Day 1 ~ Sept 15

DAY 1: Saturday September 15, 2018

8:00am - 9:00am Breakfast

9:15am Welcome

9:30am Session 1

Qualities of Effective Teachers: Why Do We Need the Best Teachers? (Keynote)

HS PAC

Do teachers make a difference in how much and how well students learn? For anyone who has ever had an outstanding teaching, you know, emphatically, that the answer is yes. What we’ve known intuitively all along, we now know empirically: there is a direct, measurable link between teacher effectiveness and student success. In recent years, an empirical base has been developed which clearly indicates that the quality of teaching is a major determinant of gains in student learning. Teacher quality matters if we hope to improve our schools and increase student learning. And the question we should ask is: What do effective teachers do and how do we identify those qualities most desired in the best teachers? This keynote presentation will feature the latest research-to-practice findings detailed in the 2018 ASCD book, Qualities of Effective Teachers 3rd Ed.

10:15am Break

10:30am Session 2

Qualities of Effective Teachers: What Do the Best Teachers Do? (Workshop)

HS Mini PAC

Do teachers make a difference in how much and how well students learn? For anyone who has ever had an outstanding teaching, you know, emphatically, that the answer is yes. What we’ve known intuitively all along, we now know empirically: there is a direct, measurable link between teacher effectiveness and student success. In recent years, an empirical base has been developed which clearly indicates that the quality of teaching is a major determinant of gains in student learning. Teacher quality matters if we hope to improve our schools and increase student learning. And the question we should ask is: What do effective teachers do and how do we identify those qualities most desired in the best teachers? This keynote presentation will feature the latest research-to-practice findings detailed in the 2018 ASCD book, Qualities of Effective Teachers 3rd Ed.

11:30 - Lunch

1:00pm Session 3

Quality Questioning: How to use Questioning for Learning to Improve Student Understanding

HS Mini PAC

Quality questioning is one of the most effective instructional practices teachers have in their tool kits. When used intentionally, questions posed can elicit information about not only student understanding, but where misunderstanding occurs and how to clarify the errors in thinking. Teachers routinely use a pattern of questioning called IRE. The teacher initiates a question, the student responds, and the teacher evaluates the response for correctness. Another, more effective questioning technique is called Questioning for Learning. This technique not only looks at response accuracy, as in the IRE technique, but it also assesses underlying reasoning. This is what makes Questioning for Learning so powerful.


2:15pm Break

2:45pm Session 4

West Meets East: Lessons Learned from Great Teachers in the United States and China

HS Mini PAC

Teaching practice occurs in specific cultural settings and evolves in ways that can reflect the underlying cultural values advocated and nurtured by the wider society. In this presentation, West Meets East, the focus is on what we can learn from outstanding teachers in the East (China) and the West (United States). The United States and China—two nations that are drastically different in demographics, history, political systems, and socioeconomic status—also differ dramatically in selected ways in teaching systems and instructional practices. Yet, in our research team’s many school visits, teacher interviews, and observations we uncovered striking and exciting similarities and differences among teachers. This presentation will focus on sharing lessons learned regarding: teacher personal relationships with students; planning as a part of the instructional process; best practices in instructional delivery; and; classroom management and student engagement.

4:00pm Close