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Friday's Course Descriptions


Friday 10:30-11:45 a.m.


Andrea McMillanTips and Shortcuts for Elementary Educators
New Educators/Quality Teaching – Elementary
10:30-11:45 a.m. – Room 400
Presenter: Andrea McMillan

This session is one of the mainstays of the New Educators’ Workshop. It provides elementary educators with clever and practical ideas for arranging and maintaining their classrooms. Save yourself time and effort by relating these tips to your own classroom.

Andrea McMillan is a sixth grade teacher in the Granite School District and a master of classroom organization.

Cory WoodRetirement for the New Kids on the Block: Navigating the New Retirement System
New Educators/Financial – All Grades
10:30-11:45 a.m. – Room 300 D
Presenter: Cory Wood

Features of defined benefit (pension) and defined contribution (401k & 457) plans will be reviewed as well as how to manage your retirement programs while you are working. You will learn how your pension is calculated, when you qualify to retire and the options you will have regarding your pension when you retire. We will also discuss how these plans can be instrumental to a successful retirement, where to invest these funds, and how to manage them before and after retirement.

Cory Wood has worked for the Utah Retirement Systems for the past 15 years. He works in the Education and Marketing Department where he specializes in training employees on their retirement benefits.

Suzanne CottrellI Can Do It: Classroom Management for Secondary Educators
New Educators/Classroom Management – Secondary
10:30-11:45 a.m. – Room 300 C
Presenter: Suzanne Cottrell

Participants will get an overview of the elements of successful classroom management, discover communication styles and how they relate to students, teachers and parents; construct interventions for selected difficult behaviors, learn hints to create a smoothly flowing classroom and acquire information that will help build successful parent/teacher relationships.

Suzanne Cottrell is a 22-year veteran educator in the Davis School District and a master of classroom management skills.

Social Media: Opportunities and Cautions
 Ross Rogers
 Tom Nedreberg
New Educators/Educator Resources – All Grades
10:30-11:45 a.m. – Room 300 B
Presenters: Ross Rogers and Tom Nedreberg

Blogs, Twitter, Tweets, oh my! Technology is our link to communication today. Free public social networking technology sounds good, but not everything that’s free is good for you. Public exposure as a public employee may haunt your career. Be your own best advocate–learn how to use these tools responsibly and safeguard your professional image.

Ross Rogers is currently the president of Canyons Education Association and works in the Canyons School District as an Elementary Educational Technology Specialist. Prior to Canyons, he worked at Utah Education Network as a State Technology Trainer. He traveled all over the state training teachers how to integrate technology into their curriculum. He started his educational career in Davis School District as a First and Third grade teacher.

Tom Nedreberg is currently the Vice President of the Utah Education Association and works in the Tintic School District as the Technology Director

Video Use for the 21st Century
Technology – All Grades
10:30-11:45 a.m. – Room 300 A
Victoria RasmussenPresenter: Victoria Rasmussen

Come find out how easy it is to incorporate effective teaching strategies through digital video. UEN, the Utah Instructional Media Consortium and other partners have licensed thousands of high-quality educational videos including popular PBS titles and alternative language content all easily available through the Internet. Learn how to access this content, see a sample of what is available and, most importantly, get lots of ideas for great activities to help you make the most of video with your 21st Century students.

Victoria Rasmussen manages the professional development department for UEN. She has 18 years of teaching and training experience including high school English and biology, university courses in writing and computer skills, seminars on technology topics at the University of Utah and university faculty development centered on use of technology in their curriculum.

Allison RiddleWhat's Your Game Plan?
Math – Grades 4-6
10:30-11:45 a.m. – Room 200 D
Presenter: Allison Riddle

Get ready to roll with games that will help your students hold on to those critical math concepts included on the yearly CRT's. This strategy based workshop focuses on the latest card and multi-sided dice games that help learners in the middle grades apply and reinforce place value, operations, probabilities, and basic algebraic concepts. Participants will experience the power of games as a teaching strategy for the whole class or in math centers. Excellent ideas for differentiation and classroom management as well as student samples and game boards will be shared.

Allison Riddle has been an elementary educator and UEA member for the past 24 years. She currently teaches fifth grade at Foxboro Elementary where she is also a Davis District mentor and a cooperating teacher for Utah State University's School of Teacher Education. Allison has been a consultant for Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks since 2005, and she is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Christelle Estrada
Diana Suddreth
What Does it Mean to be Career and College Ready?

Math/English Language Arts – Secondary
10:30-11:45 a.m. – Room 200 C
Presenters: Christelle Estrada and Diana Suddreth

Using relevant evidence to support logical reasoning from multiple perspectives is at the core of the college and career standards in both mathematics and Language Arts. This interactive session will provide participants with ways to engage students in applying these concepts to real world problems.

Christelle Estrada, Ph.,D., is the Secondary Language Arts Specialist at the Utah State Office of Education and has designed and supported the Utah Common Core Academy for Utah teachers. Previously she was the Chief Academic Office for Stanford New Schools and the Professional Development Director at Salt Lake School District. Christelle has taught in teacher education programs in both Utah and California, grades 4-12 in schools in California, and was an Urban Senior Research Fellow at Brown University.

Diana Suddreth is the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Coordinator at the Utah State Office of Education. She has been engaged in mathematics education for over 30 years as both a classroom teacher and a curriculum leader. She is a Presidential Awardee in Secondary Mathematics and holds a current National Board Certification for Adolescent/Young Adult Mathematics.

Dave StroudScientific Storytelling
Science – Elementary
10:30-11:45 a.m. – Room 200 B
Presenter: Dave Stroud

Looking for inexpensive, innovative ways to teach science through storytelling? This session will focus on techniques and activities that engage students in the scientific process. With or without technology, creating exhibits or videos with strong story lines helps students engage and connect with scientific concepts. You’ll walk away with hands-on, time-lapse animation activities you can use in your classroom tomorrow. This workshop will build and focus on inquiry-based learning using inexpensive hands-on activities to take students through the process of science.

Dave Stroud is the manager of Exhibition Development at Thanksgiving Point where he develops exhibits such as the Try It! Lab, Nature Explore Classroom and Soil To Market exhibition in Farm Country. He has also worked as an exhibits manager at the Discovery Gateway in Salt Lake City and as an exhibits developer at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

Janet GibbsThe Utah Common Core for Students with Disabilities
Special Education – All Grades
10:30-11:45 a.m. – Room 200 A
Presenter: Janet Gibbs

The focus of the new Utah Common Core is greater rigor, stronger content, more focus on writing and for all students to be career and college ready when they graduate. But, what are the implications of these new standards for students with disabilities? Resources for teachers, strategies for supporting students with disabilities in the classroom and changing expectations of the classroom teacher will be explored.

Janet Gibbs has 20 years of teaching experience in high school and higher education, instructing students with learning disabilities/emotional disorders and instructing pre-service teachers. At the district level she has worked as a teacher leader and Assistant Coordinator for Related Services in special education.

Friday 1-2:15 p.m.


Sean MabeyMaking PRAXIS a Picnic: Strategies for Preparing to Pass the PRAXIS
New Educators/Educator Resources – All Grades
1-2:15 p.m. – Room 400
Presenter: Sean Mabey

In order to obtain a Level II license and to demonstrate “highly qualified” status, educators must take and pass two PRAXIS exams. This session will cover the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exam in order to obtain a Level II license. We’ll also focus on the 0014 Elementary content exam in addition to important issues and highlights for middle and high school teachers and their content areas in order to demonstrate “highly qualified” status. Come prepared to learn some helpful information to make passing the PRAXIS a picnic.

Sean Mabey began his career teaching grades three and four in the Jordan School District and was a UniServ director for the Granite Education Association. Currently he works for NEA Member Benefits and works with members in reaching their financial goals, saving money and providing professional development.

Helen HurdMastering Elementary Classroom Management Skills Through the “Behavior Curriculum”
New Educators/Classroom Management – Elementary
1-2:15 p.m. – Room 300 D
Presenter: Helen Hurd

Included in this session is information about the elements necessary for successful classroom management, communication or learning styles, interventions for difficult behaviors, hints to create a smoothly flowing classroom, tools to begin building positive parent/teacher relationships, and an opportunity to network with other educators with your level of experience.

Helen Hurd, a National Board Certified Teacher, has taught elementary school for 25 years, teaching the last 15 years in the Granite School District. She specializes in classroom behavior techniques and was a recipient of the 2010 Excel Educator of the Year award.

Andrea McMillanTips and Shortcuts for Elementary Educators (Repeated)
New Educators/Quality Teaching – Elementary
1-2:15 p.m. – Room 300 C
Presenter: Andrea McMillan

This session is one of the mainstays of the New Educators’ Workshop. It provides elementary educators with clever and practical ideas for arranging and maintaining their classrooms. Save yourself time and effort by relating these tips to your own classroom.

Andrea McMillan is a sixth grade teacher in the Granite School District and a master of classroom organization.

Shauna StatesTips and Shortcuts for Secondary Educators
New Educators/Quality Teaching – Secondary
1-2:15 p.m. – Room 300 B
Presenter: Shauna States

Effective teachers MANAGE their classrooms, ineffective teachers DISCIPLINE their classrooms. This session is an opportunity for secondary educators to gather a wide variety of helpful hints designed specifically to help physically manage the classroom. Need help with the paper chase? This session is for you!

Shauna States is an administrator at Valley Junior High School in Granite District. Shauna has been recognized by districts and businesses alike for her teaching excellence and she has been instrumental in developing and implementing professional development presentations.

Rob BentleyCreate the Future with Free Technology Resources
New Educators/Technology – All Grades
1-2:15 p.m. – Room 300 A
Presenter: Rob Bentley

Many educators know there’s good stuff out there on the Internet but lack the time to sift through it all. In this session, we’ll demonstrate the best and latest free technology resources for education from the Internet. Participants will also have a chance to see how other techno-gadgets can be integrated into instruction to engage students, save time and create a better future through more effective use of technology in the classroom.

Rob Bentley specializes in multimedia classes for UEN. He is especially interested in teaching game creation and sharing how multimedia projects can energize a classroom. Previously, Rob taught Language Arts and Spanish at the junior high level.

Allison RiddleConnecting the Dots – Primary Domino Games
Math – Grades preK-3
1-2:15 p.m. – Room 200 D
Presenter: Allison Riddle

Come prepared to play domino games that will help your primary students with patterning, number sense, operations, place value and more. Dominoes are commonly found in many classrooms and are an easy manipulative to use. Participants will experience creative games and classroom management tips that will help you maximize the use of dominoes in your classroom. Ideas for centers, student samples and game boards will also be shared.

Allison Riddle has been an elementary educator and UEA member for the past 24 years. She currently teaches fifth grade at Foxboro Elementary where she is also a Davis District mentor and a cooperating teacher for Utah State University's School of Teacher Education. Allison has been a consultant for Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks since 2005, and she is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Christine EstradaEverything's an Argument: Engaging Students Through Argumentative Writing
Writing – Secondary
1-2:15 p.m. – Room 200 C
Presenter: Christelle Estrada

Students love to argue, adults too! But how do you capitalize on that energy so that argumentative writing powerfully engages students in learning to write and writing to read – an authentic literacy event. This interactive session will involve participants in learning tasks to better implement the Common Core in writing argumentation.

Christelle Estrada, Ph.D., is the Secondary Language Arts Specialist at the Utah State Office of Education and has designed and supported the Utah Common Core Academy for Utah teachers. Previously she was the Chief Academic Office for Stanford New Schools and the Professional Development Director at Salt Lake School District. Christelle has taught in teacher education programs in both Utah and California, grades 4-12 in schools in California, and was an Urban Senior Research Fellow at Brown University.

Blake WigdahlMapping the Science World Around You
Science – Elementary
1-2:15 p.m. – Room 200 B
Presenter: Blake Wigdahl

In this hands-on session, we’ll explore a series of inexpensive inquiry-based activities to help you and your students map the scientific world around you. Bring back to your classroom a series of innovative, hands-on earth science activities to explore geo-mapping, build inexpensive topographic maps and field maps, and explore the tools of scientific exploration. This workshop will focus on inquiry-based learning using inexpensive hands-on activities to take students through the process of science.

Blake Wigdahl is the director of programming at Thanksgiving Point Institute, a non-profit, multi-museum complex dedicated to interactive learning for families. He has over 10 years of experience in informal science education including the Exploratorium’s Teacher Institute in California, the Museum of the Rockies in Montana and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

Cathy Longstroth
 Jocelyn Taylor
High Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Essentials for Educators

Special Education – All Grades
1-2:15 p.m. – Room 200 A
Presenters: Cathy Longstroth and Jocelyn Taylor

One child in 77 is now classified as having an autism spectrum disorder and many of these students are in the general education setting. Teachers need more information on how this disorder affects social and academic performance and how to provide adequate support to ensure school success. National presenters, Jocelyn Taylor and Cathy Longstroth, will guide attendees in active involvement in learning about autism and share free resources available to all Utah teachers.

Cathy Longstroth brings over 20 years of experience in Jordan and Murray Districts teaching students with mild-moderate disabilities, significant cognitive disabilities and autism. Cathy joined the Utah Personnel Development Center staff in 2007.

Jocelyn Taylor is the autism specialist for the Utah State Office of Education where she provides training and consultation to Utah’s public school districts. She has 20 years of practical experience working with children with autism spectrum disorder in the public school system and 10 years consulting with school districts and families.