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Annual Conference North

February 26-28, 2016, Sacramento, CA

Personalizing Learning in the Common Core Era

Empowering and preparing educators for 21st century learning

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Annual Conference North

February 27-March 1, 2015, Sacramento, Featuring Dr. Robert Marzano

Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment in the Common Core Era (K-12)

Practical K-12 strategies for teachers, administrators & teams

Featured Speakers | Ticketed Sessions | Conference Rates and Registration | Location and Schedule | Workshop Sessions

The Common Core State Standards offer all teachers exciting avenues for deepening their practice and engaging students in meaningful demonstrations of knowledge. Come to the Annual Conference North to receive proven, practical tools and techniques designed to help you meet Common Core demands and reach the high expectations we hold for all of our students. Take the mystery out of the Common Core as you prepare your students for the first year of testing and accountability!

The Annual Conference North offers

  • Over 70 sessions included with conference registration
  • A morning institute with Robert Marzano and a general session with Erik Palmer
  • Solutions for English learners, struggling learners, and students with disabilities
  • Sessions for elementary, middle and high school teachers and administrators
  • College credit available – sign up at conference registration
  • Over 14 high quality professional development hours

Featured Speakers

The following training opportunities plus over 70 sessions are included with conference registration.

Erik Palmer: Reading Redefined: Giving Students Skills for Reading in the Digital World
Mr. Palmer is a consultant and author with 21 years of experience as a teacher and business leader.
General Session, Friday, February 27, 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Today, when students read enhanced texts and read online, they discover that reading involves embedded video, images, audio and hyperlinks. To comprehend what they "read," students need to be media literate, Internet literate and digital-text literate. This talk explains the skills needed by today's readers and suggests ways to teach those skills.
Sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Dr. Robert Marzano: Ensuring the Common Core Meets the Needs of Individual Students
Dr. Marzano, co-founder and CEO of Marzano Research, is a noted education researcher, trainer and author.
Morning Institute, Saturday, February 28, 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Join the author of Using Common Core Standards to Enhance Classroom Instruction and Assessment for a special morning institute in which he will outline the critical aspects of the CCSS as adapted by the State of California and illustrate the changes they require for classroom curriculum, instruction and assessment.
Sponsored by the Association of California School Administrators

Optional Ticketed Sessions

Friday, February 27 / 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Erik Palmer
Common Core: Well Spoken

The CCSS include the Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas, but few teachers have strategies for teaching students to effectively present to one person, a few, or many; formally or informally; in-person or digitally. Receive a practical framework for teaching students to be effective oral communicators in any situation. Rubrics, lesson ideas and digital tools that encourage and showcase speaking will be shared. Price: $65

Saturday, February 28 / 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Dr. Robert Marzano
The Implications of the Common Core for Classroom Evaluation

Join one of the world's most respected education researchers, known in part for creating the widely-used Marzano observation and feedback protocol, to take an in-depth look at classroom evaluation in the Common Core era. This session will describe and illustrate specific changes that should be made in teacher evaluation and teacher feedback implied by the CCSS. Price: $85

Conference Rates

$239 members / $309 non-members

Not a current member? Get the best rates by firstjoining CLMS (middle school educators), CLHS (high school educators) or CLES (elementary school educators), then registering for the conference.

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Registration Deadline

Registrations will be accepted (online, by mail and fax) through noon on February 23, 2015. After that, you may register on-site at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel at no additional cost.

Conference Information

Join Us in Sacramento!
The Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, site of the conference, is located downtown. Restaurants and shopping are in walking distance, the State Capitol is a block away, and Old Sacramento and the State Railroad Museum are a short drive away.

Suggested Funding Sources
Schools can apply Title 1, Title 2, Title 3, QEIA, SIG, and Local Control Funding Formula funds to this professional development opportunity. Make this part of your Local Control Accountability Plan!

Conference and Hotel Location
Hotel rooms, conference check-in, the exhibit hall and most sessions will be held at:
The Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Special conference hotel room rate: $144/night, call the hotel directly at (916) 447-1700
Please reserve your hotel room for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Schedule of Conference Activities
Thursday, February 26
Registration, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Friday, February 27
Registration, 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
General Session, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Exhibit Hall Open, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Workshops, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday, February 28
Registration, 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Morning Institute, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Exhibit Hall, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Workshops, 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Sunday, March 1
Workshops, 9:00 am – 11:15 pm
Closing Session, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Conference registration will be open Thursday evening from 5:00 - 7:00 pm and Friday beginning at 7:00 am in the ballroom foyer at the Sheraton.

College Credit
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.

Exhibit Hall
Visit the exhibit hall booths for a full range of educational products and services.

Cancellation Policy

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 12/29/14 - $60 fee; 12/29/14 - 1/28/15 - 50% fee; after 1/28/15 - no refund.
A colleague may substitute for you to avoid cancellation penalties.

About Us
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.