Title

Relate-Motivate-EDUCATE

First Presenter's Institution

Samford University & Holy Family- Huntsville

Second Presenter's Institution

Samford University and Madison County Schools- Huntsville, Alabama

Third Presenter's Institution

NA

Fourth Presenter's Institution

NA

Fifth Presenter's Institution

NA

Location

Ballroom D

Strand #1

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Strand #2

Social & Emotional Skills

Relevance

Building relationships and interweaving motivation throughout the learning cycle is a MUST if we hope to help students reach their full academic potential. We will explore activities that help teachers get to know students and their needs quickly as well as strategies for instruction and assessment that support positive relationships and motivate students to achieve. Relevance - Strand #1-Academic Achievement & Leadership- Differentiated Instruction, Classroom Climate, Reducing the Achievement Gap, and Dropout Prevention. Strand #2- Social and Emotional Skills- Caring Curriculum, Achievement Motivation, Academic Resilience.

Brief Program Description

We will present K-12 Teachers and Administrators with materials and strategies to develop positive relationships with students and motivate them through the learning cycle and life. Our objectives include the following: Examine the impact of relationships and motivation on student achievement, especially students at-risk; Become familiar with tools and strategies for developing relationships; Discuss and explore instructional materials and strategies that promote character and growth mindset; Discuss assessment strategies and practices that motivate students and encourage growth.

Summary

Our sessions provides a review of research on relationships and achievement, practical tools and activities that enable teachers to get to know their students and their needs, and instructional materials and strategies that promote a growth mindset and develop rigor. Each participant will leave with an understanding of the importance of positive learning environments and positive peer-teacher relationships as it pertains to academic achievement of students at-risk. They will also leave with tools, activities, and strategies that can be utilized the very next day in their classrooms with all students. Our goal is to impact students by training teachers to make their practice more inspiring, motivating, and encouraging.

Evidence

Our tools, strategies, and activities are based on the following:

1) 42 years collectively in education/classroom practice in Title I schools

2) Bill Dagget's Relationships, Rigor, Relevance

3) Research and articles from Cataldi & KewallRamani (2009), Valiente, Swanson, & Eisenberg (2012), Gallagher (2013).

4) Methods by Myron Dueck from Grading Smarter Not Harder.

Credit is given to all authors through our presentation and in the reference slides.

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Amanda M. Lemons has been an educator serving students at risk for 13 years, teaching English Language Arts in grades 7-12 and currently serving as Instructional Partner and Reading Interventionist at Buckhorn Middle School in New Market, Alabama. She is National Board Certified in Early Adolescence English Language Arts and holds an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, an Ed.S. in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Samford University, where she conducted dissertation research on the impact of teacher student relationships on racial equity in discipline. She serves as a cluster-wide facilitator for HOPE Leadership Academy, a leadership program for students who are at-risk. Dr. Lemons has presented at numerous local, district, and state conferences, including the Alabama National Board State Conference 2014, 2015.

Dr. Libby H. Parker has served as an educator for 27 years. She served 25 years as a Special Education and Language Arts Teacher, Resource Specialist, and Assistant Principal in public schools, with most of that experience in Title I schools. For the last two years, she has been Principal at Holy Family School in Huntsville (the first school to be integrated in the State of Alabama). This school is racially, socioeconomically, culturally, and religiously diverse and successfully serves all populations. Dr. Parker holds a National Board Certification in Early Childhood to Young Adulthood Exceptional Needs, a Masters in Instructional Leadership, an EdS and EdD in Educational Leadership from Samford University where her research included Early Intervention for Dropout Prevention. She has served as a Citizen Diplomat to Pakistan for the U.S. State Department, mentoring foreign citizens from Pakistan, India, and South America. In 2016, she was a part of the U.S. Delegation that visited Pakistan and was a Keynote Speaker at the International Convention held in Islamabad. She has also presented at numerous regional and state conferences including Closing the Achievement Gap (Alabama-2015) MSERA (2016), and National Youth At-Risk Conference (2016).

Keyword Descriptors

Relate, Motivate, Educate, Closing Achievement Gap, Positive Environment, Growth Mindset

Presentation Year

2018

Start Date

3-6-2018 2:45 PM

End Date

3-6-2018 4:00 PM

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Relate-Motivate-EDUCATE

Ballroom D

We will present K-12 Teachers and Administrators with materials and strategies to develop positive relationships with students and motivate them through the learning cycle and life. Our objectives include the following: Examine the impact of relationships and motivation on student achievement, especially students at-risk; Become familiar with tools and strategies for developing relationships; Discuss and explore instructional materials and strategies that promote character and growth mindset; Discuss assessment strategies and practices that motivate students and encourage growth.