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Excellence in Education 2021 - Day 2

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)
(Thursday, June 3, 2021 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Session ID: 231808
The Brain and Teaching Keynote by Layne Pethick
Seats Filled: 29 / 100
Fee: $300.00
Location:Region 08 ESC, 200 - 2 South
Session I (Required)
Session ID: 231743
I have solved 5 problems in 2 minutes – Now what? (Speed vs. Accuracy)
Date/Time: Thursday, June 3, 2021 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Seats Filled: 2 / 20
Location:Region 08 ESC, 117 - Bowie

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: 231753
Hello World! - How Computer Science, ELAR, and Math Go Hand-in-Hand!
Date/Time: Thursday, June 3, 2021 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Seats Filled: 0 / 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: 231761
It's My Turn!
Date/Time: Thursday, June 3, 2021 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Seats Filled: 5 / 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: 231769
Social Studies Strategies to Build Executive Functioning
Date/Time: Thursday, June 3, 2021 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Seats Filled: 1 / 20
Location:Region 08 ESC, 205 - Titus

Important Breakout Information:
Executive function is a set of mental skills that include working memory, flexible thinking, and self-control. Within the social studies setting of this session, we will work on strategies K-12 to help improve students' ability to stay focused (paying attention); to follow directions; to better organize, plan, and prioritize; to start and stay focused on tasks to completion; to understand different points of view; and to self-monitor in keeping track of what students are doing. **2 Hour Session **
Session ID: 231771
Ready, Set, Play! Secondary Science
Date/Time: Thursday, June 3, 2021 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Seats Filled: 5 / 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: 231798
Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners
Date/Time: Thursday, June 3, 2021 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Seats Filled: 2 / 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: 276039
Supporting Working Memory in Mathematics 3-5
Date/Time: Thursday, June 3, 2021 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Seats Filled: 5 / 20
Location:Region 08 ESC, 118 - Camp

Important Breakout Information:
3-5 Math teachers will explore various activities to support student working memory through the lens of grade 3 - 5 Math concepts.
Session ID: 276040
Creating Successful Learning Environments for Children on the Autism Spectrum
Date/Time: Thursday, June 3, 2021 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Seats Filled: 0 / 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: 276041
Annotating Using Digital Tools
Date/Time: Thursday, June 3, 2021 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Seats Filled: 5 / 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: 276042
Fun Ways to Teach Executive Function in Early Grades
Date/Time: Thursday, June 3, 2021 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Seats Filled: 2 / 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: 276043
Executive Function 101
Date/Time: Thursday, June 3, 2021 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Seats Filled: 2 / 20
Location:Region 08 ESC, 2 North Staff Room

Important Breakout Information:
Participants will develop an understanding of 3 Executive Functioning skills, strategies that align to those skills, and accommodations that address them. **2 Hour Session **
Session II
Session ID: 231779
8 Ways to Support Your Students' Flexibility
Date/Time: Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Seats Filled: 9 / 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: 231780
Executive Function Strategies: The Building Blocks to Reading to Learn
Date/Time: Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Seats Filled: 2 / 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: 231790
Are Your Students Hooked Yet?
Date/Time: Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Seats Filled: 4 / 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: 231800
Building Flexible Thinking in Secondary Math (6-12)
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Seats Filled: 0 / 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: 231802
Why is Working Memory Important?
Date/Time: Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Seats Filled: 2 / 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: 231803
Working Memory and Career Readiness
Date/Time: Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Seats Filled: 3 / 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: 276044
Integrating Executive Function in Classroom Culture
Date/Time: Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Seats Filled: 0 / 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: 276045
Using Reflection Journals for English Learner Executive Function
Date/Time: Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
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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