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Thursday, February 11
 

8:00am

Opening Session - Dr. Brad Lancaster, Superintendent
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Brad Lancaster

Dr. Brad Lancaster

Superintendent of Schools, Lake Travis ISD
Proud to be the Superintendent of Schools for Lake Travis ISD! Starting my seventh year as a Cavalier.


Thursday February 11, 2016 8:00am - 8:20am
Performing Arts Center 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

8:20am

Keynote - Rushton Hurley - What's Wrong with What's Right
How do we get students to move from doing what's asked to asking more of themselves? Much of how we conduct our classes now is built on assumptions that we feel will bring out the best in our students, but on closer examination, is counter-productive for many and perhaps most of them. In this talk, we'll look at some of the questions we all ask, and let those questions guide us to seeing ourselves in a new light.

Speakers
avatar for Rushton Hurley

Rushton Hurley

Relentless optimist, language teacher, principal, nonprofit director, and one of the original Google Certified Teachers, NextVista.org
Rushton Hurley is the founder and executive director of Next Vista for Learning, which houses a free library of videos by and for teachers and students at NextVista.org. He has spent decades exploring innovative possibilities for bringing together proven approaches with cutting-edge... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 8:20am - 9:20am
Performing Arts Center 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:30am

Complimentary Pain & Injury Assessments
Limited Capacity seats available

Airrosti providers spend the necessary time identifying the root cause of our patients' pain, then resolving that pain as quickly as possible-often within 3 VISITS (based on patient-reported outcomes). If you are suffering from pain or unresolved injuries, we encourage you to take advantage of this COMPLIMENTARY, NO OBLIGATION injury assessment.

Speakers
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Airrosti

COMPLIMENTARY PAIN & INJURY ASSESSMENTS powered by Airrosti during the Lake Travis ISD February ConferenceThursday, February 11th & 12th 9:00AM to 2:00PM | CLICK HERE to reserve a spot for an Injury Assessment... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:30am - 2:00pm
L129 Orchestra, L130 Choir

9:30am

Free Health Evaluation
Limited Capacity seats available

Register for your free, onsite preventive health evaluation, which includes a health assessment, finger stick blood test, blood pressure screening, and onsite consultation. The evaluation includes:
  • total cholesterol
  • HDL cholesterol
  • total cholesterol/HDL ratio
  • LDL cholesterol- for fasting participants only
  • triglycerides- for fasting participants only
  • glucose
  • blood pressure
  • height & weight
  • waist circumference
 …and results obtained onsite – all in less than 20 minutes! Fasting is not required to participate in the screening; however, should you fast you will receive results for LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Fasting is defined as nothing to eat or drink except water for at least 8 hours. You should drink plenty of water and take your medications as prescribed.

Speakers
avatar for Interactive Health

Interactive Health

Sign Up TodayRegister for your free, onsite preventive health evaluation, which includes a health assessment, finger stick blood test, blood pressure screening, and onsite consultation. The evaluation includes: total cholesterol HDL cholesterol total cholesterol/HDL ratio... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:30am - 2:30pm
L 140 Band

9:35am

Teaching Their Hearts
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Teaching Their Hearts emphasizes addressing education from the inside out. The session focuses on the importance of pedagogy centered on trust, kindness, and positive communication. This session provides educators with techniques to make classrooms engaging and exciting. Participants will be presented with The Twelve Noble Dares and will learn how kindness and empathy are building blocks to meaningful learning. If you missed “Teaching Their Hearts” at last year’s Learning Together conference, here’s another opportunity!

Speakers
avatar for Mo O'Brien

Mo O'Brien

Hudson Bend Middle School (LTISD)
No rapport? No success. Know rapport? Know success. In today's school systems campus success is primarily gauged by test scores, and grade reports often dictate a student's level of achievement. What these numbers do not reveal is whether students have developed a love of learning... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
M 310

9:35am

Rolling with the Changes
Limited Capacity seats available

Embracing Change as Opportunity
Do not be a part of the change that happens in spite of you; be a part of the change that happens because of you! Learn how to welcome and become flexible by viewing change at home and work as opportunities for growth. Join us for this session that includes the topics of:
 Defining individual and group changes
 Interpreting what has changed
 Developing an action plan


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
M 122 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Take 10 CPR Training: BEGINNERS (FOR SELECTED PARTICIPANTS ONLY)
Limited Capacity seats available

For selected participants only, this BEGINNING level compression only class will support the HB5 mandatory CPR training

Speakers
avatar for Take 10 CPR (Louis Gonzales)

Take 10 CPR (Louis Gonzales)

TAKE10 Program Co-Creator, City of Austin
As co-creator of the TAKE10 CPR program, Louis describes the vision of the program as empowering community members to take CPR training to others in the community resulting in dramatic improvements in survival from sudden cardiac arrest in our communities. During his more than 25... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
Wrestling M 501

9:35am

Crucial Conversations
Limited Capacity filling up

Participants will learn strategies to communicate effectively when the stakes are high. They will identify the type of communicator they are when a conversation turns crucial. After identifying the type of communicator they are in a critical conversation, they will learn tools to help turn anger and frustration into positive and productive dialogue. (Crucial Conversations: Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, Switzler)

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Williams

Stephanie Williams

3rd Grade Teacher, Lake Travis Elementary School


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
M 211 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

The Teacher Leader in You
Limited Capacity seats available

During this session we will focus on skills and strategies for leadership on a team, within your school, or across a district. Participants will engage in and with protocols that incorporate building shared vision, honoring various learning styles, and fostering equity of voice within a team.


Speakers
avatar for Tony Borash

Tony Borash

Advanced Learning Partnerships


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
M 114 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

An Ethic of Excellence
Limited Capacity seats available

Drawing from his own remarkable experience as a veteran classroom teacher (still in the classroom), Ron Berger gives us a vision of educational reform that transcends standards, curriculum, and instructional strategies. He argues for a paradigm shift - a school wide embrace of an "ethic of excellence." This session will focus Berger’s key principles for instruction and learning. Participants will be asked to share ideas about how to create excellence in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Sam Hicks

Sam Hicks

Principal, Lakeway Elementary
The power of Postive Thinking.


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
M 120 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Connecting Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

We hope to share ways we have found to connect curriculum to other subject areas as well as making it relevant while still covering TEKS and making learning fun. Who knows a year long project might happen!

Speakers
avatar for Sheri Bates

Sheri Bates

7th Texas History, Lake Travis Middle School
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Amy Castillo

Hudson Bend Middle School
avatar for Pete Hunt

Pete Hunt

Texas History Teacher, Hudson Bend Middle School (LTISD)
avatar for Dana Schrader

Dana Schrader

GT/Discovery, Hudson Bend Middle School
I love to find creative ways to guide kids in to learning!


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
M 208 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Designing Visual Thinking and Learning: Design- The Pedagogy of Process
Limited Capacity seats available

A Design Thinking session that will make you rethink everything you know about learning as a process rather than a product. Learn how the process of Design and “rapid prototyping” can be applied into any learning environment. The power of Pedagogy and Learning in the process.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Shelton

Ken Shelton

Global Keynote Specialist and Educational Technology Strategist, EdTechTeam


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
M 119 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Differentiation Through Social Media
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for John McCarthy

John McCarthy

Consultant, Opening Paths
John McCarthy, Ed.S. was a classroom teacher in 3 different states, including urban, rural, and suburban, from high poverty to high affluent areas. As a School Improvement Consultant at Wayne RESA, the largest county in Michigan, he led or supported several county-wide and state-wide... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
M 112 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Let Your Voice Be Heard
Limited Capacity seats available

Students truly buy into learning when they experience choice and when they share their learning in creative ways. This session uses a 5th grade cross-curricular research activity incorporating informational text and the events leading to the Revolutionary War to demonstrate how this can be done. Walk through the process and see the evidence as you read students’ letters to the King of England asking for their freedom . . . learning how to let their voice be heard.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Austrian

Kathy Austrian

Serene Hills Elementary
Language Arts/Reading, Social Studies teacher | Serene Hills Elementary


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
M 109 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Making Room for Mistakes
Limited Capacity seats available

I hate making mistakes! Don’t you? As annoying as it may be, though, mistake-making is actually necessary for learning to occur. Come to this session and let’s explore a few strategies that encourage an atmosphere where mistakes are “okay” and where learning flourishes--for you and for your students!

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Hill

Cathy Hill

Learning and Teaching Coach, Lake Travis ISD
Like most of you, I would classify myself as a teacher and a learner, not necessarily in that order. I taught math for more than twenty years before becoming an instructional coach with the district last year. I have the privilege of collaborating with secondary math and science teachers... Read More →
avatar for Jodie Villemaire

Jodie Villemaire

Principal, Lake Travis Middle School
Principal at Lake Travis Middle School


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
M 118 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Rubrics: Designed by Students for Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Gaynell Lyman

Gaynell Lyman

Director of Innovative Learning Systems, Advanced Learning Partnerships
Gaynell describes every role she has served in education as her “favorite.” Those roles include high school science teacher, instructional technology resource teacher, educational specialist and principal. Now she feels honored to get to work with forward thinking educators across... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
M 115 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

The Power Of Questioning Using Positive Presuppositions
Limited Capacity seats available

Professional educators devote significant time communicating with other staff members and parents. Sometimes we need to ask questions that we fear might evoke defensiveness or a negative reaction from the other adult. The art of questioning using Positive Presupposition is a powerful conversational tool to avoid that.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. John Crain

Dr. John Crain

Dr. John Crain is currently an independent educational consultant working with school districts and state education agencies throughout Texas. During his 40 years in education, Dr. Crain has taught from fifth grade through community college, has worked as a principal at all three... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
M 201 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Using Problem Solving to Empower Young Mathematicians
Limited Capacity filling up

Join us as we explore your new campus math resources to enhance authenticity and problem solving into key math concepts. We will explore the resources Context for Learning Math K-5 Investigations and Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Collier

Sarah Collier

Learning and Teaching Coach, Lake Travis ISD
Sarah worked as an instructional coach the past four years in Frisco ISD. In that role, she has been an ELAR Curriculum writer, facilitated PLC’s and vertical teams and presented a variety of reading, writing and math professional developments. Before coaching, Sarah was a reading... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
M 116 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Blended Learning with Smore!
Limited Capacity seats available

The participants will learn how to build a Smore to take back to their classroom for student self-paced learning.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Neuse

Jennifer Neuse

Science/Math, Lakeway Elementary School
Lake Travis ISD


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
D 205 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Celebrating Writing Through Podcasts
Limited Capacity seats available

In an effort to foster creativity and a love for writing, the Writing Committee at LTE has created a podcast, "All Ears", which consists of students reading their writing. Each month a writing theme is chosen, all students write and submit their work, 12 are chosen, and the podcast "airs" over the loudspeaker. Judging is based on content and expression as opposed to grammar, spelling, and handwriting. We believe it is more important to look for the music in the language rather than focus on the mechanics. The podcast has generated an enthusiasm for writing because the podcast allows students a way to share their work with an authentic audience. The session will cover the logistics of organizing a podcast and how to record and share.


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
M 205 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Exploring the Digital World Through TexQuest Digital Databases
Limited Capacity seats available

We will gauge the needs of our particular audience makeup and steer digital database resource exploration accordingly.

Speakers
avatar for Marisa Mejia

Marisa Mejia

Digital Media Specialist, Lake Travis High School (LTISD)
I am someone who seeks out utilizing technology as a tool to make the educator's work like simpler, more streamlined, and efficient so that we can all be more present in the classroom. Creating meaningful learning experiences for the educator and the learner.
avatar for Elizabeth Stearns

Elizabeth Stearns

Library Media Specialist, Lake Travis High School
Lake Travis High School, Library Learning Commons, Library 2.0, 21st Century Learning, Digital Literacy, Bibliotherapy, Digital Databases, & Research Skills, Gaming, MakerSpaces, DJing, Guitars in Libraries, Volunteering, Environmental Activism


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
Library Rotunda Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

GDR: Google Docs for Research
Limited Capacity seats available

Encyclopedias, Random Web Searches, too Many Open Tabs: Oh My! Don't get overwhelmed, frustrated and afraid when doing research. The Research Tool available in Google Docs (and Google Slides btw) is a valuable weapon against these headaches. I will show the attendees how to navigate and use the Research tools to embed research data/info from sites and articles, images, quotations, biographical information, footnotes, etc.; all without leaving the document that you are working in. I will demonstrate how using the Research tool allows students to turn a "boring" research paper into an interactive presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Wommack

Monica Wommack

Reading Teacher/Dyslexia specialist and 6th grade LA teacher, Lake Travis Middle School
I teach Language Arts, Reading Enrichment, and Dyslexia Intervention at LTMS. I have been attending training and taking online courses to learn more about the technology that Google (and other sources) has to offer for Education, including getting Google Educator Level 1 Certification... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
D 202 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Google 101
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Do you Chrome? Do you Google? Step into the wonderful world of Google for Education where you'll learn what Chrome, the Chrome Web Store, Google Drive, Google Apps & Extensions, and Google Play are. All learners are welcome.

Speakers
avatar for Sharon McMichael

Sharon McMichael

Reading & Dyslexia Speciailist, Hudson Bend Middle School
My passion has been to help students become better readers since I was in 2nd grade. I truly love dyslexic learners and those who learn differently. * * My B.A. is from Northeastern Illinois University with an English major and minor in Computer Science. I earned my master's degree... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
D 206 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Practical Technology Teaching Tips
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

We will be demonstrating several Practical Technology Teaching Tips that teachers could use everyday for every subjects with all their students.

david garcia will be showcasing and instructing on useful and powerful tech tools that teachers could leverage and create a more interactive classroom. For example:
1. Five tricks for the smartboard that could improve instruction.
how to use
2. How to organize classroom work with schoolgy
3. Google Drive and how to harness for quickly and efficient student use

Marla Retano will cover, for example,
1. Useful Microsoft Windows tips that will improve user interaction.

2. Animoto uses and how students can leverage the application for more creative projects.

3. Google Drive and other Web applications that could improve teacher technology interactions.

Speakers
avatar for David Garcia

David Garcia

Teacher, Lake Travis Elementary School
David Garcia has been successfully integrating technology and education for the last 10 years.
avatar for Marla Retano

Marla Retano

4th Grade Teacher, Lake Travis Elementary School
Marla been teaching at LTE for 12 years. She taught 4th Grade the past 3 years and 1st Grade all the years before that. Marla is data-driven and uses the District Field Guides, Math Click-On TEKS, and Lead4Ward to power her lessons.


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
K 101 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Tools to Make Communication with Students and Parents Easy and Efficient
Limited Capacity seats available

Using apps like Remind, Celly, Aurasma, and Quizlet, students can use their phones for learning rather than letting it be a distraction. We will share our experiences and help each other learn best practices. Bring your iPads and phones!

Speakers
avatar for Jen Gidley

Jen Gidley

Science Teacher, Lake Travis High School
I have been a teacher at LTHS since January of 2005. My family has been part of LTISD since 1993. Most of my educational career has been teaching AP Environmental Science, but I have also taught preAP biology, chemistry, physics, environmental studies, and Cavs Academy. I am an... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
M 220 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Schoology as a Team
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers will see examples of moving from Schoolwires to Schoology webpages with an emphasis on entering assignments and due dates in Schoology. Please come as a team so that you can actually work on preparing your webpage for this year and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Archie McHarg

Archie McHarg

Faculty, Lake Travis ISD
I like talking about intense things- things that you care about. Tell me what your present passion is. I love enthusiasm and would love to hear about yours...


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
M 209 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

10 ways to Make your Class Cozier for Gifted Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn about 10 concrete ideas for making your classroom compatible with gifted learners shared from Ian Byrd.

Speakers
avatar for Angela Garinger

Angela Garinger

Gifted and Talented, LTISD
avatar for Patsy Mendel

Patsy Mendel

Teacher, Discovery/Accelerated Math, Lake Pointe Elementary


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
K 107 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Behavioral Supports and Strategies for the Classroom
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Learn about the basics of applied behavior analysis and what that could mean for your classroom in terms of behavior support. This will lecture will provide teachers and aides with behavioral strategies (i.e. reinforcement systems, behavioral contracts, etc.) to utilize with all students.

Speakers
CC

Clare Chung

Behavior Specialist, Lake Travis ISD


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
K 104 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Making the Most of PE
Limited Capacity seats available

Best practice for including special needs students in the PE classroom

Speakers
avatar for Marisa Schuller

Marisa Schuller

Adapted Physical Educator, Lake Travis ISD
I am a Certified Adapted Physical Educator with experience in Houston, Denton, and Fort Worth. I also taught Lifeskills in Houston. | | In LTISD, I provide APE services at all schools and am the Head of Delegation for our Special Olympics teams.


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
K 106 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Sensory Make and Take
Limited Capacity filling up

Participants will learn about meeting student sensory needs and will have the opportunity to make an item to use in their classroom.

Speakers

Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
M 105 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Understanding and Addressing Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Cyndi O’Toole

Cyndi O’Toole

Program manager, Education Service Center Region 13



Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
M 107 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Where Did That Come From? - How to Choose a Meaningful Goal
Limited Capacity seats available

This course will explain how to look at a child on the whole to determine appropriate and meaningful IEP goals based off assessment, existing skills, and based off TEKS.

Speakers
avatar for Gail Denton

Gail Denton

Occupational Therapist, Lake Travis ISD
Much of my career as an Occupational Therapist has been spent in a medical or rehabilitation setting. I started as a therapist at Dallas Easter Seal Society where I met and studied with my mentor, Reggie Boehme, a world renowned occupational therapist, who taught me to look at my... Read More →
avatar for Erin Russo

Erin Russo

Life Skills Teacher, Lake Pointe Elementary
Behavior Intervention Plans, Strategies, Classroom Management


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
K 105 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Test Security in State Assessments
Limited Capacity filling up

If you are to handle or be around state testing material then this session is for you. You will be fully trained in confidentiality and test security procedures.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Burbank

Kathy Burbank

Lake Travis ISD
Kathy joined Lake Travis ISD in May 2007. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Texas followed by a Master of Education degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Houston. She previously worked at the Education Service Center Region... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
K 109 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Keynote Q&A - What's Wrong with What's Right
Limited Capacity seats available

How do we get students to move from doing what's asked to asking more of themselves? Much of how we conduct our classes now is built on assumptions that we feel will bring out the best in our students, but on closer examination, is counter-productive for many and perhaps most of them. In this talk, we'll look at some of the questions we all ask, and let those questions guide us to seeing ourselves in a new light.

Speakers
avatar for Rushton Hurley

Rushton Hurley

Relentless optimist, language teacher, principal, nonprofit director, and one of the original Google Certified Teachers, NextVista.org
Rushton Hurley is the founder and executive director of Next Vista for Learning, which houses a free library of videos by and for teachers and students at NextVista.org. He has spent decades exploring innovative possibilities for bringing together proven approaches with cutting-edge... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
Black Box

9:35am

Team Building and Diversity Activities That Work!
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you run a club or organization in which participants would benefit from team building activities? Would you like to incorporate team building or diversity activities into your class? Are you looking for Olweus activities that will impact your students? Then this is the course for you. Participants will learn of and participate in a variety of different activities that can be used to strengthen relationships within your organization and build stronger leaders in your group.

Speakers
avatar for Courtney Cooksey

Courtney Cooksey

Serene Hills Elementary
5th grade ELA/SS teacher at Serene Hills Elementary
avatar for Ginger Meeks

Ginger Meeks

8th Grade Science Teacher, Lake Travis Middle School
avatar for Aaron Wedemeyer

Aaron Wedemeyer

Lake Travis High School
I'm currently reveling in my twelfth year at LTHS as a teacher of sophomore and junior English and as an unofficial coordinator of staff social gatherings.



Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
M 207 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Empathy Theory and Realistic Bully Response
Limited Capacity seats available

Empathy is cited by psychologists, scientists, sociologists, philanthropists, humanitarian groups, and world leaders as the missing link for local and global peace. However, there is more to empathy than meets the eye and our community is at a dangerous deficit for empathy development. Come here some REALISTIC strategies for increasing PRODUCTIVE empathy and combating bullying.

Speakers
avatar for Tara Chill

Tara Chill

Special Education Aid, Lake Pointe Elementary (LTISD)
This is my 6th year working in LTISD. After spending 5 years teaching technical theatre at LTHS, I switched gears and began pursuing a career in Special Education. I have since been working as an Sped aid at LPE, and in December I earned my special education certification. At the... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 10:35am
M 212 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Authentic Learning Experiences - Secondary
Limited Capacity seats available

I want my students to be more tired than me by the end of the day!

We will look at developing Authentic Learning Experiences for your classroom. How to get students engaged, motivated, and producing high quality work while also teaching the TEKS.

Please bring your TEKS and an iPad or laptop.

Speakers
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Jill Escalante

Lake Travis High School
avatar for Mallory Shackelford

Mallory Shackelford

Biology and Forensic Science, Lake Travis High School



Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 11:45am
Science Lab M 311

9:35am

Awaken the Learner
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session, we will take an in depth look at the book “Awaken the Learner” coauthored by Darrell Scott (Rachel’s Challenge) and Dr. Robert Marzano (Marzano Research Laboratory). Topics we will examine are how to create a compassionate, caring school environment, how a change in teaching philosophy can help awaken the passion for learning in students, how to promote kindness in the classroom, and understand the power of stories in engaging students. This session will also explore research-based strategies to enhance teacher-student and peer relationships. Discover how to inspire purpose, reach students’ hearts, and cultivate student security, identity, and belonging to “awaken” their learning.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Sanders

Jennifer Sanders

Assistant Principal, Lake Travis Middle School


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 11:45am
M 206 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Drilling Down into the Math TEKS: How to Achieve Deeper Understanding Through Instruction
Limited Capacity filling up

This session would give participants time, space, and support to really dig deep into the new math curriculum. Last year, we focused on the changes in the TEKS in order to be prepared for those changes this year. Now that teachers have become more comfortable with the changes in the TEKS, it is time to focus on the instruction. One key theme seen throughout the new TEKS is the change in the academic vocabulary to encourage deeper understanding of mathematical concepts using the new process standards. The first portion of this session will focus on a large group discussion covering the 1st semester and a blueprint to guide instructional discussions within teams. The second portion will be team specific where teachers will work with their academic team specifically to begin reworking lessons from the first semester that need more depth or creating deeper lessons for the remainder of this school year.

Speakers
avatar for Sheri Remore

Sheri Remore

LTHS Math Teacher, Lake Travis High School
I am a graduate of LTHS and Texas State University with a BS in Math with Secondary Education and a M.Ed in Teacher Leadership. This is my 11th year of teaching at LTHS. I have taught regular geometry, PreAP geometry, extended geometry and math models. I have three amazing kids who... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 11:45am
M 121 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Gauging Learning: Recontextualizing Assessment & Grading for the 21st Century Learner
Limited Capacity seats available

The landscape of education is changing - a reflection of our changing world and changing clientele. When change comes, it is important to take a careful look at our practices and approaches - and even attitudes - to determine if they are still relevant within the context of the shifts that have occurred. As learning and teaching shifts to meet the needs of 21st Century Learners, we should take a look at how we are gauging and assessing learning - and this means taking a look at all aspects of grading practice. This session will provide opportunity to reflect on grading and assessment practices, serve as an opportunity to ask clarifying questions, and offer suggestions that will begin to transform assessment, grading, and gradebooks.

Speakers
avatar for Tara Banton

Tara Banton

Instructional Coach, Lake Travis Independent School District
Tara is an Instructional Coach at the secondary level in LTISD. Prior to becoming a coach, she taught at LTHS for 14 years. Tara's teaching experience ranges from working with struggling writers and at-risk students to teaching Humanities, on-level Englishes 1, 2, and 4, Pre-AP English... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 11:45am
M 117 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Middle School PLTW GTT Updates
Limited Capacity seats available

Mandatory session for middle school Gateway to Technology engineering teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Behnke

Rachel Behnke

College & Career Readiness Coordinator, Lake Travis ISD (LTISD)
Rachel works with the Lake Travis High School Institutes of Study, Career & Technical Education (CTE) Programs, Advisory Boards, and the Austin Community College – College Connections Program. Her position also includes providing leadership for K-12 CTE programs, Institute development... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 11:45am
E 103

9:35am

Words Their Way: The What, the Why and the How
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This session will provide the research behind the Words Their Way Word Study program, what it looks like in the classroom, and how to make it manageable in a variety of settings. It will include an explanation of the initial assessments, creating differentiated groups, how to use the word sorts, activities for students using multiple learning styles, and alignment with grade level TEKS!

Speakers
avatar for Kailey Arrivo

Kailey Arrivo

4th Grade Teacher, West Cypress Hills Elementary
4th grade teacher passionate about student-centered learning.
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Amanda Bisbey

First Grade Teacher, LITSD
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Bonnie Davenport

Teacher, WCHE
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Rachel Hughes

Bee Cave Elementary


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 11:45am
M 202 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Get Your Schoology Course Ready for Fall 2016 (Secondary)
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This session will provide step by step guidance on how to get your course ready for students and parents for Fall 2016. The goal of this workshop is to let you know exactly what the minimum requirements are for courses and to give you time to build your course. It is highly recommended that you have your team join you to collaborate.

Speakers
avatar for Carl McLendon

Carl McLendon

Director of Learning & Teaching - Secondary, Lake Travis ISD
Carl McLendon is the Director of Learning & Teaching - Secondary Schools for LTISD. He joined the C&I department in the summer of 2013 after 10 years as a teacher and technologist at Lake Travis High School. He is passionate about helping teachers and students navigate the intersection... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 11:45am
M 321 Lab RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Online Discussion Forums using Schoology Made Easy
Limited Capacity seats available

Creating and using Online Discussions Forums is a great way to have students interact positively with one another, and Schoology is the perfect place to make that happen! There are endless possibilities of how to use an online discussion to increase student involvement... even in the lower elementary grades (including first grade ! Come check out this fun session and get your class ready to take part in online discussions through Schoology.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Stuemke

Joel Stuemke

1st Grade Teacher, Bee Cave Elementary
I am a 1st Grade teacher at Bee Cave Elem. I joined BCE in 2011 after teaching in Nacogdoches, Fort Worth, and San Antonio. | | I'm passionate about my students and their education. To help my students succeed, and to help prepare them for the technological world in which they... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 11:45am
D 203 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Organizing Your Class in Schoology
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See different ways to organize your course in schoology and have time to practice as you learn. You will create google files and store them on your google drive. You will create lessons in schoology and import your google files into your schoology lessons. We will discuss creating quizzes in schoology and how to make a schoology page your web page.

Speakers
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Lori Wristers

Computer Science Teacher, Lake Travis High School
I have a degree in Computer Science and was a Software Engineer for 10 years before I started teaching. I now teach AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, and Advanced Computer Science. I love problem solving and finding ways programming can make jobs better.


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 11:45am
D 204 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Writing Goals and Objectives that are TEKS Aligned
Limited Capacity seats available

The participate will learn how to take the critical needs from the PLAAFP and write appropriately aligned goals and objectives based on individual student needs. They will learn how to write measurable goals and how to develop data sheets to go with those specific goals.

Speakers
avatar for Midge Simmons

Midge Simmons

Coordinator of Special Services, Lake Travis ISD


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 11:45am
K 102 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:35am

Wake Your Brain! Part 1
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Creativity. Collaboration. Communication. Fun. Warm up your students with Destination Imagination Instant Challenges. Get your students' brains engaged with five- to ten- minute STEAM critical thinking challenges. At this workshop, you will experience hands-on activities and leave with practical resources that you can use in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Brekka Larrew

Brekka Larrew

Librarian, Lakeway Elementary
I'm an elementary school librarian. I love children's literature. I coach a Destination Imagination team.
avatar for Vanessa Malone

Vanessa Malone

4th Grade Teacher, Lakeway Elementary School
New, fresh ideas! This is my 6th year in LTISD, and I'm a 4th grade teacher at LWE. Everyone needs a brain break. Come hang out with us, participate in brain breaks, and eat a treat or two.


Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 11:45am
Science Lab M 312

9:35am

A Holistic Approach to Health and Nutrition
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With the increased focus on weight as a primary indicator o health, the war on obesity has resulted in 'collateral damage' such as food and body preoccupation, low self esteem, eating disorders and poor health from weight cycling.

In this presentation, you will learn:
1. practical guidelines for helping children and adolescents to become healthy eaters
2. a health-focused approach that targets lifestyle factors such as physical activity and quality of diet
3. guidelines to eat in a flexible and attuned manner
4. a weight-neutral approach that treat weight as an outcome of lifestyle factors combined with genetics
5. practical application of the guidelines for health educators, coaches and any adult working with children and adolescents

Speakers
avatar for Emily A. Haeussler, RDN. LD

Emily A. Haeussler, RDN. LD

Nutrition Therapist, Lakeway Counseling Center
Emily Haeussler, a registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist, has been serving people who want to make peace with food, make peace with their bodies and make peace with themselves for over 25 years. Emily graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in food and nutrition and dietetics... Read More →



Thursday February 11, 2016 9:35am - 11:45am
M 210 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

An Intro to Positive Discipline: Learn Tools and Promote Social-Emotional Learning
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Join us as we participate in several experiential activities to help you get in the shoes of the children in your world!
• Learn effective tools you can use today to promote social-emotional learning in your classroom and at home.
• Gain a better understanding of the "belief behind the behavior" of children.
• Discover new ways to promote long-term positive characteristic, such as responsibility and honesty.

Speakers
avatar for Austin Family Counseling

Austin Family Counseling

Austin Family Counseling
Austin Family Counseling (AFC) provides counseling for families, children, couples, and individuals. We also offer parenting workshops and groups for individuals seeking community and support. | | We are a unique group of therapists who will not only help you feel connected and... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
K 106 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

Get Your Class to Drink the “Classroom Kool-Aid”
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Do you like your students to work collaboratively in groups? Do you dream of 100% engagement in your classroom? What about 100% participation, 100% of the time? Join me for some “minds-on” fun as you learn fast-paced, adaptable cooperative learning strategies and structures that work in all subjects, for all grade levels.

Speakers
avatar for Kristina Grant

Kristina Grant

1st grade teacher, Lakeway Elementary


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
M 207 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

Student Discipline - How to Keep Minor Issues from Becoming a Major Problem
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It can be difficult to maintain control during less-structured activities. While smaller infractions might not seem like an issue at the time, it is important to recognize the student behaviors that can lead to bigger problems. Come to this workshop prepared to learn and share strategies for minimizing distractions while maximizing productivity.

Speakers
avatar for Dionne Burnett

Dionne Burnett

District Community Programs Coordinator
Dionne Burnett began her tenure as the District Community Programs Coordinator in June of 2012. She is a product of LTISD, having attended Lake Travis Elementary, Lake Travis Middle School, and Lake Travis High School. She attended Texas State University, where she majored in Theatre... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
M 212 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

Financial Planning with LTISD’s 403b/457b Retirement Plans
Limited Capacity seats available

Representatives from TCG will explain the calculations for retirement through the Teacher Retirement System (TRS). They will share financial planning strategies to save for retirement using the 403b and 457b plans available to LTISD staff.

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Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
Recital Hall M 307

10:45am

Take 10 CPR Training: REFRESHER (FOR SELECTED PARTICIPANTS ONLY)
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For selected participants only, this CPR Take 10 Refresher class will support the HB5 mandatory CPR training

Speakers
avatar for Take 10 CPR (Louis Gonzales)

Take 10 CPR (Louis Gonzales)

TAKE10 Program Co-Creator, City of Austin
As co-creator of the TAKE10 CPR program, Louis describes the vision of the program as empowering community members to take CPR training to others in the community resulting in dramatic improvements in survival from sudden cardiac arrest in our communities. During his more than 25... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
Wrestling M 501

10:45am

Time Management-If I Just Had 2 More Hours in the Day
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If I just had two more hours in the day…
Did you know that some of us can lose as much as 2-3 hours per day to distractions? In order to effectively manage our time, we have to make choices about how we address our daily tasks. This seminar will help you assess your current time management habits and offer tips for improving them. Join us for this interactive session as we:
 Develop an effective plan, not just a “To Do” list
 Delegate effectively
 Recognize and avoid distraction


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
M 122 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

Eduphoria: Communication, Coordination & Monitoring
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will provide information to campus administrators for using Eduphoria to spur teacher collaboration and communication. This tool will allow administrators better access for monitoring and tracking students. As well, this session will provide administrators with the information to support teachers in tracking their campus professional development hours that teachers need for their certification renewal.

Speakers
avatar for Darnell Horton

Darnell Horton

Lake Travis High School
avatar for Wendy Sturdevant

Wendy Sturdevant

Associate Principal of Curriculum, Lake Travis ISD
Mrs. Wendy Sturdevant is the Associate Principal for Curriculum and Instruction at Lake Travis High School. Mrs. Sturdevant (formerly Phillips) taught Algebra 2 and AP Calculus for eight years at Lake Travis High School and served as the Department Chairperson for the Mathematics... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
M 220 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

How to Use Classroom Walkthroughs For Continuous Improvement
Limited Capacity seats available

Enhance your leadership abilities using resources such as the Classroom Walkthroughs for Continuous Improvement to collaborate with teachers to improve instruction and help ensure that all students are successful learners.

Speakers
avatar for Zach Freed

Zach Freed

8th grade assistant principal, Lake Travis Middle School
Kelly's Husband. Sutton and Sawyer's Dad. Lake Travis ISD employee. | | Grand Valley State University (Michigan )- Undergrad | UT-Arlington - Grad
avatar for Marla Mikolay

Marla Mikolay

Instructional Specialist, Lake Travis Elementary School
I've been a teacher in this district for 10 years and am now the RTI and 504 Coordinator for LTE. I love helping teachers and students create goals and choose appropriate accommodations that foster the most successful learning opportunities possible.


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
M 106 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

#WhyITeach
Limited Capacity full
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building off of this https://storify.com/teacher2teacher/whyiteach-55676d59a47a435148555013?awesm=sfy.co_f17jd&utm_source=direct-sfy.co&utm_medium=sfy.co-twitter&utm_campaign=&utm_content=storify-pingback - Students and parents need to know why we are passionate about education. This helps to build collaboration, reinvigorate our passion for the field, and encourage peers, students, and the community.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Gidley

Jen Gidley

Science Teacher, Lake Travis High School
I have been a teacher at LTHS since January of 2005. My family has been part of LTISD since 1993. Most of my educational career has been teaching AP Environmental Science, but I have also taught preAP biology, chemistry, physics, environmental studies, and Cavs Academy. I am an... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
M 205 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

Blended Learning Strategies for Elementary Classrooms
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During this session, we will define blended learning, explore resources for pre-developed blended learning lessons, and identify strategies for implementing blended learning in a elementary classroom setting.


Speakers
avatar for Tony Borash

Tony Borash

Advanced Learning Partnerships


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
M 114 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

Blended Learning Strategies for Secondary Classrooms
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Gaynell Lyman

Gaynell Lyman

Director of Innovative Learning Systems, Advanced Learning Partnerships
Gaynell describes every role she has served in education as her “favorite.” Those roles include high school science teacher, instructional technology resource teacher, educational specialist and principal. Now she feels honored to get to work with forward thinking educators across... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
M 115 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

ERR - Extend, Review, and Reteach
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Make an assessment truly FORMATIVE with the help of your colleagues. We have found a way to reteach and extend when kids are ready with the help of other teachers. See what we have done to take the results from a quiz and then use those to take some time to reteach while those that are ready can extend! A student's grade determines their next activity!

Speakers
avatar for Sheri Bates

Sheri Bates

7th Texas History, Lake Travis Middle School
avatar for Pete Hunt

Pete Hunt

Texas History Teacher, Hudson Bend Middle School (LTISD)
avatar for Dana Schrader

Dana Schrader

GT/Discovery, Hudson Bend Middle School
I love to find creative ways to guide kids in to learning!


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
M 208 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

Introduction to Authentic Learning Experiences
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for John McCarthy

John McCarthy

Consultant, Opening Paths
John McCarthy, Ed.S. was a classroom teacher in 3 different states, including urban, rural, and suburban, from high poverty to high affluent areas. As a School Improvement Consultant at Wayne RESA, the largest county in Michigan, he led or supported several county-wide and state-wide... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
M 112 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

Learning in the Living Room @HBMS
Limited Capacity seats available

Learning is everywhere and everywhere is learning! Find out how we use the neighborhood spaces to engage learners at Hudson Bend Middle School. We will explore strategies anyone can use to create a positive classroom/campus climate and extend learning outside of the classroom.

Speakers
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Amy Castillo

Hudson Bend Middle School
avatar for Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson

Principal, Lake Travis ISD


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
M 215 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

Run with the Squirrels: Marzano's High Yield Strategies
Limited Capacity full
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Robert Marzano and his colleagues identified nine high-yield instructional strategies through a meta-analysis of over 100 independent studies. They determined that these nine strategies have the greatest positive affect on student achievement for all students, in all subject areas, at all grade levels. Let's take a closer look at what they are and what they look like!

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Behnke

Rachel Behnke

College & Career Readiness Coordinator, Lake Travis ISD (LTISD)
Rachel works with the Lake Travis High School Institutes of Study, Career & Technical Education (CTE) Programs, Advisory Boards, and the Austin Community College – College Connections Program. Her position also includes providing leadership for K-12 CTE programs, Institute development... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
M 316 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

Setting the Tone for Positive Results
Limited Capacity seats available

Looking to improve communication with your students, their parents, and your own family members? Participants will become familiiar with a few simple tools to easily use.


Speakers
avatar for April Glenn

April Glenn

Principal, Serene Hills Elementary (LTISD)


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
M 105 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

Teaching the Syllables
Limited Capacity seats available

Use pairing strategy to teach six syllable phonics.

Speakers
avatar for Kerri Newton

Kerri Newton

Lake Travis Elementary (LTISD)
I have been teaching 4th Grade in Austin for 7 years. I love teaching students to read and write, and engaging students in meaningful ways. I am always learning about technology and love using it in my own classroom.
avatar for Marla Retano

Marla Retano

4th Grade Teacher, Lake Travis Elementary School
Marla been teaching at LTE for 12 years. She taught 4th Grade the past 3 years and 1st Grade all the years before that. Marla is data-driven and uses the District Field Guides, Math Click-On TEKS, and Lead4Ward to power her lessons.


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
M 211 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

The TDEC Totem Pole and Other TDEC Adaptations
Limited Capacity seats available

The focus of the presentation will be on the TDEC writing process. I have developed a TDEC totem pole as a way of adapting the process for writers in my 7th Grade Resource Language Arts classes. I will share how I use art, a personified TDEC chart, modeling, and class discussion to bring TDEC to life for my students. There will also be time in the session for participants to discuss and share TDEC/writing strategies.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Tucker

Brad Tucker

Teacher, Hudson Bend Middle School


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
M 310

10:45am

Using Authentic Reading to Empower Young Readers
Limited Capacity full
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Come explore your new campus reading resources to enhance communication and critical thinking in reading. In this session, we will explore The Comprehension Toolkit, Calkin’s Units of Study Teaching Reading Series, Explorations in Nonfiction Writing and NEWSELA.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Collier

Sarah Collier

Learning and Teaching Coach, Lake Travis ISD
Sarah worked as an instructional coach the past four years in Frisco ISD. In that role, she has been an ELAR Curriculum writer, facilitated PLC’s and vertical teams and presented a variety of reading, writing and math professional developments. Before coaching, Sarah was a reading... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
M 116 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

Using Desmos in Math
Limited Capacity seats available

We will use Desmos (website or app) to work with algebraic functions.

We will use laptops or ipads (provided) in my classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Wahl

Donna Wahl

Teacher, Lake Travis High School
I have been teaching collaboratively with a special education teacher off and on for the last 30 years. Right now Daliah Maurer and I share an Algebra 3 class of seniors of varying abilities in math.


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
Library Tables/Workspace

10:45am

Verbing the Stuff
Limited Capacity seats available

What does that mean, exactly and why is it important? Academic rigor and depth of learning are based on the performance standard of the curriculum--the verb. Come and learn what "verbing the stuff" looks like in a lesson design.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. John Crain

Dr. John Crain

Dr. John Crain is currently an independent educational consultant working with school districts and state education agencies throughout Texas. During his 40 years in education, Dr. Crain has taught from fifth grade through community college, has worked as a principal at all three... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
M 201 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

Techno Style
Limited Capacity seats available

(In the style of Psy’s 2012 hit “Gangnam Style)
A teacher who loves to see students learn during the day
A teacher who is covered up with grading at night has got to find a way
A teacher who’s convinced what data can convey
A teacher with that kind of twist

Needs Formative Assessment in Techno style, Techno Style
Formative Assessment in Techno Style.

Come learn how to incorporate formative assessment into your classroom using technology. Fast, easy, and--in some cases--as close as your students’ cell phones!

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Hill

Cathy Hill

Learning and Teaching Coach, Lake Travis ISD
Like most of you, I would classify myself as a teacher and a learner, not necessarily in that order. I taught math for more than twenty years before becoming an instructional coach with the district last year. I have the privilege of collaborating with secondary math and science teachers... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
M 118 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

Designing Visual Thinking and Learning: Visual Storytelling (Cinematic Narrative)
Limited Capacity seats available

When you combine the power of google drive and a series of iPad apps you have a creative and collaborative matchmaker. Both platforms are essential to both mobile and creative learning so why not combine the two for the ultimate learning experience. This session is specifically designed to not only showcase what happens when both of these are used effectively, but also highlight the power for making thinking and storytelling visible.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Shelton

Ken Shelton

Global Keynote Specialist and Educational Technology Strategist, EdTechTeam


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
M 119 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

Prodigy
Limited Capacity seats available

An overview of how educators can use Prodigy in your classroom to meet the needs of each learner.

Speakers

Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
Library Rotunda Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

Recording Your Lessons in Real Time Using SMART Recorder
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how easy it is to record videos of your lessons in real time using programs already installed on your computer and a microphone you provide!

Speakers
avatar for Robert Messner

Robert Messner

AP Calc AB Teacher, Lake Travis High School
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Dora Rodriguez

Lake Travis High School (LTISD)


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
K 105 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

Technology 101
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Come get an overview of basic tips from technology staff including digital store front, website editing, adding printers, passwords, phones, and network folders to name a few of the topics covered.

Speakers
avatar for Claude Pardue

Claude Pardue

Lake Travis Independent School District
avatar for Todd Taylor

Todd Taylor

Lake Travis Independent School District


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
M 209 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

TexQuest Databases for Elementary
Limited Capacity seats available

in-depth demonstration of the Texquest databases and resources-National Geographic Kids, Kids Infobits and Britannica Online

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Hooker

Caitlin Hooker

Librarian, Hudson Bend Middle School
I am working enthusiastically toward blending high tech and low tech within a library setting, promoting reading for pleasure while exploring Maker Spaces and new technologies!


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
D 202 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

Tips on Becoming a Google Certified Educator
Limited Capacity seats available

Quick & easy tips on how to become a Google Certified Educator. Explore the steps of Google for Education training for teachers & staff. Including a quick overview of Google Certified Trainer requirements.

Speakers
avatar for Sharon McMichael

Sharon McMichael

Reading & Dyslexia Speciailist, Hudson Bend Middle School
My passion has been to help students become better readers since I was in 2nd grade. I truly love dyslexic learners and those who learn differently. * * My B.A. is from Northeastern Illinois University with an English major and minor in Computer Science. I earned my master's degree... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
D 206 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

Using Google Apps to Teach Science
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Using Google Apps to help teach science teks when you have little time to teach science and differentiate your lessons. Will focus on teaching matter and energy

Speakers
avatar for Mary Carnes

Mary Carnes

Lake Travis Middle School


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
D 203 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

Technology in the Inclusion and Special Ed Classroom
Limited Capacity full
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We will explore how to use technology to enhance your teaching abilities in the Resource classroom and in the general ed classroom with Inclusion students. Topics include ways to provide oral administration, administering tests on Schoology with oral administration, and tracking data.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Oren

Kim Oren

Special Education Teacher, Lake Travis Middle School
I teach 7th grade English and ESL. This is my 6th year at LTMS and my 13th year of teaching.


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
D 205 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

Getting a Digital Video Project Going
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Rushton Hurley

Rushton Hurley

Relentless optimist, language teacher, principal, nonprofit director, and one of the original Google Certified Teachers, NextVista.org
Rushton Hurley is the founder and executive director of Next Vista for Learning, which houses a free library of videos by and for teachers and students at NextVista.org. He has spent decades exploring innovative possibilities for bringing together proven approaches with cutting-edge... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
M 120 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

ARD Alignment
Limited Capacity seats available

Are your ducks in a row when it comes to making ARD decisions?  This session will show how teams can ensure ARD decisions are aligned with the use of a handy one-page tool.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Laura Abbott

Dr. Laura Abbott

Director of Special Services, Lake Travis Independent School District
Dr. Abbott began her career in public education in 1996, serving as a special education teacher with the Fort Stockton and Killeen school districts. After a brief tenure with the Gatesville school district as a teacher in the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities, she served... Read More →



Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
M 109 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

The gifted learner, growth mindset and perfectionism
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will help to understand the gifted learner and how developing a growth mindset can foster development and avoid maladaptive perfectionism.

Speakers
avatar for Raine Maggio

Raine Maggio

GT Coordinator, Lake Travis ISD
Hi! My name is Raine Maggio and I'm the GT Coordinator at LTMS. I've been teaching gifted for 18 of my 21 years of teaching. I spent the first 15 years in elementary before moving on for new experiences in middle school. I graduated from the University of Texas in 1995 and I earned... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
K 104 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

Understanding and Addressing Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom
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Understanding and Addressing Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom 

In this session, participants will learn basic strategies and tips for reducing challenging behaviors in students with disabilities. Ideas for how to support, document, and communicate with teachers will also be shared.

Cyndi O’Toole, M.A., BCBA is a Program Manager at ESC Region 13. She is the statewide lead for autism spectrum disorders training. She received her master's degree from The University of Northern Colorado, attended Texas State University to complete her Educational Diagnostician certification, and is a board certified behavior analyst. Cyndi’s experience in education includes being an elementary teacher of the deaf, life skills teacher, and Educational Diagnostician.


Speakers
avatar for Cyndi O’Toole

Cyndi O’Toole

Program manager, Education Service Center Region 13



Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
M 107 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

STAAR Alternate 2
Limited Capacity seats available

If you are administering/assisting with STAAR Alternate 2 then this session is for you. Everything you need to know that can be covered in an hour!!

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Burbank

Kathy Burbank

Lake Travis ISD
Kathy joined Lake Travis ISD in May 2007. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Texas followed by a Master of Education degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Houston. She previously worked at the Education Service Center Region... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
K 109 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:45am

Get Your Students Excited About Learning
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Increasing Student Engagement and Higher Order Thinking

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Carroll Taggart

Lake Travis ISD | Gifted Education Coordinator | | I am passionate about Gifted Education and differentiation of curriculum to meet the needs of diverse learners.


Thursday February 11, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
K 103 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:30pm

Keynote - Dr. Janis Jordan - Transformational Teaching that Sticks!
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Dr. Janis Jordan

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Lake Travis ISD


Thursday February 11, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Performing Arts Center 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Misperceptions about Bullying: A Student and Teacher Dialogue
Limited Capacity seats available

The Olweus Committee is proposing to have a student-teacher panel discussion session or sessions during the Learning Together 2016 Conference. In past years panel discussions have been held to help bridge the gap between teachers and students and to improve communication and understanding. The theme of the discussions will be based on the question, “How do we define bullying differently”?

The goal, this year, is to build upon the past efforts and to continue building a sense of community even as LTISD continues its fast paced growth. To that end, instead of having students sit behind a long table with an audience of teachers on the other side, students and teachers will break into smaller groups with each smaller group having a set conversation starters and scenarios to guide the discussions.

The idea is to allow more students and teachers to interact with each other. The end goal is two-fold:
1. Help students and teachers understand how each other defines and see bullying through the use of the conversation starters and presented scenarios.
2. Help students convey to teachers how they want teachers, the school administration, and the district to respond to bullying.

It is important for faculty, staff, and students to have a comfort level that allows deep, valid, and continuing communication. To have this all stake-holders need to have a common understanding of the issues and solutions.

Speakers
avatar for Frank Shoemaker

Frank Shoemaker

APUSH Instructor, Lake Travis High School


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
M 215 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

OLWEUS In Action
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and see how we implement OLWEUS at Lakeway Elementary! You will gain insight into how our teachers implement OLWEUS in the classroom as well as how it is implemented school wide.

Speakers
avatar for Kimberley Kellner

Kimberley Kellner

Assistant Principal, Lakeway Elementary
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Kara Lucas

Counselor, Lakeway Elementary School


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
K 104 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

A Bird's-Eye View of School Finance
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever wondered where the money comes from to pay your salary, your student’s supplies or even the cost of electricity to pay the heat bill at your school? And by the way, what is this I keep hearing about “Robin Hood?” Johnny W. Hill, Assistant Superintendent of Business, Financial & Auxiliary Services will be presenting a short session on school finance. He will briefly explain how a school district receives its funding, how and why the district has to pay a portion of its funding back to the state and finally, how the district appropriates the funding it keeps to help educate our students.

Speakers
avatar for Johnny Hill

Johnny Hill

Assistant Superintendent for Business, Financial and Auxiliary Services, Lake Travis Independent School District


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
M 107 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Handling Your High Stress Job
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Handling Your High-Stress Job
Working during the evenings and on the weekends? Let’s face it, some jobs in education are not the typical 9 to 5. They can be intense and stressful depending upon the time of year. How do you take care of your mental and emotional well-being—Venting in the break room? Happy hour? During this session, be proactive and learn:
 How stress affects our bodies and minds
 How to use your “down time” as “recovery time”
 Personalize coping skills to use during and following a high-stress day


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
M 122 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

What to Expect at Work When You are Expecting
Limited Capacity seats available

Steps to take when you discover you are expecting a child, information about FMLA for maternity leave and how it may impact your pay.


Speakers
avatar for Paola DeLaMelena

Paola DeLaMelena

HR Specialist Benefits, Lake Travis ISD
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Toni Larsen

Lake Travis ISD



Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
M 106 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

“I’ve Got your Back! Body Mechanics”
Limited Capacity seats available

Hands on session about how to take care of your back while providing physical assistance to students.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Urban

Christine Urban

Physical Therapist, Lake Travis Independent School District
Physical Therapist for Lake Travis ISD


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
M 210 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Crucial Conversations with Parents
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Description: This session will cover strategies and best practices for conducting crucial or difficult conversations with parents. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of how to approach these conversations with confidence while clearly communicating their concerns. The goal of this session is to improve communication skills and relationships within our community as we partner with parents to support student learning.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Prehn

Amanda Prehn

West Cypress Hills Elementary


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
M 105 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Ahoy, Matee! Leveled Math Centers
Limited Capacity seats available

Yo, ho, and a bottle of fun! In this session, try some pirate-themed math activities that I created. These include rounding, perimeter, and partner fact games. Students seem to be doing the same task but, after a closer look, you will see how the rigor is adjusted for individual learners. The high kids will not finish too quickly! You can easily adapt to other themes. Grades 2 - 5

Speakers
avatar for Amelia Moya

Amelia Moya

3rd Grade Teacher, Lake Travis Elementary (LTISD)
Third grade teacher at LTE who loves science and math. BBA Baylor, MBA/HOM Texas Tech. 16th year in LTISD! | | Wife and Mom/stepmom to five, most in college. Have expertise in making ends meet, FAFSA, college applications, asking for help, and loving what is! | | I love... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Library Tables/Workspace

2:45pm

Assessments in Schoology
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We will be discussing the ins and outs of using assessments in Schoology. Teachers will be asked to bring material that they would like to use for an assessment and we will guide them as they make an actual assessment for classroom use. We will touch on how to assign the assessment to individual students/groups of students rather than the whole class and how to import grades to TX Connect.

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Ryan Dann

7th Grade Math Teacher, Hudson Bend Middle School
Want to use Schoology to it's fullest potential? Join us to learn how to create tests or quizzes that automatically grade themselves! | | I have been teaching for 7 years, this is my third at HBMS. Previously I taught middle school in Sunnyvale CA. I attend Cal Poly San... Read More →
avatar for Marie Lord

Marie Lord

7th Grade Math Teacher, Lake Travis ISD
This is my 8th year teaching math. I love the content almost as much as I love working with my students. I truly believe that developing students' self-confidence in their mathematical abilities is just as important as teaching math concepts.
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Jenny Mashburn

Math Teacher, Lake Travis Middle School


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
K 101 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Building a Caring Community
Limited Capacity seats available

Intentional things you can do to help build a sense of belonging in students, parents, and staff members of an elementary school.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Richards

Julie Richards

Principal, West Cypress Hills Elementary
I have been working in the public schools for 28 years. During this time I have learned the importance of cultivating a sense of belonging for students, staff, and the community. Our presentation will focus on specific intentional things you can do to help build a sense of belonging... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
M 121 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Civil Disobedience: Empowering Student Voice for Learning Ownership
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for John McCarthy

John McCarthy

Consultant, Opening Paths
John McCarthy, Ed.S. was a classroom teacher in 3 different states, including urban, rural, and suburban, from high poverty to high affluent areas. As a School Improvement Consultant at Wayne RESA, the largest county in Michigan, he led or supported several county-wide and state-wide... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
M 112 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Design Thinking
Limited Capacity seats available

Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer's toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for success. Design thinking in the classroom is about people-centered problem solving, engaging students in the process of designing solutions such that they develop both transferrable skills and conceptual understanding.

Speakers
avatar for Tony Borash

Tony Borash

Advanced Learning Partnerships


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
M 114 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Expository Writing Strategies
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Our session will cover expository writing strategies we have learned from renowned writing teachers, Barry Lane, and Gretchen Bernabei. These strategies are research based and have been proven to be effective in fostering strong, independent, and authentic writing!

Speakers
avatar for Katelyn Houchin

Katelyn Houchin

4th Grade Math/Science Teacher, Bee Cave Elementary School
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Jenn Monshaugen

7th Grade Teacher, Lake Travis Middle School (LTISD)
I teach 7th grade at Lake Travis Middle School. I started my career in 2000 teaching 2nd grade at Lake Travis Elementary. When LTE was closed because of mold I was relocated to BCE for a year. I took some time off to raise my children and returned to BCE 2nd grade in 2010. I also... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
M 208 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Genius Hour: Leverage Inquiry to Personalize Learning
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Speakers
avatar for Gaynell Lyman

Gaynell Lyman

Director of Innovative Learning Systems, Advanced Learning Partnerships
Gaynell describes every role she has served in education as her “favorite.” Those roles include high school science teacher, instructional technology resource teacher, educational specialist and principal. Now she feels honored to get to work with forward thinking educators across... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
M 115 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Kagan Structures to You
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The BCE team would like to share with you the top ten Kagan structures to start using in your classroom immediately. If you have never tried Kagan, you are in for a treat. The structures provided will help put more of the learning on your students which = an increase of student learning outcomes which = one happy teacher. And you do want to be a happy teacher, don’t you? You will be provided electronic handouts of each Kagan structure presented in a format that is simple to use.

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Lauren Bowden

Bee Cave Elementary
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Deanna McParland

Principal, Bee Cave Elementary (LTISD)
Hi. I recently went to a workshop with some of my fourth grade teachers at BCE and thought the materials they presented were fantastic. I wanted to share some of the ideas that were suggested at the Learning Together Conference. The biggest take away, is most of the ideas that... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
M 207 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Math Workshop: The Mini Lesson
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This session will cover the key components to an effective, meaningful, 15-20 minute mini lesson. Understanding and implementing the mini lesson in your math block will open up time for small group instruction where you can reach all levels of learners.

Speakers
avatar for Chasity Beatty

Chasity Beatty

3rd Grade Teacher, Bee Cave Elementary
I'm a 6th year teacher departmentalized for math and science. I am a member of the Next Gen 1 Cohort and have been exposed to so many innovative, best practices through that experience. By nature, I am a jump-in-the-pool kind of educator. I love trying new things, no matter how uneasy... Read More →



Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Science Lab M 311

2:45pm

Mathematical Preppers
Limited Capacity seats available

Juniors and seniors in high school typically have a knot in their stomachs on the morning of the AP Calculus exam. A few of them might even consider it “Doomsday”--and if so, then you, as a pre-AP teacher, are a sort of Doomsday Prepper! But what if we could help them stockpile just one additional concept a year that would make that day so much better? And what if it did not take any extra work on our part...just a change in terminology or an extension of a problem? Together, let’s prepare them for their APocalyptic (from the Greek: a disclosure of knowledge) opportunity!

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Hill

Cathy Hill

Learning and Teaching Coach, Lake Travis ISD
Like most of you, I would classify myself as a teacher and a learner, not necessarily in that order. I taught math for more than twenty years before becoming an instructional coach with the district last year. I have the privilege of collaborating with secondary math and science teachers... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
M 118 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

New SAT Vs. Old SAT
Limited Capacity seats available

This course is an overview of the changes in the New SAT and how it compares to the current SAT.

Speakers
avatar for Raine Maggio

Raine Maggio

GT Coordinator, Lake Travis ISD
Hi! My name is Raine Maggio and I'm the GT Coordinator at LTMS. I've been teaching gifted for 18 of my 21 years of teaching. I spent the first 15 years in elementary before moving on for new experiences in middle school. I graduated from the University of Texas in 1995 and I earned... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
M 211 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Putting the 'A' into STEAM
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will learn strategies on how to integrate the Arts into their classroom to support moving from STEM to STEAM.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Aguillon

Charles Aguillon

Director of Fine Arts & Academic Enrichment, Lake Travis Independent School District
An educator for 24 years, Charles Aguillon is the Director of Fine Arts and Academic Enrichment for Lake Travis ISD in Austin. He oversees all music, art, theatre, and dance programs K-12 as well as Languages other than English and the UIL Academic program. Most recently Mr. Aguillon... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
M 212 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Research: It's Elementary
Limited Capacity seats available

Come explore several digital research tools to extend everyday lessons into inquiry and creativity. Leave with a toolbox of digital research tools for all ages and levels in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Collier

Sarah Collier

Learning and Teaching Coach, Lake Travis ISD
Sarah worked as an instructional coach the past four years in Frisco ISD. In that role, she has been an ELAR Curriculum writer, facilitated PLC’s and vertical teams and presented a variety of reading, writing and math professional developments. Before coaching, Sarah was a reading... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
M 116 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Rubric Capacity: Meaningful and Motivating Feedback
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Rubrics can be powerful teaching & learning tools - not simply tools for preparing students for assignment expectation and grade rendering. This session will be a time for reflective discussion, idea sharing, rubric study, all with time built in for rubric building.

Speakers
avatar for Tara Banton

Tara Banton

Instructional Coach, Lake Travis Independent School District
Tara is an Instructional Coach at the secondary level in LTISD. Prior to becoming a coach, she taught at LTHS for 14 years. Tara's teaching experience ranges from working with struggling writers and at-risk students to teaching Humanities, on-level Englishes 1, 2, and 4, Pre-AP English... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
M 117 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

UIL Academics: What's New?
Limited Capacity seats available

Dr. Stevens, Director of UIL Academics, will cover new opportunities available within the UIL Academic program. The new STEM Robotics competition will also be discussed.


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Recital Hall M 307

2:45pm

Unpacking the TEKS
Limited Capacity seats available

We know our academic content. Are we articulating that content in a way that students come the same understanding of that content that we have. Come and hear about the adult learning that must take place before we design the lesson. What do students really need to know?


Speakers
avatar for Dr. John Crain

Dr. John Crain

Dr. John Crain is currently an independent educational consultant working with school districts and state education agencies throughout Texas. During his 40 years in education, Dr. Crain has taught from fifth grade through community college, has worked as a principal at all three... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
M 201 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

What is the Dual Language Program at LTE & Why are DL Strategies Great for All Classrooms?
Limited Capacity seats available

Description: In this session, get an overview of the Gomez and Gomez Dual Language program at LTE. Find out how DL best practices (building vocabulary, collaboration, emphasis on writing, high expectations for all, and more) are essential best practices for all classrooms!

Speakers
avatar for Angela Frankhouser

Angela Frankhouser

Principal, Lake Travis Elementary


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
M 109 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Whole Brain Teaching/Active Engagement
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Whole Brain Teaching is a research based system that utilizes all areas of the brain, keeps children engaged throughout their lessons, and helps them retain much more information than the standard lecture-discussion model. We will help you understand and implement this style of teaching in your classroom!

Speakers
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Jackie Mohr

Teacher, West Cypress Hills Elementary


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
M 310

2:45pm

Ag....The Great Misconception and How We Tie it All Together!
Limited Capacity seats available

The common misconceptions of what high school Agricultural Foods and Natural Sciences is all about. Tying together the relevance of Mathematics, Biology, Anatomy, Chemistry, English, Engineering, and most of all Leadership.

Speakers
avatar for Perry White

Perry White

Agricultural Foods and Natural Resources Teacher, Lake Travis High School
Kids learning by doing! Ag classes are so much more than what you think they are! Ag classes take what students learn in regular ed. classes and put it into applied learning, where its relevance really matters.
avatar for Kelly White

Kelly White

Agriculture Science Teacher, Lake Travis High School


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
M 316 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Digital Age Literacies- Going Beyond Basic Google Search
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Many people use google to search for information. However if you use google to only search for bits of information that would be like going to a 5 course dinner and leaving after the first course. This session is designed to guide you through a fun exploration of the myriad of ways in which google search is much more than just a search engine as you know it. We will look at features such as images, books, scholar, news, and ways in which we can use google search to engage in fun information acquisition exercises.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Shelton

Ken Shelton

Global Keynote Specialist and Educational Technology Strategist, EdTechTeam


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
M 119 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Digital Make & Take
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Come learn ways to integrate technology into your classroom and plan for an upcoming lesson or unit at the same time! We will be covering many student-engaging platforms based on your priorities.

Speakers
avatar for Alison Brown

Alison Brown

3rd Grade, Lakeway Elementary
avatar for Keegan Luedecke

Keegan Luedecke

Assistant Principal, Serene Hills Elementary School


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Library Rotunda Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Gamestar Mechanic
Limited Capacity seats available

"For educators seeking to build a curriculum around Gamestar Mechanic, there are no requirements for previous study in game design. The session introduces all key concepts and their external uses without the necessity for further reading. Gamestar Mechanic has provided an optional reading list for educators interested in continuing their exploration of this emerging field, located at the teacher resources.

Gamestar Mechanic is suitable for use in a variety of formal and informal learning environments across the following curriculum areas: 21st Century Skills, STEM Learning, Digital Media, Art, Science and Language Arts.

It has been designed to work in both formal and informal learning environments including: schools, after-school programs, home schools, libraries, community centers, tutoring centers, museums and camps.

Speakers
avatar for Marisa Mejia

Marisa Mejia

Digital Media Specialist, Lake Travis High School (LTISD)
I am someone who seeks out utilizing technology as a tool to make the educator's work like simpler, more streamlined, and efficient so that we can all be more present in the classroom. Creating meaningful learning experiences for the educator and the learner.
avatar for Elizabeth Stearns

Elizabeth Stearns

Library Media Specialist, Lake Travis High School
Lake Travis High School, Library Learning Commons, Library 2.0, 21st Century Learning, Digital Literacy, Bibliotherapy, Digital Databases, & Research Skills, Gaming, MakerSpaces, DJing, Guitars in Libraries, Volunteering, Environmental Activism


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
M 220 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Geometry Exploration Activities Using Geogebra
Limited Capacity seats available

Beginner Geogebra users will run through a set of activities designed for the exploration of Geometry TEKS involving transformations and points of concurrency in triangles. Teachers will then have the opportunity to use Geogebra to design their own lesson for use in their own classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Jorge Jacquez

Jorge Jacquez

Learning and Teaching Coach, Lake Travis ISD
Author: "CliffsNotes STAAR EOC Algebra I Quick Review" | Algebra I, Geometry, PreCalculus Teacher - Lake Travis HS, | Algebra I, Geometry curriculum writer - El Paso ISD, | Algebra I Team Lead - Coronado HS, El Paso ISD, | IB Certified, AP Certified, ESL Certified.


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
D 203 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Hour of Code
Limited Capacity seats available

This will be an introduction to coding. I will facilitate teachers working through an Hour of Code using code.org. They will need to bring a chromebook, laptop or ipad preferably, although it can be done on a smartphone as well. Earbuds would help since there are video tutorials to watch.

I can teach multiple classes if there is interest.

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Hooker

Caitlin Hooker

Librarian, Hudson Bend Middle School
I am working enthusiastically toward blending high tech and low tech within a library setting, promoting reading for pleasure while exploring Maker Spaces and new technologies!


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
D 202 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Out of the Box with Google Chrome
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you or your students think or learn "out of the box?" Learn how to use Google Chrome Apps & Extension that you can implement tomorrow with learners who think "out of the box"

Speakers
avatar for Sharon McMichael

Sharon McMichael

Reading & Dyslexia Speciailist, Hudson Bend Middle School
My passion has been to help students become better readers since I was in 2nd grade. I truly love dyslexic learners and those who learn differently. * * My B.A. is from Northeastern Illinois University with an English major and minor in Computer Science. I earned my master's degree... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
D 206 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Schoology Success for All Learners
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This session is for the Schoology newbie. We will discuss and practice easy ways to integrate Schoology into your classroom. Supporting all levels of student learning in an interactive and thought provoking environment.

Speakers
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Amy Castillo

Hudson Bend Middle School
avatar for Megan McDermott

Megan McDermott

6th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Lake Travis ISD
As a passionate innovator and educator for the past 7 years, I have had the pleasure of working in Lake Travis ISD for the past 6 of those years! I recently graduated with my Master of Education in Administration through Concordia University, allowing me to develop my curriculum... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
D 204 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Tech Tools for Teachers
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers will leave with tools to add to their classroom tech toolbox. These tools can be used for project-based learning, such as digital story-telling, presentations (beyond PowerPoint/Google Slides), video creations, and taking polls to name a few. They can also be used for creating lessons.

Speakers
avatar for Vanessa Aguillon

Vanessa Aguillon

Fifth Grade ELA/SS Teacher, Lake Pointe Elementary
Hello! My name is Vanessa Aguillon. I have been in education for 20 years. Currently, I teach 5th Grade Reading and Social Studies in Lake Travis ISD at Lake Pointe Elementary. I have a passion for teaching and integrating technology seamlessly into the classroom. I have been married... Read More →



Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
D 205 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Technology 101
Limited Capacity seats available

Come get an overview of basic tips from technology staff including digital store front, website editing, adding printers, passwords, phones, and network folders to name a few of the topics covered.

Speakers
avatar for Claude Pardue

Claude Pardue

Lake Travis Independent School District
avatar for Todd Taylor

Todd Taylor

Lake Travis Independent School District


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
M 209 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Schoology Ambassador Information Session
Limited Capacity seats available

We need your passion and excitement! As we migrate all teacher websites from Schoolwires to Schoology for Fall 2016, we are seeking Schoology Ambassadors to lead training sessions (EdCamp Style) with teachers at each campus over the coming months. Come find out how you can supercharge learning on your campus! We are hoping to have at least two teachers from each campus join us as ambassadors, so grab a friend and come learn more about this opportunity to grow as a teacher leader on your campus.

Speakers
avatar for Carl McLendon

Carl McLendon

Director of Learning & Teaching - Secondary, Lake Travis ISD
Carl McLendon is the Director of Learning & Teaching - Secondary Schools for LTISD. He joined the C&I department in the summer of 2013 after 10 years as a teacher and technologist at Lake Travis High School. He is passionate about helping teachers and students navigate the intersection... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
M 319 Lab

2:45pm

Making Your School Something Special
Limited Capacity seats available

We live in a special time. Opportunities abound for our staff and students to make what happens in your campus' classrooms more engaging and effective, and your teachers are much closer to making great things happen with technology than they typically know. How you as leaders foster an exploratory and collaborative professional environment will determine whether you take advantage of these opportunities to substantially enrich the experiences of the students and professional team at your school.

Speakers
avatar for Rushton Hurley

Rushton Hurley

Relentless optimist, language teacher, principal, nonprofit director, and one of the original Google Certified Teachers, NextVista.org
Rushton Hurley is the founder and executive director of Next Vista for Learning, which houses a free library of videos by and for teachers and students at NextVista.org. He has spent decades exploring innovative possibilities for bringing together proven approaches with cutting-edge... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
M 120 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Decoding the Mystery of Dyslexia
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Lonnie and I will present what Dyslexia is, signs to look for in the classroom, and ways to help a struggling student with dyslexia in the classroom and related disorders.

Speakers
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Lonnie Driggers

I'm the dyslexia therapist at LWE. I also do reading intervention with students that aren't dyslexic. Working with all grade and skill levels is fun, challenging, and requires knowing a LOT about reading! I'll try to my best to answer any question you have!
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Karen Frey

Lake Pointe Elementary
I am the Reading and Dyslexia Specialist at Lake Pointe Elementary.
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Carol Nelson

Serene Hills Elementary
avatar for Mary Senn

Mary Senn

Dyslexia Specialist at Lake Travis Elementary
avatar for Diane Tilley

Diane Tilley

Reading/Dyslexia Specialist, Bee Cave Elementary
avatar for Shannon Voges

Shannon Voges

Reading Specialist, West Cypress Hills Elementary (LTISD)
I am the Reading and Dyslexia Specialist at WCHE.


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
K 103 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Paraprofessionals: Implementing Academic Accommodations
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Providing paraprofessionals with support on implementing academic accommodations within the general education classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Midge Simmons

Midge Simmons

Coordinator of Special Services, Lake Travis ISD


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
K 102 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Working as a Team: Tips and Tools for Teachers Working with Paraprofessionals
Limited Capacity filling up

This will be a training on how to manage and train your team of paraprofessionals. In the special education world, paraprofessionals are as valuable as gold! Come to this session to learn how to model, train, motivate, and mediate your team!

Speakers
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Clare Chung

Behavior Specialist, Lake Travis ISD
avatar for Erin Russo

Erin Russo

Life Skills Teacher, Lake Pointe Elementary
Behavior Intervention Plans, Strategies, Classroom Management


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
K 105 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

Session for TELPAS Raters to Review Testing Procedures
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is for those holistically rating TELPAS and/or administering the Reading portion of TELPAS.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Burbank

Kathy Burbank

Lake Travis ISD
Kathy joined Lake Travis ISD in May 2007. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Texas followed by a Master of Education degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Houston. She previously worked at the Education Service Center Region... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
K 109 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:45pm

HBMS Day of Service
Limited Capacity seats available

On November 20th, 2015, over 1,100 students and teachers traveled to over 30 locations around the Austin-area to serve their community in its first ever "Day of Service". This session will cover our reasons behind our Day of Service, timelines of implementation, and other logistics used to make the day a success for everyone involved.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Malandruccolo

Kevin Malandruccolo

Assistant Principal, Lake Travis ISD
avatar for Dana Schrader

Dana Schrader

GT/Discovery, Hudson Bend Middle School
I love to find creative ways to guide kids in to learning!


Thursday February 11, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
M 205 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738
 
Friday, February 12
 

8:00am

Keynote - Ken Shelton - Transformational Teaching and Learning With Technology
In our quest to provide students with a rich learning environment, we often strive to find ways to further engage our students. In some cases, this may involve the use of technology to a variety of degrees. Since technology has a ubiquitous influence in the everyday lives of our students, one of our biggest challenges is to identify ways in which we can leverage it for increased student engagement. This keynote will examine a variety of methodologies and strategies for effectively using technology to inspire and motivate.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Shelton

Ken Shelton

Global Keynote Specialist and Educational Technology Strategist, EdTechTeam


Friday February 12, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Performing Arts Center 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:00am

Complimentary Pain & Injury Assessments
Limited Capacity seats available

Airrosti providers spend the necessary time identifying the root cause of our patients' pain, then resolving that pain as quickly as possible-often within 3 VISITS (based on patient-reported outcomes). If you are suffering from pain or unresolved injuries, we encourage you to take advantage of this COMPLIMENTARY, NO OBLIGATION injury assessment.

Speakers
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Airrosti

COMPLIMENTARY PAIN & INJURY ASSESSMENTS powered by Airrosti during the Lake Travis ISD February ConferenceThursday, February 11th & 12th 9:00AM to 2:00PM | CLICK HERE to reserve a spot for an Injury Assessment... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 9:00am - 2:00pm
L129 Orchestra, L130 Choir

9:00am

Free Health Evaluation
Limited Capacity seats available

Register for your free, onsite preventive health evaluation, which includes a health assessment, finger stick blood test, blood pressure screening, and onsite consultation. The evaluation includes: 
  • total cholesterol
  • HDL cholesterol
  • total cholesterol/HDL ratio
  • LDL cholesterol- for fasting participants only
  • triglycerides- for fasting participants only
  • glucose
  • blood pressure
  • height & weight
  • waist circumference 
…and results obtained onsite – all in less than 20 minutes! Fasting is not required to participate in the screening; however, should you fast you will receive results for LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Fasting is defined as nothing to eat or drink except water for at least 8 hours. You should drink plenty of water and take your medications as prescribed.

Speakers
avatar for Interactive Health

Interactive Health

Sign Up TodayRegister for your free, onsite preventive health evaluation, which includes a health assessment, finger stick blood test, blood pressure screening, and onsite consultation. The evaluation includes: total cholesterol HDL cholesterol total cholesterol/HDL ratio... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 9:00am - 2:30pm
L 140 Band

9:15am

Student Discipline - How to Keep Minor Issues from Becoming a Major Problem
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

It can be difficult to maintain control during less-structured activities. While smaller infractions might not seem like an issue at the time, it is important to recognize the student behaviors that can lead to bigger problems. Come to this workshop prepared to learn and share strategies for minimizing distractions while maximizing productivity.

Speakers
avatar for Dionne Burnett

Dionne Burnett

District Community Programs Coordinator
Dionne Burnett began her tenure as the District Community Programs Coordinator in June of 2012. She is a product of LTISD, having attended Lake Travis Elementary, Lake Travis Middle School, and Lake Travis High School. She attended Texas State University, where she majored in Theatre... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
M 212 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Teaching Their Hearts
Limited Capacity full
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Teaching Their Hearts emphasizes addressing education from the inside out. The session focuses on the importance of pedagogy centered on trust, kindness, and positive communication. This session provides educators with techniques to make classrooms engaging and exciting. Participants will be presented with The Twelve Noble Dares and will learn how kindness and empathy are building blocks to meaningful learning. If you missed “Teaching Their Hearts” at last year’s Learning Together conference, here’s another opportunity!

Speakers
avatar for Mo O'Brien

Mo O'Brien

Hudson Bend Middle School (LTISD)
No rapport? No success. Know rapport? Know success. In today's school systems campus success is primarily gauged by test scores, and grade reports often dictate a student's level of achievement. What these numbers do not reveal is whether students have developed a love of learning... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
M 310

9:15am

Rolling with the Changes
Limited Capacity seats available

Embracing Change as Opportunity
Do not be a part of the change that happens in spite of you; be a part of the change that happens because of you! Learn how to welcome and become flexible by viewing change at home and work as opportunities for growth. Join us for this session that includes the topics of:
 Defining individual and group changes
 Interpreting what has changed
 Developing an action plan


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
M 122 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

The Teacher Leader in You
Limited Capacity seats available

During this session we will focus on skills and strategies for leadership on a team, within your school, or across a district. Participants will engage in and with protocols that incorporate building shared vision, honoring various learning styles, and fostering equity of voice within a team.


Speakers
avatar for Tony Borash

Tony Borash

Advanced Learning Partnerships


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
M 114 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

An Ethic of Excellence
Limited Capacity seats available

Drawing from his own remarkable experience as a veteran classroom teacher (still in the classroom), Ron Berger gives us a vision of educational reform that transcends standards, curriculum, and instructional strategies. He argues for a paradigm shift - a school wide embrace of an "ethic of excellence." This session will focus Berger’s key principles for instruction and learning. Participants will be asked to share ideas about how to create excellence in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Sam Hicks

Sam Hicks

Principal, Lakeway Elementary
The power of Postive Thinking.


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
M 119 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Assessments in Schoology
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

We will be discussing the ins and outs of using assessments in Schoology. Teachers will be asked to bring material that they would like to use for an assessment and we will guide them as they make an actual assessment for classroom use. We will touch on how to assign the assessment to individual students/groups of students rather than the whole class and how to import grades to TX Connect.

Speakers
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Ryan Dann

7th Grade Math Teacher, Hudson Bend Middle School
Want to use Schoology to it's fullest potential? Join us to learn how to create tests or quizzes that automatically grade themselves! | | I have been teaching for 7 years, this is my third at HBMS. Previously I taught middle school in Sunnyvale CA. I attend Cal Poly San... Read More →
avatar for Marie Lord

Marie Lord

7th Grade Math Teacher, Lake Travis ISD
This is my 8th year teaching math. I love the content almost as much as I love working with my students. I truly believe that developing students' self-confidence in their mathematical abilities is just as important as teaching math concepts.
avatar for Jenny Mashburn

Jenny Mashburn

Math Teacher, Lake Travis Middle School


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
K 101 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Building a Caring Community
Limited Capacity seats available

Intentional things you can do to help build a sense of belonging in students, parents, and staff members of an elementary school.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Richards

Julie Richards

Principal, West Cypress Hills Elementary
I have been working in the public schools for 28 years. During this time I have learned the importance of cultivating a sense of belonging for students, staff, and the community. Our presentation will focus on specific intentional things you can do to help build a sense of belonging... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
M 121 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Connecting Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

We hope to share ways we have found to connect curriculum to other subject areas as well as making it relevant while still covering TEKS and making learning fun. Who knows a year long project might happen!

Speakers
avatar for Sheri Bates

Sheri Bates

7th Texas History, Lake Travis Middle School
AC

Amy Castillo

Hudson Bend Middle School
avatar for Pete Hunt

Pete Hunt

Texas History Teacher, Hudson Bend Middle School (LTISD)
avatar for Dana Schrader

Dana Schrader

GT/Discovery, Hudson Bend Middle School
I love to find creative ways to guide kids in to learning!


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
M 210 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Differentiation Through Social Media
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for John McCarthy

John McCarthy

Consultant, Opening Paths
John McCarthy, Ed.S. was a classroom teacher in 3 different states, including urban, rural, and suburban, from high poverty to high affluent areas. As a School Improvement Consultant at Wayne RESA, the largest county in Michigan, he led or supported several county-wide and state-wide... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
M 112 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Get Your Class to Drink the “Classroom Kool-Aid”
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Do you like your students to work collaboratively in groups? Do you dream of 100% engagement in your classroom? What about 100% participation, 100% of the time? Join me for some “minds-on” fun as you learn fast-paced, adaptable cooperative learning strategies and structures that work in all subjects, for all grade levels.

Speakers
avatar for Kristina Grant

Kristina Grant

1st grade teacher, Lakeway Elementary


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
M 208 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Let Your Voice Be Heard
Limited Capacity seats available

Students truly buy into learning when they experience choice and when they share their learning in creative ways. This session uses a 5th grade cross-curricular research activity incorporating informational text and the events leading to the Revolutionary War to demonstrate how this can be done. Walk through the process and see the evidence as you read students’ letters to the King of England asking for their freedom . . . learning how to let their voice be heard.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Austrian

Kathy Austrian

Serene Hills Elementary
Language Arts/Reading, Social Studies teacher | Serene Hills Elementary


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
M 109 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Rubrics: Designed by Students for Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Gaynell Lyman

Gaynell Lyman

Director of Innovative Learning Systems, Advanced Learning Partnerships
Gaynell describes every role she has served in education as her “favorite.” Those roles include high school science teacher, instructional technology resource teacher, educational specialist and principal. Now she feels honored to get to work with forward thinking educators across... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
M 115 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Run with the Squirrels: Marzano's High Yield Strategies
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Robert Marzano and his colleagues identified nine high-yield instructional strategies through a meta-analysis of over 100 independent studies. They determined that these nine strategies have the greatest positive affect on student achievement for all students, in all subject areas, at all grade levels. Let's take a closer look at what they are and what they look like!

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Behnke

Rachel Behnke

College & Career Readiness Coordinator, Lake Travis ISD (LTISD)
Rachel works with the Lake Travis High School Institutes of Study, Career & Technical Education (CTE) Programs, Advisory Boards, and the Austin Community College – College Connections Program. Her position also includes providing leadership for K-12 CTE programs, Institute development... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
M 316 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Teaching the Syllables
Limited Capacity seats available

Use pairing strategy to teach six syllable phonics.

Speakers
avatar for Kerri Newton

Kerri Newton

Lake Travis Elementary (LTISD)
I have been teaching 4th Grade in Austin for 7 years. I love teaching students to read and write, and engaging students in meaningful ways. I am always learning about technology and love using it in my own classroom.
avatar for Marla Retano

Marla Retano

4th Grade Teacher, Lake Travis Elementary School
Marla been teaching at LTE for 12 years. She taught 4th Grade the past 3 years and 1st Grade all the years before that. Marla is data-driven and uses the District Field Guides, Math Click-On TEKS, and Lead4Ward to power her lessons.


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
M 211 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Celebrating Writing Through Podcasts
Limited Capacity seats available

In an effort to foster creativity and a love for writing, the Writing Committee at LTE has created a podcast, "All Ears", which consists of students reading their writing. Each month a writing theme is chosen, all students write and submit their work, 12 are chosen, and the podcast "airs" over the loudspeaker. Judging is based on content and expression as opposed to grammar, spelling, and handwriting. We believe it is more important to look for the music in the language rather than focus on the mechanics. The podcast has generated an enthusiasm for writing because the podcast allows students a way to share their work with an authentic audience. The session will cover the logistics of organizing a podcast and how to record and share.


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
M 205 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Exploring the Digital World Through TexQuest Digital Databases
Limited Capacity seats available

We will gauge the needs of our particular audience makeup and steer digital database resource exploration accordingly.

Speakers
avatar for Marisa Mejia

Marisa Mejia

Digital Media Specialist, Lake Travis High School (LTISD)
I am someone who seeks out utilizing technology as a tool to make the educator's work like simpler, more streamlined, and efficient so that we can all be more present in the classroom. Creating meaningful learning experiences for the educator and the learner.
avatar for Elizabeth Stearns

Elizabeth Stearns

Library Media Specialist, Lake Travis High School
Lake Travis High School, Library Learning Commons, Library 2.0, 21st Century Learning, Digital Literacy, Bibliotherapy, Digital Databases, & Research Skills, Gaming, MakerSpaces, DJing, Guitars in Libraries, Volunteering, Environmental Activism


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
Library Rotunda Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

GDR: Google Docs for Research
Limited Capacity seats available

Encyclopedias, Random Web Searches, too Many Open Tabs: Oh My! Don't get overwhelmed, frustrated and afraid when doing research. The Research Tool available in Google Docs (and Google Slides btw) is a valuable weapon against these headaches. I will show the attendees how to navigate and use the Research tools to embed research data/info from sites and articles, images, quotations, biographical information, footnotes, etc.; all without leaving the document that you are working in. I will demonstrate how using the Research tool allows students to turn a "boring" research paper into an interactive presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Wommack

Monica Wommack

Reading Teacher/Dyslexia specialist and 6th grade LA teacher, Lake Travis Middle School
I teach Language Arts, Reading Enrichment, and Dyslexia Intervention at LTMS. I have been attending training and taking online courses to learn more about the technology that Google (and other sources) has to offer for Education, including getting Google Educator Level 1 Certification... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
D 202 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Geometry Exploration Activities Using Geogebra
Limited Capacity seats available

Beginner Geogebra users will run through a set of activities designed for the exploration of Geometry TEKS involving transformations and points of concurrency in triangles. Teachers will then have the opportunity to use Geogebra to design their own lesson for use in their own classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Jorge Jacquez

Jorge Jacquez

Learning and Teaching Coach, Lake Travis ISD
Author: "CliffsNotes STAAR EOC Algebra I Quick Review" | Algebra I, Geometry, PreCalculus Teacher - Lake Travis HS, | Algebra I, Geometry curriculum writer - El Paso ISD, | Algebra I Team Lead - Coronado HS, El Paso ISD, | IB Certified, AP Certified, ESL Certified.


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
D 204 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Getting a Digital Video Project Going
Limited Capacity seats available

Digital video holds a special power for students to push their efforts to a new level and celebrate the work of their peers. Getting such projects to happen, however, can be daunting. In this session, we'll explore how to prepare students to do their best work through simple, preparatory projects that will help them understand how to follow copyright rules and similar concerns, while getting them to see what it takes to bring higher quality to their academic work.

Speakers
avatar for Rushton Hurley

Rushton Hurley

Relentless optimist, language teacher, principal, nonprofit director, and one of the original Google Certified Teachers, NextVista.org
Rushton Hurley is the founder and executive director of Next Vista for Learning, which houses a free library of videos by and for teachers and students at NextVista.org. He has spent decades exploring innovative possibilities for bringing together proven approaches with cutting-edge... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
M 120 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Tech Tools for Teachers
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers will leave with tools to add to their classroom tech toolbox. These tools can be used for project-based learning, such as digital story-telling, presentations (beyond PowerPoint/Google Slides), video creations, and taking polls to name a few. They can also be used for creating lessons.

Speakers
avatar for Vanessa Aguillon

Vanessa Aguillon

Fifth Grade ELA/SS Teacher, Lake Pointe Elementary
Hello! My name is Vanessa Aguillon. I have been in education for 20 years. Currently, I teach 5th Grade Reading and Social Studies in Lake Travis ISD at Lake Pointe Elementary. I have a passion for teaching and integrating technology seamlessly into the classroom. I have been married... Read More →



Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
M 209 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Tips on Becoming a Google Certified Educator
Limited Capacity seats available

Quick & easy tips on how to become a Google Certified Educator. Explore the steps of Google for Education training for teachers & staff. Including a quick overview of Google Certified Trainer requirements.

Speakers
avatar for Sharon McMichael

Sharon McMichael

Reading & Dyslexia Speciailist, Hudson Bend Middle School
My passion has been to help students become better readers since I was in 2nd grade. I truly love dyslexic learners and those who learn differently. * * My B.A. is from Northeastern Illinois University with an English major and minor in Computer Science. I earned my master's degree... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
D 206 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Tools to Make Communication with Students and Parents Easy and Efficient
Limited Capacity seats available

Using apps like Remind, Celly, Aurasma, and Quizlet, students can use their phones for learning rather than letting it be a distraction. We will share our experiences and help each other learn best practices. Bring your iPads and phones!

Speakers
avatar for Jen Gidley

Jen Gidley

Science Teacher, Lake Travis High School
I have been a teacher at LTHS since January of 2005. My family has been part of LTISD since 1993. Most of my educational career has been teaching AP Environmental Science, but I have also taught preAP biology, chemistry, physics, environmental studies, and Cavs Academy. I am an... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
M 220 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Academic Supports for Students in Inclusive Classrooms
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, we will cover basic academic strategies and tips for fostering independence in students with disabilities. We will also share ideas for how to support, document, and communicate with teacher partners.

JC Sanders is an Education Specialist on the Access to the General Curriculum team at ESC Region 13. JC has experience working with students with disabilities from 1st grade through 8th grade. She has worked as a research associate on the development of Tier 2 Mathematics Intervention for struggling students in 3rd and 4th grade. Her past experience as a collaborative teacher, resource teacher, math teacher, department chair, and curriculum developer helps her work with teachers and administrators to address the needs of all students.


Speakers

Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
M 107 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Accommodating for Students on the Autism Spectrum in the Gen Ed Classroom
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

I am currently a member of the Region XIII Cohort for a statewide learning community on autism and am learning some very valuable information on how to teach to our students on the spectrum. Specifically how to apply the accommodations that have been proven to be effective with this population of students.

Speakers
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Jill Escalante

Lake Travis High School


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
K 103 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Classroom Technology for SPED Aides Part 1
Limited Capacity filling up

What all technology is available for aides to use in their day-to-day work and with students in the classroom? Come to this session to start exploring technology to assist students in the classroom like Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

Speakers
avatar for Lana Bailey Stone

Lana Bailey Stone

CTE Teacher & Coach, LTISD


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
D 203 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Making the Most of PE
Limited Capacity seats available

Best practice for including special needs students in the PE classroom

Speakers
avatar for Marisa Schuller

Marisa Schuller

Adapted Physical Educator, Lake Travis ISD
I am a Certified Adapted Physical Educator with experience in Houston, Denton, and Fort Worth. I also taught Lifeskills in Houston. | | In LTISD, I provide APE services at all schools and am the Head of Delegation for our Special Olympics teams.


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
K 106 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Sensory Make and Take
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Participants will learn about meeting student sensory needs and will have the opportunity to make an item to use in their classroom.

Speakers

Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
M 105 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

The Gifted Learner, Growth Mindset and Perfectionism
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will help to understand the gifted learner and how developing a growth mindset can foster development and avoid maladaptive perfectionism.

Speakers
avatar for Raine Maggio

Raine Maggio

GT Coordinator, Lake Travis ISD
Hi! My name is Raine Maggio and I'm the GT Coordinator at LTMS. I've been teaching gifted for 18 of my 21 years of teaching. I spent the first 15 years in elementary before moving on for new experiences in middle school. I graduated from the University of Texas in 1995 and I earned... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
K 104 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Working as a Team: Tips and Tools for Teachers Working with Paraprofessionals
Limited Capacity seats available

This will be a training on how to manage and train your team of paraprofessionals. In the special education world, paraprofessionals are as valuable as gold! Come to this session to learn how to model, train, motivate, and mediate your team!

Speakers
CC

Clare Chung

Behavior Specialist, Lake Travis ISD
avatar for Erin Russo

Erin Russo

Life Skills Teacher, Lake Pointe Elementary
Behavior Intervention Plans, Strategies, Classroom Management


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
K 105 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Keynote Q&A Transformational Teaching and Learning With Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

In our quest to provide students with a rich learning environment, we often strive to find ways to further engage our students. In some cases, this may involve the use of technology to a variety of degrees. Since technology has a ubiquitous influence in the everyday lives of our students, one of our biggest challenges is to identify ways in which we can leverage it for increased student engagement. This keynote will examine a variety of methodologies and strategies for effectively using technology to inspire and motivate.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Shelton

Ken Shelton

Global Keynote Specialist and Educational Technology Strategist, EdTechTeam


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
Black Box

9:15am

Spice It Up!
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Whether you are a new teacher or one with years of experience, sometimes you feel like your lessons are a bit bland. You may feel like you are serving pretty much the same “dish” in pretty much the same manner on a daily basis. You want to increase the flavor! Come get some tasty ideas--protocols, ice breakers, warm-ups, strategies--to add to your spice cabinet. Bon appetit!

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Hill

Cathy Hill

Learning and Teaching Coach, Lake Travis ISD
Like most of you, I would classify myself as a teacher and a learner, not necessarily in that order. I taught math for more than twenty years before becoming an instructional coach with the district last year. I have the privilege of collaborating with secondary math and science teachers... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
M 118 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Elementary P.E./Health Curriculum & Middle School PE/Health Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

For Elementary P.E./Health teachers only: come spend 2 hours moving your YAG's into a Scope and Sequence for K-5 physical education and health for a district-wide consistency. For Middle School P.E./Health instructors, this session offers work time to finalize the middle school Health and P.E. YAGS as well as the scope and sequence for these classes.

Speakers
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Russell Budai

Teacher/ Coach, Hudson Bend Middle School
avatar for Wendi Daniels

Wendi Daniels

PE Teacher, Bee Cave Elementary School
avatar for Mark Eilers

Mark Eilers

Lake Travis Middle School
avatar for Kathleen Hassenfratz

Kathleen Hassenfratz

Health and Social Programs, Lake Travis Independent School District
Kathleen joined LTISD in 2005 and is the Health and Social Programs Coordinator. Kathleen earned her Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the University of Texas in Austin and her Master of Education with a major in Counseling and Guidance from Texas State University. She... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 11:25am
D 205 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Introduction to Neurofeedback and Biofeedback for a Better Brain
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

When it's hard to pay attention, you feel depressed or anxious, or when you can't stop thinking about something or your mind from racing, is it psychological or physiological?

Training the brain using neurofeedback changes these problems. It helps improve alertness, attention, emotional regulation, behavior, cognitive function and mental flexibility. Changing the brain clearly affects the mind.

Come learn about this process and get your hands on some of the neurofeedback equipment!

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Bowers, MA, LPC  and Dennis Romig, PhD, BCN

Kristin Bowers, MA, LPC and Dennis Romig, PhD, BCN

Owner, One In Mind Counseling & Neurofeedback and Brain Improvement Center
Kristin Bowers, MA, LPC, BCN obtained her Master of Arts, in | counseling, from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2008. | She received her training and supervision with Baylor Scott & White Military HomeFront Services, where she assessed and counseled Military professionals... Read More →



Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 11:25am
Science Lab M 312

9:15am

Authentic Learning Protocol: A Manageable Process
Limited Capacity seats available

The more authentic a learning experience is, the more benefit a student will get through internalization of content as well as pivotal skills. Developing an Authentic Learning Experience (ALE) project is a process that takes us through levels of understanding of what must be taught, how we might turn that learning into something authentic, and how to assess that learning. This session will walk you through a protocol that makes the process as simple as possible for such a rich and thought-provoking experience. You will walk away with a tool for the protocol and ideas for managing the development and implementation of authentic learning experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Tara Banton

Tara Banton

Instructional Coach, Lake Travis Independent School District
Tara is an Instructional Coach at the secondary level in LTISD. Prior to becoming a coach, she taught at LTHS for 14 years. Tara's teaching experience ranges from working with struggling writers and at-risk students to teaching Humanities, on-level Englishes 1, 2, and 4, Pre-AP English... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 11:25am
M 117 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Empowering Students with Authenticity in Everyday Lessons
Limited Capacity seats available

Increase engagement, creativity and critical thinking by thinking about your lessons in a new way. In this session, we will get our feet wet with practical tools to apply any content to real world professions. There will be work time to create a learning experience/ rubric to use in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Collier

Sarah Collier

Learning and Teaching Coach, Lake Travis ISD
Sarah worked as an instructional coach the past four years in Frisco ISD. In that role, she has been an ELAR Curriculum writer, facilitated PLC’s and vertical teams and presented a variety of reading, writing and math professional developments. Before coaching, Sarah was a reading... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 11:25am
M 116 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Get Your Schoology Course Ready for Fall 2016 (Elementary)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This session will provide step by step guidance on how to get your course ready for students and parents for Fall 2016. The goal of this workshop is to let you know exactly what the minimum requirements are for courses and to give you time to build your course. It is highly recommended that you have your team join you to collaborate.

Speakers
avatar for Carl McLendon

Carl McLendon

Director of Learning & Teaching - Secondary, Lake Travis ISD
Carl McLendon is the Director of Learning & Teaching - Secondary Schools for LTISD. He joined the C&I department in the summer of 2013 after 10 years as a teacher and technologist at Lake Travis High School. He is passionate about helping teachers and students navigate the intersection... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 11:25am
M 321 Lab RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Schoology Webpage Work Time
Limited Capacity filling up

Teachers will have an extended period of time to work on webpages in Schoology with people available to answer questions and share knowledge.

Speakers
avatar for Archie McHarg

Archie McHarg

Faculty, Lake Travis ISD
I like talking about intense things- things that you care about. Tell me what your present passion is. I love enthusiasm and would love to hear about yours...


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 11:25am
Library Computer Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Writing Goals and Objectives that are TEKS Aligned
Limited Capacity seats available

The participate will learn how to take the critical needs from the PLAAFP and write appropriately aligned goals and objectives based on individual student needs. They will learn how to write measurable goals and how to develop data sheets to go with those specific goals.

Speakers
avatar for Midge Simmons

Midge Simmons

Coordinator of Special Services, Lake Travis ISD


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 11:25am
K 102 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

9:15am

Wake Your Brain! Part 2
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

For those who participated in our breakout session last year or this year, join us for Part 2 of "Wake Your Brain." You'll find new
warm ups to engage your students with Destination Imagination Instant Challenges. Get your students' brains engaged with five- to ten- minute STEAM critical thinking challenges. At this workshop, you will experience hands-on activities and leave with practical resources that you can use in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Brekka Larrew

Brekka Larrew

Librarian, Lakeway Elementary
I'm an elementary school librarian. I love children's literature. I coach a Destination Imagination team.
avatar for Vanessa Malone

Vanessa Malone

4th Grade Teacher, Lakeway Elementary School
New, fresh ideas! This is my 6th year in LTISD, and I'm a 4th grade teacher at LWE. Everyone needs a brain break. Come hang out with us, participate in brain breaks, and eat a treat or two.


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 11:25am
Science Lab M 311

9:15am

Magical Host the Human Brain & Body: Becoming a Prevention Asset - It Takes a Village to Raise a Child
Limited Capacity filling up

This Workshop will highlight important science-based prevention principles and the TEKS connected with those as a backdrop and focus to significantly raise the overall Marijuana, Alcohol and other Drug IQ throughout the school environment. The information will be geared toward lay persons but instructive for advanced practitioners as well. Participants will become well versed in a science-based credible approach to talking to kids and peers in a credible fashion, thus becoming a more valuable prevention asset in our ‘village’.


Speakers
avatar for Pete Katz

Pete Katz

Pedro Gatos Institute on Addiction, Health & Social Theory
2018 Bio-Brief: Pete Katz, LCDC, ADC Level III, ICADC | Pgatos00@gmail.com; 512-264-3126, c-512-560-8380 | | Born in Austin and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Pete, became Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADAC) in 1985 For the past 30+ years Pete... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 9:15am - 11:25am
M 110 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

Suicide Awareness and Prevention
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Learn about how to notice signs/symptoms of students who may be 'acting out' trying to get help. Participants will learn how to identify kids needing more emotional support.


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
K 106 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

Financial Planning with LTISD’s 403b/457b Retirement Plans
Limited Capacity seats available

Representatives from TCG will explain the calculations for retirement through the Teacher Retirement System (TRS). They will share financial planning strategies to save for retirement using the 403b and 457b plans available to LTISD staff.

Speakers

Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
Recital Hall M 307

10:25am

Healthy Teachers Program
Limited Capacity seats available

The Healthy Teachers Program is designed to provide teachers and school staff with nutrition education and healthy cooking techniques to transform their own wellbeing, serve as healthy role models for their students, and be change agents in their own communities. It is a fun, interactive class that breaks down simple nutrition into digestible information that everyone can use. Along with the nutrition, there is a cooking demo of healthy, tasty foods, planned for those on a budget of time and money.


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
Annex Cafeteria M 325

10:25am

How to Identify and Manage Concussions
Limited Capacity seats available

Dr. Van Boven , will provide an overview of mechanisms and effects of Concussions, as well as concerns of cumulative effects and long-term sequela with associated risks and complications.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Robert Van  Boven

Dr. Robert Van Boven

Director, Brain & Body Health Institute P.A.


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
M 310

10:25am

Taking Care of The Caregiver Helper in YOU
Limited Capacity filling up

Come learn about the Helper is each of us through the lens of:
1. attachment/attunement/bonding theories
2. basic developmental stages
3. relationships with students, co workers, supervisors,

Also, learn about how to combat burnout/compassion fatigue through diet, exercise and meditation.

Experiential exercises and how to change ME, not YOU!

Speakers
avatar for Mara Reilly,  LMFT

Mara Reilly, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, PIE Family Therapy
Mara Reilly is a licensed marriage and family therapist seeing clients in Lakeway. She received her master's degree in marriage and family therapy. She offers free initial consultation for private pay clients. I LOVE couples psychotherapy ( the dirtier the fighting the better... Read More →



Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
M 211 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

Time Management-If I just had 2 more hours in the day
Limited Capacity filling up

If I just had two more hours in the day…
Did you know that some of us can lose as much as 2-3 hours per day to distractions? In order to effectively manage our time, we have to make choices about how we address our daily tasks. This seminar will help you assess your current time management habits and offer tips for improving them. Join us for this interactive session as we:
 Develop an effective plan, not just a “To Do” list
 Delegate effectively
 Recognize and avoid distraction


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
M 122 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

Eduphoria: Communication, Coordination & Monitoring
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will provide information to campus administrators for using Eduphoria to spur teacher collaboration and communication. This tool will allow administrators better access for monitoring and tracking students. As well, this session will provide administrators with the information to support teachers in tracking their campus professional development hours that teachers need for their certification renewal.

Speakers
avatar for Darnell Horton

Darnell Horton

Lake Travis High School
avatar for Wendy Sturdevant

Wendy Sturdevant

Associate Principal of Curriculum, Lake Travis ISD
Mrs. Wendy Sturdevant is the Associate Principal for Curriculum and Instruction at Lake Travis High School. Mrs. Sturdevant (formerly Phillips) taught Algebra 2 and AP Calculus for eight years at Lake Travis High School and served as the Department Chairperson for the Mathematics... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
M 220 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

How to use Classroom Walkthroughs For Continuous Improvement
Limited Capacity seats available

Enhance your leadership abilities using resources such as the Classroom Walkthroughs for Continuous Improvement to collaborate with teachers to improve instruction and help ensure that all students are successful learners.

Speakers
avatar for Zach Freed

Zach Freed

8th grade assistant principal, Lake Travis Middle School
Kelly's Husband. Sutton and Sawyer's Dad. Lake Travis ISD employee. | | Grand Valley State University (Michigan )- Undergrad | UT-Arlington - Grad
avatar for Marla Mikolay

Marla Mikolay

Instructional Specialist, Lake Travis Elementary School
I've been a teacher in this district for 10 years and am now the RTI and 504 Coordinator for LTE. I love helping teachers and students create goals and choose appropriate accommodations that foster the most successful learning opportunities possible.


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
M 106 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

Ahoy, Matee! Leveled Math Centers
Limited Capacity seats available

Yo, ho, and a bottle of fun! In this session, try some pirate-themed math activities that I created. These include rounding, perimeter, and partner fact games. Students seem to be doing the same task but, after a closer look, you will see how the rigor is adjusted for individual learners. The high kids will not finish too quickly! You can easily adapt to other themes. Grades 2 - 5

Speakers
avatar for Amelia Moya

Amelia Moya

3rd Grade Teacher, Lake Travis Elementary (LTISD)
Third grade teacher at LTE who loves science and math. BBA Baylor, MBA/HOM Texas Tech. 16th year in LTISD! | | Wife and Mom/stepmom to five, most in college. Have expertise in making ends meet, FAFSA, college applications, asking for help, and loving what is! | | I love... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
Library Tables/Workspace

10:25am

Blended Learning Strategies for Elementary Classrooms
Limited Capacity seats available

During this session, we will define blended learning, explore resources for pre-developed blended learning lessons, and identify strategies for implementing blended learning in a elementary classroom setting.


Speakers
avatar for Tony Borash

Tony Borash

Advanced Learning Partnerships


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
M 114 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

Blended Learning Strategies for Secondary Classrooms
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Gaynell Lyman

Gaynell Lyman

Director of Innovative Learning Systems, Advanced Learning Partnerships
Gaynell describes every role she has served in education as her “favorite.” Those roles include high school science teacher, instructional technology resource teacher, educational specialist and principal. Now she feels honored to get to work with forward thinking educators across... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
M 115 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

ERR - Extend, Review, and Reteach
Limited Capacity seats available

Make an assessment truly FORMATIVE with the help of your colleagues. We have found a way to reteach and extend when kids are ready with the help of other teachers. See what we have done to take the results from a quiz and then use those to take some time to reteach while those that are ready can extend! A student's grade determines their next activity!

Speakers
avatar for Sheri Bates

Sheri Bates

7th Texas History, Lake Travis Middle School
avatar for Pete Hunt

Pete Hunt

Texas History Teacher, Hudson Bend Middle School (LTISD)
avatar for Dana Schrader

Dana Schrader

GT/Discovery, Hudson Bend Middle School
I love to find creative ways to guide kids in to learning!


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
M 210 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

Expository Writing Strategies
Limited Capacity seats available

Our session will cover expository writing strategies we have learned from renowned writing teachers, Barry Lane, and Gretchen Bernabei. These strategies are research based and have been proven to be effective in fostering strong, independent, and authentic writing!

Speakers
avatar for Katelyn Houchin

Katelyn Houchin

4th Grade Math/Science Teacher, Bee Cave Elementary School
avatar for Jenn Monshaugen

Jenn Monshaugen

7th Grade Teacher, Lake Travis Middle School (LTISD)
I teach 7th grade at Lake Travis Middle School. I started my career in 2000 teaching 2nd grade at Lake Travis Elementary. When LTE was closed because of mold I was relocated to BCE for a year. I took some time off to raise my children and returned to BCE 2nd grade in 2010. I also... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
M 208 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

Introduction to Authentic Learning Experiences
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for John McCarthy

John McCarthy

Consultant, Opening Paths
John McCarthy, Ed.S. was a classroom teacher in 3 different states, including urban, rural, and suburban, from high poverty to high affluent areas. As a School Improvement Consultant at Wayne RESA, the largest county in Michigan, he led or supported several county-wide and state-wide... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
M 112 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

Kagan Structures to You
Limited Capacity seats available

The BCE team would like to share with you the top ten Kagan structures to start using in your classroom immediately. If you have never tried Kagan, you are in for a treat. The structures provided will help put more of the learning on your students which = an increase of student learning outcomes which = one happy teacher. And you do want to be a happy teacher, don’t you? You will be provided electronic handouts of each Kagan structure presented in a format that is simple to use.

Speakers
LB

Lauren Bowden

Bee Cave Elementary
avatar for Deanna McParland

Deanna McParland

Principal, Bee Cave Elementary (LTISD)
Hi. I recently went to a workshop with some of my fourth grade teachers at BCE and thought the materials they presented were fantastic. I wanted to share some of the ideas that were suggested at the Learning Together Conference. The biggest take away, is most of the ideas that... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
M 212 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

Learning in the Living Room @HBMS
Limited Capacity seats available

Learning is everywhere and everywhere is learning! Find out how we use the neighborhood spaces to engage learners at Hudson Bend Middle School. We will explore strategies anyone can use to create a positive classroom/campus climate and extend learning outside of the classroom.

Speakers
AC

Amy Castillo

Hudson Bend Middle School
avatar for Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson

Principal, Lake Travis ISD


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
M 215 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

Making Room for Mistakes
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

I hate making mistakes! Don’t you? As annoying as it may be, though, mistake-making is actually necessary for learning to occur. Come to this session and let’s explore a few strategies that encourage an atmosphere where mistakes are “okay” and where learning flourishes--for you and for your students!

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Hill

Cathy Hill

Learning and Teaching Coach, Lake Travis ISD
Like most of you, I would classify myself as a teacher and a learner, not necessarily in that order. I taught math for more than twenty years before becoming an instructional coach with the district last year. I have the privilege of collaborating with secondary math and science teachers... Read More →
avatar for Jodie Villemaire

Jodie Villemaire

Principal, Lake Travis Middle School
Principal at Lake Travis Middle School


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
M 118 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

Setting the Tone for Positive Results
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for April Glenn

April Glenn

Principal, Serene Hills Elementary (LTISD)


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
M 105 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

Ag....the great misconception and how we tie it all together!
Limited Capacity seats available

The common misconceptions of what high school Agricultural Foods and Natural Sciences is all about. Tying together the relevance of Mathematics, Biology, Anatomy, Chemistry, English, Engineering, and most of all Leadership.

Speakers
avatar for Perry White

Perry White

Agricultural Foods and Natural Resources Teacher, Lake Travis High School
Kids learning by doing! Ag classes are so much more than what you think they are! Ag classes take what students learn in regular ed. classes and put it into applied learning, where its relevance really matters.
avatar for Kelly White

Kelly White

Agriculture Science Teacher, Lake Travis High School


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
M 316 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

Designing Visual Thinking and Learning: Visual Storytelling (Cinematic Narrative)
Limited Capacity filling up

When you combine the power of google drive and a series of iPad apps you have a creative and collaborative matchmaker. Both platforms are essential to both mobile and creative learning so why not combine the two for the ultimate learning experience. This session is specifically designed to not only showcase what happens when both of these are used effectively, but also highlight the power for making thinking and storytelling visible.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Shelton

Ken Shelton

Global Keynote Specialist and Educational Technology Strategist, EdTechTeam


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
M 119 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

Google 101
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Do you Chrome? Do you Google? Step into the wonderful world of Google for Education where you'll learn what Chrome, the Chrome Web Store, Google Drive, Google Apps & Extensions, and Google Play are. All learners are welcome.

Speakers
avatar for Sharon McMichael

Sharon McMichael

Reading & Dyslexia Speciailist, Hudson Bend Middle School
My passion has been to help students become better readers since I was in 2nd grade. I truly love dyslexic learners and those who learn differently. * * My B.A. is from Northeastern Illinois University with an English major and minor in Computer Science. I earned my master's degree... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
D 206 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

Hour of Code
Limited Capacity seats available

This will be an introduction to coding. I will facilitate teachers working through an Hour of Code using code.org. They will need to bring a chromebook, laptop or ipad preferably, although it can be done on a smartphone as well. Earbuds would help since there are video tutorials to watch.

I can teach multiple classes if there is interest.

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Hooker

Caitlin Hooker

Librarian, Hudson Bend Middle School
I am working enthusiastically toward blending high tech and low tech within a library setting, promoting reading for pleasure while exploring Maker Spaces and new technologies!


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
D 204 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

Practical Technology Teaching Tips
Limited Capacity filling up

We will be demonstrating several Practical Technology Teaching Tips that teachers could use everyday for every subjects with all their students.

david garcia will be showcasing and instructing on useful and powerful tech tools that teachers could leverage and create a more interactive classroom. For example:
1. Five tricks for the smartboard that could improve instruction.
how to use
2. How to organize classroom work with schoolgy
3. Google Drive and how to harness for quickly and efficient student use

Marla Retano will cover, for example,
1. Useful Microsoft Windows tips that will improve user interaction.

2. Animoto uses and how students can leverage the application for more creative projects.

3. Google Drive and other Web applications that could improve teacher technology interactions.

Speakers
avatar for David Garcia

David Garcia

Teacher, Lake Travis Elementary School
David Garcia has been successfully integrating technology and education for the last 10 years.
avatar for Marla Retano

Marla Retano

4th Grade Teacher, Lake Travis Elementary School
Marla been teaching at LTE for 12 years. She taught 4th Grade the past 3 years and 1st Grade all the years before that. Marla is data-driven and uses the District Field Guides, Math Click-On TEKS, and Lead4Ward to power her lessons.


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
K 101 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

Prodigy
Limited Capacity seats available

An overview of how educators can use Prodigy in your classroom to meet the needs of each learner.

Speakers

Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
Library Rotunda Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

Recording Your Lessons in Real Time Using SMART Recorder
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how easy it is to record videos of your lessons in real time using programs already installed on your computer and a microphone you provide!

Speakers
avatar for Robert Messner

Robert Messner

AP Calc AB Teacher, Lake Travis High School
DR

Dora Rodriguez

Lake Travis High School (LTISD)


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
C 208

10:25am

Technology 101
Limited Capacity seats available

Come get an overview of basic tips from technology staff including digital store front, website editing, adding printers, passwords, phones, and network folders to name a few of the topics covered.

Speakers
avatar for Claude Pardue

Claude Pardue

Lake Travis Independent School District
avatar for Todd Taylor

Todd Taylor

Lake Travis Independent School District


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
M 209 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

Using Google Apps to Teach Science
Limited Capacity seats available

Using Google Apps to help teach science teks when you have little time to teach science and differentiate your lessons. Will focus on teaching matter and energy

Speakers
avatar for Mary Carnes

Mary Carnes

Lake Travis Middle School


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
D 202 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

Making Your School Something Special
Limited Capacity seats available

We live in a special time. Opportunities abound for our staff and students to make what happens in your campus' classrooms more engaging and effective, and your teachers are much closer to making great things happen with technology than they typically know. How you as leaders foster an exploratory and collaborative professional environment will determine whether you take advantage of these opportunities to substantially enrich the experiences of the students and professional team at your school.

Speakers
avatar for Rushton Hurley

Rushton Hurley

Relentless optimist, language teacher, principal, nonprofit director, and one of the original Google Certified Teachers, NextVista.org
Rushton Hurley is the founder and executive director of Next Vista for Learning, which houses a free library of videos by and for teachers and students at NextVista.org. He has spent decades exploring innovative possibilities for bringing together proven approaches with cutting-edge... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
M 120 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

10 ways to Make your Class Cozier for Gifted Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn about 10 concrete ideas for making your classroom compatible with gifted learners shared from Ian Byrd.

Speakers
avatar for Angela Garinger

Angela Garinger

Gifted and Talented, LTISD
avatar for Patsy Mendel

Patsy Mendel

Teacher, Discovery/Accelerated Math, Lake Pointe Elementary


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
K 107 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

Academic Supports for Students in Inclusive Classrooms
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, we will cover basic academic strategies and tips for fostering independence in students with disabilities. We will also share ideas for how to support, document, and communicate with teacher partners.

JC Sanders is an Education Specialist on the Access to the General Curriculum team at ESC Region 13. JC has experience working with students with disabilities from 1st grade through 8th grade. She has worked as a research associate on the development of Tier 2 Mathematics Intervention for struggling students in 3rd and 4th grade. Her past experience as a collaborative teacher, resource teacher, math teacher, department chair, and curriculum developer helps her work with teachers and administrators to address the needs of all students.


Speakers

Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
M 107 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

Accommodating for Students on the Autism Spectrum in the Gen Ed Classroom
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

I am currently a member of the Region XIII Cohort for a statewide learning community on autism and am learning some very valuable information on how to teach to our students on the spectrum. Specifically how to apply the accommodations that have been proven to be effective with this population of students.

Speakers
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Jill Escalante

Lake Travis High School


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
K 103 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

ARD Alignment
Limited Capacity seats available

Are your ducks in a row when it comes to making ARD decisions?  This session will show how teams can ensure ARD decisions are aligned with the use of a handy one-page tool.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Laura Abbott

Dr. Laura Abbott

Director of Special Services, Lake Travis Independent School District
Dr. Abbott began her career in public education in 1996, serving as a special education teacher with the Fort Stockton and Killeen school districts. After a brief tenure with the Gatesville school district as a teacher in the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities, she served... Read More →



Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
M 109 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

Behavioral Supports and Strategies for the Classroom
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Learn about the basics of applied behavior analysis and what that could mean for your classroom in terms of behavior support. This will lecture will provide teachers and aides with behavioral strategies (i.e. reinforcement systems, behavioral contracts, etc.) to utilize with all students.

Speakers
CC

Clare Chung

Behavior Specialist, Lake Travis ISD


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
K 104 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

Classroom Technology for SPED Aides Part 2
Limited Capacity filling up

Join us at this session to continue the conversation about technology to assist students in the classroom. We will continue any questions on Microsoft programs, as well as explore other programs like Schoology, Photoshop, etc. to help students in classes and around school.

Speakers
avatar for Lana Bailey Stone

Lana Bailey Stone

CTE Teacher & Coach, LTISD


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
D 203 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

Decoding the mystery of Dyslexia
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Lonnie and I will present what Dyslexia is, signs to look for in the classroom, and ways to help a struggling student with dyslexia in the classroom and related disorders.

Speakers
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Lonnie Driggers

I'm the dyslexia therapist at LWE. I also do reading intervention with students that aren't dyslexic. Working with all grade and skill levels is fun, challenging, and requires knowing a LOT about reading! I'll try to my best to answer any question you have!
KF

Karen Frey

Lake Pointe Elementary
I am the Reading and Dyslexia Specialist at Lake Pointe Elementary.
CN

Carol Nelson

Serene Hills Elementary
avatar for Mary Senn

Mary Senn

Dyslexia Specialist at Lake Travis Elementary
avatar for Diane Tilley

Diane Tilley

Reading/Dyslexia Specialist, Bee Cave Elementary
avatar for Shannon Voges

Shannon Voges

Reading Specialist, West Cypress Hills Elementary (LTISD)
I am the Reading and Dyslexia Specialist at WCHE.


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
K 109 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

10:25am

Unique Learning System Assessments for Secondary Life Skills Teachers and Paraprofessionals

During this session the participants will delve deep into the assessment module of ULS and learn how this module can help drive the instruction of students on an alternative curriculum.


Speakers
avatar for Erika Musick

Erika Musick

Lake Travis High School
I currently teach special education at Lake Travis High School, my 13th year in education. I am passionate about the time I spend teaching students in the Life Skills setting and Applied academic classes. I aim my focus on providing instruction that will meet the individual needs... Read More →
avatar for Erin Russo

Erin Russo

Life Skills Teacher, Lake Pointe Elementary
Behavior Intervention Plans, Strategies, Classroom Management


Friday February 12, 2016 10:25am - 11:25am
M 205 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

OLWEUS In Action
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and see how we implement OLWEUS at Lakeway Elementary! You will gain insight into how our teachers implement OLWEUS in the classroom as well as how it is implemented school wide.

Speakers
avatar for Kimberley Kellner

Kimberley Kellner

Assistant Principal, Lakeway Elementary
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Kara Lucas

Counselor, Lakeway Elementary School


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
K 104 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Suicide Awareness and Prevention
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Learn about how to notice signs/symptoms of students who may be 'acting out' trying to get help. Participants will learn how to identify kids needing more emotional support.


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
K 106 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

A Bird's-Eye View of School Finance
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Have you ever wondered where the money comes from to pay your salary, your student’s supplies or even the cost of electricity to pay the heat bill at your school? And by the way, what is this I keep hearing about “Robin Hood?” Johnny W. Hill, Assistant Superintendent of Business, Financial & Auxiliary Services will be presenting a short session on school finance. He will briefly explain how a school district receives its funding, how and why the district has to pay a portion of its funding back to the state and finally, how the district appropriates the funding it keeps to help educate our students.

Speakers
avatar for Johnny Hill

Johnny Hill

Assistant Superintendent for Business, Financial and Auxiliary Services, Lake Travis Independent School District


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
M 113 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Handling Your High Stress Job
Limited Capacity full
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Handling Your High-Stress Job
Working during the evenings and on the weekends? Let’s face it, some jobs in education are not the typical 9 to 5. They can be intense and stressful depending upon the time of year. How do you take care of your mental and emotional well-being—Venting in the break room? Happy hour? During this session, be proactive and learn:
 How stress affects our bodies and minds
 How to use your “down time” as “recovery time”
 Personalize coping skills to use during and following a high-stress day


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
M 122 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Healthy Teachers Program
Limited Capacity seats available

The Healthy Teachers Program is designed to provide teachers and school staff with nutrition education and healthy cooking techniques to transform their own wellbeing, serve as healthy role models for their students, and be change agents in their own communities. It is a fun, interactive class that breaks down simple nutrition into digestible information that everyone can use. Along with the nutrition, there is a cooking demo of healthy, tasty foods, planned for those on a budget of time and money.


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Annex Cafeteria M 325

1:00pm

What to Expect at Work When You are Expecting
Limited Capacity seats available

Steps to take when you discover you are expecting a child, information about FMLA for maternity leave and how it may impact your pay.


Speakers
avatar for Paola DeLaMelena

Paola DeLaMelena

HR Specialist Benefits, Lake Travis ISD
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Toni Larsen

Lake Travis ISD



Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
M 106 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

“I’ve Got your Back! Body Mechanics”
Limited Capacity seats available

Hands on session about how to take care of your back while providing physical assistance to students.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Urban

Christine Urban

Physical Therapist, Lake Travis Independent School District
Physical Therapist for Lake Travis ISD


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
M 310

1:00pm

Crucial Conversations
Limited Capacity full
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Participants will learn strategies to communicate effectively when the stakes are high. They will identify the type of communicator they are when a conversation turns crucial. After identifying the type of communicator they are in a critical conversation, they will learn tools to help turn anger and frustration into positive and productive dialogue. (Crucial Conversations: Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, Switzler)

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Williams

Stephanie Williams

3rd Grade Teacher, Lake Travis Elementary School


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
M 210 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Crucial Conversations with Parents
Limited Capacity full
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Description: This session will cover strategies and best practices for conducting crucial or difficult conversations with parents. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of how to approach these conversations with confidence while clearly communicating their concerns. The goal of this session is to improve communication skills and relationships within our community as we partner with parents to support student learning.

Speakers
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Amanda Prehn

West Cypress Hills Elementary


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
M 105 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Hudson Bend: The Journey of a School to Watch
Limited Capacity seats available

Hudson Bend was named a Texas School to Watch in 2014 as a model for teaming, RtI, anti-bullying initiatives, recreational clubs, and how we structure advisory. We’ve continued to grow as teachers take appropriate risks in instruction and explore new initiatives to engage our learning community. Hear about our experience teaching campus expectations at HBMS Boot Camp, innovating Curriculum Night 2.0, starting Model UN, and attempting a Day of Service on our journey toward re-designation.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson

Principal, Lake Travis ISD
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Amanda Toon

Assistant Principal, HBMS


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
M 215 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

#WhyITeach
Limited Capacity seats available

building off of this https://storify.com/teacher2teacher/whyiteach-55676d59a47a435148555013?awesm=sfy.co_f17jd&utm_source=direct-sfy.co&utm_medium=sfy.co-twitter&utm_campaign=&utm_content=storify-pingback - Students and parents need to know why we are passionate about education. This helps to build collaboration, reinvigorate our passion for the field, and encourage peers, students, and the community.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Gidley

Jen Gidley

Science Teacher, Lake Travis High School
I have been a teacher at LTHS since January of 2005. My family has been part of LTISD since 1993. Most of my educational career has been teaching AP Environmental Science, but I have also taught preAP biology, chemistry, physics, environmental studies, and Cavs Academy. I am an... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
M 205 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Civil Disobedience: Empowering Student Voice for Learning Ownership
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for John McCarthy

John McCarthy

Consultant, Opening Paths
John McCarthy, Ed.S. was a classroom teacher in 3 different states, including urban, rural, and suburban, from high poverty to high affluent areas. As a School Improvement Consultant at Wayne RESA, the largest county in Michigan, he led or supported several county-wide and state-wide... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
M 112 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Design Thinking
Limited Capacity seats available

Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer's toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for success. Design thinking in the classroom is about people-centered problem solving, engaging students in the process of designing solutions such that they develop both transferrable skills and conceptual understanding.

Speakers
avatar for Tony Borash

Tony Borash

Advanced Learning Partnerships


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
M 114 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Designing Visual Thinking and Learning: Design- The Pedagogy of Process
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A Design Thinking session that will make you rethink everything you know about learning as a process rather than a product. Learn how the process of Design and “rapid prototyping” can be applied into any learning environment. The power of Pedagogy and Learning in the process.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Shelton

Ken Shelton

Global Keynote Specialist and Educational Technology Strategist, EdTechTeam


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
M 119 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Genius Hour: Leverage Inquiry to Personalize Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Gaynell Lyman

Gaynell Lyman

Director of Innovative Learning Systems, Advanced Learning Partnerships
Gaynell describes every role she has served in education as her “favorite.” Those roles include high school science teacher, instructional technology resource teacher, educational specialist and principal. Now she feels honored to get to work with forward thinking educators across... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
M 115 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Math Workshop: The Stations
Limited Capacity full
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This session will cover the structure and resources to run math stations at any grade level, as well as the structure of a small group differentiated lesson. Stations allow for differentiation, have a built in incentive for positive behavior, and allow you to meet small groups to provide a more effective learning experience. The students are able to approach the content from multiple angles, while honoring the true attention span of a child.

Speakers
avatar for Chasity Beatty

Chasity Beatty

3rd Grade Teacher, Bee Cave Elementary
I'm a 6th year teacher departmentalized for math and science. I am a member of the Next Gen 1 Cohort and have been exposed to so many innovative, best practices through that experience. By nature, I am a jump-in-the-pool kind of educator. I love trying new things, no matter how uneasy... Read More →



Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Science Lab M 311

1:00pm

New SAT Vs. Old SAT
Limited Capacity seats available

This course is an overview of the changes in the New SAT and how it compares to the current SAT.

Speakers
avatar for Raine Maggio

Raine Maggio

GT Coordinator, Lake Travis ISD
Hi! My name is Raine Maggio and I'm the GT Coordinator at LTMS. I've been teaching gifted for 18 of my 21 years of teaching. I spent the first 15 years in elementary before moving on for new experiences in middle school. I graduated from the University of Texas in 1995 and I earned... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
M 211 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Process Revisions: Doing Something Meaningful with Feedback
Limited Capacity seats available

Common academic vocabulary is the foundation on which students may learn about thinking and writing structure and through which we may have important conversations about thinking and writing with them. Many have begun to adopt a common academic vocabulary. However, common academic vocabulary is only the beginning of transformative practice. If we want students to truly grow in their thinking and writing (and any other skills really), then we must give them meaningful feedback and then require that they make corrections - in thinking and in writing. This session offers a process through which students have successfully transformed their writing. You will walk away with a clear understanding of the process, materials for immediate application, and ideas about modifying the process for grade-level and subject matter.

Speakers
avatar for Tara Banton

Tara Banton

Instructional Coach, Lake Travis Independent School District
Tara is an Instructional Coach at the secondary level in LTISD. Prior to becoming a coach, she taught at LTHS for 14 years. Tara's teaching experience ranges from working with struggling writers and at-risk students to teaching Humanities, on-level Englishes 1, 2, and 4, Pre-AP English... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
M 117 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Spice It Up - New Teachers and More
Limited Capacity filling up

Whether you are a new teacher or one with years of experience, sometimes you may feel like you are doing the same things in the same way on a daily basis. You want to increase the flavor! Come get ideas that you can immediatley apply to your classroom including collaboration tools, activities and protocols to spice up your lessons.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Collier

Sarah Collier

Learning and Teaching Coach, Lake Travis ISD
Sarah worked as an instructional coach the past four years in Frisco ISD. In that role, she has been an ELAR Curriculum writer, facilitated PLC’s and vertical teams and presented a variety of reading, writing and math professional developments. Before coaching, Sarah was a reading... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
M 116 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

The TDEC Totem Pole and Other TDEC Adaptations
Limited Capacity seats available

The focus of the presentation will be on the TDEC writing process. I have developed a TDEC totem pole as a way of adapting the process for writers in my 7th Grade Resource Language Arts classes. I will share how I use art, a personified TDEC chart, modeling, and class discussion to bring TDEC to life for my students. There will also be time in the session for participants to discuss and share TDEC/writing strategies.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Tucker

Brad Tucker

Teacher, Hudson Bend Middle School


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
M 110 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Using Desmos in Math
Limited Capacity seats available

We will use Desmos (website or app) to work with algebraic functions.

We will use laptops or ipads (provided) in my classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Wahl

Donna Wahl

Teacher, Lake Travis High School
I have been teaching collaboratively with a special education teacher off and on for the last 30 years. Right now Daliah Maurer and I share an Algebra 3 class of seniors of varying abilities in math.


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
C 201

1:00pm

What is the Dual Language Program at LTE & Why are DL Strategies Great for All Classrooms?
Limited Capacity seats available

Description: In this session, get an overview of the Gomez and Gomez Dual Language program at LTE. Find out how DL best practices (building vocabulary, collaboration, emphasis on writing, high expectations for all, and more) are essential best practices for all classrooms!

Speakers
avatar for Angela Frankhouser

Angela Frankhouser

Principal, Lake Travis Elementary


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
M 109 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Whole Brain Teaching/Active Engagement
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Whole Brain Teaching is a research based system that utilizes all areas of the brain, keeps children engaged throughout their lessons, and helps them retain much more information than the standard lecture-discussion model. We will help you understand and implement this style of teaching in your classroom!

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Jackie Mohr

Teacher, West Cypress Hills Elementary


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
M 121 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Techno Style
Limited Capacity seats available

(In the style of Psy’s 2012 hit “Gangnam Style)
A teacher who loves to see students learn during the day
A teacher who is covered up with grading at night has got to find a way
A teacher who’s convinced what data can convey
A teacher with that kind of twist

Needs Formative Assessment in Techno style, Techno Style
Formative Assessment in Techno Style.

Come learn how to incorporate formative assessment into your classroom using technology. Fast, easy, and--in some cases--as close as your students’ cell phones!

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Hill

Cathy Hill

Learning and Teaching Coach, Lake Travis ISD
Like most of you, I would classify myself as a teacher and a learner, not necessarily in that order. I taught math for more than twenty years before becoming an instructional coach with the district last year. I have the privilege of collaborating with secondary math and science teachers... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
M 118 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Blended Learning with Smore!
Limited Capacity seats available

The learners will how to build Smore to take back to their classroom for student self-paced learning.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Neuse

Jennifer Neuse

Science/Math, Lakeway Elementary School
Lake Travis ISD


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
D 202 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Digital Make & Take
Limited Capacity full
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Come learn ways to integrate technology into your classroom and plan for an upcoming lesson or unit at the same time! We will be covering many student-engaging platforms based on your priorities.

Speakers
avatar for Alison Brown

Alison Brown

3rd Grade, Lakeway Elementary
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Keegan Luedecke

Assistant Principal, Serene Hills Elementary School


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
D 204 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Gamestar Mechanic
Limited Capacity seats available

"For educators seeking to build a curriculum around Gamestar Mechanic, there are no requirements for previous study in game design. The session introduces all key concepts and their external uses without the necessity for further reading. Gamestar Mechanic has provided an optional reading list for educators interested in continuing their exploration of this emerging field, located at the teacher resources.

Gamestar Mechanic is suitable for use in a variety of formal and informal learning environments across the following curriculum areas: 21st Century Skills, STEM Learning, Digital Media, Art, Science and Language Arts.

It has been designed to work in both formal and informal learning environments including: schools, after-school programs, home schools, libraries, community centers, tutoring centers, museums and camps.

Speakers
avatar for Marisa Mejia

Marisa Mejia

Digital Media Specialist, Lake Travis High School (LTISD)
I am someone who seeks out utilizing technology as a tool to make the educator's work like simpler, more streamlined, and efficient so that we can all be more present in the classroom. Creating meaningful learning experiences for the educator and the learner.
avatar for Elizabeth Stearns

Elizabeth Stearns

Library Media Specialist, Lake Travis High School
Lake Travis High School, Library Learning Commons, Library 2.0, 21st Century Learning, Digital Literacy, Bibliotherapy, Digital Databases, & Research Skills, Gaming, MakerSpaces, DJing, Guitars in Libraries, Volunteering, Environmental Activism


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
M 220 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Out of the Box with Google Chrome
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Do you or your students think or learn "out of the box?" Learn how to use Google Chrome Apps & Extension that you can implement tomorrow with learners who think "out of the box"

Speakers
avatar for Sharon McMichael

Sharon McMichael

Reading & Dyslexia Speciailist, Hudson Bend Middle School
My passion has been to help students become better readers since I was in 2nd grade. I truly love dyslexic learners and those who learn differently. * * My B.A. is from Northeastern Illinois University with an English major and minor in Computer Science. I earned my master's degree... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
D 206 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Schoology Success for All Learners
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This session is for the Schoology newbie. We will discuss and practice easy ways to integrate Schoology into your classroom. Supporting all levels of student learning in an interactive and thought provoking environment.

Speakers
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Amy Castillo

Hudson Bend Middle School
avatar for Megan McDermott

Megan McDermott

6th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Lake Travis ISD
As a passionate innovator and educator for the past 7 years, I have had the pleasure of working in Lake Travis ISD for the past 6 of those years! I recently graduated with my Master of Education in Administration through Concordia University, allowing me to develop my curriculum... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
K 101 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Technology 101
Limited Capacity seats available

Come get an overview of basic tips from technology staff including digital store front, website editing, adding printers, passwords, phones, and network folders to name a few of the topics covered.

Speakers
avatar for Claude Pardue

Claude Pardue

Lake Travis Independent School District
avatar for Todd Taylor

Todd Taylor

Lake Travis Independent School District


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
M 209 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

TexQuest Databases for Elementary
Limited Capacity seats available

in-depth demonstration of the Texquest databases and resources-National Geographic Kids, Kids Infobits and Britannica Online

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Hooker

Caitlin Hooker

Librarian, Hudson Bend Middle School
I am working enthusiastically toward blending high tech and low tech within a library setting, promoting reading for pleasure while exploring Maker Spaces and new technologies!


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
D 203 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Schoology as a Team
Limited Capacity full
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Teachers will see examples of moving from Schoolwires to Schoology webpages with an emphasis on entering assignments and due dates in Schoology. Please come as a team so that you can actually work on preparing your webpage for this year and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Archie McHarg

Archie McHarg

Faculty, Lake Travis ISD
I like talking about intense things- things that you care about. Tell me what your present passion is. I love enthusiasm and would love to hear about yours...


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Library Computer Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Technology in the Special Ed Classroom
Limited Capacity full
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We will explore how to use technology to enhance your teaching abilities in the Resource and Inclusion classroom settings. Topics include ways to provide oral administration, administering tests on Schoology with oral administration, and tracking data.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Oren

Kim Oren

Special Education Teacher, Lake Travis Middle School
I teach 7th grade English and ESL. This is my 6th year at LTMS and my 13th year of teaching.


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
D 205 Lab 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Technology for Language Teachers
Limited Capacity seats available

Few subjects have had technology challenge its traditional methods like languages, but the news is good: we have tools to help students make strides like never before. In this session, we'll look at a variety of tools and activities, exploring implementation, collaboration, and even a little assessment. Language teachers, this one's for you!

Speakers
avatar for Rushton Hurley

Rushton Hurley

Relentless optimist, language teacher, principal, nonprofit director, and one of the original Google Certified Teachers, NextVista.org
Rushton Hurley is the founder and executive director of Next Vista for Learning, which houses a free library of videos by and for teachers and students at NextVista.org. He has spent decades exploring innovative possibilities for bringing together proven approaches with cutting-edge... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
M 120 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

STAAR Testing Accommodations Triangle
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will review the allowable testing accommodations as presented in the TEA STAAR Accommodations Triangle.

Speakers
avatar for Midge Simmons

Midge Simmons

Coordinator of Special Services, Lake Travis ISD


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
K 102 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Where Did That Come From? - How to Choose a Meaningful Goal
Limited Capacity seats available

This course will explain how to look at a child on the whole to determine appropriate and meaningful IEP goals based off assessment, existing skills, and based off TEKS.

Speakers
avatar for Gail Denton

Gail Denton

Occupational Therapist, Lake Travis ISD
Much of my career as an Occupational Therapist has been spent in a medical or rehabilitation setting. I started as a therapist at Dallas Easter Seal Society where I met and studied with my mentor, Reggie Boehme, a world renowned occupational therapist, who taught me to look at my... Read More →
avatar for Erin Russo

Erin Russo

Life Skills Teacher, Lake Pointe Elementary
Behavior Intervention Plans, Strategies, Classroom Management


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
K 105 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Get Your Students Excited About Learning
Limited Capacity filling up

Increasing Student Engagement and Higher Order Thinking

Speakers
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Carroll Taggart

Lake Travis ISD | Gifted Education Coordinator | | I am passionate about Gifted Education and differentiation of curriculum to meet the needs of diverse learners.


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
K 103 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Team Building and Diversity Activities That Work!
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you run a club or organization in which participants would benefit from team building activities? Would you like to incorporate team building or diversity activities into your class? Are you looking for Olweus activities that will impact your students? Then this is the course for you. Participants will learn of and participate in a variety of different activities that can be used to strengthen relationships within your organization and build stronger leaders in your group.

Speakers
avatar for Courtney Cooksey

Courtney Cooksey

Serene Hills Elementary
5th grade ELA/SS teacher at Serene Hills Elementary
avatar for Ginger Meeks

Ginger Meeks

8th Grade Science Teacher, Lake Travis Middle School
avatar for Aaron Wedemeyer

Aaron Wedemeyer

Lake Travis High School
I'm currently reveling in my twelfth year at LTHS as a teacher of sophomore and junior English and as an unofficial coordinator of staff social gatherings.


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
M 208 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

1:00pm

Empathy Theory and Realistic Bully Response
Limited Capacity filling up

Empathy is cited by psychologists, scientists, sociologists, philanthropists, humanitarian groups, and world leaders as the missing link for local and global peace. However, there is more to empathy than meets the eye and our community is at a dangerous deficit for empathy development. Come here some REALISTIC strategies for increasing PRODUCTIVE empathy and combating bullying.

Speakers
avatar for Tara Chill

Tara Chill

Special Education Aid, Lake Pointe Elementary (LTISD)
This is my 6th year working in LTISD. After spending 5 years teaching technical theatre at LTHS, I switched gears and began pursuing a career in Special Education. I have since been working as an Sped aid at LPE, and in December I earned my special education certification. At the... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
M 212 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

2:10pm

Panel Discussion with Featured Presenters
Moderators
avatar for Dr. Janis Jordan

Dr. Janis Jordan

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Lake Travis ISD

Speakers
avatar for Tony Borash

Tony Borash

Advanced Learning Partnerships
avatar for Rushton Hurley

Rushton Hurley

Relentless optimist, language teacher, principal, nonprofit director, and one of the original Google Certified Teachers, NextVista.org
Rushton Hurley is the founder and executive director of Next Vista for Learning, which houses a free library of videos by and for teachers and students at NextVista.org. He has spent decades exploring innovative possibilities for bringing together proven approaches with cutting-edge... Read More →
avatar for Gaynell Lyman

Gaynell Lyman

Director of Innovative Learning Systems, Advanced Learning Partnerships
Gaynell describes every role she has served in education as her “favorite.” Those roles include high school science teacher, instructional technology resource teacher, educational specialist and principal. Now she feels honored to get to work with forward thinking educators across... Read More →
avatar for John McCarthy

John McCarthy

Consultant, Opening Paths
John McCarthy, Ed.S. was a classroom teacher in 3 different states, including urban, rural, and suburban, from high poverty to high affluent areas. As a School Improvement Consultant at Wayne RESA, the largest county in Michigan, he led or supported several county-wide and state-wide... Read More →
avatar for Ken Shelton

Ken Shelton

Global Keynote Specialist and Educational Technology Strategist, EdTechTeam


Friday February 12, 2016 2:10pm - 3:10pm
Performing Arts Center 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738

3:10pm

Closing Session - Mary Patin
Speakers
avatar for Mary Patin

Mary Patin

Chief Admn. for Strategic Proj, LAKE TRAVIS ISD
Ms. Patin began her career in Louisiana where she served as an elementary and Gifted and Talented program teacher for seven years. She then moved to the Richardson school district in Texas where she taught in the GT program and served as an assistant principal. Ms. Patin then served... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 3:10pm - 3:40pm
Performing Arts Center 3324 RR 620 S Austin, TX 78738
 


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