Next week Powerful Learning Practice will be kicking off our Make & Think Micro-Conference!
It includes three days of content on topics that matter most to you right now!

On Day 1 we will address questions like these…

  • Are you wondering how to connect with parents and students effectively and efficiently?
  • Are your students checking out during live meetings and not participating?
  • Wondering how you can support your students with the writing process in an online space?
  • Stuck on which tools will work best?
  • Reflecting and thinking ahead to next year?

Our first day will answer all of these questions and more!

Overnight you were thrown into remote teaching and learning. You’re planning, creating, assessing, meeting and being pulled into a million directions on a daily basis and all while being asked to teach in an entirely new way. It’s exhausting!

Day 1 of the Micro Conference will give you the tools, processes and resources you need to be confident and wildly successful with teaching and learning in an online or blended environment. It will re-energize you as you wrap up the year or begin thinking about what next year will look like. Let us help guide you through this time of change.


From Mayhem to Serenity: Communication Overhaul

Presented by: Christen Dodd

 Are you having trouble deciding what to say to your parents that will make them at ease about all the changes going on during COVID-19? Do you struggle with how to make certain your learners are receiving and reading what you send out? Then this is the workshop for you. Face-to-face and online communications are two different beasts.

 What works in one setting may not easily translate to the other (for us and/or our students, parents, colleagues). In a face-to-face setting, it is easier to read an audience and make adjustments on the fly. In a virtual environment, the communication must be timely, succinct, engaging and consistent. In this workshop, we’ll discuss and practice how to improve and enhance online communications with all stakeholders (students, parents, colleagues, etc.)

Distracted and Off Task to Engaged and Interactive: Redesigning Online Meetings

Presented by Jennifer Bloomingdale

 Your students are unsure about live meetings, they’re disengaged, under the table, making faces in the camera.  More so, you’re not feeling as connected as you did in the face-to-face classroom. Your go-to strategies aren’t working as well in this new environment and you’re starting to feel discouraged. This session will model and provide resources for creating interactive lessons that allow you to build community and connection with your students even over video! You’ll leave the workshop with a plan for your next session and a template to use in the future! 

 Online Tools for Engaging the Writing Process  

 Presented by Heather Wolpert-Gawron

 These workshops (Part 1 & 2) will include a fast-paced “slam” of ways to use the Google Suite of products to support the writing process. From brainstorming to collaborative research, from drafting and giving feedback, to publishing, Google’s got it all. These sessions will focus on tips to make the writing process more inclusive for all learners in an online environment. Takeaways include a one-pager of student netiquette for screencasts and a Google Slides template to help students easily begin a rough draft.

Engaging all Learners with Interactive Lessons

 Presented by April Chamberlain

With the sudden shift to online learning, teachers worked quickly to transition lessons from the classroom to online only to discover that traditional lessons may not be effective without the teacher present and conversations with peers to support learning. So what happens when students stop completing the assignments or never even start? Some challenges may be external such as the need for stability with food, family and finances. The next challenge is the lessons engaging the students. In this session, we will explore examples of ways teachers today are reaching all learners through interactive lessons. You will leave with templates that can be used tomorrow.

Lessons Learned from Teaching Online & Prepping for Fall 2020

 Presented by Larry Kahn

Lessons Learned from Teaching Online: We were awesome. In no time at all and with minimal training, if any, we taught kids online this spring. It’s time to reflect on what went well, what didn’t, and how we can improve as online-teachers. In this session, we’ll share tips, tricks and how-to’s so you can learn from our success and our mistakes. 

We know that Fall 2020 is coming, but nobody knows what school will look like when it arrives. Join Larry to look at several possible scenarios teachers may face and together crowdsource possible solutions for each one. You will leave with a plan of action for whatever the future brings. 

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Click the link below to learn more about Day 2 and Day 3 and to register!

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Jennifer Bloomingdale

Jennifer Bloomingdale graduated from the College of St. Rose with a Bachelors in Childhood Education and a Masters in Educational Technology. She is a former classroom teacher who developed a passion for integrating technology and assisting others in doing so. Jennifer has been an eCourse facilitator at Powerful Learning Practice since 2012, where she developed and facilitated courses on using Google Apps for Education and integrating technology. Her work at PLP introduced her to the world of coaching, which has lead to her becoming a certified evocative coach and an instructional coach.
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