Challenges & Opportunities for Today’s Learning Mind
In this training Kevin delves into the multi-tasking, quick researching, opportunity seeking mind and seeks to help participants imagine ways we can empower students to become skillful in using the tools of today to become better learners, headed toward brighter futures.
Kevin grew up in poverty and attended school in many cities across the United States. As he witnessed education around the country he collected powerful experiences that still influence his conversations and his work with educators. In 2011 he was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator. He is currently serving his ninth year as a Technology Integration Specialist at ESSDACK, an educational service center based in Hutchinson, Kansas. At ESSDACK he researches and designs programs, training and staff development with a strong passion for helping teachers and learners become successful with educational uses of technology. He continues to work with schools to develop innovative, engaging curriculum to better prepare learners for the world they will face when they graduate. He is passionate about meeting the needs of at-risk learners, developing approaches to re-engage the "lost" learner. Kevin travels the country and the world speaking at conferences and working with educators at the grassroots level and likes to promote a "tradigital" approach to education. Kevin likes to bring his personal life experience and a sense of humor and creativity to the mission of helping prepare 21st century learners!
Dr. Robert Marzano
Cultivating Teacher Development - Teacher Reflection
Infuse your practice with research-based strategies to improve your instruction. Learn to identify your pedagogical strengths and weaknesses, set goals to improve, and engage in focused practice to enhance pedagogical skills during this session with Dr. Robert Marzano, author of Becoming a Reflective Teacher. Participants will be introduced to a model of effective instruction and a developmental scale that they can use to rate their teaching practices and track their progress as they work on their goals.
Robert J. Marzano, PhD, is cofounder and CEO of Marzano Research Laboratory in Englewood, Colorado. Throughout his years in the field of education, he has become a speaker, trainer, and author of more than 30 books and 150 articles on topics such as instruction, assessment, writing and implementing standards, cognition, effective leadership, and school intervention. His books include Designing & Teaching Learning Goals & Objectives, District Leadership That Works, Designing & Assessing Educational Objectives, Making Standards Useful in the Classroom, and The Art and Science of Teaching. His practical translations of the most current research and theory into classroom strategies are internationally known and widely practiced by both teachers and administrators.
Michael Fisher and Silvia Tolisano
Leading the New Literacies: Digital, Media, Global Project Based Learning
Three new 21st century literacies need focused integration in curriculum and teaching: digital, media, and global. Do you wish to engage your school into DIGITAL LITERACY upgrades? How do we help our students critique and create MEDIA that prepares them for future careers and college? Do you want to GLOBALIZE your classroom? These questions will be addressed in this lively and hands-on session Michael Fisher and Silvia Tolisano will share Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs' newest model that provides practical steps in identifying each literacy in classroom practice as they intersect in dynamic projects for our learners K-12.
Michael Fisher is a former teacher who is now a full-time author, consultant, and instructional coach. He works with schools around the country, helping to sustain curriculum upgrades, design curriculum, and modernize instruction in immersive technology. He has taught a variety of grade levels and content areas over the years, primarily in Middle Schools.
Michael is a member of both the ASCD Faculty and the Curriculum 21 Faculty. Michael is the author of Digital Learning Strategies: How do I assign and assess 21st Century Work? and the co-author of Upgrade Your Curriculum: Practical Ways to Transform Units and Engage Students, both published by ASCD. He is also a contributing author to Leading the New Literacies and Mastering Digital Literacy from the Solution Tree series Contemporary Perspectives on Literacy.
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano was born in Germany, raised in Argentina and lives now in the United States and holds a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. She has worked as a World Language teacher, Technology Integration Facilitator, Academic Technology Coordinator, 21st Century Learning Specialist and Modern Teaching and Learning coach and educational consultant.
Her passions include heutagogy, globally connected learning, visible thinking, technology integration, 21st Century skills and literacies, as well as digital.
She is a Curriculum21 faculty member, author of the book “Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators“, one of the co-authors of Mastering Digital Literacy & Mastering Global Literacy, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer and the founder of the Around the World with 80 Schools project.
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