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Welcome to the 2015 Natick Innovation & Learning Summit and the Natick Wellness Summit!  

DATE: Monday, November 30th, 2015 from 8 AM - 3 PM at Natick High School.
Natick High School is located at 15 West St. Natick, MA 01760

This year we will host over 850 educators and hold over 130 workshop sessions that are facilitated by expert practitioners on the tools, resources and instructional practices that Natick educators have requested.  All sessions are tagged by level and target audience to help you choose the best sessions for your interest and skill level.

This year is extra special because we are joining with the Natick Wellness Summit which has been designed to nurture the interdisciplinary roles of educators in the adoption of physical activity as a learning tool. Learn from leading neuroscientists, educators and psychologists the best practices and evidence based research to creatively incorporate physical activity into school policy, and teaching practices to enhance student’s ability to learn. 

We hope you enjoy this years summit and it allows you to deepen your professional practice.

Agenda:
7:15 AM - 8:15 AM Registration and Continential Breakfast
8:15 AM - 9:35 AM Session 1 Workshops (80 minutes) 
9:45 AM - 11:05 AM Session 2 Workshops (80 minutes)
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Session 3-L1 Workshops (45 Minutes)
12:10 PM - 12:55 PM Session 3-L2 Workshops (45 Minutes)
1:10 PM - 2:30 PM Session 4 Workshops (80 minutes)
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Exit Surveys and Health Fair Game!

Attendees and speakers should plan for lunch during session 3-L1 or 3-L2. Lunch will be available from 11 AM - 1 PM.  

SESSION SURVEY LINK:   http://goo.gl/forms/aQUUwswAKh

 
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Monday, November 30
 

8:00am

Welcome and Breakfast
Limited Capacity full

Speakers
avatar for Grace Magley

Grace Magley

Director of Digital Learning, Natick Public Schools
"Grace Magley, M. Ed. (Facilitator) Grace is a Blended Learning Specialist and the Director of Digital Learning for the Natick Public Schools. Natick is a 1:1 Laptop Learning district in grades 8-12 and has implemented blended learning models district-wide to personalize learning for student success. Grace sits on the board of directors for MassCUE and the TEC Connections Academy Virtual School (TECCA). As an adjunct professor at Framingham State... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 8:00am - 8:50am
TBA

8:00am

Deep Dive: Gr 8 Teachers - Integrating Chromebooks and Google APPs for Education in the Math/Science Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This is an introductory course for Natick Grade 8 teachers who are interested in understanding how their new Chromebooks and Google APPs for Education can be integrated into their Math and Science classrooms. The session will explore Chromebooks and the Chrome operating system to increase comfort and understanding of Chromebooks and the unique features of the Chrome operating system. Further, we will examine two concepts around Chromebooks in the classroom, Formative Assessment and Visible Thinking through Screencasting.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Kulowiec

Greg Kulowiec

Instructor & Google for Education Certified Trainer, EdTechTeacher
An early adopter of mobile devices, Greg first integrated cell phones, and then iPads, into his high school history curricula. As an EdTechTeacher instructor, he works with schools across the country, presents at national conferences, and blogs regularly about the creative capabilities afforded by mobile devices. He officially coined the phrase "App Smashing," is an authorized Google Education Trainer, and attended St. Anselm college in... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 8:00am - 11:00am
RM 208, Classroom

8:00am

DEEP DIVE: CPR and First Aid Training - PK and Kindergarten Staff (4 Hours)
Limited Capacity seats available

The first two hours of this workshop is on CPR (Adults, Child & Infant), AED (Adults, Child & Infant), & chocking  (Adults, Child & Infant). The second two hours are on Pediatric First Aid covering basic 1st, Epi Pen, Asthma, general emergencies, & environmental emergencies.

Speakers

Monday November 30, 2015 8:00am - 12:00pm
RM 215, Classroom

8:00am

DEEP DIVE: CPR and First Aid Training - PK and Kindergarten Staff (4 Hours)
Limited Capacity full

The first two hours of this workshop is on CPR (Adults, Child & Infant), AED (Adults, Child & Infant), & chocking  (Adults, Child & Infant). The second two hours are on Pediatric First Aid covering basic 1st, Epi Pen, Asthma, general emergencies, & environmental emergencies.

Speakers

Monday November 30, 2015 8:00am - 12:00pm
RM 215, Classroom

8:00am

DEEP DIVE: Music Scheduling Roundtable
Limited Capacity seats available

For Music Teachers only. Need a Description.

Speakers
JL

Jeff Leonard

Coordinator, K-12 Performing Arts Department | 251 Waltham Street | Lexington, MA 02421


Monday November 30, 2015 8:00am - 12:00pm
RM 235, Classroom

8:00am

DEEP DIVE 4 hours - Teaching History Through Literacy
Limited Capacity filling up

Need a description and contact for trainer.  

Josh Landon | Director of Sales and Marketing
landon@gilderlehrman.org

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

49 West 45th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10036

646.366.9666 x 37 | landon@gilderlehrman.org

 

Monday November 30, 2015 8:00am - 12:00pm
RM 213, Classroom

8:00am

DEEP DIVE: WISC-V Training and Practice - PLC Team (4 HOURS)
Limited Capacity seats available

pre-recorded webinars for training on Pearson WISC-V
http://www.pearsonclinical.com/psychology/products/100001322/wechsler-intelligence-scale-for-childrensupsupfifth-edition-integrated-wisc-v-integrated.html#tab-training

PLC will watch trainings together and  reflect and practice during this session.

Speakers
DK

Deanna Kanavas-DeRocher

School Psychologist-Sped, Natick High School


Monday November 30, 2015 8:00am - 12:00pm
RM 236, Classroom

8:00am

DEEP DIVE: HS Physics Teachers Chromebook Application Exploration
Limited Capacity seats available

Deep Dive all day session for Physics teachers to explore applications on the Chrombook.

There will be two components to the physics deep dive.

First physics teachers will transition their curriculum for Physics 10 and Physics 11 to google drive. There will be an established folder that will be shared amongst the teachers of those subjects. Teachers will transition at least the units on Newton’s Laws, Gravitation, Momentum and Heat and Temperature to google drive. Teachers will also start to link the google drive files to our established Moodle sites. Lastly we will explore google apps that can be incorporated into our Moodle environment.

During the second part of the day the physics teachers will develop new modeling or design projects for the Physics 10 and 11 curriculum. The teachers will develop a design project for that will be incorporated into the Momentum unit in January. The design project will center about impulse which be incorporated into the new MA science standards. The design project will incorporate vernier force sensors or the accelerometer. If time permits we will also explore new modeling or simulations which can be incorporated into units that can be explored in the second half of the year or in the new MA physics standards.


Speakers
JA

James Araujo

Teacher - HS, Natick High School
DS

David Shapiro

Teacher - HS, Natick Public Schools


Monday November 30, 2015 8:00am - 3:00pm
RM 202, Classroom Natick High School 2nd Floor

8:00am

Deep Dive: Web APPs and Resources to Motivate Students the Foreign Language Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Objectives:
  1. to become familiar with some apps/sites that will assist us in the FL classroom
  2. to collaborate in teams on lessons that integrate these apps/sites (to better motivate and engage students)
  3. to assess these lessons and their units in order to move from chapter tests to performance based assessments using the ACTFL proficiency guidelines

In this session, we will review a few apps/sites that allow students to dive deeper into content, demonstrate their knowledge of concepts and engage in the learning of structures and vocabulary.  Foreign Language teachers will work in their various teams to develop lessons that integrate these apps/sites and better align lessons and units.  The final step will be to analyze the updated lessons and units to determine more authentic ways for students to communicate what they know, using the ACTFL Can-Do benchmarks and proficiency guidelines.


Speakers
avatar for Kelly Tavares

Kelly Tavares

Teacher - HS, Natick High School


Monday November 30, 2015 8:00am - 3:00pm
RM 225, Classroom

8:00am

DEEP DIVE - Extending the Gizmos Experience for Natick Pilot Teachers Only
Limited Capacity full

This workshop is designed to model best practices for using Gizmos in a whole class setting as well as a small group setting. Teachers will become more skillful in teaching with these methods of instruction as they learn to incorporate Gizmos into collaborative classroom discussions, cooperative learning, and situations where students are constructing arguments supported by evidence. Participants will have time to work individually or in small groups to integrate best teaching practices with Gizmos into their curriculum. They will also develop customized Gizmo lesson plan by modifying our standard Lesson Materials. A review of the major features and functions of ExploreLearning.com will be included, focusing on participants' questions or difficulties.



Speakers

Monday November 30, 2015 8:00am - 3:00pm
RM 214, Classroom

8:00am

Deep Dive: Orff Schulwerk: A Process for Success (TEC Workshop) Must be pre-registered to attend
Limited Capacity full

Orff Schulwerk is an approach to music education that embodies active and creative music making. In this workshop participants will explore basic elements of the Orff approach and how they can be applied to almost any teaching setting. Singing, moving, improvising and creating music will all be part of the experience as attendees develop their understanding of Orff process teaching.

About the Instructor: Tom Rice has taught elementary music for the past 14 years, most recently as a general music, chorus and band teacher for the Natick Public Schools. In addition to teaching elementary students, Tom has been the recorder instructor for Orff teacher training courses at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Tarleton State University in Texas and at Bridgewater State University. Tom received his Orff certification at the University of Massachusetts and has presented many workshops on the Orff approach. Tom graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and received his Masters Degree in School Administration from Cambridge College.

Speakers

Monday November 30, 2015 8:00am - 3:00pm
RM 152A, Band Room Natick High School - 1st Floor

8:00am

DEEP DIVE: ART - Manipulating Surfaces, Mapping Ideas, and Problem Finding *Must be pre-registered to attend
Limited Capacity seats available

Studio practice and classroom applications. TEC Instructor Diana Hampe

Monday November 30, 2015 8:00am - 3:00pm
RM 145, Art Room Natick High School - 1st Floor

8:00am

DEEP DIVE: Issues in the LGBT Community: Supporting students and professionals * Must be Pre-registered to attend
Limited Capacity full

Course Description: This professional development session will help participants foster safer, healthier and more respectful learning environments for all students. Together, we can ensure that all youth have access to meaningful educational experiences, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Focused on increasing the number of adult allies in our schools and rooted in research-based training methods and adult learning principles, GLSEN Massachusetts professional development provides a comprehensive review the laws, policies, resources, and best practices for supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students.

Speakers
JW

Jason Wheeler

Jason Wheeler has been professionally committed to inclusion, youth development and leadership for the past 25 years. His areas of expertise include training and technical assistance, organizational and staff development, inclusion coaching, and competency assessment and curriculum development. Jason serves on the Board of Directors for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) of MA and consults with the MA Commission on Lesbian... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 8:00am - 3:00pm
RM 333, Classroom Natick High School - 3rd Floor

8:15am

Session 1 Workshops (80 Minutes)
Limited Capacity full

Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
TBA

8:15am

Review system procedures for K Registration, CORI process and general updates
Limited Capacity filling up

For Administrative Asssistants

Speakers
avatar for Anna Nolin

Anna Nolin

Assistant Superintendent, Teaching, Learning, Innovation, Natick Public Schools
Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment. Digital learning.


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
RM 122K, Video Editing Lab Natick High School - 1st Floor

8:15am

An Introduction to the Google Suite of APPs for Classroom Use
Limited Capacity seats available

This is an introductory session that will look at Docs, Slides, Forms and Sheets your Google Drive. Basic tools for each will be practiced throughout this 80 minute session. Come away with a basic understanding of how you might use these in your learning community. Please bring a laptop for this session. Beginner. K-12

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Lemon

Sandy Lemon

Grade 6 ELA Teacher at Kennedy Middle School, Natick Public Schools
iPads in the classroom, blended learning, project-based learning, technology and the common core, tips and tricks to help your classroom run more smoothly. Deeper Learning Framework and 21st century skills.


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
RM 229, Classroom

8:15am

Google Classroom for Beginners
Limited Capacity full

Needs a description

Speakers
JF

Jared Fujii

Grade 8 History and Science, Natick Public Schools


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
RM 226, Classroom

8:15am

Google Sites: Create a classroom website!
Limited Capacity full

Are you ready to make the World Wide Web a better place by leaving your mark with your own Google Site? In this course you will learn how to create a Google Site with the basic tools provided in the friendly online user interface. Those that are feeling daring will have the opportunity to dive into the HTML side of your site! In addition to creating a site for yourself or for your students you will also be provided with: ideas on how to implement a Google site into your curriculum, as your teacher go to spot and be guided to make better decisions for your site in connection to basic Design and Photography principles. Sign up today and start making the World Wide Web a better place. 
Session Agenda: http://mrscullen.com/images/googlesitesagenda_fall2015.pdf 
More Detailed Session Info can be Found at:http://mrscullen.com/studentresourcesprofessionaltrainings.html 

Speakers
avatar for Lori Cullen

Lori Cullen

Teacher - HS, Natick High School


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
RM 201, Graphic Arts Lab Natick High School - 2nd Floor

8:15am

Introduction to Discovery Education Streaming Plus
Limited Capacity seats available

This course is designed to demonstrate how Discovery Education Streaming Plus supports multiple learning modalities with content that is easy to integrate, aligned to standards, and always current. Participants will learn how to search for content based on tags, including state standards, keywords, media types, grade levels, and more and seamlessly link lesson objectives to digital media.Dawn will highlight Board Builder if time allows.  Dawn is also aware that close reading is a focus for the district this year.

Speakers
avatar for Dawn Bray

Dawn Bray

Professional Development Specialist & Instructional Coach, Discovery Education
Dawn Bray, M.Ed.Discovery Education Professional DevelopmentEducational Consultant & Instructional CoachI have been an educator for the past twenty four years and have experience in a variety of grade levels. In addition to my work with Discovery, I have my own consulting business, working with high school students to prepare them for college entrance exams, as well as assisting them in the college application process. This past year, I have been... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
RM 206, Classroom

8:15am

Learn how Google Docs and Forms work together in the classroom to collect formative assessment data
Limited Capacity filling up

This workshop is designed to help participants use the basic functionality of Google Drive. You will learn how to create a Google Doc and a Google Form to collect data and information. You will also learn how to save documents, create folders to organize documents, and share files electronically through the Google cloud-based system.  Time will be allotted for specific needs of the participants' use of the program.  

Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
RM 231, Classroom Natick High School 2nd Floor

8:15am

NEW SESSION! Google Classroom for Beginners
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Karin Knapik-Cloutier

Karin Knapik-Cloutier

Teacher - MS, J. F. Kennedy Middle School
Instructional Technology Teacher at Kennedy


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
RM 233, Classroom Natick High School 2nd Floor

8:15am

Beyond Moodle Basics
Limited Capacity filling up

Ok - you have your Moodle site so what's next?    Have you tried a lesson or book?  What about a quiz?  Or do you just want time to re-organize your site with some help and guidance available? 

This session will be an open workshop format and content will vary depending on particpants.  Resources available.

Speakers
SC

Sherry Culver

DBA, District Wide
MR

Marge Roberson

Teacher - HS, Natick High School


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
RM 320, Classroom

8:15am

Using OSMO to Support Literacy in the K-1 Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop is for K-1 teachers who want to learn how to use OSMO APPs and manipulatives for station work in the K-1 classroom.  If you attend this workshop you will receive two OSMO kits for your classroom and learn how to set them up for use the next day!

Speakers
GC

Gina Caulfield

Teacher - Elem., Johnson Elementary School
avatar for Brenna Cunningham

Brenna Cunningham

Teacher - Elem., Johnson Elementary School


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
RM 222, Classroom

8:15am

Making Learning Visible: How to leverage Gradeable for 21st Century Formative Feedback
Limited Capacity seats available


Want to give your students rapid formative feedback that supports mastery learning and is faster than your current feedback tool?  Use Gradeable, a free online and paper assessment platform to provide targeted feedback based on quizzes, exit tickets and other assessments, created by you or pulled from our CCSS tagged question bank.  Get instant analysis and other free feedback tools for multiple choice, PARCC style, open response and rubric-based assessments.

Speakers
G

Gradeable

A unique formative assessment platform for schools, charter networks and districts | Product on Display: Gradeable for Projects, Formative Assessment, and Online Assessment


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
RM 212, Classroom

8:15am

Kahoot! Engage your students in a web-based game that provides instant formative data
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn how to engage small groups or your whole class with this game-show style activity.  Kahoot is a web-based game that provides instant formative data, and the library of available quizzes is huge!  Collect real-time information to see how your students are doing while facilitating an interactive learning experience for every participant.  Customize your instruction by creating your own library of quizzes to engage and assess your students.  Learn how you (and your students!) can create your own Kahoot quizzes. 

Speakers
JD

Julia Dmitriev

Natick Public Schools
avatar for Jed Stefanowicz

Jed Stefanowicz

Teacher - Grade 3, Brown, Brown Elementary School
Grade 3 Teacher at Brown. Certified Educator/Ambassador: Google, BrainPop, Plickers, Prodigy


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
RM 224, Classroom

8:15am

Getting Started wth Raz-Kids, Learning A-Z
Limited Capacity seats available

Get ready to set up and manage your Raz-Kids account!

Intro to Kids A-Z
Raz-Kids How to:  

  1. Enter students( Manually/CSV) and reading level. Add teacher as a student for demo purposes
  2. Passwords and why
  3. Add parents
  4. Customize on your own bookroom and incentives including the difference between reading assignment and on your own book room
  5. Send class a message and print out log on cards
  6. Assign a running record or custom assignment
  7. Log on as Student and demo site:enhanced e-books, assignment, incentives, on your own book room, etc
  8. Score a running record 
  9. Use reports to drive instruction

Please bing a computer/technology with you as well as valid Raz-Kids logon credentials. Also please bring your class information including reading levels.


Speakers
avatar for Linda Gordon

Linda Gordon

Professional Development Manager (Eastern USA Region), Learning A-Z
Linda GordonProfessional Development Manager (Eastern USA Region) -Implementation


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
RM 220, Classroom

8:15am

Brainpop - Beyond Videos and Quizzes
Limited Capacity filling up

Everyone loves Tim and Moby as both characters combine information and humor to provide students with a unique way of learning.  Now with BrainPOP, teachers and students have countless opportunities to join Tim and Moby in collecting as well as representing knowledge in their own unique way. In this session, attendees will be introduced to GAMEUP and Make-A-Map, two exciting new features allowing for students to play thought provoking games as well as create concept maps innovating the way in which they think.  Attendees will also be exposed to Quiz Mixer, a powerful tool for teachers allowing them to create quizzes for their students. In addition they will get their feet wet with My BrainPOP, a new data collection tool for both teachers and students. Not only will participants witness mind blowing evidence representing BrainPOP being used to its fullest potential, but they will also have the chance to explore the power behind the newest features!

Speakers
avatar for Nili Bartley

Nili Bartley

Technology Integration Specialist, Hopkinton Public Schools
As a teacher, technology integration coach, and BrainPOP Certified Educator, Nili has led professional development around 21st century learning since 2012. She has recently focused her sessions on strength based learning, concept mapping, and SuperYouFUN at conferences such as MassCUE and ISTE.
avatar for Sarah Dahlheimer

Sarah Dahlheimer

Teacher - Elem., Bennett-Hemenway Elementary School
Sarah Dahlheimer is a grade 3 teacher at Bennett Hemenway Elementary school in Natick. Certified BrainPOP Educator, | Google Certified Educator, Plickers Ambassador


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
RM 219, Classroom

8:15am

CUEThink Beginner User Training for Teachers in Gr 4, 6 , 7, and 8
Limited Capacity seats available

Attending this session will give you the insider edge on what CueThink in the classroom looks like to build your students’ problem solving and math communication skills.  You will have time to experience how CueThink leverages and expands your students’ repertoire of math strategies while building their growth mindset. Included are valuable getting started tips on the student application as well as an introduction to the teacher dashboard.

Introduction and (10 minutes)

How CueThink engages students in the 8 standards for mathematical practice.
Four phases for problem solving starting with "What is noticing and wondering?"

Working sessions where you will leave with lessons and assignments ready for your classroom.

  1. Strategies and use cases supporting student success. Emphasis on UNDERSTAND and SOLVE phases. (about 20 minutes)
  2. Strategies for peer-to-peer ANNOTATIONS. (about 15 minutes)
  3. Start navigating the educator mode (about 15 minutes)
  • creating assignments
  • finding and/or creating content
  • student and class data views and management
Wrap up Q&A, take aways, next steps (10 minutes)

Speakers
avatar for Norma Gordon

Norma Gordon

Chief Academic Officer/Math Specialist/Instructional Coach, CueThink and Brookline Public Schools
I have been an active mathematics and professional learning educator for almost 20 years. My goal is to support and foster creative, collaborative learning environments. I view this flexibly as "learners-2-learners" - meaning all students and educators! @normabgordon is my personal twitter handle. When not CAO-ing at CueThink I am a mathematics specialist/instructional coach in Brookline, MA
avatar for Joann Wang

Joann Wang

Implementation Specialist, CueThink
Prior to joining CueThink, I was an Elementary Educator for 11 years. My deep interest in education technology stemmed from my classroom experiences in culling the best of edtech tools to achieve my teaching goals. I took great joy in supporting my colleagues with edtech integration and professional development. My current role at CueThink enables me to take this to the next level!


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
RM 228, Classroom

8:15am

Listen Current with Monica Brady-Myerov - An Introduction
Limited Capacity seats available

The Natick Public Schools has a grant that pays for Listen Current at the Middle School level.
Real world public radio stories that span the curriculum. Lesons that support all learners!
https://listencurrent.com/ 

Listen Current's supports for ELLs were featured on Education Talk Radio! http://bit.ly/18Biv61

Monica Brady-Myerov: Founder & CEO, Listen Current 

Speakers
avatar for Monica Brady-Myerov

Monica Brady-Myerov

CEO, Listen Current, Listen Current
Monica Brady-Myerov is the Founder and CEO of Listen Current, a web platform that brings the power of public radio into the classroom. Listen Current was born out of her love of public radio and her desire to share it with teachers and students. Monica was an award-winning public radio reporter for nearly 25 years. Before starting Listen Current Monica was Senior Reporter and Assistant Managing Editor at WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
RM 327, Classroom

8:15am

Clicker 6 Literacy with Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing
Limited Capacity seats available

Clicker 6 is software to assist children in all aspects of literacy. Learn how to use this software for a myriad of purposes from simple word prediction to designing your own accessible reading and writing activities. Clicker 6 also has a read aloud option so students can hear what they are typing and edit accordingly. This session will focus on the basics of Clicker 6 and help you to comfortably design your own basic activities. 

Speakers
MG

Mary Gavin

Natick Public Schools
I am an ACCESS classroom teacher at Bennett-Hemenway elementary school. I have been teaching for 9 years. I worked at Perkins School for the Blind and this is my third year with the Natick Public schools.


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
RM 326, Classroom

8:15am

Content Creation and Collaborative Approaches for Elementary Classrooms (iPads) - Apple Computer Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

In this interactive session, we will explore creative uses of the iPad in the elementary classroom with a variety of methodologies.  Many tools from the App Store, iBookstore, and iTunes U will be shared for students to think, show, create and share their learning across multiple content area strands to showcase high order thinking skills.

Speakers
MB

Matt Brooks

K-12 Education Development Executive, Apple Inc.
k-12 Development Executive, Apple Inc.


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
RM 218, Classroom Natick High School 2nd Floor

8:15am

TenMarks Math - Getting Started Integrating TenMarks into your Curriculum to Personalize
Limited Capacity seats available

Getting Started–Integrating TenMarks Into your Curriculum. 

This workshop is an introduction to TenMarks and how to integrate the program into your classroom and curriculum.  You will get up close and personal with the TenMarks content, experiencing it's depth and and rigor first hand. You will learn how TenMarks can easly integrate with, complement, and enhance your existing instructional practices through the customization of your curriculum and assignments tabs. Leveraging TenMarks assessments to personalize and differentiate instruction. By utilizing your assessments and playlist tabs, you'll be able to engage a class of students with a range of skill levels.

Speakers
avatar for Hope Huynh

Hope Huynh

Director, TenMarks
TenMarks Trainer


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
RM 238, Classroom

8:15am

Kahoot and Socrative - Online Games to Engage and to Make Learning Fun!
Limited Capacity filling up

Kahoot is a free, online quiz game where educators create their own informal assessments, and then provide students a link to the assessment where their personal device (iPhone, iPad, Smart Phone, Tablet, or Laptop) instantly becomes their "buzzer" to answer the proposed questions. After each question, Kahoot provides instant feedback so that instructors can identify their students' comprehension level. Best of all, students need not create an elaborate profile and password - they simply use the game-pin provided to access the game experience. Additionally, Kahoot games are easy to create, and registered users have instant access to hundreds and thousands of publically created Kahoots. Finally, the data acrued from each game can be instantly downloaded into an Excel file or saved onto Google Drive!

Socrative is a free, online learning system where teachers provide students with a "classroom code," and then can create quick quizzes, and exit tickets to measure undertanding. Personally, I used Socrative Exit Tickets after many of my classes because students can instantly access the online portal and easily enter information. Best of all, this information can be seamlessly downloaded into an Excel file or saved on your Google Drive! 

Speakers
ND

Nicholas DiAntonio

Teacher - HS, Natick High School


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
RM 227, Classroom

8:15am

Libguides - training for secondary Librarians and library paras
Limited Capacity seats available

LibGuides is an easy to use Content Management System used by many thousands of libraries worldwide. Librarians use it to curate knowledge and share information by creating online Guides on any topic, subject, course, on any process, on any thing.  We will have aone hour webinar with someone from libguides, and time to start creating our own guides.


Speakers
avatar for Amy Bloom

Amy Bloom

SLMS, Natick Public Schools
I have been the Teacher-Librarian at Wilson Middle School for 8 years. I am passionate about creating life long readers through providing them with access to books, giving them choices and time to read! I am a photographer, in my next life I want to work for National Geographic.
avatar for Tara McDonald

Tara McDonald

Library Teacher, Natick High School
avatar for Kathi Rotkiewicz

Kathi Rotkiewicz

Library Teacher, Natick Public Schools
I am the Library Teacher at Kennedy Middle School. Science Fiction and Fantasy are my two favorite genres. I strive to connect students with 'just the right' books, and so encourage them to cultivate a lifelong love of reading.


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
Library Natick High School - 1st Floor

8:15am

Co-Teaching Workshop
Limited Capacity full

Collaboration & Co-Teaching to Reach Every Learner

This presentation will include specific strategies and tools for maximizing partnerships of all kinds in the inclusive classroom.  Technology tips and tools, communication strategies, and specific planning and instructional tips for teaching partners will be included.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Hines

Rebecca Hines

Associate Professor, University of Central Florida
Dr. Rebecca Hines is an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida who has worked closely with University leaders on the development of UCF's new Inclusive Education Initiative. Dr. Hines has worked in the field of education for 25 years, specifically focusing on inclusive opportunities for persons of all abilities.


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
RM 321, Classroom

8:15am

Natick Paraprofessionals' Toolkit: How To Support Students With Disabilities-MODULE 2
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
TL

Timothy Luff

Sped Administrator, District Wide
Director of Student Services


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
RM 322, Classroom

8:15am

Secondary Transitions for Youth Seminar
Limited Capacity seats available

Transition Topics covers a variety of subjects that influence secondary transition for youth with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. Topics to be discussed are:-Indicator 13 checklist and state mandates for transition -transition assessments that help students find their vision and guide annual goals-how to write a Transition Planning Form-how to use the Transition Planning Form to write annual goals-common transition mistakes and transition litigation 

Speakers
avatar for Katheryn Brown

Katheryn Brown

Teacher-support instruction, Transition Coordinator, Natick High School


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
RM 317, Classroom

8:15am

Wellness Summit: How the Brain Works and How to Optimize Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Education is often hyper focused on what the teacher is doing and the school environment.  However, learning is an active process that a student participates in, and academic outcomes are dependent on whether a student is paying attention, and the internal cognitive processes that guide learning.  In this talk, the effect of attention, learning, and memory on academic results is discussed, and key brain areas involved in learning will be reviewed.  Practical advice will be given on improving learning by teaching students strategies and tailoring lessons towards universal cognitive limitations.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Gilbert, Ph.D.

Chris Gilbert, Ph.D.

RTSG Neuroscience Consulting
Chris Gilbert studied Computational Neuropsychology at McMaster University and completed his PhD thesis on learning and the brain (simulating executive functions and memory through computer models of the brain). He has gone on to complete studies that use targeted exercise to improve outcomes in school, at work, and in life. Some examples include studies that examine: the benefit of biking on academics and among ADHD students in association... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
Auditorium Natick High School - 1st Floor

8:15am

Wellness Summit: Is Stress Killing You? It's Killing Me!
Limited Capacity full

THIS IS A REPEAT SESSION KINDLY OFFERED BY OUR SPEAKER - Karen Rufo.  The same presentation is offered at 8:15am / 11am / 1:15pm

Come learn strategies of how to manage the stressors in your daily life (professionally and personally).  This session will provide tried and true ways to "relax".   Karen will also provide ways to help you assist your students to appropriately manage stress in the classroom.  
Participants will be able to identify the physiological process of the stress response. 

Participants will be able to understand how the increased stress impacts the learning process. 

Participants will be able to demonstrate at least two relaxation strategies they can use to manage stress.

Participants will describe two relaxation strategies to implement with students.


Speakers
NC

Nancy Conroy

Nancy Conroy is a Registered Nurse and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston College. She is a certified Reiki Master/Teacher, Theta Healer and Lecturer of Reiki and Integrative Therapies. For the past seventeen years Nancy has been a school nurse working with students with learning and language differences and the Nursing Supervisor at the Learning Prep School in West Newton. In addition, Nancy is the owner of IAM Wellbeing, LLC... Read More →
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Karen Rufo

Nurse Leader, Natick Public Schools
Karen Rufo is a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, who has been working in School Nursing for the past 27 years! She also maintains a part time hospital practice at Newton Wellesley Hospital. Karen's interest's include mental health, specifically the stress response and how to manage stress. Her presentation will include practical tips on managing stress levels, both in the professional and classroom settings. She received her... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
RM 148A - Chorus room Natick High School - 1st Floor

8:15am

Wellness Summit: Measuring for Success - Fitness based PE
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will discuss and demonstrate how to effectively plan, objectively assess, and motivate your students using the latest iPad and Polar heart rate monitor technology. In addition, it will demonstrate (with a group of students) what differentiated instruction looks like in Physical Education using engaging cardiovascular fitness activities. Lastly, it will explain how to use the iPad collected data to communicate to students, parents, and administrators how classroom objectives can be met and student success achieved.

Speakers
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Anthony Fallon

Physical Edcuator, Millis Public Schools
Scott and Anthony are Physical Educations teacher at Millis Middle/High School. Scott has been teaching for fourteen years and Anthony for twenty. They are currently both members of MAHPERD and SHAPE. Their Millis Physical Education Program has been recognized and visited by Dr. John Ratey (author of SPARK) and featured in various articles including: "Sparking the Brain” Commonwealth Magazine, the Metrowest Community Health Care... Read More →
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Scott Kendrick

Physical Edcuator, Millis Public Schools
Scott is a Physical Education teacher at Millis Middle/High School. He has been teaching for fifteen years and has been using Polar heart rate technology for over a decade. As a result of how effective the Polar technology was implemented, Millis received Massachusetts first Polar Showcase School Award. Scott is member of MAHPERD and SHAPE and has been featured in various articles including Commonwealth Magazine’s "Sparking the Brain&rdquo... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
Gymnasium Natick High School - 1st Floor

8:15am

Wellness Summit: Neural Underpinnings of a Fit Brain: What Leading Scientists Have Shown in their Labs, Yet Educators Rarely Learn
Limited Capacity full

What is the role of cardiovascular fitness in cognition and emotional regulation? What
happens in the brain when we exercise and play- just for a short time and then as a daily 
habit? In this session Dr. Alex Thornton will present findings from 
neuroscience literature detailing the structural, neurochemical, and electrical processing 
changes in the brain that are associated with exercise. He will explore how the brain 
learns and regulates emotion and attention, and the role of PE in preparing the learner for 
success in the classroom and beyond. The goal of this session is to provide a scientific 
foundation for the crucial role of PE in today’s schools, not only for the physical health 
of students but for their cognitive and emotional well-being. Attendees will leave this 
session with the ability to explain how PE prepares students for the next class in school 
and how it can contribute to higher levels of education, income and satisfaction in 
adulthood.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Thornton, Ph.D.

Alex Thornton, Ph.D.

RTSG Neuroscience Consulting
Dr. Alex Thornton, a teacher for seven years, has his doctorate in Educational Leadership. His recent work has focused on using exercise to change school cultures and optimize student learning. He also collaborates closely with other leading thinkers to bring findings from sleep, nutrition, play, and Neuro/Biofeedback research to educational and organizational settings. Alex’s goal is to incorporate findings from neuropsychology into... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
RM 315, Classroom

8:15am

Wellness Summit: Our Revolution in Elementary PE
Limited Capacity seats available

We will dive into Brookline Public School's exciting Physical Education curriculum and discuss how we incorporate movement into classrooms throughout the day.   We focus on "tabatas" and the many ways we provide our classroom teachers will the tools they need to successfully implement movement breaks.  
We will discuss how we have changed our approach to Physical Education and how we created our Exercise Lab in grades 6-8.  In the Exercise Lab students learn how to use rowing machines, spin bikes, battle ropes, stretching techniques etc.  The ultimate goal of the Exercise Lab is to build each students knowledge so that they feel comfortable walking into any workout environment and exercise confidently.  We will discuss how we have implemented Polar H7 heart rate monitor technology and how we collaborate with classroom teachers allowing us to create an environment where students learn and move at the same time. Lastly, learn how we have successfully created student portfolios using Google Drive.  There's so much to learn, we look forward to sharing!  

Speakers
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Teddi Jacobs

K-12 Director for PE/Health, Brookline Public Schools
Teddi Jacobs Coordinator of Physical Education K-8, Health Education 7/8, | Health/Fitness 9-12 | The Public Schools of Brookline | 115 Greenough St.Brookline, MA   02445 | Twitter@PSBPhysEdHealth
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Lauren Stewart

Physical Edcuator, Brookline Public Schools
Lauren Stewart | Physical Education Grades K-8 at the Heath School in Brookline, MA (8 years) | Follow me on Twitter @heathhawkspe | Northeast Region Teacher Ambassador for Polar Elementary Education | Degree from Boston University (2008) | Master Degree in Physical Education and Coaching (2008) | Stand Strong Facilitator (Character Education Program) at the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club (2008-Present) | Member of the Boston University... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
RM 318, Classroom

8:15am

Wellness Summit: Why Play Matters
Limited Capacity filling up

Particularly for young children (but to some extent, for all of us), some of the best and most enjoyable learning comes through play. In fact, play is probably the single most important component of education aside from the relationships children have with those teaching them. Through consideration of the role of play in children's physical and intellectual well-being, this presentation will provide insight into playful approaches to learning as well as the risks we run as educators if we don't encourage play and incorporate it into our teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Gleason

Tracy Gleason

Professor of Psychology, Wellesley College
Professor Gleason is a developmental psychologist with an expertise in interpersonal relationships. Her research focuses on early childhood social development and cognition regarding relationships. She studies how young children understand their relationships with other people, and in particular, on the relationships that they have with imaginary companions. By examining how young children create imaginary relationships, she hopes to learn... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:35am
RM 314, Classroom

8:15am

Assistive Technologies for the General Ed Classroom using Mac OS platform - Apple Computer Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Come to this interactive event and explore the key features built into Apple products for students with special needs. You’ll see how Macs offer a rich set of accessibility features that can be customized to help diverse learners succeed.

• Discover the accessibility features included on every Mac and how they support a wide range of sensory and learning disabilities.
• Get examples of how other institutions are successfully using Apple technology with special needs students.

Speakers

Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:40am
RM 217, Classroom

8:15am

Picture Books with iPad APPs
Limited Capacity full

Planning learning activities that are engaging and relevant to classroom content can be challenging and time consuming! Two tools can come to the rescue of teachers and special educators: picture books and interactive apps. Picture books have a long history of support as a literacy tool and continue to engage students across the grade levels. Interventions and lessons can include fun, humorous picture books that include relevant classroom or social contexts, discourse structures and critical sentence structures and vocabulary. The broad world of apps, on the other hand, can be viewed through the lens of potential contextual pairings and features that align with language and literacy development. This presentation will present exemplar pairings of books and apps for instruction as well as strategies to generalize within your own book and app library. (Target audience: K-6)

Speakers
avatar for Sean Sweeney

Sean Sweeney

Speech-Language Pathologist/Program Coordinator, The Ely Center LLC
Hi! My name is Sean Sweeney and I am a speech-language pathologist and special educator. I combine my experience in school settings with a special interest and training in technology integration to address student learning goals. My enthusiasm for these combined pursuits led me to start a blog (www.speechtechie.com) and while I work in private practice currently and support many public schools in the Boston area through consultation, I travel... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 9:45am
RM 245, Classroom

8:15am

Evaluating the Elementary Library Curriculum, a course for Elementary Library Paras and other library minded sorts.
Limited Capacity seats available

We will share feedback on the grid as it has played out this fall and look ahead to the coming months.W'll share our lesson plans from years past to shore up our collection of lessons, in the ongoing development of The Grid.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Moss

Rebecca Moss

Librarian/Media Asst, Lilja Elementary School
Books, inclusion, kindness, fun! Makerspaces in the elementary library. Stories that teach. Energizing teacher participation.


Monday November 30, 2015 8:15am - 11:05am
RM 216, Classroom Natick High School 2nd Floor

9:45am

Session 2 Workshops (80 Minutes)
Limited Capacity full

Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
TBA

9:45am

Excel for Administrative Assistants
Limited Capacity filling up

For Administrative Assistants

We will cover some basics as well as intermediate topics.  Included will be how to create and use forumlas, the 10 most used formulas, and tips for handling data in multiple spreadsheets.   Also covered with be use of the available menu options in Excel for formatting, adding subtotals and tips to manipulate data. 

Speakers
DC

Donna Cohen

Secretary, Memorial Elementary School
SC

Sherry Culver

DBA, District Wide


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
RM 122K, Video Editing Lab Natick High School - 1st Floor

9:45am

GMAIL Organization: Learn How to Manage your Google Email!
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn how to organize, label and set mail preferences and rules.  Everything you need to know to keep your email life managed!

Speakers
AR

Andrea Rogers

Teacher - HS, Natick High School


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
RM 241, Classroom Natick High School 2nd Floor

9:45am

Google Classroom for Beginners
Limited Capacity full

Speakers
avatar for Karin Knapik-Cloutier

Karin Knapik-Cloutier

Teacher - MS, J. F. Kennedy Middle School
Instructional Technology Teacher at Kennedy


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
RM 226, Classroom

9:45am

Google Classroom with iPads for Beginners
Limited Capacity seats available

How to get Google Classroom up and running in your learning community, particularly if your students are using iPads. This beginnner session will help you set up your classes, have you post your first comment, and play around with your very first assignment. Having your laptop and an iPad is ideal for this session, but not necessary. Bring your laptop if you have to choose!

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Lemon

Sandy Lemon

Grade 6 ELA Teacher at Kennedy Middle School, Natick Public Schools
iPads in the classroom, blended learning, project-based learning, technology and the common core, tips and tricks to help your classroom run more smoothly. Deeper Learning Framework and 21st century skills.


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
RM 229, Classroom

9:45am

Introduction to Discovery Education Streaming Plus
Limited Capacity seats available

This course is designed to demonstrate how Discovery Education Streaming Plus supports multiple learning modalities with content that is easy to integrate, aligned to standards, and always current. Participants will learn how to search for content based on tags, including state standards, keywords, media types, grade levels, and more and seamlessly link lesson objectives to digital media.Dawn will highlight Board Builder if time allows.  Dawn is also aware that close reading is a focus for the district this year.

Speakers
avatar for Dawn Bray

Dawn Bray

Professional Development Specialist & Instructional Coach, Discovery Education
Dawn Bray, M.Ed.Discovery Education Professional DevelopmentEducational Consultant & Instructional CoachI have been an educator for the past twenty four years and have experience in a variety of grade levels. In addition to my work with Discovery, I have my own consulting business, working with high school students to prepare them for college entrance exams, as well as assisting them in the college application process. This past year, I have been... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
RM 206, Classroom

9:45am

Show What You Know: Apps Targeting Expository and Narrative Language
Limited Capacity full

Conveying classroom content is a two-way language process, with teachers looking for innovative ways to engage students in understanding topics, and students being asked to "show what they know." This workshop will describe how a variety of apps can serve as "blank slates" to convey information in various ways using principles of Universal Design For Learning (UDL). The session will emphasize the language and logistical processes of using apps along with strategies such as storyboarding and writing scripts, with an eye towards emphasizing the structures of narrative and expository language. The session will cover easy-to-use apps in various creative genres including e-books, comic strips, video, animation and narrated "slideshows."  (Target audience: K-12)

Speakers
avatar for Sean Sweeney

Sean Sweeney

Speech-Language Pathologist/Program Coordinator, The Ely Center LLC
Hi! My name is Sean Sweeney and I am a speech-language pathologist and special educator. I combine my experience in school settings with a special interest and training in technology integration to address student learning goals. My enthusiasm for these combined pursuits led me to start a blog (www.speechtechie.com) and while I work in private practice currently and support many public schools in the Boston area through consultation, I travel... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
RM 245, Classroom

9:45am

eStar Essentials
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
TL

Timothy Luff

Sped Administrator, District Wide
Director of Student Services


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
RM 233, Classroom Natick High School 2nd Floor

9:45am

Assistive Technologies for the General Ed Classroom using iOS platform (iPads) - Apple Computer Workshop
Limited Capacity filling up

Come to this interactive event and explore the key features built into Apple products for students with special needs. You’ll see how iPad offers a rich set of accessibility features that can be customized to help diverse learners succeed.

• Discover the accessibility features included on every iPad and how they support a wide range of sensory and learning disabilities.
• Experience the accessibility features of iPad, and see how these tools can break down barriers to learning.
• Explore apps that can help students overcome individual learning hurdles.
• Get examples of how other institutions are successfully using Apple technology with special needs students.

Speakers

Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
RM 217, Classroom

9:45am

Beyond Moodle Basics
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
MR

Marge Roberson

Teacher - HS, Natick High School


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
RM 320, Classroom

9:45am

Using OSMO to Support Literacy in the K-1 Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop is for K-1 teachers who want to learn how to use OSMO APPs and manipulatives for station work in the K-1 classroom.  If you attend this workshop you will receive two OSMO kits for your classroom and learn how to set them up for use the next day!

Speakers
GC

Gina Caulfield

Teacher - Elem., Johnson Elementary School
avatar for Brenna Cunningham

Brenna Cunningham

Teacher - Elem., Johnson Elementary School


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
RM 222, Classroom

9:45am

Making Learning Visible: How to leverage Gradeable for 21st Century Formative Feedback
Limited Capacity seats available

Making Learning Visible: How to leverage Gradeable for 21st Century Formative Feedback
Want to give your students rapid formative feedback that supports mastery learning and is faster than your current feedback tool?  Use Gradeable, a free online and paper assessment platform to provide targeted feedback based on quizzes, exit tickets and other assessments, created by you or pulled from our CCSS tagged question bank.  Get instant analysis and other free feedback tools for multiple choice, PARCC style, open response and rubric-based assessments.


Speakers
G

Gradeable

A unique formative assessment platform for schools, charter networks and districts | Product on Display: Gradeable for Projects, Formative Assessment, and Online Assessment


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
RM 212, Classroom

9:45am

Get your students addicted to Math with Prodigy a Standards Aligned Math Game!
Limited Capacity filling up

Follow each student's progress through Common Core standards and track which skills your students are struggling with.

Learn how Prodigy generates real-time data and creates reports to tell you exactly which standards/expectations each one of your students have covered so far, and where their gaps are. Watch students get hooked with this free Pokemon-style math game that is diagnositc, formative, adaptive and addictive!


Speakers
AG

Angelina Gagne

Teacher - Elem., Natick Public Schools
avatar for Jed Stefanowicz

Jed Stefanowicz

Teacher - Grade 3, Brown, Brown Elementary School
Grade 3 Teacher at Brown. Certified Educator/Ambassador: Google, BrainPop, Plickers, Prodigy


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
RM 221, Classroom

9:45am

Getting Started wth Raz-Kids, Learning A-Z
Limited Capacity seats available

Get ready to set up and manage your Raz-Kids account!

Intro to Kids A-Z
Raz-Kids How to:  

  1. Enter students (Manually/CSV) and reading level. Add teacher as a student for demo purposes
  2. Passwords and why
  3. Add parents
  4. Customize on your own bookroom and incentives including the difference between reading assignment and on your own book room
  5. Send class a message and print out log on cards
  6. Assign a running record or custom assignment
  7. Log on as Student and demo site: enhanced e-books, assignment, incentives, on your own book room, etc.
  8. Score a running record 
  9. Use reports to drive instruction

Please bring a computer/technology with you as well as valid Raz-Kids logon credentials. Also please bring your class information including reading levels.


Speakers
avatar for Linda Gordon

Linda Gordon

Professional Development Manager (Eastern USA Region), Learning A-Z
Linda GordonProfessional Development Manager (Eastern USA Region) -Implementation


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
RM 220, Classroom

9:45am

Brainpop - Beyond Videos and Quizzes
Limited Capacity filling up

Everyone loves Tim and Moby as both characters combine information and humor to provide students with a unique way of learning.  Now with BrainPOP, teachers and students have countless opportunities to join Tim and Moby in collecting as well as representing knowledge in their own unique way. In this session, attendees will be introduced to GAMEUP and Make-A-Map, two exciting new features allowing for students to play thought provoking games as well as create concept maps innovating the way in which they think.  Attendees will also be exposed to Quiz Mixer, a powerful tool for teachers allowing them to create quizzes for their students. In addition they will get their feet wet with My BrainPOP, a new data collection tool for both teachers and students. Not only will participants witness mind blowing evidence representing BrainPOP being used to its fullest potential, but they will also have the chance to explore the power behind the newest features!

Speakers
avatar for Nili Bartley

Nili Bartley

Technology Integration Specialist, Hopkinton Public Schools
As a teacher, technology integration coach, and BrainPOP Certified Educator, Nili has led professional development around 21st century learning since 2012. She has recently focused her sessions on strength based learning, concept mapping, and SuperYouFUN at conferences such as MassCUE and ISTE.
avatar for Sarah Dahlheimer

Sarah Dahlheimer

Teacher - Elem., Bennett-Hemenway Elementary School
Sarah Dahlheimer is a grade 3 teacher at Bennett Hemenway Elementary school in Natick. Certified BrainPOP Educator, | Google Certified Educator, Plickers Ambassador


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
RM 219, Classroom

9:45am

iMovie and Video Editing & Effects: For Teachers, For Students, and the Power of YouTube
Limited Capacity full

We will take a look at the basic concepts behind video editing so users can apply not just to iMovie, but other formats as well for the future.  We will use iMovie as our platform to do some basic video editing to be able to accomplish some basic technical goals, we will also explore special effects and green screens.  We will then look at ways for the teacher to use iMovie to enhance the classroom for students, the way you can have students use iMovie to enhance learning.  We will also look at the role of YouTube for hosting, managing, and delivery video content to your students.  

audience K-12...very applicable for elementary teachers with iPads, MS teachers and HS teachers with laptops.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Sallee

Tom Sallee

Grade 8 Social Studies, Wilson Middle School


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
RM 227, Classroom

9:45am

The Power of the Library
Limited Capacity filling up

Your librarians can make your work easier, we have AMAZING tools and curriculum supports.  Come get an overview of the databases, Noodletools, Libguides and the best websites, Apps and much more!

Speakers
avatar for Amy Bloom

Amy Bloom

SLMS, Natick Public Schools
I have been the Teacher-Librarian at Wilson Middle School for 8 years. I am passionate about creating life long readers through providing them with access to books, giving them choices and time to read! I am a photographer, in my next life I want to work for National Geographic.
avatar for Tara McDonald

Tara McDonald

Library Teacher, Natick High School


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
Library Natick High School - 1st Floor

9:45am

Using Mimio in the HS Math Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop is designed to help educators develop lessons using the Mimeo Notebook Software. If you have access to a Mimeo Tablet/Board, then please bring it. However, it is not necessary to bring one to the workshop. Participants will be able to learn how to insert files, use the shape recognition function, and record videos.  Time will be allotted for specific needs of the participants' use of the program.

Speakers
LM

Lily Ma

Teacher - HS, Natick High School


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
RM 243, Classroom

9:45am

Boardmaker for Beginners
Limited Capacity seats available

Practice beginning level skills using Boardmaker, a program used to create symbol-based learning materials. Learn how to make symbols, use the boardmaker dictionary, vary size of symbols, fonts of materials or re-label the symbol to meet your needs. Practice using the program and taylor symbols to meet your students' needs. 

Speakers
MG

Mary Gavin

Natick Public Schools
I am an ACCESS classroom teacher at Bennett-Hemenway elementary school. I have been teaching for 9 years. I worked at Perkins School for the Blind and this is my third year with the Natick Public schools.


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
RM 326, Classroom

9:45am

Brain Based Learning for Teachers Grades 3-8
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
KM

Kirsten McDonough

Teacher - MS, Natick Public Schools


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
RM 327, Classroom

9:45am

Content Creation and Collaborative Approaches for Elementary Classrooms (iPads) - Apple Computer Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

In this interactive session, we will explore creative uses of the iPad in the elementary classroom with a variety of methodologies.  Many tools from the App Store, iBookstore, and iTunes U will be shared for students to think, show, create and share their learning across multiple content area strands to showcase high order thinking skills.

Speakers
MB

Matt Brooks

K-12 Education Development Executive, Apple Inc.
k-12 Development Executive, Apple Inc.


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
RM 218, Classroom Natick High School 2nd Floor

9:45am

TenMarks Math - Getting Started Integrating TenMarks into your Curriculum to Personalize
Limited Capacity seats available

Getting Started–Integrating TenMarks Into your Curriculum. 

This workshop is an introduction to TenMarks and how to integrate the program into your classroom and curriculum.  You will get up close and personal with the TenMarks content, experiencing it's depth and and rigor first hand. You will learn how TenMarks can easly integrate with, complement, and enhance your existing instructional practices through the customization of your curriculum and assignments tabs. Leveraging TenMarks assessments to personalize and differentiate instruction. By utilizing your assessments and playlist tabs, you'll be able to engage a class of students with a range of skill levels.

Speakers
avatar for Hope Huynh

Hope Huynh

Director, TenMarks
TenMarks Trainer


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
RM 238, Classroom

9:45am

Taking CUEThink to the Next Level for Teachers in grades 6-8
Limited Capacity seats available

Attending this session will give you the insider edge on what CueThink in the classroom looks like to build your students’ problem solving and math communication skills.  You will have time to futher experience how CueThink leverages and expands your students’ repertoire of math strategies while building their growth mindset. Included are valuable tips on the student application and teacher dashboard to make the most efficient use of class time.  

Introduction (5 minutes)

How CueThink engages students in the 8 standards for mathematical practice.
Strategies to introduce the 4 phases for problem solving.

Working sessions (about 20 minutes EACH) where you will leave with lessons and assignments ready for your classroom.

  1. Strategies and use cases supporting student success. Emphasis on UNDERSTAND and SOLVE phases.
  2. Strategies for peer-to-peer ANNOTATIONS.
  3. Navigating the educator mode:
  • creating assignments
  • finding and/or creating content
  • student and class data views and management
Wrap up Q&A, take aways, next steps (10 minutes)

Speakers
avatar for Norma Gordon

Norma Gordon

Chief Academic Officer/Math Specialist/Instructional Coach, CueThink and Brookline Public Schools
I have been an active mathematics and professional learning educator for almost 20 years. My goal is to support and foster creative, collaborative learning environments. I view this flexibly as "learners-2-learners" - meaning all students and educators! @normabgordon is my personal twitter handle. When not CAO-ing at CueThink I am a mathematics specialist/instructional coach in Brookline, MA
avatar for Joann Wang

Joann Wang

Implementation Specialist, CueThink
Prior to joining CueThink, I was an Elementary Educator for 11 years. My deep interest in education technology stemmed from my classroom experiences in culling the best of edtech tools to achieve my teaching goals. I took great joy in supporting my colleagues with edtech integration and professional development. My current role at CueThink enables me to take this to the next level!


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
RM 228, Classroom

9:45am

Co-Teaching Workshop
Limited Capacity filling up

Collaboration & Co-Teaching to Reach Every Learner

This presentation will include specific strategies and tools for maximizing partnerships of all kinds in the inclusive classroom.  Technology tips and tools, communication strategies, and specific planning and instructional tips for teaching partners will be included.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Hines

Rebecca Hines

Associate Professor, University of Central Florida
Dr. Rebecca Hines is an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida who has worked closely with University leaders on the development of UCF's new Inclusive Education Initiative. Dr. Hines has worked in the field of education for 25 years, specifically focusing on inclusive opportunities for persons of all abilities.


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
RM 321, Classroom

9:45am

Natick Paraprofessionals' Toolkit: How To Support Students With Disabilities-MODULE 2
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
TL

Timothy Luff

Sped Administrator, District Wide
Director of Student Services


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
RM 322, Classroom

9:45am

K-4 Mathematics Differentiation: A Project-Based Solution
Limited Capacity filling up

Please join me to learn about trends in U.S. mathematics instruction and differentiation options to meet the needs of all K-4 students! Last spring, I attended a Mathematics and the Brain Conference as well as a Modeling with Mathematics Lesley Workshop to fulfill my Master Teacher Fellowship and am eager to share what I learned with you. During our session, we will first analyze global mathematics data and discuss what our curriculum lacks. We will then explore project-based learning - an innovative solution to differentiation that incorporates 21st century learning skills and integrates cross-curricular content. You will have time to work in teams with your Investigations curriculum to brainstorm ideas to bring a project-based learning problem solving approach into your classroom!
Thank you,Heather

Speakers
HK

Heather Kozin

Teacher - Elem., Lilja Elementary School


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
RM 224, Classroom

9:45am

Wellness Summit: Let's Move! Strategies to Incorporate Movement in the Classroom
Limited Capacity full

THIS SESSION WILL BE REPEATED.  PAM HAS GRACIOUSLY OFFERED TO PRESENT TWICE:  9:45am and 1:15pm.  
This presentation will focus on the positive outcomes I have seen incorporating exercise & stretching into my health classroom. I plan to cover the negative health impact sitting has on our bodies as well as the positive benefits that movement creates in the classroom.

Speakers
PR

Pamela Riddle

Health/Physical Educator, Wayland Middle School
Pam has been involved with health and fitness since 1994. She began her career as a group exercise instructor apprentice and athletic training student at the University of Rhode Island. After graduation, she attended Springfield College and majored in applied exercise science and strength & conditioning. She worked as an athletic trainer, group exercise instructor, and personal trainer right after graduate school. She enjoys working with a... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
RM 314, Classroom

9:45am

Wellness Summit: Setting the Stage for Learning - How Exercise/Play Readies in the Brain
Limited Capacity seats available

You’re already using exercise as a tool to promote your students’ cognitive, emotional
and attentional capacities. Assuming enhancing cardiovascular fitness is one of your 
program goals, what can you expect from your students. In this session findings and best 
practices from school-based exercise intervention studies are presented. By the end of 
this session, participants will be able to answer common questions from members of 
school communities: Should PE be done daily? Doesn’t recess count? Should students 
come to school early to exercise? How do I integrate heart rate monitors into my classes 
and how do I assign grades if I’m not teaching specific skills? Lessons from leading 
schools will be shared, including how they are changing pedagogy, curriculum, 
leadership, student participation and teacher support.  Student and teacher self-
determination and autonomy will be discussed, as well as lessons from Positive 
Psychology, in how to structure PE to optimize student gains.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Thornton, Ph.D.

Alex Thornton, Ph.D.

RTSG Neuroscience Consulting
Dr. Alex Thornton, a teacher for seven years, has his doctorate in Educational Leadership. His recent work has focused on using exercise to change school cultures and optimize student learning. He also collaborates closely with other leading thinkers to bring findings from sleep, nutrition, play, and Neuro/Biofeedback research to educational and organizational settings. Alex’s goal is to incorporate findings from neuropsychology into... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
Auditorium Natick High School - 1st Floor

9:45am

Wellness Summit: The iPad App that Will Revolutionize Your Teaching
Limited Capacity seats available

Experience the magic of live heart rate for up to 40 users on your iPad. Real time data will impact your students' motivation and safety.  Learn the latest research regarding childhood heart rate.  See how data can help individualize every activity to show student growth and fulfill standards based grading and teacher evaluation requirements. One webservice for heart rate, activity and fitness assessment.  No more downloading heart rate monitors the data is instantly live on the webservice and parent/student portals.  Polarusa.com/education

Speakers
JA

Julian Acevedo

Regional Account Manager, Polar Education Solutions
I have been working with Polar for over a year as a Lead Customer Service Representative. Prior to working with Polar, I worked in the health and wellness industry as a Manager for GNC and for the biggest indoor rock climbing and fitness facility in New York City. As a competitive triathlete, I am very passionate about fitness and I truly believe that we have the tools necessary to instill the same fire in our youth. Working as a swimming and... Read More →



Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
Gymnasium Natick High School - 1st Floor

9:45am

Wellness Summit: Using Technology to Track Fitness Levels
Limited Capacity full

I'll be showing how to use excel and other methods to track fitness progress as well as comparing fitness baselines against established norms.

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Guidice

Joseph Guidice

Teacher - HS, Natick High School


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
RM 317, Classroom

9:45am

Wellness Summit: Your Yoga and Mindfulness Tool Kit: How Yoga and Mindfulness Benefit the School Community
Limited Capacity full

THERE ARE TWO REPEAT SESSIONS OFFERED FOR THIS SESSION: 9:45am and then again at 1:15pm.  Eve Costarelli will introduce yoga and mindfulness techniques, specifically designed for the time and space-crunched classroom. Through a clear, straightforward framework, you will learn how to empower your students and yourselves with increased self-awareness, the foundation for the development of self-management, cognitive and emotional empathy and relationship skills. The basic strategies are easy for teachers, students, parents, and therapists to use, and help to create a more harmonious, learning-friendly, school day. 

 Absolutely no yoga experience is required. In fact, participants are encouraged to wear regular, comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes to the workshop, as we'll be simulating a classroom experience.  This fun and informative workshop will relax and inspire you.



 

Speakers
avatar for Eve Costarelli

Eve Costarelli

Owner; Artistic Director, Always Be Dancing
Eve is an Arts Educator, bringing mindfulness, yoga and flamenco into the communities of Massachusetts and specializes in teaching youth of all abilities to create a community of inclusion. Eve's classes are fun, upbeat, non-competitive, and all inclusive. By using classwork, self-study, and inspiration, Eve opens the doors for her students to take their yoga off the mat and into the world. Through various non-profits including Open Spirit Center... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 9:45am - 11:05am
RM 306, Classroom

11:15am

Session 3L-1 Workshops (45 Minutes)
Limited Capacity full

Monday November 30, 2015 11:15am - 12:00pm
TBA

11:15am

Better Communication between Home and School with Google APPs
Limited Capacity full

Learn how to use Google APPs to imporve and manage your communication between home and school.

Speakers
MJ

Matthew Joseph

Principal - Elem., Natick Public Schools
• Matt is presently serving as principal of the Memorial Elementary School in Natick, this is his second year in Natick. | • Prior to coming to Natick, Matt was the principal at Hill-Roberts Elementary School in Attleboro for 5 years. As principal, Matt presented both at MESPA and the ISTE conference on 21st century school design. | • Matt has also served as a district technology specialist in the... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 11:15am - 12:00pm
RM 217, Classroom

11:15am

NEW SESSION! Learn how to use Twitter to create a window into your classroom!
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session, you will learn how to set up an account and use some of Twitter's basic features.  We will talk about how to use Twitter to communicate with families and highlight students' learning!  At the end of this session, you'll have your own classroom account set up and will have the chance to explore how to use Twitter as a classroom resource!

Speakers
LD

Lauren Desautels

Teacher - Elem., Memorial Elementary School


Monday November 30, 2015 11:15am - 12:00pm
RM 241, Classroom Natick High School 2nd Floor

11:15am

Setting up YouTube for Teachers Channel
Limited Capacity full

We all know how fabulous YouTube is for digital resources. If you are like so many teachers you search for new content every time you want to show something to your students. So, why not curate your own work as well as the work that others are sharing? Learn how to share tutorials and screencasts you create by uploading them to YouTube.  This workshop will show you how to set up and organize your channel with playlists in order to share video content easily.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Doyle

Ken Doyle

History Teacher, Natick Public Schools
Grade 8 social studies teacher Wilson Middle School


Monday November 30, 2015 11:15am - 12:00pm
RM 245, Classroom

11:15am

Putting the "A" in Steam: Developing Creative Thinking Skills across the STEM curriculum.
Limited Capacity full

Designed for PK and K teachers.  Creative problem solving is an essential life skill.  Teach your students to activate their creative thinking skills across the STEM curriculum and jumpstart your own creativity. Participants in this workshop will learn about the Creative Problem-Solving Process, strategies to practice the process, creativity squelchers, and ways to jumpstart creative thinking in your students and yourself. We will also have fun practicing  the techniques of improvisation through warm-up and energizer improvisational theatre games. Be prepared to get those creative synapses firing! FULL STEAM AHEAD !

Speakers
avatar for Claudia Price

Claudia Price

Teacher - Preschool, Natick Preschool
Claudia Price M.Ed.Natick Public SchoolsSpecial Education Early Childhood EducatorThe Natick Preschool


Monday November 30, 2015 11:15am - 12:00pm
RM 218, Classroom Natick High School 2nd Floor

11:15am

How to Search Reading A-Z, Learning A-Z
Limited Capacity filling up

Get ready to learn how toefficiently utilize your Reading A-Z account!

In this session we will: 

 

1.            Utilize the top 3 resources in the Teacher's Corner

2.             Set up your file cabinet and save resources to it

3.             Explore a leveled book and all the resources associated with it

4.             Find 3 places to pull a book/ lesson out of thin air

5.             Search and filter for specific resources

 

Please bring a computer or technology to follow along.  Also, please bring valid Reading A-Z log on credentials.


Speakers
avatar for Linda Gordon

Linda Gordon

Professional Development Manager (Eastern USA Region), Learning A-Z
Linda GordonProfessional Development Manager (Eastern USA Region) -Implementation


Monday November 30, 2015 11:15am - 12:00pm
RM 220, Classroom

11:15am

Technology Buddies at the Elementary Level
Limited Capacity filling up

Technology buddies in elementary school (4th graders working with 1st graders)


Speakers
JD

Julia Dmitriev

Natick Public Schools
KF

Kristina Forzaglia

Natick Public Schools


Monday November 30, 2015 11:15am - 12:00pm
RM 227, Classroom

11:15am

Using Google Docs for Research and More
Limited Capacity full

Needs a description.

Speakers
avatar for Karin Knapik-Cloutier

Karin Knapik-Cloutier

Teacher - MS, J. F. Kennedy Middle School
Instructional Technology Teacher at Kennedy


Monday November 30, 2015 11:15am - 12:00pm
RM 243, Classroom

11:15am

Multi-Media Literacy Centers: Build Student Engagement, Independence, and Content-Area Knowledge
Limited Capacity full

Explore the purpose, structure and benefits of multi-media literacy centers for the content areas.  Immerse students in varied and accessible content materials to deepen background knowledge and develop both critical thinking and literacy skills.  Using centers allows for differentiation, increases engagement, and shifts students to take ownership and drive some of their learning.  Participants will leave with a template plan for developing centers for one content-area topic or thematic unit.

With Elementary and MS Science, Social Studies, ELA teachers, Grades 3-8: Ilse O'Brien and Angelina Gagne

Speakers
AG

Angelina Gagne

Teacher - Elem., Natick Public Schools
IO

Ilse O'Brien

5th Grade ELA, History & SS, Natick Public Schools


Monday November 30, 2015 11:15am - 12:00pm
RM 212, Classroom

11:15am

"Show me what you know" Using iPad APPS to assess student thinking.
Limited Capacity full

Two dynamic third grade teachers will guide you through a variety of ways to assess students’ thinking with the iPad.  Strategies to utilize Explain Everything, Book Creator, Kahoot, Yakit, Twitter, and KidBlog and other apps on the iPad will be explored in this hands-on workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Dahlheimer

Sarah Dahlheimer

Teacher - Elem., Bennett-Hemenway Elementary School
Sarah Dahlheimer is a grade 3 teacher at Bennett Hemenway Elementary school in Natick. Certified BrainPOP Educator, | Google Certified Educator, Plickers Ambassador
avatar for Nina Laplante

Nina Laplante

3rd Grade Teacher, Natick Public Schools


Monday November 30, 2015 11:15am - 12:00pm
RM 219, Classroom

11:15am

Wellness Summit: Is Stress Killing You? It's Killing Me!
Limited Capacity full

OFFERED THREE TIMES AS A REPEAT SESSION. 

Come learn strategies of how to manage the stressors in your daily life (professionally and personally).  This session will provide tried and true ways to "relax".   Karen will also provide ways to help you assist your students to appropriately manage stress in the classroom.  
Participants will be able to identify the physiological process of the stress response. 

Participants will be able to understand how the increased stress impacts the learning process. 

Participants will be able to demonstrate at least two relaxation strategies they can use to manage stress.

Participants will describe two relaxation strategies to implement with students.

 

Speakers
NC

Nancy Conroy

Nancy Conroy is a Registered Nurse and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston College. She is a certified Reiki Master/Teacher, Theta Healer and Lecturer of Reiki and Integrative Therapies. For the past seventeen years Nancy has been a school nurse working with students with learning and language differences and the Nursing Supervisor at the Learning Prep School in West Newton. In addition, Nancy is the owner of IAM Wellbeing, LLC... Read More →
KR

Karen Rufo

Nurse Leader, Natick Public Schools
Karen Rufo is a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, who has been working in School Nursing for the past 27 years! She also maintains a part time hospital practice at Newton Wellesley Hospital. Karen's interest's include mental health, specifically the stress response and how to manage stress. Her presentation will include practical tips on managing stress levels, both in the professional and classroom settings. She received her... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 11:15am - 12:30pm
RM 148A - Chorus room Natick High School - 1st Floor

12:00pm

Deep Dive: Gr 8 Teachers - Integrating Chromebooks and Google APPs for Education in the ELA/Social Studies Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This is an introductory course for Natick Grade 8 teachers who are interested in understanding how their new Chromebooks and Google APPs for Education can be integrated into their ELA and Social Studies classrooms. The session will explore Chromebooks and the Chrome operating system to increase comfort and understanding of Chromebooks and the unique features of the Chrome operating system. Further, we will examine two concepts around Chromebooks in the classroom, Formative Assessment and Visible Thinking through Screencasting.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Kulowiec

Greg Kulowiec

Instructor & Google for Education Certified Trainer, EdTechTeacher
An early adopter of mobile devices, Greg first integrated cell phones, and then iPads, into his high school history curricula. As an EdTechTeacher instructor, he works with schools across the country, presents at national conferences, and blogs regularly about the creative capabilities afforded by mobile devices. He officially coined the phrase "App Smashing," is an authorized Google Education Trainer, and attended St. Anselm college in... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 12:00pm - 3:00pm
RM 208, Classroom

12:10pm

Session 3L-2 Workshops (45 Minutes)
Limited Capacity full

Speakers
avatar for Grace Magley

Grace Magley

Director of Digital Learning, Natick Public Schools
"Grace Magley, M. Ed. (Facilitator) Grace is a Blended Learning Specialist and the Director of Digital Learning for the Natick Public Schools. Natick is a 1:1 Laptop Learning district in grades 8-12 and has implemented blended learning models district-wide to personalize learning for student success. Grace sits on the board of directors for MassCUE and the TEC Connections Academy Virtual School (TECCA). As an adjunct professor at Framingham State... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 12:10pm - 12:55pm
TBA

12:10pm

Better Communication between Home and School with Google APPs
Limited Capacity full

Learn how to use Google APPs to imporve and manage your communication between home and school.

Speakers
MJ

Matthew Joseph

Principal - Elem., Natick Public Schools
• Matt is presently serving as principal of the Memorial Elementary School in Natick, this is his second year in Natick. | • Prior to coming to Natick, Matt was the principal at Hill-Roberts Elementary School in Attleboro for 5 years. As principal, Matt presented both at MESPA and the ISTE conference on 21st century school design. | • Matt has also served as a district technology specialist in the... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 12:10pm - 12:55pm
RM 217, Classroom

12:10pm

Twitter 101: Learn the basics of using twitter in your classroom and why you should
Limited Capacity full

Kimberly Araujo and Elke MacKenzie - coteaching the Twitter 101 Class. This is a beginner level session in which you will learn about twitter, set up a classroom or personal account, and get a chance to play around! We will discuss how you can use a twitter across all grade levels (Even specialists!), show examples of classroom/educator twitter accounts, and walk you through the entire process. This is a great way to communicate with families and other educators that does not feel like one more thing!

Speakers
avatar for Kim Araujo

Kim Araujo

Teacher - Elem., Memorial Elementary School
avatar for Elke MacKenzie

Elke MacKenzie

Teacher - Elem., Natick Public Schools


Monday November 30, 2015 12:10pm - 12:55pm
RM 243, Classroom

12:10pm

Educator Updates by Central Office: Licensure, PD, and SEI Endorsements
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will cover PD and creating Individual professional development plans, licensure, and SEI endorsements

Speakers
MD

Marianne Davis

Other District Admin, Natick Public Schools
TL

Timothy Luff

Sped Administrator, District Wide
Director of Student Services
avatar for Anna Nolin

Anna Nolin

Assistant Superintendent, Teaching, Learning, Innovation, Natick Public Schools
Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment. Digital learning.


Monday November 30, 2015 12:10pm - 12:55pm
RM 232, Lecture Hall

12:10pm

Manage Your iPad Workflow and Keep Your iPads updated and clean
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session, you will be exposed to how much extra “stuff” gets placed on your iPads by your students that takes up space and memory. You will learn how to “clean your iPads” – but better yet – teach your students to reduce their iPad digital footprint as they use the device. This session will also address where to store work for your records, but also for students to archive their electronic work. Intermediate. K-7

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Lemon

Sandy Lemon

Grade 6 ELA Teacher at Kennedy Middle School, Natick Public Schools
iPads in the classroom, blended learning, project-based learning, technology and the common core, tips and tricks to help your classroom run more smoothly. Deeper Learning Framework and 21st century skills.


Monday November 30, 2015 12:10pm - 12:55pm
RM 229, Classroom

12:10pm

Blogging, Twitter and Using Social Media in the Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn the power of using social media in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Sockalosky

Tracy Sockalosky

Teacher - MS, Wilson Middle School


Monday November 30, 2015 12:10pm - 12:55pm
RM 213, Classroom

12:10pm

New Session! Blogging, Twitter and Using Social Media in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn the power of using social media in the classroom.

Speakers
IK

Ian Kelly

Principal - Elem., Natick Public Schools
Ian presently serves as principal of the Bennett-Hemenway School in Natick,MA; a position he has held for the past eight years. Ian has also served as an Assistant Principal, Title I Director, 5th grade teacher, and 3rd grade teacher for the public schools in Needham, MA. Ian holds a Bachelor's degree in early childhood and elementary education from Frostburg State University, a Masters of Education in School Administration from Cambridge... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 12:10pm - 12:55pm
RM 215, Classroom

12:10pm

Introduction to Akindi an Online grading Program
Limited Capacity seats available

Akindi is an online grading program for multiple choice assessments that provides educators with easy data analysis.  Item analysis provides an insight into test constructions as well as student performance.  In this session, high school teachers will learn to use this program, explore the data analysis and practice exporting data to students and to for "DDM Reporting".  For high school teachers only.  

Speakers
DS

David Shapiro

Teacher - HS, Natick Public Schools
LW

Linda Weber

Dept Head: Sci, Natick Public Schools


Monday November 30, 2015 12:10pm - 12:55pm
RM 327, Classroom

12:10pm

Book Buzz and Backchannels: Engage and Motivate Readers.
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore tools and strategies to engage and motivate students to enjoy reading and broaden their experiences.  Strengthen the independent reading culture in your classroom.  We'll explore ways to use digital tools such as Biblionasium, Shelfari, Padlet, and Google Docs for social reading experiences that can support your literacy goals.  We'll also share recommendations for great new titles to share with students.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Bloom

Amy Bloom

SLMS, Natick Public Schools
I have been the Teacher-Librarian at Wilson Middle School for 8 years. I am passionate about creating life long readers through providing them with access to books, giving them choices and time to read! I am a photographer, in my next life I want to work for National Geographic.
IO

Ilse O'Brien

5th Grade ELA, History & SS, Natick Public Schools


Monday November 30, 2015 12:10pm - 12:55pm
Library Natick High School - 1st Floor

12:10pm

Book Commercials Using Animoto
Limited Capacity filling up

Want student-created book commercials to entice readers in your classroom? Participants will learn how to create videos using Animoto, storyboards for ideas, and rubrics for final pieces. Participants will go through the entire process from start to finish and will have an exemplar to show students. Grades 3-6

Moderators
KF

Kristina Forzaglia

Natick Public Schools

Speakers
AG

Angelina Gagne

Teacher - Elem., Natick Public Schools


Monday November 30, 2015 12:10pm - 12:55pm
RM 221, Classroom

12:10pm

Wellness Summit: Before School Biking and the Impact on Health and Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

A multi-school exercise study was conducted by RTSG and Specialized Bikes in 2012 and 2014.  It examined the effect of exercise on a variety of physical, emotional, cognitive metrics as well as Math and English standardized test scores.  We'll look to discuss the results regarding using exercise to benefit academic performance, and lessons learned from the studies.

Speakers
MD

Meghan Dwyer

Teacher - MS, J. F. Kennedy Middle School
Meghan Dwyer, M. Ed., | Originally from Albany, NY; Meghan has found herself a fitting home at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Natick, MA where she has just started her seventh year of teaching Physical Education. Since starting in Natick, she and her co-teachers have been focused on creating a fitness focused physical education model for their school. They have worked closely with researchers and school administration to develop and drive their... Read More →
avatar for Chris Gilbert, Ph.D.

Chris Gilbert, Ph.D.

RTSG Neuroscience Consulting
Chris Gilbert studied Computational Neuropsychology at McMaster University and completed his PhD thesis on learning and the brain (simulating executive functions and memory through computer models of the brain). He has gone on to complete studies that use targeted exercise to improve outcomes in school, at work, and in life. Some examples include studies that examine: the benefit of biking on academics and among ADHD students in association... Read More →
DL

David Lyth

Teacher - MS, Natick Public Schools
Dave Lyth graduated from Bridgewater State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and went on to earn his Master of Education from Fitchburg State University in May 2013. He just finished his second masters in Educational Leadership in July 2015 from Endicott College. Dave is currently in his 8th year as a Physical Education teacher at Kennedy Middle School in Natick, Massachusetts. Dave has presented numerous... Read More →
avatar for Alex Thornton, Ph.D.

Alex Thornton, Ph.D.

RTSG Neuroscience Consulting
Dr. Alex Thornton, a teacher for seven years, has his doctorate in Educational Leadership. His recent work has focused on using exercise to change school cultures and optimize student learning. He also collaborates closely with other leading thinkers to bring findings from sleep, nutrition, play, and Neuro/Biofeedback research to educational and organizational settings. Alex’s goal is to incorporate findings from neuropsychology into... Read More →
avatar for Noel Vigue

Noel Vigue

Wellness Summit - coordinator, Natick Public Schools
Noel Vigue, M.Ed., CSCS is a health and physical educator at Kennedy Middle School in Natick, MA. Previously, he served Head Coach for Strength and Conditioning at Boston University's Athletic Enhancement Center.  He has been teaching and coaching adolescents for more than 19 years. He teaches the Fitness for Life program for 7th & 8th grade students at KMS. For the past six years, he has been working to establish Natick Public... Read More →



Monday November 30, 2015 12:10pm - 12:55pm
Auditorium Natick High School - 1st Floor

12:30pm

CHARMS Office Assistant Demo and Evaluation for Music Department (2 HOURS)
Limited Capacity seats available

For Music Department staff

Speakers
SM

Scott Morrill

Teacher - MS, Wilson Middle School


Monday November 30, 2015 12:30pm - 2:30pm
RM 134, Classroom

1:00pm

Blended Learning SIG Meeting - All administrators are welcome to attend
Limited Capacity seats available

The next MassCUE SIG group meeting will be held on November 30th during the Natick Innovation and Learning Summit (NILS) from 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM at the Natick High School in Room 245. Natick High School is located at 15 West Street, Natick, MA 01760  

Here is the Agenda for the Meeting:

  • News from iNacol
  • Update on the Leadership in Blended Learning Program (LBL) 
  • Subcommittees : LBL, School visits, website resources, CUE articles, more?   
  • Identify Blended Schools/Programs to visit this year
  • Presentation/Demo by EverFI - Free K-12 curriculum resources: Digital Literacy, STEM, Financial Planning and more! 
  • Discussion: District/School use of OER's; What is working and what is not.
  • New Business / Topics for Next Meeting

Here is the Upcoming Calendar of Events:

  • November 23rd, 6 PM - 7 PM: MassCUE PD Committee conference call to approve the plan to roll out the registration for the  Leadership in Blended Learning Program (LBLP).  Program Facilitators are welcome to join this call. Let me know if you want to help me present the plan to the PD committee.
  • November 26th - 27th: Thanksgiving Holiday
  • November 30th, 8 AM - 3 PM: Natick Innovation and Learning Summit, Natick High School 
  • November 30th, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM: Blended Learning SIG Meeting, Natick High School
  • December 1st, 1 PM - 2 PM: Leadership in Blended Learning Facilitators Only Conf. Call w/ Friday Institute
  • December 11th, 9 AM - 11:30 AM: Blended Learning SIG Meeting, Westford Public Schools
  • December 24th - January 1st: Winter Break
  • January 21st - 22nd, LearnLaunch Across Boundaries Conference.  We are planning to have our monthly meeting at this conference on Friday, January 22nd in the afternoon. Specifics yet TBD.

Speakers
avatar for Grace Magley

Grace Magley

Director of Digital Learning, Natick Public Schools
"Grace Magley, M. Ed. (Facilitator) Grace is a Blended Learning Specialist and the Director of Digital Learning for the Natick Public Schools. Natick is a 1:1 Laptop Learning district in grades 8-12 and has implemented blended learning models district-wide to personalize learning for student success. Grace sits on the board of directors for MassCUE and the TEC Connections Academy Virtual School (TECCA). As an adjunct professor at Framingham State... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 1:00pm - 3:30pm
RM 245, Classroom

1:10pm

Session 4 Workshops (80 Minutes)
Limited Capacity full

Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
TBA

1:10pm

Creating Newsletters with Google Doc Templates for Admin Assistants
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn how to easitly create attractive Newsletters using google doc templates. For Administrative Assistants

Speakers
MR

Marge Roberson

Teacher - HS, Natick High School


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 122K, Video Editing Lab Natick High School - 1st Floor

1:10pm

GMAIL Organization: Learn How to Manage your Google Email!
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn how to organize, label and set mail preferences and rules.  Everything you need to know to keep your email life managed!

Speakers
AR

Andrea Rogers

Teacher - HS, Natick High School


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 241, Classroom Natick High School 2nd Floor

1:10pm

Google Classroom for Beginners
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
JV

Justin Voldman

Teacher - HS, Natick High School


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 229, Classroom

1:10pm

Learn all the ways you can use Google Chrome extensions and Google Forms in the Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

Google Forms is a tool that can be used in so many ways, and are very easy to create and share with students and families. This session will share strategies to make the forms work for you as a teacher, including assessment, homework, data gathering, etc. No prior knowledge is required!

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Sockalosky

Tracy Sockalosky

Teacher - MS, Wilson Middle School


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 213, Classroom

1:10pm

Moodle for Beginners
Limited Capacity filling up

Are you a new Moodle user?  Do you have a basic site that needs some structure and organization to make it more user friendly?  Have you tried a forum or assignment with your students in Moodle?   What about backing up your course and maintaining enrollments and groups?

This and more will be covered in this Moodle for Beginners course.  Partipants should have their own Moodle course already. 

This is an open workshop format with time built in for individuals to work on their own sites with help available.  Topics will vary depending on the needs of the group.


Speakers
SC

Sherry Culver

DBA, District Wide


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 320, Classroom

1:10pm

Pixlir.com: An online photo editor!
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you tired of the same old Power Point templates unit after unit? Are you using images from Google images to try to visually display your curriculum but just can not find the perfect image? Then this is the class for you! It is time to take control of the images and templates you visually display to your students. This session will cover the basic of pixlr.com which is a photo editing Website application that mimics the same user interface and features of Adobe Photoshop. After this class you will want to "pixlr" every photo in your photo library! This is for learners of all types and at any level. Class Outline/Detailed Material can be found at: http://mrscullen.com/images/techday_pixlrpresentation.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Lori Cullen

Lori Cullen

Teacher - HS, Natick High School


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 201, Graphic Arts Lab Natick High School - 2nd Floor

1:10pm

eStar Essentials
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
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Timothy Luff

Sped Administrator, District Wide
Director of Student Services


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 233, Classroom Natick High School 2nd Floor

1:10pm

Learning to Use your Google Calendar
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop is designed to help participants use the basic functionality of Google Calendar. You will learn how to color-code events, attach documents, send invites for scheduled events, and create notifications of upcoming events.  Time will be allotted for specific needs of the participants' use of the program. 

Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 231, Classroom Natick High School 2nd Floor

1:10pm

Practical Para Training by Elementary Special Education/Classroom Teachers
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Mary Gavin

Natick Public Schools
I am an ACCESS classroom teacher at Bennett-Hemenway elementary school. I have been teaching for 9 years. I worked at Perkins School for the Blind and this is my third year with the Natick Public schools.


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 222, Classroom

1:10pm

Technology use in the K-4 Classroom
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Julia Dmitriev

Natick Public Schools
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Kristina Forzaglia

Natick Public Schools


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 221, Classroom

1:10pm

Project-Based Learning with iPads Gr K-7
Limited Capacity seats available

Take a closer look at some core creationary apps and generate ideas for their use in your own classroom community. Explain Everything, Book Creator, Haiku Deck, PicCollage/Piktochart. Please bring iPad to this session. Intermediate. K-7

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Lemon

Sandy Lemon

Grade 6 ELA Teacher at Kennedy Middle School, Natick Public Schools
iPads in the classroom, blended learning, project-based learning, technology and the common core, tips and tricks to help your classroom run more smoothly. Deeper Learning Framework and 21st century skills.


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 226, Classroom

1:10pm

QR Codes to support Classroom Instruction and Self Directed Learners
Limited Capacity filling up

Create QR codes to link audio, video, or documents to support classroom instruction.  Learn simple ways for you and your students to make posters, books, and infographics come to life with this interactive tool.  Explore ways to share classroom content and activities for students, teachers, or parents.

Speakers
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Jed Stefanowicz

Teacher - Grade 3, Brown, Brown Elementary School
Grade 3 Teacher at Brown. Certified Educator/Ambassador: Google, BrainPop, Plickers, Prodigy


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 224, Classroom

1:10pm

Reading A-Z Deeper Dive Session, Learning A-Z
Limited Capacity seats available

Get ready to explore favorite resources within Reading A-Z!

  • Shared Reading/Close Reading 
  • Graphic Comic and Humor Books
  • Project Based Learning Packs
  • Paired Texts
  • Graphic Organizers/Visual Devices
  • Comprehension Skill Packs
  • Tutoring and Mentoring Packs
  • Game Packs
  • And More! 

Please bring a computer or technology to follow along.  Also, please bring valid Reading A-Z log on credentials.


Speakers
avatar for Linda Gordon

Linda Gordon

Professional Development Manager (Eastern USA Region), Learning A-Z
Linda GordonProfessional Development Manager (Eastern USA Region) -Implementation


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 220, Classroom

1:10pm

Young Playwrights for Change Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

What do you want to change about the world? This all important question is the theme of the Young Playwrights for Change competition this year.  Natick is proud to be a regional host site for this 10 minute playwriting contest open to all 6th-8th grade students.  

This session will provide participants with an overview of the program, including the calendar and contest guidelines.  We will also look at exemplars of 10 minute plays, including past winners of the Young Playwrights for Change.  Participants will walk away with a toolkit of playwriting exercises for the classroom and ideas on how to integrate dramatic literature into all curriculum areas.

SPECIAL GUESTS!

We will be joined by Ernie Nolan, Vice President of TYA/USA and Adam Burke, artistic director of the Children's Theatre of Charlotte via SKYPE toward the end of our session.  Both are accomplished directors and have participated in the administration and judging of the Young Playwrights for Change initiative. 




Young Playwrights for Change is a collaborative national middle school playwriting competition run by Theatre for Young Audiences/USA (TYA/USA) and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE).  The mission of Young Playwrights for Change is to produce meaningful conversations that will ripple across our nation to provoke change. Our goal is to spark conversation and discussion throughout classrooms, schools, and communities.

Speakers
avatar for Casey Lane

Casey Lane

This is my 8th year in the Natick public schools teaching drama and directing the after school program. Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) is my passion, and presenting my students with the best possible material to read and perform is central to my mission as a theatre educator. I am an active member of both the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) and TYA/USA, a professional of Theatre for Young Audiences.
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Stephen Miller

Other School Admin, Natick Public Schools
I am a director of Fine and Performing Arts and would welcome talking talking about Art, Music, and Theatre K-12, as well as, other art forms. My special area of focus is educational theatre. In theatre my interests are in acting, directing, and playwriting. At the high school level, I am also invested in Media Arts: Game Design, Electronic Music, Video, TV, Web Design, TV Broadcasting, Animation, Graphic Design, and Yearbook


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
Auditorium Natick High School - 1st Floor

1:10pm

Infographics
Limited Capacity filling up

Gone are the days of using a simple poster to demonstrate student understanding.  Infographics require students to synethize information and create a way for it to be represented using images.  Infographics can be used in nearly every discipline!  We will explore various types of infographics, look at three different projects in technology, L&L and science and then have time to play with a FREE and EASY-TO-USE tool called Piktochart that runs on tablets and laptops.  This session ran last year and was a big hit!

Speakers
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Karin Knapik-Cloutier

Teacher - MS, J. F. Kennedy Middle School
Instructional Technology Teacher at Kennedy


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 228, Classroom

1:10pm

Turnitin Online Institutional Training
Limited Capacity seats available

Who is the FACILITATOR FOR THIS SESSION?
In this session, school/institution administrators and faculty (teachers/instructors) will 
have the opportunity to take advantage of a live training session on the use of Turnitin, 
covering everything from class and assignment set-up through the use of the originality 
checking and grading tools to evaluate student work. In addition, during the session we 
will also discuss how Turnitin can be used to support academic integrity and help 
students learn how to use source material more appropriately.
There will be ample opportunity to ask questions and dive into the full Turnitin feature 
set. This session will also address the Turnitin touch pointsfor Turnitin access via Moodle.

Learning Outcomes:
Assignment Creation
Originality checking
Online grading: rubrics, quickmark comments, voice comment 

Speakers
avatar for Anna Nolin

Anna Nolin

Assistant Superintendent, Teaching, Learning, Innovation, Natick Public Schools
Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment. Digital learning.


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 243, Classroom

1:10pm

Kahoot and Socrative - Online Games to Engage and to Make Learning Fun!
Limited Capacity seats available

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Speakers
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Nicholas DiAntonio

Teacher - HS, Natick High School


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 227, Classroom

1:10pm

SuperYouFUN Movement: Find your Elementary Students Inner Superhero using Blended Approaches in the Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

Finding your inner superhero is something not only students should do, but anyone in the world of education.  In this workshop, you will get a taste of the SuperYouFUN Curriculum, a unique set of lessons designed to empower youth (and teachers!) through writing, art, music, and 21st century skills.  You will witness evidence of schools and classrooms everywhere taking pride in who they are. Then, you will be asked to find your inner superhero and superpowers as you join a superhero "class" through Google Classroom. Through digital creation tools and blogging, you will not only discover the power in using Google Classroom with your students, but you will become empowered to start the SuperYouFUN Curriculum and witness life changing results.  To keep the SuperYouFUN Movement going, you will be encouraged to join our Twitter and Google+ communities so you can connect with SuperYouFUN educators all over the country!

Speakers
avatar for Nili Bartley

Nili Bartley

Technology Integration Specialist, Hopkinton Public Schools
As a teacher, technology integration coach, and BrainPOP Certified Educator, Nili has led professional development around 21st century learning since 2012. She has recently focused her sessions on strength based learning, concept mapping, and SuperYouFUN at conferences such as MassCUE and ISTE.
avatar for Sarah Dahlheimer

Sarah Dahlheimer

Teacher - Elem., Bennett-Hemenway Elementary School
Sarah Dahlheimer is a grade 3 teacher at Bennett Hemenway Elementary school in Natick. Certified BrainPOP Educator, | Google Certified Educator, Plickers Ambassador


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 219, Classroom

1:10pm

Google Classroom: Intermediate Level for Middle and High School Teachers
Limited Capacity filling up

This selection is designed as a collaboration/discussion session for intermediate and advanced google classroom users. This session allows existing users or those with experience in google classroom to share our findings, discuss ways we utilize existing features and identify our favorite components of the program to share with one another. The group can also develop feedback for google on what they could do to improve the program for classroom teachers. 

Speakers
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Jennifer Godin

Teacher - HS, Natick Public Schools


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 212, Classroom

1:10pm

Engaging Students with 1:1 Blended Learning and Google APPs for Education
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will see how Google Apps for Education is used to create student-centered experiences and how time is spent in a blended learning environment. Ideas for online lessons and student-centered activities, along with tools to create these experiences will be shared.  The hands-on portion of this session will be personalized based upon participants’ interests following a blended model approach. The goal is to create a professional learning experience where attendees take on the role of students following this model.



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Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 206, Classroom

1:10pm

TenMarks Math - Using Data Instruction to Differentiate and to Drive Progress
Limited Capacity seats available

Data and reports are great ... When you know what to do with them. Ths session focusses on how to analyze scores and reports for data driven decision making,  lesson planning, and RTI interventions. The goal is for you to be able to view and know how to use TenMarks data related tools not just to monitor progress but also to drive progress for your students through your Reports tab.

Speakers
avatar for Hope Huynh

Hope Huynh

Director, TenMarks
TenMarks Trainer


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 238, Classroom

1:10pm

Practical Para Training: Google Apps to Support Student Learning (basic/intermediate)
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will provide an overview of the Google Drive interface, and how to manage docs and folders.  Participants will also learn how to create, edit, and share docs, slides, and sheets.  There will be a focus on skills and apps that students may need support with in the classroom.  

Speakers
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Sheila Friswell

special education teacher, Memorial School
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Chad Longley

Teacher - MS, Wilson Middle School


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 326, Classroom

1:10pm

Co-Teaching Workshop
Limited Capacity filling up

Collaboration & Co-Teaching to Reach Every Learner

This presentation will include specific strategies and tools for maximizing partnerships of all kinds in the inclusive classroom.  Technology tips and tools, communication strategies, and specific planning and instructional tips for teaching partners will be included.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Hines

Rebecca Hines

Associate Professor, University of Central Florida
Dr. Rebecca Hines is an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida who has worked closely with University leaders on the development of UCF's new Inclusive Education Initiative. Dr. Hines has worked in the field of education for 25 years, specifically focusing on inclusive opportunities for persons of all abilities.


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 321, Classroom

1:10pm

Natick Paraprofessionals' Toolkit: How To Support Students With Disabilities-MODULE 2
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
TL

Timothy Luff

Sped Administrator, District Wide
Director of Student Services


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 322, Classroom

1:10pm

Wellness Summit: Evaluation of Exercise Programs and Their Effectiveness
Limited Capacity seats available

Schools are often more interested in implementing exercise programs than in evaluating them.  However, in order to prevent programs from failing, and to maximize success, data collection is important.  What data should be collected, and what should be done with this data, is discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Gilbert, Ph.D.

Chris Gilbert, Ph.D.

RTSG Neuroscience Consulting
Chris Gilbert studied Computational Neuropsychology at McMaster University and completed his PhD thesis on learning and the brain (simulating executive functions and memory through computer models of the brain). He has gone on to complete studies that use targeted exercise to improve outcomes in school, at work, and in life. Some examples include studies that examine: the benefit of biking on academics and among ADHD students in association... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 317, Classroom

1:10pm

Wellness Summit: Health and Performance PE
Limited Capacity seats available

This session shares scientific findings regarding the role of the “new” PE, which we refer
to as “Health and Performance PE”, is, and how it can further the objectives of school 
communities. With a push to increase physical activity in children and adolescents, PE 
teachers play an integral role in teaching students how to get moving in a safe, fun and 
sustainable way. The objective of PE needs to address the physical wellbeing of students and teach lifelong fitness skills, and in doing so, PE will support the cognitive and emotional development that schools aim to provide students in traditional classroom settings. We will provide an overview of the scientific threads that come together to weave a successful PE class. While research findings and best practices are shared, no specific program is offered with a vision to help attendees tailor the information in a way that best suits their own schools.  Attendees will hear what has worked for PE teachers across grade levels, and will be encouraged to being planning for what will work for their own students. By the end of the session, attendees will be able to state how PE can be used to ready the brain of the learner, how it can be used to enhance performance in subjects where students have the most difficulty, and how it can serve as an adjunctive intervention for students seeking learning support and counseling services in schools. They will also be able to discuss the cognitive benefits of different heart rate intensities, the importance of coordination/balance in complex cognition, and how sunlight exposure helps attention amongst other relevant PE topics to be shared with administrators or at the water cooler.



Speakers
avatar for Alex Thornton, Ph.D.

Alex Thornton, Ph.D.

RTSG Neuroscience Consulting
Dr. Alex Thornton, a teacher for seven years, has his doctorate in Educational Leadership. His recent work has focused on using exercise to change school cultures and optimize student learning. He also collaborates closely with other leading thinkers to bring findings from sleep, nutrition, play, and Neuro/Biofeedback research to educational and organizational settings. Alex’s goal is to incorporate findings from neuropsychology into... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 318, Classroom

1:10pm

Wellness Summit: Is Stress Killing You? It's Killing Me!
Limited Capacity full

THIS IS A REPEAT SESSION KINDLY OFFERED BY OUR SPEAKER - Karen Rufo.  The same presentation is offered at 8:15am / 11am / 1:15pm

Come learn strategies of how to manage the stressors in your daily life (professionally and personally).  This session will provide tried and true ways to "relax".   Karen will also provide ways to help you assist your students to appropriately manage stress in the classroom.  
Participants will be able to identify the physiological process of the stress response. 

Participants will be able to understand how the increased stress impacts the learning process. 

Participants will be able to demonstrate at least two relaxation strategies they can use to manage stress.

Participants will describe two relaxation strategies to implement with students.

 

Speakers
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Nancy Conroy

Nancy Conroy is a Registered Nurse and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston College. She is a certified Reiki Master/Teacher, Theta Healer and Lecturer of Reiki and Integrative Therapies. For the past seventeen years Nancy has been a school nurse working with students with learning and language differences and the Nursing Supervisor at the Learning Prep School in West Newton. In addition, Nancy is the owner of IAM Wellbeing, LLC... Read More →
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Karen Rufo

Nurse Leader, Natick Public Schools
Karen Rufo is a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, who has been working in School Nursing for the past 27 years! She also maintains a part time hospital practice at Newton Wellesley Hospital. Karen's interest's include mental health, specifically the stress response and how to manage stress. Her presentation will include practical tips on managing stress levels, both in the professional and classroom settings. She received her... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 148A - Chorus room Natick High School - 1st Floor

1:10pm

Wellness Summit: Let's Move! Strategies to Incorporate Movement in the Classroom
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THIS SESSION WILL BE REPEATED.  PAM HAS GRACIOUSLY OFFERED TO PRESENT TWICE:  9:45am and 1:15pm.  
This presentation will focus on the positive outcomes I have seen incorporating exercise & stretching into my health classroom. I plan to cover the negative health impact sitting has on our bodies as well as the positive benefits that movement creates in the classroom.

Speakers
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Pamela Riddle

Health/Physical Educator, Wayland Middle School
Pam has been involved with health and fitness since 1994. She began her career as a group exercise instructor apprentice and athletic training student at the University of Rhode Island. After graduation, she attended Springfield College and majored in applied exercise science and strength & conditioning. She worked as an athletic trainer, group exercise instructor, and personal trainer right after graduate school. She enjoys working with a... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 314, Classroom

1:10pm

Wellness Summit: Strategies for Fitness-Focused Physical Education
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you have large groups of students?  Do you have limited space?  Do you struggle with finding new ideas to help kids get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day? Based on the recent recommendations from the Institute of Medicine regarding physical education, presenters Meghan Dwyer and Dave Lyth will demonstrate how to use moderate to vigorous cardiovascular activities to drive curriculum, instruction and lessons. They’ll discuss evaluation and grading through the use of heart rate monitors. 


Speakers
MD

Meghan Dwyer

Teacher - MS, J. F. Kennedy Middle School
Meghan Dwyer, M. Ed., | Originally from Albany, NY; Meghan has found herself a fitting home at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Natick, MA where she has just started her seventh year of teaching Physical Education. Since starting in Natick, she and her co-teachers have been focused on creating a fitness focused physical education model for their school. They have worked closely with researchers and school administration to develop and drive their... Read More →
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David Lyth

Teacher - MS, Natick Public Schools
Dave Lyth graduated from Bridgewater State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and went on to earn his Master of Education from Fitchburg State University in May 2013. He just finished his second masters in Educational Leadership in July 2015 from Endicott College. Dave is currently in his 8th year as a Physical Education teacher at Kennedy Middle School in Natick, Massachusetts. Dave has presented numerous... Read More →



Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
Gymnasium Natick High School - 1st Floor

1:10pm

Wellness Summit: the Power of Sleep and it's Effects on Learning
Limited Capacity full

Moderators
avatar for Noel Vigue

Noel Vigue

Wellness Summit - coordinator, Natick Public Schools
Noel Vigue, M.Ed., CSCS is a health and physical educator at Kennedy Middle School in Natick, MA. Previously, he served Head Coach for Strength and Conditioning at Boston University's Athletic Enhancement Center.  He has been teaching and coaching adolescents for more than 19 years. He teaches the Fitness for Life program for 7th & 8th grade students at KMS. For the past six years, he has been working to establish Natick Public... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Shaw Thornton, Ed.D.

Lindsay Shaw Thornton, Ed.D.

Researcher / Psychophysiologist, RTSG Neuroscience Consulting
Lindsay Thornton, EdD, is a Senior Sport Psychophysiologist at the United States Olympic Committee. She has her Ed.M and Ed.D from Boston University in Counseling Psychology, with a specialization in sport performance. Dr. Thornton’s doctoral work examined the application of biofeedback and neurofeedback training program to create an optimal pre-performance state and improve competitive performance. She is licensed as a psychologist, and is... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 315, Classroom

1:10pm

Wellness Summit: Your Yoga and Mindfulness Tool Kit: How Yoga and Mindfulness Benefit the School Community
Limited Capacity full

THERE ARE TWO REPEAT SESSIONS OFFERED FOR THIS SESSION: 9:45am and then again at 1:15pm.  Eve Costarelli will introduce yoga and mindfulness techniques, specifically designed for the time and space-crunched classroom. Through a clear, straightforward framework, you will learn how to empower your students and yourselves with increased self-awareness, the foundation for the development of self-management, cognitive and emotional empathy and relationship skills. The basic strategies are easy for teachers, students, parents, and therapists to use, and help to create a more harmonious, learning-friendly, school day. 

 Absolutely no yoga experience is required. In fact, participants are encouraged to wear regular, comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes to the workshop, as we'll be simulating a classroom experience.  This fun and informative workshop will relax and inspire you.

Speakers
avatar for Eve Costarelli

Eve Costarelli

Owner; Artistic Director, Always Be Dancing
Eve is an Arts Educator, bringing mindfulness, yoga and flamenco into the communities of Massachusetts and specializes in teaching youth of all abilities to create a community of inclusion. Eve's classes are fun, upbeat, non-competitive, and all inclusive. By using classwork, self-study, and inspiration, Eve opens the doors for her students to take their yoga off the mat and into the world. Through various non-profits including Open Spirit Center... Read More →


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:30pm
RM 306, Classroom

1:10pm

Make the most of your Mimio Board for 1:1 Classrooms
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn about the NEW MimioStudio™ interactive whiteboard software, teachers have greater flexibility and more options for providing effective learning that supports the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The software includes features which allow for collaborative learning in small groups using the MimioPad™ wireless pen tablets and/or devices equipped with the MimioMobile™ application.

Speakers
avatar for Mimio

Mimio

TradeShow/Event Manager, Mimio


Monday November 30, 2015 1:10pm - 2:40pm
RM 327, Classroom

2:30pm

Exit Survey and Raffle Prizes
Limited Capacity full

Monday November 30, 2015 2:30pm - 3:00pm
TBA