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Content Area/Focus

Ada Sparks

Franklin Parish

SPOTLIGHT SESSION

Chaos to Calm - One Tool at a Time

Teachers know we cannot teach if the students are out of control. With so many interruptions and “other duties as assigned” we must have tips, tools & tricks in place to manage the chaos, or we will become part of it. Come fill your teacher toolbox with strategies to keep the pandemonium tamed this year!

All grades and content areas

Wiley Brazier,

East Baton Rouge Parish

Google Classroom and You

Google Classroom simplifies the process for sharing announcements, websites, videos, documents, presentations, and even assessments. Come learn best practices that will enhance your workflow.

PLEASE NOTE: A laptop or Chromebook is needed to maximize participation in this session, however you can still participate without one.

Technology

Michelle Lirette-Lewis

Assumption Parish

The Power of Hope

The Power of Hope: Martin Luther King Jr. stated that, "we must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." Teacher turnover in today's culture stems from feelings of being overwhelmed and undervalued. I seek to present from both a psychological and statistical standpoint the power of hope as a reservoir of determination; a mental capacity that can be called upon to further goals. Optimism isn't that things will get better, but a conviction that we can make them better.

All grades and content areas

Allison Oliver

Instruction Partners

Eureka Lesson Internalization: Stepping Beyond the Annotations

When preparing to teach a Eureka lesson, in most cases, teachers are told to annotate the lesson script, but what does that really mean? This session is focused on helping teachers to truly prepare to teach a Eureka math lesson with intentionality by not simply annotating the lesson, but truly internalizing the lesson.

Math

Elementary, Middle

Lisa Mason-Hollins

Caddo Parish

Hattie Who? Know Your Impact!

Explore the research of John Hattie in Visible Learning for Teachers, to understand the instructional strategies that have the greatest impact on student achievement.

Leadership

All grades

Lauren Nero

A+PEL Staff

An “In-tents” Look at Education Law

A+PEL’s Legal Team handles over 300 legal issues for A+PEL Members each year. Hear our General Counsel describe which issues our team dealt with most often, which were most severe, and how you can be better protected moving forward in the 2019-2020 school year. She’ll take an in depth look at maternity leave, discipline of non-tenured teachers, transfers, TRSL, bonus/ checks, and school board personnel issues. Come prepared with any questions you have!

All grades and contents

Kristen Bruce

Vernon Parish

SPOTLIGHT SESSION

#DoGreatThings: Improving School Culture and Climate

Is your school struggling with an apathetic or uninvolved student body? Do you want to build a school-based community which includes students, teachers, parents, administrators, and the general public in your area? #DoGreatThings focuses on building community and improving school climate through student leadership and positive promotion of school successes. You will see how one small, rural school in Vernon Parish is empowering students to change their world from their school desks.

Leadership

All grades

Dollie Eaglin

Bethani Pete

Audubon Charter School

Arts Integration through Movement for K-2

The presentation is a Creative Movement lesson focused on the Monarch Butterfly. The curriculum focus is (Science) as well as, (Geography). Lesson extensions: Visual Art activity. Through a lesson targeted for K-2 grade students, I will prove how learning through the arts help to enhance the students learning process. It will help the student with critical thinking skills and spatial awareness.

All contents

Lower Elementary Grades

Bert Allain

Coping Skills Fables

Creating a "coping culture" in the Classroom

Children's' success in the classroom is often dependent on their ability to "cope" with issues caused by typical childish beliefs not apparent to the classroom teacher. This workshop will illustrate the most common "stinky thinking" of children that lead them to be frustrated and angry when confronted with the normal expectations of classroom and the playground. This workshop will also provide the participants with materials to use in their classroom.

All grades and contents

Torrence Williams

West Feliciana Parish

Teaching and Learning Through Performance Tasks

Education as we know it has changed drastically.With the creation of the plethora of strategies and curriculum materials available, much can seem overwhelming. How do we provide the best for our students? We employ performance task strategies! Presentation will include instructional and assessment strategies relevant to students’ success within the content areas. Explore inquiry-based approaches that will lead to success in any classroom, at any level.

All grades and Contents

Alicia Mitchell

Monroe City Schools

Teaching Inclusion and Other Modern Miracles

The objective of the presentation is to give Inclusion Educators the information and tools needed to be successful in the special education and general education classrooms, as well as properly complete interventions and progress monitoring for each student. There will also be information on relating to the general educator for positive work relationships and a feeling of camaraderie.

Special Education

All grades

Courtney Dumas

Instruction Partners

Clean it up! Get Rid of the “F-word” in your ELA Lessons!

Regardless of the ELA curriculum you use, almost everyone has been told to use it with “FIDELITY.”In this session, you’ll learn how to make your curriculum work harder than you do. Get rid of fidelity and start teaching with integrity and intention.

ELA

All grades

Kim Eckert

West Baton Rouge

SPOTLIGHT SESSION

Cultivating Geniuses

Genius hour allows students to follow their passions, explore creativity, and find their own genius. Come learn how to plan for, support, and evaluate success while transforming your classroom, your community, and the lives of your students by strengthening student voice and choice through Genius Hour.

All grades and contents

Desiree Alexander

A+PEL Staff

Successful School Leadership Through the ISLLC Standards

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 6011 exam!

Leadership

Meredith McGovern

Bossier Parish

Going Global: Exploring International Teacher Fellowship Opportunities

Are you interested in expanding your classroom beyond the four walls? Are you interested in free travel opportunities through teacher fellowships? In this session, teachers will examine global competencies and learn how to go global in their classrooms! Teachers will walk away with a list of opportunities for teacher travel fellowships, along with ideas for easy ways to globalize curriculum and expand students horizons beyond the four walls of their classrooms.

Social Studies

All grades

Karen Parrino

Livingston Parish

Look a Firefly!

Participants will use a backwards design approach with literacy integrated to expand upon their knowledge of fireflies and light. Physical Science - Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer Participants will gather evidence to develop the understanding that at night, objects can be seen only when illuminated and that light can be used to communicate.

Science

Lower Elementary Grades

Davin Sullivan

Heather Harris

Ouachita Parish

Total Tech Integration

Instructional technologist, curriculum coordinators, administrators, classroom teachers are all welcome at our Total Tech Integration. We will walk you through some of the most current technological tools and their uses, as well as how to integrate them seamlessly with your Tier 1 curriculum. You will have the opportunity to create top-notch lessons with us during a large part of our session. Some of the tools you will see is Nearpod, Seesaw, Gimkit, Flipgrid, Google, Screencastify and others.

Leadership

Technology

All grades and content areas

Cliff Horn

TRSL

Understanding Your TRSL

Whether you have one year until retirement or 20 years, understanding your benefits and your plans is critical. This session covers topics such as DROP, ILSB, eligibility, calculating your benefits, and leave credits. Cliff is here to help teachers understand their retirement so they can relax and enjoy it!

All grades and content areas

Amanda Coffill

Rapides Parish

SPOTLIGHT SESSION

Rotations in the Middle School Math Class

Are you tired of the same old boring script of the math lesson? In this session you will see how math rotations are possible in the middle school math class without sacrificing the rigor or content that needs to be taught. Utilizing the State and District required Curriculum, you can incorporate rotations into your math time regardless of the time frame allotted to you. Join us as we experience the rotations and show you how to use them in your class.

Math

3rd through 8th grades

Michelle Savoy

Ascension Parish

Spaced Out with Science!

This presentation will be packed with resources to incorporate Space Science into your classroom using our new Louisiana State standards.

Science

All grades

Desiree Alexander

A+PEL Staff

Classroom Management Basics (and Beyond)

Classroom management can look different in different classrooms.However, there are basics that every teacher should learn and implement to ensure their class runs smoothly and is, well, manageable.Come to this session to learn the tricks of the trade of classroom management (organization, rules/procedures, transitions, using technology in the classroom, teacher confidence, handling difficult behaviors, etc).

All grades and content areas

Lisa Mason-Hollins

Caddo Parish

Get in the Game, Coach

Coach, you have the title, now what? This session will explore the depths of coaching by defining the role of coach, understanding a coaching framework, identifying the coaching cycle and types of coaching to unleash true mentorship power.

Leadership

All grades

Josephine Baris

Ouachita Parish

Using Technology to Teach the New Generation

How could a teacher develop instructional support for topics using technology? Attendees will leave this session with tools to create engaging technology-driven lessons. We will use LDOE guidebooks to create highly effective lessons where students are allowed to work at their own pace, learn highly sought after technology skills, and produce work they are proud of. Participants will learn techniques applicable to a variety of topics. We will use Google's GSuite or Microsoft Office in session.

Technology/ELA

All grades

Kristen Bruce-

Vernon Parish

Ashley Sergeant - Bold Education Solutions

ELA Campfire Session

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!

ELA

All grades

Ashley Sergeant

Bold Education Solutions

SPOTLIGHT SESSION

Who Homework Helps and Why

Who Homework Helps and Why focuses on the design and implementation of a successful home learning program at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Homework is not a one size, fits all approach. Depending on the level, content, and performance, homework designs vary. During our session, school leaders, academic support staff, and classroom teachers will learn to identify their population's need; and receive resources to implement a program that supports skill and content learning.

All grades and content areas

Christi Gonzales

Iberia Parish

Get in Sync with Sensory Issues

Many students with sensory issues need modifications and accommodations. Most students are in regular education and have not been identified. It becomes very costly especially when a sensory room or area is not available. Having these areas in place will assist with meeting the students individual needs, learning new skills, achieving academic success, and fostering independence within the classroom. Let’s collaborate on inexpensive strategies sensory labs can be included in the classroom.

Special Education

All grades

Kimberly Eckert

West Baton Rouge

Teachers Leading: Turning Ideas into Action

Often as teachers, we don't see ourselves as leaders outside our classrooms and definitely don't always see our enormous potential as leaders for change. This session will not only help you identify the shifts in mindset from great teacher to teacher leader, but will also allow you to work to develop and implement the solution to a problem you see in your classroom, school, district, or even state!

Leadership

All grades

Juanita Hall

Debra Thrower

Lafayette Parish

How to Positively Affect your Professional Field?

This session asks the teacher leader how involved are they in the decision making of policies in their district. This session will discuss and show teacher leaders how their involvement can yield good fruit in their district and help them to understand the process of board decisions that affect them and their classroom room

All grades and contents

J’aime Garcia

Maker Maven

This is NOT a STEAM Presentation!

Get your hands on the latest engaging, cross-curricular, high-tech and low-tech MakerEd and S.T.E.A.M. activities from Maker Maven! Session will start with a short group activity, then continues with all hands on learning with 5 (or more!) different activities! This is not a presentation, and is for attendees to freely explore, create, and collaborate with other educators! Learn how to implement Augmented Reality with the MERGE cube ($15!) and how Maker Maven's latest partner, Crayola, Is STEAMing up the education space. Maker Maven is the Louisiana educator's premier resource for STEAM and MakerEd activities, resources, and professional development. Come make, create, and innovate with us!

Math, Science, Technology

All grades

Delaney Thomassie and Janice Galindo

Ascension Parish

New Teacher Campfire Session

Come sit around the virtual campfire with other teachers who are just starting their teaching journey. You will swap stories, share ideas and strategies, and ask all the burning questions you have but were maybe scared to ask. You'll leave with new ideas and new friends!

Preservice and new teachers through year 5

All grades and content areas

Becky Fritchie

Ascension Parish

SPOTLIGHT SESSION

Out of This World Opportunities!

Tired of the same old professional development? There are so many amazing opportunities for teachers to enhance their craft and empower you with knowledge, experiences, and downright AWESOMENESS! This session will include information for teachers that will encourage them to "SEEC" out opportunities that are just waiting for them to send their teaching craft OUT OF THIS WORLD!

Science

All grades

Desiree Alexander

A+PEL Staff

Using Google Effectively in the ELA Classroom

Come learn how to effectively use Google in the ELA Classroom. We will look at ELA websites that smash with Google Classroom, ways to grade efficiently, citations help and inclusion tools. You will walk away with tools you can use immediately in your ELA classroom!

ELA/Tech

All grades

Teniesha Mahoney

Caddo Parish

Ready! Set! Coach!

"Ready! Set! Coach!" focuses on building teacher and leader capacity through instructional coaching. The presentation also offers methods to incorporate technological tools into the coaching process. Participants will use learn what to look for when coaching,what coaching is and is not, types of coaching, models for coaching using role playing, and ways to utilize Google Classroom for instructional coaching.

Leadership/Coaching


Kourtney Breaux

Acadia Parish

Getting Started with Edulastic

Edulastic is an online assessment tool that is easy enough for classroom formative assessments, yet sophisticated enough for common interim and benchmark Assessments. I have uploaded the lesson plan that I will use to present.

Technology

All grades and contents


Spencer Kiper

Bossier Parish

Grow Your Own Advocacy

We've all heard of terms like advocacy and grassroots, but what does it look like in action? Join in the discussion on how to utilize your connections with families and the community in your area to build a grassroots advocacy effort that will help you impact the success of your school and district!

All grades and contents

Amanda Coffill

Rapides Parish

Math Campfire Session

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!

Math

All grade levels

Christy Boyte

West Carroll Parish

SPOTLIGHT SESSION

Developing a Culture of Support and Reflection

Participants in this session will discuss the benefits of peer mentoring and collaborative partnerships within the school or school system and the impact of reflective practice on student achievement. They will create the initial action steps to develop a culture of support and reflection.

Leadership

All grades and content areas

Kayla Reggio


Dyslexia: Developing a Pathway to Success

Dyslexia is the most common learning disability affecting at least one in five individuals. This session will cover the most current scientific evidence available to identify, remediate, and accommodate dyslexic students. During this session participants will engage in an understanding of dyslexia, why it is vital that these students be identified as dyslexic, and in turn what is the appropriate instruction and accommodations necessary in order for these students to reach their fullest potential

Special Education

All grades

Jorey Krupa

Patricia Kisamore

Barnes and Noble

Mindsets in the Classroom

Our presentation is based on research on Growth Mindset by Carol Dweck and Mary Cay Ricci. It presents the research behind mindsets in the classroom and how a growth mindset increases student performance and a fixed mindset decreases student performance.Presentation will discuss the relation between linguistics and the growth mindset; we will highlight research that shows the fostering of a growth mindset as it relates to praising student performance. Also, to be included are pre-assessments to gage what students currently understand about the brain and how it works.There will be a practical demonstration that educators are able to take back to their classroom to show how neural plasticity works so students are able to conceptualize it.

All grades and contents

Heather White

Livingston Parish

Blended Learning in the Elementary Math Classroom

Technology integration is all around us, but how do we integrate it with purpose in the elementary math classroom? Learn how to utilize different applications that will blend with traditional methods of teaching to enhance your math lessons. Topics include Google applications, Screencastify, Flipgrid, Seesaw, and more.

Math/Tech

Elementary Grades

Keith Leger

Mallory Wall

Stand for Children

LEADing the Way - Teachers as Advocates

In this session, participants will discuss outcomes of the latest legislative session and the impact of those outcomes on classroom instruction. Participants will also discuss opportunities to engage in advocacy and elevate their voice in support of their students.

Advocacy

All grades and contents

Michelle Savoy

Ascension Parish

Science Campfire Session

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

Science

All grade levels

Kellie Plaisance

Lafayette Parish

SPOTLIGHT SESSION

Geography, History, Robots - Oh My!

Robots might not be taking over the world-yet, but why not let them take over your social studies classroom! Come join us as we explore how robotics (specifically Dash and Sphero) can be used to enrich your social studies lessons and keep students engaged.

Social Studies/Tech

All grades

Dana Baier

Tammi Fielding

Livingston Parish

Have You Run out of STEAM?

In our presentation we will discuss what STEAM is and why it's important in the Pre-K / Kindergarten classroom. We will discuss the skills developed using STEAM activities and the utilization of higher order thinking questions. We will also discuss how STEAM can be used to create rigorous activities in each of the curriculum studies. Our STEAM presentation will show teachers how to develop STEAM buckets in a cost and time efficient way.

Tech/Math/Science

Lower Elementary Grades

Joni Smith

Livingston Parish

Shifting Learning in the 21st Century Classroom

Whether it’s a school assembly in a gymnasium, in-classroom project, or mini-demos, come learn how to shift learning in your classroom to engage all ages and inspire a passion for science, technology, engineering and math. Walk away with ready to go design challenges to implement in your content area.

Tech/Math/Science

All grades and contents

Jacob Chapman

Acadia Parish

Special Education in the General Education setting

IEP, BIP, FBA, 504, SPED: What does it all mean and how does it apply to my general education classroom? Special education students often have a special set of needs. When teachers struggle to meet the needs of these students, daily classroom life can be difficult for the teacher and student. This presentation will be a brief insight into the world of Special Education, and how to help these students be successful in any setting.

Special Education

All grades

Kelly Page

Ascension Parish

The BULL About A and B Part Questions

Do those tricky A and B part questions ever stump your students on assessments? Are they getting one correct but not the other? Join me as we unpack a strategy that will have your kiddos mastering both parts of these questions and even choosing the BEST supporting evidence when they write – no BULL! You don’t want to miss out on this session that will have your students mastering the BULL in no time!

ELA

Elementary and Middle grades

Lenette Hawk-Hill

Iberia Parish

Leadership Campfire Session

Come sit around the virtual campfire with other administrators and teacher leaders as you swap ideas about what works (and what doesn't) when it comes to supporting teachers and students. It can be energizing and and empowering to connect with new leaders who have fresh ideas! You'll leave with lots of new ideas and a new network of support!

Leadership

All grades and content areas

Lisa Mason-Hollins

Caddo Parish

SPOTLIGHT SESSION

I Like it, I Love it, I Can’t Get Enough of it!

Have you been using Google Chrome and all of its wonderful features? Learn to improve your image search, the best extensions, Doc and Slides lifesavers, and ways to use Google Keep. Join me to learn more tips, tools, and tricks to allow Chrome to help you live your best life.

Tech

All grades and content areas

Kimberly Eckert

West Baton Rouge Parish

Courageous Conversations: Examining Bias Through Empathy

Conversations around bias (both implicit and explicit) tend to make us uncomfortable, often leaving us out of conversations where we are afraid to ask questions and share ideas. This session will allow us a safe space to work through misconceptions about bias, examine points of view, and identify tools we might use and share to help ourselves and others recognize and value experience of others to enhance our educational impact.

All grades and contents

Kristen Bruce

Vernon Parish

#InformedChoices: Choosing a Diploma Pathway

How can we help Louisiana's students choose the best path for the future? Is the JumpStart Pathway a viable option for our children? Louisiana’s students are faced with monumental decisions during their high school years that will affect the rest of their lives: what do I want to be when I grow up, and what is the best way to get there? This program guides students and parents through the process of choosing the best diploma pathway while combating the stigma of attending technical schools.

High School

Scott Herr

Insight ADVANCE

Learning Forward

The data is clear: Traditional PD models aren't working. Recent research suggests that PD (and more specifically, instructional coaching) is most effective when it's proximate, frequent, and sustained. In this session we'll examine how "blended" models of PD leverage technology and video to enable truly effective, job-embedded professional learning. And in addition to being more cost effective, teachers like it!

Leadership

All grades and content areas

Spencer Kiper

Bossier Parish

Code with the Basics: Google’s CS First Curriculum

Looking to add computational thinking and coding into your curriculum or after school program? Come learn what Google has to offer and begin incorporating great lessons and ideas in the first few weeks of school!

Technology

Meredith McGovern

Bossier Parish

Social Studies Campfire Session

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!

Social Studies

All grades


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