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RIASCD Preservice & Beginning Teachers


April 11, 2015

8:00 to 1:00

Johnston High School


Pre-Service (Practicum and Student Teaching) and Beginning Teachers from around the state are invited to attend this conference. Participation may be used as evidence of meeting RI Professional Teaching Standards #10 and #11.

Participants will receive a professional development credit report that will serve as portfolio evidence for exit licensure portfolio; a free student membership in the Rhode Island ASCD, “the organization for excellence in teaching and learning”; and opportunities to take away great resources supplied by local practitioners and the ASCD.

Participants will also receive a wealth of resources, have an opportunity to “EdCamp” best practices, and hear from our keynote, David Moscarelli, Rhode Island Teacher of the Year.  

This conference has been growing over time and highlights the best in Rhode Island education. Registration is only $30 and includes a light breakfast.

Presentation Descriptions:

Becoming a Digitally Literate Educator:  Pre-requisite: An Internet-connected device with Google Hangouts and a Gmail account is required.

 Note: This presentation will be recorded through Google Hangouts and shared on the RIASCD website. All discussion parToday’s learners access media in every aspect of their lives. As educators, we need to be proficient in digital literacy to interact with our students and provide unique opportunities for learning. We will examine how we access, compose, and analyze with free, cross-platform tools that will give you an edge in any learning environment. Participants will have a chance to interact through a live video conference and access numerous resources that can be used the following day. ticipants need to give consent to being included in the recording. Alternatively, the presentation can be viewed remotely without appearing in the broadcast.

Differentiated Instruction as it relates to CCSS: How can we best meet the needs of the individual learners in our classrooms?  What strategies can we use to address Common Core State Standards while keeping the learning styles and needs of our students at the forefront? 

Digital Storytelling:  Educators already know that technology is a great tool for increasing student engagement with content through gaming and creation platforms, but it can also be a powerful tool, for giving reluctant speakers a place to express themselves. Storytelling, screen-casting, and animation apps. provide a safe and fun environment for students to speak, retell and explore through voice and images.

Engage Your Inner Engineer: The Evolution from Science to Engineering in the STEM Classroom: This workshop will use hands-on activities to highlight the “big picture” skills of problem definition, determination of criteria and divergent thinking processes. Optimization, systems thinking, and prototyping (convergent skills) will also be discussed. Hands-on activities that are easily translated into your classroom will be used as springboards to finding your inner engineer and to developing meaningful subject-specific applications.  

Getting Kids Moving: Integrating Physical Activity Throughout the School Day: Tired of constantly redirecting a classroom full of antsy students that can’t stay on task? Come learn how the Pawtucket COZ’s PEP grant is energizing students and teachers for a more productive school day. This workshop, lead together by a Pawtucket middle school PE teacher and an elementary school PE teacher, will engage participants in short, simple physical activity breaks, allowing them to experience firsthand the ease of implementation and the refocusing effect of exercise. Participants will leave with new ideas regarding the infusion of physical activity in short bursts and in small spaces adaptable to a classroom setting, the knowledge of the benefits to advocate for implementation in their own schools, and strategies for effectively managing behavior during and after physical activity. 

Math Common Core, Math Practice Standards and PARCC Updates: Resources, Supports and Tricks:  This session will provide a Common Core overview reflecting the developments in implementation.  You will leave with an understanding of what you can expect as you begin teaching math with the core how it relates to curriculum, common and rigorous expectations, and using Math Practice Standards in the classroom.  Formative, Summative, and PARCC Assessments.

 RI: The First Blended Learning State:  Why care about blended learning and where does it fit in to education in Rhode Island? How do we seize its potential and what can I try RIGHT NOW? This session will address statewide steps taken to integrate technology as an essential element in the process of customizing learning, and will also look at national models and trends. Interactive activities during the session will allow participants to experience and share blended learning strategies and practices  with others eager to accelerate personalized learning. Presenters will provide valuable resources to support blended learning. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to this session for a rich and connected experience.

Social Emotional Learning: A Vital Component of Lifelong Success:   This session will explore what is meant by the term Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as well as the skills and competencies necessary to: understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.  SEL promotes young people’s academic success, health, and well-being at the same time that it prevents a variety of problems such as alcohol and drug use, violence, truancy, and bullying. Effective, practical supports and strategies to teach SEL will also be covered in this session.

Text Analysis in the Common Core Era: Practical Teaching Strategies and Resources (6-12):  Could you use a few more strategies to engage students as they analyze literary and informational texts, including visual texts? The strategies and resources we will explore in this session can be easily adapted across grade levels and content areas. The facilitator will model activities teachers can do with students as they read and analyze various types of texts. The focus is on strategies to implement and instruct Common Core Standards rather than an unpacking of the standards themselves.

Whole Child: A Lens for Recognizing and Celebrating Great Schools:   A Whole Child approach to education recognizes that all students need to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged to thrive and achieve academically. There are many examples of Whole Child approaches in schools across Rhode Island. RIASCD’s Whole Child Award will be used to guide participants’ recognition of existing Whole Child approaches in their schools. Next, participants will identify strategies that could be incorporated into their current school efforts to further support the Whole Child. Participants will be encouraged to formally submit their work for State recognition as a Whole Child school by RIASCD. This workshop will be hands on and interactive.





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