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Monday, July 30
 

8:00am

Registration
Monday July 30, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
TBA

8:30am

The Magic of Teaching
Kick of the conference with the stories and pictures that remind us why teaching is full of magic.  Join Donna to be reminded of all the "Ah Hah!" moments that make our jobs so important.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Whyte

Donna Whyte

Mom, Consultant, Author, TheSmartieZone
Donna Whyte is a certified teacher in New York State, an education consultant and an author. Her experience includes work in Pre K- 6 classrooms and support for struggling readers and writers at all levels. Donna has presented keynotes and workshops at the state, national and international... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 8:30am - 9:15am
TBA

9:25am

Classroom Organization
Intentional planning of the instructional space are just as important as your teaching practices. This session will provide details of look fors and the whys behind those decisions in the classroom space that create optimal conditions for learning. It’s about more than cute posters that help create the magic of learning - it’s about setting up a space designed to help learning blossom in it. Join us to learn more!

Speakers
avatar for Tracee Wells

Tracee Wells

Mentor Resident Leader, AVID District Director, East St. Louis School District 189
Tracee is a certified Classroom Management and Organization Program (COMP) trainer. She believes all teachers can create ideal conditions for learning in  their classrooms with intentional efforts toward student success. Wells is currently the AVID District Director in School District... Read More →



Monday July 30, 2018 9:25am - 10:25am
TBA

9:25am

Games that Teach
Build concept knowledge with kid-tested games that teach!  Create daily learning opportunities that will motivate and empower children across the entire curriculum.  Plus, have a great time with your students while you build skills and reinforce everyday concepts.  Leave this workshop with lots of ideas for creating games that students will love.  Make & Take so Bring YOUR scissors, glue sticks and colored pencils.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Whyte

Donna Whyte

Mom, Consultant, Author, TheSmartieZone
Donna Whyte is a certified teacher in New York State, an education consultant and an author. Her experience includes work in Pre K- 6 classrooms and support for struggling readers and writers at all levels. Donna has presented keynotes and workshops at the state, national and international... Read More →



Monday July 30, 2018 9:25am - 10:25am
TBA

9:25am

Guided Math Groups
Differentiate and Motivate! In this session, participants will:
• Learn how to motivate students with  center activities that reinforce and develop math skills
• Learn how to differentiate instruction effectively
• Create a math skills make and take tool kit that can be used in the classroom or as a home-to-school connection component.

Speakers
avatar for LeSaundra Blakley

LeSaundra Blakley

Math Instructional Coach, Gordon Bush Elementary
LeSaundra is the Math Instructional Coach at Gordon Bush Elementary, where she is responsible for a full range of coaching activities.  She can often be found in math classrooms modeling instructional strategies for teachers, creating standard based centers that will keep students... Read More →




Monday July 30, 2018 9:25am - 10:25am
TBA

9:25am

I’m Done with Centers...Now What?
Having trouble keeping your students busy for the full 45 minutes of center time? Does your classroom get a little rowdy and chaotic with early finishers who don’t have anything to do? Katie gives you lots of ideas, tips and resources to use to keep your kids actively engaged for the entire time! Learn how to make the activities meaningful and manage them so that students don't choose the same activity every day.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Mense

Katie Mense

Kindergarten Teacher at Sparta, Blogger, LittleKinderWarriors
Katie has taught kindergarten for more than 14 years, and has a passion for creating fun, hands-on lessons and activities designed to meet the needs of all students. As a student who struggled through school, she truly understands that every student has different needs and learning... Read More →



Monday July 30, 2018 9:25am - 10:25am
TBA

9:25am

Teaching with Poverty & Culture in Mind
Participants will build an understanding of various socioeconomic groups and gain strategies for how best to teach students with diverse demographics.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gabrielle Schwemmer

Dr. Gabrielle Schwemmer

Dr. Gabrielle “Gabe” Schwemmer has served in education for 20 years as a consultant, mentor, coach, elementary teacher, director, and central office administrator. She has received the following degrees: Associate of Arts from SWIC, Bachelor of Science in Education from McKendree... Read More →



Monday July 30, 2018 9:25am - 10:25am
TBA

10:25am

Morning Break
Monday July 30, 2018 10:25am - 10:40am
TBA

10:40am

Behavior Management that Works (Teachers & Students)
This session is designed to analyze a teacher’s role in setting the stage for learning as well as how to manage that process. Best practices in preparing for the behaviors we see in the classroom and concrete plans of action will be shared. Bring your ideas and let’s help one another to create optimal conditions for learning.

Speakers
avatar for Tracee Wells

Tracee Wells

Mentor Resident Leader, AVID District Director, East St. Louis School District 189
Tracee is a certified Classroom Management and Organization Program (COMP) trainer. She believes all teachers can create ideal conditions for learning in  their classrooms with intentional efforts toward student success. Wells is currently the AVID District Director in School District... Read More →



Monday July 30, 2018 10:40am - 11:40am
TBA

10:40am

Closer Look at Practical Progress Monitoring
Participants will navigate through ESGI to learn practical application of skill gaps to intervene early utilizing the reading continuum to drive instruction. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gabrielle Schwemmer

Dr. Gabrielle Schwemmer

Dr. Gabrielle “Gabe” Schwemmer has served in education for 20 years as a consultant, mentor, coach, elementary teacher, director, and central office administrator. She has received the following degrees: Associate of Arts from SWIC, Bachelor of Science in Education from McKendree... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 10:40am - 11:40am
TBA

10:40am

Guided Math Groups
Differentiate and Motivate! In this session, participants will:
• Learn how to motivate students with  center activities that reinforce and develop math skills
• Learn how to differentiate instruction effectively
• Create a math skills make and take tool kit that can be used in the classroom or as a home-to-school connection component.

Speakers
avatar for LeSaundra Blakley

LeSaundra Blakley

Math Instructional Coach, Gordon Bush Elementary
LeSaundra is the Math Instructional Coach at Gordon Bush Elementary, where she is responsible for a full range of coaching activities.  She can often be found in math classrooms modeling instructional strategies for teachers, creating standard based centers that will keep students... Read More →




Monday July 30, 2018 10:40am - 11:40am
TBA

10:40am

I’m Done with Centers...Now What?
Having trouble keeping your students busy for the full 45 minutes of center time? Does your classroom get a little rowdy and chaotic with early finishers who don’t have anything to do? Katie gives you lots of ideas, tips and resources to use to keep your kids actively engaged for the entire time! Learn how to make the activities meaningful and manage them so that students don't choose the same activity every day.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Mense

Katie Mense

Kindergarten Teacher at Sparta, Blogger, LittleKinderWarriors
Katie has taught kindergarten for more than 14 years, and has a passion for creating fun, hands-on lessons and activities designed to meet the needs of all students. As a student who struggled through school, she truly understands that every student has different needs and learning... Read More →



Monday July 30, 2018 10:40am - 11:40am
TBA

10:40am

Supporting At-Risk Readers
Join Donna to identify and explore traits that lead to struggling in reading.  Learn intervention strategies to use in your classroom that work.  Help your struggling readers with activities to build motivation to read.  Also, share strategies for phonemic awareness, phonics, sight words and more.  Be ready to return to your classroom with tools that support your at-risk readers.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Whyte

Donna Whyte

Mom, Consultant, Author, TheSmartieZone
Donna Whyte is a certified teacher in New York State, an education consultant and an author. Her experience includes work in Pre K- 6 classrooms and support for struggling readers and writers at all levels. Donna has presented keynotes and workshops at the state, national and international... Read More →



Monday July 30, 2018 10:40am - 11:40am
TBA

11:40am

Working Lunch
Monday July 30, 2018 11:40am - 12:40pm
TBA

12:40pm

Classroom Organization
Intentional planning of the instructional space are just as important as your teaching practices. This session will provide details of look fors and the whys behind those decisions in the classroom space that create optimal conditions for learning. It’s about more than cute posters that help create the magic of learning - it’s about setting up a space designed to help learning blossom in it. Join us to learn more!

Speakers
avatar for Tracee Wells

Tracee Wells

Mentor Resident Leader, AVID District Director, East St. Louis School District 189
Tracee is a certified Classroom Management and Organization Program (COMP) trainer. She believes all teachers can create ideal conditions for learning in  their classrooms with intentional efforts toward student success. Wells is currently the AVID District Director in School District... Read More →



Monday July 30, 2018 12:40pm - 1:40pm
TBA

12:40pm

Engage and Empower Young Learners
This session will aide you in building a classroom where students take responsibility and are active participants in their learning.  Donna will share set up strategies and ideas for building a room of independent learners that know how to solve problems.  We will explore flexible seating options and support tools in your classroom.  

Speakers
avatar for Donna Whyte

Donna Whyte

Mom, Consultant, Author, TheSmartieZone
Donna Whyte is a certified teacher in New York State, an education consultant and an author. Her experience includes work in Pre K- 6 classrooms and support for struggling readers and writers at all levels. Donna has presented keynotes and workshops at the state, national and international... Read More →



Monday July 30, 2018 12:40pm - 1:40pm
TBA

12:40pm

Flip That Room!
Find out how to create active learning with engaging classroom flips. Get your students excited about learning! Katie will show you some easy and inexpensive ways to transform your classroom. Whether it's a complete classroom transformation, or a smaller flip, your students are sure to be engaged like never before!

Speakers
avatar for Katie Mense

Katie Mense

Kindergarten Teacher at Sparta, Blogger, LittleKinderWarriors
Katie has taught kindergarten for more than 14 years, and has a passion for creating fun, hands-on lessons and activities designed to meet the needs of all students. As a student who struggled through school, she truly understands that every student has different needs and learning... Read More →



Monday July 30, 2018 12:40pm - 1:40pm
TBA

12:40pm

MATH and READING…IT’S FUNdamental
Would you like to increase the rigor of your math instruction?Join us for this eye-opening session that is filled with fun activities that integrate math and literature simultaneously. In this session, participants will learn how to move from mathematics instruction to numeracy development using storybooks to increase student engagement and retention.

Speakers
avatar for LeSaundra Blakley

LeSaundra Blakley

Math Instructional Coach, Gordon Bush Elementary
LeSaundra is the Math Instructional Coach at Gordon Bush Elementary, where she is responsible for a full range of coaching activities.  She can often be found in math classrooms modeling instructional strategies for teachers, creating standard based centers that will keep students... Read More →




Monday July 30, 2018 12:40pm - 1:40pm
TBA

12:40pm

Teaching with Poverty & Culture in Mind
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gabrielle Schwemmer

Dr. Gabrielle Schwemmer

Dr. Gabrielle “Gabe” Schwemmer has served in education for 20 years as a consultant, mentor, coach, elementary teacher, director, and central office administrator. She has received the following degrees: Associate of Arts from SWIC, Bachelor of Science in Education from McKendree... Read More →



Monday July 30, 2018 12:40pm - 1:40pm
TBA

1:40pm

Afternoon Break
Monday July 30, 2018 1:40pm - 1:55pm
TBA

1:55pm

Behavior Management that Works (Teachers & Students)
This session is designed to analyze a teacher’s role in setting the stage for learning as well as how to manage that process. Best practices in preparing for the behaviors we see in the classroom and concrete plans of action will be shared. Bring your ideas and let’s help one another to create optimal conditions for learning.

Speakers
avatar for Tracee Wells

Tracee Wells

Mentor Resident Leader, AVID District Director, East St. Louis School District 189
Tracee is a certified Classroom Management and Organization Program (COMP) trainer. She believes all teachers can create ideal conditions for learning in  their classrooms with intentional efforts toward student success. Wells is currently the AVID District Director in School District... Read More →



Monday July 30, 2018 1:55pm - 2:55pm
TBA

1:55pm

Closer Look at Practical Progress Monitoring
Participants will navigate through ESGI to learn practical application of skill gaps to intervene early utilizing the reading continuum to drive instruction. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gabrielle Schwemmer

Dr. Gabrielle Schwemmer

Dr. Gabrielle “Gabe” Schwemmer has served in education for 20 years as a consultant, mentor, coach, elementary teacher, director, and central office administrator. She has received the following degrees: Associate of Arts from SWIC, Bachelor of Science in Education from McKendree... Read More →


Monday July 30, 2018 1:55pm - 2:55pm
TBA

1:55pm

Flip That Room!
Find out how to create active learning with engaging classroom flips. Get your students excited about learning! Katie will show you some easy and inexpensive ways to transform your classroom. Whether it's a complete classroom transformation, or a smaller flip, your students are sure to be engaged like never before! 

Speakers
avatar for Katie Mense

Katie Mense

Kindergarten Teacher at Sparta, Blogger, LittleKinderWarriors
Katie has taught kindergarten for more than 14 years, and has a passion for creating fun, hands-on lessons and activities designed to meet the needs of all students. As a student who struggled through school, she truly understands that every student has different needs and learning... Read More →



Monday July 30, 2018 1:55pm - 2:55pm
TBA

1:55pm

MATH and READING…IT’S FUNdamental
Would you like to increase the rigor of your math instruction?Join us for this eye-opening  session that is filled with fun activities that integrate math and literature simultaneously. In this session, participants will learn how to move from mathematics instruction to numeracy development using storybooks to increase student engagement and retention.

Speakers
avatar for LeSaundra Blakley

LeSaundra Blakley

Math Instructional Coach, Gordon Bush Elementary
LeSaundra is the Math Instructional Coach at Gordon Bush Elementary, where she is responsible for a full range of coaching activities.  She can often be found in math classrooms modeling instructional strategies for teachers, creating standard based centers that will keep students... Read More →




Monday July 30, 2018 1:55pm - 2:55pm
TBA

1:55pm

Successful Little Writers
Explore how to effectively teach young writers The Writing Process.  Gain tools for each step of the process that will enable your little writers to accomplish big things.  Learn how to move students into independent writing at any level.  Also leave with ideas for setting up your writing center.   

Speakers
avatar for Donna Whyte

Donna Whyte

Mom, Consultant, Author, TheSmartieZone
Donna Whyte is a certified teacher in New York State, an education consultant and an author. Her experience includes work in Pre K- 6 classrooms and support for struggling readers and writers at all levels. Donna has presented keynotes and workshops at the state, national and international... Read More →



Monday July 30, 2018 1:55pm - 2:55pm
TBA

3:00pm

Wrap-up
Monday July 30, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
TBA