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ASCD Empower17: The Conference for Every Educator
2017 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence
2017 ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership
During this two-day institute, veteran instructional coaches Carol O’Connor and Patricia Reynolds will share leadership strategies for unlocking the power of instructional coaching to improve teacher practice in K–12 schools. They will advocate for instructional coaching for all teachers as the foundation of a strategic and differentiated professional development plan. This institute will help leaders identify coaching talent, organize a coaching program, and focus the work of coaches.
Today’s learners enter the formal schooling environment with significant personal challenges, including barriers to developing strong physical, intellectual, and social-emotional foundations. From living in broken and transient homes and communities to experiencing violent and aggressive peer and social influences, our youngest students often encounter more trauma, grief, loss, poverty, and hardship by the time they reach adolescence than some individuals encounter in a lifetime. Growing the “whole child” amidst intense life challenges and traumatic experiences is no easy task, particularly when these personal stories present themselves in an academic environment where schools face pressure to simultaneously improve report cards and personal resiliency. Developing and supporting the traumatized and victimized student can be especially challenging in learning communities that embrace a “zero tolerance” approach. In this session, we’ll explore the plight of victimized students; consider how schools could optimally address these students’ challenges; and suggest practical strategies and resources to support, nurture, and grow each student voice in your learning environment.
One of the greatest challenges teachers face is effectively supporting students who are falling behind grade level. Students fall significantly behind for many reasons, but all require research-based interventions to change their growth trajectory. In this interactive session, participants will learn about and practice a practical approach to writing individualized goals, designing strategies, and measuring progress for students receiving Tier III intervention or special education. Participants will be introduced to StudentGrowthWorks, an online software platform designed to support this process. Participants will work in teams to develop three comprehensive intervention plans for their students.
Teacher leadership is an oft-touted, underutilized resource. Within the walls of our schoolhouses are talents, skills, and forces that can support and lead all our school-improvement efforts—our teachers! Learn about the three Is of teacher leadership—investing, influencing, and inspiring—from the dynamic ASCD author team Pete Hall and Alisa Simeral (Teach, Reflect, Learn: Building Your Capacity for Success in the Classroom, ASCD, 2015). How can administrators and coaches leverage the leaders in their buildings? How do teachers support their colleagues' growth? How do we build strong teams and partnerships? How do we collectively nurture reflective growth and professional expertise? Hall and Simeral will tackle these questions and more in this interactive, energetic, and informative workshop.
Conscious and unconscious beliefs and perspectives that teachers, district administrators, and school leaders hold about impoverished students and families from racially and culturally diverse backgrounds affect how they teach, discipline, and work with these students. In this institute, we’ll examine how teaching practices and strategies reflect our beliefs about race, culture, gender, and poverty. We will focus on the assets these students bring to schools and classrooms and encourage teachers to ask themselves what they can do to help improve the academic and discipline issues that impair student learning. Participants will explore messaging about students and families who live in poverty; examine how their beliefs and perspectives affect instruction, student learning, and discipline; and develop strategies and solutions to improve instruction, student success, and discipline outcomes.
Join your colleagues for two and a half days of career-empowering knowledge, practices, networking, and practical teaching solutions. The ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence is designed with your specific needs in mind—providing strategies you can use immediately across all grade levels and subjects.