Workshops

Thursday, Nov. 8, After School Workshops

3:30-4:30 p.m.

 Apps That Can Help Scaffold Learners Toward Success

Robin Hilton, Springfield Public Schools

Windsor IV

As we move into greater uses of technology in the classroom, teachers need to find apps and extensions that can help bridge the gap for struggling learners. This session will give you a look at 30 apps in 60 minutes to support student learning and promote student success. Participants are encouraged to bring laptop, tablet or smartphones.

(6-8) Technology, Differentiated Learning

 

#Breakout EDU (presented in two-hour block: 3:30-5:45 p.m.)

Samantha Brines and Christine Brines, Neosho Public Schools

Piccadilly

Learn about how you can bring the craze of escape rooms to your class to introduce a new unit, review information, or to simply build collaboration skills with your students. Participants will learn how escape rooms can be used to teach and support core subjects, how to set-up an escape room, and the benefits of doing one. Participants will participate in an escape room to get the hands-on-experience.

(K-12) Student Engagement

 

Differentiation in a Paperless ELA Classroom (presented in two-hour block: 3:30-5:45 p.m.)

Janice Davis, Ladue Public Schools

Parliament III

In today’s technology-enhanced world, how can we utilize this technology and maintain a focused, differentiated, and engaging learning environment? This presentation will cover a few ways to include the paperless classroom in a reading and writing environment while offering students varied learning opportunities designed to meet student learning styles and needs. Google Drive, specifically Classroom, and teacher creativity are the major tools needed for the success of this approach to learning. Participants in this session will experience a quick overview of using Google Classroom and learning styles. Then, they will view some mentor lesson designs before trying it out on their own devices. Janice Davis started the first paperless classroom in a sixth-grade ELA program as a pilot for the entire 6-8 middle school four years ago. Starting next year, the entire school will move to a 1:1 program thanks, in part, to her experiences in this pilot program. Participants will need a laptop or a Chromebook.

(6-8) Technology, Differentiated Learning, Student Engagement

 

Feedback that Works: You CAN Handle the Truth!

Bryson Travis and Nic Vasquez, Excelsior Springs Public Schools

Bradley

One of the most effective ways to improve your practice is high-quality feedback. In a world full of noise and misinformation, it can be difficult to sort through the mess. This session is designed to solve this problem by introducing the foundations of feedback. Participants will tackle real-world scenarios that will explore common pitfalls in giving and receiving feedback. After analyzing the essentials of feedback, we guarantee….you CAN handle the truth!

(K-12) Feedback

 

Is It SPED or ESL? What Is ESL?

Tara Friga and Allison Tilley, Nixa Public Schools

Windsor I

Can ELLs be in SPED? How do you assess an ELL for SPED? What does the law say? How can you tell the difference between second language acquisition or a language disability? How do you help these students? This presentation will answer these questions as well as give an overview of what ESL is and what type of instructional strategies work best for them. Tara Friga has worked in special education for six years and in ESL for five years. Allison Tilley is in her 10th year as an ESL teacher.

(K-12) English Language Learners, Instructional Strategies, Special Education

 

Math & Movement: Using Movement to Enhance Your Students’ Math Abilities

Suzy Koontz and Dr. Tanya Vest, Math & Movement

Windsor III

Are you looking for ways to get students active in your classroom while simultaneously teaching math concepts? Math and Movement is your answer. Math and Movement is a hands-on, kinesthetic approach to teaching and practicing math concepts. It incorporates a variety of movements to help students learn math skills. During this session, participants will learn specific movements they can use immediately in the classroom to enhance their students’ math abilities.

(K-5) Instructional Strategies, Student Engagement

 

National Board Certification–Transcending Good Teaching to Great Teaching

Natalie Brazeal, West Plains Public Schools

Parliament I

We will discuss the benefits of gaining National Board Certification, the steps in completing certification, and how it guides you to become a better teacher through a series of professional practices you will demonstrate in your own classroom. Participants will learn how to maneuver through the National Board Certification website in order to successfully complete the certification process and how to best implement these practices in their own subject/grade level during this session. With today’s emphasis on bringing innovative practices to the classroom, the National Board helps to transcend good teaching to great teaching in a multitude of ways.  As someone who is finishing up the National Board certification, presenter Natalie Brazeal can provide helpful do’s and don’ts that will make the process so much easier!

(K-12) Professional Development

 

OMG! Google Classroom is the Best!

Kristin Giffin, East Buchanan Public Schools

Windsor II

Find out why Google Classroom is the best in this session for beginners. The focus will be on getting started with Google Classroom, as well as tips and tricks to help you make the most of it. The presenter, Kristin Giffin, has been teaching elementary computers for 12 years. She has been using Google Classroom since it was released in 2014. In August, she earned her Level 1 Google Educator Certification. Bring a laptop or tablet and an idea about which class you’d like to use Google Classroom. There will be time at the end of the session to work on Google Classroom and ask questions. You will leave the session saying, “OMG, Google Classroom IS the the best!”

(K-12) Technology, Instructional Strategies

 

Stop Not Reinventing the Wheel

Dale Hoggatt, Joplin Public Schools

Parliament II

Last year’s presentation is back. It may not be a music, art, or performance class….but if music soothes the savage beast, and if a picture is worth a thousand words, why aren’t you using visual images, moving pictures, and music to teach? From Air Supply to ZZ Top, from Beethoven to Coldplay, we’re using music in different ways — for ambience, focus, reading, writing, and celebration. From sketches to Youtube videos, we’re using art to teach comprehension, enhance reading fluency, to inspire writing. From beginning to end, this session from a 29-year veteran classroom teacher is chockablock with ideas to add color and rhythm to your classroom.

(K-5, 6-8) Student Engagement

 

Surviving Yourself: Reigniting Your Fire for Teaching When You’re Burnt Out

Jami Williams, Mexico Public Schools

Polo

Teachers are leaving the profession earlier and at a higher rate than ever before. Demands on a teacher’s time have always leaked outside of the classroom, but now we are expected to do more for our students, be more to our students, maintain relationships with students, not infringe on the boundaries of students and keep up with all the trends in education, legislation, and pedagogy.  Teachers are exhausted. Teaching is exhausted. And once upon a time, every teacher loved it. How do we reconnect to the teachers we were? How do we find encouragement in the face of administrators who themselves are failed classroom teacher?  How do we get back that passion? Through the use of humor, encouragement, and creating a community of positive influence within our teacher communities.

(K-12) Teacher Development

 

Treasurer Training

Bruce Moe, MSTA Executive Director and Gail McCray, MSTA Association Legal Counsel

Windsor I

Whether you are new to the role of treasurer or an experienced veteran, you probably have questions about the new required financial reporting for the local CTA. We will provide the latest information on the reporting requirements, answer your CTA-specific questions on HB1413 reporting as well as IRS requirements. Information is geared to CTA treasurers.

CTA Treasurers

 

 

Thursday, Nov. 8, After School Workshops

4:45-5:45 p.m.

 

#Breakout EDU (Continuation of 3:30 p.m. workshop)

Samantha Brines and Christine Brines

Piccadilly

 

Differentiation in a Paperless ELA Classroom (Continuation of 3:30 p.m. workshop)

Janice Davis, Ladue Public Schools

Parliament III

 

Engaging Missouri Readers

Lysha Thompson, Brenda Steffens, Jennifer Baldwin, Debbie Anderson, Reading Circle Committee

Polo

Come learn from current or retired school librarians about MSTA’s Reading Circle program and the ways the program can be used to engage readers of all ages. Reading Circle has a new website that will contain current lists of suggested titles for students, as well as Reading Circle reading logs and Reading Circle Certificates. Committee members will share with attendees suggestions for utilizing the Reading Circle program within their own classroom schoolwide.

(K-12) Student Engagement, Reading

 

Give and Take

Dale Hoggatt, Joplin Public Schools

Parliament II

Do you need your students to show more respect and consideration to each other? Are you looking for ways to get more eye contact/tracking from your students? Is it possible to explicitly teach manners and core behaviors in ways your students will understand and love? Beginning with simple improv/theater games, this session from a 29-year master teacher will give you practical ways to develop your classes into taking and giving attention with their peers in turn. They’ll soon yield the floor and build on the comments of their peers naturally. Apply these techniques, and you’ll soon discover new ways to achieve a culture of positive relationships in your classroom.

(K-5, 6-8) Classroom Environment, Student Relationships,

 

Professional Rights and Responsibilities

Scott Smith, MSTA Legal Staff

Bradley

Not all issues are legal issues and not all are limited to teachers.  We call them Professional Rights and Responsibilities knowing they may have legal implications down the road.  Come learn how to navigate the gray area.

(K-12) Professional Development

 

Raising Student Achievement Tomorrow

Laura Watkins and Renee Cummins, Real-Time PD, LLC

Parliament I

As educators we are aware of the increasing pressure being placed on teachers to raise student engagement and achievement. This session is designed to equip you, the classroom teacher, with proven methods and strategies that you will be able to implement quickly and easily upon your return to the classroom after Convention. Participants will be actively engaged throughout the presentation. We will be focusing on the following Missouri Teaching Standards: academic language, student engagement, critical thinking, and effective formative assessment. These strategies have improved our performance as teachers and our students’ achievement on district and state assessments.

(K-5, 6-8) Instruction, Student Engagement, Critical Thinking, Assessment

 

 

Friday, Nov. 9, Early Bird Workshops

7:30-8:30 a.m.

 

3D Printing in Your Classroom

Eric Langhorst, Liberty Public Schools

Windsor II

Participants will learn how 3D printing can be incorporated into a wide variety of content areas and grade levels. Eric Langhorst will share real-world examples from his computer science and history classes using a Dremel 3D40 printer. His classes use Tinkercad – a free online 3D modeling program that both elementary and secondary students can use to create 3D models for printing. Also discussed will be where educators can find existing models online from sources like the Smithsonian and NASA that can be printed and used in their classroom.

(K-12) Technology, STEM

 

Being Wrong Has Never Felt So Right (Two-hour session: 7:30-10 a.m.)

Darbie Valenti, St. Joseph Public Schools

Windsor IV

To get our students to truly adopt a growth mindset and believe in the “power of yet,” we need to be innovative in the way we structure our learning tasks. Getting students to have grit and perseverance in a task oftentimes is dependent on the task design. Learn multiple ways that you can restructure traditional tasks in ways that promote intellectual safety. Once intellectual safety is achieved, students will be more likely to take risks in their learning and truly adopt a growth mindset. Walk away with ideas for low-prep, ready to use strategies that can be implemented into your instruction immediately.

(K-12) Growth Mindset, Student Engagement, Rigor

 

Everyone is a Teacher of Reading

Dr. Natalie Precise, Drury University

Parliament I

This presentation will take participants through the journey of essential elements of literacy instruction, best practices for literacy instruction, and how to apply these practices to their current classrooms. We will discuss activating prior knowledge, literacy strategies, and motivation. Participants will leave renewed and excited about new literacy strategies to engage readers in their K-12 classrooms.

(K-12) Student Engagement, Differentiate Instruction, Literacy

 

I Can’t Wait to Read, Where You Take Me: Linking Literacy and Learning to Everyday Curriculum

Nancy Kiefer and Jeanne Bender, publisher and author of Lindie Lou Adventure Series

Parliament III

Come along as we introduce a beginning chapter book series for primary students that engages, excites and motivates. “Flying High,” the first book in the series, takes place in St. Louis. These effective teaching tools promote learning for all, regardless of gender, race, learning ability or style. Supporting the Missouri Teaching Standards including reading, library, technology, social studies, science, music, and “Real World” curriculum, our educational materials and characters, entice readers with irresistible personalities, practical life lessons, as well as examples of courage, determination, and compassion. The presentation includes book trailers, a PowerPoint presentation, audience participation, the Lindie Lou Song and much more. Nancy Kiefer’s more than 30 years as an educator, with her master’s degree emphasizing reading and technology equip her with the knowledge and experience to be an effective presenter. Children’s author Jeanne Bender has presented to thousands of elementary students and teachers across the United States and Mexico.

(K-5) Literacy

 

Is It SPED or ESL? BTW What Is ESL?

Tara Friga and Allison Tilley, Nixa Public Schools

Windsor I

Can ELLs be in SPED? How do you assess an ELL for SPED? What does the law say? How can you tell the difference between second language acquisition or a language disability? How do you help these students? This presentation will answer these questions as well as give an overview of what ESL is and what type of instructional strategies work best for them. Tara Friga has worked in special education for six years and in ESL for five years. Allison Tilley is in her 10th year as an ESL teacher.

(K-12) English Language Learners, Instructional Strategies, Special Education,

 

Leveraging Effective Teaching Practices in Mathematics (Two-hour session: 7:30-10 a.m.)

Amy Youngblood, EduOptimus

Parliament II

Are ALL learners engaged in solving a complex task that promotes problem-solving and reasoning in your classroom? This session is built and designed to ignite your passion for mathematics by leveraging effective teaching practices from Principles to Actions and Taking Action (NCTM 2017) to ensure that ALL students are given the opportunity to access the mathematics and move their learning forward. Participants will analyze tasks to determine the complexity, solve math tasks, and sort student work for sharing.

(K-5, 6-8) Student Engagement, Rigor, Mathematics

 

Virtual Escape Room: How to Make Using Google Tools (Two-hour session: 7:30-10 a.m.)

Kelsey Stottsberry, Iberia Public Schools

Windsor III

Learn how to use Google Tools to build a virtual escape room in the classroom. Participants will solve an escape room mystery themselves, and then learn the tools needed to develop their own escape room. Participants will need a laptop or Chromebook for the session.

(9-12) Critical Thinking, Student Engagement

 

Managing Challenging Behaviors in the Regular Classroom Environment (Two-hour session: 7:30-10 a.m.)

Dr. Joseph Sartorius, Southwest Baptist University

Piccadilly

This workshop will focus on how to manage students with challenging behaviors especially those with special needs. This will be an active hands-on presentation to develop a repertoire of resources and skills to help a teacher create a positive learning environment. A three-tier system of intervention along with practical strategies to prevent and deescalate negative behavior will be presented. Participants will actively engage each other in using strategies for classroom behaviors.

(K-12) Classroom Management, Restorative Practices

 

Friday, Nov. 9, Early Bird Workshops

9-10 a.m.

 

Being Wrong Has Never Felt So Right (Continuation of 7:30 workshop)

Darbie Valenti, St. Joseph Public Schools

Windsor IV

 

Flipgrid — Amazing Race Style!

Samantha Brines and Christine Brines, Neosho Public Schools

Parliament I

Learn about all of the features of Flipgrid while participating in an Amazing Race type experience. Not only will attendees participate in the Amazing Race — Flipgrid Style, but participants will also learn the benefits of using Flipgrid in their classroom. Flipgrid can be used for pedagogical learning strategies and can prompt further discussions. Flipgrid is an amazing tool for teaching modern communication skills, offers cross-class collaboration, and best of all it is completely free.

(K-12) Technology, Student Engagement

 

Giving Up Is Not an Option

Kimberly Amodio, Waynesville Public Schools

Windsor II

Presenter Kimberly Amodio will discuss how the implementation of trauma-informed practices has changed the climate of a Level 4+ residential psychiatric center. Students who have been exposed to trauma and chronic stress and who traditionally had poor relationships with school staff are finding success. If it can happen at our facility, it can happen in your school and classrooms too. We never give up on kids.

(K-12) Trauma-Informed Practices, Classroom Environment, Student Relationships,

 

Leveraging Effective Teaching Practices in Mathematics (Continuation of 7:30 workshop)

Amy Youngblood, EduOptimus

Parliament II

 

Managing Challenging Behaviors in the Regular Classroom Environment (Continuation of 7:30 workshop)

Dr. Joseph Sartorius, Southwest Baptist University

Piccadilly

 

Special Education Accommodations & Modifications for the Regular Education Teacher

Tracy Hurlburt, Seneca Public Schools

Parliament III

Practical tips for regular education teachers to accommodate and modify for the student with special needs in their classroom. An explanation of the difference between accommodations and modifications will be covered. A PowerPoint presentation will be shared, followed by an open discussion with participants over practical ways the regular education teacher is able to comply with the IEP accommodations and modifications. Participants will be sharing with each other ideas as to how to execute the accommodations and modifications in a timely and correct manner. Presenter Tracy Hurlburt has been a special education teacher in the co-teaching setting, as well as the pull-out setting for 14 years. This session will leave classroom teachers with many ways to manage compliance with IEP accommodations and modifications in their classroom.

(K-12) Special Education, Instruction Strategies

 

Tech Games that Teach

Cathy Schultz, Mehlville Public Schools

Windsor I

Session participants will “play” short versions of several technology-based games that have high student engagement. Through the games, we will learn how they are created. What the games don’t teach us, we’ll discuss. We will have time for attendees to share some favorites! Presenter Cathy Schutz is one of her building’s STEM innovators and she teaches technology literacy to middle school students. These games help students of all levels have fun and they don’t even know they are learning. Some of the games we will use are Quizlet, digital Breakout EDU, scratch, and GooseChase.

(6-8, 9-12) Classroom Environment, Technology, Student Engagement

 

Virtual Escape Room: How to Make Using Google Tools (Continuation of 7:30 workshop)

Kelsey Stottsberry, Iberia Public Schools

Windsor III