We are excited about the 2019 AGC Summer Institute!

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Classroom Management that Works: Give me an HOUR…You’ll get the POWER!

Imagine a classroom where students respond to your request the first time, and noncompliant students learn to self-correct disruptive behavior. Wouldn’t it be great to stop spending so much time on correcting low-level behaviors and more time doing what you love…teaching? There is a solution! It involves clear communication and expectations. The techniques provided will increase the time you spend on academics while at the same time empowering your students to take responsibility for their actions and achieve success. Learn the secret to creating a smooth operating classroom where the teacher teaches and the students learn.


Reaching New Teachers—How to Engage, Support, and Grow First Year Teachers With Mentorship Programs

The first year of teaching can be daunting for both new teachers, mentors, and students! In this session, participants will explore ways to engage and grow new teachers to be the best leaders for their students using a variety of resources, including exploration and discussion of literature such as Retaining New Teachers by Bryan Harris, management strategies, collaborative reflections for classroom management, text-based discussion protocols that can be immediately used in class, observation protocols and plans, and a database of resources for mentorship programs. The presenters will discuss their own process, progress, and successes using these strategies throughout the program.


Inspire to Reach Higher

Classroom Culture is the basis of any productive environment. Learn strategies to help you connect with students and ensure that you are meeting their educational needs. The session will focus on bringing joy into the classroom and methods to hold students accountable during work time. The session will also provide strategies and tools that will allow the teacher to create high expectations regarding work ethic.


Progress Monitoring Leads to Effective Teaching and Student Success

Progress Monitoring how to look and analyze your data that will allow you to help your students improve and learn effectively and allow the educator to become a more effective educator. Progress monitoring must be done weekly and how that is done weekly is in Professional Learning Communities and to show how they are done and what is discussed. Student growth and effective learning and mastery of TEKS.


TechTalk: Using Technology to Transform Transition

This presentation will include an overview of the transition website, TexasYouth2Adult.com. Texas Youth 2 Adult is an easy-to-use platform designed to help engage and empower families, including youth, to begin planning early, ask the right questions and find information to prepare and successfully make the transition into adulthood. The BridgingApps app search tool will be used to demonstrate apps that we have found beneficial for transition aged youth and their families.


Help! My Students are Bored and So Am I!

During this session participants will partake in interactive activities that can be used within the classroom, not only to make learning more fun and interactive, but also can be used as methods of informal assessments. From true/false, yes/no flags to pinch cards and the like the participant will walk away with a number of ideas to take back and implement in their learning environment on a daily basis. Put away the paper and pencil and pull out the nontraditional fun methods of bringing life to any classroom.


Problem-based Learning: Creating Problem Solvers instead of Memorizers

Participants will be taken through a case from start to finish to experience first hand how to select/design a case that meets and exceeds state standards; virtual journal development, implementation and integrating into a classroom website or learning management system; and assessment.


Reenergize Your Interactive Read Alouds

There are lots of children's picture books published each year that can be used to develop vocabulary, support writing and spark conversations around the text and illustrations. Come learn about a variety of children's picture books that can be used in the K–2 classroom to teach the standards using interactive read alouds as the method of delivery. 


Instructional Accommodations and the Link to Designated Supports

Following this session teachers will successfully implement accessibility features and accommodations in instruction while preparing students for utilizing them in local and state assessments.


Making Content Accessible through Digital Learning Tools

Participants will be immersed in an interactive trial of free digital learning tools to create an inclusive learning environment and ensure access to the general curriculum for all learners. We will discuss the benefits, functions, and uses of the most innovative features Microsoft currently bestows to take teaching and student learning to a whole new level. Additionally, we will engage in the best practices for differentiating instruction through digital learning tools embedded in Microsoft Office and the Edge browser to share the general curriculum in a way that fits each student’s learning style.


Informed Decision Making for Accommodations

Participants will complete the Special Education process of Specially Designing Instruction by first exploring the eligibility categories. Then, they take that knowledge and look at the impact of those disabilities on a student's access to the general education curriculum based on the cognitive processes.


Code Cracking Coaching Creating Epic Co-Teachers with EPIC Student Growth

Learn how to courageously coach your Special Education teachers to embrace a learner-centered approach. By strategically focusing on what students are learning, teachers are more open to process and alter their practices. Receive tools and methods for developing structures in which you are truly collaboratively with teachers to set goals, implement their learning, monitor the implementation and reflect on the student learning. Receive ways to identify teachers’ personal drivers, habit building strategies and effective protocols that can assist in moving teachers closer to the goal of EPIC student gains.


Monster Math Strategies that Motivate Students Sky-Rocketing Student Results

Students have a genuine fear and angst upon entering a math classroom. They will often say, “I am not good at math!” Learn Monster Math Strategies that will motivate both you and your students to see math as a strength not a challenge. These strategies will help you build student confidence and persistence while developing mathematical skills and critical thinking to accelerate learning so that student achievement sky-rockets.


Building Collective Teacher Efficacy to Elevate Special Education Performance

New demands, more rigorous standards! How do you effectively implement, empower and motivate your staff to meet these challenges? Collective Teacher Efficacy has been shown to break the barriers for students with diverse learning needs. Learn how developing collective teacher efficacy teams can assist in creating a culture where teams elevate student learning. Not only will you learn how to build the team, but you will also see how these teams can empower and motivate others to take action. John Hattie has cited an effective size of 1.57. Learn the secret sauce of building collective teacher efficacy. 


Flip the Switch—Getting Students to Own Their Learning

How often do we hear from students – I don’t get it? Do your students think they are doing better than their testing data indicates? Are your students’ gaps in learning wide and varied? How do you overcome these barriers and enable students to take a more active role in their learning? Learn strategies to “Flip the Switch” so your students can personally invest in their own success and bump their scores more than one year’s growth.


Social Emotional Learning in the TEKS

Social Emotional Learning is a critical skill for continued success in the classroom, and in the workforce. Where do you target those skills within the classroom of diverse learners? Learn how social emotional skills are embedded in the TEKS, what is expected of learners, and how to address these skills in the general education environment. 


Engagement and Endurance via Energetic Power Partnerships

Give your students the opportunity to build brain endurance through engaging power partnership-scaffolded learning activities. Create and embed learning frames into any curriculum that give all students, regardless of learning abilities, the opportunity to expand their mental capacity while equipping them with life learning strategies. 

Strategies will be shared and practiced during the workshop. Learning activities will incorporate the new ELAR comprehension TEKS as they can be applied to all content areas. 


Easy to manage Web Tools 2.0 to Engage Your Students

Today's students have been digital consumers since they were young children. They grew up playing and learning with technology on their gaming systems, computers, and ever-present digital devices. For them, the worlds of entertainment and education are blended. We will discuss some of the technology tools we have used integrated into our classrooms successfully. Google classroom, google drive, Animoto, Tagxedo, Padlet, and Edpuzzle to name a few. By using everyday technology with which students are familiar (their phones or digital devices), we can enhance the amount of time and quality interaction with content material.


Universal Design for Learning...Pie in the Sky or REALLY Promotes Inclusion?

“Why can’t I get through to them?” A recurring sentiment among many teachers trying to teach to a very diverse student population. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach that addresses and redresses the primary barrier to learning...inflexible, one-size-fits all curricula and instruction. Participants will become more knowledgeable of this approach and its relationship to inclusion and classroom management while creating barrier-free learning zones. They will receive practical easy to adapt flexible instructional materials, techniques, and strategies that empowers them to meet their students’ diverse needs


To Universally Design or to Differentiate: That is the Question

To Universally Design or to Differentiate, that is the question. While William Shakespeare cannot answer this question, participants of this session will discover the differences between Universal Design for Learning and differentiation. This engaging session will explore the tenants of both frameworks, and will provide information on why, when and how they can be applied to the design of learning environments and activities. This session will place a strong emphasis on being proactive and supporting all learners so that they have access to the general curriculum.


Playful Learning: Engaging Strategies for the Early Childhood Learner

Learn different ways/strategies to provide the Early Childhood students (PK–2nd) a learning environment which encourages problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity. Learning Centers allow students to work independently and take risk without fear of failure. Puzzles help develop spatial skills, fine motor skills, memory, eye-hand coordination, and enhances cognitive development.


Foldable information is organized to help students grasp concepts. Sorting is the first step in under standing math. The goal is to train the brain to create more organized thoughts and ways of retrieving information. Baggie Books are a way to organize and display information.


Seesaw...not just for the playground!

Participants will learn how to integrate Seesaw into the classroom for creating a digital learning environment. Participants will explore the student side of Seesaw to understand how the digital tool works and then explore the teacher side of Seesaw.


My BrainPOPped!

Participants will learn how to use BrainPOP for more than just their videos. Participants will explore BrainPOP as the student and complete several hands-on activities in BrainPOP as aligned to the TEKS and then explore the teacher side of BrainPOP.


Add Mojo with Class Dojo

Participants will learn how to use Class Dojo for classroom management to create a positive learning environment, create an open line of communication with parents, and create a digital learning environment that will allow students to use creativity. Participants will play the role of the student to understand how the tool works from the students' perspective and then move into the teacher role.


Teaching Diverse Students in Inclusive Classrooms

Educators face day to day challenges within the classroom to engage diverse learners (i.e., issues with written language, memory, perception, focusing, processing, organization, and retaining information). These challenges lead to questions how can teachers create an inclusive learning environment for a mix of auditory, visual, and IEPs in a regular classroom? What are strategies, what are tools to use, what works best for students in the classroom environment? In this interactive presentation, the participants will explore resources to adapt specially designed instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners in the inclusive classroom environment.


Voices from the Classrooms: Pre-kindergarten through Second ESL Teachers’ Successes and Challenges

The English as a Second Language population is growing across Texas and in elementary schools across the greater Houston area. While still primarily Spanish, the diversity of languages among ESL students is growing which brings richness and challenges as English Language Arts teachers strive to educate all their students. In the unique situation of being responsible for ESL students’ second language acquisition, teachers are also responsible for teaching grade level content. Hear the voices of pre-kindergarten through second grade teachers from a public school district in the Greater Houston area describe their successes, challenges, and suggestions to address challenges. 


Science and Social Studies Alternate Curriculum for Students in General Education

Learn how to utilize a web based site called Quizlet to create TEK aligned vocabulary instructional materials and assessments


UDL & IB: The Perfect Match

In this session, participants will learn the basic principles of Universal Design for Learning and how this framework can be used as a vehicle to promote student understanding of abstract concepts in central ideas. Participants will see evidence of PYP teachers demonstrating agency in the use of UDL for planning of Units of Inquiry, resulting in the removal of the previously existing barriers to student learning.


Energize your Earth Science Curriculum using FREE Resources

Come to a Project E: Expanding Energy Education Teacher Workshop for elementary teachers and prepare to engage in fun, hands-on activities that can readily be used in your classroom! All participants will gain access to our Playing with Petroleum Kit with free door to door delivery containing a plethora of games, books, and activities. Some of the activities can be used for Family Science Night! The materials presented can assist teachers with STAAR testing! All teachers will receive an updated digital copy of the PE³: Expanding Energy Education. Prizes!


Design Thinking, Digital Dashboards, Book Creator, & Smore: Need We Say More?

Participants explore Design Thinking, Padlet, Book Creator, and Smore as ways to illicit student engagement, curiosity, and creativity. Design Thinking has been embraced by many educators and is now being utilized with students. Padlet allows all learners to create collaborative dashboards. Book Creator allows every educator and student to become an author. Smore empowers everyone to develop digital newsletters. Put your thinking cap on and come ready to create.


Changing the "Script" for Reading Interventions- Personalized Interventions for Students

We have the data diagnosis, now it’s time to get prescriptive with Reading interventions! Let’s look at Reading Interventions differently… not everyone needs the same program.


Collective Student Inventories (CSI): Building a Student Profile to Design Flexible Groups

Come investigate student data to solve the flexible grouping mystery! Learn multiple ways to group students to create an authentic learning experience for every student.


Johnny Still Can't Read - FREEnTechnology Strategies That Help!

By the time Johnny officially has a label he has often been subjected to numerous unsuccessful interventions. Let's examine strategies and available free technology that will provide accessibility for Johnny and others even before the official label who might benefit so that they can make progress in the general curriculum, develop reading skills, and work toward developing independence.


Progress Monitoring and Behavior: How to Effectively Collect Behavior Data

Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS), formerly known as Response-to-Intervention (RtI) is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. Struggling learners are provided with interventions at increasing levels of intensity. Progress is closely monitored to assess both the learning rate and level of performance of individual students. Navigating the MTSS process can be somewhat challenging when it comes to behavior, as behavior is not black and white. During this session, participants will learn how to clearly define behavior; determine how the behavior(s) will be captured; and how to create a goal for progress monitoring.


Culturally Responsive Design: A UDL Approach

This engaging session will explore the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as it relates to designing instructional activities and the learning environment from a culturally responsive perspective with an slight focus on English Learners. Participants will identify issues related to culturally responsive design with an emphasis on learning variability, culturally responsive teaching and designing culturally responsive learning environments.


Addressing Learner Variability Using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Framework

Teachers need adequate resources to meet the diverse needs of all learners in the classroom. The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Framework guides educators in designing lessons that are accessible, limit barriers and support creating learning experiences to engage learners, activate thinking and scaffold deep understanding. These principles provide options to engage students in learning, delivery of instruction and level of student response to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. Participants will be able to explain how the UDL Framework helps educators address learner variability.


Hands-on Methods for Teaching 3-D Geometry Concepts

During this hands-on workshop you will learn how to make notoriously difficult 3-D concepts accessible for every student, including students with visual, cognitive or other impairments. You will build and examine variety of 3-D solids, discover their properties, explore how to label them, decompose to nets, find diagonals and learn new ways to investigate volume and cross sections, all through hands-on activities with the same manipulatives. Also, you will learn how to help students better understand the appearance of 3D objects from their 2-D drawings. Twenty participants will receive complementary set of Geometro manipulatives. Join us for an exciting hands-on session and raffle drawing.


Accessible Hands-on Methods for Teaching Spatial Concepts in High School

During this hands-on workshop you will learn how to make 3-D concepts accessible for every student, including those with special needs. You will build and examine variety of 3-D solids, explore how to label them, decompose to nets and how to illustrate application of Pythagoras theorem to solve geometry problems. You will learn how to find stereographic projections of solids, cross sections of solids and how to show that parabola and hyperbola are sections of a cone, all through hands-on activities with the same manipulatives. Twenty participants will receive complementary set of Geometro manipulatives. Join us for an exciting hands-on session and raffle drawing.


Mindfulness to promote inclusion for all

Participants will be equipped with a toolkit of mindfulness techniques while learning the benefits as well experiencing practices for themselves.


 The BEAR Necessities: Helping Strugglers Thrive in the General Education Classroom

Learn valuable tips for advancing the academic achievement of culturally and linguistically diverse students. Whether they are gifted, English language learners, mainstream or students with special needs, they will all benefit from the strategies explored in this session.


The answer to a complicated formula of teaching ELAR with Special Education.

If you are looking for new ideas in your co-teach classroom that are more than graphic organizers, this is the session for you! Explore creative ways to engage students in writing and illustrating short stories, poetry and designing comic strips—all linked to ELAR TEKS. But wait, that’s not all! Leave feeling confident about the possibilities of designing inclusive, creative product based outcomes that engage the most reluctant students.


Making Your Classroom Accessible to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students

Often students with hearing loss are told to simply sit in the front row of the classroom, turn up their hearing aids use their lipreading skills, and/or watch the interpreter. While these strategies can be effective, they are also major contributors to eye fatigue, loss of concentration and even physical exhaustion. The presenters, who both have hearing loss, will use interactive activities to make this an experiential and enjoyable workshop designed to provide strategies and options for serving these students, in a way that benefits the whole classroom.


Fusing Fun and Energy with Student Transition & Financial Literacy

You don't have to be zany to wow your students! Just get them moving and connect to their vibe. MoneyCamp is an interactive program that infuses movement and energy into financial literacy! It begins with our human-sized, board game called Road To College Success that’s prepares students for college life. Players walk around the human-sized board registering for classes, managing money and discussing “risky” scenarios that could arise on a college campus. Middle schoolers are challenged by the Budget Mania game that merges algebra and money management. With more fun tools we teach students how to banks work, how to balance a checkbook and do a personal budget in a fun, practical way. 


Connect, Collaborate, Create

This hands-on session is a mini-workshop that includes a STEAM approach to instructional design. Participants in small groups explore a problem and design a solution using one or more of the following: technology, art, engineering, or literacy skills. This interactive session seeks to engage your open mind, collaborative spirit, and community heart.


Addressing the Math Needs of Students with Disabilities, Grades 3–5

Research-based strategies to address and support students with memory and expressive challenges in the mathematics classroom.


Literacy in Science

Do your students struggle when you ask them to read or write in your science classroom? Participate in research based literacy strategies designed to promote reading and writing in the science classroom. Newly gained skills and strategies can make an immediate impact towards closing achievement gaps in classrooms on campuses requiring improvement.


Visual Literacy in Science

Discover ways to support students as they navigate the world of charts, graphs, maps and infographics in science. Participants will analyze different types of graphics, including examples from STAAR released items, and implement strategies to guide all types of learners through the process of representing and interpreting data in multiple ways. Provide your students with tools to problem solve, dissect unfamiliar information, and think like a scientist.


The Best Class You've NEVER Taught: S.P.I.D.E.R. Web Discussions in the Secondary Classroom

The S.P.I.D.E.R. Web Discussion is an adaptation of the Harkness discussion, which puts students at the center of the learning process, with the teacher as a silent observer and recorder of what s/he observes students saying and doing during the discussion. This powerful strategy is used when the teacher wants students to collaboratively discuss and make meaning of a particular learning concept through shared inquiry, deep thinking, and respectful dialogue. If you seek to help your students develop essential 21st century skills, such as critical thinking, reflection, and collaboration, join us as we learn to move from being mere transmitters of content to facilitators of understanding.


Out with Traditional Classroom Management, In with Gamification!

Classroom management is one of the many buzz words in education, but what if it was more than a buzz word? How can you manage your classroom in a way that is fun and engaging for you AND your students? Gamifying your classroom allows you to have structures and systems that effectively manage student behavior while improving engagement and classroom culture. It's fun and useful, whether you've been teaching for 1 year or 20 years. Don't miss this opportunity to truly transform your classroom!


Making Learning Better with G Suite 

Join Alice Keeler, co-author of 5 Professional Development books including “50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom,” as she shows you how to use technology to improve learning through interactions, improve feedback, increase relevance, and facilitate a student-centered classroom.


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