2017 Presentation Proposal Form

Deadline is April 10, 2017

 

Below are the 2016 Presentations

Friday, June 24, 2016
8:15 – 9:15 am – CONCURRENT SESSIONS I

(AE) Session 101: Spiraling to Math Success
• School To Watch: William Byrd Middle School
• Location: Salon A
• Presenters: Jill Meacham and Jenny Cain
• Description: Student success begins with teachers knowing what students don’t know. Using the spiral instructional approach, data informs teachers on what to reteach and who to remediate. Math is no longer taught in chunks. Spiraling leads to better long-term mastery of facts, skills, and concepts.

(AE) Session 102: Building a Positive, Collaborative Climate and Culture through a Master Schedule
• School To Watch: San Gorgonio Middle School
• Location: Salon B
• Presenters: Drew Scherrer, Steve Kok, Kristen Fernley, Judi Murray, Tim Seymour, Annie Wilson, Jerry Earl and Paul Williams
• Description: At San Gorgonio Middle School the staff celebrates the successes and addresses the challenges of their students by building a quality master schedule. Come to this session to learn how a quality master schedule can provide collaborative time for teachers and students, provide rigorous core classes and a variety of electives, and build the positive climate and culture of a school.

(AE) Session 103: Hook Them! Engaging the Mind and Heart of the Middle School Student
• School To Watch: Nagel Middle School
• Location: Salon C
• Presenters: Chris Preston, John Vandermeer and Julie Koenig
• Description: Nagel Middle School staff will share a variety of challenging and engaging “hooks” that require students to develop a deep understanding of academic skills and content. The structure for how adults are provided time and frequent opportunities to sustain efforts throughout the school year will be shared.

(OS) Session 104: Implementing an Early Warning System to Keep Kids from Falling through the Cracks
• School To Watch: South Hills Middle School
• Location: Salon D
• Presenters: Ben Jameson, Georgia Wing, Tyler Jones and Julie Walker
• Description: Looking for a system that will support student success in all three Schools to Watch criteria? See how South Hills Middle operates a data-based Early Warning System to identify students needing individualized interventions. We’ll discuss what we’ve learned so far and what our next steps will be as we evolve our system.

(DR) Session 105: Creating a Developmentally Responsive School Using a School Climate Measure
• School To Watch: Ingomar Middle School
• Location: Salon E
• Presenters: Heidi Stark and John Morey
• Description: School climate is a measure of patterns of people’s experiences of school life. While experienced emotionally, it CAN improve with intentional effort. Research shows that school climate leads to positive outcomes, increased student achievement, improved physical/emotional safety and improved employee satisfaction. This powerful data can support your school’s growth.

(AE) Session 106: It’s Personal: Driving Student Success through Personalized Learning
• School To Watch: Holcomb Bridge Middle School
• Location: Salon F
• Presenters: Jonathan Adel, Pam Wright, Ansley Reynolds, Ashley Perry, Betsie Baracz, Clay Thomason and David Paperno
• Description: How do you go from scratch to a completely personalized classroom utilizing the latest technology? The answer to that question will be explored through content-focused interactive sessions, as well as one session from an administrative perspective. Concentrating on academic excellence and developmental responsiveness, you will get a view of a true personal learning experience.

(AE) Session 107: Cooking up a Great School
• School To Watch: South Ripley Junior High School
• Location: Salon G
• Presenters: Destiny Rutzel, Melanie Evans, Jenna Homola, Holly Swinney and Joyce Druba
• Description: What do pizza and a school have in common? Ingredients! In order to make a great dish or a great school, you need certain ingredients. As educators, we strive to create academically excellent schools. If you are looking to cook up a great school, come listen to our “secret recipe.”

(DR) Session 108: A Pyramid of Interventions at Work: Building and Sustaining Academic, Social and Emotional Supports
• School To Watch: Willis Jepson Middle School
• Location: Salon H
• Presenters: Kelley Birch, Adam Wight, Jeanine Thiessen and Tracy Waldrop
• Description: Often a Pyramid of Interventions becomes just another piece of paper on a school wall. RTI lives and breathes, guiding our practice. The presentation covers how staff began to identify student needs, built a wraparound system, and overcame barriers with no budget. Topics include Early Warning System, intervention, and resiliency.

(OS) Session 109: The Power of You: Igniting the Leader Within
• School To Watch: Goochland Middle School
• Location: Salon J
• Presenters: Jennifer Rucker and Amie Potter
• Description: Optimal organizational structures and processes are essential to ensure an empowering learning environment for students and teachers. Join Goochland Middle for an interactive experience as you explore your leadership style, how others perceive you as a leader, and discuss how you can develop effective leadership in your building.

(DR) Session 110: Co-Teaching with Your School Counselor in Your Content Area.
• School To Watch: Sherwood Githens Middle School
• Location: Salon K
• Presenters: Justine Daniel and Tara Herbert
• Description: Ready to use resources will be provided to help you find ways to integrate counseling into the units you are already teaching. Models of how this has been done with bullying, decision-making, building empathy, self-esteem and more will be shared through blending common core standards and counseling standards.

(AE) Session 111: Change How Your Students Learn: Change Your Mind
• School To Watch: Black River Middle School
• Location: Salon I (one)
• Presenters: Robert Mullen, Robert Mullen, Joseph Pizzo and Kenneth Piascik
• Description: Explore the advantage of changing your perspective and mindset with research-proven techniques. Using brain research to enhance your students’ learning can enhance retention, motivation, and more. Thoughtful discussions and engagements will drive an insightful reflection of both personal and professional mindsets. Best practices and cross-curricular options will be explored.

(AE) Session 112: Utilizing 1:1 Technology to Impact Student Learning
• School To Watch: Sam Rotolo Middle School
• Location: Salon II
• Presenters: Bryan Zwemke, Nicole Kitzmiller, Jenna McKnight, Jill Schulz and Cara Leigh Heidgen
• Description: Rotolo Middle School is in our second year of 1:1 technology. Our group will share how our staff and students have embraced the technology and impacted student learning for both academic and social emotional growth. Participants will hear about PLTW, Social Media Integration, Communication Systems, Digital Citizenship, and Core and Exploratory uses of technology.

(DR) Session 113: The Seven Needs of Every Successful Student
• School To Watch: Mistletoe STEM Institute
• Location: Salon III
• Presenters: Brad Fulton and Amanda Patton
• Description: There are core needs that when met result in excellent performance. Mistletoe STEM Institute works to meet those needs in its students, and in turn, the students at MSI outperform those at similar schools in spite of our low demographics. Easily replicable practices will be shared.

(PO) Session 114:
• School To Watch: Five Star
• Location: Salon IV
• Presenter:
• Description:

9:15 – 9:45 am – VISIT EXHIBITS

9:45 – 10:45 am – CONCURRENT SESSIONS II

(DR) Session 201: PBIS: Increasing Positive Behaviors within the School Setting
• School To Watch: Andrew Lewis Middle School
• Location: Salon A
• Presenters: Jamie Garst and Forest Jones
• Description: PBIS received strong support from the US Department of Education in its 2014 publication ‘Guiding Principles: A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline’ which cited the potential of this program to improve academic, social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes for students.

(AE) Session 202: STEM+A=STEAMing into Becoming a School-to-Watch
• School To Watch: South Pointe Middle School
• Location: Salon B
• Presenters: Susan Arzola, Crystal Dira, Jeanette Schaller, Kathryn Fujihara, Jennifer Murphy and Gary Dresser
• Description: Learn how STEAM and our innovative approach to interventions (PASS) have inspired learning and helped us to achieve Academic Student Success while creating college to career pathways. We will share our secrets of success and pioneering strategies.

(OS) Session 203: Making Every Minute Count
• School To Watch: Port Clinton Middle School
• Location: Salon C
• Presenter: Carrie Sanchez
• Description: This presentation will outline how this school has developed and implemented a schedule and instructional delivery system that includes rich core instruction, daily intervention, a variety of electives, daily teacher collaboration time, and several unique opportunities for students and teachers that truly define educating the “whole child”.

(AE) Session 204: Creating YOUR Leveled Classroom
• School To Watch: Bear River Middle School
• Location: Salon D
• Presenters: Tom Morrell, Jon Call, Jamie Kent and Eldon Petersen
• Description: With full integration it can be difficult to hold different students to different, yet stretching, standards. This session will attempt to give you ideas on how to push your struggling learners to master the basic concepts while pushing and stretching your high achievers. Ideas will include: tips for effective goal setting, adapting the levels to be reflected in grades, leveled classroom presentations, a variety of leveled group and partner activities, and leveled formative and summative assessments.

(OS) Session 205: Creating a Vision to Change School Culture and Climate
• School To Watch: Radnor Middle School
• Location: Salon E
• Presenters: Beth Zigmont and Renee Romano
• Description: This session will focus on how to develop and implement a school vision that drives the culture and climate of a school environment. Participants will learn about the process used to insure all stakeholders have a voice and each one lives the vision every day.

(AE) Session 206: Jumpstart Student Inquiry through Interdisciplinary Rollouts
• School To Watch: Liberty Middle School
• Location: Salon F
• Presenters: Cheryl Riddle, Robin Sweat, Carol Ekerberg, Tracey Abercrombie and Brandy Mann
• Description: Discover firsthand how to immediately engage the learner and increase the relevance through an interdisciplinary approach. Learn how to plan, implement, and manage a successful “rollout.” Participants will leave with specific strategies and concrete classroom examples that they can quickly transfer into their own classroom interdisciplinary units. 21st Century Skills (Trilling & Fadel)

(OS) Session 207: The Advantage: How Organizational Health Creates School Excellence
• School To Watch: New Albany Floyd County Schools – Hazelwood Middle and Scribner Middle Schools
• Location: Salon G
• Presenters: Keith Bush, Jessica Waters, Wendy McCrory and Sarah Smith
• Description: Based on the book, The Advantage, by Patrick Lencioni, learn how two schools have focused on organizational health to create exceptional Schools to Watch.

(AE) Session 208: One Size Does Not Fit All
• School To Watch: Vista Heights Middle School
• Location: Salon H
• Presenters: Mark Hasson, Jill Dayton, Stacey Lerma, Erica Melendrez and Susan Young
• Description: Vista Heights has excelled at meeting the needs of our students. In our efforts to meet the needs of our struggling student groups, we began using student engagement as a lens for change. In doing so, we have enhanced programs and developed new parent and student driven programs to deepen the connection between the school and its stakeholders.

(AE) Session 209: Academic Rigor and Community Building to Stimulate Student Engagement
• School To Watch: Midlothian Middle School
• Location: Salon J
• Presenters: Manuel Rios, Marcus Brown, Tracey Zaval and Rosalyn Lucas
• Description: Midlothian Middle school strives to provide its students with an environment rich in rigorous academic programs and extracurricular activities. Midlothian Middle fosters a culture of inclusiveness and community involvement. We will highlight specific programs that stimulate high student-engagement through blended learning, project-based learning, and community service projects.

(OS) Session 210: Success through Structure
• School To Watch: John Griffin Middle School
• Location: Salon K
• Presenters: Donna Pope, Vicki Hunter and Karen Steele
• Description: We promote practical ideas to keep our school family organized in order to achieve academic success, maintain developmental responsiveness, and promote social equity.

(DR) Session 211: Balancing Academics and Social-Emotional Development through Team Intervention, Flexible Scheduling, and Advisory.
• School To Watch: Eisenhower Middle School
• Location: Salon I
• Presenters: Chris Iasiello, Sue Dobson and Loris Chen
• Description: The world of an adolescent has never been so complicated to navigate due to increased academic and societal expectations. Learn how one recent NJ school has balanced the demands on students through two key structures including an intervention period and a multi-grade advisory program in becoming developmentally responsible.

(AE) Session 212: Making Connections across the Curriculum
• School To Watch: Indian Land Middle School
• Location: Salon II
• Presenter: Angela Steele
• Description: Are you interested in finding out how to implement cross-curricular lesson plans in middle school? We will present how we brainstormed, planned, and implemented cross-curricular lesson plans throughout every grade with real world connections.

(AE) Session 213: 21st Century Skills and the Common Core Standards: Integrating the 4 C’s
• School To Watch: Ross Academy of Creative and Media Arts
• Location: Salon III
• Presenters: Ricardo Brown, Jeff Heilig, James Brink, Claudia Serrano and Amanda Silvas
• Description: Our presentation will begin with a brief description of our school and the technology available to teachers and students. Then the focus will be on how we integrate technology and the 4C’s into history, math, science, English, AVID, special ed, music and art

(PO) Session 214:
• School To Watch: Washington Partners
• Location: Salon IV
• Presenters: Washington Partners
• Description: ESSA

(AE) Speed Session A-1: App-y Hour
• School To Watch: Mary G Porter Traditional School
• Location: Skyview – Table 1
• Presenters: Kerianne Greer and Sarah Mainer
• Description: In this session, join two technology-loving, “Appy” teachers as they share their ideas and activities for 30 captivating apps that will facilitate, engage and extend student learning across the curriculum while allowing you to work towards achieving each level on the SAMR model.

(AE) Speed Session A-2: How to “Flip” Your Classroom and the Steps You Need to Take to go Digital
• School To Watch: Wilson Southern Middle School
• Location: Skyview – Table 2
• Presenters: Stephan Burnham and Kelly Shewmake
• Description: This presentation will assist participants in learning the purpose/reasons to implement a flipped classroom. Participants will review various “Flipped” classes and learn some quick ways to start their own process. At the end, everyone will have a greater understanding of how a Flipped lesson will save both time and energy.

(DR) Speed Session A-3: Teaching Students to Safely Navigate Social Networks
• School To Watch: Mistletoe STWM Institute
• Location: Skyview – Table 3
• Presenters: Brad Fulton and Amanda Patton
• Description: A predator can find a student in under a minute using social media. Yet these social networking sites can be an educational benefit if used wisely. This session offers engaging data, provides a classroom activity to include students in constructive dialog, and offers safety tips for teens and parents.

(OS) Speed Session A-4: The Paperless Classroom: Google Classroom for an Online Generation
• School To Watch: Fort Herriman
• Location: Skyview – Table 4
• Presenters: Frank Preston, Lauren Nielsen and Melinda LeSueur
• Description: This presentation will focus on the benefits of using Google apps including classroom, docs, and presentations in a classroom setting to increase student learning, engagement, and creativity. We will emphasize the organizational benefits Google classroom gives both teachers and students.

(OS) Speed Session A-5: No More Faculty Meetings after School: Maximizing Your Instructional and Personal Time!
• School To Watch: Dutchman Creek Middle School
• Location: Skyview – Table 5
• Presenters: Norris Williams, Michael Wessinger, Miranda Madigan, Shakyia Peay and Alex Salemme
• Description: Electronic communication connects you to people; learn how to design professional communication in minutes with customized newsletter templates and drag-and-drop editing. Put an end to the majority of your faculty meetings, maximize your time and increase the communication with your faculty and parents in an effective and efficient manner!

11:00 am – 12: 00 pm – CONCURRENT SESSIONS III
(AE) Session 301: Keys to Effective Implementation of Response to Intervention
• School To Watch: West Point Middle School
• Location: Salon A
• Presenter: David Daniel
• Description: Traditionally linked with special education services and eligibility, Response to Intervention holds promise as a means to assist students in meeting the academic demands of middle school. Research remains cloudy regarding RTI’s look and practice; however, key elements hold promise for student success.

(AE) Session 302: School Success through Targeted Instruction, Collaborative Teams, and Data Reflection
• School To Watch: Lake Center Middle School
• Location: Salon B
• Presenters: Bill Crean, Anjella Booth, Jennifer Conforti, Laura Covington, Erin Dunroe, Kim Graves, Sabrina LaRosa, Jennifer Valencia and Miguel Vancini
• Description: This presentation will highlight how our school-wide implementation of daily targeted instruction, weekly collaborative team meetings, and the systematic use of data reflection supports student learning and success.

(DR) Session 303: Fostering Healthy Physical, Social, Emotional and Intellectual Development with Alphabet Soup
• School To Watch: Bay Trail Middle School
• Location: Salon C
• Presenters: Winton Buddington, Heather Maksymiu, Julie Colombo and Connie Motsenbocker
• Description: At Bay Trail Middle School our alphabet soup of RTI, PBIS, TIG, SOS, PLC, CCA, GLD, GLM, HST and HOME is used to foster healthy physical, social, emotional and intellectual development in our students.

(DR) Session 304: Navigating Change: Maintaining a Developmentally Responsive Climate
• School To Watch: West Jordan Middle School
• Location: Salon D
• Presenters: Amy Geilman, Lisa Morey, Hiram Bertoch, Krista Gibbons, William Shields, Alexia May, Dixie Garrison and Tim Brooks
• Description: Schools are affected by factors beyond their control, like declining enrollment or administrative changes. How can a faculty maintain effective collaboration that is developmentally responsive? This session will explore one school’s ability to do so by discussing collaborative principles, examining PLC teamwork examples, and explaining programs used to nurture students.

(OS) Session 305: Tech-KNOWLEDGY across Many Disciplines
• School To Watch: South Fayette Middle School
• Location: Salon E
• Presenters: David Deramo and Kristin Deichler
• Description: Our team of presenters will share our experience of a recently adopted 1:1 initiative, providing useful technology tools for instructional use, communication, and professional collaboration. The platforms will include Google, Edmodo, and beyond.

(DR) Session 306: Implementing a House System to Create a Cultural Change
• School To Watch: Riverside Middle School
• Location: Salon F
• Presenters: Karif Williams, Yvette Foster, Brynn Beavers, Brenda Balliet, and Erin Dibling
• Description: In today’s educational environment, students often struggle with finding a connection with their school beyond their peer relationships. The purpose of the house system is to guide and support the academic, social, and personal development of each student during their time in the middle School while creating a sense of belongingness.

Session 307:
• National Forum Partner: Five-Star Technologies
• Location: Salon G
• Presenters: Schauna Relue
• Description:

(SE) Session 308: How We Used PBIS to Transform Our School Culture and Get Results
• School To Watch: Curtis Middle School
• Location: Salon H
• Presenters: Marlene Bicondova, Albert Hewlett, Yosan Hailemariam, Cindy Holley, Susan Keidel, and James Cobb
• Description: Learn how Curtis Middle School overcame tremendous inner-city challenges and how we transformed our school culture and dramatically decreased referrals and suspensions through our model PBIS and Restorative Justice programs. Participants will also learn how this work has created fertile ground for growing innovative STEM and Pathway programs. Participants will hear our story told through compelling data and learn specific strategies to take back to their sites.

(AE) Session 309: Promoting Student Learning Through Co-Teaching
• School To Watch: Mary G. Porter Traditional School
• Location: Salon J
• Presenters: Cyrine Kribbs and Jennifer McCluney
• Description: Participants will explore how to better promote the learning of all students through co-teaching. This presentation describes the different types of co-teaching strategies as well as their advantages and disadvantages. Participants will also gain a better understanding of when each strategy is more appropriate.

(AE) Session 310: Refining, Not Reclining: Staying on Top!
• School To Watch: South Charlotte Middle School
• Location: Salon K
• Presenters: Brooke Morgan and Alisa Yasurek
• Description: Congratulations! Your school is a “School to Watch!” Now comes the challenging part – staying on top. Join us as we detail what we’ve done to remain a “School to Watch” and why we’re ranked top 10 in growth in North Carolina. See our instructional plan and leave with ready-to-use materials.

(OS) Session 311: Tell Your Story, Your Way, before Someone Else Does
• School To Watch: Seven Lakes Junior High School
• Location: Salon I
• Presenters: Dr. Imelda Medrano, Sandra A. Thomas, Sharyn Kitto, Trisha Rey and Lauren Hartman
• Description: Learn how to create/maintain a compassionate school climate that overflows into the community and to successfully tell that story. Learn strategies to become the school’s main storyteller through the consistent implementation of a school creed, use multiple social media, and intentional efforts to create/maintain a caring climate.

(AE) Session 312: Horsepower Half Hour (H3)
• School To Watch: Springfield Middle School
• Location: Salon II
• Presenters: Christy Matkovich, Leanne Olinger, Keith Griffin and Jim Wilke
• Description: How do you provide a time during the school day where all needs are met for your middle school students? H3 is a time when students can develop a connection with a staff member through enrichment, remediation, conferencing, goal setting and clubs.

(SE) Session 313: Cedar Middle School Ambassadors: We’ve Got Your Back!
• School To Watch: Cedar Middle School
• Location: Salon III
• Presenters: Neena Mathews, Bylynda Murray, Trent Nielsen, Steven Kroff and Merrillee Chamberlain
• Description: Student Ambassadors is a program designed to help its members learn and develop leadership skills as they strive to create a safe, comfortable and fun atmosphere for all students. They work closely with counselors, administration, teachers, student government and the student body in general to promote an environment of peace and friendliness. As Ambassadors, they serve as advocates for their peers. Come learn how we implemented an Ambassador program in our school and how you can easily do the same.

(AE) Session 314: AVID at Work: How Do Students Benefit from This Nationally Recognized Program?
• School To Watch: J. Lupton Simpson Middle School
• Location: Salon IV
• Presenters: Sarah Sultan, Chad Runfola, Becky Hronik and Megan Baird
• Description: AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) trains educators to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Teachers from Simpson Middle School will provide information on the AVID elective and instructional practices applied in our classrooms.

(DR) Speed Session B-1: Meeting the Needs of High-Achieving Students
• School To Watch: Fort Herriman Middle School
• Location: Skyview – Table 1
• Presenters: Brandee Bergum, Kristy Searle and Mike Farnsworth
• Description: Often in education, teachers spend the bulk of their time trying to address the areas of weaknesses perceived in their classrooms. Students who may be struggling with grasping concepts are identified, retaught, targeted interventions are put in place, and the cycle repeats itself in an effort to push the understanding and ability of those students to coincide better with the achievement levels of their peers. However, what happens to those students in the regular classroom who are already achieving at high levels? We will be discussing a cross-disciplinary program implemented in our regular classrooms at the middle school level that attempts to push students to further their academic excellence.

(DR) Speed Session B-2: Building School-to-Home Connectedness through a Middle School Counseling Program
• School To Watch: Pioneer Middle School
• Location: Skyview – Table 2
• Presenters: Melanie Miranda and Staci Koski
• Description: Participants will learn about a component of the school counseling program that benefits parents and students by enhancing strong community relationships. Understand how sharing best practices in education with your parent community promotes a deeper understanding of Common Core Standards on College and Career Readiness. Explore technology tips and AVID strategies that can be used to effectively engage parents in learning about the academic and social/emotional aspects of tweens and teens.

(OS) Speed Session B-3: Empower and Engage through Passion Driven Learning
• School To Watch: Preston Middle School
• Location: Skyview – Table 3
• Presenters: Scott Nielsen, Amy Schmer, Tracey Winey, Kristen Hartman and Dusti Waite
• Description: Empower and engage today’s leaner! Experience how one middle school has used its schedule, the community and the passions of both students and staff to create authentic learning experiences!

(DR) Speed Session B-4: Advisory Advice: Suggestions for Advisory Activities
• School To Watch: Crossett Middle School
• Location: Skyview – Table 4
• Presenters: Sue Gibson, Lou Gregorio, Kelly Spradlin, Sherry Ford and Amanda Dejarnett
• Description: Advisory is key to the middle school movement. It is characterized by stable relationships to develop their identity, their interests and aptitudes. This session will focus on the use of a variety of activities in Advisory to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of every student.

(AE) Speed Session B-5: The Power of Project-Based Learning
• School To Watch: Honeoye Falls-Lima Middle School
• Location: Skyview – Table 5
• Presenters: Shawn Williams, Zack Clarry, Jill Klos, Donna Merritt, Terri Northrup, Rob Sanford and Matt Weider
• Description: HF-L Middle School has been striving to become more interdisciplinary in approach. Our journey has led us to explore the Buck Institute’s “8 Essential Elements of Project-Based Learning.” Those elements will be highlighted by teachers as they share their efforts to develop and implement rigorous and relevant interdisciplinary projects.

12:00 – 1:15 pm – LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

1:15 – 2:15 pm – CONCURRENT SESSIONS IV

(OS) Session 401: Innovation Bubbles & the “Skinny”
• School To Watch: Glenvar Middle School
• Location: Salon A
• Presenters: James Soltis, Dr. Corie Franklin, Ann Fajardo and Misty Culler
• Description: Innovation Bubbles: An in-house PD program designed to promote sharing and utilize staff strengths. The “Skinny”: A designated time during which students get extra help and/or enrichment, participate in yearbook, or attend clubs. Learn more about these effective organizational strategies designed to maximize students’ success and our sense of family.

(AE) Session 402: CAT Fever: A Multi-Tiered Intervention Program and Technology for All
• School To Watch: Lindero Canyon Middle School
• Location: Salon B
• Presenters: Dr. Abbe Irshay, Leslie Bruce, Michael La Frenz and Bicky Rippe
• Description: Learn how to implement a multi-tiered intervention program for both high and low achieving students. Technology plays a crucial part in the implementation and success for staff and students alike. *Cougar Achievement Time

(AE) Session 403: The Power of Project-Based Learning
• School To Watch: Honeoye Falls-Lima Middle School
• Location: Salon C
• Presenters: Shawn Williams, Zack Clarry, Jill Klos, Donna Merritt, Terri Northrup, Rob Sanford and Matt Weider
• Description: Our journey to become more interdiscipliary in approach has led us to explore the Buck Institute’s “8 Essential Elements of Project-Based Learning.” Those elements will be highlighted by teachers as they share their efforts to develop and implement rigorous and relevant interdisciplinary projects.

(AE) Session 404: How to Start Implementing Standards-Based/Mastery Grading and Why You Would Want to?
• School To Watch: Fort Herriman Middle School
• Location: Salon D
• Presenter: Gayle Dowdle
• Description: Want to change to mastery grading but you’re not sure where to start? This presentation will go over steps our department took to implement mastery grading. Discussion will include practical ways to change your class such as grade scale changes, formative assessments, and using interventions to allow for student mastery.

(DR) Session 405: Using Theme Days to Promote a Positive School Culture
• School To Watch: Bentworth Middle School
• Location: Salon E
• Presenter: David Schreiber
• Description: Do you want to excite your students, faculty, and families about learning? Do you want teachers collaborating and seeking opportunities to make connections between content areas? Do you want to bring students and families together to support a school wide initiative? We have the answers to all of these burning questions and more. Please join us for an interactive session that will get your blood pumping and mind thinking. Come learn how to implement a school wide Theme Day to promote a positive learning culture in your building.

(DR) Session 406: Advisory Advice: Suggestions for Advisory Activities
• School To Watch: Crossett Middle School
• Location: Salon F
• Presenters: Sue Gibson, Lou Gregorio, Kelly Spradlin, Sherry Ford and Amanda Dejarnett
• Description: Advisory is key to the middle school movement. It is characterized by stable relationships to develop their identity, their interests and aptitudes. This session will focus on the use of a variety of activities in advisory to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of every student.

(OS) Session 407: Small Group Instruction: A Practical Way to Create a Community of Learning
• School To Watch: The Chatfield School
• Location: Salon G
• Presenters: Jennifer Bierbusse, Aimee Wolinski, Robert Kurtz, Tracy Logan and William Kraly
• Description: Create a community of learning that encourages and motivates all students to reach their maximum potential. Participants will learn practical ways to effectively implement small group instruction in all content areas to differentiate learning, promote self-directed learning and increase students’ mastery and retention of key learning objectives and concepts.

(OS) Session 408: The Big 7+ School-Wide Commitments
• School To Watch: Sunnymead Middle School
• Location: Salon H
• Presenters: Jennifer Castillo, Elaine Woolsey, Patricia Barreto-Estrada and Jeff Peyton
• Description:How can you improve student engagement, build academic rigor, and increase student achievement? Join us as we embark in a mock instructional round using the Big 7+ School-Wide Commitments tool.  This is Sunnymead Middle’s innovative and practical plan created by combining multiple strategies and key components from proven, research-based practices.  Learn how to incorporate the commitments into your school’s organizational structure.

(AE) Session 409: EDGE: Explore, Design, Generate, Engineer
• School To Watch: Princess Anne Middle School
• Location: Salon J
• Presenters: D. Alex Bergren, Ed.D., Briana Jennings, Donna Abrams, Tori Beck, Barbara Hardin and Jeff Noss
• Description: The innovative interdisciplinary EDGE Program at Princess Anne MS integrates technology competencies and a STEAM curriculum with the Virginia SOLs. Using the engineering design process and project-based instruction, students learn content and skills while developing technology expertise and global skills in a personalized student-centered and student-directed learning environment.

(AE) Session 410: Read to Love, Read to Grow, Read to Learn: A Lifelong Approach to Reading
• School To Watch: Flat Rock Middle School
• Location: Salon K
• Presenters: Anna R. Nagreen and Amanda Childers
• Description: Interested in developing lifelong readers? That’s the goal of “Read to Love, Read to Grow, Read to Learn”. This presentation will address how to create a “life-long” reading program that uses “The PLC Process”, Common Core, Standards-Based Grading, Close Reading, Seminars, Problem/Project-Based Learning, Google, TED Ed, and more.

(AE) Session 411: Bringing Back the 3Rs of Education: Rigor, Relevance and Relationships.
• School To Watch: Sharyland North Junior High
• Location: Salon I
• Presenters: Leticia Leal, Elida Salinas and Jessica Cavazos
• Description: In a world that is constantly changing, our goal is to create learners that can evolve with it. In this session, we ll focus on three essential classroom practices: rigor, relevance and relationships. Authentic instruction, innovative tasks and life-related lessons motivate students to become mentally and emotionally involved in their learning while providing purpose, pride and ownership. Through the “3Rs”, instructional delivery transforms from teacher-centered to student-centered ensuring students are more receptive and thus successful.

(DR) Session 412: Making Our Mark with Understanding Hearts and Positive Attitudes
• School To Watch: Lugoff Elgin
• Location: Salon II
• Presenters: Karen Bullard, Britt Gardner, Keyes Wheeler and Paula Costello
• Description: At South Carolina’s first School to Watch, our school motto of “Understanding Hearts and Positive Attitudes” provides the foundation for student success. Through advisory, co-teaching, and academic intervention classes, staff and students work together to create a positive, inviting, and caring school culture.

(DR) Session 413: Co-Teaching and Collaboration: Enhance Thinking and Empower Learners
• School To Watch: Preston Middle School
• Location: Salon III
• Presenters: Scott Nielsen, Amy Schmer, Natalie Dudley and Kathy Sampson
• Description: Hear from teachers who currently teach in collaborative classrooms with two teachers, and 60 + students. Learn about why they decided to implement this, how it best supports students, technology integration, and best practices that can be applied to any classroom.

(OS) Session 414: Middle School Mathematics Support: A Tiered Approach
• School To Watch: Eagle Ridge Middle School
• Location: Salon IV
• Presenters: Scott F. Phillips, Jarrod Dungan, Cristin Cini, Lisa Maxvill, Margaret Lukacs, Gretchen Mostero and Jennifer Coffman
• Description: Listen as Eagle Ridge Middle administrators and teachers present their current structure for a tiered approach of mathematics support across a broad spectrum of middle school math courses from Math 6 to high school credit bearing courses, which serves a diverse community of learners in a large school environment.

2:30 – 3:30 pm – CONCURRENT SESSIONS V
(DR) Session 501: PRIME TIME 47: Relationships, Reading, and Remediation
• School To Watch: Elkton Middle School
• Location: Salon A
• Presenters: Dr. Ramona R. Pence and Karin Blay
• Description: Prime Time 47 is a daily 47 minute time block devoted to READING, REMEDIATION, & RELATIONSHIPS. Teachers are assigned 12-15 students for relationship building, literacy skill enhancement, and remediation. The design led by teachers, implementation, and success of Prime Time 47 will be shared. To devote 47 minutes to relationships, reading, and remediation is a gift to the middle school student and has made a positive impact on morale, behavior, and academic support.

(AE) Session 502: Serrano Champions Saturday Home Visits
• School To Watch: Serrano Middle School
• Location: Salon B
• Presenters: Michelle Cleveland, Cesar Lopez, Shenita Stevenson and Erin Freeman
• Description: Serrano believes that communication between school and home is critical to academic success. Teachers commit to making connections with families of our students through our Saturday Home Visit Program. We visit the homes of all Serrano Students each school year, establishing respect and trust within our school community.

(OS) Session 503: Creating Flexible Time for Teachers: Improving Access to All Students
• School To Watch: Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School
• Location: Salon C
• Presenters: Rob Bergmann, Donna Bolner, Frank Ruolo, Marc Casey and Jasper Fox Sr
• Description: We recognized the need for more academic time in the four core areas. Our new schedule creates more instructional time and allows teachers more flexibility and creativity in the delivery of their instruction. We would like to share this plan with other schools who might have similar concerns.

(DR) Session 504: Linking Literacy to Life and Learning
• School To Watch: Ecker Hill Middle School
• Location: Salon D
• Presenters: Traci Evans, Laura Starley, Nancy Krivick, Ginny Etheridge and Tristin Eason
• Description: Linking literacy to life and learning is empowering students through meaningful interactions with text. Come explore strategies used to help students build a relationship with language while reinforcing common core standards across all disciplines.

(AE) Session 505: Flipping Your Classroom or Faculty Meeting
• School To Watch: Wilson Southern Middle School
• Location: Salon E
• Presenters: Stephen Burnham and Kelly Shewmake
• Description: This presentation will assist participants in learning the purpose and reasons to implement a flipped classroom. Participants will review various “flipped” classes and learn some quick ways to start their own process. At the end, everyone will have a greater understanding of how a flipped lesson will save both time and energy.

(DR) Session 506: Wholey Moley: You Mean the Whole Child?
• School To Watch: Owl Creek School
• Location: Salon F
• Presenters: Stephanie Davis, Whitney Green, Sharon Long, Mary Martin, Brandy Pledger and Rachel Walker
• Description: Come find out how Owl Creek School is meeting the needs of the whole child through a blend of programs designed to teach and empower kids to become the best version of themselves. Participants will be introduced to a version of The Leader In Me, middle school advisory, and Positive Behavior Intervention Support in which we believe is the whole package: behavior, moral and social development, and life skills.

(AE) Session 507: Be Empowered to Engage Students and Involve Parents with Meego®!
• School To Watch: ProfolioED, LLC
• Location: Salon G
• Presenters: Laura Penrod Stock and Tony Kempisty
• Description: Experience Meego®! Meego® is a powerful system that allows teachers to easily facilitate student-centered technology-infused instruction and celebrate authentic success! Better than a parent portal, Meego® puts parents into the classroom! Customize your Meego® experience and get ready for a great year! (BYOT)

(SE) Session 508: Changing the Game: Inside and Outside the Classroom
• School To Watch: Firebaugh Middle
• Location: Salon H
• Presenters: Marcus Sosa, Amanda Garcia and Kinzie Fink-Thompson
• Description: A complete GAME CHANGER! Response to Intervention must be timely, data driven, accessible to every student, and within the regular school day. Every student at FMS has access to a daily three-tiered RtI system that includes nterventions in ELA and math daily while providing access to dance, sign language, archery and other enrichments. We provide every student with high-quality interventions, fun learning opportunities, and support that allows success for all.

(DR) Session 509: Creating a Supportive Learning Environment through an Advisory Program
• School To Watch: Sterling Middle School
• Location: Salon J
• Presenters: Gus Martinez, Steven Pickering and Elena Barham
• Description: Sterling Middle School recognizes that high-performing middle schools respond to the specific challenges of adolescent students. Our school implemented an advisory program this year where school staff creates a personalized environment that supports each student and their unique needs. The relationships that school staff has created with students have already proven to be beneficial for student well-being and academic achievement.

(OS) Session 510: Principal to Principal
• School To Watch: National Forum
• Location: Salon K
• Presenter: Bruce Vosburgh
• Description: A facilitated time for principals to share practices, gather ideas, and ask questions. Participants will be engaged in a discussion focused on the issues and concerns that they identify.

(AE) Session 511: Project-Based Learning through Design Thinking
• School To Watch: Alder Creek Middle School
• Location: Salon I
• Presenters: Hien Larson, Jessica Keller and Christine Smith
• Description: Through simulations, design thinking, project-based learning, and Google classrooms we are able to make learning come alive for all students. We teach students lifelong skills that foster high-level thinking and provide regular chances to synthesize, analyze, and critique. We have transformed our classrooms into engaging environments in which students apply concepts to real-world problems. We send all scholars home engaged in learning and with a sense of purpose.

(AE) Session 512: Using Technology, Collaborative Leadrship and Relationships to Help Students Succeed
• School To Watch: Tomahawk Creek Middle School
• Location: Salon II
• Presenters: David Ellena, Curtis Fry, Rebecca Harmon, Hope Collins, Lisa Hudson, Ellen Neville and Cindy Woodward
• Description: In this presentation, the administrative team and teachers from Tomahawk Creek Middle School will demonstrate how they have used their Four Cornerstones to enhance student learning and increase student achievement. The presenters will share their technology integration plan, collaborative leadership model, and how they use relationships to instill a sense of community.

Saturday, June 25, 2016
8:30 – 9:30 am – CONCURRENT SESSIONS VI

(AE) Session 601: App-y Hour
• School To Watch: Mary G. Porter Traditional School
• Location: Salon D
• Presenters: Kerianne Greer and Sarah Mainer
• Description: In this session, join two technology-loving, “Appy” teachers as they share their ideas and activities for 30 captivating apps that will facilitate, engage and extend student learning across the curriculum while allowing you to work towards achieving each level on the SAMR model.

(DR) Session 602: 10 Innovative Strategies to Transform Your Middle School
• School To Watch: River Bend Middle School
• Location: Salon E
• Presenters: Dave Shaffer, Mary Beth Woodford, Eric Fritz, Melissa Dober, Brian Tompkins and Nick Fisher
• Description: How do you create a developmentally appropriate school for adolescent learners? Come discover 10 innovative ideas that will transform your entire school community. From learning how to streamline communication to developing supports for at-risk students, you will walk away with 10 practical strategies that you can implement starting on Monday.

(DR) Session 603: Putting the Pieces Together: Advisory, Transition and Student-Led Conferencing for Success
• School To Watch: South Side Middle School
• Location: Salon F
• Presenters: Lora Batchelor and Jennifer Shroads
• Description: South Side Middle School connects advisory, state transition standards, and student-led conferencing to meet the diverse needs of all learners. This presentation will outline how this puzzle comes together and provide you with practical ways to connect these pieces for the students you serve.

(AE) Session 604: Integrating Technology within the Classroom Using a Digital Learning Coach Model
• School To Watch: Pioneer Middle School
• Location: Salon G
• Presenters: Miriam Prell and David Bowers
• Description: The coach-fellow model guides teachers in implementing rigorous standards and engaging lessons, supported by 21st century technology. This model constitutes co-planning between the digital learning coach (DLC) and the teacher (Fellow). The DLC observes or co-teaches with the Fellow during lessons that incorporate technology. Ongoing support and feedback are provided two days per week. This model focuses on reflection and refinement of lessons that incorporate technology leading to high levels of student engagement and achievement.

(AE) Session 605: Reach Them to Teach Them: Developing Relationships to Maximize School Success
• School To Watch: Mistletoe STEM Institute
• Location: Salon H
• Presenters: Brad Fulton and Amanda Patton
• Description: Three-time Schools to Watch awardee, Mistletoe is a thriving environment with connections among students, staff, and community. High test scores, reduced behavioral problems, and a refreshing school climate are possible in spite of oppressive community demographics. Resources will be presented in a replicable format that will benefit all students.

9:30 – 9:45 am – VISIT EXHIBITS

9:45 – 10:45 am – CONCURRENT SESSIONS VII

(OS) Session 701: Elementary to Middle School Transition: a Five Step Process
• School To Watch: Eagle Ridge Middle School
• Location: Salon D
• Presenters: Scott F. Phillips, Jarrod Dungan, Cristin Cini, Lisa Maxvill, Margaret Lukacs, Gretchen Mostero and Jennifer Coffman
• Description: Listen as Eagle Ridge Middle administrators and teachers present lessons learned across a decade of transitioning students from elementary to middle school, and gain insight into their highly successful structure for students and parents of school visits, summer transition camp, and end of summer orientation.

(AE) Session 702: Innovative and Engaging Teaching Practices Using “One to the World” Examples
• School To Watch: Farmwell Station Middle School
• Location: Salon E
• Presenter: Brian Peters
• Description: Student engagement in real world activities is easy with the use of One to the World techniques. Technology, real world problems and student solutions are a vital part of this rich and relevant curriculum. It’s refreshing when students take ownership of their own learning and teachers get back to the love of teaching.

(AE) Session 703: Is Best Practice Your Common Practice? It Can Be!
• School To Watch: DuBois Area Middle School
• Location: Salon F
• Presenters: Julie Baun and Christine Kline
• Description: At DAMS, sharing our “best practices” is common practice. Through customized professional development plans, weekly department and grade level meetings, school and district-wide professional development days, our best practice middle school is leading the way with cutting edge and highly-engaging strategies that work in the classroom.

(AE) Session 704: Building a Realistic, Student-Focused, School-Wide, RTI Program
• School To Watch: SAN LORENZO VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL
• Location: Salon G
• Presenters: Jeff Calden and Matt McMillan
• Description: San Lorenzo Valley Middle School is a rural school of 525 students. The school staff has spent the past seven years working together to create a school-wide system of intervention that has strengthened our safety net, mainstreamed our special education students, reduced failure and improved school culture.

(OS) Session 705: The Paperless Classroom: Google Classroom for an Online Generation
• School To Watch: Fort Herriman Middle School
• Location: Salon H
• Presenters: Frank Preston, Lauren Nielsen and Melinda LeSueur
• Description: This presentation will focus on the benefits of using Google apps including classroom, docs, and presentations in a classroom setting to increase student learning, engagement, and creativity. We will emphasize the organizational benefits Google classroom gives both teachers and students.