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Professional Development Workshop Descriptions

2012 UEA Convention & Education Exposition

Educators can earn more re-licensure points at the 2012 Convention than ever before. Professional development opportunities include ten breakout training sessions on Thursday morning, nine on Friday morning and sessions throughout both afternoons in conjunction with the Exhibit Hall. While there will be training opportunities on a variety of topics and interests both days, Thursday’s professional development will have a focus on veteran teachers and Friday will focus more on new educators.

Thursday, October 18

Friday, October 19 - New Educators' Workshop

 

Thursday, October 18

Session 1


Students with Autism:  Basic Tools for Every Teacher

Special Education, All Grades
9:15 – 10:30 a.m., Room 400
Presenters: Cathy Longstroth and Jocelyn Taylor

Autism seems to be all around us. New studies show the number of students with autism, particularly high-functioning autism, is increasing. In comparison with nine other states, Utah is showing a higher than normal incidence of this disorder. Utah classrooms are impacted by this increased prevalence and Utah teachers are stepping up to the challenge. This presentation provides teachers with basic information about this puzzling disorder as well as the most practical and widely applicable strategies to reduce teacher frustration and increase student success. 

Cathy Longstroth brings over 20 years of experience in the 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.


Using Brain Research to Understand Learning

Quality Teaching, All Grades
9:15 – 10:30 a.m., Room 300 C&D
Presenter: Dr. Jenny Severson

This session will provide participants with important research and the results of several studies and practices that have shifted student success, improved attendance, generated measurable improvements in standardized test scores and created more successful communities of learning in thousands of schools. Learning-to-learn, life skills and the orchestration of both will be shared and modeled, providing a powerful experiential learning session that participants won’t forget. Powerful tools and methods for teaching and learning will be presented and modeled that help students to overcome fear, anxiety and other distractions that often reduce focus and impair the brain’s ability to learn. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of why some interventions get results and others don’t.
 
Dr. Jenny Severson, 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.


Working with Difficult Students in Your Class, Part I

Classroom Management, Secondary
9:15 – 10:30 a.m., Room 300 A&B
Presenter: Dr. Kerrie Naylor

All teachers need assistance at least once in a while with difficult students in their classroom. This workshop is offered in two back-to-back sessions, to help teachers maintain a positive classroom environment. Part one will go through specific techniques to de-escalate disruptive behavior, keep students focused on learning, and develop mutual respect.  

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 a teacher, middle school assistant principal and principal, and assistant superintendent in the Jordan School District for 27 years.


Ideas and Strategies for Implementing the New Elementary Math Core Standards, Part I

Math, Elementary
9:15 – 10:30 a.m., Room 200 C&D
Presenters: Amy Trent and Kim Babka

The new Utah Core State Standards in Mathematics provide an opportunity to not only change what students learn in elementary school math, but how they learn it. This two-part session will focus on the Standards for Mathematical Practices and how they can be viewed as basic skills for mathematics in much the same way as word attack skills and comprehension skills are basic in literacy learning. We will explore the standards as mathematical habits of mind. We will also discuss means of teaching the practices directly and of observing and encouraging their use as students learn the mathematics content standards.

Amy Trent graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in elementary education and has worked in the Jordan School District and charter schools in Utah Valley. Her love of math started as a child when her brother taught her long division in their kitchen using refrigerator magnets. She tutored math at the University of Utah including the math for elementary school teachers course. She worked with the Utah State Office of Education to develop training materials and facilitate the Core Academy.

Kim Babka is currently the Early Childhood/O.E.K. Specialist in the Granite School District, providing training, support, curriculum development and mentoring to K-2 teachers in 62 schools. She graduated from Weber State University in early childhood and elementary education.


Teaching and Learning with iPads

Technology, All Grades
9:15 – 10:30 a.m., Room 200 A&B
Presenter: Tim Stack

In this demonstration session, learn how you can make the most of this trend that is sweeping across Utah.  Get ideas for using your own iPad to support your productivity, activities that students can do with just a couple of iPads in class, and strategies for managing classes where everyone has their own.  We’ll throw in information about a few apps you’ll want to try and answer questions so you’ll feel prepared when students with iPads take over…

Tim Stack provides background expertise for UEN Professional Development as they implement instruction on the latest hot topic for education technology: iPads.  He trains teachers throughout the state in the areas of technical skills and technical integration and hosts UEN’s weekly Faculty Lounge webcast.  After more than a few career changes, Tim discovered education.  He spent five wonderful years teaching junior high math, mostly working with special populations.  He received his Bachelor of Science in marketing and Bachelor of Arts in geography with a math minor, his secondary education certificate, and his M.Ed. in instructional design and educational technology all from the University of Utah.


Session 2


Effectively Serving Diverse Needs in a Mainstream Classroom

Special Education, All Grades
10:45 a.m. – noon, Room 400
Presenter: Tami Pyfer

Discover a world of free, online training resources for teachers serving students with disabilities in the mainstream setting. The IRIS Center for Training Enhancements translates research about the education of students with disabilities into practice. The materials cover a wide variety of evidence-based topics including behavior, RTI, learning strategies, differentiated instruction, and progress monitoring, to name just a few. Teachers will leave this session with a wealth of knowledge, strategies and even access to national experts – all at their fingertips!

Tami Pyfer, M.Ed. works as a clinical instructor at Utah State University. She spent the past nine years in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation, teaching introductory special education courses along with courses in assistive technology and early childhood assessment. She also supervised student teachers in the on-campus and alternative teacher preparation programs. She continues to teach for the Special Education Early Childhood ATP program. In addition to her work at Utah State, Tami works as a consultant for Claremont College and Vanderbilt University on the IRIS project, training university faculty and professional development providers in the use of free, online instructional materials. She currently serves as a member of the Utah State Board of Education representing District 1 (Northern Utah). 


The Six Categories of Struggling Learners: How to Recognize and Support Their Needs

Quality Teaching, All Grades
10:45 a.m. – noon, Room 300 C&D
Presenter: Dr. Jenny Severson

This highly experiential workshop will provide tools and strategies for teachers to more effectively teach and support their struggling learners.  Participants will discover how to recognize each type of struggling learner, and how to support them to focus, to be engaged, and to learn.  Participants will gain new insights into learning style patterns that impact all students, and work in teams to construct a matrix of strategies to reach and teach all struggling learners. A brain-friendly tool called RAP sheets will be developed by participants in relation to the concepts of “Point of Instruction” Writing, VAK Teaching and Pacing Instruction. Participants will leave with numerous valuable tools that will make a dramatic difference in the success of all of their students!

Dr. Jenny Severson, 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.


Working with Difficult Students in Your Class, Part II

Classroom Management, Secondary
10:45 a.m. – noon, Room 300 A&B
Presenter: Dr. Kerrie Naylor

All teachers need assistance at least once in a while with difficult students in their classroom. This workshop is offered in two back-to-back sessions to help teachers maintain a positive classroom environment.  Part two will help teachers develop positive relationships with parents, especially parents of difficult students.  These sessions are for both new teachers and teachers that want to learn additional strategies and hone their already successful management and communication skills.  You don’t have to attend both sessions to benefit from the learning activities. 

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 a teacher, middle school assistant principal and principal, and assistant superintendent in the Jordan School District for 27 years.


Ideas and Strategies for Implementing the New Elementary Math Core Standards, Part II

Math, Elementary
10:45 a.m. – noon, Room 200 C&D
Presenters: Amy Trent and Kim Babka

The new Utah Core State Standards in Mathematics provide an opportunity to not only change what students learn in elementary school math, but how they learn it. This two-part session will focus on the Standards for Mathematical Practices and how they can be viewed as basic skills for mathematics in much the same way as word attack skills and comprehension skills are basic in literacy learning. We will explore the standards as mathematical habits of mind. We will also discuss means of teaching the practices directly and of observing and encouraging their use as students learn the mathematics content standards.

Amy Trent graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in elementary education and has worked in the Jordan School District and charter schools in Utah Valley. Her love of math started as a child when her brother taught her long division in their kitchen using refrigerator magnets. She tutored math at the University of Utah including the math for elementary school teachers course. She worked with the Utah State Office of Education to develop training materials and facilitate the Core Academy.

Kim Babka is currently the Early Childhood/O.E.K. Specialist in the Granite School District, providing training, support, curriculum development and mentoring to K-2 teachers in 62 schools. She graduated from Weber State University in early childhood and elementary education.


The Big Eight:  The Eight Strategies that Make or Break Active Student Engagement

Classroom Management, Elementary
10:45 a.m. – noon, Room 200 C&D
Presenters:  Dr. Ellen Williams

The goal of this session is to provide participants with immediately transferrable knowledge of The Big Eight (expectations, cueing, proximity, attention prompts, time limits, signals, tasking and voice) to increase student engagement and make their own lives in the classroom calmer and more enjoyable. 

Dr. Ellen Williams worked in public education as a teacher and principal for 35 years. During that time, two of her specialties were classroom management and literacy.  Ellen joined the Educational Leadership faculty at Brigham Young University where she co-directed the Principal Preparation Program and the Principals Academy for 12 years.  Her research revolved around leadership for Professional Learning Communities and mentoring aspiring principals. Ellen is co-author of two books with Annette Brinkman and Gary Forlini – Class acts:  Every teacher’s guide to activate learning and Help teachers engage students:  Action tools for administrators.   


Friday, October 19 - New Educators’ Workshop

Session 1


I Can Do It: Classroom Management for Secondary Educators

Classroom Management, Secondary
10 – 11:15 a.m., Room 400
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 20+ year veteran educator in the Davis School District and a master of classroom management skills.  She is currently working as the Evaluation Supervisor for the Davis School District. 


Tips and Shortcuts for Elementary Educators

Quality Teaching, Elementary
10 – 11:15 a.m., Room 300 C&D
Presenter: Pat Rusk

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.

Pat Rusk was an elementary classroom teacher for 33 years.  An active UEA member throughout her teaching career, Pat is a former UEA President and current UniServ Director for UEA members in Morgan, North and South Summit, Park City, Wasatch, Duchesne, Uintah, Daggett and the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. 


Bully Awareness... Not Enough!  

Classroom Management, All Grades
10 – 11:15 a.m., Room 300A&B
Presenters: Leigh M. VandenAkker and Gayle Threet

This workshop will empower you with knowledge and techniques to "bully proof" your classroom, your school and your own relationships once and for all.  Be inspired and leave with a new understanding of how passive-aggressive and aggressive behaviors destroy, undermine or take over our self-worth... but only if we allow it.

Leigh M. VandenAkker, M.Ed., Utah’s 2012 Teacher of the Year and winner of Utah’s 2011 Golden Apple Award, is the co-author of “Techniques for Tough Times”, a curriculum created to aid classroom teaching of communication and anger management skills.  Leigh has trained teachers nationwide and her passion is supporting teachers by providing insight and training in classroom management.  With over 20 years of experience in the educational setting, Leigh has developed strategies and techniques that really work in today’s classrooms.  Leigh is presently a full time teacher at East High School in the Salt Lake City School District.

Gayle Threet, MS, M.Ed. is co-author of “Techniques for Tough Times” and has trained counselors nationwide.  Her passion is offering workshops on techniques for violence prevention, anger management and how to successfully work with students who have incarcerated parents.  With over 20 years of experience as a counselor, Gayle has developed techniques and strategies for gang-involved students.


Social Media: Opportunities and Cautions

Technology, All Grades
10 – 11:15 a.m., Room 200 C&D
Presenter: Mitchell Jorgensen

As a new teacher, there are some great ways to improve communication with parents and students using social media.  However, there are also some pitfalls to avoid.  In this session, learn how to make the most of blogs, Twitter, Facebook and other social media in education while avoiding sticky situations.  Also, explore ideas to help your students use social media in a safer way.

Mitchell Jorgensen is the lead instructor for PowerPoint in addition to teaching the Tech Projects for Science and my.UEN.org for the web-enhanced classroom online classes for UEN. Mitchell is also interested in how mobile devices of all kinds are changing the classroom. He is especially interested in using a variety of Internet tools to create blended learning environments and student collaboration. As a middle school science and technology teacher for 10 years, Mitchell also developed expertise in Pioneer Library and other media resources. His education includes a Bachelor's degree from BYU in biology and an Instructional Technology Master's degree from USU.


Session 2


Tips and Shortcuts for Secondary Educators

Quality Teaching, Secondary
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Room 400
Presenter: Susen Zobel. 

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!

Susen Zobel has worked in the Tooele and Granite school Districts for the past 30 years.  Susen currently teaches part-time in Granite School District and serves part-time as the Granite Education Association President.  She has taught on a secondary level for her entire career.  She has taught Special Education—both Resource and Self-contained—history, math, and English.  Her varied career experience allows her to share her unique view of classroom shortcuts and tips.


Tips and Shortcuts for Elementary Educators (Repeated)

Quality Teaching, Elementary
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Room 300 C&D
Presenter: Pat Rusk

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.

Pat Rusk was an elementary classroom teacher for 33 years.  An active UEA member throughout her teaching career, Pat is a former UEA President and current UniServ Director for UEA members in Morgan, North and South Summit, Park City, Wasatch, Duchesne, Uintah, Daggett and the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. 


Making PRAXIS a Picnic: Strategies for Preparing to Pass the PRAXIS

Educator Resources, All Grades
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Room 300 A&B
Presenter: Sean Mabey

In order to obtain a Level II license and to demonstrate “highly qualified” status, educators must take and pass the 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 new 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 L. Mabey taught third and fourth grades in the Jordan School District before becoming a UniServ Director with the Granite Education Association, where he helped co-write the PRAXIS training manual with the Granite School District. Currently, Sean works for NEA Member Benefits in helping members meet their personal, professional and financial goals. His territory is Colorado, Nevada, and California. Sean has trained and worked with thousands of UEA members preparing to take and pass the PRAXIS.


Create the Future with Free Technology Resources

Technology, All Grades
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Room 200 C&D
Presenter: Mitchell Jorgensen

See a dynamic demonstration of a variety of cutting edge technology tools and resources for your teaching. Learn more about gadgets like e-readers, iPads and document cameras. Explore exciting websites where students can easily demonstrate understanding with engaging and motivating multimedia projects like comics, mashups, movies and more - all free. Learn how to quickly access the wealth of resources available for Utah educators through UEN, and get real-life ideas for bringing all the excitement into your classroom - no matter what your skill or comfort with technology.

Mitchell Jorgensen is the lead instructor for PowerPoint in addition to teaching the Tech Projects for Science, and my.UEN.org for the web-enhanced classroom online classes for UEN. Mitchell is also interested in how mobile devices of all kinds are changing the classroom. He is especially interested in using a variety of internet tools to create blended learning environments and student collaboration. As a middle school science and technology teacher for 10 years, Mitchell also developed expertise in Pioneer Library and other media resources. His education includes a Bachelor's degree from BYU in biology and an Instructional Technology Master's degree from USU.


Mastering Elementary Classroom Management Skills through the “Behavior Curriculum”

Classroom Management, Elementary
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Room  200 A&B
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 over 25 years, teaching the last 16 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.