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Professional Development Workshop Descriptions

2013 UEA Convention & Education Exposition

Professional development opportunities at the UEA Convention include twelve breakout training sessions on Thursday morning, ten 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 on new educators. To earn re-licensure points, complete the License Renewal Credit Form (pdf).

Thursday, October 17

Friday, October 18 - New Educators' Workshop

 Thursday, October 17


Session 1


What Teachers Can Do to Take Charge of Their Own Professionalism
Educator Resources, All Grades
8 - 9:15 a.m., Room 400
Presenters:
Linda Alder, Todd Billings

This workshop will explore the privileges and responsibilities of a professional teacher and describe how participants may be more in control of their professionalism. Participants will review the Utah Code and State Board Rule to identify areas where knowledge and action may be constructive and beneficial. The discussion will include the Utah Professional Teaching Standards and Educator Evaluation programs and policies and outline ways teachers may become prepared to make a case to support their own professional excellence.

Linda Alder works at the Utah State Office of Education as the Coordinator of Educator Effectiveness and takes leadership in the Utah Effectiveness Project for High Quality Education, a USOE project that focuses on issues of effective instruction and effective leadership. She also has responsibility for the Early Years Enhancements (EYE) program, statewide mentoring and induction program for teachers in their first three years of teaching, as well as a leadership role in Northwest, NCATE, and TEAC accreditation in the state’s K-12 schools, colleges, and universities. Linda brings experience in schools, national education associations, and program development and implementation to her work at USOE. Linda completed a Master of Education in educational administration from the University of Utah, and is currently participating in an Interdisciplinary Doctor of Education in Leadership program.

Todd Billings works at the Utah State Office of Education as an Educator Evaluation specialist. He spent 30 years working in Provo School District as a teacher, administrator and curriculum/professional development specialist. He has been involved in numerous state and national organizations and is the past president of Learning Forward Utah.


Working with Difficult Students and Supporting Parents
Classroom Management, All Secondary
89:15 a.m., Room 300 C&D
Presenter: Kerrie Naylor, Ph.D.

All teachers need assistance at least once in a while with difficult students in their classroom. This workshop will help teachers maintain a positive classroom environment. This session will go through specific techniques to de-escalate disruptive behavior, keep students focused on learning, and develop mutual respect.   It will help teachers develop positive relationships with parents, especially parents of difficult students.  This session is for both new teachers and teachers that want to learn additional strategies and hone their already successful management and communication 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 a teacher, middle school assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent in the Jordan School District for 27 years. Kerrie is also an independent education consultant for Learning While Doing. 


Videos, Music and More for Your Classroom
Technology, All Grades
89:15 a.m., Room 300 A&B
Presenter: Rob Bentley

UEN provides great tools and services for Utah teachers.  Learn to use Pioneer Library where you can access thousands of professional, educational videos and music free for classroom use.  Learn to use powerful databases to find information you and your students can use in the classroom.  You'll also learn to use my.UEN.org to create your own class website.  In addition to providing tools for teachers, UEN is a great source for professional development. Learn how to subscribe to UEN news and blogs, which will help you stay up to date with educational technology trends, and learn how UEN can help you reach your professional goals through free courses and more!

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.  His bachelor’s degree is in Spanish education and also holds a master’s in instructional design and educational technology from the University of Utah.


Why Bright Kids on the Autism Spectrum are Failing English Language Arts and What We Can Do About It
Special Education/Language Arts, All Grades
89:15 a.m., Room 200 C&D
Presenter: Cathy Longstroth

As the numbers of students with high functioning autism continue to rise, general education and special education teachers are increasingly challenged to help them succeed in English language arts.  This is especially important with the emphasis on writing in all content areas in the Utah Core Standards.   This presentation will introduce teachers to strategies designed to help students on the spectrum and other students with similar challenges improve written composition as well as reading comprehension.

Cathy Longstroth is a graduate of BYU and the U of U who has worked in education for 30 years.  She has taught students with significant cognitive disabilities, autism and learning disabilities in Jordan and Murray districts.  For the last six years Cathy has trained teachers in Utah who serve students with significant cognitive disabilities and autism through her work at the Utah Personnel Development Center. Cathy specializes in the practical application of evidence-based interventions.


Writing Strategies for the Utah Core
Writing, Grades K-5                                                                                            
89:15 a.m., Room 200 A&B
Presenter: Mary Peterson

Learn a wealth of classroom proven strategies to help your grades K-5 students meet the rigorous Utah Core Writing Standards. You will leave with many practical and motivating lessons for teaching narrative, informative and opinion writing to maximize the writing skills of ALL students.

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.


Session 2


Making the New Utah Effective Teaching Standards Work for You
Quality Teaching, All Grades
10:45 a.m. – noon, Room 400
Presenter: Lisa Guzmán

This session will look at the new Utah teaching standards to learn how the NEA Academy can help you make the new evaluation system work for you. You will learn: 1) The new professional teaching standards; 2) how to map the standards throughout a lesson; 3) how to document you are performing the standards; 4) what professional development you can take to help you with standards; and 5) how to make the teaching standards work for you!

Lisa Guzmán is an NEA Academy Field Marketing Specialist. She worked for the Arizona Education Association for five years as the Quality Teaching and Learning Organizational Consultant and facilitated the professional development and training for Priority Schools and National Board Certified educators.  Lisa taught elementary and middle school for 15 years and taught the ESL assessment endorsement and the Sheltered English Immersion endorsement classes for Mesa Community College, Central Arizona College and the Arizona Education Association. 


Building Effective District and Association Partnerships
Educator Resources, All Grades
10:45 a.m.Room 300 C&D
Moderator:  Jerry D. Weast
Panel: TBD  

Join superintendents, school board members, administrators, teachers and association leaders for an interactive discussion with Dr. Weast about building successful collaboration between districts and employee associations.

Jerry D. Weast is a 35-year veteran of education leadership. Dr. Weast led Montgomery County Public Schools to achieve both the highest graduation rate among the nation’s largest school districts for four consecutive years and the highest academic performance ever in MCPS.  Dr. Weast was named superintendent of the year in two states and has presented extensively across the United States and internationally. He holds a doctorate in educational administration from Oklahoma State University.


STEM Plus: Seven Ways to Use Toys and Objects to Engage Students in Critical and Creative Thinking
Quality Teaching, Elementary 
10:45 a.m. – noon, Room 300 A&B
Presenter: Dr. Prent Klag

This fast-paced and action-oriented workshop will provide elementary teachers with seven innovative and unique activities that engage students in understanding key concepts in science, technology, engineering and math. Using toys and a variety of easy to find objects and materials, participants will take part in seven of the most powerful ways to motivate, inspire, teach and reinforce STEM concepts with their students. Participants will receive a packet of materials and resources that can be readily used and implemented in their classrooms.

Dr. Prent Klag is currently 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 Southern Utah University.  He has been an elementary teacher, principal, curriculum developer, and consultant on science education, creativity and leadership in education.


Standards-Based IEPs: As Easy as A-B-C
Special Education/Mild-Moderate Teachers, All Grades
10:45 a.m. – noon, Room 200 C&D
Presenter: Peggy Childs

In today’s technology world, information on how to write a standards-based IEP can be accessed 24/7 with the free online course, Standards-Based IEPs.  Participants will access the online course, gain an understanding of standards-based IEPs, and learn two easy strategies for writing Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance statements (PLAAFPs) and Measurable Annual Goals (MAGs) that consider student performance data sources and align with the Utah Core Standards.

Peggy Childs is a Program Specialist with the Utah Personnel Development Center representing the central and southwest regions of Utah.  Previously she worked with Washington County School District in special education and professional development.  She enjoys supporting teachers in their professional growth.


Getting to the Core: Helping Readers Understand Complex Text
Reading, Grades 4-8       
10:45 a.m. – noon, Room 200 A&B
Presenter: Dr. Timothy Morrison

Readers' ability to comprehend text is a major focus of the Utah Core. Students are expected to understand complex texts and write in response to what they read. In this session participants will learn about five before-, during-, and after-reading strategies to involve students with active learning. Participants will read, discuss and understand related texts using these activities. All of the modeled activities in this session can easily be used in literacy classrooms.

Dr. Timothy Morrison is associate chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Brigham Young University where he also teaches classes in literacy development and instruction. Tim has written many articles on literacy and has recently co-authored a textbook, “Developing Literacy: Reading and Writing To, With, and By Children.” Tim is currently serving as president-elect of the Utah Council of the International Reading Association. 


Special Afternoon Sessions


Attractive and Electrifying Science
Science, Grades 4-6
12:15 – 1:30 p.m., Room 400
Presenter: Maggie Ostler

This workshop will provide opportunities for participants to explore magnetism and electricity. 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 a washer and 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).


  

Classroom Realities Teachers Panel

(Sponsored by the UEA Political Action Committee and University of Phoenix Banquet)

 All Attendees/Lunch

(Lunch is free for Capitol Club Members, $10 minimum U-PAC contribution for lunch for non-Capital Club members)

12:30-2:30 p.m. p.m., Room 300 C&D

Presenter: Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh and Utah Master Teachers

                                                                                               

Hear the compelling stories of Utah master teachers as they share insights into how laws and policies impact their classrooms. The discussion will be of particular interest to legislators, superintendents, school board members, educators and parents.


 

Teach by Magic: Use Wonder to Engage Students

Quality Teaching, All Grades

1:45 – 3 p.m., Room 400

Presenter: Brian Daniel South

                                                                                               

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 eight 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 South is currently the owner and operator of TeachByMagic.com. He worked for several years as a full time magician for theme parks, cruise ships, corporations and schools.  He has authored a book on magic, patented a bestselling magic trick, and even created original illusions used by top name magicians around the world, but he can honestly say he enjoys showing teachers how to teach about the food chain by magically linking two paperclips, more than anything else he has done.


Exhibit Hall Stage Workshops


The Magic in Learning  
All Attendees
Noon – 12:45 p.m., Integra Telecom Stage
Presenter:  Mike Hamilton

Join educational presenter and professional magician Mike Hamilton as he stretches the realm of your imagination and experience for yourself the Magic in Learning.TM 

 

Mike Hamilton, a Utah-based magician and educational presenter, created the Magic in Learning Foundation and performs for over 75,000 students annually with his "Magic with a Message" shows. He has won numerous awards for his magic, including Utah's Best of State. His “Magic With A Message,” presentation amazes, educates and inspires kids to read.


  
NetSafe Utah: Digital Citizenship for Teachers, Students and Parents
Technology, All Grades  
Noon – 12:45 p.m., Rebate State Stage

Presenter: Dr. Rick Cline

 

Come learn what it means to be a digital citizen in today's world of technology that is constantly evolving. Participants will learn about the essential components of digital citizenship whether at school, home or the community! Finally, come learn how the best Internet filter in the world really has nothing to do with the technology.

 

Dr. Rick Cline has worked for the Utah Education Network for the past fourteen years as an instructional technologist teaching educators how to use technology in the classroom. For the past seven years he has managed the NetSafe Utah project at UEN. This has included developing videos, a web site and a variety of outreach materials for Utah’s K-12 students, teachers and parents statewide. With the recent CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act) mandate Rick is currently helping Utah's districts to become self-sustaining in educating their own students with respect to Internet safety. 


 

Scarves, Feathers, Dance and Movement

Physical Education, Elementary

1 – 1:45 p.m., Integra Telecom Stage

Presenter: Bruce Brinkman

 

This is a fun, active, hands-on session. We will cover several areas of the P.E. core curriculum – juggling, tinkling and balancing are just a few of the things we will do. As Dr. Seuss once said, “It's fun to have fun, but you have to know how."

 

Bruce Brinkman taught 26 years in Jordan School District, 10 as a classroom teacher and 16 as a physical education specialist. He retired from Jordan District in 2012 and is currently a physical education specialist at Providence Hall Elementary.


 

A Hands-On Approach for Struggling Readers

Reading, All Grades

1 – 1:45 p.m., Rebate State Stage

Presenter: Heidi Hyte

 

In this session, the presenter will discuss a practical approach to teaching reading, spelling and phonemic awareness-building skills to struggling readers. The rationale for such an approach will be briefly presented and validating research will be established. This will be followed by a simulated struggling-reader experience to establish the need for teaching phonetic decoding strategies to students with low reading abilities. Explicit, systematic, phonetic decoding strategies to promote improved literacy, increased reading fluency, and more accurate spelling will be demonstrated. The presenter will provide an interactive experience where participants can apply the learned phonetic decoding strategies directly to reading activities and be given immediate feedback.

 

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. 


 

Spectacular Books to Make and Take

Writing, Elementary

2 – 2:45 p.m., Rebate State Stage

Presenter: Mary Peterson

 

Come ready to cut, fold, glue and color. In this lively session you will create highly motivating book making projects that can be used at any grade level and in any subject. All make and take materials will be provided.

 

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.


 
Scales & Tails Teaser Reptile Show
All Attendees
2:15 – 2:45 p.m.,
Integra Telecom Stage
Presenter: Scales and Tails of Utah

Come make friends with some amazing creatures that you might have been afraid of before today!

Scales and Tails of Utah offers entertaining, educational, and interactive reptile and bird shows to cities all over Utah they hold monthly workshops for kids that focus on a specific topics such as, “venom night,” “pythons,” “urban animals” and other topics that can be found on their webpage at http://www.scalesandtailsutah.com .


Up, Up and Away

All Attendees

3 – 3:45 p.m., Integra Telecom Stage

Presenter:  Mad Science of Greater Salt Lake

 

This spellbinding special event introduces children to the principles of air and pressure. Hot air balloons, vortex generators and even a hovercraft will help children understand the power of air.

 

Mad Science of Greater Salt Lake is a leading science enrichment provider delivering unique, hands-on science experiences for children that are as entertaining as they are educational.  Their innovative programs help kids learn about science through fun after-school and preschool programs, birthday parties, and other special events.  Check out their webpage at greatersaltlake.madsicence.org/ for more information.



Linking the Learning: Dominoes for Upper Grades
Math, Grades 4-6

3 – 3:45 p.m., Rebate State Stage

Presenter: Allison Riddle

 

In this highly interactive workshop, participants will experience games for upper grades using a basic 28 piece domino set. Domino games encourage students to engage and communicate thinking with other players, as well as to analyze choices and reason inductively. Games will focus on place value, operations, fractions and probabilities. Alignment to Utah Core Standards, student examples and game boards will be shared.

 

Allison Riddle has been an elementary educator and UEA member for over 26 years.  She currently teaches fifth grade at Foxboro Elementary where she is also a Davis School District mentor.  Allison was awarded the CARE Award in May 2013, and she is the Davis School District 2014 Teacher of the Year.  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).


 

Seeing + Hearing + Doing = Learning! Amazing Action Alphabet

English/Language Arts, Grades K-2

4 – 4:45 p.m., Integra Telecom Stage

Presenter: Esther Kehl

The workshop provides early childhood educators an approach to letters and sounds through multi-sensory, hands on experience, which leads to immediate retention. This workshop demonstrates study related rhymes, songs, stories and hands on activities along with step by step beginning writing and reading suggestions, a total learning experience.

Esther Kehl, a former elementary teacher and reading specialist, draws upon eighteen years of experience in creating and developing The Amazing Action Alphabet comprehensive learning system. Established in 2004, her company continues to grow and her published books have been highlighted on the local television programs, “Good Things Utah” and “KUTV: Family Matters.”


 

 Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s World
Social Studies, All Grades
4 – 4:45 p.m., Rebate State Stage
Presenter: Norma Jean Remington

 

Geography education builds geo-literacy – an essential skill set for the 21st century! Geography is no longer defined by WHAT and WHERE. WHY and HOW must be added to complete the definition. Modeling Utah Core Standards, engaging instructional practices, authentic assessment and the latest in GIS technology will peak both teacher interest and heighten student geographic curiosity.  Give students the tools they need to explore their world, be it the back yard or a global hot spot. Collaborate with outstanding geography teachers and GIS professionals. Walk away with ideas, resources, geography friends and a lesson idea or two or three.

 

Norma Jean Remington is coordinator of the Utah Geographic Alliance.  She is currently teaching AP Human Geography and Geography for Life at South Davis Jr. High in Davis School District.


Friday, October 18 - New Educators’ Workshop


Session 1


I Can Do It: Classroom Management for Secondary Educators

Classroom Management, Secondary

89:15 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. 


 

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

Educator Resources, All Grades

89:15 a.m., Room 300 C&D

Presenter: Hilaree Stephens

                                                                                                               

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, the new Elementary Content Exam and focus on 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.

 

Hilaree Stephens is the director of the Northern Utah UniServ located in Logan, Utah.  She gets to work with the talented Association members in Box Elder, Cache, Logan and Rich.    Before UniServ work, Hilaree taught for eight years in the Davis School District.


 

Tips and Shortcuts for Elementary Educators

Classroom Management, Elementary

89:15 a.m., Room 300 A&B

Presenter: Sheryl DeGering

                                                                                               

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.

 

Sheryl DeGering has been involved with the public school system in a variety of capacities for 27 years.  In 2005 she became a fourth grade teacher at South Summit Elementary School in Kamas, UT.  


 

Bullying Prevention: Don’t Stand By…Be an Ally

Educaator Resources, All Grades

89:15 a.m., Room 200 C&D

Presenters: Ellen Jensen and Marci Taylor

 

This workshop will focus on training and empowering bystanders to step in and lend a hand to those who are being bullied. The presentation will show how to give students skills to use if they are being bullied or harassed as well as safe things they can do if they come across someone else being bullied or harassed.  Our goal is to teach the language and concepts schools can use as well as provide follow-up materials to maintain the program within the school.

 

Ellen Jensen attended BYU for both her undergraduate and master’s degrees. She is a retired health and fitness teacher. She also served as athletic director at East High School.

 

Marci Taylor attended BYU and then University of Phoenix, where she received her master’s in school counseling.

 

Ellen and Marci were hired by Granite School District to develop and implement an anti-bullying program. Initially the program was for elementary students, but now has branched out to include junior high, high school and specific bullying topics.


 

Teaching and Learning with iPads

Technology, All Grades

89:15 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 Master of Education in instructional design and educational technology all from the University of Utah.


Session 2


Tips and Shortcuts for Secondary Educators

Quality Teaching, Secondary

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 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.


 

Teaching to Your Students’ Brains… Secrets You Should Know for Achieving Common Core State Standards 

Quality Teaching, All Grades

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room 300 C&D

Presenter: Dan St. Romain

 

The key to effective teaching today is understanding the student brain and becoming masterful at teaching to its natural learning system. Common Core Standards will only be achieved when teachers better understand how students actually learn and make connections from concept to application. This presentation will provide educators with a toolkit of proven brain-based teaching and learning techniques, and the why behind them, in order to generate a dramatic shift from current standards to Common Core State Standards.

 

Dan St. Romain has served as a senior instructor for Quantum Learning for over 10 years. In this role he provides professional development to schools and school districts around the country and presents at state and national conferences sharing dynamic solutions to instructional and classroom management challenges as well as providing leading-edge, research-based tools and strategies for increasing student achievement. Dan has a Master of Education and has worked in both private residential and public school settings in Texas.   


 

Tips and Shortcuts for Elementary Educators

Classroom Management, Elementary

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room 300 A&B (Repeated)

Presenter: Sheryl DeGering

 

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.

 

Sheryl DeGering has been involved with the public school system in a variety of capacities for 27 years.  In 2005 she became a fourth grade teacher at South Summit Elementary School in Kamas, UT.  


 

Mastering Elementary Classroom Management Skills through the “Behavior Curriculum”

Classroom Management, Elementary

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room 200 C&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 29 years, the past 19 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. 


 

Create the Future with Free Technology Resources

Technology, All Grades

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room 200 A&B

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.


Special Afternoon Sessions


Working with Other Groups and the Benefits it Provides
All Attendees
1:45 – 2 p.m., Room 400
Presenter:
Kory Holdaway

Learn about political and policy collaboration that is occurring with UEA and other organizations from across the state. How will this work benefit the communities and educational settings for the citizens of the state? What can you do to enhance the collaboration that is occurring?


Exhibit Hall Stage Workshops


 

The Magic in Learning  
All Attendees
Noon – 12:45 p.m., Integra Telecom Stage
Presenter:  Mike Hamilton

Join educational presenter and professional magician Mike Hamilton as he stretches the realm of your imagination and experience for yourself the Magic in Learning.TM 

Mike Hamilton, a Utah-based magician and educational presenter, created the Magic in Learning Foundation and performs for over 75,000 students annually with his "Magic with a Message" shows. He has won numerous awards for his magic, including Utah's Best of State. His “Magic With A Message,” presentation amazes, educates and inspires kids to read.


 Planning, Preparing and Paying for College
All Attendees
Noon – 12:45 p.m., Rebate State Stage
Presenter:  Michelle Riddle

It's never too early to prepare for college. Learn how to save money for college, how to search and apply for scholarships (even as early as kindergarten!) and about the different types of financial aid available.

 

Michelle Riddle is a community outreach specialist for UHEAA, and has been with the agency for over 20 years. Previous to joining the outreach team, she was the lender relations and student loan services coordinator. She is currently working on her bachelor’s in psychology at the University of Utah. aaaa



Tinkering With the Scientific Process
All Attendees
1-1:45 p.m., Integra Telecom Stage
Presenter: Thanksgiving Point
 

Join us as we have fun tinkering with everyday objects and explore how to assess understanding while engaged in inquiry-learning.


36 Games for 36 Dice

Math, Elementary

1 – 1:45 p.m., Rebate State Stage

Presenter:  Allison Riddle

 

Finally, a workshop offering a variety of interactive games using those basic six-sided dice most schools have in great supply. Games will involve basic operations, place value, graphing and logical reasoning. All strategies encourage students to communicate, reason, use flexibility in operations and record their work. Alignment to Utah Core Standards, student examples and game boards will be shared.

 

Allison Riddle has been an elementary educator and UEA member for over 26 years.  She currently teaches fifth grade at Foxboro Elementary where she is also a Davis School District mentor.  Allison was awarded the CARE Award in May 2013, and she is the Davis School District 2014 Teacher of the Year.  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).


 

Quick Tips for Classroom Success: Resources to Help You Thrive!

Classroom Management, All Grades

2 – 2:45 p.m., Rebate State Stage

Presenter: Antonio Galindo

 

Join us for an interactive demo from NEA Member Benefits to learn how you can access tons of free online resources and lesson plans to help you in the classroom.

 

Antonio Galindo is the Affiliate Relations specialist with NEA Member Benefits servicing Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and now the great state of Utah.  Prior to joining the NEA Member Benefits family, he worked as an organizer with the Texas State Teachers Association in the Houston & El Paso areas. Antonio’s professional focus is organizing and building a better association with an emphasis on helping members find their personal power by using NEA Member Benefits to find their voice and become stronger advocates for their colleagues and students.   


Scales & Tails Teaser Reptile Show

All Attendees

3 – 3:45 p.m., Integra Telecom Stage

Presenter:  Scales and Tails of Utah

 

Come make friends with some amazing creatures that you might have been afraid of before today!

 

Scales and Tails of Utah offers entertaining, educational, and interactive reptile and bird shows to cities all over Utah they hold monthly workshops for kids that focus on a specific topics such as, “venom night,” “pythons,” “urban animals” and other topics that can be found on their webpage at http://www.scalesandtailsutah.com .


  

Signing in School – Simple Signs that Will Transform Your Classroom

Quality Teaching, Grades K-3

3 – 3:45 p.m., Rebate State Stage

Presenter:  Leslie Briggs

 

The “Signing in School” workshop is for those who interact with children in any educational setting (teachers, pre-school workers, elementary education students, etc.) but focuses primarily on pre K-2 teachers. This fun, interactive course will provide practical information on using select ASL (American Sign Language) signs to enhance any curriculum and provide a unique and effective way to manage student behavior, teach literacy and math skills, make the classroom more interactive, smooth transition times, aid special needs and inclusion programs, check student comprehension, and help students excel in countless ways. Participants will be taught numerous cross-curricular, easily adaptable activities, and will receive teacher tips and lesson plans that can be used in any classroom setting.

 

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”. She taught first grade last year and currently teaches second grade and summer courses through Utah State University. She also presents workshops and classes throughout northern Utah and southern Idaho.


Spin, Pop, Boom!

All Attendees

4 – 4:45 p.m., Integra Telecom Stage

Presenter:  Mad Science of Greater Salt Lake

 

The audience will be amazed when the Mad Scientist is able to defy gravity in this energetic and spectacular special event. Steaming chemical reactions will introduce children to a world of exciting chemistry.

 

Mad Science of Greater Salt Lake is a leading science enrichment provider delivering unique, hands-on science experiences for children that are as entertaining as they are educational.  Their innovative programs help kids learn about science through fun after-school and preschool programs, birthday parties, and other special events.  Check out their webpage at greatersaltlake.madsicence.org for more information.


  

 

Apps with an Impact

Reading and Math, Elementary

4 – 4:45 p.m., Rebate State Stage

Presenter:  Beverly Miner

 

As a reading expert and teacher for 30 years, I will share the success I have had with apps in the classroom and school. Apps have had a real impact on reading test scores. I started with just one iPad, then I had five I used every minute of my day. Now we have over 100 at my school.

 

Beverly Miner is the vice-president of Bugbrained, LLC and app developer. She is celebrating her 31st year in education as a literacy specialist at Vineyard Elementary, Alpine School District. She received her Master of Education at Utah State University and her Bachelor of Science in elementary education at Brigham Young University. She has endorsements in reading, English, gifted and talented, and journalism.  Bev has taught in all grades K-8, but especially enjoys teaching young children to read, coaching teachers and working with struggling readers.