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2014 UEA Convention & Education Exposition

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Workshop Descriptions

Professional development opportunities at the UEA Convention include breakout training sessions on Thursday and Friday mornings 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 is focused on veteran teachers and Friday's on educators new to the profession and education students. To earn re-licensure points, complete the License Renewal Credit Form (PDF).

Thursday, October 16

Session 1: 8-9:15 a.m.

Change the Brain, Free the Mind
Quality Teaching, Secondary
8 – 9:15 a.m., Room 400
Presenter: Christelle Estrada, Ph.D.

This interactive, high participation session will focus on concrete ways to develop empathy through perspective-taking, self-regulated learning and elements of Stanford's Design Thinking process. Engage in human-centered collaboration that increases cognitive rigor required by the Utah Core Content Literacy Standards while making the brain happy!

Dr. Christelle Estrada 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 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. 


Dyslexia and Morphologically-Complex Words: Differentiated Instruction for All Learners
Reading, Grades 5-12
8 – 9:15 a.m., Room 300 C&D
Presenter: Elaine Cheesman, Ph.D.

This presentation will examine the primary causes and secondary consequences of dyslexia and how these factors affect academic success. Participants will learn reliable strategies to help students read, spell and understand the meaning of morphologically-complex words. Attendees will be provided with differentiated instruction for typically-developing students, with an emphasis on multisensory techniques for those who require strategic (Tier II) and intensive (Tier III) level instruction.

Dr. Elaine Cheesman is an associate professor at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. The reading courses she developed are among the nine university teacher preparation programs officially recognized by the International Dyslexia Association for meeting the Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading (IDA, 2010).



Creative iPad Projects
Technology, Elementary
8 – 9:15 a.m., Room 300 A&B
Presenter: Mary Peterson

The presenter will share the most effective apps and innovative ideas for using iPads to create a variety of engaging projects across the curriculum. Discover dynamic ways to get students thinking at cognitively complex, highly engaged levels and strengthen technology skills for 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.


Signing in School: Simple Signs That Will Transform Your Classroom 
Quality Teaching, Grades K-3
8 – 9:15 a.m., Room 200 C&D
Presenter: Leslie P. Briggs

This workshop is designed to teach K-3 teachers how to use simple American Sign Language signs to manage the classroom, teach literacy and math skills, check student comprehension, aid special needs programs and enhance the classroom in countless ways. The participants will be shown how and why signing is such an effective educational tool and will be taught numerous songs, games, finger plays, activities, etc. which can be easily incorporated into any curriculum. 

Leslie P. Briggs holds two degrees, one in Elementary Education and the other in Educational Interpreting (ASL).  Leslie is currently teaching second grade at Pioneer Elementary School and has taught middle school and first grade. She has also taught sign language at every level from infant sign language classes to "Signing in School" courses at Utah State University.


What is Being Taught? Supporting Good Teaching with Vetted Content

Quality Teaching, All Grades
8 – 9:15 a.m., Room 200 A&B
Presenter: Alan Griffin

This session presents an exploration of tools and strategies used to examine and evaluate content for instruction. Participants will be introduced to numerous sources that review and rate curriculum. Emphasis will be placed on appropriate criteria used to evaluate instructional materials.  Participants will leave with lists of high quality instructional resources and tools for evaluating 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 38 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 as president of the State Instructional Materials Review Association (SIMRA) and has presented at several national conferences.


Session 2: 10:45 a.m.-Noon

da Vinci’s Diary: Seven Ways to Enhance Creativity, Inventiveness and Problem Solving with Students
Quality Teaching, All Grades
10:45 a.m. – noon, Room 400
Presenter: Prent Klag, Ph.D. 

Leonardo da Vinci stands out as probably the world’s greatest genius. His accomplishments cross disciplines and have paved the way for many modern innovations. Leonardo demonstrated seven principles that can contribute to the development of greater thinking skills and creativity. Over time, teachers who promote and utilize the development of these seven da Vincian principles can help their students sharpen their senses, enliven their sense of wonder, kindle creative ability, excite their imagination, activate talents and skills, challenge thinking and vitalize learning. This fast-paced, interactive session will provide teachers with ideas, activities and resources that can assist them in implementing the da Vincian principles in their classroom.

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.


What Do Evaluators Think “Effective Teaching” Looks Like?
Quality Teaching, All Grades
10:45 a.m. – noon, Room 300 C&D 
Presenter: Todd Billings 

This session creates a vision of effective teaching that is calibrated with evaluators across Utah through the use of video clips, classroom scenarios and lesson plans. Learn what your district evaluator will be looking for based on the Utah Effective Teaching Standards. All teachers involved in the new educator evaluation process can benefit from the same training evaluators have received.

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 current president of Learning Forward Utah.


Six Technology Tools Every Teacher Should be Using
Technology, All Grades
10:45 a.m. – noon, Room 300 A&B
Presenter: J. Derek Larson
Note: This session has been cancelled -- "Best Practices to Increase Comprehension Skills" will be in it's place.

This session will cover five main technology areas: storage solutions, password management, bookmarking, information gathering and information sharing. Each of the five areas will include multiple options to help allow for flexibility of choice and availability of assortment. The different areas contain multiple tools, including; online flash drives, applications to help you remember your different passwords, the ability to save your Internet bookmarks to multiple web browsers and computers, sharing your bookmarks with others, RSS feeds, blogs, wikis, Twitter, and URL shorteners. Each of these areas contain both free and paid versions of tools allowing everyone the opportunity to use the products regardless of funding and finances.

J. Derek Larson currently serves as a member of the UCET Board and the SUECON Committee. He has taught 4th grade at Little Valley Elementary for 6 years and has an M.Ed. with an emphasis in technology. Presentation and workshop notes can be found at www.EdTechBabble.net/p/conferences.html.

Best Practices to Increase Comprehension Skills
Reading, Elementary
10:45 a.m. – noon, Room 300 A&B
Presenter: Mary Peterson

Come explore the newest, most explicit close reading strategies to greatly enhance comprehension skills. Several engaging narrative and information books with accompanying comprehension lessons based on the Utah Core Reading Standards will be shared. You will gain a wealth of ideas to help your students become motivated, independent and strategic readers.

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.


FOSStering the Third- thru Fifth-Grade Grade Utah Core through Science 
Science, Grades 3-5
10:45 a.m. – noon, Room 200 C&D
Presenter: Maggie Ostler

Join us to explore how linking literacy and active science can extend student learning and maximize teaching time through the Full Option Science System (FOSS). This workshop is designed to provide direct experience in science investigations 3-5 while building literacy skills in speaking, listening, expository writing with science notebooks and reading with informational texts.

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).


Using Multimedia in Secondary Math Instruction
Math, Secondary
10:45 a.m. – noon, Room 200 A&B
Presenter: Katie Garrett

UEN has partnered with organizations to bring you multimedia resources that engage a variety of learning styles and help close proficiency gaps. We'll offer hands-on training to help you discover these resources. In this session we'll focus on secondary math resources from NROC Math and PBS LearningMedia.

Katie Garrett is a Digital Media Specialist at the Utah Education Network. Katie graduated from Utah State University where she also worked in video production and developed open educational resources.


Session 3: 1-2:15 p.m.

Prime-Time Design: Using Brain Research to Maximize Student Learning 
Quality Teaching, All Grades
12:30 – 1:45 p.m., Room 400
Presenter: Suzanne Cottrell

This interactive session is designed to help educators use recent brain research to increase student understanding and long-term retention. We will learn about how to help students move information and skills from short-term memory to working memory and ultimately to long-term memory. A few changes to how we plan, facilitate, and assess learning will reap long-term benefits for all students.

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..


Working with Difficult Students and Gaining Parent Support
Classroom Management, All Grades
12:30 – 1:45 p.m., Room 300 A&B
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. The session will discuss specific techniques to de-escalate disruptive behavior, keep students focused on learning, and develop mutual respect. Teachers will learn how to develop positive relationships with parents, especially parents of difficult students.  The session is for both new teachers and teachers that want to learn additional strategies and hone their already successful management and communication skills. 

Dr. Kerrie Naylor 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.


Best Practices to Increase Comprehension Skills
Note: This session has been moved to 10:45 a.m. - Noon in Room 300 A&B
 Reading, Elementary
12:30 – 1:45 p.m., Room 300 A&B
Presenter: Mary Peterson

Come explore the newest, most explicit close reading strategies to greatly enhance comprehension skills. Several engaging narrative and information books with accompanying comprehension lessons based on the Utah Core Reading Standards will be shared. You will gain a wealth of ideas to help your students become motivated, independent and strategic readers.

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.

Special Event: Education Panel Discussion
Sponsored by Prosperity 2020

All Attendees
2 – 3:30 p.m., Room 300 C&D
Moderator:  Nadine Wimmer.  Panelists: Lily Eskelsen García, Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, Wayne L. Niederhaser, Tami Pyfer and Kristi Swett

Hear how federal, state and local education policies impact classrooms and student learning from a panel of distinguished education leaders. Engage in a lively discussion with education leaders about some of the most important education issues of the day. The discussion will be of particular interest to legislators, superintendents, school board members, business leaders, educators and parents. The event is open to everyone.

Moderator:  
  • Nadine Wimmer, is an Emmy award-winning reporter and KSL News anchor.  She earned her Master's degree in political communication and bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Utah. She attended a fellows program on education and journalism through the University of Washington. Nadine has received various awards from Utah Broadcasters Association and Society of Professional Journalists. She serves on the Governor's Literacy Commission and on boards at the University of Utah
Panelists:
  • Ruthanne Buck currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Secretary, United States Department of Education.  She began her career at the Democratic National Committee working to involve women and the GLBT community in national politics and went on to manage campaign strategy for numerous Democratic candidates. As Associate Director of the American Federation of Teachers, she directed national political mobilization operations for one of the nation’s largest unions and its local affiliates in 33 states and territories. Ruthanne was educated at Smith College in Northampton, MA.
  • Wayne L Niederhauser represents Senate District 9 in the Utah Senate and elected Senate President in November of 2012.  In 2014, he served on the Senate Education Committee, the Executive Appropriations Committee, the Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee and the Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Committee. Senator Niederhauser is a Certified Public Accountant with bachelors and masters degrees in accounting from Utah State University.  He is a real estate developer, and worked as an Adjunct Professor at Westminster College.  Senator Niederhauser is the Utah State Leader of the American Legislative Exchange (ALEC). 
  • Tami Pyfer was appointed by Governor Herbert as his Education Advisor in January of 2014 after serving four years on the Utah State Board of Education and Chair since December 2013.  For ten years, Tami worked in the College of Education at Utah State University as a Clinical Instructor in the Special Education Department. In addition to her university duties, Tami worked as a faculty trainer for the IRIS Project through Claremont College and Vanderbilt University. Tami earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Special Education at Utah State University. She is currently adjunct faculty in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation.
  • Kristi Swett, is currently the president-elect for Utah School Boards Association and is president of her local school board, for the past 5½ years. She has served at the local, district, region, and state levels with the PTA; on SLCSD committees and school community councils; and with numerous community-based programs and volunteer organizations.   Kristi is also a member of several boards, including the Salt Lake County Recreation Board, Bennion Center Advisory Board, USBA Board of Directors, and the governing board of Salt Lake School of Performing Arts, a  district charter school. 
  • Lily Eskelsen García is the newly elected president of the National Education Association.
  • Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh is currently president of the Utah Education Association. 


Exhibit Hall Workshops: Noon-5 p.m.

I Don’t Have to Work Forever, Do I?
Teacher Resource, All Grades
Noon – 12:45 p.m., Equity Real Estate Classroom
Presenter: Megan Palazzo and Brian Stoker

Description: Come learn how Social Security, district early retirement packages, and personal pensions work together during retirement.  The course will teach how and when to draw each benefit to get the greatest retirement income.  The goal of this session is to teach participants that these three benefits are part of retirement compensation and how to maximize these benefits at retirement.

Megan Palazzo is an NEA Member Benefits provider.   In 2010, she opened Black Ridge Wealth Management with five other partners.  Earlier she worked at Fidelity Investments helping educators administer pension, 403b, and 457 plan savings.  Megan specializes in comprehensive financial strategies, reviewing benefits from pension plans to social security and helping clients utilize their assets to build a strong financial future.  Megan graduated from Westminster college with a degree in accounting and minor in biology.

Brian Stoker is one of the five founding partners at Black Ridge Wealth Management.  He understands the needs of education employees, having worked with multiple school districts and education associations. He focuses on helping individuals understand and take advantage of all their retirement benefits from the beginning of their careers until the end, where pension, 401(k), and Social Security planning play a major role. Brian graduated from Utah State University with a double major in accounting and finance.


The Magic of Reading  
All Attendees/Kids
1 – 1:45 p.m., Main Stage
Presenter: Magic Mike Hamilton

Join educational presenter and professional magician Mike Hamilton as he stretches the realms of your imagination and experience for yourself the Magic of Reading.

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


Dyslexia 101: The Basics of Dyslexia
Reading, All Grades
1 – 1:45 p.m., Equity Real Estate Classroom
Presenters: Phoebe Beacham, Jenny Snedaker and Karee Atkinson

This workshop will focus on the "Basics of Dyslexia." Participants will learn the warnings signs – what to look for if they suspect their student or child has dyslexia and what research-based best practices there are for intervention. Handouts from the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) will be given along with valuable resources.

Phoebe Beacham runs social media for Decoding Dyslexia Utah and regional outreach. She has a bachelor’s in business administration. Her husband and some of her children are dyslexic and she tutors her children in reading using the Orton Gillingham method.

Jenny Snedaker is a certified dyslexia screener/tutor and owner of Salt Lake Dyslexia Resource. She has a bachelor’s in teacher education from Adams State College and attended Ricks College. 

Karee Atkinson, M.S, is Legislative VP and founding member of Decoding Dyselixa Utah and a parent advocate. She was a trainer for the Utah Department of Health, an Adjunct Professor at Salt Lake Community College and a founding member Decoding Dyselixa.  She is the dyslexic parent of a dyslexic child.


Fire and Ice
Science, All Attendees/Kids
2:00 – 2:45 p.m., Main Stage
Presenter:  Mad Science of Greater Salt Lake

Children will be dazzled and entertained as they interact with our Mad Scientists!  Foggy dry-ice storms, giant beach balls floating in the air and even a special Mad Science “burp” potion will amaze children as they learn about chemical reactions, air pressure and the states of matter.

Mad Science 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.


Power of Play
Quality Teaching, Elementary
2 – 2:45 p.m., Equity Real Estate Classroom
Presenters: Chris Conard and Allie Teller
  
Join Playworks in learning how play can be used to support all types of learning in your classroom.  Playworks' evidence-based model fosters a positive school climate where students feel socially, emotionally and physically safe – empowering them to achieve academically and feel connected to their school.  Tools and resources for implementing healthy play, physical activity, and creating an inclusive and respectful environment will be provided.

Chris Conard’s journey with the national non-profit, Playworks, has taken him from the playgrounds of Oakland to guiding national expansion efforts. In 2011 he launched the movement for play and recess in schools along the Wasatch Front as Executive Director of Playworks Utah. Chris was named to the "Enlightened 50" by the Community Foundation of Utah in 2014 for his innovative, collaboration and commitment to the common good. 

Allie Teller serves as the Program Director of Playworks Utah and has been with the organization for three years.  She comes from a background in human development and received her master's degree in educational psychology from the University of Utah in 2011.  She is passionate about educating the whole child and ensuring that every child is developing 21st century skills necessary to succeed post-graduation!


Preschool Pioneer Tips & Tricks
All Attendees/Kids
3 – 3:45 p.m., Main Stage
Presenter:  Utah Education Network (UEN) 

Learn some great tips and tricks that will help young children and their caretakers make accessing, using and growing with Preschool Pioneer easy and fun!

Utah Education Network (UEN):  UEN connects all Utah school districts, schools and higher education institutions to a robust network and quality educational resources. UEN is one of the nation's premier education networks.


Tips to Keep You Talking: Maintaining a Healthy Teaching Voice
Educator Resources, All Grades
3 – 3:45 p.m., Equity Real Estate Classroom
Presenter: Lynn Maxfield, Ph.D.

It has been reported that as many as 50% of teachers have experienced voice problems at some point in their careers. The heavy voice use required by teachers combined with environmental concerns, such as noise level and poor classroom acoustics, poses significant voice hazards. The University of Utah and the National Center for Voice and Speech have spent nearly two decades investigating the causes of voice disorders among teachers and identifying strategies for maintaining healthy voices in less than ideal speaking environments. This session will share tools for mitigating the effect that voice problems can have on effective teaching, tips for avoiding voice problems altogether and symptoms that may indicate a more serious voice problem requiring a professional consultation. Attendees will be able to identify when they are beginning to experience a voice problem, which behaviors are likely contributing to that problem and how to rectify when identified.

Dr. Lynn Maxfield is Associate Director of the National Center for Voice and Speech at the University of Utah.  The center is a multi-site research and teaching organization dedicated to studying the characteristics, limitations, and enhancements of human voice and speech.


Fraction Action!
Math, Grades 4-6
4 – 4:45 p.m., Equity Real Estate Classroom 
Presenter: Allison Riddle

Get those fractions moving in your class! This strategy-based workshop focuses on card, dice and domino games that help learners apply and extend concepts of fractions in grades 4-6. Participants will experience the power of games used as assessment tasks for mastery of standards in the Common Core. Game boards and student examples will be shared.

Allison Riddle is currently the 2014 Utah Teacher of the Year and one of the five finalists for the 2015 NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence. Allison 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).

Session 1: 8-9:15 a.m.

Smart Differentiation = Best Tool for Classroom Management 
Classroom Management, All Grades
8 – 9:15 a.m., Room 400
Presenter: Kalina A. Potts

Learn why and how to differentiate instruction based on readiness, ability, student profiles and more. Understand the basic definition and structure of differentiation and discover best practices. Handouts will be provided.

Kalina Potts is currently a Title I instructional Coach for Granger Elementary in Granite School District. She has taught 4, 5, and 6th grade. For the past four years Kalina has worked at USOE as a Math Core facilitator, collaborating with teachers across the state.


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

Educator Resources, All Grades
8 – 9:15 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 a Sixth Grade teacher at Holt Elementary in the Davis School District.  She is the former director of the Northern Utah UniServ where she got to work with the talented Association members in Box Elder, Cache, Logan and Rich. While a UniServ Director, she provided training on passing the Praxis, professionalism and the evaluation system.


Keeping the Magic in Elementary Classroom Management
Presenter:  Kris Miller
Classroom Management, Elementary
8 – 9:15 a.m., Room 300 A&B
Presenter: Kris Miller

Keep the magic and excitement in your classroom all year with a three tier management plan that includes engagement strategies, classroom organization, and tips and techniques for handling tough behavior.

Kris Miller currently teaches first grade at Birch Creek Elementary in Smithfield and is a Classroom Management professor at Utah State University. She has over twenty years of teaching experience in elementary classrooms in Cache and Jordan Districts.


Multimedia Projects with iPads
Technology, All Grades
8 – 9:15 a.m., Room 200 C&D
Presenter:  Tim Stack

The iPad’s powerful collection of multimedia tools provides new and innovative ways for students to demonstrate learning through creative and motivating projects. This session is designed to help educators effectively integrate this technology into a project-based educational framework. Participants will learn to plan, teach, manage and evaluate a variety of student created multimedia projects tied to the core curriculum. Additional topics include finding free educational resources from uen.org/apps4deu, eMedia, Pioneer Library and iTunes U.

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.


I Can Do It: Classroom Management for Secondary Educators 
Classroom Management, Secondary
8 – 9:15 a.m., Room 200 A&B
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. 


Session 2: 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Smart Differentiation = Best Tool for Classroom Management (Repeated)
Classroom Management, All Grades
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room 400
Presenter: Kalina A. Potts

Learn why and how to differentiate instruction based on readiness, ability, student profiles and more. Understand the basic definition and structure of differentiation and discover best practices. Handouts will be provided.

Kalina Potts is currently a Title I instructional Coach for Granger Elementary in Granite School District. She has taught 4, 5, and 6th grade. For the past four years Kalina has worked at USOE as a Math Core facilitator, collaborating with teachers across the state.


Putting Joy Back into Teaching – While Increasing Learning  
Quality Teaching, All Grades
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room 300 C&D
Presenter: Ted Murcray, Ph.D.

By focusing on some critical research-based strategies, we can measurably increase student engagement and learning, decrease classroom management issues and create a positive, even joyful, learning environment. This session will demonstrate that joy and learning are not mutually exclusive.  Attendees will take away seven powerful “how to’s” for increasing learning while dramatically improving classroom culture and morale. 

Dr. Ted Murcray is currently the residing Principal at I.T. Creswell Arts Magnet Middle School and taught for many years in California and Tennessee. He received his Doctorate of Education at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University in 2011. Dr. Murcray shares proven brain-based strategies that engage students and generate positive improvement in learning strategies with teachers across the nation in  education conferences through his work with Quantum Learning.


Ethics and Professionalism: How to Demonstrate Both (and stay out of trouble)
Educator Resources, All Grades
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room 300 A&B
Presenter:  Tracey Watson, Heidi Alder and Dr. Valerie Hale

This session will deal with the ten most common mistakes teachers make that get them into trouble, how you can avoid these pitfalls and grow your professionalism instead.

Tracey Watson is the Director of Legal Services and General Counsel for the Utah Education Association.
Heidi Alder of Educational Ethics, LLC
Dr. Valerie Hale of Educational Ethics, LLC.


Smart Tips, Classroom Resources and Lesson Plans
Educator Resources, All Grades
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room 200 C&D
Presenter: Barbara Hopkins and Adrienne Henderson-Cole

You'll learn how to connect with other educators, access thousands of lessons and resources to enhance lesson plans, share ideas, collaborate on professional issues and more. NEA's GPSNetwork.org will get you connected.

Barbara Hopkins, Ph.D. is currently the Senior Program Specialist at the NEA Center for Great Public Schools. A former Nebraska Teacher of the Year, Barbara brings a wealth of experience as an educator, school administrator and partnership director to her work at NEA.

Adrienne Henderson-Cole is currently an NEA GPS Network facilitator and Arizona teacher. 


Special Education Students in the Regular Education Classroom – Elementary and Secondary
Special Education and Inclusion/All Grades
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room 200 A&B
Presenters:  Mike McDonough, Becky Carson and Nikki Peterson

The special education teachers in your building can be a big help with your most difficult students. Veteran Special Education teachers offer regular education teachers suggestions for navigating the referral process, understanding what or how to implement accommodations and get help for special needs students, mild to severe and those on the Autism spectrum (including "twice exceptional" students). In addition, an Advocacy Specialist will share tips on legal issues and considerations surrounding inclusion in the regular education classroom.


Special Afternoon Session

What I Wish I Had Known! Tips for Surviving and Thriving in Your Early Years of Teaching
Education Students and Early-Career Teachers
1 – 3 p.m., Room 300 C&D
Moderator: Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh  
Panelists: Sara Brough, David Hausser, Mindy Layton, Elliot Lof, Denise Ulrich and Nicholas Wightman

In this interactive Q&A discussion, newer elementary and secondary educators will share their best advice and tips for getting your career off to the right start.

  • Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh is the current president of the Utah Education Association 
  • Brian Baldwin teaches Social Studies at Vernal Junior High School.
  • Sara Brough teachers American Sign Language at Springville High School.
  • Mindy Layton teaches fourth grade at Woodrow Wilson Elementary in Salt Lake City.
  • Elliot Lof is a first year teacher at M Lynn Bennion and I just finished his degree in Elementary Education with an ESL endorsement at USU in May.
  • Denise Ulrich  is currently in her 11th  year of  public education and her 8th year teaching in a second grade classroom.  During her career as an educator she has also served in variety of professional roles outside the classroom. This includes her career long membership of DEA, UEA, and NEA,  a 3 year service as a reading specialist and instructional coach in her district,  recent member of the Educational Excellence Task force in 2013, acting representative for Davis Education Association for her home school, and currently serving as a State Coach for the Teacher Leadership Initiative program sponsored by NEA, CTQ and The National Board.


Session 3: 1-2:15 p.m.

Turning Me into We – Cooperative Learning in Action
Quality Teaching, All Grades
1 – 2:15 p.m., Room 300 A&B
Presenter: Neal Peacock

Cooperative learning uses small-group learning to empower teachers and their students.  It will help all students on all levels and can also help add excitement to a teacher's classroom. The philosophy of cooperative learning, group techniques, and hands-on activities will all be part of this fun workshop.

Neal Peacock is a certified Cooperative Learning Instructor and has been a classroom teacher in the Emery School District for 31 years.  He teaches debate, history, and theater and has directed 170 plays.   Neal has served as the Mayor of Castle Dale, Utah for 12 years and was recently named a Teacher of the Year by the Utah Rural Schools Association.  Recently he has started his own consulting and training business, Peacock Training LLC.


How to Have an Awesome Elementary Physical Education Program

Physical Education, Elementary
1 – 2:15 p.m., Room 200 C&D
Presenter: Bruce Brinkman

Most pre-service teachers have very little training for their Physical Education (P.E.) program. For many students, especially kinesthetic learners, P.E. is the highlight of their week. This session will help classroom teachers set up a P.E. program that students will love.  This session will feature hands on fun, active and inclusive activities that you can go back and use on Monday morning. There will be introduction games, cooperative games, skills and fun movement activities. We will also discuss P.E. classroom management tips and the unique pedagogy of physical education. If you are new to teaching or returning to education then you will not want to miss this.

Bruce Brinkman is currently working for Salt Lake City School District as a K-12 Health and Physical Education District Specialist. He taught 28 years in Jordan School District, 10 as a classroom teacher (1st, 2nd, and 4th) and 18 years as a P.E. Specialist. He retired in 2012 from Jordan School District and then as a Physical Education Specialist at Providence Hall IB Charter School. He was the Utah Elementary Physical Education Specialist of the Year in 2006 and 2008.


Let’s Get it Write! Strategies for Handwriting Success
Writing, Elementary
1 – 2:15 p.m., Room 200 A&B
Presenter:  Cindy Brill

Handwriting fluency is an essential component of early learning and communication. This interactive session provides methods and activities to teach the foundation skills of handwritten communication that are automatic, fluent, and effective for grades K-3. It demonstrates cost-effective teaching strategies to provide students with tools for creative expression through increased legibility. Educators will acquire engaging strategies to develop pencil grip, letter/number formations, letter sizing, spacing and sentence skills. Attendees will be able to implement evidenced-based activities that address students with diverse abilities and learning styles using whole classroom instruction and familiar classroom materials. The presenter will use graphics, samples of children’s classroom work, music, movement, manipulatives and hands-on activities.

Cindy Brill, COTA/L is the owner of Handwriting Made Fun, LLC, providing handwriting readiness and remediation for children ages 4-12. She is a representative for Handwriting Without Tears® and presents at national, state and local educational conferences to share her expertise in writing readiness, early literacy and math, penmanship instruction, and remediation. Cindy received her Associate of Science, occupational therapy assistant degree from Tulsa Junior College in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Exhibit Hall Workshops: Noon-5 p.m.

The Importance of Play
All Attendees/Kids
Noon – 12:45 p.m. Main Stage
Presenter: Thanksgiving Point

The Importance of Play: "Learning in context" is real learning, and play is the best teacher." Explore how applying hallmarks of play to your teaching can increase student engagement, ignite inquiry, and support students in developing deep understandings. Come prepared to play, share and learn!



Pass It On, It’s Not a Secret: NEA Member Benefits  
Educator Resources, All Grades
Noon – 12:45 p.m., Equity Real Estate Classroom
Presenter: Antonio Galindo

Want to learn how UEA Member Benefits can keep money in your pockets while also helping your family? This workshop will share best practices on how to make the most of your Association membership. 
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.

Spin, Pop, Boom

Science, All Attendees/Kids
1 – 1:45 p.m., Main 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. Didgeridoo tubes, foaming hands and steaming chemical reactions will introduce children to a world of exciting chemistry.

Mad Science 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.


Double Dare You!
Reading, All Grades
1 – 1:45 p.m., Equity Real Estate Classroom
Presenter: Allison Riddle

Easily experience the Common Core Standards of Practice using double dice! These dice are highly engaging and easily used in Math Tasks. Come experience games that will encourage students to analyze their own mathematical reasoning as well as the thinking of other students. Game boards and connections to Common Core Standards will be shared.

Allison Riddle is currently the 2014 Utah Teacher of the Year and one of the five finalists for 2015 NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence. Allison 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).


Preschool Pioneer Tips & Tricks
All Attendees/Kids
2 – 2:45 p.m., Main Stage
Presenter:  Utah Education Network (UEN) 

Learn some great tips and tricks that will help young children and their caretakers make accessing, using and growing with Preschool Pioneer easy and fun!

Utah Education Network: UEN connects all Utah school districts, schools, and higher education institutions to a robust network and quality educational resources. UEN is one of the nation's premier education networks.


Spectacular Books to Make and Take
Writing, Elementary
2 – 2:45 p.m., Equity Real Estate Classroom
Presenter: Mary Peterson
  
Join Playworks in learning how play can be used to support all types of learning in your classroom.  Playworks' evidence-based model 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.


The Magic of Reading  
All Attendees/Kids
3 – 3:45 p.m., Main Stage
Presenter: Magic Mike Hamilton

Join educational presenter and professional magician Mike Hamilton as he stretches the realms of your imagination and experience for yourself the Magic of Reading.

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.


Top Ten Strategies for Student Engagement
Classroom Management, All Grades
3 – 3:45 p.m., Equity Real Estate Classroom
Presenter: Erica Hammon

Want quick and effective teaching tools to enhance every minute in the classroom?  Look no further!  Apply these strategies and discover how to make the most of your time with your students. For all teachers in the trenches, this session gets students working independently, responding quickly and totally engaged in learning. All students need to know the three L’s of education: Look, Listen and Learn!  Practice these strategies and find yourself climbing higher toward educational success!

Erica Hammon started out as a paraprofessional and has worked in many different classroom settings with numerous diverse students. She now teaches full time with a goal to inspire students of all ages to overcome their road blocks and be successful in life.  She is also the author of the book Top Ten Strategies for Student Engagement. (AuthorHouse).