Over 30 proposals were accepted by the Dynamic Landscapes conference in the first round of reviews. Sessions proposed included both in-depth 2.5-hour, hands-on sessions, 1-hour presentations and workshops, and Innovation Lounge showcase and exploration opportunities!
Additionally, the conference has re-opened and extended the deadline for workshop proposals. The conference is interested in sessions that may touch upon any content area or aspect of classroom, library, or school innovation. That includes but is not limited to:
- Digital Literacy and Citizenship
- Coding and Robotics
- Computational Thinking
- Anti-Fragile Practices
- Digital Content and Resources
- Maker Spaces
- Social and Emotional Learning
- Trauma-informed Practices
First Round Accepted Proposals:
Become a Microsoft Innovation Educator Today
Participants will spend this time getting excited about the many tools Microsoft has to offer students and teachers. Teachers will reflect and create a customized toolkit of resources to increase engagement, efficiency and develop modern skills for a global classroom/society. Throughout the session, participants will engage in a series of immersive learning activities that will build a strong foundation of how to use technology to improve instruction and meet the learning needs of their students. Note: This is an introductory course intended to expose educators to Microsoft offerings for education. This is not a deep-dive instruction into any one tool. Each participant will leave our session their an Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) certificate and Badge indicating they are a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE).
Cindy Daniels | Professional Development Specialist | Connection
Building a Technology-Rich Learning Tool from a Google Spreadsheet
Good ed tech supports maximal student choice, responsibility and engagement, but too often we in education forgo these, choosing tech that instead ranks, surveilles or mesmerizes. Happily, Google Workspace components provide resources aplenty to build tools for the good of all stakeholders and Vita-Learn’s new “In-Depth” format gives us more of that essential catalyst for both learning and creativity: time.
Participants should have access to Google Workspace and should complete a short pre-conference questionnaire to help the presenter provide effective support.
Jim Chlebak | Music Director, 4th Grade Music Teacher | Springfield School District
How to Regulate the Nervous System: How You Can Cope With Trauma in Your Classroom
You have 20 (+ or -) students in your class, and you probably don’t know all of their struggles and experiences. How on earth are you supposed to help regulate that many different nervous systems so that they can learn and grow?
In this workshop you will learn about:
The neurobiology of trauma
Why regulate the nervous system?
Figure out ways to regulate your nervous system
Try out some self-regulation techniques
Discuss trauma and self-regulation and
Figure out how to implement these and other techniques in your classroom.
Rebekah Blaisdell Simays | Correctional Educator | Community High School of Vermont
Building Whole School Community through a Month of Code
If an hour of code is awesome, imagine a whole month! In this presentation you will hear how St. Albans City School used the challenge of the pandemic and the desire for equitable whole school celebrations to engage every student and adult in computer science. Unplugged coding activities, video mystery challenges, online coding, coding dance parties, robotics–this workshop has it all! We will provide lots of hands on learning and provide you with experiences, materials and ideas that will leave you enthusiastic to bring coding and computer science to the next level at your school. Presenters will meet the audience where they are at and we will learn together in a collaborative and fun environment. Join us!
Darcie Rankin | STEAM Educator, PreK – 8 | Maple Run SU
Twenty-Two Tools and Trends: Technologies and Techniques to Enhance Your Teaching and Inspire Your Students
Participants will experience a collection of tools and techniques that are free or low cost, and easy to master. Technologies presented will be generic enough to span multiple grade levels and subjects, depending on your creativity and goals. Topics will include virtual and augmented reality apps, artificial intelligence devices, inexpensive drones and robots and collections of resources and artifacts. There will be a mix of fast-paced presentations and time to explore. Bring your devices: cell phones, tablets and laptops. Suggestions for apps to load before the conference will be shared before the May presentation. No experience necessary. Enthusiastic and curious educators with a sense of adventure and a sense of humor are encouraged to attend. The session will end with a sing-along, a game, prizes, and a raffle.
Maureen Yoder | Professor | Lesley University
Enhance and Support Your Mathematics Teaching Through Data-Driven Instruction Without Adding Something New
Join us in learning how ASSISTments, a free math practice and assessment system that empowers teachers to target class instruction, monitor learning, and intervene quickly to keep students on track. When teachers assign digitally through Google Classroom or Canvas, ASSISTments enhances math content with actionable data for teachers and immediate feedback for students. We offer fully digitized versions of Eureka Math/EngageNY, Illustrative Mathematics, and Open Up Resources, grades 3-12, as well as a library of additional practice problems and assessments.
This hands-on workshop is designed to help teachers get started using ASSISTments in their classrooms to support a strong formative assessment routine. We will provide actionable strategies teachers can immediately utilize to efficiently gather and analyze student data to support differentiated instruction. Teachers will learn how to introduce ASSISTments to students and use it to build students’ growth mindset, and create an inclusive math classroom culture that is a safe space for all students to grow and learn. ASSISTments is forever free for teachers and students, and proven by rigorous research to impact student math achievement and shift teacher instruction. This session will give teachers what they need to create this impact in their classrooms.
Dawn Peterson | Director of Content and Partnerships | The ASSISTments Foundation
Respons-Able Educator Certificate Cohort
Vita-Learn in partnership with Digital Respons-Ability is offering a Response-Able Educator Certificate (REC) cohort that will begin with in-person instruction at Dynamic Landscapes followed by asynchronousself-paced online learning in combination with two (2) synchronous online cohort gatherings during the summer and an opportunity to present and share your learning at our fall conference, Vermont Fest.
The Respons-Able Educator Certification (REC) is a whole new way to help teachers embed and implement digial citizenship elements in their classroom. Based on tens of thousands of hours teaching digital citizenship to students, this professional learning helps teachers build skills in not only their students, but themselves. The REC program addresses digital citizenship holistically, covering topics such as media literacy, communication, the digital economy and more. It has downloadables, lesson plans, videos and other guides that teachers can use long after they finish the program. With 10 self-study asynchronous modules, teachers who complete REC can earn be school digital leaders, changing the culture and education around digital citizenship.
Requires advanced sign up and an additional registration fee
Carrie Rogers-Whitehead | Founder | Digital Respons-Ability