November 5, 2021 - CoachFest, Blowing Rock, NC. 
"Cultivating Curiosity and Engagement Using QFT" 
Participants were introduced to QFT (Question Formulation Technique) and experienced using it to formulate questions. After debriefing the process, they discussed and generated ideas for implementation in their school or district.

April 28, 2020 - CMS EL Services Digital Integration Conference, Charlotte, NC.
"Amplify with Screencastify"
Participants learned about the uses and benefits of screencasting to enhance teaching, amplify learning, and improve parent communication. They explored the features of the FREE version of Screencastify, learned about premium features, and used the tool to create a brief, simple screencast that can be shared with students, colleagues and/or parents.

March 28, 2017 - University of North Carolina World View Seminar: Latin America and North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

"Technology for English Learners - Empower and Engage"
 Participants learned how technology can transform instruction for ELs by enhancing and increasing academic achievement and accelerating language acquisition.  A variety of tools were presented that will enhance the learning process and equip learners as they enter a technology-rich global marketplace.

October 19, 2016 - NCDPI Training Session, Monroe, NC.
"Technology for English Learners"
Participants understood how digital tools can transform instruction for ELs and potentially accelerate English language acquisition. They explored a variety of digital tools for increasing academic achievement for ELs and redefined standard lesson plans by incorporating meaningful and purposeful use of instructional technology.  

July 26-28, 2016 - Growing Success for English Learners - NCDPI Annual EL Support Conference, Greensboro, NC.
"Digital Tools to Support Academic Achievement for English Learners"
Three-day course focusing on ways to integrate digital tools into the classroom to enhance instruction for ELs. Highlights include digital integration models, app fluency, and curating information from the internet. Participants explored digital tools in a hands-on, safe learning environment and learned how to explore, create, engage and connect to promote equitable access to content for ELs. 

April 13, 2016 - NCDPI Training Session, Clayton, NC.
"Digital Tools to Support Academic Achievement for ELs"
Participants explored a variety of FREE digital tools to increase academic achievement for ELLs, understood how digital use can enable differentiation and transform instruction for ELLs, and analyzed and redefined standard lesson plans by incorporating meaningful and purposeful use of instructional technology.

March 21, 2016 - "The Power of Blogging", Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement (CCSA), Greensboro, NC.
Presentation included a discussion on the reasons, purposes, and benefits of blogging in education, strategies to incorporate meaningful student blogging in the classroom as well the use and implementation of professional blogging.  Attendees explored the various blogging platforms and their appropriateness by grade level and/or purpose. Novice bloggers left with tips for creating a blog, while advanced bloggers obtained strategies and ideas for creative educational uses of blogging.

March 3, 2016 - NCTIES, Raleigh, NC  
Student Showcase - "Mooresville's Freedom Writers"
Mooresville High School’s Beginner and Intermediate ELLs - students who have been in the United States three years or less - showcased their accomplishments through blogging.

July 2015 - MGSD Summer Institute, Mooresville, NC.
  • "Writing/Blogging Across the Curriculum"
  • "Making Global Connections" - Co-Presented with Julie Buda, MGSD Elementary Teacher

July 2014 - MGSD Summer Institute, Mooresville, NC.
"Teaching the Outliers-ELLs, Exceptional Children and Academically/Intellectually Gifted Learners"
Co-Presented with MGSD Teachers, Kelly Hildebran, EC Teacher, and Theresa Fulton, AIG Teacher
Participants learned about and experimented with differentiation tools and strategies to effectively teach in an inclusive setting.

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