Differentiation Sessions

Featured Sessions

Engaging Every Intelligence in Every Learner!

KaganAudience: All Educators

Credit Hours: 6

Presenter(s): Kagan Cooperative Learning

Course Description: Reach and teach all your students with different patterns of intelligence. Celebrate your students' uniqueness. Honor the diversity among them. In this workshop, you will learn about the eight different ways our students are smart, and even learn to recognize your own pattern of intelligence. But most importantly, you will learn practical and proven multiple intelligences structures you can use to engage your different learners. Provide onramps to your curriculum for your nontraditional learners using innovative MI structures your students will love. Take home practical step-by-step instructions for each structure so it is easy to create a learning environment that builds on student strengths and develops the range of intelligence for everyone. Don't miss this exciting hands-on, interactive workshop!

Dates/Times:

  • June 13th from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • August 2nd from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Fundamentals of Authentic Reading

international center for leadership in educationAudience: KG - 6th Grade Teaches, Instructional Coaches, Interventionists

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) Consultant

Course Description: This highly interactive course will help deepen participants' understanding of authentic reading in the context of balanced literacy.  At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to create the structures necessary for an authentic reading and learning culture, provide differentiated instruction to increase students' voice, resilience, and academic tenacity, integrate high-impact strategies to engage students in reading and critical thinking, design differentiated conferencing sessions to build student identities as readers and learners. Hands-on exploration and group engagement activities will be modeled and used throughout the session to capture thinking and serve as models for immediate classroom implementation.

The International Center for Leadership in Education’s mission is to challenge, inspire, and equip today’s educators - both teachers and leaders - to prepare our students for lifelong success. The International Center's daily interactions with schools throughout the country—including the nation's most rapidly improving schools—inform and help the organization continually refine the research-based strategies and best practices that the team uses to support districts, schools, and teachers across all 50 states and internationally.

Dates/Times:

  • June 13th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • June 13th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Independent Reading K-6

international center for leadership in educationAudience: KG - 6th Grade Teachers, Instructional Coaches

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) Consultant

Course Description: Effective independent reading is about getting students to think critically about their reading, apply strategies when they get stuck, and to make connections between the text and their lives.  At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to establish a common vocabulary for independent reading instruction, understand how to structure the learning environment for effective independent reading experiences, target learning strategies through mini-lessons, work time, and group reflection, and increase rigor, relevance, and relationships through independent reading.  Participants will actively engage in the structures and environments necessary for effective independent reading.

The International Center for Leadership in Education’s mission is to challenge, inspire, and equip today’s educators - both teachers and leaders - to prepare our students for lifelong success. The International Center's daily interactions with schools throughout the country—including the nation's most rapidly improving schools—inform and help the organization continually refine the research-based strategies and best practices that the team uses to support districts, schools, and teachers across all 50 states and internationally.

Dates/Times:

  • June 14th from 8:30 - 11:30 am

Independent Reading 7-12

international center for leadership in educationAudience: 7th - 12th Grade Teachers, Instructional Coaches

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) Consultant

Course Description: Effective independent reading is about getting students to think critically about their reading, apply strategies when they get stuck, and to make connections between the text and their lives.  At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to establish a common vocabulary for independent reading instruction, understand how to structure the learning environment for effective independent reading experiences, target learning strategies through mini-lessons, work time, and group reflection, and increase rigor, relevance, and relationships through independent reading.  Participants will actively engage in the structures and environments necessary for effective independent reading.

The International Center for Leadership in Education’s mission is to challenge, inspire, and equip today’s educators - both teachers and leaders - to prepare our students for lifelong success. The International Center's daily interactions with schools throughout the country—including the nation's most rapidly improving schools—inform and help the organization continually refine the research-based strategies and best practices that the team uses to support districts, schools, and teachers across all 50 states and internationally.

Dates/Times:

  • June 14th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Using Technology for Formative Assessment and Differentiation in the Elementary Classroom

Audience: Pre-K - 6th Grade Teachers

Credit Hours: 6

Presenter(s): Janet Corder, Author and former TCEA Board Member

Course Description: Teachers and students can be provided ongoing, real-time feedback utilizing many technology tools that are currently available in schools. The immediate results that can be accessed through technology devices can assist educators as they strive to improve instructional strategies and student learning in their classroom. Attendees in this session will learn some of the best instructional practices using technology to assess and differentiate instruction to meet the needs of every student. Elementary teachers, please bring an iPad to the session. If unable to bring an iPad, we'll have a few available for check out.

Janet Corder has over 30 years of experience as a classroom teacher and instructional technology coordinator in Texas public schools.  She has co-authored four books on technology integration and professional development. Janet served in various positions for TCEA Board of Directors and was awarded ISTE’s Making It Happen award given to leaders in educational technology.

Dates/Times:

  • June 13th from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Using Technology for Formative Assessment and Differentiation in the Secondary Classroom

Audience: Secondary Teachers

Credit Hours: 6

Presenter(s): Janet Corder, Author and former TCEA Board Member

Course Description: Teachers and students can be provided ongoing, real-time feedback utilizing many technology tools that are currently available in schools. The immediate results that can be accessed through technology devices can assist educators as they strive to improve instructional strategies and student learning in their classroom. Attendees in this session will learn some of the best instructional practices using technology to assess and differentiate instruction to meet the needs of every student. Secondary teachers, please bring an iPad to the session. If unable to bring an iPad, we'll have a few available for check out.

Janet Corder has over 30 years of experience as a classroom teacher and instructional technology coordinator in Texas public schools.  She has co-authored four books on technology integration and professional development. Janet served in various positions for TCEA Board of Directors and was awarded ISTE’s Making It Happen award given to leaders in educational technology.

Dates/Times:

  • June 14th from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Full-Day Sessions

Making Sense of Mathematics: An Introduction to the Van De Walle Professional Mathematics Series

Audience: KG - 8th Grade Mathematics Teachers

Credit Hours: 6

Presenter(s): Pearson Consultants

Course Description: Examine how teaching through problem-solving helps students make sense of mathematics. Participants will explore three critical features and an explicit structure to better understand how student learning becomes a natural outcome of the problem-solving process. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: Support simultaneous development of conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills. Identify instructional skills and strategies that make mathematical relationships between ideas, facts, and procedures in an intentional and public way. Support purposeful student struggle and identify common misconceptions as opportunities for student learning. Support mathematics learning for diverse student populations, including English language learners. Teachers will engage in solving and discussing problems as a student and reflect on teacher moves as it relates to problem-solving.

Dates/Times:

  • June 12th from 8:30 - 4:00 pm
  • July 31st from 8:30 - 4:00 pm

Break-Out Sessions

3-Course or 5-Course? Differentiating Science Using Menus

Audience: 6th - 12th Grade Science Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): AISD Science Department

Course Description: Today's classrooms are filled with diverse learners and it is essential that teachers address the different learning needs of all students. Instructional learning menus are tools that can be used to create a differentiated student-centered learning environment based on choice. During this session, attendees will explore ideas for differentiating instruction through choice along with specific guidelines and resources to create technology embedded learning menus. After completion of the session, participants will have a science learning menu that can be utilized the first six weeks of class and the necessary resources to design a choice board or menu activity that is differentiated by product, interest or readiness.

Dates/Times:

  • August 2nd from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

4th Grade GT Collaborative Teaching and Portfolios (GT Update)

Audience: 4th Grade GT Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): GT Lead Teachers

Course Description: Co-Teaching involves careful planning, communication and implementation.  Participants will acquire strategies for co-planning, documenting progress with students and ensuring collaboration between the GT Cluster Teacher and the GT Lead Teacher.  Teachers will share strategies for successful GT portfolio implementation in the 4th grade classroom. In addition, educators will examine multiple pathways to implement differentiated instruction to have a various samples of authentic work to include in the student portfolio. This is for new GT 4th grade cluster teachers who have not taken any GT Co-teaching or GT portfolio update courses

Dates/Times:

  • June 13th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • August 1st from 8:30 - 11:30 am

Academic Success for Students of Poverty, Part I

Audience: K-12 Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

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

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 leadership and educators can take to support all students with an environment of acceptance and excellence.

Dates/Times:

  • June 12th from 8:30 - 11:30am
  • June 12th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • June 13th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • July 31st from 8:30 -11:30 am
  • July 31st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

An Inside Look at Fonética y Gramática and Cross-linguistic Transfer in the K-2 Bilingual Classroom

Audience: KG - 2nd Grade Bilingual Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): AISD World Languages Department

Course Description: Teachers will receive and in depth look at Benchmark Fonética y Gramática and English/Spanish Sound Spelling Transfer resources which will be embedded into the new K-2 curriculum.  Upon conclusion of this session, participants will be able to utilize these resources to plan for language arts and reading instruction. Participants will explore using these tools to introduce, teach, practice, and apply literacy concepts to promote biliteracy.

Dates/Times:

  • June 14th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • June 14th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • August 1st from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • August 1st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Blast Off with the Texas Bluebonnet Reading List

Audience: 3rd - 6th Grade Teachers and Librarians

Credit Hours: 3 - 4*

Presenter(s): Lesley Cano, AISD Library Media Services

Course Description:

Join us as we show how to launch reading for students in grades 3-6 with the Texas Bluebonnet Reading list. Participants will engage in hands-on activities that show how the Bluebonnet books can be utilized to build reading excitement for students, regardless of reading level. Participants will explore intentional examples of differentiated activities and will have dedicated planning time during this session to collaborate and plan lessons to increase participation in Bluebonnet voting and to get a head start on the new school year. This is a great session for 3-6 teachers and school librarians to attend together for the ultimate collaboration between the classroom and library.  

Participants should bring a district-issued mobile device as this session will utilize an online Canvas course as part of a blended learning opportunity. *The face-to-face session is 3 hours long. Participants may earn 1 additional hour of continuous learning credit by completing and uploading evidence of additional learning/application after the session.

Dates/Times:

  • August 1st from 8:30 - 11:30 am

Cultivating a Positive Classroom Culture

Audience: KG - 12th Grade Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Cheryl Boyland, Angela Hernandez, Lili McEntire, Eric Zeissig, Jerod Reeves, AISD OSBSS

Course Description: How does culture IMPACT your classroom? Research shows that the culture of a classroom is a significant component to ensure a safe learning environment for all students. Through this learning opportunity, participants will gain ways to incorporate substantive, descriptive feedback based on the student strengths, background knowledge, life experiences, and skills. Consultative and approachable (i.e., coach, mentor, model, guide) practice will be discussed to achieve academic and social emotional success with students. An emphasis of supportive language amongst classroom stakeholders (student-to-student, student-to-teacher, teacher-to-student, teacher-to-teacher) will be highlighted.

Dates/Times:

  • June 12th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • June 13th from 8:30 - 11:30 pm
  • June 14th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Developing Critical Thinking Skills with Differentiation (GT Update)

Audience: Pre-AP, AP, IB Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Jeanne Maxwell, AISD Advanced Academics Department

Course Description: This intermediate session will explore how various questioning strategies can help advanced learners think critically and synthesize content at a sophisticated level.  Participants will engage in activities to develop a variety of ways to use questions for instruction. Additionally, time will be spent learning how students can also use questioning techniques to support their learning.

Dates/Times:

  • June 12th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • July 31st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Developing Critical Thinking Skills with Differentiation: Putting Thinking Skills to Use in the Classroom (GT Update)

Audience: Pre-AP, AP, IB Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Jeanne Maxwell, AISD Advanced Academics Department

Course Description: This intermediate session will focus on developing thinking skills with a variety of strategies, including Reverse Problem Brainstorming. Participants will learn how teaching thinking skills allows students to access and synthesize content at a deeper level.

Dates/Times:

  • June 13th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • August 1st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Developing Critical Thinking Skills with Differentiation: Structured Conversations (GT Update)

Audience: Pre-AP, AP, IB Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Jeanne Maxwell, AISD Advanced Academics Department

Course Description:

This intermediate session will focus on the power of conversation to process and synthesize content. Participants will explore a variety of techniques that help students think critically about content through structured conversations.  

Dates/Times:

  • June 13th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • August 1st from 8:30 - 11:30 am

Differentiation by Design (GT Update)

Audience: Elementary GT Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Advanced Academics Instructional Specialist

Course Description: Whether you’re looking for a complete re-model or some inspiration for your upcoming school year transformation, AGTV (Arlington Gifted and Talented Visionaries*) has you covered.  Even if you’re designing your differentiation for gifted learners on a dime, let us help you establish Good Bones so that the instruction is a perhaps flipped, but not a flop. Participants will reveal their dreams of differentiated instruction and take part in designing differentiated lessons for various profiles of gifted learners. Intentional design, feedback and self-reflection will help make their dreams a reality.

Dates/Times:

  • June 13th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • June 14th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • July 31st from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • August 1st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • August 2nd from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Field Trip: NAILED IT!

Audience: All Teachers and School Leadership

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Krista McCown, AISD State and Federal Programs Department

Course Description: Looking for ways to give your students better field trip learning experiences than lunch and the gift shop? Let us help you plan for a meaningful educational experience and develop clear learning objectives for your field trip.Upon conclusion of this session, participants will be able to plan before, during, and after the trip learning activities. Participants will experience a virtual field trip using the planning process.

Dates/Times:

  • June 14th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • August 1st from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • August 2nd from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Foldables for Pre-K Students

Audience: Pre-K Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Rhonda Greer, AISD Elementary Educational Operations

Course Description: Teachers will have the opportunity to learn different foldable techniques for Pre-K students. This is a hands-on training that will include strategies for math, science, language arts, and fine arts.

Dates/Times:

  • June 12th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • July 31st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Grading for Students with IEPs

Audience: All General and Special Education Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Education Service Center 11 Specialists

Course Description: It’s report card time! What does the grade for the student with an IEP truly represent? Participants will explore and learn strategies on how to evaluate academic performance for students receiving special education services. Participants will learn about the difference between grading academic content vs. reporting progress on IEP goals.

Dates/Times:

  • June 13th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • June 13th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • August 2nd from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • August 2nd from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

GT Literature Circles, Grades 2-4 (GT Update)

Audience: 2nd - 4th Grade GT Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): TBD

Course Description: Participants will explore the GT Literature Circle resources and learn how to facilitate GT literature circles in the classroom for gifted language arts students.  Participants will engage in and practice critical thinking, create high-level questions and encourage comprehension skills through collaboration and Socratic Seminar style discussion.  Participants will also create a choice board, and evaluate a rubric to encourage rigor and relevance and successful literature circle implementation.

Dates/Times:

  • June 12th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • June 12th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • July 31st from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • July 31st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Harnessing the Power of the Texas 2x2 Reading List

Audience: PK - 2nd Grade Teachers and Librarians

Credit Hours: 3 - 4*

Presenter(s): Lesley Cano, AISD Library Media Services

Course Description: Research shows the importance of engaging young learners with high quality literature to get them excited about reading and to build a love of lifelong reading and learning.

Using the Texas 2x2 list, participants will engage in hands-on activities that can be used to empower and excite students in K-2 about reading, regardless of their reading ability. Participants will explore intentional examples of differentiated activities and will have dedicated planning time during this session to collaborate and plan lessons to get a head start on the new school year. This is a great session for K-2 teachers and school librarians to attend together for the ultimate collaboration between the classroom and library.

Participants will need to bring a district-issued mobile device as this session will utilizing an online Canvas course as part of a blended learning opportunity. *The face-to-face session is 3 hours long. Participants may earn 1 additional hour of continuous learning credit by completing and uploading evidence of additional learning/application after the session.

Dates/Times:

  • August 1st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Integration of Fine Arts and General Education: A New Look at the Magic of Learning

Audience: Elementary Fine Arts and General Ed Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Fine Arts/ Dual Language Academy Teachers

Course Description: Integration of the Arts into General Ed subjects is an excellent means of differentiation because it taps into different parts of the brain, different interests and abilities, and uses varied forms of learning/Multiple Intelligences.  Upon conclusion of this session, participants will be able to identify similarities between the Arts and General Ed subjects and merge both into an integrated lesson. Participants will experience integration, first as students, then as teacher-collaborators planning further integrated lessons.

Dates/Times:

  • June 14th from 8:30 - 11:30 am

K-3 Cluster Collaborative Teaching and Portfolios (GT Update)

Audience: KG - 3rd Grade GT Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): GT Lead Teachers

Course Description:

Co-Teaching involves careful planning, communication and implementation.  Participants will acquire strategies for co-planning, documenting progress with students and ensuring collaboration between the GT Cluster Teacher and the GT Lead Teacher.  Teachers will share strategies for successful GT portfolio implementation in the 4th grade classroom.  In addition, educators will examine multiple pathways to implement differentiated instruction to have a various samples of authentic work to include in the student portfolio. This session includes the following sessions:  'GT' and Co-Teach? Yes I Can!, Co-Teaching and Co-Planning for GT Cluster Teachers, Power of Portfolios and Using Portfolios to Identify.

Dates/Times:

  • June 13th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • August 1st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Kurzweil Writing Accessibility for ALL

Audience: 3rd - 7th Grade Teachers

Credit Hours: 3 - 4*

Presenter(s): AISD Educational Support Services

Course Description:

This session is open to educators who have knowledge and experience using Kurzweil’s Text to Speech Accessibility program. Upon conclusion of this session, participants will be able to plan and incorporate the use of Kurzweil into their daily lesson plans for writing across the curriculum. Participants will experience the process first as a student, then reflect on how to utilize the tool into their daily lesson plans to support differentiated lessons.

Recommended to bring your own technology with Kurzweil downloaded, if possible.*The face-to-face session is 3 hours long. Participants may earn 1 additional hour of continuous learning credit by completing and uploading evidence of additional learning/application after the session.

Dates/Times:

  • June 12th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • June 12th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • June 13th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • June 13th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • June 14th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • June 14th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • July 31st from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • July 31st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • August 1st from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • August 1st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • August 2nd from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • August 2nd from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Kurzweil for Writing Too?

Audience: 2nd - 12th grade teachers who have utilized Kurzweil previously

Credit Hours: 3 - 4*

Presenter(s): Amy Cunningham, AISD Educational Support Services and Kurzweil Representative

Course Description: Upon conclusion of this session, participants will be able to plan and incorporate the use of Kurzweil into their daily lesson plans for writing across the curriculum. Participants will experience the process first as a student, then reflect on how to utilize the tool into their daily lesson plans to support differentiated lessons. Bring your own technology, if possible.

*The face-to-face session is 3 hours long. Participants may earn 1 additional hour of continuous learning credit by completing and uploading evidence of additional learning/application after the session.

Dates/Times:

  • June 12th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • June 12th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • June 13th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • June 13th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • June 14th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • June 14th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • July 31st from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • July 31st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • August 1st from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • August 1st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • August 2nd from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • August 2nd from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Let It Go! Giving Students Choice Using Technology

Audience: All Educators

Credit Hours: 3 - 4*

Presenter(s): AISD Secondary Instructional Technology Specialists

Course Description: Giving students choice in the creation of products to demonstrate mastery maximizes learning by increasing student effort, performance, subsequent learning, and engagement. This type of differentiation by product draws on different student strengths, abilities, and interests. After completion of this session, participants will be able to design and assess differentiated lessons which allow for student choice in creation of learning artifacts, including technology-integrated products. Using blended strategies such as online discussions and assignments, participants will explore tools and methods for differentiation, then plan lessons to utilize in their classes.

*The face-to-face session is 3 hours long. Participants may earn 1 additional hour of continuous learning credit by completing and uploading evidence of additional learning/application after the session.

Dates/Times:

  • June 13th from 8:30 - 11:30 am

Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About

Audience: 7th - 12th Grade Teachers of ELL Students

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Cindy Brennan and Jeff Cowman, AISD World Languages Department

Course Description: ELL students benefit from having academic conversations about content. Upon conclusion of this session, participants will be able to plan and facilitate opportunities for robust interactions to support ELL's acquisition of academic vocabulary. This highly interactive experience will allow teachers to participate as students, then learn how to support the students as the teacher.

Dates/Times:

  • June 12th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • July 31st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Managing an Early Childhood Classroom

Audience: Pre-K Teachers

Credit Hours: 3 - 5*

Presenter(s): Ashley Auces, AISD Pre-K Teacher

Course Description:

Help students develop literacy and language skills through research-based, student-centered vocabulary.

*The face-to-face session is 3 hours long. Participants may earn 2 additional hours of continuous learning credit by completing and uploading evidence of additional learning/application after the session.

Dates/Times:

  • June 14th from 8:30 - 11:30 am

Maximizing Learning and Engagement through Differentiation (GT Update)

Audience: Pre-AP, AP, IB Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Jeanne Maxwell, AISD Advanced Academics Department

Course Description: This introductory session focuses on the advanced learner and answers the questions- “What is differentiation?”, “Why should I differentiate instruction?”, and “How do I plan for differentiation?”  Participants will engage in activities that help them to develop an understanding of differentiation and how to implement some high impact differentiation strategies such as flexible grouping, tiered assignments, and choice.

Dates/Times:

  • June 12th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • June 14th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • June 14th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • July 31st from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • August 2nd from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • August 2nd from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Maximizing Makerspaces and the Maker Movement

Audience: All Educators

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Julie Moore, AISD Library Media Services

Course Description: Makerspaces are popping up all over the nation as well as in many of our AISD libraries. They offer students an opportunity to direct their own learning by exploring, creating, and collaborating in all content areas. Come explore and learn in our Summer Impact Makerspace where you will have hands-on experiences at 20 + stations with activities and tools that interest your students (and you). This experience will provide participants an opportunity to enrich their instruction, and give ideas for their classroom or a library partnership.

No prior experience is necessary, but participants are asked to bring an AISD issued iPad or another mobile device to the session.

Dates/Times:

  • July 31st from 8:30 - 11:30 am

My Literacy Backpack: Best Practices to Ensure Student Learning in Today’s ELA Classroom (KG - 5th)

Audience: 6th - 8th Grade ELA Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Interventionists

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Pearson Consultant

Course Description: Today’s ELA classroom faces challenges like never before. Teachers must address the rigor of the new TEKS standards and assessments. Next generation students are expectant and accustomed to the fast pacing of this digital age, the ability to stay connected socially twenty-four hours a day, and answers at their fingertips. At the end of this interactive session, participants will be able to identify and and utilize best classroom practices that foster student independence and collaboration, and provide opportunities for differentiated instruction to maximize individual student growth in today's ELA classroom.

Dates/Times:

  • June 12th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • June 12th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • June 13th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • June 13th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

My Literacy Backpack: Best Practices to Ensure Student Learning in Today’s ELA Classroom (6th - 8th)

Audience: 6th - 8th Grade ELA Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Interventionists

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Pearson Consultant

Course Description: Today’s ELA classroom faces challenges like never before. Teachers must address the rigor of the new TEKS standards and assessments. Next generation students are expectant and accustomed to the fast pacing of this digital age, the ability to stay connected socially twenty-four hours a day, and answers at their fingertips. At the end of this interactive session, participants will be able to identify and and utilize best classroom practices that foster student independence and collaboration, and provide opportunities for differentiated instruction to maximize individual student growth in today's ELA classroom.

Dates/Times:

  • June 12th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • June 12th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Optimal Stress for Learning

Audience: K-12 Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Cameron Torok, AISD Instructional Coach

Course Description: We will be learning about how to achieve optimal levels of stress in students, which varies for different tasks and situations.  By the end, you'll be able to look at a situation, or piece of a lesson and determine the optimum level of stress for the students, and how to achieve that level.  You will leave with multiple ways to apply this (techniques, games etc.) in your class some with minimal-to-no prep needed.

Dates/Times:

  • June 14th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • August 1st from 8:30 - 11:30 am

Pre-K Curriculum Overview

Audience: Pre-K Teachers, Campus Administrators

Credit Hours: 3 - 5*

Presenter(s): Samantha West, AISD Pre-K Teacher

Course Description: Participants will engage in understanding how new Pre-K materials align with the curriculum. They will also explore examples of how to scaffold curriculum to all levels of learners.

*The face-to-face session is 3 hours long. Participants may earn 2 additional hours of continuous learning credit by completing and uploading evidence of additional learning/application after the session.

Dates/Times:

  • June 13th from 8:30 - 11:30 am

Pre-K Science

Audience: Pre-K Teachers

Credit Hours: 3 - 5*

Presenter(s): Georgianna Hicks, AISD Pre-K Teacher

Course Description: Teachers will review curriculum and materials needed for lessons.  Hand-on Activities.

*The face-to-face session is 3 hours long. Participants may earn 2 additional hours of continuous learning credit by completing and uploading evidence of additional learning/application after the session.

Dates/Times:

  • August 1st from 8:30 - 11:30 am

Renzulli Learning: Introduction and Exploration, Part I (GT Update)

Audience: 3rd - 6th Grade GT Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): GT Lead Teacher

Course Description: Renzulli Learning is a online differentiation tool for GT learners in grades 3-6.  In this course for elementary GT Teachers, learners will complete a learning profile, and explore the differentiated resources and activities based on the students' individual profiles.  Teachers will learn how to create differentiated assignments for GT students based on the learner profile, as well as the standards. Participants are asked to bring their own technology- fully charged.

Dates/Times:

  • June 14th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • June 14th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • August 2nd from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • August 2nd from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Renzulli Learning: Digging Deeper and Climbing Higher, Part II (GT Update)

Audience: 3rd - 6th Grade GT Teachers

Credit Hours:

Presenter(s): GT Lead Teacher

Course Description: Renzulli Learning is an online differentiation tool for GT learners in grades 3-6.  Learners will reflect on past usage of the Renzulli Learning system and consider how to utilize the system with more intention for differentiated GT project based learning.  Participants will explore and practice using the Renzulli Learning system to implement the Texas Performance Standards Projects. Learners will also create their own project based learning task and share the task with the other participants using the critical friends protocol. Participants are asked to bring their own technology- fully charged. Pre-requisite: Participants should have taken Part 1 of either GoQuest or Renzulli Learning: Introduction and Exploration before taking this course.  This course encompasses both sessions of Part 2.

Dates/Times:

  • June 12th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • June 12th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • July 31st from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • July 31st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Robotics and Coding in the Classroom

Audience: KG - 12 Classroom and GT Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Levianne Mirabelli, Susan Anderson, AISD Instructional Technology Department

Course Description: Students who use Robotics and Coding as building blocks use critical thinking to construct innovative applications, products, and inventions preparing them for the 21st Century marketplace. Participants will discover how robotics and coding support Technology TEKS and integrate with the curriculum giving students opportunities to problem solve and innovate. Participants will experience robotics and coding in a hands-on environment as a student and then plan how they could use coding and robotics to innovate in the curriculum raising the level of rigor.

Dates/Times:

  • August 1st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

The Engaged Social Studies Classroom

Audience: KG - 12 Social Studies Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): s3Strategies

Course Description: Don’t let student engagement be a choice in your classroom! At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to effectively manage time as they differentiate instruction to challenge students and support higher-ordered thinking everyday. Participants will experience a variety of reading, writing, and assessment strategies to use when planning their instruction to maximize theirs and their students’ efforts.

Dates/Times:

  • June 12th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • June 13th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • June 14th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

The T-TESS & Blended Learning Connection for Admins

Audience: Campus Administrators

Credit Hours: 3 - 4*

Presenter(s): Steve Simpson, AISD Instructional Technology Department

Course Description: In this blended learning session, campus leaders working to grow and develop teachers' abilities to effectively plan and deliver differentiated learning experiences will investigate how blended learning supports student-centered learning and how to coach and monitor its implementation via the T-TESS framework. Participants will leave the session prepared to engage teachers in purposeful conversation around blended learning strategies and BL's potential for delivering regular opportunities for student centered and differentiated learning opportunities. Additionally, leaders will practice utilizing coaching structures in the pre-, post-, and informal T-TESS conference scenarios.

*The face-to-face session is 3 hours long. Participants may earn 1 additional hour of continuous learning credit by completing and uploading evidence of additional learning/application after the session.

Dates/Times:

  • June 13th from 8:30 am - 11:30 am
  • August 1st from 8:30 am - 11:30 am

The T-TESS and Blended Learning Connection for Teachers

Audience: KG - 12th Grade Teachers Using Canvas with Students

Credit Hours:  3 - 4*

Presenter(s): Steve Simpson, AISD Instructional Technology Department

Course Description: In this blended learning session, K-12 teachers working to consistently provide student-centered and differentiated learning experiences via blended learning opportunities will investigate the correlations between BL and the T-TESS framework. Participants will leave the session prepared to engage their T-TESS appraisers in purposeful conversation around blended learning strategies and the impact that BL is having on student learning in the classroom. Additionally, teachers will practice articulating these correlations in pre-, post-, and informal T-TESS conference scenarios.

*The face-to-face session is 3 hours long. Participants may earn 1 additional hour of continuous learning credit by completing and uploading evidence of additional learning/application after the session.

Dates/Times:

  • June 13th from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 1st from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Tiered Vocabulary in the Science Classroom

Audience: 7th - 12th Grade Science Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Dr. Isabelle Williams, AISD Science Department

Course Description: Participants will receive an overview of Tiered Vocabulary: what is it and what it is not. This workshop is designed to help participants understand the importance of using a high level vocabulary in the classroom. This session is based on the analyzation of the STAAR/EOC tests vocabulary level for the past 4 years. Participants will be able to start planning strategies to increase the level of vocabulary in the classroom, and to engage all learners in the process.

Dates/Times:

  • June 12th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • June 12th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Using Technology for Small Group Instruction in the K-2 Classroom

Audience: KG - 2nd Grade Teachers

Credit Hours:  3 - 4*

Presenter(s): Deann Thompson, Gaby Krumm, Levianne Mirabelli, Lori Heaton, AISD Instructional Technology Department

Course Description: Come learn how to use technology to enhance and manage your small groups! K-2 teachers will learn how to use the SeeSaw platform to effectively evaluate that all groups and students are on-task, learning, and communicating with their teachers in a small group setting. During this session participants will learn how technology can be used to master core and technology application TEKS to create an environment where students take an active role in their own learning! Participants will experience SeeSaw as a student, set up their teacher accounts, and start creating activities for the new school year. Please bring lesson ideas and/or materials for the first six weeks of school! Also, bring your laptop if possible.

*The face-to-face session is 3 hours long. Participants may earn 1 additional hour of continuous learning credit by completing and uploading evidence of additional learning/application after the session.

Dates/Times:

  • June 12th from 8:30 am - 11:30 am
  • July 31st from 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Using Technology for Small Group Instruction in the 3-6 Classroom

Audience: 3rd - 6th Grade Teachers

Credit Hours:  3 - 4*

Presenter(s):  Deann Thompson, Gaby Krumm, Levianne Mirabelli, Lori Heaton, AISD Instructional Technology Department

Course Description: Come learn how to use technology to enhance and manage your small groups! 3rd - 6th grade teachers will learn how to use the Canvas platform to effectively evaluate that all groups and students are on-task, learning, and communicating with their teachers in a small group setting. During this session participants will learn how technology can be used to master core and technology application TEKS to create an environment where students take an active role in their own learning! Participants will experience Canvas as a student, and start creating activities for the new school year. Please bring lesson ideas and/or materials for the first six weeks of school!

Dates/Times:

  • June 12th from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 31st from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Writing a little, a lot! - Literacy in Social Studies

Audience: KG - 12 Social Studies Teachers

Credit Hours:  3

Presenter(s):  s3Strategies

Course Description: Students need to write in social studies – early and often!  Elevate rigor for your students with a variety of easily implemented writing strategies! At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to implement writing strategies that will engage students with meaningful opportunities to make authentic writing an extension of thinking. Participants will experience the writing strategies as a learner, then reflect on ways to effectively implement these strategies.

Dates/Times:

  • June 12th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • June 13th from 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • June 14th from 8:30 - 11:30 am

Online Sessions

Differentiation Techniques and Basics

Audience: All Educators

Credit Hours:  3

Presenter(s):  Hoonuit Online Learning

Course Description: In this learning module, you will delve into some of the research on differentiation and will be able to take some tried and true differentiation strategies straight into your classroom. This module gives you the tools you need to analyze the various aspects of your pedagogy that can be differentiated and give you insights in how to meet the needs of the diverse learners in your classroom.

By the end of this learning module, the learner will be able to:

  • Define differentiation and explain the theory and mindset behind it.
  • Explain multiple ways to differentiate the content, process and products in your classroom.
  • Evaluate and implement your own differentiation techniques.

Follow the link below to begin your learning https://learnit.hoonuit.com/5564/learnit . Log in with your typical AISD login information. Upon completion of the course download your certificate then upload it to Eduphoria for exchange time credit review.

Dates/Times:

  • June 12th - August 2nd