with Germany. Travel opportunities and grants for Professional Learning, lesson ideas, free resources, and more are here for you today. Explore content available through the Transatlantic Outreach Program and the Goethe Institute. Available topics include: Culture, Economy, Contemporary Life, Reunification, and Geography. Engaging instructional activities are available for complex thinking skills, individual and collaborative learning, as well as literacy strategies and skills. Humanitities focused but all are welcome.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Waligora

Lisa Waligora

Clear Creek HS, CCISD
NBCT, Secondary Social Studies Teacher @ CCHS


Friday February 15, 2019 1:05pm - 1:55pm
CF 4403

1:05pm

Making Math Visual
Get ideas for hands on lessons to make math more fun for students.  "Participants will see 3-4 examples of hands on activities. Participants will walk away with ideas for dicovery lessons. "

Speakers
SP

Sarah Peach

Clear Springs HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 1:05pm - 1:55pm
CF 4529

1:05pm

Naviance beginning with the end in mind
Explanation of why we use Naviance for high school students and the tools available to incorporate classroom instruction.   understand the use of Naviance for career and college planning and how to use the tools such as goal setting, resume building, road trip nation video clips over careers and supermatch for college search options

Speakers
avatar for Natalie Nylen

Natalie Nylen

Clear Springs HS, CCISD
LS

Linda Smith

Clear Brook HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 1:05pm - 1:55pm
CF 5324

1:05pm

Rethinking Rubrics
Title...5 points. Addresses essential question…25 points. Creativity…5 points. If this reminds you of the kind of rubrics you typically give students, it may be time to rethink how you write your rubrics. Bring an assignment with a rubric to this session and learn how to create a more robust rubric that provides students with a clearer vision of the expected outcome and helps you to better evaluate student work against specific criteria. 

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Baxter

Ruth Baxter

Westbrook Intermediate, CCISD
I teach 8th WAVE Humanities and 6th WAVE World Cultures at Westbrook Intermediate. I have been a WAVE teacher since 1999. This is my 25th year teaching. I am a National Board Certified Teacher in early adolescence/social studies. I am happy to help with questions about National Board... Read More →
avatar for Amy Kiszka

Amy Kiszka

Westbrook, CCISD
I am the social studies department head at Westbrook Intermediate, where I teach 8th grade WAVE social studies and language arts. I have taught in CCISD for 21 years.


Friday February 15, 2019 1:05pm - 1:55pm
BSI 2312

1:05pm

Teaching Personal Finance to the Next Generation with NGPF
Free interactive online financial literacy resources to make teaching financial literacy more engaging and student centered. Participants will leave with simple, fast, easy to implement resources for teaching financial literacy to all students in grades 6-12.

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Margaret Samons

Westbrook, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 1:05pm - 1:55pm
CF 4407

1:05pm

Tessellate into Higher Thinking
This hands-on session demonstrates a cross-curricular math and art lesson focused on creating colorful MC Escher style tessellations. Translation, reflection and rotation designs will all be demonstrated, ready to immediately implement in your intermediate to high school math or art classroom.   Participants will be able create colorful MC Escher style tessellations that bring art and mathematics into the same lesson.  

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Kathleen Gandin

Clear Springs HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 1:05pm - 1:55pm
CF 5607

1:05pm

Discuss, Debate, Discern
This session will review and introduce a variety of text based talking to learn activities designed to help students develop more complex answers by engaging in content, developing argumentation skills, and higher level thinking. Participants will be able to quickly implement a variety different text based talking to learn methods.     

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Karyn Cabana

Clear Falls HS, CCISD
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Cheryl Park

AP Human Geography Teacher, CCISD
Advanced Placement, College Board, AP Human Geography, Its Learning, Digital Learning, Blended Learning


Friday February 15, 2019 1:05pm - 2:55pm
CF 5615

1:05pm

ItsLearning Quizzes - Effective Spiral Review
Do your students forget what you've taught them a month ago? a week ago? yesterday? Learn to create itslearning tests that will allow your students to continually practice what they've learned all year long. You will learn how to create a pool of questions that will allow students to spiral back and review any topic you desire. Target most commonly missed TEKS over and over again without wasting precious class time or create warm-ups that are graded instantly for quick feedback for students and teachers.

Participants will be able to use itsLearning test feature to create a pool of questions using the different question types offered.  Participants will also have a better understanding of how creating pools helps target specific TEKS to better assess student learning.  

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Leticia Allred

Clear Brook HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 1:05pm - 2:55pm
SME 1229

1:05pm

Relationship Building Instructional Strategies for the High School Teacher
Ever wonder how to authentically build relationships and develop character at the high school level? What are some ways to truly “know” your students? Come to this session where participants will experience relationship building instructional strategies through the lens of the student. Relationship building instructional strategies include: door greetings, temperature checks, supported student conversations, and confidence trackers. Participants will engage in three levels of these strategies and a reflective conversation about it felt to be a student in a classroom structured in this way. Participants will need devices. "-The participants will experience relationship building instructional strategies for different skill levels of implementation. -The participants will review a repository of resources for implementing these instructional strategies in their own classrooms. -The participants will leave having made a plan for implementing one or more of these strategies with their students. "

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Megan Dulude

Clear Springs HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 1:05pm - 2:55pm
CF 5312

1:05pm

Students, Take the Wheel - Driving Personalized Learning with Data
Teachers have been using formative and summative data to drive their instruction for a long time. It’s a known fact that interpreting and understanding data helps teachers understand how students learn and how best to meet their needs. What would happen if the students were given that power? What would happen if we allowed them to identify, analyze, and use data from their learning? This session is all about empowering students to accurately assess their current level of proficiency in the classroom and be active agents in their data driven personalized learning. "- Learn practical ways to implement personalized learning into a math classroom. - Understand the benefits of giving students information about teks/standards, what they are learning, and why. - Target the needs of all of their students using data-driven, personalized learning activities. "

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Elayni Kinsey

Westbrook, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 1:05pm - 2:55pm
CF 4616

1:05pm

Teaching with Technology
Are you feeling like your use of educational technology has become somewhat routine for your students? If so, this session is for you! We will explore various frameworks that can help you develop lessons that promote active learning opportunities, peer collaboration, and product creation that lead to higher level thinking for students. "Participants will understand that there are various levels of technology integration that can transform student learning. Participants will explore several technology frameworks that can help teachers develop lessons that foster higher level thinking for students. Participants will explore tools within itsLearning, Office 365 and the CCISD Software center that can support teachers to transform and enhance lessons, with an opportunity to revise a current or past lesson."

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Christine Tunstall

Victory Lakes Intermediate, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 1:05pm - 2:55pm
CF 5325

1:05pm

Technology Tools for the Mathematics Classroom
In this session, I will introduce some online tools (Desmos & Geogebra) that can be used in a mathematics classroom as quick concept acquisition or as classroom activities. I will also present how to create an online activity or concept acquisition tool yourself and give you time to create one before you leave.

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Addison Folsom

Clear Falls HS, CCISD



Friday February 15, 2019 1:05pm - 2:55pm
CF 4430

2:15pm

Arirang: History, Culture and People of Korea
Most people associate Korea with one event, the Korean War. While that civil war is perhaps the birth of today's modern South Korea, it is not the single claim to fame this peninsula has going for it. Come explore thecountry and take away ideas for your classroom. Geography, History, Culture, Korean War, and the Modernization of South Korea will be addressed. explore and utilize digital resources available through the Korean War Legacy Foundation and South Korean state museums to build more complete lessons for secondary curriculum standards.

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Lisa Waligora

Clear Creek HS, CCISD
NBCT, Secondary Social Studies Teacher @ CCHS


Friday February 15, 2019 2:15pm - 3:05pm
CF 4403

2:15pm

Beyond the Hamburger: Using Concept maps to Plan and Organize your Writing
This session will examine how graphic organizers are not a one-size-fits-all strategy for writers. Many writers struggle to identify the relationships between and among their ideas. Using a concept map with linking words and phrases will help writers of all levels analyze the connections between their topics and subtopics in preparation for persuasive writing. Participants will have the opportunity to create at least two concept maps on topics of their choice and then use them as tools to compose rough drafts of writing that can be used as mentor texts in their classrooms.


Participants will consider how a concept map leads to authentic organization
Participants will create concept maps about topics of personal importance
Participants will synthesize ideas from my concept map(s) to compose persuasive text(s)

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Melinda Kramm

Creekside Intermediate, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 2:15pm - 3:05pm
SME 1228

2:15pm

Beyond the Textbook: Content-Area Reading Strategies for Non-ELA Classrooms
Are you a non-ELA teacher whose students seem disengaged in assigned texts or struggle to perform on reading quizzes? Are you looking for ways to use and/or assess reading more meaningfully in your class? Are you (and your students) tired of the textbook and looking for alternatives to reignite curiosity and interest? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this is the session for you! "Participants will reflect on the “what” and “how” of reading in their content-area classrooms and set personalized instructional goals. Participants will be able to identify at least one new reading strategy or activity that would be especially beneficial for their students. "

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Maggie Johnson

Clear Springs HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 2:15pm - 3:05pm
CF 5411

2:15pm

Citizenship - Core Values and Social Studies
Secondary social studies lesson ideas incorporating civic responsibilities with our efforts to demonstrate citizenship as one of our core values in school.  Be provided with ideas to teach social studies curriculum as it pertains to civic responsibility coupled with our core value of Citizenship in CCISD. 

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Matt Taras

Creekside Intermediate, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 2:15pm - 3:05pm
CF 4626

2:15pm

Editing and Revising Original Compositions Using Microsoft Word's "Track Changes" Feature
"Teaching Point: editing and revising are crucial steps within the writing process. Microsoft Word’s “Track Changes” feature supports meaningful and authentic revising and editing of students’ original compositions. The presentation will focus on:
1. teaching students to use “Track Changes” in their independent editing/revising;
2. teaching students to use “Track Changes” in combination with the “Peer Editing” feature in itslearning; and
3. using “Track Changes” to provide teacher feedback. Empirical Data: in the 2nd Quarter, the English III teaching team at Clear Brook High School assigned an original composition which students uploaded to itslearning as a first draft; students were subsequently taught to use the “Track Changes” feature in Word and were assigned peer editing tasks in itslearning. Students eventually turned in a second draft which reflected peer feedback, teacher feedback, and meaningful and authentic self-editing/revising.

Anticipated Structure of Presentation:
1. relate our experience using “Track Changes” by explaining the assignments we gave and by showing a few student samples (redacted and/or used with permission of students);
2. demonstrate how to use the “Track Changes” feature (via projector);
3. hand out a hard copy of a sample and instructions (for participants to keep); and
4. conduct a practice session – participants will use their laptops to compose an original paragraph; next, participants will experiment using the ""Track Changes"" feature, taking on 3 different roles: (i)) student, (ii) peer, (iii) teacher. "

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Kelly Winslow

Clear Brook HS, CCISD
I have been teaching at Clear Brook High School for 15 years and taught at Alvin High School before making the move to CCISD. I am the English III Team Lead; currently, my classes include AP Language and Composition and English III.


Friday February 15, 2019 2:15pm - 3:05pm
CF 4524

2:15pm

Naviance beginning with the end in mind
Explanation of why we use Naviance for high school students and the tools available to incorporate classroom instruction.   understand the use of Naviance for career and college planning and how to use the tools such as goal setting, resume building, road trip nation video clips over careers and supermatch for college search options

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Natalie Nylen

Clear Springs HS, CCISD
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Linda Smith

Clear Brook HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 2:15pm - 3:05pm
CF 5324

2:15pm

Our framework for success in post secondary reading and writing
Our session will provide teachers with an introduction to literacy in multiple disciplines and we will share the ideas we have for how this could be implemented in a Readers/Writer's Workshop classroom.  Participants will be encouraged to brainstorm ideas based off of the goal that teacher's provide an opportunity for students to interact with languages in varied disciplines beyond the English curriculum. How can we teach meta-cognitive skills to help them navigate and extrapolate the content’s formatting, jargon, and style characterized by the discipline? How does a Scientist think and communicate? What about Historians or Mathematicians?  Consider the tools that students will need in order to write across multiple disciplines after they have graduated high school and implement strategies in their classes in order to better prepare their students for different styles of writing. They will also have new angles from which to approach choice reading and use it to help their students develop questions and knowledge about disciplines other than ELA.

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Meggie Bailey

Clear Springs HS, CCISD
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Jenna Zucha

Clear Springs HS


Friday February 15, 2019 2:15pm - 3:05pm
CF 4525

2:15pm

Rethinking Rubrics
Title...5 points. Addresses essential question…25 points. Creativity…5 points. If this reminds you of the kind of rubrics you typically give students, it may be time to rethink how you write your rubrics. Bring an assignment with a rubric to this session and learn how to create a more robust rubric that provides students with a clearer vision of the expected outcome and helps you to better evaluate student work against specific criteria. 

Speakers
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Amy Kiszka

Westbrook, CCISD
I am the social studies department head at Westbrook Intermediate, where I teach 8th grade WAVE social studies and language arts. I have taught in CCISD for 21 years.
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Ruth Baxter

Westbrook Intermediate, CCISD
I teach 8th WAVE Humanities and 6th WAVE World Cultures at Westbrook Intermediate. I have been a WAVE teacher since 1999. This is my 25th year teaching. I am a National Board Certified Teacher in early adolescence/social studies. I am happy to help with questions about National Board... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2019 2:15pm - 3:05pm
BSI 2312

2:15pm

Taking the mystery out of AP
Let’s take the mystery out of 4’s and 5’s!  This session will focus on strategies for increasing student AP scores.  Come ready to learn and collaborate with your fellow AP teachers. Participants will leave with renewed strategies to implement in the AP classroom right away!  

This session will count towards GT update hours

Speakers
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Glenda Holder

Director, Clear Creek ISD
Glenda Holder is a transformational, visionary servant who guides, inspires and develops the skills and talents of the teachers, students and parents she serves. Struggling with learning math in elementary school, it was her fourth grade teacher who helped her overcome her struggles... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2019 2:15pm - 3:05pm
BSI Library

2:15pm

Tessellate into Higher Thinking
This hands-on session demonstrates a cross-curricular math and art lesson focused on creating colorful MC Escher style tessellations. Translation, reflection and rotation designs will all be demonstrated, ready to immediately implement in your intermediate to high school math or art classroom.   Participants will be able create colorful MC Escher style tessellations that bring art and mathematics into the same lesson.  

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Kathleen Gandin

Clear Springs HS, CCISD


Friday February 15, 2019 2:15pm - 3:05pm
CF 5607

2:15pm

VEX VRC - Intermediate/High School Robotics Coaching
This session will help VEX VRC coaches "unpack" from this last season. There will be time to share best practices, Q&A and decide next steps for the future. Be more confident and better prepared for future seasons of coaching VEX VRC teams.

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Andy Schaafs

Robotics and Engineering Program Manager, Clear Creek ISD
- B.S., Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University- 8 years in Oil & Gas- 9 years teaching chemistry, physics, and engineering (PLTW)- 2 years managing the engineering and robotics programs for CCISD- Passionate about PLTW and REC Foundation (VEX) programs. They do amazing things... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2019 2:15pm - 3:05pm
CF 4611