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Monday, July 31
 

9:00am

Getting Started with GoMath for Grades K-2
Limited Capacity filling up

Getting Started with Go Math for K-2 Teachers Participants engage in a variety of hands-on experiences to learn about Go Math organization, design, and resources, through direct instruction, guided practice, and cooperative exploration, participants will experience the program’s resources both from a student and teacher perspective. The goal is to build deeper understanding and confidence to begin implementing Go Math in their respective learning environments. Learning Outcomes:
  • Enrich daily instruction by applying knowledge of Go Math program organization and pedagogy
  • Support differentiation, assessment, and effective whole and small group instruction using HMH program resources and instructional tools
  • Enhance instructional delivery and student learning using HMH technology
Preregistration is required for this session.


Monday July 31, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWS 366

9:00am

BLENDed Learning 101 - An Introduction to BLEND
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This course is intended for instructional staff and campus administrators who are new to BLEND. Participants will learn the mechanics and navigation of BLEND while experiencing a BLENDed learning environment. Participants will have the opportunity to experience BLEND and create initial content in the system. BLEND, AISD's learning positioning system (LPS), is being built upon the Canvas learning management system. By pinpointing, tracking, and delivering individualized learning, BLEND provides students, teachers, and parents the ability to identify where a student is on their learning journey toward his/her academic success and graduation. Preregistration required.

Speakers
SD

Sarah Dille

Technology Design Team, Austin ISD
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Emiy Tipps

Technology Design Team, Austin ISD


Monday July 31, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm
JBWN 202

9:00am

Discovery Education STEM Academy: Connecting the Dots
Limited Capacity seats available

The Discovery Education STEM Academy has a focus on highlighting strategies to support STEM teaching and learning in all PreK-12 classrooms across all content areas. STEM is not about just teaching about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; it is a culture that needs to be cultivated to help develop skills critical to innovation such as problem solving, creativity, and critical thinking. Participants will be asked to have critical discourse, take part in immersive activities, and reflect on how to implement strategies in their own classroom and schools. This professional development provides: 1) An intense focus on instructional practices to successfully apply a STEM philosophy in their classroom and school; 2) A dive into practices and reflect on how to build them into their curriculum to maximize student engagement and achievement; 3) STEM instructional strategies connected to the demands of all content standards; and 4) Action steps for immediate application of their learning. Preregistration required. Please bring your own device.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Gerlach

Jonathan Gerlach

International Consultant for STEM Education Initiatives, Discovery Education
Discovery Education



Monday July 31, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm
JBWN 206

9:00am

Fundamentals in Computer Science K-8...Building a Foundation in Coding
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Code.org has developed a free curriculum that allows even the youngest students to explore the limitless world of computing. The courses blend online, self-guided and self-paced tutorials with “unplugged” activities that require no computer at all. Each course consists of about 20 lessons. Even kindergarten-aged pre-readers can participate. The workshop will prepare you to teach the Code Studio courses for grades K-8. All lessons align to all relevant computer science standards, as well as to the ISTE standards. They additionally reinforce concepts and skills taught in other subject areas by integrating national Math, English Language Arts, and Science standards and Code.org’s Curriculum philosophy. Workshop attendees will receive a Code.org swag bag, PD certificate and printed curriculum guide containing course lesson plans. You will also have the opportunity to order classroom supplies for the unplugged activities. Please remember to bring your own device as well as a charger. Preregistration required.

Speakers
avatar for Vanessa Jones

Vanessa Jones

Technology Design Coach, Austin Independent School District
Vanessa is a Technology Design Coach for Austin ISD. She has worked in the Dept of Technology for over 20 years. She has taught third through six grades. In 2017, she was a finalist for the TCEA Technology Special of the Year Award and was once recognized as Intel's Education 20... Read More →
avatar for Shelley May

Shelley May

Technology Design Coach, Austin ISD
Shelley grew up in Houston, Texas, graduating from Bellaire High School. She attended the University of Texas at Austin and received her B.S. in Education. She later attended the Lawyer's Assistant Program at Southwest Texas State University and after graduation, was a legal assistant... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm
JBWS 361

9:00am

JASON Learning – Engaging, Free STEM Programming Through Dell
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Dell Funded! JASON Learning is providing award-winning, Free STEM programming to Austin, Bastrop, Del Valle, Georgetown, Hays Consolidated, Lago Vista, Leander, Pflugerville, and Round Rock ISDs. JASON is a (501)c3 organization dedicated to inspiring and educating students everywhere through real science and exploration. Founded by Dr. Robert Ballard after locating the RMS Titanic, JASON integrates the nation’s leading scientists into every curricular component, highlighting real-world phenomena and application, making STEM relevant and engaging for students. This session will introduce participants to the host of programming being offered, from digital resources, hands-on, inquiry labs, games, videos to live, STEM role model events, Dell-sponsored hackathons, and field opportunities. Through grade banded breakout sessions, participants will experience a sample of hands-on laboratory investigations and digital labs specifically aligned to the TEKS. Laptops recommended but not required. Preregistration required.

Speakers
avatar for Paula Freund

Paula Freund

JASON Learning
AO

Amy O'Neal

JASON Learning


Monday July 31, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm
JBWS 266

9:00am

EcoRise! Cultivating Environmental Stewardship and Student Innovation
Limited Capacity filling up

Re-imagine your campus as a laboratory for applied sustainability education! Explore how EcoRise curriculum, resources, and grant funds can be used to increase student engagement and cultivate eco-literacy and student innovation on your campus. Presented by EcoRise staff and veteran teachers, this full-day session will provide an overview of what our program offers and will allow you to explore and experience the resources that are most relevant to you. Check out our Sustainable Intelligence Curriculum, participate in a Design Thinking Workshop, and/or learn how to conduct an Eco-Audit of your campus and apply for funds to support green campus projects. Each breakout group will engage in hands-on activities and facilitated group dialogue, and will walk away with a plan of action tailored to meet your own instructional needs. EcoRise curriculum is aligned to the K-12 science TEKS, is available in English and Spanish, and spans seven eco-themes, including waste, water, and food. Preregistration required.

Speakers
avatar for Richard W. Kincaid, M.S., M.Ed.

Richard W. Kincaid, M.S., M.Ed.

Chief Innovation Officer, EcoRise
Richard has extensive experience in campus and district leadership positions in three different public school districts in Texas, and brings with him a wealth of training and experience in the areas of instructional coaching, curriculum design and assessment, change leadership, and... Read More →
avatar for Abby Randall

Abby Randall

Director of Programs, EcoRise
With more than 13 years of experience in the field of sustainability education, Abby Randall is passionate about inspiring teachers and students to ignite a new generation of green leaders. Born in London, England and raised in Hingham, Massachusetts, Abby has spent the last decade... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 9:00am - 3:30pm
JBWS 264

9:00am

Earth Camp Field and Curriculum Training
Limited Capacity seats available

Earth Camp is a water quality science education program focused on watersheds and the Edward's Aquifer.  Lessons and field investigations includes geography and natural history, water quality monitoring, hydrology of the aquifer, human impacts and solutions.  Thirty percent of the AISD Science Curriculum Road Map vocabulary for 5th grade is covered through hands-on science investigations in the classroom and field. All content is correlated to the TEKS.  This training is for Title I schools only, and is required for any fifth-grade registered for a week of Earth Camp. Participants should plan to meet at McKinney Falls State Park no later than 8:45 am for the field portion of the workshop (9:00 am - 12:00 pm); please dress appropriately for rugged terrain. Teachers will meet at St. Edwards in JBWN 226 for the afternoon portion (1:00 - 4:00 pm). View the full-day itinerary at http://bit.ly/earthcamp5. Preregistration required.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Heilman

Sara Heilman

Conservation Program Coordinator, City of Austin
I coordinate Earth Camp, 5th grade field program focused on watersheds, Clean Creek Campus, reaches 3rd-8th incorporates service learning in the field, and Hydrofiles, water quality outreach for high school.
avatar for Susan Wall

Susan Wall

Conservation Program Manager, City of Austin Watershed Protection
I am coordinator for Earth Camp, four days of watershed and aquifer field science trips for Title I schools' fifth-graders in AISD. Teacher training is required for all teachers registered to bring classes to Earth Camp.


Monday July 31, 2017 9:00am - 4:00pm
JBWN 226

12:30pm

Getting Started with GoMath for Grades 3 -5
Limited Capacity seats available

Getting Started with Go Math for 3rd through 5th Grade Teachers Participants engage in a variety of hands-on experiences to learn about Go Math organization, design, and resources, through direct instruction, guided practice, and cooperative exploration, participants will experience the program’s resources both from a student and teacher perspective. The goal is to build deeper understanding and confidence to begin implementing Go Math in their respective learning environments. Learning Outcomes:
  • Enrich daily instruction by applying knowledge of Go Math program organization and pedagogy 
  • Support differentiation, assessment, and effective whole and small group instruction using HMH program resources and instructional tools 
  • Enhance instructional delivery and student learning using HMH technology
Preregistration is required for this session.

Speakers

Monday July 31, 2017 12:30pm - 2:45pm
JBWS 366
 
Tuesday, August 1
 

7:30am

Keynote Convocation & Breakfast: One Caring Adult with Dr. Lisa Williams
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Join Dr. Lisa Williams as she addresses the power of “one caring adult” in increasing student success by using equity strategies and cultural proficiency to ensure each student feels valued, welcomed, safe and supported in achieving their teacher’s high expectations.

Moderators
avatar for Charlie Gutierrez

Charlie Gutierrez

Science Supervisor, Austin ISD
I've been a science teacher and administrator in AISD for 30 years. I lead a great team that organizes the X Conference. My educational passions are science, equity, and building collaborative partnerships.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Lisa Williams

Dr. Lisa Williams

Executive Director of Equity and Cultural Proficiency, Baltimore County Public Schools
Dr. Lisa Williams is Executive Director of Equity and Cultural Proficiency for the Baltimore County Public School System. Dr. Williams has held the position of teacher, mentor, university professor, and Title I director over her career in education. She has a doctorate in Urban Educational... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 7:30am - 8:50am
JBWS 186 (Carter Auditorium)

9:00am

Blending Online Science Resources
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

We will be examine elementary District Online Resources.  Highlighting those resources that can easily be incorporated into BLEND.  Reviewing and elaborating on the importance of the Blended Learning approach.  

Participants will be able to experience Blended Learning through the 1st - 5th Grade Science curriculum.  Examples will be shown using content from the AISD curriculum guides.  Participants should bring a device to fully experience blended learning.

Participants will take with them the knowledge and experience of working within BLEND and a better understanding of the incorporation of online resources and the impact of the Blended Learning approach.

Speakers
avatar for Stella Bromley

Stella Bromley

Librarian, Austin ISD Professional Library
avatar for Marion Rocco

Marion Rocco

Library/Media Services, Austin ISD
Marion Rocco is a librarian with the Austin ISD Professional Library and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the UT Austin School of Information. Marion has also worked in public and school library settings. She serves on the Board of Directors for USBBY and is a member of the ALA/ALSC... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 186 (Carter Auditorium)

9:00am

Developing 21st century skills with Technology in your Elementary Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

Integrate technology efficiently in your Elementary Math & Science classroom.

Some ideas on what will be going on: Austin ISD cloud tools, Google Drive and Google Docs, online versions of the textbooks, Seesaw, Educreations, Quizizz, teacher-made online tools… and more!

Learning how to access Austin ISD cloud when you are a 2nd grader can be tough, but it opens the door to a huge amount of possibilities to explore with all the tools you have available in there. Using the online version of the textbook may not be 100% transformational, but helps with differentiation and allows to adapt to the pace of each student and to “flip” your classroom in some way. Using Quizizz to assess instead the usual paper and pencil strategy makes 100% full engagement a real picture of your classroom. These, and many other ideas, will be shared during our workshop so we may learn from one another and search ways to make our students more successful.

Please BYOD to actively participate in the session.

Speakers
avatar for Rafael Alba Cascales

Rafael Alba Cascales

Teacher, Austin ISD


Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 361

9:00am

Increasing Student Effort and Confidence in Problem Solving
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In this session, participants will develop strategies to increase student confidence and effort in problem solving. These strategies can be incorporated into any school wide guide. Students will be able to build critical thinking skills and develop the ability to communicate their mathematical thinking. Participants will practice the strategy of identifying three types of words problems - label problems, vocabulary problems, and model problems. Also, participants will be given strategies to help students learn to communicate their mathematical thinking.

The intended audience is classroom teachers and instructional math coaches.

Speakers
avatar for Naomi Haynes

Naomi Haynes

Instructional Math coach


Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 261

9:00am

Modeling (not Memorizing) Multiplication and Division
Limited Capacity filling up

Use manipulatives to show students why procedures work for multiplying and dividing integers and fractions. Demonstrate why fractions get smaller when multiplied. Show why “invert and multiply” works. Remove the mystery from standard multiplication and division procedures by helping students visualize why procedures work for integers.

Speakers

Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWN 206

9:00am

Grassroots! Austin ISD’s Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee
Limited Capacity seats available

The Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee (ESAC) is the only district advisory in AISD created from a grassroots effort. We are AISD’s best kept secret, and we don’t want to be a secret anymore. We are teachers, district staff, city employees, and non-profit organizations who can help you make your school a greener campus.

Join us to learn about the origins of this committee and get a sneak peek of the District’s Sustainability Plan. Discover resources available to make your campus a green, environmentally friendly school while enhancing learning opportunities for your students. Most importantly, we want to hear from you. Share your successes and challenges for integrating sustainable practices into your school, and learn how you can play a role in shaping sustainability at Austin ISD.

Speakers
avatar for Darien Clary

Darien Clary

Sustainability Manager, Austin ISD
As Austin ISD Sustainability Manager, Darien supports AISD’s vision to enhance sustainability programs that decrease costs while conserving the environment and being responsive to the dynamic local community. As such, she implements programs and tracks performance in water and energy... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Nelson

Matthew Nelson

Teacher, Austin ISD
26 years of teaching experience Former Peace Corps Volunteer - Papua New Guinea Interested in working on sustainability issues at the campus and district level Loves to travel


Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 161

9:00am

Elementary Science Notebooks
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Teaching elementary teachers how to develop Science notebooks with their students throughout the school year. I will be showing teachers how to organize student notebooks and explore a variety of engaging activities and how to make them work within a Science notebook. No technology is required for the teachers but I will be sharing a great deal of resources that I have found over the years as a Science Coach and teacher. Teachers will leave with a better understanding of how to implement, organize and add to their Science notebooks.

Speakers

Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 366

9:00am

Tech Tools You Can Use Tomorrow or the Next Day
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session we will explore many tools that you can start using tomorrow in your classroom with very little prep or experience. We will checkout Kahoot!, Quizizz, Edupuzzle, Recap and many more tools that take very little prep, but can give you interactive tech lessons you can use tomorrow in your class.

Speakers

Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWN 202

9:00am

Science & Health Resource (SHRC) Explorer Lounge
Limited Capacity seats available

Meet the incredible staff of the Science & Health Resource Center and learn about the resources and services they offer to teachers.

Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWN 102

9:00am

Using and Incorporating Discovery Education
Limited Capacity filling up

Discovery Education has undergone many signficant updates over the past few years and now features many new outsanding resources. During this session, you will be walked through how to use Discovery Education (DE) within your classroom.  You will be shown a few of the innovative and creative ways to incorporate DE with students, build a board to share with admin, families and students, and you will upload content from DE to BLEND.  This opportunity is intended for all levels.

Speakers
avatar for Audrey Dyer

Audrey Dyer

Teacher Sci 8, Sadler Means YWLA
I have been teaching science for 7 years in NE Austin. I love trying new strategies, especially when they involve technology. I am passionate about the environment and working toward having students working responsibly on digital devices. I love gardening, being outdoors, watching... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWS 268

9:00am

New Users to Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math)
Limited Capacity filling up

Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math) combines live teacher support, unique student motivation, and engaging adaptive instruction in a web-based learning system that is proven to help students learn and love math! Join the Imagine Math expert in a Getting Started session for teachers new to the program. How you start your students impacts the quality and quantity of work that your students will do in the program. This covers the how, why and when of student launching and the importance of a journaling action plan.

Speakers
avatar for Sonya Lerma

Sonya Lerma

Customer Success Manager, Imagine Learning
I'm a former educator of 14 years who enjoys helping teachers leverage technology to improve the academic successes of their students. At Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math), we want to help teachers utilize our unique, adaptive program to improve the math achievements of their... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWN 204

9:00am

Accommodations, Modifications, and Accessibility in BLEND
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This session will be an interactive demonstration and how-to on designing content and using features within BLEND to create accessible content with accommodations or modifications. Participants will use BLEND to practice using the features and options within BLEND within the context of providing special education accommodations. Participants will require a device and access to BLEND in order to participate fully. Participants will leave with a guide on BLEND features, tutorials, and a little bit of practice in using the main features. This is an ideal session for educators who teach special education students and will cover beginner to advanced features. Please bring your own device. Presentation Document and Notetaker with links to all resources

Speakers
avatar for Rita Fennelly-Atkinson

Rita Fennelly-Atkinson

Technology Design Coach/VILS Coach, Austin ISD
For more than 10 years, Rita has served students for multiple districts as both a general and special education teacher in secondary science. She is currently serving as a Technology Design Coach for Austin ISD as a VILS coach for Sadler Means YWLA.


Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWS 363

9:00am

Bringing Hands-On Robotics and Real-Life Applications to the Classroom
The program provides equipment, software, curriculum and professional development to elementary and middle school educators (K-8) to enable them to teach their students to write computer code coupled with real-life applications of the engineering design process. The inquiry-based program focuses on discrete programming skills and engineering design concepts designed to improve computational thinking skills and promote mastery. The program is sustainable as schools can reuse the equipment allowing for continued participation. The focus on education (coding and engineering standards) coupled with the sustainability and the low cost of equipment,which includes activity mats, curriculum and professional development makes it easier to target all teachers and not just the STEM, gifted or technology teachers that traditionally participate in these types of activities.

Speakers
CG

Carol Goodgame

STEM + C Specialist, Kiss Institute For Practical Robotics
Carol Goodgame is a STEM Coordinator at the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics. Mrs. Goodgame transitioned from teaching to a STEM Specialist at OU where she helped design and provide professional development for teachers. She volunteered for 7 years in the 6-12th grade Botball... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWS 264

9:00am

Eco-Schools USA - Action Plan to become a Green Flag Eco-School!
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, we will discuss the Eco-Schools USA awards progression and incorporate PBL and science curriculum resources into a plan that will help teachers prepare to reach their desired award level by the end of the 2017-2018 school year. Participants will be asked to update their Eco-Schools dashboard (please bring a computer if possible) and work in teams to create their action plans. The teachers will come away with an action plan and timeline for success. This workshop is for current registered Eco-Schools only and multiple team members from each school are encouraged. If you would like to participate and are not currently a registered Eco-School, please contact the presenter at bishopk@nwf.org BEFORE registering.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Bishop

Karen Bishop

Education Outreach Coordinator, National Wildlife Federation
Karen Bishop has been an Education Outreach Coordinator with the National Wildlife Federation for the past two years. Her current work focuses on helping schools to build and maintain pollinator habitat through NWF’s Monarch Heroes program. Karen works with 60 schools across Austin... Read More →
avatar for Anne Muller

Anne Muller

STEM Team, Austin ISD
Anne Muller is the Outdoor Learning Specialist for the Austin Independent School District. She works to connect children to nature through supporting the district curriculum, facilities use for green schoolyard features, professional development, field trips to the district demonstration... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWS 262

9:00am

London Bridge is Going Up! Bridge Design and STEM
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for a focus on the structure, form/function, and materials used to build three various bridges. Through the use of inquiry-based design and the Engineering Design Process, participants will be engaged and challenged in classroom-based "stations" to help bring civil engineering to the classroom. This instructional sequence uses resources gathered from the Science Teachers Association of Texas and National Science Teacher Association conventions.



Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWN 222

9:00am

Makerspace Jumpstart Kit: Win It for Your Campus! (over a $15,000 value)

Please visit JBWS 165 to view and experience our Makerspace Jumpstart Kit sponsored by Ward's Science, WB Manufacturing, and the AISD Science and Mathematics teams. The space features customized furniture, 3D printers, Raspberry PIs, and more!!!. All the furniture and equipment on display will be donated to one lucky campus. To be eligible complete the Makerspace Jumpstart application form (requires your principal's approval and signature) and return in person to either JBWS 165 or the Information and Check-in Area outside JBWS 180 no later than 2:45 pm on Wednesday, August 2nd. Only AISD staff and campuses are eligible to apply.


Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 2:45pm
JBWS 165

10:15am

Blended Learning with SeeSaw
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Want to start giving your students more choice and create a blended learning environment in your elementary classroom? Come hear about my journey this year. I will share my timeline of implementation and tell the story of how my students and I grew as a community of learners. I will share how I was able to avoid worksheets, keep parents informed, build leadership in my students and differentiate content in meaningful ways. Come hear about how SeeSaw has made this one of my best teaching years yet! Please bring your own device.

Speakers
avatar for Kris Higgins

Kris Higgins

Teacher, Aisd


Tuesday August 1, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 265

10:15am

Digital Books, Projects and Tools to Differentiate Instruction with myON
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In this session, participants will learn how myON enhanced digital books can be used to differentiate instruction in Math and Science. myON personalized digital books are available to all PreK - 12 schools in Austin ISD. Teachers and students can log in to the resource using BLEND or going directly to the myON website. With more than 7,800 digital books indexed by topic, discipline and TEKS, teachers and students can connect digital books and literacy into math and science content. Learn how to create projects linked to Science and Math TEKS with embedded assessments and PBL extensions. Participants will be able to access the resource from their laptop or mobile device and walk away with the tools and resources to create their own projects to support their units of instruction. To learn more about myON, visit www.myON.com or the Austin ISD resource site at http://tinyurl.com/myonaisd.

Speakers
avatar for John Costilla

John Costilla

Account Manager, myON
I represent myON in Texas. myON support a collective impact approach to closing the literacy gap by personalizing reading for ALL learners. Using any device, with or without Internet, students have access to more 6,000 enhanced digital books that are personalized for each learner... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 163

10:15am

Beyond Words: Teaching the Language of Mathematics
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Explore engaging strategies and activities designed to help elementary students master the challenging and sometimes confusing vocabulary of math and science. Examples focus on mathematics, but ideas can be used in other content areas. Come ready to learn and play!

Speakers
avatar for Renee Dietrich

Renee Dietrich

Account Executive, Mentoring Minds
Renee Dietrich is an account executive with Mentoring Minds, working with schools in the Central Texas area. She assists teachers and administrators with finding the resources which meet campus goals, and provides product training for Mentoring Minds materials.


Tuesday August 1, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWN 202

10:15am

The 'Escape Game' - Problem Solving
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

The latest craze for adults and kids is "The Escape Room".  Want to learn how to bring the excitement of teamwork and racing the clock into your classroom? Join us for a hands-on hour of problem-solving, collaboration, and critical thinking as your team experiences the pressure of solving the case before the time runs out. We'll show you all the steps including setup, playing the game, and awarding prizes. Can you crack the code? One lucky participant will win a set of 3 BreakoutEdu Kits!

Speakers

Tuesday August 1, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWN 247

10:15am

Class-Building Strategies: Ways to Maximize Student Learning
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

The goal is to share Kagan strategies that I learned about last summer and had the chance to utilize in classrooms this current school year. These strategies focus on engaging students, maximizing student thinking, collaboration, and creating a safe, productive classroom environment. Participants will be a part of short activities which I will facilitate, showing the strategies for their classes. No technology required for them. The activities will be focusing on Algebra 1 content, but the strategies themselves are adaptable to any math content (honestly any content level at all).

Speakers
LH

Logan Healey

OnRamps Precalculus Instructor, Austin ISD


Tuesday August 1, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 366

10:15am

Creating Meaningful Anchor Charts
Limited Capacity full
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Creating a meaningful Anchor chart/graphic can be difficult. I will attempt to assist teachers in the realization that you don't need to be an artist to make meaningful anchor charts. Based on the needs of each session group, I will attempt to connect main ideas in digital and 2-D formats. Participating teachers will be able to brainstorm alone or in small groups to create a finished take-home anchor chart. We will see examples, plan, design, and illustrate our ideas. These skills will allow teachers to think outside what may generally be given in the curriculum to go deeper in explanations and visuals. These skills can be used in any subject. Please bring your own device.

Speakers
avatar for Jack Jeansonne

Jack Jeansonne

teacher, AISD
Botany, Biology, Herpetology, PBL, STEAM, African cichlids, Gardening, Chickens, Sci-fi


Tuesday August 1, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 266

10:15am

Science Education for Tomorrow: Population, Biodiversity, & Sustainability
Limited Capacity seats available

In this hands-on workshop, the presenter will engage participants in interdisciplinary activities that help students explore human impacts on the planet including population growth, threats to biodiversity, and compromised ecosystems. Teachers will participate in activity simulations and discussions for around 80% of the workshop, so be prepared to be up and moving! While engaging students in complex problem solving tasks, the presented activities also stimulate creative thinking and motivate students to consider possibilities for creating sustainable societies. These activities build skills in science, math, and the social sciences, while providing students the chance to apply learning to authentic problems observable in the world around them. Activity formats include graphing and data analysis, modeling, and group problem-solving. Participants receive a standards-aligned curriculum CD-ROM. Intended audience is upper elementary & middle school (4th-8th) science and math teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Helen Whisenhunt

Helen Whisenhunt

Coordinator of Advanced Programs & Secondary Science, MDLC- Central Office, Schertz Cibolo Universal City ISD



Tuesday August 1, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 261

10:15am

Using Word and Excel (or Google Docs and Sheets) to save time and do more
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Whatever you teach, Science or Math, learning how to create several projects using the "mail-merge" feature of Word and Excel (or Google Docs and Sheets) that may allow you to save a lot of time could be a good idea: parent conferences reports, personalized students’ info sheets, vocabulary cards, and even a huge part of your lesson plans… any task that requires repetitive writing and that is based on tabulated data (that is, that can be completed using information you can store in an electronic worksheet) is easier when you know how to simplify the process with the tools you have in hand.

You may need to bring your own device with the complete working versions of Microsoft Word and Excel apps to practice at your own pace.

Speakers
avatar for Rafael Alba Cascales

Rafael Alba Cascales

Teacher, Austin ISD


Tuesday August 1, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 361

12:30pm

Blending Online Science Resources
Limited Capacity full
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We will be examine elementary District Online Resources.  Highlighting those resources that can easily be incorporated into BLEND.  Reviewing and elaborating on the importance of the Blended Learning approach.  

Participants will be able to experience Blended Learning through the 1st - 5th Grade Science curriculum.  Examples will be shown using content from the AISD curriculum guides.  Participants should bring a device to fully experience blended learning.

Participants will take with them the knowledge and experience of working within BLEND and a better understanding of the incorporation of online resources and the impact of the Blended Learning approach.

Speakers
avatar for Stella Bromley

Stella Bromley

Librarian, Austin ISD Professional Library
avatar for Marion Rocco

Marion Rocco

Library/Media Services, Austin ISD
Marion Rocco is a librarian with the Austin ISD Professional Library and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the UT Austin School of Information. Marion has also worked in public and school library settings. She serves on the Board of Directors for USBBY and is a member of the ALA/ALSC... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWS 186 (Carter Auditorium)

12:30pm

Interactive Reading in Science
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Come experience new strategies for making your science readings come alive for your students. Connect the words and concepts to previous learning and hands-on science. It is a win-win when you connect the dots for students using interactive reading to support literacy development in science.


Tuesday August 1, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWS 163

12:30pm

Data Driven Instruction
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I will show teachers how to use data to drive instruction and interventions. Data can be taken in a variety of ways to help lead the direction for learning. As a Science Coach I have to collect data and turn it around to make sure our lessons are filling in the gaps. We create and modify lessons after the data is collected to target specific areas of learning.

Speakers


Tuesday August 1, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWS 262

12:30pm

STEM Challenges - How To Engage Through Design
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In this hands-on session, participants will learn about engaging students through problem-based design challenges. These STEM Design Challenges promote collaboration, creativity, and critical-thinking through the engineering design process. To demonstrate the process, participants will take part in a live STEM Design Challenge. Attendees will learn about implementing these at the classroom and school-wide levels. Come join the fun!

Our Prezi can be found at:  https://prezi.com/view/kX8l0Uct3YnPeICGJCAQ/


Tuesday August 1, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWN 202

12:30pm

Understanding and Using Supplemental Aids in Math
Limited Capacity full
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This session will review supplemental aids and current TEA guidelines regarding accommodations for special education students. Participants will learn how to read TEA guideline criteria and the difference between what is allowable during classroom instruction versus state assessments and best practices for instructional use of supplemental aids. This is appropriate for math teachers of all grade levels, especially those who serve students receiving special education services. Presentation Notes

Speakers
avatar for Rita Fennelly-Atkinson

Rita Fennelly-Atkinson

Technology Design Coach/VILS Coach, Austin ISD
For more than 10 years, Rita has served students for multiple districts as both a general and special education teacher in secondary science. She is currently serving as a Technology Design Coach for Austin ISD as a VILS coach for Sadler Means YWLA.


Tuesday August 1, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWS 266

12:30pm

Livecode: Programming Made Easy
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will learn about an intuitive programming language called Livecode. Even elementary students can program. Participants who wish to use the program will need to bring a laptop; livecode requires a download.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Roth

Eric Roth

Teacher, Grade 4, Clayton Elementary School
I have taught elementary math and science in excess of 30 years, but I continue to look for innovative, creative, and effective ways to teach. Together with my co-teacher who specializes in language arts and social studies, we incorporate origami, classroom government, Greek Mythology... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWS 268

12:30pm

Creative Learning in Science
Limited Capacity full
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This session models strategies from the Creative Learning Initiative with elementary and secondary content applications for General Science. It gives teachers flexible tools to introduce, review, and assess curriculum and vocabulary. The strategies include techniques of drama, visual arts, music, and movement increasing engagement and critical thinking. Creative teaching strategies support the Whole Child as they incorporate components of SEL and the 6 C’s/Power Skills. This session is in BLEND and participants need a laptop. You can access this Blend Course by going to: https://aisdblend.instructure.com/enroll/E63499

Speakers
avatar for Mary Ann Simmons

Mary Ann Simmons

Instructional Coach, Creative Learning, AISD - Creative Learning Initiative


Tuesday August 1, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWS 361

12:30pm

Come Alive with Living Materials
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Discover the many incredible resources, including live organisms, science equipment, and technology, offered by the Living Materials Center and Science and Health Resource Center. You may even get the chance to hold a hedgehog, snuggle a snake, or touch a tarantula!


Tuesday August 1, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWN 102

12:30pm

Returning Users of Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math)
Limited Capacity filling up

You’ve used Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math) and know the basics of running the program. Your students journal, use live teacher support, and are motivated by the avatar, contests, and games. But you’d like to do more! Join the Imagine Math expert to learn how to pull reports for progress monitoring, create new pathways, design your own teacher-led motivation, and learn what’s new for the 2017-2018 school year.

Speakers
avatar for Sonya Lerma

Sonya Lerma

Customer Success Manager, Imagine Learning
I'm a former educator of 14 years who enjoys helping teachers leverage technology to improve the academic successes of their students. At Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math), we want to help teachers utilize our unique, adaptive program to improve the math achievements of their... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 12:30pm - 2:45pm
JBWN 204

12:30pm

Understanding by Design - Creating Units with Project Based Learning
Limited Capacity filling up

Teachers will work to look at Unit Plans, Daily Lesson Plans and other documents, resources and collegial advice, input and feedback to redesign units as UbD and Project Based Learning Units. However, our work is not done! We will implement Project Based Learning into the units as well. Engagement, Assessment and Connections are all key to increasing Student Achievement. Please bring a unit you plan to teach for the upcoming year and a device.

Update:  I will be providing a link here for you to take a survey.  This will help me in putting together different exemplars in subject matter and grade levels.   I'll also be posting the presentation shortly.

Essentially, we will:

1. Explain and Describe PBL
2.  Provide examples of PBL
3.  Discuss the 3 stages of Understanding by Design 
4.  Dig deeper into Essential Questions, Understandings and Assessments 
5.  Come out with a UbD that is PBL oriented - draft, draft, draft 

We have a lot packed into this presentation and workshop.  Come prepared with units, work, etc.

Speakers
avatar for Zach Korth

Zach Korth

GearUp Facilitator, Austin ISD
I have worked with different populations of students from Chicago to Portland and Austin. Stepping outside of our comfort zone, learning our students and understanding their experiences helps to incorporate new ideas and content into our lessons. My intentions are to help you combine... Read More →



Tuesday August 1, 2017 12:30pm - 2:45pm
JBWS 264

12:30pm

Inspiring the Courage to Excel through Self-Efficacy
This session will address practical, individualized tactics teachers can implement in their classrooms to create equitable learning environments and increase the success of each student. All participants will receive a free copy of Inspiring the Courage to Excel toolkits. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Lisa Williams

Dr. Lisa Williams

Executive Director of Equity and Cultural Proficiency, Baltimore County Public Schools
Dr. Lisa Williams is Executive Director of Equity and Cultural Proficiency for the Baltimore County Public School System. Dr. Williams has held the position of teacher, mentor, university professor, and Title I director over her career in education. She has a doctorate in Urban Educational... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 12:30pm - 2:45pm
JBWS 366

1:45pm

Science & Health Resource (SHRC) Explorer Lounge
Limited Capacity seats available

Meet the incredible staff of the Science & Health Resource Center and learn about the resources and services they offer to teachers.

Tuesday August 1, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
JBWN 102

1:45pm

Did You Know Google Can Do EVERYTHING?
Limited Capacity full
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Get ready for a crash course in everything Google. We will explore tips and tricks for all Google products, add-ons and Chrome Extensions and check out some things Google offers that you never knew existed. If you're a Google power-user this session is a must. Bring your laptop and get ready to go Google!

Speakers

Tuesday August 1, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
JBWN 202

1:45pm

Digital Books, Projects and Tools to Differentiate Instruction with myON
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In this session, participants will learn how myON enhanced digital books can be used to differentiate instruction in Math and Science. myON personalized digital books are available to all PreK - 12 schools in Austin ISD. Teachers and students can log in to the resource using BLEND or going directly to the myON website. With more than 7,800 digital books indexed by topic, discipline and TEKS, teachers and students can connect digital books and literacy into math and science content. Learn how to create projects linked to Science and Math TEKS with embedded assessments and PBL extensions. Participants will be able to access the resource from their laptop or mobile device and walk away with the tools and resources to create their own projects to support their units of instruction. To learn more about myON, visit www.myON.com or the Austin ISD resource site at http://tinyurl.com/myonaisd.

Speakers
avatar for John Costilla

John Costilla

Account Manager, myON
I represent myON in Texas. myON support a collective impact approach to closing the literacy gap by personalizing reading for ALL learners. Using any device, with or without Internet, students have access to more 6,000 enhanced digital books that are personalized for each learner... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
JBWS 163

1:45pm

Science Education for Tomorrow: Population, Biodiversity, & Sustainability
Limited Capacity seats available

In this hands-on workshop, the presenter will engage participants in interdisciplinary activities that help students explore human impacts on the planet including population growth, threats to biodiversity, and compromised ecosystems. Teachers will participate in activity simulations and discussions for around 80% of the workshop, so be prepared to be up and moving! While engaging students in complex problem solving tasks, the presented activities also stimulate creative thinking and motivate students to consider possibilities for creating sustainable societies. These activities build skills in science, math, and the social sciences, while providing students the chance to apply learning to authentic problems observable in the world around them. Activity formats include graphing and data analysis, modeling, and group problem-solving. Participants receive a standards-aligned curriculum CD-ROM. Intended audience is upper elementary & middle school (4th-8th) science and math teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Helen Whisenhunt

Helen Whisenhunt

Coordinator of Advanced Programs & Secondary Science, MDLC- Central Office, Schertz Cibolo Universal City ISD



Tuesday August 1, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
JBWS 261

1:45pm

Experiencing Space Science: It's in Your Hands!!
Limited Capacity full
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While space science can be exciting, evoking thoughts of Star Trek or Star Wars, elementary students can be challenged to learn the actual processes behind the seasons, Moon phases, and the difference between rotation and revolution. We'll explore a variety of Earth, Sun, Moon science concepts and some concrete, hands-on ways to make these concepts attainable and retainable for students.



Tuesday August 1, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
JBWS 363

1:45pm

Science Myths and Misconceptions and Website Investigation
Limited Capacity seats available

The primary topic of this session is scientific literacy by exploring science myths and misconceptions. This will involve discourse among students about their current beliefs, surveying others about what they believe and why, and critically researching the topics.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Roth

Eric Roth

Teacher, Grade 4, Clayton Elementary School
I have taught elementary math and science in excess of 30 years, but I continue to look for innovative, creative, and effective ways to teach. Together with my co-teacher who specializes in language arts and social studies, we incorporate origami, classroom government, Greek Mythology... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
JBWS 186 (Carter Auditorium)

1:45pm

Understanding and Using Supplemental Aids in Science
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This session will review supplemental aids and current TEA guidelines regarding accommodations for special education students. Participants will learn how to read TEA guideline criteria and the difference between what is allowable during classroom instruction versus state assessments and best practices for instructional use of supplemental aids. This is appropriate for science teachers of all grade levels, especially those who serve students receiving special education services. Presentation Notes

Speakers
avatar for Rita Fennelly-Atkinson

Rita Fennelly-Atkinson

Technology Design Coach/VILS Coach, Austin ISD
For more than 10 years, Rita has served students for multiple districts as both a general and special education teacher in secondary science. She is currently serving as a Technology Design Coach for Austin ISD as a VILS coach for Sadler Means YWLA.


Tuesday August 1, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
JBWS 266

1:45pm

Creative Learning in Math
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This session models strategies from the Creative Learning Initiative with elementary and secondary content applications for General Math. It gives teachers flexible tools to introduce, review, and assess curriculum and vocabulary. The strategies include techniques of drama, visual arts, music, and movement increasing engagement and critical thinking. Creative teaching strategies support the Whole Child as they incorporate components of SEL and the 6 C’s/Power Skills. This session is in BLEND and participants need a laptop. You can access this Blend course by going to: https://aisdblend.instructure.com/enroll/E63499

Speakers
avatar for Mary Ann Simmons

Mary Ann Simmons

Instructional Coach, Creative Learning, AISD - Creative Learning Initiative


Tuesday August 1, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
JBWS 361
 
Wednesday, August 2
 

9:00am

BrainPOP: Blending Your Classroom Instruction
Limited Capacity full
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The BrainPOP Suite offers cross-curricular animated movies, learning games, interactive quizzes, primary source activities, and additional resources for students in grades K-8. Its topics span Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Engineering & Tech, Health, and Arts & Music. BrainPOP also offers GameUp, an educational games portal for the classroom; Make-a-Map, a concept mapping tool; the new Make-A-Movie, and the “My BrainPOP” suite of features, which lets teachers keep track of learning, customize assessment, incorporate gaming into instruction, and provide feedback on learning artifacts. BrainPOP resources support individual, team, and whole-class learning in traditional, blended, and “flipped” settings and are proven effective through science-based research that are aligned to the TEKS. Participants will create My BrainPOP accounts as well as have the opportunity to explore, set up classes and experience BrainPOP as a student. Please bring your own device.

Speakers
avatar for Vanessa Jones

Vanessa Jones

Technology Design Coach, Austin Independent School District
Vanessa is a Technology Design Coach for Austin ISD. She has worked in the Dept of Technology for over 20 years. She has taught third through six grades. In 2017, she was a finalist for the TCEA Technology Special of the Year Award and was once recognized as Intel's Education 20... Read More →
avatar for Shelley May

Shelley May

Technology Design Coach, Austin ISD
Shelley grew up in Houston, Texas, graduating from Bellaire High School. She attended the University of Texas at Austin and received her B.S. in Education. She later attended the Lawyer's Assistant Program at Southwest Texas State University and after graduation, was a legal assistant... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 267

9:00am

The Clayton Shopping Mall: Hands-on Financial Literacy
Limited Capacity filling up

Participates will learn about a model classroom shopping mall (the Clayton Shopping Mall) that teaches students financial literacy in a hands-on, realistic, and motivational way.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Roth

Eric Roth

Teacher, Grade 4, Clayton Elementary School
I have taught elementary math and science in excess of 30 years, but I continue to look for innovative, creative, and effective ways to teach. Together with my co-teacher who specializes in language arts and social studies, we incorporate origami, classroom government, Greek Mythology... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 264

9:00am

Are You Ready or Are You Supporting?
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will breakdown the elementary science standards into a format that can be leveraged into teacher and student success in a fun game-like atmosphere modeling quick wins with visual literacy and vocabulary development.

Speakers

Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWN 201

9:00am

Strategies for Success
Limited Capacity seats available

Frustrated when students know the content but still miss the question? Maybe the question structure/wording/presentation is not familiar to them? Let's focus on a variety of strategies to help students experience 5th grade science content in multiple ways to be better equipped to decode unfamiliar questions. Come work collaboratively using manipulatives to experience the thinking involved when strategies such as cause and effect, comparing and contrasting, reading graphs, tables, and charts, generalizing from examples and non-examples, sequencing processes, making inferences from diagrams, creating analogies, etc. are used. Through modeling and working with the manipulative materials you will have ideas and resources for implementing these strategies all year.

Speakers
avatar for Rosemary Martin

Rosemary Martin

Owner/Developer, Supporting Science, Inc.
Owner/Consultant


Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWN 226

9:00am

Learning how to make games with Scratch (Elementary)
Limited Capacity full
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Programming simple games with Scratch... and using them in your content areas.

Introducing Scratch to your students fosters 21st century skills you will want to develop in your classroom. And you can use this tool for all content areas too: students can create projects, explain facts, invent stories… using Scratch. In this session we will create some simple games we can use with our students to introduce the foundations of the Scratch programming language while we become familiar with the Scratch environment. These are the same games that our 3rd and 4th graders worked on during our Coding Club at McBee ES this year.

You may want to bring your own laptop to fully participate in the experience of basic game programming with Scratch!

Speakers
avatar for Rafael Alba Cascales

Rafael Alba Cascales

Teacher, Austin ISD


Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWN 204

9:00am

STEMRangers - Citizen Action Science Night!
Limited Capacity seats available

Foster STEM citizenship! STEMrangers Science Night Curriculum is a mission to save and understand vital parts of our planet. Navigated by Philippe Cousteau, STEMrangers takes students, parents, teachers, and campuses on a guided journey to understand and find solutions to real-world STEM problems and help you find the tools to solve them across three events: recruitment, reconnaissance, and responsibility.

Speakers
avatar for Terry Talley

Terry Talley

STEM Scopes
National STEM Manager, STEMscopes


Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 268

9:00am

Instructional Video Production
Limited Capacity full
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As student access to technology increases, so does the need to provide digital access to instruction. Participants will be guided through the process of creating his/her own instructional video for classroom use. To maximize this experience, participants should bring a laptop with microphone access provided by most school districts, and a tablet. However, those materials will not be required to participate. Both presenters have years of experience with creating and using videos in mathematics classrooms, and are ready to share ideas!

Speakers
KW

Kelly Wroblewski

Instructional Coach and Mathematics Teacher, Austin ISD



Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 161

9:00am

Tech Tools You Can Use Tomorrow or the Next Day
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session we will explore many tools that you can start using tomorrow in your classroom with very little prep or experience. We will checkout Kahoot!, Quizizz, Edupuzzle, Recap and many more tools that take very little prep, but can give you interactive tech lessons you can use tomorrow in your class.

Speakers

Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWN 206

9:00am

Science & Health Resource (SHRC) Explorer Lounge
Limited Capacity seats available

Meet the incredible staff of the Science & Health Resource Center and learn about the resources and services they offer to teachers.

Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWN 102

9:00am

New Users to Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math)
Limited Capacity seats available

Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math) combines live teacher support, unique student motivation, and engaging adaptive instruction in a web-based learning system that is proven to help students learn and love math! Join the Imagine Math expert in a Getting Started session for teachers new to the program. How you start your students impacts the quality and quantity of work that your students will do in the program. This covers the how, why and when of student launching and the importance of a journaling action plan.

Speakers
avatar for Sonya Lerma

Sonya Lerma

Customer Success Manager, Imagine Learning
I'm a former educator of 14 years who enjoys helping teachers leverage technology to improve the academic successes of their students. At Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math), we want to help teachers utilize our unique, adaptive program to improve the math achievements of their... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWS 363

9:00am

Utilizing School Gardens for Science and Math: Let’s Be Practical
Limited Capacity full
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This interactive workshop shares best practices and practical ideas from the presenter’s experience visiting and researching school garden and garden to kitchen programs in distinct urban areas across the US. Establishing and running garden and kitchen classroom programs requires community building and a willingness to take healthy risks while encouraging students to do the same. Lauren Maples, Executive Director of PEAS (Partners for Education Agriculture and Sustainability) will discuss ways garden teams can collaborate around a shared approach to encouraging community and student buy-in while fostering an inclusive classroom culture where . The session will offer strategies, lesson ideas, and resources that are applicable across sites. Participants will engage with and learn from one another while also reflecting on their own program development.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Zappone Maples

Lauren Zappone Maples

Executive Director, (PEAS) Partners for Education Agriculture and Sustainability
Lauren Zappone Maples is the co-founder and Executive Director of PEAS (Partners for Education, Agriculture, and Sustainability), a nonprofit operating in Austin, TX.  PEAS educators partners directly with teachers and their classes in local schools by leading outdoor lessons that... Read More →



Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWS 261

9:00am

Problem-Based Learning Through Design Thinking
Limited Capacity full
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Transform any topic or TEKS into an engaging, student-driven learning experience using easy-to-implement PBL strategies! Presented by EcoRise, this hands-on session will explore how problem-based learning and design thinking can be used to develop student innovation and 21st century skills, all while teaching and reinforcing essential academic content. Teachers will work in teams to create effective driving questions and walk through the PBL process from identifying the problem to sharing the solution. Through facilitated dialogue, teachers will be given the opportunity to share successes, challenges, and fears relating to PBL, and all participants will walk away with a comprehensive facilitators guide and dozens of ready-to-use PBL strategies and activities.

Speakers
avatar for Richard W. Kincaid, M.S., M.Ed.

Richard W. Kincaid, M.S., M.Ed.

Chief Innovation Officer, EcoRise
Richard has extensive experience in campus and district leadership positions in three different public school districts in Texas, and brings with him a wealth of training and experience in the areas of instructional coaching, curriculum design and assessment, change leadership, and... Read More →
avatar for Abby Randall

Abby Randall

Director of Programs, EcoRise
With more than 13 years of experience in the field of sustainability education, Abby Randall is passionate about inspiring teachers and students to ignite a new generation of green leaders. Born in London, England and raised in Hingham, Massachusetts, Abby has spent the last decade... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWS 361

9:00am

The Science of Implicit Bias
Limited Capacity seats available

We will collaborate together to digest research on implicit bias in the classroom. Participants will share ideas on how to create systems and structures that counteract implicit biases.

Speakers
avatar for Aleza Berube

Aleza Berube

SEL Specialist, Austin ISD, SEL Team
avatar for Alonzo Blankenship

Alonzo Blankenship

SEL Specialist, SEL Team


Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWN 202

9:00am

LCRA Mobile River Exhibit
Visit the LCRA Mobile River Exhibit and partake in an interative experience designed to teach about water conservation and ecology. Exhibit will be parked in Purple Lot just north of JBWN.

Speakers

Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm
Purple Lot (North of JBWN)

10:15am

Blended Learning with SeeSaw
Limited Capacity full
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Want to start giving your students more choice and create a blended learning environment in your elementary classroom? Come hear about my journey this year. I will share my timeline of implementation and tell the story of how my students and I grew as a community of learners. I will share how I was able to avoid worksheets, keep parents informed, build leadership in my students and differentiate content in meaningful ways. Come hear about how SeeSaw has made this one of my best teaching years yet! Please bring your own device.

Speakers
avatar for Kris Higgins

Kris Higgins

Teacher, Aisd


Wednesday August 2, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 264

10:15am

Integrating Interactivity with H5P into Your Students' Online Learning Experience
Limited Capacity full
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Discover a variety of online content creation tools provided freely by H5P, including image hotspots, drag-and-drop matching, interactive video and slide presentations, and more. During this session, teachers will setup their H5P account, create content, and embed it into a BLEND module. 

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Martell

Christopher Martell

Innovation & Design Specialist


Wednesday August 2, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 161

10:15am

Fractions Don't have to be Frustrating!
Limited Capacity full
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How can I help my students understand fractions? Come see how using manipulatives, both hands-on and virtual, can help your students better understand fraction concepts. Discover why they can be a powerful tool; ideas will be shared for equivalence, ordering, addition, and subtraction of fractions! Strategies for differentiation will be shared as well.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Dykema

Kevin Dykema

Teacher, Mattawan Consolidated Schools
I'm passionate about having students understand the concepts, not just be able to do them!


Wednesday August 2, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 266

10:15am

Increasing Student Effort and Confidence in Problem Solving
Limited Capacity full
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In this session, participants will develop strategies to increase student confidence and effort in problem solving. These strategies can be incorporated into any school wide guide. Students will be able to build critical thinking skills and develop the ability to communicate their mathematical thinking. Participants will practice the strategy of identifying three types of words problems - label problems, vocabulary problems, and model problems. Also, participants will be given strategies to help students learn to communicate their mathematical thinking.

The intended audience is classroom teachers and instructional math coaches.

Speakers
avatar for Naomi Haynes

Naomi Haynes

Instructional Math coach


Wednesday August 2, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 262

10:15am

Class-Building Strategies: Ways to Maximize Student Learning
Limited Capacity full
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The goal is to share Kagan strategies that I learned about last summer and had the chance to utilize in classrooms this current school year. These strategies focus on engaging students, maximizing student thinking, collaboration, and creating a safe, productive classroom environment. Participants will be a part of short activities which I will facilitate, showing the strategies for their classes. No technology required for them. The activities will be focusing on Algebra 1 content, but the strategies themselves are adaptable to any math content (honestly any content level at all).

Speakers
LH

Logan Healey

OnRamps Precalculus Instructor, Austin ISD


Wednesday August 2, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWN 247

10:15am

What's Your Questioning Quotient?
Limited Capacity full
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Asking content questions all day but not sure if it is helping? Come learn some ways brain-based research has helped us recognize the type of questions we are asking and learn new strategies for ramping up the rigor. We'll do question sorting, use stems, prompts and response cards, learn the difference between active and passive questioning, and construct question wheels for student inquiry while making a mini-notebook of the strategies used during the session. The question is . . . what are you waiting for?

Speakers
avatar for Rosemary Martin

Rosemary Martin

Owner/Developer, Supporting Science, Inc.
Owner/Consultant


Wednesday August 2, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWN 226

10:15am

EverFi: Critical Skills for 21st Century Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

How do we use technology in the classroom to prepare students for the ever-changing world? Participants will learn about a library of online courses spanning a wide range of critical life skills that are provided to students (3rd-12th grade) at no cost. Courses cover skills and career exploration in field such as Financial Literacy, STEM, computer technology, and others. Attendees will leave ready to implement these user-friendly courses right away!

Speakers
avatar for Dakota Rubin

Dakota Rubin

Schools Manager, EverFi Inc.



Wednesday August 2, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWN 204

10:15am

NISE: Demystify STEM and Become a Certified STEM Teacher Leader
Limited Capacity filling up

When teachers transition from science alone to STEM in science many things change. The actions teachers select still meet the needs of their students, but now incorporate 21st Century skills, problem-solving, and the design practices of scientist and engineers. As you shift to STEM, why not earn a National Certificate for STEM Teaching? Come and learn how you can do it too!

Speakers
avatar for Terry Talley

Terry Talley

STEM Scopes
National STEM Manager, STEMscopes
avatar for Courtney Williams

Courtney Williams

Account Manager, Accelerate Learning: STEMscopes
I am Jamie Long and I am happy to serve Region 11 as your STEMscopes account manager! We have new features in STEMscopes and new products coming in time for the new 2017-2018 school year! Come see me about our new engineering program: DIVE-IN! Also, we have a new Science Night... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 268

12:30pm

Assessment Update for the 2017-2018 School Year
Limited Capacity seats available

The Assessment team will provide an update on BLEND's Quizzes vs. Quizzes.Next, the 17-18 Benchmark assessments, Schoolnet, DMAC, and where we go from here.

Speakers

Wednesday August 2, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWS 186 (Carter Auditorium)

12:30pm

10 Tips On Making BLEND Accessible for ALL Learners
Limited Capacity full
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This session will go over easy tips that educators can use in designing accessible instructional content. These tips will focus on design lessons learned while building accessible courses using BLEND. This is designed to be a basic primer on simple ways to ensure your content will work with TTS extensions and other design features that will meet the needs of students with disabilities who may require accommodations. Participants will be provided with an easy guide of tips that they can use during course creation, and they are welcome to bring their own devices to access and practice using BLEND. This session is intended for any teacher who wants to use BLEND during the upcoming school year.

Presentation Materials: Notetaker, Using Technology to Provide Accommodations & Accessibility, and Special Education Resource Guide (Handouts will be provided to participants)

Speakers
avatar for Rita Fennelly-Atkinson

Rita Fennelly-Atkinson

Technology Design Coach/VILS Coach, Austin ISD
For more than 10 years, Rita has served students for multiple districts as both a general and special education teacher in secondary science. She is currently serving as a Technology Design Coach for Austin ISD as a VILS coach for Sadler Means YWLA.


Wednesday August 2, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWN 204

12:30pm

Talk Like a Scientist
Limited Capacity full
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Teachers will be shown how to use vocabulary games and concepts to help all students have a better understanding of basic Science vocabulary. I will share many ideas that I have used throughout my years of being in the classroom and as a Science Coach. This session can be adapted to other grade levels besides elementary. No technology is required, however I will share on line resources that I have found to be valuable.

Speakers


Wednesday August 2, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWS 366

12:30pm

Developing Number Operations with Manipulatives
Limited Capacity full
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How can I help my students better understand addition and subtraction, rather than trying to memorize a series of steps? See how using manipulatives, both hands-on and virtual, can help your students better understand the concepts, such as number sense and strategies for the number operations. Discover why manipulatives are a powerful tool in developing conceptual understanding. Strategies for differentiation will be shared as well.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Dykema

Kevin Dykema

Teacher, Mattawan Consolidated Schools
I'm passionate about having students understand the concepts, not just be able to do them!


Wednesday August 2, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWS 266

12:30pm

Grassroots! Austin ISD’s Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee
Limited Capacity seats available

The Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee (ESAC) is the only district advisory in AISD created from a grassroots effort. We are AISD’s best kept secret, and we don’t want to be a secret anymore. We are teachers, district staff, city employees, and non-profit organizations who can help you make your school a greener campus.

Join us to learn about the origins of this committee and get a sneak peek of the District’s Sustainability Plan. Discover resources available to make your campus a green, environmentally friendly school while enhancing learning opportunities for your students. Most importantly, we want to hear from you. Share your successes and challenges for integrating sustainable practices into your school, and learn how you can play a role in shaping sustainability at Austin ISD.

Speakers
avatar for Darien Clary

Darien Clary

Sustainability Manager, Austin ISD
As Austin ISD Sustainability Manager, Darien supports AISD’s vision to enhance sustainability programs that decrease costs while conserving the environment and being responsive to the dynamic local community. As such, she implements programs and tracks performance in water and energy... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Nelson

Matthew Nelson

Teacher, Austin ISD
26 years of teaching experience Former Peace Corps Volunteer - Papua New Guinea Interested in working on sustainability issues at the campus and district level Loves to travel


Wednesday August 2, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWS 161

12:30pm

DIVE-In Engineering - Create a MakerSpace in your Classroom!
Limited Capacity filling up

Having trouble finding ways to bridge the gap between the traditional engineering kits of today’s classrooms where students are simply told to build a standard product and lead students into a true Makerspace? See how its done - where your students experience a more flexible degree of freedom through the DIVE method. Deconstruct, Imitate, Vary and Explore. Join us and see what is all about!

Speakers
avatar for Terry Talley

Terry Talley

STEM Scopes
National STEM Manager, STEMscopes


Wednesday August 2, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWS 268

12:30pm

Microvolts to Megavolts - Electrifying Demonstrations
Limited Capacity seats available

Central Texas Discover Engineering is a network of volunteers who visit classrooms to excite learners about science & engineering. Join us for a hair-raising demo of exciting science and learn more about how to bring volutneers to your classroom.

Speakers

Wednesday August 2, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWS 264

12:30pm

Mighty Manipulatives: Tools to Engage, Teach, Assess & Review
Limited Capacity full
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Are you ready for your kids to be engaged in student-centered activities that challenge them to think at high levels and require them to use their academic vocabulary and organizational skills? Educational research since the 1990's has shown the effectiveness of using interactive manipulative resources in student-centered learning. Come experience examples of interactive group activities such as Tic-Tac-Toe, content relay races, clue card hunts, grab bags, concept maps, and more. Then discuss ways to process the learning through notebook reflections and foldables®. A variety of life, earth, and physical science topics will be used. You'll have models, ideas and resources for implementing these strategies all year.

Speakers
avatar for Rosemary Martin

Rosemary Martin

Owner/Developer, Supporting Science, Inc.
Owner/Consultant


Wednesday August 2, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWN 226

12:30pm

Getting Going with Google Classroom
Limited Capacity full
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Integrate technology into your classroom to make learning easier and more engaging. Google Classroom improves communication and collaboration beyond your classroom walls. Learn how to combine google docs, google forms and add-on's to create a better organized, paperless classroom. This session will help you get started creating your classes and posting assignments. Bring your own device please.

Speakers

Wednesday August 2, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWN 202

12:30pm

Come Alive with Living Materials
Limited Capacity full
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Discover the many incredible resources, including live organisms, science equipment, and technology, offered by the Living Materials Center and Science and Health Resource Center. You may even get the chance to hold a hedgehog, snuggle a snake, or touch a tarantula!


Wednesday August 2, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWN 102

12:30pm

Blended Learning in Science (or any other) Classroom
Limited Capacity full
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This session will demonstrate a blended learning model for a Science classroom wherein students engage with content in a variety of ways, and at different paces. Students are provided with a clear structure for self-pacing and accountability. The model showcases the integration of a number of different technology tools, with non-tech workarounds for campuses not yet approaching a 1:1 student-device ratio. Finally, the model enables teachers to create small group learning environments within a larger classroom, which is useful for special education accommodation. Although the demonstration deals with science content, the model can easily be adapted to any subject. THIS IS AN IN-DEPTH VERSION of the session offered at the Blended Learning Summit. 

Attendees will wear two hats: teacher and student, to get a hands-on look at how blended learning can work in practice.

Please NOTE: This is NOT a training on BLEND platform (AISD's version of Canvas). This is about a classroom model that literally blends different kinds of learning. I will actually be using Google Classroom, but you could easily use the BLEND platform for the same purpose. 

Speakers
avatar for Kermit O

Kermit O

6th Grade Science Teacher, Mendez Middle School
My professional focus is on educational equity, tech integration, blended learning, and culturally responsive pedagogy.


Wednesday August 2, 2017 12:30pm - 2:45pm
JBWS 265

12:30pm

Returning Users of Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math)
Limited Capacity seats available

You’ve used Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math) and know the basics of running the program. Your students journal, use live teacher support, and are motivated by the avatar, contests, and games. But you’d like to do more! Join the Imagine Math expert to learn how to pull reports for progress monitoring, create new pathways, design your own teacher-led motivation, and learn what’s new for the 2017-2018 school year.

Speakers
avatar for Sonya Lerma

Sonya Lerma

Customer Success Manager, Imagine Learning
I'm a former educator of 14 years who enjoys helping teachers leverage technology to improve the academic successes of their students. At Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math), we want to help teachers utilize our unique, adaptive program to improve the math achievements of their... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 12:30pm - 2:45pm
JBWS 363

12:30pm

Problem-Based Learning Through Design Thinking
Limited Capacity full
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Transform any topic or TEKS into an engaging, student-driven learning experience using easy-to-implement PBL strategies! Presented by EcoRise, this hands-on session will explore how problem-based learning and design thinking can be used to develop student innovation and 21st century skills, all while teaching and reinforcing essential academic content. Teachers will work in teams to create effective driving questions and walk through the PBL process from identifying the problem to sharing the solution. Through facilitated dialogue, teachers will be given the opportunity to share successes, challenges, and fears relating to PBL, and all participants will walk away with a comprehensive facilitators guide and dozens of ready-to-use PBL strategies and activities.

Speakers
avatar for Richard W. Kincaid, M.S., M.Ed.

Richard W. Kincaid, M.S., M.Ed.

Chief Innovation Officer, EcoRise
Richard has extensive experience in campus and district leadership positions in three different public school districts in Texas, and brings with him a wealth of training and experience in the areas of instructional coaching, curriculum design and assessment, change leadership, and... Read More →
avatar for Abby Randall

Abby Randall

Director of Programs, EcoRise
With more than 13 years of experience in the field of sustainability education, Abby Randall is passionate about inspiring teachers and students to ignite a new generation of green leaders. Born in London, England and raised in Hingham, Massachusetts, Abby has spent the last decade... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 12:30pm - 2:45pm
JBWS 361

12:30pm

Makerspace Jumpstart Kit: Win It for Your Campus! (over a $15,000 value)

Please visit JBWS 165 to view and experience our Makerspace Jumpstart Kit sponsored by Ward's Science, WB Manufacturing, and the AISD Science and Mathematics teams. The space features customized furniture, 3D printers, Raspberry PIs, and more!!!. All the furniture and equipment on display will be donated to one lucky campus. To be eligible complete the Makerspace Jumpstart application form (requires your principal's approval and signature) and return in person to either JBWS 165 or the Information and Check-in Area outside JBWS 180 no later than 2:45 pm on Wednesday, August 2nd. Only AISD staff and campuses are eligible to apply.


Wednesday August 2, 2017 12:30pm - 2:45pm
JBWS 165

1:45pm

Science & Health Resource (SHRC) Explorer Lounge
Limited Capacity seats available

Meet the incredible staff of the Science & Health Resource Center and learn about the resources and services they offer to teachers.

Wednesday August 2, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
JBWN 102

1:45pm

Recapping Your Learning
Limited Capacity full
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The primary topic during this sessions is how to promote communication about learned skills within students. This session will focus on how to incorporate Recap, a web tool, that allows users the opportunity to share out their thinking and to rate how well they are versed in that topic. The use of Recap can expand throughout the curriculum, but, for this session, we will explore how teachers can use this tool to gauge student understanding of science skills and to further expand their knowledge. Participants will be able to work both sides as a teacher and a student. Participants are encouraged to bring a device (laptop, mobile device, Chromebook) in order to fully participate. As the end of the session, my hope is that K-12 teachers will leave with a tool that they will be ready to use right away in their classrooms.



Wednesday August 2, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
JBWN 204

1:45pm

ELLs in STEM Classrooms - Research-Based Strategies for a Fun STEM Class!
Limited Capacity filling up

Are your Grade 3-5 ELL students struggling in Science? Are you searching for an easy way to help these students? We can help you! With research-based Best Practices at your fingertips, you can differentiate for ALL students in your classroom while ensuring that your students are mastering all of their grade-level Science Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills. You will love how you will focus on helping your students with data without adding more to your already hectic day, and you will walk away with strategies to use in your classroom right away. Please sign up in advance for materials/supplies. We can't wait to see you!

Speakers
avatar for Terry Talley

Terry Talley

STEM Scopes
National STEM Manager, STEMscopes


Wednesday August 2, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
JBWS 268

1:45pm

Modeling (not Memorizing) Multiplication and Division
Limited Capacity full
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Use manipulatives to show students why procedures work for multiplying and dividing integers and fractions. Demonstrate why fractions get smaller when multiplied. Show why “invert and multiply” works. Remove the mystery from standard multiplication and division procedures by helping students visualize why procedures work for integers.

Speakers

Wednesday August 2, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
JBWN 202

1:45pm

Creating Meaningful Anchor Charts
Limited Capacity full
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Creating a meaningful Anchor chart/graphic can be difficult. I will attempt to assist teachers in the realization that you don't need to be an artist to make meaningful anchor charts. Based on the needs of each session group, I will attempt to connect main ideas in digital and 2-D formats. Participating teachers will be able to brainstorm alone or in small groups to create a finished take-home anchor chart. We will see examples, plan, design, and illustrate our ideas. These skills will allow teachers to think outside what may generally be given in the curriculum to go deeper in explanations and visuals. These skills can be used in any subject. Please bring your own device.

Speakers
avatar for Jack Jeansonne

Jack Jeansonne

teacher, AISD
Botany, Biology, Herpetology, PBL, STEAM, African cichlids, Gardening, Chickens, Sci-fi


Wednesday August 2, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
JBWS 266

1:45pm

Elementary Science Notebooks
Limited Capacity full
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Teaching elementary teachers how to develop Science notebooks with their students throughout the school year. I will be showing teachers how to organize student notebooks and explore a variety of engaging activities and how to make them work within a Science notebook. No technology is required for the teachers but I will be sharing a great deal of resources that I have found over the years as a Science Coach and teacher. Teachers will leave with a better understanding of how to implement, organize and add to their Science notebooks.

Speakers

Wednesday August 2, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
JBWS 366

1:45pm

Science Fair 101 : Developing Scientists in the 21st Century
Limited Capacity seats available

To science fair or not to science fair, that is the question facing many elementary schools today. Despite the recent opposition to the value of science fairs, the process still offers many learning opportunities and much inspiration. Learn how to start (or restart) the process at your home campus, with fresh new ways of looking at science fairs to incorporate more meaningful participation and projects. Additionally, learn about alternative science exhibitions (such as STEM nights) that inspire both the students and the teachers of your campus. Presenters will share a step by step "how to" on getting science fair started at your school. We will visit Austin Energy Science Fest's website as well.

Speakers
avatar for Cyndi Larrimore

Cyndi Larrimore

5th Grade Teacher, Austin ISD
I have been a 5th grade math and science teacher or 20 years. I am always on the lookout for new ways to engage and challenge my students.
avatar for Tonya Penney

Tonya Penney

Teacher, Travis Heights Elementary School
I raise farm animals, such as chickens, pigs and ducks, outside of town. I love to garden at home and with my students. I am going on my 5th year of using PBL in my classroom, and I am continuing to learn and grow as a teacher with the technique.


Wednesday August 2, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
JBWS 262

1:45pm

Camera, Lights, Action: Content and storytelling with Thinkery!
Limited Capacity full
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Explore technology integration in your teaching with Thinkery! Create your own stop motion video while learning how digital storytelling enables students to reinforce STEM concepts and communicate them to others. This session is a sample of EdExchange, Thinkery’s professional development partnership for elementary and middle school teachers, which provides hands-on training paired with classroom support to complete student projects. We will provide examples of great project ideas from the field and information on how to get involved with all of Thinkery programs for schools and educators. A few lucky participants will leave with a free HUE camera courtesy of AISD.

Speakers
avatar for Brenda Lopez

Brenda Lopez

School & Gallery Education Manager, Thinkery


Wednesday August 2, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
JBWS 264
 
Thursday, August 3
 

9:00am

Accessing TX GoMath Digital Resources in BLEND
Take a deeper dive into navigating the digital resources available with TX GoMath. Utilize these resources for core instruction as well as differentiation. Please bring your own device to follow along with the presentation.

Speakers

Thursday August 3, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 186 (Carter Auditorium)

9:00am

Did You Know Google Can Do EVERYTHING?
Limited Capacity full
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Get ready for a crash course in everything Google. We will explore tips and tricks for all Google products, add-ons and Chrome Extensions and check out some things Google offers that you never knew existed. If you're a Google power-user this session is a must. Bring your laptop and get ready to go Google!

Speakers

Thursday August 3, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWN 202

9:00am

Digital Books, Projects and Tools to Differentiate Instruction with myON
Limited Capacity full
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In this session, participants will learn how myON enhanced digital books can be used to differentiate instruction in Math and Science. myON personalized digital books are available to all PreK - 12 schools in Austin ISD. Teachers and students can log in to the resource using BLEND or going directly to the myON website. With more than 7,800 digital books indexed by topic, discipline and TEKS, teachers and students can connect digital books and literacy into math and science content. Learn how to create projects linked to Science and Math TEKS with embedded assessments and PBL extensions. Participants will be able to access the resource from their laptop or mobile device and walk away with the tools and resources to create their own projects to support their units of instruction. To learn more about myON, visit www.myON.com or the Austin ISD resource site at http://tinyurl.com/myonaisd.

Speakers
avatar for John Costilla

John Costilla

Account Manager, myON
I represent myON in Texas. myON support a collective impact approach to closing the literacy gap by personalizing reading for ALL learners. Using any device, with or without Internet, students have access to more 6,000 enhanced digital books that are personalized for each learner... Read More →


Thursday August 3, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 163

9:00am

Talk Like a Scientist
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers will be shown how to use vocabulary games and concepts to help all students have a better understanding of basic Science vocabulary. I will share many ideas that I have used throughout my years of being in the classroom and as a Science Coach. This session can be adapted to other grade levels besides elementary. No technology is required, however I will share on line resources that I have found to be valuable.

Speakers


Thursday August 3, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 366

9:00am

Interactive Reading in Science
Limited Capacity full
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Come experience new strategies for making your science readings come alive for your students. Connect the words and concepts to previous learning and hands-on science. It is a win-win when you connect the dots for students using interactive reading to support literacy development in science.


Thursday August 3, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 267

9:00am

Escape Tradition with BreakoutEDU - High Energy Lessons Your Students Will Love!
Limited Capacity full
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If you’ve ever participated in an escape game, then you and your students will love BreakoutEDU. BreakoutEDU supports critical thinking, deductive reasoning, and collaboration with puzzle-based games that can support any content area or grade-level. In this session, teachers will use their math and science skills and a series of clues to unlock their BreakoutEDU box and stop a team of jewel thieves. The clock is ticking, so get here fast. One lucky participant will leave with two BreakoutEdu Kits to use in the classroom.

Speakers

Thursday August 3, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWN 226

9:00am

Origami in Math and Science
Limited Capacity full
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This session will show users how they can use origami in math and science. Concepts include fractions, geometry, measurement, force and motion, and simple machines. Students will fold a variety of forms and make connections to the topics listed. Folding instructions, links, and google doc with ideas of how to use origami in math and science will be provided. 

Speakers
avatar for Eric Roth

Eric Roth

Teacher, Grade 4, Clayton Elementary School
I have taught elementary math and science in excess of 30 years, but I continue to look for innovative, creative, and effective ways to teach. Together with my co-teacher who specializes in language arts and social studies, we incorporate origami, classroom government, Greek Mythology... Read More →


Thursday August 3, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 268

9:00am

Learning how to make games with Scratch (Elementary)
Limited Capacity seats available

Programming simple games with Scratch... and using them in your content areas.

Introducing Scratch to your students fosters 21st century skills you will want to develop in your classroom. And you can use this tool for all content areas too: students can create projects, explain facts, invent stories… using Scratch. In this session we will create some simple games we can use with our students to introduce the foundations of the Scratch programming language while we become familiar with the Scratch environment. These are the same games that our 3rd and 4th graders worked on during our Coding Club at McBee ES this year.

You may want to bring your own laptop to fully participate in the experience of basic game programming with Scratch!

Speakers
avatar for Rafael Alba Cascales

Rafael Alba Cascales

Teacher, Austin ISD


Thursday August 3, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWN 204

9:00am

Mixing math and science: How we confuse students (Elementary Focus)
Limited Capacity filling up

Do your students seem confused when you use math terminology in science? Do they confuse science and math terms in genera? Do you? Come experience activities designed to end student confusion related to math and science terminology. Learn why Hertzsprung-Russell had to call it a diagram and not a graph, why functions can bring students to tears, and what the letter C really represents. Digital copies of handouts will be provided so you can share this session with your campus or district.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Kaszuba

Jennifer Kaszuba

Graduate Research Assistant, UT Austin STEM Center
Jennifer works to find ways to engage all students in authentic science experiences to help them realize the wonders of science.



Thursday August 3, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWN 222

9:00am

Recapping Your Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

The primary topic during this sessions is how to promote communication about learned skills within students. This session will focus on how to incorporate Recap, a web tool, that allows users the opportunity to share out their thinking and to rate how well they are versed in that topic. The use of Recap can expand throughout the curriculum, but, for this session, we will explore how teachers can use this tool to gauge student understanding of science skills and to further expand their knowledge. Participants will be able to work both sides as a teacher and a student. Participants are encouraged to bring a device (laptop, mobile device, Chromebook) in order to fully participate. As the end of the session, my hope is that K-12 teachers will leave with a tool that they will be ready to use right away in their classrooms.



Thursday August 3, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 363

9:00am

Science & Health Resource (SHRC) Explorer Lounge
Limited Capacity seats available

Meet the incredible staff of the Science & Health Resource Center and learn about the resources and services they offer to teachers.

Thursday August 3, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWN 102

9:00am

Using Hands-On Materials to Support Learning of the Operations
Limited Capacity full
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In this session, participants learn how manipulatives can be used to teach and reinforce important mathematics skills related to addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. We focus on both concepts of the operations and helping students learn procedures related to the operations. During the session, participants will work in groups and use hands-on materials to explain operation concepts and procedures. By the end of the session, participants should have acquired more tools to use in teaching mathematics across the elementary grades.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Sarah Powell

Dr. Sarah Powell

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS


Thursday August 3, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWS 361

9:00am

Using the Aug. 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse to Support Science & Math Lessons
Limited Capacity full
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This session covers activities for the solar eclipse that occurs on the first day of school, 8-21-17. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to integrate what is happening in the world outside into your science and math lessons. The primary audience is elementary teachers, with extensions into middle school math and science. This eclipse’s path of totality will cross the United States from OR to SC. Texas will have a partial eclipse to get kids excited about science in the world around them. Activities use simple, inexpensive materials to safely observe the solar eclipse and explain the phenomenon. Most can be used throughout the year to explain science and math TEKS, such as motion of the earth-sun-moon system and creating scale models. Activities are aimed at grades 3-5, but can be modified for grades 1-9. Teachers will leave with instructions for all activities, plus resources to view the total eclipse live and for the students to participate in citizen science during the eclipse.

Speakers
LB

Lucia Brimer

Mobile Education Director, Texas Museum of Science & Technology
Several years experience teaching science and math to all ages, specializing in physics and astronomy. Our museum has science field trips, a mobile planetarium and new mobile science activities and demos to bring to your school.
avatar for Amy Jackson

Amy Jackson

Astro Ed: SSA, AISD, Travis County, UT Informal Classes, Starry Sky Austin
Bringing night time astronomy to your students. Astronomy related activities for your classroom. Inspiring astronomy learning with star stories.


Thursday August 3, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWS 262

9:00am

Storytelling with Automata
Limited Capacity seats available

In this hands-on workshop, participants will make a simple mechanical toy, or automaton, by using readily available materials such as cardboard, bamboo skewers, straws, and foam board. The automaton will then be used as a platform to tell a story as participants use a variety of materials to create a moving story automated by the toy mechanics. This simple project can be built upon to create a variety of movements that can be tied into several STEM related content including simple machines, mechanical advantage, energy, and Newton’s laws. 

 The model created in the workshop is a basic introduction to the wide world of automata. Additionally, the workshop provides a perfect example of how STEM related activities can be tied to literacy and other non-science related content for a true interdisciplinary lesson. Ancient automata were readily seen in ancient Greece as well as other ancient and modern cultures, and many times lead to the understanding and development of more elaborate inventions and machines that greatly impacted human society.


Speakers
avatar for J.E. Johnson

J.E. Johnson

Co-Founder, Maker Ready


Thursday August 3, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWN 206

9:00am

Toward a Culturally Responsive Classroom
Limited Capacity full
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Culturally Responsive Education (CRE) — also known as culturally relevant or culturally proficient education, and now considered one of AUSTIN ISD's "Six Cs" or power skills. But what the heck is it? CRE is a thoroughly researched and well-tested pedagogy that has started to gain traction in discussions and planning around school reform, and educational equity. New research shows how CRE affects the brain and enhances students' very ability to learn. This session aims to demystify culturally responsive pedagogy, providing concrete steps toward implementing best practices.

We will start with a brief history of inequity in Austin, particularly as it applies to education, move into "why" of CRE, vis-a-vis some introductory neuroscience, and then shift to strategies for building our teaching practice toward being culturally responsive educators. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of CRE and an assortment of resources for reinforcement (articles, books, and *human* resources right here in AISD).

Speakers
avatar for Kermit O

Kermit O

6th Grade Science Teacher, Mendez Middle School
My professional focus is on educational equity, tech integration, blended learning, and culturally responsive pedagogy.


Thursday August 3, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWS 265

10:15am

Accessing HMH ScienceFusion Digital Resources in BLEND
Take a deeper dive into navigating the digital resources available with HMH ScienceFusion. Utilize these resources for core instruction as well as differentiation. Please bring your own device to follow along with the presentation.

Speakers

Thursday August 3, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 186 (Carter Auditorium)

10:15am

Science Technology Made Easy (via Google Classrooms)
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This presentation will address the basics of getting started on Google Classroom via the Cloud. This will be used as a platform for student collaboration and science instruction. I will walk the audience through 3 examples of authentic, student projects in physical, life, and earth science. I will also discuss how to create Google Forms to build learning checks in science content using add ons such as Flubaroo to assist in grading. Even though audience members might prefer a different blended learning model, these projects use a variety of websites that can be adapted to any other preferred model. Grades 2-5 would receive the most from this session.

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Thursday August 3, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 268

10:15am

Beyond Words: Teaching the Language of Mathematics
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Explore engaging strategies and activities designed to help elementary students master the challenging and sometimes confusing vocabulary of math and science. Examples focus on mathematics, but ideas can be used in other content areas. Come ready to learn and play!

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Renee Dietrich

Account Executive, Mentoring Minds
Renee Dietrich is an account executive with Mentoring Minds, working with schools in the Central Texas area. She assists teachers and administrators with finding the resources which meet campus goals, and provides product training for Mentoring Minds materials.


Thursday August 3, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWN 202

10:15am

Data Driven Instruction
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I will show teachers how to use data to drive instruction and interventions. Data can be taken in a variety of ways to help lead the direction for learning. As a Science Coach I have to collect data and turn it around to make sure our lessons are filling in the gaps. We create and modify lessons after the data is collected to target specific areas of learning.

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Thursday August 3, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 366

10:15am

Kahoot! Your Way to Great Lessons
Come and learn how to use Kahoot! to teach your lesson using an inquiry format AND reinforce the concepts you've taught. Kahoot! is a FREE edtech tool for teachers, all subjects, all grade levels, and all students. In this session, you'll play some Kahoots, pick up tips and tricks, and start creating your own Kahoots! to use for the first few weeks of school. Bring your own laptops and let's have some fun!

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Helen Wilson

Teacher, Austin ISD
With ten years of science teaching under my belt, I moved to Austin in 2012, teaching at Akins High School for three years before joining the faculty at LASA. I'm passionate about science education and edtech, and I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm and interest with all of... Read More →


Thursday August 3, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 266

10:15am

Using Word and Excel (or Google Docs and Sheets) to save time and do more
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Whatever you teach, Science or Math, learning how to create several projects using the "mail-merge" feature of Word and Excel (or Google Docs and Sheets) that may allow you to save a lot of time could be a good idea: parent conferences reports, personalized students’ info sheets, vocabulary cards, and even a huge part of your lesson plans… any task that requires repetitive writing and that is based on tabulated data (that is, that can be completed using information you can store in an electronic worksheet) is easier when you know how to simplify the process with the tools you have in hand.

You may need to bring your own device with the complete working versions of Microsoft Word and Excel apps to practice at your own pace.

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Rafael Alba Cascales

Teacher, Austin ISD


Thursday August 3, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 264

10:15am

Instructional Video Production
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As student access to technology increases, so does the need to provide digital access to instruction. Participants will be guided through the process of creating his/her own instructional video for classroom use. To maximize this experience, participants should bring a laptop with microphone access provided by most school districts, and a tablet. However, those materials will not be required to participate. Both presenters have years of experience with creating and using videos in mathematics classrooms, and are ready to share ideas!

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Kelly Wroblewski

Instructional Coach and Mathematics Teacher, Austin ISD



Thursday August 3, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 161

8:30pm

Observational Astronomy
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Teachers will learn the basics of observational astronomy, outside at night, how to use a telescope, how to find constellations in the sky, hear star stories to share with their students and also learn how to bring the concepts of the scale of the solar system, reason for the seasons, moon phases and eclipses as well as why the north star changes to their students in a kinesthetic/tactile and engaging way.

Please register for this session during the conference at the Check-in and Information area in the JBWS Lobby.

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Amy Jackson

Astro Ed: SSA, AISD, Travis County, UT Informal Classes, Starry Sky Austin
Bringing night time astronomy to your students. Astronomy related activities for your classroom. Inspiring astronomy learning with star stories.


Thursday August 3, 2017 8:30pm - 10:00pm
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