August 5, 2021 | 9:00-1:00 PDT | FREE VIA ZOOM

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Welcome & Kickoff


Join us for a kickoff including a welcome message from Dr. Faris Sabbah, superintendent at Santa Cruz County Office of Education.

First Breakout Session | Curriculum Development & Engagement


Session One Meals

These 40 minute sessions begin at 9:40 and do not repeat.

Google Classroom
Miranda Felton
District Technology Innovation Coach, PVUSD

Google Classroom is not just a tool for distance learning! Now that you already know the basics, learn how to use Google Classroom to support your in-person instruction too! This session will give you ideas on what to assign through GC for in-person learning, and how to organize those assignments.

Google Sites
Janie Islas
District Technology Innovation Coach, PVUSD

Come learn how to create your own website using Google Sites. With Sites you can easily communicate and share resources with your students and their families, or have students create their own digital portfolios to showcase their work.

Integrating the Environment with Teacher Leadership Institute Resources
Amity Sandage
Environmental Literacy Coordinator, Santa Cruz COE

Connecting with nature and real world environmental issues positively impacts student motivation for learning, attention span, and mental and physical health. Access innovative locally-relevant lesson sequences that integrate Outdoor Ed, Science, SEL, Environmental Literacy and EdTech tools for a combination of distance and in-person learning.

Erin Asamoto
CS Coach, SCCS

Learn how to use Eduprotocols with Pear Deck to repeat over and over again with different content each time. These protocols will save you time and allow students to learn more as they collaborate and get excited to learn more. There are many ways to enhance your curriculum, and this is one tool you won't want to miss out on! *Please note, this session may start slightly after 9:40.*

Session One Snacks

These 20 minute sessions begin at 9:40 and 10:00 and repeat.

Melissa Shaw
District Technology Innovation Coach, PVUSD

Are you hungry for an EdTech tool that elevates engagement, innovation, and growth through design-thinking? You’re invited to snack on Canva for Education! We will explore tasty tricks and tips for fostering student/teacher creativity, collaboration, and visual communication.

Youth Media Challenges
Kate Freels
District Technology Innovation Coach, PVUSD

Take advantage of free platforms that allow students to engage in discourse with peers from around the country and share their unique voice and vision by making and sharing media. We will focus on the resources available from KQED.

Kathy Petersen
Elementary ToSA: Technology, K-6 Independent Studies, Intervention Coordinator, SVUSD

84% of students surveyed shared that they would like to have access to learning materials, lectures and assignments in one place. Hyperdocs are a creative EdTech tool for engaging lessons and units. Learn how to take advantage of this tool to engage students whether they are in the classroom or learning remotely.

B R E A K | 10:20-10:30

Second Breakout Session | Assessment, Wellness & Relationships


Session Two Meals

These 40 minute sessions begin at 10:30 and do not repeat.

Give Students Better Feedback
Kate Freels
District Technology Innovation Coach, PVUSD

Providing thoughtful feedback on student work is time-consuming. Maximize the impact of that feedback by employing tools and strategies to make your words dynamic, your tone clear and allow students the opportunity to improve their work. See how timely feedback with Screencastify and Mote can help you move from "evaluator" to "collaborator".

SEL & EdTech
Janie Islas
District Technology Innovation Coach, PVUSD

Social Emotional Learning builds positive relationships, helps students to understand and take control of their emotions and set positive goals. This session will provide you with lots of ideas on how to use technology to incorporate SEL activities in your classroom, whether virtual or in-person.

Formative Assessment Tools
Kathy Petersen
Elementary ToSA: Technology, K-6 Independent Studies, Intervention Coordinator, SVUSD

Repurpose all the great EdTech Tools and strategies you used during distance learning to create engaging and meaningful formative assessments.

Cultivating a Practice of Self-Care and Resilience
Michael Paynter & Robyn McKeen
Senior Director of Student Support Services, Schools Integrated Behavior Health Initiative (SIBHI) Consultant

We know from research that teacher stress and burnout results in fewer gains in students' executive functions and increases in student stress and that teacher wellbeing contributes to greater student support, increased student engagement and motivation, and better use of instructional time. In this session, you'll experience a variety of strategies to reduce stress and increase personal resilience with applications for your staff and students. You'll leave with resources from Greater Good in Education and the SCCOE SEL & Wellness webpages.

Session Two Snacks

These 20 minute sessions begin at 10:30 and 10:50 and repeat.

Building a Resilient Math Community from Day One
Kevin Drinkard
Math Coordinator, Santa Cruz COE

Utilize in-person teaching time to build strong community, culture and relationships. These protocols can help establish momentum and resilience, and then be adapted to remote instruction if needed.

Google Forms
Miranda Felton
District Technology Innovation Coach, PVUSD

Come to this session to get ideas and resources for how to to use Google Forms during in-person instruction! (This session will not cover how to create a Google Form.)

Flipgrid for the Beginning of the Year
Erin Asamoto
CS Coach, SCCS

Want a fun way to get to know your students in a meaningful way? Come and see how Flipgrid will reinvent how you greet and meet your students at any grade level. Use this tool to dig deeper and create a safe environment in the classroom where everyone is heard.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Online Offerings
Mary Whaley
Teacher Programs Manager, Monterey Bay Aquarium

Learn about the online courses, field trips, and resources offered this year by the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Developing as an Antiracist Educator: Race & Equity Affinity Action Groups
Marvilyn Quiroz
Assistant Director, SC/SV New Teacher Project

What does it mean to be an antiracist educator? This session will provide a sneak peek into a community designed to foster resilience and joy in our individual and collective journeys as Antiracist Educators committed to racial equity and justice.

B R E A K | 11:10-11:20

Innovation Idol Q & A // Demo Slams


The Innovation Idol Competition is being postponed - so this is your opportunity to learn more about it, ask questions, and get started on your application! We will also have an opportunity for an Open Mic session with Demo Slams to share ideas for the year to come.

"Faculty Lounge" Conversations


Bring your lunch and join us for some informal conversations around topics of your choice in smaller breakout rooms.

Thank You!