Experts Down the Hall Conference

Monday, Oct. 29, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Augusta Civic Center

Best Practices for Maine Educators, presented by Maine Educators: High quality classroom-based instruction and behavioral support in general education and special education. Experts Down the Hall supports the mission of Maine’s Strategic Plan Framework for Effective Learner Centered Instruction and RTI.

The conference offerd a broad variety of presentations for elementary, middle, and high school educators, as well as topics spanning all grades. The day was divided into four sessions, enabling participants to attend multiple presentations.



Presentations by Session:
Note: Documents and linked websites on this page are provided as an assistive service by the Maine Department of Education for the presenters at the Experts Down the Hall conference. The MDOE cannot guarantee the quality, accuracy, or security of these materials


Session 1 Presentations

Documents and linked websites on this page are provided as an assistive service by the Maine Department of Education for the presenters at the Experts Down the Hall conference. The MDOE cannot guarantee the quality, accuracy, or security of these materials

Data Driven Dialogue Process (Elementary) - Amanda Winslow, Montello (Lewiston)
This presentation will provide an overview of the data driven dialogue process and the facilitation of data team meetings. The presentation will include the teacher's role and responsibilities in using data to drive instruction.

Amanda Winslow's presentation material

Customized Approach to Standards-Based Teaching & Learning (Middle) - Mark Davis, Medomak Middle School
Personalized Learning for the Net Generation.  The Net Generation is a group of students with a new set of learning needs.  Fortunately, educators have an ever growing set of tech tools to help meet those needs.  Participants will learn about some of these tools and how the presenter is using them to personalize the Net Gen learning environment.

Mark Davis' presentation material

Cross Curricular Teaming for Low Performing Readers and Writers (High) - Susan St. Pierre, Spruce Mountain High School
What happens when you put a history teacher, an ELA teacher and a special services teacher in one room together with a class full of low performing readers and writers?  Success!!  Past experience has shown that many lower performing readers and writers struggled in content area classes.  In this session we will show how we collaborated to help students meet success as readers, writers and communicators all while learning history.  This session will develop an understanding of how cross curricular teaming can benefit low performing readers and writers across disciplines.

Restorative School Practices (All Grades) - Kristen Gilbert, Warsaw Middle School
The Presenter will provide a brief overview of what RSP is and how she was introduced to the concept.  Several different sources of research will be referenced in order to make connections between the concept of RSP and academic achievement.  Following the foundational explanation of RSP, the Presenter will demonstrate 3 ways in which RSP can be used  as behavioral RTI in the classroom.

Kristen Gilbert's presentation material:

Summative and Formative Assessments with Google Docs (All Grades) - Ryan Palmer, Lake Region Middle School
Participants with a laptop will take an assessment created using Forms in Google Docs.  We will then explore where the data that is submitted goes and how it can be utilized and analyzed.  The presenter will demonstrate the use of a script that will score the assessment participants took at the beginning of the session.  Participants will be instructed on how to create their own assessments including each type of question format as well as how themes can be used.  The presenter will demonstrate the simplicity of embedding one of these assessments into a webpage or blog.  All participants will be given access to digital copies of all instructions.

Ryan Palmer's presentation material.

Web-Based Tools, Sites and Apps for Accomodations for All Students (All Grades) - Daniel Tompkins, RSU 2 Richmond Schools
Participants will have the opportunity to discover and use web-based tools, sites, and apps for desktop and mobile devices that can serve as accommodations for all students in the classroom. Bring your laptop, iPad or SmartPhone (or all three...).

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Session 2 Presentations

Student Support Center (Elementary) - Cheryl Howe, Wiscasset Primary School
The behavior session-Student Support Center... What is that? Join us to learn about an opportunity that supports students’ behavioral needs.  The reason does not matter it is about differentiation to meet students’ needs.  Whether a child comes once in a year or several times a day, the SSC exists to support each child to understand how to be successful as a learner. 

Cheryl Howe's presentation material:

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (Elementary) - BJ Bowden, MSAD 41
The session will go over the implementation of a behavioral RTI program and its effectiveness in a K-6 school. Will address how data is collected and used to effectively meet the needs of students. This data collection is from the school wide behavioral assessments, CICO program, and office referral forms. A brief overview of SWISS as a data management tool will be looked at and how SWISS is used to move students from one tier to another tier.

BJ Bowden's presentation material:

Utilizing Data for Screening, Progress Monitoring, Evaluation and Decision Making (Middle) - Gloria Jenkins, RSU 10
This session will include two schools' use of data to make decision about RTI.  Data for universal screening, progress monitoring, and program evaluation will be shared.  The presenters will describe how data for academics and data for behavior is used in problem-solving teams. 

Gloria Jenkins' presentation material

RTI for Behavior Best Practices for the Classroom (High) - Charles Collin, St. John's Valley Tech Center
High Quality classroom based instruction and behavioral support in general education, Universal (school-wide or district-wide) screening, Multiple Tiers of Instructional Strategies, Use of collaborative problem-solving teams, Data-based decision making, Fidelity of implementation modeled and monitored, Parent involvement throughout the process.  The presentation will start by having  participants looking at pixs of students/children - some misbehaving/some happy and behaving.  We will then look at the traditional and new way of dealing with behaviors.  We will look at components needed to integrate behavioral interventions/best practices (at each tier) with academics.

Charles Collin's presentation material:

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School Change Process (All Grades) - Mark Schrader, Brownfield-Denmark Elementary School
Our school was a failing school four years ago.  Through a reworking of the school vision, student and parent relationships, staff needs, and expectations, and developing an RTI approach, we were able to make gains every year, ultimately resulting in a 36 and 22 point gain in school-wide reading and math scores respectively.  Our session will outline the steps we took to meet adequate yearly progress.

Mark Schrader's presentation material

Universal Design, Assistive Technology and RTI (All Grades) - Hillary Brumer, RSU 21
Participants will learn how to leverage the use of Universal Design for Learning in Tier 1, Assistive  and Educational Technology in Tiers 2 and 3 in order to create and sustain a robust learning environment. The use of computer assisted learning in reading and math will also be discussed.

Hillary Brumer's presentation material:

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Session 3 Presentations

Collaborative Problem Solving (Elementary) - Kathy Bousquet, Central School (Berwick)
"Kids do well if they can."  This is the underlying premise of Dr. Ross Greene's, Collaborative Problem Solving mode (CPS), an approach to helping kids with social, emotional and behavioral challenges.  A compassionate, caring and productive way of including children in solving problems, CPS is saving lives.  This session will include a brief overview of the CPS model.  The ways in which CPS can benefit at-risk students, be part of RTI, and replace traditional school disciplinary practices will be detailed.  The journey of how CPS implementation occurred in one school will be shared, along with ideas for how to introduce and begin using Collaborative Problem Solving in your own classroom and/or school.  Finally, resources from the Lives in the Balance will be shared.

Kathy Bousquet presentation material:

"Kinda Flipping Out" (Middle) - Morgan Cuthbert, Yarmouth Middle School
In the fall of 2010 Mike and I started using the Khan Academy video tutorials with our students. We used them to both preview and review material we were teaching in class. In Spring 2011 we began experimenting more formally with the idea of "Flipping the Classroom." We experimented with this type of delivery of instruction and received very positive feedback from our students and their parents. Presently, we are in the process of developing two Blogger sites, one site is a "Current Unit of Study" site broadcasting short videos introducing the Investigations (new chapters / concepts) from our Connected Math Program (CMP). Some videos will be used to front load material, while others will simply be resources for students and parents to refer to as needed. The other site is “Weekly Math Skills” and will be broadcasting videos reteaching / reviewing the basic skills we expect our students to have mastered prior to and during 7th grade. As we continue to produce new videos, we will continue to involve our students as presenters, and also involve other teachers and even community members hoping to add a personal touch to our "flipping videos."

Morgan Cuthbert's presentation material

Building RTI Capacity in Maine Secondary Schools (High) - Matt Drewette-Card, AOS 94
All Maine schools are currently in a process of developing a multiple-tiered system of educational intervention for any student. This is a challenging process at all levels, but high schools have had particular struggles in finding ways to authentically and effectively integrate a system of tiered interventions due to scheduling problems, "traditional" bell-curve perceptions of learning and achievement, and more.  This workshop is specifically designed for educational leaders, district-level and building-level administrators, and RTI coordinators throughout Maine's secondary schools.

Matt Drewette-Card presentation material:

Standards, Not Standardization: A Conceptual Framework for Differentiation of Learning Targets (All Grades) - Ann Cutten, Sanford Jr. and Sr. High
Participants will learn about a conceptual framework that breaks learning targets into levels of understanding and achievement. The framework shows how both ends of the academic spectrum need support, when that support can be delivered in the classroom and when there is a need for outside support. Based on Marzano's Taxonomy of Learning and the Measurement Topics developed by Maine Cohort for Customized Learning, a "grid" has been developed which makes the levels of learning clear and easy to conceptualize in order to differentiate instruction and assessment to the student's learning needs.

Ann Cutten's presentation material

Utilizing Data to Make Informed Decisions About Support for Students (All Grades) - John Kenealy, Renaissance School
This presentation will explore an integrated approach to data-based decision making to facilitate positive educational and behavioral outcomes.

John Knealy's presentation material

Well-Run Effective Meetings thru Facilitation Skills (All Grades) - Emily Davis, Oceanside High School
Well-run meetings are hard to come by, and very important to the success of the RTI process.  Facilitation strategies will be modeled and practiced within this fifty five minute fast-paced session.  This experiential session will engage the learner in reflecting on group process, communications skills, pre-planning, goal setting, agenda writing, self reflection, and accountability.  

Emily Davis' presentation material.

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Session 4 Presentations

Teams, Math Overview (Elementary) - Cheryl Howe, Wiscasset Primary School
Mathematics and RTI: A DesCartes-Based Approach to Flexible Groupings. This session will provide an overview of how NWEA testing data may be used to successfully target a vast range of skills through daily intervention groups (“Math Camps”) at the elementary level. Specifically, the focus will include making use of DesCartes reports to access student needs within the various RTI ranges and conceptual bands (Functions & Algebra, Geometry & Measurement, Number & Operations, and Statistics & Probability) and then working as a team of colleagues to effectively group students for supplemental instruction in math. Participants should bring their laptops and NWEA logins/passwords.

Responsive Classroom (Elementary) - Beth Saufler, Georgetown Central
A Responsive Classroom Approach - The Responsive Classroom approach is a way of teaching that emphasizes social, emotional, and academic growth in a strong and safe school community. This approach to teaching and learning was developed by classroom teachers in 1981. It consists of practical strategies for helping children build academic and social/emotional competencies. Gain practical and fun ways to implement the Responsive Classroom in your daily practice. Beth will share strategies she uses in one component of the Responsive Classroom - "The First Six Weeks of School".

Beth Saufler's presentation material.

Middle School Change thru RTI (Middle) - Susanna Sharpe and Kim Sampietro, Brunswick Jr. High
BJHS has spent the last three years changing "how we do things" and ensuring that "no child falls through the cracks."  This session will walk participants through our journey and share what we've done for a school wide approach to Response to Intervention.  Session will include documents and forms used, scheduling students, assessments, data analysis, tiered instruction, use of technology, and favorite resources.

Susanna Sharpe and Kim Sampietro's presentation material:

Capstone Student-Centered/Standards Based Class (High) - Nora Segovia Reed, Hall Dale High School
The participants of this session will know the principles of: Capstone – Student-centered/standard based class, and how does it work?  Within these: Unpacking standards, measurement topics, learning targets, capacity matrixes, and 21st Century skills/New Marzano's Taxonomy/Interdisciplinary aspect of the classroom/Parental and community involvement.  All of these topics are deep, and would require several days to go through them; therefore, the overall learning objective of this presentation will be to provide the audience with an awareness level of the implementation of these concepts in a standard-based classroom.

Nora Segovia Reed's presentation material:

Special Education in a Standards-Based World (All Grades) - John Malley, Hall Dale High School
The State of Maine is moving towards a standards-based system of education.  This panel will address the question of how special education fits into this new system of education.  The presenters  will provide a brief overview of standards-based education itself, how it works for students with special education needs, and how accommodations can be provided to students to assist in their demonstration of proficiency on standards.

John Malley's presentation material

The New Department of Education Guide to RTI and Web-Site (All Grades) - Matt Drewette-Card
The session will provide detailed information about how to utilize the new DOE Guide to RTI and RTI website for professional development for staff.  The workshop will also focus on how these tools can enhance both school and district implementation of RTI and Standards Based Learning.

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