August 11th / 12th
Virtual: 8:00am - 4:00pm EST
 
 
 
 
Teaching Matters VIRTUAL Institute
 
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About The Institute

This institute will be a time for district leaders and teacher teams to develop a cohesive plan that will impact the lives of their students and build a culturally responsive school environment in today’s sense of normalcy. It will also set and achieve positive goals around social and emotional (SEL) learning.

Not only will you learn and explore the latest innovations in your field of study, but you'll also have the chance to connect with other educational professionals from outside your school district/state. You do not want to miss this 2-day event with education thought leaders. 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Dr. Anthony Muhammad

Author, Educator and Current CEO of New Frontier 21 Consulting

The Will to Lead and the Skill to Teach; Transforming Schools at Every Level

Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division

Ron Clark

Author, Educator and founder the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia

The Essential 55

The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids Unstuck--101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers.

Move Your Bus: An Extraordinary New Approach to Accelerating Success in Work and Life.

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08:00 am - 09:00 am

Virtual Greeting & Keynote: Creative Practices for Motivating Students, Parents and Co-Workers (Ron Clark)

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Breakout Session with Ana Haggerty
Redesigning Early Literacy (K-2) Assessments for Multilingual Learner Equity

This workshop will address the guiding principles Early Reading Matters used to adapt our virtual, early literacy assessments and make them more equitable for Multilingual Learners. Our initial outcomes and adapted data protocol, which positions translanguaging as an asset-based approach to analyze student performance, will also be discussed. Participants will receive resources to apply the same analysis to their own assessment practices. This process aims to elicit a more accurate representation of MLL students’ early literacy skills. With a focus on children’s strengths, educators will be equipped with the tools to identify where their early literacy assessment practices may be enhanced to better serve this diverse population.

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Breakout Session with Cristy Cuellar-Lezcano
Centering Emergent Bilinguals’ Linguistic Identity During Guided Reading Instruction

Guided reading has often been referred to as the greatest tool in a teacher’s arsenal when attempting to be responsive to students’ reading needs. When working with emergent bilinguals, the primary focus tends to be in the area of vocabulary development. While vocabulary acquisition is important, it is only one aspect of reading and language development. Participants of this workshop will not only get an overview of guided reading instruction but will explore how to consider translanguaging and cross-linguistic analysis to better leverage emergent bilinguals’ complete skills within their guided reading instruction.

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Breakout Session with Carlos Johnson
Power Engage - 7 Power Moves For Building A Culture Of Engagement 

Experienced educators know culture eats instruction for breakfast! The goal of this session is to provide attendees with a framework for building a culture of healthy engagement.

Attendees will walk away with 7-researched based and field-tested strategies for building powerful engagement between parents, students, and teachers.

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Breakout Session:

Continuing the Conversation: Creative Practices for Motivating Students, Parents and Co-Workers

with Ron Clark

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Breakout Session with Emma Eshow
Focusing Instruction on Priority Standards

Entering the new school year this fall, schools will be tasked with the challenge of assessing and understanding the degree of unfinished learning left by the last year of hybrid learning. This webinar will help equip school leaders, curriculum writers, and teachers with the support needed to identify the most foundational content from the previous grade level to review or re-teach at the start of the 2021-2022 school year. In addition, this session will highlight the key areas of vertical alignment or standards progressions from grades K-12 in both ELA and Math, in order to shed light on our instructional priorities, as educators begin to plan for use of curriculum in the upcoming school year.

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Breakout Session with Nick Siewert
Creating A Personalized Learning Plan

Personalized learning plans (PLPs) provide students, teachers, and parents an opportunity to define, strategize for and monitor progress towards meeting individualized learning goals. While frequently thought of either in the context of personalized mastery learning models or special education settings, PLPs represent a logical and necessary response to COVID learning loss. As we progress through assessing the effect of the pandemic on student learning, we know that the plan to move each student forward on their learning path will be unique, from addressing social and emotional issues, pinpointing academic goals, leveraging strengths, interweaving family and community supports and more. In this workshop, we will look at several different models of PLPs, discuss how you can adapt them to your school context and explore strategies for schoolwide rollout and monitoring for the fall semester.

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Breakout Session with Dan Vazquez
Self-Care for Educators

This pandemic has been hard on almost everyone--more so for educators. Already the job of a teacher or school administrator is challenging, but then add trying to engage students online and teaching to black boxes; juggling demands at home and relationships with family and friends; and spending more time planning, grading, and working because you have to transform what you’ve done in the past to work online--all of that adds up to a stressful situation.  Now more than ever, we need to invest in our own self care--we need to take time to nourish ourselves before we can nourish others.  In this workshop we will be exploring several, researched-based self-care strategies such as gratitude practice, movement, mindfulness, among others.  You’ll leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and maybe even be inspired to keep going.

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Breakout Session with Lance Ozier
SEL From Your Student Eyes

Social Emotional Learning has come into focus once again as schools and teachers attend to the needs of students during this last year of school closures. When working with diverse students, the emphasis should be on SEL that affirms and validates the identities of all students. While kindness is important, it is only one aspect of SEL development. Participants of this workshop will not only get an overview of SEL strategies but will explore how to consider culturally responsive and anti-racist practices to better leverage the realities of students’ lived experiences.

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Breakout Session with LaMonica Williams
Jumpstart your Early Learners for Success

When it comes to teaching reading, where do you start? Participants in this session will identify the foundational skills our earliest readers need to ensure they become successful readers. We will outline best practices for teaching these skills and provide resources that will track students’ progress. These resources will help educators make data-driven instructional decisions when it comes to supporting their early learners. At the end of this session, participants will be equipped to put their students on the path to reading success with a clear roadmap for small group reading instruction.

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Breakout Session with Jelbin DeLaCruz
Elevating the Voices of Our Students through Student Engagement

Getting students to use literature to engage in a call to action within their school and school community should be a primary goal. Imagine using the tools of literacy instruction to trouble inequitable systems. Participants in this session will be introduced to, engage with an anti-racist instructional paradigm designed to elevate the voices of historically marginalized people to make their experiences visible and foster in students both the development of empathy and critical consciousness. The goal of this session is to provide teachers with a framework in which students can examine and challenge racism and social injustices. Teachers will walk away with methods for "flipping" their own curriculum to be project-based incorporating anti-racist practices.

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Breakout Session with Addy Salau
Culturally Responsive Pedagogical Strategies with Rigorous Instruction

For the last 16 months of this pandemic, students have developed a heightened sense of awareness on what keeps their attention and what does not. As we transition back to “normalcy,” we have the opportunity to re-imagine the classroom experience along with our students. What do we want to see? Co-creating culturally responsive learning experiences is priority that is rooted in deep mutual understanding. Sometimes we have to give a little to get a lot in return! Participants in this workshop will explore pedagogical practices and strategies to leverage student identity, voice and choice to push the rigor in lesson planning.

nick

Breakout Session with Nick Siewert
Build Your Plan: A mindset shift towards unfinished learning

As we survey the wreckage of the last 18 months and assess the damage done to our students, teachers, schools and communities, it can be hard not to feel overcome with pessimism or to slide into cynicism, even as we recognize that our students will require the exact opposite from us in the new year. Planning for the fall will require an abundance of positivity, belief in the possible and an unwavering commitment to bringing our school communities back stronger than ever: in short, a growth mindset. In this workshop, we will explore how to frame schoolwide planning for next year around growth mindset principles. We will look at practical strategies for building a culture of resilience and positivity with your faculty as well as tools to help students consistently see their learning through the frame of opportunity and possibility.

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Breakout Session with Deborah Woods
Assessment Matters: Mastery Grading in Math

In studies of grading and alternatives to grading, researchers have produced consistent results.  Study after study shows that traditional letter and number grading reduces the achievement for students.  In this session, participants will explore an alternative to traditional grading: mastery grading.  We will look at the components of mastery grading and provide systems for using this form of assessment in a mathematics classroom.  Participants will walk away prepared to shift their modes of assessment in a way that will have a significant impact on overall achievement.

lance

Breakout Session with Lance Ozier
Literacy Matters: Cross-Content Inquiry-Based Instruction

What is literacy, and how do we engage students remotely and in-person with the skills and strategies responsive to students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening needs? When working with diverse students, the primary focus should be on culturally responsive practices that center the literacy lives of young people. While reading and writing are important, these modalities are only one aspect of literacy development. Participants of this workshop will not only get an overview of cross curricular literacy instruction, but will explore how to use inquiry-based practices to better leverage students’ natural curiosity to engage students.

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Breakout Session with Alison Cohen
Teacher and Leadership Strategies to Support Students with Special Needs in Every Aspect of the Classroom

As teachers and school leaders committed to educational equity, how do we ensure that each of the young people in our care receives the support they need in order to thrive, including and especially students with special needs? How do we design instruction that simultaneously keeps all students engaged and gives every student, no matter their learning needs, the opportunity to experience success? In this session, we will explore high-leverage inclusive instructional strategies that are particularly relevant to the uniqueness of the upcoming school year, strategies that both center students with special needs and benefit all students. After engaging with and reflecting on these strategies, participants of this workshop will leave with concrete next steps for their own classrooms and school communities.

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08:00 am - 09:00 am

Welcome Back & Keynote: Time for Change! The Four Essential Skills of Transformational School and District Leaders (Dr. Anthony Muhammad) 

This session will address the importance of transformational leadership.  School culture provides the context for all good strategies.  A leader who understands how to motivate, develop talent, and build consensus is worth his/her weight in gold.  Today’s era of constant change requires leadership who understands the development of human capital. We will examine four leadership competencies; communication, trust building, professional support, and accountability.

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Breakout Session with Ana Haggerty
Redesigning Early Literacy (K-2) Assessments for Multilingual Learner Equity

This workshop will address the guiding principles Early Reading Matters used to adapt our virtual, early literacy assessments and make them more equitable for Multilingual Learners. Our initial outcomes and adapted data protocol, which positions translanguaging as an asset-based approach to analyze student performance, will also be discussed. Participants will receive resources to apply the same analysis to their own assessment practices. This process aims to elicit a more accurate representation of MLL students’ early literacy skills. With a focus on children’s strengths, educators will be equipped with the tools to identify where their early literacy assessment practices may be enhanced to better serve this diverse population.

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Breakout Session with Cristy Cuellar-Lezcano
Centering Emergent Bilinguals’ Linguistic Identity During Guided Reading Instruction

Guided reading has often been referred to as the greatest tool in a teacher’s arsenal when attempting to be responsive to students’ reading needs. When working with emergent bilinguals, the primary focus tends to be in the area of vocabulary development. While vocabulary acquisition is important, it is only one aspect of reading and language development. Participants of this workshop will not only get an overview of guided reading instruction but will explore how to consider translanguaging and cross-linguistic analysis to better leverage emergent bilinguals’ complete skills within their guided reading instruction.

emma

Breakout Session with Emma Eshow
Focusing Instruction on Priority Standards

Entering the new school year this fall, schools will be tasked with the challenge of assessing and understanding the degree of unfinished learning left by the last year of hybrid learning. This webinar will help equip school leaders, curriculum writers, and teachers with the support needed to identify the most foundational content from the previous grade level to review or re-teach at the start of the 2021-2022 school year. In addition, this session will highlight the key areas of vertical alignment or standards progressions from grades K-12 in both ELA and Math, in order to shed light on our instructional priorities, as educators begin to plan for use of curriculum in the upcoming school year.

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Breakout Session with Carlos Johnson
Teacher-Student Engagement - The One Thing That Changes Everything!

The teacher-student relationship is the straw that stirs the educational drink. The goal of this session is to provide attendees with the inspiration, psychology, and framework for building a mindset for healthy engagement.

 Attendees will walk away with field-tested strategies for building and possessing the mindset of what I call the “Classroom Coach” .  Upon leaving this session attendees will have to decide to return to as a classroom teacher or a “Classroom Coach”.

nick

Breakout Session with Nick Siewert
Creating A Personalized Learning Plan

Personalized learning plans (PLPs) provide students, teachers, and parents an opportunity to define, strategize for and monitor progress towards meeting individualized learning goals. While frequently thought of either in the context of personalized mastery learning models or special education settings, PLPs represent a logical and necessary response to COVID learning loss. As we progress through assessing the effect of the pandemic on student learning, we know that the plan to move each student forward on their learning path will be unique, from addressing social and emotional issues, pinpointing academic goals, leveraging strengths, interweaving family and community supports and more. In this workshop, we will look at several different models of PLPs, discuss how you can adapt them to your school context and explore strategies for schoolwide rollout and monitoring for the fall semester.

dan

Breakout Session with Dan Vazquez
Self-Care for Educators

This pandemic has been hard on almost everyone--more so for educators. Already the job of a teacher or school administrator is challenging, but then add trying to engage students online and teaching to black boxes; juggling demands at home and relationships with family and friends; and spending more time planning, grading, and working because you have to transform what you’ve done in the past to work online--all of that adds up to a stressful situation.  Now more than ever, we need to invest in our own self care--we need to take time to nourish ourselves before we can nourish others.  In this workshop we will be exploring several, researched-based self-care strategies such as gratitude practice, movement, mindfulness, among others.  You’ll leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and maybe even be inspired to keep going.

lance

Breakout Session with Lance Ozier
Social Emotional Learning From Your Students’ Eyes

Social Emotional Learning has come into focus once again as schools and teachers attend to the needs of students during this last year of school closures. When working with diverse students, the emphasis should be on SEL that affirms and validates the identities of all students. While kindness is important, it is only one aspect of SEL development. Participants of this workshop will not only get an overview of SEL strategies but will explore how to consider culturally responsive and anti-racist practices to better leverage the realities of students’ lived experiences.

lamonica-opt

Breakout Session with LaMonica Williams
Jumpstart your Early Learners for Success

When it comes to teaching reading, where do you start? Participants in this session will identify the foundational skills our earliest readers need to ensure they become successful readers. We will outline best practices for teaching these skills and provide resources that will track students’ progress. These resources will help educators make data-driven instructional decisions when it comes to supporting their early learners. At the end of this session, participants will be equipped to put their students on the path to reading success with a clear roadmap for small group reading instruction.

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Breakout Session with Jelbin DeLaCruz
Elevating the Voices of Our Students through Student Engagement

Getting students to use literature to engage in a call to action within their school and school community should be a primary goal. Imagine using the tools of literacy instruction to trouble inequitable systems. Participants in this session will be introduced to, engage with an anti-racist instructional paradigm designed to elevate the voices of historically marginalized people to make their experiences visible and foster in students both the development of empathy and critical consciousness. The goal of this session is to provide teachers with a framework in which students can examine and challenge racism and social injustices. Teachers will walk away with methods for "flipping" their own curriculum to be project-based incorporating anti-racist practices.

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Breakout Session with Addy Salau
Culturally Responsive Pedagogical Strategies with Rigorous Instruction

For the last 16 months of this pandemic, students have developed a heightened sense of awareness on what keeps their attention and what does not. As we transition back to “normalcy,” we have the opportunity to re-imagine the classroom experience along with our students. What do we want to see? Co-creating culturally responsive learning experiences is priority that is rooted in deep mutual understanding. Sometimes we have to give a little to get a lot in return! Participants in this workshop will explore pedagogical practices and strategies to leverage student identity, voice and choice to push the rigor in lesson planning.

nick

Breakout Session with Nick Siewert
Build Your Plan: A mindset shift towards unfinished learning

As we survey the wreckage of the last 18 months and assess the damage done to our students, teachers, schools and communities, it can be hard not to feel overcome with pessimism or to slide into cynicism, even as we recognize that our students will require the exact opposite from us in the new year. Planning for the fall will require an abundance of positivity, belief in the possible and an unwavering commitment to bringing our school communities back stronger than ever: in short, a growth mindset. In this workshop, we will explore how to frame schoolwide planning for next year around growth mindset principles. We will look at practical strategies for building a culture of resilience and positivity with your faculty as well as tools to help students consistently see their learning through the frame of opportunity and possibility.

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Breakout Session with Deborah Woods
Assessment Matters: Mastery Grading in Math

In studies of grading and alternatives to grading, researchers have produced consistent results.  Study after study shows that traditional letter and number grading reduces the achievement for students.  In this session, participants will explore an alternative to traditional grading: mastery grading.  We will look at the components of mastery grading and provide systems for using this form of assessment in a mathematics classroom.  Participants will walk away prepared to shift their modes of assessment in a way that will have a significant impact on overall achievement.

lance

Breakout Session with Lance Ozier
Literacy Matters: Cross-Content Inquiry-Based Instruction

What is literacy, and how do we engage students remotely and in-person with the skills and strategies responsive to students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening needs? When working with diverse students, the primary focus should be on culturally responsive practices that center the literacy lives of young people. While reading and writing are important, these modalities are only one aspect of literacy development. Participants of this workshop will not only get an overview of cross curricular literacy instruction, but will explore how to use inquiry-based practices to better leverage students’ natural curiosity to engage students.

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Breakout Session with Alison Cohen
Teacher and Leadership Strategies to Support Students with Special Needs in Every Aspect of the Classroom

As teachers and school leaders committed to educational equity, how do we ensure that each of the young people in our care receives the support they need in order to thrive, including and especially students with special needs? How do we design instruction that simultaneously keeps all students engaged and gives every student, no matter their learning needs, the opportunity to experience success? In this session, we will explore high-leverage inclusive instructional strategies that are particularly relevant to the uniqueness of the upcoming school year, strategies that both center students with special needs and benefit all students. After engaging with and reflecting on these strategies, participants of this workshop will leave with concrete next steps for their own classrooms and school communities.

 

EVENT SPEAKERS

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Alison Cohen

Senior Educational Consultant

Alison is a K-12 product of an urban public school system and her experiences made her passionate about working towards an equitable educational system.  She has coached school and teacher leaders on how to lead high-performing teams, with an emphasis on concrete strategies for building trust, communicating effectively and facilitating productive meetings.

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Cristy Cuellar-Lezcano

Instructional Coach

Cristy Cuellar-Lezcano is an educator with over 23 years of experience in bilingual education.  As the Dual Language Coordinator and Bilingual Reading Intervention teacher, she was immersed in the different ways to approach reading instruction with emergent bilinguals. 

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Jelbin DeLaCruz

Senior Educational Consultant

Jelbin DelaCruz is a Senior Educational Consultant with experience in literacy instruction, teacher leadership and blended learning instructional models. He supports schools implementing curricula that is directly aligned to the Next Generation standards. 

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Emma Ershow

Senior Educational Consultant

Emma Ershow is a Senior Educational Consultant with expertise in elementary mathematics.  She supports schools in developing standards-aligned curriculum, delivering rigorous instruction, and analyzing data to strategically address students’ needs. 

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Ana Haggerty

Senior Educational Consultant

Ana served as a teacher and instructional coach in both district and charter schools in the South Bronx.  She supports educators in developing the content knowledge and pedagogy to improve student literacy.

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Carlos Johnson

Instructional Coach

As a certified trainer for gender-based learning, and therapist, Carlos has published and developed multiple curricula and strategies for transforming school culture. 

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Lance Ozier, Ed.D.

Senior Educational Consultant

Lance was a classroom teacher and literacy coach in elementary, middle and secondary public schools in Atlanta and NYC. Previously Lance was the Senior Literacy Specialist at the Institute for Student Achievement, a division of the Educational Testing Service.

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Addy Salau

Instructional Coach

Addy empowers teachers with the mindset to challenge the antiquated, racist and rigid traditional education system. By supporting teachers with engaging students across diverse backgrounds in meaningful and rigorous asset-based learning experiences, Addy provides collaborative sustained support grounded in empathy, action and possibility.

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Nick Siewert

Senior Educational Consultant

Nick Siewert is a Senior Educational Consultant with expertise in formative assessment practice, mastery learning, school leadership and instructional technology integration. His work proceeds from the deeply held belief that accurate and thoughtful assessment of student progress is a teacher’s most important job and the nexus of the social justice mission of schools.

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Dan Vazquez

Senior Educational Consultant

Dan Vazquez is a Senior Educational Consultant  with an expertise in upper elementary and middle school literacy, social studies, special education, implementing effective test sophistication strategies, maximizing the effectiveness of integrated co-teaching, and social-emotional learning including the teaching of mindfulness to both teachers and children. 

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LaMonica Williams

Early Reading Matters Field Director

LaMonica Williams is a Senior Educational Consultant and Early Reading Matters Field Director with an expertise in elementary literacy.  LaMonica has extensive experience writing K – 5 Common Core aligned ELA curriculum and training teacher leaders to run highly effective classrooms and teams.

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Deborah Woods

Senior Educational Consultant | Peer Leader

Deborah Woods is a Senior Educational Consultant with an expertise in middle school mathematics.  She supports teachers and leaders in using data to drive instructional decisions in the short and long term. Deborah has extensive experience with writing 5 – 8 Common Core aligned math curriculum. 

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