Keynote with Michael Bonner
Michael Bonner, Teacher and Speaker
Hear from Michael Bonner, visionary in positive mindset and innovation and a Grades 4 and 6 social studies and reading teacher at the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, GA.
More than 7,000 educators have joined our at-home virtual summits and webinars to gain insights from a team of experts on topics related to distance-learning best practices for i-Ready implementation, mathematics and reading instruction, and ways to stay connected. Session recordings may be accessed below. Let the learning continue!
Hear from Michael Bonner, visionary in positive mindset and innovation and a Grades 4 and 6 social studies and reading teacher at the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, GA.
In this session, Robinson and Sullivan take you through a series of mindful activities to help you stay in the present moment, reduce stress, and feel calmer. Not only can you use these with your students, but you can also learn how to take care of yourself!
Nélida Pagan, a Grade 2 teacher from The Walt Disney Magnet STEAM School and member of the Curriculum Associates Extraordinary Educator Class of 2020, shares her experiences with distance learning.
Hear from Dwayne Reed, teaching phenom, educational activist, author, and fourth/fifth grade teacher in the Chicago Public Schools.
Brooklin Tover is a six-year i-Ready user who is finding simple shifts to help both teachers and administrators humanize the process of data analysis and decision making. Leave with ideas, resources, and most importantly, a rejuvenated look at your impact on students’ growth!
Research has proven time and time again that reading comprehension is directly related to math performance. In this session, we are going to read between the lines and manage middle school math through reading strategies. Join us to gain several “back-pocket” strategies you can immediately take back to your middle schoolers.
Social-emotional learning (SEL) is not a new fad in education. It has always existed in many different forms, but unfortunately, due to the pressures behind pacing and teaching to all grade-level standards, SEL has been pushed to the side. In this session, you will be reminded of the importance and need for SEL and be provided with ideas on how to incorporate SEL activities into your school day, even without a district-provided curriculum.
Managing a classroom with students who have various learning abilities can be tough. Creating personalized instruction and implementing project-based learning in your classroom is a phenomenal way to meet the needs of all students. In this session, Paul Tarasevich reviews how you can personalize lessons using today's technology, differentiate instruction to meet the needs of students with various learning abilities, and learn how to use project-based learning in your classroom.
Are your students getting bored of i-Ready? Is it a challenge each week for them to get their required minutes? Are your lesson pass rates going down? Then it might be time to shake things up with an i-Ready competition! Walk away from this session with a step-by-step guide on how to implement your own competitions to increase student engagement and gains before the end of the school year. Leave with practical, low-prep competition ideas that you can implement with your classroom, grade level, or an entire school, this year or next.
This session will dive into how to integrate technology in the classroom. Shaia Belt shares best practices that encourage all scholars to participate, cut their cameras on, and enjoy the online lessons. Learn the importance of transitioning your teaching style to one that is conducive to learning online. Many teachers want to teach the traditional way online, and this is not working!
Come see some of Anne Barbour’s favorite literature pieces that she uses to “make math magical” in her classroom. She’s included ways to share the same book both in person as well as virtually with her classes. Make that story work for you and cover reading, writing, math, science, and social studies all in one sitting! Everyone will go home with an idea to use tomorrow.
Children need to see themselves in the books they are reading. In addition, the world needs to see an extensive view of diversity. Images are powerful, and books can be a powerful tool for change. In this session, learn about "my why": Why did I write a story that represents diversity and change?
As leaders, how do we balance the mental and physical well-being of our staff while motivating them to innovate and address the needs of our students when they return from extended school closures? In this session, Daniel Pink and Rob Waldron discuss leadership moves that motivate people to do their best work.
Many educators have had to say goodbye to seeing their students in person, maybe for the rest of the year. Change is hard. However, in this session, we talk about how we can still stay connected to each other and our students.
In this session, educators gain eye-opening, data-based insights into the growing achievement gap across the country and tangible ways to make closing that gap a reality.
As we navigate through redesigning our children’s school experience, we must continue to prioritize our most vulnerable students. This session explores how to encourage and engage those students.
To keep engagement and discourse alive, consider a few key best practices and add a little creativity. This session explores ways to keep engagement and discourse thriving in synchronous, asynchronous, or family-led classrooms.
Explore ways to keep mathematical discourse thriving in virtual classrooms. It is still possible with a few key best practices and a little creativity. This session also includes a lesson demonstration and student modeling.
This session will explore some common misconceptions about decimal and fraction operations, including things we sometimes do as adults that reinforce misconceptions. We also discuss strategies to encourage "rough-draft thinking" in mathematics as a way to normalize students' sharing and revision of mathematical conceptions.
In this session, learn about EdReports, their review process, and how it can help you make instructional product decisions. We also focus on the mathematics criteria and look at sample reports.
Productive struggle is a critical component of learning mathematics with understanding. Providing purposeful time and employing strategic structures support students as they delve deeply into mathematical problems and concepts. Participants learn concrete strategies that can be enacted in person or remotely.
We explore the progression of learning spanning from kindergarten to high school to experience how math skills developed in the early years prepare students for Algebra 1. No matter what grade you teach, you can find something to use with your students to propel them forward.
This session shares examples of teachers who are implementing practices that reflect culturally responsive mathematics teaching as a way to increase student engagement and success. We reflect on how such an approach helps rehumanize mathematics learning by strengthening students' mathematical identities.
Deficit views of historically marginalized children, their families, and communities persist in education. The COVID-19 pandemic brought this truth into sharp focus. In this session, explore strategies for providing linguistically and culturally diverse students with coherent learning experiences that connect language development and mathematics conceptual understanding.
We discuss and explore strategies for teaching mathematics in ways that center mathematics learning to provide access and opportunities for all students to learn.
Grace Kelemanik and Amy Lucenta share strategies for engaging students in mathematical thinking and discourse while teaching remotely. Teachers learn resources to help them manage online learning and strategies to use in remote learning settings.
The rigor and coherence of college- and career-ready standards, and possible gaps from the pandemic, require school districts to adjust typical acceleration practices for enrollment in Grade 8 Algebra 1. In this session, we will look at data trends, curricular options, and next steps to ensure all students receive a complete K–8 curriculum.
Middle school mathematics is more important than we think. The mathematics taught in the middle grades is used most often by everyday citizens throughout their adult lives. It also sets the foundation for higher mathematics. Teaching it, however, comes with a unique set of challenges. Join us as we explore problem-based lessons that engage ALL students and strengthen their grasp on the standards of mathematical practice.
Do your students struggle to “see” angle relationships? Are protractors perplexing? This hands-on session will explore three perspectives of angles—shape, fraction, and turning—to illuminate angle measurement understanding, explore application of angle relationships in middle school, and connect this understanding to transformational geometry and high school trigonometry.
Number lines are a lovely sensemaking model from early elementary to secondary mathematics, but often the construction and understanding are a bit elusive to students and educators! Participants will experience and practice the Grades 3–6 strategies to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions using number lines.
The strongest middle school implementations all have one thing in common: making connections with students and data. In this workshop, you will learn best practices from successful implementations on helping data come alive for all levels of a middle school implementation, from student to administrator, teacher to parent. You will leave with strategies and ideas on how to build on what’s working and find new ways to re-engage and make new connections with data.
Are the ratio visual models perplexing? Join us for low-risk, hands-on learning and practice of the models that bring ratio reasoning to life for students. Learn how these middle school expectations prepare students for high school algebra standards.
Growth mindset, neuroplasticity, grit, math trauma, brain science, and language processing: what do these words have in common? They all play an important part in how we learn math! In this session, we are going to uncover and discover how the brain learns math, what gets in the way, and how to address limiting mindsets in learning math, so we can refocus our attention on planning math environments where all students are excited, connected, and really learning. Be ready to think, learn, and expand your mind as we make more space for math!
The foundations of number sense and algebraic thinking developed in Grades K–2 are essential for upper elementary, middle school, and high school mathematics, yet are often misunderstood. We will explore the progression of learning from kindergarten to secondary math to experience how skills developed in the early years prepare students for Algebra 1. No matter what grade you teach, you will find something to use with your students to propel them forward, as well as discover how to incorporate digital manipulatives for e-learning. A Curriculum Associates professional paper accompanies this presentation.
This session will explore the often-overlooked deep number sense and algebraic thinking skills in Grade 1 that lay the groundwork for success with multidigit computation in subsequent grades. Experience a few of the models and strategies introduced in Grade 1 so you can infuse them into your Grade 2 and Grade 5 lessons if needed.
Acceleration, social-emotional learning, and growth mindset are all just buzzwords if you don't start with the foundations of creating psychological safe spaces for students to try, make mistakes, explore new math ideas, and try again. In this session, you will learn how a powerful mathematical discourse routine can accomplish so much in your math classrooms and help students feel more connected not only to math but also to each other. You will learn how to set up the right learning environment and how to incorporate the routine into your everyday math classroom. Be ready to learn, laugh, and make some essential connections.
It has been a challenging time for all educators over the past few years. It’s more essential than ever to set up learning environments that help support the academic needs of all our students while also creating a safe and thriving community. In this session, we will focus on the essential leader moves to establish an inclusive and productive learning community through the creation of schoolwide beliefs, mindsets, and behaviors. You will learn how to ensure all students feel seen, heard, valued, and validated in math classrooms and beyond.
Number lines are a lovely sense-making model from early elementary to secondary mathematics. Sometimes the construction and understanding can be a bit elusive for students and educators! Join us for a hands-on session where you will learn to build and use this important mathematics tool. Establishment of a linear sense of numbers and number paths in the primary grades will be explored.
You have probably heard that acceleration is a strategy being recommended to help address unfinished learning. However, do you really understand what that means? In this session, we will break down the research and recommendations and get into the tactical and practical applications and how-tos so you can utilize this strategy in your classroom. We will focus on five key areas, including mindset, scaffolds, and supports for grade-level access, building student efficacy, creating successful classroom structures, and including families every step of the way!
This session will build on the learning from Number Lines 101. Join us to experience and practice Grades 3–5 strategies for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions using number lines. Digital tools and manipulatives will be explored.
You made it! You’ve set up a successful classroom, are digging into the data, have carefully planned, pulled your resources—and yet you still feel like your students are overwhelmed. This is the session for you! We will focus on fun ways to engage students during the math block using a variety of strategies, games, and, yes, some dancing! Be prepared to leave with great ideas and feel uplifted and ready to have more fun!
Struggling readers need to continue their journey toward accurate, fluent reading that supports comprehension. Dr. Anita L. Archer discusses how to adapt the PHONICS for Reading program to remote instruction.
For students struggling with decoding in Grades 3 and up, teachers can rely on the Science of Reading and the Science of Instruction as defined by PHONICS for Reading author Dr. Anita Archer. Join for a discussion of what and how to present critical code-focused content to students who will greatly benefit from it.
We know that reading grade-level texts has critical benefits for students. The complex ideas and structures enrich knowledge and vocabulary, which can transfer to the deep understanding of future content. This session presents proven scaffolds you can begin to use immediately to serve equal and high expectations for all.
When students are validated and affirmed, when they are viewed through an asset model instead of a deficit model, they are more engaged and eager to learn. Come explore innovations in culturally responsive teaching that draws all students to the center of the learning.
Are you concerned about your at-risk readers entering Grades 3–5 in the fall?
Since 2014, Dr. Anita Archer has worked with school districts in designing and implementing effective summer school programs utilizing PHONICS for Reading, a three-level intervention program that focuses on phonemic awareness, letter/sound associations, decoding of single- and multi-syllabic words, passage reading, and spelling. In this webinar, Dr. Archer shares an overview of those summer school programs from selection of students and program placement to implementation.
This is one of the most self-evident things we can say about reading: Readers comprehend text better when they understand the topic they’re reading about than when they don’t. Join us to learn new ways to consider texts that help students deepen connections among and within both narrative and informational reading for deep and transferable knowledge development.
Dr. Anita Archer reminds us quality instruction is the path to learning. She talks through the evidence-based practices we must utilize to optimize learning, regardless of the instructional setting.
Designed for high impact, i-Ready Personalized Instruction is a powerful complement to your Reading block, serving targeted instruction that increases coherence and accelerates student proficiency. This session will tour the latest releases for you to integrate into your overall approach in Reading, including engaging online modules and Tools for Scaffolding Comprehension designed to bring all students closer to independence with grade-level text.
i-Ready data is always devoted to clarity of next steps for instruction for maximum impact. Come enjoy this guided tour on how to use your i-Ready data and instruction across your Reading block, with a special introduction to a new lesson-level Magnetic Reading report.
After more than a year of interrupted instruction due to the pandemic, your school is gearing up to help students get back to grade level. One solution is the targeted use of PHONICS for Reading, a three-level supplemental program designed for use in Grades 3 and up. In this webinar, Dr. Anita Archer provides an overview of the program, its high-leverage instructional practices, and various implementation plans for Grades 3–5.
This National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) webinar stresses the most important strategies for increasing the coherence and effectiveness of summer learning and tutoring strategies. Panelists include Monica Washington (2014 Texas Teacher of the Year), Karen Vogelsang (2015 Tennessee Teacher of the Year and leader of a faith-based nonprofit focused on Grade 2 literacy in Memphis), Deidre Young (Memphis community volunteer), and Tyrone Holmes (chief inclusion officer at Curriculum Associates). The panel will be facilitated by Bob Williams (2009 Alaska Teacher of the Year and NNSTOY’s acting CEO). NNSTOY is a nonprofit, non-partisan network of State Teachers of the Year and Finalists that is focused on improving policy, practice, and advocacy with an overall emphasis on equity.
This session includes a discussion of the importance of high-quality instructional resources that are aligned to the standards and a shareout of available, free math and reading resources that focus on the major skills for each grade for K–8.
It’s never been easier to find online resources to supplement your curriculum, yet how do you know if any of it is good? This session shares research from the Fordham Institute and provides guiding principles for your classroom or school.
This time of year, most educators are struggling with engagement and “getting students to care.” In this session, we will dig deeper and dissect what it means to really motivate and engage students. We will go beyond just incentives and really work through the heart of what is going on with students. The difference between success and struggle is empowering students to own their learning and know exactly where they need to go to grow.