First Presenter's Institution

E.P.I.C. Educators

Second Presenter's Institution

NA

Third Presenter's Institution

NA

Fourth Presenter's Institution

NA

Fifth Presenter's Institution

NA

Location

Poster Session (Harborside)

Strand #1

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Strand #2

Social & Emotional Skills

Relevance

Participants will experience what it is like to be in a positive learning environment as well as tips and tools on how to create a positive learning environment in three easy steps. Participants will also get an understanding of the importance of creating positive culture within the classroom and how that leads to an increase in student engagement.

Brief Program Description

Teaching children is what teachers want to do, but all too often teachers end up teaching content and the children are left behind in the rear-view. Experience and discuss what it is like to teach using a curriculum map like a road map. Student engagement and positive school culture will be used to show how at-risk students can surpass expectations when they are taught and the subject area content information is used as the vehicle to shape a more positive future. During this session you will experience the ups and downs of the at-risk student and what you can do to keep the momentum without making too many pit stops along the way.

Summary

The purpose of this presentation is to get teachers to think about the focus of their lessons and how all too often lessons are driven by content without any focus on the children in the room. Participants will be given three easy steps to follow to create a positive learning environment. They will examine how the use of curriculum maps have put teachers on a highway to nowhere and what they can do to slow down while maintaining the momentum needed to teach the students what they need to be successful. Participants will also get an understanding of the importance of creating positive culture within the classroom and how that leads to an increase in student engagement. The activities within the presentation will allow participants to interact with each other and experience how any student can be at-risk but also how they serve as the bridge to change and positivity in their lives. Data and statistics will be shared with participants, allowing them to understand the impact they can have on every student and what happens when there is a focus on who is in the room and not what is on the map.

Evidence

Throughout the presentation data and statistics will be shared with participates as well as testimony from former students and colleague. The data shared will be from the classroom, the school, and district level, as well as data related to researched based strategies.

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Christopher Williams has over 15 years of education experience and has made it her mission to leave schools better than she found them. She is currently the Assistant Director for NCSS Project AWARE, PBIS District Coordinator for Newton County Schools, and Lead Educational Consultant for E.P.I.C. Educators. During her time in education she has taught Science at the middle and high school level. She has served as a department chair and Math/Science Instructional Coach. Christopher has been active in establishing a blueprint for PBIS student organizations in Newton County and was instrumental in forming Georgia’s first established PBIS student organization, the RAMbassadorS, who have been featured as the model for student voice and input at various conferences throughout the state of Georgia. Christopher has presented at the local, state and national level addressing topics related to school climate, classroom management, effective teaching strategies, social emotional well-being, and PBIS.

Keyword Descriptors

Positive, PBIS, Climate, Engagement, Culture, Achievement

Presentation Year

March 2019

Start Date

3-5-2019 4:00 PM

End Date

3-5-2019 5:30 PM

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Mar 5th, 4:00 PM Mar 5th, 5:30 PM

Reaching Children by Teaching Children Not Content: A Road Map to the Whole Child

Poster Session (Harborside)

Teaching children is what teachers want to do, but all too often teachers end up teaching content and the children are left behind in the rear-view. Experience and discuss what it is like to teach using a curriculum map like a road map. Student engagement and positive school culture will be used to show how at-risk students can surpass expectations when they are taught and the subject area content information is used as the vehicle to shape a more positive future. During this session you will experience the ups and downs of the at-risk student and what you can do to keep the momentum without making too many pit stops along the way.