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Monday, May 22
 

8:00am EDT

Creating Apps for the Community
Students at Essex High School learned HTML, CSS and JavaScript using the online, self-paced Treehouse platform and then used these skills to develop their own apps. We partnered with Apps for Good in the United Kingdom to acquire the research and design skills necessary to make digital products and take them to market.

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Monday May 22, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
GBTC 217

8:00am EDT

Podcasting 101- A Beginner’s guide to creating a podcast using easy-to-use Google tools!
Podcasts are a great way to share information with students, staff & community. They allow people to listen in when it is convenient for them. We will discuss equipment & software needed for beginner podcasters to get started. Also discussed will be recording tips, where and how to export and store recordings, how to publish using Google drive and sites.

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Monday May 22, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
CCM 424

8:00am EDT

What's The Story? Blending Virtual and Experiential Spaces
Find out about www.whatsthestoryvt.com, an innovative course for middle and high school students from across Vermont united around positive social action. Blurring virtual and experiential lines, WtS leverages web tools for #socialaction, #reflectivelearning, and #digped as a #OER. We'll explore how hybrid learning and narrative research can build empathy and change agents, how domains can nurture blended learning, blended activism, and self-reflection, and how we can share pedagogy in ways that are engaging, adaptable, and actionable.



Monday May 22, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
GBTC 112

9:15am EDT

"Flipping the Switch” for School Library Advocacy
Promotion and marketing of your school library program creates that core of advocates that we all need. The presenter will take you through the steps of creating a marketing/communications plan that can make a difference for your support by students, teachers, staff, school board and community. It's all about attitude, leadership and preparation.

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Monday May 22, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am EDT
CCM 442

9:15am EDT

Encourage authentic student voice with Open Educational Resources(OER)!
OER is a hot topic in colleges and universities around the world. K-12 schools can also use these free resources to encourage authentic student voice! In this session you will learn what Open Educational Resources are, their origins, where to find them, how to evaluate the quality of their content, and how you can use them to create personalized, student-centered learning opportunities in your school district!

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Monday May 22, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am EDT
GBTC 114

9:15am EDT

Tips for Implementing a Successful 'Battle of the Books' Program at Your School
Four elementary librarians will share their procedures and tips for implementing the 'Battle of the Books' program at their school. (But this need not be only an elementary school program!) Learn step-by-step how to proceed from start to finish with conducting the program. In some instances, the list of books to read is focused on the DCF books, but others create their list with different criteria. There will be demonstrations and discussion, followed by a Q&A session. It should be fast-paced and informative and, we hope, inspirational.

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Monday May 22, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am EDT
GBTC 206

9:15am EDT

UDL and Personalized Learning: Realizing Proficiencies with All Learners
In ESSA, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is considered the scientifically-based approach to personalize learning. How can we harness UDL to help each learner develop the proficiencies to be future ready? Discover how to use the UDL Lens in a 3-step process to develop a Personal Learning Plan (PLP) designed with goals so that each learner can gain independent, self-directed skills to master the proficiencies to be prepared for college, career and life.

Presenters
avatar for Kathleen McClaskey

Kathleen McClaskey

Advocacy Chair, NHSTE
Kathleen McClaskey (@khmmc) is Founder of Make Learning Personal and co-author of bestsellers Make Learning Personal and How to Personalize Learning: A Practical Guide for Getting Started and Going Deeper. She is an innovative leader, education technologist, international speaker... Read More →



Monday May 22, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am EDT
CCM 424

11:30am EDT

Our Journey to PLPs from the Tech Team's Perspective
Creating a student-centered learning environment from the perspective of the tech team. Technical Integration: Moving to an integrated classroom; Substitution/use vs integration; Training teachers & students; Differentiation; Resources; Keeping up to date on the latest. Technology Team: What supports are needed for this kind of initiative; What technologies need to be in place; Maintaining a 1:1; Fiscal responsibilities; Replacement of devices; Other needs

Technology Integration:
Moving to an integrated classroom
Substitution/use vs integration
Training teachers & students
Differentiation
Resources
Keeping up to date on the latest

Technology Team:
What supports are needed for this kind of initiative.
What technologies need to be in place.
Maintaining a 1:1
Fiscal responsibilities
Replacement of devices
Other needs

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Presenters
avatar for Neil Daub

Neil Daub

IT/IS Technician, Greater Rutland County SU


Monday May 22, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
GBTC 117

11:30am EDT

Student Voices- helping students find the power of their work and create positive action.
Students from Burlington High School International Club will share their #AllAreWelcome project which is spreading nationwide. They will share how this process started, how it has grown, and how it has helped them discover their voice and the power of working together to affect change. Participants will brainstorm opportunities for bringing student voice and ownership to their own schools.

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avatar for Susan Blethen

Susan Blethen

ELL Teacher, Burlington High School
Burlington High School English Language teacher, Susan Blethen, has embraced technology in her classroom creating a blended learning environment. As a 1:1 school, Susan and her students have discovered new and exciting ways to demonstrate learning using technology.


Monday May 22, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
CCM 442

12:30pm EDT

1:45pm EDT

Copyright - Yes You Can!
Copyright and fair use are issues that concern librarians, teachers, tech integrationists and administrators alike. The ease of publishing online provides a powerful platform for student voice. Yet many schools operate in a culture of fear and uncertainty: what uses are legal? What is Fair Use? Transformativeness? Explore essentials of copyright to feel more confident in your use of images, songs, movies, news media, advertising, online resources and popular culture, to build students' critical thinking and communication skills.

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Monday May 22, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
GBTC 114

1:45pm EDT

Making it Personal: Opportunities for Service Learning
Join Christopher Whitaker, STEM Education Coordinator from the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, for a discussion about the role informal science institutions play in Vermont’s Flexible Pathways Initiative. ECHO will showcase its Personalized Learning Program as a model for mentored learning opportunities tailored to individual middle and high school students. The discussion will include how to navigate the unique challenges of service learning outside the classroom.


Monday May 22, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
CCM 426

1:45pm EDT

Talk with the experts: Leadership Tips and Strategies for School Librarians
A panel of distinguished and experienced school librarians will discuss practical strategies you can use to transform and enhance your role as school librarians into recognized leaders in your schools and states. ESSA, The Essential Librarian, and Student Equity will be addressed in their discussions. Brought to you by New England School Librarians Association (NESLA)


Monday May 22, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
CCM 442

3:00pm EDT

Digital Dossier: Curriculum, PLPs and Reports with Tech-Tools
Academic work, personalized learning plans, and proficiency-based assessments. These define the products and processes of learning and growth. With the use of technology these elements form a "digital dossier" - a narrative of each student's learning experience. Through the use of Google Classroom, Jumprope, Protean and more, students at the Edge Academy and Shelburne Community School have explored numerous resources to collect, review, and express their learning while defining 21st century "digital citizenship". Gary Tilden will also present on the newest features that Protean offers as a platform for PLPs.

Q+A, discussion, and conversation will be built in to this presentation. 

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Presenters
avatar for Samuel Nelson

Samuel Nelson

6-8 Humanities/Social Studies Teacher, Shelburne Community School
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MrNelsonTeaches


Monday May 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
CCM 444

3:00pm EDT

ESSA In Vermont: Opportunities for Equity
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has replaced No Child Left Behind as the major federal legislation supporting the education of historically marginalized students. Come learn how to leverage the law to meet the equity goals of Vermont’s Education Quality Standards and be an informed voice in your school’s development of a comprehensive improvement plan. Patrick Halladay and Christopher Case, ESSA Project Managers at the Vermont AOE, will lead the conversation.

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Monday May 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
GBTC 206

3:00pm EDT

Heart-Rate Monitoring and Personalized Learning in Phys Ed
Students will share how using heart rate monitoring technology in Physical Education at Crossett Brook Middle School personalizes learning and increases student motivation to be physically active. Presenters will demonstrate how the use of heart rate monitor watches enables learners to self-assess and adjust effort in class (from the instant, object feedback the monitors provide) so that they can reach (and maintain) a fitness-enhancing level of participation.  Time permitting, student presenters will also coach each audience member through the process of using a heart rate monitor so they can see first-hand how the personalized feedback motivates and actively engages all learners.

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Monday May 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
CCM 434

3:00pm EDT

PLPs, New Google Sites and Student Led Conferences
Learn more about how to use the New Google Sites from my students. Students have been working as support crew members this year to teach other students how to create sites and build online portfolios as part of their goal setting work and PLPs. Students will showcase their portfolio site examples and how they have used sites during their student led conferences.

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Monday May 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
GBTC 112

3:00pm EDT

Why You Should Be the Next ALA Emerging Leader!
The American Library Association’s Emerging Leaders program is an amazing experience for young and/or new library professionals. This year I had the pleasure of being sponsored by the Vermont School Library Association as their first Emerging Leader. Come hear about the experience and why you should be VSLA’s next ALA Emerging Leader.

Presenters
avatar for Shannon DeSantis

Shannon DeSantis

library media specialist, Peoples Academy
School librarian at Peoples Academy Middle and High School in Morrisville, VTVSLA Board Member: Conference, and Membership ChairsALA Emerging Leader 2017AASL School Library Month Committee member



Monday May 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
GBTC 114

4:15pm EDT

 
Tuesday, May 23
 

8:00am EDT

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Committee Panel
Join members of the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award committee for a quick intro to the 2017-2018 list of 30 nominated titles. If there is time at the end, we will talk about the selection process and highlight some of the books that did not make it this year. Please bring your questions!


Tuesday May 23, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
CCM 442

8:00am EDT

Exploring STEM & Coding with LEGO WeDo 2.0
Interested in learning more about LEGO WeDo 2.0? Looking to add STEM standards into your classroom? Join us as third and fourth graders from Moretown School will share their experiences building and programming WeDo robotics. Students explored robotics through real-world, problem-based learning opportunities in multiple settings. Come listen to them present their learning. Attendees will have time to explore the WeDo platform.

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Tuesday May 23, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
GBTC 114

8:00am EDT

Student Journalism in the Age of New Media, Truthiness and Alternative Facts
Now, more than ever, it is important to teach young journalists ethics and effective use of new school multimedia technologies to enable them to communicate the world’s stories with integrity, effectiveness, and comprehensive coverage. Meet student journalists from Burlington High School and Integrated Arts Academy involved in cutting-edge reporting and student journalism advocacy to learn how they use new and traditional media tools to communicate their message.


Tuesday May 23, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
GBTC 117

8:00am EDT

Student Leadership with Brainado!
Last year our school launched a Genius Hour experience that we call Brainado. In the second year we have formed a Student Leadership Group to support Brainado 2.0 from the school-wide launch to the final exhibition (Sharenado!). Join us to hear how student leadership is taking Brainado to the next level.


Tuesday May 23, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
CCM 434

8:00am EDT

Twenty-first Century Learning Engagement
Twenty-first Century learners require more engagement than students have ever before. We know that a hands-on approach to learning fosters collaboration and inquiry, and aids retention. This session will cover ways to assess student learning while increasing student engagement using participatory learning tools such as Kahoot, BreakoutEDU, Goosechase, and more.

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Tuesday May 23, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
CCM 424

9:15am EDT

Collaborative WeVideo Teams
WeVideo has advanced features allowing students to collaborate in video editing teams. Join my students as they show you how they use WeVideo Projects to create and collaborate at the same time. A student showcase of examples will be shared along with easy to follow steps to bring back to your classroom and students.

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Tuesday May 23, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am EDT
CCM 233

9:15am EDT

Harnessing Student Energy as a Path to Proficiency
At Harwood Union High School, students within the school’s shared leadership team are creating a “passage presentation” for ninth graders that provides a structure for using personalized learning plans and digital portfolios as vehicles for demonstrating proficiency. In this session, co-principal Amy Rex and her students will share how they are harnessing student energy to build criteria for meeting proficiency-based graduation requirements and communicating it to their peers.

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avatar for Amy Rex

Amy Rex

Principal, Harwood Union



Tuesday May 23, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am EDT
CCM 434

9:15am EDT

Middle School PLP - Report on Two Years of Progress
We are very excited to share our trials and tribulations regarding the PLP process from the lens of Lamoille middle school students. We will be presenting ideologies from 7th and 8th graders who are engaged in the 2nd year of the PLP process. Topics to be discussed are; passion projects, embedded service-learning initiatives, proficiency based learning, and much more!


Tuesday May 23, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am EDT
GBTC 112

9:15am EDT

Supporting PBL & student choice with a Makerspace
A Makerspace has much more potential than just providing a space for students to explore and tinker. A makerspace can become an integral part of what is going on every day in classrooms. At PES the makerspace is being used to enhance & support PBL and student choice for school work, enrichment as well as a space for students to follow their own passions and create their own learning.

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Tuesday May 23, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am EDT
GBTC 217

11:30am EDT

Choose Your Own Adventure: Flexible Pathways in Proficiency-Based Learning.
Student voice and choice guide what, and how, we explore content with use of the negotiated curriculum and student planning committee models. The mantra? Curriculum is a conversation, not a mandate. Practicing and applying transferable skills to content has become the mode of communicating student growth. This results in more feedback, less grading. A student panel will share their perspective from this year's units, including "Election 2016", "You Say You Want A Revolution!", and more. 

In short: A teacher should not monopolize planning curricular content. With valuable and practical transferable skills at the core of learning, the content is interchangeable. Therefore, students should be involved with every level of planning and engaging with content.

Q+A, discussion, and conversation will be built into this presentation.  

Presenter Material

Presenters
avatar for Samuel Nelson

Samuel Nelson

6-8 Humanities/Social Studies Teacher, Shelburne Community School
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MrNelsonTeaches


Tuesday May 23, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
CCM 233

11:30am EDT

PBL or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Learner Centered Education
This workshop will follow a first year teacher's journey implementing the Learner Centered model as well as community based PBL. Topics will include strategies for implementing a Learner Centered model in your classroom, as well as examples of student projects and interviews with the students themselves.

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avatar for Ben Curtis

Ben Curtis

Social Studies Teacher, Proctor Jr/Sr High School


Tuesday May 23, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
CCM 444

12:30pm EDT

From Auto-mechanics to Neuroscience: Purposeful, Proficiency-based Senior Projects
Compass School has been successfully challenging seniors to complete independent projects for fourteen years. As the facilitator of these required culminating projects, I will share my curriculum, sample projects, and testimonials from students. Materials include an overview for students and parents, formative and summative assessments, sample report card (using proficiencies), and timeline. I will explain how students plan and implement projects that are both personally meaningful and challenging.


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Tuesday May 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
GBTC 114

12:30pm EDT

Fostering Student Voice Through Unconditional Positive Regard
When students feel safe in school, their voices flourish. But how can we let them know that we truly want to hear what they have to say? It’s not about a program, strategy or tool - it’s how we carry ourselves in relationship with students. Unconditional positive regard is the guiding philosophy that creates powerful relationships in which amazing learning and growth happens. Learn about how to embrace this approach!

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Tuesday May 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
GBTC 112

1:45pm EDT

An Educator’s Survival Guide to the Internet of Things
What is the Internet of Things (IoT), why should educators care and what amazing opportunities does it afford your students? This session will answer these questions and show how the IoT can combine STEAM curriculum and a school’s Makerspace to create real-world citizen science opportunities for your students. If you enjoyed experimenting with an Arduino or Raspberry Pi but wondered what’s next, come and find out.

Presenters
avatar for Bryant Patten

Bryant Patten

President, Long Arc Learning, LLC
I have spent the last 25+ years developing educational software for a variety of clients. I have managed the engineering departments for several companies, including his own, and been luck enough to win several awards for software design. I enjoy bringing Open Source software and... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
CCM 233

1:45pm EDT

Breakout BLAST!!
Looking for a new and innovative way to teach critical thinking, teamwork and complex problem solving? Have your heard of Breakout EDU and wondered what the buzz is all about? This immersive workshop will go over the basic components of the Breakout EDU kit and challenge participants to experience first hand the Breakout EDU craze!! Can be used in the classroom in all content areas as well as with staff, faculty, and administration.

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Tuesday May 23, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
CCM 424

1:45pm EDT

Creating and Empowering Lifelong Learners
"Swift House creates and empowers lifelong learners through a personalized and engaging experience." Learn how this middle school team's organizational structure and systems address the three pillars of personalized learning.


Tuesday May 23, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
CCM 444

1:45pm EDT

Find Your Superpower: Specializing in the Library
Librarians are expected to know a lot and do a lot, which can be overwhelming at times. Come learn how four middle and high school librarians are specializing in their buildings to enhance student experiences: building empathy through reading, harnessing the power of social media, teaching with practices that honor the teen-aged brain, and innovative new courses.


Tuesday May 23, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
GBTC 114

1:45pm EDT

Using an LMS to Roadmap Student Proficiency
Using an LMS helps educators create an efficient process for building skills and documenting proficiency. Starting with a PBGR, participants will map specific standards aligned with the graduation requirement to activities and assessments within the LMS environment to create a purposeful roadmap to document student growth over time. Although we will Canvas, the focus of the strategies used will be transferable to other systems.

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Tuesday May 23, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
CCM 434

1:45pm EDT

VOL and VALS: the new (and improved) systems behind the acronyms
There have been many changes to the Vermont Online Library, online databases available to all Vermonters, and the Vermont Automated Library System, the state's interlibrary loan system. In this session, you will learn the nuts and bolts and the tips and tricks.

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Tuesday May 23, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
GBTC 117

3:00pm EDT

3:00pm EDT

Creating Authentic Learning Using an LMS
Interested in what works and what doesn't in online classes? I will share with you my experience creating two project based semester long classes in Computer Science for students in 7th and 9th grades. I’ll also discuss the free tools that I use to create resources. Students will discuss what they liked about the classes, what was challenging, and what they learned.

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Tuesday May 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
CCM 444

3:00pm EDT

Empower, Educate, Engage: Combining Data, Stories and Conversations to Develop Community Partnerships at All Levels
Listen, contribute, and take away some new ideas. Join this panel discussion to hear colleagues offer examples of how they have reached out into their communities to share the role of the School Library Media Specialist and how they contribute to an ever-changing learning landscape. Add your ideas about growing partnerships for the good of all, and empower yourself with tools and ideas that will engage your communities.

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Tuesday May 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
CCM 424