Cadet Corner Stones

2015 Cadet Cornerstones

It’s time to register for Cadet Cornerstones! Please choose four sessions from the Cadet Cornerstones schedule, carefully noting when each is offered.  Sessions are appropriate for teachers of all content areas and all grade levels unless otherwise noted.  Registration is limited on some sessions due to space and equipment considerations, so register early!  All courses will be offered Aug. 18 at Connally Junior High School. 

 

All About the Attitude

Mandy Conner, Theater Director

Winston Churchill once said, “Attitude is the little thing that makes the difference.”  Come learn how our attitudes influence our classrooms and the school culture.  Mandy Conner will provide several motivational strategies for students and teachers as we embark on a new school year.

Avid and the Athlete

Jared Ellis, CJH coach and technology teacher

This course will examine how AVID strategies may be used in athletics to help athletes strive to "WIN" not only in the classroom, but on the field or court, as well. The session will give coaches, teachers, and administrators a brief look at how AVID strategies help student athletes stay focused, organized, and prepared for everyday life as a student athlete." 

AVID - What's your WICOR?  

Rebecca Hunt and Melissa Holt, CJH AVID coaches

Which AVID strategies give you more

bang for your buck?  Explore AVID’s proven learning support structure, known as WICOR, which incorporates teaching methodologies in the following critical areas: Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading to Learn.  Participants will learn a variety of strategies that may be used in any classroom.

 Building Vocabulary through Book Events

Dana McCoy and Barbara Cantrell, librarians

Discover fun and entertaining school and community book events that strengthen student vocabulary.  The ideas and suggestions are patterned after the work of author and illustrator Debra Frasier.  Walk away prepared to share vocabulary with your students through alphabet fairs, vocabulary parades, and more!  Appropriate for PK-5.

 What Makes a Question Essential?

Melanie Wiltse, CPS Literacy Coach

How does an essential question deepen a learner’s understanding?  This session explores the topic of essential questions, a concept highlighted in Jay McTighe’s book, Essential Questions.  Participants will examine characteristics of essential questions, how they differ from various other instructional questions, how to write an effective essential question, and how to increase learners’ knowledge of content using essential questions.

Creating a Student-Centered Environment with Learning Stations

Jennifer White, CES Literacy Coach

This session focuses on effective planning, organization, and management of student-centered learning stations.   Discover learning models for structure, rotations, student groupings, creative thinking, and overall classroom culture. 

Differentiating for Success

Andrea Clark, CJH science teacher, and Debbie Reed, CJH ELAR teacher

One size does not fit all in the mainstream classroom.  Explore strategies to extend learning for the gifted student, scaffold instruction for the student who struggles, and offer engaging lessons so all students can be successful. 

 Eduphoria Aware!

Chris Howard, Assessment, Accountability, and ESL Coordinator

Teachers will learn how use Eduphoria Aware! to create and process local assessments.   Eduphoria Aware!  also offers useful options for data analysis, allowing teachers to analyze summative (STAAR) and formative (benchmarks and CBAs) assessment data together to implement targeted, focused adjustments to instruction.  This training includes test creation, processing, and data analysis.

 Explicit Vocabulary Instruction Routine

Ashley Becknauld, CPS teacher

Researchers agree that effective vocabulary instruction is critical for comprehension.  This session focuses on preparation for vocabulary instruction and the use of an explicit vocabulary instruction routine taken from Explicit Instruction:  Effective and Efficient Teaching by Anita Archer.

 50 Tech Tools in 50 Minutes

Vickie Dean, CJH Principal

This fast-paced session will bring every teacher’s tech toolbox up to speed!  Participants will review and categorize educational websites and apps which promote creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and productivity among your students.  Bring your own device!

 Google Docs

Stephanie Gober, CJH counselor

Are you curious about how to use Google Docs in the classroom?  Google Docs allows users to organize, share, and edit in real time while multi-users are logged in to one document.  The program also permits students to collaborate on projects while you oversee the work from your own computer.  Come see all Google Docs has to offer!

 Leading the Way with Lead4ward

Krystal Coker, District Math Instructional Coach

How can educators work SMARTER and not HARDER to encourage success for our students? Participants will explore various tools and techniques from Lead4ward and delve into strategies which deliver rigorous, engaging instruction that incorporates various learning modalities, aligns to the TEKS, and infuses the highly tested process standards.

Teaching with Poverty in Mind

Jennifer Brown, CHS Literacy Coach and Judy Collander, librarian

How does a child's socio-economic status influence his or her academic development? Join us as we discuss GT kids in poverty and how it affects reading skills.  Learn strategies to address issues in all content areas. We will focus on research from Richard Allington as we collaborate to see how we can best serve these students!


Meaningful Bell-Ringers and Vocabulary for English/Language Arts/Reading

Jarra Exum and Jessica Obado, CHS English teachers

Join two Connally English teachers who share their daily routine for grammar, literary devices, and vocabulary.  Participants will leave with strategies to implement the first day of school, and devise with a long-term plan to tackle bell-ringers.  Appropriate for grades 5-12. 

 Meaningful Bell-Ringers and Vocabulary for All Content Areas

Jarra Exum and Jessica Obado, CHS English teachers

How you begin a class can make a huge difference in how effective the rest of the class time is.  Come hear how to choose words, share strategies, and implement best practices to make the most of the first five minutes of class.  Appropriate for grades 5-12.

 
Winning with CHAMPS

Jon Coker, CJH Asst. Principal

Students learn best in safe and productive classrooms.  CHAMPS is a positive and proactive classroom management system which helps teach students how to behave responsibly.  This session will explore methods to reduce classroom disruptions and office referrals; improve classroom climate; decrease off-task behavior; and increase student motivation.

 Understanding Dyslexia

Debbie Hailey, section 504/dyslexia coordinator; Chrysola Wasson, CPS dyslexia teacher; Carla Reeves, CES dyslexia teacher; Jil Tankersley, CJH interventionist

This introduction to dyslexia will provide strategies for adjusting instruction (taking very little additional time) to make a world of difference to students with dyslexia, while also helping other students with learning difficulties.  Research indicates that applying instructional strategies to assist students with dyslexia in the classroom will benefit the entire class, included gifted students, as well!

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9:30-10:20

10:30-11:20

1:00-1:50

2:00-2:50

All About the Attitude

 

 

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AVID – What’s Your WICOR?

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AVID and the Athlete

 

 

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Building Vocabulary through Book Events

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Creating a Student-Centered Environment with Learning Stations

 

 

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Differentiating for Success

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Eduphoria Aware!

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What Makes a Question Essential?

 

 

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Explicit Vocabulary Instruction Routine

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50 Tech Tools in 50 Minutes

 

 

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Google Docs

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Leading the Way with Lead4ward

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Meaningful Bell-Ringers and Vocabulary for English/Language Arts/Reading

 

 

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Meaningful Bell-Ringers and Vocabulary for All Content Areas

 

 

 

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Teaching with Poverty in Mind

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Understanding Dyslexia

 

 

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Winning with CHAMPS

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