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The Curriculum & Instruction Department of Manor ISD is pleased to announce MPACT.  Through MPACT, learners will be inspired to impact our students, exchange ideas with other teacher leaders, administrators, and community partners; and learn ways to engage and motivate our diverse student population. This teaching and learning institute is appropriate for all of us because we are interested in "Impacting Student Achievement Through Engaged, Aligned Classrooms."  



We encourage you to arrive early for check in to get your swag bag and to start your day networking with your fellow MISD educators before the sessions begin . Click here to download a pdf version of the full progam for MPACT. It will provide you with tips on how to make the most of your day. Additionally, SCHED Planner is the tool you will use to build your personal itinerary for MPACT. Most sessions are designed for any audience and  sessions are faciliated by your peers and some guest speakers. If you are unsure how to register, watch this video.



Star the sessions that you would like to attend. Choose only ONE session per timeslot. It will be important that you bring your technology since we will not have paper copies available and any updates to sessions and session locations will be available on this site only. Remember to bookmark the mobile app or print your schedule before you come. Dress comfortably as there are some sessions that will be very interactive. Finally, check out all of our participating vendors and exhibitors. Stop by their tables to hear and/or see what they have to offer. You never know what types of goodies you will pick up at their tables or what you may win at the end of the day.  See you at MPACT! 



 

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Tuesday, August 20
 

7:30am

Late Registration & Check-In
Limited Capacity seats available

All attendees should have  pre-registered for sessions prior to the day of the institute using SCHED. On the day of the institute, stop by the PAC to check in for MPACT and pick up your SWAG Bag.   

Speakers
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Ashley Fredo

Elementary 21st Century Academic Coordinator, Manor Independent School District
I have worked in MISD for 13 years. I absolutely enjoy working with instructional leadership teams and teachers at each of the 7 elementary campuses. When I am not 'academic coordinating' I help coach Manor ISD's first roller derby team, the MNTHS Lunatechs. I enjoy spending my free time with my husband and two daughters.
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Kelly James

21st Century Academic Specialist-Bilingual/ESL, Manor ISD
Kelly' Bio  is Sung to the tune of the Beverly Hillbillies Theme Song: Come & Listen to a story ‘bout a girl named Kel, Loved to be a teacher, and work with E.L.L.s Moved her kids to Austin, ‘cause it is really swell, Made her way to Manor, to work with ESL…             Teachers, that is—true gold—awesome folks!   When she has some free... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 7:30am - 10:00am
Performing Arts Center (PAC)

8:15am

MPACT Convocation
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
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Kevin Brackmeyer

Superintendent of Schools, Manor Independent School District
Born and raised in Harlingen, Texas, Kevin Brackmeyer attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas where he received a bachelor’s degree in psychology before returning to his hometown to begin working as a program supervisor for Tropical Texas MHMR. Brackmeyer worked with various individuals with disabilities and it was here that he met Edwin whom he has cared for throughout the past 25 years and who is a valued member of... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 8:15am - 9:15am
Performing Arts Center (PAC)

9:00am

SaulPaul: Keynote Presentation
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
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BNeal

Music Label


Tuesday August 20, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Performing Arts Center (PAC)

10:00am

Exhibitor Hall Open
Limited Capacity seats available

MPACT has invited several exhibitors to participate in the institute. Participants are encouraged to visit exhibitor's tables. Use your MPACT Cover All Bingo Card to record your visits. Turn in cards to win an arragy of big prizes during the MPACT Networking Hour.

Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:00am - 1:00am
Manor High School Cafeteria

10:15am

A01 - Creating An Inclusive Environment for LGBT Students and Families
Limited Capacity seats available

The goal of this session is toIncrease the knowledge base among educators and staff at the secondary level on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender issues in school. Increase sensitivity among staff and educators regarding the gay population. Help you identify some issues that exist among this population, such as rejection by their family, community, church and/or school. Teach you how to respond to situation that may arise in your classroom and school.

Educators will learn how to take steps in creating an inclusive school environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students and families. Participants will learn the benefits of supporting LGBT youth, as well as create your own Safe Space Program on your respective campus. Teachers and staff will feel motivated to start or support student clubs, like a Gay Straight Alliance.

Speakers
avatar for Ana Bowie

Ana Bowie

Licensed Master Social Worker, Pflugerville Independent School District (PISD)
I am originally from South Texas and have been a resident of Pflugerville since 1998. I attended Texas State University for both Bachelors and Master education in the field of Social Worker. I am licensed by the Texas Board of Social Work Examiners as a master’s level social worker. I have three children which attend school in the Pflugerville school district and married for sixteen years. I am currently employed at Pflugerville ISD as a... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
D121

10:15am

A02 - Identifying and Responding to Bullying and Sexual Harassment
Limited Capacity seats available

Presenters will engage participants with interactive games that will provide them with tools to effectively identify and respond to bullying and sexually harassing situations that happen in school. Presenters will share the latest research to demonstrate the connection between bullying/sexual harassing behaviors and later engagement in sexual assault and dating violence. Presenters will engage school staff in preventing dating violence by identifying and addressing root cause behaviors.

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:
• Identify forms of bullying and sexual harassment that frequently occur in schools.
• Understand motivations for using bullying/sexually harassing behaviors.
• Differentiate between situations that require intervention versus de-escalation of bullying behaviors and respond accordingly. 

Speakers
avatar for Christina Foxhall, LMSW

Christina Foxhall, LMSW

Expect Respect Counselor, SafePlace
Christina Foxhall, LMSW, works in the Expect Respect department at SafePlace in Austin, Texas. Ms. Foxhall currently serves as an Expect Respect Counselor in Austin ISD, facilitating group and individual counseling for students who have witnessed or experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, and dating violence. Previously, she provided specialized counseling services to students in Manor ISD as part of a rigorous evaluation of the Expect... Read More →
avatar for Randy Randolph

Randy Randolph

Expect Respect Prevention Manager, SafePlace
Randy Randolph is the Expect Respect Prevention Education Manager at SafePlace in Austin, a Texas domestic and sexual violence survival center that is a nationally recognized leader in the development of resources and training related to dating violence prevention through innovative programming that promotes resiliency, healthy relationship skills and solutions for issues facing adolescents. In her over thirteen years of work with SafePlace... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
D106

10:15am

A03 - The Word Wall Unplugged
Limited Capacity seats available

In this interactive session participants will learn quick strategies to actively engage students in vocabulary development and leave with BOY activities to implement.  Higher level thinking skills paired with visual memory help ensure that key content/elective words are remembered. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops.


Speakers
avatar for Pamela Gray

Pamela Gray

Lead Secondary Literacy Interventionist, Manor High School
Pam Gray has 36 years experience teaching PK – 12,  28 years’ experience with professional development. She is a New Jersey Writing Project in Texas (now Abydos, International) diamond level writing trainer and currently a Literacy Interventionist at Manor High School.


Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
G114

10:15am

A04 - eBooks for iPads & Other Devices
Limited Capacity seats available

Access ebooks on your campus using an iPad, PC, smartphone or other device. Use FollettShelf to incorporate ebooks seamlessly into your classroom. Provide 24/7 access to the library for your students by showing them FollettShelf!

During this session:
  • Teachers will use available technology to access resources.
  • Teachers will gain comfort and become familiar with the functionality of our ebook platform.
  • Teachers will introduce students to ebook access thereby expanding the library beyond the limits of a brick and mortar building.

Moderators
avatar for Jill Brady

Jill Brady

Library Media Specialist, Decker Middle School
Jill Brady graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston (BA) and the Universities of Massachusetts and Wisconsin (M.Ed., MLIS) before coming to Decker Middle School. She has worked at Decker Middle School for six years. She previously worked in special education, taught ESL at a public library, and worked as an instructor in The Writing Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She loves Austin and she is committed to literacy... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rob Sieracki

Rob Sieracki

Regional Manager of Follett
Rob Sieracki has been a regional manager for Follett since 1990. Previously, he worked for the University of Denver (Athletic Facilities Director) and head varsity football coach / history teacher at The Denver Academy in Denver, CO.  Currently, he serves as a  varsity girls lacrosse Coach and Director for Austin Anderson High School.  He was formerly the  Board President for Trojan Lacrosse, Anderson High School... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
G215

10:15am

A05 - I Have Technology, Now What?
Limited Capacity seats available

Bring your own device to explore free websites and apps that you can use in your classroom starting from day one! Participants will leave with the experience of using websites and apps that bring technology to life in the classroom for both teachers and students.

During this session, participants will explore useful websites and applications and brainstorm ways to use them in the classroom with their content. Participants will leave with a list of website and applications, along with ideas about how to use them effectively in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Acevedo

Erin Acevedo

Teacher, Manor ISD
Mrs. Acevedo is a 6th grade World Cultures teacher at Decker Middle School. She has been at Decker Middle School for a year. Ms. Acevedo graduated from Texas A & M University-Kingsvile in 1999 with a degree in Elementary Education and Elementary Music, Grades 1 - 8. She has since earned additional certifications in Social Studies (4-8), History (8-12), and English as a Second Language. This is her thirteenth year of teaching and her ninth... Read More →
avatar for Laura Battle

Laura Battle

6th Grade Math Teacher, Manor ISD
Ms. Battle teaches 6th Grade Math in a 1:1 classroom at Decker Middle School. She is a certified bilingual teacher with extensive elementary experience. This is Ms. Battle's fourth year to teach Math and to implement Project Based Learning in her classroom. She has been working with her co-presenters for four years.


Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
G213

10:15am

A06 - The PBL Work Lab
Limited Capacity seats available

The PBL Work Lab is open exclusively to teachers who have attended the Think Forward PBL Institute.  This session is an open workspace where teachers can bring TEKS to work through project ideation and develop driving questions or they can bring a project that needs refining.  Experienced trainers of project based learning will be available as thought partners and can provide project planning documents to assist teachers in project development.  If applicable, teachers are encouraged to attend with their team teacher.

Depending on what step of the planning process a teacher is at, teachers who attend the session, will leave with a more complete project.

Moderators
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Claudia Acevedo

Project Based Learning Coordinator, Manor Independent School District
Claudia Acevedo has a background in  Social Studies and has taught at New Tech high schools in California and Texas. She has facilitated workshops for the Think Forward PBL Institute since 2009 and currently serves as the Project Based Learning Coordinator in the MISD Curriculum & Instruction Department.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Fancher

Chris Fancher

Instructional Coach, Garland ISD
I am the Instructional Coach (IC) at Decker Middle School. I have over 20 years teaching experience with math, science, and engineering from 6th grade to college. I taught 4 years at MNTHS using a project based instructional approach before taking the current IC position. I possess a MS in Education and Engineering and I have been known to wrestle cyclones during Bedrow Old Town Days. During my free-time I teach a class in Gumdrop Building Design... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
G211

10:15am

A07 - The Continuous Improvement Model: Critical Factors for ELL Success in Secondary Education
Limited Capacity seats available

Utilizing a synthesis of Continuous Improvement Cycle models, the MISD leaders will provide information on the strategies utilized to improve ELL Secondary Student Success and facilitate a group of Secondary Educators through a roundtable discussion of critical success factors for ELL success identified as a fourfold: 1) Keys to Relationship Building with Secondary Students; 2) Building Trust Amongst Staff: 3) Building a Collaborative Culture Continuum; 4) From Data to Action-Monitoring Systems for Interventions. Participants will have have a chance to provide personal insight on these key variables for ELL success.


Speakers
avatar for Roel Hinojosa

Roel Hinojosa

Director of Bilingual/ESL Education, Manor Independent School District
Mr. Hinojosa truly loves the diversity that Manor ISD employs and how the district is committed to providing a welcoming, family, and community-oriented environment to all its stakeholders. Hinojosa brings over 20 years of experience in the field of education to MISD; his varied experiences range from elementary bilingual teacher to principal; human resources director to university lecturer; and now bilingual/ESL director for Manor ISD. He... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Eduardo Lozano

Dr. Eduardo Lozano

Principal, Manor Excel Academy
Dr. Lozano serves as the Principal of Manor Excel Academy and has successfully worked with At-Risk youth in a variety of capacities including Principal at the Manor Alternative Placement Center, Manor High School and worked as a Secondary Principal in Austin and Morocco. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Educational Leadership Doctoral Program.
avatar for Lynda Maldonado

Lynda Maldonado

Academic Intervention Specialist, Manor High School
Lynda Maldonado is an Academic Intervention Specialist at Manor High School and serves in the Transition Team to ensure success for students entering Manor Excel Academy. Lynda has worked with the Manor ISD Bilingual/ESL Department and now monitors high school interventions and school improvement efforts for Manor High School, serving on the District Drop Out Prevention Team. | | Lynda has served as the Secondary Reading Coordinator for... Read More →
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Maria Gandara White

Academic Specialist of Bilingual and ESL, Manor Independent School District
Maria serves the MISD, Bilingual and ESL Division Drop Out Prevention Lead, ELA/SS Lead for K-12 Programs. Maria's background in School Improvement includes: Academic Dean RRISD Office of School Improvement and Academic Intervention, TTIPS Community Partnership Coordinator, Office of Priority Schools, she helped campuses significantly raise ELL scores and Exemplary Campus status. As a Bilingual Javits Grant Coordinator in the Ysleta ISD, she... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
G209

10:15am

A08 - The Important Thing is to NOT Stop Questioning!
Limited Capacity seats available

Does anyone question the need for students to critical thinkers? The answer many may seek is how to do this in a systemized manner across all subjects: You can do assist the students at any grade level 6-12 in any class subject. Come and join us in the demonstration of different ways of Socratic Seminars. In this session, teachers will understand how to conduct while participating in various Socratic Seminars.

 


Speakers
avatar for Celia Irizarry

Celia Irizarry

College & Career Specialist & District Director for AVID, Manor Independent School District
I am a mother of three children that have attended MISD since they were in Pre-K. I have taught for 23 years and this is my 12 year at MISD. I have taught Spanish I-IV, ESL,and AVID I-IV. A year ago, I finished my masters in College Student Development at St. Edward's University and this is my 2nd year out of the classroom and working with upper clansmen with College and Careers emphasis and AVID.


Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
G207

10:15am

A09: Organize Your Classroom Library With The Booksource
Limited Capacity seats available

Classroom Organizer is a free web-based program that allows educators to inventory and track their classroom library books online. Students can check out and return books through the system; teachers can track who has what book. Teachers can also run assessment reports per student and title activity.

During this session, attendees will be able to easily organize their classroom libraries – from opening an account and entering titles to teaching their students how to check out/return books and running reports. Attendees will also be able to customize their accounts to best serve how they use their classroom libraries, and to track usage to help make smart, effective purchases for their classroom libraries.

Speakers
avatar for The Booksource

The Booksource

Classroom Organizer Manager, The Booksource
The Booksource has been a family-owned company since our founding in 1974. We've grown and prospered in large measure because of a corporate culture that places a strong emphasis on caring and respect for our extended family, our employees, our customers and our partners. Sandy Jaffe started the company fueled by an entrepreneurial spirit and a love of reading. And now, over 35 years later, the company is in the midst of a natural transition... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
G101

10:15am

A10: Technology Makes Us Tree Friendly
Limited Capacity seats available

Attendees will be able to leave the session and be able to create quizzes, online discussions, collaborative groups, and to cut their paper consumption in the classroom using Edmodo and Google Drive. Attendees will also take a look at things such as the following:
  • Running your classroom in Edmodo with online quizzes, assignments, and planners
  • Creating open online discussions with students using Edmodo posts.
  • Cutting your paper consumption using Google Drive.


Speakers
avatar for Mistie Young

Mistie Young

CTE Teacher, Manor Middle School
Mistie received her Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University-Texarkana in Early Childhood Education. She  has always been an eager learner and ended up certified in several areas such as Math, Science, Technology, Business, ESL and as a Generalist.  Her first year of teaching was in Pre-K in Texarkana. When she moved to the Austin area, she decided to change grade levels and was very excited to teach middle school students. She began... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
G102

10:15am

A11 - Assessing Our Assessments
Limited Capacity seats available

Learners will explore strategies for creating assessments that yield valuable data to inform instruction and classroom decision-making. The learner will:- discuss best practices in assessment formation- explore questions to facilitate in evaluating effectiveness of assessments- evaluate/compare and contrast assessments.

Speakers
avatar for Zachary McAuley

Zachary McAuley

Teacher, Manor Excel Academy
Zachary is a math teacher at Manor Excel Academy. Zachary graduated from Texas State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Education and has been a K-12 math instructor for varying levels of academic proficiency. He has assisted in developing extra-curricular activities that serve as project based learning for earning course credit as well as developed key components of the math curriculum framework for Manor Excel Academy.
avatar for Blanca Valencia

Blanca Valencia

Teacher, Manor Excel Academy
Blanca Valencia is a Social Studies Teacher at Manor Excel. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in History and received a teaching certification from the UTeach Liberal Arts program. Blanca is also a Teacher Leader under the TTIPS grant for Manor Excel Academy, a part of the Manor ISD L.E.A.D. program, and is the Vice President for the East Austin non-profit organization called Hermanos de East Austin that... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
D102

10:15am

A12 - Teacher Websites: They're Required, but Really Easy!
Limited Capacity seats available

Did you know every teacher in Manor ISD is required to have a website? More importantly, did you know that it's REALLY easy to create your site? This 50 minute crash course will provide all the tools your need to set up your site. To best utilize everyone's time during this session, at least 24 hours prior to attending visit your campus website and be sure you are listed in the staff directory (under About Us). If you are NOT listed, send me an email at abby.siedenstrang@manorisd.net with your name and campus.

Note: PCE & PME teachers, you will receive a 1 hour teacher website session during your campus PD later in the week. You are welcome to attend this session as well, but the information will be similar. BTE teachers, you have already had your 1 hour teacher website session, but please feel free to attend for a refresher or to receive additional assistance.

Speakers
avatar for Abby Siedenstrang

Abby Siedenstrang

Communications Coordinator, Manor Independent School District
Abby Siedenstrang is going into her second year as Manor ISD's communications coordinator and her fifth year with the district. Prior to joining the administrative team, Abby spent three years in the Career & Technical Education department at Manor High School teaching a broad range of courses in the areas of Business, Marketing, and Family & Consumer Sciences. Before entering the field of education, Abby worked in marketing in the interior... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
G204

10:15am

A13- Attacking the New Math TEKS!
Limited Capacity seats available

The new TEKS will affect all grade levels, Kindergarten through Pre-Calculus. At every grade level, current TEKS have been shifted down to lower grades and newly written TEKS were added. However, the incoming 6th graders (2013-14) feel the greatest impact of the changes with 55% of the standards being new to that grade level. MISDis taking measures to help support these learners through the transition and also prepare them for the required standards starting in 2014. 

In this hands- on session, we will unpack the new TEKS in an effort to impact student achievment.  Let's attack this together!

Speakers
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Kyle Kendrick

21st Century Math Coordinator, Manor Independent School District
Kyle Kendrick taught at Manor New Tech for six years and is now a Math Coordinator for the district. His educational background includes a BA in Mathematics and an MA in STEM Education from the University of Texas. He believes the key to success is a student-driven engaging classroom.
avatar for Lisa Kutsch

Lisa Kutsch

Middle School Math Coordinator, Manor Independent School District
Lisa has worked in education for 10 years and Manor ISD for the last six years. She has taught every level of math 7th-AP Statistics. In Manor, Lisa has taught at Manor High School as Math Department Chair and was the Academic Liaison for After School Programs. Currently she is currently the Middle School Math Coordinator in Curriculum and Instruction.  | She’s a UTEACH graduate from the University of Texas in Austin. Lisa has two... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
D117

10:15am

A14 - Toys or Tools?: Technology Integration in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Take the technology that is a typical distraction for students and put them to educational use.

1. Ideas for iPad use in the classroom

2. A look at assignments created using iPad apps

3. See how easy it is to create templates and assignments for students on iPads.


Speakers
avatar for Teranika Odems

Teranika Odems

AVID Coordinator, Manor Excel Academy
Teranika Odems has been in Education for 7 years. She started her career in Austin ISD as a teachers assistant, after obtaining a BA from Stephen F Austin State University. After her time with Austin ISD she received her teacher certification and began teaching World Geography at Taylor High School where she worked there for two years. Shortly after her time at Taylor High School, she was asked to be a part of the staff at the Legacy Early... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
D115

10:15am

A15 - Routines and Relationships in the Engaged Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Access easy-to-implement tips that will help any teacher create, hone, and maintain an engaged classroom environment. Collaborate, discuss, and share helpful hints about student-teacher relationship building. Adapt and streamline routines in order to maximize instructional time and keep students focused and on-task.

Participants will:

* discuss examples of successful routines that build student buy-in and increase engagement

* collaborate on the DOs of successful relationship building – an essential factor in student and teacher success

* walk away with concrete tips, strategies and structures can be adapted to and implemented in virtually any classroom/learning environment

Speakers
avatar for Samuel Cauman

Samuel Cauman

Teacher, Decker Middle School
Samuel Cauman was born and rasied in Washington, D.C. and educated in D.C. public schools. He spent one year of high school in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He has a B.A. in political science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He spent two years teaching English in Japan and became certified through Texas Teaching Fellows. Mr. Cauman is beginning his fifth year teaching 7th grade English language arts at Decker Middle School, where he... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Lawson

Sharon Lawson

Teacher, Decker Middle School
Sheri was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri where she attended public schools in the St. Louis area. She has a bachelor’s degree that was attained from the University of Phoenix and her teaching certification was attained from iTeach Texas. Currently, Sharon is working on her master’s degree in teacher leadership. She began her career in Manor ISD as PTO president at Bluebonnet Trail Elementary School. Mrs. Lawson is getting ready to... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
D105

10:15am

A16 - The LGBT Community
Limited Capacity seats available

Our goal at Out Youth is to educate providers on issues LGBTQIA youth face, provide steps in communicating effectively and building rapport with LGBTQIA youth, and assist in promoting a safe environment for LGBTQIA youth.

During this session, participants wil:
  • Receive information about the LGBTQIA teen population.
  • Gain appropriate language to use when working LGBTQIA youth. 
  • Have the opportunity to process issues they have experienced with LGBTQIA youth in the school system.

Speakers
avatar for Keisha Martinez

Keisha Martinez

Clinical Services Director, Out Youth Austin
Keisha C. Martinez, LPC-S is the Clinical Services Director at Out Youth Austin. At Out Youth, she oversees the Clinical Department along with the HIV testing center. Keisha received her Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Texas State University in 2007 and has been providing services to teens and their families in the Austin area ever since. She is committed to cultivating the growth of the young people she works with daily.


Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
D104

10:15am

A17 - Zumba Fitness, Anyone?
Limited Capacity seats available

Ready to get your workout on? We certainly hope so. Join us for an hour of fun and fitness. In case you've never had a Zumba class before, a Zumba workout mixes body sculpting movements with dance steps derived from cumbia, merengue, salsa, reggaeton, hip hop, mambo, rumba, flamenco, and calypso and Salsaton. The routines feature aerobic interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms. It targets areas such as the glutes, legs, arms, abdominals, and the heart. 

Be sure to dress comfortably and bring a bottle of water. This class is sure to make an MPACT on YOU!
The maximum number of participants for this class is 30 educators. 

Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
Practice Gym

10:15am

A18 - Grant Writing, It's Elementary!
Limited Capacity seats available

Tricia Draughn is currently beginning her second year as a Second Grade Teacher at Bluebonnet Trail Elementary.  She has written and was granted over $400,000.00 in grant money while at Texas A&M University.  This past year at Bluebonnet Trail Elementary she wrote and was awarded a $3900.00 Lowe's Beautification Award.  She has written two other grants that have yet to be awarded (elementary robotics). 

Write grants and earn money for your school!  Discover where and how to find grants.  Apply your knowledge immediately. 
  • Learn basic grant writing skills.
  • Find where and how to apply for grants.
  • Partner with other school employees to make the best of your grant writing experiences.
  • You've got the money, now what?

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Draughn

Patricia Draughn

Teacher, Bluebonnet Trail Elementary School
Tricia Draughn is currently beginning her second year as a second grade teacher at Bluebonnet Trail Elementary. She has ten years training and development experience working for a Fortune 100 corporation and four years working with women and ethnic minorities recruitment and retention in higher education. Ms. Draughn is passionate about providing her students with a 21st century education and knows how valuable technology is in the classroom.


Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
G105

10:15am

A19 - Everything to Everyone: Being an IC
Limited Capacity seats available

Come to this session to learn more about being an instructional coach (IC), whether you are currently one or wish to become one in the future. Learn about some of the best practices for being an IC and how to help other teachers at your campus. You will leave with a list of topics to assist with being in such an important role for your campus and the district as a whole.

1. Learn about best practices for being an instructional coach.
2. Find out about new ways to help teachers at your campus.
3. Leave with a list of topics to further the impact of the IC on the campus.

Speakers
avatar for David Surdovel

David Surdovel

Executive Coordinator of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), Manor ISD
I have educational experience from multiple environments, from growing up in upstate New York, to teaching math at both the secondary and college level in New York City, to working for the past five years in Manor, Texas. During that time, I have been recognized for my hard work by being given both the Pace University/Phi Delta Kappa Master Teacher Award and the Manor ISD Shining Star Professional Employee Award. I am passionate about student... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
D120

10:15am

A20 - Copyright Done Right – Easy Doesn’t Mean It’s Legal
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to keep yourself and your students legal as you utilize the ever expanding digital resources that are available.  Find out how copyright is about economics not education and how digital resources have stricter rules than printed resources.  Bring your questions and ideas for this interactive session on “just because you can, doesn’t make it legal” copyright.

Speakers
avatar for Micheal Harper

Micheal Harper

Librarian, Bluebonnet Trail Elementary
Micheal Harper received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Montana in 1987 and her Masters of Library and Information Science in 1993. She has lived in the Manor Independent School District for over 20 years and has been employed in Manor ISD for 12 years with 5 years as a Technology Teacher and 7 as a Librarian. She has done many campus and district level presentations over the years and recently presented at the National... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
D118

10:15am

A21- The Power Of 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Over the past several years much has changed in schools.  Federal education laws have raised student academic standards; professional accountability for student outcomes is a requirement--everyone counts; and access to the curriculum is the expectation for all students--it is no longer an option. As these changes have occurred, co-teaching has increased in importance.  As educational personnel strive to meet state and federal accountability mandates to improve the achievement of students with disabilities, schools are exploring various inclusive service delivery models to fulfill the needs of diverse learners. The co-teach model is one effective model allowing general and special educators to differentiate and deliver instruction with assurances that all students have full access to the grade-level expectations of the general curriculum. The purpose of this presentation is to help participants establish a common understanding of various co-teaching configurations and to explain considerations necessary to implement and evaluate an effective co-teaching program. The Power of 2 video provides a comprehensive look at co-teaching as part of the foundation of an inclusive and collaborative school. 


Speakers
avatar for Gerard Cortez

Gerard Cortez

Director of Special Education, Manor Independent School District
Mr. Gerard G. Cortez is currently serving as the Director of Special Education for Manor ISD. He has been a professional educator for the past nineteen years. Throughout his professional tenure, he has worked in a variety of educational settings and has served as a classroom teacher, district-wide mentor teacher, instructional specialist, program supervisor, grant coordinator, campus administrator, and central office administrator. As an... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
G100

10:30am

Author Book Signing - SaulPaul
Limited Capacity seats available

Keynote speaker SaulPaul will be signing his book and taking pictures with MISD teachers. Books will be provided for participants in this session. Session is limited to 50 participants.

Moderators
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Tara Brown

Principal, Presidential Meadows Elementary School
I am Tara Brown, the principal, at the most superb school in Manor ISD - Presidential Meadows Elementary.  I am so proud to be the principal of such a superb school, with exceptional eagle parents, students, staff, and community. | | | | I am originally from East Texas, and born and raised in the small town of Rusk. I received my Associate of Science in Elementary Education from Jacksonville Baptist College, my Bachelor of Science in... Read More →

Speakers
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BNeal

Music Label


Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:30am - 11:10am
Performing Arts Center (PAC)
  • Host Organization Curriculum & Instruction Department

11:10am

B01 - Toys or Tools? Technology Integration in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Take the technology that is a typical distraction for students and put them to educational use.

1. Ideas for iPad use in the classroom

2. A look at assignments created using iPad apps

3. See how easy it is to create templates and assignments for students on iPads.


Speakers
avatar for Teranika Odems

Teranika Odems

AVID Coordinator, Manor Excel Academy
Teranika Odems has been in Education for 7 years. She started her career in Austin ISD as a teachers assistant, after obtaining a BA from Stephen F Austin State University. After her time with Austin ISD she received her teacher certification and began teaching World Geography at Taylor High School where she worked there for two years. Shortly after her time at Taylor High School, she was asked to be a part of the staff at the Legacy Early... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
D115

11:10am

B02 - Quick! Think and Write
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will engage actively in strategies that link thinking, speaking and writing.  Through group and individual activities, participants will learn and create thoughtful, interactive writing activities to jump start the beginning of the year in any content/elective area!  Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops.


Speakers
avatar for Pamela Gray

Pamela Gray

Lead Secondary Literacy Interventionist, Manor High School
Pam Gray has 36 years experience teaching PK – 12,  28 years’ experience with professional development. She is a New Jersey Writing Project in Texas (now Abydos, International) diamond level writing trainer and currently a Literacy Interventionist at Manor High School.


Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
G114

11:10am

B03 - STAR Math, The Renaissance Way!
Limited Capacity seats available

STAR Math Enterprise is a powerful computer adaptive assessment that aligns to instructional activities through research-based learning progressions.  Perfect for RTI screening, progress monitoring and/or diagnostic, STAR Math assessments can impact instructional planning and gauge proficiency on Texas and College and Career Anchor Standards.

Participant will leave this session equipped with an understanding of:
  • STAR math administration
  • STAR  math reports
  • STAA math for instruction

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Perrin

Elizabeth Perrin

STAR Academic Advisor, Renaissance Learning
As a STAR Academic Advisor for Renaissance Learning, Elizabeth Perrin supports educators in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona in the utilization of STAR Assessments to accelerate learning for all students.  Prior to joining Renaissance Learning, Elizabeth spent 21 years as an educator in Houston ISD where she served in a variety of roles including professional development and curriculum, instruction and assessment


Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
G215

11:10am

B04 -Small Group Instruction...Meet Math
Limited Capacity seats available

How do we respond when students don’t master the learning objectives?  This session will provide participants a process for planning small group instruction within the Tier 1 lesson cycle.   Participants will engage in the process from setting expectations, to data disaggregation and vertical alignment, ending with re-assessing standards.   While this session will focus on math content, other content area teachers may attend to engage in the framework that may be applied to all content areas.



Speakers
avatar for Laura Carlin

Laura Carlin

Academic Dean, Manor High School
With a genuine passion for learning, Laura Carlin finds true joy in helping struggling learners become successful in mathematics at all levels.  She began her career in Round Rock ISD as a high school math teacher and came to Manor ISD 8 years ago to serve as the district K-12 math curriculum and instruction specialist.   After serving MISD in the C & I department for 5 years, she made the decision to join Manor High School as an assistant... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
G212

11:10am

B05 - Assessing Our Assessments
Limited Capacity seats available

Learners will explore strategies for creating assessments that yield valuable data to inform instruction and classroom decision-making. The learner will:- discuss best practices in assessment formation- explore questions to facilitate in evaluating effectiveness of assessments- evaluate/compare and contrast assessments.

Speakers
avatar for Zachary McAuley

Zachary McAuley

Teacher, Manor Excel Academy
Zachary is a math teacher at Manor Excel Academy. Zachary graduated from Texas State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Education and has been a K-12 math instructor for varying levels of academic proficiency. He has assisted in developing extra-curricular activities that serve as project based learning for earning course credit as well as developed key components of the math curriculum framework for Manor Excel Academy.
avatar for Blanca Valencia

Blanca Valencia

Teacher, Manor Excel Academy
Blanca Valencia is a Social Studies Teacher at Manor Excel. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in History and received a teaching certification from the UTeach Liberal Arts program. Blanca is also a Teacher Leader under the TTIPS grant for Manor Excel Academy, a part of the Manor ISD L.E.A.D. program, and is the Vice President for the East Austin non-profit organization called Hermanos de East Austin that... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
G105

11:10am

B06 -Project Management: 101
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is open exclusively to teachers who have attended the Think Forward PBL Institute.

Come learn some strategies to teach students how to manage projects.  Topics will include scaffolding critical thinking and inquiry, facilitating "Next Steps", and implementing group contracts.



Speakers
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Claudia Acevedo

Project Based Learning Coordinator, Manor Independent School District
Claudia Acevedo has a background in  Social Studies and has taught at New Tech high schools in California and Texas. She has facilitated workshops for the Think Forward PBL Institute since 2009 and currently serves as the Project Based Learning Coordinator in the MISD Curriculum & Instruction Department.


Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
G213

11:10am

B07 - Literacy Issues Across the Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

Consider this..
  • Reading across the curriculum uses different thought patterns and skills.
  • Writing across the curriculum uses different thought patterns and skills.
  • Teaching reading text structures across the curriculum can facilitate more effective writing across the curriculum.

During this session, participants will: 
  • Be more mindful of the structure of the text in their subject materials.
  • Be able to point out text structures to students to facilitate understanding and participation.
  • Be able to help students use reading text structures to enhance writing in each subject area.
  • Be able to require a greater variety of writing assignments in their subject area.



Moderators
avatar for erin hugghins

erin hugghins

Read 180 Educator, Manor High School
More than anything in the world, I believe in the power of reading. I believe that if you put the right reading material, in the right person's hands, you can change their lives. My main goal is to seek out ways to bridge the reading/comprehension gap we are facing in today's schools. Through ebooks, specific reading programs, magazine articles relevant to the core subject being taught, or a book that has been read so many times the cover... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Dianne Haneke

Dr. Dianne Haneke

Educational Consultant, His-Wordsmith.com
Dr. Haneke taught 5th grade in South Los Angeles Ca (1964-66). Upon moving to upstate NY, she completed her MS.Ed in Reading and Literacy (1971). She established and ran several Reading labs (K-12) in rural schools just southwest of Albany for about 20 years. Dr. Haneke was an Associate Professor of Education at Mt. St. Mary's College in Newburgh, NY (1990-1992). She was an Associate Professor of Education at Concordia University - Austin TX... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
G209

11:10am

B08 - MPACTing Student Achievement Through Positive Relationships
Limited Capacity seats available

Gain an understanding of the importance of building positive relationships with at risk students!  Explore multiple strategies from various frameworks and research-based practices in this interactive session.  Come prepared to share and learn.

Speakers
avatar for Kenya Boson

Kenya Boson

TTIPS Grant, At- Risk Counselor, Manor High School
Greetings! My name is Kenya Boson, and I serve as the At-Risk Counselor at Manor High School. I am pleased to say I have been in Manor ISD since the 2011-2012 school year. I completed my undergraduate work at The University of Texas at Austin, where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Learning and Development. I went on to complete my graduate studies at The University of Houston, where I received my Master of Education Degree... Read More →
avatar for Lucy Cochrane

Lucy Cochrane

Director of Dropout Prevention, Manor Independent School District Central Office Administration
Lucy is the Director of Dropout Prevention. She was asked to develop this new department 5 years ago because of her extensive experience work in Curriculum & Instruction. In addition to this role, she serves as the TTIPS District Grant Shephered for Manor ISD. She has also served as the lead administrator for Curriculum & Instruction, Accountability, Assessment, ESL/Bilingual, Gifted and Talented, Summer School, District Advisory Team... Read More →
avatar for Jerretta Jimmerson- Davenport

Jerretta Jimmerson- Davenport

Homeless Educator, Foster Care Liaison and Tobacco Free Teen Sponsor, Manor ISD Student and Support Services
Jerretta Jimmerson-Davenport  is a mom, wife, community leader, Tobacco FreeTeen Sponsor, Sunday school teacher, and homeless education liaison who resides in Manor, Texas. Raised by a military dad, she is not a stranger to moving around.  Graduate of Huston-Tillotson College with a degree in Interdisciplinary studies, she has found her passion in advocating for others. No matter what subject or issues people have, Jerrata can dig into her... Read More →
avatar for Lynda Maldonado

Lynda Maldonado

Academic Intervention Specialist, Manor High School
Lynda Maldonado is an Academic Intervention Specialist at Manor High School and serves in the Transition Team to ensure success for students entering Manor Excel Academy. Lynda has worked with the Manor ISD Bilingual/ESL Department and now monitors high school interventions and school improvement efforts for Manor High School, serving on the District Drop Out Prevention Team. | | Lynda has served as the Secondary Reading Coordinator for... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
G208

11:10am

B09 - Enrique's Journey: A Narrative & Introspective Book Study
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will discuss the Curriculum & Instruction Department’s Book Study of Enrique’s Journey by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sonia Nazario.  This presentation provides implications for teaching immigrant English language learners (ELLs). The second portion of the presentation will embed interactive, reflective practices in the discussion of a secondary ELL student’s journey in search for his mother.

At the conclusion of this session, participants should have a better understanding of secondary ELL’s and their family struggles, narrative qualitative research, and strategies on how to effectively make a difference in an ELL’s life. Participants will leave the training with a personal copy of Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario purchased by the Bilingual/ESL Department.

 

 

Speakers
avatar for Roel Hinojosa

Roel Hinojosa

Director of Bilingual/ESL Education, Manor Independent School District
Mr. Hinojosa truly loves the diversity that Manor ISD employs and how the district is committed to providing a welcoming, family, and community-oriented environment to all its stakeholders. Hinojosa brings over 20 years of experience in the field of education to MISD; his varied experiences range from elementary bilingual teacher to principal; human resources director to university lecturer; and now bilingual/ESL director for Manor ISD. He... Read More →
avatar for Kelly James

Kelly James

21st Century Academic Specialist-Bilingual/ESL, Manor ISD
Kelly' Bio  is Sung to the tune of the Beverly Hillbillies Theme Song: Come & Listen to a story ‘bout a girl named Kel, Loved to be a teacher, and work with E.L.L.s Moved her kids to Austin, ‘cause it is really swell, Made her way to Manor, to work with ESL…             Teachers, that is—true gold—awesome folks!   When she has some free... Read More →
avatar for Eric Tate

Eric Tate

Administrative Associate for Bilingual/ESL/Early Childhood Departments, Manor Independent School District
Eric Tate is the administrative associate for the Bilingual/ESL team as well as for the Early Childhood Dept. He has worked in various education roles, from pre-school to higher education, for over 10 years in 3 states.


Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
G101

11:10am

B10 - 3-D Modeling in Math and Science
Limited Capacity seats available

Looking to make math or science concepts come alive for your students?  Learn skills on Google's free software SketchUp that will unlock spatial understanding and presentation skills for all learners. Get hands on experience making useful and captivating 3-D models for a wide variety of topics. Participants will be introduced to SketchUp's basic features and settings, along with examples of more sophisticated modeling techniques. We will create digital models to practice using the program, and discuss opportunities to integrate this technology into student learning.

Speakers
avatar for Dawson Williams

Dawson Williams

Teacher, Decker Middle School
Dawson is a math and science teacher at Decker Middle School, and has been with MISD for the past four years. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelors of Architecture degree in 2008. He has worked with firms in Vancouver and Texas, and has spent countless hours creating presentation quality drawings using various digital media.


Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
D117

11:10am

B11 - Plant the S.O.D.
Limited Capacity seats available

Struggling with everyday discipline? Wondering if there is a better way? Join Bruce Smith to "Plant the S.O.D." before the seeds of learning can grow. This has been time tested and will provide simple answers to classroom management difficulties in the 2000s that have their roots in the 1970s.

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith

Social Studies Department Chair, Manor High School
Mr. Smith is the Social Studies Department chair at Manor High. He has been in that role for 6 of the 7 years of his tenure in Manor ISD. Formerly a teacher/coach/principal/department chair in his home state of NJfor 30 years.Mr. Smith came to Manor in 2007 to teach Social Studies and to coach football and golf. He was a coach of 4 sports over 32 years in athletics. He attended Colby College in Maine for his undergraduate work where he played... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
D102

11:10am

B12 - Research: A Sea of Possibilities
Limited Capacity seats available

Dive into research and engage students in a variety of lessons to incorporate the ELAR Research TEKS. Dig deep into brainstorming, navigating, and synthesizing information to prepare 21st Century Learners. Surf the possibilities for integrating these lessons into your classroom and/or library program.

Attendees will:
  • Review the ELAR Research TEKS and the research process.
  • Participate in active hands-on lessons that they can easily implement into their current program.
  • Receive materials that can be easily modified to differentiate instruction.
  • Have the opportunity to collaborate with other colleagues.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Heil

Amy Heil

Library Media Specialist, Georgetown ISD
I am currently the library media specialist at Mitchell Elementary in Georgetown, Texas. I have taught 13 years in Georgetown with this being my seventh year as the elementary librarian at Mitchell. I had the privilege of opening the Mitchell library when the school was built in 2008. I received my Bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University in 1997 and my Master's degree in Library Science from the University of North Texas in 2008.
avatar for Monica McCollum

Monica McCollum

Library Media Specialist, Georgetown Independent School District
Monica McCollum is currently the Library Media Specialist at Williams Elementary in Georgetown, Texas. She has taught for 15 years with this being her seventh year at Williams. She taught 1st grade for 7 years in Crossett, Arkansas and was the elementary librarian at North Crossett Primary for three years. She attended Southwest Texas State University and the University of Arkansas @ Monticello. Ms McCollum earned her Master's Degree in Education... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
G100

11:10am

B13 - Dyslexia Awareness Training
Limited Capacity seats available

Inform - Teachers will be informed of what characteristics and attributes students might possess to constitute a good dyslexia referral for testing.

Review - Teachers will review the dyslexia process of referrals, paperwork, and protocol will be addressed and reviewed in detail.

Apply - Teachers will learn what accommodations and modifications students who qualify for services can utilize in the classroom.

By the end of this session, teachers will understand which students in their classrooms are good candidates for dyslexia testing based on primary and secondary characteristics of dyslexia. Teachers will be aware of what documentation is required before testing and the process of compiling the necessary paperwork for referred students. Teachers will learn to utilize appropriate and necessary accommodations in their classroom in order to positively impact student achievement. 


Speakers
avatar for Megan Cheney

Megan Cheney

Dyslexia Specialist, Manor Independent School District
Megan Cheney is beginning her 8th year with Manor ISD. She has been a Dyslexia Specialist for the past 5 years. She has completed the Basic Language Skills training at Rawson Saunders Institute and is working towards becoming a Certified Academic Language Therapist. She is married to Jeremiah, who works in the technology department in Manor.
avatar for Keith Karseno

Keith Karseno

Dyslexia Interventionist, All Manor ISD Campuses
Keith Karseno has been working in education for the past 10 years. In his eight years at Manor ISD, he has served as a 1st and 2nd grade teacher and currently as a Dyslexia Interventionist. Keith is a Master Reading Teacher and holds a certification as an ESL instructor and is a Certified Academic Language Practitioner.  In his spare time, Keith enjoys sports, the outdoors, and traveling all around the world.
avatar for Kathy McKay

Kathy McKay

Dyslexia Specialist, Manor Independent School District
Graduated from University of Texas at Austin with BS in Elem. Ed. and certification in Special Ed. 25 years of public school teaching,16 years with Manor ISD,13 years of dyslexia evaluations and intervention. Basic Language Skills and Advanced Basic Language Skills training through Scottish Rite Learning Center.


Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
G204

11:10am

B14 - This Library is So Big!
Limited Capacity seats available

Making the transition from high school to college level research is a big step even for the most prepared students. This session will address assumptions faculty make about their first-year students' research skills, how UT-Austin librarians have addressed these assumptions, and what we have heard from our students and our high school teacher librarians in response. Attendees will be encouraged to share their experiences and techniques to help begin building a vertical team to support the high school-to-college transition.

  • Attendees will examine first-year college level syllabi in order to understand what skills may need to be strengthened in the high school classroom
  • Attendees will learn what first-year students research strengths and weakness are according to college faculty as well as LIS survey data of incoming freshman
  • Attendees will pick up practical tips and tools for beginning a conversation about integrating information (aka research skills) into the library classroom

Speakers
avatar for Cindy Fisher

Cindy Fisher

Learning Technologies Librarian, University of Texas Libraries
East Coast native transplanted to Central Texas. Has fully integrated y'all into her lexicon. Let's talk about building partnerships in and outside of the library, digital pedagogy, information literacy, undergraduate outreach, and breakfast tacos.


Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
D106

11:10am

B15 - From IFD to PPF: C-SCOPE and PBL
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will provide teachers an opportunity to explore the commonalities between information provided in the Instructional Focus Document (IFD, found in C-SCOPE) and the information required in the Project Planning Form (PPF). Teachers will leave having explored the IFD for Unit 1 for their content area and will have completed an initial PPF for a project based upon Unit 1.

Teachers will explore C-SCOPE and the Instructional Focus Document for Unit One.  They will review information required to complete a Project Planning Form. Then each teacher will identify where the required information is located. Finally they will complete all elements of the PPF.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Ehler

Stephanie Ehler

Instructional Coach, Manor New Tech High School
Stephanie has 8 years of teaching experience, 7 of which were in the classroom as a Secondary ELA teacher and one year as an Instructional Coach. Of her seven years in the classroom, 4 were spent in an integrated humanities class using project based learning. She enjoys reading and vacationing with her husband and two children.
avatar for Chris Fancher

Chris Fancher

Instructional Coach, Garland ISD
I am the Instructional Coach (IC) at Decker Middle School. I have over 20 years teaching experience with math, science, and engineering from 6th grade to college. I taught 4 years at MNTHS using a project based instructional approach before taking the current IC position. I possess a MS in Education and Engineering and I have been known to wrestle cyclones during Bedrow Old Town Days. During my free-time I teach a class in Gumdrop Building Design... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
G211

11:10am

B16 - Bring Reading into Math with QTIPS
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to bring reading skills into understanding math story problems using the QTIPS method.  Learn how to get students look for the Question, Think about the question using background knowledge, look for the Information, and outline the Process before they try to solve the problem.
  • Participants will walk through all the steps of QTIPS, including creating the foldable as a student would.
  • Participants will learn how to present the QTIPS method in a way that creates a space for meaningful "table talk".
  • Participants will brainstorm ideas for finding and sharing more rigorus questions that will benefit from the QTIPS method. 

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Belz

Shannon Belz

Teacher, Manor ISD
Shannon Belz has been employed in Manor ISD for 6 years. She has taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classes. She has been incorporating technology into her classroom since she became a teacher and increased the use of technology since attending the Lead Forward training 2 years ago. She has also done campus level presentations the past couple of years. This past winter, she presented at the Texas Computer Education Association Conference.
avatar for Micheal Harper

Micheal Harper

Librarian, Bluebonnet Trail Elementary
Micheal Harper received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Montana in 1987 and her Masters of Library and Information Science in 1993. She has lived in the Manor Independent School District for over 20 years and has been employed in Manor ISD for 12 years with 5 years as a Technology Teacher and 7 as a Librarian. She has done many campus and district level presentations over the years and recently presented at the National... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
D118

11:10am

B17 - Better Bodies Boot Camp with Sheldon
Limited Capacity seats available

Did you miss your morning work-out session or just want to try something new? If so, stop by Better Bodies Boot Camp for a work-out that is sure to challenge you! This  popular interval class will mixe calisthenics and body weight exercises with cardio and strength training. This boot camp is designed to push our participants harder than they'd push themselves.  Although I may push you like a drill sergeant, my goal is to offer encouragement rather than intimidation. I want you to have tons of fun – but please be prepared for some high intensity training!

For this class, participants should dress appropriately in work out attire and bring plenty of water. There will be limited mats availabe, so participants may want to bring a mat with them to this class. This class is limited to 15 participants.


Moderators
avatar for Marcy Evans

Marcy Evans

Health Services Coordintator, Manor Independent School District
Marcy Evans is a Registered Nurse. She has been working in the health field for over 11 years, 5 of those years have been with Manor ISD. One of the primary roles of nursing is education in health promotion and disease prevention. Marcy Evans is a certified CPR trainer through Austin Community College. She graduated from the University of Texas.

Speakers
avatar for Sheldon Williams

Sheldon Williams

Certified Trainer, Better Bodies
Sheldon Williams is an elite certified personal trainer with a focus on complete fitness and wellness of the whole person. Sheldon has been nurturing the inspiration of his passion for fitness since his adolescent years. In pursuit of mastering the art and discipline of fitness, Sheldon received his first certification in 1988 at Scottsdale Junior College, where he was awarded an athletic scholarship in basketball. He continued to hone his... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
Practice Gym

11:10am

B18 - Now Trending: Using Twitter in Education
Limited Capacity seats available

Come to this session to learn more about Twitter and using it this year to connect with other educators and discuss important topics. We will review how interactions take place on Twitter and using hashtags to promote posts to increase communication. Leave with a list of educational topics and people to follow for more information.

1. Understand how to use Twitter and use it to discuss trending topics.
2. Understand how to use hashtags to promote posts to increase communication.
3. Leave with a list of educational topics/people to follow for more information.

Speakers
avatar for David Surdovel

David Surdovel

Executive Coordinator of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), Manor ISD
I have educational experience from multiple environments, from growing up in upstate New York, to teaching math at both the secondary and college level in New York City, to working for the past five years in Manor, Texas. During that time, I have been recognized for my hard work by being given both the Pace University/Phi Delta Kappa Master Teacher Award and the Manor ISD Shining Star Professional Employee Award. I am passionate about student... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
D120

11:10am

B19 - Book Talks: Animoto, Popplet & Student Videos
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore Popplet, Animoto and student-video making (including Blabberize!) to determine their uses for student-created products that indicate learning and mastery of content from literature and curriculum texts.

Develop rubrics as a viable tool to assess both creativity and content of the student-products.

Leave this session with at least three valuable tools to employ immediately in the classroom as well as a 'student - sample' product! 
  •  Identify how to use Popplet, Animoto, and other applications for student productivity
  •  Explore multiple ways to produce content-based and curriculum - driven products
  •  Have fun creating on your iPad!

Speakers
avatar for Cathleen Ash

Cathleen Ash

Library Media Teacher, Manor ISD
I am passionate about technology and learning, and even more so about the two of them together! I love learning new tools and methods to enhance the educational and learning processes....and enjoy the latest cognitive development articles to structure learning so it is fun, purposeful and engaging for all involved! In my spare time, i still love the old fashioned (dare i say) print books, especially all things sci-fi!


Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
D104

11:10am

B20 - CSCOPE 101
Limited Capacity seats available

Particpants will be navigating through the  CSOPE online program. We will also have an overview of the MISD Backward Design process, and understand the critical components of teacher planning.
Participants will need their electronic devices for this hands - on learning session. 

Speakers
avatar for Shirley Heflin

Shirley Heflin

Instructional Coach, Pioneer Crossing Elementary


Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
G102

11:10am

B21- Digital Passport: Empowering Students to Make Smart Choices Online
Limited Capacity seats available

Jump start your Digital Citizenship program with Digital Passport.  Have your students earn their Digital Citizenship through engaging videos, fun games, and classroom activities.

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Luevano

Jacob Luevano

Innovative Teaching Strategist, Manor Independent School District
Jacob is a Graduate from the University of Texas at El Paso with a degree in Elementary Education. Before becoming an Innovative Teaching Strategist at Manor ISD, Jacob survived 10 years teaching Social Studies, Video Production, and Emerging Technology at a Middle School in Ysleta ISD. Jacob then worked 2 years at an Elementary School as a Campus Technologist where he helped pilot an iPad 1:1 program in several classrooms. He is now part of... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
D121

12:00pm

Lunch
Limited Capacity filling up

Come and join us for lunch. This is your time to network with new friends, plus you wouln't want to miss participating in any of the line dances that we have planned for you. Lunch is compliments of Manor ISD's District Leadership Team and is only open to  all MPACT participants for the secondary teaching and learning institute day.

Special thanks to Kevin Werling from Heinemann & Santillana for his donation of desserts for the secondary institute. 

Tuesday August 20, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Manor High School Cafeteria
  • Host Organization Manor Independent School District's Leadership Team & Kevin Werling from Heinemann & Santilliana
  • Tags All Educators

12:00pm

Board Games Galore!
Limited Capacity seats available

MPACT your body and mind.  Connect four, Old School Scrabble, Rummy-Cube, Phase 10…sound familiar? These games and more will be available for use during lunch. You name it, we got it.  A volunteer will be available to assist with checking out and in.  

Speakers
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Denise Deckard

Instructional Coach, Manor Elementary School
Denise is currently the Instructional Coach for Manor Elementary School and holds a BA in Educational Studies from Clark Atlanta University and a Masters of Education from Texas State University, San Marcos. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. The mother of one son, she truly believes that if you teach children well today, they will become the positive role models and leaders of tomorrow. Teaching a child well focuses on their... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Manor High School Cafeteria

12:00pm

Go Dance
Limited Capacity seats available

One, two, three kick. Turn, two, three kick. Come on down to the cafeteria and let's get moving with Go Austin Dance. Join us for Line Dancing lessons. There's a place in line for you.


Speakers
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Go Dance

Dance Instructor, Go Dance
One, two, three kick. Turn, two, three kick. Come on down to the cafeteria and let's get moving with Go Austin Dance. Join us for Line Dancing lessons. There's a place in line for you.


Tuesday August 20, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Manor High School Cafeteria

12:00pm

Photo Fun for All!
Limited Capacity seats available

Paparazzi...? No it's just Julie of Julie Paquette Photography, capturing some of Manor's finest right here, right now. Free photos emailed directly to you.

Exhibitors
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Julie Paquette Photography

I specialize in family, newborn, maternity, senior, and sports league photos.  I am a mom, and understand what it is like to take young children for portraits!  Therefore I am patient, silly, and creative to capture their precious giggles!  To enjoy my work, please visit juliepphotography.com


Tuesday August 20, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Manor High School Cafeteria

1:10pm

C01 - Accelerated Math
Limited Capacity seats available

Accelerated Math is an easy to use tool that provides teachers and students resources for individual learning. In addition to differentiation, Accelerated Math can be used to support Manor ISD’s Scope and Sequence. This session will focus on how to utilize the teacher management system to ensure that each student has access to all necessary content for success in mathematics. In this session, participants will: 

  • Utilize the teacher management system;
  • Create Accelerated Math libraries; and
  • Use Accelerated Math Live on IPads.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Burchard

Jennifer Burchard

Account Excecutive, Renaissance Learning
Jennifer Burchard is the Account Executive for Renaissance Learning for Central Texas. Prior to her position at Renaissance Learning, Jennifer was a consultant with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt focusing on all K-12 curriculums. In addition, she served 12 years as an educator in the Nashville Metropolitan School System. During that time, she was a classroom teacher, developed curriculum, executed district wide professional development and focused... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
G213

1:10pm

C02 - Reflective Writing: Finding That Sacred Time
Limited Capacity seats available

How can you get students to connect with what is going on in class or the textbook? Participants will learn, use, and create simple thought-provoking writing activities that cause reflection and meaningful response.  These activities will work in any content/elective area.  Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops.


Speakers
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Pamela Gray

Lead Secondary Literacy Interventionist, Manor High School
Pam Gray has 36 years experience teaching PK – 12,  28 years’ experience with professional development. She is a New Jersey Writing Project in Texas (now Abydos, International) diamond level writing trainer and currently a Literacy Interventionist at Manor High School.


Tuesday August 20, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
G114

1:10pm

C03 - Kindling The Fire In You!
Limited Capacity seats available

Kindling the Fire in You is all about leading audiences away from the valley of quiet desperation, broken dreams, burned-out passion, or blurred individual vision to a life of fulfilling achievement, bliss and happiness! In this session:

  • Teachers will feel refreshed and inspired to begin the journey of a new school year.
  • Teachers will learn how a personal narrative can be transformative.
  • Teachers will be able to use the power of the personal narrative in the classroom.

This session is limited to 25 participants and each one will leave with a personal, autographed copy of Mr. Kemokai's book Sunuma. 

Moderators
avatar for Jill Brady

Jill Brady

Library Media Specialist, Decker Middle School
Jill Brady graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston (BA) and the Universities of Massachusetts and Wisconsin (M.Ed., MLIS) before coming to Decker Middle School. She has worked at Decker Middle School for six years. She previously worked in special education, taught ESL at a public library, and worked as an instructor in The Writing Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She loves Austin and she is committed to literacy... Read More →

Speakers
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Roland Kemokai

Personal Speaker & Life Coach, Roland Kemokai Consulting
Roland’s life story is an inspiring journey of triumph over tragedy, survival of monumental challenges, self-discovery and healing. All these experiences have molded him into an extraordinarily charismatic young man who is a dynamite speaker, trainer and recording artist! From a global perspective, Roland speaks and trains thousands each year in the following subjects: Personal Development, Leadership, Creativity, Relationships, Self-Esteem... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
G211

1:10pm

C04 - The LGBT Community
Limited Capacity seats available

Our goal at Out Youth is to educate providers on issues LGBTQIA youth face, provide steps in communicating effectively and building rapport with LGBTQIA youth, and assist in promoting a safe environment for LGBTQIA youth.

During this session, participants wil:
  • Receive information about the LGBTQIA teen population.
  • Gain appropriate language to use when working LGBTQIA youth. 
  • Have the opportunity to process issues they have experienced with LGBTQIA youth in the school system.

Speakers
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Keisha Martinez

Clinical Services Director, Out Youth Austin
Keisha C. Martinez, LPC-S is the Clinical Services Director at Out Youth Austin. At Out Youth, she oversees the Clinical Department along with the HIV testing center. Keisha received her Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Texas State University in 2007 and has been providing services to teens and their families in the Austin area ever since. She is committed to cultivating the growth of the young people she works with daily.


Tuesday August 20, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
G203

1:10pm

C05 - STAR Math, the Renaissance Way!
Limited Capacity seats available

STAR Math Enterprise is a powerful computer adaptive assessment that aligns to instructional activities through research-based learning progressions.  Perfect for RTI screening, progress monitoring and/or diagnostic, STAR Math assessments can impact instructional planning and gauge proficiency on Texas and College and Career Anchor Standards.

Participant will leave this session equipped with an understanding of:
  • STAR math administration
  • STAR  math reports
  • STAR math for instruction

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Perrin

Elizabeth Perrin

STAR Academic Advisor, Renaissance Learning
As a STAR Academic Advisor for Renaissance Learning, Elizabeth Perrin supports educators in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona in the utilization of STAR Assessments to accelerate learning for all students.  Prior to joining Renaissance Learning, Elizabeth spent 21 years as an educator in Houston ISD where she served in a variety of roles including professional development and curriculum, instruction and assessment


Tuesday August 20, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
G215

1:10pm

C06 - Researching Skills and Information Literacy
Limited Capacity seats available

The participants will be able to incorporate research into lessons that they already teach or will teach in the future. Teachers and librarians will learn how to develop lessons that include information literacy skills with each other. Librarians will learn about how to develop and teach their own class/lessons focusing on research and using that information in assignments.

Speakers
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Ellen Thibodeaux

Librarian, Austin Independent School District (AISD)
Ellen Thibodeaux is currently a high school librarian in AISD. She has held this position for 4 school years now and has also taught a Research and Technical Writing course for 1 school year, for which she wrote the curriculum after noticing a need for researching and writing skills in her student population who were about to attend college. Ms. Thibodeaux has been an educator for 13 years and has taught at every grade level, but mostly at the... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
G204

1:10pm

C07 - Managing a 1:1 iPad Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Manage your iPad-lovin’ students so that they can use them for good instead of evil.  Engage them, empower them and most importantly hold them accountable!  Leave this session with plans to set up your 1:1 classroom for success next year.

Speakers
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Kellie Arnold

Educational Technology Facilitator, Spring Branch ISD
I'm a workaholic project-based learning math teacher in a 1:1 iPad environment. This is where I get to combine my creativity of my youth with my knack and yes, love of math and technology. I keep myself sane by playing like a kid on my yoga mat while my cat tries to help!


Tuesday August 20, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
G105

1:10pm

C08 - College Readiness: Push Your Work Beyond T-Shirts!
Limited Capacity seats available

As community colleges shift the spotlight to student success, ideas about how to support students become vital to the college’s success. At Manor ISD, we have combined the areas of tutoring, retention/student success, and disabilities services to intentionally and effectively coordinate efforts to promote success for all of our students and particularly focusing on at-risk students. In this presentation, I will discuss the planning and programming MISD uses to support students. This will include an overview of on- and off- campus tutoring, technology and assistance for students with disabilities, advising developmental and other at-risk students, training advisors to focus on well-rounded and developmental advising, at-risk alert systems, and engaging activities to promote retention and success. I will also discuss the highlights of coordinating and hosting student success/retention summits for college staff, faculty, and administration, as well as students, for creating a retention plan that will focus on the needs of the college. This presentation will provide participants with ideas and activities for coordinating academic support services, particularly services directed at students but also to faculty and staff, to foster a culture of retention and success on college campuses so that you understand that we must push college readiness beyond T-shirts.

This session will be held in the College & Career Center of MHS. 

Speakers
avatar for Roslyn Caldwell

Roslyn Caldwell

College & Career Readiness Coordinator, Manor Independent School District
Roslyn Caldwell is the College and Career Coordinator for MISD. She obtained her BA from Huston Tillotson College and Teacher's Certification from Texas Christian University. Roslyn then furthered her educational journey at Prairie View A&M where she earned her Masters in Education in Educational Administration. Roslyn Caldwell is going on her 28th year as an educator and has served as a history and economics teacher, track and... Read More →
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Cynthia Gill

GEAR-UP Coordinator, Manor ISD
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Celia Irizarry

College & Career Specialist & District Director for AVID, Manor Independent School District
I am a mother of three children that have attended MISD since they were in Pre-K. I have taught for 23 years and this is my 12 year at MISD. I have taught Spanish I-IV, ESL,and AVID I-IV. A year ago, I finished my masters in College Student Development at St. Edward's University and this is my 2nd year out of the classroom and working with upper clansmen with College and Careers emphasis and AVID.


Tuesday August 20, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
F105

1:10pm

C09 - Read, Connect, Watch…Watch, Connect, Read with Animoto
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to create an Animoto video and how it can be used for motivation, summarizing, as a graphic organizer, a product, to develop presentation skills, and an assessment in the classroom.  Animoto for Education (animoto.com) is an Internet based tool that allows teachers and students to develop professional presentations incorporating images, video clips, music and text. It is used easily for any age group, allows for great user interface, editable after video is produced, enables sharing in many ways and is stored on the Internet.  Bring a charged MAC or PC laptop to class that will connect to the wireless school network for Internet.

Speakers
avatar for Ouita Bingham

Ouita Bingham

Library Media Specialist, Manor Middle School
Ouita H. Bingham has been a library media specialist at Manor Middle School since 2008. She earned a Masters in Library Science from the University of Texas at Austin, and her education master classes at Texas State University. Prior to coming to Manor ISD, she was employed in the Texas Legislative Reference Library in the State Capitol and worked in various capacities at Austin Public Library as serials librarian, consultant in Central Texas... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
G207

1:10pm

C10 - Navigating Project Share for TLI Courses
Limited Capacity seats available

This course is intended for new TLI Campus Based Leadership Team current members who may need a course refresher. It will provide hands-on guidance for navigating Project Share to participate in the TLI courses. Please bring laptops or tablets and have your Project Share login/password information.

Intended outcomes:
1. Participants will be able to login to Project Share and enter the TLI course.
2. Participants will be able to find and discuss weekly lessons.
3. Participants will be able to upload assignments to the forums and understand how to edit or delete posts and reply to others.
4. Participants will understand the Implementation Map component of the lessons and how to utilize this component for the Campus Based Leadership Teams.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Higginbotham

Allison Higginbotham

TLI Program Coordinator, Bastrop Independent School District
Allison is the TLI Grant Program Coordinator for Bastrop ISD. She has been involved with Texas Literacy Initiative since the first Leadership Summit in April, 2012. She earned her Bachelor's Degree of Science in Early Childhood Development Education and a Master's Degree in Special Education. She has been working in the Early Childhood field of education for 15 years.


Tuesday August 20, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
G102

1:10pm

C11 - Think Through Math: Online Application
Limited Capacity seats available

Did you know the state of Texas offers free web-based Math Intervention to all public schools?  Well it does.  Think Through Math is a research-based math intervention system designed to support students who are struggling with mathematics. It is a fully adaptive content delivery system that continually measures student progress and adjusts content delivery to continually place students in their zone of proximal development. This web-based curriculum has been proven to raise math achievement for students in grades 3 through Algebra I. Think Through Math ensures that all students, regardless of their initial placement, will be motivated to stick with mathematics through a unique combination of intrinsic and extrinsic motivational strategies. This session will give the nuts and bolts on setting up and monitoring student use of Think Through Math.

Speakers
avatar for Benny Davis

Benny Davis

Computer Lab Instructor, Manor Elementary School
Benny Davis joined Manor ISD four years ago. With a BS in Political Science and his extensive background in the Juvenile Justice System, he was an excellent addition to the Behavior Support Classroom at Manor Elementary School. Benny is currently the computer lab instructor. In this capacity, he facilitates all computer based programs and interventions.  When not in the computer lab, you can find him assisting with the Chess Club, Robotics... Read More →
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Meredith Mackey

Manor Elementary School


Tuesday August 20, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
G101 9th Grade Center at Manor High School

1:10pm

C12- Gifted & Talented ED/21st Century Instruction: Is There A Difference?
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will allow a close look at 21 Century student outcomes and engagement in relation to State best practices in Gifted Ed while serving all students through interactive learning. We will disuss instructional strategies that raise levels of Critical Thought and student creativity for ALL learners.



Speakers
avatar for Dr. Dianne Haneke

Dr. Dianne Haneke

Educational Consultant, His-Wordsmith.com
Dr. Haneke taught 5th grade in South Los Angeles Ca (1964-66). Upon moving to upstate NY, she completed her MS.Ed in Reading and Literacy (1971). She established and ran several Reading labs (K-12) in rural schools just southwest of Albany for about 20 years. Dr. Haneke was an Associate Professor of Education at Mt. St. Mary's College in Newburgh, NY (1990-1992). She was an Associate Professor of Education at Concordia University - Austin TX... Read More →
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Lisa Barrett Johnson

Director of Advanced Academic Servicees, Manor Independent School District
Lisa has served for 20 years in public education, 10 of those in the Manor Independent School District. She values the creative and rigorous mission of MISD and the opportunity to work directly with classroom instructors as they best serve ALL.


Tuesday August 20, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
G209

1:10pm

C13 - Using a Problem Solving Rubric in Math Content
Limited Capacity seats available

Come to this session to learn how to best incorporate using a sample problem-solving rubric in your math class. Rubrics can be used to help grade student work and provide feedback on what still needs help. We will look at sample questions and review how we could provide a grade based on the work provided.

1. Understand what a sample problem-solving rubric looks like for use in math class.
2. Understand what evaluating with a rubric looks like in math class.
3. Understand how to best provide feedback for students in math class.

Speakers
avatar for David Surdovel

David Surdovel

Executive Coordinator of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), Manor ISD
I have educational experience from multiple environments, from growing up in upstate New York, to teaching math at both the secondary and college level in New York City, to working for the past five years in Manor, Texas. During that time, I have been recognized for my hard work by being given both the Pace University/Phi Delta Kappa Master Teacher Award and the Manor ISD Shining Star Professional Employee Award. I am passionate about student... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
D120

1:10pm

C14 - We HAVE to Read in History Class!
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will understand how to find and integrate primary and secondary sources within the social studies curriculum to promote campus wide literacy and to expose students to the various social studies skills they will need for the STAAR. The workshop will cover how to find and integrate sources within your curriculum, methods to help students break down sources, and will examine example lessons that promote the use of primary and secondary sources in the classroom. The workshop will also discuss the use of documents that present a contrasting point of view so that students can understand that history is a continuously evolving field. Teachers will be able to effectively locate and align primary and secondary sources with the social studies curriculum to help bring an authentic history experience to their students.

Speakers
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Deanna Santagata

Teacher, Manor New Tech High School
Deanna currently teaches United States History at Manor New Technology High School. She graduated from Texas State University with a B.A. in both English and history, which has allowed her to figure out innovative ways to integrate her curriculum with English. Prior to teaching, Deanna worked in the medical field for seven years dealing with insurance billing and coding. Deanna's most recent job was working in the Emergency Department at North... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
G100

1:10pm

C15 - Developing the Next Generation of Leaders in Manor ISD
Limited Capacity seats available

Re-envision your leadership using the fields of communication and conflict, organizational development, and intercultural studies as a basis. Understand how differences can challenge and enhance individual and organizational capacity, and practice strategies for working with, instead of against, differences. Leave energized and grounded, with key skills to optimize team, school, and organizational performance. Finally, discover what it takes to become a leader in Manor ISD. 

Moderators
MP

Michael Perkins

Principal, Decker Middle School
Michael Perkins is the Principal at Decker Middle School. He has 14 years of experience working with students and families in various roles. Mr. Perkins began his journey into education as a school social worker with Communities In Schools at L.B.J. High School. He taught 6-8 grade Social Studies and coordinated the AVID program as Kealing Middle School. Mr. Perkins has worked as an administrator in Austin ISD and Manor ISD.

Speakers
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Dr. Robert Peters

Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Manor Independent School District
Dr. Robert Peter’s path to Manor ISD has been filled with a variety of experiences to support and serve students as a leader of education. Peters has a Bachelor of Arts with a minor in Ethnic Studies from Texas Tech University, a Masters in Education Administration from Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Texas in 2013. Born and raised in Dallas, Peters’ has worked in various... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
Performing Arts Center (PAC)

1:10pm

C16 - Infusing Literacy Without Losing Content
Limited Capacity seats available

Too often, bringing in literacy means losing out on important content. In this session, we'll explore disciplinary literacy and learn how to plan tasks that help students learn content AND the literacy skills necessary to be prepared for fields from Engineering to Psychology.

Participants will be able to:

*Describe disciplinary literacy.
*Describe the literacy skills necessary to succeed in college and career in their content area.
*Plan a task that will help students develop content and literacy skills.

Speakers
avatar for Alix Horton

Alix Horton

Literacy Coach, New Tech Network
After working at a New Tech school in Austin, I've been the Literacy Coach for New Tech Network for the last two years. I've always had a passion for literacy, working to help students from 5th graders learning to decode to 9th grade English Language Learners struggling with Biology vocabulary to 11th graders writing essays in a Dual Credit college/high school English class.


Tuesday August 20, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
D106

1:10pm

C17 - Research, Reading, and Rocking It Online!
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will allow participants to explore EBSCO research database, e-books and using the web to create curriculum based lesson plans that engage the students.  Includes strategies for group-based work and project-based grading.Participants will login to the database, search for relevant articles, access free-e book, and see how Rubistar and Goole Drive can help keep track of students' progress in their research.

Speakers
avatar for Cathleen Ash

Cathleen Ash

Library Media Teacher, Manor ISD
I am passionate about technology and learning, and even more so about the two of them together! I love learning new tools and methods to enhance the educational and learning processes....and enjoy the latest cognitive development articles to structure learning so it is fun, purposeful and engaging for all involved! In my spare time, i still love the old fashioned (dare i say) print books, especially all things sci-fi!


Tuesday August 20, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
D104

1:10pm

C18 - MPACTing Student Achievement Through Positive Relationships
Limited Capacity seats available

Gain an understanding of the importance of building positive relationships with at risk students!  Explore multiple strategies from various frameworks and research-based practices in this interactive session.  Come prepared to share and learn.

Speakers
avatar for Kenya Boson

Kenya Boson

TTIPS Grant, At- Risk Counselor, Manor High School
Greetings! My name is Kenya Boson, and I serve as the At-Risk Counselor at Manor High School. I am pleased to say I have been in Manor ISD since the 2011-2012 school year. I completed my undergraduate work at The University of Texas at Austin, where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Learning and Development. I went on to complete my graduate studies at The University of Houston, where I received my Master of Education Degree... Read More →
avatar for Lucy Cochrane

Lucy Cochrane

Director of Dropout Prevention, Manor Independent School District Central Office Administration
Lucy is the Director of Dropout Prevention. She was asked to develop this new department 5 years ago because of her extensive experience work in Curriculum & Instruction. In addition to this role, she serves as the TTIPS District Grant Shephered for Manor ISD. She has also served as the lead administrator for Curriculum & Instruction, Accountability, Assessment, ESL/Bilingual, Gifted and Talented, Summer School, District Advisory Team... Read More →
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Jerretta Jimmerson- Davenport

Homeless Educator, Foster Care Liaison and Tobacco Free Teen Sponsor, Manor ISD Student and Support Services
Jerretta Jimmerson-Davenport  is a mom, wife, community leader, Tobacco FreeTeen Sponsor, Sunday school teacher, and homeless education liaison who resides in Manor, Texas. Raised by a military dad, she is not a stranger to moving around.  Graduate of Huston-Tillotson College with a degree in Interdisciplinary studies, she has found her passion in advocating for others. No matter what subject or issues people have, Jerrata can dig into her... Read More →
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Lynda Maldonado

Academic Intervention Specialist, Manor High School
Lynda Maldonado is an Academic Intervention Specialist at Manor High School and serves in the Transition Team to ensure success for students entering Manor Excel Academy. Lynda has worked with the Manor ISD Bilingual/ESL Department and now monitors high school interventions and school improvement efforts for Manor High School, serving on the District Drop Out Prevention Team. | | Lynda has served as the Secondary Reading Coordinator for... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
G208

1:10pm

C19 - Literacy Circles and Edmodo
Limited Capacity seats available

Using books from our Literacy Library, classroom libraries and audio books students in grades 2nd through 5th participated in Literacy Circles. Edmodo was used to check student engagement and understanding along with providing a platform for collaboration. This workshop will show ways to use different Edmodo features to set up and manage multiple Literacy Circles in an elementary classroom.

  • Participants will have an understanding of how to use the small group, grade book, and quiz features of Edmodo to manage multiple Literacy Circles
  • Participants will discuss and share ways to teach proper "online etiquette" elementary students
  • Participants will discuss and share resources for setting up Literacy Circles on their individual campuses.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Belz

Shannon Belz

Teacher, Manor ISD
Shannon Belz has been employed in Manor ISD for 6 years. She has taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classes. She has been incorporating technology into her classroom since she became a teacher and increased the use of technology since attending the Lead Forward training 2 years ago. She has also done campus level presentations the past couple of years. This past winter, she presented at the Texas Computer Education Association Conference.
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Micheal Harper

Librarian, Bluebonnet Trail Elementary
Micheal Harper received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Montana in 1987 and her Masters of Library and Information Science in 1993. She has lived in the Manor Independent School District for over 20 years and has been employed in Manor ISD for 12 years with 5 years as a Technology Teacher and 7 as a Librarian. She has done many campus and district level presentations over the years and recently presented at the National... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
D118

1:10pm

C20 - Story Slam!: Non-Fiction Narrative in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Story Slam is a project where students work with a specific theme to write unique personal stories that they then perform to a live audience. This project works with standards in speaking and listening as well as reading and writing. It also employs 21-century skills that help students in all subjects. Beyond standards, this project allows students to find voice and agency in a world that often attempts to deny them of self-expression and advocacy. Storytelling in the classroom allows students to think deeply about the world and how they relate to it. This project makes academic concepts of culture and identity tangible. It improves a student's ability to communicate the ideas that matter to them most and realize the responsibility they have to make an impact on their community.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Behle

Mary Behle

ELA Teacher, Manor New Tech High School
Maggie Behle is an ELA teacher at Manor New Tech High School. Before working with Manor ISD, she taught second grade at a bilingual elementary school and taught adult ESL for several years. She teaches dual credit American Literature with Austin Community College and is the sponsor of the Lunatechs junior roller derby team.
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Robin Villarreal

Instructor of Thought 101 & Facilitator of Senior Project, Manor New Tech High School
Robin Villarreal is a veteran teacher with 8 years classroom experience. Since 2010, he has worked with the Humanities department at Manor New Tech High School where his duties include creating innovative projects that engage students across a variety of academic pursuits.  In addition to teaching he is also part of the the College preparation team and sponsor of MNTH's National Honor Society.


Tuesday August 20, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
D121

1:10pm

C21 - Critical Friends
Limited Capacity seats available

Critical Friends is open exclusively to teachers who have attended the Think Forward PBL Institute.  We all know it takes a village to raise a child, but did you know that the same is true about developing good projects?  This session allows teachers to present a project through the critical friends protocol in order to receive feedback from peers. 

At minimum, attendees should be prepared to show the following: 
  • TEKS; 
  • Driving question; 
  • Rubric; and
  • An idea for an entry event (rough drafts are good too!).  
Teachers will leave with a list of "I likes, I wonders, and Next Steps" as feedback to help them refine their project so that it's ready to be rolled out to students.

Moderators
CA

Claudia Acevedo

Project Based Learning Coordinator, Manor Independent School District
Claudia Acevedo has a background in  Social Studies and has taught at New Tech high schools in California and Texas. She has facilitated workshops for the Think Forward PBL Institute since 2009 and currently serves as the Project Based Learning Coordinator in the MISD Curriculum & Instruction Department.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Fancher

Chris Fancher

Instructional Coach, Garland ISD
I am the Instructional Coach (IC) at Decker Middle School. I have over 20 years teaching experience with math, science, and engineering from 6th grade to college. I taught 4 years at MNTHS using a project based instructional approach before taking the current IC position. I possess a MS in Education and Engineering and I have been known to wrestle cyclones during Bedrow Old Town Days. During my free-time I teach a class in Gumdrop Building Design... Read More →


Tuesday August 20, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
D102

2:10pm

MPACT Reflection Sessions D
Limited Capacity seats available

Click here for room assignments.

This session is required by all MPACT participants. It is desgined to be a conversation about what people learned at the MPACT Teaching & Learning Conference and how it will “Impact Student Achievement Through Engaged, Aligned Classrooms.”  Participants will receive an Anticipation Guide to help them with the district's community read, Mindset by Carol Dweck. Sessions will be led by teachers who have volunteerd to be facilipants.
 
Participants should refer to their  guides for specific room locations.
 


Moderators
avatar for Cathleen Ash

Cathleen Ash

Library Media Teacher, Manor ISD
I am passionate about technology and learning, and even more so about the two of them together! I love learning new tools and methods to enhance the educational and learning processes....and enjoy the latest cognitive development articles to structure learning so it is fun, purposeful and engaging for all involved! In my spare time, i still love the old fashioned (dare i say) print books, especially all things sci-fi!
avatar for Ouita Bingham

Ouita Bingham

Library Media Specialist, Manor Middle School
Ouita H. Bingham has been a library media specialist at Manor Middle School since 2008. She earned a Masters in Library Science from the University of Texas at Austin, and her education master classes at Texas State University. Prior to coming to Manor ISD, she was employed in the Texas Legislative Reference Library in the State Capitol and worked in various capacities at Austin Public Library as serials librarian, consultant in Central Texas... Read More →
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Jill Brady

Library Media Specialist, Decker Middle School
Jill Brady graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston (BA) and the Universities of Massachusetts and Wisconsin (M.Ed., MLIS) before coming to Decker Middle School. She has worked at Decker Middle School for six years. She previously worked in special education, taught ESL at a public library, and worked as an instructor in The Writing Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She loves Austin and she is committed to literacy... Read More →
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Liliane Brockington

French Teacher, Manor High School
I was born in Senegal (West Africa). I am from France but I also have a  diverse background. I have a B.S. in journalism from UT, and a Master's in French from UNT. I love to travel, to dance, and to read. I am excited to be one of the facilipants for MPACT!
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Claudia Cook

Reading Interventionist, Decker Middle School
I have taught at Manor ISD for ten years. My teaching experience ranges from Pre-K through 7th grade. I am passionate about reading and teaching reading to those who may not find it as enjoyable as I do.
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Benny Davis

Computer Lab Instructor, Manor Elementary School
Benny Davis joined Manor ISD four years ago. With a BS in Political Science and his extensive background in the Juvenile Justice System, he was an excellent addition to the Behavior Support Classroom at Manor Elementary School. Benny is currently the computer lab instructor. In this capacity, he facilitates all computer based programs and interventions.  When not in the computer lab, you can find him assisting with the Chess Club, Robotics... Read More →
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Stephanie Ehler

Instructional Coach, Manor New Tech High School
Stephanie has 8 years of teaching experience, 7 of which were in the classroom as a Secondary ELA teacher and one year as an Instructional Coach. Of her seven years in the classroom, 4 were spent in an integrated humanities class using project based learning. She enjoys reading and vacationing with her husband and two children.
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Chris Fancher

Instructional Coach, Garland ISD
I am the Instructional Coach (IC) at Decker Middle School. I have over 20 years teaching experience with math, science, and engineering from 6th grade to college. I taught 4 years at MNTHS using a project based instructional approach before taking the current IC position. I possess a MS in Education and Engineering and I have been known to wrestle cyclones during Bedrow Old Town Days. During my free-time I teach a class in Gumdrop Building Design... Read More →
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Christopher Friede

Teacher, Manor High School
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Micheal Harper

Librarian, Bluebonnet Trail Elementary
Micheal Harper received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Montana in 1987 and her Masters of Library and Information Science in 1993. She has lived in the Manor Independent School District for over 20 years and has been employed in Manor ISD for 12 years with 5 years as a Technology Teacher and 7 as a Librarian. She has done many campus and district level presentations over the years and recently presented at the National... Read More →
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erin hugghins

Read 180 Educator, Manor High School
More than anything in the world, I believe in the power of reading. I believe that if you put the right reading material, in the right person's hands, you can change their lives. My main goal is to seek out ways to bridge the reading/comprehension gap we are facing in today's schools. Through ebooks, specific reading programs, magazine articles relevant to the core subject being taught, or a book that has been read so many times the cover... Read More →
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Carldale Johnson

8th Science Teacher, Decker Middle School
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Zachary McAuley

Teacher, Manor Excel Academy
Zachary is a math teacher at Manor Excel Academy. Zachary graduated from Texas State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Education and has been a K-12 math instructor for varying levels of academic proficiency. He has assisted in developing extra-curricular activities that serve as project based learning for earning course credit as well as developed key components of the math curriculum framework for Manor Excel Academy.
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Mary Mobley

PBL Instructor, Manor ISD
I believe that more focus on the 21st Century skills such as Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Collaboration Skills, Contextual Learning, Communication Skills, Creativity and Innovation Skills, and Information/Media Literacy Skills would give those students who are problems, bored, or apathetic in traditional classrooms an outlet to express their full potentials. The format of project-based learning encompasses each of these skills and allows... Read More →
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Teranika Odems

AVID Coordinator, Manor Excel Academy
Teranika Odems has been in Education for 7 years. She started her career in Austin ISD as a teachers assistant, after obtaining a BA from Stephen F Austin State University. After her time with Austin ISD she received her teacher certification and began teaching World Geography at Taylor High School where she worked there for two years. Shortly after her time at Taylor High School, she was asked to be a part of the staff at the Legacy Early... Read More →
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Deanna Santagata

Teacher, Manor New Tech High School
Deanna currently teaches United States History at Manor New Technology High School. She graduated from Texas State University with a B.A. in both English and history, which has allowed her to figure out innovative ways to integrate her curriculum with English. Prior to teaching, Deanna worked in the medical field for seven years dealing with insurance billing and coding. Deanna's most recent job was working in the Emergency Department at North... Read More →
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Blanca Valencia

Teacher, Manor Excel Academy
Blanca Valencia is a Social Studies Teacher at Manor Excel. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in History and received a teaching certification from the UTeach Liberal Arts program. Blanca is also a Teacher Leader under the TTIPS grant for Manor Excel Academy, a part of the Manor ISD L.E.A.D. program, and is the Vice President for the East Austin non-profit organization called Hermanos de East Austin that... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2013 2:10pm - 3:00pm
See attachment for room assignments and locations

3:00pm

MPACT Networking Hour
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants should use this time to network with other educators. For those participants who win a prize from vendors and/or MPACT, be sure to stop by the exhibitor's area to pick up your prize winnings.

Tuesday August 20, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Manor High School Cafeteria
 
Wednesday, August 21
 

7:30am

Late Registration & Check-In
Limited Capacity full

All attendees should have  pre-registered for sessions prior to the day of the institute using SCHED. On the day of the institute, stop by the PAC to check in for MPACT and pick up your SWAG Bag.    

Wednesday August 21, 2013 7:30am - 10:30am
Performing Arts Center (PAC)

8:15am

MPACT Convocation
Limited Capacity full

Speakers
KB

Kevin Brackmeyer

Superintendent of Schools, Manor Independent School District
Born and raised in Harlingen, Texas, Kevin Brackmeyer attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas where he received a bachelor’s degree in psychology before returning to his hometown to begin working as a program supervisor for Tropical Texas MHMR. Brackmeyer worked with various individuals with disabilities and it was here that he met Edwin whom he has cared for throughout the past 25 years and who is a valued member of... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 8:15am - 8:45am
Performing Arts Center (PAC)

9:00am

SaulPaul: Keynote Presentation
Limited Capacity full

Speakers
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BNeal

Music Label


Wednesday August 21, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Performing Arts Center (PAC)

10:00am

Exhibitor Hall Open
Limited Capacity full

MPACT has invited several exhibitors to participate in the institute. Participants are encouraged to visit exhibitor's tables. Use your MPACT Cover All Bingo Card to record your visits. Turn in cards to win an arragy of big prizes during the MPACT Networking Hour. 

Wednesday August 21, 2013 10:00am - 1:00pm
Manor High School Cafeteria

10:15am

E01 - Art in Literacy for English Language Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

Consider ways in which art can be integrated into literacy instruction for English Language Learners. Present strategies that might be useful in the classroom. Generate ideas for merging theory with practice. 
  • Participants will understand ways in which art can be integrated in literacy instruction.
  • Participants will discuss ways to tailor some of the ideas presented into their teaching.
  • Participants will understand how art can be used to know their students culturally and individually.

Speakers
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Kellen Segura

Art Teacher/GT Coordinator, Decker Elementary
Kellen Segura works for Manor Independent School District as a teacher at DES. When I am not busy with work, I enjoy traveling, cooking, spending time with family and friends and taking trips to the beach.


Wednesday August 21, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
D104

10:15am

E02 - Cultivating Asset-based Perspectives of English-Language Learners and Their Communities
Limited Capacity seats available

This session focuses on helping teachers develop an asset-based framework for working with English-Language Learners. Teachers will review historic and current deficit discourses about language minority students and will engage in activities that allow them to critically examine related concepts.  This session will focus on counteracting dominant deficit-based perspectives by learning about asset-based perspectives like student “funds of knowledge” and linguistic and familial “community cultural wealth.” Finally, teachers will consider how asset-based perspectives can help them improve their practice and better meet the needs of their English Language Learners.

At the conclusion of the session, participants should have a better understanding how developing “soft skills” like asset-based perspectives can improve student outcomes and decrease the achievement gap within their own classrooms. By creating a space for teachers to think deeply about and discuss the sociocultural influences on learning, this session will reinvigorate and recommit teachers to create classrooms that facilitate the success of all students.  


Speakers
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Eric Bybee

Instructor, Teacher Facilitator, & Ph.D Student in Curriculum & Instruction
Eric Ruiz Bybee is an instructor, teacher facilitator, and Ph.D. student in the department Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin. He began his career in education as a New York City public school teacher, where he spent four years teaching science to bilingual special education students at a Title 1 middle school in the Washington Heights neighborhood. While at his school, Eric also planned, wrote, and implemented a... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
Manor HS

10:15am

E03 - Gifted & Talented ED/21st Century Instruction: Is There A Difference?
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will allow a close look at 21 Century student outcomes and engagement in relation to State best practices in Gifted Ed while serving all students through interactive learning. We will disuss instructional strategies that raise levels of Critical Thought and student creativity for ALL learners.

Speakers
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Dr. Dianne Haneke

Educational Consultant, His-Wordsmith.com
Dr. Haneke taught 5th grade in South Los Angeles Ca (1964-66). Upon moving to upstate NY, she completed her MS.Ed in Reading and Literacy (1971). She established and ran several Reading labs (K-12) in rural schools just southwest of Albany for about 20 years. Dr. Haneke was an Associate Professor of Education at Mt. St. Mary's College in Newburgh, NY (1990-1992). She was an Associate Professor of Education at Concordia University - Austin TX... Read More →
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Lisa Barrett Johnson

Director of Advanced Academic Servicees, Manor Independent School District
Lisa has served for 20 years in public education, 10 of those in the Manor Independent School District. She values the creative and rigorous mission of MISD and the opportunity to work directly with classroom instructors as they best serve ALL.


Wednesday August 21, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
G207

10:15am

E04 - Organize Your Classroom Library With The Booksource
Limited Capacity seats available

Classroom Organizer is a free web-based program that allows educators to inventory and track their classroom library books online. Students can check out and return books through the system; teachers can track who has what book. Teachers can also run assessment reports per student and title activity.

During this session, attendees will be able to easily organize their classroom libraries – from opening an account and entering titles to teaching their students how to check out/return books and running reports. Attendees will also be able to customize their accounts to best serve how they use their classroom libraries, and to track usage to help make smart, effective purchases for their classroom libraries.

Speakers
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The Booksource

Classroom Organizer Manager, The Booksource
The Booksource has been a family-owned company since our founding in 1974. We've grown and prospered in large measure because of a corporate culture that places a strong emphasis on caring and respect for our extended family, our employees, our customers and our partners. Sandy Jaffe started the company fueled by an entrepreneurial spirit and a love of reading. And now, over 35 years later, the company is in the midst of a natural transition... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
G101

10:15am

E05 - CSCOPE 101
Limited Capacity seats available

Particpants will be navigating through the  CSOPE online program. We will also have an overview of the MISD Backward Design process, and understand the critical components of teacher planning.
Participants will need their electronic devices for this hands - on learning session. 

Speakers
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Shirley Heflin

Instructional Coach, Pioneer Crossing Elementary


Wednesday August 21, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
G102

10:15am

E06 - TARGET: A Reading Strategy With Results!
Limited Capacity seats available

When you atend this session, you will: 
• learn a new reading strategy to get students to think about what they are reading while they are reading .
• learn how to implement the strategy by using it in the workshop.
• exchange ideas on how to revise this strategy for your grade level.

By learning how to implement this reading strategy in the classroom you will help your students to think while reading. Every step of the strategy requires student participation. The TARGET strategy requires students to do a lot of writing while reading a passage. You will be able to see what they have written on their paper and be better prepared to focus on the concept(s) the student is still struggling with. This strategy can be altered for any grade level to implement TEKS. You will take this strategy back to your classroom and within weeks you should see a difference in your struggling readers and an increase in performance with your on level and above level readers.


Speakers
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Brandi Appling

Teacher, Manor Elementary School
I was born in Austin, Texas and my parents brought me to Manor to live. My family and I moved in and out of Manor several times throughout my elementary years. After fifth grade, my mother decided to move us to Round Rock. I attended school there and graduated from Round Rock High School. I met my husband and 7 years into our relationship, we welcomed a beautiful baby boy. His name is Trey and is a student at Manor New Tech. When Trey was a... Read More →
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Matthew Richardson

Bilingual Teacher, Manor Elementary School
Matt is a fifth grade bilingual teacher at Manor Elementary. Last year he taught reading and social studies to a delightful group of students. He received a master’s degree in Intelligence and National Security Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso and a bachelor’s degree in Geospatial Intelligence with a Minor in Arabic from Brigham Young University.


Wednesday August 21, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
G215

10:15am

E07 - Book Talks: Animoto, Popplet & Student Videos
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore Popplet, Animoto and student-video making (including Blabberize!) to determine their uses for student-created products that indicate learning and mastery of content from literature and curriculum texts.

Develop rubrics as a viable tool to assess both creativity and content of the student-products.

Leave this session with at least three valuable tools to employ immediately in the classroom as well as a 'student - sample' product! 
  •  Identify how to use Popplet, Animoto, and other applications for student productivity
  •  Explore multiple ways to produce content-based and curriculum - driven products
  •  Have fun creating on your iPad!

Speakers
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Cathleen Ash

Library Media Teacher, Manor ISD
I am passionate about technology and learning, and even more so about the two of them together! I love learning new tools and methods to enhance the educational and learning processes....and enjoy the latest cognitive development articles to structure learning so it is fun, purposeful and engaging for all involved! In my spare time, i still love the old fashioned (dare i say) print books, especially all things sci-fi!


Wednesday August 21, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
G213

10:15am

E08 - 4th Grade Science Labs, Projects, and Take Home Resource Packets
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn and share 4th grade high inquiry science labs . Incorporate PBL and technology within your lessons. Explore labs then create rubrics and lesson plan ideas to take back with you. Share ideas as a team and then share an example to the audience. 

By the end of this session, you will have more knowledge of Cscope and AIMS labs.  Motivate students with high inquiry labs and PBL presentations including technology. Leave with lab resource packets, power points and lesson plans that you can apply right away to your curriculum. End session by learning and sharing  your amazing work with all the fourth grade teachers. 


Speakers
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Mary

Instructional Coach, PME
Mary has eight years experience in fourth grade math and science and is now the Math/Science Instructional Coach. She has taught in Manor for her career length and has learned a lot through experience, mentoring novice teachers, creating science curriculum, and trainings.


Wednesday August 21, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
G106

10:15am

E09 - Language Learning: What Every Bilingual and ESL Teacher Should Know
Limited Capacity seats available

This session addresses some common assumptions about language that linguists recognize to be false.  The implications for teaching English language learners (ELLs) will be discussed.  The interactive second half of the session will focus on practical application of sociolinguistic theory within the bilingual or ESL classroom. 

 

Participant Outcome:
At the conclusion of this session, participants should have a better understanding of fundamental linguistic principles.  Participants should leave with multiple classroom activities and ideas to apply this new knowledge in the classroom. 

This session is intended for all teachers of ESL and Bilingual Education 


Speakers
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Kathryn Henderson

Ph.D candidate Bilingual/Bicultural Education
Ms. Henderson completed her master’s degree in Education and taught Elementary school for five years abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico. She currently is a Ph.D. candidate in Bilingual/Bicultural Education at the University of Texas at Austin where she teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) Methods and Introduction to Statistics.  For the last three years, she has also worked training and preparing teachers to work with students from... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
C120

10:15am

E10 - The Art of the Picture Book
Limited Capacity seats available

Want to increase your own theoretical and practical knowledge of picturebooks?

Determine how your own close observation of this powerful literary form can support young readers’ responses?

Apply your learning to classrooms in which students are engaged and responding to picturebooks?

In this session, participants will learn how to really “read” picturebooks—deeply, appreciatively, critically, so as to become better mediators of those books with children. Participants will investigate the formal properties of picturebooks, as well as their affordances for supporting literacy development and literary meaning making. Participants will also be exposed to "misconceptions" about using picture books in the classroom and will be introduced or reintroduced to the best practices using picturebooks with young readers.

Speakers
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Victoria Vanzura

Literacy Coach, Decker Middle School
Victoria Vanzura taught 3rd and 4th grade at Presidential Meadows Elementary for 6 years before becoming an instructional coach. She is currently pursuing her master's degree from the University of Texas in Mentoring, Leadership, and Professional Development. She is currently a literacy coach at Decker Middle School.


Wednesday August 21, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
G209

10:15am

E11 - Teacher Websites: They're Required, but Really Easy!
Limited Capacity seats available

Did you know every teacher in Manor ISD is required to have a website? More importantly, did you know that it's REALLY easy to create your site? This 50 minute crash course will provide all the tools your need to set up your site. To best utilize everyone's time during this session, at least 24 hours prior to attending visit your campus website and be sure you are listed in the staff directory (under About Us). If you are NOT listed, send me an email at abby.siedenstrang@manorisd.net with your name and campus.

Note: PCE & PME teachers, you will receive a 1 hour teacher website session during your campus PD later in the week. You are welcome to attend this session as well, but the information will be similar. BTE teachers, you have already had your 1 hour teacher website session, but please feel free to attend for a refresher or to receive additional assistance.

Speakers
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Abby Siedenstrang

Communications Coordinator, Manor Independent School District
Abby Siedenstrang is going into her second year as Manor ISD's communications coordinator and her fifth year with the district. Prior to joining the administrative team, Abby spent three years in the Career & Technical Education department at Manor High School teaching a broad range of courses in the areas of Business, Marketing, and Family & Consumer Sciences. Before entering the field of education, Abby worked in marketing in the interior... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
G204

10:15am

E12 - Managing a 1:1 iPad Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Manage your iPad-lovin’ students so that they can use them for good instead of evil.  Engage them, empower them and most importantly hold them accountable!  Leave this session with plans to set up your 1:1 classroom for success next year.

Speakers
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Kellie Arnold

Educational Technology Facilitator, Spring Branch ISD
I'm a workaholic project-based learning math teacher in a 1:1 iPad environment. This is where I get to combine my creativity of my youth with my knack and yes, love of math and technology. I keep myself sane by playing like a kid on my yoga mat while my cat tries to help!


Wednesday August 21, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
G105

10:15am

E13 - Animate Your Students Work with Frames
Limited Capacity seats available

Using the Tech4Learning program Frames, attendees will learn how to bring life to student work. Frames give students the canvas to create fun and enjoyable assignments. With Frames teachers will turn "blah" assignments into fun assignments that will have students wanting more. 

***Participants will need MacBooks for this session.  

Speakers
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Shannon Belz

Teacher, Manor ISD
Shannon Belz has been employed in Manor ISD for 6 years. She has taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classes. She has been incorporating technology into her classroom since she became a teacher and increased the use of technology since attending the Lead Forward training 2 years ago. She has also done campus level presentations the past couple of years. This past winter, she presented at the Texas Computer Education Association Conference.


Wednesday August 21, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
G212

10:15am

E14 - Routines and Relationships in the Engaged Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Access easy-to-implement tips that will help any teacher create, hone, and maintain an engaged classroom environment. Collaborate, discuss, and share helpful hints about student-teacher relationship building. Adapt and streamline routines in order to maximize instructional time and keep students focused and on-task.

Participants will:

* discuss examples of successful routines that build student buy-in and increase engagement

* collaborate on the DOs of successful relationship building – an essential factor in student and teacher success

* walk away with concrete tips, strategies and structures can be adapted to and implemented in virtually any classroom/learning environment

Speakers
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Samuel Cauman

Teacher, Decker Middle School
Samuel Cauman was born and rasied in Washington, D.C. and educated in D.C. public schools. He spent one year of high school in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He has a B.A. in political science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He spent two years teaching English in Japan and became certified through Texas Teaching Fellows. Mr. Cauman is beginning his fifth year teaching 7th grade English language arts at Decker Middle School, where he... Read More →
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Sharon Lawson

Teacher, Decker Middle School
Sheri was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri where she attended public schools in the St. Louis area. She has a bachelor’s degree that was attained from the University of Phoenix and her teaching certification was attained from iTeach Texas. Currently, Sharon is working on her master’s degree in teacher leadership. She began her career in Manor ISD as PTO president at Bluebonnet Trail Elementary School. Mrs. Lawson is getting ready to... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
G210

10:15am

E15 - Thriving, Not Just Surviving, Your First Year!
Limited Capacity seats available

Share our first year of teaching experiences.  Prepare mentally, emotionally and physically for the first year.  Exercise your inner teacher!

  1. Develop a sense of confidence in tackling their first year. 
  2. Share different experiences and how first year teachers can make the best of the their first 180 days.
  3. Begin the process of learning about themselves, their students and developing allies. 
  4. Have Fun!

Speakers
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Patricia Draughn

Teacher, Bluebonnet Trail Elementary School
Tricia Draughn is currently beginning her second year as a second grade teacher at Bluebonnet Trail Elementary. She has ten years training and development experience working for a Fortune 100 corporation and four years working with women and ethnic minorities recruitment and retention in higher education. Ms. Draughn is passionate about providing her students with a 21st century education and knows how valuable technology is in the classroom.


Wednesday August 21, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
G208

10:15am

E16 - Copyright Done Right – Easy Doesn’t Mean It’s Legal
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to keep yourself and your students legal as you utilize the ever expanding digital resources that are available.  Find out how copyright is about economics not education and how digital resources have stricter rules than printed resources.  Bring your questions and ideas for this interactive session on “just because you can, doesn’t make it legal” copyright.

Speakers
avatar for Micheal Harper

Micheal Harper

Librarian, Bluebonnet Trail Elementary
Micheal Harper received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Montana in 1987 and her Masters of Library and Information Science in 1993. She has lived in the Manor Independent School District for over 20 years and has been employed in Manor ISD for 12 years with 5 years as a Technology Teacher and 7 as a Librarian. She has done many campus and district level presentations over the years and recently presented at the National... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
D118

10:15am

E17 - Technology Makes Us Tree Friendly
Limited Capacity seats available

Attendees will be able to leave the session and be able to create quizzes, online discussions, collaborative groups, and to cut their paper consumption in the classroom using Edmodo and Google Drive. Attendees will also take a look at things such as the following:
  • Running your classroom in Edmodo with online quizzes, assignments, and planners
  • Creating open online discussions with students using Edmodo posts.
  • Cutting your paper consumption using Google Drive.


Speakers
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Mistie Young

CTE Teacher, Manor Middle School
Mistie received her Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University-Texarkana in Early Childhood Education. She  has always been an eager learner and ended up certified in several areas such as Math, Science, Technology, Business, ESL and as a Generalist.  Her first year of teaching was in Pre-K in Texarkana. When she moved to the Austin area, she decided to change grade levels and was very excited to teach middle school students. She began... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
G219

10:15am

E18 - Which iPad Apps Are Engaging For Students?
Limited Capacity seats available

Come to this session to learn about which iPad apps are engaging for students at each school level. We will talk about both apps for learning and pedagogy in this session. Leave with a huge list of iPad apps to further research or interact with at a later time.

1. Learn about which iPad apps are engaging for students at each level.
2. Understand which iPad apps are good to use for either ascertaining content or for pedagogical reasons.
3. Leave with a big list of iPad apps to further research at a later time.

Speakers
avatar for David Surdovel

David Surdovel

Executive Coordinator of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), Manor ISD
I have educational experience from multiple environments, from growing up in upstate New York, to teaching math at both the secondary and college level in New York City, to working for the past five years in Manor, Texas. During that time, I have been recognized for my hard work by being given both the Pace University/Phi Delta Kappa Master Teacher Award and the Manor ISD Shining Star Professional Employee Award. I am passionate about student... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
D120

10:15am

E19 - Zumba Fitness, Anyone?
Limited Capacity seats available

Ready to get your workout on? We certainly hope so. Join us for an hour of fun and fitness. In case you've never had a Zumba class before, a Zumba workout mixes body sculpting movements with dance steps derived from cumbia, merengue, salsa, reggaeton, hip hop, mambo, rumba, flamenco, and calypso and Salsaton. The routines feature aerobic interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms. It targets areas such as the glutes, legs, arms, abdominals, and the heart. 

Be sure to dress comfortably and bring a bottel of water. This class is sure to make an MPACT on YOU! The maximum number of participants for this class is 30.

Speakers
avatar for April Green

April Green

Zumba Instructor & Personal Trainer, Better Bodies
April is a mother of three beautiful kids. Fitness has always been her passion. Health and Fitness has served as a way to discover her strengths, push pass her limitations, an outlets for stress, and a way to experience life to its fullest. She has worked with a wide range of clients to achieve goals of weight loss, strength and sports performance. April would love to share her passion, joy and expertise in health and fitness with you. She is... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
Practice Gym

10:15am

E20 - Attacking the New Math TEKS!
Limited Capacity seats available

The new TEKS will affect all grade levels, Kindergarten through Pre-Calculus. At every grade level, current TEKS have been shifted down to lower grades and newly written TEKS were added. However, the incoming 6th graders (2013-14) feel the greatest impact of the changes with 55% of the standards being new to that grade level. MISDis taking measures to help support these learners through the transition and also prepare them for the required standards starting in 2014. 

In this hands- on session, we will unpack the new TEKS in an effort to impact student achievment.  Let's attack this together!

Speakers
KK

Kyle Kendrick

21st Century Math Coordinator, Manor Independent School District
Kyle Kendrick taught at Manor New Tech for six years and is now a Math Coordinator for the district. His educational background includes a BA in Mathematics and an MA in STEM Education from the University of Texas. He believes the key to success is a student-driven engaging classroom.
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Lisa Kutsch

Middle School Math Coordinator, Manor Independent School District
Lisa has worked in education for 10 years and Manor ISD for the last six years. She has taught every level of math 7th-AP Statistics. In Manor, Lisa has taught at Manor High School as Math Department Chair and was the Academic Liaison for After School Programs. Currently she is currently the Middle School Math Coordinator in Curriculum and Instruction.  | She’s a UTEACH graduate from the University of Texas in Austin. Lisa has two... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
D121

10:15am

E21- The Power Of 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Over the past several years much has changed in schools.  Federal education laws have raised student academic standards; professional accountability for student outcomes is a requirement--everyone counts; and access to the curriculum is the expectation for all students--it is no longer an option. As these changes have occurred, co-teaching has increased in importance.  As educational personnel strive to meet state and federal accountability mandates to improve the achievement of students with disabilities, schools are exploring various inclusive service delivery models to fulfill the needs of diverse learners. The co-teach model is one effective model allowing general and special educators to differentiate and deliver instruction with assurances that all students have full access to the grade-level expectations of the general curriculum. The purpose of this presentation is to help participants establish a common understanding of various co-teaching configurations and to explain considerations necessary to implement and evaluate an effective co-teaching program. The Power of 2 video provides a comprehensive look at co-teaching as part of the foundation of an inclusive and collaborative school. 


Speakers
avatar for Gerard Cortez

Gerard Cortez

Director of Special Education, Manor Independent School District
Mr. Gerard G. Cortez is currently serving as the Director of Special Education for Manor ISD. He has been a professional educator for the past nineteen years. Throughout his professional tenure, he has worked in a variety of educational settings and has served as a classroom teacher, district-wide mentor teacher, instructional specialist, program supervisor, grant coordinator, campus administrator, and central office administrator. As an... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
C121

10:15am

E22 - Creative Arts with Stacy Jo!
Limited Capacity seats available

This exciting class gives the teachers ideas on how to incorporate art into the classroom using inexpensive and recycled materials. Teachers will also get messy and learn how to make play dough, goop and silly putty. This is a hands on, fun and informative training.

Speakers
avatar for Stacy Signaigo

Stacy Signaigo

Child Development Coordinator, Manor Independent School District Child Care Center
Stacy Jo Signaigo- Coordinator for the Manor ISD Child Development Center and mother to 2 college age daughters. Stacy Jo grew up in San Antonio Texas. She received her BA in Child Psychology from the University of the Incarnate Word and most recently her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Texas State in 2011. She has been working in the Early Childhood field for 25 Years. She has worked as a teacher, an assistant director and a... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 10:15am - 11:05am
C122

10:30am

Author Book Signing - SaulPaul
Limited Capacity seats available

Keynote speaker SaulPaul will be signing his book and taking pictures with MISD teachers. Books will be provided for participants in this session. Session is limited to 75 participants.

Moderators
TB

Tara Brown

Principal, Presidential Meadows Elementary School
I am Tara Brown, the principal, at the most superb school in Manor ISD - Presidential Meadows Elementary.  I am so proud to be the principal of such a superb school, with exceptional eagle parents, students, staff, and community. | | | | I am originally from East Texas, and born and raised in the small town of Rusk. I received my Associate of Science in Elementary Education from Jacksonville Baptist College, my Bachelor of Science in... Read More →

Speakers
B

BNeal

Music Label


Wednesday August 21, 2013 10:30am - 11:10am
Manor High School Cafeteria

11:10am

F01 - Critical Friends
Limited Capacity seats available

Critical Friends is open exclusively to teachers who have attended the Think Forward PBL Institute.  We all know it takes a village to raise a child, but did you know that the same is true about developing good projects?  This session allows teachers to present a project through the critical friends protocol in order to receive feedback from peers.

At minimum, attendees should be prepared to show the following:
  • TEKS; 
  • Driving question; 
  • Rubric; and
  • An idea for an entry event (rough drafts are good too!).  
Teachers will leave with a list of "I likes, I wonders, and Next Steps" as feedback to help them refine their project so that it's ready to be rolled out to students.

Moderators
CA

Claudia Acevedo

Project Based Learning Coordinator, Manor Independent School District
Claudia Acevedo has a background in  Social Studies and has taught at New Tech high schools in California and Texas. She has facilitated workshops for the Think Forward PBL Institute since 2009 and currently serves as the Project Based Learning Coordinator in the MISD Curriculum & Instruction Department.

Speakers
JP

Jodi Posadas

Novice Teacher and Mentor Coordinator, Manor ISD


Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
G211

11:10am

F02- Digital Passport: Empowering Students to Make Smart Choices Online
Limited Capacity seats available

Jump start your Digital Citizenship program with Digital Passport.  Have your students earn their Digital Citizenship through engaging videos, fun games, and classroom activities.

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Luevano

Jacob Luevano

Innovative Teaching Strategist, Manor Independent School District
Jacob is a Graduate from the University of Texas at El Paso with a degree in Elementary Education. Before becoming an Innovative Teaching Strategist at Manor ISD, Jacob survived 10 years teaching Social Studies, Video Production, and Emerging Technology at a Middle School in Ysleta ISD. Jacob then worked 2 years at an Elementary School as a Campus Technologist where he helped pilot an iPad 1:1 program in several classrooms. He is now part of... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
G208

11:10am

F03 - Literacy Issues Across the Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

Consider this..
  • Reading across the curriculum uses different thought patterns and skills.
  • Writing across the curriculum uses different thought patterns and skills.
  • Teaching reading text structures across the curriculum can facilitate more effective writing across the curriculum.

During this session, participants will: 
  • Be more mindful of the structure of the text in their subject materials.
  • Be able to point out text structures to students to facilitate understanding and participation.
  • Be able to help students use reading text structures to enhance writing in each subject area.
  • Be able to require a greater variety of writing assignments in their subject area.

Moderators
avatar for erin hugghins

erin hugghins

Read 180 Educator, Manor High School
More than anything in the world, I believe in the power of reading. I believe that if you put the right reading material, in the right person's hands, you can change their lives. My main goal is to seek out ways to bridge the reading/comprehension gap we are facing in today's schools. Through ebooks, specific reading programs, magazine articles relevant to the core subject being taught, or a book that has been read so many times the cover... Read More →

Speakers
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Dr. Dianne Haneke

Educational Consultant, His-Wordsmith.com
Dr. Haneke taught 5th grade in South Los Angeles Ca (1964-66). Upon moving to upstate NY, she completed her MS.Ed in Reading and Literacy (1971). She established and ran several Reading labs (K-12) in rural schools just southwest of Albany for about 20 years. Dr. Haneke was an Associate Professor of Education at Mt. St. Mary's College in Newburgh, NY (1990-1992). She was an Associate Professor of Education at Concordia University - Austin TX... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
G207

11:10am

F04- The Art of the Picture Book
Limited Capacity seats available

Want to increase your own theoretical and practical knowledge of picturebooks?

Determine how your own close observation of this powerful literary form can support young readers’ responses?

Apply your learning to classrooms in which students are engaged and responding to picturebooks?

In this session, participants will learn how to really “read” picturebooks—deeply, appreciatively, critically, so as to become better mediators of those books with children. Participants will investigate the formal properties of picturebooks, as well as their affordances for supporting literacy development and literary meaning making. Participants will also be exposed to "misconceptions" about using picture books in the classroom and will be introduced or reintroduced to the best practices using picturebooks with young readers.

Speakers
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Victoria Vanzura

Literacy Coach, Decker Middle School
Victoria Vanzura taught 3rd and 4th grade at Presidential Meadows Elementary for 6 years before becoming an instructional coach. She is currently pursuing her master's degree from the University of Texas in Mentoring, Leadership, and Professional Development. She is currently a literacy coach at Decker Middle School.


Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
G209

11:10am

F05 - Creating An Inclusive Environment for LGBT Students and Families
Limited Capacity seats available

The goal of this session is toIncrease the knowledge base among educators and staff at the secondary level on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender issues in school. Increase sensitivity among staff and educators regarding the gay population. Help you identify some issues that exist among this population, such as rejection by their family, community, church and/or school. Teach you how to respond to situation that may arise in your classroom and school.

Educators will learn how to take steps in creating an inclusive school environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students and families. Participants will learn the benefits of supporting LGBT youth, as well as create your own Safe Space Program on your respective campus. Teachers and staff will feel motivated to start or support student clubs, like a Gay Straight Alliance.

Speakers
avatar for Ana Bowie

Ana Bowie

Licensed Master Social Worker, Pflugerville Independent School District (PISD)
I am originally from South Texas and have been a resident of Pflugerville since 1998. I attended Texas State University for both Bachelors and Master education in the field of Social Worker. I am licensed by the Texas Board of Social Work Examiners as a master’s level social worker. I have three children which attend school in the Pflugerville school district and married for sixteen years. I am currently employed at Pflugerville ISD as a... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
D106

11:10am

F06 - Think Through Math: Online Application
Limited Capacity seats available

Did you know the state of Texas offers free web-based Math Intervention to all public schools?  Well it does.  Think Through Math is a research-based math intervention system designed to support students who are struggling with mathematics. It is a fully adaptive content delivery system that continually measures student progress and adjusts content delivery to continually place students in their zone of proximal development. This web-based curriculum has been proven to raise math achievement for students in grades 3 through Algebra I. Think Through Math ensures that all students, regardless of their initial placement, will be motivated to stick with mathematics through a unique combination of intrinsic and extrinsic motivational strategies. This session will give the nuts and bolts on setting up and monitoring student use of Think Through Math.

Speakers
avatar for Benny Davis

Benny Davis

Computer Lab Instructor, Manor Elementary School
Benny Davis joined Manor ISD four years ago. With a BS in Political Science and his extensive background in the Juvenile Justice System, he was an excellent addition to the Behavior Support Classroom at Manor Elementary School. Benny is currently the computer lab instructor. In this capacity, he facilitates all computer based programs and interventions.  When not in the computer lab, you can find him assisting with the Chess Club, Robotics... Read More →
avatar for Meredith Mackey

Meredith Mackey

Manor Elementary School


Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
G203

11:10am

F07 - Research: A Sea of Possibilities
Limited Capacity seats available

Dive into research and engage students in a variety of lessons to incorporate the ELAR Research TEKS. Dig deep into brainstorming, navigating, and synthesizing information to prepare 21st Century Learners. Surf the possibilities for integrating these lessons into your classroom and/or library program.

Attendees will:
  • Review the ELAR Research TEKS and the research process.
  • Participate in active hands-on lessons that they can easily implement into their current program.
  • Receive materials that can be easily modified to differentiate instruction.
  • Have the opportunity to collaborate with other colleagues.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Heil

Amy Heil

Library Media Specialist, Georgetown ISD
I am currently the library media specialist at Mitchell Elementary in Georgetown, Texas. I have taught 13 years in Georgetown with this being my seventh year as the elementary librarian at Mitchell. I had the privilege of opening the Mitchell library when the school was built in 2008. I received my Bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University in 1997 and my Master's degree in Library Science from the University of North Texas in 2008.
avatar for Monica McCollum

Monica McCollum

Library Media Specialist, Georgetown Independent School District
Monica McCollum is currently the Library Media Specialist at Williams Elementary in Georgetown, Texas. She has taught for 15 years with this being her seventh year at Williams. She taught 1st grade for 7 years in Crossett, Arkansas and was the elementary librarian at North Crossett Primary for three years. She attended Southwest Texas State University and the University of Arkansas @ Monticello. Ms McCollum earned her Master's Degree in Education... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
G206

11:10am

F08 - Literacy Circles and Edmodo – Elementary Style
Limited Capacity seats available

Using books from our Literacy Library, classroom libraries and audio books students in grades 2nd through 5th participated in Literacy Circles. Edmodo was used to check student engagement and understanding along with providing a platform for collaboration. This workshop will show ways to use different Edmodo features to set up and manage multiple Literacy Circles in an elementary classroom.

  • Participants will have an understanding of how to use the small group, grade book, and quiz features of Edmodo to manage multiple Literacy Circles
  • Participants will discuss and share ways to teach proper "online etiquette" elementary students
  • Participants will discuss and share resources for setting up Literacy Circles on their individual campuses.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Belz

Shannon Belz

Teacher, Manor ISD
Shannon Belz has been employed in Manor ISD for 6 years. She has taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classes. She has been incorporating technology into her classroom since she became a teacher and increased the use of technology since attending the Lead Forward training 2 years ago. She has also done campus level presentations the past couple of years. This past winter, she presented at the Texas Computer Education Association Conference.
avatar for Micheal Harper

Micheal Harper

Librarian, Bluebonnet Trail Elementary
Micheal Harper received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Montana in 1987 and her Masters of Library and Information Science in 1993. She has lived in the Manor Independent School District for over 20 years and has been employed in Manor ISD for 12 years with 5 years as a Technology Teacher and 7 as a Librarian. She has done many campus and district level presentations over the years and recently presented at the National... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
D118

11:10am

F09 - Dyslexia Awareness Training
Limited Capacity seats available

Inform - Teachers will be informed of what characteristics and attributes students might possess to constitute a good dyslexia referral for testing.

Review - Teachers will review the dyslexia process of referrals, paperwork, and protocol will be addressed and reviewed in detail.

Apply - Teachers will learn what accommodations and modifications students who qualify for services can utilize in the classroom.

By the end of this session, teachers will understand which students in their classrooms are good candidates for dyslexia testing based on primary and secondary characteristics of dyslexia. Teachers will be aware of what documentation is required before testing and the process of compiling the necessary paperwork for referred students. Teachers will learn to utilize appropriate and necessary accommodations in their classroom in order to positively impact student achievement. 

 


Speakers
avatar for Megan Cheney

Megan Cheney

Dyslexia Specialist, Manor Independent School District
Megan Cheney is beginning her 8th year with Manor ISD. She has been a Dyslexia Specialist for the past 5 years. She has completed the Basic Language Skills training at Rawson Saunders Institute and is working towards becoming a Certified Academic Language Therapist. She is married to Jeremiah, who works in the technology department in Manor.
avatar for Keith Karseno

Keith Karseno

Dyslexia Interventionist, All Manor ISD Campuses
Keith Karseno has been working in education for the past 10 years. In his eight years at Manor ISD, he has served as a 1st and 2nd grade teacher and currently as a Dyslexia Interventionist. Keith is a Master Reading Teacher and holds a certification as an ESL instructor and is a Certified Academic Language Practitioner.  In his spare time, Keith enjoys sports, the outdoors, and traveling all around the world.
avatar for Kathy McKay

Kathy McKay

Dyslexia Specialist, Manor Independent School District
Graduated from University of Texas at Austin with BS in Elem. Ed. and certification in Special Ed. 25 years of public school teaching,16 years with Manor ISD,13 years of dyslexia evaluations and intervention. Basic Language Skills and Advanced Basic Language Skills training through Scottish Rite Learning Center.


Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
D117

11:10am

F10 - Making Children Think
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop session is all about: 
  • Making children think using computer code.
  • Establishing ownership and a higher degree of accomplishment by becoming active participants in technology.
  • Creating  models of  how computer code can be use to expand on content from subject matter they present to students.
  • Familiarizing yourself with the syntax of computer code use in the classroom.
  • Creating a "Hello World" program using javascript, computer code.
  • Enhancing teachers self awareness and the ability to assess skills from their content area.

Speakers
avatar for Carlos Ordonez

Carlos Ordonez

Teacher, Presidential Meadows Elementary School
Mr.Ordóñez has 10 years experience teaching elementary school and holds a Master's Degree in Bilingual Education. In addition, he has been an active participant in teaching and developing enrichment classes for the after school programs in Presidential Meadows Elementary School, ACE. These after school classes include, Chess, Lego Education, and Clay Animation. Mr.Ordóñez holds a computer science degree and worked four years in the private... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
D115

11:10am

F11 - Using a Problem Solving Rubric in Math Content
Limited Capacity seats available

Come to this session to learn how to best incorporate using a sample problem-solving rubric in your math class. Rubrics can be used to help grade student work and provide feedback on what still needs help. We will look at sample questions and review how we could provide a grade based on the work provided.

1. Understand what a sample problem-solving rubric looks like for use in math class.
2. Understand what evaluating with a rubric looks like in math class.
3. Understand how to best provide feedback for students in math class.

Speakers
avatar for David Surdovel

David Surdovel

Executive Coordinator of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), Manor ISD
I have educational experience from multiple environments, from growing up in upstate New York, to teaching math at both the secondary and college level in New York City, to working for the past five years in Manor, Texas. During that time, I have been recognized for my hard work by being given both the Pace University/Phi Delta Kappa Master Teacher Award and the Manor ISD Shining Star Professional Employee Award. I am passionate about student... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
D120

11:10am

F12 - Plant the S.O.D.
Limited Capacity seats available

Struggling with everyday discipline? Wondering if there is a better way? Join Bruce Smith to "Plant the S.O.D." before the seeds of learning can grow. This has been time tested and will provide simple answers to classroom management difficulties in the 2000s that have their roots in the 1970s. 

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith

Social Studies Department Chair, Manor High School
Mr. Smith is the Social Studies Department chair at Manor High. He has been in that role for 6 of the 7 years of his tenure in Manor ISD. Formerly a teacher/coach/principal/department chair in his home state of NJfor 30 years.Mr. Smith came to Manor in 2007 to teach Social Studies and to coach football and golf. He was a coach of 4 sports over 32 years in athletics. He attended Colby College in Maine for his undergraduate work where he played... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
G105

11:10am

F13 - Read, Connect, Watch…Watch, Connect, Read with Animoto
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to create an Animoto video and how it can be used for motivation, summarizing, as a graphic organizer, a product, to develop presentation skills, and an assessment in the classroom.  Animoto for Education (animoto.com) is an Internet based tool that allows teachers and students to develop professional presentations incorporating images, video clips, music and text. It is used easily for any age group, allows for great user interface, editable after video is produced, enables sharing in many ways and is stored on the Internet.  Bring a charged MAC or PC laptop to class that will connect to the wireless school network for Internet.

Speakers
avatar for Ouita Bingham

Ouita Bingham

Library Media Specialist, Manor Middle School
Ouita H. Bingham has been a library media specialist at Manor Middle School since 2008. She earned a Masters in Library Science from the University of Texas at Austin, and her education master classes at Texas State University. Prior to coming to Manor ISD, she was employed in the Texas Legislative Reference Library in the State Capitol and worked in various capacities at Austin Public Library as serials librarian, consultant in Central Texas... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
D102

11:10am

F14 - Digging Through Data to Soar
Limited Capacity seats available

This one-day workshop gives an ear to the voice of data, helping to uncover the stories it has to tell about instruction and advice it offers for next steps.   Data results are fact-based and support decision-making.  We approach this 1-day session by starting with the typical questions you are likely to want answered.  

 

·      Where does our Districts data come from?

·      What data is available to me day one?

·      How reliable is it?

·      What information does the data provide?

·      How will the data drive my lesson planning and instruction?



Speakers
DD

Denise Deckard

Instructional Coach, Manor Elementary School
Denise is currently the Instructional Coach for Manor Elementary School and holds a BA in Educational Studies from Clark Atlanta University and a Masters of Education from Texas State University, San Marcos. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. The mother of one son, she truly believes that if you teach children well today, they will become the positive role models and leaders of tomorrow. Teaching a child well focuses on their... Read More →
MH

Malaki Hawkins

Principal, Manor Independent School District
For as long as I could remember, I wanted to be a teacher! I’m Malaki Hawkins and I serve as the proud principal of Manor Elementary. My parents were military, so we had the opportunity to live in places like Panama City Canal Zone, Germany, San Antonio and my hometown of Fort Hood, home of the largest military base in Texas! I moved to Austin in 1984 and attended Austin ISD schools. I graduated from Lanier High School in 1991 and continued... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
G204

11:10am

F15 - From IFD to PPF: C-SCOPE and PBL
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will provide teachers an opportunity to explore the commonalities between information provided in the Instructional Focus Document (IFD, found in C-SCOPE) and the information required in the Project Planning Form (PPF). Teachers will leave having explored the IFD for Unit 1 for their content area and will have completed an initial PPF for a project based upon Unit 1.

Teachers will explore C-SCOPE and the Instructional Focus Document for Unit One.  They will review information required to complete a Project Planning Form. Then each teacher will identify where the required information is located. Finally they will complete all elements of the PPF.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Ehler

Stephanie Ehler

Instructional Coach, Manor New Tech High School
Stephanie has 8 years of teaching experience, 7 of which were in the classroom as a Secondary ELA teacher and one year as an Instructional Coach. Of her seven years in the classroom, 4 were spent in an integrated humanities class using project based learning. She enjoys reading and vacationing with her husband and two children.
avatar for Chris Fancher

Chris Fancher

Instructional Coach, Garland ISD
I am the Instructional Coach (IC) at Decker Middle School. I have over 20 years teaching experience with math, science, and engineering from 6th grade to college. I taught 4 years at MNTHS using a project based instructional approach before taking the current IC position. I possess a MS in Education and Engineering and I have been known to wrestle cyclones during Bedrow Old Town Days. During my free-time I teach a class in Gumdrop Building Design... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
G100

11:10am

F16 - Interactive Notebooks in the Math and Science Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will learn about interactive notebooks and create a "Master Copy" interactive notebook to be used in the classroom. Participants will also learn how to set up the cover and inside of an interactive notebook (binding, cover, about the author page, table of contents, work in progress folder, right side/left side set-up, and sample activities). 

Speakers
avatar for Floridalia Zuniga-Gray

Floridalia Zuniga-Gray

Exhibitor & Sponsorship Committee Chairperson, Manor Independent School District
Learner, educator, and advocate for ALL children in particular English Language Learners and a proud mother to the three most precious children I know!


Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
G102

11:10am

F17 - Breaking Down Barriers to Successful Guided Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

Planning, collaboration, and strategies to kickstart and maintain successful guided reading.

Participants will: 
  • Identify barriers that prevent successful guided reading
  • Collaborate with other teachers to strategize
  • Examine solutions to combat those barriers-plan for this year's successful implementation

Speakers
AG

Alejandro Góngora

Principal, Oak Meadows Elementary School
My name is Alejandro Góngora and I am honored and excited to be the Principal of a diverse and exciting campus. Oak Meadows Elementary opened in the 2008-2009 school year and our faculty and staff have been working hard to meet the needs of our students. I received my Bachelor of Science in Applied, Learning, and Development from the University of Texas at Austin and my Masters in Educational Administration from Texas State University. I... Read More →
avatar for Katie McClure

Katie McClure

Literacy Coach, Manor ISD
I am a Literacy Coach at Oak Meadows Elementary.  I have taught Bilingual Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten and worked as a Reading Interventionist with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.  I love the areas of bilingual and literacy education and I look forward to another exciting year working with the amazing students and staff at Oak Meadows.


Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
G101 9th Grade Center at Manor High School

11:10am

F18 - Better Bodies Boot Camp With Sheldon
Limited Capacity seats available

Did you miss your morning work-out session or just want to try something new? If so, stop by Better Bodies Boot Camp for a work-out that is sure to challenge you! This  popular interval class will mixe calisthenics and body weight exercises with cardio and strength training. This boot camp is designed to push our participants harder than they'd push themselves.  Although I may push you like a drill sergeant, my goal is to offer encouragement rather than intimidation. I want you to have tons of fun – but please be prepared for some high intensity training!

For this class, participants should dress appropriately in work out attire and bring plenty of water. There will be limited mats availabe, so participants may want to bring a mat with them to this class. This class is limited to 15 participants.

Speakers
avatar for April Green

April Green

Zumba Instructor & Personal Trainer, Better Bodies
April is a mother of three beautiful kids. Fitness has always been her passion. Health and Fitness has served as a way to discover her strengths, push pass her limitations, an outlets for stress, and a way to experience life to its fullest. She has worked with a wide range of clients to achieve goals of weight loss, strength and sports performance. April would love to share her passion, joy and expertise in health and fitness with you. She is... Read More →
avatar for Sheldon Williams

Sheldon Williams

Certified Trainer, Better Bodies
Sheldon Williams is an elite certified personal trainer with a focus on complete fitness and wellness of the whole person. Sheldon has been nurturing the inspiration of his passion for fitness since his adolescent years. In pursuit of mastering the art and discipline of fitness, Sheldon received his first certification in 1988 at Scottsdale Junior College, where he was awarded an athletic scholarship in basketball. He continued to hone his... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
Practice Gym

11:10am

F19 - Integrating Reader’s Theatre in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is designed to show teachers how to prresent Reader’s Theatre as a tool in the classroom. We will diiscuss ways in which Reader’s Theatre can assist students in the development of literacy, social, and linguistic skills. We will also share ways to adapt Reader’s Theatre to individual classrooms. By the end of the session: 
  • Participants will understand some of the benefits of using Reader’s Theatre in the classroom.
  • Participants will be able to create or locate scripts to use in their classrooms.
  • Participants will consider ways to incorporate Reader’s Theatre in their classroom instruction to meet the literacy, social, or linguistic needs of their students.

Speakers
avatar for Sam DeJulio

Sam DeJulio

Teacher, Bluebonnet Trail Elementary School
Sam DeJulio is currently a bilingual third grade teacher at Bluebonnet Trail Elementary. He has been in his position for nine years. He received his Masters in Elementary Education in 2012. He has a Master Math Teacher certification and completed the Master Reading Teacher program through the University of Texas. He is pursuing his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on language and literacy studies at the University of Texas at... Read More →
avatar for Doris Villarreal Gould

Doris Villarreal Gould

Teacher, Bluebonnet Trail Elementary School
Doris Gould has twelve years teaching experience. She taught in an urban east-side school for eight years. She moved to Manor four years ago. Her experience has been in fourth and fifth grade. She received her masters in elementary education in 2003. She has her Master Reading Teacher certification. She completed the Heart of Texas Writing Project in 2012. Doris is pursuing her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on language and... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
D104

11:10am

F20- Teacher Websites: They're Required, but Really Easy!
Limited Capacity seats available

Did you know every teacher in Manor ISD is required to have a website? More importantly, did you know that it's REALLY easy to create your site? This 50 minute crash course will provide all the tools your need to set up your site. To best utilize everyone's time during this session, at least 24 hours prior to attending visit your campus website and be sure you are listed in the staff directory (under About Us). If you are NOT listed, send me an email at abby.siedenstrang@manorisd.net with your name and campus.

Note: PCE & PME teachers, you will receive a 1 hour teacher website session during your campus PD later in the week. You are welcome to attend this session as well, but the information will be similar. BTE teachers, you have already had your 1 hour teacher website session, but please feel free to attend for a refresher or to receive additional assistance.

Speakers
avatar for Abby Siedenstrang

Abby Siedenstrang

Communications Coordinator, Manor Independent School District
Abby Siedenstrang is going into her second year as Manor ISD's communications coordinator and her fifth year with the district. Prior to joining the administrative team, Abby spent three years in the Career & Technical Education department at Manor High School teaching a broad range of courses in the areas of Business, Marketing, and Family & Consumer Sciences. Before entering the field of education, Abby worked in marketing in the interior... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
G213

11:10am

F21- Circle Time With Stacy Jo!
Limited Capacity seats available

Come be inspired and energized by learning some silly and educational songs and finger plays that you can take back to the classroom and begin using. This training will motivate you to plan and implement exciting circle times that will keep your class interested and learning new things.

Speakers
avatar for Stacy Signaigo

Stacy Signaigo

Child Development Coordinator, Manor Independent School District Child Care Center
Stacy Jo Signaigo- Coordinator for the Manor ISD Child Development Center and mother to 2 college age daughters. Stacy Jo grew up in San Antonio Texas. She received her BA in Child Psychology from the University of the Incarnate Word and most recently her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Texas State in 2011. She has been working in the Early Childhood field for 25 Years. She has worked as a teacher, an assistant director and a... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:10am - 12:00pm
C122

12:00pm

Lunch
Limited Capacity full

Come and join us for lunch. This is your time to network with new friends, plus you wouln't want to miss participating in any of the line dances that we have planned for you. Lunch is compliments of Manor ISD's District Leadership Team and is only open to  all MPACT participants for the elementary teaching and learning institute day.

Special thanks to Cody Tovar from First Financial for his donation of desserts for the elementary institute.

Wednesday August 21, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Manor High School Cafeteria
  • Host Organization Manor Independent School District's Leadership Team & First Financial
  • Tags All Educators

12:00pm

Board Games Galore!
Limited Capacity seats available

MPACT your body and mind.  Connect four, Old School Scrabble, Rummy-Cube, Phase 10…sound familiar? These games and more will be available for use during lunch. You name it, we got it.  A volunteer will be available to assist with checking out and in.  

Speakers
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Denise Deckard

Instructional Coach, Manor Elementary School
Denise is currently the Instructional Coach for Manor Elementary School and holds a BA in Educational Studies from Clark Atlanta University and a Masters of Education from Texas State University, San Marcos. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. The mother of one son, she truly believes that if you teach children well today, they will become the positive role models and leaders of tomorrow. Teaching a child well focuses on their... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Manor High School Cafeteria

12:00pm

Go Dance
Limited Capacity seats available

One, two, three kick. Turn, two, three kick. Come on down to the cafeteria and let's get moving with Go Austin Dance. Join us for Line Dancing lessons. There's a place in line for you.


Speakers
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Go Dance

Dance Instructor, Go Dance
One, two, three kick. Turn, two, three kick. Come on down to the cafeteria and let's get moving with Go Austin Dance. Join us for Line Dancing lessons. There's a place in line for you.


Wednesday August 21, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Manor High School Cafeteria

12:00pm

Photo Fun for All!
Limited Capacity seats available

Paparazzi...? No it's just Julie of Julie Paquette Photography, capturing some of Manor's finest right here, right now. Free photos emailed directly to you.

Exhibitors
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Julie Paquette Photography

I specialize in family, newborn, maternity, senior, and sports league photos.  I am a mom, and understand what it is like to take young children for portraits!  Therefore I am patient, silly, and creative to capture their precious giggles!  To enjoy my work, please visit juliepphotography.com


Wednesday August 21, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Manor High School Cafeteria

1:10pm

G01 - Motivation Guides: Strategies for Fully Utilizing Your Mentoring Minds’ Motivation Student and Teacher Editions
Limited Capacity seats available

During this session, teachers will review the instructional strategies that promote mathematics, reading, science and writing instruction. You will become familiar with the teacher editions, which focus on effective teaching of the TEKS, lesson planning, thinking strategies, graphic organizers, and time management. 
Finally, you will understand how to use this resource to support small group and whole class instruction, facilitate conversations to extend or deepen thinking, and engage students in rigorous and relevant learning experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Renee Lemke

Renee Lemke

Educational Consultant, Mentoring Minds
Renee Lemke is an educational consultant with Mentoring Minds, working with schools in the Central Texas area. She assists teachers and administrators with finding the resources that can help meet campus goals, and also provides product training for Mentoring Minds materials.


Wednesday August 21, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
G219

1:10pm

G02 - Art in Literacy for English Language Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

Consider ways in which art can be integrated into literacy instruction for English Language Learners. Present strategies that might be useful in the classroom. Generate ideas for merging theory with practice. 
  • Participants will understand ways in which art can be integrated in literacy instruction.
  • Participants will discuss ways to tailor some of the ideas presented into their teaching.
  • Participants will understand how art can be used to know their students culturally and individually.

Speakers
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Kellen Segura

Art Teacher/GT Coordinator, Decker Elementary
Kellen Segura works for Manor Independent School District as a teacher at DES. When I am not busy with work, I enjoy traveling, cooking, spending time with family and friends and taking trips to the beach.


Wednesday August 21, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
D104

1:10pm

G03 - Routines and Relationships in the Engaged Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Access easy-to-implement tips that will help any teacher create, hone, and maintain an engaged classroom environment. Collaborate, discuss, and share helpful hints about student-teacher relationship building. Adapt and streamline routines in order to maximize instructional time and keep students focused and on-task.

Participants will:

* discuss examples of successful routines that build student buy-in and increase engagement

* collaborate on the DOs of successful relationship building – an essential factor in student and teacher success

* walk away with concrete tips, strategies and structures can be adapted to and implemented in virtually any classroom/learning environment

Speakers
avatar for Samuel Cauman

Samuel Cauman

Teacher, Decker Middle School
Samuel Cauman was born and rasied in Washington, D.C. and educated in D.C. public schools. He spent one year of high school in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He has a B.A. in political science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He spent two years teaching English in Japan and became certified through Texas Teaching Fellows. Mr. Cauman is beginning his fifth year teaching 7th grade English language arts at Decker Middle School, where he... Read More →
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Sharon Lawson

Teacher, Decker Middle School
Sheri was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri where she attended public schools in the St. Louis area. She has a bachelor’s degree that was attained from the University of Phoenix and her teaching certification was attained from iTeach Texas. Currently, Sharon is working on her master’s degree in teacher leadership. She began her career in Manor ISD as PTO president at Bluebonnet Trail Elementary School. Mrs. Lawson is getting ready to... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
G210

1:10pm

G04 - Integrating Reader’s Theatre in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Present Reader’s Theatre as a tool in the classroom. Discuss ways in which Reader’s Theatre can assist students in the development of literacy, social, and linguistic skills. Share ways to adapt Reader’s Theatre to individual classrooms.

  • Participants will understand some of the benefits of using Reader’s Theatre in the classroom.
  • Participants will be able to create or locate scripts to use in their classrooms.
  • Participants will consider ways to incorporate Reader’s Theatre in their classroom instruction to meet the literacy, social, or linguistic needs of their students.

Speakers
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Sam DeJulio

Teacher, Bluebonnet Trail Elementary School
Sam DeJulio is currently a bilingual third grade teacher at Bluebonnet Trail Elementary. He has been in his position for nine years. He received his Masters in Elementary Education in 2012. He has a Master Math Teacher certification and completed the Master Reading Teacher program through the University of Texas. He is pursuing his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on language and literacy studies at the University of Texas at... Read More →
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Doris Villarreal Gould

Teacher, Bluebonnet Trail Elementary School
Doris Gould has twelve years teaching experience. She taught in an urban east-side school for eight years. She moved to Manor four years ago. Her experience has been in fourth and fifth grade. She received her masters in elementary education in 2003. She has her Master Reading Teacher certification. She completed the Heart of Texas Writing Project in 2012. Doris is pursuing her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on language and... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
D102

1:10pm

G05 - Navigating Project Share for TLI Courses
Limited Capacity seats available

This course is intended for new TLI Campus Based Leadership Team current members who may need a course refresher. It will provide hands-on guidance for navigating Project Share to participate in the TLI courses. Please bring laptops or tablets and have your Project Share login/password information.

Intended outcomes:
1. Participants will be able to login to Project Share and enter the TLI course.
2. Participants will be able to find and discuss weekly lessons.
3. Participants will be able to upload assignments to the forums and understand how to edit or delete posts and reply to others.
4. Participants will understand the Implementation Map component of the lessons and how to utilize this component for the Campus Based Leadership Teams.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Higginbotham

Allison Higginbotham

TLI Program Coordinator, Bastrop Independent School District
Allison is the TLI Grant Program Coordinator for Bastrop ISD. She has been involved with Texas Literacy Initiative since the first Leadership Summit in April, 2012. She earned her Bachelor's Degree of Science in Early Childhood Development Education and a Master's Degree in Special Education. She has been working in the Early Childhood field of education for 15 years.


Wednesday August 21, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
G207

1:10pm

G06 - Developing the Next Generation of Leaders in Manor ISD
Limited Capacity seats available

Re-envision your leadership using the fields of communication and conflict, organizational development, and intercultural studies as a basis. Understand how differences can challenge and enhance individual and organizational capacity, and practice strategies for working with, instead of against, differences. Leave energized and grounded, with key skills to optimize team, school, and organizational performance. Finally, discover what it takes to become a leader in Manor ISD. 

Moderators
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Michael Perkins

Principal, Decker Middle School
Michael Perkins is the Principal at Decker Middle School. He has 14 years of experience working with students and families in various roles. Mr. Perkins began his journey into education as a school social worker with Communities In Schools at L.B.J. High School. He taught 6-8 grade Social Studies and coordinated the AVID program as Kealing Middle School. Mr. Perkins has worked as an administrator in Austin ISD and Manor ISD.

Speakers
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Dr. Robert Peters

Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Manor Independent School District
Dr. Robert Peter’s path to Manor ISD has been filled with a variety of experiences to support and serve students as a leader of education. Peters has a Bachelor of Arts with a minor in Ethnic Studies from Texas Tech University, a Masters in Education Administration from Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Texas in 2013. Born and raised in Dallas, Peters’ has worked in various... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
Performing Arts Center (PAC)

1:10pm

G07 - Project Based Learning for Primary Grades
Limited Capacity seats available

Dive into Project Based Learning and understand the value it has in the 21st Century Classroom. Reinvigorate your teaching practice by acquiring skills to make an impact on your students through dynamic aligned instruction.  Jump into the world of PBL by collaborating with others to create an inquiry based project for your students.

Speakers
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gloria brown

Teacher, Misd
Gloria was born in Medelin, Colombia in a family of teachers where education and moral values such as honesty and integrity were highly important. She is very positive and believes that each child has the potential to be a bright student. In her free time, she loves to workout and spend time with her family and friends. She is fascinated with traveling and discovering new recipes. Currently, she is a first-grade teacher and has been a teacher... Read More →
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Charlia Jones

Teacher, Decker Elementary School
Charlia Jones is a first grade teacher at Decker Elementary and has been with Manor ISD for 4 years. Prior to becoming a certified teacher, she served as an instructional aide in kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms. In the summer of 2012 to enhance the project based learning that was happening in the classroom, she and several colleagues from Decker Elementary attended “PBL World” in Napa, California. She also attended the... Read More →
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Janet Merino

Teacher, Decker Elementary School
Janet was born in New York City and grew up in the Bronx. She graduated from Fordham University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. She then joined Catholic Volunteers in Florida, and moved to Miami where she volunteered as a medical assistant for a non-profit clinic. She finally moved to Texas and through an alternative certification program, she received her teaching certificate for Bilingual Generalist - Spanish EC-4. Currently, she is working... Read More →
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Leslie Snyder

Leslie Snyder is a first grade teacher at Decker Elementary. She has been with Manor ISD for seven years, and for five of those years she has held the role of Instructional Facilitator. She has also served as a University of Texas Cooperating Teacher for interns and student teachers, a Campus Advisory Team Member, and a Mentor to New Teachers. In the summer of 2012, to enhance the project based learning that was happening in the classroom, she... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
G209

1:10pm

G08-Bring Reading into Math with QTIPS
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to bring reading skills into understanding math story problems using the QTIPS method.  Learn how to get students look for the Question, Think about the question using background knowledge, look for the Information, and outline the Process before they try to solve the problem.
  • Participants will walk through all the steps of QTIPS, including creating the foldable as a student would.
  • Participants will learn how to present the QTIPS method in a way that creates a space for meaningful "table talk".
  • Participants will brainstorm ideas for finding and sharing more rigorus questions that will benefit from the QTIPS method. 

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Belz

Shannon Belz

Teacher, Manor ISD
Shannon Belz has been employed in Manor ISD for 6 years. She has taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classes. She has been incorporating technology into her classroom since she became a teacher and increased the use of technology since attending the Lead Forward training 2 years ago. She has also done campus level presentations the past couple of years. This past winter, she presented at the Texas Computer Education Association Conference.
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Micheal Harper

Librarian, Bluebonnet Trail Elementary
Micheal Harper received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Montana in 1987 and her Masters of Library and Information Science in 1993. She has lived in the Manor Independent School District for over 20 years and has been employed in Manor ISD for 12 years with 5 years as a Technology Teacher and 7 as a Librarian. She has done many campus and district level presentations over the years and recently presented at the National... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
D118

1:10pm

G09 - Research, Reading, and Rocking It Online!
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will allow participants to explore EBSCO research database, e-books and using the web to create curriculum based lesson plans that engage the students.  Includes strategies for group-based work and project-based grading.Participants will login to the database, search for relevant articles, access free-e book, and see how Rubistar and Goole Drive can help keep track of students' progress in their research.

Speakers
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Cathleen Ash

Library Media Teacher, Manor ISD
I am passionate about technology and learning, and even more so about the two of them together! I love learning new tools and methods to enhance the educational and learning processes....and enjoy the latest cognitive development articles to structure learning so it is fun, purposeful and engaging for all involved! In my spare time, i still love the old fashioned (dare i say) print books, especially all things sci-fi!


Wednesday August 21, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
G211

1:10pm

G10 - College Readiness: Push Your Work Beyond T-Shirts!
Limited Capacity seats available

As community colleges shift the spotlight to student success, ideas about how to support students become vital to the college’s success. At Manor ISD, we have combined the areas of tutoring, retention/student success, and disabilities services to intentionally and effectively coordinate efforts to promote success for all of our students and particularly focusing on at-risk students. In this presentation, I will discuss the planning and programming MISD uses to support students. This will include an overview of on- and off- campus tutoring, technology and assistance for students with disabilities, advising developmental and other at-risk students, training advisors to focus on well-rounded and developmental advising, at-risk alert systems, and engaging activities to promote retention and success. I will also discuss the highlights of coordinating and hosting student success/retention summits for college staff, faculty, and administration, as well as students, for creating a retention plan that will focus on the needs of the college. This presentation will provide participants with ideas and activities for coordinating academic support services, particularly services directed at students but also to faculty and staff, to foster a culture of retention and success on college campuses so that you understand that we must push college readiness beyond T-shirts.

Speakers
avatar for Roslyn Caldwell

Roslyn Caldwell

College & Career Readiness Coordinator, Manor Independent School District
Roslyn Caldwell is the College and Career Coordinator for MISD. She obtained her BA from Huston Tillotson College and Teacher's Certification from Texas Christian University. Roslyn then furthered her educational journey at Prairie View A&M where she earned her Masters in Education in Educational Administration. Roslyn Caldwell is going on her 28th year as an educator and has served as a history and economics teacher, track and... Read More →
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Cynthia Gill

GEAR-UP Coordinator, Manor ISD
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Celia Irizarry

College & Career Specialist & District Director for AVID, Manor Independent School District
I am a mother of three children that have attended MISD since they were in Pre-K. I have taught for 23 years and this is my 12 year at MISD. I have taught Spanish I-IV, ESL,and AVID I-IV. A year ago, I finished my masters in College Student Development at St. Edward's University and this is my 2nd year out of the classroom and working with upper clansmen with College and Careers emphasis and AVID.


Wednesday August 21, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
F105

1:10pm

G11 - Attacking the New Math TEKS!
Limited Capacity seats available

The new TEKS will affect all grade levels, Kindergarten through Pre-Calculus. At every grade level, current TEKS have been shifted down to lower grades and newly written TEKS were added. However, the incoming 6th graders (2013-14) feel the greatest impact of the changes with 55% of the standards being new to that grade level. MISDis taking measures to help support these learners through the transition and also prepare them for the required standards starting in 2014. 

In this hands- on session, we will unpack the new TEKS in an effort to impact student achievment.  Let's attack this together!

Wednesday August 21, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
D121

1:10pm

G12 - 4th Grade Science Labs, Projects, and Take Home Resource Packets
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn and share 4th grade high inquiry science labs . Incorporate PBL and technology within your lessons. Explore labs then create rubrics and lesson plan ideas to take back with you. Share ideas as a team and then share an example to the audience. 

By the end of this session, you will have more knowledge of Cscope and AIMS labs.  Motivate students with high inquiry labs and PBL presentations including technology. Leave with lab resource packets, power points and lesson plans that you can apply right away to your curriculum. End session by learning and sharing  your amazing work with all the fourth grade teachers. 


Speakers
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Mary

Instructional Coach, PME
Mary has eight years experience in fourth grade math and science and is now the Math/Science Instructional Coach. She has taught in Manor for her career length and has learned a lot through experience, mentoring novice teachers, creating science curriculum, and trainings.


Wednesday August 21, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
G106

1:10pm

G13 - Managing a 1:1 iPad Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Manage your iPad-lovin’ students so that they can use them for good instead of evil.  Engage them, empower them and most importantly hold them accountable!  Leave this session with plans to set up your 1:1 classroom for success next year.

Speakers
avatar for Kellie Arnold

Kellie Arnold

Educational Technology Facilitator, Spring Branch ISD
I'm a workaholic project-based learning math teacher in a 1:1 iPad environment. This is where I get to combine my creativity of my youth with my knack and yes, love of math and technology. I keep myself sane by playing like a kid on my yoga mat while my cat tries to help!


Wednesday August 21, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
G105

1:10pm

G14 - Grant Writing, It's Elementary!
Limited Capacity seats available

Tricia Draughn is currently beginning her second year as a Second Grade Teacher at Bluebonnet Trail Elementary.  She has written and was granted over $400,000.00 in grant money while at Texas A&M University.  This past year at Bluebonnet Trail Elementary she wrote and was awarded a $3900.00 Lowe's Beautification Award.  She has written two other grants that have yet to be awarded (elementary robotics). 

Write grants and earn money for your school!  Discover where and how to find grants.  Apply your knowledge immediately. 
  • Learn basic grant writing skills.
  • Find where and how to apply for grants.
  • Partner with other school employees to make the best of your grant writing experiences.
  • You've got the money, now what?

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Draughn

Patricia Draughn

Teacher, Bluebonnet Trail Elementary School
Tricia Draughn is currently beginning her second year as a second grade teacher at Bluebonnet Trail Elementary. She has ten years training and development experience working for a Fortune 100 corporation and four years working with women and ethnic minorities recruitment and retention in higher education. Ms. Draughn is passionate about providing her students with a 21st century education and knows how valuable technology is in the classroom.


Wednesday August 21, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
G208

1:10pm

G15 - Now Trending: Using Twitter in Education
Limited Capacity seats available

Come to this session to learn more about Twitter and using it this year to connect with other educators and discuss important topics. We will review how interactions take place on Twitter and using hashtags to promote posts to increase communication. Leave with a list of educational topics and people to follow for more information.

1. Understand how to use Twitter and use it to discuss trending topics.
2. Understand how to use hashtags to promote posts to increase communication.
3. Leave with a list of educational topics/people to follow for more information.

Speakers
avatar for David Surdovel

David Surdovel

Executive Coordinator of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), Manor ISD
I have educational experience from multiple environments, from growing up in upstate New York, to teaching math at both the secondary and college level in New York City, to working for the past five years in Manor, Texas. During that time, I have been recognized for my hard work by being given both the Pace University/Phi Delta Kappa Master Teacher Award and the Manor ISD Shining Star Professional Employee Award. I am passionate about student... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
D120

1:10pm

G16 - Story Slam!: Non-Fiction Narrative in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Story Slam is a project where students work with a specific theme to write unique personal stories that they then perform to a live audience. This project works with standards in speaking and listening as well as reading and writing. It also employs 21-century skills that help students in all subjects. Beyond standards, this project allows students to find voice and agency in a world that often attempts to deny them of self-expression and advocacy. Storytelling in the classroom allows students to think deeply about the world and how they relate to it. This project makes academic concepts of culture and identity tangible. It improves a student's ability to communicate the ideas that matter to them most and realize the responsibility they have to make an impact on their community.

Speakers
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Mary Behle

ELA Teacher, Manor New Tech High School
Maggie Behle is an ELA teacher at Manor New Tech High School. Before working with Manor ISD, she taught second grade at a bilingual elementary school and taught adult ESL for several years. She teaches dual credit American Literature with Austin Community College and is the sponsor of the Lunatechs junior roller derby team.
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Robin Villarreal

Instructor of Thought 101 & Facilitator of Senior Project, Manor New Tech High School
Robin Villarreal is a veteran teacher with 8 years classroom experience. Since 2010, he has worked with the Humanities department at Manor New Tech High School where his duties include creating innovative projects that engage students across a variety of academic pursuits.  In addition to teaching he is also part of the the College preparation team and sponsor of MNTH's National Honor Society.


Wednesday August 21, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
C121

1:10pm

G17 - Language Learning: What Every Bilingual and ESL Teacher Should Know
Limited Capacity seats available

This session addresses some common assumptions about language that linguists recognize to be false.  The implications for teaching English language learners (ELLs) will be discussed.  The interactive second half of the session will focus on practical application of sociolinguistic theory within the bilingual or ESL classroom. 

 

Participant Outcome:
At the conclusion of this session, participants should have a better understanding of fundamental linguistic principles.  Participants should leave with multiple classroom activities and ideas to apply this new knowledge in the classroom. 

This session is intended for all teachers of ESL and Bilingual Education 


Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Henderson

Kathryn Henderson

Ph.D candidate Bilingual/Bicultural Education
Ms. Henderson completed her master’s degree in Education and taught Elementary school for five years abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico. She currently is a Ph.D. candidate in Bilingual/Bicultural Education at the University of Texas at Austin where she teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) Methods and Introduction to Statistics.  For the last three years, she has also worked training and preparing teachers to work with students from... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
C120

1:10pm

G18 - Cultivating Asset-based Perspectives of English-Language Learners and Their Communities
Limited Capacity seats available

This session focuses on helping teachers develop an asset-based framework for working with English-Language Learners. Teachers will review historic and current deficit discourses about language minority students and will engage in activities that allow them to critically examine related concepts.  This session will focus on counteracting dominant deficit-based perspectives by learning about asset-based perspectives like student “funds of knowledge” and linguistic and familial “community cultural wealth.” Finally, teachers will consider how asset-based perspectives can help them improve their practice and better meet the needs of their English Language Learners.

At the conclusion of the session, participants should have a better understanding how developing “soft skills” like asset-based perspectives can improve student outcomes and decrease the achievement gap within their own classrooms. By creating a space for teachers to think deeply about and discuss the sociocultural influences on learning, this session will reinvigorate and recommit teachers to create classrooms that facilitate the success of all students.  


Speakers
avatar for Eric Bybee

Eric Bybee

Instructor, Teacher Facilitator, & Ph.D Student in Curriculum & Instruction
Eric Ruiz Bybee is an instructor, teacher facilitator, and Ph.D. student in the department Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin. He began his career in education as a New York City public school teacher, where he spent four years teaching science to bilingual special education students at a Title 1 middle school in the Washington Heights neighborhood. While at his school, Eric also planned, wrote, and implemented a... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
C123

1:10pm

G19 - Think Through Math: Online Application
Limited Capacity seats available

Did you know the state of Texas offers free web-based Math Intervention to all public schools?  Well it does.  Think Through Math is a research-based math intervention system designed to support students who are struggling with mathematics. It is a fully adaptive content delivery system that continually measures student progress and adjusts content delivery to continually place students in their zone of proximal development. This web-based curriculum has been proven to raise math achievement for students in grades 3 through Algebra I. Think Through Math ensures that all students, regardless of their initial placement, will be motivated to stick with mathematics through a unique combination of intrinsic and extrinsic motivational strategies. This session will give the nuts and bolts on setting up and monitoring student use of Think Through Math.

Speakers
avatar for Benny Davis

Benny Davis

Computer Lab Instructor, Manor Elementary School
Benny Davis joined Manor ISD four years ago. With a BS in Political Science and his extensive background in the Juvenile Justice System, he was an excellent addition to the Behavior Support Classroom at Manor Elementary School. Benny is currently the computer lab instructor. In this capacity, he facilitates all computer based programs and interventions.  When not in the computer lab, you can find him assisting with the Chess Club, Robotics... Read More →
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Meredith Mackey

Manor Elementary School


Wednesday August 21, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
G203

1:10pm

G20 - Assistive Technology 101: How to Differentiate Instruction Using Technology For Students With Special Needs
Limited Capacity seats available

Assistive Technology consideration is mandated by law for students with disabilities.  Determining if a student needs assistive technology can be a daunting task for teachers.  Assistive Technology will be reviewed as well as how to differentiate learning for students with disabilities in the general education classroom.  Adapting instructional technology to meet the needs of students with disabilities will be also be explored.

Participants will receive a comprehensive overview of assistive technology, and how it can be integrated in the general education classroom to meet the needs of children with disabilities.


Speakers
avatar for Mayra Perez

Mayra Perez

Bilingual Speech Pathologist, Therapy 2000
Mayra holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). She has seventeen years experience working with children who exhibit speech and language disorders.  For the last five years she has specialized in the area of assistive technology.  Her passion includes finding... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2013 1:10pm - 2:00pm
9th Grade Center G101

2:10pm

MPACT Reflection Sessions-**Check Room Assignment in Description**
Limited Capacity seats available

Click here for room assignment
This session is required by all MPACT participants. It is desgined to be a conversation about what people learned at the MPACT Teaching & Learning Conference and how it will “Impact Student Achievement Through Engaged, Aligned Classrooms.”  Participants will receive an Anticipation Guide to help them with the district's community read, Mindset by Carol Dweck. Sessions will be led by teachers who have volunteerd to be facilipants.
 
Participants should refer to their  guides for specific room locations.
 

Moderators
avatar for Brandi Appling

Brandi Appling

Teacher, Manor Elementary School
I was born in Austin, Texas and my parents brought me to Manor to live. My family and I moved in and out of Manor several times throughout my elementary years. After fifth grade, my mother decided to move us to Round Rock. I attended school there and graduated from Round Rock High School. I met my husband and 7 years into our relationship, we welcomed a beautiful baby boy. His name is Trey and is a student at Manor New Tech. When Trey was a... Read More →
avatar for Gaytha Cravey

Gaytha Cravey

Reading Interventionist, Manor Elementary School
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Benny Davis

Computer Lab Instructor, Manor Elementary School
Benny Davis joined Manor ISD four years ago. With a BS in Political Science and his extensive background in the Juvenile Justice System, he was an excellent addition to the Behavior Support Classroom at Manor Elementary School. Benny is currently the computer lab instructor. In this capacity, he facilitates all computer based programs and interventions.  When not in the computer lab, you can find him assisting with the Chess Club, Robotics... Read More →
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Sam DeJulio

Teacher, Bluebonnet Trail Elementary School
Sam DeJulio is currently a bilingual third grade teacher at Bluebonnet Trail Elementary. He has been in his position for nine years. He received his Masters in Elementary Education in 2012. He has a Master Math Teacher certification and completed the Master Reading Teacher program through the University of Texas. He is pursuing his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on language and literacy studies at the University of Texas at... Read More →
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Matthew Dula

Teacher, Manor ISD
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Cheresa Gilzean

Teacher, Decker Elementary
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Seth Herrington

Literacy Coach, Decker Elementary
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John Humphrey

4th bilingual, Manor ISD
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Janet Merino

Teacher, Decker Elementary School
Janet was born in New York City and grew up in the Bronx. She graduated from Fordham University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. She then joined Catholic Volunteers in Florida, and moved to Miami where she volunteered as a medical assistant for a non-profit clinic. She finally moved to Texas and through an alternative certification program, she received her teaching certificate for Bilingual Generalist - Spanish EC-4. Currently, she is working... Read More →
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Leslie Perkins

5th grade Math
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Leslie Snyder

Leslie Snyder is a first grade teacher at Decker Elementary. She has been with Manor ISD for seven years, and for five of those years she has held the role of Instructional Facilitator. She has also served as a University of Texas Cooperating Teacher for interns and student teachers, a Campus Advisory Team Member, and a Mentor to New Teachers. In the summer of 2012, to enhance the project based learning that was happening in the classroom, she... Read More →

Wednesday August 21, 2013 2:10pm - 3:00pm
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3:00pm

MPACT Networking Hour
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants should use this time to network with other educators. For those participants who win a prize from vendors and/or MPACT, be sure to stop by the exhibitor's area to pick up your prize winnings.

Wednesday August 21, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Manor High School Cafeteria