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Saturday, November 2


Beyond the Essay: Designing PBL in the ELA Classroom
Are you an ELA teacher looking to inspire literacy skills through the use of Project Based Learning? Tired of just having essays as the focus of your units? Learn how to design mini-PBL units inspired by CCSS standards and text types (informational, opinion/argument, and narrative) that leverage students’ skills around essay writing to impact beyond the classroom. Learn the basics of PBL, how you can embed CCSS in reading and writing into a PBL unit, and how technology can support PBL.

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Jo-Ann Fox

Instructional Coach, Escondido Union School District
Jo-Ann is an Instructional Coach at a new innovative school called Quantum Academy at the Nicolaysen Center. Jo-Ann was tasked with the incredible job of researching and designing Quantum Academy. Quantum Academy promotes the development of creative confidence in all students and... Read More →

Saturday November 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:30am


Design Thinking Through the Lens of UDL
Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. We will focus on the why, what and how of learning using the stages of design thinking to create inclusive settings.

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Kelly Gilbert

Educational Services Coordinator, Lakeside Union School District
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Dahlia Rinck

English Teacher, Lakeside Union School District

Saturday November 2, 2019 9:40am - 11:30am


Leveraging Spreadsheets for Literacy: 5 Ways Sheets Can Save You
Sheets can save you time and make your students more literate. Come see how an experienced ELA teacher is using sheets to support evidence based writing, evaluate reading progress, manage book checkouts, keep track of regrade requests, and group students for instruction. You’ll leave with copies you can use in your own ELA classroom.

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Jen Roberts

Teacher/Author, San Diego Unified School District
Jen Roberts is a high school English teacher, a Google Certified Innovator, and the co-author of Power Up: Making the Shift to 1:1 Teaching and Learning. She is also adjunct faculty at the University of San Diego where she teaches pre-service teachers about learning and technology... Read More →

Saturday November 2, 2019 10:40am - 11:30am


The Canvas Invasion!
Come explore Canvas LMS and its great functionalities from submitting assignments, assigning grades, as well as personalized features for individual students.Canvas provides users with a clean, user-friendly interface with a dashboard page that quickly summarizes assignments, announcements and other relevant information across course sites.

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Claudja Van Orden

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, SDUSD
Claudja Van Orden is a SDUSD Instructional Technology Resource teacher where she is in charge of collaborating with teachers in the integration of technology. Claudja’s love for technology started when she first started teaching as she managed the Triton and Patterns Project at... Read More →

John Keast

Teacher, SDUSD

Saturday November 2, 2019 10:40am - 11:30am


Universal Design for... Reading
See how UDL (Universal Design for Learning) applies to reading and how you can support ALL students as readers. Topics include: using reading levels with nuance & evaluating text complexity more holistically, increasing diverse representation of readings, and valuing multiple reading formats (e.g., comics) & forms of delivery (e.g., audiobooks).

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Suzanne Sannwald

Teacher Librarian, West Hills High School
Anthony Devine, Stephanie Macceca, and Suzanne Sannwald are Teacher Librarians from the Grossmont Union High School District. In addition to collaborating together as part of the district’s Library Council, they actively participate with others via site, district, and professional... Read More →
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Anthony Devine

Teacher Librarian, El Cajon Valley High School
I like talking about digital portfolios and getting students to make their thinking visible. I want students to prove that they have met learning goals by being able to demonstrate their learning through digital portfolio curation. Currently I'm working on ways to collect and display... Read More →
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Stephanie Macceca

Teacher Librarian, Valhalla High School
Anthony Devine, Stephanie Macceca, and Suzanne Sannwald are Teacher Librarians from the Grossmont Union High School District. In addition to collaborating together as part of the district’s Library Council, they actively participate with others via site, district, and professional... Read More →

Saturday November 2, 2019 10:40am - 11:30am


Build Digital Lessons with UDL Mindset
This session will look at how to integrate specific strategies related to Universal Design for Learning into Google Doc-based digital lesson and HyperDocs. By embracing the UDL mindset, you can broaden engagement, provide options, and support all of yours students.


Dan McDowell

Director of Learning and Innovation, Grossmont Union High School District

Saturday November 2, 2019 12:20pm - 1:10pm


Daydream Believers
Participants in this facilitated daydreaming session will discover how neuroscience and nature connect to inclusively enhance learning, increase agency, problem-solving skills, and well-being. Engage in a service design sprint, explore high and low-tech applications, and craft a prototype for implementing intentional daydreaming in your learning environment.

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Paula Intravaia

Design Engineer, Del Mar Union School District
Influenced by innovative childhood home and school experiences, informed by future focused educational thinkers and organizations around the globe, with interests in blockchain and XR technology, Paula Intravaia has aspired to bring joyful and meaningful learning to students as a... Read More →
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Sierra Thernes

SPED/SEAS K-3 Teacher, Carlsbad Union School District
Always striving to better herself, Sierra Thernes is currently a K-3 Social Emotional Academic Support Education Specialist with a background working in several early childhood educational settings, including preschool, in-home care, and tutoring.  Quick to laugh, to celebrate student... Read More →

Saturday November 2, 2019 12:20pm - 2:10pm


Blended Learning and Inclusionary Practices
This session will discuss how incorporating blended learning strategies and personalized learning supports students with special needs in a general education setting and creates an inclusive community. Come learn about how an Education Specialist and General Education Teacher at a traditional school site work together to build lessons to support all learners through co-teaching and innovative practices.

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Laura Snow

Education Specialist, Pomerado Elementary School

Paula Allison

Pomerado Elementary School

Saturday November 2, 2019 1:20pm - 2:10pm


Innovative Art Lessons for Every Maker
The arts are an important part of the STEAM movement. Learn how to incorporate VAPA standards into lessons to keep students engaged, expose them to diversity, help them think creatively and as a way to equalize education. Participants will be able to walk away with lots of lessons and resources.

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Christine Dixon

Innovation Coordinator TOSA, Double Peak K8 School/San Marcos Unified
Christine Dixon is the Innovation Coordinator TOSA for Double Peak K8 School in San Marcos Unified School District. She leads the Innovation Program for all TK-8 grades in the area of technology, coding, robotics, engineering, design thinking, and making in the school’s Makerspace... Read More →
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Heidi Kniseley

Art/Inquiry Teacher, Double Peak/SMUSD
Heidi Kniseley has worked to create an engaging, standards-based art curriculum at the middle school level. She has taught art at the elementary level, she co-created a year-long social entrepreneurship class to 6th-graders and taught middle school Language Arts at Double Peak K8... Read More →

Saturday November 2, 2019 1:20pm - 2:10pm


Just In Time Teaching to Free Up your Weekends
How to use Blended Learning in your ELA classroom to amplify and individualize student learning while downsizing teacher grading workload.

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Grace Cruikshank

Interim Assistant Principal/Teacher, Saddleback Unified School District

Saturday November 2, 2019 1:20pm - 2:10pm


What Did You Say? Leveraging Tech for Listening Comprehension
Research demonstrates that active listening helps students retain knowledge and increase comprehension. Learn how to scaffold the process of active listening and engage students in auditory learning. Participants will explore tech tools and the steps for integrating these tools into all subject areas in order to meet student needs.

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Amy Fousek

Technology and Innovation Coach, Poway Unified School District
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Lauren Swissman

Technology and Innovation Coach, Poway Unified School District
Lauren is a lifelong learner with teaching experience in over five different states and various TK-12 grade levels. Her experience as both an educator and learner, through the M.A. Technology Specialist program at Columbia University, Teachers College, have allowed her to gain a deep... Read More →

Saturday November 2, 2019 1:20pm - 2:10pm