|The 10th Annual Thinking and Learning Conference Strands
|The Art & Science of Teaching
|The Art & Science of Teaching is a comprehensive framework
for effective instruction for every subject area and year level.
This year’s conference features the vice-president of Marzano
Research Laboratory, Tammy Heflebower.
||Differentiated Instruction refers to teaching that is adapted
to take into account the range of individual differences and
needs of students in any one classroom. Sessions are by
the leading author in the field of Differentiated Instruction,
Carol Ann Tomlinson.
|Assessment can significantly improve student achievement
and raise teacher quality. Learn the difference between
summative and formative assessment. Assessment sessions
are by Douglas Fisher, Phil Warrick and Timothy Kanold.
||Innovation covers such topics as the use of social media
and creating 'global' students, as well as how educators
can assess these skills. Sessions are by Lee Crockett,
William Ferriter, Martha Kaufeldt and Douglas Fisher.
|Brain-Based Teaching and Learning uses research on how the
brain works to influence classroom practice. Learn practical
ways to engage students by engaging the brain. Brain-Based
Learning sessions are by Martha Kaufeldt.
||Educational Leadership draws together cutting-edge
research, theory and best practices on learning, teaching and
leadership to better understand contemporary challenges.
Leadership sessions are by James Stronge, Phil Warrick and
|Professional Learning Communities
|Professional Learning Communities at Work™ is based
on the work of Richard DuFour, Robert Eaker and Rebecca
DuFour. PLCs are the most promising strategy for sustained,
substantive school improvement. PLC sessions are by
Gavin Grift, William Ferriter and Timothy Kanold.
|Coaching supports teacher development and puts teacher
needs at the heart of professional learning. There are many
different coaching models that can be used to fit the unique
needs of schools. Coaching sessions are by Gavin Grift.
|Create a rigorous and engaging curriculum that focuses
on understanding and leads to improved performance.
Understanding by Design is a tool for planning focused on
teaching for understanding rather than knowing. Sessions are
by the architect of the UbD model, Jay McTighe.
||Teaching Practice refers to instructional strategies that can
be used in the classroom to ensure all students learn at
high levels. It draws together research, theory and practice.
Sessions are by ALL SPEAKERS, as Teaching Practice is the
essence of all sessions at the conference.