Session C – Monday, July 9, 2018

2:20 pm – 3:20 pm

Patrick Bruce

N. Little Rock Academy

Reversing The Status Of The Unemployable Graduate

Monday, July 9, 2018
2:20 pm - 3:20 pm
Grand I

How valuable is a diploma if a graduate is lacking basic skills that are valued in the workplace? What agreements have businesses and educators made to bridge the gap between themselves? In the past, many graduates pursued certain career paths due to the exposure they received during their high school years. These career programs were relevant to their success as well as the financial stability of their families. As many of these career programs were phased out and replaced with the expectation of colleges to provide career readiness, we began to experience a homegrown labor shortage. This shortage was not because of a lack of people but it was because of a lack of skills which created the unemployable graduate. This presentation will cover the partnerships and programs that have been implemented by the North Little Rock Academy to provide alternative pathways to employment for our graduates.

Advocacy/Leadership, Content, Supervision
Secondary; Administration

brucep@nlrsd.org

Dylan Campbell

Lake Hamilton School District

Differentiation With Technology

Monday, July 9, 2018   
2:20 pm - 3:20 pm
Grand VIII

Differentiation is an invaluable tool necessary to reach each of your students. It is the act of catering your lessons to different learning styles and allowing all types of students to excel in differing ways. Differentiating the curriculum grants teachers the opportunity to be creative with their lessons and in turn facilitates more creativity within the students. Just as this practice allows your lessons to take many forms, differentiation itself can be employed in various ways. This workshop focuses on differentiation through technology, specifically through the use of Google Chromebooks. Educational technology is in a state of consistent growth and as educators it is vital that we are able to grow alongside it. Google Chromebooks provide the perfect avenue to allow both teachers and students to utilize technology in the most efficient way possible. From presenting slideshows, to creating online comic strips, to flipped classrooms, differentiation through the Google Chromebook promotes a dynamic and creative learning environment.

Academic Planning and Scholarship, Collaboration, Content, Curriculum Alignment, Education Technology, Instructional Strategies, Learning/Development
Elementary; Secondary

dylan.campbell@lhwolves.net

Marilyn Hoyt, Lanna Hardy, Michael Lewis & Zach King

Main Street Academy, Siloam Springs

Building Classroom Engagement For Lifelong Learners

Monday, July 9, 2018
2:20 pm - 3:20 pm
Grand IX

Join the teachers of Main Street Academy as we present some of our best classroom practices and strategies for our students. We will share some of our favorite lessons that have helped us spark enthusiasm in some of the most reluctant learners. Lessons that strengthen literacy through cross curricular projects, incorporate art to foster creativity, and utilize hands on projects are some of the topics included in this session. We will spend some time discussing what organizational techniques have worked best for us, including utilization of Google Classroom. The facilitators for this session share expertise in Mathematics, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Business.

Collaboration, Education Technology, Instructional Strategies
Secondary

hardyl@gosiloam.com

Shelley Hunt & Bailey Moore

Adventure Learning Academy, Waldron School District

Adventurous Learning

Monday, July 9, 2018
2:20 pm - 3:20 pm
Ambassador D/E

Adventurous Learning Academy offers students an engaging environment to gain personal growth, develop life skills, parental involvement and increase academic achievement. I will share how I inspire students to love learning with fishing, writing letters, vermi-composting worms, aqua-ponics, dressing for success, art contest, crafts, County Fair, headbands with questioning, games, visiting the nursing home, field trips, and much more.

Content, Instructional Strategies, Parental Involvement
Elementary; Secondary

hunt.shelley@waldronsd.org

Deane McEuen

DeWitt School District

Teaching STEM Using Picture Books

Monday, July 9, 2018
2:20 pm - 3:20 pm
Grand X

As STEM becomes more and more present in the classroom, how do we get the students more involved? Students of all ages love to be read to, even though some will not admit it. By using picture books, the students have an introductory interest into STEM. Lessons plans, picture books, and workbooks will be used to show how to use picture books in the classroom for any grade level.

Academic Planning and Scholarship, Content, Curriculum Alignment, Instructional Strategies
Elementary; Secondary

dmceuen@dewittdragons.net

Brenda Prestage

Time To Teach

Change Behavior, One Behavior At A Time

Monday, July 9, 2018
2:20 pm - 3:20 pm
Grand III

Educators in alternative settings face numerous disciplinary issues daily, so the need for effective strategies to deal with such issues is critical. Instead of reacting to student challenges from a perspective of emotion, teachers must use tools to operate from a perspective of reason. This includes distinguishing between “push-aside” situations and “wall-away” situations. Additionally, teaching behavior expectations through the use of a precise, direct-teach model will alleviate many of the questionable behaviors that too often drain a teacher’s energy, patience, and valuable instructional time. These techniques can be used immediately in the classroom and can easily be shared among colleagues. It’s a win for teachers; it’s a win for students; it’s a win for your campus!

Instructional Strategies
Secondary

 

bprestage56@gmail.com

Justus Penka, Ed. D.

Paris School District, Paris, AR

Emotional Intelligence and Teaching

Monday, July 9, 2018
2:20 pm - 3:20 pm
Ambassador A/B

Emotional Intelligence (EI) plays an important role in leadership and teaching. Teaching is highly emotional work and even more so in the ALE setting. Emotional Intelligence training can improve the EI competencies of teachers and thus improve their performances in the classroom. During this presentation I will provide the latest research on EI, pulled from my doctoral dissertation, and lead a discussion on how improved Teacher EI can improve interactions/relationships with ALE students.

Cognitive Research, Health and Wellness, Social Skills, Mentoring/Coaching
Elementary; Secondary

jpenka@parisschools.org