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Middle School/Junior High educators [clear filter]
Sunday, April 28
 

1:40pm

STEM Education: Let's D.O. it!
This session outlines the K-12 Outreach programs of NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at A-State. Included are strategies for searching for nonfiction books in science and medicine, encouraging reading of nonfiction texts, STEM resources, and search techniques.
This session would address RISE Goal 2, "Create Community Collaboration".

Speakers
avatar for Sloane Kelley

Sloane Kelley

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Sunday April 28, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Salon E

2:40pm

Curation? Already done for you!
We like to say find your resources in 3 clicks instead of spending 3 hours searching the internet. ZUNI Learning Tree, an Arkansas based EdTech Company has been curating resources for years. But we do more than just curate. We collaborate with our teachers and provide tools for educators to collaborate, inform, and inspire each other, students, and families. You will find resources for R.I.S.E, math, NGSS, STEM, Social Studies, Coding, Professional Learning Communities, PBIS, Holidays and more. This year we launched the new student interface. In one click students can access free games, videos, and interactive tools for all areas. ZUNI for Kids is a HUGE hit! Join us and leave with your free trial login and learn about cool tools without spending hours trying to find them.

Speakers
avatar for Tina McCord

Tina McCord

Tina McCord is the founder and CEO of ZUNI.  She had 15 years of experience in business prior to entering the field of education.  She has over 20 years of experience in the field of education.  Tina holds certifications in K-8 general education and K-12 special education. Her... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Ambassador B
 
Monday, April 29
 

9:55am

Answer the question for parents, "How do I help at home?"
Like teachers, parents are busy. They want to help at home but can feel overwhelmed with emails, remind101, Class Dojo, suggested links, e-school and more. ZUNI Learning Tree's kids and family platform makes it easy for families to keep up with all of the notices from teachers and schools. Even more importantly it is packed with free and open educational resources that can be used at home to inspire fun and engaging learning moments at home. Parent's say ZUNI is the tool that lets them learn alongside of their kids. It empowers them to feel like they can be part of the process. Join us to learn more and hear from kids and parents using ZUNI.

Speakers
avatar for Tina McCord

Tina McCord

Tina McCord is the founder and CEO of ZUNI.  She had 15 years of experience in business prior to entering the field of education.  She has over 20 years of experience in the field of education.  Tina holds certifications in K-8 general education and K-12 special education. Her... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 9:55am - 10:45am
Salon E

10:55am

How to teach coding for 2-6th grade in 10 minutes.
Would you like all of your students to learn about coding but aren't quite sure how. I will show you how easy it is to have your students involved in coding in less than 10 minutes with ZUNI Learning Tree. One student said, "I missed participating in the hour of code at my school but with ZUNI I can still learn to code."

Speakers
avatar for Tina McCord

Tina McCord

Tina McCord is the founder and CEO of ZUNI.  She had 15 years of experience in business prior to entering the field of education.  She has over 20 years of experience in the field of education.  Tina holds certifications in K-8 general education and K-12 special education. Her... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 10:55am - 11:45am
Salon F

10:55am

Neurodiverse books in the classroon
Discussing books about neurodiversity in schools builds empathy and raises critical questions about identity and difference. Neurodiverse kids need to see themselves on the page, and all kids need to think about the neurodiversity movement as it relates to other diversity movements. Are there analogies with sexuality and race? If so, how far do these analogies go? And can there be empathy across a neurolgical divide? Is it possible to imagine perceiving the world from another point of view? These are fundamental questions about the nature and limits of empathy that resonate deeply for all high school students regardless of their neurological make-up. Reading and discussing neurodiverse books brings these questions into sharper focus.

All high-school students, indeed all humans, have experienced moments when their way of seeing or understanding a situation has been very different from that of the people around them. We have all been isolated in our own perceptions. Can books that explore this feeling give neurotypical students empathy with those who have autism, or other syndromes, like Downs' or Tourette's? And can neurodivergent kids find the understanding and comfort level they need to connect if they choose to?

It is important when selecting books with neurodiverse characters to think about complex representations and to avoid stereotypes. Autism, for example, should be one aspect of a character, not necessarily the defining one. And it should not be portrayed as a disability in need of a cure, but rather as a way to be in the world, even if aspects of it can be painful. Perhaps the analogies with sexuality or race are imperfect because neurodiverse people are on such broad spectrums. Neurodiverse book resonate with al teen readers, both neurodiverse and neurotypical, but only when they are fully imagined and not reductive.

Speakers
avatar for Hilary Reyl

Hilary Reyl

Hilary Reyl has spent several years working and studying in France. She has a PhD in French literature from NYU, She now lives in New York City with her husband and three daughters. Her adult novel LESSONS IN FRENCH, was an editor’s pick on Oprah.com. KIDS LIKE US, a neurodiverse... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 10:55am - 11:45am
Salon G

2:00pm

Build a Culture of Reading through Author Partnerships
Learn how your classroom or library can partner with authors from across the country to get kids excited about reading and writing. Connecting directly with authors has many benefits. Students see the face behind the story. Asking questions and hearing responses from authors demystifies the writing process and opens up a world of possibilities for students. Once students visit with an author, whether virtually or in-person, they will feel a deeper connection to that author’s work and will be more likely to expand that interest in reading to other titles. The benefits are endless, and connecting with authors is easier than many educators think. The truth is that authors are just as excited as educators to connect with students. In this presentation, Scholastic author Kim Ventrella will share ideas on how to get started. (Addresses R.I.S.E. Goal 3: Build a culture of reading.)

Speakers
avatar for Kim Ventrella

Kim Ventrella

KIM VENTRELLA is the author of the middle grade novels Skeleton Tree (2017) and Bone Hollow (2019, Scholastic Press), and she is a contributor to the upcoming New Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark anthology (2020, HarperCollins). Her works explore difficult topics with big doses of... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Salon G

3:00pm

Booktalks For Everyone
Participants will be presented booktalks on recently published books. Participants will receive a bibliography of the books presented. This session meets R.I.S.E. Goal 3: Building a culture of reading by promoting recently published books.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Whittingham

Jeff Whittingham

Professor, University of Central Arkansas
Jeff Whittingham is a professor in the College of Education at the University of Central Arkansas. Prior to UCA, he taught middle grades for thirteen years. His scholarly interest include writing instruction, children's literature, and educational technology.


Monday April 29, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Salon G
 
Tuesday, April 30
 

8:30am

Curate a Community of Readers with the Arkansas Diamond and Charlie May Simon Book Awards
The 2019/2020 Arkansas Diamond and Charlie May Simon Book Award titles have been chosen, and we are excited to share them with you! Let us introduce these outstanding books to you through book talks and curated lists of resources that are sure to help you build a culture of reading in your building.

Speakers
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Margie Nanak

Margie Nanak – Margie Nanak has been a Library Media Specialist in the Pine Bluff School District for 19 years, and is currently at Southwood K-1 Learning Center. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, and represents the Arkansas Reading Association on the Charlie May Simon... Read More →
avatar for Shelly Porter

Shelly Porter

Teacher Librarian, West Fork Elementary School
Shelly Porter grew up in Western Kansas and became a Northwest Arkansas transplant in 2001. She received her BS in Early Childhood Education from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith in 2006 and her MLIS from San Jose State University in 2016. Shelly has participated in summer institutes... Read More →


Tuesday April 30, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am
Salon G