Below is a sampling of workshops I have designed and delivered for various audiences. When working with schools and districts, I will work to understand the learning needs and customize the workshop to align with those needs and current initiatives.
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Danville 118 School District
September 28, 2020
Over the last decade, student engagement has plummeted nationwide. Data also shows that almost one in every five students does not reach a basic minimum level of skills. Then COVID hit, and the education systems nationwide fell into crisis mode. How can we be proactive versus reactive, to be able to design deeper, more motivating learning for students? How can we also build student agency: gradually transferring ownership of the learning to the students? This webinar will outline key strategies for learning design that can help all teachers create learning opportunities for students that are not just rigorous, but also relevant and motivating for students. Throughout the webinar, tools will be modeled and shared that can help support deeper learning in online or face-to-face learning environments.
Student Questions: Moving from Student to Learner
April 26, 2021
Inquiry is at the heart of learning, and student questions are at the heart of inquiry. This session will explore the importance of teaching students to ask good questions, and you will learn a strategy for teaching questioning called the Question Formulation Technique. Additional ideas and resources will be shared to help build a culture of inquiry and questioning in your classrooms, that can help students become learners.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Keystone, Colorado
8:00 – 10:00 am
Technology is prevalent in everything we do: from learning to taking tests, from selecting books to reading books, from watching videos to chatting with friends and strangers. We have entered the age of “push” technology, where our interests and view points are predicted, and our screens are populated with only those items. This presents a very “you” focused world view-point. How can we bring balance back to our students: tomorrow’s decision makers? By helping them learn to ask good questions. Come experience as a learner the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) as we explore this issue in depth. Create a plan to incorporate this strategy with your students to help them learn to ask questions, seek answers, and journey back to being learners.
Thursday, June 13, 2019
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Are you a teacher leader? Colorado ASCD wants to validate your expertise in teacher leadership, and ultimately help you earn not just recognition, but benefits for your proven leadership knowledge and skills. The CO ASCD Teacher Leadership Micro-Credential process will help you create a personal strategic plan to build and hone your leadership skills in collaboration, advocacy, and in being a champion of diversity and equity through reflection and feedback. Work is completed online, reviewed, and micro-credentials are earned upon successful completion of each step in the ADDIE process. Come learn more at our poster session!
June 12, 2018 Keystone, Colorado
8:00 – 10:00 am
Castles 1 & 2
Learning to Learn
June 13, 2018 Keystone, Colorado
8:00 – 10:00 am
Using A Curator’s Mindset to Show Who I Am As A Learner
3:45 – 4:45
Make Learning Personal with Content Curation
Thursday, July 27
1:45 – 3:15 pm
Developing a Global Mindset in Students
With Dr. Michael Roth
What if you could help your students to think globally? In this session, participants will learn about how other schools and districts are addressing the college and career ready need for global competence in our youth, as well as have an opportunity to apply a design thinking framework to begin planning for students. Presenters will present the findings from the report “Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage in the World” and provide concrete practices to achieve these results.
ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence 2017
Saturday, July 1
12:30 -2:30 and 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Building Global and Cultural Awareness K-12
Come learn about strategies to increase your student’s global and cultural understanding through the use of technology tools that allow you to communicate and collaborate with classes around the globe! Ideas and resources will be shared and time will be given for hands-on exploration of some simple tools for communication and collaboration. Some of the tools to be highlighted include Skype in the Classroom, ePals, Google Hangouts, and Twitter.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
9:15 am – 11:15 am
With Stevan Kalmon & Becky Russell
The 2016 ISTE Standards propose that students, as constructors of knowledge, have the ability to “critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others.” But what, exactly, does it mean to curate? And, how is critical curation different from collecting information and conventional student research projects? How can we design meaningful curation experiences that will fuel learner passion and build learning communities? Participants in this interactive workshop will develop and apply the mindset of a curator in designing a curation project for their students and/or communities.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
1:00 – 2:00 PM in ACC, Level 2, Room 206B
Powerful professional learning can happen on Twitter. In this session, the presenter will share how she uses Twitter to tap into an ever-present education network she can rely on for ideas, resources, and support. Explore the basics of how to set up and use a Twitter account, manage your time, participate in education chats, and make connections on Twitter and beyond for your own personal and professional learning.
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Session 2: 11:30 – 12:30
Become a Connected Educator Via Twitter
Session 3: 1:30 – 2:30
How to Design Game-Based Assessments
It’s not about compliance, and it’s not about the grade. It’s about the feedback! Try your hand at designing a game-based formative assessment for digital age skills during this hands-on session.
Personalize Learning with Student Curation
Curiosity. Questions. Student ownership of learning. Passion. Do you see evidence of these in your classroom? Would you like to? Join us to discuss the power of student curation to engage and ignite a passion.
What About the Learning? Best Practices for Deeper Learning With the LMS
Is your learning management system (LMS) a tool for learning or a tool for managing learning? How can teachers breathe life into this “management” system to create an inspired learning environment? This interactive panel will include ideas from teachers, parents, students and you! Come share and learn.