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 G [clear filter]
Wednesday, August 21


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.

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Renee Dietrich

Account Executive, Mentoring Minds
Renee Dietrich is an account executive with Mentoring Minds, working with schools in the Central Texas area. She assists teachers and administrators with finding the resources which meet campus goals, and provides product training for Mentoring Minds materials.

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


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.


Kellen Segura

Assistant Principal, Manor Independent School District

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


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

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Samuel Cauman

Assistant Principal, Manor Independent School District
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... Read More →
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Sheri Lawson

Teacher, Manor Independent School District
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. Sheri earned her master’s degree... Read More →

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


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.

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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... 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... Read More →

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


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.

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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 →

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


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. 


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 →

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


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.

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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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →

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


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. 

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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 →

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


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.

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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 →

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


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.

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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 →

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


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


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. 



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


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.

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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 1:10pm - 2:00pm


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?

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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... Read More →

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


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.

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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 →

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


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.

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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 →

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


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 

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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... Read More →

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


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.  

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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... Read More →

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


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.


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

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


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.

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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... Read More →

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