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Collaborative Classroom’s staff of experienced educators presents at conferences nationwide, often in partnership with district leaders and our own cadre of professional learning consultants.

If you have questions about a specific conference below, please contact us. To learn about our public institutes, observation days, and webinars, please click here.


Ohio School Boards Association Mental Health and Social-Emotional Learning Summit

February 25 • Columbus, OH

Texas Rural Education Association Conference (TREA)

February 27-28 • Georgetown, TX

Session 1: February 27, 2020 —  2:00 – 3:00 PM

Room: Ballroom K

A Moral Imperative: Social-Emotional Learning

The children who walk through the doors of our schools will become the caretakers of our democracy, our economy, our culture, and even our aging selves. In order to fill these roles, our students must be educated to contribute to a thriving society. In this session we will focus on growth mindset and social-emotional learning as essential parts of core instruction, and participants will reflect on definitions of fixed and growth mindset; deepen their understanding of intentional development of SEL skills; examine teaching practices that support development of core SEL competencies; analyze lessons that incorporate SEL competencies into core literacy instruction; and connect SEL competencies to the development of growth mindset. Participants will leave with actionable steps to support students in developing as critical thinkers who learn from, care for, and respect one another.

Session 2: February 28, 2020 —  10:00 – 11:00 AM

Room: Ballroom E

Facilitating Student Thinking and Learning in a Rural Setting

This session focuses on practical strategies to support teachers in the use and refinement of facilitation skills so that classrooms are safe, connected learning communities where students lead the talking, thinking, interaction, and learning! We’ll begin with a consideration of what a Rural Portrait of a Graduate looks like, and end with implications for our teaching and student learning at every grade level. Participants will experience a lesson that demonstrates how facilitation techniques can be used to engage students, get them talking, and deepen their understanding of text. The session concludes with a summary of facilitation techniques and time for participants to reflect on their own campuses and classrooms.

Presenters: Dawn Castilleja, Manager of Educational Partnerships, Center for the Collaborative Classroom and Brynn Lopez, Principal, Fayetteville Independent School District, Texas

22nd Annual Impacting Student Learning Conference

February 29 • Augusta, GA


MARCH 2020

IL ASCD Pre-k and Kindergarten Conference

March 4–6 • Schaumburg, IL

Session: Twin Goals for Writing and Social Emotional Learning

Thursday, March 5, 2020  10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Participants will experience an approach to writing instruction that supports young writers’ SEL growth. We will explore ways to use high-quality literature to guide students through the early developmental stages of writing while also nurturing writers to be independent and encouraging their senses of inquiry and collaboration.

Presenter: Kristy Rauch, Collaborative Classroom

ASCD Empower20 Conference

March 13–16 • Los Angeles, CA

Session: Supporting Latinx Students in Immersion Classrooms

With the population of English language learners increasing exponentially, districts and schools must recognize and honor students’ native languages as assets, not hindrances. Educators who embrace the belief that all students have the skill sets needed to be successful are able to provide a language-rich experience that is differentiated for all students’ needs. In this session, participants will learn how educators at one school examined the needs of their emerging bilinguals; embraced cultural norms; and applied strategies such as wait time, open ended questioning, and student choice to support all students in becoming readers, writers, and thinkers.

Presenters: Sheila Veatch, Collaborative Classroom, and Julie M. Scardino, Principal, Egypt Lake Elementary School

Click here to learn more about our presence at ASCD Empower20.

Michigan Reading Association National Conference

March 14–16 • Detroit, MI

Literacy Reimagined

March 19–20 • Gulf Shores, AL

Virginia State Reading Association Conference (VSRA)

March 26–28 • Roanoke, VA

Session: Classroom Libraries as Mirrors and Windows: Building a Better World by Providing Students with Books that Reflect the Diversity of Our Students

Thursday, March 26, 2020  1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Literature serves as a mirror when readers see themselves reflected back. It serves as a window when it offers unique perspectives, stirs the imagination, challenges thinking, and opens the heart.

Presenter: Elizabeth English, Collaborative Classroom


April 2020

Massachusetts Reading Association Conference

April 2–3 • Quincy, MA

May 2020

NJTESOL/NJBE 2020 Spring Conference

May 27–28 • New Brunswick, NJ