Happy Autumn to everyone! The school year is off and running, and we are already feeling anxious about all we need to accomplish. Taking deep breaths and remembering to practice mindfulness has helped us stay sane!
We decided that our first post of the year should be about the professional development opportunities occurring on and around our state-wide inservice day, October 10. We have them listed here in the post, as well as in EVENTS which you can locate in the tab at the top of the page.
You don’t want to miss the Northwest Mathematics Conference taking place October 9-11, 2014 at the Red Lion Jantzen Beach. The program will address Common Core Standards, Mathematical Practices, Current Technology, Differentiation, Assessment, and Leadership. In addition there will be over 100 presentations on mathematics teaching, several special sessions designed for administrators and their teacher teams (PLCs), and over 75 exhibitors with the latest products and resources, including new technology. Featured speakers include
- Jo Boaler, Stanford University Professor and Author of What’s Math Got To Do With It?
- Dan Meyer, Apple Distinguished Educator 2011, TED Talk “Math Class Needs a Makeover”
- Don S. Balka, Ph.D., author and expert in the use of math manipulatives with PK-12
- Jane Felling, Author of Box Cars & One-Eyed Jacks Math Game series
- Irving Lubliner, Southern Oregon University Professor and Mathemagician
Also on October 10 and 11, the Oregon Science Teacher’s Association will host the 54th Annual Fall Conference on Science Education at Centennial High School. The focus of the conference will be “Next Generation Science: Engaging Students in Learning.” Keynote speakers and special guests include
Dr. Cary Sneider, lead writer for the Engineering and Technology portions of the standards.
Emily Miller, one of the writers for the NGSS and the NGSS Diversity and Equity Team.
Bill Badders, Retiring President of the National Science Teachers Association
Jo Anne Vasquez, Helios Education Foundation, former president of NSTA & NSELA, and co-Author of the book STEM Lesson Essentials.
Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education sponsors the 5th Annual Teaching with Purpose Conference October 10-11 at Roosevelt High School, featuring a Keynote Address by Dr. Geneva Gay, author of Culturally Responsive Teaching. In addition, Dr. Chris Edmin speaks on “Advancing Hip Hop Education Pedagogy.”
And finally, the Oregon Department of Education has a list of Inservice Programs in several content areas happening around the state on October 10. Find the link here.
If you hear of an opportunity that we haven’t mentioned, please leave a comment and we’ll get it on our EVENTS page.