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Saturday, February 22

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

1:00pm PST

Questioning In The Classroom To Support Interdisciplinary Instruction

Can your students construct relevant, coherent questions? I will share ideas for introducing questioning techniques and identify the 3 types of questions. You will be able to incorporate these strategies into your lessons across the disciplines and there will be an emphasis on STEAM. Come experience simulation lessons and receive tools that you can use with your students when you return to school.


Juli Petrilli

Teacher, Juli Petrilli
Juli Petrilli is a National Board Certified Teacher who holds 2 master's degrees in Elementary Education and Educational Administration. She has certification in Gifted Education and a Micro-Credential in STEAM Education. Juli was a CAG Summer Institute presenter for several years... Read More →

Saturday February 22, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm PST

1:00pm PST

What Every Science Teacher Needs to Know about How Science Works

As part of a more complete school science experience, students must understand and appreciate more than the facts of science. Students must learn to know how knowledge is created and evaluated by scientists themselves. This session will provide an "instant update" focusing on common misconceptions about how science functions and provides an overview of the nature of science and rationales for including it as the foundation for science instructional programs. We will explore the definition of science, common myths involving the nature of proof, the role of evidence, models of knowledge generation, the social dimensions of science and the fallacy of the single scientific method all designed to help teachers provide a more robust science learning experience so that students can begin to think like scientists and evaluate the claims of science as future citizens.

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Dr. William McComas

Parks Professor of Science Ed., University of Arkansas
William F. McComas is the inaugural holder of the Parks Family Endowed Professorship in Science Education at the University of Arkansas where he directs the Project to Advance Science Education (PASE).  This follows a career as a biology and physical science teacher in suburban... Read More →

Saturday February 22, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm PST

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