Mena Hill began teaching in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She has taught pre-school through third grade before teaching fifth grade and serving as an instructional learning coach in Lawrence, Kansas. A seasoned professional development facilitator and staff developer, Mena has presented throughout Kansas at regional and national conferences on such topics as technology integration, curriculum design, and social-emotional supports and reflective practices in the classroom. She is currently working on her educational doctorate at the University of North Dakota. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband and two teenagers. When not working, Mena enjoys spending time with her family.
In this session educators will create a Professional Digital Portfolio. Educators will understand the purpose and thought behind the shift from paper to electronic documentation and showcase of classroom success, demonstration of teaching mastery, and the linking of artifacts to a professional standards rubric. Attendees will also be exposed to free online tools while having time to create his or her own website during this session.
Educators will grab an iPad, smartphone, or computer and get ready to experience an interactive, engaging, and quick-paced APPSmash PD session via Seesaw. This session walks educators through the use of Bloom's Taxonomy and Allan Carrington’s “Padagogy Wheel” to guide lesson planning and instruction. Educators will be able to take the apps and lesson plan ideas back to the classroom for immediate implementation. *iPad, smartphone, or device needed for this session.
Join this session to learn about how Adobe can “Spark” some personal storytelling, build community, and support students’ social-emotional growth in your classroom. Educators will walk through personal reflection and the storytelling process using Adobe Spark, while also having time to thoughtfully add personal storytelling into their classrooms.
This session offers a space for educators to practice mindfulness and self-care while reflecting upon a personal learning experience. We will discuss and share those experiences in an honored space. Then, educators will explore the Kansas Social Emotional Character Development Standards while having time to plan how to implement these practices in your classroom and building.