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Elementary & Secondary Track - Workshops

Registration has now ended. See you on November 4!

Workshop Session 1 (9:30-10:45)

  • Led by a certified DiSC facilitator, this powerful program improves work productivity, teamwork and communication. This workshop is valuable for anyone who speaks to other people and will impact the participant's personal and professional life.
    Facilitator: Mindy Stern, SPHR,SHRM-SCP, ACC
    Audience: All
    Format: Interactive, powerpoint presentation with interactive discussion
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • This workshop will focus on the personalizing for all students through Blended Learning. You'll learn why it's popular, how it can be used as a marketing tool, and how to start a program.
    Facilitator: Kara Martone
    Audience: All teachers, grades 6-12, and Administrators
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • The central idea of formative assessment, or assessment for learning, is that evidence of student learning is used to adjust instruction to better meet student learning needs. Participants will develop assessment practices which may be immediately implemented in their classrooms.
    Facilitator: Carol Geddis
    Audience: Teachers, grades K-5
    Format: Discussion-based, Interactive
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • Come and learn about multi-grade Project Based Learning (PBL) from two teachers.
    Facilitators: Leslie Hatcher and Amy Pederson
    Audience: All teachers, grades K-12, Administrators, Administrative Assistants, Pastors, Board Members
    Format:Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive, Hands-On, Tangible Take-Away
    *plan to bring your own device!
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • The research is crystal clear: two of the simplest and widely effective ways to boost academics and reduce behavioral issues is through exercise/movement and excellent nutrition. The information is useful for anyone who sits at a desk for a living or presents to people who are sitting.
    Facilitator: Mark Schoepp
    Audience: All
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • In this workshop you will learn techniques that for your classroom, where students take ownership and are responsible for their own learning. The facilitator will model tasks and share assignments with you that her students enjoyed and were able to transfer the skills taught to other classes and assignments.
    Facilitator: Sarah Walters
    Audience: Teachers, grades 9-12 in English Language Arts/Reading, Social Studies, and Science
    Format:Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • Educators are typically much more likely to use summative assessments to analyze student achievement than formative assessments, which are often better. This session will review why and how formative check-ins are an important part of your classroom.
    Facilitator: David Black
    Audience: All teachers, grades 6-12, Administrators, Administrative Assistants
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • Do you desire to make a lasting impact on the students of your classroom? Research demonstrates that the level of emotional literacy your students possess is positively correlated to academic achievement, faith development, social adjustment and leadership skills. The great news is that emotional literacy can be taught! This workshop introduces participants to the skills and techniques necessary to develop personal, emotional literacy and to teach emotional literacy to students.
    Facilitator: Dr. Gary Dresser
    Audience: All
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get)

  • Project ACT is an Arts Integration approach where students and teachers participate in a creative process that allows them to image, examine, perceive, explore, experiment, develop craft, create, reflect, assess, revise, and share. Come and explore!
    Facilitator: Dr. Michael McCambridge
    Audience: Teachers, grades 3-12
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • --CANCELED--
    This session will be interactive, built around examination of stories and/or scenarios adapted from experiences people have encountered, based on bias and exclusion. Come and learn how you can be a part of change.
    Facilitator: Monique C. Nunes
    Audience: All
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Hands-On, Tangible Take-Away
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • --CANCELED--
    Learn from facilitators in a collaborative learning experience that is in its third year at LuHi. The goal of the workshop is to provide some insights into the process of creating a collaborative learning experience of this size and to facilitate the design and development of an experience appropriate for individual institutions.
    Facilitators: Jennifer Grene, Harold Kennedy, & Adam Schoepflin
    Audience: Everyone
    Format: Discussion-based, Interactive, Hands-On, Tangible Take-Away
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • In this interactive workshop, teachers will participate in lessons for students regarding historical debates, evaluating the decisions of Emperor Charles V, eyewitness accounts, Luther's personal mail, and the impact of participatory worship on culture. The 500th anniversary of the Reformation provides a unique opportunity for student research projects and lessons with current events and how people over time have viewed Martin Luther and the reformers. Print and digital resources will be provided.
    Facilitator: Hank Bitten
    Audience: Teachers, grades 6-12, Religion teachers, Social Studies teachers, pastors
    Format: Discussion-based, Interactive
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • As a leader, are you looking to implement change in some way at your school? This panel discussion, moderated by CUEM Executive Director Marlene Lund, will give you the chance to hear from school leaders who have been engaged in change leadership at Lutheran schools. Come ready to ask questions, and leave with ideas for starting your change initiative.
    Facilitators:Marlene Lund, Mary Leake and Gayle Renken
    Audience: Administrators, Board Members, Pastors
    Format: Discussion-based, Interactive
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • Fortunately (or unfortunately), life is not cleanly divided into topic specific increments of time. Join the discussion about interdisciplinary and vertical teaching. Help your students make connections between disciplines and create relevant meaningful lessons that employ higher level thinking skills. Group members will have access to an online platform showcasing our collective ideas from the day.
    Facilitators:Laura Callahan and Amber Browning
    Audience: Teachers, grades 6-12
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get)

  • --CANCELED--
    With the help of Gene Edward Vieth and Martin Luther, participants will look beyond external appearances and servanthood as indicated in 1 Samuel 16:7 - "For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart."
    Facilitator: LuJuana R. Butts
    Audience: Grades 3-12 Teachers
    Format: Discussion-based, Interactive

  • It's not a matter of if your student will face a difficult decision or a major crossroads, but how they'll face the tough call that's sure to come their way. Your task, as one of the major influencers in your student's life is to equip them confront and conquer "tough calls" as they come, and to fill them with a sense of Godly peace and perspective along the way.
    Facilitator: Pastor Matt Popovits
    Audience: All teachers, guidance counselors, pastors, administrators
    Format: Lecture, Discussion-based

Workshop Session 2 (12:15-1:15)

  • Project Based Learning (PBL) is an education model where students individually or collaboratively pursue and share knowledge in deep and meaningful ways through their own research, study, and creations. In this two-part session we will explore the key elements of PBL and provide significant workshop time to create PBL learning experiences for your students, receiving significant feedback along the way. Please sign up for Part 2 (ES3A).
    Facilitator: David Black
    Audience: Teachers, grades 3-12, Administrators, Board Members
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive, Hands-On, Tangible Take-Away
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • In this session, participants will learn about some of the newest, most engaging tech tools available. We will discuss HOW and WHY these tools can be used in the classroom.
    Facilitator: Kara Martone
    Audience: Teachers, grades 3-12, and Administrators
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • Spelling is an area of the ELA curriculum that requires thoughtful planning. The workshop will take a critical look at spelling instruction and give teachers the opportunity to leave with a new perspective and new approaches to teaching this very important life skill of knowing how to spell.
    Facilitator: Carol Geddis
    Audience: Teachers, grades K-5
    Format: Interactive, Tangible Take-Away
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • This workshop will describe a pilot project that uses either monthly Circuit meetings or regular Church/School staff meetings to provide gentle, ongoing support for improved church worker health. It will describe the year-long project to provide the best chance of success in each person's own health journey.
    Facilitator: Mark Schoepp
    Audience: Administrators, Administrative Assistants, Pastors, Board Members
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive

  • Motivating teachers and students to explore their passions, their “after-school” schedules are almost as busy as the school day! This workshop will discuss alternate methods of student and teacher engagement using a system known in the Waldorf Schools and adaptable to almost any schedule!
    Facilitators: Jim Regan and Sara Cahill
    Audience: All
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • Children learn the language of their earthly family beginning in infancy. Participants will learn practical prayer methods and how technology may be used to enhance the practice of prayer. Engage with others about prayer and consider ways to pray with children.
    Facilitator: Tiffany Manor
    Audience: Everyone
    Format: Discussion-based, Interactive, Tangible Take-Away

  • In this workshop you will learn about the successes and failures you might experience while trying to establish your robotics teams. We will discuss financial considerations, multipurpose purchasing, establishing a school and classroom culture that supports your robotics team, and how to run classroom competitions in lieu of national competitions.
    Facilitator: Harold Kennedy
    Audience: Teachers, grades 3-12, Science teachers
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive, Hands-On
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • This workshop will provide strategies to help develop strong, lasting connections with students. It is designed to give tangible ways to nurture students and grow their confidence without compromising teacher routines, academics, and class expectations. It's about building bonds.
    Facilitator: Melissa Essigman
    Audience: Teachers, grades 5-9
    Format: Discussion-based, Interactive, Tangible Take-Away
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • Take a fresh look at the classroom setting to ensure that it promotes a Biblical vision and foundation of God's love for all. We will look at curriculum, personal bias, and classroom dynamics.
    Facilitator: Karla McKenzie
    Audience: Everyone
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive

  • This is the first session of a two part, in-depth workshop. In Part I, participants will learn about and review a functional behavioral analysis (FBA) and its purpose. Using real situations, participants will answer the questions from the FBA. Please be sure to register for Part II (ES3J) of this workshop.
    Facilitator: Adam J. Holstein
    Audience: Teachers, grades K-12
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive, Hands-On, Tangible Take-Away
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • CodeMonkey is an award-winning online game that teaches text-based coding in a real world programming language. Learn how the free version can be used in classrooms as an introduction to coding and how its full curriculum can guide students through all the fundamentals of computer programming through an intuitive game based experience.
    Facilitator: Jonathan Schor
    Audience: Teachers, grades 3-8
    Format: Interactive, Hands-On *bring your own device to maximize this workshop!
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • This workshop will give administrators and teachers practical methods of differentiation and explore the how departmentalization can positively impact elementary education. Be sure to sign up for Part II (ES3L).
    Facilitators: Sashemani Elliott, Misty Heelan, Francina Yaw-Costello, Llajaira Dessereau
    Audience: Teachers, grades K-8, Administrators
    Format: Discussion-based, Interactive, Hands-On, Tangible Take-Away
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • --CLOSED OUT--
    What do Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and Leonardo da Vinci have in common? They were self-directed learners - and it was that sense and capacity for self-direction that catapulted them into the history books. In this session, we will look at how we can nurture this same sort of self-direction in our students today.
    Facilitator: Dr. Bernard Bull
    Audience: Teachers, grades 6-12
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • Everything you do as a school leads people back to your website. It is the center of your marketing universe and the home base of your brand. Does your website captivate and engage people or is it merely an online brochure with a few photos and a mission statement? In this session, we will share more than a decade of focus group research to help improve your website.
    Facilitator: Dana Ostomel
    Audience: Administrators, Administrative Assistants, Pastors, Board Members
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive, Tangible Take-Away

  • Take an exciting journey celebrating the opportunities and gifts God has given to each one of us!
    Facilitator: Jennie Williamson
    Audience: All
    Format: Interactive

  • Global culture. Migration. You. Your School. Changing America's landscape: What to learn, re-learn and unlearn. Come let us reason together! Be sure to sign up for Part II (ES3P)
    Facilitator: Rev. Dr. Johnson Rethinasamy
    Audience: All
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based

  • This session is designed to help improve the listening and communication skills of educators. Learning to be a more effective communicator not only helps classroom management, but also conversations with parents and administrators.
    Facilitator: Elizabeth Geiling
    Audience: All teachers, grades K-12, Administrators, Administrative Assistants, Pastors, Board Members
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

Workshop Session 3 (2:00-3:00)

  • This is the second of a two-part workshop on Project Based Learning (PBL). In this two-part session we will explore the key elements of PBL and provide significant workshop time to create PBL learning experiences for your students, receiving significant feedback along the way. Be sure to sign up for Part 1 (ES2A).
    Facilitator: David Black
    Audience: Teachers, grades 3-12, Administrators and Board Members
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive, Hands-On, Tangible Take-Away
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • --CLOSED OUT--
    Primary sources such as photographs, cartoons, and posters can provide rich opportunity for students to sharpen their analysis, synthesis, and contextualization skills when employed effectively in lessons. Join us to explore methods for using these and other non-text sources to help build your students' visual literacy skills in the classroom and beyond.
    Facilitator: Daniel Kielbasa
    Audience: Teachers, grades 6-12, in English Language Arts/Reading, Social Studies, and Science
    Format: Discussion-based, Interactive
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • Critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork are essential skills for our students' future. In this session, we will talk about game-based tools like Breakout EDU that will help foster these skills in the classroom.
    Facilitator: Kara Martone
    Audience: Teachers, grades 6-12, and Administrators
    Format: Discussion-based, Hands-On
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • Stress and worry can plague us and the world in which we live. This session will also include a guided imagery experience.
    Facilitator: Bettina Bove, LCSW -R
    Audience: Administrators
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Interactive

  • Human and monetary resources are often limited for small schools. This workshop will encourage participants to consider troubleshooting current communications methods and discuss methods of community engagement.
    Facilitator: Kelli Westfal and Sara Cahill
    Audience: Administrators, Administrative Assistants, Pastors, Board Members, All
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive

  • Concerned about your retirement? It's never too late to plan!
    Facilitators: Eric Bilger,James Bilger, Gena Gilbertson
    Audience: All
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Interactive, Tangible Take-Away

  • This is a primer on very simple and practical ways to improve your diet and how big an impact diet makes on performance and emotional health (specific examples included).
    Facilitator: Mark Schoepp
    Audience: All
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive

  • Learn how to best utilize electronic newsletters to engage and communicate with your student families as well as prospective families.
    Facilitator: Kate Lloyd
    Audience: Administrators, Administrative Assistants, Marketing/Admissions Directors
    Format: Lecture & Discussion-based

  • --CANCELED--
    Microcontrollers and microcomputers are small but their potential in education is widespread. This workshop will focus on the use and instruction of Arduino and Raspberry Pi, and how you can integrate these into existing courses or develop new courses around them.
    Facilitator: Harold Kennedy
    Audience: Science teachers, grades 9-12
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive, Hands-On
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • This is the 2nd session of a two part, in-depth workshop. In Part 2, participants will develop a behavior program/strategy to implement for the child in their program. Please register for this session only if you have registered for Part 1 (ES2J).
    Facilitator: Adam J. Holstein
    Audience: Teachers, K-12
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive, Hands-On, Tangible Take-Away
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • --CLOSED OUT--
    Questions are all around us and starting at an early age, educators have the opportunity to invite curiosity or limit it. Participants will leave with tips and tools, as well as feedback from other participants. Come ready to roll up your sleeves and craft questions!
    Facilitator: Jessica Raba
    Audience: Teachers, K-12.
    Format: Interactive, Discussion-based
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • This workshop will give administrators and teachers practical methods of differentiation and explore the how departmentalization can positively impact elementary education.
    Facilitators: Sashemani Elliott, Misty Heelan, Francina Yaw-Costello, Llajaira Dessereau
    Audience: Teachers, K-8.
    Format: Discussion-based, Interactive, Hands-On, Tangible Take-Away
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • What does it take to lead innovations and changes that align with and amplify the impact of your school's distinct mission? Based upon his study of over a hundred innovative schools over the last decade, Dr. Bernard Bull, author of Missional Moonshots: Insight & Inspiration in Educational Innovation, will provide a series of practical tips for leading innovation that matters and makes a tangible difference in your school.
    Facilitator: Bernard Bull
    Audience: Administrators, Board Members
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • CodeMonkey is an award-winning online game that teaches text-based coding in a real world programming language. Learn how the free version can be used in classrooms as an introduction to coding and how its full curriculum can guide students through all the fundamentals of computer programming through an intuitive game based experience. (Repeat Session)
    Facilitator: Jonathan Schor
    Audience: Teachers, grades 3-8
    Format: Interactive, Hands-On *bring your own device to maximize this workshop!
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • You can use more than just boring dittos to practice and memorize math facts! In this 1-hour workshop, participants will learn and play several games that can be used in the classroom and sent home to make practice less torturous for all! (This is a repeat of a session offered in November 2015)
    Facilitator: Michelle Bauman.
    Audience: K-5 Math teachers
    Format: Interactive, Hands-On, Tangible Take-away
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • Global culture. Migration. You. Your School. Changing America's landscape: What to learn, re-learn and unlearn. Come let us reason together!
    Facilitator: Rev. Dr. Johnson Rethinasamy
    Audience: All
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based

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