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Classroom Projects to Inspire Creativity & Foster Social-Emotional Learning

Based on Dr. Haiken's book, this session is for educators who want to utilize creative classroom projects to foster content knowledge and social-emotional learning (SEL). Participants will be introduced to hands-on projects across disciplines that engage students, promote design thinking, and elevate learning while helping to build social and emotional skills.

Michele L. Haiken, Ed.D. is an educator, author, and blogger. She has been teaching for more than 24 years and is passionate about empowering 21st century learners through educational technology and literacy so everyone can reach excellence. She is the author of Creative SEL: Using Hands On Projects to Boost Social-Emotional Learning and Personalized Reading.

Diving into AI in Education: 10 Things to Try and 10 to Avoid

Uncover the potential of AI to revolutionize teaching and learning while learning from real-world examples. AI offers new opportunities to enhance student engagement and personalize learning experiences. However, AI comes with both promises and challenges. We will explore 10 dos and don'ts when it comes to AI. For example, do learn how AI-powered tutoring systems can adapt to individual student needs and provide personalized learning experiences but don't overlook data privacy or the ethical considerations when using AI in education. Join us to explore some AI tools and essential considerations.

Rachelle Dene Poth is a Spanish and STEAM teacher and attorney. She is a frequent presenter at conferences on emerging technology and ways to benefit student learning. Rachelle has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Presidential Gold Award for Volunteer Service in Education. As an accomplished author, she has seven titles currently in print, and has contributed to multiple collaborative publications. She enjoys delivering PD, especially on appsmashing, AR/VR, SEL, STEM, project-based learning, and more.

Meet Google Bard, Your Free ChatGPT Alternative

Dive into the world of AI with Alice Keeler as she introduces Google Bard™, the free alternative to ChatGPT™. In this practical and education-focused session, Alice will demonstrate how teachers can harness the power of Google Bard to revolutionize their classrooms. Discover Google Bard's capacities to assist in lesson planning, improve student engagement, and offer personalized learning experiences. Alice will guide participants through navigating Bard's user-friendly interface, utilizing its educational applications, and optimizing its use to complement and enhance traditional teaching methods. Learn new strategies to use Google Bard effectively in your teaching practice, opening up a whole new world of educational possibilities.
 

Alice Keeler is a teacher, mom of five, expert in edtech integration & virtual learning, speaker, and author. She is passionate about student-centered teaching and using tech to build relationships, empower students, and make learning better. She is the author of 50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom and Stepping Up to Google Classroom.

Building Resilience in Students and Teachers

This session will focus on understanding the concept of resilience and its importance in maintaining mental well-being. Participants will learn about practical strategies to develop and strengthen resilience in both students and teachers, including coping with stress, fostering a growth mindset, and creating a supportive learning environment.

Mandy Froehlich is an experienced Director of Innovation and Technology, technology integrator, and teacher, whose interest lies in reinvigorating and re-engaging teachers back into their profession, as well as exploring what’s needed to support teachers in their pursuit of innovative and divergent thinking and teaching. She consults internationally with districts and institutions in the effective use of technology to support great teaching, mental health support for educators, and how to create organizational change. She is an author of several books in the mental health and education space.

Empowering Diverse Learners with Student-Paced Lessons

In the era of increasing diversity in classrooms, educators must find innovative ways to meet the needs of all learners. This session will explore how student-paced lesson planning can be used in conjunction with MTSS and UDL frameworks to create inclusive, engaging, and differentiated learning experiences that empower each student to work in ways that align with their unique needs and abilities.

Bonnie Nieves is the author of Be Awesome on Purpose as well as a contributor to EdReports and The American Biology Teacher Journal. She has nearly two decades of experience as a high school science teacher. Bonnie holds a master's degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Educational Leadership and is a member of many professional organizations including MassCUE, ISTE, and NSTA. Her passion for creating immersive and authentic experiences that fuel curiosity and creating student-centered, culturally responsive learning spaces that promote equity and inclusion has led her to establish Educate On Purpose Coaching. Connect with her on Twitter @biologygoddess, Instagram @beawesomeonpurpose, and LinkedIn.

Digital Wellbeing and Healthy Screen Time Management

With the increasing use of technology in education, it's essential to address the impact of screen time on mental well-being. This webinar will discuss the effects of excessive screen time on students and teachers, strategies for creating a healthy digital balance, and how to promote digital well-being in and out of the classroom.

Mandy Froehlich is an experienced Director of Innovation and Technology, technology integrator, and teacher, whose interest lies in reinvigorating and re-engaging teachers back into their profession, as well as exploring what’s needed to support teachers in their pursuit of innovative and divergent thinking and teaching. She consults internationally with districts and institutions in the effective use of technology to support great teaching, mental health support for educators, and how to create organizational change. She is an author of several books in the mental health and education space.

The Power of Positive Psychology in the Classroom

This course will explore the principles of positive psychology and how they can be applied in the classroom to enhance mental well-being. Educators will learn about techniques such as gratitude exercises and fostering positive relationships among students, which can contribute to a happier, more productive learning environment.

Mandy Froehlich is an experienced Director of Innovation and Technology, technology integrator, and teacher, whose interest lies in reinvigorating and re-engaging teachers back into their profession, as well as exploring what’s needed to support teachers in their pursuit of innovative and divergent thinking and teaching. She consults internationally with districts and institutions in the effective use of technology to support great teaching, mental health support for educators, and how to create organizational change. She is an author of several books in the mental health and education space.

Recognizing and Supporting Students with Anxiety

Join us for this session where we will equip teachers with the knowledge and skills to recognize signs of anxiety in students and provide appropriate support. Participants will learn about the different types of anxiety, how they can manifest in the classroom, and evidence-based interventions that can be implemented to help students manage their anxiety and achieve their full potential.

Mandy Froehlich is an experienced Director of Innovation and Technology, technology integrator, and teacher, whose interest lies in reinvigorating and re-engaging teachers back into their profession, as well as exploring what’s needed to support teachers in their pursuit of innovative and divergent thinking and teaching. She consults internationally with districts and institutions in the effective use of technology to support great teaching, mental health support for educators, and how to create organizational change. She is an author of several books in the mental health and education space.

Mindfulness and Meditation for Stress Reduction

This session will introduce mindfulness and meditation practices that can help reduce stress and anxiety in both students and teachers. Participants will learn about the science behind mindfulness, the benefits of regular practice, and simple techniques that can be easily integrated into daily routines for a more balanced and focused state of mind.

Mandy Froehlich is an experienced Director of Innovation and Technology, technology integrator, and teacher, whose interest lies in reinvigorating and re-engaging teachers back into their profession, as well as exploring what’s needed to support teachers in their pursuit of innovative and divergent thinking and teaching. She consults internationally with districts and institutions in the effective use of technology to support great teaching, mental health support for educators, and how to create organizational change. She is an author of several books in the mental health and education space.

Creative, Productive, and Personalized Classrooms

This session will focus on how and why you can engage students in learning and assessments. We will explore different types of assessments, methods of assessment, and tools that promote student choice and voice in learning. We'll also discuss how you can use assessments to provide students with opportunities to develop essential skills. Some methods we will cover include choice boards, genius hour, and PBL STEM activities. Join us to discover how to facilitate these methods and foster student agency in learning.

Rachelle Dene Poth is a Spanish and STEAM teacher and attorney. She is a frequent presenter at conferences on emerging technology and ways to benefit student learning. Rachelle has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Presidential Gold Award for Volunteer Service in Education. As an accomplished author, she has seven titles currently in print, and has contributed to multiple collaborative publications. She enjoys delivering PD, especially on appsmashing, AR/VR, SEL, STEM, project-based learning, and more

Artificial Intelligence in Education: What Do We Need to Know?

Learn how AI is being used in education, its implications for the future, and how it has impacted learning. Then, we'll explore resources for teaching about AI. You'll walk away with a better understanding of the ethical considerations of using AI as well as the benefits of using AI for education. The session will include an overview of what AI is, resources to introduce it to students, some key facts about the use of AI in our lives, and activities & courses to explore. Plus, we'll show you how to explore some useful AI tools and provide AI activity ideas.

Rachelle Dene Poth is a Spanish and STEAM teacher and attorney. She is a frequent presenter at conferences on emerging technology and ways to benefit student learning. Rachelle has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Presidential Gold Award for Volunteer Service in Education. As an accomplished author, she has seven titles currently in print, and has contributed to multiple collaborative publications. She enjoys delivering PD, especially on appsmashing, AR/VR, SEL, STEM, project-based learning, and more.

Building Inquiry-Based Instruction

In the standardized testing era, students are too often asked to memorize facts and/or recall ideas without being expected to retain a deeper understanding of the information. Depth in learning comes from focusing on critical thinking, evaluating information, and tapping into students’ intrinsic curiosity. This session is designed to support educators in creating inquiry-based lessons with a focus on critical thinking and problem-solving skills, both of which enhance student performance in and out of the classroom. Applying and integrating inquiry-based lessons into instruction allows students to be independent learners and helps educators to increase the relevance of their lessons.

Matt Joseph is currently the Director of Evaluation, Supervision, Mentoring and Hiring in Brockton Public Schools. He is the CEO of X-Factor EDU and the author of several books. He has held many positions in education from classroom teacher to principal; this has given him insight into how best to support teaching and learning. He writes articles for national publications and is a frequent speaker at state and national educational events as well as the president-elect of MASCD.

Introduction to Instructional Coaching

Even the world's most successful athletes, singers, and business people have coaches. Teachers and students alike can benefit greatly from the collaboration that is vital to a successful coaching model. Instructional coaching is a supportive model many districts are embracing. Join us for this session as we take a look at different instructional coaching models, why they're effective, and how you can implement them in your district. We will also provide many resources to get you started in the world of instructional coaching, and discuss why data should be the driving force to our instruction.

The Relationship Between Innovative Thinking and Educator Mental Health

Two seemingly separate concepts in education, innovation and mental health, are actually more connected than one might think. Join us and Mandy Froehlich in this session to discover how innovative thinking and mental health are related, how educator engagement impacts climate/culture, and strategies that can provide healthy support for a greater chance to support innovation in the school.

Mandy Froehlich is an experienced Director of Innovation and Technology, technology integrator, and teacher, whose interest lies in reinvigorating and re-engaging teachers back into their profession, as well as exploring what’s needed to support teachers in their pursuit of innovative and divergent thinking and teaching. She consults internationally with districts and institutions in the effective use of technology to support great teaching, mental health support for educators, and how to create organizational change.

Awakening Our Curiosity

Curiosity takes effort. It takes creativity. It takes brainpower. And it leads to passion, purpose, and innovation. When there is so much on the line, how do we dare to be curious? Join us and Mandy Froehlich in learning how to awaken curiosity and why it matters in the our profession.

Mandy Froehlich is an experienced Director of Innovation and Technology, technology integrator, and teacher, whose interest lies in reinvigorating and re-engaging teachers back into their profession, as well as exploring what’s needed to support teachers in their pursuit of innovative and divergent thinking and teaching. She consults internationally with districts and institutions in the effective use of technology to support great teaching, mental health support for educators, and how to create organizational change.

Intro to Wakelet

Wakelet is a free digital curation platform that lets anyone organize content, including teachers and students. Join one of our very own Wakelet Ambassadors to learn how to get started using and integrating Wakelet's easy-to-use tools. You'll be saving, sharing, collaborating, and engaging others in no time!

Burnout and Demoralization: What They Are and How to Heal

Most people have heard the term burnout, but not as many are familiar with the concept of demoralization. Learn the difference between the two concepts, why it’s important to name what’s happening, and strategies for healing. Join us and Mandy Froehlich in learning how to heal from burnout and demoralization in teaching workspaces.

Mandy Froehlich is an experienced Director of Innovation and Technology, technology integrator, and teacher, whose interest lies in reinvigorating and re-engaging teachers back into their profession, as well as exploring what’s needed to support teachers in their pursuit of innovative and divergent thinking and teaching. She consults internationally with districts and institutions in the effective use of technology to support great teaching, mental health support for educators, and how to create organizational change.

Healing Through Self-Compassion and Micro-Resilience Strategies

Understanding who we are and how we can best take care of ourselves is one of the best ways to become our best selves and better support those we serve. In this session, we'll explore practical strategies for the four types of self-care, and discuss resilience strategies & activities that contribute to developing a strong foundation for healing. Join us and Mandy Froehlich in learning how to build strength through micro-resilience strategies.

Mandy Froehlich is an experienced Director of Innovation and Technology, technology integrator, and teacher, whose interest lies in reinvigorating and re-engaging teachers back into their profession, as well as exploring what’s needed to support teachers in their pursuit of innovative and divergent thinking and teaching. She consults internationally with districts and institutions in the effective use of technology to support great teaching, mental health support for educators, and how to create organizational change.

Educator Mental Health and Why We Emotionally Disengage

We work in an emotion-filled profession where empathy and passion are our greatest asset. However, what happens when those feelings are challenged or taken away entirely? How does this happen, and what can we do about it? Join us and Mandy Froehlich as we explore the reasons why educators become emotionally disengaged in the teaching profession.

Mandy Froehlich is an experienced Director of Innovation and Technology, technology integrator, and teacher, whose interest lies in reinvigorating and re-engaging teachers back into their profession, as well as exploring what’s needed to support teachers in their pursuit of innovative and divergent thinking and teaching. She consults internationally with districts and institutions in the effective use of technology to support great teaching, mental health support for educators, and how to create organizational change.

Designing School Notices with Canva

Classroom or school-wide newsletters shouldn't be boring. Join us for this course to explore how you can keep parents, students, and staff up to date by using creative school newsletter templates available in Canva. With just a few clicks, we will dive into the steps for personalizing and publishing!

CLIMBE with Spaces

A classroom is not bound by four walls but instead is a place where learning is cultivated, led, inspired, motivated, built, and empowered (CLIMBE). Join educator and author, Dene Gainey as he demonstrates how learning can happen anywhere, whether individually, in groups, or as a whole-class discussion using Spaces, an innovative assessment and lesson delivery system. Part two in our series on Spaces, this webinar will dig deeper into the features, usability, and examples of how Spaces can be integrated into your classroom.
 

All in the Right Spaces!

Learning happens in so many ways that are not always effectively demonstrated by a test. Learning is multi-modal! This webinar introduces you to Spaces, an innovative assessment and lesson delivery system that promotes, encourages, and inspires student learning in more ways than one. Join educator and author, Dene Gainey to learn about Spaces from set up to first use. As an educator, Dene makes it his mission to build bridges and fill gaps, not to mention motivate students to be “more.” In this session, we will discuss how to use Spaces to help students effectively learn and assess that learning - from project and problem-based learning to social-emotional benefits and portfolio building.
 

Fostering Cultural Awareness in Your Students

Influencing the way students view the world, and how they connect with the people they meet, is just as important as learning how to read, write, and solve math problems. In this session, we'll look at some tips and tricks to help teachers foster supportive learning environments where students of all cultures feel included. We'll also discuss how to incorporate cultural differences into activities and lessons that help students become even more well-rounded members of their own community

EdTech Essentials Part 2: Creation and Collaboration with Digital Tools

Join educator, author, and speaker Monica Burns and the OTIS for educators team for part two of this three-part webinar series that will explore essential EdTech topics alongside actionable tips and favorite tools. Learn strategies for supporting students as creators and how to design learning activities for movie making, ebook design, website building, podcasting, and more. In this session, you’ll explore how to support students as creators as they work together with their peers. 

EdTech Essentials Part 1: Curating Resources and Expanding Classroom Walls

Join educator, author, and speaker Monica Burns and the OTIS for educators team for part one of this three-part webinar series that will explore essential EdTech topics alongside actionable tips and favorite tools. Learn about free and low-cost resources for student consumers that connect to reading, viewing, and listening experiences students have online. In this session, you’ll explore the tools and the strategies for curating content for students with an emphasis on expanding classroom walls with digital resources.