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The 2013 Conference on Adolescent Success

Arlington Convention Center February 28 - March 2, 2013 Presented by the Texas Middle School Association and Texas Schools to Watch速

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Sponsors & Partners TMSA 2012-2013 Board of Directors & Committee Chairs Cecil Floyd, TMSA Executive Director Melissa Seward, TMSA Assistant Director Sandra Chapa, TMSA President Thad Spears, TMSA President-Elect Theresa Daugherty, TMSA Past-President Kenneth Border, TMSA Board Member Robin Lowe, TMSA Board Member (Schools to Watch Liasion) Justin Oxley, TMSA Board Member Kim White, TMSA Board Member

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Schedule THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2013 11:00 am - 6:00 pm 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm

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FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2013 7:00 am - 5:00 pm 7:30 am - 4:30 pm 8:00 am - 9:00 am 9:00 am - 9:30 am 9:30 am - 11:15 am 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2013 7:00 am - 1:00 pm 8:00 am - 12:30 pm 8:00 am - 9:00 am 9:00 am - 9:15 am 9:15 am - 10:15 am 10:15 am - 10:30 am 10:30 am - 11:30 am 11:30 am - 12:30 am

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General Session Middle Level Education- Living it, loving it, laughing about it! Looking to put a spark back into your teaching? Are you curious what really makes your students tick? Looking for ways to connect with your students? This laugh-out-loud keynote provides ideas and strategies in the areas of connecting with your students, being an adult advocate for kids, and new strategies in the area of classroom management. A true crowd-pleaser for any type of educator. A nationally-recognized presenter, author, and humorist, Jack Berckemeyer, began his career as a middle school teacher in Denver, Colorado. After two years of teaching he was named as an outstanding educator at his school, and shortly thereafter he was identified as one of the outstanding educators in the district. In 2003, he received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Falcon School District. Jack brings his energy, humor, and expertise of the middle level adolescent to all staff development as he helps teachers and administrators remember why this job makes a difference. Jack has presented in conference and school district settings both nationally and internationally. Jack served as a judge for the Disney American Teacher Awards and the selection committee for the USA TODAY All Teacher Team. Jack Berckemeyer is known for his motivating, practical ideas communicating a message of hope, laughter, and insight to the nature of the young adolescent. 5


Breakout Sessions Thursday February 28

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Session 1001 Convention Center: Meeting Room 1 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers, Counselors Session Level: All Main Presenter: Michael McFalls Building College Readiness in Middle SchoolFirst Step: Vocabulary College readiness begins long before high school. How do you build a rigorous academic program that systematically creates a culture of college readiness? The first step is methodically building the students’ academic vocabulary to bolster their skills in spelling, writing, and communication. Gain insight into how a vertically-aligned vocabulary builder program can create a culture of college readiness, increase students’ ELA scores, and prepare them to maximize their SAT, ACT, and PSAT scores. Subject: Language Arts, College Readiness Co-Presenter: Sheila Griffith Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence Session 1002 Convention Center: Meeting Room 2 Intended Audience: Teachers Session Level: Beginner Main Presenter: Kim Boyd Connecting in 140 Characters or Less – Twitter in Education Twitter, is it an instructional application? Learn how Twitter can be an engaging educational tool for student learning and building your Personal Learning Network. Presenters will give an overview, review the language, and demonstrate why teachers, administrators, and students should use Twitter. Ideas on how Twitter can be incorporated into lessons for the classroom will also be shared. Subject: Technology, Teaching Strategies Co-Presenter: Kay Cole Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence Session 1003 Convention Center: Meeting Room 3 Intended Audience: Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers Session Level: Beginner Main Presenter: Savannah Hill Assessing Beyond the Algorithm This session will provide research-based evidence for writing quality assessments to help students meet high academic standards. Participants will learn why assessing beyond procedural understanding is important and

how to use distractors to reveal students’ misconceptions. Participants will have the opportunity to practice enriching their current assessments by writing items that assess multiple levels of mathematical proficiency, specifically with numbers beyond whole numbers. Subject: Assessment, Math Co-Presenters: Dawn Woods, Cassandra Hatfield, Deni Bassaraba, Erica Simon Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence Session 1004 Convention Center: Meeting Room 4 Intended Audience: All Session Level: All Main Presenter: Kenny Border Personalizing The Middle School Setting A Texas School to Watch Campus: Shallowater Middle School is a rural school... and a Texas School to Watch. Through this presentation we will share the unique programs that make us a School to Watch. Learn how our REI (Remediation, Enrichment and Intervention) program has increased student successes while decreasing discipline problems. See how we partner effectively with our community to make a true learning community. We will also share our easy-to-implement recognition programs such as birthday cards, locker tags and our weekly bulletin. Personalize YOUR Middle School setting and reap the benefits! Note: This session will be repeated on Friday. Subject: Ensuring Student Success Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Organizational Structure Session 1005 Convention Center: Meeting Room 5 Intended Audience: Principals, Counselors Session Level: Intermediate Main Presenter: Martha Woodall Connecting With Parents Through a Volunteer Program A Texas School to Watch Campus: This presentation will provide you with a framework for creating a parent volunteer organization tailor-made for your school. Involve parents, grandparents, and community members at a meaningful level and watch your school climate improve while taking a load off of your school staff. This is your chance to model good oldfashioned community service without any cost to the school. Note: This presentation will be repeated on Saturday. Subject: Parents / Family Involvement Co-Presenter: Kim White Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Social Equity

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Session 1006 Center: Meeting Room 6 Intended Audience: All Session Level: All Main Presenter: Diana Day Enter At Your Own Risk! TMSA Featured Session: Challenging students need to know that you will not tolerate disrespect to you or to other students. Learn techniques that create a kind, firm, fair and consistent environment. Students respect educators who are strong, yet kind. You will be taught techniques that are simple and usable the next day in your classroom. Everything Diana Day teaches is concrete, fun to learn and easy to implement! Subject: Classroom Management Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Social Equity, Organizational Structure Session 1007 Convention Center: Meeting Room 7 Intended Audience: Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers, Counselors Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate Main Presenter: W.R. Klemm Teach Students How to Remember What You Teach Time-tested techniques students can use to remember your teaching. Presentation includes new techniques such as memory-image maps, and composite flash cards. Presenter is author of “Better Grades, Less Effort,” and “Memory Power 101.” Note: This session will be repeated again at 3:30 pm on Thursday. Subject: Brain-Based Learning and Teaching Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence Session 1008 Convention Center: Meeting Room 8 Intended Audience: All Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate Main Presenter: Judith Youngers, Ph.D. Foldables for Flipped Middle School Instruction: Tools That Help Lay the Groundwork and Keep Learners Grounded Flip over the ways that 3-D graphic organizers or Foldables can connect flipped classroom models with critical best practices and successful, supportive scaffolds. This hands-on, fast-paced session offers tips, techniques, and evidence bases to translate essential underpinnings into classroom practice at the middle learner level. Participants build mini-notebooks onsite of Foldable tools to be used for: building a genuine need to know, scaffolding, embedding content with feedback and reflection, and offering student flexibility and choice. Subject Area: Differentiated Instruction, Teaching Strategies Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence


Breakout Sessions Session 1009 Convention Center: Meeting Room 9 Intended Audience: Teachers, University/College Professors, Pre-Service Teachers Session Level: All Main Presenter: Angelo Casaburri Gadgets, Gizmos, and Contraptions – Build On the Moon The adventure of designing and building on the Moon are related to actual NASA Lunar exploration missions. Use the engineering design process to design, build, test, and redesign to invent creative solutions. Construct a shock absorbing lander out of cardboard, straws, mini marshmallows, and filing cards, that will gently touchdown and protect a crew of two “marshmallow astronauts” in a paper cup cabin. Construct a rubber band-powered cardboard rover to travel across the lunar surface. Subject: Math, Science Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence Session 1011 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm Convention Center: Meeting Room 11 Intended Audience: Principals, Administrators, Teachers Session Level: Advanced Main Presenter: Cecil Floyd Texas Schools to Watch Training Was your campus recently named a Texas School to Watch®? Are you interested in volunteering with this exciting program? Attend this training and leave as a member of the Texas Schools to Watch Team. You will learn to use the Rubric, learn about the criteria and learn how to take part in the revolution that is Texas Schools to Watch. Subject: School Improvement Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: All

Thursday February 28

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm Session 1013 Convention Center: Meeting Room 1 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers, Counselors Subject Level: All Main Presenter: Sheila Griffith Pre-Algebra—Acceleration to Remediation Many students do not have a good grasp of arithmetic--the foundation for High School math. Helping students understand the basics of arithmetic and reviewing key concepts will give students the tools they need to succeed. Learn best practices, key strategies, and implementation techniques that you can use immediately! Subject: Math Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence Session 1014 Convention Center: Meeting Room 2 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers Session Level: All Main Presenter: Robin Lowe Leadership: Lonely at the Top? If that is what you are feeling, come hear about how to build leadership capacity in your school. What organizational processes must be in place to grow leaders and move schools to the next level of excellence? What exactly is the principal’s role and how can you inspire others to share your vision and passion? Note: This session will be repeated on Friday. Subject: Leadership, School Improvement Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Organizational Structure Session 1017 Convention Center: Meeting Room 5 Intended Audience: Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers Session Level: All Main Presenter: Jaclyn Hemmila Technology & Fun in the Math Classroom This session will show you how to incorporate activities, games, and use technology in the math classroom. We will explore Smart Phone Applications that include relevant math problems and topics, classroom games to review or reinforce concepts, and fun activities that get students excited about math. Helpful websites will be described which are used to keep parents and students informed, recording and using video notes to “flip” a classroom, and QR codes generators which all allow phones to be used appropriately by students in a school setting. Subject: Technology, Math Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence

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Session 1018 Convention Center: Meeting Room 6 Intended Audience: Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers Session Level: All Main Presenter: Jack Berckemeyer Language Arts Strategies that Motivate Young Adolescents TMSA Featured Session: Looking for fun and motivating ideas for your middle level classroom? This session is a hands-on session that provides real quality strategies in the areas of reading, writing, spelling, grammar, listening and speaking skills. No philosophy here just creative ideas to motivate the middle level learner. Subject: Language Arts Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence Session 1019 Convention Center: Meeting Room 7 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers Session Level: All Main Presenter: Sonya Hayes Using a School-Wide Enrichment Model in Middle School A Texas School to Watch Campus: Do you have a passion or a hobby that you have always wanted to teach, but it never fit into your TEKS? Have you ever wanted to “tap into” your middle school students’ quirkiness and creativity? A school-wide enrichment model provides unique opportunities for students to fall in love with learning. Come learn how geocaching, cupcake decorating, crime scene investigations, flash mobs, photography, archery, and more provide engaging and rich 21st century learning opportunities. Subject: Enrichment Co-Presenters: Lynn Smith, Dana Harms, Shannon Sieber, Amy Lott, Alison Pennington, Amy Margulies, Bernadette Delagarza, Stephen Teal, Zenovia Decuir Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Organizational Structure, Developmental Responsiveness Session 1020 Convention Center: Meeting Room 8 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate Main Presenter: Lisa Boatright Growing a Traditional Schedule - Squeezing It All In, One Minute at a Time A Texas School to Watch Campus: STAAR, Data Teams, Interventions, Rigor & Relevance, Integrated Curriculum, TEKS, Best Practices, Common Formative & Summative Assessments, Advisory, Budget Cuts, Mandated Traditional Schedules, Headaches, Worries, Restlessness, and the list goes on and on and on! How do we get the most bang for our buck? How do we plan for all


Breakout Sessions middle school students to receive the academic and social experience that they deserve? We are a Texas School to Watch that has been mandated to go from a block to traditional schedule. Just when the reins were being pulled tight, we pulled together and created a school structure that allows for all students to receive an excellent middle school education while infusing best practices the whole way through. Note: This session will be repeated on Friday. Subject: Student Support Co-Presenter: Malinda Carri-Villalobos Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Organizational Structures, Developmental Responsiveness, Academic Excellence Session 1021 Convention Center: Meeting Room 9 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers Session Level: Intermediate Main Presenter: Kristyna Brewer Advisory: Student Intervention and Teacher Collaboration Having trouble finding time to collaborate with your colleagues? We have your answer! In this collaborative session, presenters will describe a framework which ensures time for teachers to collaborate and provide intervention/enrichment for all levels of learners through advisory classes. Teachers will be collaborating and planning great lessons, while students are engaged through collaboration and hands-on activities. Subject: Advisory/Advocacy, Student Support Co-Presenters: Matthew Pope, Terri Clement, Iric Ramos Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Organizational Structures

Thursday February 28

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Session 1025 Convention Center: Meeting Room 1 Intended Audience: Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers Session Level: Beginner Main Presenter: Sandra Strong Word Warm-Ups: Quick Exercises for Word Mastery The Word Warm-ups program combines the three powerful strategies of modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring to support reading development. This presentation informs participants about how to utilize these effective strategies in quick, timed, independent program. The presentation guides participants through the program steps. Participants will review actual teacher and student

materials to learn how phonemic awareness, phonics, and automaticity in decoding are developed using this strategy. Subject: At-Risk, Differentiated Instruction Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence Session 1026 Convention Center Meeting Room 2 Intended Audience: Principals, Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers Session Level: All Main Presenter: Claudia Whitley Beyond the Bold Print Words We spend a great deal of time teaching vocabulary to our students, but they often still struggle with reading on STAAR and other reading tasks. Academic Vocabulary is one of the strongest indicators of subject area literacy (Varlas, 2012). How can a focus on Academic Vocabulary help students be more successful across the curriculum? In this session we will examine hand-on strategies to improve students’ academic vocabularies in all content area. Subject Area: Language Arts Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence Session 1027 Convention Center: Meeting Room 3 Intended Audience: All Session Level: All Main Presenter: Danyah Arafat-Johnson Student Stress in High Socioeconomic Schools Common in students of higher socioeconomic groups is an innate or imposed stress of high performance and high achievement. What dangers wait around the emotional corner for students who fear anything less than exceptional? Join us in a discussion of how to identify, respond to and ultimately serve these students in a path of safe success. Subject Area: Teaching Strategies Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Development Responsiveness Session 1028 Convention Center: Meeting Room 4 Intended Audience: Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate Main Presenter: Paul Nagel From Big Bend to Mardi Gras: Creative Thinking and Inquiry in Geography Creative thinking is the process we use in developing new ideas, whereas inquiry is the process of acquiring knowledge. How do these two skills work together in geography? Challenge students to think of physical and cultural features of their state and create a new ad to attract visitors to the state. Subject: Social Studies Co-Presenter: Janise McIntrye Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence

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Session 1029 Convention Center: Meeting Room 5 Intended Audience: All Session Level: All Main Presenter: Donna McGuire I’m a Believer – How About You? By applying simple, effective, and logical strategies, hear how our school is singing “I’m a Believer!” The best part? In this session you can hear firsthand how your school can do the same. Teachers will find themselves with more time to teach, parents will hear more “good” things about their children, and administrators will see a significant drop in discipline referrals. Stop 80% of the low level, time stealing behaviors, and sing along! Subject: Classroom Management / School Improvement Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Organizational Structures Session 1030 Convention Center: Meeting Room 6 Intended Audience: Teachers Session Level: Beginner Main Presenter: Laura Allen Flip Your Classroom! Come learn how to flip your classroom! Learn the what, how, and why of this instructional strategy that will truly change the way you teach and how young adolescents learn. See samples of flipped instruction based on social studies and science TEKS created by Texas teachers and leave with easy to follow step-by-step instructions to create your first flipped video. Subject: Teaching Strategies, Technology Co-Presenters: Danielle Smith, Wes Ryan, Charles Elerick Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence, Developmental Responsiveness Session 1031 Convention Center: Meeting Room 7 Intended Audience: Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers, Counselors Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate Main Presenter: W.R. Klemm Teach Students How to Remember What You Teach Time-tested techniques students can use to remember your teaching. Presentation includes new techniques such as memoryimage maps, and composite flash cards. Presenter is the author of “Better Grades, Less Effort,” and “Memory Power 101.” Brain-Subject: Based Learning and Teaching Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence


Breakout Sessions Session 1032 Convention Center: Meeting Room 8 Main Presenter: Gary Comalander Intended Audience: All Session Level: Intermediate, Advanced Creating and Maintaining a Culture of Collaboration A Texas Schools to Watch Campus: How do you facilitate purposeful conversations that support new teachers and challenge veteran teachers while focusing on student learning and support? For the past six years this “School to Watch” has mastered techniques to focus discussions for grade-level planning, vertical alignment, and campus improvement with proven results. We use these same ideas in the classroom with students! Come see these techniques in action! Note: This session will be repeated on Friday. Subject: School Climate Co-presenters: Noemi Francis, Samantha Hopkins, Diana Jarvis, Joy Mazurek, Theo Risinger, Amanda Taylor, Suzanne Wendorf, Isabel Zuniga-Garcia, Debbie Norton Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence

Thursday February 28

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm Session 1037 Convention Center: Meeting Room 1 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers, Counselors Session Level: All Main Presenter: Heath Einstein College Readiness: More than Putting College Pennants on the Wall Is your district or school all a buzz about College Readiness? What is college readiness in Middle School? Come find out from Heath Einstein, TCU admissions counselor, and Kevin Griffith, VicePresident of Knowsys Educational Services. Get ideas on college and career exploration, getting parents involved in the process, and delivering useful and timely information to students, parents, and school personnel. Leave the session with college readiness timelines and practical ideas that can be easily implemented. Subject: College Readiness Co-presenter: Kevin Griffith Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Developmental Responsiveness Session 1038 Convention Center: Meeting Room 2 Intended Audience: Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers Session Level: Beginner Main Presenter: Melissa Pabon Beyond Small Groups: Organizing Your Class for Reading Success

ESL, Special Education AND General Education students all in one classroom? Think past arranging the desks in small groups in this session and receive tried and true strategies that encourage student collaboration for reading success. Subject: Literacy, Teaching Strategies Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Social Equity Session 1041 Convention Center: Meeting Room 5 Intended Audience: Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers Session Level: All Main Presenter: Alison Beazley The Interdisciplinary Activities for a World of 7 Billion Since today’s middle school students were born, we’ve added a billion more people to the planet with two billion more expected by 2050. Discover inquiry-based, handson activities that build understanding of global issues -- world population growth, natural resource use, and environmental sustainability while honing skills in life sciences, geography and mathematics. Engage in cooperative group problem solving, graphing and analysis, and role-playing simulations. Receive a CD-ROM of lessons. Subject: Integrated / Interdisciplinary Curriculum Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Social Equity Session 1042 Convention Center: Meeting Room 6 Intended Audience: All Session Level: All Main Presenter: Jack Berckemeyer Teaming and the Middle Level Teacher TMSA Featured Session: Being on a middle school team can be filled with great joys, struggles, and frustrations. It can also be a trying time for those involved in the meeting. This practical session focuses on the real life issues surrounding teaming. The presenter will provide informative examples to help with effective use of team time and how teams can work together to deal with kids, curriculum, and professional development. You might even laugh at Jack’s descriptions of the characteristics of a team member. Subject: Teaming / Teaching Strategies Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Organizational Structures Session 1044 Convention Center: Meeting Room 8 Intended Audience: All Session Level: All Main Presenter: Cassandra Chapa It’s Science….Write?

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A Texas School to Watch Campus: Through a campus-wide writing initiative, science moved in the WRITE direction! Learn how using mentor text can get your class moving in new and different directions that will lead to differentiated learning and engagement in relevant activities. iPad Tablet, and smart phone friendly. Subject: Science Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence Session 1045 Convention Center: Meeting Room 9 Intended Audience: Teachers, University / College Professors, Pre-Service Teachers Session Level: All Main Presenter: Angelo Casaburri Rockets - Experimenting with Projectile Flight Learn about the history, scientific principles, technology, and mathematics of rockets. Construct a rocket made from polyethylene insulating foam pipe and a heavy duty rubber band and use it to investigate the trajectory relationship between launch angle and range in a controlled investigation. Compare the launch angle with the distance the rocket travels to determine mathematical relationships and at what launch angle a rocket travels the furthest down range. Subject: Math, Science Co-Presenter: Deb Jacobson Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence

Friday March 1

8:00 am - 9:00 am Session 2002 Convention Center: Meeting Room 1 Intended Audience: Teachers, Reading / Literacy Coaches Session Level: All Main Presenter: Susan Young Who’s Doing the Thinking and Talking in Your Classroom? Research shows that in an instructional environment, the person doing the most talking does the most learning. However, it’s not just any talk that generates the learning. Participants in this session will explore lessons and facilitation methods designed to foster engagement in meaningful conversations that lead to deeper thinking and learning. They will leave with strategies they can implement immediately in their own classrooms. Subject: Language Arts, Teaching Strategies Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence, Developmental Responsiveness


Breakout Sessions Session 2003 Convention Center: Meeting Room 2 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers, University/College Educators Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate Main Presenter: Lesli Laughter Creating a Critical Thinking Environment in the Classroom Creating an atmosphere of critical thinking is crucial; learn practical strategies for putting critical thinking into action. Topics include an overview of critical thinking, implications from research, integrating critical thinking with instruction, how to get critical thinking in student’s hands, and getting parents to reinforce critical thinking at home. Note: This session will be repeated on Saturday. Subject: Student Support/Teaching Strategie Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence Session 2004 Convention Center: Meeting Room 3 Intended Audience: University/College Professors Session Level: Advanced Main Presenter: Association of Professors of Middle Level Education Members (Panel) Calling all Texas Middle Level Professors. We Need You. Last year we met and organized a Texas chapter of the Association of Professors of Middle Level Education (an affiliate of AMLE). Join us at this meeting as we move forward with this exciting new organization. There is a need for us to speak as one voice in our state. Subject: Organization Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Organizational Structures Session 2005 Convention Center: Meeting Room 4 Intended Audience: All Session Level: All Main Presenter: Sandra White No Wasted Time, No Wasted Space Participants will encounter research regarding the power of the visual environment of the classroom, investigate ways to recapture wasted minutes and gain valuable instruction time, reevaluate classroom décor and evaluate teaching/learning potential of intentional teaching visuals, and learn songs, chants, mnemonics and more to keep students engaged and learning all day. Note: This session will be repeated at 4:00 pm Friday. Subject: Teaching Strategies Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence

Session 2006 Convention Center: Meeting Room 5 Intended Audience: Administrators, Teachers Session Level: Beginner Main Presenter: Michelle Somerhalder Moving Campuses Forward with Innovative Ideas – From Master Schedule to a Rigorous Curriculum that Engages Students and Integrates Technology This session focuses on the innovative programs put in place at a Texas Middle School. From Gifted and Talented study hall classes to the VESTED lesson plan format to new technology with My Big Campus to an Authentic Literacy initiative to a flexible schedule and teaming, different programs are presented and explained at length. Note: This session will be repeated on Saturday. Subject: School Improvement Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence

Session 2009 Convention Center: Meeting Room 8 Intended Audience: Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers Session Level: All Main Presenter: Cynthia Martinez-Bagwill Preventing Death by Lecture!! Frustrated by your apathetic students? Tried everything but can’t motivate the unmotivated? Confused by lack of student success when YOU have tried everything? YOU are not alone!!!! Join me for an enlightening hour of tested teaching strategies guaranteed to convert students into learners capable of taking ownership of their own success. Get them moving, get them thinking, get them speaking, get them working and reaping great rewards for their efforts. Set the tone for a successful and positively welcoming learning environment. An on-line packet is included with specific strategies that are classroom tested. Learn some powerful ways to put the fun back into teaching. This workshop is designed to give all teachers the tools for promoting successful science. It is based on researched strategies by the Instructional Center of Educational Leadership. Your students are far more successful if allowed to interact with their peers through cooperative grouping, brainstorming, and peer tutoring. Note: This session will be repeated on Saturday. Subject: Teaching Strategies Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence

Session 2007 Convention Center: Meeting Room 6 Intended Audience: All Session Level: All Main Presenter: Kenny Border Personalizing The Middle School Setting A Texas School to Watch Campus: Shallowater Middle School is a rural school... and a Texas School to Watch. Through this presentation we will share the unique programs that make us a School to Watch. Learn how our REI (Remediation, Enrichment and Intervention) Session 2010 program has increased student successes while Convention Center: Meeting Room 9 decreasing discipline problems. See how we Intended Audience: All partner effectively with our community to make Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate a true learning community. We will also share Main Presenter: Frank Roti our easy-to-implement recognition programs I Need More Instructional Time! – Researchsuch as birthday cards, locker tags and our Based Classroom Management Strategies weekly bulletin. Personalize YOUR Middle That Work! School setting and reap the benefits! A significant amount of teacher’s time is Subject: Ensuring Student Success committed to the handful of students who are Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: continuously disrupting the classroom and Social Equity having to be addressed. Teachers will learn a set of research-based classroom management Session 2008 strategies proven to eliminate the multiple Convention Center: Meeting Room 7 warnings and repeated requests in a way Intended Audience: Teachers that is efficient and effective while regaining Session Level: Intermediate 5 – 9 hours of instructional time lost weekly Main Presenter: Kaye Cole addressing discipline problems. The strategies Create, Share, Engage provided will increase the time a teacher spends Want to engage students and promote on teaching academics while at the same time collaboration with mobile devices? Learn empowering students to take responsibility how free applications Nearpod, Tag my for their actions and achieve success on doc, and Anywhere Pad can assist in getting formal and informal assessments – MORE presentations to student devices and promotes TIME TO TEACH. Participants will learn, interaction and collaboration to the lesson. practice/model, reflect, and design a plan to Subject: Technology, Teaching Strategies implement these research-based strategies so Co-Presenter: Kimberly Boyd that implementation can occur the very next Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: day in the classroom and/or schoolwide setting. Academic Excellence Subject: Classroom Management, School Climate and Safety Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Organizational Structures

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Breakout Sessions Session 2011 Convention Center: Meeting Room 10 Intended Audience: Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers Session Level: Beginner Main Presenter: Sandra Strong Reading for Meaning -- Fluently Learn how to develop fluency, support vocabulary, and promote comprehension by combining powerful, research-based strategies of teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring. Accelerate the reading achievement of Title I, special education, ELL, and mainstream students using these researchproven strategies. This session describes Read Naturally, but the strategies can be used with any classroom reading materials. Note: This session will be repeated on Saturday. Subject: At-Risk, Differentiated Instruction Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Acdemic Excellence Session 2012 Convention Center: Meeting Room 11 Intended Audience: Administrators, Teachers Session Level: Beginner Main Presenter: Savannah Hill Supporting Students’ Algebra Readiness: Middle School Students in Texas: Algebra Ready (MSTAR) This session shares information about the MSTAR (Middle School Students in Texas: Algebra Ready), a statewide initiative implemented with the goal of improving students’ readiness for algebra and their success in algebra. MSTAR includes three primary components: (1) integrated system of formative assessments, (2) targeted professional development, and (3) sample instructional materials. Participants will learn the purpose of each component and how to implement them in their classrooms to support student success in algebra. Subject: Math Co-Presenters: Marilea Jungman, Sharri Zachary, Leanne Ketterlin Geller Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence Session 2013 Convention Center: Meeting Room 12 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Curriculum Directors Session Level: Beginning, Intermediate Main Presenter: Holly La Roe Keep the Game Plan and Close the Gaps Our presentation will demonstrate a way to close the achievement gaps (specific SE deficits) without changing the master schedule. We utilize home room/advisory activities campus wide to improve science vocabulary and numeration skills. Our leadership team will show ways to push fifteen minutes of curriculum instruction into non-tested classrooms to strengthen mathematics and reading scores. It is our sincere hope that your leadership team could alter this plan to fit your campus

needs to close the achievement gaps without changing the master schedule. Subject: Integrated Curriculum Co-Presenters: Tony Furman, Jane Blundell, Monica Bear Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Developmental Responsiveness, Social Equity Session 2014 Sheraton Hotel: Hall of Fame Intended Audience: All Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate Main Presenter: Judith Youngers, Ph.D. Chunk, Chunk, Chew: Powerful, Visible, and Hands-on Foldable Formative Assessments for Middle School Classrooms You both “chunk and chew” in this lively session involving demonstration with Powerpoint support. Evidence bases plus modeling and student examples support participant construction onsite of six to eight Foldable formative assessment tools. These interactive graphic organizers reflect a range of descriptive planning and feedback types, with all being transferable, transformative and transportable. 90% of the session is hands-on, so you depart with a mini-notebook of Foldable formative assessment tools to use immediately Subject: Brain-based Learning and Teaching Co-Presenter: LaVonda Popp Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence Session 2015 Sheraton Hotel: World Series Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers, Counselors Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate Main Presenter: Les Black Student Cyber-Speech Off Campus – Searching for Clarity in the Law TMSA Featured Session: Student CyberSpeech: We all know that schools may discipline students for engaging in on-campus speech that causes a material disruption to school, but what about disruptive student speech that occurs offcampus, using a non-school computer or other personal communication device? The law in this area is developing, but this presentation will provide some practical recommendations about handling off-campus cyber-speech issues in an environment of legal uncertainty. Subject: Student Support, School Climate and Safety Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Social Equity Session 2016 Sheraton Hotel: Super Bowl Intended Audience: Principals, Teachers Session Level: Intermediate, Advanced

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Main Presenter: Daphne Kahn-Wiley Energizing, Exciting, and Engaging Strategies for English Language Arts and Reading Looking for ways to energize your lessons and get your students engaged and excited about English Language Arts and Reading? This is the workshop for you! Learn tips on how to incorporate technology, fine arts, current events, and physical education activities to create mental models and high yield instructional strategies in your English class. If time permits, educators can share their fun tips as well. Note: This session will be repeated at 4:00 pm Friday. Subject: Language Arts, Technology Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence

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9:30 am - 11:15 am Session 2017 Convention Center: Grand Hall Intended Audience: All Session Level: All Main Presenter: Jack Berckeymer General Session: Middle Level Education -Living it, Loving It, Laughing about it! Looking to put a spark back into your teaching? Are you curious what really makes your students tick? This laugh-out-loud keynote provides ideas for connecting with your students and being an adult advocate for kids and offers new strategies for classroom management. Subject: Classroom Management, Teacher Motivation Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: All

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11:30 am - 12:30 pm Session 2019 Convention Center: Meeting Room 1 Intended Audience: Teachers Session Level: Intermediate Main Presenter: Kim Boyd A Perfect Match: Edmodo and Web 2.0 Love Edmodo? Love Web 2.0 tools? Learn how to integrate them for more engaging and collaborative lessons. Presenters will showcase many Web 2.0 tools and demonstrate how they can be used across the curriculum with the quizzes, polls, and assignments already found in Edmodo. Subject: Technology, Teaching Strategies Co-Presenter: Kay Cole Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence


Breakout Sessions Session 2020 Convention Center: Meeting Room 2 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers Session Level All Main Presenter: Ara Eissler The Test is Failing Us... What Values Should We Be Teaching? This presentation will consider figures such as Frederick Douglas, Thomas Edison, and Steve Jobs in a discussion to identify fundamental values which we should cultivate as educators. What intellectual values should we strengthen in our students to equip them for pursuit of their passions? Can we learn from Asia, Finland and Montessori? Can we overcome our greatest obstacle and move beyond the test? Subject: Teacher Preparation / Strategies Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence, Developmental Responsiveness Session 2022 Convention Center: Meeting Room 4 Intended Audience: Principals, Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers Session Level: All Main Presenter: Sheila Gloer University Partnerships with Schools to Watch: A Virtual Field Experience Baylor University Candidates preparing for middle level certification experience best NCATE/AMLE practices through a partnership with a school designated as a “School to Watch” which is located 122 miles away. This presentation will share how next generation educators use a virtual environment to interface with students and teachers via technology. This unique partnership is both improving Baylor sophomores’ understanding of how the middle school concept improves young adolescent learning, and also enhancing public school students’ learning. Subject: School Improvement Co-Presenters: Angela Romney, Justin Trumble Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence Session 2023 Convention Center: Meeting Room 5 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers, Counselors Session Level: All Main Presenter: Eric Snow Dads of Great Students (WATCH D.O.G.S): Engage Men, Inspire Children, Reduce Bullying and Enhance the Educational Environment of your School This program is a one of a kind school-based initiative building on the personal capital already available -- fathers and father-figures of students. Every attendee will walk away with the 7 Steps to Success for launching the WATCH D.O.G.S.® program in their school to

support education and school safety through positive male role models. Both women and men should attend this session. Note: This session will be repeated on Saturday. Subject: Parents / Family Involvement Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Social Equity Session 2024 Convention Center: Meeting Room 6 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate Main Presenter: Lisa Boatright Growing a Traditional Schedule - Squeezing It All In, One Minute at a Time A Texas School to Watch Campus: STAAR, Data Teams, Interventions, Rigor & Relevance, Integrated Curriculum, TEKS, Best Practices, Common Formative & Summative Assessments, Advisory, Budget Cuts, Mandated Traditional Schedules, Headaches, Worries, Restlessness, and the list goes on and on and on! How do we get the most bang for our buck? How do we plan for all middle school students to receive the academic and social experience that they deserve? We are a Texas Schools to Watch that has been mandated to go from a block to traditional schedule. Just when the reins were being pulled tight, we pulled together and created a school structure that allows for all students to receive an excellent middle school education while infusing best practices the who way through. Subject: Student Support Co-Presenter: Malinda Carri-Villalobos Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Organizational Structures, Developmental Responsiveness, Academic Excellence Session 2025 Convention Center: Meeting Room 7 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers Session Level: Beginner Main Presenter: Michael Sanchez The Heart of Texas The Heart of Texas Tour takes a different approach to student travel. Experiencing knowledge hands-on can ignite a passion to learn. With this in mind BMS created a tour of Texas that focuses on at-risk students from low socioeconomic families. 70% of the participants had never left our county and most wouldn’t fit the teacher’s ideal student for an overnight trip. Using behavior and grade contracts these individuals met the challenge while gaining life-changing wisdom. Subject: At-Risk, Student Support, Teaching Strategies Co-Presenter: Melissa Patrick, Thad Spears Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Social Equity

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Session 2026 Convention Center: Meeting Room 8 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers, Counselors Session Level: All Main Presenters: Justin Lookadoo Stop Bullying: Protect Students and Yourselves TMSA Featured Session: Tired of a bunch of theory and psycho-babble about bullying. Us too. This session will show you how to protect your students from bullies and your staff from lawsuits. Get real strategies and tested techniques to stop bullying. Learn why traditional approaches haven’t worked and get the tools that will. No Theory. No Fluff. Real Results. As a bonus, you’ll get a comic relief from presenter Justin Lookadoo as seen at www.lookadoo.com. Note: This session will be repeated on Saturday. Subject: Bullying Co-Presenters: Mary Lookadoo, Linda Gossett Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Social Equity, Organizational Structures, Developmental Responsiveness Session 2027 Convention Center: Meeting Room 9 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers Session Level: Beginner Main Presenter: Matt Varvir ACE: An Innovative, Award-Winning Approach to Climate Science Education The Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) is the national leader in climate science education, providing a free assembly on climate science and solutions. Through a focus on multimedia and leadership, this non-profit is building a groundswell of youth who will take on this challenge and make stainability the norm in their lives, schools, and communities. Starting in the DFW Metroplex, ACE aims to expand to the entire state through the following philosophy: Educate, Inspire, Activate. Subject:Science, Student Leadership Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Developmental Responsiveness Session 2028 Convention Center: Meeting Room 10 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers, Counselors Session Level: All Main Presenter: David Kettler Take Advantage of Gifted and Talented Opportunities Keeping students challenged can be a challenge. On top of the need to keep the curriculum challenging, you also have to make sure the students are truly college ready – ready to go, ready to succeed, and ready to graduate! Find out from Drs. Kettler and Griffith how to maximize college readiness using academic vocabulary building and writing enhancement


Breakout Sessions programs and encouraging participation in advanced academic opportunities like the Talent Identification Program and summer/weekend academic programs. Subject: Gifted and Talented Co-Presenter: Sheila Griffith Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Developmental Responsiveness Session 2029 Convention Center: Meeting Room 11 Intended Audience: Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers Session Level: Beginner Main Presenter: Dawn Woods Math in Many Ways: Using MSTAR Data to Differentiate Instruction Developing mathematical understanding, while accommodating a diverse range of student abilities, interests, and experiences may be a challenge in the mathematics classroom. This session will provide a research-based rationale for differentiating instruction according to students’ readiness and interest based on data from the Middle School Students in Texas (MSTAR) assessment system. Participants will learn the reasons and process for implementing differentiated instruction. Subject: Assessment, DI Co-Presenters: Beth Richardson, Cassandra Hatfield, Deni Basaraba, Savannah Hill, Erica Simon Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence, Developmental Responsiveness Session 2031 Sheraton Hotel: Hall of Fame Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Aspiring Administrators, University Professors Session Level: Intermediate Main Presenter: Gail Hartin Mentoring New School Leaders at the Middle Level: Building Bridges to Success TMSA Featured Session: Turnover in earlycareer principals takes its toll on school reform and student achievement. This is critical at the middle level, where stability is needed to build the relationships necessary to meet the needs of young adolescents. Systematic, sustainable mentoring programs are needed to support new principals as they deal with the pressures of the job while “learning to lead.” This session will share trends, strategies, and resources for mentoring new principals and assistant principals. Subject: Leadership Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Organizational Structures Session 2032 Sheraton Hotel: World Series Intended Audience: Administrators, Teachers Subject Level: Beginner, Intermediate Main Presenter: Sondra Floyd Keeping on Track; Implementing and monitoring Special Ed and RtI Processes

This session focuses on the effective implementation of interventions necessary for student achievement. Ideas of effective monitoring and collaboration to ensure your campus processes and procedures are effective in meeting student’s need and ensuring students meet adequate process each year. Subject: At-Risk, Special Education Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Developmental Responsiveness, Social Equity Session 2033 Sheraton Hotel: Super Bowl Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers, Counselors Subject Level: All Main Presenter: Kevin Griffith Swimming in the Alphabet Soup of College Readiness—What are All These Abbreviations and Acronyms? Sometimes the college admissions process feels like wading through murky waters. What’s the difference in all the tests – AP, SAT, ACT, PSAT, SAT IIs, etc? What is the “new” SAT? Should students take the SAT or the ACT? Should students prepare for the PSAT? How important is your test score in the applications process? Is it better to make an A in a regular class or a B in an AP class? Subject: College Readiness, Parents / Family Involvement Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence, Organizational Structures

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1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Session 2035 Convention Center: Meeting Room 1 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers Session Level: Beginner Main Presenter: Cathy Shaver Acceleration for Middle School GT Students: The Path Toward College Readiness The nation has experienced a paradigm shift in recent years; away from the idea that public school is a place to get a diploma to the idea that a K-12 education is where you prepare to enter college. Expectations are on the rise and schools are stepping up efforts to address this issue of building a “college readiness culture.” For districts with populations that are often underrepresented in advanced and GT programs, it is especially critical to create systems that allow for high ability students to excel and accelerate, and to begin to intentionally build avenues for gifted students from traditionally

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under represented populations toward college readiness. Subject: Gifted-Talented, Transitions To and From Middle Level Schools Co-Presenter: Debbie Midkiff Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Social Equity, Developmental Responsiveness Session 2036 Convention Center: Meeting Room 2 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers Session Level: All Main Speaker: Robin Lowe Leadership: Lonely at the Top? If that is what you are feeling, come hear about how to build leadership capacity in your school. What organizational processes must be in place to grow leaders and move schools to the next level of excellence? What exactly is the principal’s role and how can you inspire others to share your vision and passion? Subject: Leadership, School Improvement Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence, Organizational Structures Session 2038 Convention Center: Meeting Room 4 Intended Audience: Teachers Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate Main Presenter: Michelle Reynolds Be a Writing Ambassador: Inspiring an English Classroom Beyond the School Walls How do you motivate students to want to come to school with a desire to learn? See examples of inspirational ways to create an interest for writing by implementing motivation strategies, engaged classroom activities, school/ community service projects, and writing contests on a low-cost budget. Note: This session will be repeated on Saturday. Subject: Language Arts, Student Motivation Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence Session 2039 Center: Meeting Room 5 Intended Audience: Administrators, Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers, Counselors Session Level: Beginner Main Presenter: Michelle Zimmerman Parent Perspective: Building Empathy, Relationships, and Processes to Collaborate with Parents This session focuses on helping educators understand and empathize with the parent perspective. We will also cite examples, processes, and procedures to meet parents where they are to form strong, collaborative relationships to attain optimum student achievement and create allies in education. Subject: Parents / Family Involvement Co-Presenter: Wes Upton Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Organizational Structures


Breakout Sessions Session 2040 Convention Center: Meeting Room 6 Intended Audience: All Session Level: All Main Presenter: Diana Day What Successful Teachers Know to Manage Challenging Students TMSA Featured Session: Learn to unlock the mystery of what to do with these very stressful students. There are three types of difficult students. We’ll have time to cover two of the most challenging types, explaining their motivation to their unique style of disruption, where to optimally seat them, how to motivate to improve behavior and academics, and how to firmly set limits when nothing seems to work. This is a program filled with how to’s, so you can translate the information back to your classroom immediately, typical of Diana Day’s training. Subject: Classroom Management Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Social Equity, Organizational Structures Session 2041 Convention Center: Meeting Room 7 Intended Audience: All Session Level: All Main Presenter: Cathryn Patterson Junior High ROCKS!! Collaborate, Communicate, Transform…Chocolate!! A Texas School to Watch Campus: From SHAME to FAME!! Find out how one middle school became a source of pride in its community. Participants will learn how to create a campus culture where middle school students experience success. Through articulating, implementing, and practicing common beliefs daily, students and staff collaborate to meet the unique and diverse needs of early adolescent students. Learn how investing time getting to know your students reaps benefits way beyond academic measure! Subject: School Improvement, Student Motivation Co-Presenters: Angel Andrews, Dani Gilcrease, Heather Landrum, Laura Morris, Laura Moulder Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence, Developmental Responsiveness, Organizational Structures Session 2042 Convention Center: Meeting Room 8 Intended Audience: Principals, Teachers, University / College Professors Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate Main Presenter: Bill Jasper Let’s Meet in the Middle: Math and Science Careers Await Your Students Texas needs more students to attend and graduate from college, especially from underrepresented populations. There are many obstacles to overcome for some students, and plans to be career successful must start in middle school. This presentation will address CCRS standards, STAAR tests, and college readiness to enhance

the success of all students in mathematics and science. Special emphasis will be placed on English Language Learners. Subject: Math, Science Co-Presenter: Andrea Foster Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence, Organizational Structures Session 2043 Convention Center: Meeting Room 9 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers Session Level: All Main Presenter: Sonya Hayes Engaging the Digital Learner Using Technology and the 21st Century Learning Skills A Texas School to Watch Campus: Principals, are you ready to move your campus into the 21st century? Teachers, are you ready to learn new applications and programs so you can use technology to enhance your curriculum TEKS? This session will provide ideas for successful professional development, such as, “The Amazing Technology Race” and “Techa-Palooza.” It will also provide teachers and administrators with a plethora of free digital learning tools that can be easily incorporated into the classroom environment. Subject: Technology Co-Presenters: Lynn Smith, Dana Harms, Shannon Sieber, Amy Lott, Alison Pennington, Amy Margulies, Bernadette Delagarza, Stephen Teal, Zenovia Decuir Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence, Social Equity Session 2044 Convention Center: Meeting Room 10 Main Presenter: Gary Comalander Intended Audience: All Session Level: All Creating and Maintaining a Culture of Collaboration A Texas School to Watch Campus: How do you facilitate purposeful conversations that support new teachers and challenge veteran teachers while focusing on student learning and support? For the past six years this “School to Watch” has mastered techniques to focus discussions for grade-level planning, vertical alignment, and campus improvement with proven results. We use these same ideas in the classroom with students! Come see these techniques in action! Subject: School Climate Co-Presenters: Noemi Francis, Samantha Hopkins. Diana Jarvis, Joy Mazurek, Theo Risinger, Amanda Taylor, Suzanne Wendorf, Isabel Zuniga-Garcia, Debbie Norton Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence

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Session 2045 Convention Center, Meeting Room 11 Intended Audience: All Beginner, Intermediate Session Level: Frank Roti I Need More Instructional Time! – ResearchBased Classroom Management Strategies That Work! A significant amount of teacher’s time is committed to the handful of students who are continuously disrupting the classroom and having to be addressed. Teachers will learn a set of research-based classroom management strategies proven to eliminate the multiple warnings and repeated requests in a way that is efficient and effective while regaining 5 – 9 hours of instructional time lost weekly addressing discipline problems. The strategies provided will increase the time a teacher spends on teaching academics while at the same time empowering students to take responsibility for their actions and achieve success on formal and informal assessments – MORE TIME TO TEACH. Participants will learn, practice/model, reflect, and design a plan to implement these researchbased strategies so that implementation can occur the very next day in the classroom and/or school wide setting. Subject: Classroom Management, School Climate and Safety Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence, Organizational Structures, Social Equity Session 2047 Sheraton Hotel: Hall of Fame Intended Audience: All Session Level: All Main Speaker: Jack Berckemeyer Understanding Adolescents TMSA Featured Session: Being able to figure out the inner workings of adolescents is key to being a great middle school teacher. Come discover helpful teacher tips on how to relate to young adolescents. Share and apply teaching ideas that meet the needs of middle school students. This session will also provide practical ideas to help with classroom management and behavioral issues from structuring your room to methods for getting a class to simmer down. Connect with your students and discover new ways to relate to them that will surely improve learning. Subject: Teaching Strategies Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Organizational Structures, Developmental Responsiveness, Social Equity Session 2048 Sheraton Hotel: World Series Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers, Counselors Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate Main Presenter: Les Black What School Leaders Should Know About Section 504 After the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act of 2009


Breakout Sessions TMSA Featured Session: What School Leaders Should Know About Section 504: The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act of 2009 changed some key terminology that has had a huge impact on who qualifies as having a disability under Section 504. This session will help administrators understand those changes and help them apply that knowledge to the administration of a successful 504 program on their campuses. Subject: Student Support, School Climate and Safety Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Organizational Structures Session 2049 Sheraton Hotel: Super Bowl Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate Main Presenter: Tiffanie Turner Next Generation Classroom, Next Generation Collaboration: ePals Learn365 Explore the use of cloud-based, safe social learning with ePals Learn365. Our tool provides a fully integrated and user authenticated interface with multiple web 2.0 tools including Google Docs and Gmail. Learn365 provides students, teachers and administrators with a role-based collaboration environment for 24/7 student learning. Increase collaboration in the classroom and around the globe. Note: This Session will be repeated on Saturday. Subject: Technology, Teaching Strategies Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence

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2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Session 2051 Convention Center: Meeting Room 1 Intended Audience: All Session Level: All Main Presenter: Barry Lanford Gauging Engagement: Tips for On Target Teaching A Texas School to Watch Campus: Using Total Participation Techniques as a guide to select teaching strategies that we want to develop and following up with targeted walk-throughs to monitor progress and give feedback to increase student engagement and understanding. Subject: Teaching Strategies Co-Presenter: Lynn Jordan Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence

Session 2052 Convention Center: Meeting Room 2 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, University/College Educators Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate Main Presenter: Dr. Joan Berry A New Ballgame: An Examination of Factors that Impact Teacher Attrition Strike one, strike two, strike three and you’re OUT! With attrition rates among new teachers nearing 50%, winning the game of teacher retention may require merging the Vets and the Rookies into one team. This session examines factors that separate new teachers who stay in the game from those who toss in the towel. For veteran teachers, novices, and administrators, this session provides ideas for keeping new teachers on the playing field. Note: This session will be repeated on Saturday. Subject: Teacher Preparation / Quality Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Organizational Structures

Session 2056 Convention Center: Meeting Room 6 Intended Audience: Principals, Teachers Session Level: Intermediate Main Presenter: Sherril English Helping Middle School Students Prepare NOW For Their College Experience Eagle Scholars, a collaboration between SMU’s Simmons School of Education and the Vickery Meadow YDF, is a college-readiness program for middle and high school students. Students enter the 5-week summer program as rising 7th graders and return every summer until their high school graduation. This presentation will provide background information about how to plan a college-readiness program that benefits the students and motivates them to stay in school and attend college. Subject Level: Student Support Co-Presenter: Deidre Stewart Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence

Session 2054 Convention Center: Meeting Room 4 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers Session Level: Intermediate Main Presenter: Todd Williams Technology Driven Instruction – Connecting with Students Participants will see how technology is used to give instant data to teachers for student performance. Students are engaged by using electronic digital devices to meet teaching objectives (TEKS). Using this approach in the classroom students are actively engaged in the learning. Teachers are provided instant feedback and become facilitators while students demonstrate the learning. Note: This session will be repeated on Saturday. Subject: Assessment, Technology Co-Presenters: Amanda Sebek, Shanna Howell Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence

Session 2057 Convention Center: Meeting Room 7 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate Main Presenter: Matt Pope Wolverine Camp: Start Strong, Finish Successfully! Do you struggle with trying to build in time to the school day to teach lessons for the “whole child”? Wolverine Camp is an innovative way to teach all the skills and lessons to help the student begin the school year with confidence and clarity about what is expected and how they can be successful. Lessons include goal setting, bully prevention, school expectations, learning inventories with study skills, diversity and acceptance and team building. Subject: School Climate and Safety, Student Support Co-Presenters: Krstyna Brewer, Terri Clement, Iric Ramos Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Developmental Responsiveness

Session 2055 Convention Center: Meeting Room 5 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers, Counselors Session Level: All Main Presenter: Terri Cyphers Student Involvement = Student Success Does your school have an active student council? If not, learn how being a member of the Texas Association of Student Councils can positively impact your school climate, fulfill many state mandates and help raise test scores. With combined middle school teaching of 45 years and student council involvement of 26 years, we can help you start or ignite the council you have. Subject: Student Leadership Co-Presenter: JJ Stroud Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Organizational Structures

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Session 2058 Convention Center: Meeting Room 8 Intended Audience: Teachers Session Level: Intermediate Main Presenter: Lisa Kelley Survivor Science A Texas School to Watch Campus: Grab the attention of even the most learning resistant student! Play Survivor Science as a review for exams or as a tool to teach all year. Team effort, immunity challenges, reward challenges and learning. Who could ask for more? Are you ready for the challenge? Dare to push students while having fun. Subject: Science Co-Presenter: Kim White Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence


Breakout Sessions Session 2059 Convention Center: Meeting Room 9 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers Session Level: Beginner Main Presenter: Liz Friend Secrets of an Award-Winning School Wide Reading Program A Texas School to Watch Campus: Each year, Wester Middle School’s annual Book Extravaganza offers activities, contests, prizes (and books!) and reminds kids that reading is fun! This presentation spotlights six past reading programs from Wester, two of which have won the Texas Library Association’s YARI award for the year’s best reading program for secondary students. Participants will be granted access to a Google Drive folder containing information and tips for each program. Subject: Library / Media, Literacy Co-Presenter: Angela Romney Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Organizational Structures Session 2060 Convention Center: Meeting Room 10 Intended Audience: All Session Level: All Main Presenter: Joe Bruzzese Reduce Bullying, Harassment and School Safety Incidents: An Effective Online Reporting & Data Analysis System This session will cover the critical challenges facing students and administrators related to the reporting and accountability connected with harassment, intimidation and bullying incidents. Participants will examine the impact of bullying on a student’s social environment, attendance and academic performance. This data-driven, interactive, solutions-based workshop is a blend of presentation, small group discussion and whole group question and answer geared toward district administrators, secondary school administrators and counselors. Note: This session will be repeated on Saturday. Subject: Bullying Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Organizational Structures, Developmental Responsiveness, Social Equity Session 2061 Convention Center: Meeting Room 11 Intended Audience: All Session Level: All Main Presenter: Ashley Smith This We Believe and What We Can Do: Advocacy for the Middle Level TMSA Featured Session: This session will review AMLE’s vision for middle level education and ways of using the information to advocate for young adolescents. Subject: Teaching Strategies Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Organizational Structures

Session 2062 Convention Center: Meeting Room 12 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers Session Level: All Main Presenter: Kaye Hill Digital Literacy for the 21st Century Student; Using IC3 Certification to Validate Your Technology Applications Curriculum Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) is a unique digital literacy certification that maps closely to the TEKS for Middle Grades Technology Applications. By integrating IC3 certification into your Tech Apps curriculum, you can provide students a credential they can use to demonstrate digital literacy as they progress through their educational paths onto careers. This presentation outlines the standards of IC3 certification, demonstrate the latest digital tools and materials to turn your classroom into a center of certification. Subject: Technology Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence Session 2063 Sheraton Hotel: Hall of Fame Intended Audience: All Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate Main Presenter: Judith Youngers, Ph.D. Out of the Text and Into the Fold: Equipping Middle Schoolers with Notebook Foldable Tools for Comprehending and Interacting with Informational Text Help middle schoolers become informational savvy investigators and communicators. In this fast-paced, evidence based and hands-on session, construct notebook Foldables, brainfriendly, informational text tools. Engage in targeted notebooking activities that are natural differentiators and fresh classroom-tested approaches to help adolescents gain skills necessary for living and learning as they get barraged with text. Depart with immediately usable, cross-curricular strategies and interactive tools aimed at critical understanding of informational text in multiple 21st Century formats. Subject: Brain-based Learning and Teaching Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence 2064 Sheraton Hotel: World Series Intended Audience: Teachers Session Level: All Main Presenter: Sonia Leslie Brown Making Math Notes Fun A Texas School to Watch Campus: Come learn how to make Math notes fun and exciting using lapbooking and foldables! This hands-on session will motivate your Math teaching!

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Discover ways to integrate foldables and to keep students organized. Don’t miss this studentfocused session. Handouts provided. Subject: Math, Teaching Strategies Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence

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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Session 2068 Convention Center: Meeting Room 2 Intended Audience: All Session Level: All Main Presenter: Cassandra Chapa Advisory/CLAW/Triage/ICU A Texas School to Campus: How do you get advisory, during school tutorials and triage all during the day? How do you make sure all teachers get to tutor in their content? After six years, we think we have the right schedule and the right systems in place. Come learn how we have implemented advisory, CLAW, triage and ICU to help reach all our students. Subject: Advisory Co-presenters: Jennifer Doane, Deb Jacobson, Teresa Newhall, Lisa Walls Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Organizational Structures Session 2070 Convention Center: Meeting Room 4 Intended Audience: Principals, Teachers Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate Main Presenter: Scott Fields Equip Your iPad For Science With SPARKvue® HD -- A Full Featured Science Application for the iPad Explore PASCO’s new application for the iPad. SPARKvue HD offers a full suite of display and analytical tools, all within an integrated learning environment -- including reflection prompts, journaling and more. The new app will also support the growing collection of SPARKlabs, integrating rich content with live data collection and analysis. Subject: Science, Technology Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence Session 2071 Convention Center: Meeting Room 5 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers Session Level: All Main Presenter: Jennifer Jassmann-Dunn 21st Century Learning Skills Ensure 2012 Middle School Success!


Breakout Sessions 21st Century Success requires a new “spin” on how we teach/children learn. Maximizing the skills of creative/critical thinking, problem solving/inquiry, communicating/collaborating, building arguments, using information/media, reading/vocabulary, and school/workplace success is imperative. During this hands-on, interactive session, learn more about these skills, and how to instruct/promote them so that students become deep thinking, successful learners in all subject areas and have life-long success. Note: This session will be repeated on Saturday. Subject: Integrated / Interdisciplinary Curriculum, Teaching Strategies Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence Session 2072 Convention Center: Meeting Room 6 Intended Audience: Teachers, University / College Professors, Pre-Service Teachers Session Level: All Main Presenter: Angelo Casaburri The Great Spaghetti Tower Challenge Skyscrapers are impressive structures. What does it take to design and build a tall building? Investigate the forces that affect the strength and stability of a structure. Use the Engineering Design Process to identify the problem and brainstorm, design, build, test, and redesign to create an innovative design to push the limits of gravity and create the tallest free standing structure using 20 strands of dry spaghetti and 1 meter of tape (or 30 minimarshmallows). Subject: Math, Science Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence Session 2073 Convention Center: Meeting Room 7 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers Session Level: All Main Presenter: Kathy Reeves Chunk the Science TEKS Grades 6-8 Learn how you can break the TEKS into manageable, bite-sized chunks of instruction that will fit with any curriculum. The Science Starters are an award-winning series of teacherdirected lessons for use in all science classrooms. This web-based product will benefit all students, requiring only one computer and a projector for each teacher. Strategies for RTI, ELL, and after school programs are included. All attendees will receive one month FREE access to the Middle School Science Starters. Note: This Session will be repeated on Saturday. Subject: Science, Teaching Strategies Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence, Organizational Structures

Session 2074 Convention Center: Meeting Room 8 Intended Audience: Principals, Teachers Session Level: Intermediate, Advance Main Presenter: Daphne Kahn-Wiley Energizing, Exciting, and Engaging Strategies for English Language Arts and Reading Looking for ways to energize your lessons and get your students engaged and excited about English Language Arts and Reading? This is the workshop for you! Learn tips on how to incorporate technology, fine arts, current events, and physical education activities to create mental models and high yield instructional strategies in your English class. If time permits, educators can share their fun tips as well. Subject: Language Arts, Technology Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence Session 2075 Convention Center: Meeting Room 9 Intended Audience: All Session Level: All Main Presenters: Sandra White No Wasted Time, No Wasted Space Participants will encounter research regarding the power of the visual environment of the classroom, investigate ways to recapture wasted minutes and gain valuable instruction time, reevaluate classroom décor and evaluate teaching/learning potential of intentional teaching visuals, and learn songs, chants, mnemonics and more to keep students engaged and learning all day. Subject: Teaching Strategies Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence

Saturday March 2

8:00 am - 9:00 am Session 3001 Convention Center: Meeting Room 1 Intended Audience: Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers Session Level: All Main Presenter: Karen Lescure Build a Book – Turn the Last Six Weeks into a Time Capsule Discover a practical and engaging method of increasing student interest in writing while maintaining discipline during the last six weeks of school. Students’ minds are kept curious as they explore a world they know best, their own. You’ll find your classroom transformed into a highly charged atmosphere of positive energy where the students’ dendrites are kept active as they

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puzzle through the making of a book that will be a reward of a lifetime. Subject: Literacy, Language Arts Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence Session 3002 Convention Center: Meeting Room 2 Intended Audience: All Subject Level: Intermediate Main Presenter: Patricia Saluk Habits that Lead to Happier and Healthier Schools As a medical school professor, clinical researcher, and practicing board certified physician, Patricia J. Sulak, MD aims to create profound awareness of the self-induced nature of the most common health disorders that lead to disability and death and the importance of identifying and eliminating stress as a critical role in improving overall health. As role models for students, teachers and administrators can promote health risk factor avoidance to transform schools into a healthier, happier environment. Subject: Health Education Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Social Equity Session 3003 Convention Center: Meeting Room 3 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers Session Level: Intermediate Main Presenter: Brenda Shelton Making a Difference A Texas School to Watch Campus: In our efforts to be responsive to every student at Tejeda, we have refined our practice in a multitude of ways. We will share with you how we center our practice around the Wolf Credo, which is the foundation of our school. Emphasis will be given to the importance of school climate and our efforts to assure safety and continued improvement. Subject: School Climate and Safety Co-Presenters: Cheryl Jones, Alex Escamilia, Kristen Guerra, Julie Shore Christi Baumann Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Organizational Structures, Social Equity

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Session 3005 Convention Center: Meeting Room 5 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers Session Level: Intermediate Main Presenter: Todd Williams Technology Driven Instruction – Connecting with Students


Breakout Sessions Participants will see how technology is used to give instant data to teachers for student performance. Students are engaged by using electronic digital devices to meet teaching objectives (TEKS). Using this approach in the classroom students are actively engaged in the learning. Teachers are provided instant feedback and become facilitators while students demonstrate the learning. Subject: Assessment, Technology Co-Presenters: Amanda Sebek , Shanna Howell Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence Session 3006 Convention Center: Meeting Room 6 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers, Counselors Session Level: All Main Presenter: Justin Lookadoo Stop Bullying: Protect Students and Yourselve TMSA Featured Session: Tired of a bunch of theory and psycho-babble about bullying. Us too. This session will show you how to protect your students from bullies and your staff from lawsuits. Get real strategies and tested techniques to stop bullying. Learn why traditional approaches haven’t worked and get the tools that will. No Theory. No Fluff. Real Results. As a bonus, you’ll get a comic relief from presenter Justin Lookadoo as seen at www.lookadoo.com. Subject: Bullying Co-Presenters: Mary Lookadoo, Linda Gossett Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Developmental Responsiveness, Social Equity Session 3007 Convention Center: Meeting Room 7 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, University College Educators Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate Main Presenter: Dr. Joan Berry A New Ballgame: An Examination of Factors that Impact Teacher Attrition Strike one, strike two, strike three and you’re OUT! With attrition rates among new teachers nearing 50%, winning the game of teacher retention may require merging the Vets and the Rookies into one team. This session examines factors that separate new teachers who stay in the game from those who toss in the towel. For veteran teachers, novices, and administrators, this session provides ideas for keeping new teachers on the playing field. Subject: School Improvement, Teacher Preparation / Quality Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Organizational Structures

Session 3008 Convention Center: Meeting Room 8 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers, Counselors Session Level: All Main Presenter: David Kettler College Readiness for Middle School What is middle school college readiness? Looking for the definition, the standard or some actionable ideas? YES! One great model -- that’s clear and actionable -- says the four keys to college and career readiness involve mastery of 4 areas: cognitive strategies, content knowledge, learning skills and techniques and transition knowledge and skills. Come find out what these 4 college readiness keys look like in middle school. Subject: College Readiness Co-Presenter: Sheila Griffith Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence Session 3009 Convention Center: Meeting Room 9 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers Session Level: All Main Presenter: Shelly Cunningham Warnings, Warnings, Warnings... How Many Is Enough? Tired of dealing with the handful of students who are continually disrupting instruction? This session provides classroom strategies proven to eliminate the multiple warnings and repeated requests. The techniques help manage behavioral challenges in K-12. Get immediateuse strategies against low-level behaviors for any educator to deliver lessons with confidence and productivity instead of dealing with disruption. The achievement gap can be conquered because the teacher has won back what is really important -- the time to teach. Subject: Classroom Management, School Climate and Safety Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Developmental Responsiveness, Organizational Structures

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Saturday March 2

9:15 am - 10:15 am Session 3013 Convention Center: Meeting Room 1 Intended Audience: All Session Level: All Main Presenter: Cassandra Chapa ELL Strategies in SS and SC How do we reach every student? How do we help our ELL’s? Come learn how we engage our students in structured conversations as well as teach them how to interpret and analyze discipline texts for science and social studies. Subject: ELL Co-Presenters: Jennifer Doane, Deb Jacobson, Teresa Newhall Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Social Equity, Academic Excellence Session 3014 Convention Center: Meeting Room 2 Intended Audience: All Session Level: All Main Presenter: Catherine Headley Paper, Clipboards, and Notebooks…Oh My!! Come hear how these 3 simple tools, combined with research-based best practices, are revolutionizing classrooms at a struggling middle school. Meet the administrator and teachers that are implementing Pollock’s GANAG and drinking Marzano kool-aid. Walk away with concrete steps to immediately improve student success. Subject: Teaching Strategies Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence Session 3015 Convention Center: Meeting Room 3 Intended Audience: Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers Session Level: Beginner Main Presenter: Sandra Strong Reading for Meaning -- Fluently Learn how to develop fluency, support vocabulary, and promote comprehension by combining powerful, research-based strategies of teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring. Accelerate the reading achievement of Title I, special education, ELL, and mainstream students using these researchproven strategies. This session describes Read Naturally, but the strategies can be used with any classroom reading materials. Subject: At-Risk, Differentiated Instruction Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Social Equity, Academic Excellence


Breakout Sessions Session 3016 Convention Center: Meeting Room 4 Intended Audience: All Session Level: All Main Presenter: Joe Bruzzese Reduce Bullying, Harassment and School Safety Incidents: An Effective Online Reporting & Data Analysis System This session will cover the critical challenges facing students and administrators related to the reporting and accountability connected with harassment, intimidation and bullying incidents. Participants will examine the impact of bullying on a student’s social environment, attendance and academic performance. This data-driven, interactive, solutions-based workshop is a blend of presentation, small group discussion and whole group question and answer geared toward district administrators, secondary school administrators and counselors. Subject: Bullying Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Social Equity Session 3017 Convention Center: Meeting Room 5 Intended Audience: Principals, Counselors Subject Level: Intermediate Main Presenter: Martha Woodall Connecting With Parents Through a Volunteer Program A Texas School to Watch Campus: This presentation will provide you with a framework for creating a parent volunteer organization tailor-made for your school. Involve parents, grandparents, and community members at a meaningful level and watch your school climate improve while taking a load off of your school staff. This is your chance to model good oldfashioned community service without any cost to the school. Subject: Parents / Family Involvement Co-Presenter: Kim White Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Social Equity Session 3018 Convention Center: Meeting Room 6 Intended Audience: Administrators, Teachers Session Level: Beginner Main Presenter: Michelle Somerhalder Moving Campuses Forward with Innovative Ideas – From Master Schedule to a Rigorous Curriculum that Engages Students and Integrates Technology This session focuses on the innovative programs put in place at a Texas Middle School. From Gifted and Talented study hall classes to the VESTED lesson plan format to new technology with My Big Campus to an Authentic Literacy initiative to a flexible schedule and teaming, different programs are presented and explained at length. Subject: Scheduling / Technology Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Organizational Structures, Academic Excellence

Session 3019 Convention Center: Meeting Room 7 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers, University/College Educators Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate Main Presenter: Lesli Laughter Creating a Critical Thinking Environment in the Classroom Creating an atmosphere of critical thinking is crucial; learn practical strategies for putting critical thinking into action. Topics include an overview of critical thinking, implications from research, integrating critical thinking with instruction, how to get critical thinking in student’s hands, and getting parents to reinforce critical thinking at home. Subject: Student Support/Teaching Strategies Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence Session 3020 Convention Center: Meeting Room 8 Intended Audience: All Session Level: All Main Presenter: Dr. Ron Kelley The Big Two: How to Improve STAAR Scores and Discipline Management Dr. Kelley is a college professor and former principal of a high-performing school who shares his proven techniques for improving test scores and discipline. His dynamic, upbeat, and highly entertaining workshop also has a strong focus on improving the STAAR scores of African-American and Hispanic students. Subject: Assessment, Classroom Management Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence, Developmental Responsiveness Session 3021 Convention Center: Meeting Room 9 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate Main Presenter: Tiffanie Turner Next Generation Classroom, Next Generation Collaboration: ePals Learn365 Explore the use of cloud-based, safe social learning with ePals Learn365. Our tool provides a fully integrated and user authenticated interface with multiple web 2.0 tools including Google Docs and Gmail. Learn365 provides students, teachers and administrators with a role-based collaboration environment for 24/7 student learning. Increase collaboration in the classroom and around the globe. Subject: Technology, Teaching Strategies Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence

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Saturday March 2

10:30 am - 11:30 am Session 3025 Convention Center: Meeting Room 1 Intended Audience: Teachers, University / College Professors, Pre-Service Teachers Session Level: All Main Presenter: Angelo Casaburri How High Are Vertical Distances or Altitudes The How High Is It? NASA Educator Guide focuses on scale models of distances. Create different types of vertical models of altitudes with layers of the atmosphere. Populate the scale model layers of the atmosphere with graphics that show where satellites, spacecraft, aircraft, and other NASA vehicles orbit or operate. Mathematically represent scale factors in terms of ratios, decimals, and percentages. Subject: Math, Science Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence Session 3026 Convention Center: Meeting Room 2 Intended Audience: Teachers, Pre-Service Teachers Session Level: All Main Presenter: Cynthia Martinez-Bagwill Preventing Death by Lecture!! Frustrated by your more apathetic students? Tried everything but can’t motivate the unmotivated? Confused by lack of student success when YOU have tried everything? YOU are not alone!!!! Join me for an enlightening hour of tested teaching strategies guaranteed to convert students into learners capable of taking ownership of their own success. Get them moving, get them thinking, get them speaking, get them working and reaping great rewards for their efforts. Set the tone for a successful and positively welcoming learning environment. An on-line packet is included with specific strategies that are classroom tested. Learn some powerful ways to put the fun back into teaching. This workshop is designed to give all teachers the tools for promoting successful science. It is based on researched strategies by the Instructional Center of Educational Leadership. Students are far more successful if allowed to interact with their peers through cooperative grouping, brainstorming, and peer tutoring. Subject: Teaching Strategies, Science Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence, Social Equity


Breakout Sessions Session 3029 Convention Center: Meeting Room 5 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers Session Level: All Main Presenter: Jennifer Jassmann-Dunn 21st Century Learning Skills: Ensure 2012 Middle School Success! 21st Century Success requires a new “spin” on how we teach/children learn. Maximizing the skills of creative/critical thinking, problem solving/inquiry, communicating/collaborating, building arguments, using information/media, reading/vocabulary, and school/workplace success is imperative. During this hands-on, interactive session, learn more about these skills, and how to instruct/promote them so that students become deep thinking, successful learners in all subject areas and have life-long success. Subject: Integrated / Interdisciplinary Curriculum, Teaching Strategies Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence, Organizational Structures

Session 3030 Convention Center: Meeting Room 6 Intended Audience: Teachers Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate Main Presenter: Michelle Reynolds Be a Writing Ambassador: Inspiring an English Classroom Beyond the School Walls How do you motivate students to want to come to school with a desire to learn? See examples of inspirational ways to create an interest for writing by implementing motivation strategies, engaged classroom activities, school/community service projects, and writing contests on a lowcost budget. Subject: Language Arts, Student Motivation Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Academic Excellence Session 3031 Convention Center: Meeting Room 7 Intended Audience: All Session Level: All Moderator: Sandra Chapa Texas Middle School Association Business Meeting Texas Middle School Association is YOUR association. Join us for our 2013 Business Meeting. Learn more about the association and how you can become more involved. The future of the association lies in new leaders... could you be one? Subject: Leadership Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Organizational Structures

Session 3032 Convention Center: Meeting Room 8 Intended Audience: Administrators, Principals, Teachers, Counselors Session Level: All Main Presenter: Eric Snow Dads of Great Students (WATCH D.O.G.S): Engage Men, Inspire Children, Reduce Bullying and Enhance the Educational Environment of your School This program is a one of a kind school-based initiative building on the personal capital already available -- fathers and father-figures of students. Every attendee will walk away with the 7 Steps to Success for launching the WATCH D.O.G.S.®program in their school to support education and school safety through positive male role models. Both women and men should attend this session. Subject: At-Risk Aligns With Schools to Watch Criteria: Social Equity

Conference Hints... Attendance at our Breakout Sessions are on a first-come / first-serve basis. Rooms fill quickly. Due to fire code restrictions, we cannot allow attendees to block aisles or doorways in the Breakout Session rooms, and will close rooms when they fill. To ensure you get to attend the sessions of your choice: • Make a pre-plan and map out which sessions you want to attend. • Get to the sessions on time. If you come late, chances are the room will have already filled. • Have a second--and third--session choice. • Remember to turn off your cell phones during the session.

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Presenter Index Laura Allen Session 1030

Heath Einstein Session 1037

Lisa Kelley Session 2058

Danyah Arafat-Johnson Session 1027

Ara Eissler Session 2020

David Kettler Sessions 2028, 3008

Alison Beazley Session 1041

Sherril English Session 2056

W.R. Klemm Sessions 1007, 1031

Jack Berckemeyer Sessions 1018, 1042, 2017, 2047

Scott Fields Session 2070

Holly La Roe Sessison 2013

Dr. Joan Berry Sessions 2052, 3007

Cecil Floyd Session 1011

Barry Lanford Session 2051

Les Black Sessions 2015, 2048

Sondra Floyd Session 2032

Lesli Laughter Sessions 2003, 3019

Lisa Boatright Sessions 1020, 2024

Liz Friend Session 2059

Karen Lescure Session 3001

Kenny Border Sessions 1004, 2007

Sheila Gloer Session 2022

Justin Lookadoo Sessions 2026, 3006

Kim Boyd Sessions 1002, 2019

Kevin Griffith Session 2033

Robin Lowe Sessions 1014, 2036

Kristyna Brewer Session 1021

Sheila Griffith Session 1013

Cynthia Martinez-Bagwill Sessions 2009, 3026

Sonia Leslie Brown Session 2064

Gail Hartin Session 2031

Michael McFalls Session 1001

Joe Bruzzese Sessions 2060, 3016

Sonya Hayes Sessions 1019, 2043

Donna McGuire Session 1029

Angelo Casaburri Sessions 1009, 1045, 2072, 3025

Catherine Headley Session 3014

Paul Nagel Session 1028

Cassandra Chapa Sessions 1044, 2068, 3013

Jaclyn Hemmila Session 1017

Melissa Pabon Session 1038

Sandra Chapa Session 3031

Kaye Hill Session 2062

Cathryn Patterson Session 2041

Kaye Cole Session 2008

Savannah Hill Session 1003, 2012

Matt Pope Session 2057

Gary Comalander Session 1032, 2044

Bill Jasper Session 2042

Kathy Reeves Sessions 2073, 3033

Shelly Cunningham Session 3009

Jennifer Jassmann-Dunn Sessions 2071, 3029

Michelle Reynolds Sessions 2038, 3030

Terri Cyphers Session 2055

Daphne Kahn-Wiley Sessions 2016, 2074

Frank Roti Sessions 2010, 2045

Diana Day Sessions 1006, 2040

Dr. Ron Kelley Session 3020

Patricia Saluk Session 3002

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Presenter Index Michael Sanchez Session 2025

Tiffanie Turner Sessions 2049, 3021

Susan Young Sessison 2002

Cathy Shaver Session 2035

Matt Varvir Session 2027

Judith Youngers, Ph.D. Sessions 1008, 2014, 2063

Brenda Shelton Session 3003

Sandra White Sessions 2005, 2075

Michelle Zimmerman Session 2039

Ashley Smith Session 2061

Claudia Whitley Sessison 1026

Eric Snow Sessions 2023, 3032

Todd Williams Sessions 2054, 3005

Michelle Somerhalder Sessions 2006, 3018

Martha Woodall Sessions 1005, 3017

Sandra Strong Sessions 1025, 2011, 3015

Dawn Woods Session 2029

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Exhibitors The following exhibiting companies had secured booth space at the time this program booklet went to print. Please note that this list may not reflect all the exhibiting companies. Arbonne International Health & Wellness Products. 707 Orchard St Longview, TX 75605 www.arbonne.com Carnegie Learning, Inc. 437 Grant St, Suite 18 Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Carnegie Learning, Inc. is a leading publisher of innovative, research-based math curricula for middle school, high school, and post-secondary students. Providing differentiated instruction to schools across the United States, Carnegie Learning is helping students to succeed in math, creating a gateway to graduation and preparing them for the 21st century. www.carnegielearning.com Coole School, Inc. 1213 West Loop North, Suite 100 Houston, TX 77055 Student Planners/Agenda Books www.cooleschool.com Dallas Baptist University 3000 Mountain Creek Pkwy Dallas, TX 75211-9299 Recruitment brochures and application materials for graduate programs in education. www.dbu.edu Deanan Gourment Popcorn 216 Windco Circle Wylie, TX, 75098 Gourmet Popcorn fundraising. We offer seven flavors of packaged popcorn and three programs to meet fundraising needs. www.deanan.com

grade levels. She also offers professional development at the Dinah Zike Academy, a unique trainer of trainers facility. www.dinah.com

The nonprofit Great Books Foundation offers award winning professional development and high-quality materials. www.greatbooks.org

ECS Learning Systems, Inc. Novel Units, Inc. PO Box 440 Bulverde, TX 78163-0440 STAAR Master practice books and practice tests and the most popular Novel Units Literature Guide. www.ecslearningsystems.com

Hemisphere Educational Travel 1375 E. Woodfield Rd. #530 Schaumburg, IL 60173 Specializing in student tours to Washington, DC & the historic east coast. Showing students and youth groups the world since 1970. www.hemispheretravel.com

EPS School Specialty Literacy & Intervention PO Box 9031 Cambridge, MA 02139-9031 Leading publisher of K-12 blendedlearning reading and math curriculum to build core skills and close the achievement gap for struggling students. Learn the latest on Wordy Wise 3000, MCI, Academy of Reading, Academy of Math, Explode The Code and more! www.eps.schoolspecialty.com

It Works Global A botanical line of health, wellness, weight loss, and beauty products http://rabaker.myitworks.com

Forest Glen Camps 34 Forest Glen Huntsville, TX 77340 We are a camp that provides daytrips and overnight retreats to school groups for outdoor education and leadership development. www.forestglen.org Gandy Ink Spirit Wear PO Box 62565 San Angelo, TX 76906 Embroidery and screen print. www.gandyink.com

Developmental Studies Center 269 Amonda Way Decatur, TX Professional learning community organizational material. Supplemental reading materials. www.devstu.org

The Gift Solution 2901 Capital of Texas Hwy Austin, TX 78746 Unique women’s clothing accessories and yellow box shoes. We carry sizes petite to 3x. www.austinboutique.com

Dinah-Might Adventures PO Box 690328 San Antonio, TX 78269 Dinah-Might Adventures is an education publishing and consulting company owned by Dinahg Zike, Author/Speaker. Her books are known for their innovative ways to use Foldables in teaching all subjects and

The Great Books Foundation 35 East Wacker Drive, Ste 400 Chicago, IL 60601-2105 The Great Books Foundation helps all students read for meaning, think critically, discuss rationally, and to grow as learners.

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Justin Lookadoo, Inc. PO Box 3104 McKinney, TX 75070 #1 Best Selling Author. Over 4,500 presentations to more than 2 million people. Tested, evaluated, proven effective student programs, staff, and parent training. Fulfilling unfunded mandates across the nation. Bullying, school environment, relational violence, character education, etc. www.lookadoo.com Kamico Instructional Media, Inc. PO Box 1143 Salado, TX 76571-1143 www.kamico.com Knowsys Educational Services 9300 S IH 35, Ste A-500 #453 Austin, TX 78748 Knowsys provides programs and curriculum for vocabulary, math, and 7th grade SAT for talent search program and NW teacher coaching. www.ktprep.com Lone Star Learning P.O. Box 6606 Lubbock, TX 79493 Lone Star Learning is a curriculum development company that offers unique, easy-to-use visuals, interactive digital and non-digital bulletin boards and specialized STAAR preparation materials that give students the specific practice needed to achieve mastery in math, science and language arts. Teacher Choice award winners 2012, 2013. www.lonestarlearning.com


Exhibitors Math Teachers Press, Inc. 4850 Park Glen Rd Minneapolis, MN 55416 The Moving with Math® Pre-K-12 intervention math programs are researchbased, integrating manipulatives, problem solving and games with scripted lesson plans. Built-in assessment monitors achievement, measures progress and differentiates instruction for RTI. Results are scientifically based. Web-based technology and professional development are available. Programs meet the needs of Special Ed. www.movingwithmath.com Mendez Foundation, Inc./Too Good Programs 601 South Magnolia Avenue Tampa, FL 33606 The Too Good programs are evidencebased, social and emotional learning centered curricula that promote safe, healthy, bully-free, and drug-free living through interactive activities. www.mendezfoundation.org National Library of Medicine 3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard Fort Worth, TX 76107 Free health information online from the National Library of Medicine, as well as free science curriculum from the NIH. www.library.hsc.unt.edu PASCO Scientific 10101 Foothills Blvd Roseville, CA 95747-7100 PASCO’s award-winning SPARK science solution was designed from the ground up to integrate inquiry-based science investigations within a research-based, state-of-the-art learning environment. APAEK science provides standards-based content, relevant teacher professional development, and innovations in modern electronic measurement for success in STEM programs. www.pasco.com Pearson 5715 W. Old Shakopee Rd. Bloomington, MN 55437 Pearson publishes market-leading textbooks supported by outstanding print and technology resources. Visit our booth to see new titles in Computer Applications and Computer Concepts, Computer Arts, Business, Technical Math, Technical Trades, more information. www.pearsonschool.com/cte

Peoples Education 299 Market St. #240 Saddle Brook, NJ 07663 New print and online products for the STAAR test. www.peopleseducation.com Rice University - STEMscopes 5615 Kirby Drive, Suite 310 Houston, TX 77005 STEMscopes, a digital online STEM Curriculum developed by Rice University provides educators and students K-12 the keys to science achievement through instructional materials that address the rigor of state assessments and new science standards. Each SCOPE is centered on the SE method of teaching with resources for intervention and acceleration. www.stemscopes.com School Datebooks 2880 U.S. Hwy 231 S., Ste-200 LaFayette, IN 47909 School Datebooks has spent 25 years finetuning our process into a simple, worryfree, experience designed to make things as easy as possible for you. It’s about experience. www.schooldatebooks.com School Tours of America PO Box 600 Celeste, TX 75423 America’s most experienced and trusted team of field trip planners. Our customized, boutique approach has produced the most satisfied clients for three decades. Sponsors earn free graduate credit and generous rewards whild students are eligible for undergraduate credit and valuable leadership credentials for college. www.schooltoursofamerica.com Scientific Minds LLC 7906 FM 1130 Orange, TX 7763 Scientific Minds is a K-12 company specializing in online science resources that help prepare students for STAAR success. The award-winning, research-based Science Starters for Middle School are 120 TEKS-aligned starters used in whole class instruction. Science Starters enhance any curriculum and include strategies for RTL, bilingual support, and vocabulary enrichment. www.scientificminds.com

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Scott & White Wellness & Sexual Health 2401 S. 31st St., MS-01-E316A Temple, TX 76508 Multi-grade curriculum for adolescent teen health, and teacher training services for sexual health and wellness teachers. www.worththewait.org SMU Department of Education Policy and Leadership P.O. Box 750114 Dallas, TX 75275 Offers the Accelerated School Leadership Program, leading to the M.Ed. degree in Educational Leadership and principal cortication. The Research in Mathematics Education program is an extension of the department, offering outreach, research, and professional development in mathematics education. www.smu.edu/simmons/areasofstudy/epl Southern Methodist UniversitySimmons School of Education 3101 University Blvd Dallas, TX 75206 Information on SMU’s Master’s Degree programs in the Simmons School of Education. www.smu.edu/teacher STAAR Mission Mathematics by Cosenza & Associates, LLC STAAR Mission Mathematics is an accelerated program of instruction that will help foster student success in Grade 3-8 Mathematics as well as Algebra 1. www.staarmission.com Teacher Tops 130 Crestbrook Ct. Midlothian, TX 76065 T-Shirts www.teachertops.com Texas Schools to Watch PO Box 152499 Austin, TX 78715-2499 https://www.tmsanet.org Walden University 650 S. Exeter Street Baltimore, MD 21202 Walden University offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees online for working professionals. www.waldenu.edu


Exhibitors Workers Assistance Program / PALS Peer Assistance and Leadership 4115 Freidrich Lane, Ste. 100 Austin, TX 78744 Information, brochures related to PAL Peer Assistance and Leadership curriculum. PAL is an evidence-based substance-abuse prevention curriculum listed as a model program on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. www.palusa.org www.workersassistance.com

WorldStrides Discover Now! Programs 218 W. Water St. Charlottesville, VA 22902 WorldStrides Discover Now! programs offer hands-on educational travel programs to destinations across the United States and around the world. With a perfect blend of education and fun - our programs will inspire your students for the rest of their lives! www.worldstrides.org

Zaner-Bloser PO Box 903 Grapevine, TX 76099 Print and electronic curriculum materials for all content areas. www.zaner-bloser.com

Conference Hints... Get the most out of the exhibit hall. Our vendors are here because they are interested in visiting with -- and learning from -- you. To ensure you get the most from the exhibit hall: • Pre-plan your day. Schedule in enough time to spend an adequate amount of time in the hall. • Visit every exhibitor--even if you don’t think their product is applicable to your needs. • Bring along--and distribute--business cards / contact information. • Be sure to get business cards from the exhibitors you visit. You may want to contact them later. • Exhibitor-provided door prizes will be awarded throughout each day of the conference. • Check with the Prize Distribution booth often to see if you are a lucky winner. • Is there a vendor missing from our exhibit floor that you would like to see at future conferences? • Please let us now who they are, and we will contact them for next year. • Visit the TMSA Bookstore. We have hundreds of middle-level educational titles, all at great prices.

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Maps Arlington Convention Center

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Maps Arlington Sheraton Hotel

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Schools to Watch Three things are true of the Texas Schools to Watch, high-performing middle-grades schools: • They are academically excellent—these schools challenge all students to use their minds well. • They are developmentally responsive—these schools are sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence. • They are socially equitable—these schools are democratic and fair, providing every student with highquality teachers, resources, and supports. To achieve this level of performance, high-performing schools establish norms, structures, and organizational arrangements to support and sustain their trajectory toward excellence. They have a sense of purpose that drives every facet of practice and decision-making. We are proud to have a majority of the Texas Schools to Watch campuses presenting this year. Look for the “Texas Schools to Watch” symbol in the breakout session descriptions. Please note that all breakout session writeups include a corresponding Schools to Watch criteria. Texas Schools to Watch: Alexander Middle School (Selected 2011) Barbara Bush Middle School (Selected 2011) Omar Bradley Middle School (Selected 2011) Armando Chapa Middle School (Selected 2011) Chisholm Trail Middle School (Selected 2011) George Dawson Middle School (Selected 2011) Deerpark Middle School (Selected 2013) Eastwood Middle School (Selected 2011) Hillsboro Junior High (Selected 2013) KIPP Aspire Academy Middle School (Selected 2011) Leander Middle School (Selected 2012) Lone Oak Middle School (Selected 2011) Jose M. Lopez Middle School (Selected 2013) O. Henry Middle School (Selected 2012) Pershing Middle School (Selected 2011) Pike Middle School (Selected 2012) Shallowater Middle School (Selected 2012) South Texas Preparatory Academy (Selected 2012) Frank Tejeda Middle School (Selected 2013) Tom Bean Middle School (Selected 2012) Cal & Walt Wester Middle School (Selected 2011)

Coming Soon: The Texas Schools to Watch Middle School Network.

Visit www.texasschoolstowatch.com to: • Learn more about the National Schools to Watch Program • Learn about Texas Schools to Watch • Tour the Texas Schools to Watch schools and explore their programs, cultures and the characteristics that led to their selection as models for other middle schools • Use a powerful School Self-Study and Rating Rubric and the Readiness Checklist • See if YOUR campus is ready to apply for 2014. 28


TEXAS MIDDLE SCHOOL ASSOCIATION 2013 TMSA ANNUAL CONFERENCE Continuing Professional Education SBEC CPE Provider #500115 NAME _______________________________________________________________________ PRINT!!!! Last First CAMPUS _____________________________ DISTRICT______________________________ Instructions: The TMSA Annual Conference has been approved by SBEC as a provider of CPE credit. To receive credit for this conference, complete this form and return it to your district and follow their guidelines. NOTE: Attendance at the various conference functions earns differing hours of CPE credit--General Session (1.5 hours), Break-Out Sessions (1 hour), Schools to Watch Training (4 hours) Activity

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Produced by TMSA Presented by Texas Middle School Association PO Box 152499 Austin, TX 78715-2499

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TMSA 2013 Program Booklet  

Detailed information for our 2013 conference.

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