2018 Networking Conference: Utilizing Powerful Practices to Engage All Learners

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1. Teaching and Learning With Purpose

Presentations will:

Engage participants in instructional best practices for intentional planning that increase access and equity for all learners and ensure students are career and college ready.  Sessions will showcase strategies for establishing and connecting learning targets and creating long-term instructional plans that increase student engagement and spark student thinking and reasoning.

  • Literacy-focused sessions will highlight specific lesson sequences, strategies and research-based powerful practices that scaffold all students through the process of building knowledge through reading grade-level texts and demonstrating understanding through evidence-based writing.
  • Mathematics-focused sessions will highlight strategies for the design and use of lessons and instructional units that promote the coherence of state mathematics standards and help students connect key mathematical concepts.
Designing and Using Assignments That Matter

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Provide strategies for designing long- and short-term assignments that engage all students in learning grade-level college- and career-readiness standards. Sessions will highlight strategies for creating abstract and real-world assignments that provide a balanced approach to mathematics and for creating literacy-based assignments that require reading complex texts and writing authentic products.

  • Literacy-focused sessions will highlight how science, social studies, English/language arts, career and technical education, and elective teachers engage students in quality tasks that raise expectations for all.
  • Mathematics-focused sessions will highlight how teachers design, use and facilitate assignments that require problem solving and reasoning to complete and provide students opportunities to apply factual, procedural and conceptual knowledge to abstract and real-world situations.
3. Fostering Student Ownership of Learning

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Highlight powerful literacy and math practices that engage students in higher-order questioning, productive struggle, perseverance and problem solving to deepen their understanding of important concepts. Utilizing these practices, teachers facilitate a classroom environment in which students own their learning.

  • Literacy-focused sessions will highlight how content teachers use literacy-based assignments to move students through the learning process from surface learning to deeper understanding to transfer of knowledge and skills in new situations. Teachers will share how their assignments and lessons provide students the thinking tools they need to become independent learners beyond their classrooms.
  • Mathematics-focused sessions will highlight strategies for orchestrating productive mathematical discussions in which students share ideas openly, justify their approaches to solving problems, critique each other’s reasoning and provide each other meaningful feedback.
4: Utilizing Effective Assessment Strategies

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Provide formative and summative assessment strategies for teacher reflection and advancement of student achievement. Sessions will showcase methods for analyzing student thinking, articulating feedback that builds shared understanding and ensuring student growth through effective re-engagement strategies and revision opportunities.

  • Literacy-focused sessions will highlight how teachers embed assessments for both content and literacy skills in all phases of the learning process. Presenters will share strategies for collecting, analyzing, and responding to student work and data, providing timely and actionable feedback that moves learning forward.
  • Mathematics-focused sessions will highlight strategies for asking questions that advance students’ sense-making and for re-engaging students in learning based on formative assessment data.
5: Leading and Supporting the Change Process

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Emphasize how effective instructional leaders create and sustain long-term structures and supports for teachers. Sessions will focus on powerful literacy and math practices as frameworks for guiding timely feedback, selecting and allocating resources, creating a culture of shared leadership and designing innovative schedules to make data-driven decisions that promote quality shifts in instruction.