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Thursday 10:15-11:30 a.m.


Rick ClineThe Two Faces of Technology
Technology – All Grades
10:15-11:30 a.m. – Room 400
Presenter: Rick Cline

This session addresses the two faces of technology: one side displays what is good while the other shows the dark side. This includes social networks, photo sharing, web blogs, and the variety of ways people communicate with friends, family and sometimes online predators. Come find out how to drive safely on the Internet highway.

Rick Cline, Ph.D., has worked for the Utah Education Network for the past twelve years as an instructional technologist teaching educators how to use technology in the classroom. For the past five years he has managed the NetSafe Utah project at UEN, which has developed videos, a website, and outreach activities to Utah’s K-12

Jenny SeversonMaking Great Teachers Greater!
Classroom Management – All Grades
10:15-11:30 a.m. – Room 300 C&D
Presenter: Jenny Severson

Educators often say, “I taught that concept to my students, they just didn’t learn it!” So how do we prevent “incomplete teaching”? There are profound tools for improving instruction and powerful new findings in neuroscience and cognitive science that, when applied, will have a profound impact on learning and retention. Learn seven research-based best practices for every educator’s toolkit to support more impactful instruction; generate confidence in your students’ ability to comprehend and remember what they learned and promote a more positive and joyful learning environment.

Jenny Severson, Ph.D., a Quantum Learning instructor, has worked with young students to college professors, teens to adult learners and has presented worldwide to professional educators. Dr. Severson has experience as both a teacher and a school administrator, and has designed programs specifically for the induction of new teachers into the field of education. With demonstrated success as a teacher, school administrator and trainer, she has earned the unique opportunity to be a Lead Instructor for Quantum Learning and SuperCamp programs in the U.S., Ukraine, Thailand and throughout Asia.

Christine TimothyAIM for Higher Ground: Accessible Instructional Materials for Reading Disabilities
Special Education – All Grades?br> 10:15-11:30 a.m. – Room 300 B
Presenter: Christine Timothy

Many students are struggling readers. Did you know that they can use accessible instructional materials to improve their access to the general curriculum? In this workshop you will learn about resources for students with print disabilities. We will go on-line together and learn how to choose the accessible instructional materials that would be best for your students and you will receive a list of websites with FREE information and resources for the classroom. Come find out how to help your students aim higher!

Christine Timothy works at the Utah State Office of Education as an Education Specialist working with students with sensory and significant cognitive disabilities. She is also the NIMAS State Coordinator. She has been instrumental in developing the Utah State Instructional Materials Access Center where instructional materials are produced for the students who need print materials in alternate formats.

Heidi HyteA Hands-On Approach for Struggling Readers On Approach for Struggling Readers
Reading – All Grades
10:15-11:30 a.m. – Room 300 A
Presenter: Heidi Hyte

Students with low reading abilities benefit from explicit instruction in phonemic awareness skills and encoding strategies. But how do we teach those skills in a real world setting? Practical, hands-on classroom activities that equip struggling readers with research-based strategies to improve their spelling, reading fluency and literacy will be demonstrated. Explicit, systematic, phonetic decoding strategies to promote improved literacy, increased reading fluency and more accurate spelling will be demonstrated.

Heidi Hyte has taught English as a second or foreign language both domestically and abroad. She was a full-time faculty member at BYU’s English Language Center (ELC) where she supervised the Self-Access Study Center (SASC) and the listening/speaking skill area. She is a current member of the international association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Inc. and served as past-president of the intermountain TESOL affiliate.

Alan GriffinValidated Curriculum – The Ingredients for Dynamic Instruction
Quality Teaching – All Grades
10:15-11:30 a.m. – Room 200 D
Presenter: Alan Griffin

How important is high quality content? Just as good nutrition is important to health, sound curriculum and ideas are important to the character and intellectual growth of students. This session will explore criteria for selecting and implementing the very best curriculum content.

Alan Griffin is the Curriculum Content Specialist at the Utah State Office of Education where he coordinates the review and evaluation of instructional materials for the Utah Instructional Materials Commission. He has worked for 35 years in education, including teaching social studies and computer science at the middle school and high school levels, and working as a technology specialist for the Weber School District. He is currently serving on the executive board of the National Association of State Textbook Administrators (NASTA).

Teaching about Money: Integrating Financial Literacy in the Curriculum
Financial Literacy –All Grades
10:15-11:30 a.m. – Room 200 C
Presenter: Julie Felshaw

Utah schools are now required to help students increase their financial and economic understanding through a K-12 integration model. Learn how to integrate personal finance concepts in K-12 Language Arts, Math and Social Studies. This workshop will provide FREE fun and engaging lessons for your students as well as a few financial tips for you.

Julie Felshaw is the Economics/Financial Education Specialist for the Utah State Office of Education and the Executive Director of the Utah Council on Economic Education. She is responsible for working with the business community and K-12 administrators and teachers as they help students take their first steps into the economy and the world of personal finance.

Maggie OstlerAttractive and Electrifying Science
Science – Grades 4-6
10:15-11:30 a.m. – Room 200 B
Presenter: Maggie Ostler

This workshop will provide opportunities for participants to explore magnetism and electricity. Investigations from Full Option Science System's (FOSS) Magnetism and Electricity kit will be used. Participants will get into sticky situations when testing magnets with a variety of objects. They will have the "force" with them when they measure the force of attraction between two magnets with washers. They will be going in circles when they build a circuit.

Maggie Ostler has been a teacher of math and science for 16 years. She is now a Regional Sales Manager for Delta Education. She has trained hundreds of teachers using the Full Option Science System (FOSS).

Peggy SaundersInteractive Classrooms: Cooperative Learning for the 21st Century
New Educators – All Grades
10:15-11:30 a.m. – Room 200 A
Presenter: Peggy Saunders

Students love to talk; teachers want them to listen. This session will focus on strategies that will make both students and teachers happy. Cooperative learning (CL) is not about those big projects you remember as a student (the ones where you did all the work and your classmate got the credit). CL is a way to structure class time to make the learning more interesting and more interactive. In this session you will experience a variety of cooperative learning strategies you can use in your classroom immediately.

Peggy Saunders, Ph.D., is an associate professor of teacher education and the director of the Master in Education Program at Weber State University. Dr. Saunders has worked in education for over 30 years, spending 21 years in Davis School District as a junior high teacher, professional development specialist, and assistant principal in an elementary school. She serves on the board of directors of the International Society for Teacher Education and is the associate editor of that organization’s journal.

Thursday 12:45-2 p.m.


Kory Holdaway
 Kathie Jorgensen
Who Decides? Making Your Vote Count!

Educator Resources – All Grades
12:45-2 p.m. – Hall 4
Presenters: Kory Holdaway and Kathie Jorgensen

Attend our maucus, or mock caucus session and discuss the importance of being politically active as teachers in our communities. The presentation and discussion are geared to a broad spectrum of individuals from the political novice to the hyper politically active. Displays will be on hand to demonstrate how to engage more education-friendly people to become involved in the political process.

Kory Holdaway is director of government relations at the Utah Education Association (UEA). Prior to joining the UEA, he worked for 27 years as a special education teacher and also served for 11 years in the Utah Legislature.

Kathie Jorgensen has been an elementary teacher in the Granite and Jordan School Districts for 35 years. She has worked on numerous political campaigns since 2000, including campaign manager for Karen Morgan in 2006.

Mary PetersonWriting Strategies That Really Work!
Writing – Grades K-2
12:45-2 p.m. – Room 400
Presenter: Mary Peterson

Gain effective ways to empower young students to become independent writers! Learn management techniques, mini-lessons and a wealth of highly motivating writing activities to help K-2 students become thoughtful and capable writers.

Mary Peterson has been an elementary classroom teacher for over 30 years. She has authored several teacher resource materials and is currently a national presenter and teacher trainer.

Jenny SeversonKeeping Students Engaged is EASY
Classroom Management – All Gradesbr > 12:45-2 p.m. – Room 300 C&D
Presenter: Jenny Severson

Across the board, across all grade and economic levels, no matter who the students are, great teaching starts with student engagement. Learn five easy steps in a lesson design frame that dramatically boosts student engagement and, as a result, motivation and learning. Find out how to develop student-friendly and brain-considerate lessons that hook students in and keep them engaged. Discover how to create valuable experiences in your lessons that promote discovery, inquiry and retention!

Jenny Severson,Ph.D., a Quantum Learning instructor, has worked with young students to college professors, teens to adult learners and has presented worldwide to professional educators. Dr. Severson has experience as both a teacher and a school administrator, and has designed programs specifically for the induction of new teachers into the field of education. With demonstrated success as a teacher, school administrator and trainer, she has earned the unique opportunity to be a Lead Instructor for Quantum Learning and SuperCamp programs in the U.S., Ukraine, Thailand and throughout Asia.

Deon Turley
Liz Halloran

How Teachers Can Actively Involve Parents in their Children’s Education
Educator Resources – All Grades
12:45-2 p.m. – Room 300 B
Presenters: Deon Turley and Liz Halloran

Research consistently shows that parental involvement in their children's education is the most accurate indicator for a student’s success. Partnerships between teachers and their students’ families strengthen both in what they are trying to accomplish for the children. This presentation will present practical methods for involving parents in the classroom so that they become a teacher’s best resource and ally.

Deon Turley is the Education Commissioner for the Utah PTA. Deon is the mother of seven children and eight grandchildren. She has been a volunteer in many organizations, including boy and girl scouting, 4-H, the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program, Utah Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters, and her local School Community Council.

Liz Halloran has been a teacher for Jordan School District for 28 years in grades 2-6 and has taught in a magnet-gifted program for the last 17 years. During her years of teaching, Liz has participated as the PTA Historian, Vice President and President. She currently serves on the state board as the PTA Teacher Representative.

Linda AlderUsing Utah’s Teaching Standards to Improve Instruction
Quality Teaching – All Grades
12:45-2 p.m. – Room 300 A
Presenter: Linda Alder

This presentation will focus on the new Utah Effective Teaching Standards and the Educational Leadership Standards and how implementation of the standards can improve effective instruction and support increased student learning. The vision of the Educator Effectiveness Project and the Continuum of Educator support will be discussed.

Linda Alder works at the Utah State Office of Education as the Coordinator of Educator Effectiveness and helps lead the Utah Effectiveness Project for High Quality Education, a project that focuses on effective instruction and effective leadership. Linda also has responsibility for the Early Years Enhancement (EYE) program, a statewide mentoring and induction program for teachers in their first three years of teaching.

Heidi Mathie MuchaPositive Behavior Interventions and Supports in the Classroom
Quality Teaching – All Grades
12:45-2 p.m. – Room 200 D
Presenter: Heidi Mathie Mucha

This session will present basic principles for positive behavior interventions and supports and how they apply to both elementary and secondary classroom settings. Strategies to increase compliance in the classroom as well as reinforcement strategies will be discussed. Participants will leave the session with effective classroom behavior management strategies to incorporate on Monday morning.

Heidi Mathie Mucha, Ph.D., has worked in various Utah districts as a school psychologist in the elementary, junior high and high school setting. Dr. Mucha currently works for the Utah Personnel Development Center as a program specialist working to implement positive behavior interventions and supports and response to invention in Utah schools. She is also adjunct faculty at Brigham Young University teaching a class on behavioral interventions.

Suzanne ZgraggenThe Colors of Camouflage or What Can Brown Do For You?
Science – Elementary
12:45-2 p.m. – Room 200 C
Presenter: Suzanne Zgraggen

Animals are certain colors for a reason - and most of the time that reason is camouflage. Learn why animals look the way they do and take home a fun activity and PowerPoint to use in your classroom! This activity is appropriate for both art and science lessons, with extensions in creative writing.

Suzanne Zgraggenstudied biology teaching at Brigham Young University before joining Utah's Hogle Zoo. She has worked in the Education department of the Zoo for eight years and is currently the Academic and Community Programs Coordinator. In addition, she is a Certified Interpretive Guide and an instructor for the Utah Master Naturalist Program.

Karrie NaylorUsing Professional Learning Communities to Enhance Teaching and Learning
Quality Teaching – Elementary
12:45-2 p.m. – Room 200 B
Presenter: Kerrie Naylor

This fast-paced, fun presentation will help participants understand the three big ideas associated with being a PLC. Participants, whether they attend as a team of teachers or as an individual, will leave the session with a better understanding of (1) what it means to work as a learning community, (2) what they talk about in a PLC meeting, and (3) how the strategies and structures of a PLC intertwine with the Common Core to enhance teaching and learning. Come experience the benefits of working as a Professional Learning Community!

Kerrie Naylor, Ph.D., is the educational specialist for Leadership Preparation and Effectiveness at the Utah State Office of Education. She is also the Chair of the College of Education’s Educational Administration program at Argosy University. She was an assistant superintendent in the Jordan School District for eight years.

Leslie BriggsUsing Signs to Manage the Classroom
Quality Teaching – Elementary
12:45-2 p.m. – Room 200 A
Presenter: Leslie Briggs

This fun, interactive workshop provides practical information on using select ASL (American Sign Language) signs to manage the classroom in a unique and effective way. Participants will learn how to more effectively manage student behavior, smooth transition times, aid special needs and inclusion programs, teach students to help and respect one another, and create a more interactive and inclusive classroom environment. Participants will learn numerous cross-curricular, easily adaptable activities (including songs, games, finger plays...) and will be provided “Teacher Tips” and lesson plans applicable to any subject or grade level.

Leslie Briggs discovered the many benefits of “signing in school” nearly two decades ago while teaching middle school Language Arts and has been a self-proclaimed “Signing in School” evangelist ever since. Leslie is the lead content writer of the “Signing Time Classroom Edition,” currently teaches courses through Utah State University and presents workshops and classes throughout northern Utah and southern Idaho.

Thursday 2:15-3:30 p.m.


Mary PetersonPractical Strategies to Develop Competent Writers
Writing – Grades 3-6
2:15-3:30 p.m. – Room 400
Presenter: Mary Peterson

Learn a wealth of classroom-proven strategies to help your students meet the high writing standards expected of them. Leave with easy to implement guided lessons, graphic organizers and a wealth of motivating writing ideas to help ALL students maximize their writing skills.

Mary Peterson has been an elementary classroom teacher for over 30 years. She has authored several teacher resource materials and is currently a national presenter and teacher trainer.

Prent Klag
 Jim McCoy
Ten Powerful Ways to Make Your Lessons Memorable and Transform Student Learning
Quality Teaching – All Grades
2:15-3:30 p.m. – Room 300 C&D
Presenters: Prent Klag and Jim McCoy

This interactive session will provide teachers with 10 powerful, hands-on, teaching strategies that will vitalize and transform classroom instruction and make lessons memorable. Using a synthesis of current research on quality teaching and instructional practice, participants will be introduced to methods that will motivate students, help them remember more, apply learning to real-world situations, and enhance overall student performance and achievement at school. All participants will receive a packet of materials.

Prent Klag, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for Innovative Education at Southern Utah University. He has served as Dean of the College of Education, Director of Graduate Studies in Education and Chair of the Department of Teacher Education at SUU. He has been an elementary teacher, principal, curriculum developer, and consultant on science education, creativity, and leadership in education.

Jim McCoy, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership at Southern Utah University. He has served as a middle school and high school principal in both Utah and Idaho. Dr. McCoy has expertise in the area of Invitational Education PLC's and on restructuring and reform in education.

Linda Manuel
 Karen Chatterton
Improving Teaching and Learning Through National Board Certification

Quality Teaching – All Grades
2:15-3:30 p.m. – Room 300 B
Presenters: Linda Manuel and Karen Chatterton

Over 200 Utah teachers have earned National Board Certification. Would you like to join them? Attend this session to learn about the requirements and the benefits to your practice of becoming a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) as well as the financial and collegial support that is available. You will interact with a panel of NBCTs who will share how they balanced their National Board work with their daily teaching and personal responsibilities and discuss the impact of the National Board process on their teaching. You will be guided through a National Board activity as part of this session. Bring your colleagues and your questions!

Linda Manuel, Regional Outreach Director with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), has dedicated her career to education and the professional development of teachers. As Regional Director, Linda works with key stakeholders in developing policies that support National Board Certification and with teachers in helping them to grow professionally.

Karen Chatterton is co-chair of the Utah Coalition of National Board Certified Teachers. She earned her National Board Certification in 2009 and has taught elementary school in Washington County and Granite School District. Currently, she is an assistant principal in two elementary schools in the Granite School District.

More Month than Money: Understanding Personal Financial Management
Educator Resources – All Grades
2:15-3:30 p.m. – Room 300A
Sean MabeyPresenter: Sean Mabey

This session is designed for those who wish for a better understanding of basic money management – setting short, intermediate and long-term goals; establishing a budget; understanding savings and investments and how even a small amount can make retirement a pleasant experience. Participants will learn how to get started now (with small investment) for a better future!

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.

Robert AustinA Sputnik Moment: Integrating Social Studies into the English Language Arts Common Core
Social Studies – Elementary
2:15-3:30 p.m. – Room 200 D
Presenter: Robert Austin

Social studies is central to college and career readiness goals but it seems that every year we have less instructional time for social studies. This has to change. In this workshop, participants will discover clear teacher-created performance assessments that bridge the ELA common core and the Utah social studies core. We will also share ideas for how social studies core content and concepts can be integrated into the school day, and especially into literacy goals, creating a content-rich learning environment that prepares students for their futures.

Robert Austin is the K-12 Social Studies Specialist at the Utah State Office of Education. Robert taught middle school English, Social Studies, and ESL for 10 years before becoming a district literacy coach. His current duties include K-12 Social Studies, Professional Development, International Education and Out-of-State and International Licensing.

Brian Daniel
Mike Hamilton 
Teach By Magic

Quality Teaching – Elementary
2:15-3:30 p.m. – Room 200 C
Presenters: Brian Daniel and Mike Hamilton

More and more teachers are finding that a quick, simple magic trick can be a great way to engage their students in the learning process. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn seven super easy-to-do magic tricks, brain teasers, and other amazing object lessons that you can start using in your classroom next week to get and keep your students’ attention. These are classroom tested tricks that are guaranteed to make learning more exciting, more memorable, more fun and, most importantly, more effective. All the necessary printouts and materials will be provided and you will be able to do every trick by the end of the workshop – they are that simple.

Brian Daniel, founder of TeachByMagic.com, has performed magic professionally for 20 years. Brian has also developed original tricks used by top name magicians including David Copperfield, Penn and Teller, and Criss Angel. He now works full time presenting workshops and developing new material for Teach By Magic.

Mike Hamilton, a Utah-based magician, created the Magic in Learning Foundation and has performed for thousands of students with his "Magic with a Message" shows. He has won numerous awards for his magic, including Utah's Best of State.

Working with Difficult Students in Your Class
New Educators – Secondary
2:15-3:30 p.m. – Room 200 B
Kerrie NaylorPresenter: Kerrie Naylor

All grades need assistance at least once in a while with difficult students in their classroom. This workshop will present specific techniques to use to de-escalate disruptive behavior, keep students focused on learning, and develop mutual respect within a positive classroom environment. This workshop is for new teachers or any teacher that wants to learn additional strategies and hone their already useful and successful management skills.

Kerrie Naylor, Ph.D., is the educational specialist for Leadership Preparation and Effectiveness at the Utah State Office of Education. She is also the chair of the College of Education’s Educational Administration program at Argosy University. She was an assistant superintendent in the Jordan School District for eight years.

Christine TimothyENVoY – Educators Non-Verbal Yardsticks
Classroom Management – All Grades
2:15-3:30 p.m. – Room 200 A
Presenter: Peggy Saunders

The "Seven Gems" from ENVoY: A Personal Guide to Classroom Management will provide you with non-verbal strategies to support your classroom management style and philosophy. Ideas will be presented for four times during the instructional day: (1) Getting Their Attention; (2) Teaching; (3) Transitions; and (4) Seatwork. These ideas are not designed to replace current classroom management practices, but to enhance and strengthen your classroom environment.

Peggy Saunders, Ph.D., is an associate professor of teacher education and the director of the Master in Education Program at Weber State University. Dr. Saunders has worked in education for over 30 years, spending 21 years in Davis School District as a junior high teacher, professional development specialist, and assistant principal in an elementary school. She serves on the board of directors of the International Society for Teacher Education and is the associate editor of that organization’s journal.