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Thursday, July 17
 

12:00pm

RBF Pre-Convening : Arrival Registration and Check-in
Moderators
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Ramik Williams

Program Assistant-Admissions Counselor, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Education is the silver bullet.

Thursday July 17, 2014 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Buckingham

12:30pm

RBF Pre-Convening : Luncheon
Moderators
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Audra Watson

Director of Mentoring & Induction Strategy and Program Officer, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Audra M. Watson (watson@woodrow.org), Director of Mentoring & Induction Strategy and Program Officer, has lead responsibility for the mentoring components of the Foundation’s various Fellowships. She is also a doctoral student focused on Urban Education Policy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She previously worked with the New York City Department of Education, directing mentoring and teacher development... Read More →

Thursday July 17, 2014 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Buckingham

1:15pm

RBF Pre-Convening : Keynote
Moderators
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Audra Watson

Director of Mentoring & Induction Strategy and Program Officer, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Audra M. Watson (watson@woodrow.org), Director of Mentoring & Induction Strategy and Program Officer, has lead responsibility for the mentoring components of the Foundation’s various Fellowships. She is also a doctoral student focused on Urban Education Policy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She previously worked with the New York City Department of Education, directing mentoring and teacher development... Read More →

Speakers
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Kevin Kumashiro

Kevin Kumashiro, Ph.D., is Dean of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. Previously, he was at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he served as professor of Asian American Studies, chair of Educational Policy Studies, and project director of a $4 million initiative, funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education, to support Asian American, Pacific Islander, and English-language learner students in higher... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Buckingham

2:15pm

3:00pm

Arrival, Registration and Check-in
Check in with Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Staff and receive your program agenda, swag bag and nametag!

Moderators
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Tom Bordenkircher

State Director, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
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Brian Hayes

Program Officer & NJ State Director, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
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Celia Rostow

Program Assistant, Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship
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Lindsay Smith

Program Assistant- Online Marketing and Recruitment, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Thursday July 17, 2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm
8th Street Lobby

5:30pm

Networking Reception
Thursday July 17, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Continental Foyer, Lobby

6:30pm

Dinner and Keynote: Teacher Leadership in an Era of Changing Standards
Moderators
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Stephanie

EVP/COO, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Stephanie Hull came to the Woodrow Wilson Foundation in 2012 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. She began her academic career as an assistant professor in the Department of French and Italian at Dartmouth College, subsequently becoming Assistant Dean of the College. After six years at Dartmouth, Dr. Hull went on to serve as the Assistant to the President and Secretary of the College at Mount Holyoke College, then as Head of... Read More →

Speakers
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Arthur Levine

Arthur Levine is the sixth president of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Before his appointment at Woodrow Wilson in 2006, he was president and professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He also previously served as chair of the higher education program, chair of the Institute for Educational Management, and senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Dr. Levine is the author or co-author of ten books... Read More →
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José Luis Vilson

Founder, EduColor
José Luis Vilson is a math educator for a middle school in the Inwood / Washington Heights neighborhood of New York, NY. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in mathematics education from the City College of New York. He’s also a committed writer, activist, web designer, and father.


Thursday July 17, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Continental ABC, Lobby
 
Friday, July 18
 

8:00am

Continental Breakfast
Friday July 18, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Continental ABC, Lobby

9:00am

Keynote: Teacher? Learner? Mixing Roles in the Classroom

Fear of not knowing the answers in class is common to teachers in any discipline. Intentionally putting oneself in the vulnerable position of a learner in front of students is uncomfortable and rare - yet these are precious opportunities to model the key learning behaviors that we hope to develop in our students.  Co-teaching with colleagues in different disciplines presented the opportunity to be an authentic learner alongside students in a class.  This led to surprising revelations about student perceptions of teachers and how knowledge is acquired, and promoted growth in students as learners.  Teaching in this course that spanned multiple disciplines also clarified the educational impact of developing skills and concepts that strengthen student performance across a range of subjects. 


Moderators
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Stephanie

EVP/COO, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Stephanie Hull came to the Woodrow Wilson Foundation in 2012 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. She began her academic career as an assistant professor in the Department of French and Italian at Dartmouth College, subsequently becoming Assistant Dean of the College. After six years at Dartmouth, Dr. Hull went on to serve as the Assistant to the President and Secretary of the College at Mount Holyoke College, then as Head of... Read More →

Speakers
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Dr. Emily Wiley

Emily Wiley is an Associate Professor of Biology at three liberal arts colleges (Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges) near Los Angeles, CA.  She received her bachelor's degree in biology from Western Washington University, Seattle, and her PhD in molecular genetics from the University of Washington.  Funded by several grants from the National Science Foundation, her research explores how genome structure controls the... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 9:00am - 9:30am
Continental ABC, Lobby

10:30am

Program Directors: Welcome, Introductions and Overview of the Day
Speakers
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Audra Watson

Director of Mentoring & Induction Strategy and Program Officer, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Audra M. Watson (watson@woodrow.org), Director of Mentoring & Induction Strategy and Program Officer, has lead responsibility for the mentoring components of the Foundation’s various Fellowships. She is also a doctoral student focused on Urban Education Policy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She previously worked with the New York City Department of Education, directing mentoring and teacher development... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:30am - 10:45am
Boulevard C, 2nd Floor

10:30am

'Where Do These Kids Come From?': Creating a Culturally Responsive Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This session, tailored to provide participants with a thorough overview of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (CRP), will focus on key components and strategies to create a culturally responsive classroom in which all students are empowered to thrive. Participants will learn the fundamental principles of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy as well as specific strategies to implement and develop a culturally responsive classroom. Workshop participants will engage in discussion and critical analysis of concepts and issues relevant to the effective implementation of a culturally responsive classroom. This is an interactive workshop in which participants will engage each other and address difficult and challenging issues that impact the success of all students. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be empowered to implement and/or improve their culturally responsive practice.

Speakers
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Travis Bristol

Dr. Travis J. Bristol, a former high school English teacher in New York City public schools and teacher educator with the Boston Teacher Residency program, is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE). His research interests focus on the intersection of race and gender in organizations. Travis’s most recent work includes consulting for The World Bank in Washington D.C. and... Read More →
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Brian Morrison

Dr. Morrison earned a BA degree in Sociology and teaching credentials in secondary education social studies from New York University.  He earned a Master of Arts degree in African American Studies from Morgan State University as well as a Ph.D. in History in 2008.  His dissertation is titled Selected African American Educational Efforts in Baltimore, Maryland during the Nineteenth Century. He has been a teacher and administrator in... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
4C

10:30am

Achieving a Healthy Work/Life Balance
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop you will learn from veteran educators about the importance of properly balancing your professional and personal life. Every occupation and job has its challenges, but few are as demanding as teaching children. This workshop will provide attendees with the opportunity to discuss the challenges in balancing the demands of classroom teaching with the realities of their personal lives. Attendees will be provided with tactical tips to become more efficient and effective educators in order or achieve that healthy balance. This workshop will benefit both new and veteran teachers.

Speakers
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Tracy Brisson

Tracy Brisson is the founder of The Opportunities Project, a career coaching and recruitment consulting organization that serves the education industry.  Before starting her business, she recruited teachers for the New York City schools for over ten years and served as the Director of Teacher Recruitment, overseeing the hiring of teachers across 1,600 schools.  Brisson’s career and recruitment advice has been featured in The New... Read More →
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Sonya Brown

Sonya G. Brown is a teacher development specialist with the New York City Department of Education. She works in collaboration with a central instructional team and the NYCDOE Office of Leadership to develop mentors of early career teachers and school administrators. This involves the design and facilitation of professional development workshops and coaching on varied topics including new national initiatives, citywide instructional... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
4D

10:30am

Assessing Student Work Through Gap Analysis
Limited Capacity seats available

Understanding the gaps between students’ demonstrated knowledge and primary objectives such as the Common Core Learning Standards is key to empowering teachers to facilitate student learning toward higher achievement. This session for K-12 educators will afford participants the opportunity to assess student work through an objective lens using a gap analysis protocol based on a set of Common Core Learning Standards. Participants will then discuss the implications for teacher planning and preparation.

Speakers
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Ivy Dreisbach

Ivy Dreisbach was a New York City Department of Education teacher and instructional coach for over 20 years.  Her diverse teaching background included teaching English, English as a Second Language and High School Equivalency to both adolescents and adults. The focus of her coaching roles have ranged in responsibility from mentoring first year teachers, developing the content for an online mentor course to supporting key school instructional... Read More →
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Samuel Scott

Samuel Scott, Jr. is a Senior Network Achievement Coach with the Fordham University Children's First Network.  Samuel was an elementary school teacher for five years in the New York City Department of Education.  During his teaching career he was awarded with the Junior Great Book's Great Teacher Award.  He then was accepted into the New York City Leadership Academy.  After graduating from the academy he helped to open a... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
5E

10:30am

Classroom Management: The Key to Increasing Student Achievement
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will be introduced to the struggles and pitfalls, and ultimately, the successes of managing a classroom of students. They will learn the importance and necessity of creating definitive structure to your classroom and approach to management at the onset of the school year. We will discuss the importance of consistency with procedures, expectations and the delivery of consequences, both positive and negative. We will discuss various situations that could occur in the classroom and how to respond, or set up procedures to ensure that a particular negative behavior does not occur again, or a positive behavior is reinforced. We will also discuss arranging the room in a way conducive to effective management; and identifying and implementing rules and operating procedures that a teacher can adapt and cater to their preferred style of management. The presenter’s experience and knowledge will serve, not as a declaration of a perceived expertise, but as a reference point and resource that young teachers can draw upon when developing their ability to manage a classroom.

Speakers
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Frank Farrington

Frank Farrington is a middle school teacher at Paul Robeson Charter School in Trenton, New Jersey. Frank began his teaching career in Waianae, Hawaii which is on the island of Oahu, after receiving an Educational psychology degree from Marist College. Frank has seven year of teaching experience in high needs districts working as a Math Specialist, Reading Support teacher and an inclusion support teacher for Social Studies. He received his... Read More →
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Nelson Maylone

Nelson Maylone is a professor of educational psychology at Eastern Michigan University, and director of the Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship there. He has 25 years of K-12 experience in Detroit, Allen Park, West Bloomfield, Brighton, and Grosse Pointe schools (all Michigan) as a math teacher and a building administrator. Nelson was the West Bloomfield Teacher of the Year and a state Teacher of the Year finalist in 1988. Nelson has... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
4M

10:30am

Deconstructing the 'Savior' Role
Limited Capacity seats available

As teachers approach the new school year, they take on a plethora of responsibilities: writing lesson plans, attending grade-level meetings, grading, leading afterschool clubs, holding parent conferences, participating in IEP meetings and RTI meetings, and, of course, teaching. In the midst of everything that happens at a school, what teachers do and do not do affects the students’ welfare. Given the intensity of this role, teachers sometimes feel an urgency to become the savior within the classroom—yet those who respond this way easily get overwhelmed and leave with the profession. The savior mentality sets in quickly, across classrooms; if you’re not careful, it can happen to you. Participants in this session will have the opportunity to identify their level of savior mentality within the classroom. They will take away strategies about how to manage their time, achieve life balance, and create an atmosphere that fosters student-led classroom.

Speakers
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Kristin Mason

Kristin Mason teaches 11th grade American Literature and Advance Placement Language Composition at Landmark Christian School, in Fairburn, Georgia.  She also serves as a dual enrollment teacher for Truett- McConnell College. As a member of the last cohort of Woodrow Wilson and Rockefeller Brothers Teachers of Color in 2010, Kristin earned a Masters in Secondary English Education with endorsements in Reading and ESOL from Georgia State... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
4B

10:30am

Embedding Bloom's Taxonomy and Learning Targets for Assessment of Learning
Supporting students to think conceptually in mathematics helps them move beyond the computational level of comprehension. Asking various levels of questions throughout a math lesson allows the teacher to probe the students’ level of learning and adjust the complexity of the math activities based on the learners’ needs. Teachers can embed different levels of questioning from Bloom’s Taxonomy into a specific learning target to inquire about the students’ levels of understanding and interest in a mathematical topic. The objective of this session is to push participants to apply Bloom’s Taxonomy in constructing assessments of learning. Participants will utilize the following strategies during activity time: creating specific learning targets, making formative assessments to evaluate student learning and interest, and developing exit quizzes that provide teachers with quick feedback about their lessons. Participants will use specific learning targets to craft a variety of assessment questions that teachers can ask to quickly gauge student thinking and interests, in a matter of three to five minutes.

Speakers
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Maple So

Maple So will be teaching Mathematics at Herron High School in Indianapolis, IN. She formerly taught Mathematics for 11th -12th grades and dual-credit Finite Math at Christel House Academy Watanabe High School. As a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship Program, So earned her Master of Arts in Teaching in 2013 from the University of Indianapolis, and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and an Economics... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
5G

10:30am

Encouraging Student Thinking and Engagement Through Effective Questioning
Limited Capacity seats available

Phrasing effective questions is a critical teaching skill and one that is often overlooked or taken for granted. While it may take most of a lifetime to master the art of effectively using questions to drive learning, in this session we will explore some relatively simple things teachers can incorporate into their practice as they progress on their journey toward mastering this art. In this session, participants will learn the principles involved in designing effective questions that mediate student thinking, analyze questions for their effectiveness based on the three characteristics of mediatory questions, and practice designing effective mediatory questions in their specific content area. Participants will also explore six strategies for effectively using questions to encourage student thinking and engagement and will learn the one question that can completely change their classroom dynamic.

Speakers
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Deborah Sachs

WWITFP Director, University of Indianapolis
Deb Sachs is the Director of the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship Program and an assistant professor at the University of Indianapolis as well as the president and lead facilitator of Cranial Edventures Inc. She has worked extensively with teachers, youth, and adults in a variety of K-12, university and professional settings. Since leaving the high school classroom after a twenty-one year teaching career, Deb has been teaching at the... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
4R

10:30am

Expectations and Opportunities: Fostering Deep Student Relationships to Drive Responsive Planning and Instruction
Limited Capacity seats available

The expectations that teachers set are a critical part of closing the opportunity gap in education. Low expectations fail to give students a chance to succeed; high expectations without individualized support set students up for failure; and both perpetuate inequalities by influencing teachers’, administrators’, and policymakers’ sense of student incompetence. This session has two objectives: first, to help teachers imagine ways to more deeply know their students’ interests, skills, cultural resources and past educational experiences; and second, to effectively translate these relationships into rigorous expectations and meaningful learning experiences. Together, participants and facilitators in this session will form a “community of practice,” discussing together research-based strategies and examples from our classroom experiences around expectations, relationships, and instruction. As a group, we will workshop how these thought processes apply to participants’ particular schools and classrooms. Participants will walk away with resources and strategies for connecting expectations built for specific students to rigorous, culturally responsive lessons and units.

Speakers
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Glen Casey

Glen E. Casey is a current student at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Urban Studies and Minoring in Urban Education with a concentration in Policy, Research, and Practice.  Growing up in inner city Philadelphia as an African American male, Mr. Casey came to understand the relationship between the urban environment, education system, and long term life outcomes through working with other high school students in the areas of... Read More →
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Andrew Schiera

Andrew J. Schiera is a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania studying teaching, learning, and teacher education. His research interests seek to understand how students, teachers, and researchers can all be positioned as co-teachers and co-learners, conscious critics, and engaged activists towards socially just practices and purposes of education.  Prior to his doctoral studies, Mr. Schiera was a social studies educator at... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
4H

10:30am

Families, Communities and Academic Achievement: Strategies and Systems for Building Human Capital
Limited Capacity seats available

The ecological context in which children develop—family, school, community, workplace, and larger society—profoundly influences their outcomes. A systemic approach is critical, as we have reached the limit of solutions that rely on individual and silo-ed schools and organizations. This session for pre-K–12 educators introduces holistic approaches to fostering academic achievement among all stakeholders. Participants will apply Urie Bronfenbrenner’s bio-ecological model to their own communities and learn how to “map” cross-sector assets, relationships, and networks. Participants will also will develop fluency in the dynamics of systems building and systems change. The session provides foundational knowledge linked to highly interactive discussions and activities.

Speakers
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Didi Goldenhar

Didi Goldenhar  (egoldenhar@gmail.com) is a consultant specializing in systems change and leadership development. She has partnered on educational initiatives with the New York City Leadership Academy, Harlem Educational Activities Fund, Year Up, and the Public Education Network. Her presentations and facilitated sessions have been hosted by the Open Society Institute, Lucent Technology/Child Care Action Campaign, and the United Way of Tucson... Read More →
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Susan Ochshorn

Founder, ECE PolicyWorks
Susan Ochshorn is the founder of the consulting firm ECE PolicyWorks and the author of Squandering America’s Future: Why ECE Policy Matters for Equality, Our Economy, and Our Children.  She has served in a number of advisory positions, including on the council of the Early Learning Initiative at the Education Commission of the States.  A former journalist, Ochshorn has written for CNN Opinion, the Los Angeles... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
4K

10:30am

Flipping out with Khan
Limited Capacity seats available

As classroom instruction continues to evolve, technology has become more integrated into the delivery of academic content. This session will focus on the flipped classroom instructional strategy, and its effectiveness in today’s classroom. The rationale behind the use of the flipped classroom, ancillary online resources, and collaborative activity learning strategies will be demonstrated. Participants will have a working knowledge of how to effectively incorporate www.KhanAcademy.org as a self-paced enrichment to their existing mathematical instruction, how to use their respective students’ Khan Academy data to influence subsequent lesson development, and how to create a flipped lesson for their own instruction.

Speakers
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Olivia Birdsall

Olivia Birdsall teaches 7th and 8th grade math at the Lynhurst 7th & 8th Grade Center in Indianapolis, IN. She is currently a track coach and a cosponsor of the yearbook. As a member of the fourth cohort of Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellows, Olivia earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Indianapolis in 2013. Olivia also holds a bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts and Mathematics from Saint Lawrence University in... Read More →
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David Johnson

David Johnson III teaches Middle School Mathematics at Lynhurst 7th & 8th Grade Center, in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a member of the first cohort of Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship, he earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of Indianapolis.  David is a recipient of the 2011 Siemens STEM Institute Fellowship and the Gov. Mitch Daniels Award for Excellence in Teaching. 


Friday July 18, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
4P

10:30am

From MacGyver Science to New Technologies
Limited Capacity seats available

Whether you are looking for fun activities to teach complex scientific concepts or trying to incorporate new technologies to promote 21st-century skills in your classroom, this workshop is for you. Mrs. Smith will model effective facilitation of engineering design challenges in the classroom. Ms. Harris will explore digital aspects of learning in the 21st-century classroom and look at how current teaching practices and technologies drive student achievement.

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Ronah Harris

Ronah Harris is currently the Director of Information and Design at Friends Select School in Philadelphia. A native New Yorker, Ronah was a public school teacher and an educational consultant for Sesame Workshop before founding the educational consultancy Play Pattern LLC in 2009. While at Sesame Workshop she wrote, advised production, and conducted evaluation research for Two Emmy award winning educational television... Read More →
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Linda Lee Smith

Astrophysics Educator Ambassador, NASA EPO
Linda Smith has been a public school teacher since 1984. Serving as the Elementary Science Resource Specialist for the Paulsboro, NJ Public School District for 16 years, she saw about 800 students bi-weekly for science enrichment, splitting her time between the Billingsport Early Childhood Center, which services students from Pre-K through 2nd grade, and the Loudenslager Elementary School where students range from 3rd through 6th grade. Since... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
4L

10:30am

How to Incorporate Nature of Science into the Middle and Secondary Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

A good understanding of the nature of science (NOS) is an essential component of scientific literacy. Research has shown that explicit instruction in the nature of science is necessary to help students develop their own understandings of NOS. So what is NOS? And how do teachers structure the learning environment to promote a good understanding of NOS? In this session, the presenters will discuss aspects of NOS that will help teachers understand this important concept. Participants will explore these concepts through innovative and engaging activities that they can immediately use in their own middle and secondary classrooms.

Speakers
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Holliday

The University of Akron
Gary M. Holliday is an Assistant Professor of Science Education in the Department of Curricular and Instructional Studies in the College of Education at the University of Akron. Dr. Holliday received his Ph.D. in Science Education and he possesses a M.Ed. in Science Education. Prior to his work as a science teacher educator, he had 15+ years of experience as a science educator. He has taught high school Biology in Chicago, IL, and his... Read More →
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Nidaa Makki

Nidaa Makki is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curricular and Instructional Studies in the College of Education at the University of Akron with expertise in Science Education. Dr. Makki taught middle school science and high school physics and has been working as a science teacher educator for over 10 years. She has experience as a co-PI and project director on several grants that focus on incorporating problem based learning in the... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
4Q

10:30am

Lessons Learned and Lessons Shared: An Open Discussion on Structures and Systems for Effective Math Instruction and Assessment
Limited Capacity seats available

What would your students do? Have you ever listened to a great presentation full of excellent ideas but left discouraged because you couldn’t imagine them working in your classroom? This is a discussion-based session which looks at the general topics of homework and formative and summative assessment in a high school math classroom in light of 1:1 technology and Common Core. I will share how I have maximized the effectiveness of homework, assessed every students’ learning daily, and created alternative assessments for struggling students. The session will encourage feedback and discussion regarding why these ideas would or would not work in your classroom, and will allow you to play the part of your students. You will also have an opportunity to share what you have learned about these topics from the successes and failures in your own classroom.

Speakers
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Katie Schaffner

Math Teacher, Bishop Chatard High School
Katie Schaffner just completed her 13th year teaching.  She attended the University of Notre Dame where she majored in math and theology and then joined their masters’ program for those interested in becoming teachers, the Alliance for Catholic Education (A.C.E.).  She taught middle and high school math at a small Catholic school on the gulf coast of Mississippi with the A.C.E. Program for the two required years and then stayed for a third... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
4G

10:30am

Navigating the College to Career Pathway
Limited Capacity seats available

Parents, students, and policymakers now view high school as a pathway to college, while students see the college degree as the ticket to a job. However, they do not understand that they need to use the whole college experience as the process to achieve that goal. High school teachers can begin that process by showing how skills obtained first in high school, then in college actually work to make students employable for the short- and long-term. The workshop will discuss student misconceptions about college and work, errors that students make in choosing and planning for college, strategies that they can begin in high school to become more marketable by the time they complete college, and strategies that will also reinforce skills to stay the course in college.

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Marcia Cantarella

Dr. Cantarella has been a Dean at Hunter College,  Princeton University and part of the Dean’s staff at NYU.  She has been responsible for academic advisement, career development, preparation for postgraduate fellowships, development of diversity programs, and strategies to generally enhance students’ academic experience and outcomes.  As Vice-President of Student Affairs at Metropolitan College of NY she was... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
5H

10:30am

Queer Youth: The Struggles They Face and the Ways You Can Help
Limited Capacity seats available

Queer youth are any and all youth who do not identify as heterosexual or cisgender. As the country undergoes a rapid paradigm shift in civil rights, understanding the difficulties that many queer youth face on a day-to-day basis becomes increasingly important. This session will be divided into two main sections: non-heterosexual students and non-cisgender students. Both sections will illuminate risks and statistics that describe our youth in their educational environment. Methods of intervention and discussion will also be taught so that educators can support their students in their endeavors. A look at preconceived gender ideals and notions will also be given during the section on non-cisgender youth. Scenarios involving queer youth will be given so that participants can begin to create methods for handling confrontations. This session is designed to define terms, illustrate risks, provide resources, and create interactive discussions to better understand and handle the risks and situations that a growing proportion of our youth face.

Speakers
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Donovan McCubbins

Donovan McCubbins is a member of the 6th Woodrow Wilson Cohort at IUPUI and a member of the American Chemical Society. He graduated in 2013 from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY with a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry and began to teach first year chemistry labs at Bellarmine for a semester. During his senior year and the following year, he served as the first Academic Advisor at Louisville Youth Group, an organization devoted to... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
4F

10:30am

Using Formative Assessment to Engage Students and Guide Instruction
Limited Capacity seats available

Formative assessment is described as activities undertaken by teachers, and by their students in assessing themselves, which provide information to be used as feedback to modify the teaching and learning activities in which they are engaged. Such assessment becomes ‘formative assessment’ when the evidence is actually used to adapt the teaching work to meet the needs. This session for secondary mathematics teachers will engage participants in a formative assessment lesson. Participants will engage in a formative lesson about quadratic functions and will learn about valuable resources that will allow them to use formative assessment in their own classroom to engage their students. The design of this session is interactive.

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Sarah Peterson

Math Teacher, Marble Hill High School for International Studies
Sarah Peterson teaches Integrated Algebra and Geometry at Marble Hill High School for International Studies in New York, NY. She is the Common Core Math Specialist at Marble Hill.   She is a Master Teacher Fellow with Math for America in New York City. LearnZillion recently named Sarah as a member of their Dream Team of Teachers for the second year. As a member of the 11th cohort of the New York City Teaching Fellows, Sarah earned her M.Ed... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
4A

10:30am

Using Modeling Instruction to Teach Thinking
Limited Capacity seats available

At a loss for how to incorporate Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core literacy standards into your science course? Modeling instruction has it all: defining problems, using models, planning and carrying out investigations, interpreting data, engaging in argument from evidence, and communicating information. Learn about this research-based, practical teaching strategy that engages students in scientific thinking, addresses common student misconceptions, and improves retention of fundamental science concepts. Teachers will experience modeling instruction in this session by participating in a sample high school science lesson. In the role of students, teachers will design an experiment, collect data, analyze data, develop a mathematical model, and present data to the class. The facilitator will provide online resources to go to for more information.

Speakers
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Amanda Horan

High School Chemistry and Physics Teacher
Amanda Horan teaches high school chemistry and physics at Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis, IN.  She has a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and worked as an engineer at Eli Lilly for five years before earning a Masters in Science Education from IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis) with the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship in 2012.  In 2013, she was selected to the... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
5F

10:30am

Using Service Learning to Enhance Attendance and Academic Achievement Among At-Risk Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Research demonstrates that high-quality service learning has positive effects on students’ academic performance and school engagement. Students who are more civically engaged perform better in reading, mathematics, history, and science, and are more apt to complete high school. Studies have shown that students who participate in service learning make significant improvement in their academic endeavors (Davila & Mora, 2007). According to Bridgeland (2006), 81 percent of dropouts felt that they would have been more apt to stay in school if their school had offered real-world learning opportunities such as service-learning. Service learning programs offer a wide diversity of learning activities, skills learned, and expected student outcomes. However, the root (or success) of service learning programs lies in the fact that while students are providing service to the larger community, they are also learning (Bridgeland, 2006). This session will help participants explore possibilities for service learning in their classrooms.

Speakers
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Dr. Paulett Kenwood

Adjunct Professor, College of New Rochelle
Dr. Paulett Kenwood   (paulett1492@yahoo.com) has been an educator for over twenty years. She is currently working with the New York City Department of Education as a Reading Specialist and an Adjunct Professor at the College of New Rochelle, Graduate School of Education. She has worked in several educational capacities with the New York City Department of Education, such as Assistant Principal, Lead Instructional Mentor, Regional Mentor... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
4J

10:30am

We Want You… to Become a Teacher Leader
Limited Capacity seats available

Alvin Ailey once said, “Dance is for everyone.” Leadership is for everyone too. That includes you, the classroom teacher. Teaching and leading are not mutually exclusive! This interactive session will focus on how teachers can develop as agents for change beyond their classroom without leaving the classroom. Participants will explore exactly what teacher leadership is and leave with an action plan of their own to become teacher leaders.

Speakers
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Shari Baker

Shari Baker is a 5th year teacher in Prince George’s County Public Schools, located in Maryland.  Shari teaches AP Psychology, Women’s Studies, and World History and serves on the Student Management and Planning Team of High Point High School. As a member of the 2010 cohort of the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Foundation Fellowship for Teachers of Color, Shari earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
4I

10:30am

What about the E in STEM?
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop provides an overview of the practice of engineering, including exploration of the mindset of successful engineers and examination of problem-solving techniques and key mathematical concepts often used by engineers in the field. Interactive discussions offer insights into the engineering profession, and give teachers a level of familiarity with common characteristics of engineers. Group activities provide teachers with strategies for naturally incorporating engineering concepts into classroom lessons, which may foster student interest in engineering. A goal of the workshop is to enable teachers to recognize and encourage students with an aptitude and affinity for engineering as a career. Discussions during the workshop address the relationship between engineering concepts and Mathematics Standards. The workshop directly benefits secondary school teachers in mathematics and physical sciences, but is general enough to inform all teachers with an interest in learning about how engineers think and work.

Speakers
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Mark Brockman

Mark L. Brockman is a 2014 Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellow attending graduate school at the University of Dayton.  After earning his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University, Mark began a 17-year career in the defense industry.  Focusing on first-generation college students and nontraditional students, he pursued... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
4E

10:45am

Program Directors: Assessment
Moderators
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Stephanie

EVP/COO, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Stephanie Hull came to the Woodrow Wilson Foundation in 2012 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. She began her academic career as an assistant professor in the Department of French and Italian at Dartmouth College, subsequently becoming Assistant Dean of the College. After six years at Dartmouth, Dr. Hull went on to serve as the Assistant to the President and Secretary of the College at Mount Holyoke College, then as Head of... Read More →
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Tom Bordenkircher

State Director, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
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Brian Hayes

Program Officer & NJ State Director, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
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Audra Watson

Director of Mentoring & Induction Strategy and Program Officer, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Audra M. Watson (watson@woodrow.org), Director of Mentoring & Induction Strategy and Program Officer, has lead responsibility for the mentoring components of the Foundation’s various Fellowships. She is also a doctoral student focused on Urban Education Policy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She previously worked with the New York City Department of Education, directing mentoring and teacher development... Read More →

Friday July 18, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Boulevard C, 2nd Floor

12:15pm

Luncheon
Friday July 18, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Continental ABC, Lobby

1:30pm

Program Directors Roundtable: Best Practices for Recruitment
Moderators
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Jose Ochoa

Director of Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Jose F. Ochoa (ochoa@woodrow.org) is Director of the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships. He was previously Director of MPP Admissions and Programs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, joining the Woodrow Wilson Foundation staff in 2013. He previously served as Associate Director for Enrollment Management at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education, and was Assistant Director of Scholarship Programs at the National... Read More →
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Lindsay Smith

Program Assistant- Online Marketing and Recruitment, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
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Ramik Williams

Program Assistant-Admissions Counselor, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Education is the silver bullet.

Friday July 18, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Boulevard B, Second Floor

1:30pm

Program Directors Roundtable: Campus Strategies for Building an Effective Fellow Support System
Moderators
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Stephanie

EVP/COO, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Stephanie Hull came to the Woodrow Wilson Foundation in 2012 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. She began her academic career as an assistant professor in the Department of French and Italian at Dartmouth College, subsequently becoming Assistant Dean of the College. After six years at Dartmouth, Dr. Hull went on to serve as the Assistant to the President and Secretary of the College at Mount Holyoke College, then as Head of... Read More →
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Tom Bordenkircher

State Director, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
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Brian Hayes

Program Officer & NJ State Director, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Friday July 18, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Boulevard A, Second Floor

1:30pm

Assessing Student Work Through Gap Analysis
Limited Capacity seats available

Understanding the gaps between students’ demonstrated knowledge and primary objectives such as the Common Core Learning Standards is key to empowering teachers to facilitate student learning toward higher achievement. This session for K-12 educators will afford participants the opportunity to assess student work through an objective lens using a gap analysis protocol based on a set of Common Core Learning Standards. Participants will then discuss the implications for teacher planning and preparation.

Speakers
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Ivy Dreisbach

Ivy Dreisbach was a New York City Department of Education teacher and instructional coach for over 20 years.  Her diverse teaching background included teaching English, English as a Second Language and High School Equivalency to both adolescents and adults. The focus of her coaching roles have ranged in responsibility from mentoring first year teachers, developing the content for an online mentor course to supporting key school instructional... Read More →
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Samuel Scott

Samuel Scott, Jr. is a Senior Network Achievement Coach with the Fordham University Children's First Network.  Samuel was an elementary school teacher for five years in the New York City Department of Education.  During his teaching career he was awarded with the Junior Great Book's Great Teacher Award.  He then was accepted into the New York City Leadership Academy.  After graduating from the academy he helped to open a... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
5E

1:30pm

Becoming a Purple Squirrel: Branding Your Teaching Career Now and for the Future
Limited Capacity seats available

Experienced recruiters sometimes use the term “purple squirrel” to describe the perfect candidate to fill a position. This session will detail specific leadership attributes of successful teachers and how to communicate those through your personal brand, so that you are always the first person who comes to mind when a job opens.

Speakers
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Tracy Brisson

Tracy Brisson is the founder of The Opportunities Project, a career coaching and recruitment consulting organization that serves the education industry.  Before starting her business, she recruited teachers for the New York City schools for over ten years and served as the Director of Teacher Recruitment, overseeing the hiring of teachers across 1,600 schools.  Brisson’s career and recruitment advice has been featured in The New... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
4P

1:30pm

Classroom Management: The Key to Increasing Student Achievement
Participants will be introduced to the struggles and pitfalls, and ultimately, the successes of managing a classroom of students. They will learn the importance and necessity of creating definitive structure to your classroom and approach to management at the onset of the school year. We will discuss the importance of consistency with procedures, expectations and the delivery of consequences, both positive and negative. We will discuss various situations that could occur in the classroom and how to respond, or set up procedures to ensure that a particular negative behavior does not occur again, or a positive behavior is reinforced. We will also discuss arranging the room in a way conducive to effective management; and identifying and implementing rules and operating procedures that a teacher can adapt and cater to their preferred style of management. The presenter’s experience and knowledge will serve, not as a declaration of a perceived expertise, but as a reference point and resource that young teachers can draw upon when developing their ability to manage a classroom.

Speakers
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Frank Farrington

Frank Farrington is a middle school teacher at Paul Robeson Charter School in Trenton, New Jersey. Frank began his teaching career in Waianae, Hawaii which is on the island of Oahu, after receiving an Educational psychology degree from Marist College. Frank has seven year of teaching experience in high needs districts working as a Math Specialist, Reading Support teacher and an inclusion support teacher for Social Studies. He received his... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
5I

1:30pm

Deconstructing the 'Savior' Role
Limited Capacity seats available

As teachers approach the new school year, they take on a plethora of responsibilities: writing lesson plans, attending grade-level meetings, grading, leading afterschool clubs, holding parent conferences, participating in IEP meetings and RTI meetings, and, of course, teaching. In the midst of everything that happens at a school, what teachers do and do not do affects the students’ welfare. Given the intensity of this role, teachers sometimes feel an urgency to become the savior within the classroom—yet those who respond this way easily get overwhelmed and leave with the profession. The savior mentality sets in quickly, across classrooms; if you’re not careful, it can happen to you. Participants in this session will have the opportunity to identify their level of savior mentality within the classroom. They will take away strategies about how to manage their time, achieve life balance, and create an atmosphere that fosters student-led classroom.

Speakers
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Kristin Mason

Kristin Mason teaches 11th grade American Literature and Advance Placement Language Composition at Landmark Christian School, in Fairburn, Georgia.  She also serves as a dual enrollment teacher for Truett- McConnell College. As a member of the last cohort of Woodrow Wilson and Rockefeller Brothers Teachers of Color in 2010, Kristin earned a Masters in Secondary English Education with endorsements in Reading and ESOL from Georgia State... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
4B

1:30pm

Embedding Bloom's Taxonomy and Learning Targets for Assessment of Learning
Supporting students to think conceptually in mathematics helps them move beyond the computational level of comprehension. Asking various levels of questions throughout a math lesson allows the teacher to probe the students’ level of learning and adjust the complexity of the math activities based on the learners’ needs. Teachers can embed different levels of questioning from Bloom’s Taxonomy into a specific learning target to inquire about the students’ levels of understanding and interest in a mathematical topic. The objective of this session is to push participants to apply Bloom’s Taxonomy in constructing assessments of learning. Participants will utilize the following strategies during activity time: creating specific learning targets, making formative assessments to evaluate student learning and interest, and developing exit quizzes that provide teachers with quick feedback about their lessons. Participants will use specific learning targets to craft a variety of assessment questions that teachers can ask to quickly gauge student thinking and interests, in a matter of three to five minutes.

Speakers
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Maple So

Maple So will be teaching Mathematics at Herron High School in Indianapolis, IN. She formerly taught Mathematics for 11th -12th grades and dual-credit Finite Math at Christel House Academy Watanabe High School. As a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship Program, So earned her Master of Arts in Teaching in 2013 from the University of Indianapolis, and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and an Economics... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
5G

1:30pm

Expectations and Opportunities: Fostering Deep Student Relationships to Drive Responsive Planning and Instruction
Limited Capacity seats available

The expectations that teachers set are a critical part of closing the opportunity gap in education. Low expectations fail to give students a chance to succeed; high expectations without individualized support set students up for failure; and both perpetuate inequalities by influencing teachers’, administrators’, and policymakers’ sense of student incompetence. This session has two objectives: first, to help teachers imagine ways to more deeply know their students’ interests, skills, cultural resources and past educational experiences; and second, to effectively translate these relationships into rigorous expectations and meaningful learning experiences. Together, participants and facilitators in this session will form a “community of practice,” discussing together research-based strategies and examples from our classroom experiences around expectations, relationships, and instruction. As a group, we will workshop how these thought processes apply to participants’ particular schools and classrooms. Participants will walk away with resources and strategies for connecting expectations built for specific students to rigorous, culturally responsive lessons and units.

Speakers
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Glen Casey

Glen E. Casey is a current student at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Urban Studies and Minoring in Urban Education with a concentration in Policy, Research, and Practice.  Growing up in inner city Philadelphia as an African American male, Mr. Casey came to understand the relationship between the urban environment, education system, and long term life outcomes through working with other high school students in the areas of... Read More →
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Andrew Schiera

Andrew J. Schiera is a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania studying teaching, learning, and teacher education. His research interests seek to understand how students, teachers, and researchers can all be positioned as co-teachers and co-learners, conscious critics, and engaged activists towards socially just practices and purposes of education.  Prior to his doctoral studies, Mr. Schiera was a social studies educator at... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
4H

1:30pm

Families, Communities and Academic Achievement: Strategies and Systems for Building Human Capital
Limited Capacity seats available

The ecological context in which children develop—family, school, community, workplace, and larger society—profoundly influences their outcomes. A systemic approach is critical, as we have reached the limit of solutions that rely on individual and silo-ed schools and organizations. This session for pre-K–12 educators introduces holistic approaches to fostering academic achievement among all stakeholders. Participants will apply Urie Bronfenbrenner’s bio-ecological model to their own communities and learn how to “map” cross-sector assets, relationships, and networks. Participants will also will develop fluency in the dynamics of systems building and systems change. The session provides foundational knowledge linked to highly interactive discussions and activities.

Speakers
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Didi Goldenhar

Didi Goldenhar  (egoldenhar@gmail.com) is a consultant specializing in systems change and leadership development. She has partnered on educational initiatives with the New York City Leadership Academy, Harlem Educational Activities Fund, Year Up, and the Public Education Network. Her presentations and facilitated sessions have been hosted by the Open Society Institute, Lucent Technology/Child Care Action Campaign, and the United Way of Tucson... Read More →
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Susan Ochshorn

Founder, ECE PolicyWorks
Susan Ochshorn is the founder of the consulting firm ECE PolicyWorks and the author of Squandering America’s Future: Why ECE Policy Matters for Equality, Our Economy, and Our Children.  She has served in a number of advisory positions, including on the council of the Early Learning Initiative at the Education Commission of the States.  A former journalist, Ochshorn has written for CNN Opinion, the Los Angeles... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
4K

1:30pm

Flipping out with Khan
Limited Capacity seats available

As classroom instruction continues to evolve, technology has become more integrated into the delivery of academic content. This session will focus on the flipped classroom instructional strategy, and its effectiveness in today’s classroom. The rationale behind the use of the flipped classroom, ancillary online resources, and collaborative activity learning strategies will be demonstrated. Participants will have a working knowledge of how to effectively incorporate www.KhanAcademy.org as a self-paced enrichment to their existing mathematical instruction, how to use their respective students’ Khan Academy data to influence subsequent lesson development, and how to create a flipped lesson for their own instruction.

Speakers
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Olivia Birdsall

Olivia Birdsall teaches 7th and 8th grade math at the Lynhurst 7th & 8th Grade Center in Indianapolis, IN. She is currently a track coach and a cosponsor of the yearbook. As a member of the fourth cohort of Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellows, Olivia earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Indianapolis in 2013. Olivia also holds a bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts and Mathematics from Saint Lawrence University in... Read More →
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David Johnson

David Johnson III teaches Middle School Mathematics at Lynhurst 7th & 8th Grade Center, in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a member of the first cohort of Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship, he earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of Indianapolis.  David is a recipient of the 2011 Siemens STEM Institute Fellowship and the Gov. Mitch Daniels Award for Excellence in Teaching. 


Friday July 18, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
4M

1:30pm

From MacGyver Science to New Technologies
Limited Capacity seats available

Whether you are looking for fun activities to teach complex scientific concepts or trying to incorporate new technologies to promote 21st-century skills in your classroom, this workshop is for you. Mrs. Smith will model effective facilitation of engineering design challenges in the classroom. Ms. Harris will explore digital aspects of learning in the 21st-century classroom and look at how current teaching practices and technologies drive student achievement.

Speakers
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Ronah Harris

Ronah Harris is currently the Director of Information and Design at Friends Select School in Philadelphia. A native New Yorker, Ronah was a public school teacher and an educational consultant for Sesame Workshop before founding the educational consultancy Play Pattern LLC in 2009. While at Sesame Workshop she wrote, advised production, and conducted evaluation research for Two Emmy award winning educational television... Read More →
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Linda Lee Smith

Astrophysics Educator Ambassador, NASA EPO
Linda Smith has been a public school teacher since 1984. Serving as the Elementary Science Resource Specialist for the Paulsboro, NJ Public School District for 16 years, she saw about 800 students bi-weekly for science enrichment, splitting her time between the Billingsport Early Childhood Center, which services students from Pre-K through 2nd grade, and the Loudenslager Elementary School where students range from 3rd through 6th grade. Since... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
4L

1:30pm

How to Incorporate Nature of Science into the Middle and Secondary Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

A good understanding of the nature of science (NOS) is an essential component of scientific literacy. Research has shown that explicit instruction in the nature of science is necessary to help students develop their own understandings of NOS. So what is NOS? And how do teachers structure the learning environment to promote a good understanding of NOS? In this session, the presenters will discuss aspects of NOS that will help teachers understand this important concept. Participants will explore these concepts through innovative and engaging activities that they can immediately use in their own middle and secondary classrooms.

Speakers
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Holliday

The University of Akron
Gary M. Holliday is an Assistant Professor of Science Education in the Department of Curricular and Instructional Studies in the College of Education at the University of Akron. Dr. Holliday received his Ph.D. in Science Education and he possesses a M.Ed. in Science Education. Prior to his work as a science teacher educator, he had 15+ years of experience as a science educator. He has taught high school Biology in Chicago, IL, and his... Read More →
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Nidaa Makki

Nidaa Makki is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curricular and Instructional Studies in the College of Education at the University of Akron with expertise in Science Education. Dr. Makki taught middle school science and high school physics and has been working as a science teacher educator for over 10 years. She has experience as a co-PI and project director on several grants that focus on incorporating problem based learning in the... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
4Q

1:30pm

Lessons Learned and Lessons Shared: An Open Discussion on Structures and Systems for Effective Math Instruction and Assessment
Limited Capacity seats available

What would your students do? Have you ever listened to a great presentation full of excellent ideas but left discouraged because you couldn’t imagine them working in your classroom? This is a discussion-based session which looks at the general topics of homework and formative and summative assessment in a high school math classroom in light of 1:1 technology and Common Core. I will share how I have maximized the effectiveness of homework, assessed every students’ learning daily, and created alternative assessments for struggling students. The session will encourage feedback and discussion regarding why these ideas would or would not work in your classroom, and will allow you to play the part of your students. You will also have an opportunity to share what you have learned about these topics from the successes and failures in your own classroom.

Speakers
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Katie Schaffner

Math Teacher, Bishop Chatard High School
Katie Schaffner just completed her 13th year teaching.  She attended the University of Notre Dame where she majored in math and theology and then joined their masters’ program for those interested in becoming teachers, the Alliance for Catholic Education (A.C.E.).  She taught middle and high school math at a small Catholic school on the gulf coast of Mississippi with the A.C.E. Program for the two required years and then stayed for a third... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
4G

1:30pm

Navigating the College to Career Pathway
Limited Capacity seats available

Parents, students, and policymakers now view high school as a pathway to college, while students see the college degree as the ticket to a job. However, they do not understand that they need to use the whole college experience as the process to achieve that goal. High school teachers can begin that process by showing how skills obtained first in high school, then in college actually work to make students employable for the short- and long-term. The workshop will discuss student misconceptions about college and work, errors that students make in choosing and planning for college, strategies that they can begin in high school to become more marketable by the time they complete college, and strategies that will also reinforce skills to stay the course in college.

Speakers
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Marcia Cantarella

Dr. Cantarella has been a Dean at Hunter College,  Princeton University and part of the Dean’s staff at NYU.  She has been responsible for academic advisement, career development, preparation for postgraduate fellowships, development of diversity programs, and strategies to generally enhance students’ academic experience and outcomes.  As Vice-President of Student Affairs at Metropolitan College of NY she was... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
5H

1:30pm

Queer Youth: The Struggles They Face and the Ways You Can Help
Limited Capacity seats available

Queer youth are any and all youth who do not identify as heterosexual or cisgender. As the country undergoes a rapid paradigm shift in civil rights, understanding the difficulties that many queer youth face on a day-to-day basis becomes increasingly important. This session will be divided into two main sections: non-heterosexual students and non-cisgender students. Both sections will illuminate risks and statistics that describe our youth in their educational environment. Methods of intervention and discussion will also be taught so that educators can support their students in their endeavors. A look at preconceived gender ideals and notions will also be given during the section on non-cisgender youth. Scenarios involving queer youth will be given so that participants can begin to create methods for handling confrontations. This session is designed to define terms, illustrate risks, provide resources, and create interactive discussions to better understand and handle the risks and situations that a growing proportion of our youth face.

Speakers
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Donovan McCubbins

Donovan McCubbins is a member of the 6th Woodrow Wilson Cohort at IUPUI and a member of the American Chemical Society. He graduated in 2013 from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY with a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry and began to teach first year chemistry labs at Bellarmine for a semester. During his senior year and the following year, he served as the first Academic Advisor at Louisville Youth Group, an organization devoted to... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
4F

1:30pm

The Inner Circle: Reflect, Prioritize and Manage
Limited Capacity seats available

Educators are required to make thousands of decisions about instruction, within their classrooms, on a daily basis. This does not include advance lesson planning, communicating with parents, or simply navigating the school system. Self-care is often underrated. Research indicates that teacher retention is highly impacted by a teacher’s overall well-being. Participants will reflect and prioritize personal and professional responsibilities using a Circles protocol. They will explore tools and techniques for managing educator stress. This session involves light movement. Participants will leave with resources for creating an individual action plan.

Speakers
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Sonya Brown

Sonya G. Brown is a teacher development specialist with the New York City Department of Education. She works in collaboration with a central instructional team and the NYCDOE Office of Leadership to develop mentors of early career teachers and school administrators. This involves the design and facilitation of professional development workshops and coaching on varied topics including new national initiatives, citywide instructional... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
4D

1:30pm

Using Formative Assessment to Engage Students and Guide Instruction
Limited Capacity seats available

Formative assessment is described as activities undertaken by teachers, and by their students in assessing themselves, which provide information to be used as feedback to modify the teaching and learning activities in which they are engaged. Such assessment becomes ‘formative assessment’ when the evidence is actually used to adapt the teaching work to meet the needs. This session for secondary mathematics teachers will engage participants in a formative assessment lesson. Participants will engage in a formative lesson about quadratic functions and will learn about valuable resources that will allow them to use formative assessment in their own classroom to engage their students. The design of this session is interactive.

Speakers
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Sarah Peterson

Math Teacher, Marble Hill High School for International Studies
Sarah Peterson teaches Integrated Algebra and Geometry at Marble Hill High School for International Studies in New York, NY. She is the Common Core Math Specialist at Marble Hill.   She is a Master Teacher Fellow with Math for America in New York City. LearnZillion recently named Sarah as a member of their Dream Team of Teachers for the second year. As a member of the 11th cohort of the New York City Teaching Fellows, Sarah earned her M.Ed... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
4A

1:30pm

Using Modeling Instruction to Teach Thinking
Limited Capacity seats available

At a loss for how to incorporate Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core literacy standards into your science course? Modeling instruction has it all: defining problems, using models, planning and carrying out investigations, interpreting data, engaging in argument from evidence, and communicating information. Learn about this research-based, practical teaching strategy that engages students in scientific thinking, addresses common student misconceptions, and improves retention of fundamental science concepts. Teachers will experience modeling instruction in this session by participating in a sample high school science lesson. In the role of students, teachers will design an experiment, collect data, analyze data, develop a mathematical model, and present data to the class. The facilitator will provide online resources to go to for more information.

Speakers
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Amanda Horan

High School Chemistry and Physics Teacher
Amanda Horan teaches high school chemistry and physics at Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis, IN.  She has a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and worked as an engineer at Eli Lilly for five years before earning a Masters in Science Education from IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis) with the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship in 2012.  In 2013, she was selected to the... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
5F

1:30pm

Using Service Learning to Enhance Attendance and Academic Achievement Among At-Risk Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Research demonstrates that high-quality service learning has positive effects on students’ academic performance and school engagement. Students who are more civically engaged perform better in reading, mathematics, history, and science, and are more apt to complete high school. Studies have shown that students who participate in service learning make significant improvement in their academic endeavors (Davila & Mora, 2007). According to Bridgeland (2006), 81 percent of dropouts felt that they would have been more apt to stay in school if their school had offered real-world learning opportunities such as service-learning. Service learning programs offer a wide diversity of learning activities, skills learned, and expected student outcomes. However, the root (or success) of service learning programs lies in the fact that while students are providing service to the larger community, they are also learning (Bridgeland, 2006). This session will help participants explore possibilities for service learning in their classrooms.

Speakers
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Dr. Paulett Kenwood

Adjunct Professor, College of New Rochelle
Dr. Paulett Kenwood   (paulett1492@yahoo.com) has been an educator for over twenty years. She is currently working with the New York City Department of Education as a Reading Specialist and an Adjunct Professor at the College of New Rochelle, Graduate School of Education. She has worked in several educational capacities with the New York City Department of Education, such as Assistant Principal, Lead Instructional Mentor, Regional Mentor... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
4J

1:30pm

We Want You… to Become a Teacher Leader
Limited Capacity seats available

Alvin Ailey once said, “Dance is for everyone.” Leadership is for everyone too. That includes you, the classroom teacher. Teaching and leading are not mutually exclusive! This interactive session will focus on how teachers can develop as agents for change beyond their classroom without leaving the classroom. Participants will explore exactly what teacher leadership is and leave with an action plan of their own to become teacher leaders.

Speakers
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Shari Baker

Shari Baker is a 5th year teacher in Prince George’s County Public Schools, located in Maryland.  Shari teaches AP Psychology, Women’s Studies, and World History and serves on the Student Management and Planning Team of High Point High School. As a member of the 2010 cohort of the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Foundation Fellowship for Teachers of Color, Shari earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
4I

1:30pm

What about the E in STEM?
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop provides an overview of the practice of engineering, including exploration of the mindset of successful engineers and examination of problem-solving techniques and key mathematical concepts often used by engineers in the field. Interactive discussions offer insights into the engineering profession, and give teachers a level of familiarity with common characteristics of engineers. Group activities provide teachers with strategies for naturally incorporating engineering concepts into classroom lessons, which may foster student interest in engineering. A goal of the workshop is to enable teachers to recognize and encourage students with an aptitude and affinity for engineering as a career. Discussions during the workshop address the relationship between engineering concepts and Mathematics Standards. The workshop directly benefits secondary school teachers in mathematics and physical sciences, but is general enough to inform all teachers with an interest in learning about how engineers think and work.

Speakers
MB

Mark Brockman

Mark L. Brockman is a 2014 Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellow attending graduate school at the University of Dayton.  After earning his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University, Mark began a 17-year career in the defense industry.  Focusing on first-generation college students and nontraditional students, he pursued... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
4E

1:30pm

Where Do These Kids Come From?: Creating a Culturally Responsive Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This session, tailored to provide participants with a thorough overview of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (CRP), will focus on key components and strategies to create a culturally responsive classroom in which all students are empowered to thrive. Participants will learn the fundamental principles of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy as well as specific strategies to implement and develop a culturally responsive classroom. Workshop participants will engage in discussion and critical analysis of concepts and issues relevant to the effective implementation of a culturally responsive classroom. This is an interactive workshop in which participants will engage each other and address difficult and challenging issues that impact the success of all students. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be empowered to implement and/or improve their culturally responsive practice.

Speakers
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Travis Bristol

Dr. Travis J. Bristol, a former high school English teacher in New York City public schools and teacher educator with the Boston Teacher Residency program, is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE). His research interests focus on the intersection of race and gender in organizations. Travis’s most recent work includes consulting for The World Bank in Washington D.C. and... Read More →
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Brian Morrison

Dr. Morrison earned a BA degree in Sociology and teaching credentials in secondary education social studies from New York University.  He earned a Master of Arts degree in African American Studies from Morgan State University as well as a Ph.D. in History in 2008.  His dissertation is titled Selected African American Educational Efforts in Baltimore, Maryland during the Nineteenth Century. He has been a teacher and administrator in... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
4C

3:15pm

3:15pm

3:15pm

Fellow Program Panel: Michigan
Moderators
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Jose Ochoa

Director of Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Jose F. Ochoa (ochoa@woodrow.org) is Director of the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships. He was previously Director of MPP Admissions and Programs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, joining the Woodrow Wilson Foundation staff in 2013. He previously served as Associate Director for Enrollment Management at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education, and was Assistant Director of Scholarship Programs at the National... Read More →

Friday July 18, 2014 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Continental C

3:15pm

Fellow Program Panel: New Jersey
Moderators
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Brian Hayes

Program Officer & NJ State Director, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Friday July 18, 2014 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Boulevard C, Second Floor

3:15pm

Fellow Program Panel: Ohio
Moderators
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Tom Bordenkircher

State Director, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Friday July 18, 2014 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Continental A