Schedule

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

4:30 p.m. (estimated) — Group hike through the trails of Turkey Run State Park (optional and free!)

6:30 p.m. (estimated) — Cookout and hangout in Turkey Run State Park (optional and free!)

(Note: The 8:00 p.m. game night has been canceled.)

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

8:30-9:00 a.m. — Registration and coffee/pastries

9:00-10:00 a.m. — Opening keynote (“The Power of Analog in the Digital Age”, Matt Miller, Lusk Room)

10:10-11:00 a.m. — Breakout sessions (See session descriptions at the bottom of this page)

  • Introduction to Standards-Based Grading and Assessing (Kim Strobel, Lusk Room)
  • Shift the Culture of Your Classroom (Joy Kirr, Strauss Room)
  • BreakoutEDU (Matt Johnson, Dogwood Room)
  • Rural Perspectives Meet Cultural Experiences (Gina Ruffcorn, Lobby)
  • Innovate and Grow … Because Kids Deserve it! (Chad LeDune, Veranda)
  • Destroy the Box from the Inside Out (Jed Dearybury, Outdoor Session)
  • DITCHing the Dull while Polishing our EDU Practices, Tech Coach Edition (Evan Mosier, Room TBD)
  • Walk and Talk Session (Self-directed, Turkey Run State Park trails)

11:10 a.m.-Noon — Breakout sessions (See session descriptions at the bottom of this page)

  • The Science of Happiness (Kim Strobel, Lusk Room)
  • Student-Directed Learning (Joy Kirr, Strauss Room)
  • Full STEAM Ahead! (Matt Johnson, Dogwood Room)
  • Knowing What’s Best vs. Doing What’s Best (Gina Ruffcorn, Lobby)
  • #ichallengeu17 (Chad LeDune, Veranda)
  • DITCHing the Dull while Polishing our EDU Practices, Teacher Edition (Sean Fahey, Room TBD)
  • Walk and Talk Session (Self-directed, Turkey Run State Park trails)

Noon-1:00 p.m. — Lunch and mini-keynote (Jed Dearybury, Lusk Room)

1:00-1:30 p.m. — Tribe sessions (find your tribe and find a place to chat)

1:40-2:30 p.m. — Breakout sessions (See session descriptions at the bottom of this page)

  • Introduction to Growth Mindset (Kim Strobel, Lusk Room)
  • Healthy Grading Practices (Joy Kirr, Strauss Room)
  • Incorporating Rube Goldbergs into the Classroom (Matt Johnson, Dogwood Room)
  • Driving Ms. Ruffcorn: Letting My Students Take the Wheel (Gina Ruffcorn, Lobby)
  • The 8 C’s of PBL with Tech (Chad LeDune, Veranda)
  • Let’s Take a Walk “Art”side! (Jed Dearybury, Outdoor Session)
  • DITCHing the Dull while Polishing our EDU Practices, Admin Edition (Tara Martin, Room TBD)
  • Walk and Talk Session (Self-directed, Turkey Run State Park trails)

2:40-3:30 p.m. — Debriefing, door prizes and closing (Matt Miller, Lusk Room)

(Schedule subject to change. Conference is on Eastern time.)

SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

Matt Miller

The Power of Analog in the Digital Age — Schools sink millions of dollars into technology. Teachers do their best to incorporate it into the classroom. People call technology a “game changer,” but it isn’t a silver bullet in education. In this keynote, we remember why the “analog” is still so beneficial to students. We talk about the power of balance, connections and sound teaching are so vital in schools.

Kim Strobel

Introduction to Standards-Based Grading & Assessing — What does a grade really mean? If we can answer that, we can dramatically raise the level of performance of our students and change their lives forever.
In this workshop, we will examine current grading practices and how they relate to student learning. I will give you an overview of standards-based grading and how it’s connected to existing curriculum, assessment, and reporting practices. We will explore the idea of prioritizing standards, creating proficiency scales, and ensuring our assessments align to both.

The Science of Happiness — For the past 20 years, I’ve studied and researched the topics of Happiness and Positive Psychology, which is the study of happiness and how we learn to thrive in both our personal and professional lives. It’s easy to lose ourselves in this very demanding career and to get so caught up in the “busy-ness” of school, that we lose the joy that brought us to choose this career in the first place. But we do have a choice to make. We can focus on everything that’s broken about the system and continue to let it wreak havoc on our stress levels and personal lives, or we can choose HOPE. We can learn to show up for ourselves in both our professional and personal lives. We can find our way back to happy once again.

Introduction to Growth Mindset — Research shows that a growth mindset can foster grit, determination, and work ethic within students, athletes, and people of all ages. Carol Dweck’s extensive research of the topic also shows that people with a growth mindset learn, grow, and achieve more than people who have fixed mindsets. In this session we will explore the concept of what a growth mindset is versus a fixed mindset and how to create classrooms that thrive in growth mindset.

Joy Kirr

Healthy Grading Practices — What is all this talk about grading? Teachers all around the world battle it out in 140 characters on Twitter – Let’s teach responsibility! Let’s get rid of the five-paragraph essay! No more grades at all! But what is behind all of that discussion? Key words and ideas will be looked at thoroughly by participants of this hands-on session, and decided if they are necessary in a classroom, nice to have, or if they should be trashed.

Shift the Culture of Your Classroom — What does “innovative” mean? Teachers who are labeled as “risk takers” and sometimes even ostracized by others in their own school learn a ton from their students’ failures and successes as they try new ideas. This session will expose you to lessons teachers have learned from their students. Depending on group size and participation, we’ll work through up to ten lessons, and you and your students will benefit from them when you get back to school.

Student-Directed Learning — We’ll be exploring teacher fears and uncertainties that arise when the words “genius hour,” “passion project,” or “20% time” are discussed. How DO teachers offer this time to students to pursue their own interests? Participants will discuss non-negotiables to make this time effective, and create a flowchart of how to navigate this valuable time in class.

Matt Johnson

Full STEAM Ahead! — Have you heard a about STEAM but really have no clue where to start? This session is for you. Presenter Matt Johnson will take you through the ins and outs of STEAM, not through a boring lecture, but through hands-on, innovative, engaging learning experiences that you can take back to students tomorrow.

BreakoutEDU — Are you looking for ways to bring the 5 Cs of 21st Century learning into your classroom? BreakoutEDU is exactly what you have been looking for. Breakout EDU creates ultra-engaging learning games for people of all ages while growing creativity, critical-thinking, collaboration, communication, and community building skills. Games (Breakouts) teach teamwork, problem solving, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve. Breakouts are perfect for classrooms, staff trainings, dinner parties, and at home with the family! At the end of a Breakout, your players will be eager for the next! Speciality K-12 Breakouts can be used to teach core academic subjects including math, science, history, language arts and have embedded standards that apply problem solving strategies within a real world OR collaborative context. Want to know more? Join Matt Johnson for this high energy, hands-on learning session.

Gina Ruffcorn

Rural Perspectives Meet Cultural Experiences — Small towns and rural communities offer unique teaching experiences.  Our responsibilities to our rural students cover more than just educational objectives.  How can we thrive and give our small town students global exposures while simultaneously embedding a greater appreciation for our own hometown environments?  Small towns and rural communities offer unique teaching experiences.  Our responsibilities to our rural students cover more than just educational objectives.  How can we thrive and give our small town students global exposures while simultaneously embedding a greater appreciation for our own hometown environments?

Knowing What’s Best vs. Doing What’s Best — Explore the “what’s” and “whys” behind our classroom decisions. Let’s tap into the courage to make big changes in the way we teach. We all know what’s best for kids, now let’s understand and support each other while we do what’s best for kids!

Driving Ms. Ruffcorn: Letting My Students Take the Wheel — Vulnerability and risk-taking are two concepts I had no formal educational background in implementing into my career or my classroom. Through my personal classroom failures and successes I learned how to take a “backseat’ and let my students “drive.” Having a student led classroom offers a much different view that we can all enjoy!

Chad LeDune

The 8 C’s of PBL with Tech — The 4 C’s are a popular topic around education. I think we can do better!! Let’s integrate technology into PBL and watch classrooms transform. This entertaining session will address the 4 C’s and introduce 4 more C’s that you can provide your students through technology used in PBL. Don’t miss out on this chance to learn researched benefits, awesome project ideas, popular methods, and some tech tools used to excite students through PBL.

Innovate and Grow…..Because Kids Deserve it! — Come join @Mr_LeDune in this fast paced and engaging session and learn how to become the teacher you have always dreamed of being! Learn how to be more innovative and how to open your mind up for the growth needed to engage and understand today’s students. Learn tips and techniques that will transform your classroom into one that you know your kids deserve!

#ichallengeu17 — As teachers, administrators, and students, we are all on this educational journey together! Join @Mr_LeDune as he challenges you, your classroom and your school to be innovative, take risks, fail, grow, provide kids what they deserve, and share through social media all of your experiences of the process. Get ready to accept the challenges and to take that step outside of your comfort zone, only this time with the support of your fellow educators.

Jed Dearybury

Destroy the Box from the Inside Out — Research shows that all students, young/old, black/white, rich/poor, benefit from from the arts and creativity in classroom. It is time for all teaching to reflect that. Let’s throw away the textbooks for hands-on, engaging, creative, arts infused lessons. Any subject, any grade, this professional development session includes brainstorming ideas, growing staff creativity, observing model lessons. During this session, you will learn some unique ways to bring creativity and the arts into every lesson you teach. Join Jed Dearybury as we destroy the confines of “the box: from the inside out.

Let’s Take a Walk “Art”side! — Art, creativity, innovation, and wonder are all key components of 21st Century learning. Thank goodness all of those things can be found with just a quick walk through nature. Have you ever stopped to look at all the learning opportunities that present themselves just by walking through the woods, by a pond, passed a meadow? Join presenter, Jed Dearybury for an interactive session like you’ve never done before. We will literally take a hike through the outdoors and see what learning experiences we can find together. This will be your favorite session for sure!

Evan Mosier, Sean Fahey and Tara Martin

DITCHing the Dull and Polishing Our EDU-Practices… — As educators there is no doubt we need to continually refine what we do. What was once a great and polished lesson or practice can become dull over time and lose its sparkle.. Throughout these three presentations, Sean, Evan, and Tara offer tips and suggestions from multiple perspectives: a teacher, a coach and an administrator. We will examine how to polish the tarnished educational-practices and ensure we are implementing innovative strategies to produce the pristine results your students, teachers, and school community deserve. You don’t want to miss these three engaging, interactive sessions!

  • Teacher Edition by Sean Fahey
  • Teacher Coach Edition by Evan Mosier
  • Admin Edition by Tara Martin

Topics include polishing:

  • Meaningful Relevant Lessons
  • Purposeful Feedback and Reflection
  • Building Solid Sustainable Relationships with Students, Staff and the School Community