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2015 UEA Convention & Education Exposition

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Workshop and Panel Descriptions - Friday

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).

Friday, October 16


Session 1: 8:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Classroom Management for Elementary Educators (Repeated)
Classroom Management, Elementary
8-9:15 a.m., Room 400
Presenter: Kris Miller
Handouts

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 is a classroom management professor at Utah State University and is currently teaching first grade at Birch Creek Elementary in Smithfield, Utah. She also has over 20 years of teaching experience in elementary classrooms in Cache County and Jordan School Districts.


Prime-Time Design: Using Brain Research to Maximize Student Learning 
Quality Teaching, All Grades
8-9:15 a.m., Room 300 C&D
Presenter: Suzanne Cottrell
Handouts

This interactive session is designed to help educators use recent brain research to increase student understanding and long-term retention. We will learn 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 an assessment supervisor for the Davis School District and veteran educator for more than 20 years in the Davis School District. She is a master of classroom management skills.


Making PRAXIS a Picnic: Strategies for Preparing to Pass the PRAXIS
Educator Resources, All Grades
8-9:15 a.m., Room 300 A&B
Presenter: Bryan McClellan
Study Guide
Handouts

In order to obtain a Level II license and demonstrate “highly qualified” status, educators must take and pass the PRAXIS exams. This session will cover the “Principles of Learning and Teaching” (PLT) exam. Come prepared to learn some helpful information to make passing the PRAXIS PLT a picnic.

Bryan McClellan is currently a mentor supervisor and instructional specialist in Granite School District where he previously taught junior and high school social studies. He is entering his 11th year in education and has been mentoring and working with new teachers for eight years.


Teaching and Learning with iPads
Technology, All Grades
8-9:15 a.m., Room 200 C&D
Presenter: Michael Hakkarinen 

In the last five years the iPad has become a staple for the digitally connected educator. iPads allow teachers to present dynamic lessons, create digital activities, grade student work and even manage classroom behavior. Students can also maximize their learning with iPads by accessing Learning Management Systems, Cloud Tools, creating multi-media projects and more. In this session you will learn how to make the most of the iPads in your classroom by exploring dozens of free apps and web resources.

Michael Hakkarinen is a UEN instructor specializing in helping teachers engage students in the classroom with technology such as Mac Tools, Google Apps for Educators, iPads and more. He earned a bachelor’s in English from the University of Maryland at College Park and a master’s in elementary education at Mount Saint Mary’s University, where he also taught instructional technology at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He was a technology resource teacher in Frederick County, Maryland, where he taught elementary school, and was an education tech for Canyons School District in Utah before joining the UEN professional development team in 2014. He currently serves as an elected member of the UCET Board.


Supporting Students with Autism in the Classroom: Practical Strategies for Modifying the Educational Environment for Success
Special Education, All Grades
8-9:15 a.m., Room 200 A&B
Presenter: Jessica Bowman 

Students with autism have many strengths that help them in the classroom. These include attention to detail, high interest areas, visual processing and a tendency to be logical. However, they also have many challenges that make the classroom environment difficult for them. In this workshop, we will cover practical environmental and instructional strategies educators can use to give students with autism the tools they need to succeed academically, as well as help to decrease challenging behaviors.

Jessica Bowman is the Autism and Significant Cognitive Disabilities specialist at the Utah State Office of Education. Previously, she taught in a special class setting for students with moderate and severe disabilities, including autism, in the Louisville, KY area. Jessica received her M.Ed. in teacher leadership and her B.S. in elementary education and moderate and severe disabilities from the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY. Jessica’s love for working with children with disabilities began as a child, having two brothers who have autism.


Opening Session: 9:30 - 1:00 a.m.

Friday Keynote Session
Quality Teaching, All Grades
9:30-11 a.m., Main Stage
Keynote Speaker: Jenny Severson 

Friday’s opening session presenter is educator Dr. Jenny Severson who will share critical strategies to achieve an effective classroom. Learn the key elements of instruction and management that will align learners and learning and create a powerful cohesive community. Dr. Severson has a passion for teaching and learning, having worked with young students to college professors, teens to adult learners, in prisons to elite prep schools.

Dr. Jenny Severson is a senior Quantum Learning facilitator and worked as a teacher, principal and staff developer in her 21-year career as a professional educator. Her expertise is in applying theory and research into practical applications. Seeking solutions for classrooms, schools and organizational improvement is what drives her passion to make a difference. She has presented in 48 states and 17 countries and is known for delivering authentic and relevant best practices with enthusiasm and humor.


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

Classroom Management for Elementary Educators (Repeated)
Classroom Management, Elementary
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Room 400
Presenter: Kris Miller
Handouts

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 is a classroom management professor at Utah State University and is currently teaching first grade at Birch Creek Elementary in Smithfield, Utah. She also has over 20 years of teaching experience in elementary classrooms in Cache County and Jordan School Districts.


I Can Do It: Classroom Management for Secondary Educators
Classroom Management, Secondary
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room 300 C&D
Presenter: Suzanne Cottrell
Handouts

Classroom Management, Secondary11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room 300 C&DPresenter: 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 an assessment supervisor for the Davis School District and veteran educator for more than 20 years in the Davis School District. She is a master of classroom management skills.


Principles of Powerful Communication
Quality Teaching, All Grades
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room 300 A&B
Presenter: Dr. Jenny Severson

This session will look at behavior around language and how to interact with students, staff and parents. What are you currently doing, how is it working and how can you become trained and masterful with your words? We will identify the most powerful ways to direct focus, be inclusive and use specificity with regards to feedback, assessment and even general classroom directions. Walk away with 10 new ideas and exact "scripts" to use with students, parents and colleagues tomorrow!

Dr. Jenny Severson is a senior Quantum Learning facilitator and worked as a teacher, principal and staff developer in her 21-year career as a professional educator. Her expertise is in applying theory and research into practical applications. Seeking solutions for classrooms, schools and organizational improvement is what drives her passion to make a difference. She has presented in 48 states and 17 countries and is known for delivering authentic and relevant best practices with enthusiasm and humor.


Project Based Learning: Using Genius Hour in Secondary Classrooms
Quality Teaching, Secondary
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room 200 C&D
Presenter: Dani Sloan 

Genius Hour is a strategy to give students time each day or week to study a topic of their choice. Genius Hour has gained a lot of attention in the past few years through understanding that allowing students to study and research their interests is the basis of personalized learning. In this session we will discuss strategies to use project based learning and Genius Hour in the secondary setting.

Dani Sloan is a technology specialist with expertise in using social media in the classroom. She has a bachelor’s in elementary education and a master’s in instructional design and educational psychology from the University of Utah, where she is currently an adjunct instructor teaching technology integration to educators. Dani was a member of the organizing committee for Utah’s first EdCamp and is enthusiastic about sharing new online tools, using iPads and Chromebooks in classrooms, and learning to unplug at home.


Professionalism 101: Skills to Succeed and Pitfalls to Avoid
Educator Resources, All Grades
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room 200 A&B
Presenter: Matt Ogle 

What you don't know can hurt you. This session covers how to avoid mistakes that could put your career in jeopardy and grow your professionalism instead.

Matt Ogle has served as the Executive Director of the Ogden-Weber UniServ for the last three years, where he regularly represents UEA members who face employment discipline. He taught high school English, speech and debate, and social studies for 14 years in Silverton, Oregon.

Session 3: 1:15 - 2:30 p.m.

What the Brain Tells Us About Stress
Quality Teaching, All Grades
1:15-2:30 p.m., Room 300 A&B Presenter: Dr. Jenny Severson

Using the 8 Keys of Excellence, this session will examine what the brain tells us about stress and anxiety and how you can combat it. We will look at the basics of “Brain 101,” everything you see, hear and connect to in daily life as a teacher and how can you take a "big picture" look at your career. What does it mean to make teaching decisions and how do you wait and reflect in the busy nature of your day? What are the decisions you make on a daily basis that affect your highest levels of professionalism?

Dr. Jenny Seversonis a senior Quantum Learning facilitator and worked as a teacher, principal and staff developer in her 21-year career as a professional educator. Her expertise is in applying theory and research into practical applications. Seeking solutions for classrooms, schools and organizational improvement is what drives her passion to make a difference.  She has presented in 48 states and 17 countries and is known for delivering authentic and relevant best practices with enthusiasm and humor.


FOSStering the Fourth- thru Sixth-Grade Utah Core Through Science 
Science, Grades 4-6
1:15-2:30 p.m., Room 200 C&D
Presenter: Maggie Ostler 

This workshop is designed to provide direct experience in science investigations 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).


The 2016 Election and How Educators Can be Major Political Players Political Action, All Grades
1:15-2:30 p.m., Room 200 A&B
Presenter: Chase Clyde 

When organized, educators are the most powerful force in Utah politics. The 2016 state elections are going to be very different because of recent changes to the election law. Learn about Senate Bill 54 (Count My Vote Compromise) and how it will give mainstream voters a bigger voice. UEA understands the important issues, but we need more allies on Capitol Hill to fight for public education.  Learn what you can do to help recruit and elect public education friendly candidates and hold them accountable for how they vote once they are elected. It’s time to start organizing and change the political dynamics in Utah.  

Chase Clyde is the Director of Government Relations and Political Action at the Utah Education Association. Before joining the team at UEA, Chase worked for Congressman Jim Matheson in various capacities, including Matheson’s successful reelection in 2012. Chase’s goal is to elect good candidates for our schools from BOTH political parties. 


Special Session: 1:15-2:45 p.m. 

Building Professional Networks to Survive Your Provisional Years Quality Teaching, All Grades
1:15-2:45 p.m., Room 300 C&D
Moderator:  Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh
Panelists: James Maughan, Michele Jones, Jan Pace and Frank Schofield

The first few years of teaching can be daunting. As you transition from student teacher to provisional teacher to veteran teacher, professional networks can help you succeed. This interactive panel discussion will share best practices to help you make the transition from surviving to thriving. Panel members include:

  • Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh is currently president of the Utah Education Association. 
  • James Maughan teaches foreign language and literature at West Hills Middle in the Jordan School District. 
  • Michele Jones teaches mathematics at Brockbank Junior High in the Granite School District. 
  • Jan Pace is a Special Education Behavior Interventionist for Davis School District
  • Frank Schofield is the superintendent of Logan School District.

Friday Stage Presentations: Noon-5:00 p.m.

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

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

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 learn.



Yikes! How Education Policy Affects Your Bottom Line
Political Action, All Grades
Noon – 12:45 p.m., Equity Real Estate Classroom
Presenter: Laura Arnold

Think you hate politics? Take our word, you have more influence than you may realize. Come learn about how policy making on Capitol Hill correlates directly with your paycheck, class size and teaching conditions and how you can have a positive impact on policy affecting your students, classroom and profession.

Laura Arnold 
has served as a UniServ director for the past 20 years.  She is a former Utah state legislator and served from 2009-11.  She has been active in Utah politics and understands the inside workings of the Utah Legislature, local school boards and other political entities.

URS Tier 2 Retirement System & Savings Plan Presentation
Educator Resources, All Grades
1 – 1:45 p.m., Main Stage
Presenter: Valerie Busico 

This presentation is designed to help URS Members hired beginning 7/1/2011 fully understand the Tier 2 Retirement System. This will provide valuable insight to make your important Tier 2 election.  It explains your two choices and the features, advantages, and benefits of each. URS savings plans and Target Date Funds will also be discussed as well as the Free Retirement Planning Program that is now available.

Valerie Busico is currently a Retirement Planning Advisor serving public employees in the south-central area of Utah. She has been with URS for 2 years, working in the Pension, Defined Contribution, and Field Services Departments.  She earned a BS in Business Administration from Utah State University, and a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing from the University of Utah.



See & Play! Preschool to Third Grade
Technology, Grades K-3
1 – 1:45 p.m., Equity Real Estate Classroom
Presenter: Lisa Cohne

Preschool Pioneer Library grows every year - just like its audience. Come see some of the new and exciting developments UEN has made to the Preschool Pioneer Library. Dive deep into the many resources available to teachers, students and families. Bilingual teachers, Spanish teachers, parents, administrators, preschool and K-3 educators will enjoy learning how to create high quality and engaging classroom experiences for early learners including “flipped” early education.

Lisa Cohne has been with the Utah Education Network for the last 10 years. Before coming to UEN Lisa worked in special education behavior disorder classrooms and education administration for many years.  Lisa is originally from Salt Lake City, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Clark University in Massachusetts and an MSW from the University of California Berkeley


Beehive Book Awards Introduction 
Reading, All Grades
2 – 2:45 p.m., Main Stage
Presenters: Kara Pearson, Laura Berube and Angie Wager

Come discover The Children's Literature Association of Utah  and the Beehive Book Awards for the state of Utah. We will be presenting the winners for 2015 and the new nominees for 2015-2016. Learn about how you can incorporate these books into your classes in fun and interesting ways to help foster a love of reading in your students. Book prizes and giveaways at the end.

Kara Pearson is currently serving as the President of the Children's Literature Association of Utah. For the past eight years she has worked as the youth services librarian at the Sandy Library for Salt Lake County Libraries. She works with the very young ones up to teenager and enjoys them all.

Laura Berube is currently serving as the Young Adult Committee chair for the Children's Literature Association of Utah. Laura currently works at the Draper Library and has been a children’s librarian for 17 years. She buys children’s and teen materials and continues to present storytimes and other children’s programs.

Angie Wager is currently serving on the board for the Children's Literature Association of Utah. She has been a teen librarian for Salt Lake County Library Services for two years. She has been a member of CLAU for five years and is passionate about YA literature and non-fiction books, previously serving on the Beehive non-fiction committee.


Oh the Math That They’ll Know!
Math, Grades 1-4 (wrong in the printed program)
2 – 2:45 p.m., Equity Real Estate Classroom
Presenter: Allison Riddle 
Handouts

This strategy-based workshop focuses on the latest card, dice, and domino games to help young learners increase basic fact fluency.  Participants will engage in games that build flexibility in place value and operations while encouraging students to communicate their reasoning with partners. Ideas for classroom management and game boards will be shared.  

Allison Riddle currently teaches fifth grade at Foxboro Elementary where she is also a Davis School District mentor and a cooperating teacher for Utah State University. Allison currently serves on Governor Herbert's Education Excellence Commission. Allison is the 2014 Utah Teacher of the Year and one of five teachers awarded the 2015 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence by the NEA Foundation.  She was awarded the Davis CARE Award in May 2013, and she is the Davis School District 2014 Teacher of the Year.  Allison has been an elementary educator and UEA member for over 27 years.  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).


Spin, Pop, Boom!
All Attendees, Kids
3 – 3:45 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 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.



Navigating Through OnTrack -- 

CANCELLED!

Educator Resources, All Grades 
3 – 3:45 p.m., Equity Real Estate Classroom
Presenter: Mindy Kalakis


Diversified Learners --

CANCELLED!


Technology/Reading, Grades K-3
4 – 4:45 p.m., Equity Real Estate Classroom
Presenter: Beverly Miner