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November 6-8, 2019 * Gillette, Wyoming

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Innovative Practices in Teaching and Learning [clear filter]
Wednesday, November 6
 

2:30pm MST

Continuing the Inquiry Conversation
Stay with Diana to continue the conversation about inquiry based educational approaches. This will be a time to share ideas, ask questions and dig further into the ideas that were introduced in the opening keynote. More examples, more practical suggestions and more questions will be the focus of this time.  

Session materials available at:
bit.ly/WYInnovations

Speakers
avatar for Diana Laufenberg

Diana Laufenberg

Inquiry Schools
A farm kid from Wisconsin, Diana Laufenberg has taught all grade levels from 7-12 in Social Studies. Laufenberg most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy (SLA). For the past two decades Diana has been a secondary social studies teacher in Wisconsin, Kansas, Arizona and Pennsylvania. She most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on modern learning. Her... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm MST
Castle Gardens

3:30pm MST

Engage Students With Digital Escape Rooms
In this hands-on session, attendees will first experience a digital escape room. Then, attendees will learn how to create a digital escape room that they can use in their own classrooms, as well as some ideas for implementation.

Upon completion of this session attendees will be able to:
1. Identify a lesson to use with a digital escape room.
2. Create a digital escape room.
3. Experience a digital escape room, just as students would experience it in the classroom.

Speakers
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Jaime Basham

Jaime Basham is a high school Spanish teacher who enthusiastically incorporates humor and authentic realia in her classes. Jaime is currently teaching at Lander Valley High School. She has served on the revision committee for the Wyoming World Language Standards and has revised curriculum... Read More →
avatar for Liisaan Cooper

Liisaan Cooper

English Teacher, Campbell County School District
Liisaan Cooper, a high school English teacher at Campbell County High School from Gillette, Wyoming, is a teacher leader who is constantly on the lookout for new tools and strategies to engage her students in learning.  Her goals of developing literacy have been dramatically increased... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm MST
Old Faithful

3:30pm MST

Learning Visually
Visuals work in the classroom because they grab students and allow an entry point to learning — and because they sum up pages and pages, even chapters, of information that would take a reader hours to process. Interactive info graphics and data visualizations make kids want to immediately start clicking around to see what’s what. Info graphics and data visualization are not just for consumption though, teachers and students can also challenge the learning process by creating original graphics for themselves. Join Diana in a resource and example rich session to discuss the potential for learning visually in the classroom.

Session materials available at:
bit.ly/WYInnovations

Speakers
avatar for Diana Laufenberg

Diana Laufenberg

Inquiry Schools
A farm kid from Wisconsin, Diana Laufenberg has taught all grade levels from 7-12 in Social Studies. Laufenberg most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy (SLA). For the past two decades Diana has been a secondary social studies teacher in Wisconsin, Kansas, Arizona and Pennsylvania. She most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on modern learning. Her... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm MST
Castle Gardens

4:30pm MST

Beyond the 3: Excelling in Standards-Based Grading
Attendees will explore a novel approach for science assessment in a standards-based learning environment. In this hands-on session we will conduct a short lab (absorption of energy by plant pigment) and discuss results. Following completion of the primary lab, attendees will brainstorm with other “students” and propose questions raised by the lab. Attendees will then use these questions as a base from which to further explore photosynthesis. Materials will be available for attendees to then design and conduct a new experiment to address their questions, applying the skills they have just learned. This structure provides scaffolding for open inquiry learning. This is the technique currently used by our Science Department for differentiating instruction for students, and providing students a format to go above and beyond to attain a score of a 4.

Upon completion of this session attendees will have a new understanding of the benefits of standards based grading, which is focused both on students attaining proficiency in a standard, as well as enabling a more advanced student the opportunity to truly go above and beyond and be challenged in a way they may have never been challenged before. Attendees will have explored from the perspective of a student what it takes to get a 4 using a student-centered learning approach. Lastly, attendees will have a lesson plan that they can use in their classroom.

Speakers
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Claudia Troxel

Claudia Troxel has been teaching High School Science for the past 5 years, and currently teaches Biology, Chemistry I, and Dual Credit Chemistry II.  Prior to teaching, Mrs. Troxel had a professional career as a Toxicologist for 18 years. She received her degrees in Biochemistry... Read More →
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Richard Atnip

Richard Atnip has over 20 years of experience in public school system. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Chadron State College, in Secondary Education with a field endorsement in Biology, and a Master’s degree from Walden University in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm MST
Devils Tower

4:30pm MST

Growing Good Digital Citizens
In a world increasingly filled with information of dubious quality, digital citizenship is a skill we should be adding to all areas of education. There is a vast amount of information available at our fingertips, but very few people have the skills to wade through it and be a good digital citizens. This interactive presentation will demonstrate ways to integrate information evaluation skills into your activities and curricula. The activities can be scaled for K-12, college, and beyond.

At the end of this session, attendees will:
1. Understand the importance of including digital citizenship skills into their curricula.
2. Have tools to use to engage students in digital citizenship.
3. Evaluate information based on the concepts of authority, audience, credibility, and intent.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Boule

Michelle Boule

Michelle Boule is a geek, author, and librarian from Houston, TX. Michelle is passionate about the power of people and information to save the world. She has created online learning environments, taught in-person classes, presented on a wide variety of technology and training subjects... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm MST
Boars Tusk
 
Thursday, November 7
 

8:00am MST

ABCs of STEM
This fast-paced, high energy session will introduce attendees to 26 STEM tools, resources, and concepts. Participants will see how two STEM/Technology facilitators incorporate apps, robots, websites, and 21st century best practices in their STEM labs and how they encourage teachers in their buildings to use the same tools.

1. Select STEM & technology resources that best match their educational goals.
2. Transform current lessons to STEM lessons using the resources presented.
3. Inspire creativity by introducing students to a variety of engaging tools.

Speakers
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Heather Gibson

Heather Gibson is an experienced technology facilitator for the Campbell County School District.  She has taught 3rd grade, 4th grade, K-6 technology and currently K-6 STEM.  Heather has been teaching for over 15 years.  She was named STEM Teacher of the Year for the state of Wyoming... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am MST
Old Faithful

8:00am MST

GIS in Your Classroom: Incorporate Mapping Activities with a Free Platform and Ready Made Lesson Plans
ArcGIS Online is a cloud-based mapping program freely available to all Wyoming K12 schools. GIS is a proven method to help students gain 21st century technical skills for further education or employment. It provides the background knowledge and analytic skills for tackling local and global challenges. Learn ways to incorporate this free ArcGIS Online School account into your classroom. We will explore lesson plans provided by ArcGIS, plans created by other Wyoming educators and more. Bring a laptop to participate in this interactive session.

1. Sign-up for and set-up a free ArcGIS Organizational account for their school
2. Identify lesson plans that they can use with their students
3. Identify other learning opportunities to use ArcGIS with their learners, including storymap creations

For session material click here.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Erickson

Julie Erickson

Julie Erickson is a Learning Specialist at TIE. She has over twenty years of library experience. She spent nine years as an Electronic Services Coordinator for the South Dakota State Library working with school, public and academic librarians. She currently spends her time working... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am MST
Vedauwoo

9:00am MST

Leading Innovation Strategies for Today's School Leaders
Leadership for today’s school requires innovative thinking and examination of ourselves and our leadership strengths. In this session we will discuss leadership mindsets and strategies to help manage the unique stressors that today’s leaders face. Participants will explore creative ideas that will help you grow as an innovative leader with strategies you can immediately take back and use with your staff or team.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Magnum

Nancy Magnum

Founding Partner, Leading EDge Learning
Nancy Mangum is the Associate Director of Professional Learning for the Friday Institute at NC State University. In this role she has provided extensive, customized professional development for teachers and administrators across the country and frequently presents at national conferences... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Vedauwoo

9:00am MST

Phenomenon-based Storyline Science Learning in a Wyoming Context
Come join us in learning about shifts in science teaching and learning! Since the adoption of Wyoming’s new science standards in 2016, teachers are being asked to re-evaluate what science teaching and learning looks like, sounds like, and feels like. In providing professional development for in-service and pre-service teachers, we have found success in the use of natural phenomena, or observable events, alongside reflective practice as a strategy of introducing/framing units, creating more engagement and buy-in from students. The use of this strategy leads to student questions, which are used to drive the instruction. As a result, students experience higher levels of engagement and connection in the instructional units. Participants will spend the session engaging in this practice with the facilitators, focused specifically on Wyoming-centric phenomena.

Upon completion of this session, participants will have gained personal understanding regarding:
1. Phenomena-based instruction
2. Place-based (Wyoming-centric) instruction within science teaching
3. Fundamental ways that science teaching and learning is changing in light of the new science standards

Speakers
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Martha Inouye

Dr. Ana Houseal and Martha Inouye have worked extensively with school districts, science teachers, and administrators around the state of Wyoming for the last seven and four years, respectively. Throughout this time, they have developed a wealth of strategies and tools to assist science... Read More →
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Clare Gunshenan

Clare Gunshenan brings a wealth of knowledge from her outdoor education experience to this team. Clare joined Ana and Martha during the 2018-19 school year and continues to build and refine her knowledge as she collaborates on teacher PD in Wyoming. 


Thursday November 7, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Old Faithful

10:00am MST

21st Century Learning for the Poverty Mind
Tired of struggling how to 'reach' the students who seem to be unreachable? Research shows our students of poverty process, retain and express information differently than those that do not live in poverty. Attendees will delve into the findings surrounding the poverty mindset in order to replicate and modify learned strategies to build relationships with students of poverty, increase comprehension, raise student success and decrease discipline referrals. This workshop will be hands-on where participants will experience and practice many of the applications taught. Educators will also collaborate with others in the room to share ideas for implementation and execution. We must not punish or condemn our children which possess a poverty mindset, we must educate them to provide a way out of it for them.

Attendees will be able to identify the 9 Resouces essential for identifying the poverty mindset and the role each plays in establishing growth.
Attendees will understand the 10 actions and how to address student growth, emotionally, physically and mentally.
Attendees will possess real world, practical application strategies they can implement immediately into the classroom regardless of grade level or learning ability.

Speakers
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Jennifer Nehl

Jennifer Nehl is a passionate educator of 26 years. She has taught in the classroom at all grade levels, has held 2 principalships spanning Pk-12 and has worked at as Learning Specialist providing training for schools and school districts across the nation for 12 years. She currently... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am MST
Boars Tusk

10:00am MST

Data Literacy in the Real World
Data is everywhere—the numbers and information that is collected, analyzed and used to determine what ads pop-up in your Facebook, where to build a new business, and more! Data literacy is critical—being able to read and write effectively with data will help as you work with students, patrons and in your personal life. This interactive session will explore data conversations, real life examples and more. Bring your device to follow along!

1. Recognize the role that data plays in today's world
2. Identify the skills necessary to read and write effectively with data
3. Discuss the implications of data literacy among multiple perspectives like data privacy, personal data management and Big Data

For session material click here.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Erickson

Julie Erickson

Julie Erickson is a Learning Specialist at TIE. She has over twenty years of library experience. She spent nine years as an Electronic Services Coordinator for the South Dakota State Library working with school, public and academic librarians. She currently spends her time working... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am MST
Old Faithful

10:00am MST

Transforming from Traditional to Personalized
Upton High School has been working through the movement to personalized learning. Hear the story of the move from an administrator, teacher, student, and graduate perspective. We'll share the successes, the challenges, and the future plans.

Avoid some pitfalls in making the change. Identify positive reasons for making the change. Understand the possibilities of personalized learning.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Crawford

Linda Crawford

Linda Crawford, MA Ed is finishing up her doctorate in Educational Administration. Prior to moving into her position as the Upton High School principal, Linda taught 7-12 ELA for 12 years at schools in Montana, Kansas and Wyoming.  While working on her masters in Adult Education... Read More →
avatar for Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson has been the Social Studies teacher at Upton High School for the past four years. He has taught America Government, American History, World History, World Geography while also teaching AP Psychology, AP World History, AP US History and AP US History.  He earned his Associates... Read More →
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Jayden Caylor

Jayden is a senior at Upton High School.  The year he was freshman was the year that Upton High School began it's transition from teacher led classes to student driven personalized learning.  He is involved in football, basketball, track, FBLA, and Student Council. 
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Sydney Davey

Sydney is a 2019 graduation of Upton High School.  In her high school career, she had the chance to experience traditional and personalized learning and has moved on to college.  She was involved in volleyball, track, and FBLA in her high school career. 


Thursday November 7, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am MST
Vedauwoo

11:00am MST

I Learned It On YouTube and You Can Too: Discipline-Specific Digital Literacy and Content Creation
Attendees will identify tutorial or instructional videos within a content area that they have received solid foundational education (e.g. writing, math, dance, industrial maintenance). They will analyze these videos for credibility and discuss what makes them useful or not useful. After analyzing existing videos, students will create a storyboard for their own tutorial or instructional video.

Upon completion of this session attendees will understand the value of discipline-specific digital literacy. They will have new ways to analyze online content in their areas of study. They will leave the session with new tools for creating their own online content.

Speakers

Thursday November 7, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am MST
Boars Tusk

11:00am MST

Taking Book Reviews into the 21st Century
Today’s children live in a society that revolves around technology. Their future is technology. It is important that we prepare our students to become 21st century learners. Students need to be collaborative, creative, think critically, and be able to be efficient communicators.
It is very important to keep books in the hands’ of our students. In my classroom we love to combine books and technology. After my students read a book they create a book review using different technology platforms. In this session my students and I will show you how to use different platforms to express their literary understanding. We will discuss the following platforms for book reviews: iMovie, Clips, green screen, book snaps, and SeeSaw.

State what technology platforms can be used to give book reviews
Instruct students on “how” to use these platforms.
Create one book review within the session

Speakers
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Stacey McCarty

Third Grade Teacher, CCSD/Paintbrush Elementary
Education runs in the veins of Stacey McCarty.  McCarty grew up idolizing her grandmother who was a special education in North Dakota for 40 years. Her father was a middle school principal for over 35 years.   Those influences molded McCarty into the teacher she is today. McCarty... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am MST
Fossil Butte

1:30pm MST

Gamifying Education
Attendees will learn the necessary aspects of gamification that should be implemented to increase motivation in the classroom. The five necessary steps of immediate feedback, communicating goals, using failure as a learning tool, providing an authentic learning environment, and relying on social interaction will all be described and related to engendering student agency. Specific methods for including these in a secondary classroom will be described from both the presenter's personal experience and from research. The session itself will feature some of these aspects for the attendees (depending on the number and technology available).

1) Evaluate what kinds of feedback they already provide and consider how these could be better utilized to engender student motivation
2) Increase student agency in their classrooms without sacrificing content
3) Create a more positive learning environment for students who struggle to follow the implicit rules of school

Speakers
avatar for Angela Schanke

Angela Schanke

Graduate assistant/PhD student, University of Wyoming
I have taught mathematics for eight years, starting at Carbon County.  When I was there, I completed my master's and worked on an action research project using gamification.  The system was so effective that I have used it ever since.  I am currently working on a Ph.D. in Mathematics... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm MST
Fossil Butte

1:30pm MST

Mursion
Interactive classroom simulation. Attendees will either participate or observe an augmented reality classroom setting, and then engage in open discussion around current uses of the technology and innovative ideas for future use.

Think outside the box with supplemental instruction. Practice student engagement. Network with peers in a risk free environment.

Speakers
avatar for Leslie S. Rush

Leslie S. Rush

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education, University of Wyoming
Leslie S. Rush is a professor in the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Wyoming, where she serves as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs n the College of Education. Dr. Rush has received the University of Wyoming's John P. Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm MST
Devils Tower

1:30pm MST

The Power of Implementing an Integrated Approach
Participants in this session will experience the approach, and leave with ideas and tools to utilize and work through the difficult question of how to fit it all in. Utilizing Carol Dwek's Growth Mindset work, focusing on our Why, and discussing best practices to cultivate a community in which learners can take risks will be focused on. Additionally, tools for partnering with families and increasing the school to home connection will also be highlighted.

Speakers

Thursday November 7, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm MST
Old Faithful

2:30pm MST

Place-based learning activities using the interactive Wyoming Student Atlas
In this hands-on session, attendees will use interactive maps from the Wyoming Student Atlas to explore their own neighborhoods, towns, and surrounding areas to make connections to Wyoming’s natural and human features. Activities have been developed based on social studies and/or science standards for grades 4-8, as well as some for high school; all activities make connections from local places to regional and even global scales. Some example topics are: How have natural resources affected population patterns in Wyoming? Can we predict natural hazards in Wyoming? Why are some areas so windy in Wyoming? What do Wyoming and Mars have in common? How did westward expansion affect indigenous tribes? Samples of instructor-guided activities and self-guided activities will be demonstrated. No special software or experience is required, only laptops, an internet connection and a projector.

Upon completion of this session attendees will be able to:
1) identify features in their neighborhoods, communities and surrounding area on an interactive map
2) make connections to Wyoming’s natural and human features
3) explore patterns in Wyoming in relation to other areas in the U.S. and the world
4) be familiar with resources for these activities on the Wyoming Student Atlas web page

Speakers
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Margo Berendsen

Margo Berendsen has worked as a GIS analyst, educator, and research scientist at the University of Wyoming for 25 years, focusing on cartography and environmental applications. She co-authored the Wyoming Student Atlas in 2014, a publication that has been distributed to elementary... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm MST
Boars Tusk

3:30pm MST

Amplifying Student Voice- Using Podcasting
Do you listen to podcasts? Have you ever thought about creating podcasts with your students? This hands on course allows you to create your own podcast to share with students and staff. Attendees will get lesson ideas as well as templates to make your podcast fail proof in the classroom.

Attendees will walk away having made their own podcast and have several lesson ideas to bring back to their classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Angela Plett

Angela Plett

Angela Plett has been a CCSD teacher for 14 years and loves teaching among so many creative colleagues. Of those years, she had the incredible experience of working in a rural school teaching 5th and 6th grades. She came into town and has been at Hillcrest Elementary since. Currently... Read More →
avatar for Tracy Ennis

Tracy Ennis

Technology Facilitator, Hillcrest Elementary
Tracy Ennis is a Technology Facilitator at Hillcrest Elementary in Campbell County School District. She has been a classroom teacher as well as now provides technology instruction for students and staff within her building. She also helps teach technology classes at the district level... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm MST
Old Faithful

3:30pm MST

Learner Profiles
So you want to personalize learning for all students but how can you get started? What do you need to know? During this session we will explore the what and how behind learner profiles. Participants will see models of profiles from around the country, leveraging lessons learned from others to create profiles that can transform their instruction from teaching to the middle to reaching all students.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Magnum

Nancy Magnum

Founding Partner, Leading EDge Learning
Nancy Mangum is the Associate Director of Professional Learning for the Friday Institute at NC State University. In this role she has provided extensive, customized professional development for teachers and administrators across the country and frequently presents at national conferences... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm MST
Devils Tower

3:30pm MST

National Geographic's Geo-Inquiry Process in Action
National Geographic invites you to join a movement of like-minded educators empowering students to think like explorers and make a difference in the world. In this highly interactive session, participants will learn about the Geo-Inquiry Process and the tools created to support outstanding real-world, problem-based projects in the middle school classroom.

The Geo-Inquiry Process assists students in developing the skills, knowledge and tools of a geographer. It provides a systematic way to investigate and understand the world through the patterns, processes, and interactions between human and natural systems and then to act on their conclusions.
The Geo-Inquiry Process is designed to build on student questions that reflect issues in their local community. The process is project-based, authentic, and experiential in nature, which requires students to spend time asking, investigating, organizing, analyzing, and creating.

Implement the geo-inquiry process in order to further a student’s understanding of our planet and empower them to generate solutions for the future
Develop relevant geo-inquiry based questions on hot topics in their communities
Explore the digital copy of National Geographic’s Geo-Inquiry Process handbook and other online resources. Come and explore how you and your students can partner with National Geographic to investigate and change the world.

Speakers
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Germaine Wagner

Education Outreach Director, Wyoming Geographic Alliance


Thursday November 7, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm MST
Fossil Butte

4:30pm MST

Strategies for Student Engagement and Assessment Using Interactive Video Lectures
In this session attendees will learn about strategies for student engagement and assessment using interactive video lecture tool, VidGrid, at the University of Wyoming. This approach to delivery of course content and student assessment can be used in strictly online classes, as well as in blended, hybrid, and flipped classrooms. Attendees will learn about best practices for designing and recording interactive video lectures, assessment features, including Canvas LMS Gradebook integration, and accessibility features, such as closed captioning.

Attendees will be able to:
1. learn about best practices in developing and recording interactive video lectures
2. identify potential assessment strategies integrated into video lectures
1. apply accessibility principles to video lectures

Speakers
avatar for Oksana Wasilik

Oksana Wasilik

Instructional Designer, University of Wyoming
Oksana is an instructional designer at the University of Wyoming.
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Maria Kuznetsova

Maria Kuznetsova completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of South Carolina - Aiken, and then moved on for her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been working for the University of Wyoming since 2011 and... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm MST
Devils Tower
 
Friday, November 8
 

8:00am MST

Focus and Concentration for Students, Parents and Teachers
Attendees will learn strategies and sample tools to boost engagement and increase focus and concentration in their classrooms and at home. Beneficial for all students, may be especially helpful for students with learning disabilities. The session will focus on the 5 senses and how outside influences that take away focus and concentration can be mitigated.

To help with Focus and Concentration in the classroom and home environments Attendees will:
1. Take away simple methods to create suitable environments for learning
2. Ideas for aids
3. Leave with some aids to focus and concentration they can try on their own during the Conference

Speakers
avatar for Lisa McDonald

Lisa McDonald

Substitute teacher, Natrona County School District
Lisa McDonald has been teaching in some form or other for over 34 years. She started teaching dance and youth groups as a teenager. She attended the University of Alberta and received a Bachelor of Education Degree with minors in Early Childhood Education and Ukrainian language. She... Read More →



Friday November 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am MST
Vedauwoo

8:00am MST

Global Communicators Engineering the Future: Collaborating with Industry Experts to Address Real-World Issues
Attendees will learn how Recluse School students embarked on a STEM journey and are collaborating with an engineer who works at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory. Industry and higher education are increasingly motivated to cultivate new generations of STEM students. Primary and secondary teachers may also tap into this unique learning experience with STEM experts to help build strong strategies for successful learning outcomes. Session attendees will learn how to team with STEM professionals to create a learning environment that will spark enthusiasm and propel students toward a deeper exploration of global collaboration.

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
Create a toolbox of ideas to use in planning their own collaborative STEM initiatives.
Set expectations with professionals and prepare them for meaningful interactions.
Prepare students to be receptive, inquisitive, prepared and engaged.

Speakers
avatar for Deanna Braunlin

Deanna Braunlin

Technology/STEM Facilitator, Recluse School
Deanna Braunlin is a certified youth facilitator and leadership trainer, coach and speaker with the John Maxwell Team. Ms. Braunlin is also the technology facilitator at Recluse School in Campbell County School District. Deanna’s experience includes presenting at the Wyoming Native... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am MST
Old Faithful

9:00am MST

But I am NOT the English Teacher
This session is designed for content area teachers who struggle with the “English” aspect of reading and writing within their content area. I constantly have teachers asking me ways to incorporate writing and reading comprehension skills in their classroom that would not take up an enormous amount of time in terms of presentation, production and grading. Technology today has given teachers a plethora of ways to engage students in writing that isn't "traditional." Strategies to use SnapChat and Twitter to assess writing and reading comprehension will be explored. In addition, I will have some short, but effective tools for teaching vocabulary in context that I know many science and social studies teachers would find beneficial.

Use SnapChat to assess writing and reading comprehension; Use Twitter and #Hashtags to assess reading comprehension; Learn 1-3 strategies to assess an "English" teacher skill in the content area classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Kristie Smith

Kristie Smith

A graduate of the University of Wyoming, Kristie Smith has 27 years of classroom experience teaching English, literature and writing to grades 7-12.  She created the “Lunch and Read” program at Niobrara County High School that was featured in the Casper Star Tribune in 2010... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Old Faithful

9:00am MST

Linking Literacy & Tech
Attendees will explore innovative ways to effectively enhance informational literacy instruction using technology in an intermediate to higher education classroom--regardless of content. Specifically, they will analyze online publishing trends and tools to engage students in meaningful and authentic literacy practices.

o Know how to effectively incorporate technology into their lessons to better
engage students; use technology not as a substitute, but as an
enhancement.
o Walk out with exposure to both new technology tools or with tools that they
are familiar with, such as Adobe Spark, and learn how to use them in a way
they haven't previously considered for literacy instruction.
o Enhance PLN by collaborating with other educators through technology.

Speakers
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Jenny Sorenson

Jenny has lived in Wyoming for most of her life: growing up in Cowley, graduating from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, and teaching 8th grade English at Sage Valley Junior High in Gillette. She believes that literacy can empower students to chase after ideas and opportunities... Read More →
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Carmen Toole

Carmen has a degree in Elementary and Special Education from Dakota State University in Madison, SD.  She has been teaching in many different areas over her career in public and private sectors:  Special Education for primary and secondary students, Kindergarten, 6th grade, Physical... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Vedauwoo