Breakout Sessions 1: 8:00-9:15

SESSION 1 • 8:00-9:15am

101 • Spoken Word Poetry as Identity and Justice Writing
Roi Kawai, Assistant Professor of Education Studies, UW-La Crosse
Room 1 • Grade Range: 5-12 • Area: Culturally Responsive Practices & Curriculum Integration • Level: Introductory to Intermediate
As a middle school language arts teacher, Roi Kawai wanted his students to share personal stories based in identity exploration and develop awareness of how their word could be a vehicle for social change. At first, his students were hesitant and guarded. However, as he began to study, write, and perform spoken word poetry alongside his students, they engaged. Over the next three years, he designed a cross-curricular spoken word poetry unit capitulating in a school-wide poetry slam. In this session, Roi will share this story of this unit and offer practical strategies of using spoken word as a platform for personal and critical writing.
Learning Outcomes: By the end of the session, participants will be able to use spoken word poetry as narrative writing and identity exploration.

102 • What Matters in Maker/Learner Spaces
Tricia Louis, IT Director, Wonewoc-Center Schools
Room 2 • Grade Range: PreK-12 • Area: Technology Integration & Makerspace • Level: Introductory
Provided during this session will be an overview of what “MATTERS” in your development of a maker/learner spaces in your district: Materials, Apps, Teachers, Technology, Effect on Real-life use, Students.
Learning Outcomes: Find ideas about the maker/learner movement and project-based learning. Discover how to develop the maker/learner environment in your district.

103 • Simple Strategies for Kids with Communication Differences
Rosemary Bodnar, Special Education Teacher, Tomah Area Schools
Room 3 • Grade Range: PreK-12 • Area: Educating Special Populations • Level: Introductory to Intermediate
Rosemary will discuss her use of simple voice output devices received from Donor’s Choose. She will tell stories from classroom experiences helping kids with no language to limited language. The strategies discussed will help students participate in the school day, interact with peers and prevent behavior problems.
Learning Outcomes: The participant will learn a variety of ways to include students with special communication needs in school in the special or regular education settings.

104 • STEM Mindshift
Kris Szajner, EdTech Innovations
Room 4 • Grade Range: PreK-12 • Area: Technology & Personalized Learning • Level: Intermediate
Come and join in the shift in education! This session will pack you with 21st Century learning techniques that will shift your thinking about education. These techniques include inquiry based teaching, engineering integration, daily 5 instruction, questioning tactics and more. These techniques are used in our STEM program but are beneficial for any program to implement. You are guaranteed to leave with new, innovative ideas you are motivated and inspired to integrate into your classroom.
Learning Outcomes: Learn how to implement STEM into any classroom, for FREE. Participants will gain materials, ideas, structures, and a network aligned around STEM

105 • Healthy Teachers Inspire Healthy Students!
Brian Udermann, Professor, UW-La Crosse
Room 5 • Grade Range: PreK-12 • Area: Health & Wellness • Level: Introductory to Advanced
When was the last time you felt at peace? How are you at controlling stress? Might it be possible for you to move more, eat healthier, and sleep better? Teachers sometimes neglect the one thing that is vital to success—themselves. This session will focus on “what matters”—your health!
Learning Outcomes: Identify ways to improve health related habits such as eating healthier, sleeping better and incorporating more physical activity into their daily routines. Learn ways to incorporate more laughter and humor into their daily routine.

106 • Educator Effectiveness Artifact Share Session
Heather & Justin Jehn, West Salem School District
Room 6 • Grade Range: PreK-12 • Area: Educator Effectiveness • Level: Introductory to Intermediate
Carve out some time to document your teaching practice for Educator Effectiveness. This share session will allow you to get ideas from other practitioners for artifacts that meet each of Danielson’s Domain components. Come prepared with an idea to share or come to get some ideas.
Learning Outcomes: Attendees will walk away with several concrete artifact ideas to use to document EE practices.

107 • Tier 2&3 to Special Education: A Comprehensive System of Academic Support
Scott Moline & Jason Windsor, Westby Area School District
Room 7 • Grade Range: K-12 • Area: Educating Special Populations, Personalized Learning & Assesment • Level: Intermediate to Advanced
This session will discuss one school’s model for integrating collaboration, data, and interventions into a successful system of academic supports. Recommendations for choosing interventions, decision rules for screening and progress monitoring, best practices for making decisions as a team, and implications for special education will be discussed.
Learning Outcomes: Attendees will learn how to integrate the use of collaboration, data, and interventions to systematically improve student learning.

108 • Having strengths-based discussions with students: Online resources and classroom-based applications
Leslie Rogers, Assistant Professor, UW-La Crosse
Room 8 • Grade Range: 3-9 • Area: Behavior & Classroom Management & Instructional Innovations • Level: Introductory
What is your top strength (e.g., humor)? What are the students’ top strengths (e.g., need for adventure and excitement)? How do you currently help students use those strengths to overcome their struggles? Attend and learn how to use the “VIA Survey of Strengths” to help you answer these questions.
Learning Outcomes: Participants will receive information related to “positive psychology” and learn how to access the VIA Survey (teacher and student versions are available) and interpret the results. View videos of teachers incorporating strengths-based discussions in their classrooms and have an opportunity to identify ways in which these practices could be applied in their own classrooms.

109 • Connecting with and Educating our At-Risk Youth
Dr. James Riegert, At-risk Instructor, Elmbrook School District
Open Area • Grade Range: 5-12 • Area: Behavior & Classroom Management, Educating Special Populations & Bullying • Level: Introductory to Advanced
One of the greatest misconceptions in education today is that students come to school knowing how to learn, how to work cooperatively, or even how to conduct themselves in public. In these sessions, participants will learn how to address these issues—plus more—by significantly increasing the amount of time they spend on direct instruction and decreasing the amount of time they spend giving repeated requests, multiple warnings, and/or consequences for student misbehavior.
Learning Outcomes: Participants will learn how investing extra time in effective classroom management as well as improved student-teacher relationships, will increase the amount of time you have for meaningful instruction throughout the year.