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Here's What a Professional Development Day for New York City Educators Looks Like

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I hope a mic chec is available for David Coleman's presentation.

Professional Development Day for New York City Educators

Registration Fee $35

Saturday January 21, 2012

Kimmel Center
New York University

Sponsored by:


  • Teaching Matters: Innovating for Student Success

  • TNTP (Kati Haycock of Education Trust is chair of the Board)

  • Google

  • Scholastic

  • Highlights include:

  • "Using the Common Core State Standards to Drive Achievement" with David Coleman, leading author and architect of the Common Core State Standards

  • "Positive Psychology and Positive Education" with Martin Seligman, preeminent scholar on positive psychology and character education

  • "Warm and Demanding: Teacher Tone and Responses That Facilitate Student Achievement" with Dave Levin, Co-Founder of KIPP and Superintendent of KIPP NYC>li>

  • "Rethinking Participation and Engagement in STEM" with Christopher Emdin, professor of math, science, and technology at Teachers College

  • "Using Picture Books to Teach Writing with the Six Traits" with Ruth Culham, author of 6+1 Traits of Writing

  • "Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life" with Marc Lamont Hill, professor of English Education at Columbia University and host of Our World With Black Enterprise

  • ... with additional sessions on explicit vocabulary instruction, scaffolding for ELLs, Response to Intervention, setting and tracking character goals, and much more!

    8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

    9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
    Opening Panel - Beyond Academics: The Why, What, and How of Character Education

    Moderated By: Lynette Guastaferro, Executive Director, Teaching Matters

    Martin E.P. Seligman, Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology and Director of the Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania;
    Dave Levin, Co-Founder of KIPP and Superintendent of KIPP NYC;
    Marc Lamont Hill, Associate Professor of English Education at Columbia University and host of Our World with Black Enterprise

    Session 1
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    All Students Can Learn

    Maximizing Thinking Minutes: Creating Urgency & Accountability for Thinking Time in Classrooms

    Mobility Learning in the Modern Classroom

    NYC's Special Education Reform: Accessing Common Core Learning Standards through Universal Design

    Presented by: Laura Rodriguez, Deputy Chancellor for Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners, NYC Department of Education; Lauren Katzman, Executive Director of Special Education, NYC Department of Education; Nigel Pugh, Director of Professional Leadership, NYC Department of Education

    The goal of this session is to inform participants about New York City's special education reform and its focus on raising the academic bar for all students. In this session, presenters will explain the rationale for and details of the reform. They will explore the concept of Universal Design for Learning and how creating instructional tasks using UDL helps provide access to the Common Core Learning Standards for all students.

    Positive Psychology and Positive Education

    Presented by: Martin E.P. Seligman, Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology and Director of the Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania

    Positive Psychology is the study of PERMA (positive emotions, engagement, good relationships, meaning, and accomplishment). Can PERMA be built in schools, along with the more traditional goals of education? Evidence from individuals, schools, and the US Army will be presented suggesting the viability of Positive Education.

    Preventing Rigor Mortis: Cultivating a Culture of Rigor in the Classroom

    Scaffolding the Reading of a Short Story Using QTEL Strategies

    Writing Workshop Revisited - Improving the Process and the Outcome

    Presented by: Ruth Culham, President, The Culham Writing Company; author of 6+1 Traits of Writing

    The focus of this session will be the new generation of materials and strategies for planning and organizing the writing classroom using the Three W's: Writing Process, Writing Workshop, and Writing Traits.

    Session 2
    11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
    Applying Backward Design to the Planning and Teaching of Literature

    Presented by: Mテャテつウnica Chテャテつ。vez, Foreign Language and ESL Coordinator K-12, Glen Cove City School District, Nassau County, Long Island

    Backward Design is a method of designing curriculum by setting goals before choosing activities or content to teach. The idea is to teach towards these goals, which ensures that the content taught remains focused and organized, promoting a better understanding for students. At a time when teachers must align their instruction to the Common Core Learning Standards, "understanding" takes center stage in education. Participants will learn the three stages of Backward Design and leave the session having written a backward design lesson plan.

    Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life

    Character and Scholarship Manifest in Beautiful Student Work

    Home-Spun Science

    RTI: The What and How

    Teachers as Leaders: Facilitating Peer Learning through PD and Mentoring

    Tips for Student Engagement and Relationship-Building

    Using Picture Books to Teach Writing with the Traits

    Dine and Discourse: Interactive Problem Solving
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    Classroom Management: Stopping Problems before They Start

    Creating an Achievement-Driven Culture

    Differentiating for English Language Learners in Content Subjects

    Differentiating for Special Needs Learners in Writing

    Motivating and Investing Student Learning

    Reflections on College Readiness: Conversations with NYC Public School Graduates Now in College

    Teaching Struggling Learners in Grades 7-12 Mathematics

    Session 3
    1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
    Building Academic Character

    Early Childhood Education as the Foundation for College and Career Readiness

    Presented by: Sophia Pappas, Executive Director, Office of Early Childhood Education, NYC Department of Education; Jennifer Rosenbaum, Director of Instruction and Performance, NYC Department of Education

    New York State was one of the first states in the nation to create Common Core Learning Standards for pre-kindergarten. New York City is seizing this opportunity to demonstrate what effective implementation of the Common Core in pre-K looks like.

    This session will explain the principles behind the Common Core standards in pre-K and will give concrete examples of how NYC is integrating the standards into curriculum, assessment, and instruction with the ultimate aim of ensuring that our city's youngest learners start kindergarten with the knowledge, skills, and approaches to learning needed for future success. The alignment between pre-K and K Common Core standards also supports kindergarten teachers working with children who may enter school behind.

    Making Learning Magical for Students: Utilizing Free Google Tools for Teaching

    Reading and Spelling Multi-Syllable Words the Easy Way

    Reading and Spelling Multi-Syllable Words the Easy Way
    Presented by: Linda Farrell, Founding Partner, Readsters; author of several publications, including Phonics Blitz and Teaching Reading Essentials Program Guide

    Throw out those confusing rules about dividing words into syllables, and teach students to count the vowels. This is the most effective way to teach students to read long words, and it works with even the lowest readers. Starting with identifying the syllables orally makes spelling long words easier. This workshop has videos of actual students learning to spell with these techniques.

    Rethinking Participation and Engagement in STEM

    Students Talk about Motivation and Mastery

    Using the Common Core State Standards to Drive Achievement

    Presented by: David Coleman, Founder and CEO, Student Achievement Partners

    Informed by leading education models around the world and grounded in evidence of the knowledge students must have to succeed in college and careers, the Common Core State Standards provide a consistent and focused picture of the skills that are most essential for students to learn. Contributing author David Coleman will discuss tools and strategies for using the Standards to improve teaching and learning.

    Warm and Demanding: Teacher Tone and Responses That Facilitate Student Achievement

    Presented by: Dave Levin, Co-Founder, KIPP; Superintendent, KIPP NYC

    Analyze the transformative impact that your tone of voice and the manner in which you respond can have in your classroom.

    Session 4
    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Building Academic English in the Classroom

    Presented by: Marテャテつュa Elena Argテャテつシelles, Educational Consultant, Scholastic, Inc.; member of the national expert review panel, Reading First

    The ability to use the language of school and of textbooks is the key that opens the doors to higher learning. For many English Learners, the achievement gap is a language gap, and to close it, we must focus on developing academic language skills. For ELs, mastery of academic language is the most significant predictor of academic success. This session will focus on various aspects of language and on how to best provide EL students with explicit instruction in academic vocabulary and extended language skills. Various activities will be presented to develop students' academic English and to create a language-rich environment. Furthermore, the role that teachers play in the development of a second language as well as specific teacher behaviors that increase student learning will be described.

    Critical Learning Phases: The Key to Effective Math Instruction

    Don't Forget the Vocabulary! -- Effective Vocabulary in Elementary Classrooms

    Presented by: Jimi Cannon, Founder, Comprehensive Literacy Support

    We all know the importance of building students' vocabularies, but does your daily checklist look like this:
    Phonics -- Fluency -- Comprehension -- Writing -- Vocabulary
    No time for vocabulary? Let's explore 2 vocabulary strategies: one that works with your read-aloud and one that supports content area learning.

    Getting to and through College: Lessons Learned

    Jane Martテャテつュnez Dowling, Executive Director, KIPP NYC: KIPP Through College;
    Jennifer Benn, Executive Director, Kaplan Foundation;
    Additional panelists to be announced.

    Hear from a panel of experts, who from their own experiences--both professional and personal--have a deep understanding of what it takes to get to and through college. From identifying the indicators for college success to practical application with students of all ages and abilities, we will discuss what it means to have true "college readiness" in your schools and programs.

    Setting and Tracking Character Goals

    The Big I.D.E.A.: How KIPP Infinity Teachers Address the Forgetting Curve through Effective Review

    The Big I.D.E.A.: How KIPP Infinity Teachers Address the Forgetting Curve through Effective Review
    Presented by: Joseph Negron, Founding Principal and Math Teacher, KIPP Infinity Charter School

    Students tend to halve their memory of newly learned content in a matter of days or weeks unless it is consciously reviewed. In this workshop, KIPP Infinity founding principal and 5th grade math teacher Joseph Negron will address how he and his teachers tackle this "forgetting curve" through effective and intentional review strategies. Teachers of all grade levels will benefit from the concrete methods, sampling of best practices, and facilitated conversation about the why, when, what and how of review.

    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Closing Reception

    — Announcement
    Professional Development Agenda at a Glance





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