Engage Cobb Conference

July 10-11th, 2018

Join us at Pope High School (3001 Hembree Road, Marietta, GA 30062) for amazing K-12 opportunities to further your professional growth in all content areas.

Democracy in Action Two Day Workshop for K-12 Educators 

Click here to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SGMB7GB

Join us for a two day workshop on civic engagement and student voice.  Participants will receive Mikva Challenge resources.  This workshop will help schools develop student leaders and responsible citizens. Schools are encouraged to send a team of teachers (for more information check out the Mikva Challenge at https://www.mikvachallenge.org/).
When: July 10 and 11 from 8:30am to 3:30pm (Two day workshop) K-12 Educators
Where: Pope High School Media Center (Part of Engage Cobb)
Why: We need engaged and informed citizens!
Day One: Community Engagement and Democratic Classrooms
In this session, participants will become familiar with social emotional learning strategies informed by action civics pedagogy to create classrooms where students take ownership of their learning and engage fully as participants of a community.
Day Two: Taking Action: Community Problem Solving
Learn a six step process for youth problem solving that challenges students to examine their communities, identify issues of importance to them, conduct intensive primary research about these issues, analyze power, develop strategies, and take action to impact policy – while reflecting on the process throughout. Participants will explore each of the six steps in depth and discuss key strategies for implementing the process in their classrooms.

Math Workshops with National Presenter Sue O’Connell

Sign up link for either session:  Sue O’Connell Workshop Registration

July 10th (Pope Cafeteria) Making Sense of Numbers Through Models, Discussion, and Discovery (Grades K-2)

Do your students understand how numbers work? Do they have a deep understanding of place value and properties? Join Sue O’Connell to explore simple classroom investigations that focus on big ideas about numbers. Help your students make sense of important number concepts through literature connections, models, investigations, and lots of math talk! You will walk away from this session with a wealth of teaching strategies and engaging tasks that will enliven your math classroom and help your students arrive at a deeper understanding of numbers.

July 11th (Pope Cafeteria) Making Sense of Fractions Through Models, Discussion, and Discovery (Grades 3-5)

Do your students understand important fraction concepts? Rather than simply memorizing rules, exploring fractions through hands-on investigations helps your students make sense of how fractions work and discover rules for themselves. Through simple investigations in which students create models, gather and observe data, test their thinking, and talk about their ideas, they are able to deepen their understanding of fractions and meet today’s more rigorous expectations. Join Sue O’Connell to have some hands-on fraction fun while gathering ideas for simple fraction investigations to get your students thinking and talking about fractions. You will walk away from this session with a wealth of teaching strategies and engaging tasks that will enliven your math classroom and help your students arrive at a deeper understanding of fractions.
Teachers in grades 3-5 who are representing their local school as district math PLC members during the 2018-19 school year should not attend this session. Sue O’Connell is scheduled to return in January 2019 to conduct professional learning with PLC members.

Adding Muscle to your Science (K-12) (Pope, Room 316)

Registration Link:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0C4BABA722A3F85-adding

Let’s spend some time figuring out the how, why, and what of 3 dimensional instructing and learning in science.  We’ll jump into what is available, run through some samples, add weight to our expectations as we climb to new heights of understanding how the brain learns.  We will build on what we know about anchoring phenomenon to develop story-lines that fit the GSE in science with no sweat.  You will work together to discover a plan that will give you a boost in the next school year.

English Language Arts 2-Day Workshops

Registration link Limit 30 per class

K-5 ELA:  New and Enhanced Strategies for Guided Reading (Instructors Sonya Henry & Stephanie Atchley) (Participants be sure to bring your laptops!) (Pope, Room 306)

In this two-day workshop, participants will receive all the planning and instructional tools you need to teach guided reading well, from pre-A to fluent, organized around proven Assess-Decide-Guide framework. You will learn how to use prompts, discussion starters, teaching points, word lists, intervention suggestions, and more to support all students, including dual language learners and striving readers. You will also receive your own copy of the book The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading by Jan Richardson. Twenty minutes of daily small-group instruction can change lives. Learn how to maximize your time and make them count!

6-8 ELA/Reading Teachers (Instructors Beth Smith & Tomorlo Allen) (Pope, Room 307)

Middle school ELA and reading classrooms are the best stage for relevant, enticing conversations. Join this two-day workshop to discuss rich teaching and learning experiences that occur when teachers are culturally responsive. Together, we will explore ways to empower students by teaching from rich mentor texts. Ways to address the Georgia Standards of Excellence will explicitly be modeled and participants will have the opportunity to apply new acquired skills with their contexts in mind. Each participant will receive copies of two mentor texts they can use with their students during the 2018-2019 school year. In addition, participants will walk away with strategies to support them with modeling and analyzing student writing.

9-12th Grade English Teachers (Instructors Sylvia Spruill & Annette Tucker) (Pope Room 308)

When was the last time a student in your class enjoyed reading a book? How often has a student made a book recommendation in your class? Using relevant and culturally responsive texts in the classroom engages students in the work of discovering and using their own voices. During this two-day workshop, participants will explore a variety of texts and learn strategies that actively engage students in critically reading, analyzing, and writing. We will explore independent reading, the process of teaching writing, and the use of focused strategies to engage students. Participants will leave with several strategies, multiple copies of books, and ways to encourage writing and reading in every student. Participants will have opportunities to plan and incorporate what we learn as they prepare for the 2018-2019 school year.

EIP Writing and Math Workshop (Pope Orchestra & Chorus Rooms)

Click EIP Writing and Math Workshop Engage Cobb Brian Nelson for flyer including link for registration and two day descriptions