Session Details

Pre-Conference Day

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

8:30am - 4:30pm


  Not Participating in PC Day
Session Time : 10/16/2019 08:30 AM - 10/16/2019 04:30 PM
Session Fee : $0.00

  PC01-Ch-ch-ch-changes: Exploring Paradigm Shifts in Literacy Instruction
Session Time : 10/16/2019 08:30 AM - 10/16/2019 04:30 PM
Session Fee : $275.00
only 5 seats are available

Ch-ch-ch-changes: Exploring Paradigm Shifts in Literacy Instruction - Great curriculum transforms student achievement and great professional development transforms teacher practice. For successful implementation of high-quality curricula, it is crucial that teachers and leaders are carefully guided in a deep dive into the design principles, intentions and decisions at the heart of the curriculum to be able to make well-informed decisions to implement with integrity. Join members of EL Education’s curriculum design and implementation teams to learn more about how EL Education marries great curricula and high-quality professional development to transform literacy classrooms.

Focus Area: EL Education Language Arts Curriculum
Grade Level: Primary, Elementary, Middle
Class Level: 100
Facilitators: Christina Riley, Katie Shenk
School/Organization: EL Education
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  PC02-Unleash the Potential of Shared Leadership Through Accountable Teams
Session Time : 10/16/2019 08:30 AM - 10/16/2019 04:30 PM
Session Fee : $275.00

Unleash the Potential of Shared Leadership Through Accountable TeamsUnleash the potential of shared leadership at your school by developing the capacity of teacher teams. Improving student learning isn’t a top-down endeavor. In order to accelerate improvement and help it gain traction schoolwide, teachers need to be empowered to lead collaborative work. To do this, leaders need to invest in specific leadership development and build the skills of people across roles. In this session, you’ll assess the work of a team you lead at your school. You’ll gain a vision of what is possible: accountable teams where members bring a laser-like focus to student learning and a willingness to hold each other accountable to shared commitments. Through reading case studies and sharing ideas with each other, you’ll learn about the skill sets and mindsets needed to help teams make progress towards being more accountable teams. This is a repeat session from 2018 National Conference and is open to educators across roles with particular relevance for members of schoolwide leadership teams.

Focus Area: Leadership 
Grade Level: All
Class Level: 100
Facilitators: Christina Lesh, Jen Wood
School/Organization: EL Education
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  PC03-Leading District-Wide Implementation of the EL ELA Curriculum
Session Time : 10/16/2019 08:30 AM - 10/16/2019 04:30 PM
Session Fee : $275.00

Leading District-Wide Implementation of the EL Education Language Arts CurriculumIs your district considering the EL Education Language Arts Curriculum in grades K-8, or are you newly implementing the curriculum in one or more grade bands? Change Management is a complex undertaking for both district and school-based leaders, and is essential when adopting and initially implementing the curriculum. Join EL’s directors and senior professional development specialists at this pre-conference day where we will focus on visions and partnerships that developed between district literacy partners and EL Education with a special emphasis on the process of curriculum adoption. Join us to hear leaders (from various large districts across the nation) share how they positioned an inclusive change process that helped lead to deeper impact.

Focus Area: EL Education Language Arts Curriculum
Grade Level: Primary, Elementary, Middle 
Class Level: 100
Facilitators: Rebecca Stanko, Stanta Lightfoot, Erin Gutfreund
School/Organization: EL Education
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  PC04-Student Engaged Assessment as a System for Creating Equitable Learning...
Session Time : 10/16/2019 08:30 AM - 10/16/2019 04:30 PM
Session Fee : $275.00
only 10 seats are available

Student Engaged Assessment as a System for Creating Equitable Learning CommunitiesStudent engaged assessment is a series of practices that puts students in the driver’s seat to become leaders of their own learning. This pre-conference day will provide a taste of eight different student engaged assessment practices which can each have the power to increase student motivation and ownership of learning. Participants will consider how each of those practices alone or as part of an integrated system helps students take charge of their learning order to meet their academic goals and achieve at high levels. Time will be provided for action planning including how to use student engaged assessment to foster equity. This session is an introductory level offering and is suitable for all partner types.

Focus Area: Student Engaged Assessment
Grade Level: All
Class Level: 100
Facilitators: Jenny Henderson, Erika Nielsen Andrew
School/Organization: EL Education
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  PC06-StoryCorps: Learn How to Bring Oral History Into the Classroom
Session Time : 10/16/2019 08:30 AM - 10/16/2019 04:30 PM
Session Fee : $275.00

StoryCorps: Learn How to Bring Oral History Into the ClassroomIn this pre-conference day, join staff from StoryCorps, the national oral history and media nonprofit heard on NPR, to learn how to bring their model and tools into your middle or high school classroom. We will explore lesson plans designed to help students discover the power of their own voice, and gain empathy and understanding of those who are different from them. StoryCorps staff will share their best practices for eliciting great stories, recording, and archiving recordings. Discover free resources you can use in order to design authentic final products. Learn how to use free technology to record and archive conversations with StoryCorps and the Library of Congress. Leave this day with tools to challenge, engage, and empower your students in both the classroom and the community through conversation.

Focus Area: High-Quality Work
Grade Level: Middle, High
Class Level: 300
Facilitators: N/A
School/Organization: Story Corps
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  PC08-Site Visit: Brighten Academy - Douglasville, GA
Session Time : 10/16/2019 08:30 AM - 10/16/2019 04:30 PM
Session Fee : $275.00
No seats are available

Site Visit:Brighten Academy - Douglasville, GABrighten Academy is a K-8 public charter school located west of Atlanta serving students in Douglas County, Georgia. We believe in educating the whole child through project based learning and growing our students’ character with our 7Cs. Brighten began partnering with EL Education in 2014 as a Network School and began implementing the K-8 ELA literacy curriculum (first edition) in 2017. This site visit is designed to showcase how our school has begun to make the move from implementing the ELA modules to interdisciplinary learning expeditions this past year. Come and see our students in action, from research and design to implementation of expeditions that are making an impact in our community. Teacher and student focus groups will share their experiences of getting smart to do good. Participants will leave with ideas and resources for connecting the ELA modules to their own community.

Focus Area: EL Education Language Arts Curriculum
Grade Level: Primary, Elementary, Middle 
Class Level: 200
Facilitators: N/A
School/Organization: Brighten Academy 
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  PC09-Site Visit: Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy - Atlanta, GA
Session Time : 10/16/2019 08:30 AM - 10/16/2019 04:30 PM
Session Fee : $275.00
No seats are available

Site Visit:Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy - Atlanta, GAMichael R. Hollis Innovation Academy is an EL Education Network School within Atlanta Public School District providing quality urban education to students in grades PK-8. This visit is designed to showcase how building an environment for learning through shared leadership can transform a turnaround school environment to improve student outcomes across all dimensions. Participants will observe classroom instruction to see first hand how students are supported to think critically with compelling, real-world content aligned to standards with the EL Education Language Arts curriculum. Participants will participate in PLCs designed to build teacher capacity to use data to drive instruction and will engage with the Hollis leadership team to understand how Hollis uses accountable shared leadership within EL’s network school model to create a rich learning environment. Come witness a school that empowers students to dream bigger and equips them to lead choice-filled lives as they become self-confident, poised global citizens changing the world.

Focus Area: Leadership, EL Education Language Arts Curriculum
Grade Level: Primary, Elementary, Middle 
Class Level: 100
Facilitators: N/A
School/Organization: Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy
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  PC11-A Day in the Life of a Humanities-Based Learning Expedition
Session Time : 10/16/2019 08:30 AM - 10/16/2019 04:30 PM
Session Fee : $275.00

A Day in the Life of a Humanities-Based Learning ExpeditionTake part in a humanities focused “slice” of a learning expedition that includes a compelling topic, fieldwork, and experts. Modeling curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices for grades 3–12, slices allow participants to experience first-hand how it feels to “live the learning” by studying a local topic.

Focus Area: Learning Expeditions
Grade Level: Middle, High
Class Level: 100
Facilitators: Erin Vaughn, Cindy Rice, Donya Sartor-PhD, Educational Trainer and Consultant
School/Organization: EL Education
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