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Workshop and Panel 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 15

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

Utah Core Writing Strategies
Writing, Grades K-5
8 - 9:15 a.m., Room 400
Presenter: Mary Peterson

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


Understanding Workplace Bullying
Educator Resources, All Grades
8 - 9:15 a.m., Room 300 C & D
Presenter: Jessica Dunn 
Link to Handout
Link to PowerPoint

We all hope bullying is an issue we won’t have to deal with as adults. Unfortunately, workplace bullies are a problem faced by many. In this workshop, participants will identify characteristics of bullying behavior in the workplace, including the role of bystanders in supporting or challenging bullying. Participants will explore ways to recognize workplace bullying and respond to it when it occurs. Participants will also look at a range of strategies for addressing the problem, including individual action, the collective bargaining process, internal organizing, worksite actions and legislation.

Jessica Dunn is currently a UniServ director for the Jordan UniServ. She taught in the Davis School District for 12 years and has a degree in elementary education/special education.


Engaging Parents by Hosting a Family Math Night
Math, Grades K-5, Administrators, Coaches, Curriculum Directors
8 - 9:15 a.m., Room 300 A&B
Presenter: Allison Riddle 
Link to Handout

Hosting a Family Math Night at your school is an excellent way to engage parents in games that promote meaningful conversations about math. Using basic supplies such as cards, dice, dominoes and dried beans, parents get to experience dozens of games they can use at home to strengthen math fluency! This workshop will focus on strategies for planning and hosting a Family Math Night including collaborating with PTA, Community Council and business partnerships to bring in funding and community buy-in and ideas for advertising, setting up stations and staff involvement. Participants will experience games involving operations, place value, data analysis and logical reasoning. Game boards and handouts will be provided.

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).


Solving the Case of the Mystery Skype Classroom
Technology, All Grades
8 - 9:15 a.m., Room 200 C&D
Presenter: J. Derek Larson 
Resources

Get ready to load up the Mystery Machine and put on your Sherlock detective hat because it's time to solve The Case of the Mystery Skype Classroom! Do you want to find ways to help your students learn more about other states or counties here in Utah? How about connecting with different classrooms across the U.S. or world? How can you do all these things with a shrinking or non-existent field trip budget? Come find out and learn how Mystery Skype can help you make learning fun again!

J. Derek Larson made the move to fifth grade after teaching fourth grade at Little Valley Elementary in Washington County for seven years. Derek completed his M.Ed. with an emphasis in technology and currently serves as a member of the UCET Board and the SUECON Committee. Derek feels if educators can find ways to effectively harness technology into their teaching, they will be better able to reach their students and instill the excitement of learning. Presentation and workshop notes can be found at  www.EdTechBabble.net.


Specially Designed Instruction 
Special Education, All Grades
8 - 9:15 a.m., Room 200 A&B
Presenters:  Kim Fratto and Becky Unker

This session focuses on identifying effective teaching strategies using specially designed instruction and reflective practice to increase students’ access to core standards in the least restrictive environment. Participants will be able to better align a specific strategy to address individual student needs.

Kim Fratto is an education specialist for USOE and works in the special education department supporting LEAs in the areas of Specific Learning Disabilities, Least Restrictive Environment, English Learners with Disabilities and Utah Multi-Tiered System of Supports. Kim holds a M.Ed. in education, an ESL endorsement and an administrative license.

Becky Unker is an education specialist for USOE and works in the special education department supporting LEAs with effective math instruction. She is an educator with a depth of understanding of differentiated math instruction that is seldom seen at the classroom or administrative level. Becky has a dual major in both elementary and special education in addition to a M.Ed. in education, ESL endorsement and K-6 math endorsement.


Opening Session: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Convention Opening Session and Keynote Presentation 
All Grades
9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Exhibit Hall Main Stage
Presenters: Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, Becky Pringle

UEA President Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh kicks off the Convention followed by a keynote presentation by NEA Vice President Becky Pringle.

Becky Pringle is vice president of the National Education Association.


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

Building Relationships with Difficult Students and Parents of Difficult Students 
Part One: Students 

Classroom Management, All Grades
10:45 a.m. – noon, Room 400
Presenter: Dr. Kerrie Naylor
Handout

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

Dr. Kerrie Naylor has worked as an educational specialist at the Utah State Office of Education. She is also the chair of the Argosy University College of Education and adjunct faculty at the University of Utah. She was a teacher, middle school assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent in the Jordan School District for 27 years.


ToyWise: Innovative Ways to Use Toys and Everyday Objects to Engage Students in Remarkable and Memorable Learning 
Quality Teaching, Elementary
10:45 a.m. – noon, Room 300 C&D
Presenter: Dr. Prent Klag

This action-based, interactive and experience-rich workshop will provide elementary teachers with several ways in which they can use toys and everyday objects to engage their students in memorable learning activities. Using toys, and a variety of easy to find objects and materials, participants will see how they can motivate, inspire, teach and reinforce key concepts with their students as well as spark curiosity and wonder. 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 of education at Southern Utah University.  He has served as dean of the SUU College of Education, director of the Beverely Taylor Sorenson Center for Innovative Education, director of Graduate Studies in Education, and chair of the SUU Department of Teacher Education.  He has been an elementary teacher, principal, curriculum developer and consultant on science education, creativity and leadership in education.


Being Successful with Math Homework 
Math, All Grades
10:45 a.m. – noon, Room 300 A&B
Presenter:  Joleigh Honey

Many parents are concerned (okay, upset) that they can't help their children with their math homework. They are confused because the methods used to teach math have changed significantly since they were in school. What does research say about assigning homework to elementary students? How can you make math homework productive, positive and fun, IF you choose to assign it? Learn some easy communication strategies you can use to help parents understand what and how you are teaching their children in mathematics and how they can help.

Joleigh Honey is currently the secondary mathematics specialist at the Utah State Office of Education. She is in her 22nd year as an educator and has taught grades seven through twelve in Granite and Jordan School District; has been a mathematics specialist and content coach in Jordan and Salt Lake District; the K-12 Mathematics Supervisor in Salt Lake School District; and a building administrator prior to her current position at the USOE. She is currently the President of the Utah Council Teachers of Mathematics.


Six Technology Tools Every Teacher Should be Using
Technology, All Grades
10:45 a.m. – noon, Room 200 C&D
Presenter: J. Derek Larson
Resources

Whether you are a techno-master or a techno-novice there are a number of online tools available to help you increase your productivity and perfect your computer skills. This session will cover five main technology areas: storage solutions, password management, bookmarking, information gathering and information sharing. The different areas include multiple options to help allow for both flexibility of choice and availability of assortment, and multiple tools such as online flash drives, applications to help you remember your different passwords, the ability to save Internet bookmarks to multiple web browsers and computers, sharing your bookmarks, RSS feeds, blogs, wikis, Twitter and URL shorteners. Each area contains both free and paid versions of tools allowing everyone the opportunity to use the products regardless of funding.

J. Derek Larson made the move to fifth grade after teaching fourth grade at Little Valley Elementary in Washington County for seven years. Derek completed his M.Ed. with an emphasis in technology and currently serves as a member of the UCET Board and the SUECON Committee. Derek feels if educators can find ways to effectively harness technology into their teaching, they will be better able to reach their students and instill the excitement of learning. Presentation and workshop notes can be found at www.EdTechBabble.net.


Time for Change: What You Can Do to Improve Outcomes for Utah’s Students with Disabilities 
Special Education, Middle School
10:45 a.m. – noon, Room 200 A&B
Presenter: Glenna Gallo

This workshop will review Utah data regarding students with disabilities and identify areas needing improvement. Participants will engage in discussions, learn practical strategies that they can apply to their instruction, IEP meeting participation and discussions with parents, administrators and other educators.

Glenna Gallo is the state director of special education for the Utah State Office of Education. She has worked in special education at the state-level for the past 10 years and worked in Utah and Nevada as a special education teacher and team leader. She works with special education staff, advocates and parents of students with disabilities at the LEA, state and national levels to review research, current student achievement and compliance data to ensure that Utah is proactively addressing instructional issues that impact results for students with disabilities. Glenna holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in special education and feels strongly that compliance with the intent of IDEA requirements results in increased outcomes for students with disabilities.


Session 3: 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Building Relationships with Difficult Students and Parents of Difficult Students
Part Two: Parents
Classroom Management, All Grades
12:30 - 1:45 p.m., Room 400
Presenter: Dr. Kerrie Naylor
Handout

All teachers need assistance at least once in a while with difficult students in their classroom. This two-part workshop will help teachers maintain a positive classroom environment.  Part Two will help teachers develop positive relationships with parents, especially parents of difficult students.  These sessions are for both new teachers and teachers that want to learn additional strategies and hone their already useful and successful management and communication skills.

Dr. Kerrie Naylor has worked as an educational specialist at the Utah State Office of Education. She is also the chair of the Argosy University College of Education and adjunct faculty at the University of Utah. She was a teacher, middle school assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent in the Jordan School District for 27 years.


Current Best Comprehension Strategies
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 State 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.


Formative Assessments: Working Smarter Not Harder
Quality Teaching, All Grades
12:30 - 1:45 p.m., Room 200 C&D
Presenters: Dr. DeeDee Mower and Dr. Nadia Wrosch

In this workshop participants will learn how to: 1) organize formative assessment data, 2) use formative assessments, 3) have students use their data to make goals and 4) empower their instructional decision-making. Participants will have access to handouts and online resources.

Dr. DeeDee Mower currently works at Weber State University where she enjoys working in the Moyes College of Education after teaching for 19 years in Jordan School District.  She recognizes the frustration teachers have had with the overwhelming amount of data they now collect and how to analyze that data more effectively and efficiently.  Her focus is on aligning assessments with the curriculum so data analysis is a natural part of lesson planning and goal-oriented student perspectives.

Dr. Nadia Wrosch is starting her second year at Weber State University as an assistant professor in the teacher education department. She currently teaches instructional planning, assessment and instructional decision-making courses as well as literacy instruction. Prior to Weber she worked with diverse populations of students, teachers and administrators. Her goal is for teachers and students to feel empowered in their classrooms by identifying, evaluating and reflecting their knowledge.


Using Pencils and Keyboards to Develop Essential Classroom Skills 
Technology, Grades K-3
12:30 - 1:45 p.m., Room 200 A&B
Presenter: Julee Tovias, M.A., OTR

Learn the developmentally appropriate progression of teaching strategies to develop students’ keyboarding and handwriting mastery. Develop engaging lessons that use multisensory activities and digital media to teach pencil grip, letter formation, and sentence skills. Identify the progression of keyboarding strategies for computer readiness (mouse skills), typing (finger-key association), and digital citizenship.

Julee Tovias is the owner of L.O.T.S. in OC© through which she specializes in fine motor development as it relates to educational success and has worked in the Anaheim City School District. She received her Master of Arts in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California. Julee is a consultant for Handwriting Without Tears and is responsible for presentations at state and national conferences.


Special Session: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Education Policy and Educator Accountability
• Sponsored by Prosperity 2020
Political Action, All Grades
2 - 3:30 p.m., Room 300 C&D
Moderator:  Pat Jones
Panelists: Jim Dabakis, Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, Greg Hughes and Becky Pringle

Accountability is a constant policy topic in the effort to improve Utah’s neighborhood schools. What is working? What are the unintended consequences of reform? Engage in a lively discussion on this important issue with education leaders.

Pat Jones is currently the CEO of the Women’s Leadership Institute. She served for fourteen years in the Utah State Senate and co-founded Dan Jones and Associates.
Jim Dabakis represents senate district 2 in the Utah State Senate.
Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh is president of the Utah Education Association.
Greg Hughes currently serves as the speaker of the house for the Utah House of Representatives, where he represents house district 51.
Becky Pringle is vice president of the National Education Association.


Thursday Stage Presentations: Noon - 5 p.m.

The Magic in Learning
All Attendees, Kids
Noon – 12:30 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 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. 



National Board Certification: Are You Ready?
Educator Resources, All Grades
Noon – 12:45 p.m., Equity Real Estate Classroom
Presenter: Dessie Olson

Are you ready for the next level of professional achievement without having to leave the classroom? The National Board Certification process is often known as the best professional growth experience available to teachers. This session will introduce to you what National Board Certification is, why it’s important and how you can become a National Board Certified Teacher.

Dessie Olson achieved her National Board Certification in 2006.  She currently works for the Salt Lake City School District and serves as president of the Utah National Board Coalition.  She is inspired by all the great teaching and learning happening in Utah classrooms and believes National Board Certification is critical to our professional growth and elevating the teaching profession.


Look Closer: The Cross-Disciplinary Tool of Observation  
All Attendees, Kids
1:15 – 1:45 p.m., Main Stage
Presenter: Thanksgiving Point

As you know, kids will look at something for a minute and believe they know everything about it. Come learn about tools and practices that will inspire your students to engage in careful, scientific observation that is transferable to any subject.  

Thanksgiving Point offers a range of hands-on educational opportunities for young and old. From structured instructor-led courses to flexible interactive exhibits, opportunities abound to take home new skills, knowledge, or experiences.  They offer everything from field trips, environmental challenges and programs, youth classes and summer day camps, as well as a variety of classes for.


The Power of Play
Quality Teaching, Elementary
1 – 1:45 p.m., Equity Real Estate Classroom
Presenter: Christopher Conard

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 Playworks, a national non-profit, has taken him from the playgrounds of Oakland to working with the executive team and 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 innovation, collaboration and commitment to the common good.


Fire and Ice
All Attendees, Kids
2 – 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 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 programss.  Check out their webpage at greatersaltlake.madsicence.org/ for more information.



Teacher Leadership Initiative
Quality Teaching, All Grades
2 – 2:45 p.m., Equity Real Estate Classroom
Presenters: Jennifer Graviet and Denise Ulrich

The Teacher Leadership Initiative (TLI) is a collective initiative of the NEA, Center for Teaching Quality and National Board. Come hear about the TLI from a panel of teachers who recently participated in the program. They will discuss what they learned about leading from the classroom and share how they went from being classroom teachers to classroom teachers and leaders. Join us and discover how to be involved in leading the teaching profession from within.

Jennifer Graviet has taught English and creative writing at Sand Ridge Junior High School for over 20 years. She has a master’s degree in psychology and bachelor’s degrees in both English and psychology. Her teaching awards include Weber School District Teacher of the Year, second runner-up for Utah Teacher of the Year, the Alpha Delta Kappa Southwest's Excellence in Education Award, the California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence, Strengthening Sand Ridge, and Standing Out at the Ridge. She was a member of the UEA Educational Excellence Task Force and is currently a state coach for the Teacher Leadership Initiative.

Denise Ulrich is currently in her eighth year teaching second grade and has been in public education for 11 years. She has also worked as a reading specialist and instructional coach in the Davis School District.  She has been a UEA member for the entirety of her career and recently served as a state coach for the 2014-2015 TLI Utah Cohort.


URS Tier 1 Pension & Savings Plan Presentation
Educator Resources, All Grades
3 – 3:45 p.m., Main Stage
Presenter: Matt Brady

This presentation is designed to help URS Members hired prior to 7/1/2011 fully understand how the Tier 1 Retirement System works and how to gain the most from it. URS savings plans and Target Date Funds will also be discussed as well as the Free Retirement Planning Program that is now available.

Matt Brady is a Retirement Planning Advisor for the Utah Retirement Systems. He is an expert on the Tier 1 Pension Plan and specializes in counseling public employees on how to best utilize their URS pension and savings plan benefits.  



Spectacular Books to Make and Take
Writing, Elementary
3 – 3:45 p.m., Equity Real Estate Classroom
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.


ARL is Not Just for Initial Licensure
Educator Resources, All Grades
4 – 4:45 p.m., Equity Real Estate Classroom
Presenter: Dr. Robyn Roberts
Handout

Are you interested in earning either an initial teaching license or adding an additional license or endorsement area? Have you thought of moving from elementary education to secondary or special education or moving from one subject area to another? If so, this workshop is for you. USOE licensure specialists will show ways a person can increase their marketability, change their career path, etc., through earning a new license or endorsement.

Dr. Robyn Roberts is a USOE specialist currently coordinating Utah’s Alternative Route to Licensure Program. She has previously served in Utah as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. Her background in suburban, urban and rural schools has helped her work with various LEAs and their staffing needs.