Summer Professional Learning Conference 2018

Moving Forward with ESSA
07/09/2018 - 07/13/2018 The conference will be held in Mobile, Alabama, at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, the Renaissance Battle House Hotel, and the Mobile Convention Center during the week of July 9-13, 2018. The conference theme is Moving Forward with ESSA. ESSA includes provisions that will help to ensure success for students and schools.

Schedule

  • 10 July
  • 11 July
  • 12 July
  • 13 July

College and Career Ready Portal: 1O1

08:15 AM 09:45 AM

How to Help Your Students Succeed

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Where Do We Go From Here? Usi ng Scantron Data to Help with RTI

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

EMPACT 4: Expecting Measurable Progress through ACTion - Strong Finish, Strong Start!

08:15 AM 04:30 PM

Certification 101

08:15 AM 09:45 AM

Engage Alabama: Secondary Transition Best Practices for Positive Student Outcomes

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Three Systems Tell the Tales of Implementing at Least Three Initiatives Across the state of Alabama

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Using Performance Series to effect change in an at-risk school environment

08:15 AM 09:45 AM

Enabling Students’ Career Success: ACT WorkKeys Curriculum, ACT WorkKeys, and the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

08:15 AM 09:45 AM

The What, How, and When of Effective Reading Instruction and Intervention

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

The More You Know, the More You Grow!

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Overcoming Cultural Poverty, Disengaged Parents, and Apathetic Students.

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Gifted Education Updates

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Picture Perfect STEM: A 5E Approach to STEM-Based Cross-Curricular Teaching

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

DLCS & You: The New Standards and Resources to Teach Them

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

The Plain Language of Special Education

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Look Who's Talking! Bringing Student Discourse to Life in Your Classroom

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Improving academic achievement through effective school-wide and classroom practices

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Getting to the planning of Co-teaching

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Alabama School Counseling and Guidance Program Updates

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Maximize Cognitive, Behavioral, and Language Success for Students Living in Poverty

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Building Student Confidence: Helping Every Student Succeed through cooperative learning initiatives

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

NAEP 2019- Next "Man" Up: Preparing ALL Players for the "Game"

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Failure is not an Option: Programming for Students with Intensive Behavioral Needs

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Prepositions in ASL - Not like English

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Zombies are Knocking on Your Classroom Door!

08:15 AM 09:45 AM

All Federal Programs Coordinators' Orientation to ESSA

08:15 AM 04:30 PM

Nursing Law and Compliance

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Mathematics with a NASA Twist

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Certification 101

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Understanding the Arts Course of Study and Changes to the Course Selections

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Using Performance Series to effect change in an at-risk school environment

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Enabling Students’ Career Success: ACT WorkKeys Curriculum, ACT WorkKeys, and the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Anaphylasis and Emergency Epi-Pen Preparedness

10:00 AM 02:30 PM

Infect Your Science Classroom with Math

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Evidence Based Practices: a guide to selecting, implementing, and examining the effectiveness of EBP.

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Fidelity to Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices: What's the big deal?

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Visible Learning for Mathematics: What Works Best to Optimize Student Learning

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

How to Help Your Students Succeed

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Attendance earns a grade. What will yours reflect?

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

The What, How, and When of Effective Reading Instruction and Intervention

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

The More You Know, the More You Grow!

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Y’all Gonna Make Me Lose My Mind---UP IN HERE!

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Overcoming Cultural Poverty, Disengaged Parents, and Apathetic Students.

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

ESSA and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy to Identify Gifted and Talented Learners in Low Income Communities

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Picture Perfect STEM: A 5E Approach to STEM-Based Cross-Curricular Teaching

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Computer Science Integration for Math and Science Classrooms

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Understanding the Role of Data in the Wake of Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

School-Based Mental Health (SBMH) Services

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Look Who's Talking! Bringing Student Discourse to Life in Your Classroom

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Is your toolkit complete? Prepare (and compare) your ESSA plans.

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Getting to the planning of Co-teaching

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Eliminating Barriers to College and Career Readiness - One High School's Approach

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Putting Standards-Based Reporting Into Action: Transforming Classrooms with Instruction that Focuses on Student Learning

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Dichotomous Keys:Unlocking Adaptation and Systems Thinking in Wild and Domestic Animals and Plants

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

NAEP 2019- Next "Man" Up: Preparing ALL Players for the "Game"

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Failure is not an Option: Programming for Students with Intensive Behavioral Needs

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Messed up Metaphors

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Designing Instructional and Academic Language: DIAL in the Message, DIAL out the Noise (School Administrators)

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

ESSA and the 1% Population: Who are they and How can I help them?

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Don't Let Preschool Data Turn You Inside Out - We Will ELPP You Through the Process

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Mandatory Reporting and Erin's Law Implementation: What School Professionals Need to Know

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Learn How to Get the Most Out of Special Ed Connection! Access to Special Ed Connection is provided to you by the ALSDE

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Anaphylasis and Emergency Epi-Pen Preparedness

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Engineering with NASA

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Visible Learning for Mathematics: What Works Best to Optimize Student Learning

03:00 PM 04:30 PM

Is your toolkit complete? Prepare (and compare) your ESSA plans.

03:00 PM 04:30 PM

School-Based Mental Health (SBMH) Services

03:00 PM 04:30 PM

Engaging African American Boys in Under-resourced Schools & Communities

03:00 PM 04:30 PM

Know the Signs

03:00 PM 04:30 PM

Learn How to Get the Most Out of Special Ed Connection! Access to Special Ed Connection is provided to you by the ALSDE

03:00 PM 04:30 PM

What's New with ACCESS Virtual Learning

03:00 PM 04:30 PM

The Opioid Crisis

03:00 PM 04:30 PM

EMPACT 4: Expecting Measurable Progress through ACTion - Strong Finish, Strong Start!

08:15 AM 04:30 PM

The Equitable Classroom: Give All Students Access to the Heart of Math Problem Solving

08:15 AM 09:45 AM

ESSA Guidelines and Gifted Education: Supporting High-Ability and High-Potential Students and their Educators

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Meeting the Social and Emotional Needs of Students to Ensure Success

08:15 AM 09:45 AM

National STEM Teacher Certificates Support Effective STEM Education and Improve Instructional Practice.

08:15 AM 09:45 AM

AN OVERVIEW: HOW TO STRUCTURE YOUR CLASSROOM FOR TODAY'S STUDENTS..OPIE IS GONE!! CHAMPS: A POSITIVE AND PROACTIVE APPROACH TO CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT (K-8) DISCIPLINE IN THE SECONDARY CLASSROOM (9-12)

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Interpreting ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports for Instruction

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

America's Top Sign Language Role Models

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

AdvancED Continuous Improvement Network Overview

08:15 AM 09:45 AM

What's this thing called Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Why should I care?

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

ESSA Title I EL Requirements for all Title I funded Districts

08:15 AM 09:45 AM

Through the Looking Glass: Trauma Informed Approaches in the Classroom

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Poverty Simulation: Experiencing Poverty from the Family Perspective

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Sailing the High C’s: Communication, Collaboration, Coordination, and Commitment for students success.

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Building Student Confidence: Helping Every Student Succeed through cooperative learning initiatives

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Alabama School Counseling and Guidance Program Updates

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

ALIGNING IEPS TO ALABAMA STATE STANDARDS: RECONCILING THE “I” AND “ALL”

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Prevention and Support Services Compliance Monitoring 101

08:15 AM 09:45 AM

The Plain Language of Special Education

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Learn How to Get the Most Out of Special Ed Connection! Access to Special Ed Connection is provided to you by the ALSDE

08:15 AM 09:45 AM

Fiscal Issues Update and A Brief Look at eGAP

08:15 AM 09:45 AM

Year or Two in Review: National Special Education Case Law Update

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Moving forward with co-teaching: Elevating the level of instruction in co-taught classrooms

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Parent and Family Engagement, Title I Requirements, and the School Improvement Process

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Emergency Preparation Children's of Alabama / Enterprise City Schools

08:15 AM 09:45 AM

Mass vs Weight: A Heavy Duty Matter

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

The Equitable Classroom: Give All Students Access to the Heart of Math Problem Solving

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Creating an ocean science network for Alabama science teachers

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

National STEM Teacher Certificates Support Effective STEM Education and Improve Instructional Practice.

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

ESSA Title I EL Requirements for all Title I funded Districts

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

School Nurses' Obligations Under Section 504 & The ADAAA

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

AdvancED Continuous Improvement Network Overview

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Meeting the Social and Emotional Needs of Students to Ensure Success

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

De-escalating Behaviors

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Private School Service Agreements

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Computer Science Integration for Math and Science Classrooms

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Learn How to Get the Most Out of Special Ed Connection! Access to Special Ed Connection is provided to you by the ALSDE

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Special Education Health and Case Law

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Applying Differentiation Strategies in Secondary Classrooms

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Is Remediation and Tutoring Not Working for Your Students? Creative Avenues for Increased Performance.

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Reducing Chronic Absenteeism: Tools for Success

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Writing Winning Grant Proposals to Support Gifted Education

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

AN OVERVIEW: HOW TO STRUCTURE YOUR CLASSROOM FOR TODAY'S STUDENTS..OPIE IS GONE!! CHAMPS: A POSITIVE AND PROACTIVE APPROACH TO CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT (K-8) DISCIPLINE IN THE SECONDARY CLASSROOM (9-12)

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Interpreting ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports for Instruction

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Through the Looking Glass: Trauma Informed Approaches in the Classroom

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Dichotomous Keys:Unlocking Adaptation and Systems Thinking in Wild and Domestic Animals and Plants

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Eliminating Barriers to College and Career Readiness - One High School's Approach

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Understanding the Arts Course of Study and Changes to the Course Selections

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Including Eligibility Data in IEP Development

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Title IV, Part A, Student Support & Academic Enrichment (SSAE)Grant

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Understanding the Role of Data in the Wake of Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Understanding Alabama's Accountability System Based on Federal and State Guidelines

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Because of You: Recognizing and Appreciating the IMPACT of Teachers Past and Present

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Keeping On Top of Your RSA Retirement & PEEHIP Health Insurance Benefits

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

ALIGNING IEPS TO ALABAMA STATE STANDARDS: RECONCILING THE “I” AND “ALL”

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Year or Two in Review: National Special Education Case Law Update

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

What's this thing called Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Why should I care?

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Moving forward with co-teaching: Elevating the level of instruction in co-taught classrooms

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Language Deprivation: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Updates on Homeless, Foster Care, and Neglected and Delinquent

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Increasing Student and Teacher Efficiency and Enhancing Strategic Learning with Technology: PLUACLD598 Part Two

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Alabama Regional Autism Network and University of Alabama at Birmingham project "ECHO for Educators"

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Attendance Earns a Grade. What will your score reflect?

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Allowable Uses of Federal Funds

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

NASA Robotics Resources

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

There’s a Deaf Student in My Class! What Do I Do Now?

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Understanding Alabama's Accountability System Based on Federal and State Guidelines

03:00 PM 04:30 PM

AdvancED STEM Certification: An Overview of the Process from Start to Finish!

03:00 PM 04:30 PM

Is Remediation and Tutoring Not Working for Your Students? Creative Avenues for Increased Performance.

03:00 PM 04:30 PM

Including Eligibility Data in IEP Development

03:00 PM 04:30 PM

Language Deprivation: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

03:00 PM 04:30 PM

Alabama Regional Autism Network and University of Alabama at Birmingham project "ECHO for Educators"

03:00 PM 04:30 PM

Benefits of High- Quality Pre-K

03:00 PM 04:30 PM

Scantron - Using the Class Profile Report to Create an Instructional Plan with Grouping

08:15 AM 09:45 AM

MakerSpaces: Get Swept Up in the Messy Learning

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Re-Envisioning Youth Culture

08:15 AM 09:45 AM

FOUNDATIONS: A PROACTIVE & POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT SYSTEM MTSS for Tier 1

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

The Multiple Uses of the WIDA Performance Definitions

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Four Domains - A Framework for School Improvement

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Linking Classroom Instruction to The ACT

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

DNR/DNAR Law/Legislative Affairs

08:15 AM 09:45 AM

Mental Health and Wellness: Best Practices for Improving the Emotional and Social Health of Students and Teachers

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

K-9s 4 Schools

08:15 AM 09:45 AM

Manifestation Determinations Under the IDEA: A Systematic Update

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Keeping On Top of Your RSA Retirement & PEEHIP Health Insurance Benefits

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Thinking Outside the Box: The Behavior Analyst in Schools

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Get the Most Out of Scantron Performance Series Data in the Classroom

08:15 AM 09:45 AM

Language Delays and Disorders: Inclusion Practices for Pre-school and Early Elementary grades

08:15 AM 09:45 AM

Coaching Matters! Making the Most of Your Reading Specialist

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Special Education Family Engagement Strategies to Improve Climate and Education Outcomes

08:15 AM 09:45 AM

Elementary Rainy Day Recess....Problem Solved....And So Much MORE!

08:15 AM 09:45 AM

Chalkable SETS Program Review

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Interpreting for STEM classes in K-12: Its not Elementary!

08:15 AM 04:30 PM

Good IDEA Transitions that Engage the Student and Families for Improved Outcomes

08:15 AM 09:45 AM

Poverty Simulation: Experiencing Poverty from the Family Perspective

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Introduction to Digital Literacy and Computer Science Course of Study for K-5 Educators

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Promoting English Learners’ Language Development through Interactive Peer-to-peer Oral Techniques (IPOTs)

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Community service learning

08:15 AM 09:45 AM

Applying Evidence-Based Practices in Secondary Transition Programs and Services to Improve Outcomes for Students with Disabilities

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

DLCS & You: The New Standards and Resources to Teach Them

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Solar System Resources from NASA

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Designing Instructional and Academic Language: DIAL in the Message, DIAL out the Noise (Elementary Grades)

08:15 AM 09:45 AM

A Balanced System of Assessments for K-12 Science

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Scantron - Using the Class Profile Report to Create an Instructional Plan with Grouping

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Schools and Immunization

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

K-9s 4 Schools

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Get the Most Out of Scantron Performance Series Data in the Classroom

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Special Education Family Engagement Strategies to Improve Climate and Education Outcomes

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Elementary Rainy Day Recess....Problem Solved....And So Much MORE!

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Re-Envisioning Youth Culture

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Using Children’s Literature to Inspire STEM Learning

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Designing Instructional and Academic Language: DIAL in the Message, DIAL out the Noise (Elementary Grades)

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Good IDEA Transitions that Engage the Student and Families for Improved Outcomes

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Getting Started with Concept-based Curriculum Units for Gifted Learners: Developing Frameworks

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

FOUNDATIONS: A PROACTIVE & POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT SYSTEM MTSS for Tier 1

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

The Multiple Uses of the WIDA Performance Definitions

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Linking Classroom Instruction to The ACT

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

ESSA Implementation: How School Librarians Support Effective Instruction

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Thinking Outside the Box: The Behavior Analyst in Schools

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Section 504 and ADAAA Legal Update

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Data on Demand: Tracking ESSA Goals with Scantron Analytics

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Language Delays and Disorders: Inclusion Practices for Pre-school and Early Elementary grades

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Chalkable Advanced use of Health Module

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Coaching Matters! Making the Most of Your Reading Specialist

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Chalkable Beginner Use of Health Module

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

The Power of Teacher Knowledge

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Maximum Employment Matters: Examining What’s Driving Our Economy and High-Demand Jobs

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Introduction to Digital Literacy and Computer Science Course of Study for K-5 Educators

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Understanding and Integrating RTI and MTSS

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Promoting English Learners’ Language Development through Interactive Peer-to-peer Oral Techniques (IPOTs)

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Four Domains - A Framework for School Improvement

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Student Advisory Program Showcase--REACHing All Students

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Rigor, Rhythm, and Reading: Brain-Based Multi-Sensory Learning meets Scientifically Based Reading Research

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Classroom Collaboration and Communication using Standards-Based Strategies and Technology Tools: PLUACLD598 Part One

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Connecting Academics and Attendance: Implications of Chronic Absenteeism on Reading and Math Proficiency!

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Mission Geography: A NASA Resource for All Grades

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

The Highly Effective School Library Program - The School Administrators Role

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Innovative Transition Program for Students with Significant Disabilities: Planning and Practice

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Return To Think: Training Educators on Best Practices for Classroom Concussion Management

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Taking Control of Your DATA

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Designing Instructional and Academic Language: DIAL in the Message, DIAL out the Noise (School Administrators)

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

A Balanced System of Assessments for K-12 Science

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Manifestation Determinations Under the IDEA: A Systematic Update

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

ESSA Implementation: How School Librarians Support Effective Instruction

03:00 PM 04:30 PM

Data on Demand: Tracking ESSA Goals with Scantron Analytics

03:00 PM 04:30 PM

The Power of Teacher Knowledge

03:00 PM 04:30 PM

Maximum Employment Matters: Examining What’s Driving Our Economy and High-Demand Jobs

03:00 PM 04:30 PM

Applying Evidence-Based Practices in Secondary Transition Programs and Services to Improve Outcomes for Students with Disabilities

03:00 PM 04:30 PM

Train the Trainer

03:00 PM 04:30 PM

Connecting Academics and Attendance: Implications of Chronic Absenteeism on Reading and Math Proficiency!

03:00 PM 04:30 PM

The Highly Effective School Library Program - The School Administrators Role

03:00 PM 04:30 PM

Taking Control of Your DATA

03:00 PM 04:30 PM

ESSA and the 1% Population: Who are they and How can I help them?

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

The Dark Side of Gifted: When Affective and Cognitive Needs are not Met!

08:15 AM 09:45 AM

Rocket Scientists Write? Language Arts Resources from NASA

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

90 Tips in 150 Minutes

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

Student Advisory Program Showcase--REACHing All Students

08:15 AM 11:30 AM

The Dark Side of Gifted: When Affective and Cognitive Needs are not Met!

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Information

Pay by Check Registration Form

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2018_SPLC_Regform.pdf Download Link

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Exhibitor Registration

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BOOTH SPACE is LIMITED! Get your registration in early.  Please complete the Exhibitor Registration form. Contact Barry Blackwell if you have questions. 

Be sure to upload your booth description and logo for use in the app.

At-A-Glance Schedule

General Information
Monday, July 9
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Opening Session
Tuesday, July 10
8:15 am - 9:45 am........................ 90-Minute Sessions
8:15 am - 11:30 am........................ 3-Hour/Half-Day Sessions
8:15 am - 4:30 pm........................ 6-Hour/Full-Day Sessions
10:00 am - 11:30 am........................ 90-Minute Sessions
EXHIBIT HALL OPEN - VISIT EXHIBITS
11:30 am - 1:00 pm........................ LUNCH – Visit Exhibits
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm........................ 90-Minute Sessions
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm........................ 3-Hour/Half-Day Sessions
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm........................ 90-Minute Sessions
Wednesday, July 11
8:15 am - 9:45 am........................ 90-Minute Sessions
8:15 am - 11:30 am........................ 3-Hour/Half-Day Sessions
8:15 am - 4:30 pm........................ 6-Hour/Full-Day Sessions
10:00 am - 11:30 am........................ 90-Minute Sessions
EXHIBIT HALL OPEN - VISIT EXHIBITS
11:30 am - 1:00 pm........................ LUNCH – Visit Exhibits
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm........................ 90-Minute Sessions
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm........................ 3-Hour/Half-Day Sessions
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm........................ 90-Minute Sessions
Thursday, July 12
8:15 am - 9:45 am........................ 90-Minute Sessions
8:15 am - 11:30 am........................ 3-Hour/Half-Day Sessions
8:15 am - 4:30 pm........................ 6-Hour/Full-Day Sessions
10:00 am - 11:30 am........................ 90-Minute Sessions
EXHIBIT HALL OPEN - VISIT EXHIBITS
11:30 am - 1:00 pm........................ LUNCH – Visit Exhibits
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm........................ 90-Minute Sessions
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm........................ 3-Hour/Half-Day Sessions
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm........................ 90-Minute Sessions
Friday, July 13
8:15 am - 9:45 am........................ 90-Minute Sessions
8:15 am - 11:30 am........................ 3-Hour/Half-Day Sessions
10:00 am - 11:30 am........................ 90-Minute Sessions
Prelimenary Program Summer Conference 2018.pdf Download Link

Hotel Accomodations

General Information
Book your group rate for ALSDE Summer Conference
Make reservations immediately to ensure that you have accommodations during your stay in Mobile. When making your hotel reservations, request the Alabama State Department of Education Summer Professional Learning Conference rates.







Preliminary Program

General Information
Prelimenary Program Summer Conference 2018.pdf Download Link
Accountability and School Supports and Improvement

College and Career Ready Portal: 1O1

08:15 AM 09:45 AM Mobile Convention Center/201D

This session will provide on longitudinal overview of Alabama's College and Career Ready rates from multiple perspectives as well as a refresher on the mechanics of the College and Career Ready portal.
and Gifted
Delinquent
Educating Special Populations- Students with Disabilities
English Learners
Homeless
Migrant
Neglected
Poverty

How to Help Your Students Succeed

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/201C

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your unmotivated, unsuccessful and negative acting students, all of a sudden, became more positive, more motivated and more successful? Working with students who need help in becoming successful is part of a teacher’s job. Motivating students and helping them to self-regulate are essential skills for all teachers. In this class you will learn some of the secrets for helping challenging students become more motivated and more successful. You will learn techniques that you can use immediately.
Academic Standards and Assessments

Where Do We Go From Here? Usi ng Scantron Data to Help with RTI

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/202B

Participants will investigate how to use Scantron data to help identify students for tiers one, two and three for RTI. Once students are identified, how do we use the data to move them between and within the tiers.
and Retention
Practice
Preparation
Recruitment
Supporting Effective Instruction by Improving Educator Skills

EMPACT 4: Expecting Measurable Progress through ACTion - Strong Finish, Strong Start!

08:15 AM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/204A

This session is required for all schools with a current School Improvement Grant (SIG) program grant. We will celebrate the strong finish of each school and incorporate the Four Domains of Rapid School Improvement, SIG expectations, and ESSA requirements into cogent improvement plans that foster student achievement and support a strong start for the upcoming school year.
and Retention
Practice
Preparation
Recruitment
Supporting Effective Instruction by Improving Educator Skills

Certification 101

08:15 AM 09:45 AM Mobile Convention Center/204B

This session will cover routes to obtain certification for individuals entering the teaching profession and to expand certification areas for currently certified educators.
Federal Compliance: IDEA

Engage Alabama: Secondary Transition Best Practices for Positive Student Outcomes

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Battle House/Moonlight CDE

A real-life scenario demonstrating the use of transition tools and resources, assessments, data, and the transition component of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) to develop compliant and effective transition services. This presentation will lead participants through the sequential process of engaging students in transition throughout their high school years. The focus will be on relevant content and a planning and implementation process that engages the student in meaningful transition activities. This session will also feature the Transition Engagement Series and the new EngageAL Transition App.
and Retention
Practice
Preparation
Recruitment
Supporting Effective Instruction by Improving Educator Skills

Three Systems Tell the Tales of Implementing at Least Three Initiatives Across the state of Alabama

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Battle House/Bienville Square

The purpose of this session is for three school systems to describe the implementation efforts and outcomes from several statewide initiatives. Through these initiatives, teachers and administrators acquired knowledge and skills needed for effective school-wide behavior support systems, classroom management, co-teaching, and co-planning. Student performance data supports these initiatives. Dr. Howard is only the facilitator. Up to 20 system representatives and instructional coaches are the actual presenters.
and Retention
Practice
Preparation
Recruitment
Supporting Effective Instruction by Improving Educator Skills

Using Performance Series to effect change in an at-risk school environment

08:15 AM 09:45 AM Riverview/Bon Secour BR II

Using computer-adaptive test data can be tricky; however, it is especially impactful for at-risk populations due to the nature of the assessment. This session will instruct and guide educators to use PS Data to set learning goals for students, grade levels and even the whole school. We will also learn how to use the data to craft instructional practices in the classroom in order to achieve those goals.
Academic Standards and Assessments

Enabling Students’ Career Success: ACT WorkKeys Curriculum, ACT WorkKeys, and the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

08:15 AM 09:45 AM Mobile Convention Center/106A

ACT WorkKeys assessments measure essential workplace skills and help people build career pathways. The ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), based on three of the WorkKeys assessments, has grown to be the nation’s most widely acknowledged, portable, research-based skills credential. This 90-minute session will provide an overview of the ACT WorkKeys Curriculum and demonstrate how it can be used to help your students prepare for career success. The session will also highlight the ways examinees can use their ACT WorkKeys scores, and the session will conclude by sharing how the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate brings value to your students’ future careers.
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The What, How, and When of Effective Reading Instruction and Intervention

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Riverview/Windjammer

In this session, participants will examine what administrators need to know about effective multi-tiered reading instruction, how and when instruction and intervention take place, and the critical connections to catch-up growth. Emphasis will be placed on making the instruction/intervention connection visible through differentiation and writing. The target audience for this session includes central office staff and K-12 administrators.
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The More You Know, the More You Grow!

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Riverview/Windjammer

This session will equip administrators in supporting ongoing school literacy goals related to student achievement in reading. Emphasis will be placed on examining school and classroom data to determine sufficient annual student growth and catch-up growth, as well as leading data conversations with teachers and school support staff to ensure that goals for grade level reading are realized. The target audience for this session includes central office staff and K-12 administrators.
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Overcoming Cultural Poverty, Disengaged Parents, and Apathetic Students.

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/107A

Take an unconventional look at student motivation and poverty from the eyes of an individual who struggled with education and eventually dropped out. It’s clear that students from poverty are habitually at a disadvantage when it comes to education, and educators can find it challenging to motivate such students to become positively engaged in learning. In this interactive session, participants will receive dozens of real, practical, eye-opening prevention and intervention strategies from someone whose mother abused drugs, father wasn’t present, and he was placed in special education. Craig ultimately repeated 3rd & 5th grade and eventually dropped out. Craig shows you how the motivate the unmotivated students you teach daily. Craig’s trademark slogan is “GED to PHD”, which is a concrete paradigm that educators should never give up on any student. Regardless of how impoverished they may seem.
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Gifted Education Updates

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Riverview/Clipper

This session will cover the referral to eligibility process for gifted referrals, understanding strength areas of gifted and high-potential students, differentiation strategies for gifted and high-ability learners, and implementation of the Gifted Education Standards and Student Outcomes. Information on navigating the TABs protocol, Second Grade Child Find (2GCF) Procedures, appropriate professional development for educators, student products and rubrics, and State reports will also be shared. Attendance is highly recommended for Gifted Specialists, but the session is also open to all school system personnel with responsibilities for the topics addressed.
Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Picture Perfect STEM: A 5E Approach to STEM-Based Cross-Curricular Teaching

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/203A

Picture Perfect STEM by E. Morgan and K. Ansberry is one of our favorite and most-effective ways easily integrate reading, writing, social studies, math, science, technology, and engineering. This well-vetted resource is written in 5E format, includes at least two literature sources per lesson, is aligned to new science standards, and best of all, is extremely engaging and effective for students AND teachers. In this session you will learn this fantastic resource by actively participating in fun sample lessons from both the K-2 and 3-5 installments in this book series.
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DLCS & You: The New Standards and Resources to Teach Them

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Riverview/Bon Secour BR III

We’ll review standards and share our Digital Literacy Computer Science (DLCS) website. Any experience level educator can find resources & PD opportunities, ask questions, and share ideas. This is a companion site to the 2018 DLCS Course of Study to help teachers connect with experts and integrate Computer Science using curriculum crosswalks.
Federal Compliance: IDEA

The Plain Language of Special Education

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Battle House/ Moonlight A

The “Plain Language of Special Education” is a collaborative project between Auburn University and the Alabama State Department of Education. It was originally designed to help future teachers find what they need; understand what they find; and use what they find to meet their needs. As the project evolved, it became clear the "Plain Language of Special Education” is a useful resource for all special education professionals, whether new or seasoned veterans. The presentation includes a variety of topics related to properly completing information on the eligibility and Individualized Education Program (IEP) forms. Please come and join in the discussion!!
Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Look Who's Talking! Bringing Student Discourse to Life in Your Classroom

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/107B

Do you long for the days of the silent classroom, where the teacher speaks and students nod in agreement? If so, this session is NOT for you! Come learn what research says about productive student discourse. Experience how Talk Moves and other discourse strategies can enrich your classroom, bringing even the most disenfranchised student to the table of rich, engaged learning. This session focuses on research-based classroom instruction strategies to push your students toward rigorous, meta-cognitive thinking. You will leave this session ready to implement student discourse strategies immediately, at no cost! Are you ready to learn more? Come TALK!
Federal Compliance: Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth

Improving academic achievement through effective school-wide and classroom practices

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/201A

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) mandates the implementation of evidence-based interventions, including Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, a three-tiered framework for improving school climate and discipline. This presentation will overview the rationale for and critical components of Schoolwide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). We will also provide an overview of social emotional learning programs and effective strategies for classroom management. Improvements across these areas leads to increased engagement with instruction and academic achievement.
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Getting to the planning of Co-teaching

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Riverview/Schooner

Co-teaching is a service delivery option in which a general education teacher and a special education teacher share instructional responsibility and accountability for a diverse group of students with the goal of improving outcomes and reducing the achievement gap for students. However, even when professionals are committed to co-teaching, barriers often arise related to the logistics. One frequently mentioned concern pertains to co-planning. This includes arranging common planning time, keeping to the task of co-planning, and lacking necessary tools to support co-planning. The presenter provides a useful structure along with tools to assist teachers to co-plan for effective co-taught lessons.
Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Alabama School Counseling and Guidance Program Updates

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/202A

This session will provide conference attendees with updated information regarding ALSDE Counseling and Guidance initiatives, school counseling program accountability, best practices in school counseling, and school counseling program recognition.
Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Maximize Cognitive, Behavioral, and Language Success for Students Living in Poverty

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Battle House/ Moonlight B

As SLPs, it is imperative for us to understand the behavioral and academic outcomes of those living in low socioeconomic environments. This session will provide current statistical information related to children living in poverty. Participants will walk away with effective strategies to use with this population and feel energized and ready to tackle clinical and educational goals.
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Building Student Confidence: Helping Every Student Succeed through cooperative learning initiatives

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/203B

Have you ever wished for a miracle way to connect with your students and get them to connect to each other? Come to our session and learn some innovative and fun ways to get students excited about learning through team building initiatives. We will get you out of your seats and there will be laughter! At McDowell Educational Programs, we teach science and social studies in creative ways that engage the students in outdoor settings. In our 1140 acre classroom, we connect people to the natural world, the foods they eat, and each other by inquiry-based methods that work.
Academic Standards and Assessments

NAEP 2019- Next "Man" Up: Preparing ALL Players for the "Game"

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/105

NAEP uses a sample of students, where many are called, but few are chosen. In order to "hit a homerun," we must prepare ALL teachers and ALL students. Join me as we "work out" and prepare a game plan by reviewing NAEP resources (NAEP Item Maps and NAEP Questions Tool), Difficulty vs. Complexity, and Test-taking Skills for teachers and students. No matter who is up to "bat," Alabama will be ready for NAEP 2019 and beyond.
Federal Compliance: Developing an Effective School Improvement Plan

Failure is not an Option: Programming for Students with Intensive Behavioral Needs

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Battle House/Crystal Ballroom

This is an ADVANCED Behavioral SESSION for Grades K-12 for teachers of students with intensive behavioral needs (SED, BD, classrooms). Other support staff (i.e. Para-Educators, School Psychologist, Behavior Consultants, Principals who have the responsibility to monitor these programs, etc.) may wish to attend this overview as well. Developing successful programs for students with intensive behavioral needs is challenging! No single factor will suddenly make the program successful. The trick is making all factors work together so that the program is successful for the teacher and students. This session will provide a brief OVERVIEW of the six systems that need to be in place so that students and teachers WILL BE SUCCESSFUL! There are six systems that must be developed and implemented at some level in these type of programs. These systems include: 1. Verbal Management, Relationship Building, and De-Escalation Skills 2. Designing your external physical environment and preparing for the "internal baggage" these students often bring with them to school. 3. Basic Classroom Management Skills (On steroids!) and Advanced Classroom Managements Strategies, such as point sheets, level systems, and token economies. (These are great, effective strategies IF used correctly and NOT AS A WEAPON! 4. Practicing engaged Instructional Strategies 5. Teaching and Coaching Social Skills 6. Involving Inter-Agencies when needed If Teachers ever have the opportunity to attend the intensive four days of training, he or she will leave with a"blue print" of how he or she should structure their program for students who have the most intensive behavioral needs. The session today will be an overview so you can decide if this is something that you want to bring to your district.
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Prepositions in ASL - Not like English

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Riverview/Riverboat

As educators and interpreters of K-12 students, we often encounter prepositional phrases which are an English part of speech. We often wonder why our students cannot find a prepositional phrase in a sentence. One reason is because ASL does not have prepositional phrases as a part of speech, however it does have rules for conveying this information. Since these two languages handle this part of language in different ways, how can we ensure that our students grasp a proficient understanding of this vital element in the English language? **Participants will develop their own background knowledge of prepositional phrases by locating them in sentences. **We will review verbs in ASL and discover what happens to prepositional phrases in ASL syntactical structure. **We will identify the part of speech that ASL uses for prepositions **We will practice signing sentences with prepositional phrases in ASL **We will determine the best practice for conveying prepositional phrase instruction to students.
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Zombies are Knocking on Your Classroom Door!

08:15 AM 09:45 AM Riverview/Jubilee

Use the "Zombie Craze" to make STEM become "un-dead" in your science classroom! This is a hands-on, brains-on session! By making use of pop culture trends, we can raise the levels of engagement and interest in our STEM-based classrooms. In recent years, very few trends have been as wildly or widely popular as Zombies. In this session, we will use Zombies to model brain anatomy and physiology and then develop a model for the spread of a "Zombie Virus" in a population of humans.
Federal Compliance: Title-1 Improving Basic Programs Operated by LEAs

All Federal Programs Coordinators' Orientation to ESSA

08:15 AM 04:30 PM Riverview/Bon Secour BR I

This session will be presented by staff from the Federal Programs Section and will focus on providing the basic information coordinators need to administer the following: Title I, Parts A,B,C and D; Title II Part A; Title III; Title V Part B; Title IX McKinney Vento Homeless Education Act; Compliance Assistance and Program Support; Community Education; School Improvement and other relevant issues.
Accountability and School Supports and Improvement

Nursing Law and Compliance

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center- West Ballroom

3.0 hrs. Approved Alabama Board of Nursing CEU Jennifer Ventress ALSDE Nurse Update 2018 School Nursing is a specialized practice of Professional Nursing. This session will provide practical, timely, and useful information that you can utilize in your role as a school nurse. The updates presented will be in accordance with state laws, regulations/compliance requirements, and policy requirements that impact Alabama school nurses. Strand: Professionals
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Mathematics with a NASA Twist

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/106B

Participants will be made aware of multiple mathematics resources available from NASA at little to no charge. Activities will emphasize practical applications of graphing, statistics and manipulation of algebraic equations. NASA resources will be distributed during the presentation.
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Certification 101

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/204B

This session will cover routes to obtain certification for individuals entering the teaching profession and to expand certification areas for currently certified educators.
Academic Standards and Assessments

Understanding the Arts Course of Study and Changes to the Course Selections

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/201D

This session will cover the new Arts Course of Study standards which will be implemented during the 2018-2019 academic school year. Additionally, it will cover changes in the Subject and Personnel Code related to the new Arts Course of Study.
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Using Performance Series to effect change in an at-risk school environment

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Riverview/Bon Secour BR II

Using computer-adaptive test data can be tricky; however, it is especially impactful for at-risk populations due to the nature of the assessment. This session will instruct and guide educators to use PS Data to set learning goals for students, grade levels and even the whole school. We will also learn how to use the data to craft instructional practices in the classroom in order to achieve those goals.
Academic Standards and Assessments

Enabling Students’ Career Success: ACT WorkKeys Curriculum, ACT WorkKeys, and the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/106A

ACT WorkKeys assessments measure essential workplace skills and help people build career pathways. The ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), based on three of the WorkKeys assessments, has grown to be the nation’s most widely acknowledged, portable, research-based skills credential. This 90-minute session will provide an overview of the ACT WorkKeys Curriculum and demonstrate how it can be used to help your students prepare for career success. The session will also highlight the ways examinees can use their ACT WorkKeys scores, and the session will conclude by sharing how the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate brings value to your students’ future careers.

Anaphylasis and Emergency Epi-Pen Preparedness

10:00 AM 02:30 PM Mobile Convention Center- West Ballroom

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Infect Your Science Classroom with Math

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Riverview/Jubilee

Data collection and analysis is not only easier and more accessible than ever, it MUST be a part of any solid science curriculum. In this session, we will be using state-of-the-art technology that is designed to facilitate effective data collection and analysis in any middle school or high school science classroom. In addition to simply collecting data in this session, we will be analyzing the data by developing mathematical models using the data, and then brainstorming ideas for how to integrate writing into the activities that are done in the lab.
Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Evidence Based Practices: a guide to selecting, implementing, and examining the effectiveness of EBP.

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/202B

This session will provide information regarding the advantages of using Evidence Based Practices. Participants become familiar with the process of identifying, selecting, implementing, and examining Evidence Based Practices that they can take back and use in their school or district.
Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Fidelity to Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices: What's the big deal?

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Battle House/Bienville Square

It has been found there is a lack of fidelity of implementation to evidence-based practices in schools. This presentation provides an opportunity to look at why this problem occurs and then to review factors that support educators in remaining faithful to the ways practices were designed to be implemented. In addition, the discussion will lead to looking at dimensions of sustaining fidelity of implementation.
Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Visible Learning for Mathematics: What Works Best to Optimize Student Learning

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/204B

Current research on effect size for various learning strategies is discussed in the context of improving student performance in Mathematics. ESSA guidance to strengthen the effectiveness of LEA investment in evidence-based interventions is used to guide peer conversations and planning. Discussion topics include: Balancing Surface, Deep, and Transfer Learning; Noticing What Practices Work and Which Do Not; Appropriate Mathematical Tasks; Student Discourse; and Assessing Learning and Providing Feedback. While the focus of this session is on Mathematics, the wider picture of building LEA and school capacity to plan, implement, support and examine evidence-based interventions is applicable across content areas.
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How to Help Your Students Succeed

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/201C

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your unmotivated, unsuccessful and negative acting students, all of a sudden, became more positive, more motivated and more successful? Working with students who need help in becoming successful is part of a teacher’s job. Motivating students and helping them to self-regulate are essential skills for all teachers. In this class you will learn some of the secrets for helping challenging students become more motivated and more successful. You will learn techniques that you can use immediately.
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Attendance earns a grade. What will yours reflect?

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/201B

Several important factors will be included in this session such as managing Chalkable, GTS, the role of the attendance supervisor, report cards, ESSA, and the restorative justice plan. These topics will be wrapped in a fun, fast-paced presentation by a highly motivated team of people that have boots on the ground in Alabama Schools every day. You will come away with a better understanding of many factors that play into a good attendance percentage as well as ideas that will help you formulate a plan to move your system forward. However, the presentation will not focus on data, but the children we serve.
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The What, How, and When of Effective Reading Instruction and Intervention

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Riverview/Windjammer

In this session, participants will examine what administrators need to know about effective multi-tiered reading instruction, how and when instruction and intervention take place, and the critical connections to catch-up growth. Emphasis will be placed on making the instruction/intervention connection visible through differentiation and writing. The target audience for this session includes central office staff and K-12 administrators.
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The More You Know, the More You Grow!

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Riverview/Windjammer

This session will equip administrators in supporting ongoing school literacy goals related to student achievement in reading. Emphasis will be placed on examining school and classroom data to determine sufficient annual student growth and catch-up growth, as well as leading data conversations with teachers and school support staff to ensure that goals for grade level reading are realized. The target audience for this session includes central office staff and K-12 administrators.
Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Y’all Gonna Make Me Lose My Mind---UP IN HERE!

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/201D

How to purposely use positive psychology to manage the many demands placed on educators. In this uplifting presentation, Robert Little, researcher and author, shares self-help motivational strategies and stress management techniques designed to take care of emotional and physical needs in order to maintain vigor, improve student achievement, and to reduce stress to avoid burnout. Sprinkled with humor, loaded with touching stories, Little inspires the audience to commit to their personal and professional goals, and to prepare for life’s successes. This presentation includes researched-based tips on happiness, change, and gratitude.
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Overcoming Cultural Poverty, Disengaged Parents, and Apathetic Students.

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/107A

Take an unconventional look at student motivation and poverty from the eyes of an individual who struggled with education and eventually dropped out. It’s clear that students from poverty are habitually at a disadvantage when it comes to education, and educators can find it challenging to motivate such students to become positively engaged in learning. In this interactive session, participants will receive dozens of real, practical, eye-opening prevention and intervention strategies from someone whose mother abused drugs, father wasn’t present, and he was placed in special education. Craig ultimately repeated 3rd & 5th grade and eventually dropped out. Craig shows you how the motivate the unmotivated students you teach daily. Craig’s trademark slogan is “GED to PHD”, which is a concrete paradigm that educators should never give up on any student. Regardless of how impoverished they may seem.
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ESSA and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy to Identify Gifted and Talented Learners in Low Income Communities

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Riverview/Clipper

When teachers agree that “…the faculty in this school can get through to the most difficult students,” there is a positive effect on student achievement. Teachers in schools characterized by a “can-do,” or “together we can make a difference” attitude are typically more likely to accept challenging goals and be less likely to give up easily on students. The purpose of this session, is to examine how the use of culturally responsive practice can help schools to not only identify gifted and talented learners in non-traditional populations, but also to meet ESSA goals.
Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Picture Perfect STEM: A 5E Approach to STEM-Based Cross-Curricular Teaching

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/203A

Picture Perfect STEM by E. Morgan and K. Ansberry is one of our favorite and most-effective ways easily integrate reading, writing, social studies, math, science, technology, and engineering. This well-vetted resource is written in 5E format, includes at least two literature sources per lesson, is aligned to new science standards, and best of all, is extremely engaging and effective for students AND teachers. In this session you will learn this fantastic resource by actively participating in fun sample lessons from both the K-2 and 3-5 installments in this book series.
Academic Standards and Assessments

Computer Science Integration for Math and Science Classrooms

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Riverview/Bon Secour BR III

Did you know... Five of the fastest growing occupations are computing occupations. By 2016, there will be 1.5 million computing-related jobs available. Computing-related jobs are among the highest entry-level salaries of any bachelor's degree. Coding and computer science are all the buzz, but do you have problems wrapping your mind around how that applies to your subject? Come and learn some resources, projects, and ideas to increase interest and encourage others.
Federal Compliance: IDEA

Understanding the Role of Data in the Wake of Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Battle House/ Moonlight A

The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District reinforced the importance of a data-driven IEP. This decision requires school districts to develop IEPs that are “reasonably calculated” to provide each child with “an opportunity to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstance.” This session is designed to help educators develop a deeper understanding of how an IEP Team can use data to identify and address a child’s unique needs. Session attendees will learn the importance of using both quantitative and qualitative data in the decision-making process.
Federal Compliance: Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth

School-Based Mental Health (SBMH) Services

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Battle House/Moonlight CDE

The Alabama Department of Mental Health and Alabama State Department of Education have identified the need for a deliberate strategy aimed at improving service quality within and continuity between the two departments. The aim is to achieve greater integration of mental health services between the mental health centers and the public schools and to increase the utilization of evidence-based practices. The integration of these services will foster continuity of care and ensure sustained gains in academic and developmental domains for children, youth, and their families. The goal of the School-Based Mental Health Services (SBMH) collaboration between the Alabama Department of Mental Health and its providers and the Alabama State Department of Education and Alabama’s local education agencies is to ensure that children and adolescents, both general and special education, enrolled in local school systems have access to high quality mental health prevention, early intervention and treatment services. To be effective, comprehensive mental health services in schools must be provided by an on-site master’s level mental health professional in collaboration with teachers, administrators, and families.
Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Look Who's Talking! Bringing Student Discourse to Life in Your Classroom

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/107B

Do you long for the days of the silent classroom, where the teacher speaks and students nod in agreement? If so, this session is NOT for you! Come learn what research says about productive student discourse. Experience how Talk Moves and other discourse strategies can enrich your classroom, bringing even the most disenfranchised student to the table of rich, engaged learning. This session focuses on research-based classroom instruction strategies to push your students toward rigorous, meta-cognitive thinking. You will leave this session ready to implement student discourse strategies immediately, at no cost! Are you ready to learn more? Come TALK!
Federal Compliance: Developing an Effective School Improvement Plan

Is your toolkit complete? Prepare (and compare) your ESSA plans.

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Riverview/Mobile Bay

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has provided a unique opportunity for States to evaluate and expand their accountability approach to include a more holistic and accurate evaluation of student, teacher, School, District, and State performance. With increased flexibility, however, comes increased complexity and measurement considerations. Does your State have all of the performance metrics and evaluation tools you need to successfully implement your ESSA plans? How are other States taking advantage of the opportunity in their ESSA plans? How can you introduce innovation while maintaining the accuracy and integrity of your data? This session will provide a unique opportunity for participants to learn about common themes, unique components, and innovative approaches in the 51 published plans, as well as different tools and options for designing, implementing, and supporting your State accountability goals and assessment programs.
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Getting to the planning of Co-teaching

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Riverview/Schooner

Co-teaching is a service delivery option in which a general education teacher and a special education teacher share instructional responsibility and accountability for a diverse group of students with the goal of improving outcomes and reducing the achievement gap for students. However, even when professionals are committed to co-teaching, barriers often arise related to the logistics. One frequently mentioned concern pertains to co-planning. This includes arranging common planning time, keeping to the task of co-planning, and lacking necessary tools to support co-planning. The presenter provides a useful structure along with tools to assist teachers to co-plan for effective co-taught lessons.
Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Eliminating Barriers to College and Career Readiness - One High School's Approach

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/202A

This presentation will show how one secondary school has improved college and career readiness for students. It will address how to improve ACT scores and eliminate barriers to college. Use of successful goal setting and ACT prep will be demonstrated. Demonstration of comprehensive career education will be shown. Many ways to enhance readiness through use of technology will be shown. Proven success through our "Triple E" Program will be demonstrated. We will show how scores can be raised and students can be successful with little or no cost to the school.
Academic Standards and Assessments

Putting Standards-Based Reporting Into Action: Transforming Classrooms with Instruction that Focuses on Student Learning

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Riverview/Grand Bay

Transform your classroom instruction using this accurate and honest grading method - STANDARDS-BASED REPORTING! This method provides valuable feedback to students, parents, teachers, and administrators on how each student is performing against a set of academic standards. Standards-based reporting better informs instruction by identifying areas of strength and needed improvement. Teachers design instruction that gives students multiple opportunities, if needed, to demonstrate success within a particular subject area and grade level. Join us in a lively discussion of the progressive thinking behind standards-based reporting and why the communication of student progress must reflect student learning, and student learning only.
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Dichotomous Keys:Unlocking Adaptation and Systems Thinking in Wild and Domestic Animals and Plants

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/203B

Water, rock, life, and nutrient cycles, and topics like adaptation, symbiosis, and reproduction are important components of ALCOS, but are often taught as isolated topics. Systems thinking can link these disparate ideas together. Creative use of dichotomous keys, the identification trees found in field guides, can provide students with scaffolding to link these topics together intrinsically. Come create dichotomous keys to identify silly alien creatures, learning that key features are adaptations, and plan an alien critter appropriate for a new landscape. Then, we’ll apply these skills to understanding wild and domestic organisms in Alabama with loupes and kinesthetic models.
Academic Standards and Assessments

NAEP 2019- Next "Man" Up: Preparing ALL Players for the "Game"

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/105

NAEP uses a sample of students, where many are called, but few are chosen. In order to "hit a homerun," we must prepare ALL teachers and ALL students. Join me as we "work out" and prepare a game plan by reviewing NAEP resources (NAEP Item Maps and NAEP Questions Tool), Difficulty vs. Complexity, and Test-taking Skills for teachers and students. No matter who is up to "bat," Alabama will be ready for NAEP 2019 and beyond.
Federal Compliance: Developing an Effective School Improvement Plan

Failure is not an Option: Programming for Students with Intensive Behavioral Needs

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Battle House/Crystal Ballroom

This is an ADVANCED Behavioral SESSION for Grades K-12 for teachers of students with intensive behavioral needs (SED, BD, classrooms). Other support staff (i.e. Para-Educators, School Psychologist, Behavior Consultants, Principals who have the responsibility to monitor these programs, etc.) may wish to attend this overview as well. Developing successful programs for students with intensive behavioral needs is challenging! No single factor will suddenly make the program successful. The trick is making all factors work together so that the program is successful for the teacher and students. This session will provide a brief OVERVIEW of the six systems that need to be in place so that students and teachers WILL BE SUCCESSFUL! There are six systems that must be developed and implemented at some level in these type of programs. These systems include: 1. Verbal Management, Relationship Building, and De-Escalation Skills 2. Designing your external physical environment and preparing for the "internal baggage" these students often bring with them to school. 3. Basic Classroom Management Skills (On steroids!) and Advanced Classroom Managements Strategies, such as point sheets, level systems, and token economies. (These are great, effective strategies IF used correctly and NOT AS A WEAPON! 4. Practicing engaged Instructional Strategies 5. Teaching and Coaching Social Skills 6. Involving Inter-Agencies when needed If Teachers ever have the opportunity to attend the intensive four days of training, he or she will leave with a"blue print" of how he or she should structure their program for students who have the most intensive behavioral needs. The session today will be an overview so you can decide if this is something that you want to bring to your district.
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Messed up Metaphors

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Riverview/Riverboat

As educators and interpreters of K-12 students, we often encounter English figurative language which does not have an equivalent translation in ASL. This occurs frequently between any two very different languages. One of these literary devices is metaphors. The way in which we convey metaphors in ASL is not the same as we convey metaphors in English. Metaphors are on every standardized test in every state at every grade level after 3rd grade, and our students struggle answering these questions again and again. This deficit is in part based on the way we as interpreters are conveying this information to our students. ** Participants will review signs for English figurative language **We will determine whether deaf students can visually understand figurative language **We will determine whether ASL is able to convey figurative language **We will analyze how ASL makes comparisons **We will develop our own background knowledge in how to locate metaphors in a passage **We will practice signing passages with metaphors in ASL
Federal Compliance: English Language Acquisition and Language Enhancement

Designing Instructional and Academic Language: DIAL in the Message, DIAL out the Noise (School Administrators)

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Riverview/Bon Secour BR II

This presentation prepares administrators to support core content teachers as they hone their language skills and increase comprehensibility for ELs and diverse language users. We will introduce you to an innovative method for attending to and optimizing teacher talk in content classrooms. We will review real-world teacher talk and discuss ways to increase comprehensibility of teacher talk for English Learners and struggling learners. We will then introduce you to the basics of observation and walk you through the process of observing teachers and their discourse in the content classrooms. You will come away prepared to evaluate teacher talk and identify areas for support to help your teachers improve their practice in instructional delivery.
Academic Standards and Assessments

ESSA and the 1% Population: Who are they and How can I help them?

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/106A

Join Special Education Services and Student Assessment as they team up to breakdown regulations regarding students with significant cognitive disabilities around the 1% Cap and guidance for the IEP decision-making process. Topics to be covered include the New Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards, Teaching and Learning Guides, and the Alabama Alternate Assessment (AAA).
Federal Compliance: IDEA

Don't Let Preschool Data Turn You Inside Out - We Will ELPP You Through the Process

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Battle House/ Moonlight B

This session will focus on the preschool indicator: 6 (Preschool Settings), 7 (Preschool Skills), and 12 (Part C to B Transition). Comparisons of data from 2015-2016 to 2016-2017 will be discussed. the significance of preschool data in SPP/AAPR and determinations will be highlighted. Strategies for continual improvement on all 3 indicators will be offered along with the changes made in the collection of data
Federal Compliance: Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth

Mandatory Reporting and Erin's Law Implementation: What School Professionals Need to Know

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/201A

The reporting of suspected child abuse & neglect is mandated for teachers, school support staff, health professionals, counselors and many others that work with children. This session offers the most up-to-date information regarding how to recognize and report suspected child maltreatment and highlights community-wide resources that focus on prevention. This session will also offer information and resources regarding the implementation of Erin's Law in our schools.
Federal Compliance: IDEA

Learn How to Get the Most Out of Special Ed Connection! Access to Special Ed Connection is provided to you by the ALSDE

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Battle House/Leinkauf

LRP Publications can help you get access to Special Ed Connection® and DirectSTEP® eCourses. In fact, AL Department of Education has already purchased these resources for every district! Join us and we’ll share some tips on how to maximize use in your district. LRP has been the education community’s most trusted source for practical strategies and legal guidance for more than 40 years!! Our resources dissect and interpret education laws and then provide real-world implementation strategies. Learn more about your districts’ obligations under the IDEA, ADA, Section 504, Title I, FERPA, and ESSA through these premier resources that have been made available for your use.

Anaphylasis and Emergency Epi-Pen Preparedness

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Mobile Convention Center- West Ballroom

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Engineering with NASA

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/106B

Incorporating engineering concepts into your classroom is not as hard as you think! Come join in a discussion of the engineering design process and participate in hands on examples of a number of grade appropriate NASA activities utilizing this process. Discussion will include adaptation to specific subject areas and modifications for accommodation.
Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Visible Learning for Mathematics: What Works Best to Optimize Student Learning

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/204B

Current research on effect size for various learning strategies is discussed in the context of improving student performance in Mathematics. ESSA guidance to strengthen the effectiveness of LEA investment in evidence-based interventions is used to guide peer conversations and planning. Discussion topics include: Balancing Surface, Deep, and Transfer Learning; Noticing What Practices Work and Which Do Not; Appropriate Mathematical Tasks; Student Discourse; and Assessing Learning and Providing Feedback. While the focus of this session is on Mathematics, the wider picture of building LEA and school capacity to plan, implement, support and examine evidence-based interventions is applicable across content areas.
Federal Compliance: Developing an Effective School Improvement Plan

Is your toolkit complete? Prepare (and compare) your ESSA plans.

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Riverview/Mobile Bay

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has provided a unique opportunity for States to evaluate and expand their accountability approach to include a more holistic and accurate evaluation of student, teacher, School, District, and State performance. With increased flexibility, however, comes increased complexity and measurement considerations. Does your State have all of the performance metrics and evaluation tools you need to successfully implement your ESSA plans? How are other States taking advantage of the opportunity in their ESSA plans? How can you introduce innovation while maintaining the accuracy and integrity of your data? This session will provide a unique opportunity for participants to learn about common themes, unique components, and innovative approaches in the 51 published plans, as well as different tools and options for designing, implementing, and supporting your State accountability goals and assessment programs.
Federal Compliance: Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth

School-Based Mental Health (SBMH) Services

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Battle House/Moonlight CDE

The Alabama Department of Mental Health and Alabama State Department of Education have identified the need for a deliberate strategy aimed at improving service quality within and continuity between the two departments. The aim is to achieve greater integration of mental health services between the mental health centers and the public schools and to increase the utilization of evidence-based practices. The integration of these services will foster continuity of care and ensure sustained gains in academic and developmental domains for children, youth, and their families. The goal of the School-Based Mental Health Services (SBMH) collaboration between the Alabama Department of Mental Health and its providers and the Alabama State Department of Education and Alabama’s local education agencies is to ensure that children and adolescents, both general and special education, enrolled in local school systems have access to high quality mental health prevention, early intervention and treatment services. To be effective, comprehensive mental health services in schools must be provided by an on-site master’s level mental health professional in collaboration with teachers, administrators, and families.
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Engaging African American Boys in Under-resourced Schools & Communities

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/201D

There is a persistent academic achievement gap between minority students and their white counterparts. More specifically, African American boys are disproportionally overrepresented in special education classes, score poorest on school assessments, and account for the highest dropout rate when compared to African American girls, and their white peers. If you have ever wondered why this is so, this session is for you. But, more importantly strategies to address this issue will be shared, particularly as closing the achievement gap is a national priority. Be prepared to be blown away!
Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Know the Signs

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/201A

Leave this session with the comfort to discuss suicide prevention on your campus with faculty, staff, and students. During this session, attendees will learn the components of the Jason Flatt Act and explore training materials to support faculty and students training requirements.
Federal Compliance: IDEA

Learn How to Get the Most Out of Special Ed Connection! Access to Special Ed Connection is provided to you by the ALSDE

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Battle House/Leinkauf

LRP Publications can help you get access to Special Ed Connection® and DirectSTEP® eCourses. In fact, AL Department of Education has already purchased these resources for every district! Join us and we’ll share some tips on how to maximize use in your district. LRP has been the education community’s most trusted source for practical strategies and legal guidance for more than 40 years!! Our resources dissect and interpret education laws and then provide real-world implementation strategies. Learn more about your districts’ obligations under the IDEA, ADA, Section 504, Title I, FERPA, and ESSA through these premier resources that have been made available for your use.
Academic Standards and Assessments

What's New with ACCESS Virtual Learning

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Riverview/Bon Secour BR III

With continual turnover among principals, counselors, curriculum coordinators etc., participants will learn important information about the ACCESS Virtual Learning program. The history of the program as well as changes and updates that have occurred over the programs 10+ years of assisting schools and students statewide. How ACCESS can help with your Virtual Option, which all systems now have in place, will also be discussed.
Accountability and School Supports and Improvement

The Opioid Crisis

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center- West Ballroom

Every day 115 Americans die from an opioid overdose. This presentation will cover the opioid crisis nationally and in Alabama. Opioids will be defined and identified. The signs of an opioid overdose will be discussed and when treatment is necessary. Different treatment modalities will be reviewed, mainly naloxone. We will cover when naloxone is necessary and how to administer. Finally, we will examine what is and can be done to combat this problem.
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EMPACT 4: Expecting Measurable Progress through ACTion - Strong Finish, Strong Start!

08:15 AM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/204A

This session is required for all schools with a current School Improvement Grant (SIG) program grant. We will celebrate the strong finish of each school and incorporate the Four Domains of Rapid School Improvement, SIG expectations, and ESSA requirements into cogent improvement plans that foster student achievement and support a strong start for the upcoming school year.
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The Equitable Classroom: Give All Students Access to the Heart of Math Problem Solving

08:15 AM 09:45 AM Mobile Convention Center/202B

How do we meet the needs of all learners when they're so different? What if all students had immediate access to deep mathematical problem solving despite their ability? Experience how neuroscience, motivational research, and innovative technology might just be the answer to developing a truly equitable classroom and bring math success to all students.
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ESSA Guidelines and Gifted Education: Supporting High-Ability and High-Potential Students and their Educators

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Riverview/Clipper

This session will describe new gifted education requirements as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) legislation. Mandatory and provisional guidelines will be shared to equip school leaders and policymakers to provide instruction and funding in response to the learning needs of high-achieving and high-potential learners. Provisions for data collection and reporting of student achievement data will be described. Recommendations and strategies for the appropriate and allowable use of Title funding to identify and serve gifted and talented students and provide instructional services and training for teachers will also be shared.
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Meeting the Social and Emotional Needs of Students to Ensure Success

08:15 AM 09:45 AM Battle House/Moonlight CDE

This presentation will provide attendees with strategies to add to their toolbox when dealing with students with challenging behavioral needs. These are strategies that can be used in RTI or before the FBA/BIP process to support students. Strategies can be implemented district wide, school wide, and in the classroom.
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National STEM Teacher Certificates Support Effective STEM Education and Improve Instructional Practice.

08:15 AM 09:45 AM Mobile Convention Center/107A

Life-changing STEM outcomes are the result of purposeful instructional planning and delivery that integrates standards-based instruction and high impact STEM strategies. Effective, engaging and evidence-based, these doable strategies will transform student outcomes. Getting a STEM Teacher Certificate through NISE refines and demonstrates an understanding of the 15 STEM Teacher Actions. Join us for an engaging, interactive session!
Federal Compliance: Developing an Effective School Improvement Plan

AN OVERVIEW: HOW TO STRUCTURE YOUR CLASSROOM FOR TODAY'S STUDENTS..OPIE IS GONE!! CHAMPS: A POSITIVE AND PROACTIVE APPROACH TO CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT (K-8) DISCIPLINE IN THE SECONDARY CLASSROOM (9-12)

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Battle House/Crystal Ballroom

The second edition of CHAMPS and the 3rd Edition of Discipline in the Secondary Classroom assists classroom teachers to design (or fine tune) a proactive and positive classroom management plan that will overtly teach students how to behave responsibly. Both resources includes tips and resources to make this definitive guide to classroom management even more user-friendly. CHAMPS and DISCIPLINE IN THE SECONDARY strategies are easy to implement and will: Reduce classroom disruptions and office referrals Improve classroom climate Increase student on-task behavior Establish respectful and civil interactions By following the effective, research-based practices outlined in CHAMPS, teachers develop methods for clearly communicating their expectations on every classroom activity and transition. Expectations to clarify are: Conversation: Can students talk to each other during this activity? Help: How do students get the teacher's attention and their questions answered? Activity: What is the task/objective? What is the end product? Movement: Can students move about during this activity? Participation: How do students show they are fully participating? What does work behavior look/sound like? Success: When students meet CHAMPS expectations, they will be successful! Other acronyms to teach your expectations include MAC, TEAM, AND ACHIEVE KEY BENEFITS OF BOTH TEXT Teachers establish clear expectations with logical and fair responses to misbehavior. Teachers spend less time disciplining and more time teaching. Teachers learn tools to motivate students to do their best. Students are taught how to behave responsibly. CHAMPS, 2nd ed., includes more than 500 pages of downloadable materials such as self-assessment checklists, reproducible forms, certificates and badges, and 66 classroom icons in six different styles.
Academic Standards and Assessments

Interpreting ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports for Instruction

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/105

The ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports provide specific information on students' academic English language proficiency. Participants will examine the different types of reports, their connection to the WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework, and how these reports can serve as a tool to initiate discussion on instruction.
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America's Top Sign Language Role Models

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Riverview/Riverboat

As educators and interpreters of K-12 students, we are the role models for their early language development. Since less than 5% of hearing parents sign with their deaf children, educators and interpreters become the source for their signed language acquisition. Currently, the trend is for all deaf children to be mainstreamed in regular education classrooms with the accommodation of an interpreter, unless students attend a school for the deaf. While we are doing the best we can in the inclusion classroom setting, the test results continue to show that deaf students score far below their peers for the most part. How can we help our students become more successful? **Participants will discuss the essential elements necessary for students to develop a second language. **We will also determine what is the role of the interpreter and educator in building strong signed language skills. **We will evaluate what basic skills are essential for students to be able to develop reading comprehension. **Finally we will look at some resources that have shown success in increasing student signing skills and reading comprehension, by teaching the multiple meanings of the Dolch Sight Words.
Accountability and School Supports and Improvement

AdvancED Continuous Improvement Network Overview

08:15 AM 09:45 AM Mobile Convention Center/201D

During this session, participants will learn about the new and innovative changes within eProve Platform that will help institutions move from an event-driven process in which every institution must meet the same expectations for internal and external review to a continuous improvement system in which each institution can personalize and customize the experience based on their vision and long-term strategic goals and objectives. The presenter has also allowed time at the end of the presentation for any questions regarding the eProve Platform.
Academic Standards and Assessments

What's this thing called Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Why should I care?

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/106A

Student Assessment is leading the charge to assist educators with incorporating Universal Design for Learning (UDL) supports in the classroom for students who are taking Universally Designed (UD) state assessments. For the best opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge of academic content they may need the use of a support in the classroom and on a state assessment. Come join Student Assessment as we collaborate with other to share our knowledge of this 21st century educational trend.
Federal Compliance: English Language Acquisition and Language Enhancement

ESSA Title I EL Requirements for all Title I funded Districts

08:15 AM 09:45 AM Riverview/Mobile Bay

ESSA is now in full implementation and includes a significant amount of new requirements under Title I related to English Learners (ELs). These EL requirements apply to all Title I funded districts regardless of whether the district receives Title III funds. Therefore, Title I staff in school districts now must have someone with expertise in the provision of language instruction educational programs for ELs. This presentation provides details regarding the Title I requirements related to ELs and includes some suggestions for cooperation and collaboration between those involved in the education of ELs and Title I staff.
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Through the Looking Glass: Trauma Informed Approaches in the Classroom

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Battle House/Bienville Square

Toxic stressful experiences in early childhood can alter the architecture of the brain, contributing to behaviors that are difficult for teachers to manage in the classroom. This workshop will address effective strategies for adults who work with children by integrating brain science and mental health tenets into education practice.
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Poverty Simulation: Experiencing Poverty from the Family Perspective

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/201C

In this 2.5-hour interactive session, participants experience a "month" of poverty, taking on the identity of someone living with few financial resources and handling real life challenges that arise during an ordinary month. The session will end with a facilitated discussion, allowing participants to process their thoughts and feelings from this profound experience and how this could impact their work with students and families.
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Sailing the High C’s: Communication, Collaboration, Coordination, and Commitment for students success.

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/201B

QUICK! Grab the life line and reel yourself in! ALL ABOARD as we share our journey of navigating the barriers to student success. Come explore our district’s collaborative approach in partnering with community resources to create a safe and nurturing environment where all students achieve and succeed. Our crew includes representatives from schools, community agencies, family service centers, and social workers. We will share tools to coordinate efforts to prepare students for academic success. Join us as we sail through this informative and fun filled cruise! Anchor yourself for a learning adventure….complete with door prizes
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Building Student Confidence: Helping Every Student Succeed through cooperative learning initiatives

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/203B

Have you ever wished for a miracle way to connect with your students and get them to connect to each other? Come to our session and learn some innovative and fun ways to get students excited about learning through team building initiatives. We will get you out of your seats and there will be laughter! At McDowell Educational Programs, we teach science and social studies in creative ways that engage the students in outdoor settings. In our 1140 acre classroom, we connect people to the natural world, the foods they eat, and each other by inquiry-based methods that work.
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Alabama School Counseling and Guidance Program Updates

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/202A

This session will provide conference attendees with updated information regarding ALSDE Counseling and Guidance initiatives, school counseling program accountability, best practices in school counseling, and school counseling program recognition.
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ALIGNING IEPS TO ALABAMA STATE STANDARDS: RECONCILING THE “I” AND “ALL”

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Battle House/ Moonlight B

Long the expectation, many educators still struggle to go beyond the rhetoric of “standards-based IEPs.” The “I” in IEP and the “all means all” of standards seems irreconcilable. This session will analyze the cognitive, language and processing demands of the Alabama State Standards so teachers can make critical connections to student’s disability-related learning characteristics. Through this “gap analysis” process, teachers will be able to write accommodations and measurable goals that are both highly individualized and designed to support progress in the general education curriculum. Bring a copy of the standards and an IEP and leave with lots of ideas!
Federal Compliance: Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth

Prevention and Support Services Compliance Monitoring 101

08:15 AM 09:45 AM Mobile Convention Center/201A

The session will provide an overview of the compliance monitoring process which includes the desk audit as well as Virtual Alabama. The session will also include an in-depth question and answer sessions for attendees.
Federal Compliance: IDEA

The Plain Language of Special Education

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Battle House/ Moonlight A

The “Plain Language of Special Education” is a collaborative project between Auburn University and the Alabama State Department of Education. It was originally designed to help future teachers find what they need; understand what they find; and use what they find to meet their needs. As the project evolved, it became clear the "Plain Language of Special Education” is a useful resource for all special education professionals, whether new or seasoned veterans. The presentation includes a variety of topics related to properly completing information on the eligibility and Individualized Education Program (IEP) forms. Please come and join in the discussion!!
Federal Compliance: IDEA

Learn How to Get the Most Out of Special Ed Connection! Access to Special Ed Connection is provided to you by the ALSDE

08:15 AM 09:45 AM Battle House/Leinkauf

LRP Publications can help you get access to Special Ed Connection® and DirectSTEP® eCourses. In fact, AL Department of Education has already purchased these resources for every district! Join us and we’ll share some tips on how to maximize use in your district. LRP has been the education community’s most trusted source for practical strategies and legal guidance for more than 40 years!! Our resources dissect and interpret education laws and then provide real-world implementation strategies. Learn more about your districts’ obligations under the IDEA, ADA, Section 504, Title I, FERPA, and ESSA through these premier resources that have been made available for your use.
Allowable Uses of Funds

Fiscal Issues Update and A Brief Look at eGAP

08:15 AM 09:45 AM Riverview/Bon Secour BR I

Suitable for LEA federal program coordinators and their support personnel. There will be time for Q & A and an overview of pieces and parts of the federal programs section of the eGAP application.
Federal Compliance: IDEA

Year or Two in Review: National Special Education Case Law Update

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Riverview/Grand Bay

This session presents an organized review of published court decisions under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and, secondarily, the pair of federal disability anti-discrimination laws, Section 504 and the ADA, with due attention to cases decided in Alabama and the Eleventh Circuit. The IDEA subcategories range from child find/eligibility through FAPE to the remedies of tuition reimbursement and compensatory education. The emphasis is on current trends and new developments of particular significance to school personnel, hearing officers, complaint investigators, and other interested individuals.
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Moving forward with co-teaching: Elevating the level of instruction in co-taught classrooms

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Riverview/Schooner

Co-teaching is the most often used service delivery option to support students with disabilities in general education classrooms. This session is intended for professionals already familiar with co-teaching basics. We will focus on ways to differentiate content, process, and product and identify how co-teachers may incorporate Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) into the co-taught classroom. We will specifically focus on integrating SDI and evidence based practices strategically with in the three high-yield co-teaching approaches.
Federal Compliance: Developing an Effective School Improvement Plan

Parent and Family Engagement, Title I Requirements, and the School Improvement Process

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Riverview/Bon Secour BR II

This session is for Federal Program Coordinators, School Administrators, Curriculum Coordinators, and other individuals who work specifically with the ACIP, Title I Schools, and schools that are in School Improvement. We will discuss parent engagement strategies, navigate through the required components of the ACIP as well as discuss the process for developing and monitoring goals for schools identified by Alabama Accountability Act as a Failing School.
Accountability and School Supports and Improvement

Emergency Preparation Children's of Alabama / Enterprise City Schools

08:15 AM 09:45 AM Mobile Convention Center- West Ballroom

"Stop the Bleed" Children's of Alabama Emergency Epinephrine / Asthma
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Mass vs Weight: A Heavy Duty Matter

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/106B

Do your students have difficulties with the difference between mass and weight? Join us and be trained in a series of hands on activities from NASA designed to help them understand and differentiate between the concepts. Activities are paired with video clips of astronauts aboard the International Space Station giving explanations and demonstrations to further understanding.
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The Equitable Classroom: Give All Students Access to the Heart of Math Problem Solving

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/202B

How do we meet the needs of all learners when they're so different? What if all students had immediate access to deep mathematical problem solving despite their ability? Experience how neuroscience, motivational research, and innovative technology might just be the answer to developing a truly equitable classroom and bring math success to all students.
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Creating an ocean science network for Alabama science teachers

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/203A

Ocean science is by nature interdisciplinary. Sharks, tsunamis, and other ocean issues are naturally engaging for students but can be used to teach disciplinary core ideas in science. Yet there are few lessons or laboratory and outside activities that focus on Alabama’s ocean. As the state’s ocean science research and education facility, the Sea Lab envisions a network of teachers across the state who will identify their needs and opportunities and collaborate with Sea Lab scientists and educators so that these needs can be met. With humans increasingly dependent on the ocean, it is critical that Alabama’s students are ocean-literate.
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National STEM Teacher Certificates Support Effective STEM Education and Improve Instructional Practice.

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/107A

Life-changing STEM outcomes are the result of purposeful instructional planning and delivery that integrates standards-based instruction and high impact STEM strategies. Effective, engaging and evidence-based, these doable strategies will transform student outcomes. Getting a STEM Teacher Certificate through NISE refines and demonstrates an understanding of the 15 STEM Teacher Actions. Join us for an engaging, interactive session!
Federal Compliance: English Language Acquisition and Language Enhancement

ESSA Title I EL Requirements for all Title I funded Districts

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Riverview/Mobile Bay

ESSA is now in full implementation and includes a significant amount of new requirements under Title I related to English Learners (ELs). These EL requirements apply to all Title I funded districts regardless of whether the district receives Title III funds. Therefore, Title I staff in school districts now must have someone with expertise in the provision of language instruction educational programs for ELs. This presentation provides details regarding the Title I requirements related to ELs and includes some suggestions for cooperation and collaboration between those involved in the education of ELs and Title I staff.
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School Nurses' Obligations Under Section 504 & The ADAAA

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center- West Ballroom

This general session will review recent court and Office of Civil Rights opinions relevant to a public school’s legal obligations under Section 504 and the ADAAA. Topics will include the school nurse’s role in Child Find, Section 504 evaluations, and eligibility determinations; development of Section 504 plans; nondiscrimination in nonacademic services; health care plans; money damages cases; and other topics of interests.
Accountability and School Supports and Improvement

AdvancED Continuous Improvement Network Overview

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/201D

During this session, participants will learn about the new and innovative changes within eProve Platform that will help institutions move from an event-driven process in which every institution must meet the same expectations for internal and external review to a continuous improvement system in which each institution can personalize and customize the experience based on their vision and long-term strategic goals and objectives. The presenter has also allowed time at the end of the presentation for any questions regarding the eProve Platform.
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Meeting the Social and Emotional Needs of Students to Ensure Success

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Battle House/Moonlight CDE

This presentation will provide attendees with strategies to add to their toolbox when dealing with students with challenging behavioral needs. These are strategies that can be used in RTI or before the FBA/BIP process to support students. Strategies can be implemented district wide, school wide, and in the classroom.
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De-escalating Behaviors

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/201A

Matt will share simple and effective de-escalation and safety strategies that can be used to minimize dangerous situations.
Allowable Uses of Funds

Private School Service Agreements

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Riverview/Jubilee

Participants will learn about allowable uses of funds when providing equitable services to private schools and collaborating with private schools to complete service agreements in a timely and meaningful manner.
Academic Standards and Assessments

Computer Science Integration for Math and Science Classrooms

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Riverview/Bon Secour BR III

Did you know... Five of the fastest growing occupations are computing occupations. By 2016, there will be 1.5 million computing-related jobs available. Computing-related jobs are among the highest entry-level salaries of any bachelor's degree. Coding and computer science are all the buzz, but do you have problems wrapping your mind around how that applies to your subject? Come and learn some resources, projects, and ideas to increase interest and encourage others.
Federal Compliance: IDEA

Learn How to Get the Most Out of Special Ed Connection! Access to Special Ed Connection is provided to you by the ALSDE

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Battle House/Leinkauf

LRP Publications can help you get access to Special Ed Connection® and DirectSTEP® eCourses. In fact, AL Department of Education has already purchased these resources for every district! Join us and we’ll share some tips on how to maximize use in your district. LRP has been the education community’s most trusted source for practical strategies and legal guidance for more than 40 years!! Our resources dissect and interpret education laws and then provide real-world implementation strategies. Learn more about your districts’ obligations under the IDEA, ADA, Section 504, Title I, FERPA, and ESSA through these premier resources that have been made available for your use.
Accountability and School Supports and Improvement

Special Education Health and Case Law

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center- West Ballroom

Special Education Services, how it relates to Health and Chronic illness.
Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Applying Differentiation Strategies in Secondary Classrooms

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/202B

This session will focus on differentiation strategies for use in grade 6-12 classrooms as supported by current theory and pedagogy. In this workshop, educators will learn strategies for differentiating by content, and by process. Participants will develop new and effective ways of teaching English Language learners, gifted students, special education students, general education students, and at-risk students. The presenter will model lessons using differentiation strategies and facilitate structured planning tasks. Participants will be able to meet the needs of all students by applying the results-yielding differentiation strategies presented.
Federal Compliance: Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth

Is Remediation and Tutoring Not Working for Your Students? Creative Avenues for Increased Performance.

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/203A

This session is a fun and engaging method of increasing academic performance for all grades that is researched based. Come learn strategies that will demonstrate the cognitive benefits for students. All ideas and methods shared are available at no cost to a school or LEA. This session will benefit all educators no matter the subject.
Accountability and School Supports and Improvement

Reducing Chronic Absenteeism: Tools for Success

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/204B

Chronic Absenteeism is a major challenge for schools that directly affects the learning environment, the academic success of children, and the overall results for schools and systems throughout Alabama. At this session you will receive practical tools and best practices to help you address chronic absenteeism. These tools and best practices have been tested in real schools in Central Alabama, with real results. You'll hear success stories and learn about how community partners can join with you to improve attendance.
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Writing Winning Grant Proposals to Support Gifted Education

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Riverview/Clipper

Writing a winning grant proposal requires that the writers have a clear understanding of the request for proposals’ (RFP) funding priority(ies) and how the proposed intervention(s) are aligned with the RFP goals. Proposal writers must be aware of not only current (and past) research but also present a reasonable timeline for implementation, a budget that covers realistic expenses, and a rigorous plan for the evaluation of the project. However, there are other explicit and implicit strategies and techniques that can lead to success in being awarded grant funding. This session will address the art and science of the grant proposal writing process.
Federal Compliance: Developing an Effective School Improvement Plan

AN OVERVIEW: HOW TO STRUCTURE YOUR CLASSROOM FOR TODAY'S STUDENTS..OPIE IS GONE!! CHAMPS: A POSITIVE AND PROACTIVE APPROACH TO CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT (K-8) DISCIPLINE IN THE SECONDARY CLASSROOM (9-12)

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Battle House/Crystal Ballroom

The second edition of CHAMPS and the 3rd Edition of Discipline in the Secondary Classroom assists classroom teachers to design (or fine tune) a proactive and positive classroom management plan that will overtly teach students how to behave responsibly. Both resources includes tips and resources to make this definitive guide to classroom management even more user-friendly. CHAMPS and DISCIPLINE IN THE SECONDARY strategies are easy to implement and will: Reduce classroom disruptions and office referrals Improve classroom climate Increase student on-task behavior Establish respectful and civil interactions By following the effective, research-based practices outlined in CHAMPS, teachers develop methods for clearly communicating their expectations on every classroom activity and transition. Expectations to clarify are: Conversation: Can students talk to each other during this activity? Help: How do students get the teacher's attention and their questions answered? Activity: What is the task/objective? What is the end product? Movement: Can students move about during this activity? Participation: How do students show they are fully participating? What does work behavior look/sound like? Success: When students meet CHAMPS expectations, they will be successful! Other acronyms to teach your expectations include MAC, TEAM, AND ACHIEVE KEY BENEFITS OF BOTH TEXT Teachers establish clear expectations with logical and fair responses to misbehavior. Teachers spend less time disciplining and more time teaching. Teachers learn tools to motivate students to do their best. Students are taught how to behave responsibly. CHAMPS, 2nd ed., includes more than 500 pages of downloadable materials such as self-assessment checklists, reproducible forms, certificates and badges, and 66 classroom icons in six different styles.
Academic Standards and Assessments

Interpreting ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports for Instruction

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/105

The ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports provide specific information on students' academic English language proficiency. Participants will examine the different types of reports, their connection to the WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework, and how these reports can serve as a tool to initiate discussion on instruction.
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Through the Looking Glass: Trauma Informed Approaches in the Classroom

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Battle House/Bienville Square

Toxic stressful experiences in early childhood can alter the architecture of the brain, contributing to behaviors that are difficult for teachers to manage in the classroom. This workshop will address effective strategies for adults who work with children by integrating brain science and mental health tenets into education practice.
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Dichotomous Keys:Unlocking Adaptation and Systems Thinking in Wild and Domestic Animals and Plants

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/203B

Water, rock, life, and nutrient cycles, and topics like adaptation, symbiosis, and reproduction are important components of ALCOS, but are often taught as isolated topics. Systems thinking can link these disparate ideas together. Creative use of dichotomous keys, the identification trees found in field guides, can provide students with scaffolding to link these topics together intrinsically. Come create dichotomous keys to identify silly alien creatures, learning that key features are adaptations, and plan an alien critter appropriate for a new landscape. Then, we’ll apply these skills to understanding wild and domestic organisms in Alabama with loupes and kinesthetic models.
Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Eliminating Barriers to College and Career Readiness - One High School's Approach

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/202A

This presentation will show how one secondary school has improved college and career readiness for students. It will address how to improve ACT scores and eliminate barriers to college. Use of successful goal setting and ACT prep will be demonstrated. Demonstration of comprehensive career education will be shown. Many ways to enhance readiness through use of technology will be shown. Proven success through our "Triple E" Program will be demonstrated. We will show how scores can be raised and students can be successful with little or no cost to the school.
Academic Standards and Assessments

Understanding the Arts Course of Study and Changes to the Course Selections

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/201D

This session will cover the new Arts Course of Study standards which will be implemented during the 2018-2019 academic school year. Additionally, it will cover changes in the Subject and Personnel Code related to the new Arts Course of Study.
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Including Eligibility Data in IEP Development

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Battle House/Moonlight CDE

The main purpose of ESSA is to make sure public schools provide a quality education for all kids; this includes students who receive special education services. Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are a way to set ambitious goals for students with disabilities. During this session, we will discuss data collected during a special education evaluation - data from general education teachers, parents, school psychologists/psychometrists, special education teachers, etc. Then we will examine how the information from the various pieces of data can be used to develop an IEP.
Federal Compliance: Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants

Title IV, Part A, Student Support & Academic Enrichment (SSAE)Grant

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/201A

This 3-hour presentation will provide an overview of the Title IV, Part A, Student Support & Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant. The session will focus on providing guidance to LEAs for allowable activities to support a well-rounded education, safe and healthy schools and the effective use of technology.
Federal Compliance: IDEA

Understanding the Role of Data in the Wake of Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Battle House/ Moonlight A

The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District reinforced the importance of a data-driven IEP. This decision requires school districts to develop IEPs that are “reasonably calculated” to provide each child with “an opportunity to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstance.” This session is designed to help educators develop a deeper understanding of how an IEP Team can use data to identify and address a child’s unique needs. Session attendees will learn the importance of using both quantitative and qualitative data in the decision-making process.
Accountability and School Supports and Improvement

Understanding Alabama's Accountability System Based on Federal and State Guidelines

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Riverview/Mobile Bay

During this session, participants will be provided information relative to Alabama’s Accountability System. Participants will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the data portals, calculations and data owners for the data used within Alabama's accountability system that is currently included in the ESSA Plan. In addition, data sources for each indicator will be highlighted and the importance of LEA’s validating data and identifying district level portal owners. Participants will gain insight into state accountability laws and efforts of creating a unified accountability reporting system. In closure, participants will be given strategies on how to use accountability data to positively impact student achievement in Alabama's Schools. *Time will be allotted for feedback from participants during this session.
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Because of You: Recognizing and Appreciating the IMPACT of Teachers Past and Present

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/201C

Children are our greatest asset, but so are teachers. Unfortunately, lack of appreciation causes some of them to not operate at full capacity, which could affect their students. “Because of You” is an engaging and uplifting workshop where author, Cedric Threatt, will show these pillars of society how special they really are and how they impact us all.
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Keeping On Top of Your RSA Retirement & PEEHIP Health Insurance Benefits

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/107A

To provide members of the Teachers' Retirement System updated information concerning their TRS retirement, the RSA-1 deferred compensation plan, and the Public Education Employees' Health Insurance Plan (PEEHIP).
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ALIGNING IEPS TO ALABAMA STATE STANDARDS: RECONCILING THE “I” AND “ALL”

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Battle House/ Moonlight B

Long the expectation, many educators still struggle to go beyond the rhetoric of “standards-based IEPs.” The “I” in IEP and the “all means all” of standards seems irreconcilable. This session will analyze the cognitive, language and processing demands of the Alabama State Standards so teachers can make critical connections to student’s disability-related learning characteristics. Through this “gap analysis” process, teachers will be able to write accommodations and measurable goals that are both highly individualized and designed to support progress in the general education curriculum. Bring a copy of the standards and an IEP and leave with lots of ideas!
Federal Compliance: IDEA

Year or Two in Review: National Special Education Case Law Update

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Riverview/Grand Bay

This session presents an organized review of published court decisions under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and, secondarily, the pair of federal disability anti-discrimination laws, Section 504 and the ADA, with due attention to cases decided in Alabama and the Eleventh Circuit. The IDEA subcategories range from child find/eligibility through FAPE to the remedies of tuition reimbursement and compensatory education. The emphasis is on current trends and new developments of particular significance to school personnel, hearing officers, complaint investigators, and other interested individuals.
Academic Standards and Assessments

What's this thing called Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Why should I care?

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/106A

Student Assessment is leading the charge to assist educators with incorporating Universal Design for Learning (UDL) supports in the classroom for students who are taking Universally Designed (UD) state assessments. For the best opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge of academic content they may need the use of a support in the classroom and on a state assessment. Come join Student Assessment as we collaborate with other to share our knowledge of this 21st century educational trend.
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Moving forward with co-teaching: Elevating the level of instruction in co-taught classrooms

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Riverview/Schooner

Co-teaching is the most often used service delivery option to support students with disabilities in general education classrooms. This session is intended for professionals already familiar with co-teaching basics. We will focus on ways to differentiate content, process, and product and identify how co-teachers may incorporate Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) into the co-taught classroom. We will specifically focus on integrating SDI and evidence based practices strategically with in the three high-yield co-teaching approaches.
Federal Compliance: Developing an Effective School Improvement Plan

Language Deprivation: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Riverview/Riverboat

Of course, it is complicated,” a phrase used when describing students who have language delay. Language and communication have two separate ideologies. Within language, there are symbols, rules, encoding/decoding, and the ability to learn. With communication, there is a need to share ideas. The effects of language deprivation on a student's life deserves more attention in the field of education. Missing language in a child disrupts their lifetime development. Instead of establishing a foundation in a first language, the child becomes semi-lingual and struggles. Linguistic and pedagogical factors will be explored regarding the cascade effect of language deprivation.
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Updates on Homeless, Foster Care, and Neglected and Delinquent

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Riverview/Bon Secour BR II

Participants will learn how to implement changes in ESSA in regards to homeless students, students in foster care, and neglected and delinquent students. This session will address best practices, tips for completing plans, and a question and answer session.
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Increasing Student and Teacher Efficiency and Enhancing Strategic Learning with Technology: PLUACLD598 Part Two

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Riverview/Bon Secour BR III

This session is open to all teachers and administrators. Educators are given the tremendous task of educating each child to his/her maximum potential while customizing content and tailoring classroom activities to each student’s learning modality. By incorporating digital tools and applications like Chrome and Google apps and extensions teachers can streamline learning and make content easily accessible to all learning styles. Teachers, administrators and students can become more efficient and organized by using Chrome and Google apps and extensions and Chrome and Google apps and extensions enable students to be successful in all content areas. Join us as we empower all students to learn to their maximum potential. * Interested participants who attend this session and Classroom Collaboration and Communication using Standards-Based Strategies and Technology Tools and complete online assignments are eligible to earn a PLU.
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Alabama Regional Autism Network and University of Alabama at Birmingham project "ECHO for Educators"

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Battle House/Leinkauf

The Alabama Legislature approved funding for five Regional Autism Networks in 2017. The Networks include AU, UAB, USA, UA and UAH and have coverage for all counties in the state. The RAN provides information about ASD, connects families to services, assists with problem solving, and provides opportunities for training, technical assistance, and consultation specific to the needs identified in each region. Project ECHO Autism is a tele-mentoring approach designed to connect community providers with individuals in the region that specialize and have expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Echo for Educators springs from the ECHO Autism approach with a focus on reaching LEAs across the state with training and expertise, including rural and underserved schools.
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Attendance Earns a Grade. What will your score reflect?

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/201B

Several important attendance factors will be included in this session such as managing Chalkable, GTS, the role of the attendance supervisor, Report Cards, ESSA, and Restorative Justice Plan. These topics will be wrapped in a fun, fast-paced presentation by a highly motivated team of people that have boots on the ground in Alabama Schools every day. You will come away with a better understanding of many factors that play into a good attendance percentage as well as ideas that will help you formulate a plan to move your system forward. However, the presentation will not focus on data, but the children we serve.
Allowable Uses of Funds

Allowable Uses of Federal Funds

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Riverview/Jubilee

Suitable for local school administrators and principals. An overview of federal funds and how the needs assessment should drive the allowable uses of funds. There will be time for Q & A.
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NASA Robotics Resources

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/106B

Sometimes it’s just safer to explore without a human being. Join us to learn about NASA resources in robotics from low tech introductory activities to multi-month engineering challenge competitions. Discussion will focus on opportunities at all grades and budgets.
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There’s a Deaf Student in My Class! What Do I Do Now?

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/107B

Best practices for teaching Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) students are likely to benefit other students too. This session shares simple modifications to teaching focused on accommodations for DHH students. For example, maintaining line-of-sight benefits students who rely on lip-reading, but also makes speech easier for everyone to hear. Discussion includes 1) approaches to “tricky” topics such as mathematical inequalities, where choices in English words, visuals, and signing can impact students who are struggling, 2) instructional supports for cooperative learning, where DHH and hearing students solve problems together, and 3) value of collaborating with a sign language interpreter.
Accountability and School Supports and Improvement

Understanding Alabama's Accountability System Based on Federal and State Guidelines

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Riverview/Mobile Bay

During this session, participants will be provided information relative to Alabama’s Accountability System. Participants will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the data portals, calculations and data owners for the data used within Alabama's accountability system that is currently included in the ESSA Plan. In addition, data sources for each indicator will be highlighted and the importance of LEA’s validating data and identifying district level portal owners. Participants will gain insight into state accountability laws and efforts of creating a unified accountability reporting system. In closure, participants will be given strategies on how to use accountability data to positively impact student achievement in Alabama's Schools. *Time will be allotted for feedback from participants during this session.
Accountability and School Supports and Improvement

AdvancED STEM Certification: An Overview of the Process from Start to Finish!

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/201D

During this session, participants will learn about the elements of achieving AdvancED STEM Certification step-by-step. Participants will also explore the significance of STEM Education, apply the STEM Standard and Indicators, and understand the STEM certification process and requirements
Federal Compliance: Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth

Is Remediation and Tutoring Not Working for Your Students? Creative Avenues for Increased Performance.

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/203A

This session is a fun and engaging method of increasing academic performance for all grades that is researched based. Come learn strategies that will demonstrate the cognitive benefits for students. All ideas and methods shared are available at no cost to a school or LEA. This session will benefit all educators no matter the subject.
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Including Eligibility Data in IEP Development

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Battle House/Moonlight CDE

The main purpose of ESSA is to make sure public schools provide a quality education for all kids; this includes students who receive special education services. Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are a way to set ambitious goals for students with disabilities. During this session, we will discuss data collected during a special education evaluation - data from general education teachers, parents, school psychologists/psychometrists, special education teachers, etc. Then we will examine how the information from the various pieces of data can be used to develop an IEP.
Federal Compliance: Developing an Effective School Improvement Plan

Language Deprivation: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Riverview/Riverboat

Of course, it is complicated,” a phrase used when describing students who have language delay. Language and communication have two separate ideologies. Within language, there are symbols, rules, encoding/decoding, and the ability to learn. With communication, there is a need to share ideas. The effects of language deprivation on a student's life deserves more attention in the field of education. Missing language in a child disrupts their lifetime development. Instead of establishing a foundation in a first language, the child becomes semi-lingual and struggles. Linguistic and pedagogical factors will be explored regarding the cascade effect of language deprivation.
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Alabama Regional Autism Network and University of Alabama at Birmingham project "ECHO for Educators"

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Battle House/Leinkauf

The Alabama Legislature approved funding for five Regional Autism Networks in 2017. The Networks include AU, UAB, USA, UA and UAH and have coverage for all counties in the state. The RAN provides information about ASD, connects families to services, assists with problem solving, and provides opportunities for training, technical assistance, and consultation specific to the needs identified in each region. Project ECHO Autism is a tele-mentoring approach designed to connect community providers with individuals in the region that specialize and have expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Echo for Educators springs from the ECHO Autism approach with a focus on reaching LEAs across the state with training and expertise, including rural and underserved schools.
Accountability and School Supports and Improvement

Benefits of High- Quality Pre-K

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Riverview/Bon Secour BR I

Alabama's First Class Pre-K is working. By the end of the school year, children that attend First Class Pre-K are ready for kindergarten and are less likely to be chronically absent or repeat a grade in elementary school. For lower income students, participation in this program narrows the achievement gap. Pre-K is a strategy to address the education gaps that continue to persist, especially for our most vulnerable children. This session will focus on a series of issue briefs that look at the differences between those who attended Alabama's First Class Pre-K and those who did not and to remind decision- makers about the importance of investing in early learning.
Academic Standards and Assessments

Scantron - Using the Class Profile Report to Create an Instructional Plan with Grouping

08:15 AM 09:45 AM Mobile Convention Center/204A

Need to figure out who knows what in your classroom? Performance Series enables teachers to create an individualized learning plans for each student or groups of students based on their identified achievement. Scantron’s Class Profile report organizes skills and concepts by ability level, according to the Performance Series indication of what standards have been attained. These skills and concepts, aligned to the Alabama Courses of Study and the Alabama CCRS, will help guide instruction. In this presentation, we will find the best ways to: To review profiles of individual classes Develop instructional strategies for groups of similar students by selecting appropriate learning objectives and creating an instructional plan
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MakerSpaces: Get Swept Up in the Messy Learning

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Riverview/Clipper

Today's MakerSpace movement is sweeping our schools and for good reason, students love the imaginative and creative opportunities it brings! Come and learn how to set up a MakerSpace in your school or classroom and find ways to create activities that will help students become design thinkers.
Federal Compliance: Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth

Re-Envisioning Youth Culture

08:15 AM 09:45 AM Mobile Convention Center/202B

The Student Culture at your school directly impacts test scores, attendance numbers, and the number of discipline referrals. We want to offer Positive Youth Development as the antidote to redefine and reshape your school’s culture. Join us at this highly engaging presentation to learn the 6 stages of Positive Youth Development and ReEnvision Youth Culture! B.E.L.I.E.V.E.: Build and Equip Leaders IntoViable, Exceptional Existence! One of the primary sources of influence in adolescence is their peers. Left alone, a tendency for negative peer pressure consistently seems to arise. However, when we engage students to be intentional with their influence, student leadership, self-confidence, and school morale emerge. Peer2Peer Mentoring has incredible power to positively impact all youth on campus at your school. During this workshop, participants will learn how to implement a research-based, peer mentoring program in their specific settings. Positive Youth Development is a small systemic shift in the way we facilitate students as influencers, i.e. intentionally creating outlets for positive peer pressure.
Federal Compliance: Developing an Effective School Improvement Plan

FOUNDATIONS: A PROACTIVE & POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT SYSTEM MTSS for Tier 1

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Battle House/Crystal Ballroom

Foundations will walk your staff through the process of designing a proactive and positive schoolwide discipline plan. The Foundations process effectively addresses how to establish a positive school climate and culture, school safety, student motivation, and academic engagement. The six modules in Foundations (3rd ed.) guide leadership teams from planning steps and inservice through implementation: Module A: Foundations of Behavior Support—A Continuous Improvement Process Module B: Managing Behavior in Common Areas and With Schoolwide Policies Module C: Conscious Construction of an Inviting School Climate Module D: Responding to Misbehavior—An Instructional Approach Module E: Improving Safety, Managing Conflict, and Reducing Bullying Module F: Establishing and Sustaining a Continuum of Behavior Support Each Module Includes Video inservice presentations and vignettes provided as your choice of DVDs or streaming video (streaming video supported on Chrome, Edge, and Internet Explorer browsers only) 8 copies of the leadership team guide PowerPoint presentations to enhance staff training Real-life samples from schools Lesson plans to teach expected behavior Reproducible forms You can also purchase each module separately. Results Districts and schools that have implemented Foundations report: Reductions in disciplinary referrals, suspensions, and expulsions Increases in staff coordination, consistency,and collegiality Improvements in school climate Increases in positive interactions between staff and students Improvements in staff skill in effective supervision and Positive Behavior Supports Application of data-based decision making to behavior and discipline policies New in this third edition: Reducing out-of-school suspensions Improving attendance Preventing bullying And more . . .
Federal Compliance: English Language Acquisition and Language Enhancement

The Multiple Uses of the WIDA Performance Definitions

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/107B

The Performance Definitions are one of the most valuable but underutilized of the WIDA tools. With a deeper understanding of their possible uses, educators can target students’ development by identifying language demands and exemplary responses in classroom tasks. Utilized in everyday instructional practices like objectives and rubrics, the Performance Definitions can explicitly match students’ levels with appropriate supports and demonstrate what English learners "Can Do" with both content and language.
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Four Domains - A Framework for School Improvement

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/204B

Research shows that school improvement needs fall into four general areas: leadership, personnel, instruction, and culture. Moreover, sustainable progress cannot occur without coordinated efforts at the school, district, and state levels. This session provides an overview of the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement (Turnaround Leadership, Talent Development, Instructional Transformation and Culture Shift) as articulated by the Center on School Turnaround, and articulates specific actions that can be taken by the school, district, and state to positively impact student achievement.
Academic Standards and Assessments

Linking Classroom Instruction to The ACT

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/105

This three-hour workshop begins with an overview of the ACT as a measure of college and career readiness. Participants will study the test specifications to understand the content assessed by the ACT and analyze key performance data to connect ACT scores with ACT College and Career Readiness Standards. Participants will then reflect on rigor and relevance as it applies to the four core content areas (English, mathematics, science, and social studies). Finally, participants will learn more about how to use OpenEd in their classrooms to support student learning. Participants will leave with a valuable set of research-based instructional strategies to apply in their classrooms.
Accountability and School Supports and Improvement

DNR/DNAR Law/Legislative Affairs

08:15 AM 09:45 AM Mobile Convention Center- West Ballroom

Update on Laws that affect Health Services The Legislative Process
Federal Compliance: Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth

Mental Health and Wellness: Best Practices for Improving the Emotional and Social Health of Students and Teachers

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/201A

This session will provide an overview of social and health disparities that impact students and teachers. Information will be provided on social determinants to positive mental health an emotional wellness. Best practice strategies will be shared on how to assist students in crisis, how to integrate brief intervention strategies, and how to engage community resources. Information will also be provided about the impact of vicarious trauma on educational providers in traditional and nontraditional school settings.
Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

K-9s 4 Schools

08:15 AM 09:45 AM Mobile Convention Center/202A

K-9s 4 Schools is a program of Service Dogs Alabama. Our School Dogs are trained like Service Dogs with Public Access certification, but with additional commands to work off-leash in classrooms with multiple people. K-9s 4 Schools helps reduce stress in the classroom, during a counseling sessions, or during testing, creates opportunities for inclusion and participation for all students, and helps deflect any opportunities for conflict and diffuse defiant and disruptive behaviors. This session is geared toward school and system administrators, school counseling program staff, and classroom teachers.
Federal Compliance: IDEA

Manifestation Determinations Under the IDEA: A Systematic Update

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/201D

This session will provide a systematic synthesis of the IDEA legislation, regulations, OSEP policy interpretations, and--within this framework--any analysis of the hearing/review officer and court rulings applying the procedural requirements and substantive standards for manifestation determinations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
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Keeping On Top of Your RSA Retirement & PEEHIP Health Insurance Benefits

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/107A

To provide members of the Teachers' Retirement System updated information concerning their TRS retirement, the RSA-1 deferred compensation plan, and the Public Education Employees' Health Insurance Plan (PEEHIP).
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Thinking Outside the Box: The Behavior Analyst in Schools

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Battle House/ Moonlight B

In this practical and engaging session, the presenters will discuss the unique partnership between the school and the behavior analyst. The presenters will provide the purpose and procedures for conducting a functional behavior assessment, including how to utilize this information in the development of a practical behavior support plan that will support student behavioral success. A teacher's perspective will be incorporated during this session to include tips on implementing a behavior intervention plan to fidelity through the use of technology for instruction, data collection and parent communication.
Academic Standards and Assessments

Get the Most Out of Scantron Performance Series Data in the Classroom

08:15 AM 09:45 AM Mobile Convention Center/106A

Attendees of this session will learn about how Performance Series item pools are aligned to the Alabama Courses of Study (College-and-Career Readiness) and the ACT College Readiness Standards. Members of the Alabama Scantron team will provide training on using Performance Series data to identify which skills, associated with which standards, teachers should concentrate on in the classroom and how to access Suggested Learning Objectives (SLOs) for individual students.
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Language Delays and Disorders: Inclusion Practices for Pre-school and Early Elementary grades

08:15 AM 09:45 AM Riverview/Schooner

LEAs often face over identification penalties in the area of Speech Language Impaired. Mandated use of 15% of the LEA's IDEA funding for Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS) is required. This presentation focuses on evidence based practices at varying levels of instruction to minimize over identification through pre-referral services and RTI. For students eligible through a language disability, strategies for inclusion in general education will be discussed. Techniques for adaptations as related to the standards and curricula will be highlighted. Target audience will be preschool and early elementary general education and special education teachers, and speech-language pathologists.
Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Coaching Matters! Making the Most of Your Reading Specialist

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Riverview/Windjammer

In this session, administrators will look at the job of the school-level reading specialist in supporting teacher practice and impacting student learning. Emphasis will be placed on roles and responsibilities, structures, and processes that will maximize reading achievement. The target audience for this session includes central office staff and K-12 administrators.
Federal Compliance: IDEA

Special Education Family Engagement Strategies to Improve Climate and Education Outcomes

08:15 AM 09:45 AM Battle House/Bienville Square

Improving outcomes for students with disabilities starts with providing meaningful opportunities for families and youth to be engaged in climate and practice change. This session will explore IDEA requirements for family participation and further explore ways beyond the IEP to engage families in educational improvement by creating meaningful supportive systems that engage families in climate, practice, and policy change that ultimately lead to improved outcomes. Improve your school and district climate by creating meaningful family programs with families and youth.
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Elementary Rainy Day Recess....Problem Solved....And So Much MORE!

08:15 AM 09:45 AM Mobile Convention Center/203A

In this session attendees will learn of a new innovative way to engage students academically during rainy day recess and still allow for that much needed physical movement. This extremely versatile activity is based on the perfect balance of academic/physical/collaborative elements and completely captivates students during play. By using our 26 alphabet letters as individual game pieces the academic possibilities are truly limitless. Students from the youngest non-reader to the highest reading level can enjoy this fast paced game by simply changing the complexity of the word/task cards. Your students will be watching the weather for rainy days!
Federal Compliance: IDEA

Chalkable SETS Program Review

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Battle House/Moonlight CDE

This session will cover several features in the Special Education Tracking System (SETS). Access to training materials for new teachers and administrators will also be covered.
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Interpreting for STEM classes in K-12: Its not Elementary!

08:15 AM 04:30 PM Riverview/Riverboat

This workshop will expose interpreting practitioners working in K-12 mainstreamed environments to a variety of strategies and approaches for the provision of effective interpreting in STEM disciplines. Practitioners with advanced interpreting competency in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Math, and Physics will engage participants in a sampling of content information, vocabulary, and preparation strategies for use in the classroom. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, and engage in hands on practice with the presented content. Tools and techniques used for preparation and engagement in ongoing deliberate practice will be emphasized.
Federal Compliance: IDEA

Good IDEA Transitions that Engage the Student and Families for Improved Outcomes

08:15 AM 09:45 AM Battle House/Leinkauf

This session will explore IDEA requirements regarding transition goals in the IEP and effective practices to engage families in support will be explored. The best IEP Transition goals are not effective without systems of support including family and community. Participants will learn about resources and how to access them to connect and engage the student and their families to improve the outcomes of students with disabilities throughout high school and post school.
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Poverty Simulation: Experiencing Poverty from the Family Perspective

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/201C

In this 2.5-hour interactive session, participants experience a "month" of poverty, taking on the identity of someone living with few financial resources and handling real life challenges that arise during an ordinary month. The session will end with a facilitated discussion, allowing participants to process their thoughts and feelings from this profound experience and how this could impact their work with students and families.
Academic Standards and Assessments

Introduction to Digital Literacy and Computer Science Course of Study for K-5 Educators

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/203B

Come explore all five strands of the new ALSDE Digital Literacy and Computer Science Course of Study. You will leave with a better understanding of the standards, many resources, and connect with other educators and organizations.
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Promoting English Learners’ Language Development through Interactive Peer-to-peer Oral Techniques (IPOTs)

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Riverview/Mobile Bay

Following a brief theoretical overview of the role played by oral interaction in second language acquisition, attendees are led through several Interactive Peer-to-peer Oral Techniques (IPOTs). Based on this first-hand experience with IPOTs, attendees will be able to incorporate several of these techniques in their own classroom for enhancing content instruction and, if applicable to their school system, for implementing the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP). These interactive oral techniques can help all learners develop academic language within a targeted content area and are especially useful for helping English learners reach higher levels of English proficiency.
Federal Compliance: 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Community service learning

08:15 AM 09:45 AM Riverview/Bon Secour BR II

Our strategies are to provide families with learning fundamentals opportunity through education, enrichment, resources and community service learning to literally put back into our community by helping people realize their potential and improving lives in order to produce responsible working, well balanced member so society
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Applying Evidence-Based Practices in Secondary Transition Programs and Services to Improve Outcomes for Students with Disabilities

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Battle House/ Moonlight A

Please join us for a workshop on implementing evidence-based and promising practices (EBPPs) and predictors for post-school success in your classroom and secondary transition programs. We will examine a variety of tools and resources and learn hands-on strategies for enhancing your practice and collaborating across special education, career and technical education, and vocational rehabilitation to improve post-school outcomes for students with disabilities.
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DLCS & You: The New Standards and Resources to Teach Them

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Riverview/Bon Secour BR III

We’ll review standards and share our Digital Literacy Computer Science (DLCS) website. Any experience level educator can find resources & PD opportunities, ask questions, and share ideas. This is a companion site to the 2018 DLCS Course of Study to help teachers connect with experts and integrate Computer Science using curriculum crosswalks.
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Solar System Resources from NASA

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/106B

Put the Solar System in perspective and in your pocket! Join us and learn about the myriad of hands-on and online resources available from NASA to excite students about the Solar System. Participants will be trained in multiple activities and introduced to additional free resources covering scale, exploration, and information about the bodies in our celestial yard.
Federal Compliance: English Language Acquisition and Language Enhancement

Designing Instructional and Academic Language: DIAL in the Message, DIAL out the Noise (Elementary Grades)

08:15 AM 09:45 AM Riverview/Bon Secour BR I

This presentation introduces an innovative method for attending to and optimizing teacher talk in the mainstream classroom. We will review real-world teacher talk and discuss ways to increase comprehensibility of teacher talk for English Learners and struggling learners. You will come away with a toolkit of techniques for analyzing teacher talk and applying principles of design that will yield immediate benefits both for yourself and for your students. The target audience for this session is content area teachers in elementary grades.
Academic Standards and Assessments

A Balanced System of Assessments for K-12 Science

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Riverview/Grand Bay

In this session educators will have an opportunity to explore the balanced assessment system needed to support K-12 science education in Alabama's schools. Participants will develop a shared understanding of formative and summative assessments as they examine the purposes and processes involved with each. We will share the kinds of professional learning resources available to support the development of the 3-Dimensional assessments necessary for effective implementation of the 2015 Alabama College- & Career-Ready Standards, Science. Finally, participants will work cooperatively to examine and identify appropriate grade level classroom assessments.
Academic Standards and Assessments

Scantron - Using the Class Profile Report to Create an Instructional Plan with Grouping

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/204A

Need to figure out who knows what in your classroom? Performance Series enables teachers to create an individualized learning plans for each student or groups of students based on their identified achievement. Scantron’s Class Profile report organizes skills and concepts by ability level, according to the Performance Series indication of what standards have been attained. These skills and concepts, aligned to the Alabama Courses of Study and the Alabama CCRS, will help guide instruction. In this presentation, we will find the best ways to: To review profiles of individual classes Develop instructional strategies for groups of similar students by selecting appropriate learning objectives and creating an instructional plan
Accountability and School Supports and Improvement

Schools and Immunization

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center- West Ballroom

The Immunization Division will review with school nurses ImmPRINT, notifiable diseases, outbreaks, and school-based clinics.
Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

K-9s 4 Schools

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/202A

K-9s 4 Schools is a program of Service Dogs Alabama. Our School Dogs are trained like Service Dogs with Public Access certification, but with additional commands to work off-leash in classrooms with multiple people. K-9s 4 Schools helps reduce stress in the classroom, during a counseling sessions, or during testing, creates opportunities for inclusion and participation for all students, and helps deflect any opportunities for conflict and diffuse defiant and disruptive behaviors. This session is geared toward school and system administrators, school counseling program staff, and classroom teachers.
Academic Standards and Assessments

Get the Most Out of Scantron Performance Series Data in the Classroom

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/106A

Attendees of this session will learn about how Performance Series item pools are aligned to the Alabama Courses of Study (College-and-Career Readiness) and the ACT College Readiness Standards. Members of the Alabama Scantron team will provide training on using Performance Series data to identify which skills, associated with which standards, teachers should concentrate on in the classroom and how to access Suggested Learning Objectives (SLOs) for individual students.
Federal Compliance: IDEA

Special Education Family Engagement Strategies to Improve Climate and Education Outcomes

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Battle House/Bienville Square

Improving outcomes for students with disabilities starts with providing meaningful opportunities for families and youth to be engaged in climate and practice change. This session will explore IDEA requirements for family participation and further explore ways beyond the IEP to engage families in educational improvement by creating meaningful supportive systems that engage families in climate, practice, and policy change that ultimately lead to improved outcomes. Improve your school and district climate by creating meaningful family programs with families and youth.
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Elementary Rainy Day Recess....Problem Solved....And So Much MORE!

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/203A

In this session attendees will learn of a new innovative way to engage students academically during rainy day recess and still allow for that much needed physical movement. This extremely versatile activity is based on the perfect balance of academic/physical/collaborative elements and completely captivates students during play. By using our 26 alphabet letters as individual game pieces the academic possibilities are truly limitless. Students from the youngest non-reader to the highest reading level can enjoy this fast paced game by simply changing the complexity of the word/task cards. Your students will be watching the weather for rainy days!
Federal Compliance: Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth

Re-Envisioning Youth Culture

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/202B

The Student Culture at your school directly impacts test scores, attendance numbers, and the number of discipline referrals. We want to offer Positive Youth Development as the antidote to redefine and reshape your school’s culture. Join us at this highly engaging presentation to learn the 6 stages of Positive Youth Development and ReEnvision Youth Culture! B.E.L.I.E.V.E.: Build and Equip Leaders IntoViable, Exceptional Existence! One of the primary sources of influence in adolescence is their peers. Left alone, a tendency for negative peer pressure consistently seems to arise. However, when we engage students to be intentional with their influence, student leadership, self-confidence, and school morale emerge. Peer2Peer Mentoring has incredible power to positively impact all youth on campus at your school. During this workshop, participants will learn how to implement a research-based, peer mentoring program in their specific settings. Positive Youth Development is a small systemic shift in the way we facilitate students as influencers, i.e. intentionally creating outlets for positive peer pressure.
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Using Children’s Literature to Inspire STEM Learning

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/201B

Take my recess but please don’t take my science time! Never before has it been so easy to interest students in reading and science. Resources such as Picture-Perfect Science Lessons will have students eager to be at school. Success stories will be shared from Title I schools that are successfully integration ELA and science standards through using children’s picture books to engage students and teach STEM concepts. Leave with ideas you can implement in your classroom.
Federal Compliance: English Language Acquisition and Language Enhancement

Designing Instructional and Academic Language: DIAL in the Message, DIAL out the Noise (Elementary Grades)

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Riverview/Bon Secour BR I

This presentation introduces an innovative method for attending to and optimizing teacher talk in the mainstream classroom. We will review real-world teacher talk and discuss ways to increase comprehensibility of teacher talk for English Learners and struggling learners. You will come away with a toolkit of techniques for analyzing teacher talk and applying principles of design that will yield immediate benefits both for yourself and for your students. The target audience for this session is content area teachers in elementary grades.
Federal Compliance: IDEA

Good IDEA Transitions that Engage the Student and Families for Improved Outcomes

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Battle House/Leinkauf

This session will explore IDEA requirements regarding transition goals in the IEP and effective practices to engage families in support will be explored. The best IEP Transition goals are not effective without systems of support including family and community. Participants will learn about resources and how to access them to connect and engage the student and their families to improve the outcomes of students with disabilities throughout high school and post school.
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Getting Started with Concept-based Curriculum Units for Gifted Learners: Developing Frameworks

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Riverview/Clipper

Two concept-based curriculum units are required for gifted pull-out classrooms each year. Join this session to develop concepts, essential understandings, essential questions, scaffolded questions and the Culminating Performance Task of the concept-based unit that require students to use critical and creative thinking. Bring your knowledge or resources for your unit and/or bring your existing units for revision. We will align the ALSDE Gifted Standards and Student Outcomes to each unit. You will leave with multiple unit frameworks that just needs activities and assessments.
Federal Compliance: Developing an Effective School Improvement Plan

FOUNDATIONS: A PROACTIVE & POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT SYSTEM MTSS for Tier 1

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Battle House/Crystal Ballroom

Foundations will walk your staff through the process of designing a proactive and positive schoolwide discipline plan. The Foundations process effectively addresses how to establish a positive school climate and culture, school safety, student motivation, and academic engagement. The six modules in Foundations (3rd ed.) guide leadership teams from planning steps and inservice through implementation: Module A: Foundations of Behavior Support—A Continuous Improvement Process Module B: Managing Behavior in Common Areas and With Schoolwide Policies Module C: Conscious Construction of an Inviting School Climate Module D: Responding to Misbehavior—An Instructional Approach Module E: Improving Safety, Managing Conflict, and Reducing Bullying Module F: Establishing and Sustaining a Continuum of Behavior Support Each Module Includes Video inservice presentations and vignettes provided as your choice of DVDs or streaming video (streaming video supported on Chrome, Edge, and Internet Explorer browsers only) 8 copies of the leadership team guide PowerPoint presentations to enhance staff training Real-life samples from schools Lesson plans to teach expected behavior Reproducible forms You can also purchase each module separately. Results Districts and schools that have implemented Foundations report: Reductions in disciplinary referrals, suspensions, and expulsions Increases in staff coordination, consistency,and collegiality Improvements in school climate Increases in positive interactions between staff and students Improvements in staff skill in effective supervision and Positive Behavior Supports Application of data-based decision making to behavior and discipline policies New in this third edition: Reducing out-of-school suspensions Improving attendance Preventing bullying And more . . .
Federal Compliance: English Language Acquisition and Language Enhancement

The Multiple Uses of the WIDA Performance Definitions

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/107B

The Performance Definitions are one of the most valuable but underutilized of the WIDA tools. With a deeper understanding of their possible uses, educators can target students’ development by identifying language demands and exemplary responses in classroom tasks. Utilized in everyday instructional practices like objectives and rubrics, the Performance Definitions can explicitly match students’ levels with appropriate supports and demonstrate what English learners "Can Do" with both content and language.
Academic Standards and Assessments

Linking Classroom Instruction to The ACT

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/105

This three-hour workshop begins with an overview of the ACT as a measure of college and career readiness. Participants will study the test specifications to understand the content assessed by the ACT and analyze key performance data to connect ACT scores with ACT College and Career Readiness Standards. Participants will then reflect on rigor and relevance as it applies to the four core content areas (English, mathematics, science, and social studies). Finally, participants will learn more about how to use OpenEd in their classrooms to support student learning. Participants will leave with a valuable set of research-based instructional strategies to apply in their classrooms.
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ESSA Implementation: How School Librarians Support Effective Instruction

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/204A

Participants will learn how school librarians support content-area teachers and the curricula by encouraging students to inquire, include, collaborate, curate, explore and engage. Learn how to utilize the (potentially) untapped resources in your school library to the benefit of your teachers and students.
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Thinking Outside the Box: The Behavior Analyst in Schools

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Battle House/ Moonlight B

In this practical and engaging session, the presenters will discuss the unique partnership between the school and the behavior analyst. The presenters will provide the purpose and procedures for conducting a functional behavior assessment, including how to utilize this information in the development of a practical behavior support plan that will support student behavioral success. A teacher's perspective will be incorporated during this session to include tips on implementing a behavior intervention plan to fidelity through the use of technology for instruction, data collection and parent communication.
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Section 504 and ADAAA Legal Update

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/201A

This general session will review recent court and Office for Civil Rights opinions relevant to a public school’s legal obligations under Section 504 and the ADAAA. Topics will include Section 504 evaluations and eligibility determinations; development of Section 504 plans; nondiscrimination in nonacademic services; disability harassment claims; bullying/harassment; health care plans; new money damages cases; and other topics of interests.
Federal Compliance: IDEA

Data on Demand: Tracking ESSA Goals with Scantron Analytics

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/106A

Join Baldwin County Schools and Scantron as we tell the story of how Scantron Analytics came to be a vital component of BCS’s data, evaluation, and assessment system. The presentation will include best practices for implementing data analytics, success stories surrounding professional development and end user buy-in, and reasons why this solution helped BCS achieve not only their own ESSA-related goals, but also those set by ALSDE. Includes a round table Q&A with the implementation team from Scantron and BCS, and a preview of other ESSA dashboards from customers around the country.
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Language Delays and Disorders: Inclusion Practices for Pre-school and Early Elementary grades

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Riverview/Schooner

LEAs often face over identification penalties in the area of Speech Language Impaired. Mandated use of 15% of the LEA's IDEA funding for Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS) is required. This presentation focuses on evidence based practices at varying levels of instruction to minimize over identification through pre-referral services and RTI. For students eligible through a language disability, strategies for inclusion in general education will be discussed. Techniques for adaptations as related to the standards and curricula will be highlighted. Target audience will be preschool and early elementary general education and special education teachers, and speech-language pathologists.
Accountability and School Supports and Improvement

Chalkable Advanced use of Health Module

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center-East Ballroom

UPDATES AND REVIEWS SAVE TIME WITH I-NOW
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Coaching Matters! Making the Most of Your Reading Specialist

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Riverview/Windjammer

In this session, administrators will look at the job of the school-level reading specialist in supporting teacher practice and impacting student learning. Emphasis will be placed on roles and responsibilities, structures, and processes that will maximize reading achievement. The target audience for this session includes central office staff and K-12 administrators.

Chalkable Beginner Use of Health Module

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Mobile Convention Center- West Ballroom

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The Power of Teacher Knowledge

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Battle House/Moonlight CDE

More can be done to improve education by improving teacher expertise. Students who struggle in reading need more than books. They need teachers who know how to teach the foundational skills of literacy, language, and writing. The purpose of this session is to show the benefits of bridging the theory and research of reading instruction with classroom instruction to increase the effectiveness of the investment in existing literacy & intervention programs. Participants will understand the challenge of learning to read, why reading is difficult for some students, and what the brain does when it reads. The strategies and techniques can be used with any research-based reading or intervention curriculum.
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Maximum Employment Matters: Examining What’s Driving Our Economy and High-Demand Jobs

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/202A

Want to bring industry experts from across the Southeast into your classroom? Then Maximum Employment Matters is your solution! In the Maximum Employment Matters archived webinar series, industry experts share their insights on the skills that students need to be successful in their future career paths, forecast labor trends and areas of growth, and offer career advice. Currently archived topics include manufacturing, healthcare, banking and financial services, economics, and leisure and hospitality. Topics in 2018 will cover energy, technology, marketing, and entrepreneurship. This session will also highlight free related classroom teaching resources including activities, lessons, infographics, and online interactives. This session will build awareness about labor trends and high-demand jobs throughout the Southeast. We will share classroom activities and resources to complement the archived video that reinforce the industry expert’s points. Activities include a soft skills self-assessment, interviewing skills, listening and following directions, and cost benefit analysis of changing jobs.
Academic Standards and Assessments

Introduction to Digital Literacy and Computer Science Course of Study for K-5 Educators

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/203B

Come explore all five strands of the new ALSDE Digital Literacy and Computer Science Course of Study. You will leave with a better understanding of the standards, many resources, and connect with other educators and organizations.
Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Understanding and Integrating RTI and MTSS

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/203A

There has been discussion among RtI professionals about the fact that ESSA does not mention Response to Intervention (RTI) or Positive Behavior & Intervention Supports (PBIS) in the law. ESSA requires districts and schools to use a continuum of services, supports, strategies, and interventions for students with significant academic or behavioral needs through what the law refers to as multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS). Public forums often use RtI and MTSS synonymously and in other cases MTSS is presented as the support umbrella under which programs such as RtI and PBIS are housed. In this session participants will learn the similarities and differences between Alabama’s RtI framework and what ESSA describes as MTSS and how the two frameworks can be aligned.
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Promoting English Learners’ Language Development through Interactive Peer-to-peer Oral Techniques (IPOTs)

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Riverview/Mobile Bay

Following a brief theoretical overview of the role played by oral interaction in second language acquisition, attendees are led through several Interactive Peer-to-peer Oral Techniques (IPOTs). Based on this first-hand experience with IPOTs, attendees will be able to incorporate several of these techniques in their own classroom for enhancing content instruction and, if applicable to their school system, for implementing the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP). These interactive oral techniques can help all learners develop academic language within a targeted content area and are especially useful for helping English learners reach higher levels of English proficiency.
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Four Domains - A Framework for School Improvement

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/204B

Research shows that school improvement needs fall into four general areas: leadership, personnel, instruction, and culture. Moreover, sustainable progress cannot occur without coordinated efforts at the school, district, and state levels. This session provides an overview of the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement (Turnaround Leadership, Talent Development, Instructional Transformation and Culture Shift) as articulated by the Center on School Turnaround, and articulates specific actions that can be taken by the school, district, and state to positively impact student achievement.
Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Student Advisory Program Showcase--REACHing All Students

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/201C

The REACH Initiative is Alabama's research and standards-based student advisory model designed for students in middle and high school grades. This session will provide an overview of the REACH initiative, including planning and implementation tools and best practices showcase from Trussville City Schools.
Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Rigor, Rhythm, and Reading: Brain-Based Multi-Sensory Learning meets Scientifically Based Reading Research

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Riverview/Jubilee

We'll discuss what it takes for teachers to maintain the rigor of instruction and keep students highly engaged while insuring compliance to Scientifically Based Reading Resarch.
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Classroom Collaboration and Communication using Standards-Based Strategies and Technology Tools: PLUACLD598 Part One

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Riverview/Bon Secour BR III

This session is open for all teachers and administrators. Redefine how students learn with standards-based activities designed to promote meaningful communication and collaboration. Join us as we use Google Classroom and Google Drive to create the kind of tasks that redesign learning. Participants will be exploring standards-based activities that encourage autonomy and responsibility and develop some ideas for activities that encourage critical thinking skills, communication, collaboration and creativity. Google Classroom makes communicating with students easy and using the Google Drive effectively allows students the opportunity to use higher-order thinking skills. Change the way you teach and empower students to change the world as we explore some standards-based strategies, Google Classroom and Google Drive. * Interested participants who attend this session and Increasing Student and Teacher Efficiency and Enhancing Strategic Learning with Technology and complete online assignments are eligible to earn a PLU.
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Connecting Academics and Attendance: Implications of Chronic Absenteeism on Reading and Math Proficiency!

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/201B

Students who struggle with reading and math at an early age are much more likely to become a part of our Chronic Absenteeism numbers. During this session, we will discuss how we can improve students’ reading proficiency by digging deeper into the ideas and best practices of Progress with Text Complexity from Kindergarten through Grade 12. We will also use data to investigate math proficiency by domains and standards from a vertical perspective. We know we cannot teach them if they do not come! How can we provide successful experiences which motivate students to remain engaged in learning? How can we help our students become College and Career Ready?
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Mission Geography: A NASA Resource for All Grades

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/106B

NASA isn’t just for STEM! Join us as we explore a series of activities for your students which leverage NASA’s unique perspective on planet Earth. Modules cover all grade levels from Kindergarten through High School. Discussion will focus on modifications for your own classroom.
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The Highly Effective School Library Program - The School Administrators Role

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/202B

Effective school libraries are dynamic learning environments that bridge the gap between access and opportunity for all K-12 learners. Under the leadership of the school librarian, the school library provides students access to resources and technology, connecting classroom learning to real-world events. By providing access to an array of well-managed resources, school libraries enable academic knowledge to be linked to deeper, personalized learning. The expanded learning environment of the library ensures the unique interests and needs of students are met. In this way, effective school library programs prepare students for college, career, and community. However, the effective school library program is dependent upon the support and vision of school leadership. In this session the administrator will be exposed to the characteristics of an effective library program as well as policies and supports that must be implemented to "make effective happen"!
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Innovative Transition Program for Students with Significant Disabilities: Planning and Practice

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Battle House/Bienville Square

In this presentation, we will present an overview of the model of transition we sue in the CrossingPoints Program. Additionally, we will provide a background for the model by reviewing the legal premise for transition services (IDEA, 2004; HEOA, 2008). We will also share information on ways to create opportunities for self-advocacy and leadership through inclusive practices and discuss programming methods and strategies that can be replicated for the provision of effective transition services within local school systems. Finally, we will discuss effective transition planning and practices that can be implemented that will lead to more positive outcomes.
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Return To Think: Training Educators on Best Practices for Classroom Concussion Management

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Battle House/Leinkauf

A concussion (mild brain injury) can cause challenges for students returning to school. For some, issues will resolve but others may have ongoing physical, cognitive or emotional symptoms, and need academic supports in order to manage academics. The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services has partnered with Alabama State Department of Education to provide training on best practices for managing concussion in the classroom. Several schools have received training and coaching regarding academic concussion management strategies. This session will provide strategies employed and lessons learned when working with students with concussion, and State Brain Injury services and supports will be shared.
Accountability and School Supports and Improvement

Taking Control of Your DATA

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Riverview/Bon Secour BR II

This session will introduce, or explain to, the audience the significance of AIM (ALSDE Identity Manager). Participants will also view the features of each application tile in AIM while gaining an understanding of what data source populates each one. Also, the session will provide a general overview of the Federal and State report cards and their new designs and upgrades.
Federal Compliance: English Language Acquisition and Language Enhancement

Designing Instructional and Academic Language: DIAL in the Message, DIAL out the Noise (School Administrators)

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Riverview/Bon Secour BR I

This presentation prepares administrators to support core content teachers as they hone their language skills and increase comprehensibility for ELs and diverse language users. We will introduce you to an innovative method for attending to and optimizing teacher talk in content classrooms. We will review real-world teacher talk and discuss ways to increase comprehensibility of teacher talk for English Learners and struggling learners. We will then introduce you to the basics of observation and walk you through the process of observing teachers and their discourse in the content classrooms. You will come away prepared to evaluate teacher talk and identify areas for support to help your teachers improve their practice in instructional delivery.
Academic Standards and Assessments

A Balanced System of Assessments for K-12 Science

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Riverview/Grand Bay

In this session educators will have an opportunity to explore the balanced assessment system needed to support K-12 science education in Alabama's schools. Participants will develop a shared understanding of formative and summative assessments as they examine the purposes and processes involved with each. We will share the kinds of professional learning resources available to support the development of the 3-Dimensional assessments necessary for effective implementation of the 2015 Alabama College- & Career-Ready Standards, Science. Finally, participants will work cooperatively to examine and identify appropriate grade level classroom assessments.
Federal Compliance: IDEA

Manifestation Determinations Under the IDEA: A Systematic Update

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/201D

This session will provide a systematic synthesis of the IDEA legislation, regulations, OSEP policy interpretations, and--within this framework--any analysis of the hearing/review officer and court rulings applying the procedural requirements and substantive standards for manifestation determinations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
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ESSA Implementation: How School Librarians Support Effective Instruction

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/204A

Participants will learn how school librarians support content-area teachers and the curricula by encouraging students to inquire, include, collaborate, curate, explore and engage. Learn how to utilize the (potentially) untapped resources in your school library to the benefit of your teachers and students.
Federal Compliance: IDEA

Data on Demand: Tracking ESSA Goals with Scantron Analytics

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/106A

Join Baldwin County Schools and Scantron as we tell the story of how Scantron Analytics came to be a vital component of BCS’s data, evaluation, and assessment system. The presentation will include best practices for implementing data analytics, success stories surrounding professional development and end user buy-in, and reasons why this solution helped BCS achieve not only their own ESSA-related goals, but also those set by ALSDE. Includes a round table Q&A with the implementation team from Scantron and BCS, and a preview of other ESSA dashboards from customers around the country.
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The Power of Teacher Knowledge

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Battle House/Moonlight CDE

More can be done to improve education by improving teacher expertise. Students who struggle in reading need more than books. They need teachers who know how to teach the foundational skills of literacy, language, and writing. The purpose of this session is to show the benefits of bridging the theory and research of reading instruction with classroom instruction to increase the effectiveness of the investment in existing literacy & intervention programs. Participants will understand the challenge of learning to read, why reading is difficult for some students, and what the brain does when it reads. The strategies and techniques can be used with any research-based reading or intervention curriculum.
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Maximum Employment Matters: Examining What’s Driving Our Economy and High-Demand Jobs

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/202A

Want to bring industry experts from across the Southeast into your classroom? Then Maximum Employment Matters is your solution! In the Maximum Employment Matters archived webinar series, industry experts share their insights on the skills that students need to be successful in their future career paths, forecast labor trends and areas of growth, and offer career advice. Currently archived topics include manufacturing, healthcare, banking and financial services, economics, and leisure and hospitality. Topics in 2018 will cover energy, technology, marketing, and entrepreneurship. This session will also highlight free related classroom teaching resources including activities, lessons, infographics, and online interactives. This session will build awareness about labor trends and high-demand jobs throughout the Southeast. We will share classroom activities and resources to complement the archived video that reinforce the industry expert’s points. Activities include a soft skills self-assessment, interviewing skills, listening and following directions, and cost benefit analysis of changing jobs.
Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Applying Evidence-Based Practices in Secondary Transition Programs and Services to Improve Outcomes for Students with Disabilities

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Battle House/ Moonlight A

Please join us for a workshop on implementing evidence-based and promising practices (EBPPs) and predictors for post-school success in your classroom and secondary transition programs. We will examine a variety of tools and resources and learn hands-on strategies for enhancing your practice and collaborating across special education, career and technical education, and vocational rehabilitation to improve post-school outcomes for students with disabilities.

Train the Trainer

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center- West Ballroom

Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Connecting Academics and Attendance: Implications of Chronic Absenteeism on Reading and Math Proficiency!

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/201B

Students who struggle with reading and math at an early age are much more likely to become a part of our Chronic Absenteeism numbers. During this session, we will discuss how we can improve students’ reading proficiency by digging deeper into the ideas and best practices of Progress with Text Complexity from Kindergarten through Grade 12. We will also use data to investigate math proficiency by domains and standards from a vertical perspective. We know we cannot teach them if they do not come! How can we provide successful experiences which motivate students to remain engaged in learning? How can we help our students become College and Career Ready?
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The Highly Effective School Library Program - The School Administrators Role

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Mobile Convention Center/202B

Effective school libraries are dynamic learning environments that bridge the gap between access and opportunity for all K-12 learners. Under the leadership of the school librarian, the school library provides students access to resources and technology, connecting classroom learning to real-world events. By providing access to an array of well-managed resources, school libraries enable academic knowledge to be linked to deeper, personalized learning. The expanded learning environment of the library ensures the unique interests and needs of students are met. In this way, effective school library programs prepare students for college, career, and community. However, the effective school library program is dependent upon the support and vision of school leadership. In this session the administrator will be exposed to the characteristics of an effective library program as well as policies and supports that must be implemented to "make effective happen"!
Accountability and School Supports and Improvement

Taking Control of Your DATA

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Riverview/Bon Secour BR II

This session will introduce, or explain to, the audience the significance of AIM (ALSDE Identity Manager). Participants will also view the features of each application tile in AIM while gaining an understanding of what data source populates each one. Also, the session will provide a general overview of the Federal and State report cards and their new designs and upgrades.
Academic Standards and Assessments

ESSA and the 1% Population: Who are they and How can I help them?

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/106A

Join Special Education Services and Student Assessment as they team up to breakdown regulations regarding students with significant cognitive disabilities around the 1% Cap and guidance for the IEP decision-making process. Topics to be covered include the New Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards, Teaching and Learning Guides, and the Alabama Alternate Assessment (AAA).
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The Dark Side of Gifted: When Affective and Cognitive Needs are not Met!

08:15 AM 09:45 AM Mobile Convention Center/202A

This presentation will focus on the dark and light sides (think Star Wars) of gifted behaviors, including overexciteabilities/hypersensitives, peer relationships, and asynchronous development. We will understand why "Our children are taught to don masks before they recognize their own faces." (Drews, 1972, p. 3) and help them to remove their masks. We will also discuss the terrible "toos" (Gatto-Walden, 2016) of gifted learners -too complicated, too serious, and too important as perceived by their peers. Participants will leave with resources to help them start listening and supporting the affective needs of gifted students.
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Rocket Scientists Write? Language Arts Resources from NASA

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/106B

Did you know that NASA has language arts lessons and educator guides? Join us as we explore some of the language arts activities utilizing NASA materials and lessons found within NASA educator guides. In addition to the survey of materials, participants will engage in hands on demonstrations of some of the activities. Materials discussed will cover reading comprehension and composition for grades K-12. Lesson plans and strategies will be shared.
Federal Compliance: IDEA

90 Tips in 150 Minutes

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/201C

This lightning-fast session will provide participants with 90 practical tips in 150 minutes on all things legal, from A to Z, in the field of special education. Tips and topics covered will begin with child find, then move to evaluation, eligibility, IEP/placement, procedural safeguards, discipline and Section 504/ADA. In addition and at the end, a few “mental health/attitudinal” tips for educators are thrown in for good measure!
Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Student Advisory Program Showcase--REACHing All Students

08:15 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/201D

The REACH Initiative is Alabama's research and standards-based student advisory model designed for students in middle and high school grades. This session will provide an overview of the REACH initiative, including planning and implementation tools and best practices showcase from Trussville City Schools.
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Delinquent
Educating Special Populations- Students with Disabilities
English Learners
Homeless
Migrant
Neglected
Poverty

The Dark Side of Gifted: When Affective and Cognitive Needs are not Met!

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center/202A

This presentation will focus on the dark and light sides (think Star Wars) of gifted behaviors, including overexciteabilities/hypersensitives, peer relationships, and asynchronous development. We will understand why "Our children are taught to don masks before they recognize their own faces." (Drews, 1972, p. 3) and help them to remove their masks. We will also discuss the terrible "toos" (Gatto-Walden, 2016) of gifted learners -too complicated, too serious, and too important as perceived by their peers. Participants will leave with resources to help them start listening and supporting the affective needs of gifted students.