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Friday, January 15
 

8:00am

2015 STEM Symposium Engaging STEM in the Classroom through Applied Pedagogy - Session is located at Aiken Technical College

Any currently enrolled STEM MSRP teacher is required to attend this meeting.


Friday January 15, 2016 8:00am - 3:00pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801

8:00am

2015 STEM Symposium Engaging STEM in the Classroom through Applied Pedagogy - Session is located at Aiken Technical College

Any currently enrolled STEM MSRP teacher is required to attend this meeting.


Friday January 15, 2016 8:00am - 3:00pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803

8:00am

2015 STEM Symposium Engaging STEM in the Classroom through Applied Pedagogy - Session is located at Aiken Technical College

Any currently enrolled STEM MSRP teacher is required to attend this meeting.


Friday January 15, 2016 8:00am - 3:00pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829

8:30am

Classroom Management within Literacy Environments - SAHS: Room# 325
Limited Capacity filling up

Class management within literacy environments session will focus on specific methods that are applicable to every classroom to motivate students to work toward improving literacy skills and content area knowledge. First, the session will introduce problems within a literacy classroom that distract student's learning. Next this session will demonstrate, discuss, and share strategies with activities which will increase students' time on task and provide opportunities for learning. At the end of this session, participants will be able to model a bell to bell lesson cycle, know a variety of rewards and incentives for students' success in the classroom, and minimize undesirable behaviors.

Presenter
avatar for Sabrina Buggs

Sabrina Buggs

8th Grade Social Studies, Busbee Corbett Elementary Middle School
Sabrina Buggs, Teresa Johnson and Valerie Walker are veteran teachers who have taught in both rural and urban schools throughout South Carolina.  Valerie Walker has been in education many years. She began her career teaching in Adult Education and later moved on to teaching English Language Arts on the middle school level. Sabrina Buggs has been teaching social studies for several years, and has built an effective classroom... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented A.L. Corbett Middle
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

Linking Literacy with Social-Emotional & Behavioral Development - SAHS: Room# 302
Limited Capacity seats available

Social-emotional development occurs on a parallel path with early literacy development. Early childhood educators know that literacy opportunities that arise naturally in both the home and school environment not only develop listening skills, oral language, and reading and writing skills, but also foster the development of social-emotional growth. That is, as children experience and master more complex forms of language and literacy, they are more likely to build more complex and sophisticated communication skills in order to articulate themselves. Such students are more likely to engage in positive peer and adult interactions and behaviors in school, and in turn, are more likely to remain more engaged in their academics. Studies have shown that students who have mastered such early literacy skills, and continue to fine tune such skills, are significantly more likely to perform higher academically and engage in positive social-emotional and behavioral self-regulation skills. In this presentation, we will further examine how early literacy development and social-emotional development are interrelated. In addition, we will describe specific and effective literacy-based strategies and activities that both early childhood educators and school-based mental health practitioners can both use in the classroom and suggest to families so they can support their young student’s social-emotional and behavioral skills at home.

Presenter
avatar for Ameet Boleigh

Ameet Boleigh

School Psychologist, Aiken County Public School District
Ameet Boleigh is a school psychologist who works at the Center for Innovative Learning (CIL) at Pinecrest, an alternative education program with Aiken County Public School District (ACPSD). Mr. Boleigh helps to provide training and execution of evidence-based interventions and supports to teachers and students in order for students to be academically, social-emotionally, and behaviorally successful. He has specialized training in the... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Center for Innovative Learning
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

SMART Classroom Management - MVHS: Room# 212
Limited Capacity full

While our focus on rigorous academic instruction is vastly important, developing and supporting appropriate behaviors cannot be forgotten.  Shifting our thinking from "behavior management" to "behavior instruction" is a great first step to begin to address all of the new issues that are arising.  Classroom management is about far more than just a few rules and consequences.  Come discover how to set up your classroom for behavioral success!

Presenter
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Beth Taylor

Beth Taylor, M.Ed./BCBA, coordinates the Instructional Programming Division for the Department of Special Programs. She works with special education and general education teachers to improve instruction and behavior for at-risk students and students with disabilities. Her previous experiences include Behavior Specialist, Autism Program Coordinator, Special Education Teacher, and General Education Teacher.


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Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

The Good Behavior Game: Evidence-based Behavior Management During Literacy Block - SAHS: Room# 214
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will introduce the evidence base for the Good Behavior Game (GBG) and its utility for managing classroom behavior during the literacy block. Classroom management along with engaging material are crucial when introducing and practicing skills in school. Over 40 years of research indicate that the GBG is effective in reducing disruptive behavior across grade levels, subjects, and student academic ability (Barrish, Saunders, & Wolf, 1969; Kellum et al., 2011). The GBG is implemented class-wide, however can also be used to address the behavior of one or more target students. A brief review of research literature will begin the session. Participants will then learn how to conduct the GBG in their classrooms with a demonstration; collect data for students needing targeted intervention; and plan for fidelity and fading the intervention as needed. Participants will also be provided handouts necessary for the GBG. At the end of the session, attendees will have the knowledge and materials for setting up a class-wide behavior management intervention that will fit well alongside any literacy lesson.

Presenter
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Ashley Bouknight Wingard, PhD, BCBA

Ashley Bouknight Wingard, PhD, BCBA, is currently a School Psychologist for Aiken County Public Schools.  She received a doctoral degree in Health Psychology with an emphasis in Pediatric School Psychology from East Carolina University in 2014.  She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and completed most of her behavioral training in elementary and middle schools, as well as a behavioral pediatrics clinic.  Ashley leads the... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

Achieving higher literacy levels through the use of the web-based tool Sightreadingfactory.com - SAHS: Room 308
Limited Capacity filling up

Participant will learn how to use the various parameters of the website to instruct students on various literary tools such as comprehension, reading speed/pace and focus skills.


Presenter

Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Paul Knox Middle
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

Do you know your AVCs? (Academic Vocabulary in the Content Areas) - SAHS: Room# 324
Limited Capacity filling up

ATTENTION ALL MATH, SCIENCE, SOCIAL STUDIES AND ELA TEACHERS !!! This session is for you! This session will provide educators with instructional strategies on how to incorporate the use of academic vocabulary in their content classes. At the end of this session educators will be able to enter their classrooms on January 19th, 2016 with new ideas for teaching, reviewing,and daily use for vocabulary.

Presenter
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Savannah Myers

Teacher, Aiken County PSD
Savannah Myers is a ESOL teacher in Aiken County. She has over 10 years of teaching experience, which includes teaching Spanish to all ages and ESOL. Throughout her experiences with language acquisition, she acquired a variety of instructional strategies that help educators to differentiate their instruction. She loves language and loves helping educators discover new ways of teaching language to scholars. email-smyers2@acpsd.net



Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Aiken Middle
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

Literacy Integrated through the Subjects - MVHS: Room# 220
Limited Capacity full

Participants will gain ideas on ways to incorporate different literacy ideas throughout each discipline.

Presenter
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Tomia Jones

Tomia Jones is a Kindergarten teacher at Millbrook Elementary school. She has taught at Millbrook for 8 yrs. This is her 11th year teaching. She has her Eds. in Teacher Leadership.



Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Millbrook Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

Reading, Writing, & Thinking With the Interactive Notebook - SAHS: Room# 318
Limited Capacity filling up

Participants will learn how to create, evaluate, and assess students through the use of an interactive notebook all while keeping students actively engaged as they become responsible for their own learning.

I will share with participants:
  • Pros & Cons of the notebook How to evaluate & assess notebooks 
  • Time saving ideas Where & how to find additional support & resources 
  • Differentiation for students on all levels 
  • Encouraging learning through all learning styles 
  • Assisting struggling readers 
  • Encouraging student led research 
  • Assisting with student organizational skills

Presenter
avatar for Courtney Harley

Courtney Harley

Courtney Harley is a 4th year teacher at LBC Middle School.  She currently teaches 8th grade Algebra I & SC History.  Ms. Harley was awarded Aiken County's Induction Teacher of the Year for 2012-2013!  Ms. Harley was introduced to the interactive notebook after spending weeks attempting different educational strategies to better teach struggling students.



Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented LBC Middle
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

Using Literacy Agreements in the Content Areas - MVHS: Room# 208
Limited Capacity full

Explore using literacy agreements for the content areas. Written agreements gives students some autonomy regarding their final grade and presentation method. It also provides opportunities to involve parents in the learning process. At the end of the session, teachers will be able to create literacy agreements that integrate Math, Science and Social Studies.

Presenter
avatar for Karey Santos

Karey Santos

Mrs. Santos has been teaching at Millbrook Elementary School for 25 years. During this time, she has served in a variety of positions, 5th grade teacher, Math/Science Specialist, GT Teacher, and is currently a 4th grade teacher. She received both her BA and IMA through the University of South Carolina and is National Board Certified as a Middle Child/Generalist. In addition to teaching, she has authored and/or reviewed a variety of... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Millbrook Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

Mastery Connect: Life beyond the bubbles for Language Arts - AHS: Rm# Lab A1
Limited Capacity full

General description: “I do not teach using multiple choice assessment, so I can’t use MasteryConnect.” Nothing could be further from the truth. This session will focus on the ways in which all other assessment types (rubric- based, performance-based, short answer, open response, etc.) can be scored using the MasteryConnect performance grader and new Teacher app. Participants will be guided through subject specific examples of how MasteryConnect can improve student outcomes by identifying levels of understanding to target students for intervention, all while self-evaluating the teaching and learning happening in the classroom.


Presenter
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Noel Gomez

Noël Gomez is a former teacher and school/district administrator. During her public education career, she worked with students in Kindergarten through 12th grade and also taught at the university level in the teacher education program. Noël has been a proponent of mastery or standards-based education for many years and was a MasteryConnect user from the company’s early days. After 22 years in public education, Noël has traded bus duty and... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

Mastery Connect: Life beyond the bubbles for Language Arts - SAHS: Rm# 107
Limited Capacity seats available

General description: “I do not teach using multiple choice assessment, so I can’t use MasteryConnect.” Nothing could be further from the truth. This session will focus on the ways in which all other assessment types (rubric- based, performance-based, short answer, open response, etc.) can be scored using the MasteryConnect performance grader and new Teacher app. Participants will be guided through subject specific examples of how MasteryConnect can improve student outcomes by identifying levels of understanding to target students for intervention, all while self-evaluating the teaching and learning happening in the classroom.


Presenter
CN

Carolyn Nixon

Carolyn was born and raised in Missouri and has 34 years of public education teaching experience. As an educator she served in the following roles: Speech Language Pathologist, Speech & Theatre, English Language Arts, Title I Reading, Social Studies, Math, Learning Disabilities, and Study Skills. Carolyn served as an Instructional Coach for eight years in grades 5-12. She is currently retired and serving as a Professional Development Associate... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

The Middle School High Five: Strategies Can Triumph - SAHS: Room# 321
Limited Capacity seats available

The Middle School High Five strategies were developed by Amy Goodman of the Anchorage School District, Alaska. These strategies work well in elevating the importance of reading and writing in the content areas.

Presenter
LC

Laura Casdorph

Learning Strategies/Resource Teacher, Aiken County Public Schools
Laura Casdorph was a middle level Learning Strategies/Resource teacher at North Augusta Middle School for 24 years where she taught using small groups and implemented Read Naturally into her reading instruction for 7 years.   She then moved to the district office as a Program Specialist for Middle Level Differentiation. She is now returning to the classroom at the high school level to teach Learning Strategies.


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

Mastery Connect Core - MVHS: Room# 401 (Lab)
Limited Capacity filling up

It all starts with the core. Our Core PD gives you everything you need to be a MasteryConnect Champion. You’ll learn how to create trackers, add and deliver assessments and view reports. You'll leave this skill-based session empowered to super-charge learning in your classroom at the elementary level!


Presenter
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Jenna Lagerman

Professional Developer, MasteryConnect
Jenna Lagerman is a former elementary educator and MasteryConnect user. Earning a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and National Board Certification for Early Childhood, she has experience teaching grades K through 3rd and supporting teachers as an Academic Coach and Curriculum Specialist for K-5 teachers. Jenna specializes in primary based assessments and literacy interventions. She now works full time as a professional developer for... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

SRI: Sharing Realistic Ideas for All Content Areas - AHS: Room# SM115
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will provide an overview of instructional reports from SRI and how these reports can drive instructional practices in the classroom. This presentation will detail how to pull reports, review, and guide instructional planning while offering cross-curricular application ideas.

Presenter
avatar for Paige Day

Paige Day

Paige Day is the Assistant Principal of Instruction at North Augusta High School. Formerly an English teacher in ACPSD, she has served in administration for the past six years. During her time in administration, she has acted as the director of the NAHS Freshman Academy and will be the acting NMSI Administrator at NAHS for the 2016-2017 school year.

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented North Augusta High
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

8:30am

Progress Monitoring - MVHS: Room# 409
Limited Capacity full

Determining student progress is critical to responsive teaching.  What is progress monitoring and how do teachers determine student growth? Participants will leave this session with practical tools for monitoring student progress.

Presenter
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Dr. Sonya Archie

Dr. Sonya Archie works as a Literacy Specialist for the SC Department of Education. She serves Aiken, Barnwell 19, Barnwell 29, and Barnwell 45. Dr. Archie is a National Board Certified Teacher with over 18 years experience in education. During her tenure in education, she has taught grades 1-8, worked as a elementary and middle school reading/writing interventionist, instructional coach, and reading coach.


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

8:30am

Making Sense of Literacy Accommodations with Section 504 AHS: Room# SM205
Limited Capacity full

Teachers and administrators will look at the definition of accommodations and what accommodations support literacy instruction, as related to specific disabilities. At the end of the session, participants will have knowledge of the legalities of Section 504 accommodations, why these accommodations support good instruction, and how to execute the accommodations in their class.

Presenter
avatar for Amy Margaret MacDougall

Amy Margaret MacDougall

Amy Margaret MacDougall started teaching special education in alternative settings, elementary special education, and general education in middle grades.  In administration she has served as an assistant principal in elementary and middle school settings.  At the district level, Amy Margaret has supported schools and students  as Alternative Learning Coordinator, and Program Specialist for Section 504 and Tribunal.


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

8:30am

Waterford: How Policy, Research and Economics are Reshaping Early Childhood Education - MVHS: Room# Auditorium
What is the current state of early childhood education in the US? How policy, research, and economics - along with parental choice - are dynamically reshaping ECE and why it’s important to understand these forces.

Presenter
BH

Benjamin Heuston

As a leader in educational technology over the last two decades, Edward “Benjamin” Heuston has continued the legacy started by his father Dusty. Benjamin is an active speaker, giving presentations at ASU + GSV Summit, TEDx and the Early Education & Technology for Children Conference. He is also a member of several boards and associations, including the SIIA Education Board, the Society for Scientific Study of Reading and the... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

Celebrating Reading through the Arts! - MVHS: Room# 221
Limited Capacity filling up

Celebrate reading through the arts! See how to take a school-wide reading theme and tie it in with academic excellence through the arts. Our monthly reading celebrations are arts integrated explorations of different places around the world. Students celebrate meeting their reading goals while learning about a new place through dance, music, and visual arts. At the end of this session, participants will see how we have expanded student rewards from a simply fun time out of class to an arts integrated, fun-filled learning experience. Participants will be able to use these ideas to celebrate reading at their schools.

Presenter
MS

Melanie Starks

Media Specialist, East Aiken School of the Arts
Melanie Starks is the media specialist at East Aiken School of the Arts; she has been at East Aiken since 2010.  Prior to becoming a media specialist, Melanie taught middle school ELA at Kennedy for seven years.  She received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Presbyterian College and M.L.I.S. and M.M.C. from USC.    Faith Barber is the media specialist at J.D. Lever Elementary.  Prior to... Read More →

Co-Presenter

Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented East Aiken School of the Arts
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

Interactive Read Alouds - MVHS: Room# 416
Limited Capacity full

Interactive Read Alouds allow the teacher and students to think about, talk about, and respond to text; it is an active process. Interactive Read Alouds are an important component of effective literacy instruction to improve listening, comprehension, fluency, vocabulary skills, attitudes about reading, and student ability to visualize text. At the end of the session, participants will be able to think more purposefully when planning interactive read alouds.


Presenter
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Amber Adams

Ms. Adams has been in education since 1993. She graduated from USCA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Education degree in Elementary Education. She has taught fifth grade, fourth grade, and kindergarten. She is currently the Reading Coach at Warrenville Elementary.
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Rita Walden

Rita Walden is a Reading Coach at Gloverville Elementary School. She has taught kindergarten and 2nd grade



Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Gloverville Elementary and Warrenville Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

Literacy Centers (Stations): Planning for Purposeful Practice - MVHS: Room# 222
Limited Capacity full

Literacy Centers--the answer to the age old question: "What are my students doing while I am working with a small guided reading group?" At the end of this session, using the ACPSD Self-Reflection Rubric, teachers will be able to reflect on the development and implementation of purposeful, authentic reading, writing, and research literacy stations within their classrooms.

Presenter
avatar for Holly Vaughn

Holly Vaughn

Reading Coach
Collectively, the presenters of this session have 29 years in the educational system to include classroom teaching experience, Reading Intervention and Instructional Coaching.

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Clearwater Elem./East Aiken Elem.
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

Technology Tools & Literacy: Using technology to create effective literacy centers - MVHS: Room# 216
Limited Capacity full

At the end of the session, participants will be able to set up literacy centers using netbooks or I-pads within their classrooms with web-site or apps that provide student data, differentiation and feedback.

Presenter
JC

Joy Collins

Joy Collins has been a teacher in Aiken County for twenty four years.  She has taught both special education and general education students in grades K-6.  She received her Bachelor of Science from the College of Charleston, her Masters in Education from Southern Wesleyan and is also a National Board Certified Teacher.  Joy is currently in her first year working as a Program Specialist for the Department of Special... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

Text-Based Literacy Stations - MVHS: Room# 414
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This session will provide information on implementing text-based literacy stations in grades 3-5 and give specific examples of how text-based stations are more relevant to literacy than fluff and stuff stations. At the end of this session, participants will be able to discuss the benefits of text-based literacy stations with others. Participants will also leave the session with sample stations to take back to their own school to share and implement.

Presenter
DM

Debra McCord

Debra McCord is currently the Principal at Oakwood Windsor Elementary School. Mrs. McCord has served as Principal for 6 years. Prior to this position she was an Assistant Principal, a Curriculum Coach, a 4th grade teacher, and a 7th grade teacher. Mrs. McCord hold a Specialist Degree in School Administration.


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Oakwood-Windsor Elementary
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

8:30am

Opposites Attract: Teaching Reading Skills in the Math Classroom - AHS: Room# SM204
Limited Capacity full

This session covers strategies for addressing the challenges struggling readers face when taking the WorkKeys Applied Mathematics Test. At the end of this session, participants will be able to identify words and phrases that may confuse struggling readers and apply strategies for assisting students with learning/decoding those words and phrases.

Presenter
avatar for Dr. Joseph E. Powell

Dr. Joseph E. Powell

Dr. Joseph E. Powell has worked in education since 1993, beginning as a high school English teacher in his native state of Georgia. Since then he has taught middle school English courses in Allendale and Aiken, South Carolina. Though Dr. Powell currently serves as an ELA curriculum specialist for Aiken County, he maintains his connection to the classroom by teaching adult education math courses and facilitating online high school... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

CP Kids Can Do CSR! AHS: Room# SM213
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"CSR won't work for my kids," we said to ourselves after our first PD session on collaborative strategic reading. We were wrong! This session will present a case study of English 1 CP students who successfully participate in CSR. These students include repeaters and students with IEPs, 504s, special learning needs, and significant behavioral impediments.

Presenter
Co-Presenter
GS

Glenda Smith

Over the last 20 years, Glenda Smith has served as an English teacher working with students in courses ranging from remedial reading to honors level English classes. She has twice been selected as the Barnwell 29 District Teacher of the Year and is currently teaching at South Aiken High School.


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented South Aiken High
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

8:30am

Creating Digital Book Bins - MVHS: Room# 210
Limited Capacity full

Learn how to effectively use and manage the free leveled readers which accompany your Journeys reading series in order to differentiate "Read to Self" literacy centers through technology. This can be done in every classroom, even if you don't have access to many devices.

Presenter
avatar for Sunny Forker

Sunny Forker

Third Grade Teacher, Aiken County Public Scools
Sunny Forker (Millbrook Elementary) holds degrees from Winthrop University and Columbia College.  She has taught sixth, fifth, and third grades in her fourteen years in the classroom.    

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Millbrook Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

How to Have the Most Successful Readers Come From Your Classroom - Laying the Foundation - MVHS: Room# 219
Limited Capacity full

When your current students are in the third grade and higher, wouldn't you like for most of them to be in the "on grade level" or even the "beyond grade level" reading groups? Reading research and my own practical experience as a reading interventionist has shown that a few specific teaching strategies in 4K, 5K, and 1st Grade can produce those results. At the end of this session, participants will be able to implement teaching strategies to grow and to support successful readers for years to come.

Presenter
LC

Loretta Childress

Loretta Childress has been teaching for thirteen years. She began as a second grade classroom teacher at North Aiken Elementary School. For the past five years, she has been Reading Recovery/Reading Intervention teacher at Greendale Elementary School.



Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Greendale Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

Integrating Trade Books and Diverse Media throughout Balanced Literacy - MVHS: Room # 407
Limited Capacity full

At the end of this session, participants will gain an understanding of balanced literacy components and be provided with techniques on how to teach standards, strategies and skills through trade books paired with multiple modalities of digital texts.

Presenter
KW

Kelli Westmoreland

Kelli has twenty-four years of experience in the classroom working with students from preschool to college. She is passionate about using real literature in the classroom and is currently working on her doctorate studying the effects of pairing literature with other texts.


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

Johnny Still Can't Read, and Don't Blame Twitter - AHS: Room# SM211
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I would like to share some background from my dissertation research that provides a foundation for understanding the learning context in which secondary students' reading scores continue to decline across all measures, both locally and nationally, continuing a pattern begun in 1992. My hope is that at the end of the session, participants will have information that will help them to think of solutions and to be empowered to meet students where they are (regardless as to how they got there) in order to help them move to where they need to be as readers.

Presenter
AS

Anne S. Poplin

Anne S. Poplin is a befuddled yet excruciatingly optimistic, earnest realist who has taught English at South Aiken High School for 24 years.


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented South Aiken High
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

Growing Readers and Writers in the Early Grades - MVHS: Room# 201
Limited Capacity full

This session will highlight practical strategies impacting the literacy environment, classroom instruction, and the daily routine that will embed rich literacy skills that support young children growing as readers and writers.

Presenter
avatar for Stephanie Humphries

Stephanie Humphries

Stephanie Humphries has been an early childhood educator for 19 years.  Her classroom experiences include, pre-k, kindergarten, first, and second grade.  She spent four years supporting teachers in growing pre-k and kindergarten students in early literacy skills as a Preschool Literacy Coach as part of an Early Reading First Grant. She is currently serving in a coaching position in an elementary school in Edgefield County.



Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

Handwriting: The WRITE foundation - MVHS: Room# 402
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Why is handwriting important? If handwriting is taught, students’ writing quality, quantity and speed have been shown to improve. When handwriting becomes automatic, students can better focus on the planning and thought organization required for composition. Handwriting influences a student’s ability to write words, impacting the ability to transform ideas into written language by constructing multi-word sentences. Research suggests the benefits of handwriting practice have been shown to: * Increase brain activation * Impact performance across all academic subjects * Provide a foundation for higher-order skills

Presenter
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Vickie Harby

Vickie HarbyMaster of Science in Occupational TherapyMisericordia University16 years of Practice in Pediatrics (EI and school based settings)

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Millbrook Elementary
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

8:30am

Response to Literature Through Interactive Writing - MVHS: Room# 224
Limited Capacity full

Participants will gather an understanding of how literature can be used to springboard an Interactive Writing lesson. The benefits to be gained from this session will be learning how to encourage active participation by students in writing lessons and the observation of how to incorporate a "practice page" to facilitate independence when writing by their students. Participants will take away the knowledge of an interactive method to teach writing in their classrooms that they can utilize immediately. At the end of this session participants will be able to return to their classrooms and use interactive writing to reinforce writing in their classrooms and allow children to be actively engaged during the writing lesson.

Presenter
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Dawn Farmer

An educator for twenty-three years at the elementary school level.  She has been a Reading Interventionist at North Augusta Elementary for the past six years.



Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented North Augusta Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

The WRITE Stuff No Matter What the Content or Competency - AHS: Room# SM212
Limited Capacity full

Reading affects writing and writing affects reading.  This session is designed to help teachers develop and enhance student’s essential cross content writing skills.  Participants will receive valuable research based information and strategies on the interconnection between reading and writing.  They will also take away strategies to reinforce the development of literacy skills across all content areas.

Presenter
avatar for Denise Broome

Denise Broome

Classified Staff & Info Systems Coordinator, Aiken County Public School District
Denise Broome is currently the ACPSD Human Resources Classified Staff & Information Systems Coordinator. Denise has served as an educator for over 14 years. During her years in the classroom Denise was twice named Redcliffe Elementary School Teacher of the Year and was selected as a Golden Apple Awards winner. She has also served as one of the district’s Literacy Model Teachers.
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Tomiko Smalls

Director of Human Resources, Aiken County Public School District
Tomiko Smalls is currently the Director of Human Resources for the Aiken County Public School District. Tomiko has served as an educator, administrator, and director for over 23 years. During her years in the classroom, Tomiko was named McCormick County's Teacher of the Year, Mossy Creek Elementary Teacher of the Year, and North Augusta Walmart's Teacher of the Year. Tomiko continues to be dedicated to student achievement inside and outside of... Read More →
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LaToya Wiley

LaToya Wiley is currently the ACPSD Human Resources Program Coordinator for Recruitment & Staffing.  LaToya has 12 years of teaching experience in the areas of elementary and special education.  She has served as a Program Specialist for High Schools and the Student Intervention Coordinator for Midland Valley High School.  LaToya was named Teacher of the Year for Midland Valley High School and selected as a recipient of the News 12... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

8:30am

Integrating Literacy Strategies into Science instruction - MVHS: Room# 205
Limited Capacity full

1. Use current research and best practices in achieving literacy through science instruction. 2. Use strategies that demonstrate how reading, writing, and discussion promote science instruction.

Presenter
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Theresa Spieker

Theresa Spieker- She is a 4th and 5th grade Science/Math teacher at Mossy Creek Elementary School. She is currently teaching the inclusion model.  Charlene Aycox- is a 4th and 5th grade math/science teacher at Aiken Elementary School. She is currently teaching the inclusion model.

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Mossy Creek Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

There Is More To It Than Meets The Eye! - SAHS: Room# 202
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will cover the criteria needed to qualify for the Visually Impaired Program. Teachers will be provided accommodations specifically to access printed materials in their classroom. Participants will perform daily classroom activities while using vision simulators.

Presenter
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Tammie Alan

Tammie Alan is a certified Teacher for the Visually Impaired. Previously, she taught at North Augusta High Schools as a Learning Strategies Teacher.



Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

Assistive Technology and Emergent Literacy - MVHS: Room# 218
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Early childhood teachers play a vital role in supporting young children's emergent literacy development. High quality early literacy experiences are critical to future school success, yet research suggests young children with disabilities sometimes have limited access to meaningful early literacy opportunities. This extends to mild and moderate students at the pre-secondary level in our middle schools. At the end of this session, participants will be able to access models, ideas, procedures, and devices that will assist in literacy. Teachers will feel confident using existing and requested technology to interface the emergent literacy learner. Connections will be noted and accessed between Special Education/Assistive Technology efforts with Elementary educational practices. General and Special Education practices can be mutual and will be showcased.

Presenter
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Jeffrey Harting

Mr. Jeff Harting has been in Special Education for 10 years.  All avenues of education have been experienced by Mr. Harting, resource, moderate, and profound educational environments.  Mr. Harting has a Masters in Special Education and Education Specialists degree in School Leadership.



Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

Blendspace: Building Literacy with Technology - SAHS: Room# 333
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will demonstrate how to use Blendspace to organize, create and share presentations and incorporate quizzes for individual, small group, and whole class activities.Through learning about the Blendspace basics, looking at examples, and building a "canvas", each participant will have have a presentation and a tool to use in a flipped classroom .

Presenter
avatar for Gale Kulmala

Gale Kulmala

Adult Education, Aiken County Public Schools
Gale Kulmala currently teaches adult learners in the Wagener-Salley Adult Education program and works with USC-A in supervising student teachers and facilitating Blackboard classes for GT endorsement. She attended Furman University and the University of Georgia, and then received her B.A. in History and her M.Ed. in Elementary Education from LaGrange College. During her 40+ years in education, she has been an elementary, ELA, middle school... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

8:30am

The Scoop on Shmoop! - SAHS: Room# 111 (Lab)
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Shmoop is an educational site that combines “a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous materials" and offers learning guides, teaching guides, an essay lab, and test prep. See how you can use this site to create a blended learning environment.

Presenter
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Liesl Furtick

Liesl Furtick is a media specialist at South Aiken High School and has worked for Aiken County Public Schools for 18 years. She received a degree in Financial Management from Clemson, a degree in English Education from USC-A, and a master's in Library Science from USC.



Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented South Aiken High School
  • Session Length 60 minutes

8:30am

Interpreting Standards using a Depth of Knowledge Framework - MVHS: Room# 417
Limited Capacity seats available

This session shows teachers how items are aligned to state standards on large-scale

assessments from a cognitive demand perspective and how to incorporate this framework

into classroom assessments. This session focuses on the Webb (2005) Depth of Knowledge

model.

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Presenter
avatar for Christina Schneider

Christina Schneider

Christina Schneider, Ph.D., is a Senior Associate at the National Center for the Improvement of Educational  Assessment where she lends technical expertise to states, districts, and schools desiring to build coherent,  cohesive connections across classroom, interim, and large scale assessments. Prior to working at the Center, she | was a Research Scientist and Manager at CTB/McGraw Hill where she led psychometric work on multiple... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

8:30am

Demonstrating College Readiness Expectations in US History using a Depth of Knowledge Framework - AHS: Room SM215
Limited Capacity seats available

This session shows teachers how items are aligned to state standards on large-scale

assessments from a cognitive demand perspective and how to incorporate this framework

into classroom assessments. This session focuses on the Webb (2005) Depth of Knowledge

model. In particular, the focus of this session will be on DOK 3 items that require

inferences/generalizations of historical themes with supporting evidence.


Presenter
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Dr. Sara Burrows

Dr. Sara Burrows teaches American and European history at the University of South Carolina. She received her Masters degree in history at Virginia Tech, and her PhD | at the USC. She’s taught history for over 15 years and has won several teaching awards, including recognition from the Center of Teaching Excellence and Office of Student Disabilities at USC, and from the Mortar Board National Honor Society. She also works as a freshmen... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

8:30am

A Picture Says a Thousand Words: Using Photo-Voice to Embrace Meaning and Context in Content Literacy AHS: Room# Lab B-15
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At the end of this session participants will be able to:
-explain the importance of context in a motivational model of learning
-describe how the technique of photo voice can be used to trigger context in content literacy instruction
-create a simple photo voice lesson that targets content literacy
The South Carolina ELA state standards emphasize "meaning and context" as a key idea for Reading, Writing, and Communication. This parallels with research in motivational theory, showing that personal relevance, or context, enhance autonomous motivation of the learner. This lesson will introduce participants to a technique I have used to enhance personal relevance when targeting content literacy in science. Modified from the social sciences, photo voice is a technique that asks the learner to locate their own images as literary metaphors and to explain the connection between an image and content vocabulary. Participants will use ThingLink, an online interactive poster builder, to practice a photo voice assignment. Sample instructions and rubrics will be provided to participants. This will be an interactive session. Participants will have hands-on experience with the techniques and should walk away with knowledge and skills to integrate photo voice into their classrooms.

Presenter
avatar for Christie Palladino

Christie Palladino

Dr. Christie Palladino is a second career high school educator. She is an obstetrician-gynecologist by training, with over 7 years experience in health sciences education research. She decided to teach full-time beginning in 2014 and integrates best practices from her research training into the classroom. Dr. Palladino is a member of the first Full Circle Technology cohort and enjoys utilizing technology to raise student engagement and climb... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Midland Valley High
  • Session Length 90 minutes

8:30am

How DBQs can enhance reading, writing, thinking, and communication skills in the classroom - AHS: Room# SM111
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is designed to show teachers how they can create and implement meaningful reading and writing strategies in their social studies classrooms without increasing their workload. Outcomes include: Gain a better understanding of the importance of reading and writing strategies in the social studies classroom. Participating in literacy strategies that can be implemented in the classroom. Participation in a DBQ Project Mini-Q reading and writing task. Exploring DBQ internet resources that can be used in the classroom. (Two morning sessions: 90 minutes each)

Presenter
avatar for Daniel Parent

Daniel Parent

Daniel Parent is the K-5 Social Studies Content Interventionist for Aiken County Public Schools. He spent fifteen years in the classroom teaching World History, Psychology, Sociology and United States History and was a participant in a Teaching American History Grant program. As the K-5 Social Studies Content Interventionist for Aiken County Schools, he works with area teachers in the creation of social studies curriculum and also... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 90 Minutes

8:30am

Interpreting Standards using a Depth of Knowledge Framework - SAHS: Room 320
Limited Capacity seats available

This session shows teachers how items are aligned to state standards on large-scale assessments from a cognitive demand perspective and how to incorporate this framework into classroom assessments. This session focuses on the Webb (2005) Depth of Knowledge model. Review of texts for DOK 3 questioning opportunities will also be included in the session.


Presenter
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Robert L. Johnson

Dr. Robert Johnson is a professor in the Educational Studies Department at the University of South Carolina. Robert teaches courses related to assessment and his research focuses on studies related to the ethics of classroom assessment practices. He also studies methods to improve the scoring of performance assessments, including portfolios and essays. His research has been published in Written Communication, Assessing Writing, and Language... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

8:30am

It’s All About the Data! Interpreting SRI Results for Instructional Planning - AHS: Room# SM104
Limited Capacity seats available

Understanding the data is how we help students grow to college and career readiness. In this session participants will learn how to access SRI College and Career Reports in SAM, interpret the results and use the results to plan instruction using strategies to help all students read and interact with high quality, complex texts. At the end of this session participants will be able to access report data to plan instruction using strategies for interacting with complex texts.

Presenter
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Leslie Claiborne

Leslie is a skilled teacher, trainer and facilitator with experience developing curriculum.  She spent 14 years teaching in public schools and mentoring peers before transitioning to become an educational software consultant focusing on literacy and  struggling readers.  Leslie continues with this work in the role of Implementation Manager in North and South Carolina for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt where she supports... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Outside agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

8:30am

It’s All About the Data! Interpreting SRI Results for Instructional Planning - MVHS: Room# 306
Limited Capacity filling up

Understanding the data is how we help students grow to college and career readiness. In this session participants will learn how to access SRI College and Career Reports in SAM, interpret the results and use the results to plan instruction using strategies to help all students read and interact with high quality, complex texts. At the end of this session participants will be able to access report data to plan instruction using strategies for interacting with complex texts.

Presenter
TA

Tia Adkins

Tia has spent her career working in literacy with a focus on early literacy.  She taught in Savannah-Chatham for 18 years at the elementary level and also worked as a District Literacy Specialist for 2 years. Tia left the classroom to work for the Gov. of Georgia on a special literacy project funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and also revised all the Georgia Unit Frameworks. Tia continues her literacy work as an... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented 0utside Agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

8:30am

It’s All About the Data! Interpreting SRI Results for Instructional Planning - SAHS: Room# Library
Limited Capacity seats available

Understanding the data is how we help students grow to college and career readiness. In this session participants will learn how to access SRI College and Career Reports in SAM, interpret the results and use the results to plan instruction using strategies to help all students read and interact with high quality, complex texts. At the end of this session participants will be able to access report data to plan instruction using strategies for interacting with complex texts.

Presenter
CS

Chrissie Swilley

Implementation Manager, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Chrissie has over 30 years in educational literacy in grades K-12.  She spent 25 years, first in the classroom,  then working as a mentor, coach and district instructional specialist.  Chrissie continued her work in literacy by joining Scholastic as a consultant where she spent time working with teachers in the classroom to implement Scholastic programs.  She then moved into the role of Implementation Manager in Georgia, first... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

8:30am

The Power of the Three...MSV: Analyzing and Interpreting Students' Running Records - MVHS: Room# 307
Limited Capacity seats available

At the end of this session, participants will be able to analyze the Running Records and understand how students are using the three sources of information: Meaning, Structure, and Visual. Participants will participate in an interactive session; interpreting the Fountas and Pinnell records and identifying patterns in students' reading!

Presenter
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Morgan Bowie

Morgan Bowie is currently serving as a K-2 ELA Content Interventionist and Reading Recovery Teacher Leader. She teaches Early Literacy Assessment and Instruction and Reading Recovery Practicum (ED 880, 881, 882, 883 and ED 838) in partnership with Clemson University. Morgan has kindergarten-2nd grade experience and has served as an instructional coach and Reading Interventionist.

Co-Presenter
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Terri Harris

Reading Interventionist, Byrd Elementary


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented District Office/Byrd Elementary
  • Session Length 90 minutes

8:30am

Navigating through the Roadblocks of Guided Reading - MVHS: Room# 305
Limited Capacity seats available

The participants will be presented with instruction on using data to drive instructional decisions for implementing Guided Reading in the classroom including: the set-up of Guided Reading, how it works in the classroom, components of the Guided Reading lesson (ACPS Literacy Model), examples of differentiated lessons for K-2nd and 3rd-5th grades. The participants will take away the structures of Guided Reading, how to plan Guided Reading groups and examples of plans to implement within their classroom. We will provide teachers with GRS (Guided Reading Structures) to reduce the barricades, traps or roadblocks teachers experience in the day-to-day routines in the classrooms. At the end of this session, participants will be able to effectively implement Guided Reading with fidelity, in their classroom. They will leave with tools to navigate the roadblocks of Guided Reading.

Presenter
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Breanne Creswell

Breanne has been an educator for 14 years. She received her undergraduate degree from USC-Aiken, her Reading Recovery Certification from Clemson University, and has a Master's Degree of Science in Education specializing in Literacy Pre-k - 6th grade. She has taught 2nd - 7th grade as well as serving as a Reading Recovery Teacher for 5 years. In addition, she has served as her school's SIT Coordinator, Instructional Coach and currently the Reading... Read More →
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Julie Yonn

Julie has been teaching for 19 years. She has taught every grade from Kindergarten - 8th grade, spending most of her time in Kindergarten and First grade. She is a graduate of USC-Aiken with a degree in Elementary Education, and holds a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She is Highly Qualified in both Elementary and Early Childhood Education. Additionally, to her time in the classroom she was a SIT Coordinator and a 504 Coordinator... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Aiken Elementary
  • Session Length 90 minutes

8:30am

Meeting Students Where They Are: Differentiating Instruction - SAHS: Room# 212
Limited Capacity seats available

Differentiated instruction does not happen by accident. It requires planning, commitment, and acknowledgment of the fact that diverse abilities, experiences, and interests have a tremendous impact on student learning. Strategies for successfully implementing differentiated instruction will be shared. By the end of the session, participants will learn how to create environments where students are engaged in meaningful learning activities, which challenge and meet the unique needs of each individual student.

Presenter
avatar for Ethel Johnson

Ethel Johnson

Professional Development Associate, Literacy for Learning
Ethel M. Johnson | Ethel Johnson has twenty-nine years of experience in education as a master teacher, administrator, and professional development provider. She is recently retired from the South Carolina Department of Education where she served as an Education Associate and Team Leader for the Content Knowledge Unit in the Office of Teacher Effectiveness. Her tenure at the Department included planning and designing the Professional Delivery... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

8:30am

Unpacking DRA2 Results (*This is a required session for all K5 teachers. All K5 teachers must attend 1 DRA2 session. First Steps directors are welcome to attend, *Administrators and Reading Coaches are highly encouraged to attend.) - MVHS: Room #313
Limited Capacity full

This workshop will unpack the assessment reports and guide you in setting goals and expectations for instruction and student outcomes while staying focused on the instructional cycle. Assess-Learn-Teach. Some of the questions we will explore are: After giving the first DRA2 assessment what did you learn about your students? What are your instructional next steps? What did you learn about the assessment? What questions do you have about the assessment and reports? What information did you use to set goals and expectations for your students? How will you be sure that the students are making adequate progress? How will you share this information with the families?

*this is a required session for all K5 teachers, First Steps directors are welcome to attend

*Administrators and Reading Coaches are highly encouraged to attend


Presenter
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Karen Miller

Education Associate, South Carolina Department of Education
Karen Miller has been working in education for 20 + years. During this time she has taught in all grades K-7, provided instructional coaching for many years in 2 large elementary schools and most recently, she began working at SCDOE where she supports statewide assessment and intervention planning. Karen has extensive experience with administration, analyzing data and planning instruction based on the data with many assessments including DRA2.


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 90 Minutes

8:30am

Unpacking DRA2 Results (*This is a required session for all K5 teachers. All K5 teachers must attend 1 DRA2 session. First Steps directors are welcome to attend, *Administrators and Reading Coaches are highly encouraged to attend.) - MVHS: Room #424
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will unpack the assessment reports and guide you in setting goals and expectations for instruction and student outcomes while staying focused on the instructional cycle. Assess-Learn-Teach. Some of the questions we will explore are: After giving the first DRA2 assessment what did you learn about your students? What are your instructional next steps? What did you learn about the assessment? What questions do you have about the assessment and reports? What information did you use to set goals and expectations for your students? How will you be sure that the students are making adequate progress? How will you share this information with the families?

*this is a required session for all K5 teachers, First Steps directors are welcome to attend

*Administrators and Reading Coaches are highly encouraged to attend


Presenter
DR

Deia Roberts

Pearson Trainer


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 90 Minutes

8:30am

Promoting Literacy through Music Education - AHS: Room # SM112
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is designed for all high school music course offerings including Music Appreciation, Choir, Strings, Guitar and Band. We will discuss and explore teaching methods to aid struggling readers in our classrooms while introducing remedial, intermediate and advanced strategies to meet the needs of these students. Activities will consist of sight-reading techniques, Kodaly Solfege, Music History and Music Terminology to facilitate improved reading literacy in our classrooms.

An opportunity will be provided for the group to break into subgroups to better plan and offer suggestions to take back to their classrooms.


Presenter

Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented North Augusta High School
  • Session Length 90 Minutes

8:30am

In the Middle with You: Student Achievement through the Middle School Literacy Model - SAHS: Room# 314
Limited Capacity seats available

During this session, teachers and administrators will explore the Aiken Literacy model and consider how to fully embrace it. We will discuss how students can participate in authentic reading and writing experiences and achieve at high levels.

Presenter
DR

Dr. Robin Cox

Dr. Cox is a former classroom teacher, literacy coach, and professional development provider. She has extensive experience in working with teachers and students in grades PreK-12. In her current role as a district ELA Coordinator, she supports and coaches teachers. She works closely with school administrators to improve instructional practices and curriculum. Dr. Cox has worked across SC and understands that each school and district has... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

8:30am

A Literacy-Embedded Alternate Approach to Problem-Solving - SAHS: Room# 223
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will engage in an alternate approach to solving mathematical problems with opportunities for increased understanding through rigorous thinking, communicating, reading, and writing. Differentiation will occur throughout the experience. This approach can be used in any mathematics class.

Presenter
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Marla Herlong

Marla Herlong has worked with Aiken County School District as a Math Curriculum Specialist the past four years. She stays current in research based practices and integrates mathematics with several other content areas when possible.


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 90 minutes

8:30am

Fitnessgram Test Administration and Software Introduction - ALL PE TEACHERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND AT JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY IN THE GYM

Learn how to properly administer the Fitnessgram tests required this year; explore the new fitnessgram software. *ALL PE TEACHERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND AT JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY IN THE GYM BEGINNING AT 8:30 a.m. and ending at 10:00 a.m.  All PE teachers should report to their Literacy Conference site at the end of this session.


Presenter
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Lori Secrist

Ms. Secrist has taught elementary school physical education for 17 years in Aiken County. Two of those years were part time high school physical education. She has earned and recently renewed National Board Certification in Physical Education and has served as the Assistant Principal at the Center for Innovative Learning at Pinecrest. Currently Ms. Secrist is serving as the Health and Physical Education Coordinator for Aiken County Schools and... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented CIL
  • Session Length 90 minutes

8:30am

Fitnessgram Test Administration and Software Introduction - ALL PE TEACHERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND AT JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY IN THE GYM

Learn how to properly administer the Fitnessgram tests required this year; explore the new fitnessgram software. *ALL PE TEACHERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND AT JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY IN THE GYM BEGINNING AT 8:30 a.m. and ending at 10:00 a.m.  All PE teachers should report to their Literacy Conference site at the end of this session.


Presenter
LS

Lori Secrist

Ms. Secrist has taught elementary school physical education for 17 years in Aiken County. Two of those years were part time high school physical education. She has earned and recently renewed National Board Certification in Physical Education and has served as the Assistant Principal at the Center for Innovative Learning at Pinecrest. Currently Ms. Secrist is serving as the Health and Physical Education Coordinator for Aiken County Schools and... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Jefferson Elementary 170 Flint Drive, Warrenville, SC
  • School Represented Center for Innovative Learning (CIL)
  • Session Length 90 Minutes

8:30am

Fitnessgram Test Administration and Software Introduction - ALL PE TEACHERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND AT JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY IN THE GYM

Learn how to properly administer the Fitnessgram tests required this year; explore the new fitnessgram software. *ALL PE TEACHERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND AT JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY IN THE GYM BEGINNING AT 8:30 a.m. and ending at 10:00 a.m.  All PE teachers should report to their Literacy Conference site at the end of this session.


Presenter
LS

Lori Secrist

Ms. Secrist has taught elementary school physical education for 17 years in Aiken County. Two of those years were part time high school physical education. She has earned and recently renewed National Board Certification in Physical Education and has served as the Assistant Principal at the Center for Innovative Learning at Pinecrest. Currently Ms. Secrist is serving as the Health and Physical Education Coordinator for Aiken County Schools and... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented CIL
  • Session Length 90 minutes

8:30am

Fitnessgram Test Administration and Software Introduction - ALL PE TEACHERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND AT JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY IN THE GYM

Learn how to properly administer the Fitnessgram tests required this year; explore the new fitnessgram software. *ALL PE TEACHERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND AT JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY IN THE GYM BEGINNING AT 8:30 a.m. and ending at 10:00 a.m.  All PE teachers should report to their Literacy Conference site at the end of this session.


Presenter
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Lori Secrist

Ms. Secrist has taught elementary school physical education for 17 years in Aiken County. Two of those years were part time high school physical education. She has earned and recently renewed National Board Certification in Physical Education and has served as the Assistant Principal at the Center for Innovative Learning at Pinecrest. Currently Ms. Secrist is serving as the Health and Physical Education Coordinator for Aiken County Schools and... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented CIL
  • Session Length 90 minutes

8:30am

Guided Reading In The Primary Classroom - MVHS: Room# 308
Limited Capacity filling up

At the end of this session, participants will be able to teach effective 20 min. guided reading groups. Participants will obtain ideas and procedures for increasing children's fluency, phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, and comprehension in daily guided reading lessons.

Presenter
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Amy Pearson

Amy Pearson has been a Reading Recovery Teacher for Aiken County School District since 2003. She has a Master's in Literacy plus an additional 30 graduate hours in literacy. She obtained National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Reading/Language Arts in 2009. She is Reading Teacher Certified. She was Teacher of the Year at RSM-Elementary in 2012 and a member of Aiken County Public School's Honor Council that same year.



Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Belvedere Elementary
  • Session Length 90 minutes

8:30am

Independent Reading: A Structure within the ACPS Literacy Model - MVHS: Room# 315
Limited Capacity filling up

During this session, participants will experience perhaps the single most important part of any reading block - Independent Reading. By living the process of Independent Reading, participants will go deeper into its purpose and procedures. At the end of the session, participants will be able to implement Independent Reading according to the ACPS Literacy Model.

Presenter
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Catherine Hamilton

Literacy Coach, North Aiken Elementary
This presenter is a school-based Literacy Coach at North Aiken Elementary.

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented North Aiken Elementary
  • Session Length 90 minutes

8:30am

Reading Comprehension Strategies: Research-based practices for High School Classes - AHS: Room# SM110
Limited Capacity full

In this session, the participants will learn about comprehension strategies to help students read literary and informational texts. Teachers and administrators will learn more about the impact of specific strategies and how they can be employed in high school classrooms.

Presenter
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Ms. Kayce Cook

Ms. Kayce Cook is an English-Language Arts Specialist for secondary education. She has taught secondary students for many years prior to this position. As a specialist, Ms. Cook works with teachers to employ research-based strategies in their classrooms. Ms. Cook has a range of experiences with teachers and students.


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Outside agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

8:30am

'The Case for Cursive: Using Handwriting to Enhance Literacy and Develop Intellectual Fluency' - AHS: Room# SM113
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is designed for teachers of all levels and all disciplines. Attendees will learn about brain research and contemporary theories regarding manual dexterity and simultaneous cognitive function. Attendees will review research, practice hands-on techniques, and receive handouts with resources for their own use. At the end of this session, participants will be able to utilize current research on fine motor skills as a fundamental process for developing literacy in their own classrooms.

Presenter
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Carol Creamer

I have a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A.T. in Secondary English Education from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. I have earned endorsements in Gifted Education and in Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition; I also have an add-on certification in Gifted Education, and I have been trained extensively through the International Baccalaureate Programme. Currently, I teach English 4 and Drama at North Augusta High... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented North Augusta High
  • Session Length 90 minutes

8:30am

Components of the Literacy Model - MVHS: Room# 303
Limited Capacity seats available

My session will provide a breakdown of each component of the Literacy Model. I will offer ways to maximize instruction during the required 120 minute block of time that should be set aside each day for instruction of ELA and Writing. Participants will be provided ideas regarding shared reading, independent reading, guided reading/small groups, and center/station activities. At the end of this session, participants will be able to confidently use the Literacy Model in their own classrooms to improve the reading success of their students.

Presenter
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Judith Boyd

Judith Boyd has worked for the Aiken County Public School District for nine years as a classroom teacher.  She is currently a third grade teacher at Greendale Elementary School.


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Greendale Elementary
  • Session Length 90 minutes

8:30am

Comprehensive Health Education (Required for all Middle and High school teachers responsible for teaching Comprehensive Health Education) - AHS: Room# SM120
Limited Capacity seats available

The objectives for the 15th are

1. Understand the impact of Teen Pregnancy in South Carolina and Aiken County

2. Understand the importance of using evidence based approaches to preventing teen pregnancy

3. Narrow down options of curriculum that best fit the Community, the teachers and the students of Aiken County.


Presenter
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Chris Rollinson

Technical Assistance Coordinator, South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy | Chris holds a BS in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from Charleston Southern University. Prior to joining the SC Campaign, Chris served as a Community Relations Specialist in Berkeley County (CAPP program) and as a Youth Specialist with CIS Charleston (MAPPS program). His primary responsibilities at the SC Campaign are to provide technical assistance and... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 90 Minutes

8:30am

Democratizing the DBQ: Engaging Middle Level Students with Historical Literacy -SAHS: Room# 209
Limited Capacity seats available

By the end of this session, participants will be able to implement the 6-step DBQ Method so that students will become proficient in reading, comprehending, and writing clear arguments to support historical claims using valid reasoning while citing specific textual evidence, making inferences, and drawing conclusions about the relevance and connections between historical events using primary and secondary sources.

Presenter
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Alison VanArsdalen

Dorchester School District Two
Alison has experience teaching all levels of secondary Social Studies, and has spent the majority of her teaching career in 7th grade Social Studies before taking a position as Dorchester Two's Middle School Social Studies Interventionist. Alison has recently chosen to go back to her teaching roots, and is currently teaching Social Studies at River Oaks Middle School.



Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 90 Minutes

8:30am

Reading Amplified - AHS: Room# SM114
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore digital tools that energize readers and amplify instruction. Use Google books as a concordance for analysis, annotate Internet text with Diigo, and more from Lee Ann’s book Reading Amplified: Digital Tools that Engage Students in Words, Books and Ideas. Teachers will collaborate across platforms or devices as they connect instructional purposes, authentic activities and digital tools.

Presenter
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Lee Ann Spillane

Cypress Creek High School
Lee Ann Spillane gets to spend her time with some incredible teenagers and teachers. They read, write, talk, share, and create. She loves teaching. Everyday is an adventure and she has a seat up front, close to the action.    She is Nationally Board Certified and has a Specialists Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She traveled for more than a decade with Janet Allen facilitating workshops with teachers in schools... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Outside agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

8:30am

Middle Level CTE-STEM Exploratory: Session is located at the Aiken County Career Center
This session is for Middle School STEM Exploratory teachers ONLY. At the end of this session, participants will be able to reflect on facilitator experience, recognize objectives of the course, and construct suggestions on STEM classroom management.

Presenter
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Mallory Bodine

Mallory Bodine is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in Middle Level Education (Science and Social Studies), and a Master of Curriculum and Instruction from Augusta University. After teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science she took the role of CTE-STEM Coordinator at the Aiken County Career and Technology Center. With STEM always being at the center of her instruction, she developed a STEM curriculum to encourage... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 11:30am
Aiken County Career & Technology Center 2455 Jefferson Davis Highway, Warrenville SC 29851
  • School Represented Aiken County Career & Technology Center
  • Session Length 180 minutes

8:30am

GOLD DSS-CDEP credits awarded (*this is a required session for 4K teachers, must attend either the morning or afternoon session. First Steps directors are welcome to attend.) - MVHS: Room 406 Computer Lab
Limited Capacity full

Pre-Kindergarten teachers will learn to use their literacy and language data from GOLD to plan activities to meet the individual needs of their students. Teachers will leave the session knowing how to be intentional in their planning and progress monitoring of literacy skills. DSS-CDEP credits awarded 

*This is a required session for 4K teachers. Must attend either the morning or afternoon session.First Steps directors are welcome to attend.


Presenter
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Charlotte Rice

With more than twenty years of experience in early childhood education, Charlotte Rice has worked in the classroom as a teacher, as a director of a NAEYC accredited program, and as an adjunct professor teaching child development classes. Charlotte is passionate about providing teachers with the tools to prepare children to be successful in school and in life. Charlotte offers professional development, technical assistance, and ongoing support... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 180 minutes

8:30am

Chemistry I ACPSD Curriculum Team - AHS: Room# SM210
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will be actively engaged in designing the scope and sequence for the ACPSD Chemistry I Curriculum Map.

Presenter
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Micki Dove

Mrs. Dove is a nineteen year educator. She has worked in Aiken County Public Schools for the past nine years as a classroom teacher, Instructional Coach, and Science Curriculum Specialist. Prior to joining Aiken Public Schools, Mrs. Dove worked for Florence District One where she served as a K-8 Science Curriculum Leader.


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 11:50am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 180 minutes

8:30am

Suicide Assessment Protocol: New Procedures in Aiken County (This all day session is mandatory for all school counselors, Special Programs counselors, and school psychologists.) - Located at BLC
This all day session is mandatory for all school counselors, Special Programs counselors, and school psychologists. Participants will be taught to use the new assessment protocol so that risk level can be accurately assessed. Procedures to be implemented following the assessment will be included.


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 4:10pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 360 minutes

8:30am

Suicide Assessment Protocol: New Procedures in Aiken County (This all day session is mandatory for all school counselors, Special Programs counselors, and school psychologists.) - Located at BLC
This all day session is mandatory for all school counselors, Special Programs counselors, and school psychologists. Participants will be taught to use the new assessment protocol so that risk level can be accurately assessed. Procedures to be implemented following the assessment will be included.


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 4:10pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 360 minutes

8:30am

Suicide Assessment Protocol: New Procedures in Aiken County (This all day session is mandatory for all school counselors, Special Programs counselors, and school psychologists.) - Located at BLC
This all day session is mandatory for all school counselors, Special Programs counselors, and school psychologists. Participants will be taught to use the new assessment protocol so that risk level can be accurately assessed. Procedures to be implemented following the assessment will be included.


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 4:10pm
Byrd Learning Center 1 Willis Circle, Graniteville, SC
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 360 minutes

8:30am

Suicide Assessment Protocol: New Procedures in Aiken County This all day session is mandatory for all school counselors, Special Programs counselors, and school psychologists. - Located at BLC
This all day session is mandatory for all school counselors, Special Programs counselors, and school psychologists. Participants will be taught to use the new assessment protocol so that risk level can be accurately assessed. Procedures to be implemented following the assessment will be included.


Friday January 15, 2016 8:30am - 4:10pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 360 minutes

9:40am

Classroom Management within Literacy Environments - SAHS: Room# 325
Limited Capacity seats available

Class management within literacy environments session will focus on specific methods that are applicable to every classroom to motivate students to work toward improving literacy skills and content area knowledge. First, the session will introduce problems within a literacy classroom that distract student's learning. Next this session will demonstrate, discuss, and share strategies with activities which will increase students' time on task and provide opportunities for learning. At the end of this session, participants will be able to model a bell to bell lesson cycle, know a variety of rewards and incentives for students' success in the classroom, and minimize undesirable behaviors.

Presenter
avatar for Sabrina Buggs

Sabrina Buggs

8th Grade Social Studies, Busbee Corbett Elementary Middle School
Sabrina Buggs, Teresa Johnson and Valerie Walker are veteran teachers who have taught in both rural and urban schools throughout South Carolina.  Valerie Walker has been in education many years. She began her career teaching in Adult Education and later moved on to teaching English Language Arts on the middle school level. Sabrina Buggs has been teaching social studies for several years, and has built an effective classroom... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented A.L. Corbett Middle
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

Linking Literacy with Social-Emotional & Behavioral Development - SAHS: Room# 302
Limited Capacity filling up

Social-emotional development occurs on a parallel path with early literacy development. Early childhood educators know that literacy opportunities that arise naturally in both the home and school environment not only develop listening skills, oral language, and reading and writing skills, but also foster the development of social-emotional growth. That is, as children experience and master more complex forms of language and literacy, they are more likely to build more complex and sophisticated communication skills in order to articulate themselves. Such students are more likely to engage in positive peer and adult interactions and behaviors in school, and in turn, are more likely to remain more engaged in their academics. Studies have shown that students who have mastered such early literacy skills, and continue to fine tune such skills, are significantly more likely to perform higher academically and engage in positive social-emotional and behavioral self-regulation skills. In this presentation, we will further examine how early literacy development and social-emotional development are interrelated. In addition, we will describe specific and effective literacy-based strategies and activities that both early childhood educators and school-based mental health practitioners can both use in the classroom and suggest to families so they can support their young student’s social-emotional and behavioral skills at home.

Presenter
avatar for Ameet Boleigh

Ameet Boleigh

School Psychologist, Aiken County Public School District
Ameet Boleigh is a school psychologist who works at the Center for Innovative Learning (CIL) at Pinecrest, an alternative education program with Aiken County Public School District (ACPSD). Mr. Boleigh helps to provide training and execution of evidence-based interventions and supports to teachers and students in order for students to be academically, social-emotionally, and behaviorally successful. He has specialized training in the... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Center for Innovative Learning
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

Self-Monitoring: An academic and behavioral intervention - SAHS: Room# 214
Limited Capacity seats available

There are three types of self-monitoring: Self-monitoring of attention, self-monitoring of performance, and self-monitoring with self-correction checklists. At the end of this session, participants will understand the three types of self-monitoring, will understand the process of implementing self-monitoring with students (for either academic or behavioral purposes), and will be given examples of resources to use.

Presenter
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Kerrie Lovejoy

Kerrie Lovejoy was born and raised in Rochester, NY. She attended Roberts Wesleyan College and received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology in 2009. She later returned to Roberts Wesleyan College and graduated with her Masters of Science in School Psychology, along with a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in 2014. Kerrie, and her husband Sam, relocated to Aiken, SC in 2014. Kerrie is currently in her second year as a... Read More →


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Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Busbee Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

Content-area Literacy for Math, Science, and Social Studies - AHS: Room# SM204
Limited Capacity full

At the end of this session, participants will be able to teach reading through content-area skills and concepts. The session focuses on building an understanding of what constitutes literacy in math, science, and social studies. Participants will examine and experience strategies and resources for use in content-area classrooms.

Presenter
avatar for Dr. Joseph E. Powell

Dr. Joseph E. Powell

Dr. Joseph E. Powell has worked in education since 1993, beginning as a high school English teacher in his native state of Georgia. Since then he has taught middle school English courses in Allendale and Aiken, South Carolina. Though Dr. Powell currently serves as an ELA curriculum specialist for Aiken County, he maintains his connection to the classroom by teaching adult education math courses and facilitating online high school... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

Do you know your AVCs? (Academic Vocabulary in the Content Areas) - SAHS: Room# 324
Limited Capacity seats available

ATTENTION ALL MATH, SCIENCE, SOCIAL STUDIES AND ELA TEACHERS !!! This session is for you! This session will provide educators with instructional strategies on how to incorporate the use of academic vocabulary in their content classes. At the end of this session educators will be able to enter their classrooms on January 19th, 2016 with new ideas for teaching, reviewing,and daily use for vocabulary.

Presenter
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Savannah Myers

Teacher, Aiken County PSD
Savannah Myers is a ESOL teacher in Aiken County. She has over 10 years of teaching experience, which includes teaching Spanish to all ages and ESOL. Throughout her experiences with language acquisition, she acquired a variety of instructional strategies that help educators to differentiate their instruction. She loves language and loves helping educators discover new ways of teaching language to scholars. email-smyers2@acpsd.net



Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Aiken Middle
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

Literacy Integrated through the Subjects - MVHS: Room# 220
Limited Capacity filling up

Participants will gain ideas on ways to incorporate different literacy ideas throughout each discipline.

Presenter
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Tomia Jones

Tomia Jones is a Kindergarten teacher at Millbrook Elementary school. She has taught at Millbrook for 8 yrs. This is her 11th year teaching. She has her Eds. in Teacher Leadership.



Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Millbrook Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

Reading, Writing, & Thinking With the Interactive Notebook - SAHS: Room# 318
Limited Capacity filling up

Participants will learn how to create, evaluate, and assess students through the use of an interactive notebook all while keeping students actively engaged as they become responsible for their own learning.

I will share with participants:
  • Pros & Cons of the notebook How to evaluate & assess notebooks 
  • Time saving ideas Where & how to find additional support & resources 
  • Differentiation for students on all levels 
  • Encouraging learning through all learning styles 
  • Assisting struggling readers 
  • Encouraging student led research 
  • Assisting with student organizational skills

Presenter
avatar for Courtney Harley

Courtney Harley

Courtney Harley is a 4th year teacher at LBC Middle School.  She currently teaches 8th grade Algebra I & SC History.  Ms. Harley was awarded Aiken County's Induction Teacher of the Year for 2012-2013!  Ms. Harley was introduced to the interactive notebook after spending weeks attempting different educational strategies to better teach struggling students.



Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented LBC Middle
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

The Literacy-Rich Secondary Classroom: It's Not Just for English Anymore! - AHS: Room# SM205
Limited Capacity filling up

At the end of this session, participants will be able to return to their individual content areas in the secondary setting and feel more comfortable incorporating a culture of literacy for their students. Participants will learn practical and fun methods to add to their classroom routines and easy additions to their classroom walls that will have their students exposed to a more literacy-rich environment with little-to-no pain for either party! :)

Presenter
avatar for Elisabeth Hardy

Elisabeth Hardy

Classroom Teacher, North Augusta High School
Dr. Elisabeth Blumer Hardy, an educator in the Aiken County Public School District, has 23 years of public-school teaching experience across all grades. She has also worked as a professional development facilitator, presenting on topics including Thinking Maps Instruction, GLISI Standards in Practice, Learning Focused Schools, and Differentiated Learning in the Standards-Based Classroom. In addition to designing curriculum and courses for... Read More →

Co-Presenter

Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented North Augusta High
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

MasteryConnect: Life beyond the bubbles for Math - AHS: Rm# Lab A1
Limited Capacity seats available

General description: “I do not teach using multiple choice assessment, so I can’t use MasteryConnect.” Nothing could be further from the truth. This session will focus on the ways in which all other assessment types (rubric- based, performance-based, short answer, open response, etc.) can be scored using the MasteryConnect performance grader and new Teacher app. Participants will be guided through subject specific examples of how MasteryConnect can improve student outcomes by identifying levels of understanding to target students for intervention, all while self-evaluating the teaching and learning happening in the classroom.


Presenter
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Noel Gomez

Noël Gomez is a former teacher and school/district administrator. During her public education career, she worked with students in Kindergarten through 12th grade and also taught at the university level in the teacher education program. Noël has been a proponent of mastery or standards-based education for many years and was a MasteryConnect user from the company’s early days. After 22 years in public education, Noël has traded bus duty and... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Aiken High School
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

MasteryConnect: Life beyond the bubbles for Math - SAHS: Rm# 107
Limited Capacity seats available

General description: “I do not teach using multiple choice assessment, so I can’t use MasteryConnect.” Nothing could be further from the truth. This session will focus on the ways in which all other assessment types (rubric- based, performance-based, short answer, open response, etc.) can be scored using the MasteryConnect performance grader and new Teacher app. Participants will be guided through subject specific examples of how MasteryConnect can improve student outcomes by identifying levels of understanding to target students for intervention, all while self-evaluating the teaching and learning happening in the classroom.


Presenter
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Carolyn Nixon

Carolyn was born and raised in Missouri and has 34 years of public education teaching experience. As an educator she served in the following roles: Speech Language Pathologist, Speech & Theatre, English Language Arts, Title I Reading, Social Studies, Math, Learning Disabilities, and Study Skills. Carolyn served as an Instructional Coach for eight years in grades 5-12. She is currently retired and serving as a Professional Development Associate... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

Mastery Connect Core - MVHS: Room# 401(Lab)
Limited Capacity seats available

It all starts with the core. Our Core PD gives you everything you need to be a MasteryConnect Champion. You’ll learn how to create trackers, add and deliver assessments and view reports. You'll leave this skill-based session empowered to super-charge learning in your classroom at the elementary level!


Presenter
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Jenna Lagerman

Professional Developer, MasteryConnect
Jenna Lagerman is a former elementary educator and MasteryConnect user. Earning a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and National Board Certification for Early Childhood, she has experience teaching grades K through 3rd and supporting teachers as an Academic Coach and Curriculum Specialist for K-5 teachers. Jenna specializes in primary based assessments and literacy interventions. She now works full time as a professional developer for... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

SRI: Sharing Realistic Ideas for All Content Areas - AHS: Room# SM115
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will provide an overview of instructional reports from SRI and how these reports can drive instructional practices in the classroom. This presentation will detail how to pull reports, review, and guide instructional planning while offering cross-curricular application ideas.

Presenter
avatar for Paige Day

Paige Day

Paige Day is the Assistant Principal of Instruction at North Augusta High School. Formerly an English teacher in ACPSD, she has served in administration for the past six years. During her time in administration, she has acted as the director of the NAHS Freshman Academy and will be the acting NMSI Administrator at NAHS for the 2016-2017 school year.

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented North Augusta High
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

9:40am

Reading and Writing Assessments are Done. Now What? - MVHS: Room# 409
Limited Capacity seats available

Now that DRA2, the Fountas and Pinnell  Benchamark Assessment, and SRI are complete, what do teachers do with all the data? How does this data directly impact everyday teaching.  During this session teachers will learn to develop  explicit teaching plans based on assessment data.

Presenter
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Dr. Sonya Archie

Dr. Sonya Archie works as a Literacy Specialist for the SC Department of Education. She serves Aiken, Barnwell 19, Barnwell 29, and Barnwell 45. Dr. Archie is a National Board Certified Teacher with over 18 years experience in education. During her tenure in education, she has taught grades 1-8, worked as a elementary and middle school reading/writing interventionist, instructional coach, and reading coach.


Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

9:40am

Waterford Literacy for ALL Students - MVHS: Room# Auditorium

Becoming literate is the hardest work brains do. Discover some surprisingly simple research-based strategies that support the development of literacy for ALL students. Focus on ELL students.


Presenter
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Pilar Torres-Siclait

President of Fathum: Learning Solutions an EdTech fourth sector company dedicated to closing the achievement gap of low-income underserved communities. Pilar has twenty-five years of experience in education and human services program design and implementation. Pilar founded and lead a community-based nonprofit that recruited and trained a network of over 100 Latina family childcare providers, and operated a childcare center that served as... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

Celebrating Reading through the Arts! - MVHS: Room# 221
Limited Capacity full

Celebrate reading through the arts! See how to take a school-wide reading theme and tie it in with academic excellence through the arts. Our monthly reading celebrations are arts integrated explorations of different places around the world. Students celebrate meeting their reading goals while learning about a new place through dance, music, and visual arts. At the end of this session, participants will see how we have expanded student rewards from a simply fun time out of class to an arts integrated, fun-filled learning experience. Participants will be able to use these ideas to celebrate reading at their schools.

Presenter
MS

Melanie Starks

Media Specialist, East Aiken School of the Arts
Melanie Starks is the media specialist at East Aiken School of the Arts; she has been at East Aiken since 2010.  Prior to becoming a media specialist, Melanie taught middle school ELA at Kennedy for seven years.  She received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Presbyterian College and M.L.I.S. and M.M.C. from USC.    Faith Barber is the media specialist at J.D. Lever Elementary.  Prior to... Read More →

Co-Presenter

Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented East Aiken
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

Interactive Read Alouds - MVHS: Room# 416
Limited Capacity full

Interactive Read Alouds allow the teacher and students to think about, talk about, and respond to text; it is an active process. Interactive Read Alouds are an important component of effective literacy instruction to improve listening, comprehension, fluency, vocabulary skills, attitudes about reading, and student ability to visualize text. At the end of the session, participants will be able to think more purposefully when planning interactive read alouds.


Presenter
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Amber Adams

Ms. Adams has been in education since 1993. She graduated from USCA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Education degree in Elementary Education. She has taught fifth grade, fourth grade, and kindergarten. She is currently the Reading Coach at Warrenville Elementary.
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Rita Walden

Rita Walden is a Reading Coach at Gloverville Elementary School. She has taught kindergarten and 2nd grade



Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Gloverville Elementary and Warrenville Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

Literacy Centers (Stations): Planning for Purposeful Practice - MVHS: Room# 222
Limited Capacity full

Literacy Centers--the answer to the age old question: "What are my students doing while I am working with a small guided reading group?" At the end of this session, using the ACPSD Self-Reflection Rubric, teachers will be able to reflect on the development and implementation of purposeful, authentic reading, writing, and research literacy stations within their classrooms.

Presenter
avatar for Holly Vaughn

Holly Vaughn

Reading Coach
Collectively, the presenters of this session have 29 years in the educational system to include classroom teaching experience, Reading Intervention and Instructional Coaching.

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Clearwater Elem./East Aiken Elem.
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

Text-Based Literacy Stations - MVHS: Room# 414
Limited Capacity full

This session will provide information on implementing text-based literacy stations in grades 3-5 and give specific examples of how text-based stations are more relevant to literacy than fluff and stuff stations. At the end of this session, participants will be able to discuss the benefits of text-based literacy stations with others. Participants will also leave the session with sample stations to take back to their own school to share and implement.

Presenter
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Debra McCord

Debra McCord is currently the Principal at Oakwood Windsor Elementary School. Mrs. McCord has served as Principal for 6 years. Prior to this position she was an Assistant Principal, a Curriculum Coach, a 4th grade teacher, and a 7th grade teacher. Mrs. McCord hold a Specialist Degree in School Administration.


Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Oakwood-Windsor Elem.
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

Amazing Comprehension through Mathematical Vocabulary - Building Techniques - SAHS: Room #202
Limited Capacity seats available

At the end of the session, participants will be able to understand the importance of implementing strategies to increase mathematical comprehension using vocabulary-building techniques. Participants will be given examples of organizers as well as creating organizers using key vocabulary terms for upcoming units based on their grade-level pacing guide.

Presenter
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Beth Burckhalter

The North Augusta Middle School six grade math team, Beth Burckhalter and Margaret Fisher, have been working closely for the past 4 years.  Margaret is retired from Georgia where she served as a teacher for 28 years and a math instructional coach for 5 years.  She has been with Aiken County for the past 9 years. Beth has been teaching with Aiken County for the past 6 years and is currently the team leader for 6th... Read More →

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented North Augusta Middle
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

Writing in the Mathematics Classroom - AHS: Room# SM105
Limited Capacity seats available

At the end of this session, participants will be able to incorporate writing into the math classroom to enhance understanding and retention of math concepts.

Presenter
avatar for Jennifer Wilson

Jennifer Wilson

Math Teacher, Aiken High School
Jennifer Wilson is a recipient of the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She has taught mathematics in both middle and high school over the last 19 years and has seen the benefit of incorporating writing into her everyday routine with students.



Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Aiken High School
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

Incorporating Literacy in the STEM Classroom - MVHS: Room# 208
Limited Capacity full

Teachers will learn how to incorporate literacy elements into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). You will walk out of the session with a list of resources and ideas to use in your classroom that are free (or very little cost).

Presenter
AE

Amy Edwards

5th Grade Science/Math Teacher, Mossy Creek elementary School
Amy received her Bachelor's of Education in 2006 and Masters of Educational Technology in 2010 from University of South Carolina. Amy has taught in Aiken County School System for the past ten years. She has taught grades three through five and is currently teaching fifth grade math, science, and Social Studies at Mossy Creek Elementary School.

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Mossy Creek Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

CP Kids Can Do CSR! AHS: Room# SM213
Limited Capacity seats available

"CSR won't work for my kids," we said to ourselves after our first PD session on collaborative strategic reading. We were wrong! This session will present a case study of English 1 CP students who successfully participate in CSR. These students include repeaters and students with IEPs, 504s, special learning needs, and significant behavioral impediments.

Presenter
avatar for Crystal Hadden, Susan Hamlin, & Megan Scholer

Crystal Hadden, Susan Hamlin, & Megan Scholer

The South Aiken High School English 1 teachers have collaborated as a team for six years. The team creates common unit assessments, lesson plans, activities, and experiences to give their freshmen a valuable and memorable year of learning.

Co-Presenter
GS

Glenda Smith

Over the last 20 years, Glenda Smith has served as an English teacher working with students in courses ranging from remedial reading to honors level English classes. She has twice been selected as the Barnwell 29 District Teacher of the Year and is currently teaching at South Aiken High School.

Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented South Aiken High
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

9:40am

Creating Digital Book Bins - MVHS: Room# 210
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to effectively use and manage the free leveled readers which accompany your Journeys reading series in order to differentiate "Read to Self" literacy centers through technology. This can be done in every classroom, even if you don't have access to many devices.

Presenter
avatar for Sunny Forker

Sunny Forker

Third Grade Teacher, Aiken County Public Scools
Sunny Forker (Millbrook Elementary) holds degrees from Winthrop University and Columbia College.  She has taught sixth, fifth, and third grades in her fourteen years in the classroom.    

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829

9:40am

How to Have the Most Successful Readers Come From Your Classroom - Laying the Foundation - MVHS: Room# 219
Limited Capacity full

When your current students are in the third grade and higher, wouldn't you like for most of them to be in the "on grade level" or even the "beyond grade level" reading groups? Reading research and my own practical experience as a reading interventionist has shown that a few specific teaching strategies in 4K, 5K, and 1st Grade can produce those results. At the end of this session, participants will be able to implement teaching strategies to grow and to support successful readers for years to come.

Presenter
LC

Loretta Childress

Loretta Childress has been teaching for thirteen years. She began as a second grade classroom teacher at North Aiken Elementary School. For the past five years, she has been Reading Recovery/Reading Intervention teacher at Greendale Elementary School.



Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Greendale Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me This Years Ago: How incorporating Reading Recovery strategies during guided reading can help struggling readers. - MVHS: Room# 216
Limited Capacity full

At the end of the session, participants will be able to see how components of Reading Recovery lessons can be incorporated into guided reading to provide targeted reading instruction for individual students and groups.

Presenter
JW

Jennifer Wall

Resource Teacher and Interventionist, Belvedere Elementary
Jennifer Wall is in her twelfth year in the education field, nine of which have been in Aiken County. She holds certifications in the areas of Early Childhood, Elementary Education, and Special Education, Multi-categorical. Jennifer has taught in a variety of  special education settings including mild self-contained, pre-school (special education), and resource. Jennifer fell in love with resource and specifically how to... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

Implementing Read Naturally to Improve Reading Fluency and Comprehension - SAHS: Room# 321
Limited Capacity seats available

At the end of the this session, participants will be able to utilize Read Naturally to effectively increase students' reading fluency and comprehension. At the end of the this session, participants will understand the components of the Read Naturally program. At the end of the this session, participants will know how to progress monitor fluency and comprehension with the Read Naturally program.

Presenter
LC

Laura Casdorph

Learning Strategies/Resource Teacher, Aiken County Public Schools
Laura Casdorph was a middle level Learning Strategies/Resource teacher at North Augusta Middle School for 24 years where she taught using small groups and implemented Read Naturally into her reading instruction for 7 years.   She then moved to the district office as a Program Specialist for Middle Level Differentiation. She is now returning to the classroom at the high school level to teach Learning Strategies.

Co-Presenter
MW

Melanie Walling

Special Education Teacher, Jackson Middle School/North Augusta Middle
I am a middle school Learning Strategies/Resource teacher at Jackson Middle School. She has been teaching for 19 years.

Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

Integrating Trade Books and Diverse Media throughout Balanced Literacy - MVHS: Room # 407
Limited Capacity seats available

At the end of this session, participants will gain an understanding of balanced literacy components and be provided with techniques on how to teach standards, strategies and skills through trade books paired with multiple modalities of digital texts.

Presenter
KW

Kelli Westmoreland

Kelli has twenty-four years of experience in the classroom working with students from preschool to college. She is passionate about using real literature in the classroom and is currently working on her doctorate studying the effects of pairing literature with other texts.


Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside agency
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

9:40am

Johnny Still Can't Read, and Don't Blame Twitter - AHS: Room# SM211
Limited Capacity filling up

I would like to share some background from my dissertation research that provides a foundation for understanding the learning context in which secondary students' reading scores continue to decline across all measures, both locally and nationally, continuing a pattern begun in 1992. My hope is that at the end of the session, participants will have information that will help them to think of solutions and to be empowered to meet students where they are (regardless as to how they got there) in order to help them move to where they need to be as readers.

Presenter
AS

Anne S. Poplin

Anne S. Poplin is a befuddled yet excruciatingly optimistic, earnest realist who has taught English at South Aiken High School for 24 years.


Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented South Aiken High
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

9:40am

Motivating the Reluctant Reader - AHS: Room# SM214
Limited Capacity full

At the end of this session, participants will be able to recognize that reluctant readers are not necessarily the same as struggling readers. Students who can’t read well tend to do very poorly in life, no matter how you measure. When you read books out loud that are above your child’s reading level, he or she is building a vocabulary that will enable his or her reading to take off when developmentally ready.

Presenter
avatar for Monica Jones

Monica Jones

English Instructor, Ridge Spring-Monetta High School
Her name is Ms. Monica Jones, and she is a proud graduate of Aiken County Public Schools. She has completed her M. Ed. in Interdisciplinary Studies at Cambridge College, MA and her B.A. English Education, at S.C. State University, Orangeburg, SC.She is a passionate, committed and self-motivated educator who is dedicated to creating stimulating and innovative learning environments. She has gained experience working with a number of students, and... Read More →

Co-Presenter
avatar for Sarah Hudson

Sarah Hudson

Mathematics Teacher, Ridge Spring-Monetta High School


Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Ridge Spring Monetta Middle/High
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

9:40am

Shared Reading - MVHS: Room# 405
Limited Capacity full

Participants will experience a shared reading model and work collaboratively to make classroom connections. Participants will benefit by understanding the components of shared reading and why it is an important part of reading instruction. At the end of this session, participants will be able to utilize shared reading to explicitly model how proficient readers approach the demands of text.

Presenter
JM

Joy Mosca

Joy Mosca is the Reading Coach at Greendale Elementary School. She has worked as a literacy coach for the Reading First Initiative, the SC Reading Initiative and Scholastic Inc. She holds a Reading Consultant degree from The Citadel. She is a trained Reading Recovery Teacher.

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Greendale Elem./Belvedere Elem.
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

Content Literacy in the Middle and High School Classroom - SAHS: Room# 326
Limited Capacity seats available

Just what is content literacy? How do teachers of math, science, and social studies effectively integrate reading and writing strategies into their instruction? How can content area teachers find time in their standards-driven classroom to incorporate literacy strategies that will improve student understanding of the content? This session will answer all these questions and more. If you’ve been wondering how to making reading and writing work in your content classroom, this session is for you. Learn how to integrate easy and effective strategies that won’t take time away from your content teaching. Instead, these strategies, such as quick writes, write around the text, HRQ, and hashtag summaries will serve as vehicles to improve student comprehension of standards, but also incorporate literacy strands as well.


Presenter
DR

Dr. Rebecca G. Harper

Dr. Rebecca G. Harper is an assistant professor at Augusta University (formerly Georgia Regents University) and educational consultant from Aiken, SC.  She is a former middle grades writing teacher.  She received her Ph.D. in Language and Literacy from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Harper is known for her energetic and engaging presentations as well as her passion for literacy.  Her research interests include: content... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

Growing Readers and Writers in the Early Grades - MVHS: Room# 201
Limited Capacity full

This session will highlight practical strategies impacting the literacy environment, classroom instruction, and the daily routine that will embed rich literacy skills that support young children growing as readers and writers.

Presenter
avatar for Stephanie Humphries

Stephanie Humphries

Stephanie Humphries has been an early childhood educator for 19 years.  Her classroom experiences include, pre-k, kindergarten, first, and second grade.  She spent four years supporting teachers in growing pre-k and kindergarten students in early literacy skills as a Preschool Literacy Coach as part of an Early Reading First Grant. She is currently serving in a coaching position in an elementary school in Edgefield County.



Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented 0utside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

Handwriting: The WRITE foundation - MVHS: Room# 402
Limited Capacity seats available

Why is handwriting important? If handwriting is taught, students’ writing quality, quantity and speed have been shown to improve. When handwriting becomes automatic, students can better focus on the planning and thought organization required for composition. Handwriting influences a student’s ability to write words, impacting the ability to transform ideas into written language by constructing multi-word sentences. Research suggests the benefits of handwriting practice have been shown to: * Increase brain activation * Impact performance across all academic subjects * Provide a foundation for higher-order skills

Presenter
VH

Vickie Harby

Vickie HarbyMaster of Science in Occupational TherapyMisericordia University16 years of Practice in Pediatrics (EI and school based settings)

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Millbrook Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

Response to Literature Through Interactive Writing - MVHS: Room# 224
Limited Capacity full

Participants will gather an understanding of how literature can be used to springboard an Interactive Writing lesson. The benefits to be gained from this session will be learning how to encourage active participation by students in writing lessons and the observation of how to incorporate a "practice page" to facilitate independence when writing by their students. Participants will take away the knowledge of an interactive method to teach writing in their classrooms that they can utilize immediately. At the end of this session participants will be able to return to their classrooms and use interactive writing to reinforce writing in their classrooms and allow children to be actively engaged during the writing lesson.

Presenter
DF

Dawn Farmer

An educator for twenty-three years at the elementary school level.  She has been a Reading Interventionist at North Augusta Elementary for the past six years.



Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented North Augusta Elem.
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

The WRITE Stuff No Matter What the Content or Competency - AHS: Room# SM212
Limited Capacity filling up

Reading affects writing and writing affects reading.  This session is designed to help teachers develop and enhance student’s essential cross content writing skills.  Participants will receive valuable research based information and strategies on the interconnection between reading and writing.  They will also take away strategies to reinforce the development of literacy skills across all content areas.

Presenter
avatar for Denise Broome

Denise Broome

Classified Staff & Info Systems Coordinator, Aiken County Public School District
Denise Broome is currently the ACPSD Human Resources Classified Staff & Information Systems Coordinator. Denise has served as an educator for over 14 years. During her years in the classroom Denise was twice named Redcliffe Elementary School Teacher of the Year and was selected as a Golden Apple Awards winner. She has also served as one of the district’s Literacy Model Teachers.
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Tomiko Smalls

Director of Human Resources, Aiken County Public School District
Tomiko Smalls is currently the Director of Human Resources for the Aiken County Public School District. Tomiko has served as an educator, administrator, and director for over 23 years. During her years in the classroom, Tomiko was named McCormick County's Teacher of the Year, Mossy Creek Elementary Teacher of the Year, and North Augusta Walmart's Teacher of the Year. Tomiko continues to be dedicated to student achievement inside and outside of... Read More →
avatar for LaToya Wiley

LaToya Wiley

LaToya Wiley is currently the ACPSD Human Resources Program Coordinator for Recruitment & Staffing.  LaToya has 12 years of teaching experience in the areas of elementary and special education.  She has served as a Program Specialist for High Schools and the Student Intervention Coordinator for Midland Valley High School.  LaToya was named Teacher of the Year for Midland Valley High School and selected as a recipient of the News 12... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

9:40am

Who Cares About Spelling? - MVHS: Room# 212
Limited Capacity full

This presentation will make the case for spelling assessment and instruction. Participants will come away with a better understanding of the linguistic factors that influence spelling and how we can use spelling to inform differentiated instruction.

Presenter
SK

Stephen Kneece

Stephen Kneece is the Lead Speech-Language Pathologist for Aiken County Public School District. He has an interest in bridging the gap between SLPs and the general education classroom especially in the area of literacy.



Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

Integrating Literacy Strategies into Science instruction - MVHS: Room# 205
Limited Capacity full

1. Use current research and best practices in achieving literacy through science instruction. 2. Use strategies that demonstrate how reading, writing, and discussion promote science instruction.

Presenter
TS

Theresa Spieker

Theresa Spieker- She is a 4th and 5th grade Science/Math teacher at Mossy Creek Elementary School. She is currently teaching the inclusion model.  Charlene Aycox- is a 4th and 5th grade math/science teacher at Aiken Elementary School. She is currently teaching the inclusion model.

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829

9:40am

Assistive Technology and Emergent Literacy - MVHS: Room# 218
Limited Capacity filling up

Early childhood teachers play a vital role in supporting young children's emergent literacy development. High quality early literacy experiences are critical to future school success, yet research suggests young children with disabilities sometimes have limited access to meaningful early literacy opportunities. This extends to mild and moderate students at the pre-secondary level in our middle schools. At the end of this session, participants will be able to access models, ideas, procedures, and devices that will assist in literacy. Teachers will feel confident using existing and requested technology to interface the emergent literacy learner. Connections will be noted and accessed between Special Education/Assistive Technology efforts with Elementary educational practices. General and Special Education practices can be mutual and will be showcased.

Presenter
JH

Jeffrey Harting

Mr. Jeff Harting has been in Special Education for 10 years.  All avenues of education have been experienced by Mr. Harting, resource, moderate, and profound educational environments.  Mr. Harting has a Masters in Special Education and Education Specialists degree in School Leadership.



Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

9:40am

Blendspace: Building Literacy with Technology - SAHS: Room# 333
Limited Capacity filling up

This presentation will demonstrate how to use Blendspace to organize, create and share presentations and incorporate quizzes for individual, small group, and whole class activities.Through learning about the Blendspace basics, looking at examples, and building a "canvas", each participant will have have a presentation and a tool to use in a flipped classroom .

Presenter
avatar for Gale Kulmala

Gale Kulmala

Adult Education, Aiken County Public Schools
Gale Kulmala currently teaches adult learners in the Wagener-Salley Adult Education program and works with USC-A in supervising student teachers and facilitating Blackboard classes for GT endorsement. She attended Furman University and the University of Georgia, and then received her B.A. in History and her M.Ed. in Elementary Education from LaGrange College. During her 40+ years in education, she has been an elementary, ELA, middle school... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:20am

Content-area Literacy for Math, Science, and Social Studies - SAHS: Room# 308
Limited Capacity seats available

At the end of this session, participants will be able to teach reading through content-area skills and concepts. The session focuses on building an understanding of what constitutes literacy in math, science, and social studies. Participants will examine and experience strategies and resources for use in content-area classrooms.

Presenter
avatar for Anita Alexander

Anita Alexander

Anita Alexander has worked in education since 1986, beginning as an early childhood/elementary teacher. She taught middle school English and Reading for eleven years before taking a position as an ELA Curriculum Specialist for Aiken County Public School District in 2009.



Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 90 minutes

10:20am

Interpreting Standards using a Depth of Knowledge Framework - MVHS: Room# 417
Limited Capacity seats available

This session shows teachers how items are aligned to state standards on large-scale

assessments from a cognitive demand perspective and how to incorporate this framework

into classroom assessments. This session focuses on the Webb (2005) Depth of Knowledge

model.


Presenter
avatar for Christina Schneider

Christina Schneider

Christina Schneider, Ph.D., is a Senior Associate at the National Center for the Improvement of Educational  Assessment where she lends technical expertise to states, districts, and schools desiring to build coherent,  cohesive connections across classroom, interim, and large scale assessments. Prior to working at the Center, she | was a Research Scientist and Manager at CTB/McGraw Hill where she led psychometric work on multiple... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

10:20am

Demonstrating College Readiness Expectations in US History using a Depth of Knowledge Framework - AHS: Room SM215
Limited Capacity seats available

This session shows teachers how items are aligned to state standards on large-scale

assessments from a cognitive demand perspective and how to incorporate this framework

into classroom assessments. This session focuses on the Webb (2005) Depth of Knowledge

model. In particular, the focus of this session will be on DOK 3 items that require

inferences/generalizations of historical themes with supporting evidence.


Presenter
DS

Dr. Sara Burrows

Dr. Sara Burrows teaches American and European history at the University of South Carolina. She received her Masters degree in history at Virginia Tech, and her PhD | at the USC. She’s taught history for over 15 years and has won several teaching awards, including recognition from the Center of Teaching Excellence and Office of Student Disabilities at USC, and from the Mortar Board National Honor Society. She also works as a freshmen... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

10:20am

Level Five Leadership - SAHS: Room# 216
Limited Capacity full

Good to Great author Jim Collins argues that the key ingredient that allows an organization to become great is having a Level Five leader: an executive in whom genuine personal humility blends with intense professional will. Session participants will have an opportunity to examine the critical components of Level Five leadership and apply newly discovered tenets to their professional practice as school administrators.

Presenter
avatar for Sean Alford

Sean Alford

A. Sean Alford, Ph.D. officially assumed his role of Superintendent of the Aiken County Public School District on August 1, 2015. He comes to Aiken County with more than two decades of administrative experience, the majority of his career in educational leadership roles in South Carolina’s Public Schools. | Dr. Alford received his undergraduate degree in Education from The Citadel and is proud to have been recently inducted into the... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 90 minutes

10:20am

A Picture Says a Thousand Words: Using Photo-Voice to Embrace Meaning and Context in Content Literacy AHS: Room# Lab B-15
Limited Capacity seats available

At the end of this session participants will be able to:
-explain the importance of context in a motivational model of learning
-describe how the technique of photo voice can be used to trigger context in content literacy instruction
-create a simple photo voice lesson that targets content literacy
The South Carolina ELA state standards emphasize "meaning and context" as a key idea for Reading, Writing, and Communication. This parallels with research in motivational theory, showing that personal relevance, or context, enhance autonomous motivation of the learner. This lesson will introduce participants to a technique I have used to enhance personal relevance when targeting content literacy in science. Modified from the social sciences, photo voice is a technique that asks the learner to locate their own images as literary metaphors and to explain the connection between an image and content vocabulary. Participants will use ThingLink, an online interactive poster builder, to practice a photo voice assignment. Sample instructions and rubrics will be provided to participants. This will be an interactive session. Participants will have hands-on experience with the techniques and should walk away with knowledge and skills to integrate photo voice into their classrooms.

Presenter
avatar for Christie Palladino

Christie Palladino

Dr. Christie Palladino is a second career high school educator. She is an obstetrician-gynecologist by training, with over 7 years experience in health sciences education research. She decided to teach full-time beginning in 2014 and integrates best practices from her research training into the classroom. Dr. Palladino is a member of the first Full Circle Technology cohort and enjoys utilizing technology to raise student engagement and climb... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Midland Valley High
  • Session Length 90 minutes

10:20am

How DBQs can enhance reading, writing, thinking, and communication skills in the classroom - AHS: Room# SM111
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is designed to show teachers how they can create and implement meaningful reading and writing strategies in their social studies classrooms without increasing their workload. Outcomes include: Gain a better understanding of the importance of reading and writing strategies in the social studies classroom. Participating in literacy strategies that can be implemented in the classroom. Participation in a DBQ Project Mini-Q reading and writing task. Exploring DBQ internet resources that can be used in the classroom. (Two morning sessions: 90 minutes each)

Presenter
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Daniel Parent

Daniel Parent is the K-5 Social Studies Content Interventionist for Aiken County Public Schools. He spent fifteen years in the classroom teaching World History, Psychology, Sociology and United States History and was a participant in a Teaching American History Grant program. As the K-5 Social Studies Content Interventionist for Aiken County Schools, he works with area teachers in the creation of social studies curriculum and also... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 90 minutes

10:20am

How Do You Know? Formative Assessments that Drive Instruction - AHS: Room# SM114
Limited Capacity full

How do you assess what students know and are able to do? This workshop will explore the use of exit slips, polls, conferences, surveys, inventories, letters, and other formative assessments that help teachers build rapport and understand where their students are as they plan instruction. Participants will examine sample assessments to create mock instructional plans for language arts students. During the workshop, we will brainstorm and discuss ways to assess students’ background knowledge, strengths, and needs across content areas and grade levels.

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Lee Ann Spillane

Cypress Creek High School
Lee Ann Spillane gets to spend her time with some incredible teenagers and teachers. They read, write, talk, share, and create. She loves teaching. Everyday is an adventure and she has a seat up front, close to the action.    She is Nationally Board Certified and has a Specialists Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She traveled for more than a decade with Janet Allen facilitating workshops with teachers in schools... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 90 Minutes

10:20am

Interpreting Standards using a Depth of Knowledge Framework - SAHS: Room 320
Limited Capacity seats available

This session shows teachers how items are aligned to state standards on large-scale assessments from a cognitive demand perspective and how to incorporate this framework into classroom assessments. This session focuses on the Webb (2005) Depth of Knowledge model. Review of texts for DOK 3 questioning opportunities will also be included in the session.


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Robert L. Johnson

Dr. Robert Johnson is a professor in the Educational Studies Department at the University of South Carolina. Robert teaches courses related to assessment and his research focuses on studies related to the ethics of classroom assessment practices. He also studies methods to improve the scoring of performance assessments, including portfolios and essays. His research has been published in Written Communication, Assessing Writing, and Language... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

10:20am

The Power of the Three...MSV: Analyzing and Interpreting Students' Running Records - MVHS: Room# 307
Limited Capacity seats available

At the end of this session, participants will be able to analyze the Running Records and understand how students are using the three sources of information: Meaning, Structure, and Visual. Participants will participate in an interactive session; interpreting the Fountas and Pinnell records and identifying patterns in students' reading!

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Morgan Bowie

Morgan Bowie is currently serving as a K-2 ELA Content Interventionist and Reading Recovery Teacher Leader. She teaches Early Literacy Assessment and Instruction and Reading Recovery Practicum (ED 880, 881, 882, 883 and ED 838) in partnership with Clemson University. Morgan has kindergarten-2nd grade experience and has served as an instructional coach and Reading Interventionist.

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Terri Harris

Reading Interventionist, Byrd Elementary


Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented District Office/Byrd Elementary
  • Session Length 90 minutes

10:20am

Navigating through the Roadblocks of Guided Reading - MVHS: Room# 305
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The participants will be presented with instruction on using data to drive instructional decisions for implementing Guided Reading in the classroom including: the set-up of Guided Reading, how it works in the classroom, components of the Guided Reading lesson (ACPS Literacy Model), examples of differentiated lessons for K-2nd and 3rd-5th grades. The participants will take away the structures of Guided Reading, how to plan Guided Reading groups and examples of plans to implement within their classroom. We will provide teachers with GRS (Guided Reading Structures) to reduce the barricades, traps or roadblocks teachers experience in the day-to-day routines in the classrooms. At the end of this session, participants will be able to effectively implement Guided Reading with fidelity, in their classroom. They will leave with tools to navigate the roadblocks of Guided Reading.

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Breanne Creswell

Breanne has been an educator for 14 years. She received her undergraduate degree from USC-Aiken, her Reading Recovery Certification from Clemson University, and has a Master's Degree of Science in Education specializing in Literacy Pre-k - 6th grade. She has taught 2nd - 7th grade as well as serving as a Reading Recovery Teacher for 5 years. In addition, she has served as her school's SIT Coordinator, Instructional Coach and currently the Reading... Read More →
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Julie Yonn

Julie has been teaching for 19 years. She has taught every grade from Kindergarten - 8th grade, spending most of her time in Kindergarten and First grade. She is a graduate of USC-Aiken with a degree in Elementary Education, and holds a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She is Highly Qualified in both Elementary and Early Childhood Education. Additionally, to her time in the classroom she was a SIT Coordinator and a 504 Coordinator... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Aiken Elementary
  • Session Length 90 minutes

10:20am

Improving Literacy for English Language Learners (ELLs) - AHS: Room# SM120
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will examine best instructional practices for mainstream teachers with high school/middle school ESOL students. Topics to be addressed include differentiation, scaffolding, and the effective implementation of student accommodation plans. At the end of the session, participants will be able to employ new research-based strategies to meet the literacy needs of their ESOL students.

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Dr. Max Allen Diggs, Jr.

Dr. Max Allen Diggs, Jr. is an ESOL teacher/coach in the Chesterfield County School District. Prior to coming to Chesterfield, Dr. Diggs worked 27 years as a teacher and administrator in North Carolina, and assistant professor at Montreat College. He was a North Carolina Principal Fellow in 1998. Dr. Diggs received his B.A. in History from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and M.S.A, Ed.S, and Ed.D in Educational... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Outside agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

10:20am

Unpacking DRA2 Results (*This is a required session for all K5 teachers. All K5 teachers must attend 1 DRA2 session. First Steps directors are welcome to attend, *Administrators and Reading Coaches are highly encouraged to attend.) - MVHS: Room #424
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This workshop will unpack the assessment reports and guide you in setting goals and expectations for instruction and student outcomes while staying focused on the instructional cycle. Assess-Learn-Teach. Some of the questions we will explore are: After giving the first DRA2 assessment what did you learn about your students? What are your instructional next steps? What did you learn about the assessment? What questions do you have about the assessment and reports? What information did you use to set goals and expectations for your students? How will you be sure that the students are making adequate progress? How will you share this information with the families?

*this is a required session for all K5 teachers, First Steps directors are welcome to attend

*Administrators and Reading Coaches are highly encouraged to attend


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Deia Roberts

Pearson Trainer


Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 90 Minutes

10:20am

Promoting Literacy through Music Education - AHS: Room # SM112
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is designed for all high school music course offerings including Music Appreciation, Choir, Strings, Guitar and Band. We will discuss and explore teaching methods to aid struggling readers in our classrooms while introducing remedial, intermediate and advanced strategies to meet the needs of these students. Activities will consist of sight-reading techniques, Kodaly Solfege, Music History and Music Terminology to facilitate improved reading literacy in our classrooms.

An opportunity will be provided for the group to break into subgroups to better plan and offer suggestions to take back to their classrooms.


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Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented North Augusta High School
  • Session Length 90 Minutes

10:20am

In the Middle with You: Student Achievement through the Middle School Literacy Model - SAHS: Room# 314
Limited Capacity seats available

During this session, teachers and administrators will explore the Aiken Literacy model and consider how to fully embrace it. We will discuss how students can participate in authentic reading and writing experiences and achieve at high levels.

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Dr. Robin Cox

Dr. Cox is a former classroom teacher, literacy coach, and professional development provider. She has extensive experience in working with teachers and students in grades PreK-12. In her current role as a district ELA Coordinator, she supports and coaches teachers. She works closely with school administrators to improve instructional practices and curriculum. Dr. Cox has worked across SC and understands that each school and district has... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

10:20am

A Literacy-Embedded Alternate Approach to Problem-Solving - SAHS: Room# 223
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will engage in an alternate approach to solving mathematical problems with opportunities for increased understanding through rigorous thinking, communicating, reading, and writing. Differentiation will occur throughout the experience. This approach can be used in any mathematics class.

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Marla Herlong

Marla Herlong has worked with Aiken County School District as a Math Curriculum Specialist the past four years. She stays current in research based practices and integrates mathematics with several other content areas when possible.


Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 90 minutes

10:20am

Guided Reading In The Primary Classroom - MVHS: Room# 308
Limited Capacity full

At the end of this session, participants will be able to teach effective 20 min. guided reading groups. Participants will obtain ideas and procedures for increasing children's fluency, phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, and comprehension in daily guided reading lessons.

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Amy Pearson

Amy Pearson has been a Reading Recovery Teacher for Aiken County School District since 2003. She has a Master's in Literacy plus an additional 30 graduate hours in literacy. She obtained National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Reading/Language Arts in 2009. She is Reading Teacher Certified. She was Teacher of the Year at RSM-Elementary in 2012 and a member of Aiken County Public School's Honor Council that same year.



Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Belvedere Elem.
  • Session Length 90 minutes

10:20am

Independent Reading: A Structure within the ACPS Literacy Model - MVHS: Room# 315
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During this session, participants will experience perhaps the single most important part of any reading block - Independent Reading. By living the process of Independent Reading, participants will go deeper into its purpose and procedures. At the end of the session, participants will be able to implement Independent Reading according to the ACPS Literacy Model.

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Catherine Hamilton

Literacy Coach, North Aiken Elementary
This presenter is a school-based Literacy Coach at North Aiken Elementary.

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented North Aiken Elementary
  • Session Length 90 Minutes

10:20am

Reading Comprehension Strategies: Research-based practices for High School Classes - AHS: Room# SM110
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, the participants will learn about comprehension strategies to help students read literary and informational texts. Teachers and administrators will learn more about the impact of specific strategies and how they can be employed in high school classrooms.

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Ms. Kayce Cook

Ms. Kayce Cook is an English-Language Arts Specialist for secondary education. She has taught secondary students for many years prior to this position. As a specialist, Ms. Cook works with teachers to employ research-based strategies in their classrooms. Ms. Cook has a range of experiences with teachers and students.


Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Outside agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

10:20am

Vocabulary, Vocabulary, Vocabulary!!! - MVHS: Room# 306
Limited Capacity full

Young readers need a strong vocabulary to prepare them for content-area rigor in college and the workplace. In this session participants will learn strategies to help support all students build academic language and deepen word knowledge. Participants will learn how to select and explicitly teach academic and domain-specific vocabulary as well as use academic language frames and organizers to scaffold speaking and writing tasks. At the end of this session participants will be able to use resources provided to plan instruction and engage students.

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Tia Adkins

Tia has spent her career working in literacy with a focus on early literacy.  She taught in Savannah-Chatham for 18 years at the elementary level and also worked as a District Literacy Specialist for 2 years. Tia left the classroom to work for the Gov. of Georgia on a special literacy project funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and also revised all the Georgia Unit Frameworks. Tia continues her literacy work as an... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented 0utside Agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

10:20am

'The Case for Cursive: Using Handwriting to Enhance Literacy and Develop Intellectual Fluency' - AHS: Room# SM113
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is designed for teachers of all levels and all disciplines. Attendees will learn about brain research and contemporary theories regarding manual dexterity and simultaneous cognitive function. Attendees will review research, practice hands-on techniques, and receive handouts with resources for their own use. At the end of this session, participants will be able to utilize current research on fine motor skills as a fundamental process for developing literacy in their own classrooms.

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Carol Creamer

I have a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A.T. in Secondary English Education from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. I have earned endorsements in Gifted Education and in Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition; I also have an add-on certification in Gifted Education, and I have been trained extensively through the International Baccalaureate Programme. Currently, I teach English 4 and Drama at North Augusta High... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented North Augusta High
  • Session Length 90 minutes

10:20am

Components of the Literacy Model - MVHS: Room# 303
Limited Capacity seats available

My session will provide a breakdown of each component of the Literacy Model. I will offer ways to maximize instruction during the required 120 minute block of time that should be set aside each day for instruction of ELA and Writing. Participants will be provided ideas regarding shared reading, independent reading, guided reading/small groups, and center/station activities. At the end of this session, participants will be able to confidently use the Literacy Model in their own classrooms to improve the reading success of their students.

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Judith Boyd

Judith Boyd has worked for the Aiken County Public School District for nine years as a classroom teacher.  She is currently a third grade teacher at Greendale Elementary School.


Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Greendale Elementary
  • Session Length 90 minutes

10:20am

How Do You Know? Using Close Reading to Support Evidence-Based Writing - SAHS: Room# Library
Limited Capacity seats available

Helping students read, comprehend, and engage with high-quality, complex texts are essential for college and career success. In this session participants will learn about the metacognitive processes students need to comprehend complex text and provide support for all students with text-based tasks. At the end of the session, participants will be able to plan effective lessons using complex texts, text-dependent questions, and performance tasks.

Presenter
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Chrissie Swilley

Implementation Manager, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Chrissie has over 30 years in educational literacy in grades K-12.  She spent 25 years, first in the classroom,  then working as a mentor, coach and district instructional specialist.  Chrissie continued her work in literacy by joining Scholastic as a consultant where she spent time working with teachers in the classroom to implement Scholastic programs.  She then moved into the role of Implementation Manager in Georgia, first... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

10:20am

Prove It! Gathering the Evidence Through Research for Evidence Based Writing - AHS: Room# SM104
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Students are being asked to engage in rigorous research and academic writing using text-based evidence. Participants will learn how to engage all students in rigorous research and academic writing using text-based evidence with a focus on the key elements of argument writing and research. Participants will learn the use of graphic organizers and research tools to help students ask focused questions and gather evidence. At the end of the session, participants will be able to plan instruction using strategies and tools to engage students in rigorous research and academic writing.

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Leslie Claiborne

Leslie is a skilled teacher, trainer and facilitator with experience developing curriculum.  She spent 14 years teaching in public schools and mentoring peers before transitioning to become an educational software consultant focusing on literacy and  struggling readers.  Leslie continues with this work in the role of Implementation Manager in North and South Carolina for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt where she supports... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Outside agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

10:20am

Using Inquiry Models in the Social Studies Classroom - SAHS: Room# 209
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers will learn how to implement the Suchman Inquiry Model in their Social Studies lessons to facilitate evidence-based critical thinking and historical literacy while increasing rigor and student engagement.



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Alison VanArsdalen

Dorchester School District Two
Alison has experience teaching all levels of secondary Social Studies, and has spent the majority of her teaching career in 7th grade Social Studies before taking a position as Dorchester Two's Middle School Social Studies Interventionist. Alison has recently chosen to go back to her teaching roots, and is currently teaching Social Studies at River Oaks Middle School.



Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

10:20am

Disciplinary Literacy: Why it Matters! - SAHS: Room# 212
Limited Capacity seats available

This Disciplinary Literacy session is designed for 6-8 teachers implementing the literacy standards through their disciplines. This session will focus on the critical elements of effective literacy instruction, using literacy as a tool for learning content. Teachers see how to harness the power of SC-CCRS and practical strategies for achieving literacy standards in the disciplines. Reading is critical to building knowledge in history/social studies, science and technical subjects. If teachers want students to learn complex content in their discipline they often have to help students become better readers and writers. Literacy strategies transfer learning across disciplines—thus enhancing their ability to become learners who make connections. Content area teachers will see how these standards complement the specific content demands of the disciplines, not replace them. At the end of this session, participants will be able to utilize modeled literacy strategies in their classrooms.

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Ethel Johnson

Professional Development Associate, Literacy for Learning
Ethel M. Johnson | Ethel Johnson has twenty-nine years of experience in education as a master teacher, administrator, and professional development provider. She is recently retired from the South Carolina Department of Education where she served as an Education Associate and Team Leader for the Content Knowledge Unit in the Office of Teacher Effectiveness. Her tenure at the Department included planning and designing the Professional Delivery... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 10:20am - 11:50am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

10:50am

Building Community in your Culturally Conscientious Classroom - SAHS: Room# 325
Limited Capacity full

The participants of this presentation will be provided strategies on building community within a classroom of students with different cultural backgrounds. At the end of this session, participants will be able to use strategies within there teaching practice to create a positive culture in their classrooms while acknowledging the many cultures of students we serve.

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Tony West

Tony West Jr. is a licensed school psychologist who currently serves the students of Jackson Middle School and Aiken High School.  He has also served the students at Aiken Middle School and Adult Education. He is new to Aiken, SC; working on his 2nd year for ACPSD.  He recently moved from Atlanta via Las Vegas, Nevada.  As a licensed school psychologist in Las Vegas, Tony served at-risk youth at several different elementary schools... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Self-Monitoring: An academic and behavioral intervention - SAHS: Room# 214
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There are three types of self-monitoring: Self-monitoring of attention, self-monitoring of performance, and self-monitoring with self-correction checklists. At the end of this session, participants will understand the three types of self-monitoring, will understand the process of implementing self-monitoring with students (for either academic or behavioral purposes), and will be given examples of resources to use.

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Kerrie Lovejoy

Kerrie Lovejoy was born and raised in Rochester, NY. She attended Roberts Wesleyan College and received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology in 2009. She later returned to Roberts Wesleyan College and graduated with her Masters of Science in School Psychology, along with a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in 2014. Kerrie, and her husband Sam, relocated to Aiken, SC in 2014. Kerrie is currently in her second year as a... Read More →


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Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Busbee Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Vocabulary and Test-Taking Strategies - AHS: Rm# SM115
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Participants will learn multiple vocabulary strategies to assist their students in retaining new vocabulary rather than simply memorizing definitions. These strategies can be used in all content areas. Participants will also learn test-taking strategies that students can use on all multiple choice tests. These strategies are particularly effective when used on EOC tests.


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Alisa Hamrick

Assistant Principal, Aiken High School


Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Aiken High School
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Driving Learning Through Academic Conversation - SAHS: Room# 304
Limited Capacity seats available

Presenters will share strategies, procedures, and examples of academic conversations in multiple core content classrooms. At the end of this session, participants will be able to use the handout provided to guide students through the implementation of the strategies.



Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Aiken Middle
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

The Literacy-Rich Secondary Classroom: It's Not Just for English Anymore! - AHS: Room# SM205
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At the end of this session, participants will be able to return to their individual content areas in the secondary setting and feel more comfortable incorporating a culture of literacy for their students. Participants will learn practical and fun methods to add to their classroom routines and easy additions to their classroom walls that will have their students exposed to a more literacy-rich environment with little-to-no pain for either party! :)

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Elisabeth Hardy

Classroom Teacher, North Augusta High School
Dr. Elisabeth Blumer Hardy, an educator in the Aiken County Public School District, has 23 years of public-school teaching experience across all grades. She has also worked as a professional development facilitator, presenting on topics including Thinking Maps Instruction, GLISI Standards in Practice, Learning Focused Schools, and Differentiated Learning in the Standards-Based Classroom. In addition to designing curriculum and courses for... Read More →

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Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented North Augusta High
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

10:50am

MasteryConnect: Life beyond the bubbles for Science - AHS: Rm# LabA1
Limited Capacity full

General description: “I do not teach using multiple choice assessment, so I can’t use MasteryConnect.” Nothing could be further from the truth. This session will focus on the ways in which all other assessment types (rubric- based, performance-based, short answer, open response, etc.) can be scored using the MasteryConnect performance grader and new Teacher app. Participants will be guided through subject specific examples of how MasteryConnect can improve student outcomes by identifying levels of understanding to target students for intervention, all while self-evaluating the teaching and learning happening in the classroom.


Presenter
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Noel Gomez

Noël Gomez is a former teacher and school/district administrator. During her public education career, she worked with students in Kindergarten through 12th grade and also taught at the university level in the teacher education program. Noël has been a proponent of mastery or standards-based education for many years and was a MasteryConnect user from the company’s early days. After 22 years in public education, Noël has traded bus duty and... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Aiken High School
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

MasteryConnect: Life beyond the bubbles for Science - SAHS: Rm# 107
Limited Capacity seats available

General description: “I do not teach using multiple choice assessment, so I can’t use MasteryConnect.” Nothing could be further from the truth. This session will focus on the ways in which all other assessment types (rubric- based, performance-based, short answer, open response, etc.) can be scored using the MasteryConnect performance grader and new Teacher app. Participants will be guided through subject specific examples of how MasteryConnect can improve student outcomes by identifying levels of understanding to target students for intervention, all while self-evaluating the teaching and learning happening in the classroom.


Presenter
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Carolyn Nixon

Carolyn was born and raised in Missouri and has 34 years of public education teaching experience. As an educator she served in the following roles: Speech Language Pathologist, Speech & Theatre, English Language Arts, Title I Reading, Social Studies, Math, Learning Disabilities, and Study Skills. Carolyn served as an Instructional Coach for eight years in grades 5-12. She is currently retired and serving as a Professional Development Associate... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

DIY - Data, Interventions, and YOU! - MVHS: Room# 407
Limited Capacity full

It's time to take the stress out of data collection. We all know that collecting and analyzing data is crucial to providing quality instruction to our students. However, this process can feel overly time consuming, and thus gets set aside in our day to day instruction. In this session you will learn how to easily track a student's progress and measure the effectiveness of your intervention or instruction without having to sacrifice your weekends. At the end of this session, participants will be able to locate and utilize a variety of paper and digital data collection tools.

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Christina Chandler

The Special Education team at Aiken Elementary specializes in working with students who learn in unique ways. Data collection is at this teams forefront when considering curriculum options, as they must always monitor their students growth and learning.



Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Aiken Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Mastery Connect Core - MVHS: Room# 401 (Lab)
Limited Capacity seats available

It all starts with the core. Our Core PD gives you everything you need to be a MasteryConnect Champion. You’ll learn how to create trackers, add and deliver assessments and view reports. You'll leave this skill-based session empowered to super-charge learning in your classroom at the elementary level!


Presenter
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Jenna Lagerman

Professional Developer, MasteryConnect
Jenna Lagerman is a former elementary educator and MasteryConnect user. Earning a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and National Board Certification for Early Childhood, she has experience teaching grades K through 3rd and supporting teachers as an Academic Coach and Curriculum Specialist for K-5 teachers. Jenna specializes in primary based assessments and literacy interventions. She now works full time as a professional developer for... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Progress Monitoring - MVHS: Room# 409
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Determining student progress is critical to responsive teaching.  What is progress monitoring and how do teachers determine student growth? Participants will leave this session with practical tools for monitoring student progress.

Presenter
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Dr. Sonya Archie

Dr. Sonya Archie works as a Literacy Specialist for the SC Department of Education. She serves Aiken, Barnwell 19, Barnwell 29, and Barnwell 45. Dr. Archie is a National Board Certified Teacher with over 18 years experience in education. During her tenure in education, she has taught grades 1-8, worked as a elementary and middle school reading/writing interventionist, instructional coach, and reading coach.


Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside agency
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

10:50am

Using Alternate Achievement Standards in ELA (focusing on Reading Informational Text) to Teach and Engage Students with Intellectual Disabilities - SAHS: Room 210
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants in this session will be able to see examples of weekly reading lesson plans connected to alternate achievement standards for students with intellectual disabilities, differentiate/adapt activities for all ability levels, and use key ideas from the literacy model during reading instruction. At the end of this session, participants will be able to use examples from today's session and apply in their classroom.

Presenter
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Allison Newbegin

Allison Newbegin is a Program Specialist for Special Programs. This is her 14th year in Aiken County teaching students with severe, moderate, and mild disabilities. This is her second year in the role of Program Specialist. She has a Master's degree in education.


Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Keys to Unlocking Literacy for English Language Learners - MVHS: Room# 414
Limited Capacity filling up

This is an interactive session where participants will have the opportunity to explore, question and apply newly gained knowledge about improving the literacy of their English Language Learners. This knowledge will be used to meet the literacy and linguistic needs of English Language Learners in the following areas: A. Explicitly activating background knowledge B. Developing academic vocabulary C. Increasing reading comprehension D. Improving student writing At the end of this session, participants will be able to use research-based strategies and language development standards to enhance literacy instruction for English Language Learners.

Presenter
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Sandy Polk

Title III Partner Teacher, ACPSD
Sandy Polk began her teaching career in 1985 as a third grade teacher at Byrd Elementary. Fifteen years later she started out in the ESOL program as a teacher at Millbrook, Chukker Creek and Greendale Elementary Schools. For the past five years she has been providing professional development to ESOL and content teachers as the Title III Partner Teacher for Aiken County Public Schools.

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Waterford: UPSTART- Innovative Model for PreK - MVHS: Room# Auditorium

Learn about a home-based, technology-delivered kindergarten-readiness program that can be used as a stand-alone (in rural areas where services are limited and transportation is a challenge or when families in any locale choose not to send their children to center-based preschool) or as a complement to site-based preschool (when children need additional cognitive development or non-native speaking children need additional English language practice).  UPSTART—the winner of an i3 Validation Grant—has learned how to successfully partner with and support parents to get children ready for school (99% of parents say participation was beneficial and helped prepare their child for school) and five years of learning results data including an external evaluation.


Presenter
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Claudia Miner

Dr. Claudia Miner has more than 25 years of experience in non-constituent-based institutional advancement, focusing on all aspects of fundraising, public relations and marketing. Prior to coming to Waterford, Claudia was Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the Desert Research Institute and Director of Development for The National Judicial College. At Waterford, Claudia’s responsibilities include prospect identification... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Bringing Literacy To Life through the Arts - MVHS: Room# 224
Limited Capacity full

When literacy is combined with the arts, engagement is high, and the sky is the limit! In this session, participants will be given various strategies to present reading, writing, and social studies content to students through arts integration.This session provides teachers with rigorous lessons that incorporate state standards and critical thinking skills with extraordinary visual art projects, and classroom ready arts integration strategies and resources. At the end of this session, participants will be able to provide students with quality vocabulary instruction, engaging literature that encourages critical thinking skills, and project based learning methods.

Presenter
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Shannon Green

5th Grade ELA/S. Studies Teacher, East Aiken School of the Arts
Mrs. Green has been teaching for 13 years. She has experience teaching third, fourth, and fifth grade. She is a strong advocate for project based learning and arts integration. She was a recent presenter at the South Carolina Alliance for Arts Education Conference, and also teaches a Creative Writing Club at her school.



Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented East Aiken School of the Arts
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

10:50am

The Pen and the Paintbrush: Teaching Literacy Through Art Analysis - AHS: Room# B13
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers in content areas other than the arts often avoid analyzing art. Perhaps they enjoy art but are unaware of how to look at art analytically. The following training will combine literacy and art by using Aristotle's rhetorical triangle to teach art and literary analysis. Rhetoric, usually used in the AP Language and Composition classroom and other English classes, can be used across content areas and at any level to teach visual, oral, written and reading literacy. Art, as a visual representation of an argument, is a unique way to increase interest in literary analysis. We will look at art through the lens of audience, subject, speaker, purpose, genre and .tone. A variety of examples of well-known art will be analyzed and paired with traditional and creative writing opportunities. Content area teachers will be encouraged to explore how science, history, English, math, and foreign language can explore art and teach rhetorical analysis and increase literacy along the way.

Presenter
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Francesca Pataro

Francesca Pataro is an English teacher at Aiken High School where she has taught visual analysis in her English classes for several years.  She has found that students' interest in literature and reading can be increased by looking at the visual world first.  Mabry MacGregor is an art teacher at Aiken High School where she teaches art analysis at all levels.  The art content her students learn often extends into other... Read More →

Co-Presenter

Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Aiken High School
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Celebrating Reading through the Arts! - MVHS: Room# 221
Limited Capacity full

Celebrate reading through the arts! See how to take a school-wide reading theme and tie it in with academic excellence through the arts. Our monthly reading celebrations are arts integrated explorations of different places around the world. Students celebrate meeting their reading goals while learning about a new place through dance, music, and visual arts. At the end of this session, participants will see how we have expanded student rewards from a simply fun time out of class to an arts integrated, fun-filled learning experience. Participants will be able to use these ideas to celebrate reading at their schools.

Presenter
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Melanie Starks

Media Specialist, East Aiken School of the Arts
Melanie Starks is the media specialist at East Aiken School of the Arts; she has been at East Aiken since 2010.  Prior to becoming a media specialist, Melanie taught middle school ELA at Kennedy for seven years.  She received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Presbyterian College and M.L.I.S. and M.M.C. from USC.    Faith Barber is the media specialist at J.D. Lever Elementary.  Prior to... Read More →

Co-Presenter

Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented East Aiken Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Interactive Read Alouds - MVHS: Room# 416
Limited Capacity full

Interactive Read Alouds allow the teacher and students to think about, talk about, and respond to text; it is an active process. Interactive Read Alouds are an important component of effective literacy instruction to improve listening, comprehension, fluency, vocabulary skills, attitudes about reading, and student ability to visualize text. At the end of the session, participants will be able to think more purposefully when planning interactive read alouds.


Presenter
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Amber Adams

Ms. Adams has been in education since 1993. She graduated from USCA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Education degree in Elementary Education. She has taught fifth grade, fourth grade, and kindergarten. She is currently the Reading Coach at Warrenville Elementary.
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Rita Walden

Rita Walden is a Reading Coach at Gloverville Elementary School. She has taught kindergarten and 2nd grade



Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Gloverville Elementary and Warrenville Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Literacy Centers (Stations): Planning for Purposeful Practice - MVHS: Room# 222
Limited Capacity full

Literacy Centers--the answer to the age old question: "What are my students doing while I am working with a small guided reading group?" At the end of this session, using the ACPSD Self-Reflection Rubric, teachers will be able to reflect on the development and implementation of purposeful, authentic reading, writing, and research literacy stations within their classrooms.

Presenter
avatar for Holly Vaughn

Holly Vaughn

Reading Coach
Collectively, the presenters of this session have 29 years in the educational system to include classroom teaching experience, Reading Intervention and Instructional Coaching.

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Clearwater Elem./East Aiken Elem.
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Amazing Comprehension through Mathematical Vocabulary - Building Techniques - SAHS: Room #202
Limited Capacity filling up

At the end of the session, participants will be able to understand the importance of implementing strategies to increase mathematical comprehension using vocabulary-building techniques. Participants will be given examples of organizers as well as creating organizers using key vocabulary terms for upcoming units based on their grade-level pacing guide.

Presenter
BB

Beth Burckhalter

The North Augusta Middle School six grade math team, Beth Burckhalter and Margaret Fisher, have been working closely for the past 4 years.  Margaret is retired from Georgia where she served as a teacher for 28 years and a math instructional coach for 5 years.  She has been with Aiken County for the past 9 years. Beth has been teaching with Aiken County for the past 6 years and is currently the team leader for 6th... Read More →

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803

10:50am

Math Aloud - MVHS: Room# 218
Limited Capacity full

Teachers will gain a working knowledge on how to not only incorporate literacy but to integrate it into the math curriculum. Teachers will gain ideas on small group integrated literacy/math lessons, math read alouds, and writing ideas. At the end of the session participants will have new ideas on integrating literacy and math.

Presenter
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Paula Simmons

3-5th grade Interventionist, Aiken Elementary School
Paula has been teaching too many years to count. She has been everything from an instructional coach, Pre-K coordinator and teacher, 1st grade teacher and now finds herself enjoying 2nd grade.

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Aiken Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Math Curse: Using Literacy to Enhance Achievement in Math - MVHS: Room# 205
Limited Capacity full

This session will describe a lesson used in the Math classroom to enhance student achievement in solving word problems. Participants will see how teachers used the book Math Curse as a guide to help students create their own word problem and also create a class book. Creating the word problem makes students think more critically and understand the topic. This session will also explain how integrating literacy, math, and visual arts helps students gain a better understanding of the topic and also leads to authentic learning. At the end of this session, participants will be able to integrate the use of literacy and the arts in the math classroom. They will also be able to collaborate with other participants on ideas to incorporate this into the classroom.

Presenter
EN

Erica Neal

Fourth Grade Teacher, East Aiken School of the Arts
Erica Neal is a fourth grade Math and Science teacher at East Aiken School of the Arts.  She received her undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina Aiken in Elementary Education.  She also attended Lesley University, receiving her Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Arts Integration.  She is in her 7th year of teaching.    Catherine Beck is a math teacher at East Aiken School... Read More →

Co-Presenter

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Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented East Aiken School of the Arts
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Writing in the Mathematics Classroom - AHS: Room# SM105
Limited Capacity full

At the end of this session, participants will be able to incorporate writing into the math classroom to enhance understanding and retention of math concepts.

Presenter
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Jennifer Wilson

Math Teacher, Aiken High School
Jennifer Wilson is a recipient of the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She has taught mathematics in both middle and high school over the last 19 years and has seen the benefit of incorporating writing into her everyday routine with students.



Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Aiken High
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

10:50am

Incorporating Literacy in the STEM Classroom - MVHS: Room# 208
Limited Capacity full

Teachers will learn how to incorporate literacy elements into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). You will walk out of the session with a list of resources and ideas to use in your classroom that are free (or very little cost).

Presenter
AE

Amy Edwards

5th Grade Science/Math Teacher, Mossy Creek elementary School
Amy received her Bachelor's of Education in 2006 and Masters of Educational Technology in 2010 from University of South Carolina. Amy has taught in Aiken County School System for the past ten years. She has taught grades three through five and is currently teaching fifth grade math, science, and Social Studies at Mossy Creek Elementary School.

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Mossy Creek
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Implementing Read Naturally to Improve Reading Fluency and Comprehension - SAHS: Room# 321
Limited Capacity seats available

At the end of the this session, participants will be able to utilize Read Naturally to effectively increase students' reading fluency and comprehension. At the end of the this session, participants will understand the components of the Read Naturally program. At the end of the this session, participants will know how to progress monitor fluency and comprehension with the Read Naturally program.

Presenter
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Laura Casdorph

Learning Strategies/Resource Teacher, Aiken County Public Schools
Laura Casdorph was a middle level Learning Strategies/Resource teacher at North Augusta Middle School for 24 years where she taught using small groups and implemented Read Naturally into her reading instruction for 7 years.   She then moved to the district office as a Program Specialist for Middle Level Differentiation. She is now returning to the classroom at the high school level to teach Learning Strategies.

Co-Presenter
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Melanie Walling

Special Education Teacher, Jackson Middle School/North Augusta Middle
I am a middle school Learning Strategies/Resource teacher at Jackson Middle School. She has been teaching for 19 years.

Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Independent in the Middle: A guide to Independent Reading at the Middle School Level - SAHS: Room# 326
Limited Capacity filling up

Independent Reading can be made easy with planning and preparation. Come and experience a real live implementation of Independent Reading and watch your students' Lexile Levels soar. At the end of this session, participants will be able to effectively implement Independent Reading using various instructional strategies..

Presenter
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Tyral Braxton

Assistant Principal, Center for Innovative Learning
Tyral Braxton has been an educator for the past 25 years. She has served in the following capacities: elementary teacher, middle level teacher, elementary and middle level assistant principal, and currently impacts the lives of students as an assistant principal at the Center for Innovative Learning @ Pinecrest.



Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Aiken Middle School
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

10:50am

Johnny Still Can't Read, and Don't Blame Twitter - AHS: Room# SM211
Limited Capacity seats available

I would like to share some background from my dissertation research that provides a foundation for understanding the learning context in which secondary students' reading scores continue to decline across all measures, both locally and nationally, continuing a pattern begun in 1992. My hope is that at the end of the session, participants will have information that will help them to think of solutions and to be empowered to meet students where they are (regardless as to how they got there) in order to help them move to where they need to be as readers.

Presenter
AS

Anne S. Poplin

Anne S. Poplin is a befuddled yet excruciatingly optimistic, earnest realist who has taught English at South Aiken High School for 24 years.


Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented South Aiken High School
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Motivating the Reluctant Reader - AHS: Room# SM214
Limited Capacity full

At the end of this session, participants will be able to recognize that reluctant readers are not necessarily the same as struggling readers. Students who can’t read well tend to do very poorly in life, no matter how you measure. When you read books out loud that are above your child’s reading level, he or she is building a vocabulary that will enable his or her reading to take off when developmentally ready.

Presenter
avatar for Monica Jones

Monica Jones

English Instructor, Ridge Spring-Monetta High School
Her name is Ms. Monica Jones, and she is a proud graduate of Aiken County Public Schools. She has completed her M. Ed. in Interdisciplinary Studies at Cambridge College, MA and her B.A. English Education, at S.C. State University, Orangeburg, SC.She is a passionate, committed and self-motivated educator who is dedicated to creating stimulating and innovative learning environments. She has gained experience working with a number of students, and... Read More →

Co-Presenter
avatar for Sarah Hudson

Sarah Hudson

Mathematics Teacher, Ridge Spring-Monetta High School


Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Ridge Spring Monetta Middle/High
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

10:50am

Reading Takes Us Places - MVHS: Room# 220
Limited Capacity full

This presentation will highlight how we have tried to integrate a love of fairy tales, research, and geography into our reading class. We use various versions of the classic Cinderella tale to weave our reading standards into the use of research and geography. Students travel from class to class with a passport and visit different cultures, while intrinsically learning to love reading. At the end of the session, participants should be able to utilize our format and create their own units where reading will take their students to different places.

Presenter
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LEAHL@acpsd.net

We are all fourth grade teachers at Millbrook Elementary School. Each of us teach Reading/ELA and have been teaching together for the past 5 years.

Co-Presenter
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Karey Santos

Mrs. Santos has been teaching at Millbrook Elementary School for 25 years. During this time, she has served in a variety of positions, 5th grade teacher, Math/Science Specialist, GT Teacher, and is currently a 4th grade teacher. She received both her BA and IMA through the University of South Carolina and is National Board Certified as a Middle Child/Generalist. In addition to teaching, she has authored and/or reviewed a variety of... Read More →

Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Millbrook Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Shared Reading - MVHS: Room# 405
Limited Capacity full

Participants will experience a shared reading model and work collaboratively to make classroom connections. Participants will benefit by understanding the components of shared reading and why it is an important part of reading instruction. At the end of this session, participants will be able to utilize shared reading to explicitly model how proficient readers approach the demands of text.

Presenter
JM

Joy Mosca

Joy Mosca is the Reading Coach at Greendale Elementary School. She has worked as a literacy coach for the Reading First Initiative, the SC Reading Initiative and Scholastic Inc. She holds a Reading Consultant degree from The Citadel. She is a trained Reading Recovery Teacher.

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Greendale Elem./Belvedere Elem.
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Word Nerds: Strategic Vocabulary Instruction - MVHS: Room# 216
Limited Capacity full

We will provide an overview of the book Word Nerds and how teachers are implementing more purposeful vocabulary instruction.

Presenter
DA

Dr. Amy McClure

Dr. McClure is the principal at Belvedere Elementary. She has been an elementary teacher, elementary/middle instructional coach, and administrator.



Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Belvedere Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Engaging Writing Strategies for ELA Teachers (Middle/High) - SAHS: Room# 318
Limited Capacity seats available

Are your students motivated to write? Do they possess the needed writing skills to communicate effectively? Do they enjoy writing, and better yet, do you enjoy teaching it? Effective writing teaching isn’t just about posting a prompt on the board or incorporating a research paper into the semester. Instead, it is an eclectic mix of writing engagements that capitalize on student interests and skills. In this session, learn how to develop writing engagements that motivate students all while addressing the ELA standards. See how small, quick bursts of writing can morph into full blown published pieces that hone a variety of writing skills needed in today’s world.


Presenter
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Dr. Rebecca G. Harper

Dr. Rebecca G. Harper is an assistant professor at Augusta University (formerly Georgia Regents University) and educational consultant from Aiken, SC.  She is a former middle grades writing teacher.  She received her Ph.D. in Language and Literacy from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Harper is known for her energetic and engaging presentations as well as her passion for literacy.  Her research interests include: content... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

The WRITE Stuff No Matter What the Content or Competency - AHS: Room# SM212
Limited Capacity seats available

Reading affects writing and writing affects reading.  This session is designed to help teachers develop and enhance student’s essential cross content writing skills.  Participants will receive valuable research based information and strategies on the interconnection between reading and writing.  They will also take away strategies to reinforce the development of literacy skills across all content areas.

Presenter
avatar for Denise Broome

Denise Broome

Classified Staff & Info Systems Coordinator, Aiken County Public School District
Denise Broome is currently the ACPSD Human Resources Classified Staff & Information Systems Coordinator. Denise has served as an educator for over 14 years. During her years in the classroom Denise was twice named Redcliffe Elementary School Teacher of the Year and was selected as a Golden Apple Awards winner. She has also served as one of the district’s Literacy Model Teachers.
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Tomiko Smalls

Director of Human Resources, Aiken County Public School District
Tomiko Smalls is currently the Director of Human Resources for the Aiken County Public School District. Tomiko has served as an educator, administrator, and director for over 23 years. During her years in the classroom, Tomiko was named McCormick County's Teacher of the Year, Mossy Creek Elementary Teacher of the Year, and North Augusta Walmart's Teacher of the Year. Tomiko continues to be dedicated to student achievement inside and outside of... Read More →
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LaToya Wiley

LaToya Wiley is currently the ACPSD Human Resources Program Coordinator for Recruitment & Staffing.  LaToya has 12 years of teaching experience in the areas of elementary and special education.  She has served as a Program Specialist for High Schools and the Student Intervention Coordinator for Midland Valley High School.  LaToya was named Teacher of the Year for Midland Valley High School and selected as a recipient of the News 12... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Who Cares About Spelling? - MVHS: Room# 212
Limited Capacity full

This presentation will make the case for spelling assessment and instruction. Participants will come away with a better understanding of the linguistic factors that influence spelling and how we can use spelling to inform differentiated instruction.

Presenter
SK

Stephen Kneece

Stephen Kneece is the Lead Speech-Language Pathologist for Aiken County Public School District. He has an interest in bridging the gap between SLPs and the general education classroom especially in the area of literacy.



Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Integrating Technology into Writing - MVHS: Room# 219
Limited Capacity full

We will show teachers how to engage their students in the writing process. This session will focus on using technology in all stages of the writing process including; editing, rewriting, publishing and reflecting. Different styles of writing will be explored such as forming arguments, narratives, and informative/explanatory texts. Finally, we will share resources which can be used in writing and technology integration.

Presenter
EM

Erica Millwood

Mrs. Millwood is a fourth grade teacher at Redcliffe Elementary.   She has a specialist degree in Educational Technology. In the past she  has taught in 4th and 5th grade self contained classrooms and  has served as a writing lab instructor.



Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Redcliffe Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

The Renaissance to Robots: How can I support literacy skills through science and social studies? - SAHS: Room# 111 Lab
Limited Capacity seats available

Through hands-on experiences, participants will learn quick and easy methods to support note-taking skills, summarizing skills, create questions for inquiry-based research, cite sources, and promote accuracy in research. Participants will be able to take these skills into their classrooms Monday and begin incorporating them into their current lessons.

Presenter
avatar for Kimberly Hodges West

Kimberly Hodges West

Sixth grade ELA teacher, North Augusta Middle School
Mrs. West brings thirty years of classroom experience to this session. She has recently been recognized as the TOY for NAMS for 2013-2014 and was named a Golden Apple Award recipient in the 2014-2015 school year.

Co-Presenter
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Sylvia Gay

Assistant Principal, Ridge Spring-Monetta Middle/High School
Greetings!!! My educational experience includes 8 years as a Middle Level Science educator and 5 years as an Administrator. I have a Master Degree in Educational Leadership and a Specialist Degree in the area of Curriculum and Instruction.


Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented North Augusta Middle
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

10:50am

Connecting the Dots Between Digital Literacy and Core Curriculum - SAHS: Room# 302
Limited Capacity filling up

*“Literacy, in any form, advances a person’s ability to effectively and creatively use and communicate information.” This session will focus on the skill sets students need to develop in order to succeed in the information age, as suggested in the profile of a South Carolina graduate and the 21st century learner skills checklist. Participants will leave with a working definition of “Digital Literacy,” an overview of the SC graduate profile, hands on experience with the resources presented, and a supplemental list of ideas for incorporating “Digital Literacy” in the everyday classroom. * Barbara, Barbara R., and Suzanne L. Flannigan. "Connecting the Digital Dots: Literacy of the 21st Century." Connecting the Digital Dots: Literacy of the 21st Century. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2015.

Presenter
avatar for Terry Hallman

Terry Hallman

Curriculum Technology Specialist
Terry Hallman is the Curriculum Technology Lead for ACPS and has served in this position for the past 13 years. Terry is a 33 year veteran teacher, with 20 years in the K - 12 classroom setting. Ms. Hallman earned her M.Ed in Instructional Technology from Lesley University. Ms. Hallman has a daughter, Holli, an adopted dachshund, Dottie, and a granddog named Lola.



Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

10:50am

Fostering Digital Literacy - MVHS: Room# 402
Limited Capacity full

Our students are frequently referred to as digitally native, but their second nature for mobile devices does not mean they are digitally literate. Digital literacy is not inherent, it must be cultivated. Learn how to create in your students the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content while fostering collaboration and prompting critical thinking with the use of technology.

Presenter
avatar for Ashlee O'Neal

Ashlee O'Neal

Ashlee O'Neal , a Curriculum Technology Specialist for Aiken County Public Schools with a Masters in Educational Technology, has over 16 years of teaching experience.  Her goal is to support teachers in the successful integration of technology in the classroom.



Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

10:50am

Using Technology to Enhance and Promote Literacy - MVHS: Room# 201
Limited Capacity full

Participants will learn how 2 classrooms are navigating the digital world to enhance literacy instruction. Free and inexpensive programs such as KidBlog, Diigo, and NewsELA will be demonstrated with student examples of work and data collection.

Presenter
avatar for Brandee Green

Brandee Green

3-5 ELA Content Interventionist, Aiken County Public Schools

Co-Presenter

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Friday January 15, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Aiken Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Building Community in your Culturally Conscientious Classroom - SAHS: Room# 325
Limited Capacity seats available

The participants of this presentation will be provided strategies on building community within a classroom of students with different cultural backgrounds. At the end of this session, participants will be able to use strategies within there teaching practice to create a positive culture in their classrooms while acknowledging the many cultures of students we serve.

Presenter
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Tony West

Tony West Jr. is a licensed school psychologist who currently serves the students of Jackson Middle School and Aiken High School.  He has also served the students at Aiken Middle School and Adult Education. He is new to Aiken, SC; working on his 2nd year for ACPSD.  He recently moved from Atlanta via Las Vegas, Nevada.  As a licensed school psychologist in Las Vegas, Tony served at-risk youth at several different elementary schools... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Collaborative Strategic Reading: A “gold standard” class-wide reading intervention - AHS: Room# SM105
Limited Capacity seats available

Collaborative Strategic Reading is an excellent class-wide reading intervention for 3rd-12th grade. This intervention is completed in small cooperative groups and features no missed instructional time. CSR was developed for grade level reading material and can be used in a cross-curricular manner. CSR is free, requires very little materials, and only needs to be completed three days per week to achieve the effect size. At the end of this session, participants will be able to implement CSR tomorrow to achieve success for all students!

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Ashley Bouknight Wingard, PhD, BCBA

Ashley Bouknight Wingard, PhD, BCBA, is currently a School Psychologist for Aiken County Public Schools.  She received a doctoral degree in Health Psychology with an emphasis in Pediatric School Psychology from East Carolina University in 2014.  She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and completed most of her behavioral training in elementary and middle schools, as well as a behavioral pediatrics clinic.  Ashley leads the... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Teaching Togetherness: The Power of Teaching Collaboration - SAHS: Room #216
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will answer the question, "How do I teach my students to collaborate effectively?" With the increased demand for collaborative classroom activities, especially in the area of literacy, it is just as important to teach students HOW to collaborate as it is to give them opportunities to collaborate. This session will provide the research behind collaborative learning as well as lessons and strategies to teach students how to collaborate effectively.

Presenter
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Beth Taylor

Beth Taylor, M.Ed./BCBA, coordinates the Instructional Programming Division for the Department of Special Programs. She works with special education and general education teachers to improve instruction and behavior for at-risk students and students with disabilities. Her previous experiences include Behavior Specialist, Autism Program Coordinator, Special Education Teacher, and General Education Teacher.

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

1:00pm

Vocabulary and Test-Taking Strategies - AHS: Rm# SM115
Limited Capacity full

Participants will learn multiple vocabulary strategies to assist their students in retaining new vocabulary rather than simply memorizing definitions. These strategies can be used in all content areas. Participants will also learn test-taking strategies that students can use on all multiple choice tests. These strategies are particularly effective when used on EOC tests.


Presenter
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Alisa Hamrick

Assistant Principal, Aiken High School


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Aiken High School
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Driving Learning Through Academic Conversation - SAHS: Room# 304
Limited Capacity seats available

Presenters will share strategies, procedures, and examples of academic conversations in multiple core content classrooms. At the end of this session, participants will be able to use the handout provided to guide students through the implementation of the strategies.



Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Aiken Middle
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Literacy Across the Islands! - SAHS: Room# 318
Limited Capacity seats available

How does literacy help to bridge the divide of content-specific classrooms? Using a collaborative interdisciplinary approach, join some of Jackson Middle's sixth grade team as they share how they use literacy to develop rigor, relevance, and retention with all students.

Presenter
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Kishni Neville

Grade 6 Science/GT Teacher, Jackson Middle School
Mrs. Kendra Lloyd and Ms. Kishni Neville represent one half of Jackson Middle School's Sixth Grade Team. As the STEM instructional model takes shape and evolves, they've learned how important purposeful and rigorous literacy practices should be developed across the content areas. They are both excited to share the real successes and hurdles of the interdisciplinary literacy approach as they work to prepare all Jackson students for the next... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Jackson Middle
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

MasteryConnect: Life beyond the bubbles for Social Studies - AHS: Rm# LabA1
Limited Capacity seats available

General description: “I do not teach using multiple choice assessment, so I can’t use MasteryConnect.” Nothing could be further from the truth. This session will focus on the ways in which all other assessment types (rubric- based, performance-based, short answer, open response, etc.) can be scored using the MasteryConnect performance grader and new Teacher app. Participants will be guided through subject specific examples of how MasteryConnect can improve student outcomes by identifying levels of understanding to target students for intervention, all while self-evaluating the teaching and learning happening in the classroom.


Presenter
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Noel Gomez

Noël Gomez is a former teacher and school/district administrator. During her public education career, she worked with students in Kindergarten through 12th grade and also taught at the university level in the teacher education program. Noël has been a proponent of mastery or standards-based education for many years and was a MasteryConnect user from the company’s early days. After 22 years in public education, Noël has traded bus duty and... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Aiken High School
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

MasteryConnect: Life beyond the bubbles for Social Studies - SAHS: Rm# 107
Limited Capacity seats available

General description: “I do not teach using multiple choice assessment, so I can’t use MasteryConnect.” Nothing could be further from the truth. This session will focus on the ways in which all other assessment types (rubric- based, performance-based, short answer, open response, etc.) can be scored using the MasteryConnect performance grader and new Teacher app. Participants will be guided through subject specific examples of how MasteryConnect can improve student outcomes by identifying levels of understanding to target students for intervention, all while self-evaluating the teaching and learning happening in the classroom.


Presenter
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Carolyn Nixon

Carolyn was born and raised in Missouri and has 34 years of public education teaching experience. As an educator she served in the following roles: Speech Language Pathologist, Speech & Theatre, English Language Arts, Title I Reading, Social Studies, Math, Learning Disabilities, and Study Skills. Carolyn served as an Instructional Coach for eight years in grades 5-12. She is currently retired and serving as a Professional Development Associate... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

The Profile of the SC Graduate (*Required for All High School Teachers) - AHS: Gym
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Are all students meeting the profile?  How can more students meet the profile?

Participants will receive a detailed overview of SC’s Profile of a Graduate.  Included in the overview will be discussion of implications for local districts and high school educators.  

**Required Session: This session is being offered at 1:00, 2:10, and 3:15.  Attendance at one of the three sessions is required for all HS teachers who are not presenting or attending other required meetings during these times. 


Presenter
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Melanie Barton

Melanie Barton is Executive Director for the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee (EOC). Barton has been with the EOC since 2001. Her work on the staff began when she worked part-time staffing the Parent Involvement Subcommittee and advising the EOC on spending recommendations for Education Improvement Act (EIA) funds. She assisted in the design of the EOC funding model and served on the evaluation team for the full-day 4K program... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Accessing and Applying SRI Data at Kennedy MS - SAHS: Room# 333
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, participants will learn to access various reports on the SRI Portal. Participants will also learn how Kennedy MS uses the data from SRI as one tool to identify and assist students in need.

Presenter
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David Hanna

Assistant Principal, Kennedy Middle School



Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Kennedy Middle
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Mastery Connect: Multiple Methods of Literacy Based Assessment - MVHS: Room# 401 (Lab)
Limited Capacity seats available

Teaching elementary students is the best! However, assessing students can be time consuming and overwhelming. In this session we will learn how to assess students through multiple methods by creating several different performance based assessments focusing on literacy skills and reading levels. By the end of this session you will be able to track student mastery through MasteryConnect’s Literacy and Reading trackers and use the data to drive instruction. We will work together to find ways to track students in an effective and efficient way that works best for you and your students!


Presenter
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Jenna Lagerman

Professional Developer, MasteryConnect
Jenna Lagerman is a former elementary educator and MasteryConnect user. Earning a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and National Board Certification for Early Childhood, she has experience teaching grades K through 3rd and supporting teachers as an Academic Coach and Curriculum Specialist for K-5 teachers. Jenna specializes in primary based assessments and literacy interventions. She now works full time as a professional developer for... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Reading and Writing Assessments are Done. Now What? - MVHS: Room# 409
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Now that DRA2, the Fountas and Pinnell  Benchamark Assessment, and SRI are complete, what do teachers do with all the data? How does this data directly impact everyday teaching.  During this session teachers will learn to develop  explicit teaching plans based on assessment data.

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Dr. Sonya Archie

Dr. Sonya Archie works as a Literacy Specialist for the SC Department of Education. She serves Aiken, Barnwell 19, Barnwell 29, and Barnwell 45. Dr. Archie is a National Board Certified Teacher with over 18 years experience in education. During her tenure in education, she has taught grades 1-8, worked as a elementary and middle school reading/writing interventionist, instructional coach, and reading coach.


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside agency
  • Session Length 60

1:00pm

Making Sense of Literacy Accommodations with Section 504 SAHS: Room# 214
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers and administrators will look at the definition of accommodations and what accommodations support literacy instruction, as related to specific disabilities. At the end of the session, participants will have knowledge of the legalities of Section 504 accommodations, why these accommodations support good instruction, and how to execute the accommodations in their class.

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Amy Margaret MacDougall

Amy Margaret MacDougall started teaching special education in alternative settings, elementary special education, and general education in middle grades.  In administration she has served as an assistant principal in elementary and middle school settings.  At the district level, Amy Margaret has supported schools and students  as Alternative Learning Coordinator, and Program Specialist for Section 504 and Tribunal.


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Using Alternate Achievement Standards in ELA (focusing on Reading Informational Text) to Teach and Engage Students with Intellectual Disabilities - SAHS: Room 210
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants in this session will be able to see examples of weekly reading lesson plans connected to alternate achievement standards for students with intellectual disabilities, differentiate/adapt activities for all ability levels, and use key ideas from the literacy model during reading instruction. At the end of this session, participants will be able to use examples from today's session and apply in their classroom.

Presenter
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Allison Newbegin

Allison Newbegin is a Program Specialist for Special Programs. This is her 14th year in Aiken County teaching students with severe, moderate, and mild disabilities. This is her second year in the role of Program Specialist. She has a Master's degree in education.


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Using Learning Menus to Differentiate Instruction - AHS: Room# SM120
Limited Capacity full

During this session, participants will have the opportunity to discuss the key components of a learning menu, discover how a learning menu fosters differentiation, and view a video of a learning menu at work. At the end of this session, participants will be able to differentiate instruction through the use of learning menus in their classroom.

Presenter
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Lauren Enter

Lauren Enter has worked in Aiken County for the past 12 years as a regular educator, special educator, and at the district level.  She served as a Special Education Coordinator for five of those years providing excellent support to teachers and administrators.  Her most recent experience has been working with the curriculum team to assist teachers with differentiation across the grade span.  Currently she serves as... Read More →


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Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Keys to Unlocking Literacy for English Language Learners - MVHS: Room# 414
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This is an interactive session where participants will have the opportunity to explore, question and apply newly gained knowledge about improving the literacy of their English Language Learners. This knowledge will be used to meet the literacy and linguistic needs of English Language Learners in the following areas: A. Explicitly activating background knowledge B. Developing academic vocabulary C. Increasing reading comprehension D. Improving student writing At the end of this session, participants will be able to use research-based strategies and language development standards to enhance literacy instruction for English Language Learners.

Presenter
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Sandy Polk

Title III Partner Teacher, ACPSD
Sandy Polk began her teaching career in 1985 as a third grade teacher at Byrd Elementary. Fifteen years later she started out in the ESOL program as a teacher at Millbrook, Chukker Creek and Greendale Elementary Schools. For the past five years she has been providing professional development to ESOL and content teachers as the Title III Partner Teacher for Aiken County Public Schools.

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Waterford: Sharing Successful Early Learning Implementations - MVHS: Room# Auditorium
Presenter
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Toby Rothstein Gruber

Toby Rothstein Gruber has spent more than 10 years managing and delivering professional development services. At Waterford, she custom designs product-focused professional development plans, assists districts in implementing various technology initiatives, manages and mentors a team of consultants, and delivers virtual and onsite training aligned with research-based best practices. Her roles also include modeling effective teaching strategies... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Literacy Strategies in the Music Classroom SAHS: Room# 324
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is geared toward middle school music teachers. We will discuss strategies on improving literacy within our content area. For the second half of the session we will break out into two groups, one for instrumental teachers and one for choral and general music teachers, to discuss practical applications of reading strategies in music.

Presenter

Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented North Augusta Middle
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

The Pen and the Paintbrush: Teaching Literacy Through Art Analysis - AHS: Room# B13
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Teachers in content areas other than the arts often avoid analyzing art. Perhaps they enjoy art but are unaware of how to look at art analytically. The following training will combine literacy and art by using Aristotle's rhetorical triangle to teach art and literary analysis. Rhetoric, usually used in the AP Language and Composition classroom and other English classes, can be used across content areas and at any level to teach visual, oral, written and reading literacy. Art, as a visual representation of an argument, is a unique way to increase interest in literary analysis. We will look at art through the lens of audience, subject, speaker, purpose, genre and .tone. A variety of examples of well-known art will be analyzed and paired with traditional and creative writing opportunities. Content area teachers will be encouraged to explore how science, history, English, math, and foreign language can explore art and teach rhetorical analysis and increase literacy along the way.

Presenter
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Francesca Pataro

Francesca Pataro is an English teacher at Aiken High School where she has taught visual analysis in her English classes for several years.  She has found that students' interest in literature and reading can be increased by looking at the visual world first.  Mabry MacGregor is an art teacher at Aiken High School where she teaches art analysis at all levels.  The art content her students learn often extends into other... Read More →

Co-Presenter

Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Aiken High School
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Interactive Read Alouds - MVHS: Room# 416
Limited Capacity full

Read Alouds allow the teacher and students to think about, talk about, and respond to text; it is an active process. Interactive Read Alouds are an important component of effective literacy instruction to improve listening, comprehension, fluency, vocabulary skills, attitudes about reading, and student ability to visualize text. At the end of the session, participants will be able to think more purposefully when planning interactive read alouds.


Presenter
avatar for Megan Bush

Megan Bush

Megan Bush has been in education for 6 years. She received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education and masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Winthrop University. She also has recently completed the certification in Administration from the University of South Carolina-Columbia. Megan is a product of Aiken County Public Schools having graduated from North Augusta High School in 2004. She has previously taught third grade... Read More →
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Kim Livingston

Reading Coach, Busbee/Corbett
Kim Livingston has worked in education for 17 years. She has taught grades 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th. She has also been an instructional coach and is currently a reading coach at Busbee/Corbett Elementary and Middle. Kim has her Master's in Education from the University of South Carolina Aiken, as well as her Master's in Administration and Leadership from Southern Wesleyan University. Kim is also an adjunct professor at USCA.



Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Hammond Hill Elementary and Busbee-Corbett Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Literacy Centers (Stations): Planning for Purposeful Practice - MVHS: Room# 308
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Literacy Centers--the answer to the age old question: "What are my students doing while I am working with a small guided reading group?" At the end of this session, using the ACPSD Self-Reflection Rubric, teachers will be able to reflect on the development and implementation of purposeful, authentic reading, writing, and research literacy stations within their classrooms.

Presenter
avatar for Tabatha Hughes

Tabatha Hughes

Collectively, the presenters of this session have 43 years in the educational system to include classroom teaching experience, Reading Intervention and Instructional Coaching.

Co-Presenter

Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Millbrook Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Math Curse: Using Literacy to Enhance Achievement in Math - MVHS: Room# 205
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This session will describe a lesson used in the Math classroom to enhance student achievement in solving word problems. Participants will see how teachers used the book Math Curse as a guide to help students create their own word problem and also create a class book. Creating the word problem makes students think more critically and understand the topic. This session will also explain how integrating literacy, math, and visual arts helps students gain a better understanding of the topic and also leads to authentic learning. At the end of this session, participants will be able to integrate the use of literacy and the arts in the math classroom. They will also be able to collaborate with other participants on ideas to incorporate this into the classroom.

Presenter
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Erica Neal

Fourth Grade Teacher, East Aiken School of the Arts
Erica Neal is a fourth grade Math and Science teacher at East Aiken School of the Arts.  She received her undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina Aiken in Elementary Education.  She also attended Lesley University, receiving her Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Arts Integration.  She is in her 7th year of teaching.    Catherine Beck is a math teacher at East Aiken School... Read More →

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Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829

1:00pm

Panel one: Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Canon Topic: The Canon: English III, English IV, Postcolonial Criticism, and the Western Canon. - AHS: Room# SM214
Limited Capacity seats available

This discussion will explore the Western canon and classical literature, potential problems with the canon, as well as notions of universality in literature.  One of the issues that secondary English teachers should think about are issues of representation within the traditional canon and how important text selection is within a class.  Crudely, and on a sort of macro level, this panel will focus on what English teachers should try to get their students to read.

Presenter
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Chris Emerling

Chris Emerling has taught for 14 years in the Aiken County School District.  He currently teaches AP Language and Composition at North Augusta High School where he serves as the department head and assistant athletic director.  He has his national board certification and was a finalist for district teacher of the year in 2012.

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented North Augusta High
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

1:00pm

What Literacy Looks Like in a World Language Classroom - AHS: Room# SM213
Limited Capacity seats available

I am going to use formative assessment strategies presented in the literacy course paid for by Aiken County and facilitate a group discussion about what this looks like in the World Language class. I'm sure other teachers will share their ideas. At the end of the session participants will be able to adapt formative assessments to their needs.

Presenter
RH

Ruth Higson

Spanish Teacher
Ruth Higson has spent most of her teaching career at Midland Valley High School. She also teaches 1 class at LBC Middle School.



Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Midland Valley High
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

1:00pm

Integrating Trade Books and Diverse Media throughout Balanced Literacy - SAHS: Room# 321
Limited Capacity seats available

At the end of this session, participants will gain an understanding of balanced literacy components and be provided with techniques on how to teach standards, strategies and skills through trade books paired with multiple modalities of digital texts.

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KW

Kelli Westmoreland

Kelli has twenty-four years of experience in the classroom working with students from preschool to college. She is passionate about using real literature in the classroom and is currently working on her doctorate studying the effects of pairing literature with other texts.


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Shared Reading - MVHS: Room# 212
Limited Capacity full

Participants will experience a shared reading model and work collaboratively to make classroom connections. Participants will benefit by understanding the components of shared reading and why it is an important part of reading instruction.. At the end of this session, participants will be able to utilize shared reading to explicitly model how proficient readers approach the demand of text.

Presenter
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Holly Wills

Reading Interventionist (grades 3-5), ChukkerCreek Elementary
Holly Wills is the Reading Interventionist at Chukker Creek Elementary.  She has spent her career working with students with specific learning disabilities. Her training in Orton-Gillingham,  multisensory, direct instruction, reading benefits all learners.  Her experience has led her to be passionate for improving reading instruction.

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Chukker Creek Elementary/Jefferson Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Shared Reading - MVHS: Room# 405
Limited Capacity full

Participants will experience a shared reading model and work collaboratively to make classroom connections. Participants will benefit by understanding the components of shared reading and why it is an important part of reading instruction. At the end of this session, participants will be able to utilize shared reading to explicitly model how proficient readers approach the demands of text.

Presenter
JM

Joy Mosca

Joy Mosca is the Reading Coach at Greendale Elementary School. She has worked as a literacy coach for the Reading First Initiative, the SC Reading Initiative and Scholastic Inc. She holds a Reading Consultant degree from The Citadel. She is a trained Reading Recovery Teacher.

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Greendale Elem./Belvedere Elem.
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Word Nerds: Strategic Vocabulary Instruction - MVHS: Room# 216
Limited Capacity full

We will provide an overview of the book Word Nerds and how teachers are implementing more purposeful vocabulary instruction.

Presenter
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Dr. Amy McClure

Dr. McClure is the principal at Belvedere Elementary. She has been an elementary teacher, elementary/middle instructional coach, and administrator.



Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Belvedere Elem.
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Developmentally Appropriate Writing - MVHS: Room# 218
Limited Capacity full

Participants will discuss how children learn to write and the developmental stages of writing.

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Marcia Nash

Helping others is a way of life for Ms. Marcia Nash. After earning a sociology degree from USC Aiken in 1993, she worked in the early childhood development and education field as the Executive Director of the Aiken County First Steps program, where she has been for 10 years. The Aiken County First Steps program supports pre-kindergarten programs, literacy, child care, home visitation programs. Marcia has worked with children and families in Aiken... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Getting STEAMed about Reading and Writing with Fairy Tales - MVHS: Room# 224
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At the end of this session, participants will be able to integrate reading and writing into STEAM activities. Popular children's fairy tales will be used to bring STEAM to life in the classroom through interactive read alouds, digital storytelling, journal writing, and STEAM challenges.

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Lisa Fallaw

Principal, East Aiken School of the Arts
Lisa Fallaw is the principal at East Aiken School of the Arts. Ms. Fallaw has a BA in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education from Clemson University, a M.Ed. in Divergent Learning from Columbia College, and a Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Cambridge College. She taught middle school special education for 16 years before going into administration in 2009. Ms. Fallaw is in her 5th year as principal at East Aiken School of... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented East Aiken School of the Arts
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

1:00pm

Growing Readers and Writers in the Early Grades - MVHS: Room# 201
Limited Capacity full

This session will highlight practical strategies impacting the literacy environment, classroom instruction, and the daily routine that will embed rich literacy skills that support young children growing as readers and writers.

Presenter
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Stephanie Humphries

Stephanie Humphries has been an early childhood educator for 19 years.  Her classroom experiences include, pre-k, kindergarten, first, and second grade.  She spent four years supporting teachers in growing pre-k and kindergarten students in early literacy skills as a Preschool Literacy Coach as part of an Early Reading First Grant. She is currently serving in a coaching position in an elementary school in Edgefield County.



Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Really Effective Writing Instruction - MVHS: Room# 221
Limited Capacity full

At the end of the session, participants will be able to go back to their classrooms and use our effective strategies to increase the volume of authentic writing opportunities for all students.

Presenter
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Vernon Williams

Literacy Coach, J.D. Lever Elementary School
Vernon Williams is a veteran, ELA instructor who has found research-based, tried and true ways to engage all students in authentic reading and writing opportunities. His passion for literacy is evident in his instructional practices, the way he interacts with students, and in the professional conversations he has with colleagues. His goal is to help anyone and everyone see that being a literate member of society is the single most important thing... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented J.D. Lever Elementary
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

1:00pm

Uncovering the Mystery of Argument - SAHS: Room# 326
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers will learn how to boost student engagement when learning to make claims and cite textual evidence. This session will demonstrate how a 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teacher used mystery scenarios to teach claim, evidence, and reasoning (CER). Using these mystery scenarios can be a catapult for teaching students the art of argument writing. With this strategy, students are able to articulate a claim using valid reasoning and more effectively understand how to refute a counterargument. Understanding an opponent’s counterargument is essential to developing a sound argument. Participants of this session will learn scaffolding strategies that will expand across other disciplines. At the end of this session, teachers will gain practices and strategies to help promote argumentative skills, analysis of real-world argumentative texts, and the creation of evidence-based arguments.

Presenter
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Angelita Jordan

6-7th grade ELA, New Ellenton Middle School
Angelita Jordan is a fourth year teacher at New Ellenton Middle STEAM Magnet School.  She has an enthusiasm for teaching English Language Arts.  During this time of transition at her school, she has taken the lead in finding literacy strategies that can be effectively utilized across disciplines. 



Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented New Ellenton Middle
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Writing with Independence: Letting Students Take the Lead - MVHS: Room# 220
Limited Capacity full

In our session, Writing with Independence: Letting Students Take the Lead, participants will explore how our writing instruction at the early childhood level helps, and sometimes hinders, children as they grow as writers. We will explore how to implement writing instruction that is anchored by the following ideas: -Students will work and write with independence and engagement. -Students will take ownership of their writing. -Students will plan using their own ideas and develop them into their own writing. Participants will learn ideas for guiding their students through the planning process and developing it into writing across grade levels and subject areas as well as with differentiation in mind. We will offer procedures for developing writing with independence in the classroom. We will show how to use the tools we have found particularly effective such as anchor chart ideas, organizers, and mini-lesson ideas. Examples of student work will be provided to show how to build our dialog about writing with independence in early childhood classrooms. At the end of this session, participants will have a toolbox filled with ideas and lesson examples to use with students writing at the kindergarten and first grade levels to foster independent, engaged writing in their classrooms.

Presenter
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April Gattis

First Grade Teacher, Aiken Elementary
April Gattis is a first grade teacher at Aiken Elementary.  She has taught first grade for twelve years.  She has a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master degree in Divergent Learning.     

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Aiken Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Integrating Technology into Writing - MVHS: Room# 219
Limited Capacity filling up

We will show teachers how to engage their students in the writing process. This session will focus on using technology in all stages of the writing process including; editing, rewriting, publishing and reflecting. Different styles of writing will be explored such as forming arguments, narratives, and informative/explanatory texts. Finally, we will share resources which can be used in writing and technology integration.

Presenter
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Erica Millwood

Mrs. Millwood is a fourth grade teacher at Redcliffe Elementary.   She has a specialist degree in Educational Technology. In the past she  has taught in 4th and 5th grade self contained classrooms and  has served as a writing lab instructor.



Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Redcliffe Elementary
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

The Renaissance to Robots: How can I support literacy skills through science and social studies? - SAHS: Room# 111 Lab
Limited Capacity seats available

Through hands-on experiences, participants will learn quick and easy methods to support note-taking skills, summarizing skills, create questions for inquiry-based research, cite sources, and promote accuracy in research. Participants will be able to take these skills into their classrooms Monday and begin incorporating them into their current lessons.

Presenter
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Kimberly Hodges West

Sixth grade ELA teacher, North Augusta Middle School
Mrs. West brings thirty years of classroom experience to this session. She has recently been recognized as the TOY for NAMS for 2013-2014 and was named a Golden Apple Award recipient in the 2014-2015 school year.

Co-Presenter
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Sylvia Gay

Assistant Principal, Ridge Spring-Monetta Middle/High School
Greetings!!! My educational experience includes 8 years as a Middle Level Science educator and 5 years as an Administrator. I have a Master Degree in Educational Leadership and a Specialist Degree in the area of Curriculum and Instruction.


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented North Augusta Middle
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Movement, vision, and auditory processing in relation to learning - MVHS: Room# 402
Limited Capacity full

This workshop will explore the role of sensory processing in children with a focus on movement, visual, and auditory processing in relation to learning. Evidence based research will be presented with discussion of the relevance to learning abilities and disabilities.

Presenter
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Crissy Waters, OTR/L

Crissy Waters OTR/L has worked as an occupational therapist for ACPSD since 2009. She has over 14 years of experience working with children in a variety of settings.



Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

1:00pm

There Is More To It Than Meets The Eye! - MVHS: Room# 407
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will cover the criteria needed to qualify for the Visually Impaired Program. Teachers will be provided accommodations specifically to access printed materials in their classroom. Participants will perform daily classroom activities while using vision simulators.

Presenter
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Tammie Alan

Tammie Alan is a certified Teacher for the Visually Impaired. Previously, she taught at North Augusta High Schools as a Learning Strategies Teacher.



Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

1:00pm

What it means to be Deaf or Hard of Hearing - AHS: Room# SM205
Limited Capacity seats available

The objective of this session is to gain a basic understanding of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, what it means, what it looks like in the classroom, and how we can accommodate and better communicate with this population of students.

Presenter
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Kandice Hunt

Kandice is a teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing for Aiken County. She has been teaching for six years and holds certifications in the areas of education of the deaf/hard of hearing, elementary education, and early childhood special education.


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

1:00pm

Digital Literacy: More than Facebook and Twitter - AHS: Room# Lab B-15
Limited Capacity filling up

It is often assumed that our students are digitally literate. But, are they? A literate person can use language to read, write, listen and speak. How then can we say a digitally literate person can only "read" or "listen" digitally and not "write" or "speak" digitally? Participants will learn the hows and whys of coding, discover free online resources that introduce students to coding and practice writing code of their own .

Presenter
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Mark Cota

Teaching special education, elementary and middle level students, Mark Cota has been in Aiken County for 26 years working. The past four years he has worked in Curriculum Technology, helping teachers integrate technology into their classroom.



Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

1:00pm

FLIP IT! Transforming Challenging Behavior - MVHS: Room# 424
Limited Capacity full

FLIP IT is designed to support all adults who interact with young children ages 3 through 8.  FLIP IT has four simple steps teachers and parents can use to transform children’s challenging behavior and help children learn about their feelings and gain self-control.


Presenter
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Candi Lalonde

Executive Director, Edgefield County First Steps
Certified Trainer with CCCCD | TAP Generalist Level II | FLIP IT Certified
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Deborah Padgett

Saluda County First Steps


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

1:00pm

Content-area Literacy for Math, Science, and Social Studies - SAHS: Room# 308
Limited Capacity filling up

At the end of this session, participants will be able to teach reading through content-area skills and concepts. The session focuses on building an understanding of what constitutes literacy in math, science, and social studies. Participants will examine and experience strategies and resources for use in content-area classrooms.

Presenter
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Anita Alexander

Anita Alexander has worked in education since 1986, beginning as an early childhood/elementary teacher. She taught middle school English and Reading for eleven years before taking a position as an ELA Curriculum Specialist for Aiken County Public School District in 2009.



Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 90 minutes

1:00pm

Interpreting Standards using a Depth of Knowledge Framework - MVHS: Room# 417
Limited Capacity seats available

This session shows teachers how items are aligned to state standards on large-scale

assessments from a cognitive demand perspective and how to incorporate this framework

into classroom assessments. This session focuses on the Webb (2005) Depth of Knowledge

model.


Presenter
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Christina Schneider

Christina Schneider, Ph.D., is a Senior Associate at the National Center for the Improvement of Educational  Assessment where she lends technical expertise to states, districts, and schools desiring to build coherent,  cohesive connections across classroom, interim, and large scale assessments. Prior to working at the Center, she | was a Research Scientist and Manager at CTB/McGraw Hill where she led psychometric work on multiple... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

1:00pm

Demonstrating College Readiness Expectations in US History using a Depth of Knowledge Framework - AHS: Room SM215
Limited Capacity seats available

This session shows teachers how items are aligned to state standards on large-scale

assessments from a cognitive demand perspective and how to incorporate this framework

into classroom assessments. This session focuses on the Webb (2005) Depth of Knowledge

model. In particular, the focus of this session will be on DOK 3 items that require

inferences/generalizations of historical themes with supporting evidence.


Presenter
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Dr. Sara Burrows

Dr. Sara Burrows teaches American and European history at the University of South Carolina. She received her Masters degree in history at Virginia Tech, and her PhD | at the USC. She’s taught history for over 15 years and has won several teaching awards, including recognition from the Center of Teaching Excellence and Office of Student Disabilities at USC, and from the Mortar Board National Honor Society. She also works as a freshmen... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

1:00pm

How to Analyze Data to Support Reading Proficiency - MVHS: Room# 305
Limited Capacity seats available

At the end of this session, participants will be able to understand the benefits of using an efficient and effective method to target student skill deficits. In addition, the audience will be introduced to different sources of reading skills data as well as where to retrieve those tools. They will be able to identify sources of data currently generated in their own system and reflect on gaps in their data collection. Finally, they will also be exposed to one way to organize their data to facilitate analysis.

Presenter
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Kate Simcox

Kate Simcox is a new school psychologist to Aiken County.  She is from the Chicago suburbs and functioned as a school psychologist for five years prior to relocating to Aiken County.  She spent her time consulting on systems, working closely with teachers, evaluating students, and responding to crisis situations.  She trained extensively with the Illinois RtI Network and utilizing data to support educational... Read More →

Co-Presenter
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Becky Wilson

Principal, Jefferson Elementary


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Jefferson Elementary
  • Session Length 90 minutes

1:00pm

Interpreting Standards using a Depth of Knowledge Framework - SAHS: Room 320
Limited Capacity seats available

This session shows teachers how items are aligned to state standards on large-scale assessments from a cognitive demand perspective and how to incorporate this framework into classroom assessments. This session focuses on the Webb (2005) Depth of Knowledge model. Review of texts for DOK 3 questioning opportunities will also be included in the session.


Presenter
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Robert L. Johnson

Dr. Robert Johnson is a professor in the Educational Studies Department at the University of South Carolina. Robert teaches courses related to assessment and his research focuses on studies related to the ethics of classroom assessment practices. He also studies methods to improve the scoring of performance assessments, including portfolios and essays. His research has been published in Written Communication, Assessing Writing, and Language... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

1:00pm

It’s All About the Data! Interpreting SRI Results for Instructional Planning - AHS: Room# SM104
Limited Capacity seats available

Understanding the data is how we help students grow to college and career readiness. In this session participants will learn how to access SRI College and Career Reports in SAM, interpret the results and use the results to plan instruction using strategies to help all students read and interact with high quality, complex texts. At the end of this session participants will be able to access report data to plan instruction using strategies for interacting with complex texts.

Presenter
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Leslie Claiborne

Leslie is a skilled teacher, trainer and facilitator with experience developing curriculum.  She spent 14 years teaching in public schools and mentoring peers before transitioning to become an educational software consultant focusing on literacy and  struggling readers.  Leslie continues with this work in the role of Implementation Manager in North and South Carolina for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt where she supports... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Outside agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

1:00pm

It’s All About the Data! Interpreting SRI Results for Instructional Planning - MVHS: Room# 306
Limited Capacity seats available

Understanding the data is how we help students grow to college and career readiness. In this session participants will learn how to access SRI College and Career Reports in SAM, interpret the results and use the results to plan instruction using strategies to help all students read and interact with high quality, complex texts. At the end of this session participants will be able to access report data to plan instruction using strategies for interacting with complex texts.

Presenter
TA

Tia Adkins

Tia has spent her career working in literacy with a focus on early literacy.  She taught in Savannah-Chatham for 18 years at the elementary level and also worked as a District Literacy Specialist for 2 years. Tia left the classroom to work for the Gov. of Georgia on a special literacy project funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and also revised all the Georgia Unit Frameworks. Tia continues her literacy work as an... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

1:00pm

It’s All About the Data! Interpreting SRI Results for Instructional Planning - SAHS: Room# Library
Limited Capacity seats available

Understanding the data is how we help students grow to college and career readiness. In this session participants will learn how to access SRI College and Career Reports in SAM, interpret the results and use the results to plan instruction using strategies to help all students read and interact with high quality, complex texts. At the end of this session participants will be able to access report data to plan instruction using strategies for interacting with complex texts.

Presenter
CS

Chrissie Swilley

Implementation Manager, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Chrissie has over 30 years in educational literacy in grades K-12.  She spent 25 years, first in the classroom,  then working as a mentor, coach and district instructional specialist.  Chrissie continued her work in literacy by joining Scholastic as a consultant where she spent time working with teachers in the classroom to implement Scholastic programs.  She then moved into the role of Implementation Manager in Georgia, first... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

1:00pm

Navigating through the Roadblocks of Guided Reading - MVHS: Room# 315
Limited Capacity filling up

The participants will be presented with instruction on using data to drive instructional decisions for implementing Guided Reading in the classroom including: the set-up of Guided Reading, how it works in the classroom, components of the Guided Reading lesson (ACPS Literacy Model), examples of differentiated lessons for K-2nd and 3rd-5th grades. The participants will take away the structures of Guided Reading, how to plan Guided Reading groups and examples of plans to implement within their classroom. We will provide teachers with GRS (Guided Reading Structures) to reduce the barricades, traps or roadblocks teachers experience in the day-to-day routines in the classrooms. At the end of this session, participants will be able to effectively implement Guided Reading with fidelity, in their classroom. They will leave with tools to navigate the roadblocks of Guided Reading.

Presenter
LH

Lindsey Hager

Lindsey has been teaching for nine years spending most of her time in fourth grade. She is graduate from the University of South Carolina, and holds a bachelors in Elementary Education and a Masters in Instruction and Curriculum. In addition to this Lindsey is a National Board teacher, who currently serves as a Reading Coach at Mossy Creek Elementary. Shelia Matthews: Shelia has been teaching for twenty-eight years in grades first through... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Mossy Creek/Ridge Spring
  • Session Length 90 minutes

1:00pm

Meeting Students Where They Are: Differentiating Instruction - SAHS: Room# 212
Limited Capacity filling up

Differentiated instruction does not happen by accident. It requires planning, commitment, and acknowledgment of the fact that diverse abilities, experiences, and interests have a tremendous impact on student learning. Strategies for successfully implementing differentiated instruction will be shared. By the end of the session, participants will learn how to create environments where students are engaged in meaningful learning activities, which challenge and meet the unique needs of each individual student.

Presenter
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Ethel Johnson

Professional Development Associate, Literacy for Learning
Ethel M. Johnson | Ethel Johnson has twenty-nine years of experience in education as a master teacher, administrator, and professional development provider. She is recently retired from the South Carolina Department of Education where she served as an Education Associate and Team Leader for the Content Knowledge Unit in the Office of Teacher Effectiveness. Her tenure at the Department included planning and designing the Professional Delivery... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

1:00pm

Understanding and Meeting the Academic Needs of the Gifted Learner - MVHS: Room# 307
Limited Capacity filling up

The purpose of this session is to assist teachers in understanding and meeting the literary needs of the gifted student. This is an opportunity to share with teachers research based strategies and techniques for differentiating instruction for high ability and high achieving students. Participants will gain clearer understanding of how to promote literary achievement through effective instructional practices designed for gifted student. To do this, it is important that teachers have a clear understanding of the different social, emotional and academic needs of the advanced learner.

Presenter
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Agnes Hobson

Third Grade Teacher, Millbrook Elementary
Agnes Hobson is a committed and devoted teacher with 21 years of experience, 15 of those years teaching gifted and talented elementary students across all of Aiken County.



Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Jefferson Elementary
  • Session Length 90 minutes

1:00pm

Unpacking DRA 2 Results (*This is a required session for all K5 teachers. All K5 teachers must attend 1 DRA2 session.First Steps directors are welcome to attend, *Administrators and Reading Coaches are highly encouraged to attend.) - MVHS: Room #313
Limited Capacity full

This workshop will unpack the assessment reports and guide you in setting goals and expectations for instruction and student outcomes while staying focused on the instructional cycle. Assess-Learn-Teach. Some of the questions we will explore are: After giving the first DRA2 assessment what did you learn about your students? What are your instructional next steps? What did you learn about the assessment? What questions do you have about the assessment and reports? What information did you use to set goals and expectations for your students? How will you be sure that the students are making adequate progress? How will you share this information with the families?

*this is a required session for all K5 teachers, First Steps directors are welcome to attend

*Administrators and Reading Coaches are highly encouraged to attend


Presenter
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Karen Miller

Education Associate, South Carolina Department of Education
Karen Miller has been working in education for 20 + years. During this time she has taught in all grades K-7, provided instructional coaching for many years in 2 large elementary schools and most recently, she began working at SCDOE where she supports statewide assessment and intervention planning. Karen has extensive experience with administration, analyzing data and planning instruction based on the data with many assessments including DRA2.


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 90 Minutes

1:00pm

Unpacking DRA2 Results (*This is a required session for all K5 teachers. All K5 teachers must attend 1 DRA2 session. First Steps directors are welcome to attend, *Administrators and Reading Coaches are highly encouraged to attend.) - MVHS: Room #210
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will unpack the assessment reports and guide you in setting goals and expectations for instruction and student outcomes while staying focused on the instructional cycle. Assess-Learn-Teach. Some of the questions we will explore are: After giving the first DRA2 assessment what did you learn about your students? What are your instructional next steps? What did you learn about the assessment? What questions do you have about the assessment and reports? What information did you use to set goals and expectations for your students? How will you be sure that the students are making adequate progress? How will you share this information with the families?

*this is a required session for all K5 teachers, First Steps directors are welcome to attend

*Administrators and Reading Coaches are highly encouraged to attend


Presenter
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Deia Roberts

Pearson Trainer


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

1:00pm

In the Middle with You: Student Achievement through the Middle School Literacy Model - SAHS: Room# 314
Limited Capacity seats available

During this session, teachers and administrators will explore the Aiken Literacy model and consider how to fully embrace it. We will discuss how students can participate in authentic reading and writing experiences and achieve at high levels.

Presenter
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Dr. Robin Cox

Dr. Cox is a former classroom teacher, literacy coach, and professional development provider. She has extensive experience in working with teachers and students in grades PreK-12. In her current role as a district ELA Coordinator, she supports and coaches teachers. She works closely with school administrators to improve instructional practices and curriculum. Dr. Cox has worked across SC and understands that each school and district has... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

1:00pm

Deeper Reading: Comprehending Challenging Texts - SAHS: Room# 302
Limited Capacity seats available

Do your students often struggle with challenging texts? Do they primarily comprehend at a surface level? Do you feel that you are doing more work teaching the text than they are reading it? This session will show how students can be taught to successfully read a broad range of challenging and difficult texts with deeper levels of comprehension. Teachers will examine strategies for preparing students to read challenging texts at the deepest levels possible. Participants will experience literacy engagements and debrief in terms of teaching and learning in order to lift the level of instruction in their classrooms. At the end of the session, participants will be able utilize modeled strategies in their classrooms. *This session is designed to meet the needs of ELA and content area teachers.

Presenter
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Caroline Savage

Professional Development Associate, Literacy for Learning
Caroline Savage has twenty-nine years of experience in education as an elementary and middle school teacher, administrator and consultant. During her tenure at the South Carolina Department of Education, she served as an Education Associate in the Office of School Leadership, working with school-based administrators. Her most recent experience was with the Unit of Literacy and Early Learning where she managed various state initiatives... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

1:00pm

Independent Reading: A Structure within the ACPS Literacy Model - MVHS: Room# 302
Limited Capacity seats available

During this session, teachers will experience perhaps the single most important part of any reading program - independent reading. By living the process of independent reading, teachers will go deeper into its purpose and procedures. At the end of the session, participants will be able to implement independent reading in their classrooms according to the ACPS Literacy Model.

Presenter
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Amanda Meyer

Amanda Meyer and Michelle Green are Read to Succeed reading coaches in Aiken County.  They share a desire to increase reading achievement for all students and to create life-long readers.

Co-Presenter


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Redcliffe Elementary
  • Session Length 90 Minutes

1:00pm

Reading Comprehension Strategies: Research-based practices for High School Classes - AHS: Room# SM110
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, the participants will learn about comprehension strategies to help students read literary and informational texts. Teachers and administrators will learn more about the impact of specific strategies and how they can be employed in high school classrooms.

Presenter
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Ms. Kayce Cook

Ms. Kayce Cook is an English-Language Arts Specialist for secondary education. She has taught secondary students for many years prior to this position. As a specialist, Ms. Cook works with teachers to employ research-based strategies in their classrooms. Ms. Cook has a range of experiences with teachers and students.


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Outside agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

1:00pm

Comprehensive Health Education (Required for all Middle and High school teachers responsible for teaching Comprehensive Health Education) - SAHS: Room# 202
Limited Capacity filling up

The objectives for the 15th are

1. Understand the impact of Teen Pregnancy in South Carolina and Aiken County

2. Understand the importance of using evidence based approaches to preventing teen pregnancy

3. Narrow down options of curriculum that best fit the Community, the teachers and the students of Aiken County.


Presenter
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Chris Rollinson

Technical Assistance Coordinator, South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy | Chris holds a BS in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from Charleston Southern University. Prior to joining the SC Campaign, Chris served as a Community Relations Specialist in Berkeley County (CAPP program) and as a Youth Specialist with CIS Charleston (MAPPS program). His primary responsibilities at the SC Campaign are to provide technical assistance and... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

1:00pm

Democratizing the DBQ: Engaging Middle Level Students with Historical Literacy -SAHS: Room# 209
Limited Capacity seats available

By the end of this session, participants will be able to implement the 6-step DBQ Method so that students will become proficient in reading, comprehending, and writing clear arguments to support historical claims using valid reasoning while citing specific textual evidence, making inferences, and drawing conclusions about the relevance and connections between historical events using primary and secondary sources.

Presenter
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Alison VanArsdalen

Dorchester School District Two
Alison has experience teaching all levels of secondary Social Studies, and has spent the majority of her teaching career in 7th grade Social Studies before taking a position as Dorchester Two's Middle School Social Studies Interventionist. Alison has recently chosen to go back to her teaching roots, and is currently teaching Social Studies at River Oaks Middle School.



Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

1:00pm

Flipping M.I.N.D.S. (Modern, Independent, New, Dynamic, Students) - MVHS: Room# 303
Limited Capacity full

Participants will be able to take away from this presentation new ways of teaching literacy with a 21st century mindset. We will explore Schoology (Learning Management System), One Note (Virtual Student & Teacher Notebooks), Mastery Connect (Virtual formative assessments), and Padlet (virtual bulletin board for displaying student masterpieces). At the end of this session, participants will be able to use technology to help engage students throughout all areas of the Aiken County Literacy Model.

Presenter
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Amanda Brewer

5th grade ELA/S.S. Teacher, Aiken Elementary
I have been teaching for 10 years at Aiken Elementary and have loved every minute of it. I couldn't imagine doing anything else. Children are amazing...I learn something new every day from them. Reading is another passion of mine that I can't wait to share with every student that walks through my door! Reading can take you to many wonderful places within your imagination and fill your mind with many great ideas! I look forward to taking my... Read More →

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Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Aiken Elementary
  • Session Length 90 minutes

1:00pm

Reading Amplified - AHS: Room# SM114
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore digital tools that energize readers and amplify instruction. Use Google books as a concordance for analysis, annotate Internet text with Diigo, and more from Lee Ann’s book Reading Amplified: Digital Tools that Engage Students in Words, Books and Ideas. Teachers will collaborate across platforms or devices as they connect instructional purposes, authentic activities and digital tools.

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Lee Ann Spillane

Cypress Creek High School
Lee Ann Spillane gets to spend her time with some incredible teenagers and teachers. They read, write, talk, share, and create. She loves teaching. Everyday is an adventure and she has a seat up front, close to the action.    She is Nationally Board Certified and has a Specialists Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She traveled for more than a decade with Janet Allen facilitating workshops with teachers in schools... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Outside agency
  • Session Length 90 minutes

1:00pm

ACME Meeting for Media Specialists ( Required for all Media Specialists)- KMS: Room# Media Center
At the end of this session participants will be able to set up Universal Search within Destiny and more fully implement ebooks in their catalog. Participants will also discuss current trends and issues with literacy and libraries in our district and how they apply to our schools.  *Meeting will last all afternoon.

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Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 4:00pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803

1:00pm

ACME Meeting for Media Specialists ( Required for all Media Specialists)- KMS: Room# Media Center
At the end of this session participants will be able to set up Universal Search within Destiny and more fully implement ebooks in their catalog. Participants will also discuss current trends and issues with literacy and libraries in our district and how they apply to our schools. 

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Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • Session Length 180 minutes

1:00pm

ACME Meeting for Media Specialists ( Required for all Media Specialists)- KMS: Room# Media Center
At the end of this session participants will be able to set up Universal Search within Destiny and more fully implement ebooks in their catalog. Participants will also discuss current trends and issues with literacy and libraries in our district and how they apply to our schools.  *Meeting will last all afternoon.

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Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • Session Length 180 minutes

1:00pm

ACME Meeting for Media Specialists ( Required for all Media Specialists)- KMS: Room# Media Center
At the end of this session participants will be able to set up Universal Search within Destiny and more fully implement ebooks in their catalog. Participants will also discuss current trends and issues with literacy and libraries in our district and how they apply to our schools.  *Meeting will last all afternoon.

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Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Kennedy Middle School, Media Center
  • School Represented Kennedy Middle
  • Session Length 180 minutes

1:00pm

GOLD DSS-CDEP credits awarded (*this is a required session for 4K teachers. Must attend either the morning or afternoon session.First Steps directors are welcome to attend.) - MVHS: Room 406 - Computer Lab
Limited Capacity seats available

Pre-Kindergarten teachers will learn to use their literacy and language data from GOLD to plan activities to meet the individual needs of their students. Teachers will leave the session knowing how to be intentional in their planning and progress monitoring of literacy skills. DSS-CDEP credits awarded 

*This is a required session for 4K teachers. Must attend either the morning or afternoon session.First Steps directors are welcome to attend.


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Charlotte Rice

With more than twenty years of experience in early childhood education, Charlotte Rice has worked in the classroom as a teacher, as a director of a NAEYC accredited program, and as an adjunct professor teaching child development classes. Charlotte is passionate about providing teachers with the tools to prepare children to be successful in school and in life. Charlotte offers professional development, technical assistance, and ongoing support... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 4:10pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 180 minutes

1:00pm

Environmental Studies ACPSD Curriculum Team - AHS: Room# SM210
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will be actively engaged in designing the scope and sequence for the ACPSD Environmental Studies Curriculum Map.

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Micki Dove

Mrs. Dove is a nineteen year educator. She has worked in Aiken County Public Schools for the past nine years as a classroom teacher, Instructional Coach, and Science Curriculum Specialist. Prior to joining Aiken Public Schools, Mrs. Dove worked for Florence District One where she served as a K-8 Science Curriculum Leader.


Friday January 15, 2016 1:00pm - 4:10pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 180 minutes

2:10pm

Collaborative Strategic Reading: A “gold standard” class-wide reading intervention - AHS: Room# SM105
Limited Capacity seats available

Collaborative Strategic Reading is an excellent class-wide reading intervention for 3rd-12th grade. This intervention is completed in small cooperative groups and features no missed instructional time. CSR was developed for grade level reading material and can be used in a cross-curricular manner. CSR is free, requires very little materials, and only needs to be completed three days per week to achieve the effect size. At the end of this session, participants will be able to implement CSR tomorrow to achieve success for all students!

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Ashley Bouknight Wingard, PhD, BCBA

Ashley Bouknight Wingard, PhD, BCBA, is currently a School Psychologist for Aiken County Public Schools.  She received a doctoral degree in Health Psychology with an emphasis in Pediatric School Psychology from East Carolina University in 2014.  She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and completed most of her behavioral training in elementary and middle schools, as well as a behavioral pediatrics clinic.  Ashley leads the... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 2:10pm - 3:10pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

2:10pm

De-escalation - AHS: Room# SM204
Limited Capacity filling up

At the end of this session, participants will have the nonverbal and verbal skills to de-escalate common classroom behaviors.

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Cheryl Fischer

Cheryl Fischer is Aiken County School District's Program Specialist for Behavior and Social Skills. She has a master's degree in clinical psychology and is a licensed professional counselor in South Carolina. She is a master's level CPI instructor and has taught de-escalation with the school district for 15 years.



Friday January 15, 2016 2:10pm - 3:10pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

2:10pm

Teaching Togetherness: The Power of Teaching Collaboration - SAHS: Room #216
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will answer the question, "How do I teach my students to collaborate effectively?" With the increased demand for collaborative classroom activities, especially in the area of literacy, it is just as important to teach students HOW to collaborate as it is to give them opportunities to collaborate. This session will provide the research behind collaborative learning as well as lessons and strategies to teach students how to collaborate effectively.

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Beth Taylor

Beth Taylor, M.Ed./BCBA, coordinates the Instructional Programming Division for the Department of Special Programs. She works with special education and general education teachers to improve instruction and behavior for at-risk students and students with disabilities. Her previous experiences include Behavior Specialist, Autism Program Coordinator, Special Education Teacher, and General Education Teacher.

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Friday January 15, 2016 2:10pm - 3:10pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented District Office
  • Session Length 60 minutes

2:10pm

Vocabulary and Test-Taking Strategies - AHS: Rm# SM115
Limited Capacity filling up

Participants will learn multiple vocabulary strategies to assist their students in retaining new vocabulary rather than simply memorizing definitions. These strategies can be used in all content areas. Participants will also learn test-taking strategies that students can use on all multiple choice tests. These strategies are particularly effective when used on EOC tests.


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Alisa Hamrick

Assistant Principal, Aiken High School


Friday January 15, 2016 2:10pm - 3:10pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Aiken High School
  • Session Length 60 minutes

2:10pm

Incorporating Literacy into Project-Based Learning - MVHS: Room# 205
Limited Capacity filling up

At the end of this session, participants will be able to design and facilitate a standards-driven, interdisciplinary project with an emphasis on true literacy-integration. Participants will also be able to create learning activities that require critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication; resulting in an authentic product and/or solution to a problem. Lastly, the participant will be able to understand how to use student and teacher reflections to influence the next cycle of PBL.

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Dr. Toneka M. Green

Dr. Toneka M. Green is a devoted and experienced educator. She has taught 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade, and filled positions as a curriculum and instructional coach, as well as a master teacher with the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) at the elementary and middle school levels. Dr. Green is certified by Buck Institute for Education (BIE) as a Project-Based Learning (PBL) Coach. She has experience with Common Core State Standards implementation... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 2:10pm - 3:10pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented North Aiken Elementary
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

2:10pm

Literacy Across the Islands! - SAHS: Room# 318
Limited Capacity filling up

How does literacy help to bridge the divide of content-specific classrooms? Using a collaborative interdisciplinary approach, join some of Jackson Middle's sixth grade team as they share how they use literacy to develop rigor, relevance, and retention with all students.

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Kishni Neville

Grade 6 Science/GT Teacher, Jackson Middle School
Mrs. Kendra Lloyd and Ms. Kishni Neville represent one half of Jackson Middle School's Sixth Grade Team. As the STEM instructional model takes shape and evolves, they've learned how important purposeful and rigorous literacy practices should be developed across the content areas. They are both excited to share the real successes and hurdles of the interdisciplinary literacy approach as they work to prepare all Jackson students for the next... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:10pm - 3:10pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Jackson Middle
  • Session Length 60 minutes

2:10pm

MasteryConnect: Life beyond the bubbles for Career and Technical Education - AHS: Rm# Lab A1
Limited Capacity seats available

General description: “I do not teach using multiple choice assessment, so I can’t use MasteryConnect.” Nothing could be further from the truth. This session will focus on the ways in which all other assessment types (rubric- based, performance-based, short answer, open response, etc.) can be scored using the MasteryConnect performance grader and new Teacher app. Participants will be guided through subject specific examples of how MasteryConnect can improve student outcomes by identifying levels of understanding to target students for intervention, all while self-evaluating the teaching and learning happening in the classroom.


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Noel Gomez

Noël Gomez is a former teacher and school/district administrator. During her public education career, she worked with students in Kindergarten through 12th grade and also taught at the university level in the teacher education program. Noël has been a proponent of mastery or standards-based education for many years and was a MasteryConnect user from the company’s early days. After 22 years in public education, Noël has traded bus duty and... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:10pm - 3:10pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Aiken High School
  • Session Length 6

2:10pm

MasteryConnect: Life beyond the bubbles for Career and Technical Education - SAHS: Rm# 107
Limited Capacity seats available

General description: “I do not teach using multiple choice assessment, so I can’t use MasteryConnect.” Nothing could be further from the truth. This session will focus on the ways in which all other assessment types (rubric- based, performance-based, short answer, open response, etc.) can be scored using the MasteryConnect performance grader and new Teacher app. Participants will be guided through subject specific examples of how MasteryConnect can improve student outcomes by identifying levels of understanding to target students for intervention, all while self-evaluating the teaching and learning happening in the classroom.


Presenter
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Carolyn Nixon

Carolyn was born and raised in Missouri and has 34 years of public education teaching experience. As an educator she served in the following roles: Speech Language Pathologist, Speech & Theatre, English Language Arts, Title I Reading, Social Studies, Math, Learning Disabilities, and Study Skills. Carolyn served as an Instructional Coach for eight years in grades 5-12. She is currently retired and serving as a Professional Development Associate... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:10pm - 3:10pm
South Aiken High School (Middle School Conference Location) 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

2:10pm

The Profile of the SC Graduate (*Required for All High School Teachers) - AHS: Gym
Limited Capacity seats available

Are all students meeting the profile?  How can more students meet the profile?

Participants will receive a detailed overview of SC’s Profile of a Graduate.  Included in the overview will be discussion of implications for local districts and high school educators. 

**Required Session: This session is being offered at 1:00, 2:10, and 3:15.  Attendance at one of the three sessions is required for all HS teachers who are not presenting or attending other required meetings during these times.


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Melanie Barton

Melanie Barton is Executive Director for the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee (EOC). Barton has been with the EOC since 2001. Her work on the staff began when she worked part-time staffing the Parent Involvement Subcommittee and advising the EOC on spending recommendations for Education Improvement Act (EIA) funds. She assisted in the design of the EOC funding model and served on the evaluation team for the full-day 4K program... Read More →



Friday January 15, 2016 2:10pm - 3:10pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

2:10pm

All Means All - AHS: Room# SM113
Limited Capacity full

This session examines local and national trends and data that indicate the need for a cross curricular emphasis on literacy. The session will also provide specific literacy strategies and lessons that can easily be adapted into all content. At the end of this session, participants will be able to incorporate research based literacy strategies into their content areas.

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Glenda Smith

Over the last 20 years, Glenda Smith has served as an English teacher working with students in courses ranging from remedial reading to honors level English classes. She has twice been selected as the Barnwell 29 District Teacher of the Year and is currently teaching at South Aiken High School.

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Friday January 15, 2016 2:10pm - 3:10pm
Aiken High School (High School Conference Location) 449 Rutland Dr, Aiken, SC 29801
  • School Represented South Aiken High
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

2:10pm

Data Walls - A Journey, Not a Destination - MVHS: Room# 405
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will be a bare bones, practical explanation of how to set up a school-wide data wall. Participants in this session will be able to view a scaled down version of a data wall currently in use. Grades represented: 4k-5th. Data represented: SLO data, Fountas & Pinnell and SRI. At the end of the session, participants will have the understanding and templates to create a school-wide data wall. Take-a-ways will include how to flag data in order to create visual representations of focus (i.e. grade, teacher and student) and discussions on how a data wall can help refocus and rekindle a school's enthusiasm and urgency.

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Sonya Colvin

Principal, Busbee Corbett Elementary/Middle School
Sonya Colvin is currently the Principal of Busbee Corbett Elementary/Middle School with the Aiken County Public Schools in Aiken, South Carolina. She has worked with the Aiken County Public School District for 26 years. Sonya received her B.A. in Elementary Education from USC-Aiken and holds Master's Degrees in both Special Education and Educational Leadership from USC in Columbia, South Carolina. During her time with Aiken County Schools... Read More →

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Renae Enlow

Assistant Principal, Greendale Elementary
Renae Enlow is currently the assistant principal at Greendale Elementary in New Ellenton, S.C. She has worked with Aiken County Public Schools for 26 years in several roles including classroom teacher in first and fourth grades, Reading Recovery, and reading coach at Jefferson Elementary. Renae is a product of Aiken County schools having graduated from Midland Valley High in 1986. She received her B.A. in Elementary Education from USC-Aiken... Read More →
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Joy Mosca

Joy Mosca is the Reading Coach at Greendale Elementary School. She has worked as a literacy coach for the Reading First Initiative, the SC Reading Initiative and Scholastic Inc. She holds a Reading Consultant degree from The Citadel. She is a trained Reading Recovery Teacher.


Friday January 15, 2016 2:10pm - 3:10pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Greendale Elementary
  • Session Length 60 Minutes

2:10pm

Mastery Connect: Multiple Methods of Literacy Based Assessment Elementary - MVHS: Room# 401(Lab)
Limited Capacity seats available

Teaching elementary students is the best! However, assessing students can be time consuming and overwhelming. In this session we will learn how to assess students through multiple methods by creating several different performance based assessments focusing on literacy skills and reading levels. By the end of this session you will be able to track student mastery through MasteryConnect’s Literacy and Reading trackers and use the data to drive instruction. We will work together to find ways to track students in an effective and efficient way that works best for you and your students!


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Jenna Lagerman

Professional Developer, MasteryConnect
Jenna Lagerman is a former elementary educator and MasteryConnect user. Earning a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and National Board Certification for Early Childhood, she has experience teaching grades K through 3rd and supporting teachers as an Academic Coach and Curriculum Specialist for K-5 teachers. Jenna specializes in primary based assessments and literacy interventions. She now works full time as a professional developer for... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 2:10pm - 3:10pm
Midland Valley High School (Elementary Conference Location) 227 Mustang Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829
  • School Represented Outside Agency
  • Session Length 60 minutes

2:10pm

Progress Monitoring - MVHS: Room# 409
Limited Capacity full

Determining student progress is critical to responsive teaching.  What is progress monitoring and how do teachers determine student growth? Participants will leave this session with practical tools for monitoring student progress.

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Dr. Sonya Archie

Dr. Sonya Archie works as a Literacy Specialist for the SC Department of Education. She serves Aiken, Barnwell 19, Barnwell 29, and Barnwell 45. Dr. Archie is a National Board Certified Teacher with over 18 years experience in education. During her tenure in education, she has taught grades 1-8, worked as a elementary and middle school reading/writing interventionist, instructional coach, and reading coach.