Thursday Workshops

Workshops will run 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 2.

Younes Conference Center, Kearney, Nebraska

Choose from one of the following workshops during registration. (Onsite registration will be available at 1 p.m.) Computer Science Fundamentals for Elementary with Kent Steen, Lincoln Public Schools  (Workshop is full)

The workshop will provide an intro to computer science, pedagogy, overview of the elementary courses, teacher dashboard, and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities. Workshop attendees will also receive a bag of swag and printed curriculum guide containing course lesson plans.

Engage and Inspire with Seesaw in Your Classroom with Tina Sauser, ESU #8 (Space still available)

Come play in Seesaw with this interactive workshop. You will get the opportunity to view Seesaw as a student, teacher, and parent. We will work with the different tools, share ideas on how to use this with students, and get the latest tips and tricks of using Seesaw.

Makerspace Makers Making Magic with Chad Johnson, NPPD (Space still available)

Come learn the magic of integrating makerspace concepts into your classroom, media center, or curricular programs. The skills developed through makerspace opportunities have a powerful effect on problem-solving, team work, creativity, and retention. Join us for a hands-on approach to integrating all levels of makerspaces into K-12 classrooms: From easy one-time activities to full blown makerspaces, there is one that is the right fit for you.

Ed Tech for Administrators: Hands-on Workshop with Charlie Hutzler, Norris High School, and Jay Dostal, Kearney High School (Almost Full)

Are you looking for ways to be more efficient with things, so you can be more effective with people? Would you benefit from some technology coaching and ideas to help you model digital tools for your staff? Are you in need of collaborative work time to complete technology-based projects that would benefit your staff and students? During this hands-on session, not only will you learn tips and tools to be more efficient and effective through technology tools, you will also have time to get individual questions answered and projects ready for when you get back to school! The session will be facilitated by Jay Dostal and Charlie Hutzler, who are ready to help you achieve your technology goals.

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Jimmy Casas to Keynote at 2017 Conference!

Friday, November 3rd Keynote

Jimmy Casas served twenty-two years as an educational leader, including fourteen years as Principal at Bettendorf High School in Bettendorf, Iowa. Under his leadership, Bettendorf was named one of the Best High Schools in the country three times by Newsweek and US News & World Report.

Jimmy was named the 2012 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year and was selected as one of three finalists for NASSP 2013 National Secondary Principal of the Year. In 2014, Jimmy was invited to the White House to speak on the Future Ready Schools pledge.  In 2015, he received the Bammy Award as the National Secondary Principal of the year. Jimmy is the Co-Founder of EdCamp Iowa and #IAedchat, Finally, Jimmy is the co-author of the book, “What Connected Educators Do Differently,” and “START.RIGHT.NOW.,” which he wrote with Todd Whitaker and Jeff Zoul.

Jimmy currently serves as a Senior Fellow for the International Center for Leadership in Education and also serves on the Professional Development Faculty for NASSP; the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Finally, he is the co-founder and CEO of ConnectEDD, an educational leadership company aimed at organizing world class professional learning conferences and professional development services for educators across the country.

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