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Climate Change in the Classroom: Creating a Positive Learning Environment for all Students

Bass, Tim, Education Advocate - Tim Bass Leadership

A teacher’s attention to the environment he/she creates in a classroom can pay huge dividends for a diverse student population as well as the teacher. This session will explore some of the best practices and evidence-based approaches for creating a positive classroom environment that helps inspire student engagement and cooperation while lowering teacher stress levels and giving more time for instruction.

Intended Audience: Reading Teachers, Administrators/ Supervisors, Teacher Educators, Classroom Teachers, Title I

Target Level: All


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Empowering All Learners Through the Universal Language of Integrated Technology

Daniels, Patricia, 5th Grade Literacy Teacher - Westside

Elementary, Greenbrier School District

Technology has become the universal language in a modern classroom. Technology empowers, gives voice, and connects all students regardless of reading and writing levels. Engineering skills and creativity skills also have no boundaries, and they are accessible by all levels of learners. This presentation will introduce teachers to apps, technology tools, resources, and technology integration ideas while meeting ELA Arkansas State Standards.

Intended Audience: Reading Teachers, Classroom Teachers, Media Specialists

Target Level: Preschool/Kindergarten, Primary Grades (1-3), Intermediate Grades (4-6)

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Equity and Access in Home School Connection and Student Achievement: The Pandemic-What Did We Learn?

Brown, Vera, Associate Professor - U of A at Pine Bluff

Lange, Sherry Michelle, Assistant Principal -Dallas Independent School District

The pandemic resulted in many schools transitioning to a form of education that a number of schools and homes were not readily prepared to meet. The presenters will discuss how equity and access became a major factor and question in connecting the home and school in educating a diverse population of students from low socioeconomic and marginalized communities.

Intended Audience: Reading Teachers, Administrators/ Supervisors, Curriculum Specialists, Teacher Educators, Classroom Teachers

Target Level: Preschool/Kindergarten, Primary Grades (1-3), Intermediate Grades (4-6)

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Building the Beginning Reader’s Brain

Leitzel, Stacey, Director of Professional Learning Services - Zaner-Bloser

This interactive session will explore brain imaging studies and insights into beginning reading instruction. We will take an in-depth look at the importance of creating “neural pathways” in the brain and translating this into best practices in the classroom.

Intended Audience: Reading Teachers, Administrators/ Supervisors, Curriculum Specialists, Teacher Educators, Classroom Teachers

Target Level: Preschool/Kindergarten, Primary Grades (1-3)


Link to today's presentation resources.


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Advancing Writing in the Virtual/Blended Environment

Perry, Heidi, “Customer Success” - HMH/Writable

Writable is an amazing, easy to use, digital writing platform that helps teachers in grades 3–12 scaffold and motivate students to become purposeful, proficient writers. With hundreds of easily customizable assignments, including essays, short responses, student models, state-level benchmark assessments, and more, Writable saves teachers time in prep and grading, while supporting and guiding student inspiration!

Intended Audience: Reading Teachers, Administrators/ Supervisors, Curriculum Specialists, Teacher Educators, Classroom Teachers

Target Level: Intermediate Grades (4-6), Jr. High/ Middle School (6-9), High School (9-12)

Session Resource Here:

bit.ly/ala-writable

Additional resources:

Writable in 2 Minutes (video)

Writable Getting Started Guide for Teachers

Writable Getting Started Guide for Students


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