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Monday, October 8
 

8:00am

Akin Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A2718, A2719, A2720

8:00am

Bagdad Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
C402, C403

8:00am

Block House Creek Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A1605, A1606

8:00am

Business Services Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A2514

8:00am

Camacho Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A1707, A1708, A1710

8:00am

Canyon Ridge Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A1808, A1810

8:00am

Cedar Park HS Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
B100: Auditorium

8:00am

Cedar Park MS Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
B317: Study Hall

8:00am

CNS Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
Vista Ridge HS Kitchen

8:00am

College and Career Pathways Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A2702

8:00am

Cox Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A1705, A1706

8:00am

Custodial Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
Cedar Park HS

8:00am

Cypress Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
C426

8:00am

Deer Creek Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
C411, C412

8:00am

Diags/LSSPs Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A2711, A2712

8:00am

Elem ARD Specialists Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A1712

8:00am

Elementary Curriculum Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A2502

8:00am

Facilities & Ops Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A2512

8:00am

Faubion Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
C423

8:00am

Federal & State Programs Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A1713, A1714, A1715

8:00am

Financial Services Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A2513

8:00am

Four Points Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
C427

8:00am

Giddens Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
C420, C421

8:00am

Glenn Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A1612, A1613, A1616, A1617, A1618, A1619

8:00am

Grandview Hills Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
C409

8:00am

Henry Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A1816, 1817

8:00am

Human Resources Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A1614

8:00am

ITS Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A2507, A2509, A2510

8:00am

Jim Plain Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
B102: Drama

8:00am

Knowles Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A2515, A2516, A2517

8:00am

Laura Welch Bush Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A1807

8:00am

Leander HS Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
B201: Little Theater

8:00am

Leander MS Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A1811, A1812

8:00am

Legal Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A1602, A1603

8:00am

LEO Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
C425

8:00am

Mason Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
C407, C408

8:00am

Naumann Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A2701, A2703

8:00am

New Hope Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
C405

8:00am

OT/PT, APE, VI/O&M Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A2704, A2705

8:00am

Parents as Teachers Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A1604

8:00am

Parkside Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
B109: Choir

8:00am

Pleasant Hill Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A1701, A1703, A1704

8:00am

Reagan Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A1801, A1802

8:00am

Reed Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A1803, A1804

8:00am

River Place Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
C417, C418A

8:00am

River Ridge Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A2503, A2505, A2506

8:00am

Rouse Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
C410/ROTC

8:00am

Running Brushy Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A1818, A1819

8:00am

Rutledge Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A1607, A1615

8:00am

SCR Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A1711

8:00am

Secondary Curriculum Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A2501

8:00am

SELF/18+ Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A2518

8:00am

SLPs Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A2713, A2714

8:00am

Steiner Ranch Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
B103: Black box

8:00am

Stiles Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
B204: MPR/Dance

8:00am

Student Services Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
C428

8:00am

Vandegrift Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
B310: Prac Gym

8:00am

Vista Ridge Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
B111: Band

8:00am

Westside Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A1608, A1609, A1610

8:00am

Whitestone Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A1805, A1806

8:00am

Wiley Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A1620/1601-Lecture Hall

8:00am

Winkley Base Camp
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Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
A1702-Learning Center

8:45am

Power of Pairs
In this session, teachers will learn to develop systems for partner work and how to integrate pairs into instruction to guarantee differentiation and challenge. Teachers will come away with low prep, high yield strategies that can be implemented immediately. The session includes videos of partners using collaborative structures from grades K-5. Come see the Power of Pairs!

Speakers
JB

Jessica Bohne

Dual Language Kindergarten Teacher, Leander ISD
This is my sixth year teaching in Leander ISD. I love finding new ways to engage and excite children about their learning. A life-long learner myself, I look at each day in this profession as a learning opportunity and a gift!
avatar for Lela Dion

Lela Dion

Dual Language Kindergarten Teacher, Leander ISD
avatar for Susan Hansen

Susan Hansen

Fourth Grade Dual Language Teacher, Leander ISD
avatar for Gloria Rocha

Gloria Rocha

Dual Language 2 way 2nd grade, Classroom teacher for 13 years. Grades kinder, 1st and 2nd., Leander ISD
My teaching philosophy is to guide students through the learning process while empowering them and giving them the sense of security so that they can actively participate and transform situations that are part of the learning experience to assist them in becoming life long learne... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
A1702-Learning Center

8:45am

Starting Kinder Right
Join us for a think tank and brainstorming session for kindergarten placement rotations and ways to start the kindergarten year right by doing what's best for kids. Explore different ways to get to know your kindergarteners so they have a great start to their educational experience.


Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
A1818

8:45am

Collide - Blending Innovation & Tradition with PLCs
In this session, participants will learn how to use the Professional Learning Community model to support student and teacher growth by integrating the LEADS process, SLOs, and instructional rounds in their operation. Participants will spend time working together to reflect on ways to build collaborative teams, set tangible goals that support their campus improvement plans, and develop a professional learning plan that is personalized to meet the needs of teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Shauna Allen

Shauna Allen

I teach Kindergarten at Reagan Elementary in Leander ISD. I have been teaching for 17 years. I was invited to participate in Texas Lesson Study with Region XIII and became a Certified Lesson Study Facilitator. I enjoy taking on a challenge to learn new things and I hope you enjoy... Read More →
avatar for Reagan Habermacher

Reagan Habermacher

I am a 5th grade teacher at Reagan Elementary in my 20th year of teaching! I love to get my students excited about Language Arts and Social Studies!
avatar for Lauren Houser

Lauren Houser

Instructional Coach, Leander ISD
Follow me on Twitter @lauren_houser
avatar for Paula Martinez

Paula Martinez

Assistant Principal, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
A1620/1601-Lecture Hall

8:45am

Second Step: More Than a Class Meeting

Ready for year two? This session will focus on the why behind Second Step and best practices from teachers using Second Step in their classrooms. Presenters will share success stories and tips for making it more than a class meeting.

Link to Presentation




Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
A1805

8:45am

Be the ONE! (Secondary Keynote)
The education of America’s youth is a challenging prospect when one considers the many burdens faced by impoverished children and their families. Research indicates that poverty need not be a barrier to academic excellence. As co-author of the book Standing in the Gap, Dr. Hodge states, "Across the nation, schools are demonstrating that it can be done: That students can reach high standards, that all children can succeed, that the gap between white and minority students, poor and affluent, can be closed." More often than not, one caring adult can make all the difference in the world. Today’s keynote will inspire all of you to BE THE ONE!

Speakers
avatar for John Hodge

John Hodge

Urban Learning and Leadership Center (ULLC)
Dr. John W. Hodge is president and co-founder of Urban Learning and Leadership Center (ULLC), an organization focused on student achievement and reduction of the achievement gap. He has served as a reading teacher, English teacher, AVID teacher, Assistant Principal and Associate Director... Read More →



Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
B202: Comp Gym

8:45am

Schoolwide Synergy to Achieve Goals
Rutledge lives the seven habits through setting and achieving schoolwide goals. The campus has aligned its academic systems to ensure that every student, teacher and team work interdependently to grow as readers and learners. Come learn strategies for setting and tracking goals.

Speakers
avatar for Nikki Aguirre

Nikki Aguirre

Instructional Coach, Rutledge Elementary
avatar for Kim Baumann

Kim Baumann

Instructional Coach, LISD
JB

Jessica Beeler

Fifth Grade
avatar for Beth Mohler

Beth Mohler

Principal, Rutledge Elementary
I love my work as principal at Rutledge. I can share info with others about The Leader in Me. I'd love to hear more about how to integrate technology into core academics.


Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
A1806

8:45am

Financial Wellness! Retirement Is Around The Corner!
If you are within five years of retirement, come hear what you need to know and consider. We'll talk through TRS, Social Security, and what that means for those of you with retirement on the near horizon. 

Speakers


Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
B109: Choir

8:45am

Texas Behavior Support Initiative Modules (Session Repeats: Monday 1:15)
This session is designed for Instructional Assistants needing to complete TBSI modules during the school day. The Texas Behavior Support Initiative, or TBSI, is a legislatively mandated state-level training by Senate Bill 1196 and the Texas Administrative Code. §89.1053. The TBSI training is designed to provide foundational knowledge for the use of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports for students with disabilities as well as with all students. While the TBSI training meets legislative requirements related to procedures for the use of restraint and time-out, it also provides a framework for sharing a wide range of foundational level behavior strategies and prevention based schoolwide, classroom, and individual interventions.

Speakers
LR

Lisa Robertson

SR CRD LOW INC DIS, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
C417 Computer Lab

8:45am

Family Law 101
Participants will learn family law basics— Deciphering custody orders, what do if you get subpoenaed, when the school/staff are put in the middle, guardian ad litems, what to do if an attorney contacts you/your staff and much, much more.

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
B201: Little Theater

8:45am

2018 International Literacy Conference Debrief
Did you attend ILA 2018 in Austin on July 21st and 22nd or were you not able to attend and are curious about the learning? Come spend a session together sharing, collaborating, and reflecting about ILA learning.
This will be an informal time together sharing our takeaways!

Speakers
LD

Laurel Dunn

Elem. LA Coordinator, Leander ISD
Leander ISD
avatar for Karen Turner

Karen Turner

Elem. LA Specialist, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
A1804

8:45am

A Magic Wand for Teaching Writing: Finding and Teaching from the Hidden Gems in Every Student’s Writing (Session Repeats: Monday 10:15, Tuesday 10:00)
Often, when we skim student writing, we look through negative, or deficit eyes—noticing instantly what’s wrong and what’s missing. Instead, Katherine demonstrates how we might approach responding to our student writing with awestruck eyes, noticing what unique gifts and strengths our students have and naming those hidden gems the way writers would, using language of a writer’s craft rather than rubric descriptions and scores. Students begin to feel like real apprentices learning an art.

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Bomer

Katherine Bomer

Heinemann Publishing
Katherine Bomer, author of The Journey Is Everything, Hidden Gems, and Starting with What Students Do Best,is one of the field’s most gifted writers as well as one of its most gifted teachers of writing. In more than two decades of teaching and consulting, she has used her writers... Read More →



Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
B204: MPR/Dance

8:45am

Challenging Word Work: How to increase DOK in phonics
Teachers will learn new ways to allow students to create and apply phonics in every day writing. We will take a look at different ways to increase vocabulary in students, to increase ideas and word choice. Teachers will go through a sample lesson and leave with ideas to implement in their classroom immediately.



Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
A1619

8:45am

Chemistry Theater with Dr. David Laude, UT Chemistry Professor
Come transform yourself into a college-aged subatomic particle with Dr. Laude! In this interactive session, he will demonstrate how he teachers UT Freshmen abstract concept using kinesthetic movement and formative assessment.  

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
A1811

8:45am

Creativity in the Classroom: Balancing Chaos and Structure (Session Repeats: Monday 10:15)
Creativity is often touted as an essential skill (21st century, global, etc.) for every student. Yet, we continue to see a dichotomous relationship between creativity and curriculum standards. There are good natured attempts to integrate creativity in the classroom, but many times it becomes disjointed and disconnected from learning goals. In this session, I'll share some tips on how to find a balance between structure and chaos. I'll present concepts like "creative burstiness" and make connections to the movie "Sound of Music" and the TV series "Project Runway." The audience will leave inspired to change the way they view and implement creativity in the classroom.

At the end of this session, participants will explain strategies to better foster creativity in the classroom. Participants will implement tools to more effectively implement creative processes in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Lang-Raad

Nathan Lang-Raad

Solution Tree
Nathan D. Lang-Raad, EdD, is a speaker, author, and professional-learning facilitator. Throughout his career, he has served as a teacher, assistant principal, director of elementary curriculum and instruction, university adjunct professor, and education strategist.


Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
B317: Study Hall

8:45am

Digital Differentiation- Making it Happen (Session Repeats: Monday 10:15)
Come identify ways to differentiate your lesson using digital tools and resources.
Explore various tools to provide active engagement and challenge for all!

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Jones

Wendy Jones

K12 Education Strategist, CDW
With 27 years in public education, Wendy is a Google Certified Educator and Trainer, experienced educator, administrator, and proven leader. Prior to joining CDW-G, Wendy was the Director of Instruction, Learning, and Innovation of a large, fast-growth district in Texas. In this role... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
A1819

8:45am

Engagement Time with Rhythm & Rhyme
So, you think you can't use music in your room because you "can't sing?" Ashton shows how any teacher (musical or not!) can teach tough concepts, manage their classroom, and keep engagement high with simple songs and finger-plays. Fill your classroom with the music, rhythm, and rhymes your kids love! Please bring scissors.

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
C426

8:45am

Get your Hands into Art!
Attendees will dig in with hands-on activities applicable to their elementary art students


Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
C403

8:45am

Imagine Math - New User Training (Session Repeats: Monday 10:15)
Imagine Math combines live teacher support, unique student motivation, and engaging adaptive instruction in a web-based learning system that is proven to help students learn and love math! Join the Imagine Math expert in a Getting Started session for teachers new to the program. How you start your students impacts the quality and quantity of their work. This covers the how, why, and when of student launching and the importance of a journaling action plan.

Speakers
SL

Sonya Lerma

Customer Success Manager, Imagine Learning


Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
B103: Black box

8:45am

Patterns of Power: Inviting Young Writers into the Conventions of Language Grades 1-5
Based on the book by Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca, participants will be introduced to the Invitation to Notice process where teachers use mentor sentences from authentic texts to invite writers to explore the patterns in writing conventions.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Bennett

Heather Bennett

Bagdad Instructional Coach, Leander ISD
This is my fifth year as an instructional coach at Bagdad Elementary School in Leander. Prior to that, I was a Math/Science Facilitator for 2 years at Shields Elementary in Victoria ISD. Prior to that, I taught 5th grade for 8 years at Shields Elementary.



Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
A1816

8:45am

The Road to Fluency
Description: Join us on a journey to understand best practices for student learning and teacher assessment of all aspects of computational fluency: efficiency, accuracy, and flexibility. session slideshow

Speakers
avatar for Lori McKay

Lori McKay

Leander ISD
avatar for Jennifer Ruschhaupt

Jennifer Ruschhaupt

Elementary Math Curriculum Specialist, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
A1607

8:45am

5th Grade Science Forum
Join us to see how Rutledge uses reading, writing, technology and discourse to increase the rigor and assess student learning in science. Be sure to bring your laptop for hands on opportunities to find new ways to reach and challenge students. While the conversation will be more about 5th grade, the approach is easy to use in 3rd and 4th grade as well.

Speakers
JB

Jessica Beeler

Fifth Grade
avatar for Kathy Gehman

Kathy Gehman

5th grade science and social studies


Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
A1701

8:45am

STEM/PBL in the PLC
When students ask, “Why do I have to learn this?” a STEM/PBL experience is the answer! Follow Camacho STEM Innovators through the PLC process as they model designing STEM integrated units and PBL experiences to engage student learning. Attendees will leave with lesson design templates, tried and tested Camacho examples, and an excitement to integrate the content areas into rigorous, real world learning experiences for their students.


Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
A1802

8:45am

RTI/PLC Interactive Learning & Documentation Support
Participants will move through 6 easy steps of the Response to Intervention Interactive Training Tool (RTI ITT). This is a hands-on, interactive approach using your current students as real-life scenarios to anchor RTI learning and documentation management. The tool also has downloadable and fill-able forms. Bring your devices and current RTI data for a productive working/learning experience.


Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
A1808

8:45am

All Things Google for K-2 (Session Repeats: Monday 2:45)
Having a difficult time trying to incorporate technology into your K-2 classroom? Come learn how easy it is to set up systems and use all kinds of Google tools in your classroom. You'll be amazed at how much "littles" can do with Google. Follow this link to the presentation. https://goo.gl/ZnZNmn . 

Speakers
HC

Heather Cassity

Instructional Coach
Instructional Coach at Cox Elementary School @CometsIC


Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
Library

8:45am

Daily Differentiation at Tier One – Elementary Focus (Session Repeats: Monday 10:15)
The best intervention is prevention! Build up your repertoire of differentiated instructional strategies to help all of your students actively process new learning and assure long-term retention. Learn a variety of techniques to increase student engagement and keep them challenged. Instructional Variety, Cooperative Group Learning and Discovery Play are key to Daily Differentiation in the Elementary grades.

Speakers
avatar for Martha Kaufeldt

Martha Kaufeldt

Solution Tree
Martha is a professional development specialist and author. She travels internationally doing workshops and trainings on curriculum development, differentiated instruction, school restructuring, assessment, and brain-friendly strategies for teachers.



Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
B111: Band

8:45am

Differentiated Math Instruction for LID Classrooms
In this session, elementary LID staff will learn teaching strategies using fun and hands-on manipulatives for students who require individualized/differentiated math instruction. You will walk away with FREE math lesson plans, inexpensive ideas to introduce math concepts, such as counting, number recognition, more than/less than, addition/subtraction, sequencing, shapes/attributes, size, weight, and other measurements! Includes time for make and take activities.

Speakers
avatar for Kirstie Davis

Kirstie Davis

Special Education, Leander ISD
Hi Everyone, This is my 14th year in LISD. I taught 10 years at Laura Bush Elementary and the last 4 at Pleasant Hill Elementary. Half my teaching career was in the Structured Learning environment and the other half has been in the Early-Structured Learning environment. My Master's... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
A1803

8:45am

Multimodal Writing in the Elementary Classroom
Come learn how the intersection of literacy and science can be used to develop and increase student learning in not only content specific areas, but in reading and writing as well. By designing curriculum that uses literacy strategies such as writer's workshop to teach content specific curriculum, we find students' knowledge of both increases while teacher workload can become more efficient. Walk away with new lessons to engage your classroom and re-energize your teaching.


Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
A1807

8:45am

Planning with Essential Units of Study - Elementary (Session Repeats: Monday 2:45)

Engage in a process to map out an essential unit of study and daily lesson plans using the Leander ISD curriculum documents. Participants will begin a unit map for an upcoming unit of study as well as explore guidelines for lesson design.

Speakers
JM

Jennifer Meyer

Elementary Science Coordinator, Leander ISD
Leander ISD



Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
A1615

8:45am

Raising the Rigor-Designing Questions that Matter (Session Repeats: Monday 10:15)
In this session participants will engage in designing and evaluating existing questions used in class discussion or within assessment design. Ensuring that the questions students are asked include all levels of rigor will assist in promoting not only student knowledge and skills, but understanding as well. The process used is easy-to-duplicate and can be used immediately when participants return to the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Eileen Depka

Eileen Depka

Solution Tree
Eileen Depka, PhD, has a background in assessment, common assessment design, rubric development, standards-based assessment, question design, classroom questioning practices, positive practices in grading and reporting, and the implementation of standards-based grading and report... Read More →



Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
C410/ROTC

8:45am

Empowering Teachers to Own the PLC Process
You will hear from elementary teachers who worked as PLC facilitators to create an organizational system to track the PLC process, essential outcomes, common assessments, unpacking TEKS, and planning for intervention and challenge. They will share their journey of learning and how they've worked to align the PLC process across grade levels.

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
C427

8:45am

Okay, We Are A Team! Now what? (Session Repeats: Monday 10:15, 1:15)
Team structures are not a new thing in the world of education; we have had team structures, effective or not, in our schools for decades.

The question we have not addressed is: Because we are a team, what should we be doing when we are together as a team? What does collaboration look and feel like, and how do we answer the 4 Key Questions of a Professional Learning Community? (What do we want our students to learn? How do we know that learning has occurred? How do we respond when learning did not occur? How do we respond when learning did occur?)

This session will review the 3 big ideas of a Professional Learning Community at work and address the team actions necessary to answer those 4 key questions. Participants will engage in the work of a team: analyzing data, linking adult actions and best practice to data, and planning a response as a team to support the needs of struggling learners.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Johnson

Marc Johnson

Solution Tree
Marc Johnson, an educator for more than 40 years, is co-director of the Central Valley Education Leadership Institute at California State University, Fresno. He is former superintendent of Sanger Unified School District.



Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
B310: Prac Gym

8:45am

PLC 101
Are you lost when it comes to PLCs? Are you wondering how to get PLCs started or how to guide your team through a PLC cycle? Come join us as we discuss what is a Professional Learning Community, learn the stages of teams within a PLC, and dive into agendas, protocols, and other PLC tools!


Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
A1817

8:45am

Elementary Admin Assistants Think Tank
Elementary administrative assistants are encouraged to come to gether to build community, share best practices across campuses and learn from the collective wisdom in our system.  

Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
A1606

8:45am

Elementary Receptionists Think Tank
Elementary receptionists are encouraged to come together to build community, share best practices across campuses and learn from the collective wisdom in our system.  

Speakers
SP

Susan Pace

Receptionist, Akin Elem, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
A1605

8:45am

Google Sites (Session Repeats: Monday 10:15, 1:15)
We will be transitioning from NetStart Websites to Google Sites this year. Learn how to use the new Google Sites. Change themes, add and crop images, add text and hyperlinks. Embed content from external websites. Add Google docs, maps, calendars, and more! Learn steps to create a beautiful, interactive site!

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
A2508 Computer Lab

8:45am

ITS Collaboration Groups

Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
A2505

8:45am

Stop the Bleed
Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign that encourages bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency, even before professional help arrives. This class will provide hands-on training for participants to increase their knowledge and comfort in handling a bleeding emergency.


Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 11:15am
A2518

8:45am

DBQs- What's That?
DBQs are a great way to integrate Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking while still keeping your students engaged. Come learn what a DBQ is and how much fun your students will have learning Social Studies content with Language Arts skills.

Speakers
avatar for Tracey Mixon

Tracey Mixon

Instructional Coach, LISD
avatar for Tol Wilhite

Tol Wilhite

Elementary Social Studies Coordinator, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 11:15am
A1801

8:45am

Professional Learning Community for SLPs
This session will provide focused time for Speech/Language Pathologists to work in PLC groups. They will have an opportunity to collaborate and learn about ways to support students with speech/language challenges. During this time, the PLC groups will also have an opportunity to work on ways to increase efficiency and compliance with legal issues.

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 11:15am
A1810

8:45am

Aligning Lessons with Elementary Performing Arts TEKS
We will be learning new lesson ideas from others on our team. We should leave with several ready-to-go lessons already aligned with the TEKS.

Speakers
avatar for Patrice Chappell

Patrice Chappell

Performing Arts Instructor, Laura Welch Bush Elementary - LeanderISD


Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 11:15am
A1712

8:45am

Touchpoints for Early Childhood Educators (for Pre-K Teachers Only)
Touchpoints refers to the points of predictable change in a young child's development that affect the parent and family as a whole. Learn how forming an alliance with parents on behalf of their child builds a framework for behavioral and developmental intervention. This is the first of a three-part training.


Monday October 8, 2018 8:45am - 4:00pm
A2719

10:15am

"Eye" Opening to Visual Impairments
This session will consist of discussing types of visual impairments, accommodations that can be made for visual impairments, roles of a VI teacher/O&M instructor, a visual impairment simulation activity and question/answer session

Speakers
avatar for Sue Behm

Sue Behm

Certified O&M Specialist, Leander ISD
I have been an O&M specialist for 16 years and with Leander ISD for 13 years. I work with ages 0-22 years in a variety of settings. I am itinerant so I drive between many campuses. Orientation and mobility is a related vision service that teaches discrete skills to that promote... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1606

10:15am

Instructional Assistant Survival Basics
Hear from Leander ISD's Senior IA's as they share lessons they have learned on the job, as well as tricks of the trade. This will be a panel session with opportunities for some Q& A

Speakers
LR

Lisa Robertson

SR CRD LOW INC DIS, Leander ISD
avatar for Toni Tichi

Toni Tichi

Job Coach, LeanderISD
Kids, students, animals, and the training of any of the three.


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
C403

10:15am

Bring Science Olympiad to Your School
Want to inspire a love of STEM on your campus and provide challenge for your high achieving students? This session will describe how high and middle school teachers can bring the National Science Olympiad to their campuses. We’ll be discussing the road blocks, solutions, ups/downs, and challenges/rewards of sponsoring Science Olympiad teams.

Link to presentation notes (including links to resources)
Link to presentation slides

Speakers
avatar for Meredith Harris

Meredith Harris

8th Math/Science Teacher, Leander ISD
I joined LISD in 2017 as an 8th grade math and science teacher at Stiles Middle School. My background is in 6-8th grade science classrooms, and then as a STEM Facilitator for my previous district, helping teachers integrate math, science and technology into their classrooms. Some... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1605

10:15am

Teaching with a Restorative Mindset: A Proactive Approach to Building Relationships in the Classroom (Session Repeats: Tuesday 8:30)
Teaching with a Restorative Mindset focuses on a proactive approach to building relationships in the classroom. Attendees will be introduced to 6 practical applications to help foster teacher to student, student to teacher and student to student relationships. "No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship." James Comer

Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Bode

Cynthia Bode

Student Support Services, Leander ISD
avatar for Bryan Miller

Bryan Miller

Sr. Director of Student Support Services, Leander ISD
avatar for Tara Stewart

Tara Stewart

District 504/ADA Coordinator, Leander ISD
I have worn many hats in education over the last 20+ years... substitute, 4-12th teacher, director, coach, QUEST facilitator, Intervention/Testing Specialist, Assistant Principal, and District 504 Coordinator. I have a passion for struggling and twice-exceptional students. It is my... Read More →



Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1816

10:15am

How We Roll (Session Repeats: Tuesday 8:30)
Create leaders and culture in your classrooms with quick ice breakers, games and experiential activities.

Speakers
GG

Gregory Glover

Ropes facilitator, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
B329: Wrestling

10:15am

Required GT Training for New Administrators/Counselors
Beginning of the State required GT 6-hour training for K-12 Administrators/Counselors. If you've never taken the 6-hour Admin/Counselor GT training or if you want an update of the LISD identification process, this session is for you.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Wood

Kathy Wood

Director Gifted and Advanced Programs, Leander ISD



Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1613

10:15am

Face Reading (Session Repeats: Monday 1:15)
Face Reading is an amazing tool that helps you understand students, build effective teams, and communicate with parents. All of a person's character traits are on their face! Using Face Reading you can tell if someone is generous, a team player, a loner, needs to have a voice, or wants to hear all input before making a decision. (Bonus: Using this tool on yourself and give yourself a free face-lift!)

Speakers
avatar for Annette Parkhurst

Annette Parkhurst

Teacher, VRHS, LEANDER ISD
I learned about Face Reading as a Human Resources Manager and Director and used the talent to build teams and hire people who would be a good fit in a position and with a team. Now in the classroom, I use face reading to build teams, understand nuances of students and parents, and... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A2513

10:15am

Facebook/Twitter training for "Official" School Profiles
For campus admin teams: Interested in how an official school Facebook page and/or Twitter account can boost your engagement with parents? This session will cover best practices and tips on how to manage these profiles as efficiently as possible.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Cernero

Daniel Cernero

Digital Communications Specialist, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1706

10:15am

Beyond Parental Involvement
Parental involvement has been highly valued in public schools, but is it equitable? Do we recognize the value in all families and seek to partner with them equally? Are we seeking to involve parents or engage with them? Drawing from “Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family–School Partnerships”, a publication of SEDL in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, this session will help you build and enhance capacity of school staff and families so that families, regardless of their racial or ethnic identity, educational background, gender, disability, or socioeconomic status, are prepared to engage with schools with equity.

Speakers
avatar for JoLisa Hoover

JoLisa Hoover

Fourth grade teacher at ReedTexas Teach Plus Senior Fellow U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellow 2008, 2014, 2015



Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1701

10:15am

COOL Week for Teachers - Summer Externship Opportunities for all Secondary Teachers, Counselors, and Administrators
What are you doing next summer? This summer was the inaugural year for a three day paid externship for secondary teachers, administrators, and counselors through a grant with the Rural Capital Area Workforce Commission in partnership with the area Chamber of Commerce. Partner industries included technology, art, history, engineering and marketing in companies such as Dell, Blanton Art Museum, Dana, City of Leander, National Instruments, and Bullock Texas State History Museum. Participants will be on hand to share their experiences and resources.

Speakers
JE

Jamie Everett

Teacher, Leander ISD
avatar for Pat Lopez

Pat Lopez

COOL Week Coordinator, Leander ISD
Leander ISD has been creating COOL Week for Students for 22 years. I have been involved in it for 18 years - first as Transition Coordinator at Cedar Park High School for eight years and now as district coordinator. Last summer we rolled out a new program - COOL Week for Teachers... Read More →



Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A2702

10:15am

Elementary Counseling Collaborative: Bringing the Vertical Scope and Sequence to Life
This session is designed for elementary school counselors to discuss ideas and best practices for scheduling classroom guidance lessons and implementing the new counseling scope and sequence.


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1707

10:15am

Ethics & Fraud in the Work Environment
No matter what position an employee has, ethical behavior is critical. Participants will learn the do's and don'ts in today's ever-changing work environment. Fraud definition, detection, and prevention strategies will be discussed.

Speakers


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1803

10:15am

Financial Wellness! Personal Finance 101
Buying a house, a car or saving for your children's college are not topics that we teach in school or something our parents typically show us how to do. Come learn about topics that cause financial stress for people simply because they don't know if they are doing the right thing. Topics include large purchases, credit cards, paying for college, budgeting, and general financial tips.

Speakers


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
B109: Choir

10:15am

Five Layers of School Safety
There is no "one thing" schools can do to keep our students and staff safe. School safety is a multi-layered approach that involves working with our local emergency responders. You will learn what's in place, what's new and what's coming in this session.

Speakers
DH

Darla Humes

Director of RM, Leander ISD



Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
B102: Drama

10:15am

Planning for Retirement? (Session Repeats: Monday 2:45)
Looking for answers related to TRS retirement? Discussion will include eligibility requirements, membership tiers, TRS service credit requirements, and timelines. There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of the session.

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
C409

10:15am

A Magic Wand for Teaching Writing: Finding and Teaching from the Hidden Gems in Every Student’s Writing (Session Repeats: Monday 8:45, Tuesday 10:00)
Often, when we skim student writing, we look through negative, or deficit eyes—noticing instantly what’s wrong and what’s missing. Instead, Katherine demonstrates how we might approach responding to our student writing with awestruck eyes, noticing what unique gifts and strengths our students have and naming those hidden gems the way writers would, using language of a writer’s craft rather than rubric descriptions and scores. Students begin to feel like real apprentices learning an art.

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Bomer

Katherine Bomer

Heinemann Publishing
Katherine Bomer, author of The Journey Is Everything, Hidden Gems, and Starting with What Students Do Best,is one of the field’s most gifted writers as well as one of its most gifted teachers of writing. In more than two decades of teaching and consulting, she has used her writers... Read More →



Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
B204: MPR/Dance

10:15am

Brain Games: Research-Based Methods to Improve Student Recall
Understanding the amazing way our brains work teaches us a lot about ourselves, our students, and how to more effectively assist students with learning. This interactive session will provide you with numerous ways to help students retain and recall information.

Speakers
avatar for Barb Ixba

Barb Ixba

Assistant Principal, Vista Ridge High School
SS

Stacy Steele

Assistant Principal



Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1817

10:15am

Creativity in the Classroom: Balancing Chaos and Structure (Session Repeats: Monday 8:45)
Creativity is often touted as an essential skill (21st century, global, etc.) for every student. Yet, we continue to see a dichotomous relationship between creativity and curriculum standards. There are good natured attempts to integrate creativity in the classroom, but many times it becomes disjointed and disconnected from learning goals. In this session, I'll share some tips on how to find a balance between structure and chaos. I'll present concepts like "creative burstiness" and make connections to the movie "Sound of Music" and the TV series "Project Runway." The audience will leave inspired to change the way they view and implement creativity in the classroom.

At the end of this session, participants will explain strategies to better foster creativity in the classroom. Participants will implement tools to more effectively implement creative processes in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Lang-Raad

Nathan Lang-Raad

Solution Tree
Nathan D. Lang-Raad, EdD, is a speaker, author, and professional-learning facilitator. Throughout his career, he has served as a teacher, assistant principal, director of elementary curriculum and instruction, university adjunct professor, and education strategist.


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
B317: Study Hall

10:15am

Digital Differentiation- Making it Happen (Session Repeats: Monday 8:45)
Come identify ways to differentiate your lesson using digital tools and resources.
Explore various tools to provide active engagement and challenge for all!

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Jones

Wendy Jones

K12 Education Strategist, CDW
With 27 years in public education, Wendy is a Google Certified Educator and Trainer, experienced educator, administrator, and proven leader. Prior to joining CDW-G, Wendy was the Director of Instruction, Learning, and Innovation of a large, fast-growth district in Texas. In this role... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1819

10:15am

Digital Interactive Notebooks (INBs)
Are you using technology more and more in your classroom, but finding it difficult to merge your paper Interactive Notebooks with all of the amazing assignments your students are creating online? Come learn how to create a digital INB using Google Classroom! Learn tricks on how to merge the paper world with the paperless world so that students have a place to organize and reflect on their work. Explore how WICOR and other processing strategies can be modified to be included in a digital INB.

Speakers
avatar for Jo Ann Tanzer

Jo Ann Tanzer

Chemistry Teacher, Glenn High School
I teach on-level and Pre-AP Chemistry at Glenn High School. I am also the lead PLC facilitator for the Science Department.



Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1818

10:15am

Engaging Vocabulary Activities and Games in the World Language Classroom
Participants will learn a variety of activities and games to teach and reinforce vocabulary learning in the foreign language classroom. Games will include a new twist on BINGO, Me falta..., Señor Inspector, ¡Qué lástima! and more. Bring a device to play along on Gimkit, Flippity, and others. Bring your favorites to share and walk away with new, exciting strategies to start using immediately​.
Presentation on Google Slides: https://goo.gl/X1aMzA

Speakers
KH

Kara Hargrove

Spanish Teacher
AR

Angalee Rodea

Spanish teacher, Leander ISD



Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1616

10:15am

Exploring the Possibilities with EcoRise Curriculum Supplements
Looking for excellent STEM resources? Want to environmentally-empower and inspire your students? Join a representative from EcoRise to log in to this paid product built to reinforce design practices and explore all of the resources available. Check out the projects, learn about access to small grants, and gain access to community guest speakers!


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1811

10:15am

Festival of Bands Debrief
High school and middle school band directors will discuss how our new format worked and any tweaks that need to be made for next year. 

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A2503

10:15am

Finish Strong: Teaching Academic Perserverance
Perhaps the most important skill that students must learn at school is academic perseverance. In this workshop Jacob Clifford will focus on the six main reasons why students give up and provide specific activities and teaching strategies that help students develop tenacity and grit. Emphasizing the importance of this skill will improve your students’ capacity and willingness to learn. Teachers will walk away from this workshop with a renewed desire to reach out to students and help them succeed.

Presentation Materials

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Clifford

Jacob Clifford

College Board
Jacob Clifford is a teacher at San Pasqual High School in Escondido, California. SPHS is a Title I suburban high school with a diverse student population. In 2004, Jacob was asked to develop a summer bridge program that prepared new students for the rigor of Advanced Placement* courses... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
B100: Auditorium

10:15am

Higher Order Thinking: From Theory to Practice (Session Repeats: Monday 2:45)
Urban Learning and Leadership Center has had the opportunity to work with educators throughout the United States. We fully realize that state standards and high-stakes testing drive instruction for many teachers. Unfortunately, in attempting to prepare students for success on state assessments, many teachers are failing to teach students how to think. Classrooms that focus on the ability of students to simply recall content are teaching students WHAT to think. When students are taught HOW to think through rigorous assessment items, schools meet or exceed state and federal academic standards. This session will introduce teachers to a research-supported tool designed to enhance rigor in classrooms, and help students think at higher levels.

Speakers
avatar for John Hodge

John Hodge

Urban Learning and Leadership Center (ULLC)
Dr. John W. Hodge is president and co-founder of Urban Learning and Leadership Center (ULLC), an organization focused on student achievement and reduction of the achievement gap. He has served as a reading teacher, English teacher, AVID teacher, Assistant Principal and Associate Director... Read More →



Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
B201: Little Theater

10:15am

Imagine Math - New User Training (Session Repeats: Monday 8:45)
Imagine Math combines live teacher support, unique student motivation, and engaging adaptive instruction in a web-based learning system that is proven to help students learn and love math! Join the Imagine Math expert in a Getting Started session for teachers new to the program. How you start your students impacts the quality and quantity of their work. This covers the how, why, and when of student launching and the importance of a journaling action plan.

Speakers
SL

Sonya Lerma

Customer Success Manager, Imagine Learning


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
B103: Black box

10:15am

October Digital Awareness Month- Resources Exploration Session
Did you know that October is Digital Awareness Month?  Come and explore the amazing resources that have been curated to support teachers with great ideas on how to support their students in becoming great digital citizens!  All instructional staff are welcome!  Bring you device and feel free to come by yourself or with your PLC to discover the tools that are available for you! 

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
C423

10:15am

SAMR Slammer: How Can I Use Technology With My Students To Get To Deeper Learning Of Content?
Have you heard the term SAMR or "The 4C's" and your not really sure how that applies to you and your students? We will talk about some tools and strategies to leverage technology to create learning experiences that stick with students regardless of student age or content area.

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Library

10:15am

Smart But Scattered
There's nothing more frustrating than watching a bright, talented student struggle with everyday tasks like finishing classwork, putting things away or following instructions. These kids may also have trouble coping with disappointment or managing anger. Learn steps to identify strengths and weaknesses in these children and use activities to boost specific skills. Small changes can add up to big improvements!


This is the link to the slide show in Google  https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1sipx2fCLNkyBIOjWHm7CCAgtMc17FagIzVApeSb0l8g/edit?usp=sharing


Speakers
avatar for Amy Whitehead

Amy Whitehead

QUEST Teacher


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1805

10:15am

STEMscopes Recommended Materials for CER (Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning)
This engaging, interactive, hands-on session will give participants the opportunity to experience and implement this highly effective strategy, claim-evidence-reasoning, that will instantly increase rigor in the classroom.

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1812

10:15am

Telling Stories and Collaborating with Google My Maps
When you think about mapping, do you tend to think of it as an activity that is only done in social studies classes? Think again. Maps can be used to tell stories and students can tell stories with maps. In this session, Nikki D Robertson will explore how you can teach non fiction and fiction stories as well as research skills in a collaborative environment.

Speakers
avatar for Nikki D Robertson-Griffin

Nikki D Robertson-Griffin

Librarian, Leander ISD
Nikki is a veteran educator, school librarian, Instructional Technology Facilitator and ISTE Librarians Network President Elect. Nikki is passionate about 1:1 Digital Initiatives, collaboration with other education professionals, and assisting students in becoming well informed, critically... Read More →



Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A2501

10:15am

10 Things Effective Science Teachers Do
Participants will be challenged to think beyond the storyline and will take away effective science instructional strategies to incorporate into their classrooms right away! This session will include inquiry and questioning methods to promote engagement and critical thinking by all and will guide participants to make purposeful decisions for their classrooms.
Applicable to all levels of teaching experience!

Speakers
SF

Sarah Fitz

Elementary Science Curriculum Specialist, Leander ISD
avatar for Julia McComas

Julia McComas

Elementary Science Specialist, Leander ISD
JM

Jennifer Meyer

Elementary Science Coordinator, Leander ISD
Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1615

10:15am

Inquiry-Based Learning in Algebra 1 and Algebra 2
Integrate Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) into your Algebra 1/Algebra 2 classrooms (regular or Pre-AP). Improve your questioning skills and Increase student engagement. You will leave with several lessons to implement in your classroom. This session will work best for those of you who are already comfortable with your students working in groups the majority of the time.

Speakers
avatar for Pam Martin

Pam Martin

OnRamps Precalculus Instructor, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1802

10:15am

Integrating Technology into Middle School Literature Circles
Literature circles provide a way for students to develop skills in critical thinking and reflection as they read, discuss, and respond to books! Come see how you can integrate technology into your classroom literature circles that will encourage differentiation, self-choice, and student initiative. We will cover New Google SITES, interactive notebooks and job sheets, and a Pre-AP performance task that includes recording their discussions for Socratic seminars. Please bring a laptop to this session.


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1807

10:15am

Motivating the Gifted Underachiever
All gifted children are always hard-working, overachievers, right? If your teaching experience has shown you otherwise, this session is for you! Participants will gain insight into the mind of the underachieving gifted student. Common traits and issues these students experience will be discussed. Strategies for helping them become more successful and strive for excellence in all classes will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Serena Slocum

Serena Slocum

QUEST Teacher, Henry Middle School
I've taught Leander's GT program, QUEST for 14 years, in both 6th and 7th grades. I'm also currently the Yearbook Adviser for HMS. I love creating projects and learning right along with my students. Every student is an individual, and there is great joy in helping them find and nurture... Read More →



Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
C408

10:15am

Using Twitter to Transform Teaching: #Disruptingtexts through Critical Conversations
We are all aware that Twitter is a quick way to enter the world of social media, but it is also an incredible educational tool that can extend professional learning communities beyond our campuses and district. In our session, participants will see how Twitter can be used in the classroom for best practice resources and transforming our own pedagogy. We will guide participants in searching educational hashtags and gathering resource banks, as well as how to use Twitter to engage students in disrupting both canonical and contemporary texts.

Speakers
avatar for Mallory Matthews

Mallory Matthews

IB Literature & Language, English II Pre-AP, Vandegrift High School


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1704

10:15am

Basic Principles of Problem Behavior
This session will cover the basic principles of problem behavior and will include discussion of choosing function-based interventions.



Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
C426

10:15am

Layering Personality Surveys to Teach Complex Group Dynamics - Beyond the Basics
Learn how to layer a variety of personality surveys to teach students (and understand) how to approach the complex dynamics of working in groups. This course will guide teachers and team members in using an Introversion scale, the True Colors survey and the LORB survey in layers to guide students toward more effective group and team interactions. Learn how to address shifting dynamics, as well as project implications and leadership opportunities. Discover implications for your PLC and other teams. An adaptable lesson plan will be offered, as well as other resources, for all participants.

Speakers
avatar for Celeste Sodergren

Celeste Sodergren

Aspiring Administrator, QUEST Teacher, Canyon Ridge Middle School
I have been studying, working and volunteering in the education sector for over 21 years! My experience spans education policy, local policy and volunteering, to teaching in the middle school classroom. I have a passion for raising up highly effective teachers and teams. Talk to me... Read More →



Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1617

10:15am

Daily Differentiation at Tier One – Elementary Focus (Session Repeats: Monday 8:45)
The best intervention is prevention! Build up your repertoire of differentiated instructional strategies to help all of your students actively process new learning and assure long-term retention. Learn a variety of techniques to increase student engagement and keep them challenged. Instructional Variety, Cooperative Group Learning and Discovery Play are key to Daily Differentiation in the Elementary grades.

Speakers
avatar for Martha Kaufeldt

Martha Kaufeldt

Solution Tree
Martha is a professional development specialist and author. She travels internationally doing workshops and trainings on curriculum development, differentiated instruction, school restructuring, assessment, and brain-friendly strategies for teachers.



Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
B111: Band

10:15am

Differentiation on the Go (Immediate Differentiation)
Participants will learn immediate differentiation methods. The course will include how to use Google Forms to formatively assess, how to create and utilize Google Form Branching, how to get students motivated to complete enrichment, and how to small group in a classroom setting without excess preparation. Participants will need to bring a laptop.


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1618

10:15am

Essential Outcomes
Ready to take a deeper dive into your course's TEKS to ensure mastery of what is most essential? Join us as we explore a protocol which will focus our PLC planning. (repeat session from CI Conference 2017)

Speakers
avatar for Karen Turner

Karen Turner

Elem. LA Specialist, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1620/1601-Lecture Hall

10:15am

Genre Study: Reading and Writing Experts
Amber and Kim will talk about the fundamentals of running a genre study and share their own stories of success and challenge. Participants will get to experience a quick walk through genre study. There will also be time to dig into the curriculum and plan a genre unit.



Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1708

10:15am

Making Literacy Moves in LISD (Session Repeats: Monday 1:15)
Struggling readers exist at every grade level. Literacy is a key component of student success across the curriculum. Access Code is a proven intervention tool to help students who need support in creating automaticity. In this session, Jason Smith, Chief Operating Officer with Foundations in Learning will provide the research behind Access Code as well as an introduction to the use and value of Access Code's use with both elementary and secondary students who lack some important, basic reading skills.

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1614

10:15am

PLC Question #4: Extra Work and Challenge Are Not Synonymous
How will we respond if they already know it? In this session participants will learn various ways to offer challenge and enrichment to students who have already mastered a concept.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1LqdUp5XI8x7kud2nG4b3qHZcwE5fMxhNBefQ8TH7gdA/edit?usp=sharing


Speakers
HC

Heather Cassity

Instructional Coach
Instructional Coach at Cox Elementary School @CometsIC
avatar for Dorothy Marinski

Dorothy Marinski

Leander ISD Instructional Coach at Winkley Elementary
avatar for Kristen Maxwell

Kristen Maxwell

Instructional Coach



Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1607

10:15am

Raising the Rigor-Designing Questions that Matter (Session Repeats: Monday 8:45)
In this session participants will engage in designing and evaluating existing questions used in class discussion or within assessment design. Ensuring that the questions students are asked include all levels of rigor will assist in promoting not only student knowledge and skills, but understanding as well. The process used is easy-to-duplicate and can be used immediately when participants return to the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Eileen Depka

Eileen Depka

Solution Tree
Eileen Depka, PhD, has a background in assessment, common assessment design, rubric development, standards-based assessment, question design, classroom questioning practices, positive practices in grading and reporting, and the implementation of standards-based grading and report... Read More →



Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
C410/ROTC

10:15am

Unpacking the TEKS
The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for your grade level or course is the foundation of all instruction in our schools. Come learn a process your PLC can use to have a deeper understanding of the TEKS, plan aligned units/lessons, and analyze data to focus instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Dana Nathanson

Dana Nathanson

Elementary Math Coordinator, Leander ISD
Leander ISD
avatar for Angela Yun

Angela Yun

Secondary Mathematics Curriculum Specialist, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1702-Learning Center

10:15am

Walk Across America
It's our Manifest Destiny! Get your students involved in manifest destiny by having them be a part of their learning. Students will participate in small skits as they move towards Manifest Destiny.

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Barstow

Leslie Barstow

Teacher, Leanderisd
I have been teaching in the LISD district for 14 years and for most of it, teaching 8th grade Early US History. I have my masters in Early American History and I will be attend my 2nd Teachers Institute at Mount Vernon and presented at the annual conference for TCSS.



Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
C420

10:15am

Naviance: Best Practices for High School Teachers
Attendees will learn how teachers can use Naviance to improve the letter of recommendation process. Presenters will go deeper into how to best use student profiles, colleges and careers saved, and searches for local/national scholarships.

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1705

10:15am

Department Head to PLC Facilitator
Join us as we explore the "shift" in roles and responsibilities from Department Head to PLC Facilitator. This session was well attended last year and we had positive feedback. We will share lessons learned and practices to help teacher leaders move their PLCs forward in their schools.

Speakers
avatar for Arturo Lomeli

Arturo Lomeli

Principal, Glenn High School
Hello! I have been with LISD for almost 2 years. I moved here to take on the fantastic challenge of opening GHS, while also being closer to family in San Antonio. My family (wife: Lynsey, son: Greyson, daughter: Avery) moved here from Oregon where we lived for 12 years. I was... Read More →



Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1619

10:15am

Building Effective Campus SPED PLCs
This session will discuss the unique challenges in building an effective and collaborative SPED PLC, especially with LID teams, and offer insights from our own experiences as well as time to brainstorm for your own campus PLC.



Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1806

10:15am

IBC PLC and Cross-Campus Meeting
This session will provide IBC teachers, IAs, and LSSPs an opportunity for behavior training and provide a time for group discussion across IBC campus teams.


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1808

10:15am

MS Art PLC Share Session
This session is designed as a time for middle school art teachers to come together as a PLC and share classroom ideas with each other. We will be discussing project ideas, curriculum and strategies for success in the art classroom. Please bring a current project example with you to share with the group.

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1713

10:15am

Okay, We Are A Team! Now What? (Session Repeats: Monday 8:45, 1:15)
Team structures are not a new thing in the world of education; we have had team structures, effective or not, in our schools for decades.

The question we have not addressed is: Because we are a team, what should we be doing when we are together as a team? What does collaboration look and feel like, and how do we answer the 4 Key Questions of a Professional Learning Community? (What do we want our students to learn? How do we know that learning has occurred? How do we respond when learning did not occur? How do we respond when learning did occur?)

This session will review the 3 big ideas of a Professional Learning Community at work and address the team actions necessary to answer those 4 key questions. Participants will engage in the work of a team: analyzing data, linking adult actions and best practice to data, and planning a response as a team to support the needs of struggling learners.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Johnson

Marc Johnson

Solution Tree
Marc Johnson, an educator for more than 40 years, is co-director of the Central Valley Education Leadership Institute at California State University, Fresno. He is former superintendent of Sanger Unified School District.



Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
B310: Prac Gym

10:15am

We Can Do IT; So can you: Flex Grouping Across Grade Level
PLCs will learn how to utilize flex time for intervention and challenge by analyzing data to create flexible groups across grade level. Teachers will learn how one team started, monitored and adjusted their steps to implement flexible groups based on student needs and how all truly became ALL. Teachers will have the opportunity to collaborate and start their own process. Teams are encouraged to attend together. Please bring laptops.


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1804

10:15am

Front Office Training for Campus Receptionists
This session is for the campus receptionists to learn, review and discuss, all the front office procedures, responsibilities and processes. It will enable the receptionists to support each other throughout the year as they encounter different situations that may occur and feel confident of how to approach those situations. Some topics could include, CISCO System, Raptor, Google Community, volunteer sign-in, hours, etc. We will have staff from these areas come in to answer questions. You may submit questions in advance to Phyllis.Hahn@leanderisd.org. That will allow us to cover as many topics as we can during our time together.

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A1703 Computer Lab

10:15am

Google Sites (Session Repeats: Monday 8:45, 1:15)
We will be transitioning from NetStart Websites to Google Sites this year. Learn how to use the new Google Sites. Change themes, add and crop images, add text and hyperlinks. Embed content from external websites. Add Google docs, maps, calendars, and more! Learn steps to create a beautiful, interactive site!

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A2508 Computer Lab

10:15am

How To: Transportation Dept. Technology
For new employees or anyone wanting a refresher course in Transportation's technology resources. Campus staff and coaches who need transportation data including student bus schedules, bus stop location information, and campus field trip requests.


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
C407 Computer Lab (Graphics)

10:15am

ITS Collaboration Groups

Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
A2505

10:15am

Prior Written Notice Practical Practice
Attendees will review and practice writing the prior written notice for student ARDs.
(for Diagnostician/LSSps and ARD Specialist only)

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
B316

10:15am

Administrative Assistant Power Hour
Join us for an administrative assistant power hour! This is a time to get together and work collaboratively as a team. Network with other admins who share your passion for LISD. Together we can learn how to control our work ­— instead of it controlling you.


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
C402

10:15am

World Languages Latin, Chinese and ASL Curriculum Design Workshop
Participants will design WL EUS applying UBD principles ( By invitation only)


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 12:45pm
A1608

10:15am

21st Century Textbook - EasyBridge
A hitchhiker's guide to using EasyBridge for Spanish I, II, and III. Let me show you what you didn't know it could do! Bring your students into the 21st century and develop higher level Spanish learners! Bring your fully charged laptops.


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 12:45pm
C427

10:15am

Low Incidence Disabilities (LID) Lesson Planning Collaborative
(Elementary ICAP and SLE teacher presenters!) This is your chance to collaborate on how we differentiate our lessons, use TEKs and STAAR Alt vertical alignment within our lessons, and share all of our amazing ideas as a group! Come prepared with a lesson or topic you would like to work on, any materials you will need, and be ready for some time to create awesome lesson plans differentiated for each of our students. We will begin with a brief presentation on our process and then there will be time to apply the information. Please join us to collaborate, bring your ideas, and create some amazing lesson plans!

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Gwaldo

Kristin Gwaldo

ICAP Teacher, LISD
AH

Amanda Halsell

Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 10:15am - 12:45pm
A1710

11:45am

Counseling Services: Support for Every Student, Every Day
What can Counseling Services do for you, and your students? From counseling to school supplies to substance abuse assessments. Come learn what the Leander ISD Counseling Services Department has to offer!


Monday October 8, 2018 11:45am - 12:15pm
A1606

11:45am

We Drive Education
Learn what it takes to run some of your students first and last class of their day. With over 1,000,000 miles per school year, LISD Transportation Department will give you a "Behind the scenes" overview of "Who they are", What they do", "How they do it", "What they deal with" and "What they can do better". You will also learn how YOU can help make the first and last class of the day better for your students who ride a big yellow school bus to/from school.

Speakers
MP

Mickey Priddy

Team Leader, Transportation
PS

Peter Simonsen

Team Leader


Monday October 8, 2018 11:45am - 12:15pm
A1614

11:45am

Gracious Space
This session highlights adapting the elements of Gracious Space to our classrooms. The intent is to create a peer learning environment where elementary teachers in their first or second year seeking enhancement in their classroom management can share their challenges, successes and learn tools. This session would support novice teachers in creating opportunities for students to demonstrate leadership competencies in educational settings and redefining their ways of engaging students. Consequently, the concept of Gracious Space will not only help shape their students’ own educational experiences, but their peers and beyond. 

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 11:45am - 12:15pm
A1613

11:45am

"Getting Students To Want To Be In Your Math Class"-for Middle School
Participants will look into how easy it can be to take existing curriculum and turn it into an exciting game. By doing this, students will love coming to class as they are learning as well.


Monday October 8, 2018 11:45am - 12:15pm
A1619

11:45am

Computational Thinking Resources
Participants will explore several online resources for promoting computational thinking in their classrooms. These free resources engage students and help develop critical thinking skills and problem solving.

Speakers
avatar for Sylvia Wood

Sylvia Wood

Cybersecurity Education - Resources and More!, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 11:45am - 12:15pm
A2618 Computer Lab

11:45am

Relevant Writing
Are you looking for a strategy to encourage choice in writing and engage reluctant writers?
Participants will experience writing from students’ perspectives using a combination of structures. Resources will be shared and participants will leave with a writing mini-lesson that is ready to implement.

Speakers
avatar for Cindy Modrall

Cindy Modrall

8th ELA, Running Brushy Middle School



Monday October 8, 2018 11:45am - 12:15pm
A1707

11:45am

Take Your Reading into OVERDRIVE (Session Repeats: Monday 12:30)
Overdrive is the Leander ISD Digital Library where LISD students and employees can access ebooks and audiobooks anytime and anywhere! Come learn how to access titles on your laptop, desktop or phone and learn about the curated titles, accessibility features and more!

Speakers
avatar for Becky Calzada

Becky Calzada

Coord. Library Info Services, Leander ISD
I'm the Library Services Coordinator in Leander ISD, striving to improve, support the librarians I serve and learn about innovative tech integration ideas, share my love of literacy and leadership knowledge. I am a #TXLChat co-moderator and serve as the AASL Region 6 Director.


Monday October 8, 2018 11:45am - 12:15pm
Library

11:45am

What does Google Certified mean? (Session Repeats: Monday 12:30)
Are you wondering what all the hype is in being Google Certified? This session is informational for who, how and why you should be Google Certified.


Monday October 8, 2018 11:45am - 12:15pm
Library

11:45am

Naviance for Professional Communications
This session will train Professional Communications & AVID teachers on how to use Naviance as a tool for college & career research. Staff will also be trained on how to effectively utilize the course planner in the new student platform.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Wood

Melissa Wood

College & Career Transition Coordinator, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 11:45am - 12:15pm
A1704

11:45am

Tig Tag, You're It
Learn how to navigate and utilize Tig Tag to enhance your elementary science lessons.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Frankenberg

Jessica Frankenberg

Third Grade Elementary Teacher



Monday October 8, 2018 11:45am - 12:15pm
A1616

11:45am

Puberty Curriculum & Process Updates
Curriculum overview and process updates for middle and elementary counselors, PE teachers, nurses, and administrators. This will provide the layout of who is responsible for each piece of the process in scheduling, communicating, and delivering 4th - 6th grade puberty curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Collins

Jennifer Collins

Executive Director of Elementary Curriculum, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 11:45am - 12:15pm
A1803

11:45am

Peer Instructional Supervision
The attendee will learn how to help colleagues improve their best practices in delivery of instruction. Attendees will learn how to conduct a pre-conference, observation, and post-conference. Attendees will need a device to view session materials. Google Classroom Code: jwk5ptm

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 11:45am - 12:15pm
A1618

11:45am

Assessment in Fine Arts Works Everywhere!
Participants will learn how Fine Arts teachers complete student assessments that further student learning and lead to superior outcomes.

Speakers
PW

Peter Warshaw

Coordinator, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 11:45am - 12:15pm
A1808

11:45am

Lesson Planning: It's Not Rocket Science!
Would you like to have your weekends free of planning? Do you want to be the envy of all of your campus? Well then come join the Westside 1st Grade team as we share with you how we have learned to synergize and collectively create interactive lesson plans. You will leave with a TEKS aligned template to take to back to your campus!



Monday October 8, 2018 11:45am - 12:15pm
A1804

11:45am

LISD Aspiring Leaders Program at Concordia University Texas
Have you ever thought about becoming an administrator? Do you have multiple leadership roles on your campus? Are you wanting to increase your knowledge in education and leadership while earning an M.ED? Well, if you answered yes to any or all of these questions then the LISD Aspiring Leaders Program might be for you. In this session, you will have the opportunity to learn about the program and listen to the experiences of those currently in the first cohort. Come to learn and ask questions, and leave with the insight on how to grow as a Leander ISD leader!

Speakers
PB

Peter Bongard

Teacher, Vista Ridge High School
avatar for Lauren Houser

Lauren Houser

Instructional Coach, Leander ISD
Follow me on Twitter @lauren_houser
avatar for Shannon Minton

Shannon Minton

Instructional Coach



Monday October 8, 2018 11:45am - 12:15pm
A1806

11:45am

Having Trouble Getting Into Classrooms? Overwhelmed with LEADS? Then this session is for you!
Administrators or Coaches: Need a system for getting into classrooms? Having trouble remembering where you went on your last walk through? There is no time for walkthroughs. We have had these thoughts as well! We have worked together to create a system to support visiting classrooms and providing feedback in a systematic approach. Join us as we share our system and public scoreboard (#accountability)!

Speakers
JK

Jill Kaufman

Assistant Principal, Westside Elementary
avatar for Tracie Montanio

Tracie Montanio

Principal


Monday October 8, 2018 11:45am - 12:15pm
A1816

11:45am

Using AWARE to Run and Analyze Test Data
Sharpen your AWARE skills by pulling our favorite reports and practice analyzing data systematically. Use the information to plan your next strategic move.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Carter

Lauren Carter

Secondary Science Curriculum Specialist, Leander ISD
JL

Jennifer Lopez

Secondary Science Specialist, Leander ISD
avatar for Anna Wydeven

Anna Wydeven

Secondary Science Facilitator, Leander ISD
Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 11:45am - 12:15pm
A1801

11:45am

Building Positive Relationships (Session Repeats: Monday 12:30)
Participants will dive deeper into strategies and tips to building strong and positive relationships with their students. Come and hear new tips and tricks, ask questions, and collaborate!


Monday October 8, 2018 11:45am - 12:15pm
A1701

11:45am

Visual Transition Planning Tools in Leander ISD
Come learn about the various visual transition planning tools available in Leander ISD such as the VISIT, the ACT on LIFE, the Adult Employment Profile Tool, the Person Centered Plan and the Plan For Life. Student Ownership and empowerment are the goals of these powerful tools. Students from Elementary to 18+ can benefit from these planning tools.

Speakers
DG

Denise Geiger

Transition Coordinator, Leander ISD
I am passionate about any topic in the area of Transition.


Monday October 8, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm
C423

11:45am

ABA Behavioral Modules
This session is for IAs wanting to sped some time learning ABA basics through district created online modules.

Speakers
LR

Lisa Robertson

SR CRD LOW INC DIS, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm
C417 Computer Lab

11:45am

STEMscopes Hands-On Labs for 6th and 8th Gr Science Classrooms
Come get your hands dirty with us! Add another lab to your toolbelt, experience labs for your grade level, and note vertical alignment built into STEMscopes curriculum.


Monday October 8, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm
A1812

11:45am

EcoAudit Your Campus
EcoAudit is a project in which students assess their home campus, determine a need or problem to be solved, and follow a systematic process to propose the best possible solution. Come learn more about this student-empowering work with our EcoRise rep!


Monday October 8, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm
A1811

12:30pm

I Want to Become a Teacher: Options for Obtaining Teacher Certification (Session Repeats Tuesday 8:30)
work with support staff on options available for obtaining teacher certification

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Gibbs

Lisa Gibbs

Sr. Director, Elementary Staffing & Employee Relations, Leander ISD
After 13 years as a principal, having the incredible opportunity to open 2 new schools and learn from some of the most amazing educators, my next adventure has taken me to HR. I love my new role supporting principals and employees and working to keep student learning the focus of... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm
B102: Drama

12:30pm

CPR in Schools
The American Heart Association's CPR in Schools program enables people to learn life saving skills of CPR in 30 minutes. This is a hands-only program where immediate bystander response can save someone's life. This is a non certified class. We will be limited to 30 people per session.

Speakers
avatar for Kelli Brown

Kelli Brown

Health&Safety Specialist



Monday October 8, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm
A2518

12:30pm

Integrating Learning Objectives With Other Disciplines - A.K.A. Improving Your LEADS Rating
One of the most challenging components of the new LEADS rubric is "integrating learning objectives with other disciplines and real-world experiences". This simple session will offer some quick and creative ways to move up the LEADS rubric in this area.

Speakers
avatar for Barb Ixba

Barb Ixba

Assistant Principal, Vista Ridge High School
SS

Stacy Steele

Assistant Principal


Monday October 8, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm
A1817

12:30pm

Science CBA Viewing Party
Come get a preview of some sample Science Curriculum Based Assessments and provide feedback to our team.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Carter

Lauren Carter

Secondary Science Curriculum Specialist, Leander ISD
JL

Jennifer Lopez

Secondary Science Specialist, Leander ISD
avatar for Anna Wydeven

Anna Wydeven

Secondary Science Facilitator, Leander ISD
Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm
A1801

12:30pm

Take Your Reading into OVERDRIVE (Session Repeats: Monday 11:45)
Overdrive is the Leander ISD Digital Library where LISD students and employees can access ebooks and audiobooks anytime and anywhere! Come learn how to access titles on your laptop, desktop or phone and learn about the curated titles, accessibility features and more!

Speakers
avatar for Becky Calzada

Becky Calzada

Coord. Library Info Services, Leander ISD
I'm the Library Services Coordinator in Leander ISD, striving to improve, support the librarians I serve and learn about innovative tech integration ideas, share my love of literacy and leadership knowledge. I am a #TXLChat co-moderator and serve as the AASL Region 6 Director.


Monday October 8, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Library

12:30pm

Using Go Formative in the Math Classroom
Presenters will go through the basics of using the goformative platform in the mathematics classroom. Emphasis will be placed on how students and teachers can use goformative to inform instructional decisions. We will also discuss how to upload and create in goformative.

Speakers
LC

Leah Cox

Instructional Coach
avatar for Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams

Leander ISD



Monday October 8, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm
A1705

12:30pm

Visual Models for Math In a Digital Age
Learn to efficiently use the same visual models used in Bridges on a digital platform through their apps. Find new and engaging ways to bring math to life for your students and help to build a deep and rigorous understanding of mathematical concepts by using exciting technology that they can relate to. Explore how to provide the excitement of a new experience while maintaining the confidence of a familiar model.

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm
A1605

12:30pm

What does Google Certified mean? (Session Repeats: Monday 11:45)
Are you wondering what all the hype is in being Google Certified? This session is informational for who, how and why you should be Google Certified.


Monday October 8, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Library

12:30pm

LID Classroom Systems, Tricks, and Tips
This session is for teachers that specifically teach in Low Incidence Classrooms (ICAP/SLE). It will offer some systems that current teachers have set up as well as some pointers on staying organized. At the end there is some time to work in groups to brainstorm solutions to the things you are struggling with now. Technology not required but strongly suggested.



Monday October 8, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm
A1805

12:30pm

Collaborative Cloud-Based Planning: From Lesson Study to Daily Lessons
Co-teachers Carrie Nance and Holly Barnett will demonstrate how using cloud-based software makes it easier to collaboratively plan daily lessons, within a co-teaching setting or a PLC. We will also show how the software can be used to share lessons with other teachers within the district or across the state, which is particularly useful with the research-based lessons created through Texas Lesson Study. The presentation will include sample lessons designed with customized templates that help us plan and document modifications, as well as share Lesson Proposals created through Texas Lesson Study. We will also discuss our current Lesson Study project, in addition to showing completed lessons.


Monday October 8, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm
A1617

12:30pm

Stick It to Me
Have you ever wanted to assure student engagement, accountability and metacognition? Then join us for a fun-filled adventure, as we show you how easy it is to integrate sticky notes into your everyday instruction, as formative and summative assessments, throughout the writing process, and when students are responding deeply to texts. You will leave with structures and strategies that stick!


Monday October 8, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm
A1706

12:30pm

Team Tests and Data Collection Made Easy
This session will go over how to make a team test, answer key, and share tests within a team through Eduphoria. Attendees will need a laptop in order to follow the presentation. Team tests through Eduphoria allow for access to bubble sheets for easy grading and data collection!


Monday October 8, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm
A1802

12:30pm

Building Positive Relationships (Session Repeats: Monday 11:45)
Participants will dive deeper into strategies and tips to building strong and positive relationships with their students. Come and hear new tips and tricks, ask questions, and collaborate!


Monday October 8, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm
A1701

12:30pm

Are You AWARE Of Your Ability To Track Data On CCAs?
One great tool available to you to help you track student data on your Common Collaborative Assessments is Eduphoria Aware. Bring your next CCA, charged laptop, and let us show you how to use Aware to track student data on your own or with a team.

Speakers
JJ

Jason Johnston

Director of Student Information and Integration Systems, Leander ISD
avatar for Mary Alice Smith

Mary Alice Smith

Leander ISD
Leander ISD
avatar for Maria Vaso

Maria Vaso

World Languages Coordinator, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm
A1703 Computer Lab

12:30pm

TASC PLC and Cross Campus Discussion
This mini session will provide a time for TASC teachers, IAs, and LSSPs to touch base regarding current needs across two TASC campuses.


Monday October 8, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm
A1712

1:15pm

Hot Off the Press: New Titles for the Young Adult in All of Us
Middle school librarians will give book talks that will entice you to read some new YA books! In turn, you will leave with information to promote these titles with your own students. Every reader will find something that begs to be added to their “must read” list!

Speakers
avatar for Jacqui Daves

Jacqui Daves

Librarian, Henry Middle School
avatar for Julia Nations

Julia Nations

Librarian, Leander ISD/ CPMS
I want to know what you and your students are reading lately!
AS

April Stone

Librarian, Leander ISD



Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A1802

1:15pm

Growing Student Leaders
While some people are "born leaders", every student needs guidance when thrust into a leadership role. Leaving students to figure out leadership on their own is a recipe for discord. Designed with the Club or Team Sponsor/Coach in mind, this session will give you practical ideas on how to train your student-leadership on how to best guide their group to success.

Speakers
avatar for Barb Ixba

Barb Ixba

Assistant Principal, Vista Ridge High School
avatar for Wendell Mills

Wendell Mills

Music Educator and Administrator for past 23 years. " Hard Work Feels Good" is my motto! Cultural Proficiency and Awareness, Diversity Education, Anti-Bias Teaching, and Closing the Achievement Gap are areas of interest.



Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A1817

1:15pm

Printing Practices for High Quality Photography
Photographs can help strengthen our curriculum as well as your classroom camaraderie and campus community. But where can you get photos printed economically with high quality? Our very own Document Production Center! I'll walk you through the ins-and-outs of quality photography production. This course will include Photoshop processes and will require a moderate working knowledge of this software.

Speakers
avatar for Katy Dougharty

Katy Dougharty

Art Guru/Teacher, Fine Arts Department
I teach Art 1, Photo 2 and AP Photo.Outside of school, I'm happily married with one kiddo....I create my own artwork ANNNND I know a LOT about bats.


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
C407 Computer Lab (Graphics)

1:15pm

Naviance-Navigating Guidance (for HS Counselors) (Session Repeats: Monday 2:45)
Best practices using Naviance to guide students.


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A1705

1:15pm

Establishing Positive Relationships with Special Education Students (Session Repeats: Monday 2:45)
This session will emphasize the importance of establishing positive relationships with special education students. Participants will learn strategies for positive classroom environment, as well as the opportunity to implement these strategies with peers in the session. Please bring your technology.  Professional research strategies will be used in this presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Tuffentsamer

Laura Tuffentsamer

I am a teacher at Wiley Middle school. I moved to Texas 6 years ago. We have a 32 year old son, who resides in Illinois. We have a 16 year old daughter who just graduated high school and is beginning Austin Community College. My husband served in Operation Freedom in Afghanistan for... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
C403

1:15pm

Student Tech Team Panel: Growing Student Leadership in Leander ISD
Several schools are successfully leveraging our 1:1 mLISD program to grow student leadership. Students are learning how to provide quality customer service, troubleshoot and "triage" technology, among other real world, career-ready skills. Additionally, some teams are taking the initiative to design and provide student-led training, fix-it videos, and websites to help their classmates.

Are you at an elementary school campus? Don't let that stop you! Come and get ideas of what this can look like in elementary schools as more devices to your campuses. Is your secondary campus not yet leveraging student technology teams? Each school has a different take on what this looks like; come learn about each school's system to begin growing student leadership in your school.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Bourland

Jennifer Bourland

Instructional Coach, Leander ISD
Leander ISD
avatar for Jacqui Daves

Jacqui Daves

Librarian, Henry Middle School
RH

Randi Harris

Leander ISD
ET

Eddie Torres

Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
B201: Little Theater

1:15pm

Be the ONE! (Elementary Keynote)
The education of America’s youth is a challenging prospect when one considers the many burdens faced by impoverished children and their families. Research indicates that poverty need not be a barrier to academic excellence. As co-author of the book Standing in the Gap, Dr. Hodge states, "Across the nation, schools are demonstrating that it can be done: That students can reach high standards, that all children can succeed, that the gap between white and minority students, poor and affluent, can be closed." More often than not, one caring adult can make all the difference in the world. Today’s keynote will inspire all of you to BE THE ONE!

Speakers
avatar for John Hodge

John Hodge

Urban Learning and Leadership Center (ULLC)
Dr. John W. Hodge is president and co-founder of Urban Learning and Leadership Center (ULLC), an organization focused on student achievement and reduction of the achievement gap. He has served as a reading teacher, English teacher, AVID teacher, Assistant Principal and Associate Director... Read More →



Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
B202: Comp Gym

1:15pm

Face Reading (Session Repeats: Monday 10:15)
Face Reading is an amazing tool that helps you understand your students, build effective teams, and communicate with parents. All of a person's character traits are on their face! Using Face Reading you can tell if someone is generous, a team player, a loner, needs to have a voice, or wants to hear all input before making a decision. (Bonus: Using this tool on yourself, you can give yourself a free face-lift!)

Speakers
avatar for Annette Parkhurst

Annette Parkhurst

Teacher, VRHS, LEANDER ISD
I learned about Face Reading as a Human Resources Manager and Director and used the talent to build teams and hire people who would be a good fit in a position and with a team. Now in the classroom, I use face reading to build teams, understand nuances of students and parents, and... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A2513

1:15pm

Mouth to Mind...How Food Matters
Eating to feed disease or eating to fight disease? Learn about trends in eating that make a difference in how we learn and how our bodies fight disease. Take a look at the ways food makes us feel, how it helps or hurts learning and our health in this session. Specifically, we will look at Attention Disorders, Anxiety, Headaches, Arthritis, Digestive disorders and more.

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A1803

1:15pm

Texas Behavior Support Initiative Modules (Session Repeats: Monday 8:45)
This session is designed for Instructional Assistants needing to complete TBSI modules during the school day. The Texas Behavior Support Initiative, or TBSI, is a legislatively mandated state level training by Senate Bill 1196 and the Texas Administrative Code. §89.1053. The TBSI training is designed to provide foundational knowledge for the use of Positive behavior Interventions and Supports for students with disabilities as well as with all students. While the TBSI training meets legislative requirements related to procedures for the use of restraint and time-out, it also provides a framework for sharing a wide range of foundational level behavior strategies and prevention based schoolwide, classroom, and individual interventions.

Speakers
LR

Lisa Robertson

SR CRD LOW INC DIS, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
C417 Computer Lab

1:15pm

CTE: Engaging Students with Cengage Resources (Session Repeats: Monday 2:45)
This session is for CTE teachers who utilize Cengage textbooks and online MIndTap or VitalSource in their curriculum. Teachers will be guided through best practices for set up and application of Cengage online instructional resources to enhance student learning. Teachers will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other cross district teachers in their program of study areas for implementation and unit alignment.


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A1707

1:15pm

CTE: Engaging Students with Pearson Resources (Session Repeats: Monday 2:45)
This session is for CTE teachers who utilize Pearson textbooks in their curriculum. Teachers will be guided through best practices for set up and application of online instructional resources to enhance student learning. Teachers will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other cross district teachers in their program of study areas for implementation and unit alignment.


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A1710

1:15pm

CTE: Engaging Students with PLTW
This session is for all Project Lead the Way (PLTW) teachers in LISD. State PLTW representatives will discuss best practices for promoting and maintaining a K-12 approach to Engineering, Biomedical Technology and Computer Science programs. Teachers will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other cross district teachers in their program of study areas for implementation and unit alignment.

Speakers
JE

Jamie Everett

Teacher, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A1706

1:15pm

CTE:Engaging Students with Goodheart-Willcox Resources (Session Repeats: Monday 2:45)
This session is for CTE teachers who utilize Goodheart-Willcox textbooks in their curriculum. Teachers will be guided through best practices for set up and application of online instructional resources to enhance student learning. Teachers will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other cross district teachers in their program of study areas for implementation and unit alignment.


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A1708

1:15pm

Google Classroom - What You Need to Know (Session Repeats: Monday 2:45)
Learn how to use Google Classroom! You’ll take away skills you can apply right away in your own classrooms. For those with some Google Classroom experience, we’ll be addressing the new updates and features added to Classroom this past summer. You’ll have time to play and create!

Speakers
avatar for Debby Barnes

Debby Barnes

Librarian, CPHS
avatar for Lauren Madrid

Lauren Madrid

I teach English II PreAP/QUEST, AP Research (Capstone), and PSAT Team at Cedar Park High School. I am also a Google Certified Trainer.


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A1807

1:15pm

Imagine Math - Returning User Training (Session Repeats: Monday 2:45)
You’ve used Imagine Math and know the basics of running the program. Your students journal, use live teacher support, and are motivated. But you’d like to do more! Join the Imagine Math expert to learn how to pull reports for progress monitoring, create new pathways, design your own teacher-led motivation, and learn what’s new for the 2018-2019 school year.

Speakers
SL

Sonya Lerma

Customer Success Manager, Imagine Learning


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
B103: Black box

1:15pm

Innovation and Creative Teaching using World Languages New EUSs
Join us to learn more about using our new WL EUSs for effective instruction improving the highest quality learning experiences


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A1703 Computer Lab

1:15pm

Kagan Cooperative Strategies - Making and Using Groups
How can effective grouping be used to build strong classroom and team culture? What is the difference between "Group Work" and "Cooperative Learning"? How can students learn to ask each other for help before asking the teacher? During this presentation, participants will be exposed to several strategies for building, maintaining, and utilizing effective student groups. No technology required.

Speakers
AB

Austin Batson

Physics Lead, Leander ISD



Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A1702-Learning Center

1:15pm

Learning to Write from Reading Using Mentor Texts
Reading and Writing are intimately connected, and children become better at both reading and writing by doing both consistently every day. This workshop would show how to use published texts to teach qualities of writing in any genre, as well as how to organize and manage a workshop that uses mentor texts for teaching writing.

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Bomer

Katherine Bomer

Heinemann Publishing
Katherine Bomer, author of The Journey Is Everything, Hidden Gems, and Starting with What Students Do Best,is one of the field’s most gifted writers as well as one of its most gifted teachers of writing. In more than two decades of teaching and consulting, she has used her writers... Read More →



Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
B204: MPR/Dance

1:15pm

Middle School Band Solo/Ensemble Collaboration
Middle school band directors will review pros and cons from our contest relocation to ensure that we can continue to best serve our students and the integrity of this contest. 

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A2503

1:15pm

STEM Connections In The Classroom With The University of Texas NASCENT RET (Research Experience for Teachers) Program
Overview of the NASCENT RET (Research experience for Teachers) summer program and experience from program fellows. RET staff and fellows will also guide teachers through teach engineering-based lessons that connect current research in engineering to K-12 science and mathematics curricula in the classroom. NASCENT is an NSF (National Science Foundation) grant funded program that promotes engineering as an exciting career that allows K-12 students to apply their math and science education to real-world problems.

Speakers
BC

Brennan Coffey

Chemical Engineering PhD student, University of Texas
RH

Risa Hartman

NASCENT Program Director, University of Texas
KJ

Kendall Jurek

8th Science Teacher, Henry Middle School
VR

Veronica Romero

8th Science & NASCENT RET participant, Henry MS



Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A1811

1:15pm

STEMscopes Hands-On Labs for 7th and Biology Classrooms
Come get your hands dirty with us! Add another lab to your toolbelt, experience labs for your grade level, and note vertical alignment built into STEMscopes curriculum.


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A1812

1:15pm

AP Music Theory Resources Tips and Techniques
AP Music Theory directors will share their resources, tried and proven techniques and student learning objectives.

Speakers
avatar for Brenda Justice

Brenda Justice

Head Choir Director, Rouse High School


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
C408

1:15pm

Differentiation: Planning for Intervention and Enrichment in PLCs (Session Repeats: Tuesday 10:00)
"You just need to differentiate..." Easier said than done! Knowing that all students enter our classrooms with varying experiences, prior knowledge, and interests, we must respond with a variety of learning experiences, strategies, and processes. We will explore ways that PLCs can preemptively plan for intervention and enrichment and set the foundation for successful classroom differentiation.

Speakers
TC

Tim Cornett

Instructional Coach



Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A1713

1:15pm

Google Forms: Assets for Assessments
This session is for beginner to intermediate users of Google Forms.
Please bring laptops! This session will be interactive!
Attendees will receive tips, techniques, and valuable resources for a number of uses for assessments with Google Forms.

Speakers
AS

Allen Stewart

Social Studies, LISD


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Library

1:15pm

Involving Students in Doing Science
For high school and middle school science teachers who would like to involve their students more through labs, discussion, and writing. Teachers will learn how to incorporate more inquiry in their class by participating in a guided inquiry lesson. Resources will be shared about how to incorporate inquiry, discussion, and writing in your classroom.
Participants will be doing two versions of the “Unbalanced Force Lab” (Newton’s 2nd Law Lab): one version that works great in On Level Physics and one version with more complexity for PreAP and AP Physics 1.  You will get to do the lab and be involved in following the modeling cycle.

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A1818

1:15pm

Round table: Tried and True Pieces for Improving Music Literacy at the Middle School Level
This session is for middle school choral directors looking for new ideas on repertoire to help promote music literacy with their singers. Those attending will bring at least one piece for 1.) 6th grade boys 2.) 6th grade girls 3.) non varsity treble choir 4.) non varsity tenor bass choir 5.) varsity treble choir 6.) varsity tenor bass choir.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Weston

Megan Weston

Choir Director, Four Points Middle School


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
B109: Choir

1:15pm

7 Daily Drivers to Support Teacher Effectiveness (Session Repeats: Monday 2:45)
We live in a dynamically changing educational context that is often unpredictable and that requires innovative approaches daily. Classrooms are being transformed into learning studios, libraries into learning commons, and brick-and-mortar schools into virtual learning spaces. Teacher professional learning is on demand, self-directed, and personalized. Teachers access, deliver, and facilitate content, curriculum, and instruction in various blended online and offline media. Students are expected to develop skills to solve local and global problems that have yet to arise, and become the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs. All these conditions and more require that we know how to quickly determine how to best support teacher effectiveness throughout changes in education. The drivers presented in this session (taken from my book, Everyday Instructional Coaching) provide foundational guidance that helps drive this action because they are not framed inside a rigid structure or in a prescriptive fashion the way frameworks, models, and cycles often are.

Based on these changing demands and this emerging information, I’ve identified a set of seven drivers —catalysts that will support and guide PLC teams through this ever-changing educational landscape.

1. Collaboration 2. Transparency 3. Inquiry 4. Discourse 5. Reverberation 6. Sincerity 7. Influence

PLCs can create a sense of inspiration, compassion, empowerment, and empathy around teaching and learning when they apply these drivers on a daily basis. These daily drivers work to produce successful outcomes not only for coaches but also for principals, teachers, students, and parents.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Lang-Raad

Nathan Lang-Raad

Solution Tree
Nathan D. Lang-Raad, EdD, is a speaker, author, and professional-learning facilitator. Throughout his career, he has served as a teacher, assistant principal, director of elementary curriculum and instruction, university adjunct professor, and education strategist.


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
B317: Study Hall

1:15pm

Aligning and Deepening Social Studies Instruction
Effective social studies instruction requires teachers to align key concepts and provide students with multiple opportunities to interact with these concepts.  This session will provide research-based strategies that enhance student learning of the critical vocabulary in social studies.



Speakers
AP

Amy Pokorney

Leander ISD
Leander ISD



Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A1806

1:15pm

Building Assessment Literacy (Session Repeats: Monday 2:45)
Cassandra Erkens, author of Collaborative Common Assessments: Teamwork. Assessment. Results., says that "common assessments are the lynch pin" and "assessment practice must build hope, efficacy, and achievement for learners and teachers." Join secondary colleagues in collective conversations focused on building assessment literacy and key learning from Cassandra Erkens.

Speakers
avatar for Cody Edwards

Cody Edwards

Secondary ELA Curriculum Specialist, Leander ISD
KH

Kip Harmon

Secondary Social Studies Coordinator, Leander ISD
Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A1701

1:15pm

Common Assessment Design and Implementation (Session Repeats: Monday 2:45)
Participants will understand the purpose of and components to consider when creating and implementing common assessments. The importance of the assessment process will be stressed starting with selection of standards and ending with reviewing and responding to data. Participants will be aware of strategies and practices that will lead to high quality assessments as well as reliable data.

Speakers
avatar for Eileen Depka

Eileen Depka

Solution Tree
Eileen Depka, PhD, has a background in assessment, common assessment design, rubric development, standards-based assessment, question design, classroom questioning practices, positive practices in grading and reporting, and the implementation of standards-based grading and report... Read More →



Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
C410/ROTC

1:15pm

Daily Differentiation at Tier One – Middle/High School Focus (Session Repeats: Monday 2:45)
The best intervention is prevention! Build up your repertoire of differentiated instructional strategies to help all of your students actively process new learning and assure long-term retention. Learn a variety of new techniques to increase student engagement and keep them challenged. Instructional Variety, Cooperative Group Learning and Student Choice are key to Daily Differentiation in the upper grades.

Speakers
avatar for Martha Kaufeldt

Martha Kaufeldt

Solution Tree
Martha is a professional development specialist and author. She travels internationally doing workshops and trainings on curriculum development, differentiated instruction, school restructuring, assessment, and brain-friendly strategies for teachers.



Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
B111: Band

1:15pm

Making Literacy Moves in LISD (Session Repeats: Monday 10:15)
Struggling readers exist at every grade level. Literacy is a key component of student success across the curriculum. Access Code is a proven intervention tool to help students who need support in creating automaticity. In this session, Jason Smith, Chief Operating Officer with Foundations in Learning will provide the research behind Access Code as well as an introduction to the use and value of Access Code's use with both elementary and secondary students who lack some important, basic reading skills.

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A1614

1:15pm

Planning with Essential Units of Study - Secondary (Session Repeats: Monday 2:45)
Engage in a process to map out an essential unit of study and daily lesson plans using the Leander ISD curriculum documents. Participants will begin a unit map for an upcoming unit of study as well as explore guidelines for lesson design. Click here to access presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Cain

Jenny Cain

Secondary Language Arts Facilitator, Leander ISD
avatar for Lauren Carter

Lauren Carter

Secondary Science Curriculum Specialist, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A1608

1:15pm

“It’s About Time” at Wiley Middle School
How do we respond when students don’t learn? How do we respond when students get it?
Join us to explore how Wiley Middle School is implementing a school wide system that targets the needs of all students and utilizes staff and resources to provide interventions and extensions. Based on “Just About Time” by Mike Mattos and Austin Buffum, Wiley is incorporating a learning-focused Flex Time schedule in order to ensure that students have “in school” time to receive the support needed to succeed.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Evans

Brandon Evans

Principal, LISD
avatar for Mikayla Sauers

Mikayla Sauers

Instructional Coach, Leander ISD
Passionate about creating learning environments where students turn information into knowledge, and knowledge into wisdom. Leander ISD



Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A1620/1601-Lecture Hall

1:15pm

Self-Advocacy as it relates to Post-Secondary Needs
Self-advocacy begins with the student knowing about, and understanding their disability so they can express their needs to others. This session will help students with disabilities, the staff who work with them and their parents understand the importance of self-advocacy and help students to understand their rights and responsibilities as it relates to your specific accommodations.


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
C423

1:15pm

AVID High School Elective Teacher PLC
This session will give high school AVID elective teachers time to share lesson ideas and strategies in order to support and learn from each other. They will examine their current CCI implementation level, what evidence has been gathered as support, and set goals to ensure their campus meets certification. Teachers will need their devices.

Speakers
TP

Tamara Porras

Coordinator of GT, AVID, and Advanced Programs, Leander Independent School District


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A1607

1:15pm

AVID Middle School Elective Teacher PLC
This session will give middle school AVID elective teachers time to share lesson ideas and strategies in order to support and learn from each other. They will examine their current CCI implementation level, what evidence has been gathered as support, and set goals to ensure their campus meets certification. Teachers will need their devices.

Speakers
TP

Tamara Porras

Coordinator of GT, AVID, and Advanced Programs, Leander Independent School District


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A1615

1:15pm

Okay, We Are A Team! Now What? (Session Repeats: Monday 8:45, 10:15)
Team structures are not a new thing in the world of education; we have had team structures, effective or not, in our schools for decades.

The question we have not addressed is: Because we are a team, what should we be doing when we are together as a team? What does collaboration look and feel like, and how do we answer the 4 Key Questions of a Professional Learning Community? (What do we want our students to learn? How do we know that learning has occurred? How do we respond when learning did not occur? How do we respond when learning did occur?)

This session will review the 3 big ideas of a Professional Learning Community at work and address the team actions necessary to answer those 4 key questions. Participants will engage in the work of a team: analyzing data, linking adult actions and best practice to data, and planning a response as a team to support the needs of struggling learners.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Johnson

Marc Johnson

Solution Tree
Marc Johnson, an educator for more than 40 years, is co-director of the Central Valley Education Leadership Institute at California State University, Fresno. He is former superintendent of Sanger Unified School District.



Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
B310: Prac Gym

1:15pm

Finance One-on-One
Come work one-on-one with the Financial services team to get questions answered, gain better understanding of processes, balancing/monitoring budget codes, etc.

Speakers
DK

Dana Klein

Accounting Tech, LISD
avatar for Gina Mitschke

Gina Mitschke

Assistant Director of Budget, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A1704

1:15pm

Google Sites (Session Repeats: Monday 8:45, 10:15)
We will be transitioning from NetStart Websites to Google Sites this year. Learn how to use the new Google Sites. Change themes, add and crop images, add text and hyperlinks. Embed content from external websites. Add Google docs, maps, calendars, and more! Learn steps to create a beautiful, interactive site!

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A2508 Computer Lab

1:15pm

ITS Collaboration Groups

Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A2505

1:15pm

Secondary Admin Assistants Think Tank
Middle school and high school administrative assistants are encouraged to come together to build community, share best practices across campuses and learn from the collective wisdom in our system.  

Speakers
PB

Phyllis Boddorf

Admin Asst, VHS, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A1606

1:15pm

Secondary Receptionists Think Tank
Middle School and high school receptionists are encouraged to come together to build community, share best practices across campuses and learn from the collective wisdom in our system.  

Speakers
CL

Cindy Lee

Receptionist, CPMS, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
A1605

1:15pm

Paper Tigers
Paper Tigers follows 6 students over the course of a school year, we see Lincoln's staff try a new approach. One based on understanding and treatment rather than judgment and suspension. Paper Tigers is a testament to what the latest developmental science is showing: that just one adult can help break the cycle of adversity in a young person's life.


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 3:45pm
C402

1:15pm

10 Ways To Get Your Students To Buy-In
Students thrive when they are excited and eager to learn. In this workshop, Jacob Clifford shows teachers simple, yet effective, strategies that will get students to buy-in. Whether it’s developing traditions or creating growth-centered assessments, this training explores new ways to increase student motivation and create a thriving classroom community. This professional development is great for either new teachers who need techniques to motivate students or veteran teachers that are looking for quick tips.

Presentation Materials

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Clifford

Jacob Clifford

College Board
Jacob Clifford is a teacher at San Pasqual High School in Escondido, California. SPHS is a Title I suburban high school with a diverse student population. In 2004, Jacob was asked to develop a summer bridge program that prepared new students for the rigor of Advanced Placement* courses... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 3:45pm
B100: Auditorium

1:15pm

Behavior Coaching and Level 3 Refresher/Part 1
Behavior Coaching and Level 3 intervention refresher training for returning facilitators & Part 1 of full day training for new facilitators- (specific to Elementary staff - by invite from Behavior Specialist)


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 3:45pm
A1617

1:15pm

Got Modified SpEd Students? Now what?
In this session, we will dispel myths surrounding modifications to general education content. You will learn about a process for modifying curriculum based on TEKS. This will enhance your ability to adapt assignments, projects, and assessments. Secondary General Ed and Special Ed Inclusion and Resource Teachers are encouraged to attend.

Speakers
KA

Kim Albin

Coord SPED Elem/Sec, Leander ISD
avatar for Stella Karp

Stella Karp

Communication Liaison, Leander I.S.D.
Stella Karp is the ARD Advisor for Special Education in LISD. She has committed her 16-year career in education to supporting students who are receiving special education services. She began her career as a High School Resource English Language Arts teacher. She spent 8 years as a... Read More →



Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 3:45pm
A1801

1:15pm

IB High School Teachers PLC
IB educators from Leander High School and Vandegrift High School will come together to explore their unique PLN and collaborate to gain insight into IB expectations, teaching techniques, and ways to improve teacher and student performance. Educators will utilize the Program Resource Center and explore its potential for enhancing IB curriculum. Ways to incorporate the IB Learner Profile into the classroom and best practices for utilizing student and teacher reflection will also be discussed. LHS and VHS teachers should bring their IB Course Outlines and any unit plans they have created to aid in collaboration. LHS teachers should also bring their IA Process Improvement document.


Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 3:45pm
B316

1:15pm

Technology for Job Coaches

Students enjoy learning in their native communication mode. Technology can keep your students engaged in lessons. Learn to use online websites, Youtube, phone apps, and interactive student technology for understanding student strengths and needs, and increase vocational skills learning.


Speakers
MG

Mary Ginnery

Teacher, LeanderISD
avatar for Crystal McCarthy

Crystal McCarthy

SELF 2 Community Teacher, Leander ISD



Monday October 8, 2018 1:15pm - 3:45pm
A2618 Computer Lab

2:45pm

Post-Secondary Options for Students with Disabilities
This session will highlight several of the post-secondary options available to students with disabilities after they graduate from HS such as ACC, ACC STEPS, E4 Texas and others.


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
C423

2:45pm

Establishing Positive Relationships with Special Education Students (Session Repeats: Monday 1:15)
This session will emphasize the importance of establishing positive relationships with special education students. Participants will learn strategies for positive classroom environment, as well as the opportunity to implement these strategies with peers in the session. Please bring your technology. )Professional research strategies will be used in this presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Tuffentsamer

Laura Tuffentsamer

I am a teacher at Wiley Middle school. I moved to Texas 6 years ago. We have a 32 year old son, who resides in Illinois. We have a 16 year old daughter who just graduated high school and is beginning Austin Community College. My husband served in Operation Freedom in Afghanistan for... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
C403

2:45pm

Student Empowerment Through Effective Instructional Assistant Support (Session Repeats: Tuesday 8:30)
This session will focus on the critical attributes of an effective instructional assistant. Strategies will be shared that will address meeting students' needs while balancing student empowerment, skill development, and promoting student independence in school and beyond.

Speakers
LR

Lisa Robertson

SR CRD LOW INC DIS, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1818

2:45pm

Dream Big: Creating an Innovation Space to Provide Engagement and Challenge
Two years ago, we began to Dream Big at River Ridge Elementary. Our scores were good, but our students weren't diving deep into the TEKS and data. We connected our learning with technology and thinking outside the box to what and how our students could show mastery of the TEKS, and our Innovation Lab was created.


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1805

2:45pm

There Is a Tool For That
Do you have a system in your classroom, on your campus, or in your department that is not working as well as it should?
Join us to explore how continuous improvement tools can be used to establish a purpose, give a voice to all, collect data, and monitor progress in order to create and maintain productive processes and systems. In this session, Continuous Improvement Institute graduates will share examples of how tools are being used at all levels with students and coworkers.

Speakers
avatar for Mikayla Sauers

Mikayla Sauers

Instructional Coach, Leander ISD
Passionate about creating learning environments where students turn information into knowledge, and knowledge into wisdom. Leander ISD



Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1803

2:45pm

"I Am" Statements - Empowering Your Students With One Sentence
Ever wondered how to break down walls with your students? In this session, you will learn how to help your students create an "I Am" statement that will empower and encourage them. In addition, you will learn how to go beyond your traditional ice breaker games to heart opener games.

Speakers
avatar for Celeste Schneider

Celeste Schneider

Theatre Director, Vandegrift High School
I have taught and directed theatre for 9 years. I am a mother of 3 and a lover of life. I wholeheartedly believe in connection and relationship as the foundation for learning. Time invested into knowing students will show up later in the form of tests, performances, etc.


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1702-Learning Center

2:45pm

Naviance-Navigating Guidance (for HS Counselors) (Session Repeats: Monday 1:15)
Best practices using Naviance to guide students.


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1705

2:45pm

Overview of Parameters of Parental Rights: From Opt-Out to Open Carry
Jenny will be discussing areas where parents seek to exercise their “rights” – including to carry a weapon, opt-out of instruction, review statements written about their child by other students, observe classrooms, prohibit other parents/family members from attending lunch and school activities, etc.

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
B109: Choir

2:45pm

Escape the Ordinary
Come learn how an Escape Room environment can be beneficial to all students using problem solving and critical thinking skills with high student involvement. We will have an escape room set up to challenge you and a debriefing room where we will talk through the process. Do you have what it takes to Escape the Ordinary?

Speakers
avatar for Brandi Sharrock

Brandi Sharrock

Instructional Coach, Faubion Elementary
Faubion ElementaryInstructional Coach



Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
C420

2:45pm

How To Prevent Human Trafficking of Students in our Community for Secondary Educators
The purpose of this presentation is to supply teachers with knowledge regarding the dangers that human trafficking can pose to at risk students and how they can play a role in preventing this threat to our community.

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1605

2:45pm

Planning for Retirement? (Session Repeats: Monday 10:15)
Looking for answers related to TRS retirement? Discussion will include eligibility requirements, membership tiers, TRS service credit requirements, and timelines. There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of the session.

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
C409

2:45pm

5 Easy Steps to Turn Your Students Into Blogging Masterminds
This session will give you the tools you need to get your students set up with blogs and communicating on a global platform! Models for integrating blogs into instruction and examples of HMS student blogs will be shared. Regardless of your comfort level with blogging and/or technology, all will walk away ready to begin.

Speakers
avatar for Jacqui Daves

Jacqui Daves

Librarian, Henry Middle School


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A2720

2:45pm

Can You Say More About That? Five Easy Ways to Help Students Elaborate in Writing (Session Repeats: Tuesday 8:30)
We all recognize the need for our students to write more and write longer. But simply asking them to add details or juicy adjectives does not usually result in quality writing. Instead, we need to teach them some of the stunts that professional writers use to deepen and shore up any type of writing. Katherine will share fun and authentic strategies that work with young people as well as grown up writers!

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Bomer

Katherine Bomer

Heinemann Publishing
Katherine Bomer, author of The Journey Is Everything, Hidden Gems, and Starting with What Students Do Best,is one of the field’s most gifted writers as well as one of its most gifted teachers of writing. In more than two decades of teaching and consulting, she has used her writers... Read More →



Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
B204: MPR/Dance

2:45pm

Context Clues, Vocabulary Development and More with Flocabulary! (Session Repeats: Tuesday 10:00)
Learn how to use Flocabulary to engage your students and build vocabulary skills, context clues, better word choice, and much more! Be prepared to rap and dance as well as learn!

Speakers
avatar for Reagan Habermacher

Reagan Habermacher

I am a 5th grade teacher at Reagan Elementary in my 20th year of teaching! I love to get my students excited about Language Arts and Social Studies!
avatar for Kellie Lambert

Kellie Lambert

5th grade teacher, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1712

2:45pm

CTE: Engaging Students with Cengage Resources (Session Repeats: Monday 1:15)
This session is for CTE teachers who utilize Cengage textbooks and online MIndTap or VitalSource in their curriculum. Teachers will be guided through best practices for set up and application of Cengage online instructional resources to enhance student learning. Teachers will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other cross district teachers in their program of study areas for implementation and unit alignment.


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1707

2:45pm

CTE: Engaging Students with Pearson Resources (Session Repeats: Monday 1:15)
This session is for CTE teachers who utilize Pearson textbooks in their curriculum. Teachers will be guided through best practices for set up and application of online instructional resources to enhance student learning. Teachers will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other cross district teachers in their program of study areas for implementation and unit alignment.


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1710

2:45pm

CTE: Engaging Students with Wiley Resources
This session is for CTE teachers who utilize Wiley textbooks in their curriculum. Teachers will be guided through best practices for set up and application of online instructional resources to enhance student learning. Teachers will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other cross district teachers in their program of study areas for implementation and unit alignment.

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1706

2:45pm

CTE:Engaging Students with Goodheart-Willcox Resources (Session Repeats: Monday 1:15)
This session is for CTE teachers who utilize Goodheart-Willcox textbooks in their curriculum. Teachers will be guided through best practices for set up and application of online instructional resources to enhance student learning. Teachers will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other cross district teachers in their program of study areas for implementation and unit alignment.


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1708

2:45pm

Fostering a Culture of Innovation
The culture of your school or district can accelerate beneficial change, or it can get in the way. In fact, it has been said that "culture eats strategy for breakfast." Google has earned a reputation for a building culture of collaboration, innovation, and trust. The good news is that you don't need a Google-sized budget to transform the culture of your schools. In this session you'll learn about a few key practices at Google and how these practices can be adapted for schools and districts.
Please, make sure you come with a charged laptop for this session as it will be a hands-on experience.

Speakers
avatar for Pryscilla Ladeira

Pryscilla Ladeira

Google for Education Program Manager, Google



Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Library

2:45pm

Google Classroom - What You Need to Know (Session Repeats: Monday 1:15)
Learn how to use Google Classroom! You’ll take away skills you can apply right away in your own classrooms. For those with some Google Classroom experience, we’ll be addressing the new updates and features added to Classroom this past summer. You’ll have time to play and create!

Speakers
avatar for Debby Barnes

Debby Barnes

Librarian, CPHS


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1807

2:45pm

Higher Order Thinking: From Theory to Practice (Session Repeats: Monday 10:15)
Urban Learning and Leadership Center has had the opportunity to work with educators throughout the United States. We fully realize that state standards and high-stakes testing drive instruction for many teachers. Unfortunately, in attempting to prepare students for success on state assessments, many teachers are failing to teach students how to think. Classrooms that focus on the ability of students to simply recall content are teaching students WHAT to think. When students are taught HOW to think through rigorous assessment items, schools meet or exceed state and federal academic standards. This session will introduce teachers to a research-supported tool designed to enhance rigor in classrooms, and help students think at higher levels.

Speakers
avatar for John Hodge

John Hodge

Urban Learning and Leadership Center (ULLC)
Dr. John W. Hodge is president and co-founder of Urban Learning and Leadership Center (ULLC), an organization focused on student achievement and reduction of the achievement gap. He has served as a reading teacher, English teacher, AVID teacher, Assistant Principal and Associate Director... Read More →



Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
B201: Little Theater

2:45pm

Imagine Math - Returning User Training (Session Repeats: Monday 1:15)
You’ve used Imagine Math and know the basics of running the program. Your students journal, use live teacher support, and are motivated. But you’d like to do more! Join the Imagine Math expert to learn how to pull reports for progress monitoring, create new pathways, design your own teacher-led motivation, and learn what’s new for the 2018-2019 school year.

Speakers
SL

Sonya Lerma

Customer Success Manager, Imagine Learning


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
B103: Black box

2:45pm

Implementing the O in WICOR
How can students use focused notetaking and graphic organizers to increase retention of learning? Move students beyond "I read over my notes." to actively interacting with the Cornell method across various styles of notetaking.

Speakers
avatar for Jan Masterson

Jan Masterson

Instructional Coach, Glenn High School
Educator experience at high school, middle school, and elementary in the areas of science, math, RtI intervention, GT, and English immersion with training in SIOP and 11 years experience in AVID methodologies. This is my twelfth year in LISD, previously in Cy Fair ISD, and I am currently... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A2702

2:45pm

Learning Spaces: Making the Most of the Third Teacher
We know how important the environment is on student learning. Come learn how
to facilitate the space in your classroom to enhance learning and increase student engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Jones

Wendy Jones

K12 Education Strategist, CDW
With 27 years in public education, Wendy is a Google Certified Educator and Trainer, experienced educator, administrator, and proven leader. Prior to joining CDW-G, Wendy was the Director of Instruction, Learning, and Innovation of a large, fast-growth district in Texas. In this role... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1819

2:45pm

Make It Relevant
Keeping students interested in their local, state and national governments can be challenging. The Texas Municipal Courts Education Center, with a grant from TXDOT, has developed leveled curriculum based on the TEKS. Students can play cards and learn about federalism, help a bill become a law, hold a mock trial and much more. Come learn how to use this free curriculum you will receive and can immediately take back to your classroom and use. There will be cookies and more free materials!!!  Citizen Bee and STAAR materials will also be discussed. Grades 7, 8, 11 and Government. 

Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A2718

2:45pm

Mindset Mathematics: Visualizing and Investigating Big Ideas
Based on the book Mindset Mathematics by Jo Boaler, Jen Munson, and Cathy Williams, participants will explore unique, research based visual approaches to to the big ideas in mathematics. In this session, participants will be introduced to a collection of tasks that will help them engage students and understand the connections between mathematics concepts by looking at the big ideas through visualization, play, and investigation.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Bennett

Heather Bennett

Bagdad Instructional Coach, Leander ISD
This is my fifth year as an instructional coach at Bagdad Elementary School in Leander. Prior to that, I was a Math/Science Facilitator for 2 years at Shields Elementary in Victoria ISD. Prior to that, I taught 5th grade for 8 years at Shields Elementary.
avatar for Dawn Minton

Dawn Minton

Intervention Specialist
This is my fifth year as an Intervention Specialist at Bagdad Elementary School (and one of those years, I split my time between Bagdad and Plain Elementary). Prior to that, I was at Cypress Elementary for about 12 years as a 3rd math teacher and as a 1st grade teacher. My first... Read More →



Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1806

2:45pm

Performance Towards Proficiency Through Target Language Use
Are you working towards ACTFL's recommended 90% target language use in class? Would you like your students to use the target language more in class and in their interactions with you? In this session, participants will learn strategies to boost input during instruction in novice level language classes and be given time to brainstorm solutions for their own classroom usage.

Speakers
HF

Harris Flax

Spanish Teacher, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1618

2:45pm

STEMscopes Hands-On Labs for Chemistry and Physics
Come get your hands dirty with us! Add another lab to your toolbelt, experience labs for your grade level, and note vertical alignment built into STEMscopes curriculum.


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1812

2:45pm

What Can Cooperative Learning Do for You?
In this session participants will learn protocols for student discourse that can be used across content areas and grade levels. Come find out how using cooperative structures will automatically differentiate learning and increase rigor for all students. Incorporating cooperative learning into classroom routines is an easy way to achieve high-order thinking, active engagement, and ownership of learning, resulting in supportive relationships and a collaborative culture.

Speakers
DB

Darla Brown

ELL Sr Coordinator, Leander ISD
I coordinate the Dual Language program in LISD.
avatar for Isabelle Cate

Isabelle Cate

French Teacher, Leander ISD
avatar for Jessica Mondragon

Jessica Mondragon

Teacher, Leander ISD
Spanish III Pre-AP Spanish IV AP AVID 12th Elective Teacher
avatar for Allison Ponce

Allison Ponce

Dual Language Curriculum Specialist, Leander ISD
avatar for Maria Vaso

Maria Vaso

World Languages Coordinator, Leander ISD



Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1616

2:45pm

Who's Doing The Heavy Lifting? 5 Simple Strategies to Promote Rigor and Critical Thinking in Any Classroom
Are you working harder than your students? Come learn about simple yet effective strategies that promote rigor and require students to think critically and bear the "cognitive load." Participants should bring their laptops as time for planning and implementation will be provided at the end of the session.

Speakers
avatar for Olga Angelo-Day

Olga Angelo-Day

Instructional Coach, Leander ISD



Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
C426

2:45pm

Won't You Be Our Neighbor? Embracing LISD's Cultures
Come learn about LISD's culture population shifts and hear from LISD parents who represent the top languages in the district. Our parent guest speakers will share key information about their culture and answer questions about the best educational practices for their students. Participants will receive a Culture Binder where they can learn about LISD's top ten cultures and language interference issues in those languages which can help them implement successful teaching practices for ELs.

Speakers
ZA

Zaida Avila

Leander ISD/ESC 13
CH

Connie Hernandez

ESL Specialist, Leander ISD
PP

Pearl Perez

Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1802

2:45pm

Social Skills and Mindfulness Applied in Art Education
Presenting information regarding social and emotional competencies through mindfulness, art journaling and other creative practices.


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A2518

2:45pm

Google Quizzes
Learn how to utilize this invaluable tool to create higher level quizzes and projects for your students! There's more to it than multiple choice and short answers!


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
C427

2:45pm

Planning with Essential Units of Study - Secondary (Session Repeats: Monday 1:15)
Engage in a process to map out an essential unit of study and daily lesson plans using the Leander ISD curriculum documents. Participants will begin a unit map for an upcoming unit of study as well as explore guidelines for lesson design. Click here to acess presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Cain

Jenny Cain

Secondary Language Arts Facilitator, Leander ISD
avatar for Lauren Carter

Lauren Carter

Secondary Science Curriculum Specialist, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1608

2:45pm

Purposeful Learning Communities
We pride ourselves on purposeful instruction, intervention and enrichment at LMS. Come here how our math and social studies departments work toward teaching the students in front of them, using backwards design, collaborative common assessments and a purposeful approach to a desired outcome. Hear the perspective from the teachers, instructional coach and principal.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Koller

Mark Koller

Principal, Leander Independent School District
@KollerTX #TheWestDen


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
B102: Drama

2:45pm

UBD 101
Why do our curriculum documents look the way they do? Come learn the basics behind the design of Leander's curriculum documents. Study and discuss foundational research and practice navigating the documents in this interactive session.

Speakers
avatar for Tol Wilhite

Tol Wilhite

Elementary Social Studies Coordinator, Leander ISD
avatar for Anna Wydeven

Anna Wydeven

Secondary Science Facilitator, Leander ISD
Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1704

2:45pm

Using Feedback that Guides Writers to Success
In this session, participants will discuss the components of feedback that provide success in the writing classroom. Participants will review the LISD writing rubric at their grade level and learn about providing feedback that is timely, specific to student approximations, and appropriate for the maximum development of student writing. Participants will also discuss what this feedback looks like at various points in the school year in order to develop student writers that value content, structure, and convention.

Learning Targets:
  • The particpants will learn about characteristics of effective feedback by discussing what they already know about feedback and reviewing research relevant to giving students effective feedback.
  • The participants will learn about characteristics of effective peer and teacher feedback, using different strategies, feedback models, and questions by writing and role playing as a peer or teacher in a conference in addition to other cooprative learning strategies.
  • The participants will learn about using a unit rubric (for students) and student performance indicators (LISD rubric or TEKS checklist) to develop the next approximation needed to advance writing.
  • The participants will learn how to include writers in all steps of the feedback process to increase student agency in writing through participant discussion and post-session google-classroom support in implementing and reflecting on writing feedback.

Speakers
avatar for Lara Heine

Lara Heine

Fourth Grade, Westside Elementary


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
C408

2:45pm

College & Career Pathways in LISD: Unlocking Your Potential
Did you know that we have a College & Careers Pathway (CCP) Department in Leander ISD? This session will introduce you to our team and the various ways we serve you, our students, and our district. You will learning about our roles and responsibilities and be able to give us feedback on how we can proactively serv you while impacting student success.

Speakers
avatar for Tiffany Spicer

Tiffany Spicer

Executive Director of College & Career Pathways, Leander ISD
TT

Tonya Thompson

Director of Advanced Programs, Leander ISD
avatar for Kathy Wood

Kathy Wood

Director Gifted and Advanced Programs, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1620/1601-Lecture Hall

2:45pm

7 Daily Drivers to Support Teacher Effectiveness (Session Repeats: Monday 1:15)
We live in a dynamically changing educational context that is often unpredictable and that requires innovative approaches daily. Classrooms are being transformed into learning studios, libraries into learning commons, and brick-and-mortar schools into virtual learning spaces. Teacher professional learning is on demand, self-directed, and personalized. Teachers access, deliver, and facilitate content, curriculum, and instruction in various blended online and offline media. Students are expected to develop skills to solve local and global problems that have yet to arise, and become the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs. All these conditions and more require that we know how to quickly determine how to best support teacher effectiveness throughout changes in education. The drivers presented in this session (taken from my book, Everyday Instructional Coaching) provide foundational guidance that helps drive this action because they are not framed inside a rigid structure or in a prescriptive fashion the way frameworks, models, and cycles often are.

Based on these changing demands and this emerging information, I’ve identified a set of seven drivers —catalysts that will support and guide PLC teams through this ever-changing educational landscape.

1. Collaboration 2. Transparency 3. Inquiry 4. Discourse 5. Reverberation 6. Sincerity 7. Influence

PLCs can create a sense of inspiration, compassion, empowerment, and empathy around teaching and learning when they apply these drivers on a daily basis. These daily drivers work to produce successful outcomes not only for coaches but also for principals, teachers, students, and parents.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Lang-Raad

Nathan Lang-Raad

Solution Tree
Nathan D. Lang-Raad, EdD, is a speaker, author, and professional-learning facilitator. Throughout his career, he has served as a teacher, assistant principal, director of elementary curriculum and instruction, university adjunct professor, and education strategist.


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
B317: Study Hall

2:45pm

All Things Google for K-2 (Session Repeats: Monday 8:45)
Having a difficult time trying to incorporate technology into your K-2 classroom? Come learn how easy it is to set up systems and use all kinds of Google tools in your classroom. You'll be amazed at how much "littles" can do with Google. Follow this link to the presentation. https://goo.gl/ZnZNmn .

Speakers
HC

Heather Cassity

Instructional Coach
Instructional Coach at Cox Elementary School @CometsIC


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A2501

2:45pm

Below Level, On Level, Accelerated - Differentiation! (Session Repeats: Tuesday 10:00)
We've all be told about differentiation, but when it comes down to how to do it in a classroom it can be quite overwhelming. Planning for the diversity of learners in our classroom can have lasting impact on student learning. This session will focus on the practical application of differentiation in the classroom. Feel free to bring a skill or activity you would like to work with.

Class Code: uc4jhs

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1fAVrAFvJG77XHu89SVPCPhL4V-Cw-JBAv__USs8giOM/edit?usp=sharing

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pE5NAdfpnZFh7383ROT6gIeARJWRvldz_TRcJsVnS_4/edit?usp=sharing

https://docs.google.com/document/d/183NspclYp9sXQy9s7tRazP4NJEG8-14GMUY5zEAbPhA/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Ellen Deckinga

Ellen Deckinga

6th Grade ELA, Leander ISD
I am an extreme bibliophile who loves to read while drinking a tall glass of sweet tea and eating pie. I'm an inquisitive information seeker who just can't stop learning.



Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1713

2:45pm

Building Assessment Literacy (Session Repeats: Monday 1:15)
Cassandra Erkens, author of Collaborative Common Assessments: Teamwork. Assessment. Results., says that "common assessments are the lynch pin" and "assessment practice must build hope, efficacy, and achievement for learners and teachers." Join secondary colleagues in collective conversations focused on building assessment literacy and key learning from Cassandra Erkens.

Speakers
avatar for Cody Edwards

Cody Edwards

Secondary ELA Curriculum Specialist, Leander ISD
KH

Kip Harmon

Secondary Social Studies Coordinator, Leander ISD
Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1701

2:45pm

Building Assessment Literacy (Session Repeats: Tuesday 10:00)
Cassandra Erkens, author of Collaborative Common Assessments: Teamwork. Assessment. Results., says that "common assessments are the lynch pin" and "assessment practice must build hope, efficacy, and achievement for learners and teachers." Join elementary colleagues in collective conversations focused on building assessment literacy and key learning from Cassandra Erkens.

Speakers
LD

Laurel Dunn

Elem. LA Coordinator, Leander ISD
Leander ISD
SF

Sarah Fitz

Elementary Science Curriculum Specialist, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1619

2:45pm

Common Assessment Design and Implementation (Session Repeats: Monday 1:15)
Participants will understand the purpose of and components to consider when creating and implementing common assessments. The importance of the assessment process will be stressed starting with selection of standards and ending with reviewing and responding to data. Participants will be aware of strategies and practices that will lead to high quality assessments as well as reliable data.

Speakers
avatar for Eileen Depka

Eileen Depka

Solution Tree
Eileen Depka, PhD, has a background in assessment, common assessment design, rubric development, standards-based assessment, question design, classroom questioning practices, positive practices in grading and reporting, and the implementation of standards-based grading and report... Read More →



Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
C410/ROTC

2:45pm

Common Formative Assessments (CFAs) and Google
Tired of exit tickets and using the same old formative assessments everyday? Want to make a huge leap toward 100% student accountability and improve student achievement? Consider incorporating common formative assessments (CFAs) into your PLC routine. We will help you go beyond Google Forms to find out where students are struggling and make adjustments. Ideas range from using the core Google apps in innovative ways to some pretty cool extensions for CFAs.

Speakers
avatar for Jo Ann Tanzer

Jo Ann Tanzer

Chemistry Teacher, Glenn High School
I teach on-level and Pre-AP Chemistry at Glenn High School. I am also the lead PLC facilitator for the Science Department.



Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1808

2:45pm

Daily Differentiation at Tier One – Middle/High School Focus (Session Repeats: Monday 1:15)
The best intervention is prevention! Build up your repertoire of differentiated instructional strategies to help all of your students actively process new learning and assure long-term retention. Learn a variety of new techniques to increase student engagement and keep them challenged. Instructional Variety, Cooperative Group Learning and Student Choice are key to Daily Differentiation in the upper grades.

Speakers
avatar for Martha Kaufeldt

Martha Kaufeldt

Solution Tree
Martha is a professional development specialist and author. She travels internationally doing workshops and trainings on curriculum development, differentiated instruction, school restructuring, assessment, and brain-friendly strategies for teachers.



Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
B111: Band

2:45pm

Google Challenges (Session Repeats: Tuesday 10:00)
Have you ever wanted to learn something without having to listen to step by step directions from the instructor? Don't we all learn best by doing? Discover features within multiple G Suite tools while participating in fun challenges and leave with ideas to integrate in your class. Participants will need to bring their device.

Speakers
avatar for John Sandobal

John Sandobal

MS Instructional Coach, Leander ISD
Leander ISD
avatar for Theresa Shutey

Theresa Shutey

Instructional Coach, Running Brushy


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1607

2:45pm

Planning with Essential Units of Study - Elementary (Session Repeats: Monday 8:45)

Engage in a process to map out an essential unit of study and daily lesson plans using the Leander ISD curriculum documents. Participants will begin a unit map for an upcoming unit of study as well as explore guidelines for lesson design.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Lasky

Monica Lasky

Bilingual curriculum specialist, Leander ISD
JM

Jennifer Meyer

Elementary Science Coordinator, Leander ISD
Leander ISD



Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1606

2:45pm

Using Access Code - Updates and Improvements in Increasing Literacy in LISD
This session is designed for those who have been working in Access Code and are interested in seeing the latest and greatest updates to the system, including the new interface and screener. Jason Smith, Chief Operating Officer at Foundations in Learning, will lead us on a tour of the updates and improvements as we work together to improve literacy in LISD.


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1614

2:45pm

What Do You Do After You Get Your Data – Data Analysis Protocols (Session Repeats: Tuesday 8:30)
From the Leader ISD Assessment Framework: “Appropriate and timely student assessment data is needed to ensure the complete alignment of the written, taught, and tested curriculum in order to drive instruction and to continuously improve the academic progress of all students…”. Collecting student assessment data only has value if you do something with it. Join us for ideas on to collect data, access data, and use a data analysis protocol to help form instructional decisions.
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Speakers
JL

Jennifer Lopez

Secondary Science Specialist, Leander ISD
avatar for Julia McComas

Julia McComas

Elementary Science Specialist, Leander ISD


Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1811

2:45pm

Cognition in the Classroom and Beyond
Look beyond any label. Learn how different cognitive strengths and weaknesses contribute to successes or struggles in your classroom and beyond. General Ed and Special Ed Teachers are encouraged to attend.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Breslow

Ken Breslow

LSSP
LSSP-as-Diagnostician in LISD for about 15 years; all told, 30 years.Have interest in:*Disability studies (history and disability-related issues), including Sanism/Mentalism (oppression of those with mental health challenges); Audism (oppression of hard of hearing/deaf people)*Working... Read More →



Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A2503

2:45pm

Excellence in Every Classroom: How to Create Support Systems for Teacher Success
Do you ever wonder: What is our mission in education? What role do teachers play in achieving that mission? How do we ensure that all teachers are successful? In this session, presenters will lead you through an exploration of answers to these questions to promote better schools by empowering and supporting teachers resulting in ensuring ALL students achieve at the highest possible level of learning excellence. Attendees will also discover how to provide support at three levels of engagement: (1) schoolwide supports, (2) teacher team supports, and (3) individualized supports.

Speakers
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Stacie Seveska

Assistant Principal, Four Points Middle School



Monday October 8, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A1817

2:45pm

Documentation and Improvement Plans to Support Teacher Growth/Improvement
Administrators will learn helpful tips on writing documentation and professional improvement plans, aligned with LEADS, that provide staff with clear a understanding of expectations and outline specific actionable steps for improvement.

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