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Hosted by Northern Arizona University College of Education, this conference provides a professional development opportunity for our teacher candidates as they interact with recognized outstanding teachers through keynote addresses and breakout sessions. Our teacher candidates will take away best practices used daily in the classrooms they will soon be overseeing as they enter the teaching profession. Please register for sessions below. 
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Friday, March 31
 

7:30am

Registration
The doors will open at 7:30am to give you time to pick up your conference materials.

Friday March 31, 2017 7:30am - 8:15am
Prochnow Auditorium 317 W Dupont Ave Flagstaff AZ 86011

8:15am

Welcome & Keynote
Join us for opening remarks from Dean Mellott and a keynote address from National Board Certified Teacher Daniela Robles.

Speakers
avatar for Ramona Mellott

Ramona Mellott

Dean, College of Education, Northern Arizona University
Dr. Ramona Mellott is Dean of the College of Education at Northern Arizona University since November 2014. She began her academic career as an Assistant Professor in Educational Psychology in 1991 and was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2003. She also served from 2000-2007 as Department Chair and became first full-time Dean of the Graduate College for NAU in 2007 until December 2014. As Graduate Dean, she served in an elected position on the... Read More →
avatar for Daniela Robles, NBCT

Daniela Robles, NBCT

Balsz School District
Daniela Robles is serves as the Teacher Retention and Professional Development Coordinator for the Balsz School District in Phoenix, Arizona. Robles has 19 years of experience spanning the classroom, intervention and instructional coaching. She achieved National Board Certification in Early/Middle Childhood Literacy-Language Arts in 2007. She served for two years as a member of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards D.R.E.A.M... Read More →


Friday March 31, 2017 8:15am - 9:00am
Prochnow Auditorium 317 W Dupont Ave Flagstaff AZ 86011

9:20am

A Teacher’s Toolkit: A Guide to Classroom Management for the First Year and Beyond
Limited Capacity full

Setting up a well-organized classroom will help maximize the time you can spend teaching. The tough part is knowing where to start and what really works. This session will provide you with tangible materials that you can put to use in the very first year. Learn about starting the year off right, creating a system for discipline, planning for the unexpected, and more.

Speakers
avatar for Jena Phillips

Jena Phillips

2017 AEF™ AZTOY Ambassador for Excellence, Chandler Unified School District
Jena Phillips has been a public school teacher for the past 20 years.  Her experience includes working with both elementary and junior high school students with a wide variety of learning styles and talents. Over the years, she has gained a unique perspective of education by teaching students in different grade levels and academic programs. In addition to working with young people, Jena also finds passion in sharing content and delivery... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 9:20am - 10:30am
Eastburn 204

9:20am

Accessible Books and Text - Literacy for All Levels of Learners
Limited Capacity filling up

In this engaging session, learn how to find, modify, and create books and texts, both physical and digital, for students who need differentiation in literacy. This session will provide teachers with a range of resources to support literacy from preschool through high school, for students with moderate/severe disabilities to typical students that need additional reading support. Walk away from the session with knowledge of accessible books and text to engage your students in motivating literacy-based activities at their reading and developmental levels. Bring your own device to explore the resources!

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Jones, NBCT

Hannah Jones, NBCT

Assistive Technology Specialist, Kyrene School District
Hannah is the Assistive Technology Specialist in the Kyrene School District. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Special Education and English-Literature, and a master’s degree in Special Education, all from Arizona State University. Go Devils! Hannah is also a National Board Certified Teacher as an Exceptional Needs Specialist. Hannah spent eight years as a special education teacher in the elementary and high school settings. She is... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 9:20am - 10:30am
Eastburn 208

9:20am

Building a Sense of Place Through the Empowering of Students with Data
Limited Capacity filling up

If given the opportunity to change the world, what would you do? How would you define success? What tools would you need to do it? The world is full of data, challenges, and opportunities. Through the acquisition of data, students can face challenges in their community and build opportunities by making the world a better place. Join us for a discussion on project based learning with a community focus. We will look at the tools and processes needed to facilitate a classroom that is built to support students on their quest to make a real difference.

Speakers
avatar for Shane Bycott

Shane Bycott

Mesa Public Schools
Shane Bycott has been a science teacher for over 15 years, and has been a teacher in a variety of different science classrooms from freshman science to AP.  Shane has taught at Flagstaff High, Cortez High, Skyline High and is currently at Red Mountain High in Mesa Arizona.  He has worked as a department chair, developed programs at the university level and established new classes in the high school setting.  He enjoys learning, the... Read More →


Friday March 31, 2017 9:20am - 10:30am
Eastburn 151

9:20am

Building Community with Our Hands
Limited Capacity full

Join in some fun and enjoy a hands-on workshop. You will engage in ways to cultivate community and sow seeds of hope while using readily available tools and materials that are all-inclusive. Put your thinking caps on and get ready to tap into the world of art.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Soifer

Jessica Soifer

Flagstaff Unified School District
My journey as an art educator started at NAU. I graduated in 2010 with a BFA, my emphasis was jewelry and metals and a B.S in education, my emphasis was in Art Education (Kindergarten-12th grade).. I started teaching art part time at Thomas Elementary School and part time subbing in the Anchor program at Coconino High School. The following year I began teaching art at Knoles Elementary school to all 650 students. I have been there for 6 years... Read More →


Friday March 31, 2017 9:20am - 10:30am
Eastburn 200

9:20am

Finding Inspiration in the Everyday Teaching Life: Establishing a Teacher’s Growth Mindset
Limited Capacity full

One of the biggest issues is teacher burn-out in the first five years of a new career. Learn how to establish routines, expectations, and ways to find those inspiring everyday moments. Learning how to teach students to have a growth mindset is helpful, but learning how to teach yourself to have a growth mindset will be invaluable. Participants will leave this session knowing the importance of understanding why a growth mindset in the classroom will make everything else so much easier.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Plata

Maria Plata

2017 AEF™ AZTOY Ambassador for Excellence, Kyrene School District
Maria Plata is a first grade Spanish teacher in Kyrene del Norte Dual Language Academy in Tempe, Arizona. She graduated from Arizona State University and is in her 8th year of teaching. Maria immigrated from Mexico when she was eight-years-old and deeply values language learning. She teaches in a Spanish immersion program where she helps instill a love and passion for language at an early age. She loves teaching in Arizona and being part of... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 9:20am - 10:30am
Eastburn 201

9:20am

Grow Vocabulary with Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore how to utilize technology to make vocabulary instruction enjoyable for both teacher and students. Studies have shown that reading comprehension and vocabulary knowledge are strongly correlated. This session will explore the possibilities of vocabulary instruction paired with technology, which can have a positive impact on student achievement.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Crawford

Sara Crawford

Digital Promise
Sara Crawford is a Professional Learning Engineer for the Digital Promise. She works with the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Initiative which provides teachers and students in U.S. middle schools with always-available access to technology and empowers them to be content creators, adept problem-solvers, and responsible consumers of digital media and learning resources. Prior to Digital Promise, she worked for the The Arizona K12 Center... Read More →


Friday March 31, 2017 9:20am - 10:30am
Eastburn 155

9:20am

How to Create a Professional Resume and Cover Letter
Limited Capacity full

Discover how to prepare application materials that stand out from the crowd. In this highly interactive session, we will review resume formatting, writing impactful bullet points, and crafting a personalized, targeted cover letter. Please come prepared to share your ideas and participate.


Speakers
avatar for Emily McCarthy

Emily McCarthy

Northern Arizona University
Emily McCarthy is the program director for the NAU University College Career Development Team. Ms. McCarthy came to work at NAU after working in the private sector. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Richmond and a M.A. in Human Performance from Marymount University.
avatar for Alysa Ojeda

Alysa Ojeda

Northern Arizona University
Career Development Specialist and NAU alumna with background in marketing and public relations. Worked in corporate marketing and social responsibility for five years before coming back to NAU.


Friday March 31, 2017 9:20am - 10:30am
Eastburn 170

9:20am

I Have Seen the Light
Limited Capacity seats available

Light is a fascinating aspect of our everyday lives. Many just accept the glorious nature of light, yet others question and desire to know more. Through this one-hour journey, we will investigate properties of light and how these can be viewed in our daily lives. Join us in discovering more about light. Inquiring minds are required while you engage through Hands-On, Minds-On Science all the time!

Speakers
avatar for Greg Stafford, NBCT

Greg Stafford, NBCT

Gilbert Public Schools
As a 22 year veteran of the classroom, I am a proud member of the Arizona Education Association and a National Board Certified Teacher. These two organizations believe quality teaching and learning as well as putting the interests of students first. Through inquiry-based, hands-on learning, my classroom challenges students to believe in themselves and to seek solutions.  I took this passion for investigative learning to Biosphere 2 during... Read More →


Friday March 31, 2017 9:20am - 10:30am
Eastburn 156

9:20am

Respect, Family and Courage: Keeping the Rules Simple
Limited Capacity full

Hear stories that will enable you to manage your classroom by implementing three simple rules: be respectful; be a family; be courageous. Having taught all levels of choir, band, and general music during her 39-year teaching career, Lori has a passion for creating community and fostering a safe environment in the classroom. Whether a Fine Arts teacher or not, you can benefit from this veteran teacher’s passion for excellence and humanness in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Lori Lyford

Lori Lyford

2017 AEF™ AZTOY Ambassador for Excellence, Chandler Unified School District
Lori Lyford has been teaching music in the public school system for 39 years. During that time, she has taught Band and Choir at the elementary, junior high and high school levels as well as K-6 General Music. Lori is a highly sought after educator and coach for adults in the women's a cappella organization of Sweet Adelines International. Her passion for singing and performing is only rivaled by her enthusiasm to help others achieve their best.


Friday March 31, 2017 9:20am - 10:30am
Eastburn 185

9:20am

Rethinking DI in the Math Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

No need to deliver lessons from the front of the classroom; move past endless worksheets! In this session, learn strategies to get students working collaboratively at their level that you can use tomorrow. These simple steps will get you differentiating instruction from day one in the classroom and will make learning engaging for students.

Speakers
avatar for Misha Freeman, NBCT

Misha Freeman, NBCT

Professional Development Coordinator, Avondale Elementary School District
Misha Freeman has been a teacher for 13 years, and is a lifelong lover of mathematics. Misha began her journey as a middle school math teacher teaching 7th & 8th grade. As a National Board Certified Teacher, she dedicates her personal time to assist teachers interested in pursuing the process statewide. She is the co-President of the Arizona National Board Network. Misha Freeman also partners with various education organizations including the... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 9:20am - 10:30am
Eastburn 150

9:20am

Review, Repeat, Repractice: Management Basics
Limited Capacity seats available

How does a teacher get 25-30 kids to achieve academic success? There is much more to it than others realize. This session will help teachers learn strategies to ensure that students are safe, structured, and organized. Once these issues are addressed, the teacher will be able to focus on instruction and student success in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Donnie Dicus, NBCT

Donnie Dicus, NBCT

Cartwright School District
My name is Donnie Dicus and I have been teaching in Arizona for 12 years. I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2003 and I got my Master’s from Grand Canyon University in 2015. I taught 2nd grade in Tucson for eight years and I have taught third grade in Phoenix’s West Valley for four years. I achieved National Board Certification in 2012 in Middle Childhood Generalist. In 2010 I was nominated as a Rodel Semi-Finalist for... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 9:20am - 10:30am
Eastburn 216

9:20am

Strategies and Solutions to Student Success
Limited Capacity filling up

Students today come to our classrooms with invisible backpacks. In our role, we have the unique opportunity to help students set aside the stresses and road blocks to growth and achievement. In this session, participants will be guided through various situations that arise in the classroom and have opportunities for discussions on effective solutions and strategies for success. Participants will leave with multiple resources for their toolboxes in preparation for their upcoming years in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Chrissy DeBono

Chrissy DeBono

2017 AEF™ AZTOY Ambassador for Excellence, Vail Unified School District
Chrissy DeBono is in her 12th year of teaching and is currently an advanced math teacher at Cottonwood Elementary School in the Vail Unified School District in Vail. Chrissy earned a bachelor’s in Elementary Education, her first master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and is currently working towards her second master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Mrs. DeBono has received the Tucson Values Teachers “Teacher... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 9:20am - 10:30am
Eastburn 124

9:20am

TEAMWORK! Engaged Students Learning & Working Cooperatively Inside A Well Managed Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn strategies that will motivate your young learners, build their conceptual knowledge, and foster social interactions. Create an environment where there is 100% engagement intertwined with the joint functioning of cognitive strategies. In LeAnna’s seminar, you will find out how to achieve balance in developing the key academic skills your primary students need through highly practical, time-efficient Kagan structures while maintaining a child-centered focus. Peek behind the curtain to find out what hands-on manipulatives children use to take responsibility for their own learning. Come see the Kid Tested - Teacher Approved Realia that represents practical research-based proven techniques straight out of the classroom where students work cooperatively while generating an atmosphere surrounded by the 4 C’s of 21st Century Learning: Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity, and Communication! You will leave with exciting materials to take directly into your classroom that will help you feel successful in your search for the most dynamic methods of incorporating cooperative learning in a well-managed, developmentally appropriate setting. (Suggested Participants: PreK - 2)

Speakers
avatar for LeAnna Wolkis Goldstein, NBCT

LeAnna Wolkis Goldstein, NBCT

Paradise Valley Unified School District
LeAnna Wolkis Goldstein has been an early childhood educator in the state of Arizona for twenty-six years. LeAnna’s philosophy supports creating a student-centered classroom that fosters 100% engagement using project based activities where students work cooperatively to achieve their full potential. Each of her teachable moments offers experiences that encourage imagination and curiosity in her young learners. Her enthusiasm, creativity and... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 9:20am - 10:30am
Eastburn 205

9:20am

The Power of Social Media: Moving Beyond Your Classroom 
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will engage participants in hands-on experiences using social media as a connector and growth agent, impacting both the students and the professional. Learn how connecting using social media supports your work as a teacher, encouraging you to move beyond your classroom for planning, collaborating, and professional growth. You will leave this session with tips, tricks, and actionable steps to put social media to work for you. Bring an electronic device to participate in the social media experiences!

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Brown, NBCT

Danielle Brown, NBCT

Fort Huachuca Accommodation School District
Danielle Brown has been a teacher for 8 years, and enjoys engaging in opportunities to connect & learn. Danielle started as an arts integrationist K-2, and has taught Kindergarten for the past 7 years. Danielle achieved National Board Certification in 2014. She currently blogs for Stories From School AZ and serves on the Teachers Solution Team. Danielle enjoys giving back to the profession through coaching National Board Candidates, sharing... Read More →


Friday March 31, 2017 9:20am - 10:30am
Eastburn 203

9:20am

The Secret Life of an American School Teacher
Limited Capacity full

Expectant teachers will discover useful insights into their future career. Teachers will participate in practical engagement strategies to use in the classroom while discussing their upcoming career as an educator. This session’s content will focus on ten secrets she wishes she knew before she entered the classroom as an instructor. Teachers will leave this session with engagement strategies to foster a growth mindset in their own classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Lela Schober

Lela Schober

2016 Arizona Rural Teacher of the Year, Williams Unified School District
Graduate of NAU and proud employee of Williams Unfed School District, Middle School ELA


Friday March 31, 2017 9:20am - 10:30am
Eastburn 212

9:20am

What Happens During Math Class, Shouldn't Stay in Math Class
Limited Capacity seats available

Seize the opportunity to help children extend their learning outside of the classroom. Math games provide opportunities for students to explore fundamental number concepts and encourage students to deepen their understanding of numbers through hidden fun! Leave this session understanding the value of math games and learn some strategies that bring math ideas into the student’s home environment. These games will keep your students learning and they won’t even know it! (Suggested Participants: K - 3)

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Doherty

Michelle Doherty

2017 AEF™ Arizona Teacher of the Year, Osborn School District
Michelle Doherty is a first grade dual language teacher and mentor coach at Encanto Elementary in the Osborn School District. She was born and raised in Arizona, is a first generation college graduate, and is in her 23rd year of teaching. She has led professional development for the Standards-Based Change Process in her district, run the 21st Century after school program at two schools in her district, was the lead instructor for her districts... Read More →


Friday March 31, 2017 9:20am - 10:30am
Eastburn 174

10:45am

A Teacher’s Toolkit: A Guide to Classroom Management for the First Year and Beyond
Limited Capacity full

Setting up a well-organized classroom will help maximize the time you can spend teaching. The tough part is knowing where to start and what really works. This session will provide you with tangible materials that you can put to use in the very first year. Learn about starting the year off right, creating a system for discipline, planning for the unexpected, and more.

Speakers
avatar for Jena Phillips

Jena Phillips

2017 AEF™ AZTOY Ambassador for Excellence, Chandler Unified School District
Jena Phillips has been a public school teacher for the past 20 years.  Her experience includes working with both elementary and junior high school students with a wide variety of learning styles and talents. Over the years, she has gained a unique perspective of education by teaching students in different grade levels and academic programs. In addition to working with young people, Jena also finds passion in sharing content and delivery... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 10:45am - 11:55am
Eastburn 204

10:45am

Accessible Books and Text - Literacy for All Levels of Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

In this engaging session, learn how to find, modify, and create books and texts, both physical and digital, for students who need differentiation in literacy. This session will provide teachers with a range of resources to support literacy from preschool through high school, for students with moderate/severe disabilities to typical students that need additional reading support. Walk away from the session with knowledge of accessible books and text to engage your students in motivating literacy-based activities at their reading and developmental levels. Bring your own device to explore the resources!

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Jones, NBCT

Hannah Jones, NBCT

Assistive Technology Specialist, Kyrene School District
Hannah is the Assistive Technology Specialist in the Kyrene School District. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Special Education and English-Literature, and a master’s degree in Special Education, all from Arizona State University. Go Devils! Hannah is also a National Board Certified Teacher as an Exceptional Needs Specialist. Hannah spent eight years as a special education teacher in the elementary and high school settings. She is... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 10:45am - 11:55am
Eastburn 208

10:45am

Building a Sense of Place Through the Empowering of Students with Data
Limited Capacity seats available

If given the opportunity to change the world, what would you do? How would you define success? What tools would you need to do it? The world is full of data, challenges, and opportunities. Through the acquisition of data, students can face challenges in their community and build opportunities by making the world a better place. Join us for a discussion on project based learning with a community focus. We will look at the tools and processes needed to facilitate a classroom that is built to support students on their quest to make a real difference.

Speakers
avatar for Shane Bycott

Shane Bycott

Mesa Public Schools
Shane Bycott has been a science teacher for over 15 years, and has been a teacher in a variety of different science classrooms from freshman science to AP.  Shane has taught at Flagstaff High, Cortez High, Skyline High and is currently at Red Mountain High in Mesa Arizona.  He has worked as a department chair, developed programs at the university level and established new classes in the high school setting.  He enjoys learning, the... Read More →


Friday March 31, 2017 10:45am - 11:55am
Eastburn 151

10:45am

Building Community with Our Hands
Limited Capacity full

Join in some fun and enjoy a hands-on workshop. You will engage in ways to cultivate community and sow seeds of hope while using readily available tools and materials that are all-inclusive. Put your thinking caps on and get ready to tap into the world of art.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Soifer

Jessica Soifer

Flagstaff Unified School District
My journey as an art educator started at NAU. I graduated in 2010 with a BFA, my emphasis was jewelry and metals and a B.S in education, my emphasis was in Art Education (Kindergarten-12th grade).. I started teaching art part time at Thomas Elementary School and part time subbing in the Anchor program at Coconino High School. The following year I began teaching art at Knoles Elementary school to all 650 students. I have been there for 6 years... Read More →


Friday March 31, 2017 10:45am - 11:55am
Eastburn 200

10:45am

Finding Inspiration in the Everyday Teaching Life: Establishing a Teacher’s Growth Mindset
Limited Capacity filling up

One of the biggest issues is teacher burn-out in the first five years of a new career. Learn how to establish routines, expectations, and ways to find those inspiring everyday moments. Learning how to teach students to have a growth mindset is helpful, but learning how to teach yourself to have a growth mindset will be invaluable. Participants will leave this session knowing the importance of understanding why a growth mindset in the classroom will make everything else so much easier.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Plata

Maria Plata

2017 AEF™ AZTOY Ambassador for Excellence, Kyrene School District
Maria Plata is a first grade Spanish teacher in Kyrene del Norte Dual Language Academy in Tempe, Arizona. She graduated from Arizona State University and is in her 8th year of teaching. Maria immigrated from Mexico when she was eight-years-old and deeply values language learning. She teaches in a Spanish immersion program where she helps instill a love and passion for language at an early age. She loves teaching in Arizona and being part of... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 10:45am - 11:55am
Eastburn 201

10:45am

Grow Vocabulary with Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore how to utilize technology to make vocabulary instruction enjoyable for both teacher and students. Studies have shown that reading comprehension and vocabulary knowledge are strongly correlated. This session will explore the possibilities of vocabulary instruction paired with technology, which can have a positive impact on student achievement.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Crawford

Sara Crawford

Digital Promise
Sara Crawford is a Professional Learning Engineer for the Digital Promise. She works with the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Initiative which provides teachers and students in U.S. middle schools with always-available access to technology and empowers them to be content creators, adept problem-solvers, and responsible consumers of digital media and learning resources. Prior to Digital Promise, she worked for the The Arizona K12 Center... Read More →


Friday March 31, 2017 10:45am - 11:55am
Eastburn 155

10:45am

How to Create a Professional Resume and Cover Letter
Limited Capacity filling up

Discover how to prepare application materials that stand out from the crowd. In this highly interactive session, we will review resume formatting, writing impactful bullet points, and crafting a personalized, targeted cover letter. Please come prepared to share your ideas and participate.


Speakers
avatar for Emily McCarthy

Emily McCarthy

Northern Arizona University
Emily McCarthy is the program director for the NAU University College Career Development Team. Ms. McCarthy came to work at NAU after working in the private sector. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Richmond and a M.A. in Human Performance from Marymount University.
avatar for Alysa Ojeda

Alysa Ojeda

Northern Arizona University
Career Development Specialist and NAU alumna with background in marketing and public relations. Worked in corporate marketing and social responsibility for five years before coming back to NAU.


Friday March 31, 2017 10:45am - 11:55am
Eastburn 170

10:45am

I Have Seen the Light
Limited Capacity seats available

Light is a fascinating aspect of our everyday lives. Many just accept the glorious nature of light, yet others question and desire to know more. Through this one-hour journey, we will investigate properties of light and how these can be viewed in our daily lives. Join us in discovering more about light. Inquiring minds are required while you engage through Hands-On, Minds-On Science all the time!

Speakers
avatar for Greg Stafford, NBCT

Greg Stafford, NBCT

Gilbert Public Schools
As a 22 year veteran of the classroom, I am a proud member of the Arizona Education Association and a National Board Certified Teacher. These two organizations believe quality teaching and learning as well as putting the interests of students first. Through inquiry-based, hands-on learning, my classroom challenges students to believe in themselves and to seek solutions.  I took this passion for investigative learning to Biosphere 2 during... Read More →


Friday March 31, 2017 10:45am - 11:55am
Eastburn 156

10:45am

Respect, Family and Courage: Keeping the Rules Simple
Limited Capacity full

Hear stories that will enable you to manage your classroom by implementing three simple rules: be respectful; be a family; be courageous. Having taught all levels of choir, band, and general music during her 39-year teaching career, Lori has a passion for creating community and fostering a safe environment in the classroom. Whether a Fine Arts teacher or not, you can benefit from this veteran teacher’s passion for excellence and humanness in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Lori Lyford

Lori Lyford

2017 AEF™ AZTOY Ambassador for Excellence, Chandler Unified School District
Lori Lyford has been teaching music in the public school system for 39 years. During that time, she has taught Band and Choir at the elementary, junior high and high school levels as well as K-6 General Music. Lori is a highly sought after educator and coach for adults in the women's a cappella organization of Sweet Adelines International. Her passion for singing and performing is only rivaled by her enthusiasm to help others achieve their best.


Friday March 31, 2017 10:45am - 11:55am
Eastburn 185

10:45am

Rethinking DI in the Math Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

No need to deliver lessons from the front of the classroom; move past endless worksheets! In this session, learn strategies to get students working collaboratively at their level that you can use tomorrow. These simple steps will get you differentiating instruction from day one in the classroom and will make learning engaging for students.

Speakers
avatar for Misha Freeman, NBCT

Misha Freeman, NBCT

Professional Development Coordinator, Avondale Elementary School District
Misha Freeman has been a teacher for 13 years, and is a lifelong lover of mathematics. Misha began her journey as a middle school math teacher teaching 7th & 8th grade. As a National Board Certified Teacher, she dedicates her personal time to assist teachers interested in pursuing the process statewide. She is the co-President of the Arizona National Board Network. Misha Freeman also partners with various education organizations including the... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 10:45am - 11:55am
Eastburn 150

10:45am

Review, Repeat, Repractice: Management Basics
Limited Capacity full

How does a teacher get 25-30 kids to achieve academic success? There is much more to it than others realize. This session will help teachers learn strategies to ensure that students are safe, structured, and organized. Once these issues are addressed, the teacher will be able to focus on instruction and student success in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Donnie Dicus, NBCT

Donnie Dicus, NBCT

Cartwright School District
My name is Donnie Dicus and I have been teaching in Arizona for 12 years. I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2003 and I got my Master’s from Grand Canyon University in 2015. I taught 2nd grade in Tucson for eight years and I have taught third grade in Phoenix’s West Valley for four years. I achieved National Board Certification in 2012 in Middle Childhood Generalist. In 2010 I was nominated as a Rodel Semi-Finalist for... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 10:45am - 11:55am
Eastburn 216

10:45am

Strategies and Solutions to Student Success
Limited Capacity filling up

Students today come to our classrooms with invisible backpacks. In our role, we have the unique opportunity to help students set aside the stresses and road blocks to growth and achievement. In this session, participants will be guided through various situations that arise in the classroom and have opportunities for discussions on effective solutions and strategies for success. Participants will leave with multiple resources for their toolboxes in preparation for their upcoming years in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Chrissy DeBono

Chrissy DeBono

2017 AEF™ AZTOY Ambassador for Excellence, Vail Unified School District
Chrissy DeBono is in her 12th year of teaching and is currently an advanced math teacher at Cottonwood Elementary School in the Vail Unified School District in Vail. Chrissy earned a bachelor’s in Elementary Education, her first master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and is currently working towards her second master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Mrs. DeBono has received the Tucson Values Teachers “Teacher... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 10:45am - 11:55am
Eastburn 124

10:45am

TEAMWORK! Engaged Students Learning & Working Cooperatively Inside A Well Managed Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn strategies that will motivate your young learners, build their conceptual knowledge, and foster social interactions. Create an environment where there is 100% engagement intertwined with the joint functioning of cognitive strategies. In LeAnna’s seminar, you will find out how to achieve balance in developing the key academic skills your primary students need through highly practical, time-efficient Kagan structures while maintaining a child-centered focus. Peek behind the curtain to find out what hands-on manipulatives children use to take responsibility for their own learning. Come see the Kid Tested - Teacher Approved Realia that represents practical research-based proven techniques straight out of the classroom where students work cooperatively while generating an atmosphere surrounded by the 4 C’s of 21st Century Learning: Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity, and Communication! You will leave with exciting materials to take directly into your classroom that will help you feel successful in your search for the most dynamic methods of incorporating cooperative learning in a well-managed, developmentally appropriate setting. (Suggested Participants: PreK - 2)

Speakers
avatar for LeAnna Wolkis Goldstein, NBCT

LeAnna Wolkis Goldstein, NBCT

Paradise Valley Unified School District
LeAnna Wolkis Goldstein has been an early childhood educator in the state of Arizona for twenty-six years. LeAnna’s philosophy supports creating a student-centered classroom that fosters 100% engagement using project based activities where students work cooperatively to achieve their full potential. Each of her teachable moments offers experiences that encourage imagination and curiosity in her young learners. Her enthusiasm, creativity and... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 10:45am - 11:55am
Eastburn 205

10:45am

The Power of Social Media: Moving Beyond Your Classroom 
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This session will engage participants in hands-on experiences using social media as a connector and growth agent, impacting both the students and the professional. Learn how connecting using social media supports your work as a teacher, encouraging you to move beyond your classroom for planning, collaborating, and professional growth. You will leave this session with tips, tricks, and actionable steps to put social media to work for you. Bring an electronic device to participate in the social media experiences!

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Brown, NBCT

Danielle Brown, NBCT

Fort Huachuca Accommodation School District
Danielle Brown has been a teacher for 8 years, and enjoys engaging in opportunities to connect & learn. Danielle started as an arts integrationist K-2, and has taught Kindergarten for the past 7 years. Danielle achieved National Board Certification in 2014. She currently blogs for Stories From School AZ and serves on the Teachers Solution Team. Danielle enjoys giving back to the profession through coaching National Board Candidates, sharing... Read More →


Friday March 31, 2017 10:45am - 11:55am
Eastburn 203

10:45am

The Secret Life of an American School Teacher
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Expectant teachers will discover useful insights into their future career. Teachers will participate in practical engagement strategies to use in the classroom while discussing their upcoming career as an educator. This session’s content will focus on ten secrets she wishes she knew before she entered the classroom as an instructor. Teachers will leave this session with engagement strategies to foster a growth mindset in their own classrooms.

Speakers
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Lela Schober

2016 Arizona Rural Teacher of the Year, Williams Unified School District
Graduate of NAU and proud employee of Williams Unfed School District, Middle School ELA


Friday March 31, 2017 10:45am - 11:55am
Eastburn 212

12:00pm

Lunch
Lunch will be located in three places within the College of Education Building: lobby, outside of Room 174, and upstairs. Please also plan to visit the information booths of various vendors and complete your Info Fair Scavenger Hunt cards at this time as well. Completed Info Fair Scavenger Hunt cards will be turned in at the Afternoon Keynote in Prochnow for the chance to win fun prizes including an iPad Mini 4!

Friday March 31, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Eastburn Education 801 South Knoles Drive Flagstaff, AZ 86011

1:00pm

Afternoon Keynote: 2017 AEF Arizona Teacher of the Year
Join us for the Afternoon Keynote by 2017 AEF Arizona Teacher of the Year, Michelle Doherty. At this time, we will collect your completed Info Fair Scavenger Hunt cards to be entered into a raffle to win exciting prizes, incuding an iPad Mini 4!

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Doherty

Michelle Doherty

2017 AEF™ Arizona Teacher of the Year, Osborn School District
Michelle Doherty is a first grade dual language teacher and mentor coach at Encanto Elementary in the Osborn School District. She was born and raised in Arizona, is a first generation college graduate, and is in her 23rd year of teaching. She has led professional development for the Standards-Based Change Process in her district, run the 21st Century after school program at two schools in her district, was the lead instructor for her districts... Read More →


Friday March 31, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Prochnow Auditorium 317 W Dupont Ave Flagstaff AZ 86011

2:00pm

Building Community in the Classroom and Beyond
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Meet five professionals from across the state and learn how they create community in the classroom and beyond. This moderated panel discussion will highlight tactics utilized to build connections with the local community as well as create a sense of student belonging via the classroom experience.


Moderators
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Emily McCarthy

Northern Arizona University
Emily McCarthy is the program director for the NAU University College Career Development Team. Ms. McCarthy came to work at NAU after working in the private sector. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Richmond and a M.A. in Human Performance from Marymount University.
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Alysa Ojeda

Northern Arizona University
Career Development Specialist and NAU alumna with background in marketing and public relations. Worked in corporate marketing and social responsibility for five years before coming back to NAU.

Speakers
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Curt Craig

Flagstaff Unified School District
Currently, I teach at Mount Elden Middle School in Flagstaff in a team with other teachers whom I have taught with for many years.  I moved to Flagstaff in 1971 upon graduating from high school, and my experience prior to teaching includes working as a wildland firefighter, KNAU-FM news reporter, and a logger. Our teaching team is successfully involved in engaging students in their learning process.  I... Read More →
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Sara Crawford

Digital Promise
Sara Crawford is a Professional Learning Engineer for the Digital Promise. She works with the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Initiative which provides teachers and students in U.S. middle schools with always-available access to technology and empowers them to be content creators, adept problem-solvers, and responsible consumers of digital media and learning resources. Prior to Digital Promise, she worked for the The Arizona K12 Center... Read More →
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Gretchen Downey

Flagstaff Unified School District
First things first - it is a true pleasure to be working as the 8th grade MIT-e teacher at Sinagua Middle School! This is my 2nd year as a teacher after having graduated from Frostburg State University with an MAT degree in the spring of 2015. For the 6 years prior to my student teaching, I was a BS/MS student in Environmental Biology where I taught several undergraduate lab courses at the University of Maryland - and here is where my true... Read More →
avatar for Donnie Dicus, NBCT

Donnie Dicus, NBCT

Cartwright School District
My name is Donnie Dicus and I have been teaching in Arizona for 12 years. I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2003 and I got my Master’s from Grand Canyon University in 2015. I taught 2nd grade in Tucson for eight years and I have taught third grade in Phoenix’s West Valley for four years. I achieved National Board Certification in 2012 in Middle Childhood Generalist. In 2010 I was nominated as a Rodel Semi-Finalist for... Read More →
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Maria Plata

2017 AEF™ AZTOY Ambassador for Excellence, Kyrene School District
Maria Plata is a first grade Spanish teacher in Kyrene del Norte Dual Language Academy in Tempe, Arizona. She graduated from Arizona State University and is in her 8th year of teaching. Maria immigrated from Mexico when she was eight-years-old and deeply values language learning. She teaches in a Spanish immersion program where she helps instill a love and passion for language at an early age. She loves teaching in Arizona and being part of... Read More →


Friday March 31, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Eastburn 200

2:00pm

Community Organizing and Activism
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Being a teacher means being an advocate for your students and your profession. Hear from members of the Arizona Education Association (AEA) about their work in social justice activism and community outreach and how belonging to the AEA provided them with leadership development and community organizing opportunities.


Speakers
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Hugo Arreola

Phoenix Union High School District
Phoenix Union High School District Technology Educator Phoenix Union Classified Employees Association member 2016 National Education Association Social Justice Award Finalist Hugo takes his own experience as a Dreamer to drive change for Dreamer students. He advocates for high school students from underserved communities so that they have equal opportunities and resources. He is also deeply engaged in community outreach and advocacy for... Read More →
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Cynthia Tercero-Sandoval

Phoenix Union High School District
Phoenix Union High School District Dropout Programs Developer Arizona Education Association member 2016 White House School Support Professional Champion of Change 2015 Arizona Education Association ESPecially for Kids Award Winner Cynthia has been an advocate for public education and at-risk youth for more than 20 years. For her work with helping students stay engaged in school and building community relations, she has received numerous... Read More →
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Joe Thomas

Arizona Education Association
Joe Thomas takes great pride in the work of the Arizona Education Association (AEA) and being a teacher.  “When school employees come together through Association work, they are demonstrating their intent to create better public schools.  The members of the Arizona Education Association lead from the values of fairness, equity, and respect.”   Thomas has been an AEA member since 1997 and in that time has served the... Read More →


Friday March 31, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Eastburn 203

2:00pm

Crisis Response in Schools: What a Beginning Teacher Needs to Know
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Have you ever wondered or worried about how you will handle a school lock-down in the event of an unwelcomed school intruder? While crisis events of this magnitude are certainly scary, schools and personnel who are prepared can help students and colleagues respond and recover. This session will focus on the general process of school response to crisis events with an eye on preparing the beginning teacher, student teacher, and practicum teacher. This session will prepare you with guiding questions to take to your school site to help you locate and become familiar with the school’s crisis response plan and those who will support you in the classroom. Participants will have an opportunity to pose questions in this moderated panel discussion.


Moderators
avatar for Hannah Jones, NBCT

Hannah Jones, NBCT

Assistive Technology Specialist, Kyrene School District
Hannah is the Assistive Technology Specialist in the Kyrene School District. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Special Education and English-Literature, and a master’s degree in Special Education, all from Arizona State University. Go Devils! Hannah is also a National Board Certified Teacher as an Exceptional Needs Specialist. Hannah spent eight years as a special education teacher in the elementary and high school settings. She is... Read More →

Speakers
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Jim Lee

Arizona Department of Education
Jim Lee retired from the Paradise Valley Unified School District after 36 years of service where he served as a classroom teacher, principal, and district director of student services. During his nine-year tenure in student services, he facilitated emergency response planning for the district and all K-12 district schools. Jim currently serves as an Emergency Response Advisor for the Arizona Department of Education, and is a trainer for both... Read More →
avatar for Alaina Adams, NBCT

Alaina Adams, NBCT

Phoenix Union High School District
Dr. Alaina Adams is a Board Certified teacher who currently works as an assistant principal in the Phoenix Union High School District. Alaina spent the first 8 years of her career as an English Language Arts teacher and Department Chair. Over the past 13 years, she has taught English, Inclusion, AP Language and Composition, dual enrollment, and ESL Reading classes. She also partners with local universities as a curriculum developer... Read More →
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Patricia Young

Northern Arizona University
Dr. Young is a professional school counselor and counselor educator with over 20 years of experience as a teacher and counselor from grade 7 – graduate level. Currently, she is Coordinator of the M.Ed. in School Counseling Program at Northern Arizona University – North Valley. Her professional interests include issues in multicultural counseling and education, school counselor preparation and supervision and mentoring future school... Read More →


Friday March 31, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Eastburn 204

2:00pm

If I Knew Then What I Know Now
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This panel will consider the joys and challenges of the first years of teaching. Secondary and elementary teachers will share their insights on what they wish they had known as they entered the field of teaching. Hear from these current practitioners on how they navigated the waters of the beginning teacher. Participants will have an opportunity to pose questions in this moderated panel discussion.


Moderators
avatar for Daniela Robles, NBCT

Daniela Robles, NBCT

Balsz School District
Daniela Robles is serves as the Teacher Retention and Professional Development Coordinator for the Balsz School District in Phoenix, Arizona. Robles has 19 years of experience spanning the classroom, intervention and instructional coaching. She achieved National Board Certification in Early/Middle Childhood Literacy-Language Arts in 2007. She served for two years as a member of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards D.R.E.A.M... Read More →

Speakers
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Bryce Brothers

Flagstaff Unified School District
Bryce Brothers is currently in his first year of teaching at Coconino High School in the Flagstaff Unified School District where he teaches 12th Grade English. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in English Education from the College of Arts and Letters at Northern Arizona University. 
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Joy Hallett

Balsz School District
My name is Joy Hallett. I live in Litchfield Park, Arizona. I am a teacher in the Balsz school district at Crockett Elementary School. I teach a 1/2 combo ELD class. I graduated from NAU in Fall 2016 with my bachelor's in elementary education, early childhood education, and a minor in global studies. 
avatar for Jenna Hase

Jenna Hase

Northern Arizona University
Jenna Hase is a full time teacher in the Gilbert Public School District.  She teaches in the Communication Delay (CD) Structured Classroom for Intensive Learning of Language Skills (SCILLS) program.  This is her first year teaching and is teaching under an intern certificate, as she is completing her Masters in Special Education and is in Northern Arizona Universities Teacher Internship Preparation Program (TIPP).  Previously... Read More →
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Jennifer Kohls

Maricopa Unified School District
My name is Jennifer Kohls and I LOVE teaching! I am currently a 2nd - 4th Self-Contained teacher for students who have Autism. I have been teaching for almost a year and a half now in the Maricopa Unified School District. I am a third generation teacher in my family so I have always known since I was little I would grow up and become a teacher too. I know that teaching is meant for me and NAU helped me accomplish that goal in December of 2015... Read More →
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Eriann Roberts

Roosevelt Elementary School District
My name is Eriann Roberts and I am a 4th grade teacher at Bernard Black Elementary School. I am in my third year of teaching. At my school I have had the honor of being the cheer coach, dance coach, google classroom representative, a member of the PBIS team, 4th grade team lead, and the gifted education site coordinator. Outside of school I love to volunteer at my church and around my community, go hiking, and spend time with my friends and... Read More →
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Liz Zubia

1st Grade Teacher, Isaac School District
Liz is in her fourth year of teaching and is currently educating 1st graders in her first year with the Isaac School District. Prior to working in education, she spent several years in a business setting. She then realized that the classroom is where she needed to be. Liz earned her B.S. in Elementary Education with a certificate in Early Childhood Education through Northern Arizona University's Distance Learning Program in 2013. While there... Read More →


Friday March 31, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Prochnow Auditorium 317 W Dupont Ave Flagstaff AZ 86011

2:00pm

Principal Insights: How to Best Get Hired
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This is an exciting panel of Flagstaff Unified School District Elementary and Secondary Principals to whom teacher candidates have a unique opportunity to ask relevant and direct questions about the all-important hiring processes for each specific site. These principals will showcase their campus and highlight current and anticipated openings. Panel topics include: diversity on campus, professional expectations during an interview, contractual considerations (knowing the contract you will sign), compensation schedules, time frame for completing the hiring process, highly qualified status, dual-certification benefits, regular and special education openings, and extra-curricular opportunities available at each site.


Speakers
avatar for John Albert

John Albert

Flagstaff Unified School District
John Albert holds a Master’s Degree of Education with an emphasis in Educational Leadership. John currently is the Principal of Sechrist Elementary in Flagstaff, Arizona and has served as the principal for the past nine years for Flagstaff Unified School District. In addition, he has also served as the director for the extended hours program for the school district. Mr. Albert has experience teaching 4th and 5th grades, reading... Read More →
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Tony Cullen

Flagstaff Unified School District
Principal at Flagstaff High School
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Toni Keberlein

Northland Preparatory Academy
Principal at Northland Preparatory Academy | | I received my undergraduate degree from ASU (BAE) in Elementary Education with an emphasis in English as a Second Language. My graduate degree in Educational Administration and Leadership is also from ASU. I am proud to be a L.E.E. (Leadership for Educational Entrepreneurs) Fellow. The LEE program was part of a federal grant expressly for charter school leaders. The program blended educational... Read More →
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Tammy Nelson

Flagstaff Unified School District
Principal at Kinsey Elementary School


Friday March 31, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Eastburn 211

2:00pm

Teaching About the Real World
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Schools teach reading, writing, and arithmetic. What about the 4th R... Real World? Master teachers will share their successful experiences to integrate economics and financial literacy in their classrooms at all grade levels. Find out how students may have fun and learn real world life skills. You will feel empowered by the messages and tips. You will also have a chance to win prizes from activities during this session.


Speakers
avatar for Neal Barnett

Neal Barnett

Basis Flagstaff
Neal Barnett, M.A. is a AP Social Studies instructor at BASIS Flagstaff. Over the past four years he has taught AP Microeconomics, AP Macroeconomics , AP US History, AP Government & Politics and AP World History at both BASIS Flagstaff and University High School in Tucson. Neal earned his undergraduate degree in American History from The Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University, an MA in US History from the University of Arizona... Read More →
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Michele Bentivegna

Peoria Unified School District
Michele Bentivegna is an Economics teacher in a Title I high school at Peoria Unified School District.  She has over eleven years of teaching experience though teaching was her second career. Michele has taught a variety of business classes to include:  Accounting, Personal Finance, Business Law, Banking and Credit. Michele completed a fellowship with the San Francisco Federal Reserve in 2015 and is currently in the second year of the... Read More →
avatar for Megan Bird

Megan Bird

Paradise Valley Unified School District
Megan Bird is a self-professed Google Geek and has developed a passion for educational technology during her 18 years teaching everything from 1st through 8th grade in the Paradise Valley Unified School District. Megan has also taught adult education in technology, early childhood, and curriculum and instruction for several higher education institutions for the past 12 years. She has a Bachelor's in Education from U of A, a Master's in Education... Read More →


Friday March 31, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Eastburn 174