2019 POWERFUL LEARNING CONFERENCE - JANUARY 28-29 TAN-TAR-A RESORT OSAGE BEACH, MISSOURI - MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF ...

 
2019 POWERFUL LEARNING CONFERENCE - JANUARY 28-29 TAN-TAR-A RESORT OSAGE BEACH, MISSOURI - MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF ...
2019
Powerful
Learning
Conference

    JANUARY 28-29
    TAN-TAR-A RESORT
    OSAGE BEACH, MISSOURI
2019 POWERFUL LEARNING CONFERENCE - JANUARY 28-29 TAN-TAR-A RESORT OSAGE BEACH, MISSOURI - MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF ...
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Conference Agenda............................................................................................................................................................................... 1
Keynote and Featured Speakers ...................................................................................................................................................... 2
General Sessions Agenda ................................................................................................................................................................... 3
Concurrent Sessions .......................................................................................................................................................................4-17
Outstanding Achievements.............................................................................................................................................................18
2020 Powerful Learning Conference Presentation Scoring Guide.....................................................................................19
PLC Resource Specialists ...................................................................................................................................................................20

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CONFERENCE AGENDA
SUNday, January 27
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.          Registration (Salon Foyer)

Monday, January 28
6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.     Registration (Salon Foyer)
7:00 – 7:45 a.m.        Breakfast Buffet (Windgate)
8:00 – 9:15 a.m.        General Session (Salon A-C)
                        Welcome and Awards
                        Dr. Stacy Preis, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Learning Services
                        Dr. Roger Dorson, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Financial and Administrative Services
                        Awards Presentation: Missouri Sustaining Exemplary Professional Learning Communities
                        Schools
                        Keynote Speaker: Dr. Phil Warrick
                        “Leading High Reliability Schools With a Focus on Instructional Practices”
9:30 – 10:45 a.m.       Concurrent Session A
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Lunch (Windgate)
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Phil Warrick Book Signing (Salon A)
12:15 – 1:30 p.m.       General Session (Salon A-C)
	Awards Presentation: National Model Professional Learning Communities Schools
                        Keynote Speaker: Dr. Eric Twadell
                        “Start Small, Think Big: Initiating and Sustaining Improvement, One Team at a Time”
1:45 – 3:00 p.m.        Concurrent Session B
3:15 – 4:30 p.m.        Concurrent Session C
                        Enjoy Dinner on Your Own
8:00 – 11:00 p.m.       Evening Social with Karaoke

Tuesday, January 29
7:00 – 11:00 a.m.  Registration (Salon Foyer)
7:15 – 8:00 a.m.   Breakfast Buffet (Windgate)
8:15 – 10:15 a.m.  General Session (Salon A-C)
	Welcome and Awards
                   Dr. Margie Vandeven, Commissioner of Education
                   Awards Presentation: Missouri Exemplary Professional Learning Communities Schools
                   Awards Presentation: National Blue Ribbon Schools
                   Keynote Speaker: Rick Wormeli
                   “Sure Footing in a Shaky World: Best Practices That Stand the Test of Time”
10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Session D
11:45 a.m.         Powerful Learning Conference Adjourns
12:30 – 3:30 p.m.  Post-Conference Session (Salon B)
                   Presenter: Rick Wormeli
                   “Fair Isn’t Always Equal”

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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
PHIL WARRICK / GENERAL SESSION / MONDAY MORNING
               Author and consultant Phil Warrick has worked globally in the areas of
               school leadership, instruction, collaborative practices and grading. In 2010,
               he was invited to participate in the Texas Principals’ Visioning Institute,
               where he worked with other principals to develop model practices for
               Texas schools. Warrick is a past regional president of the Nebraska Council
               of School Administrators (NCSA), and he served as a member and chair of
               the NCSA legislative committee. He has received numerous awards for his
               work as a school principal.

GENERAL SESSION • Monday, January 28 • 12:15 p.m.
ERIC TWADELL / GENERAL SESSION / MONDAY AFTERNOON
              Eric Twadell is superintendent of Adlai E. Stevenson High School in
              Lincolnshire, Illinois, where professional learning communities originated.
              He has been a social studies teacher, curriculum director, and assistant
              superintendent for leadership and organizational development. As a
              dedicated PLC practitioner, Twadell has worked with state departments
              of education as well as local schools and districts nationwide to
              achieve school improvement and reform. An accessible and articulate
              authority on PLC concepts, Twadell brings hands-on experience to his
              presentations and workshops.

RICK WORMELI / GENERAL SESSION / TUESDAY MORNING
               As one of the first nationally board-certified teachers in America,
               Rick Wormeli brings innovation, energy, validity and high standards
               to his presentations. His experience includes 36 years of teaching
               math, science, English, physical education, health and history as
               well as coaching teachers and principals. Wormeli is a columnist for
               AMLE Magazine and a frequent contributor to ASCD’s Educational
               Leadership magazine. He is a consultant and an award-winning
               author and is known nationally and internationally for his substantive
               presentations, sense of humor and unconventional approach.

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GENERAL SESSIONS
                AGENDA
Monday, January 28                                       Tuesday, January 29
8:00 – 9:15 a.m.                                         8:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Opening General Session                                  General Session
(Salon A-C)                                              (Salon A-C)
Opening Ceremony                                         Opening Remarks
Musical Selections                                       Dr. Margie Vandeven, Commissioner of Education
Blair Oaks Select Choir • Sherry Francis, Director
                                                         Missouri Exemplary Professional Learning
Blair Oaks R-II School District
                                                         Communities Schools Awards
Welcome                                                  Dr. Rob Gordon
Cathi Rust, Supervisor of School Improvement,
                                                         Missouri Blue Ribbon Schools Awards
Department of Elementary and Secondary
                                                         Cathi Rust
Education (DESE)
                                                         Keynote Speaker
Remarks
                                                         Rick Wormeli
Dr. Stacy Preis, Deputy Commissioner, Division of
                                                         “Sure Footing in a Shaky World: Best Practices That
Learning Services, DESE
                                                         Stand the Test of Time”
Dr. Roger Dorson, Deputy Commissioner, Division
of Financial and Administrative Services, DESE           Announcements
                                                         Cathi Rust
Missouri Sustaining Exemplary Professional
Learning Communities Schools Awards                      12:30 – 3:30 P.m.
Dr. Rob Gordon, State Field Coordinator,                 post-conference Session
MO PLC Project
                                                         (Salon B)
Keynote Speaker
                                                         Presenter
Dr. Phil Warrick
                                                         Rick Wormeli
“Leading High Reliability Schools With a Focus
                                                         “Fair Isn’t Always Equal”
on Instructional Practices.”

12:15 – 1:30 P.m.                                                   Post-Conference Session
General Session                                                     “Fair Isn’t Always Equal”
(Salon A-C)
                                                            Differentiated instruction is a nice idea, but what
Celebrations and Acknowledgements                           happens when it comes to grading students?
Cathi Rust                                                  What’s fair and leads to real student learning?
National Model Professional Learning                        In this session, learn what grades really mean,
Communities Schools Awards                                  how to handle student failures, zeroes on the
                                                            100-point scale, and much more. Participants
Cathi Rust
                                                            will receive a copy of Wormeli’s book “ Fair Isn’t
Keynote Speaker                                             Always Equal: Assessing and Grading in the
Dr. Eric Twadell                                            Differentiated Classroom, Second Edition.” Cost is
“Start Small, Think Big: Initiating and Sustaining          $50 per person and includes book and lunch.
Improvement, One Team at a Time”

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CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Concurrent Session A                                                 PLC Implementation: Beginning, Developing
                                                                     Level: All
Monday, January 28                                                   Target Audience: All
9:30 – 10:45 A.M.                                                    Demographic: All
                                                                     Presenters: Bret Pummill, Principal; Jennifer Fowler,
◆ A1: Going Deeper into Effective Teaching in Every                  English Language Arts Teacher; Tammy Slifer, Special
Classroom (Extended Session: 9:30 – 11:15 a.m.) (Salon B-C)          Education Teacher; Warrensburg High School, Warrensburg
Great teachers are made, not born. Even small improvements           R-VI School District
in teacher effectiveness can impact student achievement.
                                                                     A3: Why Teach Alone When You Can Teach Together
This interactive and engaging session will introduce and
                                                                     (Redbud)
explain the instructional framework from Robert J. Marzano’s
                                                                     Having multiple teachers in the classroom gives students
“The Art and Science of Teaching.” Participants learn the 10
                                                                     who need additional assistance access to a teacher at almost
design questions to ask when planning a unit of instruction,
                                                                     all times. It also helps teachers to better meet the needs
the three segments of each lesson to prepare and the 41              of average and gifted learners. This session will show you
elements of effective teaching to master (with specific              different models of co-teaching and ways to implement them
attention paid to engagement). Schools and districts can put         in your classroom.
this comprehensive framework of effective teaching in place          Session Outcomes:
immediately or use it to generate their own models.                  • Learn about the models of co-teaching.
Session Outcomes:                                                    • Receive examples of co-teaching in a regular education
• Acquire a common language of instruction.                          classroom and discover how to implement co-teaching in a
• Master essential instructional routines such as providing          classroom or school.
clear learning goals and defining levels of proficiency.             • Explore methods of co-teaching between regular education
• Discover the importance of applying knowledge by                   teachers and special education teachers.
generating and testing hypotheses.                                   PLC Implementation: Beginning, Developing, Sustaining
• Learn important teacher behaviors for engaging students            Level: Grades PK-2, Grades 3-5
and building strong relationships.                                   Target Audience: All
PLC Implementation: Beginning, Developing, Sustaining                Demographic: All
Level: All                                                           Presenters: Kate Ross and Elizabeth Mottaz, Second Grade
Target Audience: All                                                 Teachers; Kim Reynolds, Learning Specialist; Rock Bridge
Demographic: All                                                     Elementary School, Columbia Public School District
Presenter: Phil Warrick, Keynote Speaker
                                                                     A4: Implementing a Block Schedule With PLC and
◆ A2: A Collaboration Story (Room 70-71)                             Intervention Time for Schools With Limited Resources
Our PLC collaborative teams function as the heart of our PLC         (Room 74-76)
community. In this session, learn how Warrensburg High               Learn a process to convert a traditional schedule without
School has transformed collaboration from whole-building             PLC time and without interventions into an innovative block
professional development to a time led by teachers with              schedule that increases teacher-conference minutes, adds
embedded accountability structures that utilize lessons              quality PLC time, and provides buildingwide Tier 1-3 student
learned from our past and present.                                   interventions. This schedule works within the original school
Session Outcomes:                                                    day time frame with no additional days added.
• See how our PLC journey took us from being the only                Session Outcomes:
building in the district to a districtwide expansion.                • Develop a block schedule to increase effective PLC time and
• Witness our evolution from first learning the principles and       tiered interventions for students.
essential information to then allowing teacher autonomy.             • Discover innovative solutions to limited financial and
• Learn about our process including collaboration proposals,         human resources.
feedback and showcases.                                              • Learn how teachers can convert lessons and instructional
                                                                     practices to be effective in a longer time frame.

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PLC Implementation: All                                                A7: No One Gets Left Behind (Parasol II)
Level: Grades 6-8, High School                                         PLC is more than having data meetings and getting
Target Audience: All                                                   numbers. It is about the culture of the school and working
Demographic: Rural                                                     together to make sure that all students experience success.
Presenters: Ryan Sherp, Head Principal; Nicholas Maxwell,              As teachers, we collaborate to find the best interventions
Assistant Principal; Heather Schwalbe, Head Counselor; Fox             for our students. Participants in this session will walk
Senior High School; Robin Greene, Director of Professional             through our data process and learn how we use collected
Development; Fox C-6 School District                                   information to drive instruction during schoolwide RtI time.
                                                                       Session Outcomes:
A5: Relationships and Effective Collaboration:
                                                                       • Learn how to analyze data with online tool and how to use
The Pathway to Great Results : (Suite G)
                                                                       data to drive instruction for all tier levels.
The heart and soul of effective PLCs is a collaborative culture
                                                                       • Understand how to make data and collaborative teams
built from great team relationships that engage in effective
                                                                       more effective.
collaboration. Learn about the most important tenets of
                                                                       • Discover that when you have the right mindset, anything is
trusting relationships as well as effective collaboration
                                                                       possible.
focusing on student learning that gets results. Hear about
                                                                       PLC Implementation: All
effective PLC practices from elementary principals and
                                                                       Level: Grades PK-2, Grades 3-5
teachers in the Lee’s Summit R-VII School District.
                                                                       Target Audience: All
Session Outcomes:
                                                                       Demographic: All
• Understand the costs to an organization when trusting
relationships are not present.                                         Presenters: Samantha Menard, Second Grade Teacher;
• Discover the key elements of building and sustaining                 Shane Callahan, Third Grade Teacher; Abbie Edwards,
trusting relationships that build great teams.                         Academic Leader; Southeast Elementary School, Sikeston
• Compare and contrast effective vs. ineffective collaboration         R-6 School District
practices that promote student learning.                               A8: Connecting RtI and Weekly Collaboration
PLC Implementation: All                                                (Crystal Ballroom)
Level: Grades PK-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8                             Join us to learn about Republic School District’s PLC journey
Target Audience: All                                                   over the past four years, specifically how implementing RtI
Demographic: All                                                       has impacted us. Participants will receive classroom, school
Presenters: Kevin Daniel, Executive Director of Professional           and district perspectives of RtI and will learn how weekly
Development; Carrie Jackson, Principal, Greenwood
                                                                       collaboration time can be best used to aid the process.
Elementary School; Jen Opie, Principal, Cedar Creek
                                                                       Session Outcomes:
Elementary School; Lee’s Summit R-VII School District
                                                                       • Connect actions during weekly collaboration time with RtI
A6: Put Me In, Coach! : (Parasol I)                                    strategies.
How can we get the most out of peer observations and                   • Connect formative assessment, pre/post-assessment and
instructional coaching at the same time? See how Hollister             mastery of standards to RtI.
Middle School strives to fulfill our vision to streamline these        • Gain classroom, school and district perspectives of RtI
two leadership supports, which maximizes collaborative                 implementation.
learning and minimizes time for all teachers.                          PLC Implementation: Developing, Sustaining
Session Outcomes:                                                      Level: All
• Learn how to maximize collaboration through peer                     Target Audience: All
observation.                                                           Demographic: All
• Gain strategies to combine peer observation with                     Presenters: Matthew Pearce, Assistant Superintendent,
instructional coaching for teachers in their school.                   and Debbie Yonke, Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
PLC Implementation: Developing                                         Director, Central Office; Christy Coursey, Elementary
Level: Grades PK-2                                                     Principal, and Kelly Hobbs, Third Grade Teacher, Schofield
Target Audience: Classroom Teachers                                    Elementary School; Beth Engelhart, Elementary Principal,
Demographic: All                                                       and Yvonne Hunziker, Fourth Grade Teacher, Sweeny
Presenters: Ginger Williams, Middle School Instructional               Elementary School; Republic R-III School District
Coach; Rachel Hodges, Assistant Principal; Hollister Middle
School, Hollister R-V School District

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A9: PLC - Succeeding at the Secondary Level :                         A11: “Rigoring” Up Questions: Write Quizzes and Tests
(Room 62-64)                                                          Like a Pro (Salon A)
Have you ever felt like the PLC model is geared toward                Educators often rely on canned programs, released items
elementary schools? Have you ever felt like data-teaming              or textbook resources to provide rigorous questions rather
was a waste of time? Have you ever felt like it was easier just       than on their own personally generated ones. Since students
to do your own thing? Our high school has evolved from a              are required on standardized exams to answer rigorous
community of individuals to a community of collaborators.             selected-response questions with embedded content,
Learn how a high school can successfully data-team by                 teachers with the capacity to write effective standardized
following the tenets of professional learning communities.            questions can gather more usable data to prepare students
Session Outcomes:                                                     for rigorous exams. This session will provide attendees the
• Understand how to prepare your teachers for the work of             tools necessary to create quality DOK level 2 and 3 selected-
data-teaming.                                                         response questions.
• Discover how to guide teachers in using the data cycle to           Session Outcomes:
drive instruction.                                                    • Learn to differentiate between effective selected-response
• Find out how to work together as a building to provide              questions and those not tied directly to standards or written
focused interventions for students who are not learning.              to the appropriate level of rigor.
PLC Implementation: Beginning, Developing                             • See how the Wright City School District’s focus on
Level: All                                                            question-writing led to greatly improved scores on a variety
Target Audience: All                                                  of standardized exams.
Demographic: All                                                      • Discover how creating your own quality assessment
Presenters: Stacey Bonderer, English and Debate Teacher;              questions tied to daily lesson objectives will improve
Chris Mincher, Principal; Diane Pope, Math Teacher; Rose              instruction, provide better data and make the teaching focus
Bethell, Social Studies Teacher; Anne Langendoerfer,                  more intentional.
Counselor; Mark Garcia, Spanish Teacher; Fulton High School,          PLC Implementation: Beginning, Developing
Fulton 58 School District                                             Level: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, High School
                                                                      Target Audience: All
A10: Deeper Dive: Moving From Compliance to                           Demographic: All
Commitment and Taking Your Data Teams to the                          Presenters: Douglas Smith, Assistant Superintendent of
Next Level : (Room 60-61)                                             Teaching and Learning, Wright City R-II School District; Matt
This session will show how to collaboratively select                  Crowe, Science Teacher, Wright City Middle School; Jennifer
instructional practices and strategies linked to the needs            Cowgill, English Teacher, Wright City High School, Wright
of each proficiency group as well as demonstrate ways to              City R-II School District
improve the implementation of strategies through teacher
learning. Following data-based decision-making at the                 A12: Intervention Voyage : (Room 72-73)
compliance level will only take student achievement so far.           Discover a road map that will help you start or refine your
Through a high level of commitment, teachers can take                 intervention voyage by focusing on student learning,
the opportunity to learn more about utilizing high-yield              collaboration and results. Retrace Plato’s journey of setting
strategies that impact results.                                       rigorous priority standards, creating assessments, analyzing
Session Outcomes:                                                     data and assigning intervention groups.
• Learn how to select evidence-based instructional practices          Session Outcomes:
and strategies in order to see improved results in student            • Receive a simple system for setting rigorous priority
achievement.                                                          standards.
• Discover ways to embed authentic professional                       • Acquire information on creating assessments that are
development into the data-based decision-making process.              rigorous and assess the priority standards.
• Explore using an online tool with data-based decision-              • Discover how analyzing data and assigning intervention
making already built in.                                              groups can be made simple by using the systems provided.
PLC Implementation: Beginning, Developing, Sustaining                 PLC Implementation: Beginning, Developing, Sustaining
Level: Grades PK-2, Grades 3-5                                        Level: Grades PK-2, Grades 3-5
Target Audience: All                                                  Target Audience: All
Demographic: All                                                      Demographic: All
Presenters: Michelle Prather, Principal; Nichole Alexander,           Presenters: Alesha Cook and Megan Chatman, Teachers;
Instructional Coach; Jury Elementary School, Hazelwood                Plato Elementary School, Plato R-V School District
School District

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A13: Culture Matters: Building the Three R’s –                        Concurrent Session B
Relationships, Retreat, Repeat (Northwinds)
Are you always searching for ways to kick-start your school           Monday, January 28
year that will ignite passion and enthusiasm? Are you
looking for a session with lots of ideas to build a positive
                                                                      1:45 – 3:00 P.M.
culture and climate in your school? In this session, learn            ◆ B1: Instructional Architecture (Repeated in C1) (Salon B)
about our journey that led us to create amazing staff retreats        While educators’ knowledge of effective instructional
based on a schoolwide theme for the year. Walk away with              practices has grown over the past few years, we continue to
ideas that will rejuvenate your school culture and bring your         find that many classrooms and lessons look strikingly similar
mission to life.                                                      today to how they looked 30 years ago. In this session, learn
Session Outcomes:                                                     about our need to fundamentally rethink how we design
• Learn how to set a school year’s tone through a staff retreat       classrooms and lessons so that we focus more on proficiency
and a yearlong theme.                                                 and supporting student learning and achievement.
• Gain an awareness on how to bring your school mission to            Session Outcomes:
life through team-building and collaboration.                         • Explore how traditional methods of instruction have
• Receive ideas you can use in your staff meetings right away         created learning gaps for students and are inconsistent with
to motivate your teachers.                                            learning and the brain.
PLC Implementation: Beginning, Developing                             • Discover how to make instructional shifts to ensure that
Level: PK-2, Grades 3-5                                               students reach proficiency expectations.
Target Audience: All                                                  • Learn how to use the Instructional Diamond to plan for and
Demographic: All                                                      implement effective proficiency-based lessons.
Presenters: Stephanie Jackson, Principal, Parkview                    PLC Implementation: Beginning, Developing, Sustaining
Elementary School; Kelly McFatrich, Principal, Skyline                Level: All
Elementary School; Sedalia 200 School District                        Target Audience: All
                                                                      Demographic: All
A14: Evidence-Based Practices in Action – Stories From
                                                                      Presenter: Eric Twadell, Keynote Speaker
the Field (Drawing Room Terrace)
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary                   B2: Creating Multi-Tiered Systems of Support: How Do
Education (DESE) encourages the use of evidence-based                 We Ensure That All Students Succeed at High Levels?
practices for school improvement, and ESSA requires the use           (Please Note: This extended session will continue in C2.)
of evidence-based interventions for the use of federal dollars        (Crystal Ballroom)
for some title programs. This session will focus on helping           As educators, we know that all students learn differently
educators locate and select evidence-based programs.                  and at different paces. Some students need extra support
Practitioners will share their experiences in utilizing               in order to ensure that they learn. How can we make certain
evidence-based practices in their schools.                            that all students will succeed? In this session, learn about
Session Outcomes:                                                     various academic and behavioral supports that should exist
• Discover the levels (tiers) of evidence as defined by ESSA.         within any PLC school, along with how to organize these
• Understand factors to consider when selecting evidence-             supports into a multi-tiered system of support.
based practices/resources.                                            Session Outcomes:
• Identify sources of information for evidenced-based                 • Identify various behavioral and academic support systems
practices/resources.                                                  you can implement in your own school.
• Hear from practitioners who have utilized evidence-based            • Be able to categorize behavioral and academic supports
practices in their journey for school improvement.                    into Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 systems.
PLC Implementation: All                                               • Understand the basic data decision-making process
Level: All                                                            that can be used to match students with the appropriate
Target Audience: All                                                  interventions they need.
Demographic: All                                                      PLC Implementation: Beginning, Developing, Sustaining
Presenters: Norma Anderson, Supervisor, Missouri School               Level: All
Improvement Program, Department of Elementary and                     Target Audience: All
Secondary Education; Jean Meyer, Lower School 3-5 Principal,          Demographic: All
University Academy, Kansas City; Jenifer Richardson, Principal,       Presenters: Kevin Creighton, Principal; Rana Hudson,
Oak Grove Elementary, Poplar Bluff R-I School District                Interventions Coordinator; Dent-Phelps R-III School District

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B3: Transforming Your ELA Classroom : (Northwinds)                  Session Outcomes:
Are you looking to transform your ELA classroom? This               • Learn about change and how it affects school culture.
workshop will provide classroom teachers with digital tools         • Discover systems that can be put into place to support
to transform ELA classroom instruction while developing             positive change.
21st-century students. Attendees will be given resources            PLC Implementation: Beginning, Developing, Sustaining
to assist teachers at all levels in creating authentic,             Level: Grades PK-2, Grades 3-5
engaging and higher-critical-thinking learning experiences.         Target Audience: All
Participants also will have an opportunity to play with the         Demographic: All
shared resources.                                                   Presenters: Veronica Vergara, Principal; Kari Pittman,
Session Outcomes:                                                   Teacher; Plato Elementary School, Plato R-V School District
• Discover digital resources to assist in creating authentic,
engaging and higher-critical-thinking learning experiences.         B6: Personalizing Educational Experiences for Students
• Understand the learning experiences students need in              by Maximizing the Use of Opportunities Identified in the
order to become 21st-century students.                              Missouri Graduation Handbook (Drawing Room Terrace)
PLC Implementation: All                                             Learn how to utilize the information in the Graduation
Level: All                                                          Requirements for Students in Missouri Public Schools
Target Audience: All                                                handbook to optimize learning experiences for students.
Demographic: All                                                    This session will include information about off-campus
Presenters: Casey Echelmeier, District Instructional                programs like School Flex, dual enrollment, dual credit,
Technology Facilitator, Eugene Field Elementary School; Larry       embedded credit, MOCAP, career and technical education,
Nelson, Assistant Superintendent; Mexico 59 School District         and special endorsements. Hear from practitioners in the
                                                                    field who are providing some unique opportunities for high
B4: From Stumbling Blocks to Building Blocks (Room 70-71)           school students via these methods.
About six years ago, our school was low-performing, had             Session Outcomes:
a school-improvement plan and had teachers working                  • Identify methods for helping students meet their
in isolation. Now, our school exceeds standardized-test             individualized career-plan goals by taking advantage of
scores from throughout the state, and our teachers work             various ways for earning credit.
relentlessly to reach a shared vision. Discover how we went         • Hear firsthand from practitioners who are maximizing
from stumbling blocks to building blocks by putting small           authentic experiences for high school students.
initiatives into place and changing our culture through             PLC Implementation: All
collaboration.                                                      Level: High School Educators
Session Outcomes:                                                   Target Audience: All
• Discover how to begin a culture shift from negative to            Demographic: All
positive.                                                           Presenters: Norma Anderson, Supervisor, Missouri School
• Learn how to use shared leadership to enhance schoolwide          Improvement Program, Department of Elementary and
initiatives.                                                        Secondary Education; Colleen Jones, Director of College and
PLC Implementation: Beginning                                       Career Readiness and Community Partnerships, Liberty 53
Level: Grades PK-2, Grades 3-5                                      School District; Trish Adkins, Assistant Superintendent for
Target Audience: Administrators, Classroom Teachers                 Instructional Services, Waynesville R-VI School District
Demographic: Rural
Presenters: Tara Bishop, Principal; Janelle Weider and              B7: Interventions? Where Do We Find the Time? (Redbud)
Kimberly Pragman, Third Grade Teachers, Blair Oaks                  How did we get 75 percent of our fourth-grade students
Elementary School; Kimberley Rodriguez, Principal, Blair            with disabilities at proficient or advanced levels in math?
Oaks Middle School; Blair Oaks R-II School District                 Our building attributes our high-achieving results to
                                                                    interventions that arise from our data-teaming process. We
B5: School Culture: The Hidden Curriculum : (Salon A)               use powerful interventions to help all students achieve in
Walk into any excellent school and you can feel it almost           math regardless of their subgroup, and these interventions
immediately — a calm, orderly atmosphere that hums                  can be used with any math program.
with an exciting, vibrant sense of purposefulness just              Session Outcomes:
under the surface. Students carry themselves with poise             • Learn how to use the data-teaming cycle to inform
and confidence, and teachers talk about their work with             instructional practices and interventions.
intensity and professionalism. Despite the serious business         • Discover how various grade levels can use guided math to
at hand, both teachers and students seem happy and                  provide interventions and enrichments.
confident rather than stressed. We will share the struggles
and triumphs of our culture change, the systems we put into
place, and the effects change has had at our school.

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PLC Implementation: All                                             B10: It’s Game Time: Student-Led Conferences :
Level: Grades PK-2, Grades 3-5                                      (Room 62-64)
Target Audience: All                                                This is the fourth year of implementing student-led
Demographic: All                                                    conferences at our school. Learn how to implement student-
Presenters: Libby Hrabovsky, Reading Interventionist;               led conferences in a middle school setting by using data
Brandi Hassien, Third Grade Teacher; Amy Hare, Fourth               binders, student-tracked progress, student work samples
Grade Teacher; Lisa Clines, Second Grade Teacher; Bush              and goal setting. We also will share strategies on how we
Elementary School, Fulton 58 School District                        created conferences that are fully student-led.
                                                                    Session Outcomes:
B8: Enriching the RtI Process (Suite G)                             • Understand how to develop online data binders.
In the last three years, the leadership team at Seneca High         • Discover how to help students self-monitor progress
School has worked to develop and implement a successful             toward learning goals.
response to intervention (RtI) and enrichment program.              • Explore how to set student, parent and teacher
This session will include a demonstration of our working            expectations for student-led conferences.
Google Doc; examples of how all departments offer a variety
                                                                    PLC Implementation: Developing, Sustaining
of enrichment opportunities; the process of how we collect
                                                                    Level: Grades 6-8
data and identify WILL/SKILL students; and a discussion on
                                                                    Target Audience: All
how we began, developed and sustain the RtI process.
                                                                    Demographic: All
Session Outcomes:
                                                                    Presenters: Tiffani Collins, Principal; Lesa Arndt, Sixth Grade
• Discover how to begin, develop and sustain the RtI process.
                                                                    ELA and Special Education Teacher; Kimber Zubeck, Seventh
• Explore a variety of intervention and enrichment methods.
                                                                    Grade ELA Teacher; Megan Hummel, Eighth Grade ELA and
PLC Implementation: Beginning, Developing, Sustaining
                                                                    Special Education Teacher; Nathan Moore, Seventh Grade
Level: All
                                                                    Social Studies Teacher, Cameron Veterans Middle School,
Target Audience: All
                                                                    Cameron R-I School District
Demographic: All
Presenters: Jamie Lindsey, Speech and Debate Teacher;               B11: Supercharging Instruction and Intervention With
Cody Spencer, RtI Coordinator; Jason Bradley, Assistant             Data Visualization (Parasol I)
Principal; Seneca High School, Seneca R-VII School District         In this era of big data, schools are drowning in information
                                                                    and need tools to help them focus on critical areas of
◆ B9: 3-D Team: Data-Driven Decisions (Room 72-73)
                                                                    concern. This session will explore how to make student data
Several years ago, Martin Warren Elementary School began
                                                                    accessible and actionable using data-visualization features
the task of organizing a diverse committee that would
                                                                    in tools such as Excel and Tableau. Participants will learn
support teachers in their work with struggling students.
                                                                    a framework for improvement at the building and district
Since then, attitudes about our 3-D Team have improved
                                                                    levels through goal-setting, data teams and intervention.
dramatically, differentiated instruction has increased and
we have learned to rely on one another’s skill base. We will        Session Outcomes:
share our 3-D Team’s journey and how we made this process           • Discover how data visualization impacts decisions and
easier for teachers (including all of the documentation and         creates a sense of urgency for student intervention.
tracking forms we have designed).                                   • Learn how to use big data in a PLC to identify areas of
Session Outcomes:                                                   concern, set goals for improvement and create a structure
• Learn how to set specific SMART Goals for all students.           for student intervention.
• Understand the specific research-based interventions we           • Receive a framework for data-team implementation and
used in our building.                                               skill-based intervention.
• Receive the forms, graphs, scoring guides and charts we           PLC Implementation: Beginning, Developing
used to monitor specific student progress.                          Level: All
PLC Implementation: Beginning, Developing, Sustaining               Target Audience: All
Level: Grades PK-2, Grades 3-5                                      Demographic: All
Target Audience: Administrators, Classroom Teachers                 Presenters: David Wilson, Director of Assessment,
Demographic: Suburban, Rural                                        Intervention and Data; John Elliston, Coordinator of
Presenters: Lorna Cassell, Principal; Ashley Pierce, Teacher;       Intervention and Assessment; Columbia Public School
Martin Warren Elementary School, Warrensburg R-VI School            District
District

    Congratulations to Melissa Marnholtz from Warrensburg R-VI and Kari Wenstrom from Festus R-VI,
          winners of complimentary registrations to the 2019 Powerful Learning Conference!

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B12: Powerful Coaching for Teachers and Students: How                B14: Innovation at Work: Student-Led Tech Day
We Sustain a Culture of Learning Through Differentiated              (Room 74-75)
Instructional Coaching : (Room 60-61)                                At Hollister Middle School, we believe that encouraging
What is the best coaching model for your school? In this             student voice and increasing student engagement through
session, we will ask a different question – what is the best         choice will produce numerous positive outcomes. Creating
coaching model for one particular teacher? Over the last five        Student-Led Tech Day has changed our school’s culture for
years at Guadalupe Centers High School, we have focused              the better. Learn the process we used to design our tech
on building a coaching experience based on a core idea –             day, view video footage of the day in action, and see the
we believe in a one-size-fits-one coaching experience, not           reflection our teachers and students use to continuously
a one-size-fits-all model. In this session, we will discuss a        improve the day’s process and implementation.
continuum of coaching options to meet teachers’ needs and            Session Outcomes:
sustain an emotionally compelling learning culture that is           • Develop a plan to implement your own technology day led
focused on results.                                                  by students.
Session Outcomes:                                                    • Formulate a plan for how to build student leaders within
• Explore coaching videos from the classrooms of Missouri            your school culture.
teachers who are actively engaged in three well-known                PLC Implementation: All
coaching models.                                                     Level: Grades 6-8, High School
• Determine your current progress on your coaching journey.          Target Audience: All
• Identify action steps related to the implementation of one         Demographic: All
or more of the instructional-coaching models.                        Presenters: Charlene Free, Eighth Grade Social Studies
PLC Implementation: Beginning, Developing, Sustaining                Teacher; Leah Edwards, Sixth Grade Math Teacher; Hollister
Level: All                                                           Middle School, Hollister R-V School District
Target Audience: All
                                                                     ◆ B15: Creating a Collaborative Culture : (Parasol II)
Demographic: All
                                                                     Learn how to persevere through the obstacles and
Presenters: Joe Pistone and Keith Schoen, Instructional              roadblocks in the PLC process. Our team has worked to
Coaches; Guadalupe Centers High School, Guadalupe                    create a culture in which all members identify strengths and
Centers Schools                                                      build on weaknesses. We believe in educating the whole
B13: Bias in Teaching and Learning: Keeping It R.E.A.L :             child – focusing on every child, every need. Understand
(Room 76-77)                                                         the power that perception plays in the collaborative teams.
Many elements impact our teaching and learning                       Learn about small-school struggles and successes through
environments. Our explicit and implicit biases often coexist,        tiered instruction, focused collaboration, data-teaming and
at times unbeknownst to us. In this session, engage in a             shared leadership.
conversation and activities that focus on understanding              Session Outcomes:
                                                                     • Understand how to create a fail-forward mentality to foster
how bias impacts our professional learning communities.
                                                                     a growth-mindset culture within your school.
Strategies aimed at ameliorating the effects of bias in your
                                                                     • Discover how to build a safe environment that involves
classroom also will be shared.
                                                                     constructive conversations.
Session Outcomes:
                                                                     • Develop vertical and horizontal teaming that will lead to
• Learn to recognize biases, both conscious and unconscious,
                                                                     instructional focus.
that impact professional learning communities.
                                                                     PLC Implementation: Beginning, Developing
• Evaluate how biases are obtained/inherited.
                                                                     Level: Grades PK-2, Grades 3-5
• Address conscious and unconscious biases in an effort to
                                                                     Target Audience: All
change behavior that negatively impacts PLCs.
                                                                     Demographic: All
PLC Implementation: Developing, Sustaining
                                                                     Presenters: Kristi Maize, DeeAnn Schnitker, Karri Anderson,
Level: All
                                                                     Stacia Slagle and Carma Way, Leadership Team Members;
Target Audience: All
                                                                     Roxanne Rooney, Principal; Helena Elementary School,
Demographic: All
                                                                     Savannah R-III School District
Presenters: Dorlita Adams, Director of Alternative
Education, Husky Academy, and Michele Sanders, Fourth                B16: Guidance and Support Navigating the Missouri
Grade Teacher, Kratz Elementary School, Ritenour School              Assessment Program (Salon C)
District; ClauDean Kizart, Consultant, and Pat Johnson,              Learn the latest on the MAP grade-level and end-of-course
Missouri Model School District Faciltator, EducationPlus/St.         assessments including information gleaned from the first
Louis RPDC                                                           year of new math and English language arts assessments.
                                                                     Presenters will also discuss the plan for new tests in science,
                                                                     social studies and personal finance. Bring your questions!

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Session Outcomes:                                                      Session Outcomes:
• Learn the current and upcoming assessment practices.                  • Acquire guidance on how to set up and run an effective RtI
• Identify the resources available from Professional Learning           process using at-risk/intervention teams.
Series to Missouri Learning Standard Expectations.                      • Learn the basic steps in the decision-making process when
PLC Implementation: All                                                 implementing multi-tiered systems of support in your school.
Level: All                                                              • Receive sample documents used at the Dent-Phelps R-III
Target Audience: All                                                    School District to collect referrals, ensure communication
Demographic: All                                                        among team members and staff, and make decisions based
Presenter: Shaun Bates, Director of Assessment, Office of               off clearly defined data-decision rules.
College and Career Readiness, Department of Elementary                  PLC Implementation: Beginning, Developing, Sustaining
and Secondary Education                                                 Level: All
                                                                        Target Audience: All
Concurrent Session C                                                    Demographic: All
                                                                        Presenters: Kevin Creighton, Principal; Rana Hudson,
Monday, January 28                                                      Interventions Coordinator; Dent-Phelps R-III School District

3:15 – 4:30 P.M.                                                        C3: Taking the Celebration to the Community: How
                                                                        Athena’s Celebration Bus Has Driven a Culture Change :
◆ C1: Instructional Architecture (Repeat of B1) (Salon B)               (Salon A)
While educators’ knowledge of effective instructional                   This year, Athena Elementary School started a celebration
practices has grown over the past few years, we continue to             bus program to honor students. Once a month, more than
find that many classrooms and lessons look strikingly similar           20 staff members get on the bus and deliver celebratory yard
today to how they looked 30 years ago. In this session, learn           signs to students at their homes. This program has become
about our need to fundamentally rethink how we design                   the talk of the town, and everyone looks forward to seeing
classrooms and lessons so that we focus more on proficiency
                                                                        where our bus is going to stop next. Learn how a celebration
and supporting student learning and achievement.
                                                                        bus program can change, strengthen and even redefine
Session Outcomes:
                                                                        school culture and relationships with community partners.
• Explore how traditional methods of instruction have
                                                                        Session Outcomes:
created learning gaps for students and are inconsistent with
                                                                        • Receive the information needed to start your own
learning and the brain.
                                                                        celebration bus program.
• Discover how to make instructional shifts to ensure that
                                                                        • Discover how outreach programs like this one can build
students reach proficiency expectations.
                                                                        relationships with the community and promote growth
• Learn how to use the Instructional Diamond to plan for and
                                                                        throughout your school.
implement effective proficiency-based lessons.
                                                                        PLC Implementation: All
PLC Implementation: Beginning, Developing, Sustaining
                                                                        Level: All
Level: All
                                                                        Target Audience: All
Target Audience: All
                                                                        Demographic: All
Demographic: All
                                                                        Presenters: Ron Farrow, Principal; Tom Hurt, Fifth Grade
Presenter: Eric Twadell, Keynote Speaker
                                                                        Teacher; Melanie Downs, Second Grade Teacher; Julie
C2: Using Multi-Tiered Systems of Support to Meet                       Kingsland, Fourth Grade Teacher; Sarah Ott, Kindergarten
Student Needs: Referrals, Data Collection and Decision-                 Teacher; Athena Elementary School, De Soto 73 School District
Making (Extended Session continued from Session B2)
                                                                        C4: Personalized PD: Yes, You Need These Badges!
(Crystal Ballroom)
                                                                        (Room 74-75)
Once a school has established support systems to help
students succeed, the next big hurdle is understanding                  Teachers, educators and administrators often preach
how to assign and use these support systems. Having an                  the importance of personalized content-learning for
efficient and effective plan in place is key to making sure             students. While studies show this is an effective practice for
students have access to the supports they need. Learn how               teaching students, the application of the same process in
to effectively implement multi-tiered systems of support by             professional-development experiences for teachers often
building an effective and efficient referral process, collecting        lags behind. By engaging teachers in conversations about
relevant student data, and using clearly defined data-decision          digital badges, district administrators can empower teachers
rules. These principles can be adapted and applied to your              to more deeply consider personalized learning experiences
school to make sure no more students fall through the cracks.           for their students as well as themselves.

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Session Outcomes:                                                   Session Outcomes:
• Discover how to harness the power of digital badges to            • Discover Hickman High School’s two guiding principles to
change the professional-development models in your                  ensure that grades reflect the mastery of student learning.
district.                                                           • View a road map on how to report nonacademic factors
• Learn how to create badges and develop resources for              separately from academic grades.
badging staff members.                                              • Identify different strategies to calibrate staff on the
• Understand how to engage teachers to use digital badges           reporting of citizenship and employability skills.
to personalize learning in their own classrooms.                    PLC Implementation: Beginning, Developing, Sustaining
PLC Implementation: Beginning, Developing, Sustaining               Level: Grades 6-8, High School
Level: All                                                          Target Audience: All
Target Audience: Administrators, Non-Core/Specialist                Demographic: All
Teachers                                                            Presenters: Matt Ross, Assistant Principal; Alex Soper,
Demographic: All                                                    Science Teacher; Doug Gordon, Special Education Teacher;
Presenter: Joshua Howard, Instructional Technology                  Hickman High School, Columbia Public School District
Facilitator, Fulton 58 School District
                                                                    C7: Art Beyond Color: Cross Curriculum : (Room 60-61)
C5: Building a Collaborative Team That Withstands the               Cross-curricular integration is beneficial to the learning
Test of Time (Parasol II)                                           and understanding of concepts for students. Learn how to
Willow Springs High School’s ELA teachers began the                 work with the art teacher in your building to incorporate
process of building what is now a model instructional-              art across all grade levels and subject areas. This approach
oriented PLC six years ago. These teachers worked with their        causes students to use higher-order thinking skills around
RPDC to develop research-based curricula/instruction and            academic content, and it helps them see and understand
standardize materials/teaching methods so students had              content through a different modality of learning.
smooth transitions from year to year. Today, this team is           Session Outcomes:
considered a model for other schools entering a pilot year          • Experience how the art teacher and classroom teachers can
of instructional coaching. In this session, hear from ELA           collaborate to create engaging lesson plans.
teachers at Willow Springs High School whose PLC continues          • Discover how to create an art piece that relates to core
to strengthen and grow.                                             areas outside of art.
Session Outcomes:                                                   • Combine your research and artifact to write an artist’s
• Learn how to build and sustain a teacher-led PLC.                 statement about your learning experience.
• Receive materials to use in both the PLC environment and          PLC Implementation: Developing
in the classroom.                                                   Level: Grades PK-2, Grades 3-5
• Discover digital resources that can be used across grade          Target Audience: Classroom Teachers, Non-Core/Specialist
levels and subject areas.                                           Teachers
PLC Implementation: Sustaining                                      Demographic: Urban, Suburban
Level: All                                                          Presenters: Alan Kmetz, Art Teacher; Cindy Murray, Fourth
Target Audience: All                                                Grade Teacher; LaKisha Fouche’, First Grade Teacher; Marvin
Demographic: All                                                    Elementary School, Ritenour School District
Presenters: Tina Spencer, Senior English Instructor; Megan
James, Freshman English Teacher; Willow Springs High                C8: Ridgewood Middle School Leads: Collective Efficacy
School, Willow Springs R-IV School District                         Moves Our Building to the 212 Degree for Our Students,
                                                                    Staff and School Community (Parasol I)
C6: Assessing Non-Academic Behaviors Separately from                What does it mean to move your building to the next level?
the Academic Grade (Salon C)                                        Whom should you involve? Discover how Ridgewood Middle
When student behavior, attendance and effort                        School has put the stamp on collective efficacy during the
(nonacademic behaviors) are incorporated into grading,              past three years. Maximizing each minute of the school
the grade becomes diluted and no longer represents a true           day is critical. Learn from administrators and staff who
measurement of a student’s learning against the standard.           have made professional collaboration and learning non-
Although academics and behavior are equally important to            negotiable when it comes to their students and one another.
a student’s academic success, the two should be reported            Acquire ideas on how to empower your staff in leading with
separately. Learn about Hickman High School’s journey               their heads and their hearts.
toward making sure that grades reflect the mastery of
student learning.

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Session Outcomes:                                                       Session Outcomes:
• Receive tools to involve all staff in building initiatives and        • Examine your current practices to determine deficiencies
bring collective efficacy to the forefront.                             that are impeding success.
• Understand the why and the critical need behind                       • Learn how a PLC can work together to tackle a common
instructional leadership.                                               SMART Goal.
• Learn how to build-in time during your existing school                • Discover a well-rounded plan for implementing a
day to implement professional learning time, systems of                 successful, multi-tiered approach for supporting students in
support and team collaboration.                                         learning grade-level sight words.
PLC Implementation: All                                                 • Explore how to encourage student success through
Level: All                                                              metacognition, conferencing, student incentives and
Target Audience: Administrators, Classroom Teachers                     celebrations.
Demographic: All                                                        PLC Implementation: Sustaining
Presenters: Jaime Cavato, Principal; Monica Stokes,                     Level: Grades PK-2
Counselor; Kelly de Roode, ELA Department Chair; Angie                  Target Audience: All
Werkmeister, MA Department Chair; Melissa Wilken, SPED                  Demographic: Rural
Department Chair; Sarah Brown, Professional Development                 Presenters: Angie Ormsby, Principal; Derek Lannigan,
Representative, SPED Teacher; Ridgewood Middle School,                  Assistant Principal; Jennifer Todd, Title I; Cayla Riley,
Fox C-6 School District                                                 Librarian; Meghan Graeff, Kindergarten Teacher; Whitney
                                                                        Howk, Kindergarten and Second Grade Co-Teacher;
◆ C9: Harnessing the Power of PLC to Move Your School                   Parkview Elementary School, Cameron R-I School District
Full STEAM Ahead (Room 72-73)
Do you want to take your school to the next level? Learn                ◆ C11: Transitions for Success (Room 70-71)
how our journey as a PLC school moved us from being                     Early in our PLC journey, Warrensburg High School
a good school to a 2019 Exemplary School in just three                  staff members recognized that freshman students
years. Discover how we established a compelling vision,                 needed additional support in transitioning to their
structured our teams effectively, tackled the difficult task            new environment. From this realization, a variety of
of improving school culture, engaged in ongoing action                  programs were established not only to improve academic
research collaboratively, and ensured the meaningful review             performance but also to address the social/emotional needs
and use of data. These powerful PLC components have                     of students. What began as a goal for our building is now
moved our school toward launching a STEAM school this                   simply how we do business. Come learn how we support
year where teachers work across content areas to promote                students from the spring of their eighth grade year through
high engagement through project-based learning.                         their freshman year of high school.
Session Outcomes:                                                       Session Outcomes:
• Gain insight into how our teams are structured and how                • Receive an overview and timeline of our transition plan
each team defines its purposes and establishes goals.                   that includes counselor visits, registration nights and middle
• Learn new ideas for establishing a compelling vision and              school/high school collaboration for course selection.
culture that support positive change.                                   • Learn about the purpose, schedule and results of our
• Discover ways to use action research and collaborative                Transition Day.
teams to infuse STEAM and PBL in your school.                           • Discover how we handle our Freshman Academy
PLC Implementation: Beginning, Developing, Sustaining                   procedures including mandatory tutoring, team-building
Level: Grades PK-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8                              and monthly character traits.
Target Audience: All                                                    PLC Implementation: Beginning, Developing, Sustaining
Demographic: All                                                        Level: All
Presenters: Kyle Gibbs, Principal; Katie Schisler, Music                Target Audience: All
Specialist; Amanda Sims, Kindergarten Teacher; Erynn                    Demographic: All
McNeff, Second Grade Teacher; A.D. Stowell Elementary                   Presenters: Sara Kenepp-Chapman, Assistant Principal;
School, Hannibal 60 School District                                     Cammie Plymell, Physical Science Teacher; Stacy Piontek,
C10: Parkview Elementary: A Snapshot of Success                         Physical Education Teacher; Warrensburg High School,
(Room 62-64)                                                            Warrensburg R-VI School District
Parkview Elementary School has achieved miraculous
progress over the past seven years on our journey from
having focus-school status to being a PLC Exemplary
School. Zoom in on our PLC process and learn how we have
                                                                                 Twitter Handles: @moplc
concentrated on targeted, celebratory learning experiences                         and @MoEducation
for our pre-K to second grade students.

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C12: Thinking Outside the Box for Student Assessment                   C14: What is Expected From Missouri’s Accountability
and Engagement (Northwinds)                                            Systems (Redbud)
With the ever-growing demands on classroom teachers, it is             This session will provide attendees with updated
important for them to have efficient, purposeful practices to          information on state and federal accountability systems,
determine the learning needs and levels of their students. In          including upcoming Annual Performance Reports (APR) and
this session, you will receive resources, tools and strategies         federal school identification. Participants will also review
on how to move from student activities to authentic learning           data elements of the 2018 APR, where these are found on
experiences. Participants also will explore the latest digital-        the DESE website, how to check the data and how to correct/
assessment tools that will help in the important formative-            appeal the data if something is inaccurate.
and summative-assessment process.                                      Session Outcomes:
Session Outcomes:                                                      • Hear an update on both federal (ESSA) and state (MSIP 5
• Discuss instructional strategies that promote student                and 6) accountability.
engagement and critical thinking within the classroom.                 • Learn what data elements impact your APR and how to
• Discover the best practices of using student responses (as           correct the most common errors.
data) to help plan for purposeful classroom instruction to             PLC Implementation: All
meet all learners’ needs.                                              Level: All
• Understand the skills needed to develop 21st-century                 Target Audience: All
students.                                                              Demographic: All
PLC Implementation: Developing                                         Presenter: Kevin Freeman, Director of School Improvement,
Level: All                                                             Office of Quality Schools, Department of Elementary and
Target Audience: All                                                   Secondary Education
Demographic: All
Presenters: Casey Echelmeier, District Instructional
Technology Facilitator, Eugene Field Elementary School;                Concurrent Session D
Larry Nelson, Assistant Superintendent; Mexico 59 School               TUESDAY, January 29
District
                                                                       10:30 – 11:45 A.M.
C13: Using the Arts in Your Classroom: Pushing the
Creativity Button (Suite G)                                            ◆ D1: Exemplary School Showcase (Parasol I)
Using the arts during a lesson opens the door to creativity.           Meet with the 2019 Exemplary Schools and see how
Educators often use the arts in lessons without even                   they experienced academic success by implementing
realizing it’s happening. Intentional arts-enhanced lessons            professional learning communities in their buildings. Each
use the arts to support other curriculum areas (a math                 school will share what implementation strategies worked
worksheet might ask students to color in all areas of a                best for them. Join the 2019 Exemplary Schools as they share
picture where math problems have an answer that equals                 best practices from their buildings.
six). Arts-enhanced lessons also don’t require the art object          PLC Implementation: Beginning, Developing, Sustaining
to be assessed. By incorporating the arts, educators give              Level: All
students an opportunity to use creativity skills that lead to a        Target Audience: All
deeper understanding of the subject.                                   Demographic: All
Session Outcomes:                                                      Presenters: Cameron High, Cameron R-I School District;
• Explore ways the four fine arts can be used in the                   Crocker High, Crocker R-II School District; Laurence J. Daly
classroom.                                                             Elementary, Fayette R-III School District; Fulton Middle,
• Learn how to develop activities that work within arts-               Fulton 58 School District; A.D. Stowell Elementary, Hannibal
enhanced and arts-integrated lessons.                                  60 School District; Perryville High, Perry Co. 32 School
• Receive lesson ideas that can be molded to fit your own              District; Helena Elementary, Savannah R-III School District;
classroom needs.                                                       Scotland Co. Elementary, Scotland Co. R-I School District;
PLC Implementation: Beginning, Developing, Sustaining                  Westview Elementary, Westview C-6 School District
Level: Grades PK-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
Target Audience: All                                                   ◆ D2: Cultivating Tenacity, Engagement and Self-
Demographic: All                                                       Discipline in Students (Salon A-C)
Presenters: Andrea Branstetter, K-12 Vocal Music Instructor;           Tenacity is a virtue, but the personal fortitude to stick with
Jenny Burton, Fourth Grade Teacher, Dye Elementary School;             an arduous task takes time and experience to mature.
Crocker R-II School District                                           Many students grow impatient with content not parsed

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