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Saturday, November 18
 

9:30am

Asset-Based Teaching: Using WIDA to Discover What Your Learners Can Do
Limited Capacity seats available

An asset-based approach builds on what learners can do, and helps multilingual students to take ownership for their learning. Effective practices in multilingual classrooms should scaffold learning based on their language skills and background knowledge. Using the WIDA English language development framework, participants will explore how to design instruction so each student can participate meaningfully in all content areas.

Jon Nordmeyer is the International Programs Director at WIDA, a research center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jon believes that an asset-based approach to professional collaboration can both ignite student learning and fuel teacher growth. He has been an international educator and consultant for 25 years, teaching at international schools in Quito, The Hague, Taipei, Istanbul, Shanghai and Bangkok. He has taught graduate seminars at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Tibet University, and has been a regular presenter at regional international conferences including ACAMIS, AISA, AASSA, EARCOS, ECIS, ELLSA, NESA and MAIS.

Jon has written articles for International Schools Journal and Journal of Staff Development, contributed chapters to Co-teaching and Other Collaborative Practices in the EFL/ESL Classroom and Breaking the Mold: Classroom Management, and, co-edited the book Integrating Language and Content (TESOL 2010).  He serves on the editorial review board of Globally Informed, a peer-reviewed journal for international educators.
Jon holds a BA in Classical Archaeology from Dartmouth College and MA in TESOL from School for International Training. He is pursuing his PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Speakers
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Jon Nordmeyer

International Programs Director, WIDA
Jon Nordmeyer is WIDA's International Programs Director. Jon guides the research, development and implementation of WIDA resources to support English language learners in international schools. He comes to WIDA with more than 25 years of experience teaching at international schools... Read More →



Saturday November 18, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Main Theater

11:00am

Teaching Controversial Issues With Rigor and Balance
Limited Capacity filling up

Controversial topics and issues surround us--from the daily news to the literature we assign our students.  These issues are “alive” for our students who should learn how to talk about them in a safe classroom environment.  This session will help teachers be more confident and competent in teaching controversial issues.  Effective and engaging strategies for promoting high-quality discussion of contentious issues are modeled, as are techniques for working with parents who might take issue with the issues in our classrooms.

John Zola spent 32 years as a high school social studies teacher; most recently at New Vista High School, a “break the mold” public high school in Boulder, Colorado.  He also was Director of School and University Partnerships at the University of Colorado School of Education.  Throughout his career, John developed interactive teaching materials and trained colleagues in active learning strategies and Socratic seminars.  He has presented keynote addresses on topics such as critical thinking and numerous workshops that help teachers make the work and voice of students central in the classroom.  John’s sessions are interactive and participatory with a strong focus on practical classroom applications.

Speakers
JZ

John Zola

Boulder Valley School District
  John ZolaJohn Zola spent 32 years as a high school social studies teacher; most recently at New Vista High School, a “break the mold” public high school in Boulder, Colorado.  He also was Director of School and University Partnerships at the University of Colorado School o... Read More →



Saturday November 18, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Black Box Theater

12:30pm

Asset-Based Teaching: Using WIDA to Discover What Your Learners Can Do
Limited Capacity seats available

An asset-based approach builds on what learners can do, and helps multilingual students to take ownership for their learning. Effective practices in multilingual classrooms should scaffold learning based on their language skills and background knowledge. Using the WIDA English language development framework, participants will explore how to design instruction so each student can participate meaningfully in all content areas.

Jon Nordmeyer is the International Programs Director at WIDA, a research center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jon believes that an asset-based approach to professional collaboration can both ignite student learning and fuel teacher growth. He has been an international educator and consultant for 25 years, teaching at international schools in Quito, The Hague, Taipei, Istanbul, Shanghai and Bangkok. He has taught graduate seminars at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Tibet University, and has been a regular presenter at regional international conferences including ACAMIS, AISA, AASSA, EARCOS, ECIS, ELLSA, NESA and MAIS.

Jon has written articles for International Schools Journal and Journal of Staff Development, contributed chapters to Co-teaching and Other Collaborative Practices in the EFL/ESL Classroom and Breaking the Mold: Classroom Management, and, co-edited the book Integrating Language and Content (TESOL 2010).  He serves on the editorial review board of Globally Informed, a peer-reviewed journal for international educators.
Jon holds a BA in Classical Archaeology from Dartmouth College and MA in TESOL from School for International Training. He is pursuing his PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
    

Speakers
avatar for Jon Nordmeyer

Jon Nordmeyer

International Programs Director, WIDA
Jon Nordmeyer is WIDA's International Programs Director. Jon guides the research, development and implementation of WIDA resources to support English language learners in international schools. He comes to WIDA with more than 25 years of experience teaching at international schools... Read More →



Saturday November 18, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Main Theater

12:30pm

Play and playfulness, creating spaces for choice, wonder and delight
Limited Capacity seats available

This one hour workshop provides hands-on strategies for infusing learning and teaching in early and primary classrooms with choice, wonder, and delight. Three guiding questions will be explored:
When and how do we provide opportunities for students to demonstrate choice, set goals, develop and share ideas, make and change rules, and negotiate challenges?
How do we evoke a sense of wonder experienced through playful encounters with materials, ideas, music, languages, stories, movement or other modalities? 
How do we ensure students experience feelings of delight including joy, inspiration, pride, and belonging?

Early childhood education has been Anne van Dam's passion for more than 20 years. She has worked alongside children and educators in schools in Rotterdam, Shanghai, Singapore and Switzerland. She has been an IB trainer since 2005, sharing her passion for young children with educators in IB schools in South East Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa. She joined EtonHouse International Pre-School in August 2007, drawn to the school for its vision to establish early childhood education centered on young children’s competencies in making meaning and building relationships. At EtonHouse, she combined teaching with the responsibilities of the PYP coordinator. In June 2008, she became the Director of this school. In August 2011, she moved back to Europe and took on the responsibility of Assistant Principal at the International School of Zug and Luzern. At ISZL, she has developed, in partnership with teachers and other school leaders, a vision for the early years programme at the school. This direction places a strong emphasis on relationships, play, learning spaces (both inside and outside) and on making learning and teaching visible to others. A move back to the Netherlands in 2015 has given her the opportunity to work with the PYP development team at the IB regional office in The Hague. She also collaborates with schools as an independent educational consultant.

Speakers
avatar for Anne van Dam

Anne van Dam

Consultant, The Learning Square
Early childhood education has been my passion for more than 20 years. I have worked alongside children and educators in schools in Rotterdam, Shanghai, Singapore, and Switzerland. I have been an IB trainer since 2005, sharing my passion for young children with educators in IB schools... Read More →


Saturday November 18, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Black Box Theater

2:00pm

Scored Discussions: Grading Student Talk
Limited Capacity filling up

Scored Discussions provide a model for evaluating student participation in structured classroom discussions.  They are also a form of alternative assessment and can be used to facilitate a wide range of learning outcomes while, at the same time, reducing the number of papers a teacher needs to grade.  Scored Discussions can be used in any content area and are applicable for grades K-12.

John Zola spent 32 years as a high school social studies teacher; most recently at New Vista High School, a “break the mold” public high school in Boulder, Colorado.  He also was Director of School and University Partnerships at the University of Colorado School of Education.  Throughout his career, John developed interactive teaching materials and trained colleagues in active learning strategies and Socratic seminars.  He has presented keynote addresses on topics such as critical thinking and numerous workshops that help teachers make the work and voice of students central in the classroom.  John’s sessions are interactive and participatory with a strong focus on practical classroom applications. 

Speakers
JZ

John Zola

Boulder Valley School District
  John ZolaJohn Zola spent 32 years as a high school social studies teacher; most recently at New Vista High School, a “break the mold” public high school in Boulder, Colorado.  He also was Director of School and University Partnerships at the University of Colorado School o... Read More →



Saturday November 18, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Black Box Theater

3:30pm

Play and playfulness, creating spaces for choice, wonder and delight
Limited Capacity seats available

This one hour workshop provides hands-on strategies for infusing learning and teaching in early and primary classrooms with choice, wonder, and delight. Three guiding questions will be explored:
When and how do we provide opportunities for students to demonstrate choice, set goals, develop and share ideas, make and change rules, and negotiate challenges?
How do we evoke a sense of wonder experienced through playful encounters with materials, ideas, music, languages, stories, movement or other modalities? 
How do we ensure students experience feelings of delight including joy, inspiration, pride, and belonging?

Early childhood education has been Anne van Dam's passion for more than 20 years. She has worked alongside children and educators in schools in Rotterdam, Shanghai, Singapore and Switzerland. She has been an IB trainer since 2005, sharing her passion for young children with educators in IB schools in South East Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa. She joined EtonHouse International Pre-School in August 2007, drawn to the school for its vision to establish early childhood education centered on young children’s competencies in making meaning and building relationships. At EtonHouse, she combined teaching with the responsibilities of the PYP coordinator. In June 2008, she became the Director of this school. In August 2011, she moved back to Europe and took on the responsibility of Assistant Principal at the International School of Zug and Luzern. At ISZL, she has developed, in partnership with teachers and other school leaders, a vision for the early years programme at the school. This direction places a strong emphasis on relationships, play, learning spaces (both inside and outside) and on making learning and teaching visible to others. A move back to the Netherlands in 2015 has given her the opportunity to work with the PYP development team at the IB regional office in The Hague. She also collaborates with schools as an independent educational consultant.

Speakers
avatar for Anne van Dam

Anne van Dam

Consultant, The Learning Square
Early childhood education has been my passion for more than 20 years. I have worked alongside children and educators in schools in Rotterdam, Shanghai, Singapore, and Switzerland. I have been an IB trainer since 2005, sharing my passion for young children with educators in IB schools... Read More →


Saturday November 18, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Black Box Theater