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Thursday, December 7
 

8:00am

The Innovator’s Mindset
Carol Dweck’s work has focused on the ideas of “fixed” and “growth” mindset, yet educators will need to go a step further with these notions to create the learning opportunities and that our students and schools deserve. We need to focus not only what we know, but what we do with what we know. In this talk, George will discuss the idea and characteristics of “The Innovator’s Mindset” (as discussed in the book of the same title), and share powerful examples on why this is so crucial for all educators. George’s presentations are known to be emotional, humorous, all while pushing your thinking, and will definitely connect to your heart first, in a way that will last with you long after this keynote.

Speakers
avatar for George Couros

George Couros

Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Consultant
George Couros is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked with all levels of school, from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school and district administrator, and is the author of the book, The Innovator’s Minds... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Main Ballroom

9:30am

Break
Thursday December 7, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am
General Gathering Area

9:30am

Exhibit Hall, Silent Auction, & Casual Collaborating
Use this time to bid on our Silent Auction, visit the exhibit hall, and collaborate with colleagues!

Thursday December 7, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am
General Gathering Area

9:30am

George Couros Book Signing
Speakers
avatar for George Couros

George Couros

Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Consultant
George Couros is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked with all levels of school, from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school and district administrator, and is the author of the book, The Innovator’s Minds... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am
General Gathering Area

10:00am

Now THAT'S a Good Question!
What is a good question - or rather, how does a good question challenge students to demonstrate higher order thinking and communicate depth of knowledge? Learn how to rephrase the performance objectives of college and career ready standards into good questions that will set the instructional focus and serve as assessments for deeper student-centered learning experiences.

CEU: Accommodation Modification and Adaptation of Curriculum Materials and Instruction

Speakers
avatar for Erik Francis

Erik Francis

ASCD Author, Maverik Education LLC
Erik M. Francis is an author, educator, and speaker who specializes in teaching and learning that promotes cognitive rigor and college and career readiness. He is the author of Now That’s a Good Question! How to Promote Cognitive Rigor Through Classroom Questioning published by... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Veranda 1

10:00am

Overview of the Minnesota Department of Education’s Data Center
Participants will be able to navigate through the Data Center, have an understanding of what and where important data is located and discuss on how the data can be used to help inform instruction.

CEU: Accommodation Modification and Adaptation of Curriculum Materials and Instruction

Speakers
avatar for Holly Brunson

Holly Brunson

Outreach & Training Specialist - Statewide Testing, Minnesota Department of Education
Holly Brunson is the Outreach and Training Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education. This position was created to meet the needs educators have expressed. There are two major components of the position that districts should be aware of. First, Holly supports teachers... Read More →



Thursday December 7, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Veranda 3

10:00am

Teaching from Above the Line
This one-of-a-kind session focuses on social-emotional learning, becoming aware of our thinking so we know when it is working and when it is not working. It explores (1) the conditions that come up in our life that invite us to go Below the Line, (2) indicators telling us when we are Below, (3) how to handle Below the Line experiences with more grace and dignity and (4) how to trampoline back Above the Line. Join us for this one: it will be engaging, light-hearted...and for some educators, life-changing!

CEU: Accommodation Modification and Adaptation of Curriculum Materials and Instruction

Speakers
avatar for Tom Cody

Tom Cody

Author, Owner, Trainer, Top 20
Tom Cody, a co-founder of Top 20 Training, shares his unique witticisms, insights and wisdom gathered from 40 years in the classroom. His professional life has been committed to education, serving as a grade school and high school math teacher and character ed teacher from 1974 u... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Veranda 7

10:00am

Unleashing Student Writing through Wordless Picture Books
Are you tired of grading papers? Reading less than stellar adolescent writing samples? Come experience how the use of wordless picture books in a writer's workshop can pull creative, sophisticated, and even surprising writing from your students, especially when they are given an authentic audience to share their works of art.
Too often in our middle school classrooms the instruction in literature is separated from instruction in writing. Students are asked to complete writing products without the appropriate mentors (authors) or scaffolds. When the reciprocity between reading and writing are severed, writing can become formulaic or an exercise in assignment completion. When teachers create conditions for in depth units of study within the workshop model, students build community, consider author’s choices, and find out who they are as readers, writers, speakers, collaborators, and thinkers. 

CEU: Evidence of Reading Preparation


Thursday December 7, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Veranda 8

10:00am

Civil Air Patrol Kits (FREE) for STEM integration
This session will highlight the Civil Air Patrol STEM kits available for teachers. Mini Drones, QuadCopters, and Telescopes will be among the products presented. 

CEU: Integrate Technology Effectively with Student Learning to Increase Engagement and Student Achievement

Speakers
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Ron Browne

MMSA Board Member, MSU-Mankato


Thursday December 7, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Veranda 6

10:00am

Cyber Safety & Digital Citizenship
This session promises to be educational, intriguing, informative, and motivational. Topics addressed include all of the following.

Cyberbullying
Facebook
Textual Harassment
Sexting
Internet Urban Legends
Internet Identity Theft
Social Networking
Cell Phone Safety
Online Posting
Online Predators

This session will address each of these modern safety issues. Issues that our children confront on a daily basis.

CEU: Integrate Technology Effectively with Student Learning to Increase Engagement and Student Achievement

Speakers
avatar for Kent Mollberg

Kent Mollberg

Cyber Safety & Digital Citizenship, Detroit Lakes Schools - Retired!
I am the author of a presentation on Internet and Technology Safety that I think could easily be presented in every school in America. I have been in education for 30+ years and this is the best thing I have ever done for students. I have a master’s degree in information techno... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Veranda 2

10:00am

Creating Blended Learning Environments
An online component should not be “blended”, but the norm in our classrooms. In our world that is extremely connected and digital, learning to create different opportunities to use online resources is extremely helpful for creating innovative learning environments that really tap into and create a true learning community.  In this session, ideas will be shared to build upon for your own classrooms using different online mediums that are “real world” for our students.

Speakers
avatar for George Couros

George Couros

Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Consultant
George Couros is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked with all levels of school, from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school and district administrator, and is the author of the book, The Innovator’s Minds... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Bloomington Room

10:00am

DanceON Program
DanceON is a two-year pilot dance residency program designed for 6th-12th grade students in the Minnesota area presented with Mathew Janczewski's ARENA DANCES. Facilitating a more immersive approach to teaching modern dance, teaching them not just steps, but personal expression, creative problem solving, teamwork, and how to appreciate and analyze the art form of dance. The residency utilizes the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning Dance established in the New York City Department of Education. 

Speakers
avatar for Mathew Janczewski

Mathew Janczewski

Executive Artistic Director, Mathew Janczewski's ARENA DANCES
Mathew Janczewski was born and raised in Round Lake, IL, and received his professional training at the University of Minnesota. An award winning choreographer based in Minneapolis, MN, Mathew creates work on his own contemporary dance company, Mathew Janczewski’s ARENA DANCES f... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Veranda 4

10:00am

Schools to Watch
Speakers

Thursday December 7, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Veranda 5

11:10am

East Side Urban Studies: An Interdisciplinary Social Justice Unit set in Payne-Phalen
This presentation shares the story of the creation of a whole-grade, interdisciplinary urban studies unit with a social justice focus around the local history, culture, and ecology of a neighborhood on St. Paul’s East Side. Participants will be introduced to the rationale and resources which were used in creating this unit with 7th graders at a suburban Twin Cities school. Participants will leave with ideas to construct their own unit exploring the ecology of an urban neighborhood, including the history of the peoples and cultures; the social, political, and economic infrastructure; and the human and institutional impact on the environment.

CEU: Accommodation Modification and Adaptation of Curriculum Materials and Instruction

Speakers

Thursday December 7, 2017 11:10am - 12:00pm
Veranda 1

11:10am

MDE: Brainstorming Session for Teacher-Friendly Interface
Participants will be active participants in a discussion regarding what data and resources they want to see on the MDE teacher-friendly website. They will have ideas of what they need to support both their work and their teacher’s.

CEU: Accommodation Modification and Adaptation of Curriculum Materials and Instruction

Speakers
avatar for Holly Brunson

Holly Brunson

Outreach & Training Specialist - Statewide Testing, Minnesota Department of Education
Holly Brunson is the Outreach and Training Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education. This position was created to meet the needs educators have expressed. There are two major components of the position that districts should be aware of. First, Holly supports teachers... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 11:10am - 12:00pm
Veranda 3

11:10am

Resources That Engage All Students
Searching for free resources that will increase student engagement? The Minnesota Humanities Center’s Absent Narratives Resource Collection contains award-winning videos, books, and educator guides that reflect the experiences, cultures, and perspectives of today’s diverse student body. Learn more and how to access it for use in your school and classroom.

CEU: Accommodation Modification and Adaptation of Curriculum Materials and Instruction

Speakers
avatar for Eden Bart

Eden Bart

Program Officer, Minnesota Humanities Center
I'm a former 6th grade teacher. I've worked at the Minnesota Humanities Center for 14 years in K-12 Education programs. I work with scholars and community members to develop professional development workshops, and I manage the Center’s extensive online Absent Narratives Resourc... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 11:10am - 12:00pm
Veranda 5

11:10am

Make Life Easier with Google Classroom
Collaboration with students, parents, and other educators, does this sound good to you? This tool is your one stop way to add assignments or announcements. You'll be able to see the assignments and track who is finished and who needs more assistance. You can give and receive feedback and grade an assignment when completeted. LInks to other sites can be incorporated on the assignment page.
There are so many reasons to use Google Classroom come see if it is right for you. 

CEU: Integrate Technology Effectively with Student Learning to Increase Engagement and Student Achievement

Speakers
avatar for Vickie Tambornino

Vickie Tambornino

Media Technology Specialist, New Ulm Public Schools
I have been teaching for 27 years in the New Ulm School District. I have been a first and third grade teacher and I have now finished my third year as the media specialist/technology teacher. I love it! I use Google Classroom for all of my classes. This helps to keep me organized... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 11:10am - 12:00pm
Veranda 2

11:10am

Project Based Learning with Art and Technology
Want to incorporate student voice and choice into your curricular area through project based work? Come to this session! In the project we will use as an example students were given the opportunity to create a mixed media project and PSA video. After learning about creating art with different mediums all quarter, students worked with a partner to pick a topic they felt passionate about. As they were building their art they also created a PSA video using their art to give a message. Students used iPads and a variety of applications to tell this story. Then each pair of students created a QR code of their PSA video to display right next to their art work. We will show examples and help you think of ways that you could incorporate student choice and student voice into your curricular area through project based work.

CEU: Integrate Technology Effectively with Student Learning to Increase Engagement and Student Achievement

Co-Presented with Middle School Art Teacher Julie Pyle

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Fay

Amanda Fay

Technology Integration Specialist
Tech Integration Specialist, Forever English Teacher, Google Certified Trainer, EdTech Nerd, Track Coach, Foodie, Innovator, Reader, Writer, Lifelong Learner


Thursday December 7, 2017 11:10am - 12:00pm
Veranda 6

11:10am

Teaching from Your Mission: Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing
Why are we so focused on what's important in September, then scrambling to figure out why we became teachers by December?
Effective educators know the outcomes they want to achieve. They are aware of their mission, purpose and the values they bring to their work. However, conditions that occur throughout the year can diminish their clear sense of mission and value. This session will explore (1) what their individual mission or values are, (2) those conditions that detract from our mission, (3) how we can be aware when we are getting off purpose, and (4) how we can regain focus on what is truly important. If you are like most educators, you need to stop by the session.

CEU: Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies

Speakers
avatar for Tom Cody

Tom Cody

Author, Owner, Trainer, Top 20
Tom Cody, a co-founder of Top 20 Training, shares his unique witticisms, insights and wisdom gathered from 40 years in the classroom. His professional life has been committed to education, serving as a grade school and high school math teacher and character ed teacher from 1974 u... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 11:10am - 12:00pm
Veranda 7

11:10am

“Find Those Superpowers You Never Knew You Had In The Classroom"
Common sense, research based classroom management tips and techniques that can be implemented into your classroom tomorrow with observable positive results. Learn how to diffuse discipline problems before they become an instructional disruption in your classroom.
Restore order and effectiveness and experience the transitions all teachers want in their classrooms. You don’t want to miss this session.

CEU: Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies

Speakers
avatar for Scott Struyk

Scott Struyk

Presenter / Consultant, Scott's Educational Consulting
Scott has been a teacher at Coopersville Schools for 34 years. He believes that all teachers have the ability to reach for excellence with their students when they are given the right tools. Our application based strategies and techniques provide your teachers with the support an... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 11:10am - 12:00pm
Veranda 4

11:10am

Your Digital Footprint
We all have a digital footprint, as do our schools and organisations.    “Googling” ourselves makes this apparent whether we have had any say in it or not.  As individuals and as schools, what can we do to actually shape this footprint?  With open sharing of our learning, a digital footprint can easily be developed for either an individual, school or organisation.  This is not about branding as much as it is about modelling for our students that we are learners along with them.

Speakers
avatar for George Couros

George Couros

Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Consultant
George Couros is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked with all levels of school, from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school and district administrator, and is the author of the book, The Innovator’s Minds... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 11:10am - 12:00pm
Bloomington Room

12:00pm

Lunch
Join us for lunch as we honor our Educator of the Year and other student recognitions!


We encourage you to also peruse the silent auction.  It ends at 1:00!

Thursday December 7, 2017 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Main Ballroom

12:01pm

Art Contest Student Recognition
BIO and PIC Here

Thursday December 7, 2017 12:01pm - 12:02pm
Main Ballroom

12:01pm

Student Essay Award Recognition
BIO and PIC Here

Thursday December 7, 2017 12:01pm - 12:02pm
Main Ballroom

12:01pm

1:00pm

Silent Auction Ends!
All proceeds for Day 1 of our Silent Auction go to support mini-grants where all proceeds go back to support innovative practices by educators across the midwest!

Thursday December 7, 2017 1:00pm - 1:01pm
General Gathering Area

1:15pm

Ensuring Learning for All
Our session will be directed at educators ready to make a move toward personalized learning. The ideas shared will allow educators to begin contemplating making the following shifts:

-From lesson planning to designing learning.
-From holders of content to generators of learning resources and skill development.
-From attachment to “traditional” best practice to incorporating multiple pathways to learning.
-From assessing compliance and behavior to assessing proficiencies.
-From teacher centered to student driven by goal setting and reflection.
Participants will walk away from this session with practical strategies to ensure learning for all.
Follow our journey @ http://sistersteamteaching.blogspot.com/

CEU: Accommodation Modification and Adaptation of Curriculum Materials and Instruction

Speakers

Thursday December 7, 2017 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Veranda 3

1:15pm

Human Graphing
We will be graphing points and lines using human beings as the points on our graph. We will talk about co-ordinates, quadrants, types of lines, parallel and perpendicular lines.

CEU: Accommodation Modification and Adaptation of Curriculum Materials and Instruction

Speakers
WA

William Awe

ISD #361 International Falls


Thursday December 7, 2017 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Veranda 6

1:15pm

Taking Autism to School: What Educators Should Know From A Person on The Autism Spectrum
In this presentation I will focus on the autism spectrum in the middle school years using my own personal story of going to school on the autism spectrum. I will highlight important information teachers need to know as well as tips that school personnel can use to help students with autism succeed academically and emotionally. I will talk about some of the important issues facing middle school students with autism. 

CEU: Accommodation Modification and Adaptation of Curriculum Materials and Instruction

Speakers
NA

Nemeh Al-Sarraj

disability awareness


Thursday December 7, 2017 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Veranda 1

1:15pm

Comprehensive School Based Mentoring Program
Comprehensive School Based Mentoring program that utilizes psychology of persuasion, restorative justice, peer mentoring (At risk students as mentors) and culturally relevant practices to reduce office discipline referrals/suspensions and improve academic outcomes. Loyola University analyzed our data and our effect size for our mentors was .84.  

CEU: Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies


Thursday December 7, 2017 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Veranda 8

1:15pm

Blogging as Professional and Student Portfolio
Blogging has become a tool that is used often in the classroom, but has also become a valuable tool for educators to use in their own professional learning.  Aligning with Teaching Standards, this session will show you how to create a professional portfolio that will be invaluable for sharing, connecting, and reflecting on teaching practice.  

Speakers
avatar for George Couros

George Couros

Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Consultant
George Couros is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked with all levels of school, from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school and district administrator, and is the author of the book, The Innovator’s Minds... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Bloomington Room

1:15pm

Learning Through Baseball” at Target Field
Baseball has been described as a window on American life and as such can serve as an engaging platform for education. The Minnesota Twins have developed a “Learning Through Baseball” program that is available to students at all levels. In this seminar participants will see how all areas of learning are taught through the sport of baseball. Experiences are taught through classes like “Science of Baseball, Math of Baseball, Team Behind the Team, Heroes of Baseball, Women in Baseball, Baseball on the Bench, Language of Baseball, Environment and Sustainability, “ and more. “Learning Through Baseball” connects students to real life skills that are used in sports. 

Speakers
avatar for Dale Wolpers

Dale Wolpers

Education Specialist, Minnesota Twins
Retired middle school teacher, coach, director, and principal who has developed numerous education programs. "Thinking outside the box" when developing classroom units is a specialty.


Thursday December 7, 2017 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Veranda 7

1:15pm

So you want to be a MMSA Board Member
Have you ever wondered how to get involved in the MN Middle School Association and join a group of passionate middle level educators in planning this annual conference? Come learn more about being a board member and what we are looking for in candidates as we are currently accepting applications to join our board.




Speakers
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Dr. Dan Edwards

MMSA Board Member, Twin Oaks Middle School


Thursday December 7, 2017 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Veranda 2

1:15pm

Stress Management and Resiliency Training - SMART
Gallup’s survey shows that over 50% of educators experience excessive stress every single day. The Stress Management and Resiliency Training developed by Dr. Amit Sood of the Mayo Clinic is easy, makes sense, and only takes minutes a day.  It combines cutting-edge neuroscience with timeless principles to help lift the load of life. Participants will learn how their brain’s default operation generates excessive stress and anxiety. They will then learn an simple, structured program to decrease symptoms of stress and anxiety, and increase well-being, resilience, mindfulness, happiness, and positive health behaviors. Research with Minnesota educators showed 65% drop in anxiety and more than 70% reported that their interaction with their students improved. Ann is trained and licensed by Dr. Sood and provides this training to educators across the state of MN and internationally.


Speakers
avatar for Ann Clark

Ann Clark

Educator, Leadership Coach, and Consultant, AC Company of Rochester
For the past 30 years Ann Clark has guided the growth and development of adults and youth across the state of Minnesota and the United States. With a passion for creating a world and educational system that meets each student’s needs, Ann provides training and coaching to devel... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Veranda 4

1:15pm

From Frustration to Freedom: Remedial Reading Re-Imagined
This presentation aims to bring educators into the shoes of an adolescent striving reader.
Participants will explore the challenges students face when struggling to comprehend and
consider how students can use their strengths to grow areas of need. Through the stories of
multiple districts' implementation of a literacy intervention program, participants can see how
they might (re) design their approach to engage learners, accelerate growth, and foster identity
change for so many struggling learners. As an added bonus, the "hottest reads" for adolescent
readers will be highlighted.

CEU: Evidence of Reading Preparation


Thursday December 7, 2017 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Veranda 5

2:25pm

Building Positive Self-Perception in Readers
Research shows that when students have a positive view of themselves as a reader they are more motivated and demonstrate greater achievement. Yet, this is not the case for many students. What can educators do to improve reader self-perception? In 2017, I completed my Master's thesis on this topic. In this presentation, I will share the findings of my action research and discuss practical strategies that teachers can use across disciplines to improve students' reader self-perceptions. 

CEU: Accommodation Modification and Adaptation of Curriculum Materials and Instruction

Speakers
avatar for Megan Slinger

Megan Slinger

6th Grade Reading/Language Arts Teacher, Shakopee Public Schools


Thursday December 7, 2017 2:25pm - 3:15pm
Veranda 1

2:25pm

Can you escape with BreakoutEDU?
BreakoutEDU brings critical thinking and collaboration to a whole new level for your classroom! The experience features a locked box in a room full of challenging clues that create opportunities for students to engage with their team in critical thinking strategies to “escape” the contents of the box. This experience allows students to fail forward in a playful and supportive way as strategies, ideas, and attempts to unlock each of the puzzle’s locks may not be successful with the first attempt. BreakoutEDU is a wonderful experience to bring groups of people together to embrace mistakes and welcome challenges. Join the fun in experiencing a breakout challenge as well as getting resources and ideas for your classroom use.

CEU: Accommodation Modification and Adaptation of Curriculum Materials and Instruction

Speakers
avatar for Angie Potts

Angie Potts

Instructional and Innovation Coach, STEM Teacher, Saint Peter Public Schools
I have been teaching for 12 years both in the metro area and St. Peter. I have spent most of my teaching career in the middle school setting, teaching 6th and 7th grade science and math. The last five years I have dived into the STEM world. As a teacher and instructional coach, I... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 2:25pm - 3:15pm
Veranda 7

2:25pm

Development of a Self-Paced Middle School Digital Fab Lab Course
In this workshop, lessons learned from the development of a self-paced middle school digital fab lab course will be shared. The course was designed to teach 6th grade (11-12 y.o.) students how to create digital 2D designs in CorelDRAW x8 and 3D designs in Autodesk Inventor Professional 2017. Students then fabricate their designs using laser cutters, vinyl cutters, and 3D printers.
Additionally, students begin work on a video-based reflective digital portfolio, and begin curating a Personal Learning Network. Students track their own learning progress throughout the course to ensure they complete all coursework by the end of the semester.

CEU: Accommodation Modification and Adaptation of Curriculum Materials and Instruction

Speakers
avatar for Boyd Weiger

Boyd Weiger

Integrated Science Teacher, Mounds View


Thursday December 7, 2017 2:25pm - 3:15pm
Veranda 6

2:25pm

Adventures with Technology in PE
Have you ever been to an education conference and there are no sessions for PE Teachers? Well, there is finally one for you!! Every student in our district has an I Pad and we have integrated the use of technology in to our daily PE Curriculum.  We will share our journey (good and bad) with you.

CEU: Integrate Technology Effectively with Student Learning to Increase Engagement and Student Achievement

Speakers
avatar for Chad Olson

Chad Olson

Physical Education Teacher, Farmington
I am a Physical Education Teacher at Dodge Middle School in Farmington. We are in year 7 of the journey of being a 1:1 iPad district. I strive to include technology into my PE classes. The journey has been interesting and I have fallen on my face numerous times. You know what the... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 2:25pm - 3:15pm
Veranda 2

2:25pm

Middle School College & Career Readiness
What might college and career readiness for ALL look like at the middle school level? Central Middle School in Norwood-Young America tackles postsecondary preparation through a weekly advisory period in which relationships are built and Ramp-Up to Readiness™ is used. Ramp-Up is an age appropriate curriculum that aims to propel ALL students toward college and career readiness by disrupting the narrative of what college is and who should go. In this presentation, we will share why postsecondary readiness for ALL matters, how Central Middle approaches this goal, and the strengths and challenges of the work thus far.

CEU: Integrate Technology Effectively with Student Learning to Increase Engagement and Student Achievement

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Kunze

Jennifer Kunze

Director of Ramp-Up to Readiness, University of MN
My program aims to disrupt the narrative of what college is and who should go. Ramp-Up to Readiness is an advisory-based curriculum for grades 6 - 12 that works to increase the numbers and overall diversity of who goes to college and earns a degree. We define college as any type... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 2:25pm - 3:15pm
Veranda 5

2:25pm

Launching Inquiry Learning
Have you wanted to ask your students, “What do you truly love to do?”, and then let them pursue their burning interests or curiosities? Inquiry learning is student-centered with the teacher as facilitator. In this session, you will learn how middle school students can become hooked by a personally compelling question and be driven to answer it. In the end, your students will have gained skills in taking charge of their learning, critical and creative thinking, and reflection. We will share the materials and strategies we have used as our inquiry practice has evolved.

Speakers
avatar for Kirsten Wallevand

Kirsten Wallevand

Teacher, Farmington


Thursday December 7, 2017 2:25pm - 3:15pm
Veranda 3

2:25pm

Retain Employees, Boost Morale and Productivity by Helping Them Reduce Student Loan Debt
Exceptional educators are critical to the success of any school district. You can retain more of them through educational programs to help them make smart decisions and feel more comfortable about their future. The average college graduate has more than $35,000 in student loan debt, which affects daily life decisions and causes some educators to reconsider their career choice. This session will share recent survey data plus discuss best practices to educate employees on how to remove or reduce monthly student loan payments. Plus, we will discuss how these practices help attract and retain them.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Havir

Gary Havir

President & Agency Owner, Educators Insurance Resource Services The Horace Mann Companies
I help educators in the Twin Cities grade their current insurance program, discuss financial solutions for student loans and review your retirement planning program so you achieve Honor Roll level results. My agency will protect your short term risks and secure your lifetime futu... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 2:25pm - 3:15pm
Veranda 4
 
Friday, December 8
 

7:59am

8:00am

Youth Frontiers: Honoring Our Community’s Educators

For 30 years, Joe Cavanaugh and Youth Frontiers have been partnering with schools to build positive communities where students and educators feel connected and take ownership to make our schools better places. As a trusted resource for character development for students and innovative professional development for educators, Youth Frontiers combines research with practical application – weaving personal stories, music, and humor throughout its events to deliver an engaging and inspiring message. Youth Frontiers – in its unique way – will start our morning honoring educators and your noble work.


Exhibitors
avatar for Youth Frontiers

Youth Frontiers

Youth Frontiers
Youth Frontiers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-partisan organization that partners with schools to build positive communities where students thrive socially, emotionally and academically. We offer one-day retreats on timeless values like kindness, courage and respect for students... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Main Ballroom

9:30am

Break
Friday December 8, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am
General Gathering Area

9:30am

Exhibit Hall, Silent Auction, & Casual Collaborating
Use this time to bid on our Silent Auction, visit the exhibit hall, and collaborate with colleagues!

Friday December 8, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am
General Gathering Area

10:00am

Development of a Self-Paced Middle School Digital Fab Lab Course
In this workshop, lessons learned from the development of a self-paced middle school digital fab lab course will be shared. The course was designed to teach 6th grade (11-12 y.o.) students how to create digital 2D designs in CorelDRAW x8 and 3D designs in Autodesk Inventor Professional 2017. Students then fabricate their designs using laser cutters, vinyl cutters, and 3D printers.
Additionally, students begin work on a video-based reflective digital portfolio, and begin curating a Personal Learning Network. Students track their own learning progress throughout the course to ensure they complete all coursework by the end of the semester.

CEU: Accommodation Modification and Adaptation of Curriculum Materials and Instruction

Speakers
avatar for Boyd Weiger

Boyd Weiger

Integrated Science Teacher, Mounds View


Friday December 8, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Veranda 6

10:00am

Minnesota Reports and Resources
Participants will be active participants in a discussion regarding what reports the Minnesota Department of Education creates along with the resources provided to help inform instruction.

CEU: Accommodation Modification and Adaptation of Curriculum Materials and Instruction

Speakers
avatar for Holly Brunson

Holly Brunson

Outreach & Training Specialist - Statewide Testing, Minnesota Department of Education
Holly Brunson is the Outreach and Training Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education. This position was created to meet the needs educators have expressed. There are two major components of the position that districts should be aware of. First, Holly supports teachers... Read More →



Friday December 8, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Veranda 5

10:00am

Take a Drink from the Formative Assessment Firehose
There are SO many different formative tools to choose from on the internet that it can seem like there's no way to get started. Come soak in some simple tools for the beginning, middle and end of a lesson. You'll walk away with at least one formative tool for each part of a lesson and will have an opportunity to start to create something you can use tomorrow. 

CEU: Accommodation Modification and Adaptation of Curriculum Materials and Instruction

Speakers
avatar for Paul Schlangen

Paul Schlangen

Instructional Coach - Technology Integration, Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School
I've been teaching for 8 years and have been a Technology Integrationist at Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle school for two years. Prior to becoming a Tech Integrationist, I taught 6th grade science at SRRMS. I'm a self-proclaimed teaching geek with a passion for finding new and innovativ... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Veranda 4

10:00am

Tinker, Play, Create, Design - Learn!
Curious about computing and coding in the classroom? Eager to get students to manipulate technology to create, build, and design? Physical computing, coding and maker mindsets are a powerful combination to active learning in the classroom! Join this session to explore the wide variety of resources for students, experience standard-aligned projects, and get started on your own genius ideas! Drew Houston, creator of DropBox, shares that “Coding is the closest thing we have to a superpower.” Let’s give our amazing students their superpower!

CEU: Accommodation Modification and Adaptation of Curriculum Materials and Instruction

Speakers
avatar for Angie Potts

Angie Potts

Instructional and Innovation Coach, STEM Teacher, Saint Peter Public Schools
I have been teaching for 12 years both in the metro area and St. Peter. I have spent most of my teaching career in the middle school setting, teaching 6th and 7th grade science and math. The last five years I have dived into the STEM world. As a teacher and instructional coach, I... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Veranda 7

10:00am

Increased Access and Opportunity for ALL Learners
Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School is in year three of transforming teaching and learning through the opportunities provided by increased access to technology for all students. Learn how we went from minimal technology to 1:1 availability for students and the successes and benefits we've seen! We'll share professional development, communication, program design, teacher involvement, and student leadership ideas!  

CEU:  Integrate Technology Effectively with Student Learning to Increase Engagement and Student Achievement. 

Speakers
avatar for Laura Mackenthun

Laura Mackenthun

Director of Technology, Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools


Friday December 8, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Veranda 3

10:00am

“Principles of Improvisation – how to use them in the classroom and in life”

In this hands-on, upbeat, on-your-feet workshop, learn the 4 principals of improvisation and how you can use these principles in the classroom to harness your own spontaneity and engage your students' attention. The goal in improvisation is freedom – freedom to make mistakes, to play, to get out of your head and trust your gut. Facilitator Jane Leyden of Youth Frontiers studied improv at Dudley Riggs in Mpls., Second City in Chicago and The Groundlings in Los Angeles. Have fun, laugh, and leave this interactive workshop more connected to your spontaneous self and primed for the creative endeavors you face in the classroom and in life. Guaranteed to be entertaining! 


Exhibitors
avatar for Youth Frontiers

Youth Frontiers

Youth Frontiers
Youth Frontiers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-partisan organization that partners with schools to build positive communities where students thrive socially, emotionally and academically. We offer one-day retreats on timeless values like kindness, courage and respect for students... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Bloomington Room

10:00am

Resources That Engage All Students
Searching for free resources that will increase student engagement? The Minnesota Humanities Center’s Absent Narratives Resource Collection contains award-winning videos, books, and educator guides that reflect the experiences, cultures, and perspectives of today’s diverse student body. Learn more and how to access it for use in your school and classroom.


Speakers
avatar for Eden Bart

Eden Bart

Program Officer, Minnesota Humanities Center
I'm a former 6th grade teacher. I've worked at the Minnesota Humanities Center for 14 years in K-12 Education programs. I work with scholars and community members to develop professional development workshops, and I manage the Center’s extensive online Absent Narratives Resourc... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Veranda 1

10:00am

Adventures with Technology in PE
Have you ever been to an education conference and there are no sessions for PE Teachers? Well, there is finally one for you!! Every student in our district has an I Pad and we have integrated the use of technology in to our daily PE Curriculum.  We will share our journey (good and bad) with you.

CEU: Integrate Technology Effectively with Student Learning to Increase Engagement and Student Achievement

Speakers
avatar for Chad Olson

Chad Olson

Physical Education Teacher, Farmington
I am a Physical Education Teacher at Dodge Middle School in Farmington. We are in year 7 of the journey of being a 1:1 iPad district. I strive to include technology into my PE classes. The journey has been interesting and I have fallen on my face numerous times. You know what the... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Veranda 2

10:00am

Comprehensive School Based Mentoring Program
Comprehensive School Based Mentoring program that utilizes psychology of persuasion, restorative justice, peer mentoring (At risk students as mentors) and culturally relevant practices to reduce office discipline referrals/suspensions and improve academic outcomes. Loyola University analyzed our data and our effect size for our mentors was .84.  

CEU: Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies


Friday December 8, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Veranda 8

11:10am

Differentiated Middle School Instruction: Making it Real, Meaningful, and Accessible.
In this workshop, we will discuss what differentiation looks like when fully implemented in a middle school classroom. But most importantly we will practice how to differentiate. You will examine instructional practices through a differentiated lens. You will create learning activities that meet the needs of students with diverse academic readiness and learning style backgrounds. 

CEU: Accommodation Modification and Adaptation of Curriculum Materials and Instruction

Speakers
avatar for Letitia Basford

Letitia Basford

Associate Professor, Teacher Education, Hamline University


Friday December 8, 2017 11:10am - 12:00pm
Veranda 4

11:10am

Ensuring Learning for All
Our session will be directed at educators ready to make a move toward personalized learning. The ideas shared will allow educators to begin contemplating making the following shifts:

-From lesson planning to designing learning.
-From holders of content to generators of learning resources and skill development.
-From attachment to “traditional” best practice to incorporating multiple pathways to learning.
-From assessing compliance and behavior to assessing proficiencies.
-From teacher centered to student driven by goal setting and reflection.
Participants will walk away from this session with practical strategies to ensure learning for all.
Follow our journey @ http://sistersteamteaching.blogspot.com/

CEU: Accommodation Modification and Adaptation of Curriculum Materials and Instruction

Speakers

Friday December 8, 2017 11:10am - 12:00pm
Veranda 2

11:10am

Minnesota Department of Education Data Center: Secure Reports
Participants will be active in a discussion regarding what data and reports are available in the Data Center’s Secure Reports. We will discuss how to request access and how to generate reports to use within district and school discussions.

CEU: Accommodation Modification and Adaptation of Curriculum Materials and Instruction

Speakers
avatar for Holly Brunson

Holly Brunson

Outreach & Training Specialist - Statewide Testing, Minnesota Department of Education
Holly Brunson is the Outreach and Training Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education. This position was created to meet the needs educators have expressed. There are two major components of the position that districts should be aware of. First, Holly supports teachers... Read More →



Friday December 8, 2017 11:10am - 12:00pm
Veranda 5

11:10am

Developing an Effective Learning Culture
Culture trumps curriculum every time. Effective teachers intentionally create a learning culture that develops the potential of students and colleagues. This session presents four components of a Top 20 culture: (1) help others succeed, (2) communicate ‘you matter,’ (3) honor the absent, and (4) see the problem, own the problem. It also presents a tool for assessing the degree to which these components exist in a culture. If negativity has become an issue in your classroom, in your staff work room, then this hour could be a game-changer for you and your school climate.

CEU: Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies

Speakers
avatar for Tom Cody

Tom Cody

Author, Owner, Trainer, Top 20
Tom Cody, a co-founder of Top 20 Training, shares his unique witticisms, insights and wisdom gathered from 40 years in the classroom. His professional life has been committed to education, serving as a grade school and high school math teacher and character ed teacher from 1974 u... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 11:10am - 12:00pm
Veranda 6

11:10am

“Principles of Improvisation – how to use them in the classroom and in life”

In this hands-on, upbeat, on-your-feet workshop, learn the 4 principals of improvisation and how you can use these principles in the classroom to harness your own spontaneity and engage your students' attention. The goal in improvisation is freedom – freedom to make mistakes, to play, to get out of your head and trust your gut. Facilitator Jane Leyden of Youth Frontiers studied improv at Dudley Riggs in Mpls., Second City in Chicago and The Groundlings in Los Angeles. Have fun, laugh, and leave this interactive workshop more connected to your spontaneous self and primed for the creative endeavors you face in the classroom and in life. Guaranteed to be entertaining! 


Exhibitors
avatar for Youth Frontiers

Youth Frontiers

Youth Frontiers
Youth Frontiers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-partisan organization that partners with schools to build positive communities where students thrive socially, emotionally and academically. We offer one-day retreats on timeless values like kindness, courage and respect for students... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 11:10am - 12:00pm
Bloomington Room

11:10am

Impact Teaching
Attend this workshop to add "tools" to your instructional "TOOLBOX". These hands-on, practical activities will help you to increase personal connections, build teams and increase the learning process.

CEU: Accommodation Modification and Adaptation of Curriculum Materials and Instruction

Speakers
CO

Carl Olson

owner, energizer olson


Friday December 8, 2017 11:10am - 12:00pm
Veranda 3

11:10am

Interdisciplinary Learning for a Changing Planet
Engage in interdisciplinary activities that help students explore human impacts on the planet including population growth, rising global temperature, threats to biodiversity, and compromised ecosystems. The presented activities and interactive websites build skills in science, math and social sciences, while applying learning to authentic problems and inspiring students to find creative approaches to sustainability. Activity formats include graphing and data analysis, modeling and group problem-solving. Receive electronic lesson plans matched to state standards.



Speakers

Friday December 8, 2017 11:10am - 12:00pm
Veranda 1

11:10am

Service Learning in the Classroom
H2O for Life provides a transformational service learning opportunity that is deeply rooted in classroom curriculum. Service learning empowers our youth to be global leaders and changemakers. Our students learn about local and global water issues, take a look at their own water usage and raise community awareness about water while taking action to help solve the global water issue for a specific school in an underdeveloped nation. Service learning has an incredible impact on students truly molding global citizens of the future.  


Friday December 8, 2017 11:10am - 12:00pm
Veranda 7

12:00pm

Lunch
We encourage you to also peruse the silent auction.  It ends at 1:00!

Friday December 8, 2017 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Pool Side

1:00pm

Silent Auction Ends!
All proceeds for our Silent Auction go to support mini-grants where all proceeds go back to support innovative practices by educators across the midwest!

Friday December 8, 2017 1:00pm - 1:01pm
General Gathering Area

1:15pm

East Side Urban Studies: An Interdisciplinary Social Justice Unit set in Payne-Phalen
This presentation shares the story of the creation of a whole-grade, interdisciplinary urban studies unit with a social justice focus around the local history, culture, and ecology of a neighborhood on St. Paul’s East Side. Participants will be introduced to the rationale and resources which were used in creating this unit with 7th graders at a suburban Twin Cities school. Participants will leave with ideas to construct their own unit exploring the ecology of an urban neighborhood, including the history of the peoples and cultures; the social, political, and economic infrastructure; and the human and institutional impact on the environment.

CEU: Accommodation Modification and Adaptation of Curriculum Materials and Instruction

Speakers

Friday December 8, 2017 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Veranda 1

1:15pm

Making Reteaching Meaningful through Differentiation
What do you do when you realize that a number of your students didn't master a concept? Whether you are planning for instruction following a formative assessment or preparing an overhaul of your teaching after a summative assessment, differentiated strategies for reteaching will help YOU help your STUDENTS achieve mastery! Join me for this interactive session and leave with practical, differentiated reteaching strategies to take back to your classroom!

CEU: Accommodation Modification and Adaptation of Curriculum Materials and Instruction

Speakers
AV

Amy Vizenor

Gustavus Adolphus College


Friday December 8, 2017 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Veranda 2

1:15pm

Minnesota Department of Education: Mobile Analytics
Participants will be able to navigate through the Data Center’s Mobile Analytics and have an understanding of what and where important data is located and discuss on how the data can be used to help inform instruction.

CEU: Accommodation Modification and Adaptation of Curriculum Materials and Instruction

Speakers
avatar for Holly Brunson

Holly Brunson

Outreach & Training Specialist - Statewide Testing, Minnesota Department of Education
Holly Brunson is the Outreach and Training Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education. This position was created to meet the needs educators have expressed. There are two major components of the position that districts should be aware of. First, Holly supports teachers... Read More →



Friday December 8, 2017 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Veranda 5

1:15pm

Using Curiosity to Fuel Meaningful Learning
Curiosity as a driving force for meaningful and engaging learning is underutilized in schools where too many teachers and students slog through professional development and daily lessons like they're a chore instead of an opportunity. Learn about two simple approaches (Genius Hour and Design Thinking) that inject inquiry, curiosity, critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity into the learning process and empower teachers and students to deepen, differentiate, and personalize their learning in limitless ways. A variety of free technology tools will be highlighted as a means to enhance the learning process. 

CEU: Integrate Technology Effectively with Student Learning to Increase Engagement and Student Achievement.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Van Erp

Nancy Van Erp

MEd in Learning Design & Technology Program Director, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Nancy Van Erp is a former middle and high school Spanish teacher who currently serves as program director and adjunct faculty for the online Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Connect with her on Twitter @IfNot... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Veranda 8

1:15pm

Teaching from Your Mission: Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing
Why are we so focused on what's important in September, then scrambling to figure out why we became teachers by December?
Effective educators know the outcomes they want to achieve. They are aware of their mission, purpose and the values they bring to their work. However, conditions that occur throughout the year can diminish their clear sense of mission and value. This session will explore (1) what their individual mission or values are, (2) those conditions that detract from our mission, (3) how we can be aware when we are getting off purpose, and (4) how we can regain focus on what is truly important. If you are like most educators, you need to stop by the session.

CEU: Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies

Speakers
avatar for Tom Cody

Tom Cody

Author, Owner, Trainer, Top 20
Tom Cody, a co-founder of Top 20 Training, shares his unique witticisms, insights and wisdom gathered from 40 years in the classroom. His professional life has been committed to education, serving as a grade school and high school math teacher and character ed teacher from 1974 u... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Veranda 6

1:15pm

“Find Those Superpowers You Never Knew You Had In The Classroom"
Common sense, research based classroom management tips and techniques that can be implemented into your classroom tomorrow with observable positive results. Learn how to diffuse discipline problems before they become an instructional disruption in your classroom.
Restore order and effectiveness and experience the transitions all teachers want in their classrooms. You don’t want to miss this session.

CEU: Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies

Speakers
avatar for Scott Struyk

Scott Struyk

Presenter / Consultant, Scott's Educational Consulting
Scott has been a teacher at Coopersville Schools for 34 years. He believes that all teachers have the ability to reach for excellence with their students when they are given the right tools. Our application based strategies and techniques provide your teachers with the support an... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Veranda 4

1:15pm

Going to School with Mental Illness
I would like to use my own personal experience of going to grade school with mental illness and how teachers and school employees can recognize signs of anxiety and depression in students

CEU: Understanding Key Warning Signs to Early-Onset Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents

Speakers
NA

Nemeh Al-Sarraj

disability awareness


Friday December 8, 2017 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Veranda 3

1:15pm

Positive Intervention and Enrichment - Meeting the Needs of All Middle Level Learners
Meeting the academic needs of all middle level learners is a challenge that middle school educators face everyday. One way to systematically address this issue is to provide students and teachers with a block of time solely dedicated to intervention and enrichment. This session will provide educators with a framework for developing an intervention and enrichment block for all students, information on how to use data to build student groups, flexible scheduling formats, intervention and enrichment curriculum ideas and plans for ongoing professional development to support program implementation.  

Speakers
BJ

Barb Jensen

New Ulm Public Schools
avatar for Michelle Miller

Michelle Miller

Principal, New Ulm Public School, ISD #88


Friday December 8, 2017 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Bloomington Room

1:15pm

Rapport.Respect.Relationships.
Curriculum, teaching methods, classroom management, and teacher-student relationships are intertwined in a classroom community; the effectiveness of each element is dependent on the others. Genuinely caring about students is the best way to build teacher-student relationships and to ensure student success. During this session you will learn strategies for building rapport and teacher-student relationships to turn your classroom into a community. 

Speakers

Friday December 8, 2017 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Veranda 7

2:25pm

Can you escape with BreakoutEDU?
BreakoutEDU brings critical thinking and collaboration to a whole new level for your classroom! The experience features a locked box in a room full of challenging clues that create opportunities for students to engage with their team in critical thinking strategies to “escape” the contents of the box. This experience allows students to fail forward in a playful and supportive way as strategies, ideas, and attempts to unlock each of the puzzle’s locks may not be successful with the first attempt. BreakoutEDU is a wonderful experience to bring groups of people together to embrace mistakes and welcome challenges. Join the fun in experiencing a breakout challenge as well as getting resources and ideas for your classroom use.

CEU: Accommodation Modification and Adaptation of Curriculum Materials and Instruction

Speakers
avatar for Angie Potts

Angie Potts

Instructional and Innovation Coach, STEM Teacher, Saint Peter Public Schools
I have been teaching for 12 years both in the metro area and St. Peter. I have spent most of my teaching career in the middle school setting, teaching 6th and 7th grade science and math. The last five years I have dived into the STEM world. As a teacher and instructional coach, I... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 2:25pm - 3:15pm
Veranda 7

2:25pm

Going to School with Autism
I would like to use my own personale experience of going to school with an Autism Spectrum Disorder providing tips to teachers on how to recognize the traits as well as to provide a learning environment that accommodates the needs of those on the spectrum.

CEU: Accommodation Modification and Adaptation of Curriculum Materials and Instruction

Speakers
NA

Nemeh Al-Sarraj

disability awareness


Friday December 8, 2017 2:25pm - 3:15pm
Veranda 3

2:25pm

Cyber Safety & Digital Citizenship
This session promises to be educational, intriguing, informative, and motivational. Topics addressed include all of the following.

Cyberbullying
Facebook
Textual Harassment
Sexting
Internet Urban Legends
Internet Identity Theft
Social Networking
Cell Phone Safety
Online Posting
Online Predators

This session will address each of these modern safety issues. Issues that our children confront on a daily basis.

CEU: Integrate Technology Effectively with Student Learning to Increase Engagement and Student Achievement

Speakers
avatar for Kent Mollberg

Kent Mollberg

Cyber Safety & Digital Citizenship, Detroit Lakes Schools - Retired!
I am the author of a presentation on Internet and Technology Safety that I think could easily be presented in every school in America. I have been in education for 30+ years and this is the best thing I have ever done for students. I have a master’s degree in information techno... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 2:25pm - 3:15pm
Veranda 2

2:25pm

Becoming a Top 20 School: Using Social-Emotional Learning to Maximize Achievement
School is all about learning. In the past few years, many schools and districts across the country have shifted their focus to social-emotional learning as a means to increasing student engagement & achievement. Join us for this unique session to take a look at one way to bring this type of program to your school community. Top 20 Training has been providing effective, engaging training & materials to foster the social-emotional growth of students, staff & parents for fifteen years. Let's stop giving failing math students more math; let's take a deep look at the real difference-maker, the student's human development!

CEU: Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies

Speakers
avatar for Tom Cody

Tom Cody

Author, Owner, Trainer, Top 20
Tom Cody, a co-founder of Top 20 Training, shares his unique witticisms, insights and wisdom gathered from 40 years in the classroom. His professional life has been committed to education, serving as a grade school and high school math teacher and character ed teacher from 1974 u... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 2:25pm - 3:15pm
Veranda 6

2:25pm

Advisory 101: Making the Most of Your Advisory Program
One of the cornerstones of the middle school concept is a comprehensive advisory program designed to address both the social-emotional and academic needs of the middle level student. Whether you are looking to start an advisory program in your school or build upon your existing program, this session will provide information and strategies on how to create a school wide advisory program incorporating P.B.I.S., Character Education (7 Mindsets), Academic Advising and monthly advisory assemblies. Participants will leave with a framework that will allow them to develop and implement a middle school advisory program.  

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Miller

Michelle Miller

Principal, New Ulm Public School, ISD #88
TY

Tammy Yackley

New Ulm Public Schools


Friday December 8, 2017 2:25pm - 3:15pm
Bloomington Room

2:25pm

Harnessing Questions to Promote Thinking
The quality of our questions are direct indicators of the quality of our thoughts, but how often do we get to focus on questions or even thinking in schools these days? Learn multiple ways to make your classroom more inquiry-based to honor the power of questions and make your classroom more differentiated, student-centered, inquiry-based, and engaging in the process. Get students to practice the skills of convergent thinking, divergent thinking, and metacognition while exploring the content of your choosing. The techniques highlighted work across grade levels, content areas, and even for staff development. 

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Van Erp

Nancy Van Erp

MEd in Learning Design & Technology Program Director, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Nancy Van Erp is a former middle and high school Spanish teacher who currently serves as program director and adjunct faculty for the online Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Connect with her on Twitter @IfNot... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 2:25pm - 3:15pm
Veranda 8

2:25pm

Schools to Watch
Speakers

Friday December 8, 2017 2:25pm - 3:15pm
Veranda 1

2:25pm

TinkerCad for Your Classroom
This presentation will demonstrate simple activities using Tinkercad (a web based 3D design tool) to enhance learning in the Middle Level classroom. Activities for Advisory, Reading/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies will be presented. Bring a laptop or tablet.

CEU: Integrate Technology Effectively with Student Learning to Increase Engagement and Student Achievement.

Speakers
RB

Ron Browne

MMSA Board Member, MSU-Mankato


Friday December 8, 2017 2:25pm - 3:15pm
Veranda 4