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2014 NCMLE Conference Program

NORTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION FOR MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION Hand in Hand Connecting in the Middle CONFERENCE PROGRAM 39th ANNUAL CONFERENCE March 16-18, 2014 Joseph S. Koury Convention Center & Sheraton at Four Seasons Greensboro, North Carolina

Welcome to the 39th Annual North Carolina Association of Middle Level Education Conference! The theme for this year’s conference is “Hand-in-Hand, Connecting in the Middle”. As middle school educators, the most important thing that we do in our classrooms is connect with our students. We all know the relationships we build are the keys to success for our students. With mutual trust, respect, admiration and more, our students connect with us and learn from us. We have an exciting conference planned for you with passionate keynote speakers and presenters that will motivate and rejuvenate your relationships with middle schoolers. While at the conference, visit with colleagues, create new relationships, and connect with professionals that believe in the middle grades, too. There are sessions in the content areas and electives, sessions for beginning teachers, administrators, higher education and more. The Tech Hot Spot will offer minisessions to increase 21st century learning for your students. Visit the exhibit hall where you will find new products and materials, showcases of university students, technology and more. We hope you have an amazing conference, reconnect with colleagues, connect with other professionals, discover new ideas to take back and use to connect with your current and future students. It has been my honor as your president this past year to represent you and middle level education. Thank you for everything you do to build relationships and help students make connections in the middle. Kim Lynch, President Welcome to NCMLE 2014, where we are all working together “Hand in Hand: Connecting in the Middle.” Your association has had a great year thanks to the leadership of our president, Kim Lynch, conference director Betty Terrell, and the Board of Directors. They have worked tirelessly to bring you state and regional conferences, and to continue to grow the important “Schools to Watch” program in our state. We’re also growing our direct support for schools through our work in major grant efforts here in NC. We’ve traveled thousands of miles this year in our efforts to recognize high-performing schools and to provide professional development to educators across the state. The online North Carolina Middle Level Journal has readers around the globe, and our web site www.ncmle.org receives thousands of hits each week. We’ve also concluded a two-year board reorganization and a name change… we’ve been busy! As you strive to provide the best possible education for your students, remember that your organization is here to help you, and that we appreciate your being a part of the work as we roll up our collective sleeves, and work “Hand in Hand” so that we can more effectively “Connect in the Middle!” Dr. John A. Harrison Executive Director 1

REMINDER—BECAUSE OF THE NEED FOR INCREASED SECURITY, IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT ALL CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS AND PRESENTERS WEAR THEIR NAME BADGES TO ALL EVENTS. THANKS FOR YOUR COOPERATION & ENJOY THE CONFERENCE! 2013-2014 North Carolina Association for Middle Level Education Board of Directors President: President Elect: Past President: Secretary: Treasurer: Development & Marketing Best Practices: Kim Lynch Doug Brady Dr. Cathy Tomon Nina Johnson Dr. Ran Barnes Chantel Corrie Kim Lynch Nina Johnson Communications & Technology: Dwayne Squires Rick Singletary Laura Corraro Penny Barker Conference Director: Betty Terrell Conference: Doug Brady Hannah Cabe Higher Education: Dr. Suzanne Gulledge Dr. Lorae Roukema Next Practices: Bobby Ashley Professional Development: Tanya Turner Publications: Dr. David Strahan School Transformation: Sally Austin Jim Butler Tonya Williams Schools to Watch: Dr. Cathy Tomon Executive Director Dr. John Harrison Union County Catawba County Carteret County Charlotte-Mecklenburg Charlotte-Mecklenburg Chatham, Illinois Union County Charlotte-Mecklenburg Haywood County Scotland County Carteret County Ashe County Retired Catawba County Retired UNC-Chapel Hill Campbell University Retired Edenton-Chowan Western Carolina University Retired Richmond County Durham County Carteret County Pinehurst, NC Join us as we pay tribute to a special colleague and friend with the The John Van Hoose Memorial Session Join us for a panel discussion & town hall meeting, “Keeping the Faith: Conversations to Advance the Middle School Concept with Integrity.” This session will be held in Auditorium IV on Monday from 1:002:00 p.m. to honor John’s contributions to countless educators, schools, and children. 2

Conference Sponsors We would like to thank the following companies for their sponsorship of events at our conference. Camcor College Foundation of North Carolina Glencoe McGraw-Hill IESS LearnPad Seed Communications Please visit our sponsors’ booths! 2014 CONFERENCE PLANNING COMMITTEE Position Awards Conference Assistants Conference Director Conference Asst. Director Executive Director Name Position Cathy Tomon Name On-Site Registration Photography John Harrison Ran Barnes Registration James Davis Bobby Ashley Program LaShone Singleton Betty Terrell Penny Barker Pre-Conference Hannah Cabe Ran Barnes Tonya Williams Sharon Ashe Kim Lynch Doug Brady Cheryl Bruno Nina Johnson Pam Harris Exhibits Jim Butler Sales Chip Cathey Higher Education Strand Lorae Roukema Hospitality Sally Ferrante Tara Tucker Angela Barbour David Strahan Special Guests Doug Brady Tanya Turner Technology Penny Barker Rick Singletary Suzanne Gulledge Betty Terrell Laura Corraro Dwayne Squires 3

GENERAL INFORMATION ADMISSION TO SESSIONS: Each participant has an official registration badge which serves as a ticket for admission to all sessions and events. This badge should be worn at all times. MEAL FUNCTIONS: On Monday morning from 9:45-10:30, there will be a reception with light refreshments in the Exhibit Hall. There will be a ticketed luncheon with National Principal of the Year Laurie Barron on Monday. On Tuesday, March 18th, we will enjoy the President’s Luncheon and our closing general session with Debbie Silver. To keep our conference registration affordable, all other meals are on your own. EXHIBITS: Exhibits by commercial producers of instructional materials are an important part of the NCMLE Conference. Books, instructional aids, technology displays, and other products are on display in Guilford Ballrooms D-G throughout the conference. Please schedule time to visit! Monday, March 17th 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18th 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CONTENT-SPECIFIC RENEWAL CREDIT: Participants who attend the entire conference receive a certificate that should be presented to your local staff development coordinator for awarding renewal credit. If you would like to receive renewal credit in a specific strand—Math, English Language Arts, Reading, Science, or Social Studies, please be sure you attend only sessions in that subject area. Then go to www.Ncmle.org and fill out the form using the renewal codes listed in the program to receive your 1.2 content-specific renewal credit certificate. You can also earn a full TWO HOURS of renewal credit by completing the content-specific renewal credit module at no additional cost. Go to the website and select the appropriate module, and then follow the instructions for completing and submitting it. All renewal credit requests must be submitted to NCMLE by June 30th. COURTESY: Session participants are encouraged to attend presentations in their entirety. Please turn off cell phone ringers. UNAUTHORIZED COMMERCIAL SOLICITATION: NCMLE has a strong commitment to high standards of professional development. Commercial solicitation is prohibited in all conference sessions. Please report any violations to a conference committee member. PREJUDICIAL AND PEJORATIVE REMARKS: NCMLE takes pride in the high-level performance of its presenters. It is, therefore, expected that all presentations will be void of all prejudicial and pejorative remarks. Please report any violations to a NCMLE board or committee member. 4

FYI: In order to keep conference costs down, a portion of the hotel room rate goes to offset the costs of the conference. Please note that the opinions and information expressed by presenters and exhibitors at this conference do not necessarily represent those of NCMLE. The association endorses and supports the NC Common Core and Essential Standards and related pedagogy. The presence of exhibitors who have purchased exhibit space does not imply endorsement by NCMLE for any product or service displayed in the Exhibit Hall. KEYNOTE SPEAKERS MONDAY, MARCH 17th – 8:30 a.m. BRAD FULTON – Known throughout the country for motivating and engaging teachers and students, Brad Fulton has co-authored over a dozen books and numerous staff development DVD’s that provide easy-to-teach yet mathematically rich activities for busy teachers. Drawing upon over three decades in education, Brad is a consultant and frequent presenter at conferences and schools throughout the nation, in addition to teaching full time. His teaching experience includes grades four through eight in math, science, English, and physical science. He has been honored as California’s Middle School Educator of the Year. Brad hosts a website, Teacher to Teacher Press (http://www.tttpress.com) that provides hundreds of pages of free resources to teachers. Teacher to Teacher Press produces curriculum written by teachers, to teachers, and for students. TUESDAY, MARCH 18th – 12:30 p.m. President’s Luncheon & Awards DEBBIE SILVER – Having spent 30 years as a teacher, staff development instructor, and university professor, Debbie Silver is familiar with the challenges educators face at every level. The former Louisiana Teacher of the Year has given presentations around the world, including Canada, Mexico, Asia, and Europe. Debbie's newly released book, Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed, is being heralded by parents, teachers, and administrators as a “fresh approach to getting kids to work smarter and better.” In it she explains motivational theory and provides down-to-earth examples of concrete, applicable guidelines for helping students overcome setbacks and failure to foster lifelong success. Her humor, practicality, and ability to connect with students, teachers, parents, and administrators, that has made her a popular choice for keynotes, workshops, and breakout sessions. Visit our wiki to download session handouts, share notes, and discuss sessions. Go to: NCMLE.wikispaces.com 5

CONFERENCE SESSION PLANNER Session Time Session to Attend Sunday 10:30 -11:30 a.m. Monday 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Monday 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Monday 2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Monday 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Tuesday 9:15 - 9:45 a.m. Tuesday 10:00 -11:00 a.m. Tuesday Code 7:00 -8:30 p.m. Monday Room 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Content Conversations Special Sunday Pre-Conference Sessions Sunday, March 16, 2014 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 1. Building Disciplinary Literacy in Science Using Authentic Texts How can science teachers use complex text in engaging their students – which research supports is what increases test scores? This session has cross curricular significance. Our aim is to help teachers increase student disciplinary literacy. We will show you how to incorporate authentic texts and model instructional processes to help develop your disciplinary literacy understanding. This would be an excellent way to foster discipline-specific literacy instructional processes, mainly for science teachers, but with extended applicability for social studies. the arts, as well as health and PE. Presenters: Cindy Rudolph & Tanji Marshall - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools - Charlotte, NC Location: Auditorium II 2. Maximizing Talents: The Key to Transforming School Culture and Improving Student Achievement This session will share how promoting and utilizing all leadership (students, parents, community, staff, teachers, and administrators) improves school culture. This session will demonstrate how working together to personalize the school environment and leading through serving others, coupled with an intent focus on building relationships and reflecting on school processes and practices, is flexible enough to be used by any school leader who wants to improve school culture and increase achievement. Presenter: Laurie Barron - Evergreen School District - Kalispall, MT Location: Auditorium IV 6

3. Connecting in the Middle with Technology & Resources Are you trying to balance the Common Core, Essential Standards, Integrated Technology, and Interdisciplinary Units? NO PROBLEM! Join content area teachers from Broad Creek Middle School, a School to Watch, as they share free resources for successful, fun lesson options for you to consider using with your students . Presenters: Laura Corraro & Broad Creek Middle School Teachers - Broad Creek Middle School Newport, NC Location: Meadowbrook Exhibit Hall Reception, Hot Spot, & CMLA Showcase Make sure you don’t miss our exhibit hall located in Guilford Ballrooms D-G. You’ll find the latest in middle level textbooks, support and instructional material, and many other things of interest to middle level educators. Don’t forget to register for the many drawings that our vendors will be having throughout the conference. Please join us for a reception in the exhibit hall right after the general session from 9:45-10:30 a.m. on Monday morning. Our exhibitors are an important part of our conference. Please visit them throughout the conference, and be sure to say a special, “Thanks” to them for attending. NCMLE TECH HOT SPOT Drop by the exhibit hall any time and check out these special sessions on online resources and tools for ANY curriculum, at ANY grade level, at 15 after the hour, for 30 minutes…just enough time to get your feet wet and your mind soaring. Sessions facilitated by the NCMLE Technology Committee: Penny Barker, Laura Corraro, and Dwayne Squires. Stop by the Tech Hot Spot at any time between sessions to use the devices, join our wiki, Facebook page, check email, and more! Special thanks to the corporate sponsors of the Tech Hot Spot: LearnPad & Seed Communications. Monday, March 17, 2014 Mini-Session Times Resources 10:15am - 10:45am LearnPad Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Mini-Session Times Resources 8:15am-8:45am LearnPad 11:15am - 11:45am PowerMyLearning 10:15 - 10:45am 1:15pm - 1:45pm LearnPad 2:15pm - 2:45pm PowerMyLearning 3:00 pm – 4:00pm “Appy” Hour 7 PowerMyLearning

CMLA SHOWCASE Want to meet some our state’s most promising new middle grades teachers? Looking to hire a new team-mate? Check out the left side of the exhibit hall as you enter from registration, and don’t miss their session (#95) Monday afternoon from 3:30-5:00 in Grandover East. Raising Social Injustice Awareness in the Classroom – Rhiannon Manzo – Western Carolina University Through the Years: A Journey of the Middle School Movement as Highlighted by This We Believe – Martha McGlasson – Appalachian State University Turning Classroom Management into a Game – Lydia Jones – Western Carolina University Bully - Caitlin Brown & Michelle Kauffman – Campbell University Girls and Mathematics: What Propels the Stereotype? – Lindsey Linton – Meredith College First Time Teaching – Miranda Smith – Western Carolina University Early American Civilizations Unit – Emily Ransom – Western Carolina University The Holocaust: Courage in Life and Literature Unit – Caitlin Grigg & Logan Smith – Western Carolina University 8

North Carolina Association for Middle Level Education 39th Annual Conference General Session I Hand in Hand: Connecting in the Middle (Please wear your name badges) Monday, March 17, 2014 Guilford Ballroom 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Welcome Kim Lynch, President NC Association for Middle Level Education Introduction of Schools to Watch John Harrison, Cathy Tomon, & Ken McEwin National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform NCMLE Schools to Watch Committee Keynote Address Brad Fulton Millville, California Closing-President’s Reception Kim Lynch, President, NCMLE Session One Monday, March 17, 2014 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 4. Teachers as Neuroplasticians Teachers are neuroplasticians. They change brains. Learn what neuroscientists have recently uncovered about the processing of information, neuroplasticity, and implications for teaching and learning. Participants will go beyond “brain-based learning” to explore connections between brain functions and high impact teaching strategies that lead to higher levels of student learning. Presenter: Tamielle Ramsey - The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning - Raleigh, NC Location: Arrowhead 5. Teach Like You Tweet: Moving from I Teach to iTeach Using Twitter and PLNs teach students to conceptualize, think, and write in 140 characters. Formatively assess students and reteach them to customize learning and ensure competence. This session will use tech tools to implement Common Core Standards, thereby meeting the "deliberate, fewer, clearer and higher" articulated skill set students need. Presenters: Brent Anderson & Susanne Long - Onslow County Schools - Jacksonville, NC Location: Auditorium I 9

6. Teachers Lead Students to Knowledge, But How Do We Make Them Think? Are your students able to recite facts but unable to display competence of higher thinking skills? Provoke critical thinking after daily lessons with fun games and cooperative activities. Learn how to elicit answers that require higher order thinking by way of play. Presenter: Rebecca Corwin - University of Houston - Houston, TX Location: Auditorium II 7. Leading Educators to Home Base Learn how you can create quality lesson plans for use during Home Base time. The NC Region 8 Kenan Fellow will share her project on how teachers can use Home Base to find and create outstanding educational materials and lessons that challenge and motivate students. Model lessons from social studies and ELA will be shared. BYOD. Presenter: Joni Allison - Rugby Middle School - Hendersonville, NC Location: Auditorium III 8. Are Your Class Discussions on Life Support? Explore short articles with current events themes that captivate the interest of teens and lead to deep reading, comprehension and discussion. Each article is paired with an open-ended strategy with many applications, e.g. Is wearing an inmate jumpsuit a solution to violation of school dress code? Hand-out included Presenter: Joyce Kohfeldt - IESS - Kernersville, NC Location: Auditorium IV 9. Is Google DRIVE-ing you Crazy? From Google Docs to Google Presentations to Google Sites, Google provides more than a search engine and G-Mail accounts. Learn about the many functions and applications of Google Drive that will take you one step closer to the 21st century classroom. Bring a laptop and a G-Mail account and get ready to DRIVE through Google!!! Presenters: Monica Martin, Heather Martin, & Lynn Potter-Caldwell County Schools-Lenoir, NC Location: Augusta A 10. CMLA Business Session & Presentation by Principals’ Panel: “How to Interview for your First Teaching Job” If you are a pre-service teacher, member of a CMLA, or would like to start a CMLA at your college or university, join this session. Successful middle school principals will share their thoughts on what they are seeking in a new hire. The Appalachian State University CMLA will lead the session and advisors and students will be available to discuss starting your own CMLA chapter. Presenters: Appalachian State University CMLA, Laurie Ramirez, Advisor - Appalachian State University - Boone, NC Location: Augusta B 11. Role Playing with Science Case Studies Through the use of role playing, students are more engaged in the content. Putting the students in the roles of scientific “characters” they gain a deeper understanding of the material through the narrative, while promoting different view points, communication skills, and critical thinking. Presenter: Zach Morrow - Gamewell Middle School - Lenoir, NC Location: Biltmore 10

12. Increasing Comprehension with BDA (Before During and After Reading) Strategies Participants will be exposed to a variety of researched-based “Before, During, and After” strategies to improve student reading comprehension. Reading is an interactive process of determining central ideas, analyzing in detail a series of events described in a text, and constructing meaning. The strategies introduced in this session can be used across content areas and will show ways to integrate technology. Presenter: Amy Keith - Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools - Castalia, NC Location: Blandwood 13. Leadership 101-Sharing Best Practices Two Schools to Watch principals will facilitate a session that will leave you with best practices that will change the culture and working conditions in your schools. This will be a time to network and share your best pracitces. You should leave this session with many great ideas to take back to your schools Presenters: Cathy Tomon & Jim Butler - Broad Creek & Hamlet Middle Schools – Newport & Hamlet, NC Location: Colony A Classroom Management Techniques Kids Don’t Want You to Know About… In this jam-packed session, you will learn time-tested research-based strategies and techniques designed to decrease teacher and student frustration, improve student focus, systematically teach appropriate, on-task behavior, drastically reduce problem behavior, and increase instructional time. Presenter: Brenda LaFayette - Wakefield Middle School - Raleigh, NC Location: Colony B 14. 15. The Holocaust: We Must Learn From the Past This session should interest Language Arts and Social Studies teachers who teach units on the Holocaust. Participants will come away with ideas, lesson plans, and several informational resources for teaching middle school students. Presenters: Melissa Bolick & Patsy Riddle - Hudson Middle School - Hudson, NC Location: Colony C 16. Engaging Minds and Assessing Learning Through Interaction and Movement This fast-paced workshop involves educators in the use of effective, interactive instructional strategies that provide a foundation for powerful classroom learning experiences. The interaction inherent to these carefully structured opportunities for sharing and gathering information allows students to work with one another in productive ways while building positive and supportive relationships with peers. This dynamic session challenges educators to expand their instructional repertoire with practical, research-based strategies designed to promote collaboration, innovation and higher-order thinking. Presenter: Louis Mangione - Vashon, WA Location: Grandover East 17. Standards Aligned Resources for Your Content Area Learn to use the LEARN NC website to find standards aligned resources for your content area! Search over 30,000 amazing resources to find lesson plans, videos, slideshows, special collections, and more that align to your content area and specific standard. Let the LEARN NC website work for you! Presenter: Terrance “TJ” Wolfe - LEARN NC - Chapel Hill, NC Location: Guilford A 11

18. Empower Your Practice: Navigate what the Common Core Says and Doesn’t Say Learn to look critically at the Common Core State Standards and surrounding documents to understand what the standards say and really don’t say about instruction. This session will help you understand research into best practices for reading and writing instruction and to see how the most critical piece of meeting standards is studying students. Presenter: Chris Lehman – New York Location: Guilford C 19. Formative Assessment in the 6-8 Science Classroom In this session, DPI Consultants will discuss how formative assessment can be used to differentiate science instruction. Participants will engage in activities aligned to the NC Science Standards and learn how to effectively incorporate the formative assessment process . Resources will be shared. Presenters: Benita Tipton & Ragan Spain - NC Department of Public Instruction - Raleigh, NC Location: Heritage 20. The Case for Twitter: Building Your PLN Tips and Tools No longer are colleagues defined by the teacher-next-door! Building your professional learning network through Twitter will provide you with stimulating discussions, new resources, and an ongoing supportive network. Learn tips and tools on hashtags, lists, chats, apps, and searches that will provide you with resources and connections to help you further reach your students! (BYOD encouraged.) Presenters: Rachel Sniff & Katie DeAngelo - Southeast Middle School & West Rowan Middle School - Salisbury, NC Location: Meadowbrook 21. Whole Brain Teaching Whole Brain Teaching provides an integrated classroom management and brain based learning program that makes managing the classroom fun, and increases student engagement across the board! Presenter: Jeffrey Battle - Canton Middle School - Canton, NC Location: Morehead 22. Math Projects – The Emancipation of Intelligence Beautiful and mathematically rich math projects are the easy and empowering way to help students of all levels demonstrate and cement their conceptual understanding and computational fluency. Research validated and classroom proven strategies will be presented. The comprehensive handout will get you started Wednesday morning. Presenter: Brad Fulton - Millville, CA Location: Pebble Beach 23. Anti-Bullying Programs: Implement an Approach That Matches Your School How your school responds (or fails to respond) to bullying sets the tone for how students perceive their safety. Come learn about one teacher-led approach to reduce bullying that a rural North Carolina school is using. Leave with strategies from our model that you can apply to your school setting. Presenter: Kayce Smith - South Brunswick Middle School - Southport, NC Location: Sandpiper 12

24. Prevent Students From Saying “I Can't Find...” ISN (Interactive Student Notebooks) encourage students to be actively involved in learning by allowing them to be creative, organized and expressive. Teachers can appeal to multiple intelligences. ISN create a chronological record of learning, can be used to spiral instruction and are adaptable to all subject areas. Presenters: Robin Fisher & Angela L. Williams - Anne Chesnutt Middle School - Fayetteville, NC Location: Tanglewood 25. Creating a Comprehensive Scholastic Program in Your School A Comprehensive Scholastic Program is similar to a school’s sports program. A CSP involves competitive teams in many areas of academic interest including science, mathematics, and language arts. Learn how a CSP can transform your school and how to create this program from scratch including strategies on fundraising and team building. Presenter: Leon Pfeiffer - NC Association for Scholastic Activities - Knightdale, NC Location: Tidewater Coming in 2015…Accelerating Achievement in the Middle Join us next year as we work together to promote academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, and social equity and “accelerate achievement in the middle.” Visit our website, www.ncmle.org to see who will be joining us next year! Big Savings for Registering Early Register Six & Two Attend FREE Register by October 31, 2014 and you can register 6 for the price of 4! Lock in your savings now and make plans to be with us March 15-17, 2015. We also welcome your breakout session proposals. Visit our web site at www.ncmle.org to register, submit a proposal, or learn more. 13

Mix & Mingle TONIGHT in the Fifth Season! 8:30 p.m. – until Join your colleagues in the hotel’s Fifth Season for music, games, prizes & more! EVERYONE IN FREE WITH CONFERENCE BADGE LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON – TICKETED EVENT Reaching All Students Believing in students is one of the most powerful change agents in schools. Getting students to believe in themselves occurs when we show students we believe in them, listen to our students, earn our students’ trust, value what students value, give students a voice, and celebrate what students do right. This session will share how a staff can work together to put their students first and establish a model culture with a personalized environment where every student is known, feels valued, and achieves! Presenter: Laurie Barron - Evergreen School District - Kalispall, MT Location: Guilford Ballroom A Dr. Laurie Barron is in her eighteenth year in education, serving as a high school English teacher, a middle school assistant principal, and nine years as a middle school principal. She is currently the superintendent of the Evergreen School District in Kalispell, Montana. Barron is a National Board Certified Teacher and is a previous Teacher of the Year and STAR Teacher. Barron is the 2013 MetLife/NASSP National Middle Level Principal of the Year. Session Two Monday, March 17, 2014 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 26. Tighten Up Your Technology Toolbox! Practical and User-Friendly Tech Tricks Looking for practical and user-friendly ways to integrate technology in and out of your classroom? We will share resources to improve student engagement and communication with families, and to quickly assess student learning. Regardless of your school’s access to technology, you will find strategies that fit into your technology toolbox. Presenters: Amanda Heck & Gabrielle Frontera-Alexander Graham Middle School-Charlotte, NC Location: Arrowhead 27. Warning-Warnings-Warnings! How many is ENOUGH? Are you running your classroom or in your classroom running you? In one short hour you will learn simple strategies to diffuse and amuse not confuse and abuse! Alleviate 70% of classroom discipline problems and walk away with simple yet effective techniques you can use in your classroom on Monday! Presenter: Todd Braun - East Forsyth Middle School - Kernersville, NC Location: Auditorium I 14

28. Reciprocal Teaching Do you have English language learners, exceptional children, or gifted students in your classroom? Are you looking for a strategy to meet the needs of all readers? Are you looking to increase rigor? Join us as we examine Reciprocal Teaching, a collaborative strategy designed to challenge and support all readers. Presenters: Melissa Waycaster & Stacy Lewis - Rugby Middle School - Hendersonville, NC Location: Auditorium II 29. Improving the 6th Grade Transition for Middle School Students This session will present two middle school principals' efforts to improve the middle school transition for rising 6th grade students. Results from a 6th grade parent survey and Summer Bridge Program will be discussed. New school strategies and implementations to ease the 6th grade transition will also be discussed. Presenters: J. Brent Cooper, Holly Emanuel, Terri Mozingo & Latonya Smith - Durham Public Schools & Brogden Middle School - Durham, NC Location: Auditorium III 30. Engaging the Imagination to Optimize Learning Louis Mangione demonstrates a powerful, brain-based instructional method for accessing and engaging student imagination. In this unique, dynamic and highly interactive workshop session, educators learn to develop accessible and indelible references for newly learned content. Participants will explore the use of guided imagery to develop, review and assess students’ understanding of core curricular concepts, ensuring success for all learners. Presenter: Louis Mangione - Vashon, NC Location: Auditorium IV 31. Primary Documents, Foldables, Literacy Strategies, and Virtual Musuems, Oh My! A montage of activities and lessons will be demonstrated and explained. Learn how to incorporate primary documents, literacy strategies, foldables, and technology in Middle School Social Studies. You'll leave with ready-to-use materials that are aligned with the Social Studies Essential Standards and Common Core. Presenter: Denise Vargas - Holly Grove Middle School - Holly Springs, NC Location: Augusta A 32. NCPOMLE Business Session Business Session for Members of North Carolina Professors of Middle Level Education Presenter: Lorae Roukema - Campbell University – Buies Creek, NC Location: Augusta B 33. ELA and Exceptional Children Teachers Working Hand in Hand in Inclusion Classrooms Do you struggle in meeting the needs of your children in the inclusion setting? We will provide strategies, resources and tools so that we can connect in the middle for the success of all students. Presenters: Jill Reale, Whitney Smith & Hayley Gordon - Hamlet Middle School - Hamlet, NC Location: Biltmore 15

34. Closing the Gap for Diverse Students: Research Verified Strategies This session will present research-verified strategies to close the academic gap for diverse learners. Strategies presented will focus on learners from racially, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse families as well as learners from families of lower socioeconomic status. Inclusive 21 st century strategies promote greater gains in student achievement for all. Presenters: Catherine Elise Barrett, Elijah Davis, Chris McLamb & Anyka Williams Fayetteville State University - Fayetteville, NC Location: Blandwood 35. Leadership 101-Sharing Best Practices-Part 2 Part 2 of a Double-Session: Two “Schools to Watch” principals will facilitate a session that will leave you with best practices that will change the culture and working conditions in your schools. This will be a time to network and share your best pracitces. You will leave this session with many great ideas to take back to your schools. Presenters: Cathy Tomon & Jim Butler - Broad Creek & Hamlet Middle Schools – Newport & Hamlet, NC Location: Colony A 36. Portrait of a 21st Century Student What adjectives would you use to describe a 21st century student? If you are interested in helping students ask deeper questions, collaborate effectively and produce quality projects, this session is for you. We will explore resources and strategies that develop those much need skills for future academic and professional success. Presenter: Cheryl Ellis - Zaner-Bloser Publishing - Franklin, TN Location: Colony B 37. Closing in on Close Reading Significant research links close reading of complex text to significant gains in reading proficiency and finds close reading to be central to college and career readiness. Participants will learn how to center instruction on text dependent questions that require students examine rigorous texts to make meaning, gather evidence and knowledge. Presenter: Ellen Edmonds - Charlotte, NC Location: Colony C 38. Beyond Icebreakers: Tools to Manage the Classroom and ENERGIZE Your Students Get ready to move as you experience first hand ways to take various risk-level activities (sometimes erroneously referred to as “icebreakers”) and turn them into powerful vehicles for classroom management and student engagement. Come ready to play - from ThumbBalls to Roll To Win to a version of “HEADS UP” that uses your iPhone! Get there EARLY for this LOUND laughter filled, one-of-a-kind session that will leave you with real tools to take back to the classroom! Presenter: Eric Rowles - Leading To Change, Inc. - Charlotte, NC Location: Grandover East 39. Survivng Weekly Informational Text: OutWIT, Outplay, and Outlast Learn how to develop informational text resources that are Common Core aligned and can be utilized in ANY subject area! The “Weekly Informational Text” increases rigor in the classroom, improves sentence structure and grammar, promotes close reading and justification of responses, and can be partnered with a variety of assignments. Presenters: Amanda Hobbs & Krystle Williams - Central Middle School - Gatesville, NC Location: Heritage 16

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40. Focus and Explore Wave Energy and STEM Education K–8 Focus on getting started with STEM education while effectively teaching the Next Generation Science Standards through inquiry-based practices instruction. Explore how to prepare your students for future careers in the 21st century workforce and ensure effective achievement. Leave with tools to accelerate your STEM journey. Presenter: Tori Coyle - Carolina Biological Supply Company - Burlington, NC Location: Meadowbrook 41. Non-Standard Students: Student Centered Projects in a Standards-Based Classroom We are teaching in a standards-based system. Right or wrong, for better or worse, standards have become the focal point of each lesson we teach. As important as it is to meet standards, we also teach highly unique and individualized children. Some of these children are bursting to let others know who they are and what makes them unique. Meanwhile other students truly have no idea, or honestly don't believe, there is anything of value about them. As teachers, our classrooms must be the platform for our students to express and discover their identities, and we can do it while meeting standards. Presenters: Spencer Nissly & Michelle Burns - Hamlet Middle School - Hamlet, NC Location: Morehead 42. What Are You Doing to Create A Climate and Culture of Success at Your School: Lessons Learned From Schools to Watch What are the basic human needs that school climate must address? What are the factors in school climate that can lead to student academic, social and emotional success? What are the determinants of school climate and is your school successfully meeting the challenges of creating a culture and climate leading to student success? This session will share materials to help you determine the climate and culture of your school as related to the Schools to Watch criteria and lessons learned from these successful schools. Presenter: Irv Howard - California Schools to Watch - Redlands, CA Location: Pebble Beach 43. Teacher Leaders: Leading Change in Difficult Times What will schools look like 20 years from now? What role should teacher leaders play in this process? Come hear a national presenter discuss lessons learned from the nations’ most rapidly improving schools. This presentation looks at moving to CCSS using high levels of rigor for student learning and preparing classrooms for high student engagement. Presenter: Bobby Ashley - Jefferson, NC Location: Sandpiper 44. The Literacy Lab Solution Are your students totally excited about reading? Do they rush to get new books and read with gusto? Are they kept informed through book trailers, announcements, and appealing displays about culturally sensitive books that are available in their school? If not, creating a literacy lab may be the solution. A literacy lab is a small, easy access library where the books are grouped by topic like: explosions, the American Revolution, whales, personified cats, or famous mathematicians. A literacy lab can be created with a literacy coach, a teacher, or even parents! Come and see the possibilities. Presenter: Pamela Fitzpatrick- C.W Stanford Middle School - Hillsborough, NC Location: Tanglewood 18

45. S.T.E.M: Strategies That Engage Minds of High Poverty Students Poor academic performance; low student and staff morale; prevalent discipline issues-sound familiar? In an era infatuated with achievement test scores, educators struggle to find an appropriate balance between demonstrating that students are, indeed, learning while also providing rigorous and relevant lessons which engage students’ minds and hearts. This session will inspire participants to empower students to be learners no matter where they lie on the continuum of achievement. Presenter: Stacy Whitney - Wayne County Schools - Goldsboro, NC Location: Tidewater Participants & Presenters Connecting from Across the Nation! Your North Carolina Association for Middle Level Education Annual Conference brings you the latest and best in middle grades education from around the state & the nation. Presenters & participants at this year’s conference come from 79 different districts in North Carolina and 16 states! Session Three Monday, March 17, 2014 1:00-2:00 p.m. 46. Extreme Classroom Makeover: Proven Solutions to Classroom Behavior Problems Constant, low-level misbehavior is the #1 time-waster and source of teacher frustration. In this lively, interactive session you will discover strategies that have proven to be effective in eliminating these behaviors and creating academic excellence in your classroom. No gimmicks, just ready-to-use strategies. Presenter: Mylene Labrie - Charlotte, NC Location: Arrowhead 47. Literacy Enhancement for High Functioning Students with Autism / Special Needs Audience: General Education/Special Education Teachers, Language and Autism Specialists. High functioning students with autism are able to read accurately as their typically developing peers yet they have significant trouble in comprehension/expressive communication. Participants:1. Identify key cognitive deficits that effect comprehension/expressive communication. 2. Learn key research based instructional systems to improve comprehension and expressive communication. Presenter: Thomas Daly - Githens Middle School - Durham, NC Location: Auditorium I 48. Secrets to Motivating Students/Youth This powerful workshop provides participants with research-based practices proven to increase and maintain student motivation. Participants will learn how to transform the life stories of their struggling students into points of motivation for their success. Participants will also analyze, self-reflect, interact, and apply strategies to motivate their students/youth. Hear Dr. Tommy A. Watson’s amazing story of growing up in POVERTY and HOMELESS & learn what educators did to keep him motivated. Presenter: Tommy Watson - Charlotte, NC Location: Auditorium II 19

49. Reading and Writing for Social Justice This presentation chronicles the conception and journey of an ELA unit focused on social justice. High interest texts and media particularly important to the demographic of students were used. Participants will understand the foundations of the unit, learn ways to incorporate it, and receive a packet of unit planning materials. Presenters: Dana Stachowiak, Dare London, Elizabeth Palazzi, Travis Blair - Northeast Middle School - McLeansville, NC Location: Auditorium III 50. Keeping the Faith: Conversations to Advance the Middle School Concept with Integrity Many educators continue to provide authentic middle school programs and practices - even when faced with budgetary challenges and public misperceptions. Presenters will share suggestions for articulating and advocating the middle school concept. Using presentation software, audience participants will engage in discussing these issues in an open forum. Presenters: Bob Houghton, Howard Coleman, Kathleen Roney, Laurie Ramirez & Dave StrahanAppalachian State University, UNC-Wilmington, & Western Carolina University Location: Auditorium IV 51. The Effects of Extra-Curricular Activities on Fourth Grade Students This session will be an open discussion facilitated by a pre-service teacher with over 2,000 hours of educational experience pertaining to the effects that extra-curricular activities have on fourth grade students’ engagement in the classroom. He has conducted countless hours of in-service research related to this research inquiry. Presenter: Nicholas Creighton - Georgia College - Milledgeville, GA Location: Augusta A 52. Celebrating Yourself: Arts Integration in Language Arts Create a student-centered, CCSS aligned, self-paced unit in Google Forms. Teach your students about creating self-portraits and writing a “This I Believe” personal essay with easy to use Web 2.0 tools. Perfect for an arts education or language arts classroom. Bring your laptops for an interactive session. Presenters: Debra Rook & Mara Swindell - Chowan Middle School - Tyner, NC Location: Augusta B 53. It Takes More Than the Core. It Takes Leadership. How are you leading your school to success? Do you see consistent strength or has the change process become more of an ebb and flow? Join two experienced middle level administrators as they share evidencebased solutions to the building consistent success through leadership. Presenter: Anna Renfro & Marty Starnes - Gastonia, NC Location: Biltmore 54. Educating Students for a Sustainable World Turn today's global challenges into thought-provoking lesson plans that build students' critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Engage in interdisciplinary, hands-on activities that explore world population growth, natural resource use and what it means to be a global citizen. Receive a CD-ROM of lesson plans matched to state, national and Common Core Standards! Presenter: Betty Dean - Population Connection - McLeansville, NC Location: Blandwood 20

55. The Future of Math Education and Personal Learning Curious about the future of math and personal learning? Whether you’re a 1:1 school or a school that’s still in transition from print to digital curriculum, this session will show you the role of artificial intelligence and blended CCSS strategies will play in the near future of math education Presenter: Dena Norris - McGraw-Hill Education Location: Colony A 56. The Seven Noble Tasks The Seven Noble Tasks instill character in adolescents. Students complete tasks challenging them physically, emotionally, and mentally. The success they found in completing these tasks helped build community, diminished behavioral issues, increased academic success, and allowed us to connect with our students in a powerful and personal way. Presenter: Brad Fulton - Millville, CA Location: Colony B 57. Different Families Different Dances: Children of Alcoholics in the Classroom When you live in a family where a parent has an addiction you learn ways of coping to help the family and get your needs met. Sometimes those strategies are counterproductive in the classroom. Participants will learn about Children of Alcoholics and strategies to help students be more successful in school. Presenter: Ann Mary Roberts - Radford University - Radford, VA Location: Colony C 58. Fostering Collaboration and Enhancing Thinking Through Information Gap Activities This interactive workshop involves participants in a series of engaging, collaborative, problem-solving activities that are easily adapted to any existing curriculum. Striving to accomplish set tasks, learners are challenged to seek out and communicate, in a variety of formats, complex information in the content areas. Louis Mangione will demonstrate a variety of strategies designed to aid teachers in the creation of classroom activities that deepen understanding, promote communication, and develop problem-solving and criticalthinking skills. Presenter: Louis Mangione - Vashon, WA Location: Grandover East 59. Grasping Differentiation for AIG Students Do you have countless hours to create differentiated materials for your advanced learners? Of course not! In this session participants will be given access to pre-made resources for math, ELA, social studies, and science. Additional strategies for modifying existing lessons will also be presented. Differentiation made simple! Presenters: Amanda Vickers, Rhoda Maynard-Yoder, Erin Deans & Pam Harris - Lincoln County Schools - Lincolnton, NC Location: Heritage 60. Engineer Excitement in Your Classroom with a Carolina STEM Challenge™ Catapult, float, and race your way into hands-on activities that will engage your middle and high school students. Foster both critical thinking and creative problem solving skills! Come experience how Carolina makes it easy to incorporate STEM into your classroom. Free handouts and door prizes! Presenter: Carolina Teaching Partner - Carolina Biological Supply Company - Burlington, NC Location: Meadowbrook 21

61. Writing with Young Adolescents and the Common Core As schools move to common core standards, writing is increasingly important . This session examines how to teach writing in the common core that is meaningful to young adolescents leading to increased motivation, quality and ownership. Participants will learn strategies to teach the common core that are also developmentally responsive. Presenter: Holly Thornton - Appalachian State - Boone, NC Location: Morehead 62. Projects with a Punch Science and Social Studies projects that will energize, educate, and engage students in any classroom. Walk away with materials and examples that you can take back to your classroom today! Project based learning has never been so easy! Excite your students with hands-on learning that will edutain! Presenters: Daniel Stanford, Jordan Marmara - Parkwood Middle School - Monroe, NC Location: Pebble Beach 63. Mentor Text: What It Is and How to Use It Effectively Mentor texts are a valuable way to allow students to integrate literature and student writing. Participants will be exposed to a variety of reading material, helpful texts, and student samples to help with the understanding of what mentor text is and how best it can be used. Participants will also participate in writing exercises that can translate into a positive classroom experience. Presenter: Melanie Dalton - Alexander Graham Middle School - Charlotte, NC Location: Sandpiper 64. Developing Belongingness in Today’s Classroom This presentation juxtaposes student attitudes about “belongingness” with those of school faculty and parents in a rural middle school, with suggestions about increasing the sense of belonging in today's classroom. Presenters: Gerald Neal & Garrett Neal-Pfeiffer University School of Education -Misenheimer, NC Location: Tanglewood 65. Using Technology in Centers to Differentiate for Middle School Math! Participants will be exposed to various uses of technology incorporated into centers to differentiate for multi level learners. Presenter: Jaime Watson - Gamewell Middle School - Lenoir, NC Location: Tidewater Session Four Monday, March 17, 2014 2:15-3:15 p.m. 66. The Gentleman’s Breakfast Club: Using Paideia Priciples to inspire achievment By using the Paideia Principles, our students become more open, confident and better school citizens. We use historical quotes, songs, and personal experiences to develop a positive personal voice which enables them to contribute, think deeply and feel important in our school culture and in all aspects of their lives. Presenters: Anthony Goldston & Ernest Johnson - Southeastern Randolph Middle School Ramseur, NC Location: Arrowhead 22

67. Developmentally Appropriate Practices to Support the Young Adolescent How do you foster academic growth for students in the middle? Developmentally appropriate practices are critical at all levels for student learning and engagement. Refocusing on the middle school model aligns instructional practices with the unique developmental needs of students ages 11 through 15. Teaming, Advisory, and Content Integration enable teachers to leverage the talents of adolescents. This collaboration strengthens teacher leadership, builds student-teacher relationships, and fosters critical conversations around teaching and learning. Presenters: Patterson Denise & Stephanie Dischiavi - Northview Middle School - Hickory, NC Location: Auditorium I 68. New Interactive Career and College Planning Activities for Middle School This new set of 21 online activities (7 per grade) includes guided exercises, readings, inventories, videos, and games to help students learn about themselves and options for their future. Please join us to see activities, student work products, and to consider how these free activities from CFNC.org can fit into your school plan. Presenters: Mark Wiles & Lisa Sommerfeldt - University of North Carolina General Administration - Greensboro, NC Location: Auditorium II 69. Building Data Literacy Among Middle School Administrators and Teachers Data literacy is an essential trait for middle school administrators and teachers to possess. In this session, the Research and Accountability Team from Durham Public Schools will discuss how it has expanded its focus on Data-to-Action to building data literacy amongst its middle school administrators and teachers during 2013-14. Presenters: J. Brent Cooper, Terri Mozingo & Karin Beckett - Durham Public Schools Durham, NC Location: Auditorium III 70. Content Area Literacy: Help Your Students Thoughtfully Research, Read, & Write Across the Day In this session, Christopher Lehman will help you plan an approach to content area literacy that connects the dots between subject areas for your students (and for you!). Whether you teach multiple subject areas or are a content-specialist, Chris will share practical methods for building-level planning and for in-theclassroom instruction. Drawing on several of his books, including Energize Research Reading and Writing (2012), you will leave feeling ready to support your students, and your school, in building literacy skills throughout the day. Presenter: Chris Lehman - New York Location: Auditorium IV 71. Teacher Strategies Designed to Counter Student Marginalization in Classrooms Senior pre-service teachers in the Middle Grades Education Cohort at John H. Lounsbury College of Education at Georgia College & State University have conducted 2,000 hours of research related to student marginalization. Attendees will gain insight about effective strategies to utilize to close the gap of student exclusion in classrooms. Presenters: Krystal Evans, Lauren Mimbs and Jason Trankle - Georgia College & State University, John H Lounsbury College of Education - Milledgeville, GA Location: Augusta A 23

72. Keeping the Faith: Moving from Conversations to Action This session is designed to follow the session entitled "Keeping the Faith: Conversations to Advance the Middle School Concept with Integrity" (scheduled 1:00-2:00 p.m. in Auditorium IV). Facilitators from that session will lead a follow-up discussion to identify actions that participants can take to advance the middle school concept with integrity. For example, one presenter will share possibilities for developing a module on middle schooling to incorporate into a masters' program in administration. Presenters: Bob Houghton, Howard Coleman, Kathleen Roney, Laurie Ramirez, Peggy Smith & Dave Strahan-Appalachian State University, UNC-Wilmington, & Western Carolina University Location: Augusta B 73. Schools to Watch Showcase: Mount Airy Middle School Mount Airy Middle School has been recognized for using academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity, and organizational support to provide a great experience for our students. In this session we will highlight some of the practices that helped us earn this recognition. Join us and learn what makes our school a “School to Watch.” Presenter: Mount Airy Middle School Staff – Mount Airy, NC Location: Biltmore 74. Integrating with Literacy Strategies Literacy in the middle school classroom is essential...agree? Students should understand that all subject areas are connected, not only to each other, but also to life itself...agree? Well...we will introduce you to integrated units and various tried and true ways to incorporate literacy skills into any classroom! Presenters: Emily Driggers & Chris Pierce - Southeast Middle School - Salisbury, NC Location: Blandwood 75. Seminars and Inquiry-based Learning in an Autonomous Learning Environment Collaboration is essential for developing 21st century skills. This presentation will be an interactive discussion of the logistics of integrating Inquiry-based Learning across the curriculum, using seminars to engage all learners, and the value of collaboration with all subject area teachers. The presenters will reflect on classroom successes and challenges. Presenters: Liz Everett & Seth Stephens - CW Stanford Middle School - Hillsborough, NC Location: Colony A 76. Connecting Literacy Strategies and Mathematics Are your students “mathematically literate?” Can they navigate mathematics lessons with ease and apply their understanding of mathematics beyond the classroom? In this session, we will learn to use literacy strategies to make math accessible, sensible, useful and worthwile in supporting students growth in the subject area and in meeting students' life needs. Mathematics instruction should entail communicating, reasoning, analyzing, formulating and problem-solving. By connecting literacy and mathematics, you will be on your way to creating a well-rounded mathematics classroom. Presenters: LaShone Singleton & Yolanda Burnette - Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences Charlotte, NC Location: Colony B 24

77. Rice, Africa, and the Gullah Corridor: The Triangular Trade Under a Microscope Rarely is the Triangular Trade closely examined. Rice, West Africa, and the Gullah/Geechee Corridor digs a posthole into the historical, cultural, economic, and geographic impact of the Triangular Trade on the South East and coastal West Africa. Teacher and student resources and relevance to Essential Standards included. Presenter: George Zeller - Ashe County Middle School - Warrensville, NC Location: Colony C 78. MUSIC, POWER, ACTION: Using TODAYS's Music and Movies as Powerful Teaching Too Back by popular demand-What's the connection between Drake & Paramore? From T.I. & Taylor Swift? XMen& Hunger Games? Come to this tool-filled workshop to learn how to use over 20 different media tools, including TODAY'S MUSIC and MOVIES in your cutting edge work with young people. Participants will be introduced to many FREE or inexpensive tools that they can use to hear the music months before their students AND legally download clips of movies still in theaters. Hold on tight and ARRIVE early, as this workshop moves at warp speed and is often standing room only! Presenter: Eric Rowles - Leading To Change, Inc. - Charlotte, NC Location: Grandover East 79. Give Your Students a Voice With Interactive Notebooks Interactive Notebooks will change the way your students organize their thoughts, show creativity and express their knowledge of a subject. Using Interactive Notebooks, your students will have a significant decrease in lost papers and a more personalized education. Though this session is directed towards Science, Interactive Notebooks are easily adaptable for other subjects. Presenter: Catie DiVito - Broad Creek Middle School - Newport, NC Location: Guilford A 80. Helping Your School Meet “Hand in Hand in the Middle!” School should be a place where every student has a place to belong and to be celebrated. Recognizing the successes of students personalizes the learning environment and contributes not only to students’ academic success but also to their development as well rounded, productive citizens who give back to their community. This session will share numerous ways to authentically recognize and celebrate students in areas such as attendance, athletics, the arts, extracurricular involvement, academics, and citizenship. Presenter: Laurie Barron - Evergreen School District - Kalispall, MT Location: Heritage 81. Fun and Games! Keeping Students Interested, learning and Engaged. How do you get your students to want to come to class, have good attitudes, participate and be successful? Implementing games, competitions and hands on activities help students to learn, retain information and achieve higher test scores. Can be developed, and useful for any curriculum. Presenters: Lynn Berry, Dale Branch & Patty Palmer - Hudson Middle School - Hudson, NC Location: Meadowbrook 25

82. Misery is Optional! How to Eliminate Chaos and Love Teaching Again Educators on average are losing 5-9 hours a week on lower-level discipline challenges. You can be the best content instructor, but without the ability to control the classroom the best lessons remain undelivered. This presentation is interactive and experiential using enactments, props and a power point presentation. Participantw will walk away with strategies and techniques that can be used immediately. The target audience is anyone needing assistance with classroom management or anyone who needs a refresher and wants to have some fun. Presenter: Sheila Maitland - Matthews, NC Location: Morehead 83. What is Your Student’s Writing Telling You? Join DPI ELA consultants in an interactive session that explores what exemplary 6-8 student writing aligned to the CCSS looks like in ELA classrooms. Participants will look at student writing samples across the three types of writing: argument/opinion, informative/explanatory, and narrative writing and identify techniques aligned to the Standards. Presenter: Anna Frost - NC Department of Public Instruction - Raleigh, NC Location: Pebble Beach 84. Expediting Reading Comprehension across Disciplines-It's not only for ELLs! Expediting Comprehension for English Language Learners is for EVERY student! A research based approach to build literacy skills and accelerate language development including teaching vocabulary in the content areas, developing reading comprehension, writing within the content domains, providing tiered vocabulary instruction, and cooperative learning strategies. Presenters: Christa Daniel, Stacy Long, Alyson McNamara, Bonnie Edwards - Southeastern Randolph Middle School - Ramseur, NC Location: Sandpiper 85. Durham Public Schools and NC Write: A District-Wide Literacy Initiative Durham Public Schools has partnered with Measurement Incorporated’s NC Write program to launch a district-wide literacy initiative. With an emphasis on Six Traits of Writing and Understanding by Design, district literacy specialists create digital interdisciplinary performance assessments to measure Common Core ELA standards and empower students to be college/career-ready. Presenters: Trish Martin, Rhonda Kaye & Heidi Elmoustakim-Measurement Inc- Durham, NC Location: Tanglewood 86. Students Please Turn Your Device...ON! An update on “Students Please Turn Your Cell Phone...ON!” This session will feature the best web 2.0 and mobile tools to use in your classroom. From tools to use yourself, to tools for student use, you don't have to be a 1:1 classroom to incorporate these great resources into your lessons! Presenters: Ashleigh Buie, Amber Teeters & Hayley Gordon Hamlet Middle School - Hamlet, NC Location: Tidewater 26

Session Five Monday, March 17, 2014 3:30- 4:30 p.m. 87. The Power of We: Using Tech Tools to Promote Collaboration New curriculum changes have created many challenges for educators across the state. In this session, participants will engage in practical applications of Web 2.0 tools designed to maximize productivity, develop personal learning networks and increase collaboration at all levels. Participants should bring their own devices for optimal access to resources. Presenter: Brent Anderson - Onslow County Schools - Jacksonville, NC Location: Arrowhead 88. Why Do I Need to Teach Reading? If you teach a content area subject and have struggled with incorporating Reading into your classroom, please join us for some practical solutions. We will provide example lessons and materials to help you feel comfortable and confident about using these Reading strategies in your classroom. Presenters: Angie Douglas & Mandy Lovell - Ashe County Middle School - Warrensville, NC Location: Auditorium I 89. Moving in the Middle: The Road to Exemplary Middle Schools Durham Public Schools has developed a comprehensive improvement plan for its twelve middle schools. Strategic planning to improve Durham middle schools included: 1) systematic and aligned instructional leadership at all schools (i.e.,Learning Walk process, leadership academies), 2) a culture of Professional Learning Communities and instructional rounds for teachers and administrators, 3) specific literacy strategies for all classes, and 4) the implementation of the Teaching and Assessment instructional framework. Presenters: Julie Spencer, Dorie Hall & Eileen Hartwell -Durham Public Schools-Durham, NC Location: Auditorium II 90. Expediting Reading Comprehension across Disciplines-It's not only for ELLs! Expediting Comprehension for English Language Learners is for EVERY student! A research based approach to build literacy skills and accelerate language development including teaching vocabulary in the content areas, developing reading comprehension, writing within the content domains, providing tiered vocabulary instruction, and cooperative learning strategies. Presenters: Alyson McNamara, Christa Daniel & Bonnie Edwards - Southeast Randolph Middle School - Ramseur, NC Location: Auditorium III 91. Close Reading Texts, Close Reading Lives: Support Students in Falling in Love With Deep Thinking Christopher Lehman will share research

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