ANNOUNCING MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY NETWORK FOR EDUCATIONAL RENEWAL (MSUNER)
2017 ANNUAL SUMMER CONFERENCE - JUNE 26, 2017

This year's conference theme is:
EQUITY AND EXCELLENCE - FOR OUR STUDENTS AND FOR OUR SCHOOLS

We welcome all educators from MSUNER partner districts, MSU faculty and staff, and MSUNER Associates to register for the 2017 MSUNER Summer Conference! The conference is free to all of these educators!

We are pleased to announce that this year's featured keynote speaker will be Rick Wormeli, an educator, national educational consultant, presenter, and author of many articles and books, including Fair Is Not Always Equal.

TIME: 8:00 AM-3:30 PM
LOCATION: 7th Floor Conference Center, University Hall, MSU

Please read all of the following information carefully and follow directions for registration.

*Conference sign-in and breakfast will be from 8:00-8:30 am.
*Conference activities will begin promptly at 8:30 am.

The full conference program will be available for conference registrants prior to the June 26th Conference.

PLEASE NOTE:
- PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE
- FOR EDUCATORS ONLY
- NO WALK-IN REGISTRATION
- ON-LINE REGISTRATION ONLY
- BREAKFAST AND LUNCHEON WILL BE PROVIDED
- FREE TICKETS FOR AN EXCITING BASKET RAFFLE!

***IMPORTANT NOTES FOR COMPLETING REGISTRATION***
1. ANSWER EITHER QUESTION #8 OR #9, BUT NOT BOTH!!
Otherwise you may not be registered for your first choice!
2. THE FOLLOWING GROUPS HAVE BEEN SENT A SEPARATE REGISTRATION AND SHOULD COMPLETE THAT REGISTRATION FORM ONLY:
-MEMBERS OF TEACHER STUDY GROUP GRANTS
-TEACHER INCENTIVE GRANT RECIPIENTS
-ACTION RESEARCH TEAM MEMBERS
-LEADERSHIP ASSOCIATES
-NMUTR Graduates


(Due to the professional nature of this conference, attendees may not be accompanied by underage children.)

********** PLEASE REGISTER BY: JUNE 1, 2017 ***********
****No registrations will be accepted after that date***


We look forward to your participation in the 2017 MSUNER Summer Conference!

Thank you!

* 1. First Name

* 2. Last Name

* 3. Please provide the following contact information

* 5. District or University Email Address

(Please note: The MSUNER will send emails to your district/university email address ONLY. Please double check your spam folder. If you do not receive a confirmation within the next couple of weeks after you have completed this registration, please contact us as soon as possible at msuner@mail.montclair.edu).

* 6. Please select one of the following:

Position:

* 7. Please read through Questions 8 and 9 and then make your choice. Please DO NOT ANSWER BOTH QUESTION # 8 AND # 9.

PLEASE SELECT A FIRST AND SECOND CHOICE for course offerings:
*PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO ACCOMMODATE YOUR CHOICES BUT, WE CANNOT
GUARANTEE YOUR SELECTIONS*
2 - ONE HOUR SESSION SELECTION

(Please Select 2 Sessions and a Second Choice for Each)

PLEASE READ SESSION DESCRIPTIONS BELOW AND MAKE YOUR CHOICES

Course 1 | Building Student Success Through Culturally Relevant Instruction - The presentation will address how to integrate culturally relevant teaching into the curriculum to advance student performance. If students feel valued and reflected in the curriculum their engagement and performance will increase. Inclusive classrooms recognize student assets and incorporate multiple perspectives into assessments to make learning relevant for diverse groups of students. We will provide strategies, lessons, & projects to connect curriculum, students and student performance.
Presenters: Mary Sok & Jamie Lott-Jones
Grade Level: 6 - 12

Course 2 | Co-construction and Its Impact on Student Engagement and Achievement - In this session, the presenter will share an approach that he utilized to encourage mathematical reasoning with a traditionally underperforming, sometimes disengaged group of high school seniors. Specifically, participants will learn about how the presenter and his students co-constructed a senior elective course together, with the primary goal of developing students’ quantitative literacy skills. Implications for teachers in standards-based and non-standards-based classes will be considered.
Presenter: Mark Russo
Grade Level: 9 - 12

Course 3 | How Do Video Modeling and Social Stories Impact Student Learning? - As a teacher of students with special needs, creativity in the classroom is the key to student understanding. In receiving grants through MSU and Donors Choose, I was able to have the resources necessary to create individualized videos and stories to assist in student mastery of skills. By recording and taking pictures of my students' performing skills, I was able to provide them with individualized feedback and an engaging way to learn. This presentation will provide examples of how this is possible in your classroom.
Presenter: Sarah Davie
Grade Level: All

Course 4 | Google Classroom - Getting Started & Best Practices - Google Classroom has become a popular tool to manage class content, allow students to submit assignments online and gives teachers and students the ability to communicate online. This session will give teachers tips and tricks for making the most of Google Classroom. * If possible, please bring your own laptop.
Presenter: Laura Haberman
Grade Level: All

Course 5 I The Noble Teacher - Sustainability in teaching and student success depends on the well-being of our human resources; noble teachers. Shift from a state of self-reference to one of self-reverence and transform your life, classroom and community. Experience the benefits of yoga-based movement and meditation for vitality, focus, relaxation and resilience. Align your nervous system with your intention. Includes brain-based research and exercises for teachers and students to connect to an endless source of inspiration. Self-care recovers excellence.
Presenter: Felicia Holtz
Grade Level: All

Course 6 I Supporting Social and Emotional Development Through the Arts - In this session, we will discuss arts activities that can be initiated by teachers (multiple ages and disciplines) to promote social and emotional development. Collaborative and creative projects will be described in detail to provide specific examples that may be adapted and modified in a variety of ways.
Presenter: Elizabeth McPherson
Grade Level: All

Course 7 I "Whose Class is this Anyway?"-Using Improv and Improv Comedy in the Classroom -
Students learn best when they enjoy learning. The objective of this workshop is for teachers in all subject areas to develop ways to use comedic and dramatic improvisation in their lessons. The idea is to reveal through the improv what they know about the characters (real or abstract) to the class... and also to start a class discussion on the subject. This course will have you discover the fundamentals of improvisational comedy, improve your storytelling skills, learn techniques to think quickly on your feet and to be more creative. Teachers will also develop ideas for improvisations to be used in their own classes, and try them out with their colleagues during the workshop. This workshop is appropriate for all levels and subjects, K-12. Based upon the presentation, participants can adapt and adjust their own lessons.
Presenter: Barry Bachenheimer
Grade Level: All
1 - TWO Hour Session Course Choices - EACH OF THE FOLLOWING ARE FULL AFTERNOON COURSES

(Please Select 1 Session and a Second Choice)

Course 8 | Creating Nurturing School Environments Using a Multi-tiered Systems Framework - Nurturing environments play a critical role in promoting positive academic, cognitive, social-emotional and physical development (Biglan et al., 2012). This includes four key principles of nurturing environments: (1) minimize biological and psychological toxic events, (2) teach, promote and richly reinforce prosocial behaviors, (3) monitor and limit opportunites for problem behaviors, and (4) foster psychological flexibility. This presentation will highlight how these four principles can be applied in school settings using a evidence-based multi-tiered systems framework.
Presenter: Imad Zaheer
Grade Level: All

Course 9 | Culturally Responsive Teaching- In this workshop, we will examine and discuss the schooling experiences of students from diverse socio-economic, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds and the qualities of teachers, teaching, and schooling that foster their learning. We will also discuss activities that incorporate the funds of knowledge – the linguistic and cultural experiences of students – in the classroom, and analyze strategies to help teachers develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to successfully teach children of all backgrounds and experiences.
*This fulfills the Clinical Faculty requirement for Culturally Responsive Teaching.
Presenter: Fernando Naiditch
Grade Level: All

Course 10 | Empowering New Teachers: Proven Practices that Lead to Student Engagement and Academic Success - This workshop aims to empower teachers that have taught for six years or less by providing useful tips and resources that have been proven to improve student engagement and academic success. Topics of discussion will include but not be limited to the following: 1) neuroscience of how the human brain learns; 2) strategies that help ELL students succeed; 3) resources on how to help students think more profoundly; 4) and strategies on how to make the classroom a more "mindful" place. Teachers will walk away from this workshop with a set of skills that can be immediately utilized in their classroom.
Presenter: Alexandra Brown
Grade Level: 6 - 12

Course 11 | “All Standards, All Students” with Engineering Design Challenges - Engineering Design Challenges engage all students through their multiple perspectives when applying problem solving and critical thinking skills. Learn to apply the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices with grade level specific challenges during the workshop. Learn how Engineering Design seamlessly integrates with ELA and Math practices in an equity-focused classroom. Return to schools with ready to use resources for integrating Engineering Design in your classroom for all students.
Presenters: Karen Woodruff & Catherine Gaynor
Grade Level: P - 8


Course 12 I The Role of Positivity, Social Connections and Counseling Skills in Reducing Behavior Problems - Examine therapeutic perspectives about behavior led by Mr. Paternoster, who has 40 years of experience with behavior problems and special education as a counselor, teacher, administrator and disciplinarian in both private and public schools. Discussion will include references from ‘Flourish’ (Positive Psychology) by Martin Seligman, ‘Social’ by Matt Lieberman, ‘Mindset’ by Carol Dweck, ‘Group Therapy’ by Dr. Ormont, ‘Lucifer Effect’ by Zimbardo, ‘Project Aristotle’ by Google, ‘People Analytics’ by Waber. The workshop will be interactive, passionate, educational and dedicated to helping you, your school and fellow human beings.
Presenter: Michael Paternoster
Grade Level: All

Course 13 I Strategies for Coaching and Mentoring - This mini-course is designed for new clinical faculty members, but is open to all who are interested. It will provide an over-view of the MSU teacher education program including: The Portrait of a Teacher, feedback, conferencing, mentor roles and responsibilities, and an examination of various dimensions of the cooperating teacher-junior faculty member relationship. Strategies for Mentoring and Coaching will be explored as well as clinical supervision with an emphasis on the co-teaching collaborative model.
*This mini course fulfills the clinical faculty requirement for Strategies for Mentoring and Coaching.
Presenters: Lucy Villaluz & Jean Ann Slusarczyk
Grade Level: All

Course 14 I Let's Talk Candidly about Racism in our School - Today’s classroom is a crossroads of many different cultures, even in what seem like homogeneous communities. Diversity comes in different forms, including social, economic, religious, and political, but in recent years, race has played a bigger role in community conflicts around the nation. Teachers have been hesitant to investigate and confront racist policies and behaviors in schools, however, and some principals have forbidden teachers from talking about racial issues or events in the community for fear of potential disruption or violence in schools. For many, this lack of response is not from lack of interest. Instead, it’s about not wanting to offend others or a lack of tools for constructive conversation and response. To open doors to healthy conversations on race, join us for a frank and insightful discussion of racism in schools, including how intended and unintended racism manifests and how teachers and schools can constructively respond to the problem. Stimulus materials and strategies for facilitating similar discussions in your building are provided.
Presenter: Rick Wormeli
Grade Level: All

Course 15 | Stories of Collateral Learning in the Art Classroom - Art learning has the potential to be democratic. When teachers bring community context into the art classroom, they treat students, families, and others like partners within democratic practice. How do the realities of our teaching practices reflect our commitment to social justice? Whose aesthetic counts in the education of students? What stories have we created that tell how we have gone beyond our pre-set learning goals and embraced the subjectivity of students to collaboratively create?
Presenter: Dorothy Heard
Grade Level: All
VERY IMPORTANT:
***Please print this form for your records before clicking "Submit."***
***You must hit the "Submit" button for your registration to be completed.***
Please feel free to contact us with any questions at: msuner@mail.montclair.edu

Please note: This program does not provide you with an automatic confirmation. You will receive email confirmation of your registration for the 2017 MSUNER Summer Conference prior to the conference.
Report a problem

T