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Friday, April 12
 

7:15am

Registration
Friday April 12, 2019 7:15am - 8:00am
High Country Conference Center 201 W Butler Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

8:00am

Opening Keynote
Friday April 12, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
High Country Conference Center 201 W Butler Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

9:00am

Develop Your Own Learning Community and Help Your Students Reach Their Full Potential
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you want to help students reach their full potential? Discover how to reach beyond the
boundaries of the classroom to engage a learning community that will truly impact the way you
teach students. This session will focus on creating a learning community comprised of
professionals, families, and other stakeholders in students’ lives. Leave this session
understanding WHY a learning community is crucial to students’ learning, WHAT a learning
community is, WHO should be in your community, WHERE and WHEN these interactions can
take place, and most importantly, HOW to create your own.

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Jones

Hannah Jones

Madison School District
Hannah Jones is a proud National Board Certified Teacher and Special Education Enthusiast. Shehas spent her past 12 years teaching students with exceptionalities. Hannah has worked as aspecial education teacher in grades K-5 and 9-12. She is currently an Assistive TechnologySpecialist... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:10am
COE 124

9:00am

How do we get to know our students?
Limited Capacity full

This session will introduce the multiple ways teachers can get to know their class learning needs
to provide more engaging presentations, activities, and instruction. This session will include:
understanding learning styles and the various ways students gather and process information,
relate the structure and function of the brain to the learning process, and how to use The
Winning Colors® process for identifying the behavioral strengths of students.

Speakers
avatar for Sal Fiorella

Sal Fiorella

Major Sal Fiorella is an Army Junior R.O.T.C instructor in the Globe Unified School District #1 inGlobe Arizona. He earned his Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice and was commissioned as anArmy Officer through R.O.T.C. at Buffalo State College in New York. As an Army Officer, MajorFiorella... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:10am
COE 200

9:00am

Love, Empathy, and Respect: The Ultimate Teaching Trifecta for Building Excellent Relationships in the Elementary Classroom
Limited Capacity full

A teacher's role in helping shape the character of students is incredibly important and
never ending: the way we speak throughout the day, the behavior tolerated, the
interactions encouraged, and our clearly defined expectations are all synthesized by the
young learners we’re surrounded by each day. With love, empathy, and respect, educators
can effectively shape the learning environment for all learners, especially children who
have extra challenges or have experienced trauma in their young lives. Pre-service teachers
will come away from this session inspired, energized, and armed with strategies and
understanding to lead them confidently into their own classrooms someday soon.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Ball

Amy Ball

Amy Ball is a 13-year veteran kindergarten teacher in Central Phoenix at Madison TraditionalAcademy. She was honored as a 2018 Arizona Educational Foundation’s Teacher of the YearAmbassador for Excellence, and is the president of her local Arizona Education Associationaffiliate... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:10am
COE 211

9:00am

Open Hearts = Open Minds; Trauma Informed Care: What every educator needs to know to understand and respond to ACE's, Adverse Childhood Experiences
Limited Capacity seats available

The ACE's, Adverse Childhood Experiences Study has reshaped our understanding of
trauma. Exposure to traumatic events significantly affects a student’s health, wellness, and
ability to learn requiring a new understanding of create emotionally safe school
environments. School systems, K-12 can respond by developing Trauma Informed Schools and
classrooms. During this training we will learn about the ACE's study, types of traumatic
experiences, implications of the ACE's study and chronic stress has on brain development,
social, emotional, and academic ability as well as protective factors that will build resiliency.
Participants will leave with simple steps school wide communities and classroom teachers can
take to address this epidemic.

Speakers
DB

Dawn Baumgartner

Dawn Baumgartner, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Yoga Teacher, and Trauma Specialist has been working with clients ages Birth to 80+ with a focus on school age youth, for over fifteen years. Mrs. Baumgartner has worked in inner city schools in NYC and AZ as well as Community... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:10am
COE 190

9:00am

Applying Content Today
Limited Capacity seats available

*Please bring a device to use during this session.
This session, geared towards upper elementary teachers, will explore the
subjects’ teachers teach and how to teach these subjects. With discussion time, followed by
hands on exploration, participants will explore ways to engage students around content
standards and use best practices for instruction and creation of application assignments.
Participants will leave empowered with ideas to apply content across disciplines and with
resources to continue their own learning about the content they may teach.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Casaldi

Amy Casaldi

An Arizona native, Amy Casaldi earned an M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Grand CanyonUniversity, B.S. Marketing, B.S. Business Process Management, and an M.Ed. in GiftedEducation from Arizona State University. She has spent the past eleven years working in publiceducation, K-12... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:10am
COE 208

9:00am

Mindful Instruction and Learning: Making the Most of Student Learning and Applying Your Content Knowledge to Reach All Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you appreciate your knowledge-base and what you have to offer? Are you mindful of
instructional planning and how to plan for engagement, inquiry, and formative assessments?
This session will help you tap into your skillset and understand how mindful instruction and
purposeful learning impacts all students in our diverse society. You will walk away with
strategies and tools to enhance your instruction and cultivate a rich instructional climate.

Speakers
avatar for Annie Diaz, NBCT

Annie Diaz, NBCT

Annie Diaz is an Instructional Coach for the Washington Elementary School District. She is aNational Board Certified Teacher, Early Childhood Generalist, and an Arizona Master Teacher. In2007, Annie received an M.Ed. in Early Childhood with an Emphasis in Reading and EarlyLiteracy... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:10am
COE 170

9:00am

Place-Based Education In (and Out of) the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Students learn best when they learn from their own place; they are already connected and have
a base-level understanding from which to build deeper curricular connections. This session will
provide “the basics” of place-based education, and will be interactive in nature. It will be taught
from a middle school perspective, but could be adapted to any grade.

Speakers
avatar for Molly Lesandrini

Molly Lesandrini

Molly Lesandrini teaches 8th grade social studies as a part of the Alpine Leadership Academy atMount Elden Middle School in Flagstaff, Arizona. She graduated from Northern ArizonaUniversity with an MA in Education. Prior to teaching in the classroom, she spent years involvedin experiential... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:10am
COE 185

9:00am

Shaping the Big Thoughts and Feelings of Our Littlest Minds: The Importance of Social- Emotional Learning in Early Childhood
Limited Capacity seats available

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) sets the foundations for student success and well-being and
better equips students for rigorous academic and professional environments. This session will
focus on the what, where, why, and how of SEL: what are the 5 SEL competencies, where to find
appropriate resources, why do all students need these skills and how to embed learning in
everyday instruction. Although SEL is vital at all grade levels, this session will primarily focus on
Early Childhood Education, students in preschool to grade 3.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Barker

Maria Barker

As an early childhood special education teacher and mother of “two under two,” Maria Barkerchampions the notion that the best investment to ensure the future success of a child, is toinvest in the early years of their lives. Maria teaches at Red Mountain Center for EarlyEducation... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:10am
COE 203

9:00am

STEM Engagement – Hands On Minds On
Limited Capacity seats available

STEM lessons do not have to be expensive to be valuable. In this session, we will explore
“Hands On Minds On” STEM lessons that are exciting for you as a teacher and extremely
engaging for students. These STEM lessons allow teachers to meet the needs of all students
and help all students find success. You will leave this session with ideas on how to get STEM
items on the cheap as well as where to find FREE resources.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Ann Howell

Lee Ann Howell

Lee Ann Howell has been a 7th Grade Science (STEM) teacher at Colonel Smith Middle School in the Fort Huachuca Accommodation School District for 9 years. She has worked in the district for 15 years in various positions. Before becoming a science teacher, she was a special education... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:10am
COE 212

9:00am

Be a Marvel Motivator: Catch the Super Powers That Will Guarantee Your Students’ Continuous Success and Achievements!
Limited Capacity seats available

Create an environment in the Primary Grades where students are excited to be at school, feel
safe sharing ideas and take responsibility for their own learning while working in a cooperative
group setting. Think outside the box when it comes to stimulating the imagination and
documenting student accomplishments. Become familiar with managing and monitoring
student engagement so that you can collect clear evidence of their learning which will drive
your instruction. Let me show you how to use some technology applications that assist in
collecting a wide range of student learning which become a part of each student’s digital
portfolio. As you reflect on the “glowing’ and “growing’ moments you observe happening with
your classroom family, see how to exercise your Super Powers by delivering instruction that is
motivating and fosters accelerated success! Through the planning of higher-level thinking
games, differentiated centers and inquiry-based stations that encourage creativity . . . find out
how children can demonstrate their application of what is being taught by engaging in
structured play, Learning Labs, and a variety of creative experiences.

Speakers
avatar for LeAnna Wolkis M.Ed., NBCT

LeAnna Wolkis M.Ed., NBCT

LeAnna Wolkis Goldstein has been an early childhood educator in the state of Arizona fortwenty-eight years and currently works in the Paradise Valley School District. LeAnna’sphilosophy supports creating a student-centered classroom that fosters 100% engagementusing project-based... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:10am
COE 174

9:00am

Want to have a well-managed classroom? Engagement is key!
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session, we will focus on how student engagement is one of the most effective strategies
to a positively managed classroom. Student engagement begins with knowing students well and
planning lessons that will keep them wanting to learn more! We will work together to identify
essential components of a highly engaging lesson and, using the Architecture of Accomplished
Teaching as a guide, how to apply these components to any grade level or content area.

Speakers
avatar for Dayna Burke

Dayna Burke

Dayna Burke is a first-grade teacher in Sahuarita, Arizona. She is an National Board CertifiedTeacher and has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from NAU. Dayna serves on herdistrict’s Professional Development Team and is an Instructional Coach. In 2014, she wasnamed... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:10am
COE 204

9:00am

Want to Integrate Technology? Step One: Teach Digital Citizenship
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, you will learn about Digital Citizenship, what it is, why it’s important to teach it,
and where to find resources to teach it. This session is recommended for all grade levels, as
technology is integrated into instruction as young as Kindergarten and through 12 th grade.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Mora

Sara Mora

Sara Mora is a 2nd grade teacher and Technology Professional Development Facilitator in theSahuarita Unified School District. She also runs the Media Club at her K-8 school. Sara has aMaster’s in Educational Technology and is a Google Certified Teacher Level 2. She is workingtowards... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:10am
COE 151

9:00am

Developing Problem-Solving systematically in the Math Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, participants will learn engaging strategies for how to build student’s problem-
solving skills in a math classroom. Through activities, participants will connect research to
classroom application identifying ways to connect learning to student interest. This session will
provide real-time examples of how to provide every student with formative feedback to
support their learning while working with math tasks.

Speakers
avatar for Misha Freeman

Misha Freeman

Associate Program Consultant, The New Teacher Center
Misha Freeman started her journey as a middle school math teacher in Arizona. Her passion issupporting students in mathematics so that they too will love math. She has supportedteachers as a Mentor, a Math interventionist, and a math lead. Working as a ProfessionalDevelopment Coordinator... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:10am
COE 189

9:00am

The Practitioner: Refining Practice Through Reflection
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you losing sleep because you're unsure of how to manage your craft? Participants will get an understanding of how to systematically think about your practice and reflect on next steps to improve your game. Walk away with strategies to support your instruction in reaching ALL of your students. Having a strategic plan in place will result in great student effect size!


Speakers
avatar for Anthony Pérez

Anthony Pérez

Anthony Perez is a Phoenix native in the eighth year of his career. He has taughtfor the last 4 years at Sunset Elementary. His passion for students receiving a highquality education in urban settings drives the work he does both in and out of theclassroom. He is a member of the Grand... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:10am
COE 155

9:00am

The Reflective Teacher: Sometimes You Win, and Sometimes You Learn
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is designed for all grades and contents. You will learn to use each teaching
experience to self-reflect and improve teaching methods, strategies, and teacher/student
relationships. In this session, explore how to systematically think about your practice to
improve your teaching and leave with applicable next steps. You have more strength than you
realize, and more support than you know; but in the end, change starts with you!

Speakers
avatar for Jodi Chesbro

Jodi Chesbro

Jodi Chesbro, a 1996 AEF AZ Teacher of the Year Ambassador, currently teaches at Sierra VerdeSTEAM Academy as an ELA Teacher. Jodi worked on the national level with the U.S. Departmentof Education Blue Ribbon Schools for four years, and currently serves on the ArizonaEducational Foundation... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:10am
COE 205

9:00am

The Thinking Part of Teaching
Limited Capacity seats available

Observe, Plan, Apply, Assesses, Reflect…REPEAT. Accomplished teachers find that they will
participate in this cycle with rigor as they develop their craft and expertise. In this session, join
as we discuss and explore the teacher thinking processes involved in each of these areas for
those living in the fast-paced, ever-evolving, elementary classroom!


Speakers
avatar for Yolanda Wheelington

Yolanda Wheelington

Yolanda Wheelington has taught for the past eight years in the Phoenix Elementary SchoolDistrict. Her passion for developing and supporting the human potential is evident in the cross-curricular work done her classroom. She achieved National Board Teacher Certification as aMiddle... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:10am
COE 201

9:00am

Building Community and Relationships within the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Community building practices are an essential component of inclusive and connected
classrooms because they foster meaningful relationships and understanding among community
members. It is the foundation of relationships that makes individuals less likely to harm one
another, creates a safe classroom environment, and leads to the investment in others that
supports repairing relationships when conflict occurs. This session focuses on easy-to-
implement tips and strategies that can be used at all grade levels.


Speakers
avatar for Elma Dzanic

Elma Dzanic

Born and raised for part of her life in Banja Luka, Bosnia, Elma Dzanic and her family wereforced to immigrate to Phoenix, Arizona in 1995 in the aftermath of the Bosnian ethnicconflict. She is a graduate of Arizona State University with an undergraduate degree in JusticeStudies... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:10am
COE 216

9:00am

Relevancy through Community
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will discuss how teachers can connect learning to a local community. Communities
rely on people from every level of education for businesses, charities, as well as social
functions. Every year that teachers can impart skills like responsibility, effective
communication, self-advocacy, and respect are valuable to a person’s societal well-being. For
this reason, teachers need to be aware that we teach more than content; additionally, we can
infuse local community heritage, culture, and current events into our classrooms to spark
interest and relevancy.

Speakers
avatar for James King

James King

At his core, James King is an avid adventurer. He sought adventure after high school with globaltravel and working for international businesses. As a graduate of the University of CentralFlorida, his classroom mission is consistently to prepare students to enter the workforce bybuilding... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:10am
COE 150

9:00am

Small Classroom, Big World: Building a Learning Community
Limited Capacity seats available

Bring the world to your classroom! Come learn how to use technology and other tools to create
a global mindset and unique educational opportunities for your students – and yourself. In this
session, learn strategies to get your students working collaboratively with students and experts
around the globe. These simple techniques, tools and ideas make learning engaging for
students and for you. You’ll also learn how to collaborate with other professionals and build
partnerships with families and other stakeholders.

Speakers
avatar for Beth Maloney

Beth Maloney

Beth Maloney is in her nineteenth year of teaching and enjoys every minute of her time in her5 th grade classroom in Surprise. Beth is a National Board Certified Teacher, past-president andco-founder of the Arizona National Board Certified Teachers Network and a Candidate SupportProvider... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:10am
COE 156

10:15am

Connecting With Your Students by Interrupting Implicit Bias
Limited Capacity full

Seek to build relationships with high school students from various social/cultural groups that
are different from yours, or with whom you are less comfortable or familiar. By “relationships”,
we mean: repeated interactions that are marked by respect, reciprocity, and positive regard.
Interactions where, through dialogue, you come to learn more about a person’s experience in
the world and way of seeing it.

Speakers
avatar for Kareem Neal

Kareem Neal

2019 Arizona Teacher of the Year, Maryvale High School
Kareem Neal has taught self-contained special education for 22 years. The past 11 years, he hastaught at Maryvale High School. He has a Master’s Degree in Special Education from New JerseyUniversity. Kareem’s passion is in social justice issues. He is a member of the Phoenix UnionHigh... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 10:15am - 11:25am
COE 211

10:15am

Designing Empathy: Design Thinking Crash Course
Limited Capacity seats available

Preparing children for the future has never been more about skills and less about memorized
content than it is today. At the root of problem solving and critical thinking is the human skill of
empathy. This session will introduce the role of empathy in problem solving and walk future
teachers through a hands-on, design thinking crash course. Participants will engage with their
peers and work with their hands to empathize and design a purposeful prototype.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Perrone

Jonathan Perrone

Jonathan Perrone is a master’s educated middle school STEAM (Science, Technology,Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) teacher from Phoenix, AZ. For the past 11 years, Jonathanhas been leading his students on a journey to discover the wondrous principles and practices inthe many fields... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 10:15am - 11:25am
COE 155

10:15am

Open Hearts = Open Minds; Trauma Informed Care: What every educator needs to know to understand and respond to ACE's, Adverse Childhood Experiences
Limited Capacity seats available

The ACE's, Adverse Childhood Experiences Study has reshaped our understanding of
trauma. Exposure to traumatic events significantly affects a student’s health, wellness, and
ability to learn requiring a new understanding of create emotionally safe school
environments. School systems, K-12 can respond by developing Trauma Informed Schools and
classrooms. During this training we will learn about the ACE's study, types of traumatic
experiences, implications of the ACE's study and chronic stress has on brain development,
social, emotional, and academic ability as well as protective factors that will build resiliency.
Participants will leave with simple steps school wide communities and classroom teachers can
take to address this epidemic.

Speakers
DB

Dawn Baumgartner

Dawn Baumgartner, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Yoga Teacher, and Trauma Specialist has been working with clients ages Birth to 80+ with a focus on school age youth, for over fifteen years. Mrs. Baumgartner has worked in inner city schools in NYC and AZ as well as Community... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 10:15am - 11:25am
COE 190

10:15am

Sharing Differences, Identifying Similarities, and Embracing Diversity
Limited Capacity seats available

Regardless of subject area, you are guaranteed to have a diverse group of learners. Students
bring their individual experiences, abilities, prior learning, and culture into our classrooms. This
session will explore ways in which junior high and high school teachers can incorporate their
students’ diverse cultures and communities through valuing each learners’ unique experiences
throughout their instruction. Teachers will walk away with the tools needed to have a
classroom environment that celebrates similarities, differences, and fosters student growth.

Speakers
avatar for Aminah Abdelhaq

Aminah Abdelhaq

Aminah Abdelhaq is a junior high science teacher and yearbook adviser at Franklin Junior Highin Mesa Public Schools. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies Education, and aMaster’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Florida International University. Aminahreceived... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 10:15am - 11:25am
COE 170

10:15am

Place-Based Education In (and Out of) the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Students learn best when they learn from their own place; they are already connected and have
a base-level understanding from which to build deeper curricular connections. This session will
provide “the basics” of place-based education, and will be interactive in nature. It will be taught
from a middle school perspective, but could be adapted to any grade.

Speakers
avatar for Molly Lesandrini

Molly Lesandrini

Molly Lesandrini teaches 8th grade social studies as a part of the Alpine Leadership Academy atMount Elden Middle School in Flagstaff, Arizona. She graduated from Northern ArizonaUniversity with an MA in Education. Prior to teaching in the classroom, she spent years involvedin experiential... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 10:15am - 11:25am
COE 185

10:15am

Putting Together the Pieces of YOUR Teaching Puzzle: The Importance of Knowing Your Subject and the Students You WILL Teach!
Limited Capacity seats available

Nervous? Scared? Anxious? Excited? No more tests, no more projects, no more
practicums…now the teaching and learning is up to you! This practical session will discuss the
pitfalls many new teachers experience simply by losing sight of the big picture…knowing WHY
you are doing what you are doing and WHO you are doing it for. Let’s talk and put the puzzle
together!

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Doherty

Michelle Doherty

Michelle Doherty is a first-grade dual language teacher and mentor coach at EncantoElementary in the Osborn School District. She is in her 25 th year of teaching and has proudlyinvested her ENTIRE teaching career for the same district and the same school. Michelle wasrecognized as... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 10:15am - 11:25am
COE 200

10:15am

Shaping the Big Thoughts and Feelings of Our Littlest Minds: The Importance of Social- Emotional Learning in Early Childhood
Limited Capacity seats available

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) sets the foundations for student success and well-being and
better equips students for rigorous academic and professional environments. This session will
focus on the what, where, why, and how of SEL: what are the 5 SEL competencies, where to find
appropriate resources, why do all students need these skills and how to embed learning in
everyday instruction. Although SEL is vital at all grade levels, this session will primarily focus on
Early Childhood Education, students in preschool to grade 3.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Barker

Maria Barker

As an early childhood special education teacher and mother of “two under two,” Maria Barkerchampions the notion that the best investment to ensure the future success of a child, is toinvest in the early years of their lives. Maria teaches at Red Mountain Center for EarlyEducation... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 10:15am - 11:25am
COE 203

10:15am

STEM Engagement – Hands On Minds On
Limited Capacity seats available

STEM lessons do not have to be expensive to be valuable. In this session, we will explore
“Hands On Minds On” STEM lessons that are exciting for you as a teacher and extremely
engaging for students. These STEM lessons allow teachers to meet the needs of all students
and help all students find success. You will leave this session with ideas on how to get STEM
items on the cheap as well as where to find FREE resources.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Ann Howell

Lee Ann Howell

Lee Ann Howell has been a 7th Grade Science (STEM) teacher at Colonel Smith Middle School in the Fort Huachuca Accommodation School District for 9 years. She has worked in the district for 15 years in various positions. Before becoming a science teacher, she was a special education... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 10:15am - 11:25am
COE 212

10:15am

Teach Students to Love Math Grades 2-6
Limited Capacity seats available

Were you the student who hated math or maybe the student who loved math but hated all the
boring worksheets? If so this class is the one for you. According to the Nations Report Card for
Arizona only 34% of our students meet or exceed the NAEP Proficiency level for 4th grade. Join
me in my goal to change this perception of math from fear to one of exploration and fun!
Please bring internet connected technology for our interactive student experience.

Speakers
avatar for Sheri Loyd

Sheri Loyd

Sheri Loyd, a 3rd grade teacher in the Dysart Unified School District, was inspired to create alove of math for all students. She has a K-8 Math Endorsement and is Nationally Board Certifiedin Middle School Math. Having been a Math Interventionist for 6 years, she is passionate aboutcreating... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 10:15am - 11:25am
COE 201

10:15am

The Superpower of Mindfulness: How to use Mindfulness to Improve Your Students, Your Practice, and Yourself
Limited Capacity seats available

The power of mindfulness starts with yourself. This session will give you a window into the
possibilities of how practicing mindfulness at the elementary level can support you as an
educator and allow you to explore the opportunities how to apply these adopted skills.
Ultimately, this session will help you understand the When, Why, and How mindfulness in the
classroom can improve your students learning, classroom management, and school culture.

Speakers

Friday April 12, 2019 10:15am - 11:25am
COE 174

10:15am

Valuing Process Along with Product: Building a Participatory Culture Through Formative Assessment
Limited Capacity seats available

How can you really tell if students understand the concepts you are teaching? This session will
focus on aligning lessons with your goals for students, and how you can get students actively
involved in the assessment process to inform instructional decisions. This session will help you
design your classroom as a collaborative environment where students will be doing the work,
not just you, and how to use observation to gather data about what your students know and
are able to do. You will take with you practical methods to set up, implement, and use
formative assessment and skill-based standards to impact classroom climate and your mental
health in a positive way! This session will use examples and provide strategies for any grade
level.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Davis

Erica Davis

Erica Davis, a National Board Certified Teacher, has been in the English language arts classroomfor 14 years. She served as a 2018 Ambassador of Excellence for the Arizona EducationalFoundation. She has a passion for reading, promoting diversity, and loving her students. She hasheld... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 10:15am - 11:25am
COE 216

10:15am

Want to have a well-managed classroom? Engagement is key!
Limited Capacity full

In this session, we will focus on how student engagement is one of the most effective strategies
to a positively managed classroom. Student engagement begins with knowing students well and
planning lessons that will keep them wanting to learn more! We will work together to identify
essential components of a highly engaging lesson and, using the Architecture of Accomplished
Teaching as a guide, how to apply these components to any grade level or content area.

Speakers
avatar for Dayna Burke

Dayna Burke

Dayna Burke is a first-grade teacher in Sahuarita, Arizona. She is an National Board CertifiedTeacher and has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from NAU. Dayna serves on herdistrict’s Professional Development Team and is an Instructional Coach. In 2014, she wasnamed... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 10:15am - 11:25am
COE 204

10:15am

Want to Integrate Technology? Step One: Teach Digital Citizenship
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, you will learn about Digital Citizenship, what it is, why it’s important to teach it,
and where to find resources to teach it. This session is recommended for all grade levels, as
technology is integrated into instruction as young as Kindergarten and through 12 th grade.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Mora

Sara Mora

Sara Mora is a 2nd grade teacher and Technology Professional Development Facilitator in theSahuarita Unified School District. She also runs the Media Club at her K-8 school. Sara has aMaster’s in Educational Technology and is a Google Certified Teacher Level 2. She is workingtowards... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 10:15am - 11:25am
COE 151

10:15am

Developing Problem-Solving systematically in the Math Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, participants will learn engaging strategies for how to build student’s problem-
solving skills in a math classroom. Through activities, participants will connect research to
classroom application identifying ways to connect learning to student interest. This session will
provide real-time examples of how to provide every student with formative feedback to
support their learning while working with math tasks.

Speakers
avatar for Misha Freeman

Misha Freeman

Associate Program Consultant, The New Teacher Center
Misha Freeman started her journey as a middle school math teacher in Arizona. Her passion issupporting students in mathematics so that they too will love math. She has supportedteachers as a Mentor, a Math interventionist, and a math lead. Working as a ProfessionalDevelopment Coordinator... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 10:15am - 11:25am
COE 189

10:15am

Looking Back to Move Forward
Limited Capacity seats available

Revitalize your role as a reflective practitioner by recognizing the complexities of being both a
teacher and a creative problem solver. In this session, geared for middle school and high school
teachers of any content area, you will learn strategies to ensure engagement in the classroom
by strengthening rapport, employing effective and creative questioning strategies, and giving
students the power of choice. Additionally, by the end of this breakout session you will have
tools to engage in the habit of reflection to not only strengthen your teaching, but bring
learning to life for your students.

Speakers
avatar for Alexis LaDuca

Alexis LaDuca

Deer Valley Unified School District
Alexis LaDuca is a National Board Certified Teacher who has been teaching for the last 23 years at Mountain Ridge High School in the Deer Valley Unified School District. She currently teaches First Year Composition and American Literature for Junior Dual Enrollment, as well as a Language... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 10:15am - 11:25am
COE 124

10:15am

The Reflective Teacher: Sometimes You Win, and Sometimes You Learn
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is designed for all grades and contents. You will learn to use each teaching
experience to self-reflect and improve teaching methods, strategies, and teacher/student
relationships. In this session, explore how to systematically think about your practice to
improve your teaching and leave with applicable next steps. You have more strength than you
realize, and more support than you know; but in the end, change starts with you!

Speakers
avatar for Jodi Chesbro

Jodi Chesbro

Jodi Chesbro, a 1996 AEF AZ Teacher of the Year Ambassador, currently teaches at Sierra VerdeSTEAM Academy as an ELA Teacher. Jodi worked on the national level with the U.S. Departmentof Education Blue Ribbon Schools for four years, and currently serves on the ArizonaEducational Foundation... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 10:15am - 11:25am
COE 205

10:15am

Relevancy through Community
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will discuss how teachers can connect learning to a local community. Communities
rely on people from every level of education for businesses, charities, as well as social
functions. Every year that teachers can impart skills like responsibility, effective
communication, self-advocacy, and respect are valuable to a person’s societal well-being. For
this reason, teachers need to be aware that we teach more than content; additionally, we can
infuse local community heritage, culture, and current events into our classrooms to spark
interest and relevancy.

Speakers
avatar for James King

James King

At his core, James King is an avid adventurer. He sought adventure after high school with globaltravel and working for international businesses. As a graduate of the University of CentralFlorida, his classroom mission is consistently to prepare students to enter the workforce bybuilding... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 10:15am - 11:25am
COE 150

10:15am

Small Classroom, Big World: Building a Learning Community
Limited Capacity seats available

Bring the world to your classroom! Come learn how to use technology and other tools to create
a global mindset and unique educational opportunities for your students – and yourself. In this
session, learn strategies to get your students working collaboratively with students and experts
around the globe. These simple techniques, tools and ideas make learning engaging for
students and for you. You’ll also learn how to collaborate with other professionals and build
partnerships with families and other stakeholders.

Speakers
avatar for Beth Maloney

Beth Maloney

Beth Maloney is in her nineteenth year of teaching and enjoys every minute of her time in her5 th grade classroom in Surprise. Beth is a National Board Certified Teacher, past-president andco-founder of the Arizona National Board Certified Teachers Network and a Candidate SupportProvider... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 10:15am - 11:25am
COE 156

11:30am

Principal Panel
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
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John Albert

Principal, Sechrist El School
Mr. Albert is the Sechrist Elementary Principal for Flagstaff Unified School District. He hasled Sechrist for the past 11 years. The school is a public “A” rated school that servesgrades K-5. Mr. Albert has also served as the before and after school coordinator for the school... Read More →
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Tony Cullen

Principal, Flagstaff High School
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Tari Popham

Principal, Sinagua Middle School
Tari Popham is the proud Principal of the Sinagua Middle School Mustangs. She grew upin Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. She moved to Arizona right out of college and got her first job teaching PE in the former Flagstaff Middle School. She taught PE and... Read More →
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Ninon Wilson

Principal, DeMiguel Elementary School
Mrs. Wilson began her career in 1996. She worked in the Saint Louis public schools as a paraprofessional and then reading interventionist. She moved to Flagstaff Arizona and worked in the Williams Unified School District for three years, beginning in 2002. Mrs. Wilson was hired for... Read More →
avatar for Joe Gutierrez

Joe Gutierrez

Mr. Joe Gutierrez has worked in the field of education for the past 34 years.  His experience ranges from preschool to the university level, promoting the need for a quality education for all students.  As the current principal of W. F. Killip Elementary School in Flagstaff, Arizona... Read More →
avatar for Kim Barreto Loaiza

Kim Barreto Loaiza

Head of School, Montessori School of Flagstaff
Mrs. Kim Barreto Loaiza is the Head of School for the Montessori Schools of Flagstaff. She received her master’s degree in Montessori education from Barry University and a postgraduate degree in education. She holds her Montessori credentials in Early Childhood and Elementary I-II... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Drumm

Thomas Drumm

Mr. Thomas Drumm was born and raised in Flint, Michigan and moved to northern Arizona in 1997. He has taught in Tuba City, Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, and Barranquilla, Colombia. He loves the outdoors, and especially sharing the beauty of the Colorado Plateau with his two children. Mr... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:40pm
COE 190

11:30am

Designing Empathy: Design Thinking Crash Course
Limited Capacity seats available

Preparing children for the future has never been more about skills and less about memorized
content than it is today. At the root of problem solving and critical thinking is the human skill of
empathy. This session will introduce the role of empathy in problem solving and walk future
teachers through a hands-on, design thinking crash course. Participants will engage with their
peers and work with their hands to empathize and design a purposeful prototype.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Perrone

Jonathan Perrone

Jonathan Perrone is a master’s educated middle school STEAM (Science, Technology,Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) teacher from Phoenix, AZ. For the past 11 years, Jonathanhas been leading his students on a journey to discover the wondrous principles and practices inthe many fields... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:40pm
COE 155

11:30am

Love, Empathy, and Respect: The Ultimate Teaching Trifecta for Building Excellent Relationships in the Elementary Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

A teacher's role in helping shape the character of students is incredibly important and
never ending: the way we speak throughout the day, the behavior tolerated, the
interactions encouraged, and our clearly defined expectations are all synthesized by the
young learners we’re surrounded by each day. With love, empathy, and respect, educators
can effectively shape the learning environment for all learners, especially children who
have extra challenges or have experienced trauma in their young lives. Pre-service teachers
will come away from this session inspired, energized, and armed with strategies and
understanding to lead them confidently into their own classrooms someday soon.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Ball

Amy Ball

Amy Ball is a 13-year veteran kindergarten teacher in Central Phoenix at Madison TraditionalAcademy. She was honored as a 2018 Arizona Educational Foundation’s Teacher of the YearAmbassador for Excellence, and is the president of her local Arizona Education Associationaffiliate... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:40pm
COE 211

11:30am

Sharing Differences, Identifying Similarities, and Embracing Diversity
Limited Capacity seats available

Regardless of subject area, you are guaranteed to have a diverse group of learners. Students
bring their individual experiences, abilities, prior learning, and culture into our classrooms. This
session will explore ways in which junior high and high school teachers can incorporate their
students’ diverse cultures and communities through valuing each learners’ unique experiences
throughout their instruction. Teachers will walk away with the tools needed to have a
classroom environment that celebrates similarities, differences, and fosters student growth.

Speakers
avatar for Aminah Abdelhaq

Aminah Abdelhaq

Aminah Abdelhaq is a junior high science teacher and yearbook adviser at Franklin Junior Highin Mesa Public Schools. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies Education, and aMaster’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Florida International University. Aminahreceived... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:40pm
COE 170

11:30am

Applying Content Today
Limited Capacity seats available

*Please bring a device to use during this session.
This session, geared towards upper elementary teachers, will explore the
subjects’ teachers teach and how to teach these subjects. With discussion time, followed by
hands on exploration, participants will explore ways to engage students around content
standards and use best practices for instruction and creation of application assignments.
Participants will leave empowered with ideas to apply content across disciplines and with
resources to continue their own learning about the content they may teach.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Casaldi

Amy Casaldi

An Arizona native, Amy Casaldi earned an M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Grand CanyonUniversity, B.S. Marketing, B.S. Business Process Management, and an M.Ed. in GiftedEducation from Arizona State University. She has spent the past eleven years working in publiceducation, K-12... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:40pm
COE 208

11:30am

Mindful Instruction and Learning: Making the Most of Student Learning and Applying Your Content Knowledge to Reach All Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you appreciate your knowledge-base and what you have to offer? Are you mindful of
instructional planning and how to plan for engagement, inquiry, and formative assessments?
This session will help you tap into your skillset and understand how mindful instruction and
purposeful learning impacts all students in our diverse society. You will walk away with
strategies and tools to enhance your instruction and cultivate a rich instructional climate.

Speakers
avatar for Annie Diaz, NBCT

Annie Diaz, NBCT

Annie Diaz is an Instructional Coach for the Washington Elementary School District. She is aNational Board Certified Teacher, Early Childhood Generalist, and an Arizona Master Teacher. In2007, Annie received an M.Ed. in Early Childhood with an Emphasis in Reading and EarlyLiteracy... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:40pm
COE 204

11:30am

Putting Together the Pieces of YOUR Teaching Puzzle: The Importance of Knowing Your Subject and the Students You WILL Teach!
Limited Capacity filling up

Nervous? Scared? Anxious? Excited? No more tests, no more projects, no more
practicums…now the teaching and learning is up to you! This practical session will discuss the
pitfalls many new teachers experience simply by losing sight of the big picture…knowing WHY
you are doing what you are doing and WHO you are doing it for. Let’s talk and put the puzzle
together!

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Doherty

Michelle Doherty

Michelle Doherty is a first-grade dual language teacher and mentor coach at EncantoElementary in the Osborn School District. She is in her 25 th year of teaching and has proudlyinvested her ENTIRE teaching career for the same district and the same school. Michelle wasrecognized as... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:40pm
COE 200

11:30am

Teach Students to Love Math Grades 2-6
Limited Capacity seats available

Were you the student who hated math or maybe the student who loved math but hated all the
boring worksheets? If so this class is the one for you. According to the Nations Report Card for
Arizona only 34% of our students meet or exceed the NAEP Proficiency level for 4th grade. Join
me in my goal to change this perception of math from fear to one of exploration and fun!
Please bring internet connected technology for our interactive student experience.

Speakers
avatar for Sheri Loyd

Sheri Loyd

Sheri Loyd, a 3rd grade teacher in the Dysart Unified School District, was inspired to create alove of math for all students. She has a K-8 Math Endorsement and is Nationally Board Certifiedin Middle School Math. Having been a Math Interventionist for 6 years, she is passionate aboutcreating... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:40pm
COE 201

11:30am

Be a Marvel Motivator: Catch the Super Powers That Will Guarantee Your Students’ Continuous Success and Achievements!
Limited Capacity seats available

Create an environment in the Primary Grades where students are excited to be at school, feel
safe sharing ideas and take responsibility for their own learning while working in a cooperative
group setting. Think outside the box when it comes to stimulating the imagination and
documenting student accomplishments. Become familiar with managing and monitoring
student engagement so that you can collect clear evidence of their learning which will drive
your instruction. Let me show you how to use some technology applications that assist in
collecting a wide range of student learning which become a part of each student’s digital
portfolio. As you reflect on the “glowing’ and “growing’ moments you observe happening with
your classroom family, see how to exercise your Super Powers by delivering instruction that is
motivating and fosters accelerated success! Through the planning of higher-level thinking
games, differentiated centers and inquiry-based stations that encourage creativity . . . find out
how children can demonstrate their application of what is being taught by engaging in
structured play, Learning Labs, and a variety of creative experiences.

Speakers
avatar for LeAnna Wolkis M.Ed., NBCT

LeAnna Wolkis M.Ed., NBCT

LeAnna Wolkis Goldstein has been an early childhood educator in the state of Arizona fortwenty-eight years and currently works in the Paradise Valley School District. LeAnna’sphilosophy supports creating a student-centered classroom that fosters 100% engagementusing project-based... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:40pm
COE 174

11:30am

Valuing Process Along with Product: Building a Participatory Culture Through Formative Assessment
Limited Capacity seats available

How can you really tell if students understand the concepts you are teaching? This session will
focus on aligning lessons with your goals for students, and how you can get students actively
involved in the assessment process to inform instructional decisions. This session will help you
design your classroom as a collaborative environment where students will be doing the work,
not just you, and how to use observation to gather data about what your students know and
are able to do. You will take with you practical methods to set up, implement, and use
formative assessment and skill-based standards to impact classroom climate and your mental
health in a positive way! This session will use examples and provide strategies for any grade
level.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Davis

Erica Davis

Erica Davis, a National Board Certified Teacher, has been in the English language arts classroomfor 14 years. She served as a 2018 Ambassador of Excellence for the Arizona EducationalFoundation. She has a passion for reading, promoting diversity, and loving her students. She hasheld... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:40pm
COE 216

11:30am

Looking Back to Move Forward
Limited Capacity seats available

Revitalize your role as a reflective practitioner by recognizing the complexities of being both a
teacher and a creative problem solver. In this session, geared for middle school and high school
teachers of any content area, you will learn strategies to ensure engagement in the classroom
by strengthening rapport, employing effective and creative questioning strategies, and giving
students the power of choice. Additionally, by the end of this breakout session you will have
tools to engage in the habit of reflection to not only strengthen your teaching, but bring
learning to life for your students.

Speakers
avatar for Alexis LaDuca

Alexis LaDuca

Deer Valley Unified School District
Alexis LaDuca is a National Board Certified Teacher who has been teaching for the last 23 years at Mountain Ridge High School in the Deer Valley Unified School District. She currently teaches First Year Composition and American Literature for Junior Dual Enrollment, as well as a Language... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:40pm
COE 124

11:30am

The Practitioner: Refining Practice Through Reflection
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you losing sleep because you're unsure of how to manage your craft? Participants will get an understanding of how to systematically think about your practice and reflect on next steps to improve your game. Walk away with strategies to support your instruction in reaching ALL of your students. Having a strategic plan in place will result in great student effect size!


Speakers
avatar for Anthony Pérez

Anthony Pérez

Anthony Perez is a Phoenix native in the eighth year of his career. He has taughtfor the last 4 years at Sunset Elementary. His passion for students receiving a highquality education in urban settings drives the work he does both in and out of theclassroom. He is a member of the Grand... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:40pm
COE 151

11:30am

The Thinking Part of Teaching
Limited Capacity seats available

Observe, Plan, Apply, Assesses, Reflect…REPEAT. Accomplished teachers find that they will
participate in this cycle with rigor as they develop their craft and expertise. In this session, join
as we discuss and explore the teacher thinking processes involved in each of these areas for
those living in the fast-paced, ever-evolving, elementary classroom!


Speakers
avatar for Yolanda Wheelington

Yolanda Wheelington

Yolanda Wheelington has taught for the past eight years in the Phoenix Elementary SchoolDistrict. Her passion for developing and supporting the human potential is evident in the cross-curricular work done her classroom. She achieved National Board Teacher Certification as aMiddle... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:40pm
COE 205

11:30am

Building Community and Relationships within the Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

Community building practices are an essential component of inclusive and connected
classrooms because they foster meaningful relationships and understanding among community
members. It is the foundation of relationships that makes individuals less likely to harm one
another, creates a safe classroom environment, and leads to the investment in others that
supports repairing relationships when conflict occurs. This session focuses on easy-to-
implement tips and strategies that can be used at all grade levels.


Speakers
avatar for Elma Dzanic

Elma Dzanic

Born and raised for part of her life in Banja Luka, Bosnia, Elma Dzanic and her family wereforced to immigrate to Phoenix, Arizona in 1995 in the aftermath of the Bosnian ethnicconflict. She is a graduate of Arizona State University with an undergraduate degree in JusticeStudies... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:40pm
COE 212

11:30am

Develop Your Own Learning Community and Help Your Students Reach Their Full Potential
Limited Capacity full

Do you want to help students reach their full potential? Discover how to reach beyond the
boundaries of the classroom to engage a learning community that will truly impact the way you
teach students. This session will focus on creating a learning community comprised of
professionals, families, and other stakeholders in students’ lives. Leave this session
understanding WHY a learning community is crucial to students’ learning, WHAT a learning
community is, WHO should be in your community, WHERE and WHEN these interactions can
take place, and most importantly, HOW to create your own.

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Jones

Hannah Jones

Madison School District
Hannah Jones is a proud National Board Certified Teacher and Special Education Enthusiast. Shehas spent her past 12 years teaching students with exceptionalities. Hannah has worked as aspecial education teacher in grades K-5 and 9-12. She is currently an Assistive TechnologySpecialist... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:40pm
COE 156

12:45pm

Power Lunch
Table 1:   Education Law - Why everyone says I should have known more about this when I started teaching (Tom Hughes)
For many teachers working toward leadership opportunities about halfway through their courses they end up taking a course on education law and almost to a one end up commenting how "They should have known this stuff before - everything would have made so much more sense." The reality for these teachers whether they ever leave the classroom or not is that there very clearly is important over looked legally based information that all teachers should at least be aware of. This session will focus on why teachers need to know at least some entry level information about law, includes specific examples of topics they should be aware of, and finally attempts to provide prospective teachers with some options and resources that could be of benefit to them when they get into their first teaching assignment.

Table 2: Build Your Literature Stack! (Ali Conant & Ruth Donnelly)
This dynamic, fast-paced session will explore a variety of literature MUST HAVES for all educators. The literature pieces discussed will cross the curriculum, including Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and literature that “speaks” to the tough conversations that are a part of our everyday teaching environment. In addition to building your classroom libraries, professional books that will promote your continued growth and journey as an educator will be discussed and share. Walk away with an extensive list of quality books and a few lesson plans to get you started!

Table 3: Practicing Critical Oral History (Christine Lemley)
This session will present Critical Oral History (COH) as a resource teaching tool and multiple ways to integrate this in curriculum. COH is committed to recording first-hand knowledge of experiences with the additional goals of revealing power differences and inequities in order to promote social and cultural transformational outcomes. COH uses (1) critical inquiry, (2) community-based accountability and (3) transformational outcomes to frame the projects and draws on (a) reflexivity, (b) relationality, (c) responsibility, (d) respect and (e) reciprocity to engage in meaningful ways. Together these frames promote agency and value historically marginalized community members’ stories (e,g., people of color, women, LGBT populations, youth and the elderly) that are often unheard or untold in order to validate and act on these stories in order to counter dominant power structures.

Table 4:  Grading: Fairly Evaluating Student Progress (Tia Frahm)
This lunch conversation will focus on your future grading practices and approaches to evaluating your students fairly. Topics will include conferencing in the content areas, final project rubrics, the one-point rubric, standards-based grading, and other grading topics presented during the conversation.

Table 5: Progressive Education (Brian Stone)
Have you ever wondered about different approaches to education? Is what we are doing in education right now the only way, or the best way to educate children? This session will explore these questions and participants will gain some insights into "Progressive Education" (i.e. different approaches, innovative strategies, alternative schools, etc...). Some of the topics will include multiage education, child-centered schools, critical theory, democracy in education, constructivism, and current movements. Also, participants will be given some materials and resources to support further exploration including a list of some progressive schools across the country, progressive networks and organizations, and articles/books that support different approaches.

Table 6: Becoming an Activist Teacher, Teaching as Social Justice (Sharon Gooding)
This session will facilitate a discussion on the definition of social justice in the realm of education. Participants will engage in conversation regarding equity, fairness, power and privilege in schools as it relates to race, gender, class and other social differences. We will also probe matters such as culturally competent curriculum strategies, disciplinary practices, restorative justice and the opportunity gap. Finally, we will critically analyze these topics and discuss viable and practical ways to become a teacher activist in an effort to address these issues within all facets of our k-12 educational system– all in an hour!

Table 7: Caring Classrooms: Supporting Student's Social Emotional Learning (Rebecca Frantz)
A breadth of evidence suggests social development is related to important student outcomes, such as academic success, mental health and health outcomes, student retention and graduation rates, behavior, and delinquency. For this reason, a lot of attention has been paid toward developing programs to support student’s social emotional development from early childhood through high school. In this power lunch discussion, we will discuss the following topics related to social emotional development: What is the educator's role in supporting social emotional learning?; 2. What are recommended and evidence-based practices for supporting social emotional development?; and 3. How can social emotional learning be integrated into the curriculum?

Table 8: Visible Teaching & Learning as Social Justice (Rebecca Campbell)
Visible Teaching & Learning is the idea that the teacher can “see” when students are learning and students can “see” how the teacher is teaching. By becoming a visible teacher, you will empower your students to become their own teachers and become life-long learners. When we make learning a process for everyone, we create socially just classrooms and develop equitable opportunities for all students.

Table 9: Learning Through Podcasts With “3Ps in a Pod” (AZ K12 Center)
The Arizona K12 Center developed the podcast “3Ps in a Pod” in response to the indescribably complex demands facing the 21st century teacher. High-quality professional learning should be available and accessible to every educator, regardless of location or experience; accessibility is vital to ensure continued growth, thinking, and deepening of practice within the profession. To support educators along the continuum, the Arizona K12 Center developed “3Ps in a Pod” to further dissect Practice, Policy, and Passion in the field of education. The podcast, “3Ps in a Pod”, allows timely access to the information relevant to the professional needs of today’s educator. "3Ps in a Pod" features numerous guests with ideas, perspectives, and stories relevant to what educators do both in and out of the classroom. This podcast is a conversation, and we hope you will become a part of it!

Table 10: Navigating the New AZ Science Standards (Dave Thompson and Ron Gray)
Arizona just recently adopted new K-12 science standards and they are totally different from what Arizona has used for the last 15 years. Teachers will need to be familiar with the new format and structure of the AZ Science standards in order to implement their use in the classroom. This session is designed to investigate the changes and how they are structured in order to apply them in your teaching.

Friday April 12, 2019 12:45pm - 1:40pm
High Country Conference Center 201 W Butler Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

1:40pm

Teacher Panel
Speakers
avatar for Maria Barker

Maria Barker

As an early childhood special education teacher and mother of “two under two,” Maria Barkerchampions the notion that the best investment to ensure the future success of a child, is toinvest in the early years of their lives. Maria teaches at Red Mountain Center for EarlyEducation... Read More →
avatar for Kareem Neal

Kareem Neal

2019 Arizona Teacher of the Year, Maryvale High School
Kareem Neal has taught self-contained special education for 22 years. The past 11 years, he hastaught at Maryvale High School. He has a Master’s Degree in Special Education from New JerseyUniversity. Kareem’s passion is in social justice issues. He is a member of the Phoenix UnionHigh... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 1:40pm - 2:10pm
High Country Conference Center 201 W Butler Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

2:10pm

Closing Keynote
Friday April 12, 2019 2:10pm - 3:00pm
High Country Conference Center 201 W Butler Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86001