TTU Parent University 2018

Join us on October 20, 2018

The TTU Parent University is an opportunity for parents and guardians in Boxford, Topsfield, and Middleton to come together and learn ways to support their children in their educational journey. Parent University is designed to support parents and families across a variety of relevant topics including understanding the methods and practices of school curricula, exploring best supports for social emotional learning, navigating digital citizenship, and prioritizing parent wellness as a critical component. The conference is designed into a series of engaging presentations and discussions that will provide insight and perspective on topics ranging from academics, character education, and preparing students for the journey ahead, including middle school, high school, and the world beyond. This year’s event will be highlighted by keynote speaker, Dr. Bill Daggett, who will enlighten parents to the fourth industrial revolution and the role of relationships, rigor and relevance in the school setting. We see this as a unique way to partner with parents to enrich themselves and to help their children thrive.

Keynote Session 8:30-10:15am

Dr. Bill Daggett

Bill Daggett's System for Effective Instruction and Rigor/Relevance Framework are the cornerstones of many school improvement efforts throughout the United States. Thousands of school districts have sought Daggett’s guidance for planning and implementing systemic change. He has collaborated with education ministries in several countries, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Governors Association, and numerous national organizations. Dr. Daggett currently serves on the education advisory boards for NASA and USA Today. He is also the Founder and Chairman of the Successful Practices Network.

Daggett’s powerful keynote messages help his audience challenge assumptions about the purposes, benefits, and effectiveness of current practices. Daggett inspires his listeners to embrace the greatest aspects of our education system and to make the necessary modifications required to meet the needs of all 21st century learners. Temple University and the State University of New York at Albany have recognized Daggett as a distinguished alumnus. He has authored numerous books about learning and education, textbooks, research studies, reports, and journal articles.

Keynote: Re-envisioning Learning: Addressing the Critical Needs of Our Students

The true visionaries in education are those that fight their way out of the proverbial box to innovate and create a learning environment where all students can thrive. In this keynote, Dr. Bill Daggett will inspire you to become a visionary leader to advance the future of K–12 education. He will share his latest research on innovative practices from the nation’s most rapidly improving schools that are resulting in dramatic improvements in student performance. Critical areas trending in these schools are addressing the social and emotional needs/mental health as a first priority; focusing on the future needs of students to succeed in the changing workplace and society over standards and state tests; a boardroom to classroom approach to student improvement; and a simple, yet impactful framework that allows educators to innovate.

Breakout Sessions 10:30am-11:15am and 11:30am-12:15pm

Click on the session below for a description.

100: Bill Daggett Breakout Session: Rigor and Relevance For ALL Students Dr. Bill Daggett

101: Social Media/Digital Citizenship Gabriella Mooers, Fuller Meadow and Howe Manning Schools, IT Support Specialist

102: Supporting Children with Challenging Behavior Lauren Riccardi and Alissa Christopher - Middleton and Boxford Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)

103: Google 101 Dierdre Baker, Middleton Schools, Digital Learning Specialist

104: Tips and Strateiges for Supporting Your Anxious Child Julie Benson, Guidance Counselor and Courtney Bush, School Psychologist. Spofford Pond School

105: Occupational Therapy in the School Setting Gary W.Marques, OT, CAGS, Tri-Town School Union

106: Introduction to Bar Modeling as used in our Math in Focus Program Jennifer Sirmaian - Boxford, Math/Science Curriculum Support Specialist

107: Google Exploration Paula Klipfel, Topsfield Schools, Curriculum Integration Specialist and Sandy Ragan, Steward School, Grade 2 Teacher

108: Six Ways to Support Mathematical Development in Children Keira Clemenzi, Middleton Public Schools, Math & Science Instructional Support Specialist

109: Leveraging Technology to Transform the Elementary Classroom Experience Samantha Kosakowski, Spofford Pond School, Digital Learning Specialist

110: Executive Function Mary Hamilton/ Spofford Pond School/ Special Education Teacher

111: Social Emotional Learning in the Curriculum Matt LaCava, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services and Christine Elliott, Director of Curriculum

112: Project Based Learning Patricia Sabatini, Math and Science Curriculum Support Specialist

113: Mindful, Not Mind Full Sarah O'Leary, Principal of the Proctor School and Kathryn Castonguay, Principal of the Spofford Pond School

114: Safe Schools for LGBTQ Students Jeff Perrotti, Director DESE Safe Schools

115: 40 Developmental Assets Meredith Shaw and Andrea Egmont, Tri-Town Council and Egmont Youth Services

116: Internet Safety Steve Guditus, Director of Educational Technology

117: Inclusive Practices Special Education Coordinators

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Video Trailer for TTU Parent University

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Howe Manning School

26 Central Street Middleton, MA


We thank our generous sponsors for the TTU Parent University.

Boxford PTO

Middleton PTO

Topsfield PTO

Topsfield Educational Foundation

Tri-Town Council

Boxford Elementary Schools Trust