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A+PEL 2017 Summer Conference

Build. Imagine. Create.

July 12-14, 2017 in Baton Rouge
Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center

Conference ticket includes free attendance to the
Leadership Training Pre-Conference


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2017 Proposed Conference Sessions

(Sessions subject to change)

Session Title

Session Description

21st Century Digital Classroom

Presented By:

Dr. Suresh Chiruguru

Participants will be encouraged and exposed to the significance of using technology in 21st Century Classroom. The session will offer a variety of web tools, apps and Digital Resources to transform an ordinary traditional classroom into a 21st Century Digital classroom. 4 Cs (critical thinking, creative thinking, collaboration and communication) are incorporated in every step of teaching and learning process, to provide an effective, inspiring and technology-rich learning environment.

Special Education for the Regular classroom

Presented By:

Jacob Chapman

Brief over view of special education students/IEPs Tips for implementing the IEP in the regular classroom-including behavior, accommodations /modifications Tips for regular teachers about IEP meetings and helping develop IEPS

Pathways to Educational Leadership Certification

Presented By:

Desiree Alexander

In this jam-packed session, you will find out about the different paths to Educational Leadership Certification in the state of Louisiana. We will also evaluate the components of the School Leadership Licensure Assessment (SLLA). If you want to be a leader in a school district one day, this is the session for you.

School Leadership Through the ISLLC Standards

Presented By:

Desiree Alexander

Come learn how to become a successful school leader by truly understanding the ISLLC Standards and how they can affect your practical day-to-day life of a school leader. This knowledge can also help you pass the SLLA exam!

Edmodo Basics

Presented By:

Desiree Alexander

If you want a free online classroom that integrates with Google Drive and Microsoft Office, I have a solution for you! Have you heard of Edmodo, but was never quite sure how to get started? Well, this is the session for you! Come learn how to get started using Edmodo and all of the amazing features it has for you and your students! Edmodo can also be used as a communication tool between faculty and staff on your campus and can be used for professional development too!

Go Brand Yourself!

Presented By:

Desiree Alexander

It’s more important than ever that educators promote their best selves and the best of their schools. Branding is an excellent way to do this. In this seminar, you will learn the basic components of educational branding and why it is so important to brand. You will also learn the steps you will need to get started (and the pitfalls to avoid).

Not Your Grandmother's Videos

Presented By:

Desiree Alexander

Come learn how to use videos in your classroom in new, unique ways! You will learn how to download YouTube Videos, how to teach content through Hip Hop, how to quiz using videos and places to find fun content videos that aren't the same ones you saw when you were a student. The face-paced, fun webinar is just what you need to add life to your lessons!

To Tweet or Not to Tweet: Get Started with Twitter

Presented By:

Desiree Alexander

Not quite sure how to get started using Twitter! Well, this is the session for you! Come learn how to get started on Twitter, how to gain followers, how to host and participate in Twitter Chats, and much more. You will walk away knowing how to use Twitter to grow your Professional Learning Network!

Take and Train Tech Series:

Parent Pitfalls

Presented By:

Desiree Alexander

This Take and Train Tech Series session is all about teaching parents the pitfalls to avoid when trying to keep their children safe using technology. Be the hero of your school gaining parental involvement with a well-prepared, fun, interactive training session! Come get the resources to reteach this session!

Powtoon Animated Videos-Bring Life to Your Lessons

Presented By:

Desiree Alexander

 

Learn how to use Powtoon to create professional, fun videos to introduce content to your students, make advertisements and so much more. This is a free resource and is for all grade levels. You will leave this session ready to create videos ASAP!

Weebly: How to Create Professional, Easy Websites

Presented By:

Desiree Alexander

In this session, you will learn about how to use Weebly to create professional, FREE websites that can be used for a variety of reasons!

No More Paper Using Google Forms

Presented By:

Desiree Alexander

 

Google Forms will transform your classroom and your school. In this session, you will learn how to create and edit a Google Form, get organized results, and the various uses for Google Forms. You will never ask anyone to fill out another paper form again!

Classroom, Google Classroom!

Presented By:

Desiree Alexander

Have you ever wanted a place online where your students could collaborate and submit? Also, a place where you had control to comment and grade their work all in one place? Well, Google Classroom is what you have been looking for! Come learn how to get started with Google Classroom and all of the wonderful things you can do with it!

Hitchhiker’s Guide to Chrome

Presented By:

Desiree Alexander

Are you hitching a ride using Chrome, but don’t know exactly what Chrome has to offer you? Well, have I got news for you! Come learn the many perks of using Google Chrome as your main Internet browser and learn how to navigate Chrome once you begin using it.

Driver’s Ed: Using Google Drive and Apps

Presented By:

Desiree Alexander

Google Drive is an extensive resource that has many uses. Come to this session to learn how to use Drive for storage, for collaboration, for sharing, and so much more! You didn’t know Drive could do this much!

Sample lessons for Bullying Prevention

Presented By:

DeeDee Holmes

This session will focus on literacy-based bullying prevention lessons for elementary and middle school classrooms. The lessons develop social/emotional learning (SEL) skills to help greatly reduce bullying behavior. Real-life stories from Chicken Soup for the Soul are used in each lesson. Each attendee will leave with a sample lesson from each grade to try out in the classroom.

Entertain to Assess

Presented By:

Joni Smith, LA Teacher of the Year

Teachers, have you ever taught your heart out only to learn that your students failed the test? Let me show you how to re-engage learning while taking the 'pulse' of your teaching. You will walk away with many strategies and items to use in your classroom. You don't want to miss this session on effective formative assessment lead by the State Teacher of the Year.

Ready, Set, Blast Off!

Presented By:

Karen Parrino

Participants will participate in hands-on, engaging literacy center rotations surrounding space and beyond. Participants will engage in center activities to build an "air" power rocket, a hovercraft, create moon sand and more. These science literacy stations will be integrated into ELA and Mathematics and connect to the new science standards for Louisiana. Participants will be provided with plans to implement the centers in their classrooms.

Classroom Culture - Managing Classroom Chaos

Presented By:

Ada Sparks

The door closes and it's just you and THEM. There's a list of objectives to accomplish yet before the first can be achieved, "procedures" must be in place to manage behavior, completed work, interruptions, tween drama, and the countless "duties as assigned." Here are a few tips I have found successful to manage the chaos and create a "culture" in the classroom for learning, fun, and "family."

The Power of Virtual Guest Speakers

Presented By:

Liz Smith

It takes just one professional interaction to inspire students for a lifetime. Experience the excitement of what happens when classrooms connect with professionals to raise awareness about career opportunities, both locally and globally. This training assists teachers with bringing real-world relevance to their lesson plans by exposing students to a variety of professionals that apply classroom content to their careers on a daily basis.

Mind the Gap! Preventing Reading Failure in K-2

Presented By:

Ann Buis

Are your third grade scores where they need to be? When increasing numbers of students are not reading on grade level by grade three, it’s time to look seriously at what we are doing in K-2. We cannot rely on a collective hunch about best practices in reading instruction! Come learn the scientific evidence about early reading, what to look for in beginning reading instruction, and what K-2 educators must do to prevent students from needing reading intervention services in grades 3 and beyond.

Creating a Vigorous K-2 Literacy Program

Presented By:

Ann Buis

With the adoption of the new standards and assessments across our nation, we’ve been hearing a lot about the need for rigor. While rigor (not rigor mortis!) is important, what about vigor? Programs with both rigor and vigor are based on solid research evidence from the converging fields of education and neuroscience. Learn what research tells us about programs that are strong, healthy, and full of energy - robust programs can truly help us get all students off to a strong start in literacy.

Now What? A Process for Intensive Interventions

Presented By:

Pamela Hughes and Kristin Magee

Engage in a presentationthat brings to life the process of how to intensify interventionswhen standard approaches don't work for students with persistent academic needs. Utilizing practical tools created by the National Center on Intensive Intervention, explore how to design and deliver data based intensive interventions. These tools can be used apart from each other, or integrated with existing resources and procedures to meet the unique needs of a school and its students.

Ways to assess understanding that allow creativity

Presented By:

Valerie Burton

Looking for great ways to do test prep that don’t involve bubbling in circles to indicate the correct answer? Encourage your scholars to demonstrate their deep understanding of your content by making screencasts, memes, interactive images, infographics, or comic strips. If you still need to do the multiple-choice thing, try flipping your testing game by challenging the students to generate the questions and build the test banks.

Structure Math Instruction With a Sense of Urgency

Presented By:

Kristin Magee

Do you struggle with fitting in all components of a math lesson in a 60 minute period or less? This presentation will help in organizing interventions, core instruction, and flex grouping to serve the needs of all students in Math Class. Knowing the difference between small group instruction and intervention is paramount when structuring you classroom. You will learn ways to integrate fluency, application, and conceptual understanding, so students make connections in mathematics.

Developing IEP Goals - Feeding Both Hands

Presented By:

Bridgette Alverez

Today's special educators are tasked with addressing the state standards while at the same time addressing gap skills through the IEP goals. This session will show special educators how to develop effective IEP goals that address both.

Good Bye Frequent Flyers!

Presented By:

Tiffany Brown

Week in, week out-- Are you disappointed seeing the same angry little faces in your office on a daily basis? Are you pulling your hair out attempting to support teachers with discipline problems while trying to raise student achievement? In just one hour you will walk away with several strategies to start off the school year right. Help your teachers recapture hours of valuable instructional time that will no longer be wasted on ineffective classroom management so learning WILL take place.

I Know That Child: Teachers Managing Students

Presented By:

Gwendolyn Pigott

My presentation will focus on teacher/student relationships, in the school setting. There will be interactive discussions, as well as scenarios about classroom management strategies and techniques. I plan to include technology to present information as well as props and handouts. Teambuilding for support in managing students will be explored and discussed. Lastly, after information has been presented, shared, modeled and debated, I hope teachers will feel refreshed and empowered.

Building, Creating and Inspiring Teacher Leaders

Presented By:

Juanita Hall

The purpose for this session is to encourage teachers who feel and or believe that con not make it in the profession of education. I pray that this session may build then up to keep on keeping on for the education of our children.

Igniting School-wide Change: Closing the Gap

Presented By:

Anitra Walker

Using data based assessments can be stressful. As a teacher, one must adhere to school, District, and State mandates within the classroom. It is time to work smart! This session will develop your confidence as an expert in your field by providing hands-on activities to assist in building your students' learning goals; encouraging your students to self-reflect on their progress; and assist you with establishing a clear vision for school-wide data use.

ELA Campfire Session

Presented By:

TBD

Come sit around the virtual campfire with other ELA teachers as you swap stories, ideas, strategies, and resources. Whether you teach kindergartners their letter sounds or seniors how to interpret the literary greats, you’ll leave with new friends and a new outlook on your curriculum!

Math Campfire Session

Presented By:

TBD

Come sit around the virtual campfire with other math teachers as you swap stories, ideas, strategies, and resources. Whether you teach basic addition strategies or college prep algebra, you’ll leave with new friends and a new outlook on your curriculum!

Science Campfire Session

Presented By:

TBD

Come sit around the virtual campfire with other science teachers as you swap stories, ideas, strategies, and resources. With new science standards on the horizon, you won’t want to miss the valuable discussion and great ideas to kick off your new school year!

Social Studies Campfire Session

Presented By:

TBD

Come sit around the virtual campfire with other social studies teachers as you swap stories, ideas, strategies, and resources. Whether you teach community helpers or AP World History, you’re sure to gather knowledge and build a network of other social studies teachers who can help your students succeed next school year!

Making a Maker Space

Presented By:

Natalie Chustz and Kristen Angelle

Have you heard of Maker-Spaces but are not sure what it’s all about? Come check it out at this hands-on session that will inspire you to bring a new level of creativity to your classroom! Watch your students thrive as they master standards and have a blast doing it!

Right There, Been There, Connect That

Presented By:

Courtney Dumas

Take a look at all types of texts through the lens of the RBC strategy. Help your students cite evidence from all types of texts including pictures, maps, diagrams, charts, graphs, etc… This strategy will especially help your students with science and social studies performance tasks and document based questions!

Teaching Handwriting Improves Literacy Acquisition

Presented By:

Kathleen Wright

Research demonstrates that there is a clear link between handwriting and literacy development. In this session participants will: Explore the connection between basic handwriting skills and reading and math achievement; learn strategies and tips to engage students; discover where and how cursive "fits in;” develop the confidence to teach the basics of handwriting - both manuscript and cursive - in under 15 minutes a day.

Engaging Primary Writers with Mentor Text!

Presented By:

Morgan Decuir

Are you looking for ideas to spark an interest in writing with your primary students? Do your students need help on how to make small moments EXPLODE into huge, juicy moments that they can't wait to write about? Look no further...you already have what you need in your classroom library! In this session, you will learn how to use different kinds of literature (fiction and non-fiction) to engage your primary writers. Join me to learn how to make writing time their favorite time of the day!

The 3 C’s of Writing: Creation, Criteria, Critique

Presented By:

Courtney Dumas

Does teaching writing make you cringe? Join us to experience Participants will be able help students take ownership of their writing by having them create the criteria for mastery. The students then turn their criteria into self-questions that they can use to evaluate their writing and to give and receive feedback. Writing becomes a student-centered event and allows the teacher to intervene and prescribe instruction that fits each student’s needs.

Strategies to Help Maximize Your Pension, Retirement, Income, and Savings as an Educator

Presented by: Ed D’Hemecourt

 

How can you make the most of your retirement and savings? You will gain strategies you can start today to have more retirement income options. Gain an understanding of the Louisiana pension choices and considerations when it comes to enter DROP or retirement. Social Security will impact your retirement income – get the facts on the laws and how they will affect you. We will explore strategies you can do today to possibly have a tax-free income at retirement. Discover how having your own financial website will benefit you for budget, savings, retirement planning and document storage.

Encouraging Independence in the Science Classroom

Presented by:

Michelle Savoy

Have you ever felt like you were doing all the work while your students just sit there? This session will provide you with ideas to encourage your young scientists to be independent learners. Simple lesson planning, and student choice projects are just a couple of the ideas that will be shared.

Maximize Student Engagement with Nearpod

Presented by:

Dr. Suresh Chiruguru

Are you struggling with lack of student motivation? Are you worried about Teacher Evaluation because of the problems of student engagement? Have technology, and trying better ways to collaborate? ....?.....?....Here is the elixir for you! Nearpod is one of the research proven technology tools for classroom Instruction. Multiple Surveys showed beyond a shadow of doubt, that Nearpod tremendously improved student engagement, active learning thereby student success. So, join me, Let's Nearpod!

 

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