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Teaching & Learning, School Leadership & Management

Supporting Students’ Behavioral Health in Online & Blended Learning Environments

Online and blended learning environments present special challenges when it comes to supporting students’ behavioral health needs. In this interactive session, participants will be introduced to a tiered framework for addressing these needs and will have an opportunity to learn from each other as to how those needs are being met and how they are documented to ensure accountability throughout. District and school teams are encouraged to attend together. Bring your devices for sharing ideas! We will be using Pear Deck and Google Slides to brainstorm and share best practices – encourage colleagues to be a part of your school’s conversation.

Presenter Bio: Judy is a consultant working with schools to bring success to students, though she has previously served as a music teacher, Superintendent of schools, as well as teaching at the University of Hartford and American International College. When she’s not working with school districts as VP of Entreprenuership at the Management Solution, Judy enjoys playing the piano, singing, and hiking.

Teaching & Learning, School Leadership & Management, IT Leadership & Management

Dazzling Data with Google Data Studio

Have you been digging through data with a traditional spreadsheet (like Google Sheets)? Did you know that Google offers a FREE platform that “turns your data into fully customizable informative reports and dashboards that are easy to read and share.” Join Susie to learn how to get started with this fabulous tool and begin looking at your data in a better way.

Suzie Simmons

Presenter Bio: I’m the technology coach for grades 6 to 12 for MSAD #6 here in gorgeous Maine. I have been working in the district since I was in college when I started as a long term sub during the second semester of the 2005-2006 school year. After spending 7.5 years at the graphic arts teacher at the high school, I made the jump to the (new) technology coach position starting during the 2013-2014 school year. I swear it is my dream job! I earned my B.S. in Technology in Education in 2006 from the University of Southern Maine, my M.Ed. in Technology Education in 2011 from Lesley University and my Ed.S. in Instructional Technology from the University of Maine. I hold both a #700 Technology Education and a #680 Computer Education certification in the State of Maine.

Workshop Resources: https://train.simmonsclassroom.com/google-data-studio

Teaching & Learning, School Leadership & Management

The Unbiased Collection: Library Curation without Opinions

Need to curate a collection for students that includes diverse, equitable, and interesting reads? Do you want to gain a deeper understanding of your collection that is based on facts, and not on others’ opinions of the book? Do you want to grow your scaffolding skills to build the collection across grade levels and content areas? Great! Come learn about the S.T.A.I.R Method, a personally developed curation method made to help eliminate biases and focus on filling gaps and maintaining high quality literature. 

This session will focus on an easy to use method for curation and application of method on purchasing books.

Amy Stefanski

 Presenter Bio:

Amy N. Stefanski is the District Librarian for Dunlap School District #323. A former secondary CTE teacher, she now manages the print and digital collection, operational strategy, and development of the K-12 Library Program. As an advocate for school libraries & sustainable education, she focuses on the growth and sustainability of educational professionals by offering leadership and development opportunities to better enhance library programs for all students and teachers. Amy bridges the gap between schools and businesses by understanding the needs of our students in growing markets. She anticipates her graduation from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, December 2020, with an MBA from the Gies Business School.

Amy is the creator of the D323 Library Podcast, Libranski.com and Learning with Libranski. 

Teaching & Learning

FLASH: Tools for Blended Learning (3:10 pm)

Our goal as online teachers should be to support my students with as little direct control as possible. Project Based Learning is a great approach for this, but the band director in me still wants to keep some order in the chaos! Through my online teaching, I’ve discovered and built several useful tools for this, but I keep finding that of these, the cloud-based “Leader Board” is probably the most useful and adaptable. In this short session, I’ll share how to combine Google Forms and Sheets to create a daily check-in workflow to track student progress in a blended environment, foster student motivation and focus, and support a high degree of flexibility in learning paths.

Presenter Bio: Jim Chlebak has been performing and teaching music for over 30 years and working with music technology even longer. In addition to teaching classroom and online music courses, his projects include synthesizer programming; website creation; coding & game design; audio sculpting and recording; and building tech tools that leave more time for working with and supporting students. By design, he works mostly with open source or free technology, such as Google docs or Joomla. He has degrees in French and French Horn from Oberlin College and Oberlin Conservatory, respectively, and an MSIT in music through distance learning from Marlboro College Graduate Center.

Teaching & Learning, School Leadership & Management, IT Leadership & Management

FLASH: Mastery Connect (3:30 pm)

We’ve all gotten very good at compiling, or ‘GATHERING’ data on our students, but how is all this data benefiting that one student that is struggling with a specific skill? Are we truly USING that data on a daily basis to help impact our students?  Or, are we simply doing it to COMPLY with some initiative? This 15 minute Flash session will introduce you to Mastery Connect! Learn more during the afternoon session, Data Gathering vs. Data Using: How To Be Successful In Proficiency-Based Education

Casey Nuttall

Presenter Bio: As a Regional Sales Leader for MasteryConnect, I have spent the last 4 years working with educators to help assist them with their efforts to become more effective and efficient with their competency-based approach by providing a platform that facilitates real-time data and analytics.

Teaching & Learning, IT Leadership & Management

FLASH: A New Era in Distance Learning: Live Online Courses (2:50 PM)

Asynchronous online courses have proven to be a great option for students needing flexibility due to time and geography. This delivery isn’t meant for everyone though as it can feel isolating and unstructured. Because of this, NVU is now offering Live Online courses that incorporate desktop and video conferencing sessions.

Come to this session to learn how high schools throughout Vermont can now provide students with dual enrollment opportunities through this collaborative venture. We will discuss this new model of hybrid courses as well as professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, and other uses of the software and resources that have been provided to high schools in Vermont via NVU’s USDA grant.

Bobbi Jo Carter

Presenter Bio:

Bobbi Jo Carter is the Associate Dean of Distance Education Programs for Northern Vermont University. Prior to taking this position at NVU (formerly Johnson State College), she held positions in Distance Education and Information Technology at four different schools in South Dakota and Alabama.

Highlights of her qualifications include:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Organization and Management with an emphasis in Information Technology
  • Master of Science in E-learning Technology and Administration with a specialization in Multimedia
  • Over twenty years’ professional management experience in educational technology and distance learning
  • Graduate and undergraduate teaching experience
School Leadership & Management, IT Leadership & Management

Zoom Into Webinar Tools and Opportunities With ENA

Zoom Video Webinars provide you with a robust set of webinar tools that enable you to broadcast a Zoom meeting to up to 10,000 view-only attendees. Join this session to learn more about hosting and branding Zoom webinars. Learn about all the features and functionalities available to make your webinar outstanding!

Presenter Bio:

Lexus Words is the Partner Program Success Manager at ENA, where she collaborates with school systems and customers alike to provide the highest quality technology solutions. To help navigate the rapidly changing virtual environment, Lexus collaborates with customers to ensure that each one has a successful experience with all ENA products and services. She provides training and resources to develop remote events and classes that are both secure and private, while also making learning fun for customers.

Monica Cougan is the Manager of Strategic Relationships and Initiatives at ENA, where she leverages more than 35 years of experience in education and technology to help schools make the most of new technology. She has been an evangelist for the adoption of technology as a transformative educational tool.  Monica has extensive experience helping K-12 school districts implement programs that foster systemic change.

Teaching & Learning, School Leadership & Management

Exploring how to Bring SEL, via Digital Citizenship, into the Distance Learning Environment

We know that meeting social & emotional needs of students is critical to academic success — students learn better when they feel heard, valued, & respected. Join Common Sense Education as we explore unique ways educators can use digital citizenship and social-emotional learning to create engaging welcoming learning environments whether in person or from a distance. Participants will discuss digital dilemmas our students may be facing and the questions that they raise. You will leave with strategies, thinking routines and tools to help students navigate their digital lives with perspective.

Participants register for a (free) account at commonsense.org/education

Tali Horowitz

Presenter bio: Tali Horowitz is the New York Education Director at Common Sense, where she works with educators and families around how to meaningfully harness the power of media and technology with kids. Her passions include helping educators and families effectively navigate the digital world and building cultural competency. She has worked in a variety of educational settings focused on developing these passions, including as an elementary school teacher in the New York City Department of Education and the San Francisco Unified School District. In 2013, she received a Fulbright Fellowship to research culturally responsive pedagogy in New Zealand. In her free time she loves face-to-face interactions with friends and family.

Teaching & Learning

Student Engagement

Are you an online teacher? Do you do awesome stuff? Do you want to talk to other online teachers to see what awesome stuff they do? Let’s talk about student engagement!  This is a chance for online teachers to share what works and what doesn’t around student engagement in their online classroom.   In this workshop we will discuss our best practices around student communication, teacher presence, online tools, and adding opportunities for collaboration and cooperation. We will collect our results and post them online for future reference. Come share your ideas with the online learning community!

Presenter Biography: Jennifer Fribush is the Professional Development Coordinator for VTVLC. She is a Computer Science and Math teacher who has taught face to face and online in Vermont for two decades. Ms. Fribush has created a number of Computer Science classes for VTVLC as well as developing the Certificate in Online Teaching program at the Northeast Online Teaching Institute. Ms. Fribush is also currently serving on the Vermont State Board for Professional Educators (VSBPE) and was previously Chair of her Local Standards Board. She can be contacted at jfribush@neoti.org.

Jennifer Fribush

Presenter Bio: Jennifer Fribush is the Professional Development Coordinator for VTVLC. She is a Computer Science and Math teacher who has taught face to face and online in Vermont for two decades. Ms. Fribush has created a number of Computer Science classes for VTVLC as well as developing the Certificate in Online Teaching program at the Northeast Online Teaching Institute. Ms. Fribush is also currently serving on the Vermont State Board for Professional Educators (VSBPE) and was previously Chair of her Local Standards Board. She can be contacted at jfribush@neoti.org.

Teaching & Learning, School Leadership & Management

Mentoring School Librarians Matters

VSLA, UVM  and the NEA have partnered in writing a Great Public Schools Grant  to train experienced school librarians to coach and support every new-to-the-profession librarian hired in our state.
– We intend to recruit and train 15 new experienced certified school librarians each year for three years to be trained his mentor coaches. 
– We intend to have a pool of train school library mentors in each of the five Vermont School library association regions of Vermont in order to peer every newly hired Librarian with a seasoned mentor.
– We intend to develop a sustainable system for successful professional learning for both veterans and another school librarians in Vermont that focuses on improving student learning outcomes for diverse learners in all regions of our state. With increased skill and follow ups support for school librarian student success will be reflected in outcomes and competencies as outlined in American Association of school library and standards framework for learners. 
The grant outlines a framework for continuing professional learning and sustainability of the initiative.

Nancy Daigle

Presenter Bio: Nancy is a National Board Certified Teacher (2010) and has worked in education since 1983. Her experience in EEE and Success by Six led her to discover her passion for early literacy and was ultimately  hired as the school librarian at Thatcher Brook Primary School when she completed the School Library Media sequence at UVM. Nancy is a mentor, and is the Mentor Coordinator for the Harwood Unified Union School District.  Last summer, along with Judith Kaplan from UVM, Nancy wrote and received a $157,000 grant from the NEA to build a statewide network that will train experienced school librarians to mentor Librarian‘s that are new to the profession.