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10th Annual Partnership Conference for Educational Renewal has ended
Please read below for important information in planning your conference experience!
SCHEDULES   
  • We are attempting to drastically reduce paper so bring an electronic device to access the Conference website and your schedule. No print copies of the schedule will be available.
 PARKING – see http://www.winthrop.edu/uploadedFiles/virtualtour/maps/ParkingMap.pdf
  • Parking will be in the Founders Lot – Letter D on the map linked above. The opening session will be held at Richardson Ballroom in the DiGiorgio Campus Center, and all conference sessions will be held in the DiGiorgio Campus Center (#16) and Owens Hall (#18)
  • Parking passes are NOT required.
EVALUATIONS & CERTIFICATES
  • Feedback links for individual sessions are provided on the Conference website by clicking “Feedback Survey” in the session details.
  • A link to an overall Conference evaluation will be emailed to participants after the Conference. Once you complete the evaluation, you will receive a code with directions to receive your certificate via email.
Many thanks to the 2019 Conference Planning Committee!  

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Monday, June 10
 

9:45am PDT

Differentiating Instruction and Increasing Student Engagement through Freckle
Limited Capacity filling up

Participants will learn about the benefits of using Freckle in the classroom. Freckle is an adaptive instructional website that provides teachers a suite of tools across Math, ELA, Social Studies and Science. Freckle provides more than 34,000 Math questions aligned to K-9 standards, more than 400 ELA articles available in multiple reading levels, ready-to-go Social Studies lessons, and engaging Science units aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. Easy to use and customizable reports are available to track student growth and identify knowledge gaps. Teachers can log in using their Google account and import their class roster from Google Classroom. Freckly lets teachers create custom assignments for students or let the students explore on their own. The content is adaptive, so students are always getting target differentiated instruction. Science and Social Studies tasks can be assigned by topic or unit of study. Math and ELA tasks can be assigned by content or standards. Teachers can generate a variety of class and individual reports. Another great feature is being able to view the student app without having to log in as a student. This allows teachers to see what their students see. Come join us and bring a device. We look forward to showing you how easy it is to differentiate instruction and increase student engagement through Freckle!

Speakers
avatar for Amber Jackson

Amber Jackson

Fourth Grade Teacher, Gold Hill Elementary
Amber Jackson’s philosophy of education is rooted in the belief that education is a civil right for all students and that all children are capable of learning. Community service is the vehicle she believes best accomplishes this goal of teaching her students HOW to learn. Phenomenal... Read More →
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Andrew Simpson

1st grade teacher, Gold Hill Elementary School
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Darcy Swartout

GT Teacher, Fort Mill School District


Monday June 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
OWENS G04

9:45am PDT

Getting Started With Personalized Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, participants will explore and unpack the South Carolina Framework for Personalized Learning. We will examine ways that educators across the state are using student centered learning to ensure ALL students are able to achieve the Profile of the SC Graduate. We will explore strategies, tools and practices for personalized learning. Participants will leave with a plan for next steps they can take in their own journey to make learning personal.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie DiStasio

Stephanie DiStasio

Director, Office of Personalized Learning, South Carolina Department of Education



Monday June 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
OWENS 202

9:45am PDT

How Students Can Use Data To Monitor Their Own Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Using Data in PLC meetings so that teachers can monitor and adjust their own teaching, is extremely powerful and shows great gains in learning. However, in middle school, students can begin taking ownership of their own data and using it to monitor what they are and are not mastering. Through the use of data notebooks in a Social Studies class, students monitor their learning and data daily to prepare for quizzes and tests. When students are engaged in their own learning, they become more motivated to master the content.


Monday June 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
DIGS 223

9:45am PDT

The Language of a Leader That Others Want To Follow
Limited Capacity seats available

Want to be an even better leader than you are now? Leaders do things differently and that often starts with what they think and the language they use in order to influence others. In this interactive presentation, Coach Boone will teach you how to level up your language as a leader that will improve engagement, create accountability, and strengthen relationships with everyone on your team.

"Jeremy has worked with my entire staff over the past few years helping our teachers, coaches, and administrators become better leaders so we can continue to help provide a well balanced student experience here at Ardrey Kell. I would summarize our relationship by simply saying be prepared to be challenged and grow!"
- David Switzer, Ardrey Kell High School, Charlotte, NC.

Speakers
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Jeremy boone

Jeremy Boone cares about one thing... to help leaders become bolder, braver, and better in order to create memorable experiences for students while preparing them for anything life throws their way after high school.Based out of Charlotte, NC, he is an internationally recognized coach... Read More →



Monday June 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
DIGS 220

11:00am PDT

Flexible Grouping: Intentional, Engaging, and Empowering
Limited Capacity seats available

All the content, all the learners, all the levels but just one teacher? How do we organize students, experiences, time, and space to engage ALL learners in order to feel successful (and not frustrated!) at the end of each day? How do we KNOW our students on a deeper level to motivate intrinsically; building on their passions, interests, and learning styles...not just their scores? Flexible grouping enables teachers to diagnose needs in real time and be responsive in their approach to provide interventions.

Based on needs and interests, participants in this session will delve into flexible grouping through an interactive station experience designed to develop a working knowledge of Flexible Grouping Concepts: Culture of Collaboration & Ownership, Data Collection & Monitoring, Flexible Grouping in Action, and Flexible Design & Management.

Participants will walk away with resources and tools targeted to their next steps in implementation of flexible grouping. Whether you are ready dive into flexible grouping by yourself, or with a professional learning community, there is an entry point for everyone to grow and cultivate strategies that accelerate differentiation to the next level through flexible grouping.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller

5th grade teacher, Old Pointe Elementary
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Heather Rollings

Instructional Technology Specialist, Rock Hill Schools
I graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and Masters in Literacy. After teaching at the elementary level for nine years, I moved into current role as an Instructional Technology Specialist for Rock Hill Schools where I currently serves... Read More →



Monday June 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
OWENS 104

11:00am PDT

Getting Started With Personalized Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, participants will explore and unpack the South Carolina Framework for Personalized Learning. We will examine ways that educators across the state are using student centered learning to ensure ALL students are able to achieve the Profile of the SC Graduate. We will explore strategies, tools and practices for personalized learning. Participants will leave with a plan for next steps they can take in their own journey to make learning personal.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie DiStasio

Stephanie DiStasio

Director, Office of Personalized Learning, South Carolina Department of Education



Monday June 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
OWENS 202

11:00am PDT

I Like My Learning Blended, Not Traditional
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to create differentiated pathways for students in your classroom that leads them to standards mastery. In this session, you'll learn about mastery pathways and how to incorporate them into your classroom through workshop model, station rotations, and playlist/choice boards.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Kerr

Susan Kerr

Teacher, Saluda Trail Middle School
I teach 8th grade Math and ELA at a STEAM school. I recently began my blended learning journey through a Mastery Paths model.



Monday June 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
DIGS 221

1:15pm PDT

Coteaching: PD About Me!
Limited Capacity seats available

A panel of four educators in a Professional Development School will share the ways that coteaching serves a range of inservice teachers' needs. The four have cotaught together in various configurations in several grade levels using a range of models, including team teaching, assisting, using stations, and parallel teaching.

Although the basic tenets of coteaching maintain that coplanning is an essential, nonnegotiable component, these educators have found that experienced teachers with some knowledge of each others' styles can, in fact, shift into a coteaching model that fits the moment. In addition to serving students better by having multiple knowledgeable professionals engaged with them at once, all four educators have benefited from the professional development component of their work together- even with its often impromptu nature.

The panel will present coteaching as having three characteristics that serve to legitimize its role as a form of inservice professional development. Specifically, coteaching is:
a. on site, in your classroom, and entirely embedded in the natural setting of your work;
b. on demand, at least in the respect that as a question or problem arises during the coteaching event another professional is there to respond, clarify, supplement, or even take the lead, as needed; and
c. always relevant, because it involves both the content and students that are the focus at the time of the coteaching event.

Panelists will share the ways in which they've grown through coteaching along with some innovative ways that coteaching might be implemented in any school setting.


Speakers
avatar for Missy Babinchak

Missy Babinchak

Math Interventionist
I have been an elementary teacher for 20 years (2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades) and have taught in Arizona, Colorado, and South Carolina. This past year was my first year out of the regular classroom as a math interventionist.
avatar for Kelly Costner

Kelly Costner

Associate Professor, Winthrop University
Dr. Kelly M. Costner is a Co-Principal Investigator for NExT LEVEL, a US Department of Education grant project focused on helping teachers further their skills in working with English Learners. Formerly, he was the Program Director for Middle Level Education, and served as Winthrop... Read More →
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Emily Moller

5th Grade Teacher, Sugar Creek Elementary
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Angie Reiking

4th Grade Teacher, Sugar Creek Elementary School
My name is Angie Reiking. I have been a teacher in the Fort Mill School District for 13 years. I have taught upper elementary grades 3-5. Three years of my teaching career were spent teaching gifted and talented students in the areas of math and science. I am currently a 4th... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm PDT
DIGS 114

1:15pm PDT

Ditching the Desk! Flexible Seating at the Middle Level
Limited Capacity seats available

Middle level students love desks about as much as they love writing a TDA! In fact, research shows that changing up your space and offering a variety of seating options can have a positive immediate impact on the culture of your classroom and student engagement. Come learn how you can begin the process of incorporating flexible seating into your space to optimize learning, decrease disruptions, and maximize engagement.

This presentation will show you how several teachers in a rural middle school transitioned to flexible seating and the positive classroom data that came out of the move. Attendees will walk away with  ideas for rotational schedules, data collection tools, the research to back it up, and a source list of possible seating options along with pricing and where to purchase these items! Now get up from behind your clunky old table and join the movement to DITCH THE DESK!

Speakers
avatar for Anne R. Witte

Anne R. Witte

7th grade ELA, York Middle School
Dr. Anne R. Witte is in her 13th year as an educator. Having worked in both rural and urban school settings and at the district level, she has found that she still loves trying new things to engage her learners! Her presentation, "Ditching the Desk," was born out of professional... Read More →



Monday June 10, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm PDT
DIGS 220

1:15pm PDT

Professional Learning Lab POWER
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you ready to take your instruction and grade level team to the next level? This session will give you the insight and practical ways to plan and implement Professional Learning Labs (PLLs). PLLs are a form of non-traditional, job-embedded staff development. PLLs are a powerful way to not only engage teachers in reflection and best practice, but also to engage students in learning provided in a format that is both collaborative and co-taught. Participants will be provided steps to implement, tools for self-reflection, and classroom examples. PLLs provide a safe space to collaborate and experiment with teaching and learning that may be overwhelming otherwise. This session will give you guidance on how to move forward in meaningful ways. No matter what role or position you are in you will leave with specific ideas for implementing Professional Learning Labs at your school. Come find out more!  Be sure to bring a device for a few interactive moments during the presentation. 

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Ahl

Jennifer Ahl

Kindergarten Teacher, Rock Hill School District/Old Pointe Elementary School
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Erica Johnson

Kindergarten Teacher, Old Pointe Elementary School
Response to Intervention- How to implement and problem solving tips on how to implement in your school. I am currently in my 5th year of teaching. I graduated from the University of South Carolina with my bachelors' degree in Early Childhood Education. I graduated from Winthrop with... Read More →
avatar for Kristina Thompson

Kristina Thompson

Kindergarten Teacher, Old Pointe Elementary School
I am currently wrapping up my 11th year teaching in South Carolina! I graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education, and I earned my Graduate degree from Columbia College in Divergent Learning. I love using technology in the classroom! If... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Westmoreland

Melanie Westmoreland

Literacy Coach, Old Pointe Elementary



Monday June 10, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm PDT
DIGS 223

1:15pm PDT

Teachers' Experiences That Influence Their Self-efficacy to Foster Student Creativity
Limited Capacity seats available

Creativity has been identified as a world-class skill South Carolina graduates should develop before graduation, with little systematic attention on the preparedness of current practitioners to implement such expectations. This qualitative case study investigated what knowledge and skills teachers perceived to be necessary to implement practices that foster and develop student creativity with a strong sense of self-efficacy. A purposeful sample from four Arkansas A+ (ARA+) network schools shared their perceptions of how creativity-fostering professional development (PD) influenced their sense of self-efficacy to foster creativity and answer the research questions. Findings were driven by analysis of open-ended responses collected in questionnaires, individual interviews, and focus groups. Conclusions developed from teachers' experiences and proposed recommendations at all systematic levels to promote efficacious beliefs towards creativity integration will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Wilson

Kim Wilson

Director, Arts in Basic Curriculum Project



Monday June 10, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm PDT
DIGS 221

1:15pm PDT

Adaptive Arts Strategies: Empowering All Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

The art making process can be an ideal experience for students to develop self-awareness, self-understanding, and creative confidence. Art and classroom teachers have unique opportunities to provide individualized learning experiences. Children with identified learning differences can have an array of diverse needs that can be met: established routines, adaptive supplies, and structured creative opportunities enable students with specific learning needs to develop creative confidence and feel welcomed as a member of the creative space. The art making process supports student learning, and nurtures students' social and emotional development. Providing tools for a variety of learners creates an environment that informally invites all students and establishes the art room as a space where all of us create together, neutralizing the space and making art an activity that is open to all. The right tool in a welcoming environment allows students to find the tool that works best for her/his creative process.
This workshop, led by two seasoned arts educators, Laura Gardner, Winthrop Fine Arts/Art Education, and Winthrop Art Education alumna and registered art therapist, Alana Vest, will provide participants a hands-on learning experience and useful information that will empower them to utilize their creativity and be prepared to adapt and modify the art making process for all learners.

Speakers
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Laura Gardner

Winthrop University
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Alana Vest

I am a certified Arts Educator with 12 years of experience and Registered Art Therapist (ATR). I received my Bachelor's Degree in Art Education from Winthrop University and my Master's Degree in Creative Arts In Therapy from Drexel University.My areas of specialization include: arts... Read More →



Monday June 10, 2019 1:15pm - 3:15pm PDT
OWENS 207

1:15pm PDT

Even THAT student!: Creative Strategies and Lessons to Help Close the Achievement Gap
Limited Capacity seats available

How many students feel as if they are "missing"---merely names on a list? With over fifteen years in education, I've encountered many "missing voices." In this session, participants will witness a "missing voice" monologue from Educator/Dramatist Carlo Dawson and be provided with arts-integrated strategies to close the achievement gap.

Session Abstract:
-Did you know public high schools in South Carolina graduate only 61.7 percent of their students? This is 12 percent less than the national average and 26 percent less than the state's federally-defined graduation performance goal, according to the 2011-12 State Department of Education report.
-Did you know South Carolina ranks 45 out of 50 for the number of Black Males to graduate high school according to the 2009 The Urgency of Now Report?

-The Missing Voice, provides a monologue from Teaching Artist, Author, Storyteller, and Dramatist Carlo L'Chelle Dawson as well as teaching strategies. She will speak from the "voice" of the voiceless---many of our students.

Objective: The session will provide attendees with creative arts-integrated strategies and lessons for all subjects in order to help close the achievement gap.

Objective: The workshop lessons and strategies will equip teacher leaders with tools to foster student critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, communication, and collaboration skills along with academic subject mastery all while increasing student interest.(That's right! Students will be engaged!)

With over fifteen years of classroom experience, Carlo has utilized these same strategies with her students with great success. To learn more about Carlo L. Dawson, visit carlolchelledawson.com.

Speakers
avatar for Carlo L'Chelle Dawson

Carlo L'Chelle Dawson

Rock Hill District #3
Carlo L'Chelle Dawson is driven to motivate, to uplift, and to inspire students to maximize their full potential. Mrs. Dawson is a graduate of College of Charleston with a Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction from Lesley University. She is an author, a master storyteller... Read More →


Monday June 10, 2019 1:15pm - 3:15pm PDT
OWENS G01

2:30pm PDT

Creating Innovative Professional Learning to Empower Teachers in Their Own Growth
Limited Capacity seats available

Say goodbye to the traditional one size fits all, sit and get professional development! During this session we will share various ways we have structured innovative professional learning opportunities for our staff focused on individual interest and professional strengths.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1LSMkk_LVaEWsLQLzquav_vVKyM6KMxb1N8sH-ByUF5U/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson

Principal, Orchard Park Elementary


Monday June 10, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
OWENS 104

2:30pm PDT

Exploring Rigor and High Impact Instructional Practices
Limited Capacity seats available

During this session participants will:
-Confront their present understandings regarding rigor and effective instructional practices,
-Explore current research related to rigor and instructional practices, and
-Explore ways to evaluate student work assignments to determine the levels of rigor.

Speakers
avatar for Lamont Moore

Lamont Moore

Principal, Chester Park School of the Arts
Dr. Lamont Moore is a dedicated educator with 20 years of experience in the field of education.  He has educated, tutored and mentored students from kindergarten to twelfth grade. He began his professional career in 1999 in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district serving as teacher... Read More →



Monday June 10, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
DIGS 220

2:30pm PDT

Interactive Learning Strategies - increasing student engagement and content retention in the middle/high school classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you tired of working harder than your students? Are you tired of lecturing ALL THE TIME and they still don't understand? Do you find yourself teaching to a room of blank stares? Come join us to learn how you can increase student engagement and differentiate activities effectively. In this session, you will work independently as well as collaboratively with others to learn about the world around us in a hands-on lesson. Participants will leave having done a mini-lesson completed through engagement activities and resources to help plan your own active lessons. These tools for active lessons can be used at multiple levels and in any subject area. Come and find out how we incorporate differentiated activities and rigor into the classroom to increase test scores, reduce inappropriate technology use, and increase student involvement. Bring your device and an open mind as we demonstrate how you can implement interactive activities in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Freeman

Amanda Freeman

Science Teacher, Lewisville High School
I am completing my 21st year of teaching, most of which has been in Chester County (12 at Lewisville High School). I have a bachelors of science in Biology from Clemson University and a Masters of Education in Divergent Learning from Columbia College. I am currently 9 hours away from... Read More →
avatar for Reagan Love

Reagan Love

Science Teacher, Lewisville High School
I am passionate about education, and all things science! My favorite subjects are Physiology and Chemistry because I enjoy learning how things work on a molecular level. I earned my undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences (BS) from Clemson University, and am currently finishing... Read More →
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Katharine Stone

English Teacher, Lewisville High School
I graduated from Columbia College in 2006 with a degree in English and also earned a teaching certificate. I completed my Master's degree in Divergent Learning from Columbia College in 2010. I have been at Lewisville since 2006.



Monday June 10, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
OWENS G02

2:30pm PDT

Student Engagement and Hope in SC Arts-Rich Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

In October 2018, as a partnership between SC Arts Commission and Palmetto State Arts Education, the Gallup Student Poll was conducted in 30 arts-rich schools throughout South Carolina (both at Arts in Basic Curriculum and Distinguished Arts Program sites). It was the first time in its history the Gallup Student Poll was used to look specifically at arts-rich schools, providing an exciting oppotunity to examine the influence of arts education.

Participants will learn about the Gallup Student Poll, which measures hope for the future, engagement with school and other factors that have been shown to drive students’ grades, achievement scores, retention and future employment. Then, we will take a deep dive into the results from the 2018 research initiative, Creative, Engaged, and Ready for Tomorrow: Measuring Student Engagement in SC Arts-Rich Schools. Finally, we will discuss how this data might transform local and state conversations about arts education and accountability.

We will conclude the session with a sample arts-integration strategy as an example of supported teaching practices within arts-rich schools.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Wilson

Kim Wilson

Director, Arts in Basic Curriculum Project


Monday June 10, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
DIGS 221