Sessions

Friday General Session Keynote
7:45 am – 9:00 am

“Super Fun Learning Songs”
Jack Hartmann, Singer-Songwriter, Educational Consultant
Pre-K-3

In this uplifting music and movement keynote, Jack will get you singing, moving, and learning lots of new songs to strengthen language and reading skills; counting, number and math skills; science; fitness; and social skills.  Jack will sing “live” and demonstrate engaging movements and activities that enhance participation and learning.  Some of the specific topics covered will be:  letter and vowel sounds, skip counting forward and back, rhyming, multiplication, fun fitness activities, sight words, word families, number pairs/ bonds, beginning sounds, science, and more.

Friday Breakout Sessions, Round D
9:20 am – 10:35 am

31. “Mr. Schu’s Review of Books for You and Your Readers, Too!”
John Schumacher, Reading Expert, Educational Consultant, Blogger
Pre-K and K

Calling all pre-K and kindergarten educators!  Join in a conversation with Mr. Schu as he presents some of the best new picture books, early readers, and chapter books for emergent, transitional, and fluent readers.  In typical, high-energy Mr. Schu fashion, he will share book trailers, websites, activities, and interviews you can easily incorporate into lessons and booktalks to get everyone on your campus hurrying to your bookshelves to find the perfect book!

33. “Conferring with Young Writers: Responsive Interactions that Foster Composition Development”
Matt Glover, Author and Educational Consultant
Grades K-1

Writing conferences are your most powerful moments of the teaching day because they are focused on the skills and strategies that a particular child needs.  This session will support you in examining and refining your skills as conferrers.  Matt will share dimensions of composition growth and development, as well as strategies for nudging writers forward.  You will then practice conferring using authentic video clips and writing samples.

35. “Digital Storytelling”
Kara Knollmeyer, Educational Technology Expert
Grades K-3

Learning through story has never been more important than it is today.  In this session, you will: gain a deeper understanding of the importance of visual literacy for our younger students, learn creative and simple ways to engage your students in digital storytelling to show content comprehension across the curriculum, and explore ideas and purposeful tech integration tools that you can begin using with your students tomorrow!  Please bring a device to start diving into the tools shared in this session.

37. “99th Percentile: Using Data-Driven Guided Math for Success in Primary Grades”
Adrianne Zielke and Shelly Graff, Blue Valley School District
Grades K-3

What is better than students mastering crucial math skills?  The answer is, students having fun while mastering crucial math skills!  In this interactive session, you will learn how to use individual student data to drive your grade-level PLCs and ensure student progress.  You will also learn how to implement guided math using that data to differentiate instruction and make learning math skills fun.  You will have an opportunity to participate in guided math rotation activities, including a math game center, a math writing center, a technology center, and a teacher-led center.

39. “Reaching the Reluctant Reader”
Jarrett Krosoczka, Children’s Author and Illustrator
Grades 2-3

Until recently, Jarrett didn’t think that he was much of a reader as a kid.  But then he looked at his bookshelf, and while a few of his most beloved childhood books were on the shelf, so were volumes and volumes of comics.  In this workshop, Jarrett will discuss his own journey as a reader and share stories of how he has seen educators reach their most reluctant readers.

32. “Fundamental Fairy Tales”
Tim Lowry, Storyteller
Grades Pre-K to 3

Fairy Tales give children their first experience with the world at large, provide a model for how to culturally respond to a variety of circumstances common to human experience, and serve as a basis for more sophisticated and subtly nuanced expressions of Western culture.  An appreciation for literature, music, dance, art, opera, theater, and film begins with the simple telling of a magical tale that starts with the immortal words, “Once upon a time….”  In this session, professional storyteller Tim Lowry will discuss the importance of fairy tales and then lead the group in some fun exercises designed to polish your storytelling skills so that your fairy tales will shine like precious gems in a chest of cultural treasures.

34. “Spark Your Science Curriculum”
Jack Hartmann, Singer-Songwriter, Educational Consultant
Grades K-2

Attend this fast-paced and fun session and learn how to strengthen your science program with tons of great new songs and activities.  Topics covered will include: daytime and night time, parts of a plant, water cycle, scientific method, living and non-living things, the frog and butterfly life cycle, all about animals, matter, weather, the five senses, force and motion, and lots more.  Don’t miss the songs that make science more fun!

36. “Teachers’ Choices Awards Winners Book Talks: How You Can Use Award-Winning Literature to Support Content Learning–and Get Free Books!”
Jennifer Fox and Colleen Shuler, Southwest Baptist University

Grades K-3

In this fast-paced session, you will experience book talks on the 2017 Teachers’ Choices Project winners in the Primary (K-2) and intermediate (3-5) categories, explore lesson ideas and tech-infused projects related to the winners, and receive a booklist of all the winning Choices books and a link to all resources shared during the session.  You will also learn how you and your colleagues can get involved in this exciting project and start receiving hundreds of new trade books (free to you!) from publishers every year.

38. “A Picture REALLY IS Worth a Thousand Words!”
Julie Bryant and Tamara Samek, Southwest Baptist University
Grades 1-3

They say, “Silence is golden” and that “A picture is worth a thousand words.”  Julie and Tamara couldn’t agree more!  So, in this session, they will take you through a P.I.C.T.U.R.E. walk like none other for utilizing wordless picture books in your classroom.  Using each letter in “PICTURE,” they will offer strategies and activities that span all genres and all curricular areas to open pathways to conversations for ALL learners.  You will practice several of these strategies during the workshop, explore classic and newly published wordless picture books, and leave with book lists and activities to try with your students Monday after the conference!

40. “Making Numeracy Interactive”
Gregory Coleman, Math Expert, Educational Consultant, Blogger
Grades 2-3

Are you looking for strategies to help your students estimate, round, and decompose numbers?  These can be challenging concepts for young learners.  Join Gregory as he shares how to set up and use the interactive number line in your classroom instruction.  Also discover a few quick routines that can be used to help your students decompose two and three digit numbers.

Friday Author’s Luncheon, Round E
10:55 am – 12:10 pm (Separate Fee, Includes Meal and Speaker)

Available for those eating on the 2nd lunch shift

41. “School Lunch Hero Day”
Jarrett Krosoczka, Children’s Author and Illustrator
Grades Pre-K to 3

In the world of Jarrett J. Krosoczka, school nutrition professionals are superheroes.  In his award-winning Lunch Lady graphic novel series, three curious students discover the crime-fighting ways of their heroic lunch lady and team up to keep the school safe from cyborg substitutes, conniving photographers, and mutant mathletes.  Come to this entertaining Author’s Luncheon session and hear Jarrett share his favorite stories about real-life school lunch heroes and discuss School Lunch Hero Day, a celebration honoring the hard work, dedication, and kindness of school nutrition staff who help shape the lives of millions of students every day.

Other Friday Breakout Sessions, Round E, for 2nd Lunch Shift Attendees
10:55 am – 12:10 pm

42. “Nurturing Young Readers Before (and After) They are Reading Conventionally”
Matt Glover, Author and Educational Consultant
Grades Pre-K and K

Reading development doesn’t start with decoding words.  Young children create meaning from a text long before they can read it conventionally.  Even after children start to decode, we should support their reading of texts they can’t read conventionally.  As adults, we can nurture children’s identities as readers by recognizing the language that children use as they interact with familiar and unfamiliar books.  Once we see what children can do on their own, we can nudge them forward towards more sophisticated thinking and comprehension.

44. “Differentiated Sight Words in a Snap”
Beverly Jackson, McDonald County R-1 School District
Grades Pre-K to 3

Beverly says, “Teaching sight words, to me, was always boring and a waste of time for the students who already knew them.  In my struggle to find something better (that didn’t cost $50 online), I came up with my own program for teaching sight words.  It was highly successful, and I will never go back!”  In this session, Beverly will show you a way to teach sight words that gets students excited and learning on their own.  This approach allows each student to have his or her own list and to proceed at his or her own pace.   Over half of Beverly’s second grade students learned all 600 Fry words this past school year!  She’s excited to share with you her easy and inexpensive approach.

43. “How Many Teeth Does an Alligator Have?  Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Promoting Mathematical and Scientific Thinking through Project Work”
Paula Berry, Project Construct Coordinator, Columbia Public Schools
Grades Pre-K and K

Join Paula to investigate the possibilities for project work in your classroom.  Paula will share some of the projects that children have engaged in over the years as well as share research on the benefits of engaging young children in project work.  You will have the opportunity to share resources and strategies for extending and assessing children’s mathematical and scientific thinking skills through projects such as “How many teeth does an alligator have?”  Hmmm…inquiring minds want to know!

45. “Addition, Subtraction, Number Sense, & More”
Gregory Coleman, Math Expert, Educational Consultant, Blogger
Grades 2-3

Addition and subtraction are tricky concepts for young learners but are an essential building block for early mathematics.  Join Gregory as he shares specific strategies to help your young mathematicians build these foundational skills for the next level. The math standards were built around place value strategies and visual models.  Discover these strategies as well as helpful tips to get your students started.

Friday Breakout Sessions, Round E, for 1st Lunch Shift Attendees
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

46. “Must-Have Websites & Apps”
Kara Knollmeyer, Educational Technology Expert
Grades Pre-K to 1

Through Kara’s hands-on experience leading innovative learning at a Model School K-5, she has gathered and used many websites and apps that are must-haves for Kindergarten and first grade! This session will be differentiated based on your needs and will be adjusted on the spot based on what YOU want to learn.  Get ready to dive into websites and apps that will span across a plethora of curriculum and technology needs!  Please bring a device to start diving into the tools shared in this session.

48. “The Home and School Connect: Reconnecting the Bridge”
ClauDean Kizart, Trainer, Missouri Reading Initiative
Grades K-3

Most educators desire great parental support to co-educate children.  Building literacy and math skills requires all hands on deck!  However, studies indicate that many parents, especially those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, often do not provide adequate academic or behavioral support for their school-aged children.  As educators, we understand that lack of parental support not only translates to academic issues, but complications with behavior, as well.  Ideally, parents and teachers work together to instill the necessary academic and social skills in children; however, often the home to school connection is fragmented.  Join ClauDean for this engaging workshop designed to share research on why some parents are M.I.A. from the educational process of their children, and more importantly, what we as educators can do to help heal the home to school connection!

50. “Integrating Reading, Research, Writing, and Public Speaking: Famous American Celebration”
Melinda Hammerschmidt, Greenwood Laboratory School, Missouri State University
Grades 1-3

In this workshop, Melinda will share how students are taught basic research and organizational skills to explore a self-selected famous American.  She will show how each student selects, prepares, reads, and writes about their selected famous American, as they uncover interesting facts to share in a wax museum presentation format for families and friends.  You will also see the paper bag book each child makes, the prompt each child writes to, and the video examples of students in their culminating presentations.

47. “Economic Education for Little Learners: Active Learning with Money, Mathematics, and Children’s Literature”
Betty Porter Walls, Harris-Stowe State University
Grades Pre-K to 3

Join Betty for an informative and fun interactive learning experience targeting economic literacy for young children.  Picture books and play money will be used to teach basic arithmetic skills necessary for economic concepts of spending, saving, and other finance topics, including decision making.  Videos of classroom lessons captured by the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank will be featured.  Come for an engaging English language arts and math inter-disciplinary experience.  Leave with a packet of resources.

49. “Mr. Schu’s Review of Books for You and Your Readers, Too!”
John Schumacher, Reading Expert, Educational Consultant, Blogger
Grades 1-3

Calling all 1st-3rd grade educators!  Join in a conversation with Mr. Schu as he presents some of the best new picture books, early readers, and chapter books for emergent, transitional, and fluent readers.  In typical, high-energy Mr. Schu fashion, he will share book trailers, websites, activities, and interviews you can easily incorporate into lessons and booktalks to get everyone on your campus hurrying to your bookshelves to find the perfect book!

Friday Breakout Sessions, Round F
2:05 pm – 3:20 pm

51. “I Love Children’s Literature!”
Shelli Lee, Project Construct Facilitator
Grades Pre-K and K

With new children’s books coming out every day, it’s hard to keep up.  Come to this session and experience some of Shelli’s favorite new stories (which are certain to become favorites of yours, as well) to use in your classroom.  A variety of learning activities to support and enhance your curriculum across the board will  be included.

53. “Becoming Readers and Writers: A Day in Kindergarten”
Glenda Nugent, Missouri State Council, ILA
Kindergarten

Help your students become real readers and writers by surrounding them with rich reading and writing experiences.  Read Aloud, Shared Reading, Guided Reading, and Independent Reading, along with writing are essential in a literacy-rich classroom, but how do you fit them all into each day?  How do you teach the procedures that enable children to move into literacy while still providing these literacy-rich experiences?  Follow one class as they have these essential literacy experiences that will support their learning journey.  There will be an overview of Read Aloud, Shared Reading, Guided Reading, Independent Reading, and writing experiences, followed by video examples of an expert teacher using these strategies in her classroom.

55. “Tools for Talk: Strategies for Promoting Reading Comprehension”
Jackie Higgins, Mehlville School District
Grades K-2

In this interactive session, you will view videos and student work and participate in hands-on demonstrations to investigate comprehension in early reading.  You will discuss and practice ways to guide young learners to think deeply about texts and to respond to texts orally.  You will leave the session with concrete examples to promote comprehension during read alouds, shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading in your K-2 classroom.

57. “A Day in the Life of a First Grade with Technology”
Alison Evans, Macon R-1 School District
Grades K-2

Have you ever wondered what the younger kids could actually do with technology?  Alison is going to walk you through a typical day in her first grade classroom.  They have a mixture of 2 iPad minis, 3 iPads, 1 Chromebook (teacher issued), 1 desktop (teacher issued), 2 Osmos, CODE-a-Pillar, Code and Go Mouse Robot, and a Bee-Bot.  Alison uses Google tools (Google Docs, Google Slides, etc.), Pic Collage, ClassDojo and other age-appropriate apps to make all of this happen.  You do not need your own classroom devices to make this work in your classroom.  You could use a computer cart.  However, if you’re interested, Alison can share with you how she obtained her devices without spending the school’s money or her own!

59. “Google Apps for Education”
Kara Knollmeyer, Educational Technology Expert
Grades 2-3

GAFE (Google Apps for Education) has been taking the educational world by storm.  GAFE allows for all learners to collaborate and create better than ever before.  During this session, you will learn the beginning steps of how to use Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Slides, and more in the classroom. Furthermore, the session will be differentiated on the spot based on your needs.  You will see real student examples using GAFE and will dive into both the teacher and student sides of GAFE.  Bring your device and get ready to take away easy-to-use and transformational ideas that can be embedded across all content areas!

52. “Kiddynomics: Life Skills in Economics and Personal Finance”
Barbara Flowers, Economic Education Coordinator, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Grades Pre-K to 1

Kiddynomics: An Economics Curriculum for Young Learners, is a set of lessons designed to introduce young children to the economic way of thinking.  Informed decision-making is a critical thinking skill that students can use throughout their school, personal, and work lives.  Beginning economic education early and building on that learning throughout students’ education is the best way to ensure they develop vital decision-making skills.  In this curriculum, students are introduced to basic personal finance and economic concepts such as scarcity, choice, goods, services, saving, spending, and banks.  They explore these concepts through popular children’s literature to reinforce reading fluency.  In addition to reading integration, all lessons incorporate activities to enhance school-readiness skills such as categorizing objects,, counting, and letter recognition.  All lessons feature active-learning strategies that encourage students to ask and answer questions, participate in group discussions, and build vocabulary.  Songs, dramatic play, and art–all things young learners enjoy–are incorporated throughout to maintain student engagement.  Finally, several extension activities are suggested at the end of each lesson to further student learning.  The lessons are aligned with kindergarten readiness skills.  Join Barbara to learn how you can use these materials with your students!

54. “The Number Line Train”
Gregory Coleman, Math Expert, Educational Consultant, Blogger
Grades K-1

Hop on the number line train and discover ways to integrate this tool into your math instruction.  Join Gregory as he shows you ways to use the number line as a helpful tool to build number sense, compare numbers, and build number relationships.  Take home hands-on activities you can immediately use with your primary students.

56. “Oral Language Development and Literacy Learning: Supporting ELLs through a Guided Reading Approach”
Sarah Johnson, Mehlville School District
Grades K-2

In this session, Sarah will provide a brief overview of the language development stages of English Language Learners and how classroom teachers and reading interventionists can support both language and literacy development through shared and guided reading.  Through video and discussion, you will learn how to support beginning readers and writers.

58. “Forging Relationships in New and Known Lands: Your Role as a Reading Ambassador”
John Schumacher, Reading Expert, Educational Consultant, Blogger
Grades K-3

In this fast-paced session, John Schumacher (aka Mr. Schu) will share strategies and resources for becoming a reading ambassador in your own school community.

60. “Increasing Energy and Engagement Through Choice”
Matt Glover, Author and Educational Consultant
Grades 2-3

For students to learn to write well, they need to write a lot.  In order to write a lot, students need to have stamina and energy for writing.  Students will write with increased energy when they write in genres they choose and care about, yet increasingly students have less and less choice of genre.  In this session, Matt will share the importance of having units that allow for choice of genre, as well as strategies to make these units easy to teach and beneficial to your students.