2015 Excellence in Education Conference
- Rhode Island College, Providence RI
The 2014 Excellence in Education conference features work sessions on high priority education topics identified, developed and presented by RI teachers from charter, private and district schools. Participants will have ample opportunities to share resources, tools, ideas and challenges throughout the event.
For information on options for Work Session I, scroll through this text box or open the PDF at: http://www.richarterschools.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/2014-Conference-Information.pdf
I. Event Schedule
3:30 – 4:00 Refreshments & Registration (TBD)
4:00 – 4:20 Welcome & Introductions
4:30 – 5:40 Work Session I – Gaige Hall Classrooms
5:45 – 6:00 Unconference Forum (TBD)
6:05 – 7:05 Work Session II – Gaige Hall Classrooms
7:05 – 7:30 Coffee, Conversation & iPad Raffle* (TBD)
*Register by Friday, February 28 for a chance to win an iPad Mini
II. Work Session I
Participants will be asked to select one of the following Work Sessions to attend from 4:30 – 5:40pm. Work Sessions vary in their expectations for audience participation; please read the descriptors carefully and select a session that fits your interests and your ideal participation levels.
Topics & Contributing Teachers / Schools
1. Technology in the Classroom (Grades K – 3)
Participants will meet in a computer lab in Gaige Hall in order to explore online elementary resources and are also asked to bring a WIFI enabled phone or tablet if possible. Please bring your favorite apps, resources, and success stories to share.
Led by Vanessa Waggenheim & Carrie Sorensen, Highlander
2. Creating Exceptional School Culture (All Grades)
Participants will explore how various schools have intentionally worked to establish strong school culture, and discuss the challenges and opportunities involved in nurturing strong culture across diverse school environments.
Led by Karen Fontes, The Greene School; Kyleen Carpenter, Blackstone Academy, Dehlia McCarthy, Highlander
3. Differentiation & Intervention (Grades 2-5)
Participants are asked to come ready to share strategies, resources, and experiences at this work session, which will explore research-based models for differentiation and intervention using the CCSS as a lens.
Led by Tanya Deanseris & Linda Paolillo, Kingston Hill
4. Supporting ELL students (All Grades)
Participants will learn about designing authentic, project-based learning opportunities for ELLs as well as resources / strategies for ELLs.
Led by Stephanie Granata, Highlander; Isabela Cirello, Nowell Leadership Academy; Jillian Belanger, Paul Cuffee
5. Exploring Art and Design: Artistic / Design Thinking, Meaningful Design Opportunities (All)
Participants will gain more understanding of the role arts can play within any curriculum to achieve the necessary skills for students required by today's global marketplace/society.
Led by Jason Robert LeClair, Beacon; Jennifer Patten, TAPA; Kurt Van Dexter, The Greene School
6. Closing the Achievement Gap for Students with Special Needs (Grades 6 - 12)
Participants will review models of Universal Design for Learning and Differentiated Instruction, explore a matrix for aligning evidence-based instructional practices with learning phases, and learn how to leverage technology to create more personalized learning experiences for students.
Led by Carolyn Taylor, Nowell Leadership Academy; Ann L. Brockmann, Beacon; Meghan Dutton, The Greene School
7. Inquiry-based, Rigorous Math Applications (Grades 8 - 12)
Participants will explore a maritime-based activity that engages students in rigorous mathematics learning and applications. Participants will then share examples of inquiry-based, engaging math activities that have been successful in their classrooms.
Led by Tom Beall, Paul Cuffee
8. Assessment Strategies in the Humanities (Grades 6 - 12)
It’s possible to make assessments meaningful without adding to our workloads! Participants will explore various assessment strategies in action, and then be asked to share their own resources and experiences.
Led by Kristine Chapman, La Salle Academy; John Rosenbaum, Segue IFL; Amanda Larner, Segue IFL
9. Flipped Classrooms (Grades 6 – 12)
Participants will explore how a Science and Spanish teacher launched a "flipped classroom" model (where students watch video lectures at home and do "homework" in class). Topics will include the transition process, resulting classroom changes, ongoing refinement and adjustment of the model, and resources for creating video lectures.
Led by Christina Lee & Liz Schibuk, Blackstone Academy
10. Harnessing Media to Support Innovative Student Creation and Presentation (Grades K - 5)
In this interactive workshop, participants will explore iPad apps and online programs that foster creativity in students and appeal to different learning styles. Participants will walk away with knowledge of tools and resources that they can implement immediately.
Led by Shawn Rubin & Roshni Mirchandani, Highlander
11. Creating Competency-Based Curriculum and Instructional Delivery Models (9 – 12)
Participants will learn about the competency-based curriculum and instruction model at Nowell Academy and then participate in a work / share session to explore how to increase personalized education at their schools.
Led by Emily Santelises, Rebeca Filomeno, Alicia Cook, & Drew Genetti; Nowell Leadership Academy
12. Developing 21st Century Skills (6 – 12)
Participants will actively discuss what it means to support the development of 21st century skills. Topics discussed will include helping students use the internet as an inquiry tool and the design and implementation of performance assessments that demonstrate skill mastery.
Led by Simona Simpson, Highlander; Carlton Bradshaw, Beacon; Brendan Haggerty, The Greene School
13. Proficiency-Based Senior Projects and Graduation Portfolios (Grades 9 – 12)
Participants will explore project-based learning in order to develop rigorous and reliable tasks the lead to the completion of senior projects/exhibitions and graduation portfolios that ensure a diploma is proficiency based.
Led by Dave Groccia, Kathy Lisi, Melissa Caffrey, & Rita Cellucci; North Providence Schools
14. Teaching the Common Core through the Arts (Grades K – 12)
This is a participatory session designed for teachers who want to take away – and share -- strategies and resources that provide innovative, effective and engaging ways to meet the CCSS.
Led by Pat Hawkridge, Beacon
15. Math: Reaching Students Across Abilities (Grades 9 – 12)
This session will explore the journey of how Blackstone Academy has successfully addressed the persistent challenge of engaging and advancing math students who matriculate into the school with significant skill deficits. The presentation of Blackstone’s model will be followed by a broader discussion of how other schools are addressing this challenge.
Led by Brian Webb, Blackstone Academy
III. Unconference Forum
Participants will congregate in a central area (TBD) and brainstorm topics of interest around “Persistent Problems” or “Ideas & Innovations”. Topics will be assigned to gathering spaces in Gaige Hall and participants will move into discussions of their choice for Work Session II.
IV. iPad Raffle
The conference will conclude with coffee and refreshments, a chance to catch up with friends and
colleagues, and an iPad Raffle for participants who registered online for the conference by February 28.
Serving as a consulting body, the Rhode Island League of Charter Schools provides support and advocacy for member schools, technical assistance to applicant schools, and general information about Rhode Island charter school issues. As a think-tank organization that brings charter schools and their proponents together, the Rhode Island League of Charter Schools is in a unique position to help educators turn ideas into reality.
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