SCAD Educator Conference (July 2017)
Elizabeth Tolmach attended this two day workshop to learn how to incorporate arts into her classroom curriculum; she reported back that it was an excellent experience and she plans to share what she learned with other interested teachers.
Greg Tang's Smart Strategies Workshop (9/15/17)
Teacher reps in grades Kindergarten - 3rd grade in addition to a GATE teacher and an administrator attended this workshop focused on bringing a visual approach to solving word problems with the goal of turning even struggling learners into confident and creative problem solvers.
Institute for Multi-sensory Education (IMSE) Orton-Gillingham Training: Comprehensive and ISME Orton-Gillingham Training: Advanced Continuum (Sept. 18th-22nd and Sept. 25th-28th).
Teachers from Mary Lin's Early Intervention Program (EIP) attended this training to gain an in-depth understanding of the Orton-Gillingham methodology for reading instruction for students with dyslexia and other challenges. This multi-sensory approach incorporates the three learning pathways: auditory, kinesthetic and visual and can be implemented in small groups settings or with individual learners. Emily Fuller and Amanda Howard referred to the conference as "life-changing" and teachers like Katie Zubrowski implemented the new techniques the very next week with success!
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference
Denise Bringslid and Emily Fuller were accepted as speakers at this important annual conference. Ms. Bates (4th grade) and Ms. Tabor (1st grade) joined them to collaborate and learn with leaders in the field of mathematics education. Since a school-wide focus this year is differentiation, teachers attended sessions that focused on small group instruction, formative assessment, rigorous enrichment and targeted remediation.
Georgia Educational Technology Conference
Victor "Coach" Hicks will attend this conference, alongside the technology instructors from SPARK and Morningside, focusing on the newest and best practices in technology education.
National Association for Gifted Children Annual Conference (Nov. 11-13) - Principal Briscoe, Ms. Snyder (GATE) and Ms. Arillo (K) attended this conference from NAGC whose mission is to "enhance the growth and development of gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community-building and research." Ms. Briscoe is hoping to increase face-time with gifted teachers for all students in the building and to ensure that content in gifted education at Mary Lin complements the general education curriculum. This conference offered presentations and materials to help the administration move forward with the most effective gifted model for our school.
Engaging Academics with Doug Lemov (Jan. 11-12) Ms. Briscoe and six classroom teachers (Bonilla, Baldwin, Evans, Binner, Phalen and Barnes-Ferraro) will attend this training focused on "teaching like a champion." In the words of Ms. Binner and Phalen who wrote the grant: "The purpose of this training is to learn and practice specific teaching strategies that work regardless of subject, age, or socioeconomic status. We will learn how to teach, not what to teach. Much of our professional development is spent participating in large district wide learning days where we are given the next unit of study for the entire district - a district with 76% of the students qualifying for free and reduced lunch. What about those schools that do not fall in that category? We need strategies that can give our classrooms that extra rigor so that our high achieving students can show growth. “Engaging Academics” seeks to provide concrete strategies to give our classroom extra rigor so high achieving students can show growth. APS tells us what to teach. The Mary Lin Foundation can provide the rigorous professional development we need to grow as teachers for our students."
Greg Tang's Reasoning, Rigor & Results Workshop (Jan. 22nd) - Six Mary Lin teachers (TBD) will attend this one day Atlanta-based workshop focused on developing reasoning skills and computational fluency. Many Mary Lin teachers have attended Greg Tang workshops and found them so interesting and inspiring that it is a goal of the MLEF to send every classroom teacher to a Greg Tang workshop at some point. This one in particular focuses on helping students solve tricky word problems, a foundation of the new Common Core State Standards.
Evidence Based School Counseling Conference (March 18-20) - Our award-winning school counselor Ms. Huguelet will attend this conference where she will also be a presenter – "I will be sharing the data collected through my small group interventions aimed to teach school success skills in kindergarten through games and play therapy." The Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference (EBSCC) is a national conference held each year to provide school counselors with critical information and successful practice, evaluation, and relevant research to create dynamic and powerful school counseling programs. The conference uses a unique format to incorporate both peer-reviewed research presentations and small group consultation with leaders in the field.
Lucy Culkins Teacher's College Reading and Writing Project Writing Institute (June 17-22).
Ms. Arillo and Ms. Howard will attend this five-day summer institute designed for educators, classroom teachers, school administrators, and curriculum specialists who are committed to turning classrooms into richly literate reading and writing workshops. They will participate in small and large group sections that will tackle the following topics and much more: the central role of curriculum development and planning in the teaching of writing, units of study in writing workshop, helping students write well about reading, genre studies in reading and writing memoir, poetry and short fiction, the importance of assessment-based instruction, methods of holding our students accountable for doing their best work, using literature to help students craft their writing, and classroom structures that support inquiry and collaboration.
66th NSTA National Conference on Science Education
Leda Everett, Lyanne Brennan and Stephanie Shumacher attended this local conference to gain knowledge about incorporating more STEM activities into the Mary Lin science curriculum.
National Principal’s Conference
Ms. Briscoe, along with the Principal’s from other APS schools, will attend this important national conference on Principal best practices across the nation.
Coach Hicks will attend this national conference for Technology Educators this summer to connect to the best minds in edTech and specifically with the intention of gaining information on how to improve the instruction in areas deemed important by the Lin community and the Career and College Readiness theme of the Grady Cluster.