Workshops

Our Minnesota Educator Academy (MEA) is union-sponsored professional development by educators, for educators. The following workshops are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 17, at Saint Paul RiverCentre.

REMINDER: There are no workshops on Friday. Workshops are for MEMBERS ONLY.

<G> denotes sessions that may fulfill general license renewal requirements.

<S> denotes sessions that may fulfill specific license renewal requirements in positive behavioral interventions, cultural competency, reading, student mental health, suicide prevention and English language learners.

8-9:15 a.m.

General session and keynote on racial justice by Dr. Eddie Moore Jr.

EddieMooreJr-promophoto.jpgEducation Minnesota President Denise Specht and 2019 Teacher of the Year Jessica Davis will kick off the day of professional learning, followed by featured speaker Dr. Eddie Moore Jr.

Moore will talk about why racial justice work is the work of all of us, no matter where we live or who we know.

He is the co-founder and director of The Privilege Institute and The National White Privilege Conference, which provide opportunities and possibilities for research, publications, speaking and collaborations by those committed to true social and institutional change.

Moore received his doctorate in educational policy and leadership studies at the University of Iowa. Under his direction and inclusive relationship model, the White Privilege Conference has become one of the top national and international conferences for participants who want to move beyond dialogue and into action around issues of diversity, power, privilege and leadership.

He has pursued and achieved success in academia, business, diversity, leadership and community service. In 1996, he started America & MOORE to provide comprehensive diversity, privilege and leadership trainings and workshops across the nation.
Location: Ballrooms A and B

9:30-10:30 a.m.


Panel With Minnesota Teacher of the Year and Finalists <G>
Starting out in the profession? Ask questions about current education issues and those pertinent to new educators like effective relationships, curriculum choices, work/life balance, career goals and other topics. 
Presenters: Minnesota Teacher of the Year Panel
Location: Ballroom C
 
Overcoming ADHD and Executive Functioning Barriers in the Classroom <S-Student Mental Health>
There are a multitude of challenges that impact a child's education when ADHD and deficits in executive functioning are not addressed. This course will address what can happen when best practice strategies are taught and used daily by students, teachers and families for the best possible educational outcome.
Presenters: Karen Huberty, 6th grade language arts teacher, Dakota Hills Middle School; Maureen Bechard
Location: Ballroom D

When Can I Afford to Retire? <G>
The answer to this question depends not only on how well you have planned financially, but also on what your plans are in retirement. In retirement, your income will come from three sources: your pension, social security and any savings you have accumulated in accounts such as 403(b)/457/IRAs and savings. You will learn about various investment plans and the differences between them so you can plan what will work best for you with your other sources of income in retirement.
Presenters: Kent Schutte, president/CEO, EFS Advisors  
Location: Room 1

Teaching Better, Teaching Digitally: What's Happening in Randolph, Minnesota <G>
See how your middle and high school peers in Randolph, Minnesota are using Campus Learning to improve student achievement while working more efficiently. This includes scoring electronic student work onscreen; using rubrics to provide feedback to students and parents; instructional planning, including individualization; and collaborating with colleagues.
Presenters: Marissa Knapp and Lizzie Warpinski, teachers, Randolph Public Schools; and Catherine Fredrick, user insights advocate, Infinite Campus
Location: Room 2

It's Not Magic, It's Science! <G>
Join wacky professor Jerry Wenzel for an intensive workshop that will enhance the way you teach science. This fast-moving session is exclusively for teachers who are looking for ways to be more creative in teaching science. This session, filled with discrepant event demonstrations, will provide you with a new perspective on teaching science. You will get your students hooked on science!
Presenter: Jerry Wenzel, retired, MnSTA (Minnesota Science Teachers Association)
Location: Room 3

Taking Autism to School <G>
Nemeh Al-Sarraj will use her experience going to school with an autism spectrum disorder to help educators understand how to best teach students with autism and the struggles they may face in school.
Presenter: Nemeh Al-Sarraj, disability self-advocate
Location: Room 4

Union Leadership Under F.I.R.E.
This is a continuation of the Education Minnesota's Summer Seminar track of the same name. It is an all-day session that will provide attendees from Summer Seminar session the opportunity to share, network, plan and organize.
Presenter: Kimberly Colbert, racial equity organizer, Education Minnesota
Location: Room 5

The Rock 'n' Read Project: Raise Reading With Evidence-Based Singing Strategies <S-Reading>
Hear the amazing results of a state-funded 3-year pilot that implemented a singing-to-read software. Students made phenomenal, statistically significant gains in MCA reading levels, while non-singing students made no significant level gains. Actively experience evidence-based singing strategies that dramatically improve literacy with your existing curricula.
Presenters: Ann Kay, co-founder, The Rock 'n' Read Project; Denise Lutgen-Gallaty, music consultant, Rock 'n' Read Project
Location: Room 6

Bullying Prevention: What Educators Need to Know <G>
This workshop will offer a comprehensive and interactive overview for educators to learn what they can do to address and prevent bullying. Topics will include definition and roles, laws and policies, ways to support your students, students with disabilities and cyberbullying. Together, we can all help create a world without bullying.
Presenter: Bailey Huston, coordinator, PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center
Location: Room 7

The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys <G>
This workshop introduces the book "The Guide for White Women who Teach Black Boys." The book was created to support white women (educators) to engage in concentrated, focused inquiry around their relationships with black male students and the impact on those relationships related to issues of white supremacy, white privilege, race and racism. This introductory workshop combines both the current status of race in America as well as the current statistics that support the need for this work directed at the opportunity gap and African American youth in the educational system. Using video footage from interviews with both white female teachers and black men and boys, this workshop facilitates an experiential workshop designed to generate new avenues of reflection and action for white teachers.
Presenter: Eddie Moore Jr., co-founder and director of The Privilege Institute and The National White Privilege Conference
Location: Room 8

REA Workshop
REA Cohort 3 Kick-off: This session is open to members who have been accepted into the Racial Equity Advocate 2019-20 cohort. Building community through circle will be our top priority, along with grounding ourselves for the work ahead. Come with an open heart and open mind as we start our REA work together!
Facilitator: Jonathan Kim, education issues specialist, Education Minnesota
Location: Room 9

Action Research the Pro Pay 1-2-3 Way: Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) <G>
ProPay 1-2-3 is an opportunity in Minneapolis Public Schools to take a course taught by MPS educators who have data to show that the content and strategies support the academic growth of students. After participants complete the course, they implement a 3 -to 5-month action research project. Educators document the process and results in an action research paper. In this session, an MPS educator will share their project plan, reflection and results with visuals and proven activities that conference participants can take with them and use with their students.
Presenters: Paul Hegre, teacher development and Q Comp teacher on special assignment; and Alicia Garcia, school social worker-American Indian students, Minneapolis Public Schools
Location: Room 10

Anti-Bias Education: The Foundation of Culturally Responsive Teaching <G>
Anti-bias education (ABE) is the foundation that must undergird culturally responsive teaching. Examine how ABE supports healthy identity development, respect across differences and understanding bias. Participants will learn ABE theory and practices that create identity safety, belonging and equity and increase the impact of CLR strategies.
Presenter: Rebecca Slaby, executive director, AMAZE
Location: Room 11

Supporting Students With ASD in the Secondary Mainstream Classroom <G>
The presentation will focus on supporting students with high-functioning autism in middle and high school. General education teachers and ESPs will learn about what autism is and how it presents itself in our students and take away easy-to-use strategies.
Presenter: Jana Hedlund, teacher, North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District
Location: Room 12

Rethinking Challenging Kids: Collaborative Problem Solving in the Classroom <G>
Fifty years of neuroscience has confirmed kids do well if they can – not because they want to. In this session, we'll explore Collaborative Problem Solving, an evidence-based approached to challenging behavior that is grounded in skill development and relationship. Through lecture, storytelling and video examples, participants will leave with practical skills they can put to use immediately.
Presenter: Ed Morales, director, Socorro Consulting
Location: Room 13

NAEP Questions Tool: The Great Unknown Resource for Educators <G>
The NAEP Questions Tool is a free, online database containing more than 3,000 released items. These items can be used in a variety of ways, including examples for formative assessment development or supplemental classroom materials. This session will teach educators how to navigate and use this great resource.
Presenter: Jenny Cain, NAEP state coordinator, Minnesota Department of Education
Location: Room 14

In Living Color <G>
This session will share ideas on how to bring color, coding and music together in your classroom. Ideas will be shared using devices and applications such as ozobots, scratch, specdrums and quivervision.
Presenter: Tricia Louis, PK-12 technology integration professional, Richland School District
Location: Room 15


10:45-11:45 a.m.


Stop Talking, Nobody's Listening: The Power of Dialogue for ALL Learners <G>
Increase engagement, improve classroom management and enhance active learning opportunities for your learners. Learn a variety of dialogue strategies and structures that shift the cognitive load to all students. From math to physical education, dialogue is a powerful and inclusive tool that promotes critical thinking for diverse students. Walk away with instructional tools you can implement tomorrow.
Presenter: Todd Meisel, teacher and instructional coach, Eastern Carver County Schools; Jess Stewart, personalized learning coach, Chaska High School; Heidi Berbee, teacher and instructional coach, Easter Carver County Schools
Location: Ballroom A

Stop Sex-Trafficking <G>
Help respond to the ever-growing issue of sex-trafficking and sexual exploitation. This presentation covers the local/global scope of trafficking, victim profile, trafficking signs, common lures, grooming, internet connection, social media culture, intervention (real world example) and prevention. Be a safe space and circle of protection for youth.
Presenter: Emily Shore, anti-trafficking author and speaker, Women At Risk, International
Location: Ballroom B

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) <S-Suicide Prevention>
Learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevent suicide. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. This one-hour class is for members of the community who want to learn best practices in suicide prevention.
Presenter: Christopher Shaw, executive director, The Heart and Mind Connection
Location: Ballroom C

Combating ACEs With REACH and Trauma-Informed/Responsive Education <S-Student Mental Health>
Students who have had adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) bring significant challenges to our classrooms. Participants will learn more about the effects of ACEs and trauma-informed education, as well as gain resources to help build resiliency through personal connections, provide character education and create a culture of giving and empathy for others. Jim Parry is the 2019 Education Minnesota Human Rights Award recipient.
Presenter: Jim Parry, REACH coordinator, Stewartville High School and Middle School
Location: Ballroom D

Financial Concerns for Women <G>
According to statistics, 90 percent of all women will be the sole financial decisionmaker for themselves and/or their families at some time. This session will explore financial concepts necessary to being a financial decisionmaker. Both beginning and sophisticated financial decisionmakers are warmly welcome in this session.
Presenter: Paulette Levasseur, financial advisor, EFS Advisors
Location: Room 1

LGBTQ+ Networking <G>
The goals of this session are to create a safe space for LGBTQ+ educators (and their allies) to get support, network and connect, share experiences and communicate needs.
Facilitators: Kelly Holstine, director of educational equity, OutFront Minnesota, 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year; Minnesota LGBTQ+ Educator Network committee members
Location: Room 2

Why Outdoors? Why Not? <G>
Join the Jeffers Foundation staff as they introduce the concept of students learning in the outdoor classroom. Facilitators will build your enthusiasm for outdoor learning and demonstrate ways to increase students’ observational skills. You will be introduced to Jeffers EcoTime cards, which include activities that can be used on a daily basis to increase students’ science concepts, environmental education and vocabulary skills. An EcoTime card set will be given to each participant.
Presenters: Jerry Wenzel, Tom Westerhaus and Polly Saatzer, outdoor education facilitators, Jeffers Foundation
Location: Room 3

Deepen Comprehending With Digital Tools <G>
Should students read in digital formats? Early research suggests analysis and deep critical thinking suffer when reading online. However, features such as note taking, highlighting, text to speech, hover dictionaries and read aloud options aid in comprehending. Explore how students can use these tools effectively and receive a free MackinVIA account to access these resources.
Presenter: Jennifer McCarty Plucker, director of professional learning, Mackin Educational Resources
Location: Room 4

Union Leadership Under F.I.R.E.
This is a continuation of the Education Minnesota's Summer Seminar track of the same name. It is an all-day session that will provide attendees from Summer Seminar session the opportunity to share, network, plan and organize.
Presenter: Kimberly Colbert, racial equity organizer, Education Minnesota
Location: Room 5

Want to Teach Reading and Math? Try Singing! <S-Reading>
Cross-train the brain and dramatically raise reading and math achievement through singing, playing games and evidence-based Affirming Parallel Concepts. “There is a definite difference between this year and every other year half of my class is almost a full grade level ahead of where they need to be reading,” said one participant.
Presenters: Ann Kay, co-founder, The Rock 'n' Read Project; Elizabeth Olson, music consultant
Location: Room 6

Work With English Learners? We Have Strategies for You! <S-English Learners>
Learn about second language acquisition and a variety of strategies that you can use with English learners tomorrow. And the good news is, English learner strategies work with all students!
Presenters: Ingrid Miera and Joni Anderson, English learner ESPs, Osseo School District
Location: Room 7

Stepping Through Climate Science <G>
Build a timeline of climate science history over the last 200 years and gather information from a Forest Service video about climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. Participants get one full Project Learning Tree lesson and the option to buy PLT's climate module with 14 in-depth, hands-on activities for grades 9-12. We will do the first lesson, 'Stepping Through Climate Science': http://sfrc.ufl.edu/extension/ee/climate/section1/activity1/
Presenters: Laura Duffey, DNR educator, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; Garry Loufek, grade 7-8 earth and life science teacher, St. Thomas Academy
Location: Room 8

REA Workshop
REA Cohort 3 Kick-off: This session is open to members who have been accepted into the Racial Equity Advocate 2019-20 cohort. Building community through circle will be our top priority, along with grounding ourselves for the work ahead. Come with an open heart and open mind as we start our REA work together!
Facilitator: Jonathan Kim, education issues specialist, Education Minnesota
Location: Room 9

Action Research the Pro Pay 1-2-3 Way: Increasing Academic Engagement and Cultural Competency With Muslim Students <G>
ProPay 1-2-3 is an opportunity in Minneapolis Public Schools to take a course taught by MPS educators who have data to show that the content and strategies support the academic growth of students. After participants complete the course, they implement a 3- to 5-month action research project. Educators document the process and results in an action research paper. In this session, an MPS educator will share their project plan, reflection and results with visuals and proven activities that conference participants can take with them and use with their students.
Presenter: Paul Hegre, teacher development and Q Comp teacher on special assignment; and Sarah Campbell, ELL teacher, Loring Elementary, Minneapolis Public Schools
Location: Room 10

Preventing Identity-Based Bullying Through Anti-Bias Education <G>
Bias and prejudice often lead to identity-based exclusion and bullying. Anti-bias education empowers educators to have discussions with children on identity, differences and bias, creating belonging and preventing bias-based meanness. Understand how bullying stems from identity threat and bias and unpack anti-bias education framework to reduce identity/bias-based bullying.
Presenter: Rebecca Slaby, executive director, AMAZE
Location: Room 11

National Board Certification: Is Now the Time for You to Join the Growing Ranks of Accomplished Teachers? <G>
Come and learn more about the process many describe as the best professional development of their careers. Certification is available in 16 different disciplines and four developmental levels. Eligible candidates demonstrate advanced knowledge, skills and practice in their individual certificate area by completing three portfolio entries and a computer-based assessment.
Presenters: Kathryn Gardner, social studies teacher, NBCT Network lead, Rochester Public Schools; Marta R. Stoeckel-Rogers, science teacher, Tartan High School in Oakdale; Lacey Smith
Location: Room 12

Teaching Across Permanency: Adoption and Foster Care in the Classroom <G>
Teachers working with youth in foster and adoptive care face unique challenges. Conventional classroom activities, including family trees, family days at school and even show-and-tell, can present learners with situations that feel profoundly unsafe. We'll explore these challenges and strategies to engage youth in foster and adoptive care in ways that are inclusive, empowering and enriching.
Presenter: Ed Morales, director, Socorro Consulting
Location: Room 13

Putting Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Into Practice <S-Positive Behavior Interventions>
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) provide an evidence-based framework for preventing problem behavior, promoting positive behavior and supporting the behavioral needs of all students. Learn practical ways to implement PBIS in your classroom, measure its use and effectiveness and support related social-emotional initiatives.
Presenter: Janet Christensen, emotional behavioral disorders specialist, special education division, Minnesota Department of Education
Location: Room 14

Cockroaches, Toads and Turtles, Oh My! Using Animals Inside and Outside the Classroom to Foster Student-Led Investigations <G>
Animals naturally stimulate curiosity in students, and we want to help you harness their interest! Learn new ways to use animals inside and outside the classroom. Simple steps to obtaining and caring for invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles will be covered, as well as lesson plans using a variety of animal species. 'Outdoor Investigator' will help students move through the investigative process to a completed science project.
Presenters: Beth Girard, workshop coordinator, The Raptor Center; Cinda Current, iNature specialist, Riverview Elementary, Farmington Area Public Schools       
Location: Room 15

1-2 p.m.


Part 1: Is ADHD Real? <G>
This course will help you understand ADHD, what it is, what it isn't and dispel some of the myths surrounding it. We will discuss executive functions, brain development and how those things are impacted in those with ADHD.        
Presenter: Judith Richardson-Mahre, licensed associate marriage and family therapist and ADHD coach, Partners in Parenting
Location: Ballroom A

Suicide Prevention <S>
This session will focus on best practices in the area of suicide prevention. Participants will better understand the complexity of mental health and the tools and strategies that are available to identify individuals who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts.
Presenter: Mark Richardson, field staff, Education Minnesota
Location: Ballroom B

Calming the Anxious Heart: Creating a Culture of Peace in the Classroom <S-Student Mental Health>
One-third of students sitting in our classrooms experience anxiety-driven mental health conditions, a frightening statistic until you consider that 46 percent of teachers report daily acute stress, a percentage on par with ER nurses. Come hear how educators can reach students' anxious hearts with messages of peace, while also caring for their own emotional needs.
Presenter: Emma Friesen
Location: Ballroom C

Building Cultural Competency Through Culturally Responsive Teaching <G>
In this session, participants will learn how culturally responsive teaching builds cultural competency. Participants will also be given sample lesson plans that demonstrate how to use culturally responsive teaching practices to build cultural competency for their students.
Presenters: Jennifer Terry and Deanna Wuotila, co-founders, Culturally Responsive Minds
Location: Ballroom D

Using Your Membership to the Max: Member Benefits <G>
ESI Member Benefits strives to make life better by empowering members to maximize your hard-earned dollars, protect yourself and your family, and plan for your future. Through ESI, NEA Member Benefits and AFT Plus, there are programs and discounts for every stage of your career. There are many ways for you to save the cost of your dues and more
Presenter: Christine Thornborrow, marketing director, Education Minnesota ESI
Location: Room 1

Political and Historical Conditions Behind Central American Migration
Conversation about the reality of the current wave of migration from Central America. This will be a facilitated discussion, guided by two staff of COPAL (Comunidades Organizando el Poder y la Acción Latina- Communities Organizing Latino Power and Action in English). This conversation will give context, understanding and a deeper analysis of the realities that Central American migrants are facing. 
Facilitators: Francisco Segovia, executive director, and Marco Hernandez, environmental ju
Location: Room 2

Climate Change Resources to Support New Minnesota Science Standards <G>
Dive into Climate Generation's climate change curricula and resources that support the new science standards in Minnesota. Get hands-on experience with activities and lessons that will give students a relevant and personal connection to the issue of climate change.
Presenter: Megan Van Loh, education coordinator, Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy
Location: Room 3

Gifted Students in the Regular Classroom <G>
Instruction for gifted students must be differentiated with an emphasis on higher order thinking, questioning and problem-solving. Accelerated curriculum allows students to move at an appropriate pace based on their abilities, explore topics in depth and provides choice for independent study. Learn the elements of differentiated content and strategies needed to differentiate instruction to engage gifted students in your classroom.
Presenter: Melissa Damon, gifted and talented teacher, Shakopee, and Minnesota Educators for the Gifted and Talented
Location: Room 4

Union Leadership Under F.I.R.E.
This is a continuation of the Education Minnesota's Summer Seminar track of the same name. It is an all-day session that will provide attendees from Summer Seminar session the opportunity to share, network, plan and organize.
Presenter: Kimberly Colbert, racial equity organizer, Education Minnesota
Location: Room 5

Improving Student Achievement Using Digital, Competency-Based Scoring Rubrics to Communicate With Students and Parents <G>
Real-time, low-effort scoring of competency-based rubrics lets teachers in Farmington Hight School's 10th-grade English professional learning community increase student/parent communication and improve student outcomes. Teachers collaborated on rubrics using Campus Learning, which lets them make their student feedback more rapid, detailed and focused.
Presenters: Kate Farmer, Alayna Godfrey and Beith Breiland, teachers, Farmington Area Public Schools; Catherine Fredrick, user insights advocate, Infinite Campus
Location: Room 6

Reading for Meaning – Fluently <S-Reading>
Learn how to develop fluency, support vocabulary and promote comprehension by using teacher modeling, repeated reading and progress monitoring. Accelerate the reading achievement of Title I, special education, ELL and mainstream students using these research-proven strategies. This session describes the strategies by displaying Read Naturally materials, but the strategies can be used with any classroom reading materials.
Presenter: Claire Hayes, educational consultant, Read Naturally
Location: Room 7

Practical Guidance for New(er) Educators <G>
A panel of teachers and administrators will field questions from the audience about teaching in Minnesota's schools. Come and ask questions about interviews, resumes, classroom management, relationship building, professional development or any other topic that you are looking to address with experts in the field.
Presenters: Education Minnesota Aspiring Educator panel
Location: Room 8

REA Workshop
REA Cohort 3 Kick-off: This session is open to members who have been accepted into the Racial Equity Advocate 2019-20 cohort. Building community through circle will be our top priority, along with grounding ourselves for the work ahead. Come with an open heart and open mind as we start our REA work together!
Facilitator: Jonathan Kim, education issues specialist, Education Minnesota
Location: Room 9

Teaching With Objects <G>
Building shared experiences in the classroom is a powerful equity strategy. Explore the many ways that objects can be used to demystify abstract concepts in this hands-on session. Discover how objects typically perceived as exclusively for science can be used for varying content areas and ages.
Presenters: Karla Ollanketo, Educator Resource Center librarian, Science Museum of Minnesota
Location: Room 10

Hacking Early Learning: Working Together to Create the Foundation for Pre-K-3rd Grade Learning by Leading <G>
Wondering how to align early learning with other grades? Want to make meaningful connections with families before they even enroll in your school? Ready to ensure play is embedded in authentic learning experiences? Get ideas you can use tomorrow to amplify early learning experiences and take your own knowledge of these critical years to the next level.
Presenter: Jessica Cabeen, Austin Public Schools principal and 2017 Minnesota NAESP National Distinguished Principal               
Location: Room 11

Writing Across the Curriculum: Arts and Academics <G>
The artist statement gives arts teachers the opportunity for students to practice their writing skills. Explore several exercises from "Making Thinking Visible," a Harvard Project Zero project to use in any classroom. Learn thinking strategies and classroom procedures that will enhance writing in any subject area.
Presenter: Mary Harding, dance education specialist, Perpich Center for Arts Education
Location: Room 12

Robotics for All Elementary Students 3+ <G>
Our approach makes robotics accessible to all. Using free, friendly software, students develop computer code to move small, spherical low-cost, fully assembled robots. Light sensors add to the fun experience. This workshop is a hands-on version 2.0 of one well received by 5th graders at Royal Oaks Elementary in Woodbury.
Presenter: Jerome Caldwell, lecturer, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Location: Room 13

What, When, How: The New Minnesota K-12 Arts Standards <G>
Attendees will review the new anchor standards and benchmarks in the five arts areas, understand Minnesota statutes impacting teaching and learning in the arts and experience an activity in the respond strand. This is a great opportunity to get information about the new standards!
Presenter: Jeremy Holien, visual and media arts education specialist, Perpich Center for Arts Education
Location: Room 14

Dyslexia vs. Learning Disability: What's the Difference? <G>
Did you know the Minnesota Legislature passed a mandatory K-2 dyslexia screening bill in 2018? So, what’s the big deal with dyslexia and how is it different from a specific learning disability? This session will review the differences between terms and provide suggestions for early screening as well as suggested interventions and key instructional recommendations.
Presenter: Mary Beth Kelley, program developer, LDA Minnesota
Location: Room 15

2:15-3:15 p.m.


Part 2: If ADHD Is Real, How Do We Handle It in the Classroom? <G>
Understanding how the ADHD brain works, what executive functions are and how delayed brain development impact those who have ADHD gives us clues in how to handle ADHD in the classroom. We will walk through several examples, provide concrete and practical tools and techniques as well as have time to address your questions and specific situations.
Presenter: Judith Richardson-Mahre, licensed associate marriage and family therapist and ADHD coach, Partners in Parenting
Location: Ballroom A

Behavior Management Strategies to Create Calm Out of Chaos <S-Positive Behavior Interventions>
When children feel the proper balance of structure and freedom is reached in a classroom, more time is spent learning and less time is spent de-escalating and re-focusing. We will examine our behavior management practices and understand the basic needs for learning to ensure our children feel valued and successful.
Presenter: Robin Starch, director of education, AMAZE
Location: Ballroom B

More Time to Teach: Responding to Student Behavior <G>
Research shows that the average teacher loses 50 percent of their teaching time responding to student behavior. This practical presentation will introduce participants to a straightforward, four-level system for responding to student behavior. Easily implemented, this research-based program has proven to dramatically decrease classroom disruptions.
Presenters: Jeff Fink, Hamline University faculty and co-founder of ChildSense; Jon Halpern, counselor at the Blake Schools and co-founder ChildSense
Location: Ballroom C

Catch of the Day? Not Today! <G>
Are you running your classroom or is your classroom running you? In one short hour, you will learn simple strategies to diffuse and amuse! Alleviate up to 70% of classroom discipline problems and refuse to take the bait!
Presenter: Jacqueline Krohn, educator and consultant
Location: Ballroom D

Financial Planning: Where Do I Start? <G>
In this informal session, you will learn the basics of financial planning. In addition, we will cover budgeting, 403(b), Roth IRA, how to save on daycare expenses using flex money or any other questions you may have about finances. Members are encouraged to bring their questions so topics covered are relevant.
Presenter: Adell Hargreaves, financial advisor, EFS Advisors
Location: Room 1

Political and Historical Conditions Behind Central American Migration <G>
Conversation about the reality of the current wave of migration from Central America. This will be a facilitated discussion, guided by two staff of COPAL (Comunidades Organizando el Poder y la Acción Latina- Communities Organizing Latino Power and Action in English). This conversation will give context, understanding and a deeper analysis of the realities that Central American migrants are facing. 
Facilitators: Francisco Segovia, executive director, and Marco Hernandez, environmental justice organizer, COPAL
Location: Room 2

Muslims in the Classroom: Practical Advice for Educators <G>
Learn the basics of what impacts Muslim students and their daily lives in the classroom. Aspects of diet, dress, gender relations, prayer, fasting and Muslim holidays are integral to this topic. The workshop is meant to help identify and address Islamophobia and Islamophobic bullying in the classroom. With these tools, educators will be able to better support Muslim students and families.
Presenters: Mamdouh Ali, school behavioral specialist; and Andrea Christensen Zdenk, upper adolescent program director, Islamic Resource Group
Location: Room 3

Impact Teaching The Experiential Way <G>
Teachers need to have knowledge of the subject matter and the ability to use tools to engage all students. To be effective, that material must be presented by respecting all learning styles and levels of attention. This workshop will us experiential techniques to help the participants make better connections and improve their presentations.
Presenter: Carl Olson, owner, Energizer Olson Presentations
Location: Room 4

Union Leadership Under F.I.R.E.
This is a continuation of the Education Minnesota's Summer Seminar track of the same name. It is an all-day session that will provide attendees from Summer Seminar session the opportunity to share, network, plan and organize.
Presenter: Kimberly Colbert, racial equity organizer, Education Minnesota
Location: Room 5

Where People Live: Using Culturally Relevant Pedagogy With Primary Sources <G>
Using historical photographs of places people lived, students can strengthen their cultural competence and make connections between past/present, same/different and mine/theirs. Join us to learn about using culturally relevant pedagogy in elementary classrooms and participate in an activity you can use immediately, with any population of students.
Presenter: Jessica Ellison, teacher educator, Minnesota Historical Society
Location: Room 6

Surefire Ways for Engaging Adolescent Readers <S-Reading>
This presentation brings educators into the shoes of an adolescent reader. Participants will explore the challenges students face when struggling to comprehend and consider how students can use their strengths to grow areas of need. Learn how you might redesign your approach to engage learners, accelerate growth and foster identity change for so many learners.
Presenter: Jennifer McCarty Plucker, director of professional learning, Mackin Educational Resources
Location: Room 7

Next Steps Toward Trauma-Informed Schools <G>
This session is intended for educators who already have a solid foundational knowledge of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their impact on childhood development and learning. This session will provide opportunities for educators to work with colleagues by student age group (secondary, elementary) to develop a plan for incorporating specific, trauma-informed practices into their classrooms. Participants will leave with exercises and techniques they can immediately use in their schools.
Presenters: Sara Ford and Justin Killian, education issues specialists, Education Minnesota
Location: Room 8

REA Workshop
REA Cohort 3 Kick-off: This session is open to members who have been accepted into the Racial Equity Advocate 2019-20 cohort. Building community through circle will be our top priority, along with grounding ourselves for the work ahead. Come with an open heart and open mind as we start our REA work together!
Facilitator: Jonathan Kim, education issues specialist, Education Minnesota
Location: Room 9

Introduction to Privilege: Who's Right? Who's Left? <G>
What is privilege, really? Having a clear definition is a critical first step before one can have a constructive conversation about privilege and its effects. Through this hands-on session, participants will experience how inequity from privilege affects people's daily lives.
Presenter: Karla Ollanketo, Educator Resource Center librarian; and Erica Valliant, community engagement specialist, Science Museum of Minnesota
Location: Room 10

Testing 1-2-3: A Teacher Website for Assessment and Data Use in the Classroom <G>
Testing123.education.mn.gov is live! We'll walk through this teacher-designed website about accessing and interpreting data and will facilitate conversations about best practices for using data from the state to inform decision making in the classroom.
Presenter: Kendra Olsen, state testing outreach specialist, Minnesota Department of Education
Location: Room 11

Unlock Literacy Through Movement <G>
Engage students and increase literacy by using creative dance strategies combined with several strategies from Arts Lit, a free resource from Brown University. Participants will use movement to demonstrate a text, enter the text and comprehend the text. This workshop is excellent for K-5 teachers as well as reading specialists.
Presenter: Mary Harding, dance education specialist, Perpich Center for Arts Education
Location: Room 12

Power From the Wind <G>
A popular lab for middle and high school science is to generate electricity from the wind. Join us as we look at how this experiment might look in the classroom. We will share ideas for different ways to collect data and test variables. Participants also will make wind turbines and compete to make the most electricity.
Presenter: Tom Tomashek, physics/chemistry teacher, Minnetonka High School
Location: Room 13

Alternate Assessment Overview and Application <G>
MDE will provide an overview of the statewide assessments available for students with disabilities, focusing on the statewide alternate assessment, the Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS). Presenter(s) will discuss MTAS eligibility requirements and available accommodations for all students with disabilities. Participants will evaluate student profiles to determine appropriate assessment and/or accommodations.
Presenters: Lauren Walker, alternate assessment specialist; and Dawn Cameron, alternate assessments supervisor, Minnesota Department of Education
Location: Room 14

Fraction Essentials <G>
This interactive workshop-style presentation will provide an overview of essential skills that students need in order to solve problems with fractions. We will explore various kinds of manipulatives, yet always transfer the information gained from those hands-on experiences to locating fractions on the number line.
Presenter: Isabelle Hoag, educational consultant, Amethyst Elementary
Location: Room 15


3:30-4:30 p.m.


Dyslexia in the Classroom <G>
Educators and clinicians can help students displaying characteristics of dyslexia. This session will provide answers to these questions: (1) What does dyslexia look like in the classroom? (2) How does dyslexia complicate a student’s ability to achieve grade level literacy? and (3) What support systems are available to educators and families?
Presenters: Kelly Haws, special education teacher, Sartell-St. Stephen School District; Shannan Daniels, dyslexia specialist
Location: Ballroom A

Not My First Classroom: Supporting Experienced Teachers in New Roles <G>
Not My First Classroom offers practical, low-to-no-cost strategies for meeting the unique needs of experienced teachers tackling new roles. Schnagl aims to help schools improve the onboarding and retention rates of their newly-hired, experienced teachers by guiding participants through an examination of their own existing resources.
Presenter: Greg Schnagl, education consultant, TeacherCentricity
Location: Ballroom B

Psychiatric Aspects of Student Violence: Recognition, Intervention and Prevention <S-Student Mental Health>
Student violence is of great concern to educators, with a growing interest in this topic. This presentation focuses on student violence that is directly related to psychiatric disorders including mood, anxiety, ADHD, autism spectrum and psychotic disorders, and provides practical information in recognition, intervention and prevention of potential school violence.
Presenter: William Dikel, child and adolescent psychiatrist, consultant to several school districts
Location: Ballroom C

Storytelling: The Untold Story <G>
Storytelling, the oldest form of teaching, can be used effectively to differentiate instruction, as well as motivate all students. In the participatory breakout session, learn how to tell a story using multiple intelligence strategies, which will engage your students to the fullest.
Presenter: Jacqueline Krohn
Location: Ballroom D

Move Mindfully for Early Education: Introduction to Mindfulness, Movement and Social/Emotional Learning for Early Educators <G>
Learn to integrate developmentally appropriate mindfulness, movement and social/emotional learning practices into early education. Research-based interventions like breathing exercises and simple regulating movement can help young children with focus, de-escalation, self-regulation and overall wellbeing. Develop a toolkit of practices to use with children and for your own self-care.
Presenter: Chrissy Mignogna, programming and development director, Yoga Calm trainer, 1000 Petals
Location: Room 1

Immigration Detention, Separation and Anxiety: Continuous Traumatic Stress <G>
How does the current immigration situation, fear of family separation and detention and forced separation impact students? What do schools need to know and what can educators do in times of continuous traumatic stress? Join us for a facilitated conversation about how we can better support students. 
Facilitator: To be determined
Location: Room 2

Educating About Islam: Practical Advice for Building Bridges in the Classroom <G>
This workshop will be guided by a panel of teachers who have incorporated Islamic Culture Studies in their curricula. Panelists teach world history, geography, world religions and language arts in middle and high schools. Teachers will share their experiences interacting with and supporting Muslim students and families.
Presenters: Mamdouh Ali, school behavioral specialist; and Andrea Christensen Zdenk, upper adolescent program director, Islamic Resource Group
Location: Room 3

Theatre Games for the Classroom <G>
Whether you are looking to invigorate your morning meetings or prepare kids for a big test, Katie Knutson has the games for you. Drama games build community, encourage active listening, sharpen focus, foster understanding, build confidence and teach content -- while also being fun! Come ready to play.
Presenter: Katie Knutson, storyteller and teaching artist, Rippling Stories
Location: Room 4

Union Leadership Under F.I.R.E.
This is a continuation of the Education Minnesota's Summer Seminar track of the same name. It is an all-day session that will provide attendees from Summer Seminar session the opportunity to share, network, plan and organize.
Presenter: Kimberly Colbert, racial equity organizer, Education Minnesota
Location: Room 5

Cultivating Student Growth With Agriculture! <G>
Discover how agricultural animals, plants and food can help achieve academic standards in Common Core/English language arts, science and social studies. Participants will complete standards-based, hands-on activities connected to our new AgMag Magazine Series. This series includes FREE issues for learners at each K-2 grade level. Lesson plans and additional free resources will be shared.
Presenters: Sue Knott and Keri Sidle, education specialists, Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom
Location: Room 6

English Learners <S>
Learn to tap into the strengths English learners bring to you class. Discover strategies for differentiation and scaffolding to support their work as they progress through the stages of language acquisition.
Presenter: Justin Killian, education issues specialist, Education Minnesota
Location: Room 8

REA Workshop
REA Cohort 3 Kick-off: This session is open to members who have been accepted into the Racial Equity Advocate 2019-20 cohort. Building community through circle will be our top priority, along with grounding ourselves for the work ahead. Come with an open heart and open mind as we start our REA work together!
Facilitator: Jonathan Kim, education issues specialist, Education Minnesota
Location: Room 9

Keep Calm and Teach On <S-Positive Behavior Interventions>
Discover strategies to promote a positive and productive classroom and work environment. This workshop will introduce teacher-tested and classroom-proven strategies such as teaching good behaviors, diffusing conflict and remaining calm as you continue your instruction. Take back your teaching time as you Keep Calm and Teach On.
Presenter: Kari Dorn, business/technology teacher
Location: Room 10

Introducing the 2019 Minnesota Science Standards <G>
The new K-12 Academic Standards in Science present new approaches to teaching and learning science. Learn about the pedagogy associated with the new standards, the timeline for implementation and suggestions for educators in using the standards.
Presenter: John Olson, science content specialist, Minnesota Department of Education
Location: Room 11

Engage Students With Dakota and Ojibwe Resources <G>
Learn about Dakota and Ojibwe educator resources and how to access them for use in your classroom. Session will include a brief introduction to the Minnesota Humanities Center's Absent Narratives Approach and an overview of the resources, all developed by and with community partners.
Presenter: Eden Bart, program officer, Minnesota Humanities Center
Location: Room 12

Financial Literacy: Parents Do Matter <G>
In the past year, high school financial literacy has been in the news statewide. Research shows parents' influence matters when it comes to teaching children about money matters. Explore this information and learn about a FREE financial toolkit using engaging activities and lessons adapted from programs across the U.S.
Presenters: Lori Hendrickson, extension educator and professor; and Rebecca Hagen Jokela, family resiliency educator, University of Minnesota Extension
Location: Room 13

National Geographic's Geo-Inquiry Process <G>
Join us to learn how the Geo-Inquiry Process connects students to real-world questions and National Geographic explorers in the field. The Geo-Inquiry Process is designed to teach students about the world in experiential and authentic ways. National Geographic offers Geo-Inquiry guides and professional learning opportunities for educators free of charge.
Presenter: Elaine Larson, regional director, Educator Network, National Geographic Society
Location: Room 14

What to Expect From a Maltreatment Investigation <G>
Learn about the rights of educators and school staff who are the subject of maltreatment investigations. This includes their right to privacy, respect, representation, etc.
Presenter: Adam Heuett, senior investigator, Minnesota Department of Education, Student Maltreatment Program
Location: Room 15