Ensuring Learning For All Students: Sharing Successful Practices for Students Who Struggle

May 22, 2013

Preservice and current classroom teachers from various grades and regional school districts gathered to listen and learn from peers and colleagues, as well as a national expert on effective inclusive classroom and school practices. Pace University School of Education was pleased to collaborate with Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES Curriculum Center, Rockland BOCES, Southern Westchester BOCES and the Lower Hudson RSE-TASC in presenting this exceptional one-day conference for teachers, administrators and educational professionals.

 

Press Coverage & Media Resources
5.23.2013 - The Journal News  Expert: Teachers Must Constantly Engage Struggling Students   Coordinator of Professional Development Fran Wills, PhD, discusses the importance of teachers sharing proven strategies for student engagement with their peers  at the"Ensuring Learning For All Students" Conference on May 22.

 

Keynote
Meaningful Engagement: Every Student, Every Lesson, Every Day by Dr. Kevin Feldman
  Video coming soon!
 
Breakout Sessions
Regional educators shared effective, evidence-based strategies that have proven successful in their classrooms and schools along the following Topic Strands. Please see links to presentations and other resources for the presentations below, or browse by Topic Strand. 
Unless otherwise noted, the presentations, worksheets and other handouts are the original work of our presenters and have been shared here in the interest of sharing best practices and academic advancement.
 
 
Presentations and Related Materials
 

Topic Strand: Inclusive Learning Cultures

Learning Cultures: A Model for Success at High School Language and Innovation

  • Julie Nariman, Principal, High School for Language and Innovation, Bronx NY; Nina Mauceri, Doctoral Student, New York University
  • Grades: High School, All Student Populations

Learning Cultures Curriculum: Changing the Culture of Learning at a Harlem Middle School

  • Dr. Jeffrey Chetirko, Principal; Jennifer Allen, Writing Teacher; Roxanne Brown, Reading Teacher; Rachel Heslowitz, Writing Teacher; Daphne LaBua, Reading Teacher; Hallie Levine, Reading Teacher The Urban Assembly Institute for New Technologies, New York City Department of Education
  • Grades: Middle School, All Student Populations
  • Presentation (PDF)

The Chrome Toolbox: Using Free, Cloud-Based Supportsfor Students with Learning, Visual Language and Access Challenges

  • Mark Surabian, Assistive Technology Practitioner and Adjunct Instructor, Pace University School of Education; John Calvert, Technology Learning Coach, Scarsdale UFSD
  • Grades: Elementary-High School, All Student Populations
  • Click for the presentation website and resources

 

Topic Strand: Intensive Behavioral Supports

Using a Token Economy to Modify Behavior

  • Gary Mastrangelo, Principal; Jane Neubardt, Special Education Teacher, Highview School, Greenburgh Central School District #7
  • Grades: Elementary, Student Populations: Students With Disabilities

Demystifying Autism Spectrum Disorder: Creating a Successful Learning Environment for Students with ASD

Developing Behavior Intervention Plans that Work: A Case Example

  • Dr. Christine Ditrano, School Psychologist, Division of Special Education, Rockland BOCES
  • Grades: Elementary-High School, Student Populations: Students With Disabilities

 

Topic Strand: Reading in the Elementary Grades

An Exploration into 4th and 5th graders’ Self-Generated Questions, Motivation Levels and Reading Process during Independent Reading Comprehension of Narrative Text

  • Dr. Jean Humphries, Doctoral Student and Adjunct Instructor, Fordham University and Concordia College
  • Grades: Elementary, All Student Populations
  • Presentation (PDF)

The Literacy Lab at the New York School for the Deaf: An Intervention to Improve Student Outcomes

  • Sabrina Catania, Literacy Specialist; Rayburn Boland, Director of Curriculum and Assessment, New York School for the Deaf (NYSD), White Plains, New York
  • Grades: Elementary - Middle School, All Student Populations
  • Presentation (PDF)

The Effects of iPad Instruction on the Sight Word Vocabulary of First-Grade Students

  • Dr. Shobana Musti-Rao, Associate Professor, Pace University School of Education; Monica Baretto, First Grade Teacher, JFK Magnet School, Port Chester Public Schools; Erin Plati, Graduate Assistant, Pace University School of Education
  • Grades: Elementary, Student Populations: Students With Disabilities, English Language Learners
  • Presentation (PDF)

 

Topic Strand: ELA in Middle & High School

ICE it: Developing Critical Analysis and Structure in Writing          

  • Staci Tedrow, Special Education English teacher, Pleasantville High School, Pleasantville UFSD
  • Grades: High School, All Student Populations
  • Presentation (PDF)

Chop Stop Jot Reading Strategy for Success

  • Eileen Callery,  English Teacher; Margaret Podesta, Assistant Principal, Blue Mountain Middle School, Cortlandt Manor, NY, Hendrick Hudson School District
  • Grades: Primary - High School, All Student Populations
  • Presentation (PDF),   Handout (PDF)
STAR  Journal:  Students Thinking And Reflecting
  • Michelle Kaprinski, 8th Grade English Teacher, Pawling Middle School, Pawling CSD and Regional Director of the Hudson Valley chapter of the New York State English Council
  • Grades: Middle School, All Student Populations
  • Presentation (PDF)

 

Topic Strand: Vocabulary Development

Instructional Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary to Diverse Learners PreK- 6: From Research to Practice

  • Dr. Kevin Feldman, Keynote Speaker and Emeritus Director of Reading and Intervention with the Sonoma County Office of Education
  • Grades: Elementary, All Student Populations

Instructional Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary Across the Content Areas to Diverse Learners 6-12: From Research to Practice

  • Dr. Kevin Feldman, Keynote Speaker and Emeritus Director of Reading and Intervention with the Sonoma County Office of Education
  • Grades: Middle-High School, All Student Populations
  • Video (1h, 55 min. duration)

Concept Mapping: Social Studies is More About Learning Relationships Than Names and Dates

  • Charles Andrew St. John Fritz, Social Studies Teacher, Woodlands Middle School, Greenburgh Central 7
  • Grades: Primary - High School, Student Populations: Students With Disabilities, English Language Learners, All Students
  • Presentation (PDF)

 

Topic Strand: Visual Learning Supports

Thinking Maps: Engaging Students to Think Deeply
  • Dr. Angela White, Assistant Superintendent; Mirla Puello, Director of Literacy and ESL; Cori Jackson, Literacy Coach, Ossining UFSD
  • Grades: Elementary - High School, All Student Populations
Hands On Learning and Primary Students               
  • Dr. Sherese Mitchell, Assistant Professor, Hostos Community College, Flushing, NY
  • Grades: Primary - Elementary , All Student Populations
  • Presentation (PDF)
ELLIS Outlines and the Struggling Writer: The Taster’s Choice Activity

 

Topic Strand: Data Driven Instructional Decision Making

Wilson Works! A Teacher-Student Learning Experience Using the Wilson Reading System

  • Jeannmarie Cregan, Reading Intervention Specialist, R.J. Bailey Middle School, Greenburg CSD; Lorraine Poccia, Wilson Trainer, Hudson River Teachers Center, Yorktown Heights
  • Grades: Elementary-Middle School, Student Populations: Students with significant reading disabilities and English Language Learners 
  • Presentation (PDF)
REAL Behavior Management: The Road To Academic Success
  • Adam Chagares, Academic and Behavioral District Data Specialist/Physical Education Teacher; Janine D’Anna, Special Education Teacher/Intake and Orientation Coordinator; RosaAnna Adduci, Certified School Psychologist/Behavior Management Specialist; Joseph Agovino, School Psychologist, Linden Hill School, Hawthorne Cedar Knolls UFSD
  • Grades: Middle-High School, Student Populations: Students with emotional and behavioral difficulties
  • Presentation (PDF)
Using Data Driven Instruction: Improving Middle School ELA Scores

 

Topic Strand: ELL Strategies

Monolingual Teacher, Bilingual Students

  • Ruth Aman, EdM candidate, Teacher’s College, Columbia University
  • Grades: Middle-High School, Student Populations: English Language Learners
  • Presentation (PDF)

Enhancing Oral Participation by ELLs: Suggestions from Research

  • Dr. Soonhyang Kim, Assistant Professor, Pace University School of Education
  • Grades: Elementary-High School, Student Populations: English Language Learners
  • Presentation (PDF)

 

Many thanks to Scholastic,Inc for supporting the keynote presentation. Scholastic is a leader in the special education marketplace and a trusted name in learning, providing research-based technology programs to support K-12 students.

 

 

 

 

For a PDF of the conference flier, please click here.