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Keynotes for Educator Conference 2019

AGATE (Gifted & Talented) 

Lisa Van Gemert

9:00 am - 9:50 am
Belgrade High School: Auditorium

Letters to the Young Gifted

What do gifted adults wish they could share with the rising gifted generation? If they could go back and do it all over again, what traits and paradigms would they wish they had?
Explore the seven pillars that create or support healthy social, emotional and cognitive development in the gifted.
Find out what a library in Baghdad and Olympic athletes can teach our gifted children. Learn what it means to turn your own tide, the role of honor, and the importance of gathering a team (no matter how unlikely).
Discover the underrated power of waiting, and the correct approach to the gifted/typical code switch.
Empower educators and students as we travel there and back again.


  MAEA (Art Education

Anne Thulson
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3:00 PM - 4:50 PM 
Belgrade High School: Auditorium

Contemporary Art for the Everyday Classroom
The gap between contemporary art and the real world of K-12 teaching can seem wide. This session offers ways to research this unfamiliar roster of artists, break down their lofty concepts for kids, create practical curriculum, and convince skeptical administrators and parents.

  MATELA (English Language Arts)

Christy Mock-Stutz 

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10:00 AM - 10:50 AM 
Belgrade High School: Auditorium

Teacher Leadership in Montana: Leveraging Leadership to Build Literacy
Her keynote will highlight the importance of leadership and professional connections as avenues toward improved student literacy.

  MCSS (Social Studies)

Lynne O'Hara

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10:00 AM - 10:50 AM 
Belgrade High School: Room 169 

Reaching Reluctant Writers Through Social Studies
Reluctant writers lurk in every classroom. This interactive session will give teachers ten specific strategies to improve student writing in Social Studies

  MCSS (Social Studies)

Douglas MacDonald

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11:00 AM - 11:50 AM 
Belgrade High School: Auditorium 

Before the Park: 11,000 Years of Native Americans in Yellowstone
See and hear the fascinating story of Native American presence in Yellowstone. Included the significance of Obsidian Cliff, where volcanic rock was used to make tools, Yellowstone Lake, a place for gathering edible plants, Clovis points associated with mammoth hunting, and stone circles marking sites of tipi lodges.

  MCTM (Mathematics)

Sara VanDerWerf
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11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Belgrade High School: Auditorium

Backwards Classroom Cultures
My journey learning to ride a backwards bike transformed my practice and relationships more than anything else in my career. For K-12 mathematics educators wanting to implement change in their own practice I will share why change is so difficult and what can be done to implement change that lasts.

  MEEA (Environmental Education)

Carolyn Sevier
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1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Belgrade High School: Auditorium

Go local, go deep, and get outside
Being outside changes us, as can attest anyone who goes camping on the weekend, takes a walk in the park on their lunchbreak, tends a garden, feeds wild birds, or sketches trees in the margins of a notebook. And in a world of screens and schedules, getting classrooms outside has the power to transform education, as well. Presentation will tour an emerging movement in education that combines place-based learning and nature-connected classrooms in all subjects and grade levels and for students of all backgrounds and geographies. While a growing body of research shows the positive impact of this approach on student behavior and performance, it also contains immense hope for addressing many issues of the day, from climate change to cultural fragmentation.  

  MSCA (School Counselors)

John Sommers-Flanagan

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8:00 AM - 4:50 PM
Belgrade Middle School: Room East Cafe

Strategies for Supporting Students with Common Mental Health Conditions
Students frequently display symptoms associated with specific mental health conditions. In this workshop we will review diagnostic criteria, core symptoms, and specific behaviors associated with several common mental disorders (e.g., trauma, child behavior disorders, depression, and anxiety). For each disorder, several methods for supporting students will be offered and demonstrated.

  MSTA (Science)

Walt Woolbaugh

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM 
Blegrade High School: Auditorium

Montana Science Teachers Association Keynote Speaker
Please join us for an inspirational and motivational hour of the wonders of science.

  MT STOY (Montana State Teachers of the Year)
Anna Baldwin

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM 
Belgrade High School: Auditorium

The Last Best Place-Based Education
This keynote hosted by the Montana State Teachers of the Year, delivered by 2019 Montana Teacher of the Year Dylan Huisken, will touch on the intertwining of place-based education, the role of Indian Education for All, and community in our classrooms.

  WPBS (Writing Projects Under the Big Sky)

Lee Whittlesey
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10:00 AM - 10:50 AM 
Belgrade High School: Auditorium

Bringing the Past to Life with Hooks, Stories, and Drama

Whittlesey will focus on how he chooses "hooks," "stories," and "drama" to bring in the reader and to make history feel real.  This focus represents authentic writing practices in any genre that students can put to work in the world beyond the classroom.