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Elementary Conference

Elementary Conference

The transformED conference is intended to encourage educators to get inspired, get informed, get connected, and take action by shining a light on modern learning practices. Throughout the conference, educators will engage in meaningful experiences while exploring ways to engage today’s learners. Join us for this innovative conference as we collaborate to find new ways to transform your classroom.

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by transformED conference speakers are those of the speakers themselves and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of ESC Region 12.
  • Join us as we explore digital tools to help support your students’ learning and demonstration of math concepts in a blended learning classroom.

     

    Presenter:  Lindsey Helton

    Room: Brazos

    Offered During: Learning Experience 1

  • Learn how you can remove barriers to reading in your classroom with BOOKSHARE, a FREE service for students with print disabilities, including dyslexia. Bookshare, the world’s largest library of books in accessible formats (700,000 titles), is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the TX. Education Agency. Training and support, including in-person training, is also free for TX. K-12 Public Schools. Current Bookshare users, explore new features that make Bookshare even easier to set up and use.  

     

    Presenter: Matthew Hattoon

    Room: Bluebonnet

    Offered During: Learning Experience 3

  • Social Emotional Learning skills are critical to all students as they grow up in a world centered around social media and technology. Learn easy to implement tips and techniques to transform your classroom. 

     

    Presenter:  Heather Solis

    Room: Pecan

    Offered During: Learning Experience 1

  • Scratch and Scratch Jr are free and easy to use tools that can spark student interest in coding and computer programming. I'll share valuable free teacher resources, explain why coding is such a great activity for today's learners, and demonstrate ways to get your students started.  

     

    Presenter: Brandi Moore

    Room: Bluebonnet

    Offered During: Learning Experience 2

  • In this fun and interactive session, you will experience a digital breakout, get helpful resources and apply design thinking to create a digital breakout. The color-coded, almost ‘paint-by-number’ method that we will use takes the fear out of the design process. You will be able to use G Suite tools to design a digital breakout that includes your tailor-made clues for your specified grade-level and content-area standards, so that your students have an active learning opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills and develop a deeper understanding of their learning objectives, while also incorporating collaboration, creativity, cooperation, and critical thinking to breakout.  

     

    Presenter: Cindy Darden

    Room: Lab 1

    Offered During: Learning Experience 3

  • Participants explore Design Thinking, Padlet, Book Creator, and Smore as ways to illicit student engagement, curiosity, and creativity. Design Thinking has been embraced by many educators and is now being utilized with students. Padlet allows all learners to create collaborative dashboards. Book Creator allows every educator and student to become an author. Smore empowers everyone to develop digital newsletters. Put your thinking cap on and come ready to create.  

     

    Presenter: John Bullion and Andi McNair

    Room: Bluebonnet

    Offered During: Learning Experience 1

  • Are you interested in gamifying your classroom, but not sure how to do it? Struggling with how to differentiate your curriculum to fit the needs of all your learners at once? This session will show you how to merge both ideas to create an engaging, student-led learning experience all year. Bring an idea for a theme and leave with general plans for implementation at the next school year. 

     

    Presenter: Teresa Kelm

    Room: Mockingbird

    Offered During: Learning Experience 2

  • Choosing picture books that encourage students to think intensively and critically about social studies concepts can be a difficult task. Additionally, facilitating discussions or reflective writing assignments that provide students with a voice to the topics is essential in the development of informed, empathetic, well-rounded citizens. This learning experience will provide educators with text examples, digital resources, and questioning stems to build a more tolerant, knowledgeable classroom or campus community.  

     

    Presenter: Jessica Torres

    Room: Pecan

    Offered During: Learning Experience 3

  • Educators will participate a 30-minute immersive lesson as the student followed by a series of teacher reflection activities to tease out the benefits and perceived roadblocks associated with the classroom environment. The experience goal is to showcase how the flexible nature of furniture can drive instructional choices that positively impact student engagement and student success.  

     

    Presenter:  Judy York & ELB Furniture

    Room: Alamo

    Offered During: Learning Experience 1

  • Our session will share strategies and ideas with teachers on how to implement Flipgrid in their classroom to support growing readers and writers, including building storytelling skills, reading fluency, and the brainstorming process. Students can engage with each other, as well as compile their own data and track their growth throughout the year. We will be sharing student samples that demonstrate how Flipgrid can be used to grow readers and writers.  

     

    Presenter: Karen Autry and Melissa Thigpen

    Room: Waco AB

    Offered During: Learning Experience 2

  • Come experience robotics, coding, math, science, and how each is a component in your standards. Application, timing, and relevance will be addressed as we explore four different platforms while meeting the needs of our 21st century learners. 

     

    Presenter: Andi Parr

    Room: Mockingbird

    Offered During: Learning Experience 3

  • In this learning experience, we will explore practical methods and routines to integrate reading, writing, science, social studies, and technology into your mathematics curriculum.    

     

    Presenter: Arash Abnoussi & Valery Haskett

    Room: Waco CD

    Offered During: Learning Experience 2 

  • Our minds are enhanced for learning and relationships when we're in a relaxed and present state of mind. Don't miss this session that introduces you to a little research and a lot of movement and breathing to help manage stress and focus for you and/or your students! 

     

    Presenter: Kristen Arterbury

    Room: Pecan

    Offered During: Learning Experience 2

  • Teachers who create whole brain learning experiences in their classrooms are able to encourage higher levels of student engagement, which lead to greater retention of academic vocabulary and concepts. Incorporating strategic opportunities for kinesthetic movement helps students maximize their capacity for learning new material. During this learning experience, participants will hear how to strategically plan and execute gestures and whole body movements based on state content standards. Using vertically aligned content documents, participants will have the opportunity to work as a team to create and present gestures that would differentiate their instruction. 

     

    Presenter: Amy Sielaff

    Room: Lone Star

    Offered During: Learning Experience 3

  • In this learning experience, we will explore practical methods and routines to integrate reading, writing, science, social studies, and technology into your mathematics curriculum.   

     

    Presenter: Sarah McCormick

    Room: Brazos

    Offered During: Learning Experience 2

  • Self-care is more than just eating healthy and sleeping earlier. While personal self-care can be helpful, in this session participants will learn about professional self-care. Participants will learn to identify burnout and secondary trauma in themselves and peers. Tools will be provided to increase self-compassion and self-care in both personal and professional lives. By the end of the session, you will learn specific ways to grow in professional self-care & begin or enhance your self-care plan. 

     

    Presenter:  Jaja Chen

    Room: Waco CD

    Offered During: Learning Experience 1

  • In this Social-emotional learning and literacy experience, participants will identify the five core competencies, and how to use them in literacy-based instruction.  Teachers will leave with lessons they can use to start their new school year, and a plethora of resources to sustain their efforts throughout the entire year!  

     

    Presenter: Lisa Romo

    Room: Waco CD

    Offered During: Learning Experience 3

  • Join the Mayborn Museum’s Design Den to make, tinker, and create using circuits at three activity stations! Connect circuit blocks to batteries to complete series and parallel circuits. Get creative and make a paper circuit card for a friend! Lastly, jam out with Makey Makey pianos and enter to win a free spot at one of our upcoming Makey Makey Invention Literacy Workshops! This session will end with reflection about the role of maker education in practicing the “Four Cs” and what formal educators can learn from museums that are making and tinkering.  

     

    Presenter:  Emily Clark

    Room: Brazos

    Offered During: Learning Experience 1

  • If you haven't had a chance to see what Merge Cubes can do, here's your chance! The apps are free, but the cube is not. Are they worth the investment? Come find out. You'll be able to sample apps for use with Merge Cubes and decide for yourself. 

     

    Presenter: Frances Karels

    Room: Lone Star

    Offered During: Learning Experience 2

  • These cute little robots create huge engagement! Students can code with color or with Ozoblockly.com. Come see how you can integrate Ozobots into your classroom! 

     

    Presenter:  Frances Karels

    Room: Lone Star

    Offered During: Learning Experience 1

  • The number of digital natives increases each year. Balanced Literacy is changing to address the needs of technology driven students. This session looks at how to incorporate technology into a successful Balance Literacy framework.  

     

    Presenter: Adrian Decker and Millie Blackwell 

    Room: Waco AB

    Offered During: Learning Experience 1

  • This session will show the transformation of physical space (like the Treehouse at China Spring Elementary!) and how, as educators, you need to "transform" to meet the needs of the 21st century learners. We need to teach skills today for future jobs that have not even been developed yet!

     

    Presenter:Tricia Begesse & ELB Furniture

    Room: Alamo

    Offered During: Learning Experience 2

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