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Teacher Workshops

Session 1: Friday, March 31, 4:00-5:00pm

Using Design Thinking in the NGSS Classroom, 3-12
Strand: Disciplinary Pedagogy
A hands-on introduction to design thinking and science and engineering practices within the NGSS classroom. Participants will use the design thinking process to solve an authentic problem, will be given an exemplar engineering rubric and design project, and will generate ideas for their own projects in their classrooms.
LISA BASTEDO & MARIA MANACHERIL, American School of Doha, Qatar


Workshop It! K-12
Strands: Standards-based Instruction/Differentiation, Instructional Coaching
Try a new instructional model to inject more student choice, engagement, and differentiation into your classroom. The workshop model provided us with an inspirational format that can be adapted to other subjects and many grade levels. We’ll share our successes and challenges. Teachers will leave with strategies to apply to their next planning session.
CALLEY CONNELY & KRISTIE DA-NGOC NGUYEN, American International School Chennai, India

Digital Storytelling to Build Vocabulary, K-12

Strands: Standards-based Instruction/Differentiation, Disciplinary Pedagogy, Digital Pedagogy
Storytelling is an engaging and effective methodology that offers a creative context for communication in the target language. See how the speaker has added a digital component to his vocabulary-based stories to connect with 21st Century language learners and provide them with the Comprehensible Input they need.
KENT DWYER, Qatar Foundation Schools, Doha

Conceptual Math through Reggio Inspired Provocation, KG2-2

Strand: Disciplinary Pedagogy
Children learn best when they construct their own learning. Conceptual math, which is a student-centered approach, along with Reggio-inspired provocations, help students scaffold their understanding as they explore, investigate, and comprehend mathematical concepts.
RANIA EL CHAAR & DIMA JABR, The American Community School at Beirut, Lebanon

Math Talks, K-5
Strands: Disciplinary Pedagogy, Creating Thinking Classrooms
Math Talks develop and foster purposeful and collaborative discourse. Students orally justify their thinking and support their answers with strategies. Students learn different problem solving methods, and they become active listeners, proficient communicators, and use higher order thinking skills to come up with more than one way to solve a problem.
MELANIE FLYNN & GABRIELA MORALES, Cairo American College, Egypt

Every Teacher is a Reading Teacher, 6-12

Strand: Disciplinary Pedagogy
Learn strategies to incorporate reading skills into your content classes like Science and Social Studies. We will discuss each strategy with examples from different grade levels and disciplines, then give participants time to plan a potential reading lesson, guided by a pre-defined process and a planning template. Please bring a laptop/tablet. Participants also need to bring a non-fiction text they plan to use with students.
KRISTI FOWLER, American School of Kuwait, Hawalli

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Learning to Play, Playing to Learn, 1-12

Strand: Inclusive Schools
A foundational perspective of experiential education that offers group problem-solving initiatives, trust building activities, reflection opportunities, life skills and academic applications. Participants will ‘Learn by Doing’, Play (What?), Interaction (So What?) and Debriefing (Now What?) and will explore feelings and thoughts to put theory into practice and create mindset changes.
SARAH-KATE HAWKINS, International Schools Group, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Practical Strategies for Enhancing and Differentiating Learning, JK-10
Strands: Standards-based Instruction/Differentiation, Creating Thinking Classrooms, Inclusive Schools
Students use a variety of modalities to receive, process and express information. What are some of the ways we as educators can strengthen underlying modalities used in learning? This workshop offers practical, hands on activities and suggestions for helping students strengthen learning abilities. Come prepared to move.
ANNE ISAAC, American International School Kuwait, Salmiya


Mindfulness in Education: Planting Seeds of Well-Being, K-12

Strand: Creating Thinking Classrooms
Mindfulness helps cultivate attention, balance, and empathy - all of which are essential to teaching. This workshop will provide an introduction to Mindfulness and how it can be used as a tool for self-care. Upon completion, teachers of all experience levels will be prepared to implement practical techniques into their classroom. Please bring a laptop/tablet.
JOSHUA KETTELL, American School of Dubai, UAE

The Walls are Alive, K-12

Strands: Standards-based Instruction/Differentiation, Instructional Coaching, Creating Thinking Classrooms, Digital Pedagogy
Learn how to seamlessly integrate augmented reality into your classroom through demonstrations and activities that are engaging and meaningful. Examples of how this technology can be featured in a high school Social Studies class will be demonstrated. It is highly beneficial, although not essential, for attendees to pre-download a QR code generator and reader, as well as Aurasma. Please bring a laptop/tablet.
DAN LARSON-KNIGHT & ERIC WILSON, The American International School of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Makerspace: A Hands-On Introduction, 2-8

Strand: Creating Thinking Classrooms
A Makerspace is a hands-on space that encourages creativity, innovation, critical thinking, and collaboration - a gathering place to create, invent, and learn. We will talk about why set-up a space and how to setup a space in your room or school. You will also try your hand at writing various types of makerspace.
KRISTI LONHEIM, International Schools Group, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Coaching Through Flexible Thinking, K-12

Strand: Instructional Coaching
This session will introduce some key skills in effective coaching using flexible thinking techniques, as developed by Robert Garmston and Arthur Costa. It will be practical with the aim of supporting deep thinking of colleagues. The skills developed could help create a school culture that is more collaborative and reflective.
AMANDA SHEPHERD, Qatar Foundation Schools, Doha

Interaction Strategies for a Diverse Classroom, K-12
Strand: Inclusive Schools
Language development is active, not passive. Research shows that teachers typically dominate the linguistic environment in the classroom. Drawing from the SIOP model, teachers will practice a variety of grouping arrangements so that students have an opportunity to use academic language with partners, small groups, and the teacher.
DENISE SULLIVAN & ROULA ARSLAN, The American International School of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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Session 2: Saturday, April 1, 3:30-4:30pm

Agents of Change: Empowering Student Voice, 6-12

Strand: Creating Thinking Classrooms
Explore ways to increase student ownership of learning, opportunities for student leadership in the classroom and ways to implement effective student government at a school-wide level. We will also discuss how to empirically prove that this leadership training improves student performance. Leave with ideas and strategies to use immediately.
TREY BELL & SARAH MARTIN, Schutz American School, Egypt


Aligning Standards Based Assessments in Common Core Math, K-12

Strands: Standards-based Instruction/Differentiation, Disciplinary Pedagogy
This session focuses on creating standards based assessments that align with the Common Core mathematics. Intended for those who already have an understanding of standards based learning, participants will learn how the mathematical practices translate into four assessment claims and how to use these to assess and report student learning.
ERIC BROWN, International Schools Group, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Supporting High Ability and Gifted Learners, 4-12
Strands: Standards-based Instruction/Differentiation, Inclusive Schools
This session will focus on ways teachers and school leaders can address the academic and social-emotional needs of Gifted and High Ability Learners. Practical tools for implementing effective differentiation and programmatic changes will be provided.
ANITA CHURCHVILLE, American School of Bombay, Mumbai, India

Bilingualism in Education: What's Normal and What's Not? PreK-5

Strand: Inclusive Schools
This workshop will explore the unique challenges of international students’ bilingual acquisition of language, speech sound acquisition for Arabic, English, Hindi, and Thai. It will give guidelines for what is considered to be 'normal', and leave you with tips and strategies for how to enhance your classroom for ESL learners.
JAMES HALL, Qatar Foundation Schools, Doha

Exceptional Learners, K-12

Strands: Standards-based Instruction/Differentiation, Inclusive Schools
Teachers will experience what it might be like to have attention or visual/auditory processing difficulties, and they will use the insights gained to assist students by making simple alterations to classroom materials, assessments, and instruction. Quick and easy research-based strategies and tools will be presented with time to discuss efficient implementation.
MARLA STAR HALL, Cairo American College, Egypt

Coaching Your Colleagues: Using Data to Personalize PD for Self-directed Learning, K-12
Strand: Instructional Coaching
A technology integration audit combined with data visualization can provide useful data to determine areas of strength and areas for improvement for individual teachers, and determine quality of student learning as evident in student artefacts. Explore how ASB tech integration coaches have helped teachers develop personalized technology professional learning plans.
MAGGIE HOS-McGRANE, American School of Bombay, Mumbai, India

The Mother of All Methods: A Unified Field Pedagogy for Teaching the Sciences, K-12

Strands: Standards-based Instruction/Differentiation, Disciplinary Pedagogy
Science standards of any curriculum can be unified under one standard: Science as Inquiry. The unique ACS Athens Elementary School Science program is developed on one of the five school-wide standards: Nature of Science. Gain an understanding of the model and leave with numerous examples of hands-on inquiry-based activities. Please bring a laptop/tablet.
SANA KASSEM, American Community Schools of Athens, Greece

Designing and Creating in the Elementary School, K-5

Strands: Standards-based Instruction/Differentiation, Disciplinary Pedagogy, Inclusive Schools
This workshop is an overview of how AISC used the engineering components of NGSS to launch our elementary Discovery Studios. It will also explore how our maker space is expanding to support inquiry and personalized learning in other curricular and co-curricular areas. Please bring a laptop/tablet/smartphone.
CARL KNUDSEN & LORI NEWMAN, American International School-Chennai, India

Novel and Adaptive Thinking, Innovation, Collaboration and Transdisciplinarity in the Classroom

Strands: Creating Thinking Classrooms
Engage in hands-on activities that illustrate how to foster Novel and Adaptive Thinking, Innovation, Collaboration, and Transdisciplinarity. Challenge yourself in how you think about education and whether our current model works for students. Explore how to build skills students need to enter the global workforce in 2020 and beyond.
NINA MARKHAM, The American International School of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


Leveraging Technology in ANY Classroom, K-12

Strands: Standards-based Instruction/Differentiation, Digital Pedagogy, Inclusive Schools
Learn about the latest technology designed to teach and assess students. More importantly, discussions will be focused around guiding principles and philosophies of technology integration, including practical and efficient uses that lead to valid and reliable assessments. Please bring your device and play along!
DAN MASSOTH, American International School Kuwait, Salmiya

Meaningful Student Engagement with Technology, 5-12
Strands: Digital Pedagogy, Inclusive Schools
How can teachers maximize classroom time while encouraging discussion and collaboration? How can technology help us to differentiate? What are some low-stress ways to assess, support, and engage students? This workshop will provide answers by showing flip classroom strategies and introducing assessment programs like Quizlet Live and Kahoot. Please bring a laptop/tablet.
KORALIE MOONEY, The Universal American School, Khaldiya, Kuwait

Maker Spaces for Transformative Education, 1-12

Strands: Disciplinary Pedagogy, Digital Pedagogy
The Maker movement is a student-centered approach that emphasizes creation, design and making, connecting student interests, academic support and digital tools to achieve true learning. We will give an overview of and the research behind the Maker movement, and show how product and process can be born from tinkering, digital tools, collaborating, and playing. Please bring a laptop/tablet.
MAYA MOUHAIDLY & KEVIN KUZEL, The American Community School at Beirut, Lebanon

Social and Emotional Learning, K-12

Strand: Inclusive Schools
Emotional well-being is a crucial factor for learning. This workshop aims to explore the various impact of emotional concerns on students’ classroom functioning that can be more devastating than the academic challenges themselves. It will offer suggestions and approaches to support them to overcome this struggle and optimize their learning.
SHEELA THOMAS, Kodaikanal International School, India

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Session 3: Sunday, April 2, 3:30-4:30pm

Creating or Reinventing an Advisory Program, 5-12

Strand: Inclusive Schools
Learn how to: * Create a vision for advisory groups in your own school * Develop specific purposes * Learn about content and activities * Create conditions for long-term sustainability. We will introduce two invaluable resources: one to guide you through the planning process and one to run successful advisory classes.
KRISTA BOU HAIDAR & ALAN LITTLE, American School of Doha, Qatar


Scaffolding in Writing, K-12 World Language Teachers

Strand: Disciplinary Pedagogy
Writing is a mode of communication that clearly delivers your thoughts, feelings, and much more. Therefore, we need to ensure our students attain good writing skills. In this workshop, you will be exposed to scaffolding techniques in writing which can be applied directly in your classrooms, including integrating technology.
REEM SHAMS ELDIN, The American International School of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


Experience the Virtual World: Teach Beyond the Classroom Walls, 4-12

Strand: Digital Pedagogy
What would student agency look like in an environment where technology deepens and extends learning with virtual reality experiences? We will unpack Google Expeditions and explore ways to structure lessons, and use this fantastic collection of 360º imagery to enhance lessons from storytelling to virtual field trips using Google Cardboard.
SHINA GEORGE, International Schools Group, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Creating a Coaching Culture: Mathematics, PK-8

Strand: Instructional Coaching
The goals of this workshop are to make connections among the challenges and successes of a community of coaching specific to mathematics, and to explore the components in place that support a working teacher via a coach partnership. Models, templates, artifacts, and other resources will be shared to explore successes and challenges.

Do It Digitally! ePortfolios, Blogs, and iPad Apps (هيّا لنجعلها رقمية: ملفات رقمية، مدونات و تطبيقات الآيباد), K-5

Strands: Standards-based Instruction/Differentiation, Digital Pedagogy
Explore a new way to collect and organize student work that isn't time consuming. This session will introduce you to FREE iPad apps that allow for student production and creation. Learn how students use Seesaw to create ePortfolios, reflections, and classroom blogs! Presented in English and Arabic. Please bring a laptop/tablet.
DANIEAL LONGANETTI & SHAZA AHMED, Qatar Foundation Schools, Doha

Making Co-Teaching Work: Strategies to Support ELLs in the Mainstream Classroom, 6-10

Strand: Inclusive Schools
Effective co-teaching guarantees inclusive environments. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of co-teaching models and how to implement them. You will see examples of middle school teachers co-teaching various lessons and will leave with ready to implement strategies to support the learning needs of ELLs in the mainstream classroom.
SAMANTHA PETREE & EVELYN MAROLF, American School of Bombay, Mumbai, India

Planning with the Mind in Mind, 6-12

Strands: Creating Thinking Classrooms, Digital Pedagogy, Inclusive Schools
Explore the elements of lesson planning that neuroscience tells us matter most. Check out one teacher’s work to incorporate as many of them as possible into daily lesson planning, based on research and student feedback. Leave with resources and tools for incorporating these ideas into daily practice. Please bring a laptop/tablet.
LINCOLN SMITH, American School of Bombay, Mumbai, India

The Differentiated Classroom: Adjusting Learning Environments in the Early Years, K-2

Strand: Inclusive Schools
This workshop is an introduction to creating an inclusive classroom environment to promote student success in the early years. We will look at flexible seating, sensory manipulatives, and techniques for developing student capacity.
SINAE VAN HAASTERT, American School of Kuwait, Hawalli

Integrating NGSS Into a K-5 Inquiry Program, K-5
Strands: Standards-based Instruction/Differentiation, Disciplinary Pedagogy, Inclusive Schools
Experiment! Investigate! Discover! Make! Experiment with transdisciplinary approaches to integrate NGSS into a K-5 inquiry program. Investigate new ways to differentiate and empower young scientists through Making, individual inquiry and play. Discover how to increase the science presence and excitement throughout your learning community.
ROBERT ZOOK, American School of Bombay, Mumbai, India

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