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Welcome to the 2019 Alaska Cross Content Conference at West High School in Anchorage, AK, October 25th and 26th with follow up activities at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Sunday, October 27th.

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Creating Critical Thinkers and Problem Solvers [clear filter]
Friday, October 25
 

2:30pm

Buddy Teachers + Buddy Classrooms = Math Success Elementary
In this game workshop, participants will learn the best math games for cross-graded, buddy settings. Come with a teacher partner - primary and upper elementary - and learn games our students can do together once a week. For older students, buddy play enhances and deepens their mathematical understanding and develops leadership skills as they coach their younger buddies. Younger students beneift from 1:1 coaching, focused practice, and opportunities to safely articulate their understanding. Participants in this workshop will receive game ideas for primary, as well as the differentiated upper elementary variations older students can do in their own classrooms. Come prepared to play and leave with a multitude of game ideas and strategies for buddy play.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Riddle

Allison Riddle

Mentor Supervisor /Consultant, Davis School District / Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks
Allison has been an elementary educator for the past 30 years. After 27 years teaching 3rd and 5th grade, she is now the Elementary Mentor Supervisor for Davis District leading the mentoring and professional learning of over 300 new elementary teachers. Allison shares her passion... Read More →

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Friday October 25, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Library Annex

2:30pm

Energy Literacy and Application in K-12 classrooms
Energy is everything: It’s how we connect, how we travel, how we work, and how we play. Clean energy (including energy efficiency and renewable energy) has many benefits including lower carbon footprint, cleaner air, and reduced energy bills, yet it is not often taught in our schools. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to energy literacy principles and explore lessons from free curriculum for teaching hands-on energy lessons all geared towards energy awareness and usage reduction. Three main (free!) resources will be highlighted in this session: AK EnergySmart, Alaska Resource Education (ARE), and National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project. Participants will explore at least one activity that can be modified for all grade levels, so be ready to move around!

Speakers
avatar for Colleen Fisk

Colleen Fisk

Energy Education Director, Renewable Energy Alaska Project
I am a life-long Alaskan from the Mat-Su Valley, raised by teachers and now an educator myself! I earned my BS out of state and my master's in education from UAF. I love camping, hiking, reading, and learning about science! Come ask me how you can get a classroom visit with a hands-on... Read More →

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Friday October 25, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 24

2:30pm

Recognizing and Integrating Crosscutting Concepts
Examine crosscutting concepts through scientific discovery and build an understanding of how to integrate them into classroom instruction. This is a hands-on workshop for science, tech, art, math and language arts educators.

Speakers
avatar for Judy Sweeney

Judy Sweeney

Denali PEAK
I love playing scientist. I have been implementing Next Generation Science Standards with student scientists at schools around the world including Dubai, Shanghai and Frankfurt. Currently we investigate NGSS at Denali PEAK in Anchorage.


Friday October 25, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Science Room 1

3:45pm

Featured Speaker Michael Soskil: Help Students Learn M.O.R.E.
​Most teachers have been taught to start with the curriculum and find interesting ways to teach it. What if there was a better way? By reversing that model and starting with exciting learning experiences we can motivate students so that they cannot wait to be in our classes. In this keynote, I'll share how embedding the required curriculum into those experiences will make learning Motivating, Organic, Relevant, and Experiential.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Soskil

Michael Soskil

Executive Director, Take Action Global
I teach. I run. I plan vacations.


Friday October 25, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Library Annex

3:45pm

Mathematical Modelling In 3 Acts
Mathematical Modeling in 3 Acts: Further your understanding of the research behind and the meaning of Mathematical Modeling. By analyzing the modeling cycle, you will walk away with more insight of what truly constitutes Mathematical Modeling. And, of course, you will have the opportunity to experience several highly engaging modeling examples. By the conclusion of this workshop, you will have ideas that can be used immediately in your classroom to meet required modeling standards!

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Byrns

Andrew Byrns

National K-12 Mathematics Specialist, Pearson
Andrew loves learning about ways to engage students to be enthusiastic mathematicians and problem solvers.

Sponsors

Friday October 25, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 17

3:45pm

Science and the Stewardship of the Outdoors
The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies has been providing place-based education programs at the Peterson Bay Field Station for 35 years.These hands-on, experiential education overnight programs serve as a starting point to begin building a connection to place and the outdoors. The 1st 30 minutes will explain how these programs work to inspire youth to make decisions that promote the health of our environment as well as promote personal growth and communication skills. The 2nd 30 minutes will be hands-on activities from our curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Seth Spencer

Seth Spencer

Education Program Coordinator, Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
Hello All! This is Seth Spencer with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer. I have been the Education Program Coordinator for 4 years now, and am excited to share with you how our program engages students in hands-on, experiential learning in the amazing ecosystems of Kachemak... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 19

3:45pm

You Be The Chemist
Learn about the free You Be The Chemist programs for educators from the Chemical Educational Foundation and participate in a Essential Elements workshop based on the 5E Learning model.

Speakers
avatar for Larry Sernyk

Larry Sernyk

Certified Instructor, Chemical Educational Foundation


Friday October 25, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Science Room 5
 
Saturday, October 26
 

9:45am

Educator Chat: Identifying Barriers, Challenges, and Possible Solutions to Teaching and Learning
Educators today encounter a number of challenges that hinder effective classroom instruction and create barriers to student success.  Join this session to participate in an interactive discussion about current barriers and challenges in education as a first step towards generating possible solutions.

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Sharp

Laurie Sharp

Board Member, International Literacy Association
I have 15 years of broad experiences in PreK–12 public schools and higher education as a classroom teacher and teacher educator. I am passionate about advocating for high-quality literacy teaching and learning among learners of all levels. As an ILA Board Member, I am honored to... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
West High Library Main Area

11:00am

Argument-Driven Engineering in Grades 6-8: STEM Design Challenges
This session is an introduction to a new approach to instruction called Argument-Driven Engineering (ADE). ADE gives students an opportunity to learn how to use crosscutting concepts, core ideas from mathematics and science, and science, engineering, and mathematical practices to design a solution to a meaningful problem. This instructional approach also provides context to help students develop foundational literacy skills because they must read, write, speak, and listen in order to obtain, evaluate, and communicate information during each design challenge. In this session, participants will learn about the stages of the ADE instructional model, how it was designed, and how it integrates standards across disciplines.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Kaszuba

Jennifer Kaszuba

Graduate Research Assistant, UT Austin STEM Center
Jennifer works to find ways to engage all students in authentic science experiences to help them realize the wonders of science.


Saturday October 26, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Science Room 2
  • Content Area 6, 7, 8
  • Content Area STEM

11:00am

Building Collaborative Teams In Your Classroom
In many classrooms, students’ sitting together in teams does not guarantee effective mathematical discourse. Activities will be modeled that encourage students to talk, write and share ideas. Status is important so some of these activities will address this issue. Participants will experience study team and teaching strategies that particularly deal with discourse and see how the Standards for Mathematical Practices will be tied into and highlighted by these strategies.

Speakers
avatar for Darrell Trussell

Darrell Trussell

RC/Instructional Coach, CPM Educational Program
I have a great desire to support math teacher with implementing student engagement activities. This simple change from a teacher centered to student center classroom changed my perspective on how students learn and retain information. I would love to share what I have learned, the... Read More →

Sponsors


Saturday October 26, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 13

11:00am

Energy Literacy and Application in K-12 classrooms
Energy is everything: It’s how we connect, how we travel, how we work, and how we play. Clean energy (including energy efficiency and renewable energy) has many benefits including lower carbon footprint, cleaner air, and reduced energy bills, yet it is not often taught in our schools. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to energy literacy principles and explore lessons from free curriculum for teaching hands-on energy lessons all geared towards energy awareness and usage reduction. Three main (free!) resources will be highlighted in this session: AK EnergySmart, Alaska Resource Education (ARE), and National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project. Participants will explore at least one activity that can be modified for all grade levels, so be ready to move around!

Speakers
avatar for Colleen Fisk

Colleen Fisk

Energy Education Director, Renewable Energy Alaska Project
I am a life-long Alaskan from the Mat-Su Valley, raised by teachers and now an educator myself! I earned my BS out of state and my master's in education from UAF. I love camping, hiking, reading, and learning about science! Come ask me how you can get a classroom visit with a hands-on... Read More →

Sponsors


Saturday October 26, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 12

11:00am

Featured Speaker Michael Soskil: Innovating for Good: Developing Lifelong Problem Solvers
As the world becomes increasingly technological, our students will be faced with new ethical and societal challenges. We must teach them to to both identify and solve the unique and unforeseen problems in their future. This workshop explores ways teachers and schools can develop socially conscious problem solvers that prepare for both future careers and a global, technological world.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Soskil

Michael Soskil

Executive Director, Take Action Global
I teach. I run. I plan vacations.


Saturday October 26, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Library Annex

11:00am

Seminars in the Science Classroom: Social Dimensions of Argumentation
We will explore the Science and Engineering Practice (SEP) of Argumentation, specifically its important social and discursive dimensions. Learn about using seminars in the science classroom and have the opportunity to participate in a sample seminar. We will also discuss existing resources for scaffolding argumentation in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Chowning

Jeanne Chowning

Sr. Director, Science Education, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Ctr

Sponsors


Saturday October 26, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 10

11:00am

Shake Up Your Fact Fluency Practice - Math Shakers K-5
Get ready to shake up your math application with the newest math manipulative: a modified pill container-math shaker. Using math 'shake breaks' offers students the much-needed opportunity to move, partner, and explain their thinking. Perfect for both whole class and in rotating centers. Shaker activities are easy to differentiate and provide engaging practice for concepts including subitizing, place value from tens to millions, decimals, operational fluency, fractions, patterns, and more. Journal masters, student samples, and classroom management tips will be shared. Come prepared to play, move, engage with colleagues, and best of all, shake up your math practice!

Speakers
avatar for Allison Riddle

Allison Riddle

Mentor Supervisor /Consultant, Davis School District / Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks
Allison has been an elementary educator for the past 30 years. After 27 years teaching 3rd and 5th grade, she is now the Elementary Mentor Supervisor for Davis District leading the mentoring and professional learning of over 300 new elementary teachers. Allison shares her passion... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
West High Library Main Area

1:45pm

Argument-Driven Inquiry in Grades 3-5: Three-Dimensional Investigations that Integrate Science, Literacy and Mathematics
This session is an introduction to a new approach to science instruction called Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI). ADI gives children in grades 3-5 an opportunity to learn how to use the core ideas, practices, and crosscutting concepts of science to make sense of natural phenomena. This instructional approach is designed to use science as way to help children develop literacy (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) skills and learn important mathematical concepts. In this session, participants will learn about the stages of the ADI instructional model, how it was designed, and how it integrates standards across disciplines.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Kaszuba

Jennifer Kaszuba

Graduate Research Assistant, UT Austin STEM Center
Jennifer works to find ways to engage all students in authentic science experiences to help them realize the wonders of science.


Saturday October 26, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Science Room 2

1:45pm

Featured Speaker Katherine McKnight: Yes…and for the Classroom
Dr. McKnight is the foundational researcher and developer of using improvisation in the classroom to develop literacy skills content knowledge within a social emotional learning experience. Her powerful research in this area has led to insights into creating classrooms where all students are charged up about learning. In this engaging and active session, learn how to create focused learning activities that are classroom ready. Dr. McKnight co-authored The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom, the “go-to” resource for improv in the classroom.  See https://engaginglearners.com/sites/default/files/EL_YesAndClassroom_Web.pdf . for the white paper and resource guide for this presentation!

Speakers
avatar for KATHERINE  MCKNIGHT

KATHERINE MCKNIGHT

Engaging Learners
I am looking forward to presenting at the Alaska Cross Content Conference! I am a national expert in adolescent literacy and disciplinary literacy. and I teach and collaborate in classrooms all over the United States and internationally . As an author of 18 books and educator for... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Library Annex

1:45pm

Featured Speaker Michael DiSpezio: Awesome STEM Activities for the 21st Century Classroom
Join Michael for a motivating, informative and exciting hands-on session during which you’ll participate in a variety of inexpensive and easy-to-repeat activities for the 21st century elementary school classroom. During this session, you’ll explore the pedagogy changes inherent to 3D teaching and apply them to a variety of activities in both science and engineering. From engineering a paperclip wheel-and-axle to exploring the science of flight, you’ll experience understanding through the facilitation of process experiences. You’ll also explore sound by constructing a variety of instruments that will be used as a landscape on which the SEPs are applied to further understanding in physical science. So why not join Michael for a fun, practical and enlightening workshop from which you’ll leave with a variety of new ideas for teaching science!

Speakers
avatar for Michael DiSpezio

Michael DiSpezio

author and educator, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
From hosting National Geographic broadcasts to shepherding the Discovery Channel to their first Emmy Award nomination, Michael is a globally respected renaissance educator, speaker, TV host and science education author. A former marine biologist, Michael completed his graduate studies... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 26, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
West High Library Main Area

1:45pm

Long Division: It's Not Synthetic Anymore
Manipulatives in a secondary math classroom? You will see how successful it can be. Actively engage with algebra tiles and the area model to multiply polynomials before moving to factoring and completing the square. Use the area model to do polynomial long division. Supporting students transition from the concrete (manipulative) to the abstract (paper and pencil) is the goal.

Speakers
avatar for Darrell Trussell

Darrell Trussell

RC/Instructional Coach, CPM Educational Program
I have a great desire to support math teacher with implementing student engagement activities. This simple change from a teacher centered to student center classroom changed my perspective on how students learn and retain information. I would love to share what I have learned, the... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 26, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Room 22

3:00pm

Argument-Driven Inquiry in the Life, Physical, and Earth-Space Sciences: Lab Investigations for Grades 6–8
This session is an introduction to a new approach to lab instruction called Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI). ADI is an innovative instructional model that is based on current research about how people learn science and is designed to foster the development of science proficiency. ADI gives students an opportunity to learn how to use core ideas, practices, and crosscutting concepts of science to make sense of natural phenomena. This instructional approach also gives students an opportunity to learn how to read, write, and speak in the context of science. In this session, participants will learn about the stages of the ADI instructional model, how it was designed to address the shortcomings of current laboratory experiences, and how it helps students develop discipline-specific literacy skills.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Kaszuba

Jennifer Kaszuba

Graduate Research Assistant, UT Austin STEM Center
Jennifer works to find ways to engage all students in authentic science experiences to help them realize the wonders of science.


Saturday October 26, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Science Room 2
  • Content Area 6, 7, 8

3:00pm

Earth Day Every Day! Integrating Waste Reduction and Recycling Education into Your Curriculum
In this session, learn about activities and lesson plans to teach your middle school students about the modern waste crisis and its solutions. Attendees will explore interdisciplinary strategies for engaging students in solving this complex problem. The session includes an introduction to Green Star's Earth Day Every Day! curriculum for 6th-8th graders that can be adapted to any classroom in Alaska!

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Clement

Sarah Clement

Program Director, Green Star of Interior Alaska


Saturday October 26, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 2

3:00pm

Featured Speaker Richard Thoman: Alaska's Changing Environment: Fitting the Puzzle
We'll dive into some of the details of showing how the climate and environment are changing and think about ways to work with the information in ways appropriate for your students.

Speakers

Saturday October 26, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Science Room 5

3:00pm

Preventing Teen Dating Violence Through the Alaska Safe Children’s Act: Grades 7-12
This presentation will provide an overview and update on the state developed curriculum for grades 7-12 to meet the requirements under the Alaska Safe Children's Act. In addition it will provide an overview of the resources, materials and supports that are currently available as well as the activities and events planned for Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month.

Speakers

Saturday October 26, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 5

3:00pm

STEM Collaboration in the Community and the Classroom
The Juneau School District and the Juneau STEM Coalition are partners in providing STEM professional development that brings community practitioners and teachers together. Through this dynamic collaboration, teachers learn how computational thinking is used in various private and public business and service applications, and community experts learn how to prepare information to serve the needs of student learners.

Speakers
avatar for Ted Wilson

Ted Wilson

Juneau School District, Juneau School District
I am currently the Director of Teaching and Learning Support. I was previously a multigrade (4/5) teacher and principal at Glacier Valley Elementary for 17 years. My current projects include conference-style inservice planning, curriculum integration work, computational thinking PD... Read More →



Saturday October 26, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 20

3:00pm

They Should Already Know This - Catch Up Math Games For 3 -8
This session will focus on games and strategies teachers can use to help their upper elementary/middle years students catch up on concepts they should have already mastered. Well-structured game play helps rebuild and deepen understanding, provides engaging, meaningful practice, lessens math anxiety, and can be modified for indivdual needs. This session will include games focused on concepts such as operational fluency, place value, fractions, geometry, and logical reasoning.  Participants will leave with new game ideas that incorporate the use of cards, dice, double dice, and multi-sided dice. Come prepared to play!

Speakers
avatar for Allison Riddle

Allison Riddle

Mentor Supervisor /Consultant, Davis School District / Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks
Allison has been an elementary educator for the past 30 years. After 27 years teaching 3rd and 5th grade, she is now the Elementary Mentor Supervisor for Davis District leading the mentoring and professional learning of over 300 new elementary teachers. Allison shares her passion... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
West High Library Main Area

4:15pm

Argument-Driven Inquiry in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics: Lab Investigations for Grades 9–12
This session is an introduction to a new approach to lab instruction called Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI). ADI is an innovative instructional model that is based on current research about how people learn science and is designed to foster the development of science proficiency. ADI gives students an opportunity to learn how to use core ideas, practices, and crosscutting concepts of science to make sense of natural phenomena. This instructional approach also gives students an opportunity to learn how to read, write, and speak in the context of science. In this session, participants will learn about the stages of the ADI instructional model, how it was designed to address the shortcomings of current laboratory experiences, and how it helps students develop discipline-specific literacy skills.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Kaszuba

Jennifer Kaszuba

Graduate Research Assistant, UT Austin STEM Center
Jennifer works to find ways to engage all students in authentic science experiences to help them realize the wonders of science.


Saturday October 26, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Science Room 2

4:15pm

Critical and Analytical Thinking: Why are We Failing to Develop Critical Thinking Consistently and Reliably in Students?
This session will demystify, discuss, and provide application techniques for fostering critical thinking and problem-solving skills in secondary schools. Primarily for research-based transformative implementation of best practices the discussion will review leveraging The College Board® resources. In an academic context, attendees will draw connections by briefly becoming research-practitioners through analyzing and critiquing case studies. Assessing data trends in Analytical Essay writing. Best practices for instructing problem-solving will be reviewed and illustrated including how to clarify weighing alternative instructional solutions, analytical essay instruction, vertical curriculum alignment, MTSS, and how and when to re-calibrate instructional practices.

Speakers

Saturday October 26, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Room W9

4:15pm

Inspiring kids through FIRST Robotics (it's so much more than robots!)
Make a mark in your community and your school! FIRST is a robotics community that prepares young people for the future. Ninety-eight percent of participants report improved problem solving skills and 88% better understand how STEM is used to solve real-world problems. Come learn how you can use robotics to inspire your kids and build tomorrow's leaders. Options for all grade levels. Learn about FIRST, talk to participants, and play with robots! All session participants will be entered to win a robotics kit for your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Soza

Rebecca Soza

Statewide Coordinator, FIRST in Alaska
FIRST is a community of learners that are excited about so much more than robots and LEGO! Find me or join our session to learn about how FIRST can inspire your students and our next generation of STEM leaders. We have programs for kids in grades K-12 with participation across the... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Room W11

4:15pm

Project Invent: Making & Coding for Social Good

Want to empower students through Project Based Service Learning and help close the gender gap in STEM education? Project Invent's free on-line resources may be your answer. Start a team or simply incorporate these hands-on activities into your existing STEM curriculum. Turn your Maker Space into an impactful space driving social change.
Project Invent empowers students with the 21st century skills to succeed individually and impact globally. Our goal is to create a generation of fearless problem solvers. Project Invent's free digital curriculum is written by real engineers turned educators. Utilizing design thinking, engineering, and entrepreneurship, Project Invent's 7 lesson plans and 30+ tools guide students through solving real problems with technology.
Hear how Girdwood K-8 School is implementing Project Invent in their community and learn first-hand from 6th Grade students as they share the mini-lessons they're teaching to K-5 classrooms and prototype inventions they've developing with community partners to solve real-world problems.
If this sounds like the type of important work you want to be doing, then come learn how you can bring Project Invent to your community. https://projectinvent.org/

Speakers
avatar for Leola Rutherford

Leola Rutherford

Alaska Ambassador, Project Invent
6th Grade Teacher at Girdwood K-8 School in the Anchorage School District. Project Invent Ambassador for Alaska: making and coding for social good. Free Project-Based Curriculum connecting community members in need with student invention teams: research, prototype design & marketing... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Room 23