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Friday, September 29
 

8:00am

Welcome & Ron Clark
***Overflow seating will be at Ryan Middle School where Ron's presentation will be broadcasted.***

Speakers
avatar for Ron Clark

Ron Clark

Known to many as "America's Educator," Ron Clark is the 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year, a two-time New York Times Bestselling author, the subject of a television movie and the founder of The Ron Clark Academy. Ron is regularly featured on network and cable television (The... Read More →



Friday September 29, 2017 8:00am - 10:30am
Hering Auditorum

10:45am

Bridging Traditions from the Alaskan Arctic to the Mississippi Delta
Mississippi Delta...and Beyond, with slides, music, video, food & frolic!  (Emphasis on 7th-12th, however, lessons and materials may be adapted for younger students).
Kelly and Heidi will take you there...to the MS Delta, Berlin Germany, and New Orleans, through highlights of three outstanding opportunities for teachers: 
        • NEH Landmarks Workshop: MS Delta, Most Southern Place (Cleveland, MS),
        • Goethe Institute's TOP (Germany ), and the
        • Southern Institute for Education and History: Teaching the Past One Person at a Time: Holocaust and Civil Rights Stories (New Orleans, LA).
Multiple resource links provided to make multi-sensory connections with history, and to share them with your students in Alaska; TOP materials given to the first 20 workshop registrants, these materials are excellent and are geared for high school and middle school; refreshments.


Speakers
avatar for Heidi Imhof

Heidi Imhof

7/8 English and Social Studies, Barnette Magnet School, FNBSD
Interests: Travel/Study opportunities that offer the best possible primary source materials to use in my classes; National History Day, Debate. Education Background: Barnette Magnet School, English and Social Studies teacher now; because of a later in life 2nd M.A. in English Language... Read More →
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Kelly Scanlon

Teacher, Barnette Magnet School
Heidi Imhof and Kelly Scanlon are teachers at Barnette Magnet School in Fairbanks, AK. We teach 7th and 8th grade core subjects, but reach all grades in our social studies work. At this conference we plan to share stipend-based summer educational opportunities for teachers.


Friday September 29, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Lathrop 109

10:45am

Creating Standards-based assessments in Math through Edify
Quickly create standards-based assessments to better track individual student progress through personalized learning. You will see examples of how it is already being used, and you will leave with assessments that can be given the next day. You will leave with something you can use in your next class that makes your life easier and helps the students.

Speakers

Friday September 29, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Lathrop 225

12:00pm

Debate Luncheon with Steve Johnson
Bring your lunch & come learn more about how you can incorporate debate into your classroom or school.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson

Seawolf Debate, University of Alaska Anchorage
Steve Johnson directs UAA's Seawolf Debate Program. The founding president of the National Parliamentary Debate Association and former chair of the World Universities Debating Council, Steve has coached Alaskan students to international success in competitive debating. Long an advocate... Read More →



Friday September 29, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Ryan 121

12:00pm

Optional ReThink Workshop Lunch
Bring your lunch and come and work on ReThink with our ReThink regional consultant.  


Friday September 29, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Ryan 112

12:15pm

Lunch with Commissioner Johnson
Limited Capacity seats available

Come listen to the latest happenings at the state level with Comissioner Johnson.  Grab a lunch and come join us.  Seating capacity is limited.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Michael Johnson

Dr. Michael Johnson

Commissioner, Alaska Department of Education & Early Development
Dr. Michael Johnson was appointed Commissioner on June 17, 2016, and began his service on July 1, 2016.Commissioner Johnson served in the Copper River School District as superintendent, school principal, district curriculum and staff development director, elementary teacher, and special... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Lathrop Library

1:30pm

Hands on Alaska Focus Geo STEM
Explore Volcanic, Tectonic and Seismic activities. Get students excited about real life use of math and geophysical research in Alaska through fun hands on activities and real data set interpretation. This will be an active hands-on session to explore the tools, activities and ressources available through the NSF funded EarthScope program..

Speakers

Friday September 29, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Lathrop 218

1:30pm

Rating Content in Books & Materials: Censorship or Guidance

A number of sites on the Internet label content in children’s and young adult books for the purpose of helping parents and teachers make “smart” decisions about reading materials. Rating content goes wrong when censors use this information to pressure teachers and librarians to remove books commonly used in schools.  This session focuses on what teachers and librarians need to know about these sites, and how to respond when the censor calls. 


Speakers
avatar for Pat Scales

Pat Scales

Pat Scales is a 1966 graduate of the University of Montevallo (AL), and received a MLS from George Peabody College for Teachers of Vanderbilt University in 1972. She served as librarian at Greenville Middle School for 26 years, and was the first Director of Library Services at the... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Lathrop Rm 171

1:30pm

What Does Good Teaching Look Like?
Speakers
avatar for Ron Clark

Ron Clark

Known to many as "America's Educator," Ron Clark is the 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year, a two-time New York Times Bestselling author, the subject of a television movie and the founder of The Ron Clark Academy. Ron is regularly featured on network and cable television (The... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hering Auditorum

1:30pm

Learning Through Cultural Connections: The Northern Lights
Explore Alaska place-based FREE classroom resources for teaching about the northern lights from an Iñupiaq cultural perspective as well as a physical science perspective! Watch a planetarium dome show about the aurora and try out hands-on activities.

Speakers
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Lori Schoening, Lynda McGilvary, Doreen Hayward

Education Outreach,, Geophysical Institute, UAF
This team has more than 50 years combined experience providing place-based and culturally relevant science education outreach to K-12 schools and communities in Alaska.


Friday September 29, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ryan Library

1:30pm

CPR in schools
Why are we teaching hands only CPR in schools? Learn why it is important to teach Hands Only CPR, and how to successfully perform Hands Only CPR.  We are partnering with a local mining company to host this session.  We will discuss the Hands Only CPR kit recently donated to the school district and how to bring training to your school.  This will be a hands on presentation practicing compressions.  Learn how to schedule free classes at your school and check out the district's CPR in Schools Kit! 

Speakers
avatar for Sunni Danielowski

Sunni Danielowski

Senior Director, American Heart Associatin
I am the Youth Market Director for the American Heart Association covering the state of Alaska. I work with 200 schools and 65,000 students to educate on the importance of living a proactive lifestyles. We customize our programs to fit your school's needs and ensure students are... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ryan Mat Room

2:45pm

Legacy of Our Elders; Alaska Native Studies Proposal
Tanana Chiefs Conference has been developing several series that is aimed at increasing education of Alaska Native History and Studies. This includes, but is not limited to, a new series of books and accompanying DVDs of "Legacy of our Elders."


Friday September 29, 2017 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Lathrop 103

3:30pm

Setup and Use Canvas in 1 Hour
Learn to use the basics of Canvas in 1 hour. This session will walk you through logging in, setting up a course, adding files and creating an assignment in 1 hour. This session is for new users to Canvas looking for how to use Canvas next week in their classrooms. This is a perfect tool for blended learning.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Hum

Christina Hum

Online Learning Specialist, FNSBSD
An educator, technology enthusiast, bicycle lover. And I might run a little bit.


Friday September 29, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Lathrop 153

3:30pm

Picture This: Through The Lens of The Caldecott Committee

The Caldecott Committee is charged with evaluating illustrations in a picture book.  They consider style, texture, shape, line, color, and the overall design of the book.  This session focuses on how to read pictures, and how the Caldecott Committee works together to reach the final decision of which book wins the medal.


Speakers
avatar for Pat Scales

Pat Scales

Pat Scales is a 1966 graduate of the University of Montevallo (AL), and received a MLS from George Peabody College for Teachers of Vanderbilt University in 1972. She served as librarian at Greenville Middle School for 26 years, and was the first Director of Library Services at the... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Lathrop Rm 171

3:30pm

Growth Mindset: Encouraging Grit and Positive Thinking
We will be defining and clarifying a growth mindset, sharing suggestions for promoting it in students, and helping parents encourage it with their own children. Looking within at how we face our own challenges will help us do this as well as encouraging self-talk in our students that keeps doors to learning open. Long-time teachers and newbies: we need you to come and share your own experiences in this new-year pep talk. Good for all subjects!

Speakers
avatar for Patty Brown

Patty Brown

Consultant, Chilkat Learning and Academic Support Services
I have been teaching science and math in public schools for 22 years. My primary goal has been to encourage curiosity and thoughtful investigations, in the lab and in the world. Place-based content is my favorite theme and "taking it outside" has helped me take advantage of the wonderful... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Lathrop 107

4:30pm

Vendor Reception
Enjoy time visiting and learning from vendors who are supporting the Alaska Cross Content Conference. There will be Door Prizes donated by vendors.  Appetizers will be provided by NPHS and WVHS Culinary Arts programs.  

Be sure to stop by and get a vendor card at 4:30 to win door prizes. Visit at least 8 vendors and after talking with them get a stamp or initials on the card. Drop your card in the door prize box. Cards will be drawn at 5:30. You need not be present to win but be sure and stop by on Saturday to see if you won if you leave before 5:30. 

Friday September 29, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Hering Lobby
 
Saturday, September 30
 

8:00am

Blending Technology & Tradition to Transform Learning
Education has been disrupted. Technology is radically changing the way we communicate, create, and learn. The rise in online tools, the increasing availability of mobile devices, and the limitless amounts of information at our fingertips are having a profound impact on education. Join teacher and author Catlin Tucker as she shares how she transformed her low-tech classroom to create a blended learning model that strives to personalize learning, capitalize on connectivity, encourage autonomy, spark creativity and connect students to an authentic audience. She will share creative strategies and examples of student work to highlight how she is leveraging the power of technology to place students at the center of learning. 

Speakers
avatar for Catlin Tucker

Catlin Tucker

Catlin Tucker is a Google Certified Teacher, bestselling author, international trainer, and frequent Edtech speaker, who currently teaches in Sonoma County where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2010. Catlin’s first book Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 is a bestseller and... Read More →


Saturday September 30, 2017 8:00am - 9:15am
Hering Auditorum

1:15pm

How to organize Student Events in your school
This session will walk you through the organization of school events such as Science Fairs, Spelling Bee and Geography Bee.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Daml

Michelle Daml

President, Alaska Science Teachers Association


Saturday September 30, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Lathrop 104

2:30pm

Mission: Solar System - Engineer Design Squad
Design and build a device that can take a core sample from an "asteroid" and "soft landing". You will leave with six new activities that can inspire a new generation of engineers. Get ready to put on your engineer hat for two hours of fun! This workshop has six space-based hands-on challenges for school and afterschool programs, grades, 4-8.

Speakers
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Dr. Karen C. Roark

NASA Ames Research Center


Saturday September 30, 2017 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Lathrop 201