Annual Conference North
February 26-28, 2016, Sacramento, CA
Personalizing Learning in the Common Core Era
Empowering and preparing educators for 21st century learning
In the Common Core era, California educators are faced with the challenge of creating assignments and assessments which allow students to demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills. The shift from lecture-based instruction to instruction focused on personalized learning, performance-based tasks, and 21st century soft skills has created a need for educators to refine their curriculum, instruction, and assessments. Now is the time to focus on deepening our understanding of how to best implement CCSS in ways that are personal and empowering for all students.
Join us at the Annual Conference North as we explore ways to shift educational mindsets, approach performance-based tasks, and adapt lessons for all learners.
Dr. Timothy Shanahan
Professor of Urban Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he is Director of the UIC Center for Literacy
General Session, Friday, February 26, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Teaching Students to Read Complex Text
In the past, teachers have been told to avoid placing children in challenging text because such placement would interfere with student learning. Now, in the Common Core era, the idea is to challenge students with harder text. For many teachers and principals this creates a quandary: follow the standards or stay true to one’s professional training. This presentation examines research on this issue to help settle the question as to what is the best approach to dealing with complex text and demonstrates some practical ways the new standards can be successfully fulfilled.
Dr. Anthony Muhammad
Leading expert in school culture and organizational climate, the author of Overcoming the Achievement Gap Trap and a former teacher and administrator
General Session, Saturday, February 27, 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Overcoming the Achievement Gap Trap: Liberating Mindsets to Effect Change
Explore the connection between personal and institutional mindsets and academic achievement gaps. The issue of inequality in student learning outcomes has been studied and debated for many years, but this workshop will seek to establish that the primary culprit in the fight to overcome the achievement gap is our thinking. Understand the true meaning and value of school culture; the power of mindsets and their influence on educator effectiveness; and how to shift from damaging mindsets to high levels of efficacy.
Optional Ticketed Sessions
Friday, February 26 / 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Walking Tour of Sacramento -
Authentic Assessment Creation Class - Bring Your Own Device
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.Price: $30
Saturday, February 27 / 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Transformational Leadership: Creating Healthy School Cultures
This session addresses the behaviors of a transformational leader, the issue of staff resistance to change, and the leader’s role in building consensus. Participants will examine four key areas: creating a shared vision, managing frustration, creating a culture of collaboration, and fair and reasonable accountability. Leave this session understanding how to analyze and manage staff frustration, how to construct and protect productive collaborative relationships, and the balance between support and accountability.Price: $85
$269 members / $329 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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Registrations will be accepted (online, by mail and fax) through noon on February 22, 2016. After that, you may register on-site at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Sacramento.
Join Us in Sacramento!
The Hyatt Regency Downtown Sacramento, 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.
Conference and Hotel Location
Conference registration and the special hotel room pricing are at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Sacramento.
To reserve your room, call (916) 443-1234 and ask for the California League of Schools special rate or make hotel reservations online.
Rates from: $147 single/double, plus tax
Schedule of Conference Activities
Friday, February 26
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 27
Registration, 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
General Session, 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Exhibit Hall, 10:00 am - 3:45 pm
Workshops, 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 28
Workshops, 9:00 am – 11:15 pm
Closing Session, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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!
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 exhibit hall booths 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 12/26/15 - $60 fee; 12/26/15 - 1/25/16 - 50% fee; after 1/25/16 - 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.