2016's conference grew into a 2-day event complete with renown keynote speaker Robert Ahdoot of YayMath! and breakout sessions to fit more uniquely fit all grade levels and subjects.
The schedule for "Beyond Measure" conference was as follows:
8:30-10:30: Keynote: The Art of Inspired and Effective Education
(Robert Ahdoot, widely read education blogger and founder of YayMath! online academy)
10:45-12:00: Breakouts 1
- Animal Magnetism (Sherry Mangold, 1996 GA Fellow)
Using therapy dogs and students' interest in animals to engage in meaningful applications for research techniques, economics, expository writing, mathematics and more. Learn the benefits of therapy dogs and how they can benefit the classroom in all subjects.
- We're Not Just Teachers and Students (Alfredo Lujan, 2015 GA Fellow)
Teachers are readers and writers too. This interactive workshop will address the multi-genre, multi-modal approach to reading and writing by both student and teacher. Why do we read? Why do we write? Why do we take photos? What constitutes a narrative? Participants should be prepared to write. The presenter also asks that participants take travel photos from home to conference, as those photos might be used as catalysts for writing.
- ACE Leadership High School Professional Development: How do I know she got "it," how much evidence do I need?
In traditional systems of organizational charts and elected department heads, it is hard to find a space to grown one’s own leadership skills. At ACE, strategic choices have been made within the leadership structure to allow for flexible and responsive opportunities for people to move into and out of leadership roles and to develop leadership skills amongst all staff. This structure has allowed for teacher development to be asset based and mentorship to happen very naturally which is crucial to success as a teacher in this setting.
12:00-1:00: Lunch (provided, on site)
1:15-2:45: Breakouts 2
- This Kid Has an Individualized Education Plan... How Do I Teach Now? (Cristal Dawn Wilson, 2013 GA Fellow)
Eliminate fear and embrace teaching every child in the classroom and meeting the needs of all learners. Tackling questions of IEPs, including “What do I do if I don't understand the IEP, agree with the plan, or don't know how to implement the plan?” and “How do I make sure I am meeting the student’s needs while meeting the needs of the other students in the classroom?”
- Sea Turtles (Cindy Lee, 2009 GA Fellow)
Effectively using toys and/or plastic models to engage students of all ages in classification, critical thinking, and cooperative learning. How can these be incorporated in multiple settings? This session will answer this question and more when it comes to creative visual aids and projects.
- Measurement for Upper Elementary Students (Terri Lindstrom, 2013 GA Fellow)
Strategies for teaching measurement; going “beyond measure” and beyond the classroom. This session will explore new strategies and ideas geared specifically toward mathematics for upper elementary-aged students.
3:00-4:30: Breakouts 3
- Boys! Flexible Strategies = Results (Cristal Dawn Wilson, 2013 GA Fellow)
Teaching young boys in early elementary requires strategies that address their needs for movement and activity, their learning styles and the natural cravings they have for intensity in their learning. Identify and practice strategies to consider using in your instruction with young boys.
- Open Source: The Future of Educational Materials in New Mexico (Jeff Tuttle, 2013 GA Fellow with Krystal Wood-Kofonow, 2016 ToD)
Focusing on education resources as a cumulative, ever-improving, accessible bank of knowledge and practice: a closer look at the dynamics and effectiveness of education resources and what the future of education holds.
- Vocabulary Strategies Across Curricula (Gretchen Rockenfield, 2012 GA Fellow)
This session will explore ways to utilize vocabulary as a powerful, cross-curricula tool that go beyond the measure of just spelling and grammar tests.
- Finding My Classroom in the Story of Race: One Teacher’s Journey (Kevin Cummins, 2014 GA Fellow)
Understanding racial identities: personal exploration, strategies for teaching within our system of privilege, and a space for teachers to share experiences.
8:30-10:00: Breakouts 4
- Creating Communities of Trust and Kindness in the Classroom (Roni Rohr and Paula Jackson, 2016 GA Fellows)
Using creative elements like physical movement and the arts, this session will explore ways to create healthy social/emotional classroom environments. Using simple materials and an in-workshop community art project to help create a community of trust, we will learn ways to reduce stress and bullying behavior, and create kindness relating to all core subjects.
We also all know the connection between physical movement and learning exists – but how do you make that connection in your educational setting and STILL manage to accomplish everything else you are expected to complete? This session will help you find ways to incorporate physical movement into your setting, which will benefit both you and your students academically, physically, and social/emotionally. And, yes, in this session, we WILL be moving, talking, learning, laughing, playing, and meditating.
- ACE Professional Development: Teacher development and flat leadership: What can it look like in a responsive and flexible system?
This session will be a workshop where student work and learning outcomes are examined through the lens of mastery. Often teachers forget that they are the learning and content experts in their schools so the need for something that tells them what is right or wrong is strongly desired. At ACE, we have no answer sheets, no flowcharts, and no teachers’ guides. We have each other and our industry partners to ensure, mentor and hold accountable to what is considered evidence of a student mastering a concept or skill. So what does it look like when we work together as experts of learning and content to answer the "got it" question?
10:15-11:45: Closing Keynote: The Big Picture: Emerging Themes in New Mexico
Dr. Tom Keyes, UNM College of Education Principal Lecturer (retired)
For more information about breakout the general conference, visit the "about" section
2015's first Golden Apple Conference was all about "Differentiated Learning," led by Kathleen Kryza