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Excellence in Education 2021 - Day 1

Region 8 ESC is excited to present Excellence in Education 2021!  This two-day educator conference is designed to offer a variety of sessions to meet the needs of administrators and K-12th grade teachers (core and non-core).  Sessions include a variety of research-based best practices to improve your work in the classroom.  Teachers can register for one or both days of this conference. Make sure that you register for the Keynote and either 2 one-hour sessions or 1 two-hour session.



Keynote (Required)
(Wednesday, June 2, 2021 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Session ID: 275999
Good Readers Are Good Thinkers! Teaching Executive Skills to Support Reading Comprehension
Seats Filled: 33 / 100
Fee: $300.00
Location:Region 08 ESC, 200 - 2 South

Important Breakout Information:
Executive Function skills can be taught, resulting in improvements in self-regulation and in reading comprehension. In this session, participants will learn: * Basic information about executive skills * Specific ways that executive skills support reading comprehension * Research-tested strategies for assessing and strengthening students’ executive skills * Insights and take-home strategies for helping students achieve a more meaning-focused approach to print.
Session I (Required)
Session ID: 231678
I have solved 5 problems in 2 minutes – Now what? (Speed vs. Accuracy)
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Seats Filled: 4 / 20
Location:Region 08 ESC, 124 - Delta

Important Breakout Information:
How can self-monitoring issues help increase accuracy in mathematics? With word problems increasing in length and complexity, what can we as teachers do to help students arrive at the correct answer? Let’s have a look at strategies to enable students to successfully work through multi-step problems on their own.
Session ID: 231692
Supporting Working Memory in Mathematics K-2
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Seats Filled: 1 / 20
Location:Region 08 ESC, 117 - Bowie

Important Breakout Information:
K-2 Math teachers will explore various activities to support student working memory through the lens of K-2 Math concepts.
Session ID: 231695
Hello World! - How Computer Science, ELAR, and Math Go Hand-in-Hand!
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Seats Filled: 3 / 12
Location:Region 08 ESC, Franklin STEM Lab

Important Breakout Information:
You often think that computer science (robotics or programming) is in a field by itself. Did you know that you can use engaging computer activities to strengthen the skills needed for Math and ELAR in your students? We will explore activities and books to reinforce skills like sequencing, pattern recognition, problem solving, and cognitive flexibility. All teachers are welcome!
Session ID: 231696
Enriching the Brains of Poverty: How Poverty Affects Working Memory
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Seats Filled: 12 / 20
Location:Region 08 ESC, 2 North Staff Room

Important Breakout Information:
This session will focus on the effects of poverty on students' working memory and strategies to help them overcome. **2 Hour Session **
Session ID: 231699
It's My Turn!
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Seats Filled: 4 / 15
Location:Region 08 ESC, 201 - Red River

Important Breakout Information:
Even secondary teachers can use game-play to build executive function skills in their students. In this session, we will explore a variety of "kids" games that actually serve a very important role in building executive function skills. (This session is appropriate for Grades 6 - 12)
Session ID: 231702
Ready, Set, Play! Elementary Science
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Seats Filled: 1 / 12
Location:Region 08 ESC, 314 - Wright Patman Lake Science Lab

Important Breakout Information:
Looking for a way to increase vocabulary understanding and retention in your science classroom? This session will focus on the importance of teaching content vocabulary through interactive hands-on science activities that will increase higher-order thinking skills and executive functioning. Get ready to collaborate as we spend time playing our way from meets to masters! **2 Hour Session **
Session ID: 231713
Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Seats Filled: 0 / 15
Location:Region 08 ESC, 126 - Hopkins

Important Breakout Information:
Vocabulary development is crucial for academic achievement, social development, and overall student growth. Vocabulary is a critical aspect of literacy development. English learners require intentional vocabulary planning for optimal growth and success. This workshop presents strategies for integrating incidental and explicit vocabulary instruction for your English learners.
Session ID: 231795
Do You Wanna Build a Snowman? Building a Mental Model of Text
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Seats Filled: 2 / 20
Location:Region 08 ESC, 118 - Camp

Important Breakout Information:
Elementary ELAR teachers will discover an engaging technique to demonstrate and encourage building a mental model during reading, which is essential to strengthening working memory and overall comprehension.
Session ID: 276033
Creating Successful Learning Environments for Children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Seats Filled: 3 / 12
Location:Region 08 ESC, 125 - Fannin

Important Breakout Information:
Students with Autism learn and develop in different ways than their neurotypical peers. Students on the spectrum have unique strengths and challenges that need to be considered regardless of what type of learning environment they participate in. This session will focus on what teachers need to know about Autism to help create successful learning environments.
Session ID: 276034
Annotating Using Digital Tools
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Seats Filled: 2 / 20
Location:Region 08 ESC, 2 Data Room

Important Breakout Information:
The act of annotating is a multisensory interaction with text which makes a much stronger imprint on your mind. Therefore, when done correctly, annotating texts can lead to deeper understanding and greater retention and processing of important information. Because of this, annotation can help in ANY subject. It's not just an English class skill, it's a reading skill - and reading happens in every course. In this session, we will look at various technology tools available for annotation, including Kami, Pear Deck, Jamboard and Flipgrid. Participants will discover the benefits of teaching annotation as well as apply their learning through engaging, authentic tasks.
Session ID: 276035
Fun Ways to Teach Executive Function in Early Grades
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Seats Filled: 0 / 20
Location:Region 08 ESC, 128 - Lamar

Important Breakout Information:
Participants will be introduced to a variety of fun activities that will increase students' executive function skills. This session is best for K-3 teachers.
Session ID: 276036
Understanding the Brain and Academic Success
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Seats Filled: 3 / 20
Location:Region 08 ESC, 205 - Titus

Important Breakout Information:
Calling all Gen. Ed. Teachers & Sped. Teachers! You’ve heard about the G’s, the student’s strengths and weaknesses but NOW WHAT!! This workshop is designed to offer the General educator an “Aha!” moment when they acquire the tools needed to understand the results of the testing in order to strengthen the students’ academic success. Implementing research-based accommodations that target weak skill areas and drawing on the student’s strength areas typically addresses the root cause of the problem and removes frustrating obstacles to learning. **2 Hour Session **
Session II
(Wednesday, June 2, 2021 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM)
Session ID: 231704
8 Ways to Support Your Students' Flexibility
Seats Filled: 3 / 20
Location:Region 08 ESC, 117 - Bowie

Important Breakout Information:
Come learn about the 8 tips that help you support flexibility in your students. Flexibility is one of the most important qualities that students AND teachers can cultivate in their classrooms. This session is designed to help students struggling with this skill and provide teachers with tips on how to explicitly teach students how to problem- solve for themselves.
Session ID: 231707
Executive Function Strategies: The Building Blocks to Reading to Learn
Seats Filled: 3 / 12
Location:Region 08 ESC, 125 - Fannin

Important Breakout Information:
As students shift from learning to read to reading to learn they must learn to: plan, organize and prioritize information, read for meaning, separate main ideas from details, memorize important information and monitor their own progress. Learn how to teach Executive function building strategies that help students learn to: Set goals and organize information, shifting flexibility, access information, retrieve from working memory and self monitor.
Session ID: 231708
Are Your Students Hooked Yet?
Seats Filled: 2 / 20
Location:Region 08 ESC, 2 Data Room

Important Breakout Information:
How to get your struggling readers to read at the secondary level by using high interest/low level and large print books.
Session ID: 231712
Strengthening Working Memory AND Comprehension
Seats Filled: 2 / 20
Location:Region 08 ESC, 118 - Camp

Important Breakout Information:
Discover "Try-It-Tomorrow" techniques to help your elementary students strengthen working memory while increasing text comprehension.
Session ID: 231715
Building Flexible Thinking in Secondary Math (6-12)
Seats Filled: 2 / 12
Location:Region 08 ESC, Franklin STEM Lab

Important Breakout Information:
This session will explore how a lack of flexible thinking manifests in secondary math classrooms and what we, as math teachers, can do to help strengthen it in our students. Examples will target 6th grade and Algebra 1, though the information is appropriate for all math teachers grades 6 - 12.
Session ID: 231719
Why is Working Memory Important?
Seats Filled: 1 / 6
Location:Region 08 ESC, 124 - Delta

Important Breakout Information:
Using working memory, self knowledge, and awareness are at the root of all great storytelling. If working memory is a strength, it allows the reader to connect reading to their own prior knowledge. If working memory is a struggle, their mind wanders and they don’t pay attention. It has been suggested that diverse interventions applied within children’s everyday contexts have the potential to improve working memory. Interventions targeting working memory to build listening recall skills will be the focus of this session for elementary classroom teachers.
Session ID: 231721
Working Memory and Career Readiness
Seats Filled: 2 / 15
Location:Region 08 ESC, 201 - Red River

Important Breakout Information:
When we think about preparing our students for careers, executive function can be translated into employability skills. In this session, we will discuss how to build working memory through pictures and visual aids similar to those used in business and industry.
Session ID: 276037
Integrating Executive Function in Classroom Culture
Seats Filled: 1 / 20
Location:Region 08 ESC, 128 - Lamar

Important Breakout Information:
Participants will explore how culture contributes to executive function and how to create a learning environment in which all students are supported in developing executive functioning skills.
Session ID: 276038
Using Reflection Journals for English Learner Executive Function
Seats Filled: 0 / 15
Location:Region 08 ESC, 126 - Hopkins

Important Breakout Information:
Help your English learners gain better control of their executive function by teaching them why and how to reflect upon their learning and revise their tactics as circumstances change. Learning to reflect on their experiences encourages students to effectively take control of their own academic growth and promotes more complex learning.




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