Tailoring Learning to the Minds of 21st Century Students
Who should be working harder during class? The teacher or the students? In the "Age of the Empowered Learner" we can equip our students to take responsibility to manage a large proportion of their learning. We can also empower our students to create content that contributes to the learning of their peers. Research indicates that one of the most powerful strategies to improve learning is to provide students with self-assessment strategies. This workshop will provide step-by-step strategies that creates a culture of the empowered self-directed and collaborative learner.
Looking to put a spark back into your teaching? Are you curious about what really makes your students tick? Looking for ways to connect with your students? This laugh out loud keynote provides ideas and strategies in the areas of connecting with your students, being an adult advocate for kids, and new strategies in classroom management. A true crowd pleaser for any type of educator.
Dr. Katherine McKnight
Imagine your classroom as an interactive, collaborative meeting space where learning thrives. Your students actively and willingly participate in activities that develop content area knowledge and literacy skills simultaneously. Learn about schools where Dr. McKnight has implemented Learning and Literacy Centers (LLC). In these schools, LLC implementation has resulted in substantial student performance gains in rural, urban, and suburban contexts since it provides a practical context for the integration of formative assessment, differentiated instruction, multi-tiered interventions, movement, and technology.
NEW This year!
Schools To Watch™ Roundtable
Join the principals and teacher-leaders of model middle schools from across the state as they share their best practices and serve as a resource for other middle schools. Learn steps to improve school climate and culture to meet the unique needs of middle school students.
Administrative Leadership Strand
The Administrative Leadership Strand focuses on the unique challenges faced by district and school site administrators. Throughout the conference, administrator-led sessions will examine approaches to current issues such as: LCAP; LCFF; new state accountability; ESSA; teacher shortages; Special Ed; English Learner strategies; school climate and culture; leadership techniques; evaluation and supervision; academic interventions; and more.
Educator of the Year Awards
The CLMS and CLHS Educator of the Year awards are given annually to 22 educators, from each of the CLS regions, who exemplify educational excellence and have made significant efforts to implement elements of educational reform in middle and high schools. The regional nominees are introduced at the General Session on Friday, February 24, honored at a dinner* on Saturday, February 25, and the CLMS and CLHS State Educators of the Year are announced during the General Session on Sunday, February 26. We encourage all attendees to join us at these events and help us celebrate these outstanding educators! *Tickets for the Educator of the Year awards dinner are $55 and can be purchased prior to the conference. A limited number of tickets may be available at the conference.
Schools to Watch Awards
The Schools to Watch (STW) program is a national, state-operated model school designation and school improvement initiative focused on recognizing high-achieving schools serving students in grades 5-8. Schools have established norms, structures, and organizational arrangements to support and ensure their students exit the middle grades on-track for success in high school. Once identified, STW schools provide mentorship, networking, professional development, and training to other schools. This year's California Schools to Watch will be recognized during the General Session on Friday, February 24.
The happy hour hall crawl on Friday, February 24 provides a great opportunity to network with colleagues and enjoy all that the exhibitors have to offer (including drink coupons)! Visit vendor tables to learn how they can serve the unique needs of your school; stop by the CLS information table and learn more about our programs and events; meet and network with other attendees all while enjoying appetizers and drinks!
The following sessions are offered at an additional cost and you must be registered for the conference to attend.
Transforming Learning: Six Questions
Friday, February 24 | 11:30 am - 1:45 pm | $95 (includes lunch)
Based on Alan's New York Times best-selling book, Who Owns the Learning, this workshop provides a powerful new 6 step model of designing transformational learning experiences. It asks attendees to examine their assignments and ask themselves: 1) Did the assignment build capacity for critical thinking on the web?; 2) did the assignment develop new lines of enquiry?; 3) Are there opportunities to broaden the perspective of the conversation with authentic audiences from around the world?; 4) Is there an opportunity for students to publish – across various media with capacity for continuous feedback?; 5) Is there an opportunity for students to create a contribution (purposeful work)?; 6) Who owns the learning? If the answer to all 6 questions is no, chances are very good that the assignment has not leveraged the power of technology.
Teaching Strategies that Motivate Young Adolescents
Saturday, February 25 | 11:15 am - 1:30 pm | $95 (includes lunch)
Looking for fun and motivating ideas for your middle level classroom? This is a hands-on session that provides real, quality strategies in the areas of reading, writing, spelling, grammar, listening, and speaking skills. No philosophy here, just creative ideas to motivate the middle level learner. This is a great session for new and experienced teachers. Be ready to dance, laugh, and move! Participants will leave this session with real examples that motivate young adolescents and hands-on activities that get your students up and moving.
Dr. Katherine McKnight
Active Learning and Improv in the Classroom to Boost Skills and Content Learning
Sunday, February 26 | 10:15 am - 12:30 pm | $65
Using improv exercises teaches a variety of content areas and boosts crucial skills for student learning: listening, teamwork, communication, idea-generation, and vocabulary. Based on the presenter's co-authored book, The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom, attend this session to learn how experiences lead to learning. We will address how improvisation and active learning boost student skills and content knowledge, and teacher participants will learn strategies and tools that they can immediately use in their classrooms.
Walking Tour of Old Sacramento
Authentic Assessment Creation Class
Friday, February 24 | 10:30 am - 12:30 pm (tour); 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm (workshop) | $30
During this walking tour, led by a historically-attired guide, learn how to create enthusiasm in your students by crafting a "proof of learning" video about life in Sacramento in the 18th and 19th centuries. Hear the stories of miners, merchants, politicians, pony express riders, and scoundrels, all while using your smart phone to capture content. Following the tour, learn to use an editing app to turn your content into a video. This session is aligned with CCSS and NGSS. Please have a video-editing app like iMovie installed on your device and wear comfortable walking shoes. (3 Hours, BYOD)
$269 members / $329 non-members
(credit cards, checks, and purchase orders are accepted online)
Not a current member? Get the best rates by first joining CLS, then registering for the conference.
REGISTER ONLINE (secure online form)
Registrations will be accepted (online, by mail and fax) through noon on February 20, 2017. After that, you may register on-site at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel.
All conference activities will be held at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento, 1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. Special CLS conference rate: $151. Call the hotel directly at (916) 447-1700 or you can make reservations online.
Schedule of Conference Activities
Friday, February 24
Registration, 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
General Session, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Exhibit Hall Open, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Workshops, 10:30 am - 4:15 pm
Hawl Crawl, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Saturday, February 25
Registration, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
General Session, 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Exhibit Hall, 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Workshops, 10:15 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday, February 26
General Session, 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Workshops, 10:15 am – 12:30 pm
Check-in begins at 7:00 am on Friday at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
Educator of the Year Awards Dinner
Tickets for the Educator of the Year awards dinner are $55 and can be purchased prior to the conference. A limited number of tickets may be available at the conference. For more infomation call Maryam Hall at 562-430-3136, ext. 108.
Suggested Funding Sources
Schools can apply Title 1, Title 2, Title 3, SIG, LCFF, and SB77 funds to this professional development opportunity.
College credit is available for $88 per semester unit – sign up at conference check-in.
The California League of Schools conference bookstore carries titles by your favorite education authors.
Visit the exhibits for a full range of educational products and services.
Cancellation requests must be in writing and faxed to (562) 430-5607. Please call as soon as you fax your request to verify receipt at (562) 430-3136. ALL registrations submitted are subject to the cancellation policy. There is no refund for no-shows.
Prior to 12/24/16 - $60 fee; 12/24/16 - 1/24/17 - 50% fee; after 1/24/17 - no refund.. A colleague may substitute for you to avoid cancellation penalties.
California League of Schools is a nonprofit educators' association encompassing the California League of Middle Schools, California League of High Schools and California League of Elementary Schools. CLS is dedicated to helping K-12 educators improve student learning through useful, evidence-based professional development and other resources.
Conference information is subject to change. Meals are not included except where noted in ticketed sessions.