PLSD Innovation Conference 2019

January 18th, 2019

8:00 AM - 3:30 PM at Pickerington High School North


Pickerington Local School District's Innovation Conference will be held on January 18th, 2019 at Pickerington High School North. Unbelievable things happen at the PLSD Innovation Conference. Groundbreaking ideas are shared, new learning technologies are unveiled and collaborations form that will impact classrooms everywhere. Claim your seat at the table among PLSD’s most innovative change agents. You’ll have more than 80 unique opportunities to create the learning path that works best for you and covers what’s important to you. Want to learn by doing? Check out a BYOD. Want to ask questions of the presenters? Attend an interactive lecture. Need to get really hands on? Join us in a playground!

Offering 85 different sessions for the 2019 PLSD Innovation Conference

NOTE: Due to the recent weather issues a few of our outside presenters are not able to attend and we had to canceled their sessions. Please make sure you check our website for all updates.


Schedule At a Glance

  • 8:00 am - Conference Introductions - (PHSN Performing Arts Center)
  • 8:15 - 9:30 am - Keynote - Rick Wormeli - Sure Footing in a Shaky Word: Best Practices in Today's Classroom that Stand the Test of Time ( PHSN Performing Arts Center)
  • 9:40 - 10:35 am - Breakout Session #1
  • 10:45 - 11:40 am - Breakout Session #2
  • 11:50 - 12:45 pm - Breakout Session #3 - Lunch for HS/JH - (served in the PHSN Commons) - all staff is required to stay for lunch
  • 12:55 - 1:50 pm - Breakout Session #4 - Lunch for ES/MS - (served in the PHSN Commons) - all staff is required to stay for lunch
  • 2:00 - 2:55 pm - Breakout Session #5
  • 3:05 - 3:30 pm - Breakout Session #6 - Debrief & Exit Ticket by Building
  • 3:30 - 4:15 pm - Completion of Grad School Course Work - PHSN Lecture Hall - only for those individuals that are gaining college credit


Each staff member needs to complete the attendance form at some point throughout the day of the conference. We are also using the attendance document to give away amazing gift bags and one educator will go home with a brand new Chromebook.

Attendance form will be available the morning of the PLSD Innovation Conference.

Map of Pickerington High School North

Thank you to ST Math, Freckle, Infinite Campus, Wakelet, Google, Tierney Brothers, EdPuzzle, Dell, Illuminate Education, and Seesaw for fantastic swag. We will be raffling off nine different gift bags, plus three Infinite Campus RTIC mugs, and the grand prize of a Dell Chromebook. Your raffle ticket will be assigned to you by completing the attendance form digitally. All winners will be announced during session #6.

Rick Wormeli - Keynote Speaker

One of the first Nationally Board Certified teachers in America, Rick brings innovation, energy, validity and high standards to both his presentations and his instructional practice, which include 39 years teaching math, science, English, physical education, health, and history, as well as coaching teachers and principals. Rick's work has been reported in numerous media, including ABC's Good Morning America, Hardball with Chris Matthews, National Geographic and Good Housekeeping magazines, What Matters Most: Teaching for the 21st Century, and the Washington Post. He is a columnist for AMLE Magazine and a frequent contributor to ASCD's Education Leadership magazine. He is the author of the award-winning book Meet Me in the Middle as well as the best-selling books Day One and Beyond, Fair Isn't Always Equal: Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom (Second Edition), Differentiation: From Planning to Practice and Metaphors & Analogies: Power Tools for Teaching any Subject, all five from Stenhouse Publishers, as well as Summarization in any Subject: 60 Innovative and Tech-Infused Strategies for Deeper Student Learning (releasing in fall 2018) published by ASCD. His book, The Collected Writings (So Far) of Rick Wormeli: Crazy Good Stuff I Learned about Teaching Along the Way, is collection of his published articles, guest blogs and more through 2013. His classroom practice is a showcase for ASCD's best-selling series, At Work in the Differentiated Classroom.

With his substantive presentations, sense of humor and unconventional approaches, he has been asked to present to teachers and administrators in all 50 states, Canada, China, Europe, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, Australia the Middle East, and at the White House. He is a seasoned veteran of many international webcasts, and he is Disney's American Teacher Awards 1996 Outstanding English Teacher of the Nation. He won the 2008 James P. Garvin award from the New England League of Middle Schools for Teaching Excellence, Service and Leadership, and he has been a consultant for National Public Radio, USA Today, Court TV and the Smithsonian Institution's Natural Partners Program and their search for the giant squid. Rick lives in Herndon, Virginia, with his wife, Kelly, and both are proud of recently launching the last of their children into adulthood. With the kids' college years now behind them, Rick and Kelly are now eagerly spending their childrens' inheritance while Rick works on his first young adult fiction novel and a new book on changing the culture of a school for ethical grading practices.

Jim Sturtevant - Featured Speaker

Held during Session #1 - 9:40 - 10:35 am in the PHSN Performing Arts Center

It’s not easy to captivate contemporary young people. James Sturtevant knows because he attempts it daily. Obviously teachers have a lot of competition, but it’s still essential they engage kids. Think about the last page-turner you read, the last movie you couldn’t stop talking about, or the last game that had you screaming and jumping off the couch as it migrated into overtime. These were powerful experiences and they made a profound impact. How about creating learning experiences your students can’t stop talking about? Yes it’s ambitious, but James is here to help.

In this session:

  • The Engagement Playlist comprised of over 40 tips, tools, and tactics that can be implemented immediately will be unveiled.
  • A link for each of the Playlist ideas containing a narrative which describes and directs, a podcast which demonstrates the idea in action, and links to tech platforms and additional resources will be provided.
  • A handful of particularly powerful lesson templates will be highlighted and promoted. These templates can be used frequently and lend themselves to any grade and any subject.
  • Attendees will be encouraged to explore and collaborate.

The Engagement Playlist via Padlet

Hacking Engagement Podcast via iTunes

Hacking Engagement Podcast #107 with PLSD's own Stephanie Howell

Dr. Raj Shah - Featured Speaker

Held during session #4 - 12:55 - 1:50 PM in the PHSN Performing Arts Center

I have always had an affinity for math. Powered by my love of math, I earned a Ph.D. in Physics in 1999 which led to a career in R&D at Intel. In 2008, I quit my job and founded Math Plus Academy, an after-school STEM enrichment program for kids from ages 5 – 14. My mission is to introduce kids and adults to the wonders of mathematics. I'm also proud to contribute time to Math Teacher Circles, the Julia Robinson Math Festival, and I am a founding member of The Global Math Project.

I believe that everyone can enjoy math, develop strong number sense, and become a perseverant problem solver.

This session will focus on demonstrating how educators can develop content that promotes productive struggle in a natural way. Every child knows how to persevere, but many are inhibited by the fear and anxiety of getting wrong answers. By using the same psychology that video game designers use to make games addictive, teachers can get students to embrace challenge and persevere even when they have not yet mastered the content.

Educators will learn simple strategies and tips to help change student mindsets, spark curiosity, and create a culture where students persevere.

The session features interactive activities where teachers work through their own thinking as well as reflect on how the methods shown can be used for effective teaching.

How to Earn Graduate Credit

During the Innovation Conference we will again be offering the opportunity to earn 1 graduate semester hour credit for sharing the things you learn through social media. To sign up for the course - register at (There is a fee for the college credit that you will need to pay) You will need to tweet or retweet 64 times during the conference. All tweets must use the hashtag #PLSDproud. At the end of the conference there will be a special 45 minute session that you will need to attend (in the PHSN Lecture Hall) to create your Wakelet collection and submit all of your work. Please see the note about the proper paperwork for LPDC approval below.

Video on how to create a Wakelet collection.

If this is your first course that you are taking through the Innovation Conference, then you will select the first course. If you did this last year and if you want to do this again this year then you will sign up for course number 2, and so on.

Then after the conference you will need to submit your college grade slip and the Post-Evaluation form to Vicki Baptist in the HR Department. You can find the form in the PLSD Important documents folder on Google Drive.

CEU Credit Instead of College Credit

After the conference you need to submit a Post-Evaluation LPDC form to Vicki Baptist for 0.7 CEUs. No need to submit a Pre-Approval as a blanket pre-approval has already been submitted. All you need to do to get the 0.7 CEUs is attend the entire conference and make sure you complete the attendance form during the conference.

Register for Sessions

Click on the link below to register for the sessions.

Session registration is now CLOSED!

Deadline for register is Monday, January 14, 2019 at 4:00pm.

Only for Pickerington School's Educators/Support Staff/Admin or those from other schools that have already been approved. We have reached our capacity to support outside educators.

Session Proposals

This year we will have four different types of sessions for the 2019 conference. We will continue to have the standard 55-minute session. We are inviting all of our vendors and partners to present as well. Additionally, we have invited numerous other school districts that we feel are doing innovative ideas in their school district to be a part of the conference and to present their innovative ideas to our staff. DEADLINE APPROACHING - December 27th, 2018 at 8:00AM.

NOTE: We will not be offering an Ignite session this year.

Sessions & Ohio Education Standards Addressed by Each Session Categories

  • Innovative Teaching Strategy(s) - Teachers plan and deliver effective instruction that advances the learning of each individual student.
  • Blended Learning - Teachers create learning environments that promote high levels of learning and achievement for all students.
  • Using Technology - Teachers plan and deliver effective instruction that advances the learning of each individual student.
  • Increasing the Engagement of Students - Teachers plan and deliver effective instruction that advances the learning of each individual student.
  • Improving Student Achievement - Teachers know and understand the content area for which they have instructional responsibility. & Teachers collaborate and communicate with students parents other educators administrators and the community to support student learning.
  • Leadership - Teachers assume responsibility for professional growth performance and involvement as an individual and as a member of a learning community.
  • Gap Closing Strategies - Teachers understand and use varied assessments to inform instruction evaluate and ensure student learning.