AGENDA

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**Registration for Fall Event is currently at capacity. You can still register and be placed on a wait list. If you do this, DO NOT book travel for Fall Event unless we notify you that your registration has been confirmed.**

Friday, October 20

3:00-4:30pm

Conference Check-In

Lobby Level

4:00-6:00pm

Treasurers’ Training

*By invitation only.

TBD

4:30-5:45pm

Regional Breakouts

TBD

6:00-8:00pm

Conference Opening and Dinner

With Keynote Speaker Eric Brown, NEA Executive Committee Member.

Fore/Mid Deck

8:00-10:00pm

Snow City Social

Join us for dessert at Snow City Cafe, one block West from the Hotel Captain Cook,  for a chance to mingle and catch up with fellow members.

1034 W 4th Ave

Saturday, October 21

8:00-9:00am

Conference Breakfast

Fore/Mid Deck

9am-12:10pm

Treasurers’ Training

*By invitation only.

TBD

9am-12:10pm

Legislative Action Team Training

*By invitation only.

TBD

9am-12:10pm

Morning Strand Sessions

9:00am-12:10pm: Minority Leadership Training

Recognizing the ability to influence public education is in direct proportion to an engaged membership, the Minority Leadership Training Program prepares ethnic-minority members to be strong leaders, activists, and full participants in Association life.  In this session you will learn about the importance of having a vision for individual and organizational growth; the relationship between leadership and the visioning process; and the mechanism by which a clear, shared vision can instill leaders with passion, energy, power, and creativity.

Presenters: Melissa Rogers, Richard Melvin

9am-11am: Drawing Connections – Exploring Intersections of Gender, Race & LGBTQ

Designed for all school personnel, this unique workshop explores the relationship and commonalities among gender, race, and LGBTQ issues, with an emphasis on enhancing race and gender awareness when addressing LGBTQ issues in schools.
Presenters: Chad Jimison, Toni Smith

11:10am-12:10pm: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience

Description coming soon.
Presenter: Eric Brown

9am-11am: Addressing Food Insecurity in Alaska Schools

Join Food Bank of Alaska and guests for an interactive discussion on what childhood food insecurity looks like in our state, gain tools to help students facing hunger, and share best practices of what your school is doing to ensure all students are learning with a full stomach.
Presenter: Cara Durr

11:10am-12:10pm: Taking a Stand: Creating a Safe School for LGBTQ Students

This introductory workshop is designed for all school personnel and uses video clips and hands-on activities to examine the obvious and subtle ways bias plays out in schools and offers resources for creating schools that are safe for all students, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Presenters: Chad Jimison and Toni Smith

9am-11am: Integrative Youth Development – Caring and Connected Adults Mean Happy and Productive Youth

This session will lead participants beyond black and white labels to understanding the developmental ecologies of themselves and the youth in their schools and communities in meaningful, memorable, and measurable ways. You can expect a session designed with experiential activities to amplify how adults and youth connect in meaningful ways. In addition to building effective skills that build resilience, we’re betting you’ll leave rejuvenated and inspired to see in full color instead of black and white.
Presenter: Amy McDonald

11:10am-12:10pm: Integrating Local Culture into the Classroom

Teachers in Alaska know firsthand the importance of integrating local culture into their classroom, but many often struggle with how to implement this process. During this one hour presentation, Cristina Casillo will be identifying strategies teachers in Botswana used to integrate local culture into their daily curriculum based on her five month research through the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching program to help add to your toolbox in your classroom and throughout your school.
Presenter: Cristina Casillo

9am-10am: Technology Tools for Formative Assessment

Come explore some high-utility tech tools that can assist teachers with formative assessment in the classroom!  In this workshop, we will delve into the basics of formative assessment while showcasing some easy-to-use tech tools that teachers can leverage to quickly gauge student learning prior to that end-of-unit test.  We will explore free tools for back channeling, collaboration, and skills practice; all of which can be used for formative assessment purposes and all of which will be sure to engage your students.  Be sure to bring a laptop or smartphone to fully participate in this session! Participants are encouraged to also bring a lesson or lesson idea to work with while planning on how to incorporate technology delivered formative assessment to students (example: a science teacher doing a unit on the anatomy of the plant cell;  English teacher doing a vocabulary unit).
Presenter: Devon Roberts

10:05am-11:05am: Simplifying the Research Report with Google Tools

Do your students struggle with research projects? This session will introduce you to a wonderful process to help students research and write informational research papers with Google Keep.  Google Keep will allow your students to take notes while reading web pages and saves the URL for websites so they can easily create a bibliography with Easy Bib.
Presenter: Lynda Van Winkle

11:10am-12:10pm: Intro to Google Classroom

Google Classroom is designed to help teachers and students save time, keep classes organized, and improve communication.  Learn how to set up your own classes, navigate Google Classroom, post resources and create assignments in Google Classroom.
Presenter: Amy Frackman

TBD

12:15-1:45pm

Conference Lunch & Member Benefits Presentation

Presenter: Teresa Muench, Affiliate Relations Specialist, NEA Member Benefits

Fore/Mid Deck 

1:50-5:00pm

Afternoon Strand Sessions

Continued from morning strand sessions. Includes a conference provided snack break from 2:50-3:00pm.

1:50pm-5pm: Minority Leadership Training (continued from morning)

Recognizing the ability to influence public education is in direct proportion to an engaged membership, the Minority Leadership Training Program prepares ethnic-minority members to be strong leaders, activists, and full participants in Association life.  In this session you will learn about the importance of having a vision for individual and organizational growth; the relationship between leadership and the visioning process; and the mechanism by which a clear, shared vision can instill leaders with passion, energy, power, and creativity.

Presenters: Melissa Rogers, Richard Melvin

1:50-2:50pm: Integrating Local Culture into the Classroom

Teachers in Alaska know firsthand the importance of integrating local culture into their classroom, but many often struggle with how to implement this process. During this one hour presentation, Cristina Casillo will be identifying strategies teachers in Botswana used to integrate local culture into their daily curriculum based on her five month research through the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching program to help add to your toolbox in your classroom and throughout your school.
Presenter: Cristina Casillo

3-5PM: Addressing Food Insecurity in Alaska Schools

Join Food Bank of Alaska and guests for an interactive discussion on what childhood food insecurity looks like in our state, gain tools to help students facing hunger, and share best practices of what your school is doing to ensure all students are learning with a full stomach.
Presenter: Cara Durr

1:50-2:50PM: Taking a Stand: Creating a Safe School for LGBTQ Students (continued from morning)

This introductory workshop is designed for all school personnel and uses video clips and hands-on activities to examine the obvious and subtle ways bias plays out in schools and offers resources for creating schools that are safe for all students, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Presenters: Chad Jimison and Toni Smith

3:00-5:00PM: Integrative Youth Development – Caring and Connected Adults Mean Happy and Productive Youth

This session will lead participants beyond black and white labels to understanding the developmental ecologies of themselves and the youth in their schools and communities in meaningful, memorable, and measurable ways. You can expect a session designed with experiential activities to amplify how adults and youth connect in meaningful ways. In addition to building effective skills that build resilience, we’re betting you’ll leave rejuvenated and inspired to see in full color instead of black and white.
Presenter: Amy McDonald

1:50 – 3:50PM: Member Benefits, Student Loans & Financial Q&A

Following the lunch session which will include an overview of NEA Member Benefits, Teresa will take questions and provide a deeper dive into the website and the programs and services that will best provide you solutions to your financial needs. We will also take some time to get you the latest information on the Federal Student Loan Programs and to answer other financial questions you may have.
Presenter: Teresa Muench

4-5PM: Intro to the Union: Q&A

Come talk to early career educator union leaders to find out what drove them to get involved, how they get involved and ask any questions you have about how to be an effective leader as an early career educator.
Presenter: Brinna Langford

1:50-2:50PM: Seesaw – Student Portfolios in Your Classroom

This one hour class will introduce you to Seesaw, an app that allows the teacher and students to create digital student portfolios. Families are also kept in the loop and see student work as it is turned in. Primarily designed for elementary, but rapidly expanding to middle and high school classrooms. This tool allows students to capture audio, video, photo, google docs, pdf’s, and other items into student portfolios. Come experience this 21st century digital classroom app!
Presenter: Mark Johannes

3-5:00PM: Work time with Presenters

Make sure to bring a laptop! This time is set aside to work one-on-one with all presenters from the Technology in the Classroom strand. Come with questions and ideas!
Presenters: Devon Roberts, Amy Frackman, Lynda Van Winkle, and Mark Johannes

TBD

1:50-5:00pm

Treasurers’ Training

*By invitation only, continued from morning session.
Includes a conference provided snack break from 2:50-3:00pm.

TBD

1:50-5:00pm

Legislative Action Team Training

*By invitation only, continued from morning session.
Includes a conference provided snack break from 2:50-3:00pm.

TBD

Sunday, October 22

8:00-9:00am

Conference Breakfast

Fore/Mid Deck

9:15-10:45am

Unconference Presentations

Participate in NEA-Alaska’s first-ever ‘Unconference’ event! Listen and engage with fellow members who want to share their area of expertise.

Fore/Mid Deck

11:00am-12pm

Closing Activities

Following closing remarks from NEA-Alaska President Tim Parker, learn about the Evaluation Toolkit and participate in a Speed Share – what are you taking away from the conference this year?

Fore/Mid Deck

12-12:30pm

Regional Debrief and Evaluations

Debrief the conference with your UniServ Directors and Regional board members and fill out evaluations.

Fore/Mid Deck