Innovative Teaching Strategies
One-Day Virtual Conference

Engaging Students
in the Virtual Classroom

Innovative Teaching Strategies Virtual Conference

3 Keynotes +
50 in 50 Panel +
6 Breakouts

Friday, Sept. 25
LIVE ONLINE

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Dr. John Almarode

Teacher Educator, Author, Expert on the Science of Learning

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Dr. Robyn Jackson

Author of Never Work Harder than Your Students, Founder of Mindsteps Inc.

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Dr. Dave Schmittou

Professor of Ed Leadership, Former Teacher & Principal, Author of It’s Like Riding a Bike

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Dr. Tommie Mabry

Author of A Dark Journey to a Light Future, Ph.D. Who Was Expelled from 10 Schools

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Ernesto Mejia

Son of Immigrants, Speaks to Students & Educators about the American Dream — Education

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Sam Kary

Teacher, Curriculum Designer, Creator of Popular New EdTech YouTube Channel

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Dr. Marquita Blades

Award-Winning STEM Educator & Teacher Support Specialist


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Jessica Sinarski

Creator of BraveBrains, Expert on Attachment Issues, Author of Riley the Brave


Innovative Teaching Strategies
One-Day Virtual Conference

Now that virtual learning is the rule rather than the exception, many teachers want to make their virtual classrooms and lessons more innovative and engaging. Featuring keynotes from Dr. John Almarode, Dr. Robyn Jackson and Dr. Tommie Mabry, 6 breakout sessions and a strategy-filled 50-in-50 Panel, this One-Day Virtual Conference will provide insights into the science of learning and countless strategies for enhancing student engagement.  Join us Friday, September 25 for Innovative Teaching Strategies: Engaging Students in the Virtual Classroom!

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Dr. John Almarode

Teacher Educator, Author, Expert on the Science of Learning

Friday, September 25
9:00 AM ET / 6:00 AM PT

This Keynote will be re-aired at 4:45 pm ET / 1:45 pm PT

Opening Keynote

How We Learn: 5 Essential Practices for Successful Learning

10:15 AM ET / 7:15 AM PT

Choose Your Breakout Session

Recorded access for most sessions will be available from Monday, 9/28 – Wednesday 9/30. 

It's Like Riding a Bike
How to Make Learning Last a Lifetime (Virtually & In-Person)

A child can learn to ride a bike at 5 years old and never forgets how, yet we teach students content in our classrooms on Monday and they forget it all by Friday. In this session we learn how to use the same philosophy…

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Dave Schmittou, Ed.D.
Professor of Ed Leadership, Former Teacher & Principal, Author of It’s Like Riding a Bike
@DaveSchmittou

Maximize Your Screentime
The 30-Minute Virtual Lesson Plan

We know that virtual learning has its challenges – students working from the comforts (or maybe discomforts) of home, the lack of immediate peer interaction, and in some cases, limited access to technology, so it’s not hard to..

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Marquita Blades, Ed.D.
Award-Winning STEM Educator & Teacher Support Specialist

The Practice of Education
Data-Driven Strategies to Cultivate Learning Interventions (In-Person & Virtually)

During these times of uncertainty one constraint remains, our students MUST receive a quality education that meets their learning needs.  As school begins this year, what if teachers could have a baseline assessment on…

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Dr. Robyn Jackson

Author of Never Work Harder than Your Students, Founder of Mindsteps Inc.

Friday, September 25
11:15 ET AM / 8:15 AM PT

Keynote Session

Finding Your Virtual Teaching Zone of Genius

Friday, September 25
1:10 PM ET / 10:10 AM PT

50 in 50 Panel

50 Strategies to Engage Students Virtually

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Dave Schmittou, Ed.D.
Professor of Ed Leadership, Former Teacher & Principal, Author of It’s Like Riding a Bike
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Sam Kary, M.A.
Teacher, Curriculum Designer, Creator of Popular New EdTech YouTube Channel
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Marquita Blades, Ed.D.
Award-Winning STEM Educator & Teacher Support Specialist
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Jessica Sinarksi, LPCMH
Creator of BraveBrains, Expert on Attachment Issues, Author of Riley the Brave

2:15 PM ET / 11:15 AM PT

Choose Your Breakout Session

Recorded access for most sessions will be available from Monday, 9/28 – Wednesday 9/30. 

Tech Tools for Interactive Teaching

It’s indisputable that students learn best when they are active participants in learning. Yet most traditional strategies fall far short of achieving 100% participation, and most only appeal to limited learning modalities. Creating interactive lessons is…

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Sam Kary, M.A.
Teacher, Curriculum Designer, Creator of Popular New EdTech YouTube Channel
@NewEdTechClass

Calming the Chaos Inside
10-Second Tools for all Classrooms

With stress levels at an all-time high, educators need quick tools for self-regulation. Take some time to fill your tank with this experiential workshop. Participants will practice over 10 different activities for calming the chaos inside and learn how to…

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Jessica Sinarksi, LPCMH
Creator of BraveBrains, Expert on Attachment Issues, Author of Riley the Brave
@RileyTheBrave

Virtually Building Trust & Comprehension
Through Activities, Energizers, Icebreakers & You

This workshop will address the myth that boys do not like to participate, share, or talk about their feelings. Participants will learn a wide array of activities, energizers, and icebreakers that can be implemented both…

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Ernesto Mejia, M.Ed.
Son of Immigrants, Speaks to Students & Educators about the American Dream -- Education
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Dr. Tommie Mabry

Author of A Dark Journey to a Light Future, Ph.D. Who Was Expelled from 10 Schools

Friday, September 25
3:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM PT

Closing Keynote

At-Risk & Hard-to-Reach Students: Understand Them to Teach Them

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Dr. John Almarode

Teacher Educator, Author, Expert on the Science of Learning

Friday, September 25
4:45 PM ET / 1:45 PM PT

Keynote Re-Air

How We Learn: 5 Essential Practices for Successful Learning

Registration

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$ 189
  • Entrance to all Virtual Conference Sessions
  • Earn up to 6 Continuing Education Credit Hours

Groups of 3-9

$ 169
  • Entrance to all Virtual Conference Sessions
  • Earn up to 6 Continuing Education Credit Hours

Groups of 10+

$ 149
  • Entrance to all Virtual Conference Sessions
  • Earn up to 6 Continuing Education Credit Hours
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A Certificate of Completion is available upon submission of the Conference Evaluation Form. AccuTrain is approved to offer up to 6 continuing education contact hours through the National Board of Certified Counselors. AccuTrain’s Developmental Resources Division has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP™ #5602. Developmental Resources is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

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An Access Page Link will be included on your order confirmation email after your registration is submitted. This page will be updated with live links prior to the start of the event.

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What Can you Expect

How We Learn: 5 Essential Practices for Successful Learning
 
“I don’t know” and “I don’t remember” are phrases that haunt every classroom teacher and learner. How do we create experiences that lead to better learning for all students so that they will “know” and “remember”? Over the past fifteen years, the science of learning has provided many insights into how we think. Furthermore, these promising principles provide a starting point for inspired and passionate teachers to build the capacity in learners to see themselves as their own teachers. This workshop shows you how! The body of research on how we learn provides well established principles and practices that enhance the learning outcomes for each of our students. Moving beyond performance on a test, this workshop links these essential principles to the everyday instructional decisions you make in your classroom. 
Practicing what we preach, you will take part in an edge-of-your-seat virtual learning experience that translates these principles to practices across multiple content areas and grade-levels. You will leave with strategies that will make learning stronger for all of your students.
 
Learning Intention
 
To better understand how my students engage in learning and the implications on my teaching.
 
Success Criteria
  • I can explain key principles of how my students learn.
  • I can recognize strategies that apply these principles to learning in my classroom.
  • I can create learning opportunities for my students that integrate these principles into my classroom.

About the Presenter

John Almarode has worked with schools, classrooms and teachers all over the world. He has presented locally, nationally and internationally on the application of the science of learning and has worked with hundreds of school districts and thousands of teachers. Dr. Almarode is an Associate Professor at James Madison and Director of the Content Teaching Academy. In 2015, John was awarded the inaugural Sarah Mill Luck Endowed Professorship. He continues to work with pre‑service teachers and actively pursues his research interests including the science of learning, the design and measurement of classroom environments that promote student engagement and learning. The work of John and his colleagues has been presented to the U.S. Congress, the Virginia Senate, the U.S. Department of Education and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.Dr. Almarode began his career teaching mathematics and science to a wide range of students. He has authored or co-authored nine books including Captivate, Activate and Invigorate the Student Brain in Science and Math, From Snorkelers to Scuba Divers, Visible Learning for Science, Clarity for Learning, Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom and Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom. He is also the past co-editor of the Teacher Educator’s Journal. Most recently, John and his colleagues have developed a new framework for developing, implementing and sustaining professional learning communities: PLC+. The PLC+ framework builds capacity within teacher-led teams to maximize student learning.

A child can learn to ride a bike at  5 years old and never forgets how, yet we teach students content in our classrooms on Monday and they forget it all by Friday. In this session we learn how to use the same philosophy for teaching a kid to ride to also teach students the academic skills that matter most.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how to assess the process of learning
  • Learners will understand the 7 requirements of an effective learning environment
 

About the Presenter

Dave Schmittou, Ed.D.  @daveschmittou

Entering his twentieth year in education, Dave has earned a reputation for being a disruptor of the status quo, an innovator, and a change agent. Having served as a classroom teacher, school based administrator, and central office director, he often uses real life stories and examples of his own life and career to describe why and how we need to confront “the way we have always done it.” He has written multiple books, including It’s Like Riding a Bike: How to make Learning Last a Lifetime and Bold Humility. He speaks, consults, and partners with districts around the country and loves to keep learning and growing.

Maximize Your Screentime: The 30-Minute Virtual Lesson Plan 
 
We know that virtual learning has its challenges – students working from the comforts (or maybe discomforts) of home, the lack of immediate peer interaction, and in some cases, limited access to technology – so it’s not hard to understand how it can be challenging for teachers to create engaging lessons. In addition, most virtual class sessions are shorter than in-person class periods. In this session, participants will learn how to maximize live virtual class sessions by creating highly-engaging virtual lessons that students want to attend using the lessons that you already have. 
 
Learning Objectives 
  • How to plan engaging 30-minute virtual lessons
  • How to make get the most out of your virtual class sessions
  • How to select the best tech for your students based on the learning outcomes of your class

 

About the Presenter

Dr. Marquita S. Blades is an award-winning educator, international speaker and author. As a high school science teacher, she led nationally recognized STEM programs for high-achieving students. Through her consulting practice, she now offers professional development programs, curriculum & assessment writing, conference planning and teacher coaching in the areas of STEM instruction and teacher burnout. Dr. Blades created The Mediocre Teacher Project to help teachers avoid burnout by helping them incorporate their unique talents into their daily practice. She is also the host of The Dr. Marquita Blades Show: Candid Conversations that Create Change, an internet-based broadcast dedicated to discussing current trends and issues in education. Dr. Blades is the author of POWARRful Teaching Strategies for Increasing Engagement & Collaboration While Maintaining Rigor in Science Courses.

 
During these times of uncertainty one constraint remains, our students MUST receive a quality education that meets their learning needs.  As school begins this year, what if teachers could have a baseline assessment on each student’s learning style and needs so they could experiment / pre-train lessons to improve the comprehension of each student in the classroom?  

 

Though IEP’s have a “labeling” connotation, we know intervention needs to start at a critical age and ALL students need this in order to be successful.  The earlier a student is able to unlock lessons taught in their own “brain language”, the more likely to increase the likelihood of high school graduation and college enrollment. At the elementary level, the only strong predictor of college success is reading at the 3rd grade level. Between grades 6 and 8, more of the predictors of dropping out of high school begin to emerge – attendance, course grades in English and Math, affect, behavior etc. Student’s academic achievement by 8th grade is a greater predictor of college success than academic achievement in high school alone. Interventions in middle school can prevent many of the interventions needed in high school. 

 

This data-driven and insightful session will guide attendees through strategies that specialize in understanding each student’s needs in real-time data in order to improve and enrich the WHOLE child that goes beyond short-term intervention. Best practices designed to improve behavior, provide motivational support, develop and expand social skills, elevate cognitive and critical thinking skills, as well as educate students about College and Career Readiness will also be shared.  As an added bonus, it  will provide life coaching to help develop vision boards and a robust curriculum to support SEL. Each student’s program is individualized to meet that student’s needs by engaging them in the practice (discovery, trial and readjustment) of learning. 

 

Learning Objectives: 
  • Create a program that specifically addresses each student’s learning needs:
    1. Weekly  Common Core anchor-standard lesson plans
    2. Goal setting planning activities
    3. Grand conversations
    4. Guided thinking sessions
    5. Journaling
    6. Public speaking
    7. Video documentation
    8. Teachers’ guide-classroom extensions
  • Provide services that are significantly predicated upon the need for purposeful and coordinated intervention that will improve and enrich the WHOLE child that go beyond short-term intervention 
  • Allow students to create a healthy vision for their life, set goals, learn vital critical thinking skills, foster healthier peer relationships, become aware of the value of education, build a secondary support system, and have fun at the same time.
  • Combine high-quality extended learning and case management (advisement, mentoring, active interventions). So that methods of programming complement each other to ensure higher college enrollment, graduation rates, and furthering post-secondary options

 

About the Presenter

Jeremy Crane is a native of College Park, GA and currently serves as the Founder and CEO for The Practice 1911. He founded The Practice 1911 after serving 15 years in education as a classroom teacher and administrator.

He graduated Cum Laude from Fort Valley State University on a full athletic scholarship, where he earned his B.S. degree in Middle Grades Education and competed in NCAA athletics for four years. In those four years he also served as a NCAA student-athlete ambassador and was an active member of the Student Government Association during his undergraduate studies.

Jeremy is a proud father, entrepreneur, and member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated in which he serves as an ambassador for community service initiatives that promote the value of education and the quality of life for young people. Jeremy also serves as a financial service advisor and he is a featured artist and vocalist in The Main Attraction Band. In his spare time he enjoys eating, working out to stay fit and healthy, eating, watching and playing sports, eating, playing video games, playing the piano, training dogs, community service and……….. eating!

In this keynote address, Dr. Robyn Jackson will help educators find the answers to these questions and help teachers and students discover and maximize their own unique abilities.

 

As the education system shifts to virtual and/or hybrid learning models, it is easy to feel overwhelmed.  Many questions and uncertainties exist:

  • With so many technology options out there, how do educators figure out which platform and teaching style works for their students and them? 
  • How can each teacher capture the magic of their classroom in a virtual environment? 
  • How do educators still work inside their zone of genius in a virtual space? 
  • And more importantly, how do they develop their students’ individual genius remotely?
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About the Presenter

Robyn R. Jackson, Ph.D. is passionate about the profession of teaching. She helps teachers and administrators understand the principles of mastery teaching and shows them how to apply these principles to help every student succeed. As a former high school AP English teacher and award-winning middle school administrator, she refined these principles on her own journey to becoming a master teacher. Because she believes that every child deserves a master teacher and that any teacher can become a master teacher, Dr. Jackson founded Mindsteps Inc. to provide the right kind of practice for teachers and for the administrators who lead them. She doesn’t just want to change how we teach; Dr. Jackson wants to change the way that we think about teaching. She has served as an adjunct professor at Towson University and Bowie University and presented her own research on equity, access, rigor and instructional strategies at several national conferences. She is the author of ten books published in four languages including The Differentiation Workbook, Never Work Harder than Your Students, How to Support Struggling Students, How to Motivate Resistant Learners, Real Engagement and You Can Do This: Hope and Help for New Teachers.

Tech Tools for Interactive Teaching  
 

It’s indisputable that students learn best when they are active participants in learning. Yet most traditional strategies fall far short of achieving 100% participation, and most only appeal to limited learning modalities. Creating interactive lessons is a clear example of how we can use technology to enhance student learning.

In this session we’ll explore how to use technology to embed differentiated checks for understanding throughout lessons, whether whole-group or individual, in-person or online. Specifically, we’ll learn how to use technology to get immediate, real-time responses from all students, as well as how to turn any video, text, or web page into an interactive lesson.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn why using tech tools to create interactive lessons promotes a more equitable classroom 
  • Learn which tech tools are the most effective for creating interactive lessons 
  • Learn how to use a combination of tech tools to implement interactive lessons across an entire lesson sequence in service of bigger picture learning goals
 

About the Presenter

Sam Kary is the founder of The New EdTech Classroom, a blog and YouTube channel dedicated to showing teachers how to strategically integrate technology into their classrooms. Sam has worked in public education for the past decade as a classroom teacher and instructional coach, and he believes that students learn best when given the opportunity to use technology to engage with content in creative, authentic ways. Sam is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and National Geographic Certified Educator, and his YouTube channel has been featured in Forbes and One Day Magazine for supporting teachers during emergency distance learning.

This lively workshop will take a fresh look at the root of “bad behavior” and the brain processes behind it. Participants will discover new tools based on the latest neuroscience to increase learning opportunities, reduce negative behavior, and improve communication between school and home. Whether you’re a brain novice or well-versed in research about trauma and the brain, you won’t want to miss this hope-filled learning experience.

 

With stress levels at an all-time high, educators need quick tools for self-regulation. Take some time to fill your tank with this experiential workshop. Participants will practice over 10 different activities for calming the chaos inside and learn how to incorporate brain-boosting habits into hectic daily life.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify crucial brain systems with user-friendly language
  • Recognize emotional and physical signs of dysregulation
  • Practice 10+ activities to increase calm and decrease fight/flight/freeze response
 

About the Presenter

Jessica Sinarski, LPCMH is a clinical supervisor, consultant, author and educator. She is a thought-leader in connecting neuroscience with practice in adult-child relationships. Jessica has trained thousands of parents and professionals across the country and maintains a private practice in Delaware, incorporating neurofeedback and attachment-based therapeutic models. Jessica founded BraveBrains to help others experience the hope and healing that is possible with a deeper understanding of the brain. She has created a framework based on the concepts introduced in her children’s book, Riley the Brave (available in English and Spanish), that is improving outcomes for those affected by adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma. These principles and accompanying resources, rooted in the latest brain science, are empowering parents, teachers and community professionals all over the world. Since 2005, Jessica has been consulting with schools, agencies and parent groups. She is also a therapist and clinical supervisor at A Better Chance for Our Children in Delaware and serves on the board of directors at Cardinal McCloskey Community Services in the New York. Jessica is currently partnering with school districts and child welfare agencies across the country to better incorporate trauma-sensitive practices into their work. Compelled by her work with foster families in the South Bronx of New York, Jessica became a Certified Adoption Therapist in 2008 through Hunter College School of Social Work and began an adoption therapy program at her local agency. She earned a master’s degree from Boston College in Counseling Psychology following a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Taylor University.

Understanding how to deliver these activities is one part of the equation. However, learning how to best facilitate the dialogues that follow will ensure we are successful in our ability to better understand where some of our young men are coming from nowadays.

Learning Objectives 

  • Learn different manners to learn, interact, and communicate 
  • Increase their repertoire of activities to implement
  • Allow educators to improve their engagement and communication skills
  • Learn the basics to effective facilitation 

About the Presenter

Ernesto Mejia, M.Ed. the proud son of Mexican immigrants, is a true example of the American dream. Diagnosed with the rare disease of Guillain-Barré Syndrome at the age of 16 that left him temporarily paralyzed, he was not supposed to be a successful student, much less a College Dean of Students. Through his hardships, Ernesto learned to never give up on life, he now speaks to students, parents, and educators about overcoming obstacles and never giving up on the American dream: education.


This session explore the root causes as well as additional trauma faced during the COVID-19 quarantine. The presenter will also share specific strategies to engage ALL learners. Participants will learn how effective relationship-building with children is fundamental for student and school success.

 

Learning Objectives

  • Implement teaching to capture and inspire ALL learners
  • Affirm and validate teaching effectiveness in the classroom
  • Learn a framework for reshaping school culture, affording teachers and students an opportunity to become part of the solution collaboratively
  • Answer the key questions, Now that we todays student, what do we teach them?

 

About the Presenter

Tommie Mabry, Ph.D. grew up in poverty in Jackson, Mississippi. With no one to serve as a model for mainstream success, Tommie turned to life in the streets. He was expelled from numerous schools and by age 11, he was serving time for burglary. Things started to change for Tommie when he joined an AAU basketball team that traveled around the world. Although he was shot in the foot during his senior year, he received a full basketball scholarship to Missouri State University. After completing his undergraduate studies at Tougaloo College, he taught school in the same district where he had been expelled numerous times. Subsequently he has served as Director of Enrollment at Tougaloo College before founding the company that bears his name. Tommie has published two books, A Dark Journey to a Light Future and If Tommie Can Do It, We Can Do It.