The Blueprint for Educational Excellence National Institute-Reading, MA
Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 7:00 AM - Friday, April 13, 2012 at 4:00 PM (EDT)
School Site Visits:
Reading Public Schools and Burlington Public Schools
|Elementary Level Site Visit Options|
|School 1||J.W. Killam Elementary School||http://www.edline.net/pages/J__Warren_Killam_Elementary_Sc|
|333 Charles Street||Principal||Catherine Giles|
|Reading, MA email@example.com|
|School 2||Birch Meadow Elementary School||http://www.edline.net/pages/Birch_Meadow_Elementary_School|
|27 Arthur B. Lord Drive||Principal||Eric Sprung|
|Reading, MA firstname.lastname@example.org|
|School 3||Wood End Elementary School||http://www.edline.net/pages/Wood_End_School|
|85 Sunset Rock Lane||Principal||Richard Davidson|
|Reading, MA email@example.com|
|Middle School Level Site Visit|
|School 4||Arthur W. Coolidge Middle School||http://www.edline.net/pages/Arthur_W__Coolidge_Middle_Scho|
|89 Birch Meadow Drive||Principal||Craig Martin|
|Reading, MA firstname.lastname@example.org|
|High School Level Site Visit Options
|Burlington Public School District|
|School 5||Burlington High School||http://bhs.bpsk12.org/pages/Burlington_High_School|
|123 Cambridge Street||Principal||Patrick M Larkin|
|Burlington, MA, email@example.com|
Host Site School & High School Level Site Visit
|Reading Public School District||Principal||Elinor Freedman|
Reading Memorial High School
|62 Oakland Road|
|Reading, MA 01867|
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Select Site Visit School for Thursday's Agenda
Currently, we are accepting the following payment methods:
- All major Credit Cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover)
- Purchase Orders
For Purchase Orders:
Complete the online registration via Eventbrite to reserve your registration.
1. Select the quantity of the appropriate Ticket Type
2. Select “Show Other Payment Options” link. (This is a very small link under Order Now)
3. Select “Pay Offline”
4. Complete the Required Fields
Within the registration form complete the field requesting information regarding the Purchaser:
If using a Purchase Order enter the Purchase Order Number and/or the District Purchaser's Contact & Billing Information (Name, Email, Mailing Address, Phone Number)
5. Select “Send Invoice”
An email confirmation with the final cost will be submitted to the email address of the registrant. Use this information to secure the purchase order from your purchasing agent.
Please fax a copy to 803.781.3198, Attention: Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence National Convention.
When & Where
Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence
Item 1: Reading Spring Institute 2012: At A Glance Agenda:
Item 2: School Site Visit Overviews:
Item 3: Concurrent Session Overviews:
We are so pleased and excited that you are going to be able to attend our Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Spring Institute!
Hotel Accommodations: Marriott Courtyard Boston-Woburn: 800-321-2211
Reading Spring Institute Shuttle:
We made arrangements for a shuttle to pick up from the Marriott Courtyard Boston-Woburn hotel to drop off at Reading Memorial High School and back as needed for the April 12-13th.
· On Thursday we plan to have registration and a continental breakfast beginning at 7, with the opening session of the Institute beginning at 8, at Reading Memorial High School.
· The shuttle bus to the school will be at the hotel around 6:30-40 AM.
· It might be a good idea to let the front desk that you plan to take the Reading Spring Institute shuttle.
· The Marriott Courtyard Boston-Woburn hotel does not have its own shuttle service.
Transportation from Logan Airport
From Logan Airport to the hotel, use the Logan Express transportation (information from their website is below). There are signs in the Airport terminals indicating where the Logan Express pick-up area is located.
· Look for the green and white Logan Express bus to Woburn.
· You will purchase the ticket for riding the Logan Express at the completion of your trip via Cash or Credit Card.
· You may purchase a roundtrip or a one-way ticket.
· The Woburn Logan Express will drop you off at the Anderson Regional Transportation Center (ARTC) in Woburn, MA.
The hotel is approximately 3 miles from the Anderson Transportation Center. When you get to the Anderson Transportation Center you should take a cab. There are usually cabs waiting and the cost is about $10.
Neither the hotel or transportation center has a shuttle service. The transportation center usually deals with the Woburn Cab Company (781-933-5000); if you need to call.
More information about Logan Express is available twenty-four hours, 1-800-23-LOGAN (TTY: 800-262-3335).
Woburn Logan Express is located at the Anderson Regional Transportation Center (ARTC) in Woburn, MA .
The ARTC is located off Route 93 at Exit 37C (this is one exit north of Route 128/I-95 on I-93).
Logan Express stops at all airport terminals. Scheduled times for departing Logan are shown for Terminal A. Departure from other terminals is a few minutes later. Travel time is approximately 30-45 minutes. Be sure to allow extra time during rush hours.
Leaving Woburn to Logan
Early Bird Trip 3:30 a.m.
Early Bird trips - 4:00 a.m., 4:30 a.m. & 5:30 a.m.
6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. every hour
Early Bird trips - 4:00 a.m., 4:30 a.m. & 5:30 a.m.
Leaving Logan to Woburn
6:30 a.m. - Midnight every half hour
7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. every hour
7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. every hour
Adult One-Way Fare: $12.00
Adult Round Trip Fare: $22.00
Senior (65+) One-Way Fare: $11.00
Senior (65+) Round Trip Fare: $20.00
Children (under age 12 with adult): Free
Blueprint for Excellence Spring Institute 2012
Institute Agenda: At-A-Glance
All events will be held at Reading Memorial High School unless otherwise noted.
Review the Concurrent Sessions via the following link:
Here are just a few of the sessions available for your professional development institute.
Session: “What An Audience Greater Than One” Means for New Teachers.
"New teachers must balance many demands, from learning curriculum to mastering classroom management. With the many challenges new teachers face, it can be daunting to undertake big projects. However, with guidance from experienced teachers and a few key techniques for planning and managing projects, new teachers can successfully design projects that will inspire and challenge students to create work for an “Audience Greater than One.” Come to this workshop to learn successful projects."
Session: "Using Google Earth in the Classroom: A World of Possibilities”
With Google Earth’s easy-to-use technology, students have instant access to the world. More than just a geography tool, this software can be used in multiple subjects at all levels. Join us for an interactive session in which you will learn how to use the basic functions of Google Earth. Teachers will share examples of lessons they have implemented in middle school social studies and science classrooms. Authentic student work will be highlighted.
Session: Strategies for Teaching Comprehension and Fluency
The ultimate goal of reading is comprehension. In order to comprehend effectively (especially in more challenging, upper-grade texts), students must be able to read fluently, so that attention can be focused on creating meaning. In our presentation, a Reading Specialist and a Fifth grade science teacher will share some strategies and resources for teaching comprehension and fluency.
Whole class and small group resources will be shared, as well as some technology integration tools.
Session: Teachers Teaching Teachers: Professional Development that Makes a Difference!
We at Parker Middle School are learning how to learn with and from one another to improve instruction and engage students. Come join us to hear about how we have developed professional learning structures that have helped us integrate technology into classrooms and make teacher and student work public. We will also share how this process has shaped our culture and shared accountability for student performance.