All Other Sessions

All Other Sessions

LEADERSHIP

Analyzing A-B-C Data for Developing Functional Interventions

Audience: Pre-K through 6th Grade Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): AISD Specialists (Karin Kliemann is contact)

Course Description: Analyzing typical classroom disruptions using A-B-C data. Developing functional interventions to address disruptions. Strategically approaching disruptions from a proactive standpoint.

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Blended Learning in the ELAR Classroom

Audience: 2nd - 6th Grade Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Tracey Smith, Teacher at Morton ES

Course Description: Participants will develop an understanding of what blended learning is and how to design a classroom culture that supports active blended learning.  They will engage in idea sharing and gain experience using blended learning applications available to all AISD faculty and students. Lastly, participants will collaboratively design and create blended learning activities they can take back to their classrooms and implement for the new year.

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Building Relationships: Creating Connections, Building Bridges … TOGETHER

Audience: PK - 12th Teachers and Leaders

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Eric Phillips and Suzanne Stevenson, Specialists in Parent & Community Engagement Department

Course Description: As educators, we realize that relationships are important to positive student outcomes, but sometimes find it difficult to build relationships intentionally with all stakeholders. This workshop will explore ways to develop an understanding of how cultural lenses influence how we view others; increase understanding of the key elements to building functional relationships; and gain strategies for connecting with students and their families.  

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Changing Minds: Coaching for a Learner Mindset (Featured Session)

Audience: Professionals Who Work with Adult Learners

Credit Hours: 6

Presenter(s): Elita Driskill, Director of Professional Learning and Dr. Sue Chapman, Adjunct with University of Houston, Math Solutions Consultant

Course Description: As coaches and administrators, we know that educators operate from a learner mindset when they continually build their instructional practice and bring out the best in students. This session offers  skills for coaching self and others towards active mindset awareness and navigation. Participants will acquire strategies for coaching educators to reflect on their unconscious beliefs and take action steps toward adopting a learner mindset.

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Cultivating Leadership: Facilitation Strategies to Foster Collaborative Practices with Adults (Featured Session)

Audience: Professionals Who Work with Adult Learners

Credit Hours: 6

Presenter(s): Diana Ely, Learning Forward

Course Description: Collaboration is said to be an essential skill in the process of continuous improvement. Yet most education leaders have received little training to lead, manage and facilitate collaborative processes. High functioning collaborative teams are key to increasing student achievement. In order to lead these adult learners, the critical skill of facilitation is a MUST! Join us for a full day of learning as you experience strategies and structures equipping you to lead collaborative processes that positively impact student success. Participants will: •Explore strategies to accelerate team development and build collective teacher efficacy •Experience processes that promote contributions from ALL team members •Learn strategies to lead teams in designing and using their own accountability structures •Explore communication practices to set clear expectations and structure the work •Understand how Emotional Intelligence can be leveraged to positively impact collaborative teams •Learn a process to address conflicts and conduct difficult conversations.

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CTAC Summer Academy - All Members

Audience: CTAC Members

Credit Hours: 6

Presenter(s): Technology Integration & Innovation Department (Steve Simpson is contact)

Course Description: New and returning CTAC members will expand their understanding of: technology integration, the critical role of the campus CTAC in driving integration forward throughout the school district, and the available tools and resources designed to empower their own and others’ ability to develop future ready learners.

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CTAC Summer Academy - Facilitators

Audience: CTAC Facilitators Only  

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Technology Integration & Innovation Department (Steve Simpson is contact)

Course Description: New and returning CTAC facilitators explore strategies to organize and facilitate the work of their campus CTAC in order to ensure classroom instruction is empowering future ready learners through tech integration, tech usage, and the use of relevant resources.

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Show Me the Money! The Fundamentals of Fund Development

Audience: All Staff Members

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Brenda Lohse, Coordinator-Grants/Fund Development

Course Description: Need supplemental funds for your program or project? There’s never enough money to go around. You know you can do more – if you just have the funds. Be ready to collaborate with others who are interested in helping students by finding grant opportunities.

Gain a better understanding of district guidelines for grant submissions, and identify possible funding ideas! Within this session, you’ll be able to: Better understand district guidelines and what’s involved in the writing/ approval/submission process, Identify ideas for potential projects, Complete a one-page proposal summary, Develop a basic grant budget, and Look at available resources to find grant opportunities.

Be prepared to brainstorm ideas, and leave with a one-page proposal summary. Chromebooks will be available, or feel free to bring your own device.

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Student Learning Objectives: The Hidden Ingredient to Student Growth

Audience: Teachers, Campus and District Leaders

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Renee Pope, Coordinator of Professional Learning

Course Description: The underlying purpose of this session is to provide participants with an in depth understanding of the SLO process.  Participants will explore the purpose and benefits of SLO's and the three phases of the SLO process. The components of the SLO process will be identified and participants will have opportunities to practice the key components in each phase.

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T-TESS, Blended Learning & Canvas… Let’s Make the Connection!

Audience: 3rd - 12th Grade Teachers and Leaders

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Crystal Lee, Blended Learning Specialist, Technology Integration and Innovation

Course Description: Come explore and orient yourself to the format and organization of the T-TESS & Blended Learning Look-Fors Tool. Participants will discover how to effectively leverage the Look-Fors Tool to prepare, collect, and provide evidence for T-TESS conferences.  Teachers and administrators will benefit from considering the correlations between blended learning, Canvas, and T-TESS.

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LITERACY

Reading and Language Arts Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Literacy Strategies that Engage the Brain (Featured Session)

Audience: ELAR Teachers

Credit Hours: 6

Presenter(s): Dr. Marcia L. Tate, Educational Consultant, Developing Minds, Inc

Course Description: According to experts in the field, reading and language arts skills and abilities are best acquired when students are actively engaged in their own learning. Explore a variety of facts about the brain as they relate to teaching students to learn to read and read to learn.  Experience 20 highly-engaging, brain-compatible strategies for helping students learn rigorous vocabulary and comprehend both narrative and informational texts. Learn to ask five essential questions while planning a literacy lesson that helps to ensure that students will think critically and master cross-curricular concepts. This K- 12 workshop will help you teach language arts in relevant, motivating, and engaging ways and covers essential areas of literacy 

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Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites:  20 Instructional Strategies that Engage the Brain (Featured Session)

Audience: Professionals who facilitate professional learning

Credit Hours: 6

Presenter(s): Dr. Marcia L. Tate, Educational Consultant - Developing Minds, Inc (Renee Pope is contact)

Course Description: Have teachers ever complained that their students cannot understand or recall much of the content taught after a 24-hour period?  It stands to reason that if students don’t learn the way we teach them, then we must teach them the way they learn! Experience 20 instructional strategies (based on brain research and learning style theory) that maximize memory and minimize forgetting.  Increase learning for students when strategies like drawing, metaphor, music, and storytelling are used to teach curriculum objectives and meet national standards. Explore research that shows why these strategies are preferable to others. Ensure that brains retain key concepts, not only for tests but for life!  This workshop has been called both professionally and personally life-changing and lots of fun!

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Academic Success of Students of Poverty (Part I)

Audience: All Educators

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Julie McGuire and Krista McCown, State and Federal Programs

Course Description: This session will explore the facts around poverty, how chronic exposure to poverty results in detrimental changes to the brain, and will provide strategies that educational leaders and educators can take to support all students with an environment of acceptance and excellence.

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Academic Success of Students of Poverty (Part II)

Audience: All Educators

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Julie McGuire and Krista McCown, State and Federal Programs

Course Description: Students in poverty are not broken or damaged, human brains adapt to experiences by making changes, your students can change by addressing these differences with purposeful teaching. During this follow-up session teachers and school leaders will explore strategies to create culturally responsive classrooms that spotlight a variety of instructional practices and methodologies that reduce the risks of school failure for students of poverty.

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AVID Focused Note-taking

Audience: All Educators

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Laura Rhodes, AVID Specialist

Course Description: This session leads educators to explore ways to apply AVID’s focused note-taking process to increase student learning. Participants will understand the link between student note-taking and the expected outcomes, ensuring that note-taking is a meaningful, integral part of the learning process.

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AVID School-wide Academic Language and Literacy

Audience: Teachers at AVID Schools

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Laura Rhodes, AVID Specialist

Course Description: Content teachers (school-wide) acquire skills and strategies to support academic language and literacy in elementary through higher education classroom settings. Participants will connect WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) with intentional language development practices and routines to strengthen listening, speaking, reading, and writing literacy for all students.

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Best of the Bunch: The 2019-2020 Texas Bluebonnet Book List Bonanza

Audience: 3rd - 6th Grade Teachers and Librarians

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Elementary Librarians (Julie Moore is contact)

Course Description: Discover the 2019-2020 Texas Bluebonnet book list and ideas for utilizing these books to increase the excitement of reading and literacy in your library or classroom. Create and gather lesson and activity ideas based on the Bluebonnet books that will help your students foster a love of reading. Learn how teachers and librarians can collaborate to use Bluebonnets to promote a school-wide reading culture.

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Book Clubs and Student Choice in the ELA Classroom

Audience: Secondary ELA Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Deidre Carlton and Megan Starkey, ELAR Teachers

Course Description: In this session, participants will discover the effectiveness of book clubs and their impact on student engagement. In addition, by viewing data, participants will understand how to create roles within the book clubs and how to pair texts among multiple genres.

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Introduction of the NEW Kindergarten ELAR/SLAR Instructional Materials

Audience: KG ELAR & SLAR Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Publisher Representatives (Alison Larence is contact)

Course Description: Participants will become familiar with the new ELAR/SLAR instructional materials for Kindergarten ELAR/SLAR with embedded handwriting and spelling components and how to implement these into their daily balanced literacy instruction. Participants will also interact with print and digital tools, instructional strategies from the student perspective, examine resources for lesson planning and differentiation, along with assessment tools to monitor progress, and explore, including managing classes, assigning work, and reporting using demo accounts. Please bring a laptop or tablet as phones are not the best technology to use in this session.

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Introduction of the NEW Grade 1 ELAR/SLAR Instructional Materials

Audience: Grade 1 ELAR & SLAR Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Publisher Representatives (Alison Larence is contact)

Course Description: Participants will become familiar with the new ELAR/SLAR instructional materials for Grade 1 ELAR/SLAR with embedded handwriting and spelling components and how to implement these into their daily balanced literacy instruction. Participants will also interact with print and digital tools, instructional strategies from the student perspective, examine resources for lesson planning and differentiation along with assessment tools to monitor progress and explore, including managing classes, assigning work, and reporting using demo accounts. Please bring a laptop or tablet as phones are not the best technology to use in this session.

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Introduction of the NEW Grade 2 ELAR/SLAR Instructional Materials

Audience: Grade 2 ELAR & SLAR Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Publisher Representatives (Alison Larence is contact)

Course Description: Participants will become familiar with the new ELAR/SLAR instructional materials for Grade 2 ELAR/SLAR with embedded handwriting and spelling components and how to implement these into their daily balanced literacy instruction. Participants will also interact with print and digital tools, instructional strategies from the student perspective, examine resources for lesson planning and differentiation, along with assessment tools to monitor progress, and explore, including managing classes, assigning work, and reporting using demo accounts. Please bring a laptop or tablet as phones are not the best technology to use in this session.

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Introduction of the NEW Grades 3-5 ELAR/SLAR Instructional Materials

Audience: Grades 3-5 ELAR & SLAR Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Publisher Representatives (Alison Larence is contact)

Course Description: Participants will become familiar with the new ELAR/SLAR instructional materials for Grade 3 - 5 ELAR/SLAR with embedded handwriting and spelling components and how to implement these into their daily balanced literacy instruction. Participants will also interact with Into Reading and ¡Arriba la Lectura! components, print and digital tools, instructional strategies from the student perspective, examine resources for lesson planning and differentiation, along with assessment tools to monitor progress, and explore Ed: Your Friend in Learning®, including managing classes, assigning work, and reporting using demo accounts. Please bring a laptop or tablet as phones are not the best technology to use in this session.

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Introduction of the NEW Grades 6-8 ELAR/SLAR Instructional Materials

Audience: Grades 6-8 ELAR & SLAR Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Publisher Representatives (Alison Larence is contact)

Course Description: Participants will become familiar with the new ELAR/SLAR instructional materials for Grades 6-8 ELAR/SLAR with embedded handwriting and spelling components and how to implement these into their daily balanced literacy instruction. Participants will also interact with Into Reading and ¡Arriba la Lectura! components, print and digital tools, instructional strategies from the student perspective, examine resources for lesson planning and differentiation, along with assessment tools to monitor progress, and explore Ed: Your Friend in Learning®, including managing classes, assigning work, and reporting using demo accounts. Please bring a laptop or tablet as phones are not the best technology to use in this session.

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Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) Intermediate 3-12 Training

Audience: 3rd - 12th Grade Teachers who use LLI

Credit Hours: 12 hours

Presenter(s): Kathy Northcutt, Heinemann (Krista McCown is contact)

Course Description: Leveled Literacy Intervention provides effective small-group instruction for students who find reading and writing difficult. With engaging leveled books, fast-paced systematically designed lessons, and a high level of built-in professional development, LLI empowers both teachers and students as together they work toward attaining reading and writing proficiency. This is a two-day training and a mandatory third day TBD in the fall.

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Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) Primary K-2 Training

Audience: KG - 2nd grade teachers who use LLI

Credit Hours: 12

Presenter(s): Kathy Northcutt, Heinemann (Krista McCown is contact)

Course Description: The groundbreaking Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) is a research-based, supplementary intervention system designed to help teachers provide powerful, daily, small-group instruction for the lowest-achieving students in the early grades. This is a two-day training and a mandatory third day TBD in the fall.

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Mentor Text Magic: Weaving Reading and Writing Together in the ELA Classroom

Audience: High School English Teachers

Credit Hours: 6

Presenter(s): Chris Drury, Secondary ELAR Instructional Specialist

Course Description: Building comprehensive reading and writing instruction creates crazy challenges, but by selecting a range of powerful texts that display strong writer's craft and giving students agency in choosing which skills to use, we can conquer that challenge. With strategies presented in this session, we will design many reading and writing activities of varying length including warm-ups, deep reading, writing notebook time, and collaborative reading and writing activities unified around strong mentor texts that we will learn to purposely select. Planning in this way can create lessons that compact and multiply our time on task in the classroom.

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Out of the Box Teaching: Making and Utilizing Digital Breakouts and Digital Resources in the Classroom

Audience: 1st - 6th Grade Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Margaret Resendez, Bebensee Librarian

Course Description: Creating collaborative lessons where students use digital resources can seem like one more thing, however, learning how to utilize Google forms and templates can successfully impact one's teaching style in a variety of ways. Planning station and small group lessons where students use eBooks and online resources in purposeful activities encourages differentiation in teaching and learning. Reason through curricular standards for your content area and compile various texts and online resources in digital escape room games to engage your students.  

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Planning for ProActive Intervention

Audience: All Educators

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): AISD Special Education Specialists (Christy Whitten is contact)

Course Description: Investigate the antecedents and consequences that impact behavior change for the better. Engage in a process for intentionally planning for behavior changes in the classroom. Construct and design strategies using a framework for intervention planning.

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POPS: PBL, Organizing, Planning, and Self-Care

Audience: Junior High ELAR Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Shamon Forbes - 8th Grade ELA Teacher at Barnett Jr. High

Course Description: This session will help teachers analyze and apply project based learning in a differentiated classroom.  It will encourage students to collaborate and critically think about questions and activities that will improve class structure and the overall learning environment.  Teachers will gain ways to blend best practices and encourage 21st century learning.

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Promoting Social Studies Discourse in the Elementary Classroom

Audience: 3rd - 6th Grade Social Studies Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): AISD Social Studies Specialists (Angela Davis Henry is contact)

Course Description: Learn strategies such as Talk, Read, Talk Write, Structured Discussions, Graffiti Vocabulary and the Bow Tie strategy to help students process social studies content.

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Promoting Social Studies Discourse in the Secondary Classroom

Audience: 7th - 12th Grade Social Studies Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): AISD Social Studies Specialists (Angela Davis Henry is contact)

Course Description: Learn strategies such as Talk, Read, Talk Write, Structured Discussions, Graffiti Vocabulary and the Bow Tie strategy to help students process social studies content.

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Selecting Culturally Responsive Texts for Reading and Writing Instruction

Audience: All Educators

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Dr. Alisha Brown, Rankin ES Instructional Coach

Course Description: In this 3 hour session, teachers will analyze research that points to the benefits of using diverse texts in reading and writing instruction and its perceived impact on all students, especially students of color. Teachers will also spend time selecting texts for the upcoming school year using their YAG.

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Teaching Readers to Notice & Note (Featured Session)

Audience: ELAR Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Kylene Beers and Robert Probst, Authors of Notice & Note: Strategies for Close Reading (Alison Larance is contact)

Course Description: ELA teachers strive to teach students to read closely and annotate text with greater insight and comprehension. The strongest readers do these things naturally, but most students need concrete strategies to delve more deeply into text. Notice & Note Signposts invite students not only into the text but also into the conversation, enabling every student to have a dialogue with the text.As students identify the Notice & Note Signposts and answer the Anchor Questions, they are using the important comprehension skills of visualizing, predicting, summarizing, clarifying, questioning, inferring, and making connections.

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The Power of Choice:  Differentiation and Engagement I’m the ELA Classroom

Audience: Secondary ELAR Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): DeWanna Carter, Bowie HS English Department Chair

Course Description: Empowering students through the vehicle of choice, participants will learn how to increase student motivation and differentiation in the ELA classroom.  Employing researched methods such as independent reading, writer's workshop, and literature circles, teachers will see how to easily create a student-centered ELA classroom while upholding the rigor and standard of the end goal and goalies: college readiness, College Board, and International Baccalaureate.

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Totally Amazing Texas 2x2 Books and More

Audience: Pre-K - 2nd Grade Teachers and Librarians

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Elementary Librarians (Julie Moore is contact)

Course Description: Discover the 2019-2020 Texas 2x2 (Age 2 to Grade 2)  book list and ideas for utilizing these books to increase the excitement of reading and literacy in your library or classroom. Create and gather lesson and activity ideas based on the 2x2  books that will help your students foster a love of reading. Learn how teachers and librarians can collaborate to use 2x2 books to promote a school-wide reading culture.

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Using Literacy and Writing Elements to Strengthen Science Understanding

Audience: KG - 12th Grade Science Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): STEMscopes Professional (Danielle Reynolds is contact)

Course Description: Experiencing hands-on learning using a constructivist approach to provide teachers a greater understanding of literacy in science. Focusing on high impact strategies, the session will also help teachers determine the “right strategy, at the right time and place, and with the right students."

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Utilizing Edgenuity to Implement Blended Learning in the Secondary Classroom

Audience: Edgenuity Lab Managers, Core Content 7th-12th Grade Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Megan Barringer, Edgenuity (Contact is Ravonne Allmon Smith)

Course Description: Learn how to create learning environments that are flexible and personalized through Edgenuity’s Learning Management System! In this session, lab managers and teachers will learn successful  strategies for online teaching environments and anticipate challenges and problems in the online and blended classrooms.

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Writing is a Three-Ring Circus!

Audience: 3rd - 4th Grade Writing Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Sarah McMurrough, Little Elementary Teacher/Cadre Member; Nikki Walls, Rankin Elementary Teacher/Cadre Member

Course Description: Teaching writing can sometimes feel like a three-ring circus when simultaneously balancing spelling and grammar, the writing process, and author's craft. Gain a strong understanding of the essential components of a writing block (grades 3 and 4). Leave with ideas and tools that will help you become a true RINGMASTER of your ELA classroom!

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You Survived the First Year … Now What?

Audience: PK - 6th Grade Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Wilma Rodriguez, teacher at  Morton ES and Tricia May, teacher at Rankin ES

Course Description: Get ready to experience an exciting hands on session for teachers new to the profession or anyone who wants a refresher on tips and tools of classroom management.  You can transform your classroom into an exciting learning environment through the practice of tested engagement strategies and various classroom management techniques that can be easily adapted and incorporated into curriculum.

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