The Piedmont School and John Yowell Academy will be hosting its 3rd Annual Educators Workshop on Monday, February 4th. This is a FREE workshop to area educators of all grade levels (teachers, specialists, administrators looking for more info, etc). This opportunity is open to independent, charter, and public school educators who are looking for strategies and resources to implement with their students who may have learning differences.
Breakfast and lunch are provided. CEU hours will be given and we have several new breakout sessions we are offering!
7:00-7:50 a.m.: Registration Check-in and Breakfast
7:50-8:00 a.m.: Welcome by Tim Montgomery, Head of School
8:00-9:20 a.m.: Learning Differences, Diagnosis Information, What to Look for in Psych Report- Presented by Jennifer Kelly, Upper School Head
Vision Therapy, Presented by Dr. Hilary Gesford of Triangle Vision
9:20-9:30 a.m.: Break
9:30- 10:20a.m.: Breakout Session 1
10:30-11:20 a.m: Breakout Session 2
11:30-12:20 pm.: Breakout Session 3
12:30-1:30 p.m.: Lunch with The Piedmont School Faculty and Staff provided by Foresters Financial
Breakout Session Descriptions:
Promoting Student Engagement Through Active Reading Strategies- Presented by Kelli Saenz
Are your students reluctant to engage in discussions of text? Do they seem tuned out when it comes to reading a great piece of literature? Attention spans are shrinking, and we need to get our students actively engaged in the reading process! In this session, teachers will learn research-based active reading strategies (such as text coding, VIP and text graffiti) that are practical, flexible and self-differentiating. This presentation features research from Dr. Jan Richardson (The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading) and Harvard’s Project Zero.
EMS! How to Help Struggling Students: Explicit, Multi-Sensory & Strategic Strategies for Struggling Elementary Students- Presented by Jon Wallace
Have a class full of mixed-ability students and not sure how to get the best gain results? In this session, we will discuss research-based strategies that are proven to work. "EMS" or explicit, multi-sensory and strategic teaching strategies will be discussed for ELA in grades K-5. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how to implement EMS in a mixed-ability classroom as well as specific examples that they can start using immediately.
Worry, Anger, and Anxiety ...Oh My!- Presented by: Deneane Davis, Lower School Head & Melissa Linn, School Counselor
Do you have that one student (or more) that is reluctant, unmotivated or full of anxiety? Have they given up on their education? Well, we haven’t..this session will offer you tips, tricks, and strategies to help those students get back in the “game of school success!” We will also offer you hard copies of behavior charts, behavior plans, incentives and more! For grade levels K-12.
Creating Our Science EcosySTEM- Presented by: Sydney Hines
Join me to learn about my STEM approach to education! I will discuss activities, notebooks, presentations, and collaborative note-taking. I will discuss my personal approach to teaching a standards-based curriculum with an innovative schedule as well as introduce a few concepts pertaining to incorporating a whole-school STEM day into your calendar. Strategies available for kindergarten and elementary classrooms.
How Do You Social? Social Media Safety, Apps To Know, and How It Affects Your Schools and Classrooms- Presented by: Kori Mackall, Director of Communications
A presentation and round table type discussion on the power of social media in our schools and classrooms- the good, the bad, the ugly and even the necessity in today's classrooms/schools. Tips and ideas will be collaboratively shared. Think about the social media accounts (if any) that your school uses and how they are used- and who they are geared toward. We will also discuss apps students are using and how they may impact the dynamics of your classroom (even if they aren't using them on campus- you may still see the repercussions!).
Crash Into Assistive Technology! Presented by: Barbara Knight and Elizabeth Kennedy
During this presentation, we will explore applications and extensions available to students with learning and attention deficits that create equitable and inclusive classroom environments. Learn how to prepare your students with the knowledge they need to be successful and independent learners equipped with powerful technology toolboxes. With assistive technology, empower your students to reach their potential by helping them remove the barriers that prevent them from turning in their best work.
STEAM For Middle and High School- Presented by: Kim Williams and Chris Petty
Join us to learn about our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) team approach to collaborative teaching and learning. We will share how we create and implement a school-wide STEAM day for middle and high school grades to enjoy, and how Math and Science have collaborated to create a STEAM competition project that addresses both Math and Science State Standards for Geometry and Engineering.
Below you will see a sign-up for each breakout session. We have four choices per breakout session. Please make sure to register for your chosen sessions below (one per session).
If you have any questions, please contact Kori Mackall, Director of Communications, [email protected]