Friday, 31. January 2020, FEA Conference Center, Designing Units That Foster Student Engagement

from 31. January 2020 - 9:00 till 15:00

FEA Conference Center

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Workshop Description
In this workshop, participants will learn how to design units that engage students in big questions around social justice, human behavior and psychology, and world affairs. Participants will spend the first portion of the workshop completely immersed as students in a station-driven unit sampler about the My Lai Massacre from the Vietnam War. The stations expose participants to best practices around analyzing texts, collaborating with peers, fostering student autonomy, differentiating instruction, and using critical thinking skills as a means of engagement.

Workshop Reviews
“Powerful. Most affecting classroom experience I’ve had. A model of excellent lesson planning and an activity that will mentally engage all students. Thank you—this was exemplary.”
"Thanks so much for such a powerful experience. Your lesson affected me very much and set a great tone for the rest of the conference experience. This is the type of lesson experience I want to be able to create for my students. But on a completely human and personal level, thank you so much for sharing who you are, through this workshop. If anything, you emphasized the point that we need to be sharing our humanity, meaning our passions and identity, with our students and that’s what will really engage them. It surely engaged all of us in that room and more importantly, challenged our thinking and transformed our perspective and ideas. This is education!"  
"This was fantastic! Such a super example of how we can impact and engage all learners with purposeful planning and essential questions.”
 “Amazing! This was a very powerful lesson and structure. I can’t wait to try it! It was innovative and it encourages critical thinking and thoughtful discussions.”
 “Honestly, I enjoyed this workshop more than other PD I have had lately. I liked how you created the stations, you brought emotion into the lesson, and it was REAL. This is history! Thank you for opening my eyes to this particular subject!”
 “The set up, the objectives, and the synthesis of materials were all very clear, beautifully planned, and well communicated throughout the workshop.”
 “This was really a wonderful kickoff to the conference. You have set the bar incredibly high for everyone else!”
 “Extremely powerful.”
 “Very powerful. Loved the investigative nature of the stations, the primary sources were perfect for driving the high level thinking, the essential questions created deep intrinsic motivation and pushed us to think about the implications of the event.”

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 “I enjoyed the collaboration, the structure of the stations, the primary texts, and your heartfelt leadership. You led this topic with grace and dignity. Thank you!”
“I felt that this workshop was extremely in depth and insightful. I loved that it was about an interesting historical topic and we went through the stations as student learners.”
“Workshop was well-organized and executed. Everyone was kept on task though effective use of the slides, clear directions, and a timer .”
“I thought that we were provided with some guidance and ideas for attacking student learning progression. The stations were helpful to get a grasp of the kind of tasks students might do in each station. I thought the topic was thought provoking, despite being fairly sad.”
“Loved the take away template for stations. Simple and effective. Liked the modeling of how to give positive feedback to students and be aware of having them explain their reading strategies.”
“The lesson on Vietnam was fascinating, and I plan on incorporating some of the methods into my class.”
“I was very appreciative for the multiplicity of sources (i.e. Video, Images, Primary Source Documents, Testimonies) that was utilized in the planning and preparation for this workshop. This approach allowed us to draw and make connections on a wide range of modalities. Your personalization of staff feedback was creative, innovative, thought provoking, and challenges us to continue to seek out opportunities to personalize learning with our students.”
“I valued that each station essentially created a historical pre-requisite of sources and text that assisted us in the transition from one station to the next offering multiple perspectives (i.e. a layer of complexity), changes across the curriculum (i.e. a layer of complexity) big ideas (i.e. a layer of depth) and unanswered questions (i.e. a layer of depth).”
“I found the anticipatory set that you utilized as a "hook" or opening to your lesson set the stage for historical curiosity and ultimately created a historical mystery one in which we would attempt to solve one document, one line, and one image at a time. This brought the word "science" back in the words "social science" that are often overlooked in the teaching and learning of American History.”
“Thank you for all of your careful planning, constructive use of time, and opportunities for the staff attendees to think, pair, and share.”
“I liked how group members were each given separate pieces of text to read and analyze, then depended on their groupmates to fill in additional pertinent information; everyone had a responsibility towards their groupmates' learning.”
“I liked, and plan on using the way the stations were run. The use of primary sources, but not having every student in the group reading the same thing. I like how each student was responsible for a part.”

About the Facilitator
Emily Creveling has been working in education for almost twenty years and it is a field to which she is dedicated. She has over ten years of teaching experience in English and Special Education, over eight years of school leadership experience, and a strong work ethic and determined character which have been forged by her personal experiences. 
She has presented at numerous local and national conferences, inlcuding the 2017 annual national NCTE conference in St. Louis and the 2019 NJEA Conference in Atlantic City. 

Feel free to visit Emily's LinkedIn profile to learn more about her work.

Do you accept purchase orders?
Yes.  Purchase orders must be received within 5 days of registering.

What's the refund policy?
No refunds available.
Is it okay if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?
Yes.  If you cannot attend, you may send a colleague in your place.

Is the workshop catered?
Yes.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Do I need to bring a laptop?
No technology is needed.

Can I attend alone or should I bring a team?
All participants are welcome! You can attend solo, with a partner, or as a team.  It is important to note that participants who have attended as partners or teams appreciated having a shared experience to support and ground their instructional and curriculum planning after returning to their schools.   

Who should attend this workshop?
This workshop is best suited for Instructional Administrators, English Teachers 5-12, Social Studies Teachers 5-12, Special Education Teachers 5-12.

**For further questions, please contact the workshop facilitator directly using the form below.


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