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2017 UEA Convention & Education Exposition

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Descriptions: Workshops and Special Events


 
Thursday, October 19

Session One Workshops, 8:30 - 9:45 a.m. (1¼ pts.) *


Room 200 A&B

Room 200 C&D

Room 300 A

Room 300 B

Room 300 C

Room 400

Elementary / Math

All Grades / Quality Teaching

Elementary / Reading

All Grades / Educator Resources

All Grades / Quality Teaching

 

Guided Math Strategies that Work!

By: Mary Peterson

Motivating Learners Using Classroom-based Gamification Principles

By: Robb McCollum

Pathways of Progress for Individualized Student Growth

By: Sara Wiebke

Bully Free Starts With Me

By: Tim Bell, Chris Godfrey,

Tom Szymanski

Help Students Find the Genius Within Themselves Through Genius Hour/Passion Projects

By: Sandy King

 

Learn easy and effective ideas for organizing and teaching small guided math groups. Receive practical ideas to keep students working productively in differentiated math centers while you teach small groups.

Gamification applies elements of game-playing to classroom activities. Participants gain a clear understanding of gamification and its impact on motivation. Leave with a toolbox of techniques to use in your classroom.

The innovative approach of Pathways of Progress, joined with DIBELS, provide you with a frame of reference to examine where students are, where they need to go and evaluate if they are making adequate progress.

Learn how to identify at-risk students and effective strategies and techniques for dealing with bullying situations. Engage in open dialogue about the effects and realities of bullying in school and participate in activities that will help you become an advocate for students feeling bullied in school.

Discover how to create a student-driven classroom by empowering students to pursue what they are most passionate about learning. Learn about the Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E. movement and how to find time to implement Genius Hour.

 

Session Two Workshops, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (1¼ pts.) *

Room 200 A&B

Room 200 C&D

Room 300 A

Room 300 B

Room 300 C

Room 400

All Grades/Educator Resources

All Grades/Educator Resources

All Grades / Technology

All Grades / Reading

All Grades / Educator Resources

Secondary/Quality Teaching

Teacher Discounts and Member Benefits for Dummies

By: Sean Mabey,

Bruce Ingleby

Mindfulness in the Classroom and Meditation
for Student Learning

By: Cindy Formeller

Fantastic Formative Assessments Using Digital Games, Drawings & Contests

By: Shannon Ririe

Bottom-up Reading Strategies for an Interactive Approach

By: Carrie Drake,
Stacy Hurst

EDpuzzle in the Classroom

By: Cynthia White

Hearing Our Quiet Kids: Classroom Discussion

and Silent Students

By: Curtis Benjamin

Your ultimate guide to transform hard-to-understand into easy-to-use discounts to stretch your paycheck. Discover valuable resources to save time and money no matter your age, stage in life or career. This session highlights NEA Member Benefits.

Social-emotional competence starts at the head of the class. Learn basic mindfulness techniques for you and your students. Breathe into a healthier classroom climate.

Learn how you can use formative evaluation tools like ClassFlow, Kahoot!, Socrative, Plickers, Quizizz and Nearpod to inject excitement and fun into your class and see what your students know and understand.

Discover a variety of bottom-up reading strategies to enhance instruction. Decoding and spelling strategies are demonstrated as easy-to-remember systematic patterns for teaching bottom-up reading skills to emerging and struggling readers.

Perfect for formative assessments, EDpuzzle is a web-based application that allow you to edit videos, embed quizzes directly into a video, pause video to show notes or a voice over explanation and view the amount of time each student has spent on a quiz/video.

Learn methods to hear your quiet students and strategies to emphasize the role discussion and deliberation play for student learning in a democratic society. Practice how to better understand and mitigate student silences in classroom discussions.


Room 200 A&B

1-2:30 p.m. Room 200 C&D

Room 300 A

Room 300 B

Room 300 C

Room 400

Elementary / Reading

All Attendees

All Grades / Educator Resources

K-3 / Educator Resources

Elementary / Math

All Grades / Technology

Guided Reading Strategies that Work!

By: Mary Peterson

Hot Topics and Hot Dogs

By: UEA Capitol Club

Maximize Your Tier 1 Retirement Plan Benefits

By: Kory Cox

Make Learning Fun with

Floor Games

By: Joyce Buehler

Hands-on Learning With SumBlox

By: David Skaggs

Adobe Spark + Utah's Online Library = Great Student Projects

By: Shannon Ririe

Learn easy and effective ideas for organizing and teaching small guided reading groups. Receive practical ideas to keep students working productively in differentiated literacy centers while you teach small groups.

 

 

 

Join UEA’s political activists for the annual Hot Topics and Hot Dogs lunch. Mix and mingle with Utah’s political players, NEA President Lily Eskelson Garcia and a VIP guest from the Our Schools Now Initiative. The event is open to everyone. Lunch is free for UEA Capitol Club members or for a suggested minimum $10 on-site donation to UEA-PAC.

Will your state pension plan support you through a potential 20-30 years of retirement? Learn how your pension works and what you can do to maximize your retirement benefits and retirement readiness. For educators hired prior to July 1, 2011.

It’s easy to increase student engagement by simply replacing skills practice worksheets, pencils and crayons with floor games using beanbags or giant leaps. In this workshop, learn the basics of creating curricular-based floor games to use for skills practice and reinforcement activities. Watch the "magic" happen in your classroom as students become engaged in their own learning!

Learn a new approach to teaching elementary math through tangible number blocks. Each block scales in height to represent its value. This visual comparison creates a tangible number line where nearly all elementary math problems can be done through exciting games and challenges.

Learn how Adobe Spark tools and Utah's Online Library result in exciting student projects like narrated slideshows, beautiful webpages and memes. Utah's Online Library has research databases and educational resources to provide students with information for their projects.

*One hour of professional development activity is equal to one re-licensure point.


Thursday Session One: 8:30-9:45 a.m.



Guided Math Strategies That Work

All Elementary, Math
8:30 - 9:45 a.m., Room 200 A&B
Presenter: Mary Peterson

In this highly practical session you will learn easy and effective ideas for organizing and teaching small guided math groups that will meet the needs and abilities of the diverse learners in your classroom. You will also receive practical ideas to keep students working productively in differentiated math centers while you teach small groups.

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.


Motivating Learners Using Classroom-based Gamification Principles 
All Grades, Quality Teaching
8:30 - 9:45 a.m., Room 200 C&D
Presenter: Robb McCollum

Gamification applies elements of game-playing to classroom activities. Participants will gain a clear understanding of gamification and its impact on motivation. Leave with a toolbox of techniques to use in your classroom.

Robb McCollum currently works as a curriculum specialist with Reading Horizons in Kaysville, Utah. He holds an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and a PhD in Instructional Psychology and Technology. He has served as an educator and program administrator in Utah, Virginia, and Hawaii. 


Pathways of Progress for Individualized Student Growth 
Elementary, Reading
8:30 - 9:45 a.m., Room 300 A
Presenter: Sara Wiebke
Handouts:  WiebkePathwaysofProgressPowerPoint (pdf)
WiebkeProgressMonitoring (pdf)
WiebkeDIBELS Next Survey (pdf)

The innovative approach of Pathways of Progress, joined with DIBELS, will provide participants with a frame of reference to examine where students are, where they need to go and evaluate if they are making adequate progress. It provides an evaluation of individual student growth or improvement over time compared to other students with the same level of initial skills. This innovative approach empowers educators to set meaningful, ambitious and attainable goals and increases the precision with which progress is evaluated at the student and classroom levels.

Sara Wiebke is currently the K-3 Reading Specialist for the Utah State Board of Education. An ardent educator, Sara was an elementary classroom teacher for 10 years before becoming an instructional coach and rolling out an early literacy program for the Iowa Department of Education. Her passion for ensuring literacy for young students is contagious. Sara is constantly traversing the state of Utah to ensure that all LEA's are meeting or exceeding their literacy goals.


Bully Free Starts With Me  
All Grades, Educator Resources
8:30 - 9:45 a.m., Room 300 B
Presenters: Tim Bell, Chris Godfrey, and Tom Szymanski

Students must be provided with a safe school climate conducive to learning. Bullying is a huge deterrent to that environment. In this session educators will learn how to identify at risk students as well as strategies and techniques proven to be effective in dealing with bullying situations. Educators will engage in open dialogue about the effects and realities of bullying in the school system and will be prepared to be an advocate for students who may feel bullied in their community schools.

Tim Bell, Chris Godfrey and Tom Szymanski are Organizational Specialists for the Utah School Employee Association (USEA). 


Help Students Find the Genius Within Themselves Through Genius Hour/Passion Projects 
All Grades, Quality Teaching
8:30 - 9:45 a.m., Room 300 C
Presenter: Sandy King

What would happen if students were respected and trusted enough to pursue what they were most passionate about during school? How would this impact student engagement and motivation to learn? This workshop will show teachers how to create a passion-driven classroom by empowering their students. Learn about the Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E. movement and how to find time to implement the Genius Hour.

Sandy King is a veteran teacher from Jordan School District. She is an Edmodo Ambassador and trainer, blogger for BAM radio network, a core member of #leadupnow and presenter at various conferences.


Thursday Session Two: 11:15 a.m.
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12:30 p.m.



Teacher Discounts and Member Benefits for Dummies
All Grades, Educator Resources
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Room 200 A&B
Presenters:  Sean Mabey and Bruce Ingleby

This is your ultimate guide to transform hard-to-understand into easy-to-use discounts to stretch your paycheck.  Discover valuable resources to save time and money no matter your age, stage in life or career. This session highlights NEA Member Benefits.

Sean Mabey works for NEA Member Benefits in Utah and California where he helps members with budgeting, student loan forgiveness, and utilizing their benefits to meet their personal, professional, and financial goals. He began his career teaching 3rd and 4th grades in Utah. He was then a UniServ Director with the Granite Education Association where he worked with members to prepare for and pass the PRAXIS. 

Bruce Ingleby works for the UEA as the NEAMB state contact. He is your local contact for all things NEA Member Benefits. Bruce loves to help members achieve saving their dues dollars back every year and helping them take the trip of a lifetime on a dollar budget. 


Mindfulness in the Classroom and Meditation for Student Learning  
All Grades, Educator Resources
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Room 200 C&D
Presenter: Cindy Formeller

 Handouts:   
Mindfulness Resource List (pdf)
Moody Cow Mind Jar  (pdf)
Nurturing Activities Self  (pdf)
Self Care Assessment  (pdf)
Sitting Like A Frog  (pdf)

Social-emotional competence starts at the head of the class. Today’s students often come to school weighed down with outside stress and personal trauma hindering their ability to be present in the classroom. Learning to focus on the breath, becoming aware of emotions and physical tension students will bring their attention to the present moment and focus more on the tasks at hand. This session will be informational as well as experiential. Learn basic mindfulness techniques for you and your students. Breathe into a healthier classroom climate.

Cindy Formeller has been a public education advocate for over 20 years and works as a UniServ Director with the Granite Education Association. Along with her work experience she has more than 25 years of meditation practice and has taught classes to adults and children on how to “just sit” and be present in the moment.


Fantastic Formative Assessments Using Digital Games, Drawings & Contests  
All Grades, Technology
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Room 300 A
Presenter:  Shannon Ririe 

Formative assessment is a powerful part of the teaching and learning process. Learn how teachers can use formative evaluation tools like ClassFlow, Formative, Kahoot!, Socrative, Plickers, Quizizz and Nearpod to inject more excitement and fun into your classroom and gain insight into what your students really know and understand.

Shannon Ririe specializes in classroom implementation of Chromebooks. She has a Bachelor's in Elementary Education and a Master's in Instructional Design and Education Technology. She most recently worked at Granite School District as a technology specialist and taught fifth grade for five years in Granite and Wasatch districts. Shannon is passionate about engaging students through technology and helping them develop critical thinking and problem solving skills through learning computer coding.



Bottom-up Reading Strategies for an Interactive Reading Approach  
All Grades, Reading
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Room 300 B
Presenters:  Carrie Drake and Stacy Hurst 

Discover a variety of bottom-up reading strategies to enhance instruction, which is key to engaging students in an interactive reading approach. Learn strategies to equip your students with these skills. Decoding and spelling strategies will be demonstrated and practiced. Participants will leave with a core set of easy-to-remember systematic patterns for teaching bottom-up reading skills to emerging and struggling readers.

Carrie Drake works at Reading Horizons as a Curriculum and Training Specialist. She has a BA in ICS- Communication and an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and is currently working on a certificate in Applied Positive Psychology. For the past 13+ years, she has taught nearly every age group and demographic (Pre-k - University) including roles such as the Reading Skill Area Supervisor at a university intensive English program. 

Stacy Hurst has degrees in Sociology and Elementary Education and Reading, Advanced Reading, and ESL Endorsements. During her twenty years as an educator, she has been a first-grade teacher, ELL teacher, literacy coach, and reading specialist. Her extensive experience also includes training thousands of teachers on effective literacy instruction. Stacy is the co-author of a foundational literacy program and is the Curriculum Director at Reading Horizons.


EDpuzzle in the Classroom
All Grades, Educator Resources
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Room 300 C
Presenter:  Cynthia White 
Handout:   EDpuzzleWhite (pdf)


Perfect for formative assessments, EDpuzzle is a web based application allowing teachers to edit videos and embed quizzes directly into the video. Teachers can use videos from YouTube or upload their own. This web-based application allows the teacher to pause the video at specific points to show notes or for a voice-over explanation and view the amount of time each student has spent on each quiz or video. 

Cynthia White currently teaches French at Uintah High School. She received her BA in French and History from Eastern Michigan University and her Masters in Public Administration in education administration from the University of Michigan with a thesis on technology in education. She is currently learning to code, and has taught cyber security camps with the University of Nebraska Lincoln. 


Hearing Our Quiet Kids: Classroom Discussion and Silent Students
Secondary, Quality Teaching
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Room 400
Presenter: Curtis Benjamin

Learn methods to hear your quiet students and strategies to emphasize the role discussion and deliberation play for student learning in a democratic society. Practice how to better understand and mitigate student silences in classroom discussions.

Curtis Benjamin currently works as the Northern Utah UniServ Director. As a 23-year teaching veteran, Curt taught 11th and 12th grade English, history, and humanities. He also coached cross country, track, and debate at Richfield High School in Sevier School District. A former quiet student himself, Curt is passionate about understanding and appreciating the silences inhabiting classrooms and helping those with whom he works find their voices.


Thursday Special Session: 1-2:30 p.m.


Hot Topics and Hot Dogs
All Attendees
1 - 2:30 p.m., Room 200 C&D

Join UEA’s political activists for the annual Hot Topics and Hot Dogs lunch. Mix and mingle with Utah’s political players, NEA President Lily Eskelson Garcia and a VIP guest from the Our Schools Now Initiative. The event is open to everyone. Lunch is free for UEA Capitol Club members or for a suggested minimum $10 on-site donation to UEA-PAC.


Thursday Session Three: 1:30-2:45 p.m.



Guided Reading Strategies that Work!
Elementary, Reading
1:30 - 2:45 p.m., Room 200 A&B
Presenter:  Mary Peterson 

Learn easy and effective ideas for organizing and teaching small guided reading groups. Receive practical ideas to keep students working productively in differentiated literacy centers while you teach small groups.

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.


Maximize Your Tier 1 Retirement Plan Benefits (hired before July 1, 2011)   
All Grades, Educator Resources
1:30 - 2:45 p.m., Room 300 A
Presenter: Kory Cox

Your state pension plan is an incredibly rich retirement benefit. But will it be enough to support you throughout a potential retirement period of 20-30 years or more? Please come to this informative educational workshop to understand how your pension works and what you can do now beyond your pension to maximize your retirement benefits and retirement readiness. For educators hired prior to July 1, 2011.

Kory Cox works at the URS as a liaison with the URS Membership Council and various associations and unions. He is very involved with the legislative process and serves as a resource on retirement legislation to employee groups. Kory also provides education to association members so they have the information needed to ensure an enjoyable retirement. Kory graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and earned a master’s degree in Central and Eastern European Studies at LaSalle University in Philadelphia. 


Make Learning Fun With Floor Games
K-3, Educator Resources
1:30 - 2:45 p.m., Room 300 B
Presenter:  Joyce Buehler
 
Handout:  
FunFloorGamesBuehler (pdf)

It’s easy to increase student engagement by simply replacing skills practice worksheets, pencils and crayons with floor games using beanbags or giant leaps. In this workshop you will learn the basics of creating curricular-based floor games to use for skills practice and reinforcement activities. Watch the "magic" happen in your classroom as students become engaged in their own learning!

Joyce Buehler: Helping teachers and children has been Joyce’s passion for over 25 years as an elementary teacher and principal in California and Oregon. A few short years ago she retired from education to lead and facilitate the growth of SitSpots. This amazing experience has proved to be extremely rewarding and allows Joyce to continue to inspire and help teachers and children along the way. 


Hands-on Learning With SumBlox
Elementary, Math
1:30 - 2:45 p.m., Room 300 C
Presenter:  David Skaggs


Learn a new approach to teaching elementary math through tangible number blocks. Each block scales in height to represent its value. This visual comparison creates a tangible number line where nearly all elementary math problems can be done through exciting games and challenges.

David Skaggs received his master’s from SMU in their video game design program in 2012. While finishing his thesis project he volunteered tutoring math at a nearby elementary. The student he was tutoring was having a hard time making progress so David tried to gamify it a little bit for him. SumBlox was born out of that experience and its popularity has brought him into the education space full-time.


Adobe Spark + Utah's Online Library = Great Student Projects 
All Grades, Technology
1:30 - 2:45 p.m., Room 400
Presenter:  Shannon Ririe  


Shannon Ririe specializes in classroom implementation of Chromebooks. She has a Bachelor's in Elementary Education and a Master's in Instructional Design and Education Technology. She most recently worked at Granite School District as a technology specialist and taught fifth grade for five years in Granite and Wasatch districts. Shannon is passionate about engaging students through technology and helping them develop critical thinking and problem solving skills through learning computer coding.


Friday, October 20


Room 200 A&B

Room 200 C&D

Room 300 A

Room 300 B

Room 300 C

Room 400

All Grades / Classroom Management

All Grades / New Educators

All Grades / Technology

All Grades / Quality Teaching

All Grades / Educator Resources

Elementary / Math

Classroom Management: Take Back Your Classroom

(Repeated)

By: Marc Oakley

Building Positive Relationships with Students

By: Kerrie Naylor

Project-Based Learning: Using Genius Hour in Your Class

By: Jared Fawson

Empowered! Creating a Classroom Culture of Student Success

By: Nathan Cureton

Solving an Educator’s Rubik’s Cube Dilemma

By: Malcolm Burt

Power in Progressions: Why are Math Progressions so Important?

By: Shannon Ference

Learn how to eliminate repeated warnings and multiple requests in a positive fashion, be proactive not reactive, avoid power struggles, use powerful prompting techniques and learn classroom arrangements for maximum achievement. Discover strategies you can implement in your classroom immediately.

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

Genius Hour gives students time each day or week to study and research a topic of their choice, allowing for more personalized learning. Discover the great free resources available to get started and be successful in implementing Genius Hour with your students.

Engage in an exploration of four universal guiding principles of creating a classroom culture of student success: high expectations, relationships of respect and trust, reinforcing the positive and student-centered instruction.

Learn about valuable resources to help you address student loans, saving for retirement, funding for classroom projects and more.

Learn how to use the progressions of elementary math content standards to intentionally activate background knowledge, focus on the essence intended in core standards and prepare students with the foundation they need to access the next grade level’s content.

Session Two Workshops, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (1¼ pts.) *


Room 200 A&B

Room 200 C&D

Room 300 A

Room 300 B

Room 300 C

Room 400

All Grades / Quality Teaching

All Grades / New Educators

All Grades / Quality Teaching

All Grades / Educator Resources

Secondary / Quality Teaching

All Grades / Educator Resources

Eureka Moments: Innovative Strategies to Boost Student Thinking, Insight and Ideas

By: Prent Klag

Building Positive Relationships with Parents

By: Kerrie Naylor

Social Justice in Education

By: Chelsie Acosta

Success in the Classroom for Students on the Autism Spectrum

By: Tanya Semerad

Be the Teacher Your Students Want You to Be

By: Jody Lynn Tolley

Teacher Discounts and Member Benefits for Dummies

By: Brooke Fenton, Jenny Okerlund

In this interactive workshop, see how to motivate, inspire and help students think better, ponder more and tap into the “stuff genius is made of.” Receive materials and resources to be readily implemented in your classrooms.

Learn how to develop positive relationships with parents, especially those of difficult students. The session is for both new teachers and teachers who want to learn additional strategies and hone their already successful management and communication skills.

Learn how to identify specific inequity issues facing students, communities and educators in education today. Engage in conversations centered around how educators can use healing and humanizing strategies to combat inequities within education. Join a discussion about an introduction to basic social justice concepts.

Learn why autism characteristics are a part of the spectrum puzzle and how executive function, central coherence and theory of mind are affected in the autism brain. Learn tips for maximizing the strengths of students with autism spectrum disorder and receive an outline for strategies to implement in the classroom.

This session focuses on student-centered classroom policies, the thought process and feelings of the average high school student and classroom management skills which speak to students’ emotional demands as well as to your own classroom needs.

Your ultimate guide to transform hard-to-understand into easy-to-use discounts to stretch your paycheck. Discover valuable resources to save time and money no matter your age, stage in life or career. This session highlights NEA Member Benefits.

Session Three Workshops, 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. (1¼ pts.) *


Room 200 A&B

Room 200 C&D

Room 300 A

Room 300 B

Room 300 C

Room 400

All Grades/Classroom Management

1-2:30: Special Event: All Grades

All Grades / Quality Teaching

All Grades / Quality Teaching

All Grades/Educator Resources

1-3 p.m. / Retired Members

Classroom Management: Take Back Your Classroom

(Repeated)

By: Marc Oakley

Trauma-Informed Teaching; School and Student Care

By: Alisa Van Langeveld, Ph.D.

Social Justice:

 Equity and Healing

By: Chelsie Acosta

Positive Education:
Making School a Place Where
Your Students Want to Be

By: Jane Poulton

Maximize Your Tier 2 Retirement Plan Benefits

By: Kory Cox

UEA-Retired Members

Annual Meeting

By: Trudy Henderson

Learn how to eliminate repeated warnings and multiple requests in a positive fashion, be proactive not reactive, avoid power struggles, use powerful prompting techniques and learn classroom arrangements for maximum achievement. Discover strategies you can implement in your classroom immediately.

Research shows childhood trauma has direct links to student success and achievement. Stress in childhood can actually alter brain development and have lifelong effects on mental health and physical health. Join the conversation as we explore the science of stress in childhood. During the session will be screen the documentary “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” followed by a discussion on how to support students in need.

Unpack and reflect on inequity issues facing students, communities and educators today. Re-center your passion and drive for equity within education. Discuss practices for individual and collective social justice advocacy. Prior knowledge of basic social justice concepts is helpful.

Learn how adding five simple techniques to your curriculum can increase happiness for you and your students and help students use their strengths to conquer challenging assignments and increase their positivity. 

Will your state pension plan support you through a potential 20-30 years of retirement? Learn how your pension works and what you can do to maximize your retirement benefits and retirement readiness. For educators hired after July 1, 2011.

Join the UEA-Retired Association for their annual business meeting and informative presentations.

 

*One hour of professional development activity is equal to one re-licensure point.


Friday Session One: 8:30-9:45 a.m.



Classroom Management – Take Back Your Classroom! (Repeated)
All Grades, Classroom Management
8:30 - 9:45 a.m., Room 200 A&B
Presenter: R. Monique Neil

You will learn how to eliminate repeated warnings and multiple requests in a positive fashion, be proactive rather than reactive, avoid power struggles, use powerful prompting techniques and learn classroom arrangements for maximum achievement. Discover strategies you can use to implement these strategies into your classroom tomorrow!

R. Monique Neil is an independent educational consultant and expert in classroom management with 10+ years experience as an educator and professional speaker.  She taught first grade and sixth grade Language Arts at two Title I schools in Florida. Her many accomplishments include serving as a model class for effective classroom management strategies used by district personnel and receiving a Merit Award for achieving the top 25% demonstrated learning gains in the district.  


Building Positive Relationships with Students  
All Grades, New Educators
8:30 - 9:45 a.m., Room 200 C&D
Presenter: Kerrie Naylor
Handout:  Working with Difficult StudentsNaylor (pdf)


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.

Kerrie Naylor, Ph.D. has worked as an educational specialist at the Utah State Office of Education. She is also the chair of the College of Education at Argosy University 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. 


Project Based Learning: Using Genius Hour in Your Class
All Grades, Technology
8:30 - 9:45 a.m., Room 300 A
Presenter: Jared Fawson

Allowing students to study and research their interests is the basis of personalized learning. Genius Hour is giving students time each day/week to study the topic of their choice. Learn about Genius Hour and the great free resources available to get started and be successful implementing Genius Hour with your students.

Jared Fawson combines innovation and practical application to help educators effectively integrate technology in the classroom. He has eight years experience teaching at-risk students and seven as a Geography teacher and student government advisor, for the past three years he has been a technology integration trainer for UEN. In 2013, Jared was honored with the Davis School District Technology Teacher of the Year Award and was also named Teacher of the Year by the Standard Examiner. He has previously presented at the Davis Tech Conference, UCET, SUECON, and ISTE.


Empowered! Creating a Classroom Culture of Student Success
All Grades, Quality Teaching
8:30 - 9:45 a.m., Room 300 B
Presenter: Nathan Cureton

Engage in an exploration of four universal guiding principles of creating a classroom culture of student success: high expectations, relationships of respect and trust, reinforcing the positive and student-centered instruction. Student success is predicated upon the power of choice and students must choose the path of success for themselves; it cannot be forced with bribes, pleading or coercion. 

Nathan Cureton is a long time Utah teacher, administrator, author and trainer. Aside from his daily duties as an educator, Nathan travels across the region training educators and speaking at conferences and universities on the subject of classroom culture. 


Solving an Educator’s Rubik’s Cube Dilemma 
All Grades, Educator Resources
8:30 - 9:45 a.m., Room 300 C
Presenter: Mark Brown

Learn about valuable resources to help you address student loans, saving for retirement, funding for classroom projects and more through an interactive discussion.

Mark Brown is the Regional Vice President for Horace Mann in Utah and Arizona.  


Power in Progressions: Why are Math Progressions so Important
Elementary, Math
8:30 - 9:45 a.m., Room 400
Presenter: Shannon Ference
Handout:  Power In Progressions Ference (pdf)

Learn how to use the progressions of elementary math content standards to intentionally activate background knowledge, focus on the essence intended in core standards and prepare students with the foundation they need to access the next grade level’s content. The Utah Core Standards in mathematics were developed from documents describing the progressions of topics across a number of grade levels informed both by research on children's cognitive development and by the logical structure of mathematics. You will acquire resources to find the answers to essential planning questions such as: What background knowledge should students come in with from the previous grade level? What emphasis should be placed on given topics within my grade level? How do I prepare students for where they are going next in their journey of mathematical learning?

Shannon Ference serves as the Elementary Mathematics Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education where she supports Utah schools in the implementation of state math standards to ensure equitable and quality mathematics education for all Utah students. She has served in various math leadership roles and has extensive background in the Comprehensive Mathematics Instructional (CMI) Framework, designing and facilitating professional development, instructing undergraduate and graduate mathematics methods and endorsement courses and engaging in research on Elementary Mathematics Specialists. 


Friday Session Two: 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.



Eureka Moments: Innovative Strategies to Boost Student Thinking, Insight and Ideas
All Grades, Quality Teaching
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Room 200 A&B
Presenter: Prent Klag


This experience-rich, interactive workshop will provide teachers with a variety of innovative strategies, techniques and activities that can boost their student’s thinking and insight and ideas to provide them with special ”Eureka Moments” in learning.  Utilizing strategies and techniques from many of the world’s greatest thinkers, inventors and visionaries teachers will see how they can motivate, inspire and help their students think better, ponder more  and tap into the “stuff genius is made of”.  Participants will receive a packet of materials and resources that can be readily used and implemented in their classroom.

Dr. Prent Klag is currently Professor of Education at Southern Utah University.  At SUU, over the past 20 years, he has served as dean of the College of Education, director of Graduate Studies in Education, and chair of the Department of Teacher Education.  He has been an elementary teacher, principal, curriculum developer, and consultant on science education, creativity and leadership in education.


Building Positive Relationships with Parents

All Grades, New Educators
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Room 200 C&D
Presenter: Kerrie Naylor
Handout:  Building Positive Relationships With Parents (pdf) 

Teachers will learn how to develop positive relationships with parents, especially parents of difficult students.  The session is for both new teachers and teachers who want to learn additional strategies and hone their already successful management and communication skills.

Kerrie Naylor, Ph.D. has worked as an educational specialist at the Utah State Office of Education. She is also the chair of the College of Education at Argosy University 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. 


Social Justice in Education
All Grades, Quality Teaching
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Room 300 A
Presenter: Chelsea Acosta

Learn how to identify specific inequity issues facing students, communities and educators in education today. Engage in conversations centered around how educators can use healing and humanizing strategies to combat inequities within education. Join a discussion about an introduction to basic social justice concepts.

Chelsie Acosta has been a middle school ELD educator for nine years and teaches Latinos In Action. She is currently ex-officio of the Utah National Association Multicultural Education (NAME), the NEA/SLEA Social Justice Trainer of Trainers, member of the UEA Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee, UPAC, NEA Social Justice in Education and Teaching Tolerance blogger, NEA Hispanic Caucus Western Director and serves on the Salt Lake City School District Equity Leadership Team. Chelsie was a finalist for the NEA Social Justice Activist Educator of the Year 2017 and is currently a grad student in the University of Utah, Education, Culture and Society.


Success in the Classroom for Students on the Autism Spectrum
All Grades, Educator Resources
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Room 300 B
Presenter: Tanya Semerad


Learn why autism characteristics are a part of the spectrum puzzle and how executive function, central coherence and theory of mind are affected in the autism brain. Learn tips for maximizing the strengths of students with autism spectrum disorder and receive an outline for strategies to implement in the classroom.

Tanya Semerad, M.Ed, is the Autism/Significant Cognitive Disabilities Specialist in the Special Education at the Utah State Board of Education. Tanya has worked with students with autism,  their families, and educators for 25 years.  For the last 10 years she has been a specialist providing support and training for educators working in all school settings, from special schools to full inclusion.  Tanya prides herself in being an advocate, both personally and professionally, for those on the autism spectrum.


Be the Teacher Your Students Want You to Be 
Secondary, Quality Teaching
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Room 300 C
Presenter: Jody Lynn Tolley 


This session focuses on student-centered classroom policies, the thought process and feelings of the average high school student, and classroom management skills which speak to students’ emotional demands as well as to your own classroom needs.

Jody Lynn Tolley defines herself as many things, but one of her favorites is teacher.  Jody Lynn has been the American Sign Language teacher at Skyline High School for the last ten years and taught at the Utah School for the Deaf and Blind the ten years prior.  In that time, she learned being a good teacher is not about force-feeding knowledge on others. Being a good teacher requires a big heart, organizational skills and a keen sense of humor.  Acting as a champion for her students, Jody Lynn has been honored with the 2018 NEA Foundation Teaching Excellence Award, 2017 State Runner Up Utah Teacher of the Year Award and the 2016 Granite School District Teacher of the Year Award.  


Teacher Discounts and Member Benefits for Dummies

All Grades, Educator Resources
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Room 400
Presenters:  Brooke Fenton and Jenny Okerlund

Your ultimate guide to transform hard-to-understand into easy-to-use discounts to stretch your paycheck.  Discover valuable resources to save time and money no matter your age, stage in life or career. This session highlights NEA Member Benefits.

Brooke Fenton has worked with Access Development, the UEA’s discounts/benefit vendor, for over nine years. Her specialty includes working with education associations across the country to help their members save money.


Friday Special Sessions



Trauma-Informed Teaching: School and Student Care
All Attendees
1-2:30 p.m., Room 200 C&D
By: Alisa Van Langeveld, Ph.D.

Research shows childhood trauma has direct links to student success and achievement. Stress in childhood can actually alter brain development and have lifelong effects on mental health and physical health. Join the conversation as we explore the science of stress in childhood. During the session will be screen the documentary “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” followed by a discussion on how to support students in need.

Alisa Van Langeveld, Ph.D. has been part of the teaching faculty at the University of Utah in the Dept of Family and Consumer Studies since 2004. She teaches classes on “Development during Middle Childhood (5-12 years)” and “Families, Schools & Communities”. She was also the Field Director for a large, longitudinal study of family processes called “Flourishing Families” based in Seattle, WA. Her research emphasis is on resilience and family processes.


UEA-Retired Members Annual Meeting
All Retired Members
1-3 p.m., Room 400
Presenter: Trudy Henderson

Join the UEA-Retired Association for their annual business meeting and informative presentations.

Trudy Henderson is the UEA Retired President. A retired elementary school teacher in the Davis School District, she was a member of the UEA Board of Directors.


Friday Session Three: 1:30-2:45 p.m.


Classroom Management – Take Back Your Classroom! (Repeated)
All Grades, Classroom Management
8:30 - 9:45 a.m., Room 200 A&B
Presenter: R. Monique Neil


You will learn how to eliminate repeated warnings and multiple requests in a positive fashion, be proactive rather than reactive, avoid power struggles, use powerful prompting techniques and learn classroom arrangements for maximum achievement. Discover strategies you can use to implement these strategies into your classroom tomorrow!

R. Monique Neil is an independent educational consultant and expert in classroom management with 10+ years experience as an educator and professional speaker.  She taught first grade and sixth grade Language Arts at two Title I schools in Florida. Her many accomplishments include serving as a model class for effective classroom management strategies used by district personnel and receiving a Merit Award for achieving the top 25% demonstrated learning gains in the district.  


Social Justice:  Equity and Healing
All Grades, Quality Teaching
8:30 - 9:45 a.m., Room 300 A
Presenter: Chelsie Acosta


Unpack and reflect on inequity issues facing students, communities and educators today. Re-center your passion and drive for equity within education. Discuss practices for individual and collective social justice advocacy. Prior knowledge of basic social justice concepts is helpful.

Chelsie Acosta has been a middle school ELD educator for nine years and teaches Latinos In Action. She is currently ex-officio of the Utah National Association  Multicultural Education (NAME), the NEA/SLEA Social Justice Trainer of Trainers, member of the UEA Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee, UPAC, NEA Social Justice in Education and Teaching Tolerance blogger, NEA Hispanic Caucus Western Director and serves on the Salt Lake City School District Equity Leadership Team. Chelsie was a finalist for the NEA Social Justice Activist Educator of the Year 2017 and is currently a grad student in the University of Utah, Education, Culture and Society.


Positive Education: Making School a Place Where Your Students Want to Be
All Grades / Quality Teaching
8:30 - 9:45 a.m., Room 300 B
Presenter: Jane Poulton


Learn how adding five simple techniques to your curriculum can increase happiness for you and your students and help students use their strengths to conquer challenging assignments and increase their positivity.

Jane Poulton, LCSW, is a graduate of the University of Utah with an undergraduate degree in education and a graduate degree in social work. She has worked as a school teacher and clinical social worker. As a Positive Education Facilitator she has a passion for enriching the school environment and changing lives by teaching the principles and practices of positivity to administrators, teachers and students.


Maximize Your Tier 2 Retirement Plan Benefits (hired after July 1, 2011)   
All Grades, Educator Resources
1:30 - 2:45 p.m., Room 300 C
Presenter: Kory Cox

Your state pension plan is an incredibly rich retirement benefit. But will it be enough to support you throughout a potential retirement period of 20-30 years or more? Please come to this informative educational workshop to understand how your pension works and what you can do now beyond your pension to maximize your retirement benefits and retirement readiness. For educators hired after July 1, 2011.

Kory Cox works at the URS as a liaison with the URS Membership Council and various associations and unions. He is very involved with the legislative process and serves as a resource on retirement legislation to employee groups. Kory also provides education to association members so they have the information needed to ensure an enjoyable retirement. Kory graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and earned a master’s degree in Central and Eastern European Studies at LaSalle University in Philadelphia.