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2017 IPD Breakout Sessions

First Breakout Group

4 Amazing Secrets About Culturally Affirming Classroom Management Every Teacher Should Know

This power-packed session focuses on proactive elements to fostering a culturally affirming classroom management plan to help engage students in multiple environments/settings. Participants will benefit from the expertise of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a university instructor who bridge the "theory to practice gap" for all educators.

Trainers: Janice Underwood, Old Dominion University; and Johnnie Underwood, New Horizons Regional Education Center,,


"A Different Type of Teacher"

This presentation highlights the significance of motivation and inspiration in the field of education. It aims to equip educators with the tools needed to overcome teacher burnout. Collaboration is emphasized through Think-Pair-Share interaction.

Trainer: Jahkari JT Taylor, Chesapeake Education Association,


A Trauma Informed Restorative Approach to School Discipline

This interactive session on equity and justice in the classroom will explore the root causes of disproportionate school discipline policies and practices, present strategies for trauma awareness and resilience, engage participants in restorative circle processes, and culturally responsive mindfulness techniques. 

Trainers: Ram Bhagat, EdD and Reginia Hopkins, JD EdD, Sustainable and Transformative Education Practices (STEP),,


The Art of Change

"The Art of Change" is a compelling presentation about the benefits of integrated arts curriculum. History shows irrefutable evidence that music and the arts are essential disciplines that shape the world around us. Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci was also a scientist and inventor. Physicist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Einstein was a violinist. Civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was also recognized as a Grammy-Award winning spoken word artist. These historic figures knew then what educators finally understand today – everything is connected! Nearly 80% of public schools in America have eliminated the arts, but Ms. Austin will demonstrate how an integrated arts curriculum, especially for marginalized students, stimulates growth in 10 critical areas of human development. Students from her STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) programs have increased their test scores in upwards of 30% in Math and 20% in Science in less than 2 weeks! If you’re interested in helping your students bridge the achievement gap and get them excited about learning again, then "The Art of Change" will show you the way!

Trainer: Yewande Austin, Change Rocks Foundation,


Claymation in the Classroom

This session will open your eyes to the virtually limitless possibilities of claymation animation. Learn how to develop engaging lessons that include technology, choice, differentiation, cooperative learning, and multiple paths to mastery. Claymation can be adapted to teach everything from nursery rhymes to physics.

Trainer: Carol Bauer, York Education Association,


ESSA is Here: Now What?

ESSA implementation is underway, but is your local ready? Participants will leave this session with a plan of action that can be used to successfully implement ESSSA. Now is the time to let our voices be heard about what we want for our students.

Trainers: Riley O’Casey, Prince William Education Association, and Naila Holmes, VEA Director of Human and Civil Rights,


Finding the Keepers: Developing Teachers for Longevity

In this interactive session, participants will discuss research surrounding teacher attrition through the lens of veteran teacher retention. Using a group participation model, the presenter will engage attendees in activities that will help them to "find the keepers" in their schools

Trainer: DeJuanna Parker, Fauquier Education Association,


Gaining the Talent Advantage: Building and Growing a Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

In this session, you’ll learn how to build and grow a diversity and inclusion strategy and optimize performance in attracting, developing and retaining diverse talent. This session will also provide HR practitioners and education leaders with guidance on how to maintain OFCCP compliance, meet EEO/AA goals and provide proof of job delivery. (Interactive activity time included.)

Trainers: Preston J. Edwards, Jr. and Trina Edwards, DIVERSITY in Ed,


I Viewed the Dyslexia Awareness Module, and I'm Not a Reading Specialist - So What Am I Supposed to Do Now?

After reviewing a brief Power Point refresher on the module, participants will engage in an interactive, live Question-and-Answer session with a panel composed of experts from VDOE’s T/TAC at William and Mary, AIM-Va, and Decoding Dyslexia Virginia, who have experience in supporting teachers of students with dyslexia.

Trainers: Mari Hommel, VEA-Retired,; Maria Stowe,; Cindy George,; and Rebecca Hodell,


Nip Your Stress in the Bud: 7 Proven Strategies for Managing Stress More Effectively

Teaching is an extremely demanding and stressful occupation. Too many teachers fail to take care of themselves while taking care of everyone around them. This presentation offers proven strategies for how to take better care of oneself and managing stress proactively and effectively. 

Trainer: Kitty Boitnott, Henrico Education Association,


Performance-based Assessments

Performance-based assessments measure subject-matter proficiency and the ability of students to apply the content and skills they have learned.  Performance-based assessments may also assess acquisition of the "Five C’s" – critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration, and citizenship – described in the Board of Education’s Profile of a Virginia Graduate. Performance-based assessments are designed to encourage deeper learning and are an essential component of a balanced testing program.

The Virginia Department of Education – supported by a $1.1 million grant from the Hewlett Foundation – is developing resources and regional and statewide professional learning opportunities to help school divisions develop the capacity to design performance-based assessments and provide instruction that supports deeper learning.

Learn more about the training, resources, and implementation of performance-based assessments from the Virginia Department of Education.
Trainer: Dr. Steve Constantino, Virginia Department of Education,


T3: Tips, Tricks, & Techniques-Using Instructional Technology to Enhance Formative Assessments

Teachers will use personal mobile devices/tablets/laptops to actively participate in learning how to use two forms of instructional technology to engage students and collect real-time data. Each teacher who attends will receive a class set of Plickers, a "cheat sheet," and creative ideas to employ in their classrooms.

Trainer: Janeen Perry-Campbell, Portsmouth Education Association,


What is Involved in National Board Certification Maintenance of Certification (Renewal)?

This session will provide National Board Certified Teachers strategies and information applicable to the National Board Certification Maintenance of Certification process. Many NBCTs have many questions about the process of maintaining their National Board Certification. This session is ONLY for National Board Certified teachers.

Trainer: Shawn Baugh, Prince William Education Association,



Second Breakout Group

BreakoutEDU: Creating Escape Artists in your Classroom

Have you been to an escape room? Interested in bringing the escape room concept to your classroom? BreakoutEDU is an educational movement allowing students to partake in an escape-room like experience tied to curriculum they are learning while also allowing students to hone the skills of collaboration and communication.

Trainer: Kaitlin Jensen, Virginia Beach Education Association,


Creating a Learning Environment Fit for Kids

This session will provide participants with the opportunity to discover how flexible spaces and groupings can transform the learning environment by empowering student agency and promoting collaboration. Participants will also learn how to partner with students to design a variety of learning spaces and options to meet their needs.

Trainer: Janice Bennett and Shelia Wilson, Virginia Beach Education Association,,


The Essentials of Electronics and Coding

K-12 educators will learn the basics of coding and electronics and how to infuse them into multiple facets of instruction. This session is great for content areas where model making is a student performance within the Virginia Standards of Learning. Participants will be requested to participate in a brief questionnaire surveying their preparedness (pre-and post-workshop) for infusing topics in Computer Science into their classroom instruction. K-12 Art, Science, Geometry and Technology and Engineering Educators can attend.

Participants will create a model using either the littleBits Code kit or STEAM kit! Also, littleBits projects are correlated with national standards and are ready for you to add into your lesson plan.

Trainer: Jorge Valenzuela, National Teacher Effectiveness Coach,


Eye See Color

Eye See Color is a self-awareness workshop designed to address the cultural needs of all staff and students in a school setting. Through collaborative exercises and open dialogue, participants are challenged to examine their daily words, thoughts, and actions.

Trainer: Rodney Jordan, Manassas Education Association,


Free Mobile Apps for the PK-12 Classroom

This interactive session will use the Canva app to discuss free mobile applications that teachers can use for anticipatory activities, to give direct instruction, to facilitate collaboration or cooperation, to study, to assess, and to reflect. Teachers will have time to brainstorm lesson integration in groups.

Trainer: Kelly Rippard, Old Dominion University,


Get up and Interactive in Social Studies

Social Studies is the perfect subject to incorporate games, mobile activities, and interdisciplinary assignments. Participants will become the students as they play their way through several activities appropriate for different levels and ages within the social studies classroom including primary source connections, "Choose your own adventure", and even VR headsets!

Trainer: Erin Merrill, Prince William Education Association,


Giant State Traveling Map

Come and take a walk on the interactive Giant State Traveling Map of Virginia. Learn about this interactive resource that can be used for Elementary, Middle, and High School students. We will be discussing and participating in lessons that involve walking on this map. Bring a clean pair of socks to participate.

Trainer: Rebecca Jasman, Madison Education Association,


The Power of Storytelling

Your presenter, Dr. Michael I. Otaigbe, was once an elementary school teacher, college dean, and school board member. In this captivating session, you will learn from the master storyteller the skills necessary for telling a good story that will inspire, engage, and entertain your audience.

Trainer: Michael Otaigbe, Prince William Education Association,


Profile of a Virginia Graduate

Over the last several years, the Board of Education (BOE) has worked through public outreach and stakeholder participation to redesign the high school experience to: (1) align the expectations of higher education and the business community with high school graduation requirements; and (2) prepare students for success in life and for work in a complex, evolving economy. Representatives of higher education, business, and the military have said that many high school graduates are academically prepared, but missing key skills needed to be successful in life. In addition to academic preparation, employers have discussed the importance of possessing life-ready skills, including: taking responsibility, knowing how to work with others, solving problems, understanding how to communicate in a business setting, knowing how to treat others, and contribute to your community. The BOE has developed a Profile of a Virginia Graduate to describe the knowledge, skills, competencies, and experiences students should attain during their K-12 education. To implement these changes, the Board is amending the Standards of Accreditation. This session will present the concepts of the Profile of a Virginia Graduate and the changes in graduation requirements being proposed in the Standards of Accreditation.

Trainer: Dr. Cindy Cave, Virginia Department of Education,


Strategies for Building Students Ownership of Learning

How do we motivate and structure learning so that students take responsibility for their own learning? During this interactive session, educators will learn specific strategies that can be used at any grade level in any content area to boost and encourage students to take ownership of their learning.

Trainer: Melissa Lara, Educators Building Blocks,


Spiritual Resiliency: In Chaotic Times

The purpose of this presentation is to bring awareness to personal power and self-care in a journey to becoming spiritually resilient. This presentation will identify and demonstrate personal practices of mediation, mindfulness, yoga, and reflection that can result in a person becoming spiritually resilient in challenging environments.

Trainer: Myra Burton, Norfolk Public School,


Using eMediaVA in the Classroom, over 100,000 Free VA SOL Aligned Learning Objects to Enhance Instruction

Developed by WHRO Public Media, eMediaVA offers over 100,000 Virginia SOL aligned learning objects including video. Teachers can create web based learning units designed to meet the needs of an entire class or an individual student. eMediaVA is provided free of charge to public educators in Virginia.

Trainer: John Osterhout, Chesapeake Education Association,


We Like to Move It Move It: Implementing a Sensory-Movement Room to Enhance Learning in Students with ASD

Research states opportunities for movement has been shown to enhance or even be a necessity for learning. We have developed a sensory movement room to help enhance sensory regulating needs of identified students with sensory processing difficulties or suspected sensory processing difficulties based off of a doctoral project. A high level of structure, predictability, and routine are used to moderate activity levels along with several instructional strategies (i.e. video modeling, visual supports).

Trainers: Bethany Shilan and Theresa Anders, Amelia Education Association,,



Third Breakout Group

Be Proactive! Using Proactive Circles to Build Community in the Classroom

This workshop introduces Proactive Circles (Restorative Practices in the classroom) and how they can be used to not only build community in the classroom but to also "grow" student leaders. This concept also allows educators to partner with students.

Trainer: Melodie Henderson, Chesterfield Education Association.


Classroom Management

The task of educators is to create a positive classroom environment through effective classroom management. This session will offer suggestions and strategies about implementing classroom routines and procedures, building relationships with students, and de-escalating situations that may occur in the classroom.

Trainers: Dr. Angelnet Stith and NaTeesha Maryland, Greensville Education Association,,


Financial Essentials Workshop

Goal: Helping members build financial futures

The financial picture for members and education professionals is changing. The Financial Essentials workshop can help members learn the key financial concepts to help them prepare for retirement and gain confidence in their overall financial plan.

Trainer: Warren Hill, Prince William Education Association,


Let’s Talk: Combatting Institutional Racism Through Dialogue

How do students, parents, educators, and concerned community members engage in meaningful conversation and action around institutional racism? Participants will walk and talk through a racial justice listening session that will provide insight, ideas, and context to our future work as we advocate for racial justice in our schools.

Trainer: Carol Medawar, Richmond Education Association and Alfonso Salais, NEA Center for Organizing,


Meaningful Service Experiences for Future Educators

Education students should be purposeful in their exploration, actively involved in the moment, and genuinely reflective while processing their learning. Host teachers should recognize their value and their influence while being properly supported so that they know what to expect as different volunteers enter their classrooms.

Trainer: Dawn Knight, Virginia Tech SOE,


A True Story: Motivating Students to be Successful Through Collective Efficacy

The case study is real – how one school moved from good to great by implementing purposeful and effective change. Presentation will include a combination of John Hattie’s collective efficacy research, and practical motivational and relational strategies to increase student achievement.

Trainers: Dr. Beverly B. Allen-Hardy and Scott Orth, Henrico County Public Schools,


Power, Privilege and Poverty in the Classroom and its Impact on Culturally Relevant Teaching: An Interactive Exploration of Building Relationships Through Learning

Communication is essential. Words have the power to wound by perpetuating stereotypes, prejudices, and power. However, when used to uplift, people reclaim and gain a sense of collective power by naming and describing experiences. This session will explore how to positively impact students through CRT strategies and restorative practices.

Trainer: Chevella Wilson, Guilford County Schools, NC,


Prefer Salt or Pepper?

Understand and implement your leadership style while blending with others. You’ll learn responsibility, and how to assist when you’re not in charge. A good leader, must also follow. We’ll engage in role playing while learning how to handle scenarios that impact individuals or team players.

Trainers: Ingrid Gant and Kelly Byrd, Arlington Education Association,,


Promoting Disability Awareness in your Schools

Led by students with disabilities, the Inclusion Project’s goal is to promote disability awareness for students and community members and to reduce bullying. Attendees will:

Trainers: Jack Brandt and Matthew Shapiro, Partnership for People with Disabilities/VCU,,


S.C.A.M.P.E.R. with Small Group Assignments

Interested in how small group work can be productive and engaging for everyone? Want to ensure that all students in the small group are actively engaged? Well, SCAMPER is for your classroom! Apply this technique with the scientific method, any novel-study, or historical event, & watch students soar!

Trainer: Sonia Smith, Chesterfield Education Association,


Teaching and Learning with Innovation and Equity in Mind

The goal for this presentation is to lead a discussion regarding how teaching with innovation and equity in mind can improve school culture and student achievement.

Trainer: Dr. Toney L. McNair, Jr., Chesapeake Education Association,


Top 10 Special Education Topics of Priority Today

Find out about Special Education policies, programs and initiatives first-hand from John Eisenberg, Assistant Superintendent for Special Education and Student Services. 

Trainer: John Eisenberg, Virginia Department of Education,


Working Side by Side with LGBTQ+ Youth in Virginia

Join Side by Side, formerly ROSMY, for a workshop focused on how to best support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ+) youth in your school. The workshop will feature risk factors and protective factors for LGBTQ+ youth with specific data from Virginia’s students, and feature a group discussion on how to make positive change in your community.

Trainer: Ted Lewis, Side by Side,

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