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Main Conferences Program - Friday

MAIN CONFERENCE
FRIDAY OCTOBER 6, 2017
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM - Plenary Session & Keynote
Session Title Presenter Target/Audience Room
F Keynote Engagement: The Impact of Relationships, Clarity, and Challenge Douglas Fisher (San Diego State University, Author, nationally & internationally acclaimed consultant in the area of Literacy, Curriculum & Instruction) All Real I & II
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Sessions
Session Title Presenter Target/Audience Room
F01 Fresh Takes on a Flat World: A Photo-Literacy Inquiry for Internationals Kathleen Cushman (Writer and Speaker) Literacy, Social Studies, Digital Art Teachers 5-12 Laurel I
F02 Effective Teaching Practices and The BRAIN Cathyrn Berger Kaye (CBK Associates and ABCD Books) Teachers K-12, Content Area Specialists Laurel II
F03 ¿Qué hacen los mejores maestros? Las actitudes básicas de los maestros exitosos del siglo XXI basados en evidencia de la neurociencia, la educación y la psicología Tracey Tokuhama (Educational Researcher & Author) Maestros de Español Laurel III
F04 Deep Learning with the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 Michael Johnston (Colegio Maya) & Michael Lees (International School of Havana) All Teachers and School Leaders Cedro I
F05 Building a Professional Development Hub for your School Silvia Tolisano (Consultant, Author & Coach; Globally Connected Learning) Administrators, School Leaders Cedro II
F06 Global Women's Leadership Session Yolanda Murphy-Barrena (Executive Director / CEO AAIE, Association for the Advancement of International Education) Women Leaders Cedro III
F07 Classroom by Design: Rethinking the Student Learning Experience Brian Hamm (American School Foundation of Monterrey, A.C.) & David Jakes (Leader in Educational Technology & Design) K-12 Teachers, School Leaders Real III
F08 What do the Best Pre-School Teachers Do? Hectalina Donado (Pre-school expert, school administrator, author and trainer Reggio Emilia approach) Preschool Teachers, Curriculum & Instruction and Pre-school Leaders Jacaranda I
F09 Introduction to Building your Formative Assessment Practice Terri Howard (NWEA) Teachers, Teacher Leaders, and Instructional Coaches Roble I
* * * 60 Minute Sessions (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM) * * *
Session Title Presenter Target/Audience Room
F10 A New Era for Advanced Placement: Computer Science Principles and Innovative Problem Solving Brian Hartman (College Board, Senior Director, International Markets) & Diane McKoy (Columbia University in the City of New York, Senior Associate Director of Admissions) Leadership, Administration, Guidance Counselors, Board Members, technology & Innovation Roble II
F11 Inclusion in Early Years: Shifting Mindset for Success María Fernanda Valero & Blanca Livas (American School Foundation of Monterrey, A.C.) Preschool & Elementary, School Leaders, Learning Support Arboleda I
F12 STEAM in the Multilingual School: Integration and Innovation Jacob Bryant (The American School Foundation of Guadalajara, A.C.) Elementary Teachers, Technology & Innovation, Science & Math Teachers Arboleda II
F13 Continuous Improvement in an Era of Change (Overview of the New Protocols) Maria Ojeda (AdvancEd) Schools seeking accreditation or re-accreditation Arboleda III
F14 The science of motivation and what we really mean when we say "Personalized Learning?" Imogen Herrick (Colegio Bolivar) Teachers Pre-School - HS, School Leaders, Administration, Technology Innovation, Curriculum & Instruction Poro
F15 School Climate: Turning Congeniality into Collegiality and Motivation into Achievement James Standefer (Carol Morgan School) MS, HS, Leadership, Curriculum & Instruction, Counselor, Learning Support Carao
F16 A Hero's Journey - Leveraging Breakout EDU and Tech. Tools to Promote Global Collaboration Marc Gilbertson & Whitney Kaulbach (Carol Morgan School) Elementary, MS, HS, Leadership, Technology & Innovation Sauco
* * * 60 Minute School Sessions (12:00 - 1:00 PM) * * *
Session Title Presenter Target/Audience Room
F17 Leading Learning on the Pathway to College and Career Readiness Brian Hartman (College Board, Senior Director, International Markets) & Diane McKoy (Columbia University in the City of New York, Senior Associate Director of Admissions) Leadership, Administration, Guidance Counselors, Board Members, Technology & Innovation Roble II
F18 Mobile MakerSpaces on a Budget Tracey Bryan (The American School Foundation, A.C.) MS, HS, Technology & Innovation Arboleda I
F19 Consciously Creating Community: How to Strengthen Relationships with Parents & Students Erika Ugarte & Beth Carroll (American School Foundation of Monterrey, A.C.) Teachers K-12, Administration, Counselor, Learning Support Arboleda II
F20 Comprehensive Rubrics for Effective Peer Editing and Grading Amanda Crecelius (The American School Foundation, A.C.) MS, HS Teachers, Curriculum & Instruction Arboleda III
F21


I am Here, I am Now, and I Welcome Change Carmela Chacón Velázquez (Lincoln School) Teachers K-12, School Leaders, Administrators, Curriculum & Instruction Poro
F22 De la homofobia a la tolerancia: el proceso de concientización de una comunidad educativa latinoamericana Patricia Martí & Gloria Jiménez (The American School Foundation of Guadalajara, A.C.) Pre-School, Elementary, MS, HS, Leadership, Administration, Counselor Carao
F23 The Classroom of Tomorrow is Today Andrea Chavarría Acosta (Lincoln School) Pre-School, Elementary, Technology & Innovation Sauco
F24 The Response to Intervention Journey Catalina Lopera (The Columbus School) Teacher K-12, Learning Support, Leadership Cipres


Registration, Breaks & Lunch

Registration Desk 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Break 10:30 - 11:00 AM
Exhibit Hall 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Conference Adjourns 1:00 PM


Daily Schedule

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM - Keynote & Opening Ceremony
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM - Break
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Break-out Consultant Sessions
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Break-out School Sessions
1:00 PM - Conference Adjourns


“Engagement: The Impact of Relationships, Clarity, and Challenge”

Session Code: F Keynote
Presenter: Douglas Fisher, (San Diego State University, Author, nationally & internationally acclaimed consultant in the area of Literacy, Curriculum & Instruction)
Date: Friday 6, October 2017.
Room: Real I & II

Description:
Teachers and leaders are always searching for “what works.” We want to know what we can do to engage students and ensure that they learn more and better. In this session, we focus on a few things that have high impact, specifically student-teacher relationships, teacher clarity, and challenging tasks. We will explore the ways in which teachers can build and maintain healthy, growth-producing relationships with students. In addition, we will explore teacher clarity, specifically that teachers know what students need to learn, communicate learning expectations to students, and reach agreements on what learning success looks like. Finally, we will explore the role of challenging learning tasks, understanding the role that difficulty and complexity play in students learning. We will consider a range of tasks that build students’ academic fluency, stamina, strategic thinking, and expertise.

Presenter:
Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is formerly an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator. Doug is the recipient of an International Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award, an Exemplary Leader award from the Conference on English Leadership of NCTE, as well as a Christa McAuliffe award for excellence in teacher education. He has published numerous articles on reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design as well as books, including Better Learning Through Structured Teaching, Rigorous Reading, and Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading.

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Fresh Takes on a Flat World: A Photo-Literacy Inquiry for Internationals

Session Code: F01
Presenter: Kathleen Cushman (Writer and Speaker)
Audience: Literacy, Social Studies, Digital Art Teachers 5-12
Date: Friday 6, October 2017.
Room: Laurel I

Description:
This workshop presents a visionary exemplar of 21st-century inquiry learning across borders. It arises from a project in which young people from four continents documented their own lives and communities through photos and accompanying descriptions. Through guiding questions, participants in this session will together make meaning from these images and narratives created by youth in widely different cultures. At the same time, they will explore how to deepen important skills and understanding in the classroom, as their own students learn to:

· Appreciate and inquire into the stories photos tell
· Develop and improve observational skills
· Expand cross-cultural understanding
· Hone critical thinking skills like perspective-taking and inference
· Practice close reading and reflective writing

Freely available from What Kids Can Do, this adaptable mini-curriculum supports literacy, social studies, and the digital arts in grades 5 to 12 (including English language learners). Seeing in different ways, making their own connections, participants and their students can expect to discover something entirely new, as did the youth whose “fresh takes on a flat world” we will encounter in this workshop.

Presenter:
After 12 years reporting on adolescent education in the U.S. and abroad, in 2001 Kathleen Cushman helped to found the national nonprofit What Kids Can Do. Its extensive website documents in print and mixed media the vision and voices of adolescents worldwide, with the aim of increasing “powerful learning with public purpose.” The photo-literacy project this workshop presents, “Fresh Takes on a Flat World,” grew from a partnership with the global philanthropic initiative known as Adobe Youth Voices and has reached international schools around the world.

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Effective Teaching Practices and The BRAIN

Session Code: F02
Presenter: Cathyrn Berger Kaye (CBK Associates and ABCD Books)
Audience: Teachers K-12, Content area specialists
Date: Friday 6, October 2017.
Room: Laurel II

Description:
Brain research is hot stuff. New revelations and theories compel a continuing (and ever-changing) exploration. As educators, we have particular curiosity regarding how this knowledge about the brain can elevate teaching and learning. Together, we will take current ideas regarding synapses, plasticity and brainwave frequency, and transform them into practical application for everyday classrooms. Let’s explore:

· How children/teens learn, a particularly creative and memorable experience (quite the surprise!)
· Eight key elements critical to learning, described by an actual brain (can you believe that?)
· Five practical, highly effective teaching strategies, and for each we pause for transparency to consider the neurology of why these experiences work
· Reflective thinking, an additional strategy you may find transformative for your classrooms.
· Kinesthetic interstitial moments to energize and stimulate the brain.

Usually we are in the fluid process of teaching. In this session, we give ourselves the opportunity to examine and illuminate our intentionality. Be ready for a fast paced, highly interactive session, with ideas you can use on Monday. Expect the unexpected! The exciting terrain of the brain is yours to experience.

Presenter:
Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A., president of CBK Associates and ABCD Books, provides professional development globally through keynotes, in-depth institutes, and on-site multi-day consultations with exceptional education and learning resources on service learning, 21stcentury competencies, social and emotional realms, climate and culture, youth leadership, teaching strategies, and environmental sustainability. Her education work aligns with best teaching practices. Cathryn consults with the International Baccalaureate Programme infusing her dynamic service learning model into CAS, MYP and exploring advancements in PYP. Cathryn is the author of The Complete Guide to Service Learning and two books with environmentalist Philippe Cousteau.

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¿Qué hacen los mejores maestros? Las actitudes básicas de los maestros exitosos del siglo XXI basados en evidencia de la neurociencia, la educación y la psicología

Session Code: F03
Presenter: Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, Ph. D. (Educational Researcher & Author)
Audience: Maestros de Español
Date: Friday 6, October 2017.
Room: Laurel III

Description:
Los docentes pasan mucho tiempo refinando los conjuntos de habilidades pedagógicas y didácticas, pero rara vez se toman el tiempo para cuestionar su propio pensamiento sobre cómo sus estudiantes realmente aprenden. ¿Qué piensas? ¿De dónde viene la inteligencia? ¿Quién es responsable de la motivación? ¿Quién tiene la influencia más poderosa sobre los resultados del aprendizaje de los estudiantes? ¿Qué sucede en el cerebro cuando los estudiantes aprenden? ¿Cómo influyen las emociones en el aprendizaje? Las investigaciones demuestran que las actitudes correctas y las creencias apropiadas acerca de cómo la gente aprende hacen la diferencia entre un maestro "bueno" y uno "excelente" (Hattie, 2012; Tokuhama-Espinosa, 2015, 2017). ¿Qué cambios de actitud te harían un mejor maestro? Venga y explore 15 actitudes claves para el éxito del docente moderno y aprenda sobre la evidencia neurocientífica, educativa y psicológica que subraya su importancia.

Presenter:
Tracey Tokuhama está afiliada con FLACSO sede Ecuador como investigadora educativa y enseña un curso en la Universidad de Harvard (Extension School) que se llama “La neurociencia del aprendizaje: Una introducción a la ciencia de la mente, el cerebro la salud y la educación” (Neurociencia of Learning: Introduction to Mind, Brain, Health and Education Science). Ella fue miembro del comité de expertos de la Organización para la Cooperación y el Desarrollo Económicos (OCDE) para determinar el nuevo conocimiento pedagógico básico basado en contribuciones de las neurociencias y la tecnología de todos los docentes. Ella es la ex Decana fundadora de la Universidad de las Américas, y ex Directora fundadora de IDEA (el Instituto de Excelencia Académica) de la Universidad San Francisco de Quito.

Tracey es autora de seis libros académicos y docenas de artículos indexadas en temas que van desde la adquisición de idiomas extranjeros hasta la pedagogía en el siglo XXI y la neurociencia educativa (Mind, Brain, and Education Science); es coordinadora de varios proyectos de investigación en el área educativa, y facilitadora de cientos de talleres de capacitación a miles de profesores de Ecuador y en 28 países más alred
edor del mundo.

Su trabajo actual está dirigido a la expansión de la ciencia de la mente, cerebro y educación en la formación docente y su trabajo diario en el aula, el uso de la tecnología para mejorar logros de aprendizaje en los estudiantes y cambios curriculares basado en la neurociencia que puede mejorar el éxito de los niños en estudios pre matemáticos y de lectura. Tracey ha trabajado extensivamente con entidades públicas y privadas para mejorar la calidad de educación en Ecuador, la región y el mundo. Tracey es una líder educativa mundialmente reconocida que profesa la filosofía de que el cambio empieza con uno: un estudiante, un profesor. Su objetivo es maximizar el potencial de cada uno de ellos. Ella se centra en la excelencia académica de manera multidisciplinaria en las áreas de investigación, enseñanza y capacitación a profesores.

Tracey es de los Estados Unidos y nacionalizada en el Ecuador. Ella estudió en la Universidad de Boston (BA y BS), la Universidad de Harvard (Ed.M: Maestría en la Educación y el Desarrollo) y la Universidad de Capella (Ph.D).

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Deep Learning with the Sustainable Development Goals 2030

Session Code: F04
Presenters: Mike Johnston (Colegio Maya) & Michael Lees (International School of Havana)
Audience: All Teachers and School Leaders
Date: Friday 6, October 2017.
Room: Cedro I

Description:
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are beacons of change for humankind to develop a better world. In this session, we will explore how the SDG’s can become embedded in our professional practice as teachers, learners and leaders. Learn a multitude of practical strategies and resources to use the SDG’s in your experiential and service learning programs and to inspire students and schools to take action.

Presenters:
Mike Johnston will be the Head of School at Colegio Maya in Guatemala in August 2016. He has led workshops and keynoted for teachers and administrators around the world on sustainability, global curriculum K-12, and how service learning should not just be what you do, but who you are as a school. As a member of the Compass Education team, he is part of a growing community of passionate educators aiming to equip schools as learning communities to educate and act for a sustainable future. He has dedicated much of his time to not only ensuring students are properly prepared for the world’s most pressing issues but that they have the skills and desire to take action. While pursuing his Doctorate in Organizational Systems, Mike aims to inspire and lead schools through times of change.



Michael Lees
Michael has enjoyed an eclectic professional journey, including roles as restaurateur, flight instructor, elementary and drama/science/math teacher, community service learning coordinator, guidance counselor, college professor, school administrator, and educational consultant. His current passion is the adventure of serving as the new Director of the International School of Havana. Having been anesthetized by suburban Canada in his early life, Michael kept his sanity by living vicariously through National Geographic magazine articles, television specials by Jacque Cousteau, and Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. His quest to explore this ‘pale blue dot’ has led him to over 90 countries and to meet some truly remarkable people from around the globe. The past two decades in international school settings has provided the opportunity to participate in some exceptionally rewarding and transformative experiences. Michael is the founder of the Global Issues Service Summit which is enjoying its seventh iteration in Africa this year.
Currently enjoying the adventure as the new Director of the International School of Havana and Compass Education trainer, Michael has served multiple roles in education including math, science and drama teacher, college counselor, service learning coordinator, assistant principal, educational consultant, and School Director. After a short stint as college professor at Seneca College in Toronto, Michael and his wife embarked on their overseas life by heading to Colegio Karl C. Parrish Colombia in the early 90’s where their two daughters were born. Their careers then took them to the International Community School of Abidjan in Cote d’Ivoire, Shekou International School and the American International School of Guangzhou in China, the International School of Uganda, and The KAUST School in Saudi Arabia. Having been anesthetized by suburban Canada in his early life, Michael kept his sanity by living vicariously through National Geographic magazine articles, television specials by Jacque Cousteau, and Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. His quest to explore this ‘pale blue dot’ has led him to over 90 countries and to be inspired by some truly remarkable people from around the globe.

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Building a Professional Development Hub for your School

Session Code: F05
Presenter: Silvia Tolisano (Consultant, author & coach; Globally Connected Learning)
Audience: Administrators, School Leaders
Date: Friday 6, October 2017.
Room: Cedro II

Description:
Teachers and administrators struggle to find time to work together in a meaningful way. There are plenty of meetings scheduled. Many teachers leave these meetings though with the feeling of “could have spent my time doing more important things”. How do we squeeze in one more meeting to help teachers grow as professionals? How do we add one more opportunity for teachers to learn important new skills, listen to one more educational consultant, one more expert on a new initiative? How do we give teachers the time to learn with and from their own colleagues? How can teachers learn from what is going on in the classroom next door?

In this workshop, we will take a closer look at:

  • Why build a PD hub for your school?
  • The challenges
  • The characteristics
  • The steps to take as you are developing a professional development hub for your school

Presenter:
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is a Third Culture Kid (TCK). Born in Germany, raised in Argentina, having lived shortly in Brazil, is now planted in the United States. Her multicultural upbringing fueled her passion for languages, travel, global awareness and global competencies. She has worked as a World Language teacher, Technology Integration Facilitator, 21st Century Learning Specialist, Social Media Coordinator, Professional Development and Educational Consultant.
Her passions include globally connected learning, technology integration, contemporary upgrades and amplification of the curriculum, documenting for learning (from digital portfolios, digital storytelling, new forms of teacher observations, to building institutional memory), blogging as pedagogy, visualize learning and developing & maintaining a Personal Learning Network.
Silvia is known in the international bloggersphere under the name of “Langwitches”. To learn about her work, subscribe to the Langwitches Blog and follow her on Twitter. She is a Curriculum21 faculty member, author of the book “Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators“ and one of the co-authors of Mastering Digital Literacy & Mastering Global Literacy. She is currently co-writing a book with Janet Hale, due to be published by Corwin Press in early 2018 with a working title: Documenting Learning : Making Thinking Visible, Meaningful, Shareable and Amplified.


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Global Women's Leadership Session

Session Code: F06
Presenter: Yolanda Murphy-Barrena (Executive Director / CEO AAIE, Association of the Advancement of International Education)
Audience: Women Leaders
Date: Friday 6, October 2017.
Room: Cedro III

Description:
Join us for this session focused on empowering women to seek and retain senior management posts in international schools across the globe. This unique session is facilitated by a team of women who lead international schools and international educational organizations committed to closing the leadership gender gap. Focused on providing you with the confidence, strategies, networks and skills to seek out and keep your first principal or head of school position, this session explores a variety of topics and incorporates participant input, question and answer and an open forum for discussion of the following topics:

  • Becoming a School Leader / Principal / Head of School / CEO – Why leave my comfort zone?
  • Common Challenges -Avoiding Minefields and Quicksand
  • Key Skills & Resources
  • Resumes and Interviews
  • Assessing the Match between Candidate/Head and Board
  • Negotiating Your Salary and Benefits
  • Networking for Success & Landing Your Dream Position

How Else Can We Help? Questions. . .

Presenter:
Yolanda Murphy-Barrena has over 25 years experience teaching, coaching and leading in schools and professional development associations in both the United States and abroad. Yolanda is currently the Executive Director/ CEO of The Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE), a global educational leadership association established in 1966. Prior to leading AAIE, Yolanda was an administrator, coach and new program developer at Frankfurt International School (FIS) in Germany, where she founded the European League of Middle Level Educators (ELMLE) Leadership Group, providing professional development and an online network of colleagues for middle years principals and heads across Europe and the Middle East. Prior to this she was a successful principal, coach and curriculum developer in St. Paul, MN at several schools. Yolanda holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education, licensure as a principal and superintendent and is currently completing a Doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership. Yolanda is passionate about expanding and developing international leadership capacity by connecting emerging, current and legacy leaders in online and in-person professional communities focused on sharing the ideas and resources that promote excellence within the diverse international school community.

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Classroom by Design: Rethinking the Student Learning Experience

Session Code: F07
Presenter: Brian Hamm (American School Foundation of Monterrey, A.C.) & David Jakes (Leader in Educational Technology & Design)
Audience: K-12 Teachers, School Leaders
Date: Friday 6, October 2017.
Room: Real III

Description:
It’s not hard to imagine the typical classroom learning experience. We can all probably describe the space, what the teacher does, and what is expected of students. In this session, we’ll explore how the design process can be used to rethink the space, the lesson, the unit, the curriculum, the assessment, and the roles associated with the typical classroom learning experience. We’ll challenge you see these factors differently, and in a way that potentially can shift your notion of what a student learning experience can become. We’ll show you how design can be used to creatively engage students in learning, develop their ideas, create initial solutions, and test and refine your ideas. Spend an hour with us to see a new approach that can see how design can fundamentally shifting the approach, pathway and outcome of learning.

Brian HammPresenters:
Brian Hamm believes that every student can be engaged in an educational experience that allows them to live curiously and go beyond as they discover their own “Moonshots”. Over the past ten years he has circumnavigated the globe numerous times in the pursuit of this endeavor. Whether he is leading students in service-based projects in Canada’s inner-cities, developing PE and Athletics programs in Turkey, Teaching IB Higher Level History and rolling out 1:1 programs in Korea, coaching soccer teams in China, hiking medical supplies into the Nepalese Himalayas, sharing the Tech Crewsaders Program and Network in South America, or completing his Master’s Degree in Europe, he has always strived to leverage technology, not simply as a way to digitize the educational experience for students, but to redefine it. As a Google Certified Teacher and the Director of Technology at ASFM Mexico, Brian is passionate about collaborative and purposeful projects that impact and empower students and teachers to make a difference in their communities. He agrees with the common view that tech integration is a journey rather than a destination, but adds that if this is the case, Google Apps for Education is your Swiss Army Knife. You wouldn’t want to travel without it and it has something to offer for nearly any job. Brian has been a technofile since he first played Oregon Trail on his school’s Commodore 64, and now he navigates his own trail as a teacher, a traveller, a husband, a father to two wonderful little up-and-comers, a Manchester United fanatic, and a Designer at heart.


David JakesDavid Jakes. A recognized leader in the educational design and technology field, David Jakes focuses on using the design process to support the organizational growth, development and change required to create relevant and meaningful conditions for student learning in schools. David’s thought leadership includes addressing the increased need to develop agile, connected, and personalized learning environments that support a contemporary education, and how the use of technology can be reimagined to create boundless opportunities for learning. Before his current position as Chief Design Officer of David Jakes Designs, David spent almost three decades in education as a teacher, technologist, and administrator. David's design experience includes working as a Digital Designer and Strategist for CannonDesign and The Third Teacher+, a leading architecture firm and learning space consultancy. David is a frequent presenter at national and international educational conferences where he speaks about the power and promise of a new expedition for learning, and the roles that all educators have in shaping that journey.

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What do the Best Pre-School Teachers Do?

Session Code: F08
Presenter: Hectalina Donado (Pre-school expert, school administrator, author and trainer Reggio Emilia approach)
Audience: Preschool Teachers, Curriculum & Instruction and Pre-school Leaders
Date: Friday 6, October 2017.
Room: Jacaranda I

Description:
This session will explore the different approaches and techniques used by some excellent preschool teachers to provide their students with experiences that improve, enhance, and enrich their learning. We will look at work samples and artifacts and discuss the strategies used to achieve these amazing results with very young children.

Presenter:
Hectalina Donado, Ed.D. Has over 40 years of experience in the areas of teaching, administration and supervision in the United States and Colombia. Presenter at conferences and workshops at the national and international levels on topics related to teaching and learning. In 1999 developed and implemented the first Reggio-inspired Preschool program in Colombia at the Karl C. Parrish School in Barranquilla. This program became an international model of preschool education in Latin America. She is an author and trainer on the Reggio Emilia Philosophy as well as other educational topics.

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Introduction to Building your Formative Assessment Practice

Session Code: F09
Presenter: Terri Howard (NWEA)
Audience: Teachers, Teacher Leaders, and Instructional Coaches
Date: Friday 6, October 2017.
Room: Roble I

Description:
How does the ongoing process of formative assessment work in a classroom? Why would teachers use formative assessment? What are the benefits of formative assessment for both students and teachers? In this highly interactive session, participants learn how research-based formative assessment is part of a coherent assessment system. This includes review of the four foundational practices and experience how to put one of them—eliciting evidence—to work in the classroom. Participants will choose a learning center based on personal preference, review the research behind the practice, and plan specific next steps to apply the learning to their own instruction immediately.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
• Explore a key formative assessment practice using various strategies
• Start to connect formative assessment to helping teachers be more effective and students achieve more

Presenter:
In her more than 25 years of experience in education, Terri Howard has filled the roles of classroom teacher, site-based special education coordinator, state-level program director, and regional program coordinator.

While teaching in K – 12 settings, Terri used formal assessment data and formative assessment practices to inform instructional decisions, including differentiated delivery and intervention programs in the regular classroom.

Terri has been an NWEATM consultant since 2005, providing professional development on using assessment data to inform instructional planning, formative assessment, differentiation to support student learning, assessment literacy, and coaching services.

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A New Era for Advanced Placement: Computer Science Principles and Innovative Problem Solving

Session Code: F10
Presenter: Brian Hartman (College Board, Senior Director, International Marketers & Diane McKoy (Columbia University in the City of New York, Senior Associate Director of Admissions)
Leadership, Administration, Guidance Counselors, Board Members, technology & Innovation
Date: Friday 6, October 2017.
Room: Roble II

Description:
Developed in collaboration with the U.S. National Science Foundation, AP Computer Science Principles debuted last year as the largest AP course launch ever. It introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to use creative problem solving and computational thinking to address real-world issues. AP CSP’s innovative assessment model consists of the standard end-of-course AP Exam, but it also requires students to complete two through-course performance tasks, which are designed to give students broad latitude in selecting topics of interest and in applying technology to build real solutions to authentic problems in the world. The goal of the new AP CSP course is to make computer science more accessible and engaging to a new generation of students. In addition, students learn effective communication and collaboration skills, programming and the global impacts of computing, and how to apply computational processes to analyze large data sets. AP CSP helps shepherd in a new era of innovative learning in Advanced Placement.

Presenter:
Brian is responsible for providing support to institutions and organizational partners in the areas of academics, leadership, strategic planning, and professional learning. Prior to joining the College Board in 2012, Brian was the high school principal at an international school in Colombia. He has led trainings and presented at conferences in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Latin America, and North America. Brian earned a B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame.


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Inclusion in Early Years: Shifting Mindset for Success

Session Code: F11
Presenters: María Fernanda Valero & Blanca Livas (American School Foundation of Monterrey, A.C.)
Audience: Preschool & Elementary, School Leaders, Learning Support
Date: Friday 6, October 2017.
Room: Arboleda I

Description:
As teacher leaders we help shape learning in designing professional development to face the challenges teachers have never encountered before. Being aware and sensitive of differences, considering them as areas of strength and opportunities, is the first step to becoming an inclusive school.
Building teachers capacity to face these challenges is another step that is part of our role as Learning Specialists. We provide teachers with strategies and facts that will guide good teaching practices by promoting the shift to keep in mind the different learning styles, how to accommodate and differentiate instruction according to student’s needs, and to continuously assess and reinforce areas of opportunities.
As the ASFM early years program transitions into inclusion, the path to shifting the school community’s mindset has been full of hurdles, opportunities of growth and celebrations worth sharing and implementing in other school communities.

Presenters:
Maria Fernanda Valero: PK Learning Specialist at ASFM. I am an Educational Psychologist and have worked internationally in Venezuela, Qatar and now in Mexico. I have performed roles as counselor, school psychologist and learning support. This is why I truly believe in providing students with learning difficulties or disabilities with the correct support that will guide them to a successful and joyful educational experience.



Blanca Livas: Preschool Learning Specialist at ASFM. As a homeroom teacher I have focused in Early Childhood development and curriculum. My interest in presenting each child with the “just right” challenges has driven me to guide others into differentiating instruction and optimizing resources.

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STEAM in the Multilingual School: Integration and Innovation

Session Code: F12
Presenter: Jacob Bryant (American School Foundation of Guadalajara, A.C.)
Audience: Elementary Teachers, Technology & Innovation, Science & Math Teachers
Date: Wednesday 4, October 2016.
Room: Arboleda II

Description:
It is essential that science, technology, engineering, arts, and technology are integrated into the daily experiences of our students. Sometimes teachers struggle to coordinate STEAM with ELA and math curriculum, while often lacking the time to develop integrated STEAM experiences. Participants of this workshop will learn effective strategies for integrating culturally responsive and engaging STEAM experiences into existing curriculum. Come explore, tinker, make, and problem-solve, while developing and taking home lessons that are equitably engaging for all students.

Presenter:
Jacob Bryant is the K-12 Technology Integration Specialist at the American School Foundation of Guadalajara. Originally from Las Vegas, Jacob took his talents to Guadalajara in 2012. After 11 years teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades, his love for new technology led him to his current position. He has developed a new outlook on education since taking this position, focusing on the integration of science, technology, engineering, arts, and technology (STEAM). He sees these skills as indispensable for all students, spending his time discovering innovative ways to integrate STEAM experiences into all grade levels.

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Continuous Improvement in an Era of Change (Overview of the New Protocols)

Session Code: F13
Presenter: María Ojeda (AdvancEd)
Audience: Schools seeking accreditation or re-accreditation
Date: Friday 6, October 2017.
Room: Arboleda III

Description:
AdvancED spends more time in more classrooms than any other organization in the world. We know first-hand that silver bullet solutions do not result in sustained improvements or high performance. Education is complex and every school and district faces unique circumstances and challenges. In the same manner that educators are expected to understand the unique needs of every learner and tailor the education experience to drive student success, every school and district must be empowered to map out and embrace their unique improvement journey.

The AdvancED Continuous Improvement System (CIS) provides a systemic fully integrated solution to help schools and districts map out and navigate a successful improvement journey. This CIS is made up of various interwoven components that together drive education quality and improved student outcomes. The components of the system include:

· Research-based Performance Standards, School Quality Factors and evaluative criteria
· Proven methodologies and protocols for organizational effectiveness and continuous improvement
· Diagnostic and improvement tools (diagnostics, surveys, inventories, observation instruments, and more)
· Professional services and consulting
· Training and capacity building
· Web-based school improvement management system

By joining the AdvancED Improvement Network, schools and districts gain access to CIS and more. Prospective members do not have to pursue Accreditation (though they may) to have access to a suite of powerful tools to drive education quality improved student outcomes.

Come and engage with these tools, discover the power of mapping out your unique improvement journey and enhance your ability to focus on “What Matters Most”.

Maria OjedaPresenter:
María Ojeda.
Latin America Regional Director and Puerto Rico Director, AdvancED, Puerto Rico
María is the Regional Director for the Latin American region, and the Director for Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. She is also a professor at the University of Puerto Rico, College of Education. María received a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Puerto Rico, a master’s degree in Motor Learning from Virginia Tech University, and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Mexico. She is the author of three books, 35 articles and chapters in books, and created movement-based curriculum materials for teachers and students. Maria has worked extensively in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and the Middle East as a Lead Evaluator, consultant and presenter.



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The science of motivation and what we really mean when we say "Personalized Learning?"

Session Code: F14
Presenters: Imogen Herrick (Colegio Bolivar and Colegio Karl Parrish)
Audience: MS, HS, Leadership, Curriculum & Instruction, Counselor, Learning Support
Date: Friday 6, October 2017.
Room: Poro

Description:
Having trouble motivating your students? Having trouble motivating your faculty? Are you interested in incorporating a more personalized approach to learning at your school? If, so our Deep Dive session is where you need to be! This session will focus on how to USE the current discoveries from Educational Psychology and Neuroscience to support motivation for learning in any setting. Motivation and learning are uniquely tied, motivation being the driving force to reach higher levels of critical thinking. However, motivation is not a one size fits all treatment and authentic engagement has been shown to increase when learning is personalized. This session will grapple with what the spectrum of personalized learning looks like, what it feels like to implement with students or adults, and how implementing a more personalized approach can enhance task motivation. Learn from our experience trying out personalized learning and walk away with practical applications for the classroom, the faculty meeting, or for your life.

Presenters:
Imogen Herrick is an Instructional Coach at Colegio Bolivar in Cali, Colombia. She has 10 years of experience in education and is Nationally Board Certified in Chemistry. Imogen has won multiple awards for innovation and creativity in instruction. Currently she is pursuing a Masters in Applied Cognition and Development through the University of Georgia.

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School Climate: Turning Congeniality into Collegiality and Motivation into Achievement

Session Code: F15
Presenters: James Standefer (Carol Morgan School)
Audience: MS, HS, Leadership, Curriculum & Instruction, Counselor, Learning Support
Date: Friday 6, October 2017.
Room: Carao

Description:
Using the educational leadership ideas of Roland Barth, Bill Preble, Robert Evans, Troy Roddy, and Victor Catano as a collective foundation; presenters will discuss the fluid and oft-ethereal concept of school climate in modern international schools. The interactive presentation will delve into systems analysis, teacher evaluation, curriculum and rigor, and teacher-& student-voice. Specifically, in-depth discussions will take place that focus on balancing teacher/student autonomy and healthy interdependence, and the measurement and monitoring of school climate. Participants will analyze and evaluate the practicality and efficiency of their own goal-setting and strategic plans procedures. Finally, presenters and participants will collaborate and brainstorm plans, projects and evaluation protocols that inspire true professional growth and student learning.
Presenters Will:

Explicitly share goals and learning outcomes as currently designed.
Introduce the presenters and the basic background/rationale for the presentation
Lead a series of brainstorm sessions wherein participants can identify, deconstruct, and discuss certain climate indicators at their own schools.
Provide discourse that combines literature from current educational leaders, current practices, personal experience, and anecdotes from various fields that rely on climate and synergy.
Lead participants as they return to the original brainstorm items and apply the leading climate, workplace collegiality and morale-to-achievement research and strategies to their own schools.

Participants will:
Identify leading ideas and best practices currently being researched in terms of school climate
Discuss how these trends apply to the existing morale in their respective schools
Apply appropriate strategies and solutions-based measures as they might relate to their own respective schools
Design a tool to accurately measure the climate and general morale of their respective schools.

Presenters:
James Standefer is a twenty-one year teaching veteran with extensive classroom experience in high school English and Special Education. He is currently the Special Education Instructional Specialist at Carol Morgan High School. He has graduate and school leadership degrees from George Washington University and Antioch University.


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A Hero's Journey - Leveraging Breakout EDU and Tech. Tools to Promote Global Collaboration

Session Code: F16
Presenters: Marc Gilbertson & Whitney Kaulbach (Carol Morgan School)
Audience: Elementary, MS, HS, Leadership, Technology & Innovation
Date: Friday 6, October 2017.
Room: Sauco

Description:
In this interactive Learning Lab teachers explore ‘A Hero’s Journey’ Breakout Edu created by Whitney Kaulbach, Marc Gilbertson, and Lori Lisai, a colleague in Vermont. This strategy has been tested by teachers and is ready to share and iterate with others. Teachers will leave the session with hand’s on experience as well as a quiver of digital tools, strategies, and ideas to utilize. We would also invite participants to join our game platform and international video chat in the late months of 2017. Breakout Edu not only engages students, but leverages technology for collaboration between students across borders. The lessons and game infuse tools like appear.in and Breakout EDU locks app into daily lessons on epic narrative and the hero's journey. The principles of game-based learning and gamification redefine what can be incentivized in a classroom setting. Although this particular model was used with High School English students, the principles, strategies, and techniques can be applied to Middle School, and upper Elementary as well.

Presenters:
Marc Gilbertson-Director of Academic Technology at The Carol Morgan School and Whitney Kaulbach-High School English instructor, have over forty-five years of teaching experience between them. One common interest is how gameification and game based learning invites international collaboration.

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Leading Learning on the Pathway to College and Career Readiness

Session Code: F17
Presenter: Brian Hartman (College Board, Senior Director, International Markets) & Diane McKoy (Columbia University in the City of New York, Senior Associate Director of Admissions)
Audience: Administrators, Counselors, Teachers, Teacher Leaders, and Instructional Coaches
Date: Friday 6, October 2017.
Room: Roble II

Description:
Recent data on the efficacy of Khan Academy practice resources and a new partnership with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative have underscored the power of the PSAT-related assessments in driving student mastery of college and career readiness skills. PSAT and PSAT 8/9 remain excellent opportunities to practice for the SAT, but they also provide a robust set of performance data and score reporting that inform instruction and link to personalized learning modules. Students that take PSAT can explore online tools, diagnostic quizzes, how-to videos, interactive problems, full-length practice tests, and personalized practice recommendations. The PSAT-related assessments are benchmarked to grades eight through eleven, providing students and educators with grade-appropriate instruments to measure and monitor progress of the reading, writing and math skills that are most critical for postsecondary success.

Presenter:
Brian Hartman is responsible for providing support to institutions and organizational partners in the areas of academics, leadership, strategic planning, and professional learning. Prior to joining the College Board in 2012, Brian was the high school principal at an international school in Colombia. He has led trainings and presented at conferences in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Latin America, and North America. Brian earned a B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame.


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Mobile MakerSpaces on a Budget

Session Code: F18
Presenter: Tracey Bryan (The American School Foundation, A.C.)
Audience: MS, HS, Technology & Innovation
Date: Friday 6, October 2017.
Room: Arboleda I

Description:
The maker movement is in full force in schools across the world. The purpose of this Deep Dive is to look at how schools can maximize spaces and resources they have, while adding new technology, in order to widen the reach of technology integration across their campus.

Presenter:
Tracey (Bryan) Ugalde, is a preK-12 Digital Literacy Coach at The American School Foundation in Mexico City where she passionately coaches teachers, students and parents in technology literacy skills in order to model and inspire life-long learning. Tracey is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Innovator, Google for Education Certified Trainer, and a Flat Classroom Certified Teacher.


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Consciously Creating Community: How to Strengthen Relationships with Parents & Students

Session Code: F19
Presenters: Erika Ugarte & Beth Carroll (American School Foundation of Monterrey, A.C.)
Audience: Teachers K-12, Administration, Counselor, Learning Support
Date: Friday 6, October 2017.
Room: Arboleda II

Description:
In a successful and high-functioning classroom, strong student-teacher, student-student, and teacher-parent relationships are of utmost importance. How can we cultivate and build these relationships so that the classroom is an emotionally safe and productive place? From our experience, there are three main ways: 1. Through self-awareness: reflection and mindfulness are important keys in developing and growing as a teacher. 2. Building and maintaining classroom relationships through Restorative Practices and using techniques such as Nonviolent Communication when things go awry. 3. Through actively cultivating the relationship with parents through communication and workshops. Erika and Beth will speak from their own experience and offer practical advice and tools for each of the three areas which teachers can begin implementing in their own practice immediately.

Presenters:
Erika & Beth have been working together for over three years teaching fifth grade at ASFM. They have been working on developing more holistic approaches in order to build and repair community, both inside and outside of the classroom with students, teachers, and parents.

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Comprehensive Rubrics for Effective Peer Editing and Grading

Session Code: F20
Presenter: Amanda Crecelius (The American School Foundation, A.C.)
Audience: MS, HS Teachers, Curriculum & Instruction
Date: Friday 6, October 2017.
Room: Arboleda III

Description:
Learning Objective: To provide a hands-on session to create comprehensive rubrics for the purpose of effectively guiding students in peer editing and providing specific feedback to students through teacher grading.

Participants will need laptops and rubrics used in classroom (optional)

This course is designed more specifically for teachers of IB and AP courses, but could also be applicable to anyone who uses or would like to use rubrics more efficiently in peer edits and grading. The course will start by using an example of a modified rubric from IB Psychology for Paper 1 & 2 short answer and essays and the AP seminar IRR and TMP rubrics. These rubrics include simplified checklists of rubric requirements and a step-by-step method of applying the checklist to color-coded google doc peer edits that reflect specific areas of the rubric. Working in teams, teachers will design their own checklist with specific instructions for peer editing. The end goal is for teachers to have at least one modified rubric with peer edit instructions by the end of the session.
This ties into the theme of the Tri-Association by leading learning to give students the tools to reach the expectations expressed in rubrics that are often times vague and incomprehensible. This also helps the students to learn to lead others by giving them the guidance needed to use a rubric to effectively peer edit.

Presenter:
Amanda Crecelius. After eight years of working at the American School Foundation in Mexico City, my professional experience includes teaching a variety of IB and AP courses. These courses include IB History, IB Psychology, IB TOK, AP Comparative Government, AP US History, and AP Seminar. Due to these courses being geared toward an external exam that includes a rubric provided by IB or AP, I have worked toward developing more comprehensive versions of these rubrics for grading and peer editing purposes.

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I am Here, I am Now, and I Welcome Change

Session Code: F21
Presenter: Carmela Chacón Velázquez (Lincoln School)
Audience: Teachers K-12, School Leaders, Administrators, Curriculum & Instruction
Date: Wednesday 4, October 2016.
Room: Poro

Description:
How many times have you felt the urge to shout: “Please stop this world form spinning!” Nowadays, I meet more and more people who feel time is going too fast, that there aren’t enough waking hours to do everything on their checklists. I see these people feeling tired, upset, and overwhelmed. What if I tell you that you have the power to stop the world form going too fast, that you can feel like you always have free time? Well, it is possible and it is within a nose distance, that is right, a nose distance. It is all in your breath.

In this workshop, I will share with you all that I have learned about Mindfulness and of its benefits and positive effects on the mind, body and soul. I have been learning and embodying mindfulness in my personal life and have facilitated these practices with my students to help them become aware of the present moment and to enjoy all what life has to offer.

You and I will spend some time learning some background information about Mindfulness. We will also try Mindful practices that will help us stay focused and aware with purpose. This 36th Annual Educators' Conference theme is: “What matters? Leading Learning in an Era of Change." I will tell you what matters: You matter! We can’t stop this world from changing but we can make ourselves live moment to moment to lead students in an ever-changing time. When these Mindful practices are embodied you can help your students face change in a more compassionate and effective way. So, let’s breathe and proceed.

Presenter:
Carmela Chacón is a Costa Rican born professional. She completed her bachelor’s degree in English in 1993 from Grinnell College, Iowa and her Master’s in Education from Framingham State University in 1995. Since 1993 she has been working in Costa Rica at Lincoln School, where she is currently a third-grade classroom teacher.
In addition to her classroom teaching, Carmela is a Certified Consultant in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens Program founded by Gina Biegel and she recently started a Facebook page on Mindfulness for the public. She also gives Mindfulness classes at Lincoln School to other teachers that are interested in this area.

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De la homofobia a la tolerancia: el proceso de concientización de una comunidad educativa latinoamericana

Session Code: F22
Presenters: Patricia Martí & Gloria Jiménez (The American School Foundation of Guadalajara, A.C.)
Audience: Pre-School, Elementary, MS, HS, Leadership, Administration, Counselor
Date: Friday 6, October 2017.
Room: Carao

Description:
En esta conferencia compartiremos el proceso que nuestra comunidad educativa ha enfrentado al reconocer la diversidad sexual y promover el respeto y los derechos de todos los miembros de nuestra institución. La conferencia tendrá como objetivos principales los siguientes puntos:

1. Revisar conceptos de género, sexo, identidad de género y orientación sexual.
2. Sensibilizar sobre actitudes con respecto a la diversidad sexual.
3. Compartir un programa que promueve el respeto y la inclusión con lecciones apropiadas para cada etapa del desarrollo.
4. Proveer estrategias prácticas para el manejo de preguntas y comentarios delicados tanto de alumnos como de
padres de familia.
5. Compartir nuestro listado de actividades e iniciativas que promueven el reconocimiento y respeto de la diversidad sexual en toda la comunidad educativa.

Presenters:
Patricia Marti tiene una licenciatura en psicología por el Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente y maestría en educación por Framingham University. Ha ofrecido diferentes conferencias y talleres sobre temas como prevención de hostigamiento. Actualmente es consejera de primaria del ASFG e imparte las clases de sexualidad al grado de pre primero.

Gloria Jimenez tiene una licenciatura en psicología de Loyola Marymount University y maestría en educación de California State University, Dominguez Hills. Ha sido psicóloga de preescolar del ASFG por siete años. Adicionalmente, trabaja de manera intensiva con jóvenes que tienen problemas con su identidad y/o orientación sexual.

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The Classroom of Tomorrow is Today

Session Code: F23
Presenter: Andrea Chavarría Acosta (Lincoln School)
Audience: Pre-School, Elementary, Technology & Innovation
Date: Friday 6, October 2017.
Room: Sauco

Description:
As educators in an era of change, we have been experiencing how student needs and interests in the classroom are changing. Thinking outside the box, being creative, offering opportunities for leadership and innovation are MUSTS in 21st century classrooms. Students are learning and processing information differently, and as educators, it is our responsibility to adapt our approaches to teaching and learning.
In this workshop, you will get inspired by classroom behavior strategies, tech integration, and flexible environments that will shift your classroom into a more engaging experience. You will be motivated to use student-centered approaches that promote innovation, leadership, inquiry, communication, and collaboration.

Classroom Behavior Strategies to be presented:

  • How to use sounds for transitions and class indications.
  • How to maintain a positive classroom environment with daily exercise, songs and relaxing practices.

Tech Integration:

  • Using Apps in creative ways that promote student’s collaboration, high level thinking, engagement, and innovation.
  • Present Ipad projects to inspire innovation.

Flexible Environments:

  • How to turn a classroom into a flexible environment.
  • Benefits of flexible environments.
  • Examples of flexible spaces in the classroom.

Presenter:
Andrea Chavarría was born in Costa Rica, where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree and is certified in Preschool Education at Universidad de Costa Rica. In the year 2012, she completed her Master´s Degree in International Education from Framingham State University. She also prepared herself as a Montessori Guide teacher with the Pan American Montessori Society.
Andrea is currently working as a second grade teacher at Lincoln School. She was one of the first teachers to incorporate a flexible environment in her classroom and has an affinity for tech innovation. Andrea has also provided technology workshops to public school teachers through the Gol por Educación program.

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The Response to Intervention Journey

Session Code: F24
Presenter: Catalina Lopera, (The Columbus School)
Audience: Teacher K-12, Learning Support, Leadership
Date: Friday 6, October 2017.
Room: Cipres

Description:
The purpose of this presentation is to explain how The Columbus School uses the PRTI (Pyramid Response to Intervention) model to meet the needs of our students. Participants will explore how we implemented a system of response to support students’ individual needs and to assure high levels of learning for all students. Participants will walk away with the big ideas behind this Response to Intervention model, concrete examples of what The Columbus School did to implement this model, and identify where they are at in their own school´s journey to outline possibilities and next steps. In addition, participants will share some of their current interventions and brainstorm new ones as a group. Participants should bring a pen and computer or tablet.

Presenter:
Catalina Lopera. Educator with 17 years experience including homeroom teacher, resource teacher and learning center coordinator. Currently the Learning Center Coordinator at The Columbus School in the Elementary division. The Elementary school has around 860 students and educates children K4 through 5th grade



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