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AGENDA

Friday, April 21

Begins at 3:00pm

Conference Check-In

Lobby Level

4:15-6:15pm

Pre-Dinner Activities (2 Options)

*Please check in before attending either option.

Members meet in groups based on stage in career (early career, mid-career, late career) to discuss important issues and plans for the future of NEA-Alaska.

Where to Meet
Teachers with 1-5 years of experience – Whitby Room
Teachers with 6-12 years of experience – Voyager Room
Teachers with 13-20 years of experience – Quadrant Room
Teachers with 21+ years of experiences – Resolution Room
ESPs with 1-5 years of experience – Easter Island
ESPs with 6+ years of experience – Adventure Room

You’re invited to join the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) for an informational session on building the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Application. Presenters will include Dr. Susan McCauley, Education Policy Coordinator (DEED) and Sondra Meredith, Administrator, Teacher Education and Certification (DEED). Please note: this work session will be held off-site at the Dena’ina Center, 600 W. 7th Avenue, on the Second Floor, Rooms 1 & 2.

Various Locations

6:30-8:00pm

Conference Dinner & Presentation

Opening Remarks/Welcome: Tim Parker, NEA-Alaska President
Keynote Address: James Harris, Alaska Teacher of the Year

Fore/Mid Deck

8:00pm

Snow City Cafe Social

Enjoy dessert and drinks while getting to know your fellow members from around the state. NEA-Alaska will be providing desserts and other food to all conference attendees and there will be a cash bar.

1034 W 4th Ave.

Saturday, April 22

7:00-8:00am

Conference Information & Late Check-In

Lobby Level

7:00-8:00am

Breakfast

Fore/Mid Deck

8:00am-12:00pm

Breakout Session 1

Presenter(s): NEA-Alaska UniServ Directors – Hedy Eischeid, Val Baffone, Debbie Omstead & Mike Wenstrup

This training will be focused on building and developing your Local Association. We will start by sharing a local assessment to see where your local association is at and where and how you can take your local association to the next level. We will then work with through the process of building the four pillars of a high functioning Association:

  •      Trained and effective building/site reps
  •      A full slate of officers
  •      Functioning committees
  •      Relevancy to members

Special emphasis will be given to sharing and identifying NEA-Alaska member resources to help you achieve our shared goal of relevant local associations. All are welcome – this training is open to teams or individuals who are interested in the best practices of a high functioning local association.

*This is an all-day session, so those who attend the morning will also attend the afternoon

Room: Adventure

Presenter(s): Melissa Rogers & Chuck Mendoza, NEA Trainers

This all-day training is for women and minority members who are new to the Association or looking to build their leadership skills. Please note that this is an all-day session, so by signing up, you agree to attend this for both the morning and afternoon breakout sessions. In the training, we will address the following topics:

  1. Understanding the Association — Explore the structure and workings of NEA—including the relationship among governance, staff, and programs—to better understand the various leadership levels (local, state, and national), utilize Association programs, and identify where you can increase your involvement.
  2. Communication Receiving — Enhance your communications receiving skills by learning to identify and overcome barriers to effective listening and by sharpening your ability to digest and interpret information presented verbally.
  3. Communication Sending — Enhance your communications sending skills by identifying various methods of sending messages,
  4. Skills for Emerging Leaders (SEL) — Appropriate for emerging leaders who are interested in or are new to Association leadership roles, SEL teaches participants the fundamentals of NEA’s structure and commitment to social justice tenets, and helps them develop foundational skills to become active and effective leaders in a diverse and inclusive Association.

*This is an all-day session, so those who attend the morning will also attend the afternoon

Room: Quarter Deck

Presenter(s)Ms. Angela Waiters and Ms. Veronica Miranda-Pinkney, educators and NEA ELL Trainers

After this session, participants will be able to recognize the diversity within the ELL community and demonstrate the role this has on instruction, incorporate knowledge of the role of culture in language learning into instruction, demonstrate understanding of the funds of knowledge that students bring to the classroom and how to incorporate and build on students’ strengths and cultural backgrounds during instruction, and demonstrate understanding of the role that culture plays in forming partnerships with ELLs and their families. This course is geared toward classroom instruction, but may be useful for ESPs and certified members outside the classroom as well.

Room: Quadrant

Presenter(s): Story Works Alaska Volunteers

Story Works Alaska is a program that was created and developed in Anchorage by volunteers and educators who have helped bring the art of storytelling into high school classrooms. Throughout their first few years, the project has created curriculum for educators in other locations and schools that wish to bring this into their classrooms. This workshop aims to bring that curriculum to life by having educators take part in the same experience that they could then lead their students in storytelling. Workshop participants will use Story Works high school Language Arts curriculum as they prepare, practice, and share aloud their own true, first-person stories. Prepare to walk away with resources, lesson plans, and new stories. Although the curriculum shared will be for grades 9-12, educators of all grade levels and subject areas are welcome.

Room: Whitby

Presenter(s): AEA Members – Larissa Wright-Elson (South Anchorage High School), Amy Frackman (Northern Lights ABC), and Devon Roberts (Service High School)

Students interact with technology on a daily basis. But how do we integrate technology in the classroom in a meaningful way that doesn’t merely supplant old practices, but actually enhances innovative teaching methods? This session will cover the ways in which the presenting educators use technology for flipped and blended learning, formative assessment tools, and to create a Google classroom. Following brief presentations, participants will divide into groups and rotate around the room to work with each presenter and workshop ideas for how to integrate these technologies into their own unique classrooms. This workshop will be most useful for middle and high school classroom educators. Come with questions, leave with new ideas!

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*Please be sure to bring a personal laptop if you are attending this session, so that you can follow along and workshop ideas.

Room: Endeavor

Presenter(s): Qanglaagix Ethan Petticrew, Executive Director for Cook Inlet Native Head Start

This workshop provides a framework for understanding the colonization of Alaska Native people. Both the positive and negative impacts of these interactions have shaped the outcomes of Alaska Natives in the classroom, community and society. It is designed for Alaskan educators (Native and non-Native) and those interested in developing a deeper understanding of multicultural education issues. It will facilitate growth in culturally responsive education, and address misconceptions about Alaska Native cultures and people. Participants will consider alternative ways of making curriculum culturally meaningful, as well as examining assessment systems that ensure positive growth in all students. Activities and strategies that foster growth in teachers and administrators to accept and appreciate all cultures and value the rich diversity of their students will be explored. This workshop will engage participants in considering the power and importance of culture in contemporary education and society. Additionally, participants will consider culture, values, behavior, and Inter-ethnic communications from a cultural perspective.

Room: Resolution

*Offered twice

Various Rooms (see descriptions for location information)

12:00-1:45pm

Lunch & Presentations

Guest Speakers:
Organizing Against Outsourcing in the Mat-Su: Karen Salisbury, Mat-Su Classified Employees’ Association President
The Road Ahead: Glenn Bafia, NEA-Executive Director

Fore/Mid Deck

2:00-6:00pm

Breakout Session 2

Presenter(s): NEA-Alaska UniServ Directors – Hedy Eischeid, Val Baffone, Debbie Omstead & Mike Wenstrup

This training will be focused on building and developing your Local Association. We will start by sharing a local assessment to see where your local association is at and where and how you can take your local association to the next level. We will then work with through the process of building the four pillars of a high functioning Association:

  •      Trained and effective building/site reps
  •      A full slate of officers
  •      Functioning committees
  •      Relevancy to members

Special emphasis will be given to sharing and identifying NEA-Alaska member resources to help you achieve our shared goal of relevant local associations. All are welcome – this training is open to teams or individuals who are interested in the best practices of a high functioning local association.

*This is an all-day session, so those who attend the morning will also attend the afternoon

Room: Adventure

Presenter(s): Melissa Rogers & Chuck Mendoza, NEA Trainers

This all-day training is for women and minority members who are new to the Association or looking to build their leadership skills. Please note that this is an all-day session, so by signing up, you agree to attend this for both the morning and afternoon breakout sessions. In the training, we will address the following topics:

  1. Understanding the Association — Explore the structure and workings of NEA—including the relationship among governance, staff, and programs—to better understand the various leadership levels (local, state, and national), utilize Association programs, and identify where you can increase your involvement.
  2. Communication Receiving — Enhance your communications receiving skills by learning to identify and overcome barriers to effective listening and by sharpening your ability to digest and interpret information presented verbally.
  3. Communication Sending — Enhance your communications sending skills by identifying various methods of sending messages,
  4. Skills for Emerging Leaders (SEL) — Appropriate for emerging leaders who are interested in or are new to Association leadership roles, SEL teaches participants the fundamentals of NEA’s structure and commitment to social justice tenets, and helps them develop foundational skills to become active and effective leaders in a diverse and inclusive Association.

*This is an all-day session, so those who attend the morning will also attend the afternoon

Room: Quarter Deck

Presenter(s): Ms. Lisa Buccigrosse and Ms. Charnelle Green, educators and NEA ELL Trainers

This training will define what is advocacy for English Language Learners (ELLs) and identify the needs for such advocacy. Participants will practice key steps in advocating for ELLs and develop an advocacy action plan to determine professional goals for advocating for ELLs in their schools. This workshop is appropriate for ESPs and teachers of all grade levels.

Room: Quadrant

Presenter: Jill R Burkert, Ph.D., Coordinator and Associate Professor of Special Education at University of Alaska Southeast

Developing informed, evidence-based practices for working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, this program will include an overview of recent neuro-scientific findings relating to the impact of adverse childhood experiences on behavior and learning, and how this can be used to develop strategies that can be used in school settings.

Room: Endeavor

Presenter: Delta-Greely ESPA Member, Andrea Lemons (Delta Greely School District)

This highly interactive workshop will address some of the most critical and timely issues facing teacher and paraeducators teams such as effective classroom management strategies, positive behavior supports, de-escalation strategies, and more.

Room: Voyager

Presenter(s): Qanglaagix Ethan Petticrew, Executive Director for Cook Inlet Native Head Start

This workshop provides a framework for understanding the colonization of Alaska Native people. Both the positive and negative impacts of these interactions have shaped the outcomes of Alaska Natives in the classroom, community and society. It is designed for Alaskan educators (Native and non-Native) and those interested in developing a deeper understanding of multicultural education issues. It will facilitate growth in culturally responsive education, and address misconceptions about Alaska Native cultures and people. Participants will consider alternative ways of making curriculum culturally meaningful, as well as examining assessment systems that ensure positive growth in all students. Activities and strategies that foster growth in teachers and administrators to accept and appreciate all cultures and value the rich diversity of their students will be explored. This workshop will engage participants in considering the power and importance of culture in contemporary education and society. Additionally, participants will consider culture, values, behavior, and Inter-ethnic communications from a cultural perspective.

Room: Resolution

*Offered twice

Various Rooms (see descriptions for location information)

6:00pm

Dinner on your own

Sunday, April 23

7:30-8:30am

Breakfast

Fore/Mid Deck

8:30-9:30am

Financial Planning

Presenter: Kennon Belisle CFP, ChFC, Lutcf, Horace Mann Insurance

Fore/Mid Deck

9:30-10:30am

Sharing Your Professional Expertise (2 Options)

In the style of speed dating, participants will answer questions about their professional successes and challenges and share ideas for best practices and solutions for a variety of workplace situations. By addressing unique professional needs and sharing with colleagues, participants will walk away with new ideas to bring back to their schools. This session is appropriate for both ESPs and teachers.

Are you distinguished in a certain area of your teaching? Come share your expertise and work with members of the NEA-Alaska Leading the Professions Committee to design and submit your own lesson plan to add to the NEA-Alaska Evaluation Toolkit. Participants will walk through why this toolkit is important to improving student learning and building our network of NEA-Alaska teacher leaders. This workshop is for teachers. A laptop is required to participate.

Fore/Mid Deck

Endeavor Room

10:30-11:30am

Regional Debriefing and Planning

Region I – Resolution Room
Region II – Easter Island
Region III – Whitby Room
Region IV – Quadrant Room
Region V – Voyager Room
Region VI – Endeavor Room
Region VII – Adventure Room

Various Rooms

11:30am

Closing Remarks

Brief Regional Reports
Bobby LaSalle, ESP of the Year
Tim Parker, NEA-Alaska President
 

Fore/Mid Deck