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Knowledge-Building Presentation [clear filter]
Tuesday, June 14
 

10:30am

How will the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) impact educators?
Limited Capacity seats available

Move over, No Child Left Behind! Make room for the Every Student Succeeds Act, which restores power to states once held by the federal government under the No Child Left Behind Act. Hear about the opportunities that will open up under this new law — particularly school and district accountability, assessments, and identification, and support for struggling schools. Find out how these provisions will affect teachers, school administrators, central office administrators, and districts as a whole.


Facilitators
avatar for Mike Gradoz

Mike Gradoz

Senior Director, The Colorado Education Initiative
Senior Director



Tuesday June 14, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Salon B

10:30am

What are you saying about your school without even knowing it? A tale of two pathways.
Limited Capacity seats available

Take a closer look at how you communicate with stakeholders when you discuss the cutting-edge work underway at your school with teaching and learning models. Examine real-world examples that illustrate current and ideal communication strategies for innovative schools. Gain an awareness of the strengths and opportunities of current communication practices. Learn no-cost best practices to clearly communicate your message that can make a difference immediately.

Facilitators
avatar for Scott Fuller

Scott Fuller

Next Generation Learning Coordinator, Colorado Springs School District 11
I am the Next Generation Learning Coordinator for Colorado Springs School District 11, which means I coach people through change and innovative thought. Pushing the thinking around teaching, learning, time, talent, and technology is a favorite pastime. Previously, I served as an elementary... Read More →
avatar for David Gregory

David Gregory

Managing Director, G&D Associates
David Gregory is the owner and Managing Director of G&D Associates. His wealth of experience leading change in the public and private sector has proven to be a catalyst for transformational change in schools and districts across the United States and the U.K. | | After eight years... Read More →



Tuesday June 14, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Alpine Springs 1

1:15pm

How can elementary schools convert an innovative vision into action?
Limited Capacity filling up

Join leadership and staff from Trailblazer Elementary School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for a thought-provoking presentation about their successes and challenges during the first year of implementing innovative visioning and strategic planning at the school. Gain insight into the school’s approach through storytelling and interactive conversation, and see how Trailblazer is working to reimagine teaching.

Facilitators
avatar for Julie Johnson

Julie Johnson

Teaching and Learning Coach, Colorado Springs School District 11
avatar for Nicole Ottmer

Nicole Ottmer

Educator, The Difference @ Trailblazer Elementary
DR

Denise Rubio-Gurnett

Principal, The Difference @ Trailblazer Elementary
KV

Kaylee Vasquez

Educator, Trailblazer Elementary, Colorado Springs District 11



Tuesday June 14, 2016 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Salon D

1:15pm

Why should educators invest in social emotional learning and classroom culture?
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Advocate for your students and help them to flourish! Reflect on the power of educators and learning environments to influence students’ sense of belonging, their capacity to learn, and their ability to successfully navigate what life throws at them. In the first of two sessions, examine the link between student-teacher trust, perceptions of care, stress, academic mindsets, and classroom culture on student behavior and motivation.

Facilitators
avatar for Finessa Ferrell

Finessa Ferrell

Director, Health and Wellness, The Colorado Education Initiative
Finessa Ferrell joined The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) in 2012 as a director in Health and Wellness. In this role, she oversees efforts in school climate change, equity, student behavioral health, and social-emotional learning.Before joining CEI, Finessa led the National Center... Read More →



Tuesday June 14, 2016 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Alpine Springs 2

3:00pm

How can school leaders create personalized professional learning pathways for teachers?
Limited Capacity filling up

Take the road less traveled and explore new pathways to professional learning! Hear how Thompson School District in Loveland, Colorado, used teacher feedback to create 29 new alternatives for development by shifting professional learning to teacher passions for continual growth. Learn about the model that was developed to create the 29 pathways, the expectations of the facilitators and teachers, methods they used to incorporate this new learning in daily classroom practice, and communication and feedback gathered after the first year of implementation.

Facilitators
JC

Jeri Crispe

Director, Secondary Education, Thompson R2-J
CW

Carmen Williams

Director of Assessment and Professional Development, Thompson R2-J



Tuesday June 14, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
The Overlook

3:00pm

How can teachers use technology to enable learning by blending teacher-led instruction and technology-enabled instruction?
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
avatar for Kevin Croghan

Kevin Croghan

Site Director for Blended Learning & Learning Environments at Grant Beacon Middle School, Denver Public Schools
Champion


Tuesday June 14, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Cathedral Peak

3:00pm

What are counter narratives and how can we use them to empower students from an equity perspective?
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Dig deeper into students’ need to belong, particularly students who have experienced trauma or perceive they don’t fit the dominant cultural narrative within their school community. Understand the importance of creating a culture of belonging and acceptance, particularly for students who perceive that their identity doesn’t match what is perceived as desirable, successful, powerful, or normal. Examine the effect of trauma and marginalization on learning. Then see the power that educators can wield when they intentionally create effective counter narratives to engage their most reluctant learners.

Facilitators
avatar for Finessa Ferrell

Finessa Ferrell

Director, Health and Wellness, The Colorado Education Initiative
Finessa Ferrell joined The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) in 2012 as a director in Health and Wellness. In this role, she oversees efforts in school climate change, equity, student behavioral health, and social-emotional learning.Before joining CEI, Finessa led the National Center... Read More →



Tuesday June 14, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Alpine Springs 2
 
Wednesday, June 15
 

10:30am

Do educators have a duty to protect?
Limited Capacity seats available

Understanding the Impact of SB213: The Claire Davis Act and School Safety — What You Need To Know
Get up to speed on this new legislation and its effect on school safety. During this overview, learn about this law’s overall impact on public schools and educators as well as the work that continues to shape its implementation. Discover the role that school climate and culture play in maintaining a positive school environment.

Facilitators
avatar for Finessa Ferrell

Finessa Ferrell

Director, Health and Wellness, The Colorado Education Initiative
Finessa Ferrell joined The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) in 2012 as a director in Health and Wellness. In this role, she oversees efforts in school climate change, equity, student behavioral health, and social-emotional learning.Before joining CEI, Finessa led the National Center... Read More →
avatar for Mike Gradoz

Mike Gradoz

Senior Director, The Colorado Education Initiative
Senior Director
DO

David Olson

General Counsel, CSDSIP



Wednesday June 15, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Salon A

10:30am

How can competency-based learning ensure equity?
Limited Capacity seats available

Create a classroom where all students excel! During this session, focus on the rationale for and critical elements of an effective competency‐based teaching and learning system, which believes that all students can learn if educators clarify learning goals, personalize assessment and instruction, and understand that students will learn in different ways and at different times. Then engage in activities that address equity through these principles. Examine an array of resources that identify entry points for transitioning to a competency‐based system.

Facilitators
avatar for Ted Hall

Ted Hall

Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership
Competency-based learning, personalized learning, authentic student voice, school leadership, cycling, Nordic & telemark skiing, kayaking
avatar for Angela Hardy

Angela Hardy

Director of Coaching, Great Schools Partnership
After 15 years in education, Angela joined the Great Schools Partnership as a Senior Associate and spent time coaching in Maine schools and supporting the development of tools and resources for proficiency-based learning systems. Angela currently supports the coordination of the League... Read More →
avatar for Craig Kesselheim

Craig Kesselheim

Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership
I am a Sr. Associate at Great Schools Partnership (greatschoolspartnership.org), a non-profit based in Portland, Maine. My coaching partnerships are located in coastal and northern Maine, and in Colorado. Background includes MS science teaching, school administration, and field-based... Read More →



Wednesday June 15, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Alpine Springs 1

10:30am

How can creative placemaking be used as a tool for learning?
Limited Capacity seats available

Help students develop the skills to succeed in tomorrow’s job market. Explore ways to incorporate the arts and design activities of creative placemaking in a science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) based curriculum to build public, private, nonprofit, and community partnerships. Collaborate with other session participants to develop a creative placemaking project that can be brought back to your classroom, playground, or community.

Facilitators
avatar for Brian Corrigan

Brian Corrigan

Founder + Director, OhHeckYeah
Lover of Art, Culture, Design, Technology and Places.



Wednesday June 15, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Salon B

10:30am

How can health and wellness further academic achievement?
Limited Capacity seats available

Healthy students = academic success. It’s a winning formula! Explore the connection between health and learning: improved concentration, increased attendance and engagement, and higher test scores. Listen as [NAME], superintendent of Healthy School Champion Lake County School District, shares tips for quickly implementing best practices in physical activity, nutrition, school health services, and behavioral health.

Facilitators
AD

Amy Dyett

Director, Health and Wellness, The Colorado Education Initiative
Director, Health and Wellness
KQ

Kerri Quinlan

Healthy Schools Director, Lake County School District
The issues that affect me most in my work are: health access, rural healthcare and rural education, fundraising, behavioral health, volunteer coordination and community partnerships. In our small community, we do a lot of grassroots work to create better health outcomes for youth... Read More →
DW

Dr. Wendy Wyman

Lake County School District



Wednesday June 15, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
The Overlook

10:30am

How can schools weave social-emotional learning into rigorous coursework to increase equitable outcomes?
Limited Capacity seats available

Close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. Join an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) instructor and her Advanced Placement (AP) English language and composition colleague as they discuss the students who are the most overlooked in AP programs throughout the country. Learn how AP teachers are partnering with AVID leaders on their campuses to break down the barriers to AP enrollment and provide wraparound supports to offer equitable success in AP coursework. Discover ways they have partnered to increase equitable access for historically underrepresented students, the results from the implementation of this recruitment approach, and best practices for utilizing AVID to support AP instruction.

Facilitators
JH

Jen Harkness

Teacher Leader, Denver County 1
avatar for Greg Hessee

Greg Hessee

Senior Director, Colorado Education Initiative
MR

Michelle Rosen

AVID Teacher, GWHS



Wednesday June 15, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Cathedral Peak

10:30am

How can teachers get students talking about math?
Limited Capacity filling up

See why the days of silent math classrooms are a thing of the past! More than ever before, students need to talk to each other about math and explain their reasoning. Explore the Math Design Collaborative’s suite of resources that are helping teachers across Colorado develop students’ mathematical reasoning and ability to engage in discourse about math. Implement on Day 1 of the next school year — your math classroom will never look or sound the same!

Facilitators
MK

Matt Keefauver

Math Teacher, Cortez Middle School
I have been a teacher for 21 years at a variety of grade levels and content areas. I prefer to teaching middle school mathematics. I started my career in Buena Vista, Colorado and then moved to Cortez, Colorado in 2006.
avatar for Jaren Smith

Jaren Smith

Math Content Specialist - Colorado Legacy Schools, The Colorado Education Initiative
Math Content Specialist - Colorado Legacy Schools


Wednesday June 15, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Salon C

10:30am

How can time and talent be used more effectively in competency-based schools using the PLUS staffing model?
Limited Capacity seats available

Rethink your school schedule and staffing model! Learn how educators at Ranum Middle School in Westminster Public Schools reconfigured its staffing to a PLUS model to support personalized learning, teacher collaboration, and development of nonacademic competencies in a competency-based environment. Hear details and lessons learned about implementing PLUS, as well as the impact it has had on professional development for all staff as well as the student curriculum.

Facilitators
SW

Shannon Willy

Principal, Ranum Middle School



Wednesday June 15, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Castle Peak Auditorium

10:30am

How do educators move toward a guaranteed viable curriculum in a competency-based system?
Limited Capacity seats available

Join educators from Westminster Public Schools (WPS) as they share best practices for implementing a competency-based education system. Learn about the new curriculum structure created by WPS that records and reports student learning flexibly over multiple years. Get hands-on experience with the WPS Proficiency Scales and Learning Progressions that record student learning progress. Learn about the collaborative development of these tools, how educators are using them to design learning experiences and track student progress, lessons learned during the first year of implementation, and opportunities for value-added partnerships among districts moving forward.

Facilitators
avatar for Jeni Gotto

Jeni Gotto

Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, Westminster Public Schools
avatar for Dr. Oliver Grenham

Dr. Oliver Grenham

Chief Education Officer, Westminster Public Schools
My main interest and responsibility is implementing a Learner-centered, Competency Based Educational System ranging from preschool through high school in Westminster Public Schools (WPS). The system allows learners to navigate flexibly through schooling based on demonstrated performance... Read More →



Wednesday June 15, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Salon E

1:15pm

How can educators spark the learning brain?
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Add a new tool to the learning process: Play! Get the latest research about the brain as it relates to student learning, including the importance of play, novelty, and timing. Address the student brain with a hands-on approach, and watch creativity and innovation soar in the classroom!

Facilitators
CS

Chris Strater

Physical Educator, Aurora Public Schools
Chris Strater is in her 28th year of teaching in Aurora Public Schools as a Physical Education Specialist, where she has served on PE Advisory and many curriculum revision committees. Chris has testified before both the Colorado House and Colorado Senate Educational Committees on... Read More →



Wednesday June 15, 2016 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Salon C

3:00pm

How can educators design a learning culture to begin the transformation to a performance-based learning system?
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Discover how culture and climate can change the way people look at learning and communicate with one another. Experience the facilitators’ journey as they share lessons learned from building awareness and understanding of a performance-based learning system with transparency at all levels. Explore the design thinking tools and steps they used to build a learner-centered culture, which focuses on mindsets, dispositions, and social-emotional learning. Connect with colleagues during this session to continue the conversation after the conference.

Facilitators
avatar for Leigh Grasso

Leigh Grasso

Executive Director, Mesa County Valley 51
avatar for Rebecca Midles

Rebecca Midles

Executive Director of Performance Based Systems, Mesa County Valley School District 51
Rebecca Midles is the Executive Director of Performance Based Systems at Mesa County Valley School District 51 in Grand Junction, Colorado. She has spent over 18 years in the field of competency based learning, including the roles of teacher, site administrator, board member, district... Read More →



Wednesday June 15, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Salon C
 
Thursday, June 16
 

10:30am

How can principals employ mindfulness strategies to realize personalized learning?
Limited Capacity seats available

Principals unite! Recognize the role that you play in shepherding all stakeholders during the transition to competency‐based learning. Navigating the sometimes-challenging waters associated with this work requires moral courage, strong communication skills, and strategic thinking. Explore leadership mindfully during this session using text and case studies as well as reflection and discussion with other participants. Identify personal leadership strengths and challenges. Consider new ways to use key findings from positive psychology, neuroscience, and mindfulness research to improve your efficacy as a leader. Then create next steps to implement mindfulness in your work.

Facilitators
avatar for Ted Hall

Ted Hall

Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership
Competency-based learning, personalized learning, authentic student voice, school leadership, cycling, Nordic & telemark skiing, kayaking
avatar for Angela Hardy

Angela Hardy

Director of Coaching, Great Schools Partnership
After 15 years in education, Angela joined the Great Schools Partnership as a Senior Associate and spent time coaching in Maine schools and supporting the development of tools and resources for proficiency-based learning systems. Angela currently supports the coordination of the League... Read More →
avatar for Craig Kesselheim

Craig Kesselheim

Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership
I am a Sr. Associate at Great Schools Partnership (greatschoolspartnership.org), a non-profit based in Portland, Maine. My coaching partnerships are located in coastal and northern Maine, and in Colorado. Background includes MS science teaching, school administration, and field-based... Read More →



Thursday June 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Alpine Springs 1

10:30am

How does assessment literacy transform teaching and learning?
Limited Capacity seats available

Session participants will learn how one Colorado school district transformed their local assessment system by engaging district and school leaders with teachers to create a sustainable learning community that values formative assessment practices and co-creates common assessments. The session also provides educators access to CDE’s newest resource that supports the use of assessment for the purpose of guiding instruction and improving student achievement. CDE's Assessment Literacy Program's Professional Learning Modules seek to engage teachers, school and district leaders in deepening their assessment knowledge in the attributes of a coherent assessment system, interim and formative assessment practices. Session participants will be provided information about how to access support demonstrated by the model district as well as the opportunity to explore the online resources while planning with team members on next steps in the transformation of their local assessment system.

Facilitators
avatar for Angela Landrum

Angela Landrum

Principal Consultant - Assessment, Colorado Department of Education



Thursday June 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Castle Peak Auditorium

10:30am

What are Colorado schools and districts doing with Competency-Based Systems?
Limited Capacity seats available

Need a fresh outlook? Get a wide range of perspectives about competency-based systems in Colorado during this thought-provoking discussion. Join panelists for an in-depth look at what brought them to a competency-based educational system, how they are implementing the new system, and what next steps they will introduce to transform their vision to action.

Facilitators
avatar for Christina Jean

Christina Jean

Director- Innovation and Choice, Colorado Department of Education



Thursday June 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Cathedral Peak

10:30am

EdCamp
YOU help determine these sessions on Thursday morning. They are spontaneous, interactive, and responsive to your needs. Leave your ideas on the Wonder Wall in the Westin Snowmass Conference Center lobby on Tuesday and Wednesday, or bring them with you to Decamp

Facilitators
avatar for Kevin Croghan

Kevin Croghan

Site Director for Blended Learning & Learning Environments at Grant Beacon Middle School, Denver Public Schools
Champion


Thursday June 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Mt. Daly Ballroom