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redesignED: Learning in a world of change

A one-day power conference
design to spark innovation in instruction and learning.
 
Conference Date:
July 25, 2019 
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
 
Conference Location: 
Quaker Valley Middle School
618 Harbaugh Street
Sewickley, PA 15143
 
Click here to register. 
 
 
Parking for conference attendees is available on the Middle School campus.  If you choose on-street parking, please respect the "Resident Only" parking designations.  
 
This conference is sponsored by the Quaker Valley School District and generously funded by The Grable Foundation
          
Conference Schedule
 
Check-in     8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.           
Welcome    8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.            
Keynote      9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.         
Break           10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.        
Session 1   10:30 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. 
Lunch          11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.        
Session 2   12:05 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.        
Session 3   12:55 p.m. - 1:35 p.m.        
Closing       1:40 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.            
 

Keynote Address
 
Adam Kulaas, Director of Getting Smart
The conference welcomes keynote speaker Adam Kulaas, Director of Getting Smart. With nearly 20 years in public education, Adam has collaboratively led the delivery of innovative programs that provide a balance between the art and science of leadership for learning.  Adam is known as an “innovation accelerator.” He has a passion for collaboratively designing and implementing unique learner-centered opportunities, and prides himself on maximizing the “knowledge in the room.” Quaker Valley School District is excited to bring him to the Pittsburgh area for the first time!
 
The focus of Adam's keynote will revolve around the mindset required to dream, design and delivers solutions for the change that will be necessary for learners, educators, leaders and communities to thrive while navigating the future of learning.
 

 
Session 1:  10:30 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.
Seating at the sessions will be on a first-come, first-served basis
 
Building Creativity and Culture in Your School - Room 305
Jody Kokladas, Technology Integration Specialist at Shady Side Academy
Do you feel like you’re alone always pushing the norm? Do you have those rock star teachers but want to spread that mindset? Join me as we dig into some fun ways to get everyone talking about the real meaning of creativity and how we re-design education.
 
Encouraging Reflective Practices in Schools - Room 320
Lauren McGuirk, Assistant Principal at Quaker Valley Middle School
Engaging in reflective practices allows educators and students to identify areas of growth, recognize struggles with learning, and celebrate successes. These practices also encourage educators and students to navigate through emotions that may hinder the growth and learning process. In this session, participants will engage in reflective practices and discussions that can be transferred to the classroom and beyond.
 
Innovative Spaces; Empowering Student Agency Through Redesigning Learning Spaces - Room 302
Emily Sanders, Director of Assessment, Data, Technology, and STEAM at New Castle Area School District
By taking a closer look at how innovative learning spaces can support personalized learning and student agency in any class and at any grade level, session attendees will walk away with practical ideas and hacks to try in their classrooms. The presenter will also share a list of professional development activities that can be used to assist teachers and school leaders in redesigning learning spaces. This session is inspired by the strategies shared in the book The Space: A Guide for Educators, by Dr. Robert Dillon and Rebecca Louise Hare (2016). 
 
I've Got Some New Ideas - Room 315
Justin Aglio, Ed.D., Director of Achievement at Montour School District
On February 19, 1968, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood debuted on PBS Television. During that first episode, Mr. Rogers taught us that change leads to new ideas. Fast-forward 50+ years later. In education, we would do well to heed this lesson. 
 
Math Three-Act Tasks:  Problem Solving in an Elementary Classroom - Room 312
Lindsay Scharding, 3rd Grade Teacher at Osborne Elementary in the Quaker Valley School District and Amy Quinn, 2nd Grade Teacher  at Osborne Elementary in the Quaker Valley School District
In this session, guests will be engaged in a three-act learning task geared towards elementary students. Strategies and activities will be provided as well as resources. Student feedback will also support the year-long experience by incorporating three-act tasks into an elementary math classroom.
 
Sketchnoting in Every Classroom - Room 229
Molly Castner, 8th Grade English Language Arts Teacher at Marshall Middle School in the North Allegheny School District
Come experience the power of Sketchnotes as a tool to empower students to take ownership over how they experience and synthesize their learning. We will practice the basics and discuss ways to introduce Sketchnotes to your students. I will also share how any subject area can utilize this tool to increase the understanding and engagement of students. Not an artist? not a problem! Sketchnotes are for everyone!
 
Thriving in the Gray - Room 314
Adam Kulaas, Director of Getting Smart

Relationships drive meaningful change and the opportunity to use the positive tension that resides in the “gray" that lies between improvement and innovation is a powerful accelerator. During this session, join Adam Kulaas as he unpacks and translates theory to action, with relevant opportunities to expand your capacity to dream, design and deliver solutions.

 
 

 
Session 2: 12:05 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Seating at the sessions will be on a first come, first served basis
 
Collaborating and Learning through the Arts - Room 327
Brad Gentile, Art Teacher at Propel Schools
This session will illustrate how the presenter works to create a holistic learning environment through the integration of art into school several school curriculums, as well as the work done with local a museum creating a long-term partnership. This talk will include examples of successful student-centered work based on existing research and personal experiences, illustrating how to create a learning community through cross-curricular planning and collaboration.
 
Making Routines Routine
Ryan Kelly, Social Studies Teacher at Quaker Valley Middle School - Room 312
Thinking is not a visible process; therefore, we use routines to allow students a platform to communicate their thinking. and enable teachers to assess students’ understanding throughout a lesson. In order to truly see learning take place with our students, we need to incorporate opportunities for them to show their thinking. This session will actively introduce participants to a wide collection of thinking routines to use within their education setting.
 
Practice What You Preach.  From Technology Coach to Classroom Teacher - Room 227
Matt Heckmann, 4th Grade Teacher at McKnight Elementary in the North Allegheny School District
What does effective tech-integration really look like in an elementary classroom? Attend this session to learn about the experiences of technology integrator/coach turned 4th Grade teacher.   The presenter will share specific examples of curricular activities that he implemented in his classroom that increased engagement with his students.  
 
Sketchbooking:  A Visual Brainstorming and Problem-solving Tool - Room 316
Greta Biddle, Art Teacher at Edgeworth Elementary in the Quaker ValleySchool District
Explore sketchbooking as a brainstorming and problem-solving tool for the classroom. Sketchbooks or visual journals aren’t just for the art room. This hands-on session allows attendees to assemble their own sketchbook while uncovering the possibilities of how sketchbooking might be used within the classroom.
 
The Inclusive Classroom:  Embracing a Mindset of Equity and Collaboration through Co-teaching - Room 205
Karen Smearman, English Language Arts Teacher at Quaker Valley Middle School, Jenna DiLoreto,  Special Education at Quaker Valley Middle School, and Emily Pennesi, Math Teacher at Quaker Valley Middle School
Inclusive learning environments should be ones in which all students can contribute and share perspectives. The co-teaching model is often utilized to ensure inclusion is taking place. With this in mind, what can co-teachers do to ensure their inclusive classrooms are meeting the needs of all learners and how do they make it work? Join us in talking through our current experiences and find out how we use ideas from the eight cultural forces described in Ron Ritchart's Creating Cultures of Thinking:  The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools.
 
Understanding the Impact of Trauma in the Classroom - Room 325
Dr. Jessica Butala and Dr. Mike Blastos, Allegheny General Hospital, and Jessica Garavaglia, Special Education Teacher at Quaker Valley High School
Learn how to recognize trauma, how to approach students who are feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, how to try to best manage your expectations for students in your classroom who have experienced (or are experiencing) trauma, and how medications can make kids feel.  In this session, we will also compare the manifestations of anxiety vs. depression vs. obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) vs. trauma in a classroom.
 

Session 3:  12:55 p.m. - 1:35 p.m.
Seating at the sessions will be on a first come, first served basis
 
CEO in the Classroom:  Shadowing Students to Inform Our Practices - Room 205
Anthony Mooney, Ed.D., Principal at Quaker Valley Middle School
Quaker Valley Middle School (QVMS) is home to CEO in the Classroom, an initiative designed to bring together public education and the business community. During the 2018-2019 school year, CEOs from several businesses throughout western Pennsylvania shadowed students at Quaker Valley Middle School. Attend this session and find out what we learned from the CEOs, what they learned from us, and how meaningful partnerships between schools and businesses benefit all stakeholders.
 
Improving Learning by Honing Group and Individual Thinking Processes - Room 314
Matt Dado, Robotics and Engineering Teacher at New Castle Area High School
Classrooms have routines that structure the way students go about the process of learning. These learning routines can be simple structures, such as reading from a text and answering the questions at the end of the chapter, or they may be designed to promote students’ thinking, such as asking students what they know, what they want to know, and what they have learned as part of a unit of study.  Attend this session and learn more about how you can structure classroom routines to improve learning.  
 
Integrating Technology Tools to Differentiate Instruction - Room  305
Cristina Hutton, 2nd Grade Teacher at Marshall Elementary in the North Allegheny School District
During this session, the presenter will share strategies used to empower elementary students to take more responsibility for their learning. Through the use of Hyperdocs, BoomCards, SeeSaw and Google Classroom, attendees will learn how to integrate technology to create differentiated learning opportunities to motivate and engage students.  

Making Across the Curriculum - Room 320
Matthew Littell, Science Teacher at Quaker Valley High School and Erik Lindemann, 3rd Grade Teacher at Osborne Elementary in the Quaker Valley School District
“Making” has traditionally been reserved for the shop room, art studio, and makerspace, but the benefits of maker-centered learning and systems thinking extend beyond this corner of the curriculum. Hear two stories about how making can deepen student understanding through the use of Project Zero’s Agency by Design framework and maker capacities. Then, explore "making moves" and how they might enhance your own classroom or school’s curriculum and assessment.
 
Metamorphosis:  Modeling Growth Mindset for our Students - Room 315
Michelle Jenkins, English Teacher at South Fayette High School
Teachers enter this profession because we care about the future and leaving the world in a better place. However, due to current environmental crises, the world’s leading scientists are begging us to undergo transformative changes in order to protect the future of humanity. By applying the skills we encourage from our students and educational mantras, this session will propose a profound way that we can foster our growth mindset and undergo the transformative changes required of us to save the planet.
 
Second Chance Learning - Room 229
Gina Ligouri, English Teacher at Montour High School
The idea of 'Second Chance Learning' is a staple best practice for personalizing learning for students; however, with the current demands of modern-day education, how can this be accomplished successfully? This presentation will share policies and procedures, classroom best practices, sample rubrics, and ideas to easily personalize learning for students while creating a classroom culture of acceptance and responsibility.
 
Understanding the Impact of Trauma in the Classroom - Room 325
Dr. Jessica Butala and Dr. Mike Blastos, Allegheny General Hospital, and Jessica Garavaglia, Special Education Teacher at Quaker Valley High School
Learn how to recognize trauma, how to approach students who are feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, how to try to best manage your expectations for students in your classroom who have experienced (or are experiencing) trauma, and how medications can make kids feel.  In this session, we will also compare the manifestations of anxiety vs. depression vs. obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) vs. trauma in a classroom.