MPACT 2013 has ended

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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MPACT Sessions C [clear filter]
Tuesday, August 20


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.

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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... Read More →

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


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.

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Pamela Gray

PreK - 2 Literacy Coach, Lagos ES, Manor Independent School District
Pamela Gray has 41 years experience teaching PK – 12 and college adult; she also has  38 years experience with professional development. She is a New Jersey Writing Project in Texas (now Abydos, International, which is part of the National Diffusion Network) diamond level writing... Read More →

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


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. 

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Jill Brady

Library Media Specialist, Manor Independent School District
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 nine years. She previously worked in special education, taught... Read More →

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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... Read More →

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


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.

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Keisha Martinez

Program Manager, Integral Care
Keisha C. Martinez, LPC-S is a former Clinical Services Director at Out Youth Austin. She is now a Program Manager with Integral Care. She oversees the Seton in School Program which provides therapeutic services on 14 AISD campuses. Keisha received her Master’s Degree in Professional... Read More →

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


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

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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... Read More →

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


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.

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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... Read More →

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


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.

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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


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. 

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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... Read More →
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Caldwell, Roslind Marie

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... Read More →

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


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.

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Ouita Bingham

Library Media Specialist, Manor Independent School District
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... Read More →

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


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.

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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... Read More →

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


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.


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... 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


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.

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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... 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


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.

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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... Read More →

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


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.

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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... Read More →

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


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. 


Michael Perkins

Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Manor Independent School District
Michael Perkins is the Executive Director of School Improvement and Professional Development in Manor ISD. Mr. Perkins earned his bachelor of science in social work from Southwest Texas State University and his masters of education in elementary education with a specialization in... Read More →

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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... Read More →

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


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.

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Alix Horton

Director of Literacy, New Tech Network
After working at a New Tech school in Austin, TX, I've been the Literacy Coach & Director of Literacy for New Tech Network for the last two years. At NTN, I get to support schools and NTN coaches in ensuring that all students have the skills they need to succeed- especially literacy... Read More →

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


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.

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Cathleen Ash

Library Media Teacher, Manor Independent School District
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... Read More →

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


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.

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Kenya Boson

TTIPS Grant, At- Risk Counselor, Manor Independent School District
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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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Jerretta Jimmerson

Homeless Educator, Foster Care Liaison and Family With Voice Liaison, Manor Independent School District
Jerretta Jimmerson-Davenport is the mom, wife, community leader, Family Empowerment Specialist, Life Coach, Sunday school teacher, and Homeless Educator and Foster Care Liaison. She resides in Manor, Texas. Raised by a military dad, she is not a stranger to moving around. A graduate... 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... Read More →

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


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.

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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

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


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.

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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

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


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.

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Claudia Acevedo

Academic Dean, Manor Independent School District
Claudia Acevedo taught at New Tech schools in California and Texas before becoming a district coordinator and school administrator. She has been training teachers on project based learning strategies since 2009 and is currently the Academic Dean at Manor New Tech High School.

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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... Read More →

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