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Friday workshops

Please note: These workshops take place only on Friday, Oct. 18.

8:45-9:45 a.m.

Anton Treuer
Best Strategies for Overcoming the Achievement Gap in Indian Country
Presenter: Dr. Anton Treuer, executive director of the American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State University
Ballroom A

In-depth seminars
10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
These sessions may fulfill specific license renewal requirements in positive behavioral interventions, accommodations and modifications, reading, mental illness, reflective practice, or technology.

From Carrots, Crowbars and Candy to Ownership and Opportunity: Motivation Engagement in Literacy
Whether it is the carrot or the stick, teachers are constantly looking for ways to pull, poke and prod their students to take ownership for their learning. In this session, we will explore some practical principles and strategies from John T. Guthrie, Daniel Pink and Carol Dweck to engage students in the classroom and motivate them to no longer ask for candy, points or praise to complete their collaborative or individual learning.
Presenter: Jennifer McCarty Plucker, president, Minnesota Reading Association
Ballroom A

Common Sense Considerations for Educators Related to K-12 School Mental Health
This session provides an overview of factors impacting educators and their respective roles in identifying early-onset mental health issues with children and adolescents. Emphasis is placed on practical and simple strategies that school personnel can apply in their daily interactions with K-12 student populations. It is designed to view mental health challenges facing our children from a wellness perspective, not as a function of psychopathology.
Presenter: Walter Roberts, professor of counselor education, Minnesota State University-Mankato
Ballroom B

Online Information Literacy — Creating Effective Search Strategies
Ninety-four percent of students and 91 percent of adults turn to Google or another online search engine as the first place for research. Help students find useful, appropriate and credible information through AskMN, Minnesota’s 24/7 statewide cooperative digital reference service. In this session, we’ll look at the successful techniques AskMN librarians employ to help students with their research.
Presenter: Carla Pfahl, reference outreach and instruction librarian, Minitrex/University of Minnesota
Rooms 1-3

Engaging the Disengaged Student
Do you see students who have “tuned out” in your classroom? Do you have students who do not see connections in the daily content, who see little or no relevancy in what they are learning? Join us for a unique, out-of-the-box look at this disengagement problem in our schools. This session will focus on simple processes that increase student engagement, practical listening skills that increase student focus and how to deal with students when they experience feeling stupid in class.
Presenters: Paul Bernabei, trainer, and Willow Sweeney, co-founder, Top 20 Training
Rooms 4-5

10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
This presentation will focus on key features of schoolwide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), including a range of state, regional and local examples. Representatives from the Minnesota PBIS Network will share their experiences and implementation stories to illustrate how these key features come to life in Minnesota schools.
Presenters: Ellen Nacik and Mary Hunt, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, Research Practice and Implementation Unit, Minnesota Department of Education; Emily Robb, teacher, Nicollet Junior High, Burnsville
Room 6

Bridging the Gaps through Ongoing Engagement: 21st-Century Teachers as Menders and Weavers
Hear a historical overview about the prevailing mindsets and practices that have contributed to achievement/opportunity gaps. Explore how teachers in partnership with underserved parents, families and communities can nurture and restore learner identities in students. Develop goals and action steps to build stronger bridges among home, school and community.
Presenter: Regina Seabrook, strategic planning coordinator, Rochester Public Schools
Room 7

Accommodations and Modifications: American Federation of Teachers Professional Development (formerly ER&D)
The Accommodation and Modification Seminar highlights the basics of AFT’s Education Research and Dissemination course, Instructional Strategies that Work. The seminar presents research-based instructional tools and strategies to improve learning for every student. Topics include memory strategies, LINCS and classwide peer tutoring. This session is designed to meet the clock-hour requirements for accommodations and modifications for Minnesota state licensure.
Presenter: Mike Coty, student teacher candidate supervisor, consultant, Hamline University
Rooms 8-9

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