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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Friday, October 25


Poster session--Profiles of Contemporary Mathematicians
Mathematics is a living and creative subject. UAA students in the Art of Mathematics classes provide a glimpse into the lives of professional mathematicians today.


Friday October 25, 2019 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Foyer and Hallways


What can NSTA do for you?
Come join this informal, discussion-based session to learn about NSTA resources that are available and leadership opportunities within the organization. You will also have the opportunity to provide feedback about NSTA that will be shared with the NSTA Board.

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Jeanne Chowning

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

Friday October 25, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 1
Saturday, October 26


Exploring the Essential Actions of Instructional Leadership in Mathematics Education
What are the essential actions that must be present in mathematics education? This hands-on session will explore the NCSM eight (8) essential actions in mathematics education and how we as teacher leaders, coaches, site-based leaders and district level leaders can incorporate these into our practice.

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Denise Trakas

Western 1 Regional Director, NCSM: Leadership in Mathematics Education
NCSM is a mathematics education leadership organization that equips and empowers a diverse education community to engage in leadership that supports, sustains, and inspires high quality mathematics teaching and learning every day for each and every learner.NCSM is the premiere mathematics... Read More →

Saturday October 26, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Room W7


Featured Speaker Michael DiSpezio: Learning and the Brain
Join Michael for an engaging, informative and entertaining general session in which you’ll experience best practices as you construct an understanding of how the brain learns. From discovering inertia to revamping experiences for higher level engagements, you’ll add not only new activities and approaches to your teaching repertoire, but construct a better understanding for maintaining a brain-friendly classroom environment.

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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 →


Saturday October 26, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Auditorium West High School, 1700 Hillcrest Drive, Anchorage, AK, 99503


Teacher Autonomy in the Service of Learner Autonomy
This session will present a synopsis of the research basis that links student autonomy and achievement with teacher agency and teacher professional autonomy, along a summary of my own teacher agency research project and findings. This presentation will conclude with an inter-active discussion among the educators that choose to attend this session.


Saturday October 26, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Room 20


What is the Alaska Education Network?

The Alaska Education Network – Project ECHO is a statewide initiative focused on uniting Alaska’s educational leaders with the intention of building a support network to reduce isolation while strengthening the link between leadership and student achievement.
As educators, our job is to support students, but who is supporting us? Having support from people with similar interests and passions greatly enhances your chances of success. It is important to have a good support network that you can bounce ideas off of and get feedback from. A good support network offers benefits that cannot be achieved otherwise. Most research seems to agree that an educator’s feeling of support (or lack thereof) can make or break a decision to stay in the field. (Philosophy of Education, Article 2)
Come to this session and find out about how to be part of this network which will help you reduce that feeling of isloation and get you connected to your peers and counterparts in education from across the state.  

The Alaska Education Network is here to support you. FREE and open to participate. There are 43 online sessions offered via Zoom from October 2 - April 29. That means you can join from anywhere. You can choose to attend just one session or multiple sessions. Each session has an opportunity for information-sharing and problem-solving about everyday practices.  Check us out at www.echoeducationak.com.
Together we are better.
Moving Knowledge Not People! 

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Raquel Schroeder/Carey Gray

Project Coordinators, Alaska Education Network - Project ECHO


Saturday October 26, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Room 2


Growing Teacher Leadership for School and System Transformation Through a Grass-Roots, Teacher Lead Professional Learning Network
Participants will learn about the theory of action, the practical work and the impact for teachers of a blended Professional Learning Network (PLN), AKRISE (Alaska Rural Innovation and Student Engagement Network), designed to engage educators from rural schools across Alaska in face-to-face collaborative design work (to be implemented virtually between face-to-face meetings) to tackle contextual challenges and share impactful instructional practices. The theory of action of the network is grounded in the theories of professional capital (Hargreaves and Fullan, 2012) and collaborative professionalism (Hargreaves & O’Connor, 2018); that by engaging teachers in deeper, specific types of collaborative joint work (action research, lesson study, co-curriculum design, and video reflection) through a blended PLN of both face-to-face and commitment to connecting virtually, rural teachers experience increased sense of belonging and connection, willingness to risk-take and innovate, ability to self-regulate their own learning, agency and empowerment, and equity of student learning experiences. Teachers who are usually the only teacher at their grade-level or site develop deeper pedagogical content knowledge and expertise by the opportunity to work with other teachers at their grade-level or content area, as well. It is important for teachers to know that this is not extra work! A goal of the network is to develop the capacity and collective efficacy of teachers in districts to meet the goals, priorities and needs of their home districts and address authentic questions from their contexts—not to add an additional initiative.


Karen Martin

Instructional Coach, Denali Borough School District

Saturday October 26, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6