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2016 UEA Convention & Education Exposition

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Descriptions: Workshops, Special Events, Stage Presentations


 

Thursday, October 20


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

Adobe Acrobat and Data Collection: From Form to Spreadsheet
Technology, Secondary
8:30-9:45 a.m., Room 400
Presenter: Alan Griffin

This session will demonstrate how to create files, binders and portfolios plus collect data from online forms that can be emailed or extracted into spreadsheets. This work session is designed for any teacher or administrator who would like to simplify the data collection process. Acrobat Pro will be used by participants to develop their own data forms that can be posted online.

Alan Griffin is the Curriculum Content Specialist at the Utah State Office of Education where he coordinates the review and evaluation of instructional materials for the Utah Instructional Materials Commission. He has worked for 41 years in education, including teaching social studies and computer science at the middle school and high school levels, and working as a Technology Specialist for the Weber School District. He is currently serving as president of the State Instructional Materials Review Association (SIMRA) and has presented at several national conferences.



Elementary Writing: The Pen is Mightier Than the Keyboard

English, Elementary
8:30-9:45 a.m., Room 300 C&D
Presenter: Laurie Williams

Research shows that elementary-age children write more complex sentences by hand. This session highlights how we learn to write and how to make the SAGE writing test a bit more logical to both teachers and students. We will discuss writing centers in the brain and how handwriting can be used for the SAGE writing exam.

Laurie Williams teaches fourth grade in the Davis School District and has been teaching for over 30 years. Laurie was part of the first class of the Teacher Leadership Initiative (TLI) and this presentation is based on her TLI capstone project. She has a BA in child development from BYU with an elementary teaching certificate. She earned her master’s in gifted education from Teachers College, Columbia University. In her spare time she is a scout photographer for National Geographic.


Creating on the iPad 

Technology, Elementary
8:30-9:45 a.m., Room 300 A&B
Presenters: Kelly Dumont and PJ Giles

Teachers will learn how to have their students create multimedia rich electronic books and interactive presentations using “Explain Everything” and “Book Creator.” Discover how technology can help you create a great interactive classroom book.

Kelly Dumont is the Elementary EdTech Team Lead for Canyons School District in Sandy, UT. He is in his 17th year as an Educational Technologist. He previously taught fifth and sixth grades for 11 years in Jordan School District. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Innovator.
PJ Giles is an Educational Technology Specialist for Canyons School District.


Teaching the Library Media Specialist Core: Teachers and Media Specialists Unite!
Quality Teaching, All Grades
8:30-9:45 a.m., Room 200 D
Presenter: Garret Rose

Participants will review and discuss the elementary and secondary library media specialist core standards as well as their collaborative role in implementing and supporting the library media specialist. Participants will also view exemplar lesson plans put together by educators from across the state and collaborate on building cross-curricular opportunities for students.

Garret Rose is currently the secondary English/Language Arts Specialist for the Utah State Office of Education. He served briefly as an assistant principal in West Jordan and was a teacher in the Uintah School District for five years as a seventh grade language arts and reading teacher before moving to Uintah High School as a teacher of 10th grade English, AP Literature, and 12th grade science fiction and fantasy. Garret was named the 2015-16 Uintah High School Teacher of the Year. He has presented at local, state and national conferences and is working on publishing academic articles. He has also served on various educational committees and is currently working on a Ph.D. in literacy education and leadership. 

Empowered! Creating a Classroom Culture of Student Success
Quality Teaching, All Grades
8:30-9:45 a.m., Room 200 C
Presenter: Nathan Cureton

Student success is predicated upon their power of choice. Students must choose the path of success for themselves; it cannot be forced with bribes, pleading or coercion. The ultimate objective of a teacher is to create the environment most conducive to student success and create circumstances that encourage students to actually choose the path of success for themselves. In this session, participants will be engaged 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.

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.

Handouts:
  CuretonEmpowered Handout.pdf (PDF)
  CuretonEmpoweredPowerPoint.pdf (PDF)

Becoming National Board Certified
Quality Teaching, All Grades
8:30-9:45 a.m., Room 200 B
Presenter: Dessie Olsen

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

Dessie Olson achieved her National Board Certification in 2006 and renewed her certification in 2015. She currently works for the Salt Lake City School District and serves as president of the Utah National Board Coalition. She is inspired by all the great teaching and learning happening in Utah classrooms and believes National Board Certification is critical to teacher professional growth and elevating the teaching profession.


Advocacy for New Americans
ESL/ELL, All Grades
8:30-9:45 a.m., Room 200 A
Presenter: Alexx Goeller

Participants will learn the basics about the refugee landscape in Utah and how resources in the community can support their efforts in the classroom with refugee youth. Participants will understand and learn from best practices that have been implemented in other schools and youth programs that have successfully supported refugee youth.

Alexx Goeller is the State Refugee Youth Services Coordinator with the Refugee Services Office in the Department of Workforce Services. She has worked with refugee youth for over two years and youth from multicultural backgrounds for the past five years. She is working to support service providers in connecting with each other and learning best practices for helping refugee youth succeed. 

Handouts:
  GoellerNewAmericansHandouts.pdf (PDF)


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

College and Career Readiness with UtahFutures
Educator Resources, Secondary
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 400
Presenter: Jami Gardner

UtahFutures is a college and career readiness website for Utah students. Attendees will gain valuable knowledge for using the UtahFutures site effectively with students. Learn tips and tricks to navigate the system, how to use our most popular features and how to create an account. 

Jami Gardner specializes in helping teachers effectively use UtahFutures.org for college and career planning. Prior to joining UEN she was a Business and Financial Literacy teacher. Jami has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from SUU.


Double Dare You!
Math, Grades 4-6
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 300 C&D
Presenter: Allison Riddle

Focus on critical Utah Core Standards of practice using double dice! These dice are highly engaging and encourage middle elementary students to analyze their own mathematical reasoning as well as the thinking of other students. Experience new games focused on concepts such as place value, fractions, multiplication, probabilities and data analysis. Game boards and journal writing will be shared!

Allison Riddle is the Elementary Mentor Supervisor for Davis School District. Allison serves on Governor Herbert's Education Excellence Commission, and she is a co-secretary for Utah's State Teachers of the Year chapter. Allison was the 2014 Utah Teacher of the Year and one of five teachers awarded the 2015 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence by the NEA Foundation. She was awarded the Davis CARE Award in May 2013, and she was the Davis School District 2014 Teacher of the Year. Allison has been an elementary educator and UEA member for over 28 years. Allison has been a consultant for Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks since 2005 and is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Handouts:
  AllisonRiddleDouble Dare You.pdf (PDF)


Google Classroom: Eliminating Wasted Time, Wasted Paper and Student Excuses
Quality Teaching, Secondary
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 300 A&B
Presenter: Kim Irvine

Discover the powerful integration of Google Docs, Google Forms and many other Google products into an innovative classroom management and feedback tool that will transform your teaching

Kim Irvine is a secondary English teacher and just completed her term as president of the Utah Council of Teachers of English. She has been teaching for 17 years and serves as the English Language Arts Curriculum Director. Kim holds a master’s degree in curriculum design and assessment and is endorsed in educational technology, English as a Second Language, gifted and talented education and reading. She is on several committees for the State of Utah and the National Education Association (NEA). She recently graduated from the NEA Teacher Leadership Initiative. Kim is active in her state and local association. She currently holds the office of Utah Education Caucus Chair — where she advocates for excellence and equity in education for all. 



Motivating Reluctant Readers
Reading, Secondary
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 200 D
Presenter: Garret Rose

How on earth do you get that student to read? You know they can, but why won't they? This session will highlight research-based instructional strategies and practices for motivating reluctant readers. Participants will leave with resources and strategies they can use on Monday.

Garret Rose is currently the secondary English/Language Arts Specialist for the Utah State Office of Education. He served briefly as an assistant principal in West Jordan and was a teacher in the Uintah School District for five years as a seventh grade language arts and reading teacher before moving to Uintah High School as a teacher of 10th grade English, AP Literature, and 12th grade science fiction and fantasy. Garret was named the 2015-16 Uintah High School Teacher of the Year. He has presented at local, state and national conferences and is working on publishing academic articles. He has also served on various educational committees and is currently working on a Ph.D. in literacy education and leadership. 


Whose Role Is It Anyway? Building Effective Teacher and Paraeducator Teams
Quality Teaching, All Grades
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 200 C
Presenter: Dr. Marilyn Likins

To enhance student learning, effective teacher-paraeducator teams must be a priority and a key focus of professional development. As team leaders, teachers must direct and guide the work of paraeducators, often with very little supervisory training. Paraeducators need to receive proper training, guidance and supervision in order to be vital members of your instructional team. This session will: 1) assist participants in distinguishing between teacher and paraeducator roles and responsibilities; 2) provide tips on delegation, problem solving, teaming and communication; and 3) address the administrator’s role in supporting effective instructional teams.

Marilyn Likins, Ph.D. has served as the Executive Director of the National Resource Center for Paraeducators in Education and Related Services (NRCP), Department of Special Education at Utah State University for the last 12 years. As a research associate professor, Dr. Likins directed the Mild/Moderate Alternative Teacher Preparation Program, Department of Special Education and Related Services at Utah State University (2001-2016). Marilyn began working in education as a teacher’s aide working with young adults with moderate/severe disabilities. After three years, she worked as a behavior specialist at Children’s Behavior Therapy Unit (CBTU) in Salt Lake City to teach children with severe emotional/behavioral needs. Following graduate school, Dr. Likins research efforts have concentrated primarily on teacher and paraeducator preparation. Through a number of federal staff development initiatives, Dr. Likins’ work has focused on building state infrastructures for paraeducators on a local and national level. This effort has centered primarily in the areas of state and national policy, training for paraeducators, teachers and administrators; and building career pathways at the district, community college and university level. She has authored several book chapters and articles and designed curriculum and video-based instructional materials. 

Tips for Successful Grant Writing
Educator Resources, All Grades
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Room 200 B
Presenter: Jeri Bankhead

Did you know there is more money available through education grants than teachers have the time to write? The session will focus on search techniques to find available grants and tips for successfully writing and applying for a grant. 

Jeri Bankhead is currently an Education Technology Specialist for the Canyons District working primarily with Title I schools. She spent nine years as a Data and Technology Specialist at a Title I school, helping manage programs and helping teachers learn to use technology effectively. She was a fourth, fifth and sixth grade classroom teacher for 19 years. 

Handouts:
  Infographics
  


Tier 1 Retirement Benefits
Educator Resources, All Grades
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 200 A
Presenter: Kory Cox

This presentation is designed to help Utah Retirement Systems (URS) members hired prior to July 1, 2011, fully understand how the Tier 1 Retirement System works and how to gain the most from it. URS savings plans and Target Date Funds will also be discussed as well as the Free Retirement Planning Program that is available.

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.


Thursday Special Session: 1-2:15 p.m. 

A Capital Club Event: Hot Topics and Hot Dogs 
Political Action, All Grades 
1-2:15 p.m., Room 300 C&D
Presenter: Chase Clyde

Join UEA’s political activists for the exclusive annual Hot Topics and Hot Dogs event. Mix and mingle with Utah’s political players over an informal lunch. Federal, state and local legislative candidates will join the group and provide remarks. The event is open to everyone. The lunch is free for UEA Capitol Club members or for a suggested minimum $10 on-site donation to UEA-PAC.


Thursday Session Three: 1-2:15 p.m.

Positive Education: Making School a Place Where Your Students Want To Be
Quality Teaching, Secondary and Administrators
1-2:15 p.m., Room 400
Presenter: Jane Poulton

Positive Education is a strength based model that brings the ‘Science of Happiness’ into the classroom by promoting optimism, engagement and meaning for teachers and students while supporting academic goals. In this workshop you will: 1) find out why schools throughout the world are practicing Positive Education and their successful results; 2) experience five simple techniques you can easily implement into your current curriculum to increase happiness for you and your students; 3) discover how to use your individual strengths to enrich your curriculum and increase your enjoyment of teaching and 4) help your 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.

Signing Strategies for Teachers: Eight Techniques That Will Transform Your Classroom
Quality Teaching, Grades K-3
1-2:15 p.m., Room 300 A&B
Presenter: Leslie Briggs

You will be amazed at how using manual signals with your students (including American Sign Language signs) will transform your classroom. You will learn how to use these signals for classroom management (requests, rules, flow, etc.), transitioning, settling order/turn-taking disputes, comprehension, literacy, math, special needs, enrichment and self-esteem.

Leslie P. Briggs teaches second grade at Pioneer Elementary School and has taught middle school and first grade. She has also taught sign language at every level from infant to university, Signing Strategies for Teachers courses at Utah State University and sign language at Southern Utah University. She is the lead content writer of the Signing Time: Classroom Edition. Leslie holds a degree in elementary education, a second in educational interpreting (ASL) and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at WGU.

Handouts:
  LeslieBriggs2016.pdf (PDF)


School Community Councils and More Money for Your School
Educator Resources, All Grades
1-2:15 p.m., Room 200 D
Presenter: Paula Plant

Teachers and administrators at all grade levels will learn School Community Council roles and responsibilities, including Q&A and problem-solving. The proposed constitutional amendment to increase funding to School Community Councils will also be discussed. 

Paula Plant is the Education Specialist, School Children’s Trust for the Utah State Board of Education. She was hired in 2000 to represent the State Office of Education’s interests as beneficiary of the school trust and to oversee the implementation of the School LAND Trust Program. The School Children’s Trust section is charged with providing training and training materials for councils, districts and local schools boards about their responsibilities. Effective establishment and work of school community councils is integral to the implementation of the program. Paula was as a school PTA legislative vice president during the years the trust management was being studied and then reformed. She served as the Legislative Vice President of Utah PTA for four years, representing the education groups of Utah in two school trust land exchanges between Utah and the federal government and worked with the legislature and education groups to establish the School LAND Trust Program. 

Engaging Native American Students
Science/Educator Resources, High School
1-2:15 p.m., Room 200 C
Presenter: Lilian Tom-Orme

This workshop for teachers and administrators will describe ways to actively engage Native students in blending both western and traditional native ways to embrace modern education in a large university. Native Americans make up less than 1% of students in the health professions and are often ill-prepared to enter education programs in health professions due to a number of challenges. Over the past year, the University of Utah Health Science Center’s Office of Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) implemented strategies to engage more Native American students to explore health professions. Support begins before college and attendees will learn how high schools can introduce students to the variety of health professions, the health disparities that exist in their communities and encourage parental participation.

Lillian Tom-Orme, PhD., MPH, RN, FAAN is the Research Assistant Professor in the University of Utah Department of Internal Medicine and the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion. She holds graduate degrees in transcultural nursing (MSN and PhD) and public health (MPH) from the University of Utah. She is a fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). In 2013 she was recognized as a Living Legend by the Navajoland Nurses United for Research, Service, and Education. Dr. Tom-Orme is a member of the Dine’ or Navajo Nation and was born and raised in the Four Corners region of New Mexico. Dine’ is her first language and she remains fluent in her native tongue. She was the first Navajo nurse to receive a PhD in nursing. 

Creating Techie Kiddos in the Classroom
Technology, Grades 4-6
1-2:15 p.m., Room 200 B
Presenter: Delia Bayna

In this workshop educators will learn to integrate technology into all areas of the core curriculum. Participants will learn at least 10 new applications and/or websites to use in their classroom right away. The presenter will provide specific integration examples and a sample daily schedule. Bring your own device to participate fully with the applications and website part of the presentation (wifi is available for a fee).

Delia Bayna has been an educator for eight years with a passion in STEM integration. She loves to make learning fun, effective, and efficient for her students. She is the elementary board representative for the Utah Science Teachers Association (USTA). Delia also spearheaded the start-up of an after school STEM club at Eagle Bay Elementary.

Bridging Academic Language Proficiency and English Learners' Achievement
ESL/ELL, Elementary
1-2:15 p.m., Room 200 A
Presenters: Analis Carattini-Ruiz and Beverly Herrmann

Participants will learn the WIDA standards framework, which includes the Can Do descriptors and the newly introduced Key Uses; how to use the WIDA framework to interpret student data and to write language goals for each level of language proficiency level, and how to differentiate instruction and assessment for all English proficiency levels.

Analis Carattini-Ruiz has been the Title III Administrator for Canyons School District for the last seven years after teaching special education and elementary education. She is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Education, Culture and Society at the University of Utah where she is also an auxiliary instructor. Her areas of interest are Latin, critical race theory, culturally and linguistically relevant instructional practices and the academic achievement of English learners. 
Beverly Herrmann is a Title III Specialist with Canyons School District. Prior to joining Canyons, she was an elementary classroom teacher in public and parochial school systems. She has an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, and her areas of interest are linguistically relevant instructional practices, building teacher capacity and the academic achievement of English learners.

Presentation:

  AnalisAcademicLanguage.pdf (PDF)
 


Thursday Stage Presentations: Noon-4 p.m.


The Magic in Learning™
All Attendees, Kids
Noon-12:45 p.m., Columbus Community Center Stage
Presenter: Mike Hamilton

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

Mike Hamilton, a Utah-based magician and educational presenter, created the Magic in Learning Foundation and performs for over 75,000 students annually with his "Magic with a Message" shows. He has won numerous awards for his magic, including Utah's Best of State. His “Magic With A Message” presentation amazes, educates and inspires kids to learn. 

Toybox Treatments
All Attendees, Kids
1-1:45 p.m., Columbus Community Center Stage
Presenter: Caroline Pack 
 
Continuous Development through hands on therapeutic tools easily adapted to classroom and educational environments to enhance Independence.

Spin, Pop, Boom!
All Attendees, Kids
2-2:45 p.m., Columbus Community Center Stage
Presenter: Mad Science of Greater Salt Lake

The audience will be amazed when the Mad Scientist is able to defy gravity in this energetic and spectacular special event. Didgeridoo tubes, foaming hands and steaming chemical reactions will introduce children to a world of exciting chemistry.

Real Life History
All Attendees, Kids
3-3:45 p.m., Columbus Community Center Stage
Presenter: This is the Place

Come celebrate the pioneer spirit with us. Step back in time as performers help you experience the West as it was in the early settlement of Utah!

Friday, October 21


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


Problem-Based Learning and Instruction
Quality Teaching, All Grades
8:30-9:45 a.m., Room 400
Presenter: Tony Pellegrini

Problem based learning is an instructional method that provides the opportunity to practice and acquire problem solving skills needed in the 21st century. In this session participants will learn to implement a four step process putting into practice a problem based approach to address learner selected and content specific problems. Problem identification, researching what others see as the problem and potential intervention/solutions, crafting an implementation plan and reporting on your findings will be shared in this session. Participants will have access to tools to put these four areas in Google Doc so they can tweek and adjust them to meet learner's needs.

Dr. Tony Pellegrini is an associate professor of Education at Southern Utah University. During his 12 year career as a principal at Blanding Elementary School and Three Falls Elementary school in Southern Utah, he served as the President of the Utah Association of Elementary School Principals and as the state representative for Utah for the National Association of Elementary School Principals. He received his B.A. from Brigham Young University and his M.Ed. from Utah State University. Dr. Pellegrini returned to Cedar City where he accepted a tenured position at Southern Utah University. In addition to teaching, Dr. Pellegrini is a regular contributor to the Educational Testing Service’s School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and the School Superintendent Assessment (SSA). He collaborates and presents annually at the Utah Rural Schools Conference. He was awarded the 2005 Utah State System of Higher Education's Technology Innovator of the Year award. 

Fantastic Formative Assessments Using Digital Games, Drawings and Contests
Technology, Grades 4-12
8:30-9:45 a.m., Room 300 C&D
Presenter: Rob Bentley

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 at the same time gain insight into what your students really know and understand.

Rob Bentley is an instructor at UEN specializing in multimedia projects and resources for the classroom, focusing on how teachers can effectively use video, images and other media to teach their students. He also specializes in helping teachers learn how to get students creating exciting media of their own such as educational computer games, animations, mashups, comics, zooming presentations, infographics and more. Rob taught Spanish and language arts in Granite School District before joining UEN. He has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish education with an English minor, and a master’s degree in instructional design and educational technology from the University of Utah.

Engaging All Your Learners in Rich Math Experiences
Math, Elementary
8:30-9:45 a.m., Room 300 A&B
Presenter: David A. Smith

Mathematics is an exciting field of study that helps us describe the world. Students are entitled to math instruction that opens the world to them no matter who they are, their zip code, their ethnicity and their language. Learn how to immerse students in rich math tasks with low floors and high ceilings. Discover resources for matching tasks with your curriculum and embedding them in your lessons. This is a hands-on workshop. Not only will you DO math, you will enjoy it!

David A. Smith is in his 40th year as an educator. He is currently the STEM coordinator and elementary mathematics specialist at the Utah State Office of Education. He has worked at the USOE for the past nine years and was an elementary school principal in Murray School District for 20 years. He taught second and fifth grade in Weber and Jordan School Districts as well as seventh, eighth and ninth grade at Midvale Middle School. He is passionate about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and believes that all students can learn mathematics at a high level.

Bully Free Starts With Me
Educator Resources, All Grades and Leaders
8:30-9:45 a.m., Room 200 D
Presenters: Tim Bell, Chris Godfrey and Chris Marchbanks

Students must be provided with a safe school climate that is 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 around 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 Chris Marchbanks are UniServ Directors for the Utah School Employee Association (USEA). 


Google for Educators

Technology, All Grades
8:30-9:45 a.m., Room 200 C
Presenter: Michael Hakkarinen

Increase student communication and critical thinking skills by incorporating Google Tools into educational projects. In addition to modeling experiential learning, the course guides participants through Google Advanced Search, Docs, Calendar, Groups, Video and more.

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

PBS LearningMedia - FREE Digital Resources for Your Classroom
Technology, All Grades
8:30-9:45 a.m., Room 200 B
Presenter: Elise Peterson

Discover how PBS LearningMedia and its collection of over 100,000 curriculum-aligned digital resources can support your teaching and personalize learning experiences for your students. During the session, you will learn how to search for and download standards-aligned premium content, save and share your favorite resources and create media-rich lessons.

Elise Peterson is the Education Coordinator at KUED. She joined KUED the summer of 2011 after receiving a Master of Arts in Child Advocacy at Montclair State University. Elise oversees the Ready to Learn initiative, hosts Family Nights at Title I elementary schools and Head Start preschools, and presents PBS content at conferences around the state.


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


STEM and Project-Based Learning in the Classroom
STEM/ELA, Grades 4-12
11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Room 400
Presenters: Kristi Kimble and Erika Bradshaw

Have you heard of STEM and Project Based learning?  Do you want to know more about how to incorporate them into your classroom?  Come join us in learning what STEM education means and how it looks in a classroom using Project Based Learning. During this workshop you will gain useful tips and ideas on how to engage your students in all disciplines using STEM and Project Based Learning. You will participate in hands on activities and leave with ideas you can use in your own classroom.

Kristi Kimble currently teaches 6th grade science at Mount Jordan Middle School in Canyons District. She’s taught in both elementary and middle school. This year, she was chosen as one of 25 teachers across the country to participate in the Northrup Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy. The yearlong fellowship, in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association, is designed to give teachers tools to inspire students to follow more careers in the STEM field. Mrs. Kimble has been a UEA member since she began teaching and has served as an AR. 
Erika Bradshaw is a 6th grade math teacher at Mount Jordan Middle School in Canyons School District where she continues her 10th year as both an elementary and middle school educator. She added an Education Technology endorsement to increase her proficiency with incorporating technology into her teaching, and assist with creating a blended classroom. She is currently the Vice President for Canyons Education Association, has served as an AR in two buildings, and has been a member of UEA throughout her teaching career. 

Handouts:
  BradshawSTEMforWeb.pptx (PowerPoint)
  BradshawSTEMforWeb.pdf (PDF)
  


Teaching and Learning with iPads
Technology, All Grades
11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Room 300 C&D
Presenter: Rob Bentley

iPads have emerged as a powerful tool for engaging students in curriculum-related tasks. This workshop is designed to help educators effectively integrate this technology into a project-based educational framework. Participants gain experience using iPads, evaluating applications (apps) for educational use and exploring strategies for teaching with technology.

Rob Bentley is an instructor at UEN specializing in multimedia projects and resources for the classroom, focusing on how teachers can effectively use video, images and other media to teach their students. He also specializes in helping teachers learn how to get students creating exciting media of their own such as educational computer games, animations, mashups, comics, zooming presentations, infographics and more. Rob taught Spanish and language arts in Granite School District before joining UEN. He has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish education with an English minor, and a master’s degree in instructional design and educational technology from the University of Utah.

Shake it Up! Engaging Math Strategies for Younger Grades
Math, Grades K-3
11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Room 300 A&B
Presenter: Allison Riddle

Experience math games using an inexpensive, easy to find “shaker” for common 6-sided dice to differentiate instruction and get students moving. Learn math games for subitizing, counting & comparing, addition patterns, multiplication, place value and fractions. Journal writing and assessment ideas will be shared.

Allison Riddle is the Elementary Mentor Supervisor for Davis School District. Allison serves on Governor Herbert's Education Excellence Commission, and she is a co-secretary for Utah's State Teachers of the Year chapter. Allison was the 2014 Utah Teacher of the Year and one of five teachers awarded the 2015 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence by the NEA Foundation. She was awarded the Davis CARE Award in May 2013, and she was the Davis School District 2014 Teacher of the Year. Allison has been an elementary educator and UEA member for over 28 years. Allison has been a consultant for Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks since 2005 and is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Handouts:  
  AllisonRiddleShake it Up.pdf (PDF)


Hearing Our Quiet Kids: Classroom Discussion and Silent Students
Quality Teaching, Secondary
11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Room 200D
Presenter: Curtis Benjamin

This session introduces methods you can use in your classroom to better hear your quiet students. Our interaction and discussion will highlight strategies to emphasize the important role classroom discussion and deliberation play for student learning in a democratic society. Then we will practice reflecting on our role as teachers in ways that we can better understand, appreciate and mitigate the student silences we encounter in our classrooms during discussion.

Curtis Benjamin currently works as the Northern Utah UniServ Director in Logan. 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 that inhabit classrooms and helping those with whom he works find their voices.

Mindfulness in the Classroom and Meditation for Student Learning
Quality Teaching, All Grades
11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Room 200C
Presenter: Cindy Formeller

Today’s students often come to school weighed down with outside stress and personal trauma that hinders 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. You will leave with the tools to begin using mediation in your own classroom, school and personal life.

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.

Generation Debt: Student Loan Forgiveness
Educator Resources, All Grades
11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Room 200B
Presenter: Sean Mabey

The latest NEA Member Benefits research shows recent graduates are leaving schools with greater and greater debt. This presentation focuses on how teachers who teach in “high impact schools” can get a portion of their Stafford and Perkins loans forgiven. We’ll also discuss the Public Service Loan Forgiveness process and evaluate the best option for participants. This only applies to Undergraduate and Graduate degrees and those who have not consolidated their loans with private banks.

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. 

School Community Councils: Teachers Matter
Quality Teaching, All Grades
11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Room 200A
Presenters: Kristi Swett, Nancy Kennedy, Mary Nielson, Nancy Tingey

Teachers are a powerful resource to School Community Councils. Teachers will learn how to magnify their position to contribute to a highly functioning community council that utilizes their expertise and professionalism to benefit their school, students and community.

Nancy Kennedy is currently the President of Utah School Boards Association. She has served on the Box Elder School Board for 12 years and was on the first School Community Council at Box Elder High where she continues to be involved. Nancy earned her teaching degree at Utah State University.
Mary D. Nielson is currently the Vice President of the Utah School Boards Association and was appointed to the Juab School District Board of Education in July of 2011. She served as the President of the first Community Council in Juab School District 18 years ago and served on Community Councils from her position as a school board member.
Kristi Swett was elected as an officer for Utah School Boards Association in 2013 and is currently the immediate past president. She is currently a member of the Board of Education for Salt Lake School District. During her 13½ years on the board, she served three consecutive terms as president.  
Nancy Tingey is in her fourth year as a member of the Canyons School District Board of Education. Nancy has served on and worked with School Community Councils for 20 years.


Friday Special Session: 1-2:15 p.m.

Early Engagement in Education Policy and Professional  License
Education Students and Early-Career Educators
1-2:15 p.m., Room 300 C&D
Moderator: Heidi Matthews, UEA President
Panelists:   Marie Hutchings, NEA-SP Board Member
                  Other Panelists TBD 

Many policies affecting your license, classroom and students are determined at the state and local level. This interactive panel discussion will share experience in the politics of the profession and best practices for engagement in public policy so you can be an advocate for your students and your profession.

Heidi Matthews, is currently President of the Utah Education Association (UEA). She has 27 years of public school teaching experience, most recently as a media specialist at Treasure Mountain Junior High School in Park City. Heidi has served as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the National Education Association representing Utah since 2014 and was president of the Park City Education Association from 2009 to 2012.
 
Marie Hutchings, NEA-SP Board Member (bio coming soon)


Friday Session Three: 1-2:15 p.m.


Spanning Subjects with Environmental Education
All Subjects, Pre K-8
1-2:15 p.m., Room 300 A&B
Presenters: Carolyn Alder Bollwerk and Will Bollwerk

Studies show that connecting students to nature and their environment increases physical and mental health and attention span, solidifies concepts, and significantly increases test scores. Join the Utah Society for Environmental Education to learn how to implement environmental education into any subject area through hands-on inquiry-based activities and lessons. Participants will be introduced to the award winning curricula of Project Learning Tree, Project WET and Project WILD as tools to enhance any lesson plan. 

Carolyn Adler Bollwerk has been teaching environmental education for the past 11 years. She is currently the Program Specialist at the Utah Society for Environmental Education and prior to that was the Education Programs Manager at The Living Planet Aquarium. Carolyn has been facilitating workshops for Project Learning Tree, Project WILD and Project WET for over eight years, is currently a teaching assistant in the Utah Environmental Education Certification Program and is passionate about showing teachers how easy it is to implement environmental education into their curriculum. She studied biology and geology at Utah Valley University, University of Utah and Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Will Bollwerk is currently an education coach with Salt Lake CAP Head Start and has been a lead teacher there for the past six years. In 2014, he received the Utah Head Start Association Teacher of the Year award and in 2015 he was named a National PLT Outstanding Educator. He was instrumental in implementing a pilot program to provide environmental and outdoor education for all of Salt Lake CAP’s 80 classrooms. Will has been facilitating for Project Learning Tree for the past four years. He received his BA in Psychology from Adams State University and Early Childhood Emphasis from the University of Utah.

Engaging Your Classroom Through Games
Quality Teaching, Elementary
1-2:15 p.m., Room 200 D
Presenter: Diana Gettman Flores

Games can help your students in many areas of development — critical thinking, planning and organization as well as meeting social and emotional needs. Learn about great games for your students that reach various learning styles — visual/spatial, linguistic, mathematical/logical, verbal, aural, social and solitary. You will get a chance to play various games, some new ones and twists on old favorites, to determine which would be a good fit for your students. This workshop is relevant for educators as well as parents who want to enhance student learning and growth through the power of play.

Diana Gettman Flores is an experienced gifted specialist and classroom teacher well known by students for making learning fun. In addition to her involvement with coaching Rubik's Cube teams and coordinating competitions, Diana has served as a team coach, mentor, and judge for FIRST Robotics. She was an Arizona state nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2011.

Teaching Digital Citizenship
Technology, All Grades
1-2:15 p.m., Room 200 C
Presenter: Michael Hakkarinen

Participants will learn what digital citizenship is, how to teach students to be responsible digital citizens and how to talk with students openly about cyberbullying and other potential pitfalls of social media. Participants will learn how to model digital citizenship and develop tools and lessons to use with students of all ages.

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

Play With a Purpose: Leveraging Recess to Support PBIS
Quality Teaching, Grades 4-6
1-2:15 p.m., Room 200 B
Presenter: Ben Cromwell

Does your school experience increases in discipline behaviors during and immediately following recess? Do your socially awkward students find recess stressful rather than refreshing? We will present structures and scaffolds to support positive behavior on the playground and the impact it’s had on overall school climate. We will also share data which shows how this program results in reductions in ODRs and incidents of bullying and increases in student academic engagement.

Ben Cromwell is the Program Director at Playworks Utah. He has worked as an educator for over fifteen years in a number of settings including the island nation of Kiribati where he was a Peace Corps volunteer. Ben holds a master's degree in environmental humanities from the University of Utah.

Quick Student Engagement: Ideas for Busy Teachers
Quality Teaching, Secondary
1-2:15 p.m., Room 200 A
Presenter: Russ Johnson

This exciting session will teach strategies to increase student engagement which will improve student performance and satisfaction. It’s fun so students are happier and they learn more! Discover simple, innovative learning strategies to embrace instructional change for remarkable performance. Generate the best possible results for your classroom with an easy-to-use framework for implementing creative classroom activities for your students. This highly interactive session is loaded with creative tips, techniques and methods to accelerate learning, motivate learners, and rejuvenate your students (and yourself) through innovative classroom play.

Russ Johnson is a sought-after, engaging speaker and author who has traveled the world sharing messages of engagement and inspirational leadership. He has spoken to companies such as Disney, Marriott, Microsoft, American Express and educational institutions alike. 


Friday Stage Presentations: Noon-3 p.m.

The Magic in Learning™
All Attendees, Kids
Noon-12:45 p.m., Columbus Community Center Stage
Presenter: Mike Hamilton

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

Mike Hamilton, a Utah-based magician and educational presenter, created the Magic in Learning Foundation and performs for over 75,000 students annually with his "Magic with a Message" shows. He has won numerous awards for his magic, including Utah's Best of State. His “Magic With A Message” presentation amazes, educates and inspires kids to learn. 

Toybox Treatments
All Attendees, Kids
1-1:45 p.m., Columbus Community Center Stage
Presenter: Caroline Pack

Toybox Treatments:  Continuous Development through hands on therapeutic tools easily adapted to classroom and educational environments to enhance Independence.

Caroline Pack
, COTA, EI II, SET Therapist has worked for over 20 years in occupational therapy, early intervention, education, outpatient rehab, and home health.
 
Spin, Pop, Boom!
All Attendees, Kids
2-2:45 p.m., Columbus Community Center Stage
Presenter: Mad Science of Greater Salt Lake

The audience will be amazed when the Mad Scientist is able to defy gravity in this energetic and spectacular special event. Didgeridoo tubes, foaming hands and steaming chemical reactions will introduce children to a world of exciting chemistry.