Unscrambling the Puzzle: Understanding Assessment and Accountability for K-12 Teachers
Dr. Kim Boyd

Teachers will have the opportunity to learn how multiple assessment instruments can be used in the classroom, including portfolios and rubrics for the purpose of improved K-12 student and teacher performance.

Connecting Brain Research and Theories of Learning in Educating the Learning Challenged Elementary Student in a Regular Classroom
Dr. Sherri D. Tapp

This seminar will connect current brain research and learning theory to teaching strategies and learning styles of the elementary student who has learning challenges—within the framework of a regular classroom, not diagnosed for an exceptional child program. Some of the more frustrating difficulties encountered by the teacher will be discussed, along with new or enhanced ideas for assisting these students. Handouts will be available.

Addressing the Needs of ELL/LEP Students in the Regular Classroom (Public or Private K-12)
Dr. Hallett Hullinger

Increasingly, we find English Language Learners (or students with Limited English Proficiency) in our regular classrooms. Even schools with ELL programs often have the students participate in many regular classroom activities. This workshop gives the classroom teacher strategies for including these students and making routine classroom assignments more comprehensible to them.

Unscrambling the Puzzle: Understanding Assessment and Accountability for Administrators
Dr. Kim Boyd

What evidence is used by the institution to assess the achievement of the mission and the desired results for student learning?
The goal of this workshop is to help administrators develop an institutional assessment system. Administrators will be presented with an outline of the components necessary to build an institutional assessment system based on the vision and mission of the institution for the purpose of gathering data from students, faculty, and administrators for the purpose of program improvements.

What Brain Research and Learning Theories Say About Boys Learning
Dr. Sherri D. Tapp

This workshop focuses on boys in elementary, middle and high schools and the ways they learn differently from girls. Strategies for helping boys in their learning activities will be discussed. Handouts will be available.

What Brain Research and Learning Theories Say About Girls Learning
Dr. Sherri D. Tapp

This workshop focuses on girls in elementary, middle, and high schools, taking recent brain research and learning theories and relating them to ways that a teacher can better understand and assist young females in their learning activities. Handouts will be available.

Professional Conduct and Ethics
Dr. Patrick Otto

With ever shifting cultural and legal conditions the classroom teacher and administrator finds that they must walk wisely as they carry out their daily activities. This workshop explores various current legal topics pertinent to the classroom teacher as well as looks at the NCATE teacher dispositions.

Connecting Brain Research and Art: New Vistas in Vision
Dr. Sherri D. Tapp

This seminar is an examination of how the brain functions as it is related to art and art instruction. The essentials of art and the brain’s quest for that art is examined from the perspective of vision, seeing, understanding, the receptive field, and the physiology of color vision. Handouts will be provided.

Closing the Gap: Planning and Designing Strategically
Dr. Jim V. Myers

Position your school district for the future by closing the gap between where you are and where you desire to be. Learn how to apply the best tenets of strategic design and strategic planning to truly achieve a future-focused action agenda for your school district. Utilize the power inherent in direction and alignment, from a holistic perspective, to create a school system that concentrates all its energy and resources on student success. This session will present practical suggestions to assist you in closing the gap by permitting you to think, plan and act strategically.

Curriculum Issues
Dr. Patrick Otto

From No Child Left Behind to vouchers to scope and sequencing, we will have far more to discuss than time permitted. This will be a fast moving, topic surfing adventure in the exciting world of Curricular Issues. We will look at issues that will directly affect our schools as well as our classrooms. We will discuss the issues that every teacher must be aware of in order to continue to effectively serve the students placed in their care.

Cultural Appreciation and Lifelong Learning
Dr. Sherri D. Tapp

This workshop brings with it an element of fun as we explore how our diversity compliments and strengthens us as a whole. Participants will have an opportunity to ask anything about culture and ethnicity. Games will be played and handouts will be provided.

Schools and the Law
Richard Berumen

Are you adrift in a sea of confusion over what the public law really requires to our schools? Do you think that your staff is current on copyright laws (the most abused laws in America)? Or do you feel uneasy about the requirements of F.E.R.P.A.? Although legal issues can be troublesome and difficult to decipher, there is hope. A basic understanding of these issues can reduce the occurrences of angry parents, unnecessary and confrontational meetings, and annoying distractions for you and your staff. This conference will focus on fundamental issues most likely to be encountered by schools in layman’s terms.

What Are the Hidden Rules? Addressing Socioeconomic Diversity in the Classroom
Dr. Sherri D. Tapp

This workshop, drawn from the research and experience of Dr. Ruby Payne reviews the cultures of poverty, the middle class and wealth as they play out in schools across the country. In this workshop, participants will engage in activities to understand the “hidden rules” and how we can have a more positive impact on students when we better understand these rules we all live by.

Doing What It Takes To Put School Leadership To Work: Moving Your School From Good To Great
Dr. Jim V. Myers

Are you a little behind in reading some of those books about leading effective schools? This session will help bring you up to speed as it summarizes and integrates the key points from some of the more important books on school leadership and professional learning communities. The work of Collins, DuFore, Marzano, and Schmoker will be combined in a way that you will leave the session with a top 10 list of “things to do” that will make you an effective learning leader focused on school improvement and student academic success. You can lead your school from good to great!

Teacher Leaders: Why? What? How?
Dr. Jim V. Myers

This session will explore three critical aspects of the issue of teacher leadership: Why teacher leaders are needed, what teacher leaders do, and how they do what they do.

Vision and Voice: Meeting the Leadership Challenge
Dr. Jim V. Myers

Successful school administrators are educational leaders that effectively use both “vision” and “voice” to leader their school communities. Learn how to use the basic tenets from Stephen Covey (The Eighth Habit), James Autry (The Servant Leader), and other leadership writers to enhance your leadership vision and voice.

Critical Thinking in School Curriculum

Dr. Calvin Roso

This seminar discusses practical ways to increase critical thinking in teaching and learning for all grade levels.

Using Questioning to Develop Classroom Discussion

Dr. Calvin Roso

This seminar shows how current research on questioning can be used to improve classroom discussion, reflection, and assessment.

Instructional Diversity

Dr. Calvin Roso

Using current research and practical methods, this seminar discusses multiple methods for improving classroom instruction.

Please contact Dr. Patirck Otto for additional workshops for School Boards and Leadership Teams.