October 21, 2016 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Puget Sound ESD, 800 Oakesdale Ave SW, Renton (MAP)
Individual Fee: $80.00
Team Fee: $70.00 per person (for teams of 3 or more)
Registration fee includes morning refreshments and lunch.
Puget Sound ESD, in partnership with the Washington Federation of Independent Schools, is proud to again present this special all-day forum for private and independent schools in our region. Join other administrators, teachers, paraeducators, technology specialists, and interested parties from the preschool and K-12 educational community in hearing informative presentations by PSESD, WFIS, and other educators and entities involved with private and independent schools. A vendor showcase will also be on hand for you to browse services and support that are available to private schools at special discounts and rates.
BRING A TEAM so your school doesn’t miss out on any of the outstanding sessions! Take advantage of the discounted fee of $70/person for a school group of 3 or more!
Target Audience: Building principals, teachers, counselors, school improvement teams, and leaders responsible for curriculum, technology, special/gifted education, and/or vocational programs.
CLOCK HOURS: 4.5 clock hours will be available for $10. (FREE for current WFIS members)
MERIT: 5 STARS credits will be available to professionals in DEL licensed centers.
|8:00 – 8:30||Registration/Corporate Sponsor Exhibits|
|8:30 – 9:15||General Session & Keynote Address|
|9:20 – 10:00||Sponsor Showcase and Prize Drawing #1|
|10:10 – 11:00||Breakout Session 1|
|11:10 – 12:00||Breakout Session 2|
|12:00 – 1:00||Lunch w/Superintendent Candidates Q & A
State Superintendent candidates Erin Jones and Chris Reykdal will speak about the issues and address questions that most concern private school educators.
|1:00 – 1:50||Breakout Session 3|
|2:00 – 2:50||Breakout Session 4|
|2:55 – 3:00||Closing, Evaluations, Clock Hours, and Prize Drawing #2|
What If Kids Could Learn Things by Doing What They Do BEST?
by Norman Alston, Founder/Head of School, eMode Learning Foundation
Have you ever seen a kid get truly inspired by a mathematics textbook or a worksheet packet? To truly learn and enjoy the learning experience, students must be fully engaged and active participants in the learning process. When given opportunities to make their own unique discoveries while at play, facilitators can help students extract mathematical concepts and demonstrate the relevance of doing math. Toys, games, long forgotten tools, technology, homemade devices, and everyday objects can be used to not just “teach” mathematics but, more importantly, to engender a genuine appreciation and solid conceptual understanding of just what it means to do math.
Session 1 (10:10 – 11:00)
Session 2 (11:10 – 12:00)
|From a “Hi” Performing to a High-Performing Board
There’s a saying in governance that if you’ve seen one board, you’ve seen one board. Despite the unique qualities of private school boards, they are all remarkably similar in their desire to strengthen and improve. This workshop will cover the key areas boards need to focus upon in order to achieve their full potential as the high-performers their schools need.
-Siri Akal Khalsa, Executive Director, NW Association of Independent Schools
|Teaching STEAM: How to Teach Thinking like Scientists and Artists
Leonardo Da Vinci was not the first or last artist/scientist/engineer. 21st century scientists, engineers, technicians, and mathematicians also share the adaptive thinking strategies and problem based approaches to learning that artists do. Explore the authentic connections between the core ideas and practices of STEM subjects and the arts in this interactive arts-infused session. (Grades 3-8)
-Beverly Harding Buehler, Arts Ed. Director, PSESD
|Putting Verve in the Nerves – Neuroscience and Learning
We’ve learned more about the brain in the last 25 years than the previous 2500. How can this new information help us improve teaching and learning? Find out what’s really going on in your students’ brains (yours, too) and practical strategies that apply this knowledge to increase student success.
-Conn McQuinn, Director of Ed Tech, PSESD
|Bringing Safety into Classroom Curriculum
As an organization that works with youth, you and your staff are responsible for the safety and care of children. In this session participants will learn how to make your organization a harder target for predators. This engaging workshop will equip you to provide the children in your care with the life skills needed to create a foundation of safety that will last a lifetime. Easy to apply tips and tools make safety lessons fun and empowering, not scary, for students of all ages. Topics covered include red flags & warning signs, myths versus truth, classroom books and games, safety reporting guidelines and prevention tips.
-Jill Goetz, Early Childhood Safety Specialist, Savvy Parents Safe Kids
Session 3 (1:00 – 1:50)
|Understanding and Using the incident Command System for School Planning and Response
Get a basic overview of the incident command system for schools and practical ways to introduce this to your staff. Also learn ways to reinforce the principles of ICS through easy activities and practical applications.
-JoAnn Jordan, Disaster Preparedness Training Consultant
|Infusing Tribal History/Culture into the Classroom
Participants will receive an overview of the free resources within the Since Time Immemorial (STI) Tribal Sovereignty online curriculum and infusing lessons into their classroom instruction, will learn about Tribal sovereignty, and information about additional full-day trainings.
-Michael Vendiola, Program Supervisor, Office of Native Education, OSPI
|Maker Movement: How to Set up A Maker Space
So you’re ready to get started with the Maker Movement – but where do you begin? Some think that a Maker Space has to be a separate room full of fancy tools and materials, but you can start with a dedicated corner in your classroom with some relatively inexpensive resources. See how to begin your Maker journey without breaking the bank!
-Conn McQuinn, Director of Educational Technology, PSESD
|Getting to Know the New DEL!
Don’t miss this opportunity to exchange ideas and hear directly from DEL’s Assistant Director, Frank Ordway. Share information about your programs, including: special programs you are offering; how your students are fairing after graduation; discipline and expulsion issues; professional development needed; and ways to engage parents. Learn about DEL’s primary strategic goals, changes underway at the agency, how WFIS members and DEL can work together to serve children in WA, opportunities to serve ECEAP or WCCC children, and last, but not least, the revisions to the WAC (i.e. regulations).
-Frank Ordway, Asst. Director for Communications and Government Relations, Dept. of Early Learning
Session 4 (2:00 – 2:50)
|Student Reunification: A Process That Can Make or Break Your Disaster Response
Learn how to design a successful reunification process for your school. This session will include sample forms for you to adapt for your school and guidelines for determining the location of check-in and reunification gates. You will also learn minimum training needed to make the process successful when you need to implement it in emergency situations.
-JoAnn Jordan, Disaster Preparedness Training Consultant
|Achieving Equity through Expanded Learning Opportunities
Explore the role private and independent schools play in adopting policies to address opportunity gaps and summer learning loss through Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs), including afterschool and summer programs. Research confirms students need access to strong learning environments beyond the classroom. Learn about Washington’s existing standards that ensure ELOs are effective in supporting student success.
-Jody Rosentswieg, Founder and Principal, Current Strategies
|Creating Instructional Videos and Flipping Your Classroom
We will look at how teaching with your strengths can send the levels of teacher and student engagement through the roof and help you create the most amazing learning environment possible for your students. We will also explore how to leverage technology to personalize education and how to effectively utilize instructional videos to create the most powerful transformation in education.
-Randy Brown, Personnel & Program Development Director, Monroe SD
|Building a Culture of Mathematical Critical Thinking
Innovative math programs require creating a mathematical culture that is visible and meaningful to students and teachers alike. This workshop will balance hands-on learning and conversation with digital resources and experiences to promote mathematical communities in your schools. Learn how to expand your students’ mathematical understanding by using documentation to their benefit and yours. At the end of this session, you will have new ideas for curating your classroom to reflect the importance and pervasiveness of math in our society.
-Deb Chickadel and Katharine Sjoberg, Faculty, University Child Development School
|AssistX Education, LLC
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