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Saturday, February 22

7:45am PST

Help Your Students Go Deep, Go Wide, for Rich Understanding of Math Concepts Essential for Higher Math

M3 and M2 allow K-6 math learners to create a Yeti, challenge the Guinness Book of World Records, create their own number system, and more. Students engage in such motivating activities acting as professional mathematicians around a Common Core concept of math, e.g. Algebra or Geometry. Each lesson extends the understanding, while students grow in the use of mathematical vocabulary and oral and written communication. Take the plunge: come try a few activities


Jan Hayes

Educational Consultant, Kendall Hunt Publishing Company
Jan Hayes is a GT consultant, who presents researched, exemplary gifted math and LA curricula for Kendall Hunt throughout the US. She served as International Fellow for the Department of Defense initiative to align all DoD Schools to current math standards and approaches to teaching... Read More →

Saturday February 22, 2020 7:45am - 8:45am PST

10:30am PST

Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning Cultivates a Culture of Critical Thinking

The consistent and persistent use of questions cultivates a stance of genuine inquiry rather than a portrayal of information. In this session, Kelly Emanuel will model and teachers will experience, the nimble use of asking questions as an instructional tool. Participants will convene around a common text and engage in a sequence of activities that scaffold the depth of student-centered knowledge acquisition. All participants will leave the session with lesson plans for use in their own classroom.


Kelly Emanuel

National Training Instructor, The Great Books Foundation
Kelly Emanuel is a Professional Development Instructor for the Great Books Foundation and has delivered seminars nationwide for teachers in Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning. He is passionate about coaching educators as they refine their questioning strategies in order to get their... Read More →

Saturday February 22, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am PST

10:30am PST

STEM: Challenge Children to Reach Their Full Potential and Enjoy Every Minute of It

STEM is about setting up challenging activities that stimulate out-of-the-box thinking, collaboration, discussion, creativity, imagination, problem-solving, and of course science, technology, engineering, and math. Come have a great time with this hands-on highly interactive workshop where you will be immersed in teacher-directed and child-initiated STEM challenges and activities.

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Dr. Tamar Andrews

Program Director and Professor, UCLA Early Care and Education
Dr. Tamar Andrews has been providing ECE STEM training from China to Azerbaijan and all parts in between. She divides her time between ECE program director and professor of ECE and has found that to truly teach children and alter brain structures, children must be challenged. STEM... Read More →

Avital Etehad

Associate Director, Temple Isaiah Preschool
Avital has been presenting workshops in STEM and more for over 10 years. She is a curriculum specialist and is currently the Associate Director of an NAEYC STEM-based early childhood program that enrolls over 325 children.

Saturday February 22, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am PST
San Jacinto
Sunday, February 23

8:00am PST

Utilizing Games as a Means to Provide Challenge

My main goals for my students are to reinforce the concepts of embracing a challenge, not to be afraid to make mistakes, to apply effort, and be willing to try new strategies until success is met. With this in mind, I created a game theme whereby students alter existing games to reflect topics being studied in class.
An example of one way an existing game was adapted to fit the Colonial unit for 5th graders: The Clue board was transformed into a Colonial times village, each shop (instead of mansion rooms) researched in order for students to reproduce detailed shops of the period, each game piece researched to match with the clothes of the period, each weapon card researched to reflect tools used then and a set of question cards created to cover all the unanswered questions students had about this period. Another adaptation involved the game Splendor. Students created math problems, and every time a player wanted to purchase a gem he first needed to pick a math problem card and correctly answer it. I can give many, many examples of how students adapted existing games to reflect their vocabulary, social studies and math curriculums from grades 3-5. Turned out to be a very successful theme!


Dr. Elizabeth Glass

Educational Psychologist, Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy
Elizabeth Kotler Glass, Ed. D. Is an educational psychologist loving her role as a gifted coordinator at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy. Each year she has the privilege and freedom to create new opportunities for her students in order to impress upon them the importance of pursuing... Read More →

Sunday February 23, 2020 8:00am - 8:45am PST

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