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Monday, July 31
 

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
ET

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

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
 
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

Increasing Student Collaboration Through Technology
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This session will focus on how secondary teachers can use technology to increase collaboration between students in the science classroom setting. Participants will also learn how to encourage their students to step outside the Prezi/PowerPoint box and take their class projects to the next level by providing exciting new choices. Please bring your laptops or tablets so that we can explore these amazing tools together!

Speakers
MJ

Marion Jones

Science Teacher


Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 163

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

Lessons learned from a year of PBL
Limited Capacity seats available

I have chosen to make project based learning the focus of my geometry classes. After attending professional developments and reading up on the subject I have spent the last year going completely project based in my geometry classes. In this sessions I will share with you the lessons that I have learned after a year of actual classroom implementation. All of my examples are from geometry classes, but anyone who is curious about starting project based learning in their own classroom is welcome. It would help if you came with a general understanding of the principals of project based learning and a question or two. I plan on having a list of topics for you to choose from and we will have a discussion about the items that you are most interested in. No technology is required.


Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 266

9:00am

Teaching Cell Signaling Through Research: The Freshman Research Initiative at The University of Texas at Austin
The Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) at UT-Austin is a faculty-initiated reinvention of our undergraduate research paradigm that increases the number and diversity of students engaged in research, and significantly impacts student success and engagement in science. Student involvement in the execution and design of original research is the cornerstone of this lab class. Students are expected: to carry out novel experiments; to learn methods of experimental design, data gathering, data interpretation, and data presentation; to develop skills of devising alternative hypotheses to interpret experimental results; and to learn, through experimentation and data interpretation. The Cell Signaling (1 of 28 research areas) class is addressing the question of what signaling steps mediate the effects of extracellular ATP and ADP on the polarized growth of single-celled root hairs.  We will present details about the impact of the FRI program on the academic performance of participating students and discuss the feasibility of having students in a lab class work on a specific question important to the faculty members' research program. This work is funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the Freshman Research Initiative (FRI).

Speakers
avatar for Greg Clark

Greg Clark

Research Educator, University of Texas
I am a plant biologist at the University of Texas and teach inquiry-based lab courses in the Freshman Research Initiative (FRI). I am also the FRI K-12 Outreach Director and run several outreach programs including Shadow a Scientist and Present your PhD to a 12-year old.


Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWN 247

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

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

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

JASON Learning – Engaging, Free STEM Programming Through Dell on Force, Motion, and Energy
Limited Capacity filling up

Funded through Dell, 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. Sample hands-on labs and digital resources from JASON’s physical science curricula best supporting force, motion, and energy and scientific investigation/reasoning/processes in grades 5,6,8, and ICP and Physics HS courses. Engineering design challenges and problem-based learning inspire students to dig deep into concepts while developing skills. JASON is a nonprofit organization that integrates the nation’s leading scientists into every curricular component, highlighting real-world phenomena and application, making STEM relevant and engaging. 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.

Speakers
avatar for Paula Freund

Paula Freund

JASON Learning
AO

Amy O'Neal

JASON Learning


Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWN 226

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

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

You Are What You Eat: Fueling Your Body vs. Performance Expectations
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will examine a Problem Based Learning experience on Nutrition and Wellness. If a health-related issue is discovered, then nutritional and physical wellness concerns are heightened. This is an integrated Health Education Unit focusing on Nutrition and Physical Activity that can be taught in Health, Math or the Science classroom. Participants will go through the unit as students using their own research and interests to see the power of integration when solving real world problems. Students will choose from four real world scenarios to create a wellness plan for their person to follow: A fireman who has high blood pressure, a Rock Star who is on the road most of the year, A construction worker who is pre-diabetic and an Olympic marathon runner preparing for competition. The essential questions to address are how do each of these people fuel their bodies daily and how do they get or stay in the best possible shape they can be in to perform their individual jobs?

Speakers
avatar for Pat Werner

Pat Werner

Curriculum Specialist, Austin ISD
Health and Physical Education


Tuesday August 1, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 161

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

Literacy Strategies for Secondary Teachers
Limited Capacity seats available

Literacy skills are critical for academic success and life opportunities. Research is conducted by 80% of reading and writing. The session will address ways to engage the diversity population of students in a classroom in active learning. Come and take away strategies to use immediately with your students for comprehension and vocabulary acquisition through collaboration.

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Daniels

Margaret Daniels

Educator, Garcia YMLA


Tuesday August 1, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWS 363

12:30pm

Data Driven Instruction
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

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

Explore the world of Desmos to enrich your Math class through Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will provide the participants a chance to discover and explore how Desmos can be incorporated and enrich a math lesson. It can be used in a variety of ways such as exploration of new content, review of skills and vocabulary, enrich understanding of previously taught skills, etc. Participants will be given the opportunity to work through some Desmos Activities and get assistance in building an activity for their classroom, or create lesson plans that incorporate these activities. There are lessons already created for Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Pre Calculus and also some Geometry lessons. Participants should bring a laptop, or iPad. Please bring your own device.

Speakers
KM

Kris Maniscalco

CS Teacher, Bowie HS
I taught math for 12 years before switching to Computer Science. I hadn't done much programming since college, but I jumped right in with teaching SNAP!, Python and Swift, as well as Robotics. I have the support of TEALS in my Fundamentals of Computer Science class and it has been... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWS 161

12:30pm

Understanding and Using Supplemental Aids in Math
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 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

Creative Learning in Science
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 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

Mindset: Empower Students for Life
Limited Capacity filling up

Come to this session to discuss how Mindset affects student learning and how you can help shape your students’ mindsets. We will engage in activities that will challenge your thinking as well as have conversations about how to help students form a growth mindset. All secondary math and science teachers are welcome!

Speakers
avatar for Cindi Carroll

Cindi Carroll

Math Instructional Coach, Austin ISD
I am passionate about understanding how students learn, and I love exploring this idea with others. I have been in AISD for 21 years. I taught 8th grade math at Burnet Middle School for 2 years, and I have been at Bowie High School since that time. I was the department chair and am... Read More →
avatar for Jamie Lankes

Jamie Lankes

teacher



Tuesday August 1, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWS 261

12:30pm

Come Alive with Living Materials
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

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

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

An Introduction to Argument Driven Inquiry
Come learn how we began to use Argument Driven Inquiry (ADI) labs to challenge and engage our students. The multi-step ADI process gets your students actively pursuing the "how" and "why" of science in collaboration with their peers. We will do an ADI chemistry ab, go through the steps together, and discuss how you could make any inquiry lab an ADI-style lab. I will also share the lessons we've learned in our first year of implementation and what we'll do more of next year. This workshop has a chemistry focus, but the ADI approach could be adapted to all levels and all fields.

Speakers
avatar for Helen Wilson

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 →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 12:30pm - 2:45pm
JBWN 247

12:30pm

Biomimicry and Science! Hands-on Curriculum for 7-12th Grade
Limited Capacity seats available

Join EcoRise staff, AISD science specialists, and AISD science teachers to explore a hands-on, TEKS-aligned biomimicry curriculum designed through a partnership between EcoRise, The Biomimicry Institute, and Austin ISD. Biomimicry and Science: Applying Nature’s Strategies is a suite of lessons that introduce students to eco-literacy and design innovation concepts through project-based learning and real-world applications. These lessons can be used to teach and reinforce core content in chemistry, physics, and biology, using striking examples from nature and bio-inspired design as a framework to capture student interest. We will review the lessons that are available to all AISD science teachers, experience a few lessons first-hand, and hear from AISD teachers who have used the lessons in their own classrooms.

Speakers
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 →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 12:30pm - 2:45pm
JBWN 222

12:30pm

JASON Learning – Engaging, Free STEM Programming Through Dell on Life & Environmental Science
Limited Capacity seats available

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. Sample hands-on labs and digital resources from JASON Learning’s life & environmental sciences curricula best supporting watersheds, resource managment, organisms & environments, interdependence & interactions, impact of human activity on earth systems and scientific investigation/reasoning/processes. JASON is a nonprofit organization that integrates the nation’s leading scientists and their work 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.

Speakers
avatar for Paula Freund

Paula Freund

JASON Learning
AO

Amy O'Neal

JASON Learning


Tuesday August 1, 2017 12:30pm - 2:45pm
JBWN 226

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
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

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

Understanding and Using Supplemental Aids in Science
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 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
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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

The Test Review, Revisited
Limited Capacity full
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Increase voice and choice and target student needs by rethinking the test review. How can we make this time more beneficial? Come learn about how you can set a "menu" of activities so students can create their own review, increase engagement, create a high energy environment and have fun! This workshop has a secondary science (chemistry) focus but could be adapted to all levels. Bring your own laptops and let's do this!

Speakers
avatar for Helen Wilson

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 →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 262

9:00am

Five Ways to Make the Most of Practice with Multiple-Choice Questions
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Learn five strategies to transform practice with multiple-choice questions into a rich learning experience to meet different student needs and encourage students to think more deeply. We will illustrate each strategy using released STAAR test items, because students benefit from instruction and practice in the format of the STAAR test.

Speakers

Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 163

9:00am

Low-stakes Engagement in Dual-Enrollment Research Course
Limited Capacity seats available

Taking a step away from a traditional science class, the High School Research Initiative (HRI) is funded by the NIH Science Education Partnership Award and encourages a new experiential learning and project-based learning approach. First offered in the 2016-17 school year, the HRI offers a dual-enrollment course in science research, offering high school science credit (CTE Scientific Research and Design 8724.H900.Y, 8724.NC10.Y), as well as UT course credit (HRI Research Methods, NSC 309). This course offers a 2-prong approach to research: open-inquiry research (1st semester) and University of Texas collaborative research (2nd semester). Trained by a UTeach Master Teacher, the high school teachers teach the class at high school campuses and facilitate the UT collaborations.

Speakers
avatar for University of Texas at Austin High School Research Initiative

University of Texas at Austin High School Research Initiative

The High School Research Initiative (HRI) is on the lookout for more teachers to offer their dual-enrollment, project-based research course. Taught by trained high school teachers at their campuses, the HRI course offers an open-inquiry research experience (1st semester) and a University-partnered... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWN 247

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

Mindset: Empower Students for Life
Limited Capacity filling up

Come to this session to discuss how Mindset affects student learning and how you can help shape your students’ mindsets. We will engage in activities that will challenge your thinking as well as have conversations about how to help students form a growth mindset. All secondary math and science teachers are welcome!

Speakers
avatar for Cindi Carroll

Cindi Carroll

Math Instructional Coach, Austin ISD
I am passionate about understanding how students learn, and I love exploring this idea with others. I have been in AISD for 21 years. I taught 8th grade math at Burnet Middle School for 2 years, and I have been at Bowie High School since that time. I was the department chair and am... Read More →
avatar for Jamie Lankes

Jamie Lankes

teacher



Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 265

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

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

Your students should be talking more than you do
Limited Capacity full
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Come learn fun and engaging ways to get your grade 6-12 science students to do the talking in class. Especially effective for English Language Learners, strategies that encourage science discourse get students to do the talking which means they are doing the thinking! No technology is required for this hands-on, minds-on, mouths-open session where we will explore discourse strategies you can implement with little to no materials.

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.



Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWN 222

9:00am

Another Slice of Pi – Hands-On with the Raspberry Pi Computer
Limited Capacity seats available

The Raspberry Pi (RPi) is a small, $40 computer that has sparked the imaginations of 13 million students, teachers, and hobbyists worldwide. This hands-on session will introduce secondary teachers to the joy of math and science applications for the Raspberry Pi using the beginner-friendly Python language. After a brief tour of the RPi and some coding basics, we’ll work through lessons to create custom polygons and a weather station. Student-programmed demonstrations will include robots, LED matrices, and a motion-triggered Tweetbot (for catching the class snake shedding its skin- in Python, of course). Participants, particulary new coders, will experience first-hand that coding can be learned in a problem-based setting alongside math and science core content, and not just in a separate “computer” class.
Even the International Space Station has 2 Raspberry Pis on board – your classroom is next!

Speakers
AJ

Anita Johnson

CS & Robotics Teacher, Kealing Middle School
Anita Johnson teaches computer science and robotics at Kealing Middle School. She has been coding since 1968, when she wrote her first FORTRAN program on IBM punch cards. Her long career spans academia, government, and industry, including 8 years as a marketing manager at Intel... Read More →



Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWS 366

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

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

Naming Problems—A STAAR Test Problem-Solving Strategy
Limited Capacity full
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Naming problems helps students read word problems actively by giving them a concrete task: to identify (1) what is given and (2) what is asked for. Naming can help students see a problem’s larger structure, and how to move forward in solving it. Using STAAR test questions, we will model this problem-solving strategy and show multiple ways you can apply it in your classroom.

Speakers

Wednesday August 2, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 163

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

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

Increasing Student Collaboration Through Technology
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will focus on how secondary teachers can use technology to increase collaboration between students in the science classroom setting. Participants will also learn how to encourage their students to step outside the Prezi/PowerPoint box and take their class projects to the next level by providing exciting new choices. Please bring your laptops or tablets so that we can explore these amazing tools together!

Speakers
MJ

Marion Jones

Science Teacher


Wednesday August 2, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWS 261

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

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

Say it! Know it! Show it! STEM Vocabulary Strategies
Limited Capacity filling up

Several vocabulary strategies will be shared, modeled, and discussed that improve student understanding of Algebra 1, Biology and other STEM based courses by focusing on vocabulary. Strategies range from individual work to group work; and interactive kinesthetics to technology. These strategies have been especially effective with special populations such as ELL and SPED.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ariel Taylor

Dr. Ariel Taylor

Educational Consultant, Elevation Station EDU
Hey Everyone!! I am a passion driven educator! I love what I do, and most of all who I do it for! My special areas of interests are Authentic Engagement, Student Data Tracking, Standards Based Instruction, and Positive Culture and Climate. Be encouraged to reach out if you have any... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 12:30pm - 2:45pm
JBWS 163

12:30pm

Problem-Based Learning Through Design Thinking
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

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

JASON Learning – Engaging, Free STEM Programming on Earth & Space
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for a sampling of hands-on labs and digital resources from JASON Learning’s earth sciences curricula focused on weather, climate, and geology. Funded by Dell, 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. Founded by Dr. Robert Ballard after locating the RMS Titanic, JASON Learning is a nonprofit organization that integrates the nation’s leading scientists and their work 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. Laptops recommended but not required.

Speakers
avatar for Paula Freund

Paula Freund

JASON Learning
AO

Amy O'Neal

JASON Learning


Wednesday August 2, 2017 12:30pm - 2:45pm
JBWN 222

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

12:30pm

The Power of GIS - Geospatial Thinking IS Critical Thinking
Limited Capacity seats available

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1D7Gu7bj41CwvkTX6YgR45VjYOGxYw3K3HWy3-WW6nTk/pub?start=false&loop=true&delayms=60000

Did you Know:
  • GIS is 21st-century tech providing students with highly sought skills in increasing demand for the foreseeable future
  • GIS tech is used in all content areas- science,SS,math, lit,CTE,& service learning.
  • GIS projects build background knowledge & reinforce systemized methods of STEM
  • Students at Akins used GIS to win $1000 in Eco Audit grants in 2017.
  • Students mastering GIS enhance teamwork, communication, & critical-thinking skills. 
  • For US K-12 schools,ArcGIS Online is completely free.

In This session,Teacher-Learners will:
  • Discover a 5 stage path from direct instruction to self directed projects.
  • Explore subject-focused,standards-based materials in inquiry format.
  • Identify free resources that require no installations/ logins & are device neutral. 
  • Acquire free GIS lesson plans that can be immediately implemented in classrooms.
  • Receive access to support materials for best practices in use of GIS. more info at: https://goo.gl/PVFjeb
Please bring your own device.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Stricklen

Matt Stricklen

Science Teacher, Akins High School
I am the product of multiple generations of teaching and of more great than not so great public school teachers. I resisted the call for sometime, but in 2013, I completed my Master’s Degree through the Teaching Residency Program for Critical Shortage Areas at Texas State University... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 12:30pm - 2:45pm
JBWN 247

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

The Botball® Educational Robotics
The Botball® Educational Robotics Program engages middle and high school aged students in a team-oriented robotics competition, and serves as a perfect way to meet today’s new common core standards. By exposing students to an inquiry-based, learn-by-doing activity that appeals to their hearts as well as their minds, Botball® addresses our nation’s need for a well-prepared, creative, yet disciplined workforce with leadership and teamwork experience. In January, February, and March, the Botball® Educator Workshops provide team leaders and mentors with technology training and introduce the details of that year's game. Then, after a build period of about 7 weeks, students bring their robots to their regional tournament to compete against other students in the current season's game challenge.

Speakers

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

1:45pm

UTeach Maker: Support Making in STEM Education
Limited Capacity seats available

UTeach Maker is an endorsement program at The University of Texas at Austin that supports passionate students who are interested in bringing innovative practices and skills into their STEM classroom. This program focuses on bringing project-based, constructivist, and maker education to learning spaces with the goal of inspiring and empower students through Making. This session will explain the philosophy behind maker education and share progress from the first year of the UTeach Maker program. Passionate K-12 maker educators provide mentorship for students enrolled in this selective program as they develop their own Maker Showcase portfolio. By attending this session you will learn more about emerging trends in pre-service teacher education and about alternative methods of engaging in STEM education. This session is intended for those educators interested in emerging trends in teacher education and how hands-on learning can be integrated in STEM.

Speakers
avatar for Jason R Harron

Jason R Harron

PhD Candidate, The University of Texas at Austin
Jason Harron is a Ph.D. candidate at The University of Texas at Austin specializing in Learning Technology. For the past four years he has been working with the UTeach pre-service program as a teaching and graduate research assistant. He helped launch UTeach Maker, a micro-credentialing... Read More →



Wednesday August 2, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
JBWS 161
 
Thursday, August 3
 

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

Escape Tradition with BreakoutEDU - High Energy Lessons Your Students Will Love!
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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.

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

9:00am

Lessons learned from a year of PBL
Limited Capacity seats available

I have chosen to make project based learning the focus of my geometry classes. After attending professional developments and reading up on the subject I have spent the last year going completely project based in my geometry classes. In this sessions I will share with you the lessons that I have learned after a year of actual classroom implementation. All of my examples are from geometry classes, but anyone who is curious about starting project based learning in their own classroom is welcome. It would help if you came with a general understanding of the principals of project based learning and a question or two. I plan on having a list of topics for you to choose from and we will have a discussion about the items that you are most interested in. No technology is required.


Thursday August 3, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 266

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

A year's worth of project based collaborative physics
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Project Based Physics - Seven collaborative project based physics units (Electricity, 1D motion, 2D motion, Forces, Energy, waves, momentum and collisions)

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Thursday August 3, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWN 247

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
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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

Literacy Strategies for Secondary Teachers
Limited Capacity seats available

Literacy skills are critical for academic success and life opportunities. Research is conducted by 80% of reading and writing. The session will address ways to engage the diversity population of students in a classroom in active learning. Come and take away strategies to use immediately with your students for comprehension and vocabulary acquisition through collaboration.

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Daniels

Margaret Daniels

Educator, Garcia YMLA


Thursday August 3, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 363

10:15am

Outdoor STEM learning with the TreeFolks Austin Tree Map
Limited Capacity filling up


The goal of this session is to teach participants how to use the TreeFolks Austin Tree Map, a free, web-based tree survey tool, to create a fun, outdoor, hands-on STEM activity on campus. The Tree Map facilitates and enriches outdoor learning and addresses sustainability by using iTree software to calculate ecosystem benefits provided by trees. This session will involve a slide presentation and, if we can access outdoor space, a hands-on tree mapping demonstration covering tree identification, measuring, and adding trees to the map. We will provide all of the tools needed for this demonstration. Participants will learn how to use the map and how to identify, measure, and map trees. Although this is a fun educational activity for all ages, this session focuses on 4th grade-12th grade participants.

Speakers
avatar for Suzannah DesRoches

Suzannah DesRoches

Urban Forest Programs Manager, TreeFolks
Suzannah serves as the Urban Forest Programs Manager with TreeFolks, where she oversees the education, tree planting, and tree distribution programs in Austin (and occasionally beyond). Suzannah has 6 years of non-profit experience in the field of urban & community forestry, and in... Read More →


Thursday August 3, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWN 226

10:15am

Watershed Detectives: Exploring Local Environmental Issues
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Engage students in understanding important local issues related to water quality, flood safety, and endangered species habitat through hands-on experiments, PBL, technology integration and field investigations. Watershed Detectives offers the Fish Kill Mystery, flooding experiments and field trip opportunities. In the Fish Kill Mystery, based on a pollution event that happened in Austin, students experiment with watershed models and water quality tests to locate the source of contamination. To learn about flooding, students build models of low water crossings to observe water washing a car off the road and use a free GIS web map to determine if they live in a floodplain and create a map showing low water crossings on their way to school. Field trip opportunities include water quality testing of local streams, caving into the Edwards Aquifer and learning about endangered salamander habitat at Barton Springs. Lessons are correlated to the TEKS and come with free educational resources.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Gordon

Jessica Gordon

Conservation Program Coordinator, City of Austin Watershed Protection Dept.
Jessica Gordon is an educator for the City of Austin Watershed Protection Department. Her work involves teaching about aquifers, watersheds, and how our actions affect water quality. Her program for middle school students, Watershed Detectives, recently received a Groundwater Stewardship... Read More →


Thursday August 3, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 163

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

Mixing math and science: How we confuse students (Secondary Focus)
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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 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWN 222

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!

Speakers
avatar for Helen Wilson

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.

Speakers
avatar for Rafael Alba Cascales

Rafael Alba Cascales

Teacher, Austin ISD


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

10:15am

Instructional Video Production
Limited Capacity filling up

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



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.

Speakers
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 8:30pm - 10:00pm
*TBA