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Thursday
8:00-8:15 Welcome from Dr. Lancaster in PAC
8:15-8:30 Mary Patin Introduction in PAC
8:30-9:30 Dr. Robert Dillon Keynote in PAC
9:40-10:40 Breakout Session #1
10:50-11:50 Breakout Session #2
11:50-1:25 Lunch on your own
1:30-2:30 Breakout Session #3
2:45-3:45 Breakout Session #4

Friday 
8:30-9:30 Breakout Session #5
9:40-10:40 Breakout Session #6
10:50-11:50 Breakout Session #7
11:50-1:25 Lunch on your own
1:30-2:50 Campus Reflective Conversations with Principals
3:00-3:30 Mary Patin Closing Session in PAC 

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Thursday, February 16
 

8:00am CST

Opening Session: Welcome, Introductions, and Keynote
Limited Capacity seats available

Welcome from Dr. Lancaster
Introductions and Conference Theme by Mary Patin
Keynote from Dr. Robert Dillon "Welcome to the Hall of Fame"
The world often sees educators as heroes, a standard that is unsustainable and hard to maintain, as we work through the daily grind of serving kids. Instead of heroes, we should pursue being hall of famers for our students and families. As hall of famer, we turn small moments into big purpose. We remain focused on the true joy of learning, and we seek solutions to the most difficult issues. The joy and purpose of learning comes from choosing to serve from a hall of fame mentality.  

Speakers
avatar for Robert Dillion

Robert Dillion

Director of Innovative Learning, School District of University City
Dr. Robert Dillon has served as an educational leader in a number of public schools throughout the Saint Louis area over the last twenty years as a teacher, principal, and director of innovation. Dr. Dillon has a passion to change the educational landscape by building excellent engaging... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Brad Lancaster

Dr. Brad Lancaster

Superintendent of Schools, Lake Travis ISD
Proud to be the Superintendent of Schools for Lake Travis ISD! Starting my eighth year as a Cavalier.
avatar for Mary Patin

Mary Patin

Chief Admn. for Strategic Proj, LAKE TRAVIS ISD
Ms. Patin began her career in Louisiana where she served as an elementary and Gifted and Talented program teacher for seven years. She then moved to the Richardson school district in Texas where she taught in the GT program and served as an assistant principal. Ms. Patin then served... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am CST
Performing Arts Center - Concert Hall

9:40am CST

LGBTQIA+ 101
Limited Capacity full

Basic information about this special population of students and what they wish we knew. Question and answer period. Representatives from LTHS GSA staff sponsors and more will be speakers.

Speakers
EK

Erin Kelly

T-HS MKTG/BUSINESS, Lake Travis High School
I am a teacher at Lake Travis High School. This will be my 12th year in the classroom. I hope to help implement new SEL strategies and activities for our students and add to our new district PATH Transition Courses.Along with Cathy Gilliland, we've sponsored the Gay Straight Alliance... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M121

9:40am CST

What is next with Digital Citizenship?
Limited Capacity full

The idea of digital citizenship is evolving- adapting to mirror the changes in the increasingly virtual environment. I’ll bet you're thinking, “Wait! How can it be changing when students still aren’t applying the existing components?” Explore the mystery of digital citizenship, and discuss how new these ideas may be not only creating better digital citizens but better citizens in general.

Speakers
avatar for Craig Bennett

Craig Bennett

Education Consultant, Advance Learning Partnerships
There is nothing I enjoy more than talking about teaching and learning. I believe that if you don't ask great questions, you do not get great answers. Students want authentic experiences, not academic ones.


Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M111

9:40am CST

Intro to Social Media in Education
Limited Capacity full

Take an introductory look into the world of social media. We'll discuss different social media platforms, ways to use them to enrich the educational experience you're providing and tools and tips to help you succeed.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Siscaretti

Nicole Siscaretti

Blogger & Designer | Social Media Educator, SparklyEverAfter.com
You can find me teaching Intro to Social Media, Facebook for Business and Instagram for Business online to college students and adult learners. I write a magical blog at SparklyEverAfter.com. I'm a creative entrepreneur who lives to inspire. My Etsy shop, SparklyEverAfterShop.com... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M210

9:40am CST

Fostering Independence and Fading Supports for Students with Disabilities
Limited Capacity full

This session will assist special education teachers and all administrators understand how to help students with disabilities become more independent and fade supports.

Moderators
avatar for Midge Simmons

Midge Simmons

Coordinator of Special Services, Lake Travis ISD

Speakers


Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M212

9:40am CST

Keep the Rigor; Reduce the Workload: Collaborating with Kami and Google Apps
Limited Capacity full

When students collaborate to create shared class resources and submit contributions that become lesson components, it reduces both their workload and yours. First, this session will allow participants to explore and experiment with Kami, an easy-to-use website that allows for users to simultaneously annotate a PDF file. We will discuss how to use Kami as well as Google apps (folders, slides, docs, sheets) to accomplish the adage “many hands make light work.” 

Speakers
avatar for Jody Foye

Jody Foye

T-HS ENGLISH, Lake Travis High School
I am in my 10th year here at LTISD and my 21st year of teaching overall. My goal is to help students become mindful consumers and users of language.


Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Computer Lab - M321

9:40am CST

Supporting Sensory Needs in the Classroom
Limited Capacity full

What is a sensory issue? And how do I help? Come learn the science, substance, and strategy behind sensory processing and how you can support your students in your classroom. Session will include presentation and a hands-on activity.

Speakers
SJ

Susan Jeantete

Lake Travis ISD (LTISD)
avatar for Mary Owen

Mary Owen

Occupational Therapist, Lake Travis Independent School District
I've been a school-based Occupational Therapist since 2005 with specialized training in Sensory Integration and a Specialty Certification in Sensory Integration. I'm especially interested in logical strategies to support sensory needs in a school classroom that don't disrupt lea... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M211

9:40am CST

Using Desmos to Create Math Activities
Limited Capacity filling up

Desmos is much more than just a free, user-friendly, online graphing calculator. Learn how to create a classroom activity for any level Math class using this powerful teaching tool which allows for real-time feedback, peer collaboration and differentiated instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Jorge Jacquez

Jorge Jacquez

T-HS MATH, Lake Travis High School
Author: "CliffsNotes STAAR EOC Algebra I Quick Review" LTISD, Learning & Teaching CoachAlgebra I, Geometry, PreCalculus Teacher - Lake Travis HS, Algebra I, Geometry curriculum writer - El Paso ISD,Algebra I Team Lead - Coronado HS, El Paso ISD, IB Certified, AP Certified, ESL Ce... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Computer Lab - M220

9:40am CST

Secondary Science Vertical Alignment
Limited Capacity filling up

Middle School and High School teachers will share what they teach, and how they teach it so that students can’t get away with “I’ve never done that before” since we will all know what was done. Middle school teachers will find out which things they do are helping the most as well as which things the High School is emphasizing, so that they can make sure to talk about them in Middle School.


Speakers
avatar for Jose Gonzalez

Jose Gonzalez

T-MS SCIENCE, Lake Travis Middle School
avatar for Archie McHarg

Archie McHarg

T-HS ENGLISH, Lake Travis High School
I like talking about intense things- things that you care about. Tell me what your present passion is. I love enthusiasm and would love to hear about yours...
JM

Judith Mclaren

T-MS SCIENCE, Bee Cave Middle School
I've been teaching science for 15 years: 10 years at Hudson Bend Middle School and 5 years previously at New Braunfels High School and Bowie High School. I love teaching science and love to change it up every year and make my lessons better. Using technology in the classroom has dramatically... Read More →
avatar for Ginger Meeks

Ginger Meeks

T-MS SCIENCE, Lake Travis Middle School


Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Science Lab M311

9:40am CST

Charting A Course For Student-Centered Learning (Secondary)
Limited Capacity seats available

Pairing Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle with the start of the journey up a mountainside, this session will bring clarity to the process of planning for professional learning that leads to teaching practices that cause student development of the 4C’s. Participants joining this troupe will leave with an individualized map that charts their team’s course toward student-centered learning, along with development of the skills necessary to design future hikes.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Dillion

Robert Dillion

Director of Innovative Learning, School District of University City
Dr. Robert Dillon has served as an educational leader in a number of public schools throughout the Saint Louis area over the last twenty years as a teacher, principal, and director of innovation. Dr. Dillon has a passion to change the educational landscape by building excellent engaging... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Performing Arts Center - Concert Hall

9:40am CST

Design Elements of Student Work that Grow Students’ “C’s”
Limited Capacity seats available

With a focus on facets of student work outlined in models like Buck Institute’s Essential Project Design Elements for Gold Standard PBL and Schlechty’s Critical Qualities of Student Work, this session will lead educators toward unpacking and planning for application of design elements that keep students engaged, thinking, and learning.

Speakers

Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Science Lab M312

9:40am CST

Bringing it all together for Elementary Science Success
Limited Capacity full

So many choices to make when deciding how to bring the Elementary Science TEKS to life. Please come prepared to share your favorites and leave inspired to make all your lessons on point!

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Neuse

Jennifer Neuse

T-ELEM GRADE 5, Lakeway Elementary
Lake Travis ISD


Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M316

9:40am CST

Kindergarten and First Grade Teacher Collaboration
Limited Capacity filling up

Kindergarten and First Grade Teachers, get ready to be inspired! This is an opportunity to hear about innovative teaching practices from grade-specific master teachers. The majority of the session will be allotted for you to reflect and share your effective teaching practices with other LTISD kinder and first-grade teachers.


Speakers
avatar for Sarah Collier

Sarah Collier

Learning and Teaching Coach, Lake Travis ISD
Sarah worked as an instructional coach the past four years in Frisco ISD. In that role, she has been an ELAR Curriculum writer, facilitated PLC’s and vertical teams and presented a variety of reading, writing and math professional developments. Before coaching, Sarah was a reading... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M318

9:40am CST

Math Fluency Boot Camp K-5
Limited Capacity full

Find out tips and tricks that the math workshop guru and fluency expert, Dr. Nikki Newton, uses! We will be learning how to define math fluency as a campus, how to incorporate engaging activities that will increase knowledge and mastery of math facts, and how to use math running records in the classroom!

Speakers
avatar for Jordi Booher

Jordi Booher

T-ELEM GRADE 4, Bee Cave Elementary
avatar for Katelyn Houchin

Katelyn Houchin

4th Grade Math/Science Teacher, Bee Cave Elementary School



Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M116

9:40am CST

Teaching is Fun Again with Deeper Learning
Limited Capacity full

As teachers, we often get frustrated with teaching a standard, testing on it and then just moving on to the next standard. We want real application for what students learn, in an environment that promotes interest, ownership, creativity and excitement. So this past year, we created a year-long, standard's-based project and had more fun than we have had in a while & the standards were taught above & beyond what we "normally" do. We got the chance to be creative, engage students & teach them the TEKS as well as life lessons. They learned more than facts, they applied skills creatively. It brought us back to why we got in to teaching and we would love to share our experience.

Speakers
avatar for Sheri Bates

Sheri Bates

T-MS SOCIAL STUDIES, Lake Travis Middle School
avatar for Pete Hunt

Pete Hunt

Texas History Teacher, Hudson Bend Middle School (LTISD)
avatar for Dana Schrader

Dana Schrader

Instructional Coach, Lake Travis ISD
I love to find creative ways to guide kids in to learning!



Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M310 Theatre Arts

9:40am CST

“Going Places with Google”: Google Maps, Google Tour Builder and Google Institute
Limited Capacity full

This session will focus mainly on the Collections in Google Cultural Institute to Present History, Art, and Science Artifacts; including how to use images and videos from the Google Cultural Institute in your lessons to strengthen your curriculum. There will be a short demo on using the beta site "Google Tour Builder" and how your students can create enlightening "tours" - there are uses for a variety of content areas.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Wommack

Monica Wommack

T-MS INSTR SUP LIT, Lake Travis Middle School
I have been a Language Arts, Reading Enrichment, and Dyslexia Specialist at LTMS for 14 years. I have a BA from Southwestern University with an English major and Music minor, an MA from Texas State in English with a specialty in American Literature, and I did my Dyslexia Specialty... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Computer Lab - M209

9:40am CST

Crucial Conversations
Limited Capacity full

Learn tools to improve your communication skills when your conversation turns crucial. "Crucial conversations take place when the stakes are high, opinions differ, and emotions run strong." Patterson K., Grenny J., McMillan R., Switzler A., (2012). Crucial Conversations.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Williams

Stephanie Williams

T-ELEM GRADE 4, Lakeway Elementary



Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M108

9:40am CST

Technology 101
Limited Capacity filling up

ome get an overview of basic tips from technology staff including digital store front, website editing, adding printers, passwords, phones, and network folders to name a few of the topics covered.

Speakers
avatar for Claude Pardue

Claude Pardue

Lake Travis Independent School District
avatar for Todd Taylor

Todd Taylor

Lake Travis Independent School District


Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Computer Lab - M319

9:40am CST

Teaching with Technology - YouTube
Limited Capacity full

I will discuss the ways I use YouTube for both delivering instruction and creating videos for assessments.
 https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1j481UHUDSYXHM-22kh4KwH4auGczq_7StbSnDBHybvs/edit?usp=sharing
 

Speakers
JA

Jerrod Ackley

T-MS SOCIAL STUDIES, Hudson Bend Middle School
I teach U.S. History at Hudson Bend Middle School. I have been teaching for 18 years. I have a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida with an emphasis in using technology. I teach a completely digital curriculum primarily using Google products... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M105

9:40am CST

Genius Hour
Limited Capacity full

This session is for teachers of all levels wanting to learn how to implement Genius Hour in their classroom with minimal unit disruption.

Speakers
avatar for Denise Posey

Denise Posey

T-MS SCIENCE, Hudson Bend Middle School
avatar for Elizabeth Steck

Elizabeth Steck

6th Grade Science Teacher, Hudson Bend Middle School


Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M114

9:40am CST

Worth the Risk
Limited Capacity seats available

Formative assessment. Meaningful feedback. Growth mindset. They are the current buzzwords in education...but are they that important? In this session, we will discuss why implementing these strategies could change your whole outlook on traditional teaching, how (free) technology makes this change achievable, and why the change is worth the risk.

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Hill

Cathy Hill

CURRICULUM DESIGNER, Lake Travis ISD
Like most of you, I would classify myself as a teacher and a learner, not necessarily in that order. I taught math for more than twenty years before becoming an instructional coach with the district five years ago. I have the privilege of collaborating with secondary math teachers... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M320

9:40am CST

Google Magic: Is it an Illusion, or is it Real?
Limited Capacity full

Don't miss the Google Magic Show with Amy Mayer of friEdTechnology. You won't believe your eyes, or can you? Only you can decide whether these Google tools, add-ons, extensions and more are too good to be believed . . . or not.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Mayer

Amy Mayer

CEO, Founder, friEdTechnology
Amy Mayer, the founder of friEdTechnology, is a nationally known speaker and trainer and a veteran public school educator who is a sworn enemy of standardization. friEdTechnology is a Google Professional Development Partner providing professional development and inspiration for educators... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M207

9:40am CST

Hooking High Achieving Students In Elementary Social Studies
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will provide resources for high achieving social studies students, including games, creativity exercises, role play, open-ended projects, and extracurricular contests and activities. Come to play, share, and learn.

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Cravey

Melanie Cravey

T-ELEM GRADE 3, Bee Cave Elementary
I hold a masters in Gifted and Talented/Teacher Leadership. I love fostering creativity development in students.



Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M115

9:40am CST

What is a Makerspace?
Limited Capacity seats available

Come explore and try out various activities commonly found in a Makerspace, from low-tech options like Lego challenges, origami, book folding and Contraptions building blocks to high-tech Little Bits and Snap Circuits, robotics, Makey Makeys plus so much more!

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Hooker

Caitlin Hooker

LIBRARIAN, Hudson Bend Middle School
I am working enthusiastically toward blending high tech and low tech within a library setting, promoting reading for pleasure while exploring new technologies!
avatar for Marisa Mejia

Marisa Mejia

Digital Media Specialist, Lake Travis High School (LTISD)
I am someone who seeks out utilizing technology as a tool to make the educator's work like simpler, more streamlined, and efficient so that we can all be more present in the classroom. Creating meaningful learning experiences for the educator and the learner.


Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Digital Media Center M221

9:40am CST

Effective Formative Assessment with Google Tools
Limited Capacity filling up

Assessment that informs teaching is a critical element for success in any classroom, but the monster of time often gets in the way of this effective strategy. Let's discuss some effective ways to quickly assess whether our teaching strategies are working using Google tools. 

Speakers
avatar for Cari Orts

Cari Orts

Associate, Fried Technology
Cari is a former Instructional Technologist at Marble Falls I.S.D. She holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has taught for over 14 years. She has earned the name "The project Queen" because enjoys planning projects that allow multiple age groups to collaborate... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M206

9:40am CST

My students' college professors say they write well!
Limited Capacity seats available

I must share what my ex-students attending college tell me about their excellence in writing ability as compared with their peers at some of the best universities in the US. Professors are showing our students work to large writing classes as examples of good writing. I'm so thankful that we have a Writing Curriculum Director who truly understands the art and skill of writing. Because of the TDEC model, and many timed writings, my students are able to write well at the college level and get internships with professors in every field. Professors have to publish, and they need good writers to help them research and write. These interns then have incredible experience which helps them get into graduate school.

Speakers
avatar for Cassie Wheatley

Cassie Wheatley

T-HS ENGLISH, Lake Travis High School
AP Literature and Composition Teacher and Reader, English 4, Honors English 4 Literary Analysis, English Department Chair.


NoKnows docx

Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M109

9:40am CST

Reading and Writing Strategies for the Reluctant Learner
Limited Capacity filling up

With an emphasis on ideas for improving engagement for reluctant learners, teachers will learn new strategies for the processes that are typically the most challenging for those learners in Language Arts, including deeper reading, finding text-evidence to support understanding, and revision.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Wright

Lauren Wright

Language Arts Teacher, Hudson Bend Middle School


Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M120

9:40am CST

Using Sentence Templates to Block Blunders and Galvanize Great Writing
Limited Capacity seats available

This is not a session just for English teachers! We pledge to explain and show sentence starter template examples that can help students in social studies, science, and any subject in which you ask students to write and think. We have found this strategy to be an easy-to-roll-out and amazing tool that can help both high-level and struggling students think critically in ways they might not otherwise. We will also share how employing this strategy can serve as a scaffold to steer students away from repeated (and frustrating) errors that inhibit progress. 

Speakers
avatar for Janice Bech

Janice Bech

T-HS ENGLISH, Lake Travis High School
Though a native Oregonian, I began my educational career teaching elementary school with Teach for America in North Carolina. I took a break from the classroom and attended USC's Graduate Film School Screenwriting program in Los Angeles, but then landed in Texas and taught middle... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Wedemeyer

Aaron Wedemeyer

T-HS ENGLISH, Lake Travis High School
I'm currently reveling in my 14th year at LTHS as a teacher of English 3 AP and OnRamps Rhetoric and as an unofficial coordinator of staff social gatherings.


Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M117

9:40am CST

RTI and Smartgoals and Interventions, oh my!
Limited Capacity full

Does the thought of RTI, writing smartgoals and digging through all the possible interventions leave you feeling like you are in that forest with Dorthy, Tin Man, and Scarecrow, trying to make it to the seemingly unreachable Oz? Join us for some quick tips to streamlining the process, a brief walk through eduphoria, a trip through easy to use, no nonsense intervention resources and feel as though you have met Oz himself when you walk out with a ready to use page of smartgoals!

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Beninga

Melanie Beninga

PRINCIPAL, West Cypress Hills Elementary
avatar for Amanda Prehn

Amanda Prehn

Principal, Bee Cave Middle School
avatar for Shannon Voges

Shannon Voges

Reading Specialist, West Cypress Hills Elementary (LTISD)
I am the Reading and Dyslexia Specialist at WCHE.



Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M107

9:40am CST

Biometric Screenings – Interactive Health
Free Biometric Screenings/Health Evaluation: Make an appointment (use this link https://www.hsscreeningreg.com/login.php with login instructions attached below). Or, walk-in for your free onsite preventive health evaluation/consultation. The evaluation includes: total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, total cholesterol/HDL ratio, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides - for fasting participants only, glucose, blood pressure, height & weight, waist circumference – all in less than 20 minutes! Fasting is defined as nothing to eat or drink except water for at least 8 hours. You should drink plenty of water and take your medications as prescribed.



Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M122

9:40am CST

Compassion Fatigue
Limited Capacity full

Compassion Fatigue is a state of physical and emotional exhaustion and a profound decrease in the ability to empathize. Distinctly different from burnout, which can happen in any position, Compassion Fatigue tends to happen more with those workers in care giving environments, or positions that consistently experience heart-wrenching and emotional challenges. We must take care of ourselves if we are to help care for others! Topics we will discuss are: Defining compassion fatigue, causes and symptoms and caring for the caregiver.


Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M201

9:40am CST

Take 10 - NURSES ONLY
Limited Capacity seats available

Nurses will receive training on the latest CPR protocols. This free training is not a certification class, but it will help us be better able to educate our teachers and students about hands-only CPR. This area is located in the back of the LTHS Library.

Speakers
avatar for Becca Harkleroad

Becca Harkleroad

Lead Nurse, Lake Travis ISD
Nursing is a second career for me. I earned my bachelor\\'s degree in Journalism at Texas A&M University and worked in real estate administration for several years before returning to school to become a registered nurse (RN). I currently serve as the lead nurse for LTISD.My entire... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 11:50am CST
Library Tables/Workspace

9:40am CST

Improv Workshop for Theater Arts Teachers Only
Limited Capacity seats available

Improv artist Jim Doyle returns for a second year - this time to work with LTISD Theater Arts Staff on refining improvisation skills in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Doyle

Jim Doyle

Jim Doyle began his professional career as an improviser, actor and director in 1994. Since then he has enjoyed making appearances at improv festivals across America and Canada. Jim has taught improv classes for all ages and ability levels from elementary school students to professional... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 3:45pm CST
Orchestra M407

9:40am CST

STEAM in the Art Classroom
Participants will work on strategies and projects to bring more STEAM concepts into their lessons. This session is required for ART teachers and it is all day.

Speakers
avatar for Samantha Melvin

Samantha Melvin

Artist, Educator & Researcher, RRISD Fine Arts Partner


Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 3:45pm CST
L133

9:40am CST

Future Administrator Leadership Academy
Limited Capacity full

This is an invitation-only session for members of the LTISD Future Administrator Leadership Academy. We will explore belief systems about people, leadership, and change to include examine leadership versus management. The session will continue during the lunch hour. Lunch will be provided.

Speakers

Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 3:45pm CST
Annex Conference Room

9:40am CST

Complimentary Pain & Injury Assessments
Complimentary Pain and Injury Assessment: Are you suffering from pain? Airrosti providers help to reduce pain as quickly as possible, often within 3 visits (based on patient-reported outcomes). We encourage you to take advantage of this complimentary, no obligation injury assessment.

Speakers


Thursday February 16, 2017 9:40am - 3:45pm CST
Classroom M205

10:50am CST

4 Goals of Misbehavior
Limited Capacity full

We will discuss and role play the four goals of misbehavior. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the 4 goals of misbehavior and suggestions for how an educator can resolve the 4 goals misbehavior.

Speakers
avatar for Sam Hicks

Sam Hicks

PRINCIPAL, Lakeway Elementary
The power of Postive Thinking.
avatar for Kimberly Kellner

Kimberly Kellner

PRINCIPAL, Bee Cave Elementary
avatar for Kara Lucas

Kara Lucas

Counselor, Lakeway Elementary School


Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M121

10:50am CST

Working with Millennials: Ethical Considerations in an Acute Psychiatric Setting
Limited Capacity filling up

Identify ethical dilemmas in managing the care of individuals with substance use disorders and understanding the history and evolution of values and ethics in the care of individuals with psychiatric disorders and apply principles of critical thinking to the process of transitioning individuals through levels of psychiatric care.



Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M117

10:50am CST

TED-Ed: Spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students
Limited Capacity filling up

TED-Ed Lessons allow educators to engage in and/or create dynamic lessons around the millions of educational videos on YouTube. The platform allow you to utilize professionally created lessons in various content areas, customize them to meet individual needs, or create original lessons for your own curriculum. Cultivate deeper learning through multiple choice questions, open answer questions, "dig deeper" materials, and discussion topics. Students can even create their own TED-Ed Lessons worth sharing with others, and learn through teaching. 

Speakers
avatar for Lamar Schrader

Lamar Schrader

T-HS ENGLISH, Lake Travis High School
Lamar Schrader graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and also did graduate work in Literary Studies at The University of Cape Town in South Africa. Mr. Schrader has 30 years of classroom experience as a high school English teacher in all levels... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M120

10:50am CST

Advanced Social Media in Education
Limited Capacity full

You know how to use some social media sites. Let's take it to the next level. Get inspired with ideas for creative content, tips for taking better photos and creating images with what you already own and pro tips for making the most of your time online.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Siscaretti

Nicole Siscaretti

Blogger & Designer | Social Media Educator, SparklyEverAfter.com
You can find me teaching Intro to Social Media, Facebook for Business and Instagram for Business online to college students and adult learners. I write a magical blog at SparklyEverAfter.com. I'm a creative entrepreneur who lives to inspire. My Etsy shop, SparklyEverAfterShop.com... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M210

10:50am CST

Fostering Independence and Fading Supports for Students with Disabilities
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will assist special education teachers and all administrators understand how to help students with disabilities become more independent and fade supports.

Moderators
avatar for Midge Simmons

Midge Simmons

Coordinator of Special Services, Lake Travis ISD

Speakers


Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M212

10:50am CST

IEP Goal Writing
Limited Capacity full

Are you struggling with writing goals for your students?  How do you determine what is a critical need? Information will be shared regarding the required components of goals and objectives, tools will be provided to assist in determining critical needs of students, and tips will be shared for data collection.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie King

Stephanie King

Coordinator of Special Services, Lake Travis ISD
Stephanie worked in Conroe ISD as a campus diagnostician at the secondary level for 4 years and then as Lead Diagnostician for Secondary Schools for 8 years. Prior to moving to Texas, she held positions as both a general education and special education teacher in Kansas. She holds... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M118

10:50am CST

Tier 2 Reading Interventions for Elementary Teachers
Limited Capacity full

We will be discussing and displaying some of our favorite interventions and resources for K-2 classroom teachers to browse (and anyone instructing readers on the early elementary level). We will be ready to answer questions and model each intervention as needed.

Speakers
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Lonnie Driggers

T-ELEM INSTR SUP LIT, Lakeway Elementary
I'm the dyslexia therapist at LWE. I also do reading intervention with students that aren't dyslexic. Working with all grade and skill levels is fun, challenging, and requires knowing a LOT about reading! I'll try to my best to answer any question you have!
avatar for Diane Tilley

Diane Tilley

T-ELEM INSTR SUP LIT, Bee Cave Elementary
avatar for Shannon Voges

Shannon Voges

Reading Specialist, West Cypress Hills Elementary (LTISD)
I am the Reading and Dyslexia Specialist at WCHE.



Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M211

10:50am CST

Leader for Life: Connecting the Dots!
Limited Capacity full

What creates a 'leader for life?' How do we cultivate academics, leadership accountability and service? Join us in expanding this newly developing district-model that connects the dots to create a picture of graduate success!

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Hassenfratz

Kathleen Hassenfratz

Health and Social Programs, Lake Travis Independent School District
Kathleen joined LTISD in 2005 and is the Health and Social Programs Coordinator. Kathleen earned her Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the University of Texas in Austin and her Master of Education with a major in Counseling and Guidance from Texas State University. She... Read More →
avatar for Mary Patin

Mary Patin

Chief Admn. for Strategic Proj, LAKE TRAVIS ISD
Ms. Patin began her career in Louisiana where she served as an elementary and Gifted and Talented program teacher for seven years. She then moved to the Richardson school district in Texas where she taught in the GT program and served as an assistant principal. Ms. Patin then served... Read More →


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Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M108

10:50am CST

Stroke Awareness and Prevention
Limited Capacity full

Every 4 seconds someone has a stroke. Stroke is the 5th leading killer in the USA and the number 1 admission diagnosis into Nursing homes. Stroke kills more women that Breast Cancer. During this session you will learn what a stroke is, who is at risk for a stroke, how you can identify a stroke, what to do if someone is having a stroke. You will also learn how to minimize you risk of a stroke.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Andrews

Sarah Andrews

Stroke Program Coordinator, Baylor Scott and White Medical Center Lakeway
Sarah Andrews is a Board Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist. After becoming a Registered Nurse in 1997 in the United Kingdom, Sarah has worked as a Registered Nurse in Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, as well as the United States. Sarah earned her RN diploma from Oxford Brookes... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M116

10:50am CST

Class Dojo and Behavior Management in Your Classroom
Limited Capacity full

Get accurate data the easy and fast way with Class Dojo. It's personalized for every student and parents can see in real time how their child is doing in class.
Know the ins and outs of class management, reinforces, consequences, and useful tips for every classroom/age groups. 
These work especially well with our special populations in the inclusion, resource and special programs setting.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Diaz Carle

Monica Diaz Carle

Special Ed Dept Chair, Hudson Bend Middle School
I love finding new ways to help students learn and share my experiences. I went to Purdue University and taught high school special education for 5 years in Indiana. I moved to Austin 9 years ago and have been teaching middle school since. I currently teach inclusion and resource... Read More →
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Brandy Szanyi

SDC Teacher, Hudson Bend Middle School (LTISD)
I graduated from The Ohio State University and moved to Houston, Texas to begin my teaching career. I moved to Austin 3 years ago with my family. This is my 8th year teaching special education.



Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M318

10:50am CST

Charting A Course For Student-Centered Learning (Elementary)
Limited Capacity full

Pairing Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle with the start of the journey up a mountainside, this session will bring clarity to the process of planning for professional learning that leads to teaching practices that cause student development of the 4C’s. Participants joining this troupe will leave with an individualized map that charts their team’s course toward student-centered learning, along with development of the skills necessary to design future hikes.

Speakers
avatar for Craig Bennett

Craig Bennett

Education Consultant, Advance Learning Partnerships
There is nothing I enjoy more than talking about teaching and learning. I believe that if you don't ask great questions, you do not get great answers. Students want authentic experiences, not academic ones.


Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Science Lab M312

10:50am CST

Wake Your Brain
Limited Capacity full

Creativity. Collaboration. Communication. Fun. Warm up your students with Destination Imagination Instant Challenges. Get your students' brains engaged with five- to ten- minute STEAM critical thinking challenges. At this workshop, you will experience hands-on activities and leave with practical resources that you can use in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Brekka Larrew

Brekka Larrew

LIBRARIAN, Lakeway Elementary
I'm an elementary school librarian. I love children's literature. I coach a Destination Imagination team.
avatar for Vanessa Malone

Vanessa Malone

T-ELEM GRADE 5, Lakeway Elementary


Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M106

10:50am CST

Textastic
Limited Capacity full

Using a Mentor Text to Engage in Multimodal Literacy

"We would like to demonstrate how a mentor text can be used to engage students in multimodal literacy. Throughout the year, our goal is for the class to participate in meaningful, student-led, student-centered conversations about various texts. In our classrooms, we also want to limit the amount of the common teacher discourse practice of IRE (Initiate, Respond, Evaluate) which relies on excessive 'teacher talk.' We would like to show you how students use language for classroom collaboration to have student-led conversations about a mentor text they have read and annotated. Our students track their participation and evaluate their participation weekly with an interactive classroom reflection. We will also share how you can use mentor texts as a model for student writing."

Speakers
avatar for Brian Bass

Brian Bass

ELA Teacher, Lake Travis Middle School
I am a 23 year veteran ELA teacher. I have taught at LTMS for 10 years. I love the messiness of language arts instruction at the middle school level, and I love guiding my students through the complexities of literacy learning.
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Rachel Croci

T-MS SOCIAL STUDIES, Lake Travis Middle School
avatar for Leslie Perez

Leslie Perez

T-MS LANGUAGE ARTS, Lake Travis Middle School
I love all things middle school...the wacky, the weird, the awkward. Folks in the middle have their own brilliance, despite the oil, hormones, and strange smells. They are my tribe, and I adore them.



Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M109

10:50am CST

Preparing Middle School and High School PreAP and AP students for Success - Tips and Tools from AP Readers
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PreAP and AP courses are more than just "bump" points on the GPA - it's about critical thinking, problem solving, and articulating answers in a detailed and thoughtful manner. Hear from those who have experience grading the AP exams to know exactly what students should be prepared for from 6th grade preAP all the way up to senior year AP. Prepare your students for success to earn college credit.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Gidley

Jen Gidley

Testing Coordinator, Lake Travis ISD
Campus Testing Coordinator
avatar for Megan Holden

Megan Holden

English Teacher, Lake Travis High School
In my almost 20 years at LTHS, I have taught English, AP Art History, French and the GT class. Before I started teaching, I had a ten year career in theater management, during which I did PR, wrote grant proposals and -- for a while -- drove around a big truck picking up steel pipe... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M105

10:50am CST

Teaching Grade 4-8 Geometrical Concepts? Try a new angle!
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This session's focus is on taking a fresh look at conceptual teaching and hands-on, creative strategies to make geometry engaging and relevant in upper elementary and middle school math. I am excited to work together with all math teachers to vertically align and help ensure student success!

Speakers
avatar for Sheri Remore

Sheri Remore

T-HS TRANSITION, Lake Travis High School
I am a graduate of LTHS and Texas State University with a BS in Math with Secondary Education and a M.Ed in Teacher Leadership. This is my 14th year at LTHS. I have taught regular geometry, PreAP geometry, extended geometry and math models. I am now the LT9 Coordinator at LTHS. I... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M114

10:50am CST

Wonders and Hidden Gems of Using Google Docs
Limited Capacity full

Intel on the latest Tools, Add-Ons and Extensions that make using Google Docs simple, easy, and collaborative. Explore has replaced the Research Tool, so I will show the attendees how to navigate and use the new Research tools to embed research data/info from sites and articles, images, quotations, biographical information, footnotes, etc.; all without leaving the document that you are working on. Also, Come experience the ease of Grading using Google Docs with the use of a few hidden gems.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Wommack

Monica Wommack

T-MS INSTR SUP LIT, Lake Travis Middle School
I have been a Language Arts, Reading Enrichment, and Dyslexia Specialist at LTMS for 14 years. I have a BA from Southwestern University with an English major and Music minor, an MA from Texas State in English with a specialty in American Literature, and I did my Dyslexia Specialty... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Computer Lab - M209

10:50am CST

Amp Your Communication with G Docs
Limited Capacity full

Learn how to leverage the latest Google has to offer for the purpose of communicating around learning. From Google Voice to Voice Typing; let's turn up the volume on communication.

Speakers
avatar for Cari Orts

Cari Orts

Associate, Fried Technology
Cari is a former Instructional Technologist at Marble Falls I.S.D. She holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has taught for over 14 years. She has earned the name "The project Queen" because enjoys planning projects that allow multiple age groups to collaborate... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M206

10:50am CST

Beyond the Red Pen: Meaningful Feedback with Google Tools
Limited Capacity seats available

When students aren't using feedback to improve, we are wasting our nights and weekends. But there's a better way! Learn to offer feedback your students can and will use in a fraction of the time you spend marking essays. Fellow ELA teachers, join Amy Mayer of friEdTechnology to work together (hands on) to learn new ways to offer feedback using Google Tools.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Mayer

Amy Mayer

CEO, Founder, friEdTechnology
Amy Mayer, the founder of friEdTechnology, is a nationally known speaker and trainer and a veteran public school educator who is a sworn enemy of standardization. friEdTechnology is a Google Professional Development Partner providing professional development and inspiration for educators... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M207

10:50am CST

Introduction to Windows 10
Limited Capacity filling up

An introduction to Microsoft's most recent operating system

Speakers
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Pat Bartlett

Lake Travis Independent School District


Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Computer Lab - M319

10:50am CST

Schoology Rubrics: Can we build them? Yes, we can!
Limited Capacity seats available

Rubrics are valuable to teachers and students. Schoology recognizes this and has capabilities that allow you to build your own, provide individual feedback, and share with other teachers. If you have a sample you would like to enter, bring it! If not, come join the fun anyway! You know you want to!

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Hill

Cathy Hill

CURRICULUM DESIGNER, Lake Travis ISD
Like most of you, I would classify myself as a teacher and a learner, not necessarily in that order. I taught math for more than twenty years before becoming an instructional coach with the district five years ago. I have the privilege of collaborating with secondary math teachers... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M320

10:50am CST

Student and Educator Portfolios in Schoology
Limited Capacity seats available

Introductory session on the use portfolios in Schoology. Both students and educators need to communicate their achievements and to reflect on what they learn. Portfolios provide them with the ability to quickly and easily collect, organize, and share their work with others.

Speakers
avatar for Marisa Mejia

Marisa Mejia

Digital Media Specialist, Lake Travis High School (LTISD)
I am someone who seeks out utilizing technology as a tool to make the educator's work like simpler, more streamlined, and efficient so that we can all be more present in the classroom. Creating meaningful learning experiences for the educator and the learner.
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Samuel Wideman

T-HS ENGINEERING, Lake Travis High School


Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Computer Lab - M220

10:50am CST

Supporting English Language Learners
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In this session, we will share strategies for supporting language acquisition in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Shoemate

Christina Shoemate

T-ELEM INSTR SUP ESL, Lake Travis ISD
Christina Shoemate is an ESL Specialist in Lake Travis ISD. During her 13 years of experience in education, she has taught elementary and served as an ESL Specialist. She is passionate about serving ESL students and working with teachers to help them find practical and effective strategies... Read More →
avatar for Alex Thompson

Alex Thompson

ESL Specialist, Lake Travis Independent School District
I enjoy supporting English Language Learners, their teachers and parents. I am also enjoying being a Spanish and Italian language learner in my freetime.


Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M119

10:50am CST

Teaching with Love and Logic
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PBIS aligned positive behavioral interventions and supports for teachers

Speakers
avatar for JoAnn Bryan

JoAnn Bryan

COUNSELOR, Hudson Bend Middle School
I have been in education for 25 years. I have taught 2nd/3rd grade. I was a Reading Recovery teacher and PBIS coach and this is my 17th year as a counselor.
avatar for Amanda Prehn

Amanda Prehn

Principal, Bee Cave Middle School



Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M208

10:50am CST

Weeding out Fact from Fiction: How to talk Credibly about Potential Dangers of MJ & Other Drug Use
Limited Capacity seats available

Peer-driven messaging regarding regular marijuana use too often understates the potential dangers to the user, while society driven drug prevention messaging tends to overstate marijuana health dangers. The result of such mixed messaging has created a lack of trust in what to believe. This Workshop will highlight important science-based prevention principles as a backdrop and focus to significantly raise the overall ‘Marijuana, and other Drug IQ’ throughout the school student mentoring environment. The dangers of regular marijuana use, within the backdrop of learning a health-based understanding of brain ecology, our internal cannabinoid system, changing medical marijuana laws, legitimate and overstated health risk claims connected to increased THC content, K-2, cancer and psychosis risks will be addressed.

Speakers
avatar for Pete Katz

Pete Katz

Pedro Gatos Institute on Addiction, Health & Social Theory
2018 Bio-Brief: Pete Katz, LCDC, ADC Level III, ICADC Pgatos00@gmail.com; 512-264-3126, c-512-560-8380 Born in Austin and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Pete, became Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADAC) in 1985 For the past 30+ years Pete has has... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M123

10:50am CST

Service and Leadership
Limited Capacity full

Team building and group dynamics activities to help foster classroom management, and acceptance led by Lake Travis PAL students.

Speakers
avatar for Travis Rendon

Travis Rendon

T-HS PALS, Lake Travis High School


Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M115

10:50am CST

Reading Our World
Limited Capacity seats available

In this short session, we will analyze various art genres (writing modes like literary, historical, scientific; paintings, photos, and film) for the DEC elements. Why? To see that they exist wherever we look; to help students to see that they exist wherever they look.

Speakers
avatar for Tara Banton

Tara Banton

Instructional Coach, Lake Travis ISD
Tara is an Instructional Coach at the secondary level in LTISD. Prior to becoming a coach, she taught at LTHS for 14 years. Tara's teaching experience ranges from working with struggling writers and at-risk students to teaching Humanities, on-level Englishes 1, 2, and 4, Pre-AP English... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M316

10:50am CST

Creating assessments in Eduphoria
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn how to do quick keys in Eduphoria and create team tests aligned to TEKS. If time allows we will look at the test banks that are also available. Come prepared to enter an assessment that you plan on giving to your students.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Burbank

Kathy Burbank

Director, Lake Travis ISD
Kathy joined Lake Travis ISD in May 2007. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Texas followed by a Master of Education degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Houston. She previously worked at the Education Service Center Region... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Science Lab M311

10:50am CST

Tap & Think Reading Strategies
Limited Capacity full

Tap & Think Reading features explicit methods for comprehension and recalling reading selections. Teachers will walk away with strategies to share with students right away.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Budai

Stephanie Budai

Community Programs Coordinator, Community Programs
avatar for Erika Powers

Erika Powers

T-ELEM GRADE 3, Bee Cave Elementary
Fourth grade Reading/Language Arts is a challenging and rewarding area to teach. I'm a word nerd and am not embarrassed to geek out in front of the kids. I'm not embarrassed to fail in front of them, either. It's good for students to see that enthusiasm doesn't wait on mastery.


Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M107

10:50am CST

How I designed self-differentiating assessments (and how my students gamified them!)
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I will demonstrate three Schoology-integrated, online, interactive learning games that I programmed for my Latin students. (My students actually get credit for the design elements that make these games instead of mere activities... their feedback was crucial!) These games combine instruction, formative assessment, summative assessment, data collection, and student engagement into one seamless activity. Attendees will be able to play the games on their own iPads/laptops/phones and the natural diversity of "game play styles" among the attendees will serve as the demonstration of how these activities self-differentiate. If the attendees are interested and if time allows, I'll describe how I work backwards from a learning objective to an activity design. In the session materials, I'll share a cross-section of data showing how actual Latin students with different learning styles were equally successful without being given prescribed procedures for "winning" the games. The session will not cover *programming* itself, but I'm willing to collaborate with colleagues after the conference if they'd like to build an application of their own.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Aguirre

Shannon Aguirre

T-HS LATIN, Lake Travis High School
I enjoy discussing differentiation, authentic assessment, deep learning, student-centered classrooms, paperless classrooms, gamification/interactivity, and intrinsic motivation. In addition to classical Latin, I love to tinker with technology and I'm self-taught in web design, CSS... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Computer Lab - M321

10:50am CST

Biometric Screenings – Interactive Health
Free Biometric Screenings/Health Evaluation: Make an appointment (use this link https://www.hsscreeningreg.com/login.php with login instructions attached below). Or, walk-in for your free onsite preventive health evaluation/consultation. The evaluation includes: total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, total cholesterol/HDL ratio, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides - for fasting participants only, glucose, blood pressure, height & weight, waist circumference – all in less than 20 minutes! Fasting is defined as nothing to eat or drink except water for at least 8 hours. You should drink plenty of water and take your medications as prescribed.


Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M122

10:50am CST

Time Management
Limited Capacity full

Time Management (EAP): Watching our work pile up can be overwhelming. In order to spend more of our energy on activities we value, we have to make choices about how we address our daily tasks. This seminar will help you assess your current time management habits, and offer tips for improving them. The objectives of this session as to develop an effective plan, not just a To Do list, delegating effectively and recognizing and avoiding distractions.


Thursday February 16, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M201

1:30pm CST

Empathy and Real World Bully Response
Limited Capacity full

A introduction to the VITAL task of developing empathy in your students, and an attempt to demystifying the "right" way to respond to bullying behavior.

Speakers
avatar for Tara Chill

Tara Chill

Special Education Aid, Lake Pointe Elementary (LTISD)
This is my 6th year working in LTISD. After spending 5 years teaching technical theatre at LTHS, I switched gears and began pursuing a career in Special Education. I have since been working as an Sped aid at LPE, and in December I earned my special education certification. At the... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Classroom M123

1:30pm CST

Academic > SHIFT > Authentic
Limited Capacity filling up

Challenge yourself to shift from planning academic experiences for students in your classroom to designing authentic experiences for learners in the world. Participating in an authentic task will create an experience that will challenge your thinking around what next week’s lesson plans might look like.

Speakers
avatar for Craig Bennett

Craig Bennett

Education Consultant, Advance Learning Partnerships
There is nothing I enjoy more than talking about teaching and learning. I believe that if you don't ask great questions, you do not get great answers. Students want authentic experiences, not academic ones.


Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Classroom M111

1:30pm CST

Self Injurious Behaviorals in Adolescents
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This session will discuss various reasons adolescents and children self harm as a mechanism of coping. Discussions around the addiction of self injurious behavior and treatment options will be explored.



Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Classroom M117

1:30pm CST

Intro to Social Media in Education
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Take an introductory look into the world of social media. We'll discuss different social media platforms, ways to use them to enrich the educational experience you're providing and tools and tips to help you succeed.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Siscaretti

Nicole Siscaretti

Blogger & Designer | Social Media Educator, SparklyEverAfter.com
You can find me teaching Intro to Social Media, Facebook for Business and Instagram for Business online to college students and adult learners. I write a magical blog at SparklyEverAfter.com. I'm a creative entrepreneur who lives to inspire. My Etsy shop, SparklyEverAfterShop.com... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Classroom M210

1:30pm CST

Co-Teaching with Confidence
Limited Capacity full

Do you need help addressing the challenges of co-teaching? Participants attending this session will gain the knowledge of how and when to implement the six co-teaching approaches and to best utilize two professionals in one classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Midge Simmons

Midge Simmons

Coordinator of Special Services, Lake Travis ISD



Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Classroom M119

1:30pm CST

Creating Accommodated Assessments
Limited Capacity full

Providing accommodations (changes in how a student learns and shows what he/she knows) can be challenging. This workshop will explore examples of accommodations for students with disabilities and how to easily incorporate those accommodations during your assessment development with readily available tools. Participants will learn to merge two great tools, Schoology and Google Extensions, to create assessments that meet the needs of your students and provide you with time saving measures.

Speakers
avatar for Lena Nel

Lena Nel

Assistive Technology Specialist, Lake Travis ISD (LTISD)
Lena Nel is the Assistive Technology Specialist for LTISD. She joined the Special Education department in the fall of 2016. She is passionate about helping teachers and students identify and implement solutions to support being life-long learners. Lena holds a B.S. from Sam Houston... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Computer Lab - M321

1:30pm CST

Fostering Independence and Fading Supports for Students with Disabilities
Limited Capacity full

This session will assist special education teachers and all administrators understand how to help students with disabilities become more independent and fade supports.

Moderators
avatar for Midge Simmons

Midge Simmons

Coordinator of Special Services, Lake Travis ISD

Speakers


Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Classroom M212

1:30pm CST

Innovative ideas to keep PE classes vigorously active
Limited Capacity full

Join Elementary and Middle School P.E. teachers learn about innovative ways keep our large PE classes vigorously active. We will discuss ideas to help you differentiate various PE skills so that learners of all levels will stay active. Come ready to learn new games and warm-ups. I will share the various apps and You Tube channels as well as my favorite new games. Be ready to share some of your new favorites and your take-aways from TAPHERD too! We will take a look at our second semester Physical Education and Health TEKS to brainstorm innovative ways to keep our students active and healthy.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Zibilski

Danielle Zibilski

T-ELEM PE, Serene Hills Elementary
I have been teaching for 13 years and this is my 5th year teaching Physical Education at Serene Hills Elementary.


Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Classroom M211

1:30pm CST

Finding, Using, and Creating Intellectual Property in the Digital Age
Limited Capacity seats available

In the 21st Century, digital resources are easy to find, copy, and share. That’s both a convenience and a challenge for teachers and students. Explore ways to find and use intellectual property in a variety of formats that you and your students can use in your classroom. Encourage students to license their own intellectual property as a means to communicate and collaborate in a global information community.

Speakers

Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Classroom M110

1:30pm CST

Keeping Students in the ZONE
Limited Capacity full

Holding students accountable for their own data driven learning.

Speakers
avatar for Kailey Arrivo-Scheffke

Kailey Arrivo-Scheffke

4th Grade Teacher, West Cypress Hills Elementary
4th grade teacher passionate about student-centered learning.
avatar for Ashley Gallenkamp

Ashley Gallenkamp

T-ELEM GRADE 4, West Cypress Hills Elementary
4TH GRADE TEACHER, PASSIONATE ABOUT STUDENT SUCCESS-SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL & ACADEMIC SUCCESS
avatar for Ashley Graham

Ashley Graham

4th Grade Teacher, West Cypress Hills Elementary
4th grade teacher focused on meeting each individual student at their ability level.


Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Classroom M115

1:30pm CST

Teaching Practices that Grow Students’ “C’s”
Limited Capacity filling up

There are so many different “hows” that can lead to “the big why” of causing student learning - which are the best? This session will focus on exploring a variety of practices that help students develop skills as lifelong learners while identifying methods for moving toward the routine use of these practices within the classroom.

Speakers

Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Science Lab M312

1:30pm CST

Writing Aware
Limited Capacity seats available

We often think of writing instruction in terms of the latest writing program. In tandem with that perspective is the mindset that there can only be one philosophical approach to teaching writing. This either/or thinking attempts simplify a very complex art form and approaches to teaching it. What if we shift that mindset and begin to see that writing, in fact, is convergence of many skills and attitudes? We will take a look at and explore what it takes to create a "writer mindset."

Speakers
avatar for Tara Banton

Tara Banton

Instructional Coach, Lake Travis ISD
Tara is an Instructional Coach at the secondary level in LTISD. Prior to becoming a coach, she taught at LTHS for 14 years. Tara's teaching experience ranges from working with struggling writers and at-risk students to teaching Humanities, on-level Englishes 1, 2, and 4, Pre-AP English... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Classroom M316

1:30pm CST

Problem Solving in K-3 Math? Not a Problem!
Limited Capacity full

Looking for ways to spark student interest in math through extended thinking? Want to engage students in open-ended, mathematical problem solving through stories, posters, mini-lessons, and centers? Then, this session is for you! Come join me as we explore Number Talks and Context for Learning Mathematics resources that will challenge and intrigue your students.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Collier

Sarah Collier

Learning and Teaching Coach, Lake Travis ISD
Sarah worked as an instructional coach the past four years in Frisco ISD. In that role, she has been an ELAR Curriculum writer, facilitated PLC’s and vertical teams and presented a variety of reading, writing and math professional developments. Before coaching, Sarah was a reading... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Classroom M318

1:30pm CST

Who You Gonna Call: The Lawyer!
Limited Capacity full

In this interactive session, Amber King, General Counsel for LTISD, will answer LTISD's top 10 legal questions asked over the last year such as "Does the campus have to provide an interpreter for after-school events" and "Am I even allowed to say Merry Christmas anymore?" The answers to these questions and more will help all district employees be more knowledgeable and prepared when the same or similar issues arise in the future.

Speakers
avatar for Amber King

Amber King

General Counsel, Lake Travis ISD
As General Counsel, Amber advises the District on a variety of legal matters and compliance issues including employment and personnel, special education, student and parent rights, student discipline, complaints and grievances, contracts, public information requests, and much mor... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Classroom M118

1:30pm CST

Dealing with Difficult
Limited Capacity full

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Beninga

Melanie Beninga

PRINCIPAL, West Cypress Hills Elementary
avatar for April Glenn

April Glenn

Principal, Serene Hills Elementary (LTISD)


Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Classroom M109

1:30pm CST

Google with Schoology
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Use Google to streamline your Schoology page. Quickly update student and parent classroom information in one place. Also, some on using Google Slides, Sheets, Docs, and Calendar.

Speakers
avatar for David Garcia

David Garcia

Teacher, Lake Travis Elementary School
David Garcia has been successfully integrating technology and education for the last 10 years.
avatar for Marla Retano

Marla Retano

T-MS LANGUAGE ARTS, Lake Travis Middle School
Marla is a 14-year elementary and middle school teacher and an Air Force veteran. She is data-driven and a strong proponent of the Learner Centric Model.



Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Computer Lab - M209

1:30pm CST

Vertical Alignment of Secondary Life Skills
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This session will focus on crucial information needed to be shared and discussed between Secondary Life Skills programs and related staff. Discussion will focus on vertical alignment between the Life Skill Programs at the Middle Schools and High School.

Speakers
avatar for Erika Musick

Erika Musick

T-HS SPED, Lake Travis High School
I currently teach special education at Lake Travis High School, my 15th year in education. I am passionate about the time I spend teaching students in the Life Skills setting and Functional academic classes. I aim my focus on providing instruction that will meet the individual needs... Read More →
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Kristy Quigley

Special Ed Department Chair and Transition Coordinator, Lake Travis High School
I have been a special education teacher for 33 years, working in 3 different districts: Cypress Fairbanks ISD in Houston, Eanes ISD, and Lake Travis. I have a master's degree in Special Education from UT Austin, and I've been at LTHS for 17 years. A few years ago I became the Transition... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Classroom M116

1:30pm CST

Virtual Reality & Interactive Webinars Globally Connect Classrooms
Limited Capacity full

Want to take your class on a field trip without budget and transportation hassles? Virtual Reality in the classroom and interactive webinars may be just what you need! Participants will sample Virtual Reality through the NYT VR app (please load it on your phone before the session), the interactive webinar platform Nepris, and discuss classroom applications that take education into memorable, experiential realms of possibility.

Speakers
avatar for Marisa Mejia

Marisa Mejia

Digital Media Specialist, Lake Travis High School (LTISD)
I am someone who seeks out utilizing technology as a tool to make the educator's work like simpler, more streamlined, and efficient so that we can all be more present in the classroom. Creating meaningful learning experiences for the educator and the learner.
avatar for Elizabeth Stearns

Elizabeth Stearns

LIBRARIAN, Lake Travis High School
Lake Travis High School, Library Learning Commons, Authentic Learning, Digital Literacy, Print & Digital Resource Access & Equity, Bibliotherapy, Research Skills, Gaming, MakerSpaces, DJing, Guitars in Libraries, Volunteering, Environmental Activism, Reading & Neuroplasticity



Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Digital Media Center M221

1:30pm CST

Trauma-Informed Care: Tools of Hope for the Classroom
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Learn how your knowledge of Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma-Informed Care and Developmental Assets can be used to develop a classroom culture of hope and support, while offering strategies for managing day-to-day challenges of student behavior.

Speakers

Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Classroom M105

1:30pm CST

Can We Talk About Failure?
Limited Capacity seats available

Failure is a natural part of the learning process and a healthy classroom should have a lot of it.

How many communications have you received from parents and/or students in the past 48 hours? How many of those communications have focused purely on your content area and class objectives? How many of those communications have focused on dissatisfaction with GRADES? How often do you find yourself problem-solving the 9 weeks average with a student rather than the student's skill development?

I will present a theory that failure has become pathologized and that we sometimes add to the pathology, even while trying to assist struggling or frustrated students.

I will present an alternate model of what it means to be a successful student and share some strategies that I use to assess within my model while still working within a traditional 0-100 grading scale.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Aguirre

Shannon Aguirre

T-HS LATIN, Lake Travis High School
I enjoy discussing differentiation, authentic assessment, deep learning, student-centered classrooms, paperless classrooms, gamification/interactivity, and intrinsic motivation. In addition to classical Latin, I love to tinker with technology and I'm self-taught in web design, CSS... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Classroom M310 Theatre Arts

1:30pm CST

Number Talks
Limited Capacity full

Do your students approach mathematics procedurally or conceptually? Discover how adding a 5 minute number talk to your class routine can increase critical skills of number sense and fluency, building a strong foundation for conceptual understanding. Number talks are easy to incorporate, practical, and especially relevant for grades 4-10.

Speakers
avatar for Letitia Chaheine

Letitia Chaheine

T-MS MATH, Hudson Bend Middle School
I'm a Math Teacher
avatar for Suzanne Hubbart

Suzanne Hubbart

T-HS MATH, Lake Travis High School



Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Classroom M114

1:30pm CST

Google Magic: Is it an Illusion, or is it Real?
Limited Capacity full

Don't miss the Google Magic Show with Amy Mayer of friEdTechnology. You won't believe your eyes, or can you? Only you can decide whether these Google tools, add-ons, extensions and more are too good to be believed . . . or not.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Mayer

Amy Mayer

CEO, Founder, friEdTechnology
Amy Mayer, the founder of friEdTechnology, is a nationally known speaker and trainer and a veteran public school educator who is a sworn enemy of standardization. friEdTechnology is a Google Professional Development Partner providing professional development and inspiration for educators... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Classroom M207

1:30pm CST

Worksheet Free, Yea That's Me
Limited Capacity full

This session will demonstrate 10 writing grammar games that are appropriate for 2-5 grade language arts teachers to use with their students. Why resort to Daily Oral Language passages and work sheets that do not lead to mastery of grammar rules, when you can teach fun, engaging, games that can be utilized all year long.

Speakers
avatar for Deanna McParland

Deanna McParland

Principal, Bee Cave Elementary (LTISD)
Hi. I recently went to a workshop with some of my fourth grade teachers at BCE and thought the materials they presented were fantastic. I wanted to share some of the ideas that were suggested at the Learning Together Conference. The biggest take away, is most of the ideas that... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Classroom M121

1:30pm CST

Effective Formative Assessment with Google Tools
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Assessment that informs teaching is a critical element for success in any classroom, but the monster of time often gets in the way of this effective strategy. Let's discuss some effective ways to quickly assess whether our teaching strategies are working using Google tools. 

Speakers
avatar for Cari Orts

Cari Orts

Associate, Fried Technology
Cari is a former Instructional Technologist at Marble Falls I.S.D. She holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has taught for over 14 years. She has earned the name "The project Queen" because enjoys planning projects that allow multiple age groups to collaborate... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Classroom M206

1:30pm CST

Making Learning Sticky
Limited Capacity full

Modern lesson design should be engaging and empowering for students. This session looks at some strategies that bring this into reality. Come discuss how to make learning connected, relevant, engaging, and memorable. 

Speakers
avatar for Robert Dillion

Robert Dillion

Director of Innovative Learning, School District of University City
Dr. Robert Dillon has served as an educational leader in a number of public schools throughout the Saint Louis area over the last twenty years as a teacher, principal, and director of innovation. Dr. Dillon has a passion to change the educational landscape by building excellent engaging... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Classroom M112

1:30pm CST

TEKS Centered Learning in MS Math
Limited Capacity seats available

An open discussion on tying our teaching directly to the TEKS in order to increase student awareness and personal responsibility for state math standards. My own adventures (and misadventures) in changing my lessons to focus directly on each TEKS, which include determining how to best modify and accommodate for special needs while staying true to the content, will be offered as starting points for discussion and brainstorming how our teaching can and should evolve with our students' needs while assuring the opportunity to learn grade level content.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Ingber

Lauren Ingber

T-MS SPED, Hudson Bend Middle School



Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Classroom M106

1:30pm CST

Programming robots for beginners
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn to use the Scratch Programming language to control a Finch Robot. Use the keyboard to control its movement and beak color and avoid obstacles.

Speakers
avatar for Nikki Hendricks

Nikki Hendricks

T-HS COMPUTER SCI, Lake Travis High School
Nikki Hendricks is in her second year at LTHS and is teaching Fundamentals of Computer Science and AP Computer Science Principles. Both courses allow students to discover the creativity and fun of Computer Science! Ms. Hendricks started working in LTISD in 2007. For 8 years... Read More →
avatar for Lori Wristers

Lori Wristers

T-HS COMPUTER SCI, Lake Travis High School
I have a degree in Computer Science and was a Software Engineer for 10 years before I started teaching. I now teach AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, and Advanced Computer Science. I love problem solving and finding ways programming can make jobs better.


Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Computer Lab - M220

1:30pm CST

Biometric Screenings – Interactive Health
Free Biometric Screenings/Health Evaluation: Make an appointment (use this link https://www.hsscreeningreg.com/login.php with login instructions attached below). Or, walk-in for your free onsite preventive health evaluation/consultation. The evaluation includes: total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, total cholesterol/HDL ratio, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides - for fasting participants only, glucose, blood pressure, height & weight, waist circumference – all in less than 20 minutes! Fasting is defined as nothing to eat or drink except water for at least 8 hours. You should drink plenty of water and take your medications as prescribed.


Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Classroom M122

1:30pm CST

Ditch the Diets: It's Not All About the Food
Limited Capacity filling up

Based on my book of the same name published March 1, 2017. Differentiate between dieting myths and truths and learn why achieving weight loss and good health is Not All About the Food and what it IS about. In her book, Ditch the Diets, Scoblick clarifies nutrition advice, differentiates between clinical evidence and food industry miracle marketing. In her book she helps you frame your reality and create a clear vision, and highlights life’s most important treasures such as your relationships and living the life you have imagined. She helps readers close the gap between where they are today, and where they want to be—starting now.

Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Scoblick

Kathryn Scoblick

Owner/Certified Health and Wellness Coach, VITAS Healthcare & Health Inspires Austin
Kathryn Scoblick is the author, speaker and owner of Health Inspires in Austin where she works as a health and wellness coach, helping people master their well-being. She is employed by VITAS Healthcare, the leading hospice services company putting patients and families first.



Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Classroom M108

1:30pm CST

How to Save a Life
Limited Capacity full

Learn compression-only CPR (the newest protocol); know what to do if someone is choking; remember the signs of anaphylaxis; see how to spot a stroke. These tools will help YOU save a life anywhere, any time.

*** Please note: This class will be taught by the district's nurses.

Speakers
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Margaret Freudenburg

NURSE, Lake Pointe Elementary


Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Library Tables/Workspace

1:30pm CST

Workplace Stress Management
Limited Capacity full

Stress certainly appears to be an inescapable element of modern life. This training challenges you to identify what stresses you out, the symptoms it may be causing, and the best methods to overcome it. Topics include: Evaluating how we experience stress Examining where our stress stems from Unhealthy ways we cope with stress Helpful stress management strategies


Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
Classroom M201

2:45pm CST

Accepting the Challenge: Becoming a Special Education Teacher
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you ready to take the next step and become the teacher?  This session will provide an overview of moving from a paraprofessional role to the role of the special education teacher, certification requirements, and program options for attaining the certification. 


Speakers
avatar for Laura Abbott

Laura Abbott

DIR SPEC SERVICES, Lake Travis ISD
Dr. Abbott began her career in public education in 1996, serving as a special education teacher with the Fort Stockton and Killeen school districts. After a brief tenure with the Gatesville school district as a teacher in the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities, she served... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Tamey Williams-Hill

Dr. Tamey Williams-Hill

Director Human Resource Services, Lake Travis ISD
I love, love, love working with students, families, and pre-service teachers. Over the past 15 years in education, I have served the students of Texas as a secondary teacher and campus and district administrator. Much of my work has been centered around access and equity for children... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Classroom M208

2:45pm CST

Building a Positive Classroom Environment through Music
Limited Capacity full

Do music and social skills go hand in hand? Of course! Come see how elementary music students in LTISD are using their music curriculum to bring students of all backgrounds and abilities together. Next, we will focus on ways teachers of other disciplines can use music to create a positive environment in the classroom. 

Speakers
avatar for Mari Brunson

Mari Brunson

Music Teacher, Lake Pointe Elementary (LTISD)
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Daniel Davis

T-ELEM MUSIC, Bee Cave Elementary



Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Classroom M118

2:45pm CST

Managing Challenging Behaviors In The Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

We will examine effective behavioral management strategies that teachers can utilize in the classroom from early learners through students preparing for graduation.     

Speakers
avatar for Aimee French

Aimee French

BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST, Lake Travis ISD



Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Classroom M107

2:45pm CST

Easy Ways to Build Community and Add Structure
Limited Capacity full

Happy Students = A Happy Teacher!  Learn simple routines you can incorporate into your daily schedule to build community and add structure at the same time. 

*Geared towards elementary teachers


Speakers
AP

Amy Paci

T-ELEM GRADE 2, Bee Cave Elementary


Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Classroom M109

2:45pm CST

Planning by Choosing to Decide What’s Most Important
Limited Capacity full

As educators, our plates are full. Pulled in seemingly different directions by national and state initiatives as well as our own internal compasses, how do we decide how best to act in service of those we support? By exploring a variety of decision-making models and applying them to both personal and professional lives, participants will develop in their abilities for prioritization in planning and getting things done.

Speakers

Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Science Lab M312

2:45pm CST

Advanced Social Media in Education
Limited Capacity full

You know how to use some social media sites. Let's take it to the next level. Get inspired with ideas for creative content, tips for taking better photos and creating images with what you already own and pro tips for making the most of your time online.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Siscaretti

Nicole Siscaretti

Blogger & Designer | Social Media Educator, SparklyEverAfter.com
You can find me teaching Intro to Social Media, Facebook for Business and Instagram for Business online to college students and adult learners. I write a magical blog at SparklyEverAfter.com. I'm a creative entrepreneur who lives to inspire. My Etsy shop, SparklyEverAfterShop.com... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Classroom M210

2:45pm CST

Designing Innovative Learning Spaces
Limited Capacity full

As we continue to change the way that students acquire knowledge and experiences in our classrooms, it is essential to grow our learning spaces into modern places that encourage energy, inquiry, and discovery. Join us for a great conversation and workshop about how to begin this process. 

Speakers
avatar for Robert Dillion

Robert Dillion

Director of Innovative Learning, School District of University City
Dr. Robert Dillon has served as an educational leader in a number of public schools throughout the Saint Louis area over the last twenty years as a teacher, principal, and director of innovation. Dr. Dillon has a passion to change the educational landscape by building excellent engaging... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Classroom M112

2:45pm CST

Fostering Independence and Fading Supports for Students with Disabilities
Limited Capacity full

This session will assist special education teachers and all administrators understand how to help students with disabilities become more independent and fade supports.

Moderators
avatar for Midge Simmons

Midge Simmons

Coordinator of Special Services, Lake Travis ISD

Speakers


Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Classroom M212

2:45pm CST

Special Ed in the PE Classroom: What's My Role?
Limited Capacity filling up

A facilitated conversation for PE teachers and paraprofessionals who work with students in the PE classroom to discuss the best ways help our Special Education students.

Speakers
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Madilyn Cook

PE/Health Teacher and MS Coach, Lake Travis Middle School
This is my fourth year at LTMS as a PE/Health teacher and Girls Athletics Coach. Prior to LTMS I was an Inclusion teacher and coach at Huffman Hargrave HS.
avatar for Marisa Schuller

Marisa Schuller

Adapted Physical Educator, Lake Travis ISD
I am a Certified Adapted Physical Educator with experience in Houston, Denton, and Fort Worth. I also taught Lifeskills in Houston. In LTISD, I provide APE services at all schools and am the Head of Delegation for our Special Olympics teams.


Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Classroom M211

2:45pm CST

Working Smarter, Not Harder: Using available tools to create accommodated assessments
Limited Capacity seats available

Providing accommodations (changes in how a student learns and shows what he/she knows) can be challenging. This workshop will explore examples of accommodations for students with disabilities and how to easily incorporate those accommodations during your assessment development with readily available tools. Participants will learn to merge two great tools, Schoology and Google Extensions, to create assessments that meet the needs of your students and provide you with time saving measures.

Speakers
avatar for Lena Nel

Lena Nel

Assistive Technology Specialist, Lake Travis ISD (LTISD)
Lena Nel is the Assistive Technology Specialist for LTISD. She joined the Special Education department in the fall of 2016. She is passionate about helping teachers and students identify and implement solutions to support being life-long learners. Lena holds a B.S. from Sam Houston... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Computer Lab - M321

2:45pm CST

Making ARDs parent friendly
Limited Capacity filling up

How to create an environment in the ARD setting that allows for a stronger relationship between parents and the school.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel England

Rachel England

T-MS SPED, Lake Travis Middle School
After graduating from LTISD years ago (!), I knew there was no place I'd rather be teaching! I have worked in this district as substitute, instructional aide, general education teacher, and special education teacher. I also have a child at Lake Travis High School, so I have experience... Read More →
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Brandi Hardee

AIDE-SPED LEVEL 2, Lake Travis Middle School
Most paraprofessionals do not get the opportunity to addend ARDS. This year, I have had the privilege of sitting in on the process. My hope for this workshop is to share my experience.
avatar for Erika Musick

Erika Musick

T-HS SPED, Lake Travis High School
I currently teach special education at Lake Travis High School, my 15th year in education. I am passionate about the time I spend teaching students in the Life Skills setting and Functional academic classes. I aim my focus on providing instruction that will meet the individual needs... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Classroom M116

2:45pm CST

Schoology Best Practices for Intermediate to Advanced Users
Limited Capacity full

We will explore the "Why" of Schoology, then this rapid fire session will introduce intermediate to advanced Schoology users to some best-practices for extending the power of the platform. We will explore the new document viewer, completion rules, master reports, question banks, digital badges, and grading groups. Here is a link to the presentation

Speakers
avatar for Chasity Beatty

Chasity Beatty

Elementary Instructional Coach, Lake Travis ISD
This is my 7th year in the district. I spent my first 6 years in the classroom, and this is my first year as an instructional coach! I have more experience in math & science, but also love upper elementary reading and language arts. I am constantly reading-blogs, books, twitter- to... Read More →
avatar for Mary Carnes

Mary Carnes

T-MS SCIENCE, Bee Cave Middle School
avatar for Carl McLendon

Carl McLendon

DIR OF LEARN/TEACH, Lake Travis ISD
Carl McLendon is the Director of Learning & Teaching - Secondary Schools for LTISD. He joined the C&I department in the summer of 2013 after 10 years as a teacher and technologist at Lake Travis High School. He is passionate about helping teachers and students navigate the intersection... Read More →
avatar for Jenn Monshaugen

Jenn Monshaugen

7th Grade ELA, Bee Cave Middle School
I teach 7th grade at Bee Cave Middle School. I started my career in 2000 teaching 2nd grade at Lake Travis Elementary. When LTE was closed because of mold I was relocated to BCE for a year. I took some time off to raise my children and returned to BCE 2nd grade in 2010. I also taught... Read More →
avatar for Dana Schrader

Dana Schrader

Instructional Coach, Lake Travis ISD
I love to find creative ways to guide kids in to learning!
avatar for Joel Stuemke

Joel Stuemke

1st Grade, Bee Cave Elementary
I am a 1st Grade teacher at Bee Cave Elem. I joined BCE in 2011 after teaching in Nacogdoches, Fort Worth, and San Antonio.I'm passionate about my students and their education. To help my students succeed, and to help prepare them for the technological world in which they will work... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Recital Hall M307

2:45pm CST

Spice It Up!
Limited Capacity full

Whether you are a new teacher or one with years of experience, sometimes you feel like your lessons are a bit bland. You may feel like you are serving pretty much the same “dish” in pretty much the same manner on a daily basis. You want to increase the flavor! Come get innovative ideas--protocols, ice breakers, warm-ups, exit tickets and other strategies--to add spice to your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Collier

Sarah Collier

Learning and Teaching Coach, Lake Travis ISD
Sarah worked as an instructional coach the past four years in Frisco ISD. In that role, she has been an ELAR Curriculum writer, facilitated PLC’s and vertical teams and presented a variety of reading, writing and math professional developments. Before coaching, Sarah was a reading... Read More →
avatar for Cathy Hill

Cathy Hill

CURRICULUM DESIGNER, Lake Travis ISD
Like most of you, I would classify myself as a teacher and a learner, not necessarily in that order. I taught math for more than twenty years before becoming an instructional coach with the district five years ago. I have the privilege of collaborating with secondary math teachers... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Classroom M320

2:45pm CST

You Are What You Eat, So Choose Wisely
Limited Capacity filling up

Spend time exploring the world of the entrepreneurial spirit. Answer the question, What skills do my students need to thrive in in a start-up culture? Not only see authentic learning experiences but TASTE them! The New Primal is an up-and-coming healthy food brand striving to put quality products in your body. Maybe you will leave teaching primal!

Speakers
avatar for Craig Bennett

Craig Bennett

Education Consultant, Advance Learning Partnerships
There is nothing I enjoy more than talking about teaching and learning. I believe that if you don't ask great questions, you do not get great answers. Students want authentic experiences, not academic ones.



Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Classroom M111

2:45pm CST

Harry Potter and the Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504
Limited Capacity seats available

Putting “Harry Potter and the…” before any presentation makes it even MORE interesting, right? 

 

Come join us as we discuss scenarios, “what if” questions, and practical guidance for you to take back to your classrooms based on the Office of Civil Rights’ guidance document issued in December, 2016.  

 

The resource guide can be found here:  https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/504-resource-guide-201612.pdf  Copies will not be provided at the training.



Speakers
avatar for Krystie Griffin

Krystie Griffin

Intervention Services Coordinator, Lake Travis ISD
Krystie began her career in 1996 in a 2 high school district southwest of the Houston area as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. 17 years later, having worked through the process as a parent getting her daughter identified as a student with dyslexia, when the opportunity... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Classroom M121

2:45pm CST

Recording your Lessons and Posting them to Youtube
Limited Capacity full

Did you know that all you need is a microphone and existing software on your computer to record live videos of your lessons? Come learn how to record and post these videos onto youtube to save you time from reteaching lessons to absent students and figuring out lesson plans when you yourself are absent!

Speakers
avatar for Robert Messner

Robert Messner

T-HS MATH, Lake Travis High School
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Dora Rodriguez

Lake Travis High School (LTISD)


Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Classroom M115

2:45pm CST

Video in the Classroon
Limited Capacity filling up

Teachers will learn how to make quick lesson videos to post on schoology for student review, or for when a guest teacher is in their classroom.

Speakers
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Ryan Dann

T-MS MATH, Hudson Bend Middle School
Want to use Schoology to it's fullest potential? Join us to learn how to create tests or quizzes that automatically grade themselves! I have been teaching for 7 years, this is my third at HBMS. Previously I taught middle school in Sunnyvale CA. I attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo... Read More →
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Dan Grey

T-MS MATH, Hudson Bend Middle School


Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Classroom M114

2:45pm CST

Teaching Their Heart
Limited Capacity full

Teaching Their Heart emphasizes addressing education from the inside out. The session focuses on the importance of pedagogy centered on trust, kindness, and positive communication. Participants will be presented with The Noble Dares series and will learn how empathy is a building block to meaningful learning. Last year the session filled up online; feel free to attend if the session is labeled "full" anyway - we'll be standing-room only.

Speakers
avatar for Mo O'Brien

Mo O'Brien

Hudson Bend Middle School (LTISD)
No rapport? No success. Know rapport? Know success. In today's school systems campus success is primarily gauged by test scores, and grade reports often dictate a student's level of achievement. What these numbers do not reveal is whether students have developed a love of learning... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Classroom M310 Theatre Arts

2:45pm CST

Interactive Lesson Plans
Limited Capacity filling up

(1) Format lesson plans in Google with links to TEKS, ELPS, vocabulary, lessons, conceptual refinement, and Quizlet in order to share with teachers and collaborate; (2) ways to share links with students

Speakers
avatar for Kerri Newton

Kerri Newton

Lake Travis Elementary (LTISD)
I have been teaching 4th Grade in Austin for 7 years. I love teaching students to read and write, and engaging students in meaningful ways. I am always learning about technology and love using it in my own classroom.
avatar for Marla Retano

Marla Retano

T-MS LANGUAGE ARTS, Lake Travis Middle School
Marla is a 14-year elementary and middle school teacher and an Air Force veteran. She is data-driven and a strong proponent of the Learner Centric Model.



Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Computer Lab - M209

2:45pm CST

The 411 on CTE TEKS
Limited Capacity seats available

All CTE courses will have new TEKS in the 2017-2018 school year. This session will allow current CTE teachers to crosswalk current to new TEKS and look deeper at instructional strategies that will impact student engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Behnke

Rachel Behnke

College & Career Readiness Coordinator, Lake Travis ISD (LTISD)
Rachel works with the Lake Travis High School Institutes of Study, Career & Technical Education (CTE) Programs, Advisory Boards, and the Austin Community College – College Connections Program. Her position also includes providing leadership for K-12 CTE programs, Institute development... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Classroom M119

2:45pm CST

Writing modes: shifting DEC purpose
Limited Capacity seats available

How are detail, elaboration, and commentary similar yet varied between Expository writing modes such as literary analysis, rhetorical analysis, informational, persuasive, and historical analysis?

Speakers
avatar for Tara Banton

Tara Banton

Instructional Coach, Lake Travis ISD
Tara is an Instructional Coach at the secondary level in LTISD. Prior to becoming a coach, she taught at LTHS for 14 years. Tara's teaching experience ranges from working with struggling writers and at-risk students to teaching Humanities, on-level Englishes 1, 2, and 4, Pre-AP English... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Classroom M316

2:45pm CST

Google Magic: Is it an Illusion, or is it Real?
Limited Capacity filling up

Don't miss the Google Magic Show with Amy Mayer of friEdTechnology. You won't believe your eyes, or can you? Only you can decide whether these Google tools, add-ons, extensions and more are too good to be believed . . . or not.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Mayer

Amy Mayer

CEO, Founder, friEdTechnology
Amy Mayer, the founder of friEdTechnology, is a nationally known speaker and trainer and a veteran public school educator who is a sworn enemy of standardization. friEdTechnology is a Google Professional Development Partner providing professional development and inspiration for educators... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Classroom M207

2:45pm CST

How the TEKS Encourage Critical and Creative Thinking
Limited Capacity seats available

How are you creative? How about your students? TEKS for every grade level and content area encourage students to develop critical and creative thinking skills. Go beyond unpacking standards to uncovering the real-world connections that the TEKS present the encourage authentic instruction that promotes critical and creative thinking.

Speakers

Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Classroom M110

2:45pm CST

Effective Formative Assessment with Google Tools
Limited Capacity seats available

Assessment that informs teaching is a critical element for success in any classroom, but the monster of time often gets in the way of this effective strategy. Let's discuss some effective ways to quickly assess whether our teaching strategies are working using Google tools. 

Speakers
avatar for Cari Orts

Cari Orts

Associate, Fried Technology
Cari is a former Instructional Technologist at Marble Falls I.S.D. She holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has taught for over 14 years. She has earned the name "The project Queen" because enjoys planning projects that allow multiple age groups to collaborate... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Classroom M206

2:45pm CST

Student Centered Creative Thinking
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn methods to inspire students to create work that is based in personal identity, strong technique and research for all levels of art making!

Speakers
avatar for Cha Asokan

Cha Asokan

Lake Travis High School
avatar for Amber Forgey

Amber Forgey

T-HS ART, Lake Travis High School
Amber Forgey was trained at the Kansas City Art Institute, a prestigious 4 year Bachelor of Fine Arts program that has been training artists since 1885. Graduating in 2000 with a degree in Illustration, Amber went on to work as an in-house Illustrator for a publishing company in Austin... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Classroom L136

2:45pm CST

What is a Makerspace?
Limited Capacity seats available

Come explore and try out various activities commonly found in a Makerspace, from low-tech options like Lego challenges, origami, book folding and Contraptions building blocks to high-tech Little Bits and Snap Circuits, robotics, Makey Makeys plus so much more!

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Hooker

Caitlin Hooker

LIBRARIAN, Hudson Bend Middle School
I am working enthusiastically toward blending high tech and low tech within a library setting, promoting reading for pleasure while exploring new technologies!
avatar for Marisa Mejia

Marisa Mejia

Digital Media Specialist, Lake Travis High School (LTISD)
I am someone who seeks out utilizing technology as a tool to make the educator's work like simpler, more streamlined, and efficient so that we can all be more present in the classroom. Creating meaningful learning experiences for the educator and the learner.


Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Digital Media Center M221

2:45pm CST

Biometric Screenings – Interactive Health
Free Biometric Screenings/Health Evaluation: Make an appointment (use this link https://www.hsscreeningreg.com/login.php with login instructions attached below). Or, walk-in for your free onsite preventive health evaluation/consultation. The evaluation includes: total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, total cholesterol/HDL ratio, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides - for fasting participants only, glucose, blood pressure, height & weight, waist circumference – all in less than 20 minutes! Fasting is defined as nothing to eat or drink except water for at least 8 hours. You should drink plenty of water and take your medications as prescribed.


Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Classroom M122

2:45pm CST

Choosing Happiness
Limited Capacity full

More and more, science is telling us that our level of personal satisfaction is linked to our social ties and the way we interact with our community. Aided by new research from the fields of psychology, neurology, biology, and mindfulness, this training will explore techniques to increase the joy in our lives, regardless of the external circumstances. Topics include: Where happiness really comes from The experience and impact of happiness Developing happiness habits


Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Classroom M201

2:45pm CST

The Habits of Happy People
Limited Capacity filling up

Participants completing this new evidence-based program should be able to: identify habits that can lead to meaningful increases in happiness, discuss how happiness can increase resilience to stress, describe how positive thoughts elevate mood and reduce anxiety, name several habits that can enhance happiness, calm the overactive brain, and maintain happiness related habits.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Urban

Christine Urban

PHYSICAL THERAPY, Lake Travis ISD
Physical Therapist for Lake Travis ISD


Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Classroom M105

2:45pm CST

Your Best Self Now
Limited Capacity full

Learn to apply the principles of positive psychology to master your health and wellbeing and reach your full potential. This mind, body, spirit approach to wellbeing will enhance your capacity of love, work and play.

Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Scoblick

Kathryn Scoblick

Owner/Certified Health and Wellness Coach, VITAS Healthcare & Health Inspires Austin
Kathryn Scoblick is the author, speaker and owner of Health Inspires in Austin where she works as a health and wellness coach, helping people master their well-being. She is employed by VITAS Healthcare, the leading hospice services company putting patients and families first.


Thursday February 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
Classroom M108
 
Friday, February 17
 

8:30am CST

LGBTQIA+ 101
Limited Capacity full

Basic information about this special population of students and what they wish we knew. Question and answer period. Representatives from LTHS GSA staff sponsors and more will be speakers.

Speakers
EK

Erin Kelly

T-HS MKTG/BUSINESS, Lake Travis High School
I am a teacher at Lake Travis High School. This will be my 12th year in the classroom. I hope to help implement new SEL strategies and activities for our students and add to our new district PATH Transition Courses.Along with Cathy Gilliland, we've sponsored the Gay Straight Alliance... Read More →



Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Classroom M121

8:30am CST

The Right Use of Power: Intention vs Impact
Limited Capacity full

Explore your power and how you to make the most of it in this entertaining experiential workshop!
In our lives, we move through situations where we are "up" power or "down" power to those around us hour by hour, moment by moment. Learning to fully own our power from either the "up" or "down" position is one key to living a deeply empowered life.
Based on Cedar Barstow's ethics model, this workshop is a brief introduction to the Right Use of Power, the experientially based method for exploring what it means to live with an expanded understanding of our power and how we impact those around us.

Speakers

Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Classroom M119

8:30am CST

Easy Ways to Build Community and Add Structure
Limited Capacity full

Happy Students = A Happy Teacher!  Learn simple routines you can incorporate into your daily schedule to build community and add structure at the same time. 

*Geared towards elementary teachers


Speakers
AP

Amy Paci

T-ELEM GRADE 2, Bee Cave Elementary



Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Classroom M109

8:30am CST

Using improv to engage your students
Limited Capacity full

Participants will learn how to use improvisation techniques to engage students in their classrooms. Nationally known improv artist Jim Doyle will lead you through various techniques to make your class your student's favorite!!!

Speakers
avatar for Jim Doyle

Jim Doyle

Jim Doyle began his professional career as an improviser, actor and director in 1994. Since then he has enjoyed making appearances at improv festivals across America and Canada. Jim has taught improv classes for all ages and ability levels from elementary school students to professional... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Orchestra M407

8:30am CST

Designing Innovative Learning Spaces
Limited Capacity full

As we continue to change the way that students acquire knowledge and experiences in our classrooms, it is essential to grow our learning spaces into modern places that encourage energy, inquiry, and discovery. Join us for a great conversation and workshop about how to begin this process. 

Speakers
avatar for Robert Dillion

Robert Dillion

Director of Innovative Learning, School District of University City
Dr. Robert Dillon has served as an educational leader in a number of public schools throughout the Saint Louis area over the last twenty years as a teacher, principal, and director of innovation. Dr. Dillon has a passion to change the educational landscape by building excellent engaging... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Classroom M112

8:30am CST

Innovative ideas to keep PE classes vigorously active
Limited Capacity filling up

Join Elementary and Middle School P.E. teachers learn about innovative ways keep our large PE classes vigorously active. We will discuss ideas to help you differentiate various PE skills so that learners of all levels will stay active. Come ready to learn new games and warm-ups. I will share the various apps and You Tube channels as well as my favorite new games. Be ready to share some of your new favorites and your take-aways from TAPHERD too! We will take a look at our second semester Physical Education and Health TEKS to brainstorm innovative ways to keep our students active and healthy.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Zibilski

Danielle Zibilski

T-ELEM PE, Serene Hills Elementary
I have been teaching for 13 years and this is my 5th year teaching Physical Education at Serene Hills Elementary.



Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Classroom M211

8:30am CST

Safe, Respectful, and Responsible! Developing School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports for all Students
Limited Capacity full

This session will review key elements in the implementation of tier one Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. Using the Benchmarks of Quality, participants will review critical elements of school-wide PBIS and the necessary elements of successful implementation

Moderators
avatar for Midge Simmons

Midge Simmons

Coordinator of Special Services, Lake Travis ISD

Speakers


Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Classroom M212

8:30am CST

Tier 2 Reading Interventions for Elementary Teachers
Limited Capacity full

We will be displaying some of our favorite interventions and resources for elementary classroom teachers to browse. We will be ready to answer questions and model each intervention as needed.

Speakers
LD

Lonnie Driggers

T-ELEM INSTR SUP LIT, Lakeway Elementary
I'm the dyslexia therapist at LWE. I also do reading intervention with students that aren't dyslexic. Working with all grade and skill levels is fun, challenging, and requires knowing a LOT about reading! I'll try to my best to answer any question you have!
avatar for Diane Tilley

Diane Tilley

T-ELEM INSTR SUP LIT, Bee Cave Elementary
avatar for Shannon Voges

Shannon Voges

Reading Specialist, West Cypress Hills Elementary (LTISD)
I am the Reading and Dyslexia Specialist at WCHE.



Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Classroom M116

8:30am CST

Leader for Life: Connecting the Dots!
Limited Capacity filling up

What creates a 'leader for life?' How do we cultivate academics, leadership accountability and service? Join us in expanding this newly developing district-model that connects the dots to create a picture of graduate success!

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Hassenfratz

Kathleen Hassenfratz

Health and Social Programs, Lake Travis Independent School District
Kathleen joined LTISD in 2005 and is the Health and Social Programs Coordinator. Kathleen earned her Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the University of Texas in Austin and her Master of Education with a major in Counseling and Guidance from Texas State University. She... Read More →
avatar for Mary Patin

Mary Patin

Chief Admn. for Strategic Proj, LAKE TRAVIS ISD
Ms. Patin began her career in Louisiana where she served as an elementary and Gifted and Talented program teacher for seven years. She then moved to the Richardson school district in Texas where she taught in the GT program and served as an assistant principal. Ms. Patin then served... Read More →


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Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Classroom M108

8:30am CST

Finding, Using, and Creating Intellectual Property in the Digital Age
Limited Capacity seats available

In the 21st Century, digital resources are easy to find, copy, and share. That’s both a convenience and a challenge for teachers and students. Explore ways to find and use intellectual property in a variety of formats that you and your students can use in your classroom. Encourage students to license their own intellectual property as a means to communicate and collaborate in a global information community.

Speakers

Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Classroom M110

8:30am CST

Spice It Up!
Limited Capacity filling up

Whether you are a new teacher or one with years of experience, sometimes you feel like your lessons are a bit bland. You may feel like you are serving pretty much the same “dish” in pretty much the same manner on a daily basis. You want to increase the flavor! Come get innovative ideas--protocols, ice breakers, warm-ups, exit tickets and other strategies--to add spice to your classroom. 

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Collier

Sarah Collier

Learning and Teaching Coach, Lake Travis ISD
Sarah worked as an instructional coach the past four years in Frisco ISD. In that role, she has been an ELAR Curriculum writer, facilitated PLC’s and vertical teams and presented a variety of reading, writing and math professional developments. Before coaching, Sarah was a reading... Read More →
avatar for Cathy Hill

Cathy Hill

CURRICULUM DESIGNER, Lake Travis ISD
Like most of you, I would classify myself as a teacher and a learner, not necessarily in that order. I taught math for more than twenty years before becoming an instructional coach with the district five years ago. I have the privilege of collaborating with secondary math teachers... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Classroom M320

8:30am CST

Teaching Practices that Grow Students’ “C’s”
Limited Capacity seats available

There are so many different “hows” that can lead to “the big why” of causing student learning - which are the best? This session will focus on exploring a variety of practices that help students develop skills as lifelong learners while identifying methods for moving toward the routine use of these practices within the classroom.

Speakers

Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Science Lab M312

8:30am CST

Wake Your Brain
Limited Capacity filling up

Creativity. Collaboration. Communication. Fun. Warm up your students with Destination Imagination Instant Challenges. Get your students' brains engaged with five- to ten- minute STEAM critical thinking challenges. At this workshop, you will experience hands-on activities and leave with practical resources that you can use in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Brekka Larrew

Brekka Larrew

LIBRARIAN, Lakeway Elementary
I'm an elementary school librarian. I love children's literature. I coach a Destination Imagination team.
avatar for Vanessa Malone

Vanessa Malone

T-ELEM GRADE 5, Lakeway Elementary


Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Classroom M106

8:30am CST

You Are What You Eat, So Choose Wisely
Limited Capacity full

Spend time exploring the world of the entrepreneurial spirit. Answer the question, What skills do my students need to thrive in in a start-up culture? Not only see authentic learning experiences but TASTE them! The New Primal is an up-and-coming healthy food brand striving to put quality products in your body. Maybe you will leave teaching primal!

Speakers
avatar for Craig Bennett

Craig Bennett

Education Consultant, Advance Learning Partnerships
There is nothing I enjoy more than talking about teaching and learning. I believe that if you don't ask great questions, you do not get great answers. Students want authentic experiences, not academic ones.


Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Classroom M111

8:30am CST

Ag: Thinking outside the Pig Pen
Limited Capacity filling up

Describing Ag/FFA program and explaining how that through hands on applications we can show students the relevance of what they learn in core classes through applied learning and collaborative teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Perry White

Perry White

T-HS CAT AG, Lake Travis High School
Kids learning by doing! Ag classes are so much more than what you think they are! Ag classes take what students learn in regular ed. classes and put it into applied learning, where its relevance really matters.
avatar for Kelly White

Kelly White

T-HS CAT AG, Lake Travis High School


Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Ag Building 102

8:30am CST

An Easy Start to Maker Lessons
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, I will show you a few easy steps to shift an activity you have done before into a Maker Space task that builds inquiry, confidence, self-reliance, engineering skills, and risk-taking. Maker Space is any activity that allows children to create and "make" something to solve a problem, couched between crucial conversations that drive understanding. It is a surprisingly simple way to amp up rigor and build success for ALL students. To show you how, we'll build marble runs slowed by friction together in the Maker Space way!
Slideshow linked here.

Speakers
avatar for Amelia Moya

Amelia Moya

3rd Grade Teacher, Lake Travis Elementary (LTISD)
Third grade teacher at LTE who loves science and math. BBA Baylor, MBA/HOM Texas Tech. 16th year in LTISD! Wife and Mom/stepmom to five, most in college. Have expertise in making ends meet, FAFSA, college applications, asking for help, and loving what is! I love, love, love... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Digital Media Center M221

8:30am CST

Using Wireless Vernier Probes
Limited Capacity seats available

Primarily science teachers will get together and share how they have used the Go Wireless Link to connect data taking probes that we have had for years to modern phones and iPads. Participants should come with some lab ideas, and probes if they have them. This is a great opportunity to take a classic lab and make it more accessible to kids.

Speakers
avatar for Archie McHarg

Archie McHarg

T-HS ENGLISH, Lake Travis High School
I like talking about intense things- things that you care about. Tell me what your present passion is. I love enthusiasm and would love to hear about yours...


Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Science Lab M311

8:30am CST

Preparing Middle School and High School PreAP and AP students for Success - Tips and Tools from AP Readers
Limited Capacity filling up

PreAP and AP courses are more than just "bump" points on the GPA - it's about critical thinking, problem solving, and articulating answers in a detailed and thoughtful manner. Hear from those who have experience grading the AP exams to know exactly what students should be prepared for from 6th grade preAP all the way up to senior year AP. Prepare your students for success to earn college credit.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Gidley

Jen Gidley

Testing Coordinator, Lake Travis ISD
Campus Testing Coordinator
avatar for Megan Holden

Megan Holden

English Teacher, Lake Travis High School
In my almost 20 years at LTHS, I have taught English, AP Art History, French and the GT class. Before I started teaching, I had a ten year career in theater management, during which I did PR, wrote grant proposals and -- for a while -- drove around a big truck picking up steel pipe... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Classroom M105

8:30am CST

Unleash the best - Socratic Seminars
Limited Capacity filling up

"All we are is dust in the wind, dude." -Ted to Socrates
If it is true, that all great teachers steal great ideas from other teachers, then I would like to thank Socrates for this little gem. Did Socrates really have students sit in a circle and freely discuss hot topics? Who knows!? But you should definitely give it a try!! Afraid of the very thought? Come learn from a true and fearless believer!

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Naquin

Melanie Naquin

T-HS SOCIAL STUDIES, Lake Travis High School
I am in my 6th year at Lake Travis High School. I teach AP World History and on-level world history, and I coach Cross Country and Track. My passion is student learning and enrichment through collaborative thoughtful communication among peers.


Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Classroom M118

8:30am CST

Introduction to Windows 10
Limited Capacity full

An introduction to Microsoft's most recent operating system

Speakers
PB

Pat Bartlett

Lake Travis Independent School District


Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Computer Lab - M319

8:30am CST

Student and Educator Portfolios in Schoology
Limited Capacity filling up

Introductory session on the use portfolios in Schoology. Both students and educators need to communicate their achievements and to reflect on what they learn. Portfolios provide them with the ability to quickly and easily collect, organize, and share their work with others.

Speakers
avatar for Marisa Mejia

Marisa Mejia

Digital Media Specialist, Lake Travis High School (LTISD)
I am someone who seeks out utilizing technology as a tool to make the educator's work like simpler, more streamlined, and efficient so that we can all be more present in the classroom. Creating meaningful learning experiences for the educator and the learner.
SW

Samuel Wideman

T-HS ENGINEERING, Lake Travis High School


Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Computer Lab - M220

8:30am CST

Teaching with Love and Logic
Limited Capacity full

PBIS aligned positive behavioral interventions and supports for teachers

Speakers
avatar for JoAnn Bryan

JoAnn Bryan

COUNSELOR, Hudson Bend Middle School
I have been in education for 25 years. I have taught 2nd/3rd grade. I was a Reading Recovery teacher and PBIS coach and this is my 17th year as a counselor.
avatar for Amanda Prehn

Amanda Prehn

Principal, Bee Cave Middle School


Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Classroom M123

8:30am CST

Classroom Management for First Year Teachers
Limited Capacity full

Classroom Management techniques for First Year Teachers

Speakers
JA

Jerrod Ackley

T-MS SOCIAL STUDIES, Hudson Bend Middle School
I teach U.S. History at Hudson Bend Middle School. I have been teaching for 18 years. I have a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida with an emphasis in using technology. I teach a completely digital curriculum primarily using Google products... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Classroom M115

8:30am CST

Interactive Lesson Plans
Limited Capacity seats available

(1) Format lesson plans in Google with links to TEKS, ELPS, vocabulary, lessons, conceptual refinement, and Quizlet in order to share with teachers and collaborate; (2) ways to share links with students

Speakers
avatar for Kerri Newton

Kerri Newton

Lake Travis Elementary (LTISD)
I have been teaching 4th Grade in Austin for 7 years. I love teaching students to read and write, and engaging students in meaningful ways. I am always learning about technology and love using it in my own classroom.
avatar for Marla Retano

Marla Retano

T-MS LANGUAGE ARTS, Lake Travis Middle School
Marla is a 14-year elementary and middle school teacher and an Air Force veteran. She is data-driven and a strong proponent of the Learner Centric Model.



Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Computer Lab - M209

8:30am CST

Genius Hour
Limited Capacity filling up

This session is for teachers of all levels wanting to learn how to implement Genius Hour in their classroom with minimal unit disruption.

Speakers
avatar for Denise Posey

Denise Posey

T-MS SCIENCE, Hudson Bend Middle School
avatar for Elizabeth Steck

Elizabeth Steck

6th Grade Science Teacher, Hudson Bend Middle School


Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Classroom M310 Theatre Arts

8:30am CST

Google Magic: Is it an Illusion, or is it Real?
Limited Capacity full

Don't miss the Google Magic Show with Amy Mayer of friEdTechnology. You won't believe your eyes, or can you? Only you can decide whether these Google tools, add-ons, extensions and more are too good to be believed . . . or not.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Mayer

Amy Mayer

CEO, Founder, friEdTechnology
Amy Mayer, the founder of friEdTechnology, is a nationally known speaker and trainer and a veteran public school educator who is a sworn enemy of standardization. friEdTechnology is a Google Professional Development Partner providing professional development and inspiration for educators... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Classroom M207

8:30am CST

Effective Formative Assessment with Google Tools
Limited Capacity filling up

Assessment that informs teaching is a critical element for success in any classroom, but the monster of time often gets in the way of this effective strategy. Let's discuss some effective ways to quickly assess whether our teaching strategies are working using Google tools. 

Speakers
avatar for Cari Orts

Cari Orts

Associate, Fried Technology
Cari is a former Instructional Technologist at Marble Falls I.S.D. She holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has taught for over 14 years. She has earned the name "The project Queen" because enjoys planning projects that allow multiple age groups to collaborate... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Classroom M206

8:30am CST

How I designed self-differentiating assessments (and how my students gamified them!)
Limited Capacity seats available

I will demonstrate three Schoology-integrated, online, interactive learning games that I programmed for my Latin students. (My students actually get credit for the design elements that make these games instead of mere activities... their feedback was crucial!) These games combine instruction, formative assessment, summative assessment, data collection, and student engagement into one seamless activity. Attendees will be able to play the games on their own iPads/laptops/phones and the natural diversity of "game play styles" among the attendees will serve as the demonstration of how these activities self-differentiate. If the attendees are interested and if time allows, I'll describe how I work backwards from a learning objective to an activity design. In the session materials, I'll share a cross-section of data showing how actual Latin students with different learning styles were equally successful without being given prescribed procedures for "winning" the games. The session will not cover *programming* itself, but I'm willing to collaborate with colleagues after the conference if they'd like to build an application of their own.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Aguirre

Shannon Aguirre

T-HS LATIN, Lake Travis High School
I enjoy discussing differentiation, authentic assessment, deep learning, student-centered classrooms, paperless classrooms, gamification/interactivity, and intrinsic motivation. In addition to classical Latin, I love to tinker with technology and I'm self-taught in web design, CSS... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Computer Lab - M321

8:30am CST

Student Centered Creative Thinking
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn methods to inspire students to create work that is based in personal identity, strong technique and research for all levels of art making!

Speakers
avatar for Cha Asokan

Cha Asokan

Lake Travis High School
avatar for Amber Forgey

Amber Forgey

T-HS ART, Lake Travis High School
Amber Forgey was trained at the Kansas City Art Institute, a prestigious 4 year Bachelor of Fine Arts program that has been training artists since 1885. Graduating in 2000 with a degree in Illustration, Amber went on to work as an in-house Illustrator for a publishing company in Austin... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Classroom L136

8:30am CST

Biometric Screenings – Interactive Health
Free Biometric Screenings/Health Evaluation: Make an appointment (use this link https://www.hsscreeningreg.com/login.php with login instructions attached below). Or, walk-in for your free onsite preventive health evaluation/consultation. The evaluation includes: total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, total cholesterol/HDL ratio, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides - for fasting participants only, glucose, blood pressure, height & weight, waist circumference – all in less than 20 minutes! Fasting is defined as nothing to eat or drink except water for at least 8 hours. You should drink plenty of water and take your medications as prescribed.


Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Classroom M122

8:30am CST

Parenting in the 21st Century
Limited Capacity full

Modern parents maintain a complicated network of responsibilities. This course addresses the various roles we take on for our children, and the expectations and goals that come with each of them. Topics include Prioritizing and the daily routine Age-appropriate activities and boundaries Tips for work-life balance Resources


Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CST
Classroom M201

8:30am CST

Systems Review and Protocol Unification
Limited Capacity seats available

SCHOOL NURSES ONLY - As our district rapidly grows, it is imperative to streamline the triage, treatment, exclusion protocols, documentation, and processes for each clinic. This will improve our ability to serve families, and it will help keep our students safe by creating an environment that any substitute nurse can navigate without question.

*** PLEASE NOTE: All the school nurses will attend this group meeting. It will be held on Friday morning, from 8:30-11:50 (all three A.M. sessions).

Speakers
avatar for Becca Harkleroad

Becca Harkleroad

Lead Nurse, Lake Travis ISD
Nursing is a second career for me. I earned my bachelor\\'s degree in Journalism at Texas A&M University and worked in real estate administration for several years before returning to school to become a registered nurse (RN). I currently serve as the lead nurse for LTISD.My entire... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 11:50am CST
Library Lab (Back of Library)

9:40am CST

4 Goals of Misbehavior
Limited Capacity full

We will discuss and role play the four goals of misbehavior. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the 4 goals of misbehavior and suggestions for how an educator can resolve the 4 goals misbehavior.

Speakers
avatar for Sam Hicks

Sam Hicks

PRINCIPAL, Lakeway Elementary
The power of Postive Thinking.
avatar for Kimberly Kellner

Kimberly Kellner

PRINCIPAL, Bee Cave Elementary
avatar for Kara Lucas

Kara Lucas

Counselor, Lakeway Elementary School


Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M121

9:40am CST

Empathy and Real World Bully Response
Limited Capacity full

A introduction to the VITAL task of developing empathy in your students, and an attempt to demystifying the "right" way to respond to bullying behavior.

Speakers
avatar for Tara Chill

Tara Chill

Special Education Aid, Lake Pointe Elementary (LTISD)
This is my 6th year working in LTISD. After spending 5 years teaching technical theatre at LTHS, I switched gears and began pursuing a career in Special Education. I have since been working as an Sped aid at LPE, and in December I earned my special education certification. At the... Read More →



Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M123

9:40am CST

What is next with Digital Citizenship?
Limited Capacity seats available

The idea of digital citizenship is evolving- adapting to mirror the changes in the increasingly virtual environment. I’ll bet you're thinking, “Wait! How can it be changing when students still aren’t applying the existing components?” Explore the mystery of digital citizenship, and discuss how new these ideas may be not only creating better digital citizens but better citizens in general.

Speakers
avatar for Craig Bennett

Craig Bennett

Education Consultant, Advance Learning Partnerships
There is nothing I enjoy more than talking about teaching and learning. I believe that if you don't ask great questions, you do not get great answers. Students want authentic experiences, not academic ones.


Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M111

9:40am CST

TED-Ed: Spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students
Limited Capacity filling up

TED-Ed Lessons allow educators to engage in and/or create dynamic lessons around the millions of educational videos on YouTube. The platform allow you to utilize professionally created lessons in various content areas, customize them to meet individual needs, or create original lessons for your own curriculum. Cultivate deeper learning through multiple choice questions, open answer questions, "dig deeper" materials, and discussion topics. Students can even create their own TED-Ed Lessons worth sharing with others, and learn through teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Lamar Schrader

Lamar Schrader

T-HS ENGLISH, Lake Travis High School
Lamar Schrader graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and also did graduate work in Literary Studies at The University of Cape Town in South Africa. Mr. Schrader has 30 years of classroom experience as a high school English teacher in all levels... Read More →



Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M120

9:40am CST

Creating Accommodated Assessments
Limited Capacity full

Providing accommodations (changes in how a student learns and shows what he/she knows) can be challenging. This workshop will explore examples of accommodations for students with disabilities and how to easily incorporate those accommodations during your assessment development with readily available tools. Participants will learn to merge two great tools, Schoology and Google Extensions, to create assessments that meet the needs of your students and provide you with time saving measures..

Speakers
avatar for Lena Nel

Lena Nel

Assistive Technology Specialist, Lake Travis ISD (LTISD)
Lena Nel is the Assistive Technology Specialist for LTISD. She joined the Special Education department in the fall of 2016. She is passionate about helping teachers and students identify and implement solutions to support being life-long learners. Lena holds a B.S. from Sam Houston... Read More →



Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Computer Lab - M321

9:40am CST

Inclusive Practices in Secondary Content Classes
Limited Capacity full

Tips for inclusive practices that will assist general education teachers in meeting the educational needs of their students with disabilities.

Speakers
avatar for Daliah Maurer

Daliah Maurer

Lake Travis High School
I have been teaching at Lake Travis High School for 18 years and started in CMC (content mastery center). This is where I acquired my love for mathematics and developed the ability to work with various students and subjects. I have a BS in mathematics and I’m certified to teach... Read More →
avatar for Pam Scippa

Pam Scippa

T-HS MATH, Lake Travis High School
avatar for Donna Wahl

Donna Wahl

T-HS MATH, Lake Travis High School
Starting my second year with OnRamps



Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M106

9:40am CST

Safe, Respectful, and Responsible! Developing School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports for all Students
Limited Capacity full

This session will review key elements in the implementation of tier one Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. Using the Benchmarks of Quality, participants will review critical elements of school-wide PBIS and the necessary elements of successful implementation

Moderators
avatar for Midge Simmons

Midge Simmons

Coordinator of Special Services, Lake Travis ISD

Speakers


Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M212

9:40am CST

Using Desmos to Create Math Activities
Limited Capacity seats available

Desmos is much more than just a free, user-friendly, online graphing calculator. Learn how to create a classroom activity for any level Math class using this powerful teaching tool which allows for real-time feedback, peer collaboration and differentiated instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Jorge Jacquez

Jorge Jacquez

T-HS MATH, Lake Travis High School
Author: "CliffsNotes STAAR EOC Algebra I Quick Review" LTISD, Learning & Teaching CoachAlgebra I, Geometry, PreCalculus Teacher - Lake Travis HS, Algebra I, Geometry curriculum writer - El Paso ISD,Algebra I Team Lead - Coronado HS, El Paso ISD, IB Certified, AP Certified, ESL Ce... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Computer Lab - M220

9:40am CST

Stroke Awareness and Prevention
Limited Capacity filling up

Every 4 seconds someone has a stroke. Stroke is the 5th leading killer in the USA and the number 1 admission diagnosis into Nursing homes. Stroke kills more women that Breast Cancer. During this session you will learn what a stroke is, who is at risk for a stroke, how you can identify a stroke, what to do if someone is having a stroke. You will also learn how to minimize you risk of a stroke.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Andrews

Sarah Andrews

Stroke Program Coordinator, Baylor Scott and White Medical Center Lakeway
Sarah Andrews is a Board Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist. After becoming a Registered Nurse in 1997 in the United Kingdom, Sarah has worked as a Registered Nurse in Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, as well as the United States. Sarah earned her RN diploma from Oxford Brookes... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M116

9:40am CST

What is NextGen Anyway?
Limited Capacity seats available

This will be a panel of 3 NextGen teachers sharing what we’ve experienced in this process over the last three years. It will be geared towards helping teachers learn more about what NextGen is all about. Teachers will be able to ask questions about what the expectations are for being a NextGen teacher.

Speakers
avatar for Vanessa Aguillon

Vanessa Aguillon

T-ELEM GRADE 5, Lake Pointe Elementary
Hello! My name is Vanessa Aguillon. I have been in education for 23 years. Currently, I teach 5th Grade Science in Lake Travis ISD at Lake Pointe Elementary. I have a passion for teaching and integrating technology seamlessly into the classroom. I have been married for twenty-four... Read More →
avatar for Mary Carnes

Mary Carnes

T-MS SCIENCE, Bee Cave Middle School
avatar for Meredith Glasser

Meredith Glasser

T-ELEM GRADE 2, Lake Pointe Elementary


Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Recital Hall M307

9:40am CST

Design Elements of Student Work that Grow Students’ “C’s”
Limited Capacity seats available

With a focus on facets of student work outlined in models like Buck Institute’s Essential Project Design Elements for Gold Standard PBL and Schlechty’s Critical Qualities of Student Work, this session will lead educators toward unpacking and planning for application of design elements that keep students engaged, thinking, and learning.

Speakers

Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Science Lab M312

9:40am CST

Writing Aware
Limited Capacity seats available

We often think of writing instruction in terms of the latest writing program. In tandem with that perspective is the mindset that there can only be one philosophical approach to teaching writing. This either/or thinking attempts simplify a very complex art form and approaches to teaching it. What if we shift that mindset and begin to see that writing, in fact, is convergence of many skills and attitudes? We will take a look at and explore what it takes to create a "writer mindset."

Speakers
avatar for Tara Banton

Tara Banton

Instructional Coach, Lake Travis ISD
Tara is an Instructional Coach at the secondary level in LTISD. Prior to becoming a coach, she taught at LTHS for 14 years. Tara's teaching experience ranges from working with struggling writers and at-risk students to teaching Humanities, on-level Englishes 1, 2, and 4, Pre-AP English... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M316

9:40am CST

Fourth and Fifth Grade Teacher Collaboration
Limited Capacity seats available

Fourth and fifth-grade teachers, get ready to be inspired! This is an opportunity to hear about innovative teaching practices from grade-specific master teachers. The majority of the session will be allotted for you to reflect and share your effective teaching practices with other LTISD fourth and fifth grade teachers. 

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Collier

Sarah Collier

Learning and Teaching Coach, Lake Travis ISD
Sarah worked as an instructional coach the past four years in Frisco ISD. In that role, she has been an ELAR Curriculum writer, facilitated PLC’s and vertical teams and presented a variety of reading, writing and math professional developments. Before coaching, Sarah was a reading... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M318

9:40am CST

Teaching is Fun Again with Deeper Learning
Limited Capacity filling up

As teachers, we often get frustrated with teaching a standard, testing on it and then just moving on to the next standard. We want real application for what students learn, in an environment that promotes interest, ownership, creativity and excitement. So this past year, we created a year-long, standard's-based project and had more fun than we have had in a while & the standards were taught above & beyond what we "normally" do. We got the chance to be creative, engage students & teach them the TEKS as well as life lessons. They learned more than facts, they applied skills creatively. It brought us back to why we got in to teaching and we would love to share our experience.

Speakers
avatar for Sheri Bates

Sheri Bates

T-MS SOCIAL STUDIES, Lake Travis Middle School
avatar for Pete Hunt

Pete Hunt

Texas History Teacher, Hudson Bend Middle School (LTISD)
avatar for Dana Schrader

Dana Schrader

Instructional Coach, Lake Travis ISD
I love to find creative ways to guide kids in to learning!



Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M310 Theatre Arts

9:40am CST

“Going Places with Google”: Google Maps, Google Tour Builder and Google Institute
Limited Capacity full

This session will focus mainly on the Collections in Google Cultural Institute to Present History, Art, and Science Artifacts; including how to use images and videos from the Google Cultural Institute in your lessons to strengthen your curriculum. There will be a short demo on using the beta site "Google Tour Builder" and how your students can create enlightening "tours" - there are uses for a variety of content areas.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Wommack

Monica Wommack

T-MS INSTR SUP LIT, Lake Travis Middle School
I have been a Language Arts, Reading Enrichment, and Dyslexia Specialist at LTMS for 14 years. I have a BA from Southwestern University with an English major and Music minor, an MA from Texas State in English with a specialty in American Literature, and I did my Dyslexia Specialty... Read More →



Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Computer Lab - M209

9:40am CST

Amp Your Communication with G Docs
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn how to leverage the latest Google has to offer for the purpose of communicating around learning. From Google Voice to Voice Typing; let's turn up the volume on communication.

Speakers
avatar for Cari Orts

Cari Orts

Associate, Fried Technology
Cari is a former Instructional Technologist at Marble Falls I.S.D. She holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has taught for over 14 years. She has earned the name "The project Queen" because enjoys planning projects that allow multiple age groups to collaborate... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M206

9:40am CST

Beyond the Red Pen: Meaningful Feedback with Google Tools
Limited Capacity seats available

When students aren't using feedback to improve, we are wasting our nights and weekends. But there's a better way! Learn to offer feedback your students can and will use in a fraction of the time you spend marking essays. Fellow ELA teachers, join Amy Mayer of friEdTechnology to work together (hands on) to learn new ways to offer feedback using Google Tools.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Mayer

Amy Mayer

CEO, Founder, friEdTechnology
Amy Mayer, the founder of friEdTechnology, is a nationally known speaker and trainer and a veteran public school educator who is a sworn enemy of standardization. friEdTechnology is a Google Professional Development Partner providing professional development and inspiration for educators... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M207

9:40am CST

Introduction to Windows 10
Limited Capacity seats available

An introduction to Microsoft's most recent operating system

Speakers
PB

Pat Bartlett

Lake Travis Independent School District


Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Computer Lab - M319

9:40am CST

Recording your Lessons and Posting them to Youtube
Limited Capacity full

Did you know that all you need is a microphone and existing software on your computer to record live videos of your lessons? Come learn how to record and post these videos onto youtube to save you time from reteaching lessons to absent students and figuring out lesson plans when you yourself are absent!

Speakers
avatar for Robert Messner

Robert Messner

T-HS MATH, Lake Travis High School
DR

Dora Rodriguez

Lake Travis High School (LTISD)


Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M115

9:40am CST

Supporting English Language Learners
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session, we will share strategies for supporting language acquisition in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Shoemate

Christina Shoemate

T-ELEM INSTR SUP ESL, Lake Travis ISD
Christina Shoemate is an ESL Specialist in Lake Travis ISD. During her 13 years of experience in education, she has taught elementary and served as an ESL Specialist. She is passionate about serving ESL students and working with teachers to help them find practical and effective strategies... Read More →
avatar for Alex Thompson

Alex Thompson

ESL Specialist, Lake Travis Independent School District
I enjoy supporting English Language Learners, their teachers and parents. I am also enjoying being a Spanish and Italian language learner in my freetime.


Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M119

9:40am CST

Video in the Classroon
Limited Capacity full

Teachers will learn how to make quick lesson videos to post on schoology for student review, or for when a guest teacher is in their classroom.

Speakers
RD

Ryan Dann

T-MS MATH, Hudson Bend Middle School
Want to use Schoology to it's fullest potential? Join us to learn how to create tests or quizzes that automatically grade themselves! I have been teaching for 7 years, this is my third at HBMS. Previously I taught middle school in Sunnyvale CA. I attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo... Read More →
DG

Dan Grey

T-MS MATH, Hudson Bend Middle School


Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M114

9:40am CST

Crucial Conversations
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn tools to improve your communication skills when your conversation turns crucial. "Crucial conversations take place when the stakes are high, opinions differ, and emotions run strong." Patterson K., Grenny J., McMillan R., Switzler A., Covey S., (2002). Crucial Conversations.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Williams

Stephanie Williams

T-ELEM GRADE 4, Lakeway Elementary



Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M108

9:40am CST

Virtual Reality & Interactive Webinars Globally Connect Classrooms
Limited Capacity seats available

Want to take your class on a field trip without budget and transportation hassles? Virtual Reality in the classroom and interactive webinars may be just what you need! Participants will sample Virtual Reality through the NYT VR app (please load it on your phone before the session), the interactive webinar platform Nepris, and discuss classroom applications that take education into memorable, experiential realms of possibility.

Speakers
avatar for Marisa Mejia

Marisa Mejia

Digital Media Specialist, Lake Travis High School (LTISD)
I am someone who seeks out utilizing technology as a tool to make the educator's work like simpler, more streamlined, and efficient so that we can all be more present in the classroom. Creating meaningful learning experiences for the educator and the learner.
avatar for Elizabeth Stearns

Elizabeth Stearns

LIBRARIAN, Lake Travis High School
Lake Travis High School, Library Learning Commons, Authentic Learning, Digital Literacy, Print & Digital Resource Access & Equity, Bibliotherapy, Research Skills, Gaming, MakerSpaces, DJing, Guitars in Libraries, Volunteering, Environmental Activism, Reading & Neuroplasticity



Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Digital Media Center M221

9:40am CST

Using improv to engage your students
Limited Capacity filling up

Participants will learn how to use improvisation techniques to engage students in their classrooms. Nationally known improv artist Jim Doyle will lead you through various techniques to make your class your student's favorite!!!

Speakers
avatar for Jim Doyle

Jim Doyle

Jim Doyle began his professional career as an improviser, actor and director in 1994. Since then he has enjoyed making appearances at improv festivals across America and Canada. Jim has taught improv classes for all ages and ability levels from elementary school students to professional... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Orchestra M407

9:40am CST

Advanced Social Media in Education
Limited Capacity full

You know how to use some social media sites. Let's take it to the next level. Get inspired with ideas for creative content, tips for taking better photos and creating images with what you already own and pro tips for making the most of your time online.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Siscaretti

Nicole Siscaretti

Blogger & Designer | Social Media Educator, SparklyEverAfter.com
You can find me teaching Intro to Social Media, Facebook for Business and Instagram for Business online to college students and adult learners. I write a magical blog at SparklyEverAfter.com. I'm a creative entrepreneur who lives to inspire. My Etsy shop, SparklyEverAfterShop.com... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M210

9:40am CST

RTI and Smartgoals and Interventions, oh my!
Limited Capacity full

Does the thought of RTI, writing smartgoals and digging through all the possible interventions leave you feeling like you are in that forest with Dorthy, Tin Man, and Scarecrow, trying to make it to the seemingly unreachable Oz? Join us for some quick tips to streamlining the process, a brief walk through eduphoria, a trip through easy to use, no nonsense intervention resources and feel as though you have met Oz himself when you walk out with a ready to use page of smartgoals!

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Beninga

Melanie Beninga

PRINCIPAL, West Cypress Hills Elementary
avatar for Amanda Prehn

Amanda Prehn

Principal, Bee Cave Middle School
avatar for Shannon Voges

Shannon Voges

Reading Specialist, West Cypress Hills Elementary (LTISD)
I am the Reading and Dyslexia Specialist at WCHE.



Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M208

9:40am CST

This session has been canceled. Worth the Risk
Limited Capacity seats available

Formative assessment. Meaningful feedback. Growth mindset. They are the current buzzwords in education...but are they that important? In this session, we will discuss why implementing these strategies could change your whole outlook on traditional teaching, how (free) technology makes this change achievable, and why the change is worth the risk.

Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M320

9:40am CST

How the TEKS Encourage Critical and Creative Thinking
Limited Capacity seats available

How are you creative? How about your students? TEKS for every grade level and content area encourage students to develop critical and creative thinking skills. Go beyond unpacking standards to uncovering the real-world connections that the TEKS present the encourage authentic instruction that promotes critical and creative thinking.

Speakers

Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M110

9:40am CST

Family Law 101
Limited Capacity full

In this session, Amber King, General Counsel of LTISD, will discuss some basics about family law, how to interpret court orders, and how these orders directly affect day-to-day operations.

Speakers
avatar for Amber King

Amber King

General Counsel, Lake Travis ISD
As General Counsel, Amber advises the District on a variety of legal matters and compliance issues including employment and personnel, special education, student and parent rights, student discipline, complaints and grievances, contracts, public information requests, and much mor... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M118

9:40am CST

Making Learning Sticky
Limited Capacity full

Modern lesson design should be engaging and empowering for students. This session looks at some strategies that bring this into reality. Come discuss how to make learning connected, relevant, engaging, and memorable. 

Speakers
avatar for Robert Dillion

Robert Dillion

Director of Innovative Learning, School District of University City
Dr. Robert Dillon has served as an educational leader in a number of public schools throughout the Saint Louis area over the last twenty years as a teacher, principal, and director of innovation. Dr. Dillon has a passion to change the educational landscape by building excellent engaging... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M112

9:40am CST

Using the ArtStor Database
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will show high school teachers how to use ArtStor to easily find images of photos, artworks, architecture, and historical events to use in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Holden

Megan Holden

English Teacher, Lake Travis High School
In my almost 20 years at LTHS, I have taught English, AP Art History, French and the GT class. Before I started teaching, I had a ten year career in theater management, during which I did PR, wrote grant proposals and -- for a while -- drove around a big truck picking up steel pipe... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Science Lab M311

9:40am CST

Biometric Screenings – Interactive Health
Free Biometric Screenings/Health Evaluation: Make an appointment (use this link https://www.hsscreeningreg.com/login.php with login instructions attached below). Or, walk-in for your free onsite preventive health evaluation/consultation. The evaluation includes: total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, total cholesterol/HDL ratio, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides - for fasting participants only, glucose, blood pressure, height & weight, waist circumference – all in less than 20 minutes! Fasting is defined as nothing to eat or drink except water for at least 8 hours. You should drink plenty of water and take your medications as prescribed.



Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M122

9:40am CST

Workplace Stress Management
Limited Capacity full

Stress certainly appears to be an inescapable element of modern life. This training challenges you to identify what stresses you out, the symptoms it may be causing, and the best methods to overcome it. Topics include: Evaluating how we experience stress Examining where our stress stems from Unhealthy ways we cope with stress Helpful stress management strategies


Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Classroom M201

9:40am CST

Complimentary Pain & Injury Assessments
Complimentary Pain and Injury Assessment: Are you suffering from pain? Airrosti providers help to reduce pain as quickly as possible, often within 3 visits (based on patient-reported outcomes). We encourage you to take advantage of this complimentary, no obligation injury assessment.

Speakers

Friday February 17, 2017 9:40am - 12:00pm CST
Classroom M205

10:50am CST

Using improv to engage your students
Limited Capacity filling up

Participants will learn how to use improvisation techniques to engage students in their classrooms. Nationally known improv artist Jim Doyle will lead you through various techniques to make your class your student's favorite!!!

Speakers
avatar for Jim Doyle

Jim Doyle

Jim Doyle began his professional career as an improviser, actor and director in 1994. Since then he has enjoyed making appearances at improv festivals across America and Canada. Jim has taught improv classes for all ages and ability levels from elementary school students to professional... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Orchestra M407

10:50am CST

Self Injurious Behaviorals in Adolescents
Limited Capacity full

This session will discuss various reasons adolescents and children self harm as a mechanism of coping. Discussions around the addiction of self injurious behavior and treatment options will be explored.



Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M117

10:50am CST

Light at the End of the Tunnel: Raising an At-Risk Student
Limited Capacity filling up

True story of raising a multi-labeled, at-risk student successfully. Look up Matt Rutherford's websites: www.solotheamericas.org and www.oceanresearchproject.org. Also, check out the movie about Matt called "Red Dot on the Ocean" on Amazon Prime & showing on PBS stations nationwide .

Speakers
avatar for Marlowe Macintyre

Marlowe Macintyre

GT/Discovery Teacher, West Cypress Hills Elementary
I am an Accidental Teacher. I became a teacher because I wanted to help my multi-labeled, gifted son, Matt Rutherford. My degree is in Gifted Ed., however I have taught in Title 1 schools, rich schools, inner-city schools, and in various GT roles. My presentation will be a tour... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M211

10:50am CST

Co-Teaching with Confidence
Limited Capacity filling up

Do you need help addressing the challenges of co-teaching? Participants attending this session will gain the knowledge of how and when to implement the six co-teaching approaches and to best utilize two professionals in one classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Midge Simmons

Midge Simmons

Coordinator of Special Services, Lake Travis ISD



Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M119

10:50am CST

Keep the Rigor; Reduce the Workload: Collaborating with Kami and Google Apps
Limited Capacity filling up

When students collaborate to create shared class resources and submit contributions that become lesson components, it reduces both their workload and yours. First, this session will allow participants to explore and experiment with Kami, an easy-to-use website that allows for users to simultaneously annotate a PDF file. We will discuss how to use Kami as well as Google apps (folders, slides, docs, sheets) to accomplish the adage “many hands make light work.” 

Speakers
avatar for Jody Foye

Jody Foye

T-HS ENGLISH, Lake Travis High School
I am in my 10th year here at LTISD and my 21st year of teaching overall. My goal is to help students become mindful consumers and users of language.


Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Computer Lab - M321

10:50am CST

Safe, Respectful, and Responsible! Developing School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports for all Students
Limited Capacity full

This session will review key elements in the implementation of tier one Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. Using the Benchmarks of Quality, participants will review critical elements of school-wide PBIS and the necessary elements of successful implementation

Moderators
avatar for Midge Simmons

Midge Simmons

Coordinator of Special Services, Lake Travis ISD

Speakers


Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M212

10:50am CST

Lead with Personality!
Limited Capacity full

Leadership development is for everyone. Whether you lead students in the classroom, staff in the administration or yourself as an individual contributor, you are a role model impacting the lives of others--that’s leading! The only question is how well you are leading. Are you getting the results you desire? You will if you learn to Lead with Personality!

Each of us is born with a unique blend of traits that affects our emotions, work performance and relationships. Understanding your own personality helps you achieve your full potential. Understanding the personalities of others unlocks the mysteries of effective communication, relationship-building, collaboration and influence.

Participants will learn how to bring out the best in themselves and others by identifying which of the four basic personality types they are interacting with and understanding the strengths, weaknesses, motivations and needs of each.



Speakers
avatar for Cassie Pusey

Cassie Pusey

Founder / Coach, Revival Leadership Company
Cassie Pusey, launched Revival Leadership Company in January 2015, for the purpose of bringing leaders to life and life to leaders. She and her partner, Whitney Nelson, believe leadership development is for everyone. Whether you’re a teacher, administrator, technologist, parent... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M202

10:50am CST

Making ARDs parent friendly
Limited Capacity full

How to create an environment in the ARD setting that allows for a stronger relationship between parents and the school.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel England

Rachel England

T-MS SPED, Lake Travis Middle School
After graduating from LTISD years ago (!), I knew there was no place I'd rather be teaching! I have worked in this district as substitute, instructional aide, general education teacher, and special education teacher. I also have a child at Lake Travis High School, so I have experience... Read More →
BH

Brandi Hardee

AIDE-SPED LEVEL 2, Lake Travis Middle School
Most paraprofessionals do not get the opportunity to addend ARDS. This year, I have had the privilege of sitting in on the process. My hope for this workshop is to share my experience.
avatar for Erika Musick

Erika Musick

T-HS SPED, Lake Travis High School
I currently teach special education at Lake Travis High School, my 15th year in education. I am passionate about the time I spend teaching students in the Life Skills setting and Functional academic classes. I aim my focus on providing instruction that will meet the individual needs... Read More →



Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M116

10:50am CST

Charting A Course For Student-Centered Learning (Elementary)
Limited Capacity filling up

Pairing Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle with the start of the journey up a mountainside, this session will bring clarity to the process of planning for professional learning that leads to teaching practices that cause student development of the 4C’s. Participants joining this troupe will leave with an individualized map that charts their team’s course toward student-centered learning, along with development of the skills necessary to design future hikes.

Speakers
avatar for Craig Bennett

Craig Bennett

Education Consultant, Advance Learning Partnerships
There is nothing I enjoy more than talking about teaching and learning. I believe that if you don't ask great questions, you do not get great answers. Students want authentic experiences, not academic ones.


Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Science Lab M312

10:50am CST

Charting A Course For Student-Centered Learning (Secondary)
Limited Capacity seats available

Pairing Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle with the start of the journey up a mountainside, this session will bring clarity to the process of planning for professional learning that leads to teaching practices that cause student development of the 4C’s. Participants joining this troupe will leave with an individualized map that charts their team’s course toward student-centered learning, along with development of the skills necessary to design future hikes.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Dillion

Robert Dillion

Director of Innovative Learning, School District of University City
Dr. Robert Dillon has served as an educational leader in a number of public schools throughout the Saint Louis area over the last twenty years as a teacher, principal, and director of innovation. Dr. Dillon has a passion to change the educational landscape by building excellent engaging... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M110

10:50am CST

Keeping Students in the ZONE
Limited Capacity filling up

Holding students accountable for their own data driven learning.

Speakers
avatar for Kailey Arrivo-Scheffke

Kailey Arrivo-Scheffke

4th Grade Teacher, West Cypress Hills Elementary
4th grade teacher passionate about student-centered learning.
avatar for Ashley Gallenkamp

Ashley Gallenkamp

T-ELEM GRADE 4, West Cypress Hills Elementary
4TH GRADE TEACHER, PASSIONATE ABOUT STUDENT SUCCESS-SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL & ACADEMIC SUCCESS
avatar for Ashley Graham

Ashley Graham

4th Grade Teacher, West Cypress Hills Elementary
4th grade teacher focused on meeting each individual student at their ability level.


Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M115

10:50am CST

3 E's for Your Classroom- Exciting Engaging Enrichment
Limited Capacity full

This is a hands-on session in which you will be able to play and engage in various activities that can be incorporated into your classes to help keep your students motivated, challenged and engaged.

Speakers
avatar for Marla Mikolay

Marla Mikolay

Instructional Specialist, Lake Travis Elementary School
I've been a teacher in this district for 10 years and am now the RTI and 504 Coordinator for LTE. I love helping teachers and students create goals and choose appropriate accommodations that foster the most successful learning opportunities possible.


Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M120

10:50am CST

Second and Third Grade Teacher Collaboration
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Second and First Grade Teachers, get ready to be inspired! This is an opportunity to hear about innovative teaching practices from grade-specific master teachers. The majority of the session will be allotted for you to reflect and share your effective teaching practices with other LTISD second and third grade teachers.


Speakers
avatar for Sarah Collier

Sarah Collier

Learning and Teaching Coach, Lake Travis ISD
Sarah worked as an instructional coach the past four years in Frisco ISD. In that role, she has been an ELAR Curriculum writer, facilitated PLC’s and vertical teams and presented a variety of reading, writing and math professional developments. Before coaching, Sarah was a reading... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M318

10:50am CST

Who You Gonna Call: The Lawyer!
Limited Capacity full

In this interactive session, Amber King, General Counsel for LTISD, will answer LTISD's top 10 legal questions asked over the last year such as "Does the campus have to provide an interpreter for after-school events" and "Am I even allowed to say Merry Christmas anymore?" The answers to these questions and more will help all district employees be more knowledgeable and prepared when the same or similar issues arise in the future.

Speakers
avatar for Amber King

Amber King

General Counsel, Lake Travis ISD
As General Counsel, Amber advises the District on a variety of legal matters and compliance issues including employment and personnel, special education, student and parent rights, student discipline, complaints and grievances, contracts, public information requests, and much mor... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M118

10:50am CST

Wonders and Hidden Gems of Using Google Docs
Limited Capacity full

Intel on the latest Tools, Add-Ons and Extensions that make using Google Docs simple, easy, and collaborative. Explore has replaced the Research Tool, so I will show the attendees how to navigate and use the new Research tools to embed research data/info from sites and articles, images, quotations, biographical information, footnotes, etc.; all without leaving the document that you are working on. Also, Come experience the ease of Grading using Google Docs with the use of a few hidden gems.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Wommack

Monica Wommack

T-MS INSTR SUP LIT, Lake Travis Middle School
I have been a Language Arts, Reading Enrichment, and Dyslexia Specialist at LTMS for 14 years. I have a BA from Southwestern University with an English major and Music minor, an MA from Texas State in English with a specialty in American Literature, and I did my Dyslexia Specialty... Read More →



Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Computer Lab - M209

10:50am CST

Amp Your Communication with G Docs
Limited Capacity full

Learn how to leverage the latest Google has to offer for the purpose of communicating around learning. From Google Voice to Voice Typing; let's turn up the volume on communication.

Speakers
avatar for Cari Orts

Cari Orts

Associate, Fried Technology
Cari is a former Instructional Technologist at Marble Falls I.S.D. She holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has taught for over 14 years. She has earned the name "The project Queen" because enjoys planning projects that allow multiple age groups to collaborate... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M206

10:50am CST

Beyond the Red Pen: Meaningful Feedback with Google Tools
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When students aren't using feedback to improve, we are wasting our nights and weekends. But there's a better way! Learn to offer feedback your students can and will use in a fraction of the time you spend marking essays. Fellow ELA teachers, join Amy Mayer of friEdTechnology to work together (hands on) to learn new ways to offer feedback using Google Tools.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Mayer

Amy Mayer

CEO, Founder, friEdTechnology
Amy Mayer, the founder of friEdTechnology, is a nationally known speaker and trainer and a veteran public school educator who is a sworn enemy of standardization. friEdTechnology is a Google Professional Development Partner providing professional development and inspiration for educators... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M207

10:50am CST

Harry Potter and the Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504
Limited Capacity filling up

Putting “Harry Potter and the…” before any presentation makes it even MORE interesting, right? 

 

Come join us as we discuss scenarios, “what if” questions, and practical guidance for you to take back to your classrooms based on the Office of Civil Rights’ guidance document issued in December, 2016.  

 

The resource guide can be found here:  https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/504-resource-guide-201612.pdf  Copies will not be provided at the training.


Speakers
avatar for Krystie Griffin

Krystie Griffin

Intervention Services Coordinator, Lake Travis ISD
Krystie began her career in 1996 in a 2 high school district southwest of the Houston area as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. 17 years later, having worked through the process as a parent getting her daughter identified as a student with dyslexia, when the opportunity... Read More →



Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M123

10:50am CST

Schoology Rubrics: Can we build them? Yes, we can!
Limited Capacity seats available

Rubrics are valuable to teachers and students. Schoology recognizes this and has capabilities that allow you to build your own, provide individual feedback, and share with other teachers. If you have a sample you would like to enter, bring it! If not, come join the fun anyway! You know you want to!

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Hill

Cathy Hill

CURRICULUM DESIGNER, Lake Travis ISD
Like most of you, I would classify myself as a teacher and a learner, not necessarily in that order. I taught math for more than twenty years before becoming an instructional coach with the district five years ago. I have the privilege of collaborating with secondary math teachers... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M320

10:50am CST

Technology 101
Limited Capacity full

ome get an overview of basic tips from technology staff including digital store front, website editing, adding printers, passwords, phones, and network folders to name a few of the topics covered.

Speakers
avatar for Claude Pardue

Claude Pardue

Lake Travis Independent School District
avatar for Todd Taylor

Todd Taylor

Lake Travis Independent School District


Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Computer Lab - M319

10:50am CST

Student Led EdCamp
Limited Capacity seats available

Are your students excited about school? Are you empowering your students to have voice and choice? In this session, learn the steps to create a student centered EdCamp, in the style of our own Learning Together Conference. Learn how to ignite students’ passions and create a forum for them to share with their peers. From concept to implementation, steps will be shared to help students generate ideas around their passions, research, reflection, and presenting. You will leave with tools to implement an EdCamp in your classroom or school right away.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Austrian

Kathy Austrian

Serene Hills Elementary
Language Arts/Reading, Social Studies teacher Serene Hills Elementary
avatar for Laura Browning

Laura Browning

T-ELEM GRADE 5, Serene Hills Elementary
This is my fifth year with the district and I teach math and social studies at Serene Hills Elementary. I'm excited to share at this year's conference!
avatar for Courtney Cooksey

Courtney Cooksey

T-ELEM GRADE 5, Serene Hills Elementary
5th grade ELA/SS teacher at Serene Hills Elementary
avatar for Karma Ezell

Karma Ezell

T-ELEM GRADE 5, Serene Hills Elementary
avatar for Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith

Serene Hills Elementary
I am a fifth grade science teacher at Serene Hills Elementary.
avatar for April Sykes

April Sykes

5th Grade Teacher, Serene Hills Elementary



Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Digital Media Center M221

10:50am CST

Why DI?
Limited Capacity seats available

DI (Destination Imagination) is an extracurricular, project-based learning program that incorporates STEAM. Come find out what it's really all about.

Speakers
avatar for Valerie Lemak

Valerie Lemak

Secretary to Principal, Lakeway Elementary (LTISD)
avatar for Vanessa Malone

Vanessa Malone

T-ELEM GRADE 5, Lakeway Elementary


Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M106

10:50am CST

Intro to Social Media in Education
Limited Capacity full

Take an introductory look into the world of social media. We'll discuss different social media platforms, ways to use them to enrich the educational experience you're providing and tools and tips to help you succeed.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Siscaretti

Nicole Siscaretti

Blogger & Designer | Social Media Educator, SparklyEverAfter.com
You can find me teaching Intro to Social Media, Facebook for Business and Instagram for Business online to college students and adult learners. I write a magical blog at SparklyEverAfter.com. I'm a creative entrepreneur who lives to inspire. My Etsy shop, SparklyEverAfterShop.com... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M210

10:50am CST

Can We Talk About Failure?
Limited Capacity seats available

Failure is a natural part of the learning process and a healthy classroom should have a lot of it.

How many communications have you received from parents and/or students in the past 48 hours? How many of those communications have focused purely on your content area and class objectives? How many of those communications have focused on dissatisfaction with GRADES? How often do you find yourself problem-solving the 9 weeks average with a student rather than the student's skill development?

I will present a theory that failure has become pathologized and that we sometimes add to the pathology, even while trying to assist struggling or frustrated students.

I will present an alternate model of what it means to be a successful student and share some strategies that I use to assess within my model while still working within a traditional 0-100 grading scale.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Aguirre

Shannon Aguirre

T-HS LATIN, Lake Travis High School
I enjoy discussing differentiation, authentic assessment, deep learning, student-centered classrooms, paperless classrooms, gamification/interactivity, and intrinsic motivation. In addition to classical Latin, I love to tinker with technology and I'm self-taught in web design, CSS... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M310 Theatre Arts

10:50am CST

Number Talks
Limited Capacity full

Do your students approach mathematics procedurally or conceptually? Discover how adding a 5 minute number talk to your class routine can increase critical skills of number sense and fluency, building a strong foundation for conceptual understanding. Number talks are easy to incorporate, practical, and especially relevant for grades 4-10.

Speakers
avatar for Letitia Chaheine

Letitia Chaheine

T-MS MATH, Hudson Bend Middle School
I'm a Math Teacher
avatar for Suzanne Hubbart

Suzanne Hubbart

T-HS MATH, Lake Travis High School



Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M114

10:50am CST

Worksheet Free, Yea That's Me
Limited Capacity full

This session will demonstrate 10 writing grammar games that are appropriate for 2-5 grade language arts teachers to use with their students. Why resort to Daily Oral Language passages and work sheets that do not lead to mastery of grammar rules, when you can teach fun, engaging, games that can be utilized all year long.

Speakers
avatar for Deanna McParland

Deanna McParland

Principal, Bee Cave Elementary (LTISD)
Hi. I recently went to a workshop with some of my fourth grade teachers at BCE and thought the materials they presented were fantastic. I wanted to share some of the ideas that were suggested at the Learning Together Conference. The biggest take away, is most of the ideas that... Read More →



Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M121

10:50am CST

Creating assessments in Eduphoria
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to do quick keys in Eduphoria and create team tests aligned to TEKS. If time allows we will look at the test banks that are also available. Come prepared to enter an assessment that you plan on giving to your students.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Burbank

Kathy Burbank

Director, Lake Travis ISD
Kathy joined Lake Travis ISD in May 2007. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Texas followed by a Master of Education degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Houston. She previously worked at the Education Service Center Region... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Science Lab M311

10:50am CST

Tap & Think Reading Strategies
Limited Capacity filling up

Tap & Think Reading features explicit methods for comprehension and recalling reading selections. Teachers will walk away with strategies to share with students right away.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Budai

Stephanie Budai

Community Programs Coordinator, Community Programs
avatar for Erika Powers

Erika Powers

T-ELEM GRADE 3, Bee Cave Elementary
Fourth grade Reading/Language Arts is a challenging and rewarding area to teach. I'm a word nerd and am not embarrassed to geek out in front of the kids. I'm not embarrassed to fail in front of them, either. It's good for students to see that enthusiasm doesn't wait on mastery.


Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M107

10:50am CST

Biometric Screenings – Interactive Health
Free Biometric Screenings/Health Evaluation: Make an appointment (use this link https://www.hsscreeningreg.com/login.php with login instructions attached below). Or, walk-in for your free onsite preventive health evaluation/consultation. The evaluation includes: total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, total cholesterol/HDL ratio, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides - for fasting participants only, glucose, blood pressure, height & weight, waist circumference – all in less than 20 minutes! Fasting is defined as nothing to eat or drink except water for at least 8 hours. You should drink plenty of water and take your medications as prescribed.


Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M122

10:50am CST

Choosing Happiness
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More and more, science is telling us that our level of personal satisfaction is linked to our social ties and the way we interact with our community. Aided by new research from the fields of psychology, neurology, biology, and mindfulness, this training will explore techniques to increase the joy in our lives, regardless of the external circumstances. Topics include: Where happiness really comes from The experience and impact of happiness Developing happiness habits


Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M201

10:50am CST

The Habits of Happy People
Limited Capacity filling up

Participants completing this new evidence-based program should be able to: identify habits that can lead to meaningful increases in happiness, discuss how happiness can increase resilience to stress, describe how positive thoughts elevate mood and reduce anxiety, name several habits that can enhance happiness, calm the overactive brain, and maintain happiness related habits.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Urban

Christine Urban

PHYSICAL THERAPY, Lake Travis ISD
Physical Therapist for Lake Travis ISD


Friday February 17, 2017 10:50am - 11:50am CST
Classroom M105

1:30pm CST

BCE | LWE | SHE | WCHE Combined Campus Debrief
Speakers
avatar for April Glenn

April Glenn

Principal, Serene Hills Elementary (LTISD)
avatar for Sam Hicks

Sam Hicks

PRINCIPAL, Lakeway Elementary
The power of Postive Thinking.
avatar for Deanna McParland

Deanna McParland

Principal, Bee Cave Elementary (LTISD)
Hi. I recently went to a workshop with some of my fourth grade teachers at BCE and thought the materials they presented were fantastic. I wanted to share some of the ideas that were suggested at the Learning Together Conference. The biggest take away, is most of the ideas that... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Prehn

Amanda Prehn

Principal, Bee Cave Middle School


Friday February 17, 2017 1:30pm - 2:50pm CST
Performing Arts Center - Concert Hall

1:30pm CST

HBMS/LTMS 6th Grade Debrief
Speakers
avatar for Ashley Bernard

Ashley Bernard

Assistant Principal, Hudson Bend Middle School
avatar for Jennifer Sanders

Jennifer Sanders

Assistant Principal, Lake Travis Middle School


Friday February 17, 2017 1:30pm - 2:50pm CST
Digital Media Center M221

1:30pm CST

HBMS/LTMS 7th Grade Debrief
Speakers
avatar for Marie Lord

Marie Lord

7th Grade Math Teacher, Lake Travis ISD
This is my 8th year teaching math. I love the content almost as much as I love working with my students. I truly believe that developing students' self-confidence in their mathematical abilities is just as important as teaching math concepts.
avatar for Kevin Malandruccolo

Kevin Malandruccolo

Assistant Principal, Lake Travis ISD


Friday February 17, 2017 1:30pm - 2:50pm CST
Science Lab M311

1:30pm CST

HBMS/LTMS 8th Grade Debrief
Speakers
avatar for Zach Freed

Zach Freed

assistant principal, Lake Travis Middle School
Kelly's Husband. Sutton and Sawyer's Dad. Lake Travis ISD employee.Grand Valley State University (Michigan )- UndergradUT-Arlington - Grad
avatar for Amanda Toon

Amanda Toon

Assistant Principal, HBMS


Friday February 17, 2017 1:30pm - 2:50pm CST
Science Lab M312

1:30pm CST

HBMS/LTMS Fine Arts/Athletics/Electives Debrief
Speakers
avatar for Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson

Principal, Lake Travis ISD
avatar for Jodie Villemaire

Jodie Villemaire

DIR OF LEARN/TEACH, Lake Travis ISD


Friday February 17, 2017 1:30pm - 2:50pm CST
Orchestra M407

1:30pm CST

LPE Campus Debrief
Speakers
avatar for Kelly Freed

Kelly Freed

PRINCIPAL, Lake Pointe Elementary


Friday February 17, 2017 1:30pm - 2:50pm CST
Recital Hall M307

1:30pm CST

LTE Campus Debrief
Speakers
avatar for Angela Frankhouser

Angela Frankhouser

PRINCIPAL, Rough Hollow Elementary


Friday February 17, 2017 1:30pm - 2:50pm CST
Performing Arts Center - Concert Hall

1:30pm CST

LTHS Group 1 Campus Debrief (Please wait to add this session until groups assigned)
(Please wait to add this session until groups assigned)

Speakers
GB

Gordon Butler

Principal, Lake Travis High School


Friday February 17, 2017 1:30pm - 2:50pm CST
Classroom E203

1:30pm CST

LTHS Group 2 Campus Debrief (Please wait to add this session until groups assigned)
(Please wait to add this session until groups assigned)

Speakers
GB

Gordon Butler

Principal, Lake Travis High School
avatar for Roy Hudson

Roy Hudson

ASST PRINCIPAL, Lake Travis High School


Friday February 17, 2017 1:30pm - 2:50pm CST
Classroom E207

1:30pm CST

LTHS Group 3 Campus Debrief (Please wait to add this session until groups assigned)
(Please wait to add this session until groups assigned)

Speakers
GB

Gordon Butler

Principal, Lake Travis High School


Friday February 17, 2017 1:30pm - 2:50pm CST
Classroom D202

1:30pm CST

LTHS Group 4 Campus Debrief (Please wait to add this session until groups assigned)
(Please wait to add this session until groups assigned)

Speakers
GB

Gordon Butler

Principal, Lake Travis High School
avatar for Wendy Sturdevant

Wendy Sturdevant

Associate Principal of Curriculum, Lake Travis ISD
Mrs. Wendy Sturdevant is the Associate Principal for Curriculum and Instruction at Lake Travis High School. Mrs. Sturdevant (formerly Phillips) taught Algebra 2 and AP Calculus for eight years at Lake Travis High School and served as the Department Chairperson for the Mathematics... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 1:30pm - 2:50pm CST
Classroom D203

1:30pm CST

LTHS Group 5 Campus Debrief (Please wait to add this session until groups assigned)
(Please wait to add this session until groups assigned)

Speakers
GB

Gordon Butler

Principal, Lake Travis High School
avatar for Karen Reich

Karen Reich

Lake Travis High School


Friday February 17, 2017 1:30pm - 2:50pm CST
Classroom D204

1:30pm CST

LTHS Group 6 Campus Debrief (Please wait to add this session until groups assigned)
(Please wait to add this session until groups assigned)

Speakers
GB

Gordon Butler

Principal, Lake Travis High School
avatar for Mike Drinkwater

Mike Drinkwater

Assistant Athletic Director, Lake Travis Independent School District
This one time, I stayed up way past midnight. It was pretty wild.


Friday February 17, 2017 1:30pm - 2:50pm CST
Classroom D205

3:00pm CST

Closing Session
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Mary Patin

Mary Patin

Chief Admn. for Strategic Proj, LAKE TRAVIS ISD
Ms. Patin began her career in Louisiana where she served as an elementary and Gifted and Talented program teacher for seven years. She then moved to the Richardson school district in Texas where she taught in the GT program and served as an assistant principal. Ms. Patin then served... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm CST
Performing Arts Center - Concert Hall