Ali Weimer currently serves as the 2013 Arkansas Teacher of the Year.  Instead of working in her classroom this year, she works as a teacher advisor to the Arkansas Department of Education.  Prior to this, Weimer taught Kindergarten for seven years at Avondale Elementary School in the Marion School District, where she will return next school year.  Weimer was recently honored by President Obama at the White House.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership.  Weimer is recognized for her authentic parental involvement strategies and her use of brain-based teaching techniques to increase student engagement.

Message Description:

The Power of One
One.  It seems like such a helpless number.  However, one candle wipes away darkness; one tree can start a forest; one footstep must begin each journey.  Come discover the power one teacher can have in transforming the life of a child.

David Walsh, Ph.D. is an award winning psychologist, best selling author, international speaker, father of three and grandfather of four. In 1995, he founded the internationally renowned National Institute on Media and the Family, which he led until 2010. In 2011 he founded Mind Positive Parenting to translate cutting edge brain science to everyday practice for parents, teachers and other professionals.

Dr. Walsh has written ten books including the national best sellers Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen and No: Why Kids – of All Ages – Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It. His books have been translated into eight languages. He has also authored scores of papers for professional and general publications.

He is a frequent guest on national radio and television programs including NBC’s Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Dateline NBC, ABC’s 20/20, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, He has testified numerous times before Congress, presented workshops throughout the world, and served as a consultant to the World Health Organization and the Ministries of Education in Japan, South Korea, Portugal and Singapore.

Dr. Walsh is on the faculty of the University of Minnesota, is a senior advisor at Search Institute.
He received his B.A. degree from Mt. Carmel College, his M.A. degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, and his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota.

 

 
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2014 Reading Spring Institute - Concurrent Sessions:  Via Google Drive - 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_zg8Xz_aNt5amowYXBKMWVNcXM/edit?usp=sharing

 

 


 

The 2014 Blueprint for Educational Excellence National Institute 

Agenda At-A-Glance

    Wednesday, April 16th:   

7:00 AM - Registration and Continental Breakfast (Cafeteria)

8:00 AM - Opening Session (Performing Arts Center)

  • Welcoming Remarks
  • Elementary Chorus Performance

Option 1 - School Site Visits 

8:45 - 11:15 AM

  • Wood End Elementary School
  • A.W. Coolidge Middle School

Option 2:  Workshops

8:40 - 9:40 AM   Educator Workshop (Distance Learning Room)

-Red & Black / Talking About Money ... Talking About Life 

9th Grade Student Workshop (Performing Arts Center)  

-Travis Allen / Becoming a Mobile Learner

9:45 - 11:15 AM   Educator Workshop (Distance Learning Room)

                                  -Travis Allen / Rediscovering the Art of Presentation with Prezi

                                    10th Grade Student Workshop (Performing Arts Center)  

                                 -Red & Black / Good Student & "Bad Student"


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM    Lunch (Field House)

12:30 - 1:40 PM           Afternoon Keynote Session - (Performing Arts Center)

                                  -Keynote Speaker - Debbie Phelps

2:000 - 3:30 PM           Concurrent Workshops

 


    Thursday, April 17th:   

7:00 AM - Registration and Continental Breakfast (Cafeteria)

8:00 - 9:45 AM - Keynote Session - (Performance Arts Center)

                         -Presenter/Performer - Lida Winfield

10:00 - 11:00 AM Concurrent Workshops - Session A

11:00 - 11:15 AM  Break

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM  Concurrent Workshops - Session B

12:15 - 1:15 PM   Lunch (Field House)

1:20 - 2:20 PM  Concurrent Workshops - Session C

2:20 - 2:50 PM  Closing Session and Raffle (Performing Arts Center)

 


 

 

Overview of the National Institute - 

  • Site visits to nationally recognized elementary, middle, and high school including Blue Ribbon Lighthouse Schools featuring  technology applications and successful educational initiatives.  
  • Keynote address --Debbie Phelps
  • Choice of exciting workshops that welcome sharing and collaboration.  
  • Specialty Sessions --Travis Allen and Red & Black

    Thursday, April 17th:  

  • Over 75 workshop sessions by K-12 teachers and administrators sharing best practices in the area of technology, literacy, curriculum, instructional practices, wellness and social emotional needs.
  • Keynote address --Lida Winfield
  • Specialty Sessions -- Travis Allen, Red & Black, and Warren Phillips

    Other Learning Opportunities:

  • Model 21st Century classroom set up featuring  the latest technology (Bring Your Own Device Model)
  • Informal conversations and sharing of best practices with educators from all over the country
  • 15 Professional Development Points (PDPs) available

 

 


Lodging Options:  

Location Courtyard Boston - Woburn/Burlington                Hampton Inn - Woburn                                                
Address:  

240 Mishawum Road

Woburn, MA 01801 -2108

             

315 Mishawum Road

Woburn, MA 01801

Contact:

Marriott Reservations:  800.321.2211

Or book online by using the following link:   

Reading Public Schools Room Block

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hampton Inn:  781.935.7666

www.hamptoninn.com/hi/boston-woburn

Reference:

Reading Public Schools Room Block

              Reading Public Schools Room Block 
Room Block:

Available for April 14-17, 2014

Must book by March 24, 2014 to secure rate.

             

Available for April 14-17, 2014

Must book by March 24, 2014 to secure rate.

Rate:

$139 per night - 1 w/ King Bed

              $119 per night - 1 w/ Double Beds
Note:

All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card.  If you desire hotel reservations 

prior to or beyond the Room Block dates, please call to make your reservation. 

 

 

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Conference Registration Payment Options:
Currently, we are accepting the following payment methods:
   * All major Credit Cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover)
   * Purchase Orders
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Complete the online registration via Eventbrite to reserve your registration.  (Please note that Eventbrite will charge a fee for this service.) 
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4.    Complete the Required Fields
Within the registration form complete the field requesting information regarding the Purchaser:  

  • Purchase Order Number and the District Purchaser's Contact & Billing Information (Name, Email, Mailing Address, Phone Number)

5.  Select “Send Invoice”

An online registration email with the final cost will be submitted to the email address of the registrant.  Use this information to secure the purchase order from your purchasing agent. 

Note: Purchase Orders must be received in order to confirm reservation.  

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The Room Block is available for July 18 - 27, 2014. Please call Group Reservations at 407-939-4686 to secure rooms.  


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Here's an Animoto video Clip from 2013's Summer Student Leadership Institute

(Created by Carmen Plemmons - thank you!)

Day I: Essential Question: What's My Responsibility as a Leader?
Day II: Essential Question: Why is Effective Communication Important?
Day III: Essential Question: Why is the Ability to Work in a Team Important?

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Daily Schedule - 

 


Elementary Level Programs 
for rising 3rd -5th graders
 
Wednesday, July 23 - 
Discovering the American Spirit
Mousequest at Epcot World Showcase
Epcot® sets the stage for this race against the clock as participants accept the challenge to uncover the hidden treasures that are part of the magic of this discovery park.
 
Working in teams, participants are tasked to uncover clues and complete tasks correctly within the allotted time frame to earn token gold. Participants should BEWARE as incorrect answers could result in a forfeit of tokens! To add to the fun, we’ve included a surprise or two, so bring your digital camera along!

Friday, July 25 - 

Principles of Animal Behavior

Middle School Level Programs for rising 6th-8th graders    
 
Wednesday, July 23 - 
Properties of Motion
Discovering American Spirit
Mousequest at Epcot World Showcase
Epcot® sets the stage for this race against the clock as participants accept the challenge to uncover the hidden treasures that are part of the magic of this discovery park.
 
Working in teams, participants are tasked to uncover clues and complete tasks correctly within the allotted time frame to earn token gold. Participants should BEWARE as incorrect answers could result in a forfeit of tokens! To add to the fun, we’ve included a surprise or two, so bring your digital camera along!
 
High School Level Program for rising 9th-12th graders 
 
Wednesday, July 23 - 
Mousequest at Epcot World Showcase
Epcot® sets the stage for this race against the clock as participants accept the challenge to uncover the hidden treasures that are part of the magic of this discovery park.
 
Working in teams, participants are tasked to uncover clues and complete tasks correctly within the allotted time frame to earn token gold. Participants should BEWARE as incorrect answers could result in a forfeit of tokens! To add to the fun, we’ve included a surprise or two, so bring your digital camera along!
 
Thursday, July 24 - 
Evolution of Technology
 
Friday, July 25 - 

 

Elementary Level - Daily Schedule

Day

 

Program/Activity

Location

Start Time

End Time

Transportation

Report to Location

 

 

Conference Registration

Southwest Foyer at St. Augustine in the Grand Floridian Convention Center

8:00 AM

Noon

 

Grand Floridian Convention Center

 

 

 

 

1:00 PM

7:00 PM

 

 

Tuesday, July 22nd

Pre-Conference

 

Program/Activity

Location

Start Time

End Time

Transportation

Report to Location

 

 

Kick-Off Session for Students

Grand Floridian Convention Center – St. Augustine Hall BC

*Snack will be provided in Hall at 5:45 PM

5:00 PM

6:30 PM

 

Grand Floridian Convention Center

 

 

Parent Meeting Session

Grand Floridian Convention Center – St. Augustine Hall A

*Snack will be provided in Hall at 5:45 PM

6:00 PM

6:30 PM

 

Grand Floridian Convention Center

 

 

 

 

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2014 Educator Leadership Institute

 

WHAT: 2014 Educator Leadership Institute

WHEN:  July 22 - 25, 2014

WHERE: Walt Disney World® Resort, FL

 

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort®  Special Group Rate of $164 a-night. Call Disney's Group Reservation 407-939-4686 to secure your room.  The Room Block is available for July 18 - 27, 2014.

 

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3-day Educator Institute Registration:  $495

Agenda:  Wednesday – Friday

  • Blueprint for Excellence Leadership Sessions
  • Unlimited 4-Day Disney Park Hopper
  • Conference Amenities:  Breakfast, Lunch, T-shirt
  • $30 Disney Lunch Card

4-day Educator Institute Registration:  $625

Agenda:  Tuesday Afternoon– Friday

  • Blueprint for Excellence Leadership Sessions
  • Unlimited 4-Day Disney Park Hopper
  • Conference Amenities:  Breakfast, Lunch, T-shirt
  • $30 Disney Lunch Card
  • Disney Leadership Institute Session (Tuesday 1:00 – 5:30 PM)
Attire: Educators will participate in Leadership Field Studies that include walking tours through Disney Parks while experiencing simulations that can be integrated within the classroom. Educators will be immersed within the most dynamic learning environment, Walt Disney World. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

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Onsite Registration:
Grand Floridian Convention Center - Please come by the Registration Desk to pick up student and educator supplies- such as name badge with lanyard, meal ticket/card, t-shirt(s) and Park Hopper(s).

  • Sunday, July 20th:  1:00 PM - 5:00 PM  (Park Hopper Pick-up Only)
  • Monday, July 21st: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM  (Park Hopper Pick-up Only)
  • Tuesday, July 22nd: Noon - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, July 23rd: 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM
  • Thursday, July 24th:  6:00 AM - 8:00 AM
  • Friday, July 25th:  7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

  • 1:00 – 5:30 PM – Meet at the Grand Floridian Convention Center

Disney Leadership Institute

Description of Program: Today's successful leaders provide a clear vision, create a structure for executing work, and engage people in the purpose of the organization. Walt Disney himself was a firm believer in this inspirational style of leadership; he used it throughout his long career and taught it to the leaders who succeeded him. 


This program will teach you to: effectively communicate your vision and examine personal methods for inspiring others; explore successful Disney systems and the organizational structures that support them; examine the strategies Disney leaders employ to keep their teams engaged in their work; employ methods for sustaining momentum toward the achievement of goals; and develop day-to-day behaviors that will assist you in making a long-lasting impact on the people around you.

Facilitator:  Jack Santiago Bio:  http://www.disneyinstitutecollateral.com/files/Bio/JackSantiago.pdf

 

*Please wear comfortable attire and shoes as the session will include a walking tour of the "Utilidor".

  • 6:00 – 6:30 PM – Parent Meeting at the Grand Floridian Convention Center

Parent Meeting:  For parents and guardians with registered students at the Student Leadership Institute, please meet to gather an understanding of the Student Leadership Institute Schedule, Daily Check-in/Out Procedures, Q/A Session and Extensions to Leadership Institute.


Wednesday through Friday Schedule 

The Disney Familiarization Sessions (Disney YES Program for Educators) Offering: The Students' Disney YES Program will focus on the following themes:

  • Individual Responsibility,
  • Communication, and
  • Teamwork.

Educators will participate in select Familiarization Programs to gather information and strategies to integrate similar activities within their classrooms. Please review each of the selected programs.


Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

  • Morning Session: 8:00 – 11:30 AM –Field Study FAM Session:  Discovering American Spirit 

http://as1.wdpromedia.com/media/youth-ux/our-programs/education/yes-wdw/yes-wdw-discovering-the-american-spirit-program-description.pdf

  • Afternoon Session: 1:00 – 2:45 PM Brain Research - Learning Environments

Brain 1.0  Learn the basics of brain biology and it's application to our everyday classrooms.  Learn about setting up the ideal classroom environment that will help maximize the learning in your classroom for all of your students


Thursday, July 24th, 2014

  • Morning Session: 8:00 – 11:30 AM – Field Study FAM Session:   Evolution of Technology

http://as1.wdpromedia.com/media/youth-ux/our-programs/education/yes-wdw/yes-wdw-evolution-of-technology-program-description.pd

  • Afternoon Session: 1:00 – 2:45 PM Integrated Themes & Learning Environments

Friday, July 25th, 2014

  • 8:00 – 11:30 AM – Concurrent Session Options
  • Concurrent Session Option:
    Topic: Brain 2.0
    Brain 2.0  Now that you have set up a brain friendly classroom space it's time to start applying our brain principles to our instruction. Learn some simple techniques to apply to any unit in your classroom that incorporates best practices and brain biology.
  • Concurrent Session Option:  
    Presenter: Jim F. Chadwell, Ed.D. – Superintendent, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD
    Topic: Strategic Planning in a K-12 System
    Description:
    Educational leaders are charged to transform their campuses and districts into engaging learning environments.  In order to do this, it is vital to make systematic changes through a strategic planning process.  This process identifies the key improvement strategies for a campus or district to focus on in order to achieve their missions.  Strategic objectives are tied to these strategies with identified action steps for each.  Participants will receive an overview of the strategic planning process and the key elements that makes it successful for transformative change.
  • Afternoon Session: 1:00 – 2:45 PM Integrated Themes & Learning Environments

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