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Empower19: The Conference for Every Educator
2019 Conference on Teaching Excellence
Join best-selling ASCD authors Jay McTighe and Harvey Silver as they connect the renowned Understanding by Design® framework for curriculum and assessment design with the practical instructional tools and strategies of the Thoughtful Classroom. Designed for beginning to experienced teachers, instructional coaches, teacher leaders, curriculum directors, and school and district administrators, this institute will help you raise student achievement by focusing on what matters most: crafting dynamic units and bringing them to life in the classroom.
Research shows that people who experience feelings of well-being have higher motivation, recover faster from setbacks, and are more capable of excelling in their learning. To establish this nurturing environment, schools need a more positive approach to problem solving. This is especially important for schools attempting to put a trauma-sensitive culture in place. In this institute, you will experience a strength-based process based on the Appreciative Inquiry research model. The model teaches educators, parents, and administrators to intentionally build positive emotions, foster relationships, and motivate adults and students to set and monitor challenging but achievable goals. You will learn the art of asking positive questions that shift the way both adults and students view their problems and their options for improvement.
Many teachers want to differentiate instruction, but the press of time, standards, and diverse student needs make that goal seem unattainable. What does fluid, manageable differentiation look like in today's classrooms? Is it possible to plan with all students' needs in mind? This institute will tackle these questions through hands-on activities focused on making differentiation practical and applicable. Participants will engage in active strategies for building classroom community, gathering assessment data, grouping flexibly, engaging students in challenging content, and fostering motivation with the goal of helping teachers envision differentiation in the context of what they do every day. Presenters will differentiate according to grade level (elementary and secondary). Participants will receive one of the presenters' books, which includes a range of subject-area examples, easy-to-digest strategies, and templates. Teachers will walk away from this institute with ready-to-use strategies and structures for continuing their professional growth.