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Sunday, March 17

12:55pm CDT

Socratic Seminars: How to Empower Students' Comprehension, Advocacy, and Action
Limited Capacity seats available

Socratic Seminars positively change students' lives. Through student-led discussions and reflection, students drastically improve their comprehension of complex texts. And, perhaps most importantly, they experience how their empowered voices impact their lives and the world around them.

This session will engage all participants in:
1. Learning activities that successfully prepare and motivate students to fully engage in powerful Socratic Seminars.
2. Assessment and scaffolding for successful Socratic Seminars
3. A social-studies focused Socratic Seminar (with inner/outer circle/"cyber circle").

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Nancy Roncke

Literacy Coach, Horning Middle School
Passionate about student-led discourse and empowering/connecting students, teachers, families, and community.

Sunday March 17, 2019 12:55pm - 2:15pm CDT
Senate B

2:15pm CDT

Cultivate student voice and choice!
Limited Capacity seats available

Motivate your students to take ownership over their learning through purposeful and authentic project-based learning.  Are your students developing skills that they will use outside of your classroom? Are your students making connections to the real world? What is the purpose of the learning that your students are engaged in? This session will give you tips for how to help your students feel like they have voice and choice in your classroom. Work to create a framework for a student-designed project in your classroom. Get ideas for student rubric creation, project contract creation, project timeline management, individualized conferencing and much more. (Middle & High School Educators)

BRING A DEVICE TO ACCESS THE WEB! No paper handouts will be given.

This session will provide resources & time to :

    • Identifying ways to make project based learning purposeful and authentic in my classroom

    • Finding strategies to manage PBL in the classroom through organization & reflection

    • Create and assess student designed projects using backward design

    • Create structures for PBL in order to build content background and give voice & choice

Cultivate Student Voice and Choice! - Presentation
Station #3)

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Sarah Kopplin

7th Grade World Geography teacher, Shorewood Intermediate School
I teach in a 1-1 tech environment and use a project-based learning philosophy in my classroom. Talk to me about strategies to implement for managing or implementing tech tools or creating project-based learning experiences. I love to collaborate, plan curriculum and construct purposeful... Read More →

Krystle Thomas

Teacher, Shorewood School District


Sunday March 17, 2019 2:15pm - 3:35pm CDT

2:15pm CDT

Exploring Student-led Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

To prepare today’s 21st century learners for college and career success, teachers must provide explicit instruction to develop students’ speaking, listening, communication, and critical thinking skills. It is essential for teachers to create a classroom culture in which meaningful academic conversation takes place regularly. This allows students to make sense of the world around them by exchanging ideas. In this presentation, we will explore various methods to engage your classroom in meaningful student-led discussion. The strategies we’ll discuss are applicable to students in upper elementary through high school. You will leave with a wealth of knowledge and resources to help your students communicate effectively with each other.


Sunday March 17, 2019 2:15pm - 3:35pm CDT
Senate B