Schedule and Session Titles/Description: WGEDD Virginia, Friday, August 3, 2018

Friday, August 3, 2018

7:30 – 8:15
Breakfast/Sign In/Registration

8:15 – 9:15
Welcome: Jimmy Casas
Opening Keynote: Tom Murray

9:25 – 10:30
Concurrent Sessions A: Jimmy Casas, Brianna Hodges, Katrina Keene, Amy Fast, Brad Gustafson, Todd Nesloney, Brian Mendler

10:40 – 11:45
Concurrent Sessions B: Jeff Zoul, Tom Murray, Brianna Hodges, Katrina Keene, Amy Fast, Brad Gustafson, Todd Nesloney, Brian Mendler

11:45 – 12:35
Lunch/Mid-Day General Session

12:45 – 1:50
Concurrent Sessions C: Jeff Zoul, Tom Murray, Brianna Hodges, Katrina Keene, Amy Fast, Brad Gustafson, Todd Nesloney, Brian Mendler

2:00 – 3:05
Concurrent Sessions D: Jimmy Casas, Brianna Hodges, Katrina Keene, Amy Fast, Brad Gustafson, Todd Nesloney, Brian Mendler

3:15 – 3:45
Closing Remarks/Reflections

Jimmy Casas

Great Educators Lead Change to Move Beyond the Status Quo
As teachers and principals, we must regularly ask ourselves: Have we grown complacent? Have we settled for the status quo? It’s our job not to let average become the standard. When a classroom or school is in need of transformation, leadership is at its most critical and the fate of a school rests on its teacher’s and principal’s ability to gain support. If you’re the type of teacher/principal who wants to inspire greatness in everyone who passes through your school this presentation is a can’t miss. You will learn what it takes to raise expectations school-wide, foster the belief in one’s ability to achieve, and create an environment where everyone—students, staff, parents, and the community—takes pride in supporting each other toward excellence.

Jeff Zoul

Great Educators Teach and Lead for Excellence
Excellent teachers lead and excellent leaders teach. Excellent teachers and excellent leaders have much more in common, including the 4 key behaviors they exhibit on a daily basis: They Know the Way, Show the Way, Go the Way, and Grow Each Day. Whether leading students or staff, these amazing educators know that in order to lead effectively, we must Start. Right. Now. In this session, you will explore the importance of teaching and leading from a framework of core values and discover ways to act upon these values to improve the climate and culture of your classroom, school, or district. Learn new ways to inspire others, build capacity, model success behaviors, and grow professionally each and every day.

Brad Gustafson

Great Educators Focus on the Whole Child
Does anyone believe the hyper focus on high-stakes testing or an “achievement at all costs” narrative is serving all students? This session cuts to the core of our calling. It will help educators understand how their pre-existing passions and gifts are exactly what students need to be successful. You’ll also learn practical strategies to nurture innovation while ”pausing” auto-pilot mode and other barriers to lasting learning.

Great Educators Make. Create. Innovate!
This interactive session will put you smack-dab in the middle of the “Maker Movement.” Participants will experience how transformative technology integration and “making” are motivating students everywhere. Don’t just come to be inspired…come to create something!

Brianna Hodges

Great Educators Rise to the Challenge
Are you asking teachers to transform their classroom environments and lessons to best personalize experiences and opportunities for students? Have you forwarded all the latest research real-time feedback and increased content engagement? Yes? Great!

Now for the hard question — how have you transformed your professional learning plans?

We’ll roll up our sleeves and jump into challenge-based learning as a means to increase authenticity and fluency for ALL LEARNERS, small and TALL. Leveraging collaboration, critical thinking and troubleshooting, we’ll overcome obstacles, increase confidence and comfort in content, and RISE up to the challenge! #challengED

Great Educators Tell Stories
How do you share your learning stories? Social media, online news outlets, websites galore — each of these entities leverage visual media to connect, explain, engage and promote. Moreover, we are drawn to and, in fact, demand information. How can educators keep up?

In this interACTIVE session, we’ll utilize the power of digital storytelling, web- and app-based platforms, social media, and portfolios to promote the learning happening in your world.

You don’t need a public relations or marketing department to get your stories out there. We’ll frame our educational narratives from every perspective: classroom, campus, district and beyond. Let’s make learning visible! #technicolorED #socialmEDia #storiEDlearning

Todd Nesloney

Great Educators Light the Spark in the Dark
Literacy is the foundation of all that we do. Regardless of your role in education, we have to be growing not only the reading and writing lives of our students, but also of ourselves! This session will focus on how you can help build a love of literacy campus wide. From Book Prom, to the Secret Society of Readers, to after school teacher book/writing clubs, and so much more. There will also be over 50 books shared with you that can help start building your own (or your classroom/office) library right away! You’ll either have your spark lit during this session or you’ll have your spark transformed into a raging fire that will light up the darkness.

Great Educator Know Kids Deserve The Best
Kids deserve educators who are passionate about what they do. Educators who don’t make excuses or blame others. In this session, Todd Nesloney shares a few of the ideas he’s implemented across the years that tear down boundaries and build up connections with students and families, all while providing a deep education. From the Math Fair, to Dinner with a Gentleman, to transforming learning spaces, this session covers it all. Come be reminded on what we can really do when we eliminate excuses and do what’s best for kids!

Amy Fast

Great Educators Invest in the Less Tangible Aspects of Success
We are in the business helping others realize their potential and achieve success. To that end, we should teach and measure the factors that lead to that success. Unfortunately, there is a disconnect between what schools tend to teach and measure and what leads to true college and career (and life) readiness. Come find out how to surface those intangibles in your school and your classroom in order to help students realize their full potentials.

Great Educators Ignite their Sphere of Influence
You have more impact on your students’, colleagues’, and your own experience in education than you likely realize. This session is designed to hold a mirror up to your unique greatness so you can gain clarity around how you can harness your distinctive skill set and passions to make a lasting impact on the students and staff you serve.

Katrina Keene

Great Educators Let Students Speak! Take the Leap and Pass the Mic
Testing! Testing! Check 1! Check 2! Sit back, relax, and take an inspirational journey through time to explore the evolution of student voice and choice. Learn how to “reprogram” the culture of your classroom and school to embrace student voice. Become energized and motivated to take the leap and pass the mic to your students.

Great Educators Help Parents with E-Parenting: Help! My Kid is Smarter Than Me!
Do you have parents asking YOU how to parent? Do you find yourself stumbling for answers as we are all learning how to teach and breath in a digital world? Join me as we walk through the generations to 2018, and learn not only how to communicate with parents of digital children but how to bring parents up to speed on how students of today learn. Discover valuable communication tools to share with parents and enhance communication in and out of the classroom. This session will include vital topics such as 1:1, BYOD, Social Media, Digital Literacy, community involvement and more! Leave tech smart!

Brian Mendler

Great Educators Defuse Power Struggles
We all have that One Kid (sometimes more than one) that you battle and struggle with.
This high-energy session teaches specifically how to defuse power struggles with any student, in any situation, at any time with our proven step-by-step process. Discover two words guaranteed to stop mouthy kids in their tracks. Learn exactly what to say when removing a student so they want to return to your class.

Great Educators Reach That One Kid
Plagued by severe undiagnosed ADHD and reading difficulties, I began disrupting class in 4th grade. I believed my peers would laugh at me for being “dumb” so I made sure they laughed at me for being “bad” instead. I was defiant, disruptive, and relatively unmotivated. I was “that one kid” that drove my teachers crazy. By sixth grade my academic skills were so below grade level that I was pulled out of school. Two weeks later in a brand new school I had one teacher dramatically change my life. He did in about five minutes what nobody had done between kindergarten and 6th grade. And the amazing thing is that it is something any of you can do with any of your students immediately! Do you want to know what he did? Do not miss this session!

Tom Murray

Opening Keynote:
Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today

Having no historical precedent, the current speed of technological breakthroughs has lead to the coming age of workplace automation, dramatically altering the world of work that our students will enter upon graduation. With the vast disparities of inequity that have existed for centuries, all that is known about how students learn, and the predictions regarding the world that our students will face tomorrow, utilizing a traditional, one-size-fits-all approach to teaching and learning is educational malpractice. Built upon the foundation of leadership and school culture, a redesigned learning experience fundamentally shifts the teaching and learning paradigm to one that is personal, while altering the use of authentic assessments, how technology is leveraged, the spaces in which the learning occurs, the way educators grow professionally, how schools collaborate with the community, and ultimately, the sustainability of the system as a whole. In this keynote, Murray will dissect these eight keys, which each serve as a puzzle piece for redesigning the learning experience, to unlock tomorrow’s schools so that today’s modern learners leave ready to create new industries, find new cures, and solve world problems. We must create tomorrow’s schools today and you are part of the solution.

Great Educators Use Tech Tools for Student Engagement and Teacher Efficiency
Join this hands-on session to explore a myriad of digital tools that will empower you to further engage the students in your classroom. From dynamic open digital content, to tools for formative assessment, to ways to communicate effectively and efficiently and teacher time savers, this session will be learner-centered and collaborative. Various tools will be modeled and participant ideas explored. Bring your devices and come ready to share and curate your favorite digital tools! All participants will leave with a complete copy of the work from the session.