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FOXBOROUGH PUBLIC SCHOOLS CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO ATTEND
OUR 2-DAY 2018 SUMMER INSTITUTE
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27 & THURSDAY, JUNE 28

Cost:
  • $100 for 1 day
  • $150 for 2 days

Checks/Purchase orders should be made out to Foxborough Public Schools and mailed to FPS Summer Institute, 60 South Street, Foxborough, MA 02035. For questions please contact Alison Mello, Assistant Superintendent at 508-543-1675.
When registering be sure to schedule your choice of one (1) Keynote for each day that you are attending, and two (2) breakout sessions for a total of 5 hours of PD each day. Coffee, water, morning snacks and lunch are included!!!
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Wednesday, June 27
 

7:30am

Registration and Coffee Cart (Day 1 Wednesday)
Please enjoy coffee and light refreshments after checking in at the registration table.

Wednesday June 27, 2018 7:30am - 8:00am
Main entrance

8:00am

Keynote: Developing MTSS Strategies for English Learners
MTSS is at times a challenge to understand if we begin to consider it as an individual's/group's meaningful experience which results in a response. Both the person(s) experiencing the event and responding as well as those around them may be deeply affected, this is acutely true for English Learners. We will discuss the implications for this in an educational setting and possible solutions.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Campanario

Maria Campanario

Learning Specialist for Special Populations, McGraw-Hill Education
McGraw’s Learning Specialist for Special Populations, Maria Campanario, has over 39 years of experience in public education in a variety of teaching and administrative roles. Her work has concentrated on building effective schools, particularly on matters pertaining to project based... Read More →



Wednesday June 27, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Library/Media Center

8:00am

Keynote: Brain Science; Using What We Know about Its Role in Behavior and Learning to Reach all Students
This discussion will focus on how selected areas of developmental psychology and neuroscience can help us understand more about brain functioning and why some children adapt quickly to the challenges of school and others react with more emotional and behavioral dysregulation. Understanding more about about the related underdeveloped skills and factors that underlie these different presentations will inform us as to how to intervene earlier and teach and relate more effectively.

Speakers
avatar for Barry A Plummer, Ph.D., ABPP   Clinical Psychologist in private practice

Barry A Plummer, Ph.D., ABPP Clinical Psychologist in private practice

Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University
Barry A. Plummer, PhD, ABPP, is a licensed clinical psychologist in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and a diplomat in clinical psychology. He is a former faculty member at Harvard Medical School and was on staff at McLean Hospital. A former director of adolescent services at Bradley... Read More →


Wednesday June 27, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Auditorium

9:15am

English Learners & Special Education Intersections **Participants are encouraged to bring their own device to this session.
Intersections & Instruction for English & Special Needs Learners is a workshop focused on key intersections between K-12 English learners with special needs in Massachusetts. The session will examine specific considerations for English Learners, who have a disability or are suspected of having a disability relative to polices and practices.

Speakers

Wednesday June 27, 2018 9:15am - 11:15am
Room 110

9:15am

No Excuses: Instructional Equity and Excellence
Building a strong instructional focus inclusive of bilingual students is crucial in building equity and access. This workshop session will review the work of authors in the field such as Echevarria, along with differentiation strategies and the Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix (CRM) with an overlay of ELP standards as a way to begin to plan meaningful instruction. Attendees will reflect on questions such as, What reading, writing, speaking, and listening strategies have you seen effectively implemented in your school/district? How is academic language development integrated into your school’s/district’s instructional priorities? What powerful examples of academic language instruction have you seen in your school/district? Participants will be engaged in an activity to begin initial planning for an instructional focus using these guiding documents.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Campanario

Maria Campanario

Learning Specialist for Special Populations, McGraw-Hill Education
McGraw’s Learning Specialist for Special Populations, Maria Campanario, has over 39 years of experience in public education in a variety of teaching and administrative roles. Her work has concentrated on building effective schools, particularly on matters pertaining to project based... Read More →



Wednesday June 27, 2018 9:15am - 11:15am
Library/ Media Center

9:15am

"Let's Talk!" Student Centered Conferences in Readers/Writers Workshop **Participants are encouraged to bring their own device to this session.
That next teaching moment is just a conference away! Join us in this session as we explore the framework for effective reading and writing conferences that put students at the center. Learn how you can incorporate that next layer of teaching in cycles of discussions with students about their progress and goals. As teachers feel squeezed for time with their students, conferring creates opportunities for one on one time that can yield the greatest results with your students.

Speakers
SF

Susan Forrest

Middle School Literacy Specialist, Foxborough Public Schools


Wednesday June 27, 2018 9:15am - 11:15am
Room 108

9:15am

Giving Close Reading a Closer Look (appropriate for Grades 3-8)
Close reading is more than a Common Core fad! It is a method of instruction that "fosters independent readers who are able to who are able to plumb the depths of a text [across content areas] by considering only the text itself." Participants will leave with a better understanding of what this means and how to integrate close reading into their practice so that students are doing the heavy lifting, not teachers.  Tips, templates, and lists of helpful resources will be provided for immediate use in participants' classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Breda Annis

Breda Annis

Literacy Specialist (Grades 5-8), Foxborough Public Schools


Wednesday June 27, 2018 9:15am - 11:15am
Room 104

9:15am

Helping Students Deepen Comprehension of Text through Conversation and Debate
Even our youngest learners are capable of engaging, rich conversations and purposeful debates given the right parameters and structures. In this presentation, videos students debating texts will be shown and discussed as well as principles for implementing routines and structures for optimizing students’ academically productive talk. Planning tools will be provided as well as a recommended bibliography of selected titles appropriate to deepen students' understanding of fictional texts.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Giso

Richard Giso

Hello there! I'm a proud teacher with 20 years of teaching experience. I began my teaching career as a fourth grade teacher at the Bates Elementary School in Salem, Massachusetts. Since then, I have taught fourth grade for eight years. From there, I moved to a job as a reading coach... Read More →



Wednesday June 27, 2018 9:15am - 11:15am
Room 107

9:15am

The CAFE - A Dynamic System for Reading Strategy Instruction!
This research based structure supports explicit literacy teaching and cycles of goal setting and conferring with students. For teachers new to or already conversant around The CAFE system, this session will address the components of well rounded strategy instruction for all readers. Participants will work with a range of engaging resources to assist implementation or further development of The CAFE in the classroom!


Wednesday June 27, 2018 9:15am - 11:15am
Room 109

9:15am

Making Math Workshop Work **Participants are encouraged to bring their own device to this session.
Have you tried or want to try Math Workshop? Do you want to improve your Math Workshop? Come experience math workshop in action. You will walk away with resources, game and activity ideas as well as the tools to manage and plan an effective and engaging Math Workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Powers

Jennifer Powers

K-4 Math Specialist, Foxborough Public Schools
Jen is a K-4 Math Specialist with a background in Special Education. Jen works with all students kindergarten through fourth grade the Taylor Elementary School with special emphasis on remediation and enrichment. Jen received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Providence C... Read More →
avatar for Katie Young

Katie Young

Math Specialist, Foxborough Public Schools
Katie Young is an elementary mathematics specialist in Foxboro who holds Bachelor’s degrees in elementary education and psychology and a Master’s degree in mathematics education in grades 1-6. She has taught students from preschool age through 6th grade and is passionate about... Read More →


Wednesday June 27, 2018 9:15am - 11:15am
Room 114

9:15am

Tricks are NOT for Kids! Shifting from "Answer-Getting" to Thinking and Understanding.
Ready to ditch the tricks but need to know the fixes? This session will explore common tricks and how to replace them with sound instruction. Learn how to make concepts stick through sense-making and connections! Say buh-bye to rounding riddles, key words, and butterflies, and hello to a world where decimal points don't move (because they don't).

Speakers
avatar for Alison J. Mello, Ed.D

Alison J. Mello, Ed.D

Assistant Superintendent, Foxborough Public Schools


Wednesday June 27, 2018 9:15am - 11:15am
Room 155

9:15am

An Overview of Childhood Anxiety Disorders in School Settings: Etiology, Assessment, and Intervention Strategies
This workshop will improve participant's understanding of social, psychological and neurophysiological causes of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents; provide a quick review of basic brain systems involved in anxiety modulation; discuss early warning signs of moderate to severe anxiety, and discuss broader based school intervention strategies for anxiety. Discussion and case examples from participants is encouraged.

Speakers
avatar for Barry A Plummer, Ph.D., ABPP   Clinical Psychologist in private practice

Barry A Plummer, Ph.D., ABPP Clinical Psychologist in private practice

Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University
Barry A. Plummer, PhD, ABPP, is a licensed clinical psychologist in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and a diplomat in clinical psychology. He is a former faculty member at Harvard Medical School and was on staff at McLean Hospital. A former director of adolescent services at Bradley... Read More →



Wednesday June 27, 2018 9:15am - 11:15am
Room 112

9:15am

Infusing Social Emotional Learning through School-wide Wellness Programs
SEL is the new focus in many districts. But how to start? How to collaborate? How to get kids, staff, the community involved? How to get admin to back you up? How to get money? What are you already doing without even realizing it! This session will explore the basics of Social Emotional Learning including a brief review of CASEL’s 5 core competencies. We will then explore examples of a variety of school-wide wellness programs including an SEL task force, counseling curriculums, specialized classrooms, Youth Risk Behavior Surveys, health class presentations, student support teams, district mental health teams, multiple town collaborations, community coalitions, and staff trainings. We will go into further depth around planning a school-wide wellness fair.  Time to develop an SEL idea and create your own action plan will be provided. Participants from the same school district are encouraged to attend to promote collaboration and develop a plan that you can truly implement (….because we never really have enough time for that!)

Speakers

Wednesday June 27, 2018 9:15am - 11:15am
Room 115

9:15am

Playing with Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a practice of bringing non judgmental awareness to the present moment. How do we cultivate these skills and tools in young people in an accessible way? This session will explore diverse mindfulness practices to meet children where they are at. Games and activities will be explored to meet diverse learning, social, emotional and behavioral needs of students. The session is mostly experiential.

Speakers
avatar for April Frazier

April Frazier

Ahimsa Mindfulness and Yoga Consulting
April has studied yoga and mindfulness with a focus on supporting under-served schools, districts, educational organizations and social justice organizations for the past five years. In 2010 she was certified in her 200 HR teacher Dharma Yoga certification and has since brought yoga... Read More →


Wednesday June 27, 2018 9:15am - 11:15am
Room 140

9:15am

Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom - Making accommodations accessible to all
This workshop will focus on how to create a classroom environment that optimizes learning for all students. This workshop starts with universal accommodations that benefit all children. It also includes how to take the stigma out of students accessing specific accommodations so that all students are viewed as equal, valuable participants in learning.

Speakers
AC

Ashley Craig

Teacher, Natick Public Schools


Wednesday June 27, 2018 9:15am - 11:15am
Room 142

12:30pm

Instruction and Assessment Strategies for ELs In Elementary & Secondary Education
English learners arrive to our schools with various levels of native and English proficiencies, education levels, ages, and ethnicities. These factors not only effect the pace of student learning and journey to English proficiency, but the requirement of teachers to differentiate. This session will introduce common terminology in the field of ELs, levels of English proficiency, how to differentiate for ELs with WIDA’s Can do Descriptors and SIOP strategies.


Wednesday June 27, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 138

12:30pm

Personalizing Learning for ELLs **Participants are encouraged to bring their own device to this session.
Standard II of the Teacher Evaluation Rubric encourages educators to "teach all students" through instruction, learning environment, cultural proficiency and expectations. Reaching diverse student needs, more specifically, specialized populations of students can be challenging. As teachers in low-incidence districts, English Learners (ELs) are a unique population. This workshop will help educators with ways to personalize instruction to meet the needs of their ELs by working smarter, not harder. You will leave with easy-to-implement strategies to personalize learning for these students as well as other strategies that will require some preparation. The purpose is to help teachers make the most of their time while creating the most meaningful learning experiences for their ELs.

Speakers
DF

Dawn-Marie Fernandes

Franklin Public Schools



Wednesday June 27, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 136

12:30pm

Planning and Implementing a Successful Guided Reading Lesson During Your Reading Workshop
This session will begin with reviewing principles of the Reading Workshop model, its structure, and its planning process.  From there, the main focus will be on both planning and implementing a guided reading lesson which can highlight your Reading Workshop focus skill of the day.  How to utilize information gained from administering the DRA and running records will be incorporated into the planning process.  Text selection, prompting during the "whisper read," how to "debug text" and how to hold a comprehension conversation across all thee levels of comprehension will be explained.  Videos will accompany all instructional strategies presented. Templates for successful guided reading planning will be provided as well.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Giso

Richard Giso

Hello there! I'm a proud teacher with 20 years of teaching experience. I began my teaching career as a fourth grade teacher at the Bates Elementary School in Salem, Massachusetts. Since then, I have taught fourth grade for eight years. From there, I moved to a job as a reading coach... Read More →



Wednesday June 27, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 107

12:30pm

The Daily 5 Delivers! **Participants are encouraged to bring their own device to this session.
Join in this engaging, interactive session as the "how" and "why" of The Daily 5 explored.  Discover how this structure for your literacy block; incorporating reading, writing and word study in timely, engaging ways can support your students' literacy progress.  Participants will actively experience The Daily 5 first hand and will have access to textual and online resources to support ongoing work or initial implementation in their classrooms!


Wednesday June 27, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 106

12:30pm

3-Act Tasks: Your Secret Weapon for Engagement! **Participants are encouraged to bring their own device to this session.
Heard of 3-Act Tasks? Whether your answer is yes or no, this session will get you up to speed on what they are, how to use them, and why they result in amazing engagement in your classroom. Come and experience math in action...no prep needed!

Speakers
avatar for Alison J. Mello, Ed.D

Alison J. Mello, Ed.D

Assistant Superintendent, Foxborough Public Schools


Wednesday June 27, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 155

12:30pm

Identifying and Addressing Linguistic Challenges in K-5 Math Word Problems for All Learners
Did you know that even student who know the math tend to do up to 30% worse on word problems? In this session, research- and practice-based solutions to linguistic challenges in K-5 math word problems will be shared and explored.  Educators who attend this session will have the opportunity to work in grade-level groups to practice identifying and addressing linguistic challenges with grade-level, CCSS-aligned word problems.  Although, this workshop will particularly benefit our ELL students and students who need additional literacy support, this session aims to support you in supporting all students acquisition of academic mathematical language.

Speakers
PM

Paul Madden

Math Specialist, Foxborough Public Schools
I am the math specialist at Ahern Middle School and I am currently working on my PhD in mathematics education at Boston College. My interests are in Vygotskian learning theory (e.g., ZPD, guided math, differentiation, student discourse), using concrete manipulatives, debate across... Read More →



Wednesday June 27, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 116

12:30pm

Hearts and Minds: Mentor Texts to Strengthen Social Emotional Compentencies
As educators, we all know the importance of reaching our students' hearts and minds in this ever-changing world. With over 30 years' experience in a total of 5 school districts combined, we will help you find a "just right book" for each of CASEL's 5 social-emotional competencies. We'll share possible lesson ideas, conduct open discussions with other practicioners, and send you off with plenty of great titles from early picture books to YA literature to enhance social-emotional learning in your classroom and hopefully your school.

Speakers
avatar for Breda Annis

Breda Annis

Literacy Specialist (Grades 5-8), Foxborough Public Schools
avatar for Andrea Doyon

Andrea Doyon

Literacy Specialist (Grades 3 & 4), Abington Public Schools



Wednesday June 27, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 104

12:30pm

So What About Us? Supports for students with social challenges
This presentation will describe how social supports services, including utilizing the Social Thinking® program by Michelle Garcia Winner, were developed and implemented. The session will primarily focus on High School supports, but even if you work with little ones, this will still be relevant, as you will be inspired to see how students can progress as they grow up. High-schoolers with social challenges, many diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum, don’t necessarily “qualify” for traditional academic accommodations as many are quite intelligent. Yet, in looking at the complexity of the social world, especially in what is expected of them post graduation, we recognize that they require direct social instruction to meet their full potential. This session will give a brief overview of the learning needs of socially challenged children and explore successes and challenges in program development over the past several years.  From an initial lunch bunch group of 4 students, to weekly social skill instruction groups, to a specialized program with social support classes that run daily. Come learn how you can implement and offer social supports for your kiddos!

Speakers

Wednesday June 27, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 115

12:30pm

Discover Your Strengths/Strengths-Based Teaching
People who are aware of and develop their strengths are 3 times more likely to have an excellent quality of life, and 6 times more likely to be engaged in their work! Weakness fixing is NOT the answer! In this session, you will get an overview of the value of operating in the “strengths zone”, and will explore strengths-based teaching strategies. This session will help raise your own self-awareness, as well as appreciation for others’ strengths, and help you get started on living a life of ease, excellence and enjoyment!

Speakers
avatar for Janice Watt

Janice Watt

Director of Food Service, Foxborough Public Schools
Janice Watt is a Gallup Certified Clifton Strengths Coach, Consultant & Trainer, specializing in coaching individuals and teams to live their best life at work & life. In addition to her coaching, she is currently the food service director for the Foxborough Public Schools. Janice... Read More →



Wednesday June 27, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 112

12:30pm

From Doing the Lab to Scientific Inquiry **Participants are encouraged to bring their own device to this session.
If you have a lab you love, but it doesn't fully align with the scientific practice of "planning and carrying out scientific investigations," don't despair. You can easily turn that carefully crafted verification lab into a powerful scientific inquiry lesson. In this session on teaching scientific inquiry teachers will learn multiple methods for converting their "canned labs" into inquiry labs. Teachers should bring their favorite "cookbook" laboratory documents so they can immediately begin work on transforming these activities into authentic investigative opportunities for students. Multiple methods of converting labs will be addressed.

Speakers
AM

Alyssa Mocharnuk

Science Department Head, Foxborough Public Schools


Wednesday June 27, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 117
 
Thursday, June 28
 

7:30am

Registration and Coffee Cart (Day 2 Thursday)
Please enjoy coffee and light refreshments after checking in at the registration table.

Thursday June 28, 2018 7:30am - 8:00am
Main entrance

8:00am

Keynote: It's All About the Books: Organizing Texts to Support Student Choice and Development
Books are a teacher's tool to instruct, engage and help students develop a reading identity.  The way we organize texts and teach students to choose books influences growth, dispositions and reading habits.  Join us to discuss how to organize texts with both instructional needs and student identity in mind.


Thursday June 28, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Room 155

8:00am

Keynote: The Power of Optimism
Optimism is powerful. When human beings grow their capacity to see and focus
on the goodness in themselves, others, and the world, their social, emotional,
and cognitive superpowers emerge. Optimism, however, can be fragile. Chronic stress, fear, and overwhelming adversity can weaken and destroy our capacity for optimism. Over time, a lack of
optimism can lead to strained relationships, poor health outcomes, lost
productivity, and shorter, less fulfilling lives. This inspiring presentation helps individuals discover the power of optimism to create environments that enable optimism to take root and flourish. Using
research, humor, and personal stories. Alicia shares how optimistic leaders bring
out the best in people and organizations — especially in challenging, changefilled
times.

Speakers
avatar for Alicia Barnatchez

Alicia Barnatchez

Lead Playmaker Guide, Life is Good Kids Foundation
Alicia Barnatchez is an accomplished Educator, Writer, Actor and Lead Playmaker Guideat the Life is Good Kids Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to spreadthe power of optimism to help kids heal. The foundation partners with leading childcareorganizations to strengthen... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Auditorium

9:15am

English Learners & Special Education Intersections **Participants are encouraged to bring their own device to this session.
Intersections & Instruction for English & Special Needs Learners is a workshop focused on key intersections between K-12 English learners with special needs in Massachusetts. The session will examine specific considerations for English Learners, who have a disability or are suspected of having a disability relative to polices and practices.

Speakers

Thursday June 28, 2018 9:15am - 11:15am
Room 110

9:15am

Personalizing Learning for ELLs **Participants are encouraged to bring their own device to this session.
Standard II of the Teacher Evaluation Rubric encourages educators to "teach all students" through instruction, learning environment, cultural proficiency and expectations. Reaching diverse student needs, more specifically, specialized populations of students can be challenging. As teachers in low-incidence districts, English Learners (ELs) are a unique population. This workshop will help educators with ways to personalize instruction to meet the needs of their ELs by working smarter, not harder. You will leave with easy-to-implement strategies to personalize learning for these students as well as other strategies that will require some preparation. The purpose is to help teachers make the most of their time while creating the most meaningful learning experiences for their ELs.

Speakers
DF

Dawn-Marie Fernandes

Franklin Public Schools



Thursday June 28, 2018 9:15am - 11:15am
Room 136

9:15am

"Let's Talk!" Student Centered Conferences in Readers/Writers Workshop **Participants are encouraged to bring their own device to this session.
That next teaching moment is just a conference away!  Join us in this session as we explore the framework for effective reading and writing conferences that put students at the center.  Learn how you can incorporate that next layer of teaching in cycles of discussions with students about their progress and goals.  As teachers feel squeezed for time with their students, conferring creates opportunities for one on one time that can yield the greatest results with your students.

Speakers
SF

Susan Forrest

Middle School Literacy Specialist, Foxborough Public Schools


Thursday June 28, 2018 9:15am - 11:15am
Room 108

9:15am

Literacy in the Classroom: Strategies to Introduce, Build, and/or Strengthen Literacy Every Day
This session will introduce basic, moderate, and advanced strategies that can reach across all curriculums to help strengthen your students' reading and writing abilities within your content. Focus will be on everyday routines and strategies that place the responsibility for learning on the students and push students to think and learn more deeply about the subject matter through an emphasis on literacy. Examples from every subject, blank templates, and other resources will be provided. Attendants should expect to learn about and practice these strategies during the session.

Speakers
DP

David Pierce

Foxborough Public Schools


Thursday June 28, 2018 9:15am - 11:15am
Room 112

9:15am

Math Workshop 2.0: Practical Strategies to Differentiate your Workstations **Participants are encouraged to bring their own device to this session.
Is your math workshop in place, but you're ready to kick it up a notch? How can you better meet the needs of all students and make the most of every minute? This session will offer practical strategies to differentiate your workstations and effectively meet the needs of all students.

Speakers
avatar for Alison J. Mello, Ed.D

Alison J. Mello, Ed.D

Assistant Superintendent, Foxborough Public Schools


Thursday June 28, 2018 9:15am - 11:15am
Room 155

9:15am

Numberless Word Problems **Participants are encouraged to bring their own device to this session.
Numberless Word Problems are just what they sound like; word problems with the numbers and question stems removed to provide an opportunity for students to make sense of the relationships in the problem before rushing into computation. See how using Numberless Word Problems can empower students to access the problem situation and employ their own wonderings, contexts, and questions to make sense of problems. Leave with some grade-level specific Numberless Word Problems to try in your math classroom!

Speakers
avatar for Noelle Hendrixson

Noelle Hendrixson

Director of Math/Science K-8, Foxborough Public Schools


Thursday June 28, 2018 9:15am - 11:15am
Room 106

9:15am

Art Therapy 101-what does all this coloring stuff have to do with learning?
You’ve seen coloring books everywhere over the past few years. So what’s the big deal? How does this really impact the brain and learning. Can art and being creative really make a difference? And how do I tell my principal that allowing my students to color could actually improve test scores! (…or improve their overall well being…depends on which you think is more important!) Come learn about Art therapy and how you can implement some simple creative activities in your classrooms even if you don’t consider yourself an artist! And best part is we will spend some time coloring our own Mandalas! Because your overall well being is important too!

Speakers

Thursday June 28, 2018 9:15am - 11:15am
Room 115

9:15am

Strategies and Scaffolds: Bridges to Understanding for Struggling Math Learners
Students with LD, ADHD, and executive function weaknesses need alternative approaches in order to access the math curriculum. These students need strategies and supports to bridge their math understanding and to build their confidence and motivation. This session will explain the developmental factors that affect math, discuss the ways different types of learning problems affect the acquisition of math skills, and share differentiated math learning strategies. These strategies have been used successfully by both math teachers and special education teachers.

Speakers
JS

Joan Steinberg, M.Ed.

Institute for Learning and Development, Lexington, MA


Thursday June 28, 2018 9:15am - 11:15am
Room 102

9:15am

Supporting the Social/Emotional Needs of Students in the General Education Classroom
This session will provide participants with ideas for using mentor texts to design lessons for social/emotional learning and celebrating diversity in the classroom.

Speakers
AC

Ashley Craig

Teacher, Natick Public Schools


Thursday June 28, 2018 9:15am - 11:15am
Room 142

12:30pm

Personalizing Learning for ELLs **Participants are encouraged to bring their own device to this session.
Standard II of the Teacher Evaluation Rubric encourages educators to "teach all students" through instruction, learning environment, cultural proficiency and expectations. Reaching diverse student needs, more specifically, specialized populations of students can be challenging. As teachers in low-incidence districts, English Learners (ELs) are a unique population. This workshop will help educators with ways to personalize instruction to meet the needs of their ELs by working smarter, not harder. You will leave with easy-to-implement strategies to personalize learning for these students as well as other strategies that will require some preparation. The purpose is to help teachers make the most of their time while creating the most meaningful learning experiences for their ELs.

Speakers
DF

Dawn-Marie Fernandes

Franklin Public Schools



Thursday June 28, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 136

12:30pm

The CAFE - A Dynamic System for Reading Strategy Instruction!
This research based structure supports explicit literacy teaching and cycles of goal setting and conferring with students.  For teachers new to or already conversant around The CAFE system, this session will address the components of well rounded strategy instruction for all readers.  Participants will work with a range of engaging resources to assist implementation or further development of The CAFE in the classroom!


Thursday June 28, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 109

12:30pm

Beyond Tens and Ones: Using Base 10 Blocks to Build Place Value Knowledge with Large and Small Numbers
Base 10 Blocks are a staple in elementary math classrooms, but did you know that you can use them to explore numbers bigger than 1000 and smaller than 1? In this session, we will explore the use of Base 10 Blocks to deepen students' understanding of large numbers as well as decimals. Participants will engage in hands-on activities that they can take back to their classrooms. Come explore how you can use your Base 10 Blocks in new ways!

Speakers
avatar for Kate Ariemma Marin, Ph.D.

Kate Ariemma Marin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Stonehill College
Let's continue the conversation about mathematics teaching and learning on Twitter @professormarin !


Thursday June 28, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 107

12:30pm

Identifying and Addressing Linguistic Challenges in K-5 Math Word Problems for All Learners
Did you know that even student who know the math tend to do up to 30% worse on word problems? In this session, research- and practice-based solutions to linguistic challenges in K-5 math word problems will be shared and explored.  Educators who attend this session will have the opportunity to work in grade-level groups to practice identifying and addressing linguistic challenges with grade-level, CCSS-aligned word problems.  Although, this workshop will particularly benefit our ELL students and students who need additional literacy support, this session aims to support you in supporting all students acquisition of academic mathematical language.

Speakers
PM

Paul Madden

Math Specialist, Foxborough Public Schools
I am the math specialist at Ahern Middle School and I am currently working on my PhD in mathematics education at Boston College. My interests are in Vygotskian learning theory (e.g., ZPD, guided math, differentiation, student discourse), using concrete manipulatives, debate across... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 116

12:30pm

NO MORE DEATH BY WORKSHEETS!! Practical strategies to get students thinking, talking, and getting the most out of your class.
We all know that in math students need practice. Unfortunately this often comes in the form of worksheets that can be boring and tedious and create even more paper in your classrooms. This hands-on session will focus on alternatives to traditional worksheets including interactive routines, tools, games, and technology.

Speakers
avatar for Alison J. Mello, Ed.D

Alison J. Mello, Ed.D

Assistant Superintendent, Foxborough Public Schools


Thursday June 28, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 155

12:30pm

Alleviating Anxiety in the Classroom through Respect for the Individual
The emotional health of our students greatly affects other areas of their lives, including learning.  Therefore, it is essential that as educators we develop effective strategies for supporting the social and emotional learning (SEL) of our students. For this session, our goal will be to develop better understanding of our students that leads to changes in our approach.  Rather than focus on undesired behaviors, we will consider possible triggers, establish clear and reasonable expectations that recognize and appreciate student strengths, and strategize ways to improve communication and planned structure.  

Speakers
HG

Holly Geffers

English Teacher, Foxborough Public Schools
I love to read, run, bake, travel, and spend time with my family. I am very interested in learning about what people.


Thursday June 28, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 106

12:30pm

Fostering Independent Learners: An Executive Function Approach
As a result of this session, teachers will: Understand executive function processes and how they impact learning across grade levels and content areas. Learn how to create a strategic learning environment which increases students’ metacognitive awareness and explicitly teaches strategies for effective learning. Learn specific strategies to teach students how to: - reflect on and adjust their performance - set realistic and achievable short and long term goals - study for different types of tests - self-monitor and check their work.

Speakers
DK

Donna Kincaid

Assistant Director, Educational Specialist, Institutes for Learning and Development, Lexington, MA
Donna coordinates and facilitates professional development for private, public, and charter schools. She is an experienced Educational Specialist who conducts comprehensive assessments and provides individual educational therapy to middle and high school students, as well as college... Read More →



Thursday June 28, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 114

12:30pm

Top 25 Stress Busters
“Well, when I decided to be an educator, I had no idea I’d be expected to help kids manage their stress!” Sound familiar? Need ideas to help your kiddos? Have students who blank on tests, end up in tears in class, can’t focus because they didn’t sleep the night before? Not sure where to start? This session will briefly review how stress impacts our brain. You will be taught ways to explain brain chemistry to kids so they can understand what’s going on inside of them, why their “thinking” brain shuts off when their “emotional” brain goes haywire. We will then dive in to over 25 simple techniques that you can use in your classes immediately to help students build their coping skills. We will try some out and rate your own stress level before and after so you can see the instant impact. Some student examples will be presented.

Speakers

Thursday June 28, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 115

12:30pm

Transition Assessment: Getting to Know You
Transition Assessment is an ongoing process of determining a student's needs, preferences, and interests as they relate to the demands of current and future settings, such as work, home, school, and social environments. Results of the Transition Assessment are incorporated into the IEP and Transition Planning Form (TPF) as a blueprint toward meeting future goals.The goal of the session is to build the capacity of your system to conduct and utilize effective transition assessments. Specific assessment tools will be presented to support the District in expanding their toolkit to further customize the assessment process.

Speakers
avatar for Elena Varney

Elena Varney

Transition Coordinator, King Philip Regional School District
Hi, I am a Transition Coordinator within Special Education at the secondary level. My passion is to support districts to develop their programming, services, and resources to help students move toward their postsecondary visions. Some of my areas of focus include: transition program... Read More →


Thursday June 28, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 117

12:30pm

Best of Technology Integration in the K-5 Classroom **Participants are encouraged to bring their own device to this session.
Enjoy a presentation of successful classroom projects and practices that enhance literacy instruction in the K-5 classroom and explore the process of integrating meaningful and connected technology. We’ll discuss the initial stages of brainstorming, using essential curriculum questions, walk through the process of working with students to create in different educational settings.  

Best of K-5 Technology Integation

Speakers
TJ

Traci Jansen

Lexington Public Schools



Thursday June 28, 2018 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 127