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Keynotes for Educators’ Conference 2017


      AGATE (Gifted & Talented)
Ian Byrd

Empowering 21st Century Innovators

Thursday, October 19, 2017 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Big Sky High School Auditorium
Renewal Units: 1

21st century technologies have opened up new paths for success, and gifted students' curiosity and intense interests make them uniquely suited to blaze these new trails. At the same time, gifted characteristics such as perfectionism and impostor syndrome can hold them back. We will discuss how parents and teachers can support students, empowering them to become tomorrow's innovators.



MATELA (English Language Arts)
Tim Tingle

Let The Truth Be Told
Friday, October 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Big Sky High School Auditorium
Renewal Units: 1

From a childhood with his Choctaw grandmother to a Masters thesis interviewing tribal elders, Tingle will share experiences and knowledge gained. How much do we tell them? is an oft-repeated phrase among Native writers. The time has come—step by step, book by book, let us find the truth. Together.






MCHCE (History and Civics) & MCSS (Social Studies) 
James Livingston

Teaching Students What Not To Be After They Grow Up
Friday, October 20, 2017  9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Big Sky High School Auditorium
Renewal Unit: 1

Dr. Livingston will discuss the increasing separation of income from work caused by automation and globalization. The labor market is broken, and it can’t be fixed. How should the nation and its educators respond to this crisis? And, what do we tell our students entering this new economy?




MCHCE (History & Civics) & TEAM (Technology Education)
George Keremedjiev

The Humanities: Preparing Youth For The New World Of Automation
Friday, October 20, 2017 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Big Sky High School Auditorium
Renewal Units: 1

Mr. Keremedjiev will offer advice as to what should be taught to better prepare young people for the challenges of an automated workforce. He will suggest the best topics and strategies that should be taught to prepare students for a new world of work inconceivable only a few years ago.



MCTM (Mathematics)
Peter Liljedahl

Building Thinking Classrooms

Thursday, October 19, 2017 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Big Sky High School Auditorium
Renewal Units: 1

We know that problem solving is an effective way for students to learn to think mathematically and to acquire deep knowledge and understanding of the mathematics they are learning. Simply problematizing the mathematics curriculum, however, does not help constitute the practice that teachers want or students need. Equally, infusion of problem-based learning into the mathematics curriculum does not help with the transformations we want to see in our classrooms. What we need are a set of tools that, along with good problems, can build thinking classrooms. In this presentation, Dr. Peter Liljedahl looks at a series of such tools, emerging from research, that can help to build an environment conducive to problem-based learning. He will unpack his research that has demonstrated that a problem-based learning environment and culture can quickly be established, even in classrooms where students resist change.




MEEA (Environmental Education)
Dr. Sweeney Windchief

Mní Wichóni: Developing An Environmental Critical Consciousness
Thursday, October 19, 2017 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Big Sky High School Auditorium
Renewal Units: 1

The Mní Wichóni school sprouted a conceptual framework that is based in people, activism, indigenous values and environmental approaches that helped develop an environmental critical consciousness. Attendees will learn about the situation and context of the school that was established during the #NoDAPL resistance near Cannonball, ND during AY 2016/2017.




MSCA (School Counselors) 
Dr. Deborah Hardy

Data Tells A Story
Thursday, October 19,  2017 8:00 AM - 11:50 AM
C.S. Porter Middle School Library
Renewal Units: 4

Data points give school counselors goals for updating a program. This workshop provides school counselors with a direction on how to collect and review data from their school counseling program. The presenter identifies different methods on sharing the data with staff, administrators and community members.






MSTA (Science)
Courtney Sullivan

Green STEM: providing teachers and students with STEM opportunities through the lens of sustainability

Thursday, October 19, 2017 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Big Sky High School Auditorium
Renewal Units: 1

There is significant evidence that environment-based education can become a significant part of the STEM solution. Green STEM is built upon a body of research that consistently shows that students who are engaged in environment-based subjects in school will out-perform students who are not participating in environmental programs; and they will be more interested in and enthusiastic about learning science, technology, engineering and math. To meet the goal of fostering STEM understanding, we must rethink how we prepare and support our teachers and how we engage, motivate, and promote STEM to our K-12 students.





      WPBS (Writing Projects) & MATELA (English Language Arts)
Julie/David Gorlewski

Undisciplined Writing: Constructing Worlds with Words

Thursday, October 19, 2017 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Big Sky High School Auditorium
Renewal Units: 1

Everyday uses of writing refuse to conform to periods of time marked by schedules and bells. Meaningful writing breaks disciplinary boundaries, intermingling content, form, and media to bridge differences and teach us about ourselves and others. In this talk, we will explore how writing workshops can create opportunities for teachers and learners to construct curriculum for a more just world.