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A Blended Approach to Mathematics Instruction

Kelly Skubic, Visitation Academy of St. Louis

Learn a variety of mathematics teaching styles and strategies and how they are applied in an upper elementary classroom with diverse learners.

Apply a variety of mathematics teaching strategies to problems at an elementary and middle school level.

Gain a variety of mathematics strategies to use in your classroom the next day.

Strands: Design

AI or AInequity? AI as a Lever for Anti-Bias Lesson Design

Leena Bakshi McLean, Keynote Speaker

AI can never replace the power of educator and student relationships; however, it can absolutely serve as a key tool to leverage and promote educational equity in lesson design.

Discover how to use AI tools as an integral part of the lesson planning and design thinking process, how to implement AI as a tool for instructional coaching and leadership.

Learn about ChatGPT/Bard and its implication for the classroom; use these AI tools as a lever for equity-centered decision making in learning spaces; and create lessons using STEM4Real’s DO-KNOW-THINK Framework aligned to the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Explore how to increase academic discourse, strategies for differentiation, accommodations and modifications for students with disabilities, and resources for emergent multilingual learners.

Gain example prompts and an equitable lesson of their own creation using AI.

Strands: Technology, Belonging

Beyond the Game: The Educational Value of Esports in K12

Danielle Rourke, CDW Education

Welcome to the wide world of esports!

Discover the “why” behind scholastic esports, what partnerships to focus on as you build, and what programs look like from kindergarten to college and beyond. When people think of esports, their minds go to the games and the players, but many people forget about the different aspects that go into building successful programs and how many college and career paths support the industry.

Explore the different paths, from media production and streaming to marketing and infrastructure, that esports provide a veritable plethora of pathways for students to find success and stay involved.

Strands: Technology

Digital Literacy Made Simple

Lauren Hays, University of Central Missouri

Learn an innovative approach using the Four Corners Framework to Teach Digital Literacy that focuses on teaching digital literacy through integration, mentoring, modeling, and culture.

Explore strategies to teach digital literacy through the Four Corners Framework of integration, mentoring, modeling, and culture.

Gain simple ways you can teach digital literacy that you can immediately apply in your own educational contexts.

Strands: Technology, Design

Enhancing Education Through Inclusivity

Sarah Walsh, Visitation Academy of St. Louis

Learn about the tools available through the "Inclusive CS Teaching" website to help make your lessons and classrooms more inclusive.

Use scenario-based activities to examine your spaces and lessons to find ways to make them more inclusive. Gain actionable takeaways to make meaningful changes in your physical environments and daily interactions with students.

Strands: Culture, Belonging

Exploring New Ways to Engage Students

Laura Boccanfuso, Featured Speaker

Inspire a love for learning and heighten student engagement to help develop confident, eager learners!

Discover how technology can play a pivotal role in the design of highly engaging instruction, especially when the content focus aligns closely with the learning objective.

Learn how four distinct technologies (ABii robot, Sphero Bolt, Sphero Indi and FlipHunt) can be employed to bolster learning engagement around the same, sample core math concept through this hands-on interactive session.

Strands: Technology, Design

Finding the Right Balance: Strategies for Engaging Early Learners with Technology

Brent Catlett and Bret Siegel, Apple, Inc.

What do you expect learning to look like for your youngest students? And how can technology play a role?

Explore how the use of technology should be intentional and natural, as well as age-appropriate to meet the abilities of each learner.

Learn how an iPad can help your youngest students communicate, create and learn at their own pace.

Strands: Technology, Design

From Form to Document with Autocrat

Don Jeffries, Grandview R-2 School District

Explore how Reading Success Plans, walk-through evaluations and so much more can be created easier with the use of the Google Autocrat, which allows Google Forms to become polished documents.

Learn how to create Reading Success Plans just by inputting data and goals into a Google Form.

Gain strategies on how to use Autocrat to create any type of document that teachers, principals and other school personnel create on a regular basis.

Strands: Leadership, Technology

Getting Started with Adobe Express

Claudio Zavala, Jr., Adobe

Adobe Express is an intuitive yet powerful tool that works on any device.

Experience how Adobe Express can be used to drive creativity in teaching and learning.

Learn how your students can create graphics like posters, infographics and more.

Strands: Design, Technology

DEMO SESSION: Igniting Curiosity in the Classroom

Jennifer Burns, Renaissance

Learn actionable steps for effective teaching and student engagement through Renaissance practice programs.

Gain the tools from the session to apply in the classroom.

Strands: Technology, Design

Learn Like a YouTuber

Matt Miller, Keynote Speaker

Let’s face it. Your students spend lots of time on YouTube, and they probably have their favorite YouTubers. Let’s take popular styles of YouTube videos and turn them into learning experiences!

Learn how you -- and your students! -- can make top 10 videos, unboxing videos and more as a demonstration of learning.

Explore how to make learning feel like students' favorite video platforms like YouTube, Twitch and TikTok, and see engagement soar!

Strands: Design, Technology

The Legend of Zelda: How to Harness Your Triforce of Power

Sheldon Eakins, Featured Speaker

The Legend of Zelda was released on the original Nintendo in 1986 and revolutionized the gaming industry in many ways, including an open-world format and the ability to save your game without starting over. What does this have to do with education? Learn how to harness your "Triforce of Power" (Power, Wisdom and Courage)

The Power: the ability to do or act; capability of doing or accomplishing something.

The Wisdom: the quality of having experience, knowledge and good judgement.

The Courage: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear or difficult situations.

Strands: Wellness, Culture

Making Sub Plans Easier Through Seesaw

Marie Schroeder and Samantha Shallenberger, Orchard Farm School District

Learn how to make your own sub plan templates to use in your classroom.

Create and utilize sub plans through Seesaw.

Implement sub plans for your classroom.

Strands: Technology  

Math Instruction: Journeys Over Destination

Kristen Taylor, Equity Matters Consulting

Explore how the journey of math problem solving impacts student understanding.

Examine instructional strategies that align with a focus on the journey.

Create a math journey at any grade level of math problem solving that enhances student success.

Strands: Design, Belonging

Mystery in the Classroom: Using ClassKick to Refresh Your Lesson Plans

Elizabeth Tarr and Kathryn King, The Indianapolis Public Library

Learn how a ClassKick mystery can refresh your lesson plans and engage students in multimodal learning.

Solve a mystery using ClassKick.

Gain ideas for designing a ClassKick mystery for your students.

Strands: Design, Technology

Simulated Classroom Technology to Enhance Cadet Teaching Programs

Justine Callaway and Stephanie Mahfood, Webster University and Kerry Arrens, Webster Groves School District

Gain new knowledge about classroom simulation technology and its benefits, a program overview from the WGHS Grow Your Own teaching program and strategies for enhancing your own program, and information about dual credit courses with Webster University.

Learn how to embed these technologies within a teacher preparation program including the benefits and challenges.

Explore your own applications of these technologies and ask questions.

Generate ideas about how this technology can be applied to your own environment.

Strands: Technology

STEAM my Classroom

Millena Marler, Orchard Farm School District

Learn how to take NGSS standard and create a PBL unit that incorporates culture, math and engineering.

Create a mini model home using architectural designs from different parts of the world as well as geographical and meteorological facts that would best be suited in a given location.

Ip the concepts of incorporating applied knowledge of culture, math and science into an interactive project utilizing several standards while increasing depth of knowledge and assimilation outside of our communities.

Strands: Design, Culture

Student Panel Discussion: My Journey with Esports in Education

Danielle Rourke, CDW Education

Discover the different experiences with esports as students weigh in on their experiences in their schools.

Learn the power of esports from the best voices…our students!  From building community to learning new skills all while playing video games.

Strands: Technology

Teacher Externship and Client-Connected Projects

Marc Tiernan and Julie Durham, Wentzville School District

Learn how to run an externship at your school and bring client-connected projects into the classroom.

Use learning to plan for a teacher externship experience in your district.

Gain a blueprint needed to conduct a teacher externship and create client-connected projects.

Strands: Culture, Design

Tips for Enhancing Creativity in the Classroom

Brent Catlett and Bret Siegel, Apple, Inc.

Creativity is critical to effective problem solving, analytical thinking, and collaboration. But it can be challenging to clearly define — much less cultivate — in the classroom.

Explore best practices for integrating creativity into your school’s curriculum.

Strands: Design, Technology